- Meanwhile, British authorities recommended yesterday that the AstraZeneca vaccine not be given to adults under age 30 where possible because of growing evidence it may be linked to rare blood clots, particularly in younger people.
Jody Stiger, an LAPD use of force consultant, is asked Derek Chauvin's use of force against George Floyd.— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 6, 2021
"My opinion was that the force was excessive," he says https://t.co/Pzbf8sGkCD pic.twitter.com/QtmcQ0KBf4
Stiger did agree with the defense attorney when he said an officer’s actions must be judged from the point of view of a reasonable officer on the scene, not in hindsight. Stiger further said that as Floyd was on the ground, Chauvin squeezed Floyd's fingers and pulled one of his wrists toward his handcuffs, which uses pain to get someone to comply. But Stiger said Chauvin didn't appear to stop even as Floyd had been subdued, saying, "Then at that point it’s just pain."
In other testimony, state forensic scientist Breahna Giles said pills found in the SUV Floyd was driving contained methamphetamine and fentanyl, and forensic chemist Susan Meith said remnants of a pill found in the back of the police car also contained meth and fentanyl. That pill had been found to have DNA from Floyd's saliva. The medical examiner's autopsy had found both drugs in Floyd's system. The lead state investigator in the case, James Ryerson, initially said yesterday that Floyd seemed to say in body-cam video of his arrest, "I ate too many drugs." But when a prosecutor played a longer clip, Reyerson said he believed what Floyd actually said was, "I ain’t do no drugs."
➤BIDEN SAYS OPEN TO COMPROMISE ON HOW TO PAY FOR $2.3T INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN: President Biden said yesterday that he's open to compromise on how to pay for his ambitious $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, saying, "We'll be open to good ideas in good faith negotiations." However, Biden said not acting isn't an option, stating, "But here's what we won't be open to: We will not be open to doing nothing. Inaction, simply, is not an option." He said America needs to move forward on modern infrastructure, and that we'll lose out to China if we don't, saying, "You think China is waiting around to invest in this digital infrastructure or on research and development? I promise you. They are not waiting. But they’re counting on American democracy, to be too slow, too limited and too divided to keep pace." Biden has proposed that corporate tax increases pay for the plan, reversing some of the cuts they got in former President Donald Trump's 2017 tax bill, which has drawn criticism from Republicans and business groups. There's also been criticism because the infrastructure proposal goes beyond the traditional focus on just roads and bridges.
➤JUDGE..PUBLISHING NUDE PHOTOS OF CONGRESSWOMAN PROTECT BY 1A: A judge dismissed former Rep. Katie Hill's revenge porn lawsuit against the Daily Mail yesterday, saying the publication was protected by the First Amendment when it ran nude photos of the then-congresswoman in October 2019. The photos, which Hill says were "nonconsensual," were taken by the California Democrat's ex-husband, Kenneth Heslep, who she has charged was abusive. Judge Yolanda Orozco accepted the Mail's argument that publishing the photos was a matter of public concern, writing that the images, quote, "spoke to [Hill’s] character and qualifications for her position, as they allegedly depicted [her] with a campaign staffer whom she was alleged to have had a sexual affair with and appeared to show [her] using a then-illegal drug and displaying a tattoo that was controversial because it resembled a white supremacy symbol that had become an issue during her congressional campaign." The judge rejected Hill's argument that the Mail could have just described the images, saying that the fact that the information could be disclosed in another way doesn't mean the image wasn't of public concern. Hill resigned after the photos were published and it emerged that she'd had a three-way relationship with her husband and a campaign staffer. Hill's attorney argued the ruling allows anyone who calls themself a journalist to do the same thing, which she said could lead to fewer women running for public office.
➤FORMER VP PENCE GETS SEVEN-FIGURE BOOK DEAL: Former Vice President Mike Pence has gotten a book deal with Simon & Schuster that his agent said is worth "well into seven figures." Pence's autobiography will be released in 2023, and the deal also includes a second book, but details of that volume weren't provided. Simon & Schuster Vice President and Publisher Dana Canedy said Pence's memoir would be, quote, "revelatory." The news came yesterday on the same day that Pence launched an advocacy group, called Advancing American Freedom, which will promote the Trump administration’s record. Pence is considered a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate.
