Report: At Least 9 Shot Friday into Sunday Morning Across Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago

At least nine people were shot, three fatally, Friday into Sunday morning across Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the first of the three fatalities occurred around 8 p.m. at a gas station in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Two men were sitting in a vehicle when someone opened fire on them, leaving a 27-year-old wounded but in good condition and a 28-year-old dead. The second fatality of the weekend occurred about 24-hours later, when a 43-year-old man was found face down “in the 7600 block of South Loomis Boulevard.” He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. The third fatality of the weekend occurred Sunday morning about 12:20 a.m. “in the 5900 block of

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Claim: Up to 60 Per Cent of Milan Restaurants Could Go Under Due to Lockdowns

Locals in the city of Milan have warned that many businesses, particularly restaurants, face permanent closure due to the lockdowns implemented to stop the spread of the Wuhan virus. Giovanni Subioli, a local manager of one of Milan’s most popular bars and member of the city’s Gastronomy Association, claimed that up to 60 per cent of the city’s restaurants could face permanent closure due to lack of revenue during the lockdowns. While bars and restaurants are ordered to close by 6 p.m. at the latest, some ignore the curfew rules such as those along the Naviglio Grande canal, which have been spotted with customers dining and drinking outside after the curfew, German tabloid Bild reports. Camilla Benvenuto, a retail shop manager,

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EU Solidarity Cracks as Merkel’s Germany Tightens Borders Against Neighbours

BERLIN (AP) – Germany on Sunday implemented tighter border controls on its frontiers with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol province in an effort to stem the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants. The new restrictions that took effect at midnight limit entry from those areas to German citizens and residents, truck drivers, transport and health service staff and a few others, who have to register online and show a negative coronavirus test. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the new checks may cause some delays at the border and German police “will not just wave traffic through.” Infection rates in Germany have been declining steadily in recent weeks but officials are concerned about the

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Joe Biden Confronts Trump Acquittal: ‘Substance of the Charge Not in Dispute’

President Joe Biden confronted the acquittal of former President Donald Trump on Saturday by declaring that although Republican senators in the main did not vote against Trump, the “substance of the charge” that spawned the impeachment trial to his mind was “not in dispute.” As Breitbart news reported,  the Senate failed to clear the 67-vote barrier necessary to convict Trump of the charge he incited an insurrection on January 6, when Congress was certifying the 2020 presidential election. Seven Senate Republicans voted to convict Trump of inciting an insurrection, including Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ben Sasse (R-NE). Biden, who was at the Camp David presidential retreat when the

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Pollak: Trump’s Lawyers Beat the ‘Cancel Culture’

Free speech won an important victory Saturday, when the Senate acquitted former President Donald Trump of incitement. Trump’s lawyers defended the principle that the First Amendment applies everywhere, including Congress, contrary to what lead House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) argued. Moreover, they defeated what Trump defense attorney Michael van der Veen mocked as the “Raskin Doctrine”: the idea that only Democrats are entitled to free speech. Van der Veen — a street-smart Philadelphia lawyer, the perfect contrast to Raskin’s academic legal pretensions — called the Democrats’ argument “constitutional cancel culture.” What Raskin and his team were trying to do was to say that political speech with provocative words like “fight” was perfectly acceptable if Democrats used it —

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Pollak: Trump Acquittal Shows Congress Is Not Exempt from the Constitution

House impeachment managers argued Saturday, as throughout former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, that Congress is exempt from the Constitution. Lead manager Rep. Raskin (D-MD) said that because this was not a criminal trial, the legal requirements for “incitement” did not apply, the right to due process did not apply, and even the cherished First Amendment did not apply. In effect, Raskin argued, Congress was exempt from following constitutional principles. Last year, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the same argument. Due process did not apply to the president in impeachment, he said, and therefore it did not matter that the president could not cross-examine witnesses, or call the so-called “whistleblower.” The House had clearly violated the president’s

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Joe Biden Deputy Press Secretary T.J. Ducklo Resigns over Scandal

President Joe Biden’s deputy press secretary T.J. Ducklo resigned Saturday, unable to survive the scandal of verbally abusing a female reporter on the phone. “No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior,” Ducklo wrote in his resignation statement, admitting that his conversation was “abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable.” White House press secretary Jen Psaki accepted Ducklo’s resignation in a statement on Saturday evening. “We are committed to striving every day to meet the standard set by the President in treating others with dignity and respect, with civility and with a value for others through our words and our actions,” she said, noting that senior staff spoke with Ducklo about the incident on Saturday evening. The

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Trump Lawyer Van Der Veen: ‘My Home Was Attacked,’ ‘My Entire Family, My Business, My Law Firm Are Under Siege Right Now’

Following former President Donald Trump’s acquittal on Saturday, defense attorney Michael Van Der Veen relayed his own personal situation for having taken the case during an appearance on FNC’s “America’s News HQ. Van Der Veen revealed it has come at a cost but would not elaborate beyond personal property damage and threats to his family and well-being. “My home was attacked,” he said. “I’d rather not go into that. To answer your question, my entire family, my business, my law firm are under siege right now. I don’t really want to go into that, though. What I’d really like to do is talk about the merits of the case.” Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor

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Trump Lawyer Van Der Veen: ‘We Demolished Their Case — They Were Like a Dying Animal That We Had Trapped in the Corner’

During an appearance on FNC’s “America’s News HQ” following former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial acquittal Trump’s defense attorney Michael Van Der Veen reacted to the U.S. Senate’s verdict, describing the events of the day before as being pivotal in his client’s victory. “Nothing really surprised me,” he said. “What had happened was the day before, we demolished their case, and they were like a dying animal that we had trapped in the corner. And so, this morning, their last gaps were swinging out at us trying to save their case, and it didn’t work. So we were kind of expecting them to pull on something. There was a stipulation the night before. They pulled it out from under the rug

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Navy SEAL Marc Lee (KIA): ‘Leading from the Front’

Navy SEAL Marc Lee, Team 3, was killed during a firefight in Ramadi, Iraq, on August 2, 2006, the first SEAL to die during the combat operations that began in 2003. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, and the Military Times published an excerpt from the award citation: During the operation, one element member was wounded by enemy fire. The element completed the casualty evacuation, regrouped and returned onto the battlefield to continue the fight,” the citation reads. “Petty Officer Lee and his SEAL element maneuvered to assault an unidentified enemy position. He, his teammates, Bradley Fighting Vehicles and Abrams tanks engaged enemy positions with suppressive fire from an adjacent building to the north. To protect the lives of

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