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France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

On a typical Friday, the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris would be positively seething with travelers hustling to catch their trains or greet arrivals. After all, it saw some 110 million passengers walk through its doors last year alone.

This, however, was not exactly a typical Friday in Paris.

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The Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, typically brimming with busy travelers, stands empty Friday as general strikes snarled transportation across France for a second day. Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP hide caption

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The Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, typically brimming with busy travelers, stands empty Friday as general strikes snarled transportation across France for a second day.

Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP

Gare de Lyon, much like other stations across the city, including subway platforms, stood eerily empty Friday morning as a nationwide strike stretched into its second day. Similar scenes played out across France — where, one day after hundreds of thousands of people took part in massive protests, the general strike against a proposed pension overhaul has taken a quieter, but no less disruptive turn.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has released few formal details of the proposal, but the uncertainty around his reform effort has done little to mitigate the widespread anger it has elicited among union leaders, who have vowed to resist whatever he lays out. They expect the strike to continue at least through Monday.

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A man perched on a traffic light pumps his fist amid the chaos of a demonstration Thursday in Paris. Several thousand protesters took part in open-ended nationwide strikes, begun Thursday under union leadership. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

A man perched on a traffic light pumps his fist amid the chaos of a demonstration Thursday in Paris. Several thousand protesters took part in open-ended nationwide strikes, begun Thursday under union leadership.

Thibault Camus/AP

Meanwhile, in Paris, the protests largely subsided, but the continued work stoppage meant “extreme disruptions” for metro and bus services in Paris, according to public transit authorities. Many schools in the capital also remained shuttered, with too many educators staying home in protest for classes to carry on as planned.

The disruptions also did not end at Paris’ city limits. Aviation authorities projected the cancellation of at least a fifth of all incoming and outgoing flights at more than a half-dozen major airports across the country. France’s national railway company, SNCF, estimates that a substantial chunk of its workforce is on strike, disrupting a vast majority of its popular routes across the country.

A handful of petrol refineries also expect to see operations impacted by strikes carried out by major industry unions.

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This collage of photographs depicts a slew of demonstrators who turned out Thursday to protest the pension reforms proposed by the French government. Their group pictured includes educators, firefighters, government employees and transportation workers. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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This collage of photographs depicts a slew of demonstrators who turned out Thursday to protest the pension reforms proposed by the French government. Their group pictured includes educators, firefighters, government employees and transportation workers.

Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters object to the general reforms Macron has proposed for the country’s convoluted pension system, which boasts 42 different plans usually determined by one’s occupation and region. According to its backers, the idea is to consolidate the potpourri of pension plans into a universal, points-based system — though firm details of the proposal are not expected until at least next week.

Still, critics have seen no reason to wait for the new plan.

Dating back as far as last year, a series of opinion polls, including one issued last month, have consistently shown Macron’s popularity to be underwater. And few voters have been willing to give the French president the benefit of the doubt as his ministers try to assert that the proposal offers a fairer, simpler alternative to the variety of plans in place now.

“Considering what Macron’s already done to social rights, this gives us a good idea of what he’s going to do with our retirement,” retired engineer Christian Jeannot told NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley on Thursday. “He’s given millions to billionaires, and he wants to take away what little the working class has.”

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Protestors brandish colored flares during a rally Thursday in Paris, as part of one of France’s largest nationwide strikes in years. President Emmanuel Macron’s intended changes to the pension system are facing resistance from transportation workers, teachers, students, airline workers and other union employees. Kiran Ridley/Getty Images hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

Protestors brandish colored flares during a rally Thursday in Paris, as part of one of France’s largest nationwide strikes in years. President Emmanuel Macron’s intended changes to the pension system are facing resistance from transportation workers, teachers, students, airline workers and other union employees.

Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

The protests recall a similar strike from 1995, which also sought to resist a pension reform plan. At the time, roughly two million people took part in protests lasting nearly three weeks. By the time the center-right government dropped the proposal, the leaders found their position badly undercut by the popular unrest.

Macron himself is no stranger to protests. Since he took office in 2017, France has witnessed the rise of the so-called gilets jaunes, or “yellow vests” — named for the neon safety vests often donned by protesters. The distinctive garment has become a mainstay in demonstrations against his environmental policies, attempts at tax hikes and economic inequality in France, in general.

