From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved

    This file is attached to from ďBeast That Came Out Of The SeaĒ - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
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2/1/2021 Kentucky reports 1,768 new cases of COVID-19, 31 deaths on Sunday by Mary Ramsey, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported a decrease in weekly COVID-19 cases for the third straight week Sunday, capping off the week with 1,768 new cases.    The state also reported 31 new coronavirus-related deaths, Gov. Andy Beshear said.
    Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kentucky has seen 362,890 cases and 3,745 deaths.
    After increasing slightly Saturday, the commonwealthís positivity rate decreased Sunday to 8.81%.    That still exceeds the World Health Organizationís recommendation of a positivity rate of 5% or less for states.
    Kentucky had administered 409,797 vaccine doses as of Sunday and received 466,700 doses, according to the stateís tracker.
    On Sunday, 1,327 Kentuckians were hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 354 in intensive care units and 173 on ventilators.
    More than 43,300 people have recovered from the virus in Kentucky.
    Indiana officials reported 1,750 COVID-19 cases and five coronavirus-related deaths Sunday.    The Hoosier State has seen 626,682 cases and 9,598 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    Reach reporter Mary Ramsey at, and follow her on Twitter @mcolleen1996.    Support strong local journalism in our community by subscribing to The Courier Journal today.
[31 deaths / 1.768 cases = 0.017% less cases higher mortality rate and lower positivity rate at 8.81%.].


2/1/2021 UKís Johnson Condemns Myanmar Coup And Imprisonment Of Aung San Suu Kyi
FILE PHOTO: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (R) is welcomed by Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he condemned the coup in Myanmar after the military in the Asian country seized power, saying Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders must be freed.
    ďI condemn the coup and unlawful imprisonment of civilians, including Aung San Suu Kyi, in Myanmar,Ē Johnson said.    ďThe vote of the people must be respected and civilian leaders released
    British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also added his words of condemnation about the state of emergency the Myanmar military had imposed.
    ďThe democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar must be respected, and the National Assembly peacefully re-convened,Ē he said on Twitter.
    Britainís foreign ministry said it had summoned Myanmarís ambassador and told him that ďthe UK would work with like-minded partners and pursue all necessary diplomatic levers to ensure a peaceful return to democracy
(Reporting by Michael Holden and David Milliken, editing by Estelle Shirbon, Alistair Smout and Cynthia Osterman)

2/1/2021 Biden Statement On Myanmar Is Directed To All Countries In The Region, White House Says
FILE PHOTO: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that a statement by President Joe Biden about the military coup in Myanmar is directed at all countries in the region, when asked if it was directed at China.
    On Sunday, the White House put out a statement saying the United States opposes any attempt to alter the outcome of recent elections or impede Myanmarís democratic transition, and will take action against those responsible if these steps are not reversed.    Biden also released a separate statement on Myanmar on Monday.
(Story corrects to Sunday instead of Monday, paragraph 2)
(Reporting by Jarrett Renshaw; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Grant McCool)

2/1/2021 Analysis: GameStop Saga May Provide Early Test Of Biden Administration Ethics Pledges by Trevor Hunnicutt and David Lawder
FILE PHOTO: U.S. outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference after a two-day Federal Open
Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, U.S. December 13, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo/File Photo/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Arguably the last thing new U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wants to take up during her first days in office is a financial market imbroglio involving one of her last private sector business relationships.
    But as hedge fund Citadel LLC emerges as one of the key actors in the trading frenzy last week involving GameStop Corp Ė and questions arise over whether the activity exposes deeper risks for the financial system Ė Yellen could find herself pulled into the fray.
    Citadel, together with another fund, extended a $2.75 billion financial lifeline to hedge fund Melvin Capital Management, which had suffered heavy losses by betting against GameStop.    Citadel also pays for the right to process Robinhood usersí trades, a practice that has drawn some concern from investor advocates.
    The White House has said Yellen is among a handful of officials monitoring the fracas.    As head of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Yellen is broadly responsible for the health of the entire trading and investing system.
    A sticking point for her to clear, though, may be $700,000 in speaking fees she accepted from Citadel, as recently as last fall.    Yellen has pledged not to involve herself in an official capacity in matters involving the firm without first seeking a written waiver from Treasury ethics officials.
    Ethics experts say that pledge is not a hard wall for her to scale should the need arise.    After ethics violations dogged the Trump administration, some groups are urging Yellen to pre-emptively seek a waiver, and set a precedent.
    ďThis example is a good test of Bidenís ethics executive order and the transparency that follows, but it also highlights the revolving door and why restrictions are necessary to protect the integrity of government missions, policies, and programs,Ē said Scott Amey, general counsel at Project On Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government watchdog group.
    The Treasury secretary normally does not get involved in matters involving individual stocks and concentrates instead on broad systemic risks to the financial system, which the department monitors through daily market surveillance.
    ďSecretary Yellen of course will abide by her ethics agreement and ethics pledge in all instances,Ē Treasury spokesman Calvin Mitchell said.    He did not indicate how she would approach the specific Citadel issue.
    Like many former government officials, including her Federal Reserve chair predecessor Ben Bernanke, Yellen took speaking fees from private companies after she left government.
    Yellen filed an ethics agreement$FILE/Yellen,%20Janet%20L.%20final%20EA.pdf with the Office of Government Ethics in December saying she would ďseek written authorization to participate personally and substantially in any particular matterĒ related to any companies that paid her speaking fees prior to joining President Joe Bidenís administration Ė for a year after her last speech to each firm.
    Yellen spoke several times at Citadel, most recently on an Oct. 27 webinar, according to the filing.    She was paid at least $700,000 in speaking fees by the Citadel while she was in private practice at the Brookings Institution think tank, another disclosure$FILE/Yellen,%20Janet%20L.%20AMENDEDfinal%20278.pdf shows.
    These speaking engagements, which also include financial heavyweights such as Barclays, Citigroup, and Goldman Sachs, are not likely to impact her ability to give Biden broad advice on the stock trading matter, government ethics experts say.
    ďIf this becomes a situation where regulators are considering new rulemaking with Citadel as the poster-child, thatís different,Ē said Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, a group pushing for stronger financial regulation.
    A major question is whether volatility from Gamestop and similar retail investor revolts against short-squeezes boil over into a systemic event that sends markets crashing broadly.
    Typically a matter involving an individual stock or equity market trading and brokerages would fall to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which has said it is examining the matter.
    On Friday, SEC commissioners including acting chair Allison Herren Lee said in a statement they were closely monitoring the extreme volatility in certain stocks and warned market participants to ďuphold their obligations to protect investors and to identify and pursue potential wrongdoing
    Extreme stock price volatility ďhas the potential to expose investors to rapid and severe losses and undermine market confidence,Ē they added.
    Bidenís choice to run the SEC, Gary Gensler, awaits Senate hearings.
    The FSOC that Yellen chairs is charged with identifying risks and responding to emerging threats to financial stability.    It includes the heads of the Federal Reserve and other major U.S. financial regulatory agencies.
    It has the authority to designate non-bank financial institutions for consolidated supervision to minimize risk to the financial system or to break up firms that pose a ďgrave threat
    Distress in individual companies rarely rises to such a level.    Treasury maintains daily market surveillance, but it is looking for orderly market functioning and broad systemic threats.
    Thus far, the situation looks contained, Barclays said in a note to clients on Friday.    Short positions in stocks favored on the Reddit social media site total about $40 billion, which would limit the pain to a handful of hedge funds.
    ďThe ongoing short squeeze in a few stocks by retail investors has raised concerns of a broader contagion.    While we believe there is more pain to come, we remain optimistic that it is likely to remain localized,Ē Barclays said.
    Unlike many previous Treasury secretaries, Yellen has only worked as an academic and for the government, not at a bank or trading firm.
    Richard Painter, a former top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, said many Treasury secretaries had a great deal more entanglements that would raise conflict of interest concerns than Yellen.
    Henry Paulson, a Republican who was U.S. Treasury secretary during the 2008 financial meltdown, sold half a billion dollars in stock from his former employer Goldman Sachs Group Inc to satisfy ethics concerns.    Paulson later forced Goldman and other major banks to take billions of dollars in taxpayer capital at the depth of the financial crisis.
    Steven Mnuchin, Yellenís immediate predecessor, pledged after he was nominated to divest $94 million in investments, and refrain from any decisions involving CIT Group until August 2018, when he was due a payment of $5 million from the company.
    ďYellen is going to be about as clean as you can get on this stuff,Ē Painter said.
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and David Lawder; Additional reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Heather Timmons, Dan Burns, Edward Tobin and Diane Craft)

2/1/2021 President Trump Announces New Legal Defense Team For Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
A anti-scaling fence topped with razor wire surrounds the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Two new highly respected lawyers will represent the 45th President in the Senate impeachment trial, which is set for next week.    On Sunday, President Trump signaled that David     Schoen and Bruce L. Castor Jr. will fill the roles.    This comes after his previous legal team departed on Saturday.
    The two will lead defense against accusations that President Trump incited the violence that took place on January 6 at the Capitol Building.    Meanwhile, lawmakers are questioning why Democrats are pushing for impeachment when President Trump is no longer in office.
    In a recent interview, Senate juror and Ohio lawmaker Rob Portman (R-Ohio) claimed that President Trumpís actions were inexcusable.    However, the constitutionality of impeachment is noteworthy.
    ďI do think this constitutionality issue has to be addressed, I mean we would be convicting a private citizen as, you know, someone who is out of office,Ē he stated.    ďThat sets a precedent and I think all former presidentís, those alive and those not, could be affected in a negative way
    President Trump will face one article of impeachment alleging incitement of insurrection.    The trial is slated to begin February 9, 2021.
FILE Ė In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, people confront U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside
of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

2/1/2021 Democrats Target GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) wore a ďStop the StealĒ mask on the steps of the U.S. Capitol
in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Democrats have been colluding to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments.    In a conference call on Sunday, Democrat leaders considered legislative measures to attack Greene, including a motion with the House Rules Committee to strip her duties.
    Despite this, Greene continued to fire back at the liberals attempting to oust her.
    ďThis is arguing with my Democrat colleagues, supposed colleagues,Ē Greene said.    ďThatís how it is now in America, so youíre witnessing exactly what weíre having to live through
    Although Democrats would like to strip Greeneís committee assignments, they doubt House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) would take any action.

2/1/2021 Sen. Cruz Accuses President Trump Of Using ĎIrresponsible Rhetoricí by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), spoke during a confirmation hearing for United States Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield
before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    One of the Trump administrationís staunchest allies has turned his back on the President.    During the most recent episode of ďĒ last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) accused President Trump of ďirresponsible rhetoric
    Cruz went on to back down on previous claims that rampant voter fraud changed the results of the election.
    ďHe said over and over again, he won by a landslide, there was massive fraud, it was all stolen everywhere,Ē Cruz stated.    ďThat evidence, the campaign did not prove that in any court.    To make a determination about an election it has to be based on the evidence, and so simply saying the result you want, thatís not responsible and youíve never heard me use language like that
    Several weeks ago, Cruz lead the push to expose voter fraud in battleground states.    Some are saying his remarks could be seen as a betrayal.

2/1/2021 Democrats Discuss Passing COVID Relief Without Republican Support by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 26, 2021, file photo, a woman is vaccinated inside her vehicle at a mass COVID-19
vaccination site outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
    Joe Biden has been promising for months to work with both political parties to pass legislation.    However, Democrats are now discussing plans to bypass Republicans and approve a large scale coronavirus relief package on their own.
    On Sunday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) said he believes there are enough Democrat votes to pass the $1.9 trillion bill dubbed the American Rescue Plan.    He noted, he and other Democrats still have misgivings about the bill, but are simply supporting Joe Bidenís administration.
    Democrats are coming under fire for renouncing their promises of bipartisanship so soon into the Biden administration.    Meanwhile, Republicans have maintained their own concerns about the relief bill, primarily its budget price.
    In response, 10 Republican lawmakers introduced their own relief bill, which is expected to be between $500 and $600 billion.    In a memo to Biden, the GOP lawmakers, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), said they recognized Bidenís calls for unity and want to work in good faith to address economic, health and societal challenges.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks during a confirmation hearing for Joe Bidenís pick for national intelligence director before
the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    The Republicansí legislation includes $160 billion for COVID vaccines and testing in addition to producing and providing more PPE, which is similar to Democrats plan.    It also extends federal unemployment benefits and provides additional resources for small businesses.
    Senior Democrats touted getting rid of the filibuster as a way to pass the COVID relief without Republicans, but the notion was slammed by Republicans and two Democrats who vowed to vote against such a move.
    While Democrats are expected to admonish the GOP bill, Biden said he will meet with Republicans and possibly incooperate their concerns into legislation that both parties feel comfortable with.

2/1/2021 L.A. Housing Officials Enjoy Hefty Pay Amid Homeless Crisis by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this May 21, 2020 file photo, a man is seen at a homeless encampment that sits under Interstate 110 near
Ramirez Street during the coronavirus outbreak in downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    A new report has detailed alleged corruption and mismanagement of funds by housing officials in Los Angeles.    A recent audit found city officials responsible for the homeless population saw their salaries rise up to $250,000 per year.
    Critics said the former housing director, Rushmore Cervantes, and four other high ranking housing officials failed to address the crisis while enjoying hefty salaries.
    Los Angeles recently launched a $1.2 billion program to build a total of 10,000 housing units.    However, that project quickly went haywire with the average price of building just a single unit reaching above $500,000 with some costs stretching to nearly $750,000.
    Those soaring prices caused the building project to slow down significantly and may even force the city to cut it by nearly 2,500 units.    This comes as Los Angeles saw a rise in homelessness by nearly 15 percent from 2019, which is up to 41,000 people.
    By nearly all metrics, experts said this crisis will only get worse.    It could possibly launch the cityís homeless population higher than it was during the 2008 recession.
    Throughout his time in office, President Trump was a loud critic of how California authorities handled the homelessness crisis, specifically over their gross mismanagement of funds.
    ďYou see whatís happening in California, where they just announced a plan to give free health care to illegal immigrants when it could very well be used, all of that money, to provide housing and hospitalization,Ē he stated.    ďAnd medical for the rising number of homeless people
File Ė Homeless people stand among their items along 17th Street in San Diego, Calif. (AP Photo)
    Experts said the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the already burgeoning crisis in the Golden State, but President Trump was reluctant to send federal money straight to local authorities due to Democrat-run statesí poor history managing their money correctly.
    However, this apparently poses no worries for the Joe Biden White House whose most recent COVID-19 relief bill includes $350 billion in extra funding for state, local and tribal governments nationwide.

2/1/2021 Rep. Gaetz Defends His Decision To Criticize Rep. Cheney by OAN Newsroom
File Ė Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., listens during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing. (Graeme Jennings/AP)
    An intra-party battle recently heated up after Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) fired back at Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) over party loyalty.    The spat began early Sunday when Kinzinger appeared on NBCís Meet the Press to unveil his new Country First PAC, which hopes to challenge the partyís adoption of President Trump as the GOPís leader.
    During his interview, Kinzinger also slammed Gaetz for traveling to Wyoming to participate in a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) and characterized his comments as an example of ďRepublican cancel culture.Ē    He criticized Gaetz for attending the event, while claiming it was motivated by a desire to cancel ďa tough woman who has an independent view
    Gaetz responded via Twitter.    He fired back at Kinzinger over his allusion to cancel culture.    The Florida Republican said he was not advocating for removing anyone from public debate, but rather calling out a lawmaker for voting against her constituentsí interests.
    Kinzinger has been in hot water with the GOP after he became one of 10 Republicans in the House who turned their backs on President Trump and sided with Democrats to impeach him.    That decision, according to a recent interview, has left him isolated within the party.    Kinzinger himself has admitted it may have been ďterminalĒ to his political career.

2/1/2021 MSNBC Condemns ĎViolenceí, But Urges ĎDrone Strikeí On President Trump by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump waves as he boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Far-left network MSNBC is denouncing ó what it calls ó violence by the conservative right after calling for a drone strike against President Trump.
    MSNBC guest Clint Watts appeared to compare President Trump to Islamic terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone back in 2011.
    Watts went on to attack President Trump and Republican voters for questioning the fraudulent election results and directly compared conservatives to Islamic terrorists.
    Meanwhile, MSNBC failed to acknowledge the threats to federal property posed by Antifa and Black Lives Matter over the past few months.
    Additionally, the network has yet to denounce far-left militants that laid siege to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Portland, Oregon.

2/1/2021 Facebook Executives Admit Meddling With Election, Backing Biden by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This March 29, 2018 file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New Yorkís Times Square. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    A new report by Project Veritas detailed the pro-Democrat bias of top Facebook executives and exposed their abuse of user rights.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is apparently expecting Joe Biden to cement the Big Tech monopoly on digital services in America.    Facebook executives also admitted theyíve built a framework of political censorship on their platform in order to influence the outcomes of 2020 elections.
    ďWe have a system that is able to freeze commenting on threads in cases where our systems are detecting that there may be a thread that has hate speech or violence in the comments,Ē Guy Rosen, Facebookís vice president of integrity said.    ďThese are all things weíve built over the past three, four years as part of investments into the integrity space.    Our efforts to protect the election
    Facebook executives also responded to criticisms by the president of Mexico and Russian Opposition Leader Alexey Navalny, who both said censorship on social media is unacceptable.    The executives stated that there are currently no rules preventing it from censoring people online.

2/1/2021 N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Coming Under Fire For Vaccine Rollout, Alleged COVID-19 Nursing Home Deaths Coverup by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY Ė JULY 23: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke during the daily media briefing at the Office
of the Governor of the State of New York on July 23, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)
    All eyes are on Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) as he comes under immense scrutiny for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    On Monday, the New York Times released a report which detailed Cuomoís contentious relationship with the New York State Health Department.    The report claimed nine top health officials resigned over the past year, citing low morale and pushback from the governorís office.
    ďWhen I say Ďexpertsí in air quotes, it sounds like Iím saying I donít really trust the experts,Ē Cuomo previously stated.    ďBecause I donít
    The former officials alleged their quarrel reached a climax when the governorís office sidestepped their proposals for dishing out COVID-19 vaccines to residents.    They added Cuomo shelved decades worth of planning between the stateís health department with local departments to coordinate vaccination distribution.
    Instead, they claimed Cuomo created his own plan where big hospitals would take on the burden of vaccinating their staff and much of the New York population.
    The former officials said Cuomoís inexperience and understanding of large-scale health operations led to the stateís slow vaccination rollout.
    Cuomo is also in hot water over his administrationís alleged cover-up of the nursing home deaths from COVID-19.    The governor attempted to dig himself out of his political grave by claiming New York was well below the national average with a death rate at 28 percent.
    ďBut who cares. 33, 28 died in a hospital, died in a nursing home.    They died, I understand,Ē Cuomo said.    ďMaybe the instinct to blame, or to find relief for the pain you are feeling.    But, it is a tragedy and itís a tragedy that continues today
    However, an investigation launched by New York Attorney General Letitia James revealed the numbers were underreported by as much as 50 percent.
    Several New York representatives, including Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), called this a failure of policy.    Zeldin pointed out that as early as March of last year, the state was placing infected patients in the same facilities as healthy ones.
    ďThey then artificially suppressed the count of the amount of people who died as a result of this policy,Ē Zeldin said.    ďThatís why we just saw this report come out from the New York state attorney general showing this massive undercount.    I believe that it was a deliberate undercount to protect the governor
    Cuomo announced the state will lift some COVID-19 restrictions, including indoor dining, beginning February 14.    Many businesses will be able to operate at 25 percent and could expand to fuller capacity by March 15.
    However, some restaurant owners said that is not enough, claiming they cannot sustain their businesses on outdoor dining during the coming winter storms.

2/1/2021 Jen Psaki Responds To Twitter Mockery Of ĎCircle Backí Phrase by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    In a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki showed her frustration with the criticism sheís faced on social media for using the phrase.    ďIím going to circle backĒ when faced with tough questions.
    Psaki acknowledged her frequent use of the phrase, but did not disclose that the phrase was used in place of her lack of knowledge on the topic at hand.
    Meanwhile, numerous prominent Republican figures have used the phrase to criticize and poke fun at her.
    ďI often note Iím going to circle back,Ē Psaki stated.    ďI hate to disappoint conservative Twitter, but Iím going to circle back on a number of things, as we often do directly
    Psaki later said she understood she often overused the phrase and would work to fix that habit.

2/1/2021 Lincoln Project Disavows Co-Founder Amid Reports He Sent Sexually Explicit Messages To Multiple Young Men by OAN Newsroom
John Weaver is shown in 2016. (Photo by Charles Krupa/AP)
    Members of the Lincoln Project have broken their silence amid reports that one of their married founders sent sexually explicit messages to young men, including a minor.
    The anti-Trump group formally disavowed co-founder John Weaver following a New York Times report that alleged he harassed as many as 21 men online.
    One of the victims was just 14 when Weaver began soliciting him.
    George Conway, husband of Kellyanne Conway and another co-founder of the Lincoln Project, appeared on MSNBC Monday.    He distanced himself from Weaver and alleged he only spoke to him on the phone a handful of times.
    ďItís terrible and awful and appalling and unfathomable.    I didnít know John very well, I frankly only spoke to him a couple times on the phone early on in the Lincoln Project,Ē Conway stated.    ďI donít even know what to say, itís just terrible
    MSNBC also came under fire for booking members of the project for interviews 17 times after the story broke in early January.
    The scandal was never brought up once in any of those interviews.
    Wikipedia locked both the Lincoln Project and John Weaverís Wiki pages before any mention of the scandal could be added.

2/1/2021 Biden Oversees 40K COVID Deaths In 10 Days, Loses 20M Vaccine Doses by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė OCTOBER 03: Joe Biden spoke during the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington
Convention Center on October 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has come under fire for failing to take responsibility for some 40 thousand coronavirus deaths in his first 10 days in office.    This, despite his previous comments that a sitting president must own all COVID deaths he supposedly failed to prevent.
    ďAnyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States of America,Ē Biden previously stated.
    Biden, the mainstream media and China have continually blamed President Trump for COVID deaths, now Biden must be held to the same standard.
    He has also failed to provide his promised plan to end the COVID crisis.
    ďThereís nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months,Ē Biden remarked.
    Meanwhile, Biden Cabinet officials admitted they donít know where 20 million doses of COVID vaccines have gone after they were sent out to states and went missing.

2/2/2021 Oil down $1.49 to $53.63, DOW up 229 t0 30,212.

2/2/2021 coronavirus pandemic - State reports 1,623 cases, 35 deaths by Mary Ramsey Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK     Gov. Andy Beshear again blamed a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases for Kentuckyís high daily death counts in recent weeks, with 35 new coronavirus-related deaths reported Monday.
    Kentucky saw a record 1,083 coronavirus-related deaths in January, up from 754 in December.
    'This is again the results of that exponential increase that we saw,' he said.
    Beshear also reported 1,623 new COVID-19 cases Monday. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kentucky has seen 364,507 total cases and 3,780 deaths.
    Jefferson County led the state in new cases Monday, with 284.
    The stateís positivity rate increased slightly Monday, to 8.85%. That exceeds the World Health Organizationís recommendation of a positivity rate of 5% or less for states.
    As of Monday, 1,314 Kentuckians were hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 337 in intensive care units and 178 on ventilators.
    On the vaccine front, 413,300 doses have been administered in the commonwealth, according to the stateís tracker.
    Kentucky has received 466,700 doses so far.
    Beshear also announced an extension of Kentuckyís mask mandate for another 30 days.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported its lowest single-day case count since mid-October on Monday, with 1,733 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths.    The state has now seen 628,391 total cases and 9,613 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    In Southern Indiana, Greater Clark County Schools announced Monday that Jeffersonville High School will move to all-virtual learning for the rest of the week 'due to the number of staff members currently in quarantine.'
    Reach reporter Mary Ramsey at, and follow her on Twitter @mcolleen1996.
[35 deaths / 1,623 cases = 0.02% less cases higher mortality rate and most of these deaths and cases are in the Louisville and Frankfort area so mask up the rest of the state is doing the right thing.].


2/2/2021 Scotland Toughens Quarantine Rules, Hopes For Lockdown Easing In March
FILE PHOTO: People walk down a street, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19),
in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britain, January 5, 2021. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Scotland will toughen its coronavirus controls on international travellers but it also hopes to start relaxing its lockdown restrictions in early March, the head of the countryís devolved government, Nicola Sturgeon, said on Tuesday.
    Everyone arriving directly in Scotland from overseas will be required to quarantine, regardless of where they have come from, Sturgeon said.
    ďI can confirm today that we intend to introduce a managed quarantine requirement for anyone who arrives directly into Scotland, regardless of which country they have come from,Ē she told the Scottish parliament.
    Scotland will ask Britainís government to adopt a similar approach to minimise the risk of people with COVID-19 entering Scotland over the border with England and other parts of the United Kingdom.
    Sturgeon also said she hoped there would be a gradual, phased return of children to schools in Scotland from Feb. 22 and a possible gradual lifting of lockdown requirements from early March.
    ďIf our progress continues, then I am cautiously Ė and I stress cautiously Ė optimistic that as more and more people get vaccinated and with the protection of some of the additional measures Ö we may be able to begin looking towards a careful and gradual easing around the start of March,Ē she said.
(Reporting by William Schomberg and Estelle Shirbon, Editing by Paul Sandle and Costas Pitas)

2/2/2021 Senate Confirms Controversial Biden Pick As DHS Secretary by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris ceremonially swore in Alejandro Mayorkas as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday,
Feb. 2, 2021, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    The Senate confirmed Joe Bidenís controversial pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security.    On Tuesday, the upper chamber voted 57-42 to confirm Alejandro Mayorkas as the agencyís secretary.
    The Obama-era official has faced mounting criticism over a past inspector generalís report, which detailed political favors Mayorkas doled out during the Obama years. The report said he gave out visas to elite Democrats when he was head of Citizenship and Immigration Services.
    Before the vote on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) went into detail about the IG report on the Senate floor.
    ďAs a high ranking official in the Obama administration, Mr. Mayorkas did his best to turn U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services into an unethical favor factory for     Democratic party royalty,Ē McConnell stated.    ďGovernors, the DNC chair, Hollywood executives, a Senate majority leader from Nevada; they all received special treatment to the degree that stunned and disturbed the Obamaís administration own inspector general over at that department
    McConnell said Mayorkas does not deserve to be DHS secretary and he does not deserve a lower post at the department either.

2/2/2021 Pentagon Purges Defense Board Members In Effort To Oust Trump Nominees by OAN Newsroom
The Pentagon logo and an American flag are lit up January 3, 2002 in the briefing room of Pentagon in Arlington, VA. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Joe Bidenís Pentagon is firing officials appointed by President Trump. In a press briefing on Tuesday, a DOD spokesperson confirmed that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered hundreds of members of the Pentagon advisory board to resign.
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE Ė DECEMBER 09: Lloyd Austin spoke after being formally nominated to be Secretary of the Department of Defense
by Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre on December 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    This came in an effort to block dozens of President Trumpís appointees from fully settling in to their roles.    However, the mass purging avoided the DOD selectively firing all of President Trumpís appointees.
    ďThe frenetic activity that occurred to the composition of so many boards in just the period of November to January deeply concerned the secretary and certainly helped drive him to this decision,Ē John Kirby, Pentagon spokesperson stated.
    Now, all affected members have until February 16 to step down from their roles.

2/2/2021 Biden Signs 3 Executive Orders Revoking President Trumpís Border Policies by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden signed an executive order on immigration in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    On Tuesday, Joe Biden signed three executive orders which dismantled President Trumpís border policies.    One order will mandate a review of President Trumpís Migrant Protection Protocols, one will revoke certain migrant family separations and another will create a family reunification task force.
    This will mark the reversal of President Trumpís strong, hardline policies meant to crack down on illegal immigration policies that Biden claimed were bad.     ďI want to make it clear thereís a lot of talk, with good reason, about the number of executive orders that I have signed,Ē Biden stated.    ďIím not making new laws.    Iím eliminating bad policy
    Some experts expect the Biden administrationís soft stance on the southern border to increase illegal immigration in the coming years.

2/2/2021 Democrats Begin Fast-Track Process To Pass COVID Relief Without GOP by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer departed a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Democrats in the upper chamber are continuing to push forward with the next stimulus package, even without Republican support.
    On the Senate floor Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) voiced the urgency in getting relief to the American people, saying itís a top priority.    Schumer said he plans to do so through budget reconciliation, which can expedite passing the vote without GOP support.
    Schumer added he wonít allow the process to be delayed, urging his colleagues to think big and quick.
    ďSo again, we are not going to dilute, dither, or delay because the demands of the American people are so real and so large,Ē Schumer stated.    ď
    This all came after a joint budget resolution was filed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer.
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    This is just the first step in the budget reconciliation process to pass Joe Bidenís massive $1.9 trillion relief package.

2/2/2021 Democrat Sen. Tester: Canceling Keystone Pipeline Was A Mistake by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė NOVEMBER 20: Sen. Jon Tester on November 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    A Democrat senator broke ranks with his party when it came to the Keystone XL pipeline.    In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he supported the controversial project, in a slight to the Biden administration.
    Tester explained he thought it was a mistake for Joe Biden to cancel its construction.    He said there are caveats to that, including the need for safer standards in its construction and that itís done while respecting peopleís private property rights.
    The senator added he has a personal connection to this issue because he is a farmer.
    ďBut I will tell you, in my real life Iím a farmer, and weíre not where we need to be in the country for replacing diesel fuel with something else, in a tractor for example, or in a semi thatís going down the road,Ē Tester stated.    ďWe will get there, but itís going to take some good policies from Washington D.C.Ē
    The decision to disband the project is going to cost an estimated 11 thousand jobs.

2/2/2021 Facebook Executives Admit Meddling With Election, Backing Biden In Leaked Video by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, an iPhone displays the Facebook app in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
    A leaked video has exposed, the far-left political bias of top Facebook executives.
    In a report by Project Veritas on Sunday, the social media giantís vice president of integrity, Guy Rosen, admitted they spent the last four years building a framework of political censorship.    This included a mechanism to freeze comments on posts in order to influence the outcome of the 2020 election.
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently expects the Biden administration to cement Big Techís monopoly on digital services in America.
    ďI think these were all important and positive steps, and Iím looking forward to opportunities where Facebook can work together with this new administration on some of their top priorities,Ē he stated.    ďStarting with the COVID response
    Meanwhile, the platformís vice president of civil rights, Roy Austin, called for all future Facebook products to come from what he described as a ďcivil rights lens
    ďI wonder whether or not we can use Oculus to help a white police officer understand what it feels like to be a young black man who is stopped and searched by the police,Ē Austin stated.
    This comes after a recent statement in which GOP Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) warned social media platforms are continuing to work with the radical left in an effort to eliminate political speech they dislike.
    Meanwhile, cancel culture on social media is causing many Americans to self-censor both online and in real life.    Hawley warned this is developing a culture in which individuals are required to voice so-called correct opinions on social media, endorse the so-called right ideas and conform to the radical leftís divisive ideals just to earn a right to live in polite society.
    The senator went on to compare Americaís emphasis on social media influence with a ďsocial credit systemĒ used in parts of Communist China.    Under this system, the communist government and big businesses reportedly give Chinese citizenís scores based off their social views and statements.    This either makes or breaks their ability to get a good job, stay at hotels or even be served at restaurants.
    Hawley suggested conservatives should not allow political censorship to silence them.    Instead, he suggested they should stand up for the right to speak freely, debate openly and address differences without fear of being silenced or punished for dissenting views as these values have been central to American identity for generations.

2/2/2021 Economists: Bidenís Policies To Lift Oil And Gas Prices, Hurt U.S. Households by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA, PA Ė MARCH 10: Joe Biden addressed the media on March 10, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    Joe Bidenís energy policies are already hurting American households due to a gradual increase in gas prices across the nation.
    Reports on Tuesday found Bidenís orders to block the Keystone XL pipeline and his ban on oil drilling and fracking on federal lands are reducing the supply of oil in the U.S.
    As a result, refiners are facing higher input costs and are passing them on to consumers at the pump.    Gas prices are rising across the U.S., hitting $4 per gallon in California despite an ongoing economic downturn.
    Analysts said Bidenís policies could push oil prices even higher next year.
    ďYeah look, we think we can see oil prices into the 60s, WTI later this year, and stick there in 2022,Ē Brian Singer, senior oil and gas equity research analyst said.
    Economists said Bidenís policies are a boom to major oil companies that will extract ultra high revenues amid low spending, while small independent drillers will face bankruptcy.
    ďOil price in this environment in 50s to 60s is reasonable oil price, that said weíre not counting on it, weíre focused on capital discipline, cost management,Ē Pierre Breber, Chevron CFO said.    ďWeíre focused on what we can control
    Bidenís actions will increase Americaís reliance on imported oil, generating a windfall of cash for Saudi Arabia and Russia.

2/2/2021 Female Athletes Denounce Biden Executive Order On Gender Identity by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 28, 2021, file photo, Joe Biden signed a series of executive orders in the Oval Office
of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Female athletes are speaking out against Joe Bidenís executive order on gender identity discrimination. The order now calls on schools nationwide to allow transgender athletes to compete in whichever gender they identify with.
    Idaho State student athlete Madison Kenyon spoke out against the order, asserting biological males hold innate physical advantages.
    ďWhen you look at a lot of the facts and how a male body develops, through puberty and all the advantages that they have biologically have on females, it really bugged me,Ē Kenyon said.
    She went on to describe previous competitions with biological males as both frustrating and unmotivating.    The state of Idaho agreed and banned transgender athletes in womenís sports nearly a year ago with the Fairness in Womenís Sports Act, the first state in the nation to do so.
    A number of female athletes believe the ban protected opportunities for biological females.
    ďI feel like when girls talk about this they get a lot of backlash and it shouldnít be like that, cause this is just promoting fair competition,Ē Kenyon said.     ďWe just want have the opportunities Title IX is supposed to protect for us
    However, Bidenís latest executive order overturned that act and in turn, the Biden administration is now facing legal action from female athletes, including Kenyon.    Kenyonís attorney said the administration is sending a message to female athletes that ďthey donít matter.Ē    She also said having a separate sporting section for women ensures they can be ďchampionsĒ and maintain a level playing field.
    A number of experts agree physiological differences between the two genders can offer advantages in competitions.
    ďThere are advantages that they would have, longer legs, bigger chest capacity,Ē Joanna Harper, researcher at Loughborough University said.    ďThose such things are all advantages
    Despite growing concerns to maintain a fair playing field in collegiate sports, NCAA regulations still permit transgender athletes to compete.

2/3/2021 Oil up $1.34 to $54.88, DOW up 476 to 30.687.

    Who is Joe Biden?
    Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., born on November 20, 1942, Scranton, PA, an American politician serving now as the 46th and current president of the United States at age 78, and member of the Democratic Party, and was 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.    So as you will see below who he represents and our world will slowly or maybe move fast to return it the pre-Trump agenda and all of it will be covered up just like it was during the 8 years of Obama and it took me 5 years to finally figure it out what was going on and as you have read my website you at least now know what is coming.
    As you will see in the above two images the above speech was brought up by the "End Of The Age" and made by Vice President Joe Biden to the Globalist One World Government two days before the long-shot Donald Trump miraculously won the 45th President of the United States of America leaving the groomed Hillary Clinton not to be able to continue their takeover.    So it is not hard to understand of the extreme hatred that this entity above is pushing this at any cost and it is affecting you today.

2/3/2021 GOP Lawmakers Push Back On Calls To Remove Rep. Taylor Greene From Committee Assignments by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., sits in the House Chamber after they reconvened for arguments over the objection
of certifying Arizonaís Electoral College votes in Novemberís election, at the Capitol in Washington. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
    Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) has proposed removing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from her committee assignments.    The Texas Republican announced the measure Tuesday with other GOP lawmakers, while arguing Omar made anti-Semitic comments that are grounds for dismissal.
    This came in response to calls from Democrat leaders to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from the House Education and Labor Committee as well as the Budget Committee.     The House Rules Committee is scheduled to consider a resolution Wednesday to remove Taylor Greene from her assignments.
    Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled his affinity for the establishment by taking aim at the Georgia representative.    On Tuesday, the top Republican told reporters he was pretty clear about his views on the freshman lawmaker.
    McConnell referred to Taylor Greene as a cancer to the Republican Party over her embrace of what he called ďlooney liesĒ and ďconspiracy theories.Ē    He also signaled his support for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) over calls from other Republicans to remove her from party leadership.
    ďI did yesterday express myself on that particular new member of the House and I think I adequately spoke out about how I feel about any effort to define the Republican Party in such a way,Ē he stated.    ďI think that pretty well covers my view on that
    His comments come ahead of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyís (R- Calif.) meetings with Taylor Greene and Cheney over how the party will move forward.    McConnell said he believes McCarthy will make the right move.

2/3/2021 ĎMajority Passing ĎPartisaní COVID-19 Bill,í Says Senate Minority Leader McConnell by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference following a
Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Top Republican lawmakers are blasting Democrats for casting them aside to pass their own coronavirus bill.
    On Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) alleged his Democrat colleagues are launching a partisan campaign against the GOP.    His assumption came after Democrats in the Senate voted 50-to-49 to advance the budget resolution, inching closer to passing Joe Bidenís nearly $2 trillion bill.
    ďIt looks like the majority is going to have us vote on the motion to proceed to the budget this afternoon, theyíve chosen a totally partisan path,Ē he stated.     ďI canít remember a budget in the time that Iíve been here that either side has ever voted in a bipartisan way, so weíre off to a totally partisan start
    McConnell said Republicans attempted to reach across the aisle Monday when a group of 10 senators met with Biden to propose their nearly $620 billion bill.
    While aiming to reach a bipartisan compromise, the Republican senators, including Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), tried to come together on several issues.    They proposed sending up to $1,000 stimulus checks to Americans and give those out of work an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits.
    Additionally, the Republican group pushed for 1$60 billion to bolster vaccination efforts, testing capacity and protective equipment.
    McConnell claimed Biden was interested in scoring a bipartisan victory, but not members of his staff nor Democrat lawmakers.
    ďI think our 10 members laid out a proposal that could have gotten broad bipartisan support and given the new administration a chance to get a bipartisan victory here early,Ē explained the Kentucky lawmaker.    ďBut they are in the majority in the House and Senate, and life is a series of choices and theyíve chosen
    Meanwhile, Democrats in the upper chamber are planning to pass the bill through a budget resolution, which is filibuster proof, when it gets back to the upper chamber.    They are hoping to send the bill to the White House by March before this round of coronavirus aid is set to expire.

2/3/2021 Faulconer Ready To Face Newsom In Race For Calif. Governorship by OAN Newsroom
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer speaks during a news conference in Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in the San Pedro section
of Los Angeles. Faulconer announced Monday he is entering the race for California governor. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    A leading Golden State Republican is poised to challenge Democrat Gavin Newsom for the governorship as Californians grow increasingly tired of living under his leadership.
    Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who recently announced the formal launch of his campaign, said he hopes to bring back California from the Democrat Partyís mismanagement.
    Faulconerís candidacy comes amid heightened tension between Newsom and the stateís population.    Recent opinion polls show California residents increasingly disapprove of Newsomís governorship with his approval rating falling from 64 to 46 percent in just the last four-months.
    In the midst of flagging approval, the fifth effort to oust Newsom also seems the most likely to succeed.    The campaign to recall him has reportedly collected approximately 1.3 million signatures with six weeks still to go until the gathering period closes.
    If the campaign succeeds, a special recall election would be held this summer.    Faulconer is confident in his chances of him facing off against Newsom at this earlier date due to the publicís mounting frustration against their current governor.
    Analysts also say a recall election would give Republicans a much greater chance of taking back the Golden State with UC San Diego Chair of Political Science Thad Kousser noting, the earlier election would undercut Newsomís ability to gather up funds and mount a counter-campaign.
    Whether he faces Newsom this year or in the 2022 election, Faulconer said heís prepared to work to get the state back on the right course and renew ďthe promise of California
    ďItís become a land of broken promises snd the promise breaker-in-chief is Gavin Newsom,Ē stated the Republican challenger.

2/3/2021 Sen. Manchin Vows To Work With GOP Lawmakers On COVID-19 Relief by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Denis McDonough before
the Senate Committee on Veteransí Affairs on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)
    Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has pledged to work with Republicans on COVID-19 relief legislation.    In an interview Tuesday, he said he has told his Democrat colleagues he will not proceed on legislation if it is not done in a bipartisan way.
    The West Virginia senator also said Joe Biden knows his position and suggested the president is seeking to work with lawmakers across the aisle as well.    Manchin went on to stress, he will not let Democrats eliminate the filibuster and noted any relief bill must have GOP input.
    ďIíve told my side of the isle that weíre going to do this in a bipartisan way,Ē he stated.    ďÖAnd I can assure you that weíre not going to bust a filibusterÖweíre going to work with each other whether they like it or not
    Manchin also said he was very encouraged after Bidenís recent meeting with a group of GOP senators over coronavirus relief.

2/3/2021 White House Vetting Reporter Questions Ahead Of Briefings by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The White House is reportedly pushing reporters to share questions they plan to ask Jen Psaki in advance of press briefings.    Reports this week cited a recent White House correspondents associates video call where the administration seemingly vetted questions before they were asked.
    The move has reportedly frustrated reporters so much, they are now pushing for the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) to address the issue.    Some WHCA leaders have gone as far as to warn some supporters to not respond to any White House requests for their questions.
    In a statement to the Daily Beast Tuesday, the White House admitted to asking reporters for questions beforehand, but claimed they did so in order to keep a good relationship with them.    However, many have reportedly expressed worries this could lead Psaki to skipping over reporters who have unfavorable questions during press briefings.
    This all comes despite Psaki stating in her first press briefing that she would dedicate herself to staying free and open while welcoming disagreements.
    ďThere will be times when we see things differently in this room, I mean among all of us,Ē she stated.    Thatís okay, thatís part of our democracy and rebuilding trust with the American people will be central to our focus in the press office and in the White House every single day.Ē
    Throughout her short time as press secretary, Psaki has been criticized by many conservative commentators for avoiding to give direct answers to questions on multiple occasions.

3/3/2021 Rep. Gaetz Confirms He Would Step Down From House To Defend President Trump by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., grabs the hand of a supporter following a rally against U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.,
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, outside the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne. (Michael Cummo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle via AP)
    Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he would do anything in order to defend President Trump during his impeachment trial.
    In an interview Wednesday with Steve Bannon, the Florida lawmaker said he and several other Republicans were turned down by the House Ethics Committee when they asked to speak on behalf of the 45th president at the trial.
    The committee concluded Gaetz would be unable to stand up for President Trump as a sitting member in the lower chamber.    However, he made it very clear that this would not stop him. Gaetz said he would not play to the Senate.    Instead, he would play to the American people.
    Gaetz pointed out it is important that the man he says is possibly the greatest president in American history has a strong defense.

2/3/2021 Biden Only Commits To $1.4K Stimulus Checks In Private Call With Democrats by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this April 23, 2020 file photo, President Donald J.Trumpís name is printed on a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Joe Biden recently backtracked on his pledge to send another $2,000 in coronavirus stimulus payments during a private call with House Democrats.    He reportedly only committed to offering $1,400 in direct payments in a call Wednesday.
    The checks were one of the main sticking points for Bidenís 2020 campaign, but heís backed off on his commitment since Inauguration Day.    However, the administration has argued Biden has kept his promise by suggesting the $1,400 checks would be supplemental to the last round of $600 direct payments.
    Following a meeting at the White House Wednesday, Democrat senators suggested Biden is also receptive to limiting who qualifies for the next round of checks.
    ďWe did have a conversation about the direct payments and how those might be modified in a way to ensure they are targeted, but President Biden was clear with us and with our caucus yesterday,Ē stated Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) "Heís not going to forget the middle class, heís not going to walk back from a real commitment he made not just in Georgia, but nationally to deliver target relief to those Americans most in need
    The Delaware lawmaker also said cutting state and local aid in the upcoming COVID-19 relief package would be a ďnon-starterĒ for Democrats.

2/3/2021 State Dept. Considers Refugee Status For Some Hongkongers by OAN Newsroom
File- Anti-government demonstrators march in protest against the invocation of the emergency laws in Hong Kong. (REUTERS Photo/Umit Bektas)
    The State Department recently announced the U.S. could provide refugee status to a limited number of Hong Kong dissidents.    In an interview Monday, department head Antony Blinken said Hong Kong dissidents are the victims of political persecution by the Chinese Communist Party and the U.S. must help them.
    The secretary added, Beijing has violated the 1997 agreement with Britain to uphold the freedoms of Hong Kong and must be held accountable.    The U.K. and Australia are accepting all Hong Kong citizens fleeing political repression by Mainland China.
    However, Blinken suggested only a limited number of Hongkongers could move to the U.S.
    ďWe see people who are, again, in Hong Kong standing up for their own rights, the rights that they thought were guaranteed to them,Ē he stated.    ďAnd if they are the victims of repression from Chinese authorities, we should do something to give them haven
    At least five dissidents from Hong Kong have applied for political asylum in the U.S. so far, though their immigration prospects remain unclear.

2/3/2021 Report: Biden Took Donations From Lobbyist For NSO Group by OAN Newsroom
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Miramar Regional Park in Miramar, Fla., Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    Joe Biden reportedly accepted donations from a spyware company, which targeted journalists and human rights activists.
    FARA filings show the 2020 Biden campaign took money from lobbyist John Gallagher who represents the company Q Cyber Technologies, which is also known as NSO Group.
    NSO Group deployed Pegasus spyware back in 2019, which breached the privacy of 1,400 users on WhatsApp. This included political leaders, diplomats and reporters.     ďThe NSO Group in todayís world, based on the evidence we have, they are the worst of the worst in selling these burglary tools that are being actively, currently used to violate the human rights of dissidents, opposition figures, activistsÖto some pretty bad players,Ē explained National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden.
    Critics have said NSOís donations to Biden may encourage more illegal surveillance and violations of human rights going forward.

2/3/2021 West Concerned By Closer Russia-China Ties, Top NATO General Says
FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting
on the sidelines of a BRICS summit, in Brasilia, Brazil, November 13, 2019. Sputnik/Ramil Sitdikov/Kremlin via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) Ė The United States and its Western allies are increasingly concerned about growing cooperation between Russia and China in areas of common interest, NATOís top general said on Wednesday.
    The Pentagon has put countering China and Russia at the centre of its strategy since 2018, even though U.S. defence spending outstrips that of Moscow and Beijing.
    In 2018, China and Russia held their largest-ever joint military exercises, featuring 300,000 Russian troops.
    And in 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping oversaw the launch of a three-decade pipeline project to transport natural gas from Siberia to northeast China.
    Tod Wolters, NATOís Supreme Allied Commander Europe, or SACEUR, told reporters that the growing cooperation ďreally does suggest an emergence of a partnership of convenience
    He said the partnership was intended to advance mutual interests, ďand that advancement could be to the detriment of Europe and corresponding and surrounding nations
    NATO accuses Russia of trying to destabilise the West with new nuclear weapons, cyber-attacks and covert action.    The European Union, many of whose states are members of NATO, sees China as a rival for influence as well as a trading partner.
    Historically, relations between Russia and China, who share a land border of over 4,200 km (2,600 miles) have been marked by distrust, with Russian nationalists warning of encroaching Chinese influence in Russiaís mineral-rich far east.
    But Russia pivoted towards China after being punished with Western sanctions for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine in 2014.
    ďWe are ever so vigilant with respect to that growing cooperation,Ē Wolters said.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold in Berlin and Robin Emmott in Brussels; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

2/3/2021 ďA Symbol Of HopeĒ Ė German Military Aid Arrives In Portugal by Catarina Demony and Michael Nienaber
Portugal's Health Minister Marta Temido speaks during a news conference after German doctors and medical equipment arrived at the Figo Maduro
military airport to help Portugal amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Lisbon, Portugal, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
    LISBON (Reuters) Ė A German military plane carrying over 20 doctors and nurses together with ventilators and hospital beds arrived on Wednesday in coronavirus-stricken Portugal, where a severe rise in cases has prompted several European nations to offer help.
    The German team will manage a new unit of eight ICU beds in a private hospital in Lisbon, Hospital da Luz, which was equipped but lacked the staff to operate, Health Minister Marta Temido said at the military base where the plane landed.
    ďEight beds may not sound like much, but it is a lot for a health system under significant pressure,Ē Temido said.Ē    The help Germany extended is of great use for a health system facing the challenges we are Ė highly specialised health professionals.Ē
    The medical team, consisting of eight doctors and 18 nurses, brought with them 150 hospital beds and 50 ventilators.
    ďThis is a vivid sign of European solidarity and a symbol of hope,Ē German Ambassador Martin Ney said at the military base.
    Austria has offered to take in 10 to 15 COVID-19 intensive care patients who would be distributed in various hospitals across the country, its ambassador in Portugal told Reuters.
    Hospitals across Portugal, a nation of about 10 million people, appear on the verge of collapse, with ambulances sometimes queuing for hours because of a lack of beds while some health units are struggling to find enough refrigerated space to preserve the bodies of the deceased.
    For most Portuguese, vaccination against the virus is the light at the end of the tunnel.    But so far only about 75,000 people have been fully vaccinated with the two required doses.
    As elsewhere, there has been some controversy around the vaccination process, with some Ė from mayors to care home managers Ė jumping the queue to get the shot.
    The head of Portugalís vaccination task force Francisco Ramos stepped down on Wednesday after he became aware of ďirregularitiesĒ in the process of selecting which health workers should be vaccinated at the Red Cross Hospital, where he is the chief executive, he said in a statement cited by daily Diario de Noticias and other media.
    Although daily infections and deaths from COVID-19 in the country on Wednesday retreated further from last weekís records, doctors and nurses are still over-stretched and the number of patients in need of critical care remains high.
    Portugal, which has so far reported a total of 13,257 COVID-19 deaths and 740,944 cases, reported close to half of all its COVID-19 deaths last month as cases accelerated.
(Reporting by Michael Nienaber in Berlin, Catarina Demony and Victoria Waldersee in Lisbon; Additional reporting by Patricia Vicente Rua; editing by Angus MacSwan and Alexandra Hudson)

2/3/2021 McConnell: Dems Stopping Biden From Making Deal With GOP Senate On Smaller COVID Stimulus by OAN Newsroom
(L-R) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) arrive to watch the departure of the remains of Officer Brian
Sicknick leave the US Capitol after laying in honor in the Rotunda on February 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by DREW ANGERER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Senate Minority Leader claimed Democrats are blocking Joe Biden from making a deal with Republicans on coronavirus relief.
    On Wednesday, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed Democrats for their push towards budget reconciliation.    This came after moderate GOP lawmakers met with Biden to unveil their own stimulus package that would cost significantly less than the $1.9 trillion Democrat plan.
    McConnell noted Democrat hypocrisy, claiming they continually blocked Republican stimulus options over the summer despite their calls for bipartisanship.
    ďBut the rushed budget process that will play out this week is exactly, exactly the wrong path towards making law,Ē McConnell said.    ďSenate Republicans will be ready and waiting with a host of amendments to improve the rushed procedural step thatís being jammed through
    McConnell noted Biden may be more open to working with Republicans than his colleagues and staff members.

2/3/2021 House GOP Calls For Removal Of Rep. Ilhan Omar by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    House Republicans seek to oust Democrat Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a member of the so-called ďSquad
The so-called ďSquad.Ē U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks alongside Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA),
Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). (Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)
    A new amendment proposed by a number of GOP House members called for Omarís removal from her committee assignments ďin light of conduct she has exhibited
    The amendment was backed by a number of Republican representatives, which included Brian Babin (R-Texas), Jody Hice (R-Ga.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.).    These representatives cited the Minnesota lawmakerís anti-semitic comments made back in 2019, which received massive backlash from both sides of the aisle.
    Omarís remarks appeared to question American citizensí loyalty to the U.S. based solely on their religious views.    Republican representatives argued her comments are grounds for dismissal.
    Meanwhile, Democrats called for the same action to be taken against GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) over comments sheís made in the past.
    ďThe things that she has allegedly said are years old and yet she was still elected and the Democrats seeded her knowing that all these things were there,Ē Hice said.    ďAt the same time, we have multiple Democrats who have said horrendous things while being members of Congress and not a thing has been done to correct them or to punish them in any manner.    It is totally unjust what they are trying to do to Marjorie Greene and whether you agree or disagree with her comments, the way she is being treated is so hypocritical by the Democrats
    Congressional Democrats have also criticized Greene for her more recent actions.    They are now aiming to permanently remove her from the Education and Labor Committee and the Budget Committee.
    Greene called the moves against her a ďsmear campaignĒ and has repeatedly said she will not back down.

2/3/2021 CDC: Vaccinating Teachers Not Required To Reopen Schools by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, President-elect Joe Bidenís pick to head the Centers for Disease Control,
speaks during a news conference at the Queen Theater. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    The CDC said teachers are not required to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for schools to safely re-open.    In a briefing Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said educators can now resume in-person classes as long as public health precautions are taken.
    This came as the CDC Advisory Committee highlighted teachers as essential workers and put them under the second priority group for vaccinations.    However, she added it is not essential to wait for the vaccinations to take place.
Students keep six feet apart as they walk to their lunch break at the Westwood STAR Tutoring & Enrichment Center
on September 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďWhile we are implementing the criteria of the Advisory Committee and the state and local guidances to get vaccination across these eligible communities,Ē Dr. Walensky said.    ďI would also say thatÖvaccination of teachers is not a pre-requisite to [the] safe reopening of schools
    In the meantime, the Biden administration called for increased funding to open schools.    However, the CDC said thereís little evidence of mass virus transmission in schools as long as proper social distancing and precautions are taken.

2/3/2021 NYT Gets Heat For Orwellian Suggestion Biden Admin. Appoint ĎReality Czarí by OAN Newsroom
LOS ANGELES, CA Ė JANUARY 25: A copy of George Orwellís novel Ď1984í is displayed. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    As conservatives continue to push for free speech for all, members of the left are hopeful the federal government will step in.    On Tuesday, a columnist for the New York Times suggested that Joe Biden construct a cross-agency taskforce to regulate the spread of ideas online.
    The article went through a list of experts who supported the idea.    Some of them even called for a so-called ďTruth Commission,Ē which is a name many online compared to George Orwellís ďMinistry of TruthĒ in the novel ď1984
    Mainstream media outlets claimed the move would limit the spread of alleged misinformation and its connection to purported domestic extremism.    However, while a recent study put out by researchers of New York University tried to claim that one-sided censorship happens online, the same report pointed out that itís unclear because sites like Twitter donít share enough data to show it also happens to those on the left.
    Critics took aim at the idea of such strong government intervention.    They said it sets a dangerous precedent and could hinder free speech.    Critics also noted the appointment of a so-called ďreality czarĒ could simply add to the distrust that some Americans have when it comes to Big Tech.
    ďAnd the worst part, they change the rules constantly based on whatever they deem to be politically correct at any given point in time,Ē Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) said.    ďThese rules and standards are often changed without the knowledge of their users, moving the goal post on Floridians and others who use these open forums for discourse and as a source for information.    When a social media company applies these standards unequally on users, this is discrimination, pure and simple
BERLIN, GERMANY Ė AUGUST 01: A protester holds a German translation of George Orwellís book Ď1984í as he demonstrates
for journalistsí rights on August 1, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
    John Hopkins University Applied Economics Professor Steve Hanke quoted Orwell and said, ďwho controls the past controls the future.    Who controls the present controls the past
    GOP lobbyists suggested a variation of net neutrality be extended to social media and Big Tech to combat anti-conservative bias.    Though they recognized the struggle to achieve something of this nature under a Biden administration and with a Democrat-majority Congress, lobbyists said it is enough to put the spotlight on the issue.

2/3/2021 Univ. Of Ill. Repeals Speech Stifling Policies by OAN Newsroom
Guests wait to enter a rally in the Activities and Recreation Center on the campus of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Photo by Charles Ledford/Getty Images)
    More than a year after being sued, a university backtracked on unconstitutional campus speech policies.
    On Tuesday, the University of Illinois settled the case filed by activist group Speech First.    The University repealed its policy that required flyers to be pre-approved as well as offered new guarantees for studentsí free speech.
    Speech First filed the lawsuit in 2019. The group asserted the institutionís ďbias incidentĒ policies and ďno contact directivesĒ could be used to silence protected speech.
    Nicole Neily, the founder and president of the pro-free speech organization, commented that the settlement confirmed the universityís administration may not silence students ďby accusing them of bias.Ē    Neily has also spoken out against this in the past.
    ďThere are so many different ways on college campuses today that schools try to discourage students from expressing viewpoints that they donít like,Ē Neily said.    ďItís almost ó I think of it as death by a thousand cuts.    There are free speech zones, there are speech codes, there are bias response teams and so universities are in a position where they can pick winners and losers
    Neily added most ďlosersĒ in the free speech battle end up being conservatives.    Polls also showed ďastonishingĒ levels of self-censoring by students for fear of disciplinary action or bad grades.

2/3/2021 Rep. Mace Slams AOC For ĎExaggeratingí Capitol Hill Break-In Story by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks during a meeting of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    As the January 6 Capitol breach continues to dominate news headlines, one House member set the record straight by calling out her Democrat colleague for perpetrating dangerous lies about that very day.
    In a tweet Tuesday, freshman Congresswoman Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) called out Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) over recently surfaced comments that detailed how she ďfeared for her lifeĒ when she heard knocks on her office door.
    This was before she found out the person knocking was a Capitol police officer.
Rep. Nancy Mace speaks to the crowd at an event with Sen. Lindsey Graham. (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
    AOC recounted her story on Instagram live and claimed a mob banged at her door as her aides told her to hide.    At this moment, she claimed she thought ďeverything was over
    ďLike the bathroom door is behind me ó rather in front of me,Ē Cortez said.    ďAnd I just hear, Ďwhere is she?    Where is she?'Ē
    However, Nancy Mace said her office is two doors down from AOCís and no one even made it to their hallway.    To make matters worse, a new report from Red State revealed the protestors charged the main Capitol Building, not the Cannon House Building where AOCís office is located.
    Mace said that story is ďegregiousĒ and questioned whether there is anything the mainstream media wonít politicize.    Additionally, the South Carolina Republican condemned the acts that were carried out in our nationís Capitol.    She emphasized those who were apart of the violence should be held accountable.

2/4/2021 Oil up $0.85 to $55.84, DOW up 36 t0 30,724.

2/4/2021 b>State reports 2,592 new COVID cases, 51 more deaths by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear reported 2,592 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the commonwealthís total since the start of the pandemic to 369,519 positive cases.
    Though the daily total is 100 cases higher than it was last Wednesday, itís significantly lower than it was two weeks ago, which Beshear said is a good sign.
    The number of people hospitalized with the virus also is ďreally stable,Ē Beshear said, with 1,340 hospitalizations, including 368 patients in an intensive care unit and 171 on a ventilator.
    The positivity rate decreased again, dropping to 8.53%.
    ďSo that shows you that this is real; itís not just a result of how many tests there are.    Weíre seeing a decrease in the virus,Ē Beshear said during his virtual briefing Wednesday.
    However, the governor also announced 51 additional deaths related to COVID-19, including seven people age 60 or younger.    At least 3,863 Kentuckians have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.
    January was the worst month the state has seen for COVID-19 deaths, and ďFebruary is going to be tough, too,Ē Beshear>     Meanwhile, Kentuckyís vaccination efforts are moving in a good direction, Beshear said.    The only thing holding back the stateís distribution is the number of doses allocated by the federal government, he said.
    Beshear announced Tuesday that Kentucky would receive an additional 5% of vaccine doses on top of the 17% increase announced last week.    The 5% will add about 2,000 doses, he said Wednesday.
    Indiana reported 1,480 new cases and 36 more deaths Wednesday, bringing its totals to 631,331 cases and 9,713 deaths.
[51 deaths / 2,592 cases = 0.019% mortality rate which is for two days Tues-Wed.].

2/4/2021 White House Calls For Swift Release Of Americans Detained In Russia
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki delivers remarks during a press briefing inside the James Brady
Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on Wednesday for the swift release of Americans detained in Russia, after the two countries agreed to extend the New START arms control treaty.
    A Russian court sentenced Trevor Reed, a former U.S. Marine, to nine years in jail in July after convicting him of endangering the lives of two police officers.    Another former Marine, Paul Whelan, was convicted in Russia in June of espionage and sentenced to 16 years in jail.
    Psaki told a regular news briefing that releasing the two after the United States and Russia agreed to extend New START would show ďRussia is ready to move past intractable issues within the Ö bilateral relationshipz
(Reporting by Nandita Bose, Doina Chiacu, Susan Heavey and David Brunnstrom; Editing by Chris Reese)

2/4/2021 Fmr. White House Economic Adviser Kudlow Slams Sen. Warrenís Wealth Tax by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, about plans to reintroduce a resolution to
call on President Joe Biden to take executive action to cancel up to $50,000 in debt for federal student loan borrowers. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is wasting no time using her new powers as part of the Finance Committee to implement a fiscal policy she has been promising progressives for years.
    In an interview on Wednesday, former White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said raising taxes during an economic downturn would have calamitous affects on a slowly recovering economy.
    The most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed unemployment has finally stabilized at 6.7 percent and the number of people who are unemployed remained unchanged at just over 10 million.
    However, Warren has promised her proposed wealth tax wonít affect ďthe little guy.Ē    She has argued that no one needs a billion dollars. The Democrat has invigorated her base by spinning tales of taking away yachts and sports cars.
    ďAnd all Iím saying is for the Ďbazillionairesí ó how about we include not just the real estate, but also the stock portfolio, the diamonds, the Rembrandt and the yacht?Ē she asked hypothetically.
    In reality, should her wealth tax go through, Warren wonít be repossessing fast cars and mega mansions.    Instead, sheíll be starting a domino affect that will hit those that have been hurt the most.    The tax would target people with roughly $50 million in assets and would rise for people with more than a billion dollars.
    According to the Foundation for Economic Education, the wealth of the people Warren is gunning for is made up mostly of business assets or investments, which Kudlowí called ďthe working personís best friend
    Over his 30 in the field of economics, Kudlow has referred to himself as a ďReagan supply-sider.Ē    He naturally pointed out that by imposing policies that will target investments, the effect on all Americans will be severe.
    With investments shrinking, businesses will struggle and will have to make cuts in order to stay operational either by paying fewer people or by paying everyone less.    However, Warren knows this.
    ďYou say the economy is going to recover,Ē she stated.    ďItís going to take jobs in order for that to happen, so what I want to know is are you going to require companies that received money from this half a trillion dollar slush fund to have to keep people on payroll?Ē
    Warrenís proposal, which is what she calls the ďultra-millionaire tax,Ē is eerily similar to the same one she proposed during the election before the American economy took one of the hardest hits since the Great Depression.
    Kudlow wasnít surprised by her proposal, however, he sent a warning in his finishing statement.    ďThe far left loves this stuffÖclass warfare and all the rest of it,Ē he stated.    ďGuess what?    It doesnít work

2/4/2021 Gateway Pundit: President Trump Spearheaded Greatest Market Increase In U.S. History by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MAY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump waits on the arrival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House May 16, 2017
in Washington, DC. Trump and Erdogan met in the Oval Office to discuss a range of bilateral issues. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    The Gateway Pundit reported President Trump as the best president for the stock market in U.S. history.    On Thursday, The Pundit listed the 45th Presidentís economic achievements.
    The Pundit noted that while President Trump was in office, he oversaw two of the countryís greatest market increases and set the record for most all-time-highs during a single presidency.    He also tied former President Ronald Reagan for the most consecutive daily Dow all-time highs.
    Additionally, President Trump oversaw the largest single-day increase of the Dow Jones in the midst of a pandemic.
    ďThe stock market Dow Jones Industrial Average just hit 30,000, which is the highest in history,Ē President Trump said.    ďWeíve never broken 30,000.    Thatís the ninth time since the beginning of 2020 and itís the 48th time that weíve broken records during the Trump administration
    President Trump was also praised for the fastest market and jobs turn around after shutting the economy down last March.

2/4/2021 Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Defends Herself Against Dem Attacks by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C Ė JANUARY 06: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) sits in the House Chamber as the House comes back into session
to continue the process of certifying the 2020 Electoral College results. (Photo by Erin Schaff Ė Pool/Getty Images)
    Freshman Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green defended herself against Democrat-led attacks.     Greene spoke on the House floor Thursday and said the public only knows her as the mainstream media portrays her.    Liberal networks have attacked the Republican over past remarks she made online despite her recent apologies for the posts.
    Greene then called out the Democrat elites in Congress as well as the mainstream media for being complicit in dividing our country.
    ďAnd if this Congress is to tolerate members that condone riots that have hurt American people, attack police officers, occupied federal property, burned businesses and cities, but yet wants to condemn me and crucify me in the public square for words that I said and I regret a few years ago, then I think we are in a real big problem, a very big problem,Ē Greene stated.    ďWhat shall we do as Americans, shall we stay divided like this, will we allow the media that is just as guilty as QAnon of presenting truth and lies to divide us?    Will we allow ourselves to be addicted to hate and hating one another?    I hope not
    Currently, the Democrat-controlled House is debating on whether to remove the freshman lawmaker from her committee assignments.

2/4/2021 House Republicans Call For Unity After Closed Door Caucus Vote To Keep Rep. Cheney As Conference Chair by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., attends a ceremony memorializing U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, as an urn with his cremated remains lies in honor on
a black-draped table at the center of the Capitol Rotunda, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in Washington. ((Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) will remain in her leadership position as Republican conference chair.    In a secret ballot Wednesday night, 145 House members voted to keep Cheney in her role with 61 voting for her removal.
    While speaking to reporters, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the closed-door caucus vote was able to bring House Republicans closer together.    He went on to highlight how their focus should be on getting Americanís back to work.
    ďWe just had a very good conference, members together, but the number one thing that happened in this kind of conference was unity,Ē stated McCarthy.    ďPeople were able to air their differences, people were able to focusÖthe most important part that came out of this conference was where our focus is at
    Republicans accused Cheney, who is currently the third highest ranking GOP member in the House, of ďfailing to abide by the spirit of the rules of the Republican Conference and ignoring the preferences of Republican voters
    House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said lawmakers were able to address their problems together by working as a team to bring unity within the Republican Party.
    ďWe spent hours where members on every side of this issue looked each other in the eye, aired their grievances, and were very candid and honest with each other,Ē he explained.    ďBut addressed this as a family and addressed this as a team, and ultimately finally worked to have a vote where we kept the entire team together
    While commenting on the vote, Cheney said she was looking forward to the future as the result of the vote made it clear that Republicans are not going to be divided.
    ďIt was a very resounding acknowledgment that we need to go forward together, and that we need to go forward in a way that helps us beat back the really dangerous and negative Democrat policies,Ē she stated.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    McCarthy agreed, adding that Republicans need to work together and stay united in order to take back the House next year.
    ďThis Republican Party is a very big tent, everyoneís invited in,Ē said the House minority leader.    ďAnd you look at the last election, we continue to grow and in two years will be the majority

2/4/2021 San Francisco School District Sued By City For Not Reopening Schools by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this March 12, 2020, file photo, is the Abraham Lincoln High School in San Francisco.    The city of San Francisco took a
dramatic step Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, in its effort to get children back into public school classrooms.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
    The San Francisco School District is facing legal action from its own city for failing to reopen schools or produce a viable plan to reopen.
    More than 54,000 children in the school district have been out of school for almost a year, while other schools around the nation have already started the process of returning to in-person learning.
    The city has reportedly given the school district an additional $15 million in funding to facilitate a safe return for students, but the grant was met with inaction.
    The cityís mayor, London Breed, said ďenough is enough.Ē    She has argued that while the legal action may seem a bit extreme, she wants to force the district to move on with reopening schools.
    ďI am the elected leader of this city, and Iím not going to stand by while our children and our families continue to suffer with no end in sight,Ē she stated.    ďItís not acceptable to tell parents who are already under unbelievable stress and are seeing with their own eyes while their children are falling behind
    The mayor noted the school district is, instead, focusing on far less important and more divisive issues like renaming 44 schools because of questionable allegations of racism.
    In the lawsuit, the city further noted that 113 private schools in the area have been able to return to classroom learning and out of more than 15,000 enrolled students, only five cases of suspected in-school transmission have been detected.
    Breed also said the prolonged reliance on distance learning has put serious stress on families and caused more than 1,000 students to miss 60 percent of their classes.
    The school districts superintendent, Dr. Vincent Matthews, brushed off the concerns of parents and the cityís mayor in a statement this week.
    ďIím here addressing what I would term to be a frivolous lawsuit that wastes time and energy from my perspective,Ē he stated.
    The lawsuit came the same day Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom announced schools can and should reopen, even if not all teachers and staff have received vaccines.

