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

    This file is attached to from “Beast That Came Out Of The Sea” - Chapter Eight by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved.
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6/1/2021 Oil up $0.28 to $66.91, DOW down 81 to 34,432.

6/1/2021 OECD: U.S. Economy To Speed Up To 6.9% In 2021, But Inflation Bites by OAN Newsroom
Outgoing Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria delivers
his speech during the handover ceremony at the OECD headquarters in Paris. (Ian Langsdon, Pool via AP)
    An international economics monitor projected U.S. GDP growth to gain momentum in coming months.    The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development shared insight on the post-pandemic economic outlook and warned of several anticipated issues.
    During their ministerial council meeting on Monday, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria reported the global economy was heading toward a level of growth that would have been unthinkable when the pandemic began.
    “In a few countries including the United States,” Gurria explained.    “We now see the level of GDP at the end of 2022 being higher than the one we had projected before the pandemic struck.”
    The OECD 2021 economic outlook report predicts the American economy will grow 6.9 percent this year. Joe Biden’s spending plans and money printing by the Federal     Reserve will be the driving factors behind this growth.    However, investors are concerned elevated inflation could rise up to 5 percent and, as a result, erase the benefits of this growth for American households.
    Despite their apparent support for the big spending plans proposed by the Biden administration, the OECD warned about the dangers that rising levels of national debt could create across the advanced economies this year.    Economists are also expecting the economic growth to plateau in 2022, while the risks of inflation and currency devaluations may pose the threat of stagflation.

6/1/2021 Red Faces In Rome As Street Plaque Gets President’s Name Wrong
FILE PHOTO: Pope Benedict XVI (L) arrives with Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (R)
at an auditorium before a concert in Rome April 21, 2006. REUTERS/Enrico Oliverio/Pool/File Photo/File Photo
    ROME (Reuters) – Italian President Sergio Mattarella had to abandon a ceremony on Tuesday dedicating a Rome road to one of his predecessors, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, after officials noticed that the name on the stone plaque was misspelt.
    Instead of “Azeglio,” the street marker said “Azelio,” with the letter “g” missing.
    Mattarella had already turned up to the event, alongside members of Ciampi’s family and Rome Mayor Virginia Raggi, before the embarrassing mistake was noticed, with the lettering showing up clearly through the translucent cloth covering the plaque.
    The error lit up social media, with Raggi’s many critics saying the gaffe underscored wider problems for the city.
    “A debacle of historical proportions, the last of a very long series that fortunately will end soon.    Rome deserves better,” said centre-left politician Carlo Calenda, who has indicated he will stand against Raggi in elections due later this year.
    Raggi’s allies said it was a conspiracy designed to hurt the mayor, who is a member of the anti-system 5-Star Movement.
    “Elections are approaching and they are doing all they can to stop Virginia Raggi.    The plaque with the wrong name of Carlo Azeglio Ciampi is not a simple mistake.    Do you think it is possible?    I don’t,” said 5-Star city councillor Paolo Ferrara.
    Ciampi was president from 1999 to 2006. He died in 2016 at the age of 95.
    A corrected sign was put up before the end of the day.
(Reporting by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

6/1/2021 Indigenous Groups Call For Canada To Identify Graves After Remains Of 215 Children Found by Anna Mehler Paperny
Pairs of children's shoes and toys are seen at memorial in front of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after the remains of 215 children,
some as young as three years old, were found at the site last week, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada May 31, 2021. REUTERS/Dennis Owen
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Indigenous groups in Canada are calling for a nationwide search for mass graves at residential school sites after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at one former school last week shocked the country.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday that searching for more mass graves was “an important part of discovering the truth” but did not make specific commitments.
    Tk’emlúps te Secwe´pemc First Nation announced last week they had found the remains of 215 children, some as young as three years old, buried at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, once Canada’s largest such school.
    Between 1831 and 1996, Canada’s residential school system forcibly separated children from their families, subjecting them to abuse, malnutrition and rape in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission tasked with investigating the system called “cultural genocide” in 2015.
    Last week’s announcement sparked outrage, prompting flags to be flown at half-staff and people to lay hundreds of tiny shoes in public squares, places of government and on the steps of churches, in reference to the role of Christian churches from a range of denominations in running the schools.
    There have long been rumors within indigenous communities, also discussed by the commission, of children buried at these schools.
    The fourth volume of the commission’s report, titled ‘Missing Children and Unmarked Burials,’ identified 3,200 children who died at residential schools, about a third of whom were not named.    Since that report’s publication in 2015, an additional 900 have been identified.
    Parents “spoke of children who went to school and never returned,” the report reads.
    A working group established by the commission in 2007 proposed, among other things, a study to identify unmarked gravesites.    While the federal government initially denied the C$1.5 million ($1.2 million) needed to conduct this work, the government announced in 2019 C$33.8 million over three years for a ‘National Residential School Student Death Register’ and an online registry of residential school cemeteries.
    Now there are renewed calls for Canada to do more to uncover what happened.
    In meetings across the country, indigenous communities are working to figure out how to investigate, said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs.
    “It’s absolutely essential that there be a national program to thoroughly investigate all residential school sites in regard to unmarked mass graves,” he said.
($1 = 1.2062 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny with additional reporting by Steve Scherer, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

6/1/2021 Spanish Court Rejects Custody For Western Sahara Independence Leader by Inti Landauro and Guillermo Martinez
People hold placards as they protest against Brahim Ghali, president of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) and Secretary General of the Polisario Front
(Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el-Hamra and Rio de Oro), outside Spanish High Court in Madrid, Spain, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Sergio Perez
    MADRID (Reuters) -Spain’s High Court on Tuesday turned down a request for Western Sahara independence leader Brahim Ghali to be taken into custody, saying the plaintiffs in a war crimes case against him had failed to provide evidence he had committed any crime.
    The Polisario Front leader, who has been hospitalized in the Spanish city of Logrono for more than a month, appeared remotely before the court in Madrid.
    He and other Polisario Front leaders are accused by human rights groups and Western Sahara individuals of genocide, murder, terrorism, torture and disappearances, a court document said. He denies any wrongdoing.
    “The prosecution report has not provided elements of evidence supporting the existence of reasons to believe he is responsible of any crime,” a court document said.
    The development was a new twist in a dispute between Madrid and Rabat over Ghali.
    The Spanish government says he was allowed treatment in Spain as a humanitarian gesture, but the move had angered Morocco and led Rabat to relax border controls which allowed thousands of migrants to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta last month.
    Shortly after Tuesday’s court decision, Spanish government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said she expected diplomatic relations with Morocco to return to normal in the coming hours.
    But despite her optimism, the decision not to detain Ghali was likely to infuriate Morocco.
    There was no immediate comment from Rabat, but it had said on Monday that the hearing against Ghali was important to show “the real face of the Polisario.”
    It said its dispute with Spain was no longer simply about Ghali but over what it saw as Spanish disrespect over the Western Sahara issue.
    In a further development, Spain’s air navigation authority Enaire said air traffic controllers had denied access to Spanish airspace to a plane heading from Algiers to Logrono on instructions from the Spanish military.
    Government spokeswoman Montero said she was not aware of any plane.
    Ghali’s Algeria-backed Polisario Front is fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, which was a Spanish colony until the mid-1970s and has since been considered by Morocco as part of its own territory.
    Tuesday’s court proceedings were a preliminary hearing, the first step toward a potential trial.
    Prosecution lawyer Mariana Delmas said she had sought preventative measures against Ghali to stop him leaving the country.    However, the court said it did not consider him a flight risk.
    Ghali’s lawyer Manuel Olle said his client, who travels on an Algerian diplomatic passport, will stay in Spain until the case is resolved.    He was asking the court to drop the case, he said.
    Montero said the Spanish government expected Ghali to return to where he came from once his health improves.    Spanish authorities remained alert in case of any further problems on border, she added.
(Reporting by Inti Landauro, Guillermo Martinez and Clara-Laeila Laudette in Madrid and Ahmed El Jechtimi in Rabat; Editing by Nathan Allen and Angus MacSwan)

6/1/2021 WHO Re-Checks Research On When Coronavirus First Surfaced In Italy by Emilio Parodi
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a mask walks in the Duomo square as Lombardy tightens restrictions due to a surge in the number of the
coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in the region, in Milan, Italy, March 5, 2021. REUTERS/Flavio Lo Scalzo/File Photo
    MILAN (Reuters) – Samples from a study suggesting the coronavirus was circulating outside China by October 2019 have been re-tested at the World Health Organization’s (WTO) request, two scientists who led the Italian research said.
    There is growing international pressure to learn more about the origins of the pandemic that has killed more than 3 million people worldwide and U.S. President Joe Biden last week ordered his aides to find answers.
    The WHO reacted to Biden’s announcement that intelligence agencies were pursuing rival theories, including the possibility of a laboratory accident in China, by saying the search was being “poisoned by politics.”
    COVID-19 was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019, while Italy’s first patient was detected on Feb. 21 last year in a small town near Milan.
    However, a study published last year suggested antibodies to either the virus or a variant were detected in Italy in 2019.
    That prompted Chinese state media to suggest the virus might not have originated in China, although the Italian researchers stressed the findings raised questions about when the virus first emerged rather than where.
    “The WHO asked us if we could share the biological material and if we could re-run the tests in an independent laboratory.    We accepted,” Giovanni Apolone, scientific director of one of the lead institutions, the Milan Cancer Institute (INT), said.
    The WHO’s request has not previously been reported.
    “WHO is in contact with the researchers that had published the original paper.    A collaboration with partner laboratories has been set up for further testing,” a WHO spokesman said.
    The spokesman said the WHO was aware that the researchers are planning to publish a follow-up report “in the near future.”
    He said the UN agency has contacted all researchers who have published or provided information on samples collected in 2019 that were reported to have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, but does not yet have the final interpretation of the results.
    The Italian researchers’ findings, published by the INT’s scientific magazine Tumori Journal, showed neutralising antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in blood taken from healthy volunteers in Italy in October 2019 during a lung cancer screening trial.
    Most of the volunteers were from Lombardy, the northern region around Milan, which was the first and hardest hit by the virus in Italy.
    “None of the studies published so far have ever questioned the geographical origin,” Apolone told Reuters.
    “The growing doubt is that the virus, probably less powerful compared to later months, was circulating in China long before the reported cases,” Apolone added.
    The WHO chose the laboratory of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam for the re-test, Emanuele Montomoli, co-author of the original study and professor of Public Health at the Molecular Medicine Department in the University of Siena, said.
    The Erasmus University did not reply to requests for comment.
    Italian researchers sent the team in Rotterdam 30 biological samples from October-December 2019 that they had found positive, 30 samples from the same period they had tested negative and 30 samples from as far back as 2018, negative.
    “We sent them blind, that means our colleagues did not know which samples were positive and which negative,” Apolone said.
    “They rechecked our samples with commercial tests, which are much less sensitive than the ones we devised and validated,” Montomoli said.
    Despite the differences in the two detection methods, both Italian scientists said they were satisfied with the results, delivered to them in late February, adding that they could not comment further until the team of Italian and Dutch scientists have published their findings.
    “We did not say in our study that we could establish without a doubt that the coronavirus, later sequenced in Wuhan, was already circulating in Italy in October,” Montomoli said.
    “We only found the response to the virus, namely the antibodies.    So we can say that this coronavirus or a very similar one, perhaps a less transmissible variant, was circulating here in October,” he added.
(Reporting by Emilio Parodi; Editing by Keith Weir and Alexander Smith)

6/1/2021 Danish Media Outlet Discovers Obama NSA Was Spying On Ally Leaders by OAN Newsroom
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles during a joint press conference in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, pool)
    According to new revelations from a Danish media outlet, the U.S. National Security Agency under the Barack Obama administration was using resources provided by Denmark’s intelligence agency to spy on European politicians.    The investigation and subsequent news, known as the Dunhammer Report, followed details laid out in Edward Snowden’s Whistleblowing episode in which he uncovered the NSA’s abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts to spy on private citizens.
    The new revelations show the extent to NSA surveillance wasn’t only limited to U.S. citizens as it is now clear the agency was also spying on European politicians, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.    Previously in 2013, Merkel made it clear that the NSA spying on her would be unacceptable.
    This cooperation between the American and Danish intelligence agencies even escalated to the point where Denmark allowed the NSA to set up south of Copenhagen on the Island of Amager.    In addition to Germany, elite government officials in France, Sweden and Norway were under surveillance as well.    French President Emmanuel Macron responded to those reports on Monday.
    “It, very clearly, is not acceptable between allies, even less so between allies and European partners,” he asserted.    “I care about the relationship of confidence that unites Europeans and Americans, and we thus have to do everything in our power for our common security.”
French President Emmanuel Macron gives a joint press conference with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel
(on the screen) at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, Monday, May 31, 2021. (Thomas Samson / Pool photo via AP)
    In 2013, Obama’s State Department spokesperson, Jen Psaki, stated this matter would be alleged because of Snowden’s report, but reserved the administrations right to neither confirm nor deny every single report.
    “More allegations will surface given the quantity of classified information leaked by Mr. Snowden.    I want to set the precedent, or set the point I guess, from here today that we have no plans to lay out our tactics or further specifics details from here,” she announced.    “We feel as you’ve heard us say a couple of times that the best place to have these conversations is with our allies, with our diplomatic partners.    Those will continue and we’ll address pieces as they come.”
    The most eye-opening discovery of the report is the possible dishonesty of the Obama administration as the question now is whether the spying took place before or after Obama had promised to stop spying on allies.    In early 2014, Obama made this promise in response to the Snowden reports.
    “I’ve made clear to the intelligence community that unless there is a compelling national security purpose, we will not monitor the communications of heads of state and government of our close friends and allies,” the former President expressed.    “I’ve instructed my national security team, as well as the Intelligence Community, to work with foreign counterparts, to deepen our coordination and cooperation in ways that rebuild trust going forward.”     It is unclear why the administration felt the need to collect data on top ranking officials of American allies, though the latest Dunhammer Report does expand our understanding of the extent to which the spying was taking place.    This additionally provides clear evidence that the Obama administration had been making secret deals with foreign nations to achieve those goals.

6/1/2021 Police Suspect Fla. Shooting Was Gang Violence by OAN Newsroom
Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting outside a banquet hall near Hialeah, Fla., Sunday, May 30, 2021. Two people died
and an estimated 20 to 25 people were injured in a shooting outside a banquet hall in South Florida, police said. The gunfire erupted
early Sunday at the El Mula Banquet Hall in northwest Miami-Dade County, near Hialeah, police told news outlets. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
    Hearts are heavy in a community in Florida following Sunday’s mass shooting, which left at least two people dead and 23 injured.
    During a press briefing on Monday, the Miami-Dade Police Department shared their latest findings with officials believing gang violence was the most likely cause of the shooting.    Additionally, authorities confirmed they had been able to locate the suspects vehicle with police finding the car submerged in a canal.
    “We have intelligence information that this resulted from an ongoing rivalry from two different groups,” stated Major Jorge Aguilar of the Miami-Dade Police Homicide Bureau.    “We know that our intended target was most likely in front of the establishment when the shooting took place and that’s what we’re trying to work now to with our investigators.”
    According to police, three suspects got out of a white SUV and began to open fire at a crowd gathering at a banquet hall near Hialeah that had been rented out for a concert.    The tragedy came after a separate shooting in the area over the weekend killed one person and injured six others.
    “In total, over 30 people shot and three dead so far,” stated city Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.    “This is unacceptable.    Let me be very clear: we will do everything, everything we can and use every resource available to bring these people to justice.”
    So far, no arrests have been made with authorities offering a $130,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
    “Please help us to bring to justice these shooters, to bring justice for these victims, and help us prevent more violence,” continued the mayor.    “We must get these killers off the streets, we can only do it with your help.”
    Local and state officials are actively working with federal authorities on the investigation.

6/1/2021 Texas Democrats Walk Off House Floor To Block GOP Voting Bill by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) vowed to defund the state’s legislative branch after state Democrats refused to pass an election integrity bill.    In a tweet on Monday, Abbott stated he would veto Article 10 of the recently passed state budget that funds the state’s legislature.
    On Sunday, state Democrat representatives walked off the floor of the House and effectively blocked the vote on a major elections reform bill by breaking quorum. SB 7 was introduced by Republicans in an effort to ensure integrity in future elections.    It passed through the Texas Senate with ease and was highly expected to pass through the House, where Republicans currently hold an 83 to 67 majority.
    Democrats thwarted that effort by claiming many of the bill’s provisions are too strict and amount to voter suppression.    Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) responded to the matter stating, “it’s worth remembering that our democracy is the exception and not the rule in world history.”    He went on to say, “as hard fought as this democracy was won, we can so easily lose it with provisions like this one.”
    Heading into this last legislative session, Abbott outlined election integrity and bail reform as two hot button items.    Neither of those issues were addressed by lawmakers.    In a tweet on Sunday, Abbott said those two things will be “emergency items for a special legislative session” and asserted that they both must pass.
Abbott did not say when the special session will take place, but mentioned legislators are expected to have details worked out when they arrive at the Capitol.

6/1/2021 Gov. Andrew Cuomo Calls To Remember Essential Workers On Memorial Day Weekend by OAN Newsroom
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo photographed in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) upset veterans and the families of fallen service members by trying to redefine the meaning of Memorial Day.    He received swift backlash for calling to remember essential COVID-19 workers on Memorial Day weekend.    In a press conference last week, the Democrat asked New Yorkers to remember the 42,000 people in the state who had died from COVID-19, including 1,000 medical workers.
    Additionally, the governor ordered flags to be flown at half-staff around the state on Sunday and landmarks, such as the World Trade Center Memorial, be lit to honor essential workers.    Soon after, veterans spoke out condemning the insensitive move.
    “This holiday, this weekend, when you raise your glass and you have your barbeque, it’s not about them,” a veteran expressed.    “It’s about young men and young women who gave their lives, who will be forever young in the service of this nation.”
    Parents of fallen soldiers also felt the decision lacked finesse.
    “There are a number of days that recognize the military.    Memorial Day is the only day about recognizing the fallen soldiers,” one individual explained.    “…I disagree with the decision to commingle even if it’s Saturday, Sunday versus Monday.    That weekend is Memorial Day weekend.    That’s for a special group.”
    Republicans in the state accused Cuomo of trying to redefine Memorial Day. State Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-N.Y.) reflected on this matter.
    “Every single one of us understands and appreciates the frontline workers,” he asserted.    “If Governor Cuomo is incapable of carrying the same understanding and appreciation for America’s fallen heroes and their families, the least he can do is stay out of the way.”
    Cuomo’s office later insisted they were calling for essential workers to be remembered on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day.    However, some critics still maintained using any day of Memorial Day weekend is unacceptable.

6/1/2021 GOP Senators Fight Against Democrat Attempts To Weaponize IRS by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., questions Charles Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS),
during a hearing on Capitol Hill in     Washington, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (Samuel Corum/Pool via AP)
    Republicans in the upper chamber are holding the line against Democrat attempts to weaponize the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
    According to reports, the majority of the GOP caucus led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are trying to pass the Don’t Weaponize the IRS Act.    The bill aims to prevent the agency from doxing donors to non-profits of all ideologies.
    This came in response to Obama-era practices of agents targeting people who donate to conservative leaning organizations.    Additionally, it blocks provisions of the     For the People Act that they said would make the IRS and Federal Election Commission (FEC) weapons of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
    While nearly all GOP senators have supported the bill, no Democrats have signaled their support for the legislation.

6/1/2021 Fmr. FDA Commissioner Encourages Investigation Into The Origins Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, D.C. – FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health,
Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
    Former head of the FDA Dr. Scott Gottlieb stated evidence that the origins of COVID-19 originally leaking from a lab in Wuhan has been growing.     In an interview on Sunday, Gottlieb suggested finding the origins of the virus is crucial in preventing future pandemics.    He went on to state that lab leaks can frequently happen and may validate the theory that the virus originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
    “We know the lab was engaging in very high-risk research,” he mentioned.    “We know they were working with SARS-like viruses that have never been disclosed before.     Now we have new evidence that some lab workers became infected right at the time that this virus was believed to be first introduced.    That’s been publicly reported.”
    Gottlieb admitted solid evidence supporting the lab leak hypothesis may never surface due to China’s refusal to cooperate with a proper investigation.
    “China could provide evidence that would be exculpatory here,” he explained.    “They could provide the blood samples from those who worked in the lab in Wuhan.    They’ve refused to do that.”
An aerial view shows the P4 laboratory (C) at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province.
The facility is among a handful of labs around the world cleared to handle Class 4 pathogens (P4) – dangerous viruses that pose
a high risk of person-to-person transmission. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
    This comes as CNN’s David Leonhardt confessed that many journalists dismissed the lab leak theory due to political bias solely because Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a Trump ally, proposed it.    Investigative reporter Drew Holden also mentioned for the past year and a half the mainstream media had dismissed the     Wuhan lab leak as a so-called conspiracy theory.    This includes reports by the New York Times, CNN and Reuters as well as statements by Anthony Fauci and the Wuhan lab itself.
    However, a recent House Intelligence report found it is likely the COVID-19 outbreak was a result of a leak from the Wuhan Lab.    Mainstream reporters are now admitting COVID-19 origins became a partisan issue, which completely changed the way they reported on it.    They are also claiming the U.S. would need access to the appropriate records of what was happening in China at the beginning of the pandemic in order to find out the root of it all.
    On Sunday, ABC news correspondent Jonathan Karl admitted the media didn’t take the lab leak theory only because it was the Trump administration suggesting it.    Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry hit back at the United States last week after Joe Biden ordered a review of intelligence about the origins of COVID-19.
    They released a statement saying, “the U.S. does not care about facts or truth, and has zero interest in a serious science-based study of origins.    Their aim is to use the pandemic to pursue stigmatization, political manipulation and blame-shifting.”
    China has repeatedly denied the lab was responsible for the leak.

6/1/2021 Peru Revises Pandemic Death Toll, Now Worst In The World Per Capita by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Family members carry the coffin of a man who died of the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) at a cemetery, in Lima, Peru January 27, 2021. REUTERS/Angela Ponce
    LIMA (Reuters) - Peru on Monday almost tripled its official COVID-19 death toll to 180,764, following a government review, making it the country with the worst death rate per capita, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
    Peru has been among the hardest hit Latin America countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, with its hospitals overcrowded with patients and demand for oxygen outstripping availability.    Experts had long warned that the true death toll was being undercounted in official statistics.
    The government said it will now update its death count, which stood at 69,342 as of Sunday, in part because of a lack of testing that made it difficult to confirm whether a person had died due to the virus or some other cause.
    According to Johns Hopkins data, Hungary had the worst number of per capita COVID-19 deaths at about 300 per 100,000 people.    With its updated death toll, Peru now stands at more than 500 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people.
    “We think it is our duty to make public this updated information,” said Peru Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez during a news conference announcing the result of the review.
    In Latin America, Brazil has the highest total death toll with more than 450,000 lives lost due to the pandemic.    Based on population, however, Peru’s per capita death toll now more than doubles that of Brazil, according to the data.
    Peru’s updated numbers are in line with so-called excess death figures, which researchers have used in Peru and other countries to measure possible undercounting during the pandemic.
    Excess deaths measures the total number of deaths over a period of time and compares it with the same period pre-pandemic.
(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Bill Berkrot)

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6/2/2021 Blinken Urges Central America To Help On Migrants, Flags Democracy Concerns by Humeyra Pamuk
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Costa Rica's President Carlos Alvarado
Quesada during a visit to San Jose, Costa Rica, June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool
    SAN JOSE (Reuters) -U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Central American governments to do more to help contain illegal immigration and voiced concerns about the health of local democracy and human rights during a visit to the region on Tuesday.
    Speaking at a joint news conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Blinken said the United States wanted to hear from its partners in the region about their shared commitment to managing migratory pressures.
    “Good governance is crucial for confronting the challenges and seizing the opportunities of this moment, and yet we meet at a moment when democracy and human rights are being undermined in many parts of the region,” Blinken told reporters.
    Blinken cited erosion of judicial independence, crackdowns on independent media and NGOs, as well as the suppression of anti-corruption efforts to illustrate his point, noting that the United States had also suffered its own setbacks.
    U.S. President Joe Biden has been under pressure to reduce a sharp increase in undocumented immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border since taking office in January.
    Regional cooperation to address the issue was now more important than ever, said Blinken, who traveled to Costa Rica, to hold talks with leaders from Central America and Mexico.
    Many immigrants stopped at the U.S. border are from three violent and impoverished Central American countries, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, which Washington has pledged aid in return for commitments to improve local governance.
    That drive has been clouded by concern about graft, cronyism, signs of authoritarianism and efforts to block the appointment of judges with track records of tackling corruption.
    The United States has promised to help poorer countries in the fight against COVID-19 with vaccines, and Blinken said the government would in the next week or so set out plans for how millions of doses would be distributed.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; editing by Grant McCool)

6/2/2021 U.S. To Detail Plan For Global Distribution Of 80 Million Vaccine Doses by Humeyra Pamuk
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a meeting with the foreign ministers of Mexico and Central American Integration System
(SICA) member states at Intercontinental Hotel Costa Rica, in San Jose, Costa Rica June 1, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/Pool
    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) – The United States will announce in the next two weeks how it will sell and distribute 80 million COVID-19 vaccine doses it has pledged globally, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Tuesday.
    Speaking at a joint news conference with Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Blinken said the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden will focus on equitable distribution of the immunizations and not tie political strings to the process.
    Biden on Monday said his administration will send at least 20 million doses of the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE, Moderna Inc and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, on top of 60 million AstraZeneca Plc doses he had already planned to give to other countries.
    “Some time within the next two weeks we will be announcing the process by which we will distribute and sell those vaccines,” Blinken said during his first trip as secretary of state to Latin America, which is fighting to contain COVID-19.
    Blinken said the announcement will reveal the criteria and details of the process.
    The Biden administration has been under pressure to share vaccines to help curb worsening outbreaks from India to Brazil, where health experts fear new, more contagious coronavirus variants could undermine the effectiveness of available shots.
    As the pandemic outlook within the United States brightens with advancing vaccinations, the aid pledge is central to the administration’s drive to use U.S. vaccine supply as a tool to counter Chinese and Russian vaccine diplomacy.
    Costa Rica’s Alvarado stressed that his country was hoping for prompt news on vaccine distribution.
    Earlier on Tuesday, the World Bank urged the United States to free up excess vaccines.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in San Jose, Costa Rica; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

6/2/2021 ‘Leave The Trenches Behind’, Chile´S Pinera Appeals To New Constitution Architects by Aislinn Laing
Chile's President Sebastian Pinera (C) poses for a family photo with cabinet members before his
annual address to the nation, in Santiago, Chile June 1, 2021. Chile Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
(Amends sixth par to reflect three quarters of voters, not Chileans, supported drafting a new constitution)
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile’s President Sebastian Pinera on Tuesday appealed to the ideologically-diverse 155 men and women elected last month to draft the country’s new constitution to abandon the “politics of the trenches” to engage in open dialogue and reach agreements.
    The outgoing centre-right president said in his annual State of the Nation address that he would convene the new body “in the coming days.”
    He said hoped the constitutional convention would “rigorously respect the limits and rules” of its mandate and preserve the rights, opportunities and freedoms of all Chilean citizens.
    He added that while he respected the body´s autonomy, as a citizen himself he wanted to see water and property rights – both potential areas of conflict in the drafting of the new text – to be safeguarded along with rights to health, quality education, housing, work, social benefits, and also life, including that of fetuses.
    “An agreement will only be possible if we are willing to talk and listen to each other and abandon the politics of the trenches so that history remembers (the convention) as those who forged powerful agreements and a better future for Chile,” he said.
    More than three quarters of voters in a referendum last October opted to tear up the current magna carta which was drafted during Augusto Pinochet’s 1973-1990 military dictatorship and has been credited with underpinning Chile´s free market model but also driving widespread inequality.
    The move has sparked alarm among businesses operating in Chile who have sought reassurances from government that international treaties and property rights will be respected.
    Pinera´s ruling Chile Vamos coalition vowed to win at least at third of seats on the body which was elected by another popular vote last month to block any proposed more radical changes.
    However, both centre-right and centre-left candidates fared poorly in the vote, with a majority of seats going to independent candidates largely from the left, many from coalitions of social groups that emerged out of protests over inequality that exploded in 2019.
(Reporting by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

6/2/2021 U.S. Formally Ends Trump’s ‘Remain In Mexico’ Asylum Policy by Ted Hesson
FILE PHOTO: Migrants who traveled to northern Mexico seeking asylum in the United States, are pictured
at a migrant encampment in Matamoros, Mexico February 18, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States has formally ended the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of Central American asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico for U.S. court cases, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo sent to agency leaders on Tuesday.
    The administration of President Joe Biden paused the program, known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), shortly after he took office on Jan. 20.    Since then, more than 11,000 migrants enrolled in it have been allowed to enter the United States to pursue asylum claims, a DHS official told Reuters on Tuesday.
    Biden, a Democrat, has reversed many of the restrictive immigration policies of former President Donald Trump, a Republican, saying Trump failed to honor U.S. asylum laws.    Republicans have criticized Biden’s actions, including ending the MPP program, saying he encouraged an increase in migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.
    U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions at the southwestern border reached the highest monthly levels in 20 years in March and April.    Apprehensions in May were similar, according to preliminary figures shared with Reuters.
    Despite rolling back some Trump border policies, Biden has left in place a March 2020 health order known as Title 42 that allows U.S. authorities to rapidly send migrants caught at the border back to Mexico during the pandemic.
    Advocates contend the policy cuts off access to the U.S. asylum system for many migrants caught at the border while Biden officials say it is needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    The MPP decision comes after a Feb. 2 Biden executive order called for U.S. agencies to review the program, first launched in 2019, and consider whether to terminate it.
    The memo formally ending MPP, issued by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday, said the program did not “adequately or sustainably enhance border management,” noting that border arrests increased at times while it remained in place.
    “Moreover, in making my assessment, I share the belief that we can only manage migration in an effective, responsible, and durable manner if we approach the issue comprehensively, looking well beyond our own borders,” Mayorkas wrote.
(Reporting by Ted Hesson in WashingtonEditing by Ross Colvin and Matthew Lewis)

6/2/2021 Biden Announces Racially Targeted Economic Plan by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks as he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre,
at the Greenwood Cultural Center, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden appeared to fall flat while delivering remarks to commemorate 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre.
    On Tuesday, the Democrat traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma to introduce a plan to tackle income inequality for black Americans.    He began his speech by taking a moment to shine the light on himself by falsely claiming he’s the first president to travel to the city.
    “The events we speak of today took place 100 years ago and yet, I’m the first president in 100 years ever to come to Tulsa,” Biden claimed.    His comments came nearly a year after President Trump visited the BOK Center in Tulsa for his first campaign event since the coronavirus pandemic began.
    Biden then introduced a plan aimed at boosting black wealth creation throughout the nation.    His plan would create an agency to address inequality in home appraisals with the Housing and Urban Development Department enacting two new fair housing rules that will make it easier to enforce the Fair Housing Act.
    “Because today, we’re announcing two expanded efforts targeted toward black wealth creation that will also help the entire community,” Biden stated.
    Additionally, the plan includes a commitment by the White House to increase the share of federal contracts awarded to small businesses with a focus on black owned businesses by 50 percent over the next five years.
    “Just imagine, if instead of denying millions of entrepreneurs the ability to access capital and contracting, we made it possible to take their dreams to the marketplace to create jobs and invest in our communities,” Biden continued.    “The data shows young black entrepreneurs are just as capable of succeeding given the chance as white entrepreneurs are.”
    However, similar racially focused plans have been met with growing frustrations from the people who are being denied aid due to their race.    Back in April, America First Legal, a law firm headed by former senior adviser to Trump Stephen Miller, filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of Agriculture over a subsidy program that explicitly excludes white farmers.
    Biden apparently turned a deaf ear to his critics as he announced he had, again, made the decision to delegate responsibility to Kamala Harris; this time to lead his administration’s push to pass electoral reform legislation in Congress.    With staunch Republican opposition, however, it’s unclear whether or not she will be successful.

6/2/2021 Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill Requiring Trans Athletes To Compete As Their Biological Sex by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 30, 2021, file photo surrounded by lawmakers, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the
end of a legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) recently signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, prohibiting biological males from competing in girls’ sports in the state.
    The Republican made the bill official Tuesday, which aims to ensure that opportunities like college scholarships are protected for female athletes.    The law requires sports at public schools, universities or clubs be designated as either male or female based on the biological sex of the athletes.
    “It’s not a message to anything other than saying we’re going to protect fairness in women’s sports,” DeSantis stated.    “We believe that it’s important to have integrity in the competition and we think it’s important that they’re able to compete on a level playing field.”
    This comes in stark contrast to Democrat-led Connecticut, where biological males are allowed to compete with whatever gender they identify with.    However, a growing number of high school and college students from the state are coming forward to push-back.
    While also speaking at the press briefing, track and field athlete Selena Sol said the lack of protections for women’s sports in Connecticut is robbing herself and teammates of opportunities.
    “I missed advancing to the next level of competition in the 55-meter dash by just two spots, two spots that were taken by biological males,” she explained.    “It was frustrating, heartbreaking and demoralizing to sidelined in my own sport.”
    While large organizations like the NCAA have threatened to boycott states that refuse to force women to compete with biological males, DeSantis said protecting opportunities for student athletes has made it a risk he’s willing to take.
    The change, which takes effect July 1, will make Florida the largest state to put such restrictions into place.

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6/3/2021 OECD head supports Biden’s global tax plan by Deborah Gouffran and David McHugh, ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PARIS – The new head of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday that he is “quietly optimistic” about reaching an international deal on taxing multinational companies, and he called U.S. President Joe Biden’s recent proposal a “game changer.”
    OECD Secretary-General Mathias Cormann made the remarks at a news conference after taking over from Angel Gurria, who had led the Paris-based organization since 2006.
    More than 140 countries are taking part in talks convened by the OECD that focus on a global minimum for corporate taxation to deter big companies from shifting their profits to low-tax jurisdictions, and on taxing multinationals that earn substantial revenue in countries where they have no physical presence, such as internet retailing and digital advertising companies.
    The talks had stalled over issues such as whether companies could choose to opt in to any new system, a proposal put forward by the United States under the administration of former President Donald Trump.
    Biden has proposed setting at least a 15% minimum global corporate tax that would put a floor under tax rates and end what Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called a “race to the bottom” in which tax havens use low rates to attract revenue.    The global rate, part of a tax proposal aimed at helping pay for Biden’s infrastructure program, also would raise the U.S. corporate tax rate from 21% to 28%.
    “I think the approaches taken by the Biden administration in relation to this issue have been a game changer,” Cormann said.
    “I think that we are in a much better position than we were towards the end of last year,” he said.    “I’m quietly optimistic that with the level of goodwill that was demonstrated by all during the meeting today, if we continue to carry this forward, that there will have an opportunity for a sensible consensus.”
    Competition to cut corporate tax rates has been “undermining the United States’ and other countries’ ability to raise the revenue needed to make critical investments,” according to the U.S. Treasury.
Mathias Cormann is the new secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. IAN LANGSDON/AP

6/3/2021 Nicaraguan Police Place Opposition Leader Under House Arrest by Ismael Lopez
FILE PHOTO: Presidential hopeful Cristiana Chamorro, who seeks to challenge longtime President Daniel Ortega
in the national elections in November, leaves the Nicaragua Attorney General of the Republic office after the government
announced a money laundering investigation against her, in Managua, Nicaragua May 21, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Herrera
    MANAGUA (Reuters) -Nicaraguan police stormed into the home of opposition leader Cristiana Chamorro on Wednesday, escalating a political battle ahead of elections later this year in which longtime leftist President Daniel Ortega is seeking to hold on to power.
    The police placed Chamorro under house arrest, according to Chamorro’s brother, journalist Carlos Chamorro, and continued to occupy the property in the capital Managua after raiding it more than five hours earlier, he wrote in a post on Twitter.
    Social media and local television broadcast live images of police entering and surrounding Chamorro’s home earlier on Wednesday, in which police could be seen using force to eject other journalists who had arrived to cover the scene.
    The police action comes in the wake of prosecutors seeking Chamorro’s arrest for money laundering and other crimes, according to judicial authorities.
    A source close to Chamorro’s family said the 66-year-old vice president of Nicaragua’s biggest newspaper, La Prensa, was inside her home and could be arrested at any time.
    In a statement, Nicaraguan judicial authorities said prosecutors wanted Chamorro detained on suspicion of crimes including money laundering, plus a lesser citation for misrepresentation.
    Neither Chamorro nor her representatives could immediately be reached for comment.
    A judge in the capital Managua put out the arrest order, acceding to the attorney general’s request, the statement said.
    The attorney general on Tuesday formally sought Chamorro’s disqualification from holding public office due to the criminal investigation launched against her.
    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken blasted the move in a post on Twitter on Wednesday, saying preventing Chamorro from competing “reflects Ortega’s fear of free and fair elections.”
    She had recently emerged as a possible unity candidate who could possibly rally a fractured opposition to defeat Ortega in the November vote.
    The United Nation’s human rights chief has accused the attorney general’s office of fabricating false allegations against Ortega’s critics.
    Chamorro is the daughter of Violeta Chamorro, who became president of Nicaragua in a 1990 election, ousting current president Ortega after his first stint in power.
(Reporting by Ismael Lopez; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Grant McCool, Alistair Bell and Richard Pullin)

6/3/2021 Discovery Of Children’s Remains Reopens Wounds Among Indigenous Survivors Of Colonial Canadian Schools by Anna Mehler Paperny and Nia Williams
A First Nations family views the defaced Ryerson University statue of Egerton Ryerson, considered an architect
of Canada's residential indigenous school system, following the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of
British Columbia's former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
    TORONTO (Reuters) -The discovery of the remains of 215 children at a former residential school in Canada has reopened wounds for survivors of the system, they said, as the government pledged to spend previously promised money to search for more unmarked graves.
    The Tk’emlúps te Secwe´pemc indigenous nation in British Columbia announced last week it had found the remains of 215 children, some as young as three, buried at the site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School, once Canada’s largest such school.
    Between 1831 and 1996, Canada’s residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes and subjected them to abuse, rape and malnutrition at schools across the country in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called “cultural genocide.”
    Run by the government and church groups, the schools’ stated aim was to assimilate indigenous children.
    Saa Hiil Thut, who spent his teenage years at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, remembers the hunger, the loneliness and the fear.
    “My life became hateful to me,” the 72-year-old St’at’imc Nation member told Reuters.    He was sexually abused by one of the staff, he said, and remembers lying in bed in the silent dormitory, weeping.
    “I couldn’t help but think it’s monsters that done this, to put bodies in an unmarked grave site.”
    Amid growing outrage, the federal government said on Wednesday it will urgently disburse money promised two years ago to indigenous communities that want to search former school sites for the remains of children.
    In 2019, the government promised C$33.8 million ($28.1 million) over three years to support, among other things, locating the bodies of children who attended the schools.    Of that, C$27.1 million has yet to be spent.
    Elizabeth Prosser, the youngest of 13, was the only one of her siblings not to attend Kamloops Indian Residential School.
    But the now-55-year-old, a member of the Tsal’alh nation, felt the school’s ripple effects.    Two of her older brothers, subjected to verbal, physical and sexual abuse at the school, turned that treatment on her, she said.
    “It just tore us apart. When do we get compensated for stuff like that? … It destroyed my life.”
    Marta Hurtado, spokeswoman for the U.N. Human Rights Office, called the school discovery “shocking” and called on the Canadian government to “redouble efforts to find the whereabouts of missing children, including by searching unmarked graves.”
    She also called for a legal entity to protect and manage burial sites.
    The Catholic Church ran many of the schools, and the Vatican has not apologized.    On Wednesday, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller said on Twitter “The Church was unquestionably wrong” and his archdiocese would be transparent with its archives and records regarding residential schools.
    Judy Wilson, Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band, said her father was five years old, out fishing for trout with his older sister, when the local Indian agent grabbed them, put them in a cattle cart and took them to Kamloops.
    He was separated from his sister, shaved, deloused, and beaten for speaking his own language.
    Wilson said she wants to see an independent investigation of this burial site and others, possibly involving the United Nations.
    “This is a larger story beyond residential schools.    They broke down our family structures, our governance, our nations, our communities.    It’s a travesty that our children bore the brunt of that genocide,” she said.
    “Our villages were like ghost villages, with no children.”
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny; Editing by Nick Macfie)

6/3/2021 Brazilians Bang Pots In Protest As Another 2,500 Die Of COVID-19
FILE PHOTO: A woman and a child hold oxygen tanks, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Moacyr
do Carmo hospital in Duque de Caxias near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Pilar Olivares
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) -Pot-banging protests erupted across several cities in Brazil on Wednesday evening as President Jair Bolsonaro addressed the nation, just days after protestors took to the streets across the country over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has so far killed almost half a million people here.
    The last few days have been rocky for the government of the right-wing leader, whose popularity had already been flagging amid persistently high daily COVID-19 deaths and cases.
    On Wednesday alone, almost 100,000 Brazilians came down with the coronavirus and 2,507 died, according to government data.    Earlier in the day, the nation’s Supreme Court authorized a criminal investigation into Bolsonaro’s environment minister for allegedly interfering with a police probe into illegal logging.
    In the televised speech, Bolsonaro briefly summarized some of his government’s recent accomplishments and pledged strong economic growth going forward, but presented no new information.
    On Saturday, thousands participated in protests in at least 16 cities across the country, which were organized by leftist political parties, unions and student associations.
    In Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, thousands of mask-wearing people blocked one the largest city’s avenues, while a large balloon depicted Bolsonaro as a vampire.
    Some protests, like the one in Rio de Janeiro, included images of former leftist president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who has emerged as Bolsonaro’s main challenger in the nation’s 2022 election, wearing the presidential sash.
    In the brief Wednesday evening speech, Bolsonaro, who has ridiculed masks and vaccines in the past, said all Brazilians who wanted a vaccine would be able to get one by the end of the year.
    Also in the evening, the nation’s Health Ministry revised down the number of COVID-19 vaccines it will receive in June by about 4 million doses.
(Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter and Gram Slattery; Editing by Michael Perry)

6/3/2021 Two Die After Building Collapse In Rio Neighborhood by Rodrigo Viga Gaier
Firefighters search for victims between the debris of a collapsed building in
Rio das Pedras slum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A residential building in a working class part of Rio de Janeiro collapsed on Thursday, killing at least two people and underlining the precarious state of many structures in parts of the city where authorities say organized crime is heavily involved in construction.
    Local residents told Reuters they heard a booming noise that was followed by a fire, causing panic in the western neighborhood of Rio das Pedras.
    More than 100 firefighters and other public safety workers rushed to the scene.    A man, a woman and a child were buried, authorities said.
    According to a public safety source, who requested anonymity as he was not permitted to speak to media, only the woman survived.
    “Unfortunately, we lost the other two.”
    Rio das Pedras is the birthplace of Rio de Janeiro’s so-called “militias,” and it remains firmly in the grasp of the organized crime groups.    While originally created to defend inhabitants from drug gangs, militias now act as crime outfits in their own right.
    These groups have grown in power in the last two decades, operating increasingly complex, profitable and deadly rackets throughout the city.    Among their money-making operations, they build residential structures without official permission or approval, and rent the buildings out, sometimes to disastrous consequences.
    The building that collapsed on Thursday was not approved by authorities, sources involved in the rescue said.
    In 2019, a militia-constructed building in the adjacent neighborhood of Itanhanga collapsed, killing two.
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier; Editing by Alistair Bell)

6/3/2021 EU Lawmakers Reluctantly Decamp To France For First Pandemic Session by Marine Strauss and Philip Blenkinsop
FILE PHOTO: A flag with colors of the British Union Jack flag and the European Union flag is seen after a debate on
Brexit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Hundreds of European lawmakers and staff travel to Strasbourg next week for the European Parliament’s first session since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, though many think it is too early to return.
    Temperature checks, masks, a French curfew and multiple health tests await them, with a mandatory quarantine upon their return to Belgium if they are away for more than 48 hours.
    Rasa Jukneviciene, a Lithuanian centre-right lawmaker, said in a letter to David Sassoli, president of the assembly, that the return to Strasbourg is too hasty and put staff at risk.
    “The requirement for the returning staffers to undergo a quarantine of at least seven days confirms the projected health risk for them, their families, and the society,” she wrote.
    Witold Wasczykowski, a Polish EU lawmaker from the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said the best way to protect staff from the virus was to cancel the trip.
    Iratxe Garcia, president of the Socialists and Democrats, parliament’s second largest group, said earlier this week it would have made more sense to wait until July.
    A member of another grouping said the quarantine on return had made the trip unpalatable.
    Under EU law, parliament must hold 12 sessions per year in the French city, but it last decamped in February 2020.    Critics complain at the 114 million euro ($138.5 million) per year cost, but the city and French President Emmanuel Macron have long sought the lawmakers’ return.
    Around 2,500 people typically travel from their Brussels bases for three-and-a-half days per month to debate and vote on draft laws.
    Sassoli, the parliament president, has declared “force majeure” during the pandemic to hold the assembly in Brussels, but determined that the improving health situation and acceleration of vaccinations no longer justified this.
    Still, many lawmakers will be able to “attend” the session remotely and the parliament’s secretariat will only send one third of the people who would normally go.    Most staff, in any case, are advised to work primarily from home.
    In Strasbourg, meals will have to be eaten outside until Wednesday. France’s 9 p.m. curfew also means there will be no late meetings or drinks to unwind.
($1 = 0.8228 euros)
(Reporting by Marine Strauss and Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Alistair Bell)

6/3/2021 UK To Remove Portugal From Safe Travel List In Blow For Airlines – BBC by Sarah Young
FILE PHOTO: A man looks at a check-in information board in the departures area of
Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley
    LONDON (Reuters) -Britain is set to remove Portugal from its quarantine-free travel list and no new countries will be added, the BBC reported, essentially shutting down the UK’s leisure travel market once again in a hammer blow for airlines.
    Britain relaunched travel on May 17 following more than four months of lockdown, with Portugal the only big beach destination alongside the likes of Israel, Iceland, Australia and New Zealand.
    Portugal proved a lifeline for airlines and travel companies over the last three weeks, and its removal will deepen the crisis for a travel industry which had looked to June for a recovery to start.
    Shares in airlines easyJet and British Airways and travel companies TUI and Jet2 fell on fears that Europe would lose another peak travel season, when millions of Britons usually head to southern Europe in July and August.
    The industry is already weakened by 15 months of lockdowns and it will be severely financially challenged if there is no reopening this summer.
    Many companies had hoped for bumper trading given that Britain has one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates and is gradually reopening its domestic economy.
    But worries over the spread of new more transmissible variants of coronavirus and the vaccine’s efficacy against them are now threatening that plan.
    Shares in easyJet and British Airways-owner IAG and Jet2 were all down 5% after the BBC reports.    TUI, which has a big German customer base as well as British, lost 3%.
    Under the UK system, travel to countries rated amber or red is not illegal but it is discouraged.    Spain, France, Italy and the United States are on the amber list which means quarantining on return, restricting demand from Britons for what are usually the most popular destinations.
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson had warned the travel industry that protecting the country’s vaccine roll-out was his priority.
    “I want you to know we will have no hesitation in moving countries from the green list to the amber list to the red list if we have to do so.    The priority is to continue the vaccine rollout, to protect the people of this country,” he told reporters.
    Travel companies and airlines have criticised the government for being overly cautious, saying that increasing vaccination rates and testing can make travel safe.    The government is due to update its plan later on Thursday.
(Reporting by William James and Sarah Young, Editing by Paul Sandle, Kate Holton and Andrew Heavens)

6/3/2021 Germany “Persistently” Broke Air Pollution Rules, EU Top Court Rules by Kate Abnett
FILE PHOTO: Cars are pictured at rush hour traffic on A100 highway during a snowfall in Berlin, Germany, February 8, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany persistently violated EU limits on air pollution, the European Union’s top court said on Thursday, in a ruling that could see the country face financial penalties if it fails to improve air quality in several big cities. Air pollution in Europe has eased in the last decade, but remains the continent’s biggest environmental health risk. Prolonged exposure to dirty air can cause diabetes, lung disease and cancer. The EU court of justice said that from 2010 to 2016, Germany breached the EU’s annual limits for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in 26 zones, among them Berlin, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne and Duesseldorf. Stuttgart and Rhine-Maine also broke hourly NO2 limits in the period, it said.     Siding with the European Commission that brought the case, the court ruled the German government had failed to adopt measures to ensure compliance with EU air quality rules.    Germany must now comply or face further legal action.
    Since 2016, however, most regions concerned have reined in NO2 pollution to comply with the EU limits, aided by a shift to less polluting cars and local measures like driving bans, speed limits and switching to low-emission buses.
    In 2020, six German cities breached the annual mean limit of 40 micrograms of NO2 per cubic metre of air, down from 90 cities in 2016, according to government data.
Munich and Stuttgart were among those still breaching the law last year.
    Road transport is the main source of NO2 emissions, meaning urban areas tend to be hit hardest.
    Annual premature deaths attributable to NO2 emissions in the EU have more than halved since 2009, but still totalled 54,000 premature deaths in 2018, according to the European Environment Agency.
    Previous rulings from the Luxembourg-based court have also found France and Britain guilty of illegal NO2 pollution, while countries including Hungary, Sweden and Italy have breached particulate matter limits.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett in Brussels and Sabine Siebold and Markus Wacket in Berlin; Editing by Christina Fincher)

6/3/2021 China Threatens Nuclear War Over U.S. Calls For Probe Into Origins Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
A security guard blocks journalists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology
during a visit by World Health Organization investigators. (AP Photo)
    Communist China has seemingly threatened a nuclear war against the U.S. amid calls for a real probe into the origins of COVID-19.    The Global Times newspaper, which is controlled by the Communist Party, released an editorial article stating Beijing is preparing for a nuclear war with the U.S.
    The article claimed China is building new warheads and intercontinental missiles to deter the U.S. It went on to add, “the number of China’s nuclear warheads must reach the quantity that makes U.S. elites shiver….should they entertain the idea of engaging in a military confrontation with China.”    This comes as China currently has some 350 nuclear warheads while the U.S. has 6,000.
    The Global Times’ controversial article was published days after Joe Biden announced the launch of a new probe into whether the coronavirus leaked from a lab in Wuhan.    While China has denounced the new investigation and claimed it’s “politicized,” many Republicans have said the previous investigation conducted by the World Health Organization lacked transparency.
    “The WHO mission was a joke…it was filled with a bunch of people who had no relevant expertise…they didn’t get to interview the researchers and the staff in the lab…they didn’t get the records,” stated Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).    "They basically sat in a conference room and got some coffee and doughnuts and were fed a PowerPoint set of lies by Chinese communist apparatchiks.”
    During a recent interview, Cotton went on to mention that China’s aggression amid the upcoming investigation suggests they have something to hide.
    “They are not only incompetent and negligent in this laboratory if the virus came from the lab, but menevolant by showing complete disregard for the lives of their own subjects in addition to lives around the world,” he stated.
    The U.S. House Intelligence Committee has a 90 day deadline to come back with a report on their findings.    Until then, the Global Times article warned even a minor incident could spark a full-scale war due to what it called “a hostile attitude” by the U.S.

6/3/2021 N.Y. Taxpayers Paying Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $2.5M Legal Fees by OAN Newsroom
N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses the East Side Access, a train tunnel that will connect rail yards in Queens
with Grand Central Terminal, Thursday, May 27, 2021 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, Pool)
    New York taxpayers are being forced to pay more than $2 million in legal fees to help Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) fight off various scandals.    A report by the New York Post revealed taxpayers are paying $900 an hour for Cuomo’s defense lawyer.    The attorney is defending Cuomo against his latest sexual harassment allegations, the nursing home scandal and allegations he used staffers to write his book about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Cuomo has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, including government employees.    They claim Cuomo made inappropriate comments towards them and touched them on various occasions.    Cuomo has denied the allegations and said he has no plans to step down as governor.
    The Democrat is also being investigated over his book deal that discusses his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, while already accumulating $5 million for it and reportedly having $17 million in his campaign war chest.    When asked if he would use any of his own money to pay legal fees, Cuomo voiced it’s the state’s responsibility.
    The governor said, “the way it works is the executive chamber has retained a counsel and that is a state expense.    It has been in every investigation.    So that’s where we are now.”
    Cuomo is the highest paid governor in the U.S. with an annual salary of $225,000.    Critics have said politicians shouldn’t use tax dollars to pay for legal fees and instead, should use a separate legal fund.    State Assemblyman Ron Kim made a comment regarding the nursing home scandal saying, “he did this to himself.    He defrauded the public.    He hid life and death information.”

6/3/2021 R.I. Mother Nearly Sued For Seeking Answers At Daughter’s School by OAN Newsroom
Photo Credit: MYCHELE DANIAU/AFP via Getty Images
    A mother in Rhode Island said she is fearful of retaliation after seeking information about critical race theory at her daughter’s school.
    According to Nicole Solas, when she asked administrators at her daughter’s new school if they taught gender theory or critical race theory, she was denied a definitive answer.    Critical race theory is reportedly being taught to children as early as kindergarten. Solas was also informed the school did not refer to students as boys and girls.
    Solas tried to seek a copy of the school’s curriculum, but was met with many challenges.    After submitting public access requests, she did not see any evidence of the curriculum.    She stated that although she knew the subject matter was being taught, she didn’t understand why the school was attempting to hide it.
    The school district held a meeting on Wednesday to decide whether to take legal action against Solas for filing the requests.    “You told me to submit public record requests to answer my questions,” Solas explained.    “I did what you told me and now you’re holding a public meeting to discuss suing me for doing what you told me to do.”
    Solas argued that she is legally entitled to the information she requested and eventually, the district decided against filing the suit.

6/3/2021 Sen. Tom Cotton: Lockheed Must Explain Targeting Of White Men by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) makes an announcement on the introduction of the Reforming American
Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. (Photo by Zach Gibson – Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is requesting an explanation from Lockheed Martin over its questionable seminars targeting white men.    In a letter to Lockheed Martin, the senator asked why the company tried to shame and disparage the straight white males among its employees.
    Recently, Lockheed Martin reportedly held a three-day diversity training for white male executives only, which was referred to as the “White Men’s Caucus”    Cotton pointed out in its seminar materials, Lockheed associated white men with words such as the “KKK,” “Aryan Nation” “old,” “angry,” “guilty” and “racist.”
    Critics believe this shows that Lockheed is normalizing anti-white racism, which is illegal and wrong.    Meanwhile, Cotton said Lockheed must provide explanations to the Senate by June 11.

6/3/2021 NYC Mayoral Candidate Slams NYPD In Campaign Ad by OAN Newsroom
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: Maya Wiley speaks onstage during the We Stand United NYC Rally outside
Trump International Hotel & Tower on January 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images)
    New York Police Department union leaders and cops on Tuesday slammed Democratic mayoral hopeful Maya Wiley as “out of touch” and “dividing the city” with her new campaign ad.    The ad claimed the department doesn’t value the lives of New Yorkers.    In the video, the former MSNBC contributor and former consultant to Mayor Bill De Blasio, vowed to “transform the police.”
    “I’ll transform the police and keep us safe.    As mayor, I’ll be in charge and I’ll get it done because it is time the NYPD sees us as people who deserve to breathe,” said Wiley.    Wiley then tried to suggest the NYPD participated in police brutality against peaceful protesters and that the city’s leaders let it happen.
    Leaders for several police unions in the city blasted Wiley, saying she should focus on putting felons away and not on attacking law enforcement.    They added that the protests would have been much worse if the police were not there.
    President of the Sergeants Benevolent Association union, Ed Mullins, said it was her anti-police stance that placed her fifth in a poll out of eight Democratic candidates heading into this month’s primary.    Mullins mentioned that Wiley should focus on handcuffing felons, not the city’s Finest.

6/3/2021 Joe Biden Scraps Corporate Tax Hike In Exchange For Bipartisan Support On Infrastructure Deal by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 31, 2021. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has made a massive concession on his infrastructure deal in hopes of gaining support from Republicans.    An anonymous White House official said Biden has offered to drop his original plan to hike the corporate tax rate to 28 percent and instead said he would set a minimum tax rate of 15 percent.
    However, in exchange, Republicans would have to agree to commit to $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.    Even so, Biden did express the possibility of a future tax hike as part of a later spending package.
    This comes after Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va) met with Biden to negotiate a deal on Wednesday.    In a statement released by the White House, it suggested discussions with the West Virginia lawmaker were constructive and frank.    Capito, the Senate GOP’s lead negotiator, advocated for the adoption of the Republican’s $928 billion counterproposal instead of Biden’s $1.7 trillion package.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) pitching a counteroffer to Joe Biden’s
infrastructure plan. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    A major disagreement has been on the definition of infrastructure itself, with Democrats wanting to set aside money for social programs that have not been traditionally included in an infrastructure bill.    A spokesperson for Capito said the two discussed how they could come together to reach a bipartisan agreement.
    Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been pressuring Biden not to give Republicans an inch in negotiations, while Biden has continued to criticize members of his own Party for not voting down Party lines.
    Despite ongoing partisan hurdles and a $772 billion difference, Capito and Biden are expected to speak again on Friday.

Joe Biden speaks during a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre at the Greenwood Cultural
Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 1, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    In Tulsa, Oklahoma on Tuesday, Joe Biden claimed white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the U.S. On the 100th anniversary of the 1921 race massacre in Greenwood, the Democrat announced the White House is currently laying out a strategy to counter domestic terrorism.
    During his speech, Biden compared the Tulsa race massacre to the 2017 clash between protesters in Charlottesville.    He suggested racism doesn’t go away and instead, only hides. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf relayed a similar statement to members of Congress in September 2020.
A mother holds her daughter as she reads a sign, before the arrival Joe Biden, in the Greenwood district on the 100th anniversary
of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1, 2021. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    “What happened in Greenwood was an act of hate and domestic terrorism, with a through-line that exists today,” Biden stated.    “Just close your eyes and remember what you saw in Charlottesville four years ago on television.”
    He went on to downplay the threat presented by jihadist militants aligned with ISIS and Al-Qaeda, saying the threats from the Middle East do not compare to those presented by white supremacy.
    Meanwhile, a 2020 report prepared by the United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team projected that two-thirds of the 40,000 foreign fighters who joined ISIS over the past six years, may still be alive and active.

6/3/2021 Trump Blog ‘From The Desk Of Donald J. Trump’ Goes Offline Permanently by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks to the press as he waits at his desk before signing
conformations for General James Mattis. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Donald Trump has decided to take his blog, ‘From the Desk of Donald J. Trump’, down permanently.    According to Senior Aide Jason Miller, the website will not be going back online as the Trump team is working on broader efforts.
    Miller stated, “hoping to have more information on the broader efforts soon, but I do not have a precise awareness of timing.”
    Miller did not have any specific details about those forthcoming plans and said he does not have a precise awareness of timing.    This comes after the blog had been launched last month and was promoted as a “communications platform” and place to “speak freely and safely.”
    Trump sought new ways to electronically communicate with the American people after social media giants Facebook and Twitter banned him from their platforms.    The platform, usually referred to as a blog, had a feed full of Trump’s various posts and gave visitors the option to “like” and share his posts to the same platforms that had him banned.

6/3/2021 2 Fla. Juveniles In Custody After Shootout With Deputies by OAN Newsroom
(AP Photo)
    Two juveniles in Florida have been taken into custody following a heated exchange of gunfire with law enforcement.    According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received reports on Tuesday of a 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy who allegedly ran from a foster home and broke into a nearby home.
    Sheriff Mike Chitwood said when deputies responded to the scene they were met with gunfire.    The juveniles used guns and ammunition that they found within the home.    Deputies were shot at multiple times and were extremely hesitant to return fire.
    “They were calling for any de-escalation tactic,” he explained.    “At one point, one of the sergeants got up to the window and threw their personal cell phone and told them to answer the phone…nothing worked.”
    The scene escalated when the juvenile girl confronted authorities armed with a shotgun and threatened to kill a deputy.    Aerial footage shows the girl firing at the responding deputies who ultimately had to use non-lethal force to safely end the conflict.
    The girl was reportedly shot and taken to a local hospital where she remains in stable condition.    The boy turned himself in when he saw that the girl had been injured.    Chitwood praised the efforts of his deputies by stating they acted with restraint in an attempt to try and de-escalate the situation.
    “When you talk about de-escalation, when you talk about some of the bad things that you see happen around the country, it’s a failure to train,” Chitwood mentioned.    “We had proper supervision out there last night directing everything, making the best decisions possible on the fly.”
    Both juveniles face felony charges of attempted first-degree murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.    Meanwhile, officials say the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will continue to investigate the shooting.

6/3/2021 Fmr. Cybersecurity Director Warns Companies To Step Up Security by OAN Newsroom
Christopher Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, on Capitol Hill
in Washington,DC. (Photo by Greg Nash / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GREG NASH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Christopher Krebs, the former director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, urged corporate executives to focus on how to respond and recover in the event of a cyberattack.    In an interview on Wednesday, Krebs advised U.S. companies to improve their security posture and most importantly their business disruption process.
    Krebs pointed to several cases of ransomware attacks in the last few weeks alone while reminding businesses that no one is exempt from being targeted by these hackers.    Hospitals and food production companies have been the most recent victims of cyberattacks.    Brazil’s JBA SA cyberattack incident has occurred only weeks after the ransomware attack on the U.S. Colonial Pipeline.
    “I think the take away right now is if you’re a corporate executive or a state and local government agency head and you thought that you would be spared that criminals wouldn’t go after you,” he expressed.    “Guess what?    They went after our gas and they went after our hot dogs.    No one is out of bounds here.”
    Krebs went on to urge corporate leaders to assemble their cybersecurity teams as soon as possible to lay out a plan of defense.

6/3/2021 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Signs $11B Fiscal Year Budget by OAN Newsroom
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks about the importance of infrastructure during a news conference with
fellow mayors and members of Congress outside the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Mayor Eric Garcetti signed the largest Los Angeles budget to date as levels of government spending increase due to inflation, growing population and the expansion of programs.
    The mayor was joined by other council members as he signed the 2021 through 2022 fiscal year spending plan at the Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.    City council unanimously approved the $11.2 billion budget last month which is set to go into effect July 1.
    The budget allocates nearly $1 billion to combat the city’s severe homeless crisis by providing housing and services to those without homes.    When in office, President Trump criticized how Los Angeles was handling its homeless crisis and now they seem to be throwing even more money at the problem.
    “In the Democratic-run cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, did you see what is happening to those cities?    Can you even believe it?” the President questioned.    “What’s going on there? People are getting sick by just walking down the street.”
    The plan also includes subsidiary funding for tourism, restaurants and the Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program.
    “To look at a way to break the back of poverty here, to invest in young people,” Garcetti expressed.    “I think it has been greatly underreported the environmental revolution Los Angeles has led.”
    In addition, the mayor’s spending plan includes more than $1.7 billion for the Los Angeles Police Department which was a decision many progressives opposed.    This is a three percent increase from when the city council cut $150 million from the police department last year.
    “I do believe these are seeds that we are planting in the city that are pretty profound of understanding public city re-imagination that doesn’t have to come at the expense of something,” the mayor explained.    “It can boldly move certain responsibilities we have thrown onto our police shoulders, to others who are more effective.”
    The council believes the budget provides Los Angeles a pathway out of the financial uncertainties inflicted by the pandemic and grants opportunities to struggling families.

6/3/2021 Officials Confirm N.Y. MTA System Was Hacked In April by OAN Newsroom
A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) subway conductor prepares
to leave a station. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    Officials confirmed New York City’s MTA system was hacked back in April.    Officials confirmed the breach on Wednesday, where three of the transit agencies 18 systems were impacted by hackers linked to a group based in China.
    Following joint alerts from the FBI, NSA and CISA, the MTA chief technology officer said they were able to act quickly and aggressively.    He added, a forensic audit found no evidence operational systems were impacted, no employee or customer information breached, no data lost and no changes to vital systems.
    Officials said the agencies existing multi-layered security system prevented the attacks spread to other internal systems, adding it continues to strengthen.    As a precautionary measure, MTA forced a password change on nearly 4,000 users.    Although, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) stresses more action needs to be taken.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters after final votes going into the Memorial
Day recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 28, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    “We need to up our game. We have to do much more to guard against these cyber attacks.    Russia, China, Iran, allow these private hackers to roam free at will and there may be government connections one way or another to some of them, particularly in Russia,” said Schumer.
    Schumer added, as cyber attacks have become a global threat, our knowledge into cybersecurity needs to be shared in a better and more secure way.

6/3/2021 Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Continues Defense Of Filibuster by OAN Newsroom
Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee ranking member Sen. Kyrsten Sinema questions witnesses during a hearing in the
Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) isn’t backing down from her support of the filibuster despite pressure from her Party.
    During a border visit on Wednesday, Sinema confirmed her intention to keep the rule in place even if it blocks Democrat’s legislative agenda.    The Arizona moderate along with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D), have made it clear they want to keep the filibuster.    They argued that it “protects the democracy of our nation rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years.”
    The rule requires at least 60 votes to pass most bills in the Senate, meaning Democrats would need some GOP backing.    However, Democrat leaders have failed to get all Party members on board with the idea of gutting the rule.
    Sinema’s comments come after Republicans initiated and were successful in a filibuster against a bill that would form a commission to probe the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

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6/4/2021 House Dems Float Further Investigation Options After Jan. 6 Commission Rejected By Senate by OAN Newsroom
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 07: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and fellow Democratic
members of the House hold a news conference. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Federal prosecutors revealed the Capitol Hill protest on Jan. 6 caused more than $1.5 million in damages.    In a plea letter to the prosecution on Thursday, attorney Mona Sedky said her client Paul Hodgkins, a demonstrator being charged for his involvement, has acknowledged the fiscal cost of the demonstration at the U.S. Capitol.
    This comes after Hodgkins pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice on Wednesday, incurring a $2,000 fine and 15 to 21 months in prison.    Since January, more than 500 people have been charged in the incident.
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tried to enact a Jan. 6 Commission Act, but it was recently rejected by the Senate.    While some     Democrats suggested Joe Biden should create the 9/11 style panel himself earlier this week, Pelosi claimed their last-ditch effort was not a workable idea.    This was ultimately decided because Congress would still need to approve any money needed and subpoena authority.
    Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans’ denial of the truth of the January 6th insurrection brings shame to the Senate.    Republicans’ cowardice in rejecting the truth of that dark day makes our Capitol and our country less safe. — Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) May 28, 2021
    Democrats have been looking for a way around bipartisan support after receiving support from only six Republicans, with the remainder noting similar investigations are already taking place.    Regardless, Pelosi is continuing the push to create the panel despite criticisms that the probe would be partisan in nature.
    Recent reports say Pelosi has continued to offer a handful of options.    These include having the Senate vote on the commission proposal again, forming a select House committee, allow sitting committees to continue their probes or empowering a single committee to lead the investigation.
    Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee argue they should be the ones leading the probe.    This comes after Biden on Thursday said he has no plans to create a presidential commission to investigate the demonstration.

6/4/2021 Report: Mich. Possibly Undercounted True Number Of COVID Deaths by OAN Newsroom
SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 16: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    New reports indicate Michigan’s nursing home death toll may be higher than previously reported.    Critics are calling for an audit into the true number of nursing home deaths Michigan saw during the COVID-19 pandemic after a report indicated some facilities may have been undercounted.
    Until this week, more than 5,600 nursing home deaths had attributed to the virus accounting for more than 30 percent of deaths statewide.    Yet, now a report from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy indicates the true figure could be closer to 9,000.
Della Lilley visits and holds her mother, 89-year old Betty Whiteman, for the
first time in two months. (Photo by Hugh Hastings/Getty Images)
    “We’ve had an additional 5,500 vital records found which, assuming if the rate holds, you can’t necessarily do that, but if that holds it’s an additional 2,400 nursing home deaths in Michigan that haven’t been accounted for and that is an underestimate,” said Rep. Steven Johnson (R).
    Johnson added that Michigan’s residents deserve to know how many people have died as a result of the Governor’s decision to place COVID-19 positive patients in nursing homes.    This has surfaced as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) is also battling critics from all sides who have slammed her for her strict lockdown procedures.

6/4/2021 Armed Felon Shot And Killed In Minneapolis, Sparking Riots by OAN Newsroom
This photo shows the scene of an officer involved shooting in a parking ramp in
Minneapolis, Thursday, June 3, 2021. (Renée Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)
    Protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis after law enforcement officers fatally shot a suspect wanted for a gun possession charge.    Protestors in the Uptown neighborhood looted and vandalized businesses, even setting a dumpster on fire Thursday night.
    This comes after agents with the U.S. Marshals tried to apprehend a convicted felon who was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm.    The suspect was fatally shot after drawing a handgun and refusing to cooperate.
    “During the incident, the subject, who was in a parked car, failed to comply and produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject,” a statement released by a Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
    Police reportedly used tear gas to disperse the protestors and several rioters were arrested.    However, no Minneapolis police officers were involved in Thursday’s shooting.

6/4/2021 U.S. Lowest COVID-19 Case Count Since March Of 2020 by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Joe Biden’s pick to head the Centers for Disease Control, speaks during a news conference
at the Queen Theater December 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    COVID-19 cases have continued to drop with the country’s seven day average falling more than 30 percent from last week.    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky gave an update on Thursday, saying the moving average is a little over 15,000 cases per day with over 50 percent of the population having received at least one dose of the vaccine.
        She said the data pointed to a more than 94 percent drop in overall cases from the start of the pandemic.    Walensky touted the falling number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but said there is one demographic the CDC is most concerned about.    Walensky went on to say the agency would publish a report on COVID-19 in adolescents, detailing these specific topics later on Friday.
    COVID-19 hospitalization rates among adolescents were shown to increase during March and April.    Therefore, the CDC is stressing the importance of vaccinations among adolescents.    “I continue to see promising signs in CDC data that we are nearing the end of this pandemic in this country; however, we all have to do our part and get vaccinated to cross the finish line,” said Walensky.

6/4/2021 State Dept. Officials Told Not To Investigate Wuhan Lab Leak Theory Even As Evidence Piled Up Early On by OAN Newsroom
Security personnel keep watch outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology during the visit by the World Health Organization
(WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan,
Hubei province, China February 3, 2021. (REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo)
    Whistleblowers are coming forward regarding efforts within the State Department during December and January to stifle any probes into the origins of COVID-19.    A recent Vanity Fair report detailed the lengths some of these officials were going to silence many of their colleagues over the virus’ emergence.
    The report detailed how staffers were warned about investigating the Wuhan lab leak theory because it could “open a can of worms.”    Officials like Thomas Dinanno, the former acting assistant secretary to Arm’s Control, Verification and Compliance at the State Department, said those warnings smelled like a cover-up.
    As of now, it seems many officials within the highest levels of government were supposed to not ask questions and simply accept this explanation regarding the dawning COVID-19.
    “The mutations that it took to get to the point where it is now is totally consistent with a jump of a species from an animal to a human,” asserted Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of NIAID, during an April 2020 coronavirus task force press briefing.
    In a January 9 report, Dinnano described apprehension and contempt from State Department technical staff along with a lack of response to briefings and presentations on the lab leak topic.    However, Dinanno was not alone.    The Vanity Fair report also mentioned four other State Department employees who were warned against investigating the lab leak theory because it could “open Pandora’s box.”
    Another revelation goes back to December of last year when some State Department employees received classified intelligence on three Wuhan Institute of Virology staffers who fell sick in December of 2019.    This knowledge wouldn’t become publicly known until just a few weeks ago when the Wall Street Journal reported the story.
    This suspicious activity and awkward reluctance by many high level bureaucrats to investigate the lab leak hypothesis raises a lot of questions.
    Former Director of the CDC, Dr. Robert Redfield received similar and surprising push-back
to an appearance he made on CNN in which he said he believed the virus originated from a lab.     “I am from the point of view that I still think the most likely ideology of this pathogen in Wuhan was from a laboratory,” he stated.    “Other people don’t believe that…science will eventually figure it out.”
    Dr. Redfield said he received harsh emails and criticism from not just politicians, but scientists as well with some going as far as to say he should “wither and die.”
    Needless to say, the constant dismissal of the coronavirus lab leak theory and the subsequent silencing of those looking into the matter is creating a lot more questions than answers.

6/4/2021 Ariz. Secy. Of State Running For Governor by OAN Newsroom
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Ariz. Secy. of State Katie Hobbs is the second notable Democrat to join the
race for governor (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)     Arizona’s Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has announced her candidacy for governor.    Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, the Democrat said she is running to deliver transparency and accountability to Arizonians.
    However, Hobbs has been a constant critic of the ongoing 2020 election audit in Maricopa County and appears to be using the same recycled Democrat talking points to try to gain traction.    The Democrat will face an uphill battle as the race includes a growing list of candidates such as former news anchor Kari Lake who is running on the GOP ticket.
    “Arizonans need leaders they can trust. We need leaders with integrity and a vision,” Lake explained.    “Our politicians have failed us.    The time has come to put Arizona first.”
    Arizona has not had a Democratic governor since 2009.    The candidates will go head-to-head in November of next year to replace Gov. Doug Ducey (R) who is not able to run again due to term limits.

6/4/2021 City Leaders Pass Resolutions To End Student Debt by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden talks at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in Rehoboth Beach, Del. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    City leaders have increased pressure on Joe Biden to cancel student debt.    Local governments across the nation have passed resolutions calling for the debt cancellation with hopes that Biden will step in.
    After promising $10,000 in payments for student loan borrowers, Biden announced in January that the matter would be paused until September.    Progressives have since been pushing for an increase of $50,000 per borrower.
    Biden has continued to leave the subject of student loan debt out of his recent major speeches.    In April, he failed to address the matter during his first joint address to Congress and received high amounts of criticism from advocates.
    Nationally, there is $1.7 trillion in student loan debt as reports say the U.S. spends more on higher education than any other developed country.

6/4/2021 Secy. Of State Blinken Marks Anniversary Of Tianaman Square Protests, Sparking Chinese Govt. Response by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Secy. of State Tony Blinken speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
    China has rebuked U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken for his tweet regarding the Tianamen Square protests of 1989.
    China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin released a statement on Friday stating, “the U.S. government stops at nothing to suppress Chinese enterprises.”
    Earlier that day, Blinken took to Twitter to recognize the anniversary of the protests and hinted at the “deadly crackdown” of the People’s Republic of China.    He also released a press statement further explaining his stance on the historical event.
    “The relevant U.S. statement has interfered in China’s internal affairs. China firmly opposes this,” Wenbin asserted.    “Before attacking other countries through the use of human rights issues, the United States should first look in the mirror to see the stigma of its own human rights issues.”
    Known as the ’89 Democracy Movement, the student-lead demonstrations were suppressed with armed troops and tanks.    In China, the protests are widely acknowledged with questioning Communist Party rule and remains one of the most censored subjects.

6/4/2021 U.S. Plans 6th Round Of Negotiations With Iran To Move Forward In Compliance With A Nuclear Deal by OAN Newsroom
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department in
Washington, DC. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price shared his expectations on Thursday for another round of negotiations with Iran to get the country to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal.
    “The steps that Iran would need to take to resume its own compliance with the nuclear deal…to be subject to the stringent verification and monitoring regime,” he explained.    “    The limitations on heavy water, the limitations on centrifuges, the limitations that permanently, and again, verifiably prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.”
    Price added that prior discussions have suggested what the U.S. should do with the sanctions for Iran to comply with the 2015 nuclear deal.    However, former Trump-era Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe criticized Joe Biden’s push to bring Iran back to the negotiating table and mentioned that Biden is deprioritizing America’s strong relationship with Israel.
    “The path that the Biden administration has chosen with respect to Iran means that there’s gonna be chaos and war in other places in the Middle East besides Gaza,” he announced.    “Syria, Yeman Afghanistan, Iraq.”
    This comes after Iran agreed to a one-month extension of surveillance on its nuclear facilities in late May.    President Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 because his administration found it to be “horribly one-sided.”
    “The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complies, the regime could still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time,” the President expressed.    “The deal’s inspection provisions lack adequate mechanisms to prevent, detect, and punish cheating and don’t even have the unqualified right to inspect many important locations, including military facilities.”
    The extension gives the Biden administration more time for negotiations to try and salvage the Obama-era nuclear deal.