Nevertheless, his government intends to carry on with the pension reform effort, if gradually. “I believe in social dialogue,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in an address Friday, according to a translation by Reuters. “I will never be in a logic of confrontation.”

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France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

On a typical Friday, the Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris would be positively seething with travelers hustling to catch their trains or greet arrivals. After all, it saw some 110 million passengers walk through its doors last year alone.

This, however, was not exactly a typical Friday in Paris.

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The Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, typically brimming with busy travelers, stands empty Friday as general strikes snarled transportation across France for a second day. Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

The Gare de Lyon railway station in Paris, typically brimming with busy travelers, stands empty Friday as general strikes snarled transportation across France for a second day.

Rafael Yaghobzadeh/AP

Gare de Lyon, much like other stations across the city, including subway platforms, stood eerily empty Friday morning as a nationwide strike stretched into its second day. Similar scenes played out across France — where, one day after hundreds of thousands of people took part in massive protests, the general strike against a proposed pension overhaul has taken a quieter, but no less disruptive turn.

President Emmanuel Macron’s government has released few formal details of the proposal, but the uncertainty around his reform effort has done little to mitigate the widespread anger it has elicited among union leaders, who have vowed to resist whatever he lays out. They expect the strike to continue at least through Monday.

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A man perched on a traffic light pumps his fist amid the chaos of a demonstration Thursday in Paris. Several thousand protesters took part in open-ended nationwide strikes, begun Thursday under union leadership. Thibault Camus/AP hide caption

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Thibault Camus/AP

Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

A man perched on a traffic light pumps his fist amid the chaos of a demonstration Thursday in Paris. Several thousand protesters took part in open-ended nationwide strikes, begun Thursday under union leadership.

Thibault Camus/AP

Meanwhile, in Paris, the protests largely subsided, but the continued work stoppage meant “extreme disruptions” for metro and bus services in Paris, according to public transit authorities. Many schools in the capital also remained shuttered, with too many educators staying home in protest for classes to carry on as planned.

The disruptions also did not end at Paris’ city limits. Aviation authorities projected the cancellation of at least a fifth of all incoming and outgoing flights at more than a half-dozen major airports across the country. France’s national railway company, SNCF, estimates that a substantial chunk of its workforce is on strike, disrupting a vast majority of its popular routes across the country.

A handful of petrol refineries also expect to see operations impacted by strikes carried out by major industry unions.

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This collage of photographs depicts a slew of demonstrators who turned out Thursday to protest the pension reforms proposed by the French government. Their group pictured includes educators, firefighters, government employees and transportation workers. Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

This collage of photographs depicts a slew of demonstrators who turned out Thursday to protest the pension reforms proposed by the French government. Their group pictured includes educators, firefighters, government employees and transportation workers.

Lionel Bonaventure/AFP via Getty Images

Protesters object to the general reforms Macron has proposed for the country’s convoluted pension system, which boasts 42 different plans usually determined by one’s occupation and region. According to its backers, the idea is to consolidate the potpourri of pension plans into a universal, points-based system — though firm details of the proposal are not expected until at least next week.

Still, critics have seen no reason to wait for the new plan.

Dating back as far as last year, a series of opinion polls, including one issued last month, have consistently shown Macron’s popularity to be underwater. And few voters have been willing to give the French president the benefit of the doubt as his ministers try to assert that the proposal offers a fairer, simpler alternative to the variety of plans in place now.

“Considering what Macron’s already done to social rights, this gives us a good idea of what he’s going to do with our retirement,” retired engineer Christian Jeannot told NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley on Thursday. “He’s given millions to billionaires, and he wants to take away what little the working class has.”

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Protestors brandish colored flares during a rally Thursday in Paris, as part of one of France’s largest nationwide strikes in years. President Emmanuel Macron’s intended changes to the pension system are facing resistance from transportation workers, teachers, students, airline workers and other union employees. Kiran Ridley/Getty Images hide caption

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Westlake Legal Group  France Suffers Travel Woes As General Strike Enters Second Day

Protestors brandish colored flares during a rally Thursday in Paris, as part of one of France’s largest nationwide strikes in years. President Emmanuel Macron’s intended changes to the pension system are facing resistance from transportation workers, teachers, students, airline workers and other union employees.

Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

The protests recall a similar strike from 1995, which also sought to resist a pension reform plan. At the time, roughly two million people took part in protests lasting nearly three weeks. By the time the center-right government dropped the proposal, the leaders found their position badly undercut by the popular unrest.

