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Nigerian Instagram star helped North Korean hackers in $1.3B scheme: Feds

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A Nigerian Instagram star conspired with North Korean hackers to steal more than $1.3 billion from companies and banks in the U.S. and other countries, federal prosecutors said.

Ramon Olorunwa Abbas, 37, also known as “Ray Hushpuppi,” is being accused of helping three North Korean computer hackers steal the funds from companies and banks, including one in Malta, in February 2019, according to the Justice Department.

“North Korea’s operatives, using keyboards rather than guns, stealing digital wallets of cryptocurrency instead of sacks of cash, are the world’s leading bank robbers,” Assistant Attorney General John Demers of the Justice Department’s National Security Division said in a statement on Feb. 17.

Abbas — who has 2.5 million followers on Instagram, where he would post photos of his luxury cars — somehow found time for still more banking-related crimes, the feds say.

He worked with Ghaleb Alaumary, 37, a Canadian who was charged with laundering millions of dollars from ATMs in the U.S. and Pakistan and a bank in India, prosecutors say.

Last July, the Nigerian national was arrested in still another, separate case.

He was extradited from Dubai to the U.S. where he was charged with “laundering hundreds of millions of dollars from business email compromise (BEC) frauds and other scams, including schemes targeting a US law firm, a foreign bank and an English Premier League soccer club,” according to the Justice Department.

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House Democrats surrender to QAnon, scrap March 4 session

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Leaders of the House of Representatives decided to scrap planned votes on Thursday due to reports that QAnon conspiracy theory adherents may attempt to storm the Capitol in a far-fetched scheme to return former President Donald Trump to office, according to a Democratic congressman.

The Capitol complex is ringed with non-scalable, barbed-wire topped 8-foot fences and is still guarded by hundreds of National Guard members following the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, during which a mob of Trump supporters smashed into the building and disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory.

But House leaders were fearful enough of another assault to move Thursday votes to Wednesday night, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) told CNN.

“Yeah, that’s correct, that’s correct,” Himes said, confirming the House would not be in session Thursday due to the possible threat.

“Obviously from a security standpoint, it’s better to have us scattering to the four winds as opposed to all concentrating in one building,” Himes said.

But the Democrat, who is a member of the House intelligence committee, said he found it doubtful that anyone would be able to breach the Capitol given the intense security.

“Capitol Hill, and it makes me sad to report this, it is still an armed camp. There are very heavily armed, body-armored national guardsmen all over the place. There are still fences. You can’t get near the Capitol without an ID,” Himes said.

He added: “Unless there is a very well-trained force on their way to Washington, DC, they are going to meet security like they’ve never imagined before.”

The House will vote late into the night on legislation including a police reform bill so that it won’t have to convene on Thursday.

The threat reportedly involves online chatter about a theory that Trump will return to power because March 4 was historically a date for presidential inaugurations, before that was modified to be Jan. 20.

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot occurred after Trump supporters easily pushed over waist-high fencing and approached Congress. Thousands of people who attended a speech by the then-president near the White House descended on Capitol Hill as members of the crowd fought police to enter the building.

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman calls standardized testing ‘a pillar of systemic racism’

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman, one of the newest members of “The Squad,” says standardized testing is a manifestation of “systemic racism.”

In a pair of tweets Tuesday, Bowman (D-NY) wrote simply, “Standardized testing is a pillar of systemic racism,” before linking to an article from the National Education Association, one of the two largest teachers unions in the country.

The article from the NEA was titled “The Racist Beginnings of Standardized Testing.” It was published in April 2018.

“Since the beginning of standardized testing, students of color, particularly those from low-income families, have suffered the most from high-stakes testing in U.S. public schools.

“Decades of research demonstrate that African-American, Latino, and Native American students, as well as students from some Asian groups, experience bias from standardized tests administered from early childhood through college,” the article reads.

Reached for comment by Fox News, Bowman’s office pointed to a pair of videos posted by the freshman lawmaker on Twitter late last month. In them, he criticized the Biden administration over its refusal to grant waivers federally for standardized testing.

“Over the past year, our students have faced unfathomable amounts of trauma and anxiety due to the pandemic. They’ve lost teachers, family members, and their entire way of life. The Biden Administration’s refusal to grant waivers for standardized testing is WRONG,” he wrote alongside one of the videos.

“If you have never been an educator, you should not be leading on matters of education in our country. All of the data that they claim they need standardized tests to analyze can be better understood by speaking with the educators in our classrooms,” he continued.

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Dr. Fauci donates his 3D model of COVID to Smithsonian museum

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Dr. Anthony Fauci has donated his personal 3-D model of the coronavirus to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, which honored him with its Great Americans Medal.

“Dr. Fauci has helped save millions of lives and advanced the treatment and our understanding of infectious and immunologic diseases across more than five decades of public service,” museum Director Anthea Hartig said.

“His humanitarianism and dedication truly exemplify what it means to be a Great American,” she added.

Fauci, 80, who has led the nationwide COVID-19 response and is President Joe Biden’s science adviser, was asked by the museum to donate a personal item to mark the pandemic.

He chose the lumpy blue and orange ball that he has used to explain the complexities of the virus in myriad interviews.

The model, which was made with a 3-D printer, shows what the Smithsonian’s announcement calls “the various components of the SARS-CoV-2 virion (the complete, infectious form of the virus), including the spike protein.”

“This has been a terrible year in so many respects,” said Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “Decades from now, people will be talking about the experience that we went through.”

In 2008, Fauci received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, from then-President George W. Bush for his decades of work, dating back to the earliest days of the AIDS crisis.

Previous recipients of the Great Americans Medal include former secretaries of state Madeleine K. Albright and Gen. Colin L. Powell, tennis star Billie Jean King and musician Paul Simon.

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