6/4/2021 Mont. Attorney Gen. Austin Knudsen: Most Critical Race Theory Activities Are Illegal by OAN Newsroom
Mont. Attorney Gen. Austin Knudsen stands in the center of legislators in Helena, Mont. (AP Photo/Matt Volz)
    The attorney general of Montana has legally determined that most critical race theory activities violate civil rights.    On Thursday, Austin Knudsen issued a binding Attorney General’s Opinion stating, “committing racial discrimination in the name of ending racial discrimination is both illogical and illegal.”    He went on to add that forcing students to admit their so-called privilege and assigning blame to one race goes against the Fourteenth Amendment.
    Numerous parents have been voicing their concerns about CRT being taught in the classroom, which has led the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Elise Arntzen to request Knudson’s legal opinion.
    “We listen very carefully to families and to our school systems,” she expressed.    “Critical race theory brings in discrimination…it brings in a discussion based on economics, based on the color of your skin, based on things that really have nothing to do with Montana.”
    The attorney general also warned that schools embracing discriminatory teachings such as CRT could lose funding.

6/4/2021 President Trump Blasts Dr. Fauci After Release Of COVID-19 Emails by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Anthony Fauci listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    President Trump released a statement regarding the emails of Dr. Anthony Fauci from the beginning of the pandemic.    On Thursday, he commented by saying, “the correspondence between Dr. Fauci and China speaks too loudly for anyone to ignore.”
    Trump also expressed his relief for not taking all of Dr. Fauci’s advice and highlighted the infectious disease expert’s changing stance on the effectiveness of masks.    When asked about the matter, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki dodged the question.
    “On Dr. Fauci and his emails, he has also spoken to this many many times over the course of the last few days and we’ll let him speak for himself,” she mentioned.    “He’s been an undeniable asset in our country’s pandemic response, but it’s obviously not that advantageous for me to relitigate the substance of emails from 17 months ago.”
    Psaki went on to explain that following Joe Biden’s direction, an internal review process has begun to investigate the origins of COVID-19.    She claimed that all government assets were being utilized for this 90-day process and that the Biden administration would be providing more details once it has concluded.
    President Trump went on to suggest that China should pay the world trillions of dollars in payment for the “death and destruction” that has resulted from COVID-19.

6/4/2021 Kamala Harris To Visit Central America In First Foreign Trip by OAN Newsroom
Vice President Kamala Harris photographed at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    As detention facilities overflow and illegal immigrants flood the southern border at record numbers, Kamala Harris is looking forward to a tax payer funded trip to Mexico City and Guatemala.    Joe Biden’s so-called border czar elaborated on these efforts while speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
    “It’s the first trip and I’ll be meeting at the front leg of the trip with the President of Guatemala,” she stated.    “We have a lot to discuss.”
    Her trip comes after state officials along the border have issued disaster declarations for certain regions and proposed state-funded efforts to increase border security.    As they continue to weather the constant influx of illegal immigrants, Biden’s border czar seems to have different priorities to discuss with her foreign counterparts.
    “What we need to do and can do together to both support the folks who need help in terms of hunger, the economic development, peace, the extreme weather and the impact that has had on their economy,” she explained.    “It’s also about having a very frank and honest conversation about the need to address corruption, to address crime, violence, and in particular against some of the most vulnerable populations in that country.”
    Another topic of conversation will reportedly be the Biden administration’s commitment to hand a higher amount of tax-payer funded resources over to Central America.    Harris then appeared all too eager to talk about her plans to connect American businesses with Guatemala.
    She went on by saying, “also to bear on this conversation the work that we’ve done so far here, meeting with and bringing together CEOs for example, who are prepared to renew or begin a relationship with Guatemala.”
    Harris is slated to arrive to Guatemala on Sunday and then Mexico City on Monday, but it is unclear when or if she will schedule a press conference on the migrant crisis or visit the border herself.

6/4/2021 Fmr. Vice President Mike Pence Delivers Speech In N.H. by OAN Newsroom
Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the annual Hillsborough County NH GOP
Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Former Vice President Mike Pence delivered his second speech since leaving office in January.    While speaking at a Republican event in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire on Thursday, Pence commended President Trump’s accomplishments and castigated the Biden administration’s first months of office.
    “I think what President Trump showed us was what Republicans can accomplish when our leaders stand firm on conservative principles and don’t back down,” he expressed.    “It’s exactly what he did for four years and under President Trump and our administration it was four years of consequence, four years of results.    It was four years of promises made and promises kept.”
    Pence touted many Trump administration successes and went as far as to compare the 45th president to Ronald Reagan.
    “President Reagan articulated an agenda that he never took credit for because it was an American agenda,” he explained.    “He said people say I am a great communicator.    He said I am not a great communicator, I just communicate great things.    President Donald Trump did the same.”
    The former Vice President then shifted the focus of the speech by slamming modern progressives and Joe Biden’s agenda.
    “It is past time for America to discard the left-wing myth of racism,” he asserted.    “America is not a racist country.”
    Pence compared the priorities of the two administrations highlighting Trump’s tax cuts, investment in law enforcement and relocation of the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.    He then went on to criticize Biden’s unnecessary spending, poor relations in the Middle East and stance on the Second Amendment.

6/4/2021 Canada’s Trudeau Blasts Catholic Church For Ignoring Role In Indigenous Schools by Steve Scherer and Anna Mehler Paperny
FILE PHOTO: Children's shoes line the base of the defaced Ryerson University statue of Egerton Ryerson, considered an architect
of Canada's residential indigenous school system, following the discovery of the remains of 215 children on the site of British Columbia's
former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Chris Helgren
    OTTAWA (Reuters) -The Catholic Church must take responsibility for its role in running many of Canada’s residential schools for indigenous children, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday, after the discovery of the remains of 215 children at one former school last month.
    “As a Catholic, I am deeply disappointed by the position the Catholic Church has taken now and over the past many years,” Trudeau told reporters.    “We expect the Church to step up and take responsibility for its role in this.”
    The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops did not respond to a request for comment.
    Between 1831 and 1996, Canada’s residential school system forcibly separated about 150,000 children from their homes.    Many were subjected to abuse, rape and malnutrition in what the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2015 called “cultural genocide.”
    Run by the government and church groups – the majority of them Catholic – the schools’ stated aim was to assimilate indigenous children.
    The discovery this week of the remains of the children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia, which closed in 1978, has reopened old wounds and is fueling outrage about a persistent lack of information and accountability.
    From 1893 to 1969, a Catholic congregation called the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate ran the Kamloops school, which was once Canada’s largest.
    On Friday, Tk?emlúps te Secwépemc Chief Rosanne Casimir, on whose land the Kamloops school still stands, told reporters the nation has not received any records from the Oblates of Mary Immaculate that would help identify the children.
    “We do want an apology” from the Catholic Church, Casimir said.    “A public apology.    Not just for us, but for the world.”
    In 2008, the Canadian government formally apologized for the system.    Trudeau said many are “    ondering why the Catholic Church in Canada is silent, is not stepping up.”
    He added: “Before we have to start taking the Catholic Church to court, I am very hopeful that religious leaders will understand this is something they need to participate in and not hide from.”
    Trudeau has not directed such pointed comments at the Catholic Church over the residential schools since taking office in 2015.
    On Wednesday, Vancouver Archbishop J. Michael Miller said on Twitter “the Church was unquestionably wrong” and his archdiocese would be transparent with its archives and records regarding residential schools.
    The Conference said on its website that each diocese is separate and responsible for its own actions.
    “The Catholic Church as a whole in Canada was not associated with the residential schools, nor was the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops,” it said.
    Separately, United Nations human rights experts on Friday called on both Canada and the Vatican to further investigate the deaths of the children found in Kamloops.
    “It is inconceivable that Canada and the Holy See would leave such heinous crimes unaccounted for and without full redress,” they said in a statement.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer and David Ljunggren; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

6/4/2021 Mexico’s Foreign Minister Blasts OAS’ Almagro Over Bolivia Stance
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard speaks during a news conference as Mexico will administer the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
vaccine shots it is getting from the United States to people from 18 to 40 years old along the Mexico-U.S. border region, with the aim of reopening
the shared border by late June, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico June 4, 2021. Mexico's Presidency/Handout via REUTERS
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s foreign minister on Friday criticized the work of the head of the Organization of American States, adding to its earlier rebuke that the group should not intervene in Bolivia’s internal affairs.
    Mexico in March called out the Washington-based association of governments for “unilateral pronouncements” criticizing Bolivia for jailing a former president of the country on charges of fomenting a coup against longtime leader Evo Morales.
    Morales in 2019 resigned under pressure from Bolivia’s armed forces after a presidential election that the Organization of American States said was rigged in his favor.
    Mexico had backed Morales, including granting asylum to him and his allies.
    The OAS, led by Secretary-General Luis Almagro, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
    “The performance of the current OAS secretary-general, Mr. Almagro, has been one of the worst in history,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a regular news conference.
    “He has acted, repeatedly, without consulting the member states.    … He acts as if he were autonomous.”
    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said his country’s foreign policy is guided by the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries.    Critics argue he has departed from that position when dealing with fellow Latin American leftists like Morales.
(Reporting by Adriana Barrera; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

6/4/2021 Pres. Trump: Facebook Suspension Is Insult To 75M Americans by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media at the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly
on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    President Donald Trump called Facebook’s suspension of his account an insult to the 75 million people who voted for him in the 2020 rigged election.    The 45th president said in a press release on Friday that Facebook shouldn’t get away with this censorship.
    President Trump’s statements come as Facebook’s oversight committee announced it would uphold its previous decision and impose a two-year suspension.    The president has also been banned from Twitter and has since been communicating through press releases.    Trump added the U.S. can’t take this abuse anymore.
    The announcement comes just after Trump had his blog shut down, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”    Chief spokesman for Trump, Jason Miller, alluded to the idea that the shutdown was a precursor to him joining another social media platform.

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6/5/2021 Fmr. Dem Recalls Leaving Party, Blames Party Policy For Hurting Black Americans by OAN Newsroom
Credit: Charleston Chronicle
    Former Democrat, Maurice Washington, said he left the Democrat Party because it didn’t align with the value instilled in him by his family.    Washington, who now serves as the executive chair for the Charleston County Republican Party, shared his experience during a recent interview with the Epoch Times.
    The now Republican said he grew up as a Democrat like others in his community and thought it would help him stay connected to other African Americans.    Although, he said as he became older, he realized there were misconceptions about what African Americans’ needs were, adding it’s a mistake to think handouts are what they are after.
    The U.S. has adopted the political idea of victimhood that paints people as either oppressors or victims based on racial categories they were born into.    In fact, Washington argues that the politics of victimhood is a strategy often used by Democrats to stay in power.
    Washington’s interview was posted just days after Joe Biden traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre and appeared to perpetuate the very message that turned Washington away from the party.    Biden stated, “we know here, in this hallowed place, we simply can’t bury pain and trauma forever and at some point there will be a reckoning, an inflection point like we’re facing right now as a nation.”
    However, amid the cries from the left about emotional, social and financial reparations, Washington noted that his endless push to make people rely on the government and all of the policies that Democrats have used as bait, have instead lead to the highest percentage of African American unemployment.
    Washington on the other hand, has called the GOP a “big tent party,” where the only limit to one’s success is the limit they set.

6/5/2021 Fla. Couple Charged With Child Neglect After Their 21-Month-Old Child Overdosed On Cocaine by OAN Newsroom
A needle, spoon, and narcotics bag are seen near a heroin encampment in the Kensington neighborhood
of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on April 10, 2017. (DOMINICK REUTER/AFP via Getty Images)
    A Florida couple is being charged with child neglect after their 21-month-old child overdosed. On Friday, Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kaitlyn Perez confirmed Kaitlyn Van Dorn and her partner Blake Pavey are in custody facing felony charges.
    The arrests are in relation to an incident that occurred on Jan. 8, where the child overdosed on cocaine before being resuscitated by paramedics.    Van Dorn told Sarasota County Sheriff’s deputies that while on a walk, the child picked up an unknown object, put it in his mouth and became limp before losing consciousness.
    Although, Perez said they were unable to recover any sign of a walk even taking place.    Therefore, based on their investigation, they believe strongly that the child ingested the narcotics inside the home.
    Van Dorn changed her story a few times before leading deputies to a bucket inside the home which had a spoon and tissue inside consistent with the ingestion of narcotics.    The spoon was later tested and it was discovered that it yielded positive for fentanyl and cocaine.
    Pavey, the child’s father, was released on a $15,000 bond and Van Dorn remains in custody without bond due to a probation violation charge.    In the meantime, Perez confirmed the child is okay and has not been in the care of either parent since the incident.

6/5/2021 Wis. Democrat’s Wife Likes Tweet Saying ‘Everyone Should Be Antifa’ After Rep. Nancy Mace’s Home Was Vandalized by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., appears at a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    According to reports, Congressman Ron Kind’s (D-Wis.) wife, Tawni Kind, recently “liked” a tweet of an Antifa sympathizer.    The post was responding to South Carolina Rep. Nancy Mace’s (R) tweet about her home being vandalized with Antifa graffiti.
    It included a graphic that claims Antifa is not an organization, but everyone should be Antifa.    Kind’s wife has since “unliked” the tweet, but when Mace caught wind of the situation, she challenged her to a debate on the criminality of the group.
    Mace released a statement confirming the safety and well-being of herself and her children while also stating, “there is a significant difference between nonviolent protests, and criminal acts of intimidation and vandalism.    We should all be able to feel safe in our own homes, regardless of our political beliefs.”
    The congresswoman called Mrs. Kind’s endorsement of the criminal group “disgraceful”. This comes as Rep. Kind’s involvement in a massage parlor scandal has come to light.    An investigation uncovered the truth behind Kind’s business ventures, discovering a history of the parlor being a “house of prostitution.”

6/5/2021 Trump-Era Policy Limiting Unofficial Flags On Military Installations Is Continued By DOJ by OAN Newsroom
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon, Friday, June 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    The Department of Justice have made the decision to maintain a Trump-era policy that limits unofficial flags to be displayed at military installations.    The Pentagon announced on Friday that the department will maintain the 2020 policy because they believe rescinding it would cause greater problems.    Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that after close consideration, flying the LGBTQ+ flag will not be an exception.
    June is recognized as Pride Month, which represents the recognition and celebration of the LQBTQ+ community.    Kirby went on to say that this decision did not stem from any lack of respect or admiration for this group and that the Defense Department will continue to celebrate and honor LGBTQ+ members who serve the U.S.
    “This was really more about the potential for other challenges that could arise from that exception, that specific exception,” he expressed.    “It’s certainly not a statement of anything other than the fact that full respect and admiration for that service.”
    The Pentagon policy only allows National League of POW/MIA flags, U.S. state flags and those for military units and allied countries.

6/5/2021 Hawaii To Lift COVID-19 Travel Restrictions by Hawaii To Lift COVID-19 Travel Restrictions by OAN Newsroom
Hawaii Gov. David Ige greets supporters at his campaign headquarters in Honolulu. (Marco Garcia/AP Photo)
    Hawaii has announced its plan to lift all COVID-19 travel restrictions for domestic travel ahead of the busiest time of year for tourism.    Gov. David Ige (D-Hawaii) made an announcement on Friday that vaccinated travelers entering the state may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel COVID-test.
    Ige reported that 52 percent of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated and all restrictions will be lifted once the number increases to 70 percent.    The state has offered incentives such as roundtrip airfare and year-long car leases for residents who get vaccinated. Residents are able to enter online for a chance to win.
    Fully vaccinated visitors to Hawaii will no longer have to get a COVID-19 test before returning from the mainland.    Ige explained the lift of restrictions by stating, “we will accept through Safe Travels, vaccination cards for trans-pacific travelers vaccinated in the U.S. and traveling from the Continental U.S.
    The travel rule changes will go into effect on June 15 and more restrictions are expected to be lifted as the vaccination rate rises.

6/5/2021 2 San Diego Police Officers Dead After Wrong-Way Crash by OAN Newsroom
(Detectives Ryan Park, left, and Jamie Huntley-Park, right, are photographed. Courtesy of San Diego Police Department)
    Law enforcement in San Diego, California have been searching for answers after two San Diego Police Department detectives were killed in a wrong-way crash.    During a press briefing on Friday night, the SDPD identified the two officers who lost their lives on a highway near the Southern border.    Authorities say husband and wife detectives Ryan Park and Jamie Huntley-Park were driving down Interstate 5 early Friday morning when their vehicle was hit head on.
    California Highway Patrol Officer Salvador Castro was one of many responders who arrived to the scene of the crash and discussed details with the media.
    “At approximately 10:22 am this morning, our units received a call, a broadcast of a wrong-way driver traveling North on the southbound lanes of Interstate 5,” he explained.    “A short time later we received another, additional call of a traffic collision.”
    The wrong-way vehicle is believed to have been traveling at roughly 90 miles per hour and killed the driver upon impact.    First responders say the detectives were pronounced dead at the scene.    It’s unclear if the female driver of the wrong-way vehicle was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.
    “Due to the nature, the violent nature of the crash, the wrong-way driver which is a Honda Civic burst into flames,” Castro stated.    “San Diego Fire were unable to rescue any of the occupants in either vehicle.”
    According to Police Chief David Nisleit, the couple was on a scheduled day off but may have been doing background work on a case.    Back in 2012, the pair met in the police academy and were married in 2016 with the chief promoting the husband and wife to detectives in 2018.
    “You look at 32 and 33-year-old detectives who had nothing but their lives ahead of them,” he expressed.    “Both their lives and their careers were definitely on a very rapid trend upward just doing amazing work.”
    In the meantime, CHP is helping local authorities conduct their investigation on the crash and are working to determine where the wrong-way driver entered the freeway.

6/5/2021 Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom Refuses To Give Up Pandemic Emergency Powers by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Gavin Newsom holds up a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles
Medical Center on December 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jae C. Hong-Pool/Getty Images)
    California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said he will be holding onto his state of emergency powers for now despite the state preparing to reopen.    California’s Democrat governor made the announcement on Friday, less than two weeks before the state is slated to drop its COVID-19 restrictions.
    Newsom held a widely publicized event in which he named winners in a state lottery for vaccinated residents.    In what was reminiscent of a game show, Newsom drew the first winners of more than $116 million in prizes in an effort to press more residents to get vaccinated.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and UC Davis Assistant Nurse Manager Claudio Alvarado select the first 15 Californians
to be awarded $50,000 for doing their part in getting vaccinated. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP)
    However, when asked if he would lift the state of emergency when the state fully reopens on June 15, Newsom said “no.”    He stated, “I’m mindful this disease has not been extinguished.    It hasn’t gone away.    We are in a dense environment, hundreds of other employees, many of them haven’t been vaccinated.”
    Newsom continued on to say, “this disease is not taking the summer months off.    We’re not there yet.    We won’t be there.    Be mindful as well of variants and so we’ve never said we’re going to consider some modifications post-June 15.”
    If the state of emergency remains in place, it would allow Newsom to reinstate lockdown restrictions as he sees fit.    California has been under a state of emergency since March 2020 with Newsom issuing around 50 executive orders to alter or suspend state laws and regulations.
    A statement from his office suggested the state of emergency ensures the state can continue to quickly respond to evolving conditions as the pandemic persists.    Although, the state’s Republicans were quick to denounce the move, saying if Newsom believes the state is safe to reopen, then its safe for people to make decisions for themselves.
    Newsom continues to face a recall election in the fall amid a falling approval rating which has dropped from 64 percent to 52 percent since Sept. Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who is running against Newsom in the recall election, took to Twitter to say that other states have been safely open for months, but Newsom refuses to follow the science and suggested it’s time to recall him.
    While California is slated to lift health restrictions, many businesses, particularly restaurants, continue to struggle.    California’s     Restaurant Association said as many as one million restaurant jobs were lost in the state, while nearly a third of the state’s restaurants permanently closed.    Owners say they don’t have enough staff with so many people still collecting unemployment benefits.

6/5/2021 Residents Of Normandy Commemorate 77th Anniversary Of D-Day by OAN Newsroom
World War II history enthusiasts’ parade in WWII vehicles in Colleville-Montgomery, Normandy, Saturday June, 5 2021 on
the eve of 77th anniversary of the assault that helped bring an end to World War II. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
    A small French town in Normandy honored D-Day Veterans nearly 77 years to the day since the decisive WWII military operation.    On Friday, officials in Carentan held a ceremony commemorating veteran and fallen soldiers of WWII including American veteran Charles Norman Shay.
    Shay was a 19-year-old army medic and one of thousands of allied troops who landed on the beaches of Normandy in 1944.    The 96-year-old who reportedly saved 20 soldiers as a medic has been residing in Normandy.    He has expressed that the French people will never forget the actions of the allied troops.
World War II history enthusiasts photographed in Normandy. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
    “In France the people remember these men, they hold them close to their heart and they they remember what they did for them,” the veteran stated.    “I don’t think the French people will ever forget.”
    This comes as travel restrictions are reportedly preventing other veterans from coming to Normandy for the anniversary.    Shay, the only veteran to attend the Carentan celebrations, says he hopes the pandemic will be over soon.

6/5/2021 GoFundMe For Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Grandmother Raises Over $104K by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Matt Walsh from the conservative news outlet Daily Wire, recently put together a fundraiser in efforts to help save the home of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) grandmother in Puerto Rico after photos surfaced of her living conditions.    Walsh took aim at Ocasio-Cortez on Friday for virtue signaling in a tweet about her grandmother’s home.    On Thursday, the progressive lawmaker took to Twitter to blame President Donald Trump for her grandmother’s home falling into disrepair following Hurricane Maria.
    On his talk show, Walsh questioned why Ocasio-Cortez was not reaching into her own pockets to help.    Critics also pointed out how she drives a luxury car and has two apartments, but somehow can’t offer any assistance to her own family.    Yet, when she responded she said she was not just focusing on her grandmother, but the “systemic injustices
    Walsh turned to a popular crowdfunding site to raise money for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.    The GoFundMe dubbed “Save AOC’s Abuela’s Ancestral Home,” had a goal of raising nearly $49,000. Walsh kicked off the donations with a contribution of $499 himself, with other names in conservative news like Ben Shapiro joining in.
    However, though the fund raised over $100,000 to restore the home, Walsh said an unknown person in the family has refused the money.    He said the site will be offering a refund to all those who donated, but said tragically, the charitable efforts were sabotaged by forces outside of his control.
    Walsh extended his gratitude to those who donated, saying they should be proud of their efforts and went on to suggest prayers for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.

6/5/2021 Biden Admin. And DHS Deploy Mobile App To Help Illegals Cross Into U.S. by OAN Newsroom
Border Patrol agents hold a news conference prior to a media tour of a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection
temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge in Donna, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    A new report revealed that the Biden administration has utilized a mobile application to help illegal immigrants cross into the U.S.    According to a report on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security has launched an app called CBP One.    The app assists U.S. border officials to collect, process and store sensitive information on foreign nationals enrolled in the Remain in Mexico program.
    International and non-governmental organizations can upload photos of illegal immigrants on the app which then sends a response indicating whether the person’s case is active.    The app uses facial recognition to verify each individual by pulling from a database of nearly 70,000 immigrants.    If the app shows that a case is open, an organization will have the ability to arrange for the migrant to get a COVID-19 test, obtain travel to a port of entry and request permission from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to enter the U.S.
    These photos have been uploaded from the Remain in Mexico program which has been officially terminated by the Biden administration on Tuesday.    Facial recognition technology has been reported to have faulty accuracy and the reliability varies on the individual’s race, birthdate, and other characteristics.
    The Department of Homeland Security has reported that the Biden administration is asking for $1.2 billion to innovate security technology that has been utilized for the border crisis.

6/5/2021 Second Woman Accuses N.Y. Lawmaker Of Sexual Misconduct by OAN Newsroom
New York City Comptroller and New York City Mayoral candidate Scott Stringer speaks during a press
conference at the National Action Network’s House of Justice. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
    New York City Democrat comptroller and mayoral candidate Scott Stringer has been accused of another allegation involving sexual misconduct.    On Friday, Teresa Logan accused Stringer of groping her on multiple occasions while she was working at the Uptown Local bar in the Upper West Side.
    Logan, who worked at the bar co-founded by Stringer, said the first alleged incident took place in 1992 when she was 18 and Stringer was in his early 30’s. She also described additional incidents where Stringer would make unwanted sexual advances towards her.
    This new allegation comes less than a month before the mayoral primary.    Stringer responded to the accusations by saying he had no memory of Logan, but apologized if he ever made her feel uncomfortable.
    The accusation follows previous allegations from Jean Kim, a former intern of Stringer who in April accused the Democrat lawmaker of groping and sexually harassing her.    Stringer denied those allegations and refused to drop out of his run for mayor.

6/5/2021 Federal Judge Overturns Calif. Ban On So-Called Assault Weapons by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Gavin Newsom | Rich Pedroncelli, Pool/AP Photo
    A federal judge has overturned an overreaching gun ban in California.    The decision was handed down by U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez on Friday.
    Benitez stated that the ban denied residents of their Second Amendment right.    In his nine-page ruling, he compared an AR-15 rifle to a swiss army knife and described it as a perfect home defense weapon.    The judge went on to criticize false narratives presented by the mainstream media by saying, “a Californian is three times more likely to be murdered by an attacker’s bare hands, fists or feet than by his rifle.”
    Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) took to Twitter on Saturday to slam Benitez by claiming this decision is a direct threat to the public safety of California residents.    He also mentioned how disrespectful this decision was to families who have lost loved ones to gun violence and vowed to challenge the ruling.
    Benitez issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of the law, but issued a 30-day stay to give State Attorney General Rob Bonta time to appeal.

6/6/2021 Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis Becoming Major Voice For GOP by OAN Newsroom
Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site at the
Hard Rock Stadium on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is quickly becoming a beacon for the GOP.    While several lawmakers and state leaders have kowtowed to the wishes of the progressive left, DeSantis has been pushing back against everything from coronavirus lockdowns to protecting women’s opportunities in sports.
    Recently, DeSantis has been signing bill after bill, pushing Florida to lead the way. Further, when it came to the COVID-19 pandemic, DeSantis made sure lockdowns were only put in place when deemed absolutely necessary and put the state’s most vulnerable first despite the CDC’s advice.
    DeSantis also signed a bill ensuring female athletes have access to equal opportunities in high school and college.    “I can tell you this: In Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports and boys are going to play boys’ sports.    That’s what we’re doing and we’re going to make sure sure that’s the reality.”
    The Florida Republican has remained strong in his support for law enforcement as leftists call for the defunding of police, garnering respect and building a strong relationship with those authorities in return.    Grady Judd, Sheriff of Polk County, said “never have I seen the leadership that I see with Gov. DeSantis.”
    DeSantis discussed Florida’s response to the BLM and Antifa riots last summer, highlighting his state’s work to back the Blue and allocate necessary funding to law enforcement.    The governor also pointed to the state’s decision to ban critical race theory in Florida’s schools.
    Though DeSantis has already stated his intent to run for reelection as Florida’s governor, he is being touted as a strong potential vice presidential pick should President Donald Trump run again in 2024.

6/6/2021 Worcester Police Honor Officer Who Drowned Trying To Save Teen by OAN Newsroom
Worcester Fire Department divers search Green Hill Pond after reports of a drowning
Friday, June 4, 2021. in Worchester, Mass. (Rick Cinclair/Worcester Telegram & Gazette via AP)
    Worcester police in Massachusetts were in mourning on Saturday as a procession accompanied the body of a fallen officer to the state medical examiner’s office.    Emmanuel Familia, 38, was one of five officers who responded to reports of a person drowning in a pond at Green Hill Park on Friday.
    Upon arrival, officers saw several teenagers struggling to stay afloat, one with just his arm reaching out of the water.    All five of the officers jumped into the pond hoping for a successful rescue.
    Officer Emmanuel Familia (Worcester Police Department)
    Officers were able to bring two of the teens back to shore before they quickly realized Familia as well as a 14-year-old boy were missing.    Dive teams were able to locate the officer and the teen, who were both pronounced dead at the hospital.
    Familia was a five-year veteran to the department who is survived by his wife and two children.    “The Worcester Police Department has lost a brother, a friend and a partner, and the city of Worcester has lost a hero,” expressed Worcester Police Chief Steven Sargent.

6/6/2021 Rep. Kevin McCarthy Calls On Fauci To Step Down by OAN Newsroom
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a weekly news
conference May 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) joined a chorus of GOP voices in calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to step down from his position at the National Institutes of Health.    In an interview on Saturday, the House minority leader criticized the flip-flopping of the left when it came to the Wuhan Lab theory.
    When asked about Fauci’s role in the pandemic response, his recently leaked emails and demands for his firing, McCarthy stressed Fauci needs to go.    He went on to say that officials who were put in positions to answer questions about COVID-19, should be trusted, saying Fauci has thrown away that trust.
    McCarthy went on to say, “we’re talking about an administration that shifted course when they first came in, the Biden administration, and gave millions of dollars back to the World Health Organization that lied to the world that is controlled by China.”    He continued, “this is the wrong direction, and I don’t believe anybody in America can trust that to get to the bottom of it.”
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) wrote on Saturday, “if Biden believes in science, he must fire Fauci.”    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) commented on Fauci’s deteriorating rhetoric, calling Fauci’s emails “shocking” as he continues to advocate for his resignation.
    Meanwhile, the White House has ruled out firing Fauci under any circumstances as Joe Biden continues to place confidence in his chief medical adviser.

6/6/2021 Sen Sgt At Arms: Cyber Attack More Serious Than 2nd Jan. 6 Event by OAN Newsroom
Sen Sgt at Arms Karen Gibson testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing
on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2022. (JIM LO SCALZO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Senate Sergeant at Arms is warning cyber-attacks may pose the greatest threat to our national security.    During an interview on Saturday, Karen Gibson said cyber threats keep her up at night, not the possibility of another Capitol breach.
    This comes as Democrats and the mainstream media are pushing for a 9/11 style commission to look into the Jan. 6 attack.    However, in recent weeks transportation systems, news stations and energy companies have fallen victim to hacking attempts.
    Gibson went on to say senators may have sensitive information in their possession that they may not want exposed.    “Members have sensitive information that they would not necessarily want to have disclosed that may be in documents.    Much of what we do is public…and meant to be so,” said Gibson.
A sign announces the days gas prices at a station in Annapolis, Maryland, on May 12, 2021. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    Gibson was part of a team led by Retired Lt. Gen. Russel Honore that were in charge of conducting a review of security at the Capitol in the wake of the Jan. 6 demonstration.    Since, JBS Foods and the Colonial Pipeline have fallen victim to cyber-attacks leading to a nationwide shutdown and a rise in gas prices.
    However, Gibson said she has a “highly capable” cybersecurity team that is working to secure the Capitol networks and understand their vulnerability.    Gibson reiterated her stance saying, “I think whether it’s ransomware or other cybersecurity threats, yes, I actually, again I see cybersecurity as my greater concern than a mob attacking the Capitol.”

6/6/2021 Ariz. Audit Completes Recount Of More Than 60 Percent Of Ballots by OAN Newsroom
Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for
Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)
    Election auditors in Arizona are wrapping up the hand-recount of ballots as they expect their work to be complete soon.    According to the auditors, more than 60 percent of all 2020 ballots have been counted as of last Friday.    That’s out of the 2.1 million ballots that were cast in Maricopa County, Arizona last November.
    Reports estimate auditors have seven pallets of about 50,000 ballots each left to count, which means no more than 350,000 ballots are left to examine.    However, despite the audit being almost complete, Democrat Party officials and mainstream media are still trying to discredit or stop it.
    Auditors will analyze the results after the ballots are all counted and verified and they will then present the conclusions in a report later this month.

6/6/2021 Sen. Roy Blunt Urges Pres. Trump To ‘Get Focused’ On Midterm Elections by OAN Newsroom
Subcommittee Chairman Roy Blunt, (R-Mo.), speaks during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee reviewing
coronavirus response efforts on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    GOP Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is urging President Donald Trump to ramp up his efforts to help elect more Republicans in the 2022 midterms.    During an interview on Sunday, Blunt says Trump is an incredibly popular figure in the Republican Party and he would like to see him focus on the 2022 elections.
    He also said their are plenty of issues besides the elections process that Republicans can speak about.    The Missouri senator estimated Trump could be “incredibly helpful” to the GOP’s efforts to take back the House and Senate.
President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd during the evening session on the fourth day
of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Blunt said, “there are a lot of things to talk about.    I think 2022 has great potential to be an important and good year for Republicans.”    He stressed how popular Trump is and if he focused in on 2022 and the differences in the two political parties, it would give the GOP a big advantage.

6/6/2021 GOP Sens.: If Police Reform Is Going To Happen, Must Be Before July by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) is joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.),
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Rep. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.) for a news conference to unveil the GOP’s legislation to address
racial disparities in law enforcement at the U.S. Capitol June 17, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Republicans on Capitol Hill are looking to July as an informal deadline for a police reform agreement to be made. May 25 has come and gone without a compromise and now Sens. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) both see the end of June as the new timeline.
    The debate has reached a stalemate on the key issue of qualified immunity, which many Democrats oppose.    However, Republicans are hoping to reach a compromise that will still protect America’s law enforcement officers from frivolous litigation.
    Graham suggested police departments should be subject to liability for incidents that result in death or serious bodily injury instead of going after officers directly.    This move would keep legal protections in place for front-line officers.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol
on December 20, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    Scott agreed stating, “one thing that will bring about change in policing is when departments have more liability for the misconduct of officers.    I think having some skin in the game will drive better policing.”    He mentioned that they are trying to find that “sweet spot.”
    Graham hopes to make police departments responsible for their officers’ conduct, while protecting individual officers from getting sued for their actions.
    It appears likely that should lawmakers on Capitol Hill fail to reach an agreement by July, the conversation could be put on the backburner until after the 2022 midterm elections.

6/6/2021 Stephen Moore: Biden’s $6T Spending Plan A Danger To Economy by OAN Newsroom
Stephen Moore at 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)
    Former economic advisor to President Donald Trump, Stephen Moore, is criticizing Joe Biden’s $6 trillion spending plan.    In an interview on Sunday, Moore said the economy is continuing to recover after COVID-19 lockdowns and yet another round of fiscal stimulus is not necessary.
    He added the biggest danger to the economy is raising taxes, which Biden claimed is necessary to fund his spending proposals.    Moore also criticized Biden’s proposals to extend higher unemployment benefits, saying it prevents Americans from seeking jobs.    He continued on to say it hurts small and medium businesses.
    “Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey are continuing with those benefits, and that means it’s going to be a real burden on small businesses in states like that because it’s hard to compete with your rich Uncle Sam when you’re trying to get your workers back on the job,” said Moore.
    He stressed the economy will be just fine if Biden stops the irresponsible spending as well as stop excessive taxation and the borrowing of trillions of dollars.

6/6/2021 Scaled-Back Ceremonies Commemorate 77th Anniversary Of D-Day by OAN Newsroom
Veteran David Mylchreest, 97, poses prior to the official opening ceremony of the British Normandy
Memorial at Ver-sur-Mer in France, Sunday June 6, 2021. (Stephane Mahe/Pool Photo via AP)
    Sunday marked the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France, which helped turn the tide of World War II in Europe.    As was seen in 2020, Sunday brought scaled-back ceremonies in remembrance of D-Day, commemorating the decisive World War II operation in France.
    Several ceremonies were held in honor of the 77th anniversary of the fight that eventually led to the alleged victory in the European Theater of the War.
1943: Troops coming ashore during training exercises for the Allied D-Day invasion. (Keystone/Getty Images)
    On D-Day, around 150,000 allied troops landed on five French beaches, carried by 7,000 boats.    More than 4,400 allied troops lost their lives, including 2,001 Americans.    Normandy has more than 20 cemeteries holding troops from multiple countries who took part in the historic battle.
    However, for the second year in a row, most public events had been canceled with official ceremonies limited to a small number of guests.    One such ceremony saw wreaths being laid in a cemetery in Coleville-sur-Mer, which is home to nearly 9,400 graves.    Most of the graves belong to service members who lost their lives in the battle and following operations.
WWII veteran Charles Shay, 96. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
    Only one surviving D-Day Veteran was in attendance. In the meantime, a memorial paying tribute to British soldiers lost during D-Day and the Battle of Normandy was opened in the village of Ver-sur-Mer.
    The memorial bears the names of more than 22,000 men and women, mostly British soldiers.    Locals said the biggest loss was the absence of Veterans, many of whom are in their mid-to-late 90s, who were unable to travel to the ceremonies.
    Experts said of the 16 million people who served during World War II, only around 325,000 still survive with an even smaller number of actual D-Day Veterans.

6/7/2021 Officials Warn Of Potential Hacking Attempts As Ransomware Cyberattacks Are On The Rise by OAN Newsroom
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm speaks during a press briefing at the White House. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    An alarming rise in cyberattacks targeting U.S. businesses has prompted officials to call for action.    Biden administration Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm claimed the U.S. energy grid is vulnerable in the face of alleged foreign attacks.
    “I think there are very malign actors who are trying even as we speak,” she explained.    “There are thousands of attacks on all aspects of the energy sector and the private sector generally.”
    During an interview on Sunday, Granholm reiterated the fears of alleged foreign hackings, which she suggested could leave entire regions of the U.S. without electricity.    She cited recent shutdowns of the Colonial Pipeline and a meat-packing company as examples of what could happen to the entire power grid.
    “This is what the President is doing, he’s working with our allies,” she mentioned.    “He’s working with countries around the world because other countries, even Russia, they don’t want to see their sectors attacked by malign actors.”
    However, critics believe Biden officials have failed to prevent or address recent cyberattacks.    Many claim they didn’t occur under President Trump.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) suggested Russia should be held responsible.    During an interview on Sunday, the Republican senator said our critical infrastructure is very exposed.    He added, it’s time for Russians to pay the price.
    Graham went on to mention that he doesn’t believe attacks were ordered from President Vladamir Putin or the Putin regime, but that the hackers live in Russia with impunity and are tied to the country’s intelligence services.
    Graham’s made those remarks not long after Senate Sergeant at Arms Karen Gibson warned cyberattacks may pose the greatest threat to our national security.    During an interview on Saturday, Gibson said cyberthreats keep her up at night rather than the possibility of another Capitol breach.
    Gibson also mentioned that senators may have sensitive information in their possession that they don’t want to be exposed.    She went on noting, “I would worry about, I think, nation state actors or others who might try to just really cripple the government’s ability to function by locking down cyber communications networks.”
    Meanwhile, Democrats and the mainstream media are pushing for a 9/11 style commission to look into the January 6 breach.    In recent weeks, however, transportation systems, news stations and energy companies have been targeted by hackers.

6/7/2021 Commerce Secy. In No Rush To Strike Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied by Robert Duncan, the secretary for the minority, walks to the
chamber as the Senate resumes work following a ten-day recess, at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Disagreements between Joe Biden and Senate Republicans have continued to stall a bipartisan deal on infrastructure reform.    In an interview on     Sunday, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo stated the administration is not in any rush to reach a bipartisan solution and added there is no “hardwired deadline” for bipartisan talks on infrastructure to make a deal.
    Raimondo went on to suggest the broad desire among lawmakers in both parties to have a bipartisan agreement on infrastructure.    She said Joe Biden’s red line on infrastructure is in action, but noted both sides of the aisle are acting in good faith to come together.
    “We wont do this forever, but right now there are good faith efforts on both sides,” she mentioned.    “We’re going to continue the work of doing our job and trying to get a bipartisan agreement.”
    Raimondo suggested there are a few areas in which lawmakers can strike common ground, but all sides believe passing a bill is urgent.
    “We have delayed investments in basic research and development, infrastructure improvements, job training, you know, provision of child care for so long,” she explained.    “…Everyone says it is time to make these investments.    It is past time to make these investments.”
    Biden is scheduled to meet with GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) about infrastructure at the White House on Monday.    However, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg indicates tensions are still high between the White House and Senate Republicans.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., the GOP’s lead negotiator on a counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan,
listens at left as she is joined at a news conference by, from left, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., chairman
of the Senate Republican Conference, and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    During an interview on Sunday, Buttigieg suggested there is still a lot of distance between the GOP and Democrats on infrastructure despite ongoing conversations between the two parties.    He said the GOP’s current offer, which was raised by $50 billion last week, doesn’t meet Biden’s agenda on infrastructure.
    “On Friday, there was another counter offer from the Republicans represented,” he mentioned.    I think about $50 billion in movement, but really did not meet the President’s objectives in terms of what we need to do for a generational investment.”
    Buttigieg said that although a bipartisan effort is preferred, one is not required.
    “As our Democratic friends remind us there is another way, but our strong preference is to do this on a bipartisan basis, especially because it’s a bipartisan priority,” she mentioned.    “It was the famous mayor who once said that there’s no such thing as a Democratic or Republican hole in the road.”
    This come after the Senate’s Parliamentarian ruled Democrats will only get one more chance in 2021 to bypass the filibuster through reconciliation, putting pressure on Biden to cut a deal on the infrastructure package or push through legislation without GOP approval before the start of the midterms campaign season.

6/7/2021 Sen. Roy Blunt Urges President Trump To Focus On Midterm Elections by OAN Newsroom
Ranking Member Senator, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) has urged President Trump to ramp up his efforts to help more Republicans get elected for the 2022 midterms.    During an interview on Sunday, Blunt referred to Trump as an incredibly popular figure within the Republican party and suggested he could be helpful with the GOP’s efforts to take back the House and Senate.
    The Missouri senator also mentioned there are plenty of issues besides the electoral process that Republicans should address.
    “The Biden agenda is an agenda that Republicans are going to be talking about, defining themselves based on our differences…there are a lot of things to talk about,” he explained.    “I think 2022 has great potential to be an important and good year for Republicans and I hope President Trump puts his energy in that effort.”
    The 45th president has recently endorsed a slew of candidates in the midterms to mold the Republican party in his image.    During his speech at the North Carolina Republican Convention on Saturday, Trump endorsed Congressman Ted Budd (R-N.C.) for a seat in the Senate in 2022.    He announced that his team plans to campaign with Budd ahead of the 2022 midterms.
    “We got a lot of hard work so let’s win this together,” Budd declared.    “Let’s get back to making America great again.”
    President Trump stated he is confident North Carolina residents will reject Joe Biden’s war on the American worker and family.    He went on to stress the survival of the nation as a whole will depend on the ability of Americans to elect Republicans at every level.
    “Joe Biden and the Socialist Democrats are the most radical left-wing administration in history,” he announced.    “…The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect Republicans at every level starting with the midterms next year.”
    Trump has called on Americans to fight for conservative values by ensuring those who are elected will lead the U.S. in the right direction.    He predicts the battle to take back a Republican majority in the House and Senate looks especially promising due to the spirit and commitment of patriotic residents in the state.

6/7/2021 Calls For Dr. Fauci To Step Down Intensify From GOP by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listens during a
Senate Appropriations Subcommittee looking into the budget estimates for National Institute of Health (NIH) and
the state of medical research, Wednesday, May 26, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Calls for Dr. Anthony Fauci’s removal have intensified in response to the controversy surrounding his recently surfaced emails.    This came after Judicial Watch revealed hundreds of documents showing a Wuhan lab received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services.
    According to reports, the Wuhan Institute of Virology was given more than $826,000 for bat coronavirus research between 2014 and 2019.    This funding came from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is headed by Dr. Fauci.    While the project was described as modest, emails between Dr. Fauci and NIH officials described it as a “large multi-country study.”
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) weighed in on the matter by asserting that Dr. Fauci has been systematically lying about COVID-19. During an interview Sunday, the Texas senator said Dr. Fauci’s emails show he was not telling Americans what he knew about COVID-19, but has been pushing a political narrative to spread fear instead.
    Dr. Fauci, however, claimed criticizing him is “anti-science.”    He called the attacks misrepresented, but GOP lawmakers said answers are needed.
    Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also joined a chorus of GOP voices calling for Dr. Fauci to step down.    In an interview Saturday, the House minority leader criticized the flip-flopping of the left when it comes to the Wuhan lab theory.    He also asserted that Dr. Fauci needs to go.
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) added, the emails paint a “disturbing picture of Dr. Fauci from the very beginning.”    Meanwhile, the White House has ruled out firing Dr. Fauci under “any circumstances.”

6/7/2021 Kamala Harris Visits Guatemala, Country’s President Blames Biden Admin. For Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei meets with Vice President Kamala Harris, Monday,
June 7, 2021, at the National Palace in Guatemala City. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Kamala Harris did not receive a warm welcome in Guatemala after the country’s president blamed the Biden administration for the border crisis.
    Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Monday, who said he and Harris are not on the same side of the coin on the migration issue.    He added, the White House needs to send a more clear message to prevent people from leaving his country.
    Harris was also greeted by protesters chanting “Trump won” and “go home” as she arrived in Guatemala.    Large signs near the Central American country’s palace also read “mind your own business.”
    “I am against her stepping over the sovereignty of the Guatemalan…most of all to bring an anti-corruption agenda, where they protect good but corrupt people, where she has met with convicts in the United States,” stated Jorge Lemus, former captain of infantry for the Guatemalan Army.    “What fight against corruption is she talking about?    It’s the U.S. Embassy that protects Hellen Mack and its 400 NGO’S who invade properties.”
    This comes as the Biden administration has vowed to provide more than $300 million in humanitarian aid for the region.

6/7/2021 SCOTUS Rules TPS Recipients Are Not Eligible For Permanent Residency by OAN Newsroom
The Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, June 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The Supreme Court has ruled that immigrant with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are ineligible to become permanent residents.
    In a unanimous decision Monday, the court found that federal law prohibits TPS recipients from getting a green card if they entered the country illegally without being admitted by an immigration officer.
    TPS prevents deportation and allows immigrants to work legally in the U.S. if returning to their home country is unsafe due to a humanitarian crisis like a natural disaster or war.
    More than 400,000 immigrants currently live in the U.S. under TPS.

6/7/2021 Biden, Obama Tout Obamacare Numbers by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 vaccination program, in the South Court Auditorium
on the White House campus, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden recently talked universal health care with former President Barack Obama.    This comes as Republican governed states have turned to the Supreme Court in a bid to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare.
    Back in February, the Department of Justice reversed its earlier position at Biden’s request, no longer backing the Texas-led challenge to the ACA as it had under the Trump administration.
    According to Biden, 1.2 million people have signed up recently in addition to the 30 million who were already enrolled.    Obama added, the ACA’s purpose remains what it was at its inception, which is to pave the way for universal socialized medicine.
    “We always talked about how if we could get the principle of universal coverage established, we could then build on it,” stated the former Democrat president.
    Obama also highlighted Biden’s involvement in promoting the law by saying they “did this together.”    Meanwhile, many Republicans have opposed Obamacare.    Critics have pointed out that health insurance is now more expensive than ever and Americans are spending more money for less coverage.

6/7/2021 GoFundMe For Ocasio-Cortez’s Grandmother Raises Over $104K, Family Refuses Money by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pictured. (Seth Wenig/AP Photo)
    A conservative news writer and commentator is urging Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to put her money where her mouth is.    Matt Walsh, an employee of the Daily Wire, took aim at Ocasio-Cortez Friday for virtue signaling in a tweet about her grandmother’s home in Puerto Rico.
    On Thursday, the progressive lawmaker took to Twitter to blame President Trump for her grandmother’s home falling into disrepair following     Hurricane Maria.    On his talk show, Walsh questioned why Ocasio-Cortez was not reaching into her own pockets to help with critics also pointing out that the Democrat drives a luxury car and has two apartments, but can’t offer any assistance.
    When she responded, however, Ocasio-Cortez said she was not just focusing on her grandmother, but “the systemic injustices.”
    Walsh, instead, turned to a popular crowdfunding site to raise money for her grandmother. The GoFundMe dubbed Save AOC’s Abuela’s Ancestral     Home had a goal of raising nearly $49,000. Walsh kicked off the donations with a contribution of $499 himself with other names in conservative news, such as Ben Shapiro, joining in.
    However, though the fund raised over $100,000 to restore the home, Walsh said some unknown person in the family has refused the money.    He said the site will be offering a refund to all those who donated, but said tragically the charitable efforts were sabotaged by forces outside of his control.
    Walsh extended his gratitude to those who donated, saying they should be proud of their efforts and went on to suggest prayers for Ocasio-Cortez’s grandmother.

6/7/2021 WAPO CEO: Biden’s Attack On Freedom Of Press ‘Alarming’ by OAN Newsroom
File- The Washington Post building is pictured. (Charles Dharapak / AP Photo)
    The CEO of the Washington Post is sounding the alarm on Joe Biden’s attack against the First Amendment.    On Sunday, Fred Ryan said the Department of Justice’s attempt to silence a New York Times attorney with a gag order is an “unprecedented assault” against freedom of the press.
    The DOJ is attempting to seize email logs from several Times reporters after Biden assured he would not let this happen because it’s “simply wrong.”    The publicist went on to point out that even Press Secretary Jen Psaki is unable to explain Biden’s flip-flop.
    “I don’t have anything to preview for you in terms of a specific policy moving forward, but it’s something that he (Biden) will approach,” she told reporters when press on the issue during a press briefing.
    Psaki then claimed Biden is in touch with the DOJ, but it’s unclear when or if a meeting on the matter will take place.    Meanwhile, critics have said Biden’s apparent attack on the press should alarm all Americans, regardless of their political affiliation.

6/7/2021 Peru Choosing Between 2 Populist Candidates In Presidential Run-Offs by OAN Newsroom
Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori waves at supporters after casting her vote in Lima, Peru,
Sunday, June 6, 2021. Peruvians headed to the polls in a presidential run-off election to choose between Fujimori,
the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, and political novice Pedro Castillo. (AP Photo/Guadalupe Pardo)
    Peru is experiencing a stunning rise of populism during this year’s electoral season.    In a presidential election Sunday, millions of Peruvians headed to polling stations to choose from two main candidates who are both described as “right-wing populists.”
    Candidate Keiko Fujimori, who is the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori, is promising to distribute 40 percent of mining tax revenues among Peruvian citizens.
    For his part, candidate Pedro Castillo has promised to break-up the nation’s large monopolies as well as support small and medium businesses.     “It’s necessary to see how citizens mobilize and participate openly without fear, hate, apprehension and without worry," stated Castillo.    “I believe that in Peru (voters) who were indecisive are no more; those people who were inclined (toward a political party) are no more.    Above everything is Peru. Long live Peru.”
    Observers say both candidates share similar platforms because left-wing ideas have been discredited by years of economic mismanagement in Peru.

6/7/2021 U.S. Investigators Recover A Portion Of The Colonial Pipeline Ransom by OAN Newsroom
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco announces the recovery of millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency from the
Colonial Pipeline Co. ransomware attacks as she speaks with FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate and acting U.S. Attorney for the
Northern District of California Stephanie Hinds at the Justice Department in Washington. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)
    U.S. investigators have seized millions of dollars of the ransom paid by the Colonial Pipeline during last month’s ransomware attack.
    On Monday, officials announced they recovered a majority of the funds paid to the criminal cybergroup Darkside, which rocked the East Coast’s oil supply lines. Colonial Pipeline initially paid $4.4 million in cryptocurrency ransom to the hackers.
    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco stated that this has been the first seizure tackled by a new taskforce led by the FBI.
    “The seizure announced today was conducted as part of the department’s recently launched ransomware and digital extortion task force,” she explained.    “Which was established to investigate, disrupt and prosecute ransomware and digital extortion activity.”
    Although the FBI still discourages the payment of ransom demands, the DOJ hopes companies coming forward and working with law enforcement will continue to produce similar results.

6/7/2021 Fmr. Commissioner Condemns Defund The Police Movement by OAN Newsroom
New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton attends a press conference in the College Point
neighborhood of the Queens borough of in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
    Former New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton referred to law enforcement as essential medicine amid the movement to defund the police.    In an interview on Sunday, he argued being a cop in America these days is tougher than any other time in history.
    Bratton went on to say the changes made to law enforcement in the wake of George Floyd’s death have been “phenomenal.”    While he supports many of those reforms, he remains frustrated by the movement to defund the police.
    “You need to refund the police,” he expressed.    “…The George Floyd Bill, when it comes out, it will effectively force government to spend resources on the essential medicine to fix this thing and police are the essential medicine.”
    Bratton’s comments come after crime rates in New York City have exploded.    In April 2021, overall crime was up 30.4 percent in the city, with felony assaults up 35.6 percent and shootings up 166 percent compared to the previous year.
    Even controversial Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) has admitted to the problem by saying that the crime in New York City must be dealt with for the well-being of the city.
    “What comes before that is people have to feel safe, public safety, otherwise none of it works,” he explained.    “You look at the economic trajectory of New York City.    I’m not going to invest if I feel the neighborhood is unsafe.”
    This follows an agreement from city officials last summer to shift roughly $1 billion from the police department budget to other city services.

6/7/2021 Secy. Of State Antony Blinken Vows For A More Stable Relationship With Russia by OAN Newsroom
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is photographed during a press conference at NATO’s headquarters
in Brussels. (Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard / POOL / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken has touted a more stable relationship with Russia ahead of the upcoming Biden-Putin Summit.
    In an interview on Monday, Blinken said Joe Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin was due to the recent cyberattacks.    However, the summit was planned well before those alleged attacks took place.    The secretary added Biden would ask Putin about those attacks even though Moscow has already denied involvement.
    Blinken also claimed there will more contact between Biden and Putin in the future which may result in further concessions to the Kremlin.
    “What we also did though was, you know under the law, was issue a national interest waiver with regard to Nord Stream 2 AG and its CEO,” he explained.    “There’s a reason that we did that.    As a practical matter the physical completion of the pipeline was I think a fait accompli.”
    Blinken went on to accuse Russia of “aggressive behavior” without outlining those claims.

6/7/2021 President Trump Says Dr. Anthony Fauci Is In The Pocket Of China by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One before departing Harlingen, Texas. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
    President Donald Trump slammed both Dr. Anthony Fauci and China for their roles in the Coronavirus pandemic.    In an interview on Monday, he stated that Fauci’s released emails suggest that the doctor was in the pocket of China.
    “You look at his emails.    They are really horrible.    He was in the pocket it would seem,” he expressed.    “…We’re all smart people, he was in the pocket of China.    The way he pandered to them and the way he dealt with them.”
    The 45th President argued the Chinese Communist Party has committed the biggest attack on the world and should pay at least $10 trillion in reparations.    He demanded China pay the reparations through 100 percent tariffs on their goods.
    “I happen to think it was gross incompetence that this happened, but regardless it was their fault,” he asserted.    “It came from China.    It came from the lab.”
    This comes amid mounting calls for Fauci to either resign or be removed.

6/7/2021 Sen. Rubio Says President Trump’s Policies Resonate With Hispanic Voters by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) praised President Trump for his common-sense policies and said they have struck a chord with Hispanic voters across the country.
    During an interview on Monday, Rubio highlighted the 45th President’s attitude towards working class families and admired him for not dictating how people live their lives.    He claimed Hispanic voters were turned off from policies of the left that promoted national unrest and restrictive coronavirus measures.
President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., looks on,
after Trump’s arrival on Air Force One at Miami International Airport. (PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS | AP)
    Rubio added Joe Biden would be able to fix our economy and border security if he just implemented the policies of his predecessor.
    “It’s amazing how many people in the real world, including people from Honduras and Guatemala, get it.    Despite what the mainstream media is saying, they have the common sense to see through all that disinformation,” he explained.    “…The problem Biden has is the only way to solve this problem is to go back to doing what President Trump had done in regards to it.”
    Meanwhile, Rubio warns Republicans will lose their progress in garnering Hispanic support if they revert to an establishment-centric agenda.

6/8/2021 Oil down $0.15 to $69.21, DOW down 126 to 34,630.

6/8/2021 Sen. McConnell: Democrats’ Legislative Agenda Is Designed To Fail by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves the chamber as the Senate resumes work following
a ten-day recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, June 7, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) weighed in on the Democrats’ agenda for June while asserting it’s “designed to fail.”    During a Senate floor hearing Monday, the Republican argued the left is only focusing its agenda to their own political bias.
    “As I understand it, Senate Democrats intend to focus this month on the demands of their radical base, exploiting the cause of pay fairness to send a windfall to trial lawyers, saddling hospitals, schools and small businesses with crippling new legal burdens if they fail to keep pace with woke social norms,” he stated.    “And opening an unprecedented new front in the left’s war on the Second Amendment.”
    McConnell pointed out that added none of the pieces of legislation brought up by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-.N.Y.) so far this term, including the For the People Act and the infrastructure package that’s still being negotiated, have been aimed at earning bipartisan support.
    “Bizarrely, it appears they are being floated in order to illustrate that the bar is too high,” he explained.    “After a spring in which the Senate has repeatedly passed mainstream legislation by wide margins, Democrats have decided that now is the time to argue the legislative process is somehow broken.”
    McConnell also criticized of the extended unemployment assistance under the American Rescue Plan.    While Biden has reportedly credited last month’s drop in unemployment to the progress of COVID-19 vaccines, the Senate minority leader argued the relief benefits would discourage Americans from getting back to work.
    “Democrats’ bloated additions to unemployment insurance haven’t just failed to help our recovery, they’ve actually hurt it and the consequences on main street are now in full focus,” McConnell continued.    “As hiring lags, employers are struggling to entice workers to rejoin and keep their facilities staffed.”
    The Kentucky lawmaker went on to say he hopes the Democrats learn from what he called an “expensive error.”
    “We urged Democrats not to force our country’s promising early recovery into a permanent defensive crouch,” he stated.    “Now as states and business owners grapple with the consequences, I hope Democrats in Washington are paying attention and learning from this costly mistake.”
    With the Senate split 50-50 instead of reaching across the aisle, Democrats have moved to try and eliminate the filibuster while employing the nuclear option to cut out Republicans from the legislative process completely.

6/8/2021 Feds Recover A Portion Of The Colonial Pipeline Ransom by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 12, 2021, file photo, the entrance of Colonial Pipeline Company in Charlotte, N.C. U.S. pipeline operators will
be required for the first time to conduct a cybersecurity assessment under a Biden administration directive to be issued
Thursday in response to the ransomware hack that disrupted gas supplies in several states this month. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
    U.S. investigators recovered millions of dollars of the ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline during last month’s ransomware attack.    On Monday, Department of Justice officials stated they were able to retrieve a majority of the funds paid to the criminal cybergroup DarkSide.
    The hackers shut down the largest pipeline in the U.S. and sent gas prices soaring on the East Coast due to widespread fuel shortages as well as panic buying.    Colonial initially paid $4.4 million in cryptocurrency to DarkSide.
    “The seizure announced today (Monday) was conducted as part of the department’s recently launched ransomware and digital extortion task force,” explained Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General for the DOJ.    “Which was established to investigate, disrupt and prosecute ransomware and digital extortion activity.”
    Officials confirmed they were able to recover about $2.3 million of those funds.    While the FBI still discourages the payment of ransom demands, the DOJ hopes companies coming forward and working with law enforcement will continue to remedy these situations.
    “The message we are sending today is that if you come forward and work with law enforcement, we may be able to take the type of action that we took today to deprive the criminal actors of what they’re going after here, which is the proceeds of their criminal scheme,” Monaco continued.
    Joe Biden is expected to discuss the growing number of ransomware attacks, including those believed to be coming from Russia, with Vladimir Putin later this month.
    In the meantime, the CEO of Colonial Pipeline will be taking the hot seat as he’s set to testify on Capitol Hill.    Joseph Blount will testify before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday following last month’s ransomware attack that led the pipeline to temporarily halt operations.
    The hearing comes one day after the DOJ announced it recovered the majority of the ransom payment the company made in the form of bitcoin.

6/8/2021 2 Suspects Arrested In Road Rage Death Of 6-Year Old Boy In Calif. by OAN Newsroom
Aiden Leos, 6, is pictured (left). (GoFundMe/Photo)
    Two people could face murder charges in connection with a road rage shooting that killed 6-year old Aiden Leos on a freeway in Southern California.
    During a press briefing on Monday, California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced the arrest of 24-year-old Marcus Anthony Eriz and 23-year-old Wynne Lee.    The couple was apprehended at their home over the weekend after law enforcement acted on a tip.
    “There are few words to describe the feeling produced by the despicable actions of that day,” stated Assistant CHP Chief Donald Goodbrand. “It goes without saying, no parent should be made to suffer the pain and loss Joanna, Joey, Alexis and the rest of Aiden’s extended family experienced that day.”
    Investigators said they were able to recover evidence they believe pins the couple to the crime, including the weapon and the automobile used in the incident.
    On May 21, the pair allegedly shot and killed Aiden Leos as he rode in the back seat of his mother’s car in the city of Orange, which is located south of Los Angeles.    Authorities believe the shooting from a “perceived unsafe lane change.”
This undated photo provided by the Orange County District Attorney’s Office shows Marcus Anthony Eriz (left)
and Wynne Lee (right) were arrested in connection with a road rage shooting that killed a 6-year-old boy
last month on a Southern California freeway. (Orange County District Attorney’s Office via AP)
    Over the past two weeks, law enforcement had been leading an extensive manhunt to find the suspects while offering up to $450,000 for information leading to the couple’s arrest.
    Family and community members have gathered to lay young Aiden to rest while celebrating his life at memorial service over the weekend.    In the meantime, the two suspects are currently being held on bail for $1 million with their arraignment taking place Tuesday.

6/8/2021 Protesters Denounce Dr. Fauci, Jill Biden In Brooklyn by OAN Newsroom
First lady Jill Biden, center left, standing with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, makes a statement while visiting a vaccine clinic at the Abyssinian
Baptist Church in the Harlem neighborhood of New York Sunday, June 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
    Dr. Anthony Fauci has been faced with increased protests across the U.S. over his recently leaked incriminating emails.    He and Jill Biden arrived for a photo-op at a vaccination site in Brooklyn, New York on Monday, but they were met with crowds of protesters.
    The demonstrators could be heard booing upon the arrival of their caravan and could be heard chanting “fire Fauci!”    Those in attendance were demanding that the NIH director be reprimanded for lying about the origins and the lethality of COVID-19 as well as his role in the gain of function experiments.
    For clarity, the term gain of function is used to describe any field of medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases transmissibility or pathogenesis.    This is something the apparent medical expert had previously denied he was aware of regarding the lab in Wuhan, China.
    The protesters said Dr. Fauci’s emails show he was aiding and abetting the cover-up of COVID-19 to advance a malicious political agenda in an effort to derail President Trump.

6/8/2021 Veterans Lambaste Biden For ‘Forgetting’ D-Day Anniversary by OAN Newsroom
A view of David Williams-Ellis D-day sculpture prior to the official opening ceremony of the British Normandy Memorial at
Ver-sur-Mer in France, Sunday June 6, 2021, on the anniversary of the D-Day landings. Several ceremonies took place on Sunday to
commemorate the 77th anniversary of D-Day that led to the liberation of France and Europe from the German occupation. On June 6, 1944,
more than 150,000 Allied troops landed on code-named beaches, carried by 7,000 boats. (Stephane Mahe/Pool Photo via AP)
    Military veterans are harshly criticizing Joe Biden for overlooking and disparaging the recent anniversary of the D-Day.    According to reports Monday, dozens of veterans were outraged when Biden tweeted about the 1921 Tulsa massacre on Sunday, but did not make any mention of D-Day.
    Several veterans asserted that Biden has failed to honor the sacrifice of American heroes who landed on the beaches of Normandy under heavy machine gun and artillery fire.    Instead, they said Biden has continued to play identity politics while advancing his far-left agenda.
    The White House came to Biden’s defense; however, Press Secretary Jen Psaki lacked a clear explanation as to why he failed to acknowledge the historic occasion.
    According to some veterans, it’s “reprehensible” that Biden and his officials chose to focus on things other than the 77th anniversary of the great milestone in World War II.

6/8/2021 W.Va. Sens. Manchin, Capito At Center Of Bipartisanship by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., walks up the steps of Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    As the 50-50 Senate welcomes a partisan battle over who controls America’s federal government, the two senators from West Virginia are emerging as essential voices in bipartisan negotiations.    This comes as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is breaking off with Democrats on several key issues while hoping to bring the party back to the center.
    Manchin has come under immense scrutiny from progressives and hardline Democrats over his recent opposition to the sweeping elections bill dubbed the For the People Act.    Over the weekend, he came out against the bill while asserting its Democrats’ attempt to gain an advantage in future elections.    Manchin added, it’s not about protecting the right to vote.
    “The bottom line is the fundamental purpose of our democracy is the freedom of our elections,” he stated.    “If we can’t come to an agreement on that, God help us, and someone’s got to fight for this…if we don’t make every effort and go beyond the call of duty, then what are we and who are we?
    Manchin has also come under fire for his role in keeping the Senate filibuster, which requires Democrats to garner at least 10 GOP senators’ votes to pass a bill.    Thus, diminishing Democrats’ ability to pass the bill strictly on partisan lines while employing their slim majority.
    Manchin posed a roadblock to Joe Biden’s original more than $2 trillion infrastructure package.    He criticized the bill for being bloated and expensive.    The Democrat senator called on Biden to lower the price and take a more traditional approach to developing America’s infrastructure.
    This set up his colleague across the aisle, GOP Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), to get a seat at the negotiating table with the Biden administration.    Capito is leading the GOP charge to get their ideas into the infrastructure deal.    She’s also keeping Biden honest in his promise to revive bipartisanship by meeting at the White House to discuss infrastructure with top cabinet officials.    Capito has won several victories in the fight, including getting Biden to knock $500 billion off the price tag.    However, the West Virginia senator stressed there’s still a ways to go.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., right, listens as President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with Republican Senators
in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 13, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    In the meantime, Manchin is looking to revive the John Lewis Voting Rights Act.    He said with bipartisan support on the law, Congress can pass a voting rights bill that actually protects voting rights.
    Additionally, Capito is expected to meet at the White House this week to further discuss a bipartisan infrastructure bill.    This comes ahead of a Senate Banking Committee hearing on infrastructure issues Tuesday and a House markup of Biden’s proposal Wednesday.