2/4/2021 Chamber Of Commerce Urges Biden To Heed GOP Concerns Over COVID Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 3, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden during his meeting with Democratic lawmakers to discuss
a coronavirus relief package, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The Chamber of Commerce has urged Joe Biden to compromise on the coronavirus stimulus package while he considers bypassing Republican objections.    The association sent a letter on Tuesday in which it asked Biden to create law through more diplomatic means.
    According to Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley, Bidenís claims of seeking national unity are clearly contradicted by forcing the bill through Congress without GOP input.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also expressed concern regarding the partisan path ahead as Democrats may bypass the GOP with a budget reconciliation, which would eliminate any filibuster attempts.
    Itís unclear what negotiations remain, but Biden may have ďbottom lines
    ďHe (Biden) believes a married couple, letís say there in Scranton just for the sake of argument, one is working as a nurse the other as a teacher making $120,000 a year should get a check,Ē stated White House press secretary Jen Psaki.    ďThatís in his (Bidenís) plan and the plan presented by Republicans, they would not get a check
    Despite Republican objections to the bill, Psaki confirmed Biden ďsupports the effortsĒ of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to move this package forward.

2/4/2021 Fmr. HUD Secy. Carson Announces Launch Of New Conservative Non-Profit by OAN Newsroom
File Ė Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is pictured. (AP Photo)
    Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has launched a non-profit conservative think-tank. He announced plans to establish the American Cornerstone Institute on Wednesday.
    The goal of the non-profit is to provide common sense solutions to some of the nationís biggest problems.    Carson noted, the new think-tank will focus on promoting and preserving individual and religious liberty.    It will also help Americaís most vulnerable as well as develop methods to maximize governmentís efficiency and effectiveness.
    ďThrough research, dialogue and grassroots efforts, we will work to restore faith, liberty, community and life,Ē Carson stated.    ďBoth in Washington D.C. and in communities across the country
    The former Trump administration official said he drew inspiration for the non-profit from his role as HUD secretary.    He went on to highlight the importance of collaboration, mutual understanding and ensuring the American dream is attainable.

2/4/2021 Secy. Yellen: Treasury May Take Action Following GameStop Stock Saga by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Aug. 14, 2019, file photo former Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks with FOX Business Network guest anchor Jon Hilsenrath in the Fox Washington bureau in Washington.
The Senate Finance Committee has approved President Joe Bidenís nomination of Janet Yellen to be the nationís 78th Treasury secretary (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Newly minted Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently dodged questions regarding the timeline for COVID-19 relief, while vowing action to protect hedge funds.
    On Thursday, Yellen appeared for her first television interview since being confirmed.    She avoided answering questions about how long Democrats are willing to negotiate with Republicans before they move to pass their own coronavirus relief bill.
    Yellen also went on to suggest the Treasury Department could take action to protect investors and possibly punish retail traders following the GameStop saga, which impacted the markets.
    ďWe really need to make sure that our financial markets are functioning properly, efficiently and that investors are protected,Ē she stated.    ďAnd weíre going to discuss these recent events and discuss whether or not the recent events warrant further action
    Yellen voiced her support for Joe Bidenís $1.9 trillion rescue package, but did not give a timeline for when she expects it will be done.

2/4/2021 U.S. Releasing Hundreds Of Central American Families From Increasingly Busy Custody by Mica Rosenberg and Frank Jack Daniel
FILE PHOTO: Migrants walk after crossing the Rio Bravo river to turn themselves in to request for asylum
in El Paso, Texas, U.S., as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico February 1, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) Ė U.S. officials in Texas are releasing an increasing number of Central American migrant families from custody as local authorities in Mexico have baulked at taking them back and border patrol facilities risk becoming overcrowded.
    Two shelter managers told Reuters the U.S. Border Patrol began dropping off families last week at shelters in Laredo and Brownsville along the stretch of border with Mexicoís Tamaulipas state, the busiest region for illegal immigration into the United States.
    Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, said the Border Patrol has sent around 50 to 80 families to her shelter daily since Jan. 27, rising to 150 families on Wednesday.    Most remain only briefly at the shelters before connecting with relatives or friends elsewhere in the United States, she said.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed some migrants were being released into the United States to await immigration hearings, saying some holding facilities were at maximum safe capacity.    A CBP source cited COVID-19 and a change in Mexican law among factors that ďhave forced us to adapt.Ē
    Tamaulipas recently stopped accepting Central American families with children under the age of six expelled from Texas, a U.S. source said.    If Mexico does not agree to take the migrants, U.S. authorities must either keep them in custody or free them until their immigration court hearings.
    Mexicoís foreign ministry confirmed there had been ďlocalĒ adjustments to policy, citing the implementation of a child protection law passed late last year. A senior Mexican official said the changes were ďminor adjustmentsĒ and appeared to be limited to Tamaulipas.
    If such changes were to be applied more broadly, U.S. officials fear it could fan already rising migration from Central America, as word spreads that not all families will be expelled.
    The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is trying to undo some harsh Trump-era rules without creating a rush on the border.
    Since a U.S. pandemic-related rule called Title 42 was implemented in March last year, Mexico has agreed to allow the United States to turn around Central Americans caught crossing the border illegally, including families with children.
    But in November, Mexico added new child protections to a migration law that means accompanied and unaccompanied minors sent back to Mexico should be placed in the care of the child service agency rather than immigration detention centers with adults.
    The agency is underfunded and it is not immediately clear if the law will be widely implemented, or how it would affect migrant processing more broadly along the U.S. and Mexican border.
    For now, the changes appeared to be narrow and not in place at other busy sections of the border for migration, such as El Paso and San Diego, where families are still being returned to Mexico, according to local shelter managers.
    Biden signed an executive order on Feb 2. to review asylum processing at the U.S. border but his administration has said changes to the current system will take time.
    With more migrant families arriving at the border, and some now being released into the United States, the Biden administration will have no ďhoneymoon periodĒ to get new plans off the ground, said Theresa Cardinal Brown, director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.
    ďPeople are arriving, you canít just stop everything while they create the new system,Ē she said.    She said Mexican cooperation will be key to any new policy planning.
    U.S. data shows that through December of this fiscal year, 5,175 families were apprehended by U.S. immigration authorities between Tamaulipas and Texas, more than anywhere else on the border, but less than the same period a year earlier.
    Overall, border apprehension numbers have been rising, above 70,000 in recent months and expected to reach 80,000 in January.
    Experts attribute the rise to economic hardship in Central America, battered by two major hurricanes and the pandemic, as well as expectations of relaxed migration policy under Biden.
    Advocates working in Tamaulipas say the Matamoros camp of mainly asylum seekers across from Brownsville has increased to about 1,000 from 750 in December as migrants return from other parts of Mexico with the hope they will be allowed to cross.
    Sister Pimentel welcomed the reduction in the number of families going back to Mexico.    Tamaulipas, for example, has a record of violence against migrants, including a massacre of 19 people in January.    A dozen state police have been charged with the crime.
    ďIt is not a very humane response to send them to Mexico with all of the abuses they have to deal with.    We have a better capacity to handle them,Ē she said.
    Another Texas shelter manager, Mike Smith, director of The Holding Institute in Laredo, said families they had taken in recently reported that they had been given temperature checks for COVID-19 while in custody, but no tests for the coronavirus.
    Tests carried out at his shelter had turned up three positive COVID-19 cases, he said.
    The shelter has since run out of coronavirus tests and is attempting to socially distance migrants, Smith said.
(Reporting by Mica Rosenberg in New York and Frank Jack Daniel in Mexico City; Additional reporting by Mimi Dwyer and Kristina Cooke in Los Angeles, Ted Hesson in Washington, Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City and Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey, Mexico; Writing by Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Alistair Bell and Rosalba OíBrien)

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On 2/2/2021 Newsmax Cancels MyPillow CEO During Cancel-Culture Segment and the Video Is Absolutely Bonkers ó Watch by Kimberly Roots.
    Itís official: MyPillow CEO/conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell is too out there even for Newsmax.
    Lindell appeared on the conservative news channel Tuesday, ostensibly to discuss cancel culture in the wake of his being permanently removed from Twitter for repeated violations of its Civic Integrity policy.    But when Lindell kicked off the segment by ranting about election fraud, anchor Bob Sellers quickly began speaking over him.
    Lindell said that he had ď100 percent proofĒ that Dominion Voting Systems were involved in voter fraud in the 2020 American presidential election, a claim that has no basis in fact and for which Dominion is suing Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani.    ďMike, youíre talking about machines that we at Newsmax have not been able to verify any of those kinds of allegations,Ē Sellers interjected, the statement an about-face from the pro-Trump, election-questioning stance the network assumed throughout 2020.
Lindell kept talking.    Sellers did, too.    And eventually,
after asking producers ďCan we get out of here, please?,Ē Sellers
walked off the set, leaving co-anchor Heather Childers to try to salvage the interview.

2/5/2021 Democrats Push For Student Debt Forgiveness, Would Cost Taxpayers Millions by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, about plans to reintroduce a
resolution to call on Joe Biden to take executive action to cancel up to $50 thousand in debt for federal student loan borrowers. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other Democrats on Capitol Hill have proposed legislation aimed at cancelling up to $50,000 in individual student loan debt.
    The Biden administration has also planned to cancel student loan debt at a much smaller amount, which is closer to $10,000.
    ďThe president has and continues to support cancelling $10,000 of student loan debt per person as a response to the COVID crisis,Ē stated White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
    The main motivation behind the relief push is a direct response to economic hardship resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.    House and Senate Democrats are now pressuring Biden to put a full $50,000 loan forgiveness through with an executive order.
    While many are praising the idea of student debt forgiveness at this level, the proposition certainly comes with some caveats.
    Concerns have been raised multiple times over whether or not the blanket of student loan forgiveness would just be a bailout for Americaís richest group: college graduates.    In fact, according to a Brookings Institute study, 58 percent of all student loans are owed by people in the top 40 percent of income earners.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, about plans to
reintroduce a resolution to call on Biden to take executive action to cancel up to $50 thousand in debt for federal student loan borrowers. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    This effort to erase a goal of $1 trillion from the roughly $1.7 trillion in outstanding student loan debt would be a $1 trillion economic relief bill for 45 million student loan borrowers.    All the while, roughly 200 million adult American taxpayers would be forced to pick up the tab on their yearly taxes.    This would include some who have already paid off their student loans without government assistance.
    Regardless, there is still significant disagreement among Democrats pushing this legislation.    For instance, Schumer and Warren want to target the forgiveness with income limits and Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) wants to eliminate all student debt regardless of income.
    In their press conference on Thursday, Schumer and Warren showed they werenít entirely sure how much this would all cost.
    ďWe do have an estimation, itís about $1 trillion,Ē Schumer stated.    ďNo, no, no, itís about $650 billion
    The Biden White House is considering forgiving federal student loan debt, which would only account for 30 percent of the total student loan debt nationwide.    Questions surround whether or not this would just be a one time forgiveness of loans or if it would forever eliminate repayments on federal student loans.
    There has been no talk yet about addressing the sharp rise in college tuition over the last 20 years, which has seen tuition rates across the board raise by nearly 200 percent.     For years, experts have suggested large universities with million and billion dollar nontaxable endowments might better contribute to the student debt crisis by paying some of that money towards the financial well-being of their students and alumni.
    Regardless, the student debt crisis is a complicated issue with many moving parts.    Instant loan forgiveness by itself may not be enough to end the crisis for good and may cost the taxpayer far more than they really want.

2/5/2021 Rep. Greene Calls Out Dems After Vote To Remove Her From Committees, Says She Feels Freed From The Tyranny Of Congressional Democrats by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., arrives to speak at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) fired back on Twitter one day after Congress voted to remove her from her committee assignments.    In a tweet Friday, Greene said she ďwoke up laughing about what a bunch of morons the Democrats are for giving someone like me free time
    She added, ďin this tyrannical Democrat government, conservative Republicans have no say on committees anyway.Ē    At a press conference later in the day, Greene said she felt ďfreedĒ after Thursdayís vote. During her conference, Greene said:
    ďSo going forward, Iíve been freed.    Because you know whatís happening on these committees?    We have a basically tyrannically-controlled government right now.    The Democrats.    Weíve got Joe Biden writing executive order after executive orderÖdoing whatever he wants up there in the White House.    We have Nancy Pelosi leading the Democrats in Congress to do whatever they want.    They donít care what Republicans have to say.    They donít care about what our districts and our voters have to say
    In a follow-up, the congresswoman said she will continue to push for pro-life and pro-America policies in Congress.    She also plans on traveling the country to speak with more Americans about these issues.

2/5/2021 House Votes To Oust Rep. Greene From Two Committees by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Multiple House Republicans voted out of step with party lines in the vote to oust Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from her committee assignments.
    While a majority of Republicans supported Greene on Thursday, several GOP members voted against her for controversial statements she made in the past.
    ďThese were words of the past and these things do not represent me,Ē Greene stated.    ďThey do not represent my district and they do not represent my values.Ēbr>     In total, 11 House Republicans sided with Democrats.
    Included were Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.), Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.), Young Kim (R-Calif.), Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).
    Three of the Republicans, Upton, Kinzinger and Katko, also voted to impeach President Trump following demonstrations on January 6.
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned the move could set a dangerous precedent for other lawmakers and their rights to free speech.
    ďNever before in the history of this house has the majority abused its power in this way,Ē McCarthy stated.
    Republicans said the move was hypocritical as Democrats have called for unity for weeks.
    ďBringing a majority resolution to the floor to remove a minority member from her committee assignments is wrong and unprecedented,Ē Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) stated.
    In the meantime, Greene expressed regret for her actions and reaffirmed her position that she has not made such comments during her time in Congress.

2/5/2021 President Trump Legal Team Denies Democratsí Request For Him To Testify by OAN Newsroom
Cheryl Johnson, clerk of the House of Representatives and Timothy Blodgett, acting Sergeant at Arms of the House lead Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.,
lead manager, and other Democratic House impeachment managers walk through the Capitol, to deliver to the Senate the article of impeachment
alleging incitement of insurrection against former President Donald Trump, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021 in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)
    President Trumpís legal team denied Democratsí request form him to testify at next weekís Senate impeachment trial.    The decision was made after Rep. Jamie Raskin (D- Md.) issued an invitation to the President in a letter on Thursday.
    Defense attorneys responded just hours later by calling the request a publicity stunt.    They asserted the move confirms Democrats cannot prove allegations against the 45th president.
    In his letter, Raskin cited the recent brief filed by President Trumpís attorneys in which they called the trial unconstitutional.    The lawmaker said he would like to give the President a chance to explain during testimony either before or during the impeachment trial.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) slammed the majority party while speaking to OAN on Thursday.    He noted, House Democrats did a miserable job building a legal case for President Trumpís second impeachment.
    ďThey did nothing to get evidence and the idea being that they had to get it done because Congress is almost out of sessionÖthatís not true,Ē he stated.    ďIf we can impeach somebody whose out of office, they have all the time in the world
    Cassidy signaled heís unsure on whether he would like to hear testimony from the President himself.    However, Democrat leadership has yet to announce if witnesses will be called to the stand amid the upcoming trial.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Denis McDonough before
the Senate Committee on Veteransí Affairs on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Cassidy believes the Democrat-led House failed at building a case and is scrambling to build one at the last-minute.    He slammed Democrats for rushing the process while noting they had five hours from the time they initiated impeachment to the time they voted.
    ďWe just have to emphasize, if the House is going to build a case five hours from start to finish, itís not building a case, Ē stated the Louisiana Republican.    ďThey let us down

2/5/2021 Wis. GOP Lawmakers Slam Gov. Eversí New Mask Mandate by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This July 30, 2020 image taken from video by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services showed
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers in Madison, Wis. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services via the AP, File)
    Gov. Tony Evers (D-Wis.) is receiving backlash for reissuing a statewide mask order.    The Wisconsin governor issued the order on Thursday, defying the Republican-controlled Legislatureís vote to repeal his previous mandate to wear face coverings in public places.
    The Wisconsin State Assembly released a statement, saying Evers has abused his limited authority for far too long by repeatedly issuing unlawful orders.
    Evers said his first priority is to keep people safe.
    ďWe know that wearing face coverings can save lives and prevent death,Ē Evers stated.    ďWe know itís supported by science and the CDC
    State Sen. Steve Nass (R-Wis.) is drafting another resolution to repeal the governorís new order.    He is also considering asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take emergency action.

2/5/2021 Neb. Republican Party Calls To Censure Sen. Sasse by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 19, 2021 file photo, Sen. Ben Sasse spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool File)
    Nebraskaís Republican Party is pushing to censure Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), yet again, for breaking with President Trump.
    In an open letter to Sasse on Thursday, the stateís GOP chair, Kolene Woodward, said the resolution to censure the lawmaker came after he decried claims of voter fraud and blamed President Trump for the violence on Capitol Hill.
    Woodward noted, itís unfortunate they do not have a way to recall Sasse as the party no longer believes heís representing Nebraskansí best interests when he goes to Washington.
In responde.    the Republican senator said he was fulfilling his promise to put the Constitution above party politics.
    ďYou are welcome to censure me again, but letís be clear about why this is happening,Ē Sasse stated.    ďItís because I still believe, as you used to, that politics isnít about the weird worship of one dude
    The senator has had a long history of butting heads with President Trump over the last four years.
    ďThe party could purge Trump skeptics, but Iíd like to convince you that not only is that civic cancer for the nation, itís just terrible for our party,Ē Sasse continued.
    The censure is likely to be imposed on February 13.

2/5/2021 Senate GOP Passes Legislation To Prevent Fracking Ban by OAN Newsroom
In this Thursday March 6, 2014, file photo, the sun sets beyond pumpjacks operating at the
Inglewood oil fields in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles. (Richard Vogel / AP Photo)
    The Senate recently passed the Braun Amendment, which will prevent the Biden administration from banning fracking.    The amendment, which passed on Thursday, will help prohibit the EPA and the Council on Environmental Quality from enacting rules or guidance that would ban the practice.
    Several senators co-sponsored the amendment, including Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Ark.).    The bill intends to preserve key energy security policies that helped pull the U.S. out of the Great Recession.
    ďThis is an issue of energy independence, locking in our CO2 admissions reduction provided by clean natural gas, and it gives us time to find the cleanest least expensive options down the road,Ē stated Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.).    ďDue to our American energy renaissance, the U.S. passed Russia as a leading energy supplier in 2011 and passed Saudi Arabia in in 2018
    Braun added, if fracking is banned in 2021 then the U.S. economy would plummet.    According to the Global Energy Institute, gas prices would double and nearly 20 million jobs would be lost within four years.

2/5/2021 Biden, Dems Strong Arm $1.9T Bill Without Republicans by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden, speaks about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    On Friday, Joe Biden and top Democrats met to discuss the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill.    He and liberal elites held talks in the Oval Office after the Senate passed a budget resolution to allow them to pass the stimulus package without Republican votes.
    During a presser after the meeting, Biden addressed the partisan nature of passing the bill without GOP support.    He cited the urgent need to get money out to struggling Americans who have been crushed by the pandemic.
President Joe Biden speaks about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    ďI know some in Congress think weíve already done enough to deal with the crisis in the country,Ē Biden stated.    ďOthers think that things are getting better and we can afford to sit back and either do little or do nothing at all.    Thatís not what I see.    I see enormous pain in this country
    The House also passed a budget resolution along party lines, which is meant to speed up the drafting of Bidenís stimulus bill.

2/5/2021 Senate Democrats Propose Section 230 Regulations by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Amy Klobuchar. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Senate Democrats pushed a bill to strip some liability protections given to tech companies through Section 230. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced that bill Friday.
    Currently, the law safeguards Big Tech companies from any legal action that could result from content posted on their sites by third parties.    The changes would allow victims of cyber-stalking, discrimination and harassment to file charges against those companies.
    Congressional Republicans have long been in favor of ending liability shields for Big Tech companies and will likely support the effort.

2/5/2021 Trump Donors Back Efforts To Recall Calif. Gov. Newsom by OAN Newsroom
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Major Trump donors are fueling the recall efforts against California Governor Gavin Newsom.
    According to a report from Politico on Friday, three prominent Republican donors collectively gave $350,000 to the recall movement.    These donors included real estate developer Geoff Palmer, venture capitalist Douglas Leone and retired construction executive Howard Groff.
SUN VALLEY, ID Ė JULY 11: Douglas Leone, venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference,
July 11, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the worldís most wealthy and powerful business people from the media, finance,
and technology spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive week long conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    In the meantime, organizers of the movement said theyíve acquired 1.4 million signatures and expect to meet the requirement of 1.5 million signatures in the coming weeks.

2/5/2021 Senate GOP Unable To Pass Bill Blocking Biden Administration Border Wall Executive Order by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, Joe Biden signed his first executive orders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Six of Bidenís 17 first day executive orders dealt with immigration, such as halting work on a border wall in Mexico. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    The Senate failed to pass a bill protecting construction of the southern border wall.
ESPERANZA, TEXAS Ė JANUARY 15: The border wall is seen on January 15, 2019 in Esperanza, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    In a 50-50 tie vote on Thursday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Democrats in blocking efforts by fellow Republican Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to stop the cancellation of border wall construction.
    However, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sided with Republicans on the bill. The tie essentially tabled the measure.
    This came as the Biden administration signed an executive order ending development of the border wall.

2/5/2021 Senate Passes Amendment Barring Minimum Wage Increase During Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JANUARY 29: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) walks through the Capitol Building during the Senate impeachment
trial of President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    In a small victory for Senate Republicans, one of their proposed amendments was added to the budget resolution.    Early Friday morning, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) made the proposal to prevent a minimum wage increase during a pandemic, which was a cause many Democrats fought for in recent weeks.
    The resolution was one of 800 amendments proposed by Republicans during whatís known as vote-a-rama, or a period of time following a vote where a slew of proposals makes it to the floor.    Despite Democratsí demands for the $15 spike, the amendment passed 99 to 1.

2/5/2021 White House Unites Around Simple Message: Spend Now To Save The Economy by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jonnelle Marte
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden, flanked by Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
holds a meetinga meeting with House Democratic leaders and chairs of House committees working on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
aid legislation, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė After lackluster jobs data showed the U.S. labor market recovery is stalling, President Joe Biden and his economic team on Friday hammered home the same message in meetings, interviews and television appearances: Itís time to put more money into the economy.
    Meeting with top Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives at the White House, Biden said the United States would not return to full employment at the current pace of job creation for 10 years, underscoring the need for lawmakers to act on his $1.9 trillion pandemic-related aid proposal.
    ďOur economy is still in trouble,Ē Biden told reporters after the meeting.    ďSome in Congress think we did enough Ė others think we can do little or nothing Ė thatís not what I see
    Bidenís stimulus proposal, which would come on top of about $4 trillion in aid passed by Congress last year, has met resistance mostly from Republican lawmakers who have expressed concerns about the swelling national debt.
    But the Democratic president pushed back on Friday, saying what Republicans have proposed instead would not deliver enough help to the economy.
    ďItís peopleís lives.    Real-life people are hurting and we can fix it,Ē Biden said earlier.    ďWhen we help them we are also helping our competitive capacity,Ē he said.
    Biden also urged lawmakers to avoid a stimulus package that was too small to meet the urgent needs of the American people, millions of whom remain without jobs nearly a year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Democratic-controlled House passed a budget outline on Friday that will allow Bidenís relief package to go through Congress without Republican support in the coming weeks.    The Senate, which is evenly split between the two parties, approved it in a pre-dawn vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
    Bidenís top economic advisers also pushed for more government aid on Friday, stressing the need to reach women, low-wage workers and minorities who are disproportionately affected by job losses.    The U.S. economy is still about 10 million jobs short of where it was before the pandemic.
    ďThe idea that we should pare back now, out of a future fear that maybe we might possibly do too much, just doesnít seem consistent with the economic evidence we have in front of us,Ē Heather Boushey, a member of the White Houseís Council of Economic Advisers, said in an interview with Reuters.    ďThe cost of inaction far outweighs the costs of perhaps doing a little bit too much
    U.S. employment growth rebounded less than expected in January, with only 49,000 positions added, and job losses in December were worse than initially thought.
    Jared Bernstein, who is also a member of the Council of Economic Advisers, said in a news briefing at the White House that the price tag for Bidenís rescue plan was not too big.
    ďTodayís (employment) report is yet another reminder that our economy is still climbing out of a hole deeper than that of the Great Recession and needs additional relief,Ē     Bernstein said after noting that the pandemic has led to a rise in long-term unemployment and that women and people of color were disproportionately affected by job losses.
    With pandemic-related unemployment benefits set to expire on March 14, further action by Congress is needed soon, he said.
    Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Harris spoke during a virtual even with the Black Chambers of Commerce about the importance of sending aid to Black workers and minority-owned businesses disproportionately affected by the crisis.
    ďWeíve seen early data that suggest Black workers will be the last rehired when the economy opens back up,Ē Yellen said, adding that small businesses need guidance and technical assistance, as well as grant money.
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jonnelle Marte; Editing by Paul Simao and Cynthia Osterman)

2/5/2021 U.S. Faces Risk Of Bankruptcies, Unemployment If Fiscal Support Not Maintained: IMF by Andrea Shalal
FILE PHOTO: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva speaks at the Global Women's Forum in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates, February 16, 2020. REUTERS/Christopher Pike/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The head of the International Monetary Fund on Friday warned that the United States faced a possible ďdangerous waveĒ of bankruptcies and unemployment if it did not maintain fiscal support until the coronavirus heath crisis ended.
    IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva told reporters the United States, the worldís biggest economy, had scope to take further action and doing so would provide positive spillover effects for the global economy.
    Asked if she supported President Joe Bidenís $1.9 trillion relief plan, Georgieva said the IMF supported the planís focus on vaccinations, health care, support for the unemployed and aid to state and local governments.
    Despite the economyís nascent recovery, Georgieva said risks remained, especially if support was not maintained long enough.
    ďThere is still that danger that if support is not sustained until we have a durable exit from the health crisis, there could be a dangerous wave of bankruptcies and unemployment,Ē she said.
    In 2020, she said U.S. bankruptcies were lower than average in normal years due to fiscal support and it was important to continue to calibrate that support in 2021 while preparing carefully for the moment when some businesses did not survive "We want to see careful, well-calibrated policy action.    We are keen for policy support to be there,Ē she said, adding, ďGreat care is necessary so we donít find ourselves in a difficult situation
    Georgieva acknowledged concerns raised by former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers about a possible overheating of the U.S. economy, but said she was confident that new Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen would keep a careful eye on those risks.
    ďIndeed we have to be watchful of risks, but we have the best possible Secretary of the Treasury for this potential risk," she said, ďAnd Iím confident that there will be a lot of attention being paid on anticipating and, if necessary, taking appropriate action to address these risks
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by David Gregorio)

2/5/2021 U.S. Throws Support Behind Okonjo-Iweala To Lead The WTO
FILE PHOTO: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala poses outside a Nigerian diplomatic residence in Chambesy, near Geneva, Switzerland, September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Emma Farge/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The United States on Friday threw its support behind Nigeriaís Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to head the World Trade Organization after a South Korean rival withdrew.
    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative made the announcement on behalf of President Joe Bidenís administration. Okonjo-Iweala had faced opposition from former President Donald Trumpís administration.
(Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

2/6/2021 Oil up $0.79 to $57.10, DOW up 92 to 31,148.

2/6/2021 Rep. Biggs Warns Of Swelling National Debt As Democrats Push $2T In COVID Relief by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 13: Rep. Andy Biggs in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol
Hill December 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) is asking Americans to stand up with him for ďgood spendingĒ legislation.    He warned that the Democratsí COVID-19 relief bill could cripple the economy for future generations.
    In a video message on Twitter on Friday, Biggs noted the nation has a $30 trillion debt, yet Democrats are ignoring the problem.    He added the left is laying the groundwork for a relief package thatís really meant to buy off the American people.
    ďThis is a gimmick budget, this is a faux budget, this is a fake budget and this is a budget designed to let the committees come together and create a COVID package that will buy everybody off,Ē Biggs stated.    ďThatís what this is about
    Biggs urged people to join him in calling for more targeted spending, noting thereís still a lot of unspent money from past relief bills.    While he admitted all sides have contributed to the issue, he also said he wishes to be part of the solution.
    ďPeople say, well under Republicans when they had the majority they increased the deficit, the Democrats did too.    Itís true, both parties have a spending problem.    Under President Trump, we had more revenue than any time in the history of this country and we still did not keep up with our spending,Ē Biggs stated.    ďIím pleased to tell you that I and some of my colleagues advocate constantly to make spending more rational, more in line with what we bring in
    Biggs also noted members of the House Freedom Caucus have consistently voted against bloated budgets.

2/6/2021 White House Press Secretary Forgets Biden Signed Executive Order To Resume ĎCatch And Releaseí by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room
at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki appeared clueless while speaking to the press.    During a press briefing on Friday, Psaki was asked how the Biden administration is handling the surge of illegal immigrants crossing over the U.S.
    The reporter then asked if the migrants were being tested for coronavirus, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported they havenít been able to test every migrant that attempts to cross.
    This came as Joe Biden revived the controversial Ďcatch and releaseí policy after signing a record number of executive orders since taking office.
    ďAre you suggesting theyíre letting people in across the border without testing them? Psaki asked.    ďOr tell me a little bit more about what your question is
    The reporter explained that migrants are being released because of the executive order that Biden signed.    Psaki responded with, ďwhich executive, which one?Ē
    Psaki didnít answer but instead told the room to redirect their questions regarding the border to the Department of Homeland Security.

2/6/2021 Texas Rep. Lee Under Fire For Restrictive Gun Control Policies by OAN Newsroom
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    Republicans fear the removal of foundational rights as Democrats seized control of the House and Senate.    A recent bill proposed by Democrat Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) would mandate the registration of all guns to a national database maintained by the ATF.
Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, D-Texas, votes to approve the second article of impeachment as the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing
to vote on the two articles of impeachment against U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo by Patrick Semansky-Pool/Getty Images)
    The publicly-accessible list would contain serial numbers, owner names and gun locations.    Obtaining a license would require gun owners to undergo a psychological evaluation, which would include interviewing family members or associates to determine mental and emotional states.
    Applicants must also be at least 21, take 24 hours of training and pay $800 per firearm for ďliability insurance.Ē    Critics said the additional fees and requirements would restrict low-income Americans from owning guns.
    Under Leeís legislation, possessing an unregistered firearm would boast a minimum $75,000 fine and 15 year sentence.    Additionally, lending a firearm without letting the attorney general know would cost $50,000 and ten years in jail.
    Skeptics doubt the legislation would have its intended effect, pointing out most criminals already use unregistered weapons.    Some believe the gun registrar would actually be used to confiscate guns in the future.
    Overall, the proposed bill could disqualify many would-be gun owners and infringe upon Second Amendment rights.

2/6/2021 Mexican Drug Traffickers Caught Attempting To Smuggle $90M Worth Of Drugs Into U.S. by OAN Newsroom
A logo reading DEA Special Agent is pictured in the Office of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on
May 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
    Authorities took down two Mexican drug traffickers who attempted to smuggle more than $90 million worth of illegal drugs into the U.S.
    According to reports, U.S. prosecutors announced the arrests of Jose Gastelum-Torres and Alejandro Gastelum-Vega on Friday. The traffickers were taken into custody by the Mexican Navy after their boat was tracked moving through the Gulf of California.
    The suspects were found with more than two tons of methamphetamine and 100,000 fentanyl pills they intended to bring into the U.S. If convicted, the men face 10 years to life in prison.

2/6/2021 House Dems Mock Rep. Matt Gaetz Request To Have The Judiciary Committee Recite The Pledge Of Allegiance by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Matt Gaetz (D-FL) speaks during a House Judiciary Committee. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) defended his request to recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of House Judiciary sessions despite House Democratsí ridicule of the proposal.
    In an interview Friday, Gaetz said the leftís insults, which were caught on a hot mic, were disheartening.    He added that his proposal to start each session with the Pledge of Allegiance was simply an effort to ďunify the countryĒ and ďcelebrate patriotism
    Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler shut down Gaetzís request and said it was unnecessary to have the House recite the Pledge more than once a day.    However, Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) threw his support behind Gaetz.
    Owens added that it was ďpretty pathetic, not a single Democrat representative could be bothered to show 15 seconds of unity and patriotism
    ďOne simple action as leaders,Ē Owens said. ďLetís stand and pledge our flag and say Ďthank you for the opportunity to work for the people we sit here to representí and then we will be an example for what unity looks like. Not just a word, weíll act
    Gaetz doubled down despite the House Democratsí negative response.    He stated that he still believes the pledge would ďbe a nice gesture before the committee debates some admittedly divisive issues

2/6/2021 White House: Hunter Biden Still ĎUnwindingí Ties With Chinese Firm by OAN Newsroom
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    The White House addressed Hunter Bidenísí investment in a Chinese firm.    On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Hunter is working to unwind his connections with Chinese equity company BHR Partners.
    Reports indicated Hunter is the sole owner of a limited liability corporation that reportedly holds a 10 percent stake in the BHR Partners firm.    However, Psaki told reporters Hunter is a private citizen despite Joe Bidenís promise that no one in his family would have foreign business ties during his presidency.
    ďHe has been working to unwind his investment, but I would certainly point to you that he is a private citizen,Ē Psaki stated.    ďI would point you to him or his lawyers on the outside on any update
    This news came amid an ongoing federal investigation into Hunterís finances.    Authorities are reportedly looking into his business dealings with China, but have not provided any recent updates on the case.

2/6/2021 Chicago Teachers Union Rejects Mayor Lightfootís Offer To Reopen Schools by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Ė APRIL 16: Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at Wrigley Field on April 16, 2020 in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
    The Chicago Teachers Union rejected city leadersí final offer to safely re-open schools. According to reports Friday, CTU dismissed Mayor Lori Lightfoots offer.
    She said their demands for vaccinating teachers have not been met.    Lightfoot reportedly committed to vaccinating 1,500 employees each week, but CTU members are now demanding 20,000 vaccines.    The Democrat took to Twitter Friday night and accused the union of making unreasonable demands.
    ďWe have no time to waste to get the most vulnerable people vaccinated,Ē Lightfoot said.    ďWe will never put you at the back of the line especially now that the CDC assures us that schools can reopen safely prior to the full vaccination of staff
    Union teachers have refused to report to school since the district re-opened for in-person learning on January 25.    Lightfoot threatened if teachers are not in school on Monday, they will be locked out of their online teaching classes.

2/6/2021 Wis., Iowa Take Opposite Approaches To Coronavirus Measures by OAN Newsroom
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers awaits to address the news conference, on August 27, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) came under fire for reissuing a statewide mask order.    The Democrat issued the mandate on Thursday, which defied the stateís Republican-controlled Legislatureís vote to repeal his previous order that required face coverings in public places.
    The Wisconsin State Assembly released a statement, which said Evers had abused his limited authority for far too long by ďrepeatedly issuing unlawful orders.Ē    Evers responded and said his first priority is keeping people safe.
    ďWe know that wearing face coverings can save lives and prevent death,Ē Eves stated.    ďWe know itís supported by science and the CDC
    Sen. Steve Nass (R-Wis.) drafted another resolution to repeal the latest mandate. He also considered asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take emergency action.
    In the meantime, Iowaís Republican governor issued a new public health proclamation as the state rolled back its coronavirus restrictions.    In a statement released on Friday, Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) announced residents in the Hawkeye State will no longer be required to wear a face mask while indoors in a public space.
    Additionally, the new proclamation also removed restrictions on businesses as well as social gathering limits.    Residents are ďstrongly encouragedĒ to take reasonable measures to follow hygiene practices. The new measures are set to go into effect Sunday.

2/7/2021 Kentucky surpasses 4,000 virus fatalities - ĎThis is a trend we have to stop,í Beshear says by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    The deadly milestones in the coronavirus pandemic are coming faster and faster in Kentucky.
    Forty-nine more COVID-19-related deaths were reported Saturday, raising the commonwealthís total since the start of the pandemic to 4,020, according to Gov. Andy.
    ďDespite cases falling, we are still losing our people at an alarming rate,Ē Beshear said in a tweet Saturday.    ďThis is why we mask up and follow the guidance.    We must protect against the loss of those we love
    Just 23 days have passed since Kentucky recorded its 3,000th coronavirus death, demonstrating the startling acceleration of the disease.
    It took Kentucky six months to reach 1,000 deaths in September.    Three months later, the commonwealth reached 2,000 fatalities linked to the virus. Six weeks later, the death toll passed 3,000.
    And now, just over three weeks later, the commonwealth has recorded another thousand.
    The rapid uptick was aided by a January that was the stateís worst month for deaths since the start of the pandemic, which health officials attributed to a spike in cases following the holidays.
    The number of Kentuckians who have died from COVID-19 complications is greater than the individual populations of 395 Kentucky towns, including Crescent Springs, Grayson, Southgate, Williamstown and Crittenden.
    It is also more who have died of COVID- 19 than the combined number of Kentuckians lost in the Vietnam and Korean wars.
    ďThis is a trend we have to stop.    We certainly need to slow it down,Ē Beshear said during his coronavirus briefing Thursday, when he reported 58 more deaths.
    While death counts remain high, a lower percentage of them are in long-term care residents, a sign that vaccination prioritization is working, the governor said.
    Long-term care residents and health care workers were among the first Kentuckians to be vaccinated when distribution began in December.
    However, less than half of staff members at the commonwealthís long-term care facilities have been vaccinated for COVID-19, in part because many refused, The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
    At the end of the first week of February, 431,946 Kentuckians have received at least their first vaccine dose ó making just under 10% of the population inoculated against the deadly virus.
    Meanwhile, case totals have decreased in recent weeks, a hopeful indication that lower death counts are ahead.    There were 1,998 new positive cases reported Saturday, bringing the statewide total to 376,262 cases since the start of the pandemic.
    ďDespite cases falling, we are still losing our people at an alarming rate.Ē Gov. Andy Beshear in a tweet.
    The positivity rate also is on a downward trend, decreasing again Saturday to 8.07%, the lowest itís been since Dec. 28.
    There were 1,294 Kentuckians hospitalized Saturday, including 318 in an intensive care unit and 164 on a ventilator.
    Indiana reported 2,885 new cases Saturday and 67 additional deaths, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 637,987 cases and 11,346 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmac austin.
[He has not reported anything for the last two days so now Beshear is trying to use the past to continue his its still bad or worse routine so the best I can assume from above is we have had Thursday 58 deaths, Friday 0 deaths, Saturday 49 deaths, so the total is for 3 days is 107 deaths / 1,998 cases by Saturday = 0.05% mortality rate since there are less cases and average of 35 deaths per day which has been the average for months stop your hype and open everything up.].

2/7/2021 Trump Administration Anti-Trafficking Office Had ĎIncredible Impactí by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH Ė JULY 21: President Trump gave two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the
Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    The founder of a non-profit praised the Trump administrationís endeavors against human trafficking.    In an interview on Friday, SHAREtogether founder Jaco Booyens said President Trumpís anti-trafficking office had an ďincredible impact
    Booyens remarked that no former president had ever created an office to specifically combat sex trafficking.    He credited the ďtremendous rise in apprehensionĒ and ďrescue of victimsĒ by police to President Trumpís appropriation of funds and task forces.
    Booyens argued work against trafficking is so important as children are our future.
    ďThereís major foul play, and unfortunately the ticket of trade is our childy ren, Iíll go as far, itís our future.    Cause they are our future,Ē Booyens stated.    ďI mean why are we doing what weíre doing?    You, me, itís for our kids, itís for America
    Booyens said itís unclear whether the strong support for law enforcement against human trafficking will continue under the Biden administration.

2/7/2021 Trump Legal Team Prepares For Impending Senate Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Trump defense team is looking to fight fire with fire in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.
    ďEveryone here knows that he did not cause this attack on the Capitol, nor did I, nor did any Republican,Ē Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) stated.    ďBut the responsibility falls squarely on those that invaded the Capitol, the ones that planned it ahead of time
    President Trump is getting support from his former advisors, attorneys, lawmakers and Americans.    Former Trump advisor Peter Navarro said the impeachment defense team should focus their arguments on election integrity.
    In an interview on Friday, Navarro claimed the impeachment is a ďpolitical trialĒ and must be challenged on political grounds. He noted this can be done by presenting reports on election integrity before the Senate in order to prove foul play in the 2020 election.
    Navarro went on to say Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) should represent the former president.    Gaetz volunteered to stand up in defense of President Trump, even if it meant giving up his seat in the lower chamber.
    ďIf the president called me and wanted me to go defend him on the floor of the Senate, that would be the top priority in my life,Ē Gaetz stated.
    Bruce Castor, President Trumpís defense attorney, said heíll showcase Democratsí rhetoric during the Antifa and BLM riots over the summer.    Castor claimed Democrats cheered demonstrators on while they burned down buildings and assaulted federal agents.
    Castor and attorney David Schoen will drive home the unconstitutionality of trying a president after he left office.
    Senators are expected to begin impeachment trial proceedings on February 9.

2/7/2021 U.S. Steps Up Vaccination Efforts As States Try To Meet Demand by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS Ė DECEMBER 17: A nurse showed a container of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine after it was used to vaccinate the
first five staff members at Roseland Community Hospital on December 17, 2020 in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    The U.S. is ramping up COVID-19 vaccination efforts across the country in an effort to build up immunity in Americans.    This week, the Pentagon announced it is deploying over 1,100 active-duty troops to assist with efforts, a number expected to rise in the coming weeks.
    The department said the service members will be separated into five teams, each will include doctors, nurses and clinical staff.
    ďThe militaryís critical role in supporting sites will help vaccinate thousands of people per day and ensure that every American who wants a vaccine will receive one,Ē White House senior advisor for COVID response Andy Slavitt said.
    The troops are expected to be in place by February 15, with a goal of administering over 450,000 vaccinations a day.
    Nearly seven million Americans have already received their full two dose vaccine from Moderna or Pfizer, translating to roughly only two percent of the U.S. population.    In order to reach herd immunity, 70 to 85 percent of Americans would need to be vaccinated.
    Texas is expected to receive over 400,000 more doses of the vaccine next week, though state officials are calling for at least one million doses per-week in order to keep up with demand.
    The Texas Health Department is continuing to prioritize people 65 and older as they remain in the high risk category.    However, the Lone Star State is currently working through challenges of using all their doses before they expire.
    ďRight now weíve got a situation thatís not working very well, itís a situation filled with lots of growing pains,Ē University of Texas Professor Don Kettl said.    ďItís a matter of making sure that the vaccine that we have gets into peoplesí arms, and right now there are too many doses that are sitting around, that arenít at this point getting into peoplesí arms fast enough
    In New York, about 70 percent of front line health workers have been vaccinated.    With this news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) said vaccinations will become available to people with underlying health conditions on February 15, regardless of their age.
    Some small businesses are hoping they could be next in line as more vaccines become available.
    ďOn the one hand, it would have been nice to, to have been considered earlier forward.    But on the other hand, I recognize the reality that you want to protect the most vulnerable first,Ē Jake Dell, Katzís Delicatessen owner said.    ďI think that the announcement from Gov. Cuomo acknowledges some of what weíve been dealing with and all along
    The troops sent out by the Pentagon will first make their way to California.    Service members will begin to staff more sites across the country in the coming weeks.
    In the meantime, more vaccines could be on the way to Americans as Johnson and Johnson recently announced it is seeking emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its own vaccine candidate.
    The decision could help get more critical doses to states as the U.S. continues to downsize the number of cases.

2/7/2021 115 Inmates Take Over Section Of St. Louis, Mo. Jail by OAN Newsroom
The Santa Barbara County Detention and Correctional Facility is seen on June 12, 2005 in Santa Barbara, Calif. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
    More than 100 inmates took over a section of a Saint Louis jail, setting fires and throwing objects from broken windows.
    Dozens of inmates escaped from their cells at the City Justice Center in downtown Saint Louis around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, evading capture until their group rose to as many as 115 prisoners.
    Officials described them as ďextremely violent and noncompliant,Ē prompting authorities to use tear gas to regain control.
    The uprising also led to a brief standoff between inmates and police.    Jimmie Edwards, the cityís Public Safety Director said the situation was under control around 10 a.m.
    ďThere was a defiant inmate or defiant detainee who was very very upset,Ē Edwards stated.    ďThat detainee got into a scuffle with our correction officer who was then jumped by others that were detained inside
    The unidentified male officer suffered and rushed to the hospital following the incident, but officials said he has since been released and is doing well.    Officials added the group chanted and held signs as they took over the fourth floor.    They said inmates began to throw chairs and other items out of broken windows after setting fire to multiple sections of the facility.
    Inmates also flooded the floors by clogging several toilets and drains.    Though it has not yet been determined, officials described the cost of damage as ďfairly extensive
    According to Edwards, even though the automated PA system in the facility would indicate the cells are locked, they are in fact not, giving other detainees an easy means to escape.
    Officials noted the incident was not any sort of hostage situation, and once officers entered to break up the incident and gain control, all of the inmates complied.
    ďWe know exactly the people that were involved, we know the people that set the fires,Ē Edwards said.    ďWe have lots of surveillance, and weíre gonna be able to take a look at that.    This was a bunch of folk that were defiant.    This was a bunch of people that decided that they were going to engage in criminal mayhem, and thatís exactly what they did and they should be held accountable for what they did
    The incident is the third disturbance to occur at the center since late December.    Officials said around 65 inmates have since been transferred.
    Law enforcement is also in talks with the prosecutorís office as some of the inmates involved could face additional charges.

2/7/2021 Biden Backtracks On Several Campaign Issues by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 5, 2021 file photo, Joe Biden spoke about the economy in the State Dinning Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Joe Biden is already putting the brakes on several campaign promises, including some he claimed were vital to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    On Friday, Biden suggested his push to include raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would not make it into his nearly $2 trillion coronavirus bill.    This came after senators from both sides of the aisle voted to halt rising the minimum wage during the pandemic amid the 15 hour vote-a-rama, which ended on Friday.
    However, Biden attempted to salvage his support from working class Americans by saying he will fight to increase the minimum wage from $7.25.
    ďLook, no one should work 40 hours a week and live below the poverty wage,Ē Biden stated.    ďIf youíre making less than $15 an hour, youíre living below the poverty wage
    However, when a reporter asked, ďbut that may not be in your American Rescue Plan?Ē Biden responded with, ďno. I put it in, but I donít think itís gonna survive
    Late last month, Biden announced his ambitious plans to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all Americans by springtime.    The next day, White House press secretary     Jen Psaki reversed course, claiming medical experts could sing a different tune in the coming months.
    ďEverybody wonít be eligible this spring,Ē Psaki said.    ďAs you all know, even as the CDC continues to provide updated guidance.    But he would certainly defer to health and medical health experts, and obviously the guidance of Dr. Fauci, on when we may be at the pace of reaching herd immunity
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke with reporters in the James Brady Press
Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Biden is rolling back his message to unite Americans by bypassing Republican opposition to pass his coronavirus bill.    He is overseeing a political arena where both     Democrat controlled chambers of Congress are gearing up to pass the bill by just a simple majority, even as Republicans in the upper chamber extended their hand across the aisle, hoping to reach a bipartisan compromise.
    ďFirst of all, the president ran on unifying the country and putting forward ideas that would help address the crises weíre facing,Ē Psaki stated.    ďHe didnít run on a promise to unite the Democratic and Republican Party into one party in Washington
    In the meantime, Biden and top Democrat lawmakers are expecting to hash out the final details of Bidenís coronavirus package as early as Monday.    They are eyeing a two week deadline to get a final vote on the bill.

2/7/2021 Wash. State Rep. Introduces Bill To Ban Public Schools From Having Native American Mascots by OAN Newsroom
SEATTLE, WA Ė MAY 06: School buses sat idle in a bus yard on May 6, 2020 in Seattle, Wash. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
    A Washington state lawmaker introduced legislation to ban public schools from having Native American mascots, logos or team names.
    State House Rep. Debra Lekanoff (D-Wash.) introduced the bill on Friday, which if signed into law would require dozens of schools in the state to update their mascot.
    The legislation contended the use of indigenous mascots ďfails to respect Native American cultural heritage.Ē Lekanoff said the measure is about healing and respect for Native American communities.
    ďItís that time of feeling, itís that time of a long due respect that should be provided to the Washington tribes, and this bill just opens up that door to say, those 30 schools who still exist, that still carry these Native American mascot names, itís time for you to recognize that thereís a process and that is to consult with your neighbors next door, to engage with them,Ē Lekanoff stated.
    If passed by the state Legislature, the legislation would go into effect in 2022.

2/7/2021 Donald Trump Jr. Outlines Future Of MAGA Movement by OAN Newsroom
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD Ė FEBRUARY 28: Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, spoke on stage during the Conservative Political Action
Conference 2020 (CPAC) hosted by the American Conservative Union on February 28, 2020 in National Harbor, MD. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    President Trumpís oldest son, Donald Trump Jr. highlighted what is next for his family and the MAGA movement.    On Friday, Trump Jr. posted a video to Telegram of his father saying ďwe havenít finished yet
    Trump Jr. added on to that, saying plans for the future have been brewing for a while.    He said everyoneís hard work during the last four years did not go to waste, assuring he is going to stay engaged and make sure candidates who really represent the people get elected in the future.
    ďWeíre going to fight to elect people who really represent the people.    The people like you, who have gone through so much.    So I know my father is going to be in that fight, heís going to keep going,Ē Trump Jr. stated.    ďI know weíre up against a lot, we always have been.    You know, the media thatís so stacked against us, they put up a study from NYU, one of the most liberal universities probably anywhere on the planet that said thereís no conservative bias in media or otherwise
    A former Trump advisor confirmed President Trump is expected to be involved in the 2022 midterm elections to help Republicans win back the majority in Congress.

2/7/2021 Secy. Yellen Dismissed Concerns Of Double-Digit Inflation by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė NOVEMBER 04: Janet Yellen testified before the House Finance Committee in the Rayburn House
Office Building November 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    In an interview on Sunday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dismissed the warnings that U.S. inflation could spike out of control if Joe Bidenís $1.9 trillion stimulus bill goes into effect.
    This came after economists pointed out a broad fiscal stimulus combined with the federal reserveís ultra-low interest rates may lead to asset bubbles and double-digit inflation.
    Yellen claimed the benefits of short-term relief outweighed the long-term structural risks to economic stability.
    ďMy predecessor, you know, has indicated that thereís a chance this will cause inflation to rise, and thatís also a risk we have to consider,Ē Yellen stated.    ďIíve spent many years studying inflation and worrying about inflation, and I can tell you we have the tools to face that risk if it materializes
    Yellen also said the Biden Cabinet is planning to enforce the stimulus package regardless of inflation risks or the opposition by Republicans.

2/7/2021 GOP Sen. Wicker Blasts Second Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss), spoke on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (Caroline Brehman/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) denounced the impeachment push against President Trump. In an interview on Sunday, Wicker blasted the upcoming impeachment trial, calling it a ďmeaningless messaging partisan exercise
    Wicker, like many GOP senators, have also questioned the constitutionality of the trial.
    The senator also pointed out Joe Biden could have helped unite the country by asking Democrats not to pursue impeachment.    Now that they are, Wicker is making it clear that he does not believe President Trump should be convicted.
    ďIf being held accountable means being impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate, the answer to that is no,Ē Wicker stated.
    Wicker was one of the 45 GOP senators who voted against holding an impeachment trial, in an indication President Trump will likely not be convicted.

2/8/2021 Kentucky: COVID cases drop for fourth straight week by Mary Ramsey Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky has reported a fourth straight week of declining COVID-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic began, but the number of deaths reported remains high.
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced 1,532 new cases Sunday and 31 additional coronavirus-related deaths.    Kentuckyís positivity rate continued to drop Sunday, falling below 8% to 7.97%.
    Kentucky reported its 4,000 pandemic death Saturday, just 23 days after recording the 3,000 death, and the state has now seen 4,051 total deaths and 377,790 total cases.
    As of Sunday, 1,235 people were hospitalized in the commonwealth due to the coronavirus, with 290 in intensive care units and 140 on ventilators.
    More than 44,900 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Kentucky.
    On the vaccine front, 442,858 Kentuckians have been vaccinated so far, according to the stateís tracker.
    Indiana reported 1,764 new COVID-19 cases and 55 coronavirus-related deaths Sunday, bringing the stateís totals to 639,711 cases and 11,401 deaths since the pandemic began.
[31 deaths / 1,532 cases = 0.02% mortality rate it dropped from 5% in one day to 2% due to less cases as well as positivity rate and we are still not sure if all these deaths are from coronavirus.].

2/8/2021 ĎLou Dobbs Tonightí canceled by Fox network day after suit by Maria Puente and Bill Keveney, USA TODAY
    Fox Business Network viewers may have seen the last of conservative talk host Lou Dobbs after the cable network canceled his show, ďLou Dobbs Tonight,Ē on Friday.
    It would be an unceremonious ending for Dobbs, 75, one of Fox Business Networkís highest-profiĀle personalities and one of the strongest supporters of former President Donald Trump in cable news.
    The cancellation comes one day after Fox News and three of its hosts, Dobbs, Maria Bartiromo and Jeanine Pirro, were sued for $2.7 billion by a voting-technology company that claims they conspired to spread false claims that the company helped ďstealĒ the presidential election.
    Fox News Media issued a statement that made no mention of the lawsuit by the company, Smartmatic USA, referencing instead an October announcement that program changes were in the offićng after the election.
    ďAs we said in October, Fox News Media regularly considers programming changes and plans have been in place to launch new formats as appropriate post-election, including on Fox Business Ė this is part of those planned changes.    A new 5 p.m. program will be announced in the near future,Ē the statement said.
    Last month, Fox News added an hour of opinion programming at 7 p.m. EST, shifting Martha MacCallumís show to 3 p.m. EST, a time when fewer people are watching.    Foxís 8-11 p.m.
    EST prime-time lineup of opinion personalities attracts its strongest ratings.
    For this week, Dobbsí 5 p.m. EST time slot, which will be renamed ďFox Business TonightĒ in the interim, will be fiĀlled by substitute hosts Jackie DeAngelis on Monday and Tuesday and David Asman on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.    It will repeat at 7 p.m. EST, as Dobbsí show did.
    Dobbs remains under contract at Fox News, but he likely will not be seen on any of the companyís networks again, according to the Los Angeles Times.
    Dobbsí last appearance on his Fox Business Network show was Thursday.    He made no mention of the Smartmatic USA lawsuit that was fiĀled earlier in the day.
    Fox News Media, in a statement Thursday on behalf of the network and its hosts, rejected the accusations in the lawsuit, saying it stands by its 2020 election coverage and will ďdefend this meritless lawsuit in court
    Smartmaticís participation in the 2020 election was restricted to Los Angeles County, which votes heavily Democratic.    But Fox aired at least 13 reports falsely stating or implying the company had stolen the national 2020 vote in cahoots with Venezuelaís socialist government, according to the complaint.
    The company says the hosts perpetuated lies and disinformation that damaged Smartmaticís business and reputation.    In December, Smartmatic sent a letter threatening legal action to Fox and two other networks popular with Trump supporters, Newsmax and One America News Network.
    In December, a nearly two-minute taped fact-checking segment aired on Dobbsís show and on Fox News Channel shows hosted by Bartiromo and Pirro.    The segment featured     Eddie Perez, a voting technology expert at the nonpartisan Open Source Election Technology Institute.
    ďI have not seen any evidence that Smartmatic software was used to delete, change or alter anything related to vote tabulations,Ē Perez said in the segment.
    Dobbs, who has been at Fox since 2011, has long been one of the networkís most pro-Trump on-air champion, especially of his economic and immigration policies.    His provocative views on immigrants helped lead to his departure in 2009 from CNN, where he was an award-winning pioneer in TV business news.
    In the weeks after the election, Dobbs repeatedly attacked the Republicans for not doing enough to support Trumpís claims that the election was rigged in favor of Biden.
Lou Dobbs remains under contract and is one of Fox Newsí highest-profiĀle personalities but likely wonít appear on air again. JEFFERSON GRAHAM/USA TODAY

2/8/2021 Haiti Government Denounces Plot To Oust President, Arrests Over 20
FILE PHOTO: The Haitian flag is seen next to the statue of a lion at the Court of Cassation (Supreme Court)
in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 5, 2020. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo
    PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) Ė Haitian authorities on Sunday arrested nearly two dozen people, including a Supreme Court judge, for their role in an alleged plot to oust President Jovenel Moise that has exacerbated political tensions in the troubled Caribbean country.
    Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe told a news conference at his private residence that a senior police official was also among the 23 people detained with money, guns and ammunition.
    ďThese people had contacted national palace security officials, high-ranking officers of the national palace whose mission was to arrest the president Ö and also to facilitate the installation of a new president,Ē Jouthe said, speaking alongside the minister of justice and the chief of police.
    President Moise, speaking later at the Port-Au-Prince airport on his way to launch the annual carnival in the coastal town of Jacmel, said the plottersí aim was to make an ďattempt on my life.Ē
    The arrests come after leading opposition figures this week announced a plan to replace Moise with a new head of state, accusing the president of being authoritarian and presiding over economic chaos in the Western hemisphereís poorest country.
    Earlier on Sunday, anti-government demonstrators in Port-Au-Prince clashed with police, who responded with tear gas.    There were also street protests against Moise in some other towns.
    The opposition plan called for members of civil society and opposition leaders to pick a new president from one of the sitting Supreme Court judges, instead of waiting for general elections scheduled for September.
    Moise, who has ruled by decree since mid-January, has stated he would hand over power to the winner of the elections but would not step down until his term expires in 2022.
    The U.S. government on Friday urged talks to resolve the crisis while underlining ďa new elected president should succeed President Moise when his term ends on February 2nd, 2022
    Moise has also put in place plans to hold a referendum on amending the constitution in April, with the opposition voicing concerns the vote will not be free or fair and could give Moise too much power.
    Haiti has been badly hit by a crippling economic crisis made worse by the coronavirus pandemic.
    The country has also been paralyzed over the past year by a spike in kidnappings and a sharp rise in overall crime, which has weighed on the economy and dealt a huge blow to the quality of life for ordinary people.
(Reporting by Andre Paultre; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Bill Berkrot, Daniel Wallis and Diane Craft)

2/8/2021 Arauz Wins First Round Of Ecuador Vote, Runner-Up Too Close To Call by Alexandra Valencia and Brian Ellsworth
A soldier carries cardboard for ballot boxes at a polling station ahead of Ecuador's presidential election on February 7,
in Quito, February 6, 2021. The writing on the cardboard reads "The vote is secret." REUTERS/Johanna Alarcon
    QUITO (Reuters) Ė Ecuadorean economist Andres Arauz on Sunday won a first round victory in the countryís presidential election, moving the Andean nation a step closer to socialism following years of austerity measures made more painful by the pandemic.
    The 36-year-old protege of former president Rafael Correa advances to an April 11 run-off, but it was still too close to call whether he would face environmental activist Yaku Perez or conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.
    The surprisingly strong showing by Perez, whose is running on a platform of banning industrial mining, shakes up an election that has so far been defined by dueling ideologies of social welfare versus free markets.
    National Electoral Council Diana Atamaint said the quick count showed Arauz with 31.5% of the vote, Perez with 20.04% and Lasso with 19.97%.    The count was based on some 2,400 poll statements from a representative sample of voting centers.
    But the councilís web-site as of 10 p.m. EST showed that it had only processed around 17% of the votes.
    Shortly after the announcement, Perez told reporters that he had won enough votes to enter the second round, and said he was holding a vigil outside the election councilís headquarters in Quito to prevent vote manipulation.
    ďWeíve come with a plan to hold a vigil, in an active and respectful manner, but to defend the will of the vast majority of Ecuadoreans who see hope for a change,Ē said Perez.
    Lasso led a celebratory rally from the countryís biggest city, Guayaquil, where supporters shouted ďSecond roundĒ and ďLasso president
    ďWhen we see 100% of the poll statements reviewed, it will be reconfirmed that we are in the second round,Ē Lasso said.
    President Lenin Moreno, a former Correa ally, drove a pro-market agenda in hopes of reviving a sluggish and heavily indebted economy.    His efforts sparked an angry backlash, with a proposed fuel hike leading to violent street protests in 2019.
    Moreno, who took office in 2017, did not seek a second term.
    To avoid the April 11 runoff, Arauz needed more than 50% of valid votes, or 40% total with 10 percentage points more than the runner-up.
    A brutal coronavirus outbreak last year left bodies uncollected on the streets of Guayaquil.
    Lockdowns around the world slashed fuel demand and prices for oil, Ecuadorís main export, battering an economy also reeling from sharp cuts to government spending.
(Reporting by Alexandra Valencia and Brian Ellsworth; Additional reporting by Yury Garcia in Guayaquil; Writing by Brian Ellsworth; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Peter Cooney and Raju Gopalakrishnan)

2/8/2021 Biden Administration Moves To Rejoin U.N. Human Rights Council
FILE PHOTO: Overview of the United Nations Human Rights Council is seen in Geneva, Switzerland June 6, 2017. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Joe Bidenís administration will reengage with the United Nations Human Rights Council, three years after former President Donald Trump withdrew over what his administration called bias against Israel and a lack of reform.
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken will announce on Monday that the United States will return to the Geneva-based council as an observer, a senior State Department official said on Sunday.
    ďWe intend to do so knowing that the most effective way to reform and improve the Council is to engage with it in a principled fashion,Ē the official said.
    ďWe know that the Council has the potential to be an important forum for those fighting tyranny and injustice around the world.    By being present at the table, we seek to reform it and ensure it can live up to that potential,Ē the official said.
    The plan was first reported by the Associated Press.
    Trump, a Republican whose ďAmerica FirstĒ agenda contributed to his decisions to withdraw from multiple international organizations and agreements, quit the Human Rights Council in 2018 Ė halfway through its three year term Ė over what it called chronic bias against Israel and a lack of reform.
    The 193-member U.N. General Assembly is due to elect new members to the council later this year.    Members are elected for three years and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms.    Candidates are elected by secret ballot in geographical groups to ensure even representation.
    The next session of the 47-member Geneva-based council is due to start later this month.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; writing by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Diane Craft)

2/8/2021 Protests Erupt In Chilean Lakeside Resort After Street Performer Shot By Police
A public building burns during a protest after a police officer shot dead a street juggler
in broad daylight in Panguipulli, Chile, February 5, 2021. REUTERS/Andres Quezada
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) Ė Protests erupted in a popular lakeside resort in southern Chile after a policeman shot and killed a street performer in the normally sleepy village, prompting the government of President Sebastian Pinera to call an emergency meeting on Saturday.
    Arsonists attacked several public buildings in Panguipulli late on Friday including the municipal headquarters, which was still smoldering early on Saturday.    Protesters also set burning barricades and threw rocks at the police station, according to official and local media reports.
    Wider protests since late 2019 have put the countryís Carabinero police force under intense scrutiny, with local and international watchdog groups alleging excessive use of force and human rights violations.
    Chilean police have detained the officer involved in the shooting while it is investigated, according to officials, who said the protests had slowed the evidence-gathering process.
    Interior Minister Rodrigo Delgado, who convened his staff on Saturday to discuss the events, condemned the arson and promised justice would be served in the shooting.
    Panguipulli is best known for its nearby hot springs, glacier-fed lakes and volcanoes.
(Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

2/8/2021 GOP Reps. Introduce ĎOMAR Actí To Crackdown On Lawmakers Who Channel Campaign Funds To Spouses by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., center, accompanied by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, and Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C.,
left, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has inspired new legislation after federal reports claim she funneled campaign money to her husband.    GOP lawmakers are now trying to crackdown on members of Congress who funnel campaign funds to their spouses.
    Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) recently introduced the Oversight for Members and Relatives Act or OMAR Act.    The lawmakers claimed members of both parties launder money to their spouses by hiring them onto their campaigns.    They believe the practice is inappropriate for people running for public office and contributes to the erosion of public trust in our government.
    ďYou cross the line into the ethical and legal if there is improper use of campaign funds,Ē stated Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy.    "The question is going to be whether the consultant was conducting normal, documented work at a market rate
    The acronym suggests the bill is aimed at Democrat Rep. Omar who has come under fire for hiring her husbandís consulting firm the E Street Group.    Reports from he Federal Election Committee showed her campaign paid the E Street Group nearly $3 million during the 2020 election cycle.
    This reportedly contributed to nearly 80 percent of the consulting firmís income that year.    Omar claims to have been in contact with top FEC lawyers during the election cycle who assured her she was not doing anything illegal.
    Republicans have been setting their sights on Omar for much of her tenure in Congress over her alleged anti-Semitic comments towards Israel.    Last week, a group of Republicans in the House attempted to garner support for stripping Omar of her committee assignments, which is a similar action Democrats took towards Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)
    Meanwhile, both Democrats and Republicans have come together on the issue of channeling campaign funds to spouses.    They believe correcting the practice could promote greater transparency in election finance and clean up the culture of corruption.

2/8/2021 Sen. Graham Warns Against Changing Trump-Era Foreign Polices by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., walks to the Senate chamber, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the Biden administration should review the foreign policies enacted by the Trump administration and ďkeep them in place if they make sense
    During a recent interview, Graham encouraged Biden to slow down and warned him that reversing all of the Trump administrationís foreign affairs policies would be detrimental to the nation.
    ďI would caution President BidenÖbecause Trump did it doesnít mean itís wrong,Ē stated the senator.    ďSo I would slow down if I were President Biden, and reevaluate some of these Trump policies and keep them in place if they make sense
    This comes as Biden recently announced he would pull out of the Yemen war, which is a conflict the Trump White House had heavily invested into in support of the Saudi-led coalition against the Iran-linked rebels.
    In regard to Afghanistan, Graham said he supports what the Biden administration is planning to do where troops remain based off necessity. However, he warned Biden against lifting sanctions on Iran.
    ďI think Iran is weaker today than theyíve been since the regime was started about 40 years ago,Ē said the senator.    ďSo, if I were President Biden, I would keep the sanctions on until Iran changed its behavior.    I would not want to go into an old deal with Iran because theyíve been up to no good for too long
    President Trump notably withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation.
    The Trump administration also helped broker the historic Abraham Accords, a treaty which normalized relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
    During his first weeks in office, Biden signed a slew of executive orders in an attempt to directly undo the prior administrationís legacy.    Many GOP lawmakers anticipate these actions will turn out badly for the nation.

