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Journalist 'Survived' Post-Election With Conspiracy Theorist Boyfriend

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 5:34pm
MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to return to a subject that we've addressed before but which has returned with full force in recent days, and that is the reality that Americans are, in fact, living in different realities. And it's become very clear that conspiracy theories shared online and from the highest elected offices are informing many Americans' sense of the world. We wanted to talk more about why that is and what effect this is having on the country and on relationships, so we've called Trent Kay Maverick. We spoke with Trent last year after she wrote an article in The Washington Post about navigating her relationship with her boyfriend, who, she discovered, believes in some of these conspiracies, such as those espoused by QAnon. And Trent Kay Maverick is with us once again. Trent, thanks so much for coming back on. Welcome. TRENT KAY MAVERICK: Thanks so much for having me on the show again, Michel. I really appreciate it. MARTIN: So just to remind folks who may not have heard

As Inauguration Nears, Concern Of More Violence Grows

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 4:49pm
The violence at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was unprecedented in modern U.S. history — but some pro-Trump extremists are promising it was just a taste of things to come. "Many of Us will return on January 19, 2021, carrying Our weapons, in support of Our nation's resolve, towhich [sic] the world will never forget!!!" one person wrote on Parler, a site friendly to right-wing extremists. "We will come in numbers that no standing army or police agency can match." That post was one of dozens spotted by the Alethea Group, which tracks online threats and disinformation. Various virtual fliers circulating on social media promise an "armed march" on Capitol Hill and in every state capital a few days before the inauguration. Other posts promise violence on Inauguration Day itself. One post encourages supporters to meet in D.C. specifically to prevent President-elect Joe Biden from entering the White House. It's unclear how serious the threats of more violence are, but the continued

Bills beat Colts 27-24 for 1st playoff win in 25 years

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 4:48pm
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills earned their first playoff victory in a quarter-century on Saturday when Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, scored another rushing, and Micah Hyde batted down Philip Rivers' desperation pass for a 27-24 win over the Indianapolis Colts in a wild-card game. Buffalo snapped an 0-6 postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. And it came in the Bills' first home playoff game in 24 years, with a limited number of 6,700 fans in attendance for the first time this season. Allen finished 26 of 35 for 324 yards, with a 5-yard touchdown to Dawson Knox and a 35-yarder to Stefon Diggs. The game wasn't decided until the final play, when Rivers faced fourth-and-11 from Buffalo's 47. Rivers heaved a deep pass for T.Y. Hilton, who was surrounded by defenders in the right side of the end zone. Hyde broke through the crowd of bodies, leaping up and batting the ball to the ground. It just so happens, Hyde was

Three additional cases of UK COVID strain found in NY

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 4:37pm
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that three additional cases of the UK strain of the COVID-19 virus have been detected in New York state. Two of the cases are connected to the initial discovery of the UK strain identified in Saratoga Springs last week, while a third case, unrelated to the Saratoga Springs exposures, has been traced back to an individual living on Long Island. At a news briefing on Saturday Cuomo also talked about the additional vaccinations against COVID-19 that will start gearing up next week. He was asked about whether people with auto-immune disorders might get preference in getting their vaccine sooner than other people. Cuomo said at this point, besides healthcare and certain essential workers, those who are 75 and older are the only part of the general population to be vaccinated in the upcoming weeks. “75-plus is the overwhelmingly highest percentage of mortality, and that’s why we’re starting with 75-plus.” Cuomo says that as the supply of the COVID

Mayor Lovely Warren officially announces re-election bid

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 3:45pm
Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren officially kicked off her re-election bid for a third term on Saturday, posting a video on her YouTube and Facebook pages. Warren hinted at goals she would be interested on following through on in a new term when she released her State of the City address on Thursday, which she did in the form of a video and a 48-page booklet. Her reelection video released on Saturday hit some of those same themes, including talking about her “Equity and Recovery Agenda.” Those themes include bringing more educational and economic opportunities in an equitable way to city residents. In the 5-minute campaign video, Warren cited improvements in affordable housing, education and employment that happened under her watch. Warren is also facing a cloud on her campaign due to the indictment last fall on campaign finance charges. Warren has said she will fight those charges. She has also faced criticism and questions surrounding the death of Daniel Prude last March, after he was

