Arpaio loses

Joe Arpaio loses sheriff’s race in second failed comeback bid – NBC News

PHOENIX — Joe Arpaio on Friday was narrowly defeated in his bid to win back the sheriff’s post in metro Phoenix that he held for 24 years before being voted out in 2016 amid voter frustrations over his taxpayer-funded legal bills, his penchant for self-promotion and a defiant streak that led to his now-pardoned criminal conviction.

Arpaio lost the Republican primary for Maricopa County sheriff to his former top aide, Jerry Sheridan. In the Nov. 3 general election, Sheridan will face Democrat Paul Penzone, who unseated Arpaio four years ago.

The loss marked Arpaio’s second failed attempt to return to politics. He ran an unsuccessful primary campaign for U.S. Senate in 2018, not long after President Donald Trump had pardoned his 2017 criminal contempt of court conviction for disobeying a judge’s order in a racial profiling case.

As metro Phoenix’s sheriff from 1992 through 2016, Arpaio rose to political prominence by creating old-time chain gangs and housing inmates in tents during triple-digit heat. But he is most well known for launching immigration crackdowns, some of which contributed significantly to his political downfall.

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While his defiant streak played well with voters for many years, Arpaio faced heavy criticism for taking on policies that he knew were controversial and racking up $147 million in taxpayer-funded legal bills. His agency also botched the investigations of more than 400 sex-crimes complaints made to his office.

His political fortunes started to decline significantly in 2013 when his officers were found by a federal judge to have racially profiled Latinos in Arpaio’s traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

In his latest campaign, Arpaio got only a fraction of the campaign money he was famous for raising and was criticized for his conviction. Arpaio said many people didn’t know he was running until they saw his name on the ballot.

His platform consisted of his unwavering support for Trump and bringing back practices that the courts have either deemed illegal or his successor has ended, such as immigration crackdowns.

He also was facing a far more moderate electorate than in earlier campaigns.

In the profiling case, both Arpaio and Sheridan were found in civil contempt of court for disobeying a 2011 court order to stop the sheriff’s immigration patrols, leading to Arpaio’s criminal contempt conviction in 2017. Sheridan wasn’t charged with criminal contempt.

Arpaio and Sheridan vigorously dispute the contempt findings. Sheridan, a 38-year veteran of the sheriff’s office who retired after Arpaio was defeated in 2016, said he was unaware of the highly publicized court order and didn’t run the unit that carried out the immigration patrols.

Sheridan said he could help turn around the tarnished law enforcement agency and insisted that he was his own man.

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Zuckerberg Loses $7 Billion as Firms Boycott Facebook Ads – Bloomberg

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As Trump loses his generals, he clings to the legacy of Confederate failure – CNN

Washington (CNN)It’s head-scratching, really, that the most prominent Army base in America is named for Braxton Bragg.

He was on the wrong side of history, as a Confederate general and a slave owner.
It’s hard to find a redeeming account of Bragg. Historians repeatedly highlight just how poorly he got along with everyone — except perhaps Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States. Davis seemed to have a soft spot for Bragg, but he was still relieved of his command.
As it turns out, Bragg wasn’t even that good at his job.
The highlight of his military career was leading Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Chickamauga in Tennessee in 1863, perhaps the biggest and bloodiest win for the Confederacy on the western front of the Civil War — but it was a Pyrrhic victory.
Bragg failed to capitalize on the win and Union General Ulysses S. Grant ultimately overpowered his forces at the Battle of Chattanooga. That’s when Davis sacked him.
When Bragg later returned to the battlefield it was to lead a smaller contingent of forces in the loss of the last port of the Confederacy — a significant data point on the graph of the South’s defeat.
“The irony of training at bases named for those who took up arms against the United States, and for the right to enslave others, is inescapable to anyone paying attention,” retired four-star Army General David Petraeus wrote this week in The Atlantic.
Petraeus commanded coalition troops in Iraq during the surge and in Afghanistan.
Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is home to the elite 82nd Airborne — the military unit that can be anywhere within 18 hours, parachuting in behind enemy lines if needed. It’s also home to Army Special Forces and the training facility for Green Berets.
It’s a pretty important place. But when military-connected people talk about Fort Bragg, they don’t think too much about the man for whom it’s named.
This week, amid a sweeping national movement for racial equality, Marine leadership banned depictions of the Confederate flag from their installations. Not even on bumper stickers or coffee mugs. The Navy says it will follow suit.
The possibility of changing Fort Bragg’s name was also raised.
An aide to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy revealed that his boss was open to a bipartisan discussion to rename the base and the nine other US military installations named for Confederate commanders.