NEW: Former House Speaker John Boehner continued his attacks on the modern Republican Party in a new book excerpt, accusing Trump of inciting "that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons." https://t.co/RYHG22xtLm— Axios (@axios) April 7, 2021
➤FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER BOEHNER BLASTS TRUMP IN NEW BOOK: Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who resigned from Congress in October 2015, blasts former President Donald Trump in his new book, blaming him for the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. The New York Times, which obtained an early copy of the book, called, On the House: A Washington Memoir, says Boehner writes that Trump, quote, "incited that bloody insurrection for nothing more than selfish reasons, perpetuated by the bulls**it he’d been shoveling since he lost a fair election the previous November." Boehner also claims of his fellow Republican that Trump's, quote, "refusal to accept the result of the election not only cost Republicans the Senate but led to mob violence." He called that Capitol attack "scary and sad" and "one of the lowest points of American democracy."
➤MOST OKAY WITH SLOWER AMAZON DELIVERY IN EXCHANGE FOR TREATING WORKERS BETTER: Amazon is famous for how quickly it's able to get packages to customers, but amid reporting about mistreatment of its delivery and warehouse workers, a new poll found that most Americans say they'd be okay with slower Amazon delivery in exchange for the online retail behemoth treating its workers better. In the survey of over 1,200 people by GammaWire, more than 67 percent were okay with the tradeoff, with 50.9 percent saying deliveries coming a day or day two later would be alright, and another 16.5 percent saying they'd accept it taking an extra three days or more. Women were more likely to support longer delivery times for better worker treatment, with 77 percent of them saying they'd be okay with it compared to 57 percent of men. Researchers noted, however, that what people say may not actually be true when it comes to reality, saying, "While it can feel good to reply to a survey with a morally superior answer, actually committing to it in practice might be a bigger ask."
Greg Gutfeld: “The mainstream media want Americans to hate each other. Don't play their game”— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) April 8, 2021
➤WOODS DRIVING NEARLY TWICE THE SPEED LIMIT AT TIME OF CRASH: Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said yesterday that Tiger Woods was driving 84 to 87 miles per hour at the time of his February 23rd crash outside L.A., nearly twice the speed limit of 45 miles per hour. Villanueva blamed the crash on Woods' high speed and loss of control behind the wheel."
Tiger Woods' February accident was caused by excessive speed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 7, 2021
He will not face any charges and there were no signs of impairment. https://t.co/456RZpzdS0
🏒21 CANUCKS PLAYERS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19: The NHL's Vancouver Canucks said yesterday that the number of players who'd tested positive for the coronavirus had grown to 21 players, and that four other members of the organization were also positive. The Canucks said the cases stem from a variant of the virus. The entire team is in quarantine, and after not being able to play since last week, it's uncertain when the team will return to competition.
➤NIKE SUSPENDS WATSON SPONSORSHIP AMID SEX ASSAULT, MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS: Nike said yesterday that it had suspended its endorsement contract with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson amid allegations of sexual assault and misconduct brought against him in lawsuits by 22 women. Nike said they were "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations." Beats by Dre also is reportedly dropping Watson, and Reliant Energy is removing him as a brand ambassador. The women making the accusations are massage therapists and others who said the alleged actions happened while they were giving Watson a massage.
🏀NETS' DURANT RETURNS AFTER 23-DAY INJURY ABSENCE: Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant returned last night in a game against the New Orleans Pelicans after missing 23 games due to a strained hamstring. Durant entered the game on the Nets' home court in the second quarter of Brooklyn's 139-111 win, finishing with 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 19 minutes.
State Department backs off U.S. boycotting Beijing Winter Olympics, China warns of ‘robust’ response | Just The News https://t.co/jWG6uCT1T0— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) April 7, 2021