'Now The World Gets To See The Difference': BLM Protesters On The Capitol Attack

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 2:39pm
From her couch in Minneapolis, Nuny Nichols watched a mob of largely white extremists stage an insurrection in Washington, D.C., set up a noose on a wooden beam outside the U.S. Capitol and walk a symbol of violence and slavery — the Confederate flag — through the building as they stormed and raided it. She was angry, but she was not surprised at the way people in the mob laughed as they took things from the building. There were white extremists who felt at ease giving their names to media outlets and taking selfies with a white police officer. It stood in stark contrast to the way law enforcement handled protests for Black lives this summer in Minneapolis, where Nichols demonstrated. "People who were just out there to protest — to make sure our voice is being heard — as soon as they were getting even close to a building, or even close to a police officer, they were instantly tear gassing and they were shooting rubber bullets," she recalls. Meanwhile, she watched this actual mob,

3 More Charged In Capitol Break-In, Including Men Identified In Viral Images

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 2:28pm
Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET The Justice Department has charged three more people , including two identified from widely circulated photos, related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Jacob Anthony Chansley, Adam Johnson and Derrick Evans were all charged in a federal court Saturday for their alleged actions during Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, said a DOJ statement. The Justice Department said that two of the men charged Saturday were seen in some of the best-known images of the mob that stormed the Capitol after being spurred on by President Trump's remarks at a rally. Chansley of Arizona, who the DOJ says is also known as Jake Angeli, is identified as the so-called "QAnon shaman" who was seen in several photos — most memorably standing at the Senate dais — with his face painted and wearing a bearskin headdress. The statement also identifies Johnson of Florida as the man seen carrying the House speaker's lectern under his arm and through the halls of the Capitol. Both men's

For Some New Americans, Capitol Attack Was An Echo Of Turmoil They'd Hoped To Escape

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 9:01am
Earlier this week, 34-year-old management consultant Rhazi Koné was taking a walk through his Washington, D.C., neighborhood when he noticed an unusual group of people. "I think maybe four men and two women and they didn't have any masks on," he recalls. "And I walked past them, and noticed that two of them had jackets on which said 'Proud Boys.' " The letters were in yellow on black jackets — the colors of the Proud Boys, a violent gang of self-described Western chauvinists that have become a staple at pro-Trump demonstrations. It was Tuesday, the day before the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Koné's apartment is only about 15 minutes away from the Capitol. The next day, as he was watching the news, it began to dawn on him that something big was happening. He went to the rooftop of his building — he could see the Capitol from there. "It looked just like madness. Just looked like a movie," he says. "And it just really felt like something terrible was happening. For many Americans, this

Why Some Georgia Voters Split Their Ballots Between Democrats And Republicans

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 9:00am
Two Democrats in Georgia won the state's U.S. Senate runoffs this week — a stunning upset after nearly two decades of Republican control that also handed Democrats a narrow majority in the Senate. But even though both parties ran their candidates as one ticket, nearly 20,000 Georgians so far appear to have split their tickets in the two races, between Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock and Republican Sen. David Perdue. "It didn't seem like there was a lot of daylight in terms of policy in terms of their stances on [President] Trump, in terms of what they do for Georgia between David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler," said Bernard Fraga, a political scientist at Emory University. "So the fact that a relatively small number of Republican voters were willing to vote for David Perdue but not Kelly Loeffler is an interesting phenomenon." Nathan Muller is one of these Georgians who saw daylight between the candidates where campaign strategists designed there to be none. The software engineer from

Rep. Jamie Raskin On The Life And Legacy Of His Son, Tommy Raskin

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 8:47am
By the age of 25, Thomas Bloom Raskin had already accomplished a great deal: He was a graduate of Amherst College, who went on to intern at the Cato Institute and J Street among other prominent organizations; a passionate vegan who wrote philosophical defenses of animal rights and converted those around him to giving up meat; a political writer who had essays published in The Nation and elsewhere; and a law student and teaching assistant at Harvard Law School, who donated from his teaching salary to charities in his students' names. Tommy, as his father Jamie Raskin calls him, was also tormented by depression. Tommy Raskin took his own life on Dec. 31. "Tommy was remarkable from the beginning," Jamie Raskin tells NPR's Scott Simon. "He had a photographic memory and, like some other kids in our family, knew all the presidents and vice presidents in order. But it wasn't his mind that marked him as so extraordinary. It was his heart. The stories of his love and compassion are absolutely

