From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
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4/1/2021 Oil down $1.07 to $59.32, DOW down 85 to 32,981.

4/1/2021 CDC Director Complains About People Not Distancing Weeks After Agency Changed Mitigation Polices by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2021, file image from video, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks
during a White House briefing on the Biden administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington. (White House via AP, File)
    The director of the CDC is scolding Americans for failing to abide by social distancing guidelines as a new strain of coronavirus sweeps across the nation.
    In a briefing Wednesday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned that the U.K. B.1.1.7 variant was starting to “creep up” and that it posed a bigger threat than what she called the “wild type strain.”
    “So to the extent that people are not practicing the standard mitigation strategies, we do think that more infections will result because of B.1.1.7,” she stated.
    Dr. Walensky went on to express her disappointment with Americans and insisted that people were not understanding the importance of “masking, distancing, limiting travel and decreasing crowd size.”    She made those remarks just three weeks after she unveiled the CDC’s new reduced guidance measures.
    “Like you, I want to be able to return to everyday activities and engage with our friends, families and communities,” said the CDC director.    “Science and the protection of public health must guide us as we begin to resume these activities.”
    Earlier this month, the CDC cited vaccination rates as the reason behind the new, easier guidelines.    Since then, however, the number of people who have received full doses has only gone up. This has led critics to point out the administration is contradicting itself.

4/1/2021 Bomb Threat Shuts Down Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Int’l Airport by OAN Newsroom
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – JULY 14: A Delta airlines plane came in for a landing at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport on July 14, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Roadways are opening back up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after a bomb threat led to the closure of all entrances to the international airport.
    The closures lasted around five hours on Thursday, while police investigated a suspicious package found outside one of the terminals.
    TSA agents and airport employees were the only ones being let into the airport during that time.
    The threat caused traffic and challenges for travelers, some even getting out of their vehicles to walk to where they needed to go.
    The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport advised travelers to check their flight status before heading there.

4/1/2021 Police: Shooting At Calif. Business Complex Leaves At Least 4 Dead, Suspect Injured by OAN Newsroom
Two police officers stood outside an office building where a shooting occurred in Orange, Calif., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The shooting
killed several people, including a child, and injured another person before police shot the suspect, police said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    Law enforcement officials in California are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred at a business complex in the city of Orange. According to the Orange County Police Department, officers responded to calls of an active shooting threat on Wednesday night.
    Lt. Jennifer Amat said four people were killed, while a bystander and an officer were wounded.
    “Our officers did respond, and upon arrival encountered active gun shots being fired.    The officers did engage with the suspects and an officer involved shooting did occur,” Amat stated.    “At the scene, we do have four deceased, one of which is a child.”
Police officers stood outside a business building where a shooting occurred in Orange, Calif., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
    The suspected shooter is currently in custody and is receiving treatment at a local hospital.
    One witness said she heard at least five gun shots go off prior to law enforcement arriving on scene.
    “I was just in my room, just hanging out, and all of a sudden I heard about five to seven gun shots go off.    Then waited a couple minutes and then the police came, and I heard a few more gun shots go off,” a witness said.    “Then there was a lot quickly, and then the helicopter showed up and then it was pretty radio silent after that.”
    Authorities said an investigation is underway, with more details to come in a briefing on Thursday.

4/1/2021 Coca-Cola CEO Condemns Ga. Voting Law Amid Boycott Pressure by OAN br>
Coca-Cola President and CEO James Quincey attended a press conference on June 24, 2019. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Several Georgia-based companies appear to be caving to the cancel culture movement in the wake of an election law controversy.
    In an interview on Wednesday, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey condemned Georgia’s new voting law, calling it “unacceptable.”    This came after Democrats and voting rights advocates claimed the bill was meant to enable voter suppression.
    In response, activists led calls for boycotts of companies who didn’t refute the election changes, which will include restrictions on ballot drop boxes and added voter ID requirements.
African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Reginald Jackson announced a boycott of Coca-Cola Co. products outside the
Georgia Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Atlanta. Jackson said Coca-Cola and other large Georgia companies haven’t done enough to
oppose restrictive voting bills that Georgia lawmakers were debating as Jackson spoke (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)
    Republicans have defended the new law, saying it’s necessary to avoid fraud and secure future elections.    However, after standing their ground, companies are now bowing to pressure and changing their tune.
    “This legislation is unacceptable.    It is a step backwards, and it does not promote principals we have stood for in Georgia around broad access voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey stated.    “This is frankly just a step backwards.”

4/1/2021 Ind. Law Enforcement Announces Biggest Drug Bust In Bartholomew County History by OAN Newsroom
    Federal authorities in Indiana are cracking down on narcotic use after announcing the success of a major drug operation.
    In a press briefing on Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana announced the arrest of 36 individuals in connection with a major drug bust in Bartholomew County.
    As part of the three-year long Operation Columbus Day, law enforcement seized over 114 pounds of meth, four pounds of heroin and fentanyl, 28 pounds of marijuana and 115 firearms.
    “This is the biggest case in Bartholomew County’s history when it comes to drugs,” stated Sheriff Matt Myers.    “For the city police and for the sheriff’s office, we’ve never seen anything like this.”
    Authorities said 24 of those that were arrested have already been convicted and sentenced to federal prison.    This comes as law enforcement agencies around the nation continue working hard top stop illegal drugs from entering the community.

4/1/2021 GOP Sen. Portman Slams Biden Infrastructure Plan As ‘Wrong Approach’ by OAN Newsroom
Ranking member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, questions Deanne Criswell, President Joe Biden’s choice to be FEMA administrator, as she testifies at her
confirmation hearing before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan is the wrong approach.
    The Ohio lawmaker, who sits on the Senate Finance Committee, slammed Biden’s proposal in a statement Wednesday over its price tag and business taxes.    The Republican moderate warned the tax hikes will hurt working families and undermine the country’s economic recovery.
    Portman also said the plan is too broad and includes items unrelated to infrastructure such as health care and workforce development.    He added, he thinks a bipartisan bill is impossible if the proposal stands the way it is now.

4/1/2021 Newt Gingrich: Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Would Kill Jobs by OAN Newsroom
WINTER PARK, FL – JANUARY 28: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke during the Orange County Liberty Counsel
Forum at Aloma Baptist Church January 28, 2012 in Winter Park, Florida. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan is a “recipe for economic disaster.”
    Gingrich released a statement on Wednesday, saying Biden’s plan is a tax increase bill disguised as an infrastructure bill.
    He added that it would kill jobs and make infrastructure projects more expensive.
    Biden is seeking to implement several new tax measures, which include an increase in all domestic corporate taxes.
MANCHESTER, NH – JANUARY 04: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke during an interview at the New Hampshire Institute
of Politics at Saint Anselm College on January 4, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
    “This entire American job killing plan will in fact raise taxes, weaken the competitive businesses, make it harder for Americans to compete in the world market, and in effect it is one more contribution from the Biden family to the victory of the Chinese Communist Party,” Gingrich stated.
    Gingrich went on to say the tax increases would lead to layoffs instead of new jobs.    He also pointed out that President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created jobs and led to record unemployment rates.

4/1/2021 Sen. Rick Scott Makes Fundraising Stop In Iowa by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) spoke to the media before the weekly Senate Republican lunch on Capitol Hill
in Washington, D.C., November 10, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) is slated to make an appearance in Iowa, in a move many suspect is setting him up for a 2024 presidential run.
    Reports said the senator is slated to host a reception on Thursday, in a fundraising effort for the Republican Party.    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is up for reelection, but has yet to announce if he plans to run.    However, Scott said he thinks he will.
    Several Republicans have been swinging through the state, as it holds the first caucuses in the nation.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke at the West Side Conservative Club,
Friday, March 26, 2021, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
    Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who some have said is laying the groundwork for a possible presidential run, also made a campaign-style stop in Iowa earlier this week.

4/1/2021 Texas Senate Approves New Voting Bill by OAN Newsroom
FORT WORTH, TX – MARCH 1: Voters lined up to cast their ballots on Super Tuesday
March 1, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
    The Texas Senate has advanced a new voting bill.    Senate Bill 7 passed in the state’s upper chamber in a 18-13 vote on Thursday, after hours of debate.
    The legislation would impose several new measures, including limiting early voting hours and stopping the automatic mailing of ballots to all voters.
    The bill has received backlash from Democrats who said it amounts to voter suppression.
    Republicans, including Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas), emphasized the legislation is meant to protect the integrity of future elections.
    “There’s really one thing that all of us can and should agree upon, and that is we must have trust and confidence in our elections,” Abbott said.
    The bill is now heading to the Texas House of Representatives.

4/1/2021 Sen. Rubio: Looking Forward To Letter From Delta Condemning Chinese Genocide by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 16: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security
and Immigration hearing on Capitol Hill on December 16, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) blasted Delta Airlines and other so-called “woke corporations” after they came out against election integrity laws in Georgia.
    In a video posted to his Twitter on Thursday, the Florida senator noted Delta Airlines is business partners with the Chinese Communist Party.
    This is the same party, he said, committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.
    Rubio went on to say he is looking forward to a letter from Delta’s CEO saying “genocide does not reflect the values of Delta Airlines,” a move that won’t come from Delta or any other company doing business with China.
    “They’re woke corporate hypocrites.    They make billions of dollars in a country that doesn’t even have elections,” Rubio stated.    “They make billions of dollars working with a country that has no respect for anyone or anything, they don’t say a word about it.”
    His comments came after Delta’s CEO told employees that Georgia’s proposed election integrity laws are “unacceptable,” and that they don’t match Delta’s values.
    Several Georgia-based companies appear to be caving to the cancel culture movement in the wake of the newly passed election laws.

4/1/2021 Press Secy. Jen Psaki Defends Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Tax Hike by OAN Newsroom
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks with reporters outside the White House on
March 31, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    The White House defended its $2 trillion infrastructure plan.    During a White House press briefing Thursday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed concerns over the massive proposal.
    Republicans have vowed not to support it by citing massive corporate tax increases.    Republicans said this plan is a “trojan horse,” which is really just a way to raise taxes on the rich.    However, Psaki side-stepped those arguments and said both Democrats and Republicans are in favor of rebuilding roads, railways and bridges.
    “The administration designed this bill with an effort to meet the moment and to do it in a way that ensures we are looking at addressing challenges in our country through a lens of equity,” Psaki stated.    “That we’re doing it in a way that helps cities and rural America, that we’re doing in a way that meets the moment and meets the moment of the needs for a once in a century investment.”
    Psaki also argued the project was part of the administration’s plan to be more competitive with China.    However, Republicans voiced how higher taxes could create major layoffs for corporations and hinder post-pandemic economic recovery in the United States.

4/1/2021 DOJ Unveils New Resources For Mont. Native Americans Amid Several Missing Persons, Murder Cases by OAN Newsroom
The U.S. Department of Justice seal on the stage. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    The Justice Department unveiled a new plan to address the ongoing problem of missing and murdered Native Americans in Montana.    According to reports, officials are mobilizing local and federal resources to expand tribes’ investigative capabilities.    However, the new plan does not apply to tribal citizens who go missing outside the reservation.
    Reports found Native Americans only make up seven percent of Montana’s population, but 25 percent of missing person cases.    Justice officials said they hope to boost their communication with local authorities.
    “The tragedy of missing and murdered indigenous people is a harsh reality that native people face today,” Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Chairwoman Shelly Fyant said.    “Unfortunately, no tribal nation has gone untouched by this crisis.    Through the efforts of a few dedicated Salish and Kootenai tribal staff and leadership, we worked with outside agencies in a collaborative process to develop the first tribal community response plan.”
    The Department of Justice officials said their focus will be on areas with overlapping jurisdictions.

4/1/2021 Border Patrol Agent: Record Increase Of Sex Offenders Crossing Southern Border by OAN Newsroom
People cross the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico into El Paso, Texas, Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Mexico announced that
U.S. advisers on border and immigration issues will meet with Mexican officials on Tuesday to discuss migration and development
in Central America, as a surge of migrants has hit the U.S. southern border. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
    Project Veritas interviewed a border patrol agent who claimed leaked government documents show a record spike in sex offender encounters at the southern border.    The watchdog group’s founder, James O’Keefe, released the video Thursday, in which the agent explained there has been an increase in sex offenders since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The agent even said the reported numbers, which are the highest they’ve been in the past five years, could be inaccurate and “low.”
    "An encounter is an arrest,” the whistleblower noted.    “And it’s extremely accurate and possibly underreported because sometimes we don’t know about their criminal history or they haven’t got caught.”
    The agent added, the border situation was much better under President Trump, both in terms of the number of illegal migrants crossing the border as well as the living conditions America provided.

4/1/2021 Atlanta-Based News Outlet Retracts False Claims About New Ga. Elections Law by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Andy Manis/Getty Images)
    Left-wing news outlet Atlanta Journal-Constitution issued a retraction after it falsely claimed the new Georgia elections law would limit voting times.    On Wednesday, the correction was made after it was discovered the law would not end voting hours early.    The paper even went as far as to clarify: “Experts say the net effect was to expand the opportunities to vote for most Georgians.”
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution correction.
    However, the paper was not the only one pushing false claims.    Joe Biden also alleged the law would limit voting hours.    Though, unlike the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the White House has doubled down on its criticism of the Georgia’s new election law.
    When asked if the White House was planning on changing its tone about the new law, Psaki continued to push the false narrative.
    “The tone for a bill that limits voting access and makes it more difficult for people to engage in voting in Georgia?” the White House press secretary questioned.
    The reporter then noted how the governor of Georgia confirmed the law does not limit voting access.
    “Well, I think that is not based in fact what the governor of Georgia has said,” Psaki claimed.    “So, no, our tone is not changing.”
    Biden’s false claims about the new Georgia law were even awarded four Pinocchios by The Washington Post fact-check after he repeated the statements in an ESPN interview Tuesday.

4/1/2021 Police In Orange, Calif. Provide Update On Wednesday’s Mass Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer talks during a news conference at the Orange Police Department headquarters
in Orange, Calif., Thursday, April 1, 2021. A child was among four people killed Wednesday in a shooting at a Southern California
office building that left a fifth victim wounded and the gunman critically injured, police said. (AP Photo/Stefanie Dazio)
    Police provided an update on a mass shooting in Orange, California that left four people dead.    On Thursday afternoon, Orange Police Department Lieutenant Jennifer Amat said the Orange County Crime Lab was at the scene of the shooting where the identity of the victims was not yet confirmed.    She added, her office will provide the identities as soon as they are made available.
    Amat noted the one surviving victim was in stable condition while the suspect, identified as 44-year-old Aminadab Galaxio Gonzalez, was in critical condition.    The lieutenant also said it appeared Gonzalez had a business relationship with the victims and knew the layout of the building before carrying out the attack.
This undated photo provided by the Orange Police Department shows Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez, a 44-year-old Fullerton, Calif., man who is the suspect
in a shooting that occurred inside a counseling business in Orange, Calif., on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. (Orange Police Department via AP)
    “It appears the suspect used a bicycle-type cable lock to secure the gates from the inside, from both the north and the south sides of the courtyard,” Amat said.    “Two officers engaged the suspect from outside of the gates and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”
    Meanwhile, officials said investigators will remain on the scene throughout Thursday evening.

4/1/2021 Mo. Senate Race Shows Trump Policies Work by OAN Newsroom
    Early polls show former Missouri governor and Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has a huge lead and is the clear front runner in the 2022 primaries for Missouri’s open senate seat.    One America’s Christina Bobb has more from Washington.

4/1/2021 Doctor Explains Why Vaccine Passports Are Dangerous by OAN Newsroom
    A New York based doctor spoke to the dangers of the states’ new vaccine passport plan.
    One America’s Caitlin Sinclair has more.

4/1/2021 Wall To Wall: Sarah Anderson On Biden Infrastructure Bill by OAN Newsroom
    Joe Biden unveiled his costly infrastructure bill.    On Wall to Wall, Greta spoke with Sarah Andersen – Director of Policy at Freedom Works – to discuss her thoughts on the spending in that bill.

4/1/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis: Biden Pushing To Release Criminal Aliens, Backs AG’s Legal Challenge Against Biden Admin. To Resume Deportations Of Illegals Who Committed Crimes by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said the Biden administration’s open border policies threaten public safety in the United States.    DeSantis called on the federal government to resume deportations of illegal aliens who complete their prison sentences for violent crimes instead of releasing them into the U.S.
    “Under the Biden administration, they are basically dispensing with this idea of accepting the criminal aliens,” DeSantis said.    “They are not honoring ICE detention detainers and they’re halting removals of even criminal aliens.”
    The governor also praised Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody for mounting a legal challenge against Biden’s unconstitutional actions.
    “That is not the way to guard public safety,” DeSantis noted.    “We support the lawsuit against the administration that Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed. We have a hearing on that coming up.    The federal government releasing these convicted criminals back into society — and again — these are folks that are not eligible to be in this country.    They are here illegally, to begin with.”
    DeSantis added, Florida has continued to detain aliens pending deportation, but Biden is illegally pushing the state to release them.

4/1/2021 Rep. MTG Introduces ‘Fire Fauci’ Act & ‘We Do Not Comply’ Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 25: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) wears a protective mask bearing the words “This mask is as useless as Joe Biden,” as she
walks with an aide to a vote in the Cannon Tunnell on Capitol Hill, on February 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a pair of bills aimed at firing Dr. Anthony Fauci and banning vaccine passports.    On Wednesday, Greene put forward the ‘Fire Fauci’ Act on Twitter, which aims to eliminate his $434,000 salary.
    The act also called for the Senate to confirm a new Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.    In addition, the Georgia representative proposed the ‘We Will Not Comply’ Act, which would prevent any business from discriminating against Americans based on their vaccine status.

4/1/2021 GOP Sen. Lee, Rep. Buck Press Amazon, Apple, Google For Answers On Parler Suspension by OAN Newsroom
This illustration picture shows social media application logo from Parler displayed on a smartphone with its website
in the background in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Two Republican lawmakers demanded answers from Amazon, Apple and Google over the removal of the free speech platform Parler.    In a letter from Congressman Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) Wednesday, the lawmakers said the companies’ actions “seemed to lack procedural fairness” and created “the appearance of close coordination.”
    Both Buck and Lee are members of the House and Senate Antitrust Committees and demanded answers by April 15.    They want to know how Parler’s account was viewed by the companies as well as who was involved in the final decision to suspend the site.
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 02: U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) speaks at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee examining issues facing prisons and jails during
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on Capitol Hill on June 02, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
    The move could help Parler build a legal case to return to service.

4/1/2021 Sen. McConnell: Infrastructure Plan ‘Not Going To Get’ GOP Support by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 06: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke to reporters at the
U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans will not support the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan.
    Speaking at an event in Kentucky on Thursday, McConnell criticized the more than $2 trillion proposal over its massive price tag.    He cited concerns with the national debt and said raising taxes is the last thing the economy needs right now.
    With McConnell ruling out the possibility of a bipartisan agreement, Democrats would need to stay united in order to get it done.
    They’re already signaling support for passing an eventual bill through reconciliation, even though the White House is holding talks with Republicans on its infrastructure framework.

4/1/2021 Company CEOs Condemning Ga. Voting Law Amid Boycott Pressure by OAN Newsroom
ATLANTA – JUNE 18: Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian spoke on June 18, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Barry Williams/Getty Images)
    Shortly after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a new election integrity bill, companies in the state began bowing to cancel culture and the fear of the far-left.
    In an interview on Thursday, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook said “the right to vote is fundamental in democracy.”
    This, despite the legislation focusing on issues like reducing the number of ballot boxes and requiring voter IDs.    These are all rules Kemp argued would not prevent any legal voter from casting a ballot.
    “This legislation addresses that mandating the number of machines and equipment at each location has to have to shorten the line,” Kemp stated.    “Of course they’re not talking about that, because that doesn’t play into the narrative that these corporate companies are being attacked from activist groups that have a financial interest in doing so.”
    However, Democrats and voting rights advocates claimed the bill is meant to enable voter suppression, leading activists to call for boycotts of companies who didn’t refute the election changes.
    Republicans have continued to defend the new law, saying it’s necessary to avoid fraud and secure future elections.    However, after standing their ground, companies are now bowing to pressure and changing their tune.
Coca-Cola President and CEO James Quincey attended a press conference on June 24, 2019.
(Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)
    “This legislation is unacceptable.    It is a step backwards, and it does not promote principals we have stood for in Georgia around broad access voting, around voter convenience, about ensuring election integrity,” Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey stated.    “This is frankly just a step backwards.”
    Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola joined the slew of businesses succumbing to the pressure to condemn the new law, with the CEOs calling it “unacceptable” and “wrong.”
    Following back and forth between these companies and state leaders, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R) responded to the claims from these massive companies, saying they only like public policy when it benefits them.
    Ralston went on to say he doesn’t drink a lot of soft drinks, but he had a Pepsi the other day and it wasn’t too bad.

4/1/2021 Mont. Gov. Signs Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities In State by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Greg Gianforte (R-MT). (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Montana Governor Greg Gianforte (R) signed a bill to ban sanctuary cities throughout the state.    On Wednesday, Gianforte signed the bill, which will require Montana cities to comply with federal immigration laws. This is a move that supporters have said will prevent large amounts of criminal activity.
    The bill will empower the state’s attorney general to pursue legal action against jurisdictions that do not comply with the legislation, including fines and withholding state funds from those cities.    While there aren’t any sanctuary cities in Montana yet, opponents have asserted the bill will promote a greater divide between minority communities and law enforcement.

4/2/2021 Oil up $3.55 to $61.26, DOW up 172 to 33,153.

4/2/2021 Trump Jr.: Delta Comments On Ga. Voter Laws Coming Back To Bite It by OAN Newsroom
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD – FEBRUARY 28: Donald Trump Jr., son of President Donald Trump, speaks 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)
    Donald Trump Jr. blasted Delta Airlines and “woke corporate culture” after Delta CEO Ed Bastian attacked Georgia’s voter integrity laws.    In a video posted Friday, Don Jr. said Delta “is learning the hard way not to bite the hand that feeds it” after Georgia State Republicans voted to cancel a tax break plan for the airline.
    He added, Bastian’s comments were a stark contrast from Delta’s prior statement on the matter.    In its previous statement, Delta admitted the legislation “improved” considerably during the process and was “committed to listening to communities and engaging with leaders from both parties.”
    “There seems to be a big cottage industry of going ‘really woke,’ even though it doesn’t benefit,” the 45th President’s son stated.    “Why?    Because Georgia wanted to have some stuff as it relates to IDs to make sure we know who’s actually voting?    Oh, it’s terrible!
    Don Jr. also blasted Apple’s CEO by saying he’s been “strangely silent” on the human rights abuses in China.    He said Apple only has a problem with free and fair elections, but not when an actual dictatorial regime oppresses the will of its people.

4/2/2021 Two Minneapolis Police Officers Testify In Derek Chauvin Trial by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right,
listen as Judge Peter Cahill discusses motions before the court Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the trial of Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse
in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    The court heard from two Minneapolis police officers on the fifth day of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. On Friday, the testimonies of Lieutenant Richard Zimmerman and Sergeant Jon Curtis-Edwards shed light on department restraint policies and the use of bodycams during the death of George Floyd.
    Zimmerman, who heads the Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide Division, said the restraint Chauvin used with his knee was “totally unnecessary.”    However, he contradicted his very own testimony by later stating that a person in handcuffs could be a viable threat to officers.
    Shortly after, Judge Peter Cahill abruptly excused the jury and recessed for the weekend. The trial will resume on Monday, April 5 at 7 a.m. PT.

4/2/2021 Wyo. Legislature Passes Voter ID Bill by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by VIRGINIE KIPPELEN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Wyoming’s Legislature passed a bill requiring citizens to present valid forms of identification while casting ballots in elections.    On Thursday, the Wyoming Legislature approved House Bill 75 in a 28-to-2 vote.
    The bill’s main sponsor, Rep. Chuck Gray (R-Wyo.), repeatedly stated the proposal will help to restore Wyoming voters’ trust in the election system.
    He told the Senate Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee that voter ID is a step in “keeping our election statutes tight and ensuring there’s an environment where it is difficult to commit fraud.”
    According to reports, the bill is headed to Governor Mark Gordon’s (R-Wyo.) desk for consideration.    If signed into law, the measure would require residents to show a form of accepted identification in order to vote in person.
    Supporters of the bill said stricter voter ID laws will prevent future election fraud.    This comes after President Trump’s recent statement regarding voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

4/2/2021 Biden Admin. Lifts Trump-Era Sanctions On ICC Officials by OAN Newsroom
US President Joe Biden, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, holds his first cabinet meeting
in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on April 1, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    On Friday, Joe Biden announced the decision to lift sanctions on officials from the International Court of Justice.    The move removed sanctions on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and took a top deputy’s name off the Specially Designated Nationals list.
Gambian war crimes lawyer Fatou Bensouda takes the oath during a swearing-in ceremony as the International Criminal Court’s
new chief prosecutor in The Hague, on June 15, 2012. (Photo by BAS CZERWINSKI/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
    Visa restrictions on certain ICC personnel were also rescinded.    The sanctions were put in place by the Trump administration over the ICC’s probe into U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan as well as Israeli troops in the Palestinian Authority.
    Critics have said the sanctions were justified as the U.S. has never ratified the treaty creating the court, which therefore has no jurisdiction to investigate U.S. nationals.

4/2/2021 Rep. Gaetz: I Don’t Plan To Resign by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) said he has no intention to resign.    The Florida congressman told The Hill Friday, the rumors he plans to step down from his office “are false.”
    These rumors followed reports that Gaetz is under investigation by the Department of Justice for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor and violating sex trafficking laws.
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said if the claims are true, he would remove Gaetz from his committee assignments.    Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the Ethics Committee should probe the claims.
    She also called for the removal of Gaetz amid sexual misconduct and trafficking allegations against the Republican lawmaker.    Pelosi commented on the investigation into Gaetz and said he should be removed from the House Judiciary Committee despite no formal charges being brought against him.
    Gaetz was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and traveling with her across state lines.    While he denied these claims and said the allegations stem from a bribery attempt by a federal official, Pelosi emphasized that if Gaetz is guilty his punishment would fall outside the jurisdiction of Congress.
    “If in fact, these allegations are true, of course being removed from the Judiciary Committee is the least that could be done,” Pelosi said.    “But again, I think from what we’ve heard so far, this would be a matter for the Ethics Committee.”
    The Speaker’s comments came after she received criticism for allowing Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to remain on the House Intelligence Committee despite evidence of his long-standing relationship with a Chinese spy.
    In late March, McCarthy slammed Swalwell and Pelosi’s decision to appoint him despite evidence of a clear security breach.
    “If you can not get a security clearance in the private sector, you should not be appointed to the Intel Committee,” McCarthy said.    “Eric Swalwell, based on everything in public that you know, cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, but only in Congress would he get appointed to learn all the secrets of America.”
    McCarthy also introduced a resolution to remove the Democratic lawmaker from the committee.    He noted Swalwell has not denied the allegations against him. McCarthy also suggested Swalwell received campaign funds from China.

4/2/2021 1 Capitol Police Officer Dead After External Security Threat At U.S. Capitol by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard soldiers patrol near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier on
Capitol Hill near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    A Capitol police officer has died after a man crashed his vehicle into the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol.    Capitol Police reported two officers were injured during the incident on Constitution Avenue, during which a man hit them with his car.    He then exited the vehicle while wielding a large knife or machete, which prompted the officers to open fire.
    The officers and the attacker were taken to the hospital where the attacker died from his wounds.    One of the officers passed away while undergoing treatment and the other officer’s condition is currently unknown.
    The Capitol building was placed on lockdown by authorities during the incident.    Lawmakers were put on recess and National Guard members were deployed to the scene to provide additional security.    A law enforcement official told the Associated Press, officers initially responded to reports of a shooting in a street near the Capitol.
    “At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased,” U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.    “Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals.    And it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries.”
    The Acting Chief asked the public to continue to keep the U.S. Capitol Police and their families in its prayers.
    “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” Pittman noted.
    Meanwhile, Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee has stated authorities believe the threat was not ongoing and has been neutralized.    Officials also said the attack does not appear terror-related.
    The FBI is now assisting the investigation.    Flags at the Capitol were ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of the deceased officer.    The lockdown has reportedly been lifted, though the National Guard remains in place.

4/2/2021 Rep. Cawthorn Criticizes Dems Push For Gun Control by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) 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)
    GOP Congressman Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) slammed the Democrats’ motives for seeking stricter gun control laws.
    “There is no kind of legislation that can restrict people from obtaining a firearm that I believe is constitutional,” Cawthorn stated.    “I don’t think there is much of a middle ground that these kinds of woke liberals would be allowed to take.”
    The North Carolina lawmaker recently made these remarks to a local news affiliate, adding that addressing mental illness should be a higher priority than enacting firearm legislation.    He then referenced the Colorado grocery store shooter and tied it directly to Joe Biden’s airstrikes in Syria, which he believes radicalized the alleged boulder gunman.
    “Because they just started dropping bombs on Syria last month even though we had been reaching historic peace deals in the Middle East,” Cawthorn noted.    “And now this Syrian immigrant is shooting up people in Colorado.    I think the two are linked.”

4/2/2021 NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea Calls Hate Crime Surge A Crisis by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 25: NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea speaks during a press conference at
the NYPD headquarters in Manhattan on March 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea called the growing number of hate crimes a “crisis.”    His statement came as the NYPD investigated a Wednesday attack in which a Jewish family, including a one-year-old child in a stroller, was slashed with a knife while taking a walk in Manhattan.
    In an interview Friday, Shea also pointed at rhetoric and mental illness as the key factors for the rise in hate crimes.    Shea said a common factor shared between several suspects in attacks like these is that many of them have had previous run-ins with the law.
    “So, something is clearly broken here,” Shea stated.    “Listen, I’m sure we’re going to talk about marijuana legislation, [but] that’s the least of my concerns, to be honest.    But if we have time to write detailed legislation about marijuana, let’s spend some of that time to fix this broken system and protect people.    Not just in New York City, but across the country because this is a crisis.”
    Police have arrested 30-year-old Darryl Jones, who was paroled in March after being arrested at least seven times before.    Fortunately, the family suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

4/2/2021 NYPD: Mental Illness The Common Factor In Attacks On Asians by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 25: Deputy inspector Tommy Ng speaks during a press conference at the
NYPD headquarters in Manhattan on March 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    Head of the NYPD Asian Hate Crimes Task Force Tommy Ng blamed mental illness for attacks on Asian people in the city.    On Thursday, Ng spoke from New York’s Chinatown.    He said Asian Americans have a tendency to not report attacks out of fear of the police.
    Ng reminded residents that if they see an attack happen to call 911 and to help officers by getting a suspect’s description or a license plate number.    The NYPD said it has increased patrols in Asian neighborhoods in the wake of the attacks.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 25: Deputy inspector Tommy Ng speaks during a press conference at the NYPD headquarters
in Manhattan on March 25, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)
    “You know, someone asked me, ‘why is this happening?'” Ng questioned.    “I think one of the common denominators is mental illness.    And also, you know, Asian-American has always been to have a tendency of not reporting these crimes.    I think as we bring more attention to bring more awareness to the Asian community, we are coming forward to reporting such bias incidents.”
    This came after lifetime parolee Brandon Elliot was charged with assault as a hate crime after he attacked a 65-year-old Filipino woman.

4/2/2021 Biden Assembles Cabinet, Praises ‘Diversity’ Over Competence by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden responds to a question after speaking about the March jobs report in the State
Dining Room of the White House, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden held his first cabinet meeting and choose to celebrate the diversity of his secretaries as opposed to their qualifications.    Instead of reassuring Americans that he had selected the best men and women for their respective jobs during his first meeting, he praised how they all looked so different from one another.
    Biden’s obsession with how his cabinet “looks” is a stark change from the tone of the first cabinet meeting held by President Trump who championed the qualifications of those around him. During this meeting, which came nearly five months after he took office, President Trump took a moment to discuss the lengthy process his candidates had to face in order to be approved by the Senate.
    In contrast, Biden remarked how smooth his cabinet assembly was.    However, what Biden failed to acknowledge is that the reason his nominee’s confirmation hearings were not Herculean efforts was because the very Senate Democrats that offered such resistance to President Trump’s cabinet were entirely complicit with the “diversity over all” game plan.    In fact, they used that very idea as ammunition against any Republican or Democrat that tried to stand in the way.
    For instance, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) turned on fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) after he raised issue with interior secretary nominee Deb Haaland’s obstruction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.    She claimed Manchin had a history of supporting racists, but was “uneasy” confirming a Native American woman.
    Some Democrats went even further with Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) threatening to veto every nominee until the Biden administration picked someone who was an Asian-American or Pacific Islander.    After immense backlash from within her party, however, Duckworth changed her tune and said she would update her confirmation standards to vote for a Hispanic, black person, LGBTQ person and an AAPI person.
    It appears Democrats did exactly that when they confirmed Xavier Becerra, who is Hispanic, as Health and Human Services secretary despite him having no experience in health policy.    Additionally, they confirmed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg who wielded being openly gay as a way to offset his scant resume as mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
    As Democrats maintain control of the Senate, they got their wish: a cabinet full of diverse secretaries and one nearly devoid of the qualifications necessary to advise the executive branch.

4/2/2021 Biden Defends Raising Taxes To Pay For Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks about the March jobs report in the State Dining Room of the White House,
Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden defended raising taxes in order to pay for his high-priced infrastructure package.    During a press appearance Friday, Biden touted the March jobs report and the falling unemployment rate.
    When pressed on raising taxes on corporate America and the highest earners in the country, Biden doubled down by saying it’s necessary to bring the U.S. economy out of the pandemic slump.
    “Asking corporate America to pay their fair share will not slow the economy at all,” Biden claimed.    “It will make the economy function better and create more energy.”
    Biden’s comments came after the group “Business Roundtable” recently condemned the tax hikes for infrastructure, saying it will reduce their opportunities to grow, slow the creation of new jobs and drag on GDP growth.

4/2/2021 Actress Rose McGowan Suspended From Twitter After Criticizing Bill Clinton’s Friendship With Jeffrey Epstein by OAN Newsroom
Rose McGowan poses for a portrait in New York on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP Photo)
    Hollywood actress Rose McGowan accused Twitter of censorship after her account was suspended following her criticism of the Clinton’s as well as Kamala Harris.
    McGowan reacted to Harris holding an event with Bill Clinton to promote female empowerment by calling it disgusting.    She went on to post an artist’s rendering of Clinton receiving a massage from an unknown woman.    The actress also brought up the alleged connection between the Clintons and notorious sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
    Following her suspension, McGowan used another account to ask the site’s CEO Jack Dorsey why he is silencing her. She made the following remarks:     “Why are you so afraid of me Jack Dorsey?    A little freedom of speech?    Going against your cronies?    I don’t understand why you support evil, Jack Dorsey, and why you lie.”
    McGowan’s post was flagged for indecency even though it contained no nudity.    She went on to criticize this excuse while calling attention to the pornography allowed to stay on the site.    The actress noted this is not the first time Twitter has suspended her.    She said they have continually to tried to silence her in any way they can.

4/2/2021 Speaker Pelosi Calls For Rep. Gaetz’s Termination Amid Sex-Trafficking Probe by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Friday, March 19, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said if the allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) are true then he should be removed from his spot on the House Judiciary Committee. She commented on the investigation into sex-trafficking charges against Gaetz on Thursday.
    Gaetz is facing accusations of engaging in a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl and traveling with her across state lines.    While he denies these claims and said the allegations stem from a bribery attempt by a federal official, Pelosi emphasized that if Gaetz is guilty his punishment would fall outside the jurisdiction of Congress.
    “If in fact these allegations are true, of course being removed from the Judiciary Committee is the least that could be done,” she stated.    “But again, I think from what we’ve heard so far this would be a matter for the (House) Ethics Committee.”
    The speaker’s comments came after she received criticism for allowing Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to remain on the House Intelligence Committee despite evidence of his long-standing relationship with a Chinese spy.

4/2/2021 Critics: Biden Infrastructure Plan Doesn’t Address Cyber Security Threats To U.S. Power Grid by OAN Newsroom
File – Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) is pictured. (Andrew Harnik/AP Photo)
    Security experts have pointed out Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan does not include critical funding to address the threat of cyber-attacks.
    According to reports Friday, the package does not include money to protect vital facilities like the U.S. power grid.    While it does include $100 billion for improving grid resiliency, it does nothing for security measures specifically.
    Lawmakers have called on more funding to address cyber security threats like when a weak network allowed hackers to tamper with a Florida wastewater treatment plant in February.
    “Increased funding is the only solution insofar as the funding targets the actual infrastructure where needs are most apparent and those needs can take many forms,” stated Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.).
    This comes as government officials have warned foreign actors have actively been trying to disrupt the power grid during the coronavirus pandemic.
    Experts have said the biggest cyber security challenge is ensuring technology used in the grid is secured before being used.    They also pointed to addressing supply chain issues.

4/2/2021 Hotels See Highest Occupancy Levels Since March 2020 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, a man receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
    Increasing vaccination rates and warmer weather are leading to increased travel, which is providing a much-needed boost to hotel profits.    The CEO of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, Geoff Ballotti, reported on Thursday that the hotel chains under his watch have been hitting 85 percent of the pre-pandemic numbers over the last two weeks.
    Ballotti noted, other lodging options like Airbnb do not appear to be having an impact on the rebound his hotels are seeing.    He added, they offer a different type of experience for their customers.
    “It really is a different business, we appeal to families who are out on the road and traveling,” explained the CEO.    “And we appeal to that everyday business traveler that stays in a hotel…those blue-collar workers that that travel for a living…that never stopped traveling.”
    Ballotti did not say whether or not he sees his businesses requiring vaccine passports, but expressed Americans appear to want to travel responsibly.

4/2/2021 Biden Asks Education Secy. If He Can Legally Cancel Student Debt by OAN Newsroom
White House chief of staff Ron Klain listens as President Joe Biden speaks about the southern border during
a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden is reportedly asking his education secretary about his options regarding unilaterally canceling student loan debt.    On Thursday, White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Biden was looking into the “legal authority and policy issues” involved if he were to forgive $50,000 of debt per student.
    Biden used a promise of wiping $10,000 of loan debt during the campaign to earn the votes of the progressive wing of his party.    However, since he took office those same progressives, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), have been pushing him to go further.
    “That’s something Congress could take action on and we’d be happy to sign,” stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.    “We’re still taking a closer look at our options on student loans; this includes examining the authorities we have.”
    Klain said Biden would not release his position until after he has had time to review the Department of Education’s report.

4/2/2021 Texas Senate Passes Bill To Reduce Voter Fraud by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A man wears a mask while voting. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    Texas state Sen. Bryan Hughes (R) has been celebrating his party’s efforts to defend election integrity in the Lone Star state.    He touted new legislation, which he said makes voting easier and cheating harder.
    The SB7 bill, which advanced to the House on Thursday, limits early voting hours, bans sending of absentee ballots to voters who did not request them and bans drive-through voting.    All of these practices were rampant in Democrat-controlled districts last year.
    The legislation is at the forefront of the Texas Republicans efforts to further restrict voting in the state following evidence of fraud in the 2020 election.
    Democrat officials falsely claimed the bill is advancing so-called “voter suppression” because it will dramatically reduce the number of fraudulent votes cast in the state.
    While some Democrats have staunchly refused to sign on to the bill, Republicans did make the effort to reach across the aisle and include security measures other Democrats had trouble refusing.    This includes the establishment of an online tracking system for any absentee ballots that are requested by voters.
    The bill now heads to the Texas House, where Republicans hold a strong majority.

4/2/2021 Houston DEA Finds Dramatic Increase In Drugs Laced With Fentanyl by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Phoenix Division
shows a closeup of fentanyl-laced sky blue pills. (Drug Enforcement Administration via AP, File)
    Houston, Texas is seeing a surge of fentanyl-related overdoses.    During a press conference Thursday, the president of the Houston Forensic Science Center, Dr. Peter Stout, said they have seen an 87 percent increase in fentanyl cases throughout the city.
    Stout added that for the first time, they saw a pill sold as ecstasy that contained both methamphetamine and fentanyl in the same tablet.    He said they are often disguised as colorful pills, adding that there’s no way for people to know what’s inside just by looking at them.
    “These are children’s vitamins and aspirin, but ecstasy tablets…there is no earthly way that somebody knows what they just stuck in their mouth with this,” Dr. Stout explained.    “Could be fentanyl, could be methamphetamine, could be anything than what they thought…we see this all the time.”
    Houston DEA Special Agent Erik Smith highlighted the severity of the influx while drawing attention to just how lethal fentanyl can be.
    “The Houston division in Drug Enforcement Administration, in fiscal year 2019, seized about 53 kilograms of fentanyl,” he noted.    “In fiscal year 2020 that number increased 600 percent to 323 kilograms…at a fatal dosage unit, that’s enough to kill half the population of the United States.”
    The Mexican government reported that in 2020 they seized more than 1.3 tons of the drug.    Smith urged lawmakers to renew a law, which would allow border agents to seize the substance at ports of entry.    He pointed to the DEA’s finding that fentanyl is typically brought into the U.S. across the southwest border.

4/2/2021 Biden In Favor Of Vaccinating Illegal Immigrants Amid Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
Minor children who tested positive for COVID-19 sit in the ground at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied
children in the Rio Grande Valley run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool)
    The White House confirmed Joe Biden is in favor of vaccinating illegal immigrants amid the escalating crisis at the southern border.    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed his position on the matter during Thursday’s press conference.
    This clarification came after the administration was accused of releasing infected detainees into the U.S. Psaki argued instead of keeping COVID-19 positive migrants away from the general population, the administration should simply start allocating vaccination resources.
    “The more people we have vaccinated, whether undocumented or not, the safer we are as a country and that’s certainly the president’s point of view,” stated the press secretary.
    The White House has not yet indicated whether they will prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens when expanding eligibility.

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4/3/2021 Report: CBP Data Shows Number Of Migrant Detentions Hits 15-Year High by OAN Newsroom
Young minors spoke to an agent outside at a pod in the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied
children in the Rio Grande Valley run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in Donna, Texas, Tuesday, March 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool)
    A new report shows migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border has reached a 15-year high.
    According to preliminary data published by Customs and Border Protection on Friday, more than 170,000 border crossings were recorded in March.
    This marked a major uptick from the 78,000 crossings documented in January.
    The data also shows more than 18,000 minors were apprehended at the border, which is a 60 percent increase from the previous record in May 2019.
    This came as the Biden administration struggles to stem the flow of illegal immigration at the southern border, leading to migrant children being held at temporary facilities far longer than the law allows.
    During an interview with Breitbart, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) shared his take on the crisis.    Cotton said the illegal immigrants he talked to admitted their asylum claims were illegitimate and part of a plan to exploit economic benefits in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 2: (AFP OUT) Sen. Tom Cotton made an announcement at the White House
on August 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson – Pool/Getty Images)
    “I talked to so many of these migrants, you know, on the side, they did the dog and pony show with a bunch of other senators.    I grabbed a border patrol officer who spoke Spanish.    We went, we just talked to some of them sitting on the benches waiting to be processed I said, ‘where are you from? How long did it take you to get here?    Why did you come?’    And to a person they said, ‘I came to get a job,’ or, ‘I came to get together with my husband or my wife or my boyfriend or girlfriend who’s here and has a job.’    Not a single person claimed a genuine claim of asylum,” Cotton explained.
    Cotton went on to criticize the Biden administration for preaching an open border message to migrants, filling them with false hope.
    “There’s nothing moral and there’s nothing virtuous about Joe Biden’s rhetoric and policies that have induced these young women and these young children to make a very dangerous journey across almost 2,000 miles of Mexico to get our border on the hope that they will be admitted into our country and given legal status permanently,” Cotton said.    “That’s simply not the case.”
    In the meantime, GOP lawmakers are pushing for a congressional hearing on the crisis at the southern border, to have officials from the White House testify over their handling of the situation.

4/3/2021 U.S. To Negotiate Nuclear Deal With Iran In Vienna by OAN Newsroom
BUSHEHR, IRAN – AUGUST 21: This handout image supplied by the IIPA (Iran International Photo Agency) shows a view of the reactor building at the
Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant as the first fuel is loaded, on August 21, 2010 in Bushehr, southern Iran. (Photo by IIPA via Getty Images)
    The Biden administration and Iranian officials said they will begin negotiations with intermediaries next week to try to get both countries in compliance with an agreement that will limit Iran’s nuclear program.
    State Department spokesperson Ned Price said the negotiations are scheduled for Tuesday in Vienna.
Us State Department spokesman Ned Price spoke during a news conference at the State Department
in Washington, DC on February 16, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    “It’s a positive step, especially if it moves the ball forward on that mutual return to compliance, we’ve talked about for a number of weeks now,” Price stated.
    However, Price said the administration does not anticipate an immediate agreement since tough discussions lie ahead.
    One of the major obstacles in coming to an arrangement is Iran’s demand that the U.S. lift sanctions first, which has threatened to be a foreign policy setback for Biden.
    The impending talks are coming after the European Union helped negotiate a virtual meeting of top officials from Britain, China, Russia and Iran, all countries that remained in the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
    “This is just the first step.    It’s going to be a difficult path because of how much time has gone by and how much mutual distrust there is,” U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said.    “But our goal is to discuss indirectly with our European and other partners, who will in turn discuss with Iran to see whether we could define those steps that both sides are going to have to take if we’re serious about coming back into compliance with the deal.”
    GOP lawmakers have pushed the Biden administration to increase talks to encompass other complaints against Iran.    These include it’s crucial support to armed groups in Lebanon, Iraq, Yemen and Syria, as well as it’s detention of American citizens.    The administration pledged to push Iran on those matters, however representatives from the State Department declined to say when they will address those conflicts.

4/3/2021 Poll: Fewer Than Half Of Likely Voters Support Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 18: COVID-19 vaccines were stored at -80 degrees celsius in the pharmacy at
Roseland Community Hospital on December 18, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    A new poll indicated a majority of Americans do not believe vaccine passports are a good>     The survey released on Thursday from Rasmussen asked if requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to return to pre-pandemic activities was a good or bad idea.    A mere 44 percent of likely voters said it was a good idea, with 57 percent of Democrats supporting vaccine passports and 33 percent of Republicans.
    New York has already rolled out their version of the passports called the Excelsior Pass, and the White House has been promoting the practice.
    “We expect, as Andy Slavitt I think alluded to, that a determination or development of a vaccine passport, or whatever you want to call it, will be driven by the private sector,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated.    “Ours will more be focused on guidelines that can be used as a basis.”
    Conservatives across the country are standing up against the passports, saying they limit the freedoms of Americans.
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) issued an executive order on Friday, which banned local governments as well as businesses from mandating vaccine passports.

4/3/2021 Biden Called Out For Gathering With Family For Easter by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 2: Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden departed the White House and walked to Marine One
on the South Lawn of the White House on April 2, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The White House attempted to defend Joe Biden’s decision to gather with family members over the Easter holiday.
    Biden and the first lady left the White House on Friday, after he previously said he’d be spending the holiday weekend with family members at Camp David.    He said since being vaccinated, he and his wife would be able to get together with family members, though it’s not known how many others in the family have also been vaccinated.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke about the gathering on Friday when pressed on the message his travel is sending to Americans.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke at a press briefing at the White House, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “Well, I don’t have a specific number of family members, but I can assure you that the president is — strives to be a role model in every aspect of how he’s living in this difficult time we’re all going through,” Psaki stated.    “It’s a limited group, and certainly not the big Irish Biden clan that many of you have seen throughout the course of his time in public office."
    In mid-March, Biden set a target date of July 4 for when he believed Americans would be able to safely gather in small groups.

4/3/2021 Psaki Clarifies Biden Stance On Boycotts In Ga. by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke at a press briefing at the White House, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The Biden administration has weighed in on the boycotts in Georgia.    On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to clarify Joe Biden’s statements of support for some businesses boycotting in Georgia, saying it is their choice but that he would “certainly support it.”
    The boycotts came as Biden backed the MLB’s decision to move this season’s All-Star Game out of the state, following the recently passed laws to protect and secure elections in Georgia.
FILE – Cardboard cutouts of fans in the otherwise empty seats faced the field during the sixth inning of a baseball game between
the Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays in Atlanta, in this Thursday, July 30, 2020, file photo. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)
    “He didn’t call for businesses to boycott, business have made that decision themselves, of course,” Psaki stated.    “He also was not dictating that Major League Baseball move their game out of Georgia.    He was conveying that if that was a decision that was made, that he would certainly support that.”
    Meanwhile, local officials have voiced their disappointment in the boycott, noting local business will suffer without the event.

4/3/2021 Biden Holds First Phone Call With Ukraine President by OAN Newsroom
KYIV, UKRAINE – JANUARY 31: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky attended a press conference
on January 31, 2020 in Kyiv, Ukraine. (Photo by Anastasia Vlasova/Getty Images)
    More than two months after taking office, Joe Biden held his first official phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.
    According to the White House on Friday, Biden emphasized the desire to fight corruption and implement a reform agenda based on the shared democratic values of the two nations.
    Biden faced extreme backlash during his campaign for his family’s connection to alleged corruption in Ukraine last year.
    Tensions are brewing between Ukraine and Russia, as NATO is warning of an increased Russian military presence at the border.
    “We’ve seen this movie before of the disinformation campaign that Russia has implemented in the past as it relates to their aggressions at the border of Ukraine,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated.    “So that is certainly something we’re watching, we are concerned about, and we will continue to communicate from here, but also with our partners in Europe about.”
    The White House has not revealed whether President Trump’s calls for an investigation into Biden’s ties to the country were discussed.

4/3/2021 Democrats Appear Torn On Ga. Boycotts by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 25, 2021, file photo African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Reginald Jackson announced
a boycott of Coca-Cola Co. products outside the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy, File)
    The Biden administration appeared to backtrack slightly on their support for boycotts in Georgia amid the state’s new election laws.
    On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki had to clarify Joe Biden’s statements of support for some businesses boycotting in Georgia, calling it “their choice,” but adding that he would “certainly support it.”
    This came after Biden backed the MLB’s decision to move this season’s All-Star Game out of the state, following the recently passed laws to protect and secure elections in Georgia.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke at a press briefing at the White House, Friday, April 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “He didn’t call for businesses to boycott, business have made that decision themselves, of course.    He also was not dictating that Major League Baseball move their game out of Georgia,” Psaki stated.    “He was conveying that if that was a decision that was made, that he would certainly support that.”
    Meanwhile, Georgia Democrats are at odds with Biden and have voiced their disappointment in the boycott, noting local business will suffer without the event.
    On Thursday, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) said “I absolutely oppose and reject any notion of boycotting Georgia.”    Ossoff added corporations who don’t agree with the law should not take it out on Georgians.
    His comments came in stark contrast to Biden’s, which relayed strong support for players who wanted to move the game.
    While his fellow Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) declined to comment on the boycotting of businesses in his state, failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams acknowledged the damage the boycotts have on the state.
    “I understand the passion of those calling for boycotts of Georgia following the passage of SB 202.    Boycotts have been an important tool throughout our history to achieve social change,” Abrams said.    “But here’s the thing, Black, Latino, AAPI, and Native American voters whose votes are the most suppressed under SB 202 are also the most likely to be hurt by potential boycotts of Georgia.    To our friends across the country, please do not boycott us.    And to my fellow Georgians, stay and fight, stay and vote.”
    However, Abrams went on to say the boycotts aren’t necessary.
    Conservatives have denounced the decisions made by several Georgia-based companies and have even called for boycotts of those companies as a response.

4/3/2021 Rep. Brady: Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Will Make America’s Tax Rate Worse by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 20: Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) spoke during a news conference June 20, 2018
on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    More Republicans are sounding the alarm on Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, saying the proposal will bring job growth in the U.S. to a halt.
    On Friday, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) told reporters the American Jobs Plan would damage international economic competitiveness and increase corporate taxes.
    Brady said he expects a number of companies to begin moving their operations overseas in order to avoid the huge tax hikes.
    “There is no question that this will drive American jobs overseas and at the end of the day, it’s not the corporations that will pay, it is the workers,” Brady stated.    “They will see flatter paychecks, thinner benefits, and again the risk of seeing their jobs go away.”
    Brady emphasized the Democrat’s legislation would “put America dead last in the world among our developing competitors.”

4/3/2021 Activists Push New Initiative To Clear Homeless Encampments In Seattle by OAN Newsroom
SEATTLE, WA – APRIL 06: People sleep outside on a sidewalk on April 6, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)
    Seattle activists proposed a new initiative which would end homeless encampments and fund housing for those affected.
    The new measure dubbed "Compassion Seattle" would require the city to ensure that parks, playgrounds and other public spaces be clear of encampments.
    Under the plan, Seattle would also be required to provide easy access to substance abuse services and deploy behavioral health rapid response teams as possible alternatives to law enforcement.
    Proponents of the bill said it would end the fight over what to do with the homeless in the city.
    “Well, I think this will end the political infighting and some of the dysfunction and disagreement on the approach,” Jon Scholes, CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association said.    “Because this sets forward what we believe the approach needs to be, that has been proven to work that will get people inside.”
    Activists need a little over 33,000 registered voters to sign the petition for the measure to make it onto the November ballot.

4/3/2021 GOP Rep. Boebert Criticizes Biden’s Focus On Woke Training At Expense Of National Security by OAN Newsroom
Lauren Boebert, the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado’s
3rd Congressional District. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)
    A GOP representative challenged the Capitol’s focus prior to Friday’s attack.    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took to Twitter Friday to question whether the FBI and DHS were too focused on “woke training” to foresee a potential threat from the suspect.
    This came as several Republicans have been critical of Biden for prioritizing a progressive environment at the expense of national security.
    In the meantime, while the event seems to be isolated, the suspect identified himself as a follower of the Nation of Islam on Facebook prior to the attack that left one officer dead.

4/3/2021 U.S. Capitol Attacker Who Rammed Car Into 2 Officers Was Member Of Black Nationalist Nation Of Islam by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard soldiers patrol near the U.S. Capitol after a car crashed into a barrier
on Capitol Hill near the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, April 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The man who rammed his car into the North Barricade of the U.S. Capitol, killing one officer, has been identified.    According to law enforcement sources, 25-year-old Indiana resident Noah Green crashed his vehicle into the officers at approximately 1 p.m. local time.
    On his Facebook page, Green described himself as a follower of the Black Nationalist Group, the Nation of Islam.    After his identity was revealed, the social media company removed his profiles on Facebook and Instagram, adding it would also take down “any content that praises, supports, or represents the attack or the suspect.”
    This came after Capitol Police reported two officers were injured during the incident on Constitution Avenue, during which Green hit them with his car.    He then exited the vehicle while wielding a large knife or machete, which prompted the officers to open fire.
    The officers and Green were taken to the hospital where Green later died from his wounds.    One of the officers, identified by U.S. Capitol Police as Officer William Evans, passed away while undergoing treatment.    The other officer’s identity has not been confirmed, but he is reportedly in stable and non-threatening condition.
    The Capitol building was placed on lockdown by authorities during the incident.    Lawmakers were put on recess and National Guard members were deployed to the scene to provide additional security.    A law enforcement official told the Associated Press, officers initially responded to reports of a shooting in a street near the Capitol.
    “At this time, the suspect has been pronounced deceased,” U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman said.    “Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were transported to two different hospitals.    And it is with a very, very heavy heart that I announce one of our officers has succumbed to his injuries.”
    The Acting Chief asked the public to continue to keep the U.S. Capitol Police and their families in its prayers.
    “This has been an extremely difficult time for U.S. Capitol Police after the events of January 6 and now the events that have occurred here today,” Pittman noted.
    Meanwhile, Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee has stated authorities believe the threat was not ongoing and has been neutralized.    Officials also said the attack does not appear terror-related.
    The FBI is now assisting the investigation.    Flags at the Capitol were ordered to fly at half-staff in honor of the deceased officer.    The lockdown has reportedly been lifted, though the National Guard remains in place.

4/3/2021 N.Y. Asian American Man Assaulted In Unprovoked Central Park Attack by OAN Newsroom
A person jogs at Central Park on March 30, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
    A man in New York City said there was no room for hate despite being the victim of an unprovoked attack that left him with a black eye.    According to the 38-year-old Asian-American on Thursday, he was physically assaulted by a random stranger while out walking with his family in Central Park.
    The man, who did not want to be identified, said the suspect had been pacing back and forth while muttering to himself before approaching his wife and five-year-old son.    The suspect then whispered something into his wife’s ear.    The victim told reporters his family believes they were targeted.
    “And I felt my face temporarily and it just felt like it was completely dislodged,” the victim recalled.    “It’s hard to tell if this was motivated by race, however, we believe that we were targeted, and whether it’s through the fetishes of Asian women in general and sort of the stereotypes they carry, we believe that it’s worth it for us to speak up.”
With the iconic Eldorado Apartments in the background a man jogs around the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Reservoir in Central Park March 16, 2021 in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Charges have yet to be filed as law enforcement investigates whether the attack was a hate crime.

4/3/2021 Gov. Kemp: MLB Caved To Fear & Lies From Liberal Activists by OAN Newsroom
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) said the MLB struck out with their decision to move their All-Star Game to a new host city.    During a press conference Saturday, Kemp called out the League’s leaders for succumbing to the pressure of the left.
    On Friday, the MLB announced their plans to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the outcry over a recently passed voting rights bill.
    “Yesterday, Major League Baseball caved to fear and lies from liberal activists,” Kemp said.    “They ignored the facts of our new election integrity law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community.    In the middle of a pandemic, Major League Baseball put the wishes of [Democrat] Stacey Abrams and Joe Biden ahead of the economic well-being of hardworking Georgians who were counting on the All-Star Game for a paycheck.”
    The MLB’s decision came as several big companies, including Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, have called for businesses to uproot their businesses from the Peach State.    This was is in response to election laws aimed at tightening up Georgia’s election system by enforcing stricter vote ID laws, unifying early voting hours and limiting mail-in ballots.
    Democrat opponents of the bill claim it targets minority communities and lessens their voices in the voting booth.    However, Kemp stressed the laws aren’t as restrictive as Democrat operatives claim them to be.
    He added, there are several blue states, namely New York, that have more restrictive election laws than Georgia does right now.
    “It’s easier to vote in Georgia than it is in New York,” Kemp continued.    “Even more ridiculous is that MLB didn’t cite a single reason that they disagreed with the bill in their statement.    Everyone standing here today and those at home know why: Because the facts and the truth don’t support their narrative.    It’s because the Election Integrity Act expands access to the polls and ensures the integrity of the ballot box.    Then why did MLB move the All-Star game yesterday?
    In the meantime, Governor Kemp has not shown any signs he will roll back the voting rights bill.    The Peach State governor was confident this will not have a snowball effect on Georgia’s economy, citing a good relationship between his office and the business community.

4/3/2021 Calif. Military Base Becomes Third To House Unaccompanied Migrant Children by OAN Newsroom
Migrants are seen in a green area outside of a soft-sided detention center after they were taken into custody
while trying to sneak into the U.S., Friday, March 19, 2021, in Donna, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    The Defense Department approved a request for a central California military base to house unaccompanied migrant children.    On Friday, a defense official confirmed that the request from Health and Human Services to house migrant kids at Camp Roberts was approved.
    The base, which is just two hours northeast of Santa Barbara, was the third to be approved by the Pentagon for this purpose.    Fort Bliss and Joint Base San Antonio in Texas were also used to house hundreds of migrant children seeking asylum.
Young minors talk to an agent outside at a pod in the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children
in the Rio Grande Valley run by the US Customs and Border Protection, (CBP), in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021. (Photo by DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    However, the dramatic spike amidst a global pandemic has resulted in added repercussions of overcrowded facilities despite efforts to test children for COVID-19.
    “While the children need guardianship and the military has the ability to accommodate Health and Human Services, it becomes a complex problem for logistics and sustainment,” Major General Michael T. McGuire, the director of Arizona’s Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, said.    “And here in Arizona, we’ve been battling a statewide COVID-19 emergency and anything we add to the plate of our great service members that are out there makes it that much more complicated.”
    Meanwhile, the Biden administration has scrambled to handle the historic immigration influx.
    In March alone, Customs and Border Protection reported more than 170,000 migrants.    Additionally, border officials said the facilities were overflowing with kids waiting to transfer to HHS facilities.
    “For example, if I have 600 children between the ages of 13 and 17, but they only have space for 400, then I’m only able to turn over 400,” Acting Executive Officer Oscar Escamilla stated.    “The rest I have to keep in my custody and that number grows every day.”
    The San Diego Convention Center also became a temporary facility for migrant kids as authorities work to reunite them with their families or find them a sponsor in the U.S.
    HHS officials said many of the children seeking asylum are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

4/3/2021 Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Ranked One Of The Least Effective Dem Lawmakers by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 18: U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) listens during a news conference to introduce the
Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act of 2021” at Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    A new study showed Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as one of the least effective Democrat lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
    According to the Center for Effective Lawmaking’s report, Ocasio-Cortez was ranked 230 out of 240 House Democrats in the 116th Congress and last of the 19 Democrat lawmakers in New York.
    It also pointed out how AOC introduced 21 “substantive” bills during that congressional term, yet none saw any action in committees or were brought to a vote.    Ocasio-Cortez did, however, rank higher than Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who came in 237 out of 240.
    The study indicated the most effective lawmakers tend to be “work horses” rather than “show horses,” with a focus on policy rather than speaking to the media.

4/3/2021 N.C. House Party Shooting Leaves 3 Dead, 4 Injured by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    A shooting at a North Carolina house party left three people dead and another four injured.    According to officials, law enforcement responded to reports of shots fired near a house in Wilmington early Saturday morning.
    When they arrived, officers found seven people who were suffering from gunshot wounds.    Three were pronounced dead on the scene, while the remaining four were taken to nearby hospitals.    Authorities said they had no suspects in custody, however, they believed the public was not in danger.
    Wilmington Police released the names of some of the victims of the tragedy, including two men: 22-year-old Zieyah Wade and 21-year-old Shamir Jones.    Additionally, a sixteen-year-old teenage girl passed away, but her name was not released as she is a juvenile.
    An investigation remains underway as detectives gather all leads.

4/3/2021 CDC Releases New Travel Guidelines For Vaccinated Individuals by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – MARCH 16: Travelers arrive for flights at O’Hare international Airport on March 16, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. On March 12, the
TSA screened more than 1.3 million travelers, the highest number since the start of the pandemic. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    The CDC released an update on travel guidance to allow fully vaccinated Americans to travel without getting tested or quarantining afterward.    While travelers were still expected to follow safety precautions, many shared the joy of falling back into some sort of normality.
    Despite a rising number of infections, the CDC assured it’s safe for Americans to start traveling two weeks after receiving their final vaccine dose.
BUFFALO, WV – MARCH 26: Jason Bledsoe, 44, of Hurricane, West Virginia receives the Covid-19 Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine as part of a
collaborative effort from the West Virginia National Guard, FamilyCare Health Centers and Toyota. (Photo by Stephen Zenner/Getty Images)
    “I think it’s great,” traveler Todd Baham stated.    “Everyone likes their freedom to a point.    We want to get back to some kind of normality.    So I’m OK with it, but I’m also not against anyone who’s not. To each their own.”
    The updated guidance is expected to provide much-needed relief to the travel industry, which was hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and has struggled to recover.

4/4/2021 President Trump: Happy Easter To All, Including Radical Left Crazies by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: President Donald Trump gave two thumbs up to the crowd on July 21, 2016 at the
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump wished the public a happy Easter, including those on the left.
    In a statement on Sunday, the President said “Happy Easter to all, including the radical left crazies who rigged our presidential election and want to destroy our country.”
    This came after President Trump released a similar message on Friday, asking why it is that every time 2020 election fraud is discussed, the fake news media calls it “baseless and unfounded.”
    He went on to say sadly there was “massive” fraud in the election, and many angry people understand that.

4/4/2021 Lawmakers Aim To Strike Balance On Capitol Security by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke at a press conference on
May 15, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
    Several lawmakers are working to address security at the Capitol in wake of Friday’s fatal attack.
    On Saturday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the death of Officer Billy Evans has only added to the need to address security at the Capitol in a comprehensive way.
    “Yesterday’s attack at the Capitol, which resulted in the death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans and injured another officer, has only added to the need to address security at the Capitol in a comprehensive way,” Schumer stated.
    Schumer went on to say Senate committees are already conducting bipartisan and extensive reviews to ensure the Capitol is as secure as possible.
    In the meantime, Republican lawmakers are working to find a balance between over the top security and allowing Americans access to the Capitol.

4/4/2021 Sen. Paul Condemns Coca-Cola Over Opposition To New Ga. Voting Laws by OAN Newsroom
ATKINS, IA – APRIL 25: Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke to guests at a campaign event at
Bloomsbury Farm on April 25, 2015 in Atkins, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is condemning Coca-Cola over it’s opposition to new election laws in Georgia.
    In an interview on Friday, Paul said Coca-Cola wants to make Americans feel like race is a predominant thing in everyone’s life, and make white people feel guilty or evil.
    “Here’s the thing, Coca-Cola is now telling people to apologize for being white, apologize for being arrogant, apologize for all these things, supposedly, that white people are doing, and that’s a very racist sort of philosophy,” Paul said.    “It’s this woke sort of critical race theory.    But it’s now infected a publicly-traded company.”
    Paul urged Americans to stay away from corporations like Coca-Cola.
SAN FRANCISCO – JANUARY 16: Bottles of Coca-Cola are shown on the shelf at Tower Market January 16, 2004
in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    The senator also blasted the left for suggesting election reform efforts are racist.    He pointed out the new laws aim to make it easier to vote, while making it harder to cheat.

4/4/2021 Rep. Arrington: Magnet Of Welfare Services Pulling Migrants Across The Border by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 23: Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) at SiriusXM’s Congressional Veterans Forum at the
Cannon House Office Building on May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
    Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) said pulling back on welfare for illegal immigrants would help stem the flow of illegal migration.
    Speaking to Breitbart News, Arrington described a recent visit he made to the southern border, calling it an “unprecedented disaster.”
    “As long as we’re providing taxpayer social services, as long as we’re providing health care, education and other social services and jobs to people who come across the border, people are going to come,” Arrington explained.
    He said to fight the building border crisis, the federal government needs to cut off the “magnet” pulling migrants across the border.    This includes businesses hiring and welfare benefits aimed at illegal immigrants.
    Arrington added there’s no doubt taxpayer services have significantly expanded under Democrat COVID-19 legislation.

4/4/2021 Broadway Lights Up Again After COVID-19 Closures by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 08: Closed Broadway theaters during the coronavirus pandemic
on April 08, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
    Broadway has lit up again after being closed for more than a year.
    Actor Nathan Lane and world-renowned tap dancer Savion Glover performed pieces to a masked, socially distanced crowd at the St. James Theatre on Saturday.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 15: The St. James Theatre shown on May 15, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
    Lane performed a piece called “Playbills,” that told the story of a Broadway super-fan living through the pandemic without theatre.
    Viewers and performers alike voiced their excitement to be back, despite having to abide by COVID-19 rules while at the theatre.
    “I was comfortable, I was comfortable,” audience member Zana McDowell said.    “It’s kind of weird being spaced out like that, but, you know, we got to do that because of the pandemic.”
    The theatre’s owner Jordan Roth said it was “the beginning of coming home.”

4/4/2021 Chicago Police To Release Footage Following Fatal Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Boy by OAN Newsroom
A picture taken on February 2, 2020 shows a flashing blue light of a police car. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)
    Chicago police are expected to release body camera footage following the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy.
    After calls from several local officials and members of the community, police on Friday said they’re going to release video footage as soon as possible.
    According to officers, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was recently shot and killed following an “armed confrontation.”    Police said the teen was armed and fled from officers with another suspect.
    Family and loved ones said Toledo’s death was the result of “unreasonable conduct of a Chicago police officer,” and are demanding justice.
    “They had a lot of options, but not kill him.    They could’ve shot at his leg, his arm, up in the air, I don’t know.    But not kill my baby,” Elizabeth Toledo, mother of the teen said.    “I just want to know what happened to my baby.”
    Toledo’s family has thanked everyone in the community for their immense support, and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with memorial expenses.

4/4/2021 GOP Lawmakers Target MLB Antitrust Immunity Following Decision To Remove All-Star Game From Ga. by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are shown at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in
the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images)
    Major League Baseball’s decision to pull their All-Star Game from Atlanta is now coming with repercussions from top Republican lawmakers.     On Friday, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the decision was in response to Georgia’s new voter reform. The move came amid growing calls from left-leaning activists to boycott businesses and corporations in Georgia that did not disavow the voter laws.
    Now, the decision could cost the league it’s decades old immunity.
    Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) took to social media first, announcing his staff was drafting legislation to remove MLB’s federal antitrust exemption.
    Back in 1922, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that antitrust law did not apply to Major League Baseball, because baseball is not considered interstate commerce.     This exemption does not apply to other professional sports like the NFL or the NBA.
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) agreed with Duncan, saying “it’s time for the federal government to stop granting special privileges to specific, favored corporations.     Especially those that punish their political opponents.”
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Lee was “exactly right,” suggesting the two senators would be working together to bring legislation to the floor.
    He even pointed to the league’s official sponsor list, questioning if they all opposed voter ID laws, or were disregarding the 75 million people who voted for President Trump.
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) maintains the new law will ensure elections are protected from voter fraud.    He criticized MLB in a press conference on Saturday, saying the decision to pull the game was an example of cancel culture and the league caving to Democrats’ criticism.
    “Major League Baseball caved to fear and lies from liberal activists,” Kemp stated.    “They ignored the facts of our new election integrity law and they ignored the consequences of their decision on our local community.”
    Georgia Republicans have even passed an amendment to revoke a tax break on jet fuel for Delta Airlines, after its CEO called the new law “unacceptable.”
    Republicans said the law is being misrepresented by Democrats, and businesses are being manipulated into political arguments.
    MLB has not specified where they will relocate the summer game to.


4/4/2021 President Trump: Boycott Businesses That Promote Woke Cancel Culture by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: President Donald Trump delivered a speech on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    President Trump called on Republicans to fight fire with fire in the war against “woke cancel culture.”
    In a statement issued on Saturday, the President encouraged the boycott of several companies, including the MLB, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines.
    This came in response for calls to boycott Georgia and their businesses over the outcry against a recently passed voting rights law.
    The President urged his supporters not to give up in the fight against socialism, saying the radical left will destroy America “if we let them.”

4/4/2021 Native Americans Protest Construction Of Canadian Pipeline In Minn. by OAN Newsroom
A Native American environmental activist shows an eagle feather to a construction worker in a bulldozer at the construction
site for the Line 3 oil pipeline near Palisade, Minnesota on January 9, 2021. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Native Americans called on the Biden administration to bar Canadian energy company Enbridge from laying down an oil pipeline in northern Minnesota.
    On Thursday, Native American activists gathered to protest the completion of the Line 3 Replacement Project.    The halfway finished oil pipeline is meant to replace the pipeline stretching from Wisconsin to Alberta, Canada.
    Opponents of the pipeline asserted Line 3 would bring damaging environmental effects to the region and comes in violation of numerous treaties between the government and indigenous groups of people.
A Native American environmental activist held a sign in front of the construction site for the Line 3
oil pipeline site near Palisade, Minnesota on January 9, 2021. (Photo by KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    “I’m going to implore you to cancel Line 3 for in perpetuity and any other pipelines that carry these fossil fuels,” activist Tania Aubid stated.    “As for the mining also, to cancel them for in perpetuity, because that is not the way of life here in northern Minnesota.”
    Proponents of the pipeline pointed to the countless jobs the project brings to a region impacted heavily by the financial effects of the pandemic.

4/4/2021 Sen. Blunt: Infrastructure Plan Would See Bipartisan Support With More Narrow Focus On Infrastructure by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 30: Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) spoke to the media following their weekly policy
luncheon on April 30, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) said he’s interested in investing in infrastructure, but the Democrats’ plan needs more focus.
    In an interview on Sunday, the Missouri lawmaker said he thinks if Joe Biden’s plan would invest in only infrastructure, there would be bipartisan support.
    Blunt explained he reached out to the White House and asked them to keep the plan narrowly focused on infrastructure, and leave out the other 70 percent that doesn’t.
    He said he hopes Democrats don’t want to force a partisan bill that has the opportunity to do something good.
    “There’s more in the package, George, for charging stations for electric vehicles, $174 billion, than there is for roads, bridges and airports, and ports,” Blunt said.
    The senator warned wrapping a bill in a popular term that only addresses a small part of that term is the difference between a bipartisan win and a very partisan bill.

