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Missouri isn’t just the heart of the new COVID-19 outbreak, it’s a political disaster zone

  • And this week he has demonstrated that belief both by refusing to meet with the mayor of Kansas City and by filing a lawsuit against St. Louis that’s not just factually incorrect, but riddled with lies meant to disguise Republican failings.
  • For weeks, cases of COVID-19 have been spilling out of highly Republican counties in southwest Missouri, filling local hospitals, and driving cases to the two cities that flank the state’s glowing red center.
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Raffensperger ‘confident’ Georgia election law will ‘prevail’ after seeking dismissal of DOJ lawsuit

By Brooke Singman
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state is prepared to fight the Justice Department' s lawsuit against its election law up to the United States Supreme Court and is "confident" it will "prevail" after the state sought to dismiss the case altogether this week.
  • Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger expresses confidence his state will prevail in court as the DOJ moves to stop their election reform law.
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Republicans seek requirement for internet companies to disclose government concerns about content

By Andrew Blake

Senate Republicans have introduced legislation requiring social media companies to publicly disclose requests or recommendations made by governments concerning the content users post on their platforms.

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Rep. Massie slams Pelosi’s reimposed mask mandate in House chamber: ‘Hell no, I’m not backing down’

By Talia Kaplan
  • Massie has joined a federal lawsuit against Pelosi over the $500 fine, FOX 56 reported, noting that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Norman are also part of the suit.
  • Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told " America’s Newsroom " on Thursday that he would rather get fined again than abide by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reinstated mask mandate in the House chamber.
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San Marino Becomes Tiniest Country to Ever Medal at Olympics

By Tracy Connor
Tauseef Mustafa/Getty

The tiny country of San Marino can now proudly claim that one in 34,000 residents is an Olympic medalist. That’s because Alessandra Perilli took bronze Thursday in women’s trap shooting, giving the microstate its first-Summer Games win and earning it the distinction of the smallest nation to ever medal—edging out Bermuda. San Marino, which has a population that is less than 1 percent of Los Angeles, sits in north-central Italy, inland from the Adriatic Sea. “We are a small country but very proud,” Perilli, 33, said after collecting her medal, according to CNN. “They are for sure going crazy, crying.”

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Levin: Why do illegal immigrants get a ‘free pass’ on COVID-19, while American citizens are treated ‘like prisoners’?

By BlazeTV Staff
  • On "LevinTV," host Mark Levin wanted to know, if illegal immigrants get a "free pass" into our nation, why is the Biden administration treating America's citizens like "prisoners"?
  • They've sacrificed an enormous amount in response to these governors and departments imposing their will, destroying their businesses, making them lose their jobs and their homes, and on and on," Levin said.
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Robinhood stock drops in IPO debut

By Lucas Manfredi
  • Since its founding in 2013, Robinhood has grown to nearly 18 million monthly active users, with the platform managing more than $80 billion in investor assets.
  • Robinhood Markets Inc.'s IPO was greeted with a lukewarm response as shares fell over 10% in the first few minutes of trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the ticker symbol HOOD.
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GOP Lawmakers Fume at Texas Dems for Appearing at Hearing Amid COVID Outbreak

By Rachel Olding
Kevin Dietsch

GOP lawmakers exploded at Texas state Democrats on Tuesday for appearing in person for a House hearing on voting rights—days after a COVID outbreak amid their ranks. More than 50 Democrats fled to D.C. on a mask-free private jet two weeks ago to thwart a voter suppression bill but at least seven later tested positive for COVID. “I am truly puzzled why you all as witnesses have chosen to be here You cut and ran to D.C. and you bought COVID with you and you infected people while you were here at the Capitol,” Rep. Scott Franklin (R-GA) fumed, adding that most lawmakers just “suck it up” when faced with a losing vote. “We don’t act like a bunch of spoiled cowards running away and refusing to vote when it’s clear we don’t have the numbers to get our way.”

In a debate over proposed voter ID rules, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) asked if Texans are required to show ID to get on a private jet. “I wouldn’t know, I’ve never flown on one,” she quipped. Franklin said that, rather than being at the hearing, the lawmakers should be “flying back to Texas in coach like the rest of us and unlike the private jet you used to get here, they’re gonna make you wear a mask.” Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD) accused Franklin of defaming the Texas lawmakers with his “coward” taunt, and committee chair Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) called it intimidation and abuse.

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Over One Quarter of Coronavirus Cases in LA County Are Among Fully Vaccinated

By Hannah Bleau
  • Over one quarter of Los Angeles County’s new cases of the Chinese coronavirus are among fully vaccinated people, Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer revealed this week.
  • Fully vaccinated people represented 26 percent or 3,592 of the cases,” she continued, although she surmised that the numbers would be far worse if not for the vaccinated population, guessing that average daily cases likely would have doubled.
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Union That Endorsed Biden in 2020 Furious About His New Vaccine Mandate

By Jack Davis
  • As President Joe Biden prepares to unveil a vaccine mandate for the federal workforce, one of the unions that clamored for his election is arguing that this is not what its members wanted when they supported him.
  • In calling for new rules about wearing masks, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said that even vaccinated people can spread the Delta variant of the coronavirus, but the agency has not published any data to support that conclusion, according to The Washington Post .
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Hard liquor can take the edge off inflation

By Carol Ryan
  • But the ability of these big consumer-goods companies to protect profit margins from cost inflation has been mixed.
  • Meanwhile, AB InBev’s shares fell 6% in morning trading Thursday, in part because the brewer wasn’t able to pass on all of its higher costs to drinkers in North America, its most important market.
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Big Tech Has A Vaccine Misinformation Problem. Here’s What A Social Media Expert Recommends

By Anjana Susarla
This article is part ofTPM Cafe, TPM’s home for opinion and news analysis. With less than half the United States population fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and as the delta variant sweeps the nation, the U.S. surgeon general issued an advisory that called misinformation an urgent threat to public health. The advisory said efforts by social media companies to combat misinformation are “too little, too late and still don’t go far enough.” The advisory came more than a year after the World Health Organization warned of a COVID-related “infodemic.” […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Capitol Police directed to ARREST vaccinated staff, visitors who don’t comply with Pelosi’s mask mandate

By Vivek Saxena
  • On Wednesday, USCP released an internal bulletin explicitly ordering officers to arrest visitors and staff members who refuse to comply with her mask mandate, according to Florida Rep. Kat Cammack, a Republican who obtained a copy of the bulletin.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing accusations that she’s a “dictator” because of reports that U.S. Capitol Police are now enforcing her mask diktat by force.
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Ben & Jerry’s Jewish Co-Founders Double Down, Say Israel Boycott ‘Most Important Company Decision’

By Deborah Brand
  • The Jewish founders of Ben & Jerry’s said they “unequivocally support” the ice cream maker’s move to boycott Israeli settlements in the West Bank, calling it “one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history.”
  • “Ending the sales of ice cream in the occupied territories is one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history,” they wrote, adding the boycott should be seen “not as anti-Israel, but as part of a long history of being pro-peace.”
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St Louis County Mask F*ck-Tussle Goes Viral! VERY Viral!