2/8/2021 GOP Senators Slam Impeachment Trial As Partisan, Unconstitutional by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., leaves the chamber after taking an oath and voting on how to proceed on the impeachment against
President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Republicans are slamming the impeachment trial against President Trump as an unconstitutional, partisan power play.
    Over the weekend, multiple Republican senators cast significant doubt over Democrat efforts to convict the 45th president over allegations that he incited violence during the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
    In an interview Sunday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), who will be a juror in the impeachment trial Tuesday, said he thinks an actual conviction is highly unlikely.
    ďI think itís very unlikely, I mean, you did have 45 Republican senators vote to suggest they didnít think it was appropriate to conduct a trial, so you can infer how likely it is those votes will vote to convict,Ē he stated.
    In an interview Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) took a harsher stance on the matter by framing this impeachment as an attack on free speech.    He said if a president can be convicted for telling people to fight for their liberties then lawmakers like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) should be charged as well.
    His comments are referring to an incident back in March of 2020, where Schumer appeared to threaten two Supreme Court justices.
    ďI want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind and you will pay the price,Ē the New York Democrat previously stated.    ďYou wonít know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., speaks during a confirmation hearing for Secretary of Veterans Affairs nominee Denis McDonough before
the Senate Committee on Veteransí Affairs on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    On Sunday, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) also weighed in on the impeachment process in an interview with NBC.    He took aim at the House over its lack of due process or trial before voting to impeach the president.    The senator noted it seemed like more of a spit-second decision than a measured process.
    ďLetís face it, the House did an incredibly poor job of building their case before the impeachment vote,Ē Cassidy stated.    ďThe President wasnít there, he wasnít allowed council, they didnít have mass evidenceÖin five hours they kind of judged and Ďboomí heís impeached
    The impeachment trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

2/8/2021 Biden Wonít Lift Iran Sanctions Until They Stop Uranium Enrichment, Still Wants To Rejoin Deal by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks in the State
Dining Room of the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    Joe Biden said the U.S. will not lift Trump-era sanctions on Iran until it stops enriching uranium.    He confirmed that in an interview with CBS on Sunday.
    Back in 2018, President Trump pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal and imposed strict economic sanctions on the regime.    He argued the Ayatollah regime was not following through on the deal to discontinue its nuclear weapons program and a better agreement needed to be reached.
    Despite this, the Biden administration has signaled it wants to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal. Meanwhile, Iranian leadership has claimed itís     ďAmericaís responsibilityĒ to lift sanctions before Iran will resume compliance with the nuclear agreement.    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made those remarks during a Sunday interview.
    Although Iran acknowledges it broke some of the agreementís terms following U.S. withdrawal under President Trump, it maintains the U.S. is responsible for the dealís failure. In an echo of previous ultimatums issued by other top Iranian officials, Zarif took a hard-line stance by asserting itís the U.S. who must make concessions to reestablish the agreement.
    ďWe do not buy the horse twice, you put yourselves in our shoes,Ē stated the foreign minister.    ďYou agreed to a deal, you agreed to give and take, you agreed to sacrifice certain demands that you had because you agreed not to deal with certain issues
    The controversy comes amid growing pressure on Biden to declare whether he will seek to rejoin the deal despite reports indicating Iran continues to enrich material that could be used in production of nuclear weapons.    Critics of the deal have said its terms did not do enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear capabilities and sanctions should be renewed.
FILE Ė In this Dec. 16, 2020 file photo, by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with
the family of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Baghdad in early 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
    Amid the emerging stalemate over the nuclear deal, Iranís supreme leader issued an ultimatum to the Biden administration.    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took to Twitter on Sunday to condemn the U.S. for not lifting sanctions on Iran in order to resume denuclearization talks.
    Khamenei claimed the enactment of sanctions on Iran under President Trump signals the decline of American power, adding ďthe post U.S.-era has started.Ē    In an interview Sunday, he echoed remarks by other top Iranian officials while noting a return to the agreementís terms would only come following concessions from the U.S.
    ďThey did not fulfill their JCPOA agreements at all, they temporarily removed some, not all, of the sanctions for a very short period of time in the beginning,Ē stated Khamenei.    ďThen they went back and they even increased the sanctionsÖthey increased the number of sanctions by two to three times
    Iranian state media has described this as the countryís ďlast wordĒ on the deal, signaling an unwillingness to negotiate on the regimeís part.    Although Iran maintains itís not pursuing the manufacture of nuclear weapons, reports indicate the country has significantly ramped up its uranium enrichment program.

2/8/2021 President Trumpís Children To Promote MAGA Movement by OAN Newsroom
File Ė Donald Trump Jr. is pictured. (Eric Gay/AP Photo)
    President Trumpís oldest son, Don Jr., recently highlighted whatís next for his family and the MAGA movement.    On social media Friday, he posted a video of his father saying ďwe havenít finished yet
    Don Jr. added on to that by noting plans for the future have been brewing for a while.    He went on to state that everyoneís hard work during the last four years did not go to waste.    He plans to stay engaged and make sure candidates who really represent the people get elected in the future.
    Hereís FULL VIDEO: What Comes Next For Our Amazing Movement
    A former White House advisor confirmed President Trump is expected to be involved in the 2022 midterm elections to help Republicans win back the majority in Congress.
    This comes as speculations arise over Ivanka Trumpís prospects in the political sphere.    Some analysts have said Ivanka could run for a Florida Senate seat as she and husband Jared Kushner are looking to claim residency in the Sunshine State.
File Ė President Trump listens as his daughter, Ivanka Trump, speaks at a workforce development roundtable
at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisc., on June 13, 2017. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    Meanwhile, following a review of Ivankaís work over the last four years, analysts noted the former White House advisor could be a big voice in criminal justice reform.
    While her father was in office, she teamed up with the Department of Justice to lead the charge on tackling human trafficking.    Additionally, Ivanka helped secure pardons for more than 140 people.

2/8/2021 Rep. Bush Sides With St. Louis Inmate Rioters by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., arrives at the House chamber to vote on a resolution to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., from her committee
assignments because of her extremist views, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Missouri Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) is taking heat after she pledged to prioritize the needs of rioters who set fires and broke windows in a St. Louis jail.
    The backlash came after the Democrat tweeted on Saturday, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Junior and describing the prison takeover as simply ďthe language of the unheard
    Many have pointed out that Bushís argument is hypocritical as she was absolving the prisoners for their violent behavior when she was all too eager to condemn conservative demonstrators.
    ďI remember sitting in the office with my team and just thinking to myselfÖI feel like this was one of the days out there on the streets when the white supremacists would show up and start shooting at us,Ē the representative stated regarding protest at the U.S. Capitol.
    The city of St. Louis is still working to repair fire and water damage after more than 100 inmates tried to take over the City Justice Center.    One corrections officer was wounded and the city is determining whether to file additional charges against the inmates responsible.

2/8/2021 Chicago Schools To Reopen After City, Teachers Union Reach Deal by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, preschool students eat lunch at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Pressure is building on school systems around
the U.S. to reopen classrooms to students who have been learning online for nearly a year. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool, File)
    Schools in Chicago are set to reopen this week after city leaders reached a tentative agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union.    Mayor Lori Lightfoot made that announcement on Sunday.
    Schools are set to begin a phased return to in-person learning.    The agreement reportedly meets many of the unionís demands, including vaccinations for teachers who want them and language that will allow teachers to take unpaid leave if they choose to stay home.
    Mayor Lightfoot called it a victory for families.
    ďSo, let me express my gratitude to our parents and our students for their fearlessness and for drawing superhuman patience to navigate everything thatís been thrown at you over this last year,Ē she stated.    ďThis entire school year has been incredibly hard on you and your families and I understand that
    Under the agreement, per-kindergarten students are expected to return Thursday while kindergarten through fifth grade students will return beginning in March.

2/8/2021 Scientists Warn Over Misuse Of Climate Models In Financial Markets by Matthew Green
FILE PHOTO: Downtown Los Angeles is seen behind a tree burned by wildfire before expected heavy rains, as the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Misuse of climate models could pose a growing risk to financial markets by giving investors a false sense of certainty over how the physical impacts of climate change will play out, according to the authors of a paper published on Monday.
    With heatwaves, wildfires, massive storms and sea-level rises projected to intensify as the planet warms, companies are under growing pressure to disclose how the disruption could affect their businesses.
    But the authors of a peer-reviewed article in Nature Climate Change warned that the drive to integrate global warming into financial decision-making had leap-frogged the models used to simulate the climate by ďat least a decadeĒ
    ďIn the same way that a Formula One Grand Prix car is not what you would use to pop to the supermarket, climate models were never developed to provide finessed information for financial risk,Ē said Andy Pitman, a climate scientist at the University of New South Wales and a co-author of the paper.
    Improper use of climate models could lead to unintended consequences, such as ďgreenwashingĒ some investments by downplaying risks, or hitting the ability of companies to raise debt by exaggerating others, the authors said.
    The problem is that existing climate models have been developed to predict temperature changes over many decades, at global or continental scales, whereas investors generally need location-specific analysis on much shorter timeframes.
    Neither are climate models designed to simulate extreme weather events, such as storms, which can cause sudden financial losses.
    To bridge the gap, the authors called for the development of new forms of climate projection to support the financial sector, backed by ďclimate translatorsĒ qualified to help regulators, investors and companies make better use of the science.
    ďBusinesses like using models, because the numbers give them a sense of security,Ē said Tanya Fiedler, a lecturer at the University of Sydney and lead author of the paper.    ďIt doesnít necessarily mean the numbers are reliable
(Reporting by Matthew Green; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

2/9/2021 Oil up $0.92 to $57.99, DOW up 237 to 31,386.

2/8/2021 Report: Detroit CCTV Footage Shows Biden Ballot Dumps by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA Ė NOVEMBER 06: Boxes of counted ballots are seen locked in the ballot storage area at the
Philadelphia Convention Center on November 06, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
    Security footage from TCF Center in Detroit showed the dumping of fake Joe Biden ballots in the 2020 election.    The footage, released by the Gateway Pundit, showed a white Vote Mobile van delivering boxes of ballots to TCF Center at 3:30 a.m. on November 4.
    A total of 60 boxes of ballots were delivered way past the deadline of 8 p.m., with an estimated 150,000 ballots inside.    Shortly after, election officials reported a spike in Biden votes, giving the Democrat a false victory in Michigan with a margin of some 10,000 votes.
    The videos confirmed previous testimonies by Michigan poll watchers.
    ďMy name is Shane Trejo, I was there as poll challenger at TCF from 9:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.,Ē Trejo stated.    ďI counted over 50 different boxes of ballots that showed up all at once at 3:30 a.m.    Someone gave an official account of 61.    So 61 boxes of ballots they were all in USPS boxes, it wasnít delivered by USPS
    Mainstream media had claimed these ballot dumps never happened, but now they have moved the goalposts, saying this latest evidence of fraud does not prove anything.

2/8/2021 U.K. Experts: Evidence Shows Chinaís Genocide Against Uighurs by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT Ė A demonstrator wearing a mask painted with the colors of the flag of East Turkestan and a hand bearing the colors of the Chinese flag
attended a protest of supporters of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and Turkish nationalists to denounce Chinaís treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims
during a deadly riot in July 2009 in Urumqi, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2018. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)
    A legal opinion released in the U.K. found compelling evidence of the genocide of Uighurs by Mainland China.
    The opinion, commissioned by the Global Legal Action Network, said the Chinese Communist Party has committed crimes against humanity and genocide in the Xinjiang province.    Legal experts said Chinese officials practiced enslavement, torture and forced sterilization of Uighurs in Xinjiang labor camps.    They added that all of this amounts to religious persecution and ethnic cleansing.
    ďAnd we expect a total of more than 30 witnesses, probably two thirds of that will be fact witnesses, including victims or alleged victims,Ē Organizer Nick Vetch for the Tribunal on Chinese Crimes Against Humanity said.    ďSome people seek to extend its use to include something called cultural genocide, which may or may not exist in the minds of scholars and lawyers
    The U.K. government has already set up a tribunal that will hold hearings on the crimes committed by the Chinese Communist Party.
    The hearings are slated for this coming May and September.

2/8/2021 Senate Leaders Strike Deal On Rules For Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JANUARY 19: President Donald Trump stopped to speak to reporters as he prepared to board Marine One
on the South Lawn of the White House on January 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
    Senate leaders struck a deal regarding rules for the upcoming impeachment trial.    Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) finalized the deal Monday, on the eve of the trialís expected start date.
    According to the agreement, there will be a debate on the constitutionality of the trial on Tuesday, followed by a vote on the matter.    Starting Wednesday, each side is expected to receive up to sixteen hours over the course of two days each for presentations.
    Schumer asserted the deal will ensure a fair trial for President Trump.
    ďThe structure we have agreed to is eminently fair.    It will allow for the trial to achieve its purpose, truth and accountability,Ē Schumer stated.    ďThatís what trials are designed to do, to arrive at the truth of the matter and render a verdict
    The rules also gave House impeachment managers the option to call for a vote on having witnesses in the trial.

2/8/2021 Reports: Bidenís Policies To Produce Massive Inflation by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT Ė Joe Biden sat in the Oval Office as he signed a series of orders at the White House
in Washington, DC on January 20, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Economists are warning that Joe Bidenís policies may cause double-digit inflation, unseen since the late 1970s.
    ďUnfortunately, the Biden administration may be about to repeat the same mistakes as Jimmy Carter, only this time it will be far worse,Ē Kevin Freeman, financial terrorism expert at the Center for Security Policy said.    ďIn the four years of Jimmy Carter, the annual inflation rate rose from 5.7 percent before he took office, to 13.5 percent when he left
    Economists said Bidenís crackdown on U.S. oil production would drive up gas prices at the pump and hurt U.S. consumers, while benefiting Iran and Russia.    They also warned Bidenís $1.9 trillion stimulus plan would devalue the U.S. dollar, making consumer prices higher.
    ďPresident Trump slashed regulation, but Biden promises to increase it,Ē Freeman stated.    ďSo a 30 percent increase in regulation, which is something we can expect, would add 2 percent to the inflation rate just by itself
    However, Biden Cabinet officials are downplaying such warnings as they seek near-term political gain from money handouts at the expense of taxpayers.

2/8/2021 Psaki: Biden To Restore Failed Iran Deal, May Lift Sanctions by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House
on Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden is continuing to promise concessions to Iran despite the Ayatollah Regime advancing its nuclear threats and terror attacks across the Middle East.    White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Monday that Biden would restore the failed nuclear deal with Iran if the Ayatollahs return to compliance.
    ďIf Iran comes into full compliance with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States would do the same and then use that as a platform to build a larger and stronger agreement that also addresses other areas of concern,Ē Psaki stated.
    She also said a new deal with Iran is possible, which suggests Biden may lift some of the sanctions.
    ďAnd that would, of course, be done with our P5+1 partner as it was done when we were putting together the JCPOA in the first place,Ē Psaki stated.    ďItís really up to Iran to come back into full compliance and with its obligations under the jackpot.    And at that point, we could move the discussion forward
    Meanwhile, the Ayatollah Regime recently ramped up pressure on Biden, threatening a decline of U.S. power and social order unless sanctions are lifted.

2/9/2021 Fmr. Capitol Police Chief Sends Letter Explaining How Intel Community Failed To Respond To Jan. 6 Protests by OAN Newsroom
File Ė Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund is pictured. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP)
    The former Capitol Police chief sent a letter to congressional leaders explaining why the Capitol Police appeared unprepared for the January 6 demonstrations.    In the letter, which was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Steven Sund said the failure to respond to violence during the demonstrations was largely due to a lack of intelligence on the type of people that would be there.
    Sund, who resigned after the demonstrations, noted he had relied on assessments from the FBI, Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security when preparing for potential unrest. He said three days prior, an internal intelligence assessment showed a number of extremist groups, including Antifa, were expected to target the Capitol Building and ďcould become violent
    Thatís when Sund detailed a timeline of his many attempts to shore up support and expedite a mass delivery of protective equipment for his officers.    Although 100 riot helmets were delivered on January 4, Army Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt allegedly told Sund he ďdid not like the visual of the National Guard standing in a line with the Capitol in the background.Ē
    This came despite several people in the crowd ďwearing radio earpieces indicating a high level of coordinationĒ and ďcarrying weapons, explosives and climbing gear
    In the letter, Sund recognized that a ďnumber of systems broke down,Ē adding that officials who violated policies or directives need to be held accountable.    He went on to say the National Guard was far too slow, noting they sent in 150 troops about five-hours after his request for their support was approved by the Capitol Police Board and called for that process to be reformed.
    On Sunday, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he truly appreciated Sundís letter and wished more people would come forward because the American public deserves to know what really happened on January 6.
    The senator added, heís ďsuspiciousĒ that Democrat leaders knew about the attack and are using the upcoming impeachment trial as a ďdiversion tactic.Ē    His assertion comes considering 45 Republican senators believe the trial is unconstitutional.
    Nearly a month has gone by and remnants of the heightened security measures, including an eight-foot tall barbed wire fence, still remain at the Capitol.    Johnson said he believes the fence is in place to send a signal that the 74 million Americans who voted for President Trump are dangerous to our democracy and thatís simply not the case.
A anti-scaling fence topped with razor wire surrounds the U.S. Capitol, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2/9/2021 Mainland China Says Biden Must Change U.S. Policies by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President
Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)
    The Chinese government has continued to praise Joe Biden and his policies while asserting it will create a more favorable framework for Sino-U.S. relations.
    ďPresident Xi Jinping has had many contacts with Joe Biden, and China and the United States have maintained communication at all levels,Ē stated Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.    ďÖHelping to develop mutual understanding and bilateral relations
    Chinese officials said Biden must change U.S. policies to avoid conflicts as well as develop a relationship of ďmutual respectĒ and ďwin-win cooperation.Ē    Beijing added, it will not change its own policies because that would violate its national sovereignty.
    ďThey officially call for a replacement of the dollar for international transactionsÖthe Chinese plan was derailed with the election of Donald Trump,Ē explained Kevin Freeman, financial terrorism expert for the Center for Security Policy.    ďWith Biden, we can expect the Chinese to press forward at an even more rapid pace
    Experts have pointed out that the U.S. has ramped up foreign borrowing in recent months due to the coronavirus and economic lockdowns, which has made Beijingís influence even stronger.

2/9/2021 Press Secretary Psaki Says Biden ĎWill Leave The Paceí Of Impeachment Proceedings Up To Congress by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    According to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, Joe Biden will not be watching much of the impeachment trial.    During a press briefing on Monday, she said he will be ďpretty busyĒ and will be spending the week focused on his American Rescue Plan.
    Psaki added, however, Biden will be reaching out to Majority Leader Chuck Schumer throughout the week.    Although, she claimed it will not be about the trial proceedings.
    ďHe will remain in closely in touch with Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi, Leader Schumer, a range of officials on the Hill about his planÖand thatís exactly what they want him to do, is to remain focused on that,Ē stated the White House press secretary.    ďAnd he will leave the pace and the process and the mechanics of the impeachment proceedings up to members of Congress
    Psaki claimed that Biden has a busy week ahead of him and cited his upcoming visits to the National Institute of Health and Defense Department.

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2/9/2021 Sen. Hawley: Impeachment Trial Is A ĎTerrible Waste Of Timeí by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Josh Hawley questioned Neera Tanden as she testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on her nomination to become
the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, during a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said the impeachment trial for President Trump is a waste of time.    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Hawley suggested the Senate has absolutely no grounds to impeach a private citizen.
Sen. Josh Hawley arrived for the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate,
at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    He added, according to the Constitution, a president must first be removed from office before impeachment.
    ďI think this thing is not going anywhere and I think our Democratic colleagues know that,Ē Hawley stated, ďFrankly, I think it is a terrible, terrible waste of time in the midst of this pandemic with the crisis we have currently of getting vaccines to people and getting people back to work.    We are going to shut down the entire Senate for at least a week, probably two weeks, maybe more if they call witnesses.    I mean who knows how long it can go.    I just think itís a terrible waste of time and we donít have the power to do it
    Hawley also asserted that he will be voting ďnoĒ to convict President Trump.

2/9/2021 White House: Wonít Give Relief To People Making More Than $250K by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden met with business leaders to discuss a coronavirus relief package in the Oval Office
of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Biden administration is upping the income threshold for who gets to receive coronavirus relief.    On Tuesday, press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is considering sending relief to Americans making up to $250,000.
    Psaki stressed Americans making $75,000 could get the full $1,400 stimulus check.    Upper income earners would receive less money.
    Joe Biden is also mulling over slashing tax cuts for residents with high incomes.
    ďOne thing that could happen is that the tax cuts for the highest income could be rolled back,Ē Psaki stated.    ďThereís kind of a newfound concern about deficit reduction among some who supported those tax cuts.    So, you know, thatís one suggestion
    In the meantime, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the Senate is moving forward with talks to push through Bidenís nearly $2 trillion relief package.
    This, along with Democrat Senate attempts to further smear President Trump with the impeachment trial.

2/9/2021 Six GOP Senators Vote Second Trump Impeachment Trial Is Constitutional by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Bill Cassidy spoke with reporters as he left the U.S. Capitol after the first day of President Trumpís
second impeachment trial in the Senate, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)
    Six GOP senators sided with the Democrats to vote in favor of the second impeachment trial.    In a 56-44 vote on Tuesday, the upper chamber passed the resolution saying the trial is constitutional.
    The dissenting Republicans included Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.).
    All previously voted with Democrats on Sen. Rand Paulís (R-Ky.) resolution to determine the trial unconstitutional.
    Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) was the only Republican to flip from that previous vote.    He said he switched based on the arguments which were presented to him.
    ďSo if you have an impartial juror, and Iím trying to make a decision based upon the facts as presented on this issue, then the House managers did a much better job,Ē Cassidy stated.
    The Senate impeachment trial is now set to reconvene at noon local time on Wednesday.

2/9/2021 Sen. Hawley Presses Neera Tanden Over Corporate, Foreign Donations To Think Tank by OAN Newsroom
Neera Tanden gestured as she testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on her nomination to become the Director
of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) grilled Bidenís pick to lead the budget office over corporate and foreign donation ties.    Neera Tandenís nomination as Director of the Office of Management and Budget has received heavy criticism from Republicans.
    Lawmakers have disavowed her past comments, including accusing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of breaking the Senate, Supreme Court and our Democracy.
    At Tuesdayís hearing on her nomination, Hawley raised a series of concerns over donations made to her think tank.    Large sums of money that her organization received came from Big Tech, including Facebookís CEO.
Sen. Josh Hawley questioned Neera Tanden as she testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee on her nomination to become
the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), during a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Leigh Vogel/Pool via AP)
    ď$665,000 I think from the personal foundation of Mr. Zuckerberg, millions of dollars from Wall Street financiers, big banks, foreign governments, Silicon Valley, $1 million from the managing partner at Bain Capital.    $2.5 million from the UAE, that was between 2016 and 2018.    Given this record, how can you ensure us that youíll work to see that these Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms donít exercise undo influence?Ē Hawley asked.
    Hawley is concerned Tanden wonít protect working people and will enable Big Tech and Wall Street firms to influence federal policy.

2/9/2021 Schumer, Democrats To Push Through Partisan COVID Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke to reporters at the conclusion of the first day of the second impeachment trial of
President Donald Trump in the Senate on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Democrats are insisting on pushing through a COVID relief bill, despite already having their sights set on impeaching President Trump.
While Tuesdayís trial was front and center, a Democrat-led House committee continued to draft legislation on Joe Bidenís nearly $2 trillion measure.
    Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) claimed the impeachment trial would not ďthrow a wrenchĒ into passing the stimulus package by mid-March.
    The measure has faced criticism from the right for being one-sided, despite Schumerís claims that he welcomes GOP support on the relief bill.
    ďWe are working when we can with our Republican colleagues to produce a big, bold piece of legislation that will help us deal with and get out of this awful, awful crisis,Ē Schumer stated.    ďWe look forward to working with Republican colleagues to make this COVID package a reality
    In a tweet on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blasted the relief bill, saying a proposal to increase the federal minimum wage would put 1.4 million Americans out of a job.
    McConnell said killing jobs and destroying opportunity is the Biden administrationís idea of pandemic relief.

2/9/2021 Trump Defense Attorney Argues In Support Of Free Political Speech by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Bruce Castor, an attorney for President Donald Trump, spoke during the second impeachment trial
of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    The Trump defense team argued in support of free speech as Democrats seek to punish President Donald Trump for what he said at a political rally.
    During the opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial, attorney Bruce Castor said what former President Trump is being accused of is constitutionally protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. Castor explained he condemns the violence which took place on January 6 and those who took part should face the consequences.    However, he added Donald Trump should not be convicted because of the words he said.
    ďThis trial is not about trading liberty for security, itís about suggesting that it is a good idea that we give up those liberties that we have so long fought for,Ē Castor stated.    ďWe have sent armies to other parts of the world to convince those governments to implement the freedoms that we enjoy.    This trial is about, is about trading liberty for the security from the mob? Honestly, no, it canít be.    We canít be thinking about that.    We canít possibly be suggesting that we punish people for political speech in this country
    Castor noted that some of those charged in connection to the Capitol siege were charged with conspiracy, but none of them were charged with conspiring with Donald     Trump for what happened.    He also said the Democrats are only seeking to disqualify him from running for office again because they are afraid the American people will go back to him in 2024.
    ďIs that what the fear is, is the fear that the people in 2024, in fact, will want to change, and will want to go back to Donald Trump, and not the current occupant of the White House?Ē Castor asked.
Attorney Bruce Castor spoke during the second impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the
Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    The attorney also argued if Trump did what the Democrats are claiming, the Justice Department would have already taken action against him.
[He might have only been preaching to the choir as the Antichrist were not listening to the message.].

2/8/2021 Anger Mounts In W.Va. Over Trump Impeachment by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 18: President Donald Trump walked toward Marine One prior to his departure for a campaign event
in Battle Creek, Michigan, December 18, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    Congressí decision to move ahead with impeachment isnít sitting well with conservative voters nationwide.    In West Virginia, supporters of former President Trump are voicing their frustration with lawmakers in D.C.
    Many people are concerned that a second impeachment will further divide the nation.    Others donít see the value in impeaching a president that is no longer in office.    These concerns are prompting some Americans to flock to gun shops and stock up on guns and ammunition for their own protection in case things take a turn for the worse.
    ďIím very worried about this country where itís going.    If it keeps heading down the same way theyíre going to push people into another civil war,Ē West Virginia gun dealer Scott Pickett stated.
    Republicans in Congress have repeatedly warned impeachment will have negative consequences, while Democrats insist they want to hold former President Trump accountable.

2/9/2021 Judge Rules Against L.A. County DAís Policies Pushing For Reduced Sentences For Violent Criminals by OAN Newsroom
LOS ANGELES Ė FEBRUARY 19: The Los Angeles County Superior courthouse is shown on
February 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
    A Los Angeles County court blocked the countyís left-wing district attorney from enacting a number of changes to how crimes are prosecuted.    On Monday, L.A. County Superior Court Judge James Chalfant ruled against DA George Gascon in a lawsuit filed by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for L.A. County.
    The association filed the lawsuit in December against the new DAís policies, which included the elimination of sentencing enhancements for most violent crimes and the elimination of cash bail for most offenses.    They argued Gasconís order overstepped his authority over the prosecution of crimes in the county.
    With this new ruling, Gascon now has to allow prosecutors to add enhancements for violent crimes.
    Sentencing enhancements are used for citizens accused of serious or violent felonies.    They are added to their original sentence for things such as murder with a firearm or committing a violent crime in a school zone.    These charges can tack on years to prison sentences.
    Union officials said the progressive DAís directives not only posed legal problems for prosecutors, but also ethical ones.
    ďWe are very thankful that the judge decided to go with the rule of law.    I know many of our deputies were very concerned about their ethical and legal obligations to the state of the Constitution,Ē Eric Siddall, VP of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys in L.A. County said.    ďThe judge basically said we can follow that and not have to follow the directives of our boss
    Gasconís directives have been highly criticized since he took office in December, especially by the families of murder victims.    Including in one case, where he wanted special circumstances charges dropped for a man who was convicted of murdering an off-duty sheriffís deputy and a professional skateboarder.
    The sister of one of the victims said Gasconís policies were shocking.
    ďCompletely in shock, I canít even tell you, my heart just dropped, I couldnít believe it.    He should be there for the families, we are the victims here, not this person who shot him,Ē Christina Solano, the victimís sister said.    ďI donít understand what his purpose is to let these murderers out of jail, I donít get it, heís like the devil, I donít understand it
    In another case, sentencing enhancements were dropped for people accused of beating a man multiple times and throwing him off a cliff.
    ďSmirking from ear to ear.    One of the lawyers giving one of them a fist bump on his shoulder, like Ďgood job, way to go.í Really?    They thought my son was dead three different times, and yet, they continued to beat my son to death,Ē Desiree Andrade, the victimís mother said.    ďYouíre going to tell me those arenít murderers?Ē
    Gascon has said he intends to file an appeal on the ruling.

2/9/2021 Psaki Pressed On Pending Immigration Strategy Which Will Not Deport Illegal Migrants For Some Crimes by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the
White House, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki came under fire over the Biden administrationís reported decision not to deport illegal immigrants who commit less serious offenses.
    On Monday, reporters pressed Psaki to clarify the upcoming guidance which would protect illegal immigrants convicted of DUIs, solicitation, assault, fraud and drug-based crimes.
    Psaki said it would be up to the DHS on who should be deported based on who poses a greater threat to national security.
    ďNobody is saying that DUIs or assault are acceptable behavior, and those arrested for such activity should be tried and sentenced as appropriate by local law enforcement,Ē Psaki stated.    ďBut we are talking about the prioritization of who is going to be deported from the country
    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the administration is also working with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to allow asylum seekers into the U.S.

2/9/2021 Spain To Reform Free Speech Laws After Rapper Ordered Jailed by Emma Pinedo
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of Spanish rap singer Pablo Hasel gestures during a protest, after Hasel was sentenced to jail time on
charges of glorifying terrorism and insulting the crown in Madrid, Spain February 6, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera/File Photo
    MADRID (Reuters) Ė Spain will ease its restrictions on free speech, the government said on Tuesday, in response to a nationwide furore over a rapper ordered jailed over a song and tweets.
    A change in the law would not by itself prevent the jailing of Pablo Hasel, who has been ordered to surrender by the end of this week to serve a nine-month prison sentence imposed in 2018 under a security law known in Spain as the ďgag law.Ē    He has said he will not turn himself in.
    Haselís lyrics and tweets, which included references to banned guerrilla groups, compared a court to Nazis and called former king Juan Carlos a mafia capo, were found under the 2015 law to have encouraged violence and insulted the monarchy.
    More than 200 artists, including film director Pedro Almodovar, actor Javier Bardem and singer Joan Manuel Serrat, have signed a petition against Haselís jailing, calling for the law to be changed.    Haselís supporters have demonstrated demanding he not be jailed.
    Government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said that in response to the Hasel case, the government had ďexpressed its willingness to provide a much more secure framework for freedom of expression.Ē    The reform was in its early stages, she said.
    In a statement, the leftist coalition government said the reform would introduce milder penalties rather than prison, and target only actions that ďclearly involve the creation of a risk to public order or provoke some kind of violent conduct
    Hasel, who is known for his radical leftist views and whose real name is Pablo Rivadulla, said in a tweet the government was doing nothing to prevent his imprisonment.
    ďWith empty declarations like so many other false promises, they want to extinguish solidarity,Ē he wrote.
    The 2015 law was enacted by a previous, rightwing government, which said it was needed to prevent the glorification of banned armed groups such as the Basque separatists ETA.    It bans speech not only for glorifying violence, but also for insulting religions or the monarchy.
    Opponents say it has been applied far too restrictively, imposing criminal penalties on legitimate criticism of the state.    Amnesty International says around 70 people were convicted under the law in 2018 and 2019.
    Another rapper fled to Belgium in 2018 after being sentenced to 3-1/2 years in prison on charges including insulting the monarchy and praising terrorist groups.
    The artistsí petition likened Spain to countries such as Turkey or Morocco, where artists have been jailed.
    ďThe imprisonment of Pablo Hasel makes even more evident the Sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of all public figures who dare to publicly criticise the actions of any of the state institutions,Ē it said.
(Reporting by Emma Pinedo; Editing by Andrei Khalip and Peter Graff)

2/9/2021 Biden Administration Plans To Continue To Seek Extradition Of WikiLeaksí Assange: Official by Mark Hosenball
FILE PHOTO: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the
Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain February 5, 2016. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė President Joe Bidenís administration plans to continue to seek to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States to face hacking conspiracy charges, the U.S. Justice Department said.
    Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi on Tuesday said the U.S. government will continue to challenge a British judgeís ruling last month that Assange should not be extradited to the United States because of the risk he would commit suicide.
    In a Jan. 4 ruling, the judge, Vanessa Baraitser, said, ďI find that the mental condition of Mr. Assange is such that it would be oppressive to extradite him to the United States of America
    The British judge set Friday as a deadline for the United States to appeal her ruling forbidding Assangeís extradition.
    Raimondi said the United States will challenge Baraitserís ruling. ďWe continue to seek his extradition
    WikiLeaks drew fury from the U.S. government after publishing thousands of pages of once-secret reports and documents generated by American military and intelligence agencies, including detailed descriptions of CIA hacking capabilities.    WikiLeaks also published emails hacked from Democrat Hillary Clintonís 2016 campaign and a key adviser, which Clinton and some of her supporters say was a factor in her election defeat to Republican Donald Trump.
    Debate over possible American moves to seek Assangeís extradition from Britain first arose nearly a decade ago when Barack Obama served as president and Joe Biden as his vice president.
    Obamaís Justice Department decided not to seek Assangeís extradition on the grounds that what Assange and WikiLeaks did was too similar to journalistic activities protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
    Trump administration officials stepped up public criticism of Assange and WikiLeaks only weeks after taking office in January 2017 and subsequently filed a series of increasingly harsh criminal charges accusing Assange of participating in a hacking conspiracy.
    Assange supporters have been pressing the Biden administration to drop charges against him during Bidenís first 100 days in the White House.
(Reporting By Mark Hosenball; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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2/10/2021 OAN Call To Action: How To Donate To Lawmakers Who Stayed True To President Trump
    Sen. Josh Hawley:
    Sen. Ted Cruz:
    Sen. Matt Gaetz:
    Sen. Jim Jordan:
    Rep. Louie Gohmert:
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene:

2/10/2021 Expert Counters Democrat Claims Trump Supporters Were Behind Jan. 6 Protests by OAN Newsroom
    As House managers lay out their case for impeachment, questions arise about who instigated the protest on January 6.    One Americaís Jack Posobiec recently sat down with Michael Yon, a war correspondent who has years of experience studying tactics of Antifa and other groups.
    Posobiec asks Yon to compare what he has seen in other countries to the scenes at the U.S. Capitol.    Hereís what he had to say:

2/10/2021 Trump Attorneys Condemn Impeachment Trial Citing Free Speech Protections, Lack Of Due Process by OAN Newsroom
David Schoen, left, and Bruce Castor Jr., center, lawyers for former President Donald Trump, left, arrives for the second impeachment
trial of Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    The fight is on between President Trump and Democrat lawmakers who are seeking to quell his chance at a political comeback.    On Tuesday, Bruce Castor Jr. and David Schoen defended the 45th president on the first day of his impeachment trial.
    Castor kicked off the defenseís arguments by claiming Trumpís remarks at the January 6 protest were ďpolitical speech,Ē thus protected by the First Amendment.    However, he noted several of the suspects connected to the violence are facing conspiracy charges that have nothing to do with President Trump.
    ďIs this trial is about is about trading liberty for the security from the mob?Ē asked Castor Jr.    ďHonestly, no, it canít be. We canít be thinking about that. We canít possibly be suggesting that we punish people for political speech in this country
    The attorney then urged Democrats to trust the American political system and not to interfere with the will of the American people.
    Meanwhile, David Schoen derided House impeachment managers for the lack of due process in which the articles of impeachment were brought forward.    He noted the House never established jurisdiction as they voted to impeach President Trump one week after the events without conducting a thorough investigation.
    Additionally, Schoen stressed this and the fact that Trump is now a private citizen should warrant the dismissal of the articles.
    ďThis is nothing less than the political weaponization of the impeachment process, pure raw sport fueled by the misguided idea of party over country when, in fact, both will surely suffer,Ē he stated.    ďI can promise you that if these proceedings go forward, everyone will look bad
    Schoen then warned Democrats against pushing to convict President Trump by pointing out the implications could affect millions of Americans.
    ďWith this trial, you will open up new and bigger wounds across the nation for a great many Americans see this process for exactly what it is: a chance by a group of partisan politicians seeking to eliminate Donald Trump from the American political scene and seeking to disenfranchise 74 million plus American voters,Ē he explained.
    Meanwhile, the Senate decided to continue the impeachment trial following a 56-to-44 vote deeming the proceedings constitutional.    Six members of the GOP sided with Democrats, including Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

2/10/2021 Federal Texas Judge Blocks Bidenís Deportation Freeze by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, Border Patrol agents stop men thought to have entered
the country illegally, near McAllen, Texas, along the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    The Biden administration has continued to face push-back for its response to illegal immigration.    On Tuesday, Texas federal Judge Drew Tipton issued an additional restraining order on Joe Bidenís 100 day freeze, which extends his previous by an additional 14 days.
    The judge claimed the Lone Star State would face ďirreparable harmĒ if the policy were to remain in place.    Additionally, Tipton is requesting additional data on individuals who are set to be deported, so that he may better assess whether Bidenís moratorium is in accordance with U.S. and Texas law.
    This comes as White House press secretary Jen Psaki faces intense criticism from reporters after she announced the Biden administrationís latest change to immigration reform.    According to the new guidelines, immigration officials have been ordered to not deport illegal immigrants who have committed less serious offenses.
    On Monday, reporters pressed Psaki to clarify the upcoming guidance, which would protect illegal immigrants convicted of DUIís, solicitation, assault, fraud and drug-based crimes.    Unsurprisingly, she circled back on the question by stating it would be up to the Department of Homeland Security to decide who should be deported based on which detainees pose the greatest threat to national security.
    ďNobody is saying that DUIís or assault are acceptable behavior and those arrested for such activity should be tried and sentenced as appropriate by local law enforcement,Ē she stated.    ďBut we are talking about the prioritization of who is going to be deported from the country
    Psaki claimed the ďmodernization of immigration is long overdue.Ē    Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the administration is also working with the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to allow asylum seekers into the U.S.

2/10/2021 Biden Makes Creepy Advances On COVID Nurse, Lies About Vaccines by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden meets with business leaders to discuss a coronavirus relief package in
the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden is raising eyebrows with another round of inappropriate remarks, this time targeting one of Arizonaís health care workers.
    The incident took place Monday during a video conference event with Brittney Hayes, who is Arizona State Universityís lead clinical supervisor at the State Farm Stadium vaccination site in Glendale.
    Hayes was finishing up explaining the process of getting people vaccinated and the challenges sheís faced as a volunteer when Biden asked her about her age.
    ďAre you a freshman at the university?Ē he asked ďYou look like a freshman
    This awkward moment sparked controversy online with some joking perhaps it was a good thing ďhe was 2,000 miles awayĒ and others claiming Biden is living up to his ďcreepy JoeĒ nickname.
    Biden went on to downplay the vaccine rollout by the Trump administration in an ongoing attempt to hijack the achievements of Operation Warp Speed.
    ďWe committed when we got in, we were short on vaccines and short on organization when we got sworn in,Ē he claimed.    ďWe committed to do 100 million vaccinations in the first 100 days and weíre exceeding that
    A recent report by Politico found Biden lost almost 20 million vaccines, providing only 30 million vaccinations by February 1 compared to 50 million doses left to him by President Trump.

2/10/2021 Rep. Raskin Falsely Claims 7 People Died In Capitol Protest by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., becomes emotional as he speaks during the second impeachment
trial of former President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    Lead impeachment manager Jamie Raskin made a grossly false claim about the January 6 protest in his doctored video targeting President Trump.    His video falsely claimed ďat least seven people lost their lives.Ē
    In reality, four people died during the clashes, according to the D.C. Police.    Additionally, Officer Brian Sicknick died afterwards, which brought the total death toll to five.
    Raskinís video also omitted President Trumpís call for peace in which he made before the U.S. Capitol takeover.
    ďI know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol Building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,Ē stated the 45th President.
    Republican members of Congress said this statement acquits him of all impeachment charges because he explicitly said any action by protesters must be peaceful.
    They added, the doctored video presented by Raskin serves a clear partisan purpose to prevent President Trump from running for office in 2024.

2/10/2021 Italyís 5-Star Reschedules Online Vote Over Draghi, Hoping For Green Light by Angelo Amante and Giuseppe Fonte
FILE PHOTO: Italy's 5-Star Movement's leader Vito Crimi arrives for a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
at the Quirinale Palace in Rome, Italy January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) Ė The leader of Italyís 5-Star Movement on Wednesday rescheduled an online party vote on whether to support a government led by former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi, urging its members to vote yes.
    Draghi, who received the mandate to form a new cabinet after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigned, has held two rounds of talks with political parties to muster a parliamentary majority to face the countryís twin coronavirus and economic crises.
    The 5-Star has the largest number of lawmakers. With pledges of support from a host of groups from left to right, Draghi does not need their votes but an absence would undermine his efforts to build a national unity alliance.
    The partyís leadership postponed the poll initially scheduled for Wednesday after opposition from some of its lawmakers, which risked tearing apart the anti-establishment party and delaying creation of the cabinet.
    In a long post on the partyís official website, leader Vito Crimi said Draghi supported many of the 5-Star flagship policies introduced in recent years, including income support for the poor.
    The wording of the question for 5-Star supporters was: ďDo you agree that the Movement should support a government of technocrats and politicians, with the other parties indicated by Prime Minister designate Mario Draghi, which includes a high-powered ministry for ecological transition and defends the main results achieved by 5-Star?Ē
    The vote will begin on Thursday at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) and will finish at 6 p.m on the same day.
    As usual for such a major decision, 5-Star had been expected to consult its members before taking the final decision.
    5-Star was born in 2009 as an anti-system, anti-euro protest party and it has formed the backbone of the last two coalition governments, which both collapsed following rows with allies.
    Posts on the party blog suggest many members are uneasy at the prospect of hooking up with a former president of the European Central Bank, despite calls from the movementís founder, Beppe Grillo, to endorse the initiative.
    Grilloís appeals angered some party stalwarts and around 1,000 took part in a stormy Zoom call on Tuesday to denounce Draghi, party sources said.
    ďI donít recognise Grillo anymore.    I used to love him.    He made me feel passionate.    I suggested (on the call) that we should call in an exorcist and liberate him,Ē Maria Muscara, a councillor in the southern region of Campania, told Reuters.
    5-Star sources say a sizeable number of its 92 senators do not want to support Draghi and might rebel even if Grilloís stance is eventually backed by the online ballot Ė putting the future of the group at risk.
    One source said lawmakers were unhappy at the idea of joining another government that included the right-wing League, its coalition partner between 2018-19, which already pledged backing to Draghi.
    They are also worried that their voice will be lost in a broad-based government.
    ďWe will be superfluous.    They will be able to govern without us,Ē a 5-Star lower house deputy said, declining to be named.
    There was no immediate comment from Draghi or his aides.
    Politicians expect Draghi to see President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella before the end of Friday to confirm he has sufficient backing to form a government and to present a list of ministers.
(Writing by Crispian Balmer and Angelo Amante, Editing by Gavin Jones, Alison Williams and David Gregorio)

2/10/2021 Biden Budget Nominee Grilled From Right And Left At Second Hearing by Patricia Zengerle and Andrea Shalal
Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), looks on at a hearing with
the Senate Committee on the Budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Anna Moneymaker/Pool via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Neera Tanden, President Joe Bidenís nominee to head the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, was skewered from both the right and left at a second confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders questioned Tanden closely about millions of dollars in donations to the Center for American Progress, where she is chief executive.
    ďCAP has received money from some of the most powerful special interests in our country,Ē said the liberal senator, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
    Tanden said those contributions would have ďzero impact on my decision making
    The Office of Management and Budget serves as gatekeeper for the $4 trillion federal budget.
    The Budget Committee is the second of two to hold hearings on Tanden.    She appeared before the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee on Tuesday.
    Tanden addressed a wide range of issues, including pledging to back an increase in the minimum wage and insisting U.S. economic growth will not return to pre-pandemic levels for years without additional fiscal stimulus.
    Republicans again focused on Tandenís past harsh comments on social media, such as calling Republican leader Mitch McConnell ďMoscow Mitch
    ďThis is not the unifying pick that I was looking for,Ē said Senator Lindsey Graham, the committeeís ranking Republican.
    Democrats pushed back.    The hearing took place on the second day of former Republican President Donald Trumpís impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, partly via inflammatory comments on Twitter.
    ďWeíve endured four years of the ultimate mean tweets,Ē Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow noted.
    Sanders noted that Tanden, who backed his rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential race, has also clashed with the left.    ďThere were vicious attacks made against progressives, people who I have worked with, me personally,Ē he said.
    Tanden said she recognized the harm her words had done: ďI apologize to people on either the left or right who were hurt by what Iíve said,Ē she said.
    Sanders did not say whether he would back Tanden.
    She can be confirmed without Republicans, because Vice President Kamala Harris can break a tie in the 100-member Senate, but only with unanimous support from the Democratic caucus.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Graff)

2/11/2021 Oil up $0.12 to $58.52, DOW up 62 to 31,438.

2/11/2021 State reports 1,914 new COVID-19 cases, 49 more deaths
    Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK Kentucky reported 1,914 new positive cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday and an additional 49 related deaths.
    The new figures bring the stateís totals to 383,032 cases of COVID-19 and 4,175 deaths since the start of the pandemic last March.    The daily totals continue the trend of relatively low case totals alongside regularly high death counts.
    The test positivity rate decreased again, dropping to 7.5%.
    'We are still seeing far too many deaths, but this decreased positivity rate is a really hopeful leading indicator,' Gov. Andy Beshear said.    'We have come so far in our fight against this virus ó now, we need to hang on until we reach the finish line.'
    There were 1,191 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 336 in an intensive care unit and 169 on a ventilator.
    More than 480,000 Kentuckians ó about 10.8% of the stateís population ó have received at least their first dose of a vaccine against the virus.
    In preparation for predicted inclement weather, three of the stateís regional vaccination sites will be closed Thursday.    The sites run by Kroger in Lexington, Bowling Green and Covington will be closed and will contact people for rescheduling, Beshear said.
    Louisvilleís Broadbent Health vaccine site closed at 3 p.m. Wednesday, and a decision will be made about whether to close the site Thursday by 6 a.m., the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness said. University of Louisville Health also closed its vaccine site at Medical Center South on Wednesday and said its downtown and Mary & Elizabeth Hospital vaccine sites will be closed Thursday.
    Indiana reported 1,452 new COVID-19 cases and 52 more deaths Wednesday, bringing its totals since the start of the pandemic to 643,305 cases and 11,578 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at
[49 deaths / 1,914 cases for Tuesday and Wednesday = 0.02% mortality rate due to less cases for two days.].

2/11/2021 Study Finds Errors In CDC COVID-19 Fatality Reports by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JULY 2: A model of COVID-19 was shown ahead of testimony from Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes
of Health (NIH), during a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the plan to research, manufacture and distribute a
coronavirus vaccine, known as Operation Warp Speed, July 2, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)
    One of the pledges the CDC outlined on their website is to ďbase all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data that is derived openly and objectively.Ē    However, a report by the Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge and the Public Health Policy Initiative argued that when it mattered the most, the CDC prioritized politics over policy.
    The IPAK and the PHPI compiled a study which looked into how the CDC reported coronavirus cases and how they determined who died from the virus and who didnít.    The groups outlined their main concern in the abstract, that the number of deaths highlighted during the election by the CDC itself do not match the number the CDC attributed to just the coronavirus.
    The report went on to show the CDC adjusted its guidelines for recording causes of death on March 24.    The study claimed the adjustment allowed for a ďcapricious alteration to data collection,Ē which ďcompromised the accuracy, quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of their published data, leading to a significant increase in COVID-19 fatalities.Ē
    This increase was used to great effect during the election and provided Democrats with ample ammunition to use against their Republican opponents.    It allowed for Democrat governors to impose draconian restrictions on their constituents, bringing entire state economies to a grinding halt.
    ďA number of days ago, there were six Bay Area counties that lead with Stay at Home Orders,Ē Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) previously stated.    ďNow, as I speak, some 21.3 million Californians reside in a community, in a city and or county that have similar orders
    However, the foundation of the argument Democrats used to keep people indoors was built on shaky ground.
    The CDC claimed it abided by the World Health Organizationís guidelines when reporting causes of deaths, namely by using the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, which created two diagnostic classifications for coronavirus related deaths.    One was used for cases where a lab confirmed the virus was the direct cause of death, the other was used when COVID-19 was one of several comorbidities, any number of which could have led to a patientís death.
    ďThey were actually gunshot wounds,Ē a coroner stated.    ďThe people had tested earlier in the month for COVID and because they did have COVID, our state health department is listing them as COVID deaths
    The study found that if the CDC had abided by the guidelines for reporting causes of deaths that they had been using for nearly two decades, the total COVID-19 fatalities would have been approximately 92 percent lower than what was reported.
    According to the calculations by the IPAK and the PHPI, by todayís numbers, that would take the 468,000 reported deaths down to just under 35,000.

2/11/2021 Impeachment Managers Deliver Scathing Attacks On President Trump Despite History Of Dem Hypocrisies by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, speaks during the second impeachment trial of former
President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    When he penned Federalist Paper 65 in 1788, Alexander Hamilton outlined a fear that is currently playing out on every news network in America.    Namely, when it comes to impeaching a president, those tasked with the proceedings ďcan hardly be expected to possess the requisite neutrality towards those whose conduct may be the subject of scrutiny
    It was the congressman from Texasí 20th District, Joaquin Castro, that presented the House managerís main argument that the President allegedly did nothing while the siege dragged on.
    ďDonald Trump did not send help to these officers who were badly outnumbered, overwhelmed and being beaten down,Ē Castro claimed.    ďTwo hours into the insurrection by 3:00 p.m., President Trump had not deployed the National Guard
    When the President did send in the National Guard to end a protest in Lafayette Park over the summer, however, Castro sang a far different tune.    On June 4, the anniversary of Tiananmen Square, he tweeted stating ďwe must oppose the use of military force to crush peaceful protestersĒ and ďthe right to free speech is universal.Ē
    Meanwhile, Californiaís 15th District Rep. Eric Swalwell took a moment to share his story.
    ďUncertain what would happen next, I sent a text message to my wife: I love you and the babies, please hug them for me,Ē he recounted.    ďI imagine many of you sent a similar message
    It should come as a comfort to his colleagues that in what he believed to have been his last moments, he wanted to share his love with his wife of nearly five years, Brittany, and his children.    No mention, however, of the woman with whom heís been having an alleged affair with for nearly the past decade.    U.S. counterintelligence officials have linked his alleged mistress, Christine Fang, to Chinaís Ministry of State Security, which is Beijingís equivalent to the CIA.
    Swalwell was made a House manager shortly after those allegations came to light and pushed hard for the Presidentís conviction even as he faced potential censure as well.
House impeachment manager Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., leaves at the end of the day of second impeachment trial of
former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 in Washington. (Joshua Roberts/Pool via AP)
    Before becoming the first non-voting member of the House to become an impeachment manager, delegate Stacey Plaskett fought hard for recognition for the U.S. Virgin Islands.    During her time in office, however, sheís struggled to bring attention to the island nation of just over 100,000.
    GovTrack reported her in the top ten most absent representatives during the 116th Congress.    She introduced 23 bills, putting her in the lower third of House Democrats.    Only one of the bills made it through committee, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi never brought it to a vote.
    Meanwhile, Plaskett spent her portion of the prosecutionís 16 hours making as much noise as she could.
    ďBy the time he (Trump) called the Ďcavalryí of his thousands of supporters on January 6Öhe made sure that those violent people would literally march right here to our steps from the Ellipse (the huge park south of the White House) to the Capitol,Ē she asserted.
    Thereís no evidence to suggest that President Trump coordinated with city officials to create some sort of route for protesters to go from the White House to the U.S. Capitol.
    Furthermore, it was, in fact, Pierre Líenfant, the architect of Washington D.C. around 200 years prior to the event of January 6, who designed the city to ensure that all roads led to to the beacon of democracy he placed at the center of the city ó Capitol Hill.
    To paraphrase from the rest of Federalist 65 as the House managersí arguments have not been the most cunning, itís lucky for them Democrats are the most numerous because they donít even need to feign neutrality.

2/11/2021 Dems Forced To Strike False Evidence From Record After Sen. Lee Speaks Up by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, objects to House impeachment managers description of a call that President Donald Trump made to him that was presented as
evidence during the second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    House impeachment manager Jaime Raskin (D-Md.) said itís ďmuch ado about nothingĒ that the Democrats were caught trying to submit false evidence in the the trial.
    On Wednesday, Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) attempted to introduce their ďsmoking gunĒ with a fierce emotional appeal.
    ďThese attackers stood right where you are, they went on that rostrum, they rifled through your desks and they desecrated this place,Ē he stated.    ďAnd, literally, the President sat delighted doing nothing to help us, calling one of you to pressure you to stop the certification
    The call he was describing was from President Trump who appeared to accidentally dial Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) while trying to reach Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.).
    As Cicilline gave his speech on what apparently took place during that phone call, Lee grew visibly upset while ripping a piece of paper from his notepad and handing it to one of Trumpís attorneys.    The senator finally stood up to say his piece.
    ďStatements were attributed to me moments ago by the House Impeachment Managers, statements relating to the content of conversations between a phone call involving President Trump and Senator Tuberville were not made by me,Ē said Lee.    ďThey are not accurate and they are contrary to fact; I move pursuant to Rule 16 that they be stricken from the record
    After a quick mid-debate conference, impeachment manager Raskin had the evidence stricken, but did not concede its validity even after Leeís on-the-record refutation.    However, Raskin suggested the phone call could be resubmitted for debate moving forward in the trial.

2/11/2021 Biden Admin. Says In-Person Learning One Day A Week Counts As ĎReopeningí by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, preschool students eat lunch at Dawes Elementary in Chicago. Pressure is building on school systems around the
U.S. to reopen classrooms to students who have been learning online for nearly a year. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, Pool, File)
    The White House is under fire over its ďschool reopeningĒ plans.    During a press conference Tuesday, secretary Jen Psaki defined the reopening of schools as in-person learning only one day per week.
    ďHis (Joe Biden) goal that he set is to have the majority of schools, so more than 50 percent, open by day 100 of his presidency,Ē she stated.    ďAnd that means some teaching in classrooms, so at least one day a week
    The CDC has said in recent weeks, getting vaccinations to all teachers would not be necessary to completely reopen schools given they follow other protective measures.
    ďWhile we are implementing the criteria of the advisory committee and the state and local guidance to get vaccination across these eligible communities, I would also say that safe reopening of schoolsÖvaccination of teachers is not a per-requisite to safe reopening of schools,Ē stated CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
    However, despite those assurances, it appears the Biden White House will not be ordering schools to take the steps necessary to safely and fully reopen anytime soon.    Psaki claimed the Biden administration is still waiting for CDC guidelines to be released.
    ďOur focus, really at this point in time, is waiting for the CDC guidelines to come out and give schools across the country, school districts across the country, the first medical and scientific recommendations and guidelines that have been given from the federal level,Ē she stated.
    However, the consensus from scientists at the CDC seems clear: itís safe to start reopening schools nationwide.
    According to the Burbio School Tracker, over 60 percent of elementary and middle schools have already hit or exceeded the Biden administrationís 100-day goals.

2/11/2021 MyPillow CEO Lindell Condemns Censorship By Big Tech Corporations by OAN Newsroom
File Ė MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the
White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said heís being targeted and censored by Big Tech corporations.    In an interview with Steve Bannon on Wednesday, he asserted companies like Google and Wikipedia have destroyed his reputation since he began supporting President Trump.
    Lindell claimed anyone has the ability to change information on sites like Wikipedia, where his name has been slandered with false information.    Additionally, he said Google has prevented him from sharing his ďAbsolute ProofĒ documentary.
    ďWhen ĎAbsolute Proofí came out, Google and I started a little battle,Ē he stated.    ďBecause they kept putting all these crazy stories in between, so you couldnít find to get the DVD or to watch the ĎAbsolute Proof.'Ē
    Lindell continued by arguing the companies are keeping him from sharing the ďtruthĒ and are refusing to allow him to buy his own name.

2/11/2021 Iowa Stops Enforcement Of COVID-19 Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Sept. 29, 2020 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the stateís response to the
coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is dropping the stateís COVID-19 mandates.    According to a proclamation by the Republican lawmaker, businesses no longer have to abide by strict safety policies from now until March 7.
    This means local business and restaurant owners now have the freedom to choose how to regulate their establishments.    Reynolds said sheís still asking business owners to stay responsible.
    The governor added, Iowans know what needs to be done and ďit does not require a government mandate
    ďPrior to November, Iowa didnít have a mask requirement, but most Iowans wore masks and Iím confident that they will continue to do so,Ē she stated.    ďI also trust that business owners will continue to make decisions about how they operate that are in the best interest of their customers and their employeesÖjust as theyíve been doing for months
    Reynolds reasserted that she trusts Iowans to ďdo the right thing

2/12/2021 Oil down $0.71 to $57.97, DOW down 7 to 31,431.

2/12/2021 Beshear: 6 new vaccine sites - Governor details regional expansion joining others in state by Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Meanwhile, Kentucky reported 1,880 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday and an additional 36 related deaths.    The new figures bring the stateís totals to 384,903 cases and 4,211 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    ďLike just about every one of those days that weíve had for the last week we have declining cases,Ē Beshear said.    ďWe still have stubbornly high deaths
    Beshear said the state is still on track to record a decreased weekly case total for the fifth week in a row, with Thursdayís total the lowest daily total in at least four weeks.
    Reach news reporter Sarah Ladd at    Follow her on Twitter at @ladd_sarah.
[36 deaths / 1,880 cases = 0.02% mortality rate for Thursday.].

2/12/2021 Mexico leader warns against heading to US by ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MEXICO CITY Ė Mexican President Andrťs Manuel Lůpez Obrador said Thursday that many migrants believe the ďdoors are openĒ to the United States following the election of President Joe Biden.
    Lůpez Obrador said that wasnít true, and urged migrants not to believe traffickers who tell them they could get legal status immediately.    He noted that he welcomed Bidenís policy proposal, but that it would take time to be approved and implemented.
    ďNow, for example, that there is a U.S. immigration policy to regularize the situation of migrants, Mexicans and our Central American brothers, people think that now the doors are open, that President Biden is going to immediately regularize all migrants,Ē Lůpez Obrador said.
    ďIt is not true that everyone can go now to the United States and they will be regularized, that has not been defined yet,Ē he said.
    The Mexican leader also cited the recent massacre of 19 people, including at least 14 Guatemalan migrants, as justification for his policy of stopping Central American migrants at Mexicoís southern border.

2/12/2021 President Trumpís Defense Team Slams Impeachment Trial As ĎPolitical Vengeanceí By Democrats by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for President Donald Trump, answered a question during the
second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    President Trumpís defense team gave their opening arguments on why he is not guilty of inciting the January 6 Capitol breach.
    Speaking from the Senate floor on Friday, the Presidentís lawyers called the impeachment trial an act of political vengeance by Democrats, arguing that the Presidentís words are protected under the freedom of speech.
    ďThis appalling abuse of the Constitution only further divides our nation when we should be trying to come together around shared priorities,Ē defense attorney Michael van der Veen stated.
Bruce Castor and Michael van der Veen, lawyers for President Donald Trump, walked back to their meeting room during a break through the Senate Reception room
in the Capitol on the fourth day of the Senate Impeachment trials on Capitol Hill, Friday, Feb 12, 2021 in Washington. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    The defense team added that President Trumpís words were not directly connected to those who had breached the Capitol.
    Van der Veen went on to call the trial a political hit job.
    ďLike every other politically motivated witch hunt the left has engaged in over the past four years, this impeachment is completely divorced from the facts, the evidence and the interests of the American people,Ē Van der Veen said.    ďThe Senate should promptly and decisively vote to reject it
    Despite Democratsí efforts, analysts have said they are unlikely to get a conviction due to the evenly divided Senate.

2/12/2021 Biden Family Business Dealings Raise Ethical Questions by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National
Institutes of Health, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    The media has taken a closer look into family members of Joe Biden as their business dealings present new ethical challenges to his administration.
    The Biden family became a topic of debate during the 2020 election and reports are now suggesting Bidenís son-in-law Howard Krein could be the next to cash in on the presidency.
    On Tuesday, the White House dismissed concerns that Kreinís work with the coronavirus response could be considered a conflict of interest.    Krein, who is married to Bidenís daughter Ashley, was an early investor in StartUp Health and is now its chief medical officer.
    Back in December of 2020, the company began investing in companies who had the explicit intent to build government relationships and promote their COVID-19 technology.    This occurred as Krein began formally advising Biden on the pandemic.
    Reporters have raised concerns that Krein could use his position to promote companies to the White House or influence policy.    White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki didnít address the rumors head on.    Instead, she reiterated Bidenís previous vow on ethics.
    ďWell Dr. Krein is his son-in-law and I think he was here because the president was inaugurated recently, which is understandable,Ē Psaki stated.    ďThe president has made it clear that there will be an absolute wall between him and any businesses dealing with his family members
    Meanwhile, Bidenís brother Frank was featured in an advertisement in January for a law firm in which he promoted his relationship with his brother.    The ad shows Frank advocating for a law firm as a non-attorney.
    It focused on a class-action lawsuit against sugar cane growers in Florida with Biden stating his brother was a ďmodelĒ for how these cases should be handled. Itís unknown if he was attempting a pay-to-play scheme, but Frank claimed he never used his brotherís position to uplift his own.
    The most controversial allegations regarding the Biden family have largely focused on Hunter Biden and his international business relations.
    Reports indicated Hunter was the sole owner of a limited liability corporation that reportedly holds a 10 percent stake in the BHR Partners firm.
    Nonetheless, Psaki said Hunter is working to ďunwindĒ his connections with the Chinese equity company.
    Recently, Hunter received a $2 million advance for his memoir published by Simon and Schuster.    This same company refused to publish GOP Sen. Josh Hawleyís (R-Mo.) book following demonstrations on January 6.
    None of the Biden family has come forward to release a statement or challenge the allegations.    White House officials maintain their position that none of Bidenís family has gotten any special treatment and will not have roles in the White House.

2/12/2021 Rep. Raskin Falsely Claims Trump Supporters Took Part In Church Burning by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, House impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin answered a question during the second impeachment trial
of President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    The House impeachment team is grasping for straws, trying to blame the actions of a few violent extremists during a Black Lives Matter protest on Trump supporters.
    In his argument on Wednesday, impeachment manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) suggested President Trumpís supporters were responsible for the damage done to the historic St. Johnís Church in Washington D.C.
    ďThatís before the second million MAGA march, a rally that ended in serious violence, and even the burning of a church,Ē Raskin stated.
    However, the horrific event that took place last year happened during a Black Lives Matter protest and was committed by violent extremists.
    One of Trumpís lawyers condemned this language, saying it is dangerous.,br>
In this image from video, David Schoen, an attorney for President Donald Trump, spoke during the second impeachment trial
of Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    ďYeah the evidence they have under no circumstances would make out a case for incitement.    I thought that the argument we heard today from Congressman Raskin about what he understands the law to be was a dangerous a formulation as Iíve ever heard,Ē defense attorney David Schoen stated.    ďI think it puts at risk every, every senator in that chamber and every politician who wishes to speak passionate political speech
        This is not the only piece of evidence presented by Democrats that has been debunked.

2/12/2021 Biden Deputy Press Secy. TJ Ducklo On Unpaid Suspension by OAN Newsroom
In this Feb. 9, 2021 photo, White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo listened as press secretary
Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo is on unpaid suspension amid reports he sent derogatory and misogynistic messages to reporters.
    Press secretary Jen Psaki announced the suspension on Friday, after Vanity Fair reported that Ducklo threatened a Politco reporter off the record when she reached out to him to confirm his relationship with a reporter who works for Axios.
    After Ducklo was questioned on the conflict of interest, he reportedly lashed out, saying the reporter was ďjealousĒ of his relationship, used sexist language and said ďI will destroy you
    Psaki said Ducklo will return after one week and will not interact with Politico reporters.    The slap on the wrist is far different than what Joe Biden previously said about bad behavior in his administration.
    ďIf youíre ever working with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I promise you I will fire you on the spot, on the spot,Ē Biden stated.    ďNo if, ands, or buts. Everybody, everybody is entitled to be treated with decency and dignity
    Critics are slamming the Biden press office after their initial response only acknowledged Duckloís comments were inappropriate, but did not take disciplinary action until Vanity Fair made his conduct public.

2/12/2021 DOJ To Investigate Retail Day Traders For Possible Market Manipulation by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 09: The Justice Department building is shown on a foggy morning on December 9, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Federal prosecutors are investigating whether market manipulation or other kinds of questionable activity played a role in GameStopís stock surge this past January.
    The surge happened when Reddit users on the WallStreetBets forum noticed 140 percent of GameStopís stocks were shorts.
FILE Ė Pedestrians passed a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021,
in the Manhattan borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    In light of this realization, people with Robinhood, E-Trade and Fidelity accounts bought large quantities of GameStop stock, bringing the price from roughly $20 a share, to a high of $483 a share.
    The House Financial Services Committee will be conducting a similar investigation into the GameStop trading frenzy.    They will also be looking into possible market manipulation by Robinhood, who halted the purchasing of GameStop and other retail securities at the height of the surge.    This was a move many believe was at the direction of hedge funds like Citadel LLC, who held massive short positions in the stock.    Even so, Joe Bidenís Department of Justice has decided the working class day traders are the ones who need to be investigated, alleging they orchestrated an illegal pump and dump.
    However, founder and CEO of PredIQt and WallStreetBets member William Legate said this was not a pump and dump, but rather part of a larger socioeconomic movement.
    ďA lot of these traders on WallStreetBets quite frankly donít care whether or not they make or lose money,Ē Legate said.    ďThe diamond hands over there are wanting to hold long term and they have a lot of animosity towards the Wall Street types that they feel are like, rigging the system against them
    The DOJís first order of business has been to subpoena information from online brokerage firms like Robinhood, possibly to see who the first major investors were in GameStop at the onset of the short squeeze.
    What is now becoming clear is that the government seems more interested in investigating the average day traders who saved companies like GameStop from being killed by the Wall Street hedge funds.
    Now, working class people are more disturbed by the fact that massive hedge funds can simply buy up short positions to kill a company, and in the case of GameStop, force tens of thousands of employees into unemployment.    This kind of market manipulation has real life effects on not only the economy, but working class Americans.     Any investigation into Robinhoodís possible market manipulation is going to be conducted by the chairwoman and ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.).
Rep. Maxine Waters spoke with Rep. Patrick McHenry before Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before
the House Financial Services Committee on ďAn Examination of Facebook and Its Impact on the Financial Services and Housing SectorsĒ
in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC on October 23, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďI am not starting this hearing taking sides or believing that Robinhood is guilty of anything,Ē Waters stated.    ďIn fact, this hearing is going to be educational
    Interestingly enough, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev, who is set to testify in front of Waters and McHenry on the matter, only donated to two politicians in the 2020 election, Waters and McHenry.

