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Biden: Impeach Trump!

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“We all laughed when he said he could stand on Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it,” Biden told an audience in Rochester, New Hampshire. “No joke! He’s shooting holes in the Constitution and we cannot let him get away with it.”

“Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation and committed impeachable acts. … He should be impeached,” the 2020 Democratic contender added.

“The United States cannot have a president who will abuse whatever power he has available to him in order to get reelected,” Biden continued, adding later, “His lying is matched only by his manifest incompetence as president.”

In April, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was the first Democratic candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment, based on conclusions made by former special counsel Robert Mueller in his report on Russian influence in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice.

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Florida begins arming teachers as large school districts rebuff controversial program

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. –– Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns.

The law expands on a safety measure known as the “guardian” program. The program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees–such as school resource officers– hired specifically to protect students.

“That initial program [said] everybody except classroom teachers … could be armed. With the recent legislation, our board approved to train classroom teachers to be able to further protect our students,” said Dylan Tedders, the assistant superintendent of Okeechobee County.

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The original program was created in response to the February 2018 Parkland massacre but did not allow teachers to carry guns, in part due to the recommendation of former Gov. Rick Scott. Under the original law, guardians were either non-instructional personnel who volunteered, or employees hired specifically to protect students, such as school resource officers.  (Elina Shirazi)

Okeechobee, a school district with roughly 6,600 students, is one of seven districts taking advantage of the new option to arm teachers. Tedders explained that school districts must first vote in favor of it and then teachers have to volunteer. The other six districts arming teachers include Bay, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Putnam and Suwannee counties.

Tedders said their first priority is protecting students.

“You can’t have a hashtag of putting students first and not want to use every opportunity to keep them safe, so I think districts have to really look at that,” Tedders said.

FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICTS PUSH BACK AGAINST AGAINST BILL TO ARM SCHOOL TEACHERS

But not every school district in the state has embraced the law. The 60 other school districts in the state, including the largest ones — Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties — have not approved it. The state does not track how many districts or teachers are taking part in the program, a matter that has become a point of contention.

“For you to implement a program that does more harm than it does good — and we don’t even know who does it — is absolutely asinine and it’s counterproductive to what the agency for school safety is supposed to be doing,” State Sen. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, told the Miami Herald recently. “This is the dumb, backwards stuff that we do here.”

But more rural districts in the state are happy to take part in the program.

Tedders said his district already has several volunteers. One teacher participating in the guardian program and who wished to remain anonymous due to safety concerns said they are ready for the responsibility.

“Twenty years as a teacher, you know your kids, you wouldn’t want to see anything bad happen to any of them,” the teacher said. “For me, the pros definitely outweighed the cons. You know you have to be ready and prepared if something happens. You have to be willing to do what needs to be done.”

But gun-control groups continue to oppose the law, arguing teachers simply can’t fill the role of law enforcement.

“We are worried about the accuracy of that teacher being able to shoot, or to be able to shoot at all in that type of high, intense adrenaline type of situation,” said Angie Gallo, the co-char of the Florida Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence. “They are just not trained for it, they are not trained for it like law enforcement are.”

Law enforcement working to train teachers and staff in Okeechobee say otherwise.

“This we consider as a force multiplier because, as we have learned, time is the most critical factor,” said Sgt. Michael Hazellief, one of the officers responsible for training guardians. “If an incident were to occur, we want as many people there as immediate as possible … no one is going to be authorized to go into a school or classroom with a firearm under this program, if they haven’t made it through me.”

Some parents who have kids enrolled in the district think it’s a good idea as well. They say the new law will eliminate schools as soft targets.

FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL EXPANDING PROGRAM TO ARM TEACHERS

“If all else fails and my child is sitting in a classroom with some psycho coming through that door, I want my child behind that teacher, and I want that teacher equipped to do something to help themselves, which is also going to help my child,” said Adam Cohen, whose two kids are enrolled in Okeechobee County schools. The family moved to Okeechobee from Parkland after the 2018 Parkland Massacre. Cohen’s daughter, now in the ninth grade, was enrolled in Parkland’s middle school at the time.

“I was concerned in Parkland,” Cohen said, “people were getting consumed and misdirected in a lot of politics, a lot of things, there was a lot of energy and there wasn’t a lot of action. There weren’t things happening that were making safety changes for the kids in the schools and I was concerned that wasn’t going the right direction.”

Another Parkland parent, Andrew Pollack, describes himself as an expert, but not by choice. His daughter, Meadow, was killed during the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year. Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter.