By Doktor Zoom
  • On Monday, as a means of getting a major outbreak of COVID-19 in Missouri under control, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page ordered a mask mandate for all indoor public spaces, regardless of whether people are vaccinated or not.
  • Khan sent a letter to Ms. Days yesterday in which he said that during and after his testimony, he'd been targeted by "racist, xenophobic, and threatening behavior" of a sort he'd never experienced before in his 25 years in public health.
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Didi Global considers going private to ease tensions with Chinese authorities amid crackdowns

By Jing Yang
  • Ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc. is considering going private in order to placate authorities in China and compensate investors for losses incurred since the company listed in the U.S. in late June, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Ride-hailing giant Didi Global Inc. is considering going private in order to placate authorities in China and compensate investors for losses incurred since the company listed in the U.S. in late June, according to people familiar with the matter.
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House Republicans Seek to Finish Wall, Hire More Border Patrol Agents

By Kaylee Greenlee
  • Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., and other House Republican leadership announced the Border Security for America Act of 2021, which would require the federal government to renew border wall construction contracts, invest in technology, and increase support for federal law enforcement officials, according to a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • House Republicans will propose legislation Thursday to finish the border wall and hire more officers in response to President Joe Biden’s “destructive” immigration policies, according to a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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Pelosi’s House Physician Lectures Room Full of Republicans on Masks, Doesn’t Bother Wearing One Himself

By Kipp Jones, The Western Journal
  • Monahan, the man reportedly responsible for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new mask mandate for members of the House of Representatives, was photographed not wearing a mask while briefing Republicans about his recommendation on Wednesday, according to The Federalist .
  • Monahan, the attending physician for Congress and the Supreme Court, decided this week that the oh-so-dangerous delta variant of the coronavirus warranted a second mask mandate for lawmakers.
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Pelosi Uses Capitol Police as Her Own Personal Stasi, Demands Arrest of All Non-Mask Wearers in the Capitol

By Shane Trejo
  • “On July 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new mask guidance that all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated alike, should wear a mask in indoor spaces to reduce the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19,” a bulletin to the Capitol police reads.
  • The following article, Pelosi Uses Capitol Police as Her Own Personal Stasi, Demands Arrest of All Non-Mask Wearers in the Capitol, was first published on Big League Politics .
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Tennessee Coulda Had More COVID Shots If Dumb GOP Gov Didn’t Think Vaccines Made Of ABORSHUN MILKSHAKE

By Evan Hurst
  • Bill Lee, like many rightwing morons, apparently thinks vaccines are made of ABORSHUN MILKSHAKE, and therefore according to Fiscus, "The governor forbade us from using it in health departments."
  • Today we have news about one of those morons, Tennessee GOP Governor Bill Lee, and how his very stupid religious beliefs prevented the state from getting more COVID vaccine when we really needed it.
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Freedom Caucus tells McCarthy to expel Kinzinger, Cheney from GOP conference: ‘Switched teams’

By Tyler Olson
  • Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said that having Cheney, R-Wyo., and Kinzinger, R-Ill., in the conference, which is supposed to be an organization where Republican can plan their political strategy, is "antithetical" to its purpose because they sit in the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., conducts a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus outside the Capitol to oppose the Equality Act on Thursday February 25, 2021.
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In Leaked CNN Interview, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Says She Thought She Faced Rape At Capitol Riot

By Mary Margaret Olohan
  • Clips of a leaked CNN interview published by Project Veritas show Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying she thought she was going to be raped at the Capitol Riot.
  • Clips of a leaked CNN interview published by Project Veritas show Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saying she thought she was going to be raped at the Capitol Riot.
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Hundreds of Alabama coal miners protest outside BlackRock’s NYC headquarters

By Lucas Manfredi
  • Members of United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) and other labor leaders bow in prayer during a picket regarding the union's strike at Warrior Met Coal Mine, outside BlackRock's Headquarters in New York City, U.S., July 28, 2021.
  • According to the United Mine Workers of America, the current agreement with union employees was negotiated as Warrior Met Coal, which was formerly known as Walter Energy, emerged from bankruptcy in 2016.
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Congresswoman Rejects Pelosi’s Rule: ‘No One Should Be Arrested over a Mask’

By Hannah Bleau
  • Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) announced Thursday she is instructing her staff to work from home to evade House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) draconian mask rule — which authorizes Capitol Police to arrest violators who resist compliance — emphasizing that “no one should be arrested over a mask.”
  • We should follow the science not Speaker Pelosi,” Mace said Thursday following a Wednesday bulletin signed by Thomas Manger, Chief of Police, which authorizes Capitol Police to arrest individuals who refuse to comply with the mask mandate:
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‘Not The Role Of The Federal Government’: Postal Workers Union With Nearly 217,000 Members Slams Biden Vaccine Mandate

By Thomas Catenacci
  • One of the largest labor unions representing federal workers, strongly criticized President Joe Biden’s reported plans to soon issue a vaccine mandate.
  • “While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent,” the union said in a statement.
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An Infrastructure Deal That Works

  • And now, with the country already feeling the inflationary effects of this stimulus, they plan to use this same partisan budget process to pass another reckless tax and spending bill of at least $3.5 trillion that would further stall economic growth.
  • Eliminating the 2017 reforms and imposing massive new tax hikes to fund huge spending increases for social programs will lead to even higher inflation, hurt working families, and disrupt our economic recovery.
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Ingraham blasts ‘woke-ification’ of US military, Pentagon under spell of corporate America

By Frank Webster
  • Now, last month at a House hearing, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Mark Milley sounded more like a high-ranking BLM officer, than a military officer,” Ingraham began her monologue.
  • She began “The Ingraham Angle” by highlighting a particularly infuriating and childish attack launched by the commanding general at Fort Benning, one Maj, Gen. Patrick Donahoe, against a Marine veteran who clearly has Donahoe’s number.
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40-Year-Old Slice of Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake to be Auctioned

By Corbin Bolies
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Princess Diana was beloved by people worldwide throughout her life, though she may be hard-pressed to find someone who would want a piece of her 40-year-old wedding cake. A collector hopes to find that out when the royal slice goes to auction on Aug. 11. The slice came from one of 23 wedding cakes made for the royal wedding. It was given to Moyra Smith, a resident of the Queen Mother’s home at Clarence House. Smith kept the cake preserved in a freezer with a note marking its origins, though her family later sold it to a collector in 2008. The cake is expected to fetch anywhere between 300 to 500 pounds. “It appears to be in exactly the same good condition as when originally sold,” auctioneer Chris Albury told the Associated Press. “But we advise against eating it.”