2/12/2021 Biden Cuts Off Emergency Military Funding For Border Wall, Calls Trumpís Declaration ĎUnwarrantedí by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This March 2, 2019 photo shows a Customs and Border Control agent patrols on the U.S. side of a
razor wire covered border wall along the Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel,File)
    The Biden administration has continued to gut President Trumpís border policies amid a major increase in illegal border crossings.    Most recently, Joe Biden cut off emergency funding for the border wall in yet another attack on border security.
    On Thursday, Biden canceled President Trumpís emergency declaration from 2019 that directed roughly $25 billion to fund the wallís construction.    Biden told Congress the Presidentís declaration was ďunwarranted
    Additionally, another new Biden administration plan reportedly seeks to allow migrants to wait in the U.S. while they await for their asylum claims to be heard.    Trump implemented the so-called Remain in Mexico Policy in 2019, which required migrants to wait in Mexico for their court date.
    Documents now show the Department of Homeland Security would allow some migrants to wait at shelters at three different points of entry in the U.S. They would only have to receive a negative COVID-19 test before given entry.
    Critics have said Bidenís latest decisions are eroding border security and may invite more illegal immigrants to unlawfully cross the border.
    In fact, recently released numbers by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency show the number of illegal migrants apprehended at the border rose by 157 percent this January compared to one year ago.    Agents detained over 75,000 illegal immigrants last month alone compared to 29,000 in January of 2020.
    In the meantime, the Biden administration has failed to provide simple answers on its plan to protect the border.
FILE Ė In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, President Donald Trump tours a section of the
U.S.-Mexico border wall in Alamo, Texas. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
    While speaking at a press conference Thursday, secretary Jenn Psaki dodged questions over the state of the southern border.    At one point, she even admitted that there are certain parts of the border where Bidenís policies are failing to catch migrants.
    ďWhat I was referring to was the data of how many people versus how many people are coming in to the country,Ē she stated.    ďAs I mentioned yesterday or the day before, the vast majority are turned away at the border
    Psaki also refused to answer questions over claims by the Mexican president that many migrants are flocking to the southern border with the belief it is open to them.
    ďWeíre looking for every opportunity we can, of course, from the president to the secretary of Homeland Security to the secretary of State to communicate where we stand,Ē the press secretary continued.    ďWhich is that the president, our entire administration, are committed to digging out of the immoral approach to immigration of the prior administration
    However, Psaki stopped short of providing and alternative solutions to what she called President Trumpís ďinhumane policies

2/12/2021 Gov. Cuomo Aide Reveals N.Y. State Withheld Nursing Home COVID-19 Death Data by OAN Newsroom
FILE ó In this Sept. 14, 2018 file photo, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa, is joined by New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo as she speaks to reporters during a news conference, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has faced public scrutiny after one of his top aides revealed officials hid nursing home data on coronavirus infections from the public.
    According to the New York Post on Thursday, Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa privately apologized during a video conference call to state Democrat leaders while admitting the Cuomo administration deliberately withheld the Empire Stateís coronavirus nursing home death toll.    She claimed officials ďfroze out of fearĒ while worrying the accurate numbers would be used by federal prosecutors in a probe against the governorís office.
    Back in September, the New York state Senate requested the information from the Cuomo administration, which refused to cooperate.    DeRosa apologized for the political inconvenience it caused lawmakers.
    However, Democrats rejected her comments with state Senate Aging Committee chairwoman Rachel May stating the biggest issue for her was ďfeeling like she had to defend an administration that was appearing to be covering something up
    That same day, an exclusive report from the Associated Press revealed New York placed over 9,000 recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes during New Yorkís peak of the pandemic.
    ďThe AP has obtained records showing that more than 9,000 patients suffering from COVID in hospitals were transferred to nursing homes in New York State about a year ago,Ē stated AP reporter Bernard Condon.    ďThe 9,000 patients transferred ó thatís 40 percent higher than we had previously known
    The transfer of recovering COVID-19 patients from hospitals into these facilities was part of guidance crafted by Cuomo in order reportedly free-up space at hospitals.    The Democrat governor has vehemently dismissed the findings and claimed his administration has always followed federal guidelines.
    ďAs the report said, the State Department of Health followed federal guidance,Ē Cuomo stated.    ďSo if you think there was a mistake, then go talk to the federal government

2/12/2021 Bumble Shares Close Up 63.5% After Stock Market Debut by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    The company behind dating app Bumble makes waves during its Wall Street debut.    The companyís Thursday IPO soared from itís initial $43 per share to just over $70 resulting in a total valuation of about $13 billion.
    The company raked in $376 million in revenue in the first nine months of 2020.    Founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd said Bumble helped bring people together during a time where the world felt very apart.
    ďThe world has undergone one of its most difficult and isolating times in modern history, but what has emerged from this year is a renewed sense of the importance of our relationships universally across cultures, ages and languages,Ē stated Wolfe Herd.    ďWe were not made to be alone
    Bumble carved out a niche in an over-saturated dating app scene by only allowing female users to initiate a conversation after matching with a partner.

2/12/2021 GOP Meets With President Trumpís Impeachment Defense Team by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks off the Senate floor at the conclusion of the third day of the second impeachment trial
of Trump in the Senate, at the Capitol, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
    According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), President Trumpís impeachment defense will make it clear that House Democrats did not prove he incited violence on Capitol Hill.
    Near the Senate chamber on Thursday, Cruz along with Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) met with the Trump legal team to strategize opening arguments for Fridayís impeachment proceedings.
    After the meeting, Cruz pointed out that if words such as ďfightĒ and ďwinĒ now
satisfy the legal standard for incitement then every political candidate in the country could be prosecuted.     ďNancy Pelosi called police officers NazisÖKamala Harris, our vice president, raised bail money for violent rioters who had committed acts of violence,Ē stated the senator.    ďThereís no coherent way the the conduct of Schumer and Pelosi and Kamala Harris doesnít meet that standard as well
    Cruz added, the impeachment trial is the result of Democrat hatred of President Trump and will end with an acquittal.    The Presidentís attorneys will present their case before the Senate Friday.

2/12/2021 Texas Mom Tackles Man Suspected Of Peeping Through Her Daughterís Window by OAN Newsroom
19-year-old Zane Hawkins Brazoria is pictured. (Photo by County Sheriffís Office)
    A Texas mom tackled a man suspected of peeping through her teenage daughterís window.    Lake Jackson Police Department described the incident in a press release this week.
    Dash-cam footage shows Phyllis Pena take the suspected ďpeeping TomĒ down after he allegedly tried to run away from authorities outside her home.
    One of the responding officers commended her display and notified her that the Houston Texans were looking for a new linebacker.
    Pena noted, she was just trying to protect her family.    Officers were grateful for the help and said itís not often people put themselves in harms way to aid police.
    The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Zane Hawkins who now faces charges for possession of a controlled substance as well as evading and resisting arrest.

2/12/2021 Judge Declines New Warrant, Higher Bail For Rittenhouse by OAN Newsroom
In this screen grab from live stream video, Judge Bruce Schroeder speaks in Kenosha County Court in Kenosha, Wis.,
on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, during an arrest warrant hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse. (Kenosha County Court via AP)
    A Kenosha County circuit judge has refused to issue a new arrest warrant for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.    On Thursday, Judge Bruce Schroeder said the prosecution did not prove Rittenhouse committed a severe enough crime to require a change in his terms of release.
    Prosecutors were calling for a $200,000 bail increase and a new warrant for the teen after he allegedly violated conditions of his bond by changing his address without telling the court.
    ďI donít have the authority to issue the warrant the district attorney is talking about and I donít agree with his analysis of the procedure for getting the bond changed,Ē stated Judge Schroeder.
    Last month, Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty in the shooting of three men, which left two of them dead and the third seriously wounded during a Wisconsin protest last summer.    His attorneys have argued he was acting in self-defense when the shootings occurred.
In this screen grab from live stream video, Attorney Mark Richards, left, with his client Kyle Rittenhouse, right, speak during
an arrest hearing in Kenosha County Court in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (Kenosha County Court via AP)

2/12/2021 Biden Breaks Silence On Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA, PA Ė MARCH 10: Joe Biden addressed the media and a small group of supporters during
a primary night event on March 10, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden finally broke his silence on the Senate impeachment trial.
    ďI think the Senate has a very important job to complete,Ē Biden stated.    ďMy guess is, some minds may be changed, but I donít know
    Critics were quick to pounce on Bidenís remarks for speculating about the outcome of the trial after he said he would be focused on the pandemic.
    Reporters confronted press secretary Jen Psaki on the remarks, grilling her on whether Biden was making political calculations based on the arguments so far.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    ďYou know, he was not intending to give a projection or a prediction, but was just giving a very human and emotional response to what many people did, many people felt, I should say, when they watched the video,Ē Psaki stated.
    Until now, Joe Biden has avoided speaking about the Senate trial.

2/12/2021 Gov. DeSantis: Wonít Bend To Bidenís Attempts To Restrict Travel To Fla. by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answered questions during a press conference on the expanded rollout of
the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital in Longwood, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) slammed Joe Biden over reports that he plans to place travel restrictions on Florida.
    In a video statement on Thursday, DeSantis said Bidenís reported plans to block people from traveling to the Sunshine State are possibly unconstitutional.    He pointed out the Biden administrationís hypocrisy in considering restrictions on Florida while allowing illegal immigrants to flood into the United States along the southern border.
    ďIf you think about it, restricting the right of Americans to travel freely throughout our country while allowing illegal aliens to pour across the southern border unmolested would be a ridiculous but very damaging farce,Ē DeSantis stated.    ďSo we will oppose it
    All this was in response to a Miami Herald story Wednesday, which cited an anonymous Biden administration official who said they are looking at ďanything that would help mitigate spreadĒ of the new mutation of the virus from the U.K., which has been detected in Florida.
    Nearly a third of cases of this new strain in the U.S. have been in Florida.
    However, in Thursdayís statement, DeSantis cited Floridaís coronavirus numbers, saying that by many metrics things have gotten much better since December of last year.
    ďHospitalizations per capita over this time period, Florida ranks 30th, 29 other states have higher per capita hospitalizations.    Fatalities per capita for this same period, Florida ranks 42nd, 41 states have higher per capita fatalities,Ē DeSantis stated.    ďSo since December 1st, well over half the country has seen much worse COVID results than here in Florida
    He also pointed toward the stateís mass vaccination of senior citizens, which is the group most likely to die from COVID-19 complications.
    ďWe are number one for shots for seniors,Ē DeSantis said.    ď75 percent of all shots administered in Florida have gone to senior citizens and the percentages of seniors that have been vaccinated is one of the highest in the country and it continues to grow
    DeSantis ended by saying attempts by the federal government to restrict travel in his state would be nothing more than a political powerplay and his administration has and will continue to protect Floridians from government overreach.
    ďAnd so any attempt to restrict or lockdown Florida by the federal government would be an attack on our state done purely for political purposes,Ē DeSantis said.    ďWeíve saved their jobs time and time again, weíve preserved small businesses time and time again. We preserved the right of parents to send their children to school in person
    In a statement, the CDC said it is still weighing its options in terms of travel restrictions and no final decisions have been made.

2/12/2021 Some Northern Calif. Elementary Schools Reopen by OAN Newsroom
Children walk past a School Bus in Monterey Park, California on April 28, 2017. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Some public elementary schools in Northern California have reopened for in-person learning after being shut down for months due to COVID-19.
    On Thursday, a school in the city of Orinda, California welcomed back students with colorful signs. Other schools in the region had similar events to mark their reopening.
    However, officials put up signs reminding students, parents and staff to continue to wear masks, wash their hands and stay six feet apart.
    ďWe have done so much work on safety protocols and we really trust our community to also follow the same guidelines,Ē a mother to one of the students said.    ďSo thereís always a risk, but I feel confident that weíll be okay
    Amid reopenings in parts of California, health officials in Los Angeles County said elementary schools may reopen faster than teachers can be vaccinated.

2/12/2021 U.S. Continues Plan To Keep Central American Migrants At Bay by Laura Gottesdiener, Frank Jack Daniel and Ted Hesson
FILE PHOTO: Honduran migrants, some of them riding on a trailer truck, try to cross a police checkpoint to continue their trip along
with others in a migrant caravan toward the United States, in Vado Hondo, Guatemala January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria
    CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (Reuters) Ė In the days before U.S. President Joe Bidenís inauguration, Mexican soldiers patrolling the banks of the wide Suchiate River found few migrants amid the flow of trade across the water from Guatemala.
    The likely explanation lay hundreds of miles to the south, where baton-wielding Guatemalan security forces beat back one the largest U.S.-bound migrant caravans ever assembled, according to a Reuters photographer and other witnesses.
    ďWeíre scared,Ē Honduran migrant Rosa Alvarez told a reporter by telephone as she fled with many others toward the nearby hills, two young children in tow.
    The operation was part of a U.S.-led effort, pursued by past American administrations and accelerated under former President Donald Trump, to pressure first the     Mexican and then the Central American governments to halt migration well short of the U.S. border.
    Under the Biden administration, the same general strategy is likely to continue, at least for the near term, according to six U.S. and Mexican sources with knowledge of diplomatic discussions.
    Biden has been gradually unraveling many Trump-era immigration policies. Yet the new administration has encouraged Mexico and Guatemala to keep up border enforcement in their countries to stem northward migration, according to two Mexican officials and a U.S official, all speaking on condition of anonymity.
    Diplomats and experts at immigration think tanks told Reuters that it would be politically expedient for the Biden administration to keep asylum seekers and other migrants from trekking en masse to the countryís southern border, especially as Mexico and the United States are being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic and seeking to contain its spread.
    They also said any rush to the U.S border could hand Bidenís political opponents ammunition to sink the rest of his immigration agenda, which includes providing a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already in the United States and reducing asylum application backlogs.
    The Biden administration has not specifically endorsed militarized action, however, and has vowed to treat migrants with dignity.
    ďThey want the relevant countries to have appropriate border controls,Ē said one former U.S. official familiar with the matter, who also spoke on condition of anonymity.    ďIt doesnít mean that they hold everyone back and beat back migrants. Thatís not the objective here
    A White House spokesperson declined to comment, referring Reuters to recent public remarks by Roberta Jacobson, a special assistant to the president specializing on the southwest border.
    Jacobson told reporters on a recent call that the administration had not talked with Mexico specifically about how it deploys its security forces on its own soil.     She added, however, that the two countriesí diplomats, as well as Biden and Mexican President Andrťs Manuel Lůpez Obrador, had spoken about the need to jointly work on managing migration.    She stressed the importance of addressing its root causes such as poverty and corruption.
    Two other administration officials, including Juan Gonzalez, the presidentís lead adviser on Latin American policy, recently underscored U.S. support for immigration enforcement well south of the U.S. border.
    ďI need to recognize here the work that (Guatemalan) President (Alejandro) Giammattei has done in managing the migration flows when the caravans started out,Ē Gonzalez told the El Salvadoran investigative website El Faro after the January crackdown.
    The Mexican government has informed the new U.S. administration that it intends to keep current immigration enforcement measures in place because it is in Mexicoís sovereign interest to secure its own borders, one senior Mexican official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
    Biden already faces pressure from leading Republican lawmakers who accuse his administration of undermining immigration enforcement.
    The new administration has ďsketched out a massive proposal for blanket amnesty that would gut enforcement of American laws while creating huge new incentives for people to rush here illegally at the same time,Ē Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said on the Senate floor after Bidenís first day in office.
    Biden officials have repeatedly pleaded with asylum seekers not to migrate now, stressing that the administration needs time to enact its domestic immigration changes.
    At the same time, human rights advocates say leaning on Mexico and Central America to halt mass migration violates peopleís rights to seek asylum.    It also potentially subjects them to further violence and abuse on their journeys north, they say.
    ďWeíve seen time and time again that militarized approaches donít really stop people from leaving,Ē said Daniella Burgi-Palomino, co-director of the Latin America Working Group, an organization dedicated to influencing U.S. policy.
    About 8,000 people, including many women and children, joined Januaryís migrant caravan shortly before Bidenís inauguration, aiming to arrive in the United States after he took office.
    The Trump administration had all but locked down the U.S. southern border and forced some asylum applicants to wait for months in Mexico.    It also had prodded Mexican and Central American governments, largely through threats, to confront migrant caravans.
    For instance, Mexico in 2019 deployed 20,000 National Guard and soldiers to police its borders to stave off Trumpís threats to impose tariffs on Mexican goods.
    Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras coordinated a regional containment strategy ahead of the January caravan, Martin Alonso Borrego, director of Latin America and the Caribbean for Mexicoís foreign ministry, told Reuters.
    After a Jan. 11 meeting among the countries, Guatemala declared emergency powers in nearly a third of its states and deployed up to 4,000 soldiers, police officers and air force personnel.
    As Bidenís inauguration approached, rumors that a large migrant group was forming in Honduras prompted Mexico to beef up its military presence at its own southern border and send buses to Guatemala to aid in the return of caravan members.
    The crackdown in mid-January provided some respite to Mexican troops on the Suchiate River.    It also inspired fear among migrants.
    Honduran migrant Alvarez and her family spent days in Guatemalaís hills trying to make their way toward the Mexican border.    ďWeíre without money and food,Ē she said, before Reuters lost touch with her.
    In the mid-January confrontation in Guatemala, the Reuters photographer and other witnesses saw a wall of security forces confront hundreds of migrants, beating some and deploying tear gas.    Some migrants threw rocks. Guatemalan immigration authorities reported an unspecified number of injuries.
    Guatemalaís human rights ombudsman Jordan Rodas said ďit was outrageous to see the scenes of how the military brutally received our Honduran brothers and sisters
    Immigration experts and people familiar with the Biden administrationís thinking say Washington may try to exercise more oversight down the line over how Mexican and Central American authorities conduct border containment operations.
    Proponents of greater U.S. immigration control say it would be a mistake to pull back on the Trump-era pressure.
    ďItís not clear how effectively Guatemala and Mexico can block them, especially if the numbers get bigger and especially if they are not pressured to do so by Biden,Ē said Jessica Vaughan, policy director for the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors lower levels of immigration.
(Laura Gottesdiener reported from Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, and Mexico City; Frank Jack Daniel from Mexico City, and Ted Hesson from Washington, D.C. Additional reporting by Luis Echeverria in Vado Hondo, Guatemala; SofŪa Menchu in Guatemala City, Dave Graham and Lizbeth Diaz in Mexico City, and Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles. Editing by Julie Marquis)

2/12/2021 Analysis: Collapsed Health System Makes Venezuela Vaccination Campaign An Uphill Battle by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera
FILE PHOTO: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the opening of the
new court term in Caracas, Venezuela January 22, 2021. REUTERS/Manaure Quintero/File Photo
    CARACAS (Reuters) Ė Venezuelaís deteriorated health system and collapsed economy will make the country one of the toughest places in the region to conduct a coronavirus vaccination campaign, an effort that already trails most of South America, experts said.
    The country has one of the regionís lowest coverage rates for even basic vaccines, according to regional health figures, driven by years of blackouts, loss of medical personnel and decay of local clinics that are crucial for such campaigns.
    Venezuela on Thursday moved a step closer to getting access to COVID-19 vaccines as opposition leaders and officials from President Nicolas Maduroís cash-strapped government began talks on how to pay for inoculations.
    But without filling the gaps in its health infrastructure, reaching remote corners of the economically devastated country will prove difficult.    That could leave pockets of isolation that undermine the global mitigation effort and boost the risk for the creation of new variants.
    Cold storage facilities are operational in Caracas, but regional distribution centers in state capitals have seen extensive decay of refrigeration units, said Dr. Huniades Urbina, a pediatrician and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
    ďYou donít accomplish anything by storing the vaccine in Caracas without being able to take it into the provinces,Ē Urbina said in an interview.    ďIn the states, in the regions, theyíre not prepared with the cold chain (capacity) they need
    The impact of Venezuelaís hyperinflationary economic crisis is evident in the countryís vaccination rates, which trail far behind even Haitiís in inoculations for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) and hepatitis B shots, according to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) data.
    Health experts blame years losses of qualified personnel due to mass migration, inadequate budgets for vaccination campaigns, and the abandonment of clinics in rural areas.
    By 2017, vaccination had dropped off so sharply that Venezuela suffered a measles outbreak that was only controlled through a campaign involving PAHO that was meant to ensure that it didnít spread to other countries.
    Venezuela blames its current situation on U.S. sanctions that have crippled oil exports and made it more difficult to import goods including medicine.
    The information ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
    Venezuelaís economic collapse has fueled the migration of more than 5 million people since 2015, and the situation on the ground has worsened in recent years.
    Fuel shortages are now so severe that basic travel is complicated and expensive, creating obvious hurdles to distributing vaccines in remote areas.
    Provincial cities have suffered frequent blackouts since a 2019 power outage paralyzed the country for nearly a month, further undermining cold-chain capacity.
    And local humanitarian organizations have denounced a systematic campaign of intimidation of aid workers that has drawn criticism from the United Nations Office on Human Rights, undermining trust among crucial local allies.
    Dr. Alberto Paniz-Mondolfi, assistant professor of pathology at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York, says when he did his residency in Venezuela two decades ago, even clinics in the remote Amazon region were fully equipped for vaccine campaigns.
    ď(Now) you do not have refrigerators in the ambulatory clinics.    You do not have secure access to dry ice,Ē said Paniz-Mondolfi, who fled Venezuela in 2019 after being threatened by government officials over his research on the resurgence of vaccine-preventable diseases.
    ďYou go to any community in Venezuela, a remote community in the provinces, most of the ambulatory network has been shut down
(Reporting by Brian Ellsworth and Vivian Sequera; Editing by Giles Elgood)

2/12/2021 G7 Finance Chiefs Discuss How To Steer Economies Out Of Crisis by William Schomberg and David Milliken
FILE PHOTO: British finance minister Rishi Sunak speaks at the House of Commons in London, January 11, 2021.
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Finance chiefs from rich countries discussed ways to steer the global economy out of its worst slump since the Great Depression and agreed on the need to solve a tax dispute that has become a test case for U.S. re-engagement under new president Joe Biden.
    Britain, which is chairing the Group of Seven industrialised nations this year, said it had also called for more support for the most vulnerable countries during the coronavirus pandemic.
    ďMinisters and central bank governors exchanged views on how best to shape and respond to the phases of the global recovery from COVID-19, including supporting workers and businesses in dealing with the pandemic while ensuring sustainability in the long term,Ē the British finance ministry said.
    Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri said the G7 had committed to continuing coordinated action to support the economy.    ďThe withdrawal of policy support is premature,Ē he wrote on Twitter.
    U.S. President Biden has proposed a further $1.9 trillion in spending and tax cuts on top of $4 trillion of coronavirus relief measures enacted by his predecessor Donald Trump.
    British finance minister Rishi Sunak is expected to say next month that he will extend his economic rescue programmes and that fixing public finances will have to be addressed later.
    Britain said G7 officials agreed that making progress on reaching ďan international solution to the tax challenges of the digital economyĒ was a key priority.
    Countries have been trying to revive attempts at a global approach to taxing giant digital firms, many of them American such as Amazon and Google, after progress was blocked by Trumpís administration.
    Britain called on G7 countries to agree a joint approach to taxing internet giants by mid-2021, a deadline agreed by the wider Group of 20 nations.
    Sunak stressed ďthe moral, health and economic caseĒ for global vaccine distribution and said international financial institutions had to help vulnerable countries respond to the pandemic.
    The G7 had been expected to back a new allocation of the International Monetary Fundís own currency, known as special drawing rights, to help low-income countries hit by the coronavirus crisis.
    Officials from the United States, the IMFís biggest shareholder, had signalled they were open to a new issuance of $500 billion, sources said on Thursday Ė another shift in position by the Biden administration.
    Sunak called on private creditors to give debt help to the poorest countries and said climate change and nature preservation would be priorities for Britainís G7 presidency.
    World Bank President David Malpass said the G7 had a ďgood discussionĒ of inequality, COVID-19 vaccinations, climate change, economic vulnerabilities and debt reduction for poor countries.
(Additional reporting by David Lawder in Washington and Crispian Balmer in Rome; Editing by Catherine Evans)

2/12/2021 Yellen Urges G7 To ďGo BigĒ On Stimulus, Says U.S. Committed To Multilateralism
FILE PHOTO: Former Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a panel discussion at the American Economic Association/Allied
Social Science Association (ASSA) 2019 meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Christopher Aluka Berry/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday urged G7 finance leaders to ďgo bigĒ with additional fiscal stimulus and told them that the Biden administration was committed to multilateral engagement and tackling climate change.
    The Treasury said in a statement that Yellen emphasized the need to provide more fiscal support to promote a robust and lasting recovery, telling her G7 counterparts: ďthe time to go big is now
(Reporting by David Lawder, Editing by Franklin Paul)

2/12/2021 U.S., With Trump Gone, Seeks To Build Bridges On Global Economy by William Schomberg
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to a news conference at the end of the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, August 26, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Global finance chiefs meet on Friday for the first time since Joe Biden replaced Donald Trump as U.S. president, vowing to rebuild bridges with allies to steer the world economy out of its deepest slump since the Great Depression.     U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, a familiar face to global policymakers from her days in charge of the Federal Reserve, will join her counterparts from the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations for the online discussions.
    Britainís finance minister, Rishi Sunak, who will co-chair the talks, wants the meeting to send a fresh signal that trillions of dollars of stimulus from G7 members will not be scaled back while COVID-19 vaccinations are still ramping up.
    Biden has proposed a further $1.9 trillion in spending and tax cuts on top of Trumpís $4 trillion.    Sunak is expected to say next month that he will extend his economic rescue programmes and fixing public finances will have to wait.
    The meeting will try to revive attempts for a global approach to taxing giant digital firms, many of them American such as Amazon and Google, a test case for Washingtonís return to engagement with the rest of the world.
    The G7 was also likely to help low-income countries raise funds to fight the pandemic by backing a new allocation of the International Monetary Fundís own currency.
    The United States, the IMFís dominant shareholder, is open to a new issuance of $500 billion in what would be another shift from the Trump administrationís stance, sources said.
    As well as the United States and Britain, the G7 includes Japan, France, Germany, Italy and Canada whose finance ministers and central bank governors will be joined by the head of the European Central Bank and the IMF.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to host the first in-person summit of G7 leaders in nearly two years in June in a seaside village in Cornwall, southwestern England, which will focus on rebuilding from the pandemic and climate change.
    Trump threw the G7 into chaos in 2018 when he said he was backing out of a joint communique after a leadersí summit because of a trade dispute with Canada.
    Britain wants to make climate change and biodiversity loss a top priority of it G7 presidency ahead of the COP26 conference it is due to host in November.
(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

2/13/2021 Oil up $1.76 to $59.67, DOW up 28 to 31,458.

2/13/2021 Senate Votes To Acquit 45th President Donald J. Trump by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 13: In this screenshot taken from a webcast, Senate votes 57-43 to acquit on the fifth day of former President Donald Trumpís second
impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. House impeachment managers had argued that Trump was ďsingularly responsibleĒ
for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol and he should be convicted and barred from ever holding public office again. (Photo by via Getty Images)
    On Saturday, the Senate voted to acquit 45th President Donald J. Trump for the second time.    The Senate needed two-thirds or 67 votes to convict President Trump, but the trial resulted in 57 guilty votes and 43 not guilty votes.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 13: In this screenshot taken from a webcast, Michael van der Veen, defense lawyer
for former President Donald Trump, gives closing arguments on the fifth day of former President Donald Trumpís
second impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by via Getty Images)
    Seven GOP senators voted against the 45th President, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).
    Trump is the first U.S. president to be acquitted twice.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump address guests at Joint
Base Andrews in Maryland on January 20, 2021. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

2/13/2021 NYC Resumes Indoor Dining At 25% Capacity by OAN Newsroom
A view of a snow-damaged outdoor dining area in Manhattanís Chinatown during the coronavirus pandemic on February 03, 2021 in New York City. New York City and
much of the Northeast was hit by a major winter storm that brought over two feet of snow to the area before ending on Tuesday. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
    Residents in New York City eagerly booked reservations for restaurants as indoor dining resumed.    On Friday, officials allowed for dining locations around the Big Apple to reopen indoors at a 25 percent capacity.
    Additionally, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) announced the statewide dining curfew would be extended to 11 p.m. starting on Sunday.    One restaurant manager highlighted his boom in business after restrictions were finally loosened.
    ďSo personally, Iím really excited that indoor dining is coming back, it is something for tonight only 25 percent capacity, but I always say that something is better than nothing,Ē Sola Pasta Bar owner Simone Tiligna said.    ďSo me and all our team, weíre really excited, thank God.    I think our industry, the restaurant business industry, we deserve it because we got hit really hard from this pandemic
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Ė FEBRUARY 12: In celebration of Valentineís Day, and as part of Rockefeller Centerís month
of ďLove at the Center,Ē a Lewis Miller Design custom-made hot dog cart cascading with multi-colored flowers is on display at the
entrance of Top of the Rock Observation Deck on February 12, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
    Indoor dining was scheduled to resume on Valentineís Day, however, officials allowed restaurants to open a few days earlier to give staff time to prepare for the busy holiday.

2/13/2021 Teachers Unions Resist Reopening Schools Despite CDC Guidance And Rising Suicide Rates Amid Youth by OAN Newsroom
Teacher Martin Schall prepares for a online distance learning session with his students in an empty classroom. (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP via Getty Images)
    As the reported number of children suffering from suicidal thoughts reached a record high, the city of San Francisco sued its own schools for not having a detailed plan to reopen.
    The lawsuit filed at the San Francisco Superior Court Thursday cited a 66 percent increase in emergency room visits from children at a local hospital.    A mother who was part of the cityís testimony said she found her daughter ďcurled up in a fetal position crying next to her laptop
    ďThis is paralyzing our city and our residents,Ē San Francisco Mayor London Breed said.    ďAnd I know this is a drastic step, but I feel that we are out of options at this point
    City officials explained these schools have been allowed to reopen since September, but district teachers wanted to be vaccinated before returning to in-person instruction.    This contradicted the latest CDC guidelines, which stated schools can reopen without having teachers vaccinated as long as safety measures such as masks and social distancing stay in place.
SAN FRANCISCO Ė JULY 10: San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera looks on during a news
conference July 10, 2006 in San Francisco, California.( Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    City Attorney Dennis Herrera argued continued distanced-learning is detrimental to the mental health of the districtís 54,000 students.    Herrera added the school district has not released a detailed plan to reopen schools, which is required by law.
    Republicans on Capitol Hill, including Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.), said Democrats want schools to open up, but are afraid to say so on the record.
    ďTo be public and on the record, they are afraid of it,Ē Smith said.    ďThose teacherís unions are so strong within the Democrat party that theyíre afraid to push back on them
    Smith also criticized the Biden administrationís goal to have 50 percent of schools open for in-person learning, at least once a week by his 100th day in office.     The lawmaker noted Biden needs to ďfollow the science and encourage all these state and local leaders just to reopen schools

2/13/2021 Recall Gavin Newsom Petition Reaches 1.5M Signatures by OAN Newsroom
California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to the press in the spin room after the
sixth Democratic primary debate. (Photo by AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP via Getty Images)
    As more state residents signed the recall petition, California Governor Gavin Newsomís (D) chances at reelection grew slimmer and slimmer.    As of Friday, organizers for the ĎRecall Gavin 2020Ď movement collected over 1.5 million signatures.
    Prior attempts to recall the Democrat faded, but the most recent effort kept up its momentum as residents grew tired of health orders that closed schools and businesses.
    ďThereís a real sense out there that this governor isnít up to the job and so many people have suffered because of the lockdown and now the prolonged COVID vaccine rollout,Ē Rescue California Chairman Tom Del Beccaro said.    ďSo to me, this demonstrates thereís a lot of vitality in this reform movement
    The petition signatures will still require verification, but once confirmed, a recall election is likely to take place in 2021.    Organizers hope to continue receiving signatures until the March deadline.
    ďSo in order to give a cushion,Ē Beccaro added.    ďWe want to reach the 1.9 to two million range and that will ensure final certification for the recall election
    The deadline for verification is the end of April.
Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, center, speaks during a news conference in Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles.
Faulconer announced Monday he is entering the race for California governor, the first major Republican to formally step into the contest while a
potential recall election aimed at Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom moves closer to qualifying for the ballot this year. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who is running for California governor as a Republican, criticized Newsom on Twitter Friday.    Faulconer said the current governor doesnít care about Californiansí struggles.
    He added ďa recall is on the verge of happening and better days are coming

2/14/2021 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky reports 769 COVID-19 cases, 19 deaths - Stateís test positivity rate is continuing to decline by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 769 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday and an additional 19 deaths.    The new figures bring the commonwealthís totals since the start of the pandemic to 387,090 cases and 4,272 related deaths.
    The test positivity rate dropped again, hitting 6.87% ó the second consecutive day itís been below 7% and the lowest itís been since Nov. 6.
    ďOur positivity rate continues to decline, which is the leading indicator of where we are with this virus,Ē Gov. Andy Beshear said in a tweet Saturday.    ďOur efforts have made a difference. Letís continue to mask up, social distance and practice good hygiene as we see the light at the end of this tunnel
    There were 1,059 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus Saturday, including 266 in an intensive care unit and 143 on a ventilator.
    As of Saturday afternoon, 519,333 Kentuckians had received at least the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, making about 11.6% of the stateís population inoculated against the virus.
    In Indiana, 799,639 Hoosiers have received the first dose of the vaccine.
    Thatís about 11.9% of the stateís population.
    Indiana reported 1,275 new positive COVID-19 cases and 33 more deaths Saturday, bringing the stateís totals since the start of the pandemic to 647,657 cases and 11,722 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmac austin.
[19 deaths / 769 cases Saturday and none reported on Friday so it is still at 0.02% mortality rate and it should be half of that if it was two days-worth and positivity rate at 6.87%.].

2/14/2021 Pelosi Brings 2 Failed Impeachments, Lashes Out At GOP by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the first in her position to bring two failed impeachments.    On Saturday, President Trump was acquitted of impeachment allegations after Pelosi announced the second impeachment last month.
    After the vote, Pelosi expressed frustration in a press conference and called Republicans cowards for not convicting Trump.    She further targeted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who said he voted to acquit Trump because the Senate doesnít have the power to convict a private citizen.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 13: Michael van der Veen (C), President Donald Trumpís defense lawyer, speaks to media following the conclusion of the second
impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)
    ďWhat we saw in that Senate today was a cowardly group of Republicans who apparently have no options,Ē Pelosi stated.    ďBecause they were afraid to defend their job, respect the institution in which they serve
    Although seven Republican senators voted to convict the 45th President, he received enough votes to avoid conviction.

2/14/2021 Biden Backtracks On Mask Guidance by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Nearly a year into the pandemic and even for the vaccinated, face masks donít appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.    Joe Biden visited the National Institute of Health last week and backtracked on his words.
    In a mask-muffled press conference, Biden changed his recommendation.    He said Americans should cover their faces for the rest of the year after suggesting ď100 days of useĒ just two months ago.
    During the event, Biden claimed ďwearing this mask through the next year can save lives.Ē    Instead of using scientific evidence to back his mask advice, Biden appealed to American patriotism for compliance.
Joe Biden speaks, flanked by White House Chief Medical Adviser on Covid-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci (R), during a visit to the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, February 11, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďWeíre in the middle of a war with this virus,Ē Biden stated.    ďItís a patriotic responsibility!Ē
    Despite the widespread use of face coverings, Biden lamented 100,000 deaths and still said masks save lives.    Meanwhile, some believe masks actually serve a different purpose.
    ďTo me this is just psychological warfare,Ē Winthrop, Massachusetts resident Lauren Craig said.    ďThe virus has a 99.98 chance of recovery rate so weíre going to lock down the whole society, for something that has a 99.98 chance of recovery rate?Ē
    In the meantime, data experts failed to find evidence linking mask usage with the reduced viral transmission.
    ďYou would see a lower-case rate there and thatís not the case at all, there is no correlation, and thatís from my data perspective,Ē data expert Justin Hart stated.    ďZero correlation between the wearing of masks and the decrease in cases and deaths
    Critics pointed out that government health suggestions need scientific proof and should be optional instead of mandatory.    For some, wearing a mask can be traumatic and stifling.
    ďThere is a downside to masks,Ē Former New York Times columnist Alex Berenson said.    ďYou know, they can frighten little kids, they can frighten people with disabilities and some people just donít like wearing them.    I think before you take away peopleís freedoms you need to have much better evidence than we have
    Americans hoping to hold Biden to his word shouldnít hold their breath because mask mandates could be here to stay.

2/14/2021 NYPD Deploying 500 Officers Patrol Subways After 4 Stabbings by OAN Newsroom
Police patrol the A line subway train bound to Inwood, after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into the subway system following deadly attacks,
Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in New York. Authorities say an unidentified man could be responsible for four separate stabbing attacks in the New York City
subways that have left two people dead. New York police say the assaults happened between Friday morning and early Saturday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    The NYPD sent 500 more police officers to patrol New York Cityís subway stations after four homeless people were stabbed, two fatally, in the span of 24 hours.    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announced the measure as officials launched an investigation into the killings on Saturday.
    ďWe will immediately commence a surge of officers to patrol both above and belowground,Ē Shea stated.    ďTo ensure that everyone that rides on our transit system on a daily basis not only is safe, but just as importantly feels safe
    According to reports, the four separate attacks all occurred along the A subway line Friday and went into early Saturday morning. An unidentified man was pronounced dead on the scene after suffering stab wounds to the neck and torso. Later, a 44-year-old woman was discovered with multiple stab wounds and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police patrol the A line subway train bound to Inwood, after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into the
subway system following deadly attacks, Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    Investigators said itís unclear whether the stabbings were connected and stressed the investigation is preliminary.
    ďThree of these incidents appear to be connected and the detective bureau is looking into the possibility that all four could have been committed by one individual,Ē said NYPD Chief of Transit Kathleen OíRiley said.
    Officials said a ďsmall armyĒ of detectives and investigators are working tirelessly to bring those involved to justice.    The attacks came in the cityís latest string of subway crimes.    Many people have demanded officials take action.
    In the meantime, Shea said the deployed officers will be there as long as needed to ensure that New Yorkers feel safe.

2/14/2021 President Trump Thanks Defense Team, GOP Lawmakers Following Acquittal In Impeachment Trial by OAN Newsroom
Trump lawyers Michael van der Veen (C) and William J. Brennan (2nd R) talk after the second impeachment trial of former
US President Donald Trump, on February 13, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump praised his supporters for standing by his side during what he said was ďthe greatest witch hunt in our nationís history.Ē    In a statement Thursday, the President thanked his defense team and GOP lawmakers for helping to preserve the rule of law and Americaís constitutional rights.
    The 45th President said itís sad to see a political party excuse itself from civility and attempt to cancel those with opposing views.
    Conservative voices also threw their support behind Trump following the verdict.    On Saturday, Eric Trump tweeted ďtwo-to-zeroĒ in reference to the Democrat Partyís second failed attempt to convict President Trump of wrongdoing.
    Donald Trump Jr. also took to social media and said he hoped Democrats could finally start working for the American people.
    ďNow, maybe that theyíve gotten all of the nonsense hopefully out their system, the Democrats can actually go back to doing some work in the Senate,Ē the 45th Presidentís eldest son said.    ďAll of the Senate was pushed through this nonsense
    In the meantime, some citizens voiced their opinions against the partisan efforts.
    ďI feel like that was a huge waste of tax dollars and American people who are suffering,Ē Michigan resident Jessica Kurlyowich stated.    ďThey wasted millions and billions of dollars on something that theyÖultimately knew that they were going to fail
    Trump supporters across the country also spoke out and said President Trump had no role in the January 6 events on Capitol Hill.
    ďI think itís great because the President did not incite a riot at the Capitol, he told the American people to come peacefully and patriotically,Ē Michigan resident Vance Sellers said.    ďThey chose to break the law
    In light of the outpour of support, President Trump said the MAGA movement has just begun and added he looks forward to revealing what his next endeavors are in the coming months.

2/14/2021 Navarro Slams Pence Over Refusal To Block Certification Of Bidenís Electoral College Victory by OAN Newsroom
ARLINGTON, VA Ė AUGUST 09: Mike Pence announced the Trump administrationís plan to create the U.S. Space Force by 2020
during a speech at the Pentagon August 9, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Former senior advisor to President Trump Peter Navarro blasted former Vice President Mike Pence.    During an interview on Saturday, Navarro said Penceís actions will ďgo down in history as one of the greatest betrayals imaginable
    This came after Pence rejected calls from the President and others to block the certification of Joe Bidenís victory due to evidence of voter fraud.    Navarro said the incident on January 6 ruined the chances of conducting an investigation into election concerns.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MARCH 27: Peter Navarro spoke during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the press
briefing room of the White House on March 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    ďThe last person on earth that wanted that to happen was Donald J. Trump,Ē Navarro stated.    ďBecause it allowed the vice president, it allowed the RINO Republicans, and it certainly allowed the Democrats to cancel what was going to be an investigation on January 6, which was going to be one of the greatest days in the history of the republic because it would have allowed an investigation into this fraud
    Navarro went on to say Pence ďclearly had a missionĒ to get to the bottom of voting irregularities, but he refused to do it.

2/14/2021 Bidenís Assault On 2nd Amendment Sparks Fears Of Civil War by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden spoke during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is ramping up his push to eliminate Second Amendment rights under the pretext of public safety.    In a statement on Sunday, Biden marked the anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida, saying he would take new steps to take guns away from Americans.
    His plans include a ban on private ownership of military style rifles, tougher background checks and growing bureaucratic obstacles to buying legal guns.    Meanwhile, Biden has proposed little to contain the inflow of illegal weapons into the U.S.
    Many Americans said if Biden wants their guns, he may come and get them.     ďIím very worried about this country, where itís going,Ē gun dealer Scott Pickett said.    ďIf it keeps heading down the same way, theyíre going to push people into another Civil War
    Biden baselessly claimed tougher gun control would reduce crime.    However, gun violence is at its highest in cities like Chicago and New York that have stringent gun control already in place.

2/14/2021 Pentagon Looks To Automate Fleet Craft by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin waits to speak during a visit by Joe Biden to the Pentagon
in Washington, DC, February 10, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Pentagon made additional moves to automate military operations through a $740 billion defense bill passed last month.    The bill included multiple directives for incorporating autonomous technology in sea and air vessels.
    Computer-controlled cockpits of helicopters, tankers and cargo planes would allow for remote controlled missions.    One initiative would provide jet fighters with their own autonomous wingman for an advantage in dog fights.
Amphibious assault vehicles prepare to enter the well deck of the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18),
during Exercise Dawn Blitz 2015 (DB-15). (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communications Specialist 3rd Class Brandon Cyr/Released)
    Automation across all branches of the military is gaining steam.
    ďRather than the aircrew managing and manipulating all the controls at the same time, the aircraft understands how to keep itself stable,Ē Marine Corps Aviation Colonel Byron Sullivan said.    ďSo for example, when youíre in a hover in this aircraft, you can basically auto-couple the aircraft to a point in space, laterally and in elevation as well
    AI systems would allow pilots to focus on flying strategically as opposed to responding to threats, which is a task the military plans to automate.

2/14/2021 Dr. Gottlieb: Biden Must Work Harder To Battle COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb testified during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning
federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Joe Biden is not working hard enough to defeat COVID-19.
    ďI would be taking the federal resources and the state resources and creating more bespoke solutions that can be used in some of the hard to reach environments,Ē Gottlieb stated.    ďSome of the underserved communities where you can move mobile vans into those communities, try to work through community groups, local providers, church groups, community health centers to try to get harder to reach populations vaccinated
    Gottlieb said private sector companies such as CVS and Walgreens are already providing vaccines, but Biden must provide more accessible options to lowest income citizens.
SAVANNAH, GA Ė DECEMBER 15: A nurse showed off a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of the
Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    The doctor also criticized China for still withholding information on the origins of COVID-19 amid Bidenís soft stance on Beijing.
    ďWe wanna see sequencing data on retained samples from people who were admitted to the hospital in October and November with viral syndromes that looked like COVID to see if this infection was spreading earlier, and try to get closer to the source of the initial outbreak,Ē Gottlieb stated.    ďThat data is certainly available, the Chinese have that.    So thereís a lot of data that was not made available
    Gottliebís remarks appeared to suggest the Biden administration is not putting enough effort into battling COVID-19 and it must work harder to prevent similar outbreaks in the future.

2/14/2021 Mark Walker Reiterates Push To Oust Anti-Trump Sen. Burr by OAN Newsroom
Former North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker is shown. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo)
    Former Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) reiterated his plan to run for the U.S. Senate in 2022 to replace Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
    ďLetís do more than make an argument, letís make a difference,Ē Walker said.    ďMy goal, to be a conservative warrior and a bridge builder for all of our communities, and thatís exactly what we did taking on the swamp
    Walker criticized Burr for voting to convict President Trump in the failed impeachment attempt.    He added his state needs a real conservative in the U.S. Senate.
    ďIím running for the United States Senate because serving others is my life, and I have the experience to fight and to win in Washington,Ē Walker stated.    ďIn North Carolina, Chuck Schumer doesnít get to pick the next Senator, the people do
    Walker said his campaign is backed by law enforcement, teachers and nurses among hundreds of thousands of citizens of North Carolina.

2/14/2021 NYPD Arrest Man In Connection With 4 Subway Stabbings by OAN Newsroom
Police patrolled the A-line subway train bound to Inwood after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into the
subway system following deadly attacks, Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    New York City police charged a man with murder after a series of subway stabbings left at least two dead.
    Reports on Sunday said 21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez was taken into custody in connection with at least four stabbings that took place over a 14 hour period starting late Friday.    Police said Lopez, who was likely homeless, wounded two people and killed two others in separate incidences along the subwayís A-line.
    NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said 500 officers were redirected to patrol the transit system during the search.
    ďThey can expect to see a very large footprint of uniformed officers deployed throughout New York City,Ē Shea stated.    ďWhether they go onto a train, onto a platform, and theyíll be there as long as needed to make sure people feel safe
Police patrolled the A-line subway train bound to Inwood, after NYPD deployed an additional 500 officers into
the subway system following deadly attacks, Saturday Feb. 13, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
    Lopez is now facing multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder.

2/14/2021 Lockdown Blamed In Part For Philadelphia Rise In Gun Violence by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA, PA Ė AUGUST 14: Police tape was stretched across a street near a residence during a
shooting on August 14, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    The pandemic lockdown is being cited as one of the causes of a spike in gun violence in Philadelphia.    This came as part of a new study published last week by Temple University, which showed an increase in gun violence rates after pandemic lockdown measures were put in place in March.
    Trauma surgeons in the city said they were looking for an explanation for the increase in gun violence patients, which prompted the study.
    Researchers said the spread of COVID-19 compounded issues already seen in low-income communities.
    ďWith the containment policy has come exacerbation of poverty and those structural disadvantages,Ē trauma surgeon Dr. Jessica Beard said.    ďThat connection is likely the cause for the uptick
    The number of people shot each week in Philadelphia almost doubled during the pandemic, jumping from 25 to 46.    Over 2,200 people were shot and nearly 500 killed during 2020.

2/14/2021 Dozens Gather To Remember 17 Lives Lost In Parkland Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Flowers, candles and mementos sat outside one of the makeshift memorials at Marjory Stoneman
Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 27, 2018. (Photo by RHONA WISE/AFP via Getty Images)
    Americans nationwide mourned as Valentineís Day marked three years since a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took the lives of 17 students and teachers in Parkland.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) issued a statewide order on Sunday for flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset, also requesting Floridians take a moment of silence at 3 p.m.
    Dozens gathered in cities across Florida to honor the lives lost, including Tony Montalto, whose daughter Gina Montalto was one of the victims killed.
    ďItís very difficult day,Ē Montalto said.    ďAlthough every day has been very difficult since my beautiful daughter Gina Rose Montalto was murdered at her school.    Each day our family is not whole, and my wife and my son and myself are reminded of that, of a huge missing part of our lives
    Back in 2018, a former student of Stoneman Douglas opened fire on campus, senselessly killing 14 students and three staff members, while wounding another 17 within minutes.
    In light of the commemoration, Joe Biden called upon Congress to strengthen gun laws, a measure in which family and loved ones of the victims have embarked on.
    In a bid campaign against gun violence, the parents of Joaquin Oliver, who was also killed in the shooting, plan to send ďshame cardsĒ to lawmakers, hoping theyíll take action.
    ďItís an artistic collection that shows cities of the United States that have suffered mass shootings,Ē Oliver said.    ďThese images are very impactful.    They show the whole process, even the shooter in some of them
    Several commemoration events took place throughout Sunday, and family members and loved ones reminded others not to let the event be forgotten in the days to come.

2/15/2021 Ky. reports fifth-straight week of falling COVID-19 cases by Mary Ramsey USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,710 new COVID-19 cases and 10 coronavirus-related deaths Sunday as the stateís positivity rate continued to fall, Gov. Andy Beshear announced.    That marks the fifth straight week of declining cases for the first time since the pandemic began.
    'We always hate to have one death, but with what weíd been seeing lately these are positive numbers,' Beshear said.
    The stateís positivity rate was below 7% for the third-straight day on Sunday, at 6.78%.
    Kentucky reported less than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases Saturday.    The commonwealth has now seen a total of 388,798 cases and 4,282 since the start of the pandemic.
    On the vaccine front, Kentucky had inoculated 540,067 people as of Sunday, according to the stateís tracker.
    More than 45,800 Kentuckians have recovered from the virus.
    Indiana reported another 1,233 cases and 24 deaths Sunday, bringing the stateís totals to 648,875 cases and 11,746 deaths.
Ann Hagan-Grigsby, CEO of Park DuValle Community Health Center, recently received her second dose
of the COVID-19 vaccine at Broadbent Arena. provided by Ann Hagan-Grigsby
[10 deaths / 1,710 cases on Sunday = 0.006% and less than a 1,000 cases on Saturday with no deaths.].

2/14/2021 Top Republican Senators Weigh In On Midterm Elections by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., waits for a Senate subway on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021,
on the fourth day of the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said heís backing candidates who can win in the midterms.    In a Politico interview Saturday, the Kentucky lawmaker said his goal in every way possible is to have nominees representing the Republican Party who can win.
    His comments come as four Senate Republicans announced their plans to retire in 2022 instead of seeking reelection.    McConnell went on to say the only thing he cares about is electability, regardless of whether the candidate is backed by President Trump.
    However, it seems the 45th president remains a driving force among the GOP. Several Republicans that have launched Senate bids have been quick to highlight their ties with President Trump. This includes Senate candidate and former North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker.
    Walker has recently received high praise from the White House after challenging Joe Bidenís win in Pennsylvania.    Heís looking to unseat Sen. Richard Burr in the midterms after he voted to convict President Trump in the failed impeachment attempt.
    Walker has insisted North Carolina needs a real conservative in the U.S. Senate.    However, his ties to President Trump could be overshadowed by speculations daughter-in-law Lara Trump is eyeing the seat.
    During an interview Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Burrís vote to convict the President have made Lara ďthe almost certain nomineeĒ for the Senate seat.    The South Carolina lawmaker added, heíll back Lara and said ďTrump-plus is the way back in 2022

2/15/2021 President Trump Impeachment Defense Attorneyís Home Vandalized by OAN Newsroom
Michael van der Veen, an attorney for President Donald Trump, removed his mask to speak with reporters on Capitol Hill after the Senate acquitted
President Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Attorney Michael van der Veen was targeted by vandals over his defense of President Trump in the impeachment trial. Over the weekend, the word ďtraitorĒ was spray painted on the driveway outside Van der Veenís Pennsylvania home.
    A group of protesters also gathered outside the attorneyís Philadelphia law office, calling him a fascist.    Van der Veen said his family, business and law firm are under siege right now, adding he has received around 100 death threats.
In this image from video, Michael van der Veen, an attorney for President Donald Trump, spoke during closing arguments in the second impeachment
trial of President Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (Senate Television via AP)
    While no arrests have been made in relation to the incident at his home, the attacks have prompted him to take action to ensure the safety of his family.    Police are increasing their presence around his neighborhood and he has reportedly hired private security.
    This all followed a recent interview in which Van der Veen vigorously called out the mainstream media over itís coverage of the trial.
    Van der Veen refuted an attempt by a CBS anchor to downplay the significance of Democrat impeachment managers selectively editing evidence for the Senate trial.    He also contended the mainstream media is actively attempting to sow division among the American people.
    ďThe media has to start telling the right story in this country. The media is trying to divide this country.    You are bloodthirsty for ratings!Ē Van der Veen exclaimed.    ďI canít believe that you would ask me a question indicating that itís alright just to doctor a little bit of evidence.    Thereís more stuff that we uncovered that they doctored to be frank with you, and perhaps that will come out one day, but we won this case
    Van der Veen said the conduct of Democrat impeachment managers was inexcusable and the media must stop siding with them.
    In the meantime, others have voiced their concerns over the attacks, including Jenna Ellis who previously worked on the Trump legal team.    She said, ďTrump lawyers, including myself, continue to experience threats, attacks, and hate just because of our work
    Ellis went on to call it ďunconscionable

2/15/2021 Attorney For President Trump Confronts Dem Media Over Doctored Evidence by OAN Newsroom
Michael van der Veen, left and Bruce Castor, attorneys from former President Donald Trump, speak with reporters on Capitol Hill after the Senate
acquitted Trump in his second impeachment trial in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trumpís attorney Michael van der Veen dispelled mainstream mediaís false claims about his acquittal.    He refuted an attempt by a CBS reporter to downplay the significance of Democrat impeachment managers selectively editing evidence for the Senate trial.
    ďThe media has to start telling the right story in this countryÖthe media is trying to divide this country,Ē stated the attorney.    ďYou are bloodthirsty for ratings!Ē
    Van der Veen noted, Democrats committed massive wrongdoing during the sham impeachment and mainstream media is covering that up.
    ďI canít believe that you would ask me a question indicating that itís alright just to doctor a little bit of evidence,Ē he continued.
    ďThereís more stuff that we uncovered that they doctored to be frank with you and perhaps that will come out one day, but we won this case
    The attorney added, the conduct of Democrat impeachment managers was inexcusable and the media must stop siding with them.

2/15/2021 Lincoln Project Falling Apart Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal, Alleged Mismanagement Of Funds by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 20, 2016 file photo, John Weaver is shown on a campaign bus in Bow, N.H. The Lincoln Project was launched in
November 2019 as a super PAC that allowed its leaders to raise and spend unlimited sums of money. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
    The anti-President Trump Lincoln Project is facing blow after blow and now appears to be on its last leg.
    The trouble all started in January when co-founder John Weaver was accused by over a dozen young men of sexual harassment.    The 61-year-old reportedly solicited multiple teenage boys for sexual favors in exchange for jobs on the project.
    Last week, co-founder Steve Schmidt resigned from his position.    He said had ďopen woundsĒ caused by the allegations, while citing his own experience with sexual assault as a child.
    The Lincoln Projectís co-founders claim they hadnít known about the accusations against Weaver until they surfaced last month.    However, according to the New York Times, insiders said they all knew by at least October of 2020 and didnít do anything to reprimand or take action against their colleague.
    In fact, in interviews following the revelations, co-founder George Conway tried to claim he ďdidnít know Weaver very wellĒ despite having founded an entire organization alongside him.
    ďI didnít know John very well,Ē said Conway.    ďI frankly only spoke to him a couple of times on the phone early on in the Lincoln Project
    According to the Associated Press, since its founding the Lincoln Project has raised more than $90 million. Of those funds, about $27 million paid for advertising during the 2020 campaign cycle.
    However, the rest of that money has been nowhere to be seen with $50 million going toward firms run by the co-founders of the project.    Itís unclear where the rest of that donation money has gone or whether it will ever been seen again.
    Many of the groupsí funding sources have now started pulling away from them, namely the Democrat-run Senate Majority PAC and the non-profit group Majority Forward.    In a statement, the president of the Senate Majority PAC said it does not plan to work with the Lincoln Project any time in the future in light of the recent allegations.

2/15/2021 Activists Patrol Oaklandís Chinatown Amid Rise In Violence Against Elderly Asian Residents by OAN Newsroom
A man wears a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus while running in front of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. (AP Photo)
    A group of Asian-American activists are patrolling areas in Oakland, California in hopes of stopping violent attacks on elderly neighbors.    The group, called Asians with Attitude, are reportedly looking to protect Oaklandís Chinatown.
    The group has been letting small business owners and other community members know they will have a presence in the community.    This comes amid a recent surge in violence targeting elderly Asian residents.
    Over the weekend, protesters gathered in Chinatown to celebrate the Lunar New Year and to call for unity in combating the attacks.
    ďWeíre just here for the movement, weíre here to try to come together as a community,Ē stated Jimmy Bounphensy, founder of Asians with Attitude.    ďI started off by myself, Iím glad my message got out to everyone.    Weíre just here trying to send a message out to stop the hate, stop the violence
    The activists said they will have patrol teams guarding the community throughout the day and night.

2/15/2021 John Cox Seeking To Unseat Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Turn State Around by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks during campaign stop as Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif.,
looks on in Irvine, Calif. Cox formally opened his campaign for California governor Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, with a TV ad depicting his leading GOP rival
as a political twin of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and promising to work for lower housing costs and new jobs. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
    California businessman John Cox is looking for another shot at taking the governorís mansion from Democrat Gavin Newsom.    On Sunday, Cox sat down with OAN to make his case for how his experience gives him a fresh perspective for the Golden State.
    Coxís first bout with Newsom came in 2018 when he ran on a platform to clean out Sacramento and reduce the cost of living for residents.    He claims he garnered the highest number of votes ever for a Republican candidate in California except former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
    In recent years, Cox has been setting up for a potential run in 2022, but decided to jump in when the Recall Gavin 2020 petition began to gain traction.
    Additionally, Cox believes Californians are ready to break away from traditional politicians and look for candidates who will solve Californiaís problems.    He highlighted residentsí frustration with Newsomís response to the coronavirus pandemic, which is plagued with slow vaccine rollout and a spiraling economy.
    Meanwhile, recall organizers are touting their ongoing efforts as they have reached the 1.5 million signature threshold to trigger a special election.    They are hoping to reach 2 million signatures by mid-March, so they have a comfortable margin should some be disqualified.
    If the special election is held, Cox will be facing a crowded Republican field, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

2/15/2021 Texas GOP Chairman Slams Biden Immigration Plans by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Thursday, June 19, 2014, Lt. Col. Allen West spoke during Faith and Freedom Coalitionís Road to Majority event in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
    In an interview on Sunday, Texas Republican Party Chairman Lt. Col. Allen West called Joe Bidenís immigration plans an ďimminent dangerĒ to the Lone Star State.
    This came just days after Biden announced he was looking to end the ďRemain in MexicoĒ policy.    Under the policy, immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border are to wait in Mexico for their court appearance. However, Bidenís plan to lift this would release roughly 25,000 immigrants into the U.S. by reinstating the ďcatch and releaseĒ standard.
    This also followed recent reports that the DHS was looking into releasing thousands of immigrants into Texas.
    ďWell I think the reaction should be from state of Texas is say no.    We find these individuals and we make sure that they are deported out of the state of Texas,Ē Allen stated.    ďOr, letís take them to California, lets take them to New York, letís take them to Illinois, letís take them to one of those blue states that firmly believe in open borders and legal immigration.    We donít believe that here in Texas
    Allen cited the Constitution, saying the state of Texas has every right to take a stand against what he called ďopen border policies

2/15/2021 Social Media App Parler Crawls Back Online On ĎIndependent Technologyí
FILE PHOTO: A screengrab of website and Parler CEO John Matze's message on January 16, 2021, reading "Hello world, is this
thing on?", seen in this picture obtained on January 17, 2021 from social media. PARLER.COM WEBSITE /via REUTERS/File Photo
    (Reuters) Ė Parler, a social media service popular with American right-wing users that virtually vanished after the U.S. Capitol riot, re-launched on Monday and said its new platform was built on ďsustainable, independent technology
    In a statement announcing the relaunch, Parler also said it had appointed Mark Meckler as its interim Chief Executive, replacing John Matze who was fired by the board this month.
    Parler went dark after being cut off by major service providers that accused the app of failing to police violent content related to the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by followers of then-U.S. President Donald Trump.
    Despite the relaunch, the website was still not opening for many users and the app was not available for download on mobile stores run by Apple and Alphabet-owned Google, which had earlier banned the app.
    While several users took to rival Twitter to complain they were unable to access the service, a few others said they could access their existing account.
    Parler, which asserted it once had over 20 million users, said it would bring its current users back online in the first week and would be open to new users the next week.
    Founded in 2018, the app has styled itself as a ďfree speech-drivenĒ space and largely attracted U.S. conservatives who disagree with rules around content on other social media sites.
    Last month, suspended Parler from its web hosting service, effectively taking the site offline.    Parler, on Monday, said its new technology cut its reliance on ďso-called Big TechĒ for its operations.
    Parler seems to be using CloudRoute LLC as its new host and replaced Amazon with open-source software platform Ceph, according to anonymous computer programmer ďCrash overrideĒ who goes with the Twitter handle @donk_enby.
    The programmer, who became famous for cataloging almost all the posts of users across Parler from the day of the Capitol riot, tweeted on Monday that user accounts were still there in the new platform but posts, images and videos were wiped.
    Parler and CloudRoute did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
    ďParler is being run by an experienced team and is here to stay,Ē said Meckler, who had co-founded the Tea Party Patriots, a group that emerged in 2009 within the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement and helped elect dozens of Republicans.
    It is also backed by hedge fund investor Robert Mercer, his daughter Rebekah Mercer and conservative commentator Dan Bongino.
(Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru and Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm; Editing by Howard Goller)

2/15/2021 Global Shares Hit Fresh Peak, Oil Up On Middle East Tensions by Simon Jessop
FILE PHOTO: Plastic bull figurines, symbols of the Frankfurt stock exchange are pictured at
the Frankfurt stock exchange, January 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Global shares rose for the 11th day in a row to reach a fresh peak on optimism about the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and new fiscal aid from Washington, while tensions in the Middle East drove oil to a 13-month high.
    As more people are vaccinated across key markets such as the United States, and with U.S. President Joe Biden looking to pump an extra $1.9 trillion in stimulus into the economy, the so-called reflation trade has gathered steam in recent days.
    On Friday, the Cboe Volatility Index, known as Wall Streetís ďfear gauge,Ē ended at its lowest level for nearly a year, helping to drive a 0.4% gain for MSCIís broadest measure of world stocks on Monday.
    Taking its cue from a stronger, albeit holiday-thinned, Asian session, Europeís major indexes were a sea of green in early deals, with Britainís FTSE 100 up 2.2%.
    With China and Hong Kong markets closed for the Lunar New Year holiday, Japanís Nikkei led the way, climbing 1.9% to reclaim the 30,000-point level for the first time in more than three decades.
    E-mini futures for the S&P 500 were also higher, up 0.5%, although U.S. stock markets are closed on Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.
    Later in the week, all eyes will be on the release of minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserveís January meeting, where policymakers decided to leave rates unchanged, for hints about the likely direction of monetary policy.
    Those concerned about the impact of market exuberance on the outlook for inflation will also have fresh data to parse, with Britain, Canada and Japan all due to report.    Friday will also see major economies, including the United States, release preliminary February purchasing managersí indexes (PMI).
    ďWe believe investors should prepare for bouts of volatility ahead, but regard them as opportunities rather than threats,Ē said Mark Haefele, chief investment officer at UBS Global Wealth Management.    ďWe recommend investors stick to their long-term financial plans, and continue to put excess cash to work
    Oil joined equity markets in pushing higher, reaching its highest level since January 2020 on hopes U.S. stimulus will boost the economy and fuel demand and after a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said it intercepted an explosive-laden drone fired by the Iran-aligned Houthi group.
    Brent crude rose 1.2% to $63.15 a barrel. U.S. crude oil gained 1.2% to $60.21, just off earlier highs.
    With risk assets in favour, safe havens dipped, with gold down 0.2% to $1,819 an ounce. Germanyís 10-year Bund yield rose 4 basis points to a 5 1/2-month high at -0.376% and 30-year bond yields, up 20 bps so far this month, rose to an eight-month high at 0.13%.    They had traded in negative yield territory earlier this month.
    Switzerlandís 30-year government bond yield, meanwhile, rose above 0% for the first time since early 2020.
    The dollar remained near two-week lows as traders took a more cautious view of the pace of the U.S. economyís rebound. Against a basket of currencies it was last down around 0.1%.
    Bitcoin, meanwhile, recovered some of its overnight weakness to trade down 1.8% at $47,801.18, below a record high of $49,714.66.
(Additional reporting by Dhara Ranasinghe; editing by Jacqueline Wong, Alex Richardson, Larry King)

2/15/2021 Oil Hits 13-Month Highs As Market Rebalances by Noah Browning
FILE PHOTO: Oil and gas tankers are anchored off the Marseille harbour, southeastern France, October 27, 2010. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Oil prices soared to their highest in about 13 months on Monday as vaccine rollouts promised to revive demand and producers kept supply reined in.
    Brent crude was up 70 cents, or 1.1%, at $63.13 a barrel at 12:15 p.m. EST (1715 GMT) after hitting a session peak of $63.76, its highest since Jan. 22 last year.
    U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 63 cents, or 1.1%, at $60.10 after touching $60.95, the highest since Jan. 8 last year.     Oil prices gained about 5% last week.
    U.S. markets were closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday.
    Prices have rallied over recent weeks on tightening supplies, largely due to production cuts from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers in the wider OPEC+ group of producers.
    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said the global oil market is on a recovery path and prices this year could average $45-$60 a barrel.
    ďWeíve seen low volatility in the past few months.    This means the market is balanced and the prices we are seeing today are in line with the market situation,Ē Novak was quoted as saying.
    Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden has pushed for the first major legislative undertaking of his term, turning to a bipartisan group of local officials on Friday for help on his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan.
    ďThe long-awaited $1.9 trillion package has not been passed.    As the latest U.S. job data hints at a struggling labor market the relief package cannot come soon enough for some,Ē said Tamas Varga, oil analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.
    ďThe stimulus will likely be approved in some shape or form,Ē he added.
    In a move that could tighten supply further, workers will decide on Monday whether to strike this week at Norwayís largest oil loading terminal. A strike could disrupt production at fields responsible for a third of the countryís crude output.
    U.S. production could be affected this week as well by unusually cold weather in Texas and Oklahoma.    Temperatures in Midland, Texas, the heart of the U.S. Permian Basin, the countryís largest shale region, dropped into single digits Fahrenheit.
    Millions of people were without power and some refineries curtailed processing as well due to the cold, which ranged from 21 to minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 6 to minus 22 Celsius).
(Reporting by Noah Browning and Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Jason Neely, David Goodman and Richard Chang)

2/16/2021 Oil up $0.39 to $60.12, DOW up 191 to 31,588.

