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Televangelist Pat Robertson lashes out at Kimberly Potter and police, says there’s ‘no comparison’ between a Taser and a gun

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Pat Robertson criticized President Trump on Tuesday, saying he should be uniting and healing the country and that forcing out protesters “isn’t cool.”
  • Televangelist Pat Robertson criticized Brooklyn Center police and Kimberly Potter on the "700 Club."
  • Robertson said "it's crazy," that Potter and the department claimed she mistakenly grabbed her gun.
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Right-wing televangelist Pat Robertson on Thursday derided former Brooklyn Center police officer Kimberly Potter, on his show "The 700 Club," for allegedly confusing her gun for a Taser.

Potter shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. The now-former police chief claimed in a press conference after the shooting that she accidentally used her Taser instead of her gun.

"Now how she made the difference, when she shot that poor guy to death, saying this is what I thought was my Taser," Robertson said. He held a plastic handgun, as well as a replica Taser to show the difference. "And if you can't tell the difference in the feel of those things, it's crazy!"

Robertson praised the police on his show but also left room for criticism.

"They do a good job, but if they don't stop this onslaught, they cannot do this," he exclaimed.

"And the police, why don't they open their eyes to what the public relations are, they've got to stop this stuff!" he said during the show.

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Rep. Liz Cheney tells Fox News she would not support Trump if he were the 2024 GOP nominee

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Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., conduct a news conference after a meeting with the House Republican Conference on September 23, 2020.

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, told Fox News on Wednesday that she would not support former President Donald Trump if he were nominated as the Republican Party's 2024 candidate.

During an interview with Neil Cavuto, Cheney expressed her dismay with President Joe Biden's announcement that his administration will pull US troops out of Afghanistan by September 11. She also discussed her anger at the January 6 Capitol siege.

Cavuto finished the interview by asking Cheney where she stood on Donald Trump's political future within the GOP.

"If Donald Trump were the 2024 nominee, would you support him?" Cavuto asked Cheney.

"I would not," Cheney said.

Trump and Cheney have traded barbs in the past, representing the deepening rift within the GOP between Trump loyalists and GOP lawmakers who have distanced themselves from the former president.

Nikki Haley and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell, who have criticized Trump for instigating the insurrection on January 6, have said they would support Trump should he win the GOP nomination.

Earlier this week, Cheney accused Trump of "embracing insurrection," and in January, Cheney voted to impeach Trump.

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Kim Godwin named as next president of ABC News, becoming first Black executive to head up a broadcast network’s news division

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Kimberly Godwin, a former CBS News executive and longtime broadcast operations professional, has been named the next president of ABC News, becoming the first Black executive to run a broadcast network's news organization, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

Godwin will succeed former ABC News president James Goldston. Godwin will leave CBS News, where she has worked since 2007, and oversee ABC News' programming, including popular productions like "Good Morning America," "The View," and "World News Tonight."

The move is part of a broader shake-up at ABC News after Disney's Peter Rice asserted control of the network. Part of Godwin's mission is expected to be to develop a news-streaming addition to Disney plus and Hulu+.

"Throughout Kim's career in global news organizations and local newsrooms, she has distinguished herself as a fierce advocate for excellence, collaboration, inclusion, and the vital role of accurate and transparent news reporting," Rice said in a statement to Deadline.

In her own statement, Godwin told Deadline: "I have immense respect and admiration for ABC News. As the most trusted brand in news, they are to be commended for the extraordinary work and dedication of the journalists, producers, executives, and their teams across the organization."

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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Biden says it ‘remains to be determined’ if fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota was accidental

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President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington
  • President Joe Biden said it "remains to be determined" if the shooting of Duante Wright was accidental or not.
  • Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot during a routine traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
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In his first remarks about the police killing of a 20-year old Black man, Daunte Wright, President Joe Biden said that "it remains to be determined," whether the shooting was accidental or not.

Biden added that he viewed "fairly graphic" body camera footage of Wright's death, where an officer shot him during a routine traffic stop.