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17,000 University of California Researchers Could Soon Win a Union

By Tanzil Chowdhury
  • Jacobin ’s Oren Schweitzer sat down with KDan Lee, Sierra Dodd, and Tanzil Chowdhury, student researchers in the UC system and worker-leaders in the SRU-UAW campaign, to talk to them about their unionization effort.
  • In late May, student researchers from across the University of California (UC) system delivered over 10,000 signed union authorization cards to the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), representing a unit of 17,000 workers.
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What’s in the new infrastructure bill — and why it’s a big deal

By German Lopez
  • Priced at $550 billion in new federal spending, the bipartisan deal focuses almost entirely on physical infrastructure projects that will move to rebuild parts of American society and take action on longer-term issues, from climate change to improving internet access.
  • But news of a $1 trillion infrastructure agreement between Democrats and Republicans, with $550 billion in new spending, is a big deal — one that could affect Americans’ lives both directly and indirectly.
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Super sensitive Rep Adam Kinzinger calls Laura Ingraham’s mockery a ‘cold-hearted thing’

By Jon Dougherty
  • In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who is a vocal opponent of former President Donald Trump, responded to Ingraham’s claim that he and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) engaged in “theatrics” designed to stoke emotions while avoiding unpleasant facts surrounding the breach of the U.S. Capitol Building as lawmakers were meeting to officially certify the 2020 election for then-President-elect Joe Biden.
  • U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger dismissed Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s mocking of his tearful moment during the first hearings of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked Jan. 6 committee earlier this week, calling her derision a “cold-hearted thing.”
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Stepfather of Texas firefighter found dead in Cancun says son’s actions were ‘out of character’

By Audrey Conklin
  • Officials in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo said Friday that Snow died of mechanical asphyxiation after getting trapped in the bathroom window of the hotel, which was different from the one he and his wife were staying at, several miles away, NBC News reported .
  • "It's just so out of character for him to try to get into a room he shouldn't be in," David Oujesky, Snow's stepfather, told ABC News' "Good Morning America" in an interview that aired Thursday.
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Arizona’s Election Integrity Audit Receives $5.7M in Private Donations 

By Wendell Husebø
  • Arizona’s election integrity forensic audit of Maricopa County received $5.7 million in private donations since the recount began in April, the auditing firm announced Wednesday.
  • “The announcement from Cyber Ninjas came as Arizona Senate President Karen Fann announced Wednesday that the audit has concluded its public efforts — ballots will be returned Thursday to Maricopa County,” the Washington Post reported .
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Gretchen Whitmer Accused of ‘Illegal Scheme’ in Campaign Finance Complaint

By Kipp Jones
  • The Detroit News reported Whitmer’s campaign’s decision to accept such large donations is being defended by her allies, who claim that since there have been numerous efforts to recall the governor, the state’s campaign finance law no longer applies.
  • The Michigan Freedom Fund, which says its mission is to fight for conservative policies on behalf of Michigan’s taxpayers, sued Whitmer for accepting more than the minimum of $7,150 from individual donors after viewing her re-election campaign’s financial disclosure from this calendar year.
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Joe Manchin Backs Budget Resolution Used for $3.5 Trillion Democrat ‘Infrastructure’ Bill

By Sean Moran
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said Thursday he supports the advancement of the budget resolution, which serves as the Democrat vehicle for their $3.5 trillion “infrastructure” bill.
  • Senate Democrats need 50 votes to pass the budget resolution, which serves as the legislative vehicle for the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion reconciliation “infrastructure” package.
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Cuomo Warns, Hysterically, That New York Schools Will Become ‘Superspreaders’

By Matt Welch
  • Cuomo's messaging is particularly confusing based on what we know about school infectiousness in New York City, home to 71 of the 117 zip codes that the governor has targeted for having comparatively low vaccination and high infection rates.
  • While urging "dramatic action" to fight the Delta variant of COVID, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned Wednesday that "schools can become superspreaders, and in September it will happen."
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Cuba Responds to Protests: 3 Extra Pounds of Rice Rations, No Extra Freedom

By Frances Martel
  • The Ministry of Interior Commerce in Cuba announced Wednesday that it would increase rice rations by an extra three pounds per person per month, an attempt to quell the eruption of anti-communist unrest that has persisted since July 11.
  • The Communist Party of Cuba has attributed the protests to alleged illicit American intelligence activity, without providing any evidence for U.S. involvement, while international leftist groups sympathetic to the regime have claimed the protesters were objecting to an increasingly dire economic situation in the country that they, too, blamed on the United States.
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Justice Department spending bill in limbo over police funds

By Jennifer Shutt
  • The House had been on track to vote on the $82.6 billion spending bill Wednesday, but leaders opted to hold over final votes following concerns from Democrats in swing districts about policy provisions that would place new requirements on grant funding for local and state law enforcement agencies, including that they meet certain use of force training standards.
  • Using language that Republicans have used to attack Democrats over policing issues, Johnson said the new grant requirements “effectively would ‘defund’ many law enforcement agencies and negatively impact public safety at a time when violent crime rates are skyrocketing in cities and communities across the country.”
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Maryland’s highway plan has been rescued. For now.

By Editorial Board
  • He then sweetened his proposal’s already sweet pot of transit improvements, adding at least $60 million to design an express bus project for Montgomery, home to pockets of vocal highway critics, led by the county executive, Marc Elrich (D).
  • The project seemed moribund after it was removed from the region’s long-range transportation blueprint last month, under assault from highway opponents who think that mass transit alone can save the region from congestion meltdown and the lethal blow it would deal to the area’s economy.
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Biden’s truly bizarre behavior draws renewed scrutiny

By Joseph Curl
  • After the town hall, former White House physician Ronny Jackson, who served under both Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, told Fox News that he believes that Mr. Biden will be forced to resign or will face the 25th Amendment over issues related to his fitness for office.
  • “And I’m at the point right now where, you know, I went from, you know, telling people, we should be concerned about what might potentially be going on, to now saying, hey, what is happening right now?”
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Texas Democrat calls for ‘pause’ on release of COVID-positive illegal immigrants

