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Tom Cotton on Iranian aggression towards US Navy: Joe Biden seems to be 'trying to surrender'

Difficult to ignore Jim Brown’s legacy as NFL draft comes to Cleveland

CLEVELAND — The legacy of Jim Brown is complicated, with parts of it undeniably ugly. This week it is difficult to ignore.

The first round of the NFL draft will be held Thursday a short walk from the bronze statue that was erected to honor Brown, 85, the Hall of Fame fullback who starred for the Cleveland Browns.

He is considered among the greatest football players in history and has been lauded for his activism and leadership in the Black community. But there’s the more troubling side involving women and alleged violence.

Between 1965 and 1999, he was arrested three times on charges of assaulting women, once on charges of battering two women, once on charges of raping a woman and once on making terrorist threats toward his wife. 

Biden will say 'America is on the move again' in speech to Congress

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to speak about loosening coronavirus disease (COVID-19) mask guidelines outside the White House in Washington, U.S., April 27, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden will offer an optimistic assessment of the United States’ progress emerging from a devastating pandemic, saying that “America is on the move again,” according to excerpts of his first speech to Congress.

Ahmaud Arbery murder suspects charged with hate crimes by Justice Department

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has charged three men with hate crimes for the death of Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot and killed just two miles from his Georgia home.

Three men – Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and William “Roddie” Bryan, 51 – were indicted Wednesday for targeting and threatening Arbery because of his race. 

Arbery was jogging in his neighborhood when the McMichaels, both of whom armed, got into a truck and chased Arbery while yelling at him, federal prosecutors said. Bryan later joined the chase in his truck. The men then allegedly tried to kidnap Arbery.

All men are already facing murder charges in Georgia.

This story will be updated.

A mural of Ahmaud Arbery is on display in Brunswick, Ga., where the 25-year-old man was shot and killed in February. It was painted by Miami artist Marvin Weeks. (Photo: Sarah Blake/AP)

EARNINGS SUMMARY: Details of Stoneridge Inc. Q1 Earnings Report

Below are the earnings highlights for Stoneridge Inc. (SRI):

-Earnings: $0.13 million in Q1 vs. $3.49 million in the same period last year.
-EPS: $0.00 in Q1 vs. $0.13 in the same period last year.
-Revenue: $193.80 million in Q1 vs. $182.97 million in the same period last year.

Verizon Exploring Sale Of Its Media Assets Led By Yahoo, AOL – Report

Verizon is exploring a sale of Yahoo and AOL that would end a rocky era for the telco as a media owner after a spate of disappointing acquisitions. A sale could bring $4 billion to $5 billion and giant investment group Apollo Global Management is said to involved, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Reps for Verizon and Apollo weren’t immediately available to comment.

The move, while a reversal, would not be surprising. Verizon bought the once mighty internet pioneer turned sort of punchline AOL for $4.4 billion in 2015, and Yahoo for $4.5 billion two years later. It merged them into a new venture it called Oath and named Tim Armstrong, AOL’s then CEO, to run it. He left in late 2018. Around then, Verizon announced a hefty $4.6 billion write-down of Oath assets, saying competitive pressures in the digital ad business had quashed the potential of the Yahoo-AOL integration. It scrapped the Oath moniker and renamed the division Verizon Media Group.

Basically, Google, Facebook and now Amazon eat up of the lion’s share of domestic digital advertising and Oath wasn’t able to compete.

Verizon had already started to shed pieces of the business. In November of last year it sold HuffPost to BuzzFeed. In 2019, it unloaded social media site Tumblr to Automattic, the company that owns WordPress.

Verizon also owns Techcrunch, Engadget, creative studio Ryot.

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Tom Cotton on Iranian aggression towards US Navy: Joe Biden seems to be 'trying to surrender'

Tom Cotton concerned Joe Biden ready to ‘surrender to Iran’

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., discusses incident involving U.S. Navy and Iranian naval vessels.

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said Wednesday that Joe Biden seems to be “trying to surrender to Iran” after the Middle Eastern country appeared to show aggression towards the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.

TOM COTTON: I’m worried things are headed in a very dangerous direction. Joe Biden seems to be trying to surrender to the Ayatollahs in Vienna over negotiations with the nuclear plan, but I’m not sure the Ayatollahs are ready to accept his surrender.

The story that you just spoke about on the Iranian vessels conducting dangerous operations near American naval ships in the Persian Gulf is the second time in a couple of weeks. I think that’s in the context of these negotiations as Iran thinks that they can get more leverage over Joe Biden and over America for these negotiations in Vienna by threatening our naval vessels in the Persian Gulf.

Now I have every confidence that if Iran wants to start a fight in the Persian Gulf on the water that our navy can end that fight very promptly if Joe Biden will allow them.