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Andrew Pollack said he strongly supports arming teachers, saying that when police are minutes away, seconds matter. His daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting last year. (Elina Shirazi)

“You’ve seen multiple mass shootings stopped by people that saw something, said something and then they saw someone actually did something, not like in Parkland — where no one did anything and that it was these failures and these policies that are in the schools or across the nation,” Pollack said.

School employees and teachers who volunteer to pack heat have a long list of requirements, including passing drug tests, psychological exams and over 100 hours of training. Presently, in addition to the seven counties that have opted to arm teachers, 32 of Florida’s 67 counties have opted to arm school personnel other than teachers. They include Broward County, where the Parkland massacre took place, as well as Brevard and Duval. According to the Miami Herald, nearly 1,100 school employees are armed statewide. The state doesn’t track how many are teachers.

“It is a very unique measure, you know. It is in response to very unique and very violent incidents that have happened nationwide. All schools are having to take measures such as ensuring that there are safe corners, blinds in your classroom doors, that the lockdown procedures are in place. But we have seen that even with those measures in place, things happen,” said Tuuli Robinson, the principal at North Elementary School in Okeechobee.

“I actually think that the arming of the teachers is not going to create these dramatic gunfights in schools, it is going to create a deterrent. The schools are not going to be a soft target and they are not going to be attractive,” Cohen said.

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According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.  (Elina Shirazi)

But many school districts say they are reluctant to arm teachers and think the law is a bad idea.

“Teachers have a lot on their plates,” Tamara Shamburger, chairwoman of the Hillsborough County school board, in Tampa, told the Wall Street Journal. “Their focus has to be on educating their kids and not fighting off bad guys.”

Tedders said he understands the hesitation in some districts, but that he firmly believes they are going about the process in the safest manner possible.

“I think the negativity would be that we are passing out guns at the door and that is not what we are doing,” Tedders said.

According to the Education Commission of the States, at least eight other states allow some teachers or other school employees to have guns. They include Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

Since 2018, legislation to allow teachers and other school staff to carry firearms has been proposed in a handful of additional states, including Washington, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.

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Intelligence employee leaked top secret information to reporter with whom he was romantically involved, feds say

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WASHINGTON — A 30-year-old counterterrorism analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency was arrested Wednesday on accusations that he disclosed classified information to two journalists, one of whom he had a romantic relationship with, the Justice Department said.

Henry Kyle Frese, of Alexandria, was charged with two counts of willful transmission of national defense information, each carrying a maximum of 10 years imprisonment. 

“Frese was caught red-handed disclosing sensitive national security information for personal gain,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said in a statement. “Frese betrayed the trust placed in him by the American people – a betrayal that risked harming the national security of this country.”

Federal prosecutors say Frese, whose government security clearance allowed him access to top secret and sensitive information, accessed multiple classified intelligence reports — some of which were unrelated to his job duties — and leaked information about a foreign country’s weapons systems to a journalist. Prosecutors alleged that Frese, who worked as both a contractor and a full-time employee for DIA, was in a relationship with that journalist and sought to advance the reporter’s career. 

The unauthorized disclosures happened in 2018 and 2019. Prior to that, from August 2017 to August 2018, Frese and the reporter lived together, authorities say. 

In April 2018, after Frese accessed one of the intelligence reports, the journalist asked if he’d be willing to speak with another reporter, prosecutors said. Frese then said he was “down” to help the second journalist — a colleague at an affiliated but different news outlet, authorities say. 

The journalist whom authorities believe had a relationship with Frese published six articles related to information that Frese leaked, authorities say. 

Authorities did not name the two journalists involved and did not say what their media affiliations were. 

Federal authorities said Frese was “captured” last month on court-authorized surveillance of his cell phone orally transmitting classified national defense information to the second journalist

“Henry Kyle Frese was entrusted with top secret information related to the national defense of our country,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney in Alexandria, Va. “Frese allegedly violated that trust, the oath he swore to uphold, and is charged with engaging in dastardly and felonious conduct at the expense of our country. This indictment should serve as a clear reminder to all of those similarly entrusted with National Defense Information that unilaterally disclosing such information for personal gain, or that of others, is not selfless or heroic, it is criminal.”

Frese’s is one of six criminal cases the Justice Department has filed related to unauthorized disclosures in the last two years, the agency said.

This story will be updated. 