By Chris Pandolfo
  • Cuellar told Fox News that 70 border agents working in the Rio Grande Valley have tested positive for COVID after coming into contact with sick migrants.
  • Cuellar, a moderate Democratic lawmaker who represents a district that comprises parts of the Rio Grande Valley along the southern border, said that the record surge of illegal immigration under President Joe Biden's watch shows no signs of stopping.
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A Recap of Biden’s Visit To PA

By L.T. Conrad
  • Fox News pressed again about the president’s claim, pointing out that a school bus is not the same as an 18-wheeler truck, but did not receive a response by publishing time.
  • Fox News pressed the spokesperson about the president’s claim – noting that riding in a truck is not the same as driving one – at which point the president’s spokesperson pointed to a United Federation of Teachers post that touched on Biden driving a school bus in the past as a summer job.
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Republican senator calls Ashli Babbitt ‘a criminal’, defends the officer who killed her

By Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
  • Cramer was taking questions from a number of callers when one of them asked him to reveal the identity of the officer who shot Babbitt during the Capitol riot.
  • During a heated exchange with a radio caller, Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) bluntly defended the anonymous officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, branding her “a criminal.”
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Whitmer Hit With Complaint Over Alleged Campaign Finance Violation

By Reagan McCarthy
  • “This Complaint outlines an illegal scheme by Gretchen Whitmer for Governor (the “Whitmer Campaign”) to evade and eviscerate Michigan candidate contribution limits,” the complaint filed by Michigan Freedom Fund (MFF) reads.
  • “The Whitmer Campaign has admitted to these wholesale violations of the MCFA’s contribution limitations, but claims that there is an exception to contribution limits for officeholders facing a recall election.
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‘America Is Mentally, Emotionally And Spiritually Sick’: Meghan McCain Says New Mask Mandates Aren’t The Problem

By Virginia Kruta
  • Cohost Whoopi Goldberg turned the question to McCain, asking, “Meghan, are the mask mandates going to be the only way out of this?
  • “I mean, I have a whole different take and perspective on this which I’m sure you’re surprised at, Whoopi,” McCain replied, adding that the news of a mask mandate in Washington, D.C., had taken her by surprise since the vaccination rate there was near the highest in the country and hospitalizations and deaths were down as well.
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‘Quality-of-life crimes’ in Philadelphia, including public urination and prostitution, to get new treatment

By Audrey Conklin
  • The Philadelphia Police Department has issued an internal memo detailing changes to the way officers handle "quality of life crimes, " such as public urination or prostitution, under a new pilot program.
  • In 2020, our expert found that racial disparity does exist in certain types of stops," the Philadelphia Police Department told Fox News in a statement.
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McConnell: Biden is Telling Vaccinated Americans to Wear Masks, But All Bets Are Off at the Border

By Guy Benson
  • Authorities in South Texas said Tuesday they've learned that illegal immigrants who have possibly tested positive for COVID-19 were being released from federal custody to a Catholic charity, which booked hotel rooms for them without notifying local officials.
  • Although they are told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office instead, just 13% have shown up so far." This is " unprecedented," according to the report, which adds this detail: "Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Axios that as of Monday, 7,300 migrants in the Rio Grande Valley sector had been released during the past week without court dates.
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FEMA chief aims to address climate change’s role in disasters like wildfires

By Andrew Freedman
  • FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell's first trip out West since being confirmed in April reinforced her view that the agency must tackle climate change's influence on disasters, such as wildfires and droughts.
  • The big picture: During the trip, Criswell visited the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho, where federal wildfire activities are coordinated, as well as Oregon and California.
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The Trial of Chesa Boudin

By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
  • Of all the progressive prosecutors elected in American cities during the law-and-order Trump years, none embodied the hope for criminal-justice reform as perfectly as San Francisco’s Chesa Boudin.
  • When the pandemic shut down San Francisco, and infections began to rise in prisons around the country, Boudin saw an opportunity for decarceration; by May, 2020, he had cut the city’s jail population from a daily average of about twelve hundred people to about seven hundred.
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‘Tucker Carlson Originals’ enters border crisis epicenter, where armed residents face off with migrants

By Nikolas Lanum
  • Tuckers Carlson and his production team enter dangerous territory in Uvalde, Texas in the latest episode of "Tucker Carlson Originals," where residents pack weapons just to water their flowers and police pursue potentially dangerous illegal migrants.
  • In the episode entitled "The Illegal Invasion," Carlson and company track down migrants, ride along with police, and interview locals during what may be the "largest immigration surge in American history," according to the show’s host.
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Fair Fight Action, CAP Action will bring people to D.C. to lobby lawmakers face-to-face for voting rights bills

By Vanessa Williams
  • Fair Fight, founded by Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, last month launched “Hot Call Summer,” urging voters to phone members of Congress in support of the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, both of which passed the House but have stalled in the Senate.
  • “Our democracy is in crisis, and it is critical that members of Congress hear the stories of Americans who have been affected by anti-voter efforts,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, chief executive of Fair Fight Action, said in a statement.
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Anti-Trump Writer Shredded for Saying Saudi Arabia Was More ‘Progressive’ on COVID Vaccine Protocols

By Matt Vespa
  • Washington Post opinion columnist Max Boot was ripped for a now-deleted tweet in which he lamented that Saudi Arabia is being "more progressive" than the United States because of their plans to impose new COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
  • "People in Saudi Arabia will need to show proof on a mobile app that they have received at least one vaccine dose to enter public and private institutions beginning Sunday, including schools, shops, malls, markets, restaurants, cafes, concert venues and public transportation.
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Sinema vs. The Squad: Progressives Attack Arizonan for Opposing Infrastructure Bill

By Carson Swick
  • After she publicly opposed the $3.5 trillion price tag of a long-debated infrastructure bill on Wednesday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) is feeling the heat from progressive Democrats.
  • The new wave of left-wing backlash against Sinema comes after said in a statement obtained by The Arizona Republic that, while she opposes the $3.5 trillion infrastructure initiative, she would join the Democrats in voting to advance debate on the bill.
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Postal workers’ union opposes Biden’s plan to mandate vaccines for federal employees

By Chris Pandolfo
  • Ahead of President Joe Biden's expected announcement of a new requirement for federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the AFL-CIO-affiliated American Postal Workers Union said Wednesday it opposes vaccine mandates.
  • While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent," the union said in a statement .
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Teen girls face felony charges after allegedly robbing dead man’s body and posting the video to Snapchat

By Phil Shiver
  • Two teenage girls in Bexar County, Texas, have been charged with felonies for allegedly stealing jewelry from a dead man's body before posting video of the theft on social media.
  • Videos of the theft — which the girls reportedly posted on Snapchat — allegedly showed the girls moving around near the man's body before stealing a chain and medallion from his neck, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by KSAT.
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Vice President Kamala Harris unveils strategy to address illegal immigration at the border

