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Los Angeles’ two NBA teams, the Clippers and Lakers, want to boycott the rest of the 2020 season over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday.

Players and coaches met Wednesday night after the Milwaukee Bucks team refused to come out of the locker room to play the Orlando Magic in Game 5 of the first round of playoffs. The Bucks players, who were protesting over Blake’s shooting, prompted the league to suspend the rest of playoff play.

During the Wednesday night meeting, the teams were asked whether they wanted to continue with the 2020 season. All but two teams, including the Bucks, voted to continue playing, but the Clippers and Lakers teams both voted to boycott the rest of the season. After the vote, Lakers star LeBron James walked out of the meeting in a move that “shocked” the rest of the players. The meeting ended “ugly,” sources told The Athletic.

It is unclear after the vote whether the Clippers and Lakers will continue to play in the playoffs. Both teams are strong contenders to win the championship, and the vote was reportedly more of a poll, not a definitive stance.

The vote appears to amplify a feeling among professional athletes that “sports are a distraction from the movement,” as Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills tweeted in June. In a press conference earlier this week, James said that the Blake shooting and other incidents took the joy out of playing.

“I can’t even enjoy a playoff win right now, which is the sad part,” James said. “We are scared as black people in America … Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified.”

During the Wednesday night meeting, LeBron said he wanted more direct action taken by team owners and executives on social justice issues, sources told The Athletic.

The NBA stands to lose potentially around $1 billion in national television if the season is somehow canceled, though the more likely outcome, if the Clippers and Lakers refuse to play, is that the league treats their remaining games as a forfeit. The Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green argued in an Instagram post reported by Outkick that the NBA season should continue. Green responded to a comment saying “sports can wait.”

But why can sports wait? Because it’s a sport? It to is a business, like the many other businesses in the world. Why is it that sports can wait but other businesses should not? If that is the case why shouldn’t the CEO of YouTube boycott Alphabet? Or the President of Apple boycott the company? But you say basketball can wait … Is it because sports (the platform) has afforded the athletes involved such huge platforms? Or maybe the athletes involved past and present actually afforded sports those platforms, that the many athletes currently have today (that’s neither here nor there). The notion that athletes should just stop working but no one else in the world should stop is baffling to me. Why stop doing the very thing that offers you the biggest platform to speak for those that look like me/a lot of us. To do that is to actually give up the platform to speak for them, because without us using our platforms which is afforded by the influence of the sport, it actually stops us from echoing what those in the back are saying. Those people then will never truly be heard. Athletes stand with the people, no secret there, but to actually tell athletes to stop doing what provides that platform to speak for the people is actually counterproductive. In my opinion.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Clippers, Lakers Vote To Boycott Rest Of NBA Season Over Blake Shooting

YouTube has remonetized the channel of conservative commentator and comedian Steven Crowder after banning advertisements on his content over a year ago.

YouTube reinstated Crowder into its Partner Program on Wednesday after suspending him on June 5, 2019, over comments and jokes he made about then-Vox journalist Carlos Maza, as well as for selling merchandise with the label “Socialism is for f*gs,” according to Tubefilter.

At the time it demonetized Crowder, YouTube had conceded that none of Crowder’s content had violated its hate policies. The video platform ultimately decided to pull advertising off of Crowder’s content after stating that the commentator had engaged in a “pattern of egregious actions” that “harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies.”

Crowder celebrated his reinstatement into the Partner Program during his show on Thursday.

“I know that the Left was furious with the Vox ad-pocalypse, right? You wanted us to be banned. That didn’t happen. You wanted to claim that we violated policies. That didn’t happen. You wanted us to apologize, and that did happen for 26 minutes, I believe, if you watch that [old] video,” Crowder said, referencing an “apology” video he did last year.

“Then your only win was, ‘Well, at least we made sure that Louder With Crowder – that they will cease to make a living on YouTube.’ And then we made our living off of Mug Club, but you could still sort of cling to, ‘Well, at least they’re still not actually making money on YouTube.’ So that was the one win on the scoreboard for you guys. You were one and six,” Crowder said. “Now you have to wipe off the one and put your mouth on the table while your friend just smacks you for misbehaving. That’s about what you got. All of the victories are gone. I understand we could be demonetized tomorrow. We don’t care. Our conversation with YouTube has always been, ‘We just want to have a fair shake on the platform.’”