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Northam: Virginia to Receive Over $4.2M in POWER Grants

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Appalachian Community Capital (ACC) will receive $1,039,500 for the Opportunity Appalachia project. ACC has partnered with five organizations, including the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth in Ohio, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, and the West Virginia Community Development Hub, to develop a program that attracts investment funding to federally designated Opportunity Zones located in Central Appalachia. Opportunity Appalachia will cultivate investment deals that both benefit investors and provide robust social returns for communities found with the zones. It will provide technical assistance to develop and structure investable transactions, create investment prospectuses and pitch decks, and lead outreach to potential investors. The project will develop transactions to create a portfolio of Opportunity Zone investments in Central Appalachia. This initiative is expected to bring an estimated $7.5 million of new private investment to Opportunity Zones in Central Appalachian coal communities, investing in 15 businesses and creating 720 jobs, 70 of which are projected to be for persons in recovery from substance abuse. Additional funding is being provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

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California man kidnapped girl, 17, who worked with pals to nab him in their own unofficial operation: cops

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A California man was arrested after allegedly kidnapping a girl who, with the help other female teens, lured the man — in an unofficial “sting operation” — to help expose him as an older man looking to sleep with underage girls.

Richard Dreyfus, 32, was contacted by a group of girls on social media and planned to meet up at a location in Vista. When at the spot on Sunday, Dreyfus convinced the 17-year-old girl, whom he allegedly kidnapped, to get into his vehicle to talk. Then he immediately drove away, officials said.

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Dreyfus drove the girl several miles, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. During that time, the teen “was able to send a message for help to the group, who called law enforcement.”

Deputies were able to call Dreyfus’s cell phone and he pulled over. The teen quickly fled from his vehicle, investigators said, adding she was rescued “unharmed.”

Dreyfus was arrested and charged with kidnapping, sending harmful matter to a minor and communication with a minor for specific offenses.

“There does not appear to be any relationship between the suspect and victim outside of their communication through social media,” the sheriff’s office said.

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Investigators said they “strongly” discourage members of the public to try to catch criminals.

“These types of situations can be extremely dangerous and should be handled by your local law enforcement agency,” officials said.

“The Sheriff’s Department takes all crimes against our children extremely serious and is committed to keeping our children and communities safe. If you have information involving a crime, please report it to your local law enforcement agency.”

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49ers’ Richard Sherman says he’ll apologize to Browns’ Baker Mayfield over handshake controversy

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The “handshake-gate” no one really asked for looks to be reaching its denouement. 

It all started when San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman blasted Cleveland Browns quarterback for allegedly not shaking his hand during the pregame captain’s meeting before the 49ers throttled the Browns on Monday night. 

But a video showing Sherman and Mayfield shaking hands circulated around social media Tuesday. Sherman called into the Pat McAfee Show hat in hand. 

“It’s definitely my bad,” Sherman told McAfee. “I never want anybody to have to deal with some (expletive), I mean, some stuff that they didn’t do. And so, you know, the questions that he’s gonna get and the annoying, nonsense questions about some stuff that happened in a game that’s already been done, sure he’ll get an apology for that. I’ll probably reach out to him via text or social media to actually get a hold of him and talk to him in the person, I mean, on the phone. 

“That was a great name you guys came up with. ‘Dap-gate?’ I was crying laughing,” Sherman continued. “He definitely deserves an apology, and that’s my bad on that.”

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Yes, you count, too! We’re Ryan J. Suto and Suher Adi with the YallaCountMeIn (national Arab American Get out the Count) campaign to discuss everything related to the 2020 Census, Ask Us Anything!

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We are 2/3 of Arab American Institute’s Policy Team! Ryan J. Suto is AAI’s in house Policy Counsel. Suher is regarded as the “Arab American Census Guru” for her work on all things 2020 Census but she prefers to go by Suher. She has been running the Yalla Count Me In campaign, the national Arab American Get-Out-The-Count effort aimed at encouraging Arab Americans to participate in the 2020 Census. Arab Americans are designated as a Hard to Count community. That is to say that Arab Americans are severely undercounted. The Census Bureau estimated that in 2017 there were 2.2 million Arab Americans in the United States whereas AAI’s research finds that number to be around double at 3.7 million. AAI along with other Ancestry Working Group members advocated for the inclusion for the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) category as option for the race & ethnicity portion of the questionnaire. In 2018 the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump White House decided they would not pursue the MENA category. AAI has ongoing litigation with the Office of Management and Budget surrounding the decision to not add a Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) category to the 2020 census, and filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s citizenship question case. The organizations work on the Census began in the late 1980’s as an official partner with the Census Bureau. Since 2001, AAI has served as a Census Information Center partner charged with data dissemination and aggregation on Arab Americans.

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Gwen Stefani says Blake Shelton relationship got her over her divorce from Gavin Rossdale

Gwen Stefani says that she’s spent the last four years with Blake Shelton getting over her ex, Gavin Rossdale.