  • Vice President Kamala Harris released a sweeping strategy on Thursday to address the root causes of migration amid the recent surge in illegal U.S.-Mexico border crossings.
  • The strategy is the vice president's most recent step to address these root causes, and is a core component of the Biden administration's broader plan released Tuesday to establish a "fair, orderly and humane immigration system."
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Michael Knowles on How Political Correctness Has Upended American Culture

By Rachel del Guidice
  • And I think you’re getting, after this whole culture has been upended … actually, notably, by the ’70s feminists, who said, “The personal is the political.”
  • And furthermore, even beyond that practical issue, if you are telling me that we actually do not possess the moral judgment and the faculties of reason to discern between a pervert twerking for a toddler and a pastor preaching the Gospel, if we really think there’s no way to tell the difference between those things, then we have surrendered our capacity for self-government.
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CRUZ MOVES: Ted Blasts Biden’s DOJ for Being Soft on China After Cyber-Attacks

By The First
  • According to The Daily Wire, “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) left President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice silent this week when he pressed them about why the administration has not sanctioned communist China for repeated cyberattacks against the United States.”
  • Sen. Ted Cruz to DOJ, FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Secret Service: "Do you have an answer as to why the administration has not sanctioned China for repeated cyber attacks over and over and over again against the United States?"
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Biden Border ‘Blueprint’: Unfair, Disorderly, and Inhumane

By Lora Ries
  • The administration this week released its “ Blueprint for a Fair, Orderly and Humane Immigration System,” in which it toots its own horn for policy changes it has already made, outlines its next steps, and pushes for Congress to pass mass amnesty through a budget-reconciliation trick.
  • The Biden administration is hoping that if it repeats the words describing its border process as “fair, orderly, and humane” enough times, Americans will begin to believe it.
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Capitol Police Ordered to Arrest Those Who Refuse Mask Mandate

By Andrew West
  • U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) were ordered to start arresting visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask on the House side of the Capitol complex starting Thursday, according to a police memo issued by new USCP Chief Thomas Manger that was obtained by a member of Congress.
  • “This is such an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority to basically make our Capitol Police arrest staff members and report on members [of Congress],” Cammack told Fox News Thursday.
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Meghan McCain Weighs in on Nepotism: ‘My Work Ethic Speaks for Itself’

By Justin Baragona
ABC News

Quickly approaching her last day on The View, Meghan McCain defended the role nepotism has had on her career on Thursday, stating that she “no longer cares” what people think because her “work ethic speaks for itself.”

Regular viewers of The View are well aware that McCain’s father is the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), as she has not been shy about dropping his name and repeatedly mentioning how she is “John McCain’s daughter.” At the same time, the conservative host has been sensitive about charges of nepotism, even as she relentlessly trades on her family name.

In one of the last “Hot Topics” she would debate with her soon-to-be ex-colleagues, McCain weighed in on the criticism actor Ben Stiller has received for denying that nepotism is rampant in Hollywood. After news broke that a slew of children of famous parents were working on a film project, Stiller (himself the son of two famed comedians) said, in his experience, that show business “ultimately is a meritocracy.”

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How Pro-Gun Cons Aped Sanctuary-City Libs

By timothynoah
  • Unlike similar bills passed this year in Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Texas, the Missouri law empowers the state’s residents to sue for $50,000 state and local police that violate it (for example, by confiscating an assault weapon under a hypothetical federal ban).
  • Leo Biasiucci, an Arizona state representative who authored that state’s Second Amendment Preservation Act, told me that he based his bill’s language quite deliberately on that of the California Values Act. The Trump Justice Department tried and failed to overturn that law in court.
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Missouri Councilwoman Recommends Anti-Parasite Cow Medicine to Cure COVID.

  • This notorious drug had its moment in the sun when last year a single French study released on March 20th claimed that hydroxychloroquine, used in conjunction with the antibiotic azithromycin, before the onset of COVID symptoms, had some benefits with no downside.
  • In an interview with the local newspaper, the day after the meeting, Romine revealed the second drug she alluded to was ivermectin — which is often used in the U.S. to treat or prevent parasites in animals.
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BREAKING: Wuflu No Longer Killing Blacks

By Kevin Jackson

The following article, BREAKING: Wuflu No Longer Killing Blacks, was first published on The Black Sphere.

WuFlu, blacks, mask, Kevin Jackson

Apparently the Wuflu ended its fatwa against black people. Remember when people said the Wuflu killed people of color, specifically black people, in greater numbers than whites? Ironically, nobody accused the Chinese of being racist, since we know they developed this bioweapon in their Wuhan lab. But I digress. From the African equivalent of the

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Who Ordered Capitol Police to Arrest the Unmasked?

By Graham J Noble
  • According to a memo distributed during the Thursday morning roll call in the House of Representatives, Capitol Police officers are ordered to arrest visitors and House staff who refuse to comply with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) new mask mandate.
  • “In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.
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NYPD sergeants union boss loses bid to squash trial over profane tweets

By Craig McCarthy
  • The bombastic boss of the NYPD’s sergeants union — who is facing potential discipline after calling a lawmaker a “first class whore” and a city official a “b—h” — can stand trial over his offensive social media posts, a judge ruled Thursday.
  • Sgt. Ed Mullins, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, is facing three internal charges, two for offensive language and one for abuse of authority, over his incendiary social media posts.
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Biden To Allow Eviction Moratorium To Expire Saturday

  • “Given the recent spread of the Delta variant, including among those Americans both most likely to face evictions and lacking vaccinations, President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability,” the White House said in a statement.
  • The White House said President Joe Biden would have liked to have extended the federal eviction moratorium due to spread of the delta variant.
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Man Sentenced to Prison After Admitting to Using Fraudulently Obtained COVID Relief Funds to Enrich Himself

By Steven Hall
  • A man from Coppell, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 11 years in prison for running a fraudulent scheme to receive about $24.8 million in forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans, the Department of Justice announced.
  • “Today’s sentence serves as a clear reminder that individuals who exploit COVID-relief programs to enrich themselves will be held accountable under the law,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, according to the news release.
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Man Arrested For Allegedly Hitting Woman With A Car, Pulling A U-Turn And Running Her Over Again

By Madeline Dovi
  • Kareem Welton, 40, allegedly drove a stolen Chevy Malibu onto a sidewalk, striking a 32-year-old woman who was walking home from work in Philadelphia, according to Fox News.
  • At 5:54 a.m., after hitting the woman, Welton allegedly stole a Nissan Ultima and drove into oncoming traffic, hitting a 38-year-old man who was out on a morning run, according to a statement from the district attorney’s office.
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Nancy Pelosi’s Unconditional Surrender to Coronavirus: Orders Police to Arrest Mask Mandate Defiers

