Matt Gaetz: Sex Trafficking Allegations Part of Extortion Plot
Rep. Matt Gaetz told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday night that a Justice Department investigation of allegations that he had a sexual affair with a 17-year-old girl and paid for her to travel with him are centered around a $25 million extortion attempt against him made by a former DOJ staffer. “The New York Times is running a story that I have traveled with a 17-year-old woman, and that is verifiably false. People can look at my travel records and see that that is not the case,” Gaetz asserted. “What is happening is an extortion of me and my family involving a former Department of Justice official. On March 16, my father got a text message demanding a meeting wherein a person demanded $25 million in exchange for making horrible sex trafficking allegations against me go away.”
Report: Biden Will Not Include Warren Wealth Tax to Help Fund Infrastructure Plan
“President Joe Biden will not call for a wealth tax to help pay for his multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better initiative, according to multiple people familiar with the White House’s thinking,” Politico reported Tuesday. “In doing so, he will sidestep a proposal that progressive Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), say would raise trillions of dollars in revenue and narrow income inequality,” the publication stated. Warren’s proposal was a linchpin of her failed 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign. The Biden administration will seek other ways to fund its massive $3 trillion economic and infrastructure plan, Politico reports. “The White House is expected, instead, to turn to a variety of other pay-fors including a hike in the corporate rate, the ending of federal fossil fuel subsidies and a push to end offshore tax havens for corporations.”
Key Watergate Figure G. Gordon Liddy Dies at 90
G. Gordon Liddy, the former FBI official who helped mastermind the 1972 break-in at the Democratic Party’s headquarters at the Watergate hotel that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at the age of 90. Liddy was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the affair, but was released after four and a half years after President Jimmy Carter commuted his sentence. He later went on to have a second career as an actor in TV shows and movies before becoming a successful talk radio host.
Philadelphia Man Filming Video About Gun Violence Shot and Killed
A Philadelphia man was shot multiple times and killed Monday while working on a film documenting gun violence in the crime-plagued city. Anthony Merriett, 55, was reportedly interviewing a family at their home in North Philadelphia at around 8 pm when he stepped outside to retrieve some equipment from his van. “We know at least four shots were fired from a semi-automatic weapon,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “No arrests have been made in the shooting and the motive remains unclear,” Philadelphia television station CBS 3 reports.
Texas Rangers Save 6-Month-Old Baby Tossed From Raft Into Rio Grande By Smugglers
The South Texas Special Operations Group of the Texas Rangers says it saved the life of a 6-month-old earlier this month after the infant was hurtled into the Rio Grande River by illegal alien border smugglers. “On 03/16/21, this specialized group assisted U.S. #BorderPatrol in Roma with a 6mo female child who had been thrown out of a raft and into the Rio Grande River by smugglers. The child’s mother had been assaulted by smugglers in Mexico resulting in a broken leg,” the Texas Department of Public Safety detailed in a Facebook post on Tuesday. A vivid picture of an operations group member holding the baby in the dark of night was included with the post.
Deputy Mayor of Paris: White People Must ‘Keep Quiet’ When Minorities Discuss Racism
The left-wing Deputy Mayor of Paris is facing criticism after declaring Sunday that white people should remain silent when racial minorities talk about discrimination. Audrey Pulvar is a socialist former television anchor “who is leading the party’s campaign in upcoming regional elections,” French state broadcaster France24 reports. She told a French TV channel that she was “not shocked” to learn that “people who suffer discrimination for the same reasons and in the same way feel the need to meet among themselves to discuss it,” France24 reports. White people should be allowed to attend such meetings, Pulvar proclaimed. “They can however be asked to keep quiet and be silent spectators.” “Her remarks rekindled a national debate about the rise in France of identity politics, which some on the right particularly view as an unwelcome American import that risks undermining universalist French values,” France 24 reported.
Australian School Slammed After Boys Made to Apologize For Rapes By Male Gender
Parents are expressing their anger after an Australian secondary school (equivalent to a junior high school in the U.S.) held an assembly in which boys were forced to publicly apologize for sexual assaults committed by their gender. Brauer College in the southwestern Victorian town of Warrnambool instructed the boys “to stand in solidarity for female students who had experienced sexual harassment,” The Australian newspaper reports. Parent Danielle Shepherd revealed how the assembly had affected her son. “He wasn’t sure why, he just knows that he was told to get up and apologize for things he hadn’t done,” she told the paper. “He’s upset by it – he now has this misconception that everybody looks at him and males as predators or somebody wishing to do harm to someone in a sexualized manner – seriously, he’s 12.”
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