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A Tennessee state senator has been charged with theft and embezzlement of over $600,000 in federal funds, Yahoo Finance reports.

A criminal complaint was filed against Senator Katrina Robinson, who is accused of stealing funds from government programs for her own personal enrichment.

Robinson, a Democrat elected to the General Assembly in 2018, received more than $2.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her Memphis-based nursing school.

Robinson, a professional nurse, is director of The Healthcare Institute, which provides CNA training for jobs in the health care field, U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said in a news release on Wednesday.

Robinson allegedly stole more than $600,000 and used some of the money to pay for her wedding costs, honeymoon expenses, legal fees for her divorce, and a 2016 Jeep Renegade for her daughter.

Robinson allegedly transferred cash from her nursing school's bank account to her personal bank accounts between 2015 and 2019.

The FBI executed a search warrant on her Memphis home in February. FBI agents visited her home again on Tuesday, OAN News reports.

The FBI launched an investigation after receiving a tip that Robinson used school funds to purchase a Louis Vuitton handbag.

Robinson also used the money on credit card payments, hair and beauty supplies, and home improvements, including a wrought iron front door valued at more than $5,000, the FBI said.

She also spent more than $4,700 on makeup, video services and a party for her wedding, and $5,000 on a trip to Jamaica, according to Yahoo.

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Robinson was defensive as she spoke with reporters on the courthouse steps on Wednesday.

"It is believed that if I were not in the position that I'm in, that if I did not champion the voices, the views and the faces that I represent, that I would not be in this moment right now with you today,” Robinson said.

Robinson said she will continue serving her district in the Senate "with the same integrity, the same passion that I've demonstrated since you've elected me to this office."

If convicted, Robinson faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. She is up for reelection in 2022.

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President Trump sparked a frenzy on Twitter.com when he proposed a delay in the Nov. 3 election over fears of mail-in voting fraud.

"With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history," Trump tweeted on Friday morning. "It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

The president's tweet triggered a 490-point drop in the stock market amid concerns that the president is attempting to delay the election.

Political analysts say a president can't delay the election unless he gets the approval of Congress.

But Trump's supporters say he is trolling his Twitter followers, as usual.

Democrats expressed fears that Trump is setting himself as a dictator who will refuse to leave the White House if he loses in November.

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Politico.com accidentally let the cat out of the bag when it leaked Joe Biden's choice for his vice president running mate: California Senator Kamala Harris.

Harris posted this Instagram photo of herself and Biden together a few days ago. In the caption, she urged her followers to get their "friends, family, neighbors and complete strangers" to vote for Biden on Nov. 3.

Originally published on Monday morning, Politico.com's story "Running-mate rundown: Tracking Joe Biden's VP pick" summarized 12 women that Biden could choose from, but when it came to Kamala Harris's entry, the title read, "Biden's VP Pick."

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In the biographical summary, Politico wrote about the 55-year-old senator, who is mixed-race (Indian and Caucasian):

"Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months.

In his announcement, Biden, 77, called Harris "a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate," alluding to the pair's rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary. She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket."

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The Internet's response to Biden's pick was mixed. Many Blacks were relieved when Harris dropped out of the presidential race because of her tough-on-crime stance in California.

A Coli.com reader wrote:

"Kamala would be a terrible choice. She's already shown that's she's awkward around black folks (peep that Breakfast Club interview). I'm not sure she'd help him turn out blacks. She's not Latina, so no help there. Technically she's Indian, but she's dark and West Indian.....so East Indians aren't really trying to listen to her....they think she's black."

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was Biden's top pick for a hot minute, but she fell out of favor with the Biden camp over her response to Rayshard Brook's murder and the death of an 8-year-old child at the hands of Black Lives Matter demonstrators.

Question: What do you think of Biden's choice for VP? Will you still vote for him, knowing that he will step down (due to senile dementia) and Harris will become your president?
 

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There are only 100 days to go until Election Day. 100 days to get your friends, family, neighbors, and complete strangers to turn out the vote to flip the Senate and elect @JoeBiden to the White House.?? ? The stakes could not be higher. The decision voters make on November 3rd will shape the country and the world our children and grandchildren will grow up in. The future of the Supreme Court, health care, the climate crisis, and more are all on the ballot. ?? ?? We have a lot of work to do before November 3rd. Let’s register everyone we know to vote, donate to campaigns when we can, and turn out at the ballot box to defeat Donald Trump and elect Joe Biden as President of the United States.