By Jacob Bliss
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday gave her absolute, unconditional surrender to the Chinse coronavirus, by forcing Congressional members and staff to wear special ‘well-fitted” super masks, before ordering the U.S. Capitol Police to arrest those who do not comply.
  • The Capitol’s Attending Physician, Brian Monahan, Tuesday said he is now advising Congressional members, and staff is to wear a “well-fitted” super mask while inside if “other individuals are present.”
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Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is already on the fast track to becoming his pyrrhic victory

By Amanda Marcotte
  • But those bills keep getting filibustered by Republicans, who don't want small things like "voting rights" and "free and fair elections" to get in the way of their plans for permanent one-party minority rule.
  • By tricking Manchin and Sinema into believing that the filibuster needs to stay put, he blocks any future possibility of meaningful voting rights legislation, ensures that voter suppression and gerrymandering will squeeze Democrats out of power on what may be a permanent basis, and helps pave the way for Trump 2024.
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Mom of 10 prepping lunch and breakfast amazes TikTok with her routine

By Cortney Moore
  • Alicia Dougherty, 40, has astounded TikTok users with her morning lunch prep and breakfast routine, which she shared to under her Dougherty Dozen account on Friday.
  • In the time-lapse video, Dougherty prepared sandwiches and a variety of snacks in 10 individual lunch bags and made a breakfast that included muffins, eggs and apple slices – all while Dolly Parton’s song "9 to 5" played in the background.
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Calling Fish ‘Trash’ Is White Supremacy, According California Academic Study

By Gabe Kaminsky
  • The study, titled “ Goodb ye to ‘Rough Fish’: Paradigm Shift in the Conservation of Native Fishes,” was headed up by researchers at UC Davis and assisted by academics at the University of Oklahoma, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Notre Dame.
  • One product of this bias is that biologists have ironically worked against conservation of diverse fishes for over a century, and these problems persist today.”
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Meghan McCain Squeezes One More Dumb Take In

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Florida Mayors Defy Ron DeSantis With Mask, Vaccine Mandates

  • Masks will again be required at indoor county facilities in Florida’s populous Miami-Dade following new federal guidance recommending that even people vaccinated against COVID-19 should wear facial coverings.
  • As coronavirus cases continue to soar, two Florida mayors are announcing mask and vaccine mandates and defying the governor who is firmly opposed to any pandemic restrictions.
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Pelosi’s House Physician Lectures Room Full of Republicans on Why Her Mask Mandate Is Essential…Now Look at His Face

By Kipp Jones
  • Monahan, the man reportedly responsible for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new mask mandate for members of the House of Representatives, was photographed not wearing a mask while briefing Republicans about his recommendation on Wednesday, according to The Federalist .
  • Monahan, the attending physician for Congress and the Supreme Court, decided this week that the oh-so-dangerous delta variant of the coronavirus warranted a second mask mandate for lawmakers.
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Unlicensed Dog Grooming Alarms Local News Reporter

By Scott Shackford
  • Weissmann noted at the time that demanding dog grooming licenses wouldn't actually resolve the problem because PetSmart could easily afford to pay for the training.
  • But when Fox tweeted a preview of her piece, she was instead inundated with responses from people who understand how our overreliance on government-mandated occupational licensing cuts off avenues of economic opportunity for low-income people without making us any safer:
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GOP senators warn Biden not to host Iranian president in D.C.

By Amber Coakley
  • A group of Senate Republicans are warning Joe Biden’s officials against hosting the new Iranian president in Washington D.C. The GOP senators sent a letter to Biden Tuesday night, noting President Ebrahim Raisi led the 1988 “death commission” and actively advanced political repressions against his own people.
  • In this Friday, June 18, 2021 file photo, Ebrahim Raisi, a candidate in Iran’s presidential elections waves to the media after casting his vote at a polling station in Tehran, Iran.
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Jen Psaki Bails on White House Briefing After Public Relations Disaster

By Charlie Spiering
  • White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki withdrew from her public role after struggling to explain President Joe Biden’s new masking requirements set by federal health officials.
  • Psaki’s duties are currently being shouldered by Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre who answered reporters’ questions on Biden’s trip Wednesday and is expected to appear on camera in front of reporters on Thursday at the daily briefing.
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Biden to headline DNC fundraiser Monday

By Anita Kumar
  • President Joe Biden will headline a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee on Monday, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.
  • Biden spoke virtually at his first DNC fundraiser as president late last month as Democrats began ramping up efforts to build their war chest for the 2022 midterm elections.
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Exclusive – Rep. Drew Ferguson: House Physician Monahan Committing ‘Medical Malpractice’ on Mask Surrender

By Sean Moran
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA), the Republican chief deputy whip, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that House Attending Physician Brian Monahan’s “mixed signals” and “hypocrisy” on the House mask mandate surrender prove his “credibility is shot.”
  • Ferguson also said Monahan kept referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, urging the return of mask mandates, even though the mask rules were based on an Indian study, using a vaccine not approved in America.
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‘I Don’t Have Time For This Sh**’: Officials Allegedly Ignored Calls To Buy Underwear For Migrant Kids Locked In ‘Filthy’ Overcrowded Facility

By Kaylee Greenlee
  • “I don’t have time for this shit,” a senior federal manager reportedly said when approached about using charge cards to buy needed underwear and other clothing items for migrant children at a Walmart or Costco in El Paso, Texas, according to the whistleblowers.
  • Federal officials reportedly ignored requests to buy underwear for migrant children detained at the Fort Bliss emergency intake site near El Paso, Texas, according to a whistleblower complaint filed by the Government Accountability Project on Wednesday.
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Republicans Just Rolled Out a New Plan to Secure the Southern Border

By Dillon Burroughs
  • Several House Republicans introduced a bill on Thursday to increase security along the nation’s southern border that would renew border wall construction contracts as the number of illegal immigrants entering the country continues to escalate under President Joe Biden.
  • “We’ve been down to the southern border several times to see this crisis firsthand and hear directly from those on the frontlines,” Rep. John Katko of New York, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement, according to the Washington Examiner .
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Senate to vote on Capitol security bill, heading off August shortfalls

By Nicholas Wu
Senate appropriators teed up a vote Thursday to address Capitol security concerns exacerbated by the Jan. 6 insurrection, following weeks of deadlock. The $2.1 billion compromise bill plugs security shortfalls around the Capitol complex, fully reimburses the National Guard and Capitol Police for increased staffing needs and provides $1.125 billion in relief for Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. war effort. “We have to make a strong statement of support for those officers who defended the building and all that it stands for on that terrible day,” Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said on the Senate floor. The compromise comes […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Charged With Sexually Assaulting Teen During 1970s Wedding

By Cheyenne Ubiera
Marco Di Lauro/Getty

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has become the highest-ranking Roman Catholic official in the U.S. to face child sex crime charges. McCarrick, who was already expelled from the priesthood, has been charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. The ex-Catholic official was accused of groping a 16-year-old boy in 1974 on the Wellesley College campus in Massachusetts, where the alleged victim’s brother was getting married. After the assault, McCarrick told the teen to “say three our fathers and a Hail Mary or it was one Our Father and three Hail Marys, so God can redeem you of your sins,” court papers allege.

