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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Admits Unemployment System is Rigged to Discourage People from Filing Claims

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Gov. DeSantis confesses that the state’s unemployment claiming system was deliberately engineered to dishearten people in a CBS exclusive interview.

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  • Earlier this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis was interviewed by CBS Miami’s Jim DeFede, where the governor revealed that the unemployment website is designed to discourage claimants from filing for their benefits.
  • “I think that was the animating philosophy. I mean having studied how it was internally constructed, I think the goal was for whoever designed, it was, ‘Let’s put as many kinds of pointless roadblocks along the way, so people just say, oh, the hell with it, I’m not going to do that,'” DeSantis said. “It was definitely done in a way to lead to the least number of claims being paid out.”

People packed together outside a Miami unemployment office to file a paper application.

  • From the onset, the website has been plagued with problems. For weeks, people were not able to sign in to the website to create a basic username and password to claim the benefit. The signup process was virtually impossible on-line or on the phone, forcing local offices to hand out paper applications. Hundreds of people stood in lines that wrapped around the block for hours to finally submit their claim.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), known as CONNECT, was released in October 2013. Most unemployment sites in the US are 40-50 years old, making it one of the newest. The state spent $77 million on its creation under former governor Rick Scott’s administration, now a US senator.
  • DeSantis said he waived many verification requirements through an executive order for claimants to receive their benefits faster. The website that processes benefits was audited in 2019, and the findings were left for DeSantis to review. He’s requested an investigation into how the system was engineered, under Scott’s administration.

On Wednesday, the state’s Senate Democratic Caucus said about 1.45 million Floridians still continue to wait for payments. 

The complete interview is below. 

 

 

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Jasmine Abreu is a writer from Miami. She has a Broadcast Media and Film Degrees from Florida International University. When she's not writing, she's trying to become the next Bobby Fischer.

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Jovita Moore, Atlanta evening news anchor has an aggressive form of cancer

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Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore has an aggressive form of brain cancer, WSB-TV reported during its 4 p.m. newscast Thursday.

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ATLANTA ― The story was first reported by the AJC.  that Moore, 53, would be undergoing surgery for a brain tumor in April.

Moore, who has been with WSB-TV since 1998 and has won numerous Emmy awards ― had brain surgery in April after doctors discovered tumors. At the time, doctors had hoped she could be back on air in eight to 10 weeks, assuming no serious complications.  Pathologists discovered Moore had glioblastoma, a serious form of cancer. She is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy in an effort to slow the cancer’s growth.

Moore herself did not want to be on camera but sent an audio message to the station for the public to hear.

“I just want to say a quick thank you,” she said. “Thank you for your cards, thank you for all the gifts, and most importantly, thank you for your prayers and positive energy. I feel all of it. I’m home now, I’m up and about and doing everything my doctors tell me to do. So for now, I need to be here to focus on my health. I’m surrounded by my family, a very small circle of friends, but also your extended love and support. This journey for me started with an unusual headache so if something’s not right with you, I urge you to please get yourself checked.”

Glioblastoma, according to the Mayo Clinic website, “can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible. Treatments may slow progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms.”

wsb said people can leave a note online on the WSB-TV website or send cards to Moore at the station address: 1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30309. Moore has also asked for concerned viewers to donate to two charities: Our House, a charity that addresses homelessness, and National Brain Tumor Society.

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Whoopi Goldberg, Danielle Deadwyler to Appear in Film about Emmett Till’s Mother

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Till will highlight Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight to obtain justice for the murder of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till.

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  • In 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett became a victim of a hate crime; Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white woman, accused him of harassing her at a grocery store. Several days later, Carolyn’s relatives took Emmett, beat him, and lynched him.
  • While preparing for his funeral, Emmett’s mother Mamie insisted on an open casket to raise awareness on violence towards Black people in the South; Mamie’s actions are considered one of the catalysts for the civil rights movement. The movie chronicles this decision, as well as Mamie’s choice to permit Jet Magazine to publish David Jackson’s funeral photos.
  • Watchmen’s Danielle Deadwyler will portray Mamie. When discussing her new role, Danielle said she is “charged with humility and great will” to embody Mamie’s life during such an “integral moment of personal tragedy and political rebellion” and the civil rights movement. She further mentioned she will accurately represent Mamie’s love for her son. Danielle expressed gratitude for the women who will support her in this endeavor, such as director Chinonye Chukwu, and Whoopi Goldberg, who will play Emmett’s grandmother, Alma Carthan.
  • In addition to directing Till, Chinonye wrote the screenplay, which is partially based on Keith Beauchamp’s original research for his 2005 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. The film is a follow-up to Chinonye’s Clemency, which stars Alfre Woodard. Chinonye also conveyed appreciation for the project. She said Till will tell a story of Mamie and Emmett’s humanities and their relationship. Alongside this, it will educate audiences on “the activist consciousness that grows within Mamie as she seeks justice for her son.”
  • Chinonye feels confident in her actresses’ skills. She called Danielle a “powerhouse of an actor,” and emphasized her joy in working with the “legendary” Whoopi. Principal photography will begin in Atlanta this September.

The news on Till was released just two days before what would have been Emmett’s 80th birthday.

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Rudy Giuliani Travels to Miami to Condemn Cuban Government, Few Attend

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Former President Donald Trump‘s ex-lawyer went to Little Havana’s Versailles Restaurant the same day Cuban-Americans held a candlelight vigil outside the White House.

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  • Rudy Giuliani denounced Cuba’s government to a small crowd. He entered Versailles at 9 a.m., but began his speech at 12:30 p.m. to around 15 people; in his discussion, he called the communist regime one of the most “inhumane, indecent, horrible” ones in history.
  • He continued by scorning President Joe Biden for his delayed reaction to Cuba’s July 11 protests. Despite the fact that Biden released a statement on July 12 standing in solidarity with demonstrators, Giuliani spread misinformation by saying Biden took four days to respond. He further called Biden’s response “pathetic” and criticized his leadership.

“If the president of the United States can’t speak up for freedom clearly, succinctly and with great strength, then he isn’t a real president,” Giuliani said.

  • The former lawyer and New York City mayor also stated he did not believe the coronavirus pandemic provoked Cuba’s demonstrations. He concluded this because he claimed he did not see any signs that read “give me a vaccine;” instead, he only saw posters that had different versions of “Cuba Libertad.” Giuliani’s statement on this concern spread more falsities, as one of the main reasons for the protests was the regime’s insufficient control of COVID-19’s effects on the island.
  • Giuliani also urged Americans to speak out against communism and implied that the Biden administration holds leniency on this issue. He added that Americans must fight these ideals just as hard as Cubans did on July 11.
  • Giuliani’s attendance at the iconic Miami restaurant went unplanned. He declared that he never organized the rally and that he just chose to visit on that day.

Giuliani chose not to respond when asked about low turnout. Regardless, an attendee answered for him, explaining that many Cuban-Americans traveled to the White House to commemorate the 26th of July events and urge Biden to take military action and restore internet to Cuba.

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