Macron himself is no stranger to protests. Since he took office in 2017, France has witnessed the rise of the so-called gilets jaunes, or “yellow vests” — named for the neon safety vests often donned by protesters. The distinctive garment has become a mainstay in demonstrations against his environmental policies, attempts at tax hikes and economic inequality in France, in general.

Nevertheless, his government intends to carry on with the pension reform effort, if gradually. “I believe in social dialogue,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said in an address Friday, according to a translation by Reuters. “I will never be in a logic of confrontation.”

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Kaley Cuoco’s sister Briana set for recurring role in ‘The Flight Attendant’

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Kaley Cuoco and younger sister Briana are set to share the screen in “The Flight Attendant.”

Briana, who is a singer, actress, and dancer, is set to have a recurring role in the upcoming HBO Max series, Deadline reports.

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“The Flight Attendant” tells the story of a flight attendant who wakes up hungover in a Dubai hotel with a dead body next to her, with no recollection of what happened the night before. Kaley is set to play the lead role of Cassie in the show. She will also serve as executive producer.

Sister Briana will play Cecilia, a meticulous assistant with an affinity for organization and eavesdropping on phone calls.

The series is based on the New York Times best-selling novel of the same name by Chris Bohjalian and will feature production from Greg Berlanti — best known for his work on “Dawson’s Creek,” “Riverdale” and “You.” Berlanti is also a co-creator of The CW’s ‘Arrowverse.’

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Briana has previously appeared as a contestant on “The Voice,” working on both Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera’s teams. She has an extensive resume of appearances on shows including “The Newsroom,” “NCIS,” “Criminal Minds” as well as “The Big Bang Theory” alongside her sister. She has also performed as a dancer for Pitbull, Snoop Dogg and Ne-Yo.

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Rep. Swalwell grilled on impeachment inquiry, defends release of Nunes’ phone records

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Former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell said Friday he would not “assume how people will vote” on articles of impeachment, but that he did believe it was warranted for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to release Ranking Member Devin Nunes’ phone records.

On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for Democrats to “proceed with articles of impeachment.” Her announcement came following the release of a 300-page report from the Intelligence Committee which accused the president of placing his own personal and political interest before the United States, seeking to undermine the integrity of the presidential election process, and endangering national security.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, the California congressman said it would be unfair to President Trump to predict whether Democrats have the votes to pass an impeachment. But he expressed confidence that there are “enough responsible people in the House to hold the president accountable.”

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He said that Democrats have to “make sure people understand just what’s at stake here” and that they want the American people to “understand what the president did … is wrong and people need to be held accountable when they commit wrongdoing like that.”

However, Swalwell also told Hemmer he believes the president “deserves a process that’s fair.”

“The facts are powerful, but the process behind the facts also [has] to be fair,” he said.

The House Intelligence Committee’s report also revealed phone records obtained by Schiff to bolster the impeachment case against the president. The records included calls from Rep. Nunes, presidential lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jay Sekulow, journalist John Solomon, Fox News host Sean Hannity, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, and other White House associates.

Hemmer asked Swalwell why Schiff was making these phone numbers public, with Swalwell answering that a “better question” is why Nunes was talking to Giuliani and Parnas at a time when a “smear and clear campaign” by the president was taking place to remove the Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

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“That’s an accusation,” Hemmer pushed back. “You’re already drawing a conclusion…”

“The call records are clear,” Swalwell responded. Ranking Member Nunes was talking to these individuals and what is really striking is that he used all of this time during the public hearing to attack Adam Schiff.”

“If you don’t talk to indicted felons, you don’t end up on call records,” he concluded.

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Gov. Northam Plans to Purge Racist Language From Virginia Law

A task force assembled by Gov. Ralph Northam to help purge discriminatory and racist language still on the books in Virginia has recommended repealing almost 100 laws, according to a report released Thursday.

Many of the laws, some of which are no longer enforced or have been invalidated, stem from the state’s segregationist past, including Jim Crow laws and Virginia’s Massive Resistance policy, a coordinated effort to thwart federally mandated laws to integrate schools, transportation and neighborhoods. Other laws prohibited interracial marriage and imposed a poll tax designed to prevent black Virginians from voting.