Indonesian Passenger Plane With 62 On Board Goes Missing Minutes After Takeoff

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 8:42am
Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET An Indonesian passenger plane carrying 62 people lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after takeoff from the nation's capital of Jakarta on Saturday, according to state transportation officials. The Ministry of Transportation confirmed that airport authorities lost contact with the plane, Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, at approximately 2:40 p.m. local time. The plane, a Boeing 737-500, had taken off from Jakarta less than an hour earlier bound for the city of Pontianak on Indonesia's Borneo island. Typically, it's a flight that is around 90 minutes long. About four minutes after takeoff, the plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than a minute, according to the flight tracking site Flightradar24 . The state-run Antara news agency said the plane had been climbing to an altitude of 13,000 feet before it lost contact with air traffic controllers at a position less than 15 miles from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The plane was carrying

Illinois Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi On The Violence At The Capitol

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:52am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The flag over the U.S. Capitol has been lowered to half-staff. I saw it on my way into the studio today. Democracy had a near-death experience this week when a mob overran the building. Five people did die in the siege, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. The bill to impeach President Trump for incitement of insurrection will be introduced by Democrats on Monday if he doesn't resign first. Members of both parties are calling for President Trump to be held accountable for encouraging the mob. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi, Democrat of Illinois, joins us. He was in his office when the attack began and was escorted to safety. He and his staff were unharmed. Congressman, thanks so much for being with us on this momentous week. RAJA KRISHNAMOORTHI: Good morning, Scott. SIMON: What does a bill to impeach accomplish when Trump has just 12 days left in office and the Senate probably doesn't have time to hold a trial

Twitter Permanently Suspends President Trump's Account Ahead Of Inauguration Day

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:52am
SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Tommy Raskin played jazz piano. He always made time for the lonely kids in class, disdained gossip, loved animals and believed they have rights. He won prizes at Amherst, wrote poetry, drew people to veganism and went on to Harvard Law. But this young man, with what his parents called a riotously outrageous and relentless sense of humor, began to be tortured later in his 20s by a blindingly painful and merciless disease called depression. Tommy Raskin was 25 when he took his own life at his home on the day of New Year's Eve. His father, Representative Jamie Raskin of Maryland, joins us. Congressman, thank you for making time for us. Our condolences to you and your wife, Sarah, and your family. JAMIE RASKIN: Thank you for inviting me to talk to you, Scott. SIMON: Tell us about your son, who you and your wife called a radiant light in this broken world? RASKIN: Well, Tommy was remarkable from the beginning. He had a photographic memory and, like some other kids in our

Week In Politics: How Likely Are Efforts To Remove Trump To Succeed?

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:52am
Copyright 2021 NPR. To see more, visit SCOTT SIMON, HOST: So what might any consequences for the president be after this week's assault on the nation's Capitol? NPR senior Washington editor and correspondent Ron Elving joins us. Ron, thank you. RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good to be with you, Scott. SIMON: Donald Trump has little more than a week left in office. Senator Murkowski of Alaska called on him to resign yesterday. Democrats in the House are working up articles of impeachment. There has been talk about the 25th Amendment being invoked. Any chance any of these efforts may succeed before President Trump does one or more of the things that they fear he might? ELVING: We are not likely to see the 25th Amendment, Scott. It's never been used except for a matter of hours for medical situations. And resignation would not seem to be in President Trump's nature. So unless Vice President Pence decides to push for it, there does not seem to be enough motivation within the Cabinet to remove him

Trumpism Suffers Untold Damage In Its Collision With The U.S. Capitol

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:36am
It took a building to bring down Donald Trump. Unleashing the angriest of his supporters this week against the U.S. Capitol may have been only the culmination of Trump's 60-month campaign against the Washington establishment. But it was also its undoing. And his. When the crowd that Trump whipped up on the Ellipse marched up the National Mall with his blessing and encouragement, they became a mob assaulting and invading the Capitol. The Capitol is the closest thing to a national civic temple we have or would ever want in America. People who have been there once remember the awe they felt. People who go there nearly every day can still have that feeling. That was why we were sickened by the real-time video and endlessly repeated images of desecration and terror on Wednesday — images we will live with for the rest of our lives. In substance, the mob's aim was to stop the orderly, bipartisan process of electing a president. Serious as that was, what gave it the force to shock and change

