Politics Court denies Kristi Noem's request to hold firework show at Mount Rushmore
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KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Residents searched for missing loved ones amid their destroyed homes on the outskirts of Congo’s eastern city of Goma Monday, where light aftershocks were detected in the area following the eruption of a large volcano two days earlier. With little warning Mount Nyiragongo had turned the dark sky fiery red on Saturday night and then spewed torrents of lava into villages, killing at least 15 people and destroying more than 500 homes, officials and survivors said.Grief, disbelief and fear hung over the area as seven government ministers, including Congo's prime minister and health minister, visited Goma.
A federal court on Wednesday deniedGov. 's motion to hold a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore ahead of the Fourth of July after a monthslong fight.
Chief Judge Roberto Lange of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota concluded that a ruling in Noem's favor would constitute "improper judicial activism" as he insisted it is not the legal body's call to make.
"The United States would benefit immensely from greater unity in its efforts to continually form a more perfect union. So a national show of unity and celebration, such as a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore for Independence Day, is appealing," Lange said in a decision obtained by the Washington Examiner. "However, this Court is not called upon to determine whether such a fireworks display is a good idea."
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Noem's lawsuit, which names Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland anddeputy director of operations Shawn Benge as some of the defendants, was filed after the Republican governor's request to hold the Independence Day weekend display. Noem against the Biden administration in late April after the administration chose to forgo the celebration, which was first held during the last year of former President Donald Trump's time in the Oval Office.
“The Biden Administration cancelled South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration on completely arbitrary grounds," Noem said in a Wednesday statement. "I am disappointed that the court gave cover to this unlawful action with today’s decision. But rest assured, this fight is not over. My legal team will appeal this incorrect decision so that we can return the Fireworks Celebration to Mount Rushmore and celebrate our nation’s birthday at America’s Shrine to Democracy for next year and in the future.”
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Mike Lindell was then kicked out of the RGA event after threatening to confront certain governors.Lindell, a close ally of former President Donald Trump, was kicked out of the event after he had promised to confront Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp about why they aren’t pushing to overturn the 2020 election results in their states. An RGA official had said he was not allowed to attend RGA events because he wasn’t a full member of the organization.
The court's decision followed intervention from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe that insisted judges lack the "subject matter jurisdiction and that the NPS's denial of the permit is not subject to judicial review," the lawsuit added.
At the time of the denial, NPS Regional Director Herbert Frost blamed the "risks" associated with the COVID-19 pandemic for the denial, though vaccination efforts were well underway. He also cited limited attendance requirements at the 2020 celebration, at which, affected "tens of thousands" who could not visit the memorial or had their visit cut short.
"The foundation of the wealth:" Why Black Wall Street boomed
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — In a century-old family story about a teenage aunt who liked to drive her luxury car down the trolley tracks of Tulsa, Kristi Williams still savors a tiny, lingering taste of how different life could have been for all Black Americans after slavery. On Monday, Tulsans commemorate the 100th anniversary of a two-day assault by armed white men on Tulsa's prosperous Black community of Greenwood, known around the country as Black Wall Street, calling attention to an era of deadly mob assaults on Black communities that official history long suppressed.
“Potential risks to the park itself and to the health and safety of employees and visitors associated with the fireworks demonstration continue to be a concern and are still being evaluated as a result of the 2020 event,” Frost wrote.
Last year, fireworks and Air Force jets provided a celebratory backdrop behind the iconic, stone-carved presidential figures in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Environmental concerns were dismissed following an NPS assessment.
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Former GOP Rep Says Trump Has 'Lost His Step,' Republicans Eyeing WH Will See Opening .
During an interview on Sunday with MSNBC, Jolly spoke about potential GOP candidates who have a shot at the White House, amid speculation that Trump may consider a run himself. Trump delivered remarks at the North Carolina GOP State Convention on Saturday evening."What I saw last night was a boxer who'd lost his step," Jolly said of Trump's appearance in North Carolina. "If you're Kristi Noem, if you're Ron DeSantis, if you're Mike Pompeo, I think you saw your opening last night.