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The Dawn Stensland Show

The Dawn Stensland Show

Dawn Stendsland breaks down the local and cultural issue of the day. Interviewing all the top Newsmakers and taking your calls.


Foreign Policy + January 6th Testimony
Yesterday
Foreign Policy + January 6th Testimony
Hour 2 of The Dawn Stensland Show: Jimmy Quinn—The National Security Correspondent at National Review—joins the show to discuss his recent article, “Biden’s Global Build Back Better Hits a Wall.” Quinn explains that Biden’s global infrastructure agenda was promoted as a method to combat China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and subsequently China's growing global influence. The administration is unclear about what their agenda would specifically consist of—but, according to reports, it would emphasize environmental policy, gender-equity, and even the development of global child care infrastructure. Would those policies be enough to slow Chinese ascendancy? Quinn also discusses the Biden Administration diplomatically re-engaging with Iran over its quest for nuclear proliferation. Fifty-one migrants have died as a result of being trapped in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas. The Washington Post reported this is “the deadliest smuggling incident of its kind in U.S. history.” On Tuesday, the House’s January 6th Committee heard testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson—staffer for former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. Hutchinson alleged that Donald Trump had a physical altercation with members of his Secret Service when they refused to drive him to the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Members of Trump’s security detail have denied the incident occurred and may be willing to testify before Congress.
Krasner Impeachment, Dangerous Omicron Variant, & More Violence in Philly
Yesterday
Krasner Impeachment, Dangerous Omicron Variant, & More Violence in Philly
Hour 1 of The Dawn Stensland Show: 21-year-old Jailene Holton has been identified as the victim of a senseless, deadly shooting at a Northeast Philadelphia Bar on Tuesday night. Holton was rushed to Jefferson Hospital but did not survive. According to police, a disgruntled customer who had been asked to leave the bar for being disruptive fired fifteen shots into the restaurant. The Pennsylvania House continues to push towards impeachment proceedings for District Attorney Larry Krasner—and, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, will attempt to pass a resolution that would give an investigative committee the authority to search Krasner’s office. Three teens brutally attacked and robbed a father in Philadelphia on Friday night. Police now have the suspects in custody. The men responsible for shooting and killing two intruders at their South Philadelphia home are being held in police custody—police are questioning their claims of self-defense. On Tuesday, Philadelphia officials announced that developers intend to invest $6 billion into the city’s Navy Yard. Officials estimate that the investment will result in thousands of new jobs, as well as affordable housing. Al-Ashraf Basem Khalil has been arrested and charged with arson for a North Philadelphia building fire that claimed the life of firefighter Sean Williamson. According to reports, a new, more dangerous version of Omicron may be beginning to spread in New York. Researchers believe the BA.5 subvariant of COVID-19 targets lungs and the upper respiratory system of those infected.
Philly Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson Fails to Disclose Rental Income
2d ago
Philly Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson Fails to Disclose Rental Income
Hour 1 of The Dawn Stensland Show: Sean Williamson, a Philadelphia firefighter who was killed while responding to a fire last week, was laid to rest on Monday morning. In addition to being a firefighter, Williamson was also a United States Marine. Over a thousand family, friends, and community members gathered to honor and remember Williamson. On Monday, two men were killed after breaking into a South Philadelphia home—paramedics brought the men to Jefferson Hospital where they were pronounced dead. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson failed to disclose income he received from a rental property he owns—and his wife, Dawn Chavous, operated several rental units that were not properly licensed. Federal prosecutors have vowed a retrial in a federal corruption case involving Councilmember Johnson and Chavous. According to NBC10 news, a massive shootout in South Philadelphia—where thirty shots were fired in a matter of mere moments—resulted in two men being killed. Police believe the two men killed were being targeted by the shooters. Forty-eight migrants have died as a result of being trapped in the back of a tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas. The Washington Post reported this is “the deadliest smuggling incident of its kind in U.S. history.” On social media, Texas Governor Greg Abbott stated: “These deaths are on Biden. They are a result of his deadly open border policy. They show the deadly consequences of his refusal to enforce the law”—referring to the president’s administration allowing a record number of undocumented migrants to flood the U.S. southern border. According to a newly released voicemail, acquired via Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop, President Joe Biden acknowledges a New York Times article documenting Hunter’s business ties with a Chinese businessman accused of numerous economic crimes. The voicemail is from 2018. Though, in 2019 President Biden claimed he had never spoken to his son about overseas business dealings.