6/8/2021 Macron Slapped In The Face During Walkabout In Southern France by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Michel Rose
French President Emmanuel Macron is slapped in the face by a member of the public
during a visit to Tain-l'Hermitage, France, June 8, 2021. BFMTV via Reuters TV
    PARIS (Reuters) -A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France.
    Macron later said he had not feared for his safety, and that nothing would stop him carrying on with his job.
    In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of onlookers standing behind a metal barrier as he visited a professional training college for the hospitality industry.
    The man, who was dressed in a khaki T-shirt, then shouted “Down with Macronia” (“A Bas La Macronie”) and slapped Macron on the left side of his face.
    He could also be heard shouting “Montjoie Saint Denis," the battle cry of the French army when the country was still a monarchy.
    Two of Macron’s security detail tackled the man in the T-shirt, and another ushered Macron away.    Another video posted on Twitter showed that the president, a few seconds later, returned to the line of onlookers and resumed shaking hands.
    The local mayor, Xavier Angeli, told franceinfo radio that Macron urged his security to “leave him, leave him” as the offender was being held to the ground.
    Two people were arrested, a police source told Reuters. The identify of the man who slapped Macron, and his motives, were unclear.
    The slogan the man shouted has been co-opted in the past few years by royalists and people on the far-right in France, Fiametta Venner, a political scientist who studies French extremists, told broadcaster BFMTV.
    Macron was on a visit to the Drome region to meet restaurateurs and students and talk about returning to a normal life after the COVID-19 pandemic.
    It was one of a series of visits he is making, his aides say, to take the nation’s pulse before a presidential election next year.    He later continued his visit to the region.
    Macron, a former investment banker, is accused by his opponents of being a part of a moneyed elite aloof from the concerns of ordinary citizens.
    In part to counter those allegations, he on occasion seeks out close contact with voters in impromptu situations, but this can throw up challenges for his security detail.
    Footage at the start of Tuesday’s slapping incident showed Macron jogging over to the barrier where the onlookers were waiting, leaving his security detail struggling to keep up.    When the slap happened, two of the security detail were at his side, but two others had only just caught up.
    In an interview with the Dauphine Libere newspaper after the attack, Macron said: “You cannot have violence, or hate, either in speech or actions.    Otherwise, it’s democracy itself that is threatened.”
    “Let us not allow isolated events, ultraviolent individuals… to take over the public debate: they don’t deserve it.”
    Macron said he had not feared for his safety, and had continued shaking hands with members of the public after he was struck.    “I kept going, and I will keep going.    Nothing will stop me,” he said.
    In 2016, Macron, who was economy minister at the time, was pelted with eggs by hard-left trade unionists during a strike against labour reforms.    Macron described that incident as “par for the course” and said it would not curb his determination.
    Two years later, anti-government “yellow vest” protesters heckled and booed Macron in an incident that government allies said left the president shaken.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, Michel Rose, Sudip Kar-Gupta; Writing by Christian Lowe and Richard Lough; Editing by)

6/8/2021 Peru’s Castillo Holds Slim Lead As Presidential Vote Count Reaches Tense Finale by Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo gestures to supporters the day
after a run-off election, in Lima, Peru June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s presidential election vote count ticked closer to the end on Tuesday, but a slender margin between the two polarized candidates, contested ballots and accusations of fraud mean the winner may take longer to confirm.
    Socialist Pedro Castillo, who has roiled markets and miners with plans to shake up the copper-rich country’s politics, held a slim lead of some 50.2% ahead of right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori on 49.8%, with almost 96% of the votes tallied.
    The leftist candidate, the son of peasant farmers, had surged late in the count, driven by an energized rural vote beyond capital Lima.    Fujimori, the scion of a powerful political family, started to close the gap on Tuesday, however, as overseas votes came in that favor her.
    The tight gap – some 76,000 votes – and bubbling tensions, with Fujimori alleging fraud and scattered marches by Castillo supporters after he had called on them to “defend the vote,” meant any final result is likely to be contested.
    “Peru needs its children to rescue it,” Castillo told supporters from a balcony late on Monday.    “We have to be respectful of the popular will and I will be the first to enforce the will of the Peruvian people.”
    Markets in Peru bounced back modestly on Tuesday after dipping forcefully on Monday on the expectation that Castillo will win.    Peru’s stock exchange was up 0.7% around noon, and its Sol currency strengthened 0.5%.
    Fujimori said she held out hope of closing the narrow gap on Castillo.    She said there was “clear intention to boycott the will of the people” by his party, though offered little concrete evidence of what she called “irregularities.”
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    In a note, Citi said that Castillo’s lead was bound to narrow as overseas ballots were counted, but that it would take a large turnout for Fujimori to overtake him.    Contested ballots, it added, could be key.
    There are some 1,384 contested ‘actas,’ or voting tables, which is likely to equate to some 300,000 votes.    They are set to be counted by a special committee set up by the electoral board, which could take at least a week.
    If Castillo wins, investors will be looking to see whether he reaches out to calm the country following the divisive election, and what his early messaging is on economic policy direction and the investment outlook, Goldman Sachs said.     Castillo has promised to redraft the constitution to strengthen the role of the state and take a larger portion of profits from mining firms.    Fujimori has pledged to follow a free-market model and maintain economic stability in Peru.     Azhar Hussain, Head of Global Credit at Royal London Asset Management, said that market fears about Castillo were potentially over-inflated.
    “The (market) reaction to Peru is pretty muted,” he said.    “For a start maybe we got trapped in the narrative that it was a binary choice… Maybe from a political point of view it is, but from a real economic perspective it doesn’t seem to be.”
(Reporting by Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun in Lima; Additiona reporting by Marc Jones, Karin Strohecker and Tom Arnold in London and Rodrigo Campos in New York; Writing by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Rosalba O’Brien)

6/8/2021 The Candidate And Her Hijab: Identity Matters In French Elections by Elizabeth Pineau
French local election candidate Sara Zemmahi, wearing a hijab, distributes her campaign flyer with the slogan 'Different,
but united for you' to supporter Raz Aziz next to fellow group candidate Mahfoud Benali as they campaign ahead of the upcoming
French local elections at the La Mosson market in Montpellier, France, June 5, 2021. REUTERS/Yiming Woo
    MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) – Laboratory technician Sara Zemmahi was running to be a local councillor backed by President Emmanuel Macron’s ruling party until last month when it withdrew its support.    Her transgression: wearing her hijab in a campaign poster.
    The 26-year-old and the three other candidates who had been on the same ticket are now running as independents in the southern city of Montpellier under the slogan “Different but united for you.”
    The affair erupted after the far-right seized upon the image as proof Macron was weak on protecting France’s secular values, and propelled     Zemmahi into a national row over identity.
    “We’re not giving up,” Zemmahi said, still wearing her hijab as she distributed campaign fliers in La Mosson, a low-income Montpellier district that is home to generations of Muslim immigrants from France’s former north African colonies.
    In her first interview since she became embroiled in the national debate over the role of Islam in France, Zemmahi said she wanted to focus on promoting equal opportunities and fighting discrimination.
    “This is my neighbourhood, I was born here.    The headscarf wasn’t an issue for the four of us.”
    However, across much of France it is.
    Zemmahi’s campaign photo split Macron’s LaRem party, reflecting deep divisions over how secular laws should be applied, notably after Islam emerged as the country’s second-biggest religion behind Catholicism.
    For supporters of a strict interpretation of laïcité, France’s version of secularism, Islamic headwear has become a symbol of the politicisation of Islam, subjugation and resistance to the Republic’s vision of French identity.
    Laïcité and identity will be central to the campaign battle ahead of the 2022 presidential vote.    Opinion polls show far-right leader Marine Le Pen will be Macron’s biggest challenger.
    Mahfoud Benali, who heads Zemmahi’s ticket, said France was changing.
    “I’m in favour of elected officials who reflect society,” he said.
    Zemmahi is not dogmatic about her headscarf. she often removes it at her laboratory for hygiene reasons.    Zemmahi’s fellow candidates said the campaign photo was meant to illustrate how they reflected the local demographic.
    The affair erupted after the number 2 in Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party questioned Macron’s credentials as a defender of secular values from what the president terms “Islamist separatism
    “Is this how you fight separatism?” Jordan Bardella tweeted along with a copy of the flier.
    The LaRem line was that there should be no place for overt displays of religious symbols on electoral campaign documents, Stanislas Guerini, the party’s general secretary, responded.    Shortly afterwards, he retracted its backing.
    “The moment you wear a religious symbol on a campaign poster, it becomes a political act,” LaRem spokesperson Roland Lescure told Reuters.    “I prefer that our candidates and our elected officials speak to all citizens.”
    French law does not prohibit wearing the hijab or other religious symbols in images on election fliers.
    LaRem lawmaker Coralie Dubost expressed regret at her party’s stance: “She should have a place in our party whether she wears a headscarf or not.”
    In the marketplace, housepainter Karim el Ameraouy wished Zemmahi luck.
    “A veil doesn’t stop you being French,” he said.
(Reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Richard Lough; Editing by Giles Elgood)

6/8/2021 Harris Hails ‘New Era’ At Meeting With Mexican President To Stem Migration by Nandita Bose
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris attend a bilateral
meeting at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City, Mexico June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris told Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that ties were entering a “new era” as they met on Tuesday to try to lower a record spike in migration from Central America by attacking poverty.
    Harris and Lopez Obrador witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding about the work the two countries’ development agencies do in Central America.    They then met for talks billed as focused on “root causes” of migration.
    “I strongly believe that we are embarking on a new era that makes clear the interdependence and interconnection between nations,” Harris said at the start of the meeting.
Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard wrote on Twitter after the meeting concluded that the discussion had been “very successful.”
    The economy, security cooperation and development in southern Mexico and Central America were addressed, Ebrard said.
    Lopez Obrador, who built a working relationship with Donald Trump despite the former U.S. president’s economic threats and insults against Mexico over migration, said his government was very interested in maintaining good relations with Washington.
    The administration of President Joe Biden has been struggling with the number of migrant children and families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, mainly from Central America.
    Since Biden took office in January, the number of migrants taken into custody per month at the border has risen to the highest levels in 20 years.
    The administration sees Mexico as an important partner both on slowing the flow and on working on development in Central America, where relations between national governments and Washington are increasingly fraught.
    Washington and Mexico largely agree they need to attack underlying causes of poverty and violence to stem migration from Central America’s “Northern Triangle” – El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras.
    It was not immediately clear if Harris used the meeting to push Mexico to further intensify efforts to detain migrants.
    Harris spokeswoman and senior adviser Symone Sanders said on Monday the two sides would discuss stepping up enforcement.    However, Ebrard said they would not.
    “We are not going to talk about operations or other things,” Ebrard said earlier on Tuesday.
    “What is going to be the focus of attention today is how we can promote development in the short term in these three countries,” Ebrard said, referring to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.    Temporary work visas would be on the agenda, he said.
    Mexico detained 91,000 illegal migrants in the five months of the year, immigration authorities said on Monday, with minors making up a fifth of all detentions.    Some members of the Biden administration think Mexico could do more.
    Harris, tasked by Biden to help stabilize Central America, has promised an additional $310 million in aid to soothe the impact of the pandemic and hurricanes last year in the region.
    Mexico has implemented domestic cash-for-tree-planting and youth unemployment benefit programs to El Salvador and Honduras on a limited scale and plans to add Guatemala, Ebrard said on Tuesday before the Harris meeting.
    On Monday, Harris met with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and said the two leaders had “robust” talks on fighting corruption to deter migration from Central America.
    At that meeting, Harris told potential migrants “Do not come,” to the United States, a blunt statement that immigration advocates said went against the spirit of the administration’s commitment to a more humane approach to managing migration.
(Reporting by Nandita Bose in Mexico City, additional reporting by Dave Graham, writing by Cassandra GarrisonEditing by Nick Zieminski and Alistair Bell)

6/8/2021 Canada To Move Against Far-Right Groups After Muslim Family Attack by Steve Scherer and Carlos Osorio
A woman prays at the London Muslim Mosque, which is located about 500 metres from where police arrested the suspect of a
hate-motivated attack that killed four members of a Muslim family, in London, Ontario, Canada June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    OTTAWA/LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) -Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday promised to take more action to dismantle far-right groups after a hate-motivated attack that killed four members of a Muslim family in the city of London, Ontario.
    “This was a terrorist attack, motivated by hatred, in the heart of one of our communities,” Trudeau said in the House of Commons after observing a moment of silence.
    The family, killed on Sunday when a pickup truck jumped the curb and ran them over, were deliberately targeted because of their religion, Canadian police said.
    “We’ll continue to fight hate online and offline … (including) taking more action to dismantle far-right hate groups, like we did with the Proud Boys by adding them to Canada’s terror listing,” said Trudeau, who is due to attend a vigil outside the London Muslim Mosque for the victims later on Tuesday.
    Police in London arrested Nathaniel Veltman, 20, in a parking lot about three-tenths of a mile (500 meters) from the London Muslim Mosque.    He was wearing a body-armor type of vest.    Veltman, who is white, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder. Authorities are reviewing the possibility of terrorism charges.
    The attack was the worst against Canadian Muslims since a man gunned down six members of a Quebec City mosque in 2017.
    London Mayor Ed Holder said it was the worst mass murder in his city’s history.    In September 2020, Mohammed Aslam Zafis, a Muslim man, was stabbed to death outside a Toronto mosque.    Police charged a 34-year-old man with murder.
    In February, Canada designated the far-right Proud Boys group a terrorist entity, saying it posed an active security threat after the January assault on the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
    Although the group has never mounted an attack in Canada, officials said domestic intelligence forces have become increasingly worried about it.
    “Muslims wonder, how many more lives will it take, how many families will be mowed – mowed – down in the streets, how many more families will be killed before we do something?” opposition New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh, the first person from an ethnic minority to lead a major Canadian political party, said in the House of Commons after Trudeau spoke.
    An anti-Islam rally was held in London in 2017 that was organized, according to media reports, by a group called the Patriots of Canada Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA).    Counter protesters greatly outnumbered the anti-Islam demonstrators at the event, according to media reports at the time.
    In a statement released late on Monday, the relatives of the victims said the accused attacker “was influenced by a group that he associated with,” but did not identify the group or explain how they knew this information.
    Veltman appears to have had little social media footprint. A spokesperson at the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, an organization that tracks hate groups, said that is unusual for a 20-year-old man.
    “Someone poured poison into his ear,” said the spokesperson, who asked not to be named.    “We hope that further information will be shared to help determine and identify his online and media consumption.”
    In April, Canada’s intelligence service said the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to increase national security risks.
    “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated xenophobic and anti-authority narratives, many of which may directly or indirectly impact national security considerations,” the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) said it its most recent annual report.
(Reporting by Steve Scherer, David Ljunggren in Ottawa and Carlos Osorio in London, additional reporting by Julie Gordon in Ottawa; Editing by Amran Abocar and Will Dunham)

6/8/2021 Spain Says It Respects Morocco’s Restriction On Sea Travel
FILE PHOTO: The border fence separating Spain's northern enclave Ceuta and Morocco
is seen from Ceuta, Spain, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Juan Medina
    MADRID (Reuters) -Spain respects Morocco’s decision to restrict sea travel between the two countries during the summer as it was based on health criteria, the government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
    Between 3 million and 3.5 million Moroccans living in Europe usually make the crossing each summer, many of them through southern ports from Spain, and Spanish authorities take measures to help them.
    The summer exodus did not happen last year because of restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, and Morocco has said it would be the same this year.
    “We are living a situation very similar to last year’s, with even a higher incidence, and we all agree the more convenient was to suspend the ‘Straits crossing’ operation,” spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero told reporters.
    The Moroccan foreign ministry announced on Sunday the country will reopen international passenger traffic through airports and ports for vaccinated people or those with a negative PCR test result.
    However, Rabat decided to keep sea links with Spanish ports closed to passenger traffic.    Moroccans living in Europe will be able to cross via French and Italian ports instead, like last year.
    Montero’s comments came at a time of heightened diplomatic tension between the two countries.
    Spain said Morocco failed to control its borders and let thousands of migrants into its North African enclave of Ceuta.
    Meanwhile, Morocco criticized Spain for admitting to hospital the leader of the Polisario Front, an organisation seeking the independence of Western Sahara, which is mostly under control of Morocco.
(Reporting by Inti Landauro, Emma Pinedo, Nathan Allen, Editing by Ingrid Melander and Angus MacSwan)

6/8/2021 U.S. Reunites Only Seven Immigrant Children With Parents Since Feb by Mimi Dwyer and Ted Hesson
FILE PHOTO: Chanel, 7, and her sister Adriana, 10, both unaccompanied minors traveling alone from Honduras, sits among
other asylum-seeking children as they await to be transported to a U.S. border patrol processing facility after crossing the
Rio Grande river into the United States from Mexico in La Joya, Texas, U.S., May 6, 2021. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/File Photo
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -An effort by U.S. President Joe Biden to reunite migrant families separated by the previous administration is moving slowly, with only seven children reunited with parents by a task force launched in February, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) report released on Tuesday.
    Another 29 families are set to be reunited in the coming weeks, the report said.
    Biden issued an executive order shortly after taking office that established a task force to reunite children separated from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump, calling such separations a “human tragedy.”
    The Trump administration split apart thousands of migrant families under a blanket ‘zero-tolerance’ policy that called for the prosecution of all unauthorized border crossers in spring 2018.    Government watchdogs and advocates have found the separations began before and continued after the policy.
    The task force submitted its first 120-day progress report to Biden on June 2, a senior DHS official said during a call with reporters on Monday.
    The official defended the small number of families reunified to date, saying the agency “chose intentionally to start slow” to address logistical hurdles so that the process can be scaled up in the future.
    The Biden task force, using information from advocates and ongoing litigation, has identified roughly 3,900 children separated from parents at the border and 1,700 cases that remain under review, the report said.
    Of the 3,900 separated children identified, nearly 1,800 have been reunited with a parent.    Nearly all of those happened before the creation of the task force, the report said.
    While the overall number of children still separated from their parents is unknown, the report estimates it could be over 2,000.
(Reporting by Mimi Dwyer in Los Angeles and Ted Hesson in Washington; Editing by Leslie Adler)

6/8/2021 ‘We Will Be Annoying’: Thousands Of UK Police Poised For G7 Protests by Michael Holden
A G7 logo is seen on an information sign near the Carbis Bay hotel resort, where an in-person G7 summit of global leaders is due
to take place in June, St Ives, Cornwall, southwest Britain May 24, 2021. Picture taken May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – Thousands of police have been drafted in from across Britain to beef up security for what organisers promise will be disruptive and “annoying” protests when G7 leaders gather for a summit this week.
    The first in-person meeting of the leaders of major developed economies for nearly two years will take place in Cornwall on the tip of southwestern England, with the focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
    Police have closed off roads and coastal paths to Carbis Bay, the small seaside resort which is hosting the event, erecting steel fences and putting other restrictions in place.
    An extra 5,000 officers have been drafted in to help the operation with about 6,500 officers and staff involved altogether, Devon and Cornwall Police said.
    “Everything that we do will be proportionate and will be legitimate,” Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew, who is in charge of policing the summit, said.    “We know that the eyes of the world’s media will be on us over the next seven days.”
    While the threat of terrorism remains – Britain is on its third highest alert level of “substantial,” meaning an attack is considered likely – the most overt issue will be dealing with a swathe of protests, some of which will endeavour to cause major disruption to highlight their causes.
    “Our rights weren’t won through quiet, polite protest.    Our rights were won through being noisy, disruptive and annoying,” said the Kill The Bill group, one of about 20 activist organisations to have joined a “Resist G7 Coalition” (RG7).
    “We will be loud.    We will be disruptive. We will be annoying,” said the group, which is campaigning against a proposed law that would give police extra powers to curb protests.
    Police say they support the right to peaceful protests and have allocated four sites for protesters to gather.    But RG7 – whose number also includes climate change groups, anti-war activists and anarchists – has said it will boycott these.
    “RG7 does not talk or liaise with the cops.    Cops will not be welcome into any of our spaces,” it said on its website.
    Extinction Rebellion, which caused traffic chaos in central London with 11 days of protests in 2019, has said it expects some 1,000 protesters to make their way to St Ives, the town next to Carbis Bay, for the summit.
    “We have done our best to plan our actions to be peaceful, creative, artistic and COVID safe,” it wrote in an open letter to locals last week.    “We sincerely apologise in advance for any additional disruption that we cause.”
    Police have indicated they will be taking a tough line, saying sustained disruption could not be allowed and any public order or criminal offences would be dealt with “robustly.”
    “Assuming that a protest has the intention of causing major disruption, then we would look to clear blocked roads as soon as practicable,” police said on their website.
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Nick Macfie)

6/8/2021 Days Before G7, PM Johnson’s Lawmakers Attack ‘UnBritish’ Aid Cuts
FILE PHOTO: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves as G7 foreign ministers meet at
Lancaster House in London, Britain, May 5, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool
    LONDON (Reuters) – Lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party railed against Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s cut to foreign aid spending on Tuesday, a show of defiance just days before their leader hopes to show off “global Britain” at a summit.
    The criticism is embarrassing for Johnson, coming as he prepares to host the leaders of the world’s seven largest advanced economies when he hopes to “reinvigorate the international community” on climate change and COVID-19.
    His critics say by breaking its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international development, the government is punishing the poorest during a global pandemic, a stance which could weaken its position in those talks.
    But they have so far failed to force the government to change its policy, but several said they still hoped to bring a vote on the cuts in parliament.
    “I want to argue … that what the government is doing is unethical, possibly illegal and certain breaks our promise,” said Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative lawmaker leading the call for funding to be reinstated.
    “He (Johnson) goes into the summit in the teeth of a global pandemic when Britain is cutting its support to the poorest.    No other country represented in the G7 is doing such a thing,” he told parliament.
    Late last year, finance minister Rishi Sunak said the government would spend 0.5% in 2021 to prioritise “our limited resources on jobs and public service” to help Britain weather the coronavirus pandemic.
    Mitchell accused Johnson of pandering to lawmakers who represent the so-called “red wall” voting districts in northern England, which after traditionally backing the opposition Labour Party supported the Conservatives at the 2019 election.
    But the government repeated its argument that it had acted legally and would restore the funding as soon as it can.
    One Conservative lawmaker supportive of the government said many voters believed that “charity starts at home.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

6/8/2021 U.N. Security Council Backs Guterres For Second Term by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference following talks with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
    NEW YORK (Reuters) -The United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years from Jan. 1, 2022.
    Estonia’s U.N. Ambassador Sven Jürgenson, council president for June, said the General Assembly was likely to meet to make the appointment on June 18.
    “I am very grateful to the members of the council for the trust they have placed in me,” Guterres said in a statement.    “I would be deeply humbled if the General Assembly were to entrust me with the responsibilities of a second mandate.”
    Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, just weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump took office.    Much of Guterres’ first term was focused on placating Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism.
    The United States is the largest U.N. financial contributor, responsible for 22 percent of the regular budget and around a quarter of the peacekeeping budget.    New U.S. President Joe Biden has already started restoring funding cuts made by Trump to some U.N. agencies and re-engaged with the world body.
    A handful of people sought to challenge Guterres, but the 72-year-old former prime minister of Portugal was formally unopposed.    A person was only considered a candidate once nominated by a member state.    Portugal put forward Guterres for a second term, but no one else had the backing of a member state.
    Guterres was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and then head of the U.N. refugee agency from 2005 to 2015.    As secretary-general, he has been a cheerleader for climate action, COVID-19 vaccines for all and digital cooperation.
    When he took the reins as U.N. chief, the world body was struggling to end wars and deal with humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen.    Those conflicts are still unresolved, and Guterres is also now faced with new emergencies in Myanmar and Ethiopia’s Tigray.
    New York-based Human Rights Watch urged Guterres to take a more public stand during his second term, noting that his “recent willingness” to denounce abuses in Myanmar and Belarus should be expanded to include “powerful and protected” governments deserving condemnation.
    “Guterres’s first term was defined by public silence regarding human rights abuses by China, Russia, and the United States and their allies,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, Editing by Franklin Paul and Jonathan Oatis)

6/8/2021 World Bank Opposes Vaccine Intellectual Property Waiver As WTO Talks Resume by David Lawder
FILE PHOTO: World Bank President David Malpass attends the "1+6" Roundtable meeting at the
Diaoyutai state guesthouse in Beijing, China November 21, 2019. REUTERS/Florence Lo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - World Bank President David Malpass said on Tuesday the bank does not support waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines at the World Trade Organization out of concern that it would hamper innovation in the pharmaceuticals sector.
    His comments on the subject, made during a call with reporters on World Bank economic forecasts, came as WTO negotiations over the proposed waiver resumed in Geneva.
    Asked whether he backs a WTO vaccine IP waiver, which India, South Africa and other emerging market countries argue is needed to expand vaccine access, Malpass said: “We don’t support that, for the reason that it would run the risk of reducing the innovation and the R&D in that sector.”
    The comment puts Malpass, a Trump administration nominee, at odds with the Biden administration, which is supporting text-based WTO negotiations for vaccine intellectual property rights, led by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
    Major vaccine makers and the pharmaceutical industries have opposed the waiver from the WTO’s agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), arguing that it would stifle innovation and do little to effectively increase vaccine supplies constrained by trade barriers, shortages of components and a lack of manufacturing capabilities.
    Malpass on Tuesday reiterated his calls for wealthy countries to quickly donate their excess vaccine doses to the developing world as quickly as possible.
    The World Bank said its global growth forecasts, raised to 5.6% for 2021 and 4.3% for 2022, could be higher if vaccinations can be accelerated in developing countries.
    In Geneva, negotiations were proceeding on Tuesday and Wednesday over revised waiver proposals from India and South Africa that remained far broader than the narrow vaccine-only waiver favored by USTR Tai.
    “It seems to be they are still far apart.    Their positions have not fundamentally changed,” a Geneva-based trade official told Reuters.
(Reporting by David Lawder in Washington with additional reporting by Emma Farge in GenevaEditing by Mark Heinrich)

6/8/2021 Giuliani Pressed Ukrainians To Probe Biden Allegations In 2019 Call - CNN
FILE PHOTO: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speaks in Washington, U.S., November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The audiotape of a July 2019 phone call shows former U.S. President Donald Trump’s then-lawyer Rudy Giuliani pressuring Ukrainian officials to investigate baseless allegations about Trump’s 2020 election rival Joe Biden, CNN reported on Monday.
    CNN said it had obtained the audio of the call between Giuliani, U.S. diplomat Kurt Volker, and Andriy Yermak, a senior adviser to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, which it said was the precursor of a Trump-Zelenskiy call that was at the center of Trump’s 2019 impeachment.
    In the call, Giuliani said he wanted Zelenskiy to say he was putting a prosecutor in charge and “he’s gonna investigate and dig up the evidence, that presently exists and is there any other evidence about involvement of the 2016 election, and then the Biden thing has to be run out,” according to CNN.
    Trump, a Republican, denounced as a political witch hunt allegations that he pressed Zelenskiy during a phone call to dig up dirt on Biden.     The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in December 2019, but he was acquitted by the then-Republican-dominated Senate early in 2020.
    Trump lost the 2020 election to Biden, a Democrat, and left office in January 2021.
    Yermak told Reuters on Tuesday that Ukraine had done “everything right” to foster relations with Washington and avoid taking sides in U.S. domestic political squabbles.
    “And today we can say that the enormous efforts of our team have yielded results, because this year we have an unprecedented level of cooperation with the American administration at all levels,” he said in written comments.
    Zelenskiy spoke to Biden by phone on Monday, securing a much coveted White House invitation in July that Yermak said had been one of his objectives.
    In April, federal prosecutors investigating Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine at the time he was serving as Trump’s lawyer raided his home and office, seizing cell phones and computers.
    Giuliani, a former New York City mayor, has not been charged.    He said after the raids that his conduct had been “absolutely legal and ethical.”
Giuliani began representing Trump in April 2018 in connection with then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
(Reporting by Mohammad Zargham in Washington and Ilya Zhegulev in Kyiv; Editing by Stephen Coates and Steve Orlofsky)

6/8/2021 Senate Report: Intel Agencies Fumbled Jan. 6 Response Due To Breakdown In Communication by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol Police officers hold off rioters
at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    According to a bipartisan Senate panel, intelligence and security failures lead to the events on Capitol Hill on January 6.
    In a 12-page report released Tuesday, senators found U.S. Capitol Police knew about possible threats of violence days before the event and failed to enact any additional security measures.    The report found internal intelligence departments failed to share vital information with each other, in turn, leading to a breakdown in communication.
    While the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security also knew about threats to the U.S. Capitol, they did not deem them as credible.    Lawmakers have criticized the FBI and DHS for failing to warn about the threat of violence in advance of the incident.    They also called on the Capitol Police chief to maintain a direct line of communication with the National Guard to prevent similar incidents in the future.
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate Chamber as rioters are confronted
by U.S. Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    Meanwhile, the Defense Department’s lax security at the Capitol on January 6 was partly due to the backlash it received for its response to the George Floyd protests, according to the Senate report.    It noted that the DOD was reluctant to respond with force after it was criticized for a “heavy handed” response to the protests that took place throughout 2020.
    Future recommendations include creating a better security plan across the board and allowing the Capitol Police chief to request help from the National Guard in an emergency.

6/8/2021 Colonial Pipeline CEO Testifies About Response To Ransomware Attack by OAN Newsroom
Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing one day
after the Justice Department revealed it had recovered the majority of the $4.4 million ransom payment the company made in hopes
of getting its system back online, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    The CEO of Colonial Pipeline said the May ransomware attack encrypted its systems, in turn, shutting down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. While speaking before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday, CEO Joseph Blount said an employee first reported the attack after finding a ransom note on one of its systems.    The note, which is believed to be tied to cyber criminals in Russia, demanded $5 million in exchange for unlocking the company’s files.
    “We had cyber defenses in place, but the unfortunate reality is those defense were compromised,” Blount explained.    “The attack forced us to make difficult choices in real time that no company ever wants to face.”
    The company CEO said they immediately shutdown the pipeline to stop the attack from spreading to other networks.    The cyberattack resulted in gas shortages across much of the East Coast.    Blount then spoke about the company’s decision to pay $4.4 million in cryptocurrency to the hackers to get the pipeline up and running again.
    “I made the decision to pay and I made the decision to keep the information about the payment as confidential as possible,” he stated.    “It was the hardest decision I’ve made in my 39 years in the energy industry, and I know how critical our pipeline is to our country and I put the interests of the country first.”
    The Department of Justice has since announced they were able to retrieve a majority of the funds paid.    Officials confirmed they were able to recover about $2.3 million of those funds.    While the FBI still discourages the payment of ransom demands, the DOJ hopes companies coming forward and working with law enforcement will continue to remedy these situations.
    Blount sad the company is implementing changes to prevent future attacks.    He also expressed gratitude to his employees, law enforcement, federal authorities and the White House for their response to the attack.
    “We are deeply sorry for the impact that this attack had, but we are also heartened by the resilience of our country and of our company,” Blount continued.

6/8/2021 Oxford Study Reports No Bats Or Pangolins Were Sold In The Wuhan Wet Market by OAN Newsroom
A man walking at the Wuhan Baishazhou Market in Wuhan in China’s central
Hubei province. (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
    A new study by Oxford University has discovered there were no bats or pangolins sold in the Wuhan wet market.    In fact, the study reported no bats or pangolins were found anywhere around Wuhan at the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak.
    Through their investigations, the scientists are believed to have effectively debunked the natural origin argument.    China and Dr. Anthony Fauci have long claimed COVID-19 jumped from a bat to a pangolin, which was then sold at the wet market, leading to the spread among humans.    However, recent studies have shown the virus likely originated in a lab.
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) laid out evidence describing thousands of animals that have been tested in the wet market, with none of them infected with COVID-19.
    “When you take COVID-19 and you try to infect bats, which is where most coronaviruses come from, what do you discover?    You discover that COVID-19 is actually not very well infected in bats,” he explained.    “The bats don’t catch it very easily.    It seems as if COVID-19 is most adapted for humans.”
    The Oxford study also reported that Chinese people rarely consume bats and the nearest natural habitat of bats is 1,500 miles away from Wuhan.

6/8/2021 Senate GOP Delays Biden OPM Nominee’s Confirmation Over Support Of Abortion And Critical Race Theory by OAN Newsroom
Kiran Ahuja is photographed. (ANDREW HARNIK / AP)
    Joe Biden’s controversial pick to lead the Office of Personnel Management has faced pushback from Republicans.
    Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has continued to lead efforts in blocking the nomination of Kiran Ahuja from advancing.    During her confirmation hearing, Hawley reportedly raised concerns about Ahuja’s support for abortion.
Sen. Josh Hawley is photographed. (Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo)
    The senator also pressed her on whether she would push critical race theory in federal directives after her recent endorsement of an article that claimed the election of President Trump in 2016 was an example of white supremacy.    It is the same topic Hawley brought up during a hearing in April.
    “I have not made any of those type of statements about the election,” Ahuja claimed.    “I have been in the philanthropic space for the past few years and so no I can’t speak to that particular position.”
    Hawley went on to argue that the director of what is essentially the federal government’s human resources department should strive to unite Americans and not divide them based on race.

6/8/2021 Ore. Republicans Propose Vaccine Passport Ban by OAN Newsroom
Ore. Gov. Kate Brown is photographed. (Cathy Cheney/AP Photo)
    Oregon Republicans have introduced a bill to prevent the state from implementing a vaccine passport system.
    On Thursday, Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Ore.) introduced the bill, which would prevent public and private entities from refusing service or employment based on possession of a vaccine credential.    Thatcher argued that this violates basic human rights and Oregon residents should not have to disclose their personal medical information to partake in everyday life.
    “There are some people who can’t wear masks, for whatever reason.    They do not have access to full public accommodation in some of these places,” she explained.    “The other states, California and Washington, they’re going by the honor system.”
    Gov. Kate Brown (D-Ore.) recently permitted businesses to use their own discretion on whether to require face masks for fully vaccinated people.    The state has also began offering incentives, such as college scholarships and cash prizes, for those who have received at least one dose.
    If the bill passes, Oregon would join other states, such as Texas and Florida, which have already put vaccine passport bans into place.

6/8/2021 Study: Hydroxychloroquine Can Boost COVID-19 Survival Chances By Nearly 200% by OAN Newsroom
A bottle and pills of Hydroxychloroquine sit on a counter at Rock Canyon Pharmacy
in Provo, Utah. (Photo by GEORGE FREY / AFP) (Photo by GEORGE FREY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Another study has confirmed hydroxychloroquine to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19. Conducted by the Saint Barnabas Medical Center, the research has found the combination of hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic Zithromax effectively suppresses COVID-19.
    The study has suggested this treatment can increase survival chances by nearly 200 percent if given at high doses in mechanically ventilated patients with severe COVID-19 illness.    Scientists also reported that higher doses of hydroxychloroquine led to a quicker recovery in 87-percent of observed patients.
    This comes after public health experts, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, have denied the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in treating COVID-19.    Biological weapons expert, Dr. Steven Hatfill, has pointed blame at these experts for the hundreds of thousands of American deaths that resulted from the pandemic.
    “It was false,” he asserted.    “They didn’t want competition for the vaccines.”
    The study also found hydroxychloroquine is particularly efficient in terminally ill patients who would otherwise have died without that drug.

6/8/2021 Texas Gov. Abbott Bans Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leaves a press conference in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Montinique Monroe/Getty Images)
    The Texas legislature has passed a law that prohibits the use of vaccine passports. Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) signed Senate Bill 968 on Monday, which bans businesses and government entities from requiring vaccine information in the Lone Star state.
    Abbott went on to state that Texas is 100 percent open and no resident shall be discriminated against based on their vaccination status.
    “No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place,” he explained.    “I want to thank the Texas Legislature for getting this bill to my desk.”
    Business licenses and operating permits will be under jeopardy for any business that requires their customers to show proof of vaccination.    Abbott went on to state that Texas will continue to vaccinate more people without treading on the personal freedoms of its residents.
    This comes as about 36 percent of Texans have been reported to be fully vaccinated and just under half of the population have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

6/8/2021 Colonial Pipeline CEO Testifies About Response To Ransomware Attack by OAN Newsroom
Colonial Pipeline CEO Joseph Blount testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee hearing one day
after the Justice Department revealed it had recovered the majority of the $4.4 million ransom payment the company made in hopes
of getting its system back online, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    The CEO of Colonial Pipeline said the May ransomware attack encrypted its systems, in turn, shutting down the largest fuel pipeline in the U.S. While speaking before the Senate Homeland Security Committee Tuesday, CEO Joseph Blount said an employee first reported the attack after finding a ransom note on one of its systems.    The note, which is believed to be tied to cyber criminals in Russia, demanded $5 million in exchange for unlocking the company’s files.
    “We had cyber defenses in place, but the unfortunate reality is those defense were compromised,” Blount explained.    “The attack forced us to make difficult choices in real time that no company ever wants to face.”
    The company CEO said they immediately shutdown the pipeline to stop the attack from spreading to other networks.    The cyberattack resulted in gas shortages across much of the East Coast.    Blount then spoke about the company’s decision to pay $4.4 million in cryptocurrency to the hackers to get the pipeline up and running again.
    “I made the decision to pay and I made the decision to keep the information about the payment as confidential as possible,” he stated.    “It was the hardest decision I’ve made in my 39 years in the energy industry, and I know how critical our pipeline is to our country and I put the interests of the country first.”
    The Department of Justice has since announced they were able to retrieve a majority of the funds paid.    Officials confirmed they were able to recover about $2.3 million of those funds.    While the FBI still discourages the payment of ransom demands, the DOJ hopes companies coming forward and working with law enforcement will continue to remedy these situations.
    Blount sad the company is implementing changes to prevent future attacks.    He also expressed gratitude to his employees, law enforcement, federal authorities and the White House for their response to the attack.
    “We are deeply sorry for the impact that this attack had, but we are also heartened by the resilience of our country and of our company,” Blount continued.

6/8/2021 Kamala Harris Slammed By Rep. Lauren Boebert For Her Refusal To Visit The Border by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris talks to the press gathered under the wing of Air Force Two. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Kamala Harris has been called out for her absence at the southern border, despite being assigned by Joe Biden as the new so-called border czar.
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) released a video on Tuesday slamming Harris for not addressing the current state of the U.S.-Mexico border first hand.    Boebert was part of a congressional delegation that visited Texas last week to discuss the surge in migration.
    In her video, the lawmaker cited statistics that report a dramatic increase in illegal immigration, drug smuggling and gun trafficking along the border.    Boebert then poked fun at Harris’ absence by showing that she was able to bring her along the trip.    She can be seen carrying a cardboard cutout of Harris while demanding the border czar to schedule a trip and witness the devastation for herself.
    Boebert went on to argue Harris’ recent failures to protect the American people and demanded for an increase in funding for border patrol.    She also addressed the media by insisting they provide accurate coverage of the “man-made crisis.”
    Despite repeatedly being called upon to make a visit to the border, Harris continues to dodge the question and refuses to announce a timeline for her trip.

6/9/2021 Oil up $0.98 to $70.20, DOW down 30 to 34,600.

6/9/2021 Senate Passes Bill To Combat China Competitiveness by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the chamber as the Senate tries to finish to its work going into the Memorial Day recess
with Republican leaders insisting they will block a commission on the Jan. 6 insurrection, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 28, 2021.
Lawmakers are also set to approve a big innovation bill aimed at making the U.S. more competitive with China and other countries. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senators on Capitol Hill laid down their partisan arms to pass a bill pushing back against Chinese competitiveness.    On Tuesday, the Senate voted 68-to-32 to pass the sweeping American Innovation and Competition Act.
    “This bill has accelerated an important conversation on a topic we all know deserves our full attention,” stated Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).    “From critical supply chains to intellectual property to counter espionage, it touches on key issues that will help determine our strategic footing for decades.”
    The law aims to pump $200 billion into U.S. tech companies to develop critical technology, including artificial intelligence, robots and semiconductors.    Currently, the U.S. spends less than 1 percent of its GDP towards basic science and research with many attributing the lack of funding to the country’s competitiveness lag to China.
    Joe Biden applauded the bills passage through the Senate while asserting it’s long past the time that the U.S. invest in American workers and American innovation.    While Democrats are hailing the measure one of the most important bipartisan bills in recent history, GOP senators feel their efforts didn’t go far enough.
    “And so, it will advance as an imperfect approach to an extremely consequential challenge,” McConnell continued.    “One thing this legislation did demonstrate extremely well, however, was that the rules of Senate don’t stand in the way of bipartisan legislating.    Needless to say, final passage of this legislation cannot be the Senate’s final word on our competition with certainly won’t be mine.”
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and expects to reach a compromise between the two chambers of Congress before sending it to Biden’s desk.    In the meantime, Biden is confident he will be brought fourth a sign worthy bill.

6/9/2021 Report: Biden Could Tap House Problem Solvers Caucus To Pass Infrastructure Bill by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this April 6, 2021, file photo traffic moves over the George Washington Bridge as seen from Fort Lee, N.J.
While President Joe Biden pitches his infrastructure plan to the American public, the real work of delivering his
legislative agenda takes place behind the scenes. Biden’s 15-person legislative is charged with maneuvering and mapping out
the process of actually getting his agenda passed on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    The House Problem Solvers Caucus is looking to pick up the pieces of a bipartisan infrastructure deal led by GOP senators.    According to reports, the Biden administration could set their sights on Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-.Pa.) who are working closely with moderates in the upper chamber.
    This comes after the co-chairs of the Problem Solvers Caucus met with top White House officials on Monday to discuss infrastructure.    Analysts believe Biden could use Gottheimer and Fitzpatrick to sell his infrastructure deal to the House.    For his part, Fitzpatrick noted the importance of caucus members “standing with the country first” and “not being driven by any political ideology.”
    Meanwhile, a Democrat lawmaker recently admitted the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan is really about so-called climate change.    During a recent virtual town hall, New Jersey Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.) said the Democrat-led proposal focuses on items unrelated to infrastructure.    He also said many Americans would agree, which is something Republican lawmakers have been saying since Biden outlined his vision.
    Malinowski said he hopes his state can help move America away from fossil fuels and stressed how Biden’s bill would accomplish that.    However, the plan doesn’t mention the thousands of jobs it would kill.
    Malinowski’s comments come as negotiations for a bipartisan infrastructure deal have fallen apart.

6/9/2021 Senate Report: Backlash Over Reaction To BLM Riots Contributed To Jan. 6 Events by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol Police officers hold off rioters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
    According to a bipartisan Senate panel, intelligence and security failures lead to the events on Capitol Hill on January 6.    Poor planning and reluctance to establish a strong police presence led to the breach of the Capitol Building, according to officials.
    In a 12 page report released Tuesday, senators found U.S. Capitol Police knew about possible threats of violence days before the event and failed to enact any additional security measures.    The report found internal intelligence departments failed to share vital information with each other, in turn, leading to a breakdown in communication.
    “We saw that there was certainly a breakdown when it came to the intelligence services from both the Capitol Police as well as the broader intelligence services that should have put out a warning to local law enforcement as to the potential for violence on January 6th,” stated Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich).
    Operatives had been reportedly collecting data pertaining to the threats since December.    They deemed flagged online message boards and social media posts “not credible.”    However, the FBI’s Norfolk field office issued a report the day before the breach warning D.C. officials of people entering the capitol for “war.”    However, the report fell through the cracks of the bureaucratic process.
    The senators also highlighted the Capitol Police’s lack of operational capacity, equipment and training for an event like the Joint Congressional Session.    They claimed officers hadn’t properly planned for the session, in turn, leaving them under-prepared amid boiling tensions from the crowd outside.
    When the attack happened, the complicated buracuratic process debilitated the Capitol Police chief’s ability to unilaterally call in the National Guard.    Deploying Guardsmen was further delayed due to another slow rollout process from the DOD and the agency’s reluctance to send in troops.    This came after the department faced backlash for their “heavy handed response” during Black Lives Matter protests months prior.
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, smoke fills the walkway outside the Senate Chamber as rioters are
confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers inside the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
    In the meantime, the committees handed down 20 recommendations to better prepare for future attacks on the capitol.    This includes creating a thorough plan to prepare Capitol Police officers for special events, giving the Capitol Police chief a direct line of communication with the National Guard and streamlining intelligence on domestic terror threats to Congress.
    Additionally, as Democrats in both chambers are calling for a larger scale investigation into the incident, GOP lawmakers stressed the DOJ is handling a separate probe efficiently.    Republicans highlighted investigators’ efforts in arresting more than 450 suspected participants in the event.

6/9/2021 Over Half A Dozen States Against Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference where he signed two energy related bills, Tuesday, June 8, 2021,
in Austin, Texas. Abbot signed legislation into law to reform the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
and weatherize and improve the reliability of the state’s power grid. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Several states have continued to lash out against vaccine passports.    This comes as over half a dozen states have already pushed legislation to ban or limit the use of the passports.
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) was the latest to sign a bill banning their enforcement on Monday.    He said Texas is 100 percent open, but no resident shall be discriminated against based on their vaccination status.    The governor also said every single Texan has the freedom to go where they want and when they want without any restrictions.
    “No business or government entity can require a person to provide a vaccine passport or any other vaccine information as a condition of receiving any service or entering any place,” Abbott stated.    “I want to thank the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk.”
    The Texas Republican said his state will continue to vaccinate more people without treading on Texans’ personal freedoms.
    Meanwhile, Oregon Republicans have also introduced a bill to prevent the state from implementing a vaccine passport system.    Last week, state Sen. Kim Thatcher (R-Ore.) introduced the bill, which would prevent public and private entities from refusing service or employment based on possession of a vaccine credential.
    “No Oregonian should have to divulge medical information to participate in everyday life,” Thatcher stated.    If the bill passes, Oregon would join other states like Texas and Florida.
    Some states have not yet decided if they will implement a ban while others, more liberal states, are in favor of the passport system.    For example, New York implemented a passport system back in March and Hawaii also launched a platform in May for travelers to upload vaccination data.
    The Department of Homeland Security, along with the Biden administration, have also announced there won’t be a federal vaccination database and no mandate requiring proof of being vaccinated.
    “The government is not now, nor will we be supporting a system that requires Americans to carry a credential,” confirmed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
    This comes as Wyoming State Rep. Chuck Gray (R) announced Monday that he’s drafting a bill to further strengthen the state’s ban on vaccine passports.

6/9/2021 Report: Fauci & Allies Coordinated Articles Defending ‘Natural Origin’ Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 18, 2021 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool, File)
    New investigations suggest a concerted effort by Dr. Anthony Fauci and his affiliates to promote the “natural origin theory” for COVID-19 and downplay evidence of a potential lab leak.
    According to the Epoch Times, a number of Dr. Fauci’s emails show he coordinated the publication of scientific articles arguing COVID-19 was a “natural occurrence.”    These include pieces by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak in which he defends China’s response to COVID-19.
    However, more recent studies suggest COVID-19 may have an unnatural genome sequence, perhaps suggesting a link to gain of function experiments financed by Dr. Fauci and Daszak.    For clarity, the term gain of function is used to describe any field of medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases transmissibility or pathogenesis.    This is something the NIH director had previously denied he was aware of regarding the lab in Wuhan, China.
    The Epoch Times also claimed Dr. Fauci’s allies removed signs of their involvement with articles on the “natural origin theory” to make them look like unbiased scientific studies.    They are now facing calls to be held accountable for this.

6/9/2021 Pa. Holds ‘2021 Right To Keep And Bear Arms Rally’ by OAN Newsroom
State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-Butler, speaks at the rally. The annual “Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms”
is held at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, June 7, 2021. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)
    Hundreds of Second Amendment advocates gathered on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol to rally for the the right to bear arms.    On Monday, state lawmakers and citizens held the 16th annual 2021 Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally.
    The organizer of the rally, Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, stressed the event aims to promote legislative priorities like constitutional carry and limiting local gun ordinances.    House Bill 357 has more than 70 co-sponsors and Metcalfe said it would push-back on federal attempts to take away, register or ban firearms as well as ammunition.
    Another pro-gun bill would make Pennsylvania the 22nd state in the country to allow constitutional carry.
The annual “Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms” is held at the state
Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, June 7, 2021. (Dan Gleiter/The Patriot-News via AP)

6/9/2021 With G7 Summit Stop First, Biden Embarks On 8-Day Europe Trip by Steve Holland
U.S. President Joe Biden salutes while boarding Air Force One as he departs on travel to attend the G-7 Summit in England,
the first foreign trip of his presidency, from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S., June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden departs for Britain on Wednesday on his first trip abroad since taking office, an eight-day mission to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties strained during the Trump era and to reframe relations with Russia.
    The trip represents a test of the Democratic president’s ability to manage and repair relationships with major allies who grew disenchanted with then-President Donald Trump’s trade tariffs and withdrawal from international treaties.
    “Will the democratic alliances and institutions that shaped so much of the last century prove their capacity against modern-day threats and adversaries?    I believe the answer is yes.    And this week in Europe, we have the chance to prove it,” Biden said in an opinion article published in the Washington Post.
    Speaking to reporters on the tarmac as he left for Europe, Biden said his goals were “strengthening the alliance, making it clear to Putin and to China that Europe and the United States are tight.”
    His summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on June 16 in Geneva is the capstone of the trip, an opportunity to raise U.S. concerns directly with Putin about ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine and a host of other issues.
    Biden will make his first stop at the seaside village of St. Ives in Cornwall where he will participate in the G7 summit.    The meeting is expected to be dominated by vaccine diplomacy, trade, climate and an initiative for rebuilding infrastructure in the developing world.    U.S. officials see that effort as a way to counter China’s growing influence.
    Biden may face pressure to do more to share U.S. vaccine supplies with other countries after an initial pledge of 20 million doses announced last week.    Before leaving the United States, Biden said he planned to announce a vaccine plan for the world.
    His push for a global minimum tax on multinational corporations faces opposition at home.    G7 finance ministers agreed before the summit to pursue a global minimum tax rate of at least 15% and to allow market countries to tax up to 20% of the excess profits – above a 10% margin – generated by about 100 large, high-profit companies.
    Republicans came out against the plan this week, potentially complicating the U.S. ability to implement a broader global agreement.
    Biden will have a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday in Cornwall, a chance to renew the U.S.-British “special relationship” after Britain’s Brexit break from the European Union.
    After three days of G7 summitry, Biden and his wife, Jill, will visit Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle.    The 78-year-old Biden met the queen back in 1982 when he was a U.S. senator from Delaware.
    Afterwards Biden travels to Brussels for talks with leaders of NATO and the European Union.    The agenda is expected to be dominated by Russia, China and the perennial issue of getting NATO allies to contribute more to the common defense.
    Biden closes out the trip in Geneva for what could prove to be the most difficult meeting of the week – a session with Putin, who had enjoyed friendly relations with Trump.
    White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters that Biden hoped his G7 and NATO meetings will bolster a sense of allied unity as he goes into his session with Putin.
    No major breakthroughs are expected from the summit.    Sullivan said Biden would press Putin on U.S. priorities. The two sides were negotiating whether to hold a joint news conference.
    Asked by reporters if his meeting with Putin would yield some accord on cybersecurity, Biden was non-committal.
    “Who knows?” said Biden.    “It’s going to be a subject of our discussion.”
(Reporting By Steve Holland; Additional reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Stephen Coates and Steve Orlofsky)

6/9/2021 Illegal Drugs Trade Goes Digital For Pandemic by Catarina Demony
FILE PHOTO: An undated handout photo from Zollfahndungsamt Hamburg, made available on February 24, 2021,
shows cocaine found in over 1,700 tins of wall filler after German authorities seized more than 16 tonnes of cocaine in the
northern port city of Hamburg, in Europe's largest cocaine haul to date. Zollfahndungsamt Hamburg/Handout via Reuters
(Corrects day of week to Wednesday from Tuesday in paragraph 1)
    LISBON (Reuters) -Like supermarkets, restaurants and purveyors of sourdough bread, the illegal drugs trade went digital to serve its customers during lockdown, and could stay that way when the COVID-19 pandemic is over, Europe’s drugs agency said on Wednesday.
    “The pandemic is pushing drug criminals online, reinforcing a trend,” said the European Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson during the online launch of the 2021 drugs report put together by the Lisbon-based agency EMCDDA.
    “Drug dealers are moving from the streets onto social media, taking orders via encrypted messaging services, sending drugs to customers via home delivering services.”
    The pandemic has forced changes to every level of the drugs trade, from wholesale traffickers and smugglers to neighbourhood dealers.
    With international travel disrupted and borders shut, smugglers have been relying more on shipping containers and less on human couriers, the report said.    The trade proved resilient, with data showing no decline in the amount of cocaine available, while more people were growing cannabis at home.
    “The drug market continues to adjust to COVID-19 disruption, as drug traffickers adapt to travel restrictions and border closures,” it said.
    “Although street-based retail drug markets were disrupted during the early lockdowns, and some localised shortages reported, drug sellers and buyers adapted by increasing their use of encrypted messaging services, social media apps, online sources and mail and home delivery services.”
    Alexis Goosdeel, EMCDDA’s director, said there would be new risks from what the report called “the further digitalisation of drug markets.”    The shift to online transactions made it easier for drug dealers to recruit young people, and to make the push out of big cities into rural areas.
    Mental health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic could push more people to misuse drugs, and the financial impact of the crisis could push them to use “more toxic, more dangerous and potentially more lethal substances,” Goosdeel said.
    “We are just in front of a perfect storm,” Goosdeel said.    “The drug market is more resilient than ever and is digitally-enabled.”
(Reporting by Catarina DemonyEditing by Victoria Waldersee and Peter Graff)

6/9/2021 UK-EU ‘Sausage War’ Talks Yield Threats, Not Progress by Elizabeth Piper and Philip Blenkinsop
European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic leaves Europe House in London, Britain, June 9, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley
    LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) -Britain and the European Union failed on Wednesday to agree any solutions to ease post-Brexit trade with Northern Ireland and exchanged threats in a standoff that could cloud a weekend international summit.
    Since Britain completed a tortuous exit from the EU late last year, its relations with Brussels have soured further, with each side accusing the other of bad faith over a part of their Brexit deal that covers goods movements to Northern Ireland.
    The row has been dubbed the “sausage war” by British media because it affects the movement of chilled meats from Britain to Northern Ireland.
    On Wednesday, it stepped up a gear, with Britain saying it could again unilaterally extend a grace period waiving checks on some goods, and the EU saying it could advance its legal action, a step that could end in tariffs and quotas.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants a summit of the world’s seven largest advanced economies this weekend at a seaside village in southwestern England to showcase what he calls “global Britain.”
    But he could receive a warning from U.S. President Joe Biden, who, according to the Times newspaper, will tell London to respect a deal with the EU that was designed to protect a 23-year-old peace settlement in Northern Ireland.
    British Brexit minister David Frost, who is expected to attend the summit, met European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic in London to address the issue.
    “There weren’t any breakthroughs.    There aren’t any breakdowns either, and we are going to carry on talking,” Frost told reporters.
    “What we now need to do is very urgently find some solutions.”
    A senior UK source close to the talks said all options were on the table if there was no agreement, including London further extending a grace period that waives checks on some foodstuffs moving to Northern Ireland beyond June 30.
    Sefcovic responded in kind, saying the EU was considering advancing its legal challenge over Britain’s actions, which could result in a court case by autumn or the eventual imposition of tariffs and quotas.
    “The U.S. administration and the U.S. Congress are following this matter very closely,” Sefcovic told a news conference.
    “I’m sure that the G7, also the European leaders, would raise this issue because I think that what we should be focusing on right now should be the economic recovery … and how to form and forge this new strategic partnership between the EU and the UK.    Instead of that, we have these very difficult meetings.”
    Preserving the delicate peace in Northern Ireland without allowing the United Kingdom a back door into the European Union’s single market across the Irish land border was one of the trickiest issues of the Brexit divorce.
    The result was the protocol, which essentially kept the province in the EU’s customs union and adhering to many of the rules of its single market — both of which the rest of Britain has left.
    While Brussels is upset that London is failing to honour the protocol, London says it has no choice because some of the checks hamper supplies to Northern Irish supermarkets.
    It has also pointed to rising tensions among pro-British unionists in the province, who say the protocol undermines the 1998 peace agreement by loosening their ties to Britain.
    Aodhán Connolly, director of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium, called for rapid action to protect consumers in the province:
    “We need immediate solutions to keep goods flowing now, and we need a breathing space so that the UK Government and the EU can, in the longer term, find a workable solution.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper and Philip Blenkinsop, additional reporting by Alistair Smout, William James and James Davey; Editing by Angus MacSwan and Kevin Liffey)

6/9/2021 Websites Back Online After Fastly-Linked Glitch Takes Down Internet by Subrat Patnaik
FILE PHOTO: Vehicles drive past the New York Times headquarters in New York March 1, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Thousands of government, news and social media websites across the globe were coming back online on Tuesday after getting hit by a widespread hour-long outage linked to U.S.-based cloud company Fastly Inc.
    High-traffic sites including Reddit, Amazon, CNN, PayPal, Spotify, Al Jazeera Media Network and the New York Times went down, according to outage tracking website    They came back after outages that ranged from a few minutes to around an hour early in the morning in the United States but middle of the day in Europe.
    “Our global network is coming back online,” Fastly said.
    One of the world’s most widely-used cloud-based content delivery network providers, the company earlier reported a disruption from a “service configuration” and did not explain.
    “Incidents like this underline the fragility of the internet and its dependence on a patchwork of fragmented technology.    Ironically, this also underlines its inherent strength and how quickly it can recover,” Ben Wood, chief analyst at CCS Insight, said.
    “The fact that an outage like this can grab headlines around the world shows how rare it is.”
    Typical service configurations for a cloud service provider can include updating security rules to protect information, or instructing a server to refresh the contents of a news site before serving it to a customer, said Andy Champagne, senior vice president at Akamai, a cloud service company.
    A simple typo can be propagated to thousands of servers and cause disruptions, he said.
    Fastly, which went public in 2019 and has a market capitalization of under $6 billion, is far smaller than peers like Amazon’s AWS.    The company’s content delivery network (CDN) helps websites move content using less-congested routes, enabling them to reach consumers faster.
    “In the grand scheme of things, we actually think that this is a little bit of a positive for other CDNs and also just shows how difficult managing a CDN can be,” said James Fish, analyst at Piper Sandler & Co.
    Apart from Fastly, the other main CDN providers include Akamai Technologies, Cloudera and AWS.
    “It certainly reminds us just how crucial so few sites and services are to our digital lives,” said Neil Campling, global TMT analyst at Mirabaud Securities.
    Users received error messages quickly when they visited affected websites on Tuesday, which is an indication Fastly was not a victim of a DDoS attack, or a type of cyber-attack in which a bad actor overwhelms a network with a flood of internet traffic, Champagne said.
    The United Kingdom’s attorney general earlier tweeted that the country’s main website was down, providing an email for queries.
    The disruption may have caused issues for citizens booking COVID-19 vaccinations or reporting test results, the Financial Times reported.
    Websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the Guardian and Bloomberg News also faced outages.
    Many of the websites affected earn revenue from digital advertising.    Worldwide, websites lost over $29 million in digital ad revenue per hour during the outage, according to back-of-the-envelope estimates from media measurement firm Kantar.
    News publishers came up with inventive workarounds to report about the outage when their websites failed to load.
    Popular tech website the Verge used Google Docs to report news, while UK Technology Editor at the Guardian started a Twitter thread to report on the problems.
    At the onset of the outage, nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported issues with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to
    Twitter users quickly reacted to the outage, creating the #InternetShutdown hashtag with KITKAT’s official handle telling its 441,500 followers “Guess it’s time to Have A Break.”
    “We were offline for a few minutes because the whole internet broke down,” tweeted Jitse Groen, chief executive of food delivery group Just Eat
    Shares of New York-listed Fastly were up 7.7% after being down nearly 4% in pre-market trading.
(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik, Noor Zainab Hussain, Chavi Mehta and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru, Supantha Mukherjee in Stockholm, and Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Patrick Graham, Bernard Orr, Chris Reese and Nick Zieminski)

6/9/2021 Sen. Tommy Tuberville: Communist China Is America’s Biggest Adversary by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speak to reporters about why they and a small group of Republican senators are holding up votes
in the Senate over opposition to a Chinese trade bill at the U.S. Capitol on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) said he believes Communist China is America’s biggest adversary.    In a recent interview, the Alabama senator said China has taken advantage over the U.S. economy and used its trade and investment revenues to build up its military.
    Tuberville said we must not allow U.S. businesses and the federal government to invest in China.    Last month, the senator proposed a bill to limit U.S. investment in China, which amounts to $700 billion each year.
    Tuberville stressed Beijing does not play by the rules and it’s using America’s own money to threaten U.S. national interests and security. He claimed that every business in China is ran by the Chinese Communist Party in some way, even if they say otherwise.
    Meanwhile, Joe Biden has decided to expand a Trump-era ban on investments in Chinese defense and technology firms.    Tuberville noted that his proposed legislation “would not allow any president from now on” to allow investments of Thrift Savings Plan funds in China.
    Other senators are coming together in agreement, with Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) stating, “it’s alarming that billions of dollars from the retirement accounts of federal government employees, like our military, are currently invested in China and prop up companies that threaten American interests and values.”

6/9/2021 Report: Joe Biden Plans To Surrender Protections For U.S. Steel And Aluminum by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden is expected to reverse U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that were put in place by the Trump administration.    Bloomberg has reported that Biden will commit to lifting the tariffs during his meeting with European leaders next week.
    President Trump enacted the tariffs to stop U.S. dependence on foreign metals, which a government review found would be a national security threat.    It was of great concern that becoming dependent on imported steel and aluminum would enable other countries to use their metal production to regulate U.S. policy.
Joe Biden, center, and first lady Jill Biden, left, are escorted by Colonel Edward Bolitho, Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, right, as
they arrive on Air Force One at Cornwall Airport Newquay, near Newquay, England, ahead of the G7 summit. (Phil Noble/Pool Photo via AP)
    The European Union opposed many of the U.S. tariffs enacted by the Trump administration, which has led many to expect their push for Biden to agree to relieve them.    Meanwhile, U.S. steel industry groups have urged Biden not to drop the tariffs that have been credited for creating thousand of jobs.
    A recent report by the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute shows the tariffs led to increased output, employment and capital investment by domestic manufacturers.

6/9/2021 Joe Biden To Military Crowd: “I Keep Forgetting I’m President” by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has faced a flurry of criticism from conservatives after apparently admitting to his issues with his memory.
    Biden made the comments on Wednesday while speaking to members of the U.S. Air Force and their families at the Royal Air Force Station in England.
    “When I was 14, if you would, please at ease,” he mumbled.    “I keep forgetting I’m President.”
    Throughout his speech, Biden fumbled over his words and referred to global warming as the greatest threat facing America.
    Videos of his speech started circulating online, leading figures on the right to slam and poke fun at Biden.    The founder of Students for Trump suggested people won’t forget who is responsible for soaring gas prices.
    Some supporters of President Trump shared their thoughts by noting they’d like to also forget, while others raised questions about Biden’s health and accused him of cheating the elections.

6/9/2021 President Trump Hosts Fundraiser For New GOP Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump gives two thumbs up to the crowd in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump hosted a fundraiser Wednesday evening for newly tapped Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). Stefanik made the announcement on Twitter while on her way to the event.
    Stefanik, a long-time supporter of Trump, has been commended by the President for being incredibly loyal to his movement.    In her tweet she said, “Republicans and the American people have never been more excited to defeat the far-left and save our country.”
    The fundraiser took place at President Trump’s New Jersey golf course.    Before the event began, Trump and Stefanik reportedly met to discuss a GOP strategy to reclaim the House in 2022.    The fundraiser was said to begin with a roundtable with donors, followed by a speech from Trump.
    Stefanik recently revealed her joint fundraising committee had already raised $250,000 ahead of next year’s midterms.

6/9/2021 Ga. Election Workers To Be Deposed In Voter Fraud Case by OAN Newsroom
Fulton County, Georgia election workers process absentee ballots for the
Senate runoff election in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Ben Gray, File)
    Several 2020 election workers are set to be deposed in court for election fraud litigation in Georgia. According to court documents, Ruby Freeman, her daughter Wandrea Moss, along with two others will appear for depositions in the case of suspected ballot manipulations on Nov. 3 of 2020.     The election workers have been ordered to bring thumb drives used on election night, along with other electronic devices they used during 2020. The lawsuit alleges election workers violated state rules on the handling of mail-in ballots, thus enabling fraud and altering election outcomes.
    Attorneys expect the court to trigger a full forensic audit of Georgia’s 2020 elections.    Meanwhile, Freeman will be deposed on June 11 and Moss will appear in court on June 10.

6/9/2021 Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Biden Puts Russian Jobs Above American Jobs by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks with reporters. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
    House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Joe Biden is giving an economic advantage to Russia by waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.    In a letter to Biden, McCarthy and his Republican colleagues said the completion of Nord Stream 2 would hurt the U.S. economy and national security.
    McCarthy said Biden gave a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin by waiving pipeline sanctions.    He added that due to Biden’s decision Russia will be able to sell more gas to Europe at a cheaper price, which will reduce U.S. exports and cost thousands of American jobs.
    McCarthy and lawmakers alike agree that Biden’s decision is irresponsible.    “Given your open hospitality to domestic pipelines like the Keystone XL pipeline, which also was a top priority for our Canadian allies, it is baffling that you are willing to green-light Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” the lawmakers added.
    “The Keystone XL pipeline would enhance our energy security and create job opportunities for Americans.”    Further, he suggested that by lifting the sanctions, all Biden is doing is prioritizing Russian jobs over American jobs.
    In the meantime, McCarthy is urging Biden to rethink his action and to “fully implement the Congressionally mandated sanctions against all responsible parties and actors to permanently stop completion of Nord Stream 2.”

6/9/2021 10 Suspected Antifa Members Face Charges In Portland Riots by OAN Newsroom
Portland police officers chase demonstrators after a riot was declared during a protest against the killing
of Daunte Wright on April 12, 2021 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    There are currently 10 suspected Antifa members facing charges over the recent civil unrest in Portland, Oregon.    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office announced the charges last week following recent violent demonstrations.
    The 10 suspects face several felonies including criminal mischief in connection with three separate incidents.    Three people were also charged with causing damage to the Democrat Party headquarters in Nov. 2020.    At the time, social media accounts belonging to Antifa members were promoting “direct action” to oppose the presidential election.
Riot police march as they try to disperse protesters in Portland, Oregon on November 4, 2020, during a demonstration
called by the “Black Lives Matter” movement, a day after the US Presidential Election.(KATHRYN ELSESSER/AFP via Getty Images)
    Meanwhile, six defendants face charges in connection with damage to the Democrat Party of Oregon building this past Jan.    Further, another suspect was charged with assault during a downtown riot this past April and arrests are expected to continue.

6/9/2021 Firearm Background Check Bill Talks Between Senators Come To An End by OAN Newsroom
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP)
    Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has announced bipartisan talks aimed at passing a “common sense” gun bill have stalled.    Reports on Wednesday cited the Texas lawmaker, who said he’s been negotiating a background check bill with Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy (D- Conn).
    The senators have failed to come to an agreement on specific requirements for those who would need to register as a federal firearms licensee.    Background checks would be expanded for almost all commercial gun sales, which would flag those with criminal or mental-health backgrounds that makes them ineligible for gun ownership.    They have also made attempts to address vagueness within the law that has resulted in unlicensed buyers selling weapons to those who have not undergone background checks.
    According to Cornyn, they’ve been unable to find an outcome leading in Murphy’s suggestion to bring their discussion to an end.    Murphy went on to claim he’s still in talks with Republicans about different proposals.
    Reports say Republicans and Democrats are working to craft a bill that would see the necessary 60 votes in the Senate.

6/9/2021 Democrat Media Under-Report On Heroic Deed Amid Claims Of Racism And Calls To Defund The Police by OAN Newsroom
An American flag is stuck in the sand along a beach in Gulf Shores, Ala. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    An Alabama police officer has died in the line of duty after saving the life of a swimmer off the state’s Gulf Coast.    On Sunday, Deputy William Smith and another deputy responded to a call about two distressed swimmers in the Gulf of Mexico.
    When the two deputies arrived at the scene, Smith jumped into the water in attempts to save the swimmer.    On his way back to shore with the rescued individual, the deputy was overcome by the heavy set of waves and went under water.    He was rushed to the emergency room where he was later pronounced dead.
    Local media has reported the swimmer was black and the deputy who saved him was white, but the story was left under-reported by mainstream media.    This comes amid accusations of racism and calls to defund the police by the far-left.
    “Bill Smith did what Bill Smith always did. He saw the need to put his life on the line to save somebody else’s,” Sheriff Huey Mack expressed.    “That is what he did. He saved a life yesterday.”
    Gov. Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) said Deputy Smith died a true American hero and ordered all flags across the state will be flown at half-staff in his honor on Saturday June 12.
    Bill smith is survived by his wife and two children.

6/9/2021 Texas Air Force Base Goes Under Lockdown After Reports Of Shots Fired by OAN Newsroom
A military policeman closes a gate at JBSA-Lackland Air Force Base, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in San Antonio. The Air Force was put on
lockdown as police and military officials say they searched for two people suspected of shooting into the base from outside. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    A military base in Texas implemented a mandatory lockdown following reports of shots fired.    Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland was placed on high alert Wednesday afternoon after reports of two shots fired outside the base.
    JBSA and emergency responders worked with the San Antonio Police Department to clear the area and search for potential shooters.    Trainees evacuated the area and a shelter-in-place order was put in place.
    No injuries were reported and the lockdown is now lifted, but sheriffs are patrolling the area for any suspects.
    “We are trying to investigate a couple of leads right now to confirm gun shots actually did take place on the installation,” Lt. Col. Brian Loveless reported.    “We do have a couple leads on what occurred that we are investigating right now.”
    Authorities remain unclear whether anyone saw a shooter or if more than one person was involved.

6/9/2021 IG Report: Park Police Cleared Rioters From Washington, D.C.’S Lafayette Square To Install Fencing by OAN Newsroom
A woman holds onto a fence surrounding Lafayette Park as part of the expanded protective perimeter
around the White House on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    A new report said federal police cleared a crowd of rioters from Lafayette Square last year so that fencing could be installed around the area.    The report surfaced on Wednesday and contradicted the narrative that the park was cleared so President Donald Trump could hold a photo opportunity at a nearby church.
    President Trump in a statement on Wednesday thanked the inspector general, saying park police made the decision to install fencing in order to provide protection from Antifa, BLM and other violent demonstrators.    Then Attorney General William Barr, defended the decision to use force to clear the rioters, saying it was necessary to gain control of the situation.
William Barr watches a Republican Exhibit video of people rioting, during the House Judiciary Committee hearing in the Congressional
Auditorium at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 28, 2020 in Washington, DC. (CHIP SOMODEVILLA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Barr confirmed that more than 100 security officials were injured in Washington, D.C. following the demonstrations that were protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.    When commenting on the weekend, Barr said, “we decided that we needed more of a buffer to protect the White House and to protect our agents and Secret Service personnel who could be reached by projectiles from H Street.”
    The claims against Trump were also the center of a BLM lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice.    However, Barr confirmed that there was no correlation between the plan to expand the perimeter and the president going over to the church.

6/9/2021 Joe Biden’s Budget Chief Says Tax Increase Is Necessary To Pay For $6T Spending Plan by OAN Newsroom
Office of Management and Budget acting director Shalanda Young speaks during a Senate Budget Committee hearing
to discuss President Joe Biden’s budget request for FY 2022 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    White House Budget Chief Shalanda Young has announced increasing taxes across the board would be necessary to finance the $6 trillion spending plan for next year.
    “The reason to do this, to be fiscally sound, to make sure every dollar we spend in the President’s proposal are offset,” she claimed.    “We can do that without taxing people who make less than 400 thousand dollars.”
    During a House Budget Committee testimony on Wednesday, Young also admitted Joe Biden’s massive spending plan will likely falter in the Senate due to concerns that higher taxes would stifle economic growth.
    The proposed budget, which was announced by Biden in May, includes safety net programs for the poor and middle class as well as tax hikes for businesses and high-paying Americans.    Young went on to say Biden’s main priority is to advance equality through higher spending and taxation.
    “We think that’s responsible to ensure that the middle class and those trying to enter it are not impacted,” the budget chief explained.    “…It’s the right thing to do to ensure that the wealthiest Americans are contributing their fair share and pay what average Americans pay as percentage of what they bring in.”
    Young also admitted a possible increase in the federal reserve’s interest rates will make the rising U.S. national debt more costly to U.S. taxpayers.    However, she claims the push for so-called equity is worth these risks.

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6/10/2021 Biden’s Budget Chief Won’t Commit To Ending Wuhan Lab Funding by OAN Newsroom
Office of Management and Budget acting director Shalanda Young testifies during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to discuss
President Joe Biden’s budget request for FY 2022 on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
    Biden administration budget chief Shalanda Young refused to say that Joe Biden would stop funding gain of function research at the Wuhan, China research lab.    For clarity, the term gain of function is used to describe any field of medical research that alters an organism or disease in a way that increases transmissibility or pathogenesis.
    This comes as mounting evidence shows Chinese scientists manipulated bat coronaviruses while increasing their ability to infect humans.    Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a Pentagon sub-agency were recently found to be giving money for those risky experiments.    This is something Dr. Fauci had previously denied he was aware of regarding the lab in Wuhan.
    “And the funds made available by the agency which Fauci heads, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, to the tune of $600,000 went to this Wuhan Institute of Virology,” stated Alan Jones, host of Sky News Australia.    “This is a lab involved in gain of function research that is creating more dangerous pathogens.”
    House Republicans said the remarks by Biden’s budget chief suggest this administration will continue to give taxpayer money to the Chinese lab that evidence increasingly suggests may have played a key role in the emergence of COVID-19 and a pandemic the rocked the entire world.

6/10/2021 Sen. McConnell: Bipartisanship Is Over by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., rides an escalator on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    According to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Democrat lawmakers have no interest in being bipartisan.    He warned June is shaping up to be a check the box month for Democrats as progressives look to pass several sweeping bills.
    “If you look to what the majority leader has in mind for June, it’s pretty clear the era of bipartisanship is over,” stated the Kentucky lawmaker.    “We passed six bills so far this year, significant bills on a bipartisan basis…but I think that’s coming to a screeching halt this month.”
    His comments come as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the left would not “sacrifice boldness for bipartisanship.” McConnell said despite the passage of those six bipartisan bills, Democrats plan to try to push through bills they support coming out of the House. This includes the so-called Paycheck Fairness Act.
    “It looks to me like the majority leader has decided that June is kind of the ‘check the box month’ with all of the extreme left-wing provisions that they support,” McConnell continued.    “Hopefully, we’ll sober up after that and get back to doing the work together as we have done for the first almost six months of this year.”
    This came after McConnell criticized the left’s agenda by saying they are only focusing on their own political bias.

6/10/2021 Report: Potential Motive For Virginia Beach Shooting Released by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 2, 2019, file photo, a volunteer prepares to place crosses for victims of a mass shooting
at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., at a nearby makeshift memorial. DeWayne Craddock, a city engineer who fatally
shot 12 people in a Virginia Beach municipal building in 2019 “was motivated by perceived workplace grievances” that
“he fixated on for years,” according to findings released by the FBI on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The FBI released its final report on a 2019 mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, which left 12 dead and several wounded.    It was said the incident, which involved 40-year-old Dewayne Craddock walking into his workplace and opening fire on coworkers, was motivated by perceived “workplace grievances” that the shooter had felt for years.
    The report alleged that Craddock isolated himself from co-workers and for that reason, no one could have seen the attack coming.
    “We heard shooting, but we didn’t think it was that close, like in proximity to the building, so I just thank God they were able to alert us in time,” recounted eyewitness Shelia Cook.    “Because if it had been 10 minutes more, we all would have been outside.”
    “Basically, it was like, this is not a drill, get down, call 9-1-1 and that’s when I called 9-1-1,” recounted eyewitness Megan Banton.    “And we all just ran in our office and closed the door.”
    The report added that the shooter seemed to feel “criticized and slighted,” and that violence was his way of seeking retribution.    In an interview with the Associated Press, Jason Nixon, who’s wife was killed in the shooting, said Craddock didn’t receive a promotion.    This is something that allegedly made him very upset.
    The Virginia Beach Police Department said that Craddock started to have trouble with work performance in 2017, though they concluded they couldn’t fully determine a motive. The shooter was killed by police during the incident.
    After an in-depth analysis, the FBI said only the shooter knows the real reason for the incident and that while they are confident in their assessment, they hope it will prevent future tragedies.

6/10/2021 Texas Health Workers File Lawsuit Against Vaccine Mandates by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Dec. 29, 2020, file photo, Pat Moore, with the Chester County, Pa., Health Department,
fills a syringe with a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before administering it to emergency medical workers and health care
personnel at the Chester County Government Services Center in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
    Dozens of health care workers at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas are suspended for refusing to receive a coronavirus vaccine.     According to reports Wednesday, at least 178 hospital employees are refusing to comply with forced vaccinations while another 285 workers claimed religious or medical exemptions.
    The suspended health workers recently took part in a demonstration while arguing vaccine mandates violate their constitutional rights and medical privacy under HIPAA.    They added, COVID-19 vaccines have not been fully approved as safe by the FDA.
    “They need to give people choices, they can’t force things upon people that they are not are not comfortable with,” stated Jennifer Bridges, a nurse at Houston Methodist Hospital.    “If I have to eat ramen noodles for a month or two, I’m okay with that because the rest of my life, my heath and my family are more important than money or this job.”
    The health care workers are now suing the hospital in a federal court.    The judge is set to hear the case later this week and the plaintiffs are expecting to be allowed to get back to work.

6/10/2021 Biden Warns Russia Against ‘Harmful Activities’ During Speech To American Troops In U.K. by OAN Newsroom
U.S. President Joe Biden looks on as First Lady Jill Biden addresses US military personnel at RAF Mildenhall
in Suffolk, ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Joe Giddens/Pool Photo via AP)
    Joe Biden recently failed to disclose his policies towards Russia ahead of his upcoming summit with Vladimir Putin.
    During a speech at a U.K. military base on Wednesday, Biden failed to address the criticisms for waiving sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.    Instead, he said he doesn’t want a conflict with Russia.
    “We are not seeking conflict with Russia; we want a stable, predictable relationship,” stated the Democrat.    “Our two nations share incredible responsibilities and among them ensuring strategic stability in upholding arms control agreements.    I take that responsibility seriously.”
    Biden went on to warn Russia to not engage in “harmful activities” while stating the country may face “robust and meaningful consequences.”

6/10/2021 Reports: Crime, Filth & Fear At Biden’s Border Camps by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this March 30, 2021, file photo, minors lie inside a pod at the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility,
in Donna, Texas. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday, June 2 2021, that it didn’t
intend to close any facilities, but that it was “assessing” the situation. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool, File)
    New reports have revealed unsanitary conditions and human rights abuses at Joe Biden’s border camps for illegal immigrants.    According to NBC News, migrants complained about “neglect, filth and fear” that are rife in those facilities.
    The illegal immigrants also said crime and kidnappings have become commonplace despite Biden’s promises to ensure their safety.    The report pointed out human traffickers are lying to migrants by telling them Biden is welcoming them all into the U.S.
    A separate report by BBC News found migrant children are also facing harsh treatment in Biden’s camps on U.S. soil.    Back in March, border authorities encountered nearly 19,000 migrant children, which is the highest on record.    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials confirmed these are the worst numbers seen in a fiscal year since 2006.
    Meanwhile, the leader of Guatemala has continued to blame the Biden administration for the recent surge of illegal immigration at the U.S. border.    During an interview Wednesday, President Alejandro Giammattei said the administration’s "lukewarm” border stance has caused the ongoing and unwavering crisis.
    His comments came after Giammattei met with Vice President Kamala Harris this week.    He reportedly urged Harris to impose harsher penalties on human smugglers.    The meeting came amid a new surge of illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, which many have attributed to the undoing of a number of Trump-era immigration policies.
A migrant family looks to emerge from a rocky canal adjacent to a gap in the U.S.
border wall in Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
    On top of that, a border gap located in Yuma, Arizona has become a major hotspot for illegal immigration.    The large gap can be seen where the Colorado River once separated Mexico from the U.S.

6/10/2021 EU Joins Calls For New Probe Into Origins Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a joint news conference with
European Council President Charles Michel ahead of the G7 summit. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)
    The EU is joining the latest calls by the U.S. and Australia for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19.    On Friday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that it’s necessary for the World Health Organization to launch an independent and impartial probe.
    She argued that in order to draw the right lessons and develop the right tools so that a pandemic of this nature never happens again, the origins of COVID-19 must be uncovered.    Head of the European Council, Charles Michel supported von der Leyen’s call for an investigation and said, “the world has the right to know exactly what happened in order to be able to learn the lessons.”
    Von der Leyen stressed investigators need complete access to the Wuhan lab and other locations in China to determine where the virus came from.    She made the comments just ahead of the G7 summit that is taking place in the U.K. this weekend.    G7 leaders are expected to uphold calls for a new probe, adding pressure on China.

6/10/2021 Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Shelf Life Extended As Millions Of Doses Near Expiration by OAN Newsroom
Syringes with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are placed on a tray at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic
at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club on May 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
    The Food and Drug Administration is extending the shelf life of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine from three months to four-and-a-half months.    The drug manufacturer made the announcement on Thursday as nearly half of the 21 million doses of the vaccine remain unused and nearing expiration.
    Safety concerns about the COVID-19 shot resulted in decreased demand, leaving at least 13 lots of the vaccine nearing expiration as soon as June 27.
    White House senior adviser for coronavirus, Andrew Slavitt, stated they’re working aggressively to administer doses and encourage states to work with the FDA on storage solutions to extend shelf life.
Then-Acting Administrator of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Andy Slavitt speaks at a news conference at
the Treasury Department in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)
    Federal officials are encouraging every governor who has doses that they worry may be expiring to work with the FDA directly on the proper storage procedures, as they continue to examine processes that will allow the doses to potentially last longer.

6/10/2021 Pro-Trump Mo. Rep. Vicky Hartzler Announces Bid For U.S. Senate by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) speaks at a news conference announcing a new division on Conscience and Religious Freedom at
the Department of Health and Human Services January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)
    Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) launched her Senate bid based off the “Make America Great Again” agenda.    “President Trump backed his words with action.    That’s what Missourians expect and that’s been my mission every day,” said Hartzler.
    Hartzler announced her campaign on Thursday, making her the latest Republican to join the primary field in Missouri.    She’s one of several contenders running to replace retiring Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in next year’s midterms.
    Hartzler has represented Missouri’s 4th District since 2011 and she has been critical of Joe Biden’s spending proposals.    She also supports President Donald Trump’s criticisms of the Democrat Party’s socialist agenda, saying it threatens America’s values.
    “They are endangering our security, bankrupting our nation, killing our jobs, fueling inflation, harming our children, defunding our police, shredding our freedoms and rewriting our history,” claimed Hartzler of Democrats.    “They are destroying the country you and I love, and they must be stopped.”
    Many Republican candidates are seeking endorsement by President Trump as the midterms approach, saying it may help them win over a greater number of voters.

6/10/2021 Report: Red States Leading Economic Recovery After COVID Recession by OAN Newsroom
Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
    Red state economies are bouncing back following a recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.    Data collected by Moody’s Analytics and CNN Business shows states that didn’t impose lockdowns or quickly rolled back restrictions, outperformed states that kept them in place.
    The economies in South Dakota and Florida are doing even better now than they were before the pandemic.    This comes as Gov. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) decided to go against issuing a lockdown order last spring.    Furthermore, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) was one of the first governors to remove COVID-19 restrictions.
    “We will never do any of these lockdowns again, and I hear people say they’ll shut down the country, and honestly, I cringe,” said DeSantis.    He went on to say that lockdowns only delay the inevitable and create more problems.
    Other states like Nebraska and Idaho are performing at pre-pandemic levels.    Additionally, West Virginia, Nevada, Montana, Iowa and Arizona aren’t too far behind.
    Meanwhile, blue states that imposed strict lockdowns are lagging behind in economic recovery, which includes higher unemployment rates.

6/10/2021 Report: Half Of Pandemic Unemployment Likely Stolen By Criminals by OAN Newsroom
A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency Naira for US dollars in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 19, 2021. (PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)
    Half of the unemployment money distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic has reportedly been stolen with many believing the theft was initiated by criminals and funneled out of the country.    On Thursday, reports said more than $400 billion in U.S. aid was lost to fraudulent claims.
    Experts suggest at least 70 percent of the funds were sent to criminal networks in other countries including China, Nigeria and Russia.    The Secret Service said an alleged Nigerian crime ring committed fraud on unemployment insurance programs by using Social Security numbers belonging to the victims of identity theft.
    The Secret Service released a statement that said, “it is assumed the fraud ring behind this possesses a substantial PII database to submit the volume of applications observed thus far.”    They warned “the primary state targeted so far is Washington, although there is also evidence of attacks in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida.”
    The increase in fraud comes as many states are having trouble processing a huge amount of jobless claims resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.     The Secret Service announced it is extremely likely every state is vulnerable to this scheme and will be targeted if they have not been already.

6/10/2021 Gov. Abbott Announces Texas Will Fund Its Own Wall For Mexico Border by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference in Austin, Texas. . (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) has announced his state will complete President Trump’s border wall with its own funding.    At the border summit in Del Rio, Texas on Thursday, Abbott said barriers will be installed along the Rio Grande River in areas with the largest presence of illegal aliens.
    The state wall comes as part of the $1 billion budget allocated for border security by the Texas legislature.    Texas saw a 700 percent increase in illegal border crossings this year amid the Biden border crisis.
    Abbott said the border fence will be managed by Texas authorities, which would allow state law enforcement to detain and deport illegals.
    “The ability to arrest will be enhanced by building border barriers. Some of these border barriers will be built immediately,” he declared.    “Whenever anybody tries to modify, attempt, or get through these any of these border barriers, that itself is a crime for which they can be arrested.”
    Abbott went on to say the Biden administration has failed to protect U.S. border security and individual states must now take the matter into their own hands.