The cop mistakenly drew their gun instead of a Taser, according to Minnesota police. The officer is on administrative leave while authorities investigate the deadly shooting.

Biden said would review additional details before calling the Wright family, saying the family was in his prayers.

"We do know that the anger pain and trauma amidst the Black community is real," said Biden. He added: "There is absolutely no justification for looting, no justification for violence."

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Anti-Defamation league calls on Fox News to fire Tucker Carlson after host embraces white supremacist “great replacement theory” on air

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson
  • ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt sent a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott asking for Tucker Carlson to be fired.
  • On Thursday, Carlson openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement theory.
  • The racist theory alleges that masses of foreigners are invading the US to strip white Americans of political power.
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The Anti-Defamation League has called for Tucker Carlson to be fired a day after the Fox News host openly embraced the white supremacist Great Replacement conspiracy theory on air.

"Given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go," ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott.

On Thursday night, Carlson alleged that Democrats were "importing a brand new electorate" of "Third World" immigrants to "dilute" the political power of Americans.

He referenced the replacement theory, a well-known racist philosophy that has inspired racist violence and mass murder in the US and around the world for years and presumes that white, western populations are facing a demographic ticking clock in multicultural societies.

A Fox News spokesperson told Insider that Carlson was making an argument about voting rights.

"I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term 'replacement,' if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate - the voters now casting ballots - with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World," Carlson told his audience of millions. "But they become hysterical because that's what's happening, actually. Let's just say it. That's true."

The letter sent by the ADL was first reported by CNN Business. In it, Greenblatt condemned Carlson's "open-ended endorsement of white supremacist ideology."

"This is not legitimate political discourse," Greenblatt wrote in the letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott, according to CNN.

Demonizing immigrants is a recurring theme in Carlson's show, with the host once saying that immigrants make the country "dirtier."

In recent years, replacement theory has been referenced at the white supremacist march on Charlottesville in 2017, where extremists shouted slogans like "Jews will not replace us" and killed peaceful protestor Heather Heyer, and the 2019 El Paso Walmart mass shooting, where a white gunman intentionally targeted predominantly Latino victims.

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House Ethics Committee launches investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz over allegations of sexual misconduct

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Rep. Matt Gaetz.
  • The House Ethics Committee said Friday that it would launch an investigation into Rep. Matt Gaetz.
  • It cited allegations of sexual misconduct and drug use and reports that he'd shown photos of nude women to colleagues.
  • The committee also opened a sexual-misconduct investigation into Rep. Tom Reed.
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The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday that it was launching an investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida over allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit drug use and reports that he had shown photos of nude women to colleagues on the House floor.

The committee also opened an investigation into Rep. Tom Reed over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Gaetz is the focus of a federal criminal investigation into whether he had a sexual relationship with a minor and broke sex-trafficking laws.

The committee's investigation into Gaetz also covers whether the Florida representative used campaign cash for personal use or whether he accepted a bribe or impermissible gift. Several House members, including at least one Republican, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, have called for Gaetz to resign.

Gaetz's office said in a statement on Friday, "Once again, the office will reiterate, these allegations are blatantly false and have not been validated by a single human being willing to put their name behind them."

On Thursday, lawyers representing Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector and Gaetz associate, told a judge that he was on the cusp of a plea agreement. Greenberg was indicted on 33 counts as part of the wide-ranging sex-trafficking investigation; his cooperation with prosecutors would be a seismic development given his long friendship with Gaetz and knowledge of the activities being scrutinized.

Gaetz has repeatedly denied the allegations against him and insisted the federal investigation is part of an elaborate and convoluted scheme to extort his family for $25 million.

Reed was accused of groping a lobbyist at a bar in 2017. He apologized in March, adding that he wouldn't run for another term in 2022.

"We have already publicly addressed this situation and consistent with that are cooperating with the House Ethics Committee to bring this matter to conclusion," Reed told the Politico reporter Nicholas Wu on Friday.