Crowder also parodied Hank Williams Jr.’s song “A Country Boy Can Survive” retitled as “A Mug Club Can Survive.”

Maza, who split from Vox earlier this year, responded to YouTube’s decision on his twitter account, slamming the social media company and claiming that it has refused to enforce its own rules on content moderation in order to make a profit.

“YouTube has reinstated Steven Crowder into its Partner Program, meaning they’ll once again allow him to monetize his videos. Demonetizing was already insufficient, but this decision proves that YouTube has no real interest in enforcing its anti-hate policies,” Maza said in the beginning of a six-tweet thread.

“I said it last June, and I’ll say it again: YouTube has a tremendous profit incentive to keep hate speech on the platform. Hate performs well and drives up the company’s numbers. It has never had any interest in enforcing its rules, and uses them solely to distract journalists,” Maza continued. “YouTube has spent years actively promoting white supremacist and transphobic content. It’s the largest radicalization engine on the planet. It is bonkers that journalists continue to act as if this is a moderation failure, when it’s actually YouTube’s entire business strategy.”

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: YouTube Re-Monetizes Steven Crowder Over A Year After It Banned Ads On His Content

President Trump has promised to release a new list of conservative Supreme Court picks after the High Court blocked his administration from rescinding former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals order.

The Supreme Court issued a Thursday ruling that the Department of Homeland Security violated the Administrative Procedure Act and moved to rescind DACA too quickly. The court did not say that Trump lacks the authority to eventually repeal the order, and Trump pledged to continue repealing the Obama-era directive.

The court decision was a surprise win for progressive immigration advocates and a loss for the Trump administration. The court was largely split between its ideological blocs except for Chief Justice John Roberts, who sided with the four liberal justices.

“The recent Supreme Court decisions, not only on DACA, Sanctuary Cities, Census, and others, tell you only one thing, we need NEW JUSTICES of the Supreme Court,” Trump tweeted after the decision. “If the Radical Left Democrats assume power, your Second Amendment, Right to Life, Secure Borders, and Religious Liberty, among many other things, are OVER and GONE!”

Trump pledged to come out with a new list of potential Supreme Court picks similar to the list he released in the run-up to the 2016 election. During the 2016 campaign, the list of potential picks Trump released helped shore up support among some skeptical conservatives.

“I will be releasing a new list of Conservative Supreme Court Justice nominees, which may include some, or many of those already on the list, by September 1, 2020. If given the opportunity, I will only choose from this list, as in the past, a Conservative Supreme Court Justice,” Trump said. “Based on decisions being rendered now, this list is more important than ever before (Second Amendment, Right to Life, Religous Liberty, etc.) – VOTE 2020!”

Trump’s loss over DACA follows an earlier defeat on how to interpret Civil Rights Act Title VII protections against discrimination. The Supreme Court voted 6-3 on Monday to include protections for gay, lesbian, and transgender people into the law. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and John Roberts sided with the court’s liberal bloc to make up the majority.

The court opinion, written by Gorsuch, said that discrimination based on sexual orientation is the same as discrimination based on sex. The decision could have wide-ranging implications for religious institutions and businesses.

Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas dissented, criticizing the majority for folding together two separate and distinguishable terms.

“The Court tries to convince readers that it is merely enforcing the terms of the statute, but that is preposterous,” Alito said. “Even as understood today, the concept of discrimination because of ‘sex’ is different from discrimination because of ‘sexual orientation’ or ‘gender identity.’”

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Trump Promises New List Of ‘Conservative’ Justices After SCOTUS Rules Against Him

Iran is curbing its aggressive tendencies and beginning to take small steps toward cooperating with the United States in the Middle East.

Tehran is taking intentional steps to avoid further conflict with the United States in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election in November. Iranian leaders are afraid that aggressive action on their part could benefit President Trump in the election, according to The New York Times.

Years of intense pressure by the United States to curb Iranian aggression in the Middle East is beginning to pay dividends, the State Department said.

“Pressure works,” U.S. special representative for Iran policy Brian Hook told the Times. “For over three years we have contained and countered Iran through deterrence and diplomacy. The regime is also broke because of our sanctions. Iran’s leaders today face a choice: either negotiate with President Trump or manage economic collapse.”

Trump has ramped up pressure on the Iranian regime since pulling the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018 and reasserting strict sanctions on Tehran. Iran is now facing political upheaval at home because of worsening economic conditions, as well as the outbreak of the coronavirus.