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A hearse carrying the American flag-draped casket of Rep. John Lewis, stopped at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C. before heading to the U.S. Capitol where he will lie in state.

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His son was given the Black Lives Matter street sign to mark the moment. Crowds stood along the road to watch Lewis's hearse pass by.

Lewis died after a yearlong battle with cancer on July 17 at age 80.

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His motorcade landed at Andrews Air Force base before making stops at historic sites in D.C., including the African American Museum.

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On Sunday, Lewis' hearse crossed over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on the second day of remembrance for the late civil rights leader.

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Lewis once said one of the proudest moments in his life was seeing Barack Obama sworn in as president in January 2009.

Lewis's long journey for equality will end with his funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, July 30.

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Many unemployed Americans who received an extra $600 pr week in unemployment benefits will lose the additional checks because of a quirk in the system.

The extra benefits are set to expire at the end of July, but many jobless Americans will stop receiving the extra $600 checks on July 25 or July 26.

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The extra $600 benefits is set to expire on July 31. After that, jobless recipients will receive only their state's minimum unemployment checks.

Congress is unlikely to extend the $600 benefits to millions of unemployed Americans.

Republican lawmakers said they will include an extension of the unemployment benefits at a 70% wag replacement. That means some Americans will receive an additional $175 to $200 a week, down from $600 a week.

But the White House has said it will not back their stimulus plan if it extends the $600 unemployment benefits.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman, from Ohio, says extending the $600 weekly benefits past July would be a disincentive to return to work if Americans receive more money than they would if they were working.

An additional 1.4 million Americans filed for unemployment this week.

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Civil rights leader and U.S. congressman John Lewis passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 80.

Lewis, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a key figure in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, passed away a year after confirming he was battling stage four pancreatic cancer.

He was a Democrat, who represented a majority Black district covering most of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Lewis, left, is pictured with (L-R) civil rights leader C.T. Vivian, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and Lester McKinnie at Fisk University, an HBCU in Nashville on May 05, 1964. Rev. C.T. Vivian died this week in Atlanta at age 95.

Lewis was one of the 'Big Six' civil rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King, Jr., and he helped organize the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Upon news of his death on July 17, representatives from civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) tweeted that they were "deeply saddened," noting: "His life-long mission for justice, equality and freedom left a permanent impression on our nation and world. The NAACP extends our sincerest condolences to his family, and we send prayers of comfort and strength to all."

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Blood-splattered Freedom Riders, John Lewis (left) and James Zwerg (right) stand together after being attacked and beaten by pro-segregationists in Montgomery, Alabama on May 20, 1961.

In a statement, former President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Lewis after a virtual town hall with a group of activists following the death of George Floyd.

Obama added that Lewis could not have been prouder of their efforts, writing, "a new generation standing up for freedom and equality".

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"Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did," he said. "And thanks to him, we now all have our marching orders - to keep believing in the possibility of remaking this country we love until it lives up to its full promise."

The White House praised Lewis' legacy on Twitter, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered flags at half-staff in honor of Lewis.

President Trump, who arrived at his Virginia golf course around 9:15 a.m. Saturday -- minutes after Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted about Lewis, did not acknowledge the civil rights leader's death on Twitter.

Lewis' death comes a week after a U.S. Congresswoman prematurely tweeted that he had died on July 11.

"It's only rumors," Michael Collins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He is resting comfortably at home."

Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, who initially tweeted Lewis had died, apologized for her error.

"We deeply regret a previous tweet based on a false news report." According to AJC, "a blog that focuses on news about historically black colleges & universities" also falsely reported that Lewis was dead on July 11.

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The city of Asheville, North Carolina becomes the first city in America to approve reparations for the descendants of African slaves.

Officials apologized for the city's historic role in slavery and discrimination after the City Council voted unanimously to provide reparations to Black citizens on Tuesday.

"Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," said Councilman Keith Young, one of two Black council members and the chief architect of the resolution.

"It is simply not enough to remove statues. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature," Young said.

The resolution will not provide direct cash payments but it will mandate investments in areas where Black people face disparities, such as home ownership.

Black people will be given the same priorities as whites for bank loans to increase minority business and homeownership, CBS News reports.

The resolution will also close gaps in health care, education and pay for Black people.