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Tennessee makes it possible to carry a handgun without training or a background check for most adults 21 or older

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A Tennessee State Trooper stands guard on the grounds of the State Capitol Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. The FBI has warned of the potential for armed protests at the nation's Capitol and all 50 state capitol buildings beginning this weekend.
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill allowing most adults 21 or older to carry guns without background checks.
  • The bill was signed on Thursday, hours after President Joe Biden issued executive orders on gun control.
  • Tennessee's law will go into effect on July 1, 2021.
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Hours after President Joe Biden rolled out a series of executive orders aimed at curbing gun violence, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a bill allowing most residents over 21 in the state to carry a gun without a permit or a background check.

Tennessee becomes the nineteenth US state to have permit-less gun carry laws.

The law will go into effect on July 1, 2021, and was a top legislative priority for Lee. In an announcement about the bill, the governor thanked the National Rifle Association for their help with the bill.

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The federal sex trafficking probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz is looking at trips he took to the Bahamas, CBS News says

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., takes a question from reporters outside a closed door meeting where Catherine Croft, a State Department adviser on Ukraine, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper testify as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.
  • A new report from CBS News claims that federal investigators are looking into trips that Rep. Matt Gaetz took to the Bahamas.
  • Gaetz is under investigation for violating federal sex trafficking laws.
  • Investigators are allegedly looking at whether Gaetz trafficked escorts across international lines.
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The Justice Department investigation into whether Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz broke federal sex trafficking laws is reportedly zeroing in on a series of trips Gaetz took to the Bahamas in 2018 and 2019 with a marijuana entrepreneur, according to CBS News.

Sources who spoke with CBS News said that Gaetz was joined by weed businessman and hand surgeon Jason Pirozzolo on his trips to the Bahamas, and that Pirozzolo paid for flights, hotels, and female escorts.

Investigators are reportedly looking at whether women were trafficked across state and international lines during those trips with Gaetz.

In a statement to CBS News, Gaetz's office said: "Rep. Gaetz has never paid for sex, nor has he had sex with an underage girl. What began with blaring headlines about 'sex trafficking' has now turned into a general fishing exercise about vacations and consensual relationships with adults. Yesterday, we even learned of some nonsense 'pardon' story that turned out to be false, and today it's just more euphemism. It's interesting to watch the Washington wheels grinding so hard every time one of their falsehoods gets knocked down."

Insider reached out to Gaetz's office for comment.

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Virginia General Assembly passes law allowing for legal possession of one ounce of Marijuana

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The Virginia State Capitol in Richmond.

The Virginia General Assembly passed a bill on Wednesday allowing for the legal possession of up to one ounce of Marijuana.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax broke a 20-20 tie in the Virginia Senate, moving the legislation forward years earlier than anticipated.

The measure will go into effect on July 1, 2021. Virginia has become the 16th state to legalize recreational Marijuana, and the first southern state to do so.

Gov. Ralph Northam has signaled his willingness to sign the bill, and had moved it's implementation date to July 1 instead of January 1, 2024, arguing that the state should not continue to criminalize Marijuana users.

Democratic Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn also applauded the bill.

"Today, with the Governor's amendments, we will have made tremendous progress in ending the targeting of Black and brown Virginians through selective enforcement of marijuana prohibition by this summer," she said in a statement.

Virginia residents 21 and older can legally possess, use and grow Marijuana from July 1 onwards, but the timeline for recreational dispensaries to receive licenses could take years.

This story is developing. Check back for updates.

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The Arizona Senate rejected a bill that would have banned nearly all abortions

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An activist in Ohio is seen holding a placard that says keep clinics open during a May 2019 protest.
  • Arizona's state Senate on Wednesday voted against a sweeping anti-abortion bill.
  • If passed, it would have virtually banned all abortion services and instituted jail sentences for doctors who offered them.
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Arizona's state Senate on Wednesday voted against SB 1457, a sweeping anti-abortion bill that would have virtually banned all abortion services, and instituted jail sentences for doctors who offered them.

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