Injections Of Second Coronavirus Vaccine Doses Have Begun

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:00am
As states try to broaden the reach of their coronavirus vaccination campaigns and navigate uncertain supply chains, many of the first people to receive their shots are just now completing the final act of immunity, the second dose, which boosts the efficacy of both available U.S. vaccines to about 95%. Many health care workers and others at high risk who had the Pfizer shots in mid December lined up for their "booster" shot this week, due to be given 21 days after the initial dose. The second shot carries many of the same logistical challenges as the first one, from cold chain requirements to administering the dose safely, plus the added challenge of ensuring the second dose is actually available to the correct people according to the drugmaker's dosing timeline. "In the United States, we are still struggling in many ways with our ability to simply get the vaccine into people's arms, so the second dose adds further difficulties," says Dr. Glenn Morris, director of Emerging Pathogens

Trump Officials Approve Tennessee's Controversial Request To Revamp Medicaid Funding

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:00am
With less than a dozen days left in power, the Trump administration on Friday approved a radically different Medicaid financing system in Tennessee. With this move, the federal government is for the first time granting a state broader authority in the operation of its health insurance program for the poor without interference from Washington, allowing Tennessee to make decisions on such issues as whether to add new benefits or eligibility categories or spend Medicaid dollars outside of health care, if it thinks that would help enrollees. Instead of the open-ended federal contribution to the funding of Medicaid in all other states — which increases with higher enrollment and associated health costs — Tennessee will instead get a capped amount of money, via an annual block grant. The annual funding cap will increase if enrollment grows. What's different is that, unlike with other states, Medicaid funding to Tennessee won't automatically keep up with rising expenses. The approval is a 10

Can Trump Pardon Himself?

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 7:00am
With pressure mounting from all sides, President Trump is reportedly telling aides — once again — that he wants to pardon himself. Even before he was elected, Trump had a grandiose view of his ability to defy political gravity. In 2016, he gleefully and famously told a campaign rally, "I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and not lose any voters." His lawyers would later argue that same kind of legal immunity in court, and from the early days of his time in office, the power he appeared to relish most was the pardon power. It is near absolute; he need not consult anyone; and early on as the Russia probe began to unfold, Trump was asking aides whether he could pardon himself. It's a question he has returned to in recent weeks. News organizations, including ABC and The New York Times , have reported that Trump has told advisers he wants to pardon himself, as well as his children and their spouses so that they cannot be investigated and prosecuted for federal

More Than A Dozen GOP State Lawmakers Attended Rally That Gave Way To Riots

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 5:00am
Updated Saturday at 10:14 a.m. ET Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Amanda Chase is facing calls to resign after attending the pro-Trump rally in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Chase addressed a crowd at the event but said she departed "just in time" before a mob began to riot and force its way into the U.S. Capitol. Chase is one of more than a dozen state lawmakers from across the country who were in the nation's capital Wednesday, including newly elected West Virginia state Del. Derrick Evans , a Republican who is now facing charges after a video he live-streamed showed him entering the Capitol building. Republican lawmakers from at least eight other states — Michigan , Missouri , Tennessee , Pennsylvania , Nevada , Alaska , Arizona and Illinois — were present ahead of the riot or said they departed as the mob began to storm. Two outgoing state representatives — Rep. Anthony Kern of Arizona and Rep. Vernon Jones of Georgia, who announced earlier that day he

Kim Jong Un Calls U.S. North Korea's 'Biggest Enemy,' Vows To Advance Nuclear Arsenal

WXXI US News - Sat, 01/09/2021 - 4:10am
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un staked out a hardline position just days ahead of President-elect Joe Biden taking office, calling the United States his country's "biggest enemy," and vowing to advance his country's nuclear arsenal. "Our external political activities must focus on controlling and subjugating the United States, our archenemy and the biggest stumbling block to the development of our revolution," Kim said, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). "No matter who takes power in the United States, its true nature and its policy toward our country will never change," he added. Kim made the remarks Friday at the ruling Workers Party 8 th congress in Pyongyang. Analysts have been parsing reports of the congress for signs of new policies, and this is the first indication of Kim's position towards a new U.S. administration. President-elect Joe Biden has promised "principled diplomacy" with North Korea, implying a break with President Donald Trump's high-stakes
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