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Warnock admits to signing email with false information about Georgia voting law. Despicable Democrat

Warnock admits to signing email with false information about Georgia voting law

Georgia senator claims provisions were still under consideration when email was approved

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., admitted to signing off on false information in a third-party advocacy group's email that went out about the Georgia voting law after it passed.

The Washington Post flagged an email Warnock signed from the liberal nonprofit 3.14 Action as an example of Democratic misinformation about the sweeping Georgia voting reforms, as it claimed the new law restricted weekend early voting and ended no-excuse mail voting.

"Sen. Raphael G. Warnock, one of two new Democratic senators representing Georgia, signed an email sent out by the advocacy group 3.14 Action after the law passed, which claimed it ended no-excuse mail voting and restricted early voting on the weekends — also early proposals that did not become law," the Post reported.

Those ideas were considered but did not make it into the final bill, which actually expands early voting in Georgia to 17 days, including two Saturdays. It also still allows no-excuse absentee voting, albeit with a shorter window of 67 days to apply.

The statement went out on March 30, five days after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, signed the final bill into law.

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., talks to a reporter as he leaves the Capitol at the conclusion of the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 10, 2021. 

Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., talks to a reporter as he leaves the Capitol at the conclusion of the second day of the second impeachment trial of former President Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 10, 2021.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A Warnock campaign spokesperson told Fox News it approved the text of the group's email before Kemp signed the bill, while the provisions were still under consideration. The spokesperson noted the Georgia Senate passed a bill to end no-excuse absentee voting earlier in March, and the Georgia House originally proposed restricting weekend early voting.

However, neither provision made it into the final bill, as the 3.14 Action statement Warnock signed appeared to claim.

The law has been the subject of fierce controversy, with President Biden and other Democrats likening it to racist "Jim Crow"-era restrictions. Kemp and other state Republicans have pushed back on the criticism and said the reforms strengthen voting integrity.

Biden has also disseminated false information about the law, getting Four Pinocchiosfrom The Washington Post's Fact-Checker for claiming the law limits voting hours.

The firestorm around the law has already economically hurt Georgia. Bowing to liberal pressure and outrage from Georgia-based corporations like Delta and Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred pulled the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta's Truist Park, costing the area up to an estimated $100 million in potential revenue.

Warnock said he was disappointed by MLB's decision but framed it as the fault of Republicans, calling it an "unfortunate" consequence of the voting bill.

"It is my hope that businesses, athletes, and entertainers can protest this law not by leaving Georgia but by coming here and fighting voter suppression head on, and hand-in-hand with the community," he said in a statement.

The new Georgia lawmaker is a staunch supporter of the For The People Act, a sweeping national voting bill which Republicans have slammed as a massive federal overreach and Democratic power grab.

Are dogs a reflection of their owners?

Major in the dog house again! Biden's German Shepherd is removed from White House for 'additional training' after he bit two government staffers

  • President Joe Biden's rescue pup Major will undergo additional training
  • Major will leave the White House for two weeks to be trained nearby
  • It comes after a second biting incident raised more questions about his behavior
  • Major has bit two government employees since he started living at White House
  • Officials say he hasn't adjusted to his new home
  • Major is on a leash when spotted at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
  • Bidens adopted him from shelter to be companion to older dog Champ 

Is it because Kamala is incapable of doing anything but politicking.

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Life under communism

How Cubans earn a living from standing in line

Unending lines in front of stores are a typical phenomenon in Cuban commerce. But, during an economic crisis that has led to shortages of basic supplies, some Cubans have made lining up a lucrative profession.

People wearing face masks line up to buy food in Havana

Long lines outside Cuban stores are the result of limited merchandise that rarely responds to the needs of the population

Shopping for groceries has long been a nightmare for most Cubans. Although buying basic food has slightly improved recently, Ricardo Barragan told DW that "everything is difficult" when it comes to providing his family with the fundamentals of daily life.

"If you want to buy chicken, it can well happen that you need to line up for seven or eight hours," he said, adding that 200 or 300 people lining up outside grocery stores is nothing unusual.

A group of Cubans waiting in line at a supermarket in Havana

Cubans often spend hours or entire days to get a sack of rice or a chunk of meat

Like all protagonists in this article, Ricardo Barragan is not the real name of the 59-year-old Cuban, because none of them want edto see their names published.

An artisan by profession, Barragan used to do arts and craftworks to earn a living. But since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Cuba, his market, mostly tourists, has crumbled, forcing him to do casual jobs to sustain his family. 

Man wearing a tank top with a design of the US flag sits on the doorstep of a decrepit building In Havana and watching a riksha drive by

The Cuban economy is in dire straits hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and US sanctions

Hard currency: A must-have in Cuba

In Cuba, the virus pandemic has aggravated an already precarious economic situation marked by low growth and a widening financial crisis. Tourism as a main money spinner for the island's communist government has virtually collapsed and remittances from exiled Cubans have almost ceased to flow in the wake of tighter US regulations for money transfers to Cuba.

Earlier this year, the government in Havana tried to stem the economic decline with wage and price reforms, including a currency reform that scrapped the so-called convertible peso (CUC), leaving the nonconvertible Cuban peso (CUP) as the only legal tender.