4/4/2021 Miss. Gov. Reeves: Biden’s Spending Plan Is A Political Statement by OAN Newsroom
Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves. (Photo by ROGELIO V. SOLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves (R) has opposed Joe Biden’s plans to raise taxes to fund the latest Democrat spending wishlist.
    In an interview Sunday, Reeves said Biden’s plan would hardly improve America’s infrastructure, but it will erase millions of jobs in the private sector.    The governor added, Biden’s plan would direct huge sums of money to the Democrat Party agenda while leaving much less funding for actual infrastructure.
    “That is a political statement, it’s not a statement on trying to improve infrastructure in America,” Governor Reeves said.    “It looks more like a Green New Deal than an infrastructure plan. Infrastructure is a core function of the government. It is something that the federal government, state government, and local government should spend more of our resources on, but we don’t have to hike taxes by $2 trillion to do it.”
    Reeves added, Mississippi needs new infrastructure, just like any other state, but Biden’s plan does not address the needs of the American people.

4/4/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Refutes Report Of ‘Radioactive Water’ by OAN Newsroom
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) issued a state of emergency in three counties due to possible flooding in the Tampa Bay Area.    In a news conference Sunday, DeSantis said state and federal emergency teams are on stand-by at the Piney Point Reservoir.
    “So, what we’re looking at now, is trying to prevent and respond to, if need be, a real catastrophic flood situation,” DeSantis stated.
This aerial photo taken from an airplane shows a reservoir near the old Piney Point
phosphate mine, Saturday, April 3, 2021 in Bradenton, Fla. (Tiffany Tompkins/The Bradenton Herald via AP)
    He refuted mainstream media speculation that has called the potential flooding “radioactive water.”    The Florida governor said a possible flood is a bigger concern than the quality of water.
    “Water quality issues that are flowing from this, for us, is less than the risk of everyone’s health and safety, particularly folks who may live in the area,” DeSantis noted.    “So public health and safety is the top priority, and obviously, we want to protect in a way that minimizes any of the environmental impacts.”
    The Republican governor also stressed, the water is not radioactive and a flood will likely not happen.

4/4/2021 Report: President Trump Racked-Up More Support From Latino Community by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump arrives for a roundtable rally with Latino supporters. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Democrats are still scratching their heads over how President Trump gained ground in the Latino community in 2020. According to reports, the Latino vote for President Trump surged during the 2020 presidential election.    His popularity jumped more than 120 percent in several key states.
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 07: Supporters of President Donald Trump protest outside the Clark County
Election Department on November 7, 2020 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
    Democrat-aligned research organizations, including Equis Labs, claimed the newfound supporters favored President Trump’s immigration policies. Supporters were also critics of Democrat lawmakers shutting down schools and economies.
    Political analysts are champing-at-the bit to see if this trend continues into the 2022 midterm elections and beyond.

4/4/2021 Buttigieg: AOC Infrastructure Plan ‘Bolder’ Than Biden’s by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg commented on New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) push to make the infrastructure bill bigger. On Sunday, Buttigieg said AOC’s proposal was bolder than the already proposed $2 trillion plan.
    He said this was part of the bargaining process as Republicans have asked for a smaller bill and progressives have asked for something larger.    Recently, AOC urged Joe Biden to push for a $10 trillion bill, which she claimed to be “realistic.”    However, Buttigieg argued the bill has more than enough funding to develop America’s infrastructure.
    “There are obviously a lot of people on the other side of the aisle saying, ‘This is too big, too bold,” Buttigieg stated.    “And then, some of our friends on our side of the aisle are saying: It should be even bolder.’    Again, that’s a natural part of this conversation and this process, but let me stress, this is the biggest investment in American job creation proposed or, if achieved, since World War II.    This is a huge deal.”
    Republicans criticized the infrastructure bill for allocating only five percent of its budget for traditional infrastructure maintenance.

4/4/2021 Rosenstein: Wait, See What John Durham Finds On Crossfire Hurricane by OAN Newsroom
Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
    Former Deputy U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to keep the Russia probe alive.    During an interview Sunday, Rosenstein said the investigation was “not a witch hunt,” believing the DOJ had credible information.
    In 2017, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Muller to spearhead the investigation into Russian collusion with President Trump’s 2016 campaign.    This came after several Obama-era officials flagged the campaign in their Crossfire Hurricane operation.
    Rosenstein stood by his decision to look into Russian interference as he believed it would give closure to the American public.
    “The Special Council operates within the mandate of the Department of Justice, so there was a significant difference structurally in, of course, Special Counsel,” Rosenstein said.    “The reason I appointed him was because I believed that it was important to promote public confidence in the independence and outcome of the investigation of Russian election interference.”
    In the meantime, Rosenstein urged Americans to “wait and see” what Special Council John Durham finds regarding the origins of the Russia probe.    Durham has yet to reveal any findings of his investigation throughout his nearly two years looking into the matter.

4/4/2021 GOP Senator Blasts Infrastructure Bill For Removing 2017 Tax Cuts by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS). (Photo by Greg Nash – Pool/Getty Images)
    Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker (R) suggested Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill was not meant to pass with bipartisan support.    While speaking with NBC, Wicker said the removal of President Trump’s signature 2017 tax cuts was enough to lose all Republican support.
Senator Roger Wicker. (Photo by JONATHAN NEWTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    The senator said raising taxes will make it more difficult for states to restore their economies amid the pandemic.    He added, Biden’s tax increase will not only affect corporations, but small businesses too.
    “When you talk about big businesses and you say we should raise the tax rate from 21 percent corporate rate to 28 percent,” Wicker said.    “Let me just tell you, that’s going to cut job creation in the United States.”
    Wicker said he is willing to work with Democrats to produce a more bi-partisan plan and even named Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as a potential colleague.

3/26/2021 Exclusive: Software Vendors Would Have To Disclose Breaches To U.S. Government Users Under New Order: Draft by Joseph Menn, Christopher Bing and Nandita Bose
FILE PHOTO: The SolarWinds logo is seen outside its headquarters in Austin, Texas, U.S., December 18, 2020. REUTERS/Sergio Flores/File Photo/File Photo
    SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A planned Biden administration executive order will require many software vendors to notify their federal government customers when the companies have a cybersecurity breach, according to a draft seen by Reuters.
    A National Security Council spokeswoman said no decision has been made on the final content of the executive order.    The order could be released as early as next week.
    The SolarWinds Corp hack, which came to light in December, showed “the federal government needs to be able to investigate and remediate threats to the services it provides the American people early and quickly.    Simply put, you can’t fix what you don’t know about,” the spokeswoman said.
    In the SolarWinds case, hackers suspected of working for the Russian government infiltrated its network management software and added code that allowed the hackers to spy on end users.
    The hackers penetrated nine federal agencies and 100 companies, including Microsoft Corp and other major tech companies.
    The proposed order would adopt measures long sought by security experts, including requiring multi-factor authentication and encryption of data inside federal agencies.
    The order would impose additional rules on programs deemed critical, such as requiring a “software bill of materials” that spells out what is inside. An increasing amount of software activates other programs, expanding the risk of hidden>     The notification requirement will have the most immediate impact.    The rule aims to override non-disclosure agreements, which vendors have said limited information sharing, and allow officials to view more intrusions.
    The order also would compel vendors to preserve more digital records and work with the FBI and the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, known as CISA, when responding to incidents.
    In practice, the changes will occur through updates to federal acquisition rules.    Major software companies that sell to the government, like Microsoft and SalesForce, will be affected by the change, said people familiar with the plans.
    In the past, Congress has tried to establish a national data breach notification law but has failed because of industry resistance.    Such a bill would have obligated companies that experience hacks to disclose them publicly through government agencies.
    If finalized in close to the draft form, the executive order would partially achieve the broad disclosure goal.    A new law on public disclosure may also be introduced.
    The draft order would also create a cybersecurity incident response board, with representatives from federal agencies and cybersecurity companies.    The forum would encourage vendors and victims to share information, perhaps with a combination of incentives and liability protections.
(Reporting by Joseph Menn, Christopher Bing, and Nandita Bose; editing by Cynthia Osterman)

4/4/2021 ’60 Minutes’ Edits Exchange With Fla. Gov. DeSantis, Reporter by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gestures during a news conference Sunday, April 4, 2021, at the Manatee County Emergency Management
office in Palmetto, Fla. DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday after a leak at a large pond of wastewater
threatened to flood roads and burst a system that stores polluted water. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
    CBS has been accused of deceptively editing a fiery exchange between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and a reporter for “60 minutes.”    The exchange occurred during a recent press conference near Orlando with the governor speaking about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
    After the speech, a CBS reporter accused him of selecting Publix stores to distribute the vaccines due to pay-to-play schemes.    However, “60 Minutes” omitted other context from the press conference in which he said the first commercial pharmacies to distribute the vaccine were CVS and Walgreens.
    Meantime, the unedited version of the interview appears to have been removed from the “60-minutes” YouTube page.

4/5/2021 Biden Goes Back On Promise To Shield Families Making Under $400K/Year From Tax Hike In Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden arrives at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, March 31, 2021, to travel back
to the White House after announcing his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden is taking heat for appearing to lie about some of the funding behind his $2 trillion infrastructure package.
    Over the weekend, he said he will increase taxes on families making $200,000 a year.    While promoting it last month, however, the Democrat promised families making less than $400,000 per year would see no change in their taxes.
    “Paid for by asking big corporations, many of which do not pay any taxes at all, just to pay their fair share,” Biden stated.    “And it will not raise a penny tax on a family making less than $400,000 a year.    No federal tax, no addition.”
    Critics have said the infrastructure proposal will burden American families, especially while they are recovering from coronavirus lockdown orders.
    Despite his promise, Biden said after Easter break he will meet with lawmakers to push the plan forward.

4/5/2021 Chris Christie: Biden Is Lying To The American People by OAN Newsroom
File – Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) gestures as he speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton. (Mel Evans/AP Photo)
    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has accused Joe Biden of lying to the American people.
    In an interview Sunday, the Republican said Biden was lying about the new election bill in Georgia.    The legislation aims to ensure elections are protected from voter fraud.
    Christie also commented on the MLB’s decision to move this season’s All-Star Game out of the state.    He called the move a symptom of what’s happening in our country right now.
    “Joe Biden has broken his own rule, 84 days, and now he’s lying to the American people,” stated the Republican.    “He’s lying about this bill…he’s lying to the American people about it to cause this raging fire he said he was going to put out…I’m very disappointed.”
    Christie went on to say Biden is lying to cause racial divisions in this country and doing exactly what he accused President Trump of doing.

4/5/2021 Violent Crime On The Rise Nationwide Amid Pandemic by OAN Newsroom
A police officer holds a sign near the crime scene offering a reward for information on the person
who attacked a woman, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    Violent crime is on the rise nationwide and is showing no signs of letting up.    According to preliminary FBI data for 2020, the murder rate increased by about 25 percent last year while reaching above 20,000 for the first time since 1995.
    The data showed other crimes such as rape, robbery and assault shot up exponentially as well.    This reportedly marks the largest increase in violence since the 1960s.
    Experts said the rise cannot be attributed to any one factor, but they noted it’s highly likely the affects of the pandemic are partially responsible.    They pointed out there has been an increase in mental health-related issues, especially among young people since the start of COVID-19 lockdowns.
    Some experts have called the past year “a perfect storm,” which has led to the uptick in violent crime.    They particularly cited the Black Lives Matter protests and riots, the decrease of police funding in cities nationwide as well as the economic collapse amid coronavirus restrictions.
    Additionally, data shows these numbers have not changed for the first three months of 2021.

4/5/2021 1 Dead, Several Others Injured After Ambulance Rolls Over In N.Y. by OAN Newsroom
New York City Police Department Officer Rodney Hierro, right, keeps an eye on pedestrians and vendors along a busy section of Main Street in
Flushing, a largely Asian American neighborhood, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, in the Queens borough of New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
    One person is dead and at least eight others are injured in New York after a vehicle crashed into an ambulance and caused it to flip over.
    On Sunday, authorities said the ambulance was heading to a local hospital carrying a 95-year-old woman inside who was said to be in cardiac arrest.    Police said the woman unfortunately did not survive, though it’s unclear whether she died from injuries related to the crash.
    Witnesses told reporters that dozens of bystanders leaped into action to help tend to the victims.
    “Everybody was just helping each other out and trying to make sure everybody was good,” recounted Yonelby Almanzar, a Brooklyn resident.    “But you could see the ambulance workers just working their way out of the car and being helped by passersby.”
    Local authorities said an investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

4/5/2021 Small Landlords Struggle Under CDC’s Eviction Moratorium by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, tenants’ rights advocates demonstrate in front
of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
    Small landlords have continued to speak out about the devastating impact of the federal eviction moratorium on their livelihoods.    The CDC extended that moratorium through June 30 last week, in turn, putting more pressure on private property owners.
    One Houston-area landlord, who’s a partial owner of five apartment complexes and manages 11 other properties, spoke to the National Review about the hard decisions she’s had to make during this time. Most recently, she said she had to choose between reopening the pool for tenants or paying the electric bill.
    A class-action lawsuit was filed in March by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, which claims it’s unconstitutional for the CDC to impose such an order.
    The CDC claims the moratorium is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but landlords still face the struggle of paying for things like utilities, insurance, payroll for employees and even their mortgage regardless if tenants are paying their rent or not.

4/5/2021 McConnell: The Private Sector Needs To Stop Acting Like A ‘Woke Parallel Govt.’ by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the media at a COVID vaccination
site at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Major League Baseball’s decision to move the All-Star Game out of Georgia will reportedly cause the tourism industry to lose out on $100 million.
    The Cobb County Travel and Tourism Bureau said the rescheduled game will negatively impact both the county and state, further slowing economic recovery efforts in the region.
    This comes as the league decided to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the state’s passage of a new voting law, which imposes identification requirements for voters.    Critics have said the legislation will suppress minority voters while proponents of the law argue the bill will promote election integrity.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) took aim at corporate America for bending to the will of leftist ideals.    In a statement Monday, he warned there would be “serious consequences” if the private sector doesn’t stop acting like a “woke parallel government.”
    His comments came after the MLB made the decision to move the game based over the states new voter laws.    Several other companies have also caved to the left by issuing negatives about election integrity laws nationwide.
    McConnell noted, Americans don’t want big businesses to “amplify disinformation” or “react to every manufactured controversy.”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) suggested the MLB commissioner is being a hypocrite for moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia and keeping his membership with Georgia’s most prestigious golf club.    He sent a letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday, asking if he would terminate his membership with Augusta National.    This is an exclusive members-only club and annual host of The Masters.
    Rubio and other Republicans alike are calling it a political stunt that “reeks of hypocrisy.”

4/5/2021 Hunter Biden Fails To Explain Corrupt Dealings Overseas, Tax Probe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, Hunter Biden arrives at the inauguration of U.S. President-elect
Joe Biden on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool Photo via AP, File)
    In a recent interview, Hunter Biden attempted to blame President Trump for revealing his corrupt ties to the former Ukrainian regime.    He falsely claimed the calls to investigate his business dealings overseas were “illegitimatedespite the existence of material evidence suggesting money laundering and abuse of his father’s office as vice president.
    “I didn’t fully comprehend the level to which this former administration and the people around it would go,” Hunter claimed.
    He also failed to explain why he was taking large sums of money from Ukraine, the Kremlin and China.    On top of that, he didn’t provide a clear explanation of the ongoing federal probe into his taxes.
    “The difference between the politics you’re talking about in terms of the last 40 years is a very different game and I don’t want to ever again hand a weapon to people that would use it in an illegitimate way that they used the weapon of me against my dad,” Hunter stated.
    Commentators also noticed Hunter’s frail appearance, which has raised questions over his mental and physical health.

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4/6/2021 2 Terrorist Suspects In Custody After Attempting To Illegally Enter U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Two men are handcuffed together as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent pats them down before putting them in a van while
taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border, Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Hidalgo, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Two undocumented terrorist suspects wanted by the FBI have been detained.    In a statement on Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed two illegal immigrants from Yemen who were on the FBI’s terror watchlist and no-fly list are in custody after they were apprehended while illegally crossing the border near California ports of entry.
    Agents from the El Centro Station arrested one of the suspects in March.    During an interview on Monday, California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa stressed the 26-year-old terrorist suspect is a high value target.
    “We have always been just one slip up away from another 9/11,” he stated.    “The kind of disaster that happened on 9/11 can be done again with a truck load of fertilizer…can be done again with a stolen aircraft.”
    Meanwhile, the second Yemeni man was caught sneaking into the southern border in January while carrying a secret sim card hidden in his shoe.    Issa warned if the two aliens had been able to slip back into the general population, they could have been very difficult to find.    This presents a grave national security threat.
    “They’re simply coming into the neighborhoods to make money,” explained the representative.    “Hezbollah for example, targets trying to raise money for unsolicited activities and then fund attacks in Israel and Lebanon.”
    The congressman thanked Border Patrol agents for keeping California safe, especially as they are facing increasing strain under the recent surge of migrants.
    Deputy Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz also weighed in by stressing their resources are stretched “awfully thin right now.”    He noted that unfortunately, due to the shortage, “way over 100,000” people have managed to get across the border.    Ortiz added, he’s concerned for the upcoming summer months as criminal organizations are already taking advantage of the Biden administration’s weak border policies.

4/6/2021 Biden Struggling With Partisan Approach To Infrastructure by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 31, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden delivers a speech on infrastructure
spending at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Joe Biden’s running out of chances to show GOP lawmakers that he’s ready to ditch partisanship.    On Monday, he told reporters that he’s ready to fight for his $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill.    Republicans fear Democrats will push through the bill without their input much like they did with the massive coronavirus relief package passed last month.
    Several members of Biden’s cabinet have suggested he will push Democrat lawmakers to enact the budget reconciliation process to pass the bill.
    This would give the slim Democrat majority in Congress immense power over the bill by allowing lawmakers to pass the infrastructure plan by a simple majority.
    “It’s kind of interesting that when the Republicans put forward an infrastructure plan they thought everything from broadband to dealing with other things with trains were infrastructure,” Biden stated.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is leading he charge to deflate the bill and take a more moderate approach to infrastructure.    Additionally, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) proposed cutting the bill by 70 percent, dwindling the bill to around $615 billion.
    Republicans across the board have criticized the bill for only putting 5 percent of its budget towards traditional infrastructure.    Lawmakers claim this neglects important maintenance of roads, buildings and rural broadband throughout the country.
    Instead, a large chunk of the bill’s funds are allocated towards in-home care for elderly residents, affordable housing and electric vehicles.    In the meantime, Biden still has to convince key players in his own party to support the bill.
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a major swing vote, is pushing back against Biden’s plan to up the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent.    Manchin noted, there’s around six or seven Democrats who feel strongly about the tax hike.    He believes Biden’s plan could be broken up into three separate bills.

4/6/2021 Ga. Gov. Kemp: Woke Activists Do Not Care About Truth by OAN Newsroom
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball’s
decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league’s objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) said woke activists do not appear to care about truth.    During an interview on Monday, the Republican said it’s not surprising that far-left corporations are criticizing his efforts to strengthen election security.
    This comes as Atlanta-based Coca Cola publicly condemned Senate Bill 202, which the governor signed to reduce fraud in U.S. elections.    Kemp explained promoting backlash from these big companies is part of the left’s ongoing playbook.
    “They do not care about the truth…it is all about a narrative, it is all about an agenda,” he asserted.    “It’s all about the cancel culture, if you will, doing that to big corporations and supporters of the business environment we have in Georgia.”
    The governor believes most Americans will realize they are being lied to.    Meanwhile, Republican leaders have continued to sound off on large corporations putting their business where it doesn’t belong.

4/6/2021 Former USAID Administrator Becomes Global COVID-19 Response Coordinator by OAN Newsroom
Gayle Smith, the new State Department Coordinator for Global COVID-19 Response and Health Security, speaks about U.S. leadership
in fighting the coronavirus pandemic at the State Department in Washington, Monday, April 5, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    The Biden administration has appointed a new coordinator for its global COVID-19 response.    On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the former administrator for the Agency for International Development, Gayle Smith, will take on the role.
    This comes as many countries are putting pressure on the U.S. to share coronavirus vaccine supplies with them.    Smith addressed these concerns on Monday.
    “Our challenges now are to first shorten the lifespan of a borderless pandemic that is destroying lives and livelihoods all over the world, and the second is to ensure that we can prevent, detect and respond to those future global health threats we know are coming,” she stated.    “American leadership is desperately needed and I’m extremely confident we can rise to the occasion.”
    While in office, President Trump balked at the idea of vaccine sharing until every American had the chance to receive one.

4/6/2021 Md. Opens Vaccines For Everyone Over 16-Years-Old by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Monday, April 20, 2020 file photo, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan speaks at a news conference in Annapolis, Md.,
with his wife, Yumi Hogan, right, where the governor announced Maryland has received a shipment from a South Korean company
to boost the state’s ability to conduct tests for COVID-19 by 500,000. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
    Maryland has expanded COVID-19 vaccination eligibility. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Monday that starting Tuesday all residents 16-years-old and up will be able to get vaccinated at any of the state’s vaccination sites.
    “We urge Marylanders to please get vaccinated just as soon as you are able to,” stated the governor.    “These vaccines are proven to be safe and effective and are provided at no costs.”
    However, those who are 16 and 17-years-old will only be able to get the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only vaccine approved by the FDA for those ages.
    "Getting vaccinated will help keep you, your family and your community healthy and safe,” Gov. Hogan continued.    He stressed getting more people vaccinated as quickly as possible is the best defense against the coronavirus.

4/6/2021 Minneapolis Police Chief Says Chauvin Violated Dept. Policies by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, witness Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testifies as Hennepin County
Judge Peter Cahill presides Monday, April 5, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin
County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo claimed former officer Derek Chauvin violated several of the department’s ethics policies.    During day six of Chauvin’s murder trial Monday, the chief claimed the former officer did not follow proper de-escalation and use of force codes.
    Arradondo added, Chauvin’s actions to try to get George Floyd under control were reasonable at the beginning of the altercation.    He said once Floyd stopped resisting, however, Chauvin should have backed off.
    To continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy,” stated the police chief.    “Is not part of our training and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values.”
    However, the emergency room doctor who treated Floyd said his death could have come from several factors.    The doctor pointed to the drugs in Floyd’s system as well as the delay in CPR efforts, which both could have contributed to his death.

4/6/2021 Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Banning Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
A vaccination record card is shown during a COVID-19 vaccination drive for Spring Branch Independent
School District education workers Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The governor of Texas issued an executive order banning vaccine passports in the state.    On Tuesday, Republican Greg Abbott signed an order prohibiting state agencies from requesting a person’s COIVD-19 vaccination status.
    This comes as some progressives continue to push for vaccine passports as a mandatory means to return to normal life.    Abbott said as Texans return to normal life, however, vaccines will always remain confidential and voluntary.
    The governor also said the state will continue to vaccinate more Texans without treading on personal freedoms.

4/6/2021 Clear Link Between AstraZeneca Vaccine And Rare Blood Clots In Brain, EMA Official Tells Paper by Reuters Staff
FILE PHOTO: A vial with the AstraZeneca's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine
is pictured in Berlin, Germany, March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke
    ROME (Reuters) – There is a link between AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots in the brain but the possible causes are still unknown, a senior official for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in an interview published on Tuesday.
    However, the EMA later said in a statement that its review of the vaccine was ongoing and it expected to announce its findings on Wednesday or Thursday.    An AstraZeneca spokesman declined to comment on the matter.
    “In my opinion, we can now say it, it is clear that there is an association (of the brain blood clots) with the vaccine.    However, we still do not know what causes this reaction,” Marco Cavaleri, chair of the vaccine evaluation team at the EMA, told Italian daily Il Messagero.
    Cavaleri provided no evidence to support his comment.
    The EMA has repeatedly said the benefits of the AstraZeneca shot outweigh the risks as it investigates 44 reports of an extremely rare brain clotting ailment known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) out of 9.2 million people in the European Economic Area who have received the vaccine.
    The World Health Organization has also backed the vaccine.
    AstraZeneca has said previously its studies have found no higher risk of clots because of its vaccine.
    Cavaleri said the EMA would say in its review that there is a link but was not likely to give an indication this week regarding the age of individuals to whom the AstraZeneca shot should be given.
    Some countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, have suspending the use of the vaccine in younger people while the investigations continue.
    In response to Cavaleri’s comments, the Amsterdam-based EMA said in a statement on Tuesday: “EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has not yet reached a conclusion and the review (of any possible link) is currently ongoing.”
    The EMA said last week that its review had at present not identified any specific risk factors, such as age, gender or a previous medical history of clotting disorders, for these very rare events.    A causal link with the vaccine is not proven, but is possible and further analysis is continuing, the agency said.
    A high proportion among the reported cases affected young and middle-aged women but that did not lead EMA to conclude this cohort was particularly at risk from AstraZeneca’s shot.
    Scientists are exploring several possibilities that might explain the extremely rare brain blood clots that occurred in individuals in the days and weeks after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    European investigators have put forward one theory that the vaccine triggers an unusual antibody in some rare cases; others are trying to understand whether the cases are linked with birth control pills.
    But many scientists say there is no definitive evidence and it is not clear whether or why AstraZeneca’s vaccine would cause an issue not shared by other vaccines that target a similar part of the coronavirus.
    In a separate interview, Armando Genazzani, a member of the EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), told La Stampa daily that it was “plausible” that the blood clots were correlated with the AstraZeneca vaccine.
    The AstraZeneca vaccine is based on a modified chimpanzee adenovirus vector, ChAdOx1, developed at Oxford University, and is one of several adenovirus-vector COVID-19 vaccines.    The current vaccine rollout represents the first use of viral vector vaccines on such a global scale.

4/6/2021 WHO Does Not Back Vaccination Passports For Now – Spokeswoman by Reuters Staff
FILE PHOTO: Passengers check-in at airline counters at the Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International
Airport in Guadalajara, Mexico December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Fernando Carranza/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization does not back requiring vaccination passports for travel due to uncertainty over whether inoculation prevents transmission of the virus, as well as equity concerns, a spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
    “We as WHO are saying at this stage we would not like to see the vaccination passport as a requirement for entry or exit because we are not certain at this stage that the vaccine prevents transmission,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said.
    “There are all those other questions, apart from the question of discrimination against the people who are not able to have the vaccine for one reason or another,” she told a U.N. news briefing.
    The WHO now expects to review China’s COVID-19 vaccines Sinopharm and Sinovac for possible emergency use listing around the end of April, Harris said.
    “It’s not coming as quickly as we had hoped because we need more data,” she said, declining to provide more information, citing confidentiality.
    WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appealed last month to countries with excess vaccine supplies to donate 10 million doses urgently to the COVAX facility which it runs with the GAVI vaccine alliance.    Export restrictions by India left the vaccine-sharing programme short of supplies of AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
    Harris said she had no update on any countries stepping forward, adding: “We are very much looking for more vaccine.”

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4/6/2021 Governors Speak Out Against Potential Vaccine Passport Mandate OAN Newsroom
A picture taken on March 3, 2021 in Paris shows a vaccine vial reading “COVID-19 vaccine” and a
syringe on an European passport. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    Governors across the country are joining the GOP’s call to bar vaccination passports from becoming a requirement.
    Vaccine passports ultimately mandate travelers to show proof they have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in order to fly on an airplane.    However, Republicans are shedding light on the massive overreach this could inflict, and are raising concerns over its potential to tread on personal freedoms.
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) recently signed an order prohibiting state agencies from requesting a person’s vaccination status.    He said as Texans return to normal life, vaccines will always remain confidential and voluntary.
AUSTIN, TX – MAY 18: Texas Governor Greg Abbott is shown at the Texas State Capitol on May 18, 2020
in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
    “Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” Abbott stated.    “That is why I issued an executive order that prohibits government-mandated vaccine passports in Texas.”
    This came after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) banned the use of passports in his state last week.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 07: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is shown on October 07, 2019 in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    “With these vaccine passports it’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” DeSantis stated.    “We’re not supportive of that.    I think it’s something that people have certain freedoms and individual freedoms to make decisions for themselves.”
    The governors of Missouri and Tennessee are also backing the movement.
    Taking to Twitter this week, Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) said “I do not support a vaccine passport and have no intention of implementing one in the state of Missouri.”
    Gov. Bill Lee (R-Tenn.) said he’s even supporting legislation blocking any government-mandated vaccine passports, in an effort to ensure that getting vaccinated remains a personal choice.
    In the meantime, it appears the majority of Americans agree with Republicans on the matter.    According to a recent Rasmussen poll, only 44 percent of likely voters believe they’re a good idea.
    As of now, New York is the only state mandating vaccine passports.

4/6/2021 President Trump Slams MLB: ‘Woke Is Not Good For Our Country’ by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 25: President Donald Trump held a joint news conference with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri
in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump said people should boycott baseball over MLB’s response to Georgia’s new voting law.
    In an interview on Tuesday, he said people are giving up on baseball, adding “woke is not good for our country.”    He went on to slam professional baseball’s decision to move this year’s All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver over election law changes.
Players took part in batting practice as a light rain descended on Coors Field Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Major League Baseball announced that
Coors Field will be the venue for the 2021 All-Star Game after the Midsummer Classic was moved out of Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
    He said he thinks the people of Georgia will suffer over a bill he believes is watered down.
    President Trump called the move unfair, adding the organization wasn’t actually familiar with the bill when it announced its decision to relocate the game.
    “Everybody was ok with it, then as soon as Stacey Abrams speaks up, they end up folding, and it should be the opposite.    We have more people than they do,” President Trump stated.    “The people should boycott those companies that are all of a sudden so righteous.”
    The 45th President went on to say boycotts would encourage companies to return to states they themselves are boycotting.    He also repeated his previous criticism of Georgia’s new election law, noting it’s less stringent than voting laws in Colorado.

4/6/2021 Key Witness In Chauvin Trial Invokes Fifth Amendment by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Morries Hall appeared via video as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discussed motions before the court
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in
Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    A key witness in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin invoked the Fifth Amendment.
    On Tuesday, the lawyer for George Floyd’s longtime friend Morries Lester Hall said he is pleading the Fifth, in fear of self-incrimination.
    Body camera footage shows Hall sitting next to Floyd in the car when police arrived. He was also in the Cup Foods store with Floyd before the arrest.    Documents revealed there were several warrants out for Hall’s arrest for firearm possession, domestic assault and drug possession.
    The judge instructed defense attorney Eric Nelson to prepare written questions for Hall’s attorney to review.
In this image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discussed motions before the court Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis
police Officer Derek Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    “I think we can pretty, we have pretty much established or based on what Mr. Nelson has said, there’s really a very small, narrow topic that might be permissible,” Cahill stated.    “So, what I’m going to do is I’m going to ask Mr. Nelson essentially to draft to in written question form, with the expected answer based on whatever statements were made, on what that would be.”
    The judge then instructed Hall and his attorney to discuss which questions he would be willing to answer.

4/6/2021 McConnell: Corporations Should Not Be Intimidated By The Left by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), addressed the media at a COVID-19 vaccination
site in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called out corporations for trying to influence how states pass laws.
    During a press conference on Tuesday, McConnell said it’s “stupid” for corporations to pull businesses out of states who pass laws they don’t like.    The lawmaker was responding to MLB’s decision to move their All-Star Game out of Georgia over a recently passed voting rights law.
    He claimed the move was hypocritical, noting several blue states that have more restrictive voter eligibility laws, including New York and Delaware.
    “So my warning, if you will, to corporate America is to stay out of politics,” McConnell stated.    “It’s not what you’re designed for.    And don’t be intimidated by the left into taking up causes that put you right in the middle of one of America’s greatest political debates.”
    McConnell added it would be unwise for these corporations to alienate Republicans who use their products.

4/6/2021 Joe Biden Says Everyone Will Be Vaccine Eligible On April 19 by OAN Newsroom
Syringes wand vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered in
Reno, Nevada on December 17, 2020. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden announced all adult Americans will become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination on April 19.
    During a press appearance on Tuesday, Biden said he is updating his self-imposed deadline of May 1.    He claimed supply of vaccines has grown and more doses are on the way across the nation.
    The new deadline is two weeks ahead of Biden’s previous deadline.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke to reporters on Tuesday about the vaccine availability.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House,
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “We’ve reached 150 million shots in arms since entering government and that by April 19, all adult Americans will be eligible to get the vaccine,” Psaki stated.
    “That doesn’t mean they will get it that day.    It means they can join the line that day if they have not already done that beforehand.”
    Psaki went on to clarify this doesn’t mean everyone will receive a vaccine, just that everyone will then be eligible to schedule one starting on April 19.

4/6/2021 Sen. Paul: MLB & Others Attack Ga., Work With Chinese Communist Party by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 30: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke during a brief news conference on January 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called on Americans to boycott Major League Baseball for attacking Georgia’s election laws while doing business in China.
    On Tuesday, the Kentucky senator said Americans must boycott each and every company that attacks laws meant to uphold the integrity of U.S. elections.    He explained that while MLB is attacking Americans fighting for voter integrity, they’re cozying up with the Chinese Communist Party.    He pointed to the lavish new contract between MLB and the Chinese firm Tencent, which was signed last week.
    Paul’s remarks are supported by President Trump and millions of Americans.
    “Delta Airlines also has ties with Communist China, it’s probably all just a big coincidence,” political commentator JP Sears said.    “Moving along, even Barack Obama took a break from controlling things behind the scenes to congratulate Major League Baseball for taking a stand, against America, and for Chinese Communism.    Here.”
    Paul added Americans must openly oppose and stand up to the intimidation and harassment by large corporations.    He said the likes of MLB, Coca-Cola, Delta and others “would rather associate with Communist China,” and conservatives should “fight back.”

4/6/2021 Calif. Gov. Newsom Unveils Plan To ‘Reopen’ On June 15 by OAN Newsroom
Governor Gavin Newsom spoke with news reporters at Park de la Cruz Recreation Center on Friday,
April 2, 2021 in San Diego. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
    California’s ruling Democrats rolled out a plan to reopen the state’s economy, while keeping most of the unconstitutional restrictions on its citizens.
    On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) said economic activity in California will be mostly allowed to resume on June 15, unless the number of COVID-19 cases “grows” again.
    However, the state’s face mask mandate will remain in place indefinitely, along with so-called “social distancing” and the pressure to vaccinate.    It remains unclear if Sacramento Democrats plan to introduce a COVID-19 passport for greater population control.
    “We are announcing today that on June 15, we will be moving beyond the blueprint and we will be getting rid of the colored tiers.    We will be moving past the dimmer switch,” Newsom stated.    “We will be getting rid of the blueprint as you know it today.    That’s on June 15 if we continue the good work.”
    California has had one of highest numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths among U.S. states, despite a harsh year-long lockdown that killed thousands of businesses and ruined millions of lives in the process.

4/6/2021 Report: Biden Infrastructure Plan Built On Falsehoods by OAN Newsroom
BURLINGTON, IA – AUGUST 07: Joe Biden delivered remarks about White Nationalism during a campaign
press conference on August 7, 2019 in Burlington, Iowa. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden seems to be basing his infrastructure plan on a misrepresentation of data. A report from Tuesday revealed Biden’s promise that the massive legislative package would generate 19 million new jobs was based on a flawed understanding of economic projections.
    Biden’s claim was based on a Moody’s report, yet analysts pointed out that report estimated almost 17 million of those new jobs would have been created regardless.    This means the vast majority of what Biden is promising would not be an effect of his plan at all.
    During an interview on Monday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed those false claims.
Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg spoke during the 2019 J Street National Conference at the Walter E. Washington
Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on October 28, 2019. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    “I should be precise about this, so Moody’s modeled a future, a scenario, where the American Jobs Plan is passed,” Buttigieg explained.    “In that scenario, they see the American economy creating 19 million jobs, and that’s 2.7 more than if this bill doesn’t pass.    So the point is, this will contribute to a scenario where we create that many jobs.”
    GOP lawmakers have criticized the plan, arguing the tax increases would kill jobs and only five percent of its budget would go towards traditional infrastructure.

4/6/2021 Mexico Opens Shelters To House Deported Migrants by OAN Newsroom
Ana Maria Moreno Portillo from Guatemala embraces her daughter after they were deported from the U.S., at the Kiki Romero Sports Complex in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,
Monday, April 5, 2021. The sports complex was adapted as a shelter because of the growing number of migrants being deported daily. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)
    Authorities in Mexico repurpose a gym in response to increased numbers of migrants being deported from the U.S.    The growing number of illegal immigrants denied entry to the U.S. has forced officials in a city on the Rio Grande to find new places to house them as other shelters have reached maximum capacity.
    The gym is meant to be a temporary shelter capable of holding 400 people.
    “The situation has already overwhelmed us in terms of shelters, we must have a dignified place to receive them,” said Rogelio Pinal, a human rights officer in Ciudad Juarez.    “To protect families who are on the streets, especially mothers with children.”
    While children traveling alone are permitted to remain in U.S. facilities to seek asylum, nearly all single adults are expelled to Mexico.    The circumstances have resulted in many families self-separating in Mexico to increase the chances of their children getting to stay in the U.S.

4/7/2021 Biden Praises Companies For Standing Up To Ga. While Critics Warn They Are Playing Into China’s Hands by OAN Newsroom
FILE – President Joe Biden speaks after meeting with leaders from Georgia’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander community,
at Emory University in Atlanta, in this Friday, March 19, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Joe Biden has encouraged large corporations to crack down on individual states while repeating falsehoods about Georgia election integrity laws.    On Tuesday, he expressed support for Delta Airlines and the MLB to withdraw operations from Georgia over the state’s new voter laws.
    “It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” Biden stated.
    Republicans are pushing back against these claims, however, with former Georgia Rep. Doug Collins even writing an op-ed listing a number of false claims made by Democrats regarding the law that have already been refuted by left-leaning networks.
    Political commentator J.P. Sears expanded on Collins argument while pointing out that many of the companies like Delta, who are backing the push against Georgia, have business dealings with China that they would like to protect.    He said, “the airline has ties with Communist China.”    Sears added that China’s economic ties to the U.S. are a strong enough motive to lead them to attempt to meddle in U.S. affairs.
    Biden, the MLB and Delta have all failed to condemn the Uighur genocide in China, where they all have commercial interests.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has called on Americans to boycott Major League Baseball for attacking Georgia’s election laws while doing business in China.    He said Tuesday that while MLB attacks Americans fighting for voter integrity, they are cozening up with the Chinese Communist Party.    He pointed to the lavish new contract between MLB and the Chinese firm Tencent, which was signed last week.
    Nevertheless, Paul believes that MLB will change their tune when they realize that “publicly traded businesses usually don’t get involved in politics because it hurts their bottom line.”    To drive Paul’s point home, Georgia lawmakers have already abolished the tax breaks for Delta in response to its far-left political activism while the MLB continues to face a nationwide boycott by patriotic Americans across the country.

4/7/2021 Calif. Homicide Suspect In Custody After Dangerous Pursuit by OAN Newsroom
35-year-old James Michael Reed (Photo/ handout / Missouri State Highway Patrol)
    A murder suspect in Southern California is in custody after leading law enforcement on a dangerous two-hour car chase.    On Tuesday evening, police arrested 35-year-old Michael Reed when he crashed his vehicle into a semi-truck at an intersection in Pamona, California.
    The car chase began around 5:30 p.m. local time as the suspect drove through red lights and attempted to go in the opposite direction.    The semi-trucker who stopped the pursuit said he purposely attempted to block the suspects path.
    “I waited for him,” said Ahmed Shabaan, the semi-truck driver.    “Then when I just waited for the right moment and I blocked him and hit him because if I didn’t stop him, he was going to kill somebody else and that was my main concern.”
    Reed is wanted on suspicion of carjacking and evasion while also being the suspect for a deadly shooting in Oildale.    Both Reed and an additional female passenger were taken into custody at the scene.

4/7/2021 Ore. Gov. Brown Touts Political Repressions To ‘Eradicate Trump Forces’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. ( AP File Photo/Don Ryan)
    Democrat Oregon Gov. Kate Brown plans to use local law enforcement to conduct political repressions against Republican voters.
    “The actions of the Trump administration were abysmal and absolutely abhorrent in this state and we worked with our local enforcement to eradicate these forces from our state,” she stated.
    In a recent interview, Brown pledged to wipe out Trump supporters from Oregon for their political views.    She also appeared to defend Antifa militant Michael Reinoehl who stalked, attacked and killed a Trump supporter in Portland.    Reinoehl was later killed in a shoot-out with federal agents.
    “We want to make sure that Oregonians can continually to peacefully protest to uphold those voices that ask for change, and we will continue to support those efforts to eradicate racism from our institutions, from our structures and from our systems,” Brown continued.
    Critics said the structures that Brown describes as “racist” have been run by the governor and her Democrat peers for decades.    In the meantime, Portland has continued to reel under the pressure of political violence and far-left terror.

4/7/2021 Republican Kathy Barnette Announces Run For Senate In Pa. by OAN Newsroom
Kathy Barnette talks to supporters during a rally on Oct. 31, 2020, in Trooper, Pennsylvania. (Laurence Kesterson/ AP Photo)
    Pennsylvania Republican Kathy Barnette has launched her Senate bid in what’s shaping up to be a crowded field on both sides.    She announced her candidacy in a Twitter video Tuesday.
    Barnette said she’s running to be the first black Republican woman elected to the U.S. Senate while taking a swipe at Joe Biden.    She referenced a comment Biden made on the campaign trail in which he told African American voters they weren’t black if they voted for President Trump.
    The GOP candidate spoke directly to Biden in her message while making it clear what she intends to bring to the upcoming race.    Barnette went on to say she will fight against cancel culture and conservative censorship.

4/7/2021 EU Medicine Regulator Warns Of Blood Clots With Astrazeneca Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
A door sign shows the batch of AstraZeneca vaccine currently used at a vaccination center
in Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
    The European Union medicine regulator has warned blood clots are a possible side effect of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine.    According to reports Wednesday, the European Medicines Agency said it found the vaccine carries the risk of causing “unusual blood clots.”
    The agency reported 18 deaths in its review of 84 clotting cases reported in the EU out of around 25 million people who have been vaccinated.    Despite the risk, the agency said the benefits of the vaccine outweighs the side effects.
    “Our safety committee, the Pharmacovigilance and Risk Assessment Committee of the European Medicines Agency, has confirmed that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine in preventing COVID-19 overall outweigh the risks of side effects,” stated Emer Cooke, the executive director of the agency.
    The regulator has commissioned more research into the link between the vaccine and the clots.    According to the agency, a plausible explanation for the clots is an immune response, which was seen mainly in women under the age of 60.

4/7/2021 Dems Face Criticism Over ‘Everything Is Infrastructure’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg speaks at
Union Station in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    Democrats have been mocked over their “word games” regarding Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan.    On Wednesday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted: “Paid leave is infrastructure, childcare is infrastructure, caregiving is infrastructure.”
    The Democrat prompted ridicule for the remarks, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz replying “whatever the left wants is infrastructure.    You know what’s not? Roads and bridges.”    He then stated that “only 5 percent of Biden’s ‘infrastructure bill’ is roads and bridges.”
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg essentially confirmed this is how the Democrats and White House operate: By putting an appealing label on a bill and hiding partisan intentions.
    “Then there’s this other line of objection that we hear,” Buttigieg claimed.    “i>‘These are all good things to do, but this piece or that piece, we don’t agree that that’s infrastructure.’    There’s this semantic debate that’s opening up, and to me, it’s a little bit beside the point.    I can’t imagine why somebody would say, ‘well yes I’m for broadband we should definitely have rural broadband, but I’m going to vote against it, because I don’t think it meets the traditional definition of infrastructure.’    If it’s a good policy, vote for it, and call it whatever you like.”
    Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr. weighed in on the name game.
    “I don’t think any of those things are infrastructure, but you know what is?” Trump Jr. questioned.    “The wall.”

4/7/2021 Doctor Slams CDC For Delayed Virus Guidelines by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 07: A CDC hand washing guideline is seen on a screen as a passenger passes
by at Metro Center Station April 7, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    A doctor has criticized the CDC for its delay on updating coronavirus guidelines.    On Tuesday, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, Dr. Ashish Jha, said the CDC should have updated its “Cleaning Household Surfaces” guidelines long before this week.
    This came after the CDC announced on Monday that soap and water were adequate to keep the virus from spreading on surfaces.
    “Basic hand hygiene is really important,” Dr. Asish Jha said during an interview with CNBC.    “A little wipe down is fine, but let’s not obsess.    Let’s not wipe down groceries.    I stopped recommending people do it.    I don’t understand what took CDC so long to really be clear about this.    This virus is spread through the air, it is not spread through surfaces largely.    We’ve got to focus on keeping the air clean.”
    The doctor also slammed the CDC for its inconsistency with public health messaging, saying it has been a pattern over the course of the pandemic.

4/7/2021 Biden Praises Companies For Standing Up To Ga. While Critics Warn They Are Playing Into China’s Hands by OAN Newsroom
FILE – President Joe Biden speaks after meeting with leaders from Georgia’s Asian-American and Pacific Islander community,
at Emory University in Atlanta, in this Friday, March 19, 2021, file photo. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Joe Biden has encouraged large corporations to crack down on individual states while repeating falsehoods about Georgia election integrity laws.    On Tuesday, he expressed support for Delta Airlines and the MLB to withdraw operations from Georgia over the state’s new voter laws.
    “It is reassuring to see that for-profit operations and businesses are speaking up about how these new Jim Crow laws are just antithetical to who we are,” Biden stated.
    Republicans are pushing back against these claims, however, with former Georgia Rep. Doug Collins even writing an op-ed listing a number of false claims made by Democrats regarding the law that have already been refuted by left-leaning networks.
    Political commentator J.P. Sears expanded on Collins argument while pointing out that many of the companies like Delta, who are backing the push against Georgia, have business dealings with China that they would like to protect.    He said, “the airline has ties with Communist China.”    Sears added that China’s economic ties to the U.S. are a strong enough motive to lead them to attempt to meddle in U.S. affairs.
    Biden, the MLB and Delta have all failed to condemn the Uighur genocide in China, where they all have commercial interests.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has called on Americans to boycott Major League Baseball for attacking Georgia’s election laws while doing business in China.    He said Tuesday that while MLB attacks Americans fighting for voter integrity, they are cozening up with the Chinese Communist Party.    He pointed to the lavish new contract between MLB and the Chinese firm Tencent, which was signed last week.
    Nevertheless, Paul believes that MLB will change their tune when they realize that “publicly traded businesses usually don’t get involved in politics because it hurts their bottom line.”    To drive Paul’s point home, Georgia lawmakers have already abolished the tax breaks for Delta in response to its far-left political activism while the MLB continues to face a nationwide boycott by patriotic Americans across the country.

4/7/2021 San Francisco School Board Unanimously Votes Against Controversial Renaming Plan by OAN Newsroom
Abraham Lincoln High School is seen in San Francisco, on Jan. 27, 2021. The embattled San Francisco school board is poised to reverse a
decision to rename 44 schools in an effort to avoid costly litigation and tone down national criticism. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
    The San Francisco Board of Education will no longer push forward with a controversial plan to change the names of dozens of schools in the interest of so-called social justice.    The school board made that unanimous vote on Tuesday and said it seeks to avoid frivolous litigation.
    This comes as San Diego’s former mayor and leading candidate to recall Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, Kevin Faulconer, led a charge against the schools’ renaming.    Legal experts have said the move would have undoubtedly legal action against it.
    “This approach of basically sort of suggesting they have a corner on morality and dictating to everyone else from the top down as to what should go on with their school, and that is not an acceptable approach,” stated attorney Paul Scott.
    This also comes as recall efforts against members of the San Francisco Unified School District Board kicked off this week.    On Monday, the city’s Department of Elections gave the green-light for residents to begin circulating petitions to recall the board’s president, vice president and commissioner.
    The deadline for the petitions is September 7 as roughly 51,000 signatures are needed in hopes of moving forward with the recall efforts.

4/7/2021 “60 Minutes” Defends Heavily Edited Clip On Fla. Vaccine Rollout, Gov. DeSantis Blasts Program As ‘Smear Merchants’ by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Legacy media program “60 minutes” has stood by its widely criticized report covering Florida’s vaccine rollout.    In a statement Tuesday, a spokesperson for the CBS run show doubled down on the reporting.
    Critics called out the “60 Minutes” piece for reporting the DeSantis administration did not respond to requests for comments regarding the story.    The spokesperson said that they did reach out and received no reply or statements declining to comment, while the governor’s office said the show completely ignored its perspective and instead aired a misleading report.
    “They went for the smear, they’ve been caught red-handed,” DeSantis noted.    “Now, see, all these corporate media people, they all scratch each other’s back.    A lot of them are just pretending it didn’t happen. They’re not going to police their own.”
    The program also defended using a heavy video edit to show a misleading response from the governor.    The spokesperson said, “As we always do for clarity, ’60 Minutes’ used the portion of the governor’s over two-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent.”
    In reality, a sizable portion of the response was omitted, according to transcripts of the original press conference.    Gov. DeSantis stood his ground against the mainstream media Tuesday.
    “They cut out everything that showed that their narrative was a piece of horse manure,” DeSantis stated.    “And it shows you how dishonest — these are smear merchants.    That’s why nobody trusts corporate media.”
    The governor slammed CBS, saying they knew what they were doing was a lie.    DeSantis added, they continued to lie about his vaccine rollout because they did not want to let go of the narrative.
    “I know corporate media thinks that they can just run over people,” DeSantis said.    “You ain’t running over this governor.    I’m punching back and I’m going to continue to do it until these smear merchants are held accountable.    The fact of the matter is: Florida has vaccinated three-and-a-half-million senior citizens.    We are the first state in the country to put seniors first.    The result of our efforts is that seniors are much less likely to be hospitalized for COVID than they were 6 months ago.”
    DeSantis went on to tout Florida’s successful vaccine rollout as a huge team effort.    He continued to call out the media for not being able to handle the truth.

4/7/2021 Biden Poll Numbers Sink As Admin. Refuses To Acknowledge Crisis At Border by OAN Newsroom
Border Patrol agents apprehend a group of migrants near downtown El Paso, Texas following the congressional
border delegation visit on March 15, 2021. (Photo by JUSTIN HAMEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    A sobbing and abandoned child was one of the latest scenes to come out of the growing crisis along the southern border.    On Tuesday, reports detailed the boy’s plight.    They said an agent patrolling the Rio Grande border came across the 10-year-old walking along a rural road in Texas.
    The Nicaraguan boy said he awoke to find the group of more than 180 people he was traveling with had left him behind.    He was taken to a border patrol facility where he was fed and given medical attention.    CBP called the incident “all too common” and said smugglers often abandon children in remote areas with no regard for their well-being.
    This was compared to a scene just days earlier, in which smugglers could be seen dropping toddlers from a 14-foot border fence in the middle of the night.    The Biden administration, however, has steadfastly refused to describe the growing number of illegal immigrants as a “crisis.”    Instead, the administration has referred to the border as a “situation” or “challenge.”
    This lack of clear messaging could be the very thing to sink the Biden administration when it comes to the issue of immigration.    New reports cited a Hill-HarrisX poll, which showed 44 percent of registered voters said Joe Biden bears the responsibility for the migrant surge.    This was in comparison to the 28 percent who put the blame on President Trump.
    Despite the pressure on the Biden administration to acknowledge the problem, it has continued to address anything but.
    “Right now, [Joe Biden] and his team would rather talk about anything other than the border,” Ballotpedia Editor-at-Large Scott Rasmussen said.    “They’re happy to talk about the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, they’re happy to talk about COVID response, happy to talk about infrastructure spending because at least at some level they can build popular support for each of their actions on those issues.”
    Authorities in Texas have called the crisis “overwhelming” by saying they’ve never seen so many migrants risking their lives to cross the Rio Grande River.    Republicans have also pressed DHS officials on why illegal immigrants are being released into the U.S. without documentation or court dates.
    According to recent reports, border patrol agents have begun releasing migrant families in a move to ease pressure on agents and overcrowded facilities.    The practice reportedly began in late March in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.    Agents said they stopped issuing court notices in some cases because preparing documents can often take hours.
    CBP hasn’t said how many illegal immigrants were released without documents, however, almost 25,000 notices were issued in January and February.

4/7/2021 Augusta National Chairman Addresses Ga. Voting Law by OAN Newsroom
Chairman Fred Ridley waits on the first tee for the start of the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur
golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The chairman of the Augusta National Golf Course discussed the new Georgia voting law. On Wednesday, Chairman Fred Ridley spoke to reporters and was asked whether or not he and the organization approved of the new law.
    Ridley appeared to avoid giving a direct answer, but added his input wasn’t going to be helpful in reaching a resolution.    He did, however, acknowledge that voting is an American right.
    “I don’t think that my opinion on this legislation should shape the discussion,” Ridley stated.    “As I stated in my previous comments, I believe and I am confident that every member of this Club believes that voting is an essential fundamental right in our society and that anything that disadvantages anyone to vote is wrong and should be addressed.”
    His comments came after the passage of Georgia’s new voting law, which has gained national attention.

4/7/2021 Biden Suggests Only Vaccinated Can Celebrate 4th Of July, Accuses Non-Masked Americans Of ‘Spreading Virus’ by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks during an event on the American Jobs Plan in the South Court Auditorium on the
White House campus, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden appeared to endorse the idea of segregating American society based on COVID vaccination records.    In a video address Tuesday, Biden appeared to suggest only vaccinated Americans would be able to celebrate the Fourth of July and participate in other public events.
    “So you’re able to get in the backyard with a small group of people, friends and neighbors, and celebrate Independence Day because you’ve been vaccinated,” Biden stated.
    Biden also condemned those who reject the vaccine, stirring further concerns about their possible segregation from social life.    The threat came a day after former Texas Congressman Ron Paul (R) criticized the idea Americans need to get a shot just to participate in basic society.
    Paul asserted the government has been wrong since day one, adding the mandated lockdowns amounted to an aggressive overreach of an already too-powerful federal government.
    “That solidifies, you know, the whole concept that our life belongs to the government,” Paul said.    “I always said the military draft and was a symbol of who owns our body, and the Internal Revenue Service, because they own everything and allow you how to spend it.”
    He went on to say it would also be wrong to suggest compliance with a medical procedure is the only hope of regaining basic liberty.
    “Hopefully that the people finally wake up and say ‘that’s enough,'” Paul added.    “I am not going to put up with a passport, you know, identifier in my body.”
    Paul called on Americans to speak out against the White House’s seemingly never-ending string of coronavirus orders.    He stressed how time is running out.

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4/8/2021 Cameron, Tenn. AG sue Biden - Claim tax cut limit is unconstitutional by Joe Sonka, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron sued the administration of President Joe Biden Tuesday to block it from enforcing a provision of the American Rescue Plan Act prohibiting states from using new federal funding to offset state tax cuts.
    Cameron filed the lawsuit along with Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III against Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, who heads the federal agency tasked with certifying that states’ plans for using the federal funds comply with the law.
    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed last month, provides $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 relief, including nearly $200 billion to assist state governments — with limitations on how such funds can be spent.
    Kentucky will receive $2.6 billion in ARPA funds, roughly half of which the General Assembly appropriated in their recently ended legislative session, with most directed to infrastructure projects and the repayment of a federal unemployment insurance loan.
    The lawsuit — filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky — argues the law’s restriction against states using the funds to directly or indirectly offset a tax reduction is an unconstitutional mandate and “unprecedented power grab by the federal government” that “usurps the states’ sovereign authority” to enact their own tax policies.
    In a press release announcing the lawsuit, Cameron said Kentuckians expect the state’s tax policies “to be set by the men and women they elect to represent them in the general assembly, and not as a result of an edict from the federal government.”
    “These COVID relief funds are essential to helping the commonwealth and hardworking Kentuckians recover from the effects of the pandemic, and it is unconstitutional for the Biden administration to hold the funds hostage if we don’t agree to Washington’s preferred tax policies,” Cameron stated.
    Cameron was one of 21 Republican attorneys general to write Yellen on March 16, asking for the Treasury to adopt a more “sensible interpretation” on ARPA language and allow states to have more leeway on tax cuts.
    Yellin replied a week later that Congress has a well-established right to place “reasonable conditions on how states may use federal funding,” adding that “nothing in the Act prevents states from enacting a broad variety of tax cuts.”
    “If states lower certain taxes but do not use funds under the act to offset those cuts — for example, by replacing the lost revenue through other means — the limitation in the act is not implicated,” Yellin stated.    Under the act, if states run afoul of the rule prohibiting the use of ARPA funds to offset tax cuts, they would have to pay back the Treasury that same amount of the offsets.
    The Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, a left-leaning think tank, has cautioned that several bills passed by the legislature giving tax breaks to different business industries could violate ARPA provisions and force Kentucky to pay back hundreds of millions of dollars to the federal government.
    The lawsuit filed Tuesday by Cameron countered Yellin by saying that this claw-back provision gives the tax mandate a “broad and ambiguous scope,” which “has the likely and foreseeable effect of chilling legislative action by the states that affect tax revenue.”
    The Treasury is still crafting further guidance on how ARPA funds can be used and how the tax provisions will be administered.
    At least 16 states had filed a similar lawsuit challenging ARPA’s tax mandate before the attorneys general of Kentucky and Tennessee filed their complaint Tuesday.
    Reach reporter Joe Sonka at and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka.

4/8/2021 Texas Governor Details Allegations Of Child Abuse In Migrant Facilities, Slams Admin. For Lack Of Action by OAN Newsroom
A masked Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks at a news conferenced about migrant children
detentions Wednesday, March 17, 2021, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) called the migrant crisis at the southern border a “health and safety nightmare” amid new allegations of abuse in holding facilities.
    Two state agencies made accusations of child abuse, sexual assault and lack of food for the minors on top of a shortage of staff members to oversee the Freeman Coliseum facility, where hundreds of teens are being held.
    In San Antonio on Wednesday, Abbott called the accusations “outrageous.”    He said the facility is in terrible condition and should be shut down immediately.
    “The children who are in this facility should be moved to other federally run facilities, where the federal government has the space, personnel and resources to ensure their safety,” stated the governor.
    This comes as the U.S. continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic.    Abbott said minors who catch the virus are not being properly separated from others, in turn, further spreading the virus.    Additionally, he said there are not enough resources to help the sick recover.
    In late March, Abbott reached out to Joe Biden in a letter in which he called for the White House to address the issue.    However, the governor said Biden has “failed to act” and slammed the administration for its “reckless open border policies” that encourage sending minors to the U.S.
    “The Biden administration opened borders, the administration failed to prepare for the influx of children that they invited to come,” stated the Republican.    “Now they face allegations of despicable child abuse and neglect, this must end.”
    While the governor expressed frustration over a lack of action, he tapped a team to investigate the allegations of abuse.
    “While we wait on the Biden administration to act, I am directing the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigating these allegations,” Abbott explained.
    The governor said if the allegations prove to be true, he will request the minors be sent away to a better suited location.
    “The Biden administration has already said they have other locations across the entire country,” he noted.    “Certainly they must have locations that have better staff, better safety measures, situations where children will not be subject to abuse like this.”
    In the meantime, Abbott echoed that he would send investigators out immediately and there could be results within days.

4/8/2021 Rep. McCarthy Calls On Harris To Attend Border Terror Briefing by OAN Newsroom
File – House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks on Capitol Hill. (Susan Walsh / AP Photo)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R) said he knows Kamala Harris has not been to the border since she was dubbed Joe Biden’s border czar.
    While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, McCarthy revealed Border Patrol has seen a high influx of migrants from countries like Yemen and Sri Lanka crossing the U.S. southern border.
    The Republican lawmaker went on to says he’s requested a classified briefing on two Yemeni men on the FBI’s terror watch list who were seen crossing the border on two separate occasions this year.    He’s also requesting Harris attend that briefing to see how out-of-hand the border crisis has become.
    McCarthy stressed that border security should be a bipartisan issue.
    “Our border agents are overwhelmed and they deserve the help of their federal government,” stated the minority leader.    “I’m calling on (lawmakers) to put politics aside, let’s work together for the security of our nation.”
    McCarthy accused the Biden administration of trying to distract Americans from noticing “how much of a disaster” the border has become.

4/8/2021 Portland Adopts New $6M Crime Reduction Plan, Gives $0 To Police Dept. by OAN Newsroom
File – Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell attends a news conference. (AP Photo)
    The Chief of Police in Portland, Oregon appears hesitant to support a new proposal to reduce shooting violence.    On Wednesday, Chief Chuck Lovell said that gun violence prevention was a “complex issue” and that in order to combat the recent surge in reported incidents, the police department would need more support.
    The proposal was adopted unanimously by the city council early Wednesday and allocates $6 million to promote a “holistic approach to community safety.”    While organizations like the park ranger program are slated to receive funds, Lovell pointed out that the police department would get nothing.
    “We welcome any resources that are going to help, long and short term, to address this in our community,” stated the police chief.    “We continue to field our enhanced community safety team and our homicide detectives, and our investigative resources are working hard to bend the curve on gun violence in the city.”
    After the riots during the summer of 2020, a number of police officers in Portland resigned leaving the department with nearly 100 vacancies.
Lovell warned demanding an already short-staffed department to do extra work with no additional resources could result in slow response times to other crimes across the city.

4/8/2021 Political Consultant Says ‘We Have To Personalize And Individualize Our Language’ Regarding Vaccines by OAN Newsroom
Sharis Carr, a nurse at the Aaron E. Henry Community Health Service Center in Clarksdale, Miss., holds a vial of the
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine that was administered to seniors, Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The Mississippi Department of Human Services is in the
initial stages of teaming up with community senior services statewide to help older residents get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
    Political consultant Frank Luntz suggested the coronavirus vaccination process needs to be more “personalized.”    In an interview Wednesday, he argued Americans have to “individualize our language” when asking for what we want.
    Luntz went on to address why some people are hesitant to get one shot versus getting two and vice versa.    He said the difference in vaccine preference was political.
    “The hesitancy among Trump people is more for the Johnson & Johnson, the hesitancy among the Biden people is more for the two vaccines rather than the one,” he explained.”
    This comes after a recent poll by Pew Research Center showed many Americans are hesitant to get vaccinated because they aren’t sure it will be enough to end restrictions under the current administration.
    “It’s different for different people; we have to personalize and individualize our language,” Luntz continued.    “We have to think not from our perspective, but from the perspective of people we want vaccinated and for business leaders they have to put themselves in the minds and concerns of the employee because that’s what really matters.”
    In the meantime, the lifting of coronavirus restrictions appears to vary between states with some remaining in the lockdown mindset despite an increase in the number of people being vaccinated.

4/8/2021 Commerce Secy. Raimondo Praises President Trump For China Tariffs by OAN Newsroom
Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden’s Commerce Department secretary actually praised President Trump’s tariffs on China.    During a press briefing on Wednesday, Gina Raimondo admitted American jobs are being saved on part of the former administration’s actions.
    The secretary credited their tariffs on Chinese-made aluminum and steel as well as hitting Chinese products to challenge their unfair trade practices.    Raimondo pointed out that the metal industry is especially benefiting.
    “With respect to tariffs, there is a place for tariffs you know, the 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum have, in fact, helped save American jobs in the steel and aluminum industries,” she stated.    “So what do we do with tariffs? We have to level the playing field.”
    The Commerce Department chief added, China has proven they will do whatever it takes to tip the economy in their favor.

4/8/2021 Kevin Faulconer: Californians Are Tired Of Democrat State Leadership by OAN Newsroom
Governor Gavin Newsom speaks with news reporters at Park de la Cruz Recreation Center on Friday, April 2, 2021 in San Diego about the
San Diego’s newest pop-up vaccination site in the City Heights neighborhood. (Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
    Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said more Californians are joining the fight to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D).
    During an interview Wednesday, Faulconer, who is challenging Newsom, said residents in the Golden State are crying out for new leadership with members from all parties coming together to recall the Democrat. He asserted California needs someone who can actually be governor and get results without making empty promises.
    County election officials have until April 29 to verify the submitted recall signatures.

4/8/2021 U.S. Senate Moves Ahead With Sweeping Effort To Counter China by Patricia Zengerle and David Brunnstrom
FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American
company in Beijing, China, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a meeting on April 14 to consider major bipartisan legislation to boost the country’s ability to push back against China’s expanding global influence, Senate sources said on Thursday.
    The draft measure, seen by Reuters and titled the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, mandates diplomatic and strategic initiatives to counteract Beijing, reflecting hard-line sentiment on dealings with China from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
    The bill is intended to address economic competition with China, but also humanitarian and democratic values, such as imposing sanctions over the treatment of the minority Muslim Uighurs and supporting democracy in Hong Kong.
    It stressed the need to “prioritize the military investments necessary to achieve United States political objectives in the Indo-Pacific.”    It called for spending to do so, saying Congress must ensure the federal budget is “properly aligned” with the strategic imperative to compete with China.
    It would expand the scope of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which scrutinizes financial transactions for potential national security risks. However, like many provisions of the bill, this clause could be changed as it moves through the committee and full Senate.
    The draft legislation calls for an enhanced partnership with Taiwan, calling the democratic self-governed island “a vital part of the United States Indo-Pacific strategy” and saying there should be no restrictions on U.S. officials’ interaction with Taiwanese counterparts.    China considers Taiwan a breakaway province.
    The bill also says Washington must encourage allies to do more about Beijing’s “aggressive and assertive behavior.”    And it calls on every federal department and agency to designate a senior official to coordinate policies with respect to strategic competition with China.
    “The United States must ensure that all Federal departments and agencies are organized to reflect the fact that strategic competition with the PRC is the United States top foreign policy priority,” the draft said, using the acronym for the People’s Republic of China.
    Another clause would limit assistance to countries hosting Chinese military installations, saying Beijing uses its so-called Belt and Road Initiative to advance its security interests and facilitate greater military access.
    Introduced by Senators Bob Menendez, the committee’s Democratic chairman, and Jim Risch, its ranking Republican, the draft bill was released to committee members overnight to allow a markup, a meeting during which the panel will discuss amendments and vote, in a week.
    The measure is Foreign Relations’ contribution to a fast-track effort in the Senate announced in February by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass legislation to counter China.
    “Congress is extremely focused on the various challenges that China poses to American interests and is trying to develop effective responses that are within its purview,” said Center for Strategic and International Studies Asia expert Bonnie Glaser.
    The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on April 14 on its bipartisan measure, titled the Endless Frontier Act, to bolster the U.S. semiconductor industry.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Toby Chopra, Jonathan Oatis and David Gregorio)

4/8/2021 Northern Irish Leaders Set Aside Arguing To Urge End To Violence by Jason Cairnduff
Protesters are seen at the "peace wall" gate into Lanark Way as protests continue in Belfast,
Northern Ireland, April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
    BELFAST (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government put aside factional differences on Thursday to appeal for calm after more than a week of nightly violence partly fuelled by frustration among pro-British unionists over post-Brexit trade barriers.
    Hundreds of youths in the British province’s capital Belfast set a hijacked bus on fire and attacked police with stones on Wednesday in scenes reviving memories of decades of sectarian and political strife that claimed some 3,600 lives prior to a 1998 peace deal.
    The latest violence has injured 55 police officers and seen boys as young as 13 and 14 arrested on rioting charges.
    “We are gravely concerned by the scenes we have all witnessed on our streets,” said the compulsory coalition, led by rival pro-Irish Catholic nationalists and pro-British Protestant unionists.
    “While our political positions are very different on many issues, we are all united in our support for law and order and we collectively state our support for policing,” its statement added.
    Britain’s minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, said he would meet Northern Irish community and political leaders on Thursday.    To the south, Ireland’s government had urged the province’s leaders to come together after days blaming each other.
    Irish nationalists Sinn Fein and others accused First Minister Arlene Foster’s Democratic Unionist Party of inflaming hostilities with their opposition to the new trade barriers that their supporters feel erase part of their UK identity.
    After London left the European Union’s (EU) orbit at the start of this year, checks and tariffs were introduced on some goods moving from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland as the province was now bordering the bloc via EU member Ireland.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised there would be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as result of Brexit, and unfettered trade between the province and the rest of the United Kingdom. But critics of the departure deal say a border is now in effect in the Irish Sea, leaving unionists feeling betrayed by London.
    The DUP has also pointed to a police decision last week not to prosecute Sinn Fein for a large funeral last year that broke COVID-19 regulations.    They called for     Northern Ireland’s police chief to step down over the matter.
    Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said a number of factors were responsible for the anger, and that the post-Brexit trading arrangements were clearly one of them.
    Foster said on Thursday that when politics appeared to be failing people, some would offer “destruction and despair.”
    “We cannot allow a new generation of our young people to fall victim to that path or be preyed upon by some who prefer the shadows to the light,” she told the regional assembly, which was recalled to discuss the clashes.
    Police said on Thursday that in some instances adults had stood clapping while youngsters committed crimes of violence.
    Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Fein said the spreading of trouble to confrontation between the unionist and Irish nationalist communities was a dangerous escalation and that it was a miracle nobody had died.
    Large groups threw fireworks, bricks and petrol bombs at each other late on Wednesday from either side of one of Belfast’s so-called “peace walls” that have divided the two communities in parts of the city since the so-called “Troubles” began.
    Parts of the region remain deeply split 23 years after the Good Friday peace deal.    Many nationalists aspire to unification with Ireland while unionists want to stay in the United Kingdom.
    The European Commission, which is in talks with the British government to try and ease some of the trade barriers, condemned the violence.
    “This needs to stop before somebody is killed or seriously injured,” added Ireland’s Coveney on national broadcaster RTE.    “These are scenes we haven’t seen in     Northern Ireland for a very long time, they are scenes that many people thought were consigned to history.”
(Additional reporting and writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin; Editing by Nick Macfie, Andrew Cawthorne and Angus MacSwan)

4/8/2021 Despite Biden Claim, Most Migrant Families Not Being Expelled To Mexico by Ted Hesson
FILE PHOTO: An asylum-seeking migrants' family waits to be transported by the U.S. Border Patrol after crossing the
Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in La Joya, Texas, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Go Nakamura/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. border agents expelled roughly a third of migrant parents and children traveling together and caught crossing the southwestern border in March, according to U.S. government data, undercutting a claim by President Joe Biden that most families are being sent back to Mexico.
    About 17,000 of the nearly 53,000 parents and children caught at the border in March were expelled under a COVID-related public health order known as Title 42, an administration official said during a background briefing with reporters on Wednesday.
    The rest were placed in U.S. immigration proceedings, in keeping with the practice before Title 42, which was implemented under former President Donald Trump in March 2020.
    “We’re sending back the vast majority of the families that are coming,” Biden said during a March 25 news conference.    “We’re trying to work out now, with Mexico, their willingness to take more of those families back.”
    Commenting on the apparent disconnect between Biden’s statement and the latest figures, White House spokesman Vedant Patel said the administration’s policy is to expel single adults and families to Mexico under Title 42 if they are caught crossing the southwest border illegally, but he added that does not always happen.
    “In the event that Mexico is not able to receive an individual or a family, they are placed in immigration proceedings in the United States,” he said in a statement.
    Biden has defended his administration’s handling of a rise in border crossings in recent months.    Republicans have criticized Biden, a Democrat, for easing some     Trump-era restrictions, arguing his policies have encouraged illegal immigration.    Biden and his top officials have blamed Trump for dismantling systems to receive asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors.
    Overall, more than 172,000 migrants were caught at the U.S.-Mexico border in March, according to the administration official.    Of those arrests, roughly 168,000 people were picked up by border patrol agents between ports of entry – the highest monthly tally since March 2001, when nearly 171,000 were caught.
    Reuters reported similar preliminary border arrest figures last week.
    For much of last year, unaccompanied children arriving at the border were expelled to Mexico under Title 42, but Biden exempted them from the expulsions in February.
    Since then, a rising number of unaccompanied children have been taken into custody at the border and allowed into the United States to pursue immigration cases.    The increase has caused crowded conditions in border stations and processing centers.
    In March, border agents caught about 19,000 unaccompanied children attempting to cross the border, the administration official said on Wednesday, up from roughly 6,000 in January.
    The administration official, who requested anonymity to discuss the border figures with reporters, said the expulsion of families back to Mexico is limited by Mexico’s ability to receive them in the state of Tamaulipas, which sits across from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, where many families have been arriving.
(Reporting by Ted Hesson in Washington; Additional reporting by Nandita Bose; Editing by Ross Colvin and Aurora Ellis)


4/8/2021 Joe Biden Announces Gun Control Executive Orders by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden gestures as he speaks about gun violence prevention in the Rose Garden at the
White House, Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden announced plans to address gun violence by pushing for tighter restrictions.    In the Rose Garden Thursday, Biden called U.S. gun violence an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.”    His new orders tackle so-called “ghost guns,” which are usually homemade or 3D printed and are known to not have serial numbers.
    Biden has then asked the DOJ to mandate tougher rules regarding pistol braces and called for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.    He has also proposed removing liability protections for gun manufacturers.
    During his announcement, Biden attempted to downplay conservative concerns over infringing on the Second Amendment.
    “There are phony arguments suggesting that these are Second Amendment rights at stake for what we’re talking about,” Biden claimed.    “But no amendment — no amendment to the Constitution is absolute.    You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded movie theater and call it freedom of speech.    From the very beginning, you couldn’t own any weapon you wanted to own.    From the very beginning the Second Amendment existed, certain people weren’t allowed to have weapons.    So the idea is just bizarre to suggest that some of the things we’re recommending are contrary to the Constitution.”
    Ahead of the announcement on the new orders, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the White House was attempting to trample over constitutional Second Amendment rights given to Americans.
    He added, Biden is soft on crime, but is able to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens.

