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Investigation launched into vandalism of NYC Vietnam memorial



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New York City’s Vietnam War Memorial in Queens was vandalized Wednesday, just days after Memorial Day. Now, New York State Police will be investigating the defacement.

City Councilman Robert Holden brought attention to the defaced memorial. He tweeted out photos of spray painted Nazi symbols, among other designs. In a tweet, he also offered a $1,000 reward for any information that would lead “to the arrest and conviction of the sick soul who did it.”

Next, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted out a statement, saying he was “disgusted by the vandalism.” He announced that New York State Police will further investigate the scene.

This isn’t the first time a war memorial has been defaced in New York. Leading up to Memorial Day weekend, another Vietnam Veterans Memorial was vandalized in Glendale. Someone spray painted “Free Palestine” on the American flag hung on the fence. Holden also made an appearance there to capture the damage on Twitter.

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Historic House Vote Expels Rep. George Santos Amidst Scandal



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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.

Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.

Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.

Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.

Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.

Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.

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