To ease tensions in the lead-up to the U.S. election, Iran has largely stopped using proxy militias and terror groups across the Middle East to launch attacks on U.S. forces. Iranian naval forces in the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping lane, have cut down attacks on shippers and are staying away from U.S. military vessels after threats from Trump.

Tehran has backed off its influence on Iraqi politics, choosing not to interfere against the election of a U.S.-backed prime minister to lead the Iraqi parliament earlier this month. Last month, Tehran negotiated a prisoner swap in the U.S., offering an imprisoned U.S. Navy veteran for an Iranian-American doctor who U.S. forces were holding.

Analysts say that Iran’s new tactics should not be misinterpreted as a change of its overall strategy and ambitions. The loss of General Qasem Soleimani, who was responsible for coordinating Iran’s various militias and terror groups, was a blow to Tehran’s influence throughout the Middle East. That, along with increasing pressure from U.S. sanctions, has forced Iran into a defensive position.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington reached a boiling point around the start of the year when Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Soleimani, Iran’s top general and terror leader.

In late December, Iranian-backed militia launched rockets into an Iraqi airbase, killing several Iraqi soldiers and one U.S. contractor. The U.S. military responded with airstrikes against several militia targets in the region that killed at least two dozen militia members.

On December 30, Iranian officials inspired a violent mob to attack the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, prompting Trump to approve a Jan. 3 drone strike that killed Soleimani. Fearing open conflict with the U.S., Iran responded to Soleimani’s killing with several rocket strikes against an Iraqi military base where U.S. troops were sanctioned. No U.S. or Iraqi soldiers were killed in the attack, and the U.S. declined to respond as Trump’s red line – no more dead Americans – was not crossed.

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: ‘Pressure Works’: Two Years After Trump Scrapped The Iran Nuclear Deal, Tehran Is Beginning To Cooperate

Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones endorsed President Trump on Tuesday, becoming the first Democrat in the state to buck his party and support the GOP president for reelection.

Jones touted Trump’s handling of the economy and issues impacting black Americans in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Georgia lawmaker represents a heavily Democratic district that covers parts of DeKalb and Rockdale counties.

“It’s very simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign,” Jones said.

“This is not about switching parties. There are a lot of African-Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” Jones continued. “When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.”

Jones first won a seat in the Georgia legislature in 1993 and served until 2001 when he left to become DeKalb County’s chief executive. He stayed in that position until the end of his second term in 2009. He tried and failed to run for the U.S. House and Senate and to be DeKalb County sheriff. He rejoined the Georgia House in 2016.

“A philosopher once said, ‘One courageous man in the crowd is a majority.’ I’ve got the courage to express my convictions,” Jones said. “I believe that Donald Trump is the best person to lead this country going forward.”

Jones endorsement comes on the same day the former President Barack Obama endorsed his former vice president and the likely Democratic nominee for president, Joe Biden. Obama endorsed Biden in a video released on social media Tuesday.

“I’m so proud to endorse Joe Biden for president,” Obama says. “Choosing Joe to be my vice president was one of the best decisions I ever made and he became a close friend.”

Obama named his endorsement after every challenger to Biden had dropped out the Democratic primary. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was the last to suspend his campaign and he endorsed Biden on Monday. Reports on Tuesday said pressure from Obama to unite the party was a driving factor in Sanders’ decision to endorse.

“It’s no great secret Joe that you and I have our differences, and we are not going to paper them over. That’s real,” Sanders said in his endorsement of Biden. “But I hope that these task forces will come together, utilizing the best minds and people in your campaign and in my campaign, to work out real solutions to these very, very important problems.”

As The Daily Wire reported at the time:

“Sanders’ endorsement isn’t entirely unexpected — after all, he endorsed his former competitor, Hillary Clinton, after losing the nomination in 2016. But Sanders seems to be making things easier on the Democratic party this time around, endorsing his top competition for the 2020 Democratic presidential endorsement within a week of dropping out of the race and well before all of the state-level primaries finished.”

“Democrats likely hope that an early partnership between Biden and Sanders can help bring reticent Sanders supporters into the Democratic Party’s fold. According to a poll taken earlier in April, most Sanders supporters plan to cast their ballot for Biden, but a handful of hardliners are still holding out.”

Author: Tim Pearce

Source: Daily Wire: Georgia Democrat Bucks Party, Backs Trump For Reelection

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