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07/20/2024 --pilotonline
Letter writers argue the city of Virginia Beach should continue to own the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, say Rep. Jen Kiggans was correct to point out President Joe Biden's cognitive decline, and urge people to cut out single-use plastics.
07/18/2024 --rawstory
Peter Navarro, a former aide to Donald Trump who recently completed his four-month prison sentence, was met with "a standing ovation lasting more than a minute" when he addressed the 2024 Republican National Convention crowd Wednesday, according to Rolling Stone.Navarro served time "for defying a subpoena to testify to the House Jan. 6 Committee," the report notes. Rolling Stone reports, "The crowd lustily applauded this convicted criminal when he insisted of his supposed persecution: 'They did not break me. And they will never break Donald Trump.'"Former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort also made an appearance at the convention Wednesday.READ MORE: Ex-Trump advisor Peter Navarro sentenced to prisonBloomberg reporter Steven Dennis noted via X: "Manafort was pardoned by Trump after he was convicted of lying to tax authorities about tens of millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant in Ukraine, misleading banks about his financial health to get loans, conspiring to lobby illegally for Ukraine, laundering money to support a lavish lifestyle and tampering with witnesses. He was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison."HuffPost senior politics reporter Igor Bobic reacted to Navarro and Manafort's appearances, writing, "Manafort, Navarro, Trump -- all convicted of crimes and at the GOP convention following their 'law and order' night."Lawyer Bradley P. Moss commented: "The convicted felon convention."David Frum, senior editor at the Atlantic, wrote: "Milwaukee 2024: If you're not indicted, you're not invited."READ MORE: 'The law finally caught up to him': Experts react to Trump being convicted of 34 feloniesRick Wilson, a former Republican and co-founder of the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, emphasized: "This crime wave must end."
07/18/2024 --mcall
Letters: If you don’t like “old” Biden, then vote for the party that is for women, stopping climate change and freedom.
07/17/2024 --rawstory
A gaggle of Republican delegates from Southern states reacted with apparent glee to the news that President Joe Biden had tested positive for COVID, when they were approached by the press at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, reported NBC News' Garrett Haake.“Bless his heart,” one delegate from Tennessee reportedly told Haake, with a wink. Another delegate from Alabama said, “We want him to live til November!”This was greeted with disgust from a number of commenters on social media.ALSO READ: Do presidents’ popularity increase after assassination attempts? History has an answer"Is this the unifying message they were talking about?" wrote the account @Jared_Poland. "Sounds like pretty fine people! Sadly, this whole Trumpism thing has taught me one very sad lesson. There are millions of very mean people in this Country," wrote the account @LDenoncourt. "Weren’t GOP just bitching about Dems stoking the flames of division? I swear the lack of self-awareness & overall cognitive dissonance needs to be studied in scientific laboratories someday," wrote the account @nickblax88.This comes amid some other controversial reactions on the Trump side to Biden's diagnosis, with Donald Trump Jr. proclaiming that Biden "didn't really get COVID," and "maybe they don't want him on a world stage anymore."Biden's positive test result came as he was preparing to give a speech at the UnidosUS event in Las Vegas, forcing him to withdraw from the event. He does not appear to be in any immediate life-threatening danger, according to medical releases.“Earlier today, following his first event in Las Vegas, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19,” said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, noting that “he is vaccinated and boosted and he is experiencing mild symptoms.” And that while Biden recuperates at his home in Delaware, "The White House will provide regular updates on the president’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation."
07/17/2024 --rawstory
An unexpected face was seen on the floor of the Republican National Convention on Wednesday: Paul Manafort, the former chief of the 2016 Trump campaign who was convicted of conspiracy against the United States and served two years of combined prison and home confinement before former President Donald Trump pardoned him on his way out of office.The appearance of Manafort, whose convictions stemmed from bank fraud, illegal foreign lobbying, and lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, prompted a firestorm on social media, with many pointing out that he is just one of many convicted felons — including the nominee — on the floor of a convention of a party that is supposed to stand for law and order."This crime wave must end," wrote Lincoln Project co-founder and political strategist Rick Wilson.ALSO READ: Do presidents’ popularity increase after assassination attempts? History has an answer."People welcomed back to 2024 GOP convention: Paul Manafort," wrote Politico legal affairs reporter Kyle Cheney. "People not welcomed back to 2024 GOP convention: Mike Pence.""I was going to count all the people at the RNC who have spent time in prison — or currently risk visiting one — but I simply don't have that kinda time!" wrote Canadian comedian Deven Green, through her satirical Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian" persona."Tonight’s unannounced theme is a soft focus look at the Trump crime family," wrote former Senate staffer Josh Dorner."Paul Manafort was pardoned after lying about why he shared campaign strategy with someone Treasury says is a Russian spy -- who gave the strategy to other Russian spies," wrote analyst Marcy Wheeler. "And note, the platform this time around pretty much sells Ukraine down the river, just like Kilimnik wanted.""Is he already out of prison?" wrote the account @hollywoodpete69. "Oh wait, I confused him with Steve Bannon, I mean Peter [Navarro], uhm maybe Michael Cohen, or was it Roger Stone, but it could have been Weisselberg too......""Why is Paul Manafort, Russian colluder, allowed at the Republican Convention?" wrote the account @sto_k. "Republicans just flagrantly and brazenly showcase their criminality and collusion with hostile foreign governments now, apparently.""Good lord ... raise your hand if you are attending the @GOP Convention and DON’T have a criminal conviction ... not too many, I’m guessing," wrote the account @DrainTheTrumps on Wednesday."The Republican National Convention! AKA the prison reunion show," wrote the account @DaleGaldret.
07/17/2024 --nypost
New York Post readers discuss President Biden's response to the assassination attempt against former President Trump.