4/8/2021 Biden Gun Executive Action Risks Turning Millions Of Gun Owners Into Felons by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden will sign executive orders to
prevent gun violence and announced his pick of David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Second Amendment advocates warned executive action taken by Joe Biden will accidentally make millions of gun owners into felons.    During his appearance Thursday, Biden described his gun initiatives, including heavy regulation on AR-15 style pistols.
    The difference between an AR rifle and a pistol is a “pistol brace” that enables the weapon to be stabilized while firing it.    Gun critics said the brace is a “loophole,” which allows a rifle to be regulated as a pistol.
    “A stabilizing brace essentially makes that pistol a hell of a lot more accurate, and a mini rifle,” Biden claimed.    “As a result, it’s more lethal, effectively turning it into a short-barreled rifle.”
    An estimated 3.4 million AR pistols have been sold since the “Assault Weapons Ban” expired in 2004.    In late 2020, ATF withdrew a proposal to classify weapons with pistol braces as short-barreled rifles after congressional pushback.

4/8/2021 McConnell Still Banking On Dem Defectors To Block Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Democrats’ infrastructure plan “goes way beyond what the idea means to working Americans.”    McConnell shared his criticism in a tweet Thursday along with a clip of him speaking about the topic in Kentucky.
    The Republican lawmaker acknowledged there was broad bipartisan support for tackling the issue.    However, he said the $2 trillion proposal laid out by the Biden administration was a trojan horse for tax hikes and bad liberal policies.
    McConnell has remained hopeful there will be enough Democrats who don’t support the plan so it could get reworked.
    “They have very narrow majority in the House and a really, really narrow majority in the Senate,” McConnell noted.    “Hopefully, there will be some Democrats that share our views that we ought to tackle infrastructure in a more modest way, targeted at the problem and credibly paid for, rather than adding it to the national debt.”
    McConnell reiterated he supports an infrastructure overhaul, but only considers that to include items like roads, bridges and broadband.

4/8/2021 Daily Mail Releases New Evidence Of Hunter Biden’s Depravity by OAN Newsroom
Hunter Biden and Barbara Bush arrive to the inauguration of U.S. Joe Biden on the West Front of the
U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    British media released new evidence of Hunter Biden’s sexual and drug escapades.    According to the Daily Mail Thursday, Biden’s new book was designed to gloss over his immoral lifestyle while omitting key details of his illegal activities.
    The Mail found thousands of text messages dating back to 2019, which showed Hunter Biden begging his father Joe to run for president in order to save Hunter’s reputation.
    The texts also showed how Hunter repeatedly avoided police action over his purported ties to drug dealers.    He apparently used the Secret Service to cover up his alleged binges with drugs and prostitutes back in 2018.
    Additionally, Hunter reportedly expressed the intent of making pornographic films with those prostitutes.

4/8/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis To Sue Federal Gov’t Over Hindering Cruise Lines From Resuming Operation by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference, Thursday, April 8, 2021, at PortMiami in Miami. DeSantis announced a
lawsuit against the federal government and the CDC demanding that cruise ships be allowed to sail. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced he’s suing the federal government over its decision to keep the cruise industry shut down.    DeSantis announced the lawsuit against the Biden administration, the Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC during a press conference Thursday.
    Cruise lines have been banned from operating since March of 2020, following COVID-19 outbreaks and deaths on several ships.    According to reports, the ban has affected 60,000 south Floridians employed by the cruise lines by cutting hours and even some jobs entirely.
    “What most people don’t realize is the impact this has on vendors, business partners, communities, including the folks right here in Port Canaveral,” Disney Cruise Lines President Tom Mazloum said.    “Governor, they’re struggling.    Let’s get people back to work.    The health situation has changed.”
    The CDC required all cruise lines to pass a series of health and safety protocols, but has yet to announce a solid date on when cruise lines can set sail again.

4/8/2021 Biden Ridiculed For Ignorant Claim Planes Can Fly At 21,000 Mph by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 08: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House
April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden will sign executive orders to prevent gun violence and announced his pick of
David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden made an ignorant remark about the speed of U.S. airplanes, which stirred further questions about his cognitive abilities.
    “We’re going to talk about commercial aircraft flying at subsonic speeds, supersonic speeds, be able to figuratively… if we decide to do it, be able to traverse the world in an hour, travel at 21,000 miles an hour,” Biden claimed.
    According to scientists, an aircraft speed of 21,000 mph as touted by Biden would amount to “Mach32,” which is physically impossible in the Earth’s atmosphere.    The fastest U.S. airplane was the Lockheed SR72, which clocked a top speed of 2,200 mph, but it retired in 1999.    Any object traveling at 17,500 mph would melt in the atmosphere, but Biden apparently wants to go faster than that.
    “Imagine a world where you and your family can travel coast to coast without a single tank of gas, or a high-speed train close to as fast as you can go across the country in a plane: Take a look – Do you think China is waiting around to invest in this digital infrastructure on research and development?”    Biden questioned.    “I promise you they are not waiting.”
    However, Biden appeared to suggest his $2 trillion infrastructure spending plan would make airplanes fly 14-times faster in defiance of the laws of physics.

4/8/2021 275 Sheriffs Sign Letter Urging Biden To Secure Border by OAN Newsroom
Young minors who tested positive for Covid-19 sit in the ground at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied
children in the Rio Grande Valley run by the US Customs and Border Protection, (CBP), in Donna, Texas. (Photo by DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Nearly 300 sheriffs across multiple states signed a letter calling on Joe Biden to put the safety of the American people before politics.    Their request was in regards to what they call Biden’s “reckless” border policies.
    One sheriff in Massachusetts said he and other sheriffs have made this point to Biden several times, but he has continued to ignore their warnings.    Another sheriff out of Maryland expressed his concern about an uptick in crime in his own community due to Biden’s lax policies.
Young minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied
children in the Rio Grande Valley run by the US Customs and Border Protection. (Photo by DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    “It absolutely terrifies me,” Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis noted.    “It terrifies me for our country’s future, it terrifies me as a citizen of the state of Maryland because these drug trafficking organizations are well-entrenched in Maryland today.”
    The sheriffs claim open borders do not work and instead expose Americans to more gangs, violence, drugs, human trafficking and national security threats.

4/8/2021 Report: Brexit Helped U.K. Evade EU’s COVID Bureaucracy by OAN Newsroom
CARMARTHEN, WALES – APRIL 07: A nurse prepares the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, at the West Wales General Hospital
in Carmarthen, on April 7, 2021 in Carmarthen, Wales. (Photo by Jacob King – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
    A new report found Brexit helped the U.K. escape the European Union’s bureaucracy when it came to its handling of the coronavirus.    According to the Free Beacon on Thursday, the U.K. was able to approve and administer COVID vaccines and medicines quicker and more efficiently than the EU.
    Experts said the EU is now struggling to ensure the safety of its citizens amid a rising number of reports detailing potentially deadly side effects allegedly caused by vaccines.    Meanwhile, Britain’s COVID response has been more coherent.
    However, critics said Britain’s COVID lockdown was too stringent and unnecessary.
    “And the people need to get back to work,” London resident David Ross said.    “Society needs to get back to normal, so this is great news, but everything should be open.    Schools: 100%.    Everything back open again.    I think we’re over the worst of it.    They keep talking about third, fourth, fifth wave.    These are politicians, not scientists or doctors.    So bring it on, I say.”
    Currently, the EU expects to reach herd immunity by June while the U.K. plans to remove all COVID restrictions that same month.

4/8/2021 Portland Directs $6M To Fighting Gun Violence With None Going Toward Funding Police by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – JULY 29: Federal officers walk past a veterans memorial during a dispersal of a protest against racial injustice and police
brutality in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    Portland’s city council directed $6 million toward combating rising gun violence, however, none of it will be used to fund the police.    The money will instead be put toward neighborhood community groups with $1.4 million of it to hire additional park rangers.
    These unarmed park rangers will patrol the city’s parks 24-hours a day through the end of the year.    According to critics, the same programs the council wants to create already exist within the Police Bureau and the additional rangers won’t deter criminals.
    “I know the level of respect they won’t get,” Randy Philbrick of Portland for Positive Impact stated.    “As we’ve already seen this week, with a couple park rangers getting a taser pulled on them. So we’re setting these guys up for failure.”
    Portland has recorded more than 280 shootings since the beginning of 2021.    This came after the city council voted in 2020 to disband the Police Bureau’s “Gun Violence Reduction Team.”

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4/9/2021 Report: Biden’s Push To Expand Solar Energy Risks Fueling China’s Humanitarian Crisis by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2011, file photo, solar panel installation continues at a rapid pace at
the Mesquite Solar 1 facility under construction in Arlington, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
    Joe Biden is barreling full-steam ahead in transitioning the U.S. to green energy, but his efforts are hitting a humanitarian roadblock.    A Washington Free Beacon article, released Thursday, shed more light on how China’s embattled Xinjiang region “dominates” the world’s solar energy supply chain.
How?    Polysilicon, a material used to manufacture solar panels, is rich in the region.    This area is also home to China’s alleged forced labor camps for Uighur Muslims.    In fact, nearly half of the global supply of polysilicon is sourced there.
    A report by consultancy firm Horizon Advisory found at least five of China’s largest solar energy companies show evidence of using at least some forced labor.    It’s causing lawmakers on both sides to pump the brakes on the push to go green.    They have cautioned that using solar products made in China means potentially capitalizing off that forced labor, thereby making the U.S. complicit in Beijing’s human rights abuses.
    The Democrat president of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) union, Richard Trumka who is a long time Biden loyalist and major donor to multiple Democrat campaigns in 2020, sent a letter to Biden in March in which he urged the White House to block solar imports from Xinjiang. In the letter, he said those companies display “convincing evidence of systematic forced labor.”
    That same month, Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) pushed the Solar Energy Industries Association to ban products from Xinjiang, in his words, to “protect consumers from inadvertently contributing to human rights abuses abroad.”    The association, which represents more than 1,000 solar companies, in response demanded members cease business in the region by June.
    Late last month, a team of top Senate Republicans, including Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), also unveiled the Keep China Out of Solar Energy Act.    This initiative outlaws the use of federal money to pay for solar products made in China.
    Congress hopes that with a diverse team of lawmakers speaking out against Chinese solar products, it will push Biden to reconsider his reliance on solar.
    The criticism comes at a key time. According to The Washington Post, the brunt of Biden’s upcoming infrastructure plan is meant to “turbocharge” the nations’ transition away from fossil fuels and specifically speed the growth of wind and solar energy projects.

4/9/2021 U.S. Spending, Limited Supply Leads To Increased Prices by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listens during a Senate Banking
Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    While speaking at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank spring meeting on Thursday, Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell said the surge in U.S. spending as the economy reopens paired with limited supply is forecast to drive prices higher this year.
    “And now we have a situation where the economy is reopening…there will be bottlenecks, perhaps, but it seems unlikely that that will change the underlying inflation psychology that has taken deep roots over the course of many, many years,” he stated.    “So that’s what we think…we think that there will be upward pressure on prices, which may be passed along to consumers in the form of price increases.”
    Officials added that inflation is projected to be at 2.5 percent by 2022, which is higher than the Fed’s 2 percent target.    The projections came after Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was criticized by GOP lawmakers for the damage it would do to the economy by raising prices and increasing the probability of inflation.
    “We’re doing damage to the future of this country by spending dramatically more money than we obviously need at this particular point at which time the economy is coming back,” stated Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).    “We’re on the way out of this…we’re about to have a boom and if we do have a boom, it will have absolutely nothing to with this $1.9 trillion.”
    The IMF’s Steering Committee added that the global recovery from the pandemic is faster than expected, but they warned a spike in interest rates would be painful for emerging economies.
    Additionally, the Biden administration seeks to pass a new bill, which would allocate $2 trillion to infrastructure.    The Treasury Department released a plan for an overhaul of the corporate tax structure, which would raise more than $2 trillion over 15 years in order to fund Biden’s plan.
    Republican lawmakers are pushing back against the bill, which they believe has the potential to be detrimental to U.S. corporations.

4/9/2021 Report: Hunter Biden Confirmed Owner Of Laptop by OAN Newsroom
File – Hunter Biden, son of Joe Biden, is pictured. (Jack Dempsey/ AP Photo)
    A new report has suggested the controversial laptop containing personal texts and salacious photos of Hunter Biden is, in fact, his.
    The Daily Mail commissioned cyber forensics experts at Maryman & Associates to determine the authenticity of the laptop’s contents.
    What they found were more than 103,000 text messages, 154,000 emails and more than 2,000 photos appearing to have some relation to Biden.
    According to the report, the laptop hard drive was created back in March 2018.    Biden signed into his cloud server account in October 2018 and he signed into multiple Gmail accounts in February 2019, including one for work, a personal account and an old address Biden used to log into sex cam sites.
    The dates are within the known timeline of the 2017 Macintosh computer, which Biden ultimately took to a shop in April 2019.    The experts also found an iPad titled Hunter’s iPad was synced with the laptop with backups dating back to 2016.    In addition to thousands of contact entries and more than 800 call logs, all showed evidence leading back to Hunter Biden.
    In the report’s conclusion, the experts said the operating system timestamps appear to be authentic and found no evidence to suggest the data was altered or manufactured.    Biden himself has said the laptop could, in fact, be his despite his claims of a foggy memory.    However, he denied ever dropping off the laptop for repairs.
    “Certainly, there could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me,” Hunter stated.    “It could be that I was hacked, it could be that it was Russian intelligence.”
    As more information comes in about the contents of Biden’s laptop, nor he or the Secret Service has since made any statements on the matter.    In the meantime, Biden maintains he would be cleared of any investigations against him.

4/9/2021 Rep. Jordan Describes Chaos At Texas Federal Facility Holding Unaccompanied Migrant Children by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, questions Postmaster General Louis DeJoy during a House Oversight and Reform Committee
hearing on the Postal Service on Capitol Hill, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Washington.(Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    More Republican lawmakers are commenting on the dire situation at the U.S.-Mexico border.
    On Wednesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said the surge of illegal immigration is indeed overwhelming Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials.    He and other GOP lawmakers inspected a federal border facility in Donna, Texas earlier this week and reported witnessing “chaos from every corner.”
    This included seeing dozens of migrant children confined to tightly-spaced areas.    Some reports have claimed federal authorities are using a large play-pen with mats on the floor as bedding alternatives.
    “Last month, was the busiest month in history for Border Patrol since they’ve been keeping records,” Jordan stated.    “We saw one pod that was supposed to have 33 kids in this confined space area and they had 52, so that to me is overwhelming.”
    Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported a record surge of migrant children crossing the southern border in March with nearly 19,000 minors traveling alone.

4/9/2021 DHS Chief Mayorkas Meets With El Paso Leaders And Migrant Advocates by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas attends a Cabinet meeting with President Joe Biden
in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with leaders and immigration advocates in Texas amid the massive migrant influx.
    During a press conference Thursday, Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar (D) said the majority of the visit was focused on the increased number of migrants and unaccompanied minors trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
    Escobar said a migrant advocate who met with Mayorkas claimed the treatment of unaccompanied children has improved, however, disagrees with members of Congress investigating the holding facilities while children are being housed there.
    “I think there are ways to do it and I’ll give you an example…the shelter facilities, if folks can see them before the kids go in,” she stated.    “They can video the facilities, ask questions, get responses and share with the country what they saw — that is really important.”
    This comes as Kamala Harris continues to draw harsh criticism over her absence from the U.S.-Mexico border region and her lack of transparency as she goes on 18 days without a formal press conference on the issue.

4/9/2021 Iowa Gov. Reynolds Declines Federal Request To House Migrant Children by OAN Newsroom
FILE- In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during a news
conference in Johnston, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
    The governor of Iowa has rejected a federal request to help bail out the Biden administration amid the crisis at the southern border.    During an interview on Thursday, Kim Reynolds said she declined a request by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department to House around 300 undocumented immigrant children.
    Reynolds said she needs to protect the health and safety of her own residents while noting Iowa doesn’t have the proper facilities to house the unaccompanied minors.    While criticizing the White House for lack of response to southern border, the governor said the migrant crisis is “the president’s problem.”
    “He’s (Joe Biden) the one who opened the borders, he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it,” she stated.    “We have kids…we are having trouble placing children right now who are Iowa children that need those foster homes.”
    Additionally, 10 Iowa sheriff’s signed a letter to Biden urging him to address the crisis before “our nation’s public safety resources are overwhelmed with the criminal side effects of unchecked illegal immigration.”

4/9/2021 COVID-19 Lockdown Reignites Sectarian Tension In Northern Ireland by OAN Newsroom
Fireworks explode as Nationalist and Loyalist rioters clash with one another at the peace wall on Lanark Way in West Belfast, Northern Ireland, Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
The police had to close roads into the near by Protestant area as crowds from each divide attacked each other. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
    Tensions broke out again in Northern Ireland over the selective enforcement of coronavirus lockdowns by local authorities. Clashes continued into the fourth night in Belfast with supporters of the union with the U.K. throwing firebombs at nationalists who want to join the Republic of Ireland.
    The violence began after authorities refused to punish the Nationalist Party Sinn Fein for breaking COVID-19 rules at last year’s funeral of IRA Intel Chief Bobby Storey.
    “Political unionism is feeling that the union is very much under threat, that Northern Ireland’s place is under threat in the union,” stated Katy Hayward of Queen’s University Belfast.    “And they feel in London, they feel very much that suspicious of the protocol and Brussels, the Irish government’s role in that.”
    North Irish unionists said the selective enforcement of COVID-19 rules is unfair and local officials, favoring Nationalists, may break the U.K. into pieces.
    Meanwhile, Boris Johnson said he’s investigating the reasons why coronavirus rules weren’t properly enforced.

4/9/2021 U.S. Donates 3 Field Hospitals To Argentina Amid COVID Surge by OAN Newsroom
Argentina’s Defense minister Agustin Rossi (L) and Argentina’s Health minister Carla Vizzotti deliver a press conference after receiving three campaign hospitals donated by
United States Southern Command Chief, admiral Craig Faller in Buenos Aires on April 8, 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by JUAN MABROMATA / AFP)
    The United States provided life-saving aid to Argentina as it has struggled to battle the coronavirus pandemic.    On Thursday, Head of U.S. Southern Command Admiral Craig Faller announced the donation of three field hospitals in the capital city of Buenos Aires.
    The hospitals were opened just days after Argentina recorded a new high for daily cases with nearly 21,000 on Tuesday.
DORAL, FLORIDA – JANUARY 23: (L-R) U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and U.S. Navy Adm. Craig Faller, commander of
U.S. Southern Command, address the media during a press briefing at U.S. Southern Command. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    “This ceremony highlights the steadfast partnership between the United States and Argentina in combatting COVID-19,” Adm. Faller said.    “The Western Hemisphere is our shared home, our neighborhood, and what we’re doing here is being good neighbors and assisting each other.”
    In addition to the hospitals, the U.S. also donated $3.5 million worth of supplies and will provide training to help Argentineans deal with disaster situations.

4/9/2021 Scalise: About 100 Migrants Crossing Border Within An Hour by OAN Newsroom
Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) speaks during a press conference. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    As the border crisis continues to grow, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) has shared the real experience at the southern border.    In a tweet Friday, the Louisiana lawmaker shared a live video, which showed an estimated 100 unaccompanied minors freely crossing into the U.S.
    Scalise said the procession was non-stop as migrants were ushered from Mexico straight to a Customs and Border Protection processing facility.
    “Probably over 100 people right here, just in the last hour that are waiting to go off to a processing facility,” Scalise stated.    “They are coming into America because Joe Biden has created this magnet where he said the border is open.”
    Scalise added, the situation is out of control.    Meanwhile, fellow GOP lawmakers have shared similar videos at the border as the crisis continues under the Biden administration.

4/9/2021 Northern Irish Loyalists Demand Changes To Brexit Border Arrangements, Call For End To Street Violence by Amanda Ferguson
FILE PHOTO: A rioter reacts as the police uses a water cannon on the Springfield Road as
protests continue in Belfast, Northern Ireland April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
    BELFAST (Reuters) -Pro-British loyalist militants in Northern Ireland said on Friday there had been a “spectacular collective failure” to understand their fears and anger over Brexit and other issues as police braced for more street clashes following a week of riots.
    New border arrangements with EU-member Ireland must be negotiated, the Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) said in a statement.
    Despite appeals for calm from London, Dublin and Washington, the nightly unrest in pro-British areas spread further into Irish nationalist parts of Belfast on Thursday, where police responded to petrol bomb and stone attacks with water cannon.
    Nineteen officers and a police dog were injured, police said.
    The clashes are some of the worst violence in Northern Ireland in years and have raised concern about the 1998 peace accord that largely ended three decades of sectarian and political bloodshed during which 3,600 people were killed.
    The LCC, which says it speaks for the Ulster Volunteer Force, Red Hand Commando and Ulster Defence Association militant groups, said it was not involved in the riots and it called for calm.
    The loyalist paramilitaries, as they are known, laid down their weapons in the years that followed the Good Friday Agreement.    But the LCC said Unionist anger had been misunderstood.
    “To date there has been a spectacular collective failure to understand properly the scale and nature of Unionist and Loyalist anger,” it said.
    The council cited concerns over post-Brexit trade barriers as well as policing following a decision last week not to prosecute Irish nationalist rivals Sinn Fein for an alleged breach of COVID-19 regulations at the funeral of a former IRA leader last June.
    After the United Kingdom left the European Union at the start of this year, checks and tariffs were introduced on some goods moving from mainland Britain to Northern Ireland as the province was now borders the bloc via EU member Ireland.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had promised there would be no hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland as result of Brexit, and unfettered trade between the province and the rest of the United Kingdom would continue.
    But critics of the departure deal’s Northern Ireland Protocol say a border is now in effect in the Irish Sea, leaving unionists, who want to stay in the United Kingdom, feeling betrayed.
    “We have repeatedly urged HM Government, political leaders and Institutions to take seriously our warnings of the dangerous consequences of imposing this hard border on us and the need for earnest dialogue to resolve matters.    We reiterate that message now,” the LCC said.
    A new protocol must be negotiated, it said.
    “We again place on record our absolute determination to remove the hard border between Northern Ireland and the rest of our country that has been imposed on us by the NI Protocol.”
    With protests planned for later on Friday, one shopping mall in Newtownabbey on Belfast’s northern outskirt, said it would shut early to allow staff and customers to vacate the site.
    Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said she feared the protests could set the tone for a violent summer when thousands of pro-British Protestants hold marches, a tradition the mainly Catholic nationalists who want to be part of a united Ireland see as provocative and often lead to clashes.
    “We have communities that are bracing themselves perhaps for a very difficult weekend, deep concerns that violence might extend further and that this might set the tempo and the scene for this summer,” McDonald told Irish national broadcaster RTE.
    “There has to be a very clear call that the proposed protests for the weekend must be called off before people are badly injured or worse.”
    The United States, which has traditionally taken a close interest in Irish matters, on Thursday warned that the Good Friday Agreement which it helped broker should not become a casualty of Brexit.
(Additional reporting and writing by Padraic Halpin in Dublin and Guy Faulconbridge in London; Editing by Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan)

4/9/2021 Peru Braces For ‘Most Fragmented Election In History’ As Pandemic Grips by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: People wave flags and hold placards during Peru's presidential candidate Yonhy Lescano of
the Accion Popular party's campaign closing rally in Lima, Peru April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru will vote for a new president on Sunday in a wide-open election framed by a deadly surge in coronavirus cases, and under the long shadow of a constitutional crisis last year that saw the Andean nation go through three leaders in a week.
    As candidates closed their campaigns, pollsters say half a dozen of them are still in the running for a top two spot, which would see them move into a second round run-off vote in June.    Predicting which two will make it, they say, is impossible.
    “These are the most fragmented elections in history, we have never reached the eve of the election with so many candidates in with a chance,” Alfredo Torres, head of local pollster Ipsos Peru told reporters on Thursday.
    The uncertainty over the elections comes as Peru battles the peak of COVID-19 cases with hospitals overwhelmed and after the world’s no. 2 copper producer suffered its worst economic drop in three decades last year.    The twists and turns have buffeted markets and Peru’s sol currency.
    In the final pre-election polls, Keiko Fujimori, the daughter of the imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori, has climbed to the top of the pack, but with a slim lead.    A radical leftist professor Pedro Castillo has also shot up from nowhere.
    No candidate has more than 13% of the voting intention and ‘no vote’ still remains the most popular single choice.
    Close behind are Yonhy Lescano, the recent poll leader whose populist style has lured voters, Opus Dei member Rafael López Aliaga, liberal economist Hernando de Soto and leftist Verónika Mendoza.    Ex-soccer star George Forsyth also remains in the mix.
    Castillo, 51, who has surprised pollsters to suddenly arrive near the top of the pack, closed his campaign on Thursday night calling for a change to Peru’s Magna Carta, something the country’s youth had called for amid angry protests last year.
    “The time has come to recover the homeland through a new political Constitution,” he said.
    Pollsters said that Peru’s 25 million registered voters were disenchanted with all candidates, and that more radical positions were gaining amid wider uncertainties.
    “We are facing a voter who is very unhappy with all the options they have to choose from,” said Urpi Torrado, the executive president of pollster Datum International.
    Fujimori, 45, closed her campaign with a caravan of supporters holding banners with the letter “K” and orange flags of her Popular Force party.    Her father, a powerful political figure in the country, is credited for defeating the leftist Shining Path rebel group and bolstering the economy, but later fled Peru amid allegations of corruption and human rights abuses at the end of his 10-year administration.
    There are 18 presidential candidates and Peruvians will also elect 130 members of the unicameral Congress.    Voting is mandatory with a fine of up to $25.
    The polls open at 0700 (1200 GMT) on Sunday and close 12 hours later, when pollster Ipsos Peru will give an exit poll.    The electoral office has announced that it will offer its first partial result at 1130 pm local time (0430 GMT on Monday).
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Adam Jourdan; editing by Diane Craft)

4/9/2021 Biden To Sign Executive Order Creating Court Packing Commission by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks during an event on gun control in the Rose Garden at the White House
April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    The Biden administration has created a commission to study the Supreme Court as progressives pressure Joe Biden to pack the high court with liberal activists.
    According to a White House release, Biden will sign an executive order Friday to commission a 180-day study on the effects of court packing and adding term limits for justices.    The allegedly bipartisan commission is made up of 36 members and will be led by two law professors who served in different capacities under the Obama administration.
    During the 2020 campaign, Biden repeatedly dodged taking a firm stance on adding seats to the high court.
    You’ll know my opinion of court-packing when the election is over,” Biden claimed on the campaign trail.    “Now, look, I know it’s a great question.    I don’t blame you all for asking.    The moment I answer that question, the headline in every one of your papers will be about that.        Other than focusing on what is happening now.”
    Biden’s commission will be ordered to hold public meetings and to hear the opinions of outside experts in order to provide a comprehensive review of how to improve the federal judiciary.

4/9/2021 Ariz. AG Claims Harris Ignoring Invitation To Visit Border by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 21: Kamala Harris spoke to reporters on January 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Kamala Harris has not responded to his invitation to tour the southern border.
    Speaking in recent interviews, Brnovich said no response is a very loud response and the lack of communication from the Biden administration is disappointing.    Despite being made the so-called “border czar” last month, Harris has yet to visit the border or hold a press conference to address her new duties.
    Brnovich explained it is important Harris goes to the border to see first hand how not completing the border wall is helping drug smugglers.
    “If they go down and they talk to the agents, and they talk to the county law enforcement officials and say that they’ve never seen numbers like this in the last 20 years,” Brnovich explained.    “Look into the eyes of people who have been smuggled across this border being exploited by the cartels and realize that this is a humanitarian crisis on so many levels.”
    The attorney general joked he’d buy Harris a pastry if she visited the border, as a jab to the vice president for visiting a Chicago bakery over visiting the border this week.

4/9/2021 Joe Biden Fails To Keep Word Again, This Time On Guns by OAN Newsroom
    A worker hangs a custom made AR-15 style rifle on a wall at
Davidson Defense in Orem, Utah. (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Following the announcement of several executive actions to limit the Second Amendment, many are remembering the Biden campaign trail and his wishy-washy stance on guns.
    In March 2020, Joe Biden got into a yelling match with several autoworkers over gun control measures during a campaign stop in Detroit, Michigan.    He even went so far as to tell one of the workers he was “full of it” when the worker accused Biden of actively trying to diminish Second Amendment rights and take away guns.
    Now, just over one year later, Biden released the first steps in his plan.    Gun owners across America were shocked at Joe Biden’s attempts to restrict the Second Amendment.    Following the unveiling of his executive gun control actions, many states and gun rights groups spoke up about how they miss the mark.
    Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said Biden has made it clear his plan to limit Americans’ ability to make weapons at home among other measures was just the beginning.    He added, the issue of regulating the so-called “ghost guns” is far more complicated than Biden made it out to be.
    “The truth of the matter is that 99 percent of these firearms are legitimately made and legitimately used,” Gottlieb stated.    “If they want to come up with something where people had to put serial numbers on them or something of that nature, that would be another story, but they’re really overreaching a whole lot here [by] trying to shut down people making their own firearms.”
    The restrictions on pistol stabilizing braces offended a large portion of America’s population.    These accessories were invented nearly ten years ago by a former marine to help disabled veterans and anyone with a handicap to more comfortably as well as safely shoot their firearms.
    “There are thousands of Americans that would not be able to enjoy shooting an AR-15 [without the pistol brace],” Jimmy Saxton, general manager of Guns n Gear, stated.    “For defending themselves, at their home, [the AR-15] is the number one weapon of choice for defense.”
    In the meantime, Gottlieb and others said the attempts to limit Americans’ right to bear arms faces a long and hard legal battle.
    “The White House has basically said it’s the first step on their own website, so we know that’s the case and we know they’re supporting other gun ban legislation in Congress,” the Second Amendment Foundation founder said.    “So we’re geared up for a rather large, long fight here for the next three and a half years or so under this Biden administration.”
    Meanwhile, several states have already made moves to invalidate Biden’s actions.

4/9/2021 Psaki: ‘No Basis’ To Close Texas Migrant Holding Facility Following Governor’s Claims Of Abuse, Neglect by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki took a question at a press briefing at the White House,
Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The White House will not shut down the Texas migrant facility where Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) reported accusations of child abuse and neglect.
    On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there’s “no basis” for shutting down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum holding site.
    The site was set up to hold a growing influx of migrants crossing the border, and now holds more than 1,300 minors.
    Abbott shared allegations of sexual assault, bullying, understaffing and a disregard for spreading the COVID-19 virus.
    Psaki said the claims will be taken seriously and looked into.

4/9/2021 McConnell Calls Out White House For ‘Subverting Independence’ Of Judiciary With Commission To Study Supreme Court Packing by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 06: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke to reporters at the
U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the White House is directly assaulting the nation’s independent judiciary.
    In a lengthy statement on Friday, McConnell slammed Democrats’ decision to form a commission to study packing the Supreme Court.
    McConnell said it’s another sign of the far-left’s influence over the Biden administration.    He also asserted the move goes against a warning by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not to expand the number of seats on the high court.
    The senator accused Democrats of politicizing the court and attacking norms and institutions, rather than working with them.

4/9/2021 TikTok Censors Minn. GOP Candidate For Violation Of Community Guidelines, Does Not Give Specifics by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – AUGUST 07: In this photo illustration, the TikTok app is displayed on an
Apple iPhone on August 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo Illustration by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Video-sharing platform TikTok censored a GOP candidate for speaking on conservative talking points.
    In a video on Thursday, Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Scott Jensen said he was banned by TikTok for criticizing a “60 Minutes” story on Florida’s vaccine rollout.
    Jensen said the posts were taken down, and then he was permanently removed from the platform with no explanation.
    The Republican created his profile less than a month ago and has since built up nearly 300,000 followers.    Jensen noted he had previous videos flagged before, but was able to appeal the decision and have them reuploaded.
    “It’s really pretty confounding, but it sure feels like being canceled.    I wanted to reach out to Millennials during my campaign for the governorship of Minnesota,” Jensen said.    “Everything that we had on TikTok had been on some other platform.    So, I’m absolutely confused, but it is what it is, it’s a changing world.”
    A spokesperson for TikTok confirmed the Republican candidate was removed from the platform, but did not specify which posts were the cause.

4/9/2021 Ky. Gov. Signs Bipartisan Law Limiting No-Knock Warrants by OAN Newsroom
LOUISVILLE, KY – APRIL 09: Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, cries and watches as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signs SB4 into law
at the Center for African American Heritage on April 9, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    Kentucky’s governor signed bipartisan legislation that tightened the rules on no-knock warrants.    Friday’s bill signing came after Breonna Taylor was killed during a botched drug raid, in which a no-knock warrant was used to enter her apartment.
    Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer and her family were present for the signing.    For months, protesters had demanded no-knock warrants be banned completely, but the new law narrows the reasoning for obtaining one for only “clear and convincing evidence” of a violent crime.
    “Lawmakers came together across party lines to pass Senate Bill 4, which restricts the use of no-knock warrants to protect both the public and those in law enforcement,” Gov. Andy Beshear (D-Ky.) said.    “I cannot imagine the depths of the pain of losing a child.    As a parent, I’ll admit to you it’s my greatest fear.”
LOUISVILLE, KY – MARCH 13: A portrait of Breonna Taylor is seen before the crowd during a memorial protest
for her in Jefferson Square Park on March 13, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    A similar no-knock warrant ban was introduced into the U.S. Senate by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R), but it has not been taken up for procedural advancement.

4/9/2021 Biden Admin. Once Again Blocks Media Access To Migrant Processing Facility by OAN Newsroom
EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 09: A border fence is shown near the Rio Grande, which marks the boundary between
Mexico and the United States on February 09, 2019 in Eagle Pass, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Reporters were once again barred from entering a migrant processing facility in Texas.
    Members of the media were blocked from the newly opened facility on Thursday, despite the Department of Homeland Security inviting them four days prior.
    However, GOP lawmakers who toured the facility managed to snap photos showing hundreds of children crowded together lying on the floor, covered in tin foil with no adults present.
    This came a week after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) attempted to record video at a similar facility, but was blocked by a Biden administration staffer.
    “Is this dignity and respect?    Look at these people.    There’s a pandemic, let me ask you, there’s a pandemic.    Is this respecting the rights of these kids?     Are you respecting the rights of these kids?
    You’re right and this is a dangerous place and your policies are unfortunately trying to hide them
,” Cruz stated.    “I understand you were instructed when 18 senators came down here. I respect them and I want to fix this situation.”
    The executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation called out the Biden administration for failing to keep its promise that things would be different with his administration.    He went on to say the Trump administration allowed journalists into detention facilities.

4/9/2021 Biden Admin. ‘Border Czar’ To Resign At The End Of The Month by OAN Newsroom
Special Assistant to the President & Coordinator for the Southern Border Ambassador Roberta Jacobson speaks during a daily press briefing
at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden’s so-called “Border Czar” has announced she will be stepping down at the end of April.    Roberta Jacobson, who formerly served as the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, made her intentions known Friday.
    Having spent just 81 days on the National Security Council as of this report on April 9, Jacobson admitted in March that the Biden administration has been “sending mixed signals” to Central Americans over the likelihood of being allowed into the U.S.
Young unaccompanied migrants, wait for their turn at the secondary processing station inside the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention
center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021. (Photo by DARIO LOPEZ-MILLS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Her resignation came amid a 71 percent increase in illegal crossings since February.    This was in addition to the 16,500 unaccompanied minors held by the federal government at the expense of $60 million per week in taxpayer money.

4/9/2021 Medical Examiner: Drugs, Heart Disease Contributed To George Floyd’s Death by OAN Newsroom
People gather in a Manhattan park to protest on the first day of the trial for the killing of
George Floyd last May on March 08, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said drugs and pre-existing heart conditions contributed to the death of George Floyd.    During cross-examination at Derek Chauvin’s trial Friday, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker said he took into account George Floyd’s prior drug use and the effects.
    During the prosecution’s redirect, Dr. Baker said he stood by his analysis of the direct causes that ended Floyd’s life.
    “What today remains your opinion as to the cause of death for Mr. Floyd?” questioned prosecutor Jerry Blackwell.
    “So my opinion remains unchanged,” Dr. Baker stated.    “It’s what I put on the death certificate last June.    That’s cardiopulmonary arrest, complicating law enforcement, subdural restraint and neck compression.    That was my top line then.    It would stay my top line now.”
    “And so if we look at the other contributing conditions, those other contributing conditions are not conditions that you consider direct causes.    Is that true?” Blackwell asked.
    “They are not direct causes of Mr. Floyd’s death,” Dr. Baker replied.    “That’s true.    They’re contributing causes.”
    Dr. Baker explained Floyd’s heart “weighed more than it should” and was already limited in its ability to take in oxygen.    He added, when Floyd was being arrested, the physical trauma was more than Floyd’s body could take.

4/9/2021 Gaetz Hires Trump Defense Lawyer For Sex-Trafficking Probe by OAN Newsroom
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 02: Defense attorneys Marc Mukasey (L) and Tim Parlatore react outside military court after Navy Special Operations
Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of premeditated murder at Naval Base San Diego July 2, 2019. (Photo by Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)
    Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz (R) has tapped a former Trump organization lawyer as he faces a sex-trafficking investigation.    According to reports Friday, Marc Mukasey has been hired by Gaetz to represent him in the case.
    The attorney is one of the lawyers representing President Trump in two separate criminal probes in New York.
CHEYENNE, WY – JANUARY 28: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) walks with his fiancee Ginger Luckey before speaking to a crowd during
a rally against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on January 28, 2021 in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
    Gaetz’s legal battle came amid a DOJ investigation into whether he misused campaign funds to fund travel for women.    The congressman has denied the claims against him and his legal team has vowed to fight against efforts to smear his name with falsehoods.

4/9/2021 Hunter Biden Defends Burisma Role, Claims Expertise In Corporate Governance by OAN Newsroom
MILWAUKEE, WI – AUGUST 20: In this screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention,
Hunter Biden addressed the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)
    Hunter Biden defended his decision to take a seat on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, claiming he had expertise in corporate governance.
    Biden made the remarks during an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday.    During the interview, Biden said he served on a dozen boards before Burisma, including being a chairman of the board at Amtrak and World Food Program USA.
    Kimmel read an excerpt from Biden’s upcoming memoir, in which he denied any wrongdoing despite his father being the vice president at the time.
    “You wrote, did I make a mistake by taking a seat on the board of a Ukrainian gas company?    No.    Did I display a lack of judgment?    No.    Would I do it again?    No,” Kimmel read.
    “However, what I didn’t take into account was the way they would use the perception against my dad and for that, I wouldn’t do it again for that reason,” Biden explained.
    Senate Republicans investigating Biden’s controversial business dealings with Burisma found the Obama administration ignored “glaring warning signs” when Hunter took the position with the Ukrainian firm.

4/10/2021 Oil down $0.48 to $59.37, DOW up 297 to 33,801.

4/9/2021 Liberal Advocacy Group Demands Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Retire, Push For Supreme Court Expansion by OAN Newsroom
Associate Justice Stephen Breyer poses for the official group photo at the US Supreme Court
in Washington, DC on November 30, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP)
    Far-left activists have demanded Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer step down after he warned against court-packing.    On Friday, liberal advocacy group “Demand Justice” posted a call to action on social media and drove a billboard truck around Capitol Hill with messages for “Breyer to retire.”
    The group is pushing for Joe Biden to appoint the first black woman Supreme Court justice.
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who has worked with “Demand Justice” in the past, did not tell the group to stand down their efforts, but instead said the Justice could make his own decisions.
    “He believes that’s a decision Justice Breyer will make when he decides it’s time for him to no longer serve on the Supreme Court,” Psaki stated.    “I think I can just speak to the what [Biden’s] view is of the Supreme Court justice’s ability to make his own decision.”
    In the meantime, Republican lawmakers have condemned this flip on Breyer as well as the attempts by the left to pack the court.

4/9/2021 Sen. Lankford: H.R.1. Makes It Easy To Vote And Easy To Cheat by OAN Newsroom
Senator James Paul Lankford, (R-OK). (Photo by Astrid Riecken-Pool/Getty Images)
    Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R) said people have been asking him about the H.R.1. election bill during his travels across the state.    In a video posted by The Hill Friday, he said citizens have heard the bill is about suppressing votes, but he noted it’s nothing about that.
    Lankford said he’s a firm believer in making it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.    However, he said H.R.1. will make it easy to vote, easy to cheat and easy to commit fraud.
    “It’s going to challenge our elections from here on out and it changes a lot of our election policies, not for the better, but for the worse,” Lankford stated.    “So lots of people have had lots of questions about that.”
    According to reports, the bill in its current form would create “confusion, fraud and litigation” in state governments.    Among these provisions would include states having to set up no-excuse absentee voting as well as automatic voter registration.

4/10/2021 Rep. Matt Gaetz Vows To Fight For America Amid Ethics Probe by OAN Newsroom
Congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks at a “Women for American First” event Friday, April 9, 2021, in Doral, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
    Florida Representative Matt Gaetz (R) has continued to deny misconduct claims against him.    At a “Save America Summit” event at the Trump National Doral Resort in Miami Friday, Gaetz thanked his supporters for refusing to listen to the lies spread by the mainstream media.    He also vowed to fight for America First principles.
    “‘We have your back,'” Gaetz stated.    “That is the sentiment I have heard from thousands of Americans at restaurants, walking through public parks, sometimes just out on the street [and] in emails, online donations.    I can’t tell you how much it means to me.”
    He added, he has been given encouragement from President Trump, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and the entire MAGA nation.    The Florida Republican then assured the crowd he has “not yet begun to fight for the country I love and for the nation that I know benefits from America First principles.”
    Gaetz went on to say the public allegations against him are part of a blatantly false narrative created by the far-left who have worked to marginalize conservative values across the nation.
    “After the Russia hoax, the knock-off Ukraine impeachment sequel and an election that was stolen as a consequence of illegal last-minute changes to the rules,” Gaetz noted.    “Folks have sort of got to know that I’ll take on the establishment of both parties and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
    The Florida representative finished his remarks by stating he isn’t going anywhere.
    “The smears against me range from distortions of my personal life to wild — and I mean wild — conspiracy theories,” Gaetz said.    “I won’t be intimidated by the lying media and I won’t be extorted by a former DOJ official and the crooks he is working with.”
    Gaetz’s legal battle comes amid a DOJ investigation into whether he misused campaign funds to finance travel for women.    The Republican lawmaker has tapped a former Trump organization lawyer to represent him in the case.
    Gaetz has not been charged with any crimes.

4/10/2021 Ark. Bill Protects Teachers From ‘Misgender’ Retaliation by OAN Newsroom
Students return to in-person learning. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Arkansas lawmakers proposed a bill to provide protections to school teachers who may not use a student’s preferred pronouns.    The legislation, House Bill 1749, passed the House along party lines Thursday and then headed to the Senate.
    Opponents of the bill have argued it could embolden teachers who might purposefully use the wrong pronouns for their students.    However, the bill’s sponsor, State Representative Mary Bentley (R) said many teachers feel threatened and the measure could protect those who do not want to be used as political pawns.
    “It’s not compelling anyone’s speech, it’s not prohibiting anyone’s speech,” Bentley stated.    “It’s helping those professors and teachers in our schools that do not want to be sued for not using a certain person’s pronouns.”
    Bentley added, this bill is only a first step.    She believes more protections should be added.

4/10/2021 MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell Launches Investigation Into Fox News For Not Having Him As A Guest by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Mike Lindell (L), founder of My Pillow, during a Made in America event with US
manufacturers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 19, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell questioned why other conservative news outlets have refused to report on election fraud.    In an appearance on former Trump advisor Steve Bannon’s podcast Friday, Lindell said he hired private investigators to look into Fox News.
    He suggested it is suspicious that the network will no longer allow him on their channel to discuss claims against voting software and hardware companies.    Lindell said his investigators were also probing why Big Tech companies were involved in the 2020 presidential elections.
    “You know, I’m gonna have those answers soon because I’ve hired private investigators and I’ve spent a lot of money on them to investigate everything,” Lindell stated.    “The bots and trolls, who’s behind them?    Why is Facebook involved, Wikipedia involved?    And then the big question: Why isn’t Fox having people on?    Why isn’t Fox on there talking about Dominion and Smartmatic and the election?
    Lindell’s announcement of the investigation came one month after he promised the heads of Facebook and Twitter would go to jail after claiming both were guilty of “criminal activity.”
[Fox News sold out during the election by the sons of the former owners through inheritence and screwed it up but their ratings dropped forcing them to let shows like Hannity and Tucker Carlson and others now to continue their shows to keep themselves in business but the hate toward Lindell is disgusting as he has proof that they will not air, only OANN will and not all Americans have access to it because only Directv (AT&T owner now) is letting them show it to keep from losing ratings also and subscriptions money as many called and told them to keep it or else.].

4/10/2021 Tenn. Becomes 20th State To Scrap Permit Requirements For Concealed Or Open Carry In The State by OAN Newsroom
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks on protecting Americas seniors from the COVID-19 pandemic in the East Room
of the White House in Washington, DC on April 30, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Tennessee became the latest state to abolish permit requirements for concealed or open carry.    On Thursday, GOP Governor Bill Lee (R) signed the bill, which permits any Tennessean 21 and older to carry a handgun without a permit.
    The law also allows military members in the state ages 18-to-20 to open or concealed carry under the law.    The new legislation does not apply to long guns and was backed by members of the general assembly and the NRA.
    Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have continued to fight for Second Amendment rights as Biden pushes for stricter gun control laws.
    “If D.C. or the White House starts to do a gun grab or anything that we would view in the state that is something that is unconstitutional or goes against what we as a state believe is our gun rights and our constitutional rights,” Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Tenn.) said.    “We’ll fight it as hard as we can with everything we have.”
    The bill also calls for harsher punishments when it comes to certain gun crimes, such as boosting theft of a firearm from a misdemeanor to a felony.
    The law will go into effect on July 1.

4/10/2021 Romney: Dems Backing Court Packing, Killing Filibuster Would Forever Diminish Institutions At America’s Core by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 26: Sen. Mitt Romney headed to the floor of the Senate on
January 26, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) slammed the Democrat Party for having double standards when it comes to the Biden administration.
    In a tweet on Friday, Romney said Democrats were quick to attack President Trump for “weakening our institutions,” but they “now cheer efforts to pack the Supreme Court and end the Senate filibuster.”
    Romney warned backing these policies would diminish institutions that formed America’s foundation.

4/10/2021 Report: Biden Admin. Failing To Distribute Vaccine Doses by OAN Newsroom
Syringes wand vials of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine are prepared to be administered
on December 17, 2020. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Biden administration is reportedly failing to distribute vaccines to harder hit states.
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is calling on the White House to send additional vaccine doses to the state amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 16: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is shown on October 16, 2020
in Southfield, Michigan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    “We’ve been speaking with the administration in D.C. regularly for the last few days and will continue to do so.    Anyone who looks at a COVID map knows that Michigan is unquestionably a national hot spot right now,” Whitmer stated.    “My team and I have been in regular conversation with the National COVID response team and we have asked for more vaccines.”
    However, the Biden administration rejected that request, claiming it did not want to take any vaccine doses away from other areas of the country.
    Meanwhile, reports say Michigan has the highest number of cases in the U.S., and most adult patients in ICU.

4/10/2021 N.H. Gov. Sununu Says He’ll Sign Voting Machine Audit Bill by OAN Newsroom
MANCHESTER, NH – SEPTEMBER 13: New Hampshire Gov. Christopher Sununu delivered remarks on September 2, 2020
in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images for DraftKings)
    New Hampshire’s governor signaled his support for an audit of voting machines in the state.
    In a news conference this week, Gov. Chris Sununu (R-N.H.) said he thinks the bill ordering the audit was “designed very well,” and he fully intends on signing it.
    The bill, passed by both the state House and Senate, directs an audit of “ballot counting machines and their memory cards,” and the hand tabulations of ballots in the city of Windham.
BEDFORD, NH – FEBRUARY 11: A voter walked to the voting booth at Bedford High School during the New Hampshire
primary on February 11, 2020 in Bedford, New Hampshire. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
    This came after a hand recount in Windham found Dominion AccuVote machines switched a significant number of votes from all Republican candidates to Democrats.
    It’s unclear at this point when the bill will actually be signed.

4/10/2021 Biden Creates Commission To Assess Effects Of Court Packing by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks from the Rose Garden of the White House. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden seems to be keeping his promise to progressives to expand the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices.    On Friday, Biden signed an executive order, which created a 36 member commission to examine the Supreme Court.    The panel of legal experts and practitioners will be tasked with assessing the effects of court-packing on the federal government.
    “They will also be looking at the Court’s role in the constitutional system, the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court, the membership and size of the Court and the Court’s case selection, rules and practices,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.    “And the makeup of this commission, which was vital for [Biden], is there are progressives on the Court [and] there are conservatives on the Court.”
    Democrats ramped up calls to expand the Court during the Trump administration after the President pushed three justices through the confirmation process.    However, Republicans have come out against court-packing and Biden’s move towards the policy.
    Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) believes Biden has made an empty gesture.    He also said Biden doesn’t even have support from Democrats in Congress to add more justices to the bench.
    Additionally, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton gave a more dire assessment of the commission, saying "this is the first step in the left’s plan to destroy our country.”
    “People would have to be on the record on whether they think it’s a good idea to destabilize one of the three branches of government by a court-packing scheme that is designed to do nothing but, tilt the direction for out come purposes,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said.    “That’s not the way our system should work.”
    Earlier this week, Clinton-appointed Justice Stephen Breyer urged progressives to roll back their position on court-packing.    Breyer warned that packing the Court would turn justices into “junior league politicians,” not jurists.
    He stressed; the High Court being stacked with Republican-appointed justices should not worry Democrats.    Breyer added, the only real difference between justices is their philosophies on how to apply the law, not their political ideologies.
    “Nor should we be surprised if proposals for structural change for the Court become a topic of general public concern,” Breyer said.    “If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the Court and in the rule of law itself can only diminish, diminishing the Court’s power, including its power to act as a check on other branches of government.”

4/10/2021 Andy Ngo: U.S. Unsafe Due To Far-Left Terror, Erosion Of Police by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 24: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) signals an aide as Andy Ngo, Editor-at-Large of The Post Millennial, testifies virtually during a House Judiciary
subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security hearing, on Capitol Hill on February 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    A prominent Asian-American reporter commented on his decision to flee the U.S. due to threats by Antifa.    Journalist and author Andy Ngo said he fled the U.S. due to an escalation of safety concerns.
    In an interview Monday, Ngo of Portland, Oregon said it’s not safe for him to remain in the U.S. due to his past reporting on Antifa.    Ngo stressed he left the U.S. due to the weakening of law enforcement and a rise in popularity of far-left violence.
    He also talked about the multiple attacks he suffered at the hands of strangers while he covered Antifa events. People even showed up at his family’s home.
    Ngo went on to call out the mainstream media for their seemingly preferential treatment of cases of violence against Asian-Americans.
PORTLAND, OR – JUNE 29: Andy Ngo, a Portland-based journalist, is seen covered in unknown substance after unidentified Rose City
Antifa members attacked him on June 29, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Several groups from the left and right clashed after competing
demonstrations at Pioneer Square, Chapman Square, and Waterfront Park spilled into the streets. (Photo by Moriah Ratner/Getty Images)
    “My question for them has been: Why were you silent when I was beaten in the middle of downtown by Antifa in 2019?"
    "Ngo questioned."    “Does violence perpetrated against Asian Americans only matter if it’s carried out by a convenient demographic of perpetrators?    And if that’s so, be transparent about that.    It’s frustrating.    You can be the real victim of actual violence, but if the perpetrator happens to be far-left, or left-wing, or some other minority, it doesn’t matter.”
    Ngo said he’s now in London and is not planning to return to the U.S. anytime soon.

4/10/2021 Ga. Health Officials Pause J&J Vaccinations Amid Adverse Reactions by OAN Newsroom
Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen on February 18, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
    The state of Georgia is halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, citing several concerns over negative reactions.
    On Friday, the Georgia Health Department announced they paused all distribution of the vaccine after eight people experienced “adverse reactions.”
SAVANNAH, GA – DECEMBER 15: Tammi Brown, center, Chatham County Health Department nurse manager, applauded after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from
R.N. Nancy Toth outside of the Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    Health officials said a few people experienced dizziness and fainting, although they added it may have been caused by the hot weather.
    Georgia is now among three states halting Johnson & Johnson vaccines at sites, including Colorado and North Carolina.
    “The one in North Carolina was a drive thru, it was similar circumstances where it’s a warm day,” Dave Palmer of the Georgia Department of Health said.    “So, we just wanted to make sure that, you know, we didn’t have anything going on.”
    It is unclear when the state will be cleared to resume Johnson & Johnson vaccinations.    However, health officials said there is no reason to believe there is anything wrong with the vaccine itself.

4/10/2021 New Law Grants Ariz. Businesses Power To Opt Out Of Any City, County Or State Mask Order by OAN Newsroom
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey listened as President Donald Trump spoke in Phoenix, Arizona
on May 5, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Businesses in Arizona will soon have the ability to opt out of any mask order in the near future.
    According to reports, the bill signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) on Friday said businesses can’t be compelled by any city, county or state order to enforce mask wearing.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – NOVEMBER 06: Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated his victory at an election night event for Arizona
GOP candidates on November 6, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
    “I am signing this bill, ensuring that our small businesses will no longer be required to enforce mandates imposed on them by their cities who are choosing not to enforce it themselves,” Ducey said.
    The businesses can still elect to enforce their own mask order if they choose. The law doesn’t go into effect until 90 days after the Arizona legislature concludes its session, putting the date around late July.
    Ducey previously signed an executive order which made it illegal for localities to enforce mask mandates, after the state saw 10 weeks of declining COVID-19 cases.

4/10/2021 President Trump Did Not Profit From Market Boom He Created by OAN Newsroom
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – 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)
    A new financial report confirmed President Trump’s assertion that not only did he not profit off the presidency, but actually grew less wealthy as a result of his service to the American people.
    This is according to estimates by Forbes published in their annual billionaires list on Tuesday.    Forbes assessed his net worth at $2.4 billion, down from $3.5 billion in 2017 at the onset of the Trump administration.
    Despite four years of accusations from the left that President Trump was enriching himself from the White House, his time in office actually cost him about 32 percent of his total wealth.    This, confirming the truth behind his numerous statements on the matter.
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 28: President Donald Trump awaited the arrival of Finnish President Sauli Niinisto
to the White House August 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    “Well, I’ll tell you what, I’ve spent, and I think I will, in a combination of loss and opportunity, probably it’ll cost me anywhere from three to five billion dollars to be president,” President Trump said.    “And the only thing I care about is this country. Couldn’t care less, otherwise I wouldn’t have done it.”
    Moreover, the analysis performed by Forbes and verified by industry experts also projected that had President Trump sold off all his assets and used the proceeds to invest in the stock market, he would have made himself $1.6 billion richer.
    This was due to the thriving stock market overseen by the Trump administration and boosted by a business-friendly overhaul of the U.S. tax code, which was spearheaded by President Trump.
    According to Forbes, the 45th President refused to “cash in on a market boom he helped propel.”
    “Now with all that being said, I’m so glad I’ve done it, because you know, there are a lot of rich people around, got a lot of rich friends, but they can’t help, and they can’t do what I’ve done in terms of helping this country,” President Trump stated.
    The Constitution mandates the president receive a salary amount decided by Congress, and thus a sitting commander in chief cannot legally refuse it outright.    Even George Washington was forced by Congress to accept a salary against his wishes.
NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 15: A copy of former President George Washington’s personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights
was displayed at Christie’s auction house on June 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    However, the president can donate his earnings.
    Keeping one of his earliest campaign promises, President Trump donated the totality of his salary, set at $400,000 a year, or $1.6 million over four years, to various government agencies throughout his presidency.
    His first quarterly donation was in the amount of $78,333, which Forbes estimated were his post tax earnings, which was topped off by an “anonymous” donor to a total of $100,000.    This is the same amount President Trump donated every other quarter of his presidency, suggesting he was not only not taking in a salary, but dipping into his own private funds to pay taxes on that salary, and then donating the pre-tax amount back.
    Yet despite all those financial losses, President Trump said on repeated occasions he had no regrets over making that sacrifice for the sake of the American people.
    “People have asked me, what do you think it costs? And between opportunity, not doing things.    I used to get a lot of money doing speeches, now I give speeches all the time.    You know what I get?    Zippo.    And that’s good.    And I did a lot of great jobs and great deals that I don’t do anymore, and I don’t want to do them, because the deals are making are great deals for the country, and that’s to me much more important,” President Trump stated.

4/10/2021 Republicans Decry Biden’s Court Packing Commission by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 12: Sen. Ben Sasse spoke in the Hart Senate Office Building on
October 12, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
    Republicans are holding Joe Biden’s feet to the fire for potentially keeping a campaign promise to the progressive wing of the Democrat Party.
    This came after Biden recently signed an executive order creating the Presidential Commission on the U.S. Supreme Court.
    The commission is designed to look into public calls to pack the court with liberal justices, and evaluate the role of the Supreme Court in American society.
    “It’s all about gaining power at all costs.    That’s not what America is about.    That’s not what America was founded on.    That’s not what the men and woman who served with me, who didn’t come back gave their lives for, and those who came back with the wounds of war, that’s not what I put my life on the line for,” former Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) said.
TEMPE, AZ – AUGUST 28: Martha McSally spoke during her primary election night gathering at Culinary
Drop Out at The Yard on August 28, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    “Americans want stability right now, they want to be able to trust their institutions more, not less.    And they don’t want politicians who are on power grabs to somehow get their way,” McSally added.    “The founding fathers were very clear about its role.”
    Republicans have taken to social media to air out their grievances with the move, with some calling it destructive to the American judiciary.
    Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said radical leftists are lashing out because they are not getting their way.
    Additionally, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the commission is “undemocratic, divisive, and brainless.”
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) warned that packing the court would be a direct assault on the nation’s independent judiciary.
    He said the policy goes against the wishes of Democrat appointed justices, including Stephen Breyer and the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
    Some lawmakers, including Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), believe the executive order is an empty gesture.
    “If you’re going to have judges that are just super legislators, then they shouldn’t have lifetime tenure, they should have to stand for election because it’s the only way the American people could have accountability over them,” Sasse stated.
    The senator stressed Biden doesn’t even have enough support from Democrat lawmakers to expand the size of the court.
    Political experts sounded off a similar tune, referring to earlier attempts to pack the court from former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    FDR failed to expand the number of justices, because lawmakers in his own party knew it would diminish checks on his power.
    These experts are holding out hope that today’s lawmakers hold a similar view on the judiciary.

4/10/2021 Rep. Nicole Malliotakis: Biden Has Turned Over Our Border To The Cartels by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 19: Rep. Nicole Malliotakis is shown on July 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) blasted Joe Biden for turning over the southern border to cartels.     During a visit to the Rio Grande Valley border on Friday, Malliotakis said cartels are making an estimated half a billion dollars a month from human trafficking and smuggling guns and drugs.
    This came as Customs and Border Patrol said Mexican cartels are taking advantage of Biden’s porous border policies.
    “The cartels and the smugglers, they are running our borders right now,” the congresswoman stated.    “Our CBP is being told to stand down.    They are being diverted to other areas and they cannot secure our border under these circumstances.    And the president needs to make sure that he repeals this ridiculous policy he put in place, restore the policies that President Trump had that at least controlled order.”
    Malliotakis went on to say “this is an organized criminal operation that Biden has allowed to occur by undoing the actions that President Trump took to create order at the border.”

4/10/2021 Economists, Investors Concerned Over Increased Inflation Fueled By Stimulus Payments by OAN Newsroom
PHILADELPHIA – MAY 8: Economic stimulus checks are prepared for printing at the Philadelphia
Financial Center May 8, 2008 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
    Economists and investors are voicing concerns over increased inflation they believe is partially fueled by stimulus payments.
    Reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the U.S. Consumer Price Index climbed one percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in March, a greater rise than expected.
    The highest spike was seen in gasoline prices, which jumped 8.8 percent.
    These concerns came after Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was criticized by GOP lawmakers for the damage it would do to the economy.
FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listened during a Senate
Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Al Drago/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    “Now we have a situation where the economy is reopening.    There will be a surge in demand.    Perhaps there will be bottlenecks, perhaps, but it seems unlikely that that will change the underlying inflation psychology that has taken deep roots over the course of many, many years,” Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said.    “So that’s what we think.    We think that there will be upward pressure on prices which may be passed along to consumers in the form of price increases.    We think that that effect will be temporary.”
    Wall Street executives are now worried about an abrupt increase in interest rates to counteract high inflation.

4/11/2021 FROM WIRE REPORTS ADL: Fox should fire Carlson for white-supremacist rhetoric
    The Anti-Defamation League has called for Fox News to fire prime-time opinion host Tucker Carlson because he defended a white-supremacist theory that says whites are being “replaced” by people of color. In a letter to Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott on Friday, the head of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt, said Carlson’s “rhetoric was not just a dog whistle to racists – it was a bullhorn.” The group listed Carlson’s uses of antiimmigrant language.    Greenblatt said “given his long record of race-baiting, we believe it is time for Carlson to go.”

4/11/2021 Report: Biden Infrastructure Plan Will Not Be Paid For by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 09: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the weekly economic briefing in the Oval Office
at the White House on April 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images)
    A journalist at the New York Times warned Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan will not be paid for.
    Analysts said tax increases were on the table to pay for the massive $2 trillion plan, however, Biden has been clear he’s willing to negotiate.    They said when it comes to raising the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent, the administration could compromise on the matter in order to get a “yes” vote on the floor.
    Columnist David Brooks made those comments during an interview Saturday. He suggested Democrats will keep all the spending in the bill, but will ultimately compromise.
    “I think the Democrats will get what they want on spending and then they’ll compromise on tax increases,” Brooks stated.    “And so, the plan will not be paid for.    That would fit the norm.”
    In the meantime, the White House has said it is prepared to negotiate the tax hikes needed to pay for the current infrastructure plan.    The administration could reportedly also seek a higher personal income tax from the country’s wealthiest residents or increase the federal gas tax.

4/11/2021 Secy. Of State: China Failures Allowed Pandemic To Get Worse by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JANUARY 19: Antony Blinken spoke during his confirmation hearing to be Secretary
of State on January 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images)
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken put the blame on China for the early spread of the coronavirus.
    During an interview on Sunday, Blinken said China knows it didn’t do what it needed to do in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak.    This included, in real-time, giving access to international experts, sharing information and providing transparency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 10: Secretary of State Antony Blinken testified before the House Committee
on Foreign Affairs on March 10, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
    Blinken went on to say this failure allowed the outbreak to get out of hand, and there needs to be a guarantee to get to the bottom of what really happened.
    “Well, I think we have to, because we need to do that precisely so we fully understand what happened in order to have the best shot possible in preventing it from happening again,” Blinken stated.    “That’s why we need to get to the bottom of this.”
    He added there also needs to be a global commitment to transparency, which China should play a part of. He has previously voiced concerns about the report issued by China and the World Health Organization into the origins of the pandemic.

4/11/2021 Fake Reporter Dupes Press Corps Into Asking Questions During White House Press Briefings by OAN Newsroom
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily press briefing on April 6, 2021, in the Brady
Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
    An online individual fooled White House reporters into asking questions during press briefings.    Recent reports detailed the persona of Kacey Montagu, a fake profile used by an unknown person to infiltrate the White House press corps.
    Montagu has posed as a fellow reporter who was unable to be in the Brady Briefing Room due to COVID protocols and restrictions.
    According to reporting by Politico, Montagu is most likely a ROBLOX user and part of the online community that jokingly calls its users “Legos.”
    At least four times in recent weeks, press corps members have passed questions along on behalf of Montagu to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.    Most recently, she was asked about Joe Biden’s relationship with former President Obama.
    “As today’s print pooler, I’m going to ask an inquiry for myself [and] one of my colleagues who can’t be here because of COVID restrictions: How involved is former President Obama and First Lady Obama in the Biden-Harris administration?” questioned Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade.    “Is President Biden seeking to bring back the often-bipartisan portrait unveiling events at the White House?
    “I’m certain we will have bipartisan unveiling events at the appropriate time when COVID allows,” Psaki answered.    “In terms of his engagement with President Obama, they are not just former colleagues…but they also remain close friends.    They are in close touch, but we just don’t read out those specific calls.”
    It’s unclear exactly who Montagu really is, but the infiltration reportedly dates back to at least December of 2020.
    Montagu reportedly said: “The press corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment, so I decided I would ensure some transparency.”

4/11/2021 Gov. Kemp: MLB’s Move Hurts Minority-Owned Businesses by OAN Newsroom
MARIETTA, GA – APRIL 10: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks at a news conference about the state’s new Election Integrity Law that passed
this week at AJ’s Famous Seafood and Poboys on April 10, 2021 in Marietta, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
    Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) has ramped up his attack on Major League Baseball, claiming their decision to move the All-Star Game out of Atlanta will hurt minorities.    In a press conference on Saturday, the Republican blasted the MLB’s response to the Georgia voter law, which is estimated to cost the state upwards of $100 million.    However, he did not stop there.
    “And it’s being moved…from a city and a metro area that is 51 percent African-American to a city that is 10 percent African-American,” Governor Kemp stated.    “So who is getting screwed in this? It is the little guy and it’s the minority-owned businesses.”
    Kemp also pointed out the same businesses were already hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
    Opponents of the voting bill have claimed it will disproportionately affect people of color, but have seemingly remained silent on whether the MLB’s move will do the same.

4/11/2021 3 Children Stabbed To Death In Calif., Mother Detained by OAN Newsroom
This undated image released by the Los Angeles Police Department shows Liliana Carrillo. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
    A California mother was arrested after her three young children were found stabbed to death in their apartment.    On Saturday, police named 30-year-old Liliana Carrillo as the sole suspect in the case after the children’s grandmother found their bodies early that morning.
    According to reports, the children were described as being three years old, two years old and six months old.    They lived about 23 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
    Officers said they weren’t able to locate Carrillo for hours, but were tipped off after she was suspected of committing a carjacking in the Bakersfield area.    She was eventually taken into custody in the late afternoon, more than 250 miles away from the apartment.
    “She did a horrific crime here and she followed it up by another crime north of here,” Lt. Ben Fernandes of the Los Angeles Police Department noted.    “And it’s those behaviors that ultimately got her caught.”
    Authorities said they’re still trying to determine a motive in the case as the investigation continues.    Family members stated the children’s father was devastated and he has been fighting for custody of the children after reaching out to police and Child Protective Services.
    “He’s heartbroken,” Teri Miller, the cousin of the children’s father, said.    “I mean, Liliana was very sick and she was not herself.    It’s been going on for several months that she has been unwell.    He did everything that he could think of to get his kids back home safely and to get her help too.”
    A GoFundMe was set up for the father with a goal of $50,000.

4/11/2021 Brain Of Fmr NFL Player Who Killed 5 To Be Examined For CTE by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2010 file photo, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Phillip Adams sits on the sideline during the first quarter of an NFL football
game in San Francisco. A source briefed on a mass killing in South Carolina says the gunman who killed multiple people, including a prominent doctor,
was the former NFL pro. The source said that Adams shot himself to death early Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
    Researchers are looking into whether the former NFL player who killed five people in South Carolina suffered from degenerative brain disease.    The York County Coroner’s Office announced they contacted Boston University on Friday to conduct the study of 32-year-old Phillip Adams’ brain.
    “One of the concerns with football, generally, is a condition called CTE — the fancy term is chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. David Geier stated.    “And it’s not always full-blown concussions, it’s the microscopic impacts that occur on every football play; the blocking at the line and the tackling.    If that happens over years and years and years, in a certain percentage of football players that can lead to this brain condition.”
    Last week, officers said Adams forced his way into the home of Dr. Robert Lesslie.    He proceeded to fire as many as 20 shots, killing Lesslie, his wife and two grandchildren.
    Two air conditioning techs working at the home were also shot.    One was killed while the other remained in critical condition until he succumbed to his injuries.
    According to authorities, investigators hadn’t figured out a possible motive.
    Adams’ father blames football for the cause of his actions.
    “Well, I can say that he was a good kid,” Alonzo Adams, Phillip’s father, stated.    “I think the football messed him up.    I know they were good folks down there.    I don’t know what happened, but we are gonna keep them in our prayers.”
    Adams played six seasons on various teams throughout his career in the NFL.    According to officials, he suffered at least two concussions within the span of three games in 2012.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 23: Jason Phillips #53, Greg Hardy #76, Jason Williams #54 and Jordan Senn #57 of the Carolina Panthers tackle Phillip Adams #28
of the Oakland Raiders during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
    CTE is commonly found in those subjected to repeated head trauma, including athletes and former members of the military.    The degenerative brain disease results in symptoms such as impulsive and reckless behavior or mood swings.    Additionally, Adams’ sister told USA Today, in recent years her brother’s mental health “degraded fast and terribly badly.”
    “I feel bad talking about how good of a kid Phillip was when you got five people murdered down the road,” Adams’ family neighbor Duane Belue said.    “But the truth is, this young man, he was just a good guy.”
    In the meantime, as the coroner’s office teams up with researchers at Boston University, officials said the results of the study are expected to take months.

4/11/2021 Economists, Investors Concerned Over Inflation Spike Fueled By Stimulus Payments by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 29: U.S. President Donald Trump’s name appears on the coronavirus economic assistance checks that
were sent to citizens across the country April 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Economists and investors voiced concerns over increased inflation that they believe was partially fueled by stimulus payments.
    According to reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Consumer Price Index climbed one percent on a seasonally adjusted basis in March, which was a greater rise than expected.
    The highest spike was seen in gasoline prices, which jumped 8.8 percent.    These concerns came after Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan was criticized by GOP lawmakers for the damage it would do to the economy.
U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks at an American Rescue Plan virtual briefing in the South Court Auditorium at the White House on March 11, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    “Now we have a situation where the economy is reopening,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell stated.    “There will be a surge in demand.    Perhaps there will be bottlenecks, perhaps, but it seems unlikely that that will change the underlying inflation psychology that has taken deep roots over the course of many, many years.”
    He added, he thinks there will be upward pressure on prices, which may be passed along to consumers in the form of price increases.    However, Powell stated that experts believe the effects will be temporary.
    Meanwhile, Wall Street executives are worried about an abrupt increase in interest rates to counteract high inflation.