Several men have filed civil suits in New York and New Jersey, accusing McCarrick of sexually abusing them when they were kids in the 1970s and 1990s. While the statute of limitations has run out in some of those cases, he could still be charged in Massachusetts. McCarrick, who now lives in Missouri, has denied the allegations against him. “I’m not as bad as they paint me,” he said to Slate in 2019. “I do not believe that I did the things they accused me of.”

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Real Identity Comes Out of Capitol Cop Who Lied During Jan. 6 Hearing

By Staff
  • Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn calls for a moment of silence “for my fallen colleague, officer Brian Sicknick, who died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty defending the Capitol of our beloved democracy” https://t.co/2RJjqvCz6u pic.twitter.com/iTF7sAXsLI
  • As reported yesterday in a fact-check article, officer Harry Dunn falsely claimed that his fallen colleague Officer Brian Sicknick “died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty defending the Capitol of our beloved democracy.”
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Texas governor’s latest anti-immigrant order is being slammed as ‘unconstitutional and fascist’

By Gabe Ortiz
  • While Abbott’s order claims a “900% increase” in migrants who’ve recently tested positive, Reichlin-Melnick says the number is actually 135 people.
  • Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday issued an executive order instructing the National Guard to assist state law enforcement officers in stopping civilian drivers and contractors who they believe are transporting migrants who have recently crossed into the U.S. If drivers refuse to cooperate, Abbott’s executive order instructs that officers may seize their vehicle.
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Disgraced city pol Chaim Deutsch sentenced to 3 months in prison

By Ben Feuerherd
  • Manhattan federal court Judge James Cott handed down the sentence at a lengthy hearing Thursday morning, saying a term of imprisonment was necessary to deter others from cheating on their taxes.
  • Mazurek, urged the judge impose a non-prison sentence, arguing Deutsch has suffered enough by losing his City Council seat and will be forced to sell his home to earn enough money to pay the restitution he owes.
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Cuban Cancer Patient Arrested for Illegal T-Shirt: ‘They Hit Me So Much I Got to Prison Defecating’

By Frances Martel
  • Miriela Cruz, a Cuban woman arrested on July 11 for wearing a shirt reading “down with the dictatorship,” described being brutalized and tortured in putrid jail cells in an interview shortly after her release, the Cuban independent site ADN Cuba reported Wednesday.
  • As in many similar cases, Cruz said that police refused to give her information on her son, so she decided to wear an anti-communist shirt to the local police station.
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New report sounds alarm over children’s learning loss amid pandemic

A new report out reveals that virtually all children fell behind in reading and math learning over the course of the pandemic, with some students disproportionately affected. NWEA senior research scientist, Karyn Lewis, and Harlem Children's Zone President Geoffrey Canada joined Stephanie Ruhle to discuss the causes and possible solutions to the issue. "We really have a problem on our hands," Lewis says. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Home Depot co-founder calls out Sen. Warren for her biased approach to so-called wealth tax

By Amber Coakley
  • On Wednesday, Langone squared off with Warren and asked why she was so focused on promoting her wealth tax, which many argue would harm the economy instead of addressing programs that could be altered to save the government money without causing economic damage like social security.
  • Langone said combined he and his wife receive $4,000 a month in social security and asked Warren why she was trying to tax the wealthiest Americans while allowing the federal government to pay them every month.
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FBI Seized $900,000 From Safe Deposit Box on ‘Pure Conjecture,’ Federal Judge Says

By Eric Boehm
  • In a ruling issued last week, U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner rejected prosecutors' request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the owner of Box 904, one of more than 600 safe deposit boxes seized by the FBI during the March 22 raid of U.S. Private Vaults.
  • A federal judge issued a sharp rebuke to the FBI's attempt to expose the identity of one of the anonymous victims of a March raid that seized more than $86 million in cash, jewelry, and other valuables from safe deposit boxes in Beverly Hills, California.
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Jewish Ben & Jerry’s Franchise Owner Slams Company’s Israel Boycott, Donates Portion Of Profits To Israeli Charities

By Ben Zeisloft
  • After Ben & Jerry’s ended sales in certain parts of Israel, a Jewish franchise owner cited the move as a cause of low store traffic — and nevertheless vowed to donate a portion of his profits to Israel-based charities.
  • As The Daily Wire recently reported, the ice cream manufacturer — which frequently endorses left-leaning policies — revealed on July 19 that it would cease sales in areas purportedly “occupied” by Israelis:
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Here Are the 17 Senate Republicans Who Sided with Democrats, Voted to Advance Massive Infrastructure Bill

By Jack Davis
  • Even as some Republican senators wanted to see the text of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that is being considered by the Senate, 17 GOP senators voted Wednesday to move forward with the bill, which is one of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priorities.
  • The procedural vote is not the final vote on the bill, but it clears one major hurdle as Democrats move forward with a one-two punch that also includes a $3.5 trillion catch-all bill to fund liberal priorities not included in the infrastructure legislation.
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The DOD Inspector General should be investigated over its role in nominations process

By Josiah Johnson
  • A recent article in Slate entitled the “ National Security Disaster You Probably Missed Last Week: One of Washington’s Most Sclerotic Bureaucracies Strikes Back ” raises some disturbing questions about what looks like a “political hit job” orchestrated by the Office of the Department of Defense Inspector General (DOD IG).
  • Instead of leading a remarkable comeback for Team USA, Brown recently withdrew his nomination due to the time the DOD IG said it would take to conduct an investigation into a previously reviewed complaint about his use of what are supposed to be legal and flexible contracting and personnel authorities while at DOD.
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White House says COVID eviction moratorium will expire Saturday after Supreme Court ruling