6/10/2021 Rep. Biggs: Joe Biden’s Plans To Raise Gas Tax Will Hurt Americans by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Andy Biggs is photographed. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) has criticized the Biden administration over its plans to raise gas taxes even higher.    In a tweet on Thursday, the Arizona Republican warned of gas tax increases occurring in the near future.
    Biggs highlighted a report that discovered gas tax hikes are embedded into Biden’s latest spending plan disguised as infrastructure.    The bipartisan infrastructure proposal would index the gas tax to inflation, which could cause the tax to steadily increase.
    Biggs stated gas tax increase would negatively affect millions of American households.    The tax would be linked to the Consumer Price Index, which has reportedly rose 1.7 percent over the last 10 years.    Biggs argued Biden’s radical agenda must be stopped to prevent further increases in consumer prices.
    Federal gas tax currently stands at 18.4 cents per gallon for unleaded and 24.4 cents for diesel.

6/10/2021 FBI Director Christopher Wray Testifies Before House Judiciary Committee by OAN Newsroom
FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau
of Investigation on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 10, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    FBI Director Christopher Wray testified he is unaware of any investigation into President Donald Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.    On Thursday, there was a hearing held before the House Judiciary Committee where Wray stated he could neither confirm nor deny whether former aides or members of Congress were under investigation either.
    Wray insisted serious charges will begin surfacing in the criminal investigations into the events of Jan 6.    Wray added, “certainly we were aware of online chatter about the potential for violence, but I’m not aware that we had any intelligence indicating that hundreds of individuals were going to storm the Capitol itself.”
Chairman Jerry Nadler questions FBI Director Christopher Wray during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of
the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 10, 2021. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), described the FBI’s handling of the Jan. 6 Capitol breach as an “intelligence failure.”    Nadler said the demonstration was provoked by militia groups on popular social media platforms.    However, Wray said he didn’t know whether there had been any tips received from any social media companies.
    The FBI’s reputation has been tarnished over the past few years after fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page tried to prevent Trump’s election victory.

6/10/2021 SCOTUS Limits Definition Of ‘Violent Felon’ In Armed Career Criminal Act by OAN Newsroom
The Supreme Court is seen at sundown in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    The Supreme Court has narrowed the scope of what the federal government can consider a “violent felony.”    On Thursday, five justices rejected the government’s interpretation of “violent felony” when it comes to sentencing enhancements as part of the Armed Career Criminal Act.
    The provision imposes a 15-year minimum sentence on anyone convicted of a felony that involves possession of a firearm if they have three or more prior convictions as a violent felon.    An offense qualifies as a “violent felony” if it involves “the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against the person of another.”
    The defendant in the case, Charles Borden Jr., pleaded guilty to a federal gun crime.    However, he argued the sentencing shouldn’t apply as one of his previous convictions included “reckless aggravated assault,” which carries less blame than someone who knowingly causes an injury.    Ultimately, his argument was rejected.
    Justice Elena Kagan wrote, “in ordinary language, against means in opposition to.”    Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh added the ordinary meaning of “against the person of another” encompasses recklessness.
    Although, Justice Clarence Thomas’ definition sounded slightly different, he eventually agreed with the other justices.    He said that Borden’s reckless-assault conviction should not qualify as a crime that involved “the use, attempted use or threatened use of physical force against the person of another.”    Thomas said the phrase “use of physical force,” instead stands for intentional acts designed to cause harm.

6/10/2021 Rep. Nunes: Officials Must Release Name Of Ashli Babbitt’s Killer by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) walks out the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) has urged security officials in Washington to release the name of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt.    In an interview on Thursday, the California Republican questioned the uncertainty of Babbitt’s murder and called for transparency.
    Nunes argued all recent shootings involving a police officer have caused public outrage, while the murder of Ashli Babbitt has been actively covered up by Democrat officials and media.    Nunes pointed out video footage of Babbitt’s killing has yet to be released and the name of the perpetrator is still unknown, which he said was unacceptable.
    “We don’t need the executive branch or the Department of Justice to give us our own video tapes.    We are a separate branch of government,” he asserted.    “What is going on here is a massive coverup by Pelosi and Democrats.”
The U.S. Capitol is seen under dark skies in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, as
barriers remain six months after the Jan. 6 protests. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Nunes added there is 14,000 hours of footage from Capitol protests that the public must see.
    “It’s really a two-tiered system of justice that we have been seeing a continual trend in by the Department of Justice over the last few years,” he explained.    “Republicans seem to get the book thrown at them and on other cases nothing happens.”
    Nunes went on to say Babbitt’s family is taking the matter to court, but the prospects of that litigation remain unclear under the partisan justice system favoring Democrats.

6/10/2021 Calif. Appealing Court Decision To Overturn Ban On Assault Weapons by OAN Newsroom
Attorney Gen. Rob Bonta, second from left, standing with California Gov. Gavin Newsom,
center, and other lawmakers. (RICH PEDRONCELLI AP PHOTO)
    Officials in California have announced an appeal to last week’s ruling by a federal judge, which overturned the state’s assault weapons ban.    In a press conference on Thursday, the state’s Attorney Gen. Rob Bonta and Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced a plan to appeal the ruling that legalized the ownership of assault weapons.
    Bonta slammed Judge Roger Benitez, who made the decision to overturn the ban that has been in effect since 1989.    The judge argued the ban denied California residents of their Second Amendment right and asserted these weapons were used for legal protection purposes.
    Bonta claimed the ruling was “disturbing” and called on Californians to do their part to reduce gun violence in the Golden State.    He vowed to fight for the safety of residents by continuing to advocate for common-sense gun laws.
    He went on to say, “I think we can agree the decision was disappointing and the reasoning, such as equating assault weapons to swiss-army knives, and false claims that COVID-19 killed more people than mass shootings was shocking.”
    Bonta’s comments come a week after a California district court ruled the state’s longtime ban on assault weapons to be unconstitutional.

6/10/2021 Joe Biden Meets With U.K. Prime Minister Johnson Ahead Of G-7 Summit
    Joe Biden, left, poses for a photo with Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right,
during their meeting ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall, Britain. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)
    Joe Biden arrived in the U.K. on Thursday to meet with Prime Minister Boris Johnson ahead of the G7 summit.    Biden held his first face-to-face meeting with Johnson since taking office.
    The two reportedly discussed various issues, including the U.S donation of 500 million Coronavirus vaccine doses to other countries.    Biden has claimed other G-7 nations will soon be announcing similar vaccine commitments.
    Biden and Johnson are also expected to announce a renewal of the Atlantic Charter, which was a statement signed in 1941 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill.    The updated agreement is an effort to strengthen trade, travel and tech relations between the two nations.
    “It’s a great pleasure Mr. President to welcome you to Cornwall,” Johnson expressed.    “Fantastic to see you know, in what I think is your first big overseas trip since you’ve been President.”
    Biden will also meet with NATO allies in Brussels before his highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva.

6/10/2021 Fmr. Rep. Jim Renacci Launches Campaign For Ohio Governor by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, right, listens to Jim Renacci, left, during a roundtable
discussion in Cleveland, Ohio. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    A former U.S. representative has announced his run against Gov. Mike Dewine (R- Ohio) in next year’s gubernatorial race. Jim Renacci, a strong critic of Dewine’s leadership, pledged to fix the state of Ohio if he is elected.
    He was a four term congressman and ran for a Senate seat in 2018 with the endorsement of President Trump.    Despite having lost the race, he vowed to not give up on his goals to improve Ohio.    Rennaci calls for a time of change as he says Ohioans are losing their freedoms and liberties.
    “Look at our economy.    I mean, we’re 50th now in job creation today.    We’re number one in corruption today,” he declared.    “If you start to look at our state, we have three of the most dangerous cities.”
    Renacci is the first serious Republican contender in the state to announce his campaign against Dewine.

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6/11/2021 Study: Democrat Voters Don’t Know What Their Party Stands For by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Voting booths are kept socially distant at the Chesterfield, N.H. polling site. (Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP)
    According to a new study, Democrat voters are having trouble describing exactly what their party stands for.    A memo by Lake Research Partners shows voters don’t have a “clear positive vision” of the Democrat Party’s principles.
    The majority of voters said they aren’t hearing enough about what Democrats have accomplished or how they are standing up for their voters.    This particular study was commissioned by the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC.
    The memo noted that without President Trump on the ballot as clear opposition or a stronger definition as a party, Democrat’s risk losing voters in the 2022 election cycle.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) agenda is so far-left she can’t even sell it to her own party.    He criticized the New York Representative during an interview Thursday.
    McConnell was responding to a tweet by Ocasio-Cortez, where she warned Democrats that time is precious and noted their majority in Congress needs to move now.
    The top Republican also said its been made clear Democrats don’t have enough support to drop the filibuster in order to pass their radical left agenda.    The Senate minority leader argued that the Democrat agenda is not in the middle and won’t find much appeal for it on either side of the aisle.

6/11/2021 Calif. Appeals Judges Ruling That Overturned State’s Ban On So-Called Assault Weapons by OAN Newsroom
California Attorney General Rob Bonta announces that the state is appealing a recent decision by a federal judge to overturn a ban on assault weapons during
a news conference at Zuckerberg General Hospital in San Francisco, Thursday, June 10, 2021. He was joined by Robyn Thomas of the Giffords Law Center,
Dr. Andre Campbell of San Francisco General Hospital and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group via AP)
    Democrats in California are taking aim at federal judge after the state’s attorney general appealed a ruling, which overturned the Golden State’s so-called “assault weapons ban.”
    During a press conference on Thursday, Attorney General Rob Bonta announced the appeal was on file.    The measure comes after U.S. District Judge Roger Bonitez said the states three-decade ban was unconstitutional and infringes on the right of law-abiding citizens to bear arms.
    “I think we can agree the decision was disappointing, and the reasoning such as equating assault weapons to Swiss-army knives and false claims that COVID-19 vaccines have killed more people than mass shootings was shocking,” Bonta stated.
    In 1989, California became the first state to ban the specific class of weapon after a mass shooting took the lives of five children.    Currently, a 30 day stay of the judge’s decision remains in effect.
    “Its nothing that’s exotic, it’s nothing that’s unusual; these are semi-automatic rifles that people use for sport hunting and especially self-defense,” stated Michael Schwartz, director of the San Diego Gun Owners PAC.    “The best part of the decision is that the judge is pointing out that, ‘hey this is a firearm like any other firearm’ and that the right really has to do with self-defense.”
    Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom joined the attorney general in slamming Judge Bonitez while denouncing him as a “stone cold ideologue.”
    “Is it Parkland?    Is it Southerland Springs?    Is it San Bernardino?    Is it Powey?” asked Newsom.    “You got another 10 minutes?    I could continue down that damn list.    I said it the other day, what the hell is wrong with us?    We’re better than this.”
    The Firearms Policy Coalition, however, condemned Newsom’s’ “outrageous and callous personal attacks” on the federal judge.    The organization said the governors verbal assaults shows his deep and continuing disrespect for the rule of law as well as the human rights of California citizens.
    In the meantime, gun rights advocates remain hopeful their rights will no longer be restricted.
    “That’s our second Amendment right,” stated gun owner Art Negrete.    “Now whatever you decide to name it, that’s on you, but we have the right to bear arms period.”
    The attorney general said the state plans on asking the appeals court to put the judged ruling on hold, so the ban will remain in effect throughout the appeals process.

6/11/2021 Wife Of Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Pleads Guilty In Federal Court by OAN Newsroom
Mariel Colon, an attorney for the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo,” Emma Coronel Aispuro,
walks past reporters outside federal court Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The wife of notorious Mexican drug trafficker ”El Chapo” recently pleaded guilty to charges related to helping him run the multi-billion dollar Sinaloa cartel.
    In federal court Thursday, Emma Coronel Aispuro pleaded guilty to three charges after being arrested in February for suspected international drug trafficking.    This came after ”El Chapo” was convicted to life plus 30 years for 10 charges related to his drug trafficking operation.
    “She is very happy to put this behind her…she is at ease with her decision,” stated Jeffrey Lichtman, Aispuro’s attorney.    “This is obviously a difficult day…she didn’t expect to get arrested after her husband received life in prison, so this is obviously a troubling time.”
    While it’s unclear why she accepted a plead agreement with the U.S. government, some speculate she may face a lower sentence in federal prison by doing so.
    “She was a very minimal participant in this as noted in the plea agreement, minimal participant,” Lichtman continued.    “She was a very small part of this much larger thing.”
Jeffrey Lichtman, an attorney for the wife of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo,” Emma Coronel Aispuro,
talks to reporters outside federal court Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Aispuro’s attorney claimed she was a ”minimal participant” in her husband’s drug empire, but prosecutors said she was heavily involved in day-to-day operations as well as orchestrating ‘Guzman’s escape.
    The 31-year-old former beauty queen could face up to life in prison on one of her drug trafficking charges alone.    Under U.S. sentencing guidelines, however, she will likely receive between nine and 11 years.
    Her plea agreement will not require her to cooperate with U.S. authorities or provide information regarding her husband’s allies, relatives or business partners.    Meanwhile, her husband is locked up in a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado where he is sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years.

6/11/2021 Rep. Byron Donalds Shuts Down CNN Who Insinuates Since He’s Black He Shouldn’t Support President Trump by OAN Newsroom
File – Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) speaks during a session. | Steve Cannon/AP Photo
    Congressman Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) dismantled a CNN reporter who tried to insinuate that because of his skin color, he shouldn’t support President Trump. While speaking on the Liberal Network Thursday, the Florida lawmaker answered questions regarding the Congressional Black Caucus denying him membership.
    The CNN anchor then played a soundbite of the 45th president speaking about race and then asked the congressman if his support for the president was the reason behind his denial into the Black Caucus.    In response to the patronizing tactic, Donalds said this:
    “First of all, whatever the president said in the past has nothing to do with this discussion at all.    As a black man in America, I’m aloud to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support and who I choose not to support.    …    My support of President Trump has been consistent.”
    While the caucus has included Republicans in the past, the group currently has no GOP members.

6/11/2021 Portland Police Association Moving Headquarters by OAN Newsroom
A man runs as several protestors manage to breach the fence and enter the portico of the Multnomah County
Justice Center in Portland, Oregon, on July 23, 2020. (ANKUR DHOLAKIA/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Portland Police Association is relocating its headquarters once again following a year of continuous vandalism.
    Taking to Facebook this week, Executive Director Daryl Turner said neighbors were glad to have the police union in the area when they first relocated more than six years ago.    However, tensions flared with near-nightly unrest as the PPA building became the target of arson and vandalism last summer.
    Rioters took to the streets over the death of Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot by police during a traffic stop in Minnesota.    As anger grew, Portland fell victim to over 100 consecutive nights of rioting in the summer of 2020 alone.    This eventually led Turner to believe their presence in the area was doing more harm than good.
Portland police disperse a crowd after protesters set fire to the Portland Police Association (PPA)
building early in the morning on August 29, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images)
    “As our building became the target of vandalism and arson last summer, there were several times that our neighbors helped paint over vile and vulgar graffiti scrawled across the outside walls and picked up trash and garbage,” said Turner.
    Turner said as the rioting escalated, the association felt the community grew more and more at risk.    While the new location has not yet been disclosed, the PPA thanked the community and business owners for their support over the last year.

6/11/2021 3 Dead, Including Gunman, In Shooting In Fla. Grocery Store by OAN Newsroom
    A man opened fire inside a Florida supermarket, killing two people before turning the gun on himself.    Investigators are still combing the scene of the Thursday shooting at a Publix Supermarket in Royal Palm Beach, which is located about 95 miles north of Miami.
    Authorities who entered the building found the bodies in the produce section and declared it was not an active shooter situation.    Witnesses said they heard shooting and were told to run by fellow shoppers.    According to authorities, the victims include a grandmother and her 23-month-old grandson.
    The shooter was identified as 55-year-old Timothy J. Wall.    Investigators said they currently have no known motive or confirmed relationship between the gunman and the victims.
    “What led up to this, again, is to be determined by our detectives that are here on scene,” stated Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.    “We’re reviewing the video inside the store as well as talking to witnesses, so we’ll be back with more information later.”
    The store will remain closed until Saturday.    Publix released the following statement regarding the shooting:
    “Our thoughts are with those who are impacted by the tragedy and we are cooperating with the local law enforcement.”

6/11/2021 Spanish Rescuers Search Sea For Missing Toddler After Girl Found Dead by Borja Suarez and Emma Pinedo
The Spanish vessel Angeles Alvarino carries out a search operation to try to locate a second missing girl and
her father, near the coast of the Spanish island of Tenerife, Spain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS//Borja Suarez
    TENERIFE, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish rescuers were searching waters off the coast of Tenerife for a one-year-old girl on Friday after a body which was reportedly confirmed to be her six-year-old sister was found weighed down in the ocean to an outpouring of rage and grief on the island.
    Their father, Tomas G., is the main suspect in the disappearance of Olivia, 6, and Anna, 1, after failing to return them to their mother as agreed at the end of April.    He is also missing.
    Fingerprint checks have confirmed that the body found weighed down in the sea was that of Olivia, according to judicial sources cited by El Pais newspaper.
    The family lived on Tenerife, where officials and a few local residents observed a minute of silence in memory of the sisters in front of the main city hall and outside other official buildings on the Canary Islands.
    “All Spain is shocked, all our support for the families whose pain is absolutely unbearable and unimaginable, all our rejection of sexist violence, the vicarious violence that some still deny in our country,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Friday during a visit to Costa Rica.
    The body of the 6-year-old, which authorities said was likely that of Olivia, was found on Thursday afternoon at a depth of 1,000 metres inside a sports bag tied to an anchor, near where her father’s boat was drifting.
    Another empty sports bag was also found next to them, a court statement said.
    Authorities were about to call off the maritime search earlier this week when they found personal belongings of the father at sea.
    On the streets of Tenerife people mourned the girls.
    “Every mother and grandmother feels the greatest sorrow, mainly for her (the girls’ mother)… It’s as if they were our own daughters or granddaughters,” said local resident Maria Victoria.
    Spain’s left-wing government has put women’s rights at the top of its political agenda and sought to combat prevailing macho attitudes.
    In Seville, a former boyfriend of Rocio Caiz, 17, was arrested after he allegedly confessed to killing her and cutting up her body.
    Almost 1,100 women have been killed by partners or ex-partners since a register was created in 2003, shortly before a gender violence law was approved, while some 39 children have been killed during attacks on their mothers since 2013.
(Reporting by Borja Suarez in Tenerife, Emma Pinedo and Cristina Galan in Madrid; Graham Keeley writing by Emma PinedoEditing by Ingrid Melander and Alistair Bell)

6/11/2021 Biden And Johnson Watch On In Blimp Form As Protesters Demand G7 Action by Michael Holden
Oxfam activists with 'Big Heads' caricatures of U.S. President Joe Biden and France's President
Emmanuel Macron pretend to fight over a COVID-19 vaccine with other G7 leaders, during a protest at a beach near
Falmouth, on the sidelines of G7 summit, in Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
    FALMOUTH, England (Reuters) -Blimps of Joe Biden and Boris Johnson floated off the Cornish coast on Friday as hundreds of protesters targeted the G7 summit in southwest England to demand action on the climate, poverty and COVID-19.
    As leaders of some of the world’s richest nations gather in picturesque Cornwall, so have dozens of campaign groups that want to court publicity for their causes and send a message to the Western political elite.
    Several hundred climate activists – some dressed as blackbirds as a symbol of warning and others banging drums – gathered in St Ives, just a stone’s throw from the heavily guarded G7 summit venue at Carbis Bay, and marched along the beach.
    “Carbis Bay is where the most powerful leaders in the world are,” said Jenny Shackleford, 59, who with along with her husband Murray, 55, was dressed as a blackbird.    She had walked for 6 days to get to St Ives.
    “We are terrified what will happen if they don’t take action,” she said.    Her husband said that G7 leaders had to do more than simply make grand promises that people have heard over and over again.
    Behind police cordons and layers of security, the leaders from the United States, Japan, Germany, Britain, France, Italy, and Canada gathered for a three-day summit that they hope will show the West can still act decisively on major global issues.
    There is, though, some scepticism from many protesters.
    “We want the real Boris Johnson, Joe Biden and other G7 leaders gathering in Cornwall to be like these blimps and join the wave of hope,” said Jamie Drummond from the Crack the Crises group which organised the blimp protest.
    “That means they should stop hoarding and start sharing – sharing the money, doses and the tech to vaccinate the world; and deliver an historic green recovery deal.”
    Police have mounted a major security operation for the summit, with thousands of officers drafted in from across Britain.    Some of those planning demonstrations have said they intended their protests to be noisy, disruptive and annoying.
    On Friday officers said they had arrested seven people after stopping two cars in which they found paint, smoke grenades and megaphones.
    “We continue to support the facilitation of safe and legal protest, but criminal activity and public disorder will not be tolerated,” the police said in a statement.
    However, those organising some of the protests accuse the authorities of oppressive tactics.
    “When talking about how local people feel about protesters, it’s really important to remember that lots of protesters are local,” Resist G7, an ad-hoc collection of about 20 activist organisations, said on Twitter.
    “It’s the G7 that’s disrupted us not the other way round.”
(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Mike Collett-White and Raissa Kasolowsky)

6/11/2021 G7 Vaccine Pledge Is Just A Drop In The Ocean, Campaigners Say by Kate Holton and Elizabeth Piper
FILE PHOTO: A migrant holds her baby as she receives a shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
in the Mavrovouni camp for refugees and migrants on the island of Lesbos, Greece, June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – A Group of Seven plan to donate 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses to poorer countries lacks ambition, is far too slow and shows Western leaders are not yet up to the job of tackling the worst public health crisis in a century, campaigners said on Friday.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he expected G7 leaders to agree the donations as part of a plan to inoculate the world’s nearly 8 billion people against the coronavirus by the end of next year.
    After U.S. President Joe Biden vowed to supercharge the fight against the virus with a donation of 500 million Pfizer shots, Johnson said Britain would give at least 100 million vaccines within a year.
    Canada is expected to commit to sharing up to 100 million doses.    Other pledges may follow.
    But health and anti-poverty campaigners said that, while donations were a step in the right direction, Western leaders had failed to grasp the exceptional efforts needed to beat the virus. Help with distribution was also necessary, they said.
    Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, who has been pushing for richer countries to share more of the cost of vaccinating developing countries, said the G7 pledges were more akin to “passing round the begging bowl” than a real solution.
    “It’s a catastrophic failure if we can’t go away in the next week or two … with a plan that actually rids the world of COVID now we’ve got a vaccine,” he told Reuters.
    Alex Harris at Wellcome, a London-based science and health charitable foundation, said the pledges did not go far enough.
    “What the world needs is vaccines now, not later this year.    At this historic moment, the G7 must show the political leadership our crisis demands,” said Harris.    “We urge G7 leaders to raise their ambition.”
    The race to end a pandemic that has killed around 3.9 million people and sown social and economic destruction will feature prominently at the three-day summit which began on Friday in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay.
    British foreign minister Dominic Raab warned that other countries were using vaccines as diplomatic tools to secure influence.    Britain and the United States said their donations would come with no strings attached.
    COVID-19 has ripped through the global economy, with infections reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
    As most people need two vaccine doses, and possibly booster shots to tackle emerging variants, campaigners said world leaders needed to go much further, and much faster.
    “If the best G7 leaders can manage is to donate 1 billion vaccine doses then this summit will have been a failure,” Oxfam’s health policy manager Anna Marriott said, adding that the world would need 11 billion doses to end the pandemic.
    Vaccination efforts so far are heavily correlated with wealth: the United States, Europe, Israel and Bahrain are far ahead of other countries.    A total of 2.2 billion people have been vaccinated according to Johns Hopkins University data.
    Oxfam also called on G7 leaders to support a waiver on the intellectual property behind the vaccines.
    French President Emmanuel Macron has said intellectual property rights should not hinder access to vaccines during a pandemic, appearing to back Biden on the subject.
    But the pharmaceutical industry has opposed it, saying it would stifle innovation and do little to increase supplies.    Britain, which backed Oxford-AstraZeneca’s not-for-profit shot, has said a patent waiver is not necessary.
    Of the 100 million British shots, 80 million will go to the COVAX programme led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the rest will be shared bilaterally with countries in need.
    Johnson echoed Biden in calling on his fellow leaders to make similar pledges and for pharmaceutical companies to adopt the not-for-profit model during the pandemic.    The U.S. Pfizer donations will be supplied at cost.
    Mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus is seen as crucial to restoring economic growth and preventing the virus from further mutation that could evade vaccines.
    The British doses will be drawn from the stock it has already procured for its domestic programme, and will come from suppliers Oxford-AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, Moderna and others.
(Additional reporting by Alistair Smout in London and David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge, Alex Richardson and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

6/11/2021 G7 Eyes Allocating $100 Billion From IMF Funds To COVID-Ravaged Nations - US
FILE PHOTO: A G7 logo is seen on an information sign near the Carbis Bay hotel resort, where an in-person G7 summit of global leaders
is due to take place in June, St Ives, Cornwall, southwest Britain May 24, 2021. Picture taken May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -The United States and other Group of Seven nations are considering reallocating $100 billion from the International Monetary Fund’s warchest to help countries struggling most to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, the White House said.
    The issue will be on the table when G7 leaders discuss how to help steer the world’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic at a three-day summit in Cornwall, southwestern England, which begins on Friday.
    “The United States and our G7 partners are actively considering a global effort to multiply the impact of the proposed Special Drawing Rights (SDR) allocation to the countries most in need,” the U.S. president’s office said.
    “At potentially up to $100 billion in size, the proposed effort would further support health needs – including vaccinations – and help enable greener, more robust economic recoveries in vulnerable countries, and promote a more balanced, sustained, and inclusive global recovery.”
    The U.S. has targeted the SDR allocation to be distributed around the “late (northern) summer” and on Friday said: “We strongly support the effort to recycle SDRs to further support health needs.”
    SDRs are the IMF’s reserve asset, and are exchangeable for dollars, euros, sterling, yen and Chinese yuan or renminbi.
    French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday called on the other G7 nations to find an agreement on reallocating $100 billion in SDRs to African states.
    World finance chiefs agreed in April to boost SDRs by $650 billion and extend a debt-servicing freeze to help developing countries deal with the pandemic, although only $34 billion was to be allocated to Africa.
(Writing by William Schomberg; Editing by Kate Holton and Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

6/11/2021 Blinken Raises COVID-19 Origins, Other U.S. Concerns, In Call With Chinese Counterpart
FILE PHOTO: Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
during a budget hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the importance of cooperation and transparency in probes of the origins of COVID-19 in a call with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Friday, the State Department said, and also discussed a range of other sensitive topics.
    The two diplomats discussed North Korea policy, the department said. Blinken expressed U.S. concerns over the deterioration of democratic norms in Hong Kong and the “genocide” of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, and called on China to stop its pressure campaign against Taiwan and to release “wrongfully detained” U.S. and Canadian citizens, it said.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey;Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

6/11/2021 NATO Summit Seeks Return To Gravitas With Biden by Robin Emmott
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a visit at Tidewater
Community College in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S. May 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -NATO leaders will seek reassurance on Monday from U.S. President Joe Biden that after four years of denigration by his predecessor Donald Trump, the alliance can count on the support of the United States, its most powerful member.
    In a more pared-back gathering than past NATO summits in part due to COVID-19 restrictions, without fighter jet fly-pasts, the 30 allies will gather in their glass and steel headquarters to agree reforms for a multipolar, post-Cold War world where China’s military rise presents a new challenge.
    The summit is a “unique opportunity” to renew transatlantic ties, according to NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.
    Brussels’ town hall in the historic Grand Place will be illuminated in NATO’s signature blue on Sunday night while the Belgian capital’s famed bronze fountain of a boy urinating will also don a NATO-branded outfit on Monday.
    “The first thing is for Biden to recommit to NATO’s collective defence,” Jamie Shea, a former senior NATO official who was at a 2018 summit at which Trump considered quitting the alliance.
    Trump brought a television reality-show quality to the NATO summits he attended from 2017 to 2019, diplomats said, attracting international attention but also wearing down allies whom he called “delinquent” for not spending enough on defence.
    Biden has already annulled a Trump decision to pull U.S. troops out of Germany, although there is still American pressure for European allies to pay more towards their own security.    Stoltenberg said on Friday that European allies, Turkey and Canada will have collectively increased their defence budgets by $260 billion by the end of 2021, compared to 2014.
    “This summit with Biden should be a signal to the world that NATO is back,” said a senior European NATO diplomat who was also at the alliance during the Trump years.
    “There was so much noise and it was a difficult time.    But now we can actually talk about the things that matter, the defining security challenges of our time,” the envoy said.
    Founded in 1949 to contain a military threat from the Soviet Union, NATO celebrated its 70th anniversary at a summit in London in December 2019.
    Russia, climate change, Afghanistan and new technologies are on the menu of the day-long summit, which will culminate in a special leaders’ session in the amphitheatre-like North Atlantic Council chamber.
    “I expect Allies will agree a new cyber defence policy for NATO,” Stoltenberg said.    “It will recognise that cyberspace is contested at all times,” he told a news conference.
    Having strengthened its capability to carry out its core mission of defending Europe following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, NATO now aims to be more ambitious.
    In a twist of fate, the NATO summit will agree reforms to the alliance, known as NATO 2030, which were set in motion after Trump questioned its relevance.
    Stoltenberg will set out nine areas where NATO could modernise over the medium term, including more joint allied funding of military operations.    However, France has already expressed concern about the proposal, fearing it will take money away from national military priorities.
    Leaders are likely to agree to draw up a new master strategy document, known as NATO’s Strategic Concept, to include China’s military rise as a challenge for the first time.
(Reporting by Robin Emmott; Editing by Giles Elgood and Angus MacSwan)

6/11/2021 G7 ‘Circus’ Gives Leaders A Chance To Hug, Hustle And Joke by Michel Rose and Steve Holland
France's President Emmanuel Macron, U.S. President Joe Biden, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi
walk along the boardwalk during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - Boris Johnson cast the Group of Seven summit as a “gigantic media circus” on Thursday after leaders were paraded before journalists and U.S. President Joe Biden walked arm-in-arm up the beach discussing democracy with France’s Emmanuel Macron.
    G7 summits are notorious for anodyne and slightly ridiculous photo opportunities which leave world leaders struggling to seem natural in bizarre contexts – for example meeting another world leader on a small, overcast English beach.
    Under grey clouds, British prime minister Johnson, with ruffled blonde hair, and his new wife Carrie, greeted other G7 leaders and their partners on a specially constructed wooden gangway beside the Atlantic.
    After the leaders returned for a socially distanced “family photograph,” Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Johnson ahead, telling him: “You are the leader.”
    French President Macron held back, making a few remarks to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, before Biden draped his arm around Macron who returned the embrace.    They walked smiling, arm-in-arm along the walkway, discussing affairs of state.
    The Elysee Palace said Macron and Biden had talked about “how to make democracies more efficient for the middle class and on China said there should be no confrontation but that we should defend our values and interests.”
    As he opened the summit, Johnson said it would be hugely significant after the “wretched pandemic” and speculated that perhaps leaders could rebuild in “a more gender neutral, a more feminine, way.”
    Ordering the media to leave the meeting after his initial remarks, Johnson said: “This is meant to be a fireside chat between the great democracies of the world – it’s turned into a gigantic media circus in which we have to greet each other several times.”
    Such was the awkwardness of many of the staged encounters that U.S. first lady Jill Biden quipped: “I feel like we are at a wedding.”    Johnson, whose recent marriage is his third, said it was like “walking down the aisle.”
    President Biden urged journalists to go swimming, feigning an order: “Everybody in the water.”
    When asked what his message would be to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin when the two leaders meet in Geneva next week, Biden said: “I’ll tell you after I have delivered it.”
(Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Catherine Evans)

6/11/2021 Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, UAE Elected To U.N. Security Council
FILE PHOTO: The Security Council chamber is seen from behind the council president's chair at the
United Nations headquarters in New York City, September 18, 2015 REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.N. General Assembly elected Albania, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, and the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations Security Council on Friday for a two-year term starting on Jan. 1, 2022.
    All five countries ran unopposed for a spot on the 15-member body, which is charged with maintaining international peace and security.    They will replace Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.
    To ensure geographical representation, seats are allocated to regional groups.    But even if candidates are running unopposed in their group, they still need to win the support of more than two-thirds of the U.N. General Assembly.
    Ghana received 185 votes, Gabon 183 votes, UAE 179 votes, Albania 175 votes and Brazil 181 votes.
    The Security Council is the only U.N. body that can make legally binding decisions like imposing sanctions and authorizing use of force.    It has five permanent veto-wielding members – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Alistair Bell)

6/11/2021 Developing: Savannah Police Department On Scene Of Shooting Involving 9 Injured In Ga. by OAN Newsroom
A police car makes its way to the scene after a shooting was reported outside Circus Circus
hotel and casino, on June 1, 2020, in downtown Las Vegas. (BRIDGET BENNETT/AFP via Getty Images)
    We are following breaking news coming from Savannah, Georgia where authorities are investigating a mass shooting where at least one person has been killed and multiple others injured, including a two-year-old child.
    According to local reports, the Savannah Police Department is currently responding to shots fired in Fred Wessels Homes neighborhood located on the 200 block of Avery Street.    Police say one of the victims has died with several others have critical injuries.
    The two-year-old is said to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.    Law enforcement have closed off the area as they work to investigate the cause of the shooting.
    Again, this story is developing.    One America News will continue to give you the latest as this story develops in the newsroom.

6/11/2021 Report: Facebook Is Largest Online Recruitment Tool For Human Traffickers by OAN Newsroom
The Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    New data shows Facebook is the largest online recruitment site in active U.S. sex trafficking cases.    This week, Human Trafficking Institute CEO Victor Boutros said social media sites have become a dominant tool sex traffickers use to recruit victims for exploitation.
    Data from the institute shows 30 percent of all victims identified in federal sex trafficking cases since the year 2000 were recruited online.    Boutros added nearly 70 percent of child sex trafficking victims that were recruited on social media were contacted on Facebook.
    The tech giant, which has faced major backlash regarding censorship, claimed they have policies in place to prevent sex trafficking.    However, data shows that not enough is being done to prevent children and primarily women, from being trafficked.
    In 2019, the family of a 12-year-old girl from Houston who was trafficked and not found until she was 15, sued Facebook for not protecting its younger users.    The lawsuit claimed Facebook has no identity verification and had a weak warning system for human trafficking.
    The study by the Human Trafficking Institute showed traffickers often prey on existing vulnerabilities in victims.    Additionally, it said despite the common idea that traffickers are large group networks that exploit a large number of victims, the reality is that most traffickers operate individually and exploit small numbers of victims at a time.
    Sarah Cooper, a member of the survivors’ council of ECPAT-USA, an anti-child trafficking organization, requested the tech giant prepare a report of sex trafficking on the platform for investors and immediately make improvements to keep users safe.    However, the proposal lost and the board opposed the move.

6/11/2021 Chicago Mayor Sued Over Discriminatory Policy by OAN Newsroom
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to guests at an event held to celebrate
Pride Month at the Center on Halstead. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is being sued by a Daily Caller journalist for racial discrimination.    Reporter Thomas Catenacci is one of two white journalists that were denied interviews of Lightfoot after she announced a new policy granting interviews to only “journalists of color.”
    Catenacci reportedly filed the suit last month.    On Monday, the mayor’s attorneys argued there is no proof the policy she announced was in effect.    Although, attorneys for Catenacci responded saying there is no evidence that the policy was not in effect.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks to reporters after meeting with House Democrats
at the state Capitol, in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/John O’Connor, File)
    However, at a press conference on Friday, Lightfoot argued the policy does exist and was a necessary part of diversity and inclusion.    “The fact the City Hall press corps is overwhelmingly white, has very little in the way of diversity, is an embarrassment,” said Lightfoot.
    The mayor also said she “started a long overdue conversation about diversity in newsrooms.”    Lightfoot said she kickstarted discussions because she has concerns regarding the “mostly whiteness and maleness” of the city’s news outlets.

6/11/2021 YouTube Suspends Sen. Ron Johnson For 7 Days Over COVID HCQ Posts by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., speaks during a Senate Budget Committee hearing to discuss
Joe Biden’s budget request for FY 2022. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
    YouTube has removed several posts by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and in addition, suspended him from the platform for seven days.    The tech giant claimed the Wisconsin Republican was spreading misinformation about COVID-19 treatments.
    However, Johnson called it arrogant censorship which could result in the loss of lives.    He added that lives could be saved with a free exchange of medical ideas.
    In one of the videos deleted by YouTube, Johnson criticized federal bureaucrats for discouraging hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19.    This comes as a recent study showed the anti-malaria drug increases COVID-19 survival rate by 200 percent in severe cases.
    “It always baffled me that there was such a concerted effort to deny the American public the type of robust exploration research into early treatment early in this pandemic,” said Johnson, commenting on why he wanted to bring focus to the topic at hand.
    Meanwhile, YouTube is claiming their reason for the censorship is based on its policy against “medical misinformation.”

6/11/2021 Lawmakers Propose 5 Big Tech Antitrust Bills by OAN Newsroom
Logos of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft displayed on a mobile
phone and a laptop screen. (JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
    House lawmakers have introduced five antitrust bills aimed at reducing the power of Big Tech giants like Amazon and Google.    On Friday, reports detailed the bills which lawmakers said have seen some bipartisan support.
Right now, unregulated tech monopolies have too much power over our economy,” said House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee chairman David Cicilline.
    One bill targets companies’ ability to leverage their platforms to favor their own products over competitors.    While a second makes it unlawful for a platform owner to control a line of business when that control presents a conflict of interest.
    Additional bills make it more difficult to eliminate competition through mergers and promotes online competition.    This comes as executives from Amazon and Google are slated to testify before Senate members next week.

6/11/2021 Ohio Governor Rejects Legislation That Would Ban Vaccination Mandates In State by OAN Newsroom
Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine talks about data on Ohio’s coronavirus cases during a news briefing in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)
    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) is rejecting legislation in the Ohio House that would ban mandatory vaccinations in the state.
    At a press conference on Thursday, the governor said he would oppose the legislation in the hopes employers will push employees towards getting vaccinated.    This comes as DeWine said vaccination rates have surged since the implementation of his vaccination lottery.
    Despite the surge in vaccines, the governor is pushing for more private incentives to get vaccinated for those still holding out, comparing COVID vaccines to those for measles and mumps.    In addition, Ohio’s Vax-a-Million lottery also includes full ride scholarships to Ohio public universities for those winners under age 18.

6/11/2021 McConnell: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Can’t Even Sell Her Far-Left Agenda To Her Own Party by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters after the Senate voted to confirm Supreme Court
nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at the U.S. Capitol October 06, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) agenda is so far-left she is struggling to even sell it to her own party.    McConnell criticized the New York representative during an interview on Thursday.
    He was responding to a tweet by Ocasio-Cortez where she warned Democrats that time is precious, noting their majority in Congress needs to move now.    Her reference was to the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), whose seat was temporarily filled by another Democrat, but eventually taken over by Scott Brown (R).
    McConnell also said it’s been made clear Democrats don’t have enough support to drop the filibuster in order to pass their radical left agenda.    The Senate minority leader argues the Democrat agenda is not in the middle and won’t find much appeal for it on either side of the aisle.

6/11/2021 Report: Banks Discouraging Cash Deposits by OAN Newsroom
Dollar bills have been dropped into a tip jar at a carwash in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
    Banks have announced they no longer want cash deposits, particularly from their corporate customers who say they’re flushed with cash.    According to recent reports, banks are describing their current cash flow as “too much.”
    With companies loaded with cash and interest rates near zero, banks are stressing they are unable to make a profit by lending the cash to borrowers.    Reports said deposits have surged this year, jumping from $411 billion to more than $17 trillion between the months of March and May.
A man stands in front of the Verizon logo at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in
Barcelona on February 25, 2019. (GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)
    “We have been operating with a higher cash balance for about 12 months now,” said Chief Financial Officer of Verizon Communications Inc., Matthew Ellis.    “There’s been no decision yet if and what to bring it down.”
    This comes as the Biden administration is flooding the country with more cash and is seeking even more spending amid inflation concerns.

6/12/2021 G7 To Counter China’s Belt And Road With Infrastructure Project – Senior US Official by Steve Holland
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Council President Charles Michel, U.S. President Joe Biden,
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi,
French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
pose for a group photo at the G7 summit, in Carbis Bay, Britain, June 11, 2021. Patrick Semansky/Pool via REUTERS
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – The Group of Seven rich nations will announce on Saturday a new global infrastructure plan as a response to China’s belt and road intiative, a senior official in U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration said.
    The official, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the United States would also push the other G7 leaders for “concrete action on forced labour” in China, and to include criticism of Beijing in their final communique     “This is not just about confronting or taking on China,” the official said.    “But until now we haven’t offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business.”
    China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure scheme launched in 2013 by President Xi Jinping involving development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond.
    More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure.
    According to a Refinitiv database, as of mid-last year, more than 2,600 projects at a cost of $3.7 trillion were linked to the initiative, although the Chinese foreign ministry said last June that about 20% of projects had been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    In March, Biden said he had suggested to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting the three-day G7 leaders’ summit in southwest England, that democratic countries should develop their own rival scheme.
    The U.S. official said until now, the West had failed to offer a positive alternative to the “lack of transparency, poor environmental and labour standards, and coercive approach” of the Chinese government that had left many countries worse off.
    “So tomorrow we’ll be announcing ‘build back better for the world,’ an ambitious new global infrastructure initiative with our G7 partners that won’t just be an alternative to the B and I (Belt and Road),” the official said.
    In talks, Biden will also press the other leaders to make clear that they believe forced labour practices were an affront to human dignity and “i>an egregious example of China’s unfair economic competition” to show that they were serious about defending human rights.
    “We’re pushing on being specific on areas like Xinjiang where forced labour is taking place and where we have to express our values as a G7,” the official said of the final communique to be issued at the end of the summit on Sunday.
    There were no specifics on how the global infrastructure scheme would be funded.    The plan would involve raising hundreds of billions in public and private money to help close a $40 trillion infrastructure gap in needy countries by 2035, the official said     The aim was to work with Congress to supplement existing development financing “with the hope that together with G7 partners, the private sector and other stakeholders we soon be collectively catalyzing hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure investment for low and middle income countries that need it
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)

6/12/2021 Peru’s Castillo On Verge Of Being Named President After Last-Minute Vote Wrangling by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino
Dina Boluarte, running mate of Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo (not pictured), addresses the media
at the headquarters of the "Free Peru" party, in Lima, Peru June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Angela Ponce
    LIMA (Reuters) -Peru’s presidential election front-runner Pedro Castillo was poised for victory on Friday night, despite legal wrangles over the ultra-close vote count that had ignited tensions in the Andean nation.
    “We call on the Peruvian people to stay alert,” Castillo told supporters in the middle of last-minute legal disputes over the tight vote count.
    According to local media, electoral authorities had considered changing rules to allow right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori to challenge the validity of some 200,000 votes but ultimately declined to make the changes in the afternoon, following intense pressure from Castillo’s camp.
    Castillo is ahead of Fujimori by 60,000 votes with 99.6% of votes counted.
    Castillo, an elementary school teacher who has fired up support from poorer, rural Peruvians, had raised concerns about plans by the opposition to nullify votes in underserved areas where he had majority support and sought clarity from the electoral body over the process.
    The comments underscored rising tensions in the copper-rich nation that has been on tenterhooks since the Sunday vote. Castillo has 50.2% of the ballots, narrowly ahead of Fujimori, who has made unsubstantiated allegations of fraud.
    Peru’s electoral jury has not commented during the day on the media reports that said it was considering changing the rules.
    Vladimir Cerron, head of Castillo’s Free Peru party, was even more strident, saying on Twitter that “the people must rise up” in defense of the vote.    He had earlier claimed victory for Castillo in the knife-edge election.
    The country’s electoral authority has yet to confirm a winner, but most observers and some regional leftist leaders, including from Argentina and Bolivia, have congratulated Castillo as the victor, prompting protests from Peru’s government.
    “Several presidents in the world are congratulating the victory of Pedro Castillo, in other words, he has solid international legitimacy,” Cerron wrote.
    Fujimori has yet to concede the election and her supporters have called for protests against the result.
    The daughter of jailed former President Alberto Fujimori, she has doubled down on unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, and members of her party have said they will not concede until all votes and appeals are counted, which could still take days.
    Castillo himself has also stopped short of proclaiming himself the winner.
    The election has bitterly divided Peruvians among class lines, with higher-income citizens supporting Fujimori while many low-income Peruvians supported Castillo, including in key mining regions of the country, the world’s no. 2 copper producer.
    Castillo was not a member of the Free Peru party before his presidency run.    It is still unclear whether he would adopt its far-leftist stance for the economy if in power.
    In recent days, he has recruited Pedro Francke, a moderate left economist as his adviser.
(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco AquinoEditing by Alistair Bell and Aurora Ellis)

6/12/2021 Mexico Says COVID-19 Has Affected A Fourth Of Its Population
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks wait at a traffic junction as Mexico City's authorities announce a full reopening of the
city come Monday, the first time since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Mexico June 4, 2021. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – About a quarter of Mexico’s 126 million people are estimated to have been infected with the coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday, far more than the country’s confirmed infections.
    The 2020 National Health and Nutrition Survey (Ensanut) showed that about 31.1 million people have had the virus, the ministry said in a statement, citing Tonatiuh Barrientos, an official at the National Institute of Public Health.
    The estimate was given as the country recorded 3,282 new cases and 243 more fatalities, taking its total number of confirmed infections to 2,448,820 and the death toll to 229,823.
    The government has said previously the real number of cases was likely to be significantly higher.
    According to Barrientos, not all of the people in the survey’s estimate necessarily showed symptoms.    The survey was based on interviews with people at 13,910 households between Aug. 17 and Nov. 14 last year, and confirmed preliminary results released in December.
    Separate data published in March suggested Mexico’s actual death toll was at least 60% above the confirmed figure.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon and Abraham Gonzalez; Editing by William Mallard and Richard Pullin)

6/12/2021 Thousands March In Support Of Muslim Family Killed In Truck Attack In Canada by Carlos Osorio
People march the 7km from a crime scene to a mosque in memory of a Muslim family that was killed in what
police call a hate-motivated attack in London, Ontario, Canada June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
    LONDON, Ontario (Reuters) – Thousands of people marched on Friday in support of a Canadian Muslim family run over and killed by a man driving a pick-up truck last Sunday in an attack the police described as a hate crime.
    The four victims, spanning three generations, were killed when Nathaniel Veltman, 20, ran into them while they were out for an evening walk near their home.    A fifth family member, a 9-year-old boy, survived.
    People in London, Ontario marched about 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) from the spot where the family was struck down to a nearby mosque, the site close to where Veltman was arrested by police.
    Some carried placards with messages reading ‘Hate has no home here’, ‘Love over hate.’    Similar events were held in other cities in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.
    “The best part was not just the numbers … but the diversity of the people coming from every single community in London, coming together for this cause,” said 19-year old college student Abdullah Al Jarad at the march.
    The attack sparked outrage across Canada, with politicians from all sides condemning the crime, spurring growing calls to take action to curb hate crime and Islamophobia.
    Veltman made a brief court appearance on Thursday and will return to court on Monday.    He faces four charges of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the killings a “terrorist attack” and vowed to clamp down on far-right groups and online hate.
(Writing by Denny Thomas; editing by Richard Pullin)

6/12/2021 Border Wall Funding Returned To Military For Various Infrastructure Projects by OAN Newsroom
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby speaks during a media briefing at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The Biden administration released its plans for funding that was originally earmarked by President Trump to build the border wall.    On Friday, the administration said the $2 billion will instead go toward nearly 70 military projects in the U.S. and abroad.
    The Biden administration announced the cancellation of border construction in April and have redirected the funds to be used for expanding small arms ranges, replacing service buildings and repairing a shipyard.    Many Republicans have argued the switch violates federal budget law.
Tijuana, Mexico, left, and San Diego, Calif, right, are seen separated by the U.S. border fence. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)
    Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby explained the decision was based on operational priorities.
    He went on to say, “The Deputy Secretary today has approved a plan to use the $2.2 billion dollars in unobligated military construction funds that were previously made available for border barrier construction to restore funding in this fiscal year for 66 projects in 16 countries, 11 states and three territories.”
    According to the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Homeland Security will use all legal authority to stop the wall’s expansion.    This comes amid reports of a gap in the Arizona border wall, which has become a major hot spot for illegal immigration.

6/12/2021 Joe Biden To Shutter President Trump’s Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden photographed in Wilmington, De. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
    Joe Biden has dismantled a government office dedicated to helping victims of crimes committed by immigrants.    The administration announced on Friday that the Victim of Immigration Crime Engagement Office is set to close.
    The office was created by President Trump in 2017 during his first week in office and received immense criticism from Democrats in the room.     Critics argue Biden has dismissed Trump’s attempts to tie immigrants to their crimes.
    “I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims.    The office is called VOICE,” President Trump explained.    “…We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”
    U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials said the VOICE office will be replaced with a “more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system.”    The replacement will be called the Victims Engagement and Services Line.
    Immigrants will now be able to report mistreatment in detention centers and immigration lawyers will be notified of case opportunities.

6/12/2021 Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland Announces DOJ Will Fight Voting Laws by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about voting rights at the Justice Department
in Washington. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland announced the Department of Justice’s plans to aggressively fight voting laws.    In a speech on Friday, Garland heavily criticized the ongoing election audit in Arizona and said the Justice Department plans to implement measures to stop Republicans from putting policies in place that ensure election integrity.
    The Democrat judge also stated the DOJ will double the number of lawyers in its civil rights division within the next 30 days.    The increase in staff will be utilized to challenge new laws that restrain voter access as well as monitor future election audits.
    Critics of Garland’s claims of protecting voters say his comments on voter discrimination are demonstrably false.    They also argue his plans are a partisan public relations ploy that has no justification.
    “We know that expanding the ability of all eligible citizens to vote is the central pillar.    That means ensuring that all eligible voters can cast a vote, that all lawful votes are counted and that every voter has access to accurate information,” he explained.    “The Department of Justice will never stop working to protect the democracy to which all Americans are entitled.”
    Garland refused to take questions after his address.

6/12/2021 Group Of Bipartisan Senators Agree On Infrastructure Bill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, center, accompanied by Senate Minority Whip Sen. John Thune of
South Dakota, left, and Sen. John Barrasso on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    A bipartisan group of senators have come to an agreement on an infrastructure deal.    The goal was to get the deal done by September and though it is only June, the efforts have been kicked into high gear.
    One major factor in this latest infrastructure proposal is an agreement to not fund the proposal by raising taxes on the wealthy.    Democrats such as Sen. John Tester (D-Mont.) have mentioned it will be a difficult selling point with his fellow Democrats in the senate, but is something he believes can get 60 votes in the upper chamber.
    “I think there’s going to be challenges and I think that there’s plenty of opportunity to be optimistic,” he stated.    “The challenges are getting closer and closer until we can get the Democratic caucus on board.”
    Senate Republicans seem to be more receptive to the latest deal, as Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) signaled his openness to the deal with Republicans such as Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) taking part in negotiations.
    “Mitch McConnell said yesterday he was open to it,” the Louisiana senator mentioned.    “That’s a good next step.”
    Bipartisan talks between Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Biden ended without a deal earlier in the week.
    According to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), both Republicans and Democrats within this bipartisan group are looking to have the deal approved by party leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell as soon as possible.    They are also awaiting approval from the White House.
    “Figure out something by the end of the week?    That’s hopefully the goal here,” she explained.    “People want to know whether there is something for us to be working on and focusing on and I’d like to say that there is.”
    Members of the group have called the deal a “realistic compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies.”
    According to Tester, the group will aim to fund projects from other pots of money the government has access to without raising taxes.    However, specifics on the other sources of cash are unclear at this time.

6/12/2021 Developing: Savannah Police Department On Scene Of Shooting Involving 9 Injured In Ga. by OAN Newsroom
A police car makes its way to the scene after a shooting was reported outside Circus Circus hotel
and casino, on June 1, 2020, in downtown Las Vegas. ( BRIDGET BENNETT/AFP via Getty Images)
    We are following breaking news coming from Savannah, Georgia where authorities are investigating a mass shooting where at least one person has been killed and multiple others injured, including a two-year-old child.
    According to local reports, the Savannah Police Department is currently responding to shots fired in Fred Wessels Homes neighborhood located on the 200 block of Avery Street.    Police say one of the victims has died with several others have critical injuries.
    The two-year-old is said to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries.    Law enforcement have closed off the area as they work to investigate the cause of the shooting.
    Again, this story is developing.    One America News will continue to give you the latest as this story develops in the newsroom.

6/12/2021 Anything You Can Do: G7 Rivals China With Grand Infrastructure Plan by Steve Holland and Guy Faulconbridge
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council
President Charles Michel during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -The Group of Seven richest democracies sought on Saturday to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing nations an infrastructure plan that could rival President Xi Jinping’s multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative.
    The G7, whose leaders are meeting in southwestern England, has been searching for a coherent response to the growing assertiveness of Xi after China’s surging economic and military rise over the past 40 years.
    U.S. President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders hope their plan, known as the Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative, will provide a transparent infrastructure partnership to help narrow the $40 trillion needed by developing nations by 2035, the White House said.
    “This is not just about confronting or taking on China,” a senior official in Biden’s administration said.    “But until now we haven’t offered a positive alternative that reflects our values, our standards and our way of doing business.”
    The United States later said there was a G7 consensus on the need for a shared approach to China on trade and human rights.     The G7 and its allies will use the B3W initiative to mobilise private-sector capital in areas such as climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity and equality, the White House added.
    It was not immediately clear how exactly the plan would work or how much capital it would ultimately allocate.
    China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) scheme, which Xi launched in 2013, involves development and investment initiatives that would stretch from Asia to Europe and beyond.
    More than 100 countries have signed agreements with China to cooperate in BRI projects like railways, ports, highways and other infrastructure.
    Critics say Xi’s plan to create a modern version of the ancient Silk Road trade route to link China with Asia, Europe and beyond is a vehicle for the expansion of Communist China.    Beijing says such doubts betray the “imperial hangover” of many Western powers that humiliated China for centuries.
    Leaders of the G7 – the United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, Italy, France and Japan – want to use their gathering in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay to show the world that the richest democracies can offer an alternative to China’s growing clout.
    The re-emergence of China as a leading global power is considered to be one of the most significant geopolitical events of recent times, alongside the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union that ended the Cold War.
    China in 1979 had an economy that was smaller than Italy’s, but after opening to foreign investment and introducing market reforms, it has become the world’s second-largest economy and is a global leader in a range of new technologies.
    The U.S. official said until now, the West had failed to offer a positive alternative to the “lack of transparency, poor environmental and labour standards, and coercive approach” of the Chinese government that had left many countries worse off.
    According to a Refinitiv database, as of mid-last year, more than 2,600 projects at a cost of $3.7 trillion were linked to the BRI, although the Chinese foreign ministry said last June that about 20% of projects had been seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.     As part of the G7 plan, the United States will work with the U.S. Congress to supplement existing development financing and to “collectively catalyze hundreds of billions of dollars of infrastructure investment,” the White House said.
    Biden made “forceful comments” to G7 leaders about the need to make a strong statement on Washington and rights group say is the use of forced labour in China, but there was a “spectrum of how far different countries are willing to go” in their criticism in a final communique from the three-day summit, another U.S. official said.
    The U.S. official later said the G7 had reached consensus on the need for a shared approach on “non-market economic practices” and on human rights abuses, and to coordinate on supply-chain resilience.
    The United States has pushed for specific language in the communique about alleged forced labour in the China’s Xinjiang region, officials said.
    U.N. experts and rights groups estimate over a million people, mainly Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, have been detained in recent years in a vast system of camps in Xinjiang.
    China denies all accusations of forced labour or abuse.    It initially denied the camps existed, but has since said they are vocational centres and are designed to combat extremism. In late 2019, China said all people in the camps had “graduated.”
    The Chinese foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Guy Faulconbridge; Additional reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Frances Kerry and Pravin Char)

6/12/2021 America Is Back With Biden, France’s Macron Says by Michel Rose and Steve Holland
U.S. President Joe Biden and France's President Emmanuel Macron shake hands as they attend a bilateral
meeting during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) - The United States is back as a cooperative leader of the free world under President Joe Biden, France’s Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday, illustrating the relief felt by many key U.S. allies that the tumult of Donald Trump’s presidency is over.
    Macron’s remark echoes that of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who hailed Biden on Thursday as “a big breath of fresh air
    Neither Macron nor Johnson drew an explicit parallel between Biden and Trump, though both praised Biden’s distinctly cooperative tone and officials said there was relief after Trump at times shocked and bewildered many European allies.
    Biden, asked by a reporter if America was back, turned to Macron and gestured with his Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses towards the French president that he should answer that question.
    “Yes definitely,” Macron said.    “It’s great to have a U.S. president who’s part of the club and very willing to cooperate.”
    “What you demonstrate is that leadership is partnership,” Macron told Biden as they sat on an outdoor terrace with a sweeping view of the turquoise sea behind them.
    Biden agreed.
    “The United States, I’ve said before, we’re back,” Biden said.    “Things are going, I think, well, and we’re, as we say back in the States, we’re on the same page.”
    Biden added that the United States felt very strongly about the cohesion of the NATO military alliance and expressed support for the European Union – the target of much criticism from Trump during his 2017-2021 presidency.
    “I for one think that the European Union is an incredibly strong and vibrant entity, that has a lot to do with the ability of Western Europe not only to handle its economic issues but provide the backbone and support for NATO,” Biden said.
(Reporting by Michel Rose and Steve Holland; editing by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton)

6/12/2021 ‘Whatever It Takes’, UK’s Johnson Warns EU Over Post-Brexit Trade by Michel Rose and Elizabeth Piper
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council
President Charles Michel during the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -Britain will do “whatever it takes” to protect its territorial integrity in a trade dispute with the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Saturday, threatening emergency measures if no solution was found.
    The threat by Johnson seemed to break a temporary truce in a war of words over part of the Brexit deal that covers border issues with Northern Ireland, the focus for tensions since Britain completed its exit from the EU late last year.
    Despite U.S. President Joe Biden encouraging them to find a compromise, Johnson used a G7 summit to indicate no softening in his position on what is called the Northern Ireland protocol that covers border issues with the British province.
    “I think we can sort it out but … it is up to our EU friends and partners to understand that we will do whatever it takes,” Johnson told Sky News.
    “I think if the protocol continues to be applied in this way, then we will obviously not hesitate to invoke Article 16,” he added, referring to a safeguard clause that allows either side to take measures if they believe the agreement is leading to economic, societal or environment difficulties.
    “I’ve talked to some of our friends here today, who do seem to misunderstand that the UK is a single country, a single territory.    I just need to get that into their heads.”
    His comments came after he met French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top EU officials Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel at a Group of Seven summit in southwestern England.
    The EU told the British government once again that it must implement the Brexit deal in full and introduce checks on certain goods moving from Britain to Northern Ireland. Britain repeated its call for urgent and innovative solutions to ease the friction.
    The province has an open border with EU member Ireland so the Northern Ireland protocol was agreed as a way to preserve the bloc’s single market after Britain left.
    The protocol essentially kept the province in the EU’s customs union and adhering to many of the single market rules, creating a regulatory border in the Irish Sea between the British province and the rest of the United Kingdom.
    Since Britain exited the bloc’s orbit, Johnson has unilaterally delayed the implementation of some provisions of the protocol, including checks on chilled meats such as sausages moving from the mainland to Northern Ireland, saying it was causing disruption to some supplies to the province.
    “Both sides must implement what we agreed on,” von der Leyen, European Commission president, said after meeting Johnson alongside Michel, the European Council president.
    “There is complete EU unity on this,” she said, adding that the deal had been agreed, signed and ratified by both Johnson’s government and the bloc.
    Germany’s Merkel said the two sides could find pragmatic solutions on technical questions, while the EU protected its single market.
    Earlier this week, talks between the two sets of negotiators ended in an exchange of threats over the so-called “sausage wars.”    An EU official said at the G7 that there was a need for the rhetoric to be toned down.
    The head of the World Trade Organization said she hoped the tensions would not escalate into a trade war.
    The United States has also expressed grave concern the dispute could undermine the 1998 Good Friday peace deal.
    That agreement largely brought an end to the “Troubles” – three decades of conflict between Irish Catholic nationalist militants and pro-British Protestant “loyalist” paramilitaries in which 3,600 people were killed.
    Though Brexit was not part of the formal agenda for the G7 summit in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay, it has more than once threatened to cloud the meeting.
    France’s Macron offered to reset relations with Britain as long as Johnson stood by the Brexit deal – a characterisation of the meeting that was rejected by the British team.
    Brexit has also strained the situation in Northern Ireland, where the pro-British “unionist” community say they are now split off from the rest of the United Kingdom and the Brexit deal breaches the 1998 peace deal.    But the open border between the province and Ireland was a key principle of the Good Friday deal.
(Additional reporting by William JamesWriting by Guy Faulconbridge and Elizabeth PiperEditing by Toby Chopra and Frances Kerry)

6/12/2021 Biden To Hold Solo News Conference After Putin Summit by Steve Holland
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden walks between engagements at the G7 summit in
Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERS
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden will hold a solo news conference after meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next week, denying the former KGB spy an elevated international platform to castigate the West and sow discord.
    Putin’s bravura performance at a 2018 news conference with Donald Trump led to shock when the then U.S. president cast doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and flattered the Russian leader.
    Talking about the summit alone will also spare Biden, 78, from open jousting with Putin, 68, before the world’s media after what is certain to be a combative encounter.
    “We expect this meeting to be candid and straightforward,” a White House official said.
    “A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting — both in terms of areas where we may agree and in areas where we have significant concerns.”
    Biden will meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva for a summit that will cover strategic nuclear stability and the deteriorating relationship between the Kremlin and the West.
    Putin, who has served as Russia’s paramount leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned on the last day of 1999, said ahead of the meeting that relations with the United States were at their lowest point in years.
    Asked about Biden calling him a killer in an interview in March, Putin said he had heard dozens of such accusations.
    “This is not something I worry about in the least,” Putin said, according to an NBC translation of excerpts of an interview broadcast on Friday.
    The White House has said Biden will bring up ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, Moscow’s aggression against Ukraine, the jailing of dissidents and other issues that have irritated the relationship.
    Biden has said that the United States is not seeking a conflict with Russia, but that Washington will respond in a robust way if Moscow engages in harmful activities.
    Russia says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria and that it will defend its interests in any way it see fit.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is hosting G7 leaders including Biden at a summit in southwestern England, told CNN that Biden would be giving Putin some “pretty tough messages, and that’s something I’d only approve of.”
(Reporting by Steve HollandWriting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael HoldenEditing by Frances Kerry)

6/12/2021 Surfboards And Calming Waters, U.S. First Lady Meets UK Military Veterans
U.S. first lady Jill Biden meets veterans, first responders, and family members of Bude Surf Veterans, on the
sidelines of the G7 summit, in Newlyn, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via REUTERS
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – U.S. first lady Jill Biden revealed on Saturday she owned a white surfboard with a big butterfly on it as she met with a group of British military veterans and first responders who take to the sea to recover from the stresses of life.
    On a visit from the nearby Group of Seven summit taking place in Cornwall, southwest England, Biden introduced herself to the group by saying: “So, I’m Jill, nice to meet you.”
    Biden was meeting the Bude Surf Veterans, volunteer providers of social support and surfing excursions for veterans, first responders and their families.    The group has the slogan: Surf, Grow, Heal.
    She told them how she had previously attended the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for injured military personnel and veterans that was founded by Britain’s Prince Harry.
    “The water is so calming,” Biden said, sat overlooking the sweeping Mount’s Bay on a sunny day.    “I have my own surfboard … a long board.    It was white with a big butterfly.”
    One member of the group told Biden they had started small but now had many members surfing and smiling, adding that it was “life-saving.”
    The first lady has accompanied husband, President Joe Biden, to England for the three-day G7 summit, his first international trip since he entered office in January.
    The G7 meeting runs from Friday to Sunday. The couple met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and other senior members of the royal family on Friday evening and will meet with the monarch again for tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; writing by Kate Holton; editing by Michael Holden)

6/12/2021 Socialist Castillo Close To Victory In Peru As Few Votes Remain To Be Counted by Marcelo Rochabrun and Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters of the "Free Peru" party, in Lima, Peru June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Liz Tasa
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian socialist candidate Pedro Castillo was close to being named the Andean country’s next president as the vote count neared an end, making a last-minute flip by right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori increasingly unlikely.
    Castillo, an elementary school teacher raised in an impoverished village, was leading the count by 51,000 votes on Saturday morning, when only around 62,000 votes remained to be counted.
    “We won, teacher Pedro Castillo (is) President,” tweeted his party, Free Peru, late on Friday.
    Fujimori, the daughter of jailed ex-President Alberto Fujimori, has doubled down this week on unsubstantiated allegations of fraud, seeking to disqualify tens of thousands of votes.
    But even if Fujimori were to succeed, the number of votes still in play make it unlikely she would succeed in flipping the result.
    The tense vote count is the culmination of a bitterly divisive election in Peru, where low-income citizens supported Castillo while wealthier ones voted for Fujimori.
    On Saturday, Peru’s electoral jury tried to push back a deadline to allow Fujimori to submit requests to disqualify up to 200,000 votes cast in Peru’s poorest regions, but said in the afternoon that it had backtracked that plan, paving the way for a Castillo victory.    In the end, Fujimori has only been able to challenge some 38,000 votes.
    “We call for the (electoral jury) to guarantee and support a clean and just electoral process,” Castillo tweeted on Friday night.    “The Peruvian people deserve it.”
    Fujimori, meanwhile, responded on Twitter that “the field was not level.”    She has so far declined to concede.
    Fujimori first brought up allegations of fraud on Monday, and doubled down on Wednesday when she signaled she intended to seek the annulment of some 200,000 votes in rural areas of the country that support Castillo.
    One of the her main arguments is that she had won no votes among voter groups in those regions that pool up to 300 people, which she said was a sign of fraudulent action.
    Left-wing Castillo has spooked markets, largely because his party, Free Peru, is self-described as Marxist-Leninist.
    Castillo has recently sought to appease markets with a moderate-left platform, but it remains unclear if his administration will ultimately keep that tone or revert to the party’s roots as a far-left organization.
(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

6/12/2021 Top U.S. General Warns China’s Military Is Growing by OAN Newsroom
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley speaks at a Senate Armed Services budget
hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Top U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley called China’s increased military spending “very serious.”    During the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Milley, said it is vitally important the U.S. retain its competitive and technological edge over China.    Milley noted that the combined total defense spending by China and Russia is currently greater than that of the U.S.
    Philip Davidson, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, argued similar ideas stating, “the military balance in the Indo-Pacific is becoming more unfavorable for the U.S. and our allies.”
Chinese soldiers march outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, before the introduction of the
Communist Party of China’s Politburo Standing Committee. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)
    He also said, “our deterrence posture in the Indo-Pacific must demonstrate the capability, the capacity and the will to convince Beijing unequivocally the costs of achieving their objectives by the use of military force are simply too high.”
    Milley added, in order for the U.S. to retain dominance globally, sufficient military spending is necessary.    Milley said China and Russia are not the only potential threats to America, also arguing the Middle East is still a major concern.

6/12/2021 Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs Executive Order To End Most COVID Rules by OAN Newsroom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks to the press in the spin room after the sixth Democratic primary
debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season. (AGUSTIN PAULLIER/AFP via Getty Images)
    California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed an executive order putting an end to most coronavirus rules.    He announced the actions to lift most pandemic orders in addition to the state fully reopening its economy.
    On Friday morning, the left-wing governor was excited to share his plans to terminate many of his pandemic-placed restrictions.    This would mean the end of the Golden State’s stay-at-home order; the Blueprint for a Safer Economy.
    The governor’s office claimed that by the end of Sept., approximately 90 percent of pandemic-related executive actions will have been lifted.     However, Newsom will not end California’s State of Emergency status, which grants him the broad powers to either suspend or implement new rules and regulations.
    Californians have said this is a huge step forward in returning back to normalcy.
    “California is turning the page on this pandemic, thanks to swift action by the state and the work of Californians who followed public health guidelines and got vaccinated to protect themselves and their communities,” said Newsom.
    Meanwhile, California touts one of the country’s lowest case rates as health workers have worked tirelessly to administer nearly 40 million vaccines.

6/12/2021 Los Angeles Sheriff Deploys Deputies To Combat Homeless Crisis by OAN Newsroom
A jogger walks past a homeless encampment Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in the Venice Beach section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
    The Los Angeles County Sheriff has taken it upon himself to address the homeless situation in one local neighborhood.
    Sheriff Alex Villanueva has taken heat from city council members after making efforts to improve the homelessness issue in the city.
    Villanueva made recent headlines as he and other deputies made their way into the Venice Beach community in an effort to clear the growing homeless encampment along the beachfront. He has pledged to clear the encampments from Venice Beach by July 4.
    One city council member took aim at the Sheriff on Twitter by calling the presence of deputies in the area disruptive and counterproductive.    Villanueva responded by blasting the irresponsibe decisions from the board of supervisors, Mayor of Los Angeles and city council.
    Villanueva went on to say he’s not trying to cause problems with the Los Angeles Police Department, which has jurisdiction in Venice Beach, but rather help fix an issue residents have been concerned about.
    “I’m not going to blame LAPD whatsoever.    I think they can definitely do the job.    They’re more than capable, have good leadership,” he explained.    “However, if they’re hamstrung by politicians that don’t want them to do their job, well then they’re left in a very, very bad situation.”
    The situation escalated when authorities recently arrested a homeless woman who they claimed pulled a knife just a few feet away from a city councilman on the Venice Beach boardwalk.    A boardwalk performer was also attacked.
    Recent reports say the homeless population in California has ballooned from around 134,000 in 2019 to more than 161,000 today, with 60,000 in Los Angeles alone.    Critics say a proposal for $12 billion in spending on homelessness has only worked to entice more homeless people to move into the state.
    In February, California’s state auditor slammed the state’s mismanagement of the issue and claimed at least nine agencies oversee 41 different programs, while no entity oversees the state or is responsible for developing a statewide plan.
    California has spent around $13 billion dollars on the homeless problem over the last three years.    In some cases, its the homeless individuals themselves who are turning down help.
    Reports say when Los Angeles deputies and social workers hit Venice Beach, their help was turned down by all but one person, a veteran identified as Robert.    Robert ended up back on the beach the next day after allegedly turning down housing by Veteran Affairs.    Social workers express difficulty to help the homeless because they have the right to refuse housing.
    LAPD Chief Michael Moore has called on the city council to end a moratorium that won’t allow officers to enforce a no camping law in the city.    The LAPD recently issued a statement ensuring the department’s commitment to work with all public safety partner agencies and elected officials to improve the safety of our communities.
    In the meantime, residents in the Venice Beach area are applauding Villanueva and hope his action will limit drug use, harassment, assault and other violence near the iconic board walk.

6/12/2021 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Aunt Says Officials In Puerto Rico Are To Blame For Blocked Aid, Not President Trump As Rep. Suggested by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attends a press conference with Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) about their new bill
called the EV Freedom Act on Capitol Hill on February 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. The EV Freedom Act is a plan
to create a nation wide charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) aunt has slammed her own niece after the congresswoman blamed President Donald Trump for her grandmother’s hardship.    Speaking to a Daily Mail reporter this week, the New York Democrat’s aunt said Trump is not to blame for the lack of aid residents are receiving, but instead, officials on the Caribbean island are.
    “It’s a problem here in Puerto Rico with the administration and the distribution of help,” said the aunt.    “It is not a problem with Washington.    We had the assistance and it didn’t get to the people.”
    This comes after Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to say her grandmother had been suffering in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria in 2017.    She proceeded to blame President Trump for blocking relief.
    Following her tweet, conservative commentator Matt Walsh raised $100,000 on GoFundMe for her grandmother.    However, the congresswoman refused the funds.

6/12/2021 BLM Seeks Transparency With Member Finances After Co-Founder Was Found To Have Purchased Several Homes by OAN Newsroom
Patrisse Cullors attends the Viacom Winter TCA 2019 panel on February 11, 2019
in Pasadena, California. (Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Viacom)
    The original ten Black Lives Matter chapters are demanding more transparency from other members.    This comes after Patrisse Cullors, the co-founder of BLM, recently faced scrutiny over her personal finances.
    A statement released by the BLM 10 Plus on Friday read, “the number of chapters that have aligned in support of our statement has nearly doubled.    Some of these chapters have made their own statements echoing not only our call to accountability but also our experiences as we sought transparency, democracy and internal transformation for years.”
Damon Turner and Patrisse Cullors speak at Patrisse Cullors’ Thesis Solo Show on April 18, 2019
in Los Angeles, California. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Patrisse Cullor)
    Cullors drew attention when reports showed she bought four homes for over $3 million despite calling herself a trained Marxist. Cullors has since stepped down from her position though she denied it had anything to do with the controversy.
    In light of her controversy, BLM has continued to call for more accountability within their movement to prevent issues like this from unfolding in the future.

6/12/2021 GOP Lawmakers In Pa. Introduce Election Reform Bill by OAN Newsroom
Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf speaks at an event Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Mechanicsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)
    A new election reform bill is looking to mandate voter ID’s in Pennsylvania.    On Friday, GOP state lawmakers unveiled the law that is looking to fix a slew of election security issues.
    Rep. Seth Grove (R-Pa.) backed the desired election law changes stating, “through expert testimony, we found numerous flaws within Pennsylvania’s election code and with its implementation.    This report will lead to comprehensive legislative fixes to the numerous systemic problems, which have led many voters to distrust election results.”
    Along with the voter ID mandate, the bill tackles issues facing mail-in voting by sending ballots only to voters who request them. However, experts have said it is likely to face opposition from Gov. Tom Wolf (D-Pa.).
    “It’s wrong to pass laws that take away someone’s freedom to vote and that’s exactly what these bills are trying to do right now, right here in Pennsylvania,” claimed Wolf.    The Pennsylvania governor went on to add that he will veto any bill that he thinks will limit access to voting.

6/12/2021 N.J. School Board Removes Holiday Names From School Calendar by OAN Newsroom
A calendar in a classroom shows the date that the last class was in session at
Yung Wing School P.S. 124 on June 09, 2020 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
    A New Jersey school board has voted to remove holiday names from the district’s scholastic calendar to avoid “hurt feelings.” The school board of Randolph Township in Morris County made the unanimous decision on Thursday after receiving backlash for renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day.
Photo Credit: Randolph Township School
    Holidays like Thanksgiving, Memorial Day and Yom Kippur will now reportedly be listed simply as “days off.”    Board members defended the decision, alleging if there were no names on the calendar then ultimately no feelings could be hurt.
    More than 100 people attended the school board meeting, including Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-N.J.) who spoke out against the decision.

6/12/2021 Fla. Authorities Find Publix Shooter Posted About Killing People On Facebook, Declared Bankruptcy by OAN Newsroom
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s crime scene tape is seen outside of a Publix supermarket. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Authorities have released new information on the gunman who killed a grandmother and her 23-month-old grandson inside a Florida Publix on Thursday.
    In a press conference on Friday, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department said the gunman identified as Timothy J. Wall, 55, had posted on Facebook that he wanted to kill people and children.
    Authorities added, Wall had declared bankruptcy earlier this year after falling deeply into debt and battling mental health issues.
    “The real sad part of this, other than the fact that two people are dead, is that there was a chance this could be stopped.    You know why,” asked Bradshaw.    “The reason is he’s on Facebook.    He has said, I want to kill people and children.”
    In the meantime, the sheriff’s department still has not found any connection between the gunman and the victims.

6/12/2021 Progressive Democrats Putting Pressure On Moderates To Back Liberal Agenda by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is surrounded by reporters as he leaves the Senate chamber following
a vote, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    New reports have said progressive Democrats are looking to put more pressure on moderate Democrats who are bucking the liberal agenda.    This includes recent attacks on Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) who have taken heat for their stances on eliminating the filibuster and voter reform.
    Progressives like the so-called “squad” have recently come down on moderates, arguing Democrats need to force their agenda on the GOP.    While critics say a handful of fellow moderate senators are hiding behind Manchin and Sinema, including freshman lawmakers Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) and Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.).
Senate Aviation and Space Subcommittee ranking member Sen. Kyrsten Sinema questions witnesses during a hearing in the Dirksen
Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on May 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told Democrats of his plan to force votes in June, stating “Senate Democrats are doing everything we can to move legislation in a bipartisan way when and where the opportunity exists, but we will not wait for months and months to pass meaningful legislation that delivers real results for the American people.”
    Meanwhile, moderate Democrats have been credited with working with Republicans on things like coming to an agreement on the infrastructure spending plan.