2/15/2021 Minneapolis Goes Back On Pledge To Defund Police by OAN Newsroom
MINNEAPOLIS, MN Ė JUNE 16: Minneapolis Police Deputy Chief Art Knight spoke with people gathered near
a crime scene on June 16, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Minneapolis, a city which experienced scores of riots in May of last year, is now going back on its pledge to defund the police.    In a unanimous vote on Friday, the City Council decided to refund the police department, providing $6.4 million in additional funding.
    Last year, the council voted to defund the police amid widespread protests following the death of George Floyd.
    ďWe are turning a page right now. We are rallying around a common cause and that is a both end approach to public safety,Ē Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stated.    ďThat is recognizing the need for safety beyond policing and also, that we need police officers
    This came as residents continue to beg for more help amid a spike in violent crimes and complaints over long police response times.    According to reports, the Twin Cities saw a 22 percent uptick in crime last year.
    ďOur community relies on me as chief to keep them safe and so I will keep fighting for them,Ē Chief Medaria Arradondo of the Minneapolis Police Department said.
    In 2020, the department went from having 817 officers to 638, losing nearly 200 throughout the course of the year.    155 of those officers remain on extended leave, with a majority claiming to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
    Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis police said they will be asking additional questions for new recruits and will begin posting officer openings this summer.    The department expects to hire 28 officers and have a total of 674 back on the streets by the end of the year.

2/15/2021 Rep. Kinzinger Disowned By Family For Anti-Trump Actions by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė SEPTEMBER 16: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) questioned witnesses during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs
hearing on Capitol Hill, September 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)
    Rep. Adam Kinzingerís (R-Ill.) crusade against President Trump has negatively affected his political life, as well as his personal life.
    According to reports, 11 members of Kinzingerís family wrote a two-page letter to him, condemning him for voting to impeach President Trump.    The family members reportedly said he was a disappointment to the Kinzinger name and should be shunned for his actions.
    ďI was over at my parents house, and out of the nowhere I got a registered letter, to my parents house that same day, and I read it,Ē Kinzinger said.    ďIt was just, I mean, two handwritten pages, really tiny letters, really angry, a lot of caps, just saying Iím in the devilís army because I dare turned against President Trump
    Kinzinger was censured by his districtís Republican Party, believing he is out of touch with the people he is supposed to serve.

2/15/2021 Gov. Cuomo Blames Health Care Workers For Nursing Home Deaths by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Ė MARCH 20: Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke during his daily news conference amid the
coronavirus outbreak on March 20, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) blamed the staff of New York nursing homes for the record high death toll that has dominated news headlines amid the pandemic.
    During Mondayís press briefing, Cuomo said it was health care workers who brought coronavirus into nursing homes that evidently infected and killed tens of thousands of elderly people.
    However, Cuomo failed to mention his own policies that permitted care facilities to accept infected staff workers and seniors.    Instead, he urged people to solely resort to the ďfacts
    ďI want to make sure people have all the facts, the facts, the information.    This past year, there is a toxic political environment and everything gets politicized,Ē Cuomo stated.    ďThere is political spin and then there are facts.    Two very different things, and I just want to be sure people have facts
    This came amid growing calls for his resignation after one of his top aides admitted his administration willingly covered up data of nursing home deaths.

2/15/2021 WHO Grants Emergency Approval To AstraZeneca Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT Ė The World Health Organization (WHO) sign is shown at their headquarters in Geneva
amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
    The World Health Organization has granted emergency approval to AstraZenecaís coronavirus vaccine.    WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Monday the vaccine will be distributed globally through the COVAX program, aimed at stopping the pandemic.
    He added the emergency approval has given the organization more reason to believe the pandemic will be brought under control worldwide.    He also pointed out COVID-19 cases are falling globally.
    ďThe number of reported cases of COVID-19 globally has now declined for the fifth consecutive week,Ē Ghebreyesus stated.    ďLast week saw the lowest number of reported weekly cases since October.    So far this year, the number of weekly reported cases has fallen by almost half
    The director general said the organization now has all the pieces in place for rapid vaccine distribution, but added they still need to ramp up production.

2/15/2021 Rep. Jacobs Floats ĎTruth Commissioní To Eradicate Dissent by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė NOVEMBER 12: Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) arrived to the Hyatt Regency hotel
on Capitol Hill on November 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-Calif.) has called to use identity politics to shut down free speech and freedom of the press in America.
    ďWe havenít really done the reckoning with the racial injustice and white supremacy of our past that we need to do,Ē Jacobs stated.    ďA truth commission, a lot of people will think of South Africa, weíve used them in countries around the world
    She appeared to suggest U.S. history must be rewritten to reinforce the Democrat Partyís failing agenda.
    ďItís communities all the way up to the national level having conversations about both the gory and the glory of our history and what happened,Ē Jacobs said.    ďBoth throughout the history of our country and leading up to and on January 6, so that we can come to a common narrative, moving forward, of what we want our country to be
    The congresswomanís Orwellian push reflected the latest Democrat effort to eradicate dissent and establish a one-party rule in the U.S.

2/15/2021 Microsoft President: SolarWinds Hack Biggest Ever by OAN Newsroom
Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith delivered a speech during the 2017 Web Summit
in Lisbon on November 8, 2017. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)
    Microsoftís president said the SolarWinds hack was the largest the world has ever seen.    In an interview on Sunday, Brad Smith said the malicious operation required over 1,000 engineers.
    The hackers reportedly breached SolarWinds software, giving them access to various companies and government offices.    The U.S. government said Russian criminals are the likely culprits and added the hack intended to collect data, rather than destroy it.
FILE Ė This Aug. 4, 2009, file photo shows the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington. The White House said a senior national security official is leading
the U.S. response to a massive breach of government departments and private corporations discovered late last year. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File.)
    Smith said malware was installed through a companywide update.
    ďI think from a software engineering perspective, I think itís fair to say this is the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen,Ē Smith stated.    ďWhen that update went out to 18,000 organizations around the world, so did this malware
    Cybersecurity experts are trying to determine the full extent of the attack and said it will be difficult to completely remove the infiltrators from the system.

2/16/2021 Hundreds Of Patriots Gathered In Fla. To Celebrate President Trump On Presidentís Day by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gestures to supporters en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort
on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Hundreds of patriots recently showed their love for the 45th president while throwing a parade to celebrate his recent acquittal.    On Presidentís Day in West Palm Beach, Florida, President Trumpís supporters gathered near Mar-a-Lago.
    They were seen waving flags while cheering the Presidentís name.    Organizers of the event said the rally was meant for people to show their support for ďAmericaís greatest president
    One rally attendee said heís looking forward to the next presidential election and is hoping for a secured victory for the Republican Party.    Another attendee said he hopes President Trump will return to the campaign trail in 2024 to fight for American values.
    When returning to his resort, President Trump made a pit-stop at the rally to surprises his supporters.    He thanked them for their continued support.    President Trump could be seen waving and giving his supporters a thumbs up from inside his motorcade.
    President Trumpís surprise visit marked his first public appearance since he was acquitted over the weekend in his second senate impeachment trial.    In a statement, he noted his political movement ďhas only just begunĒ and teased a come-back in the near future.

2/16/2021 Nearly All Republican Senators Who Voted To Convict President Trump Now Face Censures by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., leaves the chamber as the Senate voted to consider hearing from witnesses in the impeachment trial
of former President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Nearly all of the Republican senators who voted in favor of convicting President Trump during his impeachment trial are facing censures.
    Reprimand came quickly for Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) who was censured by Louisianaís Republican Party shortly after President Trump was acquitted.    While speaking to reporters Saturday, he claimed the Presidentís legal team had a luck-luster defense strategy.
    ďPresident Trumpís team were disorganized, they did everything they could but to talk about the question at hand,Ē stated the senator.    ďAnd when they talked about it, they kind of glided over it almost as if they were embarrassed of their arguments
    In a Twitter post, the Louisiana Republican Party noted it condemns Cassidyís vote to convict.
    On Monday, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was censured by several state GOP committee leaders in Clarion, Centre, Lawrence, Washington and York Counties.
    In a statement, Clarion County officials noted the Senateís decision to convict a president whoís already left office is ďconstitutionally infirm.Ē    They condemned Toomeyís vote as ďpurely self-servingĒ and ďvindictive
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., arrives at the start of the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of
former President Trump, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    In an email over the weekend, Maineís Republican Party chairman floated a possible state committee meeting later this month, where lawmakers would decide to move forward with a censure of Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) is also facing a pending censure motion by the stateís Republican Central Committee, though itís unclear when a vote on the move would happen.
    In Utah, a petition to censure Mitt Romeny (R-Utah) has been seen circulating through social media.    That petition states Romney has ďembarrassed the stateĒ and accuses him of ďprioritizing his personal and political vendetta against President Trump ahead of the Constitution
    Late Monday, the North Carolina Republican Party voted on censuring Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).
    Meanwhile, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who voted to convict, has yet to face any public censure motions.    However, sheís up for reelection in 2022 and pundits suspect her vote Saturday will galvanize other Republicans to run against her.
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, pauses to answer questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2/16/2021 Kamala Harris Claims Trump Admin. Had No Vaccine Distribution Plan by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Kamala Harris arrives to deliver baskets of cookies to health care workers at the VA Medical Center in Washington,
Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. Walking with Harris at left is Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Biden administration, Kamala Harris and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki have all claimed they had to start from scratch with their federal vaccine distribution plan.
    However, a plan known as Operation Warp Speed sought to get as many vaccines delivered as quickly as possible to locations chosen by individual states.    Harris claimed this somehow isnít a plan because she thinks state and local leaders are incapable of figuring out a plan.
    ďNo stockpileÖthere was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations,Ē claimed the vice president.    ďWe were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out, so in many ways we are starting from scratch
    Republicans typically favor statesí rights, which is why the Trump administration focused its resources on providing an abundant amount of vaccines to each state based on capacity and letting the states tailor a distribution plan specifically based on unique features of the state.
    The Biden administration is more in favor of a one size fits all vaccine distribution plan; one where people have to go through an extensive process of signing up for a vaccine and waiting for the state to notify you when you are eligible to get the shot.
    Democrat states like California have been operating based on the Biden administrations vaccination plan and the initial results have been problematic to say the least.    Complicated data systems in the Golden State have left health officials in the dark about how many vaccines have been administered.    This issued coupled with efforts to create a highly specified order of individuals who could receive the vaccine has resulted in California having one of the weakest vaccines roll-outs in the country.
    One large state who has seen more success in vaccinations has been the Republican state of Florida, which has administered more vaccines per capita than any of the four other largest states in the country: Texas, California, and New York.    Florida has also succeeded in getting people over the age of 65 vaccinated in record numbers by allowing anyone who is eligible to receive the vaccine to do so per CDC guidelines.
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has even started eying the possibility of moving on to the next phases of vaccine distribution.
    ďObviously there are people that are 63 and 64 that would definitely want it, and I know there are a lot of different occupations that have asked,Ē explained the Republican.    ďSo we want to do that as soon as we can, but we gotta do seniors first, keep our eye on the ball
Dr. Ingrid Felix-Peralta, second from left, and her husband Dr. Victor Peralta, second from right, administer
second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in New York, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
    States like California have made frontline health care workers first priority vaccine recipients.    However, 17 percent of the states frontline health care workers have refused to get the vaccine either because they are young with no pre-existing conditions or because they donít want to take the vaccine.
    As a result, many of those vaccines have experienced severe delays, contrary to Floridaís first come first serve system where anyone eligible to receive a vaccine who wants a vaccine can get a vaccine.
    So while the Harris claims they have to start from scratch, they really just mean they have to create a central government ďone size fits allĒ vaccination plan with plenty of bureaucratic obstacles that keep vaccines from being administered in an efficient manner.

2/16/2021 Sen. Johnson: Impeachment Failed Because Americans Back President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. Johnson downplayed the storming of the U.S. Capitol
last month, saying on conservative talk radio Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 that it ďdidnít seem like an armed insurrection to me.Ē (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
    The senior senator from Wisconsin has come to the defense of the 45th president.    In a recent interview, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said President Trumpís legal team completely defeated all Democrat arguments for impeachment.
    Johnson pointed out the Democrats were never able to fully prove that the events of January 6 amounted to an ďinsurrection,Ē which was the entire focus of their argument.
    ďThe fact of the matter is, this didnít seem like an armed insurrection to me,Ē he stated.    ďHow many firearms were confiscated?Ē
    Meanwhile, on Twitter earlier this week, the senator highlighted comments made by Trump attorney Michael van der Veen who said Democrats are still unable to answer why their response to the events of a single day were so severe despite months of inaction as riots, all in the name of the liberal agenda, waged in major cities across the United States.
    The Democrats failed to secure a conviction despite the defection of seven Republicans, which included Richard Burr of North Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitt Romney of Utah.
    Reports from the morning of the vote state that Johnson and Romney allegedly got into a heated discussion.    One reporter on the Hill said, ďvoices were definitely raised
    Johnson, however, isnít worried about a split within the party. He said that those that remain faithful to the GOP far outnumber those that do not uphold its values.    He added, anti-Trump Republicans have no future because freedom loving Americans support the 45th president.
    Johnson went on to say the Republican Party is preparing to fight back and restore its control of Congress in the 2022 elections.

2/16/2021 Biden Interior Secy. Nominee Deb Haaland Sparks Fears Over Radical Left-Wing Climate Policies by OAN Newsroom
In this March 5, 2020, file photo then-Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., speaks to reporters about
the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photo)
    Republicans are gearing up for a fight over Joe Bidenís Interior secretary nominee.    His pick to lead the Interior Department, Deb Haaland, has raised red flags among conservatives due to her hardline stance on so-called climate change.
    Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) has spoken out on Haalandís nomination.    In a recent statement, the Republican lawmaker noted her radical climate policies threaten rural Americansí way of life.    Specifically, Daines slammed Haalandís opposition to the Keystone KL Pipeline and her push to dismantle the fossil fuel industry.
    As a Democrat representative for New Mexico in 2019, Haaland co-sponsored Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezís Green New Deal bill, which
called for radical changes such as a switch to 100 percent green energy over the next decade and a reduction to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
    President Trump warned these goals could have dire consequences for those working in the energy sector and would set the U.S. behind global competitors.
    ďThis would do nothing for the environment, but would cripple American industry while greatly helping China,Ē he stated.    ďHe (Biden) wants to impose massive energy taxes and job crushing mandates to eliminate carbon from the United StatesÖobliterating American oil, clean coal, natural gas and the natural energy resources that supply countless American jobs
    Haaland also has a history of criticizing fracking, writing in 2017 ďfracking is a danger to the air we breathe.Ē    Meanwhile, most gas and oil produced in the country is sourced from fracking.
    Daines has vowed to do everything in his power to block Haalandís nomination.

2/16/2021 Family Members Of Nursing Home Victims Condemn N.Y. Gov. Cuomo by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 file photo, Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters during a news conference at a COVID-19
pop-up vaccination site in the William Reid Apartments in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
    New Yorkers who lost elderly family members to the coronavirus pandemic have said itís ďtoo lateĒ for an apology from Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
    On Monday, the New York Post interviewed a number of state residents following revelations the Governorís Office allegedly hid the real data on nursing home deaths from public view.
    This followed Cuomoís controversial order last year mandating nursing homes to admit people who had tested positive for the virus, which led to a sharp rise in its spread within the facilities.
    Some people like Donna Johnson, who lost both her mother and father to the virus, have described Cuomo as a ďhorrible personĒ for putting his public image ahead of the health of elderly New Yorkers.
FILE- In this April 17, 2020, file photo, a patient is wheeled into Cobble Hill Health Center by emergency medical workers, in the Brooklyn borough of
New York. Under fire over his management of the coronavirusí lethal path through New Yorkís nursing homes, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted Monday,
Feb.15, 2021 that officials should have moved faster to release some information sought by lawmakers, the public and the press. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    ďHow he could continue to go on TV every day and just blatantly lie? Now that we know these were lies, I can say this,Ē she stated.    ďI think the man is a murdererÖI think the man is more like a serial killerÖ15,000 people and itís growing even today because seniors are dying in isolation
    Johnson also added, she hopes justice will ultimately be served and itís ďtoo lateĒ for Cuomo to apologize for his mishandling of the pandemic.
    Meanwhile, the Democrat governor recently addressed the controversy surrounding nursing home deaths in New York, but failed to apologize.
    ďWe shouldíve provided more information faster, we were too focused on doing the job and addressing the crisis of the moment,Ē he stated.    ďAnd we did not do a good enough job in providing information ó I take total responsibility for that
    The coronavirus-related death toll from New York nursing homes and long term care facilities has exceeded 15,000 people, while the state reported only 8,500 deaths last month.    Additionally, the data does not even include those who passed in hospitals rather than the facility they caught the virus in.

2/16/2021 Psaki Spins Deputy Press Secy. Resignation Fallout by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was heard spinning the fallout of the resignation of former Deputy Press Secretary T.J.
Ducklo.    In the press briefing Tuesday, a reporter asked Psaki why Joe Biden didnít fulfill his promise to fire Ducklo after the aide made threatening comments to a female reporter.
    The reporter called out earlier remarks from Biden that he would fire anybody ďon the spotĒ for acting disrespectfully towards someone else.    Psaki dodged the question, but stated she and the administration will try to meet the standard set out by Biden himself.
    Nonetheless, Psaki said Duckloís swift resignation was the right path forward despite not taking action until the scandal was publicly reported.    In the meantime, a new deputy press secretary has not yet been announced.

2/16/2021 ĎWe Are Like Captivesí: Life In Britainís Quarantine Hotels by Hannah McKay and Sarah Young
A person holds a sign from a window of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Heathrow Airport, as Britain introduces hotel quarantine programme for arrivals from a
"red list" of 30 countries, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, February 16, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
    LONDON (Reuters) Ė Mohamed Noor faces 10 days in COVID-19 quarantine in a hotel room near Londonís Heathrow Airport after falling foul of new border controls because of a flight delay.
    ďI donít have a book.    I donít have a Koran.    I donít have nothing here,Ē Noor, a 55-year-old Muslim, said by phone after his arrival on Monday, a day later than planned, landed him with a 1,750-pound ($2,400) bill.
    In another hotel nearby, 61-year-old Sole, who declined to give her surname, said she realised too late that the new rules would kick in before she returned from visiting friends in Chile.
    ďWe are like captives in these rooms,Ē she said.
    Britain says the measures, effective since Monday, are needed to protect its COVID-19 vaccination programme and guard against new coronavirus variants.
    People returning from any of 33 ďhigh-riskĒ countries where travel to Britain is banned must pay 1,750 pounds for a 10-day quarantine hotel package.
    After being taken by bus to government-contracted hotels, they must spend most of the time in their rooms and have meals delivered to their door.
    Noor, a postal driver, was visiting Somalia after his brother died and feels he is being punished for going to look after his mother.    He spent four hours at the airport arguing his case and says he will refuse to pay.
    ďMy family was waiting outside the airport and you canít see them.    My 11-year old son was waiting,Ē he said.
    Sole plans to spend the time talking to friends, watching television and doing online classes and yoga.
    She also feels she is being punished after taking a holiday following a stressful year working in a hospital where she has treated COVID-19 patients.
    ďWhy has this happened? The new variant is in South Africa and itís going to spread anyway,Ē she said.
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(Reporting by Hannah McKay, Dylan Martinez and Sarah Young, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

2/16/2021 White House Says Biden Believes Nord Stream 2 Bad Deal For Europe
FILE PHOTO: A road sign directs traffic towards the Nord Stream 2 gas line landfall facility
entrance in Lubmin, Germany, September 10, 2020. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Joe Biden the Nord Stream 2 pipeline is a bad deal for Europe and will make determine whether sanctions are in order to stop the project from Russia to Germany, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.
    The Biden administration is conducting a review of the gas pipeline project.    Psaki said Biden has been clear that Nord Streeam 2 is a ďbad deal for Europe
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Holland)

2/16/2021 Fulton County, Ga. Elections Board Director Fired by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė Fulton County Ga. election chief Richard Barron listened during a press conference Nov. 25, 2020
at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. (Photo by Ben Gray, AP)
    On Tuesday, the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections voted 3-2 to to oust elections director Richard Barron for his handling of the 2020 elections.
    The county experienced a slew of issues during last yearís election cycle, including long lines, problems with voting equipment and absentee ballot delays.    Barron faced criticism from Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger over delays caused by technical problems and staffing issues.
    ďThese errors and inefficiencies waste taxpayer dollars,Ē Dr. Kathleen Ruth of the Fulton County Board of Directors said.    ďThe department needs new leadership to take Fulton to the next level."
    Fulton County came under fire in November when President Trumpís legal team accused the county of ballot dumping.    This came after surveillance footage at the State Farm Arena caught election officials pulling four plastic bins from underneath desks.
    ďOfficials egregiously violated state laws in order to solicit, facilitate, and promote cheating and theft on a scale never seen before,Ē President Trump stated.    ďThese crooked and incompetent officials suspended signature verification
    Questions remain on whether the election board has the authority to remove Barron.    The countyís legal counsel is set to review the case.

2/16/2021 45th President Donald Trump Excoriates Sen. Mitch McConnell by OAN Newsroom
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Ė DECEMBER 9: President Donald Trump looked on during a rally at the DeltaPlex Arena,
December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Former President Donald Trump broke his silence on his impeachment trial acquittal and took aim at the GOP establishment.
    In a statement released by his Save America PAC on Tuesday, the 45th President said, ďthe Republican Party can never again be respected or strong with political Ďleadersí like Sen. Mitch McConnell at its helm
    Trump went on to slam the minority leader for losing the Senate in 2020 and not fighting hard for election integrity.    He also took shots at McConnellís family over their substantial Chinese business holdings.
    This came after McConnell voted to acquit Donald Trump in the impeachment trial, but said he was responsible for the Capitol Hill breach.
    ďFormer President Trumpís actions that preceded the riot were a disgraceful, disgraceful dereliction of duty,Ē McConnell stated.    ďThereís no question, none, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for provoking the events of the day. No question about it
    Donald Trump ended his statement with a plea to Republican voters, saying ďthis is a big moment for our country and we cannot let it pass by using third rate leaders to dictate our future
    He also vowed to back MAGA primary challengers in the 2022 midterms.

2/16/2021 Republican Party Leaders Defend Response To Censure GOP Senators Who Voted To Convict President Trump by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MAY 16: President Donald Trump waited on the arrival of Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House May 16, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    State GOP leaders are standing by their decision to censure senators who voted to convict President Trump in the latest impeachment efforts.
    Chairman Michael Whatley of North Carolinaís Republican Party spoke to CNN on Tuesday concerning the move by his stateís GOP to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).    Anchor John Berman accused Whatley of canceling Burr, but the GOP chair said the censure was merely pointing out a difference in opinion among members of the party.
    ďWell, I think that the cancel culture where we see the President kicked off of all, the former President kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator,Ē Whatley said.
    Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was censured by the Republican Party in Washington County on Monday.    Dave Ball, chair of the countyís Republican Party, criticized Toomeyís vote to convict Trump in an interview with a local CBS affiliate.
    ďWe did not send him there to vote his conscience.    We did not send him there to do the right thing or whatever he said he was doing,Ē Ball stated.    ďWe sent him there to represent us
    The Republican Party in Utah has taken a different approach regarding Sen. Mitt Romneyís (R-Utah) vote against the 45th President.    In a statement, Utahís GOP acknowledged Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) voted to acquit Trump, while Romney voted to convict.
    However, they claimed ďdisagreement is natural and healthy,Ē and they look forward to both senators explaining their vote to those they represent.

2/16/2021 N.C. GOP Chair Denies Canceling Sen. Burr Over Impeachment Vote by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė APRIL 17: Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) talked with reporters before stepping into the weekly Republican
policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    North Carolina Republican Chairman Michael Whatley defended a decision to censure Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.). Whatley sparred with a CNN anchor over the actual meaning of the censure.
    The North Carolina GOP voted to formally rebuke Burr after he voted to convict Donald Trump in his latest impeachment trial.    Burr was one of seven Republican senators to break with their party on the issue.
    The CNN anchor tried to compare the censure of Burr to instances of cancel culture raised by conservatives, but was quickly shut down.
    ďWell, I think that the cancel culture where we see the President kicked off of all, the former President kicked off of all social media, where we see people losing their jobs, where we see people who have been hit on social media or deplatformed is entirely different from us as a state party saying that we disagree with one particular vote cast by a senator,Ē Whatley stated.
    Other state GOP parties have censured senators that voted to convict Trump, including Louisianaís Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.).

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2/17/2021 coronavirus pandemic - Beshear: Shot supply is going up another 29% by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday that Kentucky will be getting another 29% increase in its COVID-19 vaccination supply starting next week.
    The new increase will mean the stateís vaccine allocation will have gone up by 57% since President Joe Bidenís administration took over last month.
    'This vaccination machine is working,' Beshear said about the stateís distribution.    'It can vaccinate a lot more people than we are receiving supply, but this week our supply is up: 71,675.'
    As of Tuesday, at least 542,394 Kentuckians have received at least their first 'shot of hope,' Beshear said.    Thatís about 12.1% of the stateís population.
    Some regional vaccination sites as well as others around the state have closed over the past week due to winter weather, forcing appointments to be rescheduled.
    Frankfortís regional site will reopen Wednesday, and the sites in Bowling Green, Lexington and Covington will open Thursday.
    'Weíre going to do everything in our power to keep our regional sites open these next days,' Beshear said.
    Beshear also reported 1,255 new cases of the coronavirus and 27 additional deaths on Tuesday.
    The case total is the lowest Tuesday in more than a month, Beshear said.    The death total, however, is slightly higher than it has been over the past few days.
    The new figures bring Kentuckyís total case count since the start of the pandemic to 390,762, and the death toll is up to 4,318.
    'Even with vaccines out there, weíre still losing far too many people,' Beshear said.    'I do think that trend is starting to change.'
    The positivity rate is still decreasing, dropping to 6.58% Tuesday.
    There were 935 Kentuckians hospitalized due to COVID-19, including 272 in an intensive care unit and 133 on a ventilator.
    Indiana reported 889 new cases and 40 more deaths on Tuesday, bringing the statewide totals since the start of the pandemic to 650,530 cases and 11,805 deaths.    It was the second day in a row that the stateís new case total was below 1,000. The stateís positivity rate was 5%.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[27 deaths / 1,255 cases for Tuesday 0.02% and none reported on Monday so for two day mortality rate would be 0.01% so do your job Andy and quit giving us half-truths.].

2/17/2021 Rush Limbaugh Dies At Age 70 by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This Nov. 5, 2018 file photo shows radio personality Rush Limbaugh introducing President Donald Trump at the start of a campaign rally
in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Limbaugh, the talk radio host who became the voice of American conservatism, has died. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
    Radio talk show legend Rush Limbaugh has passed away after a year-long battle with stage four lung cancer.    His wife, Kathyrn Limbaugh, made the announcement during his radio show Wednesday morning.
    The Rush Limbaugh Show started in 1988 and became the most listened to radio show in the U.S.    At its peak, the show recorded more than 15 million listeners.    The conservative radio show host was a pioneer in the industry.
    Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2020 by President Trump.    While responding to the news, President Trump shared some kind words about his first time meeting the famous radio personality.
    ďHe was just a very brave guy, amazing, and he came in and, as he told me, it was the greatest honor of his life,Ē he stated.    ďÖHalf of that room went crazy, you remember that evening very well Iím sure, it was a very unique moment in our countryís history in a sense because of who Rush isÖ100 percent of that room respected Rush
    President Trump later released a statement in which he called Rush a patriot and defender of liberty who believed in what the country stands for.    He said Rushís honor, strength and loyalty will never be replaced.
    The 45th President added, the conservative radio host was a friend to him and millions of Americans who could see the truth and paint vivid pictures over the airwaves.    He went on to offer condolences to Limbaughís family and said he will be greatly missed.
    Rush Limbaugh is survived by his wife.    He was 70-years-old.

2/17/2021 Biden Admin. Believed To Be Snubbing Middle Eastern Allies by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden walked on the South Lawn of the White House to board Marine One after speaking with
reporters, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Biden administration seems to be distancing itself from foreign allies. During a press briefing Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged reporters who questioned when Joe Biden would reach out to leaders in Israel and Saudi Arabia.
    This comes amid accusations Biden is ďsnubbingĒ countries that had friendly ties with the U.S. during the Trump administration.    Although there is no set date on a call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Psaki assured the public the U.S. is still in communication with Israel.
    ďIsrael, of course, an ally. Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship and our team is fully engaged, not at the at the head of state level quite yet, but very soon,Ē she stated.    ďBut our team is fully engaged, having constant conversations at many levels with the Israelis
    In the meantime, Psaki said the White House is looking to ďre-calibrateĒ relations with Saudi Arabia.    Instead of speaking to the Crown Prince, however, the press secretary noted Biden plans to return to what she called ďcounterpart to counterpart engagement
    ďThe presidentís counterpart is King Salman and I expect at an appropriate time he will have a conversation with him,Ē she stated.    ďI donít have a prediction on the timeline for that
    Psaki added, Saudi Arabia has critical self-defense needs and the U.S. will continue to work with the Saudis on this, even as it makes clear areas where they have disagreements and where they have concerns.

3/17/2021 Anti-Lockdown Billboard In Calif. Stirs Controversy As State Moves Closer To Reopening Schools by OAN Newsroom
A child attends an online class at a learning hub inside the Crenshaw Family YMCA during the Covid-19 pandemic
on February 17, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Local residents in northern California were divided over a billboard that called for public schools to reopen.    The billboard looked similar to an Amber Alert and read ďmissing all California students, last seen on March 13, 2020
    The board was put up by a group of local advocates in Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco along Californiaís famous Highway 101.    Its message split residents as some agreed with the push to return to in-person learning and others thought the wording went too far.
    The Sonoma County School District superintendent said itís difficult to get schools prepared for in-person learning.    However, some schools could hold in-person classes for grades K-6 starting early March with an approved COVID-19 safety plan.
    As coronavirus cases in California declined, the potential to reopen became a possibility although much of the state remained under strict lockdown orders.    This week, Los Angeles County hit the threshold to allow elementary schools to reopen after the transmission rate hit 25 cases or less for every 100,000 people in the county.
    It is unclear, however, if doors will reopen as some districts said they donít think they should return to in-person learning until teachers and staff are vaccinated.    In Los Angeles County, teachers and those under 65-years-old are not currently eligible to receive the vaccination yet.
    ďMaking schools a priority also means vaccinations for all who work in schools,Ē Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said.    ďCalifornia is providing vaccinations for cannabis delivery drivers, but not school bus drivers and teachers
    Parents in Los Angeles made their voices heard while caravaning through downtown Los Angeles this week, demanding schools be reopened.    On Monday, reports said the new CDC guidance would keep many schools in the state closed.
    According to critics, the fact the CDC used transmission rates to determine the guidelines ignored data, which showed students are safer in schools where they can follow safety procedures.
    On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) said he was still working to reach a reopening deal with legislators and school groups.    Last week, he indicated that a deal could be reached, but called negotiations ďstubbornĒ and said there was ďstill work to do

2/17/2021 GOP Group Launches Legislative Blitz On Biden-China Policies by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
    Conservative lawmakers launched a series of legislative proposals against China to challenge Joe Bidenís soft stance on the communist regime.    On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said he led the effort with the Republican Study Committee.    He noted ďwe must continue President Trumpís approach to confronting China
    The legislative campaign included policy rollouts and informative messaging to tame Chinaís aggression and to expose Bidenís leniency.    Banks said Biden lifted ďalmost every single tough actionĒ imposed under the Trump administration and he seeks to reverse that.
Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN). (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for WS Productions)
    ďIf we identify and recognize that China is the greatest existential threat that America faces economically and militarily, then Congress needs to react to that in a bigger way than what we have,Ē Banks explained.    ďRSC has put forth a number of proposals in this area and I expect that over the next couple of years we will continue to make this a primary focus
    The effort will continue throughout the week and the RSC said it plans to launch similar endeavors on other major issues going forward.

2/17/2021 Harris Dodges Question On Teachers Safely Returning Back To Schools by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Kamala Harris attends a virtual meeting with mayors from the African American Mayors Association,
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Kamala Harris recently endorsed students returning back to in-person schooling, but failed to mention the CDC data which reveals teachers are safe to go back without being vaccinated.
    In an interview on the ďToday ShowĒ Wednesday, Harris was repeatedly pressed to reassure public and private teachers that itís indeed safe to return to the classroom even if they are not vaccinated as stated by the CDC.
    Harris then dodged the question referencing the crucial data and, instead, touted Joe Bidenís COVID-19 relief plan.    Ironically, she also touted how teachers should be treated as a ďpriority
    ďTeachers should be a priority,Ē she stated.    ďÖThey should be able to teach in a safe placeÖand expand the minds and the opportunities of our children, so teachers should be a priority along with other frontline workers
    In the same interview, Harris went on to mention how Biden is continually pushing for teachers to be priority, but doesnít ďact accordinglyĒ when permitted to do so by our federal health agencies.

2/17/2021 Biden Cabinet Picks Called ĎDivisiveí, ĎBafflingí by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
    Joe Biden is filling out his cabinet and his picks are causing further division even within the left.
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Roger Severino said in an interview Tuesday, he canít imagine a more divisive pick to lead the agency during a pandemic than the California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.    Severino pointed out Becerraís background is not in health care and suggested he was an antagonist to the agency during the Trump administration.
    ďWell, first, I would say that the president nominated Attorney General Becerra because he felt he was exactly the right person to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this time,Ē stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.    ďAnd that his work on a range of issues, including in working to pass the Affordable Care Act, including his defense of the Affordable Care Act on a number of cases in California, were certainly part of that decision
    Even newspapers from liberal strongholds in Becerraís home state raised the alarm with the Sacramento Bee pointing out that typically HHS secretaries have ďsubstantial experience in management or the health care field.Ē    Additionally, the San Diego Union Tribune noted, itís ďbaffling that Biden would choose an HHS chief with no public health experience
    This comes as Becerra is set to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee next week for a confirmation hearing.
    Bidenís disregard for a lack of experience is not a new play as former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg was confirmed as transportation secretary earlier this month.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg walks through Union Station after speaking in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    During the presidential primary season, Buttigieg routinely dodged attacks from the rest of the Democrat field about his scant resume.    He also attempted to use his sexuality a way to make him stand out despite having arguably the least governing experience of the candidates who made it to the first primaries.
    When he was under fire during his nomination for transportation secretary, he again argued he should be considered because having the first openly gay cabinet member would be an important thing for Americans.
    Not all are convinced Buttigieg will be able to assume his new responsibilities as secretary, overseeing a transportation budget that is approximately 9,000 times larger than that of South Bend.    However, a pattern emerging in the Biden cabinet is the administration valuing quick confirmations over quality candidates.
    ďOur nation can never afford to have a labor secretary that will ever be accused of being in cahoots with union bosses or beholden to management,Ē stated Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).    ďThis is a job that needs to be filled today
    Aside from social politics, Bidenís pick for labor secretary, Marty Walsh, represents old school Democrat controversy.    Heís the former Building and Construction Trades Council leader and Laborers Local 223 president as well as the current mayor of Boston, Massachusetts.
    ďFor the past seven years, Iíve had the honor of serving as mayor of my hometown, Boston, Massachusetts,Ē Walsh stated.    ďWeíve proven that we can create a world class economy that works for working people, we secured a $15 an hour minimum wage, we expanded workplace training, we created ground breaking policies to close gender wage gaps and increase racial equity
    A recent economist YouGov poll of 1,500 adult citizens found that Americans are split on a minimum wage hike, unsurprisingly, down party lines.    Sixty-six percent of Democrats are strongly for it and 64 percent of Republicans are strongly against it.
    With the cabinet more than half full, however, the Biden administration may soon be able to make controversy commonplace.

2/17/2021 NYC Subway Workers Call For Protections Amid Uptick In Violence by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This photo from Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, shows riders on a subway train wearing protective masks
due to COVID-19 concerns in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    After a violent few weeks in the Big Apple, transit officials are sounding the alarm yet again.
    ďWe will immediately commence a surge of officers to patrol both above and below ground to ensure that everyone that rides on our transit system on a daily basis not only is safe, but just as importantly feels safe,Ē stated Commissioner Dermot Shea of the New York Police Department.
    While New York authorities are now moving to ramp up security on subways, transit workers have said itís long overdue.    The recent spike in violence over the weekend has Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employees on high alert, but theyíre pointing the blame on city officials for ignoring previous calls for the city to take action.
    Their disdain comes after two riders were murdered on Saturday when a homeless man went on a 14-hour stabbing spree.    The suspect, identified as Rigoberto Lopez, has since been arrested and is being held without bail in connection to at least four violent subway attacks.
    Within 24 hours, Rigoberto Lopez was apprehended for stabbing four people in separate incidents occurring on the A Train, which left two dead and two with serious injuries. ó Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) February 14, 2021
    In an attempt to ease tensions among workers and riders, Mayor Bill de Blasio rode the subway Monday to ensure its safety all while
being surrounded by police and cameras.    Despite Lopezís arrest and de Blasioís tone-deaf subway ride, transit officials remain uneasy.     There have been more than a dozen attacks on subways in the last two weeks.    Some subway operators have stressed drug dealers and con artists are overtaking the stations.    According to the MTA, ridership is down a whopping 70 percent on subways and at least half on buses.
    The NYPD Commissioner Shea has promised to increase police presence in these areas by bringing on at least 500 more officers to the subways.    However, transit officials are calling for at least 1,000 more cops.

2/17/2021 Biden Under Fire For Comments On Human Rights Abuse In China by OAN Newsroom
In this Feb. 10, 20201, photo, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walk with Joint Chiefs Chairman
Gen. Mark Milley and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
    Joe Biden is under fire for saying China has ďdifferent normsĒ while discussing Beijingís human rights abuse.    On Tuesday, he seemed to downplay the aggression in Hong Kong as well as the persecution of Uighur Muslims by saying there are ďdifferent norms for different countries
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called out Biden for engaging in Chinese propaganda while noting heís trying to rationalize what should be labeled as a genocide.
    Other political figures such as Boris Epshteyn, a former strategic adviser for President Trump, called Bidenís comments horrible.    Epshteyn said Biden continues to disguise it as cultural differences.
    Meanwhile, the White House issued multiple statements asserting the administration will hold Beijing accountable for its abuses.

2/17/2021 FEMA, DOD Set Up Mass Vaccination Sites In Oakland, L.A. by OAN Newsroom
Motorists line up for their COVID-19 vaccine a joint state and federal mass vaccination site set up on the campus of
California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles,Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Federal agencies are pooling their resources to set up mass COVID-19 vaccination sites across the nation.    On Tuesday, hundreds of troops were sent to the first two FEMA sites in Los Angeles and Oakland, California.
    Officials are targeting areas that are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus with many people flocking to the sites.    Additionally, officials are hoping to administer 6,000 doses a day to residents and open up a total of 100 sites in the U.S.
    ďThis is a phased operation that mirrors supply and if thereís other available throughput, such as all the state and local sites out there, the pharmacies, those will be taken into account,Ē explained Robert Fenton, acting FEMA administrator.    ďBut I want to make sure I had the total amount ready and sent DOD a big enough demand single that if we did need that much in a short period of time, they were ready for the mission
    FEMA is now looking to open up several sites in Texas and New York.

2/17/2021 State Dept. Launches Probe Into Deadly Erbil Rocket Attack by OAN Newsroom
State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    The State Department has commented on the deadly rocket attack in Erbil, Iraq. During a press briefing Tuesday, department spokesperson Ned Price said an investigation is ďvery much underwayĒ to determine who is responsible.
    The attack on Monday not only killed a civilian, but also injured eight other contractors as well as a U.S. service member.
    ďWe have been in close contact with Kurdish officials, with Iraqi officials to determine who ultimately was responsible for that, we take it incredibly seriously,Ē Price stated.    ďWe are supporting our Iraqi partners in their efforts to investigate these attacks whether they were conducted by Iran, whether they were conducted by Iranian-backed militia forces or elements of such forces
    Price added, the U.S. reserves the right to respond at a time and place of its choosing. It will do so in coordination with its Iraqi partners.

2/17/2021 New CDC Guidelines Ignite Backlash Over School Reopenings by OAN Newsroom
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing on February 17, 2021, in the Brady
Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    The CDC and the Biden White House appeared to announce conflicting messages regarding school reopenings as many speculated whether or not the two are on the same page.    In a press briefing Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the Biden administrationís goal for reopening schools.
    Joe Biden previously announced schools would reopen at least one day a week, but he appeared to change his mind on Tuesday during a CNN town hall.    Biden announced schools would reopen at least five days a week and referred to the mishap as a ďmistake in communication,Ē which appeared to throw his press secretary under the bus.
    ďI did say last Thursday that the president will not rest until every school is open five days a week,Ē Psaki said.    ďThat is what we want to achieve, but we look forward to seeing and hearing the CDC guidelines to gain a better understanding of what steps that will entail or should entail.    When I initially said one day a week, it was our floor not our ceiling
    Last Friday, the CDC released new guidance for the first time since Joe Biden took office.    The agency asked local officials to base reopenings on the transmission levels in a given community.    However, according to reports, public health experts believe basing a schoolís ability to reopen on ďcommunity transmissionĒ is ineffective.
    Experts argued schools would be better off fully returning to the classroom with safety protocols, such as masks and distancing, implemented instead.    The rules sparked questions as to whether or not ďcommunity spreadĒ is grounds for keeping schools closed.
    In the meantime, the varied solutions from the Biden administration have left many Americans confused.    However, the ultimate decision is made at the local level as school districts continue to work out how to reopen safely.

2/17/2021 White House Yet To Identify SolarWinds Hackers, MSM Baselessly Blame Russia by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 17: (L-R) White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki looks on as Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging
Technology Anne Neuberger speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on February 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Neuberger told reporters
that 9 federal agencies and around 100 companies were impacted by the SolarWinds cyber hacking event. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Although the White House did not name Russia directly, the mainstream media continues to spread baseless claims of Russian hacking in connection to the SolarWinds hack.    On Wednesday, the White House said it would take ďmonthsĒ to probe the hacking of SolarWinds and to establish those responsible for it.
    SolarWinds was reportedly hacked in 2020 and initial reports rushed to blame Russia without any evidence, which still has yet to emerge.     ďThis is challenging,Ē White House National Security Advisor Anne Neuberger said.    ďThis is a sophisticated actor who did their best to hide their tracks.    We believe it took them months to plan and execute this compromise.    It will take us some time to uncover this, layer by layer
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on February 17, 2021 in Washington, DC.
Neuberger told reporters that 9 federal agencies and around 100 companies were impacted by the SolarWinds cyber hacking event. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Additional reporting found some of the hacking was traced back to Mainland China in connection with alleged foreign meddling in the 2020 election.

2/17/2021 CNN Ignores Controversial Topics During Biden Town Hall by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks as Anderson Cooper listens during a televised town hall event at
Pabst Theater, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Critics slammed CNN following a number of uncomplicated questions directed at Joe Biden during the networkís town hall on Tuesday.    Anchor Anderson Cooper interviewed Biden in Milwaukee and gave him softball questions, which ranged from his thoughts on the impeachment trial to whether he liked the living at the White House.
    Cooper also asked Biden questions related to the pandemic, but they were mostly neutral.    Questions included how long Biden thought it would be until life returns to normal and if he would stick with his nearly $2 trillion economic relief package. Biden affirmed he plans to stand his ground on the price tag despite backlash from Republicans and his own promise to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle before passing another stimulus bill.
    In the middle of discussing coronavirus vaccines, Biden mistakenly said they werenít made available until he entered office, which disregarded the success of Operation Warp Speed under the Trump administration.
    ďWe talked about how itís one thing to have the vaccine, which we didnít have when we came into office,Ē Biden claimed.    ďBut a vaccinator
    Cooper also side-stepped controversial topics such as Governor Andrew Cuomoís (D-N.Y.) nursing home scandal and the resignation of Bidenís White House Deputy Press Secretary TJ Ducklo.
    Ducklo was accused of making sexist comments to a White House reporter and was initially given a one-week suspension before he was forced to step down.    The White House came under immense scrutiny for not immediately firing him as Biden previously said staff members would be fired on the spot if they disrespected or talked down to other colleagues.

2/17/2021 Italyís New PM Draghi Promises Sweeping Reforms, Urges National Unity by Crispian Balmer and Gavin Jones
FILE PHOTO: Newly installed Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi arrives at the upper house
of parliament in Rome, Italy, February 17, 2021. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
    ROME (Reuters) Ė Prime Minister Mario Draghi called on Italians on Wednesday to pull together to help rebuild the country following the coronavirus pandemic and promised his new government would introduce sweeping reforms to revitalise the battered economy.
    In his maiden speech to parliament, the former head of the European Central Bank said his broad-based administration would throw all its efforts into defeating COVID-19, while looking to leave a stronger, greener nation for future generations.
    ďToday we have, as did the governments of the immediate post-war period, the possibility, or rather the responsibility, to launch a new reconstruction,Ē said Draghi, ahead of a mandatory confidence vote he is expected to win with ease.
    His immediate priorities will be ensuring a smooth coronavirus vaccination campaign and re-writing plans for how to spend more than 200 billion euros ($240 billion) of European Union funds aimed at rebuilding the economy.
    To guarantee the money is well spent, Draghi signalled that he wanted to overhaul the public administration, which is throttled by red tape, and the justice system, one of the slowest in Europe.
    Draghi also put a strongly pro-European stamp on his administration, which includes parties such as the right-wing League which have been highly critical of the euro common currency and Brussels bureaucracy in the past.
    ďSupporting this government means sharing the irreversibility of the choice of the euro, it means sharing the prospect of an increasingly integrated European Union that will arrive at a common public budget,Ē said Draghi, who received a standing ovation from senators after his 50-minute address.
    If he succeeds in his mission, Draghi will not only help revive Italy after the worst recession since World War Two, but will also give a boost to the whole EU, which has long fretted over Italyís chronic sluggishness.
    Draghi is among Europeís most respected figures after his eight-year stewardship of the ECB, and his nomination as prime minister has been hailed by investors Ė as reflected in Italian bond sales on Tuesday that drew record demand.
    Investment bank Morgan Stanley on Wednesday predicted a major improvement in Italyís closely-watched bond spreads Ė the premium investors demand to hold Italian government bonds rather than German debt Ė and a double-digit outperformance by its stock market.
    However, Draghi faces daunting challenges, with many sectors of the economy stalled and some companies only surviving thanks to state handouts.    Draghi said he could not protect every job or business, adding: ďSome will have to change, even radically
    His cabinet will have to move fast.    It can only govern for a maximum two years, with national elections due in early 2023.
    Draghi said he would call on the army to help speed up the anti-coronavirus vaccination campaign, but warned the disease would force lasting changes in a country which has registered some 94,000 deaths ó the second highest toll in Europe.
    ďThe main duty to which we are called, all of usÖ is to fight the pandemic by all means and to safeguard the lives of our fellow citizens,Ē he said.
    Draghi is expected to win Wednesdayís confidence vote in the Senate and a similar vote in the lower house on Thursday by record margins after all but one party rallied to his side.
    However, he might struggle in future to hold together his disparate coalition, which includes political foes with vastly different views on issues such as immigration and welfare.
    An additional concern is the state of his largest parliamentary partner, the 5-Star Movement, which is deeply split over backing Draghi and risks breaking apart.
(Additional reporting by Angelo Amante, Giulia Segreti and Giuseppe Fonte, Editing by Gareth Jones)

2/17/2021 U.S. To Pay World Health Organization More Than $200 Million By End Of Month
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a visit by U.S. President Joe Biden
to the State Department in Washington, U.S., February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

2/17/2021 Bay Area Exodus Leading Edge Of Pandemic Housing Reshuffle by Howard Schneider
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, U.S., November 20, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė Long one of the nationís ďitĒ destinations, San Francisco was already a land of unaffordable housing before the coronavirus hit, and with the median single-family home price still hovering above $1.5 million even as of December thousands of residents are leaving the Golden Gate city.
    Data from high-tech sources like cellphone location trackers to old-school change-of-address forms have started to put some scale around the reversal of fortune the     City by the Bay now faces, with anywhere from 1.5% to perhaps 3% of its population exiting for surrounding counties or other states over the past year.    Housing prices are beginning to follow suit.
    ďThe Bay Area is hurting,Ē cellphone data firm Unacast said in an analysis concluding that about 46,000 people had left the Bay Areaís 10 counties, with more than 13,000 leaving San Francisco itself.    ďThe exodus from both city centers and Silicon Valley is very real,Ē and may have resulted in a blow to local incomes of around $12 billion.
    In a separate analysis, Oxford Economics, citing U.S. Postal Service change of address information, said the decline in the cityís population may have topped 27,000, the fourth highest in the nation and part of a broader population reshuffle from major cities during the pandemic.
    That has been feeding through to higher home sales in places like Texas and North Carolina, where people have been moving.
    In San Francisco it meant a nearly 7% drop in the median home price from November to December, a 23% decline in rents over the year, and a 15-year high in available condominiums, according to data posted online by Norada Real Estate Investments.
    The pandemic has triggered a number of changes in housing, work and migration patterns Ė from major cities to the suburbs, from dense office buildings to working from home Ė and the persistence of those trends are likely to shape what the economy looks like after the health crisis subsides, according to economists and policymakers.
    The Unacast data, for example, is based on vast amounts of information gleaned from cellphones, and in particular to changes in a phoneís overnight location.    The firm has noted similar population declines in New York and Houston Ė the nationís first and fourth most populous cities.
    While those new patterns may reverse, many analysts feel they are likely to endure to some degree Ė and the adjustment may not be smooth.
    Kansas City Federal Reserve bank President Esther George on Tuesday said she saw a ďworrying scenarioĒ if jobs, population, and work locations reshuffle to such a degree that homeowners cannot pay mortgages and businesses canít afford leases.
    ďAny significant change in the location of economic activity, regardless of its specific form, has the potential to significantly affect the valuations of residential and commercial real estate,Ē George said, with implications, for example, to the stability of financial institutions.
(Reporting by Howard Schneider; Editing by Dan Burns and Bill Berkrot)

2/18/2021 Oil up $1.07 to $61.22, DOW up 90 to 31,613.

2/18/2021 coronavirus pandemic - Kentucky reports 1,017 new cases, 18 more deaths by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    'We have made incredible strides against this evil virus, but we canít let up yet.'
    Gov. Andy Beshear Kentucky reported 1,017 new cases of the coronavirus and an additional 18 deaths on Wednesday.
    The new figures bring the commonwealthís totals since the start of the pandemic to 391,772 positive cases and 4,336 deaths [Still at 0.01%].
    The test positivity rate increased slightly, up from 6.58% Tuesday to 6.99% Wednesday.
    Gov. Andy Beshear did not hold a news briefing Wednesday but said in a statement that while Kentucky is continuing in its progress against COVID-19, itís still too early to relax precautions.     'We have made incredible strides against this evil virus, but we canít let up yet,' the governor said.    'Even Kentuckians who have been vaccinated should continue to mask up, social distance and keep any gatherings small.'
    There were 934 Kentuckians hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 259 in an intensive care unit and 128 on a ventilator.
    Though winter weather threw a wrench in the stateís vaccination distribution, forcing some sites to close and reschedule vaccine appointments, by Wednesday afternoon 538,595 Kentuckians had received at least their first dose.    Thatís just over 12% of the stateís population.
    'Team Kentucky, we are so close to getting through this together, but we must remain vigilant and run through the finish line to slow the spread and save as many lives as possible,' he said.
    Indiana reported 933 new COVID-19 cases and an additional 20 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its totals since the start of the pandemic to 651,453 cases and 11,825 deaths.    Wednesday was the third day in a row to see fewer than 1,000 new cases reported.
[18 deaths / 1,017 cases = 0.018% mortality rate.].

2/18/2021 House Financial Services Committee To Hear Testimony On GameStop Stock Shorting Frenzy From CEOís by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė This Dec. 17, 2020, file photo shows the logo for the Robinhood app on a smartphone in New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
    What began as a joke on a small internet forum is about to become the focus of a congressional hearing.    On Thursday, several witnesses will deliver testimony before the House Financial Services Committee, including Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman and a number of traders involved in the scandal.
    This marks the first hearing since a group of retail traders began buying stock of GameStop in late January, which caused the stock value to jump from $64 a share to $468 in about three days.
    ďWeíre not as dumb as everyone thinks we areÖpeople will say weíre in a casino, betting on AMC and GameStop and whatever it may be, but the real fact of it is some of us are out there and weíre seeing these companies, these hedge funds, that have been getting away with this for years,Ē stated Robinhood trader JJ Buckner.    ďOver-shorting these companies and hammering these companies into the ground, and no one says anything.Ē
    Tenev has already admitted his company could have done more to communicate with its customers before it decided to halt trading.    In his prepared testimony, he reiterated claims that the move was not prompted by requests from hedge fund managers and that all users are made aware the app has ďsole discretion to restrict trading without prior notice
    ďFirst of all, I want to address some of the misinformation thatís been out there because there is a lot of it,Ē Tenev stated.    ďWe absolutely did not do this at the direction of any market maker or hedge fund or anyone we route to or other market participants
    ďThe reason we did it was because Robinhood is a brokerage firm,Ē Tenev continued.    ďWe have lots of financial requirements, including SEC net capital requirements and clearinghouse deposits, so thatís money we have to deposit at various clearinghouses
    Furthermore, the decision was made to ďmeet regulatory deposit requirementsĒ outlined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which Tenev said sent out an investor alert on January 30 and told broker dealers they could restrict trading ďfor legal compliance or risk management reasons.Ē    These rules, Tenev noted, are ultimately prohibiting new investors who have entered the market for the first time and that ďthe financial system needs to catch up

2/18/2021 Gov. Cuomo Threatens N.Y. Lawmaker Over Nursing Home Criticism by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Assemblyman Ron Kim, D-Queens, speaks during a press briefing at the state Capitol
in Albany, N.Y. Kim says Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to ďdestroyĒ him, during a private phone call
last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has doubled down on threats he made to a fellow New York lawmaker.    According to reports Wednesday, the governor allegedly vowed to ďdestroyĒ Democrat assemblyman Ron Kim during a phone call for making critical remarks of his administrationís handling of nursing home deaths.
    Kim spoke publicly to multiple news outlets, claiming the governor said he will ruin his career if he didnít cover up for the ex-staffer who leaked the nursing home death data.
    According to Kim, Cuomo also asked if he was an honorable man and said if he didnít immediately issue a new statement clarifying his remarks then he would face political retribution.
    In a stunning response, however, the governor used Wednesdayís press briefing to say he has had a ďlong and hostile relationshipĒ with Kim that dates back to 2015.
    ďI never said anything about assemblyman Kim, he attacked me and said that I obstructed justice in a letter today,Ē Cuomo stated.    ďI obstructed justice that Kim and several other legislators saidÖthatís a lie
    Moments after, Kim released a statement on Twitter commenting ďfacts matter.Ē    Kim said while Cuomo claims to have worked with the Department of Justice, he was actually traveling for a book tour and doing a ďvictory lap across prime time cable newsĒ in an effort to distract the American people.
    Cuomoís senior advisor, Richard Azzopardi, also released a statement Wednesday.    He claimed Kim flat out lied while noting he was in the room with Cuomo and three others at the time of the phone call.
    While many parts are still unclear, the Democrat governor is up against the odds as he up for reelection next year.    Meanwhile, Kim has since hired a lawyer for any further questioning by the Cuomo administration.

2/18/2021 Kamala Harris Spokesperson Evasive On Schools Reopening by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Aug. 3, 2020, file photo, Paul Adamus, 7, waits at the bus stop for the first day of school in Dallas, Ga.
Amid mounting tensions about school reopening, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released long-awaited guidance Friday,
Feb. 12, 2021, on what measures are needed to get children back into the classroom during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
    The Biden administration has been sending mixed signals when it comes to its school reopening plans.
    On Wednesday, CNN anchor John Berman tried to get a straight answer on the matter from Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to Kamala Harris, to no avail.    At one point Berman pointedly called attention to Sandersí evasiveness by stating, Ďitís not a trick question, I just want to know what the White House position is.Ē
    Then in another interview with MSNBC, Sanders admitted teacher vaccinations are not a requirement for schools to reopen.
    ďThe president and vice president have been clear; they believe that teachers should be prioritized in states to get the vaccine just like frontline workers,Ē she stated.    ďAnd they also agree with the CDC guidance that itís not a requirement for schools to reopen
    Her comments came after the CDC said teacher vaccinations are not necessary for a return to in-person learning as long as schools follow necessary COVID-19 safety guidelines.

2/18/2021 DOJ Charges 3 North Korean Hackers In $1.3B Worth Of Schemes by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this June 16, 2017, file photo, North Korean men and women use computer terminals at the Sci-Tech Complex in
Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korean hackers attempted to steal information about coronavirus vaccines and treatments, South Koreaís intelligence
service said Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, but it denied a lawmakerís claim that vaccine maker Pfizer Inc. was targeted. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)
    The Justice Department has charged three North Korean hackers who are accused of stealing $1.3 billion from U.S. groups.    On Wednesday, the department said members of North Koreaís military intelligence agency, which is called the Reconnaissance General Bureau, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit computer fraud, wire fraud and bank fraud.
    This builds on a 2018 case in which one of the men was indicted for allegedly taking part in a number of cyber attacks, including the infamous hack against Sony Pictures.    Prosecutors have said the Reconnaissance General Gureau is simply a criminal organization using the guise of being connected to a government.
    ďThe DPRKís malicious activities are a global problem requiring global awareness, condemnation and cooperative disruption,Ē stated John Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security.    ďWith this indictment and related disruptions, the United States continues to do its part
    The Justice Department has estimated North Korean hackers have targeted groups in more than two dozen countries over the past year.

2/18/2021 Right-Wing Coalition Forms New Govt. In Italy by OAN Newsroom
Italyís Premier Mario Draghi addresses the Senate in Rome Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021,
before submitting his government to a vote of confidence. (Yara Nardi/Pool via AP)
A coalition of right-wing parties have returned to power in Italy after its former center-left cabinet got involved with controversies at home and abroad. On Wednesday, former European Central Bank President Mario Draghi delivered a speech to Parliament shortly after assuming the mandate to form a new cabinet. Draghi said he would rely on a broader support, including by the right-wing party, League of the North, to defeat COVID-19 and restore economic growth. This came after the center-left cabinet of Giuseppe Conte collapsed due to resignations of several left-wing lawmakers. ďThereís this incredible trust and confidence in Draghiís ability to navigate these very complex political landscape,Ē stated Cecilia Sottilotta, assistant professor of International Relations and Global Politics at the American University of Rome.
    Italyís previous cabinet came under fire for mismanaging COVID-19 and allegedly enabling the meddling in the 2020 U.S. elections.    Draghi said he will focus on internal affairs in coming months.

2/18/2021 Gavin Newsom Recall Effort Receives $1M Boost From John Cox by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference in
Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Newsom could likely face a recall election this year. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)
    The campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has received another big boost from Republican John Cox.    The San Diego businessman recently made his second personal donation of $1 million to the recall effort.
    The 2018 California gubernatorial candidate is making another run for governor in the likely recall election.    Cox gained the support of President Trump in 2018, but lost by 24 points in the election.
    So far, recall efforts have reached the 1.5 million signature threshold to trigger a special election.     The goal is to reach the 2 million mark by mid-March for a comfortable margin should some signatures be disqualified.

2/18/2021 Mont. Moves To Designate Antifa As Terrorist Group by OAN Newsroom
    Republican lawmakers in Montana are looking to designate Antifa as a domestic terrorist group.    Hereís the more:


2/18/2021 Reddit User Says Research Led Him To Believe GameStop Was Undervalued by OAN Newsroom
This illustration photo shows a person checking the GameStop stock on a smartphone on February 17, 2021 in Los Angeles as the Reddit, Citadel, Robinhood and Melvin Capital
logos are seen on the background ahead of the virtual hearing involving GameStop stocks. Ė The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing, titled
ďGame Stopped? Who Wins and Loses When Short Sellers, Social Media, and Retail Investors CollideĒ on February 18, 2021. (Photo by CHRIS DELMAS/AFP via Getty Images)
    The user who began the initial GameStop investment frenzy defended his trading strategy on Capitol Hill.    In opening testimony before the House Financial Services Committee Thursday, Keith Patrick Gill said he merely discussed public information on the Reddit forum and had no insider knowledge relating to GameStop.
    Gill noted his own research led him to believe the companyís stock was undervalued and that he shared his research to help other amateur investors.    He said he hopes lawmakers will also look into possible market manipulation by brokers.
    In the meantime, the CEO of the Robinhood app also testified and spoke out on the decision to close stocks to retail investors.
NEW YORK, NY Ė MAY 10: Co-founder and co-CEO of Robinhood Vladimir Tenev speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt NY
2016 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on May 10, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
    ďRobinhood Securities put the restrictions in place in an effort to meet increased regulatory deposit requirements, not to help hedge funds,Ē CEO Vlad Tenev stated.    ďWe donít answer to hedge funds.    We serve the millions of small investors who use our platform to invest
    Tenev ultimately apologized for the move and said it wonít happen again.

2/18/2021 FBI, U.S. Attorneyís Office Probing N.Y. Nursing Home Death Scandal by OAN Newsroom
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Photo by HANS PENNINK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Federal agencies continued their investigation into nursing home deaths in New York.    On Wednesday, reports said both the FBI and the U.S. Attorneyís Office in Brooklyn looked into the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).
    The investigation is reportedly just beginning.    It will focus on members of Cuomoís coronavirus task force as well as the actions of his administration related to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.
    Accusations of a cover-up arose in January when the state attorney general said New York likely undercounted COVID deaths in nursing homes by as much as half.    After the report, the health commissioner released figures that showed nearly 13,000 deaths as of January 19.    This total was a massive jump from the 8,700 deaths the health department acknowledged just a day before.
    The situation worsened when reports said a top aide to the New York governor privately told lawmakers the administration withheld data from the state legislature over fears of federal prosecution.    Cuomo recently said the state should have provided information more quickly, but deflected blame by saying there was only a ďdelayĒ in providing the information to the press and public.
    ďTo be clear, all the deaths in the nursing homes and in the hospitals were always fully, publicly and accurately reported,Ē Cuomo claimed. ďThe numbers were the numbers, always.Ē
    An administration spokesman said the Justice Department looked into the numbers for months and the administration cooperated with them.    State lawmakers have since called for an investigation into Cuomo, with many demanding a repeal of the emergency powers granted to him at the onset of the pandemic.
    According to reports, Cuomo did not take this attention well and at least one state Democrat said he was threatened by the governor.
    Lawmaker Ron Kim (D) accused Cuomo of obstruction.    He said the New York Governor pressured him to change his statement and threatened his career as well as his livelihood.
    ďHe left a shocking moment for all of us in our family,Ē Kim said.    ďAnd I think every day Governor Cuomo and his team defend many different versions of the truth, while lawmakers like me, weíre tasked to pursue the constant singular truth behind what happened in our nursing homes
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said he believed Kim and called the allegations of bullying ďclassic Andrew Cuomo
    ďI believe in Ron Kim,Ē de Blasio said.    ďAnd itís very, very sad. No public servant, no person whoís telling the truth should be treated that way.    The threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment; many many times Iíve heard that and a lot of other people in the state have heard that
    Reports said additional anonymous Democrat lawmakers experienced pushback and threats of political retaliation from the governor, as well.    Meanwhile, a recent poll showed only 39 percent of New York voters believed Cuomo did a good job in making data on COVID deaths in nursing homes available to the public.

2/18/2021 De Blasio: Cuomoís Bullying Is Nothing New by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Ė FEBRUARY 10: New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media at the opening of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
vaccination site at Citi Field on February 10, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) is feeling the pressure from his reported nursing home deaths cover-up.    During an interview on Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the governorís recent bullying ďclassic Andrew Cuomo.Ē
    De Blasio responded to New York Assemblyman Ron Kimís claims that Cuomo berated him over the phone for ten minutes.    Kim said the governor pressured him to change his public statement about his top aide and the stateís handling of nursing home deaths.
    ďI believe Ron Kim and itís very, very sad. No public servant, no person who is telling the truth should be treated that way,Ē De Blasio noted.    ďThe threats, the belittling, the demand that someone change their statement right that moment.    Many, many times Iíve heard that and I know a lot of other people in the state have heard that
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Ė SEPTEMBER 08: New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a news conference
on September 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    This came after Cuomoís senior aide Melissa DeRosa reportedly told lawmakers the administration froze the release of information on nursing home deaths out of fear of a federal probe.

2/18/2021 GOP: Retired Lt. General Honore Too Partisan To Lead Capitol Security Probe by OAN Newsroom
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore delivers remarks during a Hurricane Katrina memorial service in New Orleans
29 August 2007 on the second anniversary of the disaster. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosiís pick to lead the review of Capitol Hill security faced scrutiny among Republicans.    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) took to Twitter Wednesday and said retired Army Lieutenant General Russel Honore is ďan extreme partisan and should be the last person to head up an investigation
    In a now-deleted tweet, Honore reportedly made derogatory remarks at Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and called for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to be canceled.    In addition, Honore spoke to MSNBC last month and said protesters should not simultaneously be allowed to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights.
    ďSome rules they gotta change is we canít have demonstrators showing up at a state capitol with damn long guns.    Your First Amendment rights donít give you the right to carry long guns to a demonstration and that is confusing the hell out of police and intimidating people
    The retired lieutenant general claimed in a previous interview with MSNBC that the attack on the Capitol was an inside job.    He later called for Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) to be placed on a No Fly List after she insisted on exercising her Second Amendment right on Capitol Hill.

2/19/2021 Oil down $1.64 to $60.08, DOW down 120 to 31,483.