4/11/2021 2 Deputies Recovering In Utah After Being Shot, Suspect Dead by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    According to authorities Saturday, two deputies patrolling outside of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office were both shot in the face by a man they encountered near the north parking lot.    One deputy was struck in the cheek and was expected to be released in stable condition.
    According to reports, the other deputy was shot in the eye and was listed in critical, but stable condition.    Authorities said at least one of the officers returned fire, which killed the suspect. Officials also noted the man had his own gun.
    “I felt it was important that our community know that the deputies are going to be okay,” Sheriff Rosie Rivera of the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.    “They have a long time to heal and, you know, it’s a struggle.    We’re just fortunate that they weren’t killed.”
    Authorities have yet to reveal the identities of either the suspect or the two deputies.

4/11/2021 Armed Suspect Barricaded In Hawaii Resort Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Honolulu Police Specialized Services Division respond to a barricade situation with an armed man at the
Kahala Hotel in Honolulu on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The armed man barricaded himself inside a hotel room at the resort in Honolulu
and fired shots through the door, a police official said. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
    An armed man who locked himself in a Hawaii hotel room reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which ended a 10-hour stand-off.    According to reports Sunday morning, those staying at the Kahala Hotel and Resort were either evacuated or sheltered in the ballroom after shots were fired Saturday afternoon.
    Nearly two dozen members of the Honolulu Police Department’s Specialized Services Division, along with other members of the department and negotiators, were brought to the scene.    Authorities said everyone staying at the resort was accounted for and no one was injured.
    “Security had gone to the hotel room to investigate and while they were there, apparently, the suspect shot through the door,” Capt. Brian Lynch of the Honolulu Police Department said.    “Thankfully, the security guard wasn’t standing in front of the door.    Responding units were able to contain the threat.    Right now, we have an adult male contained in a hotel room.    The adjoining rooms and areas have been evacuated so there is nobody at risk or in danger of getting hurt.”
    The suspect’s family was also reportedly staying at the hotel and was safe.    Authorities will continue looking into the man’s motive as the investigation continues.

4/11/2021 Rep. Gohmert Finds Signs ‘To Asylum’ At Mexico Border, Says Biden Directly Responsible For Migrant Crisis by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 24: Rep. Louie Gohmert is shown in the Rayburn House Office Building
July 24, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) discovered signs showing illegal aliens a path to claiming U.S. asylum at the Mexican border.
    In a recent tweet, Gohmert asked who put up signs that are apparently facilitating the influx of illegal aliens into the U.S.
    The congressman said the border crisis was created by Joe Biden, through his false promises of an immigration amnesty.
    “The great irony here is these are on, they put these messages in Homeland Security bags so they’ll stay nice and dry and fresh for the thousands and thousands of people that are coming up from the river out over here where we just were,” Gohmert explained.
    Gohmert added Biden has encouraged tens of thousands of people to embark on a dangerous journey where many of them died, and he must be held accountable for it.

4/11/2021 Calif. City Pays Homeless People To Clean Up After Themselves by OAN Newsroom
SACRAMENTO, CA (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    A California city is paying homeless people to clean up their encampments.    According to recent reports, the city of Elk Grove, which is just south of Sacramento, has offered homeless people $20 grocery store gift cards each time they tidy up their tents.
    The move was part of a program that aims to address complaints of trash left in homeless camps.    According to city officials, the program was funded by the CARES Act and the Department of Housing.    It has saved the city thousands of dollars.
A mixture of an unhoused person’s belongings and other debris covers a sidewalk outside of their shelter before Los Angeles City Sanitation
workers conduct a cleanup sweep of a homeless encampment during the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
    “We could easily have spent $10,000 a month on that program, on just doing regular clean-ups,” Elk Grove Housing and Public Service Manager Sarah Bontrager said.    “And now, our entire program, operating it for about a year we haven’t even spent $10,000.”
    While Elk Grove is the first city to adopt this type of program, it is now drawing attention to other cities in the area as well.

4/11/2021 Texas Gov. Abbott Says Biden Border Crisis Now Bipartisan Issue by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 24: Texas Governor Greg Abbott participated in a news briefing outside
the West Wing on March 24, 2017 at the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) told sources on Sunday that Republicans are not alone anymore when it comes to pushing back against the Biden administration’s handling of the southern border.
    Last week, Abbott called on the federal government to shut down the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, after multiple allegations surfaced of sexual abuse, understaffing and lack of food for the children.    Allegedly, COVID-19 positive children were not being isolated from the others.
    The Republican governor cited Biden’s lack of preparation for the influx of migrant children and his refusal to follow Trump-era border policies as the main contributing factors to the current border crisis.
    “The Biden administration caused this crisis and has repeatedly failed to address it. The Biden administration opened borders, the administration failed to plan for the influx of children that they invited to come,” Abbott stated.    “Now they face allegations of despicable child abuse and neglect.”
AUSTIN, TX – MAY 18: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a
press conference at the Texas State Capitol on May 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)
    The Texas governor added “you have Democrat members of the United States Congress, you have Democratic members of the state legislature, as well as Democrat local officials who are pushing back against the Biden administration as much as conservatives in the state of Texas.”
    Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) also slammed the Biden administration for its failure of dealing with overcrowded migrant processing facilities.
Democratic Representative from Texas Henry Cuellar spoke at a press conference of the House Democratic leadership
at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 4, 2011. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    “Nope they’re not moving fast enough with all due respect.    You know a week after inauguration I called my White House contact and said ‘hey listen you all need to see what’s happening.’    I’m hearing from our Border Patrol folks, the NGOs on the border, from the border mayors,” Cuellar stated.    “There are numbers coming up and so they had a warning, they should of learned the lessons from 2014.”
    Cuellar added that the federal government needs to move the children to Health and Human Services as soon as possible.
    Additionally, Abbott said Biden needs to enforce the Remain in Mexico protocols and continue border wall construction to combat the dire consequences migrant children, adults and the state of Texas are faced with.

4/11/2021 Biden Continues To Push Infrastructure Plan On GOP by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden waved as he departed after attending Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the Georgetown
neighborhood of Washington, Saturday, April 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan is coming under fire by outside sources as he continues to look for bipartisan engagement.
    Analysts said tax increases are on the table to pay for the massive $2 trillion plan, however Biden has been clear he’s willing to negotiate.    They said when it comes to raising the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent, the administration could compromise on that in order to get a “yes” vote on the floor.
    A journalist at the New York Times has already noted the plan will likely not be paid for.    Columnist David Brooks made those comments during an interview on Saturday, suggesting Democrats will keep all the spending in the bill, but will compromise on the tax increases in the plan.
    “I think the Democrats will get what they want on spending, and then they’ll compromise on tax increases,” Brooks said.    “And so, the plan will not be paid for.    That would fit the norm.”
    In the meantime, the White House said it is prepared to negotiate the tax hikes needed to pay for the current infrastructure plan.
    During an interview on Sunday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg indicated a bipartisan support was preferred, although inaction is not an option.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg spoke at a press briefing at the White House, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “So inaction is not an option, but there is a strong preference for the president, the administration, certainly for me to do these things in regular order,” Buttigieg said.    “The sooner the better, I think is the bottom line. We’ve got to get this done.”
    Speculation has continued to swirl whether or not Democrats will force the plan through using reconciliation and avoiding the filibuster if they can’t find appropriate Republican support.
    Joe Biden is expected to sit down with a bipartisan group of lawmakers from both the House and Senate this week to push his infrastructure plan.
    This came as Republicans have signaled disapproval over the massive spending plan.
    Biden has indicated he’ll move forward with the plan, regardless of their support.    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is aiming to have the House pass the legislation by July.

4/11/2021 Sen. Sanders: Dems Can’t Waste Time Catering To Obstructionist GOP by OAN Newsroom
CLEAR LAKE, IA – AUGUST 14: Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke on August 14, 2015 in Clear Lake, Iowa. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) attempted to defend the wide definition of infrastructure in Joe Biden’s proposed plan.
    During an interview on Saturday, Sanders described infrastructure not as just bricks and mortar, but human infrastructure as well.    He said this is why it’s fair for the $2.3 trillion package to include solutions for affordable housing, climate change and prescription drug prices.
    The senator also targeted Republicans, who are unlikely to support the plan.
    “They live in their world, and their world will be trying to obstruct as much as possible what Biden, many of us in the Congress are trying to do,” Sanders stated.
    As the chair of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders gave the green light to use the filibuster-proof budget reconciliation process to force through the infrastructure measure without bipartisan support.

4/11/2021 Powell: Biden A ‘Demented Pervert,’ Leads Weakest Admin. Ever by OAN Newsroom
A November 19, 2020 photo shows Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican
National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Attorney Sidney Powell commented on the latest revelations of corruption, sexual depravity and mental problems at the Biden family.
    “A vice president who didn’t even win a primary in her own state and a demented pervert, among other things, who can’t even tie his own shoelaces or know where he is,” Powell said.    “They crammed them up our nose with a fork of fraud so blatant that it is visible around the world.”
    In a recent interview, Powell said the Democrats realize the weakness of the Biden administration, and that’s why they are trying to cover up the blatant fraud in last year’s elections.
    She also said the Chinese Communist Party appears to control many officials in the U.S.
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 14: Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping shook hands
at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    “The level of corruption and control that the Chinese Communist Party and other outside influences is the bulk of the problem,” Powell stated.    “The Chinese have either bought people, bribed people, extorted people or are blackmailing people.”
    Powell also said the ongoing election audit in Arizona will reveal at least 100,000 illegal ballots cast for the Biden-Harris ticket.

4/12/2021 Rep. Malliotakis: Biden Has Turned Over Our Border To The Cartels by OAN Newsroom
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent looks on near a gate on the U.S.-Mexico border wall as agents take
migrants into custody, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in Abram-Perezville, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) recently blasted Joe Biden for turning over the southern border to cartels.
    During a visit to the Rio Grande Valley border Friday, the Republican lawmaker said cartels are making an estimated half-a-billion dollars a month from human trafficking as well as smuggling guns and drugs.
    According to Customs and Border Patrol, Mexican cartels are taking advantage of Biden’s lenient border policies.
    Malliotakis said, “this is an organized criminal operation that Biden has allowed to occur by undoing the actions that President Trump took to create order at the border.”    She went on to note, law abiding citizens and those trying to enter the country legally are the ones who are suffering the most.
    Malliotakis highlighted the process her mother went through to come to the United States from Cuba while pointing there was order at the time.    She said, “Americans need to know their borders won’t descend into further chaos.”

4/12/2021 Suspect In Fatal Shooting Of Iowa Officer Has Long Criminal History by OAN Newsroom
    New information has come to light regarding the suspect in Iowa who allegedly shot and killed police Sgt. James Smith.
    The alleged shooter, now identified as Michael Lang, won the Democrat nomination for Grundy County Sheriff in June of 2020.    Lang was later defeated in the fall general election by his Republican opponent.
    The 41-year-old suspect was taken into custody after being shot during a standoff with police.    Lang had a history of encounters with police.
    One instance occurred on April 1 when he was cited for trespassing at a local bar he had previously been banned from.    A bartender at the bar said Lang had been a heavy drinker since high school and the bar’s owner had banned him for frequently yelling at other patrons as well as getting into fights.
    Back in 2009, Lang was charged with felony third offense drunk driving to which he pleaded guilty.    In 2015 and 2016, he was charged with aggravated misdemeanors, which are indicated to have been his third and fourth public intoxication charges.
    Officers attempted to pull Lang over on Friday evening, however, he fled and eventually ended up at his home.    His father warned police that Lang had multiple firearms at the residence.
    “As the entry team began to clear the upstairs of the residence, Sgt. Jim Smith was hit by gunfire coming from inside the residence,” stated Mitch Mortvedt, Assistant Director for the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.    “After Sgt. Smith was shot, members of the entry team observed Lang emerge from the doorway holding a black, pump action shotgun.”
    The standoff ended with Lang being shot multiple times and removed from the residence.    He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million bond.

4/12/2021 Buttigieg Takes Back Claim About Biden Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg takes a question from a reporter at a press briefing
at the White House, Friday, April 9, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg rolled back his claims that Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan would create 19 million employment opportunities.
    In an interview Sunday, the former Indiana mayor clarified he meant the economy would create 16.3 million jobs on its own and the Jobs Plan would create an additional 2.7 million.
    The administration has repeatedly used the inflated number over the past weeks in their push to convince Americans of the need for the $2 trillion package.
    “A report from Moody’s Analytics that came out yesterday afternoon projects that the economy will create 19 million jobs over the next decade if Congress passes the American Jobs Plan,” noted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
    Despite initially exaggerating the plans potential impact, Buttigieg still insisted the administration’s plan will be effective.

4/12/2021 Report: 22% Of Small & Medium Businesses Closed In February by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 2, 2020 file photo, a notice of closure is posted at The Great Frame Up
in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
    America’s small businesses are collapsing at the fastest pace since COVID-19 lockdowns first began last year despite stimulus programs.
    According to the Small Business Roundtable, 22 percent of all small and medium businesses in the U.S. were closed as of February.    This is compared to 23 percent of such businesses that were closed last May.
    Unlike last year, however, most of the businesses that are closed today may not be able to reopen due to the expiration of programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
    Experts have said the recent increase of the national debt has failed to relieve American businesses.
    “And a considerable part of these loans have to be paid back to Chinese banks and the Chinese government because political decisions that were made by the same people who run America now,” stated Hans Netten, a senior lecturer at Hague University.    “The American growth model of stacking one loan on top of the other is long overdue.”
    Despite all of this, the Biden administration expects GDP growth to tick up 10 percent in the second quarter compared to an 18 percent increase in national debt for the past year.

4/12/2021 Mich. Gov. Whitmer Faces Resistance To COVID-19 Shutdowns by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich.
Friday, April 9, 2021. Faced with the country’s highest rate of new coronavirus infections, Whitmer on Friday urged a two-week
suspension of in-person high school classes, all youth sports and indoor restaurant dining. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
    Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been faced with calls to keep her state open after urging residents to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19.
    Whitmer told reporters on Sunday, she’s calling for a temporary two-week long shutdown of in-person learning, youth sports games as well as restaurants and bars.
    Coronavirus cases in Michigan have risen in recent weeks, especially among teenagers and children.    Cases in children under 10-years-old jumped by 230 percent since February and people aged 10 to 19 experienced a 227 percent increase in cases.
    This came despite the Democrat governor admitting the state has some of the strictest COVID-19 measures in the country.
    “We are seeing a surge in Michigan despite the fact that we have some of the strongest policies in place: mask mandates, capacity limits, working from home,” Whitmer stated.    “We’ve asked our state for a two-week pause…despite all that we are seeing a surge of variance and that’s precisely why we’re really encouraging them to think about surging vaccines into the state of Michigan.”
    Meanwhile, the Michiga High School Athletics Association said it will continue to hold their games as scheduled and leave it up to individual schools to decide whether to participate.
    Additionally, the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association called Whitmer misguided and said her recommendations are not rooted in “proof or reliable data.”

4/12/2021 Armed Suspect Barricaded In Hawaii Resort Dies Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound by OAN Newsroom
Members of the Honolulu Police Specialized Services Division respond to a barricade situation with an armed man at the
Kahala Hotel in Honolulu on Saturday, April 10, 2021. The armed man barricaded himself inside a hotel room at the resort in
Honolulu and fired shots through the door, a police official said. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)
    A man who locked himself in a hotel room has reportedly died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, in turn, ending a 10-hour standoff with Hawaiian authorities.
    According to reports, hundreds of those staying at the Kahala Hotel and Resort were either evacuated or sheltered in the ballroom after shots were fired Saturday afternoon.    This triggered an extensive standoff.    Authorities said everyone staying at the resort was accounted for and no one was injured.
    Nearly two dozen members of the Honolulu Police Department’s Specialized Services Division along with other members of the department and negotiators were brought to the scene.    A SWAT team entered the man’s room around 3:30 a.m., where they said he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    While officials have yet to disclose the suspects identity, reports suggested the man was a member of the Navy.    Authorities will continue looking into the man’s motive as the investigation continues.

4/12/2021 White House Official Says Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala To Increase Troops On Borders
FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle clears the ground of past footprints to be able to see
new traces of activity in Calexico, California, U.S., April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Allison Dinner
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration has secured agreements for Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala to place more troops on their borders, a White House official told Reuters on Monday amid the growing number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border.
    The official did not provide any details. Earlier, White House aide Tyler Moran told MSNBC that the Biden administration had secured agreements with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to put more troops on their own border.
    Reuters was not immediately able to establish what agreements the officials were referring to or whether they go beyond existing enforcement measures in those countries.
    The Mexican, Honduran and Guatemalan governments did not respond immediately to requests for comment about any new measures.
    Reuters reported in March that Mexico had stepped up raids aimed at rounding up immigrants transiting illegally north toward the U.S. border, and reinforced its efforts along its border with Guatemala.
    Those efforts have not yet produced significant results, and have been complicated by pandemic restrictions and new rules limiting the capacity of Mexican immigration detention centers.
    In January, just before Biden took office, Guatemala deployed security forces to halt a U.S.-bound caravan of migrants, and Guatemalan government officials have vowed to keep up the pressure.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Laura Gottesdiener in Mexico City, Gustavo Palencia in Tegucigalpa and Sofia Menchu in Guatemala City; writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

4/12/2021 German CDU Backs Laschet To Succeed Merkel As Chancellor by Andreas Rinke and Paul Carrel
German Christian Democratic Union Party Leader Armin Laschet briefs the media after a meeting of the party's
board at the headquarters in Berlin, Germany, April 12, 2021. Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters
    BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) backed party chairman Armin Laschet on Monday to run for chancellor at a September election, and asked him to speak to his Bavarian rival to agree a single candidate for their conservative bloc quickly.
    Laschet said he would contact rival Markus Soeder, who lead’s the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), later on Monday to settle on a candidate to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel “very soon.”
    After months of speculation, the candidacy question came to a head on Sunday when Soeder, Bavarian premier, put himself forward.
    Pressure is mounting for a swift decision on who should stand for the two-party bloc as the candidate to succeed Merkel, who has ruled out standing for a fifth term.
    “There is broad support for Armin Laschet as candidate for chancellor from CDU and CSU,” CDU Secretary General Paul Ziemiak told a joint news conference with Laschet after a meeting of CDU party leaders.
    As the larger partner in the CDU/CSU alliance, the CDU’s choice of candidate is likely to be decisive, sources in the alliance say.
    Laschet, 60, is a centrist widely seen as a candidate who would continue Merkel’s legacy, but he has clashed with her over coronavirus restrictions.    Premier of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, his chaotic handling of the crisis has undermined his popularity.
    Soeder, 54, is an astute political operator who has sided with Merkel during the coronavirus pandemic.    No CSU leader has become German chancellor.
    As the younger politician, time is also on his side, and Soeder may choose to step aside and let Laschet take the blame if the alliance loses in the election.
    Many conservatives are nervous about contesting the Sept. 26 federal election without Merkel, who has led them to four victories.    She has not explicitly backed either candidate but has hinted that she would back the CDU leader.
    The conservative bloc has slipped to about 27% in polls, partly due to an increasingly chaotic management of the pandemic.    In the 2017 election, it won almost 33%.    The alliance remains a few points ahead of the ecologist Greens.
    The Social Democrats have nominated Finance Minister Olaf Scholz as their candidate for chancellor, while the Greens plan to announce their nomination on April 19.
    Expressing his delight at the “great support” from the CDU leadership, Laschet said he had told a meeting of top party officials “I want a modern Germany.”
    “I want us to combine climate protection issues with economic issues,” he told a news conference, in a nod to the Greens.
    A coalition government of the CDU/CSU alliance and Greens stacks up as the most likely scenario after the election.
    “My candidacy, my understanding of the office of chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is a European one,” Laschet added, vowing to seek multilateral solutions in foreign policy.
(Additional reporting by Caroline Copley Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

4/12/2021 ‘I’m So Excited’ – England Reopens With Pints Pulled, Shopping Sprees And Hair Cuts by Carl Recine, Kate Holton and Sarah Young
People walk on a street, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease,
in London, Britain April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls
    BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) – Crowds queued up outside shops, pubs started selling pints at midnight and hairdressers welcomed desperate customers on Monday as England started to reopen its economy after three months of lockdown.
    After imposing the most onerous restrictions in Britain’s peacetime history, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a “major step” towards freedom but urged people to behave responsibly as the coronavirus was still a threat.
    Johnson, whose unruly hair style has become a trademark look, was one of thousands who flocked to hairdressers and barbers to have a hair cut on Monday, having waited since early January when the latest lockdown was introduced.
    Some folk lined up at bars after midnight or in the morning to raise a pint with fellow revellers.
    “It feels good to be back,” Matthew McGuinness, a 21-year-old student told Reuters in the large garden of Wetherspoon’s Fox on the Hill pub in south London.    “We planned it last night to come here for a breakfast, get a drink.”
    “I would not want to be working behind the bar here tonight.    It’s gonna be ridiculous,” he said.
    Getting people spending again is crucial for Britain’s recovery after official data showed that 2020 was the worst year for its economy in more than three centuries with a 9.8% decline in gross domestic product.
    Johnson wants to hand back people their freedoms, but after being criticised for moving too slowly last year and then for unwinding restrictions too quickly, he has adopted a cautious easing of the latest lockdown.
    With more than 127,000 fatalities, the United Kingdom has the fifth highest death toll in the world from COVID-19.
    As the sun rose, dozens of people queued up outside Primark in English cities such as Birmingham and outside JD Sports on Oxford Street in London, undeterred by the unseasonably cold weather.
    The John Lewis department store chain said glassware and gifts had been the most popular items as shoppers prepared to host friends and families once again.    In the run up to the reopening, John Lewis had also seen a more than 200% jump in sales of dresses.
    At the Thorpe Park adventure site near London, visitors ran to the rides as it reopened.    Drinkers in pub gardens said they had worn their thermals to be able withstand the cold.
    In north London, Maggie Grieve reopened the Beaucatcher hairdresser salon to work through the long list of bookings.
    “I’m so excited to see my clients: to see how they are and give them that feeling that they get from having had their hair done,” Maggie Grieve, who manages Beaucatcher hairdressers in north London, told Reuters.
    “Today is going to feel like every hairdresser’s birthday.    The well-wishers have already come in: emails, texts, WhatsApps, even neighbours in the street wishing luck and joy.    It feels great.    Now can’t wait to get to the pub,” Grieve said.
    Hundreds of thousands of businesses have been closed since early January when England entered a third lockdown to stem surging infections driven by the “Kent” variant of the virus.    The UK has the fifth highest death toll in the world.
    But a fast vaccination campaign that has delivered a first shot to well over half of adults has helped to cut deaths by more than 95% and cases by over 90% from the January peak, paving the way for a staggered reopening.
    “I urge everyone to continue to behave responsibly and remember ‘hands, face, space and fresh air’ to suppress COVID as we push on with our vaccination programme,” Johnson said.
    His spokesman said the British leader had a haircut earlier on Monday but declined to give any further details.
    Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are reopening at a different pace, determined by their governments.    Non-essential stores, such as home and fashion chains, will reopen in Wales as well as England on Monday, although those in Scotland need to wait until April 26.
    Pubs and restaurants will only be able to serve outdoors from Monday, with indoor service not allowed until May 17 at the earliest.
($1 = 0.7296 pounds)
(Additional reporting by Andrew Boyers in Warwick and Kate Holton and Elizabeth Piper in London;
Writing by Paul Sandle, James Davey and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Jane Merriman and Raissa Kasolowsky)

4/12/2021 In Surprise Development, Angry Peruvians Propel Socialist In Presidential Race by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Pedro Castillo of Peru Libre party waves to the media after casting his vote,
outside a polling station in Cajamarca, Peru April 11, 2021. Vidal Tarqui/ANDINA/Handout via REUTERS
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s presidential election took a surprise turn when a socialist candidate who had slipped under the radar prior to polling day took the lead in the first-round ballot as angry voters looked for change.
    Pedro Castillo, a 51-year-old union leader and primary school teacher, was on course to take first spot after Sunday’s voting, which would see him face off against a conservative or liberal rival in a second-round head-to-head in June.
    Castillo, whose Free Peru party terms itself “socialist left,” has emerged from relative obscurity.    In pre-election polls just a month ago he had been trending at under 4% of the vote – outside the leading six runners most had focused on.
    In the past four weeks his rise had been rapid, with exit polls showing support for his policies, which include rewriting Peru’s constitution, strong in poor areas of the country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
    The surprise could give investors a jolt in the South American country, which while long politically turbulent has been one of the more steadfast and reliable markets in the region, attracting inflows into its bonds and sol currency.
    “Investors may be alarmed by the outcome of Peru’s election,” said Nikhil Sanghani, Latin America Economist at Capital Economics in a report after the vote.
    The result underscored the political discontent in the country, he said.
    “This outcome is a surprise and may put Peruvian financial markets on the backfoot…For now, one clear trend is the deep fragmentation in Peruvian politics,” he added.
    Amid a crowded pack of candidates, Castillo had tapped into public anger which has been fired up in Peru over the last year.    A fast count of the vote suggested he could face conservative Keiko Fujimori in a second round.
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    The economy crashed its hardest in three decades in 2020 as the pandemic hammered Peru, a major copper producer.    Tough lockdowns failed to stem the spread of COVID-19, with Peru one of the hardest hit in the world per capita.
    Meanwhile, politicians have come under fire.    President Martin Vizcarra, who had been popular, was impeached by Congress last year over allegations of corruption.    His successor resigned shortly after following deadly street protests, when many called for an overhaul of the political class.
    “Voters want change and many do not feel represented and reject the traditional political structures,” Goldman Sachs said ahead of Sunday’s vote.
    Alejandro Arevalo, emerging market debt manager at Jupiter Asset Management, said investors were used to political volatility in Peru after years of turmoil but some of Castillo’s policies were “pretty scary” for the market.
    “He’s talking about nationalization, about the government taking control of the economy…so it’s something that could bring significant volatility to the market.”
(Reporting by Marco Aquino in Lima and Tom Arnold in London, Writing by Adam Jourdan, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

4/12/2021 Peru Presidential Vote Heads For Run-Off, Far-Left Candidate Leads by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: People wave flags and hold placards during Peru's presidential candidate Yonhy Lescano of the
Accion Popular party's campaign closing rally in Lima, Peru April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) -Peruvian far-left candidate Pedro Castillo is set to win the Andean country’s first-round presidential election, though he will face a run-off vote in June with an electorate fragmented after a year of political and economic crisis.
    The 51-year-old union leader and primary school teacher, a shock winner after a late surge in the polls, had 16.2% of the vote with half the ballots tallied on the official count    A fast count from Ipsos Peru showed him winning the race.
    That level of support falls well short of the majority needed to win outright, however, meaning Castillo will face the second-place candidate in a head-to-head vote.
    The official count showed liberal economist Hernando de Soto in second place with 13.6% and the far-right’s Rafael Lopez Aliaga in third place with 12.9%.    Conservative Keiko Fujimori was in fourth place also with 12.9% but was gaining ground as votes were counted.    The fast count predicted she would come second.
    With many caught off guard by Castillo’s success, the unexpected outcome is likely to add to jitters over the future leadership of the world’s second-largest copper producer, where political uncertainty has weighed on markets in recent months.
    Peru is battling a new wave of COVID-19 infections with hospitals packed, sharpening a sense of crisis in the country, which impeached one president last year and saw another resign shortly after amid deadly street protests.
    Castillo, whose Free Peru party calls itself “socialist left,” has pledged to redraft the constitution to weaken the business elite and give the state a more dominant role in sectors such as mining, oil, hydropower, gas and communications.
    “I am grateful to the Peruvian people for this result,” Castillo, who wore a trademark cowboy hat when he arrived on horseback to vote, told supporters.    “I ask for calm until the final results.”
    Free marketeer Fujimori is a deeply divisive figure whose father, a former President, was jailed for human rights abuses.    She herself has spent time on remand over claims that she received $1.2 million from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which she denies.
    Hernando de Soto is a strong supporter of free markets and would continue spending to bolster the economy, while Lopez Aliaga is a hotel and railway magnate and a member of Opus Dei often compared to Brazilian leader Jair Bolsonaro.
    Celebrations in Castillo’s home city of Cajamarca, in Peru’s northern highlands, continued into the night.    The leftist had surged late from the back of the leading group of candidates, with exit polls showing him winning strong support in Peru’s five poorest regions.
    In addition to a pledge to tear up the 27-year-old constitution, a key demand of the young protesters who launched anti-government demonstrations last year, he has said he will keep his teacher’s salary and cut those of lawmakers.
    The ballot also saw Peruvians vote for the 130-seat congress, which looks set to remain highly fragmented with some 10 parties appearing to reach the threshold for representation in the legislature but none with a clear majority.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Diane Craft, Clarence Fernandez and Hugh Lawson)

4/12/2021 Biden To Nominate Trump Critics To Lead Border And Immigration Agencies by Steve Holland and Ted Hesson
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden intends to nominate two critics of former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies to key positions in his administration, a White House official said on Monday, signaling a continued push to ease Trump’s restrictions on migration.
    Biden will tap Chris Magnus, the chief of police in Tucson, Arizona, to lead U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the agency charged with border security and facilitating legal trade and travel, the official said.    Biden will nominate Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which handles immigration paperwork and processing.
    The Democratic president has reversed many of his Republican predecessor’s immigration policies.    Biden’s immigration actions have pleased his Democratic base but outraged many Republicans, who accuse him of encouraging illegal immigration as the number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexican border has soared in recent months.
    Magnus and Jaddou must be approved by the Senate, which is narrowly controlled by Democrats.    The chamber is divided 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tie-breaking vote.
    The New York Times first reported the nominations.
    Magnus served in the Lansing, Michigan Police Department, and was police chief in the cities of Fargo, North Dakota, and Richmond, California, before landing in Tucson, Arizona, the White House official said.
    “In each of these cities Chief Magnus developed a reputation as a progressive police leader who focused on relationship-building between the police and community, implementing evidence-based best practices, promoting reform, and insisting on police accountability,” the official said in a statement.
    Magnus offered to resign as Tucson police chief last year over the death of a man in custody who said he could not breathe after he was handcuffed and restrained face down.    The Tucson city manager rejected his resignation offer.
    During the Trump administration, Jaddou worked for the Washington-based immigrant advocacy group America’s Voice as director of DHS Watch, a project that sought to uphold transparency and accountability at the Department of Homeland Security and frequently criticized Trump’s policies.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Ted Hesson in Washington; Writing by Doina Chiacu and Ted Hesson; Editing by Ross Colvin and Will Dunham)

4/12/2021 Two Ex-Milosevic Aides Played Pivotal Role In 1990s Balkan Wars: U.N. Prosecutors
FILE PHOTO: Jovica Stanisic (L) and Franko Simatovic appear in court for their re-trial at the United Nations
tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, June 13, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kooren/File Photo
    THE HAGUE (Reuters) – U.N. prosecutors told judges Monday that two former Serbian security officials who served under Slobodan Milosevic helped train and equip ethnic Serbs to conduct brutal ethnic cleansing campaigns against non-Serbs in the 1990s Yugoslav conflict.
    The re-trial of Jovica Stanisic, former head of Serbia’s state security service, and his subordinate Franko “Frenki” Simatovic is the last major case at the U.N. war crimes tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
    Both men have pleaded not guilty to crimes including murder and persecution as crimes against humanity.    They are on provisional release in Serbia and did not attend the closing arguments in person.
    In closing, prosecutors stressed that separatist Serb forces in Bosnia and in Croatia were totally dependent on Serbia under then-strongman President Milosevic.
    “This campaign was carried out by a variety of Serb and military, police and volunteer units that were trained and equipped by these accused,” prosecutor Douglas Stringer said.
    The prosecution is seeking a life sentence for both ex-associates of Milosevic, who stood trial for genocide and crimes against humanity in the Yugoslav conflict but died in his tribunal cell in 2006 before the verdict.
    Stanisic and Simatovic’s defence is due to respond later this week.    Both men were acquitted in 2013, but appeals judges ordered a re-trial in 2015.
    Stringer said the two men were vital cogs in a criminal enterprise led by Milosevic and the Serbian state, together with Serb forces in Bosnia and Croatia, to expel Croats and Bosniaks from Serb-claimed lands as Yugoslavia fell apart in the 1990s.
    Judges have not set a date for the Stanisic and Simatovic verdict.
(Reporting by Stephanie van den Berg; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

4/12/2021 Protesters Scuffle Again With Italian Police Over COVID-19 Curbs
A man wears a face mask as restaurant and small business owners gather during a protest calling for their businesses to be allowed to re-open, despite no authorization
for the demonstration by the government, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Rome, Italy, April 12, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
    ROME (Reuters) – Protesters scuffled with police for a second week running on Monday as frustrated restaurant and small business owners demonstrated against continued coronavirus restrictions that are pounding the economy.
    Around 200 people from all over Italy tried to reach Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s office, but were held back by lines of police in full riot gear.
    Chanting “we are all workers,” some protesters hurled stones at the police lines, and let off fireworks, which filled the street with billowing smoke.
    “The problem is we just don’t know what to do.    They tell us that we can only do take-aways, but in my neighbourhood with a population of 3,000, what kind of take-aways can I do?” said Silvio Bessone, a chef from the northern Piedmont region.
    The government has imposed repeated curbs over the past 14 months to try to contain COVID-19, which has killed more than 114,000 people in Italy, the second worst official tally in Europe after Britain.
    While an initial national lockdown in March 2020 was widely accepted, the announcement of renewed restrictions in October faced immediate pushback in several Italian cities.
    Those protests faded as infection rates soared, but the decision to prolong curbs into the spring, with no firm date for when they might be eased, has once again raised hackles.
(Reporting by Antonio Denti; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Gareth Jones)

4/12/2021 President Trump Did Not Profit From Market Boom In Which He Created, According To Financial Report by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he steps off Air Force One as he arrives Monday,
Oct. 8, 2018, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    A new financial report confirmed President Trump’s assertion he not only did not profit off the presidency, but actually grew less wealthy as a result of his service to the American people.
    This is according to estimates by Forbes, which were published in their annual Billionaires List on Tuesday.    It assessed his net worth at $2.4 billion, which is down from $3.5 billion in 2017 at the onset of the Trump administration.
    That means despite four years of accusations from the left that President Trump was enriching himself from the White House, his time in office actually cost him about 32 percent of his total wealth.    This confirms the truth behind his numerous statements on the matter.
    “I think I will, in a combination of loss and opportunity, probably it’ll cost me anywhere from three to $5 billion to be President,” he previously stated.    “And the only thing I care about is this country…couldn’t care less, otherwise.”
    Moreover, the analysis performed by Forbes and verified by industry experts also projected that had President Trump sold off all his assets and used the proceeds to invest in the stock market, he would have made himself $1.6 billion richer.
    This is due to the thriving stock market overseen by the Trump administration and boosted by a business-friendly overhaul of the U.S. tax code, which was spearheaded by President Trump.    According to Forbes, he refused to “cash in on a market boom he helped propel
    While the Constitution mandates the president receive a salary amount decided by Congress and thus a sitting commander-in-chief cannot legally refuse it outright, President Trump still did not profit.    While keeping one of his earliest campaign promises, he donated the totality of his salary, set at $400, 000 a year or $1.6 million over four years, to various government agencies throughout his presidency.
    His first quarterly donation was in the amount of $78,333, which Forbes estimated were his post-tax earnings.    This was topped off by an “anonymous” donor to a total of $100,000, which was the same amount President Trump donated every other quarter of his presidency.    This suggests he was not only not taking in a salary, but dipping into his own private funds to pay taxes on that salary then donating the pre-tax amount back.
    Yet, despite all those financial losses, President Trump said on repeated occasions he had no regrets over making that sacrifice for the sake of the American people.

4/12/2021 Sen. Schumer Not Concerned With Kamala’s ‘No Show’ At Border by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris, flanked by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, spoke about the Senate Impeachment trial at
the U.S. Capitol, January 16, 2020, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he’s not concerned that Kamala Harris hasn’t done much to address the border crisis.
    His remarks came more than two weeks after Joe Biden appointed Harris to lead the White House’s response to the crisis.
    Speaking to reporters, Schumer attempted to defend Harris amid the growing criticism she’s received for not visiting the border.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke to reporters
on March 10, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    “She’s a very capable person, a thoughtful person and somebody who I think is very capable of coming up with solutions,” Schumer explained.
    Since being tasked with addressing the flood of illegal immigrants.

4/12/2021 Biden Calls For Peace And Calm In Minn. Following Officer-Involved Shooting, BLM Riots by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden spoke during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office
of the White House, Monday, April 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden called for peace and calm in Minnesota amid the recent officer-involved shooting.
A man raised his fist in the air as he yelled at police donning riot gear at 63rd and Lee Avenues North,
Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
    Speaking on the incident Monday, Biden said there is absolutely no justification for violence in protests.    He also stated Americans have to wait and see what the investigation into the shooting finds, adding it remains to be determined if it was intentional or not.
    Federal resources are already in the area to help keep the peace during the Derek Chauvin trial.
    “There are already federal resources, and we have a significant, we’ve spent a significant amount of time on relating to this particular case and dealing with what may be the aftermath of anything that happens with the trial that’s underway,” Biden said.    “But there will not be lack of help and support from the federal government if the local authorities believe it’s something that is needed.”
    Biden declined to say what outcome he expects to see in the Chauvin trial, instead stating he is hopeful the majority of people in the area will support it.

4/12/2021 Gov. DeSantis Slams YouTube, Google For Pulling Fla. COVID-19 Video by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 26: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the opening of the Conservative Political Action
Conference at the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) came out swinging against YouTube after the site removed a video of his, claiming it was COVID-19 misinformation.
    At a press conference on Monday, DeSantis went after the Big Tech sites, saying YouTube and Google are not hubs for truth, but are enforcers of narrative.    He went on to criticize the companies as “a council of censors in service of the ruling elite.”
    Last week, YouTube deleted a roundtable discussion from last month which was posted to a Tampa-area news station’s page.
The Google and YouTube logos are seen at the entrance to the Google offices in Los Angeles,
California, November 21, 2019. (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
    During the talks, Ivy League medical scholars, former White House advisers and other professionals discussed the effectiveness of masks and lockdown measures.
    “So when they took down the videos that were posted by some of the local news outlets here in the state of Florida, they were really continuing what they’ve been doing for the past year. Stifle debate, short-circuit scientific inquiry, make sure that the narrative is not questioned,” DeSantis stated.    “And I think that we’ve seen already that that has had catastrophic consequences for our society.”
    YouTube claimed they removed the video because “it contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities.”

4/12/2021 Sen. Rand Paul, Dr. Anthony Fauci Continue To Spar Over COVID-19 Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – JUNE 6: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke on June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
    The feud between Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Dr. Anthony Fauci heated up after the Republican congressman called the doctor a “petty tyrant.”
    In a tweet on Monday, Paul claimed Fauci was ignoring 100 years of science, adding that he just wants people to do what he says, even if it makes no sense.
    This came after Fauci, over the weekend, suggested vaccinated Americans should still not drink or eat indoors.
    “No, it’s still not OK for the simple reason that the level of infection, the dynamics of infection in the community are still really disturbingly high,” Fauci said.    “Like just yesterday, there were close to 80,000 new infections, and we’ve been hanging around 60, 70, 75,000.”
    In contrast, Paul said Americans who have recovered from the coronavirus or have been vaccinated should go about their lives.

4/12/2021 Biden Admin. To Scrap Police Commission by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JUNE 28: Joe Biden attended the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Annual International
Convention on June 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is rolling back his campaign promise to create a police commission to oversee reformations in departments across the country.
    Speaking with Politico on Monday, White House Director of Domestic Policy Susan Rice said the administration is focusing on legislative efforts.    Rice claimed the decision came from discussing the possible commission with police unions and civil rights groups.    She added both sides believed the commission was unnecessary and redundant.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki expressed a similar sentiment.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House,
Monday, April 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    “We have a made a decision in coordination that the best path forward is to work to pass the George Floyd Policing Act that has a great deal of the content, of the policy changes, of the necessary reforms that we would like to see in place,” Psaki stated.
    The Biden administration vowed to use their resources to get the George Floyd Policing Act passed through both chambers of Congress.

4/12/2021 Judge In Chauvin Case Denies Motion To Sequester Jurors by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill discussed motions before the court Monday, April 12, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer
Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    The judge presiding over former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder case refused a request to sequester the jury.
    On Monday, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill said the move would be counterproductive to the case.
    Chauvin’s defense team hoped to isolate jurors from public influence.    Additionally, they wanted to ask jurors what they knew about the nearby shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, which occurred Sunday night.
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson questioned Dr. Andrew Baker, Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner,
as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided Friday, April 9, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police
Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    The defense team fears several jurors have personal ties to the community where the shooting occurred, and it could sway their verdict.
    “I understand the argument from the defense that this now puts them even more ill at ease, but I think sequestering them would only aggravate that.    ‘Oh, I heard about the civil unrest and now the judge is putting us in the sequestration. There must be a greater threat to our security,'” Judge Cahill stated.    “I think the better way is to just continue with the trial as we’ve been going.”
    In the meantime, Judge Cahill said jurors could be sequestered next Monday, while both parties give their closing arguments.

4/12/2021 Biden’s Budget Deficit Hits Record $1.7T As Spending Soars by OAN Newsroom
An exterior view of the building of U.S. Department of the Treasury is seen on March 27, 2020
in Washington, D.C. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    U.S. federal budget deficit hit a record high amid elevated spending and slow GDP recovery by the Biden administration.
    According to the Treasury Department on Monday, U.S. budget deficit hit a record $1.7 trillion in the period between October 2020 and March 2021.    The deficit rose mainly due to Joe Biden’s stimulus package passed in March, which erased the previous fiscal consolidation by the Trump administration.
    Federal spending grew 45 percent, while federal receipts rose just 6 percent over that period.
    Critics said U.S. public finances are becoming increasingly unsustainable.
    “Because that growth was established by first getting loans, often from foreign countries,” Hans Netten, senior lecturer at Hague University said.    “And then all of that money from those loans was dumped into the American economy, so that the American government and all kinds of big American companies that the government gives all kinds of lucrative contracts to, they could then spend all that money, and your government called it economic growth.”
    Biden is now seeking to spend yet another $2 trillion to finance Democrat partisan projects disguised as an infrastructure package.

4/12/2021 State Of Emergency Declared, Curfew Enacted In Twin Cities by OAN Newsroom
Authorities responded to a scene in front of the Brooklyn Center Police station on Sunday,
April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
    The mayors of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota have declared states of emergency and enacted curfews after violent riots overnight.
    Protesters took to the streets on Sunday after the death of Duante Wright, who was shot and killed while trying to flee police during a traffic stop.
Protesters gathered in front of the Brooklyn Center Police station on Sunday, April 11, 2021,
in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/Christian Monterrosa)
    The incident happened in Brooklyn Center, just 10 miles from where George Floyd died. Police were reportedly trying to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant.
    Officials released bodycam footage of the shooting, which they are characterizing as an “accidental discharge.”
    They said the firing officer went for her taser, but drew her gun by mistake.
    “As I watch the video and listen to the officer’s commands it is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Brooklyn Center Chief of Police Tim Gannon stated.    “This appears to me, from what I view in the officers reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in the tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
    At least 500 Minnesota National Guard personnel are already activated in the area due to safety concerns during the Derek Chauvin trial.    That number is expected to increase in the wake of Wright’s death.
    Meanwhile, a Minnesota GOP group is condemning the governor for appearing to prejudge Sunday’s Brooklyn Center officer-involved shooting.
    On Sunday, Gov. Tim Walz commented on Twitter that “our state mourns another life of a black man taken by law enforcement.”
    This prompted the St. Paul Republicans to fire back, saying “governor, your words fuel fire for protesters.”    They added, “you of all people should know to wait until the authorities finish their investigation.”
    Riots broke out following the traffic stop incident, with several businesses looted and structure fires set.
    Joe Biden is calling for peace and calm in Minnesota following the recent officer-involved shooting.    Speaking on the incident, Biden said there is absolutely no justification for violence in protests.
Joe Biden spoke during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office
of the White House, Monday, April 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    He also said Americans have to wait and see what the investigation into the shooting finds, adding it remains to be determined if it was intentional or not.
    “There are already federal resources, and we have a significant, we’ve spent a significant amount of time on relating to this particular case and dealing with what may be the aftermath of anything that happens with the trial that’s underway,” Biden stated.    “But there will not be lack of help and support from the federal government if the local authorities believe it’s something that is needed.”
    Biden declined to say what outcome he expects to see in the Chauvin trial, instead stating he is hopeful the majority of people in the area will support it.

4/12/2021 Mich. Lawsuit Shows Evidence Of Election Fraud, Electronic Vote Tampering by OAN Newsroom
SAVANNAH, GA – FEBRUARY 5: Voters left a precinct after casting their ballots on
January 5, 2008 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Stephen Morton/Getty Images)
    Michigan attorney Matthew DePerno filed a lawsuit, challenging voter fraud and electronic meddling with 2020 elections in his state.
    “Our states give access to people to the qualified voter rolls,” DePerno explained.    “We believe that the state of Michigan has given over 32 groups access to the qualified voter roll.”
    The lawsuit, filed last week, is based off several forensic reports.    These reports revealed thousands of ballots were illegally cast for Joe Biden and there was electronic manipulation of votes.
    DePerno found more than 66,000 unregistered ballots were counted in nine Michigan counties.
    The suit also cited a forensic analysis by James Penrose, who found voting machines illegally used wireless technology to transmit vote totals to third parties.
    “That includes Rock the Vote, the Clinton campaign, all of those people have access to the voter roll and can make changes to it at any time,” DePerno said.    “Add people to it, take people out.    During the election, the night of the election, the day after the election.”
    DePerno also cited a report by Cyber Ninjas, who found Dominion voting machines in Antrim County provided unauthorized access to third parties, allowing vote tallies to be changed in real-time.    He added this could be direct evidence of votes being switched from President Trump to Biden by foreign countries and Democrat operatives in Washington.
    “Based on data, we believe we can identify foreign connections to the particular MAC or IP addresses in particular counties across the state.    Interference, foreign interference, even domestic interference from D.C.,” DePerno explained.    “Certain people making attacks on counties, on Election Day hitting particular targets and firewalls.”
    Additional evidence by Allied Security Operations Group, also cited in the lawsuit, found Dominion machines in Michigan were designed to create systemic fraud and change election outcomes.
    “They all have the same vulnerabilities that we’ve found.    They have the same backdoors that we’ve found,” DePerno said.    “They’re designed intentionally to allow for this type of problem.    There’s no reason you couldn’t create or design a system that is secure.”
    The lawsuit contains dozens of pages of data from Michigan voting machines, including unauthorized software and the fragments of code that were arguably compromised.
    DePerno said this lawsuit will start a domino effect exposing election fraud in other states, and show that Joe Biden’s purported victory was illegitimate.

4/13/2021 Oil up $0.37 to $59.71, DOW down 55 to 33,745.

4/13/2021 Calif. Gun Seller Criticizes Biden’s Ghost Gun Ban by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Nov. 27, 2019, file photo shows “ghost guns” on display at the headquarters of the
San Francisco Police Department in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
    A California gun seller has criticized Joe Biden’s crackdown on self-assembled ghost guns.    On Monday, gun store manager Dimitri Karras called the administration’s new gun laws “laughable.”
    The Second Amendment supporter made the comments following Biden’s recent actions targeting self-assembled ghost guns and stabilizing braces, which effectively turn pistols into rifles.
    Karras contended any ban on firearms or parts drive up gun ownership.    He also pointed out how easy it can be to make gun parts by simply using a 3D printer.
    “There’s no way you’re going to stop this, there’s nothing you can do about it,” he stated.    “This is the reality of the world and 3D printers are real, and I can just go press a button and I can print one of these.”
    Meanwhile, Karras also suggested bans on firearms are useless and asserted it seems to be more about the control than actual change.

4/13/2021 Nikki Haley: I Will Not Run In 2024 If President Trump Is A Candidate by OAN Newsroom
Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley speaks with reporters after a tour of the campus of South Carolina State University
on Monday, April 12, 2021, in Orangeburg, S.C. Haley, often mentioned as a possible 2024 GOP presidential contender, said Monday that
she would not seek her party’s nomination if former President Donald Trump opts to run a second time. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
    Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley said she will not make a bid for the White House if President Trump chooses to enter the race himself.    She made that comment Monday, following a tour of South Carolina State University.
    Haley, who represented the U.S. at the United Nations from 2017 to 2018 and as governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, has been floated as a leading contender for the GOP nomination in 2024.
    While explaining her assurance she would not run against the 45th president, Haley pointed to her good working relationship with him.    She also said she’s currently focused on fighting against Democrat attempts at dismantling the achievements of the Trump administration.
    Analysts have pointed out Haley’s comments may be an attempt at regaining support among President Trump’s base after she publicly criticized him following the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

4/13/2021 Investors Worry About Economic Uncertainty Created By Biden’s Elevated Spending by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are wavering
in early trading on Wall Street, holding the market near record highs it set earlier in the week.    The S&P 500 edged
up 0.1% early Wednesday, April 7, 2021, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.2%. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Major U.S. stock indices showed little movement amid thin trading volumes as investors await reports on corporate earnings.
    There was a minor pullback on Wall Street Monday as investors took a rest after the Dow and the S&P 500 hit record highs last week.    The Dow shed 55 points, the S&P 500 was basically flat and the NASDAQ lost 50 points.
    Investors are moving with caution with earnings season set to begin.
    “I think you’re seeing selling pressure on the market simply because investors are concerned about whether or not earnings will come in ahead of these revised estimates that have been set by Wall Street analysts,” stated Jacob Walthour, CEO of Blueprint Capital Advisors.    “And let’s face it, the market has run a significant distance in a very short period of time, and so people are getting a little bit nervous and they’re wondering kind of what’s next in this market.”
    There was a lot of corporate news to trade off of.    For example, GameStop is reportedly looking to replace current CEO George Sherman and the board is reportedly already working with an executive headhunter on the CEO search.
    This comes as GameStop is trying to transform from a struggling brick-and-mortar retailer into an eCommerce outfit.    A GameStop spokesman declined to comment.    Nonetheless, shares fell roughly 11 percent.
    Another example is a warning from United Airlines.    The air carrier said it expects first-quarter revenues to show a plunge of 66 percent, which is near the lower end of its prior forecast.    United shares were down 4 percent.
    Additionally, offered to buy Artificial Intelligence and speech technology company Nuance Communications for nearly $20 billion.    Shares of Microsoft touched an all-time high while Nuance surged to a record high as well.

4/13/2021 Sen. Wicker Says Corporate Tax Hikes On Small Businesses Is Job Killer by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday,
April 12, 2021, in Washington. Seated alongside Biden are Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has been optimistic about infrastructure negotiations with the administration, but has expressed concerned about how Joe Biden plans to pay for it.
    During an interview Tuesday, the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said the bipartisan meeting at the White House was productive and engaging.    He said both Republicans and Democrats discussed adding more funding to existing programs, which would bring the size and price of the plan down.
    The Mississippi lawmaker also stood his ground on raising taxes on small businesses.
    “The point I’m making to the president is to raise corporate taxes on small business job creators, actually is a job killer and I don’t think he wants to do that,” Wicker stated.    “Those of us in Washington, D.C. need to get it done, so we can show the country we can do big thing sin a bipartisan way.”
    Despite his opposition to corporate tax hikes, Wicker also said he was not ruling out any tax increases in order to pay for the plan over time.

4/13/2021 Senate Minority Leader McConnell: Infrastructure Plan Is Lumped Up List Of Leftist Priorities by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the media at a COVID vaccination
site at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) condemned Joe Biden’s $2.5 trillion infrastructure plan while calling it a list of the left’s priciest priorities.
    While speaking on the Senate floor Monday, the Kentucky lawmaker criticized Biden for only allocating 6 percent of funds to basic infrastructure projects like roads and bridges.
    “It’s not remotely targeted toward what Americans think they are getting when politicians campaign on infrastructure,” he stated.
    The massive spending bill includes $20 billion to apparently “reconnect neighborhoods cut off by historic investments and ensure new projects increase opportunity, advance racial equity, environmental justice and promote affordable access.”
    It also includes a $5 billion increase in funding for climate-focused research, a $10 billion investment for Civilian Climate Corps and $174 billion to “win the electric vehicle market.”    Not to mention, $40 billion to a new dislocated workers program and sector-based training.
    McConnell said the Biden administration is trying to change the very definition of infrastructure.
    “But instead of coming up with a better bill, Democrats have decided it’s the English language that has to change,” he asserted.    “They are embarking on an Orwellian campaign to convince everybody that any government policy whatsoever can be labeled infrastructure.”
    The top Republican noted, “these Trojan horse tactics have become a pattern.” McConnell added, the so-called American Jobs Plan could lead to the biggest tax hike in a generation and devastate the average American in need of economic recovery.
    “It would gut right to work, protecting for blue collar workers,” McConnell stressed.    “They even want to include a special state and local tax division to benefit wealthy residents of blue states.”
    He insisted Republicans are “deeply interested” in improving basic U.S. infrastructure and are calling on Biden along with Democrat lawmakers to approach it from a traditional standpoint if they wish to gain conservative support.
    McConnell warned if Democrats just declare “our way or the highway," “it will be clear they are choosing to create political controversies rather than make progress for American families."

4/13/2021 CNN Staffer Admits Network Makes ‘Propaganda’ For Democrat Party by OAN Newsroom
    A CNN staffer admitted that his network is producing propaganda for the Democrat Party.
    A new report by Project Veritas showed CNN technical director Charlie Chester admitting his network has fabricated false stories to make Democrat candidates and causes look good.    He also admitted CNN has intentionally exaggerated coronavirus fears.
    Chester went on to suggest CNN is going to whitewash Joe Biden going forward and focus on the so-called global warming agenda, which may include calls for “climate lockdowns.”

4/13/2021 Rep. McCarthy Calls Out Biden’s Lack Of Bipartisanship by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy speaks with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Phot0)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been shaming Joe Biden for his bait-and-switch bipartisanship.
    In an interview Tuesday, the California lawmaker was asked about the recent talks.    McCarthy criticized the proposal while pointing out how there’s not much infrastructure in it.
    “If it was an infrastructure bill, Republicans would be at the table ready to go,” he stated.    “Unfortunately, President Biden doesn’t believe in talking to any Republicans.”
    The Republican then took aim at Biden’s calls for so-called bipartisanship after McCarthy’s repeated attempts to set up a meeting to address pressing issues and not just the latest Democrat wish list.
    “I’ve never spoken to him since he’s been president,” said the minority leader.    “I’ve requested meetings with him to talk about the border, he ignores that.”
    His comments come as the Biden administration faces scrutiny over attempts to label their spending spree as infrastructure just to get it passed in Congress.
    “I think America is stronger when we work together, I think America is stronger when we solve problems,” McCarthy continued.    “The way we solve problems is we sit down at the table, we identify them and we work together.”

4/13/2021 U.S. To Station At Least 500 Additional Troops In Germany by OAN Newsroom
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence, and U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin attended a news conference
at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
    The United States announced its intention to deploy an additional 500 troops in Germany.
    The statement came in a joint press conference on Tuesday, between U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and his German counterpart Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
    “Today, I briefed the minister on our intention to permanently station approximately 500 additional U.S. personnel in the Wiesbaden area as early as this fall,” Austin stated.
    The move comes amid rising tensions, as Russia has stationed at least 40,000 troops on Ukraine’s eastern border.
    “Now, these forces will strengthen deterrence and defense in Europe,” Austin explained.    “And they will augment our existing abilities to prevent conflict and if necessary, to fight and win.”
    Austin avoided questions as to whether the deployment should be interpreted as a message to Russia.    The German defense minister referred to the move as a strong signal of the healthy relationship between the U.S. and Germany.
    Austin also hopes the move will strengthen American defense capabilities in Europe.
    “This move will also create more space capabilities, more cyber and more electronic warfare capabilities in Europe,” Austin said.    “And it will greatly improve our ability to surge forces at a moment’s notice to defend our allies.”
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Federal Minister of Defence, receives U.S. Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin
at the Federal Ministry of Defence in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
    However, the increase in troops comes in stark contrast to the actions of President Trump, who ordered the withdrawal of 12,000 troops from Germany last year, roughly a third of those stationed there.
    The 45th President commented Germany had refused to spend more on its own defense and “they’d been delinquent for years and they owe NATO billions of dollars.”
    The U.S. currently has around 35,000 troops stationed in Germany, and Kramp-Karrenbauer said Joe Biden gave his word the troop reduction would not happen.
Continuing his tour, Austin is next set to fly to NATO headquarters in Belgium.

4/13/2021 Biden Continues To Push Bipartisan Support On Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
NEW CASTLE, DE – JULY 21: Joe Biden spoke about economic recovery during a campaign event
on July 21, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is continuing to push for bipartisan support on his infrastructure proposal.
    During a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday, Biden indicated that he wants Republican support, but will pass the bill alone if necessary.
    Biden said he’s prepared to negotiate the extent of the infrastructure project, as well as how it will be paid for.
    GOP officials present noted the meeting made good points, but there is still a lot of space between the two parties.
    “I think we’re going to be able to get, I’m hoping we’ll have some bipartisan support across the board,” Biden stated.    “I’ve already spoke to some of my Republican colleagues about dealing with the infrastructure legislation we have up there, as well as other budget items.”
    White House officials said Biden is expected to hold additional bipartisan meetings later this month.

4/13/2021 Chauvin Trial: Prosecution Rests, Defense Begins Case by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson questioned Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang as Hennepin
County Judge Peter Cahill presided, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the
Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    The prosecution in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin rested its case.    The move came after the prosecution called nearly 40 witnesses to testify over the past two weeks.
    The defense has now begun its case, starting with the testimony of a former police officer who arrested George Floyd in a separate incident back in 2019.
    The defense called a use of force expert, who said based on his assessment, Chauvin acted accordingly given the circumstances.
In this image from video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert testified as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided, Tuesday, April 13, 2021,
in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    “I felt that Officer Chauvin’s interactions with Mr. Floyd were following his training, following current practices of policing and were objectively reasonable,” use of force expert Barry Brodd stated.
    “So in this situation, there is space limitations.    Mr. Floyd was butted up against the tire of the patrol car.    There was traffic still driving down the street.    There were crowd issues that took the attention of the officers.    Mr. Floyd, was still somewhat resisting,” Brodd said.    “So I think those were relatively valid reasons to keep him in the prone.”
    Also taking the stand for the defense was Floyd’s friend Shawanda Hill and retired paramedic Michelle Monseng.

4/13/2021 BLM Protests Continue For Second Day Over Officer-Involved Shooting In Minn. by OAN Newsroom
A crowd gathers at the Brooklyn Center Police Department in Brooklyn Center, Minn., Monday, April 12, 2021, for a
No Justice No Peace rally following the police shooting death of Daunte Wright. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
    Law enforcement officials reported at least 40 arrests have been made in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after protests broke out over the shooting death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
    During a press conference Tuesday, Col. Matt Langer announced the arrests vary from curfew violations to rioting.    He said the Minnesota State Police and numerous other law enforcement agencies are focused on protecting the Brooklyn Center Police Department.
    According to Langer, some officers were hit with objects thrown by protestors, in turn, resulting in the deployments of chemical irritants and flashbangs to disperse the crowds.
Protesters took to the streets Sunday after the death of Wright, who died while trying to flee police during a traffic stop.    The incident happened in Brooklyn Center, just 10 miles from where the attempted arrest of George Floyd took place.    Police were reportedly trying to arrest Wright for an outstanding warrant.
    Officials released body-cam footage of the shooting, which they are characterizing as an “accidental discharge.”    They said the officer, identified by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as Kim Porter, went for her taser but drew her gun by mistake.
    Police said Porter, who has worked for the department for nearly 26 years and is president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officer’s Association, is now on administrative leave while an investigation is carried out.
    The mayor of neighboring St. Paul said following the violence while authorities lament Wright’s accidental death protesters should not use the occasion to further traumatize communities by “exploit his death to wreak havoc and destruction on our neighborhoods.”

4/13/2021 McConnell Signals Support For Democrats’ Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 06: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) spoke to reporters at
the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is showing support for the Democrats’ proposed bill aimed at fighting Asian hate crimes.
    On Tuesday, McConnell said he’s interested on hashing out a deal on the matter.    The legislation would help track and report hate crimes committed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, who have experienced an uptick in racist violence over the past year.
    The Justice Department would create an online database documenting incidents as they happen.
    McConnell said actual bipartisan work would need happen, but showed interest in the bill overall.
LOUISVILLE, KY – NOVEMBER 03: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) delivered his victory speech next to his wife,
Elaine Chao, at the Omni Louisville Hotel on November 3, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    “Yeah, I can tell you as a proud husband of an Asian American woman I think this discrimination against Asian Americans is a real problem and it preceded the murders that were recently on full display,” McConnell stated.    “I’m hoping we can work out an agreement to get on the bill in a normal way, have some amendments and move to final passage.”
    Republicans have signaled they will not filibuster this legislation.
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the bill will be debated sometime this week.

4/13/2021 Sens. Cruz, Hawley And Lee Introduce Proposal To Strip MLB Of Antitrust Exemptions by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Mike Lee, center, flanked by Sen. Josh Hawley, left, and Sen. Ted Cruz, right, spoke about legislation to end Major League Baseball’s
special immunity from antitrust laws, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Republican senators introduced a proposal to strip Major League Baseball’s special immunity to antitrust laws.
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) floated the bill on Monday.    It came in response to the MLB’s decision to pull the All-Star Game out of Georgia in protest of the state’s recent election integrity laws.
    While introducing the bill, Cruz said the league must stop “playing dishonest politics” when it comes to voters’ rights.
Sen. Ted Cruz spoke about legislation to end Major League Baseball’s special immunity from antitrust laws during
a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    “Major League Baseball understands the value of identification and they apparently don’t think they’re being bigoted racists when they ask you for a driver’s license to pick up your tickets,” Cruz stated.    “But they decided to play politics with voting and elections in Georgia.”
    The MLB’s antitrust exemption was instated in 1922 and is currently the only exemption in place for a sports league.

4/13/2021 Fmr. San Diego Mayor Faulconer Decries Dem Proposal To Breach Privacy Of Petition Signers In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 17: Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer spoke during a news conference in front of
Abraham Lincoln High School on February 17, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer criticized California’s ruling Democrats for their attempts to erode citizens’ right to privacy.
    In a statement on Tuesday, Faulconer decried a bill that would publicize the names and contact information of citizens who sign political petitions.
    The former mayor said Democrats are trying to undermine the petition to recall failed Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.), which has already gathered over 2 million signatures.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 16: California Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke during a a news conference
on January 16, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Faulconer is seen as the leading Republican candidate to become California’s next governor.
    He went on to say Democrats are trying to intimidate the Golden State’s voters by giving their private information to political operatives.

4/13/2021 CNN’s Gupta Breaks From Network Stance, Says COVID Could Come From Lab by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Sanjay Gupta arrived at Sean Parker and the Parker Foundation’s Gala Celebrating a Milestone
in Medical Research in Los Angeles. on April 13, 2016. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)
    CNN’s chief medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta debunked his network’s stance on COVID-19, and said the virus likely came from the Wuhan lab.
ATLANTA, GA – UNDATED: This undated handout photo from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
shows a microscopic view of the Coronavirus at the CDC in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by CDC/Getty Images)
    “There’s reason to suspect this is the origin of the virus.    It’s a big virology lab right in Wuhan that happened to be studying bat coronaviruses,” Gupta said.    “Just from an Occam’s razor standpoint, finding the simplest explanation, it would make sense.”
    In a recent interview, Gupta appeared to defend former CDC chief Robert Redfield, after CNN criticized him for saying COVID-19 likely came from the Wuhan lab.
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 30: Robert Redfield, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listened during a Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago – Pool/Getty Images)
    CNN, along with the Chinese Communist Party and the Biden administration, has continued to claim the virus emerged naturally, but Gupta appears to disagree.
    “I don’t think anybody who says, ‘well this obviously came from the wet market,’ you say, well where’s the evidence behind that?    There was lots of people who had never been to that wet market who became infected, had no contact with anybody at the wet market,” Gupta explained.    “There’s all these open questions, and even the World Health Organization now, Tedros, the head, has said all options, all possibilities are still on the table.”
    Gupta also criticized the World Health Organization for allowing the Chinese government to control its probe.

4/13/2021 Senate GOP Campaign Arm Announces $23M Fundraising Haul In Q1 by OAN Newsroom
HIALEAH, FLORIDA – NOVEMBER 05: Sen. Rick Scott addressed the crowd on November 05, 2018 in Hialeah, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    An organization dedicated to getting Republicans elected to the Senate raised more than $20 million in the first quarter.
    Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R), who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee, announced the amount on Tuesday.    He partly attributed the amount to robust digital fundraising.
    The group brought in more than $8 million in March alone, outpacing the more than $6 million raised in February.
    The sum of money raised by the group is more compared to the amount raised during the same period in 2017 and 2019.    This suggests the NRSC’s finances weren’t effected by corporate threats of boycotts directed at lawmakers who objected to the 2020 election results.

4/13/2021 Fmr. Trump Officials Launch ‘America First Policy Institute’ by OAN Newsroom
GOLDEN, CO – OCTOBER 29: President 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)
    Several former Trump administration officials are starting a new political group looking to promote the 45th President’s policies.
    Former Trump domestic policy head Brooke Rollins announced the launch of the America First Policy Institute in a video on Tuesday.
    The group is split into 20 policy areas and features a slew of notable Republicans, such as former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.
    Rollins said the institute will continue the “transformative changes” of the last four years and fight to save America.
    “We know what the insider approach is, it’s failure.    It’s the outsider approach that wins, and we saw it first hand.    We’re working to save the soul of this country, and the America First Policy Institute will be the heart of that effort.    We are beholden to no one but the American people,” Rollins stated.    “But we can’t do it alone, so please join us and let us together continue the fight for the greatest country in the history of the world.”
    Former Trump White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump will be informal advisers to the new group.

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4/14/2021 Protests Continue For Third Night In Brooklyn Center, Minn. Over Officer-Involved Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Authorities guard a perimeter fence as demonstrators gather on the other side Tuesday, April 13, 2021, outside the Brooklyn Center (Minn.)
Police Department during a protest over Sunday’s shooting death of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Violent protests continued in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota for a third night as demonstrators clashed with police following the apparent accidental death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
    On Tuesday, more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside the city’s police station, which is now guarded with concrete barriers and a large metal fence.    Police declared the protest an “unlawful assembly” and ordered the crowds to disperse.
    During a press briefing later that day, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said more than 60 protestors were arrested for inciting riots and “other criminal behavior.”    He stressed law enforcement will not tolerate these types of violent and dangerous demonstrations.
    “I would just like to reiterate what other people have said and I’ll say it again, the behaviors that we continue to see are unacceptable and we are not going to tolerate them,” Langer stated.
    “Make no mistake about it, we are prepared and we will be back tomorrow,” the police official continued.    “And we are not going to tolerate the activities that we’ve seen the past couple of nights in the future either.”
    Meanwhile, Brooklyn Center’s police chief and the officer who accidentally shot Wright have both resigned from their positions.    The city’s mayor, Mike Elliot, said he hopes the resignations would bring some peace to the community.    He added that he will continue to work toward “full accountability under the law.”
    “I’m hoping how this will help bring some calm to the community,” Elliot stated.    “I think ultimately they want justice, they want full accountability of the law and that’s what we are going to continue to work.”
    A curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center and several surrounding cities from Tuesday 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.    The National Guard also deployed troops in the region as a precaution against further unrest.
A crowd-dispersal canister explodes beside demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest
the shooting death of Daunte Wright, late Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

4/14/2021 Mexico To Deploy 12K Officials Near U.S.-Mexico Border by OAN Newsroom
Migrants walk on a dirt road after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Tuesday, March 23, 2021, in Mission, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
    Amid continued inaction from the White House, the Mexican government is working to put an end to the Biden border crisis.
    On Tuesday, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said the country has deployed at least 12,000 officials to the southern border to help deal with the surge in migrant arrivals.    He also confirmed they are also sending security personnel to the country’s border with Guatemala.
    Ebrard went on to voice concern for minors reportedly being used by human smugglers to facilitate their passage while calling the practice a “major human rights violation.”
    “There is an agreement with the United States and there will be an investment in Central America; there is no way we can regulate this phenomenon if there are no options in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, mainly,” stated the Mexican official.    “The other thing we agreed on is that we have to go after these traffickers because this is something we had not seen in the whole of history, we’ve never seen trafficking of minors on this scale.”
    This comes as the U.S. continues to face the biggest migrant surge in 20 years with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) holding more than 15,000 undocumented minors in custody.

4/14/2021 Mich. Attorney DePerno Says Democrats Are Threatening, Obstructing Election Fraud Lawsuit by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, file photo, a voter inserts an absentee voter ballot into a drop box in Troy, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Michigan attorney Matthew DePerno said he’s facing threats and obstruction by authorities over his lawsuit detailing evidence of fraud and meddling in last year’s elections.
    “This is the state’s top law enforcement officer who comes forward and threatens legislators that if they do their job and act on behalf of their constituents that she will charge them criminally,” he explained.    “They’re scared of that, so they have no courage.”
    Among the defendants in his lawsuit, DePerno named Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who is backed by George Soros and was allegedly involved in the cover-up of election fraud.    The attorney also noted, Democrat officials destroyed some of the election data in violation of federal law.
    “And the issue really primarily related to the idea that Sheryl Guy, the clerk in Antrim County, had deleted information off of the Antrim County system on November 4th at 11:03 p.m.,” he explained.    “So a lot of the data that we had been looking for in this case was deleted by by her…we felt that substantial detriment to our case.”
    DePerno said his office has filed additional subpoenas in nine counties across Michigan seeking election records in line with the law, but Democrat officials are fighting it every inch of the way.

4/14/2021 Republicans Unveil Bill To Block Federal Funding Of Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale listens during a roundtable discussion with veterans and other community members on
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at Fort Harrison in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)
    Rep. Matt Rosendale (R) is moving to block state and local governments from implementing vaccine passports.    The Montana lawmaker and 24 other Republicans introduced a bill Tuesday that would prevent the use of federal funds to pay for such systems.
    Earlier this month, the Biden administration said it was not considering plans to mandate vaccine passports, but GOP lawmakers want to ensure that federal money does not go to jurisdictions that propose the idea.
    Rosendale said the idea of vaccine passports is terrifying, adding that individuals should make their own health care decisions.

4/14/2021 Biden Refuses To Answer Reporters’ Questions, Asks Them To Leave by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks as he and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with members of the Congressional Black Caucus
in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden has drawn criticism yet again.    This time for refusing to take questions from reporters who were then asked to leave the Oval Office.
    During his Oval Office meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus on Tuesday, Biden delivered a two-and-a-half minute statement to the press, which some criticized as incoherent and uninformative.
    Reporters asked Biden to explain how he would support black communities, but he blatantly refused to answer.
    Critics have pointed out that Biden has never given unscripted answers to reporters and has often refused to address the press directly.

4/14/2021 Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Takes Heat After Admitting Economy Is Rigged by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 1, 2020, file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell listens during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill
in Washington. During an interview broadcast Sunday, April 11, 2021, on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Powell said the U.S. economy is poised for an
extended period of strong growth and hiring, though the coronavirus still poses some risk. (Al Drago/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)
    Former Trump trade advisor Peter Navarro recently blasted Jerome Powell as “the worst chair of the Federal Reserve in modern history.”     On Tuesday, Navarro reacted to Powell’s interview on 60 Minutes in which he admitted the system is rigged against every day Americans.    He said Powell’s interview is the inside joke of all of corporate media as he blames the country’s money problems on blue collar workers.
    Navarro asserted that Powell is doing nothing to help Americans compete in the global economy and is, instead, helping push American jobs overseas.
    “The people who control this government think that whenever your wages go up, they’re going to ship our jobs overseas so people can have cheap crap at Walmart,” stated the former trade advisor.    “Even though they don’t have a paycheck, they’ve got cheap crap at Walmart.”
    Navarro went on to emphasize President Trump’s efforts to support blue collar Americans while suggesting he’s the only modern president to actually care.