“Repeal of these outdated, unjust, and in many cases plainly racist Acts of Assembly is an important step in recognizing and correcting the sins of the past,” Cynthia Hudson, Virginia’s chief deputy attorney general and chair of the governor’s commission, said in a statement.

“If we’re going to move forward as a Commonwealth,” Mr. Northam said on Twitter, “it’s time that Virginia takes steps to right old wrongs and remove the racially discriminatory language that’s still on our books.”

The task force, called the Commission to Examine Racial Inequity in Virginia Law, included lawyers, law professors, scholars, judges and state officials. The commission identified 98 laws written from 1900 to 1960 for state lawmakers to consider striking when the legislative session resumes in January.

At a news conference on Thursday, Mr. Northam acknowledged that many of the laws identified for repeal were no longer enforced or had been overturned, but said it was still important to strike discriminatory and racist language from the state’s code “because words matter and so do actions.”

The Democratic governor assembled the nine-person commission in June, several months after a racist photograph from his medical school yearbook page surfaced — with one figure in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe — inciting vociferous appeals for his resignation, including from members of his own party.

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The Act to Preserve Racial Integrity, passed in 1924, forbade intermarriage or mixing of the races.

Mr. Northam’s initial response to the scandal was bungled, but he has since embarked on a campaign to repair damaged relationships with black constituents and lawmakers, which included the task force.

And in a turn of events, the embattled governor has moved from a precarious perch to solid ground.

In November, the state made a historic partisan shift from red to blue when Democrats took control of both chambers of the legislature and consolidated power across the state government. Now, Mr. Northam is poised to be one of the most consequential Democratic governors in the country.

The governor has goals to strengthen L.G.B.T.Q. protections and gun restrictions. He could also clear the path to remove Confederate statues across the state, an issue that has drawn national attention since a deadly confrontation in Charlottesville erupted between white nationalists and individuals who supported local officials’ plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from the college town.

The commission did not make any specific recommendations for handling the laws governing the statues, according to the report, but said it “will continue its careful and deliberate review of the Acts concerning the Confederacy and will await orderly judicial or legislative actions.”

Next year, the commission is scheduled to go deeper, the report said, and will seek out language that appears to be race-neutral or nondiscriminatory, but has “the effect of perpetuating discrimination and racial inequity.”

Delegate Lamont Bagby, who heads the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, made it clear that the governor had brought the idea of the commission to the group.

Speaking to members of the committee and a small audience at Thursday’s news conference with Mr. Northam, Mr. Bagby praised the governor and said that oftentimes, a report or committee signals that an issue would be swept under the rug.

But, Mr. Bagby said, “the fact that you all have been so committed to doing the work, and doing the work in a fashion that puts us in a position to do something in this coming session, is commendable.”

Ms. Hudson, the chief deputy attorney general, said the interim report was an important first step to shedding some of “the worst parts” of the state’s history and building a more equitable future.

“Read it, remember, and never let it happen again,” she said.

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Redskins’ Trent Williams still feeling effects of surgery to remove cancerous growth, hits GM Bruce Allen

Washington Redskins offensive lineman Trent Williams is still feeling the after-effects of the surgery he had in the offseason to remove a cancerous growth from his head.

Williams had the growth removed in April, which turned out to be cancerous. He accused the team’s medical staff of downplaying the severity of the growth on his skull in October.

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He told reporters at the time he raised the issue in 2013 and the growth on his head grew substantially over time. He said he had the tumor removed from his skull and needs to get a checkup every six months to make sure he is in good health.

Williams returned to the team in October after the Redskins decline to release him and failed to find a suitable trade. He had been hoping to return to practice and possibly play this season but he failed a physical due to the discomfort of wearing a helmet.

The discomfort is due to half of Williams’ skin on his head is numb, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

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He told the newspaper that any kind of pressure he puts on his head causes a burning or tingling feeling. The doctor who did the operation to remove the growth told him that it would take about 18 months for it to go away.

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While he was about to receive a helmet during the team’s bye week, the Redskins placed him on the non-football injury list Nov. 7. The move exacerbated the war between the offensive lineman and the organization as Williams said he felt like general manager Bruce Allen made the move on purpose.

“It’s kind of a vindictive move, and it just showed their hand on how they wanted to operate,” he told The Washington Post. “I mean, I had until Tuesday and the new helmet Riddell was talking about was coming in on Monday, so for them to prematurely put me on the list without taking [time to see if the helmet would work] goes to show you that they didn’t really want me to play anyway.”