2/19/2021 Coronavirus pandemic - State reports 963 new cases, 37 deaths by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 963 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, with the test positivity rate slightly increasing again.
    The rate was up to 7.07% from 6.99% Wednesday, which Gov. Andy Beshear said is likely due to winter weather over the past week causing fewer asymptomatic people to get tested.
    Beshear also reported 37 additional deaths caused by the virus.
    'Itís our typical good and bad news: low cases but a high number of deaths,' Beshear said during his virtual briefing.    'Weíre seeing that in a number of states.'
    Indiana reported 786 new cases of the coronavirus and 29 related deaths on Thursday.    The state has recorded 652,210 cases and 11,854 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
    Kentucky is up to a total of 392,729 positive cases and 4,373 deaths since it reported its first case nearly one year ago.
    There were 935 Kentuckians hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Thursday, including 260 in an intensive care unit and 130 on a ventilator.
    New vaccine sites Beshear announced multiple new vaccination sites, including:
    Regional - Albany: The Medical Center, 723 Burkesville Road - Cadiz: Trigg County Hospital, 254 Main St. - Campbellsville: Taylor Regional Hospital, 1700 Old Lebanon Road - Hartford: Ohio County Hospital, 1211 Old Main St. - Marion: Crittenden Community Hospital, 1211 Old Main St. - Maysville: Buffalo Trace Health Department, 130 E. Second St. Kroger - Bardstown: 102 W. John Rowan Blvd. - LaGrange: 2034 S. Highway 53 - Lebanon: 705 E. Main St. - Louisville: 520 N. 35th St. - Madisonville: 540 Island Ford Rd. Walmart - Alexandria: 6711 Alexandria Pike - Ashland: 12504 U.S. Route 60 - Bardstown: 3795 E. John Rowan Blvd. - Fulton: 1405 Middle Road - Hanson: 420 Factory Outlet Drive - Harrodsburg: 591 Joseph Drive Federally Qualified Health Center - McKee: White House Clinic, 1010 Main St. South - Mt. Vernon: White House Clinic, 116 Progress Drive With the new sites, Kentucky will have 291 open across the state beginning next week, Beshear said.
    For information on vaccine sites open near you and whether you are eligible to sign up, go to or call 800-722-5725.
    As of Thursday afternoon, at least 555,373 Kentuckians have received at least the first dose of a vaccine.    Thatís about 12.4% of the stateís population.
    'Iím very excited about the 57% increase in vaccines weíve gotten over the last three to four weeks,' Beshear said.    'Remember, we need more supply.    We donít have nearly what we could put in peopleís arms, and every time we add sites, we add them for convenience.'
[37 deaths / 963 cases = 0.04% mortality rate if all of these deaths were from coronavirus.].

2/19/2021 Biden Admin. Seeks To Rejoin 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden walked on the South Lawn of the White House after stepping off Marine One, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Biden administration announced its plans to open dialogue with Iran regarding Americaís return to the 2015 nuclear deal.    On Friday, Joe Biden announced the U.S. is looking forward to coming to a diplomatic agreement in order to revive the deal.
    President Donald Trump famously withdrew from the deal in 2018, saying it failed to stop the development of ballistic missiles and handed Iran billions of dollars, used to fund terrorism across the Middle East.
    However, Biden signaled a willingness to engage with world leaders and Tehran in a bid to return the U.S. to the negotiation table.
    ďWe said weíre prepared to reengage in negotiations with the P5+1 on Iranís nuclear program,Ē Biden stated.    ďWe must also address Iranís destabilizing activities across the Middle East, and weíre going to work in close cooperation with our European and other partners as we proceed
    Bidenís statement came after Secretary of State Antony Blinken, along with his German, French and British counterparts said on Thursday that the U.S. would be ďprepared to engage in discussions
WILMINGTON, DE Ė NOVEMBER 24: Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke on November 24, 2020
in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    The administration has already softened its stance on Iran in comparison with the last administration. Reports have said Biden formally rescinded the effort by President Trump to reimpose UN sanctions on Iran. It further pulled back the restrictions on domestic travel for Iranian officials working at the UN.
    On Thursday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was prepared to attend a meeting of the countries that signed the deal to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iranís nuclear program. He noted, while Tehran has already gone beyond what the deal allows in terms of limits on its nuclear program, the steps are ďreversible
    ďIf Iran resumes its full compliance with the deal, we will do the same. Importantly, as you have also heard us say, that the deal for us, it is a floor. Itís not a ceiling,Ē Price said.    ďWe want to go beyond the 2015 deal, lengthen and strengthen it and build on it with follow-on arrangements to address other areas of concern when it comes to our relationship with Iran
    Unfortunately, Iran has indicated it will only backtrack on its progress if the U.S. ďunconditionally lifts all sanctions,Ē a point made by the Iranian foreign minister.
    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made similar comments during a statement on Wednesday.
    ďWe have heard many nice words and promises, which in practice have been broken and opposite actions have been taken,Ē Khamenei stated.    ď    Words and promises are no good.    This time we want only action from the other side and we will also act
    Iranís state media have already called the effort a ďdefeat for America
    One State Department official warned if the Biden team continues to roll back restrictions with only the hope of starting talks, Iran is ďgoing to eat our lunchĒ in the negotiations.
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who recently praised a phone call he received from Biden, reiterated his governmentís longtime stance against the deal hasnít changed.    He noted Israel believes that going back to the old agreement will ďpave Iranís path to a nuclear arsenal

2/19/2021 GameStop Hearing Proves Politicians Will Put Hedge Funds Ahead Of The American People by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video provided by the House Financial Services Committee, Vlad†Tenev, chief executive officer of†Robinhood†Markets, Inc.,
testifies during a virtual hearing on GameStop in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (House Financial Services Committee via AP)
    The GameStop hearing on Capitol Hill was a chance for elective leaders to challenge Wall Street hedge funds on the ethics of taking large short positions on struggling stocks.
    However, viewers of the highly anticipated hearing were left with plenty of questions and few answers.    In fact, the only clear answer from Thursdayís hearing was the majority of politicians on Capitol Hill seem to favor the elites on Wall Street over working class Americans.
    The hearing began with witness testimonies. Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev said his company did not halt the purchasing of GameStop stock because anyone had asked them to.    He added, Robinhood does not answer to any hedge funds or market makers.
    However, Tenev later admitted that Citadel, one of the worldís largest market makers on Wall Street, is actually their biggest trading partner.    It was also revealed that hedge fund Melvin Capital was never actually bailed out when it received a $2 billion cash injection from Citadel following massive losses on their GameStop shorts.
    At least one person who found this hard to believe was Barstool Sports President Dave Portnoy.    He said he believed a clear double standard was being revealed.
    ďIt sucks for Melvin, but you got beat, you got beat and and thereís plenty of financial companies who have made money by taking advantage of the system, inventing something new and becoming billionaires,Ē Portnoy stated.    ďBut when you get beat, you get beatÖthatís being in the game
    While committee members seemed to completely dismiss the idea that Melvin Capital and other hedge funds conducted an illegal naked short on GameStop, one person who did receive intense questioning was a man named Keith Gill.
In this image from video provided by the House Financial Services Committee, Keith Gill, a GameStop investor, also known in social media forums as
Roaring Kitty, testifies during a virtual hearing on GameStop in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. (House Financial Services Committee via AP)
    Better known by his YouTube name Roaring Kitty, Gill was one of the first Wall Street bets users to float the idea of purchasing shares in GameStop.    In 2019, he released an extensive theory as to why GameStop was undervalued while using various forms of publicly available information to reach his conclusion.
    ďI support the right of individuals to send a message based on how they invest,Ē Gill stated.    ďAs for me, I like the stockÖIím as bullish as Iíve ever been for a turnaround for GameStop and I remain invested in the company
    During the hearing, however, lawmakers seemed to continually insinuate he had actually performed an illegal market manipulation by convincing people on the internet to drive up the price of GameStop.    Lawmakers on both sides are now deflecting the issue away from predatory hedge funds.
    Republicans now want less regulation, so liquidity problems canít keep the platform from placing restrictions on stocks.    Meanwhile, Democrats want more regulation on Robinhood because they believe working class retail traders arenít smart enough to invest their own money.     Regardless, the American people will have to wait and see if the federal government decides to prosecute predatory hedge funds on Wall Street, instead of deflecting blame towards working class Americans like Keith Gill.

2/19/2021 House GOP Leaders Recommend ĎNoí Vote On Biden Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 17: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) spoke during a press conference at the
U.S. Capitol on December 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    House Republican leadership has recommended a ďnoĒ vote on advancing a nearly $2 trillion Democrat-led COVID-19 relief bill.
    In a document released by House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Friday, he warned the package would keep schools closed, pay people not to work and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    The document said Republicans insist on reopening schools, the economy, speeding up vaccinations and using the remaining $1 trillion from previous relief packages.
    Scalise slammed Democrats for rejecting GOP efforts to advance bipartisan solutions, as he did in December when he advocated for reopening the economy with safety protocols.
    ďThey continue to play partisan games and peopleís lives are at stake.    This game has to end.    This game of chicken where hostages are being taken, and the hostages are Americaís small businesses,Ē Scalise stated.    ďThe hostages are millions of families who just want to be able to go back to work
    The House is expected to consider the Biden backed COVID relief legislation next week.    The lower chamber will attempt to pass the measure through budget reconciliation, a tactic which would allow the Senate to approve it without GOP support.

2/19/2021 Biden Gives Unclear Response On Whether He Will Visit Texas by OAN Newsroom
WILMINGTON, DE Ė MARCH 12: Joe Biden delivered remarks about the coronavirus outbreak at the
Hotel Du Pont March 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    As Joe Biden signed a major emergency disaster declaration for Texas, he explained he would make a decision on whether to visit the state next week.    On Friday, Biden said he spoke with Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and they discussed what exactly the state needed to address the weather and utility crisis.
    He added he would ask FEMA to speed up the paperwork so he could sign it as soon as possible, but Biden hedged on whether he would visit Texas to assess the situation first hand.
    ďIt depends.    The answer is yes.    The question is, I had planned on being in Texas the middle of next week, but what I donít want to be is a burden,Ē Biden stated.    ďWhen the president lands in any city in America, it creates, it has a long tail, and theyíre working like the devil to take care of their folks.    If, in fact, itís concluded that I can do it without creating a burden for the folks on the ground while theyíre dealing with this crisis, I plan on going.Ē
    His unclear response drew criticism, with some pointing to trips President Trump took to states hit hard by natural disasters.

2/19/2021 Don Jr.: I Wonít Jump On Bandwagon To Cancel Sen. Cruz by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JUNE 12: Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, is shown in the Hart Senate
Office Building on Capitol Hill June 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Donald Trump Jr. defended Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he took a trip to Cancun during a weather crisis in his state.
    President Trumpís son said he realized the optics were not ideal, but said Cruz is a senator and not a governor, therefore not responsible for managing state emergencies.
    Don Jr. added that people are trying to cancel Cruz for simply taking a family vacation.
    ďIím not going to jump on this bandwagon on trying to cancel the guy for taking his kids on a vacation,Ē Don Jr. said.    ďMaybe itís not the ideal time, quite certainly itís not, but give me a break.    They are spending more time focusing on this than they are governors just flagrantly disregarding their executive orders, shutting down states.    Shows you how ridiculous things are
    Cruz has called his trip a ďmistake,Ē and said in hindsight he would not have done it.

2/19/2021 Volunteers Work Alongside Police To Prevent Violent Crimes In Oaklandís Chinatown by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 21, 2006, file photo, Chinese lion dancers performed in Oaklandís Chinatown in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
    A local police department in Oakland, California is working with volunteers to quell a recent spike of violence in the community.    Business owners in the cityís     Chinatown took to the streets on Thursday, acting as sanctioned liaisons between residents and police officers.
    This came as violent attacks and robberies have been reported in the area, with many victims too afraid to call 911 due to fear of retaliation.
    Business owners said theyíre stepping up amid the crisis to ensure streets are safe enough for potential customers coming to the neighborhood.     ďAs a business person here, I feel like that the uncertainty is creating a bit of chaos,Ē a local business owner said.    ďBut we are getting organized, obviously, with this crew right here.    We are all volunteers, we are all business owners here.    We are here to help and protect the community and hopefully make a positive change
    Several businesses have boarded up their windows as a precaution against the recent violence, which reportedly reached a new high during the Chinese Lunar New Year.

2/19/2021 Lobbying Analyst: Democrat Immigration Bill A ĎPolitical Exerciseí by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo Joe Biden signed an executive order on immigration in
the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    For the past several election cycles, Democrats have called for a massive overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.    On Thursday, they presented what they believed was the pinnacle of progressive reform, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021.    Even the New York Times called this measure a ďlengthy wish list for pro-immigration activists.Ē
    While the dozen cosponsors seemed pleased with their efforts, not all analysts were as convinced the move was practical.
    Casey Higgins, who has worked for over a decade as a congressional adviser to the Republican leadership, commented on the bill after it was released.    Higgins said it represented the leftís dream deal, but had little chance of making it to the Oval Office in one piece.
    ďSo, while I think this is a great marker for the left and maybe indicative of, in an ideal world where the Biden Harris administration would want to go, I think this is a political exercise to show exactly what their position is, but itís not necessarily a lawmaking exercise,Ē Higgins said.
    The centerpiece of their ďidealĒ immigration policy, a clear path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in this country.    Further, an increase in the speed of certain immigration cases, providing an easier route to America for immigrants who havenít made it here yet.
    Republicans have pushed back, saying opening the doors to the country, especially at a time of economic peril, will only lead to catastrophe.
    While the Biden administration does agree with the sentiment, instead of spending money to fortify the border, Democrats have proposed sending $4 billion to countries in Central America to ďcurb migration
    However, by overreaching, the Democrats may come up empty handed, a feeling Higgins pointed out they should remember well.
    ďThatís part of the reason you even saw House Democrats pivot away from a big comprehensive piece of immigration legislation last Congress, was because instead of giving everyone a reason to vote yes, it gives everyone a reason to vote no,Ē Higgins said.    ďAnd in the past, weíve seen it collapse under its own weight
    The bill still has the entire rest of the legislative process ahead of it, which will be an uphill battle in a thoroughly divided Congress.

2/19/2021 Biden Admin. Struggles To Explain Why Fla., Calif. Have Similar COVID-19 Numbers Despite Opposite Responses by OAN Newsroom
In this Jan. 27, 2021, image from video, Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to the White House COVID-19 Response Team, speaks during
a White House briefing on the Biden administrationís response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington. (White House via AP)
    A White House senior advisor for coronavirus response recently dodged questions about ongoing lockdowns.
    During an interview on Wednesday, Andy Slavitt side-stepped a question on why Florida and California have similar case numbers despite using opposite approaches to the pandemic response.    This comes amid Democrat-led California having strict lockdowns while Florida has issued fewer restrictions on businesses and gatherings.
    ďLook, thereís so much of this virus that we think we understand, that we think we can predict, thatís just a little bit beyond our explanation,Ē stated the White House adviser.    ďWhat we do know is that the more careful people are, the more they mask and social distance, and the quicker we vaccinate, the quicker it goes away and the less it spreadsĒ
    Slavitt danced around the question by suggesting the virus is ďunpredictable.Ē    He added, the Biden administrationís lockdown mandates are far from over.

2/19/2021 Sen. Toomey: Democrat, Biden Administration COVID Bill Is Purely Partisan by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON Ė JANUARY 29: Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) testified at a hearing before the Subcommittee on Science,
Technology and Space January 29, 2003 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Democrats arenít trying to find common ground on a COVID relief bill.    Toomey expressed frustration with the process at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Thursday.
    He noted less than a month ago, Joe Biden issued a call for unity when he started his presidency.
    The retiring senator said itís disappointing Biden isnít following through on his promise for a strategy based on truth, not politics.    Toomey believes Biden and the Democrats are focused on forcing what he calls a left-wing policy wish list, completely unrelated to the pandemic.
    ďIt is not informed by any objective measure of needs.    The only organizing principle seems to be to spend a lot of money and willfully ignore the impacts of these policies,Ē Toomey stated.    ďCOVID has been an extraordinary crisis, and Congress responded in an extraordinary way
    Toomey noted Congress passed a relief bill less than two months ago and said the economy has been in recovery mode.    He added 18 states have unemployment rates below five percent and GDP growth in the last two quarters has been extraordinary.

2/19/2021 Scalise: Vote No On ĎPelosi Payoff To Progressives Actí by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė SEPTEMBER 23: House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    Top House Republicans called on members to vote no on Joe Bidenís coronavirus relief package.    On Friday, House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) vowed to meet with Republicans in the lower chamber to discuss how to combat the nearly $2 trillion package.
    Scalise said the ďPelosi Payoff to Progressives ActĒ aims to jam a liberal agenda through Congress.    Republicans in both chambers of Congress fear the bill will keep schools closed, pay Americans to not work as well as bailout floundering blue states.
    ďWhat this new pot of hundreds of billions of dollars is actually doing is going to help states that prior to the pandemic, like New York and Illinois, had fundamental fiscal problems,Ē Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) said.    ďAnd I donít believe Montanans should be footing the bill to help states get out of long-term financial problems
    The push against the bill came in response to the House Budget Committeeís announcement that members were gearing up to vote.
    The package includes extending $400 unemployment benefits to out-of-work Americans and jacking up the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Additionally, Democrats hope to push another round of stimulus checks at up to $1,400 per check.
    ďDo you agree with my assessment that a majority of those checks end up going to people who never had any lost income?Ē questioned Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).    ďAnd secondly, is your view that it is not constructive to the economy for the government to be just arbitrarily sending money to people who never had any lost income?Ē
    In the meantime, the House Budget Committee is expected to vote on the bill Monday and bring it to the full House later in the week.    Democrats in the Senate are hoping to vote on the bill shortly after and to get it to the White House by March 14.

2/19/2021 25 Asylum Seekers Granted U.S. Entry Under Biden by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 19: U.S. President Joe Biden returns to the White House after a trip
to Michigan on February 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    About two dozen asylum seekers were allowed U.S. entry under the Biden administration, reversing a Trump-era immigration policy.    On Friday, 25 illegal immigrants from Central America entered the U.S. as they awaited their asylum cases to be heard.
    The individuals migrated through a port of entry in San Ysidro, California.    They are now in quarantine at a local hotel funded by a non-profit.    Under President Trump, asylum seekers were to remain in Mexico pending their immigration court hearings.
    Meanwhile, the Biden administration came under fire for failing to meet promises to the American people within his first 100 days in office.
    On Thursday, Biden issued new guidelines for ICE and abandoned his pledge to halt deportations.    Under the new orders, ICE agents can target anyone in the country illegally who poses a threat to national security, public safety or recently crossed the border.    The move was condemned by progressive groups who wanted the agency abolished, stating the orders still give ICE agents plenty of leeway to decide who gets deported.
    According to recent reports, Biden privately met with a bipartisan group of state and city leaders.    During the meeting, he said he would not raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.    This move came after he promoted a wage increase during his time on the campaign trail.    Biden said Democrats wouldnít be able to force the measure through using the reconciliation process to avoid Republican support.
    Additionally, the Democratsí coronavirus relief bill was reportedly structured to provide more funding to married couples than single-parent households.    Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) said that not enough planning went into the consideration of how the order could affect Americans who raise their children on their own.
    ďIf you are a married couple you are more likely to get that tax credit and youíll likely get a bigger tax credit than if youíre a single parent,Ē Porter stated.    ďThat makes no sense, there is no discount for being a single parent
    In the meantime, several Democrats expressed concerns that Biden is not paying enough attention to his own party members.    However, Biden vowed to continue seeking bipartisan legislation solutions despite his mishaps.

2/19/2021 Sen. Paul Pens Op-Ed Slamming Biden Executive Overreach by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) asks questions during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on
ďThreats to the HomelandĒ on Capitol Hill on September 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called out Democratsí apparent double standard on executive overreach.    In an op-ed shared to Twitter, Paul slammed Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for urging Joe Biden to use his executive power to declare a climate emergency.
    He noted Schumer flip-flopped from his stance against President Trump taking the same approach on immigration.    Paul claimed Democrats are willing to abandon the Constitution when one of their own is involved.
Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration in
the Oval Office at the White House on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
    He said he warned Trump of the bad precedent his actions would set and now Democrats are doing the same.    Paul said he wonders if any Democrats will stand up to Biden the way he himself has stood up to both parties.

2/19/2021 Fmr CBP Head Slams Bidenís New Guidelines On ICE Arrests by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JUNE 25: Former Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan. (Photo by Alexander Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
    Former Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan said Bidenís immigration overhaul ďdefies law and order.Ē    In an interview Friday, Morgan blasted new rules issued to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
An ICE agent with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), watches as Guatemalan police investigate the scene after
detaining a suspected human trafficker on May 29, 2019 in Guatemala City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
    ICE agents must now focus on arresting illegal immigrants in three categories, including those who pose a national security threat or those who have crossed the border since November 1.    Agents must also get pre-approval to take action against anyone who doesnít fit the narrow standards.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 02: U.S. President Joe Biden makes brief remarks before signing several executive orders directing immigration actions for his administration
in the Oval Office at the White House on February 02, 2021 in Washington, DC. The orders will aim to reunite migrant families that were separated at the
U.S.-Mexico border and authorize a wholesale review of former President Donald Trumpís immigration policies. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
    Under President Trump, ICE agents had broad discretion to make arrests.    Morgan warned the Biden approach puts Americans in jeopardy by letting tens of thousands of illegal immigrants get away.
    ďIf you add that up year after year after year, there could be millions of individuals that got past us,Ē Morgan stated.    ďHow are you going to prove when they were here?Ē

2/19/2021 Poll: Va. State Sen. Amanda Chase Leading GOP Primary For Governor by OAN Newsroom
Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, front, works on the laptop prior to the Senate special
session at the remote location in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
    A new poll showed Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase leading the stateís Republican primary for governor.    The Christopher Newport University survey was released on Friday and showed that 17 percent of Republican voters supported Chase.
    In the meantime, 10 percent backed former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox while tech businessman Pete Snyder gained six percent support.    Chase is a staunch Trump supporter and has touted her fight for Second Amendment rights and re-opening the state.    If she wins the GOP primary, Chase will face the winner of the crowded Democrat field.
    So far, the poll showed former Governor Terry McAuliffe leading with 26 percent support from Democrat voters.

2/19/2021 Defense Secy: Natíl Guard Not Expected To Stay In D.C. Past Mid-March by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 19: An Army National Guard truck is parked in a lot across from the United States
Capitol Police headquarters on February 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    The Department of Defense said there are no plans to keep the National Guard in D.C. past mid-March.    In a press briefing on Friday, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said troops are expected to only stay until March 12.
    This came after reports hinted that National Guard members would remain at the Capitol until fall.    So far, 4,900 troops have remained in D.C. since Inauguration Day.    At one point, almost 26,000 guardsmen were in the nationís capital.
    WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 13: National Guard patrol outside the U.S. Capitol during the fifth day of President Donald Trumpís
impeachment trial February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Austin said his goal is to not keep troops in D.C. even one day longer than necessary. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Robert Salasses added threats evolve all the time, but he is not aware of any current danger that would require troops to stay in D.C. any longer.

2/20/2021 Oil down $1.30 to $58.97, DOW up 10 to 31,494.

2/20/2021 Source: Capitol Police want fence to stay - Threats still being issued in wake of deadly DC riot by Michael Balsamo, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    WASHINGTON Ė U.S. Capitol Police officials told congressional leaders the razor-wire-topped fencing around the Capitol should remain in place for several months as law enforcement continues to track threats against lawmakers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Thursday.
    The police officials suggested that the fence remain in place until September, in part because investigators are tracking continuing threats against lawmakers and the Capitol complex, the person said.    The threats range in specificity and credibility, but they include online chatter about extremist groups potentially returning to Washington and to the Capitol in the coming weeks, the person said.
    The police officials said the fence is needed as a physical barrier to prevent a potential repeat of the Jan. 6 insurrection when thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress was voting to certify Joe Bidenís presidential win, the person said.    Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of the melee.
    The person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.
    But despite the recommendation, it is unclear how long the fence will remain surrounding the Capitol grounds with dozens of lawmakers growing tired of it and an increased push in Congress for it to come down.
    Associated Press writer Kevin Freking contributed to this report.
A razor-wire fence was erected around the U.S. Capitol in Washington in the wake
of the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection. MANUEL BALCE CENETA/AP FILE

2/20/2021 Inquiry of Capitol Police growing by Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON Ė The United States Capitol Police said 35 officers on its force are under investigation, with six officers suspended without pay, as part of its investigation of the Jan. 6 riot. Its union denounced the move Friday as a ďwitch huntĒ against rank-and- file officers deflecting responsibility from the top.
    ďActing Chief Yogananda Pittman has directed that any member of her department whose behavior is not in keeping with the Departmentís Rules of Conduct will face appropriate discipline,Ē the department said in a statement.
    It did not detail specific incidents or potential misconduct.
    In response, Capitol Police union chairman Gus Papathanasiou issued a statement saying he could not comment on specific investigations but that ďthese investigations appear to be an attempt by USCPís upper management to divert the attention away from their significant leadership failures of January 6th
    Asking why chiefs were not under investigation or suspended, Papathanasiou called it ďsickeningĒ that the department would investigate the officers ďbecause of USCPís top managementís immediate failures as they try to point the fingers at officers who were applauded by Congress this past week

2/20/2021 Democrats Reveal Details Of $1.9T Coronavirus Relief Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė OCTOBER 03: Joe Biden spoke during the 19th Annual HRC National Dinner at Walter E. Washington
Convention Center on October 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
    In the next few weeks, eligible Americans can expect a $1,400 check, but the next few months or years in the wake of the Democratsí $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill could be unpredictable.     On Friday, House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth unveiled the nearly 600-page package, saying ďwe are in a race against time and aggressive, bold action is needed.Ē    The bill includes a litany of Democrat-backed proposals, many of which were staunchly opposed to by the Republicans.
    While Republicans have voiced their concerns about the size and focus of the bill, they have been largely shut out of the legislative process due to the use of budget reconciliation by Democrats.
    The package outlines a five-year plan to do what earlier reports indicated Joe Biden didnít think could happen, a minimum wage hike.    The increase will begin with a jump to $9.50 effective immediately, and end at $15.
    This came despite Republican concerns of how a blanket raise would disproportionately affect the whole country.
    ďHow can we have a nationwide minimum wage of $15, which frankly would kill a lot of jobs in Kansas,Ē Sen. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.) said.    ďSo how, I mean Iím all for if you want $15 an hour in Boston, knock your socks off, but in Kansas that would be a pretty good wage job killing wage
Sen. Roger Marshall spoke with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Without the need to convince any Republicans to come on board, the Democrats had the opportunity to fund dozens of proposals that they have defended for decades.    One of which is a billion dollar boost to Head Start, a child care program that was introduced in 1965.    However, in 2005, 2010 and 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services showed it provided negligible improvements to a childís cognitive ability.
    In addition, one of then-President Lyndon B. Johnsonís Great Society projects, the National Endowment for the Arts, which not only divided politics but the art world as well, is set to receive $135 million.
    Economists such as former White House economic adviser to President Trump, Larry Kudlow, and former director of the National Economic Council under Barack Obama, Larry Summers, have said a multi-trillion dollar cash injection into the economy would have ramifications for decades, which would be a price too high to pay for a short-term political victory.
    Democrats hope to pass the bill by the end of the week.

2/20/2021 Sen. Cotton Details Plan To Cut Chinese Investment In Hollywood by OAN Newsroom
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) detailed a plan to cut China out of Hollywoodís movie making scene.    The Arkansas lawmaker explained his ďBeat ChinaĒ report on Thursday, while speaking at a virtual conference for the Reagan Institute.
    Cotton noted accepting Chinese Communist Party funding is ďultimately hostileĒ to the ďfreedom and creativityĒ of entertainment executives. Studios reportedly self-censor to represent China favorably and ignore human rights violations.
    Cotton suggested building on the Trump administrationís strategy of sanctioning human rights abusers.
    ďWe need to cut off the spigot of money that has fueled Chinaís rise and corrupted our elites, creating a China lobby, stretching from New York and Washington to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, touching corporate board rooms and college campuses in between,Ē Cotton stated.    ďUnited States must more carefully scrutinize inbound investment from China
    Cotton added ďany serious strategy to beat ChinaĒ starts with a ďcommitment to decouple our countries in key areas

2/20/2021 Calif. Proposes $6.5B Deal To Reopen Schools By Early April by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this July 13, 2020, file photo, a gate is locked at the closed Ranchito Elementary School
in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
    California lawmakers proposed a multi-billion dollar bill aimed to reopen schools by mid-April.
    On Thursday, San Francisco Assemblyman Phil Ting introduced the Safe and Open Schools Plan, which would allocate $6.5 billion in additional funding to the $6 billion in federal funding for school reopening.    $2 billion of that budget would provide funds to kickstart in-person learning by mid-April, while the remaining $4.6 billion would be directed towards learning recovery.
    The legislation would require elementary schools in red tier counties and below to offer the option for in-person learning to all students by April 15.
    ďFoster children, English language learners, homeless children, those folks that are really suffering the most under distance learning,Ē Ting said.
    Additionally, all schools would need to rollout COVID-19 safety protocols by April 1.    School staff will be offered vaccines before returning to the classroom, however it is not required to reopen schools.
    ďWe are ready for our children to be back in the classrooms,Ē parent Stacie Bernard said.    ďWe can do this safely
    Parents pushing for schools to reopen cited their childrenís declining mental health, adding theyíre falling behind due to the struggles of remote learning.    A San Francisco childrenís hospital reported a 66 percent increase in emergency room visits and a record number of children reporting suicidal thoughts.
    Lisa Brizendine, president of the Oakley Elementary School District Board of Trustees, resigned after she mocked parents in a virtual board meeting that herself and other members thought was private.
    ďThey want to pick on us because they want their babysitters back,Ē Brizendine said.
    Another trustee used expletives to explain how she would respond to a parent who confronted her about schools reopening.
    ďShame on you for saying those things about people, shame on you for belittling us,Ē parent Claudine Zambrana said.    ďThatís how most parents that I know feel right now, its a slap in the face
    If passed, the bill would not force schools to reopen, but it would give the incentive of extra funding to those that do.    The assembly expects to vote on the proposal Monday, but will require Gov. Gavin Newsomís (D-Calif.) signature to pass.

2/20/2021 Biden Admin. Reenters Paris Climate Accords by OAN Newsroom
CONCORD, NH Ė NOVEMBER 08: Joe Biden spoke during a rally after he signed his official paperwork for the New Hampshire
Primary at the New Hampshire State House on November 8, 2019 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is pushing his agenda on so-called climate change as he reentered the controversial Paris climate accords.    On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the move, saying the Biden administration remains committed to prioritizing environmental issues.
    Several Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), decried the move, accusing Biden of neglecting Americans who work in the energy sector.
    This is the latest reversal of policies enforced during the Trump administration, after President Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement last year.
    ďIt is a process that takes 30 days, that means as of today, we are officially back in again,Ē John Kerry, presidential envoy for climate said.    ďBut in rejoining, weíve got to be really honest with each other.    We have to be humble and most of all we have to be ambitious.    We have to be honest that as a global community, weíre not close to where we need to be
    Blinken and Kerry said so-called climate change will be integral to Americaís foreign policy.

2/20/2021 John Kerry Warns Of So-Called Climate Change Amid Familyís Ownership Of Private Jet by OAN Newsroom
John Kerry gestured as spoke to the press in Paris, on May 23, 2018 after the
ďTech for GoodĒ summit. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)
    John Kerry, Joe Bidenís special climate envoy, is being called out for his climate change hypocrisy.    In an interview with CBS on Friday, Kerry stated the earth only has nine years before so-called climate change takes a catastrophic toll on the planet.
    Kerry even noted the measures in the Paris climate agreement are not be enough to slow down these changes.     ďEven if we did everything that we said we were going to do when we signed up in Paris, we would see a rise in the Earthís temperature to somewhere around 3.7 degrees or more, which is catastrophic,Ē Kerry said.
    This, as recent reports show Kerryís family still owns a private jet from his wifeís company, which emits 40 times more carbon than a commercial flight.
    Financial disclosures in 2013 also show Kerry owned $1 million in the companyís assets through his wife.

2/20/2021 GOP, Dems Coming Together Against N.Y. Gov Andrew Cuomo by OAN Newsroom
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
in New York, on March 27, 2020. (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
    Both Democrats and Republicans in the Empire State signaled their discontent for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).    On Saturday, Republican Congressman Tom Reed (N.Y.) said heís considering challenging Cuomo in the upcoming gubernatorial election.    Reed claimed he got the green light from voters across the state who advocated for new leadership.
    Much of the criticism against Cuomo stemmed from his toxic attitude towards staffers, reporters and state lawmakers.    Additionally, Cuomoís handling of the coronavirus pandemic garnered immense scrutiny, especially due to his lack of sympathy for victims of the virus.
    ďBut who cares?Ē    Cuomo questioned during one of his news conferences.    ď33, 28 died in a hospital, died in a nursing home.    They died.    I understand, maybe, the instinct to blame or to find relief for the pain you are feeling, but it is a tragedy and itís a tragedy that continues today
    The New York governorís downfall came after Attorney General Letitia James released findings of a probe into the stateís nursing home deaths. Jamesís office found that Cuomo hid data regarding the deaths from top health officials.
    ďBottom line is itís not a political witch hunt,Ē Reed said.    ďThis is about getting justice for 15,000 people who died because he ordered COVID-19 patients into our nursing homes where non-COVID patients were living
    Democrats in the Empire State joined Republican cries against the Cuomo administrationís cover-up of the nursing home death toll.    Both New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for a full investigation into the matter.
    ďItís a really disturbing report,Ē de Blasio noted.    ďItís very troubling.    Weíve got to know more.    We now need a full accounting of what happened.    Think about seniors whose lives were in the balance and their families just desperate to get them the help they needed
    In the meantime, many New Yorkers said Cuomo should plan for early retirement as a recent poll showed 40 percent of residents would support recall efforts.    Reed warned New York does not have much time left to pull itself out of the perils of the pandemic or to get its economy back up and running.

2/20/2021 Munich Security Conference: Critics Say Bidenís Speech Distances U.S. From ĎAmerica Firstí Policies by OAN Newsroom
Seen through a translucent ďOn AirĒ sign, Joe Biden speaks during the virtual Munich Security Conference in the
East Room of the White House in Washington, DC on February 19, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Biden administration vowed to end ĎAmerica Firstí policies put in place by President Trump.    Joe Biden spoke to G7 leaders at the virtual Munich Security Conference on Friday and outlined his foreign policy goals, which seemingly favored the globalist agenda.
    Throughout his speech, Biden reinforced the alliance between the U.S. and Europe.    He said the United States will ďwork in lockstep with allies and partners
    ďThe transatlantic alliance is back and we are not looking backward,Ē Biden said.    ďWe are looking forward together.    It comes down to this: The transatlantic alliance is a strong foundation, the strong foundation on which our collective security and our shared prosperity are built
    While discussing China, Biden gave a mixed message by saying he welcomed the competition. He later added the U.S. and its allies must fight against Chinaís abuses within the global economic system. Biden stated:
    ďCompetition with China is going to be stiff.    Thatís what I expect and thatís what I welcome because I believe in the global system. Europe and the United States, together with our allies in the Indo-Pacific, worked so hard to build over the last 70 years.    We have to push back against the Chinese governmentís economic abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system
    He also claimed the U.S. and its European allies must come together to protect the ďfree exchange of ideas in open democratic societies
    Richard Grenell, a former intelligence official under the Trump administration, took to Twitter to comment on Bidenís speech.    He claimed ďBidenís America will not be first
    The Trump administration was known for prioritizing the U.S., which often involved ending partnerships the administration considered harmful to the nation.

2/20/2021 Entire School Board Resigns After Mocking Parents by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    A Zoom meeting mishap landed all members on a California school board in hot water.    All four members of the Oakley Elementary School District Board of Trustees resigned after mocking parents in what they thought was a private meeting.
    Board members, including board president Lisa Brizendine, stepped down Friday after they were caught complaining about parents who wanted their kids to return to in-person learning.
    ďAre we alone?Ē former board member Kim Beede questioned on the virtual meeting.    ďFó.    If youíre gonna call me out Iím gonna fó you up
    In a statement, the schoolís superintendent Greg Hetrick said no excuses would be made for what occurred and the comments were not in line with what the school stands for.    The video quickly circled around social media and sparked outrage, prompting parents to start an online petition that called for members to step down.
    ďParents in this area have been pretty vocal about the lack of communication and the lack of preparation to have our kids go back to school,Ē Oakley Elementary School parent Rebecca Mackowiak said.    ďAnd to hear that, it makes you understand why thereís no preparation and communication because theyíre not taking us seriously
    Officials appointed two interim Oakley School District board members while a third member is pending.    In the meantime, the superintendent said his focus remains on the students and getting them back in the classroom.

2/20/2021 GOP Slams Biden Admin. Sweeping Immigration Reform by OAN Newsroom
Ronna McDaniel, Chairwoman of the Republican National Committee speaks during the 6th Annual Women Rule
Summit at a hotel in Washington, DC on December 11, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Republicans slammed Joe Biden for creating a crisis at the border.    His recent immigration policies have angered many as he seeks asylum for thousands of undocumented migrants.
    GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel took to social media on Saturday to say ďBidenís move to suspend deportations and block border security funds are creating a crisis on the border right now
    McDaniel added that instead of adjusting course, Democrats doubled down on these dangerous policies with their proposed immigration bill.
    This came as more than 100 migrants stormed the El Paso border bridge with at least 25,000 migrants expected to enter the United States.    Starting next week, about 25 migrants will be released each day into California and Texas.
    Bidenís sweeping policies not only affect migrants who enter the country, but also federal officialsí ability to screen people who may have criminal backgrounds.
    Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody called on Biden to reinstate ĎOperation Talon,í a nationwide operation focused on removing convicted sex offenders who are in the U.S. illegally. On Saturday, Moody said there was ďabsolutely no reasonĒ why Biden should have canceled the program, especially for states that rely on federal agencies to remove dangerous people.
    While some Democrats expressed concerns about the sweeping immigration reform, Republicans said there needs to be more opposition from the Democrat Party. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-Fla.) urged moderate Democrats to take a stand against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the party majority.
    With the Senate split 50-50 and Democrats hanging on to a 10-person advantage in the House, Steube said there is a chance Democrats could oppose Bidenís orders.

2/20/2021 Republicans Warn Against Moving Away From Trump Legacy As GOP Moves Forward by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at Joint Base Andrews before boarding Air Force One. (Photo by Pete Marovich Ė Pool/Getty Images)
    President Trump met with top Republicans to have a ďconstructive conversationĒ over the future of the party.    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is expected to meet with the 45th President at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida this weekend.
    Graham expressed concern that infighting could hurt the partyís shot at regaining the House and Senate majority in 2022.    Additionally, mainstream media reports noted a potential ďriftĒ within the party between supporters of Trump and establishment Republicans, especially those who voted to convict him during the trial.
    This particularly came to a head when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voted to acquit President Trump, accused him of ďdereliction of dutyĒ following the trial.    In turn, the 45th President vowed to endorse candidates of his choosing in Senate primaries, regardless of whether they line up with McConnellís support.
    This sparked speculation that a split could be forming within the GOP.    However, even Republicans who have been critical of the President rejected this idea as the party seeks to reframe itself within the Trump legacy.    Allies of President Trump remain firm in the belief that support for his agenda will help candidates headed into the midterms.
    Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) was asked about the future of the Republican Party the day after the Presidentís acquittal.    He said he doesnít think the party can be successful by distancing itself from President Trump.
    ďI think if they really want to win competitive seats in purple states and if they want to win suburban districts, we want to somehow get back the House and Senate, want to win a presidential electionĒ Hogan stated.    ďTheyíre going to have to start building coalitions like weíve done here in one of the bluest states in the country where you can have a message that appeals to more people
    On Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tweeted ďestablishment Republicans, if you try to purge Trumpism from the GOP, the base of our party will reject you.Ē He also noted ďAmerica first is the future
    A recent poll showed support for President Trump among GOP voters was still strong following his acquittal in the impeachment trial.    According to the Politico and Morning Consult survey, 59 percent of Republican respondents supported the idea of President Trump playing a major role in the party going forward.     In the meantime, the Conservative Political Action Conference, which is set for next week in Orlando, showed itís firmly in the 45th Presidentís corner with a line-up of pro-Trump conservative speakers.    President Trump himself has been confirmed to speak, as well.

2/20/2021 N.Y. Rep. Reed Considering Gubernatorial Run To Challenge Gov. Cuomo by OAN Newsroom
In this image taken from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke during a news conference
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)
    State Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) said heís considering a gubernatorial run to challenge embattled Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).
    On Saturday, Reed said heís ďdefinitelyĒ looking at a run, adding people across the state are supporting the challenge.    Earlier this month, he suggested Cuomoís days as governor are ďnumbered
    Reed slammed Cuomo after the Democrat tried to shift the blame for nursing home deaths onto Republicans.
    ďBottom line is, itís not a political witch hunt,Ē Reed said.    ďThis is about getting justice for 15,000 people who died because he ordered COVID-19 patients into our nursing homes where non-COVID patients were living
    Cuomo has repeatedly come under fire during the pandemic, which has only worsened in recent weeks.    Reed warned New York doesnít have much time left to get its fiscal house in order.

2/21/2021 Ky. reports 1,333 new cases of COVID-19 - Death totals have stayed high over recent weeks by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,333 new cases of the coronavirus and an additional 25 deaths on Saturday.
    Since the start of the pandemic, there have been 396,018 COVID-19 cases and 4,426 deaths in the commonwealth (0.01%).
    Though daily case counts have lowered following a post-holiday surge, death totals have remained high over the past several weeks.    February alone has seen more than 600 deaths reported in Kentucky, with over a week left in the month (avg. 29 deaths per day].
    There were 921 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus on Saturday, including 245 in an intensive care unit and 125 on a ventilator.
    The test positivity rate declined again, dropping to 6.77% from 6.89% on Friday.
    As of Saturday afternoon, 570,463 Kentuckians had received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination.    Thatís about 12.8% of the stateís population.
    Indiana on Saturday reported 1,449 new COVID-19 cases and 14 more deaths, bringing the totals since the start of the pandemic to 654,660 cases and 11,912 deaths [0.018%].
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[25 deaths / 1,333 cases = 0.019% for Saturday mortality rate but none was reported on Friday so divided by 2 days it would only be 0.009% if all are due to coronavirus.].

2/21/2021 Mo. State Lawmakers Push Forward 2nd Amendment Protections by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 17: A copy of the U.S. Constitution is propped up on December 17,
2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    In Missouriís fight to protect gun laws, Camden County has become the stateís first Second Amendment sanctuary county.
    The Second Amendment Preservation Act, which is currently before the state Senate, will aim to invalidate federal restrictions on responsible gun ownership.    This would include tracking sales taxes and prohibitions on possessing, owning or transferring firearms.
    First District Commissioner James Gohagan stated the county passed the ordinance that they said will protect the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution undeniably.
    ďAll federal acts, laws, orders, rules and regulations, past, present, future, which infringe on the rights to people to keep to bear arms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States and the Constitution shall be invalid in this county,Ē Gohagan said.
    The bill came as numerous counties in the state have designated themselves Second Amendment sanctuary cities in the weeks since Joe Biden has taken office.
    Over the course of the last year, over 120 towns, cities and counties in Virginia have also declared themselves as sanctuaries, making it clear that unconstitutional gun laws would not be enforced.    Bedford County, Virginia Board of Supervisors Chairman Tommy Scott emphasized protecting Second Amendment rights is not up for debate.
    ďThe Second Amendment was not written so that we could have a gun for hunting, it was not even written only to protect ourselves from criminals,Ē Scott stated.    ďIt was written that we could have guns to protect ourselves from the very government officials who are trying to take our guns away from us
    Several counties in South Carolina have followed suit in becoming sanctuary cities, which prohibits officials from seizing an individualís guns, regardless of future laws that may change related to bearing arms.
    Similar resolutions have been enacted across several states in recent months, with a growing movement taking place nationwide.

2/21/2021 Rep. Grothman Pushing Bill To Exclude Illegal Immigrants From Federal Assistance Program by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MAY 09: Rep. Glenn Grothman spoke during an event hosted by the Zionist Organization
of America on Capitol Hill on May 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    A Republican lawmaker wants to exclude illegal immigrants from all federal assistance programs.    In his Smarter Plan for Immigrant Welfare bill introduced this month, Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) proposed spending every cent of government aid only on American citizens.
    With 700,000 immigrants sworn in yearly, Grothman said he disagrees with footing the bill for non-citizens and ďwhichever countryĒ they came from.    The proposed legislation would save an estimated 60 billion taxpayer dollars in its first year.
    Illegal immigration continues to spike amid eased border policies.
    ďNot surprising with the change of administrations, border patrol here is already seeing an increase in traffic,Ē Grothman said.    ďWhich one would expect when public statements of the chief executive are clearly more amenable to illegal immigration
    Grothman added the reinforced border wall in Arizona helps cut costs by reducing the number of agents required per mile.

2/21/2021 Rep. Hinson: ĎDemocrats Keep Your Hands Off Our Beefí by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė Rep. Ashley Hinson spoke to supporters at Jimmy Zís in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)
    Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Iowa) warned Americans of the so-called ďliberal elitesĒ that are trying to take away beef production.
    On Saturday, Hinson said radical leftists like Bill Gates do not relate to everyday Americans.    This came after the billionaire tech mogul suggested the U.S. move to 100 percent synthetic beef production.
    Hinson, who represents Iowa, said the livestock industry is important to her state, and changing production could sacrifice thousands of jobs.    On Twitter Saturday, Hinson called on Americans to tell legislatures they ďwant the real stuff,Ē not meat ďmanufactured in a test tube
    ďThis is one of the craziest suggestions that Democrats have made.    Sign on to my petition today to help me and my team protect Americaís livestock industry,Ē Hinson said.    ďLetís tell Democrats to keep their hands off our beef
    The congresswoman said the petition is to ďstand against radical policyĒ and call for Democrats to disregard mandating synthetic meat production.

2/21/2021 Civil Rights Attorneys Submit Letter To Manhattan DA Claiming NYPD, FBI Conspired In Malcolm X Assassination by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY Ė FEBRUARY 20: Reggie Wood is shown during a news conference as he presented new evidence in the assassination
of civil rights activist Malcolm X on February 20, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
    Civil rights attorneys are calling on the Manhattan district attorneyís office to spearhead a new investigation into the death of civil rights icon Malcolm X.
    On Saturday, attorney Ben Crump and Malcolm Xís three daughters accused the New York Police Department and FBI of conspiring to kill the late civil rights leader in the 1960s.
    This stemmed from a letter written by a former NYPD officer, confessing to infiltrating civil rights groups and ordering the arrest of Malcolm Xís security detail before the assassination.
    ďHe lived in constant fear for over 46 years, worried about what the NYPD and FBI would do to him and his family if he had told the dark secrets that helped destroy Black leaders and Black power organizations,Ē Reggie Wood, relative of the former NYPD officer said.
    The Manhattan DAís office said they are reviewing the new evidence as part of an ongoing investigation launched last year.

2/21/2021 Psaki Tries To Defend Bidenís Lack Of Support For Texas by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA, PA Ė MARCH 10: Joe Biden addressed the media and a small group of supporters during a
primary night event on March 10, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    White House spokesperson Jen Psaki attempted to defend Joe Bidenís lack of support for Texas during the recent winter storm.
    ďHe was closely watching the news, talking to his team, and he is eager to go down to Texas and show his support,Ē Psaki stated.    ďBut heís also very mindful of the fact he doesnít want to take away resources or attention
    In previous disasters, President Trump would immediately head to areas in need to lead the rescue and recovery efforts by his personal example, but Psaki appeared to admit Bidenís presence on the ground would not be helpful.
    She also attempted to defend Bidenís failure to distribute COVID-19 vaccines left to him by President Trump.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    ďWe canít control Mother Nature, no one can, but we can certainly contingency plan, and what our team has been doing and preparing to do is engage with and work with the postal service, work with FedEx and others to get those doses out to vaccination centers, to communities as quickly as they can handle them because of course, they need to be at a level of refrigeration,Ē Psaki stated.
    Critics have taken aim at Psaki for her uninformative answers as Texas is reeling amid a lack of federal support and millions of doses of vaccines still sit in warehouses, while thousands of Americans continue to die.

2/21/2021 3 Dead, 2 Injured After Shooting In La. Gun Shop by OAN Newsroom
Bystanders react at the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.
A suspect fatally shot two people at a gun store in a suburb of New Orleans on Saturday afternoon, and the shooter also died during
gunfire as others engaged the suspect both inside and outside the outlet, authorities said. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
    At least three people died and multiple others were wounded after a man opened fire in a New Orleans gun store and shooting range.    On Saturday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriffís Office said an unidentified gunman opened fire inside the Jefferson Gun Outlet and fatally struck two people. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Jefferson Parish Sheriffís Office and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: ATF investigators look at evidence at
the scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
    Deputies said both employees and customers inside and outside of the building engaged and began firing back, killing the suspect.    Two additional people were wounded during the shooting and transported to a local hospital where they are expected to recover. None of the victimsí names have been disclosed.
    ďFrom what I understand, I have multiple shooters here at this location that were either customers, employees or individuals here at the location itself,Ē Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said.    ďAnd weíre trying to put it all together and piece it together with what we have in this developing scene
    Sources said the suspect allegedly got into an argument with a store clerk for loading his gun before getting inside the range.    Witnesses were able to reflect on their experience after Saturdayís shooting and noted it felt like they were in a war.
    ďThe whole ground was moving,Ē witness Tyrone Russell stated.    ďIt felt they was about to shoot through the wall
The scene of a multiple fatality shooting at the Jefferson Gun Outlet in Metairie, La., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)
    ďYou could actually smell the gun smoke through the floor, thatís how crazy it was,Ē witness Wanetta Joseph said.    ďWe thought we was over.    We didnít knowÖ if there was multiple gunmen.    We didnít know if, you know, the gunman was down.    We had no idea what was going on
    An investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.    Officers are expected to give an update on the case on Monday.

2/21/2021 Ark. Gov. Calls On Biden To Give Greater Control Of Vaccine To States by OAN Newsroom
Ark. Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) called on Joe Biden to give greater control of vaccine distribution to states.    During an interview on Sunday, Hutchinson said Biden administration officials could do more to improve communication between state and federal officials.
Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with governors and mayors, including Governor Asa Hutchinson (R-AR), Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM)
and Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD), in the Oval Office in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, to discuss the vital need to pass the American Rescue Plan,
which will get more support to their communities and those on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
    This came after the governor, among other officials, wrote a letter to Biden that urged the White House to distribute the vaccine to the states as an easier way to coordinate.
    Letter to Joe Biden
    Letter to Joe Biden
    ďWhat we meant by that letter is governors want to be held accountable and we want to be responsible for getting these vaccines out, but weíre setting up multiple programs right now,Ē Hutchinson said.    ďWeíre setting up the state program and then thereís some federal programs that are going side by side with that.    Weíre sending the signal that as you have increased allocations, give it to the states.    Weíll get it out, weíll get it in the arms of people.    We have the same commitment and itís easier to coordinate that way
    Hutchinson said he hopes to expand the groups who are eligible for the vaccine by March 1.

2/21/2021 Rep. Chip Roy Calls On Plumbers To Help Texas As Pipes Freeze, Burst Due To Extreme Weather by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT Ė A Waco, Texas resident cleared snow from his driveway on February 17, 2021 as severe winter weather conditions
forced road closures and power outages over the state. (Photo by MATTHEW BUSCH/AFP via Getty Images)
    Freezing conditions have caused pipes to explode all over Texas, creating a water shortage.    In an interview on Saturday, Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) called on plumbers near Texas for help, as state licensing requirements have been waived by the governor.
    The Republican told potential plumbers ďweíre going to need you and youíll be put to work.Ē    He explained the energy crisis started when half of the stateís turbines froze and temperatures disrupted natural gas flow.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JULY 12: Rep. Chip Roy testified before a House Oversight and Reform Committee
hearing on July 12, 2019 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    The freezing conditions also caused water inside pipes to expand and burst.
    ďWe really do desperately need water, generators, weíre going to need people to help and weíre going to need a lot of plumbers and plumbing supplies,Ē Roy said.    ďI mean, we are going to be inundated with plumbing work over the next two to three to four weeks across the state of Texas
    Roy went on to urge the importance of winter-proofing the stateís energy infrastructure.

2/21/2021 Rep. Malliotakis: AOC Should Have Called For Investigation Into Gov. Cuomo Sooner by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    New York Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R) called out fellow lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezís (D-N.Y.) delay in action with Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).    In an interview Saturday, Malliotakis said she didnít think there would ever be an issue where she and Ocasio-Cortez agreed.    However, she said AOC should have addressed the issue sooner.
    Malliotakis noted sheís still glad Ocasio-Cortez joined the ranks of those calling for justice for the families of the nursing home victims.    According to reports, the bipartisan scrutiny on the New York governor built amid accusations that heís simply unwilling to hold himself accountable for his decisions.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK Ė OCTOBER 27: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    In an interview Friday, Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) said ďpeople are inching towards the impeachment process against Governor Andrew Cuomo.Ē    He said this included between 25 and 30 Democrats in the legislature.
In this image taken from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)
    Kim added there should be a thorough investigation into Cuomoís nursing home scandal and if there is enough evidence the impeachment process must be started.    State lawmakers are slated to discuss the matter this week.

2/21/2021 YouTube Censors Ohio Attorney For Saying COVID Not Deadlier Than Flu by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)
    In the latest example of Big Tech bias, video hosting platform YouTube removed a video that questioned COVID mortality rates.    Over the weekend, YouTube removed a video of a testimony by attorney Thomas Renz in the Ohio State House of Representatives.
    In the video, Renz told state lawmakers that lockdowns imposed by Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) were unnecessary and excessive because COVID-19 turned out to be less deadly than expected.    Renz said COVID mortality rates are close to those of regular flu.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R). (Photo by Justin Merriman/Getty Images)
    YouTube alleged misinformation to justify its decision to remove the video.    In his testimony, Renz stated:
    ďWhen you compare deaths to this disease to any other disease, itís garbage.    You can bring in any epidemiologist you want, if they tell you that when you measure something differently itís a useful comparison, they are lying and Iíd be happy to bring in plenty of epidemiologists to do that.    In fact in my testimony ó and I will reiterate ó Iím happy to bring everything that Iím saying here in, under oath, with citations and back it all up
    Renz also said the executive branch effectively replaced elected lawmakers in the decision-making process by using COVID-19 to justify this power grab.

2/21/2021 Press Secy Psaki: Goal To Open Majority Of Schools By April by OAN Newsroom
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room
of the White House February 16, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
    The Biden administration hopes to open a majority of schools by April.    On Sunday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said they can only meet their goal if Democratsí $2 trillion stimulus passes through Congress to provide more funding to schools.
    Meanwhile, teachersí unions across the country have called for priority vaccinations and more PPE for school campuses. Psaki noted the CDC has maintained that teachers are not required to be vaccinated before returning to school.    She also claimed Biden set aside billions of dollars to give to schools.
    ďThatís why heís proposed $130 billion in the American Rescue Plan,Ē Psaki stated.    ďBecause many schools across the country donít have the resources to be able to invest in improving facilities, in hiring more bus drivers [or] in hiring more temporary teachers so we can have smaller class sizes
Students at Driggers Elementary School attend a class in-person as they interact with classmates virtually, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021,
in San Antonio. After seeing two academic years thrown off course by the pandemic, school leaders around the country are planning
for the possibility of more distance learning next fall at the start of yet another school year. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    In the meantime, the coronavirus relief stimulus is not expected to be voted on until Mid March.

2/21/2021 Psaki Dodges Questions On Gov. Cuomoís Handling Of Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki sidestepped questions over Gov. Andrew Cuomoís (D-N.Y.) handling of the coronavirus.
    In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Psaki was asked whether the Biden administration still saw Cuomo as the ďgold standardĒ despite the recent nursing home scandal.
In this image taken from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke during a news conference
Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)
    She dodged the question, saying the administration would continue to work with ďgovernors across the country.Ē    Psaki instead pointed to Bidenís goals, ignoring the shortcomings of those he championed since coming into office.
    ďWe work with Governor Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country.    Heís also the chair of the NGA, so he plays an important role in ensuring that we are coordinating closely and getting assistance out to people of his state and states across the country,Ē Psaki stated.    ďWeíll continue to do that.    Of course, there will be a process, and investigations, weíll leave that to others to determine how that path is going to move
    Psaki did not say whether or not Cuomo should face any repercussions over the nursing home scandal.    She instead went on to say the administration will work closely with Cuomo moving forward.

2/22/2021 New COVID-19 cases fall for 6th week in a row, but Ky. deaths remain high by Mary Ramsey USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 979 new COVID-19 cases and 21 coronavirus-related deaths Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced.
    That marks the sixth-straight week of declining cases in Kentucky.    Since the beginning of the pandemic, the commonwealth has seen 396,997 total cases and 4,447 deaths.
    The stateís positivity rate fell slightly Sunday, to 6.72% from 6.77% Saturday.
    As of Sunday, 902 Kentuckians were hospitalized with COVID-19, with 248 in intensive care units and 148 on ventilators.
    More than 575,600 people have been vaccinated in Kentucky, and 46,753 have recovered from the virus.
    Indiana reported 888 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths Sunday, bringing the stateís totals to 655,541 cases and 11,947 deaths.
    The United States is approaching 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths, with 496,112 reported as of Sunday according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
    Reach reporter Mary Ramsey at, and follow her on Twitter @mcolleen1996.    Support strong local journalism in our community by subscribing to The Courier Journal today.
[21 deaths / 979 cases = 0.02% mortality rate and Beshear has claimed rising cases and deaths for the last 6 weeks which is stated declining for the last 6 weeks.].

2/21/2021 Rep. Scalise: President Trump Has Denounced Capitol Protests by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA). (Photo by J. Scott Applewhite-Pool/Getty Images)
    House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) defended President Trump from attacks over the Capitol breach on January 6.    During an interview on Sunday, Scalise said the blame should mainly be placed on the hundreds of people who stormed the Capitol, not President Trump.
    He noted federal agencies worked hard to hold protesters accountable and cited that nearly 200 of them were arrested.    Scalise also highlighted Democratsí quickness in pushing the blame for the January 6 event, but their reluctance in condemning BLM riots this past summer.
Protestors stand as mattresses are set on fire in front of the North Precinct Police building
in Portland, Oregon on September 6, 2020. (Photo by ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďPresident Trump has denounced what happened,Ē Scalise stated.    ďAnd I think everybody should have been equivocal in their denouncing of what happened, not only on Jan. 6, but during the summer when they were burning down cities, shooting cops, beating people in the streets.    You saw the left denouncing January 6 as we did, [but] they didnít denounce what happened in the summer
A broken window of a bank is seen on H Street, near the White House following riots in Washington, DC
on June 1, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Scalise urged both sides of the aisle to decry those who resort to violence to settle political disputes.

2/22/2021 Rep. Turner Says Bidenís Iran Policies Threaten Mideast Peace by OAN Newsroom
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
speaks during a meeting with armyís air force and air defense staff in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. Iranís supreme leader said the U.S. must lift
all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western powers. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
    Ohio congressman Mike Turner (R-Ohio) recently criticized Joe Biden for making huge political concessions to Iran.    On Sunday, the GOP lawmaker said Bidenís promises to restore the nuclear deal with Iran may undermine U.S. policy in the Middle East.
    Turner added, Biden gave the Ayatollah regime a pathway to becoming a nuclear-armed state without any consequences.    The proliferation of nuclear weapons is prohibited by United Nations (UN) resolutions, many of which were violated by Iran.
    Turner went on to stress that Biden is turning his back on U.S. allies in the Middle East while giving Iran a major benefit.
    Meanwhile, officials with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came to an agreement with the Ayatollah regime to continue inspections of Iranís nuclear facilities.    On Sunday, Iran agreed to allow UN inspectors to monitor their nuclear activities for up to three months.
    This follows several international law violations by Iran as it continues to seek development of a nuclear weapon.    Despite this latest agreement with the UN, inspectors said Iran has restricted access to some of its nuclear objects.
    ďMy hope and the hope of the IAEA has been to stabilize a situation, which was very unstable,Ē stated Rafael Grossi, IAEA director.    ďAnd I think this technical understanding does it, so that other political consultations on other levels can take place
    In the meantime, political analysts believe Iranís deal with the UN could buy the Biden administration more time to negotiate a restoration of the failed nuclear deal.

2/22/2021 Democrats Seeking To Bail States Out Of Debt With Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
A man crosses the street in a nearly empty Times Square, which is usually very crowded
on a weekday morning in New York, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
    Republican lawmakers are speaking out against Democrat efforts to save blue states from debt with billions of dollars from the COVID-19 relief bill.
    On Sunday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) made it clear the left would not green-light a bill lacking state and local aid.    Maloney wants to bail out debt ridden states like New York, which experts project to have a $13 billion deficit over the next four years.
    Several Republicans have denounced the move, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).    He said, ďto bail out these blue states makes no sense.Ē Regardless, Maloney doubts the bill will pass without the provision.
    ďWe are deeply in debt in both the city and the state, and this relief package will help the localities and the city states and tribes and territories across our nation,Ē stated the New York lawmaker.    ďAnd if you come to the Democrats with a package that leaves out cities and states and localities and peopleÖyouíre not going very far
    The GOP has frequently criticized Democrats for attempting to use the relief package to bail out Democrat states.    Meanwhile, House lawmakers are set to vote on the COVID-19 relief bill this week.

2/22/2021 President Trump Likely To Tout Influence On The GOP During CPAC Speech by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH Ė JULY 21: President Donald Trump gave two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the
Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump is reportedly planning to announce he is the presumptive 2024 GOP nominee in his upcoming speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
    According to a report from Axios on Monday, the 45th Presidentís speech will be ďa show of force,Ē and affirm he is still in charge of the GOP.
    Senior adviser Jason Miller said President Trump is the Republican Party, and attacking him is like attacking the partyís grassroots.
    President Trump has notably been in touch with party leaders like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.).
    ďI was in Florida doing some fundraising throughout a number of parts of Florida, ended up at Mar-a-Lago, and the President reached out and we visited,Ē Graham said.    ďI hadnít seen him since he had left the White House, and it was actually good to catch up with him.    I noticed he was a lot more relaxed than his four years in the White House."
WASHINGTON, DC Ė DECEMBER 20: Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke during a press conference at the
U.S. Capitol on December 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    The 45th President is expected to go after a number of GOP lawmakers in the primaries who he believes have wronged him and millions of his supporters.
    ďHe still cares a lot about this country and the direction of our country.    But, you know, it was a conversation more about how heís doing now and what heís planning on doing and how his family is doing,Ē Graham added.
    Save America, President Trumpís leadership PAC, notably has $75 million of cash on hand.
    In the meantime, yet another poll has shown the 45th President still has strong support in the GOP.    In a Suffolk/USA TODAY survey of 1,000 Trump voters released on Sunday, 59 percent of respondents said they want to see President Trump run in 2024.    Additionally, 85 percent of respondents said they would back him in the general election if he were the nominee.
    The survey also indicated Trump voters are more loyal to the man himself than the actual party.    46 percent of respondents said they would join a new political party if he formed one, while 27 percent would not.

2/22/2021 GOP Slams House Democratsí Election Reform Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MARCH 10: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)
spoke at a press conference on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    The presidential election could look a lot different in 2024, as Democrats have proposed a bill to reform the election process.    On Monday, all House Democrats cosponsored a bill known as H.R.1, or the For the People Act of 2021.
    New reports have shown Republicans fear the bill would put too much power into the hands of the federal government.
    According to the legislation, Democrats are proposing Congress have ultimate supervisory power over federal elections, rather than leaving it up to individual states.    As One Americaís Pearson Sharp reported earlier this month, this could lead to more ballot harvesting and more risk for election fraud.
    ďRight now, under Article I of the U.S. Constitution, individual states are given control over how they manage our elections,Ē Sharp stated.    ďDemocrats are ready to tear up the Constitution however, and the bill begins by stating Congress now has ultimate supervisory power over federal elections.    This bill is the death of democracy
    The GOP also speculated this bill is a strategic political move to grant Washington D.C. statehood and ensure two more Senate seats for the Democrats.
    The billís goal is to make voting more accessible to Americans, expand early voting and make absentee voting easier.    This means states would no longer require voters to show identification when casting a ballot. It would also prevent voter roll purges and end partisan gerrymandering.
    This all came after widespread speculation that the 2020 presidential election was rigged in favor of Joe Biden.
    The bill will be considered on the House floor next week.

2/22/2021 GOP Caucus Unveils ĎPlaybookí To Combat Democratsí $1.9T COVID Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden spoke about the 500,000 Americans that died from COVID-19, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    A conservative caucus in the House has laid out plans on how to combat Joe Bidenís $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.    On Monday, the Republican Study Committee released a three-page memo to highlight ďall the left-wing items Democrats are hoping the public wonít find out about
    RSC chairman Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) doubled down on his calls for transparency, saying taxpayers need to be informed about whatís in the bill.    A number of issues in the package have raised eyebrows.    For that reason, Banks said he and other Republican lawmakers hope this memo can serve as a fact sheet to educate Americans on what is at stake.
    In the memo, the RSC raised concerns over extending PPP business funding to owners who could have a felony record, including violent criminals.    It also shed light on the fact that under the bill, some undocumented immigrants would be eligible to receive the $1,400 proposed stimulus checks.
    Even controversial large companies such as Planned Parenthood would also receive funds through the Paycheck Protection Program, meant for small businesses.
    The RSC went on to highlight the subsidies and loan forgiveness to farmers and ranchers, based solely on race and ethnicity.
    House GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has also sounded the alarm over what he called a ďliberal wish list,Ē accusing Democrats of not prioritizing economic relief to Americans.    He has continued to criticize the Biden White House and the Democratsí relief bill since its unveiling, especially when it comes to the topic of reopening schools.
    ďThe Congressional Budget Office said the money in this relief package moving through Congress this next week, that money will not even be able to be spent,Ē Scalise said.    ď95 percent of it wonít even be able to be spent until 2022.    So do they really want to pass a bill thatís going to delay reopening schools even more?    Our kids canít wait
    A full House vote is expected as soon as this week.

2/22/2021 President Trump Says SCOTUS Tax Decision ĎContinued Political Persecutioní by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JULY 25: U.S. President Donald Trump is shown at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump called the Supreme Courtís recent decision to allow the release of his tax returns ďcontinuing political persecution.Ē    In a statement on Monday, he said the decision is ďDemocrat-inspired
    The 45th President also asserted New York officials are distracting the public from the actual crime in the city, where violence has been reaching new record highs.
    President Trump continued, noting the move was politically motivated.    He then compared it to the Mueller probe, where Democrats tried to accuse him of collaborating with Russia during the 2016 election.
    Nonetheless, President Trump promised he would continue to ďfight onĒ just like he did throughout his presidency.    Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. also blasted the courtís decision as another witch hunt against his father.
    ďThe Supreme Court said you cant harass a sitting President, but now that heís out I guess you can harass him all you want,Ē stated Donald Jr.    ďÖThis doesnít reek of the American justice system, this sounds like China, where you can politically persecute your enemies even if you have nothing
    Accounting company Mazars announced it would comply with the subpoena immediately.

2/22/2021 Dozens Of Prominent Conservatives Urging Senate To Reject Biden HHS Pick Xavier Becerra by OAN Newsroom
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA Ė SEPTEMBER 18: California attorney general Xavier Becerra spoke during a
news conference on September 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Dozens of prominent conservatives are urging the Senate to vote down Joe Bidenís pick to lead the Health and Human Services Department.
    In a scathing memo to congressional Republicans on Monday, more than 100 Republicans called Xavier Becerra an extremist nominee who will carry the agenda of liberal dark money groups.    They also said the California Democrat has not shown the judgment or respect for human life necessary to lead the agency.
    ďThe president nominated Attorney General Becerra because he felt he was exactly the right person to lead the Department of Health and Human Services at this time,Ē White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
    They went on to warn lawmakers the agency will become weaponized to partisan and destructive ends if he is confirmed.