6/12/2021 Ore. Lawmakers Expel State Rep. Who Let Protesters Enter Capitol by OAN Newsroom
The Ore. House of Representatives get set to open a session on the evening of
Thursday, June 10, 2021, to consider expelling member Rep. Mike Nearman. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
    The Oregon House of Representatives have voted to expel a member who allegedly let rioters in the State Capitol. This week, both Republicans and Democrats voted to oust Republican Mike Nearman in connection with the December incident.     Nearly all of the state’s 60 lawmakers voted to remove Nearman, with the censored lawmaker casting the only vote in his favor.    Nearman said he will not apologize for the event, saying the capitol should have been open to the public despite coronavirus orders allowing only lawmakers and staff to occupy the building.
The office of Ore. Rep. Mike Nearman, is seen on Monday, June 7, 2021, in the Ore. State Capitol in Salem, Ore. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
    Nearman commented, “now you’re considering expelling a member for the first time in history, because he thinks that people should have access to their Capitol, especially during session.”    He argued, “I think that the citizens of Oregon should be able to instruct their representatives.”
    Nearman’s supporters decried the vote and heckled lawmakers as they left the Capitol.

6/12/2021 GOP Calls On Joe Biden To Increase Defense Spending In Next Budget by OAN Newsroom
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
    Republicans in the House have called for an increase in defense spending after seeing Joe Biden’s proposed defense budget.    During a visit to an Ohio Air Force base on Friday, House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) voiced his opposition to the budget, which he argues will decrease U.S. capabilities.
    The White House unveiled the proposal at the end of May, which requests $715 billion in defense spending.    This is a slight increase from the $703 billion in 2021.    Republicans argue it fails to take inflation into account and represents a decrease in spending.
    “I don’t believe knowing now what our adversaries capabilities are and what the growth is,” McCarthy explained.    “Looking at what General Milley said just the other day inside committee, the advancements from China and Russia.    I’m concerned that we are not at the best position we should be.”
    This comes after the chairman of the joint chiefs recently called China’s increase in military spending “very serious.”

6/12/2021 Oil up $0.71 to $70.80, DOW up 13 to 34,480.

6/13/2021 RNC May Not Participate In Network Television Debates If Major Reforms Are Not Implemented by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks during the first day of the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
    The Republican National Committee has claimed they may not participate in future network television debates following their calls on the Commission on Presidential Debates to make significant changes.    The commission has been slammed by the RNC on their selection of debate moderators as well as last minutes schedule changes of previous debates.
    According to Citizens United President David Bossie, Republicans don’t need to count on the networks and have many platforms to get the message out.    He also suggested GOP presidential primary debates to be moved from network television altogether.
    He went on to say, “we don’t want bad actors to infiltrate our debate process.”
    This come after RNC chairwoman Ronna McDaniel submitted a letter to the commission calling on them to make the requested changes. She referenced the debate between Joe Biden and President Trump, accusing the Commission on Presidential Debates of favoring the Democratic candidate.
    Many conservatives, including 45th President Trump, have continued their claims of a clear bias against Republicans by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

6/13/2021 DOJ Faces Criticism For Defending President Trump by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland at the Justice Department in Washington. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice has faced scrutiny for siding with President Trump on a defamation suit.    The DOJ announced it would continue to represent Trump in the suit filed by an alleged rape victim for comments he made about her while in office.
    Critics are concerned on the DOJ’s stance and argued the agency should represent the people of the U.S. over a president they claim to be unfavorable.    However, Garland assured he represents American’s first.
    “The essence of the rule of law is what I said when I accepted the nomination for Attorney General,” he expressed.    It is that like cases be treated like, that there not be one rule for Democrats and another for Republicans, that there not be one rule for friends and another for foes.”
    Garland made the comments before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Wednesday.    He went on to assert that he “backs the American people.”

6/13/2021 President Trump Comments On Future Of Country by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump in Golden, Colorado. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
    President Trump spoke to supporters at an event organized by My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell.    On Saturday, Trump called into the MAGA Frank Rally to inform listeners on what Joe Biden has done to the country during his short time in office.
    Trump talked about all the work he achieved during his four years, from taking a tough stance on China, to producing a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time and protecting the country’s southern border.    He went on to say Biden’s decision to reverse the Remain in Mexico policy has been detrimental to border security.
    The Remain in Mexico policy was implemented by Trump during his time in office, which ordered asylum-seekers from Central America to remain in Mexico while their claims awaited review.    Trump went on to explain the effectiveness of this policy.
    “I get along very well with the heads of those countries.    I stopped payment to those countries and they accepted all of their MS-13 people back.    They were not taking them back for a long time,” he explained.    “I said stop payment immediately.    The next day I was called by the heads of those countries we would be honored to take MS-13 back into our country.”
    Trump also touched on the 2020 election and the audits in several states by saying Americans want to know what happened.

6/13/2021 2 Children In Critical Condition And 2 Adults Wounded In Cincinnati Shooting by OAN Newsroom
    Two adults and two children were injured from a shooting outside a Cincinnati marketplace.    Reports have announced the shooting happened on Saturday evening after multiple people reportedly opened fire.
    Police reported multiple weapons appeared to have been used based on the shell casings left at the scene.    At least two people were seen fleeing from the scene on foot, but there is a possibility more individuals could have been involved in the shooting.
    The adults suffered non-life threatening injuries, but the children were taken to a local hospital in critical condition.    Lt. Col. Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department confirmed the ages of the two children are 6 and 8 years old.
    “Anytime you have somebody struck with gunfire at that age, it’s gonna be critical,” he explained.    “Specifically the 8-year-old is in very, very bad shape.”
    Residents claim city leaders are nowhere to be found and have failed to provide the community with the help they need.    Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley released a statement regarding the shooting and reported the CPD were following strong leads to catch the shooters.
    Officials have asked residents to come forward with any relative information as the incident remains under investigation.

6/13/2021 Rep. Donalds Speaks Out Against Democrats by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Byron Donalds on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
    Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) has questioned his support for Democrats after they have failed to support school choice.    In an interview on Friday, the Florida lawmaker slammed the media for pushing the idea that all black people should be Democrats.
    Donalds went on to say the left also supports inflation and open borders, which hurts the lower class.    The comments come on the heels of a CNN interview discussing the Congressional Black Caucus rejecting his membership over his political beliefs, despite the CBC being officially non-partisan.
    “I grew up in Brooklyn, New York.    I come from a single parent household.    I know what it is to actually have to grow up coming out of the inner city in today’s America because I’ve done it,” he expressed.    “I think those perspectives are helpful. Whether the CBC wants to take advantage of that is up to them.”
    The CBC is currently dominated by the Democratic party, as there are not any Republicans who belong to the group.    Donalds reported his office has been completely disregarded by the CBC after multiple inquiries for him to become a member have been ignored.
    The freshman congressman went on to say he believes all Americans should be free to believe what they want regardless of constraints the media may put on them because of race.

6/13/2021 Sen. Cotton Warns Of Serious Consequences If Military Applies Focus On CRT by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing
on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool, File)
    Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has continued to push back on critical race theory being worked into military training.    In an interview on Friday, Cotton discussed the letters he has received from members of the military and their families that details their concern over CRT.
    Cotton, who currently serves on the armed services committee, has asserted the military has always been about getting ahead strictly based on merit.    He warned of “real intangible costs” if leaders continued their attempts to divide service members.
    Cotton recently confronted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the training being implemented.
    “The military has included the works of critical race theories on its reading list by authors,” he explained.    “Mr. Kendi has written ‘the only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination.    The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.’    Do you agree with that proposition?
    Austin expressed his disagreement with that statement and admitted to never having read those writings by Kendi.    Cotton continued to interrupt Austin on multiple occasions as the Defense Secretary attempted to explain the circumstances of racial issues within the military.
    Cotton proceeded to argue that continuing down this path would sow distrust between troops, tank morale and have a serious impact on preparedness.

6/13/2021 3 Dead After Vehicle Crashes Into Plasma Clinic In Pittsburgh by OAN Newsroom
Courtesy of Pittsburgh Public Safety
    Three people have died after a vehicle crashed into a BioMat USA plasma donation center in Pittsburgh.    On Saturday, authorities reported the clinic caught fire following the collision, which created a two-alarm blaze that has since been extinguished.
    Ten employees and five donors were inside the building at the time of the crash.    Three people were pronounced dead on the scene, including the driver.    Officers say several others were also injured, with one in critical condition.
    A Mass Casualty Incident alert was placed into effect when officials arrived on the scene due to the heavy amount of smoke and the uncertainty of individuals who could have been trapped in both the building and the car.    Officials say two firefighters and one medic were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.
    “You wake up every morning and you don’t know what’s going to happen to you,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hirrisch expressed.    “Whether it’s walking down the street or giving blood and it’s a tragedy.”
    BioMat USA has been cooperating with local authorities throughout the investigation of the crash.    The company released a statement expressing their sadness over the incident as they assured safety of donors and employees has always been the top priority.
    Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of the crash remains ongoing.

6/13/2021 White House Says NATO Will Launch ‘Ambitious’ Security Initiatives by David Shepardson
Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo welcomes U.S. President Joe Biden as he arrives ahead of a
NATO summit, at Brussels Military Airport in Melsbroek, Belgium June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Yves Herman/Pool
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The White House said on Sunday ahead of Monday’s NATO summit that alliance leaders would launch an “ambitious” set of initiatives to ensure it continues providing security through 2030 and beyond.
    It said the 30 member countries would agree to revise NATO’s “Strategic Concept” to guide its “approach to the evolving strategic environment, which includes Russia’s aggressive policies and actions; challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China to our collective security, prosperity, and values; and transnational threats such as terrorism, cyber threats, and climate change.”
    The White House statement said the new Strategic Concept would be prepared for adoption at the 2022 NATO Summit.
    “Allied leaders will launch an ambitious set of initiatives to ensure NATO continues to provide security to our citizens through 2030 and beyond,” the statement added.
    Reuters reported earlier that NATO’s Strategic Concept was expected to include China’s military rise as a challenge for the first time.
    President Joe Biden arrived in Brussels on Sunday for the summit.
    NATO leaders will endorse a new Cyber Defense Policy boosting coordination to ensure the alliance “is resilient against the increasingly frequent and severe threats … including disruptive ransomware attacks against critical infrastructure.”
    The White House added that alliance members would rely on “trustworthy providers for next generation telecommunication networks.”
    NATO leaders will also affirm steps to ensure the alliance’s “technological edge” and agree to a “Climate Security Action Plan," the White House said, including reducing greenhouse gases from military activities and installations.
    Russia, climate change, Afghanistan and new technologies are among topics planned for discussion during the day-long summit, which will culminate in a special leaders’ session in the North Atlantic Council chamber.
    In a twist of fate, the NATO summit will agree on reforms to the alliance, known as NATO 2030, which were set in motion after then-President Donald Trump questioned its relevance.
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg will set out nine areas where NATO could modernize over the medium term, including more joint allied funding of military operations.    France has already expressed concern about the proposal, however, fearing it will take money away from national military priorities.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/13/2021 Canada’s Trudeau Says He Discussed Border With Biden, But No Deal
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend a session during
the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 11, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/Pool/File Photo
    (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday he has spoken with U.S. President Joe Biden about how to lift pandemic-related border restrictions between the two countries but made clear no breakthrough has been achieved.
    U.S. and Canadian business leaders have voiced increasing concern about the ban on non-essential travel in light of COVID-19 that was first imposed in March 2020 and renewed on a monthly basis since then.    The border measures do not affect trade flows.
    The border restrictions have choked off tourism between the two countries.    Canadian businesses, especially airlines and those that depend on tourism, have been lobbying the Liberal government to relax the restrictions.
    Canada last week took a cautious first step, saying it was prepared to relax quarantine protocols for fully vaccinated citizens returning home starting in early July.
    Trudeau, speaking after a Group of Seven summit in Britain, said he had talked to Biden “about coordinating measures at our borders as both our countries move ahead with mass vaccination.”    Canada is resisting calls for the border measures to be relaxed, citing the need for more people to be vaccinated.
    The United States is ahead of Canada in terms of vaccination totals.
    “We will continue to work closely together on moving forward in the right way but each of us always will put at the forefront the interests and the safety of our own citizens,” Trudeau told a televised news conference when asked the Biden conversation.
    “Many countries, like Canada, continue to say that now is not the time to travel,” Trudeau added, though he said it is important to get back to normalcy as quickly as possible.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Will Dunham)

6/13/2021 Biden Says Queen Elizabeth Asked About Putin And Xi by Dylan Martinez
U.S. President Joe Biden stands as first lady Jill Biden and Britain's Queen Elizabeth walk,
at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
    WINDSOR, England (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said Britain’s Queen Elizabeth reminded him of his mother and that she had asked about China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin as they had tea at Windsor Castle on Sunday.
    Biden lavished praise on the 95-year-old British monarch after their private meeting which came at the conclusion of the Group of Seven leaders’ summit at which he called for concerted action on China and ahead of a meeting with Putin on Wednesday.
    “I don’t think she’d be insulted but she reminded me of my mother, the look of her and just the generosity,” Biden, 78, told reporters shortly before departing London.
    “She’s extremely gracious, that’s not surprising, but we had a great talk.    She wanted to know what the two leaders that I — the one I’m about to meet with, Mr Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping, and we had a long talk.”
    The monarch, attired in a bright pink floral outfit, had warmly greeted Biden and his wife Jill in the Quadrangle of the castle, home to the royal family for nearly 1,000 years, where they were treated to a taste of British pomp.
    The president inspected a Guard of Honour formed of The Queen’s Company First Battalion Grenadier Guards, which gave a Royal Salute, and the U.S. National Anthem was played before they entered the castle for tea.
    “I said I wish we could stay longer, maybe we could hold the cars up a minute, and stuff.    Anyway, she was very gracious,” said the president who confirmed he had invited the monarch to the White House.
    The queen had already met the Bidens on their visit to Britain.    She hosted a reception for leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations and their spouses on Friday night in the southwestern English county of Cornwall where the three-day summit was held.
    Ahead of that, Jill Biden said they had been looking forward to meeting the queen and that it was an exciting part of the visit for them.
    The Bidens became the fourth president and first lady the queen has received at Windsor, following the Trumps in 2018, the Obamas in 2016, President George W. Bush and his wife in 2008 and the Reagans in 1982.
    During her 69 years on the British throne, the longest reign of any English monarch, there have been 14 U.S. presidents, of which Elizabeth has met all bar Lyndon Johnson.
    Despite the loss in April of Prince Philip, her 99-year-old husband of more than 70 years, and her age, the queen has shown her determination to carry on with her official duties as head of state during the high-profile G7 gathering.
    After hosting the leaders on Friday where she cracked a joke during the official photocall, she provoked more laughter at another official engagement for a local project immediately afterwards when she cut a cake with a long ceremonial sword.
    On Saturday, she was back in Windsor for a military parade to mark her official birthday, the first one she has marked without Philip.
(Additional reporting by Steve Holland, Writing by Michael Holden, Editing by Guy Faulconbridge, Raissa Kasolowsky, Frances Kerry, William Maclean)

6/13/2021 White House Says G7 Rally Around Need To ‘Counter And Compete’ With China by Steve Holland and Kate Abnett
U.S. President Joe Biden walks with National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan as he arrives for the final session
of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. Doug Mills/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday G7 leaders rallied around the need to “counter and compete” with China on challenges ranging from safeguarding democracy to the technology race.
    On China, the G7 meeting was “a significant move forward from where the G7 has ever been before and reflects a growing convergence that wasn’t there a few years ago,” Sullivan said aboard Air Force One on its way to Brussels.
    “There is a broad view that China represents a significant challenge to the world’s democracies,” Sullivan said, adding that leaders agreed the need for a common agenda in addressing China, including elements where they would “stand up and counter and compete.”
    “Words like counter and compete were words coming out of the mouths of every leader in the room, not just Joe Biden,” he said.
    The Group of Seven rich nations pledged on Sunday to tackle China’s growing influence, singling out China in their communique over human rights in Xinjiang and demanding freedoms and a high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong.
    Asked to comment on China’s remarks about the G7 summit that days were over when “a small group of countries” decided the fate of the world, Sullivan said:
    “That is sad.    If their claim is that all of the other world’s largest economies count as small countries, then they have a massive problem of perspective.”
    G7 leaders also sought to counter China’s growing influence by offering developing countries an infrastructure plan that could rival Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative by supporting projects such as railways in Africa and wind farms in Asia.
    Beijing has repeatedly hit back against what it perceives as attempts by Western powers to contain China.    It says many major powers are still gripped by an outdated imperial mindset after years of humiliating China.
(Reporting by Kate Abnett, Gabriela Baczynska, Steve Holland, Editing by William Maclean, Andrew Heavens and Jane Merriman)

6/13/2021 Biden Suggests ‘Autocrat’ Putin’s Russia Might Be Weaker Than It Seems by Steve Holland
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives for a news conference at the end of the G7 summit,
at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    NEWQUAY, England, (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday that “autocrat” Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point in years though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.
    Biden used the G7 summit in the English seaside resort of Carbis Bay to argue that the world’s richest democracies now faced an existential contest with “autocrats” that would define the 21st Century.
    After attending a NATO summit on Monday, Biden will meet Putin on June 16 in Geneva for a meeting that promises to be a combative encounter after disputes over spying, hacking, election meddling, Ukraine, Belarus and human rights.
    Biden, who called the former KGB spy a killer in March, cast Russia as engaging in unacceptable behaviour on a range of fronts but also pointed to Russia’s own “dilemmas” – its post-Soviet economic collapse, what he called overreach in Syria and problems with COVID-19.
    Asked why Putin, who has served as Russia’s paramount leader since Boris Yeltsin resigned in 1999, had not changed despite years of Western sanctions, Biden quipped: “He’s Vladimir Putin.”
    “Autocrats have enormous power and they don’t have to answer to a public and the fact is that it may very well be if I respond in kind, as I will, that it doesn’t dissuade him – he wants to keep going,” Biden said of Putin.
    The two former Cold War foes have had a turbulent relationship for years though relations soured after Putin sought to rebuild some of the clout lost in the chaotic 1991 Soviet collapse and began meddling far beyond Russia’s borders.
    U.S. and other Western leaders now see Putin and Xi Jinping’s China as their main strategic threats, though the Kremlin dismisses as fiction almost all allegations against Russia and says the West is gripped by anti-Russian hysteria.
    The West casts Russia as a dictatorial kleptocracy governed by a mercurial elite that has involved itself in irresponsible escapades such as the 2014 annexation of Crimea, attempts to meddle in U.S. and European elections, and a series of high-profile espionage and assassination attempts abroad.
    Russia says Putin is democratically elected.
    Biden, though, depicted Russia – whose economy is 13 times smaller than the United States – as weaker than it might be perceived.
    “Russia has its own dilemmas, dealing with its economy, dealing with COVID and dealing with not only the United States and Europe writ large, and in the Middle East,” he said.
    “Russia has engaged in activities which we believe are contrary to international norms, but they have also bitten off some real problems, that they’re going to have trouble chewing on,” Biden said.
    Biden cited Syria as a case in point and an area in which the two powers could work together to find “an accommodation.”
    Asked about a Russian statement that Moscow would be ready to hand over cyber criminals to the United States if Washington followed suit, Biden said that was a good sign and “i>progress.”
    Biden said Putin was right that relations were at a low.
    “He’s right it’s a low point,” Biden said.
    Biden said he had told Putin before being elected he would look at whether the Russian leader had been involved in trying to interfere with the U.S. election.
    “I checked it out, so I had access to all the intelligence, he was engaged in those activities,” he said.
(Writing by Michael Holden and Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by William James and Andrew Heavens)

6/13/2021 Biden: Democratic Nations In A Race To Compete With Autocratic Governments
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a news conference at the end of the G7 summit,
at Cornwall Airport Newquay, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
    NEWQUAY, England (Reuters) – Western democracies are in a race to compete with autocratic governments, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Sunday.
    “We’re in a contest, not with China per se, … with autocrats, autocratic governments around the world, as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in a rapidly changing 21st century,” Biden told a news conference at the conclusion of a Group of Seven leaders’ summit in Britain.
    On China specifically, Biden said: “I think you’re gonna see just straightforward dealing with China."
    “As I’ve told Xi Jinping myself, I’m not looking for conflict.    Where we cooperate, we’ll cooperate; where we disagree I’m going to state this frankly, and we are going to respond to actions that are inconsistent.”
(Reporting by Steve Holland and Guy Faulconbridge, writing by William James; Editing by Kate Holton and Elizabeth Piper)
    Autocracy - a system of government in which supreme power over a state is concentrated in the hands of one person, whose decisions are subject to neither external legal restraints nor regularized mechanisms of popular control.
    au·to·crat·ic relating to a ruler who has absolute power, "the constitutional reforms threatened his autocratic power" taking no account of other people's wishes or opinions; domineering, "an autocratic management style."
    The problem above is that Joe Biden does not realize he is part of an Autocratic Democratic party now connected to the One World Government that Obama sold us out to

6/13/2021 G7 Demand Action From Russia On Cybercrimes And Chemical Weapon Use
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden,
France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga attend
a plenary session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Pool
    CARBIS BAY, England (Reuters) – The Group of Seven (G7) wealthy nations on Sunday demanded Russia take action against those conducting cyber attacks and using ransomware from within its borders.
    The rebuke came in a communique issued after a three-day summit of G7 leaders in Britain that also called on Moscow to “stop its destabilising behaviour and malign activities” and conduct an investigation into the use of chemical weapons on Russian soil.
    The communique said Russia must “hold to account those within its borders who conduct ransomware attacks, abuse virtual currency to launder ransoms, and other cybercrimes.”
    The issue is in the spotlight after a cyber attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline in the United States, and another that disrupted the North American and Australian operations of meatpacker JBS USA.
    Britain has previously said Russia is a leading proponent of cyber attacks.
    The G7 statement called for wider action against ransomware attacks, describing the practice of encrypting victims’ data and demanding payment for its return as an “escalating shared threat
    “We call on all states to urgently identify and disrupt ransomware criminal networks operating from within their borders, and hold those networks accountable for their actions,” it said.
    The call for an investigation into chemical weapon use comes after Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was treated in Germany for what German doctors said was poisoning with a military-grade nerve agent.    He accused Putin of ordering the poisoning, which the Kremlin denies.
    “We call on Russia to urgently investigate and credibly explain the use of a chemical weapon on its soil,” the G7 document said.
(Reporting by William James; editing by Michael Holden)

6/13/2021 Germany’s Laschet Vows To Raise Military Spending If Elected
FILE PHOTO: Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and party's top candidate for parliamentary elections Armin Laschet reacts during a news conference after a
party leadership meeting, the day after regional elections in Saxony-Anhalt, in Berlin, Germany June 7, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany must increase military spending and take on a greater share of military burdens within NATO, the conservative candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.
    Heads of state within the 30-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet in Brussels on Monday and discuss the path to follow against challenges such as China, Russia and cyber threats.
    Laschet, backed by Merkel’s conservatives to run for chancellor at the Sept. 26 election, said he would ensure that Germany, Europe’s largest economy, meets the alliance’s spending target of 2% of gross domestic product.
    “When we have agreed something internationally, we should stick to it,” he told Welt am Sonntag (WamS).
    He said the Bundeswehr, the federal armed forces, should take on more responsibility in Africa, around the Mediterranean and in Mali.
    “We can always talk about us taking a higher share of the burdens,” he said referring to Mali, where the Bundeswehr participates in a European Union training mission and in a United Nations peacekeeping mission.
    French president Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said that France’s operation battling Islamist militants in the Sahel region, of which Mali is a part, would come to an end with troops now operating as part of broader international efforts in the region.
    A German poll on Sunday showed the conservative party block of Christian Democrats and their Bavarian sister party CSU, at 27%, well ahead of the Greens at 20%.
    Separately, the Green Party at a party conference that ended on Sunday softened up a previously categoric stance against the use of armed drones by the Bundeswehr after a tight vote of 347 versus 343 on the motion.
    But the Greens reject the two percent NATO target as they deem it costly and arbitrary.
(Reporting by Vera Eckert in Frankfurt and Holger Hansen in Berlin, editing by William Maclean)

6/13/2021 Sheriff David Clarke Attacks The George Floyd Police Reform Bill by OAN Newsroom
Sheriff David Clarke attends the D.C. premiere of the film, “Death of a Nation,” at E Street
Cinema on August 1, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
    Sheriff David Clarke of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department took aim at the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 when he spoke at the MAGA Frank Rally on Saturday. Clarke said no republican should attach their name to what he considers an anti-police act.
    Clarke noted how the proposed legislation eliminates “qualified immunity” that protects officers from being sued personally for actions that were made on the job in good faith.    He argued the moves to further restrict police are rooted in a false public perception.
    Furthermore, Clarke reflected on so-called “protests” in the name of George Floyd that ravaged cities and incapacitated police officers this past year.    The sheriff said glorifying someone who participated in a crime is a disgrace to America’s civil rights leaders.
A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole as police officers stand guard at the Third Police Precinct during
a face off with a group of protesters on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
    The Bureau of Justice statistics show crime is on the rise in nearly every category, and major cities have experienced a 33 percent increase in murders over the past year.    Additionally, unchecked lawlessness has exhausted law enforcement resources and forced a record number of retirements.    This comes as progressives push to defund the police.
    Critics say the reform bill only exacerbates the problem as it imposes many unfunded mandates on police forces and takes away tactical maneuvers that protect officers.
    When asked what he would suggest to make the George Floyd police reform act better, Clarke responded, “put it in the shredder!    As I said before, we don’t need police reform in the U.S., we need ghetto reform.”    He suggested police are not the problem, rather crime and criminals are.

6/13/2021 Rep. Michael McCaul: Joe Biden Should Think About ‘Hitting Back’ At Russia by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) leaves after a closed session before the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and
Oversight committees October 15, 2019 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)
    Republican critics of Joe Biden have been apprehensive about his upcoming meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Sunday, ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Texas Rep. Michael McCaul (R) claimed Biden is entering the meeting at a weak position.
    McCaul cited the Biden administration’s reluctance to sanction top Russian officials for their alleged roles in poisoning Russia’s opposition leader Alexi Navalny and recent cyberattacks on American soil.    He added how Biden is allowing Russia to build their Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany, which he warned empowers the Putin regime’s geo-political power.
    McCaul urged Biden to take a stronger stance against Russia in light of recent cyberattacks.    In December, cybersecurity experts became aware of the SolarWinds attack, which was a nine-month effort by Russian hackers to infiltrate the American government and several businesses.
    Nearly 18,000 agencies and companies were affected in the attack, including the DOJ, the State Department and Microsoft.    Additionally, there was a hacking group by the name DarkSide who shutdown the Colonial Pipeline company for several days last month, which is responsible for supplying nearly half of the East Coast’s gasoline.    Biden commented saying he believes Russia bears some responsibility for the attack.
(COMBO) Joe Biden speaking about reopening the country during a speech in Darby, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 2020 and
Russian President Vladimir Putin delivering a speech during a meeting with Russian athletes and team members, who will take part
in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games on January 31, 2018. (JIM WATSON,GRIGORY DUKOR/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Texas representative said he foresees the meeting could have heavy implications on international affairs and is calling it the “most powerful and most dangerous” stop on Biden’s European tour.
    Some analysts are calling on Biden to look back at history before meeting with Putin and are pointing to the disastrous meeting between President John F. Kennedy and USSR Premier Nikita Khrushchev in 1961. Kennedy was reportedly under prepared and overconfident, whereas Khrushchev used this to move Soviet missiles to Cuba, foreshadowing the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
    Meanwhile, Biden is expected to meet with Putin in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday.

6/13/2021 Dinesh D’Souza Takes A Stand Against Censorship by OAN Newsroom
Dinesh D’Souza attends the D.C. premiere of his film, “Death of a Nation,” at E Street
Cinema on August 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shannon Finney/Getty Images)
    During the MAGA Frank Rally in Wisconsin on Saturday, conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza discussed censorship and how it is being carried out against conservatives by the mainstream media along with large social media platforms.
    He started out by claiming censorship is the biggest issue we face in America today, stressing its an even larger threat than the voter fraud that was discussed at the rally.
    D’Souza continued to pile on more evidence surrounding the left’s response to accusations and investigations into voter fraud and called it “suspicious.”    He then called those at the rally to action, encouraging them to stand up against censorship and big corporations who are complicit to it as well as carrying it out.
A Sri Lankan man mobile phone user shows an image on Twitter showing that the Facebook site had been
blocked in Colombo on March 7, 2018. (ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images)
    D’Souza wound down with a set of instructions on how to make the businesses hurt so that they might consider changing their ways.    He pointed to his experience with Costco, when the warehouse store removed one of his books from their shelves.
    His supporters were seen rising up in an effort to push back on Costco by hurting their online business with bad reviews in protest of the censorship.    D’Souza concluded by telling the audience to make themselves heard.    D’Souza advocated, “the way to reform them is to make sure they hear you.”

6/13/2021 Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis On Transparency, Technology Act by OAN Newsroom
Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference about the opening of a COVID-19 vaccination site
at the Hard Rock Stadium on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) told sources on Sunday that Facebook is censoring what the government, under Joe Biden, wants to be suppressed.    DeSantis said they are strong monopolies that control a large percentage of political speech, but he said even greater damage has come from Big Tech companies censoring questions on the origins of COVID-19 and pandemic lockdowns.
    The Sunshine State’s governor recently signed a bill called the Transparency and Technology Act that gives Floridians treated unfairly by Big Tech, the right to sue them.    The bill also prohibits Big Tech from de-platforming Floridian political candidates.
Facebook is displayed on a laptop screen. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
    The Florida Election Commission has said it will impose fines of $250,000 per day on any social media company that de-platforms a candidate for statewide office.    Floridians have the right to block anyone, including any candidate they don’t want on their feed, but ultimately that is their decision and does not fall at the hands of Big Tech companies to decide.
    “Many in our state have experienced censorship and other tyrannical behavior firsthand in Cuba and Venezuela.    If Big Tech censors enforce rules inconsistently, to discriminate in favor of the dominant Silicon Valley ideology, they will now be held accountable,” said DeSantis of the new bill.

6/14/2021 Republicans Criticize Biden For Poor Performance At G7 by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference after attending the G-7 summit, Sunday, June 13, 2021, at Cornwall Airport in Newquay, England.
Biden is en route to Windsor, England, to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, and then on to Brussels to attend the NATO summit. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Republicans are knocking Joe Biden for failing to defend U.S. national interests at the G7 summit.    It began with former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said in an interview Sunday, Biden’s claims that “America is back” is bringing back the Obama days when America was weak.    He then criticized Biden for shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline while allowing Russia to finish construction of Nord Stream 2. Pompeo stressed.    Biden must focus on what matters most to America not other countries.
    The G7 unveiled a plan to crackdown on the use of coal, oil and cars as part of the so-called “Great Reset.”    In a statement after the G7 summit Sunday, the nations said reaching zero carbon emissions is their key economic goal.    G7 leaders embraced the far-left talking points, touting what they called the “Green Industrial Revolutio.”     “We need to have some bigger commitments on climate finance, on phasing out coal, on low-carbon vehicles of all kind, including EVs (electric vehicles),” stated U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.    “Including making commitments on protecting nature and biodiversity, which is integral to our struggle against climate change.”
    As a result, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) lambasted Joe Biden for being “passive” with world leaders.    During an interview Sunday, the Republican lawmaker criticized Biden for failing to condemn China over its role in allegedly creating and spreading COVID-19.    The governor added, Biden’s energy agenda is hurting middle America.
    “I think that President Biden is someone that’s much more passive on the world stage, not nearly as assertive as somebody like Donald Trump was,” he stated.    “I think is energy level is obviously much lower…I think our adversaries are watching that.”
    DeSantis stressed that Biden’s performance at the G7 summit played well into the hands of European elites, all at the expense of American households.

6/14/2021 President Trump: DOJ Adding More People To Fight Against Efforts To Limit Voting And Other Illegal Acts by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about voting rights at the Justice Department
in Washington, on Friday, June 11, 2021. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
    President Trump recently responded to threats made by the Department of Justice against potential election auditors.    While utilizing his Telegram account Sunday, he said the DOJ was “adding more people onto its roles in order to fight against efforts to limit voting.”
    Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a warning to states considering mirroring ongoing election audits in Arizona and New Hampshire.    He said he would double the amount of attorneys in the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division to allow for intense scrutiny on states that mount investigations or try to change their election laws.
    “So, again, the Civil Rights Division is going to need more lawyers,” Garland stated.    “Accordingly, today, I am announcing that within the next 30 days, we will double the division’s enforcement staff for protecting the right to vote.”
    Trump argued this threat means Democrats want to “cancel anything having to do with the result of the election because they know what was done.”

6/14/2021 Secy. Blinken: China Needs To Be Transparent With COVID-19 Origin Probes by OAN Newsroom
United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken disembarks from his airplane upon arrival
at Brussels Airport in Brussels, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Saul Loeb, Pool via AP)
    According to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, China is failing to cooperate with global leaders on an investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.    On Sunday, the U.S. official said the initial World Health Organization (WHO) report on China’s handling of the pandemic was “highly deficient.”
    When WHO investigators were sent to China in February to collect data on the virus, they were barred access from pertinent medical centers and data by Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials.    Blinken stressed that G7 leaders are calling on China to accept the terms of a second probe.
    “We can put in place what’s necessary to prevent it from happening again or at least to mitigate the next outbreak,” he stated.    “China has to cooperate with that transparency, access for international experts, information sharing that has to happen and, again, I think you’re seeing countries coming together to insist on that.”
    Additionally, Blinken reiterated that the importance of getting to the bottom of the pandemic is not only a matter to U.S. national security, but people around the world are counting on a thorough probe.

6/14/2021 Va. School To Appeal Ruling To Reinstate Teacher Who Opposed Using Preferred Gender Pronouns At School by OAN Newsroom
Byron Cross, a Leesburg Elementary School physical education teacher, is seen addressing the Loudoun County
School Board during the public comment portion of a May 25 meeting (Photo/LCPS/VimeoLCPS/Vimeo)
    A Virginia school district is fighting back against a judge’s decision to reinstate a fired teacher who refused to use students’ preferred pronouns.    According to reports, the Loudoun County Public School District is planning to appeal the decision to reemploy gym teacher Byron Cross.
    The teacher was put on leave after opposing the district’s rule while citing his Christian faith.    On Tuesday, the 20th Judicial Circuit of Virginia ruled that his suspension was a retaliation of his right to freely speak.    Cross made the following statement regarding his position:
    “I love all of my students, but I will never lie to them regardless of the consequences.    I’m a teacher, but I serve God first.    I will not affirm that a biological boy can be a girl and vice versa because it’s against my religion.    It’s lying to a child.    It’s abuse to a child and its sinning against our God.”
    05-25-2021 4th Tuesday School Board Meeting and Public Hearing from LCPS Board Meetings on Vimeo.
    The district said their decision to appeal is an attempt to provide a welcoming environment for all students.    Officials alleged parents and students expressed concern about coming to school after Cross’ comments, but failed to mention the support Cross received from community members.

6/14/2021 Sen. Collins Speaks Out On Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, walks to the Senate chamber for votes, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 10, 2021. Sen. Collins
is working with a bipartisan group of 10 senators negotiating an infrastructure deal with President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has been touting a deal on the infrastructure proposal reached last week by a bipartisan group of senators.    During an interview Sunday, the Maine moderate called the framework of the proposed package “targeted” and “responsible.”
    Collins said the proposal includes provisions for strengthening road and bridge building materials as well as electrical infrastructure.    She also pointed out part of the plan would be paid for by redirected COVID-19 relief funds.
    “A second would be to repurpose some of the COVID funding that has not been spent in the $1.9 trillion package that was enacted in March,” Collins stated.    “There were restrictions on what the funding could be used for.    It could be used for water, sewer and broadband.    We would make it more flexible, so it could be used for infrastructure projects.”
    Collins also said the proposal won’t include a gas tax increase or repeal of the 2017 tax bill.

6/14/2021 NATO Takes Tough Line On China At First Summit With Biden by Robin Emmott, Steve Holland and Sabine Siebold
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg meet during a NATO summit,
at the Alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Stephanie Lecocq/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -NATO leaders designated China as presenting “systemic challenges” in a summit communique on Monday, taking a forceful stance towards Beijing at Joe Biden’s first summit with an alliance that Donald Trump openly disparaged and ridiculed.
    The new U.S. president has urged his fellow NATO leaders to stand up to China’s authoritarianism and growing military might, a change of focus for an alliance created to defend Europe from the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
    The language in the summit’s final communique, which will now set the path for alliance policy, comes a day after the Group of Seven (G7) rich nations issued a statement on human rights in China and Taiwan that Beijing said slandered its reputation.
    “China’s stated ambitions and assertive behaviour present systemic challenges to the rules-based international order and to areas relevant to alliance security,” NATO leaders said in a communique after their summit.
    Biden also told European allies the alliance’s mutual defence pact was a “sacred obligation” for the United States – a marked shift in tone from his predecessor Trump, who had threatened to withdraw from the alliance and accused Europeans of contributing too little to their own defence.
    “I want all Europe to know that the United States is there,” said Biden.    “NATO is critically important to us.”
    Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, at her last summit of the alliance before she steps down in September, described Biden’s arrival as the opening of a new chapter.    She also said it was important to deal with China as a potential threat, while keeping it in perspective.
    “If you look at the cyber threats and the hybrid threats, if you look at the cooperation between Russia and China, you cannot simply ignore China,” Merkel told reporters.    “But one must not overrate it, either – we need to find the right balance.”
Biden said both Russia and China were not acting “in a way that is consistent with what we had hoped.”
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said China’s growing military presence from the Baltics to Africa meant nuclear-armed NATO had to be prepared.
    “China is coming closer to us.    We see them in cyberspace, we see China in Africa, but we also see China investing heavily in our own critical infrastructure,” he said, a reference to ports and telecoms networks.    “We need to respond together as an alliance.”
    Stoltenberg also said the leaders had agreed to increase their contributions to the alliance’s small common budget.    The vast bulk of military spending in NATO is handled separately by member countries.
    G7 nations meeting in Britain over the weekend scolded China over human rights in its Xinjiang region, called for Hong Kong to keep a high degree of autonomy and demanded a full investigation of the origins of the coronavirus in China.
    China’s embassy in London said it was resolutely opposed to mentions of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, which it said distorted the facts and exposed the “sinister intentions of a few countries such as the United States.”
    “China’s reputation must not be slandered,” the embassy said on Monday.
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, arriving at the summit, said there were both risks and rewards with Beijing.
    “I don’t think anybody around the table wants to descend into a new Cold War with China,” he said.
    From China’s investments in European ports and plans to set up military bases in Africa to joint military exercises with Russia, NATO is now agreed that Beijing’s rise deserves a strong response, although envoys said that would be multi-faceted.
    Allies are mindful of their economic links with China.    Total German trade with China in 2020 was more than 212 billion euros ($257 billion), according to German government data.    Total Chinese holdings of U.S. Treasuries as of March 2021 stood at $1.1 trillion, according to U.S. data, and total U.S. trade with China in 2020 was $559 billion.
    Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva.
    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said that Russia was trying to “swallow” Belarus and that NATO needed to be united in deterring Moscow. Nauseda also said the Baltic nations would push for more U.S. forces in their region to deter Russia.
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(Additional reporting by Mark John, Sarah Young and Elizabeth Piper in London, Andrius Sytas in Vilnius, and Kate Abnett, Gabriela Baczynska, Marine Strauss and John Chalmers in Brussels; Editing by Catherine Evans, Peter Graff, Bernadette Baum and Alex Richardson)

6/14/2021 Peru Waits For Next President With Vote Count Stuck Near Completion by Marco Aquino and Stefanie Eschenbacher
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters
of the "Free Peru" party, in Lima, Peru June 10, 2021. REUTERS/Angela Ponce/File Photo
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvians were still waiting for their next president to be confirmed on Monday morning, more than a week after a polarizing run-off vote, with socialist Pedro Castillo clinging to a narrow lead that would tilt the country firmly to the left.
    The election count, which has been stuck since Saturday at 99.935% tallied, showed the former teacher with 50.14%, less than 50,000 votes ahead of right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori, who has made allegations of fraud, though with little proof.
    Castillo, 51, little-known before a surprise win in the first-round vote in April, has rattled the copper-rich Andean country’s political and business elite with plans to redraft the constitution and sharply hike taxes on mining.
    He has said Peruvians have already “chosen their path” while his far-left Free Peru party has hailed victory, despite attempts by Fujimori to annul some votes that went against her holding up the official confirmation of the result.
    It is still unclear when the country’s electoral body will formally announce the winner, though Castillo has called for the count to be wrapped up quickly to end the uncertainty.
    Fujimori, 46, scion of a powerful political family and daughter of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, who is serving jail time for corruption and human rights abuses, has vowed to fight on until the last vote is counted.
    Castillo’s party has rejected her accusations of fraud and international observers of the process in Lima have said that the elections were carried out cleanly.
    If confirmed, Castillo’s win would be a major boon for the region’s political left.    The socialist hails from a poor area of northern Peru and has galvanized the rural vote, angry at feeling left behind in Peru’s growth story.
    Rising levels of poverty and inequality have also cast a harsh spotlight on the traditional political elites, which has been intensified by the world’s deadliest per capita COVID-19 outbreak that has hammered the mining-driven economy.
    Marches by supporters of both candidates have broken out in Lima over the past week, with some voters in favor of Castillo arriving to the capital from rural areas to protest and Fujimori supporters backing her accusations of fraud.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino and Stefanie Eschenbacher in Lima; writing by Adam Jourdan; editing by Mark Heinrich)

6/14/2021 German Conservatives Reject Tax Hikes In Draft Election Manifesto
FILE PHOTO: Christian Social Union (CSU) Bavarian State Prime Minister Markus Soeder is seen on a screen as he speaks to
Christian Democratic Union (CDU) North Rhine Westphalia (NRW) State Prime Minister Armin Laschet during a virtual CDU new year
reception in Cologne, Germany, January 09, 2021. Federico Gambarini/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s conservatives plan to rule out tax hikes in their election manifesto, a draft obtained by Reuters showed, aligning them with their preferred liberal coalition partners and distinguishing them from their main rivals.
    The conservative alliance of the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) aims to use its presentation of the manifesto next Monday to widen its lead over the ecologist Greens ahead of a Sept. 26 federal election.
    “We clearly reject tax increases,” read the CDU/CSU bloc’s draft manifesto, which top CDU officials discussed at the weekend.
    Conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, in power since 2005, is stepping down after September’s election, and senior CDU officials concede privately that it will be tough to retain their party’s appeal to voters after 16 years in charge.
    The draft showed they also want to abolish a “solidarity tax” – introduced after reunification to support poorer states in eastern Germany – “as soon as possible,” and to reduce the number of people who have to pay the top tax rate of 42%.
    The opposition Greens as well as the co-governing Social Democrats (SPD) want a moderate rise in the top tax rate, and to ease the burden on small- and medium-income households.    Both parties also plan a reintroduction of the wealth tax.
    Germany suspended its strict borrowing limits to finance its way through the COVID-19 crisis.    SPD Finance Minister Olaf Scholz wants to reintroduce those limits from 2023, which the Greens oppose. The conservatives want to mobilise private financing to fund investment, while respecting the limits.
    The CDU/CSU draft is not final and consultations on the manifesto are continuing, CDU sources said.    If confirmed, the draft would align the conservative bloc with their preferred coalition partner, the business-friendly Free Democrats (FDP).
    Polls show the right-leaning parties lack sufficient support now to form a coalition on their own.    However, the CDU/CSU bloc has regained and begun extending its lead over the Greens.
    An INSA poll on Saturday put support for the CDU/CSU at 27%, ahead of the Greens on 20%, with the left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) on 16%, the FDP 13%, the far-right Alternative for Germany 11% and the far-left Linke on 6%.
(Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Markus Wacket; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michael Nienaber and Mark Heinrich)

6/14/2021 N.Ireland Leader Stands Down, Starts Countdown For New Government by Amanda Ferguson
FILE PHOTO: Northern Ireland's First Minister Arlene Foster looks on outside the Strand Cinema, as coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) restrictions begin to ease in Belfast, Northern Ireland, May 24, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
    Belfast (Reuters) - Northern Ireland’s biggest parties have up to seven days to agree to go back into government with each other after the Democratic Unionist Party’s Arlene Foster formally notified the assembly of her resignation as the British region’s First Minister on Monday.
    The DUP is set to nominate social conservative Paul Givan to take over, but if the nationalist Sinn Fein refuses to nominate a deputy first minister, then the region’s executive cannot function, and a snap election could follow.
    Sinn Fein insist the nomination for first minister and deputy first minister be accompanied by the implementation of the cultural elements of the New Decade, New Approach (NDNA) deal which restored the power-sharing executive last year.
    The agreement included protections for the Irish and Ulster Scots languages to be delivered in the form of amendments to the 1998 Act that established the devolved legislature after decades of direct rule from London.
    The new leader of the DUP, Edwin Poots, told BBC Radio Ulster on Monday that he was “committed to all aspects of NDNA” but the Irish language provision cannot be a precondition to the selection of a first minister.
    Sinn Fein’s Conor Murphy, Northern Ireland’s finance minister, responded with a call for the British and Irish governments to intervene as bilateral efforts to secure progress on the Irish language issue directly with the DUP had “run out of road.”
    “We want to continue the work of the executive and power-sharing, but this needs to be resolved,” Murphy told journalists.
    Foster, who took power in 2016, was ousted in April after a majority of DUP lawmakers signed a letter seeking a confidence vote after many blamed her for mishandling Brexit negotiations.
    Foster resisted compromise on the terms of Britain’s exit from the European Union when her party wielded huge power in propping up the government of former British Prime Minister Theresa May.
    Her decision to throw her party’s support behind May’s successor Boris Johnson then backfired spectacularly when he broke the party’s “blood red line” and agreed to Brussels’ demand for trade barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
    The resulting Northern Ireland Protocol leaves Northern Ireland within the EU’s trading sphere, avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland but infuriating pro-British unionists by undermining the region’s place in the United Kingdom.
(Writing by Graham Fahy; Additional reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Giles Elgood and Lisa Shumaker)

6/14/2021 U.S. Judge Dismisses Russian Tycoon Deripaska’s Lawsuit Against U.S.: Filing
FILE PHOTO: Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska speaks to media in front of the office of Gorkovsky
Automobile Plant (GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge has dismissed Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s lawsuit against the United States over sanctions imposed on the billionaire, saying his numerous claims challenging Washington’s actions lacked merit.
    U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta wrote on Sunday night that Deripaska failed to make a persuasive case against the U.S. Treasury Department and its Office of Foreign Assets Control, which oversees sanctions.
    “Deripaska asks this court to second guess OFAC where its expertise, and thus its authority, is at its zenith,” Mehta said in a 34-page decision.    The court declines to do so.”
    Representatives for Deripaska could not immediately be reached for comment.
    Deripaska told the RIA news agency that the decision was “absurd,” adding that Mehta “ignored the essence of the case, which is that the sanctions unfairly imposed on me and my companies led to destructive consequences for hundreds of thousands (of) people.”
    Deripaska had argued in his March 2019 lawsuit that OFAC’s actions against him were “arbitrary,” a claim legal experts at the time called a long-shot bid.
    OFAC had accused Deripaska and other influential Russian oligarchs of profiting off their ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin and from the state’s “malign activity” around the world.
    “Even if OFAC was required to find that Deripaska acted as Putin’s agent as a legal matter, it did so and supported that finding with adequate evidence,” Mehta wrote.
    While Washington has dropped sanctions on Deripaska’s two main companies, aluminum giant Rusal and its parent En+ Group, after an intense lobbying campaign where he agreed to relinquish corporate control, Deripaska himself remains blacklisted.
(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Jonathan Stempel; Additional reporting by Maria Tsvetkova in Moscow; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
[Deripaska is known for his connection to American political consultant Paul Manafort, convicted of tax fraud, bank fraud and failure to report foreign bank accounts.    The convictions stemmed from Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.    Deripaska employed Manafort from at least 2005 to 2009 another victim of the illegal actions of the Democrat to try to find some crime to blame on Trump and these events will go on for years to show the corruption of the Obama administration and Hillary Clintons actions resulting in those attacks for the next 4 years and as now in 2021 they made sure to get a judge to continue the corruption.].

6/14/2021 President Trump Speaks At MAGA Frank Rally In Wis. by OAN Newsroom
Former President Donald Trump acknowledges the crowd as he speaks at the North Carolina
Republican Convention Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
    President Trump recently spoke to supporters at an event organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.    On Saturday, Trump called into the ‘MAGA Frank’ rally to let those at the event know just what he believes Joe Biden has done to the country during his short time in office.
    Trump talked about all the work he did in his four years from taking a tough stance on China to producing a vaccine for COVID-19 in record time and protecting the country’s southern border.    He went on to mention Biden’s decision to reverse the ‘remain in Mexico policy’ has been detrimental to border security.    Trump went on to call out the Biden administration for pulling more than $2 billion in funding for the southern border wall.
    Mike Lindell also took the stage and took aim at cancel culture following the suspension of his Twitter account after speaking out on alleged voter fraud in the 2020 elections.    Trump also touched on the 2020 election by saying Americans want to know what happened.    This comes as several election audits are underway in multiple states.

    Lindell ended by promoting his new social media site (, which he said has already experienced glitches despite spending more than $1 million on it.

6/14/2021 Senate Democrats Complain About, Cast Doubts On Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks with reporters as he arrives for a hearing on Capitol Hill,
Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Even Democrats in the Senate appear to be unhappy with Joe Biden’s trillion-dollar infrastructure proposal.    For instance, Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) recently said he wants to see more on climate change in the proposal while Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said he is “unsure” if he can support this much spending.    Other Democrats have said more focus should be shifted on “protecting voter rights.”
    In order for the proposal to pass, Biden must either get a bipartisan group in Congress to pass a more moderate version of the bill with less spending or the bill can be passed with just 50 votes using budgetary reconciliation.
    Meanwhile, GOP Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is pushing a new bipartisan infrastructure proposal reached last week by a group of senators.    During an interview Sunday, the Maine moderate called the framework of the proposed package “targeted” and “responsible.”
    “We are focusing on the traditional infrastructure definition: roads, bridges, airports, seaports, waterways, highways, broadband and I think that makes sense,” she stated.
    The Biden administration initially proposed $400 billion for elderly care and another $200 billion for childcare to be incorporated in any new infrastructure package.    Collins noted that these issues should be considered separately.
    Fiscally conservative Republicans are skeptical on how a bill with a price tag of $1.2 trillion over eight years will be funded.    The bipartisan group claimed they have laid out a three-fold plan that would be fully paid for and will not impose any new tax increases.    Collins pointed out part of the plan would be paid for by redirected COVID-19 relief funds.
    “As second would be to repurpose some of the COVID funding that has not been spent in the $1.9 trillion package that was enacted in March,” stated the Maine lawmaker.    “There were restrictions on what the funding could be used for.    It could be used for water, sewer and broadband.    We would make it more flexible, so it could be used for infrastructure projects.”
    Collins said in lieu of a gas tax increase, the bipartisan plan will subject electric vehicles to new fees.    The senator pointed our that electric vehicle owners should “pay their fair share of using our roads and bridges.”
    Though the bipartisan group has strived to lay out an infrastructure plan that would appeal to both sides of the aisle, there are progressives who critics have said are simply not interested in compromise and want to bypass Republican votes.    Despite this, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said he does not want to see the process abused like this and has proclaimed his desire for a bipartisan resolution.

6/14/2021 Democrat Media, Far-Left Groups Attack Texas’ 1836 Project by OAN Newsroom
This Nov. 30, 2019 photo shows the church on the grounds of The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (AP Photo/Ken Miller)
    Some Democrats in and around Texas have done the unthinkable: they have forgotten the Alamo.    What’s worse?    They are trying to get others on board.
    A series of publications are promoting a new initiative called “Forget the Alamo” in an apparent attempt to rewrite and disparage the history of Texas.    The movement began with an article in "Time Magazine titled” “We’ve Been Telling the Alamo Story Wrong for Nearly 200 Years.    Now It’s Time to Correct the Record.”
    In the wake of the publication, a slew of mainstream media outlets have jumped on board.    This includes the Washington Post, National Geographic, the Wall Street Journal and MSNBC’s podcast The Reid Out with Joy Reid.
    The new narrative is criticizing Texan heroes James Bowie, Davy Crockett and William Travis while inviting Americans to, instead, empathize with the Mexican military command who tried to maintain control of the Lone Star State.
    In doing his part to remember the state’s history, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a law to promote patriotic education in Texas’ schools.    This includes lessons regarding the battle of the Alamo.
    On February 23, 1836 around 150 members of the Texan Army entered the Alamo and prepared for the oncoming siege of Mexican Army General Santa Anna’s men.    When Anna arrived, he demanded the immediate surrender of all of the men.    The Texans responded with cannon fire.
    The siege lasted 13 days until March 5 when, during the Battle of the Alamo, many of the men defending the fort lost their lives.    In the wake of their sacrifice, however, Texas was free.
    Moving forward, Abbott’s 1836 Program will create a nine-person committee to ensure that educational curriculum for the Lone Star State will be based on “foundational principles.”    Abbott declared, “to keep Texas the best state in the United States of America, we must never forget why Texas became so exceptional in the first place.”

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6/15/2021 Former CBP Commissioner Criticizes Biden Admin. Open Border Policies by OAN Newsroom
The sun sets above the U.S.-Mexico border wall, seen in Yuma, Ariz., Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
    More former Trump administration officials are sounding the alarm on the Biden border crisis.    During an exclusive interview with Breitbart over the weekend, former acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Mark Morgan criticized the Biden administration for allowing illegal immigration to surge at the southern border.
    Morgan warned that as migrants continue to risk their lives making the journey and with the summer heat beginning to kick in, border officials are going to see more “dead bodies.”
    “It’s going to keep coming and here’s what we’re going to see more of — and I know this is going to be harsh — but we’re going to see more dead bodies,” he stated.    “That’s what we’re going to see as well, but we’ve seen image after image of young kids being left by the cartels that fell asleep or couldn’t keep up.”
    The former border official went on to blame the Biden administration for encouraging individuals to come over into the U.S. illegally.    Morgan said because of the migrant surge, Border Patrol officials have had to increase their rescue efforts in order to save migrants who are in distress.
    According to CBP figures shared last week, authorities have encountered more than 890,000 migrants so far this fiscal year with the number of crossings expected to rise.    On part of the Biden administration’s rhetoric, Morgan said the immigration crisis at the southern border is only going to get worse.
    “You’re going to see more illegal immigrants that have succumbed because this administration has told them it is worth it,” he stated.    “It is worth giving all your money to the cartels, it is worth risking your life….and they will let you die before they get caught.    That is what open border policy does.”
    This comes as federal officials have begun to construct more temporary detention facilities across Texas and other border states.

6/15/2021 President Trump: Pa. State Senators Must Not Oppose Calls For 2020 Audit by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 28, 2020, file photo, mail-in primary election ballots are processed
at the Chester County Voter Services office in West Chester, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
    President Trump is ramping up pressure on Pennsylvania officials to launch a forensic audit of 2020 elections in their state.
    In a statement Monday, he said Pennsylvania state senators Jake Corman and David Argall are fighting to prevent the audit despite both of them being Republicans.    The 45th president asserted the two lawmakers must be “ether stupid, corrupt or naïve.”
    His remarks came after an election assessment in Pennsylvania found Microsoft SQL software was installed on voting machines, allowing to votes to flip in real time.    President Trump stressed that Pennsylvania must immediately audit its 2020 ballots.
(Statement by President Trump)
    Despite this revelation, Republican state Rep. Seth Grove firmly rejected the possibility of authorizing any further audits regarding the 2020 election.    Instead, the Pennsylvania lawmaker said his state’s House of Representatives is more focused on “fixing our broken election law to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
    Meanwhile, the state’s Democrat governor, Tom Wolf, has continued to dismiss calls for an audit.    He accused GOP lawmakers of “chasing conspiracy theories” and attempting to “discredit the integrity of our elections.”

6/15/2021 Biden Slams President Trump, Trump Supporters At Overseas Press Conference by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden, center, arrives for a plenary session during a NATO summit at NATO
headquarters in Brussels, Monday, June 14, 2021. (Brendan Smialowski, Pool via AP)
    Joe Biden bad mouthed supporters of President Trump while calling them a “significant minority.”    He made the comments during a press conference Monday following meetings at the NATO summit in Brussels.
    The Democrat gave his thoughts on the current state of the Republican Party while claiming it has vastly diminished in numbers.    He also argued the leadership of the GOP is fractured before saying Trump supporters make up of the bulk of the party.
    Biden then slammed the approach that first put Trump in the White House and earned him more than 74 million votes in the last presidential election.
    “It is a shock and surprise that what’s happened in terms of the consequence of President Trump’s phony populism has has happened,” he stated.    “And it is disappointing that so many of my Republican colleagues in the Senate who I know know better, have been reluctant to take on, for example, an investigation because they’re worried about being primaried.”
    Biden also asserted that he will make progress with his agenda and coalesce a lot of Republicans.

6/15/2021 Biden Breaches Royal Protocol During First Meeting With Queen Elizabeth II by OAN Newsroom
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden arrive to meet with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II
at Windsor Castle near London, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)
    Joe Biden broke royal protocol multiple times during his first meeting with Queen Elizabeth.    He and First Lady Jill Biden arrived to Sunday’s meeting minutes after the Queen, even though members of the Royal family must always be the last to arrive and the last to leave any event.
    Royal protocol also states no sunglasses are allowed when meeting the Queen as eye contact is greatly important.    Despite this rule, Biden donned a pair of aviators during the meeting.    He also spoke about a private conversation he had with the Queen in which he revealed she asked him about other world leaders.
    “We had a great talk, she wanted to know what the two leaders that I…the one I’m about to meet with, Mr. Putin, and she wanted to know about Xi Jinping,” he publicly stated.    “And we had a long talk, and she was very generous.”
    Biden went on to say Queen Elizabeth “reminds him of his mother,” adding he invited her to the White House.

6/15/2021 Report: Local Fox News Reporter Accuses Parent Company Of ‘Muzzling’ Info From Viewers by OAN Newsroom
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
    A Fox affiliate reporter is preparing to speak out against her own network after accusing parent company Fox Corp of “muzzling her journalistic voice.”    On Monday in Houston, Texas, Ivory Hecker said her company was keeping certain information from viewers while censoring their own reporters.
    While giving a live weather report, she went on to say she has recordings and evidence to back up her allegations and is teaming up with Project Veritas to expose the network.
    According to a spokesperson for the non-profit group, Project Veritas is set to release a sit-down interview with Hecker later Tuesday evening.    They will also be releasing some of the reporter’s recordings, which she asserted will back her up claims.
    Hecker was immediately suspended and was asked not to return to the news station “pending review” into the situation.

6/15/2021 Ariz. AG Brnovich Warns Biden’s DOJ To Stay Out Of 2020 Audit by OAN Newsroombr>
FILE – In this Jan.7, 2020 file photo Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich
speaks at a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Bob Christie,File)
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich warned U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland not to meddle in the election audit in his state.
    In a letter to Garland on Monday, Brnovich said Joe Biden’s attorney general has made “troubling comments” about the ongoing audit of 2020 elections in Arizona. Brnovich asserted Garland’s remarks may violate the 10th Amendment of the Constitution and other applicable laws on states’ rights.
    The Arizona attorney general stressed that Garland appears to support “hysterical outcries of leftist pundits” instead of the integrity of U.S. elections.    Brnovich concluded by noting the state of Arizona will not allow the Biden administration to abuse its powers and the election audit will continue.
    Meanwhile, Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers (R) said the Department of Justice will legally be dealt with if they intrude in the election audit in her state.    In an interview Monday, she made it clear she does not appreciate the Biden administration “getting into our mess kit” and trying to seize their right as state legislature.
    Her remarks came after Garland announced the DOJ will scrutinize any election audits moving forward.    She went on to say Arizonans are a tough breed and will continue to get to the bottom of the truth of the 2020 election.

6/15/2021 Stashing Cash, Peru’s Urban Elite Panics As A Socialist Looks Set To Clinch Presidency by Marcelo Rochabrun
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters
of the "Free Peru" party, in Lima, Peru June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) – In Peruvian capital Lima, fear is spreading among the city’s small but powerful urban elite about the likely election win of a little-known socialist teacher.
    Pedro Castillo is poised to be named president ahead of conservative rival Keiko Fujimori.    With almost all votes tallied, Castillo’s lead over Fujimori is narrow but looks to be enough, though the final result could take days or even weeks as legal challenges play out.
    During campaigning, Castillo pledged to sharply hike taxes on mining in the world’s no. 2 copper producer to pay for social spending and redraft the constitution to give the government more muscle in running the economy.    He has also hinted at potential land reforms.
    Fujimori’s conservatives were quick to play up fears about the rise of “communism” and to stir up old ghosts of land grabs and a Venezuela-style collapse.    Lit-up signs appeared in the capital warning, “Think about your future, say no to communism.”    They did not mention Castillo by name and no-one has claimed responsibility.
    “(Castillo’s) party is Marxist-Leninist. He says he will change the constitution, that he will carry out expropriations.    So if he does all that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise,” Alfredo Thorne, a former finance minister, told Reuters.
    As his victory looked more likely in recent weeks, Castillo softened his rhetoric, rebuffing comparisons to authoritarian leftists like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.    He has brought on board more moderate advisers, played up a pro-market message, and denied that he plans to nationalize or expropriate savings.
    However, many in the wealthy parts of Lima – which overwhelmingly voted for Fujimori – are still fearful.
    “All of my friends have taken their money abroad, I don’t know anybody who hasn’t withdrawn their money,” said an attorney in the city who serves on the boards of several large corporations and had also withdrawn funds.
    “I wouldn’t keep any money in Peru, not a penny,” the attorney added, asking not to be named because of sensitivities about the political situation.
    The sol currency has fallen 8% since Castillo was the surprise winner of an April 11 first-round vote, while the Peru select equities index is down some 9% over the same period, with banks and mining shares among the hardest-hit.
    Analysts say, however, that a fragmented congress will limit radical change and force Castillo to be pragmatic, which could even create a silver lining for markets and potential buying opportunities for investors.
    The collective fear appears to be real, whether or not it is warranted.
    Some families are splitting properties among members or putting them in trusts, the attorney said, and even in some cases resorting to withdrawing cash in briefcases to store at home.
    Banks have been importing physical dollar bills in order to meet the demand, according to two sources with knowledge of situation.
    “The goal of importing dollar bills is to increase availability, in case there are people who need a larger amount of cash,” said one of the banking sources, adding that Peruvian lenders have high liquidity and deposits are not at risk.
    “It’s collective hysteria,” said Ramiro Llona, a prominent artist who been critical of Fujimori, the daughter of divisive former President Alberto Fujimori.    Llona said that fear and bias was driving some of the push-back against Castillo, the son of peasant farmers from Peru’s rural north.
    “I strongly belief that there is a component of racism at play here… fear that a person from the Andes might win.”
    Whereas 88% of residents in the capital’s San Isidro, Peru’s richest neighborhood, voted for Fujimori, in Peru’s poorest Andean region, Huancavelica, 85% supported Castillo.    He has galvanized support among those left behind like no other politician in recent decades.
    Reuters spoke to half a dozen wealthy Lima residents who said support for Fujimori was rooted in two historical traumas – land appropriations in the 1960s and hyperinflation in the 1980s, both under leftist leaders.
    “The ones with the old-money fortunes are the ones who are dying of fear,” said a senior consultant who serves Peru’s largest corporations, asking not to be named.
    Those among the elite who have spoken out against Fujimori have found themselves ostracized.
    “Being anti-fujimorista in this runoff election was like having leprosy,” said Ursula Castrat, a podcast presenter and former editor at Cosas, a magazine that chronicles the lives of the upper classes. She vocally opposed Fujimori on social media.
    Llona, the artist, said his wife had come under pressure from friends to get him to tamp down criticism of Fujimori.
    Castrat also said her friends pressured her to support Fujimori.
    “I ended up voting for Fujimori as a gift to one of my best friends,” Castrat said.    “I had already bought her a present but she insisted, so I took a photo of my ballot and sent it to her.”
(Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Rosalba O’Brien)

6/15/2021 Quoting Irish Poet, Biden Ends EU Trade War In Renewal Of Transatlantic Ties by Steve Holland, Philip Blenkinsop, Marine Strauss and Robin Emmott
U.S. President Joe Biden arrives to pose with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during the NATO summit
at the Alliance's headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium, June 14, 2021. Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool via REUTERS
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden ended one front in a Trump-era trade war when he met European Union leaders on Tuesday by agreeing a truce in a transatlantic dispute over aircraft subsidies that had dragged on for 17 years.
    The EU also lifted its tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminium for six months in the hope that the United States will do the same for Europe.
    Quoting Irish poet W. B. Yeats at the start of his first EU-U.S. summit as president, Biden also said the world was shifting and that Western democracies needed to come together.
    “The world has changed, changed utterly,” Biden, an Irish-American, said, citing from the poem Easter 1916, in remarks that pointed towards the themes of his eight day trip through Europe: China, the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
    Sitting at an oval table in the EU’s headquarters with U.S. cabinet officials, Biden told EU institution leaders that the EU and the United States working together was “the best answer to deal with these changes” that he said brought “great anxiety.”
    He earlier told reporters he had very different opinions from his predecessor.    Former president Donald Trump also visited the EU institutions, in May 2017, but later imposed tariffs on the EU and promoted Britain’s departure from the bloc.
    “I think we have great opportunities to work closely with the EU as well as NATO and we feel quite good about it,” Biden said after walking through the futuristic glass Europa Building, also known as “The Egg,” to the summit meeting room with EU institution leaders.
    “It’s overwhelmingly in the interest of the USA to have a great relationship with NATO and the EU,” he said, accompanied by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s chairman Charles Michel, who represents EU governments.
    The EU and the United States are the world’s top trading powers, along with China, but Trump sought to sideline the EU. JOBS PROVIDE DIGNITY
    Biden also repeated his mantra: “America is back” and spoke of the need to provide good jobs for European and American workers, particularly after the economic impact of COVID-19. He spoke of his father saying that a job “was more than just a pay-check” because it brought dignity.
    He is seeking European support to defend Western liberal democracies in the face of a more assertive Russia and China’s military and economic rise.
    Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken earlier met with Belgian King Philippe, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes in Brussels’ royal palace.    Biden will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Geneva.
    “We’re facing a once in a century global health crisis,” Biden said at NATO, while adding “Russia and China are both seeking to drive a wedge in our transatlantic solidarity.”
    NATO leaders for the first time said on Monday China’s military rise presented “systemic challenges.”    China’s diplomatic mission to the EU on Tuesday called on NATO to “stop hyping up in any form the so-called China threat,” and accused the alliance of “slandering China’s peaceful development.”
    Biden and the EU side agreed to remove tariffs on $11.5 billion of goods from EU wine to U.S. tobacco and spirits for five years.    The tariffs were imposed on a tit-for-tat basis over mutual frustration with state subsidies for U.S. planemaker Boeing and European rival Airbus.
    Both sides committed to provide financing to their large civil aircraft producers on market terms and not to fund research in a way that would harm one another.
    “I am happy to see that after intensive work between the European Commission and the U.S. administration, our transatlantic partnership is on its way to reaching cruising speed,” von der Leyen said.
    In a reference to China, Washington and Brussels will “collaborate on addressing non-market practices of third parties that may harm their respective large civil aircraft industries.”
    While Airbus and Boeing have factories in China, they accuse Beijing of massive state subsidies to try to develop rival passenger aircrafts, China’s home-built C919 jets.
    However, Washington did not commit to ending another row over its punitive tariffs related to steel and aluminium, as the EU has demanded.    The EU has now suspended its countermeasures for six months, von der Leyen said, effectively giving Washington a December deadline to remove its Trump-era duties.    “Let’s sort out, within this time period, how we can get rid of this nuisance,” von der Leyen told reporters.
    Resolving the steel conflict gives both sides more time to focus on concerns over China’s overproduction of metals, diplomats said.
    There was no firm new transatlantic pledge on climate at the summit, however, and both sides steered clear of setting a date to stop burning coal.
(Additional reporting by Kate Abnett, Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers in Brussels, writing by Robin Emmott; editing by Philippa Fletcher)

6/15/2021 Speaker Pelosi Says She Has ‘No Intention Of Abandoning’ Democrats Infrastructure Goals by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.,
walks to a news conference at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    The Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has no plans on backing down on Joe Biden’s massive infrastructure goals.    During a recent interview, she spoke about the ongoing negotiations between Biden and Senate Republicans for a bipartisan deal.
    Last week, a group of Democrat and Republican senators said they reached a “compromise framework.”    That proposal would invest more than $1 trillion over the next eight years.
    Pelosi argued despite a desire on both sides to find common ground, Democrats still want to pass items that are not traditional infrastructure.    She went on to say Democrats have a responsibility to find common ground if they can, but will stand their ground if negotiations fail.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) is backing the idea of forcing a one-sided infrastructure plan through Congress.    On Monday, an aide to Sanders told Politico the Vermont senator is focused on building momentum for a reconciliation bill.
    Sander’s intent to pass a left-wing agenda comes as Biden’s proposal calls for social welfare programs and tackling climate issues, but efforts to force legislation without Republican support seem increasingly unlikely.    Key moderate Democrats have said they want to keep the filibuster in place, meaning Democrats would need some GOP support to pass a bill.

6/15/2021 Rep. Jordan: Trump’s ‘Going To Be The Next President’, GOP Will Take House by OAN Newsroom
House Judiciary Committee members, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speak
to reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, June 4, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) believes the Republicans will take over the House of Representatives in the midterms and President Trump will take office again in 2024.
    In an interview Monday, the Republican representative shed light on the left’s radical policies and anti-Semitic attacks while predicting it will greatly benefit the GOP in the midterms as well as the presidential elections.    Jordan argued the Democrats will have nothing to talk about except January 6 and “trying to hold onto the lockdown measures put in place with COVID.”
    Meanwhile, the House GOP fundraising arm brought in over $14 million in May alone, which set a new fundraising record.    This further supports Jordan’s predictions of Republican takeover.
    Tuesday’s announcement means the National Republican Congressional Committee now has more than $42 million cash on hand.
    According to the NRCC, May was the third month in a row that the organization broke its fundraising record. This comes as House Democrats’ fundraising arm reported having $32 million of cash on hand.
    Republicans need only five seats in the 2022 midterms to take control of the House after defying predictions and picking up seats in 2020.

6/15/2021 Biden Administration Encourages Americans To Report ‘Radicalized’ Family, Friends, Coworkers by OAN Newsroom
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a news conference at Ronald Reagan
Washington National Airport, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    The Biden administration has warned Americans to keep an eye out for any radicalized friends or family members.    During a background press call on Monday night, a senior Biden administration official told participants they must raise concerns and seek help for friends, family members or coworkers who they believe may radicalize toward violence.
    The official compared this approach to the 2011 Department of Homeland Security “see something say something” campaign to combat Islamic terrorism.
    The DHS released a video for the 2011 campaign that said, “Homeland security starts with home town security and we all have a role to play.    Working together, we can all help secure our country.    If you see something, say something.”
    The revival of this anti-terrorism campaign by team Biden rose after the January 6 Capitol breach, which FBI Director Chris Wray referred to as “domestic terrorism” to Congress.
    “I was appalled that you, our country’s elected leaders, were victimized right here in these very halls,” he asserted.    “That attack, that siege was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it’s behavior that we the FBI view as domestic terrorism.”
    The administration official speaking on the call begged citizens to participate in this family and friend search for radicalism as the FBI believes the nation’s biggest domestic terrorism threat comes from white supremacists.
    Biden and the DHS plan to work with big tech companies and demand they increase information sharing and properly address violent looking threats online.    The official vowed it has nothing to do with politics and that it’s only about ensuring homeland security.

6/15/2021 President Trump To Visit Texas-Mexico Border by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump, right, with Gov. Greg Abbott, left in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
    President Trump has accepted an invitation from Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) to get a first-hand look at the southern border.    The 45th President made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday.
    Trump went on to say Joe Biden inherited the “strongest, safest and most secure southern border in U.S. history” and argued he has completely destroyed it within a matter of weeks.    He added when he was in office, the border was the envy of the world and now it is pitied by world leaders.
    Abbott has recently announced his plans for Texas to fund and build its own border wall.    The state’s efforts to solve the border crisis has become one of the governor’s top priorities.    He announced on Twitter on Tuesday, “The Lone Star state will do what Biden refuses to do – protect our citizens along the southern border.”
    Trump also hopes his visit will boost the morale of both the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and border patrol agents. He vowed to show them that he stands by them.
    This comes as border czar Kamala Harris has still yet to schedule a visit.    President Trump’s visit is scheduled for June 30.

6/15/2021 Sen. McConnell: Democrat Calls To Subpoena Fmr. Attorneys General Is ‘A Partisan Power Grab” by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refuted Democrat threats to subpoena two former attorneys general as a partisan power grab.    On the Senate floor on Monday, McConnell said the calls by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to subpoena Jeff Sessions and Bill Barr is “an appalling move” by the Department of Justice.
    This comes after reports claimed the DOJ opened a secret probe into 12 House Intelligence
    Committee members between 2017 and 2018, including their phone records among other information.    McConnell noted the investigation happened before Barr even took office and assured, he had nothing to do with it.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, left, accompanied by Attorney General William Barr,
right, in the Great Hall at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The DOJ claimed the probe was launched to find out who was leaking sensitive national security information to the mainstream media at the time.    An investigation by The Justice Department’s inspector general is currently underway.
    McConnell went on to add the investigation was completely legitimate and Democrats are ignoring abuses by their own party such as the Obamagate spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.

6/15/2021 Treasury Secy. Yellen Pumps $1.25 Billion Into Community Lending Despite Inflation Fear by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
    Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has pumped even more money into the U.S. economy in a move that critics suggest to be political.    On     Tuesday, Yellen announced the Treasury will provide $1.25 billion to the Community Development Financial Institutions. “The Vice President is right,” she expressed.    “This is one of the first subjects she raised with me, the importance of CDFIs and it’s exactly the right place to focus our attention.”
    Yellen went on to claim the move will give cheaper loans to women and ethnic minorities despite the concerns of rising consumer debt and inflation running way above four percent.
    “By one measure, every dollar injected into a CDFI catalyzes eight more dollars in private sector investment,” she stated.    “That means that today’s announcement might lead to an additional ten billion dollars in investment.”
    Critics suggest Yellen continues to pump money into the U.S. economy to make the Biden administration look good.    Meanwhile, working Americans are facing rising costs of living and the so-called inflation tax.

6/15/2021 Babbitt Family Attorney Believes He Knows Who Shot Ashli Babbitt by OAN Newsroom
Melody Black from Minnesota visits a memorial setup near the U.S. Capitol Building for Ashli Babbitt
who was killed in the building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    The Babbitt family attorney has announced he now knows the identity of the officer who killed Ashli Babbitt at the Capitol on January 6.    In an interview on Monday, Terrell Roberts said it is his belief the officer who had previously left his loaded handgun unattended in a U.S. Capitol bathroom in 2019 is the same officer who shot protester Ashli Babbit.
    Roberts did not speculate as to whether this history of recklessness might be the reason the government is hiding the officer’s identity, but did offer another reason.    He argued the reason is simply because the government has failed to find a justifiable explanation for the shooting.
    “I think that if Ashli Babbitt had been brandishing a firearm and she was shot, the officer would be identified by now, and they would be painting a medal on him,” he explained.    “I don’t think they have a good explanation for this shooting and that’s why they haven’t identified him.”
    The family of Ashli Babbitt have filed a lawsuit against the Washington D.C. Police Department to receive the name of the officer who shot her.    The suit argues the D.C. Police illegally failed to comply with the Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Babbitt’s’ husband, which he filed just days after the Department of Justice decided not to charge the officer.

