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Elon Musk has taken control of Twitter and fired its top executives

Elon Musk has completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, a source familiar with the deal told CNN on Thursday, putting the world’s richest man in charge of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.

Musk fired CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision. Twitter declined to comment.

The closing of the deal lifts a cloud of uncertainty that has hung over Twitter’s business, employees, and shareholders for most of the year. After initially agreeing to buy the company in April, Musk spent months trying to get out of the deal, initially citing concerns about the number of bots on the platform and later allegations from a corporate whistleblower.

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Schumer caught it on a hot mic telling Biden that the Georgia Senate race is “going downhill” for Dems.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was overheard Thursday telling President Biden that the potentially crucial US Senate race in Georgia appears to be going “downhill” for Democrats.

“The state that’s going downhill is Georgia,” Schumer said in a candid conversation on a New York airfield tarmac with the President, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., the was filmed by The Washington Post. “It’s hard to believe that they will choose Herschel Walker.”

Georgia’s incumbent, Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock, currently has a slight lead of 1.7 percentage points over Walker, the Republican nominee. However, the trend line in the most recent polls shows Walker ahead in the most recent polls, despite claims by two women that Walker, who has been open about his opposition to abortion during the campaign, paid for her to submit to the undergo procedures.

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Cracks in US support for Ukraine risk helping Putin

Cracks are forming in the largely unified US response to Russia’s war in Ukraine, with calls from left and right for President Biden to push harder for peace talks.

The push by figures ranging from former President Trump on the right to progressive leader of Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on the left has brought to the fore questions about the Biden administration’s strategy towards Ukraine, since Kyiv has gained momentum on the battlefield.

Supporters of the current US strategy say putting pressure on Ukraine in negotiations now would only help Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

“It helps the Russians and it hurts the Ukrainians. The Ukrainians want the Russians out of their country. And right now, they’re on track to do that,” said William Taylor, former US ambassador to Ukraine, now at the United States Institute of Peace.

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Court of Appeals denies Trump’s request to consider shielding tax returns before House Committee

A full federal appeals court in Washington, DC, dealt another blow to former President Donald Trump’s attempt to protect his tax returns from House Democrats on Thursday by denying a request by the former president to reconsider a three-member appeals panel’s decision against him.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled – apparently unanimously – that Trump’s case against the House Ways and Means Committee should not be repeated en banc or before the full panel.

The decision paves the way for the committee to obtain the financial records that Trump has repeatedly fought to keep secret from Congress, but his legal team could still challenge the ruling in the Supreme Court.

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45% of Americans say the US should be a “Christian nation.”

A growing number of religious and political leaders are adopting the label “Christian nationalist,” and some dispute the idea that the country’s founders wanted a separation of church and state. On the other side of the debate, however, many Americans — including leaders of many Christian churches — have opposed Christian nationalism, calling it a “danger” to the country.

Most US adults believe America’s founders intended the country to be a Christian nation, and many say they should be a Christian nation today, according to a new Pew Research Center poll designed to measure the to examine the views of Americans on the subject. But the poll also finds very different opinions about what it means to be a “Christian nation” and to support “Christian nationalism.”

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Wisconsin Headlines

Darrell Brooks trial: Former judge weighs length and handling

A former Milwaukee County District Court judge says the process of attacking the Waukesha parade for a murder case was lengthy, but certain steps had to be taken, though they delayed the proceedings.

Judge Mary Kuhnmuench spent 21 years in circuit court, 11 of which she presided over criminal cases, including sexual assault and murder.

She’s seen her share of difficult defendants, she said, even the likes of Darrell Brooks. On Wednesday, a Waukesha jury convicted him of 76 counts, including six counts of first degree manslaughter, for driving through the Waukesha Christmas parade last November.

“He was on the high end of the very difficult defendants,” said Kuhnmünch.

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Texas, Wisconsin both mourn an officer killed in the line of duty

Two cities — one in Texas, the other in northeastern Wisconsin — are mourning a fallen police officer.

Steve Nothem, who was originally from Kiel and was with the Grand Chute Police Department, was buried outside of Dallas on Thursday.

Officer Nothem came to the Dallas/Fort Worth area from Grand Chute, a much smaller community of 24,000 residents and 38 police officers.

Eighteen current and former officers of the Grand Chute Police Department, along with law enforcement officials from across America, came to honor someone who has been described as “a man of great compassion, sensitivity and empathy.”

The procession to Nothem’s funeral stretched for miles and people lined the streets to honor him and other fallen officers.

Nothem died Oct. 18 after his squad car was hit by another vehicle while responding to a DWI call in Carrollton, Texas.

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Derrick Van Orden tells prayer breakfast attendees that “leftists” cannot be Christians

Republican candidate Derrick Van Orden, running for the seat in Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, says “leftists” can’t be Christians. His opponent, former Democratic Republican Senator Brad Pfaff, responded by saying that Van Orden was “a religious fanatic.

Van Orden’s comments come from a presentation at a prayer breakfast in Sparta last weekend. A recording of the event was made available to the media by the Pfaff campaign.

“There are many godly Christians who are Democrats,” said Van Orden. “There isn’t a single godly Christian leftist because those two things are incompatible.”

A spokesman for Van Orden’s campaign told Wisconsin Public Radio the “leftist” comments refer to a passage in the Communist Manifesto that says, “…Communism abolishes eternal truths, it abolishes all religion and all morality, rather than . . to constitute it on a new basis: it therefore acts in contradiction to all previous historical experience.”

In an interview with WPR, Pfaff said he didn’t believe Van Orden’s campaign and called the Republican “a religious fanatic.”

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Kaul, Toney Clash in the final pre-election AG debate

Fond du Lac prosecutor Eric Toney compared Dem AG Josh Kaul to a “plastic bag blowing in the wind” in a debate on Thursday, while Kaul accused Toney of not knowing how the Justice Department works.

Toney, 38, slammed Kaul for changing his stance on conducting elections. Toney said Kaul argued during the 2016 presidential recount that humans do a better job than machines because they are better at reading voter intentions.

Kaul, 41, shook his head as he spoke, but Toney continued.

“We need an attorney general who is serious and not a plastic bag blowing in the wind no matter what direction their liberal policies take,” Toney said.

Kaul slammed Toney for standing next to former Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman as he led an investigation into the 2020 presidential election.

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DATCP addresses misleading advertising for COVID-19 testing

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection (DATCP) has reached a mandatory consent ruling in Dane County with Aleya Siyaj and Akbar Syed, doing business as the Center for COVID Control, LLC, to address concerns about the misleading advertising of the company related to COVID -19 testing.

For an approximately 14-month period from December 2, 2020 to January 21, 2022, the Center for COVID Control, LLC provided advertising, marketing, website optimization, a consumer call center, transportation, and other support services for Doctors Clinical Laboratory, Inc. This included setting up twenty-five collection sites in Wisconsin, six of which were in Dane County, where individuals could turn in biological samples for COVID-19 testing.

With the intention of increasing the usage of the testing services available at collection points in Wisconsin, Center for COVID Control, LLC has publicly advertised and promoted these testing services and collection points through website advertising powered by Google Search Engine Optimization , social media posts and improved physical signage. The online ads stated that people who provided a biological sample for a free “gold standard” reverse transcriptase chain reaction (RT-PCR) COVID-19 test would email their test results within 48 hours -Mail would be sent. Contrary to these depictions, individuals using RT-PCR testing at their Wisconsin collection sites did not receive their test results within this timeframe.

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Last updated: 10/28/2022 5:23 AM CDT


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