The vote comes a month after thousands of protesters called for the Asheville Police Department to be defunded in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis.
 

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Kanye West is defying President Trump's request to drop out of the 2020 presidential race to avoid allegations that Trump and West are colluding against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

TMZ reports West has filed with the Federal Election Commission -- declaring that the Kanye 2020 committee will serve as the "Principal Campaign Committee" with West as its candidate.

West's independent party is listed on the form as BDY ... which stands for The Birthday Party.

According to TMZ, West has yet to file the more important Form 2 -- Statement of Candidacy -- which shows he's raised or spent more than $5,000 in campaign activity and triggers candidacy status under federal campaign finance law.

Earlier, West ended his bid for the presidency, allegedly after receiving a call from his pal Trump asking him to drop out.

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The 43-year-old rapper announced his intention to run for president on July 4. Democrats immediately accused West of conspiring with Trump to help him siphon off Democratic votes.

According to New York Magazine's Intelligencer magazine, Steve Kramer confirmed the Yeezy rapper won't be running against Trump and Joe Biden for the POTUS position.

"He's out," Kramer said, according to the publication.

When asked for more details on what had happened, Kramer replied: "I'll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today."

But Washington insiders say Trump called West and convinced him to drop out of the race because his campaign was hampered by the controversy surrounding West.

"Trump asked him to drop out, so Kanye's out," said the insider.

West reportedly took out a PPP loan for $2 million to pay his staff. He later donated that money to the daughter of George Floyd.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio kept his promise to paint "Black Lives Matter" in huge yellow letters outside President Trump's former home, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The mayor was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and a group of BLM activists and volunteers on Thursday.

Trump slammed de Blasio's plans to paint the BLM mural outside his luxury apartment building. In a series of tweets last week, the president referred to BLM as a "symbol of hate" on one of NYC's "greatest streets." He called on police to stand up to the mayor and not let the mural happen.

Trump also criticized the mayor for not doing enough to curb violent crime in his city. Shootings in NYC have skyrocketed 200%. There were 49 shootings and 9 murders in NYC last weekend.

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Kanye West is done with President Trump. In an interview with Forbes magazine to promote his campaign for president, Kanye revealed he was "severely ill" with COVID-19 in February.

"I am taking the red hat off with this interview," said the father-of-4, referring to the red MAGA hat he wore during his trips to visit Trump at the White House.

Kanye, 43, is confident his name will be on the ballots as an independent this fall, even though he's missed the filing deadline in most states.

"I'm speaking with experts, I'm going to speak with Jared Kushner, the White House, with Biden," he says.

Referring to former friend, Trump, Kanye said he's lost confidence in the president. "It looks like one big mess to me. I don't like that I caught wind that he hid in the bunker."

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He dismissed rumors that he is running to help re-elect Trump by siphoning Democratic votes from Biden. Kanye said he isn't worried about Biden, who reportedly suffers from senile dementia.

"I'm not saying Trump's in my way, he may be a part of my way. And Joe Biden? Like come on man, please. You know? Obama's special. Trump's special. We say Kanye West is special. America needs special people that lead. Bill Clinton? Special. Joe Biden’s not special."

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As for the platform he plans to run on, Kanye said he wants to bring Wakanda to the United States. Wakanda is the fictional technologically advanced kingdom in the film Black Panther.

"A lot of Africans do not like the movie and representation of themselves in...Wakanda," he says. "But I'm gonna use the framework of Wakanda right now because it's the best explanation of what our design group is going to feel like in the White House..."

"Let's get back to Wakanda," he continued. "Like in the movie in Wakanda when the king went to visit that lead scientist to have the shoes wrap around her shoes. Just the amount of innovation that can happen, the amount of innovation in medicine-like big pharma-we are going to work, innovate, together."

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The New York City Council voted overnight to slash $1 billion from the NYPD's spending budget. The council voted 32-17 to cut the police budget just after midnight Wednesday.

The council vote came in response to demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the money will be transferred from the NYPD budget to fund youth organizations in the city.

$350 million that would have been allocated for schools safety will be transferred to other city agencies.

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De Blasio was reportedly angry that the NYPD leaked his daughter's arrest information to a news media outlet last month. He said the leak was a violation of his daughter, Chiara's privacy.

The budget cuts will trim the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety or increase the crime wave the city is currently under.