4/14/2021 CIA Director Says Pulling Troops From Afghanistan Presents ‘Significant Risk’ by OAN Newsroom
CIA Director William Burns listens during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about
worldwide threats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    CIA Director William Burns has pushed back on the White House’s decision to withdrawal troops from Afghanistan.        While speaking at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing Wednesday, he said pulling troops out of region would hurt the CIA’s ability to gather intelligence in the country.
    Burns added, having U.S. troops on the ground there has helped alleviate the threat from ISIS and Al-Qaeda, but the withdrawal presents a “significant risk.”
    “When the time comes for the U.S. military to withdraw, the U.S. government’s ability to collect and act on threats will diminish,” stated the director.    “That’s simply a fact.”
    Burns continued, confirming the CIA and its partners will continue to provide strategic warnings to the U.S. to enable the government to respond to any threats from the terror groups.

4/14/2021 Sen. McConnell Reacts To President Trump’s Fiery Remarks At Mar-A-Lago by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., right arrive
with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., for a ceremony to honor slain U.S. Capitol Police officer
William “Billy” Evans at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, Pool)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has attempted to end his public feud with President Trump.    On Tuesday, a reporter asked the Kentucky lawmaker about the 45th president’s fiery remarks following his comments after Trump’s acquittal by the Senate.
    Over the weekend, President Trump called the senator a “stone cold loser” in front of Republican donors while behind closed doors at the Mar-a-Lago resort.    McConnell also took a hit in February when in a statement President Trump called him “one of the most unpopular politicians in the United States” and a “dour, sullen and unsmiling political hack.”
    Despite this, McConnell is now making it clear that he understands the need to unite with the 45th president to challenge the radical left’s attack on American values.
    “Well what I’m concentrating on is the future and what we are confronted with here is a totally left-wing administration with a slight majority in the House,” stated the Republican senator.    “A 50-50 Senate trying to transform America.”
    McConnell added, the Biden administration’s actions don’t reflect the will of American voters in the 2020 election.
    While also speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), his top deputy, confirmed the Senate minority leader does not bear ill will toward the 45th president.    Thune noted, McConnell plans to work with President Trump to regain a GOP Senate majority.
    While it isn’t clear whether the rift between President Trump and Mitch McConnell will continue, it seems the growing threat of the radical left may be enough to keep the Republican Party united.

4/14/2021 Sen. Cotton Slams Biden Pick To Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division by OAN Newsroom
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR). (Photo by DEMETRIUS FREEMAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) took sharp aim at Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department by arguing she will radically alter the agency.    During a Senate hearing for Kristen Clarke Wednesday, Cotton accused her of “always jumping to conclusions” when it comes to officers using force to protect themselves or others.
    The senator also contended officers are the last people who want to use force, especially when it results in death.    Cotton suggested the nation’s law enforcement community should fear unjust prosecutions by the DOJ if Clarke is confirmed.
    “You are going to have the power of the federal government behind you,” Sen. Cotton stated.    “And based on your pattern of comments and jumping to conclusions without evidence, every cop in America should be terrified that the Department of Justice is going to jump to a conclusion when they have to make a split-second decision to defend themselves or defend innocent, law-abiding citizens.”
    If confirmed, Clarke will be the first woman and African-American woman to run the Civil Rights Division.

4/14/2021 Pelosi Open To Dropping 9-11-Style Commission To Probe Jan 6. Breach, Floats Idea To Set Up Committee Instead by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). (Photo by Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she’s open to a congressional committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol breach amid opposition from the GOP for a commission. In an interview Tuesday, Pelosi said she would set up the committee if Republicans refused to move forward with a bipartisan 9-11-style commission.
    Pelosi pushed for the commission in February, but was shot down by members of the GOP who claimed it would be partisan by design.    Furthermore, the House Speaker spoke to reporters in March and floated the idea of other options.
    “We have to find the truth, and we will and we’re not walking away from that,” Pelosi stated.    “Now, we’d love it to be as bipartisan as possible, but we have other — shall we say — paths [if] we can’t come to something that would be similar to the 9-11 Commission.”
    Critics of the proposal took issue with the fact Republicans would only be given four seats compared to the seven Democrats would have.

4/14/2021 CIA Dir.: Isis, Al-Qaeda No Longer Considered The Most Dangerous Transnational Terrorist Groups by OAN Newsroom
CIA Director William Burns speaks during a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill on April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC.
The committee is hearing testimony on worldwide threats to national security. (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
    CIA Director William Burns said ISIS and Al-Qaeda are no longer considered the most dangerous transnational terror groups.    He made the assertion in the Intelligence Community’s Annual Threat Assessment report released Tuesday night.
    Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines backed up that assessment during her testimony before the Senate Intel Committee Wednesday.    Haines added, while ISIS and Al-Qaeda still wish to attack the U.S., neither have the capacity to do so.
    “So, with regard to global terrorism, ISIS and Al-Qaeda remain the most pressing threats to US interests overseas as was noted,” Haines said.    “These groups seek to conduct attacks inside the United States, but sustained counter terrorism pressure has broadly degraded their capabilities.”
    In the meantime, Haines said China, Iran, North Korea and Russia now pose the biggest threats.    She stated all four have “demonstrated the capability and intent to advance their interests at the expense of the united states and its allies.”

4/14/2021 Ex-Brooklyn Center Officer Charged With Second-Degree Manslaughter In Shooting Death Of Daunte Wright by OAN Newsroom
This May 31, 2007 photo shows Officer Kim Potter, part of the Brooklyn Center Police negotiation team in
Brooklyn Center, Minn. Potter, who fatally shot Daunte Wright during a traffic stop on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in the
Minneapolis suburb and the city’s chief of police have resigned. (Bruce Bisping/Star Tribune via AP)
    Violent protests continued in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota for a third night as demonstrators clashed with police following the apparent accidental death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright.
    On Tuesday, more than 1,000 protesters gathered outside the city’s police station, which is now guarded with concrete barriers and a large metal fence.    Police declared the protest an “unlawful assembly” and ordered the crowds to disperse.
    During a press briefing later that day, Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer said more than 60 protestors were arrested for inciting riots and “other criminal behavior.”    He stressed law enforcement will not tolerate these types of violent and dangerous demonstrations.
    “I would just like to reiterate what other people have said and I’ll say it again, the behaviors that we continue to see are unacceptable and we are not going to tolerate them,” Langer stated.
    “Make no mistake about it, we are prepared and we will be back tomorrow,” the police official continued.    “And we are not going to tolerate the activities that we’ve seen the past couple of nights in the future either.”
    Brooklyn Center’s police chief and the officer who accidentally shot Wright, Kim Potter, both resigned from their positions.    The city’s mayor, Mike Elliot, said he hopes the resignations would bring some peace to the community.    He added that he will continue to work toward “full accountability under the law.”
    “I’m hoping how this will help bring some calm to the community,” Elliot stated.    “I think ultimately they want justice; they want full accountability of the law and that’s what we are going to continue to work.”
    Since then, Porter has been arrested and taken into custody on second-degree manslaughter charges.    Prosecutors officially announced the criminal charge Wednesday.    The 26-year veteran intended to taser Wright during a traffic stop, but mistakenly gabbed her firearm instead.    She fired a single shot.
    Wright was pulled over due to a traffic violation and police tried to detain him after discovering he had an outstanding warrant.
    A curfew was in effect for Brooklyn Center and several surrounding cities from Tuesday 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.    The National Guard also deployed troops in the region as a precaution against further unrest.
    A crowd-dispersal canister explodes beside demonstrators gathered outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department to protest
the shooting death of Daunte Wright, late Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

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4/15/2021 Officer who fatally shot rioter won’t face charges by Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY
    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Capitol Police officer who fatally shot veteran Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol will not face charges after an investigation into the incident, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
    Babbitt, a 35-year-old from San Diego, was trying to climb through a barricaded door near the House chamber when the officer, who has not yet been publicly identified, shot her in the left shoulder. She wore a Trump flag as a cape as she tried to crawl through the broken window when the shot was fired, then fell to the ground.
    The Justice Department determined there was not enough evidence to prove that the officer who shot Babbitt did so unreasonably or in a manner that willfully deprived her of her civil rights.
    Rather, the investigation concluded the officer could reasonably believe he was firing in self-defense or in defense of members of Congress.
    “Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting, and the results of an autopsy,” a release said.    The officer was placed on administrative leave and police powers were suspended pending the outcome of a joint Metropolitan Police Department and Capitol Police investigation, police said shortly after the riot.
    Video of Babbitt’s shooting went viral after the attack on the Capitol, and her death became a rallying cause on the right for those who supported the rioters trying to stop the certification of the 2020 presidential election results.

4/15/2021 GOP Mounts Fight Against ‘COVID-19 Passports’ by OAN Newsroom
A COVID-19 vaccination card is displayed at the Banning Recreation Center Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Wilmington, Calif. The site
switched from its original plan to use the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 to the Pfizer vaccine. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) is one of many Republicans opposed to the idea of a vaccine passport.    He and other like minded people have called it a government overreach and think Americans have the right to decide for themselves if they want a vaccine.
    “For those who have the vaccines, what do they have to worry about?    Why do they care about someone else who does not have a vaccine?”    Hice asked.    “If they’re vaccinated they feel safe, that’s their business.”
    The credentials would require individuals to show proof of vaccination in order to access businesses or events.    Proponents see it as one of the ways to beat the coronavirus pandemic.
    “I think particularly for some private sector settings, it could be a really valuable tool,” said New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D).    “I think government has a role to play in setting it up and making it work.”
    Meanwhile, critics argue it would set a dangerous precedent.    Hice, along with a group of more than two dozen Republicans, are pushing a bill that would prevent any federal money from going towards the implementation of vaccine passports at the state and local level.
    The legislation is unlikely to move through Congress as no Democrats support it, but last week the White House maintained its leaving it up to private businesses and states to decide.
    “There will be no federal vaccinations data base and no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential,” stated White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
    Nonetheless, skepticism remains among GOP members of Congress.
    “It is no place of the federal government to come in and force people to do it with penalty of not being able to exercise their normal routine life,” Hice argued.
    The debate over vaccine passports is just as polarizing among Americans. A new poll by Morning Consult showed that while more than 60 percent of adults approve of a digital document to show they are vaccinated, only 40 percent favor it as a requirement.
    New York state has a voluntary vaccine passport program while a growing number of red states like Texas and Florida are barring them all together.
A syringe filled with the Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine is seen net to a vaccination card at the
Vaxmobile, at the Uniondale Hempstead Senior Center, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    The challenge facing some states is getting the right information out to people, so they aren’t discouraged from getting vaccinated. Some elected officials think that responsibility partly falls on Big Tech and the media.
    “We are going to rely on the science-driven, data-driven,” explained Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez (R).    “And often times, unfortunately, some in the media choose to ignore what is the science and data-driven when its not convenient to their narrative.”
    Nuñez said their no-mandate approach is working and noted more than 70 percent of the state’s seniors have been vaccinated with an overall 43 percent vaccination rate.
    As more vaccine doses become available across the country, it’s a race to herd immunity either by recovering from the virus or getting a vaccine.

4/15/2021 Dozens Test Positive For COVID-19 In Houston Despite Being Vaccinated by OAN Newsroom
FILE – A pharmacist fills a dead volume syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination
site at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    More than 140 people in Houston, Texas have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.    That’s according to data provided by the city’s Health Department, which found those in question got infected more than two weeks after receiving the vaccine.
    Health experts have said this is not unexpected because the vaccine is not 100 percent effective.
    “Just like the flu shot, it’s important for people to realize everybody’s immune system is different; there will be a few rare individuals who will be infected after being vaccinated,” explained Dr. Wesley Long, Houston Methodist Hospital.    “Now here’s the key point: if you’ve been vaccinated and are still infected, those infections by and large are incredibly mild compared to COVID-19 infection in unvaccinated individuals.”
    Hundreds of others across multiple states, including Idaho, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Washington, have become sick despite getting the coronavirus vaccine.

4/15/2021 Brazil Demand For U.S. To Pay Upfront Stalls Deal To Save Amazon Forest by Jake Spring
FILE PHOTO: A burning tract of the Amazon forest as it is cleared by farmers,
in Rio Pardo, Rondonia, Brazil September 16, 2019. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – The United States and Brazil are at an impasse on a deal to stop destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which has surged under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
    While Brazil wants to receive money upfront to pay for the protection of the world’s largest rainforest, the United States is insistent on seeing results first before it opens the purse strings, sources said.
    Bolsonaro is expected to attend the high-profile U.S. Earth Day summit that starts April 22.
    While former President Donald Trump, a Bolsonaro ally, did not criticize Brazil over its handling of the Amazon, the Biden government has placed the issue at the center of its relations with South America’s largest country.
    Talks between the two sides began in February with a call between U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry and Brazil’s environment and foreign ministers.
    Lower-level negotiations since then have focused on the soaring destruction in Brazil’s share of the Amazon – a vital bulwark against climate change.
    Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon surged in 2019 after Bolsonaro took office and hit a 12-year high in 2020 when an area 14 times the size of New York City was destroyed, according to government data.
    “We would hope to see a very clear commitment to ending illegal deforestation, tangible steps to increase the effective enforcement of illegal deforestation, and a political signal that illegal deforestation and encroachment will not be tolerated,” a State Department spokesperson said in a statement when asked about the talks.
    “We believe it is realistic for Brazil to achieve a real decrease in deforestation by the end of the 2021 fire season.”
    The spokesperson said the United States hoped Bolsonaro would use the summit to demonstrate his seriousness about climate and the Amazon.
    Brazil’s foreign ministry in a statement said the meetings were exploratory and not formal negotiations.
    The ministry said its efforts to combat deforestation since 2006 have avoided billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that if properly compensated would have a value of $30 billion to $40 billion.
    To effectively combat deforestation, “large resources are needed, especially from international cooperation,” the ministry said.
    A central impasse in negotiations remains on when the United States would pay Brazil.
    Environment Minister Ricardo Salles, who is leading the Brazilian negotiators, has publicly asked for $1 billion in foreign aid in advance, that potentially could come from the United States with other partners. One of the sources confirmed that request has been made in the talks.     Salles told Brazilian newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo this month that upon receiving that money, Brazil could lower deforestation by 30%-40% in a span of 12 months.
    Without money up front, he said Brazil would not be able to set a hard target.
    But U.S. officials want to pay only once there are results.    That includes a decline in deforestation this year, the two sources familiar with the negotiations said.
    Bolsonaro appeared to meet one of the U.S. demands on Wednesday, with newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reporting he had sent a letter to Biden affirming that Brazil would end illegal deforestation by 2030.
    That target was part of Brazil’s Paris agreement commitment made under the left-wing government of former President Dilma Rousseff, leaving doubts over whether Bolsonaro was working towards it.
    A deal nevertheless seems unlikely by next week.
    “I would not bet money on it,” one of the sources told Reuters.    “It’s not that there’s been a lack of interest: it’s just that I don’t think there has been enough time to discuss a specific deal.”
(Reporting by Jake Spring; Additional reporting by Valerie Volcovici in Washington and Lisandra Paraguassu in Brasilia; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

4/15/2021 German CDU Premier Drops Support For Laschet Chancellery Run
FILE PHOTO: Saxony-Anhalt's Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff attends a news conference on coal
phase-out laws in Berlin, Germany July 3, 2020. John MacDougall/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – A leading German Christian Democrat has called for the conservative bloc’s choice of chancellor candidate for September’s election to be dependent on popularity ratings, effectively shifting his support behind Bavarian Markus Soeder.
    With CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel stepping down after the election, pressure is mounting on the bloc to agree on a candidate as its ratings wallow near a one-year low, hurt by the government’s chaotic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The race between Armin Laschet, CDU chairman, and Soeder, head of the CDU’s Bavarian CSU sister party, has descended into a messy spat despite both men vowing on Sunday to make a quick and amicable decision.
    Saxony-Anhalt state premier Reiner Haseloff, a member of the CDU executive committee that unanimously backed Laschet on Monday, told Der Spiegel magazine that popularity should be the decisive factor in settling the candidacy question.
    “Unfortunately, it is now all about the hard question of power: with whom do we have the best chance?”    Haseloff said in comments published on Thursday.     “It’s not about personal affection, trust or character traits.”
    Haseloff’s comments make him the first leading CDU politician to distance himself from his party chief, who has been found to be far less popular than Soeder in repeated opinion polls.
    Soeder’s Bavarian swagger, confidence and directness has won him support even beyond his southern state during the pandemic.    By contrast, Laschet has flip-flopped on lockdown measures, turning off voters.
    Haseloff is one of seven conservative state premiers, including Laschet and Soeder.
    Haseloff’s state of Saxony-Anhalt lies in eastern Germany, where CDU members tend to lean towards the right.    Laschet, from North Rhine-Westphalia in the west, is a centrist. Haseloff also faces a regional election on June 6, ahead of the federal vote.
    There is no formal procedure for choosing the CDU/CSU candidate as in the past the candidates have decided behind closed doors.
    Laschet, 60, is widely seen as a candidate who would continue Merkel’s legacy, though he has clashed with her over coronavirus restrictions.    Soeder, 54, is an astute political operator who has sided with Merkel during the pandemic.
    No chancellor has ever come from Soeder’s Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU), the smaller sister party to the CDU.
    While the CDU is loathe to see the balance of power in the conservative alliance shift towards the smaller party, many in the CDU are nervous about their prospects at the Sept. 26 election without Merkel, who has led them to four victories.
(Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Alison Williams)

4/15/2021 Democrat Lawmakers To Present Plan On Expansion Of Supreme Court by OAN Newsroom
From left, Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.,
hold a news conference outside the Supreme Court to announce legislation to expand the number of seats on the high court,
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Democrats are putting forward a bill to expand the Supreme Court bench from nine to 13 justices.    The legislation is to be unveiled Thursday by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) who is also the chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
    The proposal comes less than a week after Joe Biden signed an executive order forming a commission to study the possibility of adding seats to the court.    However, Biden, who spent years as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has always expressed opposition to the idea of court packing.
    In an interview with a local Iowa station in 2019, he warned that he was not prepared to try and pack the court.    Additionally, in a more recent interview from last October, he confirmed his stance again.
    Democrats said the bill would restore balance to the Supreme Court, which currently has a conservative majority.    Meanwhile, Republicans are against “packing the court” and have warned the move would be a direct assault on the nation’s independent judiciary.
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ariz.) also weighed in by saying the bill is an attempt to intimidate the justices into making liberal rulings.
    The 36 member commission will hold public meetings to hear from experts as well as interested parties and will have 180 days to complete a report on the issue.    However, the legislation is likely to fail in Congress as all Republicans and some moderate Democrats are opposed to the expansion.

4/15/2021 Biden DOJ Nominee Denies Being Anti-Police Despite ‘Defund The Police’ Op-Ed by OAN Newsroom
Kristen Clarke. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fired back at Justice Department nominee Kristen Clarke after she denied being anti-police. At her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, the Republican grilled Clarke on her June op-ed titled: “I Prosecuted Police Killings.    Defund the Police, but Be Strategic.”
    “Do you really believe ‘defund the police’ is a unifying call?” Cruz questioned.
    “I don’t support defund the police,” Clarke claimed in response.
    “I’m reading from your article; do you disagree with your article?” the Texas senator pressed.
    “Amidst the demonstrations and protests, I wanted to provide a different perspective,” Clarke responded.
    Cruz added, it was “astonishing” for Clarke to deny this while under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
    “You say you don’t support defunding the police, you said it twice,” Cruz noted.    “But the title of your article is: ‘Defund the police.’    So, you believe you were wrong last year when you called for defunding police and investing less in police?
    “It’s a poor title chosen by the editor,” Clarke alleged.
    “It’s not just the title, it’s your text: ‘We must invest less in police.’    Three paragraphs should agree with those words. Do you agree with them today?
    “Without the power of the purse string, I wrote those words,” Clarke stated.
    Cruz said her remarks were simply false.    He also pointed out how Clarke’s article blatantly called on the U.S. to take money from police departments and redistribute those funds to other government services, such as social support in schools.
    “Three paragraphs in your article, you begin with the words: We must invest less in police,” Cruz said.    “And you just told this committee under oath [that] you don’t support investing less in police.    How do you square those?
    “If I may, senator,” Clarke said.    “I support the fact that [Joe Biden] is committing 300 million new dollars for the cops’ program.”
    The so-called “Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice‘" has claimed it will “eliminate the death penalty, reduce the number of people incarcerated and double the amount of social workers in schools.”    Not to mention, it will also “eliminate mandatory minimums, throw out solitary confinement in most cases and re-focus the entire criminal justice system on redemption instead of consequences.”
    Furthermore, federal funds would apparently be contingent upon the willingness of police departments to comply with the plan.
    As for the Texas senator’s final argument against Clarke, Cruz pointed to her alleged history of celebrating the murders of police officers.    He cited a report, which detailed her efforts as an undergrad at Columbia Law School to organize a conference with a panel of speakers who praised a police officer killer by calling him a “political prisoner.”
    Moments before he was interrupted, Cruz questioned: “How police officers should feel if Congress allowed Kristen Clarke to take on one of the most senior positions in the DOJ, despite ‘knowing that as a student, she participated in a conference celebrating and lionizing cop killers?'

4/15/2021 Grassley: Iowa Can’t Afford To Be ‘Babysitting’ Unaccompanied Minors by OAN Newsroom
MISSION, TEXAS – MARCH 26: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) speaks to the media after a tour of part of the Rio Grande river
on a Texas Department of Public Safety boat on March 26, 2021 in Mission, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley (R) is the latest Republican to oppose housing migrant minors in his state.    In a radio interview with host Jeff Angelo last week, Grassley said Iowa has a long history of taking in refugees, which it will continue to do.
    However, the Iowa senator noted refugees “don’t need babysitting by state government officials.”    Grassley also criticized the Biden administration’s handling of the situation at the southern border, calling it a “humanitarian, health and security crisis.”
    The senator’s comments echoed those of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, who recently said Iowa doesn’t have the facilities to house migrants.
    Reynolds added, its Biden’s problem.

4/15/2021 Congress Reacts To U.S. Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 14: Joe Biden speaks from the Treaty Room in the White House about the withdrawal of U.S.
troops from Afghanistan on April 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    U.S. forces are leaving Afghanistan after nearly 20 years and the move has drawn mixed emotions from military personnel to lawmakers.    Additionally, the Biden administration’s chosen date of September 11 to pull troops is part of the debate.
    “While he may see it as symbolic, I think it’s insulting to so many people,” Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) said.    “So many veterans that fought there, so many loved ones that lost their relatives in 9/11.”
    Furthermore, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stated we should “keep the fight over there, in their backyard, not ours.”
    Many Republicans — and some Democrats — said completely pulling boots off the ground could enable a resurgence of terrorism and put U.S. national security at risk.    However, Democrat leadership sees it differently.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed the country could “not be better served than by [Joe Biden] making this decision at this time.”
    For those looking forward to the Trump administration fulfilling the promise set under a peace deal it forged, Biden’s plan to bring troops home is welcome news, but others have insisted there are key differences in the current approach that are concerning.
    President Trump wanted out absolutely — we all do,” Waltz noted.    “But he wanted to do it on our terms and only when the Taliban lived up to their agreement.”
    Congressman Waltz, who is a retired Green Beret, explained that with troops leaving, the CIA and contact forces follow.    He warned: “Ultimately, I do think the Afghan security forces may collapse.    The government may collapse and if we have to go back in we’ll be doing so blind, without bases, without local partners.”
    In response, the Biden State Department has tried to quell concerns.
    Meanwhile, U.S. allies have announced, they too are starting to pull troops from Afghanistan.

4/15/2021 Republicans Urge Biden Admin. To Reevaluate Withdrawal Of U.S. Troops by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo by Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
    More Republicans on Capitol Hill have spoken out, urging the Biden administration to re-evaluate its decision to remove U.S. troops from the Middle East.    In a press briefing Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said the complete “pulling out” of U.S. soldiers from Afghanistan could bring more terrorist threats in the future.
    He urged the White House to not forget what’s at stake by reminding officials that the Taliban do not have the United States’ best interests at heart.
    “I don’t trust the Taliban to look out for American interests, but we’re finding ourselves in a very precarious situation,” Graham stated.    “Again, there are no great outcomes, but this is the worst possible outcome — to pull up and leave and hope that things will turn out well.    That did not happen in Iraq and it did not happen here.”
    Despite the length of the war, Graham said removing troops is a high risk.    He also claimed the enemy is nowhere close to quitting.
    “I know people are frustrated by the length of the war, the money we spent, the lives we lost,” Graham noted.    “And all I would say is: Never forget the enemy.    It takes two to end the war.    Folks, they’re not close to quitting.    The Taliban are different than Al-Qaeda and ISIS.    I don’t believe they will attack us here at home, but I believe they will allow Al-Qaeda and ISIS to roam freely in Afghanistan.    They don’t have the will or the capability to police them and I think this is a high-risk strategy.”
    Graham emphasized that he prays he is wrong.
    Other Republicans have made similar comments that criticized Joe Biden for publicly announcing the given date of the troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan.    Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) told One America News that announcing the date was like giving a “heads up” to the     Taliban, as they now have time to “plan and strategize” for when the withdrawal will take place.
    Hice also said a troop removal could bring instability to the entire region.
    “If we leave entirely, I believe that it will bring instability to the region and it offers opportunity for more terrorists — like Al-Qaeda did before — to exercise leadership for terrorist activities around the world,” Hice said.    “So, I’m a little dubious of a full withdrawal and especially declaring that and promoting it to the world when it’s going to take place.”
    The Biden White House has also been criticized for announcing a withdrawal unilaterally in contrast with the Trump administration, which leveraged the pull-out of U.S. troops as a way to extract specific concessions from the Taliban.

4/15/2021 Pelosi Does Not Plan On Supporting Court Packing Bill by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attends a news conference about the
Paycheck Fairness Act on Capitol Hill on April 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) signaled she will not support Congressman Jerry Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) bill to expand the Supreme Court.    On Thursday, Pelosi was asked about Nadler’s proposal to expand the High Court by four seats during a press conference.
    However, the House Speaker said she would support Joe Biden’s newly-formed Supreme Court commission, which will look into the impacts of the proposal.    Pelosi responded with a concise and blunt: “No.”
    Other top Democrats, including Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have refused to support the proposal.
    Furthermore, back in 2005, when he was still a senator, Joe Biden panned the idea.    He called it a “power grab.”

4/15/2021 Officer Shoots, Kills Man Who Opened Fire On San Antonio Airport by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
    An active shooter was killed after shots were fired at the San Antonio International Airport.    According to reports, police said they received a call of a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road at Terminal B.    A Park Police officer, who was working overtime at the airport, then confronted the driver.
    Police stated the suspect then jumped out of the vehicle and began firing at the Park Police officer and into the terminal behind him, as well.    The officer returned fire and the suspect, whose name has not yet been disclosed, was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
    Officials have said they have a history with the suspect and believe mental health issues may have played a factor.
    “The officer who stopped this saved a lot of lives because this guy had a full box of ammunition,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.    “He had a .45 caliber handgun that he was shooting in the direction of the terminal at the police officer, and behind him indiscriminately.”
    Officials said the lower level of the airport will remain closed as they look further into a possible motive.

4/15/2021 Chicago Police Release Footage In Fatal Shooting Of 13-Year-Old Boy by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 15: A small memorial is seen where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a Chicago Police officer
in the Little Village neighborhood on April 15, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images)
    The bodycam footage capturing the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy in Chicago has been released.
    Footage released Thursday showed Officer Eric Stillman yelling: “Drop it!” to 13-year-old Adam Toledo.    Police said Toledo was armed when he fled from officers following reports of shots fired in the Chicago area.    As Toledo turned to face Officer Stillman, he appeared to put his hands in the air.    The officer then fired his weapon and struck the teen once in the chest.
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot has urged for peace as an independent board looks further into the shooting.
    “We live in a city that is traumatized by a long history of police violence and misconduct,” said Lightfoot.    “So, while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling an all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.”
This March 29, 2021, photo from Chicago Police Department body cam video shows officers doing CPR on 13-year-old Adam Toledo, lower left, after
he was shot by an officer, in Chicago. A gun is seen on the ground by the fence, lower center of frame. (Chicago Police Department via AP)
    Meanwhile, community leaders and Toledo’s family have called for peaceful demonstrations following the video’s release.

4/15/2021 U.S. Intel Warns China Is Advancing Military Power, Sharing Propaganda by OAN Newsroom
Director Avril Haines of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) testifies during a House
Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
    U.S. Intelligence officials warned that China is looking to “change global norms” while expanding its technological capabilities and military power.
    A new global risk assessment was released by the National Intelligence Office Tuesday, stating the Chinese regime was close to becoming a “near-peer competitor” for the U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines reiterated those claims to the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, also adding that China poses an increasing risk to America’s role in global affairs.
    The 27-page report addressed China’s ongoing regional disputes with Taiwan and the India-China border.    It also noted that China is likely responsible for the hack of the Microsoft Exchange email system, which targeted thousands of U.S. organizations
    “China is employing a comprehensive approach to demonstrate its growing strength and compel regional neighbors to acquiesce to Beijing’s preferences, including its claims over disputed territory and assertions of sovereignty over Taiwan,” Haines explained.    “It also has substantial cyber capabilities that, if deployed, at a minimum can cause localized, temporary disruptions to critical infrastructure inside the United States.”
    In addition to advancing their regional power, the report stated China will do everything possible to damage ties between the U.S. and their allies.    The country also continues to spread propaganda about its communist politics and is looking for new ways to interfere with democratic elections.
    China’s controversial report about the origins of the coronavirus was another warning sign for intelligence officials who said they are still unsure about where the virus came from.    The U.S. and 13 other countries have since shared concerns about the report with many claiming it was long overdue and lacked access to complete data or samples.
    Officials said the U.S. will have to focus on creating long-term solutions to growing threats not just from China, but other countries like Russia and Iran.
    “This insight compels us to broaden our definition of national security, develop and integrate new and emerging expertise into our work, deepen and strengthen our partnerships, and learn to focus on the long-term strategic threats while simultaneously addressing urgent crises,” Haines stated.
    Meanwhile, officials said there are thousands of ongoing investigations into China as the threat to the U.S. continues to change.

4/15/2021 McCarthy Delivers Remarks On Border Crisis, Dem Court Packing Efforts by OAN Newroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 28: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) laid out the problems caused by the Biden administration.    During his weekly press briefing Thursday, McCarthy focused heavily on the crisis at the southern border by drawing attention to the record amounts of illegal immigrants, fentanyl and terrorists coming into the U.S.
    “Some of the stories that are coming back are very alarming,” McCarthy stated.    “One member told me a story: Just last week, they went on patrol at night where they apprehended some illegal immigrants.    One of those immigrants was on her plane, flying, and she was coming back here.”
    He said Republicans have five suggestions to stop the influx: Finish the wall, deploy technology at the border, fully reinstate the Remain in Mexico policy, maintain Title 42 authority and require a negative COVID test before releasing migrants.
    McCarthy added, the crisis could stop if Biden just said the word.
    “I don’t believe Democrats are interested in solving the crisis their own policies have actually created,” McCarthy said.    “If [Joe] Biden has Vice     President Harris in charge, the first thing you’d think she’d want to do is to go see where the problem lies.    You’d believe she would want to solve it.    There has been no legislation that changed, it was only [Biden] himself.”
    The Republican stated this is one of the biggest issues facing the U.S. and the Biden administration needs to step up to the plate.    He also highlighted the far-left’s attempts to pack the Supreme Court by expanding it by four seats, which would be just enough to tip the scales in their favor should Biden push through four progressive justices.
    The minority leader noted the far-left’s plans would dismantle a government institution in pursuit of their socialist agenda “to totally take over another branch of government to have control purely for political basis.”
    McCarthy went on to say, never in his time in politics did he believe Democrats would go this far.    He emphasized: “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

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4/16/2021 Sen. Manchin Says No Price Limit Should Be Set For Infrastructure Plan by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D- W.Va., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions
program for FY2021 on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 16, 2020, in Washington. (Toni Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) scoffed at calls from the GOP to cut the cost of Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure plan.
    On Thursday, the West Virginia lawmaker said Congress should not put limits on the amount to be spent on infrastructure.
    This comes as Republicans are preparing their own proposal, which would cut the bill’s spending from the Democrats’ $4 trillion to $800 billion.    Additionally, there’s push-back on where the money will come from.
    Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) noted that she intends to draw a “red line” in raising corporate taxes to fund the infrastructure legislation.
    “I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; it had the desired effect of bringing capital back into this country,” she stated.    “No corporate burdens, higher wages lower unemployment, better diversity in the workforce than we’re ever seen, historic highs.”
    Regardless, Manchin said Democrats will spend whatever it takes, “even $4 trillion as long as it is paid for.”

4/16/2021 Speaker Pelosi Presses Biden To Accept More Refugees Into U.S. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, a migrant walks through a refugee camp in Matamoros, Mexico Migrant families
will be held at hotels in the Phoenix area in response to a growing number of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities said
Friday, April 9, 2021 another step in the Biden administration’s rush to set up temporary space for them. (AP Photo/Eric Gay File)
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took an apparent jab at Joe Biden while pushing him to accept more refugees into the U.S.
    While speaking to reporters Thursday, Pelosi dropped subtle hints for Biden to raise the current cap of refugees allowed into the U.S.    She claimed it was the White House’s moral responsibility to take them in.
    “So we have to recognize our moral responsibility as we see other countries take in refugees,” stated the House Speaker.    “I think right now we have, well it’s a very few thousand, and we have to increase that number.”
    Under the Trump administration, the cap was cut to 15,000 from the previous cap of 85,000.    Pelosi strongly opposed this move at the time.
    In February, Biden vowed to restore and increase that cap to 125,000.    However, human rights groups are hammering Biden while noting he has not kept his word.

4/16/2021 Rep. McCarthy: Rep. Gaetz Is Innocent Until Proven Guilty by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Thursday, April 15, 2021, speaks during a
news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) will remain on the House Judiciary Committee and is “innocent until proven guilty.”
    During a press briefing on Thursday, the Republican said he personally met with the Florida lawmaker who professed his innocence.    Gaetz has been accused of misusing campaign funds to finance travel for women.
    “Matt Gaetz says he is innocent, there’s an investigation going on and I’ll let the investigation take care of itself before I take any action,” McCarthy asserted.
    Republican Party rules require lawmakers to resign committee assignments when charged with felonies that carry at least a two-year sentence and McCarthy pointed out Gaetz has yet to be charged with any crime.
    “Matt Gaetz is is the same as any American, he’s innocent until proven guilty,” continued the House minority leader.    “There’s no charges against him yet; if a charge comes forward, it would be dealt with at that time.”
    Meanwhile, Gaetz has said the public allegations against him are blatantly false and are merely a narrative created by the far-left.

4/16/2021 Brian Stelter Ignores BLM Protesters Violent Attack Of CNN Camera Crew by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators gather during a protest over Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, outside
the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter ignored an attack by rioters on reporters from his own network.
    While the self-proclaimed media expert has claimed in the past to always report on attacks against the press, his Wednesday “Reliable Sources” newsletter made no mention of the incident.
    This lack of response came despite a CNN camera crew being harassed and chased off by protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which gained widespread attention elsewhere.
    Media Research Center Vice President Dan Gainor has pointed out the omission seems political, adding Stelter was always happy to report on similar incidents during the Trump administration.
    Gainor went on to assert CNN buries Black Lives Matter violence even when their own employees are the targets.

4/16/2021 Twitter Permanently Suspends Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 file photo, a mobile phone user turns on the Twitter
application on his smartphone in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
    Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe released a statement against censorship by Twitter, noting Section 230 won’t save the social media giant this time.
    On Thursday, O’Keefe said he was notified by the social media company that his account had been permanently suspended for violating Twitter’s rules by allegedly maintaining fake accounts.    This came just days after Project Veritas exposed CNN for producing propaganda for the Democrat Party.
    O’Keefe pointed out the liberal hypocrisy coming from Twitter when revealing videos have been taken down on the platform while his own page was being used to promote CNN’s disinformation.
    “All those videos, are now taken down,” he stated.    “This is not a coincidence, this is sick.”
    The founder of Project Veritas then announced he intends to sue Twitter, stating Section 230 doesn’t cover the lies the social media giant continues to spread while having a complete disregard for the truth.
    Despite being censored by the mainstream media, O’Keefe said he will continue exposing lies coming from the left.

4/16/2021 Democrats Fight To Pack Supreme Court by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2020, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Congressional Democrats introduced controversial legislation Thursday to increase the number of Supreme Court justices from nine to 13.    GOP lawmakers criticized the legislation, known as the Judiciary Act of 2021, for being another push to reverse President Trump’s impact on the nation.
    On the contrary, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) called the Supreme Court broken while proposing the bill after President Trump’s appointments gave the court a six to three conservative leaning.
    “We are here today because the United States Supreme Court is broken,” stated the Massachusetts lawmaker.    “It is out of balance and it needs to be fixed.”
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) pointed out this legislation aims to expand the Supreme Court by four seats, which happens to be the same number needed to give Democrats a one seat edge.
    “I know Democrats are holding a press conference to announce that they plan to dismantle the government institution in pursuit of their socialist agenda,” stated the Republican lawmaker.    “To totally take over another branch of government, to have control purely for a political basis.”
    McCarthy also noted that this bill would provide Joe Biden with the power to appoint four justices.
    Meanwhile, some Democrats also voiced opposition to the bill.    Before the bill was even unveiled, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has no plans of bringing it to the floor.
    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1994, gave a speech to Harvard Law students cautioning them of court packing consequences.    Attorney David Lat explained how Justice Breyer’s speech warned of how a change in the courts could lead to public distrust.
    “The point he (Breyer) was trying to make, you just mentioned, is people trust the courts because they see the law and courts as different form just partisan politics,” Lat stated.    “And if they just see the courts as an extension of conventional politics, they will trust the courts less.”
    Even Biden, while a senator from Delaware, called packing the court a “bonehead idea.”
    “President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to us Congress and Senate a proposal to pack the court, it was totally within his right to do that,” Biden stated.    “He violated no law, he was legalistically correct, but it was a bonehead idea.”
    Although Democrats hold the majority in the House, the party reportedly cannot afford more than two oppositions from their own party and would need every senator as well as two independents to take their side.

4/16/2021 Capitol Police IG: Misguidance, Lack Of Training Led To Unprepared Police Force During Jan. 6 Protests by OAN Newsroom
In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, photo, police form a line to try and prevent violent
rioters from storming the Capitol, in Washington. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    U.S. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton has called for “cultural changes” to be made amid new reports detailing the short-comings of the agency on January 6.
    While testifying before the House Administration Committee Thursday, Bolton said the Capitol Police needs to improve its intelligence gathering, training and operational planning.    He added, conflicting information and a lack of training resulted in Capitol Police being unprepared for protesters.
    Bolton highlighted the reports while listing flaws within the top ranks and said the agency needs a complete overhaul of training as well as operations.
    “The department needs to move away from the thought o f process of a traditional police department and move to a posture of a protective agency,” stated thew Inspector General.    “A police department is geared to being reactive for the most part, whereas, a protective agency is postured in their training and planning to be proactive to prevent events such as January 6th.”
    According to the reports, police equipment was old and stored badly.    Additionally, there was a lack of direction at the Civil Disturbance Unit.    Regarding the day of protests, an FBI bulletin warning about the protests did not get sent to leadership until “late in the evening” on January 5.
    On top of that, Capitol Police leadership opted against using stronger weapons during the raids out of fear they could be misused and cause life-altering injuries or even death.
    “Training has got to be taken seriously,” Bolton stated.    “It can’t be an afterthought and that’s where we are kind of stand today.”
    As for solutions, the Inspector General told lawmakers the Capitol Police Intelligence Division should be upgraded to a full-scale bureau, which could offer more resources to stop future threats.
    “We need an Intelligence Bureau, right now it’s considered an Intelligence Division,” he explained.    “It comes down to the Protective Services Bureau, it needs to be full service, comprehensive bureau.”
    Bolton said Congress needs to consider serious funding to fix issues within the Capitol Police.

4/16/2021 Abbott: Biden Fulfilling Campaign Promise To Open Borders by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference about migrant
children detentions, in Dallas. Texas child welfare officials say they’ve received three reports of abuse and neglect at a
San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Joe Biden is carrying out his campaign promise of opening borders and creating a surge of migrants at the U.S. border.
    Gov. Abbott told sources Friday that Biden was “fulfilling his party’s goal” of allowing an influx of migrants into the United States.
    Abbott has repeatedly noted, the Biden administration is out of touch with what has been taking place because they have not even bothered to go to the border.    He added, Biden has neglected what he has called “the largest border crisis we have had in decades.”
    “They caused this massive disaster,” Abbott said.    “And they are completely AWOL.”
    Abbott argued that the border crisis did not happen by accident, but it was all part of Biden’s campaign to welcome anybody and to give them everything for free.

4/16/2021 Rep. Gohmert: Twitter ‘Part Of High-Tech Oligarchy’ by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Texas Representative Louie Gohmert (R) said Twitter has been part of what he calls the “high-tech oligarchy.”    Gohmert spoke on the House floor Friday and slammed the social media giant over its alleged habit of targeting conservatives on the platform.
    He specifically noted the recent suspension of Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe’s account.    Gohmert reiterated that Twitter claimed to have taken action against O’Keefe’s account after he allegedly violated its rules on platform manipulation and spam.
    The Texas lawmaker suggested it was an effort to silence opposing viewpoints.
    “If you expose the truth about somebody or some entity that Twitter is figuratively in bed with,” Gohmert said.    “Then Twitter will ban you because they don’t want the truth out there.”
    Congressman Gohmert added, Twitter does not want the truth, which is that Americans have been manipulated by Big Tech corporations and media entities like CNN.

4/16/2021 Texas House Passes Open Carry Bill In Final Vote by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)
    Texas lawmakers have passed a bill that would allow adults over 21 years of age to carry a gun without a permit or a license.    The ‘Constitutional Carry’ bill passed the State House in a final vote Friday.
    The bill seeks to no longer require Texans to take written exams or training tests before purchasing a handgun.    Handguns will still be illegal in schools, sporting events and hospitals.
    The bill’s sponsor, State Representative Matt Schaefer (R) said the legislation would allow more people to be able to protect themselves and their families.

4/16/2021 AG Garland Rescinds Trump-Era Restrictions On Consent Decrees by OAN Newsroom
Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered remarks at The Queen theater January 7, 2021
in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Attorney General Merrick Garland has eased restrictions placed on the use of consent decrees, revoking a memo by President Trump.
    In his own memo to U.S. attorneys and DOJ leaders on Friday, Garland said it will be easier for prosecutors to use consent decrees to force changes on police departments.
    Democrats argued the Justice Department needs more freedom to conduct probes into law enforcement agencies.
    Reports say under the Biden administration, the Justice Department is shifting its focus to civil rights issues and criminal justice overhauls.

4/16/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis: Lockdowns Were A ‘Huge Mistake’ by OAN Newsroom
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke during a press conference at the Miami Beach
Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) admitted the lockdowns, including in his own state, were a huge mistake.
    In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times, DeSantis said everyone wanted to reduce the damage from the virus, but none of the lockdowns worked to slow the spread.
    After the initial 30-day lockdown, DeSantis allowed Florida to fully reopen in September.    According to reports, Florida is doing the same if not better than states still under lockdown.    Reports even say Florida’s economy is booming compared to states like California and New York.
    Speaking to reporters on Friday, DeSantis criticized the federal government for horrific messaging on coronavirus safety.
    “So my view is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you are immune, and so act immune,” DeSantis stated.    “If you tell people the opposite then why if it’s not effective for them and it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point in going through it.”
    DeSantis went on to say states continuing lockdowns are making a destructive blunder.

4/16/2021 Sen. Graham Slams Court Packing As ‘Radical’ Idea by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lindsey Graham responded to Joe Biden’s announcement about ending America’s military presence in
Afghanistan, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed his outrage over Democrats’ effort to expand the Supreme Court.    In a series of tweets on Thursday, he called the legislation a dangerous, radical idea.
    “If they try to expand the court to dilute a conservative majority, the next time a Republican is in power, will we change the number?” Graham asked.    “You make the Supreme Court basically political football, it loses its independence, its consistency.”
    The senator said he is worried about the stability of the court.
    “It was a bad idea when FDR tried to do it,” Graham added.    “It’s a bad idea now, and I’m hoping some Democrats will see that this will over time, undermine the rule of law.”
    This came as the proposal received an unenthusiastic response from Republicans and top Democrats, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who expressed strong reservations about the legislation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke during a press conference in Washington, D.C. on
November 6, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    “I don’t know if that’s a good idea or bad idea,” Pelosi said.
    Graham also noted that Justice Stephen Breyer, a Democrat appointee, disagreed with court packing and has spoken out against it saying, “these considerations convince me that it is wrong to think of the court as just another political institution and it is doubly wrong to think of its members as junior league politicians.”
    Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), one of the bill’s sponsors leading the effort, said the Republicans politicized the court, undermining its legitimacy.
    “The way we repair it is straight forward.    We undo the damage that Republicans have done by restoring balance,” Markey explained.    “And we do it by adding     4 seats to the court to create a 13-member Supreme Court.”
    Graham argued that changing the number of justices on the court does tremendous damage to the court itself.
    Meanwhile, Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) also weighed in, saying the legislation is a “full assault on the independence of the federal judiciary.”
    In a separate interview on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) added packing the court defies what Americans stand for.
    “It goes against everything we believe as Americans.    Everything we believed in our Constitution, the idea of fairness,” McCarthy stated.    “It goes against what Joe Biden, back in the day when he was senator, would say ever to do.    But they only want to do it for power and to continue to have control.”
    Graham vowed to vote against any legislation regarding expanding the court.    He added he hopes in time, the Democrats see the bill will destroy the effectiveness and independence of the Supreme Court.

4/16/2021 Harris Appointed Border Czar 3 Weeks Ago, Still No Formal Press Conference Or Border Visit by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Kamala Harris spoke to reporters on January 21, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
    It has now been more than three weeks since Kamala Harris was tapped to address the migration crisis at the southern border, and she still has not held a formal press conference.
    Reports on Thursday said not only has she not spoken with reporters; she still hasn’t spoken with the leaders of the Northern Triangle countries she claimed to be focusing on.
    She also recently said she has no plans to visit the southern border.    However, Harris did say she’ll be traveling to Mexico and Guatemala “as soon as possible.”
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) this week pointed out the three weeks Harris has had, saying the crisis has only continued to spiral out of control.

4/16/2021 Rep. Johnson: Congress Should Focus On Mental Health, Information Sharing To Curb Gun Violence by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA). (Photo by Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images)
    Congressman Mike Johnson (R-La.) has called for Democrats to take up measures to help stop gun violence without infringing on the Second Amendment.    During an interview with One America News Friday, Johnson said the recent mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility was absolutely tragic.
    When asked about any constitutional measures the left could propose to help curb violence, Johnson said mental health needs to be addressed, but the idea of banning so-called “assault weapons” is a step too far.
    “We have to jealously guard the Second Amendment,” Rep. Johnson said.    “There is always a knee-jerk kind of reaction.    People want the country to be safe, they want our communities to be safe, but the answer is not to restrict the inalienable rights of law-abiding citizens in that process.”
    The Louisiana congressman went on to say, there are many things Congress can do, and that it should be involved, but it should not take account of “where everybody’s guns are to try to confiscate them.”
    “We should be investing in mental health, we should be investing in information sharing amongst law enforcement facilities,” Johnson stated.    “We should make sure that people who have mental instability don’t have access to firearms, but there are meaningful ways to approach that in terms of public policy that don’t trample upon the Second Amendment.    And that’s what we’re trying to prevent happening here.”
    This came after the Biden administration repeated its talking points about taking action against so-called “ghost guns” and imposing “red flag” fire-arm restrictions.

4/16/2021 Sen. Cruz Slams Biden Pick For Associate AG: The Democrat Party Was Radicalized During Trump Presidency by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ted Cruz spoke about legislation to end Major League Baseball’s special immunity from antitrust laws during
a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said the Democrat Party radicalized itself during President Trump’s first term.
    Cruz spoke on the Senate floor Thursday in protest of the left violating Judiciary Committee rules in order to approve Vanita Gupta, Joe Biden’s pick for associate attorney general. He said Senate Democrats and Joe Biden are caving to the progressive wing by consistently supporting far-left candidates for top leadership positions in the administration.
    “The Democratic Party has changed.    Democratic Party today is radicalized, they hate Donald Trump.    Now I understand Donald Trump in a unique character.    I understand that his existence and every word he uttered enraged Democrats,” Cruz stated.    “But they’ve emerged from four years in the Trump administration more radical than any majority party in this body ever has been.”
    The Texas senator specifically raised concern over Gupta’s view on religious liberty.    Gupta notably supported the Obama White House’s persecution of the Little Sisters of the Poor, when former President Obama attempted to sway the Supreme Court to force the group to administer contraceptives and abortions.

4/16/2021 Intelligence Community Shows Little Confidence In Claims Russia Paid Bounties To Taliban To Attack U.S. Troops by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
    The U.S. Intelligence Community has not put very much faith in a report that Russia paid bounties to the Taliban to attack U.S. troops in Afghanistan.    This information came during a call between a senior Biden administration official and reporters Thursday, who said the Intelligence Community had “low to moderate confidence” in the report.
    This assessment shows the Intelligence Community has considered the report “unproven and possibly untrue.”    The claims, which were roundly rejected by     President Trump when they came to light in July, said Russian intelligence officers sought to encourage Taliban attacks against U.S. coalition personnel in Afghanistan in 2019.
    Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Biden administration announced sanctions against Russia linked to the massive SolarWinds hack.    Officials were quick to point out the sanctions were not linked to the bounty claims.
    When asked about the Intelligence Community’s assessment, Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted the “low to moderate confidence,” however, didn’t back down on the belief that Russia was somehow involved in attacks in Afghanistan.
    “Our Intelligence Community, I should say, assesses that a General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate — GRU, also known as — managed interaction with individuals in Afghan criminal networks,” Psaki said.    “We have high confidence in that assessment and the involvement of this GRU’s unit is consistent with Russia’s encouraging attacks against U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan.”
    Psaki instead put the burden on the Kremlin to explain the claims.    The White House press secretary also walked around a question on whether or not Joe Biden regretted attacking President Trump over the bounties report on the campaign trail.
    According to the top military officials at the time the claims came out, the report was “uncorroborated,” but they were looking into the matter.
    “That is a unique, discrete piece of information that is not corroborated.    I, and the Secretary and many others are taking it serious,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated.    “We’re gonna get to the bottom of it.    When I find out if, in fact, it’s true.    And if it is true, we will take action.”
    The Pentagon also noted its own intelligence-gathering efforts did not generate the report, noting as late as September it remained uncorroborated.    The commander of the U.S. Central Command that same month said he hadn’t seen sufficient evidence to prove Russian officials paid the Taliban.
    No further reports verifying the claims were ever released.
    According to Psaki and reports, the claims of “bounties” came from “detainee reporting,” which suggests the story may have come from a prisoner telling their jailer what they thought would free them from confinement.

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4/17/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Criticizes Federal Push To Pause J&J Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 29: Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a briefing on August 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is criticizing the federal government for halting efforts to reopen, and as a result, eroding the public’s trust.
    While answering questions at a press conference on Friday, DeSantis accused federal agencies of trying to control the livelihood of Americans.    He said their mandated lockdowns have caused multiple industries in the Sunshine State to suffer.
    “What is the proper role of government, can an unelected agency just mothball an entire industry for a year with no end in sight?    I mean they’ve done these things in the interim which aren’t going to make a difference.    They won’t give a firm date of when you can just go,” DeSantis explained.    “I think it raises a lot of implications far beyond just our economy or the cruise lines, and ultimately who governs.”
    The Florida Republican went on to condemn health officials at the CDC and FDA for recommending a nationwide pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after just six people reported adverse side effects.
MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JANUARY 06: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke during a press
conference on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    “I must say that we are not helped in this regard by the behavior of some of these public health people, particularly in the federal government.    I mean, how they handled the J&J I think was a huge mistake,” DeSantis said.    “I mean, I don’t know the information they have, but if you’re going to do that you could’ve done that in a way that was not going to cause a lot of people to lose confidence.    If you look at how people view J&J now, the positive view plunged as a result.”
    According to the governor, poor messaging by the Biden White House throughout the pandemic has led to frustration and confusion, with many Floridians deciding against getting the vaccine.
    “The messaging on this has been horrific.    The messaging should be getting a vaccine because it’s good for you to do it,” DeSantis stated.    “It works.    You’re not going to have to be doing anything abnormal. You can live your life.    I mean, that has got to be what the message is.    Unfortunately, I think the message has been very muddled.”
    DeSantis said he believes in order for the state’s economy to recover, people need to trust in the vaccines.
    “So my view is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you are immune, and so act immune,” DeSantis stated.    “If you tell people the opposite then why if it’s not effective for them and it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point in going through it.”
    While the governor supports vaccination, he assured his constituents that he would never make the shot mandatory.

4/17/2021 GOP Pushes Back Against Left-Wing Cancel Culture by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    GOP lawmakers have remained committed to the battle against cancel culture by speaking out against the left-wing movement and drafting legislation to keep “woke businesses” in check.
    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Twitter is part of what he calls the “high-tech oligarchy.”    Gohmert spoke on the House floor Friday and slammed the social media giant over its alleged habit of targeting conservatives on the platform.
    He specifically noted the recent suspension of Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe.    Gohmert reiterated that Twitter claimed to have taken action against O’Keefe’s account after he allegedly violated its rules on platform manipulation and spam.
    The Texas lawmaker suggested it’s an effort to silence opposing viewpoints.
    “if you expose the truth about somebody or some entity that Twitter is figuratively in bed with, then Twitter will ban you because they don’t want the truth out there,” Gohmert stated.
    Gohmert added, Twitter doesn’t want the truth to get out about Americans being manipulated by Big Tech corporations.
    Gohmert’s comments come amid a wave of Republican resistance to Democrat-led cancel culture.    The backlash remained mostly aimed at large corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and the MLB, after all three decided to weigh in on the push for voter integrity in Georgia.
    Recent reports detailed a bill sponsored by 29 House Republicans, including Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), seeking to strip the MLB of antitrust protections.
    The move stemmed from the League’s decision to pull its All-Star Game from Georgia in protest of the election integrity law.    Rep. Jordan himself accused “Big Sports” of working to cancel conservative voices while Boebert said the public has lost trust in the MLB.
    Recent reports also detailed a digital ad buy by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which highlighted the effects of left-wing cancel culture.    The ad is slated to hit New Jersey as well as Virginia and focuses on what the Committee has the “hypocrisy and self-defeating result of the Democrats cancel culture crusade.”
    Along with pointing out Democrat lies about the Georgia voting laws, the ad also made note of how moving the All-Star Game hurts the exact people Democrats have said they’re trying to help.
    “Who was hardest hit?” the ad questions.    “The concession stand worker planning on overtime.    The hotel staff expecting full capacity.    The small businesses doing everything they can to survive a pandemic.    We must end the cancel culture madness.    The left cancelled our jobs.    They are coming for yours next.”
    According to a poll in early March, 64 percent of Americans believe cultural boycotts pose a threat to freedom in the U.S. and they are showing increasing fatigue with the push to cancel public figures.

4/17/2021 Pa. Rep. Meuser Sees Firsthand Humanitarian Crisis At Border by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Rep. Dan Meuser spoke during a hearing March 10, 2021 on
Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)
    Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Meuser (R) visited the Rio Grande River border.    Reports said Meuser took a trip to the Texas border last week, stating he saw firsthand how serious this humanitarian crisis has become.
    This came as Border Patrol agents reported gun smuggling was up 131 percent.
    Meuser called the visit a “tragic turn of events,” as children were being kept in pods of 50, where the capacity limit was normally just 15.
    “As well, we have a huge number of unaccompanied minors that you may have heard about,” Meuser stated.    “That’s due to a change that took place in something called Title 42, where the Biden administration did an executive order stating that unaccompanied minors would no longer be sent back as they were in the Trump administration. They are now being releasedz.”
    Border officials estimated more than 1 million unaccompanied minors will enter the U.S. illegally this year alone.

4/17/2021 Sen. Cruz Blasts Chris Cuomo After Anchor Says He’s ‘Playing Politics’ For Not Wearing Mask After Being Vaccinated by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: Sen. Ted Cruz is shown on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took aim at Chris Cuomo following a segment in which the CNN host accused him of playing politics while people die.
    Cruz took to Twitter this week to defend himself against attacks from Cuomo, as he criticized him for not wearing a mask after being vaccinated.
    The Texas senator quickly fired back, calling attention to Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
    He asked “did your brother ‘believe in science’ when he sent COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers and then repeatedly lied about it?”    Cruz added, “CNN didn’t cover that.”
    Cuomo suggested Americans should continue to wear masks even after being fully vaccinated.
    “He’s doing it for the wrong reason, and he knows experts are still learning how vaccines affect COVID spread.    We know this.    We know it’s not 100 percent.    The latest CDC data makes it all very clear,” Cuomo stated.    “Alright, 5,800 people who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID have gotten infected anyway.    Look, it’s nothing, it’s a little fraction of millions who are already vaccinated, but the only way to keep the number down is to listen to science.    They all know it, they’re just playing politics and people are dying.”
    Critics pointed out Cuomo’s bias, after the CNN host was caught out and about without a mask and failing to socially distance last year.

4/17/2021 Rep. Malliotakis Slams Dems Over Court Packing Bill by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Nicole Malliotakis spoke during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)
    GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) condemned the new proposal to expand the Supreme Court by four seats as a tactic “right out of the socialist handbook.”
    In a video on Thursday, she called the Judiciary Act of 2021 the scariest bill that has been introduced since she joined Congress.    The proposal would add four seats to the court, making it possible for Joe Biden to potentially overturn it’s conservative 6-3 majority.
    Malliotakis compared the Democrat effort to a past push in Venezuela by socialist Hugo Chavez.
    “In 2004 Hugo Chavez of Venezuela did the exact same thing.    This is a play right out of the socialist handbook and it should concern you that Hugo Chavez took the wealthiest country in South America, a very prosperous nation, and destroyed it,” Malliotakis explained.    “Part of the tactic he used was changing the make up of the court from 20 justices to 32, to make sure that he could have all these challenges that were brought to the court ruled in his favor.”
    Malliotakis is one of several Republicans to express opposition to the Democrats’ court packing bill.

4/17/2021 Project Veritas Confronts CNN’s Brian Stelter About Network’s Liberal Bias by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Brian Stelter attended the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum
of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CNN)
    CNN is maintaining its reputation of being a misinformation machine for the left, as more evidence reveals the network’s partisanship.
    On Friday, Project Veritas shared a video of one of its reporters confronting CNN’s Brian Stelter.
    This came shortly after the conservative group published a series of secretly recorded videos, showing a CNN staffer refer to his own employer as “propaganda” for the Democrat Party.
    When the reporter asked Stelter whether he agreed with the staffer’s remarks, Stelter became agitated and told him to leave.
    CNN has not yet commented on the incident and it remains unclear whether the staffer, Charlie Chester, has been fired.

4/17/2021 Idaho Gov. Little Vetoes 2 Bills Aimed At Limiting His Powers by OAN Newsroom
Mike Pence listened as Idaho Gov. Brad Little spoke at the White House in
Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Idaho’s governor is using his power to block legislation that would limit his emergency powers.    At a press conference on Friday, Gov. Brad Little (R-Idaho) announced his intention to veto two bills that were passed by the state legislature.
    The Idaho Republican Caucus said the bills were drafted after people in the state said they wanted a rebalance of power.
    The legislation targets rules that are meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as limiting gatherings and nonessential travel.    It also targets the governor’s authority during localized natural disasters.
    “These bills are an emotional knee jerk reaction because of anger about the pandemic and some of my decisions during a very uncertain time last year,” Little stated.    “But I still believe when faced with difficult decisions, given the information I had at the time, I acted on balance during the pandemic response and the strength of our economy today proves it.”
    Little’s veto decision has received support from all of Idaho’s living former governors.

4/17/2021 Biden Holds China-Focused Talks With Japan PM Suga by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga left after a news conference
in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Joe Biden held his first face-to-face summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, with threats from China topping the agenda.     Biden hosted Suga at the White House on Friday.    The two spoke about the increasing Chinese military presence in the Taiwan Strait, it’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
    In a joint press conference following the talks, Biden said the meeting solidified a security alliance between the U.S. and Japan against the Communist nation.
    “Today, Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our ironclad support for U.S.-Japanese alliance and for our shared security,” Biden stated.    “We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea.”
    Biden also discussed plans to invest with Japan in areas such as 5G artificial intelligence and semiconductor supply chains in order to “sharpen our competitive edge.”
    China’s foreign ministry spokesperson responded to the meeting by labeling it collusion between the U.S. and Japan.

4/17/2021 Fmr. Ga. State Rep. Vernon Jones Launches Bid For Governor by OAN Newsroom
Vernon Jones declared his intention to run for governor of Georgia as a Republican
in Atlanta, on Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
    Former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones launched his bid for governor, to give residents a stronger Republican candidate to take on the left.
    On Friday, Jones held his first campaign rally, vowing to fight for Georgians better than incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.).    Jones claimed Kemp failed to administer a secure election, which he said hurt President Trump’s campaign and the GOP’s control of the Senate.
    Additionally, he said Democrats are hoping Kemp makes it to the general election, believing their candidates can beat him easily.
    “They believe that I can and I will beat Stacey Abrams.    They know it.    Georgians know it.    Why?    Because I’m unbought, I’m unbossed and the left, the     Democrats and the liberal media cannot play that race card with me,” Jones explained.    “I dare you to.    Let’s go.    I am pro-Second Amendment.    I am pro-life and I will work with anyone who is willing to put Georgia first.”
Vernon Jones autographed a sign for a young boy after declaring his intention to run
for governor of Georgia as a Republican in Atlanta, on Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)
    Jones is confident he can bring Republicans in the Peach State together with Democrats, who he said are “embarrassed by the far-left agenda.”

4/17/2021 Biden Will Not Remove UN Ambassador After White Supremacy Comments by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 18: Joe Biden looked on in the Oval Office of the White House
September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
    Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Joe Biden has no plans to remove a United Nations ambassador after she claimed white supremacy is weaved into the fabric of America.
    During a press briefing on Friday, Psaki said Biden will do nothing after Linda Thomas-Greenfield said “slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.”
    Psaki went on to back up the claims, saying there is no question that there has been a history of institutional racism in this country.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki called on a reporter during a press briefing in the
White House in Washington, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    She also cited the ambassador’s decades of experience in foreign service as one of Biden’s reasons to keep her.
    “He is proud to have her in that position,” Psaki stated.    “She is not only qualified, he believes she is exactly the right person in that role at this moment in time.”
    A reporter said Thomas-Greenfield’s speech touched on similar subject.

4/17/2021 BLM Protesters Take To The Streets Of Washington D.C. by OAN Newsroom
Michael Odiari argues with demonstrators to stop attempting to agitate authorities by advancing on a perimeter security fence during a protest decrying the shooting death
of Daunte Wright outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Hundreds of anti-police protestors took to the streets in Washington D.C. Friday night.    This week, BLM protestors rioted in D.C. and Brooklyn Center following the death of Daunte Wright and amid the ongoing trial regarding the death of George Floyd.
    Authorities said similar protests have gone on for days nationwide as many cities have had to block off streets as they’ve been swarmed with BLM protestors.
    Meanwhile, protests in the streets of D.C. were expected to continue into the weekend.
    The protests are comparable to the Summer of 2020, when Washington D.C. and cities across the country also exploded in protests after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

4/17/2021 1 Dead, 1 Injured Following Mall Shooting In Neb. by OAN Newsroom
Westroads Mall. (Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images)
    A manhunt was underway after one person was killed and another was injured following a shooting at Westroads Mall in Omaha, Nebraska.    On Saturday, investigators said they were on the hunt for two suspects who fled the scene.
    Officials added, the attack did not appear to be random. Authorities said officers responded to reports of shots fired outside of a JC Penney store inside the mall.
    According to police, the first victim — whose name has not been disclosed — was taken to the hospital in critical condition where he succumbed to his injuries.    Additionally, a second victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the hospital.
    “[The] first victim that went to Bergan [Mercy Hospital] was confirmed as a male,” Lt. Neal Bonacci of the Omaha Police Dept. Public Information Office said.    “Second victim is a female, approximately early 20s.    This wasn’t an active shooter situation, however, our department, just taking precautions, treated it as so.”
    According to reports, shoppers were evacuated from the area and officials said the mall would remain closed for the rest of the day.    In the meantime, the investigation has continued.

4/17/2021 Poll: Majority Of Voters Support Second Amendment by OAN Newsroom
JERSEY CITY – MARCH 25: Lateif Dickerson displays one of his prized pistols at his gun instruction
headquarters on March 25, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    A recent poll found 72 percent of likely voters back the Second Amendment and its protections for Americans who want to own firearms.
    According to the data released by McLaughlin and Associates this week, 73.4 percent of respondents have said the founders understood the necessity for law-abiding citizens to legally own firearms.
    That same percentage of respondents believe the Second Amendment is one of the most cherished civil rights in the Constitution.    A majority of voters have also said enforcement of current gun laws is more important than passing new restrictive legislation.

4/17/2021 FDA Rescinds Emergency Use Authorization Of Eli Lilly’s ‘Bamlanivimab’ Monoclonal Antibody Treatment by OAN Newsroom
WHITE OAK, MD – JULY 20: A sign for the Food And Drug Administration is seen outside of the headquarters
on July 20, 2020 in White Oak, Maryland. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    The FDA has rescinded its Emergency Use Authorization of Eli Lilly’s ‘bamlanivimab,’ the monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19, to be used on its own.
    The company requested that the treatment have its authorization stripped after new variants prove to be more resistant to the treatment “due to the evolving landscape in the U.S. and the full availability of bamlanivimab and etesevimab together.”
    Furthermore, Eli Lilly noted, the request to have authorization revoked was not as a result of any “new safety concern.”
    The cocktail is also used in combination with another Eli-Lilly monoclonal antibody treatment, which the FDA will continue to authorize as it has proven to reduce the risk of death by some 87 percent.
    This came after the HHS reported in March they had halted the use of ‘bamlanivimab’ as a solo treatment for COVID-19.

4/18/2021 GOP Confident Court Expansion Bill Will Hurt Democrat Party by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
    Republican lawmakers said Democrat attempts to pack the Supreme Court will be so unpopular that it will ultimately help the GOP party in the 2022 midterm elections.
    This week, Democrats introduced controversial legislation that would expand the Supreme Court from nine to 13 seats.    In response, dozens of Republicans spoke out and took to social media to call the legislation an “assault” on judicial independence.
    Friday, Florida Senator Rick Scott (R) said it will be “pretty easy” to get Democrats on the record on court packing.    Then, when Democrats attempt to pass the legislation through reconciliation, Republicans will have an advantage when offering up amendments.
    Scott said Democrats are only concerned with following their party leaders.
    “Whatever Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tells them to do — I mean the Senate Democrats, all they do is: ‘Chuck what do you want us to do?    We’ll vote that way,'” Scott stated.    “I mean, look at the issues.    These Democrats just don’t represent their states.”
    Scott added, he believes Republicans will flip multiple House seats because of Democrats’ mistakes.
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) made similar claims, saying Democrats are already preparing to lose the House in 2022, hence packing the court is an attempt to maintain power and control.
    “It’s taking over an entire branch of government, the judicial system, and it’s packing them,” McCarthy said.    “It goes against everything we believe in as Americans.    They know they’re going to lose the House.    That’s why they’re going so far to try the judicial and take it back over.”
    McCarthy noted, even Joe Biden previously said he was opposed to expanding the court.
    Republicans said many moderate Democrats are facing tough elections in 2022 and could lose voters for backing court expansion legislation.

4/18/2021 Sen. Cruz: Biden In Better Position To Pack Supreme Court Than FDR by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 27: Sen. Ted Cruz is shown on January 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) argued how vital it is that Democrats stand down from trying to pack the Supreme Court.
    During an interview on Saturday, Cruz suggested Joe Biden is in a better position than FDR was when he tried to pack the Supreme Court back in 1937.
    The senator pointed to the fact Democrats actually tried to stand against Roosevelt’s power grab, whereas now it is congressional Democrats pushing the move.
    Cruz went on to say how often constitutional rights have been one vote away from extinction in 5-4 votes in the Supreme Court.    He added packing the seats with liberal judges could spell the end for freedoms, such as free speech and the Second Amendment.

4/18/2021 L.A. County Sheriff Concerned Protesters Won’t Be Deterred By DA’s Progressive Policies by OAN Newsroom
Demonstrators set fire to the front of the California Bank and Trust building during a protest
against police brutality in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)
    With cities once again seeing an uptick in demonstrations and protests, Los Angeles is gearing up for another round of potential violence in the city.
    That has L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva worried, as he said he believes it’s going to be a “big problem” that rioters believe they won’t face prosecution for their actions.    This he added, is all due to District Attorney George Gascon.
    In March, a county prosecutor accused Gascon of playing politics after he was reprimanded for questioning Gascon’s order to drop a case against three anti-police protesters.
    Villanueva further illustrated Gascon’s refusal to uphold the laws of the county, saying when he was presented with a dozen cases of solicitation for prostitution, Gascon dismissed them all.    He said by not following up on his job, he’s basically legalized prostitution in Los Angeles.
    “There’s so many consequences to the decisions he’s making,” Villanueva stated.    “They’re very far-reaching, and I think the public is just now starting to understand that.    Yes, there is consequence when you start eliminating consequences for the criminal community.”
    Villanueva added he’s only spoken to Gascon once since he took office in December, saying Gascon issues directives from his office and expects the world to go along with it.
SAN FRANCISCO – MAY 05: George Gascon 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)
    He added there are places where the criminal justice system can be fixed, but it needs to be done properly by incorporating all the stakeholders and state legislators.
    However, Villanueva said Gascon is learning.    In February, a judge ruled in favor of the county, saying he can’t order his prosecutors to ignore laws put in place to protect the public.
    Three L.A. County cities have already approved votes of no confidence in the DA’s special directives, with a fourth considering doing the same.
    This year, Gascon issued directives seeking to eliminate cash bail for misdemeanors and non-serious felonies, dismissing misdemeanor charges for things like trespassing, disturbing the peace or resisting arrest, and eliminating sentencing enhancements, including gang enhancements and bail violations.
    “We want him to be successful but it can’t come at the expense of public safety, at the expense of victims of crime, and that’s where I have to draw that firm line in the sand,” Villanueva said.
    Los Angeles is seeing an jump in violent crimes this year, with recent reports showing a 186 percent increase in murders.
    Villanueva blamed progressive policies and movements to defund the police in the Democrat run city as contributing factors to the increased violence.

4/18/2021 Another Riot Declared In Portland, Ore. by OAN Newsroom
In this photo released by Portland Police Bureau, Portland police lined up outside of the
Penumbra Kelly Building in downtown Portland, Ore., Monday, April 12, 2021. (Portland Police Bureau via AP)
    Another riot was declared in Portland, Oregon as fires were lit outside businesses, including an Apple store.
    Police reported a group of several hundred marched through downtown Friday night “vandalizing and looting.”
    This particular riot followed the police-involved shooting of a man who was reportedly pointing a gun in a Portland park.
    “The officers arrived and they contacted a person in the park related to this call,” Deputy Chief Chris Davis of the Portland Police Bureau stated.    “At some point during this interaction, both less lethal and lethal force were deployed by the officers.”
    Friday marked the third time in five days a riot has been declared in Portland, as unrest continues across the country.

4/18/2021 Dr. Fauci: J&J Unlikely To Be Outright Canceled by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 30: Dr. Anthony Fauci is shown during hearing on June 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Al Drago – Pool/Getty Images)
    Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested he expects officials to make a decision on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Friday.
    During an interview on Sunday, Fauci stated he doubts very seriously the vaccine will be outright cancelled.    Instead, he believes regulators are likely to issue a warning or restriction for the shot.
Johnson & Johnson vaccine vials against the COVID-19 coronavirus are seen on February 18, 2021. (Photo by PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP via Getty Images)
    “It may be by the time you get to Friday, that they will say ‘OK, we’ve looked into it now, here are some of the restrictions.’    But I think it would’ve been too early to have restrictions without looking more closely at it,” Fauci explained.