2/22/2021 Sen. Cruz: Cancun Blame Stems From ĎAcute Trump Withdrawalí In MSM by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė SEPTEMBER 30: Sen. Ted Cruz on September 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) refuted attacks on his trip to Cancun as Democrats are seeking to divert attention from the lack of federal emergency aid to Texas amid a powerful winter storm.
    ďThe media is suffering from acute Trump withdrawal,Ē Cruz stated.    ďOn my part, it was dumb to do because it gave the knuckleheads ammunition to launch attacks and to engage in ridicule, but you know what, thatís what they do
    The Texas senator said the failure of energy grid in his state must be investigated, regardless of the source of energy and party affiliations. Cruz added, Democrats are attacking him and his stateís energy policies to take over Texas.
    ďThere are a bunch of folks in the media, a bunch of folks that are Democrats that want to use this as an excuse to basically federalize the Texas energy grid and to drive costs through the ceiling,Ē Cruz said.    ďI think that would be a bad mistake.    Weíve got a balance and Texans want an affordable cost of living so we can provide for our families
    The senator went on to say mainstream media should abandon partisan politics and actually cover the news, instead of shifting blame for systemic failures on their political opponents.

2/22/2021 Sen. Cruz: Obama-Biden DOJ Was ĎPoliticized And Weaponizedí Against Opponents by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz spoke during the confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be attorney general, before
the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) warned the Biden administration against politicizing the Justice Department.    Cruz shared his concerns while grilling Joe Bidenís nominee for attorney general, Merrick Garland, at Mondayís Senate panel hearing.
    During his questioning, the GOP senator accused former Attorney General Eric Holder of weaponizing the DOJ during the Obama-Biden administration.    Cruz claimed then-Attorney General Holder improperly used his office to target political opponents, much like the Obama-era IRS.
    He said he hopes the new attorney general wonít repeat these actions.
    ďAttorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress, criminal contempt of Congress, that was a bipartisan vote. 18 Democrats voted to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt,Ē Cruz explained.    ďThey did so because he refused to produce documents to Congress for Congressí investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal, a major scandal that resulted in the death of two federal law enforcement officers
    Garland said if heís confirmed, he wants the DOJ to be responsive to requests for information.

2/22/2021 Bidenís AG Nominee Wonít Commit To Keeping Durham As Special Counsel by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė APRIL 07: Merrick Garland spoke with Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) before a meeting in her office in the
Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 7, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Joe Bidenís attorney general nominee, Merrick Garland, said he would not commit to keeping John Durham in his role investigating the origins of the Russia hoax.    Garland made the statements in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing on Monday.
    The federal appellate judge and former prosecutor was grilled on a variety of issues, including civil rights, domestic terrorism and the January 6 protests.    Garland made it clear he would supervise the prosecution of demonstrators who breached the Capitol and sought to destroy the cornerstone of democracy.
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Garland if he spoke with Biden about the federal probe into his son Hunter.
Ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley spoke during a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General,
before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    ďThe president made abundantly clear in every public statement before and after my nomination, that decisions about investigations and prosecutions would be left to the Justice Department,Ē Garland stated.    ďThat was the reason why I was willing to take this job. So the answer to your question is no
    Garland would not commit to releasing Durhamís report to the public, but added he did not see any reason to fire him.

2/22/2021 SCOTUS Refuses To Hear Pa. Election Lawsuits by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington. The Supreme Court will take up challenges to controversial Trump administration
policies affecting family-planning clinics and immigrants, even though the Biden administration has announced it is reviewing them. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    The Supreme Court has rejected three GOP elections-related lawsuits regarding the state of Pennsylvania.
    In a six-to-three decision Monday, the court refused to hear a case challenging a three-day extension of the deadline to receive mail-in ballots in the state.    Justices John Roberts, Amy Comey Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh sided with their liberal colleagues while Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented.
    The court also moved to deny hearing a case seeking to overturn Joe Bidenís victory in the state and another similar case by the Trump campaign.    In the dissent, Justice Thomas argued ďthe absence of evidence of voter fraud is not enough to instill confidence in election integrity
    This comes as millions of Americans, including loyal allies of the 45th president on Capitol Hill, continue to raise concerns about issues in the election.
    ďOnce the electors are counted, yes, heís the legitimate president,Ē stated House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.    ďBut if youíre going to ignore the fact that there were states that did not follow their own state legislatively set laws, thatís the issue at heart that millions of people still are not happy with
    Following a meeting with President Trump in Florida, Scalise noted he still cares a lot about the country.

2/22/2021 N.Y. Assemblyman Ron Kim Calls For Gov. Cuomoís Impeachment by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this June 8, 2020, file photo, Assemblyman Ron Kim, D-Queens, speaks during a press briefing at the state Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Kim says Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed
to ďdestroyĒ him, during a private phone call last week for criticizing his handling of COVID-19 outbreaks at nursing homes. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
    New York Assemblyman Ron Kim has continued to make his argument for impeaching Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo following the nursing home death toll scandal.
    On Monday, Kim stated that Cuomo must be held accountable for his decisions, out-of-control bullying and abusive behavior.    This came after Kim claimed the governor threatened his career if he didnít withdraw his public statement on the scandal.
    The assemblyman pointed out that he has a constitutional duty as an elected official to pursue impeachment following corrupt conduct, including Cuomoís web of lies and pay-to-play schemes.
    Kim said thereís enough consensus with his Democrat conference to repeal Cuomoís emergency powers, but wants to go even further.    State lawmakers are slated to discuss the matter this week.
    Meanwhile, experts have said Democrat governorís alleged cover up of coronavirus-related nursing home deaths could add up to a federal offense.     In an opinion piece published Sunday, Trump administration alumni John Daukas said the probe into the nursing home scandal was ďseriousĒ and merits ďfederal criminal charges
    Daukas, who formerly served as acting U.S. attorney general for the Justice Departmentís Civil Rights Division, insisted Cuomoís actions were not merely negligent, but intentional and possibly criminal if the intent was to thwart a federal investigation.

2/22/2021 Sens. Collins, Romney Announce Opposition To Bidenís OMB Nominee by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 10, 2021, file photo Neera Tanden, President Joe Bidenís nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB),
appears before a Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
    Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) recently announced her opposition to the nomination of Joe Bidenís pick to lead the Office of Budget and Management (OMB).    The GOP lawmaker released a statement Monday in which she asserted Neera Tanden has neither the experience nor temperament to lead this critical agency.
    Collins also said Tandenís deletion of more than 1,000 tweets days before being nominated raises concerns about her commitment to transparency.    The Maine senator is not the only lawmaker who is opposing Bidenís OMB pick.
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) joined the list of moderate Republicans opposing her advancement to fill the seat.    On Monday, a spokesperson for the senator stated that     Romney has been ďcritical of her extreme rhetoric
    Bidenís nominee has faced backlash for a litany of past tweets in which she insulted top Republicans and even progressive Democrats.    Tandenís nomination could have passed by simple majority, but Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) indicated he would vote against her.
    Nonetheless, the White House said it will continue to push for Tandenís confirmation.

2/22/2021 Ben Carson: The Swamp Is Much Deeper And Wider Than I Expected by OAN Newsroom
File Ė Ben Carson, former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is pictured. ( Evan Vucci/ AP Photo)
    Ben Carson recently stated ďthe swamp is much deeper and widerĒ than he expected, following his tenure as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary during the Trump administration.
    In an interview Sunday, Carson said our bureaucratic system is rife with people who care more about the advantages they get from their positions than actually helping people.
    Carson suggested much of the political opposition from both sides of the aisle to the 45th president during his time in office was due to his work to disturb the swamp.
    Carson also called out the mainstream media for seeking to divide Americans.

2/22/2021 Biden Once Bragged About Allegedly Breaking Into U.S. Capitol by OAN Newsroom
The U.S. Capitol is seen behind the metal security fencing Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Washington. U.S. Capitol Police officials told congressional
leaders the razor-wire topped fencing around the Capitol should remain in place for several more months. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Despite having strongly condemned the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden once bragged about breaking into the building himself.
    In a resurfaced interview, Biden told ďLate NightĒ host David Letterman this happened when he was visiting a friend at Georgetown University when he was 21-years-old.
    Biden claimed he was ďfascinatedĒ with the Senate and sneaked all the way onto the Senate floor before ďbeing stopped by a Capitol Police officer and placed under arrest
    Itís unclear if the story is true as Biden has admitted to lying about his experiences in the past.    For instance, he once claimed to have been arrested in South Africa while trying to visit Nelson Mandela then walked back the story when questioned further.

2/22/2021 Biden Falsely Labels Police, Military Veterans As ĎWhite Supremacistsí by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks after a tour of a Pfizer manufacturing site, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Portage, Mich. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden has accused military veterans and retired police officers of so-called ďwhite supremacyĒ in a grievous insult to servicemen and women.
    ďThe impact of former military, former police officers, on the growth of white supremacy in some of these groupsÖit is a bane on our existenceÖthese guys and woman are, in fact, demented,Ē he stated during a CNN Town Hall.
    Bidenís remarks sparked fury among veteran and police groups who said they didnít serve and protect this country to become subject to a political smear campaign.
    In that same interview, Biden falsely labeled patriotic groups as ďdomestic terroristsĒ while ignoring the threats posed by groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
    After Biden was done insulting police officers and veterans, he went on to promise a ďget out of jail free cardĒ for drug offenders despite an ongoing epidemic of dangerous narcotics in the U.S.

2/22/2021 Reports: Biden Admin. Colluded With Iran To Derail President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry is pictured. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)
    New evidence has revealed a likely collusion and conspiracy between Joe Biden and Iranís Ayatollah regime.    According to The Washington Times on Sunday, top Obama-era officials Robert Malley and John Kerry established a back-channel with Iran in July 2019 in an apparent violation of the Logan Act.    The two now hold top positions in the Biden administration.
    The report found Kerry and Malley spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to normalize U.S.-Iranian ties and lift U.S. sanctions.    Separate reports said their efforts may have been aimed at derailing the Trump administrationís foreign policy on Iran.
    The report also found Malley and Kerry may have conspired with Iran to derail President Trumpís peace efforts in the Middle East in an effort to discredit his administration.

2/23/2021 Oil up $2.68 to $61.69, DOW up 27 to 31.522.

2/23/2021 Vaccines open to next tier March 1 - Phase 1C includes over 1 million Kentuckians by Deborah Yetter and Sarah Ladd, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY
    NETWORK In a move that will open COVID-19 vaccines to many more Kentuckians, the stateís 20 regional vaccination centers will start offering shots to those in the 1C tier on March 1, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.
    The 1C tier includes more than 1 million Kentuckians, including people 60 or older, those with certain high-risk conditions and those classified as ďessential workers,Ē ranging from U.S. Postal Service employees to those employed in groceries and food service.
    The news comes as the nation reached a grim milestone Monday, hitting 500,000 COVID-19-related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, the highest number of any country.
    Beshear also announced Monday that Kentucky has experienced six straight weeks of declining numbers of new cases of COVID-19, which he said he hopes continues as the state expands vaccination efforts.
    ďWeíve got cases going down and vaccinations going up, and thatís a good thing,Ē he said.
    Beshear announced 530 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, the lowest since Oct. 5.    He also announced 13 deaths, among the lowest reported over the past six weeks.
    And as of Monday, he said Kentucky had vaccinated 583,754 people against COVID-19, which represents about 12.5% of the stateís population.
    Beshear said the state also has vaccinated more than half of the about 500,000 Kentuckians 70 or older, who were in the first priority groups along with front-line health workers, first responders and school personnel.
    Beshear acknowledged that vaccinating the next group of up to 1.3 million people will mean delays for some in getting appointments for limited, weekly supplies of vaccine but said that should ease as supplies increase.
    People 60 or older will get priority in the next round that begins March 1, he said.
    Along with regional vaccination centers, local health departments around the commonwealth will also open to 1C, though they will continue to target those in 1A and 1B who may have slipped through the cracks.
    The stateís 20 regional sites are located throughout Kentucky, from Paducah to Lexington to Ashland.
    Vaccine supply continues to be the obstacle, and Beshear said it could take 10 to 11 weeks to get through the 1C category.    At first, he said, itís going to be tough to get an appointment, but ďthat will loosen up.Ē
    The news could be good for restaurants, which are limited in their dining capacity to 50%.    Food service workers are included in 1C.
    Beshear said the state is looking at increasing restaurant capacity but will ďprobably take small steps
    Full capacity isnít in the ďnear future,Ē he said, ďbut that doesnít mean we canít loosen a little bit and encourage everybody to continue really good practices
    Beshear said testing is down, largely because of the recent winter storms, and that could affect the stateís total numbers.
    But he noted the rate of positive cases, while declining in recent weeks, is consistent, which suggests the state is accurately tracking COVID-19 infections.    The positivity rate Monday was 6.60%, down slightly from Sundayís rate of 6.72%.
    Beshear said weekly numbers of cases have been falling since the second full week of January.    Six weeks ago, Kentucky reported 24,065 new cases of COVID-19 for the week starting Jan. 10.    By contrast, it reported just 8,994 cases for the week of Feb. 14.
    Deaths have not been dropping as fast, however.
    For the week of Jan. 10, the state reported 217 deaths, and for the week of Feb. 14, 154.
    January marked the highest number of monthly deaths since the beginning of the pandemic last March, with 1,083 fatalities.    In December, the state report- ed 754 COVID-19-related deaths.
    New cases of COVID-19 have been declining nationwide, but some officials caution the recent winter weather may have delayed reporting from large states such as Texas.
    The Atlantic magazine, which has been tracking COVID-19 rates, recently offered several suggestions for the decline, including that more people are wearing masks and avoiding crowds, vaccination against COVID-19 is increasing, and more people may be immune from having contracted it.
    It also said experts report that some viruses are subject to seasonal fluctuations for reasons not fully understood.
    For information about where to get a vaccine in Kentucky, call the state hotline at 855-598-2246 or visit the website at
Deborah Yetter:; 502-582-4228; Twitter: @d_yetter.    Sarah Ladd:; Twitter: @ladd_sarah.
[13 deaths / 530 cases = 0.0002% for Monday 22nd.].

2/23/2021 Dominion files defamation suit against MyPillow CEO by Matthew Brown, USA TODAY
    Dominion Voting Systems sued My-Pillow CEO Mike Lindell, alleging $1.2 billion in damages to its brand for defamatory comments Lindell made about the firm.
    The complaint accuses Lindell of perpetuating a ďBig LieĒ about Dominionís role in the 2020 presidential election.
Lindell ďknowingly lied about Dominion to sell more pillows to people who continued tuning in to hear what they wanted to hear about the election,Ē the complaint alleges.
    After Dominion indicated it might sue him, Lindell amplified his allegations against the company.
    ďInstead of retracting his lies, Lindell Ė a multimillionaire with a nearly unlimited ability to broadcast his preferred messages on conservative media Ė whined that he was being Ďcensoredí and Ďattackedí and produced a Ďdocu-movieí featuring shady characters and fake documents sourced from dark corners of the internet,Ē the complaint reads.
    Conspiracy theories about Dominion and other election security firms circulated widely in the aftermath of the 2020 election.    Dominion joins voting systems firm Smartmatic, which filed a $2.7 billion lawsuit against Fox News, in taking legal action against major right-wing media personalities accused of spreading misinformation about the 2020 election.    This month, Fox News Media filed a motion to dismiss the suit, arguing it looks to ďstifle debate and chill vital First Amendment activities
    In January, Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit against attorney Sidney Powell and Donald Trumpís attorney Rudy Giuliani over claims they made about the company.
    Powellís conspiracy theory variously implicated Dominion, deceased Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, the CIA and Chinese communists in a plot to rig the election against Trump.    Federal and state judges repeatedly rejected, sometimes derisively, her efforts to prove her assertions in court.
    A 107-page lawsuit alleges that Giuliani made more than 50 statements disparaging the companyís equipment in speeches, on Twitter and podcasts.
    Giuliani said the lawsuit will allow him to investigate the companyís history, finances and practices.    He threatened a countersuit alleging violation of his constitutional right to free speech.

2/23/2021 Delays Rattle Asylum Seekers Waiting In Mexico As Hopes Of Quick U.S. Entry Fade by Ted Hesson and Laura Gottesdiener
FILE PHOTO: Asylum seekers wait in line to get a meal at a migrant camp where more than 2,000 live and where social distancing is difficult
to practice, in Matamoros, Mexico March 31, 2020. Picture taken March 31, 2020. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas/File Photo
    MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) Ė The United States abruptly canceled plans on Monday to bring asylum seekers into Texas at two ports of entry, dashing the hopes of hundreds who have been waiting for months in Mexico under a Trump-era policy President Joe Biden promised to unwind.
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a statement that ďgiven current operational considerations,Ē it could no longer say when it would begin bringing in migrants through ports in Brownsville and El Paso, Texas.    The department said last week it would start accepting asylum seekers with active cases at those locations on Monday and Friday, respectively.    Texas is recovering from a winter storm that knocked out power and water services across the state.
    A DHS spokeswoman did not give a specific reason for the delay, but said the agency would begin to use those locations once international partners implemented certain measures to ensure security, health and adequate processing systems.
    Biden pledged to roll back the Trump-era program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), which forced more than 65,000 mostly Central American asylum seekers back across the border pending U.S. immigration court hearings. Most returned home but some stayed in Mexico in sometimes squalid or dangerous conditions, vulnerable to kidnapping and other violence.
    The Biden administration has said it will first seek to deal with about 25,000 people with active cases, and the United Nations has set up a website for people to register.
    ďWe are really confused because we donít see any change.    We are just looking for help,Ē said Josue Cornejo, a migrant from Honduras who has been stuck in a makeshift camp in Matamoros, Mexico, across the border from Brownsville, for over a year.    ďThey arenít telling us anything,Ē he said in a video message.
    The effort to reverse the program started slowly on Friday at a port of entry in San Ysidro, California, where so far 50 asylum seekers have been processed, according to Democratic Representative Nanette Barragan who visited the border.
    A U.N. official said on Monday that the organization has registered more than 7,700 migrants with active cases since Friday, but less than half have been notified of an appointment time to come to the U.S.-Mexico border.    The official said asylum seekers in the Matamoros camp could be processed in coming days.
    The global body is also tasked with testing migrants for COVID-19 in Mexico before they arrive at U.S. ports of entry, while non-profits on the U.S. side are providing shelters for migrants to quarantine upon arrival.
    Mark Manly, a U.N. official in Mexico, told Reuters on Friday that the website ran slowly at times, but called it ďteething problems
(Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington and Laura Gottesdiener in Monterrey, Mexico; Additional reporting by Kristina Cooke in Los Angeles; Editing by Mica Rosenberg and Aurora Ellis)

2/23/2021 Biden, Trudeau Aim To Move Past Keystone Pipeline Disagreement In First Bilateral Meeting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Steve Scherer
FILE PHOTO: A woman watches as current U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
arrive at the First Ministersí meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, December 9, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo
    WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) Ė U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try on Tuesday to move past an early disagreement after Biden blocked the Canadian-backed Keystone XL pipeline and look to reset relations after the rocky years of Donald Trump.
    In his first bilateral meeting with a foreign leader since taking office last month, Biden is expected to discuss with Trudeau a host of issues including climate change and China, a senior U.S. administration official told reporters.
    Canada has often been a U.S. presidentís first foreign stop, but the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the sit-down between the two leaders and some of their top deputies into a virtual affair.
    The event is likely to result in a shared document outlining cross-government collaboration on a wide range of issues, the senior U.S. administration official said.
    It was not clear the meeting would result in any new deal on those or other concerns, including Canadaís access to vaccines produced in the United States or a shared standoff with China over the detention of a Huawei executive.
    ďThe most important thing here is a reinvigorated road map for cooperation between the United States and Canada, meaning that weíre going to talk regularly to one of our closest allies to make sure that thereís no kind of misunderstandings,Ē the U.S. official said.
    Biden is eager to address security threats from climate change to the coronavirus pandemic as well as China, Iran, Russia and North Korea.
He irritated Ottawa early on by blocking the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project to pump oil sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska, and proposing a ďBuy AmericanĒ program aimed at directing more U.S. spending toward domestic manufacturers.
    Trudeau is aiming to show he is now aligned with Washington on issues including COVID-19, climate change and foreign policy, a Canadian government source said.
    The sources spoke on condition of anonymity ahead of the bilateral meeting.
    ďWe expect the president, during the meeting, to highlight the strong and deep partnership between the United States and Canada as neighbors, friends and NATO allies,Ē White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday.
    An administration official said Biden would raise the topic of the countriesí investment in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.    Trump often disparaged allies for their shortfall in funding the mutual defense organization.
    Trudeau was the first world leader to congratulate Biden when the Democrat was declared the winner of the November U.S. election, illustrating the degree to which Canada, one of Americaís closest allies, is looking to turn the page on the Trump era.
    The Republican former president, who often clashed with traditional allies on trade, imposed tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel. The two countries have one of the worldís largest bilateral trading relationships.
    Tuesdayís event is expected to start at 4 p.m. (2100 GMT), according to a Canadian official.    A U.S. official said it would begin with a 45-minute meeting between Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan and their Canadian counterparts.
    An expanded meeting following that is expected to include a broader set of officials.    Trudeau will be accompanied by his finance minister, Chrystia Freeland, and others. Biden and Trudeau will then address the public around 5:45 p.m. (2245 GMT).
    The U.S. official signaled little willingness to expand Canadaís access to vaccines manufactured in the United States, saying Washingtonís focus is on vaccinating Americans.
    The official said the White House expected Trudeau to raise the issue of two Canadians detained by Beijing and charged with espionage after Canadaís detention of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinaís Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, on a U.S. arrest warrant.
    The official said the White House believed the Canadians were unjustly detained and would work to secure their release but added it would not meddle in independent Department of Justice matters.    Meng remains under house arrest.
    Trudeau also wants Canada and the United States to collaborate more closely on manufacturing electric vehicles and supplying critical minerals needed to make batteries for cars and other clean technologies, Trudeau told Reuters earlier this month.
    Canada is also seeking exemptions to a U.S. effort to ensure federal agencies buy American-produced goods.    The U.S. move could hurt Canada, given how tightly the two nationsí economies are integrated.
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt in Washington and Steve Scherer in Ottawa; Additional reporting by Valerie Volcovici; Editing by Scott Malone and Peter Cooney)

2/23/2021 SolarWinds, Microsoft, FireEye, CrowdStrike Executives Face Senate Grilling by Raphael Satter
FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores
    (Reuters) Ė Top executives at Texas-based software company SolarWinds, digital giant Microsoft and cybersecurity firms FireEye and CrowdStrike are expected Tuesday to defend their companiesí responses to a sprawling series of breaches blamed on Russian hackers when they face the U.S. Senateís Select Committee on Intelligence.
    The four are expected to argue for more Ė or even mandatory Ė transparency in the national response against cyberespionage, which has long been hobbled by secrecy and a widespread reluctance to identify publicly as victims of hacking.
    The four companies are key players in the response against a spectacular set of intrusions that have allowed alleged Russian spies to run amok across American networks, compromising a total of nine federal agencies and 100 private-sector companies in what Microsoftís president Brad Smith described as the ďlargest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen
    Smith was among those to testify on Tuesday.    The others were FireEye chief executive Kevin Mandia, whose company was the first to discover the hackers, SolarWinds chief executive Sudhakar Ramakrishna, whose companyís software was hijacked by the spies to break into a host of other organizations, and CrowdStrike chief executive George Kurtz, whose company is helping SolarWinds recover from the breach.
    They and others have hinted that the true scope of the breaches is far wider than is publicly known, in part because embarrassed executives at other companies are trying to keep their role in the cyberespionage campaign a secret.
    According to an excerpt of his testimony released in advance, Microsoftís Smith is expected to say that ďtoo many cyberattack victims keep information to themselves.    We will not solve this problem through silence."
    ďItís imperative for the nation that we encourage and sometimes even require better information-sharing about cyberattacks,Ē the excerpt said.
(Reporting by Raphael Satter; Editing by Howard Goller)

2/23/2021 Democrat Lawmakers Trying To Shutdown OAN Ė HOW TO HELP
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2/23/2021 Democrat Stimulus Bill Stuffed Liberal Fluff, Says Senate Minority Leader McConnell by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, walks in the Capitol in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell blasted Democrats over their nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.    On Monday, the lead Republican blasted the contents of the bill, noting itís ďstuffed with non-COVID related liberal goals and more band-aid policies
    His remarks came hours after the Senate Budget Committee voted to send the bill to the House of Representatives.    The bill includes giving money to colleges with ties to China and progressive environmental groups.
    McConnell urged Democrats to reach across the aisle to pass a more focused bill to the American people.
    ďThe American people do not deserve policies that presume 2021 will be just like 2020; our nation needs this year to be different,Ē he stated.    ďIf the administration were interested in policies to make that happen, theyíd find the same kind of bipartisan support that every historic COVID-19 package has received so far
    Meanwhile, Republicans in the lower chamber are moving to expose what they are calling ďliberal goodiesĒ hidden in the massive trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package.    This comes as a number of issues in the package are raising eyebrows.
    For instance, the bill would extend Paycheck Protection Program business funding to owners who could have felony records, including violent criminals.    Controversial large companies such as Planned Parenthood would also receive funds through the program, which is meant for small businesses.
    Additionally, the bill includes a $50 million budget for environmental programs and some undocumented immigrants would be eligible to receive the proposed $1,400 stimulus checks.
    A full House vote is expected as soon as this week.

2/23/2021 ĎWokenessí At Smith College Forces Staffer To Quit by OAN Newsroom
    A possibly hostile environment at a college in Massachusetts reportedly forced an employee to quit.
    In recent reports, former staffer Jodi Shaw said ďcritical race theory tacticsĒ are dominating Smith College and forcing employees to stereotype white women as privileged and black women as powerless.    She went on to add, the ďpsychological abuseĒ she faced for simply questioning these divisive measures gave her no choice but to resign.
    In a recent interview, a professor from Cornell University warns critical race theory is being used not to end racism, but to advance a far-left socialist agenda.
    ďIt perpetuates whatís been going on.    They claim itís negative, so I think whatís the downsideÖit brands people who are not racist as racist because thatís the way theyíve constructed it,Ē stated William Jacobsen, professor at Cornell University.    ďIt demonizes large sections of the campus and it doesnít change any minds.    I donít know how it could get any worse than that
    While Smith College reportedly offered Jodi Shaw compensation to stay quiet, she rejected it and is now filing a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.
    ďI make $45,000 a year; less than a yearís tuition for a Smith student,Ē Shaw explained.    ďI was offered a settlement in exchange for my silence, but I turned it down

2/23/2021 Project Veritas Seeks CNN Retraction Over False Reporting by OAN Newsroom
File Ė People walk outside CNN Center, in Atlanta, Ga. (Ron Harris/AP Photo)
    CNN is under pressure to retract a false story about investigative journalists at Project Veritas.    In a letter to network Monday, Project Veritas demanded a retraction of a segment with Brian Stelter and Ana Cabrera that aired on February 15.
    Stelter and Cabrera falsely claimed that Project Veritas was banned by Twitter for ďspreading misinformation.Ē    An earlier article on the CNN website made another false assertion, stating Project Veritas was banned for posting personal information.
    The projectís founder, James OíKeefe, said CNNís propaganda is a disgrace.    He added, CNN will have no choice but to retract the segment that is obviously false.

2/23/2021 Biden Admin. Under Fire For Energy Policies by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, Joe Biden signed an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    The Biden administrationís approach to domestic and international energy has been facing heavy scrutiny.    Speaking on the Senate floor Monday, Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) characterized the policies as an assault on middle class Americans.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė MAY 7: Sen. Dan Sullivan spoke during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation
hearing for Kenneth Braithwaite, May 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images)
    ďThe first few days of the new Biden administration have seen an unprecedented assault on resource development and energy jobs,Ē Sullivan stated.    ďAn attack on the men and women, working men and women with good wages who produce really important resources for this great nation, and now for other countries because we export a lot of these resources
    This is a stark contrast to President Trumpís ďAmerica FirstĒ energy policy, which prioritized domestic production.    During Joe Bidenís first day in office, he shut down the U.S.-Canada Keystone pipeline, killing nearly 11,000 jobs over so-called ďenvironmental justice
    Sullivan went on to refute claims that Americaís oil and gas production is hurting the planet.
    ďIt is great for the environment.    Why do I say that?    Some people tilt their heads.    It is great for the environment because in America, certainly, in my state, Alaska, we have the highest standards on the environment of any place in the world by far.    It is not even close,Ē Sullivan stated.    ďIf you need energy, which you do, you should do it, produce it in the place that respects the environment the most, not Russia, not Saudi Arabia, America, Alaska
    In the meantime, Bidenís energy policies overseas are being criticized for being lukewarm.    This came as the White House weighs whether to keep Trump-era sanctions against Russiaís Nord Stream 2, a gas pipeline that runs under the Baltic Sea to Germany.
LUBMIN, GERMANY Ė AUGUST 16: In this aerial view, the Castoro 10 pipelay vessel laid concrete coated pipe for the Nord Stream 2
gas pipeline onto the seabed of the Baltic Sea on August 16, 2018 near Lubmin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    According to reports, the Biden administration has not yet made a decision over concerns that maintaining sanctions would hurt U.S. ties with Germany.    Many worry the project, once completed, would increase Russiaís leverage over Europe.
    In a statement on Monday, an aid to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told Axios theyíre ďdisappointedĒ with the Biden administration for not stopping the project.
    The pipeline would bypass Ukraine and deprive the country of lucrative transit fees.
    Construction of the Nord Stream 2 was halted as a result of President Trumpís tough sanctions.    However, Bidenís indecision has prompted Russia to resume the project, which is now over 90 percent complete.

2/23/2021 Sen. McConnell Slams Democrat COVID Bill As ĎTotally Partisaní by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell walked on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) condemned Democratsí approach to COVID-19 relief as ďtotally partisan.Ē    In a press conference on Tuesday, McConnell said the Biden administration has shown it is pretty far left across the board.
    The Kentucky senator also suggested the bill is too broad in scope and spending.    He added GOP lawmakers want targeted relief, as there are signs the economy is coming back.
    McConnell indicated he does not expect any Republicans to join Democratsí push to pass the bill.
    ďTheyíre going to try to muscle this through on a totally partisan basis, and I think I can safely speak for most of my members that we think this is dramatically more money than is required at this particular juncture,Ē McConnell stated.    ďIt also includes a number of things that have absolutely nothing to do with COVID relief, and so it will be controversial
    In the meantime, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Democrats were never trying to get a bipartisan deal.

2/23/2021 Becerra: I Hope To Find Common Ground On Late-Term Abortions by OAN Newsroom
Xavier Becerra spoke during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Health and Human Services before the Senate Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Xavier Becerra, Joe Bidenís pick for HHS secretary, indicated he will likely keep his progressive views on late-term abortions.    On Tuesday, Becerra said he hopes to reach common ground with Republicans and come together to work toward a solution.
    These comments came after Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) grilled him for his history of supporting late-term abortions.    While serving as a representative of California in 2003, Becerra voted against a bill aiming to ban the practice.
    ďI understand that we may not always agree on where to go, but I think we can find some common ground on these issues because everyone wants to make sure that if you have an opportunity, youíre gonna have a healthy life,Ē Becerra said.
    Becerra is facing a tough road to being confirmed, as senators from both sides of the aisle are reluctant to vote to confirm him.

2/23/2021 Biden Caught Lying About Helping Texas, Sends Limited Aid by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, IL Ė NOVEMBER 01: Joe Biden spoke to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on
November 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden was caught lying about sending federal assistance to Texas, as reports found he failed to help for five consecutive days.
    ďSo weíre going to sign that declaration once itís in front of me, and God willing, it will bring a lot of relief to a lot of Texans,Ē Biden stated.
    Despite Bidenís promises, on Tuesday Texas officials said he only sent some form of disaster relief to just 77 out of 254 counties in Texas.    Biden also rejected a request by Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) for a statewide emergency declaration, leaving most Texans on their own in the face of power outages.
AUSTIN, TX Ė MAY 18: Gov. Greg Abbott announced the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a
press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Monday, May 18, 2020. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
    ďFirst, to be clear, we will not end this session until the state of Texas is, and all of its power generation capabilities, is fully winterized so we never go through this again,Ē Abbott stated.    ďWith regard to how itís going to be funded, every possibility is on the table.    We will consider whatever options.    We need to figure out the strategy first
    Reports said the limited federal aid is focused on the areas of Houston, Austin and Dallas.    The White House and FEMA have yet to explain their selective approach to helping Texas.

2/23/2021 Sen. Johnson Blames Capitol Attack On ĎFake Trump Supportersí by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ron Johnson spoke at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on
Capitol Hill, Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the January 6 attack on the Capitol. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) claimed the rioters who attacked the Capitol building in January were ďfake Trump supportersĒ and other groups.
    During the hearing on the incident Tuesday, Johnson read excerpts from an article in The Federalist, which detailed a firsthand account of the attack.
    ďFor a few seconds, I saw what looked like police in a tussle with some of marchers up front, what appeared to be an organized group in civilian clothes.    This organized group, I would call the plain clothes militants. They fit right in with MAGA people,Ē Johnson explained.
    Johnson noted the alleged eyewitness account of the day, which painted the crowd marching to the Capitol building as largely positive and festive. He pointed out the eyewitness identified four groups of people who didnít fit in, including plain clothes militants and fake Trump supporters.
    ďSuddenly, energy surged from the front of the crowd as the anti-riot police above on the inaugural platform visibly tensed up.    One fired a tear gas canister, not at the plain clothes militants, the frontline, but into the crowd itself, then another,Ē Johnson stated.    ďFlash grenades went off in the middle of the crowd
    Johnson went on to say he does not believe the incident was foreseeable or predictable.

3/23/2021 Rep. Stefanik: Garlandís Comment On Cuomo Corruption ĎNot Good Enoughí by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė NOVEMBER 21: Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican from New York, questioned witnesses during a House Intelligence Committee
impeachment inquiry hearing on Capitol Hill November 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
    Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said Joe Bidenís pick for attorney general gave a poor response about a probe into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).
    On Tuesday, the New York congresswoman said Judge Merrick Garland provided a vague and non-specific response when asked about the corruption and public health scandal surrounding Cuomo. Stefanik highlighted reports, saying a federal probe into Cuomo is being handled by a family member of his top aide in an apparent conflict of interest.
    However, Garland recently told lawmakers that he did not know any of the facts and attempted to downplay the matter.
    ďWill you commit to investigating the extent the government of New York broke laws or covered up their policies concerning COVID-positive patients in nursing homes?Ē Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) asked Garland.
Sen. Ted Cruz spoke during a hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, nominee to be Attorney General, before the Senate Judiciary
Committee, Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    ďWith all of these investigations, the Justice Department is open to evidence of fraud, false statements, violations of the law,Ē Garland responded.    ďThey normally begin in the appropriate way, in the relevant U.S. Attorneyís office
    Stefanik said Garlandís response was not good enough.    She suggested as Cuomoís corruption has become national news, it must be handled at the highest level of the DOJ.

2/23/2021 Critics Slam Biden Admin. For Reopening Migrant Facility For Children by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection, processing facility in Brownsville, Texas.
The Biden administration recently opened its first immigration facility for children. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)
    Joe Biden is facing backlash after recent reports revealed the administration opened its first immigration facility for children.    According to reports Monday, Biden reopened a tent housing facility in Texas thatís holding up to 700 immigrant teenagers.
    The move has advocates, lawyers and human rights activists accusing the administration of breaking a campaign promise to establish more immigration reform.    Critics have also argued that the facility, which allows for in-person education, is hypocritical as Biden has yet to launch a plan for public schools in the U.S. to get back in the classroom.
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki defended the move to reporters on Wednesday.
    The emergency shelter was previously opened under the Trump administration for a month in 2019.    At the time, Biden spoke against the administrationís immigration policies.
    Meanwhile, hundreds of migrants are seeking asylum as they wait at the Mexico border to enter the U.S.    Around 300 migrants have currently set up tents south of the San Ysidro border crossing in California.
    This comes as asylum seekers signed up for the Biden administrationís so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program, which allows migrants with active cases to be processed at the U.S.-Mexico border.    However, the United Nations has warned people not to go to the border.
    ďWe are asking people to not go to the borderÖto use these two virtual modalities to register so that they can be queued up and then be able to cross the border in an orderly fashion,Ē stated Mark Manly, a representative for the UN Refugee Agency.    ďIf people have already entered the United States, they shouldnít go to the border and they should await instructions from the U.S. government on how their case can be dealt with
    The Biden administration is set to review immigration cases for nearly 25,000 people enrolled in the migrant program this Friday.    In the meantime, the migrant facility for children is set to remain open.

2/23/2021 Sen. Hawley On Lt. Gen. Honorť: This Person Has No Business Leading Any Security Review Related To Capitol Breach by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Josh Hawley spoke during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs & Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill,
Washington on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, to examine the January 6 attack on the Capitol. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosiís (D-Calif.) pick to lead a Capitol security review.    The senator raised concerns about the appointment of retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honorť to look into last monthís attack.
    Honorť has partially blamed the attack on Capitol Police and the House and Senate sergeant at arms.    Heís also gone on several TV and radio shows, claiming the Capitol breach was an inside job put on by Trump supporters that allowed the takeover.
    Hawley shut down those claims, saying thereís no evidence to prove any of the claims made by Honorť.
    ďTo allege that any of you were complicit in this violent mob attack on this building, I think is not only extremely disrespectful, itís really quite shocking,Ē Hawley stated.    ďThis person has no business leading any security review related to the events of January 6
    In the meantime, House and Senate panels are launching their own investigations into the security lapses at the Capitol last month.    They are looking to determine what exactly went wrong and how to prevent it from happening again.

2/23/2021 Fmr. Capitol Police Chief Blames ĎFailures Of Intelligenceí For Jan. 6 Riot by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund testified before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate
Rules and Administration joint hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Erin Scott/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund placed the blame for the January 6 Capitol riots on the intelligence communities.    During the Senate Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sund said Capitol Police were not able to properly prepare for the attack due to a lack of intelligence shared with them.
    He went on to say the intel agencies did not fully relay the extent to which the attack was preplanned and heavily coordinated.
    ďThe fact that the group that attacked our west front, attacked our west front 20 minutes, approximately 20 minutes before the event over at the Ellipse ended.    Which means they were planning on our agency not being at what they call full strength,Ē Sund said.    ďWatching the other event saying, hey that eventís ending, okay everybody get on post, theyíre going to be marching our way.    Knowing that we may not be at full strength at that time
TOPSHOT Ė Protesters are shown inside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)
    He added the intelligence community must evaluate how it collects and shares information on domestic extremism.

2/23/2021 Biden To Visit Texas Friday In Wake Of Devastating Storms by OAN Newsroom
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE Ė AUGUST 20: Joe Biden delivered a speech on the fourth night of the Democratic National Convention
from the Chase Center on August 20, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is set to visit Texas on Friday in the wake of extreme weather which has devastated the state.
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will meet with local leaders to discuss relief and recovery efforts, as well as ďthe incredible resilience shown by the people of Texas.Ē    Biden approved a major disaster declaration in Texas over the weekend, amid widespread outages which left millions without power.
    ďHe wants to go and show his support,Ē Psaki stated.    ďHe also is fully aware of the footprint of a president of the United States and everything that comes with that, traveling to a disaster area
    The White House said Biden has been in close contact with state and local officials in Texas to monitor recovery efforts.    He is also planning to visit a health care center where COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed.

2/24/2021 Oil up $0.33 to $62.03, DOW up 15 to 31,537.

2/24/2021 House Minority Leader McCarthy Defends Free Speech From Democrat Censorship by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., comments to reporters as Congress preps for its first votes on the Democratsí
$1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy doubled down on his efforts to defend Americansí right to free speech.    While speaking on the House floor Wednesday, he called out the Democrat push to censor conservative voices.
    The Republican lawmaker went on to suggest they are the real threat to Americansí First Amendment rights.    McCarthy compared Democrats to the Chinese communist regime, which silences speech they disagree with.
    McCarthy went on to criticize the Democrats for attempting to bring the socialist agenda to the U.S.    He said these standards have no place in America.
    ďDemocratsí action this week makes it clear that the greatest threat to free speech today is not a law from Congress, which is bound by the First Amendment,Ē stated the minority leader.    ďThe greatest threat is politicians who bully private companies to silence dissenting views
    McCarthy also cited the mainstream mediaís coverage over the last four years and House Speaker Nancy Pelosiís public disdain for President Trump during his time in office.

2/24/2021 Ga. State Senate Votes 35-18 To Mandate Voter ID For Mail-In Ballots by OAN Newsroom
ATLANTA, GEORGIA Ė JANUARY 06: The Georgia State Capitol is seen on January 06, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    The Georgia State Senate passed an important measure to prevent voting fraud with absentee ballots.    The bill was sent to the state House for consideration after it passed the state Senate in a 35-to-18 vote Tuesday.
    The measure seeks to require Georgiaís voters to submit a valid photo ID in order to cast an absentee ballot in the state.    The acceptable forms of ID include a driverís license, a state ID card or any approved federal forms of identification.
    Georgia Democrats opposed the bill and alleged so-called ďvoter suppression.Ē Critics argued the measure would make it difficult for low-wage earners to obtain a license.    Sponsors of the bill, however, cited current Georgia law that bars the state from profiting off of voter IDs.
    ďAgain this is just a common-sense measure to adjust our current process for requesting an absentee ballot ó not casting the ballot ó to reflect the web portal that works so well.    And to get the Board of Elections people out of the middle of verifying elections when they received over a million absentee ballots,Ē state Sen.     Larry Walker III (R-Perry) said.    ďSo itís an efficiency measure and a security measure.    This is not about disenfranchising anybody
    Proponents said the bill is simply a way to keep current mail-in-ballot voting laws consistent as Georgia voters are required to show a government-issued license at the polls.    The changes came as the state saw a 20 percent increase in absentee ballots during the 2020 election season as a result of the pandemic.
    Additionally, the state Senate weighed three other election bills that proponents said will restore voter confidence.    The bills include measures that would shorten the window for absentee voting and require voters to explain why they are requesting an absentee ballot.

2/24/2021 Pence Touts Meeting With GOP Lawmakers, Future Of The Party by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JANUARY 20: Former Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo by Melina Mara Ė Pool/Getty Images)
    Former Vice President Mike Pence touted his meeting with House conservatives.    On Tuesday, Pence met with the Republican Study Steering Committee to discuss the agenda for the 117th Congress.    He reportedly told GOP lawmakers he maintained a strong relationship with former President Trump and will continue to defend their administrationís record.
    Meanwhile, the 45th President is set to address the Conservative Political Action Conference this weekend.    Some GOP leaders welcomed his upcoming appearance while others were not as enthusiastic.    When asked if President Trump should be speaking at this yearís CPAC, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he believed so.    However, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) had different thoughts.
    ďThatís up to CPAC,Ē Cheney said.    ďIíve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6.    I donít believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country
    Despite disdain from the political establishment, grassroots conservatives remain firmly behind the 45th President.
    ďHe just spent 4 years enacting the most conservative policy weíve ever seen from any president, certainly any Republican president,Ē American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp stated.    ďAnd 73 million Americans voted for him.    They thought the policies helped make America strong, we werenít apologizing overseas, the forgotten men and women had great economic prospects.    He simply did what he said he was going to do.    So why not have him speak?    It seems to me that it makes perfect sense that he would come back and talk to his followers and talk about what is going to happen in the future
    Even one of President Trumpís biggest critics in the party believes he is the front runner for the presidential nomination.    In an interview Tuesday, Sen. Mitt     Romney (R-Utah) said President Trump would win the 2024 GOP presidential nomination ďin a landslideĒ if he ran.    He referenced polling that indicated Trumpís lead in the potential 2024 primary field.    Romney added he would not vote for the 45th President if he were the partyís nominee.    However, he acknowledged Trumpís influence over the party is still very strong.
    ďHe has by far the largest voice and a big impact in my party,Ē Romney noted.    ďI donít know about his family members, whether they intend to do that.    I donít know if he will run, but if he does I am pretty sure he would win the nomination
    In the meantime, President Trumpís speech at CPAC will reportedly be ďa show of forceĒ and affirm he is still in charge of the GOP.

2/24/2021 Biden Admin. Slammed For Failing To Address Detention Of Migrant Children by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 24: Joe Biden speaks at an event to sign an Executive Order on the economy with Vice President Kamala Harris
February 24, 2021 in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC. supply chains. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
    In another blow to Joe Bidenís sweeping immigration reform, a federal judge blocked Bidenís 100-day moratorium on deportations.    Texas Judge Drew Tipton indefinitely banned the policy after Attorney General Ken Paxton argued the move was in violation of federal law.
    Paxton said Texas signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, which acknowledged the state would be given 180 days notice before implementing immigration changes. The agreement was signed under President Trump and Paxton said itís imperative to protecting residents as the Lone Star State shares its southern border with Mexico.
    Meanwhile, the Biden administration was accused of hypocrisy for allowing border facilities to house migrant children.    The Department of Health and Human Services recently reopened a facility in Texas to house up to 700 unaccompanied minors.
    Both Biden and Kamala Harris continuously blasted immigration laws under President Trump, claiming migrant kids were being ďrippedĒ from their parentsí arms and housed in cages.
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki claimed the decision to house the minors was only temporary.    However, it was reported hundreds of children were in holding for more than 72-hours in the last week, which was more than what is allowed for a temporary facility.
    On Tuesday, Psaki was pressed about the issue.    She insisted delays occurred due to the coronavirus pandemic and dangerous weather in the state.
    ďSo some, unfortunately, did say four days, five days or longer,Ē Psaki said.    ďBut the objective is to move them as quickly as possible to the HHS-sponsored facilities
    In the meantime, Judge Tiptonís ruling will apply to the entire country, not just Texas.    It will remain in place as the case against Bidenís order continues or until a higher court changes the ruling.

2/24/2021 McConnell Slams Pelosiís Partisan Commission Proposal by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 23: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy
luncheon in the subway of the U.S. Capitol on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for proposing a partisan commission to investigate the January 6 Capitol protests.    On Wednesday, McConnell said Pelosiís commission would include seven appointments for Democrats, but only four Republicans.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JANUARY 21: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her first weekly news conference under
the new Biden administration on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Pelosi drafted her proposal using the 9-11 Commission as precedent.    However, McConnell noted the 9-11 Commission was bipartisan, which in turn gave Americans more confidence in lawmakersí sweeping recommendations.
    ďAn inquiry with a hardwired partisan slant would never be legitimate in the eyes of the American people,Ē McConnell said.    ďAn undertaking that is uneven or unjust would not help our country
U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    McConnell said he would be more open to a commission that looked into Capitol protests and protests for social justice over the summer.

2/24/2021 Senate GOP Rally Against $15 Minimum Wage In Final Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
US Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, arrives at the US Capitol for the fifth day of the second impeachment trial
of former US President Donald Trump, on February 13, 2021, in Washington, DC (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Senate Republicans opposed a push from the left for a $15 federal minimum wage.    During a press conference Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the wage increase is part of what he calls a ďliberal wish list.Ē    He also noted it is totally unrelated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Other senators said the move would make no sense to do everywhere in the country, especially considering the cost of living varies by state.    They also warned such a dramatic change would be irresponsible and could put small businesses at the risk of going at a time when many are already struggling.
    ďIn the middle of a pandemic where nearly 11 million Americans have already lost their jobs,Ē Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said.    ďThe last thing you do is increase the cost on businesses, which will according to the CBO, at least shutter 1.4 million jobs
    While the House considers a relief package that includes a $15 federal minimum wage proposal, it is unclear if it will end up in the Senateís version of the bill.

2/24/2021 N.Y. Assemblyman Calls On Cuomo To Repeal Legal Immunity To Hospitals And Nursing Homes by OAN Newsroom
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference before the opening of a mass COVID-19
vaccination site in the Queens borough of New York, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool)
    New York Assemblyman Ron Kim (D) continued his push to impeach Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) over COVID deaths in state nursing homes.    At a rally in Manhattan     Wednesday, Kim was joined by other elected Democrats and those who lost family members in nursing homes and care facilities.
    Kim called on Cuomo to return $2 million in contributions from hospital lobbyists and to repeal legal immunity granted to nursing homes and hospitals.    Some in attendance said the pandemic exposed Cuomo as a pay-to-play governor who dodges accountability and passes the blame.
    ďNursing homes telling him: ĎYou canít do this,'Ē Kim said.    ďĎHalf of our staff are out.    Everyone is sick.    Your March 25th order will kill people.í    Thatís what the workers were telling the governor
    Kim also called on Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to open an immediate investigation into the matter.    Kim claimed Cuomo threatened retribution over the criticisms of the stateís handling of nursing home deaths.

2/24/2021 MTG Urges Lawmakers To Oppose ĎUnconstitutionalí Equality Act by OAN Newsroom
US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks during a press conference on
Capitol Hill on February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) blasted the Equality Act as unconstitutional.    On Twitter Wednesday, Greene reiterated her opposition to the bill after opposing it on the House floor earlier in the day.
    The House is set to vote on the legislation this week.    Supporters of the Democrat-backed bill argued it would fortify existing bans against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender.    It would also expand areas to which those protections apply.
    However, Republicans like Greene said it could infringe on religious freedom and other rights.
    ďThe Equality Act completely destroys womenís rights, girlsí rights, womenís sports, and religious freedoms,Ē Greene noted.    ďI hope that every colleague of mine will put aside their political party differences and realize that voting on the Equality Act is the wrong thing to do
    Greene believes the Equality Act expands governmental regulatory reach.    She called on lawmakers to reconsider their stance on the legislation and oppose it.

2/25/2021 Oil up $1.21 to $63.23, DOW up 425 to 31,962.

2/25/2021 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC - Kentucky surpasses 4 00,000 total cases by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,306 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing its total since the start of the pandemic to 400,307.
    There also were 51 more COVID-19 related deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 4,527.
    The test positivity rate lowered again to 5.9%, the lowest itís been since October, Gov. Andy Beshear said in a news release.
    Hospitalizations declined slightly, with 883 Kentuckians hospitalized Wednesday, including 228 in an intensive care unit and 112 on a ventilator.
    ďWe are getting these vaccines out faster than the federal government can provide them, so thereís a lot of hope moving into the future,Ē Beshear said.    ďWe are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, weíve got to protect each other
    As of Wednesday afternoon, 611,550 Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.    Thatís about 13.7% of the stateís population.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 1,019 new cases and an additional 14 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its totals since the start of the pandemic to 658,043 cases and 12,039 related deaths.
    Though he praised Indianaís declining numbers, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced Wednesday he will extend the executive order that imposes county-level restrictions based on the rate of spread.
    The order, which was set to expire Sunday, will be extended another 30 days.    The stateís public health emergency order, which was set to expire Monday, will also be extended another 30 days.
    Holcomb noted that several big events are headed to the state, including the NCAA basketball tournament that will be hosted entirely in Central Indiana, including Indianapolis.    The NCAA announced last week it will allow up to 25% fan attendance during the tournament.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @ emmacaustin.
    ďWe are going to defeat this virus this year, but until then, weíve got to protect each other,Ē Gov. Andy Beshear
[Since he did not report any on Tuesday so this is for both including Wednesday 2 days with 51 deaths / 1,306 cases = 0.019% mortality rate per day so less cases brings the positivity rate down to 5.9%.].

2/25/2021 Judge bans enforcement of Bidenís 100-day deportation pause
    HOUSTON Ė A federal judge Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Bidenís administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.    U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary injunction sought by Texas, which argued the moratorium violated federal law and risked imposing additional costs on the state.    Biden proposed the pause on deportations during his campaign as part of a larger review of immigration enforcement and an attempt to reverse the priorities of former President Donald Trump.
[You may have already read this article above dated 2/24/2021 'Biden Admin. Slammed For Failing To Address Detention Of Migrant Children' by OAN Newsroom to get the full story for this one which they did not want to promote since they did not get their way.].

2/25/2021 White House Stands By Budget Pick Tanden As Senate Support Wavers by Susan Cornwell and Trevor Hunnicutt
FILE PHOTO: Neera Tanden, President Joe Biden's nominee for Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), testifies during a
Senate Committee on the Budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) Ė The White House said it was not prepared to withdraw President Joe Bidenís pick for budget director, Neera Tanden, whose nomination stalled on Capitol Hill on Wednesday after controversy over tweets that upset lawmakers.
    Two Senate committees postponed scheduled meetings to consider Tandenís nomination, a clear sign she was struggling to get the votes to be approved and could thus become the first high-profile Biden nominee to be rejected.
    But Biden, a Democrat, still supports Tanden, an Indian American who would be the first woman of color to lead the agency.
    ďNeera Tanden is a leading policy expert who brings critical qualifications to the table during this time of unprecedented crisis,Ē his press secretary, Jen Psaki, wrote on Twitter.
    Asked later at the White House whether Tanden had offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki said, ďThatís not the stage weíre in
    Tanden has apologized for harsh tweets about Republicans but she ran into trouble after a moderate Democratic senator, Joe Manchin, said he would not vote for her, and two moderate Republicans seen as potential ďyesĒ votes said they would vote ďnoĒ over past tweets.
    Republican Senators Susan Collins and Mitt Romney both cited concerns that Tanden, 50, would be too divisive to lead the Office of Management and Budget which manages the $4 trillion federal budget.
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee postponed a morning meeting where Tanden was going to be discussed, with the chairman, Senator Gary Peters, saying ďpeople needed a little bit more time to assessĒ her nomination.
    The Senate Budget Committee postponed a similar meeting.    ďIt didnít look like she had the votes,Ē said the panelís chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders.
    Tanden has made critical comments on Twitter about Republicans and Democrats, and in 2016 about Manchinís daughter, the chief executive of pharmaceutical firm Mylan, after the company raised prices for its anti-allergy EpiPen.
    Tandenís advocates have brushed off the concerns, noting that Republicans backed former President Donald Trump, who often used Twitter to harangue political opponents.
    ďFor four years, Iíve heard senators walking around saying ĎI donít read the tweets,'Ē Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat, told reporters.    ďNow, all of a sudden, tweets seem to be driving a particularly important appointment
    With the Senate divided 50-50 between the Republican and Democratic caucuses, and Manchinís refusal to back her, Tanden will need the support of at least one Republican to win confirmation in the Senate.
    Senator Lisa Murkowski was seen as one of the last remaining moderate Republicans but has not announced how she will vote.
    Tanden, who served in the administrations of Democratic former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, runs the liberal Center for American Progress think tank.
    She has vowed to work with Republicans if confirmed.
(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt, Susan Cornwell and Andrea Shalal; Editing by Heather Timmons and Alistair Bell)

2/25/2021 HHS Secy Nominee Grilled Over Nun Lawsuit by OAN Newsroom
Xavier Becerra, nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, answers questions during his Senate Finance Committee nomination hearing on February 24, 2021
at Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Ė If confirmed, Becerra would be the first Latino secretary of HHS. (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    A hearing before the Senate Finance Committee heated up as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and HHS Secretary nominee Xavier Becerra (D) squared off over a controversial case Becerra argued as Californiaís attorney general. During his confirmation hearing Wednesday, the senator from Nebraska asked Becerra to try and explain his decision to target a Catholic religious order called ďThe Little Sisters of the PoorĒ as part of a 2017 lawsuit against the Trump administration.
    ďMr. Becerra, you said a little while ago that youíve never sued the nuns, which is a pretty interesting way of reframing your bullying,Ē Sasse said.    ďYou actually sued the federal government, who had given an exception to the nuns.    Can you explain to us what The Little Sisters of the Poor were doing wrong?Ē
Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., questions William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation
hearing in Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on on February 24, 2021. (Photo by TOM WILLIAMS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďSo, senator, as I tried to explain,Ē Becerra answered.    ďMy actions were against the federal government. We never alleged that The Little Sisters of the Poor did anything wrong.    Our problem was that the federal government was not abiding by the law as we saw it
    Sasse asked the HHS Secretary nominee to clarify.
    ďWhat were the nuns doing that made it impossible for California to administer their program?Ē questioned the Nebraska senator.    ďThat was just a complete nonsense answer
    Becerra tried to dodge, but was caught in seconds and redirected.    He tried to slip loose of the senatorís line of questioning by repeating the same non-answer again.
    ďAs I said,Ē Becerra claimed.    ďOur action was against the federal government
    Sasse was undeterred and pushed on, asking Becerra about the nuns once more.
    ďWhat did the federal government do?Ē demanded the Republican.    ďIt was about the nuns.    This is nonsense.    What youíre saying isnít true
    Becerra attempted to get a different result by repeating the same information.
    ďSenator, the actions of the state of California ó and I was defending the actions of our state and the laws that were in place,Ē Becerra said.    ďThe federal government took actions [and] changed the way that we would have administered the programs that we had under the Affordable Care Act
    Sasse was not satisfied with Becerraís attempt to answer.
    ďSo again a whole bunch of words,Ē Sasse noted.    ďBut you know well ó youíre an incredibly smart man ó you know well that what the federal government did was make sure that you couldnít target the nuns.    So you can put 17 layers of you were following the law to go after the federal government for administering the program or doing X or doing Y that made it difficult for California law to administer the program.'Ē
    The volley continued for several minutes.    Sasse attempted five more times to get Becerra to explain how he could rationalize that a lawsuit named after The Little Sisters of the Poor had nothing to do with them.    Sasse emphasized Becerra targeted religious liberty.
    With his confirmation approaching, Democrats are worried Becerra wonít support their Medicare for All push.    Additionally, Republicans have condemned his plan to restore federal funding to Planned Parenthood.    As a result, senators on both sides of the aisle expressed concerns that his career choices may make him too polarizing to explain to their constituents back home.

2/25/2021 Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Discusses Domestic Supply Chains At White House by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the nomination of Katherine Tai
to be U.S. trade representative on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP)
    GOP lawmakers are making bipartisan strides with the Biden administration regarding the strengthening of U.S. supply chains.    While speaking to reporters outside the White House Wednesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the bipartisan effort was going better than COVID-19 relief talks.
    ďWell, you know the political process has its ups and downs, and Iím hoping that this is an opportunity for us to do something truly important in a bipartisan way,Ē he stated.    ďSo far the, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill is being passed strictly on party lines
    This comes as Joe Biden met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers prior to signing an executive order to review domestic supply chains and expand U.S. manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, batteries, minerals and semiconductors.    However, Biden said heís also trying to work with international allies to ensure the stability of global supply chains.
    Meanwhile, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) noted the importance of having U.S.manufacturers producing essential supplies.
    ďWe got to focus on decoupling our supply chain from the Chinese Communist Party, particularly on medical, on rare earth minerals, but semiconductors as well,Ē he explained.    ďOur plan we passed on the National Defense Authorization is to start bringing this manufacturing of advanced semiconductor chips back to the United States
    McCaul went on to say China is the U.S.ís biggest threat and that enhancing the domestic supply chain would strengthen national security while offering more jobs to Americans.
    This comes as the coronavirus pandemic exposed the weaknesses of the international supply chain as the U.S. lacked personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical equipment at the start of the pandemic.

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2/25/2021 McCarthy: Majority Of Funding For ĎReopening Schoolsí In Dem Relief Bill Wonít Be Spent In 2021 by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 24: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) listens during a House Republican Leadership
news conference in the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    Leader McCarthy slammed the Biden White House for failing to reopen schools.    He took to Twitter Thursday to say that under CDC guidelines schools can safely begin the reopening process.
    He said ďour kids are strugglingĒ and noted Joe Bidenís continued inaction on the issue will only hurt them more.    In an interview, McCarthy laid into Democrats who said schools need more money to reopen.    He pointed out that 95 percent of the money given to reopening efforts in their relief bill will not even be spent this year.
    ďThe money thatís going for schools arenít even being spent,Ē McCarthy said.    ď95 percent of it wonít be spent this year, so will schools even open?    Youíve got more than $60 billion sitting there for schools that were already appropriated.    Youíve got $1 trillion still sitting there that weíve appropriated that have not gone out
    McCarthy said wish-list provisions included in the relief bill are even causing some Democrats like Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to push against it.

2/25/2021 Rep. Taylor Greene Urges Lawmakers To Oppose ĎUnconstitutionalí Equality Act by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Conservatives have continued to challenge the Biden administrationís attempts to pass the Equality Act.    They believe it would ďpromote the most comprehensive assault on Christianity ever written into law
    On Wednesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) took to Twitter to reiterate her opposition to the Democrat-backed bill and called on proponents to reconsider their stance.
    If the House passes the legislation this week, the legal definition of sex would be altered to include sexual orientation and gender identity.    It would also expand the governmentís regulatory reach on transgender protections by requiring health care facilities to provide hormone therapies and surgical procedures related to sex changes without regard for the beliefs of health care workers.
    Republicans like Taylor Greene have stressed that this could cost everyday Americans their freedom, specifically religious freedom, not to mention hamper womenís rights.
    ďThe Equality Act completely destroys womenís rights, girlís rights, womenís sports and religious freedoms,Ē stated the Georgia lawmaker.    ďI hope that every colleague of mine will put aside their political differences and realize putting on the Equality Act is the wrong thing to do
    During a recent interview, Catholic League President Bill Donohue pointed out how two transgender females in Connecticut easily placed first and second in a girlís track and field state competition.
    Donohue went on to say the Equality Act would be the end of Catholic adoption agencies.    While Catholic hospitals currently have the right to deny abortion based off religious concerns, this bill would eliminate that.
    The Catholic League head warned if the Equality Act is passed, virtually every religious institution ďwould be expected to fall in line with this radical legislation.Ē    He added, itís hard for the public to understand how Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, two self-declared ďdevout Catholics,Ē would want to champion such patently anti-Christian legislation when it undermines so many religious liberties.

2/25/2021 GOP Lawmakers Reintroduce National Right-To-Work Bill by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., arrives at the start of the fifth day of the second impeachment trial of
former President Trump, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at the Capitol in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    Republicans lawmakers are, once again, putting a bill forward which would allow employees to opt out of labor union membership.    The National Right-to-Work Act, reintroduced Wednesday, would repeal a mandate which requires employees pay union dues.
    Back in 2019, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) first introduced the proposal, but it was never voted on in the Senate.    The Kentucky lawmaker said American workers should never be forced to join a union in order to work.
    ďThe way the law is written today, millions of private sector workers can be forced to surrender part of every paycheck to a labor union as a condition of employment,Ē Paul explained.    ďThe Supreme Court has already ruled that government employees have a right to work under federal law
    The proposed legislation came after Joe Biden fired an independent labor regulator within hours of taking office, which is a move praised by the unions.

2/25/2021 CBO: U.S. National Debt To Hit $30T, Exceed Size Of U.S. Economy This Year by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, an empty storefront is seen among other businesses along
East Carson Street in the Southside neighborhood of Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
    The U.S. is nearing a fiscal meltdown amid a rising national debt and federal spending due to coronavirus lockdowns.    The Congressional Budget Office said the national debt is on track to exceed the size of the U.S. economy this year.
    This may result in an even higher interest to be paid on the existing U.S. debt, which could increase commercial interest rates and push inflation up as well.
    Democrats are still pushing through their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, which will widen the budget deficit to almost $4 trillion.    The national debt is set to exceed $30 trillion by December 31.
    ďThere comes a point when printing money is counterproductiveÖI donít think we are at that point, but nobody knew where that point was going to come and we donít know now,Ē stated Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.    ďNone of these people who are so pompously sure of things, because we all want assurances, so they provide it
    U.S. fiscal performance is getting worse while Democrats are proposing even more costly federal spending projects as national debt spirals out of control.

2/25/2021 Rep. Jordan Defends Postmaster General DeJoy At House Hearing by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., speaks during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on ďLegislative Proposals to Put the Postal Service
on Sustainable Financial FootingĒ on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) recently pushed back against Democrat criticism of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.    During a hearing before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, the Ohio lawmaker said Democrats had painted DeJoy as the ďworst guy on the planetĒ during the election due to his management of the US. Postal Service.
    Jordanís criticism was echoed by congressman James Comer (R-Ky.) who said Democrats ďspun wild conspiracy theories about DeJoyís plan to steal the election by removing unnecessary postal boxes
    DeJoy refused to concede to Democrat pressure and told them they better ďget used to him

2/25/2021 Sen. Lindsey Graham: $15 Minimum Wage Would Kill Small Businesses by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 25: Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks during a U.S. Senate Budget Committee hearing regarding wages
at large corporations on Capitol Hill, February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. The committee is looking at why many low-wage workers in America
qualify for public benefits even though thousands of them are employees of large corporations. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Democrat proposals to raise the federal minimum wage would hurt millions of small businesses across the nation.
    ďThere is just only so much money coming in the door and if you have to double the cost of paying a worker,Ē Graham noted.    ďYou probably arenít going to hire anybody else
    Graham pointed out a higher minimum wage would not pose a big problem for large corporations, such as Walmart or Costco.    However, he said small family-owned bars, shops and restaurants would not be able to hire workers at $15 an hour.
    Meanwhile, the South Carolina senator was very pleased to hear the news that the Senate Parliamentarian ruled the minimum wage increase to be an inappropriate policy change in reconciliation. He took to Twitter to praise the decision.

2/25/2021 House Approves Gender ĎEquality Actí In 224-206 Vote by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY),
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (L), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-MN), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) listen during
a news conference ahead of the House vote on the Equality Act on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    The House passed the so-called Equality Act after heavy criticism from Republicans. On Thursday, the bill passed 224 to 206. Three Republicans sided with the Democrats.
    The proposal equates biological gender to so-called ďgender identityĒ among other provisions.    Democrats have been pushing various versions of the Equality Act since 2015 as theyíve claimed it would protect LGBTQA+ rights.    However, the House Freedom Caucus said the bill was a direct attack on womenís rights, womenís sports and religious freedom.
A sign posted outside US congresswoman Marjorie Taylor-Greenes, R-GA, office on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC,
on February 25, 2021, in escalation of anti-Equality Act attack. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    ďMosques should be able to keep men and women separate how they choose because of their religious freedom, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) said."    ďThe Equality Act wipes that out.    You see, no one is talking about all of the consequences that come with the Equality Act, but theyíre very real.    All you have to do is read the text to the bill, which the Democrats lie and tell you that it wonít destroy religious freedoms and it wonít destroy womenís rights.    Media, I dare you to print the text
    The Equality Act is headed to the Senate where it faces an uphill battle to get Republicans on board to pass it.    60 votes are needed for this type of legislation.

2/25/2021 Fallout Continues For Rep. Cheney After The Latest Criticism Of President Trump by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 24: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during a House Republican Leadership news
conference in the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) faced fresh calls for her resignation following her latest criticism of President Trump.    On Thursday, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) condemned the Wyoming lawmaker.    Roy said sheís ďforfeited her right to be chair of the Republican Conference.
    Cheney has emerged as an outspoken critic of President Trump since Joe Bidenís inauguration.    She faced more backlash after publicly breaking with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during a Wednesday press conference regarding whether or not the 45th President should speak at CPAC.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 24: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) whispers to Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) during a House Republican
Leadership news conference in the U.S. Capitol on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    ďThatís up to CPAC,Ē Cheney answered.    ďIíve been clear in my views about President Trump and the extent to which following January 6 ó I donít believe that he should be playing a role in the future of the party or the country
    McCarthy, on the other hand, stated that he agreed President Trump should speak at CPAC.    Earlier this month, Cheney faced a vote to remove her from her committee assignments after criticizing President Trump following the January 6 demonstrations at the U.S. Capitol.    House Republicans ultimately voted to keep her in her positions.