6/15/2021 Rep. Swalwell Tries To Shift Focus From Chinese Spy Ties By Falsely Claiming President Trump Is A ‘Terrorist’ by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) has continued his attempts to divert attention from his ties to a Chinese spy by falsely accusing President Trump of terrorism.    In an interview on Tuesday, Swalwell claimed he is the victim of what he called surveillance by the Bill Barr’s Justice Department.
    “Donald Trump is the biggest legal terrorist of them all,” he stated.    “People have learned from him you can just try and drag this out.”
    The embattled congressman went on to claim there was no grounds for the surveillance, despite his sexual and professional relation with a Chinese spy known as Fang Fang.    Chinese analyst Gordon Chang explained that Swalwell first made contact with Fang Fang when he was on the city council of Dublin City, California.
    “That means they probably were just looking at Swalwell on the off chance that someday he might become valuable to them,” he explained.    “…If we’re gonna save our country, we have got to, on an emergency basis remove our contacts with China.”
    Swalwell is now working with the lead proponent of the Russian collusion hoax Adam Schiff to push legislation to attack former Trump administration officials.

6/15/2021 Joe Biden’s DOE Advances President Trump’s Proposal Of National Uranium Reserve by OAN Newsroom
Department of Energy Secy. Jennifer Granholm on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    The Biden administration has considered enacting President Trump’s proposal to create a national stockpile of uranium.    In her Senate testimony on Tuesday, Joe Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said her department will file a formal request this month to establish a national uranium reserve.
    She added the Department of Energy needs information on how to source and stockpile the nuclear fuel with existing funding from Congress.    Lawmakers appropriated the necessary funds last year after President Trump made the proposal in April 2020.
President Donald Trump speaks at the Department of Energy in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    “The budget requests $33 million dollars in that regard to start that process and make sure that we will have on an ongoing bases access to that critical mineral,” she explained.    “This notion of us being able to make sure that we have the means for our own supply chains, for our own energy.”
    President Trump has argued a national stockpile will prevent Democrats from selling U.S. nuclear fuel to Russia, which includes Hillary Clinton’s infamous sale of Uranium One to Rosatom.

6/15/2021 Senators Vote To Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson To U.S. Court Of Appeals For The D.C. Circuit by OAN Newsroom
Ketanji Brown Jackson on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP)
    The Senate confirmed a Biden nominated judge to replace Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.    On Monday, senators voted 53 to 44 to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the position.
    Three GOP senators sided with the Democrats, including senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
    Jackson has served as a U.S. district judge in Washington D.C. since 2013 and was speculated to be Joe Biden’s top pick for the Supreme Court had President Trump not confirmed Amy Coney Barrett.    Analysts claim Jackson’s new position could put her in a better position to be nominated for the high court.
    Senate Republicans have discussed setting up another roadblock for a potential Supreme Court nominee under the Biden administration if it were to happen during an election year. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) provided insight into the fate of the U.S. Supreme Court if Republicans could take back the upper chamber.    On Monday, McConnell said if the GOP takes back the Senate in 2022, he would lead the charge to block Joe Biden from filling a seat if one opens up in 2024.
    McConnell went on to mention his efforts would likely be successful and claimed both the White House and the upper chamber would be controlled by different parties.
    “Well, I think in the middle of a presidential election, if you have a Senate of the opposite party of the President, you have to go back to the 1880s to find the last time a vacancy was filled,” he explained.    “…I don’t think either party if it controlled, if it were different from the President, would confirm a Supreme Court nominee in the middle of an election.”
    McConnell helped the President Trump get three justices confirmed through the Senate.    There hadn’t been a President that appointed more than two justices since Ronald Regan filled the fourth vacant seat during his administration with Anthony Kennedy in February 1988.
    McConnell held the same defense from a Democrat appointed justice in 2016 after former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the bench to fill the seat of the late Antonin Scalia.    He argued to colleagues in the Senate that the fate of the Supreme Court should be made by the American people and whoever they voted to occupy the White House.
    This is a move McConnell hails as the most consequential of his career as the leader of Senate Republicans.
    “The Brett Kavanaugh appointment was certainly challenging and controversial, and of course, we had very little time left when Justice Ginsburg passed away and that took a good deal of priority,” he stated.    “…I think we’ll find out what a difference it makes to the American people to have Supreme Court justices, and for that matter, 54 new circuit judges who believe in the quaint notion that maybe the job of a judge is to actually follow the law.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland departs after speaking at the Justice
Department in Washington. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)
    The talk about filing a Supreme Court vacancy comes as Democrats are calling for Clinton appointed Justice Stephen Breyer to retire so Biden can appoint someone who they believe will carry out the liberal agenda. However, 82-year-old Breyer has indicated he’s not yet ready to step down.
    Breyer has also condemned Democrats’ efforts to politicize the Supreme Court and calls to pack it with Democrat appointed justices.
    “I admire him for that,” McConnell expressed.    “I think even the liberal justices on the Supreme Court have made it clear that court packing is a terrible idea.”
    Breyer has reiterated time and time again that justices are non-partisan and that nine justices are the perfect number for the high court.

6/16/2021 Oil up $1.07 to $72.26, DOW down 94 to 34,299.

6/16/2021 UK Tells EU On Northern Ireland: Be Responsible, Be Reasonable
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Trade Minister Liz Truss walks after the ceremony of State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of
Westminster, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, in London, Britain, May 11, 2021. REUTERS/John Sibley
    LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s trade minister on Wednesday called on the European Union to be responsible and reasonable in a row over the implementation of Northern Ireland Protocol of the Brexit divorce deal.
    “We need the EU to be pragmatic about the checks that are undertaken and that was always the way the protocol was drafted,” International Trade Secretary Liz Truss told Sky News.
    “It requires compromise between the parties, and the EU need to be reasonable,” Truss said.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden)

6/16/2021 Peru Leftist Castillo Claims Election Win As Fujimori Fights Result by Marco Aquino and Stefanie Eschenbacher
Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo arrives to hold a news conference
in Lima, Peru June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian socialist candidate Pedro Castillo claimed victory in the presidential election on Tuesday after clinging on to a narrow lead as the lengthy vote count ended, although his right-wing rival pledged to fight the result and has yet to concede.
    Castillo ended the count 44,058 votes ahead of Keiko Fujimori, who has made allegations of fraud with little proof and has tried to get some votes annulled.    The result of the June 6 ballot has not been formally announced by electoral authorities, but Castillo hailed the win on Twitter.
    “A new time has begun,” Castillo wrote, alongside a picture of himself with arms raised, the word ‘President’ in large font and his campaign slogan: “No more poor in a rich country.”
    He also updated his Twitter profile to include “President-elect of the Republic of Peru (2021-2026).”
    The abrupt rise of the 51-year-old former teacher has rattled Peru’s political and business elite and could have a major impact on the vital mining industry in the world’s No.2 copper producer, with Castillo planning sharp tax hikes on the sector.
    Fujimori, addressing supporters at a rally in downtown Lima on Tuesday, pledged to keep fighting and “defend Peru’s democracy.”    She hoped the result would swing her way once ballots that her party is seeking to annul had been checked.
    “Today a result has come out, yes, a result from the ONPE (electoral body) count, but the most important thing is the evaluation of the ballot boxes,” she said.    “We trust the authorities yes, but we trust more in the popular will.”
    Castillo’s Free Peru party has rejected accusations of fraud and international observers in Lima have stated that the elections were transparent.
    Castillo had vowed earlier in the day he would not allow rivals to deny the will of the people and overturn the election, which has seen supporters on both sides take to the streets in recent days.
    The son of peasant farmers, Castillo had 50.125% of the votes while Fujimori, the eldest daughter of imprisoned former president Alberto Fujimori, had 49.875%.
    Castillo told reporters at the Lima headquarters of his party that he would respect electoral authorities and urged them to end the uncertainty by confirming the result quickly.
    “We’re not going to allow an oppressed people to continue to be discriminated against for more years,” Castillo said.    “Things have been put on the table democratically, and there needs to be a democratic way out.”
    Election observers said it could take days or even weeks for the authorities to deliberate the legal challenges and to declare a winner.
    Peruvians who had cast their votes for Castillo have grown impatient.
    Ricarte Vasquez, 32, originally from northern Cajamarca, called the deadlock “shameful” as he was selling a breakfast snack of fried sweet potato and yuca on a busy Lima junction where mini buses pick up passengers.
    “If Keiko had won, it’d already be decided,” Vasquez said.    “I voted not only for a change in the government but also for a change in the country.”
    Vasquez said he hoped the situation for informal workers like himself, many of whom were hit hard during a months-long lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, would change with Castillo as president.
    Luz Maria Quispe, 37, originally from Cusco, said she had also voted for Castillo and did not believe fraud claims.
    “We want this change for Peru,” she said, standing in front of a statue of the Virgin Mary in a Lima park where she and the elderly person she was caring for had stopped to pray.
    “What I’m asking Senora Keiko Fujimori is that she now accepts defeat: the people have decided.”
    Quispe said she had studied to become a nurse but was forced to quit because she could no longer afford tuition.
    Socialist Castillo has galvanized rural and poorer voters who feel left behind in the country’s economic growth.    His rise could portend a swing to the left in Brazil, Chile and Colombia, who will vote for new leaders this year and next.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino and Stefanie Eschenbacher; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Stephen Coates)

6/16/2021 Visiting Guatemala, USAID Chief Reinforces Harris’s Anti-Graft Message by Sofia Menchu
Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, delivers a speech during a visit
to El Salvador at the Central American University in San Salvador, El Salvador June 14, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – The head of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) urged Guatemala on Tuesday to take the fight against corruption seriously, reinforcing a message given by U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited Central America last week.
    After arriving from El Salvador, USAID chief Samantha Power met Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei and separately with the country’s Attorney General and the head of the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Impunity (FECI), Juan Francisco Sandoval.
    “There are CEOs literally waiting on the sidelines to invest and create jobs in Guatemala,” Power wrote on Twitter.
    “The key to unlocking their investment is the govt taking anticorruption seriously and ensuring the rule of law is respected and the people’s money is not stolen.”
    The U.S. administration has put a focus on corruption Central America as part of a effort to curtail migration to the United States.
(Reporting by Sofia Menchu, writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

6/16/2021 Homeland Security Chief Says U.S.-Mexico Border Not Open by Daina Beth Solomon
FILE PHOTO: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas looks up during a Senate Appropriations Homeland Security
Subcommittee hearing on the department's budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 26, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -U.S. Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas said on Tuesday the U.S. southern border is not open to irregular migration, adding the Biden administration is developing “lawful pathways” aimed at slowing the flow of people at the border.
    The Homeland Security secretary’s remarks during a visit to Mexico City come amid months of high migration that has become an early policy challenge for U.S. President Joe Biden, as hundreds of thousands of people flee violence and poverty in Central America and parts of Mexico.
    Mayorkas said both Mexico and the United States were working to curtail irregular migration.
    “We have challenged one another,” he told a news conference.    “It’s not just a question of the U.S. asking of Mexico, it’s a matter of what we both can do.”
    Echoing Vice President Kamala Harris’s comments to migrants during a visit to Guatemala last week, he said the government has sent a clear message to migrants: “Do not come.”
    He emphasized that the government is working on alternatives he described as “lawful pathways,” listing programs such as temporary worker visas and U.S. investment to tackle violence, corruption and weak economies in the countries with high migration rates.
    “We are devoted and dedicated to bringing different types of relief,” Mayorkas said.
    Critics said the U.S. government was sending mixed messages that could fuel further migration, after Harris described the United States as a safe haven for asylum seekers only days after warning migrants they would be turned back at the border.
    Mayorkas noted that Title 42, a COVID-19 health order implemented under former U.S. President Donald Trump to slow migration during the pandemic, would remain in place as long as needed for public health reasons.
    Biden has faced growing pressure from migrant advocates and health experts to end the policy as more evidence emerges that migrants are being expelled into danger in Mexico.
    Mayorkas added that his department would be prepared to address border issues once the order is lifted.
    “It’s not a tool of immigration policy,” he said.
    In meetings with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and other top Mexican officials, Mayorkas also discussed speeding up vaccinations at the border amid efforts to phase out pandemic-related travel restrictions.
    The United States is not considering requiring a so-called vaccine passport for crossings, he said.
    Biden on Tuesday picked Latino lawyer and former U.S. senator Ken Salazar as ambassador for Mexico, whose role includes working to limit migration from Central America.
    Salazar in 2017 criticized Trump’s migration policies, saying border relations were about “building trust, not walls.”
    Trump on Tuesday said he would visit the Texas-Mexico border this month with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, after both complained about a rise in migrants crossing into the United States.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Writing by Anthony Esposito and Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel and Sephen Coates)

6/16/2021 Biden’s Asia Nominee Says U.S. Should Develop Taiwan Ties In Every Sector by David Brunnstrom and Patricia Zengerle
FILE PHOTO: Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The nominee to be the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday that Washington should develop its relationship with Taiwan in every sector, hours after China’s largest reported incursion to date into the island’s air defense identification zone.
    Daniel Kritenbrink said it was important for Washington to demonstrate its resolve to meet its “rock-solid obligations” toward Taiwan in the face of pressure from China, which claims the self-governing island as its own territory.
    “It’s … incumbent upon us to further develop our robust relationship with Taiwan in every sector,” Kritenbrink told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be assistant secretary of state for East Asia.
    Earlier, Taiwan said 28 Chinese aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered its air defense identification zone.
    The Group of Seven leaders issued a statement on Sunday scolding China for a series of issues and underscoring the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, comments that China called “slander.”
    Kritenbrink, a career foreign service officer who was most recently ambassador to Vietnam and a former deputy head of mission in China, was asked if Washington should switch from a long-standing stance of “strategic ambiguity” to make a clear commitment to defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
    He said the U.S. “one-China” policy that formally recognizes Beijing and not Taipei had ensured cross-strait stability and Taiwan’s security for many decades.
    He added: “I do think that maintenance of that status quo and of that security is a dynamic situation.    As the threat from (China) grows, as Beijing’s aggressive and bullying behavior vis-a-vis Taiwan grows, I think that our response has to be calibrated as well.”
    Responding to a request for comment, Chinese Embassy spokesman Liu Pengyu said Washington should “stop elevating its relationship with the Taiwan region in any substantive way … so as to avoid serious damage to China-U.S. relations and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”
    Kritenbrink described China as the “major challenge the United States faces today” and said new guidelines adopted by the Biden administration for Taiwan relations were “significantly liberalized” and “explicitly designed to further develop our relationships and our partnership.”    He said Washington should continue to take steps to hold to account Chinese leaders responsible for what it calls genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region.
    “The ongoing genocide in Xinjiang shocks the conscience,” he said.    “We estimate more than 1 million Uyghurs have been forcibly detained, put into re-education camps, forced to provide labor, and many other disturbing allegations about how they are being treated,” he said.
    “We need to continue to take steps using all the tools that the U.S. government has at its disposal to hold to account the leaders who are carrying out these atrocities,” Kritenbrink said.
    Liu repeated Chinese denials of abuses in Xinjiang, saying: “Facts have proved that there has never been any genocide in Xinjiang.”
    In a tweet, Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, called Kritenbrink’s Xinjiang remarks a “strong pledge,” while adding: “Follow through critical.”
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina; Editing by Nick Zieminski and Peter Cooney)

6/16/2021 Biden Holding ‘Cheat Cards’ At Meeting With Putin by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference after meeting with Russian President
Vladimir Putin, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    Joe Biden is caught, once again, using “cheat cards.”    He was seen using those notes with his highly anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.    Biden and Putin met face-to-face Wednesday morning in Geneva as Russian-American tensions remain high.
    At one point, Biden is seen consulting a set of cards in his hand with written notes.    He appeared to hold them in a way so as to hide them from the Russian president’s line of sight.
    It remains unclear as to what the content of these notes were.    After the meeting, the leaders held separate press conferences at different locations.
    Meanwhile, House Democrats have changed course in their efforts to obtain records on President Trump’s 2018 meeting with Putin.    House Foreign Affairs chairman Gregory Meeks (D.N.Y.) claimed the biden administration is “looking forward, not back.”
    However, the timing is questionable given the high-stakes meeting between Biden and Russian president.    Previously, Democrat lawmakers were considering a subpoena against Trump’s interpreter to force testimony about the Helsinki meeting.
    At the time, President Trump told reporters his private discussions were none of their business.

6/16/2021 Va. School Board Member Tells High School Graduates To ‘Remember Jihad’ by OAN Newsroom
Abrar Omeish in Washington, DC. (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
    A high school in Virginia chose a controversial speaker to address their outgoing seniors.    Fairfax County school board member Abrar Omeish delivered an impassioned commencement speech to the 2021 graduates of the Justice High School, which focused on the political climate of today.
    However, a poll released three days after her speech showed local parents in disagreement with Omeish as the majority of voters opposed the politicization of their county schools.
    The graduating class President introduced Omeish as Virginia co-chair for the Bernie Sanders campaign.    The controversy grew when it was pointed out that Omeish’s father was a leader in his mosque, which according to the Daily Wire was attended by two of the 9/11 hijackers as well as the attacker of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.
    Her father Esam Omeish attended our school.    He was the president of the international club,” the class president announced.    “Later on, he became a leader and a board member of the Dar-Al-Hijrah Islamic Center.”
    Beginning her speech, Omeish spoke about race and oppression in America.    She also claimed the land the school was built on was stolen from Native Americans.
    “You understand that social justice is only political for those that can afford to ignore it and that educating our future means that we are all in this together,” she asserted.    “…We are all on the same side against hate towards anyone.    You understand that neutral is another word for complicit and you have made a choice to take a stand.”
    Omeish also commended the students for their political activism by telling them to charge on, despite opposition they may face.
    “Our world is overwhelmed with need.    We struggle with human creed, racism, extreme versions of individualism and capitalism,” she expressed.    “…The list goes on. You all know this.”
    Omeish’s speech was met with backlash as Virginia officials have been pushing back against the use of divisive rhetoric in academic settings.    Virginia Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Glenn Youngkin has said fixing the schools is a major part of his campaign.
    “Our kids are afraid to express a conservative view or religious view in schools or universities,” he explained.    “Not just for fear of a bad grade, but for retribution.”
    Youngkin joins other Republicans fighting to ban critical race theory and other forms of leftist indoctrination in American schools.

6/16/2021 GOP Reps. Criticize DOJ And Washington D.C. Over Reluctance To Prepare For Events Leading To Jan. 6 by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    GOP representatives grilled both the Department of Justice and Democrats in the Capitol for down playing potential voter fraud and violence at the Capitol.    Republicans in the House have held the DOJ and Washington D.C. Democrat’s feet to the fire over their role in the events leading up to the January 6 breach.
    On Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) derided former acting U.S. Attorney General Jeff Rosen at a House committee on oversight and reform hearing.    Just hours before, emails were released that showed Rosen dismissing requests by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for an investigation into voter fraud allegations during the 2020 elections.
    Rosen reportedly called the requests “pure insanity” to another top DOJ official and said he wouldn’t respond to Meadows.    Democrats responded to the emails by claiming the Trump administration repeatedly pressured the DOJ to look into election irregularities.
    “Let’s look at what the White House Chief of Staff said.    He sent an email to Mr. Rosen, the acting Attorney General, ‘can you have your team look into these allegations of wrongdoing?'” he explained.    “Wow, a lot of pressure there.”
    Jordan went on to argue there is a major problem when the White House Chief of Staff asks fellow members of the Executive Branch to take action and they “basically give him the finger.”
    In addition, Rep. Glen Higgins (R-La.) took Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and local Washington D.C. officials to task over her preparation leading up to January 6. Higgens went on to say, “You’d had to be living under a rock in America to not know that there was potential for violence, riot and mob behavior on January 6.”
    Higgens stressed that Capitol police were notified before January 6 about potential violence at the Capitol due to the boiling tensions over the results of the 2020 elections.    He cited an FBI report sent out to local officials the day before, which warned them of people traveling to the Capitol prepared for war.
    However, Higgens pointed to Bowser’s reconsideration of calling on the National Guard to defend the Capitol building.
    “December 31, she had one tone when she requested the cooperation of the D.C. National Guard,” he explained.    “…On January 5 Mayor Browser of D.C., who is deeply connected with my Democratic colleagues here in this body, she had a change of heart.”
    The Louisiana Republican quoted a letter from Bowser where she nullified her request to deploy the D.C. National Guard.    Bowser reportedly said there were enough unarmed guardsmen patrolling the area to work traffic and crowd control.
    Higgins vows to investigate why the Democrat mayor chose to cancel her request.    He wonders if there was any correspondence between the Democrat mayor and House Democrats leading up to the event.

6/16/2021 President Trump, Texas Gov. Abbott To Visit Southern Border On June 30th by OAN Newsroom
In this Tuesday, June 8, 2021, photo, a group of Brazilian migrants make their way around a gap in the U.S.-Mexico border
in Yuma, Ariz., seeking asylum in the United States after crossing over from Mexico. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
    President Trump and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced an untraditional way to combat the growing border crisis under the Biden administration.    The pair are teaming up to address the surge of migrants flooding the U.S. southern border.
    During an appearance on the conservative podcast “Ruthless” on Tuesday, Abbott said he will use crowdfunding to raise money for the cause and will accept donations from anywhere in the world.
    Last week, Abbott announced he would be building a border wall after the Biden administration halted Trump-era construction projects.    He has already launched a task force and allocated $1 billion for border security.    The Texas governor assured he is committed to keeping everyone involved in the loop as he moves ahead with his plan.
    In the meantime, Trump accepted an invitation from Abbott to get a first-hand look at the southern border. The 45th president said Joe Biden inherited the “strongest, safest and most secure southern border in U.S. history,” yet he completely destroyed it within a matter of weeks.
    Trump added, when he was in office the border was the envy of the world and now it’s pitied by world leaders.    He hopes his visit on June 30 will bring attention to the crisis as well as spread awareness about Abbott’s foundation to build the wall and secure the U.S. southern border.    The visit also aims to boost the morale of ICE and Border Patrol agents by showing them that he stands by them even though left-wing politicians such as Kamala Harris will not.
    In the meantime, Abbott said he will announce more abut his plan later this week and provide a link where anyone interested in helping Texas build a border wall can donate.

6/16/2021 Rep. Brooks Denounces Democrat Media Whitewashing Chinese Communist Party by OAN Newsroom
A poster that reads “Fauci lied. People died.” is visible next to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., left, accompanied by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga.,
as he speaks during a news conference about Taylor Greene’s bill to audit the correspondence and financial statements of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director
of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) slammed the mainstream media for whitewashing the Chinese Communist Party under the pretext of racism.
    “Chinese Americans are not necessarily members of the Chinese Communist Party,” he sternly told reporters following a question at a recent press conference.    “Understand that the Chinese Communist Party rejects virtually every provision in what is know as our Bill of Rights.    Recognize that the Chinese Communist Party does not believe in the kind of Republic that we believe in.    For you to associate the Chinese Communist Party to Chinese Americans as you have done, I would submit is egregious and wrong.”
    Brooks made these remarks in defense of the Fire Fauc Act, which is a bill sponsored Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) who believes American deserve answers regarding the origins and handling of COVID-19.
    Brooks said Democrat media have failed to question Dr. Anthony Fauci over his decision making in the wake of the coronavirus. He added, good questions are being raised over whether the virus was a bioweapon.
    “We’re talking about a dangerous virus being changed so that it’s much more communicable, meaning people are much more likely to get it, and/or it becomes much more deadly,” explained the Alabama lawmaker.    “Now why would any country do that with a virus, to make it more contagious and make it more deadly, if not for militarization purposes?
    Brooks also pointed out that the Chinese Communist Party controls Chinese virologists both inside China and in other countries.

6/16/2021 ERCOT Asking Texas Residents To Conserve Power Amid Threat Of More Power Outages In State by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 file photo shows power lines in Houston. The electric power grid manager for most of Texas has issued its
first conservation alert of the summer, calling on users to dial back energy consumption to avert an emergency. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is, once again, warning of power outages.
    According to reports this week, ERCOT said the demand for electricity may exceed the grid’s capacity as temperatures are expected to hit around 100 this week.    The council is asking residents to conserve power through the end of the week.
    This comes as ERCOT officials confirmed a number of power plants have been forced to go offline while citing equipment failures that required immediate repairs.
    “There’s been a lot of wear and tear so far this year.    So, it doesn’t surprise me that there’s a lot more maintenance that needs to be done.    It is a bit concerning that we still have this many power plants offline as we’re getting this far into the summer.”    Joshua Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin.
    Residents are being asked to keep thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and to simply unplug any devices not in use.
    ERCOT has come under increased scrutiny after leaving customers in the dark in February during a freeze that killed around 150 people.

6/16/2021 4 Dead, 4 Critically Injured In Chicago Shooting by OAN Newsroom
Police tape marks off a Chicago street as officers investigate the scene of a fatal shooting in the city’s South Side on
Tuesday, June 15, 2021. An argument in a house erupted into gunfire early Tuesday, police said. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
    A total of eight people were shot, four fatally, in a mass shooting incident in Chicago.    Among the four people who were pronounced dead at the scene, four suffered critical injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.
    In a press conference Tuesday, Superintendent David Brown of the Chicago Police Department said what started as an argument erupted in gun shots early Tuesday morning in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.
    “Chicago Police officers responded to a shooting call where we discovered a total of eight victims were shot,” Brown explained.    “Of those eight victims shot, four are deceased.    Three of the deceased are female and one is male.”
    According to police, a party was likely held at a home the night before the incident, where neighbors said the home was known as a social spot.    Brown announced they do not have any suspects at the moment, but said the victims that were taken to hospitals had not yet been interviewed by detectives as the investigation is still in its early stages.
    “We don’t have any suspects currently,” continued the superintendent.    “We have a drum magazine, which is a large capacity magazine for a gun, not a gun, several casings inside the house…no apparent forced entry inside the house.”
    Investigators are now trying to find witnesses as they work to piece together a motive for the attack.

6/16/2021 House Lawmakers Push ‘Fire Fauci Act’ After Economic Collapse Caused By COVID-19 Mandates by OAN Newsroom
A poster that reads “Fauci lied. People died.” is visible next to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., as she takes a question during
a news conference about her bill to audit the correspondence and financial statements of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    Lawmakers are coming together to call for the firing of Dr. Anthony Fauci following the strict COVID-19 mandates that lead to an economic collapse On the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and her colleagues discussed the Fire Fauci Act that was introduced in May.
    GOP lawmakers said the origins of the virus are not being investigated thoroughly and those in charge need to be held accountable.    The bill, which would reduce Fauci’s salary to zero, states that the top doctor “continually failed to provide Americans with accurate information on the pandemic.”
    Greene pointed out the great suffering of businesses along with a rise in suicide rates and depression on part of virus restrictions. She also noted education has been affected and Fauci owes the American people answers.    This comes as controversy continues to surround recent allegations on the Wuhan lab and its funding.
    U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill) said Fauci, the “unelected and overpaid government bureaucrat,” put orders in place that could have repercussions.     She added that the release of Fauci’s emails, which detailed his knowledge of the COVID-19 virus, make his removal much more important.
    According to congressman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Fauci mislead the public at every turn.    He also noted that Fauci never missed a paycheck during the pandemic, but other people did.
    After others gave their remarks, Greene stated that this isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue, but that it’s about the people.

6/16/2021 Rep. Banks Grills Adm. Gilday On ‘Critical Race Theory’ In U.S Navy by OAN Newsroom
Ranking member Jim Banks of Ind., speaks during a House Committee on Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel,
hearing about Military Criminal Investigative Organization Reform Recommendations from the Fort Hood
Independent Review Committee, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Congressman Jim Banks (R-Ind.) recently criticized a top U.S. Navy officer for advancing critical race theory among his fellow service members.    During a hearing Tuesday, the Republican representative took aim at Adm. Michael Gilday while asking why he’s promoting a book that talks about ”explicitly anti-American teachings.”
    Banks asked the admiral why he thought it was so important to promote a book that calls the U.S. Navy “racist.”    He added, cultural Marxism” is dangerous and asserted that it has no place in the armed forces.
    “What part of this book is redeeming and qualifies as something that every United States navy sailor should read?” asked the Indiana lawmaker.    “Do you expect that after sailor reads this book that says the United States Navy is racist that we will increase or decrease moral, cohesion and recruiting rates in the United States Navy?
    Banks said far-left talking points would reduce the morale and preparedness of U.S. service members, in turn, damaging the nation’s national security.

6/16/2021 President Trump: Joe Biden Is Making Disastrous G-7 Deals That Are Costing Our Country Trillions by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump at the North Carolina Republican Convention in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)
    President Trump criticized his predecessor’s performance at the G-Seven summit.    During an appearance on conservative journalist Sara Carter’s podcast on Wednesday, Trump weighed in on the gathering of world leaders by arguing “they’re stealing our country.”
    This comes after Joe Biden took several jabs at Trump during the summit by suggesting a new sense of enthusiasm among foreign allies that the U.S. is engaged on world issues.    Trump refuted the apparent criticism and pointed out the many flaws he noticed from Biden’s handling of foreign policy.
    “He’s going into deals that are disaster, costing us trillions of dollars and we have to rebuild our own bridges and our own roads,” he expressed.    “He wants to rebuild the world and he’s killing our country.”
    Trump went on to argue he was the strongest ever on Russia and accused Democrat lawmakers of preventing the U.S. from making deals with Russia by alluding to their previous investigations into both the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia.

6/16/2021 Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis Sends Law Enforcement To Help Secure Southern Border by OAN Newsroom
Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) announced his state is sending law enforcement to help secure the southern border.    During a press conference on Wednesday at Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, DeSantis said officers from multiple law enforcement agencies are being sent to help out at the Arizona and Texas borders.
    The Republican governor asserted securing the southern border will help make Florida safer, specifically when it comes to meth and other drugs coming across the border.    He mentioned to have already taken action in suing the Biden administration for changing the policy that now allows ICE to release illegal criminals back into the U.S.
    “The state of Florida is answering the call.    Florida is going to support Texas and Arizona,” he declared.    “Where the federal government has failed, the states are stepping up in doing our best to fill the void.”
    Gov. Gregg Abbott (R-Texas) and Doug Ducey (R-Ariz.) have made the calls to other states requesting aid for securing the border.    DeSantis stated various sheriff offices and law enforcement agencies within the Sunshine State have agreed to travel to the border and provide assistance.
DeSantis went on to assert Joe Biden’s policies that have created the trafficking problems across the southern border.

6/16/2021 Sen. Schumer Voices Support For Repeal Of 2002 Iraq War Authorization by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and the Democratic leadership speak to
reporters at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced his formal support for repealing the 2002 Authorization
of Military Force in Iraq. For the very first time, Schumer voiced his support for the repeal on the Senate floor on Wednesday.
    Schumer asserted that revoking the authorization doesn’t mean the U.S. will abandon its allies in Iraq.    He insisted this was a way to prevent future administrations from taking advantage of the specific legal authority.    The Democrat went on to highlight a similar repeal effort geared toward the Iraq war AUMF.
    “Next week, Chairman Menendez and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will mark up a resolution led by Senators Young and Kaine, which will repeal the Iraq War AUMF,” he explained.    “It is my intention as majority leader to bring this matter to a floor vote this year, and I will discuss the precise timing with Chairman Menendez.”
    The House of Representatives is expected to vote on whether to repeal 2002 Iraq war AUMF on Thursday.

6/16/2021 Report: Jan. 6 Protest Could Be Co-Organized By Govt. Agents by OAN Newsroom
Protestors walk around in the Rotunda after breaching the US Capitol in
Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
    According to Revolver News, several alleged co-conspirators have been released without charges, despite them being the most violent or provocative participants of the Capitol protest.    The report raised questions on whether these participants are protected from indictment because they agreed to cooperate with the FBI or if they were planted government operatives.
    “There must be moments when you think, if we would have known, if we could have infiltrated this group or found out what they were doing,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) expressed.    “Do you have those moments?
    FBI Director Christopher Wray responded to Klobuchar by stating the FBI is making stern efforts to obtain stronger sources, more information and better analysis.    A separate testimony by former Green Beret Jeremy Brown suggested the FBI has tried to infiltrate conservative groups.
    “What you’re about to witness is an FBI personal meet with the sole intention of creating an excuse to meet with me, to recruit me to be a confidential informant,” he explained.    “I say yeah, I’ve worked with JTTF in the past and he says well you might be in the future, let’s see how this goes.”
    Revolver News is now requesting information on how many of the detained protesters were confidential informants for the federal government and what exactly their role was on January 6.

6/16/2021 Calif. To Use Electronic Vaccine Verification System Instead Of Vaccine Passports by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Gavin Newsom talks during a news conference at Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
    Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) announced California will not have vaccine passports, but an electronic vaccine verification system instead.    In a recent press conference, Newsom suggested the state was working on a system that businesses could use to check whether a customer is vaccinated.
    The Golden State governor went on to mention businesses could choose between relying on the honor system for customers to wear masks or using the vaccine verification system.    Businesses will also still have the option to turn customers away if they refuse to wear a mask.
    “To be honest, in terms of their self-attestation, we’re not requiring passports in the state of California,” he explained.    “We’re not requiring or mandating, but we are encouraging people, private businesses, to do what they think is best for them.”
    California lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday as part of the state’s reopening.    So far, more than 10 states have banned the use of COVID-19 passports.

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6/17/2021 Ky. man charged in connection to insurrection by Ben Tobin Louisville Courier Journal USA TODAY NETWORK
    Another Kentucky man has been arrested in connection to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
    FBI Louisville announced it arrested Kurt Peterson of Hodgenville on Wednesday on charges of obstructing an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, destruction of government property and entering or remaining in restricted building or grounds.
    Peterson remains in federal custody and was expected to have his first appearance in federal court Wednesday, according to the FBI.
    Over a dozen people with Kentucky ties have been arrested and charged with a variety of federal crimes in connection with the Jan. 6 riot by supporters of former President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
    Five people died and hundreds of police officers and participants were injured as a result of the riot and breach of the Capitol building, which came as Congress was set to certify President Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in November’s election.
    Contact Ben Tobin at and 502-377-5675 or follow on Twitter @Ben--Tobin.
In this Jan. 6 file photo, protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol. FBI Louisville announced it arrested
Kurt Peterson of Hodgenville, Ky., Wednesday on multiple charges, including destruction of government property.
ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVE Contact Ben Tobin at and 502-377-5675 or follow on Twitter @Ben__Tobin.

    The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents the government from making laws which regulate an establishment of
religion, or that would prohibit the free exercise of religion,
or abridge the freedom of speech,
the freedom of the press,
the freedom of assembly,
or the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

    Equity are two processes through which we can achieve it.
    Equality simply means everyone is treated the same exact way, regardless of need or any other individual difference.
    Equity, on the other hand, means everyone is provided with what they need to succeed.    But you lose your first amendment rights if that is true.    WAKE UP AMERICA THEY ARE TRYING TO TAKE YOUR RIGHTS AWAY.

6/17/2021 Biden’s Massive $6T Budget To Cut Economic Growth by OAN Newsroom
FILE – This May 4, 2021, photo shows the Treasury Building in Washington. The U.S. budget deficit hit a record $2.06 trillion through the
first eight months of this budget year as coronavirus relief programs drove spending to all-time highs. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)
    A group of analysts fear Joe Biden’s $6 trillion proposed budget will have massive consequences on the nation’s long term economic success.    In fact, researchers at the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit seeking to inform smarter tax policy at all levels of government, reported Wednesday that Biden’s proposed budget will actually cut economic growth.
    The foundation concluded the budget will cut long-term economic growth by 1 percent in the next decade and will eliminate 165,000 full time jobs.    While the non-partisan report claims long term GDP will increase by 0.3 percent, presumably due to enhanced public infrastructure, the “positive economic effect is entirely offset by the increase in corporate and individual taxation.”
    The increase in taxes are expected to result in less work and investment, which combined with increased spending under the Biden administration’s budget will reduce GDP by nearly 1 percent and also leads to lower wages.
    The report highlights increasing the corporate tax from 21 percent to 28 percent will have a severe consequence on the nation’s gross domestic product.    While increasing taxes imposes risks on the nation’s economy, many fear lavish spending programs will also cause harm.
    In a PBS interview, economist and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers highlighted an alarming reality.    Heavy government spending can create inflation and cause collateral damage on the economy.
    “A recession’s not the main risk; the main risk is that our economy’s going to overheat and then once it overheats, it’s going to be hard to put out the fire without doing a lot of damage and causing a lot of problems,” Summers explained.    “And so, I’d like to see us shift towards a policy concern.”
    In the meantime, Federal Reserve officials project that interest rates will hike earlier than expected in 2023, which will be a result of inflation caused by government spending.

6/17/2021 CNN’S Zeleny Criticizes Biden For Attacking Reporters In Geneva, Says Biden Involved In Abuse Of Press by OAN Newsroom
U.S. president Joe Biden points at the end of his closing press conference during the US – Russia
summit in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (Peter Klaunzer/Keystone via AP, Pool)
    In an unusual turn of events, CNN has been criticizing Joe Biden for lashing out at the press and avoiding answering their questions.
    “We have seen President Biden do, without his aides screaming at him to stop,” stated CNN’s Jeff Zeleny.    “I have never seen a President, covering the last four of them, so protected by his aides
    His remarks came after Biden only answered questions from a selected list of reporters, yet got into a confrontation with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins in Geneva on Wednesday.    Subsequently, Zeleny said attacking reporters is typical of Joe Biden.
    Biden’s continuing abuse of reporters as well as his subordinates is now stirring further concerns of his mental stability and fitness for office.

6/17/2021 Sen. Schumer Says Democrats Will Pass A Budget Reconciliation Bill Without GOP Support If Needed by OAN Newsroom
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y. arrives for a meeting with Senate Democrats on the Budget
Committee, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Senate Democrats are looking to pass a budget reconciliation bill without Republican votes.    In a statement Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said that the framework presented by some Democrats and Republicans on infrastructure isn’t enough.
    Schumer added, he thinks the bipartisan framework doesn’t “go far enough” on so-called climate change or tax increases.    He said discussions on infrastructure are progressing on two tracks: the first is bipartisan and the second is pulling in elements of Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan.
    “And that’s why we need we need bold,” stated the New York Democrat.    “A reconciliation package, a budget resolution, that goes beyond what’s in the bill and I think just about everybody understands that.”
    Schumer added, they hope to get both the budget resolution and the bipartisan bill passed in July.

6/17/2021 Prosecutor Seeks Prison Time For French Ex-President Sarkozy At Campaign Finance Trial: BFM
FILE PHOTO: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives for a hearing in a trial over alleged illegal
financing of his failed re-election campaign in 2012, with 13 other defendants, former officials of Bygmalion and
representatives of the UMP, at the courthouse in Paris, France, June 15, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
    PARIS (Reuters) – French prosecutors have requested a six-month prison term for former president Nicolas Sarkozy at his campaign financing trial, BFM TV reported.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon, writing by GV De Clercq; Editing by Jon Boyle)

6/17/2021 Revolver News: Jan. 6 Protest Could Be Co-Organized By Govt. by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this June 14, 2018, file photo, the FBI seal is seen before a news conference
at FBI headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
    Federal agencies are facing questions over whether they planted operatives into the U.S. Capitol protest on January 6.
    According to Revolver News, several alleged “co-conspirators” have been released without charges despite them being the most violent or provocative participants of the capitol protest.    The report raises questions regarding if they are protected from indictment because they agreed to cooperate with the FBI or if they were planted government operatives.
    A separate testimony by former Green Beret Jeremy Brown suggests the FBI has tried to infiltrate conservative groups.
    Revolver News is now requesting information on how many of the detained protesters were “confidential informants” for the federal government and what exactly their role was on January 6.    This comes as more than 50 current or former military service members face charges in connection with the protest at the U.S. Capitol     According to reports, the majority of protesters facing charges are veterans while only a few were active duty on the date of that demonstration.    The detained protesters include both commissioned officers and enlisted personnel across all branches of the military.    At least one person was described as a member of the Army’s Green Berets.
    According to the Department of Justice, 465 people have been arrested for expressing their political opinion at the U.S. Capitol so far.

6/17/22021 Bans Continue For Critical Race Theory In Schools by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bills, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    The governor of Texas signed into law a bill that would prohibit the teaching of critical race theory.    On Tuesday, Republican Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979 and was met with immense support.
    While the law does not mention critical race theory by name, it would ban teachers and schools in Texas from requiring students to learn about concepts involved in the controversial topic.    Rep. Steve Toth (R), the bill’s author, said that we don’t need to “burden our kids with guilt for racial crimes they had nothing to do with.”
    In a statement, Abbott said the bill was a strong move, but that more must be done.    The law will go into effect in September. This comes in addition to other states voicing their opposition while passing similar legislation.
    Florida’s governor spoke at a Board of Education meeting in June, during which he criticized critical race theory.
    “I think its really important when we’re doing history, when we’re doing things like civics, that it is grounded in actual fact,” stated Republican Ron DeSantis.    “And I think we’ve got to have an education system that is preferring fact over narrative.”
    Florida’s State Board of Education made the ban to remove critical race theory after DeSantis said that children were being indoctrinated with “ideology.”
    “The basis for Critical Race Theory is that the structure is rooted in racism, white supremacy, and white privilege, … our history shows that is not true.    We have made tremendous progress toward that more perfect union …” – Quisha King, @Moms4Liberty — Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 16, 2021
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also spoken against the academic movement.
    “American students deserve a rock-solid civics education grounded in actual facts, not divisive propaganda that tells them they’re little more than a product of their racial background,” stated the Republican senator.
    McConnell also added, the Department of Education’s curriculum reflects “woke sensibilities” of the theory.    This comes as the opposition to ban critical race theory continues to grow.

6/17/2021 Treasury Secy. Yellen: No Clear Position On Repealing President Trump Tax Breaks by OAN Newsroom
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in London. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP, File)
    Joe Biden’s Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen failed to explain her position on the deductions for state and local taxes enacted by President Trump.    In her testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday, Yellen admitted Biden does not have a clear position on repealing those tax deductions.
    House Democrats have made plans to include the repeal of Trump tax breaks as part of Biden’s $6 trillion spending package.    Although, far-left Democrats oppose the matter by arguing a repeal would only benefit high-income households and threaten to derail Biden’s overall budget proposal.
    Yellen went on to say the Treasury could just raise taxes instead.
    “Our tax proposals modestly increase tax rates on those who can most afford to pay more tax,” she explained.    “We propose reforming international tax rules to end the profit shifting and off-shoring incentives of current law and investing in the IRS to improve compliance with our tax laws.”
    Yellen also recognized repealing President Trump’s tax deductions would harm businesses and households already crippled by COVID-19 lockdowns.

6/17/2021 Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sanders Says They Will Consider $6 Trillion Budget Bill by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Bernie Sanders, (I-Vt.) speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
    Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced Democrats have considered a massive budget bill.    Sanders told reporters on Thursday, his committee have opened discussion to consider a $6 trillion budget reconciliation proposal.
    Sanders said the package would include provisions to expand Medicare, lower prescription drug prices and possibly address immigration.    Such a big spending bill has already faced pushback from moderate Democrats.
    Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Sen. Jon Tester both asserted their refusal to support the steep trillion dollar framework.    Warner has been discussing a smaller bipartisan package, while Tester argued that the requested amount was unnecessary.    Tester also stated that utilization of the package is more significant than maximizing the proposed amount.
    Sanders went on to say that discussions for the package to address the homelessness and ‘housing crisis’ are also in the works.

6/17/2021 One Dead, 12 Injured By Ariz. Gunman by OAN Newsroom
A police car with lights flashing (Photo: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)
    One person has been killed and 12 others injured in eight shootings across Arizona’s West Valley near Phoenix.    Peoria Police Department officials announced in a press conference on Thursday, the suspect was arrested at a traffic stop by Surprise Police Department officers after he allegedly shot four people and left nine others injured from car accidents.
    The multiple police agencies involved called it a shooting spree where the gunman did multiple random drive by shootings.    The victims were taken to three different hospitals and their condition is currently unknown.
    “All we can release about the suspect at this time is that he is an adult male and there were no issues taking him into custody,” reported a Peoria Police Department officer.    “..If anybody out there has any information, someone hasn’t come home or someone is missing we would like you to call the Peoria Police Department or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.”
    Law enforcement officials added they are in the beginning stages of the investigation and are trying to find the suspect’s motive.

6/17/2021 President Trump Says COVID-19 Resulted From ‘Accidental’ Lab Leak by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
        President Trump announced COVID-19 likely resulted from an accidental leak from the Wuhan Lab.    In an interview on Wednesday, the 45th president said although he thinks the outbreak of the Chinese coronavirus resulted from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, it was not released on purpose.
    The Lab Leak Theory has gained support from multiple scientists and officials after a House intel report found the virus likely came from that lab.    Trump was among the first to suggest the lab leak theory, but was quickly shut down by top health experts and the media.
    Trump went on to argue the virus escaped from the lab due to incompetence by Chinese scientists.
    “It was incompetence.    I guess some people don’t necessarily agree with that.    They think maybe there was purpose to it, which would be absolutely terrible,” he expressed.    “We have to find out more about it, why did it happen, how did it happen, how could anybody be so incompetent?
    Trump also explained his administration ended U.S. taxpayer funding for gain of function research at the Wuhan Lab.    He reiterated his early travel restrictions on China saved millions of American lives.

6/17/2021 U.S. To Spend $3.2 Billion On Treatments For COVID-19 And Other Viruses by OAN Newsroom
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,
speaks during hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP, File)
    The White House has committed $3.2 billion to antiviral pills and treatments for COVID-19 and other viruses.    The new investment was unveiled during a White House briefing on Thursday.
    Officials said the funds will be used to advance development of several treatments for viruses, which have pandemic potential.    This includes Coronavirus, Ebola, West Nile and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
    The U.S. has so far only approved one antiviral drug known as Remdesivirv for the treatment of COVID-19.    While this drug is administered intravenously to hospitalized patients, health experts have increased calls for an oral treatment individuals can take right at the onset of symptoms.
    The White House confirms it has already committed to buying 1.7 million doses of an experimental antiviral pill from Merck if proven to be effective and safe.

6/17/2021 Solomon: Ga. Officials Admit ‘Bad Things’ Happened In 2020 Election by OAN Newsroom
John Solomon, right, is photographed. (Nick Wass/AP Images)
    Investigative reporter John Solomon sounded off on Georgia’s decision to probe the missing chain of custody documents.    During a recent interview, Solomon cited a Fulton County election report, which described voter irregularities found by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
    “Raffsenberger’s own guy is saying bad, bad things are happening in Atlanta.    Somebody left ballots and equipment out on a dock insecure,” he explained.    “There are a suitcase of election materials that walk out, no chain of custody, no one even noticed who the person is that took it.”
    Solomon went on to report up to 15,000 ballots have been unaccounted for.    He explained although these ballots were assigned a number, they were not ran through voting machines and officially counted.    The reporter also mentioned some ballots were scanned multiple times.
    He went on to say, “There are many batches of documents, more than 2 dozen that are marked as having been double scanned, meaning they went through the machine and counted twice.”
    Experts say up to 330,000 ballots could be impacted in a state Joe Biden won by fewer than 12,000 votes.

6/17/2021 European Union Establishes COVID-19 Vaccine Passport by OAN Newsroom
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shows a phone, as she gives a press statement on the new COVID-19
digital travel certificate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. (Johanna Geron/Pool Photo via AP)
    A dozen European Union members have established a digital vaccine passport to allow travel within member nations.    Reports on Wednesday detailed the so-called EU Digital COVID Certificate, which was officially signed into regulation on Monday.
    The free mobile app uses a QR code to prove if a traveler has received a COVID-19 vaccine, has recently tested negative or has already contracted the virus and recovered.    The passport also allows travelers moving within the EU to avoid restrictions such as quarantines.
    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen claimed the mobile app will revive the spirit of European citizens by reinstating their freedom to travel.
    “This certificate is a symbol of an open and digital Europe,” she explained.    “…It will give Europeans back the freedoms they value and cherish so much.”
    The remaining EU nations, as well as four other countries, are expected to begin using the app by July 1.    An EU spokesperson said the passport will be available to U.S. citizens as well.

6/17/2021 Sen. Lankford Slams Joe Biden On Cybersecurity by OAN Newsroom
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)
    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) slammed Joe Biden for the way he handled cybersecurity with Russia.    In an interview on Thursday, Lankford called out Biden for essentially divulging locations in the U.S. that are vulnerable to attack.
    Biden met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday, where they discussed cybersecurity and the recent ransomware attacks on U.S. pipelines.    After the meeting, Biden told reporters he made it clear to the Russian president what areas of the U.S. is off limits.
    Lankford argued that Biden fell short in his discussion with Putin on cyberattacks.
    “The stunning moment for me was actually a cybersecurity moment where Biden said I brought him a list of 16 areas in the United States that he can’t attack with cybersecurity,” he expressed.    “I think he should have brought a map of the United States and just laid that out and said, here is everything you can’t attack.”
    Lankford went on to say the U.S. must push back hard against Russia in always holding them accountable, but Biden should never hand them a “do-not-touch” list.    Biden did not reveal which entities were included in the list he gave to Putin.

6/17/2021 Bans Continue For Critical Race Theory In Schools by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs a bills, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    The governor of Texas signed into law a bill that would prohibit the teaching of critical race theory.    On Tuesday, Republican Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3979 and was met with immense support.
    While the law does not mention critical race theory by name, it would ban teachers and schools in Texas from requiring students to learn about concepts involved in the controversial topic.    Rep. Steve Toth (R), the bill’s author, said that we don’t need to “burden our kids with guilt for racial crimes they had nothing to do with.”
    In a statement, Abbott said the bill was a strong move, but that more must be done.    The law will go into effect in September.    This comes in addition to other states voicing their opposition while passing similar legislation.
    Florida’s governor spoke at a Board of Education meeting in June, during which he criticized critical race theory.
    “I think its really important when we’re doing history, when we’re doing things like civics, that it is grounded in actual fact,” stated Republican Ron DeSantis.    “And I think we’ve got to have an education system that is preferring fact over narrative.”
    Florida’s State Board of Education made the ban to remove critical race theory after DeSantis said that children were being indoctrinated with “ideology.”
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also spoken against the academic movement.
    “American students deserve a rock-solid civics education grounded in actual facts, not divisive propaganda that tells them they’re little more than a product of their racial background,” stated the Republican senator.
    McConnell also added, the Department of Education’s curriculum reflects “woke sensibilities” of the theory.    This comes as the opposition to ban critical race theory continues to grow.

6/17/2021 House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Authorization by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif) speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Democratic-led House,
with the backing of President Joe Biden, has repealed the 2002 authorization for use of military force in Iraq. (House Television via AP)
    The House has voted to repeal the 2002 Iraq War Authorization.    The Thursday vote fell largely along party lines after proponents argued the two-decade old law was no longer necessary.
    While just one Democrat voted against the repeal, 49 republicans were actually in favor of revoking the special legal authority.    All but one Republican voted against the repeal as the final count was 268 to 161.
    Congress passed the 2002 authorization, which enabled the U.S. military to invade Iraq and challenge the former regime of Saddam Hussein.    The measure has since allowed the executive branch to have more power in military action.
    There were many members of the GOP who stood up against the move by arguing the repeal would strip military powers of the president and limit counterterrorism efforts.    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) suggested updating the authorization rather than entirely revoking it.
    He went on to say, “…To completely do away with it and just give this president, Article Two authorities, to do whatever he wants without any congressional review in my judgment is the wrong step forward.”
    The Senate is expected to take up a similar bill next week with the White House signaling support for the repeal.

6/17/2021 Back The Blue Supporters In Champaign, Ill. Stand Up To City Council On Efforts To Defund The Police by OAN Newsroom
A large contingent of police officers from across the state and region were on hand to show their
support for Officer Chris Oberheim in Decatur, Ill. (Clay Jackson/Herald & Review via AP)
    Hundreds of people from Illinois have demanded the police be shown more support.    This week, Back the Blue supporters spoke out during a Champaign City Council meeting where public comments lasted for several hours.
    During the discussions, residents said gun violence was on the rise due to an increase in degrading law enforcement and argued this has caused people to live in fear.    Some of the criticism comes in response to a Champaign Police Department officer who was fatally shot in May.
    Residents also expressed concerns about the department being defunded.    Back the Blue participant Matt Stuckey slammed city council members who have previously requested to defund of the police, but now claim otherwise.
    “Now they come out after the murder of Officer Chris Oberheim.    They say they support the police,” he explained.    “I think that it’s an an absolute slap in the face.”
    Residents in the area went on to say increased programs for children 12 and younger also needs to be a priority in order to curb crime in the future.

6/17/2021 Texas Governor Announces $250M Down Payment On Southern Border Wall by OAN Newsroom
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference where he signed two energy
related bills, Tuesday, June 8, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announces the state budget will supply $250 million as a down payment to launch the construction of the border wall.
    During a press conference Wednesday, Abbott along with several Republican lawmakers signed a letter authorizing the transfer of funds on a state-led project to complete border wall in Texas.    The funds will also go towards hiring a program manager and contractors to begin building the wall.
    This comes as the border crisis continues to worsen with thousands of migrants being apprehended at the southern border.
    “The bottom line is this; the Biden administration abandoned its responsibility to apply federal law to secure the border and to enforce the immigration laws.    And Texans are suffering as a consequence of that neglect by the Biden administration.    In the federal governments absence, Texas is stepping up to get the job done.”
    Abbott went on to say he expects there will be hundreds of miles of new wall built in the Lone Star State.    Meanwhile, President Trump is set to meet with Abbott later this month to get a first-hand look at the southern border.

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6/18/2021 U.N. Chief Guterres Appointed For Second Term by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a news conference following talks with
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia May 12, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) -United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was appointed for a second-five year-term on Friday by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.
    “I will give it my all to ensure the blossoming of trust between and among nations large and small, to build bridges, and to engage relentlessly in confidence building,” Guterres told the General Assembly after taking the oath of office.
    The 15-member Security Council earlier this month recommended the General Assembly re-appoint Guterres.    His second term starts on beginning on Jan. 1, 2022.
    Guterres succeeded Ban Ki-moon in January 2017, just weeks before Donald Trump became U.S. president.    Much of Guterres’ first term was focused on placating Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism.
    The United States is the largest U.N. financial contributor, responsible for 22% of the regular budget and around a quarter of the peacekeeping budget.    President Joe Biden, who took office in January, has started restoring funding cuts made by Trump to U.N. agencies and re-engaged with the world body.
    U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said the United Nations faced historic challenges, but she hoped that with Guterres at the helm “the next five years will see more peace, more security, and more prosperity than the last.”
    “It will require hard work, political will, and accountability from all U.N. member states,” she said in a statement, adding every member states should have “an impassioned commitment” to human rights.
    Guterres, 72, was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and head of the U.N. refugee agency from 2005 to 2015.    As secretary-general, he has been a cheerleader for climate action, COVID-19 vaccines for all and digital cooperation.
    When he took the reins as U.N. chief, the world body was struggling to end wars and deal with humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen.    Those conflicts are still unresolved, and Guterres is also now faced with emergencies in Myanmar and the Tigray region of Ethiopia.
(Reporting by Michelle NicholsEditing by Frances Kerry)

6/18/2021 Republicans Slam S.1 As A ‘Democrat Power Grab’ by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., center, waits with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the
Senate Republican Conference, and other Republican senators before a news conference to criticize the Democrat push
to pass a voting rights bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Republicans are bashing Democrats for their attempt at influencing future election outcomes with what they are calling the Corrupt Politician’s Act.    This comes after GOP senators slammed the Democrat sponsored elections and voting Bill S.1
    During a press conference Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the piece of legislation a solution in search of a problem.    He then pointed out Democrats have wanted to control elections at the federal level for several years.
    “After the 2016 election, the same bill was introduced in the House and as soon as they got the majority, they passed it,” McConnell explained.    “And the rationale at that point was we needed to clean the system up.    Then they liked the outcome of the 2020 election and so the rationale became we need to prevent states from somehow making it more difficult for people to vote.”
    The Kentucky Republican added, every new state law passed is legitimate and there is no rationale basis for the federal government to seize elections powers.
    Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also attacked the legislation by calling it a “Democrat power grab.”
    “It is an attempt by Democrats to federalize elections and to ensure that Democrats cannot lose for the next 100 years,” asserted the Texas lawmaker.    “It is not about protecting the right to vote, it is about taking away the right to vote from the citizens and giving it instead to the corrupt politicians in Washington.”
    Cruz also said the bill would invite more fraud, not less, while pointing out it throws away many forms of election protections.
    If passed in the Senate, S.1 would create automatic and same-day voter registration, expand vote-by-mail and also limit the ability of states to remove voters from voter rolls and prevent non-eligible people from voting.    With the Senate evenly split 50-50, it would be up to Kamala Harris to cast a vote if there is a tie.

6/18/2021 Fla. Gov. DeSantis Holds Red Tide Meeting To Discuss Mitigation Efforts by OAN Newsroom
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, waves as he arrives, Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Shul of Bal Harbour,
a Jewish community center in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Florida Gov. (R) held a roundtable to discuss how the Sunshine State will deal with the harmful red tide phenomenon on its gulf coast. He met with officials on the Red Tide Task force in Saint Petersburg on Thursday to discuss mitigation efforts and future technology that could help with the dangerous algae bloom along Florida’s coastline.
    The algae bloom, known as the red tide due to the way it discolors the water to appear murky and red, kills fish and hurts tourism the economy relies on.    The red tide also causes serious health conditions for people living near affected beaches and are especially dangerous to people with respiratory problems.
    “I recommended the creation of the Center for Red Tide Research in my first budget back in 2019,” stated the governor.    “The center was established within the research institute and has received $4.8 million each year to detect track and mitigate red tide and to support the task force.”
    Additionally, DeSantis signed a Senate bill in 2019 that established the Red Tide Mitigation and Technology Development Initiative to develop new technology and approaches to help reduce the negative effects it has on the economy as well as the health of Floridians and tourists.    The bill allocated $3 million per year for six years, totaling $18 million, and DeSantis confirmed over 20 projects are under way.
    Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Executive Director Eric Sutton explained how technological advances have bettered communication of the red tide to residents, visitors and businesses, so they can plan accordingly and be aware of the phenomenon and its dangers.
    “We have an interactive map out there anyone can go to and see in almost real time, where red tide is occurring,” he explained.    “And often it’s patchy, it’s localized, it’s not widespread and it’s important for us to communicate that.”
    Sutton added, they also provide weekly updates on the map and network of partners with local governments and tourism officials to ensure they have all the information to help protect the economy as well as public health.
    The oceans depth around West Palm Beach has made it a target for the red tide and DeSantis said the dangerous algae has been a recorded problem in Florida since the 1840s.    The Republican governor’s meeting comes as Tampa Bay beaches reported multiple cases of red tide earlier this week.
    DeSantis explained the goal is to lessen the harmful effects it has on the people who could face health risks and the economy.

6/18/2021 Chicago Mayor Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Friday, March 20, 2020, file photo, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot listens to a question during a news conference in
Chicago. A protest and march against Lightfoot is scheduled for Thursday, May 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
    The mayor of Chicago has declared racism a public health emergency while citing the disparity of life expectancy between races in the city.     Democrat Lori Lightfoot addressed the issue during a press conference Thursday.
    This came after the Chicago Health Department released data showing black residents on average live about nine years less than non-black residents.    Lightfoot said the difference in life expectancy has only increased over the past 10 years.
    “When we think about racism.    many of us think about it’s visible and audible forms, but the reality is the insidious nature of systemic racism has other impacts that are as every bit deep and harmful,” stated the Chicago mayor.
    Meanwhile, Lightfoot has failed to address a major uptick in gun violence over the past year while asking the federal government earlier this week to help address the problem.

6/18/2021 McCloskeys Plead Guilty To Lesser Charges by OAN Newsroom
Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis, Thursday, June 17, 2021. The St. Louis couple who
gained notoriety for pointing guns at BLM protesters last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
    The Missouri couple who garnered nationwide attention for defending their home from protesters during last year’s Black Lives Matter protests plead guilty to misdemeanor charges.    On Thursday, Mark and Patricia McCloskey plead guilty to fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor harassment respectively.
    The couple was forced to hand over the weapons they held while facing the crowd and those weapons will be destroyed.    They were also sentenced to pay the maximum fines, owing $2,750 in total.
    In a statement following the hearing, McCloskey said he was happy with the outcome.
Any time the mob comes and threatens me, I’ll do the same thing again to protect my family,” he stated.    “I will never back down to the liberal mob in the Senate and I will always stand strong for Missouri.”
    Though the charges are misdemeanors, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) is reportedly considering pardons for the couple.

6/18/2021 Speaker Pelosi Dodges Reporter’s Question On Abortion by OAN Newsroom
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., talks to reporters just after the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the
Obama-era health care law, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    A reporter asked Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) about her take on an upcoming Supreme Court case regarding a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
    During a press conference Thursday, the reporter inquired about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which the Supreme Court will review this fall after a lower court blocked the law earlier this year.    Pelosi was asked: is an unborn baby at 15 weeks a human being? Here’s her response:
    “Let me just say that I’m a big supporter of Roe v. Wade.    I am a mother of five children in six years.    I think I have some standing on this issue as to respecting a woman’s right to choose.”b     Sen, Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called Pelosi’s answer “barbaric” in a tweet Thursday morning.
    This is not the first time the Speaker has answered this way when asked about abortion.    In 2015, she was asked if a 20-week-old unborn child is a human and she responded similarly.    There was no “yes” or “no,” just another personal anecdote.    She made the following statement:
    “In fact, one day many years ago, perhaps before you were born when I was a new member of Congress, as a Catholic and a mom of five, opposing some of the initiatives similar to what–in the same vein as–what we have today, one of the Republicans stood up and said: Nancy Pelosi thinks she knows more about having babies than the pope.    Yeah, Yeah.    That would be true.”
    A San Francisco archbishop slammed Pelosi after her response, stating “no good Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from church teaching on the sanctity of life.
    Both Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are prominent Catholic politicians who are at odds with their church on the issue of abortion and have faced criticism from church leaders.    More than 200 catholic bishops will gather virtually this week to discuss whether high-profile Catholic politicians who support abortion should be given Holy Communion.

6/18/2021 Human Remains Found In Minn., Homicide Investigation Launched by OAN Newsroom
A Minneapolis Police Department vehicle is seen in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., April 2, 2021. (REUTERS Photo/Octavio Jones)
    Law enforcement in Minnesota are investigating the gruesome discovery of human body parts in northeast Minneapolis.    A community was left in shock after they were discovered in a local neighborhood.
    During a press briefing on Thursday, Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said a passerby earlier that morning discovered a human leg on the 300 block.    Authorities confirmed additional body parts were later discovered at another nearby site.
    Authorities are treating this as a homicide investigation and are “working to recover all of the parts necessary.”    Law enforcement noted, this does not appear to be a random act.
    “The reason why we contacted our homicide teams is because the parts of the anatomy that were located, had they been removed from somebody, they would not have been able to survive,” Elder explained.
    Officials believe the remains belong to those of a white male in his thirties.    They are working on identifying the individual.
    “We don’t know the origin of the body, we don’t know the identify of the body…we don’t know where this body came from,” Elder continued.
    While officials actively investigate, law enforcement is urging residents to stay vigilant of their surroundings, Additionally, authorities are asking individuals with any information that can help with their investigation to please contact Crime Stoppers of Minnesota.

6/18/2021 House Votes To Repeal 2002 Iraq War Authorization by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this May 13, 2021, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks
during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
    The House of Representatives has repealed the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq.    The decision was made in a 268-to-161 vote on Thursday with 49 Republicans voting “yay” on the matter, along with nearly all Democrats.
    The Iraq Resolution was passed in response to 9/11, in turn, giving the president broad authority to green-light military operations in Iraq in order to fight Islamic terror.    Supporters of the measure said there’s no need for presidents to continue to have broad discretion over military actions in the country since the Iraq war has been over for nearly 10 years.
    However, Republicans who oppose the repeal have said although some powers should be peeled back, there needs to be a new authorization in place so that Iran, a major state sponsor of terror, is not emboldened to commit more acts of terrorism.
    “This short sighted and purely political effort to repeal the authority without a replacement sends the wrong message and will embolden the Islamic terror groups and the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, Iran,” stated Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.).    “I urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill until we have a viable replacement that addresses the threat of Iran and its proxies.    We have already turned our backs on Afghanistan.”
    The bill is likely to face stronger opposition in the Senate, where Democrats hold a much smaller majority.    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has already spoken out against it while arguing the authorization extends far beyond the Iraq war.
    A Senate Committee is scheduled to take up the bill next week.

6/18/2021 Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation Tackling Cyber Security by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., center, flanked by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks to
reporters about the national vulnerability to cybercrime at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Senators on Capitol Hill introduced legislation aimed at cracking down cyber criminals.    On Thursday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R.S.C.), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) set in motion the International Cybercrime Prevention Act, which looks to ramp up penalties for hackers targeting critical infrastructure.
    “The way to think of this bill is an infrastructure bill because we’re protecting infrastructure and we’re taking down infrastructure that belongs to the cyber criminals,” stated Blumenthal.    “And stopping the safe harbors because obviously the cyber criminals are using a form of currency that can be so easily laundered.”
    The bipartisan legislation would also increase the Justice Department’s ability to combat botnet groups, while cracking down on the sales of certain spyware devices and other hacking equipment.    The measure would allow injunctions against botnets engaged in the destruction of data, destructive cyber-attacks or other certain violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
    The bill was previously introduced back in 2018 by the same co-sponsors, but did not land a single vote in the Senate.    The legislation was brought forth once again as both Republican and left-wing lawmakers continued to call for action due to a recent number of critical organizations becoming the victims of targeted cyber-attacks.
    “And we have known for over a decade that ransomware was a method of cyber-attack, and we have spent billions of dollars to try to deal with this,” Whitehouse stated.    “So when Colonial Pipeline, the biggest fuel pipeline in the United States of America, falls to a ransomware attack that is a powerful signal things have not gone well in response to this.”
    Graham said the bill would assist with apprehending cyber criminals behind recent attacks who are believed to be working for the Russian government.    This came after Joe Biden warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of 16 critical kinds of infrastructure that are “off limits.”
    “I don’t think Putin is going to stop until the pain is real,” the South Carolina lawmaker told reporters.    “I think the likelihood of criminal enterprises this large operating in Russia without his knowledge is zero and the offensive capability of the United States is large.”
    Graham also assured private companies hackers are not a force to reckon with and to take cyber security more seriously.
    “You should join with us to harden your infrastructure in a reasonable way and the reward would be liability protection,” he stated.    “If we’re not doing that, we’re not doing the most we can in America to protect ourselves from what we know to be a wide and deep threat.”
    In the meantime, the Senate took a step further in crushing cyber-attacks on Thursday after appointing former National Security Agency Deputy Director Chris Inglis as the first White House National Cyber Director.

6/18/2021 Peru Ex-Military Stir Election Tensions With Appeal To Armed Forces To “Remedy” Poll by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo addresses supporters from the headquarters
of the "Free Peru" party in Lima, Peru June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Alessandro Cinque
    LIMA (Reuters) – A group of retired officers has suggested Peru’s military should refuse to recognize socialist candidate Pedro Castillo if he is declared winner of the country’s presidential election if fraud allegations are not investigated, according to a letter circulated widely on social media on Friday.
    Interim president Francisco Sagasti confirmed the letter, which was posted on Twitter and Facebook, arrived at the general headquarters of the armed forces, bearing the names of at least 80 retired military personnel.
    Sagasti said he had ordered an investigation into what he said could be “harmful conduct” against the rule of law and insisted the armed forces should remain neutral.
    Peru held a second round of its presidential elections on June 6, with Castillo ahead of conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori by a razor thin margin, according to the electoral office’s vote count completed on Tuesday.
    The winner has not yet been officially declared because the party of Fujimori, the eldest daughter of imprisoned ex-president Alberto Fujimori, has asked for the annulment of some 900 voting tables where she alleged, without publicly providing evidence, that fraud was committed.
    Friday’s letter appealed to military chiefs to “act rigorously” and “remedy” the “demonstrated irregularities” that took place during the vote or risk having an “illegal and illegitimate” commander in chief at the helm of the country.
    The tight election has deeply divided citizens of the world’s second-largest copper producer.    Protest marches by supporters of both candidates take place almost daily in downtown Lima, calling for a swift resolution and respect for the popular will.
    Castillo, 51, obtained 50.125% of the votes in the second round, a lead of 44,058 votes over Fujimori, who according to her lawyers seeks to nullify some 250,000 votes, mostly cast in poor rural areas which constitute Castillo’s support base in contrast to her largely urban one.
    Castillo’s ascent to within a whisker of high office, and his plans to redistribute wealth, hike mining taxes and rewrite the constitution, have alarmed Peru’s elite and foreign investors.
    The Armed Forces played a key role in the career of Alberto Fujimori, backing him when he shut down Congress in 1992 and assumed the broad powers of an authoritarian government.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino, writing by Aislinn Laing; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

6/18/2021 United Nations Calls For Halt Of Weapons To Myanmar by Michelle Nichols
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks as U.N. General Assembly appointed him for a second five-year
term from January 1, 2022, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
    NEW YORK (Reuters) -The United Nations General Assembly on Friday called for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urged the military to respect November election results and release political detainees, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
    The General Assembly adopted a resolution with the support of 119 countries several months after the military overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government in a Feb. 1 coup.    Belarus requested the text be put to a vote and was the only country to oppose it, while 36 abstained, including China and Russia.
    “The risk of a large-scale civil war is real,” U.N. special envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener told the General Assembly after the vote.    “Time is of the essence.    The opportunity to reverse the military takeover is narrowing.”
    Some countries which abstained said the crisis was an internal issue for Myanmar, others did not think the resolution would be helpful, while some states complained it did not adequately address the plight of Rohingya Muslims some four years after a military crackdown forced nearly a million to flee Myanmar.
    European Union U.N. Ambassador Olof Skoog said the U.N. resolution sends a powerful message: “It delegitimizes the military junta, condemns its abuse and violence against its own people and demonstrates its isolation in the eyes of the world.”
    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had earlier on Friday pushed the General Assembly to act, telling reporters: “We cannot live in a world where military coups become a norm.    It is totally unacceptable.”
    The military cited the government’s refusal to address what it said was fraud in a November election as the reason for the coup.    International observers have said the ballot was fair.
    An initial draft U.N. resolution included stronger language calling for an arms embargo on Myanmar.    According to a proposal seen by Reuters last month, nine Southeast Asian countries wanted that language removed.
    The compromise text “calls on all member states to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar.”
    General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding but carry political weight.    Unlike the 15-member Security Council, no country has veto power in the General Assembly.
    The junta’s forces have killed more than 860 people since the coup, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.    The junta says the number is much lower.
    The U.N. resolution calls on the Myanmar military to “immediately stop all violence against peaceful protesters” and end restrictions on the internet and social media.
    The General Assembly also called on Myanmar to swiftly implement a five-point consensus the junta forged with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents.
    ASEAN has led the main diplomatic effort to find a way out of the crisis, but was split on Friday over the U.N. action.
    Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam and Myanmar’s U.N. Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun, who speaks for the country’s elected civilian government, voted yes, while Brunei, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand abstained.
    Kyaw Moe Tun said he was disappointed it took so long for the General Assembly to adopt a “watered down” resolution, adding: “It is critically important that no country should support the military.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Howard Goller, Jonathan Oatis and Richard Chang)

6/18/2021 Canada Vows To Nearly Double Intake Of ‘Protected Persons’ As Refugee Family Backlog Grows by Anna Mehler Paperny
FILE PHOTO: A group of Central American migrant’s rest along the railway track on their way
to the United States in Macuspana, Tabasco, Mexico March 25, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
    TORONTO (Reuters) – Canada will admit more refugees and their families this year as part of its effort to tackle a global crisis, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino said on Friday.
    He said Canada will take nearly double the number of protected persons, defined as people who have applied for and been granted refugee status after arriving in the country, as well as their immediate families abroad.    The new target is 45,000, up from 23,500.
    Mendicino also said the government plans to spend an additional C$3 million ($2.4 million) over two years for refugee sponsorship and modestly expand a program blending refugee resettlement with economic immigration.    His announcement comes ahead of ahead of World Refugee Day on Sunday.
    “We hope to be able to facilitate their travel, obviously taking into consideration ongoing travel restrictions,” Mendicino said, referring to refugees’ family members.
    Canada aims to resettle 36,000 refugees this year – distinct from protected persons in that resettled refugees are referred directly to Canada by an agency like the UNHCR and have refugee status on arrival.    Mendicino has said Canada may accept Central American migrants to help the United States, which is struggling to deal with an increase.
    The backlog of immigration applications for the family members of protected persons had been increasing before the pandemic and nearly doubled to 21,372 in January, 2021 from 11,177 in January, 2018, according to government data obtained by Reuters.
    Reuters spoke with refugees waiting months or years to be reunited with family members subject to abuses in their countries of origin.
    Even as Canada prepares to accept more refugees, it has sought to prevent asylum-seekers from coming into the country via its land border – either through its Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States or through a COVID-19 policy being contested in court.
($1 = 1.2438 Canadian dollars)
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny)

6/19/2021 Oil up $0.60 to $71.66, DOW down 533 to 33,290.

6/19/2021 Biden Takes Credit For Making Juneteenth A Holiday Despite President Trump’s Proposal In His Platinum Plan by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden signs the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
    Joe Biden has fallen under scrutiny for not creating a policy that will benefit black Americans, while the mainstream media was quick to forget President Trump’s proposals.    As Joe Biden took credit for making Juneteenth a federal holiday, the mainstream media forgot Trump’s proposal less than a year ago as part of his Platinum Plan.
    “By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, all Americans can feel the power of this day and learn from our history,” Biden expressed.    “Celebrate progress and grapple with the distance we’ve come, but the distance we have to travel.”
    Contrary to the Biden administration, who claimed America requires state intervention to fix systemic racism in order to achieve equality, President Trump aimed to empower Black Americans by creating opportunities in their communities.
    “We will create 3 million new jobs for the black community, open 500,000 new black owned businesses, increase access to capitol in black communities by 500 billion dollars,” he announced.    “This includes investing in community development and financial institutions and minority depository institutions.”
    While in office, President Trump sought to understand the needs of the black community by directly soliciting leaders’ advice and feedback.    This advice ultimately guided the 45th president to create his comprehensive plan, which focused on four main pillars: opportunity, security, prosperity and fairness for African Americans.
    Several black American’s commended Trump’s Platinum Plan by noting it would have led to more education opportunities, economic empowerment, better and cheaper healthcare, and justice.    Biden on the other hand has been criticized by both parties for using Juneteenth as a symbolic victory instead of proposing policies to enact material change.
    “Joe Biden cares more about the citizens of foreign countries than he cares about Black American’s living in our own country,” President Trump asserted.    “I will always put American’s first and that includes very importantly Black American’s.”
    Meanwhile, voters are watching Biden closer than ever to see if he will actually create policy that will benefit the black community.
[It’s no big deal since Joe has done plagiarism all his 50 years but his party may want to get rid of the Holiday since Trump implemented it, and I myself will never noticed the day and do not know why a teen named June is so important.].

6/19/2021 National Security Adviser: We Have To Continue To Pressure China On Origins Of COVID-19 by OAN Newsroom
National security adviser Jake Sullivan in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan has expressed hope for the Intelligence review of the COVID-19 outbreak to provide some clarity.    In an interview on Friday, Sullivan noted the Intelligence Community has been tasked by Joe Biden to review all intelligence regarding the outbreak that has been collected.
    The community had 90 days to complete this task, which was ordered last month.    Sullivan urged partner nations to continue public pressures on China to provide the initial outbreak data.    China has so far refused to release any regarding information.
    Sullivan went on to say, “that’s why it was so important that at the G7 the world’s democracies came together to insist on a phase-two investigation in China of the origins of COVID-19.”
    The Biden administration has admitted no explanation has been ruled out regarding the origins of the virus.    Recent reports say a handful of employees at the Wuhan Institute of Virology fell ill in November 2019 shortly before the first reported cases.