4/18/2021 Police Declare Unlawful Assembly At Brooklyn Center In Minn. by OAN Newsroom
Protestors gathered in front of the Brooklyn Center Police Department during a protest in the shooting of
Daunte Wright, Friday, April 16, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)
    Police declared an unlawful assembly during the sixth night of protests outside the Brooklyn Center police headquarters in Minnesota.    On Saturday, authorities said 136 people were arrested Friday night in connection with the demonstration.
    “Their actions dictate our response, and our response is to keep this city safe and the police department safe,” Sheriff David Hutchinson of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office stated.
    In a joint press conference, Operation Safety Net said approximately 500 people gathered around the center.    Officials explained the situation became disorderly as protesters began to shake the barricade and throw objects at officers, including rocks and soup cans.
Demonstrators took part in a protest over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright by a police officer during a traffic stop, outside
the Brooklyn Center Police Department, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Following several orders from law enforcement and National Guard members to disperse, officers were forced to use crowd control measures including tear gas and flash-bangs.
    “If we want change in policing, we want reform in policing, let’s do that, let’s get together and start reform,” Hutchinson said.    “The profession, this profession needs help.    We can admit that, we’re not perfect, we can be better.    But these people are not people that you should be supporting.”
    Friday night marked the sixth consecutive night of demonstrations at the police headquarters following the death of 20-year-old Duante Wright, who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.
A demonstrator’s hands are raised, one with a message, as law enforcement officers are stationed behind a perimeter security fence, during a protest over the fatal
shooting of Daunte Wright by a police officer during a traffic stop, Saturday, April 17, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
    Authorities emphasized they did not want to use any force, as several city officials and community organizers continue to call for peace.     “So I’m here to say please stay peaceful, and the people who are intent on causing harm, you’re going to find yourself where you are tonight, in the Hennepin County Jail,” Hutchinson stated.

4/18/2021 Sen. Gillibrand: Biden Bipartisan If You Change The Definition by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 19: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) spoke during a Washington Post Live 2020
Candidates series event August 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Democrat Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Joe Biden is a bipartisan leader, if you alter the definition of “bipartisan.”
    In an interview last week, Gillibrand said, from a voters perspective, Biden is bipartisan because he supports an agenda that is widely accepted.
    This, despite the fact that the first two major pieces of legislation Biden has supported have had no Republican backing and been heavily criticized by conservatives.
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 14: Joe Biden is shown on March 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
    She said this includes solving the COVID-19 crisis and getting the economy up and running.
    “In this moment, when things have become so hyperpartisan, I still think it’s legitimate,” Gillibrand stated.    “Our job and the reason why we were elected and given the majority in the House and given the presidency was because the agenda that Joe Biden promised to get done.    And so, I think the American people need us to do this.”
    Gillibrand admitted if Democrats eliminated the filibuster, a lot of things she cares about would be “deeply at risk,” if Republicans re-took the Senate.

4/18/2021 3 Dead, 2 Wounded In Tavern Shooting In Kenosha, Wis. by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT – Police officers are seen on November 8, 2018. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Three people are dead and two wounded after a shooting at a tavern in northern Kenosha, Wisconsin.
    Reports said police responded to the scene early Sunday morning, saying the wounded were taken to nearby hospitals in “serious condition.”
    Police said the shooting appears to have been a “targeted and isolated incident,” and there’s no threat to the public.
    The suspect fled the scene and remains at large.
    “I kinda just figured, you know, it was someone popping shots off into the sky,” witness Peter Ploskee said.    “You know, something like that, I really didn’t think it would be anything like this.    That’s for sure.”
    Kenosha made headlines last year after the shooting of Jacob Blake sparked violent protests.
    Around $2 million in city property was damaged, along with dozens of small businesses either damaged or destroyed.

4/18/2021 Rep. Waters Calls On Protesters To ‘Get More Confrontational’ If Derek Chauvin Acquitted by OAN Newsroom
BROOKLYN CENTER, MINNESOTA – APRIL 17: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) joins demonstrators in a protest outside the
Brooklyn Center police station on April 17, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Democrat Representative Maxine Waters (Calif.) called for protesters to “get more confrontational.”
    Waters made the statements during an anti-police protest in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota Saturday evening with regard to the possibility of an acquittal in the Derek Chauvin trial.
    According to reports, Waters also urged protesters to break the law by ignoring the city’s 11 p.m. curfew while stating she wouldn’t join them in doing so herself.
    Critics have called out Waters for her rhetoric, pointing to her previous calls to harass Trump administration officials in 2018.    They have said she should be stripped of her committees for allegedly “inciting an insurrection” with her comments.

4/18/2021 White House Defends Biden Decision To Raise Refugee Cap by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    U.S. officials said Joe Biden is committed to raising the cap of refugee admissions this year, just days after announcing he would stick with the cap set by President Trump.
    First, Biden signed orders limiting refugee admissions to 15,000, which scrapped Democrats’ original plan to raise it to more than 62,000.    However, after backlash from party members and refugee activist groups, Biden reversed course and the White House announced a new limit would-be set-in May.
    It is unclear what this number will be, but Biden officials have shared concerns that they cannot meet the aggressive demands set by Democrats.
    On Sunday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to ABC and said refugee holding centers are in terrible condition, and Biden officials did not see how raising the cap limit would help.
    “The refugee system that we found was not in place, did not have the resources — the means — to effectively process as many people as we hoped,” Blinken said.    “It’s going to be very hard to reach the 62,000 this fiscal year.”
    Reports said Biden has also feared inviting more refugees into the country while the southern border deals with an influx of migrants.
    Other officials have said meeting the 62,000-refugee goal is not reasonable, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Biden’s National Security Adviser, Jake Sullivan.
    Sullivan noted, Biden so far has only promised to raise the cap from 15,000, despite the calls of Democrats and left-wing groups to continue raising the number.
    “He will raise the cap, [but] we haven’t determined the number,” Sullivan said.    “When I said new target, what I meant was a target above 15,000.    I’m not going to get ahead of where the process will land.”
    In the meantime, the Biden administration has claimed it will not make a final decision until mid-May.

4/18/2021 Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Blames Travelers For COVID-19 Spike by OAN Newsroom
Mich. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a drive-in campaign rally. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    The Governor of Michigan has blamed travelers for a growing number of coronavirus cases.    On Sunday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) placed the blame on “snow birds” from Florida for the increasing number of coronavirus variant cases in the Great Lakes State.
    In an attempt to stop the spread, Whitmer urged schools to go remote and businesses to have employees work from home for a week.
    “This variant, the B117 variant, is what is growing so quickly in Michigan,” Whitmer claimed.    “We have the second most — I think — after Florida.    Michigan and Florida are not next to each other, but this is the time of the year that snow birds come home from Florida where people are going on spring break and all of these things can contribute to spread.”
    Her statement came after she asked for grace when a top staffer took heat for a recent vacation in Florida.    Additionally, the state’s health director, Elizabeth Hertel, traveled to Alabama recently despite Whitmer’s calls to avoid out-of-state travel.

4/18/2021 Vigils Held For Victims Of Indianapolis Shooting by OAN Newsroom
A single bouquet of flower sits in the rocks across the street from the FedEx facility in Indianapolis,
Saturday, April 17, 2021 where eight people were shot and killed. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
    Candlelight vigils were held for the eight victims of a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility.    Vigils were expected to continue throughout Sunday.
    Several community members were joined by Mayor Joe Hogsett and other officials on Saturday to gather to offer their sympathy and prayers.
    Speakers shared their own experiences on gun violence and called for officials to take action.
    Authorities were able to identify the victims of the shooting; their ages ranged from 19-to-74-years-old.
    “Even though we may not have known them, we do love them,” Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett (D) said.    “We do miss them, and in their name, we continue on.”
Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett speaks at a vigil Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Krannert Park on Indianapolis’ west side
to memorialize the eight people killed in the mass shooting at a FedEx warehouse. (AP Photo/Casey Smith)
    The 19-year-old gunman killed himself after the shooting.    Officers have yet to find a motive as the investigation continues.

4/18/2021 3 People Fatally Shot In Texas, Suspect-At-Large by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    Austin Police are conducting a manhunt after at least three people were killed near an apartment complex.    On Sunday, police swarmed the area searching for 41-year-old Stephen Broderick, who is considered armed and dangerous.
    Police said while the situation has appeared domestic and paid no risk to the general public, they’ve asked residents to shelter in place.    Emergency services said two women and one man were pronounced dead on the scene and the victims’ identities have not been released.
    According to reports, the suspect was a former Travis County detective and police believe he did know the victims.
    “This is still an ongoing and active investigation and we do not have this individual in custody yet,” Int. Chief Joseph Chacon of the Austin Police Department said.    “We would ask if you have your neighbor’s phone numbers, call or text them, check on them and make sure that they’re OK.    We are concerned that he might possibly take a hostage and be himself sheltered somewhere waiting for us to leave.”
    Police added, if anyone has information regarding the incident or has seen any suspicious activity to call 911.

4/18/2021 Rep. Greene: MSM Created False Narrative Of ‘America First Caucus,’ Spokesperson Says Caucus Not Launching Anytime Soon by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol
on February 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) defended her plans to craft the ‘America First Caucus’ and accused the mainstream media of creating a false narrative.    On Saturday, Greene took to Twitter to say she has yet again been attacked by the media over words that were not really hers.
    Her comments came after a staff-written draft proposal about the caucus by an outside group was leaked.    The proposal contained calls for “common respect for uniquely Anglo-Saxon political tradition.”
    Greene said she believes in America First with all her heart, adding that means every American of every race, creed and color.    She went on to say, she will continue to promote the America First agenda as she believes it will save the country.
    A spokesperson has said the caucus is not forming anytime soon as it was still in the early planning stages.

4/19/2021 Ariz. Senate To Begin 2020 Election Audit This Week by OAN Newsroom
PROVO, UT – NOVEMBER 6: Thousands of ballots sit in boxes on November 6, 2018 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
    Arizona’s Senate is preparing to conduct an audit of the presidential votes in the 2020 election.
    Last week, Senate President Karen Fann announced a team of officials will meet up on Monday, and the audit will begin Thursday at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
    Certified auditors will conduct a hand recount of Maricopa County’s more than 2 million ballots, which is set to take up to four weeks.
    During an interview with One America News, Fann said the audit is needed to answer thousands of questions and concerns regarding the security of the election.
    “Our job here at the Arizona Senate, we are not in the business of overturning an election or decertifying electors or anyone else.    That’s not our job.    Our job is, we pass election laws,” Fann explained.    “It is our job to make sure those laws are followed to the T, that they are always above reproach, and if we find any mistakes, we need to fix it and or report it.”
    Fann said the audit will be overseen by a Florida-based security company and will be “independent, bipartisan and true.”

4/19/2021 Economist John Lott Asserts Gun Control Measures Lopsidedly Hurt Minorities, Don’t Work In General by OAN Newsroom
TINLEY PARK, IL – DECEMBER 17: A customer shopped for a pistol at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods
store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Economist John Lott questioned the validity and effectiveness of gun control legislation.
    In an interview released Saturday, Lott challenged many of the arguments made by Democrats and Joe Biden regarding proposals to restrict gun rights.    One of his main focuses was looking at whom gun control laws harm, especially steep prices of background checks for private gun transfers.
    “The people who benefit the most from guns, are the people who are most likely victims of violent crime,” Lott said.    “That overwhelmingly tends to be poor     Blacks who live in high crime urban areas.    $125, even if it doesn’t make a difference for you or I being able to do it, it may make a difference between whether a poor Black is able to legally obtain a gun to protect themselves and their families.”
    Lott wasn’t done taking on the unbalanced effect gun control laws tend to have on people of color.    He brought up how the data of concealed carry permit holders in Los Angeles, a county where it’s extremely difficult to obtain a permit, shows bias.
    “Only six and a half percent of permit holders are Black, nationwide it’s almost 14 percent.    Only 6 percent of the permit holders in Los Angeles County are Hispanic,” Lott stated.    “54 percent of the population in Los Angeles County is Hispanic.”
    Mass shootings was another topic which Lott discussed, defying proposed gun control laws would prevent the vast majority of them.
    In a recent speech announcing his plan to pursue gun control, Joe Biden called out America’s gun crime rates.
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE – AUGUST 20: Joe Biden delivered a speech on August 20, 2020
in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, let me say it again,” Biden stated.    “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment.”
    However, Lott had the facts on American shooting rates.
    “The United States makes up about 4.6 percent of the world population.    We make up about 1 percent of the mass public shooters in the world,” Lott explained.    “So we’re way way below the world average.”
    In the end, Lott shot down the most extreme gun control measures due to their ineffectiveness.    In particular, he pointed to gun bans in island nations, implying they would be the easiest place to enforce the laws where there are no bordering nations to sneak in firearms.
    “You’d think would be kind of the ideal experiment from their point of view.    That have seen significant huge increases in murder rates, immediately after the bans go into place,” Lott said.

4/19/2021 Sen. Cruz Criticizes Rep. Waters For Urging Violence In Minn., Says Far-Left Democrats Seek To Divide This Country To Maximize Their Own Power by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 13: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to reporters prior to the Senate Republican luncheons at the
Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on April 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said top Democrat officials are openly inciting riots in response to calls for violence by Maxine Waters.    In a tweet Sunday, the Texas senator said Democrats are supporting far-left terror groups to tear apart the American society.
    This came after Waters called on BLM militants in Minnesota to be “more confrontational” if former Officer Derek Chauvin were to be acquitted in the ongoing trial.
    Cruz added, Democrat officials will do whatever it takes to maximize government power and control.
    “Today’s Democrats are beholden to the far-left voices that they made to the far left,” Cruz stated.    “Today’s Democrats are about power.    So, if the rules stand in the way, the heck with the rules, ignore them.”
    According to additional, reports, members of the Minnesota National Guard were targeted in a drive-by shooting just hours after Waters made her call to violence.

4/19/2021 Biden Signs Memo Banning Federal Use Of ‘Wuhan Virus’ To Refer To COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
TOPSHOT – Joe Biden sat in the Oval Office as he signed a series of orders at the
White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    In the fight against COVID-19, Joe Biden seems to be prioritizing hollow symbolic gestures over policies with a measurable impact on the welfare and health of American citizens.
    Biden signed a memo banning federal agencies from referring to the coronavirus by terms related to its geographic origin, such as China or Wuhan virus.
    While no direct mention of President Trump is made, the memo does specifically blame “the actions of political leaders” for “furthering xenophobic sentiments” against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.    This is a clear allusion to Biden’s previous attempts to shift focus away from the Trump administration’s achievements in fighting the pandemic towards concerns over political correctness.
    “Labelling COVID-19 a foreign virus does not displace accountability for the misjudgments that have been made thus far by the Trump administration.    Let me be crystal clear.    The coronavirus does not have a political affiliation,” Biden stated.    “It will not discriminate based on national origin, race, gender, or zip code.”
    Among the sparse number of specific measures dictated by the memo is instructing federal agencies to review the use of these terms in existing policy directives or government publications.    This, despite a recent review by CBS News finding “no specific reference to China virus” in any COVID-19 related executive orders issued by President Trump.
    Critics pointed out the memo seems to be politically motivated, targeting specific terms employed by President Trump without making any mention of hate crimes against other communities, some of which may have been the victim of hatred stoked by Democrat politicians and left-wing activists.
    The year following the election marked a watershed moment in evolving American attitudes towards Russians.    According to Gallup in 2016, only 39 percent of Americans viewed Russia as a “critical threat” to the U.S.
    By 2019, that number had escalated to 52 percent.
    This shift was clearly demarcated by political ideology.    In 2016, Gallup found no measurable difference between Democrats and Republicans in their attitudes to Russia.    Whereas three years later, 46 percent of Democrats reported believing it to be America’s greatest enemy, compared to only 14 percent of Republicans.
    Moreover, the move may be a gift to Chinese attempts at redefining international discourse about the pandemic.
    Xi Jinping’s regime has consistently sought to distract attention away from the origins of the virus.    Both by the spread of unfounded conspiracy theories claiming it originated outside of China, or even that it was deliberately introduced to Wuhan by the U.S. military, and by directly silencing would-be whistleblowers within the medical profession.
    It also blocked the flow of information out of Wuhan during the early stages of the pandemic.    This delayed international efforts to combat the outbreak at a crucial time when it could have been contained from spreading across the world, as evidenced by recently surfaced recordings of phone calls by World Health Organization officials.
    “We have informally and formally been requesting more epidemiological information,” WHO representative to China Dr. Gauden Galea stated.    “Specifically, what was the date of onset of the last case and even that one line of information would have been, already been helpful.    But all we are getting in return for that question is, there’s a new update that’s going to come out, they’re working on this.    It may be, but then when asked for specifics, we could get nothing.”
    According to the Hong Kong based South China Morning Post, which is owned by the Alibaba Group, this act by Biden is playing right into Beijing’s hand.

4/19/2021 Rep. McCarthy Accuses Rep. Waters Of ‘Inciting Violence’ Over Comments To Protesters In Minn. by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 05: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy spoke on December 5, 2019
on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is inciting violence.
    In a tweet on Sunday, McCarthy warned if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) does not act against “this dangerous rhetoric,” then he will.
    This came as Waters is taking heat for telling BLM protesters to be “more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is acquitted.
WASHINGTON – AUGUST 13: Rep. Maxine Waters held a news conference on August 13, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    McCarthy is pledging to take action against Waters as early as this week.

4/19/2021 Texas Sen. Cornyn: Is Joe Biden Really In Charge? by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 11: Sen. John Cornyn is shown on June 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) asserted Joe Biden’s words do not match his actions.
    In an interview on Sunday, the Republican said “jamming through” trillion dollar bills is very different from the approach he took as senator.
    This came after Cornyn was asked about a recent tweet in which he seemed to question Biden’s mental fitness.
    Cornyn said this begs the question of who is really in charge, adding Americans want reality and rhetoric to align.

4/19/2021 Detroit Police Chief Calls For Mich. Rep. Rashida Tlaib To Resign Over Anti-Police Comments by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 10: Rep. Rashida Tlaib spoke during a press conference preceding a House Oversight and Reform
subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill on July 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Detroit’s police chief said Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) should resign after her calls for “no more policing.”
    In an interview on Sunday, Chief James Craig called the Democrat congresswoman “reckless.”    He said he’d love to see her resign and would even throw her a goodbye party.
    Craig’s remarks came in response to comments made by Tlaib in recent weeks, where she called for an end to policing and called police officers racist, in the wake of the death of Duante Wright in Minnesota.
    Craig said Tlaib does not speak for minorities as a whole.
    “You know what, if I made comments on par with her, they’d be calling for my resignation,” Craig stated.    “Let her go.    Who is she speaking for Charlie?    Let me just say this.    You talk about abolishing police incarceration and you talk about safe cities, what do you think the residents in Detroit want?    I know, I speak with them.    They’re reckless Charlie.    Now is she representing the people or is she representing a fringe group?
    Craig also condemned Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for telling protestors in Minnesota to get more confrontational if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd.

4/19/2021 Psaki Fails To Condemn Rep. Waters’ Call To Violence by OAN Newsroom
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House
in Washington, Monday, April 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    White House spokesperson Jen Psaki failed to condemn Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) over her recent call to violence in Minnesota.
    “Congresswoman Maxine Waters said over the weekend that we’ve got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure they know that we mean business.    Does the president agree with what she said about getting more confrontational?” a reporter asked Psaki.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    “Well I can speak to the president’s view, he has been very clear that he recognizes the issue of police violence,” Psaki responded.
    In a news briefing on Monday, Psaki evaded the direct question about Waters and chose to accuse the police of violence and racism.    She also signaled support for far-left terror groups Antifa and BLM.
    “As you know he met with the Floyd family last year and has been closely following the trials we’ve been talking about and is committed to undoing this long-standing systemic problem,” Psaki stated.    “His view is also that exercising First Amendment rights and protesting injustice is the most American thing that anyone can do, but as he also always says, protests must be peaceful.”
    After Waters’ comments, there were violent attacks on Minnesota police and National Guard overnight, including a drive-by shooting.
    The White House failed to address those incidents.

4/19/2021 Reports: Facebook Gave $3M To Ariz. Officials To Boost ‘Democrat Vote’ by OAN Newsroom
A picture taken on May 14, 2012 in Paris, shows an illustration made with a figurine set up
in front of Facebook’s homepage. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    Election officials in Arizona are suspected of accepting large sums of money from Facebook just ahead of the 2020 election.
    “Center for Tech and Civic Life or CTCL, funded by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, is dark, refusing to disclose its donors,” said Scott Walter, president of the Capital Research Center.    “We’ve studied the data for Arizona and seven more states, highlights are in my written testimony, but the pattern is simple.    It’s more likely to find heavily Democratic jurisdictions and do so disproportionately.”
    Arizona state lawmakers found Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook gave $3 million to Maricopa County election officials, allegedly to flip it blue in the 2020 election.
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 11: Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee
in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Experts warned left-leaning tech giants are seeking to privatize U.S. elections.
    “Everywhere you did have greater turnout in this election versus the 2016 election, but listen to these simple numbers.    In the counties that were funded, the Republican votes increased 46 percent more than they increased in the unfunded counties,” Walter explained.    “On the Democrat side, the counties that were funded saw an 81 percent better vote increase than the ones that were not funded.”
    Analysts found dark money from Facebook and other tech giants could be used to buy votes for Democrat candidates, and such funding violates U.S. federal law.
    Arizona lawmakers are now pushing to investigate such activity.

4/19/2021 Fmr. Home Of Defense Witness In Derek Chauvin Trial Vandalized With Severed Pig’s Head, Blood by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, Barry Brodd, a use of force expert testified as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided,
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse
in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    The former home of one of the defense witnesses in the Derek Chauvin trial was found vandalized using a severed pig’s head and blood.
    Over the weekend, police officers in Northern California found the house where retired police officer and use of force expert Barry Brodd used to live, defaced with the blood and head.
    Authorities said the group who committed the crime ran away when the current resident called police.
    Last week, Brodd testified in court saying Chauvin’s actions surrounding the arrest and death of George Floyd were justified.
    “So, if the officer was justified in using the prone control while the suspect is on the ground in a prone control, the maintaining of the prone control is not a use of force,” Brodd stated.    “That’s a controlled technique, it doesn’t hurt.    You’ve put the suspect in a position where it’s safe for you the officer, and safe for them, the suspect, and you’re using minimal effort to keep them on the ground.”
    45 minutes after the incident at the home, a large hand statue at a nearby mall was also vandalized with what appeared to be animal blood and a sign that read “oink oink.”
In this early Saturday morning, April 17, 2021, photo, a Santa Rosa downtown district maintenance worker cleaned the “Agraria” hand sculpture
vandalized with what appeared to be blood outside the Santa Rosa Plaza in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat via AP)
    The cost to clean up the mess at the home exceeded $400, making the crime a felony.

4/19/2021 Jury Hears Closing Arguments In Derek Chauvin Murder Trial by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, accompanied by defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, spoke to
the judge before prosecutor Jerry Blackwell gave a rebuttal in closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided Monday, April 19, 2021,
in the trial of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    Attorneys for the prosecution and defense teams in the Derek Chauvin murder trial delivered their closing arguments.
    On Monday, Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson told the jury that the state failed to meet their burden of proving the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
    Nelson said George Floyd died of an underlying heart disease and a lethal dose of drugs his system.    He urged jurors to consider the “totality of circumstances.”
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson gave closing arguments as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presided
Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse
in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    “A criminal case is kind of like baking chocolate chip cookies, you have to have the necessary ingredients.    You’ve got to have flour and sugar and butter and chocolate chips, whatever else goes into those chocolate chip cookies,” Nelson stated.    “If you have all of the ingredients, you can make chocolate chip cookies.    But if you’re missing any one single ingredient, you can’t make chocolate chip cookies.    It’s a simple kind of analogy, but the criminal law works the same way.”
    The jury in the high-profile trial has now begun deliberations.

4/19/2021 Top House GOP Request Meeting With Kamala Harris Over Border ‘Catastrophe’ by OAN Newsroom
DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 25: Kamala Harris spoke at the IBEW Local Union 58 on October 25, 2020
in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
    A group of House Republicans are demanding a meeting with Kamala Harris to discuss the border crisis.
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) made their request in a letter to the vice president.
    The ranking members of the Judiciary, Homeland Security and Oversight Committees said they want to discuss the administration’s handling of the “catastrophe” at the border.    They added it is unclear what actions the administration is planning to take in order to address the unprecedented levels of illegal immigration.
    The lawmakers also said border officials told them during a recent visit they have not received any direction from the White House to help ease the situation.

4/19/2021 MyPillow Files $1.6B Countersuit Against Dominion by OAN Newsroom
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 10: Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, spoke during a campaign rally held by President Donald Trump
at the Target Center on October 10, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    MyPillow launched a $1.6 billion countersuit against Dominion Voting Systems.
    CEO Mike Lindell announced the suit in a livestream on his new social media site Frank Speech on Monday.    Speaking on the suit, Lindell said its “all about First Amendment rights and free speech.”
    Dominion announced a lawsuit against MyPillow in February, alleging Lindell defamed the company when discussing allegations that it’s voting machines were rigged against President Trump.
    In the countersuit, MyPillow made a distinction between its company and its CEO, saying Lindell was speaking on his own accord when talking about Dominion and that MyPillow has not engaged in discussion about the 2020 election.

4/19/2021 Canada To Put Up C$30 Billion For Long-Awaited National Childcare Program by David Ljunggren
FILE PHOTO: Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland speaks to news media before unveiling her
first fiscal update, the Fall Economic Statement 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 30, 2020. REUTERS/Blair Gable/File Photo
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada will invest up to C$30 billion ($23.9 billion) over five years to set up a long-promised national childcare program and help female employment recover from harm done by the COVID-19 pandemic, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Monday.
    Freeland, who has stressed her feminist credentials since becoming Canada’s first female finance minister last August, said Ottawa wanted to bring the average daily fee for regulated childcare down to C$10 within five years and halve costs by the end of next year.
    “COVID has brutally exposed something women have long known: without childcare, parents – usually mothers – can’t work,” she said in prepared remarks to lawmakers as she delivered her first budget, noting that women’s participation in the labor force had fallen to its lowest in more than two decades.
    Freeland noted that Quebec, which has the highest female employment of any province, has had its own heavily subsidized childcare system for 25 years, under which parents currently pay around C$8.35 a day.
    Monthly childcare fees for toddlers range from C$181 in Quebec cities to above C$900 in most other Canadian cities.
    If a national program is set up, Quebec will be able to use its share of the money to improve its own system.
    The C$30 billion is designed to cover half the cost of the program.    The provinces, which deliver many social programs, will cover the other 50%.
    Starting in the 2025-26 fiscal year, the center-left Liberal government will invest at least C$8.3 billion annually into the program.
    Earlier this month, Freeland said COVID-19 had “created a window of political opportunity and maybe an epiphany” on the importance of early learning and childcare.
    For decades, Canadian federal governments of various stripes have mused about a national childcare program.    High cost and the need to negotiate with the provinces have inhibited action.
    “This is not an effort that will deliver instant gratification.    We are building something that, of necessity, must be constructed collaboratively,” Freeland said.
    The government will formally unveil legislation setting up the program later this year, at about the time Liberal insiders predict an election.    The pledge could eat into support for the rival left-leaning New Democrats, who have long demanded a national system.
    In November, Freeland set aside C$420 million for training and retaining child care workers.
    Speaking ahead of the budget, YMCA Canada chief executive Peter Dinsdale said a successful national program would require capital supports to build new spaces and clear, national standards.    But staffing would be the key issue, he added.
    Freeland also promised to help other vulnerable sectors.    The aid includes C$8.9 billion over six years in additional support for low-wage workers and C$3 billion for provinces to help improve long-term care facilities, which were very badly hit by the pandemic.
($1=1.2537 Canadian dollars)
(Additional reporting by Julie Gordon; Editing by Amran Abocar and David Gregorio)

4/19/2021 WHO Panel Against Requiring Vaccination Proof For Travel – Statement
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting
on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee recommended on Monday that proof of vaccination not be required as a condition of international travel, maintaining its stance on the issue under growing debate.
    The independent experts, in a statement issued after meeting last Thursday, cited limited evidence on whether vaccination against COVID-19 reduces people’s ability to transmit the virus and “the persistent inequity in global vaccine distribution.”
    States should recognise that requiring proof of vaccination deepens inequities and promotes unequal freedom of movement, the panel said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Emma Farge)

4/19/2021 New Direction Needed: EU Launches Website For Citizens To Discuss Its Future by Jan Strupczewski
Portuguese secretary of state Ana Paula Zacarias, EU Parliament's Guy Verhofstadt and European Commissioner for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica
attend the opening of the Conference on the Future of Europe, in Brussels, Belgium April 19, 2021. Francois Walschaerts/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union launched on Monday a website for citizens to debate the future of the 27-nation bloc as the exit of Britain, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of nationalism force the EU to reflect on how it wants to develop.
    The website, available for contributions in the EU’s 24 official languages, is part of what EU institutions call the Conference on the Future of Europe — a forum for debate to help identify issues the EU needs to address in the changing global context.
    “The conclusions of the conference could be the backbone for reforms in the Union in the future,” one of the leaders of the initiative, member of European Parliament and former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt told a news conference.
    “A new direction is needed.    This conference can give an answer to that,” he said.    Conclusions from the discussions are to be presented in the second quarter of 2022.
    The website prompts debates on subjects including climate change, the environment, health, the economy, social justice and jobs, the role of the EU in the world, values and rights, the rule of law, security, digital transformation, democracy and migration.    Citizens can also launch their own topics.
    “We want to come closer to citizens, to listen to them,” Commission Vice President for Democracy and Demography Dubravka Suica said. “We want to hear from everyone.”
    After starting in 1951 as an organisation of six countries to jointly regulate their industrial production, or what was then called the European Coal and Steel Community, the EU has since expanded to 28 countries in 2013 and shrunk back to 27 last year with the exit of Britain.
    In the past 70 years, the challenges the bloc faces have changed as well. Rather than coordinate coal and steel output, or tackling the problems of post World War II Europe, the 27 countries now coordinate cuts in CO2 emissions to prevent climate change or the joint procurement of vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The website is the first EU attempt to listen to its citizens directly at a trans-national level, building on the experience of such exercises at country level, notably in France.
    While some EU institutions and officials believe that it is not realistic to expect that the debate will produce changes in the EU treaties — the primary law of the Union — the option has not been explicitly excluded.
(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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4/20/2021 Sen. Manchin: Democrats Turned Their Back On W.Va. by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 28: Sen. Joe Manchin spoke during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
confirmation hearing on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said his own party has left his state of West Virginia behind.
    At a National Press Club event Monday, Manchin criticized the Democrats for pushing their so-called “clean energy” policies, all the while ignoring the fact that the world is using more fossil fuels today than at any other point in history.
    “We have many of our lawmakers in Washington and we have many people who believe just quit using fossil, that’s all, that’ll take care of the problem,”     Manchin said. “It’s called global climate. It’s not called North American climate.    It’s not called West Virginia climate.    It’s global climate, and there’s more fossil being used in the world today than ever before, and it’s not, it’s not receding.    They’re going to use whatever fuels they have in their backyard.”
    Further, within the Democrats’ $2 trillion infrastructure package are a number of proposals that could spell the end of the industry.    This includes a so-called “clean energy standard” and a pause on leases for fossil fuel drilling and mining on federal land.
    Manchin went on to say that Democrats would not get his support, or the support of the nation’s largest miner’s union, for their infrastructure plan if they do not provide protections for the thousands of coal workers who, as Manchin said, are the backbone of America’s fuel industry.
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Sen. Joe Manchin is shown on June 16, 2020
in Washington, DC. (Photo by Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)
    Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers Union, wasn’t convinced Democrats in Washington would do anything to help, especially after Joe Biden cost thousands of workers their jobs on his first day in office.
    “We have to look at the fact that 7,000 people lost their jobs just last year in this industry, and where did they go?    They went to the unemployment line,” Roberts stated.    “Some of the things that Congress has done to help those who lost their jobs haven’t been very beneficial, obviously.”
    Manchin argued as Democrats have shifted their focus away from coal, which still provides nearly 40 percent of global power, their neglect has pushed West Virginians, who for the majority of the 20th century reliably voted Democrat, to become fierce supporters of GOP candidates.
    “I said, I can tell you how West Virginia feels. We feel like the returning Vietnam veteran."

4/20/2021 Maxine Waters Possibly Taints Chauvin Trial Verdict With Her Calls To Violence by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Maxine Waters presided over a markup of pending bills, on Capitol Hill
in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), in an attempt to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in Brooklyn Center Minneapolis, managed to put herself in quite the difficult situation.
    “But I am very hopeful and I hope that we are going to get a verdict.    That they’ll say ‘guilty guilty guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away,” Waters said while being interviewed on scene of the protest.    “We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure that they know we mean business.”
    While this was seen by critics as a call to violence against officers tasked with monitoring the conduct of protests, it may have served even bigger implications in the Derek Chauvin trial because she openly demanded a guilty verdict.
    As the Honorable Judge Peter Cahill said, her comments would give Chauvin’s defense team enough reason to appeal a possibly guilty ruling.
    “Threatening acts of violence in relation to this specific case, it’s mind-boggling to me, Judge,” defense attorney Eric Nelson said.
In this image from video, defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, speak to
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill after the judge has put the trial into the hands of the jury. Monday, April 19, 2021, in the trial
of Chauvin, in the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    “Well, I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal, that may result in this whole trial being overturned,” Judge Cahill responded.
    The concern with her statement isn’t only that people could view it as marching orders to escalate the intensity of their protests, but it could also influence the jury’s decision in the Chauvin trial verdict.
    Many worry her calls to action could taint the due process of the trial, as jury members could fear retaliation from activists or some level of responsibility for mass destruction of U.S. cities.    In totality, Water’s comments are being called highly irresponsible for someone who has been a member of Congress for 30 years.
    The consequences of the Chauvin trial verdict could have increased significantly as a result of her actions and words.

4/20/2021 Sen. Tuberville: Biden Infrastructure Plan Is A ‘Farce’ by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 25: Sen. Tommy Tuberville is shown on Capitol Hill on March 25, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan is a farce.
    Tuberville slammed the massive $2 trillion proposal while speaking on the Senate floor Monday.
    The Republican senator said calling what the Democrats are pushing an infrastructure plan is an insult to the English language.    He and other Republicans have criticized the proposal for its large price tag and for including items that are unrelated to infrastructure.
    Tuberville called on lawmakers to be forthcoming and call the proposal what it really is.
    “This proposal is simply the Green New Deal in disguise,” Tuberville explained.    “They need to disguise it because the actual infrastructure improvement is popular.    The Green New Deal is not.”
    The senator went on to say Biden wants to implement the largest federal tax increase since the early 90s to pay for his plan.    This would undo the economic growth spurred by the 2017 tax cuts introduced by the Trump administration.

4/20/2021 Minn. Gov. Walz Declares State Of Emergency In Counties Around Minneapolis by OAN Newsroom
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 05: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is shown on June 5, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) declared a state of emergency in the counties around Minneapolis in anticipation of a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial.
    Walz issued the declaration, which impacts seven counties, on Monday.    He also announced the state is bringing in officers from Ohio and Nebraska to serve as backup.
Protesters march to the 3rd Precinct Monday, April 19, 2021, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
    The governor said we cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos, and must protect life and property.    However, he also said the concerns of protesters need to be adequately addressed.
    “I want to say, I hear those concerns from fear for their businesses and their homes.    We need to provide the security and we’re prepared to do so.    But I’m also at the same hand want to hear ‘I hear those decrying their inability to protest, and what they believe is heavy and too much out there.’    We need to strike that balance,” Walz stated.    “I’ll be the first to tell you, this is not the way to live.    We need to fix those other things so we don’t have to end up with National Guard on our streets, but I cannot allow those businesses to burn.”
    The jury in the Chauvin trial began deliberations on Monday.

4/20/2021 House Passes Cannabis Banking Bill With Bipartisan Support by OAN Newsroom
(FILES) This file picture taken on October 8, 2007 in London shows a cannabis plant. (Photo by Leon Neal/AFP via Getty Images)
    The House passed bipartisan legislation that would give the cannabis industry access to banking services.
    Lawmakers voted 321-101 on Monday in favor of the so-called SAFE Banking Act.    The legislation protects banks and other financial institutions to serve state-legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal punishment.
    Speaking on the House floor, Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) said this bill makes some clarifications and will have a meaningful impact.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 20: U.S. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.) spoke during a news conference with a bipartisan group of
House members outside the U.S. Capitol May 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    “I spoke with a CBD retailer in my district who confirmed that while the situation has improved somewhat over the last few years, access to card processing services is uneven and uncertain,” Barr stated.    “This bill will provide additional clarity for banks, insurance companies, and card processors that they can in fact do business with legally operating hemp businesses.”
    The House passed the same bill in 2019, but stalled in the Senate.
    The legislation is now heading to the upper chamber, where Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it will receive a vote.

4/20/2021 Author: New York Times Is The Godfather Of Fake News by OAN Newsroom
A man took a selfie with his smartphone in front of the New York Times building on September 6, 2018
in New York. (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
    A prominent Israel-based author called The New York Times the godfather of fake news.
    During an interview with Breitbart on Monday, Ashley Rindsberg said the newspaper has deliberately and radically altered history.    He added the publication is guilty of everything it claims to hate, and that type of reporting is dangerous.
    Rindsberg cited a debunked article from last summer, in which The New York Times claimed Russia was paying Islamist groups in Afghanistan bounties for the killing of American troops.
NEW YORK – JULY 23: Copies of the New York Times sit for sale in a rack July 23, 2008
in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
    “But another layer to the story was the claim that Trump knew about these bounties and did nothing about it.    That claim took the story from alarming to explosive.    I remember thinking to myself, if this is true, this guy, meaning Trump, must be as bad as they say he is,” Rindsberg explained.    “And hearing this report and accepting it as true, you really couldn’t come to any other conclusion.”
    In his new book, which has garnered praise across the political spectrum, Rindsberg outlined more than a century of false narratives created by The New York Times.
    He went on to say the publication needs to be held accountable for inaccurate reporting.

4/20/2021 Kamala Harris Pushes For $20B In Infrastructure Funding To Go To Electric School Buses by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris spoke during a tour of Thomas Built Buses, Monday, April 19, 2021, in High Point, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    As schools struggle to pick up the pieces from Democrat-led lockdown orders, Kamala Harris seems to have different priorities.
    During a photo-op at a bus manufacturing plant in North Carolina on Monday, Harris claimed school buses are not only an issue for so-called climate change, but a public health threat.
Kamala Harris toured Thomas Built Buses, Monday, April 19, 2021, in High Point, N.C. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    “Pre-COVID, 25 million children a day in America go to school on a school bus, and in inhaling those fumes and they are toxic fumes,” Harris said.    “So when we think about this as a public health issue, it absolutely is one.”
    She added, 20 billion taxpayer dollars from Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan is just the beginning of her agenda to fight so-called climate change.
    “As it relates specifically to electric school buses, the American jobs, and dedicates $20 billion to getting to the point where we can electrify all school buses,” Harris stated.    “But it’ll be a very significant step toward that end.”
    According to the Public School Review, the biggest problems schools are facing include classrooms overflowing, students living in poverty, outdated technology for learning, bullying, lack of parent involvement, obesity and funding cuts.
    This year, the Build America’s Infrastructure Coalition is urging the Biden administration to prioritize fixing crumbling buildings, address learning loss from Democrat-led lockdown orders and increase funding for student mental health programs.
    Speaking during an interview on Thursday, Holly Stipes, a language arts teacher from Issaquah School District in Washington, highlighted the issues facing the district.    These issues include a lack of federal funds and lockdown mandates, which have contributed to a $36.7 million deficit for the current school year.
    “Please, get creative in how you want to solve this problem,” Stripes stated.    “Because the numbers that I see really show me that the board does not value the mental health of not only our students, but our employees.”
    At least 300 employees, including counselors, coaches and food service workers, will likely be laid off in the next few weeks, and 400 students are expected to leave next year.
    Critics have said Democrats are growing further out of touch with issues important to Americans.
    As teachers air their grievances, they can rest easy knowing Kamala Harris is handing public schools $20 billion, not to address those issues, but to make their school buses “climate friendly.”

4/20/2021 Biden ‘Praying’ Chauvin Is Convicted, Stirs Court Impartiality Concerns by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden spoke during a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, in the Oval Office
of the White House, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    In an unusual and shocking move, Joe Biden openly endorsed one side in the highly politicized Derek Chauvin case.
    “I know George, I’m just going to answer that one question on George and his death.    I have come to know George’s family,” Biden stated.    “I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict.    It’s, it’s overwhelming in my view.”
    Speaking with reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Biden endorsed the family of George Floyd and appeared to firmly align with their agenda.
    Critics said Biden’s political statements may influence jurors and illegally change the outcome of Chauvin’s trial.
    “It’s time for Democrats to speak out when they see it on both sides.    They only want to speak out on one side of the aisle, not on both.    That hypocrisy, I think, is starting to shine through,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said.    “It’s a powder keg down there.    The last thing you want to do is make it worse and especially to give grounds for an appeal.”
    Biden also took the unusual step of calling George Floyd’s family to offer up support.
    In the meantime, the White House continues to play damage control, as press secretary Jen Psaki claimed Biden “certainly is not looking to influence the verdict.”

4/20/2021 WHO Panel Against Requiring Vaccination Proof For Travel – Statement
FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting
on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
    GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee recommended on Monday that proof of vaccination not be required as a condition of international travel, maintaining its stance on the issue under growing debate.
    The independent experts, in a statement issued after meeting last Thursday, cited limited evidence on whether vaccination against COVID-19 reduces people’s ability to transmit the virus and “the persistent inequity in global vaccine distribution.”
    States should recognise that requiring proof of vaccination deepens inequities and promotes unequal freedom of movement, the panel said.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; editing by Emma Farge)

4/20/2021 Rep. Cawthorn: We’ve Got To Take The Majority Away From Dems by OAN Newsroom
CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 26: In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Rep. Madison Cawthorn addressed
the virtual convention on August 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
    North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R) called out the Biden administration, suggesting it’s time to get them out of office.
    During an interview on Monday, Cawthorn highlighted the concerning lack of transparency with Joe Biden in office. He also raised the question as to who is actually pulling the strings behind closed doors.
    “They want use smoke and mirrors and they don’t want to have anything transparent.    I know some people were offended by some ‘mean tweets’ by President     Trump, but at least we knew what the man was thinking.    At least we knew what our government was doing for us,” Cawthorn stated.    “Right now, even me as a member of Congress with all the rights and privileges that gives me, I can hardly get any answers, so I can only imagine the frustration the American people are suffering right now.”
CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 26: In this screenshot from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention, Rep. Madison Cawthorn addressed the
virtual convention on August 26, 2020. (Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
    “This is a reason why we’ve got to get Democrats out of power,” Cawthorn added.    “That’s why I’m so thankful that all of these states, these state legislatures that the Republicans control, are going to be working for election integrity, because we’ve got to take the majority away from these bastards.”
    He went on to say the administration is “hiding” from the current crisis at the border.

4/20/2021 Lin Wood Advances Effort To Become New S.C. GOP Chair by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2020 file photo, Attorney Lin Wood gestured while speaking during a rally in Alpharetta, Ga. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
    Attorney Lin Wood is ramping up efforts to restore integrity of U.S. elections with his new bid for political office.
    Reports Tuesday found Wood is advancing his campaign to become the next leader of the Republican Party of South Carolina.
    He used to live and practice law in Georgia, but has become a resident of South Carolina in February, facing apparent retribution by corrupt election officials in his state.
    Wood made a campaign stop at the Charleston County GOP Convention on April 12, and then he led a major rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.    He then made a series of strong statements on Monday at the Anderson County Republican Party Convention.
    “I’ve spent sometimes 20 hours a day fighting to reverse the election that was stolen from Donald Trump and I’m not going to quit until the truth comes out and Donald Trump is recognized as president of the United States,” Wood stated.    “He was elected by the people.”
    The South Carolina GOP will select its next chairman at a state party convention next month.
    Reports said Wood scored at least a third of delegates since a GOP convention in Greenville last week.

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4/21/2021 b>Chauvin To Await Sentencing In Minn. Correctional Facility by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens as the verdict is read in his trial for the
2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
    Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin will await his sentencing in a Minnesota correctional facility.    According to reports Tuesday, he arrived at the Oak Park Heights prison shortly after the jury handed down their verdict.
    This facility is Minnesota’s only level five maximum security prison and is located about 25-miles east of downtown Minneapolis.    The transfer was reportedly part of a deal between the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
    Chauvin was found guilty on all charges in connection with the death of George Floyd.    A jury in Hennepin County convicted him of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
    It took the jury a little over 10-hours of deliberation to reach the verdict after hearing two-weeks of testimony from witnesses called by the prosecution and several days of defense witnesses.
    Chauvin’s bail has been revoked and sentencing will begin in eight weeks.

4/21/2021 How A WHO Push For Global Vaccines Needled Europe by Francesco Guarascio and John Chalmers
FILE PHOTO: A man displays a vial AstraZeneca's COVISHIELD vaccine as the country receives its first batch of
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines under COVAX scheme, in Accra, Ghana February 24, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Last April, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen added Europe to a global effort to ensure equitable access to a vaccine, which she said would be deployed “to every single corner of the world.”
    But despite pledging billions of dollars for the scheme set up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and publicly endorsing it, European Union officials and member states repeatedly made choices that undermined the campaign, internal documents seen by Reuters and interviews with EU officials and diplomats show.
    A year after its launch, Europe and the rest of the world have yet to donate a single dose through the vaccine scheme, which is part of an unprecedented effort to distribute vaccines, tests and drugs to fight the pandemic.    Diplomats say Europe’s ambivalence stemmed partly from short supplies and a slack start to the global campaign, but also from concerns that the EU’s efforts would go unnoticed in a vaccine diplomacy war where highly publicised promises from China and Russia were winning ground, even in its own backyard.
    The programme, co-led by international agencies and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), is a bulk-buying platform to share doses worldwide.    But with the administration of former U.S. President Donald Trump having turned its back on the WHO, the plan, called COVAX, was slow to win support and focused on using funds from rich countries to buy doses for less-developed ones.
    Von der Leyen presented Europe’s support for the COVAX campaign as a gesture of international unity.    EU officials privately cast the bloc’s vaccine aims in a less altruistic light.
    “It’s also about visibility,” that is, public relations, Ilze Juhansone, Secretary-General of the EU Commission and the Commission’s top civil servant, told ambassadors at a meeting in Brussels in February, according to a diplomatic note seen by Reuters.    Juhansone declined to comment.
    A senior diplomat said many of those at that meeting felt Europe, which is by far the largest exporter of vaccines in the West, had goals that would be better served by plastering “more blue flags with yellow stars” on vaccine parcels and sending them out itself, rather than through COVAX.
    Brussels, which is coordinating vaccine deals with its members, has reserved a huge surplus – 2.6 billion doses for a population of 450 million so far.    It has promised nearly 2.5 billion euros ($3 billion) in support to COVAX.    That made the EU the biggest funder until the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden pledged $4 billion this year to the plan, which aims to distribute 2 billion doses by the end of the year.
    But supplies for Europe’s own population are behind schedule, and despite giving funds, the EU and its 27 governments have also hampered COVAX in several ways.    Like other rich countries, EU nations decided not to buy their own vaccines through COVAX, and competed with it to buy shots when supplies were tight.    All except Germany offered the overall programme less cash than requested.
    More than this, Europe promoted a parallel vaccine donation system that it would run itself, to raise the EU’s profile.
    “There is huge frustration because there is a feeling that right now the race is on but we’re not really out of the starting blocks,” a senior diplomat told Reuters.
    “We’re spending money on COVAX and the return in terms of political visibility is nil.”
    Russia says it wants to supply vaccines to countries directly.    China has pledged support to COVAX.    But both Moscow and Beijing have separate deals to deliver more than 1 billion doses to Africa, Latin America, and to EU partners such as Turkey, Egypt, Morocco and Balkan states that are candidates to join the bloc.
    Most doses will take time to be delivered, but Russia and China have already exported about twice COVAX’s deliveries of around 40 million doses.
    COVAX was also hit in March by export restrictions on vaccines from India, which slowed supplies from its main provider of shots.
    WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has repeatedly urged rich countries to set aside nationalistic impulses and share vaccines, calling the current situation “a shocking imbalance.”    Non-EU member Britain, for instance, has already injected about as many shots as COVAX has delivered to more than 100 countries.
    COVAX officials told Reuters they received sufficient funds by the end of last year, but these came later than expected.
    A spokeswoman for GAVI, the vaccine alliance that runs the scheme and speaks for COVAX on such issues, said EU support had been “unequivocal” and it expects doses to be donated soon.    The WHO added that von der Leyen’s personal support had been “invaluable.”
    An EU Commission spokesman told Reuters COVAX had been very successful in structuring global collaboration and securing millions of doses.    He called the programme “our best vehicle to deliver on international vaccines solidarity” and the EU’s “key channel for sharing vaccines.”
    Part of COVAX’s difficulty is structural. Soon after it was set up, the wealthiest countries were sealing advance orders with drug companies to secure doses as they became available.    The vaccination scheme has always relied on rich states for cash, which they have been slow to give.
    COVAX aimed to be a platform for countries to buy vaccines, which would give it bargaining power and allow it to dispense doses among those most in need worldwide.    Recognising supplies would be tight, its initial aim was to distribute doses for at least 20% of each country’s populations to cover the people most at risk.
    At an internal meeting last July, an EU Commission official told ambassadors that member states should not buy their shots through COVAX as they would come too slowly, diplomatic notes show.    The Commission later set the target to vaccinate 70% of adults in the EU by the end of September.
    COVAX changed some of its terms the next month to try to convince wealthy nations to join in, but no EU nations signed up to use the platform for their vaccination drives.    The EU gave COVAX financial guarantees to pay for vaccines, but also made it harder for COVAX to do this, by arranging to buy far more doses than the bloc needed.
    In November, the EU pledged more money to COVAX, but only after it had signed contracts with vaccine makers for nearly 1.5 billion doses – more than half Brussels’ estimate then of global production capacity for this year, internal documents show.
    Even though Europe had reserved such a large share, the Commission told diplomats in a meeting that month that COVAX was too slow in procuring doses.
    That was when the Commission raised the possibility of setting up a mechanism of its own to send shots to poor countries outside the EU.
    Within a month, France started to flesh out that plan. Shots would be sent directly from manufacturers – possibly before deliveries started through COVAX – and labelled as “Team Europe” donations, a draft plan said.
    The move, revealed at the time by Reuters, caused an outcry among officials at COVAX.
    One told Reuters in April the plan was driven by France’s desire to get shots to Africa, where France formerly had colonies, and smacked of colonialism.    French diplomats said they never showed a preference for any country, and Africa was most in need.
    EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides said in mid-January the EU’s own plan would go ahead – because COVAX was not yet fully operational.    Countries to focus on would include the Western Balkans, the EU’s southern and eastern neighbours and Africa.
    The next month, having reserved more than 2 billion doses but with actual deliveries hit by production problems, the EU doubled COVAX funding to 1 billion euros.    Russia and China had already delivered millions of doses across the world.    COVAX had yet to deliver any. And France’s President Emmanuel Macron was publicly losing patience.
    Europe and the United States should quickly send enough vaccines to Africa to inoculate the continent’s healthcare workers or risk losing influence to Russia and China, Macron said in a speech at a security conference, without specifying how these donations should be made.
    Unless rich countries speeded up deliveries, “our friends in Africa will, under justified pressure from their people, buy doses from the Chinese and the Russians,” Macron told the conference.    “And the strength of the West will be a concept, and not a reality.”
    Despite Macron’s urgency, France’s cash support for the overall WHO programme – to cover tests and treatments as well as vaccines – was limited.
    The WHO asked countries for contributions in proportion to their economic power.    France has committed $190 million — about 13% of the $1.2 billion requested, a WHO document dated March 26 shows.
    Other EU countries are also far below expected contributions; some have given zero.    But Germany has helped offset this by publicly pledging $2.6 billion, well above the $2 billion requested.
    French diplomats said the country’s contributions are expected to increase soon.
    On Feb. 24, COVAX shipped its first vaccines.    The EU softened its criticisms.
    At a meeting on March 9, at the height of the European Union’s own problems in procuring shots for its own citizens, a Commission official told diplomats COVAX was the main tool for donating vaccines to other countries.
    But the official said Europe still needed its own mechanism, because COVAX had money, but only a tiny portion of the shots it needed.    And the EU scheme would have “the advantage of giving us visibility,” the official said.
    At that same meeting, EU ambassadors were shown data compiled by the EU’s foreign affairs service which those present said revealed how far the bloc’s vaccine diplomacy was lagging behind its competitors.
    They learned that Russia had orders for 645 million doses of its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine with dozens of countries, and that China was shipping millions of doses to EU neighbours, the data showed.
    “We are completely out of this game,” one of the diplomats who was there told Reuters.
    Reuters could not confirm the data exactly. But figures assembled by the United Nations agency UNICEF, which works with COVAX on vaccine deliveries, show Russia has deals to deliver nearly 600 million doses, including to EU states.    China has deals to sell about 800 million doses, including agreements with European countries such as Serbia, Ukraine and Albania.
    Later that month the EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, made the point candidly: “The EU is the major driver behind COVAX,” he wrote in a blog on March 26.    “But we do not get the recognition that the countries using bilateral vaccine diplomacy do.”
    On Tuesday, the EU Commission said the EU would share over half a million doses with Balkan countries from May through the EU scheme.    That was two weeks after COVAX had delivered its first shots to the region.
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4/21/2021 GOP Senators Decry ‘Jim Crow Hearing’ Over Ga. Voting Rights Law by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights
on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)
    Lawmakers in the nation’s capitol are clashing over how to move forward with future elections.    On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the recently passed voting rights laws in Georgia.
    The hearing was dubbed by Democrats as “Jim Crow 2021: The Latest Assault on the Right to Vote.”    Senate Republicans thought the name was misleading.
    “The lack of judgment in this instance not only belittles those who endured such dehumanization and indignity through the Jim Crow-era, it also remind us, reminds all of us or certainly should, of what Jim Crow was and how and when that happened,” stated Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).
    Democrats, including failed candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams, decried the Peach State’s action while claiming the law will hinder minority voices.    They painted several provisions as suppressive, including requiring ID’s, cutting down early voting in rural and urban communities as well as securing absentee ballot counting.
    However, Americans who were around during the Jim Crow-era, such as like Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah), believe these claims are greatly exaggerated.
    “I grew up in the era of actual legalized institutional racism, I grew up in the deep south of Florida in the 1960s during the days of KKK, Jim Crow and segregation,” he explained.
    Owens went on to describe the life of minorities in the “Jim Crow south.”    He explained how he was excluded from movie theaters, how his schools didn’t receive their own text books and how lawmakers took action to suppress black voters.
    “In addition, Jim Crow laws like poll taxes, property tests, literacy tests, and violence and intimidation at the polls made it nearly impossible for black Americans to vote,” he stated.    “The section of the Georgia law that has brought some much outrage from the left is simply requiring any person applying for an absentee ballot to include evidence of a government issued ID their application.”
    The hearing comes amid Democrat attempts to pass H.R.1, or the For the People Act, which attempts to nationalize U.S. elections.    Republicans in both chambers argue the bill is unconstitutional by taking away the power to administer elections from state legislatures.
    In the meantime, GOP lawmakers in 47 states are proposing more than 350 laws to address election irregularities seen in 2020.

4/21/2021 Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Claims Chauvin Conviction Is Not Justice by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-N.Y., speaks during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington,
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, after the jury returned guilty verdicts on all three charges in the murder trial of former Minneapolis
police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has been faced with heavy scrutiny after she told her constituents former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction is “not justice.”
    During a live-stream on Tuesday, the New York Democrat said verdicts are not a replacement for policy change.    She then encouraged her supporters to push for radical policing reform.
    Ocasio-Cortez said she doesn’t want the guilty verdict to show how the judicial system is actually working.
    “This verdict is not justice,” she asserted.    “Frankly, I don’t even think we call it full accountability because there are multiple officers that were there.”
    Ocasio-Cortez suggested lawmakers on Capitol Hill need to address the so-called systemic institutional racism in the U.S. while seeking to change the structure of American society.

4/21/2021 GOP Sen. Tim Scott Set To Reintroduce Police Reform Bill by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) (Photo by Bonnie Cash-Pool/Getty Images)
    South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) is planning to reintroduce his police reform bill in the coming weeks.
    On Wednesday, Scott told reporters on Capitol Hill that he’s trying to work across the aisle to see if a bipartisan compromise can be reached.    He said he is having talks with California Representative Karen Bass (D) and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D).
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)
    Democrats and Republicans both introduced competing police reform bills in 2020, neither of which got very far.
    “There is a way to put more of the onus or the burden on the department or on the employer than on the employee,” Scott said to reporters.
    He emphasized, enabling victims and their families to go after the departments, rather than a lone individual, “is a way we can make progress towards a bill that actually has the kind of impact I think is helpful.”
    Scott said lawmakers are now focusing on a handful of issues, like ending qualified immunity and placing a federal ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

4/21/2021 Ohio Gov. Promises Police Reform Will Help Community, Respect The Profession Of Law Enforcement Officers by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
    Ohio’s governor has unveiled a new police reform package that proposes millions in grants to local law enforcement agencies.    On Wednesday, Governor Mike Dewine (R) said the goal will be to build trust between officers and their communities while increasing police accountability.
    If it is passed, the bill would create a Peace Officer Oversight Committee, a database of officer discipline and require police training once a year, among other provisions.
    DeWine said the bill has been in the works for some time and does include input from law enforcement.
    “If this bill is passed, it will put Ohio at the forefront,” Gov. DeWine said.    “We will be able to say we have gotten serious about this, we respect our police.    A great majority of police do wonderful jobs.    We want to make sure that we have uniformity in policing and that we make it as professional as we can.”
    The bill has headed to the Ohio State Assembly for debate.

4/21/2021 Portland’s Mayor Extends State Of Emergency Amid Antifa, BLM Terror After Chauvin Trial by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 20: Portland police stand guard as tensions rise with a small group
of protesters on April 20, 2021 in Portland, United States. ( Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
    Portland, Oregon has been shut down amid ongoing violence by terror groups Antifa and BLM.    On Wednesday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler extended the emergency declaration for an additional 24 hours.
PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 17. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    This came after businesses were left vandalized and police were assaulted following the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin.    On Monday, video footage showed shattered windows at two Starbucks stores and a dumpster lit on fire — among other things — while at least one police officer was attacked.
    Although tensions remain high, one community faith leader has pleaded for peace and unity.
    “I call upon those who continue to march, but march nonviolently,” Portland Rev.    Leroy Haynes said.    “Nonviolence is the most powerful force in the universe and we can transform our nation.”
    Portland Police have made two arrests so far, but violence in the streets is hardly showing any signs of letting up.    Meanwhile, the mayor’s emergency powers allow him to shut down streets and to declare a city-wide curfew.

4/21/2021 Study: MSM Coverage Heavily Slanted In Biden’s Favor by OAN Newsroom
(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on October 22, 2020 shows US President Donald Trump (L) and Democrat former US Vice President Joe Biden during the final
presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on October 22, 2020. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI,JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    “A stunning contrast” is how media experts have described press treatment for Joe Biden and President Trump during the early days of their respective administrations.    According to a recent study by a conservative watchdog company, Biden dominated around 18 percent of NBC, ABC and CBS’s air time over his first 79 days and received 56 percent positive coverage.
    This was in contrast to the exponentially larger amount of time dedicated to painting President Trump in a negative light, as Media Matters found he received 89 percent negative coverage with an overwhelming amount focused on the so-called Russian collusion.
    On January 27, CNN kicked off President Trump’s first term with an article titled: “How Donald Trump Changed the Presidency in Seven Days.”    The article claimed the 45th President’s voters “sent him to Washington to blow things up” and his “presidency was already built on creative destruction.”
    The watchdog group stressed, this unprecedented hostility has highlighted the mainstream media’s shameless bias toward the Biden administration, which is a sentiment echoed by Republican leaders.
    In recent remarks, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) said it is “shameful” that the mainstream media is teaching viewers to loathe Republicans and getting our nation “addicted to hate.”

4/21/2021 Authorities Identify Suspect In Pa. Convenience Store Shooting, 2 People Dead Including Gunman by OAN Newsroom
Authorities investigate gunfire that left one victim and the gunman dead, along with one person wounded, Wednesday, April 21, 2021,
outside Wawa at Route 100 and Schantz Road in Breinigsville, Upper Macungie Township. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Authorities in Pennsylvania have identified the suspect in a recent convenience store shooting spree.    On Wednesday, officers from the Upper Macungie Township Police Department named 45-year-old Za Uk Lian as the gunman.
    Lian reportedly shot at a woman’s car on a highway before driving to a nearby gas station and firing at a man in a separate vehicle who was injured.    The suspect went on to shoot and kill a 31-year-old man named Ramon Rodriguez who was pumping gas.    Authorities said Lian then fled to a nearby day care center before fatally shooting himself in the chest.
    The district attorney said the investigation has not revealed a motive so far.
    Authorities said a man working at the gas station was taking out the trash at the time of the attack and was able to usher customers inside to shelter in place before locking the doors.
    Officers touted several local police departments’ response times, noting they prevented the situation from becoming worse.

4/21/2021 Federal Judge Orders Housing To Homeless In L.A. County by OAN Newsroom
A woman walks past tents for the homeless lining a street in Los Angeles, California
on February 1, 2021. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
    A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered that housing should be allocated to its homeless population.    In a 110-page order on Tuesday, Judge David Carter ordered the city of Los Angeles to provide housing to the general population of skid row by October 18.
    The judge also slammed officials for their inability to restrain the unprecedented growth of homelessness in L.A.    The order came just one day after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his plan to spend $1 billion to tackle the issue.
    “Nearly $1 billion of that is for delivering housing and services and support to people who are experiencing homelessness, untangling the equities that have existed in our city for too long,” Garcetti said.    “And lifting up the communities most impacted by COVID-19.”
    However, the mayor did raise doubt about the judge’s timeline for total housing by calling it an unprecedented pace.

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4/22/2021 House Pushes Through Legislation To Grant D.C. Statehood by OAN Newsroom
In this April 21, 2021, photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., joins Del. Eleanor Holmes-Norton, D-D.C., left, at a news conference
ahead of the House vote on H.R. 51, the Washington, DC Admission Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Proponents of statehood for
Washington, D.C., face a milestone moment in their decades-long movement to reshape the American political map. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    A bill seeking to make Washington, D.C. the 51st state has passed in the House. The Democrat-led proposal will head to the Senate after it pushed through in 216-to-208 vote on Thursday.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has claimed will “reaffirm the truth that all deserve a voice in our democracy.”    However, it faces strong opposition in the upper>     Conservatives have long pushed against the granting of statehood to D.C. with many agreeing it’s nothing more than an attempt by the other side to get two more Democrat senators.    A nearly identical bill passed the Democrat-controlled House last year, but ultimately failed in the then Republican-controlled Senate.
    In a press conference last year regarding the identical bill, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) expressed his outrage of the Democrat’s attempt to shift the balance in the Senate by adding two more seats for Democrats.
    “It would empower the most radical agenda in modern American politics,” he stated.    "This is not about enfranchising people, this is about expanding the Senate map to accommodate the most radical agenda that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been up here.”
    Democrats claim D.C. statehood is a “fight for racial justice” with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser testifying in last months hearing on the legislation.
    “The simple fact is denying American citizens a vote in the body that taxes them goes against the founding principles of this great nation,” said the mayor.    “The disenfranchisement of Washingtonians is one of the remaining glaring civil rights and voting rights issues of our time.”
    Meanwhile, GOP senators have continued to push back against the idea while characterizing it as nothing more than a political power grab.    The ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, congressman James Comer (R-Ky.), said this is Democrats first step toward enacting large-scale re-structuring of U.S. government to fit a left-wing agenda.
    This also comes as 22 Republican attorneys general sent a letter to Joe Biden and congressional leaders arguing the proposed legislation is unconstitutional and bad policy.    Additionally, they warned the move would create an uneven balance of power and effectively turn Washington, D.C. into a “super state” that can overrule the democratic will of other states.
    If the statehood bill, known as H.R.51, now faces a long-shot bid to overcome Republican opposition in the narrowly divided Senate.

4/22/2021 School Superintendent Arrested On Charge Of Perjury Over Parkland Shooting by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie addresses the Marjory Stoneman Douglas
Public Safety Commission, in Sunrise, Fla. Runcie was arrested Wednesday, April 21, 2021, by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
An indictment says Runcie lied while testifying three weeks ago. (Susan Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
    He’s weathered the pandemic and a mass shooting.    Broward County Public Schools superintendent Robert Runcie is now facing his biggest challenge: criminal charges of perjury.
    Runcie was arrested Wednesday during an official proceeding.    Also arrested was school board attorney Barbara Myrick who left the Broward County Jail without commenting.
    According to the arresting agency, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the 20th Statewide Grand Jury charged Runcie and Myrick related to their testimony before the jury.
    The grand jury was impaneled to investigate possible failures in following school-related safety laws and mismanaging funds solicited for school safety initiatives.    It’s unclear what the superintendent has been accused of lying about.
    Safety was priority one statewide after Parkland Stoneman Douglas High School’s mass shooting in 2018 that claimed 17 lives.    Some Parkland parents blamed the superintendent for security lapses after the tragedy.
    There has been efforts district wide to fortify schools and prevent violence.    The district said despite the arrests, school operations will be uninterrupted.    School board member Sarah Leonardi, herself a teacher, also said the staff is resilient.

4/22/2021 Ariz. Gov. Ducey Urges Biden Admin. To Declare Crisis At Southern Border by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question
during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
    More officials are sounding the alarm on the Biden border crisis as the White House continues to do nothing to stop illegal immigration.    While speaking to reporters in Yuma on Wednesday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) said he was sending National Guard troops to assist at immigration detention centers in order to help local law enforcement agencies.
    “I declared a state of emergency at the border and I announced we’re deploying the National Guard,” stated the governor.    “Under the leadership of newly appointed Adjutant General Kerry Muehlenbeck, we will be sending up to 250 of our best women and men to our border communities, including here in Yuma.”
    The Arizona Republican went on to blast Joe Biden for not doing enough to support local communities as the number of migrant apprehensions continues to grow.
    “Border Patrol is overwhelmed…there’s over a 170,000 apprehensions that have happened on our southern border, 18,000 children that are in the custody of the federal government, and the federal government’s not a very good parent,” he stated.    “So, there are resources that are needed here and the Border Patrol’s mission is, of course, to patrol the border.”
    Ducey said from a humanitarian standpoint, the White House needs to declare a crisis at the southern border in order for proper resources to be allocated.
    Meanwhile, federal officials have opened more migrant processing centers in the Grand Canyon State to accommodate the influx.

4/22/2021 Sen. Manchin Says Ending The Filibuster Would Cause ‘Serious Problems’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine the American Jobs Plan, focusing on infrastructure, climate change, and
investing in our nation’s future on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has maintained his stance against Democrat-led attempts to end the filibuster.    While speaking with reporters Wednesday, he said getting rid of the filibuster would lead to “serious problems.”
    While ending the procedure through a formal rewrite of Senate Rule 22 would require a two-thirds vote in the upper chamber, the so-called “nuclear option” would need only a simple majority to get rid of the filibusters.    This would make Manchin’s opposition to the change crucial to keep it in place.
    The West Virginia Democrat lawmaker asserted the filibuster was designed to make lawmakers in Congress come together and find bipartisan solutions.
    “The Senate is the most deliberate body, it’s supposed to cool things off,” he stated.    “We expect partisanship to run hot and heavy in the House, but when it comes to the Senate it’s expected and it was designed for us to come together and find a pathway forward.”
    The senator said that while partisanship has made it difficult to pass legislation, it’s not an excuse to eliminate certain checks and balances.

4/22/2021 Rudy Giuliani: Voting Machines Are Built To Be Manipulated by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo shows a sample ballot on a Dominion Voting machine in Atlanta, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
    Rudy Giuliani recently doubled down on his claims of fraud and meddling in the 2020 presidential election.    In an interview Wednesday, he commented on the ongoing ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.
    Giuliani highlighted the fact that election officials claimed not a single illegal immigrant voted in the state’s elections.    He maintained this is impossible, adding there had to be at least 40,000 or 50,000 illegal immigrants who cast ballots.
    The former New York mayor also drew attention to the many questions surrounding the voting machine security.
    “These machines are machines that, first of all, were built to be manipulated,” he asserted.    “We’re going to have the audit; we are going to get the results and we’ll see.”
    Giuliani also accused Democrats of pushing a social justice agenda in order to rake in more votes.

4/22/2021 N.Y. Lawmakers Approve Bill To Automatically Let Prisoners Vote After Release by OAN Newsroom
Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz. (Photo by MICHAEL REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Critics said at a time when confidence in U.S. elections is at an all-time low, Americans have called for strong voting security, but Democrats have done the opposite.
    On Wednesday, the New York State Assembly passed a bill to automatically restore voting rights for all prisoners immediately upon release regardless of their crime.    Incarcerated individuals would not have to wait until the final date of their sentence to register to vote or vote in an election.
    At a digital panel Monday, Christine Montross, Associate Psychiatry and Human Behavior Professor at Brown University, highlighted what this type of law could mean for the upcoming midterms.
    “It’s certainly regular citizens in the voting booth, so I think part of the power of tough on crime really gets reduced when tough on crime candidates are no longer finding that this message is particularly successful for them,” Montross stated.
    This came in the wake of the passage of H.R.1. through the Democrat-controlled House, which would force every state to let felons vote after completing their prison sentence.    It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, with Republican critics condemning it.    They have argued it may require states to let millions of “illegal aliens” and “child molesters” vote.
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) spoke at a recent Senate hearing and said the process lacks identification safeguards.    He stressed, further lowering the bar to vote in U.S. elections could lead to Americans having less faith in the process, especially as growing evidence of voter fraud cast widespread doubt over legitimacy of the 2020 election.
    “But it’s not just illegal aliens,” Cruz stated.    “This bill is designed to get criminals to vote.    A great many states across the country prohibit felons from voting.    This bill strikes down all those laws.    This bill says if you’re a murderer, if you’re a rapist, if you’re a child molestor, we the Democrats want you voting.    Every one of those state laws is struck down.”
    Former U.S. Representative and current Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita also weighed in to warn this could shrink the voice of law-abiding americans.
    “It would dilute the votes of every citizen who is supposed to be voting,” Cruz added.
    Cruz suggested Democrats should focus on strengthening election security, adding, the goal of their voter reform does not come from a place of love for people, but rather their desire to “win and maintain control of the House of Representatives and the Senate for the next century.”

4/22/2021 President Trump: Dems Won’t Be Allowed To Steal Elections Again, Says Team Trump Advancing Effort To Secure Election Integrity by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)
held in the Hyatt Regency on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    President Trump said his team is advancing the effort to secure election integrity, adding that Democrats will not be able to steal the elections in 2022 and 2024.
    “The question I get asked more than any other question is: ‘Can you assure us that our vote in 2022 and 2024 will count?’    And we will assure you, we’ll never let that happen again,” President Trump noted.    “And we haven’t stopped working on that.    By the way, we’re not stopping.”
    The 45th President addressed a cheering crowd in Mar-a-Lago Thursday alongside Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.    President Trump went on to say, the 2020 elections were stolen and the Democrats know it.
    President Trump added, while his main focus is taking back the House and the Senate in 2022 midterms, he’s still seriously considering running in 2024.