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Cubans wrestle with complex currency reform

As the freely convertible CUC has ceased to exist, the US dollar has become the currency of choice for both Cubans and their government. In October 2019, the communist rulers opened hard currency stores where you can buy household appliances and car parts with dollars. Since June last year, Cubans can also buy their groceries and sanitary products there provided they have a foreign currency account with a bank and a debit card.

At the same time, shops charging only in nonconvertible CUP are struggling amid falling supply — and as lines have been getting longer and longer, they've become graphic reminders of Cuba's worsening economic situation. "Today it's chicken meat, the next it's cooking oil — standing in line never ends," says Barragan.

A woman holding CUC notes in one hand and CUP notes in the other

Cuba has decided to ditch the strong CUC (right) in favor of the weaker CUP. Now the US dollar is king on the island

The coleros alternative

Waiting for hours to be able to do your daily shopping is a hassle especially for the elderly. In times of a pandemic it is downright dangerous, increasing the risk of spreading the virus.

Since Cubans are used to dealing with economic hardship, some of them have turned a problem caused by the government into a private business model, becoming coleros by profession — people who provide others with a service in exchange for a remuneration.

The colero, which is the derogatory term used by the government, sells a place at the front of the line, which assures the buyer that he can get what he wants. But in order to formalize this transaction, the colero has to claim the space by spending the night outdoors in the line and sacrifice hours of his leisure time.

Marco Jimenz is a colero. He told DW that he once was employed at a state-run optometric laboratory where he earned 280 CUP ($11.67, €9.79) a month. He sometimes sold spectacle glass on the black market to improve his salary, he says, until he was laid off because "there wasn't any glass anymore and we were all sent home."

"We received salaries for another two months, and that was it." One day a friend had come up with the idea of standing in line for other people to earn some money, he told DW.

A line of a dozen people in front of a Cuban store

What may look like a short line can suddenly swell bigger upon opening hours of stores

Cuban lines grow upfront

During the pandemic, social distancing rules require shopkeepers to allow only two people into their stores at the same time, further swelling the ranks of those waiting outside. A night curfew limiting opening hours had made matters worse, said Jimenez.

From 5 a.m. in the mornings, people are allowed to leave their homes, and the first thing they do is mark down their place in the line and leave again, he said.

"When the stores open at 9 a.m., they return to the marked spot, so that lines grow upfront. It can well happen that suddenly you find 70 people in front of you instead of the 10 who actually lined up when you came."

Reserving a place for someone else earns a colero 50 CUP per client, said Jimenez, which is quite a small income for the time they spend. This is why he's decided to buy the groceries himself and resell it for double the original price. "I buy chicken, minced meat, mayonnaise, spaghetti — whatever is available," he says, noting that about 80% of the coleros, meanwhile, are resellers.

People stand at the door of their houses that were cordoned off amid quarantine measures in a restricted area of Havana

Cuban authorities imposed sweeping measures to control a surge of the coronavirus 

Dismal job

The communist rulers have imposed stiff fines to curb the practice of reselling basic food and sanitary products. Under a new law, shopkeepers are obliged to scan buyers' personal ID documents to prevent people from lining up twice or more times over.

Jimenez claimed that he only went on his shopping sprees "twice or three times a week maximum" to avoid raising the interest of the authorities. He's got a list of fixed clients that reduces the risk of getting caught, he said.

The job earns him between 750 CUP and 1,000 CUP a week — the equivalent of a little over $40 (€33). He had enough money to make ends meet, he said, given that a government job he started about two months ago added a little more to his overall income. He's been hired as a pesquisa — someone who knocks on people's doors to find out if quarantine rules and stay-at-home rules are adhered to.

However, all he's hoping for is to return to his former job as soon as possible. "Standing in the line at shops has helped him survive," he argued, but he's grown tired of doing it, and "won't miss standing in line" once these trying times are over.

This article was adapted from German.

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Cuban reforms reduce subsidies and raise costs 

Democrat values

Former California Democratic mayor arrested for sexual assault crimes against minor

Jacob, 44, is being held without bail 

A former California Democratic mayor was arrested Saturday morning on six charges, including suspected sex with a child aged 14 or 15.

Sebastopol Police Chief Kevin Kilgore said that on March 30 police received information of alleged sexual assaults committed by former Mayor Robert Jacob in the city between December 2019 and March 2021. 

"Right now that investigation is ongoing for a determination as to the number of victims," Kilgore said, according to the Press Democrat. 

Asian attacked by....

Asian man sucker-punched in a broad daylight attack on Upper East Side

An unhinged assailant attacked an Asian man in a broad daylight as he ranted at strangers on a Manhattan street, cops said. 

The 44-year-old victim was walking at Lexington Avenue and East 72nd Street around 3:20 p.m. Monday when another man who had been yelling at other passersby barked, “Don’t look at me!” and punched him in the back of the head, cops said. 

A surveillance video obtained by ABC 7 also shows the suspect following his victim — refusing to relent when the man walked into the street to evade him — and slamming him into a storefront, authorities said. 

The punch is not shown in the video. 

Good Samaritans attempted to protect the victim, the clip shows. 

Another clip obtained by the outlet shows the suspect standing at the corner yelling at a group of people. 

Police are investigating a vicious attack on an Asian man in broad daylight on the Upper East Side.