Allen called Williams’ allegations “comical” and said Williams chose to stay away from the Redskins’ facility with his holdout and told reporters when he returned that he had a non-football injury.

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Williams has been with the Redskins since the 2010 season. He has earned a Pro Bowl selection seven times. He still has one more year left on his contract. He is owed $12.5 million in 2020.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Bible App announces ‘most popular Bible verse’ of 2019

More people engaged with the Bible App this year than any previous year.

YouVersion, which offers the popular option to read or listen to the Bible on your phone and has 400 million users worldwide, announced the most popular Bible verse from this year: Philippians 4:6.

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“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done,” the verse reads in the New Living Translation.

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YouVersion’s Bible App offers people a chance to do Bible studies together on their phones. (YouVersion)

“We’re encouraged to see so many people turning to the Bible in response to their worries, remembering what God has done in their lives, and choosing to trust in His faithfulness,” YouVersion founder, Bobby Gruenewald, said in a statement.

With a “Verse of the Day,” reading plans, and other ways to access the Bible, YouVersion’s leader said, “We’re humbled by the opportunity to see lives changed in every country around the world.”

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The Bible App, launched by California megachurch Life.Church in 2008, offers more than 2,000 versions of the Bible in more than 1,350 languages. However, over a billion people around the world don’t have access to a complete Bible in their native tongue, according to YouVersion.

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YouVersion added a feature to the Bible App this year called “Bible Lens” allowing users to take put Bible verses on photos. (YouVersion)

A majority of growth for the app came outside the United States.

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Poland was one of the fastest-growing countries with a 75 percent increase. India saw 51 percent more engagement in 2019 compared to last year. Bible engagement also grew across Southeast Asia in countries like Cambodia and Vietnam, seeing increases by 36 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

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“Every year, when we dig into these numbers, we’re overwhelmed by how God is using this app to deliver His message of hope and love to a hurting world,” Gruenewald added. “We also can’t help but recognize how much more work there is to be done together as the global Church to reach every nation.”

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More than 500 law professors say Trump committed ‘impeachable conduct’

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Bloomberg Falsely Claims No One Asked Him About Stop-And-Frisk Until Now

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg claimed Friday that no one ever asked him about his controversial stop-and-frisk policing program until he launched his presidential bid.

Pressed on the matter during a “CBS This Morning” interview that aired Monday, the Democrat repeatedly emphasized his apology for the law enforcement strategy that overwhelmingly targeted Black and Latino men.

“The mark of [an] intelligent, competent person is when they make a mistake, they have the guts to stand up and say, ‘I made a mistake, I’m sorry,’” he said.

When the network host Gayle King pointed to public skepticism over the timing of his mea culpa, Bloomberg claimed the issue hadn’t been raised before.

“Well, nobody asked me about it until I started running for president, so, c’mon,” he replied.

But he was asked several times during his more than a decade in office and as recently as January when he doubled down on the strategy in a CNN interview, asserting that it drove down the city’s murder rate.

In 2012, thousands of protesters marched more than 30 blocks down Fifth Avenue to picket the policy the same day that Bloomberg defended it, stating that it should be “mended, not ended.”

In 2013, the final year of his mayoral tenure, Bloomberg slammed a federal court ruling that stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of minorities, calling it “a dangerous decision made by a judge that I think just does not understand how policing works.”

During his administration, data was released showing that people of color were disproportionately impacted by stop-and-frisk, which allowed law enforcement to temporarily detain, search and question anyone deemed reasonably suspicious of criminal behavior.

From 2005 to 2008, Black and Latino people were more likely than whites to be frisked once stopped, and officers were more likely to use physical force against them, according to the Center for Constitutional Rights.

But statistics show police suspicions were not always justified. In 2009, Black and Latino people were found to be nine times as likely as whites to be stopped, but no more likely to be arrested, The New York Times reported.

That trend continued in 2011, when the New York Civil Liberties Union found that young Black and Latino men accounted for 41.6% of stops, despite comprising only 4.7% of the city’s population.

Though the data was public while Bloomberg was in office, he told King that the policing strategy continued out of fear that the crime rate, which was falling, would jump back up if the program ended.

“I think we were overzealous at the time to do it,” he said. “Our intent was to do anything we could to stop the carnage, the murder rate.”

