WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it would accept up to 24,000 Venezuelans via a humanitarian parole plan, although the scope of the program was far narrower than a similar one for Ukrainians. The parole plan would grant Venezuelans a narrow legal pathway to the United States, and the administration hopes those eligible will apply for it remotely and fly to the United States rather than making the dangerous trek to the southwest border. The Department of Homeland Security also said it would expand its use of a public health rule to start expelling to Mexico Venezuelans who illegally cross the U.S. border. The reliance on a Trump-era pandemic rule crystallized the Biden administration’s balancing act in both helping refugees and tightening border restrictions in the face of Republican attacks on President Biden’s immigration policy and record numbers of illegal border crossings. And there is no guarantee that just 27 days before the midterm elections, it … [Read more...] about Biden Administration to Offer Thousands of Venezuelan Migrants Legal Path Into U.S.
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Alex Jones was losing in court. Parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School had sued him and his media company for defamation after he repeatedly claimed the 2012 massacre in Connecticut was a hoax. Fans of the Infowars host had harassed and threatened grieving families. By the summer of 2020, two of the lawsuits weren't going his way. As the potential for damages mounted, Jones began moving millions of dollars out of his company, Free Speech Systems, and into companies controlled by himself, friends or relatives, according to a Washington Post review of financial statements, depositions and other court records. The transfers potentially put those funds out of reach of the Sandy Hook plaintiffs. Between August 2020 and November 2021, Free Speech Systems signed promissory notes - essentially IOUs - for $55 million to cover what it said were past debts to a company called PQPR Holdings that Jones owns with his parents, according to financial records filed in court … [Read more...] about Sandy Hook families sued Alex Jones. Then he started moving money around.
Big rifts emerge as FTX bankruptcy moves forward Two weeks after the epic collapse of FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried’s crypto exchange, disagreement and confusion still reign. In the first bankruptcy hearing on Tuesday, FTX lawyers said that a “ substantial amount ” of the firm’s assets were missing or stolen, and that the empire was run like the “personal fiefdom” of Mr. Bankman-Fried. Adding to the drama around Bankman-Fried, or S.B.F. as he’s known: Elon Musk slammed a report that the former crypto mogul has a stake in Twitter. S.B.F. broke his weeklong silence on Tuesday. In a letter to FTX’s remaining employees, he divulged that the company suffered a $51 billion collapse in collateral, and apologized for the group’s rapid demise. Still, he seemed to reject the proceedings unfolding in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying FTX might have been saved had he not caved to pressure to file for bankruptcy. “Potential interest in billions of dollars of funding came in roughly eight … [Read more...] about Losses Pile Up in FTX Bankruptcy Turmoil