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Merrick Garland One Step Closer To Attorney General Post

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(Reuters) – Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden‘s selection for attorney general, moved a step closer to securing Senate confirmation as the top U.S. law enforcement official on Monday as the Judiciary Committee threw its weight behind his nomination.

The federal appellate judge won bipartisan support in a 15-7 tally in the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance his nomination to the Senate floor for a vote that Democrats hope will be held sometime this week. Among the four Republicans voting in favor of Garland were two former chairmen of the committee, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham.

He drew the support of the committee’s Democrats while seven Republicans voted no.

Garland was nominated to lead a Justice Department now in the midst of intensive investigations into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Republican former President Donald Trump’s supporters – an incident Garland has called “heinous.” The rampage interrupted the formal congressional certification of Biden’s election victory over Trump.

He has also pledged to reinvigorate the department’s Civil Rights Division, which critics have said was undermined during Trump’s presidency, failing to defend voting rights or open investigations into systemic abuses by police departments.

Last week, the Civil Rights Division said it is looking into whether to launch hate crime probes into the rising number of incidents targeting Asian-Americans. Trump repeatedly referred to COVID-19 as caused by the “China virus.”

Unlike former Attorney General William Barr, a Trump appointee who told Congress last year he did not believe systemic racism plagued the U.S. criminal justice system, Garland testified that he believes the system does not treat all Americans equally.

Garland, a former federal prosecutor, is widely expected to win confirmation. The Senate in 2016, then controlled by Republicans, refused to consider Garland’s nomination by Democratic former President Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court. By doing so, the Republicans enabled Trump in 2017 to fill a Supreme Court vacancy with a conservative justice.

On March 9, the Senate Judiciary Committee intends to hold a confirmation hearing for Lisa Monaco and Vanita Gupta, Biden’s choices to serve in the No. 2 and No. 3 top Justice Department jobs.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; additional reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Scott Malone and Sonya Hepinstall)

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Today is Malbec World Day. This is how it is celebrated in Mexico

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Wines of Argentina celebrates the eleventh edition of Malbec World Day with a Mexico online store. The festivities run from April 15 to May 15.

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Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Rejected $1 Million Shark Tank Offer; Acquired Multi-Million Dollar Facility to Expand Company Vision

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California entrepreneur Deborah Torres pitched her vegan fried chicken on season 11 of ABC’s hit TV show “Shark Tank.”

Torres offered the Sharks a $500,000 investment opportunity in exchange for a 10% stake in the company. Instead, billion-dollar investor Mark Cuban decided to partner with guest shark Rohan Oza and offer $1 million for 100% of the company. Torres would receive a 10% royalty.

Torres rejected the offer. Recently, her company acquired a multi-million dollar former food production warehouse in a San Diego Opportunity Zone to expand their vision.

“We are so blessed and excited to acquire our own warehouse facility while still maintaining 100% ownership of the company. I have God, my family, our team, and our awesome fans and customers alike to really thank for the incredible support. Dreams really do come true when you don’t give up or let someone steal your imagination. This is only the beginning,” said Torres told Times of San Diego.

Vegan Fried Chicken Entrepreneur Turned Down Shark Tank Offer

When Torres introduced her fried vegan chicken to the Sharks, they immediately fell in love with it. “This batter is extremely tasty,” shark Lori Greiner said. “It’s got some zip to it.”

“You fooled me,” Barbara Corcoran said.

The Sharks bought into the idea of fried vegan chicken but challenged the financials that Torres delivered.

“On [Shark Tank] there were many edits of conversations to make it appear that I wasn’t intelligent enough for obvious dramatic effects of the ‘shocking’ ending,” Torres told VegNews.

She felt that her appearance on Shark Tank did not accurately portray her business acumen. Torres graduated from high school at 15 and received her first degree at 17.

“I think God works in mysterious ways because what was meant to harm me propelled me to where I am today—the proud and sole owner of the world’s largest vegan fried chicken manufacturing company and 100-percent owner of a multi-million dollar manufacturing facility.”

Torres felt that the Shark Tank offer was not a reflection of the true value of her company. In 2019, she declined the offer and now she projects exponential growth for the company going forward.

Giving Birth to a Plant-Based Brand

Deborah Torres is the founder of Atlas Monroe. The plant-based company specializes in fried vegan foods. According to VegNews, Atlas Monroe is on track to become the largest manufacturer of deep-fried vegan chicken in the world.

What motivated the creation of vegan fried chicken? Her father’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis. Torres decided to experiment with a vegan diet. One of her main priorities was to develop delicious foods that were healthy.

“My whole family and I went on a raw, vegan and organic diet for 90 days. We grew really ‘hangry’ at each other from just eating salads and fruit salads,” Deborah told CNBC. “After the 90 days, [my father] was completely healed. We vowed to stay organic, plant-based and natural. We continued to experiment, and Atlas Monroe was born.”

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Memorial Service for DMX Will Be Held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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A memorial for late rapper DMX will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, April 24th. According to TMZ, the memorial will only be open to close friends and family. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Barclays Center can only accommodate 10% capacity. The memorial will be live-streamed to give the public a chance to honor DMX with family and friends.

“My brother would take care of everybody before he would take care of himself. I never seen a human like him. The closest I’ve ever seen to a prophet,” Swizz Beatz shared during a heartfelt video tribute to DMX. “His humanitarian work should be celebrated.”

DMX Memorial at Barclays Center 

According to sources, DMX’s family decided to hold the memorial at the Barclays Center instead of DMX’s home county at Yonkers Raceway.

Opened in 2012, Barclays is an indoor arena in New York City that is home to the Brooklyn Nets. The venue can seat 19,000 people. In June 2019, DMX made his last stage appearance at the Barclays Center. He was a part of the Masters of Ceremony alongside 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and other hip-hop artists. He also performed at the arena in 2017 as part of the Ruff Ryders reunion show.

The details of the memorial service are still being ironed out. TMX reported that a church service for DMX’s close family and friends will take place on Sunday, April 25th.

Remembering DMX

DMX, whose birth name was Earl Simmons, died on Friday, April 9th. He was 50 years old.

The iconic rapper was admitted to the hospital on April 2nd after a drug overdose. He suffered a heart attack and was taken off life support while at White Plains Hospital. DMX was surrounded by family during his final days.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever.”

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