Any correlation between the crime rate and the strategy appears to have been erroneously assumed, as crime continued to decline when stops were cut back.

In 2017, New York City saw 291 murders ― its lowest level since the 1950s ― with just 10,000 stops made that year, according to investigative nonprofit ProPublica. The number pales in comparison to the 100,000 stops made in 2002, and the 700,000 stops made in 2011.

For Bloomberg, stop-and-frisk has reemerged as a blight on his campaign, prompting criticism from his successor, Mayor Bill de Blasio, who dropped out of the presidential race earlier this year.

Last month, de Blasio derided Bloomberg’s apology for the strategy, which was given at a Black megachurch in Brooklyn.

“This is a death bed conversion,” de Blasio told CNN. “We all appealed to him for years to reconsider and I think it is a statement on him that he was very dismissive.”

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Judge Nap: ‘Unseemly’ for Schiff to release Nunes phone records, possible ethical breach

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Fox News senior judicial analyst and Fox Nation host Judge Andrew Napolitano called it “unseemly” that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., released the apparent phone records of fellow lawmaker Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and suggested Schiff risks a possible Congressional ethics case.

On Tuesday, Schiff put out his committee’s 300-page impeachment inquiry report, which included records of Nunes’ calls, reportedly obtained through a subpoena of  AT&T and Verizon.

The records, which do not reveal the contents of the conversations, apparently show that a phone number associated with Nunes received calls from individuals central to the impeachment inquiry — the president’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and Giuliani-associate Lev Parnas.

In a Fox News opinion piece, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called the action “brazen and shameful” and called for Schiff to be “formally censured by the House for his actions.”

Schiff, “probably should have said ‘a member of Congress’ — could even have said ‘a member of Congress on the House Intelligence Committee’ but there is no reason to put Congressman Nunes’ name in there,” Napolitano told Fox News.

“If Congressman Schiff did this for a partisan political reason there is an ethical case,” he continued. “If he did it to tie in the impeachment case against the president then there is no ethical case against him.”

“The ethics prosecutors in the House are truly bipartisan and it is the only committee in the House that has equal numbers of Republicans and Democrats so he is not going to get off the hook, because the Democrats run the House.  This will rise or fall on its merits — that is whether or not there was an ethical breach.”

On “The Story” on Thursday, Martha MacCallum asked Nunes what he discussed in that alleged phone call with Parnas, who has been accused of participating in an effort to convince Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Separately, Parnas pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations.

“I don’t even know, because I have never met Parnas … it’s a great question because many people want to know, including myself,” said Nunes, adding that his office has not been able to independently confirm that these calls actually took place.

On Thursday, Wall Street Journal columnist and editorial board member Kimberley Strassel wrote, “If nothing else, Mr. Schiff claims the ignominious distinction of being the first congressman to use his official powers to spy on a fellow member and publish the details.”

However, the judge argues that while Schiff may run afoul of congressional ethics investigators, he is immune from any criminal penalties.

“Whatever Congressman Schiff does in the furtherance of the impeachment inquiry is protected by what is called the ‘speech and debate clause’ of the constitution. The clause protects the words and written works of members of Congress … they can’t be prosecuted, they can’t be sued, and they can’t be disciplined. That does not mean that it’s moral or that it is appropriate or that it is ethical. It just means that he’s immune from the legal consequences of it.”

On Napolitano’s Fox Nation show on Thursday, he spoke to Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., about the Democrat’s impeachment push, before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she instructed House committees investigating President Trump to proceed with the writing up of articles of impeachment.

Garamendi addressed the possibility that Democrats may revive the contents of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“The first time we heard that mentioned as a potential basis for an article of impeachment was during one of the hearings earlier this week,” Napolitano said. “Are the Democrats now thinking about articles of impeachment from behavior outside of Congressman Schiff’s 300-page report?”

“I don’t know what the committee will ultimately decide to do, but for me, the Muller report was very consequential,” said Garamendi. “I do think it’s very, very important that we recognize that that is also a fundamental issue.”

Napolitano then asked about the timing of the House vote, and whether it could happen before Christmas.

“Certainly, the answer is yes,” acknowledged Garamendi, though he conceded that Democrats have been accused of speeding through the process. “There is a question and this was raised by the Republican witness this week in the Judiciary Committee hearing that he said that we’re moving too fast. So that’s an open question.”

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