6/19/201 Atlanta Community Looks To Separate From The Capital Amid Skyrocketing Crime Rates by OAN Newsroom
A highway leading to the city of Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by TAMI CHAPPELL/AFP via Getty Images)
    Community leaders of a community in Atlanta, Georgia have pushed to remove itself from the Peach State’s capital amid skyrocketing crime rates.    On Friday, Bill White, CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, stated the community submitted two bills to the Georgia legislature in effort to separate from Atlanta and become its own city.
    The original bill was introduced by Rep. Todd Jones (R-Ga.) in April.    Lawmakers hope residents will vote on the referendum ballot in January 2022.    The decision came after police statistics reported an increase in murders by 63 percent since May 2020 in the Democrat-run city under Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, while police continued to lose funding.
    One May weekend left 19 people shot and six people dead in Atlanta neighborhoods, which fueled the Buckhead City Committee to push even harder for a separation.    White stated Buckhead City would also have its own judge, court and jail to crack down on crime.
    He went on to argue, “we are at war here in Atlanta and it’s obvious to the average citizen that this is a huge crisis that we have to get control of right away.”
    Although, the committee for United Atlanta has maintained opposition against Buckhead becoming a city by stressing the divorce proceeding is a lengthy process.    Head of United Atlanta, Attorney Linda Klein, said legal battles could ensue and potentially halt the process for years.
    “The new city would need to have its own set of bureaucrats, elected officials, and others,” she explained.    “…It’s very complicated.”
    However, Buckhead city committee cited similar formations of cities such as Brook Haven and Sandy Springs as proof it can be done.    White outlined the points on the committee’s website in terms of taxes, leadership and infrastructure.
    In addition, White is confident around 80 percent of community members will vote in favor of the separation.

6/19/2021 Ariz. CBP Warns Migrants Not To Cross Southern Border Amid Extreme Heat by OAN Newsroom
A family of asylum seekers from Colombia boards the Border Patrol Inmate transport after they turned
themselves in to US Border Patrol agents in Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by Apu Gomes/Getty Images)
    Arizona Customs and Border Protection agents have warned migrants of extreme heat danger.    The Border Patrol’s Tucson division recently said migrants are at risk of dying from the excessive heat near the border, with temperatures reaching over 110 degrees.
    “The danger is real, the terrain is brutal,” explained one CBP agent.    “It is not possible to carry the necessary amount of water to make it to your destination, as the distances you must travel are devastating.”
    According to KOLD, CBP reported an average of 30 to 40 emergency 911 calls each day. In addition, the Pima County medical examiner stated there have already been 11 heat-related deaths in June so far.
    “The temperature at the moment is 108 degrees Fahrenheit,” the CBP agent stated.    “Walking through the desert is like jumping into boiling water with an expectation of being spared of any injury.    The message is clear.    Don’t do it.
    CBP added there are emergency beacons along the southern border for those who do not listen to their warnings.    Caution of the deadly heat wave comes after border patrol agents in Texas discovered a slew of U-Haul trucks filled with migrants.    Agents earlier this week discovered 33 migrants packed into the back of a U-Haul, which uncovered a human smuggling operation where migrants were “close to perishing due to excessive heat.”
    In a separate incident, another truck was pulled over carrying 27 illegal immigrants, where temperatures inside reached a scorching 106 degrees.    None of the migrants were wearing protective equipment and many required medical attention after suffering heat related sickness.
    This comes after reports indicated more than 180,00 migrants crossed the border illegally in May. GOP lawmakers have continued to take aim at the Biden administration for their handling of the crisis as well as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’s reluctance to visit the border.
    Meanwhile, President Trump is expected to visit the border later this month.

6/19/2021 Sen. Cruz Slams Critical Race Theory by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaks during the Road to Majority convention at Gaylord Palms Resortbr> & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla. (Stephen M. Dowell)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) denounced critical race theory as a bigoted ideology and compared it to the Ku Klux Klan.    At the Faith and Freedom Conference on Friday, Cruz argued the left have made people feel isolated in their beliefs.
    Cruz went on to state the left has replaced class-based Marxism with race-based Marxism in efforts to divide the U.S.    The Republican senator expressed concern that CRT was designed to turn Americans against each other and create hate based upon race.
    Despite the emergence of leftist ideologies like CRT, Cruz expressed optimism about what could be ahead for the nation.    He argued the foundations of the country have been under attack by the left and called upon listeners at the Faith and Freedom Conference to defend America.
    “It took Jimmy Carter to give us Ronald Reagan,” he expressed.    “Joe Biden is Jimmy Carter 2.0, and I’m here to tell you revival is coming.”
    Carter was notably voted out of office following energy shortages, double digit inflation and a lack of employment during his one term as president.

6/19/2021 Biden To Host Israeli President Rivlin On June 28 – White House
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden greets a member of the U.S. Air Force as he arrives for a weekend trip to his home
in Wilmington at Delaware Air National Guard Base in New Castle, Delaware, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Al Drago
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden plans to host Israel’s new president, Reuven Rivlin, at the White House on June 28, the White House said on Saturday.
    “President Rivlin’s visit will highlight the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel and the deep ties between our governments and our people,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
    Rivlin will visit shortly before he is due to end his seven-year term in July.
    Isaac Herzog was elected the country’s new president this month in elections that marked the end of the era of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu era in Israel.
    The role of president is largely ceremonial but also meant to promote unity among ethnic and religious groups.
    The government changed after last month’s fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza also touched off rare mob violence among the Jewish majority and Arab minority within Israeli cities.
    “President Rivlin approaches the end of his term, this visit will honor the dedication he has shown to strengthening the friendship between the two countries over the course of many years,” Psaki said.
(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Richard Chang)

6/19/2021 Brazilians Protest President Bolsonaro’s Response To The Pandemic by Leonardo Benessatto and Sergio Queiroz
A person holds a cross reading "500.000 deaths" as people participate in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro
and his handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cuiaba, Brazil, June 19, 2021. REUTERS/Mariana Greif
    BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Thousands took to the streets across Brazil on Saturday to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro’s pandemic response, blasting the leader for not acquiring vaccines fast enough and for questioning the need for mask-wearing.
    Brazil is expected to surpass 500,000 deaths from COVID-19 when official figures are released later on Saturday, the world’s highest death toll after the United States.
    The government faces fierce criticism for passing up earlier opportunities to buy vaccines.    Pharmaceutical maker Pfizer said it got no response to early offers to sell vaccines to the government between August and November last year.
    “We are protesting against the genocidal Bolsonaro government that did not buy vaccines and has done nothing to take care of its people in the last year,” said 36-year-old Aline Rabelo, while protesting on the national mall in Brasilia.
    Bolsonaro’s press office did not immediately respond to request for comment.    Only 11% of Brazilians are fully vaccinated and 29% have received a first dose, Health Ministry data shows.
    Brazil’s largest broadcaster Globo reported that by early afternoon, protests had been held in at least 44 cities in 20 states.
    Demonstrators widely alleged that the nearly 500,000 dead was a form of genocide carried out by the government on the Brazilian people, holding up signs demanding Bolsonaro be removed for office while chanting and beating drums.
    While organizers promised the largest demonstrations yet in more than 300 cities, gatherings in Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia on Saturday morning did not appear to be larger than the last major protests on May 29.
    Protests in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, were scheduled to begin in the afternoon.
    A special Senate committee is probing the Bolsonaro administration’s pandemic response, highlighting the government’s delayed efforts to acquire vaccines while prioritizing unproven treatments for COVID-19.
(Reporting by Leonardo Benessatto in Brasilia and Sergio Queiroz in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Jake Spring; Editing by David Gregorio)

6/19/2021 Northern Ireland’s DUP To Choose Latest New Leader Within A Week
FILE PHOTO: Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Edwin Poots attends a news conference before a meeting with
Ireland's Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Micheal Martin in Dublin, Ireland June 3, 2021. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
    DUBLIN (Reuters) – Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) will choose a new leader, its third in a matter of weeks, by Saturday June 26, the party said on Saturday after Edwin Poots quit just three weeks after formally taking power.
    The British-run region’s largest party has gone through a tumultuous period since the ousting of then leader and Northern Ireland first minister Arlene Foster in late April.
    Her successor, Poots, stepped down on Thursday after he was opposed by 24 of his party’s 28 regional lawmakers on the nomination of a new first minister but appointed ally Paul Givan to the role minutes anyway.
    Poots’ resignation has added to political instability in Northern Ireland, which is the focus of a post-Brexit trade spat between Britain and the European Union and has seen street violence fuelled by anger about restrictions on trade with the rest of the United Kingdom.
    Nominations for the new leader close on Tuesday and if more than one lawmaker put their names forward, an election will be held the following Saturday.
    Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s chief in the British parliament who was narrowly defeated by Poots in the leadership vote last month, is expected to put his name forward again and may be the only nominee.
    The Belfast Telegraph reported on Saturday that DUP party officials told Givan that he will have to resign as first minister when a new leader is in place.
    That would raise the prospect once more of a snap election as the DUP would need to secure the consent of their main partners in the power-sharing government, Irish nationalist rivals Sinn Fein, to appoint a new first minister.
    Sinn Fein insisted the Givan’s nomination be accompanied by the introduction of Irish language rights, a precondition that angered DUP lawmakers and led to the vote against Poots.
(Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Christina Fincher)

6/19/2021 Mexico City Shuts Down Classes Again, Enters Higher COVID-19 Risk Tier
FILE PHOTO: A child receives hand sanitizer while arriving at the Ignacio Zaragoza elementary school as Mexico City's
authorities resumed in-person classes today after a downward trend in the number of infections and hospitalisations of
the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mexico City, Mexico June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Cortes/File Photo
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico City schools that had just gone back to in-person classes will be closed again starting Monday as the sprawling capital climbs into a higher tier of coronavirus risk, education authorities said on Saturday.
    Mexico City officials had loosened restrictions on gatherings in schools, hotels, stores and restaurants just two weeks ago as the dense urban zone moved into the lowest risk tier of the government’s four-level “traffic light” model.
    But the federal Health Ministry on Friday evening put Mexico City, home to more than 9 million people, a step higher on the scale for June 21 to July 4.
    Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said the city’s Epidemiological Traffic Light, a calculation of risk factors, has climbed to nine points from eight points, putting the capital into the more restrictive tier.
    Mexico City’s Federal Educational Authority (AEFCM) said in a statement the suspension of classes applied to both private and public schools.
    Mexico, which began COVID-19 vaccinations at the end of 2020, has reported more than 230,959 deaths from the coronavirus and 2,471,741 confirmed infections.
(Reporting by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)

6/19/2021 Cate Blanchett Sees Pandemic As Chance For Reflection On Plight Of Refugees by Marie-Louise Gumuchian
Cate Blanchett, Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, speaks at the United Nations Security Council
on the Rohingya emergency in New York City, New York, U.S. August 28, 2018. UNHCR/Andrew Kelly/Handout via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) -This year’s World Refugee Day offers a chance to reflect on the uncertainty faced by those forced to flee their homes, actor Cate Blanchett, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency, says as the world grapples with the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    The Oscar winner and UNHCR goodwill ambassador said the annual June 20 event came during a time of “challenge and reflection.”
    “We’ve been forced to confront what uncertainty feels like and of course that is the situation that the majority of refugees live with, year in, year out,” Blanchett told Reuters in an interview.
    “There’s a kind of an opportunity … to think about how we have dealt with uncertainty and perhaps place ourselves in the shoes of mothers and fathers and doctors and lawyers who have been, through no fault of their own, displaced and have been living with, for often for upwards of 18, 19 years, in that state that we have been dealing with for 18 months.”
    World Refugee Day honours those who have been forced to flee their homes due to conflict or persecution.    This year’s theme calls for greater inclusion of refugees in health systems, education and sport.
    “Sadly, even in COVID, conflicts have continued around the world,” Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for protection, said in the joint interview.
    “What we’re trying to talk about … is to support the host countries to enable people to be included in access to education, children to school, family members to work, but of course, most particularly in this time of COVID, access to health and to vaccines,” Triggs added.
    In its annual report released on Friday, UNHCR said the number of people forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and human rights abuses had doubled in the past decade to reach 82.4 million at the end of 2020. [L2N2NY1MV]
    “These numbers are not going away, but the numbers are so great that we can often forget about the human face,” Blanchett said.     In her UNHCR role, Blanchett has travelled to Lebanon, Jordan and Bangladesh, and has addressed the UN Security Council on the Rohingya refugee crisis.
    “There’s been a lot of fear-based rhetoric around the notion of people who have been forcibly displaced, either internally or outside their own country,” she said.
    “I think that World Refugee Day couldn’t come at a better time because we can really think about how we can collectively build a stronger and safer and more humane world and that being inclusive is a superhuman power.”
(Reporting by Marie-Louise GumuchianEditing by David Holmes)

6/19/2021 Biden Warns Of ‘Potentially Deadlier’ Variant Of COVID-19, Urges Americans To Get Vaccinated by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks about reaching 300 million COVID-19 vaccination shots, in the
State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden has warned the public of a new and potentially deadlier coronavirus variant in an effort to increase vaccinations.    On Friday, Biden touted his administration’s vaccination rate, but said coronavirus still “remains a serious and deadly threat.”
    The nation has been expected to fall short of the Biden administration’s goal to have 160 million Americans fully vaccinated by July 4.    Biden insisted vaccinations can curb the danger of new variants.
    “The best way to protect yourself against these variants are to get fully vaccinated,” he claimed.    “If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, get vaccinated now, now. Don’t put it off.”
    Biden went on to claim young individuals are particularly at risk for the new delta variant, which he also stated is more contagious than other strains.    Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky expressed her expectations for the variant to spread and dominate other strains over the next few months.
    Biden’s speech comes as many states have started to make progress in lifting lockdown mandates.


6/19/2021 Mainstream Media Treats Joe Biden’s Temper Much Different From President Trump’s Criticism Of The Press by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden, left, speaks to members of the media at Heathrow, west of London. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
    The mainstream media has made a habit of referring to President Trump as a threat to the free press because of his negative comments about them.    However, Joe Biden has received a free pass from such remarks for his recent attacks toward the press corps.
    Biden’s latest hostility towards the media was directed at CNN’s Kaitlan Collins on Wednesday after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.    After asking Biden how confident he was for a change in Putin’s behavior, Collins was met with frustration.
    “…What the hell? What do you do all the time?    When did I say I was confident?” Biden rambled.    “I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world.”
    Members of the corporate media were quick to perform damage control for Biden after his outburst.    Vox’s Aaron Rupar tweeted “it would’ve served Biden better to not lose his temper with Kaitlan Collins, but the problem with her question is she put words in Biden’s mouth that he didn’t say.”
    Biden went on to apologize later in the day, which Collins was all too happy to accept.    Although she expressed appreciation for his efforts, the reporter went on to claim his apology was completely unnecessary.
    The episode comes in stark contrast to a situation in 2020 when President Trump walked out of a press conference once Collins attempted to take control and criticize his handling of coronavirus.    Collins, who is CNN’s’ Chief White House Correspondent, went on to notably attack 45th President Trump after the election and blamed him for the events at the Capitol on January 6.
    The reporter is not the only member of the mainstream media seemingly applying different standards.    In January, Biden snapped at Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller when asked about his vaccine goals.
    “When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible,” Biden claimed.    “Come on, give me a break, man.    It’s a good start, 100 million.”
    Miller never responded to this criticism by Biden. However, he did take aim at Trump when the 45th President went to wave at supporters while hospitalized from coronavirus last year.    Miller called Trump thanking his supporters outside Water Reed Medical Center outrageous and implied he didn’t take his job as president seriously by going out in a health crisis without a protective pool.
    Although many in the mainstream media consistently sought to tarnish Trump for defending himself and expressing concerns about the accuracy of their reporting among other issues, they do not appear to be taking the same approach to Biden.

6/19/2021 Atlanta Mayor Blames Lifting Lockdown For Rise In Murders by OAN Newsroom
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaks at a press conference after a series of shootings at three
Atlanta-area spas left eight people dead. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
    The Mayor of Atlanta has blamed the recent rise of murder in her city as the result of opening earlier than other cities.
    Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Friday, people traveling to the city because of the premature lockdown lift has been the biggest cause of the spike.
    Nightclubs and other businesses stayed open in Atlanta after Georgia reopened its economy in May 2020, while other states remained in lockdown.
    Acknowledging other Democrat-run cities have seen a rise in crime too, Bottoms also blamed easy access to firearms.
    “Until we deal with the systemic issues of gun violence in this country, how easily young people, people with mental illnesses can access guns in this country,” she explained.    “I’m afraid that this will not be the last Summer we are having this conversation.”
    Since the defund the police movement took major cities by storm last summer, murder is up almost 60 percent in Atlanta.    It’s up by double digit amounts in other Democrat-led cities such as New York City and Chicago.

6/19/2021 Dozens Of House GOP Lawmakers Call On Joe Biden To Remove Kamala Harris As Border Czar by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris speaks with the media at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport
in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images)
    Dozens of House Republicans have called on Joe Biden to remove Kamala Harris as his border czar amid mounting scrutiny on the Democrat for not visiting the southern border.    In a letter signed by 56 lawmakers to Biden this week, the lawmakers argued Harris has not shown an adequate interest in observing the border crisis first hand.
    The lawmakers also stated Harris has insulted Border Patrol agents, ICE officials and local law enforcement near the border by not speaking with them.    Harris has continued to repeatedly dodged questions on whether she plans to make a trip.
    Republicans have slammed the Biden administration for pulling back on many Trump-era policies to secure the border.    A reported 180,000 immigrants flooded the border in May, resulting in the highest level of a migrant surge since 2006.
    The GOP lawmakers argue the country cannot afford another minute of inaction from Harris and urge Biden to appoint someone else to help him get a better grip of the situation.

6/20/2021 Fiona Hill: Putin Scored Important Win In Biden Summit by OAN Newsroom
Fiona Hill on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AP)
    Former National Security Council Director Fiona Hill warned the Biden administration has empowered Russian President Vladimir Putin.    During an interview on Sunday, Hill argued the summit with Joe Biden was a “very important symbolic win” for the Russian president.
    Back in 2019, Hill testified in the impeachment hearing of President Trump as an expert on Russian affairs.    Now, she claims the Russian government may continue to support alleged cyberattacks on U.S. soil and political repressions if left unchecked.
    “…What we’re trying to do is try to reel that back and to basically win that back, that is, and try to get some kind of restraint here.    So we’re basically, I guess, now with the dilemma of how do we do that?” she expressed.    “Can we get a comprehensive cyber agreement like we do in the nuclear weapons realm or is that just going to be too difficult?
    Many lawmakers have slammed Biden’s approach on his recent summit with the Russian president.    They argued Biden should have pushed back harder against Putin on matters such as cybersecurity and the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
    Hill went on to say the Biden administration should press Russia on serious issues that pose “a threat” to U.S. national security.

6/20/2021 Biden Admin. Fails To Articulate Aftermath Of Afghan Withdrawal by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden listens at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in
Brussels. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Biden administration has failed to tell the American people what effects the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan may have.    The confusion came into the spotlight on Friday, after Afghan officials warned the Taliban was not interested in negotiating a peace deal with the government.
    Pentagon officials announced the U.S. will conduct operations from outside the country, but did not specify any details.    Lawmakers have expressed concerns over these uncertainties and slammed the Biden administration for not acting with more urgency.
    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a measure repealing the 2002 Iraq War Authorization, which enabled U.S. presidents to authorize military operations without approval from Congress.    Biden has provided generalized goals for the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, but has yet to address future plans for counterterrorism efforts.
    Afghan officials warn the withdrawal could empower Taliban forces, which would lead to a bigger surge in violence in the country.

6/20/2021 New Program Claims To Help With The Growing Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
Texas Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton speaks at a news conference on the U.S. Southern Border and President Joe Biden’s
immigration policies, in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
    The Attorney General of Texas has stated Joe Biden’s border policies have incentivized human smuggling.    During an interview with Breitbart over the weekend, Ken Paxton reported illegal immigration under Biden has been the worst the country has ever seen.
    Paxton argued Biden’s immigration policies have encouraged human smuggling and trafficking.    He also stated federal law enforcement officials at the border are told to not publicly discuss their observations.
    “The reality is, it’s as bad as it’s ever been.    The Biden administration is benefiting one group of people called cartels,” he explained.    “The cartels are the primary beneficiaries of this, because they’re making money off of almost every single person that comes through, who are charged thousands of dollars.”
    The Texas attorney general also said cartels benefit from border security that focus its resources on caretaking of migrants.
    He went on to say, “…The border becomes more porous for drug smuggling because border patrol is so busy taking care of all these people that are just being invited to come to our country.”
    The Biden administration claimed an Obama-era program will help combat the migrant surge at the border, while insisting the border is not open.    However, The U.S. has allowed 4,000 Central American minors to enter legally through the border with the Central American Minors (CAM) program.     The program restarted in March and is schedule for expansion to make tens of thousands of applicants eligible.
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced in a joint statement plans to reopen cases that were closed when the program was terminated.    New applications have not been accepted, which directly affects minors from Central America.
    The expansion of CAM will allow Central American migrant parents and legal guardians to send their children to the U.S. Migrant children may be flown into the country with taxpayer dollars in what the Biden administration claims is a safe and legal alternative to minors trying to cross the southern border alone.
    The program has reunited 5,000 children to their families.

6/20/2021 2 Killed And Toddler Wounded In Philadelphia Triple-Shooting, One Of Several Weekend Shootings by OAN Newsroom
Police tape via AP/Matt Rourke
    Police in Philadelphia have been on the hunt for the shooters responsible for the death of two men and the wounding of a toddler.    According to reports on Saturday, individuals in an SUV pulled up and started shooting at the group in broad daylight.
    Police discovered two men as well as a three-year-old child who’d been struck in the leg.    The men died from their injuries and the toddler has been reported to be in stable condition.    No arrests have been made, but authorities announced a weapon was recovered.
    “I have boys that are in their 20s, in their 30s, and even if it’s not my child, this is somebody’s child,” expressed local resident Dionne Scott.    “This just really doesn’t make any sense.”
    This has been one of several triple shootings in the Democrat-run city over the weekend.    Police reported three more people were hurt when a graduation party was fired on about half a mile from the fatal shooting.    At least 50 shots were fired into the crowd of about 30 people.
    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw addressed the recent uptick in crime by vowing investigators would bring justice to victims of gun violence.    She also called on all members of the community, including law enforcement, to reinstate safety for local children

6/20/2021 Gov. Ron DeSantis Becoming Major Voice For GOP by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) in Surfside, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has turned heads for his strong stance on several key GOP issues.    While several lawmakers and state leaders have kowtowed to the wishes of the progressive left, DeSantis has pushed back against everything from coronavirus lockdowns to protecting women’s opportunities in sports.
    “We’ll fight with hope and optimism,” he announced.    “We will emerge stronger as a result of it.”
    DeSantis has recently signed multiple bills to push the Sunshine State to lead the way. When it came to the coronavirus pandemic, DeSantis made sure lockdowns were only put in place when absolutely necessary and put the state’s most vulnerable first, despite advice from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
    “While in all these locked down states closed schools, shuttered business and destroyed lives were the norm.    In Florida we’ve had schools open the entire school year,” he stated.    “Our businesses are thriving and we have saved millions of livelihoods from the brunt of lockdowns.”
    DeSantis also led Florida to become the first state to hold Big Tech accountable by requiring social media platforms to publish detailed standards and apply them fairly.    He emphasized “social media companies will no longer be able to hide behind vague language as to why they censored a Floridian’s post.”
    In addition, DeSantis signed a bill ensuring female athletes have access to equal opportunities in high school and college.
    “I can tell you this: in Florida, girls are going to play girls’ sports and boys are going to play boys’ sports,” he announced.    “That’s what we’re doing and we’re going to make sure that’s the reality.”
    As leftists have called for the defunding of police, the Florida Republican has remained strong in his support for law enforcement by garnering respect and building a strong relationship with those authorities.    In Florida’s response to the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots last summer, DeSantis highlighted his state’s work to back the blue and allocate necessary funding to law enforcement.
    The governor also pointed to the state’s decision to ban critical race theory in Florida’s schools.
In Florida we have banned the use of critical race theory and other leftist ideologies,” he declared.    “Teaching people to hate their country or to hate each other is not worth one dime of tax payer dollars in our school system.”
    Although DeSantis has already stated his intent to run for reelection as Florida’s governor, he is being touted as a strong potential vice-presidential pick should President Trump run again in 2024.”

6/20/2021 Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti Fights To Take Reparations For Slavery Nationwide by OAN Newsroom
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks a press conference at Los Angeles International
Airport in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
    As Americans spent the first federally recognized Juneteenth celebrating the blessings of liberty being afforded to all citizens, some cities have taken matters a step further.    Democrat Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti has recently formed a group with 10 other mayors across the U.S. to push for reparations for slavery.
    Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE) has claimed all issues facing black Americans today stem from slavery, hence the need for reparations.    Garcetti announced reparations programs by MORE will be funded using both private and public funds.
    “Let me be clear, cities will never have the funds to pay for reparations on our own,” he expressed.    “This is a national conversation.”
    Los Angeles already has $500 thousand in tax dollars allocated to its pilot reparations program.    George Soros’s Open Society Foundation has recently expressed their desire to invest even more.
    Of the 11 cities currently on board with MORE, five of them are in states that didn’t contain any slaves at the time the Civil War began.    Garcetti’s home of California infamously became a free state in 1850 as a political counter to the recently admitted slave state of Texas.
    The Los Angeles mayor went on to claim his role for this issue as being an American leader rather than a Californian leader.
    “…To address racism in America, America has to address racism,” he declared.    “…While America is a land of opportunity for some, it remains a place of injustice, inequality, and indignity for too many of our black brothers and sisters.”
    Currently, MORE’s reparations are limited to pilot programs and commissions to study feasibility.    However, with additional funding from the likes of Soros as well as political pressure from mayors like Garcetti, reparations could follow the mayor’s desires and go nationwide.

6/20/2021 Fmr. NFL Player Could Make Play For Ga. Senate by OAN Newsroom
Screenshot of former NFL athlete Herschel Walker from the RNC’s livestream of the 2020 Republican National Convention
(Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)
    Former NFL football player Herschel Walker has hinted his campaign for Georgia’s Senate race.    Walker made a cryptic statement in a Twitter video on Thursday, which led curious minds to speculate whether he would be taking on Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Va.) in the upcoming 2022 midterms.
    The former running back, a Georgia native, has already gained favoritism as a possible Republican nominee.    In the video, Herschel teased at his potential campaign by revving his engine and showing off his Georgia license plate.
    “What you hear there is hulk,” he explained “…I’m getting ready and we can run with the big dogs.”
    President Trump, who has known Walker for several decades, has already shown immense support for the former NFL player and said he’d be “unstoppable” if he chose to run.

6/20/2021 Teachers On Edge Over CRT Implementation by OAN Newsroom
A woman holds up a sign during a rally against critical race theory being taught in schools at the Loudoun County
Government center in Leesburg, Virginia. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
    Teachers across the U.S. have been on edge with the nation debate regarding the implementation of critical race theory in schools.    American educators have expressed concern over the long-term effects of teaching critical race theory and stated classroom discussions were already uneasy.
    In response to the push to teach the controversial theory, several classroom leaders and teacher unions across the nation have joined together to object laws they believe are unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
    “I was asked to see myself as a white woman, primarily as the most important defining characteristics of myself,” former teacher Dana Stangel-Plowe expressed.    “So, we would do these things like have a privilege walk.”
    GOP lawmakers in nearly two dozen states have introduced legislation to prohibit teaching students that the U.S. is “fundamentally or systemically racists.”    Five Republican led states, including Idaho, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee and Iowa have passed the laws.
    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) cited the concepts could divide students over race.
    “We had some parents of every background talking about how toxic this is,” he explained.    “You see this across the country it is tearing communities apart.”
    In addition, DeSantis stressed the importance to teach people the true history of the country and said it is not okay to lie and promote false narratives the far-left have been pushing. Educators with the Montana Federation of Public Employees voiced major confusion about why lawmakers are making a big push to pass laws forcing teachers to teach CRT.
    Teachers unions across the country claim educators don’t want politicians telling them what they have to teach.

6/20/2021 Big Cities Move To Refund Police Departments Amid Uptick In Crime
A protestor confronts New York Police Department officers (NYPD) outside Washington Square Park
in New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
    Major cities have decided to refund the police after axing department budgets in response to national unrest.    Instead of defunding the police, several cities have started to sing a new tune.
    Cities like New York City, Oakland and Los Angeles have taken action to refund the police due to an increase in crime.    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) recently reversed a decision to eliminate funding for a precinct in Southeast Queens after receiving backlash from the community.
    Back in 2020, de Blasio said he would cut $1 billion from the New York Police Department operating budget and $500 million from its capital budget.    He announced stimulus funding from the federal government will allow the city to move forward with the project along with a previously promised community center.
    “We are fully funding the new 116th precinct building and new community center,” he explained.    “These are things the community has said will improve the quality of life that will allow the community to get what they need.”
    In Oakland, California, the Oakland City Council voted to allocate $10 million to restore vital community services for fire and police.    This decision came after the city of Oakland’s Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong called for more resources to be allocated to the department due to a major increase in crime.
    “At the end of the year, this department was impacted by a loss of millions of dollars to our budget as a result of budget cuts.    Those millions of dollars were resources, they were officers,” he expressed.    “…We lost all of these resources and we’re seeing the tremendous impact that loss is having on our community.”
    After the vote, Armstrong said he was appreciative of the council’s vote to help address the increase in crime.
    Additionally, the Los Angeles City Council signed off on a plan by Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) in May to increase funding for the Los Angeles Police Department by three percent, despite activists urging for the police to be defunded.    The boost in funding will allow the department to begin rebuilding its workforce as it has lost hundreds of officers this past year.
    In a recent report, LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said they’d need more funding and officers to build task forces responding to mass protests and building relationships with protest organizers.
    Calls to defund the police ramped up in 2020 due to public outrage over the death of George Floyd.    As cities now see an increase in crime, many look to address the issue to keep communities safe.

6/20/2021 Sen. Portman: Sen. Manchin’s Voting Bill Memo Misses The Mark by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) has warned against his moderate colleague Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D- W.Va.) recent suggestions on voting legislation. In an interview on Sunday, Portman shared his appreciation for Manchin’s efforts to find middle ground in the Senate when it comes to election law, but argued his voting bill memo has missed the mark.
    Portman argued Manchin’s recent memo on voting rules does very little to correct the issues in the S.1 bill, which takes election powers away from states and hands it over to the federal government.
    “…We’re gonna take it away from the Democracy in effect, which is right now in Ohio our state legislature makes that decision,” he explained.    “These are elected representatives and he wants to take it away and make it a federal responsibility through some kind of commission.”
    The S.1 bill, also known as the For the People Act, has gained much opposition from Republican support.    Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) argued the election bill forced a “one-size-fits-all” approach, while Portman suggested it was too generalized.
    Portman went on to say voting should be easy to do in the U.S., but it should also be hard to cheat.

6/20/2021 UK Launches Plan To Capitalise On Science And Technology Breakthroughs
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson watches Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance speak
during a press conference where he is expected to announce new restrictions to help combat the coronavirus disease
(COVID-19) outbreak, at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain October 31, 2020. Alberto Pezzali/Pool via REUTERS
    LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would lead a new drive to capitalise on scientific and technological breakthroughs made in Britain with a programme to direct research into areas that will benefit the public good.
    Johnson will chair a group set up to “provide strategic direction on the use of science and technology as the tools to tackle great societal challenges, level up across the country and boost prosperity around the world”, his office said.
    Seeking strategic gains for post-Brexit Britain, the plan looks to build on the success of the country’s coronavirus vaccine programme and identify other areas where the research and development sector can benefit from government funding.
    “From discovery to delivery, our vaccination programme has proven what the UK can achieve at scale and at speed,” Johnson said in a statement.
    “With the right direction, pace and backing, we can breathe life into many more scientific and technological breakthroughs that transform the lives of people across the UK and the world.”
    The government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Patrick Vallance, will head a new public body whose role will be to implement the strategy.
    Beyond COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, Britain wants to use its research capability to secure some of the economic benefits of a shift toward greener technology, although competition from other nations is intense.
    The majority of research and development spending in Britain is funded by the private sector, and overall investment in 2018 was 1.731% of GDP according to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development data – below the 2.419% OECD average.
    Since leaving the European Union, the government has announced plans to increase its spending on R&D.
    It plans to invest 14.9 billion pounds ($20.58 billion) in 2021/22, rising to 22 billion by 2024/25, and has committed to raise total R&D investment to 2.4% of economic output by 2027.
($1 = 0.7242 pounds)
(Reporting by William James; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

6/20/2021 German Liberal FDP Rules Out Coalition With Greens After Election - Bild
FILE PHOTO: Germany's Green party co-leaders Robert Habeck and Annalena Baerbock, top candidate for the upcoming national election,
attend their party's digital federal delegate conference in Berlin, Germany, June 13, 2021. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt/Pool
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) will not join a coalition led by the ecologist Greens after an election in September, mass-selling Bild daily reported on Monday, citing party sources.
    The decision would make it more difficult for the Greens, who are expected to come second in the election behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, to try to form a government after the vote.
    The Greens are running about 8 points behind the conservatives and polling at about 20%.
    The conservatives and Greens could seek to form a coalition after the election but may find it difficult to bridge differences on whether to raise taxes to fund a transition to a carbon-neutral economy and ramp up investments in digital infrastructure and schools.
    The conservatives argue that tax hikes would harm the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
    Opinion polls show the Greens would have a majority in parliament with the FDP and centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), who are polling on about 13% and 16%, respectively.
    The FDP are the conservatives’ preferred ruling partners but the two parties are unlikely to win enough votes for a parliamentary majority given that the conservative bloc is on 28%.
(Reporting by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/21/2021 French Far Right Irked By Election Results, Southern Region In Play by Michel Rose and John Irish
FILE PHOTO: France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen delivers a speech for the next year's municipal elections in an
end-summer annual address to partisans in Frejus, France September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo
    PARIS (Reuters) - France’s far right performed worse than predicted in Sunday’s regional elections, exit polls showed, leaving victory in the southern battleground of Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and a platform for the 2022 presidential election in the balance.
    Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National expressed frustration at a record low turnout, as the centre right made its first comeback at the ballot box since a disastrous showing in the 2017 presidential election and President Emmanuel Macron’s party finished fifth.
    The high abstention rate in Sunday’s first-round vote, projected at 68.5% by pollster Elabe, coincided with a sunny Sunday and emergence from months of tough COVID-19 curbs.
    “I can only but regret this civic disaster, which has very largely deformed the electoral reality of the country and given a misleading idea of the political forces at play,” Le Pen said.
    “If you want things to change, get out and vote.”
    An IPSOS exit poll showed the centre-right Les Republicains winning 27.2% of the national vote, ahead of the far right on 19.3%, followed by the Green party, the Socialist Party and Macron’s La Republique en Marche on 11.2%.
    For Le Pen’s far-right, that is a drop of more than 7 percentage points nationwide compared to the last election in 2015, which came on the back of the Paris Islamist attacks.
    The regional elections, for which a second round of voting will be held on June 27, offer a taste of the voter mood ahead of next year, and a test of Le Pen’s credentials.
    She has made a concerted push to detoxify her party’s image and erode the mainstream right’s vote with a less inflammatory brand of eurosceptic, anti-immigration populist politics.
    In the northern Hauts-de-France region, Les Republicains performed stronger than expected, according to exit surveys, polling ahead of the far right with a wider-than-forecast margin.
    The party’s lead candidate in the north, Xavier Bertrand, who is pitching to be the conservative’s presidential candidate in 2022, said the centre right had shown it was the most effective bulwark against the far right.
    Macron’s ruling party did as badly as expected, with party spokesperson Aurore Berge calling it a “slap in the face”    The president has failed to plant roots locally, although his popularity nationwide remains higher than his predecessors.
    Opinion surveys project Le Pen will poll highest in the first round of next year’s presidential vote, propelled by a support base fed up with crime, threats to jobs from globalisation and a ruling elite viewed as out of touch with ordinary citizens.
    Le Pen’s party has never before controlled a region.    If she wins one next week, it would send a message that a Rassemblement National president in 2022 cannot be ruled out.
    Two exit polls showed Rassemblement National finishing top in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, but with a narrower-than-expected margin over the centre right’s Renaud Muselier, who had struck an alliance with Macron’s party.
    However, the Green party’s candidate said he maintained his bid in the south, making the three-way contest more favourable to the far-right.
    Results of Sunday’s first round will send parties into backroom dealing for two days to strike alliances ahead of the second round.
(Reporting by Michel Rose and Reuters TV; Editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise, John Stonestreet and Daniel Wallis)

6/21/2021 French Regional Vote Marks Form Of Failure For Macron’s Party - Interior Minister
FILE PHOTO: French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin speaks during a news conference following the weekly cabinet meeting discussions over
a bill for the prevention of acts of terrorism at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, April 28, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/Pool
    PARIS (Reuters) – The first round results of France’s regional elections marked a form of failure for President Emmanuel Macron’s party, said Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on Monday, although he added it was too soon to draw conclusions for the 2022 Presidential vote.
    France’s far right performed worse than predicted in Sunday’s regional elections, exit polls showed, and the centre-right made a comeback while the vote as a whole was impacted by a high abstention rate.
    Asked on France 2 television if Sunday’s results were a failure for Macron’s party, Darmanin replied: “Of course.”
    “Democracy means sometimes losing elections.    The Presidential majority faced an important hurdle…let us not draw quick conclusions regarding the Presidential elections,” he added.
    Darmanin also said that Sunday’s record low turnout was “a defeat for all of us” as “abstention is a message.    The French people are telling politicians they do not trust them.”
    “No-one can be happy when there is a 70% abstention rate, rising to over 80% among young people,” he added.
    An IPSOS exit poll showed the centre-right Les Republicains winning 27.2% of the national vote, ahead of the far right on 19.3%, followed by the Green party, the Socialist Party and Macron’s La Republique en Marche on 11.2%.
(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

6/21/2021 Long-shot effort seeks to move 21 counties to Idaho - Disconnect seen between leaders and rural Oregon by Edward Segarra, USA TODAY
    Keaton Ems has deep roots in Oregon, but he’s working to annex a huge swath of the state to Idaho.
    The third-generation Oregonian loves the land he calls home.    His grandfather, Victor, was the first person to plant Christmas trees west of the Mississippi River and started an industry based society for other tree farmers.    Ems, 30, became a Christmas tree farmer himself.
    Ems said the leaders of his state are out of touch with rural Oregonians, so he joined a growing movement that aims to split 21 counties off from Oregon and place them under Idaho’s governance.
    Seven counties have voted to join, and five are gathering petition signatures to get the movement’s proposal onto the ballot.
    “Nobody from the valley between Portland and Eugene understands what goes on in these rural parts,” Ems told USA TODAY.    It’s led to an urban/rural “imbalance of power,” he said.
    Ems, who spent time as a part-time policy analyst in the Oregon Legislature, said he’s dismayed by what’s come out of the governing body.
    “Some of the policies that they put forward and then they enact have no benefit or have an undue burden for these rural counties,” he said.
    The Greater Idaho Movement faces a daunting path: Its proposal requires the approval of both the Oregon and Idaho Legislatures, followed by the U.S. Congress.
    Among other efforts to redefine state boundaries: Multiple movements have aimed to split California.
    Ems said that unlike most secession movements based on the Pacific Coast, rural Oregon is not seeking its own statehood through the Greater Idaho Movement.
    “We’re proud to be Oregonians,” Ems said.    “We love the land that we live on, and we wouldn’t want to leave or put up a stand or ostracize ourselves in any way.    We just want to talk about simpler issues, and that’s why we believe that Idaho would be a better jurisdiction for our citizens to be under.”
    Mike McCarter, who serves as president of Citizens of Greater Idaho, said the movement wants fair political representation, and that’s more likely found in Boise than Salem.
    “It has been talked about for many years how eastern Oregon and southern Oregon are more like Idaho than they are to northwest Oregon,” McCarter said.    “Their lifestyles, their attachment to their lands – those traditional values of people who live out in space, in open lands, feel that they’re more aligned with the people in Idaho.”
    Sandie Gilson, 53, is a fierce proponent of the movement.    She said self-determination – the ability to choose one’s political representation – is a core tenet of the Greater Idaho Movement and gives her hope that it will succeed.
    “Our country was founded on the people choosing the government that they wish to follow,” Gilson said.    “That is the main principle of what is going on with the movement.    It’s the people saying how they want to be governed, and that was one of the founding principles of the American Revolution: that we wanted a choice to say how our government represents us.”
    Joseph Lowndes, a political science professor from the University of Oregon, said that although the ideal of self-determination may be an attractive concept, living in modern-day democracy often entails dealing with long-established political boundaries.
    “In an abstract sense, people should be represented however they see fit, but people live in actual polities that they didn’t create themselves and live in municipalities, live in states, live in countries,” Lowndes said.    “Practically, in democracies, people can’t just pick up and leave and choose another government whenever they feel like it.”
    William Curtis, a constitutional law professor from the University of Portland, pointed out that Idaho’s boundary as a state is defined by its constitution, which the Idaho Legislature would have to amend to incorporate Oregon counties.
    Though the Greater Idaho Movement has made strides at the ballot box – a third of the counties it aims to annex have voted in favor of the movement’s proposal – Curtis said these collected votes have no decisive power in authorizing the annexation.
    “The votes that they’ve had don’t have any political power,” Curtis said.    “It’s almost like polls.    They’re just indicating the support in these seven counties that a majority of the people … do wanna go join.”
    Zachary Price, a constitutional law expert from the University of California Hastings College of Law, said the complexity of the movement’s proposal – navigating between different governmental bodies – poses a hindrance.
    “I think the process makes it pretty difficult, and I assume generally it would be hard to get through all three of those hurdles,” Price said.
    Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney said that although the notion of rural counties leaving the state concerns him from an emotional standpoint, it’s unlikely the Legislature would accept the movement’s proposal.
    “I don’t think we would, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act like it wouldn’t happen, because if we act like it, then maybe we’ll really sit down and really think real hard about this rural urban divide,” Courtney said in December 2020 in an interview with ABC affiliate KATU-TV.
    Idaho Gov. Brad Little said he acknowledges the shared values between Idaho and rural Oregon, but the likelihood of annexation is slim.
    The long odds don’t deter leaders of the Greater Idaho Movement.
    “Moving the border for 860,000 people who are going through a democratic, constitutional process … it’s very possible,” said Ems, who serves as vice president of government relations for Citizens of Greater Idaho.    “And I wouldn’t be here talking to you today if it wasn’t moving ahead with a lot of weight and possibility.”
    Ems said it’s difficult to create dialogue with Oregon lawmakers because the Legislature is in session; however, there are “plenty of events on the books through the summer and fall” to meet and have discussions.
    Talks with Idaho legislators have become more of the focus, Ems said, because the Idaho Legislature is not in session.    Ems said there are plans to create a schedule of weekly meetings with a core group of lawmakers to discuss logistics and develop “stronger relationships.”
    Gilson, a small-business owner, has hosted rallies for the movement and gone door-to-door gathering petition signatures to get the proposal onto counties’ voting ballots.    Her heritage is deeply enmeshed in the state of Oregon, Gilson said, so joining the movement was a difficult moral stance.
    “My family’s been in this state for five generations, so it wasn’t an easy decision for me to do that,” Gilson said.    “But I watched the value system of my family disappear within the government of Oregon, and it became unacceptable.”
    Although the work of the Greater Idaho Movement has consisted mainly of advocating equal representation for rural counties in Oregon, McCarter said he’s open to the possibility that the proposal may not be the only answer to the problems rural Oregonians face.
    “There may be another solution out there that accomplishes the same goal … to improve what’s going on in rural Oregon and/or the representation that we have that I’m not even aware of or any of our people are aware of,” McCarter said.    “Maybe there’s a different way of leading the Oregon Legislature where all counties have a voice.”
A map shows what state lines might look like if the proposal to move 21 counties
from Oregon to Idaho succeeds. PROVIDED BY CITIZENS OF GREATER IDAHO

6/21/2021 Jake Sullivan Says Biden Foreign Policy Promotes U.S Values And Interests by OAN Newsroom
White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan speaks during a press briefing
at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan detailed how the administration will respond to threats from our rivals.    Top diplomats in the Biden administration have touted a foreign policy strategy they believe will put American values and interests first.
    On Sunday, Sullivan made the rounds on network news outlets to discuss how Joe Biden plans to move forward with relations abroad.    He commented on the recent sit-down between Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin by claiming Biden showed a hardline stance against Russian aggression.
    “We are preparing another package of sanctions to apply in this case as well.    We’ve shown all along the way that we’re not going to pull our punches…when it comes to responding to Russia’s harmful activities,” he announced.    “The President also took the extraordinary step of signing a new executive order that gives him even more expanded authority when it comes to sanctions.”
    This comes after people on both sides of the aisle criticized Biden ahead of the meeting and argued he was weak on several issues.    They asserted the administration did not adequately respond to issues including an increase of cyberattacks from suspected Russian actors and the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny.    However, Sullivan asserted the Biden administration has been gearing up to take on Russian aggression and won’t pull any punches.
    Sullivan also gave a glimpse into discussions to restart the controversial Iran nuclear deal.    He went on to state U.S. and Iranian diplomats have been hashing out terms and conditions for a new agreement, but there is still great distance between each other on certain issues.
    Although, critics have pushed backed against a possible compromise with the rouge states.    Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett began his first cabinet meeting with a warning on Sunday.    He claimed the Ayatollah recently hand picked a hardline president to run the country and urged the Western world to “wake up” to the coming efforts to bolster the country’s nuclear capabilities and increased attacks on other countries in the region.
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) sang a similar tune by pointing to the radical nature of the Iranian regime and its propensity to sponsor state sponsored terrorism.    Sullivan refuted these claims and argued reviving the Obama-era will bring Iran and the international community to the bargaining table.    The Biden administration will then take more aggressive steps to limiting Iran’s nuclear ambitions and capabilities.
    “What I will say is that the United States retains the right, even under the JCPOA, even under the Iran nuclear deal to impose sanctions for reasons other than the nuclear file,” he explained.    “…We will see how negotiations proceed in Vienna.”
    In addition, the National Security Adviser touched upon the state of two ongoing probes into the origins of the coronavirus.    He claimed the administration won’t have to threaten China to coerce cooperation, but will employ international partners to help apply pressure.
    Sullivan believes under U.S. leadership, the international community can get China to open up their facilities for a throughout assessment of where the virus came from.
    He went on to say, “We’re not going to simply accept China saying no, but we will work between now and when this second phase of the WHO investigation is fully underway to have a strong consensus in the international community as possible.”
    One central theme in Sullivan’s remarks is that getting optimal foreign policy outcomes takes time and negotiations with rivals have to slow cook.    However, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are asking for a more urgent response to our adversaries’ power gains to check the current global order and reassert America’s place as leader of the free world.

6/21/2021 Reports: Democrats Fighting With Each Other On Infrastructure by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is surrounded by reporters as he leaves the Senate chamber following a vote, at the Capitol in Washington.
Manchin is working with a bipartisan group of 10 senators negotiating an infrastructure deal with Joe Biden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Democrats have been faced with a steep hill to climb to get their infrastructure package passed.    As lawmakers have made efforts to hash out a bipartisan infrastructure deal, Democrats have played tug-of-war between the more moderate and radical members of their party.
    As of Sunday, a bipartisan group of 21 senators have worked on a $1.2 trillion plan.    The group includes 11 Republicans, nine Democrats and one Independent.    The bill’s price would be a far cry from the White House’s initial $4 trillion proposal.
    Even with the bipartisan support, there’s still a chance that effort can fall short of garnering the 60 votes normally needed to pass through the Senate.    If Democrats try to pass a smaller package through reconciliation, it seems unlikely to pass through without both progressive and moderate Democrats on the same page given the party’s razor thin Senate majority.
    Radical left-wing lawmakers have signaled their unwillingness to budge on issues like so-called climate change, social welfare programs and gas tax.    This includes Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has floated a bill as large as $6 trillion.
    “We have a situation right now where people throughout this country cannot afford child care, elderly people cannot afford hearing aids or dental care,” he expressed.    “We have a disaster in terms of climate impacting this country right now.    How do you go forward?
    Congressional leaders have floated two packages: one that would be bipartisan and one that would would be far larger, which they would try to pass through reconciliation.
    “Both are moving forward, the bipartisan track and the track on reconciliation,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) explained.    “Both we hope to get done in month of July, both the budget resolution and the bipartisan bill.”
    However, moderate lawmakers such as Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) are expected to throw a wrench in that plan.    Manchin has a history of thwarting Democrat efforts to forgo bipartisanship, including his recent attempt to pass a bipartisan voting bill with the For the People Act, his opposition to a $15 minimum wage and his opposition to eliminating the Senate filibuster.
    Meanwhile, Sinema went viral for her vote against the $15 minimum wage and her decision not to show up for a vote on whether to continue with the January 6 commission.

6/21/2021 Brazil’s Beefed Up ‘Bolsa Familia’ Welfare Program To Be Less Than 300 Reais A Month – Sources by Rodrigo Viga Gaier
FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a box with food donations organized by NGO Kapadocia Institute for poor families from Capadocia Slum at
Brasilandia district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 1, 2020.REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s new “Bolsa Familia” welfare payments to the poor will average below 300 reais ($59.50) a month, sources familiar with the discussions said on Monday, less than the figure President Jair Bolsonaro had indicated last week.
    The revamped nationwide program is expected to come into effect in December this year or early next year, and average payments are certain to be increased from the current 190 reais a month.
    But with the Economy Ministry keen to keep control of the public finances and make sure its spending cap rule is not broken, the stipends are likely to be less than the 300 reais a month Bolsonaro flagged recently.
    “The challenge is to find the resources without piercing the (spending) ceiling,” one source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.    “Every real here or there makes a huge difference in the final bill.”
    Bolsonaro, whose popularity has plummeted during the coronavirus crisis and is preparing for re-election in October 2022, has said the program will be expanded.    Economy Ministry officials had previously indicated that stipends could be raised to 250 reais a month.
    A second source said payments could be between 250 and 284 reais a month, and that the number of eligible people could increase to around 17 million from 14.6 million currently.
    The beefed up Bolsa Familia will replace the current emergency aid program implemented to counter the effects of the pandemic and which expires later this year.
    The Economy Ministry did not comment, while the Ministry of Citizenship said in a statement the new figures were still being discussed.
    Economists at Barclays calculate that current inflation of 8% gives the government more leeway to increase public spending next year without breaching the spending cap, perhaps as much as 124 billion reais ($25 billion) extra.
($1 = 5.04 reais)
(Reporting by Rodrigo Viga Gaier in Rio de Janeiro; Writing by Jamie McGeever in Brasilia, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

6/21/2021 Sen. Cruz Argues Joe Biden’s Border Policies Are Cutting Off Legal Crossings by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has argued the problems at the U.S.-Mexico border have extended past the surge in illegal immigration.    On Sunday, Cruz took to Twitter to reiterate his concerns that Joe Biden’s weak policies regarding border security have been prohibiting legal border crossings.
    The Republican senator shared a video of his comments from the Senate floor, where he argued that border cities with commercial ports have felt the sting of Biden’s neglect as businesses continue to suffer.
    “Border communities are suffering immensely right now because important land ports of entry…. remain closed,” he explained.    “To everyone except those deemed essential traffic.”
    Cruz went on to point out that Biden’s definition of non-essential travel included people who come into the U.S. to shop, visit their families and engage in other economically beneficial activities.    He slammed the Biden administration for shutting down trade and tourism with the closure of land ports of entry, while allowing illegal immigrants to “stream across the border and be released in our communities.”
    Meanwhile, the White House’s policy states crossings at land ports of entry is closed to such travel until June 21 due to the pandemic.

6/21/2021 Reps. Stefanik And Wittman Slam Joe Biden For Being Soft On China by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    A group of Republican lawmakers have challenged the Biden administration for being too soft on China.    On Monday, representatives Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.) argued Biden has only given vague threats and cheap talk about standing up to Communist China.
    The two Republicans insisted Biden has failed to hold Beijing accountable for its handling of COVID-19. Together, they highlighted their bill titled the World Deserves To Know Act, which would impose Russian-style sanctions on top Communist Party officials.
    Wittman went on to assert China’s economy has been heavily reliant on other countries and the time has come to sever those ties.
    “Are they going to allow an open and transparent, independent evaluation?    If they do, that will avoid sanctions,” he explained.    “I want to make sure too that we ban any dollars from United States going to the Chinese National Health Commission.”
    Wittman and Stefanik added Biden has proven unable to punish China for COVID-19 and Congress must take the matter into its own hands.

6/21/2021 U.S. To Send 55 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses To Various Countries by OAN Newsroom
In this photo released by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung,
left, and Brent Christensen, the top U.S. official in Taiwan, hold up thank you cards as they welcome a China Airlines
cargo plane carrying COVID-19 vaccines from Memphis. (Taiwan Centers for Disease Control via AP)
    The U.S. has announced its plans to distribute 55 million COVID-19 vaccines to other countries.    On Monday, the White House revealed the doses will be sent to various Latin American, Caribbean, Asian and African countries by next month.
    This comes after Joe Biden announced earlier this month the country would be donating 75 percent of unused doses to the Global Vaccine Sharing Program.    The goal is to achieve global health security, especially amid the spread of the more infectious Delta variant of coronavirus.
    NEWS: U.S. allocates the remaining 55 Million (out of 80 Million) COVID-19 vaccines to be shared globally. — USAID (@USAID) June 21, 2021
    On Sunday, 2.5 million Moderna vaccine doses were sent to Taiwan from the U.S.
    “Right at this moment, the 2.5 million doses of vaccines donated by the American government have already reached Taiwan,” stated Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen.    “In the recent past, the word vaccine has been a popular keyword in Taiwan.    It was also the primary task of the government.”
    Since May, Taiwan has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases after being relatively unaffected by the virus throughout most of the pandemic.
    Chinese officials have agreed to provide vaccines to Taiwan, but Taiwanese law bans the import of medicine made in China.

6/21/2021 Sen. Johnson: Democrat Media Suppress Information About More Than 5,000 Vaccine Deaths by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) highlighted reports of a rising number of deaths caused by coronavirus vaccines.    He announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported thousands of deaths from side effects of experimental vaccines.
    The Republican senator argued Dr. Anthony Fauci and various media outlets have been turning a blind eye to warning signals from the Vaccine Adverse Event Warning System from the CDC, which has reported about 5,000 deaths.    Johnson stressed there are safe and effective treatments for COVID-19, such as hydroxychloroquine, and Democrat calls for mass vaccination have been misleading.
    “Over 1,700 within days zero, one and two of getting vaccinated.    We have thousands of people who have permanent disabilities, 20,000 hospitalizations,” he expressed.    “That, quite honestly, compares to less than 200 deaths per year in the entire 30 year history of the VAERS system with other vaccines.”
    Johnson went on to say Big Tech and mainstream media are still censoring the information about early treatments for COVID-19, which must be investigated.    He argued that American people will continue to suffer the consequences of misleading information and the ignorance of leading health experts.

6/21/2021 Alan Dershowitz Bashes Far Left’s Push For Justice Stephen Breyer To Retire by OAN Newsroom
Alan Dershowitz, a professor at Harvard Law School poses for a picture at a hotel in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP/Shutterstock)
    Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has slammed the Democrat push for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down. In a interview on Sunday, Dershowitz explained the radical left’s pressure to get Justice Breyer to retire was not only age discrimination, but also an attempt to politicize the Supreme Court system.    He warned these attempts would only backfire.
    Progressive Democrats have feared Justice Breyer to hold out and die at the bench under a Republican president.    Dershowitz argued that although the radical left has been pressuring Breyer to retire, the Supreme Court Justice will never give in.
    “There are those on the hard-left, radical leftists, including academics who are trying to force him off the court,” Dershowitz explained.    “…They want to make the Supreme Court a kind of political institution, which is loaded with people of their political stripe.”
Justice Stephen Breyer sits with fellow Supreme Court justices for a group portrait
at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Dershowitz also argued the push for Breyer to step down is an effort to give Joe Biden the opportunity to appoint Breyer’s successor while there is still a Democratic majority within the Senate.    He added the pressure from academics and Democrats has revealed the party perceives everything politically and reminds the nation what is “wrong with the hard left today.”
    Dershowitz went on to say he hopes Justice Breyer will resist and remain on the Supreme Court for as long as his health permits him.

6/21/2021 Progressive Groups Launch $1.5 Million Ad Campaign To Pressure Sen. Sinema On Filibuster by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) at the Capitol in Phoenix, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
    Progressive groups have been pulling out all the stops in effort to force moderate Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to flip on the filibuster.    20 Arizona groups joined a coalition of more than 40 organizations known as Just Democracy to put out ads targeting Sinema.
    The $1.5 million television campaign featured two ads that focus on separate issues.    One slammed Sinema over her stance on the filibuster, which she and Sen. Joe Manchin have repeatedly said they want to keep.
    However, left-wing Democrats have pushed to kill the filibuster in order to easily pass their agenda without GOP support.    The other attack ad criticized Sinema for voting against raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    “Arizona, Kyrsten Sinema is failing us.    Instead of voting for a living wage, she chose to hurt those who need help most,” the video announced.    “Instead of protecting our democracy with so much at stake…she didn’t even show up.”
    The ads will air across Arizona as the Senate gets ready to take up Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill, which Republicans will likely block using the filibuster.

6/21/2021 Fmr. Rep. Ron Paul: Putin’s Calmness Toward Biden In Stunning Contrast To Past Remarks by OAN Newsroom
Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
    Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) suggested Vladimir Putin has changed his tune toward Joe Biden.    Speaking recently on the Liberty Report, Paul stated Putin’s calmness during the summit was surprising in consideration to his harsh treatment of Biden in the past.
    This comes after the Russian president hesitated to acknowledge Biden as the U.S. president amid stacks of evidence for 2020 election fraud.    However, Paul mentioned Putin is now seemingly praising Biden.
    “He had a different tone and I don’t know whether that was part of the strategy or what because it did not look confrontational,” he explained.    “That doesn’t mean everybody was pleased.”
    Paul went on to say while diplomacy with Russia is a good thing, many are pointing out a stronger confrontation regarding concerns in the Ukraine will be needed.

6/21/2021 Data Shows Increase In Law Enforcement Officer Deaths As Crime Rates Surge by OAN Newsroom
FBI Director Christopher Wray on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    New data released from the FBI reported law enforcement officer deaths have increased 39 percent in the past five months in comparison to the same time last year.    The report included 39 officers who were killed since May 31.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray thanked the nation’s law enforcement officers last month for their continued dedication to keep citizens safe and gave his condolences to the families who lost a loved one while on the line of duty.
    “2020 was one of the deadliest years for law enforcement in our nations history and sadly 2021 is looking grim too,” he expressed.    “We’ve lost beloved colleagues to line of duty deaths, from gunfire and car crashes, and our people have faced a significant new risk from COVID.”
    The Officer Down Memorial Page reported 366 officers lost their lives on the line of duty last year.    Many officers and law enforcement officials have contributed the rising number to the tense relationship between officers and the communities they serve as defund the police movements swept the nation.    The increase came as preliminary data from the FBI showed a 25 percent increase in murders in 2020.
    Republican governors across the nation have signed pieces of legislation to obstruct local governments from defunding law enforcement agencies.    Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Ky.) signed an antiriot bill in April to make sure law enforcement in the Sunshine State continued to have the financial backing to keep its residents safe.
    “This bill actually prevents against local governments defunding law enforcement.    We’ll be able to stop it at the state level,” he explained.    “If you look at some of these places that have done this, they’ve already seen crime go up even just diverting some of the funding to this.”
    In addition, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) and Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) have also signed bills that aim to block defund the police efforts.

6/21/2021 Democrats Push To Eliminate Filibuster by OAN Newsroom
The U.S. Capitol is seen in Washington as the House and Senate return to work. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
    Democrats have continued their push to eliminate the Senate filibuster in efforts to further Joe Biden’s agenda.    The filibuster, which is a Senate rule, will need essentially 60 votes to pass most legislation.
    Many have argued the filibuster has been a hurdle for Democrats as they have sought to fulfill Joe Biden’s agenda.    Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) said Democrats have chosen to work mainly on partisan bills and reported bills from the House to the Senate that don’t have bipartisan support.
    Thune went on to add this includes the Second Amendment, elections and immigration.
    “I hope that on the leaders point, there are enough Democrats who recognize the value of what the Senate contributes…of making sure there is at least some attempt to cooperate and find common ground and bipartisanship,” he explained.    “Blowing up the legislative filibuster in order to accomplish some short-term agenda will only backfire and create a lot of long-term pain for the country and for the party that does it.”
    This comes after Democrats like Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have said “everything’s on the table” in regards to the possibility of eliminating the filibuster.    According to a review of the 45 Democrat senators who have called for changing or eliminating the filibuster in the past year, 39 of them defended it when Republicans controlled the Senate.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said getting rid of it would essentially be “blowing up the Senate.”    He added that fracturing the filibuster changes the Senate institutionally forever.
    “Big funding deals, appropriation bills, farm bills, highway bills, the NDAA, the Senate’s 60 vote threshold backstops all of it,” he expressed.    “It’s not just about controversial items, it’s about everything we do.”
    McConnell went on to say those that want the change are arguing for a radically less stable system of government.    He also stated the loss of the filibuster would be a “scorched earth Senate,” while others have argued that ultimately both parties need to find a way to work together.

6/21/2021 ‘Forever War’ Authorization Measure Faces Delay In U.S. Senate
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Task Force-Iraq, man a defensive position at Forward Operating
Base Union III in Baghdad, Iraq, December 31, 2019. U.S. Army/Staff Sgt. Desmond Cassell/Task Force-Iraq Public Affairs/Handout via REUTERS
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate committee’s vote on the repeal of the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force that allowed the war in Iraq was delayed for at least a day, as five Republicans on Monday requested a public hearing and classified briefing.
    The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee had planned to debate and vote on the repeal of the AUMF on Wednesday, but it was put off after five members – Senators Mitt Romney, Mike Rounds, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson and Bill Hagerty – requested a delay.
    “We should fully evaluate the conditions on the ground, the implications of repealing the 2002 AUMF for our friends, and how adversaries—including ISIS and Iranian backed militia groups—would react,” they said in a letter.
    A bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives on Thursday backed legislation to repeal the 2002 AUMF, part of an ongoing effort in Congress to pull back the authority to declare war from the White House.
    President Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer support repeal.
    The Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress.    That authority has shifted to the president, however, due to the “forever war” AUMFs, which do not expire – including the 2002 Iraq AUMF – passed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
    Repeal proponents say it is time to rein in outdated authorities that presidents have used for a wide range of international military action without congressional approval.    Former President Donald Trump cited the 2002 AUMF in early 2020 as one justification for attacking an Iranian military commander at an airport in Baghdad.
    Opponents worry that repeal without first writing a replacement would dangerously limit presidential powers and send the message that the United States is pulling back from the Middle East.
    The panel has scheduled a second business meeting for Thursday, although it was not yet certain the AUMF would come up then.
(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Peter Cooney)

6/21/2021 More Than 8,500 Children Used As Soldiers In 2020: U.N.
FILE PHOTO: U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the media as U.N. General Assembly appointed him for a second
five-year term from January 1, 2022, in New York City, New York, U.S., June 18, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
    NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 8,500 children were used as soldiers last year in various conflicts across the world and nearly 2,700 others were killed, the United Nations said on Monday.
    U.N. chief Antonio Guterres’ annual report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict covers the killing, maiming and sexual abuse of children, abduction or recruitment, denial of aid access and targeting of schools and hospitals.
    The report verified that violations had been committed against 19,379 children in 21 conflicts.    The most violations in 2020 were committed in Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
    It verified that 8,521 children were used as soldiers last year, while another 2,674 children were killed and 5,748 injured in various conflicts.
    The report also includes a blacklist intended to shame parties to conflicts in the hope of pushing them to implement measures to protect children.    The list has long been controversial with diplomats saying Saudi Arabia and Israel both exerted pressure in recent years in a bid to stay off the list.
    Israel has never been listed, while a Saudi-led military coalition was removed from the list in 2020 several years after it was first named and shamed for killing and injuring children in Yemen.
    In an effort to dampen controversy surrounding the report, the blacklist released in 2017 by Guterres was split into two categories.    One lists parties that have put in place measures to protect children and the other includes parties that have not.
    There were few significant changes to the lists released on Monday. The only state parties named on the first list are Myanmar’s military – for killing, maiming and sexual violence against children – and Syrian government forces – for recuitment of children, killing, maiming and sexual violence against children and attacks on schools and hospitals.
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

6/22/2021 Oil up $2.03 to $73.53, DOW up 587 to 33,877.

6/22/2021 President Trump Talks 2020 Election Fraud And Joe Biden by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks at a “Make America Great Again” rally
in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
    In preparation for his upcoming Save America rallies, President Trump discussed his legacy, political future and the crisis Joe Biden has brought on America.    During a phone interview on The Water Cooler show with Real America’s Voice on Monday, President Trump said he expects massive voting fraud to be uncovered after election audits are completed.
    President Trump also mentioned a large number of Americans believe the 2020 election was stolen and cited several polls conducted recently.
    “I’ve been seeing those same polls and they’re not my polls, their polls taken by, I guess media and others,” he expressed.    “There is a tremendous percentage, much higher than that, that think the election was rigged and stolen.”
    When asked if he has conceded the 2020 election, President Trump said he did not and had no plans to do so anytime soon.
    “No, I never admitted defeat.    We have a lot of things happening right now,” he explained.    “…No, I never used the word concede. I have not conceded.”
    The 45th President then turned his attention to Joe Biden and the extreme left turn the country has seemed to take.
    “Not only on religion, on the border, on Second Amendment, on everything else you can think of, but including God and including life and including many other topics,” he stated.    “This is Bernie Sanders times 10. Nobody ever thought what’s happening to our country could be happening to our country.”
    Trump went on to discuss the crisis of the country and urged everyone to stay tuned for what will come with the election audits.    He also suggested for people to make up their own minds once all election fraud information has been revealed.
    While there has been speculation swirling about a potential return to the campaign trail, Trump has not confirmed whether or not he intends to run for president again in 2024, but did hint people will be very happy with the decision he plans to make.

6/22/2021 MSNBC Continues Attacks On President Trump As Ratings Decline by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump speaks with members of the media in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
    The mainstream media has continued to paint President Trump as a threat amidst his preparation to kick off his Save America rallies.    During an episode of Deadline on Monday, MSNBC contributor Frank Figliuzzi claimed the 45th president has used so-called conspiracy theories as a “deliberate strategy” to push his Make America Great Again agenda forward.
    The former assistant director of FBI Counterintelligence predicted Trump will continue to gain support if Joe Biden doesn’t crack down on his speech.    The analyst’s remarks come after he was asked whether President Trump is “still a clear and present danger” to national security.
    “Let’s be clear here, we’re not talking about conspiracies that just spontaneously sprung up,” he claimed.    “We’re looking at conspiracy as a deliberate strategy, deception as a strategy.    You could argue the president, the former president now out of office has absolutely no guardrails and zero accountability and can gage in this even more often.”
    In the last week alone, we’ve learned that the media, so-called fact checkers and their Big Tech enforcers lied to us about the lab-leak theory, Hydroxychloroquine and the clearing of Lafayette Square.
    Critics argued the media giant is continuing to fixate on the 45th president in efforts to recover the hundreds of thousands of viewers they have lost since Joe Biden took office.    They have also insisted mainstream media has continuously tarnished Trump, while unfairly taking a more lenient approach on Biden.
    Meanwhile, President Trump is slated to begin his first Save America rally in Ohio next Saturday.

6/22/2021 56 GOP Reps. Demand Joe Biden Oust Kamala Harris As Border Czar by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris watches Joe Biden deliver his address to a joint session of Congress. (Jim Watson/Pool via AP)
    Republicans have slammed Kamala Harris for her failures in her role as border czar.    GOP lawmakers have called on Joe Biden to replace Harris due to her mishandling of the latest immigration crisis.
    In an open letter to Biden on Monday, 56 Republican congressmen said Harris has failed to visit the border and provide any assistance to immigration officials.    Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), who leads the effort to replace Harris, asserted her actions were unacceptable.
    “I do feel it’s also important to address, one more time, the crisis at the border and the variety of bad things because of that crisis,” he expressed.    “…The fact that we had under 10,000 people crossing the border only four or five months ago show it’s not something we don’t know how to solve.”
    The lawmakers reported the U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended 180,000 illegal aliens last month, which is a 21-year high.    The CBP also predicted at least 1,000 immigrants have been sneaking across the southern border per day, compared to an average of 200 per day last year.
    “We are willingly allowing a massive increase across the border,” Grothman stated.    “…That massive increase, since the drug cartels charge people to come here, also increases the power of those drug cartels.”
    Meanwhile in her recent statements, Harris repeatedly lied that she has already made a visit the border.    Earlier this month, when Biden’s border czar was asked if she had plans to visit the border, she claimed her disinterest in “grand gestures.”
    “On the issue of Republicans political attacks, or criticism, or even concerns, the reason I am here in Guatemala as my first trip as Vice President of the United States is because this is one of our highest priorities,” she claimed.    “I will continue to be focused on that kind of work as opposed to grand gestures.”
    Grothman and his fellow Republicans argued Harris has ignored the potential role these policy decisions could play in the border crisis and has refused to witness the thousands of immigrants held at detention facilities along the border first-hand.    They stressed Biden must appoint a more competent official to relieve the Biden administration’s failing immigration system and curtail drug trafficking across the U.S. Mexico border.
    “It to a degree results in separation of children from their families as unaccompanied children come here,” he explained.    “A given number of children are probably rented by people to come here because they know supposed intact families have a better chance of being allowed in this country.”
    The lawmakers went on to warn the U.S. cannot afford another minute of inaction from Harris.    They insist her disinterest in speaking with hardworking border patrol agents is insulting, especially as they put their lives on the line every day.

6/22/2021 Gov. DeSantis: You Can’t Have An Agency Rely On Flimsy Legal Authority To Keep An Entire Industry Closed by OAN Newsroom
Surrounded by lawmakers, Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at the end of a legislative session
at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) celebrated his state’s victory of a federal ruling that challenged a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention order, which made it difficult for cruise ships to return to sailing out of the state.    In a press conference on Monday, the Republican lauded the victory while condemning the overstep of legal authority attempted by the federal government.
    On Friday, Judge Steven Merryday sided with the Sunshine State by determining the CDC’s conditional sailing order and the implementing orders exceed the authority delegated to the federal agency.    The governor insisted his victory lap wasn’t only limited to the restraints placed on the people and businesses within his state alone.
    “We have seen throughout this country government overstep its bounds in response to the coronavirus pandemic,” he explained.    “You can’t have an agency relying on flimsy legal authority to just keep an entire industry closed with really no path forward.”
    DeSantis went on to emphasize court systems have the power to fight back against the federal government and more specifically the CDC.    He also offered a message of inspiration as to why people need to push back against the government and their oversteps.
    “The only reason you are seeing any of these discussions is that we brought the lawsuit,” he asserted.    “Had we not brought the lawsuit, you would have continued to see the status quo and nothing would have ended up happening.”
    Florida has been victorious in its push back on vaccine passports and this ruling is another feather in DeSantis’s cap.

6/22/2021 People Report Heart Inflammation And Female Reproductive Issues After Receiving COVID-19 Vaccines by OAN Newsroom
Medical staff prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the
vaccine center in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany, Monday, March 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
    People have reported a myriad of mild to severe symptoms after receiving their coronavirus vaccinations.    More COVID-19 vaccine patients have come forward and shared symptoms they have suffered after receiving their doses.
    In San Diego, California, several young people experienced heart inflammation called myocarditis.    Dr. Michael Welch, an allergist and immunologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, said eight cases have now been reported.    More than 300 similar cases have been reported across the country.
They’re going to feel mainly some chest pain in the front part of their chest,” he explained.    “They mail feel flutter and they might have shortness of breath.”
    While myocarditis has been more commonly reported in men, women account for nearly 80 percent of adverse event reports.    In the U.K., officials have begun investigations reports of potential negative effects of vaccines to women’s reproductive health.
    According to Britain’s Vaccine Watchdog, at least 4,000 women have experienced a delayed period or bleeding heavier than usual after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.    The majority of women affected are aged 30 to 49.    These effects are tied primarily to the AstraZeneca vaccine, but many have reported the same effects after taking the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
    In the release of their Phase 3 clinical trial, Moderna revealed that a few women sought treatment for swollen lymph nodes that appeared to represent a false positive for breast cancer.    Experts point out these instances are very rare and it’s still unconfirmed whether or not vaccines are the actual cause of these symptoms.

6/22/2021 Democrats Brace For Defeat Ahead Of Key Vote On For The People Act by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is followed by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
    Democrats have turned up the heat on Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) as their fears of a potential defeat on their sweeping election reform bill have increased.    The Senate has been set to vote on whether or not to proceed with Democrat’s For The People Act on Tuesday. Manchin, one of the last Democrat holdouts on the bill, has remained indecisive on his support.    His opposition would result in a major setback for the Democratic party, as the West Virginian senator has pushed for an alternative that integrates more of his ideas.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued even with Manchin’s’ compromises, the bill was completely irrational.
    “I’ve taken a look at all these new state laws.    None of them are designed to suppress the vote,” he expressed.    “There is no rational basis for the federal government to take over all American elections.”
    Manchin’s support would give Democrats 50 votes as well as much desired unity among the ranks.    However, without Republican support, they’ll still lack the 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster and proceed to a debate on the bill.
    If passed, the act will hand over control of absentee voting as well as redistricting to the federal government.

6/22/2021 Kelly Tshibaka Releases New Ad Campaign Flaunting President Trump Endorsement by OAN Newsroom
Kelly Tshibaka in Anchorage, Alaska. (Mark Thiessen/Associated Press)
    Senate candidate Kelly Tshibaka (R-Alaska) launched a new ad reminding voters of her endorsement from President Trump.    The new television ad, which was launched on Tuesday, took aim at Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for her negligence to fight for the people of Alaska.
    The ad specifically cited Murkowski’s failures to stand up to Joe Biden’s agenda to end oil drilling in the state as well as her vote to keep Obamacare in place.    In the video, Tshibaka was described as “conservative, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Alaskan energy, America First.”
    President Trump endorsed Tshibaka last week in a statement and said Lisa Murkowski was bad for Alaska.    The 45th president also mentioned he was looking forward to traveling to the state of Alaska to campaign for the Republican candidate.
    Murkowski was one of the only Republican senators who voted to impeach President Trump following the January 6 breach at the Capitol.

6/22/2021 Pa. State Sen. Argall Backs 2020 Audit With Subpoena Power by OAN Newsroom
Maricopa County ballots cast in the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors working for
Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York, Pool)
    Pennsylvania state Sen. David Argall announced his support for a full forensic audit of the 2020 elections in his state.    In a statement, Argall said he supports an Arizona-style audit in Pennsylvania due to the growing evidence of violations that could’ve changed election outcomes.
    Argall asserted such an audit would be backed by the subpoena power of his State Government Committee.    Election integrity activists have called on Argall to authorize the audit immediately.
    Toni Shuppe of Audit the Vote PA warned an uphill battle was ahead for the state to push for an election audit, as she believes many officials are in opposition to cover up their role in the election fraud.
    “We know that we have legislators that are for it.    Obviously, some of ours visited Arizona last week and came back with a plan in place, but this is not going to be easy,” she explained.    “The other side is not just going to roll over and give it to us.    I believe a lot of them know what they did.”
    Argall went on to say the decision to begin the audit could be made in the coming weeks… adding right now a Pennsylvania audit is a real possibility.