4/22/2021 Harris Attempts To Blame ‘Global Warming’ For Biden Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 22: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a roundtable at the Ceremonial Office of the
Vice President at Eisenhower Executive Office Building April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Vice President Kamala Harris tried to avoid responsibility for the ongoing border crisis by attempting to blame it on so-called “global warming.”
    “When you look at the root causes, we’re also looking at the issues of corruption,” Harris claimed.    “Again, we’re looking at the issue of climate resiliency and then the concern about a lack of economic opportunity.”
    Harris is advancing her plan to give $84 billion of U.S. taxpayer money to Central American countries, which she has claimed would end mass migration into the U.S. According to reports, she also alleged that so-called global warming fueled economic migration into the U.S, which overlooked centuries of poverty in Central America.
    “We are looking at extensive storm damage because of extreme climate,” Harris said.    “We’re looking at drought in an area in a region where agriculture is one of the most traditionally important bases for their economy.”
    Harris has faced criticism for failing to personally inspect the U.S.-Mexico border as well as failing to condemn the human smuggling and cartel activity in the area.

4/22/2021 President Trump: Lebron James Should Focus On Basketball by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference held in the Hyatt Regency
on February 28, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    President Trump shared thoughts over a now-deleted tweet from LeBron James, which targeted the Ohio police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a teen.
    In a statement Thursday, the 45th President said James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA.
    James was accused of inciting violence after tweeting a photo of the officer with the caption: “You’re next” along with the hashtag: “Accountability.”
    The President said the NBA star’s “racist rants” are insulting, adding though he may be a great basketball player, he’s doing nothing to bring our country together.

4/22/2021 N.Y. Subway Pipe Bomber Sentenced To Life In Prison by OAN Newsroom
New York City police keep watch on a Manhattan corner a day after a man prematurely detonated a suicide bomb in near-by Port Authority
Bus Terminal on December 12, 2017 in New York City. A day after the would-be suicide attacker Akayed Ullah, 27, detonated a pipe bomb
strapped to his body, much of Manhattan was back to normal despite a higher police presence. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    A New York judge sentenced a Bangladeshi immigrant to life in prison plus 30 years for setting off a pipe bomb in New York’s busiest subway station.
    31-year-old Akayed Ullah learned his fate Thursday after carrying out the 2017 attack under the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square on behalf of ISIS.    Ullah was severely burned after the bomb taped to his chest barely exploded and left others near him with minor injuries.
    The judge said he carried out a heinous plot to kill as many people as possible and his sentence is a “just” punishment for the crime.    Fortunately, there was no loss of life as a result of the terrorist attack.

4/22/2021 Restaurants Face Worker Shortages As Pandemic Subsides by OAN Newsroom
People wearing facemasks have lunch outside of a boarded Baja Fresh restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard
amid the Coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Restaurants all around the country have struggled to hire workers with customers flooding back as coronavirus restrictions start to subside.    As dining rooms begin to reopen and customers return in mass, reports show, restaurant owners are finding it difficult to get servers, hosts and cooks to do the same.
    “We’re printing the applications, setting up the interviews, having managers coming in on their days off to do the interviews,” John Lulgjuaj, the owner of Oceanside Beach Bar & Grill, said.    “And 80 percent of them don’t show up.”
    The lack of staff is hurting earnings even though many have more than enough customers.
    “Before COVID, we were open from 11 in the morning to 3 in the morning, 7 days a week,” Slice of Life Pizzeria owner Ray Worrell said.    “Right now we’re just open 11 to 11.    And we have to keep it at that because we just don’t have the staff to stay open.”
    Many are attributing the shortage to increased hiring across the industry, which resulted in all restaurants competing for the same decreased group of workers.
    Additionally, many workers switched industries in order to have an income during the pandemic and now have no incentive to return.
    “They went to [a] construction site or some other jobs, which pay more,” Texas restaurant owner Zee Aziz said.
    However, other theories have been floated as well.
    “There have been programs, obviously the PPP program,” Wilmington Downtown Inc. CEO Holly Childs said.    “And there have been other programs that have tried to kind of fix the situation, but you kind of wonder too, are the unemployment and continuing that keeping people from applying for the jobs?
    This issue, caused in part by unmonitored federal government unemployment benefits, has led to businesses getting creative to encourage more workers to accept new positions.
    “Many of our restaurants and hotels are offering some incentives and some competitive rates for folks to come back,” Lynne Hernandez, South Florida Regional Director of the Restaurant & Lodging Association, noted.
    Fast food chains have encountered deficits as well.    According to reports, one McDonald’s in Florida has given applicants $50 just for showing up to the interview.
    Other restaurants are offering signing bonuses upwards of $2,000 for employees who stay on for 90 days.    Even so, the uphill battle to fill out restaurant staff continues.

4/22/2021 Canada, Under Pressure To Bar India, Brazil Flights, Could Soon Make Announcement: Official
FILE PHOTO: A respiratory therapist successfully performs chest compression to a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient who had lost vital
signs inside the intensive care unit of Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada’s government, under pressure to suspend flights from India and Brazil over fears about the spread of the coronavirus, could make an announcement on the matter shortly, a senior medical official said on Thursday.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said earlier this week that officials were studying the example of Britain, which is obliging foreigners who have been in India in the past 10 days to spend 10 days in quarantine.
    Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said officials were looking at developments in hot spots such as India and Brazil, where COVID-19 cases are surging.
    “I think perhaps we will have an announcement about the border soon,” he told a briefing when asked about a clamp-down on travel from India and Brazil, but did not give details.
    Prominent right-leaning politicians complain the center-left Liberal government of Justin Trudeau has not done nearly enough to combat the threat as a third wave of infections rips through Canada, overwhelming healthcare systems.
    “The Liberals’ slow and incompetent pandemic response has allowed dangerous COVID variants into Canada. We must temporarily suspend flights from hot spot countries to secure the borders,” said Erin O’Toole, leader of the official opposition Conservative Party.
    Trudeau, speaking to Global television on Wednesday night, said community spread rather than international travel continued to be the main concern.
    Quebec premier Francois Legault said this week “we worry about flights coming from countries like India and Brazil.”
    The two countries have become the latest epicenter of the pandemic.
    France is imposing a 10-day quarantine for travelers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and India, while the United Arab Emirates has suspended all flights from India.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

4/22/2021 ‘Unnecessary Sadness’: Inside Ontario’s Strained Intensive Care Units by Anna Mehler Paperny
Nurses finish proning a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient inside the intensive care unit of Humber River
Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 19, 2021. Picture taken April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Over the course of a single shift last week, critical care physician Laveena Munshi saw her intensive care unit (ICU) at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital fill with pregnant and post-partum COVID-19 patients.
    During that week, the ICU doubled the total number of pregnant COVID-19 patients it had previously seen throughout the entire pandemic.    Swamped with patients with complex medical needs, one day Munshi ended up pulling a 36-hour shift.
    “You do what you have to do,” she said.
    Ontario’s hospitals and ICUs have been crushed by a punishing third coronavirus wave, as depleted resources and overworked staff push Canada’s healthcare system – often held up as a model for the rest of the world – to the brink.
    Last week, Munshi and her colleagues spent agonizing hours discussing what to do if a pregnant woman needed an artificial lung to help her get enough oxygen.
    “Having delivery equipment outside an ICU room is never a thing you want to be walking into at the beginning of your shift,” she said.    “It just adds an added layer of unnecessary sadness to this whole pandemic.”
    By Thursday, ICUs in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, had 800 COVID-19 patients, with such admissions at the highest point since the pandemic began.
    Patients are coming in younger and sicker, driven by more highly transmissible virus variants.    Hospital staff say they are seeing whole families infected due to transmission at front-line workplaces that have remained open through lockdowns and stay-at-home orders.
    Mount Sinai Hospital just added a third ICU.    It has seconded non-ICU nurses to help deliver critical care to the most seriously ill patients as it braces for the worst.
    “The next couple of weeks are going to be extremely busy, there’s no question,” Munshi said, adding that people most affected by the current wave do not come from privileged backgrounds that would allow them to protect themselves, for example by working from home.
    The provincial government has promised more ICU beds and requested medical staff from other provinces.
    Ramping up vaccinations targeting high-risk communities will help bring the third wave under control, experts said.    But that will not relieve the immediate pressure on hospitals.
    Exhausted staff are pulling overtime shifts and doctors are bracing for the tipping point no one wants to talk about: The activation of a “triage protocol” that will dictate who gets critical care when there isn’t enough for everyone who needs it.
    Ontario’s Ministry of Health did not respond when Reuters asked what criteria would activate that protocol.
    The protocol provides a standardized way to predict who is more likely to survive the subsequent 12 months, “trying to prioritize so that the most lives could be saved,” explained Dr. James Downar, one of its authors.
    It does not include a provision for withdrawing life-sustaining measures, he said.
    Raman Rai, manager of the ICU at Toronto’s Humber River Hospital, said she has never seen such a volume of critical care patients.
    The hospital has redeployed staff, is treating people in “unconventional spaces,” and is stretching resources so a nurse who might have been responsible for one or two patients now has three, Rai said.
    “We have already gone over capacity,” she said.    “How much more can we stretch?
    Hospitals have been conducting drills and exercises in preparation for the triage scenario, said Ontario Hospital Association Chief Executive Anthony Dale.
    “If it is used, it means we’ve failed as a province,” he said.    “This did not have to happen.    But are we preparing with everything we’ve got?    Yes.”
    In Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital on Wednesday morning, the ICU was buzzing with health workers having bedside discussions, punctuated by alarms from pumps and various equipment monitoring patients’ vital signs.
    “It’s particularly distressing when we see someone who is 30 years old and healthy who comes in unable to breathe,” said intensivist doctor Hannah Wunsch.    She is also seeing younger patients, pregnant patients and whole families with COVID-19.
    From a medical perspective much of the work is the same, Wunsch said – save for ubiquitous masks.
    “I haven’t seen anyone smile in a long time.”
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Denny Thomas and Bill Berkrot)

4/22/2021 Italy’s Draghi Seen Presenting Recovery Plan Draft To Cabinet Friday -Sources by Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones
FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi meets journalists, in Rome, Italy,
March 26, 2021. Alessandra Tarantino/Pool via REUTERS//File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mario Draghi is expected to unveil a draft of Italy’s Recovery Plan to cabinet on Friday, three government sources said, as he races to try to complete a final version for presentation to the European Commission next week.
    Italy plans to spend more than 220 billion euros ($265.84 billion) from European Union and national funds to revive its coronavirus-battered economy, a draft seen by Reuters showed.
    The draft, which is still subject to negotiation in the ruling coalition, includes dozens of projects under six headings: ecological transition, digitalisation, infrastructure, education and research, social inclusion and health.
    One of the main single projects, worth more than 10 billion euros, aims to make buildings more energy efficient and earthquake-proof. More than 6 billion euros is earmarked for broadband, 5G and satellite technologies.
    Rome estimates that thanks to the investments and reforms in the plan its gross domestic product in 2026 will be 3 percentage points higher than it would otherwise have been.
    The formal target date for presentation by all 27 EU countries of their recovery plans is April 30, but Brussels has said this is not a rigid deadline and it is more important the plans are detailed and convincing than that they land on time.
    Portugal has already presented its plan, and other countries say they will do so ahead of deadline next week.
    Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis said last week, however, that some governments would probably submit their plans a few weeks later.
    A Reuters story on Sunday cited sources close to the dossier saying Italy may be among the countries needing some extra time because Brussels is not satisfied with several aspects of the drafts it has presented so far.
    Draghi’s office said the plan will definitely be presented on April 30.    Meeting the deadline has become a sensitive domestic political issue, despite Brussels’ more relaxed attitude.
    Among Brussels’ main concerns are a lack of detail on how the plan will be managed once it gets EU approval and the substance of some of the reforms outlined, such as those aimed at accelerating Italy’s chronically slow justice system, the sources said.
    The draft for Cabinet lists the justice system as an area due for reform but gives little detail.
    Economy Minister Daniele Franco is responsible for monitoring and controlling progress in the implementation of reforms and investments, the draft said, without specifying governance procedures.
    Rome is entitled to 191.5 billion euros in grants and cheap loans from the EU’s so-called European Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), which is the key component of an emergency programme designed to help EU nations hardest hit by the coronavirus.
    The government plans to top this up with 30 billion euros of its own borrowing, for a total of 221.5 billion euros to be invested in stages through 2026.
($1 = 0.8313 euros)
(Reporting by Giuseppe Fonte and Gavin Jones; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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4/23/2021 Kentuckian charged in US Capitol riot - Girlfriend’s online photos helped lead to his arrest by Kala Kachmar, Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    It took federal agents more than three months to find the man they say was in a gray Carhartt cap seen in riot footage pushing through barricades and assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officers on Jan. 6.
    Because of facial recognition software and his girlfriend’s Instagram photos, he’s now in custody — the 14th Kentuckian arrested for participation in the U.S. Capitol riot.
    Stephen Chase Randolph, of Harrodsburg, was charged with assaulting a federal officer and inflicting bodily injury, obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder and obstruction of Congress.
    Randolph was in federal custody as of Wednesday and was scheduled to appear before a federal judge in the Western District of Kentucky on Thursday.    Details about his release are not yet available.
    Instagram and YouTube videos show Randolph — wearing a Carhartt ski cap, a black jacket, a gray turtleneck, black gloves with a red stripe and jeans — with a crowd just before 1 p.m. on Jan. 6 pushing and pulling barricades set up along the Pennsylvania Avenue Walkway en route to the Capitol, according to the criminal complaint.
    At the second set of barricades along the walkway, which were physically linked metal bike racks reinforced by plastic mesh safety fencing, Randolph worked with the crowd to push the barricades onto the officers behind them, the complaint said.    One officer hit her head on stairs behind her and lost consciousness.
    Randolph continued to assault two other officers by pushing, shoving, grabbing and generally resisting them, the complaint said.
    On Jan. 27, his face and moniker were added to the FBI’s “seeking information” list, which featured 10 individuals seen in videos assaulting officers at the riots.
    One week later, clearer photos and more videos of the same man were posted on Twitter by Sedition Hunters, a group committed to “hunting and distributing clear face images” of rioters.
    Using the new photos and facial recognition software, the FBI was able to identify Randolph through photos on his girlfriend’s Instagram account, according to the complaint.
    On March 3 after the FBI followed Randolph to work, they took photos of him wearing the same gray Carhartt hat, jacket and jeans seen in videos of the riots.    On April 13, the FBI agents working undercover recorded a conversation they had with him at his “workplace,” which appears to be a store.
    The FBI said Randolph admitted he attended former President Donald Trump’s speech but left early after hearing people were going to the Capitol.    He said there were steel barriers and about 15 officers when he neared the building.    About five minutes in, things “went crazy” — he stood near people throwing items at police.
    “I was in it,” he told the undercover FBI agent.    “It was (expletive removed) fun.”
    Randolph also said he saw a female police officer’s head bounce off a handrail by the stairs after the barrier was pushed on her.    He said she likely lost consciousness because she was curled up in the fetal position after being pushed to the ground.
    Other Kentucky residents charged for assaulting police during the riots include Chad Barrett Jones, Peter Schwartz and Clayton Ray Mullins.
    Kala Kachmar is an investigative reporter. Reach her at 502-582-4469; or @NewsQuip on Twitter.    Support strong local journalism by subscribing today:
Screengrabs of video show Stephen Chase Randolph, wearing a grey Carhartt hat and black jacket,
breaching barricades at the U.S. Capitol, officials say. COURT RECORDS

4/23/2021 Lawmakers Propose Bipartisan Bill To Tackle Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are attempting to address the border crisis.    On Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce came out in support of a piece of legislation called the “Bipartisan Border Solutions Act.”
    The bicameral bill, introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), aims at tackling the surge of migrants reaching the country’s southern border. The legislation, also sponsored by Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar (D) and Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales (R), demands immediate action and requests enough resources and facilities to improve the asylum process and secure our border.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 14. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    The measure would create four new regional processing centers in areas where the number of migrants is high amid surges.
    “So by processing them and sending them to a place where they can have more room and have the benefit of all the various U.S. government officials and non-government organizations to help walk them through the process, we think that’s a better system for them,” Sen. Cornyn stated.
    The two senators sent Biden a letter in late March, which urged him to use his full authority to respond to the crisis.    Gonzalez added, border patrol is overwhelmed and the measure would allow agents to better secure the frontlines.
    “Adding four regional processing centers is critical to us solving this issue,” Rep. Gonzalez noted.    “You know, putting border patrol agents, taking border patrol agents out of the processing business, and putting them back in the national security business is what this bill gets at the heart of.”
    Another provision in the bipartisan bill would improve the care of unaccompanied migrant children.
    “We visited many of these facilities and it’s heartbreaking to see the sheer number of children that are having to go through here,” Gonzalez said.    “What worries me is once they leave these facilities, what happens to them then?
    Chamber Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley said the provisions are not only necessary to confront the ongoing border crisis, but “they also need to be considered by Congress as they debate other immigration issues where reform is desperately needed.”

4/23/2021 Sen. Ted Cruz: Democrats Are Changing The Rules To Stay In Power by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 03: Sen. Ted Cruz shown on March 3, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) claimed Democrats’ top priority is to change the rules to stay in power.
    At a press conference on Thursday, Cruz said the party’s push for Washington D.C. to become the 51st state and to pack the Supreme Court is a way to ensure they will never lose their position of control.
    His comments came the same day the House approved D.C. as the 51st state, with the vote now going to the Senate.
    Cruz went on to say what the Democrats are doing is corrupt.
    “So what are Senate Democrats trying to do?    They’re trying to add new senators to the Senate so they keep control forever.    They’re trying to change voting in America so Democrats can never lose,” Cruz stated.    “And they want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with four left wing radicals.    This is an assault fundamentally on the independence of the judiciary.”
    Cruz also said anyone who disagrees with their plan is deemed a racist and Democrats keep playing the race card because it’s the only one they have in their hand.

4/23/2021 Republican Senators Against Increasing The Size Of The Supreme Court by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
    Republicans on Capitol Hill have blasted Democrats for attempting to rig the Supreme Court in their favor.    While speaking to reporters on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, (R-Texas), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) criticized efforts from the left to pack the court.
    Graham warned Democrats are attacking the integrity of the judiciary in the most vicious way, but he reassured the American people that the GOP was going to protect the court at all costs.
    “We’re not going to allow the most radical liberal movement in modern American history to destroy the rule of law for partisan purposes,” Graham stated.    “Why do they want more Justices?    To make the court liberal, so when they fail at the ballot box, they can get the Supreme Court to enact their agenda.     That’s been a liberal dream for decades.    They’re willing to destroy the rule of law as we know it to achieve their goal!
    The Republican lawmakers added, this is part of a movement seeking to do away with traditional American values and to destroy judicial independence.What Senate Democrats and House Democrats are trying to do is fundamentally corrupt,” Cruz said.    “Their first priority is to change the rules to stay in power.    That tells you a lot of things, it tells you number one: They don’t believe in democracy.”
    He added, the Democrats are trying to add new senators to change the Senate so they “keep control forever.”
    “They’re trying to change voting in America so Democrats can never lose,” Cruz continued.    “They want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court with four left wing radicals.”
    When speaking about mainstream media, Blackburn said networks would hold Republicans to a double standard if the GOP tried to do the same thing as Democrats.
    “Can you even imagine what Joy Reid and her MSNBC friends would be saying if Republicans had tried to pack the court?” Blackburn questioned.    “They would just lose it and it would be nonstop coverage.”
    The senator from Tennessee went on to say, Democrats want to turn the court into a super legislative body that would sign off on their far left agenda.
    “Whether it’s the Green New Deal, whether it is H.R.1, whether it’s The Equality Act,” Blackburn noted.    “And if they are successful, you will not see life protected.    You will see government-run healthcare.    You are not going to see your rights corrected and I guarantee they will come to take away your guns.”
    At the end of their press briefing, the Senate Republicans called on Joe Biden to rein in his party and cooperate across the aisle instead of pushing for partisan legislation.

4/23/2021 CEO OF Cyber Ninja, Former Ariz. Secy. Of State Hold Press Conference On Ballot Audit In Phoenix by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 4, 2020, file photo, Maricopa County elections officials count ballots in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
    The Arizona ballot audit has begun with election officials poised and ready to oversee the hand recount of more than 2.1 million ballots.
    Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Cyber Ninjas CEO Doug Logan spoke to reporters at the Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday night to explain how auditors will accurately verify each ballot.
    Bennett opened the conference by dispelling left-wing talking points and reiterating that the procedures were the focus and not the opinions of anyone involved.
    Logan touched upon the cameras located around the arena. He showed the press the positions of all nine cameras stationed around the coliseum, which are all tasked with the purpose of ensuring accountability of the process.
FILE–Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett speaks at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)
    Logan then walked the press through their forensic audit system step-by-step while noting this forensic audit is beyond fool proof.    He said protocols are in place to ensure that the integrity of the presidential and senatorial elections in Maricopa County is maintained.
    John Brakey, the co-founder of Audit USA, said the count was necessary to help reestablish America’s trust in the electoral process while dismissing claims that counting ballots was in any way a violation of the right to a secret vote.
    The presser got a bit heated when a reporter started accusing Logan of using a double standard by checking the auditors social media for potential political affiliation or opinion on the election while routinely posting about election fraud on his social media.    The unnamed reporter’s attempt to catch Logan off-guard was quickly dismissed.
    Logan said he will be more than happy to prove the system is non-partisan, adding he simply wants a free and fair election.    In the meantime, auditors will be sifting through the more than 2 million ballots over the next six weeks to finally get to the truth of what happened in November.
    Tune in to One America News for LIVE reports throughout the weekend.    Also, visit for LIVE feeds from the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix!

4/23/2021 Report: USPS Monitoring Americans’ Social Media Posts by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
    A recent report reveals the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) seems to be spying on Americans’ social media posts.
    Yahoo News published parts of a government bulletin on Wednesday, which details a section of Postal Service’s law enforcement arm known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (ICOP).
    According to the document, ICOP monitors “inflammatory” posts made by those planning protests.    The surveillance effort involves analysts combing through social media sites looking for posts deemed threatening, which are then sent to other government agencies.
    Political commentator Glenn Beck said he is disappointed, but not surprised to find out the Postal Service is spying on American citizens.
    The USPS has issued a general statement about ICOP and claimed it’s set up to assess threats to its own employees.    Meanwhile, 30 Republican lawmakers sent a letter to Postmater General Louis DeJoy demanding answers. An Oversight Committee hearing on the matter occur be in the near future.

4/23/2021 33 Calif. Colleges To Require Vaccine Cards To Attend In-Person Classes by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 11, 2020, file photo, people wear masks while walking past Wheeler Hall on the University of California campus
in Berkeley, Calif. Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students,
faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
    Two of the nation’s largest public university systems are introducing vaccination card requirements.    On Thursday, California State University and the University of California announced students and staff will need proof of immunization to attend in-person classes this fall.
    This decision came after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) asserted that requiring COVID-19 passports for basic activities is government overreach.    Other lawmakers have echoed that sentiment.    North Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) called the notion “un-American” and even signed an executive order banning such passports.
    Many students are now raising questions about the validity of such an enforcement.    Berkeley student Ben Chow weighed in by saying he’s unsure if he supports the mandate.
    “I don’t really know what to make of UC’s requiring vaccination cards,” he stated.    “I got vaccinated…I think people should get vaccinated, but I don’t necessarily think you should be required to be vaccinated to attend class.”
    The rule is slated to come into force once the vaccines receive full FDA approval.

4/23/2021 Biden To Propose Massive New Legislative Package, Cost To Be Borne By Taxpayers by OAN Newsroom
CHICAGO, IL – 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)
    The Biden administration is continuing to wage war on American prosperity, and is considering yet another costly legislative package funded by tax increases.
    On Thursday, the White House revealed it is preparing to announce a proposal that would nearly double the capital gains tax rate in order to pay for his soon to be unveiled American Families Plan.
    This new legislative package, the latest in a growing list of massive spending proposals advanced by the Biden administration, is projected to cost upwards of $1.5 trillion.    It would go towards socialized childcare, universal pre-kindergarten education, 12 weeks of paid family leave and tuition-free community college.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki, in what is becoming a common Democrat tactic when pushing for an expansion of the welfare state, described these measures as “infrastructure” improvements, while confirming they would be paid for by tax hikes on the private sector.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing at the White House,
Friday, April 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    “The president’s calculation is that there’s a need to modernize our infrastructure, there’s a need to invest in child care, there’s a need to invest in early childhood education, and making our kids and the workers of the next generation more competitive,” Psaki stated.    “He should propose a way to pay for it.    His view is that that should be on the backs, that can be on the backs, of the wealthiest Americans who can afford it and corporations and businesses who can afford it.”
    The messaging surrounding this is consistent with the general position of the Biden White House, which has, on repeated occasions, made the claim large-scale expansions in government spending and its accompanying rise in overall taxation will somehow not have a direct effect on the average American.
    This has extended even to proposals economists widely agree will lead to economic slowdown, such as Biden’s purported infrastructure plan, which conservatives have dubbed “the Green New Deal in disguise.”    This plan is projected to lead to job losses and industrial contraction in the energy sector, as well as higher energy costs for the average consumer.
    “The message that we hope leaps out from today’s panels is that no one is being asked for a sacrifice,” Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said.    “This is an opportunity for better health, for great jobs.    With extraordinary opportunities of the future, to grow our economies and to provide for much greater security for our nations.”
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry listened as Joe Biden spoke to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate,
from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Yet economists pointed out the burden of higher tax rates on productive enterprises in the private sector are ultimately passed on to the consumer.    Nonpartisan think tank the Tax Foundation pointed out the combined burden of Biden’s proposed increases in the rates of corporate and capital gains taxes would create a 47.5 percent tax burden on corporate income, the highest of any country in the OECD.
    The organization also pointed out while this means high earners would end up paying up to 59 percent of their income when accounting for state and local taxes, the hikes would also affect lower earners.    Wage earners bear at least 20 percent of the corporate income tax burden.
    Moreover, it has been pointed out the tax cuts enacted by the Trump administration led to a significant increase in wages across the board, and Biden’s proposals threaten to do just the opposite, making Americans as a whole poorer.
    “The median income in the United States went up by 6.8 percent,” Grover Norquist, president of the Americans for Tax Reform stated.    “Not the average, if you line up everybody in the country, everybody got $4,004 more per year.    It moved, tens of millions of people had higher incomes.    If you undo that, they are going to take that away.”

4/23/2021 President Trump: Dems Won’t Be Allowed To Steal Elections Again by OAN Newsroom
GOLDEN, CO – 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)
    President Trump assured his supporters that his team is advancing the effort to secure election integrity, adding that Democrats will not be able to steal the elections in 2022 and 2024.
    “The question I get asked more than any other question is ‘can you assure us that our vote in 2022 and 2024 will count?’ and we will assure you, we’ll never let that happen again and we haven’t stopped working on that,” President Trump stated.    “By the way, we’re not stopping.”
    Trump addressed a cheering crowd in Mar-a-Lago alongside Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 26: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the opening of the Conservative Political Action Conference
at the Hyatt Regency on February 26, 2021 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    He focused heavily on the election, saying the Democrats know the new administration is fraudulent.
    “You know the election was a terrible situation, terrible things happened, at 10:30 in the evening that election was over,” President Trump said.    “And at 8:00 in the morning, it looked like they had stolen it and rigged it.”
    The 45th President touted the policies enacted while he was in office, talking about his administration’s work to secure U.S. borders.
    “We had the most secure border in the history of our country.    We built almost 500 miles of wall.    Brilliantly, even though the contracts were all done and they were getting ready to complete the wall, they said first day, stop building the wall, and now they want to start building it again,” President Trump stated.    “Good luck with those contractors by the way.”
    He went on to slam the current administration, saying America is heading in the wrong direction.
    “It’s a very sad thing that’s happening.    Our country in a very short period of time has lost the respect of the rest of the world and from the rest of the world,” President Trump said.    “Nobody’s ever talked to us the way we’re being spoken to right now.”
    Trump added while his main focus is taking back the House and the Senate in 2022 midterms, he’s still seriously considering running in 2024.

4/23/2021 Caitlyn Jenner Files Initial Paperwork In Bid For Calif. Governor by OAN Newsroom
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 05: Caitlyn Jenner attended the 60th Anniversary party for the Monte-Carlo TV
Festival at Sunset Tower Hotel on February 05, 2020 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
    Former reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner officially announced her bid for California governor.
    In a tweet on Friday, Jenner confirmed the news, saying “California is worth fighting for.”
    Jenner’s campaign confirmed the Republican has filed initial paperwork to replace Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke during a press conference about the newly reopened Highway 1
at Rat Creek near Big Sur, Calif., Friday, April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)
    The former Olympic athlete has reportedly assembled a team of top Republican aides with the help of Brad Parscale, a personal friend and President Trump’s former campaign manager.
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4/23/2021 Biden Meets With Turkish President Before Using The Term ‘Armenian Genocide’ In Reference To Turkish History by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 16: U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (R) shakes hands with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan
(L) during a luncheon at the State Department May 16, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden spoke with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid his controversial decision to refer to the Armenian genocide as just that: “A genocide.”
    The move was a controversial one as no president since Ronald Reagan has used the term “genocide” to describe the Ottoman Empire’s forced relocation and mass murdering of Armenians.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens during the opening session of the virtual global Leaders Summit on Climate,
as he sits in his office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Mustafa Kamaci/Turkish Presidency via AP)
    With Turkey’s cultural ties to the now-collapsed Ottoman Empire, Erdogan has rejected efforts by foreign countries to project this historic stain on Turkey.
World leaders virtually attend the Leaders Summit on Climate, during the opening session, as seen on a screen at Turkey’s President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Mustafa Kamaci/Turkish Presidency via AP)
    Many now have said, Biden’s selective use of words could signal something bigger to come in U.S. foreign policy.

4/23/2021 CDC Advisory Panel Approves Continued Use Of J&J Vaccine by OAN Newsroom
An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached and syringes with the logo of US
pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson on November 17, 2020. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
    A CDC advisory board is recommending federal agencies resume vaccinating Americans with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
    At an emergency meeting on Friday, the panel voted 10-4 to continue distributing the vaccine with no additions to the warning label.
FILE – In this March 26, 2021, file photo, a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department prepared a dose of the Johnson & Johnson
COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site setup at a Salvation Army location in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    Board members said the benefits of vaccinating Americans with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine outweighs the risk of blood clots.
    Earlier this month, the CDC moved to pull the vaccine from distribution after a handful of people experienced rare and severe blood clots.
    The CDC and FDA will now review the panel’s recommendations, which could bring the vaccine back into circulation as early as this weekend.

4/23/2021 President Trump Touts Coronavirus Vaccines, But Says No One Should Be Forced To Get One by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    President Trump said coronavirus vaccines are a “great thing” and Americans should take advantage of them.
    The 45th President spoke to the New York Post by phone Thursday and strongly recommended getting the shot, calling it a “lifesaver.”    However, he said Americans have their freedoms and no one should be forced to get the vaccine against their wishes.
    Trump touted his work on vaccine development through Operation Warp Speed, noting the program helped save “tens of millions of lives throughout the world.”
    Meanwhile, those that were otherwise skeptical of the vaccine have said they now feel comfortable getting the shot because of President Trump’s recent statements.
    “As soon as Trump said it, I was convinced to get it,” Staten Island resident Nick Quaranta said.    “In the beginning, I was skeptical because there is so much misinformation out there.”
    Quaranta added, he felt more comfortable once President Trump told the New York Post he was “all in favor of the vaccine.”

4/23/2021 Deadly Knife Attack On French Police Officer Being Investigated As Potential Terrorist Attack by OAN Newsroom
Police officers blocked the access with barriers next to the Police station in Rambouillet,
south west of Paris, Friday, April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
    French authorities are looking into the possibility that a knife attack on Friday, which left a police official dead just outside Paris, was terror-related.
    Local officials said terrorism cannot be ruled out as a motive, despite the assailant not being on the radar of French security agencies.    Authorities said the attacker was of Tunisian nationality and was fatally shot by police after ambushing the administrative employee as she was coming out of a police station.
Police officers blocked the access with barriers next to the Police station in Rambouillet,
south west of Paris, Friday, April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
    Regional president of Paris Valerie Pecresse called terrorism a very serious threat to their country.
    “I spoke with the police, who are of course absolutely devastated by what’s happened,” Pecresse stated.    “The attacker wanted to strike a symbol of France again, because the police are France, they are the face of France, and they also sought to destabilize the country, by coming here, carrying out this attack on the police in such a quiet town, in the rural south of the Paris region.”
    France has suffered a wave of attacks by Islamist militants in recent years that have left more than 250 people dead.
    In October, an Islamist teenager beheaded a school teacher after the teacher showed caricatures of the prophet Mohammed in class.

4/23/2021 1 Person Dead, 4 Injured After Shooting In Downtown San Diego by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    A suspect is in custody following a fatal shooting in Downtown San Diego.    On Thursday evening, the San Diego Police Department responded to reports of multiple people shot in the city’s Gaslamp District.
    According to authorities, the suspect shot and killed one person in front of the Pendry hotel.    After that encounter, the suspect had another confrontation with a group of people down the street and opened fire, which injured four people.
    “There were a lot of witnesses around, that did follow and contacted the male,” SDPD Lt. Andra Brown said.    “I believe there was a struggle when an officer caught up.    When the officer did catch up, the struggle continued and the officer did have to deploy his taser.”
    After being tased, the 30-year-old suspect was detained at the scene. In the meantime, police are working to determine a motive for the shooting.

4/23/2021 GOP Push Infrastructure Plan, Dems Divided In Response by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) (Photo by Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
    Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) isn’t convinced the Biden administration wants to work across the aisle when it comes to infrastructure.    Concerned with the price tag and projects in the Democrats’ plan, Republicans have pushed a less expensive offer and the White House is all ears.
    INFRASTRUCTURE: Jen Psaki says White House has "every intention" of passing American Jobs Plan and will be inviting Republicans to the White House to further negotiations.
— Forbes (@Forbes) April 23, 2021
    “We’ve heard a lot of talk about unifying the country and working together in a non-partisan way, but to date, it just hasn’t happened yet,” Rep. Mace said.
    The GOP’s infrastructure proposal would cost nearly $570 billion, which is about a quarter of the cost of the Biden administration’s plan.    Lawmakers outlined their narrow vision, which focuses on fixing and updating public transit systems, roads, bridges and airports.
    Some of the money would also fund broadband expansion as well as drinking water infrastructure.    Rep. Mace said there would be no tax hikes necessary to pay for this package.
    Republicans want to pay for their plan mostly with unused money from the last COVID relief package and by imposing fees on electric vehicles.    By doing away with provisions in the Democrats’ proposal, the GOP is confident they can make a deal.
    “This is a robust package,” Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) noted.    “Now is the time for the committees to get to work.”
    However, Senate Democrats have disagreed on what to make of the GOP’s offer. Moderates like Delaware Sen. Chris Coons (D) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reacted positively to the idea and said they want a bipartisan compromise, but Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), another moderate, doesn’t back Republicans’ proposal.
    Progressives like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) want to go bigger.    In a recent interview, Schumer said any infrastructure bill must include green infrastructure and create green jobs.
    “This should not be a Republican or Democrat issue,” Mace emphasized.    “It should be a place where we can work together.”
    It remains to be seen if all sides reach a compromise.    As negotiations play out, the nation’s infrastructure remains in need of attention, earning a C- in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2021 infrastructure report card.

4/23/2021 President Trump: Results Of Ariz. Ballot Audit Will Be Startling by OAN Newsroom
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – SEPTEMBER 06: Donald Trump paused during a campaign event
September 6, 2016 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    President Trump weighed in on the ballot audit in Maricopa County, Arizona.    In a statement on Friday, the 45th President thanked the Republican State Senators from Arizona for their work in exposing fraud in the state.
    He questioned why Democrats are so desperate to stop the audit, and predicted “the results will be startling.”
    Trump went on to highlight the continuous live coverage of the recount and examination on OAN, telling viewers where to watch.

4/23/2021 Pres. George W. Bush Gives Actor Matthew McConaughey Advice For Running For Texas Governor by OAN Newsroom
AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 09: Matthew McConaughey attended the “The Beach Bum” Premiere 2019 SXSW Conference and
Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 09, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW)
    Actor Matthew McConaughey received sound advice about running for Texas governor from President George W. Bush.
    In an interview on Thursday, the former president said the actor should ignore the critics if he decides to run for office.
    Last month, McConaughey floated the idea of a gubernatorial bid for the Lone Star State, a position Bush held prior to becoming president.
    Bush said he met McConaughey one time, and called him charismatic.
WASHINGTON – JANUARY 12: U.S. President George W. Bush held a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room
at the White House January 12, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    “I’ll tell you what though, he’s charismatic.    Now whether or not he can put up with all the noise, all the rubber chicken circus, you know all the stuff that goes on,” the 43rd president said.    “The criticism can be pretty harsh, Hugh, and the question would be, does he have a set of principles firm enough to not worry about what the critics say?
    A poll released this month showed McConaughey ahead of current Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) by 12 percent in a hypothetical race.

4/23/2021 Chaffetz: Biden Makes President Trump Look Like The Most Bipartisan President In Generations by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 21: Jason Chaffetz shown on September 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Former Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Joe Biden makes Donald Trump look like the most bipartisan president in generations.
    In an interview on Friday, Chaffetz went off on Biden’s performance in the White House so far. The Republican believes Biden broke his promise of returning bipartisanship to Washington.
Joe Biden spoke during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Chaffetz said he’s not surprised given that Biden didn’t unite people during his time in the Senate.
    He went on to question if anyone could name an accomplishment by Biden in his first 100 days in office that involved him working across the aisle.

4/23/2021 Clyburn Fined $5K For Metal Violation by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 21: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks through a metal detector before entering
the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) must pay a $5,000 fine for allegedly violating new security protocols at the Capitol. According to reports, Congressman Clyburn was reportedly fined earlier this week for avoiding metal detectors before entering the House floor.
    The Acting House Sergeant at Arms sent a letter to the Ethics Committee to inform members that Clyburn had been fined and can appeal.    Clyburn is the first Democrat to face punishment for violating new rules that were introduced after the January 6 Capitol breach.
    The South Carolina lawmaker reportedly plans to appeal.

4/23/2021 Alleged Capitol Rioter Turned In By Bumble Match by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)
    A New York man faced charges after a match on a dating app exposed his involvement in the January 6 Capitol breach.    The DOJ filed charges against New York resident Robert Chapman.
    This came after Chapman bragged about his involvement in the Capitol protests with someone on the dating platform, Bumble.
    The messages showed Chapman admitting he “stormed the Capitol” and “made it all the way to Statuary Hall.”    During the exchange, he also boasted about being interviewed by the media.
    The Bumble user immediately screenshotted the messages and turned them over to authorities.
Robert Chapman
    According to reports, investigators said they matched Chapman’s Bumble profile photo to body camera footage from cops inside the U.S. Capitol.    He has since been charged with four misdemeanors.

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4/24/2021 DOD: More Troops Will Be Deployed To Afghanistan Before Sept. 11 by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
    The Pentagon has released new logistical details regarding the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.    On Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told reporters Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had approved additional support to aid the withdrawal movement, which is slated to conclude by September 11.
    “He has approved some additional measures today,” Kirby said.    “He has approved the extension of the USS Eisenhower to remain in the Central Command area of responsibility for a period of time. And he has approved the addition of some long-range bombers to be deployed to the region.”
    However, it isn’t just air and sea support that will be in the region.    Kirby revealed that before the men and women serving abroad can return home, more troops will be deployed in the meantime.
    “It’s entirely possible that there will be a temporary increase of some ground forces and enablers, not just for force protection, but also for logistical and engineering support that will have to go into Afghanistan to help us make sure this drawdown gets done on the timeline and in a safe, orderly way,” the Defense Press Secretary stated.
    Sending in the cavalry isn’t surprising as concerns have been raised that once the U.S. misses the original May 1 withdrawal deadline, the Taliban may launch a new campaign of violence.
    U.S. CENTCOM Commander General Frank McKenzie explained the scenario was a serious threat the administration was aware of, and yet, would be moving ahead with a later withdrawal.
    “We are planning collaboratively with our interagency and their international measures and will take all measures to ensure the safe and orderly withdrawal of all of our forces and those of our partners,” Gen. McKenzie said.    “This includes positioning significant combat power to guard against the possibility that the Taliban decide to interfere in any way with our orderly redeployment.”
    Attacks initially slowed after President Trump negotiated a temporary peace deal with the Taliban in February of 2020, but since Biden took office there has been little evidence to support the idea that the Taliban will abide by any terms of peace.
    While Biden has taken credit for ending the two-decades-long conflict, McKenzie said that the end being celebrated wasn’t exactly what it seemed as forces would be leaving Afghanistan, but may not be returning home.
    “Additionally, although we are going to pull out of Afghanistan, I’m operating under the concept that for U.S. military presence, zero is going to be zero,” McKenzie continued.    “We will have architecture in the theater that will allow us to look into Afghanistan.    It will not give us the same picture that we’ve got now.    It will allow us to see in.    The ranges will be greater, the resources will be greater, the risks will all be greater.”
    With the apparent repositioning of troops in Afghanistan underway, the question remains: When will those men and women return home for good?

4/24/2021 Rep. Dan Crenshaw Gives Update On Eye Recovery by OAN Newsroom
House Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) said he is hopeful and confident he will regain vision in his remaining eye.    Crenshaw took to Twitter Friday to post an update on his surgery.
    He said in a recent follow-up appointment with his doctor, they found his retina was still in place.    He added, he no longer has to position himself face down anymore, but can still only make out lights and shadows due to the gas bubble placed in his eye.
    Doctors said this is a common procedure as the gas bubble acts as a bandage for the retina, however, recovery time is different for each individual.
    “When the bubble is in the eye, light can’t get through and you really can’t see during that period,” Retinal Specialist Dr. Garvin Davis, MD explained.    “So the only thing you can see is maybe a hand waving in front of your face.”
    Dr. Davis noted, the patient needs to be face down because it causes the gas bubble to float.    As the gas bubble floats, it pushes the very important part of the retina back onto the surface of the eye.
    Crenshaw’s surgery happened about two weeks ago and prevented him from flying to Washington D.C.    However, he said he has been keeping up with legislation in the House and his offices remain open while he is away.

4/24/2021 Manchin: I’d Endorse GOP Sen. Murkowski In A Heartbeat by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) confers with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). (Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images)
    GOP Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski got an endorsement from across the political aisle.    During a joint interview with Murkowski Friday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he’d back his colleague in a heartbeat.
    Manchin commended Murkowski’s commitment to bringing both parties together and putting Alaska’s interests first.    Additionally, Manchin touted his bipartisan work with Murkowski in the Senate Energy Committee.
    “And the main thing about it, the staff knew that we’re friends,” Manchin said.    “The staff knows that I have her back and she had my back.    We weren’t trying to: ‘Gotcha, I’m a Democrat and you’re a Republican so let me see how I can embarrass somebody.'
    President Trump has indicated he’ll endorse a primary challenger to Murkowski who holds a stronger America First policy perspective.

4/24/2021 Ghislaine Maxwell Pleads Not Guilty To Federal Sex Trafficking Charges by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has continued to plead her innocence as she faces mounting accusations of recruiting minors to be sexually abused.     During an arraignment in New York City on Friday, Maxwell made a rare court appearance where she pleaded not guilty to two new federal sex trafficking charges in connection with registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
    According to prosecutors, Maxwell allegedly recruited and groomed a 14-year-old girl, paying her hundreds of dollars to engage in sex acts with Epstein.    The charges were added to an eight-count indictment.
    When speaking with reporters, Maxwell attorney David Markus claimed the British socialite has been treated horribly by the media while in federal custody.
    “I’ve never seen anything like it, how she’s being treated,” Markus said.    “It’s the Epstein effect.    She’s being treated horribly because of the negligence and what happened to Jeffrey Epstein.    She’s not suicidal.    She shouldn’t be treated like this.”
    He said Maxwell is staying strong and is ready for a fight.
    “She’s getting ready for trial,” Markus added.    “The judge did not set a trial yet today, it’s still scheduled for July.    We’ll be hearing soon when the case will be set for trial and Glenn is looking forward to that trial.    She’s looking forward to fighting and she will fight.”
    However, the victims’ attorney, David Boies, rebutted claims made by Maxwell’s lawyer.    He stated the British socialite has no right to call herself the victim with her former partner escaping justice.
    “I don’t believe that there is any credible evidence or any basis whatsoever to assert that Ms. Maxwell is the victim,” Boise said.    “I think everybody felt that they were cheated by Mr. Epstein’s death.    I think that everyone was looking forward to holding him accountable in a court of law.    When that wasn’t possible, I think that was something that was upsetting.    I think now that Ms. Maxwell is going to go to trial, I think that is something that they’re looking forward to.”
    If found guilty on all charges, she could face up to 80 years in federal prison.    Next week, a bail appeal hearing is scheduled for Maxwell with her lawyers previously offering a $28.5 million bond package.

4/24/2021 Limited Seating For Biden’s First Address To Congress by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden. (Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden’s first address to Congress will feature limited seating.    On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced there will be a restricted number of in-person attendees at Biden’s address to Congress Wednesday.
    Additionally, most White House staffers are expected to view the event remotely.    The chamber is expected to seat roughly 200 people this year due to pandemic protocols and security precautions.
WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 8: The U.S. House of Representatives chamber is seen December 8, 2008 in Washington, DC. Members of the media
were allowed access to film and photograph the room for the first time in six years. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
    “There will be a limited number of people who are in the Capitol and limited number that will be determined by the Speaker’s Office in terms of who will attend and who will have to watch virtually,” Psaki said.    “Most of our staff, if not all of our staff, will be watching virtually.    In terms of whether Dr.     Biden will physically be there in person, I’ll have to check on that.”
    The Office of the First Lady will confirm if Dr. Jill Biden will be attending the speech in-person.

4/24/2021 President Trump Discusses Removal From Facebook & Twitter, Says Press Releases Much More Elegant by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas
on January 12, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    Ahead of the Facebook Oversight Board’s decision on whether to reinstate the 45th President’s account, he weighed in on whether he even needs it.    In an interview that aired Friday, President Trump discussed Facebook and Twitter’s decisions to kick him off the platforms.
    He said Twitter has become boring and he seems to be reaching many people with his press releases, which he says are more elegant.
    “Twitter has become very, very boring,” President Trump said.    “You know, when I started with Twitter years ago, it was like a failed thing, concept, media, platform.    It became exciting and I think I had a lot to do with it, to be honest with you.    Now, it’s boring and it’s no good anymore, people are telling me.”
    Trump did mention the prospect of him starting out his own social media platform, but he didn’t say when it would be available to the public.

4/24/2021 Mont. Passes Second Amendment Sanctuary Law by OAN Newsroom
GREAT FALLS, MT – MAY 23: Gov. Greg Gianforte spoke to supporters during a campaign meet and greet
at Lions Park on May 23, 2017 in Great Falls, Montana. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte (R) vowed to protect residents’ Second Amendment rights from federal overreach.
    On Friday, Gianforte signed a new bill into law, prohibiting the ban of firearms, magazines and ammunition.
    This came as Republicans across the country rallied against Joe Biden’s push for sweeping gun reform measures.
President Joe Biden spoke during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Montana’s new law will stop police and state employees from enforcing federal restrictions.

4/24/2021 President Trump: South Korean Leader ‘Weak’ On North Korea by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump spoke during a retreat with Republican lawmakers at Camp David in Thurmont,
Maryland, January 6, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    Former President Trump took aim at South Korea’s leader for failing to negotiate nuclear de-escalation with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un.
    On Friday, Trump called President Moon Jae-in “weak,” after he claimed President Trump was the one not working fast enough to reel-in North Korea.
    The president doubled downed his criticisms, saying the only thing South Korea was successful at was a “long term military rip-off of the USA.”
    After meeting with Kim Jung-un in 2018, North Korea and the U.S. kept diplomatic ties, which is important in promoting America’s interests, and our allies’.

4/24/2021 Calif. Republicans Push Back Against Newsom Plan To Ban Fracking by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Republicans in California are pushing back against Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D-Calif.) attempts to ban fracking.    On Friday, State Senator Shannon Grove (R) issued a statement, which accused Newsom of destroying “good-paying jobs” by banning new fracking permits.
    Grove pointed out, the move will more harshly affect the Central Valley of the state, which is one of the few areas in the liberal stronghold that tends to vote Republican.    It also produces almost all of the oil and gas in the state.
    Grove added, more than 350,000 jobs would be threatened Newsom’s plan moves forward.
    Newsom has directed the state’s top oil regulator to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024 and to stop all oil extraction by 2045.    The oil industry called it an “illegal mandate” and vowed to fight it as fracking only accounts for 17 percent of California’s oil production.
    “Once again the governor has chosen to ignore science and facts,” Kevin Slagle, of the Western States Petroleum Associated, stated. “And turn our energy independence over to other sources.”
    Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also weighed in on the move, saying it would only lead us away from energy independence and make the Golden State an even more expensive place to live and raise a family.
    If the ban does happen, California will become the largest oil-producing state to stop fracking.

4/24/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis To Speak To Pa. GOP Group by OAN Newsroom
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke during a press conference at the Miami Beach
Convention Center on April 08, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) is set to speak to a Pennsylvania Republican group, amid speculation the governor might make a presidential run in 2024.
    This week, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported DeSantis will meet with and speak to GOP officials in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in May.
MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke to the media about the cruise industry during
a press conference at PortMiami on April 08, 2021 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Pennsylvania is expected to be a battleground state in the 2024 presidential election, as well as the Senate and gubernatorial races next year.
    The Florida governor notably finished first in a CPAC poll back in February, which did not include 45th President Trump.

4/24/2021 Steve Bannon: What Are Democrats Trying To Hide? by OAN Newsroom
Former advisor to the US president and US publicist Steve Bannon poses during a photo session
in Paris on May 27, 2019. (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    The former White House chief strategist for President Trump is criticizing the left’s efforts to stop the ballot audit in Arizona.
    On his podcast Friday, Steve Bannon said Democrats are in “full panic mode” over the recount in Maricopa County.
FAIRHOPE, AL – DECEMBER 05: Steve Bannon spoke before introducing Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore during a
campaign event at Oak Hollow Farm on December 5, 2017 in Fairhope, Alabama.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    He slammed the left for trying to stop the ballot review after Arizona’s Democrat Party filed a last minute lawsuit trying to stop the audit.
    However, their efforts failed when Democrats refused to pay the $1 million bond required to stop the recount.

4/24/2021 Kamala Harris Yet To Visit Border Despite Being Picked To Lead Response To Migration Crisis Weeks Ago by OAN Newsroom
WILMINGTON, DE – NOVEMBER 24: Kamala Harris spoke after Joe Biden introduced key foreign policy and national security nominees
and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    It has now been more than a month since Kamala Harris was tapped to address the migration crisis at the southern border.
    Friday marked 31 days that Harris has failed to hold a news conference since being made the point person on the crisis.    She notably made a visit to New Hampshire on Friday to discuss her infrastructure proposal, but refused to take any questions about the topic.
Vice President Kamala Harris spoke as she toured the New Hampshire Electric Co-Op (NHEC),
in Plymouth, N.H., Friday, April 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows called out Harris for apparently forgetting that migrants are coming because Biden invited them.
    There are reportedly no plans for Harris to visit the border any time soon.

4/24/2021 ICE Revokes President Trump Policy Fining Illegal Immigrants by OAN Newsroom
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detained
an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
    ICE will no longer be issuing fines to illegal immigrants who have failed to leave the U.S.
    According to DHS officials on Friday, the agency is rescinding two delegation orders related to collecting fines.
    Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said immigration laws can be enforced without resorting to “unnecessary, ineffective and punitive measures.”
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 1: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas spoke during the
daily press briefing at the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Mayorkas added ICE is also working with the Department of Treasury to cancel existing debts.
    ICE stopped issuing the fines on January 20 and the number of ICE arrests has sunk 65 percent since Biden took office, as he continues to ignore the growing border crisis.

4/24/2021 President Trump Urges Ariz. Gov. Ducey To Provide More Support For Audit by OAN Newsroom
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 21: Donald Trump delivered a speech 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 Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    45th President Trump released a statement calling on Arizona’s governor to provide more support for the elections audit in his state.
    In a statement on Saturday, Trump said the Republican Party is calling on Gov. Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) to immediately provide large scale security for those performing the review.    He went on to say Ducey will be held responsible for their safety and state police or the National Guard should be deployed to protect the area.
    Trump finished by saying the Democrats don’t want to have the information around the audit revealed, and they will do anything to stop it.

4/24/2021 Reports: L.A. Hiding Homeless People Ahead Of Oscars by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 25: Overview of Oscar statues on display at “Meet the Oscars” at the Time Warner Center
on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
    Oscars season is upon us and the city of Los Angeles is preparing by hiding all the homeless people.
    The 2021 Oscars will be held for the first time ever at the historic L.A. Union Station, but the city of Los Angeles is reportedly working to remove homeless people near and around the venue.
A homeless man sat on the sidewalk on Alameda Street near Union Station, one of the locations for Sunday’s
93rd Academy Awards, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
    According to a local homeless man named DJ, officials came by and told those tenting in the area to move by Friday at 6 p.m.
    “They came to us about a week ago and said that we had to move because they were trying to clean it up for the Oscars, and they told us that if we didn’t move they were just going to demolish our stuff,” DJ explained.
    While the city is offering to let local homeless people stay in a nearby hotel, critics argued this is just another example of the city sweeping the homeless crisis under the rug.

4/25/2021 President Trump Says Project Veritas Proves CNN Committed Campaign Violations by OAN Newsroom
    Conservative political activist James O’Keefe speaks during the annual
Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 1, 2019.
    President Trump commented on a recent report by Project Veritas that covered CNN’s bias. In an interview that aired Friday, Trump called the work done by investigative reporter James O’Keefe “incredible.”     The report uncovered CNN’s intentions behind their coverage by showing their mission was to get President Trump out of the White House.    The 45th President said this — and other actions that were taken by the network as well as left-wing media sites — constituted campaign violations.
    “Zuckerberg — when he puts out $500 million for lockboxes, that is a campaign violation,” President Trump said.    “You can’t do that.    You know, you are allowed to give $5,600.    How can a person put up $500 million for lockboxes?    And in Georgia, by the way, they’re still allowing lockboxes.    You can’t have those lockboxes, there’s nobody there. There’s nobody to watch it.”
    In the meantime, Project Veritas is suing Twitter for seemingly trying to protect CNN’s image.

4/25/2021 Dem. Fla. Rep.: Ohio Officer Responded As He Was Trained To Do by OAN Newsroom
    Democrat Representative Val Demings (Fla.) defended the police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’khia Bryant, adding the officer followed his training.
    In an interview with CBS Sunday morning, the Florida Democrat said during her time as the police chief in Orlando she “prayed her officers would respond as they’re trained to.”    Additionally, Demmings highlighted the split-second decisions these officers have to make and noted viewers today have the benefit to view in slow-motion, while these officers do not.
    “But [from] the limited information that I know in viewing the video, it appears that the officer responded as he was trained to do with the main thought of preventing a tragedy and a loss of life of the person who was about to be assaulted,” Demings stated.”
    The 16-year-old was fatally shot by police last week.    The incident caused a national uproar with many criticizing the officer for choosing to use deadly force instead of attempting to defuse the situation.
    However, a video was released shortly after the incident, showing Bryant lunging at two other women with a knife.

4/25/2021 Socialist Dems Praise Biden Policies, Measures by OAN Newsroom
VP Harris and Joe Biden. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Questions surround Joe Biden’s political affiliation as he has continued to push for aggressive measures championed by liberal Democrats.    Even the Democrat Party’s most extreme leftist lawmakers have recently praised Biden for his efforts.
    On Friday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Biden has exceeded progressives’ expectations, claiming Biden’s willingness to negotiate has led to more progressive legislation.    The congresswoman admitted most lawmakers believed Joe Biden’s administration would be “much more conservative,” but instead is relieved to see Biden willing to side with progressives.
    “A lot of us expected a much more conservative administration,” AOC said.    “I think that his…active invitation and willingness and collaboration with progressives in his first 100 days has been very impressive.”
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Biden’s environmental policies are a good first step in the right direction, adding that he wants to see them passed regardless of Republicans’ misgivings.    While Biden tries to credit himself for searching for bipartisan solutions, Sanders said Democrats should push for another reconciliation process.
    “If my Republican colleagues refuse to do what the scientific community tells us we must do [and] what the overwhelming majority of Americans want to do, then we gotta do it alone,” Sanders stated.    “I hope we will have Republican support.”
    Both AOC and Sanders added, they also hope Biden’s legislative proposals can be added to in the future, particularly with funding.
Ocasio-Cortez also said while she agrees with the fundamental purpose of Biden’s infrastructure plan, she disagrees with the $2 trillion budget price by claiming there should be more.    Sanders agreed and said more work will need to be done even if the bill passes.
    In the meantime, Biden is expected to try and pass his new reforms through executive orders, bypassing Republican lawmakers.

4/25/2021 Portland Police Deal With Another Riot, Mayor Ted Wheeler Extends State Of Emergency In Response To Unrest by OAN Newsroom
PORTLAND, OR – APRIL 17: Portland Police and fire crews respond to a structure fire, set by protesters following the
police shooting of a homeless man on April 17, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    Police in Portland declared a riot late Friday night after rioters smashed windows, broke into a restaurant and tagged buildings.    The turmoil began after Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler extended the city’s state of emergency order through the weekend in response to the possibility of continued unrest.
    “We must stand together as a community against this ongoing criminal intimidation and violence,” Wheeler said.    “I’ve met with the district attorney, the U.S. attorney, the sheriff and others who all agree they too will take actions to hold law violators accountable.”
    Wheeler also called on residents to report suspicious activity to the police by capturing photos of license plates as well as calling the police if they can do so safely. Police noted, a city resident who was capturing the chaos had a rock thrown through his window.
    Public safety officials said in a crowd of around 75 people, two were arrested.    Prior to Friday’s riot, Deputy Police Chief Chris Davis of the Portland Police Bureau said the department was gearing up for possible unrest.
    “We’re seeing a lot of the same people at these events night after night after night,” Chief Davis said.    “Several people have been arrested now more than once for crimes ranging all the way from disorderly conduct to arson, even to attempted murder.”
    Chief Davis added, the riots impact the department’s ability to respond to other needs in the city.
    Wheeler’s state of emergency was initially put in place April 20 ahead of the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, however, riots took place despite the order.    An estimated 150 people blocked roads and smashed the windows of businesses.
    Additionally, a video showed a police sergeant allegedly getting punched in the head by a protester.
    The Portland Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said between May 28, 2020, and February 26, 2021 they received nearly 300 cases related to the civil unrest.

4/25/2021 N.C. Sheriff Says He’ll Ask Court To Release Body Cam Footage Of Andrew Brown Jr. Shooting by OAN Newsroom
ELIZABETH CITY, NC – APRIL 23: A demonstrator holds a sign addressing Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten after an
emergency city council meeting April 23, 2021 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
    A North Carolina sheriff said he is planning to ask a court to release the bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of a black man.    In a video statement Saturday, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten said he wanted the video released, only if it did not undermine the investigation.
    This came after police fatally shot Andrew Brown Jr. Wednesday while attempting to serve a warrant for his arrest on felony drug charges.    Wooten said he could file a motion as early as Monday to get the video released once he has received confirmation from investigators.
    “Because we want transparency, we want the body camera footage made public,” Sheriff Wooten stated.    “Some people have falsely claimed that my office has the power to do so.    That is not true.    Only a judge can release the video.    That’s why I’ve asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm for me that the releasing of the video will not undermine their investigation.”
    Law enforcement met with Brown’s family and local pastors Friday.

4/25/2021 Sen. Shelley Moore Capito Supports Sen. Scott’s Police Reform Proposal by OAN Newsroom
    Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) weighed in on the police reform debate on Capitol Hill. In an interview Sunday, Moore Capito said she supports Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.)’s efforts to bring forward a balanced bill.
    Scott recently said lawmakers are focusing on a handful of issues, like ending qualified immunity, a federal ban on chokeholds, and no-knock warrants.    Moore Capito said Scott has been across the aisle, and she believes “the time is now,” as there is a real desire to get legislation on the matter done and done right.
    She added, qualified immunity is a hot-button issue right now.
    “I think the way that Senator Scott has formulated some revisions to qualified immunity is on the table right now,” Moore Capito said.    “I know he is in active negotiations on this piece.”
    Moore Capito said she likes what Scott has presented and believes it should be part of any justice bill that gets passed.    The senator went on to say, it is important to keep police recruitment up to maintain a core part of the U.S. government: Law enforcement that keeps Americans safe.

4/25/2021 FBI: Someone Could’ve Paid For Seth Rich’s Murder, Releases ‘Seth Rich Files’ by OAN Newsroom
(YURI GRIPAS/AFP via Getty Images)
    The FBI released the records of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich, which the agency had previously claimed didn’t exist.    The FBI documents, released over the weekend, appear to show that an undisclosed entity either wanted to pay or actually paid a lot of money to get Seth Rich killed.
    The files show that top DOJ officials met in 2018 to discuss Rich’s murder and investigators found no suspicious conduct by Rich before he died.
    Rich was shot dead in front of his Washington D.C. home in 2016.
Democrats and mainstream media have baselessly dismissed Rich’s murder as a “conspiracy theory” and claimed it was a robbery, although none of his valuable items was taken. However, FBI documents appear to suggest Rich could have been a victim of foul play tied to D.C. politics.
    “The area within the DNC where Seth Rich was working was one where he would have had access and been able to see what the Democrat Party was doing, [and] just as it happened in 2020, was happening in 2016 election,” Debbie Georgatos, host of ‘America, Can We Talk?’ said.    “Which was the electronic manipulation of voter tabulation software, or, in plain English: Electronic manipulation of votes.”
    Rich died over an hour after he was gunned down.
    The FBI confirmed he had been heavily intoxicated at the time he was shot, and because of that, he was not able to assist the police before he succumbed to his injuries.
    The FBI also noted, someone took Rich’s laptop after his murder, but it’s unclear if any files were deleted from it.
    Attorneys are now demanding the FBI hand over more than 1,000 remaining federal documents related to Rich’s murder investigation, but it remains to be seen whether or not the Bureau will comply.
The history of this subject
    The following was found at
3/8/2019 Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff Met With Cohen for TEN Hours Prior to Testimony by Bonchie, Redstate.
    Former Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, testified before the House publicly at the end of February.    While promoted as a coming “bombshell,” it quickly fizzled into nothing but petty sniping, even as CNN and their cohorts desperately tried to latch onto anything they could.    You can read a breakdown by RedState contributor Elizabeth Vaughn here.
Here is the first article about the above issue:
Peter W. Smith died May 14, 2017, an American investment banker who had a 40-year career managing corporate acquisitions and venture investments and he was active in Republican politics.    In 1998, he was identified as a major financial supporter of the 1993 Troopergate story, in which several Arkansas state troopers accused U.S. President Bill Clinton of having carried out sexual dalliances while he was Governor of Arkansas.    So he had already teed of the Clintons.< br>    In 2017, he confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that he had tried in 2016 to contact computer hackers, including Russian hackers, in an attempt to obtain opposition research material to use against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.    Ten days after speaking to the paper, he committed suicide in a Minnesota hotel room, citing ill health.
    In May 2017 Smith told the Wall Street Journal that he had been actively involved, during the 2016 presidential election campaign, in trying to obtain emails he believed had been deleted from Hillary Clinton's computer server.    In that quest he contacted several known hacker groups, including some Russian groups.    He claimed he was working on behalf of Trump campaign advisor Mike Flynn, but that connection has not been confirmed.    He was shown some information but was not convinced it was genuine, and suggested the hackers give it to WikiLeaks instead.
    Longtime Republican activist Peter W. Smith raised at least $100,000 from unidentified donors for a "scholarship fund…for Russian students" as part of an effort to obtain emails stolen by hackers from Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election, The Wall Street Journal reports.
    Smith’s activities were first reported by the Journal in 2017, when federal investigators first began zeroing in on his financial transactions to determine whether he had paid any members of the Russian government as part of the effort.    Smith’s activities have reportedly warranted special scrutiny because the opposition researcher himself is said to have told acquaintances he was working with Michael Flynn, who was then a top adviser to candidate-Trump and later went on to become one of the first former Trump aides to be indicted in Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.
    New details revealed by the Journal on Sunday suggest Smith’s activities were far more extensive than previously known and may very well have involved Russian figures.    Smith is said to have collected at least $100,000 from four wealthy donors and gone to great lengths to keep their identities secret, using encrypted email accounts and having his associates communicate with him by using the “Draft” folder in a Gmail account they all shared under the pseudonym “Robert Tyler.”    Another $50,000 that went toward the so-called “Clinton Email Reconnaissance Initiative” was provided by Smith himself, according to the report, though it was not immediately clear if he acquired the money from other individuals.
    One email reportedly referenced plans to give part of the money raised to a scholarship fund for Russian students.    “This $100k total with the $50k received from you will allow us to fund the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students for the promised $150K,” the Journal quoted the email as saying.    The writer was identified only as “Rob,” and there does not appear to be any scholarship fund with that name offering assistance to Russian students.    The email went on to include the cryptic message: “The students are very pleased with the email releases they have seen, and are thrilled with their educational advancement opportunities.”    The email reportedly came shortly after WikiLeaks began releasing hacked Democratic emails.
    The new details gleaned from Smith’s emails come after the arrest of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, who prosecutors say was brought to D.C. under the guise of “studying” but was actually busy infiltrating the NRA and Republican political groups as part of a covert Kremlin influence campaign.    Butina’s activities were allegedly overseen by Alexander Torshin, a Russian central bank official previously actively in a cultural exchange program for students that federal investigators warned was actually a recruitment operation for Russian intelligence.
    It was not immediately clear if federal investigators saw any link between Butina and Smith’s efforts.
    Smith’s estate has reportedly provided documents to Mueller’s team as investigators continue to look into his activities, and his hard drives have been given to the Senate and House intelligence committees for their own investigations into Russian election interference.    Documents reviewed by the Journal also showed that some of Smith’s associates were interviewed by federal investigators over the summer.
    The opposition researcher took his own life in a Minnesota hotel room less than two weeks after speaking to the Journal in May 2017.    Police in Minnesota have said there is no evidence to suggest anything other than suicide, and that Smith left behind a series of notes referencing health problems and a soon-to-expire life insurance policy.
    “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER - ALL SELF INFLICTED,” one of the notes read, according to The Chicago Tribune.