By Brooke Singman
  • "Given the recent spread of the delta variant, including among those Americans both most likely to face evictions and lacking vaccinations, President Biden would have strongly supported a decision by the CDC to further extend this eviction moratorium to protect renters at this moment of heightened vulnerability," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday.
  • The White House on Thursday called on Congress to pass legislation to extend the federal eviction moratorium past Saturday, when it is scheduled to expire after a ruling from the Supreme Court .
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Ben & Jerry Defend Boycott Targeting Israel, Boast ‘We Are Also Proud Jews’

By Hank Berrien
  • On Wednesday, the two leftists who founded the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, Bennett Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, defended the company’s decision to refuse to sell their product in the Biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in Israel.
  • If it weren’t enough to target Jews in Judea and Samaria, they ratcheted up the rhetoric even higher: “In our view, ending the sales of ice cream in the occupied territories is one of the most important decisions the company has made in its 43-year history.
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FiveThirtyEight Declares Focus On Obesity A Tactic Of ‘Right-Wing Trolls’

By Tristan Justice
  • Focusing on obesity as though it were the only risk factor for severe COVID-19 is a trend among right-wing communities that combines two parallel threads in online subcultures: the anti-vax community’s belief that a healthy lifestyle and one’s natural immune system are as effective as vaccination in preventing disease and the right-wing troll culture’s long fixation on fat shaming.
  • FiveThirtyEight politics reporter Kaleigh Rogers acknowledged obesity significantly raises one’s risk to COVID-19, but went on to brand such a focus on obesity as an ill-faith fixation of “right-wing communities,” without emphasizing how individuals who live a healthy lifestyle absent underlying conditions enjoy a 99 percent odds of survival.
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Rubio to roll out bill requiring review of CDC decision-making after reversal in mask guidance

By Brooke Singman
  • FIRST ON FOX: Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday plans to roll out a measure that would direct the Government Accountability Office to review the decision-making process for public health messaging at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after the agency reversed its guidance on mask-wearing for vaccinated individuals.
  • The bill, obtained before introduction by Fox News, called the Restore Public Health Institution Trust Act, would direct the GAO to review the data the CDC uses to make its recommendations.
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Maryland’s transportation improvements will help Montgomery County thrive

By Hans Riemer
  • As identified in the resolution that passed the board, the county and state will work together on “construction, final delivery, and operation, funded through ongoing toll revenue,” for a project such as the Corridor Cities Transitway or Bus Rapid Transit on Route 355.
  • The state also previously agreed to a request I organized to build exclusive bus-ramps that will be the backbone of a bus rapid transit connection from Montgomery to Tysons, Dulles International Airport and other major destinations in Virginia, which neither Metro nor MARC provide.
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South Korean gold medalist under fire for hair length by online anti-feminist movement

By Paulina Dedaj
  • "South Korean Olympic gold medalist in archery, An San, is being criticized by male netizens for her short hair – yet another display of the online anti-feminist movement in a county where haircuts can still be controversial among select groups," the journalist wrote on Twitter.
  • South Korean archer An San has proudly taken home two gold medals, breaking an Olympic record in the process, but despite her achievements, the 20-year-old athlete has come under fire by a growing anti-feminst movement in her country over the length of her hair.
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Maskless GOP Rep Tells Pelosi to ‘Come and Get Me’ as Capitol Police Are Ordered to Arrest Those Who Don’t Comply with Mandate

By Dillon Burroughs
  • South Carolina Republican Rep. Nancy Mace posted a fiery video to Twitter on Thursday in which she walked without a mask in the Capitol building and challenged Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with four words: “Come and get me.”
  • Cammack wrote, “In today’s edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power, Capitol Police have been directed to arrest staff and visitors to comply with her mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.”
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Sen. John Kennedy Rattles Biden Nominee By Digging Up Old Abortion Tweet

By Michael Ginsberg
  • During his confirmation hearing, Kennedy pressed Dellinger on a 2019 tweet in which he claimed that “ if there were no Republican men in elected office, there would be no abortion bans.
  • Republican Louisiana Sen. John Kennedy flustered President Joe Biden’s nominee to a senior position in the Department of Justice (DOJ) by quizzing him on an old tweet during a Wednesday confirmation hearing.
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Ben & Jerry’s boycott on Israel is ‘proxy for bigotry,’ international law expert says

By FOX Business Staff
  • George Mason University International Law Professor Eugene Kontorovich said that some state legislation allows leaders to place a boycott on ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, in response to its boycott on Israel, citing "proxy for bigotry" and anti-Semitism.
  • American-Israeli professor of international law Eugene Kontorovich explains how certain legislation could permit states to boycott Ben & Jerry’s in return, citing bigotry and anti-Semitism.
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Mario Draghi’s Second “Whatever It Takes”

By Jean Pisani-Ferry
  • If the Italian prime minister’s €248 billion economic recovery plan succeeds, it will change the European conversation, so that neighborly solidarity and fiscal risk-taking are seen as good investments.
  • Although it is unclear how long current Prime Minister Mario Draghi, a former president of the European Central Bank, will remain in office, the odds are that he will be true to tradition.
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Missouri health official says GOP Senate candidate encouraged racist taunts

By Emily Singer
  • St. Louis County Health Director Faisal Khan wrote an op-ed Wednesday laying out the physical threats and racist slurs he was subjected to by a crowd of Donald Trump supporters enraged over new mask guidance in the county amid a surging outbreak of COVID-19.
  • And Khan accused Missouri GOP Senate hopeful Mark McCloskey — infamous for waving a gun at Black Lives Matter protesters in the summer of 2020 — of encouraging that behavior from the crowd.
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Trump goes for McConnell’s jugular in jealous fit over infrastructure bill he never got passed

By Natalie Dickinson
  • In his statement today, Trump blamed McConnell for Republican Senate defeats in Arizona and Georgia during the 2020 election, conveniently ignoring the fact that hatred of his own presidency drove record Democratic turnout.
  • Unable to tweet thanks to his January 6th insurrection ban, he released a statement through intermediaries in which he slammed the “weak leadership” of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and blamed him for Senate Republicans continuing to “lose.”
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Bar Owner Killed Himself After Fatally Shooting Rioter; Now His Family Is Suing Prosecutor Who Branded Him Racist

By Amanda Prestigiacomo
  • As noted by The Daily Wire back in September, Gardner’s attorneys at the time, Stu Dornan and Tom Monaghan, according to the Omaha World-Herald, said their client’s suicide stemmed from “a cocktail of behavioral health problems stemming from head trauma he experienced during military service, the belief that people were out to kill him, and an ‘incessant rush to judgment’ by social media jockeys.”
  • Franklin, who said he initially thought Gardner acted in self-defense, agreed with the grand jury and announced in September that Gardner was indicted on charges of manslaughter, attempted first-degree assault, terroristic threats, and use of a firearm in connection with a felony.
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