The former “No Doubt” singer is featured on the November cover of Shape magazine, where she opened up about her relationship with the country singer, whom she began dating in 2015 after her high-profile split from Rossdale.

“I feel as if I spent the last four years healing—you know, trying to build my life again,” she told the outlet. “Having a best friend like Blake to help me do that has been one of the greatest gifts.”

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Singer Gwen Stefani (L) and recording artist Blake Shelton attend the grand opening of the “Gwen Stefani – Just a Girl” residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. (Getty)

Shelton and Stefani got together when they were both coaches on “The Voice” in Season 9. At the time, she was divorcing her husband of more than a decade and he was divorcing his wife of four years, Miranda Lambert. Since then, the duo has been inseparable, with Shelton even taking on responsibilities with her three kids, Kingston, 13, Apollo, 5, and Zuma, 11.

They’re currently working on “The Voice” Season 17 together in addition to Stefani’s many other duties.

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Singer Gavin Rossdale arrives at the 2010 American Music Awards in Los Angeles November 21, 2010. (Reuters)

“Balance is the hardest thing, but it’s also the most important—being with my family, having time with Blake where we just watch movies,” she explained. “It seems like, with your career, you have to keep swimming, keep moving, or else you’re going to look back and go, ‘Shoot, it’s over.’ I don’t like feeling like that. I want to do creative things when I want, and I want to stop chasing all the time. It’s hard, but I’m really enjoying being in the moment.”

Stefani made a big move toward balancing her workload this week when she announced she will not return as a coach for Season 18 of the hit reality competition.

The news comes after Nick Jonas was revealed to be a new coach on the singing competition series. He joins Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

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Instead, Stefani, 50, will focus on the final dates of her “Just a Girl” Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater in February and May 2020.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.

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We are 2/3 of Arab American Institute’s Policy Team! Ryan J. Suto is AAI’s in house Policy Counsel. Suher is regarded as the “Arab American Census Guru” for her work on all things 2020 Census but she prefers to go by Suher. She has been running the Yalla Count Me In campaign, the national Arab American Get-Out-The-Count effort aimed at encouraging Arab Americans to participate in the 2020 Census. Arab Americans are designated as a Hard to Count community. That is to say that Arab Americans are severely undercounted. The Census Bureau estimated that in 2017 there were 2.2 million Arab Americans in the United States whereas AAI’s research finds that number to be around double at 3.7 million. AAI along with other Ancestry Working Group members advocated for the inclusion for the Middle Eastern North African (MENA) category as option for the race & ethnicity portion of the questionnaire. In 2018 the Office of Management and Budget in the Trump White House decided they would not pursue the MENA category. AAI has ongoing litigation with the Office of Management and Budget surrounding the decision to not add a Middle Eastern or North African (MENA) category to the 2020 census, and filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court’s citizenship question case. The organizations work on the Census began in the late 1980’s as an official partner with the Census Bureau. Since 2001, AAI has served as a Census Information Center partner charged with data dissemination and aggregation on Arab Americans.

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Rihanna declined Super Bowl performance in support of Colin Kaepernick: ‘I just couldn’t be a sellout’

Rihanna is confirming those reports that she declined an offer to perform during the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show.

In an interview with Vogue, the magazine’s November cover star was asked if she said no to the gig “in solidarity” with Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback who was the first player to protest police brutality and social inequality during the national anthem, when he chose to sit and later kneel in the beginning of the 2016 season while the anthem played.

“Absolutely,” she told the outlet. “I couldn’t dare do that. For what? Who gains from that? Not my people. I just couldn’t be a sellout. I couldn’t be an enabler.

“There’s things within that organization that I do not agree with at all,” she continued, “and I was not about to go and be of service to them in any way.”

USA TODAY has reached out to the NFL via the Sports Network, Kaepernick and Pepsi, the official sponsor of the performance.

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During her sit-down with the magazine, the 31-year-old Barbadian songstress also discussed new music. 

“I have been trying to get back into the studio,” she said. “It’s not like I can lock myself in for an extended amount of time, like I had the luxury of doing before. I know I have some very unhappy fans who don’t understand the inside bits of how it works.”

She described her next album as “reggae-inspired or reggae-infused.” 

“It’s not gonna be typical of what you know as reggae. But you’re going to feel the elements in all of the tracks,” she said, adding that the genre is “in my blood.

“It doesn’t matter how far or long removed I am from that culture, or my environment that I grew up in; it never leaves. It’s always the same high,” she said. “Even though I’ve explored other genres of music, it was time to go back to something that I haven’t really homed in on completely for a body of work.”

Rihanna didn’t say when the new album would be released. 

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