Violent crime waves in the city have spiked, as murders, car theft, burglaries, and rapes are all up double digits since February.

"Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today's budget agreement is one of necessity," Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.

Occupy City Hall demonstrators and activists say the City Council's vote don't go far enough. They demand more police reforms.

"A $1 billion budget cut can't address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD," said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

"We must send a clear message that it's not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it's not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air."

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Joe Biden held his first press conference in 89 days in a gymnasium in his hometown on Tuesday.

The former vice president walked gingerly to the podium, wearing a black face mask which he removed before speaking to the half dozen journalists in attendance.

Biden, 77, immediately attacked President Trump for his handling of the coronavirus, saying Trump is "waving the white flag" and refusing to lead the country by mandating that everyone wear a mask or face covering.

Biden, who says he has not been tested for the virus, said, if he wins the election, he would ask Dr. Anthony Fauci to continue serving as the lead expert on the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden accused Trump of losing the war against the coronavirus.

"What happened? Now it's almost July, and it seems like our wartime president has surrendered -- ramped, er, waved the white flag and left the battlefield."

At the conclusion of his speech, Biden took a few questions from reporters, including one question about increasing his public appearances, declaring he "can hardly wait" to debate Trump.

The Democratic nominee slammed Trump's "cognitive capability," saying, "This president is um -- he talks about cognitive capability - he doesn't seem to be cognitively aware of what's going on."

"You know the steps you've taken so far haven't gotten the job done, Mr. President. Fix the shortage of PPE for our health care workers before you tee off another round of golf," Biden said.

Biden slurred many words and seemed to lose his train of thought multiple times during the hour-long presser.

Still, his campaign says Biden is not suffering from senile dementia or mental decline.
 

 

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LeBron James voiced his concerns about the plethora of glitches that marred Georgia's primary elections on Tuesday.

The Lakers star questioned whether the faulty machines and long lines were "structurally racist."

"Everyone talking about "how do we fix this?" They say "go out and vote?" What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?" James tweeted.

James responded to a reporter who noticed the lack of problems voting in the suburbs: "I come over to this side of town, and white folks are strolling in. On my side of town, we brought stadium chairs."

An investigation has been launched into the voting machine breakdowns and long lines which resulted.

Atlanta voters were forced to wait as long as four hours to vote.

Multiple counties reported problems with the voting machines, and confusion reigned over coronavirus rules.

Georgia also received over 1.2 million mail-in ballots -- a record for elections in Georgia.

Georgia usually receives around 40,000 mail-in ballots in any given election, UPI reported.
 

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Many social media users are questioning where the donations to Black Lives Matter actually go.

Black Lives Matter is a political organization that was originally founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's murderer.

Since then, the activist group has evolved into a political machine that is most active during an election year. That is when donations jump considerably.

But where do the donations go?

According to OpenSecrets.org, hundreds of millions of dollars in Black Lives Matter donations went to ActBlue.com, a tax exempt organization that funnels cash to Democratic candidates and political action committees (PACs).

According to a list compiled by OpenSecrets.org, a whopping $186 million in BLM donations went to Bernie Sanders' campaign for president. The second biggest recipient was Democratic nominee Joe Biden, who received more than $119 million.

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Black Americans are just now figuring out their fight for racial equality is being co-opted to fund political campaigns and political actions committees.

"Just go on the website: when you click on "resources" they suggest you apply for SBA loans," wrote a user named devilicious on Lipstick Alley.

She added:

"BLM received 10 million from Bezos, millions from celebs, companies, private donors but there is not ONE option for a black person to apply for rent relief, financial aid, grants, NOTHING!

Stop [donating] to that scamming website."

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Joe Biden is catching heat for referring to young Black youths as "predators" who must be taken off the street.

Biden had harsh words for Black teenagers who were committing violent crimes and running amok on the streets of America in 1993.

In a speech before Congress about the 1993 crime spree involving rovings gangs of mostly Black teenagers, Biden said, "It doesn't matter whether or not they were deprived as a youth. It doesn't matter wether or not they had no background that enabled them to have, uh, become... socialized into the fabric of society..."

"The end result is they are about to knock my mother on the head with a lead pipe; shoot my sister; beat up my wife; take on my sons. So I don't want to ask what made them do this. They must be taken off the street."

Biden, the 77-year-old presumptive Democratic nominee, currently leads President Donald Trump in the polls.