Trump blocks discussions on renaming “Fabled Military Installations”

But on Wednesday, President Donald Trump quashed the idea, saying they are “part of a Great American Heritage, and a history of Winning, Victory and Freedom.”
“The United States of America trained and deployed our HEROES on these Hallowed Grounds, and won two World Wars. Therefore, my Administration will not even consider the renaming of these Magnificent and Fabled Military Installations… …Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!!”
In World War II, that military included approximately 1.25 million African American troops.
And up to 500,000 Hispanic Americans, according to a House resolution honoring them.
They were joined by 44,000 Native Americans, according to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.
Many of those soldiers also left these bases.
And the names of Confederate soldiers still haunt the soldiers of color who serve.
“A part of this is the Confederacy and the fact that these individuals not only fought violently to overthrow the United States government, but quite frankly, fought in favor of continuing the institution of slavery, which has had a direct impact on the lives and minds of black Americans,” said Bishop Garrison, a black West Point graduate who served two tours in Iraq and currently works as Human Rights First’s chief ambassador to the national security community.
“So it is almost like a microaggression,” Garrison added. “It affects you in a certain way when you realize that you keep having to go to Fort Bragg.”
As current and former top brass distance themselves from or criticize Trump, he seems eager to shore up support among rank and file service members who are disproportionately from southern states.
On Thursday, America’s top general apologized for appearing in Trump’s photo-op at a church near the White House last week, after the National Guard helped federal law enforcement forcibly remove peaceful protesters from outside the White House, using pepper balls and flash bangs.
In an extraordinary moment, speaking to future military leaders graduating from the National Defense University, Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called it a “mistake” and said his presence “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”
Defense Secretary Mark Esper broke with Trump last week when he said he disagreed with invoking the Insurrection Act to bring active duty troops to control protests, a move for which the President mobilized troops. Ultimately Trump did not deploy them.
Former Defense Secretary and four-star Marine General James Mattis slammed President Trump as “the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try.”
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell told CNN’s Jake Tapper that Trump has not been an effective president and that he lies “all the time.”
Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, another former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been more reticent than others to criticize the President but wrote that he was “sickened” by Trump’s church photo op.
Marine Corps General and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers. Army Gen. and former Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey. Former Defense Secretary William Perry. The list is long.
In the past, Trump has embraced “his generals” but right now there’s no love lost.
He’s confronting a dangerously low approval rating and playing to his base.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said that even discussing the renaming of the installations was akin to desecrating the sacrifice of fallen soldiers.
“To suggest these forts are somehow inherently racist and their names need to be changed is a complete disrespect to the men and women, who the last bit of American land they saw before they went overseas and lost their lives were these forts,” she said.
That prompted a sharp dismissal from a former Army captain turned author, Matt Gallagher, whose books include Kaboom: Embracing the Suck in a Savage Little War, a memoir of his time serving in the Army in Iraq.
He tweeted in response:
“If any of my fallen friend’s last thoughts were of the f***king base they deployed from, I’ll eat Kevlar.”
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Lea Michele loses partnership with HelloFresh after Samantha Ware accusations – Page Six

June 2, 2020 | 4:08pm

Lea Michele’s partnership with HelloFresh just spoiled.

The meal-kit company announced on Tuesday that it terminated its relationship with the former “Glee” actress after Samantha Marie Ware spoke out against Michele’s alleged racist behavior.

“HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company tweeted. “We take this very seriously, and have terminated our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”

Michele’s rep hasn’t responded to numerous requests for comment.

On Monday, Ware, who appeared on “Glee” with the 33-year-old singer-actress during Season 6, blasted Michele for making her life a “living hell” while they worked together after Michele tweeted her support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Another former “Glee” castmate, Alex Newell, praised Ware for speaking out against Michele.

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Huawei loses

Huawei CFO loses major battle in extradition fight as U.S.-China tensions escalate – CNBC

Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., leaves the Supreme Court in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

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Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou lost a major legal battle in her fight against extradition to the U.S. to stand trial on fraud charges.

In the Wednesday ruling, the Supreme Court of British Columbia found that the case against Meng meets a standard called “double criminality,” where the acts the U.S has accused her of are also illegal in Canada. The next phase of proceedings will begin next month. 

Diplomatic tensions are rising as Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, will have to remain in Vancouver on bail during a lengthy extradition process. 

Shortly after the court’s decision, the Chinese Foreign Ministry urged Canada to release Meng immediately and ensure her return to China. The Global Times, which is aligned with the Communist Party of China, blamed the U.S. for the ruling, saying Canada’s judicial and diplomatic independence has fallen to “U.S. bullying.” 

Huawei, the world’s largest telecommunication supplier, has been a flashpoint for the Trump administration’s trade battles with China. Shortly after Meng was arrested in December 2018, President Trump weighed in on the extradition case, telling Reuters he might consider “intervening” in the case if it would help the U.S.- China trade war. On Wednesday afternoon, legislation calling for sanctions against China passed both houses of Congress; President Trump has not said whether he intends to sign it into law.

The U.S. Commerce Department has also targeted Huawei. It blocked shipments of semiconductors to the company from chip-makers. That followed the administration’s move to keep Huawei on the U.S. Entity List, a blacklist that restricts American firms doing business with the company. The ban is hitting Huawei’s bottom line. The company reported it saw slowing revenue growth in 2019

Huawei said it was “disappointed” in the ruling and maintained Meng’s innocence.

Meng is due back in court June 15.

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