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RNC’s McDaniel: Commission on Presidential Debates ‘Divorce Is Not Final’; Has ‘Total Monopoly’

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Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), on Friday addressed the decision to prohibit GOP nominees from participating in Commission  on Presidential Debates (CPD).

McDaniel told “Hugh Hewitt Show” host Hugh Hewitt that the “divorce is not final” yet and likely won’t be “until August or spring at the earliest.”

“The divorce is not final,” McDaniel explained. “We do have some hoops to go through. We’ve got to get the RNC members to pass a rule change. So that won’t actually happen officially until August or spring at the earliest. We just, we have some things to do, but the Debate Committee that the RNC had voted unanimously that we want to remove ourselves from the Commission on Presidential Debates.”

McDaniel then railed against the CPD, saying it has “no interest in working with the Republican Party” and has “a total monopoly.”

“I think for us, it’s that the commission had no interest in working with the Republican Party, which represents 74 million voters,” she explained. “And what they’ve done is they’ve set up a system where we’ll only work with the nominee. But by the time the nominee is in place, which is after the convention in 2024, the debates are all set. So they have total control and a total monopoly.”

“And there were three things that were really egregious in 2020,” McDaniel continued. “They picked a moderator that worked for Joe Biden. They started debates after a million votes had been cast. We asked them to start debates before early voting starts. And I think the third is they had members of their commission that were vocally disparaging the Republican candidate and allowed to stay in their role. And so, this has been a cushy job for decades. They have a total monopoly. And we said can you just guarantee us that you won’t pick a moderator that worked for the Democrat candidate? They won’t even say yes to that.”

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Airline CEOs Warn 5G Could Cause ‘Catastrophic Disruption’ to Flights

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CEOs of the nation’s largest airlines warned in a letter that there could be “catastrophic disruption” to flights when 5G is set to deploy on Wednesday.

The airlines wrote in a letter obtained by Reuters:

We are writing with urgency to request that 5G be implemented everywhere in the country except within the approximate 2 miles of airport runways at affected airports as defined by the FAA on January 19, 2022. This will allow 5G to be deployed while avoiding harmful impacts on the aviation industry, traveling public, supply chain, vaccine distribution, our workforce and broader economy.

The chief executives of Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Atlas Air, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, FedEx, and UPS all signed the letter:

We further ask that the FAA immediately identify those base stations closest to key airport runways that need to be addressed to ensure safety and avoid disruption in a manner that is narrowly focused and consistent with the agreement established on January 3, 2022

On January 3, AT&T and Verizon agreed to delay the 5G rollout from January 5 until January 19. They also agreed to buffer zones surrounding 50 airports to minimize potential interference, according to Reuters. The two telecom giants won close to all of the 5G C-Band spectrum last year in an $80 billion auction.

The airline executives warned of potential “catastrophic disruption.” They said there are “huge swaths of the operating fleet that may need to be indefinitely grounded,” in a letter addressed to White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson, and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

The 5G rollout could also cause delays in the supply chain, the airlines warned. “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies,” the letter said.

In addition, the rollout could leave up to 100,000 passengers stranded at airports across the country. “Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded,” the executives said. “This means that on a day like yesterday, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions or delays.”

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McCaskill: 40 Republican Senators ‘Don’t Support’ Trump — They ‘Know He’s Not Good for This Country’

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Former Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Monday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that forty Republican Senators do not support former President Donald Trump because they know it would not be suitable for the United States if he retook the presidency in 2024.

McCaskill said, “Most of my former colleagues in the Senate, Republicans, fervently wish that Donald Trump would go away. They are looking the other way. They’re trying not to engage because they don’t want to take the political hit for opposing him, but they don’t support him. Now, there are probably 10 of them that do. But that leaves 40 Republican Senators that know he’s not good for this country. I would say that those 40 need to have some kind of super-secret retreat and talk about what is it going to be like.”

She continued, “You want my pillow guy running the Commerce Department? Are we going to have Rudy Giuliani as attorney general? Are we going to have what’s her name? What’s the crazy woman … Sidney Powell as attorney general?”

McCaskill added, “Those 40 Republican Senators know what a disaster that would be for this nation. It’s time for them to suit up and get busy before these primaries. Because if, in fact, the Trump people win these primaries and come to Washington, it’s going to be even harder to hold him in check like they tried to do the first four years.”

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‘M.I.A.M.I. (Murder Is a Major Issue)’ Rapper Killed in Miami Drive-by Shooting

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Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh, who was perhaps best known for his song, “M.I.A.M.I. (Murder is a Major Issue),” was killed in a drive-by shooting in Miami on Friday night.

Wavy Navy Pooh, whose real name was Shandler Beaubien, was ambushed and shot to death while in a car driving in the Miami-area neighborhood of West Kendall, according to multiple law-enforcement sources who spoke to the Miami Herald.

In 2020, the 28-year-old rapper had released a song, titled, “M.I.A.M.I. (Murder is a Major Issue),” which lamented crime in the city.

Police reportedly said that Beaubien was stopped at an intersection when someone in a Lexus approached him from the driver’s side and opened fire — fatally shooting him — before fleeing the scene.

A 1-year-old boy, 5-year-old boy, and adult woman were also in the rapper’s vehicle, but were unharmed. The two young boys were Beaubien’s children, according to a report by WFLA-TV.

The rapper was suspected of being involved in a series of shootings in North Miami-Dade over the past year, reports the Miami Herald, adding that Beaubien had been shot at before.

In May 2020, Beaubien was reportedly injured while driving, and told police that he had fired back in self defense after someone in a passing vehicle opened fire at him and several others gathered outside a house.

“It is with great sadness & a heavy heart that we announce the loss of one of our beloved artist, Wavy Navy Pooh,” record label Quality Control Music said in a statement on Instagram. “Our thoughts & prayers are with the family at this time.”

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Facebook and Twitter at @ARmastrangelo, and on Instagram.

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