Local News + Philadelphia-Area Response to Supreme Court Ruling
3d ago
Local News + Philadelphia-Area Response to Supreme Court Ruling
Hour 1 of The Dawn Stensland Show: Councilmember Helen Gym has introduced legislation that would create a new, independent board to oversee the management of Philadelphia prisons. The United States Supreme Court has ruled that a public-school football coach does, in fact, have a right to publicly pray after each game. In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, the court reached a 6 to 3 decision—with Justices Kagan, Breyer, and Sotomayor dissenting. Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which upended Roe v. Wade, people across the country protested—Philadelphia was no exception. Thankfully, protests in the area remained peaceful. During a press conference in Trenton, Governor Phil Murphy claimed that the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs demonstrated that the court did not value women or their ability to make decisions. He vowed to expand access to “reproductive freedom” throughout New Jersey. President Joe Biden responded to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs, calling it a “sad day” for the country and for the court. He claimed the health of women across the country is now at risk. During a protest outside of the Supreme Court, Rep. Maxine Waters said that she will defy the court. Meanwhile, while appearing on ABC, Elizabeth Warren explicitly stated that she would like to see President Biden add additional justices to the court. And Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stated that “people will die” as a result of Roe v. Wade’s repeal. While speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper, United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to criticize the United States—despite Tapper proclaiming U.S. institutions are now routinely failing. Instead, P.M. Johnson proclaimed that America remains the “greatest global guarantor of democracy and freedom.”
Breaking News: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
6d ago
Breaking News: Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade
Hour 1 of The Dawn Stensland Show: An off-duty police officer was killed in a car crash in Northeast Philadelphia. The officer, whose name has not yet been released to the public, was on his way home from work when his vehicle was struck by a BMW sedan. Two teens have been charged in the murder of Sean Toomey—a 15-year-old boy who was senselessly shot and killed while carrying groceries into his family’s Philadelphia home. In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen—which struck down restrictions on concealed carry permits—New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy condemned the court, referring to the decision as “deeply flawed” and “tragic.” The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade with its 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. In the groundbreaking decision of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Chief Justice John Roberts voted with the court’s conservative majority, writing a concurring opinion, according to The New York Times. In a leaked draft of the decision, Roberts had sided with the dissenting justices. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi spoke about the Supreme Court’s decision to effectively end Roe v. Wade—calling the decision a “slap in the face” to women and “cruel.” She stated that a women’s right to choose is on the ballot in November, alleging that the court’s end goal is to criminalize individual “health decisions” made by women.
Local News + Major Supreme Court Decision on 2nd Amendment
1w ago
Local News + Major Supreme Court Decision on 2nd Amendment
Hour 1 of The Dawn Stensland Show: A judge has dismissed third-degree murder charges against Jayana Tanae Webb—the woman accused of killing Pennsylvania State Troopers Branden Sisca and Martin Mack II in a crash on I-95. According to police, Webb’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she struck, and killed, two state troopers and a pedestrian. District Attorney Larry Krasner has vowed to refile the dismissed charges. Webb, however, still faces several other charges in relation to the crash. Phillip Magness—Director of Research and Education at the American Institute for Economic Research & Author of “The 1619 Project: A Critique”—joins the show to discuss his latest editorial, “Is Twitter-Famous Princeton Historian Kevin Kruse a Plagiarist?” Recently, Dr. Magness brought several incidents of plagiarism to the attention of Princeton University involving publications made by one of their most prominent professors, Kevin Kruse. Why is Princeton ignoring these credible allegations of academic dishonesty? On Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings in two cases. In Berger v. North Carolina State Conference of the NAACP, an 8-1 majority ruled that North Carolina legislators have the legal authority to defend voter identification laws. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, a 6-3 majority struck down a New York State law that restricted concealed carry permits. The Wall Street Journal referred to it as the “biggest Second Amendment case in a decade.” According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, although homicides in Philadelphia are down slightly from this time last year, shootings have actually increased by 8%—with 1,100 people having been shot.