2/25/2021 Acting Capitol Police Chief Says Protocols Were Not Followed On Jan. 6 by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 03: U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman departs at the conclusion of a congressional tribute to the late Capitol Police
officer Brian Sicknick who lies in honor in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
    The House Appropriations Committee heard testimony from Capitol Hill security officials about failures at the Capitol on the morning of January 6.    On Thursday, Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman provided her account of the days leading up to the incident.
    During her testimony, Pittman acknowledged ďincident command protocols were not adhered to as they should have
    ďSo when thereís a breakdown, you look for those commanders with boots on the ground to provide that instruction,Ē Pittman stated.    ďThat did not happen primarily because those operational commanders at the time were so overwhelmed that they started to participate and assist the officers with boots on the ground versus guidance and direction
    GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) attacked Pittmanís response.    She said she wants to understand what the Capitol Police Department plans to do to prevent similar situations in the future.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 3: Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) arrives to a House GOP caucus meeting
at the U.S. Capitol on February 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

2/25/2021 Calif. Gov. Slammed For Bill Signing Ceremony In Deli by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference in Coachella, Ca., Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun via AP , Pool)
    California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) came under fire for apparently breaking his own COVID restrictions once again.    On Tuesday, the governor held an indoor bill signing ceremony, which marked a $7.6 billion state relief package.
    The ceremony, however, was signed inside a Sacramento deli that has been prohibited from allowing customers indoors under coronavirus rules.    Those in the industry said restaurants are suffering and itís necessary get dining rooms open as soon as possible.
    ďYou see a restaurant, maybe six to seven restaurants next to each other and they each have five tables on the sidewalk [and] it appears as though the restaurants are doing fine,Ē California Restaurant Association president and CEO Jot Condie stated.    ďBut for every five tables on a sidewalk, thereís probably 30 empty tables indoors
    Critics called the move ďtone deafĒ and said itís another case of Newsom not following his own rules.    The multi-billion-dollar package comes as he faces a recall effort that was sparked by his handling of the pandemic.

2/26/2021 Oil up $0.17 to $63.40, DOW down 560 to 31,402.

2/26/2021 Kentucky: 1,447 new cases, 43 deaths related to COVID by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,447 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday and an additional 43 related deaths.
    The new figures bring the commonwealthís totals since the start of the pandemic to 401,750 cases and 4,570 deaths.
    The test positivity rate decreased to 5.67%, which Gov. Andy Beshear said is the leading indicator the stateís cases are in a downward progression.
    ďThe hard thing is weíre still dealing with the impact of the winter surge, and weíre still seeing the devastation,Ē Beshear said.    ď... Weíve got to know that this has been in many ways the war of wars and that our loss is significant and tragic
    COVID-19 hospitalizations decreased slightly from Wednesday, with 843 Kentuckians hospitalized with the virus on Thursday, including 220 in an intensive care unit and 122 on a ventilator.    Beshear announced the state is adding 119 new COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state, including six regional sites.    In the upcoming week there will be 410 vaccine sites around the state, including health departments, hospitals and drive-thrus.
    Information about vaccine sites is available on the stateís website at    The six new regional sites, which are meant to be able to handle high capacities and service a larger area, are at the following locations:
  • Rockcastle Regional Hospital
  • Caldwell County Hospital
  • Cumberland County Hospital
  • Baptist Health Richmond
  • Twin Lakes Regional Hospital
  • Owensboro Health Muhlenberg
    There are now 26 regional sites around the state.
    As of Thursday afternoon, 646,836 Kentuckians ó about 14.5% of the stateís population ó had received at least the first dose of a vaccine.
    ďPlease get vaccinated,Ē Beshear said.    ďThis is the way that we get out of this, and we stop having days where we lose 45 Kentuckians to COVID
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 1,10 9 new cases and an additional 26 deaths on Thursday, bringing the statewide totals since the start of the pandemic to 659,127 cases and 12,065 deaths.
[43 deaths / 1,447 cases on Thursday = 0.03% mortality rate high due to less cases and positivity rate down to 5.6%.].

2/26/2021 Mike Lindell On Dominion Lawsuit: What Are You Hiding? by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this March 30, 2020 file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Dominion Voting Systems filed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, against Lindell, the founder and CEO of Minnesota-based
MyPillow, saying that Lindell falsely accused the company of rigging the 2020 presidential election. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon File)
    Mike Linndell said heís not backing down from speaking out against voter fraud and is ďputting everything on the lineĒ to bring the truth to the American people.
    In an interview Tuesday, Lindell asserted he has ď100 percent evidenceĒ of malfeasance during the election by Dominion Voting Systems who has accused the MyPillow CEO of defamation.
    ďThey sued my company, which had nothing to do with this and thereís 2,500 plus employees,Ē he stated.    ďItís shameful what Dominion has done to our country, and go to the private sector level and attack my company
    However, Lindell said he will continue to fight despite being put in physical danger and having incurred massive financial losses.    He called on Dominion to allow machine inspections and said as a business owner himself, he understands the need for transparency and would gladly open up his business for review if someone were to question the integrity of his product.
    ďSo, Dominion I ask you, and Iíve asked this, what are you hiding? I know what youíre hiding,Ē he stated.    ďThey want to suppress me, cancel me out, get rid of Mike Lindell because this is whatís gonna take down that election and this is the hope that we have in this country
    Lindell added, Dominionís lawsuit in a roundabout way is actually serving the American people as it provides him with legal grounds to release previously unseen evidence.    He went on to stress electoral integrity should not be a partisan issue.
    ďThis problem runs so deep and this cancel cultureÖitís not just Dominion and not just Smartmatic, but look at the machine,Ē he continued.    ďTheyíre all part of this attack on our country
    Lindell said he plans to continue his work exposing electoral fraud and warned if the current system is not reformed ďthe USA as we know it will be gone
    MORE NEWS: Mounting voting fraud evidence raises suspicions over Democratsí refusal to allow audit of voting machines

2/26/2021 House Holds Hearing On Capitol Break-In Security Failures by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, protesters climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Members of the House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on security failures leading up to the January 6 capitol break.
    On Thursday, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told lawmakers police knew of the possible violence heading towards the capitol, but it was much worse than expected.    She said the department faced some operational challenges, adding their emergency notification system has undergone a number of recent changes.
    Acting House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett said the ďintelligence misstepsĒ put officers at risk and resulted in inadequate preparation.
    ďAlthough we knew the likelihood for violence by extremists, no credible threat indicated that tens of thousands would attack the U.S. Capitol,Ē he explained.    ďNor did the intelligence received from the FBI or any other law enforcement partner indicate such a threat
    Pittman added, 35 capitol officers are currently under investigation and six others have been suspended following the incident.

2/26/2021 Biden Authorizes Airstrike To Hit Iranian Target In Syria In Apparent Reversal Of Trumpís Pullout From Mideast by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin listens to a question as he speaks during a media briefing
at the Pentagon, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed the United States carried out an airstrike in Syria targeting several Iranian militia facilities near the Iraqi border.    While speaking to reporters late Thursday, Austin said he was confident the airstrike hit the correct targets.
    In a statement earlier that day, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said multiple structures belonging to the Iranian-backed Quds Force were destroyed.
    This marks the first military action from the Biden administration and was in response to suspected Iranian bombings on U.S. targets in Iraq earlier this month.    Austin said the delay was due to the administration wanting to weigh its options amid heightened tensions in the region.
    ďIt was my recommendation,Ē stated U.S. defense secretary.    ďWe said a number of times, we will respondÖon our timeline and, once again, we want to be sure that the kind of activity and want to be sure that we had the right targets
    The strike was reportedly ďlimited in scopeĒ in line with Bidenís policy of appeasement of Iran and relied heavily on Iraqi Intelligence.
    ďWe allowed and encouraged the Iraqis to investigate and develop intelligence,Ē Austin explained.    ďAnd that was very helpful to us in refining the target."
    At this time, it remains unclear what damage was caused or if there were any casualties.
    During his administration, President Trump had vowed to end Americaís involvement in the wars in Syria and Iraq, but analysts have said this attack provides further evidence that policy is unlikely to continue under Biden.

2/26/2021 Fallout Continues For Rep. Cheney After Latest Criticism Of President Trump by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the House Republican Conference chair, joins the other GOP leaders speaking to reporters as Congress preps for its first votes
on the Democratsí $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has faced renewed calls for her resignation following her latest criticism of President Trump.    Congressmen Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Chip Roy (R-Md.) condemned the Wyoming lawmaker Thursday with Roy stating sheís ďforfeited her right to be chair of the Republican caucus.Ē
    Cheney has emerged as an outspoken critic of President Trump since Joe Bidenís inauguration.    Sheís facing more backlash after publicly breaking with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) during a Wednesday press conference when she questioned whether or not the 45th president should speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
    Earlier this month, Cheney faced a vote to remove her as conference chair after criticizing President Trump following the January 6 demonstrations at the Capitol Building.    House Republicans ultimately voted to keep her in her positions.

2/26/2021 House Approves Gender ĎEquality Actí In 224-206 Vote by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 25: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks as Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Sen.
Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (L), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-MN), Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) (R) listen during a news
conference ahead of the House vote on the Equality Act on Capitol Hill on February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    The House passed the Equality Act following opposition and heavy criticism from members of the Republican Party.    The bill passed in a 224-206 vote on Thursday with three Republicans siding with Democrats.
    The proposal separates biological sex from so-called gender identity, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services.
    ďEvery single person should be outraged at this bill, you should be angered,Ē stated Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).    ďThe Equality Act is a completely evil disgusting immoral billÖitís not about stopping discrimination, it is creating it
    Democrats have been pushing various versions of the Equality Act since 2015 as they claim it would protect LGBTQ plus rights.    However, the House Freedom Caucus said the bill is a direct attack on womenís rights, womenís sports and religious freedom.
    ďYou see no oneís talking about all of the consequences that come with the Equality Act, but theyíre very real,Ē Rep. Taylor Greene continued.    ďĎAll you have to do is read the text to the bill, which the Democrats lie and tell you that it wonít destroy religious freedoms and it wonít destroy womenís rights.Ēbr>
    Congressman Chip Roy (R-Texas) reiterated his opposition to the Equality Act by noting it violates religious freedom.    The Texas Republican said various religious communities oppose the use of womenís bathrooms by biological males and stressed that tens-of-millions of Americans oppose the Equality Act.
    Congressman Roy and his fellow members of the House Freedom Caucus said they plan on challenging the legislationís constitutionality in courts, in the meantime, the Equality Act now heads to the Senate where it faces an uphill battle to get Republicans on board as 60 votes are needed to pass the legislation.

2/26/2021 Texas Lawmakers Investigate Deadly Power Outages by OAN Newsroom
Witnesses testify as the Committees on State Affairs and Energy Resources holds a joint public hearing to consider the factors that
led to statewide electrical blackouts, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Austin, Texas. The hearings were the first in Texas since a blackout that was
one of the worst in U.S. history, leaving more than 4 million customers without power and heat in subfreezing temperatures. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Texas lawmakers are investigating the blackouts, which left millions powerless during this monthís deadly winter storm.
    In a public hearing Thursday, Vistra Corp CEO Curtis Morgan said accountability needs to be shared by a number of entities, including his own company, and he hopes to do better in the future.
    According to Morgan, however, utility providers told officials Vistra Corp wasnít a priority.    He added, the biggest failure was with the stateís natural gas system.
    ďAnd I donít know if you know this, but 60, 70 percent of our generation in this state is done, is performed by natural gas, and we do not have an integrated and seamless gas and power system. And if we donít have a seamless gas and electric power system, what happened last week will happen again.Ē
    ERCOT, which manages the states power grid, was put under heavy fire after scheduling rolling blackouts to prevent a potential grid-wide shutdown.    However, the company failed to warn residents about the blackouts with Morgan noting people were not given a fighting chance to prepare.

2/26/2021 D.C. Protesters Rally Outside Of U.S. Capitol To Pressure Lawmakers For Bigger Stimulus Checks by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this April 23, 2020, file photo a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse
economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is shown in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Far-left activists gathered outside the U.S. Capitol demanding that lawmakers pass a COVID-19 relief bill that gives universal basic income to everyone.
    ďWe didnít create the COVID-19 that you served to us on a silver platter and told us to deal with it,Ē said protester Kevin Cramer.    ďFigure it out
    During a rally in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, protesters demanded $2,000 checks to be given to everyone on a monthly basis.        They cited the loss of jobs, businesses and incomes to coronavirus lockdowns as the reason behind growing poverty in the U.S.
    Protesters added, the Biden administration is failing to deliver on its promises.
    ďThere are a lot of promises that yet to be kept from the Democratic Party, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,Ē said protester Aniyah Vies.    ďThere are a lot of people who are really starvingÖpeople that donít have any housingÖthatís a problem, a problem that can be solved easily by just having someoneís simple signature on a bill
    Protesters claimed the federal government could print or borrow trillions more dollars to give free money to everyone.

2/26/2021 Sen. Hawley: Weíre Not Going To Back Down To The Woke Mob by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė OCTOBER 13: Sen. Josh Hawley listened while Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on
the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) took aim at Democrats and their influence on Big Tech for their efforts to silence conservative voices.    Speaking at CPAC on Friday, Hawley vowed not to back down in the fight against cancel culture.
    He said Big Tech has taken steps to deplatform conservatives over the last few weeks, citing the removal of President Trump from several social media outlets.    He also condemned the liberal media from painting him as a ďtraitor and secessionist,Ē for calling for a debate on election integrity.
    ďThe radical left, their corporate allies, the liberal media have tried to cancel me, censor me, expel me, shut me down, stop me from representing the people of Missouri, stop me from representing you,Ē Hawley said.    ďAnd guess what? Iím here today.    Iím not going anywhere and Iím not backing down.    Not a chance
    Hawley called on Republicans to reclaim legacy of trust-busting and break up Big Tech companies and international corporations.    He said these companies are selling America out to China and selling out our jobs.

2/26/2021 Donald Trump Jr. Calls Out RINOs, Bidenís Foreign Policy by OAN Newsroom
Donald Trump Jr., spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Donald Trump Jr. delivered a speech at CPAC, slamming cancel culture and the Biden administrationís latest foreign policy decision.
    President Trumpís eldest son delivered the remarks on Friday, after receiving an introduction from Kimberly Guilfoyle.    Don Jr. was quick to address the biggest news out of the Pentagon, which was the airstrike on Syria.
    ďMore importantly, who would have thought that within 33 days weíd be bombing the Middle East again?    I would have,Ē Don Jr. said.
    The Presidentís son also attacked ďRINOsĒ on Capitol Hill, specifically pointing out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who he called ďLincoln Project Liz

2/26/2021 Rep. Gaetz Slams ĎLeaders In Both Partiesí For Not Ensuring ĎAccess To The Digital Worldí To All Regardless Of Their Politics by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) blamed leaders in both parties for not doing enough to fight censorship.    Speaking at CPAC on Friday, Gaetz pointed out the hypocrisy he has seen among lawmakers.
    He noted politicians in the U.S. have no problem flooding Middle Eastern countries with American cash and blood in the fight for democracy.    However, he added they wonít lift a finger here at home to ensure everyone has access to the digital world, which he claimed helps preserve our republic.
    He also spoke out against ongoing lockdowns nationwide.
    ďHow about freedom for young and healthy people,Ē Gaetz said.    ďHow about we ditch the lockdown governors, Cuomo, Newsom and Murphy, and never ditch the American way of life and the American spirit
    Gaetz has praised Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) for his efforts to reopen his state and get the economy back up and running amid the pandemic.

2/26/2021 U.S. Superior Court Orders Maricopa County Ariz. To Turn Over 2.1M Ballots From Nov. Election by OAN Newsroom
PHOENIX, AZ Ė NOVEMBER 05: Votes were counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department
office on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)
    Arizonaís Maricopa County was ordered to turn over 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election to the State Senate.
    Judge Timothy Thomason ruled the State Senateís subpoenas for the material should be enforced. He added there is no question state legislative chambers can issue subpoenas, and these subpoenas are in accordance with state procedure.
    Arizona Senate President Karen Fann said this effort is not about overturning the election results, but certifying their election integrity.

2/26/2021 Report: Lewandowski To Head New Soon To Be Formed Super PAC by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė SEPTEMBER 17: Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski arrived to testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary
Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill September 17, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    President Trump is reportedly seeking to start a new political action committee, headed by a longtime ally.
    Reports said the 45th President has chosen political adviser and aide Corey Lewandowski to head the yet to be formed super PAC.    This came after a meeting on Thursday at President Trumpís Mar-a-Lago estate.
Former Trump Campaign manager Corey Lewandowski spoke as President Donald Trump looked on during a rally
at Total Sports Park in Washington, Michigan on April 28, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Senior adviser Jason Miller said supporters of President Trumpís America first agenda are going to be impressed with the operation.
    ďMAGA supporters and candidates supporting President Trumpís America first agenda are going to be impressed with the political operation being built out here,Ē Miller said.    ďWe expect formal announcements of the full team in the coming weeks, which will include some very talented operatives not yet named
    Lewandowski served as President Trumpís first campaign manager and was a top adviser in his 2020 reelection campaign.

2/26/2021 Sen. Hawley Introduces Bill To Require $15 Minimum Wage For Billion-Dollar Corporations by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference
being held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) proposed a $15 per hour minimum wage for companies making $1 billion dollars or more.    On Friday, Hawley announced the bill as an alternative to Democratsí across-the-board minimum wage hike.
    He said his plan would result in an immediate wage increase for millions of workers while avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach, which would destroy small businesses.    Hawley noted wages for blue-collar workers have been stagnant for decades and the situation was made worse by the government shutting down the economy in 2020.
    ďItís time we give blue-collar workers some respect and a pay raise,Ē Hawley stated.    ďThis plan would deliver meaningful relief for families and working Americans through higher pay while incentivizing and promoting work
    In addition, small business employees earning less than $15 per hour would be provided a bonus through an automatic tax credit tied to the number of hours worked.

2/26/2021 GOP Brings Back Legislation To Stop Court Packing by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference
held in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) re-introduced legislation to keep the Supreme Court at nine justices.    On Thursday, Cruz said Democrats were ďbrazenlyĒ discussing plans to pack the court and his bill will help protect the courtís independence.
    The proposal would prevent Congress from adding more justices to the high court.    It drew support from top GOP members like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).    Republicans previously introduced the legislation back in October 2020, following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and after Democrats began to rally on the notion of court packing.
    That same month, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted ďexpand the courtĒ on her page.    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) also said every option should be on the table to restore the Supreme Courtís credibility.
    Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said ďDemocrats must end the filibuster and pass legislation to expand the court.Ē    In a recent interview with MSNBC, he reiterated his goal to pack lower district courts and said he is awaiting a new commission report from Joe Biden before pursuing more justices.
    ďNow as for the Supreme Court, thatís the big one,Ē Schumer stated.    ďAnd [Biden] has put together this commission to come up with a report in 180 days.    Weíre gonna see what that commission says and go from there
    Biden previously opposed any moves to expand the Supreme Court, but has since created a bipartisan commission to study reforms on the courts.
    Eric Holder, the former attorney general for Barack Obama, accused the Supreme Court of being stagnant and failing to progress with the times.    He said the Biden administration should use its power in Democratsí favor.
    ďExcept for a limited period of times, in a limited number of cases, the Supreme Court has tended to defend status quo,Ē Holder noted.
ďSometimes in a way that is inimical to our founding ideals.    You know, as we enter the beginning of the Biden administration, I think we should be frank about where we are right now.    Democrats and progressives must use the power that they now have
    In the meantime, critics of court packing said the move could set a dangerous precedent moving forward, signaling that a political party could switch out justices when theyíre in power.    Cruz said his bill will prevent either party from ďwielding the Supreme Court as a political tool for their own advantage

2/26/2021 Graham: Trump Will ĎBe Helpfulí To All Senate GOP Incumbents by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė NOVEMBER 6: (L-R) President Donald Trump looks on as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks during an
event about judicial confirmations in the East Room of the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) predicts President Trump will be helpful to GOP incumbents in 2022.    Graham weighed in on Trumpís influence on the Republican Party in a radio interview Friday.
Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in
Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, examining wages at large profitable corporations. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    He noted the party has a lot of great senators facing re-election next year, but added the former President is working with them to help them win their races.    Graham also said Trump will help Republicans unseat Democrats in states like Arizona, Georgia and New Hampshire.
    Meanwhile, the GOP is defending 20 seats in next yearís midterms, many of which are in red states where Trump is popular.

2/26/2021 Calif. School Board Member Compares Bringing Teachers Back For In-Person Learning To ĎSlaveryí by OAN Newsroom
Chairs, desk and other school furniture is stacked outside a classroom at a public elementary school in Glendale, California just north of Los Angeles,
August 17, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ė The school year starts this week with online classes only. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
    A California school board member faced criticism for comparing the reopening of schools to ďslavery and white supremacist ideology.Ē    In a board meeting Tuesday, La Mesa Spring Valley School Board vice president Charda Bell-Fontenot criticized bringing teachers back for in-person learning.
    The meeting was meant to discuss a date for reopening, but Bell-Fontenot attempted to keep the board from voting that day.    She said teachers, students and parents donít need to know when schools are expected to reopen and fought against in-person learning without vaccinated teachers.
    ďThatís where Iím at,Ē Bell-Fontenot said.    ďI donít want to be part of forcing anyone to do anything they donít want to do.    That is what slavery is.    Iím not gonna be a part of it
    Furious parents started a petition for Bell-Fontenot to step down.    However, the districtís superintendent David Feliciano confirmed the board voted in favor of bringing students back to campus for hybrid learning on April 19.

2/26/2021 CNN Anchor Jim Acosta Surrounded, Confronted At CPAC 2021 by OAN Newsroom
A woman argues with CNN reporter Jim Acosta outside the Conservative Political Action Conference
(CPAC) on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (Sam Thomas/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
    CNNís Jim Acosta was accosted by CPAC attendees over his and his outletís biased news coverage.    Video posted to social media Friday showed the liberal media anchor surrounded by people chanting ďCNN sucks!Ē
    Acosta was also confronted by a reporter who asked him when CNN was going to cover the scandals surrounding New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D).    The former White House Correspondent was moved to cover domestic stories, so he could still write biased stories about the 45th President after he left office.
    Acosta took to Twitter to react after he was surrounded.    He tweeted ďI thought they were against cancel culture

2/26/2021 House Minority Leader McCarthy Speaks Highly Of President Trump After Previous Critical Comments by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) appeared to reverse course, admitting he and President Trump worked very well together.
    At a press briefing on Friday, McCarthy, who had previously criticized the President over the January 6 Capitol breach, reminisced about how the two had been able to get a lot done in Congress.    He added he did not have a commitment from President Trump to not challenge sitting members of Congress in their primary elections.
GOLDEN, CO Ė OCTOBER 29: President Donald Trump addressed a campaign rally in the Rodeo Arena at the
Jefferson County Fairgrounds October 29, 2016 in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    ďI donít have a commitment with that,Ē McCarthy stated.    ďI worked closely with the President on working on endorsements to win seats in the House and we did quite well
    McCarthyís remarks came one day after he appeared to distance himself from Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) over her remarks the President should not be allowed to speak at CPAC.    McCarthy maintained the President should be allowed to speak at the event, blasting Cheney for trying to cancel him.

2/26/2021 Sen. Mike Lee: Government Works For Us, Not The Other Way Around by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė APRIL 28: Sen. Mike Lee spoke during Justice Reform Now Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at
Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) kicked off CPAC by saying the government should work for us, not the other way around.    Lee made those remarks during the opening speech of the annual conference in Orlando on Friday, claiming the Bill of Rights and our freedoms are under attack.
    He cited the governmentís closure of schools, churches and workplaces due to COVID-19, saying it impedes on our right to assemble.
    ďThe founders understood that at the end of the day, some of the most dangerous threats to freedom come from government itself because government is force, and in that respect itís the opposite of freedom,Ē Lee stated.    ďThey understood that government is ultimately the authorized collective use of coercive force, force that can be used against us and so for that very reason they sought to constrain it
    Lee specifically attacked Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), who now faces a recall due in part to his strict closures.
FILE Ė In this Feb. 21, 2021, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom took questions from the media during a
visit to a mobile vaccination site at Ramona Gardens Recreation Center in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
    He also highlighted the hypocrisy of the left, bringing up how Newsom had been caught ignoring COVID-19 restrictions at a restaurant while telling others they could not attend church.

2/26/2021 Report: 5 Ore. Counties Vote On Leaving State, Residents Want To Detach From Deep Blue State And Join Greater Idaho by OAN Newsroom
Oregon State Capitol Building. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    Far left laws and a lack of representation for rural voters pushed five Oregon counties to vote on initiatives to detach from the state and join the bordering red state of Idaho.    The initiative, known as Move Oregonís Borders, confirmed Tuesday that the push to extend Idahoís lines into parts of rural eastern and southern Oregon will be on some countiesí ballots for an upcoming special election.
    Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman Counties will vote on the initiative, which is also known as the Greater Idaho Project, on May 18.
    President of the Move Oregonís Borders Initiative Mike McCarter cited Governor Kate Brown (D-Ore.) and the state legislatureís bias in favor of Democrat-run areas, like Portland, over rural communities.
The Republican Partyís elephant symbol is seen on display October 24, 2000 at the
Republican campaign headquarters in El Paso, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
    ďMore than 75 percent of the population and the legislators are in the Willamette Valley,Ē McCarter stated.    ďSo theyíre passing their drug laws ó or should I say lack of laws and justice going on there.    Theyíre passing their tax and spend issues, their homeless, their illegals, their Antifa
    McCarter said the organization submitted over 140 percent of the signatures required to get the measure on ballots in those counties.    He added the objective of the vote is not to secede from Oregon, but to call on county commissioners to work towards the process of extending Idahoís borders to expand across the 19 counties the organization hopes to include.
    ďThis issue goes back to the founding of this country about people that donít think that theyíre being represented,Ē (R-Idaho) said.    ďBecause of the changing demographic of the state
    In order for the initiative to go through, ballot measures would need to pass, Oregon and Idaho legislators would create a contract, and Congress would need to vote for approval.    McCarter added the organization does not wish for Idahoís name to change, but said they just want to be part of the state they feel represents them.
    Slivers of Northern California and southeastern Washington could potentially be added to the measure.    State lines have not been changed or extended in over a century, but if the initiatives go through Congress, Idaho could have a coastline.

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2/27/2021 Ky.ís COVID positivity rate down for 8th day in a row by Emma Austin, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentuckyís coronavirus test positivity rate dropped Friday for the eight consecutive day to 5.52%, the lowest itís been since late October.
    ďWeíre still not out of the woods with this horrible virus, but every week, weíre taking another step forward in our fight against it,Ē Gov. Andy Beshear said in a statement.
    Kentucky had 1,180 new COVID-19 cases on Friday and an additional 30 related deaths, bringing its totals since the start of the pandemic to 402,926 cases and 4,600 deaths.
    Coronavirus-related hospitalizations also decreased Friday, with 818 Kentuckians in the hospital, including 218 in an intensive care unit and 105 on a ventilator.     As of Friday afternoon, 655,275 Kentuckians have received at least the first dose of a vaccine.    Thatís about 14.7% of the stateís population.
    Meanwhile, Indiana reported 963 new cases and 33 more deaths Friday, bringing its statewide totals to 660,071 cases and 12,098 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at
[30 deaths / 1,180 cases = 0.025%.].

2/26/2021 Sen. Rick Scott Applauds President Trump For Putting America First by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in the
Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations, activists,
and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) applauded President Trump for continuing to stand up for conservative beliefs and values.    At CPAC Friday, the Republican senator explained how the 45th President took an unprecedented step by saying no to the establishment in Washington.
    He also praised how the President strengthened ties with Americaís true allies around the world by supporting countries like Israel.    In his work to bring peace to the Middle East, the President also moved to bring our troops home from Americaís longest conflict.
    ďNo,Ē Scott said.    ďI will not support unnecessary foreign wars or giveaways of American treasure or lives
    Scott said the President continued to put America first as he did not ďcozy up to Iran or allow trade deals that would favor communist China

2/26/2021 Bongino: You Are On The Right Side Of Everything by OAN Newsroom
LOS ANGELES, CA Ė OCTOBER 20: Dan Bongino speaks onstage during Politicon 2018 at Los Angeles Convention
Center on October 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Politicon)
    Conservative commentator Dan Bongino told CPAC attendees they were ďon the right side of history.Ē    In a fiery speech Friday night, Bongino said he would personally build server farms and social media platforms for conservatives if they continue to be silenced.
    He concluded his remarks with a call to action for conservatives who may feel shunned by todayís culture.
    ďYou are the renegades, you are the misfits, you are the real fighters, youíre the one that matters,Ē Bongino stated.    ďAnd make no mistake as you leave, you are on the right side of everything
    Bonginoís promises echo the theme of this yearís conference, which is ďAmerica Uncanceled

2/27/2021 Grenell Delivers Remarks At CPAC by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 27: Amb. Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of U.S. National Intelligence, speaks during the Conservative
Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together
conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell gave a speech at this yearís CPAC event.    On Saturday, Grenell delivered remarks in Orlando.    He said the doctrine of America First is here to stay.
    He added the foreign policy set up by the Trump administration will help guide the U.S. through the trials facing future generations.    Grenell pointed out Americans want a say in the countryís foreign policy decisions and through America First, they got just that.
    ďThe American people demanded a part in the democratic process of formulating foreign policy,Ē Grenell said.    ďOnce they got it, they wonít ever let it go.    Ever
    Grenell also discussed the need to hold state and federal lawmakers accountable for their actions.    He said if they donít deliver on their promises and they canít be recalled or have their terms limited, the Republican Party needs people to stand up and run against those lawmakers.

2/26/2021 U.S. Demands The Release Of Canadian Prisoners Being Held In China by OAN Newsroom
Newly confirmed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a welcome ceremony at the
State Department in Washington,DC on January 27, 2021. (CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. stands in solidarity with Canada after two Canadian nationals were detained in China.    On Friday, Blinken said the United States demands the immediate release of prisoners Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig.
Michael Spavor, a Canadian businessman and Michael Kovrig, right, a former Canadian diplomat, detained in China since December 2018, are shown on a video monitor as US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Manuel Balce CENATA / POOL / AFP)
    He said the pairís arbitrary detention, which followed Canadaís arrest of a top Huawei official last year, was for political purposes.    He added the issue brought together dozens of countries who echoed similar calls in condemnation of China.
Turnisa Matsedik-Qira, of the Vancouver Uyghur Association, demonstrates against Chinaís treatment of Uyghurs while holding
a photo of detained Canadians Michael Spavor (L) and Michael Kovrig outside a court appearance for Huawei Chief Financial Officer,
Meng Wanzhou at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on May 8, 2019.(Photo by Jason Redmond / AFP)
    ďCanada has taken, I think, a very important initiative that was inspired by the two Michaels, but goes even beyond that,Ē Blinken noted.    ďAnd that is to bring countries together to stand against the arbitrary detention of individuals for political purposes, a practice that we see in a number of countries including China
WASHINGTON, DC Ė FEBRUARY 23: U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken (L) and National Security Council Senior Director for Western Hemisphere
Juan Gonzalez (R) participate in a virtual bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in the Roosevelt Room of the White House
on February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. This is Biden and Trudeauís first bilateral meeting. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
    Blinken did not go into specifics regarding how the U.S. is supporting Canada. He referred all future questions to the Justice Department.

2/26/2021 President Trump Endorses Fmr Aide Max Miller In House Race by OAN Newsroom
ROCHESTER, NEW YORK Ė APRIL 10: Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks before a capacity crowd at
a rally for his campaign on April 10, 2016 in Rochester, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
    President Trump endorsed former aide Max Miller to face off against a Republican representative from Ohio who supported his impeachment.    The former White House aide kicked off his campaign for Congress with a glowing endorsement from the 45th President himself.
    On Friday, President Trump commemorated Max Millerís experience in Washington after playing a role on the Trump teamís 2016 campaign.    He said Miller ó who is a Marine veteran, son of Ohio, and a true patriot ó has his full endorsement.
    Miller is looking to primary GOP Representative Anthony Gonzalez for Ohioís 16th District.    Gonzalez jumped ship to support Democrat efforts to impeach President Trump for the second time.    As a result, Gonzalez is facing a slew of challengers in the 2022 primary.
    Miller appeared to be following the call to remove RINOs from Congress.    President Trumpís endorsement fell in line with his promise to help any America First Republicans during the midterms.    The Cleveland native promised to be a steel-spined leader to represent his constituentsí interests in Washington and said he will never turn his back on them.

2/26/2021 Facebook Oversight Board To Hear President Trumpís Appeal To Ban, Allow Users To Make Comments On Case by OAN Newsroom
(VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump could be making a return to Facebook.    Earlier this week, Facebook Oversight Board Helle Thorning-Schmidt reported the tech giant had agreed to conduct an independent review of the ban.    Schmidt said the review will give thousands of Facebook users the chance to weigh in on the discussion.
NEW YORK, NY Ė SEPTEMBER 18: Former Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning Schmidt speaks on September 18, 2016 in
New York City. (Photo by Riccardo Savi/Getty Images for International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity)
    ďWeíre trying to do this case a little bit faster, but we are going through all the different processes,Ē Thorning-Schmidt said.    ďI can tell you weíve already received public comment in the thousands and thousands on this case.    And of course, we will look through those comments and make them part of our decision-making
    Schmidt confirmed President Trumpís appeal was accepted and the board could have a decision by May.

2/26/2021 House Passes $1.9T COVID-Relief Package by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a press conference with other House Democratic leaders about Covid-19 financial relief and minimum
wage on Capitol Hill February 26, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Democrat-led House passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief package, the American Rescue Plan of 2021.    The final vote was 219 to 212.    Every Republican and two Democrats voted against it. During debate, Democrats claimed the bill was urgently needed to fight an ongoing crisis.
    ďSince the emergence of the coronavirus, our nation has been in a perpetual state of mourning,Ē Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
said.    ďThe number of Americans killed by this pandemic is nearly equal to one death a minute, every minute for a year.    Every corner of society has been impacted
    However, Republicans were quick to point out that while the coronavirus made an unprecedented impact on the country, the nation is recovering and a package this large at this time was unnecessary.
    ďWhen you add it all up, the size of this payoff is jaw-dropping: $1.9 trillion in new spending,Ē Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.    ďIt is the single most expensive spending bill ever, but will it help people get back to work?    No.    Will it help students get back in the classroom immediately?    No.    Will it help get vaccines to those who want it?    No.    It doesnít spend a third of the entire cost of the bill for another two years ó undermining the claim that this bill is Ďurgent.'Ē.
    Many Republicans used their floor time to criticize the Democrats for using their majority to sneak in billions in ďpork,Ē which is an old D.C. metaphor for funding for ďpet projectsĒ in a representativeís home district that is designed purely to appease their constituents.
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was the primary target of the GOP after it was discovered she had buried a $141 million public transit expansion project for a district in the San Francisco Bay Area within the billís near 600 pages.    The bill is headed to the Senate, which with seats divided 50-50, is likely to be an even closer vote.

2/27/2021 McCarthy: Todayís GOP Is Standing Up For The American Public by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference
(CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Top Republicans are looking forward to the 2022 election and beyond, hoping to ride the red wave to victory.
    On Saturday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told conservatives at CPAC that Americans will gravitate towards Republican candidates.    He explained this is because Democrats are steamrolling laws that donít align with the needs of the American people, namely Joe Bidenís nearly $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.
    ďLook what happened this morning at 2:00 a.m., Nancy Pelosi put about a $2 trillion bill and there was a vote on the floor.    She put a tunnel in Silicon Valley that has nothing to do with COVID into the bill,Ē McCarthy stated.    ďWe wanted to take that money and give it to the kids to get them back in school.    Itís an easy discussion
    On Saturday, House Democrats passed the baton off to the Democrat-controlled Senate regarding the passage of the bill.    The bill moved through the lower chamber by a largely partisan vote.
    Several Republicans in both chambers of Congress have deemed the bill a ďliberal wish list.Ē    They took issue with several provisions of the bill, including raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and bailing out blue states struggling with the coronavirus.
    McCarthy believes this will boost the GOPís image heading into the next polls.
    ďWe want people back to work, back to school, back to health.    Pelosi wants to put more tunnels, more waste, and the Democrats voted for it.    Itís a clear place whoís standing for the American public and whoís standing for corporations,Ē McCarthy said.    ďItís the Republican Party today and itís what weíre going to be tomorrow and in the future.    And thatís why America is going to be stronger, because weíll put America first
    The minority leader hopes more Americans will look to the GOP to tend to the needs of all residents, building off the momentum gained in 2020 when Republicans gained 10 seats in the House.
    Many representatives in the GOP freshman class were women and came from minority communities.
    ďWe got closer than anybody thought we could get.    They said weíre going to lose 20 seats that night.    No one said weíd win seats.    My dearest friend who is a hardcore Republican said at best we could lose 10 and let me give you a little secret and a little facts, because I want you to tell your friends, especially your liberal friends, this is the first time since 1994,Ē McCarthy said.    ďNo incumbent Republican lost.    We beat 15 Democrats
    In the meantime, officials within the GOP are gearing up for the midterm elections and setting their sights on 47 seats to flip.    Millions of dollars have already been raised to give Republicans a boost for the long road ahead towards November 2022.

2/27/2021 Pompeo: We Have Truly Upended The Status Quo by OAN Newsroom
70th United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the Conservative Political Action
Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touted the Trump administrationís foreign policy record.    He took the stage at CPAC on Saturday, where he went over a number of the Trump administrationís achievements.
    ďWeíve demonstrated enormous resistance, resistance to socialism, to the woke cancel culture, talked to some about that.    Weíve resisted seeing our liberty and our freedoms slipping away,Ē Pompeo stated.    ďThis is a noble, worthy fight and weíre in it.    We fought hard.    We fought for it hard on nearly every front, and we will always fight for it
    Pompeo went on to talk about jobs during the Trump administration, noting there were more openings than people looking for a job during those four years.    He continued to highlight his record and the administration by talking about achievements abroad.
    ďI was with the President so many trips and he would tell his counterparts across the world, he would say, look Iím going to put America first as the President of the United States, and I expect you will put your country and your people first and weíll work together and accomplish this for both our countries,Ē Pompeo explained.    ďAnd we did that
    He added that the GOP has endured name calling but despite that, he is proud of the fight.

2/27/2021 Rep. Nunes: Democrat Relief Bill A Slush Fund To Push Progressive Policies by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Devin Nunes spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) warned that California Democrats are trying to export their brand of politics to the rest of the country.
    In an appearance at CPAC on Saturday, Nunes pointed to the radicalization of the state, which started in the Bay Area before spreading into the surrounding rural areas.    He said the COVID relief bill will be used to bribe other states into adopting California policies.
    Congress passed a nearly $2 trillion pandemic relief bill early Saturday with strong Republican opposition.    Republicans have warned the spending in the bill is aimed at advancing Democrat priorities that have little to do with COVID relief.
    Nunes warned the bill is a ďslush fund,Ē much like a similar stimulus package passed more than a decade ago.
    ďWhen Obama was first elected back in 2009, what did they say?    ĎWe have to have a stimulus bill or the whole economy collapses,í and so they passed a roughly $800 billion bill.    That money was then used over the next four years to buy votes to give to their buddies,Ē Nunes said.    ďI guarantee you most of that money did not end up in red states or Republican districts

    Nunes also came down on the Democrat-led election reform bill, saying if it was actually seeking to make it easier for people to vote that would be one thing, but Democrats arenít looking to do that.
    Republicans have blasted the bill, saying Democrats are proposing Congress have supervisory power over federal elections, rather than states.    They also said the bill is a political move to grant Washington D.C. statehood.
    Returning the focus to California, Nunes spoke on the effort to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), pointing out once the recall goes through itís anyoneís game to run as a replacement.
    At that point, Republicans will have to unify if they hope to see a conservative take the spot.
    ďThereís a lot of good candidates that are talking about it now.    At the end of the day when it comes time to push this, weíre going to have to really rally behind one,Ē Nunes stated.    ďThose candidates will have to work it out, get out and campaign and really rally behind one
Trent England of Save Our States interviewed Rep. Devin Nunes at the Conservative Political
Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    He said most experts believe the recall election will take place in the fall.
    Reports said former DNI Richard Grenell teased a possible run for governor, and former San Diego Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer has also announced his candidacy.

2/27/2021 Sen. Rick Scott Applauds President Trump For Putting America First by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 26: Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference being held
in the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative organizations,
activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) applauded President Trump for continuing to stand up for conservative beliefs and values.    At CPAC Friday, the Republican senator explained how the 45th President took an unprecedented step by saying no to the establishment in Washington.
    He also praised how the President strengthened ties with Americaís true allies around the world by supporting countries like Israel.    In his work to bring peace to the Middle East, the President also moved to bring our troops home from Americaís longest conflict.
    ďNo,Ē Scott said.    ďI will not support unnecessary foreign wars or giveaways of American treasure or lives
    Scott said the President continued to put America first as he did not ďcozy up to Iran or allow trade deals that would favor communist China

2/27/2021 CPAC Panel Discusses U.S. Relationship With China, Future Of GOP by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JUNE 18: Former U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer testified during a
Senate Finance Committee hearing on June 18, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    Thousands of conservatives gathered in Florida to listen to key GOP speakers discuss the future of the country and the Republican Party.
    On Saturday, several conservative leaders engaged in a panel discussion regarding the fight against communist China, highlighting Chinaís grievances against the U.S.
    Former U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer recalled the history of the United Statesí past trade relations, saying the country needs to be more introspective in its giving policies.
    ďIt made sense, to give away our prosperity to help the rest of the world after the Second World War,Ē Lighthizer said.    ďThat made sense.    It does not make sense in the eighties, nineties, 2010, now.    We have to be taking care of our own people
    The panel then went on to discuss Chinaís influence on the region, and noted the U.S. is sending more troops to neighboring Japan than anywhere else in the world.
    ďWe have more military stationed in Japan than anyplace else in the world, because of that tough neighborhood that weíre in,Ē Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said.
    The speakers also said the Chinese government has committed numerous acts of trade manipulation.    They added Chinaís economic practices are predatory, and other countries like Australia are beginning to take notice.
    Later, Lighthizer was asked about President Trumpís future role in the GOP.
    The former official said the 45th President was still the most popular man in the party and the unspoken leader.    He also commended the Trump administration for Ētaking onĒ China, as opposed to the approach taken by others.

2/27/2021 Bidenís Border Policies Under Scrutiny by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden spoke during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    As Trump-era policies protecting Americaís borders have been undone by the new administration, illegal immigrants are being held in facilities illegally.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed these laws are really more like guidelines.
    ďThe objective is to move kids, unaccompanied minors as quickly as possible under 72 hours to these HHS fund sponsored facilities, which is the one where weíve been referring to in Texas,Ē Psaki stated.    ďSome, unfortunately, did stay four days, five days or longer, but the objective is to move them as quickly as possible to the HHS sponsored facilities
    Psaki added the options for non-citizens seeking asylum were slim to none.
    ďWe can quickly transfer them from CBP to these HHS run facilities,Ē Psaki said.    ďThatís one option, or we can put them with families and sponsors without any vetting
    For the Biden administration, sending them back home wasnít an option.
    ďWe can send them back home and do a dangerous journey back,Ē Psaki stated.    ďWe are not doing that either.    That is also putting them at risk
    Authorities detained roughly 6,000 children last month, and they project 9,000 more arrests in February.
    To contain the migrants, U.S. Border Patrol is planning to open another youth shelter, or cage compound, in South Texas.    As the number of detained immigrants grows, some fear their living conditions under a government unprepared.
    ďPeople are starting to head in this direction, and so weíre of course very much concerned about whatís going to happen if they get here and the countryís not yet ready to, or able to, admit them,Ē Chris Williams of the Catholic Charities Refugee Services said.    ďAnd then what conditions are they going to be living in in Mexico or wherever they end up getting stuck
    Meanwhile, the government has continued to look and sound unprepared.
    ďWe are looking at ways to make the asylum process once again, more rational and to make it once again, something that is safe, secure and humane,Ē Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.
    As the number of cages and children detained within them grows, Joe Biden hasnít fulfilled his day one promise to provide a ďclear roadmap to citizenship

2/27/2021 Gabbard Says Being In Congress Is Like High School by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC JANUARY 10: Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on January 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) compared working in D.C. to being in high school.
    In an interview with Megyn Kelly on Friday, Gabbard said partisan agendas corrupt the chance of both political parties working together.    The former congresswoman noted when she was elected to the House in 2013, the ultimate goal for Democrats and Republicans was winning the next election.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA Ė JULY 17: Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard spoke during the AARP and The Des Moines Register
Iowa Presidential Candidate Forum on July 17, 2019 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    She went on to say members were told to limit any work done with the other side.
    ďThe consequences of having well-intentioned members on Congress from both parties who do want to work together, who do want to find bipartisan solutions that will actually fix real problems,Ē Gabbard said.    ďIf that is not in line with what the party wants, then you have threats of like, if you do this, weíre not gonna back you up with any money or support in your reelection
    The former lawmaker claimed most of the media coverage on her has been negative.
    She notably said Hillary Clintonís accusation that she was a ďfavorite of the RussiansĒ was hurtful, especially as a veteran.

2/27/2021 McCarthy Criticizes Push By Democrats For Minimum Wage Boost by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) put the left on the spot after House Democrats added more ďporkĒ to the upcoming coronavirus relief bill.
    While speaking at a press conference on Friday, McCarthy criticized the House Rules Committee for adding $140 million to a subway project near Speaker Nancy Pelosiís (D-Calif.) district.
    He pointed out the extra pork doesnít directly address relief for the pandemic, while pressuring Pelosi to redirect the funds toward mental health.
    McCarthy went on to blast Democrats for including a minimum wage boost in the House package, saying they hope to ďpay off progressives
    ďI think thereís a place that we can solve this problem.    Unfortunately, the Democrats seem the only reason theyíre keeping it in, for politics.    I mean, the true question would be to Nancy Pelosi,Ē McCarthy stated.    ďShe knows it will not survive in the Senate because the parliamentarian already told her that.    So she is keeping it in the bill to keep her payoffs, exactly what I named the bill.    This is for a progressive wing of the party who says they will not vote for the bill unless they have that in there
    The Democrats are including it, despite the Senate parliamentarian ruling Thursday that a minimum wage increase cannot be included in the bill.

2/28/2021 Kentucky reports 1,025 new COVID-19 cases by Emma Austin Louisville Courier Journal|USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky reported 1,025 new cases of the coronavirus and an additional 25 related deaths on Saturday.
    The new figures bring the commonwealthís totals since the start of the pandemic to 403,947 positive cases and 4,625 deaths [0.01%].
    The test positivity remained under 6% at 5.56%.
    Hospitalizations dropped by more than 50, with 765 Kentuckians hospitalized due to the virus on Saturday.    There also were 209 COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit and 87 on a ventilator.
    Gov. Andy Beshear announced earlier in the week that the stateís regional vaccination sites will open to people in the 1C category starting Monday.    That includes people 60 or older, essential workers and anyone 16 or older with a condition that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said puts them at high risk.
    Information about vaccination site locations and the phases of priority is available on the stateís website at
    As of Saturday afternoon, 671,304 Kentuckians had received at least their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.    Thatís about 15% of the stateís population.
    Indiana reported 897 new cases and an additional 27 deaths on Saturday, bringing its totals to 660,942 cases and 12,125 deaths.
    Reach Emma Austin at or on Twitter at @emmacaustin.
[25 deaths / 1,025 cases = 0.024% as cases go down mortality rate rises.].

2/28/2021 President Trump: U.S. Electoral System Needs Reforms by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    President Trump outlined necessary changes to the U.S. elections system that need to happen in order to prevent voter fraud from occurring in the future.
    ďWe have a very sick and corrupt electoral process that must be fixed immediately,Ē President Trump stated.    ďThis election was rigged and the Supreme Court and other courts didnít want to do anything about it
    The 45th President said U.S. elections must happen only on the Election Day and have a clear and verifiable chain of custody for every ballot.    He added the U.S. needs a voter ID, while absentee voting must require a good reason and mail-in voting must be illegal.
President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    ďIt is undeniable that election rules were illegally changed at the last minute in almost every swing state, with the procedures rewritten by local politicians, youíre not allowed to do that, and local judges.    They want more time, they want this they want that,Ē President Trump stated.    ďAll done by local politicians or local judges as opposed to state legislatures as required by the Constitution of the United States."
    ďThese are numbers that are massive.    These arenít little numbers, these are numbers that in each state is a transformative number.    It changes the outcome of the election,Ē the President added.
    President Trump also reiterated last yearís elections were a landslide victory for the Republican Party, adding he may have to beat Democrats yet again in 2024.

2/28/2021 Trump Campaign Becomes ĎMake America Great Againí PAC by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH Ė JULY 21: President Donald Trump gave two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day of the
Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Even though no longer in the White House, President Trump will continue his efforts to drain the swamp.    This time, the Trump campaign is starting a new political action committee, one they hope will rival the most influential political action committees of both parties.
    This isnít the first Make America Great Again PAC.    In 2015, Trump ally Leslie Caldwell founded the first Make America Great Again PAC, but it was a super PAC.    Super PACs are political action committees with less fundraising restrictions, which allow large corporate donors to give millions of dollars to campaigns.
    While then-candidate Trump campaigned promising to drain the swamp, he had no interest in having a super PAC attached to his campaign.
    ďSuper PACs are a disaster, theyíre a scam,Ē President Trump stated.    ďThey cause dishonesty and you better get rid of them, because they are causing a lot of bad decisions to be made by some very good people, and Iím not blaming these folks, but I guess I could
    President Trump had the Make America Great Again super PAC shut down in 2015, the same year it was founded.    The new Make America Great Again PAC will allow the Trump campaign to fundraise more money than a single presidential campaign, and help his allies running for congressional seats.
    The MAGA PAC cannot receive funds from any unions or corporate treasuries.    This means the money going towards the Make America Great Again PAC will contribute to a pool of money, primarily raised by everyday citizens who support President Trump and his policies.    Now these same supporters will have a place to individually contribute up to $5,000 a year to a MAGA PAC.
    This could stand toe-to-toe with the super PACs and dark money groups, which control many politicians on Capitol Hill and currently in the White House.
    ďYou better get rid of the super PACs because theyíre causing a big problem with this country, not only in dishonesty and whatís been going on, but also in a lot of bad decisions that are being made for the benefit of lobbyists and special interests,Ē President Trump stated.
    This latest rebranding by the Trump campaign will look to combat the ďswampísĒ biggest advantage, their money.

2/28/2021 Gov. Noem: Outbreak In Midwest Was Not From Sturgis Rally by OAN Newsroom
CHARLOTTE, NC Ė AUGUST 26: In this screenshot from the RNCís livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addressed
the virtual convention on August 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
    Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) said a Midwest COVID-19 outbreak was not caused by her stateís Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.    In an interview on Sunday, Noem said the study conducted which linked the August rally and an outbreak was false information and not based on facts.
    She said all attendees were informed about how the coronavirus could affect their health and they were allowed to make decisions for themselves.    Noem argued making people stay home and closing businesses would not have made a difference.
    ďWe tracked the people that came to the rally, had states report back to us cases that came from that rally, it was less than 100 cases that we could track to that, and we did testing in that community and throughout the area for weeks after,Ē Noem stated.    ďListen, what we did was allow people to make decisions for themselves
    South Dakota is the only state that didnít force businesses to close.    Noem added, what is good for one state might not be the same for another.

2/28/2021 Attendees Support President Trump At CPAC 2021 by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
    Attendees of this yearís CPAC expressed support for President Trump, saying he must lead the Republican Party to victory in future elections.
    ďWeíre ready for President Trump to come back,Ē Marthamae Kottschade, a supporter of President Trump said.    ďWe want to see our President, and I say our President, meaning the peopleís President
    Hundreds of President Trumpís supporters gathered in Orlando, Florida to witness his first public speech since leaving office in January.    They endorsed the Presidentís call for unity within the GOP, as well as his concerns with corruption and mismanagement by Joe Biden.
    In his CPAC speech, President Trump also criticized Bidenís policies of open borders and the Democratsí surrender of America to Mainland China.

2/28/2021 S.D. Gov. Noem Blames Government Policies For Economic Damage During Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 27: South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference
held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. B (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) said it was the government that crushed the American economy, not COVID-19. During her speech at CPAC Saturday, Noem stated the pandemic is just one factor of the ďproblematic puzzleĒ from 2020. She also took aim at other state leaders and said their restrictive measures correlated to the crippling economy.
    Additionally, Noem condemned China and said the country covered up the virus by welding doors shut to force families to stay in their homes while placing religious minorities in internment camps.    She added ďfriends of China are not friends of freedom.Ē    In the meantime, the Republican governor explained South Dakota was the only state where not one single business or church was forced to close.
    She said governors shouldnít have the power to decide which businesses are essential and which are not.    Noem explained her administration looked at the science rather than trying to control the virus at the expense of bigger issues.
    ďWe never focused on case numbers,Ē Noem noted.    ďInstead, we kept our eye on hospital capacity.    Dr. Fauci told me that I would have 10,000 COVID patients in the hospital on our worst day.    On our worst day, we had a little over 600
    She also criticized the media and called their coverage of the Mount Rushmore State a lie.    In her speech, Noem specifically pointed to the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) and said he was praised in the media despite his involvement with the nursing home scandal.    The South Dakota governor said America needs leaders with wisdom, confidence and the will to act.    She added ďthose leaders need to be conservative

2/28/2021 Bipartisan Calls For Gov. Cuomoís Resignation Grow by OAN Newsroom
FILE Ė In this Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered his State of the State address
virtually from The War Room at the state Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, Pool, File)
    A bipartisan chorus is rising as more and more legislators are calling for an investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.).    The Democrat governor, who has been facing harsh criticism for his mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, is now facing several sexual assault allegations from former state employees.
    In a statement released on Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the state legislature to immediately revoke the governorís emergency powers.
    This came as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a strong #MeToo advocate, said while a probe into the governor is pending, the decision is left up to the legislature.
    ďEveryone has a right to be heard and to be able to speak their truth and have it be investigated,Ē Gillibrand stated.    ďI think that is something we have to leave up to the legislature to decide if we want to do that
    Also on Sunday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) called for a probe into Cuomo, independent of the ďindividuals selected by the governor.Ē    She is not the only New York Democrat calling for Cuomoís resignation.
    In a statement on Saturday, State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi (D-N.Y.) said the assertions made by the former Cuomo aide ďdetail behavior that is unacceptable.Ē    Biaggi went on to say she was ďhorrified by the comments,Ē noting they are the ďepitome of a hostile work environment
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki also commented on the Biden administrationís position on the probe, adding that the allegations are serious and ď    should be reviewed.Ē
    ďWhen a person comes forward, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,Ē Psaki stated.    ďTheir voice should be heard not silenced, and any allegation should be reviewed
    This came as several former aides to the governor accused him of sexual harassment.
    In an interview on Saturday, former aide and health policy advisor Charlotte Bennet said that Cuomo allegedly asked her personal questions, including whether she believed age is relevant in romantic relationships.    Cuomo reportedly told the 25-year-old that he was open to relationships with women in their twenties.
    Bennet said ďI understood that the governor wanted to sleep with me and felt horribly uncomfortable and scared
    However, Bennet is not the only former aide of the governor to accuse him of sexual harassment.    Last week, former deputy secretary Lindsey Boylan accused Cuomo of kissing her without her consent, as well as going out of his way to touch her ďlower back, arms and legs.Ē
    Cuomo has denied the allegations amid calls for investigation.

2/28/2021 Los Angeles County Residents Launch Recall Effort Against District Attorney by OAN Newsroom
SAN FRANCISCO Ė MAY 05: San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon paused as he spoke during a news conference at
the San Francisco Hall of Justice May 5, 2010 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    A victimsí rights group led a recall effort aimed at Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon.    On Saturday, the group held a victimís vigil in Los Angeles.    They voiced their opposition to the criminal justice reforms Gascon brought to the prosecutorís office when he stepped into the position in early December.
    Gascon ran on several criminal justice reforms, but pushed them further to the left since he took office.    Reforms included ending the use of sentencing enhancements, restricting when prosecutors can hold defendants without bail and ending the use of the death penalty.    Critics called the changes ďdrasticĒ and said itís unacceptable that violent criminals are being allowed back on the street.    They noted that he fooled the voters of LA County.
    ďHe ran on a platform of justice reform, which I believe is needed, but the pendulum has swung too far left,Ē attorney Siannah Collado said.    ďBasically, people wanted to make sure a person that committed a crime with drugs didnít get 40 years in prison, but not a murderer that gets only six.    So itís a total bait and switch
    The changes were praised by progressives, but he faced criticism by members of his staff and law enforcement officials who actually have to deal with the criminal element.    The loudest opposing voices, however, came from the crime victims and survivors.    Some said they are upset that prosecutors canít pursue harsher penalties for crimes like murder.
    One mother of a slain 22-year-old said she wants to see the maximum penalty for her daughterís alleged killer.
    ďHeís trying to dismiss special circumstances, will reduce those charges down to 25 to life, and Iím not trying to get 25 to life,Ē Darlene Duran, whose daughter was murdered in 2011, said.    ďI would preferÖthat he will receive full justice
    The city of Los Angeles experienced a spike in homicides, noting more people were shot to death in the city in 2020 than in any other year in the last decade.    Earlier in February, a Los Angeles County Superior Court ruled against Gascon in a lawsuit that claimed his policy of eliminating enhancements ďoverstepped his authority
    An elected official must be in office for 90 days before a recall petition can be filed, which means the recall process against Gascon canít start until early March.    The recall petition would require around 580,000 signatures, and a recall vote would likely not appear on the ballot until 2022.

2/28/2021 N.Y. Rally Calls For End To Asian-American Hate, Violence by OAN Newsroom
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks to the media at the opening of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination site at Citi Field
on February 10, 2021 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
    Hundreds gathered in New York City in protest of the recent spike in violence against Asian Americans.    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the rally on Saturday and called for an end to anti-Asian sentiments.
Tracy Wong wearing a face mask and holding a sign takes part in a rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence,
near Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, on February 20, 2021. (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)
    Asian Americans in the Big Apple and across the nation have been victims of random attacks in recent weeks.
    ďWe will not accept hatred in New York City,Ē de Blasio said.    ďStop Asian hate.    This is the message we have to get out not just in New York City but all over this country.    Stop Asian hate, stop it now
    Authorities said the pandemic is driving the increase in violence as the coronavirus is believed to have originated in China.

2/28/2021 Rep. Perry: U.S. Must ĎDe-Coupleí Its Consumer Market From China by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC Ė SEPTEMBER 16: Representative Scott Perry, (R-FL) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on September 16, 2020 in
Washington, DC. The hearing is investigating the firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) said the U.S. must separate its economy from malign Chinese influence, which poses a threat to national security.    The Pennsylvania congressman said many retailers across the U.S. had already replaced many Chinese products with imports from other countries.
    Perry added U.S. consumers must take responsibility to stand up to China.    He made these remarks at the CPAC event in Orlando, Florida:
    ďIt has to start a little bit at a time, you know, we do buy things from China.    I will tell you, Iíve gone to Walmart and my 9-year-old daughter turns things over to see where they come from.    Thereís nothing that stops me from picking up the phone or talking to the information desk at the store and saying Ďyou know what, I donít want you to buy stuff from China, Iím willing to pay more.'Ē
    Economists said the U.S. started to build supply chains around China under the Trump administration by replacing Chinese imports with products from Southeast Asia. Perry argued that this de-coupling must continue.

2/28/2021 Sen. Warner: Appropriate To Keep Capitol Hill Security Precautions In Place by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Mark Warner spoke to a reporters as senators arrived for votes on Joe Bidenís cabinet nominees,
at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said security protections on Capitol Hill should remain in place following the violent demonstrations on January 6.
WASHINGTON, DC Ė JANUARY 06: A large group of protesters stood on the East steps of the Capitol Building
after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    In an interview on Sunday, Warner said it is appropriate officials keep the security precautions in place at least through the State of the Union.    Warner added as long as valid intelligence of threat continues to exist, so should the enhanced security.
    This came days after after Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman warned of a pending bomb threat at an upcoming event.
    ďWe know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union, which we know that date has not been identified,Ē Pittman stated.
    She went on to say Capitol Police will ďmaintain its enhanced and robust security postureĒ until the vulnerabilities are addressed.

2/28/2021 Fmr White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow Touts Success Of Operation Warp Speed by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 28: Larry Kudlow, former Director White House National Economic Council, addresses the Conservative
Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together
conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Former Trump White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow highlighted the success of Operation Warp Speed.    Kudlow spoke at the CPAC on Sunday and described the operation as one of the most extraordinary events in American history.    The Trump administration notably helped develop two vaccines within 11 months of the virus emerging in the U.S.
    ďThrough Operation Warp Speed, which developed vaccines by using government deregulation and private enterprise and private sector genius, generated the most extraordinary medical-scientific event probably in American history,Ē Kudlow stated.    ďAnd if not so, itíll be in the top three
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 28: Larry Kudlow, former Director White House National Economic Council, addresses the Conservative Political
Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Kudlow also set the record straight in regards to Trumpís tax cuts.    He said the people who would be helped the most were ďnot the upper crust,Ē but were those in the middle, blue-collar and the lower rungs of income.

2/28/2021 Rep. Boebert And Rep. Biggs Vow To Stand Up Against Democrat Overreach, Defend Second Amendment At CPAC by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 27: Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), participates in a discussion on the Right to Bear Arms during the Conservative
Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took a strong stance on gun rights at this yearís CPAC event.    During her panel Saturday, the freshman representative said the left needs to stop their attacks on the Second Amendment and criticized the implementation of metal detectors at the Capitol building.
    She also stated the moves made by the left are all about wanting to control everyoneís lives.    During her remarks, Boebert highlighted all of the rights that Democrats try to take control of, including free speech.
    ďRepublicans are called the Ďparty of no,í but weíre saying no to all of their Ďnoís,'Ē Boebert noted.    ďThey donít want you to be able to protect yourself.    They donít want you to have freedom of speech.    They donít want you to have freedom of religion.    In Colorado, they donít want us to have our public lands.    They are the party of no.    We are saying a big Ďhell no,í to all of their noís.'Ē
    Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) also sat in on that panel to discuss the leftís attacks on the Second Amendment.    He talked about Democratsí broad and sweeping definitions of ďsuspected terrorists,Ē which Biggsí said they tried to present in new legislation as a way to take weapons away from law-abiding citizens.
    ďWe had committee hearings this week where they basically defined anybody who voted for Donald Trump as a domestic terrorist,Ē Biggs stated.    ďSo what are we?    Are we all suspected terrorists because there is a mindset in the authoritarian left?    So, itís a misnomer when they say theyíre going to protect due process
    He said you cannot protect due process if you put someone on a list and call them a suspected terrorist without any reasonable suspicion or probable cause, adding this is a violation of Americansí constitutional rights.    The panel also spoke about gun hobbyists who make their own weapons and whether the Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms agency should have any authority over their rights to do so.
    ďWhat theyíre doing is creating law when thereís no legislative authority,Ē Biggs noted.    ďThatís what the agency is doing.    Thatís strike one right there.    Number two: Itís illegal activity that youíre trying to impose your will, your bureaucratic will
    Biggs added if the lawmakers really saw a threat or problem within the gun laws, they would be working to change them, but he said it is merely a manufactured crisis.    The conservative leaders discussed the reported four-pronged assault on the Second Amendment orchestrated by the White House by so-called ďghost guns,Ē magazine capacity, suing manufacturers as well as a full ban on semi-automatic firearms by conflating them with the term ďassault weapons
    Biggs said the way to protect the Second Amendment and to oppose these sweeping gun laws is by Republicans standing up to make their voices heard.
    ďWeíve gotta make sure our colleagues in the Senate are there, because they have enough votes to stop that in the Senate,Ē Biggs said.    ďSo we have to rely on the stateís raising their voices, the governorís raising their voices, and we need this body.    People like you, raising your voices rhetorically fighting.    That is how we do that

2/28/2021 ACU Chair Matt Schlapp Calls For Unity Against ĎCancel Cultureí by OAN Newsroom
Matt Schlapp Chairman of the American Conservative Union. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp spoke out against cancel culture.    During his speech at the CPAC on Sunday, Schlapp accused the left of trying to scare Americans that hold conservative beliefs.    He added there might be a consequence to be paid, but suggested the left cannot win if the right stands together.
    ďWe have to start saying, each one of us, that this is the truth,Ē Schlapp said.    ďIf all of us do it together, guess what?    They canít shut half of us up.    If red states will be joined by people of goodwill who love the country, they will not cancel America
ORLANDO, FLORIDA Ė FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Matt Schlapp, Moderator, American Conservative Union Chairman, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA),
House Minority Leader, and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), participate in a discussion titled ĎWinning Back Americaí during the Conservative Political
Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency on February 27, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. Begun in 1974, CPAC brings together conservative
organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    This came amid attacks from the mainstream media and Big Techís censorship of those who spoke out against voter fraud in the 2020 elections.

2/28/2021 Portland Rioters Cause Property Damage During ICE Protests by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    Chaos ensued in Portland, Oregon as rioters pushed their far-left agenda.    Hundreds took to the streets Saturday night ó this time ó to call to abolish Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.    Reports said protesters marched through the cityís Pearl District and left shattered windows and damaged vehicles in their wake.
    Businesses including a Starbucks, Chipotle, and a bank were the targets of vandalism. Owners are already struggling amid the pandemic and said they donít know how to protect their businesses.
    ďDo I have to invest $30,000 to $40,000 to turn around and board up our business?Ē    Fields Bar & Grill owner Jim Rice questioned.    ďWhat do I have to do to protect ourselves in a time frame where we just donít have that kind of money anymore?    Weíve been spending the money just to try to survive.    Now we have to spend money because somebodyís going to have this group get together
    The night of violence came amid pushback against Joe Bidenís immigration policies.    Meanwhile, Biden has turned his back on campaign promises to put an end to detention centers for underage migrants.
    Authorities cleared the Pearl District at 10 p.m. and several arrests were made.

2/28/2021 Rep. Owens: GOP Can Win Big In 2022, 2024 by OAN Newsroom
In this screenshot from the RNCís livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, former NFL athlete and Utah congressional nominee
Burgess Owens. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
    Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) explained how the current administration would give Americans a stark contrast, which will help conservatives win big in upcoming elections.    During his CPAC speech Saturday, Owens encouraged Republicans that tough times under the Biden administration will give conservatives support and big wins in 2022 and 2024.
    He added Democrats will do themselves in by rushing far and fast to the left.    Owens explained the contrast is necessary for all parties to come together and get ďWe the PeopleĒ talking again.
    ďIt doesnít matter what party youíre part of.    If you donít have a job, youíre not happy,Ē Burgess said.    ďIf your kids are not in school, youíre not happy.    If youíre sitting there waiting for a vaccine and theyíre giving them to people at the border, youíre not happy
    Owens explained that ďWe the PeopleĒ are the most important and powerful three words.    He added ďif we come together in harmony, no one can defeat us

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