6/22/2021 Police Tear Gas Indigenous Protest For Land Rights In Brazil
Indigenous Leader Kretan Kaingang of the Kaingang tribe kicks a tear gas canister fired by police forces during a protest for land demarcation
and against President Jair Bolsonaro's government, in front of National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
    BRASILIA (Reuters) – Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of indigenous people protesting on Tuesday outside Brazil’s Congress against a bill lawmakers were about to debate that would undermine recognition of protected reservation lands.
    The protesters, among them children and elderly people, ran for cover, many coughing their way through clouds of gas.
    The bill, known as PL 490 and backed by Brazil’s powerful farm caucus in Congress, is aimed at curtailing indigenous rights to land that was still unoccupied as of 1988.    It also seeks to open up protected indigenous lands to commercial agriculture and mining.
    Leaders of Brazil’s roughly 850,000 indigenous people say the bill is unconstitutional and runs roughshod over land rights guaranteed in the country’s 1988 Constitution.
    A session of the lower chamber’s constitutional affairs committee was suspended due to the incidents outside Congress.
    The committee’s chair, Bia Kicis, a supporter of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, said on Twitter that “Indians linked to the left attacked the chamber” and wounded three police officers with arrows.    One policeman needed medical attention, the chamber’s news agency reported.
    Indigenous land rights are also being debated by the Supreme Court, which is tasked with upholding constitutional guarantees.
    Among the provisions for which the bill in Congress would open the door are the building of hydroelectric dams and roads on reservations, and setting up of bases there by Brazil’s military that oppose indigenous reservations on the country’s borders.
    “This bill is a historical setback and has gained momentum under Bolsonaro who encourages the destruction of the rights of Brazil’s first peoples,” said Almir Suruí, a tribal chief and head of Parlaindio, a forum for indigenous issues.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle in Brasilia; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

6/22/2021 In A Mexican Border Camp, Asylum Seekers Wait For Biden To End Trump Health Directive by Laura Gottesdiener
    Asylum-seeking migrants, who were apprehended and returned to Mexico under Title 42 after crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S.,
assemble a tent in a public square where hundreds of migrants live in tents, in Reynosa, Mexico June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril
    REYNOSA, Mexico (Reuters) - When Salvadoran asylum seeker Liset Ortiz was kidnapped in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez on her way to the United States, a kidnapper found the police report she was carrying as proof of the death threats she says she received in El Salvador for being a lesbian.
    So he dragged her away from her 8-year-old son – who was from a previous marriage before she came out as lesbian – and raped her, she said.    “He told me that he’d show me he was better than a woman,” Ortiz recounted.
    Ortiz, 32, and her son were freed from the warehouse where they were held with several other kidnapped women only after her family in the United States wired $4,000 to the kidnappers, her sister in Texas confirmed by phone.
    Once released, they fled across the border to the United States hoping to seek asylum from the discrimination she had faced in El Salvador.    Instead, that same night, U.S. immigration agents sent them back to Mexico under a Trump-era health code that has closed the border to many asylum seekers, she said.
    Reuters could not independently verify Ortiz’s account.
    U.S. President Joe Biden, during his successful presidential campaign, denounced a Trump-era program that returned tens of thousands of Central American asylum seekers to violent Mexican border cities to wait as their cases wound through U.S. courts. On his first day in office, Biden halted the program.
    Yet, he kept in place a Trump-era health order, known as Title 42, that allows U.S. officials to rapidly expel migrants at U.S. borders during the COVID-19 pandemic.    As a result, five months into Biden’s presidency, the scenes at the Mexican border are little changed.
    Ortiz and her son are now one of hundreds of Central American families camped at the foot of the international bridge in Reynosa, one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities.    The camp is reminiscent of a symbol of Trump’s restrictive immigration policies: the now-closed squalid tent city in another cartel-run border town, Matamoros, 55 miles to the east.
    Many of the families living in tents in Reynosa – just across from McAllen, Texas – arrived after they were expelled by U.S. officials to Mexico without a chance to present their asylum claims.
    Since Biden took office, U.S. border authorities have recorded more than 400,000 expulsions under Title 42, according to data from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.    The vast majority of those expelled are Mexicans and Central Americans.    Repeat crossings are common.
    A White House spokesperson said Title 42 was a public health directive, not an immigration enforcement tool, and was necessary on health grounds.    The Biden administration says it is working to strengthen the asylum system along the border.
    But advocate groups, U.N. officials and even some fellow Democrats say the continuation of Title 42 is subjecting migrants to the same dangers – kidnapping, extortion, and sexual violence – as the policies of the Trump administration.
    Nearly 3,300 migrants and asylum seekers stranded in Mexico since Biden took office have been kidnapped, raped, trafficked or assaulted, according to a report by the New York-based group Human Rights First released Tuesday.
    “We believe that it is time to end Title 42,” Kelly Clements, the deputy high commissioner for the United Nations refugee agency, told Reuters.    “We think now it is having the effect of sending more people, and children in this case, into harm’s way.”
    In Reynosa, criminal groups for years have fought for control of the region’s lucrative drug trafficking and human smuggling routes.    On Saturday, armed gunmen killed 18 apparently randomly selected people in several of its neighborhoods.
    In the plaza, migrants run a nightly patrol that has beaten back some gang members who have tried to snatch residents of the encampment, migrants say.
    A Reuters witness saw no police stationed near the plaza. The state-level office of public security, state government and federal immigration authorities did not respond to questions about what authorities were doing to protect migrants.
    Criminal groups exert considerable control along the border in northeastern Mexico and require migrants to pay to cross their territory.
    “I’m afraid to be here,” said Honduran mother Dolores Zúñiga, 40, who says she was kidnapped along with her 7- and 11-year-old sons when she arrived in Reynosa.
    After crossing the border and then being expelled back to Mexico, her smuggler warned Zúñiga that unless she coughs up another $1,500 to a criminal group for permission to be in Reynosa, she risks being kidnapped again.
    “They have photos of me,” she said, hiding inside her sweltering tent, where she showed Reuters text messages from her smuggler warning her against even venturing to the edge of the plaza.
(Reporting by Laura Gottesdiener and Daniel Becerril; Writing by Laura Gottesdiener; Editing by Diane Craft and Rosalba O’Brien)

6/22/2021 U.S. Blasts Nicaragua ‘Campaign Of Terror’ As Global Condemnation Grows
FILE PHOTO: A woman sits next to an image of Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega in
Catarina, Nicaragua October 1, 2020.REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas/File Photo
    (Reuters) -International pressure mounted on Nicaragua on Tuesday, with President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on the opposition described by Washington as a “campaign of terror” that the United Nations said meant November elections were unlikely to be free or fair.
    Ortega’s government has arrested at least 14 political opponents in recent weeks, including five presidential candidates, ahead of the elections in which the long-ruling leader will run for a fourth consecutive term.
    “We condemn this ongoing campaign of terror in the most unequivocal terms,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.    He added that the United States would “use all diplomatic and economic tools at our disposal” to promote fair elections.
    The U.S. government has already imposed sanctions on Ortega’s daughter and allies and threatened to review “trade-related activities.”
    U.N. Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet told the U.N. Human Rights Council the situation was quickly deteriorating and called the detentions “arbitrary.”
    “This makes it unlikely that Nicaraguans will be able to fully exercise their political rights in the elections,” she said, noting that her office’s recommendations to Nicaragua in recent years have not been implemented.
    In a joint statement, 59 countries said they shared Bachelet’s concerns and doubted Nicaragua can hold a fair vote.
    Speaking at the Human Rights Council session immediately after Bachelet, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada pushed back, saying the people Ortega’s Sandinista government has arrested had committed crimes against the country’s sovereignty, independence and security.
    Moncada also rebuked the United States and Europe for a history of intervention.    He defended Nicaragua as a country of laws.
    “We have the right to peace that we have been building with great effort amid centuries of aggression, meddling and intervention by the United States and complicit European powers,” he said.
    The Sandinistas first swept to power in 1979 after toppling dictator Anastasio Somoza.
    The United States responded by funding right-wing guerrillas known as Contras who, along with Washington’s economic embargo against Nicaragua and the Sandinistas’ mismanagement, laid waste to the economy, despite support from Cuba and the Soviet Union.
    Ortega was voted out in 1990 and returned to office in 2007.
    Adding to the pressure, a Mexican official on Tuesday warned that Mexico could cut ties with Nicaragua, such as declaring the Nicaraguan ambassador to Mexico “persona non grata.”    Mexico and Argentina on Monday recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua to discuss the situation.
    “We could immediately reduce the level of relations,” said Maximiliano Reyes, Mexico’s deputy foreign minister for Latin America and the Caribbean.
    “The most drastic action, which we hope we don’t reach, is breaking off relations.”
    Human Rights Watch on Monday urged the United Nations and member countries on Tuesday to pressure Ortega, saying Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should raise the crisis with the Security Council.
(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Daina Beth Solomon and Raul Cortes in Mexico City; and Daphne Psaledakis in Washington; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

6/22/2021 Pentagon Reaffirms U.S. Afghan Withdrawal Despite Uptick In Violence by OAN Newsroom
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby at the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    The Biden administration has vowed to complete the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, despite the growing number of violent attacks from the Taliban.    On Monday, Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the withdrawal will continue as scheduled.
    Kirby’s comments came after Taliban forces took over a key district in the northern Kunduz province and surrounded its capital.    Local police stressed this has been the latest of dozens of district takeovers by the Taliban since U.S. and NATO forces began their final departure from the country on May 1.
    “Every day, you know, the situation in Afghanistan changes as the Taliban continue to, to conduct these attacks and to, to raid district centers,” he expressed.    “…Every day there’s a fresh set of data to look at that, that helps inform his discussions with military commanders.”
    In response to the uptick in violence, the head of Afghanistan’s National Reconciliation Council Abdullah Abdullah urged the Biden administration to halt its retreat.    He insisted terrorist groups already felt emboldened by the possibility of a withdrawal and could further be empowered if left unchecked.
    The Biden administration announced it would only delay the withdrawal if there was a big enough threat to Afghanistan.
    “What we are doing is looking every week to check as the draw down unfolds whether or not it lines up with our effort to ensure that there is a sufficient security presence at the embassy, that the airport will be secure,” National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan explained.    “We’ll do another one of those check-ins this coming week.”
Gen. Joseph Dunford speaks during a ceremony on Christmas Eve at a U.S. airfield
in Bagram, north of Kabul, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
    Meanwhile, Joe Biden is expected to host a meeting with several Afghan officials including Abdullah and Afghanistan’s president Ashraf Ghani on Friday.    White House officials stated Biden will reaffirm America’s commitment to providing financial and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.
    In addition, the Democrat should discuss how to ensure Afghanistan won’t become a safe haven for terrorist groups ever again.

6/22/2021 Boris Epshteyn: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Trump Reinstatement by OAN Newsroom
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    Attorney Boris Epshteyn said the U.S. Constitution does not prohibit President Trump from being reinstated as president in the coming months.    In a recent interview, Trump’s former strategic adviser said it would not be impossible for the 45th president to return to the White House if election audits found that Joe Biden’s victory was fraudulent.
    However, left-wing media outlets have claimed Trump’s reinstatement was out of question simply because it has never happened before.    Epshteyn described the Constitution as a “negative rights document” and argued because the document doesn’t prohibit the decertification of an election, Trump’s reinstatement would be legally possible.
    “The Constitution doesn’t speak to our ability or right to drive a car.    It doesn’t say anything about us going to the beach, but we can still go to the beach,” Epshteyn explained.    “The rights and statements, as well as processes, not laid out in the Constitution are assumed actually to be Constitutional.”
    Epshteyn went on to say the 12th Amendment and Article II suggest individual states have the right to decertify an election, potentially changing their outcomes and the issue will likely land in the Supreme Court.

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6/23/2021 Germany Backs 1.4 Billion Euro Purchase Of Boeing Maritime Patrol Aircraft – Source
FILE PHOTO: A U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft takes part in the Malta International
Airshow at SmartCity Malta outside Kalkara, Malta, September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
    BERLIN (Reuters) – The German parliament’s budget committee on Wednesday approved the 1.4 billion euro purchase of five Boeing P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, a parliamentary source said.
    The planes are designed for submarine hunting and conducting long-distance maritime reconnaissance.    They will replace Germany’s ageing fleet of Lockheed P-3C Orion aircraft.
(Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Hans Seidenstuecker and Madeline Chambers)

6/23/2021 Pardoned Catalan Separatist Leaders Walk Out Of Jail
Catalan leader Jordi Cuixart gestures in front of the Lledoners prison after the Spanish government announced a pardon for those who
participated in Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, near Barcelona, Spain, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Albert Gea
    SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (Reuters) – The nine Catalan separatist leaders who were convicted for their role in a failed 2017 bid for the region’s independence from Spain walked out of prison on Wednesday after the central government granted them pardons.
    Carme Forcadell, former speaker of the Catalan parliament, was first to leave the Barcelona city jail, followed by others released from the Lledoners prison near the regional capital, Reuters footage showed.
    The government pardoned the nine politicians and activists, who were sentenced to long prison terms in 2019, in a goodwill gesture aimed at kickstarting negotiations on solving the political conflict between Madrid and the region, but has ruled out a new referendum on independence.
(Reporting by Jordi Rubio, Luis Castilleja, Albert Gea, Joan Faus, writing by Inti Landauro, editing by Andrei Khalip)

6/23/2021 Exclusive: Let Down By Rich And Failing The Poor, Global Vaccine Scheme To Be Shaken Up by Francesco Guarascio
FILE PHOTO: Containers of AstraZeneca (SKBio Corea) vaccines under the COVAX scheme against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are loaded onto a truck after
arriving at the Mons. Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport, in San Luis Talpa, El Salvador March 11, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Shunned by rich countries and failing to meet the needs of the poorest, a programme co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO) for fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is planning a shake-up, internal documents seen by Reuters show.
    The COVAX programme is far short of its target of delivering 2 billion doses by the end of the year, but does expect a big increase in supplies by early 2022, and wants to make sure that those, at least, reach the countries in direst need.
    COVAX’s initial lofty ambitions to act as a clearing house for the world’s vaccines, collecting from the manufacturers in the most developed countries and quickly distributing to those in the most urgent need, have fallen flat.
    So far, it has distributed a mere 90 million vaccines.    While densely populated lower-income countries act as incubators for new and more dangerous strains of the coronavirus, some of the poorest countries have vaccinated less than 1% of their populations, according to estimates from Gavi, a global vaccine alliance that runs the scheme with the WHO.
    The overhaul is meant to reduce COVAX’s financial risks, increase its focus on the countries most in need and reduce the participation of richer countries as both donors and recipients, according to a paper prepared by Gavi.
    The document is expected to be adopted at a Gavi board meeting on Wednesday and Thursday.
    “The suggestion is, subject to Board approval, to focus COVAX’s procurement efforts on all SFPs (self-financing participants) that will continue to need the facility, in such a way that enables simplified operations and reduced financial risks, based on the lessons learned over the past year,” a spokeswoman for Gavi said.
    The WHO had no immediate comment, but usually lets Gavi speak about COVAX on its behalf.
    Wealthy countries have generally preferred to use their financial clout to buy their own vaccines direct from the manufacturers.
    And despite pleas from the WHO to share any surplus vaccines via its programme, the United States, Japan and the European Union have all outlined plans to donate to countries directly, as well as to COVAX.
    By prioritising their own diplomatic and commercial interests, wealthy nations have in effect wrecked COVAX’s ambition to take overall charge of the global fight against the pandemic.
    “The fact that Gavi’s board is now reviewing the way in which wealthier countries can continue to participate in the facility is in part a recognition that the set-up does not work,” said Kate Elder, senior policy adviser at the medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres.
    About 190 countries are currently COVAX members, but one-third do not use its vaccines and only about 40 have launched their vaccination drives with jabs from COVAX, the Gavi document says.
    In a separate internal document, Gavi estimates that membership may shrink to 120-130 next year.
    Many rich nations are expected to step aside voluntarily, but the planned policy change will also make it costlier for middle-income countries to take part.
    Whereas now Gavi takes significant financial risks in ordering vaccines on behalf of its members, next year middle-income nations that still need COVAX vaccines will have to pay for them fully in advance.
    This means that countries in Latin America and the Middle East, as well as the likes of South Africa, may face higher costs and need to borrow money to secure doses.
    However, the poorest countries, mostly in Africa and Southeast Asia, will keep the same conditions, with little or no costs to buy vaccines.
    “The model would be redesigned with less flexible terms and conditions, aimed at simplification, and lowering financial risk to retain countries that need the facility whilst disincentivising other countries from continued participation beyond the end of 2021,” one of the documents says.
    And that should have tangible benefits for the poorest countries.
    COVAX has raised nearly $10 billion, above its target for this year, and has begun receiving some surplus doses from rich nations.    However, wealthy states’ earlier massive purchases of vaccines and curbs on exports from India, the facility’s main supplier, have left poorer countries short of supply.
    Gavi believes that a projected increase in supply in the second half of the year could lift the share of those vaccinated in the poorest countries to nearly 30% by early 2022.
    Gavi plans to spend $775 million to help countries distribute those vaccines and avoid repeating incidences of wastage caused by insufficient preparation and infrastructure.
    With these countries facing a possible five-fold increase in the monthly throughput of vaccines, the risk of such wastage is high, one document says.
    The money will be used to strengthen COVAX’s delivery system, provide better refrigeration equipment and improve healthcare systems, Gavi says.
(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio @fraguarascio; Editing by Josephine Mason)

6/23/2021 EU Considers 3.5 Billion Euro Migrant Funding For Turkey, Diplomats Say
FILE PHOTO: Migrants walk towards Turkey's Pazarkule border crossing with Greece's Kastanies,
in Edirne, Turkey March 8, 2020. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir/File Photo
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union is considering 3.5 billion euros ($4.18 billion) for Turkey to continue hosting Syrian refugees until 2024, two diplomats said on Wednesday, part of a bigger regional refugee support plan to stop migrants reaching the bloc.
    The total 5.77-billion-euro package for Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, which goes to humanitarian projects and not governments, aims to prevent a new refugee influx into the EU and win time until the 10-year Syrian civil war eventually ends.
    Turkey hosts some four million Syrian refugees and has spent more than $40 billion providing basic services but wants the EU funds to be paid directly to the government in Ankara.
    EU leaders, perturbed by what they see as Turkey’s rising authoritarianism and deteriorating human rights record, are unlikely to accept that demand.    They also accuse Turkey of using the migrants as a bargaining chip, which Ankara denies.
    The 27 leaders are expected to support the funding proposal by the executive European Commission at a summit in Brussels on Thursday.
    However, unlike a previous 6-billion-euro round of funding that was partly paid for directly by EU governments, the money will come entirely from the EU’s common budget and so the European Parliament will need to give its approval.
    That looks likely to reopen the EU’s tortured debate over relations with Turkey, which lawmakers have long accused of stifling media freedoms and imprisoning political opponents without proper trial, which Ankara also denies.
    Under the original migration deal in March 2016, Turkey agreed to take back all migrants and refugees who cross the Aegean to enter Greece illegally, including Syrians, in return for more funds.    For its part, the EU has promised to scrap the visa requirement for Turks visiting Europe and accelerate Ankara’s bid to join the bloc, although all talks have stalled.
    EU leaders on Thursday will seek to revive them, offering Ankara “the EU’s readiness to engage with Turkey … to enhance cooperation in a number of areas of common interest,” according to a draft of the final summit statement seen by Reuters.
    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell at the weekend to discuss migration, visa liberalisation and Turkey-EU ties.    He told a news conference the EU must “return to the table” on negotiations with Turkey.
    “We expect concrete steps from the EU now,” Cavusoglu said.    “It’s been more than 1.5 years and we have not received a reply on these issues yet.    We hope this summit will be a turning point and they should not stall Turkey.”
($1 = 0.8379 euros)
(Additional reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in AnkaraEditing by Gareth Jones, William Maclean)

6/23/2021 Merkel Says Pandemic Is Not Over, Germany Still On Thin Ice
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the last session of the lower house of parliament
Bundestag before federal elections, in Berlin, Germany, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi
    BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s coronavirus infection levels are encouraging but cases of the Delta variant are rising and the country should exercise sound judgment so as not to risk what it has achieved, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.
    “The pandemic is not over yet.    We are still on thin ice,” she told lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament.
(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Writing by Paul Carrel)

6/23/2021 Politicians Argue For And Against Washington D.C. Statehood by OAN Newsroom
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is photographed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing on the proposal to make Washington, D.C. a state.    On Tuesday, the city’s Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser offered her view as to why the D.C. Statehood Bill, which has already passed in the House, should move forward.
    Bowser argued D.C. residents lack representation as they are not given senators or congressmen because D.C. isn’t a state.
    She went on to explain, “D.C.’s current status is due to generations of inactivity by lawmakers including the founding fathers themselves, failing to address the contradiction that D.C. residents of the U.S. capital are treated as second class citizens.”
    However, Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) offered an argument which disproved her point.
    “That was the design in the Constitution to say this is uniquely so that the federal government does not exist under the authority of any state or try to interact with the state,” he explained.    “…To make sure that constitutionally there would always be a region that is there, that was established so the federal government didn’t have to worry about what’s state, what’s federal.”
    Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives power to the federal government to form a district free from state authority.    Federalist No. 43, penned by Founding Father James Madison, also warns of the “imputation of awe or influence” at risk if America was to put its capital city within a state.    In other words, putting the nation’s capital in a state would result in the federal government being subjected to the powers of that state’s government or vice versa.
    “Many people live in Maryland, or in Virginia, or in West Virginia and drive in to be able to be here from longer distances, but that’s a volitional choice,” Lankford expressed.    “No one’s compelled to actually be here knowing that’s been the situation for more than 200 years.”
    Although, a lack of representation isn’t without solutions.    In 1846, D.C. ceded control of the residential suburbs Arlington and Alexandria back to Virginia, which had provided the land in the first place.    This is one alternative solution to give residents representation without compromising the seat of American power.

6/23/2021 Police Unions Grill MSNBC Contributor Who Blames Law Enforcement For Uptick In Crime by OAN Newsroom
Drug Enforcement Administration agents in Florida. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
    The left’s arguments for the defund the police movement have unraveled as crime skyrockets across the nation.    Major media outlet MSNBC faced scrutiny after reportedly claiming police are to blame for rising crime.
    MSNBC contributor Brittany Cunningham alleged rising crime was the fault of police and had nothing to do with the defund the police movement.    In a statement following the show, Detectives Endowment Association President Paul Digiacomo argued Cunningham’s remarks did not “make common sense” because New York had far less homicides before defunding their police department.
    New York State Trooper Thomas Mungeer also weighed in by saying crime upticks over the last year have been from cutting police forces and handcuffing officers from doing their jobs.    He asserted there was “no other way to quantify” it.
    Cunningham went on to also claim police departments were ineffective at helping people.    Her claims were in stark contrast to a Tuesday report, which showed the addition of more NYPD patrols underground has resulted in a decrease in assaults on New York City subways.
    Although, with at least 200 U.S. police departments reporting a 45 percent increase in retirement and an 18 percent rise in resignations compared to 2020, officers have hit their breaking point.    Sergeant Jake Verhalen from Fulsom County, California weighed in on personnel difficulties by saying he believes rhetoric and policies surrounding the death of George Floyd has been largely responsible for this.
    “Some of it has to do with pay and benefits, but I think there is a bigger picture.    That being, this public discourse if you will, against the police and some young people perhaps are asking themselves the question is that really a career path that I want to go down.”
    Meanwhile on the East Coast, former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton has echoed these concerns.    Earlier this month, he predicted a steep increase in crime this summer and warned if the left keeps pushing the defund the police movement, streets will not be safe because law enforcement will not have the manpower or resources to protect Americans from criminals.

6/23/2021 Senate GOP Blocks For The People Act by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) joined from left by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.)
talks with reporters before a key test vote on the For the People Act at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) held nothing back in his description of the For The People Act.    In an interview on Tuesday, Lee said the Senate’s move to strike down the bill was a “victory for the angels.”    He also declared the bill the “Corrupt Politicians Act” and argued it was not written in response to the 2020 election, but was constructed years ago.
    The motion to debate failed after the evenly split chamber voted along party lines.    Democrat Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) criticized his Republican colleagues for standing against the bill.
    “Madame President, I want to be clear about what just happened on the Senate floor.    Every single Senate Republican voted against starting debate,” he expressed.    “Starting debate on legislation to protect American’s voting rights.”
    Republicans in the upper chamber set up an effective roadblock against Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.    On Tuesday, all GOP senators stuck to their side of the aisle when called on to vote to begin the debate for the For The People Act, also known as S.1.
    “On this vote, the yeas are 50, the nays are 50,” Kamala Harris announced.    “Three fifths of the senators duly chosen and sworn not having voted in the affirmative.    The motion is not agreed to.”
    Schumer got a short boost in confidence shortly before the vote after convincing key swing vote Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to stick with Democrats.    In return for his “yes” vote, Schumer offered to bring up Manchin’s more bipartisan voting rights bill.    However, GOP senators stood firm in their stance that S.1 was unnecessary.
    “There is nothing broken around the country.    The system upheld very well during tense stress in the latter part of the previous Congress,” stated     Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).    “There’s no rational basis for federalizing this election.”
    Republicans hammered home the point that the bill was far reaching and would take the constitutional power to administer elections away from the states.    They argued S.1 would establish a federal election system designed to benefit the Democratic National Committee by stacking the Federal Election Commission with a Democrat majority, expanding mail-in voting and allowing minors to vote.
    In addition, Republicans believe S.1 would have uprooted recent legislature from several states to bolster election integrity by demanding voter ID’s and limiting mail-in voting.
    “This is a huge win for the citizens of the United States.    This is a huge win for Democracy and it’s a huge win for the integrity of our elections,” declared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).    “The Corrupt Politicians Act is the most dangerous legislation we’ve considered in the Senate in the nine years I’ve served in this body.”
    Meanwhile, top Democrats, including Schumer and Kamala Harris vow to continue pushing sweeping voting rights legislation.    Although analysts warn there is no clear path for Democrats.

6/23/2021 Mo. Gov. Under Fire For Latest Gun Law by OAN Newsroom
Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a news conference in St. Louis, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
    Missouri’s latest gun law has continued to stir controversy after many argued its unconstitutional basis and negative effect on police. A lawsuit by the city of St. Louis and St. Louis County was filed on Monday to overturn the law, which could potentially fine law enforcement agencies for enforcing federal gun laws.
    O’Fallon Police Chief Philip Dupuis recently resigned because of the new law. He slammed its “poor wording” as officers who violate the law could be fined for up to $50,000. In a tweet by St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones, the Democrat asserted the law would make it more difficult to stop “violent crime” and warned its potential to make communities less safe.
    However, supporters of the law, titled HB 85, insisted it was meant to protect the people by establishing the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Missouri.    Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) announced his support for both the Constitution and Second Amendment rights.    He argued Missourians should to be able to “keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.”
    “The purpose is this: to stand up to the federal government, which we have to do as individuals and be able to go up there and say, look, we are the people,” he asserted.    “…We’re going to do things to make sure you don’t overreach your authority from the federal government.”
    At the signing ceremony, Sen. Eric Burlison (R-Mo.) said the state should be proud of the bill being signed as it represents a stance against a “tyrannical, federal government.”
    He went on to say, “what we’re doing with the stroke of the pen, we are telling this executive leader, this president, who wants to take away our rights in Missouri, that he can go pound sand.”
    This comes as Joe Biden is set to unveil executive orders he claims are aimed at reducing violence on Wednesday, while renewing his call for Congress to pass gun legislation.

6/23/2021 Police Officer Among Victims Of Shooting Near Denver, Colo. by OAN Newsroom
Officer Gordon Beesley. (Photo credit: Arvada Police Department)
    A community in Colorado have mourned the loss of a fallen police officer and a good Samaritan following a deadly shooting.
    During a press briefing on Tuesday, the Arvada Police Department announced veteran Officer Gordon Beesley was fatally shot on Monday while on patrol at a shopping district in suburban Denver.
    A shootout occurred between officers and a suspect, which resulted in the death of Beesley, an innocent bystander and the suspect.    Officer Beesley was a 19-year member of the department and a school resource officer.    According to investigators, the shooting was a deliberate act of violence as Officer Beesley was allegedly ambushed by a suspect who expressed hatred towards law enforcement.
    “I can tell you that Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge,” Arvada Police Chief Link Strate explained.    “Officer Beesley was ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers.”
    In addition, authorities identified the good Samaritan who was also killed in the shootout.    John Hurley, a 40-year-old Colorado resident, was declared a hero for preventing more lives from being lost in the shootout. Strate explained there was no connection between Hurley and the suspect.
    While law enforcement has yet to reveal further details surrounding the shooting, authorities believe the incident was isolated.    Meanwhile, authorities continue to actively investigate the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.

6/23/2021 Senate GOP Leadership Holds Weekly Conference by OAN Newsroom
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center right, speaks accompanied by Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Sen. Roy Blunt( R-Mo.) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) at the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    Republican leadership in the Senate have called out their colleagues across the aisle for their electoral overreach.    Leading up to Tuesday’s vote on S.1, the leadership weighed in on what they believed Democrats true intent was on the introduced election reform bill that never stood a chance to pass.
    Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) began his remarks by suggesting that even left-leaning media recognized the intentions behind the S.1 vote were not to change election law, but to give Democrats the opportunity to virtue signal to their base.    Senate Conference Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) added the symbolism of making S.1, also known as For The People Act, spoke to the Democrat view of the measure as a political tool.
    “Today we’ll be voting on S number one, which means it is the number one priority for the Democrats in this country and in the Senate,” Barrasso stated.    “They make it a higher priority than the economy and inflation, a higher priority than the crisis at the border or the crime in our our cities.”
    Policy Committee Chairman Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) pointed out one the major faults of the election reform bill was the most effective reforms did not originate at the federal level.    Conference Vice Chairman Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) added to Blunt’s point by saying Democrats were trying to push their already expansive reach even farther.
    “Instead of focusing on the things that are really important to our constituencies back home, you know, the rising prices of good that our families need every single day,” she expressed.    “These politicians here in Washington D.C. have decided they want to focus on consolidating power.”
    Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott (R-Fla.) shifted focus to the weeks ahead by arguing the Democrats recent legislative spending sprees are hurting the very people Democrats claim they want to help.    He argued inflation was caused by “reckless spending,” which he said the Democrats have been notorious for in many instances such as their proposed $6 trillion dollar budget.
    With S.1 behind them, Republicans will have to gear up for the next partisan prize fight: the ongoing struggle over an agreement on infrastructure, from how much to spend to what the term even means.

6/23/2021 Larger-Than-Life Software Mogul John McAfee Dies In Spain By Suicide, Lawyer Says
FILE PHOTO: John McAfee, co-founder of McAfee Crypto Team and CEO of Luxcore and founder of McAfee Antivirus, speaks
at the Malta Blockchain Summit in St Julian's, Malta November 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo
    BARCELONA (Reuters) -British-born U.S. technology entrepreneur John McAfee died on Wednesday by suicide in a Barcelona prison after the Spanish high court authorised his extradition to the United States on tax evasion charges, his lawyer told Reuters.
    McAfee’s lawyer, Javier Villalba, said the anti-virus software pioneer died by hanging as his nine months in prison brought him to despair.
    During a court hearing last month, McAfee, 75, said that given his age, he would spend the rest of his life in jail if convicted in the United States.    “I am hoping that the Spanish court will see the injustice of this,” he said, adding “the United States wants to use me as an example.”
    McAfee had lived for years on the run from U.S. authorities, some of that time aboard a megayacht.    He was indicted in Tennessee on tax evasion charges and was charged in a cryptocurrency fraud case in New York.
    The colourful tech founder was detained on Oct. 3 at the Barcelona airport as he was about to board a flight to Istanbul with a British passport, a Spanish police source said at the time.
    McAfee worked for NASA, Xerox and Lockheed Martin before launching the world’s first commercial anti-virus in 1987.    He sold his software company to Intel in 2011 and no longer had any involvement in the business. The program still carries his name and has 500 million users worldwide.
    Spain’s high court said on Wednesday it agreed to extradite McAfee to the United States.    The regional justice department confirmed that a U.S. man aged 75 awaiting extradition was found dead in his cell on Wednesday.    Prison authorities were investigating the cause of death.
    McAfee still had opportunities to appeal his conviction but could not stand more time in jail, Villalba said.
    “This is the result of a cruel system that had no reason to keep this man in jail for so long,” Villalba said.    U.S. prosecutors will likely ask the judge overseeing the tax evasion case to dismiss charges because of McAfee’s death.
    McAfee said in 2019 that he had not paid U.S. income taxes for eight years for ideological reasons.    That year, he left the United States to avoid trial, largely living on a megayacht with his wife, four large dogs, two security guards and seven staff.
    He offered to help Cuba avoid a U.S. trade embargo using cryptocurrency and sought to run for U.S. president for the Libertarian Party.
    McAfee, who said in 2018 that he had fathered at least 47 children, lived in Belize for several years.    He fled after police sought him for questioning in the 2012 murder of a neighbour. They ultimately said he was not a suspect.
    He met his wife, Janice McAfee, when she solicited him as a prostitute while he was on the run, he said.
    Janice McAfee said in a post on Twitter on Sunday, “Now the U.S. authorities are determined to have John die in prison to make an example of him for speaking out against the corruption within their government agencies… There is no hope of him ever having a fair trial in America.”
    McAfee was a prolific user of Twitter, where he had 1 million followers, and other social media.     He posted a profanity-laced video on YouTube in 2013 that mocked the difficulty of removing the software that bore his name from computers.     A number of cryptocurrency backers around the world on Wednesday posted tweets of condolence. In his last public tweet on June 18, McAfee wrote: “All power corrupts.    Take care which powers you allow a democracy to wield.”
(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Joan Faus, Editing by Cynthia Osterman and Howard Goller)

6/23/2021 Once-Kidnapped Colombian Politician Wants More ‘Heart’ From Ex-Rebels by Julia Symmes Cobb
Ingrid Betancourt, French-Colombian politician and former FARC hostage, speaks during an act of recognition with the participation
of her kidnappers and their now political party Comunes, in Bogota, Colombia June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – A former Colombian presidential candidate once held for more than six years by the FARC rebels on Wednesday criticized former guerrillas who have asked forgiveness for kidnappings.
    Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued in a cinematic military operation in 2008, met face-to-face for the first time with now-demobilized Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leaders as part of the ex-guerrillas’ participation in a truth commission created under a 2016 peace deal.
    “I wanted to hear you speak from your heart, not from politics,” Betancourt said. “This is a meeting of hearts, not a political meeting.”
    Former FARC leaders accepted responsibility for tens of thousands of kidnappings earlier this year. Ex-fighters, including top leader Rodrigo Londono, repeated their regret on Wednesday.
    Betancourt thanked some ex-guerrillas who have tried to understand the suffering of the kidnapped and their families, but said while she and other victims cried at the event, former fighters had dry eyes.
    “Becoming human again is crying together.    Someday we will need to cry together,” Betancourt said, urging the group to hand over drug trafficking assets for victim reparation.
    The event included testimonies from seven other victims and seven former combatants.
    Some victims said they forgive the FARC.
    “I have forgiven to stop poisoning my spirit,” said Armando Acuna, who was kidnapped in 2009.    “I want to ask (the FARC) to do all that is humanly – and even inhumanly – possible for the peace of this country.”
    Others said more needed to be done, especially in the search for remains of hostages who died while being held.
    “There isn’t a day when I get up and don’t think of them,” said Helmuth Angulo, whose parents were kidnapped and killed by the FARC in 2000.
    He criticized the work of the search unit created by the peace accord to find disappeared people, but said the FARC have made efforts to find his parents’ bodies.
    Luz Marina Monzon, the head of the unit, said she recognized the pain and frustration of those still seeking remains and hoped to help Angulo.
    Ex-fighters have also asked for forgiveness in private meetings with victims and turned over information which may help locate remains of dozens of hostages.
    Angela Cordon, who was 14 when her father and uncle were kidnapped in 2003, is still seeking their remains.    She said she wants to heal.
    “We came to flower, not to disappear.”
(Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Editing by Richard Chang)

6/23/2021 Brazil Environment Minister Quits; Faces Illegal Logging Probe by Jake Spring and Maria Carolina Marcello
FILE PHOTO: Brazil's Environment Minister Ricardo Salles speaks during a news conference after
a virtual global climate summit in Brasilia, Brazil, April 22, 2021. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
    BRASILIA (Reuters) -Brazilian Environment Minister Ricardo Salles quit on Wednesday, facing a criminal investigation of whether he obstructed a police probe of illegal logging in the Amazon rainforest.
    A Supreme Court justice authorized the investigation of Salles this month after federal police raids targeted the minister and other officials alleged to have allowed illegal wood exports.
    “I understand that Brazil throughout this year and next on the international stage and also in the national agenda needs to have a strong union of interests,” Salles told reporters in Brasilia.    “So that this can be done in the most serene manner possible, I submitted my resignation.”
    The outgoing minister had acted as lead negotiator for Brazil in talks with the United States over funding to preserve the Amazon rainforest, where deforestation has surged since right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro took office in 2019.
    Those negotiations had stalled, with the last meeting held more than a month ago, according to two sources familiar with the matter, who said it was unclear if the delay was related to Salles.
    Salles had faced heavy criticism from global environmental advocates, after remarking in a recorded cabinet meeting that the Brazilian government should push through environmental deregulation while the public was distracted by the pandemic.
    To replace the minister, Bolsonaro nominated Joaquim Alvaro Pereira Leite, according to the official government gazette.
    A former board member of the Brazilian Rural Society, a century-old lobby group for farming interests, Leite had been serving as the ministry’s secretary for the Amazon and environmental services.
    “Whoever sits in the chair of minister will obey the orders of Bolsonaro and continue to implement the policy of environmental destruction, just as Salles did,” said Marcio Astrini, head of the environmental group Climate Observatory, in a statement.
(Reporting by Jake Spring and Maria Carolina Marcello in BrasiliaAdditional reporting by Gabriel Stargardter in Rio de JaneiroEditing by Brad Haynes and David Gregorio)

6/23/2021 Malta Faces Blow After Being Greylisted By Financial Crimes Watchdog by Chris Scicluna
Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela holds a news conference after local media reported that Malta has been greylisted by the global
anti-money laundering watchdog, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), in Valletta, Malta, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
    VALLETTA (Reuters) -Malta has been put on a grey list by the world’s money laundering and terrorist financing watchdog (FATF), Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Wednesday, in a move which could seriously damage the island’s economy.
    Speaking at news conference, Abela said he thought the decision was “unjust” and promised to push ahead with planned reforms aimed at tackling financial wrongdoing.
    The Paris-based inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force agreed to put Malta on the grey list of untrustworthy jurisdictions during a secret vote earlier in the day, meaning that the country now faces increased monitoring.
    The FATF has not yet formally announced the decision, but Abela confirmed the move after news broke on local media.
    “While I consider this decision unjust, we will continue the reform process because we are acting with conviction and believe in good governance,” he told a hastily convened news conference.
    “We remain committed to making whatever reforms are needed while preserving the national interest.    We will never be uncooperative or obstructive but will intensify our resolve to fight money laundering and the financing of international terrorism.”
    FATF made its move after years of international criticism of Maltese policy making, including the sale of national passports, as well as a lack of legal action against government officials who were mentioned in the Panama Papers as having set up secret offshore companies.
    Opposition leader Bernard Grech called the FAFT vote a “national punishment,” which could damage the country’s fast-growing financial and gaming sectors that account for almost a fifth of the economy.
    A working paper issued on May 27 by the International Monetary Fund said greylisting led to a large and statistically significant reduction in capital inflows as investors shifted funds out of the affected countries.
    Abela introduced a raft of reforms after becoming prime minister in January 2020, including appointing a new police commissioner and beefing up the Financial Intelligence and Analysis Unit, the body charged with fighting financial crime.
    As of February, there were just 19 countries that the FATF deemed to have “strategic deficiencies” and were under increased monitoring, including Zimbabwe, Syria, Panama, Myanmar and Albania.
(Reporting by Chris Scicluna; Editing by Crispian Balmer and Jane Merriman)

6/23/2021 U.S. Again Votes Against U.N. Call To End Cuba Embargo by Michelle Nichols
FILE PHOTO: A view of Cuban and U.S. flags beside the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 15, 2020. REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File Photo
    NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration on Wednesday continued Washington’s tradition of voting against an annual United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for an end to a U.S. economic embargo on Cuba.
    The resolution was adopted for the 29th time with 184 votes in favor, three abstentions and two no votes – the United States and Israel.    The U.N. vote can carry political weight, but only the U.S. Congress can lift the more than 50-year-old embargo.
    The United States consistently voted against the U.N. resolutions for 24 years but abstained for the first time in 2016 under former President Barack Obama, as Washington and Havana forged a closer relationship.
    Washington then returned to opposing the resolution under President Donald Trump’s administration.    Trump also rolled back nearly all measures Obama had taken to ease the embargo and improve ties between the United States and its old Cold War foe.
    Biden vowed during his campaign to reverse some of Trump’s Cuba measures that “have inflicted harm on the Cuban people and done nothing to advance democracy and human rights.”    But he has yet to make good on that pledge and his administration has said a shift in policy toward Cuba is not among its top priorities.
    U.S. diplomat Rodney Hunter told the U.N. General Assembly before the vote that sanctions were one set of tools in Washington’s broader effort toward Cuba to advance democracy, promote respect for human rights and help the Cuban people exercise fundamental freedoms.
    “We therefore oppose this resolution,” Hunter said.    “We recognize the challenges the Cuban people face.    That is why the United States is a significant supplier of humanitarian goods to the Cuban people and one of Cuba’s principal trading partners.”
    Cuba said earlier this month the decades-old U.S. trade embargo cost it a record total of more than $9 billion over the last financial year, hurting its ability to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.
    Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez told the General Assembly that sanctions had made it harder for Cuba to acquire medical equipment needed to develop its own COVID-19 vaccines and for other uses as well as equipment for food production.
    “Like the virus, the blockade asphyxiates and kills, it must stop,” Rodriguez told the General Assembly.
    The vote on Wednesday was originally set for October last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.
    The General Assembly adopted the resolution as Cuba struggles with a severe economic downturn, marked by widespread shortages of basic goods and as COVID-19 cases hit a record of 2,055 on Wednesday.
    Government critics say the real, underlying problem is the inefficient state-run economy and market-style reforms that have not been sufficiently radical.
(Additional reporting by Nelson Acosta and Sarah March; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Bill Berkrot)

6/23/2021 Sen. Blackburn Slams CRT For Teaching Kids To ‘Judge A Person By The Color Of Their Skin, Not The Content Of Their Character’ by OAN Newsroom
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) joined a growing list of Republicans who have taken a public stance against critical race theory.    Blackburn shared a video on Twitter on Wednesday, which explained what CRT aims to do.
    Earlier this month, Blackburn cosponsored a resolution with Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind.) condemning the use of CRT in both K-12 schools and teacher training.    In the video, Blackburn argued this academic movement teaches children to view America as “systemically racist” and to judge others according to racial differences.
    The senators noted they have sent a letter, along with 30 other of their GOP colleagues, to Joe Biden’s Education Secretary Miguel Cardona making their demands known.    The group of Republicans also asked for the withdrawal of the department’s proposed priorities on American history and civics, which they say includes teaching divisive curriculum like CRT.
    As Democrats in Congress continue to push for critical race theory in schools and job training, Blackburn and other Republicans have voiced support for school choice.

6/23/2021 Police Data Debunks Joe Biden’s Push For Gun Control by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden speaks in Darby, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
    Joe Biden has continued attempts to connect legal gun ownership to violent crime, although police statistics have yet to support his claims.    Last year, the San Francisco Bay Area reported a 35 percent rise in violent crime, while shootings and murders rose 45 percent in New York and 50 percent in Chicago.
    Those cities have the strictest gun control laws in the U.S. For comparison, violent crimes in the Republican-controlled city of Miami rose only 13 percent and declined by 11 percent in Oklahoma City, which is also run by Republicans.
    Police say most crime involves illegal guns, which contradicts Biden’s agenda.
    “First of all, we need to have a Congress, we need to have elected officials that are not worried about political theatre,” Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo asserted.    “To do a myriad of things to help keep firearms in hands, so we need Congress to do its job.”
    Overall, violent crime rose an average 35 percent nationwide, which was mostly driven by the influx of illegal firearms through the U.S.-Mexico border.

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6/24/2021 Critical race theory foes interrupt JCPS meeting - Protest descends into yelling matches, several kicked out by Olivia Krauth, Louisville Courier Journal | USA TODAY NETWORK
    It took less than 30 minutes for protesters to derail a school board meeting in Kentucky’s largest district, as a workshop on a strategic plan rapidly devolved into screaming matches and security kicking out several people. Jefferson County’s school board meeting Tuesday evening echoed scenes from across the nation as opponents of “critical race theory” flood school board meetings, demanding districts stop teaching it.
    Critical race theory, though, is rarely taught at the K-12 level.    The academic framework appeared in a Jefferson County Public Schools guiding document for a Black studies elective, but the references were scrubbed as the theory became politicized.
    Instead, opponents – including those at JCPS Tuesday – mischaracterize the term to refer to any racial equity effort schools use to improve outcomes for students of color.
    A few dozen protesters gathered outside of JCPS’ central office shortly before Tuesday’s meeting, staging the first in-person demonstration against critical race theory in JCPS.
Shirley Samples of Valley Station argues with Jim Hearn, Jefferson County Public Schools security coordinator,
at a meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday. A few dozen protesters gathered outside of
JCPS’ central office shortly before the meeting. PHOTOS BY DAVID R. LUTMAN/SPECIAL TO COURIER JOURNAL

Ruth Ann Shumate-Reed of Old Louisville speaks to fellow critical race theory protesters
in front of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ VanHoose Education Center on Tuesday.
    Most in the predominantly white crowd clutched signs opposing critical race theory: “No CRT in schools,” “Kids aren’t born racist.”    A handful of signs mentioned a far-right militia group. A press gaggle that began with two protesters quickly grew, with a series of people cycling past the mic as members of the crowd drew near reporters.
    One man told reporters CRT seeks to divide people.    One woman accused JCPS of sneaking CRT into schools under the guise of “equity,” even though racial equity and critical race theory are two different concepts.    The group’s opposition appeared directed less toward the academic framework and more toward JCPS’ focus on equity – the practice of giving students what they need to be successful and close racial disparities.    Instead, many in the crowd appeared to favor equality – all students getting the same, regardless of what they need.    Asked by a reporter to define critical race theory, one woman inaccurately responded: “It’s judging people strictly on the color of their skin.”
    A different woman said they “do not see color of skin.”    She later approached a Black reporter and asked if he believed he deserved reparations.
    Behind her, a woman told reporters she had visited Africa four times – likely more than most African Americans, she said.
    “I am amazed by the Africans,” she said.    Protesters then moved into the district’s school board meeting, falsely believing JCPS was considering building critical race theory into the district’s strategic plan – the first item on Tuesday’s agenda.    While the theory is not in the strategic plan, racial equity is.    To many in Tuesday’s crowd, they are the same concept.
    When racial equity was mentioned in the district’s presentation, a wave of anti-CRT signs popped up throughout the crowd.
    Some protesters appeared to prefer equality – all students receiving the same, regardless of their level of need – to the district’s focus on equity, which gives stu- dents different resources depending on what they need.
    In the first question from the board, board member Corrie Shull asked Dena Dossett, the district’s chief data officer giving the presentation, to define equity.
    After a bit of back and forth between the two and praise for JCPS’ racial equity work from Shull, someone in the crowd shouted, “All kids matter!”    Others joined in, and the situation quickly escalated to a cacophony of shouting.
    Board Chairwoman Diane Porter began trying to speak over the crowd to diffuse the situation, causing the crowd to begin yelling to her.
    “I do not want to hear your comments,” Porter said at one point, before calling for a five-minute recess.
    One man stood, said something inaudible about “white kids” amid the shouting, and walked out, the door slamming behind him.
    A handful followed. Others continued to shout as district security tried to calm them to restart the meeting.
    Shull, sitting in his board seat at the front of the room, said that the protesters should know critical race theory is not in the district’s curriculum.
    Around 20 people left in the upheaval: some on their own accord, others kicked out for disrupting the meeting and refusing to leave.    “Enough is enough!” one person shouted as he was herded out of the meeting by security.    The meeting calmed soon after, with the rest of the meeting resuming without interruption.
    “If you don’t have equity, then you’re not going to get the improved outcomes that we’re aiming for,” board member Linda Duncan said shortly after the meeting resumed.
    Speaking after the meeting, district officials appeared unsurprised by the night’s events after seeing similar incidents at other school boards in the country.
    “I think what we saw this evening is the outgrowth of pervasive misinformation,” Shull told reporters.
    Some people hear words like “equity,” he said, “as a threat to their existence, as a threat to their flourishing.”
    “We must educate all children,” Shull said.    “Some children, some demographics of children, demand more wraparound services, more triage because those groups of children have been historically left and have historically received the shorter end of the stick.”
    Reach Olivia Krauth at and on Twitter at @oliviakrauth.
A critical race theory protester holds up a sign during Jefferson County’s school

From left, Kyla Beck, Christina West and Yvonne McQuade, all of Middletown, express their views in
front of the Jefferson County Public Schools’ VanHoose Education Center on Tuesday.

Marty Pollio, Jefferson County superintendent of schools, listens to protesters.

6/24/2021 Sheriffs Disperse School Board Meeting After Hundreds Of Parents Attempt To Protest Critical Race Theory by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Republican lawmakers and governors have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material that explores how
race and racism influence American politics, culture and law. The measures have become law in Tennessee, Idaho
and Oklahoma and bills have been introduced in over a dozen other states. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
    Chaos erupted after the Loudoun County, Virginia School Board unexpectedly cut their meeting short after allowing comments from only 50 of the 250 parents who were slated to speak.
    On Tuesday night, hundreds of parents flooded the end of the year school board meeting in protest of their curriculum.    The abrupt end to comments led to backlash from the hundreds of parents who had shown up to voice their concerns about critical race theory and other left wing beliefs being taught in schools.
    The district has been in the news over the last few weeks, starting with the suspension of physical education teacher Byron Cross for refusing to use students’ preferred gender pronouns.    Shortly after, a mother compared her experience growing up in communist China to what the school board was doing.
    “You are now teaching, training our children to be social justice warriors, and to loathe our country and our history,” stated Xi Van Fleet, a concerned parent.    “Ground up in Mao’s China, all this seems very familiar.    The communist regime used the same critical theory to divide people the only difference is they used class, instead of race.”
    These events led to the meeting with hundreds of parents primed to speak out.
    “When I heard that teachers and students were having critical race theory shoved down their throats and young white kids were being told that there was something wrong with them because of the color of their skin, I became very concerned,” commented another concerned parent.
    The majority of those inside the meeting, however, were unable to voice their opinions once the floor was closed early.    After around a fifth of the parents had spoken, the board abruptly adjourned the meeting and walked out of the room.    They left sheriff’s deputies to disperse the crowd.    The board reportedly reconvened later in the evening in an empty meeting room.

6/24/2021 GOP Reps. Introduce Resolution To Censure Biden Over Border Crisis by OAN Newsroom
Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., pauses during a news conference to announce her resolution to censure President Joe Biden, claiming he is not
enforcing border security and immigration laws, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
    Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) is leading a coalition of House Republicans to censure Joe Biden for his dereliction of duty in regard to the border crisis.    During a press conference Wednesday, the Colorado lawmaker criticized Biden for allowing criminals and drugs to flow through the southern border.
    “Sex offender apprehensions have doubled and drug smuggling arrests have tripled,” she stated.    “Enough fentanyl to kill every American four times over has been intercepted by Border Patrol in just the first four months of the Biden regime.”
    Republicans have said Biden caused the immigration crisis by abolishing Trump-era border policies, halting border wall construction and incentivizing illegal immigration.
    “Girls are being assaulted, children are being abandoned at the border, families are self-separating because of Joe Biden’s policies,” Boebert continued.    “Children 6 years of age and under may cross with an adult, but 7 years and older are sent back.    So parents are choosing to self-separate from their children, putting their children in the hands of the cartel.”
    In the announced resolution, lawmakers said Biden should be held accountable for his inaction as well as for not upholding his constitutional duty to enforce U.S. border and immigration laws.
    The Biden administration has been criticized by both Republicans and Democrats for its mishandling of the southern border as nearly 200,000 illegal immigrants are reported to have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in March.

6/24/2021 Biden’s AG Takes Aim At Illegal Guns, Breaks From Gun Control Agenda by OAN Newsroom
President Joe Biden, left, listens as Attorney General Merrick Garland, right, speaks during an event in the State Dining room of
the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to discuss gun crime prevention strategy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    Attorney General Merrick Garland appeared to admit illegal guns are the main cause of violent crime in Democrat-controlled cities.    At the White House on Wednesday, Garland announced he will be holding illegal firearms traffickers accountable.
    “The strike forces will focus on addressing significant firearms trafficking corridors that fuel violence in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, D.C.,” he announced.
    This statement contradicts Joe Biden’s claims that a tougher control of legal gun owners would help reduce violent crime.    Throughout his career as a politician, Biden supported gun control while vowing to make it more difficult for qualified Americans to purchase legal firearms.
    However, Biden’s attorney general said he will support the police in fighting illegal guns, which also doesn’t fall in line with the Democrat agenda.
    “The Justice Department’s violent crime reduction strategy and our initiatives to stem the rising tide of illegal illegal guns will save lives,” Garland stated.    “But these steps alone will not solve the problem of violent crime; success depends on all of us joining together.”
    Biden’s attorney general also claimed an overwhelming majority of legal gun sales in the U.S. do not pose a public safety threat due to existing rules and regulations.

6/24/2021 Democrats Urge Biden To Extend Pause On Student Loan Payments by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Many new college graduates are struggling to find work as their first student loan payments loom on the horizon. Fewer entry-level
jobs are available during the pandemic, and unemployment benefits typically aren’t accessible. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
    Over 60 Democrats are calling for Joe Biden to extend the pause on student loan payments and interest.    In a letter Wednesday, lawmakers asked to extend the pause by at least six months until March 31 or until employment levels return to pre-pandemic numbers.
    Student loan payments were first suspended for some time under the Trump administration with Biden extending the pause through September of this year.    With the upcoming deadline, lawmakers are urging the administration to “act quickly.”    However, some Republicans have previously opposed Democrats’ stance on the issue of student debt.
    In April, the Banking and Housing Committee held a hearing that discussed student loan forgiveness, where Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) stated millions are in massive student loan debt and that $50,000 for each borrower should be cancelled.
    “Democrats in Congress and the president himself have made it clear of their desire to cancel student loan debt,” stated Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.).    “This, while clearly a political ploy meant to keep Democrats in power by hoodwinking the American people into thinking their debt won’t impose a cost on society, will not solve the problem that all of us recognize needs fixing.”
    Donalds added that no matter how good or noble the cause may seem, it is either “this generation or the next that must pay the tab” and that money spent doesn’t disappear.    “Let me begin with one word of absolute truth: nothing in this world is free,” he stated.    “Someone is always paying.”
    This comes as Democrats are, once again, calling on Biden as they assert that without loans being paused, it could cause a “significant drag on our economic recovery.”    Democrat lawmakers are concerned that the push for student debt cancellation is still in review and are now begging for Biden to at least grant them this pause in the meantime.

6/24/2021 Texas CBP Agents Are Urging Migrants To Rethink Dangerous Journey To The U.S.-Mexico Border by OAN Newsroom
FILE – Border Patrol agents hold a news conference prior to a media tour of a U.S. Customs and Border
Protection temporary facility near the Donna International Bridge in Donna, Texas. AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been spotlighting the dangers of crossing illegally into the U.S. During a press conference Wednesday in Texas, El Paso Border Patrol Sector Chief Gloria Chavez said human smugglers are endangering the lives of the people they exploit and have no regard for the safety of others.
    “Despite all of the dangers, migrant smugglers continue to place profit over the safety and welfare of the people they smuggle,” she stated.
    CBP officials noted how they have responded to several calls in recent months regarding illegal immigrants falling off the border wall in attempt to scale the high barrier.
    “Along this border, transnational criminal organizations continue to encourage people to climb that barrier,” Chavez continued.    “They use ladders to allow them to climb to the top and then they pull the ladder off, leaving the person stuck at the very top of that barrier to figure out how they are going to descend.    Many of them fall from the barrier.”
    Additionally, Border Patrol agents stressed how they have responded to emergency calls regarding extreme heat conditions.
    “In these high temperatures we have answered many calls which have been due to high dehydration,” stated Jose Gil, a doctor on the El Paso rescue team.    “People who got lost, who can’t go on, pregnant women, abandoned children.    So for us it’s a great problem due to the heat, mainly the heat.”
    Meanwhile, Kamala Harris is finally headed to the southern border Friday, which is months after Joe Biden named her as “border czar” to lead the White House response to the growing migrant crisis. Harris has received major backlash from Republican lawmakers who stress the Democrat has failed to address the crisis at the southern border and has yet provide any assistance to immigration officials.    They went on to say the illegal immigration under Biden is the worst the country has ever seen.

6/24/2021 Project Veritas: Whistleblower Says CBS Is Democrat Party Propaganda by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this July 30, 2018, photo the logo for CBS Corporation is displayed above a
trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
    Another whistleblower has come forward to reveal corruption and political biases in mainstream media.    April Moss, formerly of CBS62 in Detroit, told Project Veritas the network has produced fake stories to legitimize and promote COVID-19 vaccines.
    This revelation came after a CBS story showed a line of purported coronavirus patients who turned out to be the company’s employees.    Moss said CBS is advancing the Democrat Party agenda under the guise of “reporting news.”
    “The people are recognizing that elected officials are not making decisions in the people’s best interest and as a journalist I feel responsible be able to bring these questions to light,” she explained.    “There are people within our organization who definitely know that CBS has a (political) slant and it slants more to the left.”
    Project Vertias recently shared the story of another reporter, Ivory Hecker, who revealed similar corruption and unfair reporting by a local Fox affiliate.    Both Moss and Hecker have been terminated by their employers.

6/24/2021 Ariz. GOP Chair Dr. Ward Says Democrat Proposed ‘For The People Act’ Is A Partisan Power Grab by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Dr. Kelli Ward, chair of the Arizona Republican Party,
holds a press conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
    The chairwoman of the Arizona GOP, Dr. Kelli Ward, detailed Democrat efforts to dismantle election integrity under the pretext of expanding so-called voting rights.
    “Once again, Democrats are showing how their thirst for power is their main objective," she stated.    “Just recently, radical Democrats forced a procedural vote on a Senate Bill.    The deceptively named ‘For the People Act.”
    In a statement Wednesday, Dr. Ward said Democrat-proposed election reform is, in fact, a power grab to secure their dominance in national politics.    She stressed the majority of Americans oppose this Democrat encroachment.
    “Eighty percent of the American people support requiring a photo ID in order to vote; 91 percent of Republicans, 87 percent of Independents and even 62 percent of Democrats support photo ID,” Dr. Ward explained.    “Maybe Democrats should spend more time listening to ‘We the People’, rather than trying to tell the people what to do.”
    Republican lawmakers oppose the Democrat bill with Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) notably calling it the “Voter Fraud Enhancement Act.”

6/24/2021 Doctor Retrieves COVID-19 Data From Deleted NIH Archive by OAN Newsroom
FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, a worker in protectively overalls and carrying
disinfecting equipment walks outside the Wuhan Central Hospital in central China. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, FILE)
    Anthony Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) is found to have deleted the coronavirus genome data amid ongoing investigations into its origins.
    In his new study, Dr. Jesse Bloom of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle said he has retrieved the early genome data for COVID-19 from a digital archive at the NIH.    Bloom said the recovered data includes gene sequences from virus samples collected in Wuhan in early 2020 and it shows COVID-19 circulated among the public well before the pandemic was announced.
    “Coronaviruses are the only RNA viruses with a proofreading…meaning they have a mutation rate that is somewhat lower than the mutation rate of something that might influence a virus,” he explained.
    Dr. Bloom went on to argue that analyzing early COVID-19 data is very important to defeat the illness.

6/24/2021 Hundreds Of Unmarked Graves Found At Canadian Indigenous School by Anna Mehler Paperny and Moira Warburton
A field near the former Marieval Indian Residential School, where the Cowessess First Nation say they found the unmarked graves of hundreds of people,
is seen near Grayson, Saskatchewan, Canada in a still image from video June 24, 2021. Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations/Handout via REUTERS
    (Reuters) – An indigenous group in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Thursday said it had found the unmarked graves of up to 751 people at a now-defunct Catholic residential school, just weeks after a similar discovery rocked the country.
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “terribly saddened” by the new discovery at Marieval Indian Residential School about 87 miles (140 km) from the provincial capital Regina.
    He told indigenous people that “the hurt and the trauma that you feel is Canada’s responsibility to bear.”
    It is not clear how many of the remains detected belong to children, Cowessess First Nation Chief Cadmus Delorme told reporters, adding that oral stories mentioned adults being buried at the site.
    Delorme said the church that ran the school removed the headstones.
    “We didn’t remove the headstones.    Removing headstones is a crime in this country.    We are treating this like a crime scene,” he said.
    The residential school system, which operated between 1831 and 1996, removed about 150,000 indigenous children from their families and brought them to Christian residential schools, mostly Catholic, run on behalf of the federal government.
    “Canada will be known as a nation who tried to exterminate the First Nations,” said Bobby Cameron, Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, which represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan.    “This is just the beginning.”
    Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which published a report that found the residential school system amounted to cultural genocide, has said a cemetery was left on the Marieval site after the school building was demolished.
    Cowessess First Nation has been in touch with the local Catholic archdiocese and is optimistic records will be provided to allow the group to identify the remains.
    “We have full faith that the Roman Catholic Church will release our records.    They haven’t told us ‘No.’ We just don’t have them yet,” Delorme said.
    Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice-Chief Heather Bear, who went to Marieval as a day student in the 1970s, recalled a small cemetery at the school but not of the size revealed on Thursday.
    “You just didn’t want to be walking around alone in (the school),” she recalled.    There was a “sadness that moves.    And I think every residential school has that sadness looming.”
    The Cowessess First Nation began a ground-penetrating radar search on June 2, after the discovery of 215 unmarked graves at the Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia outraged the country.    Radar at Marieval found 751 “hits” as of Wednesday with a 10 percent margin of error, meaning at least 600 graves on the site.
    The Kamloops discovery reopened old wounds in Canada about the lack of information and accountability around the residential school system, which forcibly separated indigenous children from their families and subjected them to malnutrition and physical and sexual abuse.
    Pope Francis said in early June that he was pained by the Kamloops revelation and called for respect for the rights and cultures of native peoples.    But he stopped short of the direct apology some Canadians had demanded.
(Reporting by Anna Mehler Paperny in Toronto and Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama, Alistair Bell and Grant McCool)

6/24/2021 Peru Political Fog Thickens As Election Count Official Quits by Marco Aquino
FILE PHOTO: Peru's presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori addresses the media, in Lima, Peru June 17, 2021. REUTERS/Sebastian Castaneda
    LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s already tense election process was plunged into further disarray after one of the four magistrates on the jury reviewing contested ballots quit after clashing with the other officials over requests to nullify votes.
    Luis Arce said on Wednesday night he would leave his post after the jury rejected the first 10 requests to annul votes presented by right-wing Keiko Fujimori, who was narrowly behind socialist outsider Pedro Castillo in the June 6 vote.
    Fujimori has made allegations of fraud with little evidence and sought to disqualify votes in favor of Castillo.    Electoral observers have said the vote was carried out cleanly, while the U.S. State Department said it was a “model of democracy.”
    The tight election has starkly divided the copper-rich Andean nation with marches and protests almost daily in the capital Lima.
    Arce in a resignation letter alleged bias on the jury and said “decisions were already made.”    His departure could hold up the confirmation of the result as the jury processes the contested ballots with just 44,000 votes between the candidates.
    The JNE on its Twitter account rejected Arce’s allegation of bias as “offensive” and said a magistrate was not allowed to resign mid-review so he would be suspended instead, and a provisional replacement found “to avoid delaying our work.”
    Castillo’s Free Peru party said on Thursday the resignation was aimed at “preventing the proclamation of Pedro Castillo, thereby ignoring the popular vote, breaking democracy and installing a coup d’état with silk gloves.”
    Fujimori’s conservative Fuerza Popular party has filed hundreds of appeals involving at least 200,000 votes.
    A lawyer representing Fuerza Popular said that in light of the magistrate´s resignation the government should consider asking the Organization of American States (OAS) to audit the electoral process, as was done in neighbouring Bolivia following contested elections in 2019.
    In a statement, the OAS said its mission to the country found no fault with the conduct of the election.
    Castillo, a former reacher and union leader, has rattled Peru’s political elite, mining companies and markets with plans to redistribute mineral wealth and redraft the constitution.    He has, however, moderated his rhetoric in recent weeks.
(Reporting by Marco Aquino; Editing by Adam Jourdan, Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis)

6/24/2021 Colombia Union Leader Vows Bigger Antigovernment Protests If Demands Not Met by Luis Jaime Acosta
FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators march during a protest demanding government action to tackle poverty, police violence
and inequalities in healthcare and education systems, in Cali, Colombia June 2, 2021. REUTERS/Juan B Diaz
    BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s antigovernment protests could grow in the second half of the year if neither the government nor Congress meet the economic and social demands driving them, a union leader said on Thursday.
    Protests against the government of President Ivan Duque exploded at the end of April in opposition to a now-withdrawn tax reform.    While largely peaceful, they have been marked by occasional violence and clashes between police and protesters.
    Though the proposed tax bill was withdrawn, prompting the resignation of the then-finance minister, protesters’ demands have expanded to include a basic income, opportunities for youth, and an end to police violence.
    “(There will be) a great national strike in the second semester,” Francisco Maltes, president of the Central Union of Workers (CUT), told Reuters in an interview.    “It’ll be of greater proportions because citizens have understood that it’s through unity and peaceful mobilization that we can achieve changes in this country.”
    Earlier this month Maltes and other protest leaders, who make up the national strike committee, suspended marches while they work on laws to present to Congress in the legislative period due to start on July 20.
    “If neither the president nor Congress solve the needs of Colombians, of course the next national strike will be bigger, more powerful, and last longer than the strike that began on April 28,” Maltes said.
    While almost all road blockades that formed part of protests across Colombia have been lifted, demonstrations involving hundreds of protesters continue in the capital Bogota and other cities.
    So far the attorney general’s office has linked 24 deaths to the protests, with a further 11 under investigation.    However, rights groups accuse security forces of killing dozens more protesters.
    Protest leaders are open to restarting talks with the government if it signs a pre-agreement establishing guarantees for protests and withdraws a decree permitting militarization of cities, Maltes said.
    The union leader rejected accusations protests have driven inflation and unemployment, as well as suggestions that marches are behind an increase in coronavirus infections and deaths, instead blaming the government for poor management of social and economic policies, as well as for a slow start to vaccinations.
    Protests are not intended to topple the government, Maltes said, but rather to push for a solution to economic and social crises afflicting the majority of Colombians.
    “We’re talking about policy changes, not overthrowing the president,” he said.
(Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta in Bogota; Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Matthew Lewis)

6/24/2021 UK To Publish Plans To Lift Travel Curbs For Fully Vaccinated by Sarah Young and Guy Faulconbridge
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice walks outside
Downing Street in London, Britain, September 30, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
    LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will next month publish plans to allow fully vaccinated people to travel unrestricted to all countries except those with the highest COVID-19 risk, in a boost for a travel industry wrecked by the pandemic.
    Airlines welcomed the move and they were further cheered by news late on Thursday that Britain will add Malta, Spain’s Balearic Islands and the Portuguese island of Madeira to its “green list” for safe travel spots from June 30.
    “Thanks to our successful vaccination programme, our intention is that later in the summer UK residents who are fully vaccinated will not have to isolate when travelling from amber list countries,” Transport Minister Grant Shapps said.
    “We’ll set out further details next month,” he tweeted.
    “The Department for Transport declined to say if the easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers would take place in a matter of weeks or months."
    British Airways and welcomed the news.
    “We cannot afford another missed summer,” said BA chairman and chief executive officer Sean Doyle in a statement.
    “There are jobs at stake, Britons separated from family members and we cannot afford to allow the success of our vaccine programme to be wasted.”
    EasyJet said the reopening fell short of a safe and sustainable easing of restrictions promised by Britain’s government.
    “The science shows that travel to many European countries would have very little impact on hospitalisation and this is even more the case now given that COVID cases in Europe have declined,” said EasyJet chief executive officer Johan Lundgren.
    The government has come under increasing pressure to ease restrictions as the peak July and August holiday season approaches.
    Pilots, cabin crew, travel agents and other workers from the travel industry held protests on Wednesday, calling on the government to open up more routes, while BA, easyJet and TUI backed a court case questioning the government’s travel rules.
    Britain has one of the fastest vaccination programmes in the world but so far the government has effectively prevented travel to most countries through quarantine and testing rules, prompting the industry to warn of multiple business failures and job losses.
    “We celebrate that the government’s work has borne fruit and Britain has valued the Balearics’ excellent health situation to open it as a safe destination for its citizens,” Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto tweeted.
    Eritrea, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, Tunisia and Uganda will be added to Britain’s red list for the most severe travel restrictions, Shapps said.
    Israel will be added to the green watchlist – meaning it could be downgraded to an amber list country that means travellers must isolate on return.
    Any wider reopening of travel from the UK faces a new challenge as European destinations could start to restrict entry.
    German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she would like European countries to require people entering from Britain to go into quarantine, as is the case in Germany, citing the high prevalence of the more infectious Delta variant in the UK.
(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Sarah Young, Kate Holton and Michael Holden, Additional reporting by Clara-Laeila Laudette in MadridWriting by Andy BruceEditing by Philippa Fletcher and Alistair Bell)

6/24/2021 Sen. Marsha Blackburn Slams CRT For Teaching Kids To ‘Judge A Person By The Color Of Their Skin, Not The Content Of Their Character’ by OAN Newsroom
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) arrives at a hearing before Senate Armed Services
Committee at the U.S. Capitol June 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) has joined a growing list of Republicans taking a public stance against critical race theory. Blackburn released a video on Twitter explaining to her followers what critical race theory aims to do.
    Earlier in June, she co-sponsored a resolution with Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R) and Indiana Sen. Mike Braun (R), condemning the use of CRT in K-12 schools and teacher training.    The senators noted, they along with 30 other of their GOP colleagues sent a letter to Joe Biden’s education secretary making their demands known.
    They requested the withdrawal of the department’s proposed priorities on American history and civics, which they said includes teaching divisive curriculum like CRT.
    As Democrats in Congress continue to push for critical race theory in schools and job training, Sen. Blackburn and other Republicans have voiced support for school choice.    However, many disagree with Blackburn and the GOP’s view on CRT.
    The Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change hosted several academics as panelists this week who bash CRT opponents and argue CRT is “invaluable” in helping to understand the functionality of race in the U.S. and worldwide.    The vastly different opinions on the issue demonstrate why the tense debate on racial curriculum lives on.

6/24/2021 Kamala Harris Strategizes With Stacey Abrams, BLM After GOP Rejects Voting Reform Bill by OAN Newsroom
Kamala Harris delivers remarks before the start of a virtual listening session in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex on June 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
    On Tuesday, Kamala Harris virtually met with leaders of various social groups on Zoom, including The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to build a new strategy in efforts to weaken U.S. voting laws.    Harris particularly cozied up with controversial Black Lives Matter activist Stacey Abrams after GOP senators blocked her sweeping voting reform bill.
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) commented on the legislation, saying that it would ultimately serve as a Democrat “power grab.”    Additionally, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the bill would serve as an “incumbent dream.”
    Abrams, one of the virtual attendees, has faced controversy for falsely claiming stricter voter laws in Georgia are “nothing less than Jim Crow 2.0.”    At the meeting, Harris made it clear that despite Republican rejection of the Democrat-backed For the People Act, they are not backing down.
    In the meantime, Harris and the far-left groups plan to build grassroots coalitions to ease access to the ballot box.

6/24/2021 Fla. High School Students To Be Taught The ‘Evils Of Communism’ by OAN Newsroom
Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis holds up two bills he signed at the Shul of Bal Harbour
on June 14, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
    On Tuesday, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a trio of bills that aim to balance out the intense push of Marxist ideology on students in public schools.    This comes as a growing number of insiders have said far-left ideologies are taking center stage in the classroom and students who question it or express differences in opinion, are being shunned.
    One of the bills, HB 233, seeks to ensure that behind closed doors students are being taught how to think instead of what to think.    Furthermore, state colleges and universities will be required to conduct annual assessments on viewpoint diversity and intellectual freedom.
    Another bill, HB 5, will require public high schools to have an open discussion with students about the evils of communist and totalitarian ideologies.    The discussions will also focus on how these ideologies conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy central to the nation’s founding.
    DeSantis said the education system’s seemingly exclusive focus on false anti-American narratives such as The New York Time’s 1619 Project, is not only a waste of taxpayer money, but a slap in the face to residents who risked their lives to flee communist dictatorships.
    “We want students to understand the difference.    Why would somebody flee across shark infested waters, say leaving from Cuba, to come to southern Florida?    Why would somebody leave a place like Vietnam,” DeSantis expanded on the matter?    “Why would people leave these countries and risk their life to be able to come here?    It’s important that students understand that.”
    The final bill, HB 1108, will require state colleges and university students to undergo a civic literacy course and assessment in order to graduate, in which students will be taught about basic principles in the constitution and how to vote.
    This comes after Gov. DeSantis signed legislation earlier in June, banning the controversial critical race theory in schools.    DeSantis said while students will ultimately take different pathways in life, they will all be citizens and play a part in preserving the nation’s freedoms.

6/24/2021 Biden Claims No New Taxes As Infrastructure Deal Reached by OAN Newsroom
Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure deal at the
White House on June 24, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
    According to Joe Biden, a bipartisan infrastructure deal has been crafted.    Biden officially made the announcement on Thursday following weeks of discussions by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
    The framework for the agreement calls on $579 billion in new spending, totaling $974 billion over five years and $1.2 trillion if it continues over eight years.    Biden said he gave lawmakers his word to stick with their proposal and they’ve given him their word in return.
    “We’ve all agreed that none of us got what…all of what we wanted.    I clearly didn’t get all I wanted.    They gave more than, I think, maybe they were inclined to give in the first place,” Biden said.    “But this reminds me of the days we used to get an awful lot done up in the United States Congress.    We actually worked with one another; we had a bipartisan deal.    Bipartisan deals mean compromise.”
    However, just a short time later, Biden said he would not sign the bipartisan bill unless he gets a reconciliation bill with the rest of his agenda items.    This comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warned the agreed-upon bill must be paired with the Democrat’s larger agenda, saying there won’t be a bipartisan bill without a larger Democrat-led reconciliation bill.
    Biden claimed it was always understood there was going to be a second part of the bill.    According to the White House, the bipartisan deal includes improvements to rail networks, an effort to build a national network of electric vehicle chargers and electrifying school and transit buses across the country.
    Road repair is also included, along with the elimination of the nation’s lead drinking water lines and pipes.    The measure further seeks to upgrade the nation’s power infrastructure and connect every American to reliable high-speed internet.
    Not included is the White House’s plan to raise taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans to pay for the deal.    However, with the $6 trillion reconciliation bill expected to be included with the bipartisan bill, Democrats are expected to push their own priorities.
    Along with elements of Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Families Plan and $2.2 trillion American Jobs Plan, the bill is expected to include lowering Medicare eligibility to age 60. It is also expected to expand the child tax credit with universal paid family leave.
    Yet, critics warn an additional $6 trillion added to the economy will only serve to hike already skyrocketing costs.
    Therefore, Democrats will have to convince their moderate colleagues, including Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to go along with the reconciliation proposal in order to pass the measure without GOP support.

6/24/2021 Army Corps Of Engineers Under Biden Backs Trump-Era Approval Of Minn. Pipeline Project by OAN Newsroom
Environmental activists set up their tents near construction equipment to disrupt the Line 3 pipeline pumping
station near the Itasca State Park, Minnesota on June 7, 2021. (KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images)
    The Biden administration has backed a Trump-era approval of the Line 3 Pipeline. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under the Biden administration has defended the oil sands pipeline project that would carry Canadian oil through Minnesota and Wisconsin.
    On Wednesday, the administration advocated the challenge from tribes in the area and environmentalists be thrown away in a court brief.    According to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, the Line 3 Pipeline replacement project is an “integrity and maintenance driven project.”
    The goal is to construct 337 miles of pipeline to replace the more than 280 miles that are growing old and decreasing the pipeline’s capabilities.    Canadian natural gas transmission company, Enbridge Energy, is heading the project.
    The Justice Department argued the company did its due diligence to take environmental impact into consideration.    Additionally, pipeline workers argued the benefits outweigh the risks.