, The murder of Seth Rich occurred on Sunday, July 10, 2016, at 4:20 a.m. in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C.    Rich died from two gunshot wounds to the back, and the robbers did not take his watch or walalet.    So was it a hit or not?
    The 27-year-old Rich was an employee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and his murder spawned several right-wing conspiracy theories, including the false claim that Rich had been involved with the leaked DNC emails in 2016, contradicted by the law enforcement branches that investigated the murder.    It was also contradicted by the July 2018 indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking the e-mail accounts and networks of Democratic Party officials and by the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion the leaked DNC emails were part of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    Fact-checking websites like,, and stated that these theories were false and unfounded.    The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post wrote that the promotion of these conspiracy theories was an example of fake news.
    Rich's parents condemned the conspiracy theorists and said that these individuals were exploiting their son's death for political gain, and their spokesperson called the conspiracy theorists "disgusting sociopaths."    They requested a retraction and apology from Fox News after the network promoted the conspiracy theory, and sent a cease and desist letter to the investigator Fox News used.    The investigator stated that he had no evidence to back up the claims which Fox News attributed to him.    Fox News issued a retraction, but did not apologize or publicly explain what went wrong.    In return, the Rich family sued Fox News in March 2018 for having engaged in "extreme and outrageous conduct" by fabricating the story defaming their son and thereby intentionally inflicting emotional distress on them.    The judge dismissed the suit in August 2018, ruling that - while "he symphathized with Mr. Rich’s parents" - they had not been personally defamed by the story and that the network’s conduct did not meet the high legal standard required for their claim.
    Right-wing conspiracy theories began circulating in the days following Rich's death, including false claims that his murder was connected to the DNC email leak of 2016, or the FBI's investigation of the Clinton Foundation.    A post on Twitter before Rich's memorial service originated the idea that his killing was a political assassination.    Subsequently, the conspiracy theory was spread on the subreddit/r/The Donald, and on July 29, 2016, the website Heat Street reported on these Reddit posts.    Reddit users attempted to tie the homicide to prior "Clinton Body Count" conspiracy theories.    The conspiracy theory was later popularized by Donald Trump political adviser Roger Stone via his Twitter account.
    According to British journalist Duncan Campbell, the Russian intelligence agency, GRU, tried to implicate Rich as the source of the stolen DNC emails, in order to draw attention away from themselves.    Datestamps on the DNC files were altered to show the data had been obtained on July 5, 2016, five days before Rich's death, and the timezone was changed to Eastern Time, within which Washington, D.C. falls.    Guccifer 2.0, the alleged GRU front that provided the emails to Wikileaks, then reported that Rich had been their source.    Based partly on their acceptance of the false dates, some experts then concluded that the emails had been copied in the DNC offices, and had not been hacked from outside.
WikiLeaks statements
    Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, fueled the speculation in an interview with Nieuwsuur [Dutch current affairs television program produced for the NPO by the public broadcasters NOS and NTR] published on August 9, 2016, which touched on the topic of risks faced by WikiLeaks' sources.    Unbidden, Assange brought up the case of Seth Rich.    When asked directly whether Rich was a source, Assange nodded, then said "we don't comment on who our sources are."    Subsequent statements by WikiLeaks emphasized that the organization was not naming Rich as a source, as they do with other leaks.    For context, Assange was well-known as a longtime critic of Clinton, and it subsequently came to light that WikiLeaks communicated with the Trump campaign over other issues, casting doubt on Assange's motives.
    In April 2018, Twitter direct messages revealed that even as Assange was suggesting publicly that WikiLeaks had obtained emails from Seth Rich, Assange was trying to obtain more emails from the hacker Guccifer 2.0, who was at the time suspected of being linked to Russian intelligence.    BuzzFeed described the messages as "the starkest proof yet that Assange knew a likely Russian government hacker had the Democrat leaks he wanted.    And they reveal the deliberate bad faith with which Assange fed the groundless claims that Rich was his source, even as he knew the documents' origin."    WikiLeaks' supporters on social media argued Assange's actions were consistent with WikiLeaks' mission.
Spread by social media and right wing
    These conspiracy theories were promoted by .
    The same venues that fomented the false Pizzagate conspiracy theory helped to promulgate the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theories, and each shared similar features.    Both were promoted by individuals subscribing to far-right politics, and by campaign officials and individuals appointed to senior-level national security roles by Donald Trump.
    After prior coordination on Facebook, each theory was spread on Twitter by automated bots using a branded hashtag, with the goal of becoming a trending topic.    Both the Pizzagate conspiracy theory and the Seth Rich murder conspiracy theory were spread in the subreddit forum /r/The Donald.    In both conspiracy theories, the promoters attempted to shift the burden of proof — asking others to attempt to disprove their claims, without citing substantiated evidence.    Slate's Elliot Hannon called the claims about Seth Rich a "PizzaGate-like conspiracy theory surrounding Rich's death," The Huffington Post described it as "the 'alt-right' idiocy of Pizzagate all over again," NPR's David Folkenflik said Fox News coverage of it "evokes the pizza-gate terrible allegations utterly unfounded," and Margaret Sullivan wrote for The Washington Post: "The Seth Rich lie has become the new Comet Ping Pong ... Crazy, baseless and dangerous."
    The conspiracy theories have been debunked by law enforcement, as well as by fact-checking websites like,,and [not in citation given]
    The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia described the murder as related to a bungled attempted robbery, and said "the assertions put forward by Mr. Wheeler are unfounded."    The FBI told that the MPD was investigating the homicide.
    Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said the police had no information suggesting a connection between Rich's death and data obtained by WikiLeaks.
    People who worked with Rich said he was not an expert computer hacker helping to leak information to foreigners.
    Andrew Therriault, a data scientist who had mentored Rich, said although he had recently been working as a programmer, this "wasn't his background," and another co-worker said Rich was very upset when he heard hackers associated with Russian intelligence services had broken into the DNC computers and could be interfering with the election.
    Rich family representative, Brad Bauman, responding to the conspiracy theorists' claim that the FBI was investigating the case said, "The FBI is not now and has never been a party to this investigation." analyzed statements by Newt Gingrich related to the conspiracy theory, where Gingrich said Rich "apparently was assassinated" subsequent to "having given WikiLeaks something like ... 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments." determined this claim was "unsupported" and determined "there's no evidence for his claim." said the assertion that Rich gave emails to WikiLeaks is a "baseless claim," concluding "Gingrich and others are talking about an unfounded conspiracy theory as if it's a matter of fact.    It is far from it.    We rate his claim Pants on Fire."    In a separate analysis, concluded:
    "There's no evidence there's any link between Rich and WikiLeaks.    The FBI has indirectly denied investigating the case, which Washington police consider a robbery gone wrong." looked into the matter and stated: "We were able to confirm the FBI is not investigating Rich's murder — it is an MPD investigation."    Snopes contacted a spokesman for the Washington, D.C. mayor's office, who said, "All claims made by Mr. Wheeler are false and take fake news to a whole new level.    The family deserves better and everyday MPD continues to work diligently to solve this case."    Snopes rated the claim "DNC staffer Seth Rich sent 'thousands of leaked e-mails' to WikiLeaks before he was murdered" as "False."
    The fabrications were described as fake news and falsehoods by The New York Times.    The New York Times cited the conspiracy theories as an example of the persistence of false claims, concluding: "fake news dies hard."    The Los Angeles Times called the conspiracy theories "unsubstantiated rumors."
    The Washington Post cited the conspiracy theories as an example of the power of fake news to spread virally online.    The paper used the example as a case study of the persistence of fake news, and found that television news media can be a soft target for such false stories.    The Washington Post further found that the proliferation of fake news via Facebook had decreased, but remained powerful on Twitter due to spread via online bots.    They found that the conspiracy theories with the largest potential to spread on the Internet were those that held attraction for both the alt-right movements and the political left wing.    The Washington Post concluded that even if a particular false story had been sufficiently debunked, such fact-checking was unable to stop the spread of the falsehoods online.
Fox News retracted reporting of uncorroborated story
    On May 15, 2017, Fox 5 DC (WTTG) reported the uncorroborated and later largely retracted claims by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and former homicide detective, that there was evidence Seth Rich had contacted WikiLeaks and that law enforcement were covering this up; claims that were never independently verified by Fox.    The next day, Fox News published a lead story on its website and provided extensive coverage on its cable news channel about what it later said were Wheeler's uncorroborated claims about the murder of Seth Rich; in the lead story Fox News removed from their website a few days later, they stated that Wheeler's claims had been "corroborated by a federal investigator who spoke to Fox News."    In reporting these claims, the Fox News report re-ignited conspiracy theories about the killing.    According to NPR, within a day of the original Fox report, "Google searches for Rich had overtaken searches for James Comey, even amid continuous news about the former FBI director's conversations with Trump."    The Washington Post's Callum Borchers noted Fox News chose to lead with this story at a time when most other media outlets were covering Donald Trump's disclosure of classified information to Russia.
    Other news organizations revealed Wheeler was a Donald Trump supporter, a paid Fox News contributor, and according to NBC News had "developed a reputation for making outlandish claims, such as one appearance on Fox News in 2007 in which he warned that underground networks of pink pistol-toting lesbian gangs were raping young women."    The Washington Post noted it is "rare for a news organization to have such a close relationship with the people it is covering," as Wheeler was "playing three roles at once: as a Fox source, as a paid contributor to the network and as a supposedly independent investigator of the murder."    When Wheeler appeared on Sean Hannity's Fox News shows, these multiple roles were not disclosed to viewers.    After Wheeler's Fox News interview on May 15, 2017, Brad Bauman, a communications professional and spokesman for the Rich family, said the family was asking Fox News and the Fox affiliate to retract their reports and apologize for damaging their son's legacy.
    The family spokesperson, the Washington, D.C. police department, the Washington, D.C. mayor's office, the FBI, and law enforcement sources familiar with the case all disputed Wheeler's claims.    The family said, "We are a family who is committed to facts, not fake evidence that surfaces every few months to fill the void and distract law enforcement and the general public from finding Seth's murderers."    Bauman criticized Fox News for its reporting, saying he believed that the outlet was motivated by a desire to deflect attention from the Trump-Russia story: "I think there's a very special place in hell for people that would use the memory of a murder victim in order to pursue a political agenda."
    Later that day, Wheeler told CNN he had no evidence that Rich had contacted Wikileaks.    Wheeler claimed that Fox had presented his quotes misleadingly and that he only learned about the possible existence of the evidence from a Fox News reporter.    Despite this, Sean Hannity's show and Fox & Friends continued to promote the conspiracy theory for the remainder of the week.    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Geraldo Rivera took part in spreading the conspiracy.    Hannity had on his program Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, who said the organization filed Freedom of Information Act requests for documents from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, and from the Metropolitan Police.    Sean Hannity furthermore promoted the uncorroborated claims of Kim Dotcom, a New Zealand resident sought by the United States on fraud charges who claimed without evidence that Rich had been in contact with him before his death.    Fox News host Julie Roginsky was critical of the conspiracy theory peddlers, stating on Twitter and on her television show: "The exploitation of a dead man whose family has begged conspiracy theorists to stop is really egregious.    Please stop."    Fox News was also criticized by conservative outlets, such as the Weekly Standard, National Review, and Red State, and conservative columnists, such as Jennifer Rubin, Michael Gerson, and John Podhoretz.    In September 2017, NPR noted that Fox News had yet to apologize for its false story or explain what went wrong; "When a story of this scale crumbles, most news organizations feel obligated to explain what happened and why.    Not so far at Fox."
Cease and desist letter and retraction
    On May 19, 2017, an attorney for the Rich family sent a cease and desist letter to Wheeler.
    Fox News issued a retraction of the story on May 23, 2017 and removed the original article, and did not apologize or specify what went wrong or how it did so.    Despite this, Hannity, who pushed the theory, remained unapologetic, saying "I retracted nothing" and "I am not going to stop trying to find the truth."    In their May 23 statement, Fox News said, "The article was not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny we require for all our reporting. Upon appropriate review, the article was found not to meet those standards and has since been removed."    Media ethics writer Kelly McBride criticized the retraction as "woefully inadequate," writing that it did not specify exactly what was inaccurate, or provide correct information in place of the retracted story.
    On May 23, 2017, Sean Hannity stated on his television program that he would cease discussing the issue.    Hannity said his decision to cease commenting on the matter was related to the family of the murder victim: "Out of respect for the family's wishes, for now, I am not discussing the matter at this time."    In the same statement wherein he promised to cease discussion of the topic, he vowed to pursue facts in the future: "I promise you I am not going to stop trying to find the truth."    Several advertisers including Crowne Plaza Hotels,, Leesa Mattress, USAA, Peloton and Casper Sleep pulled their marketing from his program on Fox News.    Crowne Plaza Hotels later said that it was not their policy to advertise on political commentary shows, and had not been aware of their sponsorship of the show.    USAA soon returned to advertising on Fox News after receiving customer input.
Wheeler lawsuit
    On August 1, 2017, Rod Wheeler, the private investigator hired by Butowsky who was the first to claim links between Seth Rich's murder and the DNC hack on Fox, but who later appeared to retract his claims, filed a lawsuit (Case 1:17-cv-05807 Southern District of New York), in which 21st Century Fox, the Fox News Channel, Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman and Ed Butowsky are named as defendants, stating that quotes attributed to him in the original Fox News piece were fabricated.    The lawsuit also alleges that the fabricated quotes were included in the Fox News story at the urging of the Trump White House.
    Text messages and audio apparently supporting this assertion were included in the filing of the lawsuit.    About a month before the story was aired on Fox News, Wheeler and Butowsky met at the White House with the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to review the planned story on Seth Rich's murder.    After talking to Wheeler and Butowsky, Zimmerman sent Wheeler a draft of a story without any quotes from Wheeler on May 11.    On May 14 Butowsky texted Wheeler saying "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article.    He wants the article out immediately.    It's now all up to you.    But don't feel the pressure."    Butowsky also left a voicemail for Wheeler which said "We have the full, uh, attention of the White House on his.    And tomorrow, let's close this deal, whatever we've got to do."    Butowsky said Seymour Hersh confirmed a link between Rich and the FBI.    Hersh confirmed the conversation with Butowsky but told NPR the link was "gossip" and that Butowsky exaggerated its significance.
    In an email to Fox News Butowsky also wrote about the purpose behind the Seth Rich story: "One of the big conclusions we need to draw from this is that the Russians did not hack our computer systems and ste[a]l emails and there was no collusion (between) Trump and the Russians."    He also instructed Wheeler that "[T]he narrative in the interviews you might use is that you and [Zimmerman's] work prove that the Russians didn't hack into the DNC and steal the emails and impact our elections ... If you can, try to highlight this puts the Russian hacking story to rest."
    When the story aired on Fox News, it included supposed quotes from Wheeler and was written as if the accusations against the DNC came from him.    Wheeler alleges that the quotes were fabricated and should not have been attributed to him.
    In later recordings Butowsky told Wheeler that the claims being attributed to him were false but says that "One day you're going to win an award for having said those things you didn't say."    He also says "I know that's not true, if I'm under oath, I would say I never heard him say that."
Family's reactions
    In May 2017, Seth Rich's brother Aaron Rich issued a statement saying, "We simply want to find his killers and grieve.    Instead, we are stuck having to constantly fight against non-facts, baseless allegations, and general stupidity to defend my brother's name and legacy."
    The family spokesperson said "At this point, only people with transparent political agendas or sociopaths are still perpetuating Seth Rich conspiracies."
    His parents authored a piece in The Washington Post on May 23, 2017 titled: "We're Seth Rich's parents.    Stop politicizing our son's murder," in which they wrote:
    We are asking you to please consider our feelings and words.    There are people who are using our beloved Seth's memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare.    We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son's murder.
    In March 2018, Rich's family filed a lawsuit against Fox News, Fox reporter Malia Zimmerman, and Fox contributor Ed Butowsky, for publishing a news report about Seth Rich.    The suit alleges that the report fueled conspiracy theories about Rich's death and caused the family emotional distress.    Judge George B. Daniels dismissed the lawsuit in August 2018, ruling that, although it was reasonable for plaintiffs to believe their son's death was being used for political purposes, the plaintiffs failed to allege "intentional infliction" of emotional distress on the part of defendants, as that standard is determined under New York state law: "defamatory statements to news outlets 'fall well short of meeting the high standards for extreme and outrageous conduct.'    They would have had to prove more extreme and persistent distress under the law."
    Also in March 2018, Aaron Rich filed a lawsuit against Butowsky, Couch, America First Media, and The Washington Times for suggesting he had played a role in the purported theft of emails from the DNC.    On October 1, 2018, as part of a settlement they had reached with Aaron Rich, The Washington Times retracted the relevant articles and issued an apology to Rich and his family.
[MY COMMENTS: I agree with the family wanting to lay it to rest, so I put this here for review since I have noticed recently that it is being brought up again associated with Luke Rosiak.
    In Rosiak's book: "Obstruction of Justice: How the Deep State Risked National Security to Protect the Democrats" about the real foreign hacking and collusion, and the book that exposes corruption in the FBI, DOJ and Congress, which includes Nancy Pelosi, Jeff Sessions, then Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., former chair of the Democratic National Committee, who used Perkins Coie an international law firm headquartered in Seattle, and the last individual is Imran Awan, a former IT administrator for members of Congress, employed by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, after being banned from the House network since February 2, 2017.    Capitol Police say they tossed Imran and his associates off the House network after he provided them with fraudulent data of what was supposed to be a copy of the data on the House Democratic Caucus’ server—a-server Imran was accessing against House rules as he moved data from the many Democrats in the House he and his associates worked for Xavier Becerra, Attorney General of California to another server and deleted the information off the original and provided a fake computer hard drive in place of it and he has not been punished for that action.    Apparently Becerra was paying Awan's family $30,000 on top of Awan's salary without any explanation in hiding a massive violation.
    In July 2017, Imran was arrested on bank fraud charges as part of a federal investigation who leaked some of that information, and hacking of the Democratic National Committee server in 2015 and 2016, which the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia was responsible for as seen at    President Donald Trump called for Awan to be investigated for espionage and not let Awan & Debbie Wasserman Schultz off the hook.    Days after Awan was cleared of espionage accusations, all of which have been proved to be without foundation by the FBI and the Department of Justice.
    All of this was connected to Hillary Clinton's campaign, as millions of dollars of cash was flowing to the Clinton Foundation amid a Russian Uranium Deal during April 23, 2015, which was supposed to be for the U.N HIV victims in the third world and was used to steal the election by rigging the election against Bernie Sanders.
    And continued into Hillary's private server with Classified information on it had 33,000 emails deleted off of it but the FBI found 110 classified documents on it that led FBI James Comey to say foreign operatives likely accessed that information, which started the WikiLeaks issue, and soon after Clinton, which Operation Research, spearheaded a Dossier to get a FISA warrant approval to start spying under surveillance on Carter Page, and later it was discovered that the FBI helped in creating the Dossier, and the continuance of the Obama-Hillary Clinton abuse of the surveillance system that had been used for 8 years to stop anyone who came against them.

4/25/2021 Sen. Manchin Defends Opposition To Eliminating Filibuster by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 20: Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WV., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee
hearing to examine the American Jobs Plan. (Photo by Oliver Contreras-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) responded to claims that he is a so-called “roadblock” to getting the Biden administration’s agenda pushed through.    In an interview Sunday, Manchin said the best politics is “good government,” adding “one-party-thinking” will get the country nowhere.
    He said if the government does something everyone tags along with, great things can happen.    Manchin credited Congress’s structure to the founding fathers.    He noted, they set a brilliant strategy in place that lawmakers need to give a chance.
    “We won’t give this system a chance to work,” the West Virginia senator stated.    “I’m not going to be part of blowing up this Senate of ours, or basically, this democracy of ours, or the republic that we have.    If we have a 51 vote threshold in the Senate, the same as the House — the House wasn’t designed to be partisan.    The House was designed to be hot as a firecracker.    We were designed to cool it off.”
    Manchin added, there is no way America can be consistent if there is are “violent swings” every time there is a party change.

4/26/2021 Ariz. Audit Underway, Officials Finding Signs Of Fraud by OAN Newsroom
Some of the 2.1 million ballots cast during the 2020 election, are brought in for recounting at a 2020 election ballot audit ordered by the Republican lead Arizona Senate
at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, during a news conference Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
    Ballot counters are working hard in Arizona to snuff-out voting irregularities in last year’s presidential election and fight off Democrat attempts to derail them.
    On Sunday, forensic experts confirmed they are examining thousands of ballots cast in November as part of the audit in the Grand Canyon State.    They are using ultra-violet lights to search for ballot watermarks and weed-out phony ballots.
    Additionally, auditors have been split into several groups with some examining mail-in ballots and others inspecting ballot folders, envelopes along with other related items.    Officials said evidence of systemic fraud has already started to show.
    Democrat Party officials have tried to challenge the audit in court and they are deploying their operatives in the mainstream media in an attempt downplay the severity of election fraud as well as discredit Republican challenges to election security.
    Arizona Republicans were able to continue the audit after thwarting Democrat attempts to derail the audit this weekend. On Friday, Democrats filed a temporary restraining order to stop auditors from counting the ballots.    They later retreated from their position after a judge ordered them to pay $1 million if they lost their legal challenge.
    The chair of the Arizona GOP, Dr. Kelly Ward, commented on the victory and gave insight into what’s to come. She said the state’s Supreme Court is set to make a decision to prevent Democrat attempts to stop the audit.    The Arizona justices believe an audit is a constitutional right that protects election integrity and ensures the separation of powers.
    Ward is now asking all Americans to keep watching the audit in real-time and reach out to support this effort to save U.S. elections.
    Meanwhile, Trump-era trade advisor Peter Navarro has been looking ahead to a similar audit in Georgia.    He predicts an audit would likely reveal election fraud in the 2020 election just as it is in Arizona.    Navarro added, the scale of voter fraud in Georgia is “much larger than in Arizona” and cited preliminary estimates.
    The former Trump administration advisor believes election officials let fraud slide through due to collusion between Georgia officials and Democrat Party operatives.    He stressed these audit will reveal patterns of systemic fraud that were used by Democrats in battleground states last year.

    My suggestions that we rename the yellow states “THE UNITED STATES OF SOCIALISM.”
    And rename all the red states “THE UNITED STATES OF THE CONSTITUTION."
    And this should solve the problems and let’s see which states becomes most prospered and the red states will require proper identification to come into their states and the yellow states apparently do not care and each will have their own congress/senate and laws or whatever they want to have a government as.
    I would hope we do not have to but I suspect their will be walls on the red states borders to protect themselves from attacks from the yellow states after a few years and the reality of the conditions they live in would get so bad that may happen.
    The only thing I see that Kentucky was never yellow as someone in Louisville and Frankfort is dreaming so as soon as we replace our governor who got lucky or cheated in his election, and Tennessee is definite red, Georgia would most likely go red since they were during the election and there are always surprises but it would definitely show the truth of whom is better in a short 4 years.

4/26/2021 Travelers Cross U.S. Northern Border Without Quarantine by OAN Newsroom
Passengers from New Delhi wait in long lines for transportation to their quarantine hotels at
Pearson Airport in Toronto on Friday April 23, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
    A loophole in pandemic rules is allowing travelers going to Canada from the U.S. to skip quarantine if they travel by land.    Currently, people flying into Canada must take a COVID-19 test before departure and upon arrival plus quarantine for three days in a hotel.
    According to reports, Canada’s strict quarantine process can be expensive as quarantine-approved hotels can cost as much as $2,000 for a three-day stay and has discouraged foreigners from coming into the country.    Travelers are now taking taxis and limos across the border in an effort to avoid the quarantine requirement while also saving money.
    “Well, I felt pretty clever at first, but apparently more people are catching on,” said traveler Greg Peacock.    “The flights to Buffalo were packed, the prices are going up.”
    Since more people have learned about the loophole, taxis and ride hailing services have reportedly seen an increase in customers along the U.S.- Canadian border.

4/26/2021 Military Vets, U.S. Diplomats Mark Elbe Day Anniversary In Va. by OAN Newsroom
Members of a historical re-enactment group dressed as U.S. and Soviet Army soldiers take part in
Elbe Day celebrations, in eastern German city of Torgau at the river Elbe. (Photo by Stefanie Loos/Reuters)
    Military veterans and government officials meet with diplomats from Russia and other post-Soviet countries to mark the anniversary of a key event in the World War II.    The ceremony took place Sunday at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
    “The encounter of the Soviet and American troops on April 25th, 1945 in the center of Germany is a special day for Russian-U.S. relations,” stated Sergei Koshelev, Russia’s Charge d’Affaires in U.S.    “Last of historic struggle against the Nazi aggression of thunder during those days.”
    American and British troops met with their Soviet counterparts face-to-face for the first time on April 25, 1945 at the river Elbe in Germany after several final victories over the Third Reich.
    The Soviet Union became the first state in the world that managed to slow down and then to stop Hitler’s expansion,” Koshelev continued.    “This had a fundamental importance for the entire course of the world.”
    Diplomats also noted, the poor mutual relations of today are a far cry from the spirit of cooperation and allied commitment at that historic meeting.

4/26/2021 Australian TV: Biden Is Weak, Fails To Stand Up To Russia & China by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Feb. 11, 2021, file photo President Joe Biden looks at a model of Covid-19 as he visits the
Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
    Australian media has continued to expose the weakness of the Biden administration after his recent concessions to Russia and China.
    In a recent segment of his show, James Morrow of Sky News Australia said Joe Biden is planning to reduce America’s manufacturing capacity while allowing China to keep its industries in place.
    Morrow went on to say Biden may split America’s alliances, in turn, making Russia and China stronger.
FILE – In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party
convention in Manchester, N.H. Ryan, a 10-term representative from Ohio’s blue-collar Mahoning Valley, officially
launched his bid Monday, April 26, 2021, for a coveted open Senate seat in Ohio. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
    Rep. Tim Ryan officially threw his hat into the ring to become Ohio’s next senator.    The Democrat lawmaker announced his candidacy Monday to fill the seat of retiring Republican Sen. Rob Portman.
    In his campaign video, Ryan talked about investing in businesses to create more jobs and hire more workers.    He seems to be painting himself as a moderate after saying he would “work with anyone to rebuild our economy.”
    “It can’t be businesses versus workers, this is a partnership, but that partnership needs to be redefined,” state the Ohio representative.    “We have to cut workers in on the deal.”
    However, his congressional record shows him consistently siding with Democrats.    Ryan is also an advocate of unions, which is expected to deter Ohioans in the red-leaning state.

4/26/2021 Rep. Dan Crenshaw Gives Update On Eye Recovery by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2020 file photo, Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, questions witnesses during a House Committee on Homeland
Security hearing on ‘worldwide threats to the homeland’ on Capitol Hill Washington. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP, File)
    Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R) said he’s hopeful and confident he will regain vision in his remaining eye.    While taking to Twitter Friday, the lawmaker posted an update on his surgery. He noted, in a recent follow-up appointment with his doctor they found his retina was still in place.
    Crenshaw also said he no longer has to position himself face down, but can still only make out lights and shadows due to the gas bubble placed in his eye.     Doctors said this is a common procedure as the gas bubble acts as a bandage for the retinal.    However, recovery time is different for each individual.
    When the bubble is in the eye, light can’t get through and you really can’t see during that period,” explained Dr. Garvin Davis, M.D. “And so we want the patient face down because as the patient is face down the bubble floats and as it floats it pushes the very important part of the retina back on to the surface of the eye.”
    Crenshaw had surgery in Houston about two weeks ago after he had noticed changes to his vision.    The former Navy SEAL said the prognosis was scary for someone with one eye, especially after the injuries he sustained in Afghanistan.
    The Republican said his recovery prevents him from flying to Washington, D.C. for the next few weeks as the gas bubble could expand due to the changes in pressure.    However, Crenshaw said he’s keeping up with legislation in the House and his offices remain open while he is away.

4/26/2021 RNC Chair: It’s Time Biden Stops Standing In The Way Of Bipartisan Legislation by OAN Newsroom
Workers survey the Roberto Clemente Bridge in preparation for a complete refurbishing in over the
Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh, Monday, April 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
    Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has called on Joe Biden to stop obstructing bipartisan legislation on infrastructure.    In a tweet Monday, she pointed out that even Democrats are calling on Biden to take out non-infrastructure items from his proposal.
    McDaniel added, Republicans have proposed a bill that spends more money on actual infrastructure such as roads and bridges.
She then said it’s time for the Democrats to stop standing in the way of bipartisan legislation.
    This comes as moderate Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia recently indicated he would not support Biden’s infrastructure plan in its current form.    He also called a $600 billion GOP proposal a “good starting point.”

4/26/2021 Former FDA Chief: U.S. Should Lean More Aggressively To Lift COVID-19 Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
CREC Academy of Aerospace and Engineering sophmore Brian Acevedo, 16, receives a vaccination from LPN Myra Glass of East Hartford
at a mass vaccination site at Pratt & Whitney Runway in East Hartford, Conn., Monday, April 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
    According to the former head of the FDA, the U.S. should lean more aggressively to lift coronavirus restrictions.    In an interview over the weekend, Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the decline in new cases is locked in at this point and he doesn’t expect another surge.
    The physician thinks officials should really focus on easing restrictions related to outdoor activities.    He asserted that people should not be required to wear masks outside anymore and outdoor gatherings should be encouraged without capacity limits.
    In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Sunday, Dr. Gottlieb suggested the CDC update its guidelines to permit outdoor gatherings without face masks.    He said the policy process in Washington, D.C. is “moving too slowly” and should, instead, follow states like Texas and New Hampshire by relaxing outdoor requirements.
    Dr. Gottlieb said even though other strains of the virus are popping up around the country, people are more immune because of vaccines or prior infections.    This comes as the CDC has reported more than half of Americans have received their first dose and nearly 40 percent are fully vaccinated.

4/27/2021 Oil down $0.10 to $61.94, DOW down 62 to 33,982.

4/27/2021 China Censors Oscar Winner News Over Criticism Of Regime by OAN Newsroom
Chloe Zhao, winner of the awards for best picture and director for “Nomadland,” poses in the press room at the Oscars
on Sunday, April 25, 2021, at Union Station in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, Pool)
    China appears to have censored streamed talk and show of Best Picture and Best Director Oscar winner Chloe Zhao who is Chinese-born.
    State media have yet to make any mention of the historic win and social media platforms have actively censored mentions of Chao and her film “Nomadland” as well as Oscar video streams.
    Zhao made history by becoming the first Chinese woman to win a Best Director award at the Oscars.
    “I think a lot of China areas, the VPN (virtual private network) doesn’t work,” explained Kevin Ke, an Oscar party host in Shanghai, China.    “Last night it worked. 3 a.m., it worked, but this morning it doesn’t work.”
    The reaction by the Chinese government is likely attributed to comments Zhao made in 2013 when she called China a place where there are “lies everywhere.”
    The actions of China are especially notable because, according to the New York Times, the country is known for celebrating and recognizing its citizens on the global stage.

4/27/2021 Wash. Gov. Inslee Signs Bill Banning Sports Teams’ Use Of Native American Mascots by OAN Newsroom
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee approaches a podium outside of the governor’s mansion on the
Capitol campus Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)
    The governor of Washington signed legislation banning state schools from using Native American names.    Democrat Jay Inslee signed the bill into law during a press conference on Monday.
    The measure bans the use of Native American themed names, symbols and images as school mascots unless received approval from a tribal government. The legislation also creates a grant program to help cover some of the costs for new names and imagery that may come as schools will be required to replace their mascots ahead of the upcoming school year.
    “This bill will end the disrespectful use of Native American imagery in our public schools, thanks Representative Lekanoff as the prime sponsor of this bill,” Gov. Inslee stated while signing the bill.
    The legislation is slated to take effect in the coming school year and will affect most public schools in the state.

4/27/2021 U.S. Census Bureau Releases First Batch Of Data by OAN Newsroom
In this image from video provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, acting director of the U.S. Census Bureau Ron Jarmin speaks
as a graphic showing the U.S. population as of April 1, 2020, is displayed during a virtual news conference Monday, April 26, 2021.
The Census Bureau is releasing the first data from its 2020 headcount. (U.S. Census Bureau via AP)
    The battle over how districts are drawn up has commenced after the U.S. Census Bureau released their first batch of data detailing U.S. demographics.    State legislators and independent commissions are now champing-at-the-bit to hash out how to redraw congressional districts.
    Data regarding the U.S. population shows America grew by nearly 7.5 percent or by more than 22 million people in the past ten years.    This marks the second slowest decade of growth for the U.S. population in our nations history coming in behind the 1930’s.
    The data shows Americans migrated to several Republican-run states in the South and Mountain West regions.    Additionally, Texas gained the most people numerically while picking up two more seats in the House of Representatives.    However, Utah touted the fastest growth rate.
    Utah was the fastest growing state with an 18.4 percent increase in population growing to 3.3 million,” stated Dr. Ron Jarmin, Acting Director of the U.S. Census Bureau.    On the other hand, three states lost population with West Virginia having the largest rate of decrease at 3.2 percent.”
    Several other states experienced a slowdown in their growth rates, including Nevada’s drop from 66 percent to 15 percent.    Additionally, California’s growth rate was the slowest in the state’s history.
Six states will gain seats in the House of Representatives: Texas will gain two seats and Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon will each gain one seat,” Dr. Jarmin continued.    “Seven states will each lose one seat in the House: California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.”
    Political analysts are gearing up to see how the census numbers will affect future elections.    Following the 1929 Reapportionment Act, bodies tasked with drawing up districts will have to shuffle some around to make 435 seats.
    Along with Texas, six other primarily red states gained a seat in the House.    This includes Florida, Montana and North Carolina.    These will be taken from several blue states who lost a seat, including California and New York.
    California’s loss marks the first time the Golden State lost a seat since it came into the union in 1850.    Additionally, New York missed out on adding a congressional seat by less than 100 people.
    “What we have is that if New York had had 89 more people, they would have received one more seat instead of the last state that received their last seat,” explained Kristin Koslap, senior technical expert for the U.S. Census Bureau.    “There are 435 seats, so the last seat went to Minnesota and New York was next in line.”
    However, some experts said the census data is not all positive for Republicans.    Several said migration patterns show historical population gains in large Sunbelt states are spilling over into key swing states like Arizona and Georgia.
    In the meantime, political strategists are looking ahead to the 2022 midterm elections as congressional hopefuls will be competing on a new congressional map.    Strategists will keep an eye out for shifts in the Electoral College as they plan for the 2024 presidential election.

4/27/2021 Biden Set To Announce New CDC Face Mask Mandates by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 11, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden holds up his face mask as he speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic
during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
    Joe Biden is set to announce new mask rules from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.    Ahead of his first address to Congress on Wednesday, he’s expected to relax outdoor face covering requirements for vaccinated Americans.
    This comes after Biden faced backlash in January for ordering Americans to wear masks on federal land until April 29.    While speaking at a briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the CDC will be updating the previous mandates.
    “I know there’s been some reports out about CDC plans and we will currently leave it to the CDC to announce their guidance…about what will be required outside,” she stated.    “And when masks will be required for individuals who have been vaccinated, so we won’t get ahead of any final details or announcements they will make.”
    The CDC currently suggests that vaccinated people should wear a mask in public, but critics expect this to change with Biden’s announcement.
[Joe nobody wants to hear that crap so I will tell you where to stick your mask and the CDC has been wrong on everything they claim so Faucism is gone as far as the rest of America.]

4/27/2021 Sen. McConnell: Biden’s Infrastructure Plan Is Unfocused by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks about the push by some Democrats to try to add seats to the Supreme Court,
after a GOP policy luncheon, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is speaking out against Joe Biden’s infrastructure proposal by warning the Democrat’s job plan will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. While speaking from the Senate floor on Monday, he criticized the left for trying to pass dishonest legislation while arguing the package neither improves infrastructure or creates jobs.
    “I understand this is no longer an infrastructure plan, now it’s a jobs plan, but that turns out to be just as dishonest,” stated the Kentucky Republican.    “…this plan would cost Americans more than $800,000 for every new job that would exist ten years down the road..this plan is bloated, unfocused, it’s not a targeted recipe for better public works.”
    McConnell went on to highlight how the bill lacks proper funding for actual infrastructure with more funds, instead, being allocated to expand broadband technology and invested into labor unions.    He said the package is a ploy of the far-left agenda and warned that Democrats are using Biden’s plan to sign-off on their excessive spending “wish list.”
    “This is a sloppy liberal wish list that would spend a lot and get very little in return,” he asserted.    “The far left has been bragging about all the social engineers and welfare spending that is stuffed into these proposals; they boasted that the DNA of the Green New Deal is all over this administration’s agenda.”
    The Senate minority leader went on to praise the effort of Senate Republicans who introduced a counter proposal last week that that deals with “actual infrastructure.”
    Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said the $600 billion proposal focuses on specific needs for the American people whereas the Democrats $2 trillion package funds wasteful, non-infrastructure projects.
    “He puts more money in his proposal for electrical vehicles than he does for roads, bridges, ports, airports and waterways combined,” noted the Wyoming lawmaker.    “So it’s time to say we want to do things that are really in the best interest of the American people, what the American people are asking for.”
    At the end of his remarks, McConnell put the spotlight on Democrats by stating only time will tell if the left will continue to push partisan legislation disguised as beneficial to all or if they will actually try to reach across the aisle and help Americans.
    “Now is the time we learn whether Democrats really want to jump-start actual public works projects or whether infrastructure was only ever intended as a wrapping paper for unrelated gifts to the far left,” stated the Senate minority leader.

4/27/2021 Kamala Harris Plans Trip To Guatemala After Dismissing Requests To Visit Southern Border by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Kamala Harris meets virtually with Guatemala’s President Alejandro Giammattei, seen on screen at left, Monday, April 26, 2021,
from her ceremonial office at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    As detention facilities overflow and illegal immigrants cross the border at record numbers, Kamala Harris has decided to plan a tax-payer funded visit to Guatemala.    On Monday, she detailed these efforts during a virtual meeting with the country’s president.
    Harris appeared all too eager to send billions of taxpayer dollars overseas.    This also apparently includes funding to counteract so-called climate change and fund extreme weather preparations in the Central American country.
    “The United States plans to increase relief to the region, strengthen our cooperation to manage migration in an effective, secure and humane manner,” Harris asserted.
    President Alejandro Giammattei suggested they build a roadmap to secure the cooperation he needs from her.
    “You may rest assured, madam vice president, that the Guatemala governor wishes to be your partners in order to address the common goals to eradicate not only poverty, but he causes of so many evils that afflict us,” he stated.
    Critics have pointed out her eagerness to plan a trek to Central America and give them financial compensation runs in stark contrast to her lack of support for border security as well as her outright dismissal of Americans and Republican lawmakers when they ask her to visit the southern border.
    In New Hampshire on Sunday, a reporter asked the Democrat when she plans on witnessing the border crisis first-hand.
    It was quickly pointed out that while Harris may see Americans concern with the ongoing border crisis as nothing more than a political game, she seemingly has no problem prioritizing the concerns of foreign nations over those of American citizens.

4/28/2021 Oil up $1.25 to $63.22, DOW up 4 to 33,985.

4/28/2021 Biden Admin. Fails To Deliver On Promise Of A ‘Better America’ by OAN Newsroom
The Capitol is seen in Washington, early Wednesday, April 28, 2021, as President Joe Biden prepares to address House and Senate lawmakers on his first
100 days in office. Biden will speak before a pared-down gathering of mask-wearing legislators due to coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Under Joe Biden’s current leadership, it’s becoming apparent how the administration is failing to deliver what they promised, namely a so-called “better America” than that of President Trump.
    A recent Yahoo News report found 10 areas where the Biden administration has done far more harm than good.    The report explained how the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) law enforcement arm known as the Internet Covert Program (ICOP) proves Biden’s America is invading the rights of citizens nationwide.
    The surveillance effort involves analysts combing through social media sites looking for posts deemed as threatening, which are then sent to other government agencies.    Political commentator Glenn Beck said he’s disappointed, but not surprised to find out the Postal Service is spying on American citizens.
    In the meantime, 30 representatives sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy last week requesting details on the monitoring.
    A recent CNN report noted, 63 of the largest police jurisdictions saw increases in at least one category of violent crimes following the disastrous defund the police movement.
    In an interview Monday, former Las Vegas Police Lt. Randy Sutton said America is on the verge of a public crisis.    Sutton argued that the anti-police rhetoric and actions across the country are psychologically and emotionally damaging, which has resulted in mass departures of officers.
    The fallout continues as its reported that in many cities hundreds of police officers are retiring, resigning and quitting their jobs.    In an exclusive interview with One American News, the president of New York City’s Sergeant Benevolent Association, Ed Mullins, said police officers are walking off the job and retiring en mass over political agendas.
    “Mayor DeBlaiso who comes in with all these progressive policies, along with the city council that adopt these progressive policies and they begin this anti-police agenda,” he explained.
    Through its inaction, the Biden administration is busy putting the safety of all American citizens at risk, including the very communities most at-risk for violence, robbery and homicides.

4/28/2021 Reports: Police Tend To Shoot People For Same Reasons, Regardless Of Race by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, police hold their clubs as they form
a line in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
    As far-left protesters continue to hit the streets to protest alleged systemic racism reinforced by police, the actual circumstances surrounding police shootings paint a very different picture.
    According to the Washington Posts’ archive of police shootings across the U.S., a large majority of fatal shootings, about three-fourths, happen while officers are either under attack or protecting other people.
    The numbers show of those who died in officer-involved shootings, 28 percent died while shooting at either officers or other people.    Additionally, 16 percent were either using weapons or physical force and 31 percent were pointing a gun.
    Of all the officer-involved shooting deaths, less than 10 percent were against unarmed people.    The data completely contradicts the narrative among left-wing activists that officers are typically using lethal force against otherwise peaceful civilians.
    The data shows that when it comes down to it, officers largely appear to respond to life-threatening situations based on circumstances regardless of the culprit’s race.
    Although African Americans and Hispanics are disproportionately represented in those statistics, the facts surrounding those shootings are strikingly similar to when white people are involved.    Nonetheless, the mainstream media continues to push the narrative that police across the country are somehow targeting African Americans.

4/28/2021 Biden Admin. To Send $310M To Guatemala For ‘Migrant Relief’ by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 18, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol truck patrols the U.S. border with Mexico in Douglas, Ariz.
Migrants trekking across the Arizona borderlands have died at higher rates in the two decades. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo, File)
    The White House is planning to send even more U.S. taxpayer money to Guatemala instead of helping to address the border crisis on its home soil.
    While speaking during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, the Biden administration announced plans to give an additional $310 million to Guatemala to create a ”task force” to manage mass migration into the U.S.    It appears $255 million of those funds will go toward unspecified “humanitarian relief,” while another $55 million will provide food to the local population.
    This comes as the White House attempts to address the root causes of migration from the Northern Triangle region.
    Biden’s plan has already received backlash from Republicans who said that money would be better spent finishing border wall construction and helping Americans instead of being sent abroad.
    GOP lawmakers have also pointed out how both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have yet to actually visit the southern border to witness the influx of immigrants for themselves.
    According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials last month, more than 170,000 illegal migrants were taken into federal custody.

4/28/2021 Sen. Kennedy Says He’s Very Disappointed In Biden Ahead Of Congress Speech by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., speaks during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine the American Jobs Plan, focusing on infrastructure, climate
change, and investing in our nation’s future on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Oliver Contreras/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)
    Republican senators are skeptical that Joe Biden’s calls for unity will ever be anything more than an empty promise.    On Tuesday, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said Biden’s planned speech before Congress will be nothing new because he has already shown his true colors.
    The Louisiana lawmaker pointed out that Biden has called those who disagree with him “Neanderthals.”    The senator went on to say he’s not expecting Biden to say anything outside of his “woke” talking points.    He added that Biden is advancing far-left policies, which is a far-cry from his hypocritical calls for unity.
    “He (Biden) clearly believes that he can tax, spend and regulate our country into prosperity,” Kennedy stated.    “He has told every American who believes we should have a good faith effort to go back to having an election day instead of an election month that they are racist.”
    Meanwhile, Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) criticized Biden for including partisan agenda items in his recent spending bills that do little to address COVID-19 and infrastructure.
    “But when it comes to COVID relief, there wasn’t much of anything in there that we would have been interested in other than the relief itself,” noted the Indiana lawmaker.    “Likewise on the infrastructure discussion, it looks like it’s that same approach, so I think there’s going to be a point where you invite discussion being involved in the dialog.”
    While many Republican senators have elected to skip Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress, both Kennedy and Braun have decided to attend while hoping that just this once Biden might chose to do the right thing.

4/28/2021 Biden’s First 100 Days Promote Big Government by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden responds to a question from reporters about COVID-19, on the North Lawn of the
White House, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office is not so much a test on his leadership, but more on how Big Government can influence American society.    Ahead of Biden’s address to both chambers of Congress Wednesday, some Republicans worried he may make a case for strengthening the federal government.
    “He (Biden) clearly believes that he can tax, spend and regulate our country into prosperity,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.).    “In terms of the regulatory environment he’s creating, he thinks that we should have a rule for everything.”
    Biden’s supporters are hailing his first 100 days in office as Democrats passed his nearly $2 trillion stimulus package, which focused on increasing unemployment benefits, direct payments to Americans and funding for states to distribute vaccines.    Meanwhile, it’s anticipated that Biden will spend another $3 trillion or more to bolster America’s infrastructure and education.
    “This is a sloppy liberal wish list that would spend a lot and get very little in return,” stated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).    “The far left has been bragging about all the social engineers and welfare spending that is stuffed into these proposals.”
    However, economists and Republican critics have argued Biden’s plan to pay for these programs by increasing the corporate tax rate will have an adverse effect on the U.S. economy.    They said Biden’s increase will stifle private involvement in infrastructure by reducing the profitability of a new investment.
    This would trickle down into the earnings of workers as the effects would hit their wages and retirement savings.    Additionally, critics have argued Biden’s big spending will lead to runaway inflation rates.
    Some economists and business leaders, including the late former Secretary of State George P. Schultz and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, said Biden could propose a carbon tax as a viable solution.    Even officials in the administration believe growing the federal government while pushing businesses down aren’t effective solutions to the issues facing Americans.
    In the meantime, Republican lawmakers along with moderate Democrats like Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) are trying to ground the Biden administration.    They are vying for more targeted legislation when it comes to infrastructure and job creation.    Additionally, they have urged Biden to extend a hand across the aisle in hopes to keep the balance of federalism intact.

4/28/2021 Rep. Ted Budd Joins N.C. Senate Primary Race by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2018 file photo, Rep. Ted Budd, R-NC, answers questions from the media at his election party in Bermuda Run, N.C.
Budd has announced, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, his bid to become the state’s next U.S. Senator. (AP Photo/Woody Marshall, File)
    Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) has joined the North Carolina Senate primary race.    He officially announced his bid for the GOP nomination Wednesday.
    Budd is looking to take up the seat of retiring Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.).    The Republican is among a crowded field of candidates vying for the open seat, which likely includes Lara Trump.
    President Trump has praised Budd as a warrior and a gun rights advocate.
    “I’m a small business man who is fed up with the liberals attacks on our faith, our families, our way of life,” Budd stated.    “I ran for Congress alongside Donald Trump to take our country back.”
    The open Senate seat is one of the most competitive and watched races of 2022.

4/28/2021 Fla. Children Die After Using Scuba Tank In Pool by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
    Two young children died after apparently drowning in a pool in southeastern Florida. On Tuesday, reports said the children had been briefly left unattended at the Jensen Beach Pool about 115 miles north of Miami.
    The siblings aged seven and nine years old were given permission to use the pool along with a scuba tank.    According to those reports, the tank used a mixture of gasses and it is likely the children were not using the proper mixture to breathe underwater.
    “If you’re breathing 100% nitrogen or 100% helium, you’re going to pass out,” dive expert Jim Abernathy said.    “It’ll happen very quickly; you won’t even know.     If you pass out on land, you’ll wake up and you’ll be fine because you’re still breathing air.    Underwater, you’ll drown.”
    The parents described the children as experienced swimmers and divers.    Authorities said the cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

4/28/2021 One Dead, Four Injured Including Three-Month-Old Baby In Va. Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Police caution tape. (Photo by JEFF DEAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    A manhunt is underway in Virginia after a shooting left at least two dead and three others injured.    Authorities said several gunmen opened fire on a group outside an apartment complex on Tuesday. Gunfire was then returned by an unknown party.
    The Richmond Police Department said the motive was unclear at this point, however, it appears they were targeting a specific apartment and not a specific person.
    Police Chief Gerald Smith said the victims included two adult women, two teenagers and a three-month-old baby.
    “It’s really hard for me to even say good evening at this time because of what just occurred here,” Chief Smith said.    “One of the hardest things to say is that one was a three-month-old at the time that they were shot.    The three-month-old is in serious condition at this time.    They had no regard for the individuals that were out there.”
    Police have asked anyone with information on the attack to come forward as the investigation continues.

4/29/2021 Oil up $0.61 to $63.65, DOW down 165 to 33,820.

4/29/2021 Real ID deadline is delayed again, until May 3, 2023 by Melissa Yeager, Arizona Republic USA TODAY NETWORK
    If you’ve been unable to get a travel compliant Real ID driver's license because of the coronavirus pandemic, you can relax a bit.    The deadline has been extended another 19 months.
    On Tuesday the Department of Homeland Security once again delayed the full implementation of the law requiring people to have a Real ID in order to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings.
    The department postponed the Real ID deadline from Oct. 1, 2021, to May 3, 2023.
    Congress passed the Real ID Act in 2005 in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.    It aimed to standardize the criteria used to issue driver's licenses and other state IDs across the country.    After delays, the act was supposed to go into full effect on Oct. 1, 2020, but that was pushed back.
Why the Real ID deadline was extended again
    The pandemic has caused many state licensing agencies to shift to appointment- only service.    The DHS said that has "significantly limited states’ capacity to issue Real ID-compliant drivers licenses and identification cards."
    The agency estimates 43% of all state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards are Real ID-compliant.
    "As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the Real ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their drivers licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a Real ID-compliant license or identification card," Alejandro N. Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, said.
    Two trade groups, the U.S. Travel Association and the Airports Council, applauded the delay.
    "Getting to Real ID compliance on time was already going to be a challenge before COVID shut down DMVs for extended periods," Tori Emerson Barnes, the U.S. Travel Association executive vice president for public affairs and policy, said in a statement.    "Significant travel disruption was likely if the deadline were allowed to hit, which the U.S. economy can't afford after a $500 billion decline in travel spending last year and millions of travel jobs lost to the pandemic."
    The Airports Council International – North America, which represents commercial airports in the U.S. and Canada, also supported the move.     "Extending Real ID requirements until May 2023 will help provide additional time to educate travelers and ensure they have the ability to more easily apply to obtain REAL ID-compliant identification so they will be ready to travel," president and CEO Kevin M. Burk said.
What is the difference between a Real ID and a regular license?
    How do you know if your driver's license is a Real ID?    Look in the top right corner.    If you see a gold star, your license is Real ID-compliant.    If you don’t have that gold star, you may need to upgrade your license or carry another identification when you travel.
What do I need to get a Real ID?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are requiring appointments at their state licensing agency offices.
    Find your state's information on DHS' interactive map.    Expect to bring proof of identity and residency and your Social Security number.
Do kids need a Real ID?
    The Transportation Security Administration does not require IDs for children younger than 18 if they are traveling with an adult within the United States.    However, the agency recommends checking with your airline.
Do I need a Real ID if I have a passport?
    According to the TSA website, all of these are Real ID travel-compliant:     U.S. passport.
    U.S. passport card.
    DHS trusted traveler card (Global Entry, Nexus, Sentri, FAST).
    U.S. Department of Defense ID, including IDs issued to dependents.
    Permanent resident card.
    Border crossing card.
    State-issued enhanced driver’s license.
    Federally recognized, tribal-issued photo ID.
    HSPD-12 PIV card.
    Foreign government-issued passport.
    Canadian provincial driver’s license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card.
    Transportation worker identification credential.
    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employment authorization card (I-766).
    U.S. Merchant Mariner Credential.
The Department of Homeland Security has again postponed the deadline for Real IDs. JOHN SAMORA/USA TODAY NETWORK

4/28/2021 Report: President Trump Planning To Bring Back MAGA Rallies by OAN Newsroom
US President Donald Trump arrives for a “Make America Great Again” rally at Bozeman Yellowstone
International Airport, November 3, 2018 in Belgrade, Montana. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Trump is gearing up to possibly restart his Make America Great Again rallies as early as May.    According to a source close to President Trump Wednesday, the event setup may be different but the same vendors will be used.
    The idea for a MAGA rally reboot gained traction after Trump vowed to travel to Alaska to campaign against Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).    Reports also said the 45th President may want to use the rallies to communicate with supporters after he was kicked off social media platforms by Big Tech giants like Twitter.
MONTOURSVILLE, PA – MAY 20: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ‘Make America Great Again’ campaign rally at
Williamsport Regional Airport, May 20, 2019 in Montoursville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    President Trump also hinted at doing another rally in an interview with Dan Bongino on Wednesday.
    “I never tell you this in person, but we need a Trump rally.    Can you throw one soon, just for fun?” questioned Bongino.
    “We’ll do one soon,” President Trump answered.    “They love the rallies.    We did 56 rallies and we never had an empty slot or seat.”
    Anticipation has been mounting as supporters await a possible announcement on whether he will run for president again in 2024.
    However, President Trump’s office has not responded to the MAGA rally rumors.

4/28/2021 GOP Lawmakers Request IG Probe Into Kerry-Iran Ties by OAN Newsroom
Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
    A group of House Republicans demanded a federal investigation into Climate Envoy John Kerry over his ties to Iran.    On Wednesday, Reps. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) sent a letter to acting State Department Inspector General Diana Shaw.
    The representatives requested a probe into reports that said Kerry was giving out Israeli military secrets to Iran and taking other actions to undermine President Trump.
    Letter to acting State Department Inspector General Diana Shaw
Letter to acting State Department Inspector General Diana Shaw     In the letter, the lawmakers ask what role Kerry had in creating the Iran Nuclear Deal under President Obama.
    The lawmakers also want the Inspector General to determine if Kerry’s actions resulted in Iranian attacks on Israel and if he caused any deaths among U.S. allies.

4/29/2021 Biden Delivers First Address To Joint Session Of Congress by OAN Newsroom
    President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, April 28, 2021,
in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night and wasted no time to tout the work accomplished in his first 100 days.
    “After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for a takeoff in my view,” he stated.    “We’re working again, dreaming again, discovering again and leading the world again.”
    However, a large part of his one-hour and five minute address was spent simply taking credit for the work President Trump accomplished before him.    This particularly included coronavirus vaccine distribution.
    “After I promised 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days with your help,” Biden gloated.    “We’re marshaling every federal resource, we’ve gotten the vaccine to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers.”
    He also took credit for the lowering of prescription drug costs.    While Biden did acknowledge President Trump in his comments on prescription drug prices, he failed to mention four executive orders he signed in the summer of 2020 that did exactly that.
    In regards to prescription drug costs.    Biden failed to recognize the crisis at the southern border after reversing the work of President Trump in securing the nation.
    “On day one of my Presidency, I kept my commitment to a comprehensive immigration bill to the U.S. Congress,” Biden stated.    “If you believe we need to secure the border then pass it because it has a lot of money in it for high tech border security.”
    Time spent speaking on things in which he was not stealing credit for or twisting the narrative of was, instead, spent by touting programs that have long been referred to as Democrat “pet projects.”    Biden then explained exactly how he thought America could afford these programs: taxing corporations.
    “But it’s time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share,” he asserted.    “My fellow Americans…trickle-down economics has never worked and it’s this time to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out.”
    A higher corporate tax would also serve to fund another one of the Democrats’ rallying cries: a raise in the federal minimum wage.    Biden called on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or the PRO Act, and send it to his desk to support the right to unionize.
    While Democrats have heralded Biden for his “big promises, bigger spending” policies, Republicans were less than impressed with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggesting “this whole thing could have just been an email.”

4/29/2021 Donald Trump Jr. Says Rep. Cheney Does Not Represent Conservatives by OAN Newsroom
File – Donald Trump Jr. speaks to supporters of his father, President Donald Trump,
during a panel discussion in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Donald Trump Jr. recently weighed in on Rep. Liz Cheney’s (R-Wyo.) potential 2024 presidential bid.
    In a recent video, Trump Jr. said running as a Democrat would be more in line with her “swamp instincts.”    He then highlighted her attempts to impeach President Trump and her desire to stay in endless wars.
    Trump Jr. went on to scoff at the idea of Cheney headlining the Republican ticket and said she doesn’t represent current conservative values.
    “Someone who would literally be one of the most hated people in Washington D.C. by the media if she actually went along with the conservative values of today’s Republican Party, but as soon as she goes against Trump they give her a lot of freebies,” he explained.
    Trump Jr. said if Cheney runs for president, he will put in the strongest possible effort to ensure conservatism isn’t destroyed.

4/29/2021 Sen. Cruz Sleeps Through Biden’s Address To Congress by OAN Newsroom
Republican Senators Mike Lee, R-Utah, Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va, Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Jim Risch, R-Idaho, listen as President Joe Biden speaks to
a joint session of Congress, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)
    A video of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) seemingly falling asleep during Joe Biden’s address to Congress has gone viral.
    Thousands have now seen the video of Cruz caught on camera Wednesday night, appearing to be resting his eyes and struggling to stay awake.
    As Biden spoke about the migrant crisis, cameras panned to catch Cruz’s reaction as seen in the video below.
    After the speech, Cruz suggested Biden was deliberately being boring to cover up the radical content of his speech.

4/29/2021 Ark. Passes Gun Sanctuary State Law by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles are displayed on a wall
at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
    Arkansas lawmakers have pushed back against federal gun laws by passing a bill aimed to invalidate new federal gun restrictions.
    State Rep. Jeff Wardlaw (R), the bill’s sponsor, said there would be consequences for law enforcement or officials who violate the law subject to losing certification.    This comes in an effort to protect Arkansans’ Second Amendment rights.
    “My constituents came to me early on after the November election and they expressed a lot of fear, a lot of fear off the campaign material the Biden administration put out,” Wardlaw stated.    “That they were going to go after confiscating rifles taxes, putting taxes on ammunition, putting taxes on magazines.”
    Arkansas has joined a handful of other states, which have passed similar measures to circumvent efforts by the Biden administration to restrict gun ownership.

4/29/2021 Sen. Scott: Nation Starving For More Than Platitudes by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) walks through the U.S. Capitol before he delivers the Republican
response to Biden’s address to congress April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) delivered the GOP response to Joe Biden’s address Wednesday night, expressing his skepticism that Biden will do all that he promised.
    The South Carolina senator took no time to strike at the heart of Biden’s message.
    “No matter how we voted, this was the pitch you just heard it again, but our nation is starving for more than empty platitudes,” Scott said.    “We need policies in progress that bring us closer together, but three months in, the actions of [Joe Biden] and his party are pulling us further and further apart.”
    Scott quickly developed a theme for his response: Lawmakers need to find common ground and the Democrats seem to have no intention to reach across the aisle.
    “Infrastructure spending that shrinks our economy is not common sense, weakening our southern borders and creating a crisis is not compassionate,” Scott noted.     “[Biden] is also abandoning principles he’s held for decades.    Now, he says your tax dollars should fund abortions.    He’s laying the groundwork to pack the Supreme Court.    This is not common ground.”
    Furthermore, Scott refuted several claims Biden made during his speech, such as taking credit for successes against coronavirus or claiming he is striving for bipartisanship.
    “This should be a joyful springtime for our nation,” Scott continued.    “This administration inherited a tide already turned the coronavirus is on the run.    Thanks to Operation Warp Speed in the Trump administration, our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines.    Thanks to our bipartisan work last year, job openings are rebounding.”
    Scott then questioned: “Why do we feel so divided and anxious?
    “A nation with so much cause for hope should not feel so heavy,” the South Carolina senator stated.    “A president who promised to bring us together should not be pushing agendas that tear us apart.”
    He then worked to clarify the Republicans’ positions on many issues that Democrats have tried to use against them.
    “Republicans support making it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” the Republican senator noted.    “And so do the voters. Big majorities of Americans support early voting and big majorities support voter I.D., including African-Americans and Hispanics.    Common sense makes common ground.”
    Scott finished his remarks by painting a picture of true bipartisanship.    He shared his optimism that Americans will overcome the trying times of the Biden administration.
    “Our best future will not come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams, it will come from you, the American people, black, Hispanic, white and Asian, Republican and Democrat, brave police officers and black neighborhoods,” Scott concluded.    “We are not adversaries.    We are family.    We are all in this together, and we get to live in the greatest country on Earth.    The country where my grandfather in his 94 years saw his family go from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.    So, I am more than hopeful.    I am confident that our finest hour is yet to come.”

4/29/2021 Dem. NYC Mayoral Candidate Stringer Accused Of Sexual Abuse by OAN Newsroom
Jean Kim speaks to reporters during a news conference, Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in New York. Kim,
who once worked as an unpaid intern for City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a contender to become New York City’s next mayor,
accused him Wednesday of groping her without consent.    Stringer denied the allegations. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
    New York City mayoral candidate Scott Stringer was accused of sexual harassment by a former intern.    In a news conference Wednesday, former employee Jean Kim said Stringer kissed and groped her without her consent while she was working on his campaign in 2001.
    Kim has demanded Stringer, who is one of the leading Democrat candidates, resign from his current position as City Comptroller as well as withdraw from the mayor’s race.
    The accusations come less than two months before the city’s mayoral primaries.
    “But I’m coming forward now,” Jean Kim stated.    “Because being forced to see him on my living room TV every day, pretending to be a champion for women’s rights, just sickens me when I know the truth.”
    Stringer has since denied all allegations, but did admit to having “consensual relations” with Kim.    He added, he is not ending his mayoral campaign.

4/29/2021 Standoff In N.C. Leads To Deaths Of 2 Deputies, 3 Civil by OAN Newsroom
In this photo provided by WJZY, a tactical van from Caldwell County, North Carolina, sits on stand-by at a staging area in Boone, N.C., on Wednesday, April 28, 2021.
Law enforcement agencies responded to a standoff in Boone in which two Watauga County sheriff’s deputies were shot and wounded. (Morgan Frances/WJZY via AP)
    A community is in mourning after a 14-hour long stand-off in North Carolina left two officers and three civilians, including the suspect, dead.    According to Watauga County Sheriff Len Hagaman on Thursday, Sergeant Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox both died from their injuries.
    Both officers were reportedly injured during a welfare check Wednesday in Boone, which is a city just northwest of Charlotte.
    The pair were met with gunfire when they entered the home.    Hagaman said there was no doubt the suspect ambushed the officers.
    “He was waiting for the officers and we had had an issue with him over the weekend,” Sheriff Hagaman explained.    “The compassion for the community and doing the right thing, they [the officers] did that.    They didn’t expect this, but they were doing the right thing.”
    Authorities have not released the identities of the suspect or the other victims, however, they did say the suspect was 32-years-old.

4/29/2021 President Trump Says May Decide To Run In 2024 After Midterms, Says Polls Show His High Popularity Among Americans by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump (Photo by Olivier Douliery – Pool/Getty Images)
    President Trump said the best time to make a decision on his potential 2024 campaign would be after the 2022 midterms.    In an interview Wednesday, the 45th President said he’s “most seriously considering” another run in 2024, citing many polls that have indicated his high chances to succeed.
    President Trump also commented on his continued leadership in the Republican Party by pointing out that many 2022 candidates have been seeking his endorsements.
    “Everyone comes and they all want the endorsement, more than they’ve ever wanted an endorsement,” the 45th President stated.    “There’s never been an endorsement that meant so much, which is an honor to me.    It’s very important.    It means victory, it’s the difference between they win and they lose.”
    President Trump also criticized Joe Biden’s plan to raise taxes.    He added, private sector companies will flee the U.S., taking investment money and millions of jobs with them.

4/29/2021 Biden Delivers First Address To Joint Session Of Congress by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress Wednesday, April 28, 2021, in the
House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night and wasted no time to tout the work accomplished in his first 100 days.
    “After 100 days of rescue and renewal, America is ready for a takeoff in my view,” he stated.    “We’re working again, dreaming again, discovering again and leading the world again.”
    However, a large part of his one-hour and five-minute address was spent simply taking credit for the work President Trump accomplished before him.    This particularly included coronavirus vaccine distribution.
    “After I promised 100 million COVID-19 vaccine shots in 100 days, we will have provided over 220 million COVID shots in 100 days with your help,” Biden gloated.    “We’re marshaling every federal resource, we’ve gotten the vaccine to nearly 40,000 pharmacies and over 700 community health centers.”
    He also took credit for the lowering of prescription drug costs.    While Biden did acknowledge President Trump in his comments on prescription drug prices, he failed to mention four executive orders he signed in the summer of 2020 that did exactly that.
    In regards to prescription drug costs.    Biden failed to recognize the crisis at the southern border after reversing the work of President Trump in securing the nation.
    “On day one of my Presidency, I kept my commitment to a comprehensive immigration bill to the U.S. Congress,” Biden stated.    “If you believe we need to secure the border then pass it because it has a lot of money in it for high tech border security.”
    Time spent speaking on things in which he was not stealing credit for or twisting the narrative of was, instead, spent by touting programs that have long been referred to as Democrat “pet projects.”    Biden then explained exactly how he thought America could afford these programs: taxing corporations.
    “But it’s time for corporate America and the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans to just begin to pay their fair share,” he asserted.    “.”
    A higher corporate tax would also serve to fund another one of the Democrats’ rallying cries: a raise in the federal minimum wage.    Biden called on Congress to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, or the PRO Act, and send it to his desk to support the right to unionize.
    While Democrats have heralded Biden for his “big promises, bigger spending” policies, Republicans were less than impressed with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) suggesting “this whole thing could have just been an email.”

4/29/2021 Rudy Giuliani’s N.Y. Apartment Raided By Federal Investigators by OAN Newsroom
Andrew Giuliani, son of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, speaks to the press outside
his father’s apartment building in New York on April 28, 2021. (Photo by ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)
    Federal agents and police raided the New York City home and office of President Trump’s former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, as part of a criminal investigation.    On Wednesday, Giuliani’s attorney, Robert Costello, spoke out on the FBI’s raid and called it totally unnecessary.    He added, it was done to make Giuliani look like some sort of criminal.
    The devices and documents that were seized from his home are “filled with material covered by attorney client privilege.”
    Costello also highlighted the “corrupt double standard” of the White House and the DOJ’s failure to go after the real problem.    Namely, Hunter Biden, his father and the millions of dollars in bribes they allegedly took from Ukrainian businessmen.    He also noted the raid was done “just to put on a show,” which Costello said could have been done with a grand jury subpoena without the media present.
    Meanwhile, Bernard Kerik, a longtime friend of Giuliani who served as New York City’s police commissioner, said the former mayor called him as agents searched his home.    He said the raid was “extremely concerning” and they “shouldn’t have been there in the first place.”
    Meanwhile, Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani spoke out publicly after the raid, denouncing the move as “disturbing.”
    “Anybody, any American, whether you were red or blue, should be extremely disturbed by what happened here today by the continued politicization of the Justice Department,” Andrew stated.    “This is disgusting.    If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to any American.”
    He reiterated, the only piece of evidence they “did not take up there today was the only piece of incriminating evidence that is in there.    And it does not belong to my father.    It belongs to the current president’s son.”
    The FBI has not commented on the raid and no additional information has been released.

4/29/2021 Vaccine Maker BioNTech Looking Into Reports Of Heart Inflammation by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 27, 2021 file photo a laboratory worker simulates the workflow in a cleanroom of the
BioNTech Corona vaccine production in Marburg, Germany, during a media day. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
    BioNTech is investigating reports of potential side effects of COVID-19 vaccines.    The German start-up is seeking additional details after Israel reported several cases of heart inflammation in patients who received the Pfizer vaccine, which BioNTech produces alongside the German pharmaceutical firm.
    The condition, also known as miocarditis, is a swelling of the heart muscle, which causes the organ to perform abnormally and can lead to more serious illness.    According to BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin, the reports seem to be anecdotal and not representative of a wider trend as of now.
    “So such symptoms must always be well documented and the severity must also be documented,” he explained.    “But what we have already done is to go into our databases because we get data…over 200 million people have been vaccinated.”
    Meanwhile, the Pentagon reported earlier this week it’s tracking 14 cases of heart inflammation experienced by military patients after receiving either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

4/29/2021 President Trump Praises OAN’s Reporting, Highlights Growth In Popularity by OAN Newsroom
File – President Donald Trump gives thumbs up at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Trump recently called on all Americans to tune in to One America News as we are continuing to stand up to the lies of the “Washington swamp.”
    On Wednesday, he told Dan Bongino the mainstream media has failed to acknowledge his success in last year’s elections along with claims of rampant voter fraud committed by Democrats.    The 45th president went on to acknowledge the recent growth of OAN’s popularity among viewers.
    For our part, we at One America News would like to thank each and every one of our viewers, including President Trump, and we encourage you to stay with us because we are after the truth.

4/29/2021 President Trump: Keep Your Eye On The Ariz. Audit by OAN Newsroom
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 28: Former President Donald Trump 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)
    President Trump spoke out on fraud in the 2020 elections amid the ongoing vote recount in Arizona.    The 45th President made the remarks during an interview with     The Dan Bongino Show Wednesday, urging Americans to keep an eye on the forensic audit in Maricopa County.
    “I think it’s going to be incredible, I think it’s going to be eye-opening because I personally think that — I have no question we won Arizona,” President Trump said.    “We had rallies.    We had such enthusiasm.    Nobody’s ever seen anything like it.    Then all of a sudden we lose [and] people couldn’t believe it.”
    The 45th President also pointed out how Democrat lawmakers sent 103 lawyers in a failed attempt to block the recount effort.    He said if the election was honest, the left has little reason to oppose a fully transparent audit, which begs the question: What are Democrats hiding?
    President Trump also highlighted other cases of potential dishonesty.    He said just one day before the election in Wisconsin, the Washington Post and ABC wrongly predicted he was 17 points behind. However, despite the poll’s potential to suppress votes, he won the state.
    Furthermore, the 45th President weighed in on the Supreme Court’s handling of election fraud concerns from Republican lawmakers.
    With 20 states reporting cases of voter fraud, President Trump said the High Court’s decision to throw it away was “gutless.”    He stressed, this came from the lack of courage to make a tough decision and many Americans, including himself, found that shameful.
    President Trump argued that despite potentially fraudulent votes from dead people and illegal immigrants, the amount counted in 2020 was still record-breaking.
    “So, we’ll see what happens, but I have a feeling I know what’s gonna happen because it was a totally crooked election,” he noted.    “I think the whole 2020 election was totally crooked.    Many people agree.”
    He added, he is glad to have served as President. He loves our country as well as Americans and he is continuing forward.
    “Look we had a corrupt election, we had corrupt counters,” President Trump concluded.    “The counters were more important than the candidate and it’s just one of those things.    And we’re fighting all the way and we’ll see also see what happens in ’24.”

4/29/2021 Biden Claims White Supremacy Is Biggest Terror Threat by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to a joint session of Congress in the House chamber
of the U.S. Capitol April 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden attempted to downplay the threat that radical Islamic terrorism poses to America.    In his address to Congress Tuesday, Biden claimed white supremacists pose a greater threat to the U.S. than radical Islamists.    Biden also refused to call Islamic terrorism by its name, but instead called it the “jihadist threat.”
    This came as Biden’s federal agencies have recently been criticized for targeting conservatives with illegal searches and probes for apparent political purposes.    Biden also claimed Islamic terrorists are far away from the U.S., despite his plan to increase the intake of refugees from hotbeds of Islamic terror.
    “Al-Qaida and ISIS are in Yemen, Syria, Somalia, other places in Africa and the Middle East and beyond,” Biden alleged.    “And we won’t ignore what our intelligence agencies have determined to be the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today: White supremacist terrorism.    We’re not going to ignore that either.”
    Security experts immediately refuted Biden’s claims by saying Islamic terrorists have killed thousands of Americans.

4/30/2021 Oil up $1.28 to $64.94, DOW up 240 to 34,060.

4/30/2021 Newsmax Settles Dominion Lawsuit, Issues Retraction On 2020 Coverage by OAN Newsroom
A worker passes a Dominion Voting ballot scanner while setting up a polling location at an elementary school in Gwinnett County, Ga.,
outside of Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021. Newsmax has apologized to an employee of Dominion Voting Systems. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
    Newsmax caved to left-wing pressure by reversing all stories covering fraud in the 2020 election.    Early Friday, the media outlet posted a statement to “clarify its coverage” of Dominion voting machines and the ongoing fraud investigation.
    In a statement, Newsmax admitted that while they did report — and in doing so — supported arguments and evidence brought forth by President Trump, among others, they themselves found no evidence of fraud.
    Following the publication, Dr. Coomer, the director of Product Strategy and Security for Dominion, settled his lawsuit against Newsmax.
(Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)
    Meanwhile, several entities, including President Trump’s campaign staff, attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, as well as One America News, have not caved and are continuing to investigate despite the suit against them.

4/30/2021 Fla. Lawmakers Ban Use Of So-Called Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)
    Florida lawmakers passed a bill, which bans mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations in the state.    The legislation, SB 2006, was passed Thursday and placed a permanent ban on so-called “vaccination passports.”
    This came shortly after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) argued that the passports would create “huge privacy issues.”
    The Senate’s bill sponsor added, they would hamper efforts to return to normalcy, noting people should not have to provide documentation to certify they are vaccinated just to enter a grocery store or a school.

4/30/2021 Reps. Matt Gaetz, MTG Launch ‘Put America First’ Fundraising Cmte by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA). (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.) have joined forces to promote the policies sparked by the “America First Movement.”
    On Friday, the two filed for a joint fundraising committee called “Put America First” with the FEC, hoping to pool their network of high dollar GOP donors.
    This came ahead of their summer “America First Tour,” which is expected to kick off May 7 in The Villages, Florida.

4/30/2021 Vt. Army Nat’l Guard Combat Units Open To Women by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    Vermont became the first state in the country to allow women in all combat units of the state’s Army National Guard.    The National Guard Bureau recently gave authorization for the guard’s First Squadron, 172nd Cavalry and the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
    86th Brigade Commander Colonel Brey Hopkins said there was “no doubt” in his mind that including women in combat units will strengthen the guard’s fighting force.
    Officials said the Vermont National Guard will continue to broaden their diversity and inclusion in the organization.

4/30/2021 DIA: China Capable Of Mounting Nuclear Weapons To Planes To Dominate Northeastern, Western Africa by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 29: Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), testifies during
a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 29, 2021 in
Washington, DC. The committee is hearing testimony on worldwide threats. (Photo by Samuel Corum-Pool/Getty Images)
    The Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA, found China has been rapidly expanding its military force.    DIA Director Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier told the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, China appears to have developed the capability to mount nuclear missiles to its warplanes.
    “Is China capable of arming its hypersonic glide vehicles with nuclear warheads, and if so, what kind of risk does that pose to the united states and our interests?” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) asked.
    “The answer to that question is yes, and that poses a significant risk,” Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier answered.
    Berrier added, hypersonic glide vehicles are Russian technology, which Moscow has improved in recent years.    For its part, China is seeking a similar modernization of its nuclear forces by the year 2030.    Berrier went on to say, China is working to establish a base in Djibouti, which is a country in northeastern Africa, to threaten U.S. interests.
    “Senator, I believe the Chinese — in order to safeguard their Belt and Road Initiative — will emplace military forces where they see they need that kind of capability,” Berrier continued.    “Africa is certainly one of those places they have done that.”
    The DIA director also confirmed previous reports that Beijing has bought political influence in western Africa, as well, in order to begin building a naval base there.
    “The way they look at Africa is sort of this long-term developmental approach, which will allow them over a long period to put more forces there,” Berrier said.    “So, I do agree with General Townsend, but in the extent that Africa is one area where strategic competition will play out, it will also play out in Latin America, in South America and wherever they extend their markets, you will find that activity.”
    Lt. Gen. Berrier also said China is following a simple scheme by investing millions of dollars into poor countries first and then deploying its military there as part of a global power play.

4/30/2021 LEGOLAND N.Y. Nears Completion, Set To Open Summer 2021 by OAN Newsroom
(Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images)
    Brick by brick construction is almost complete at LEGOLAND New York with the theme park nearing its grand opening.    According to the park’s public relations manager on Wednesday, the LEGO-themed amusement park is in the final phases of development.
    The LEGO-sized versions of iconic U.S. cities are nearing completion with the rest of the park containing an estimated 15,000 LEGO models.
    Reports said the park is set to open in phases this summer while complying with social distancing restrictions.
    “We are the first theme park to be built in the Northeast in decades and really I think particularly with the challenges in the last year, people are looking to get out,” Public Relations Manager Matt Besterman said.    “They’re looking to have a safe and fun place to play.”
    The New York park will be the largest LEGOLAND compared to the eight other parks around the world.

4/30/2021 Josh Duggar Pleads Not Guilty To Child Porn Charges, Former ’19 Kids And Counting’ Star To Remain In Custody Until May 5 Hearing by OAN Newsroom
FAYETTEVILLE, AR – APRIL 29: In this handout photo provided by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, former television
personality on “19 Kids And Counting” Josh Duggar poses for a booking photo after his arrest April 29, 2021 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Duggar was reportedly arrested by federal agents and is being detained on a federal hold. (Photo by Washington County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images)
    Former reality star Josh Duggar has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges.    On Friday, the 33-year-old made a virtual appearance before an Arkansas judge on charges of receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children.
    He has been accused of using the internet to download child sexual abuse material, some of which involves children under the age of 12.    The former “19 Kids and Counting” star has faced legal trouble before, but had not been charged with any crime.
    He will remain in custody until his next hearing on May 5 and faces up to 20 years in prison and a $750,000 fine on each count.

4/30/2021 Biden: Mask-Wearing Is A Patriotic Responsibility by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden removes his mask before speaking about updated CDC mask guidance on the North Lawn of the
White House on April 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has touted mask-wearing as a patriotic responsibility even for ful