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Ron DeSantis Says Biden Administration’s Handling of J&J Vaccine ‘Huge Mistake’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Friday that the federal government's handling of the J&J vaccine was a "huge mistake," as it caused confidence in the vaccine to plunge. "We're not helped in this regard by the behavior of some of these public health people, particularly in the federal government. I mean, how they handled the J&J was a huge mistake," he said during a press conference. DeSantis, a Republican, said the move by the Biden administration caused public confidence in vaccines to fall. "I don't know the information they have, but if you're going to do that, you could have done that in a way that was not going to cause a lot of people to lose confidence," he said. "If you look at how people view J&J now, the positive view plunged as a result." He also criticized the Biden administration for confusing messages on wearing masks. "I ...

Arizona Senate to Start Major Audit of 2.1 Million 2020 Presidential Election Ballots

The Arizona Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, is ready to start a major audit of 2.1 million ballots for the 2020 presidential election, with the recount will be done by hand this time. The state Senate said in March they would be conducting a “broad and detailed” audit, adding that they will test voting machines, scan ballots, look for IT breaches, and perform a hand count. The state-issued subpoenas needed in order to execute the audit have been pending since mid-December and were ruled as valid (pdf) on Feb. 25. Since then, lawmakers have been working on the specifics for the audit. Karen Fann, the Arizona Senate president, told Just the News that the audit process will commence during the next week. Fann said the state's Republicans have faced "sabotage" by Maricopa County's Board of Supervisors and that the process has been hindered. "The Maricopa BOS has refused to allow ...

ACU Urges MLB to Correct ‘False Claims’ on Election Reforms and Return Games to Georgia

The American Conservative Union (ACU) is urging Major League Baseball (MLB) to publicly correct recent comments it made against Georgia’s election reform law while moving the All-Star Game to another state. MLB moved the game and its 2021 draft from Georgia to protest lawmakers passing a new election reform law that was signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp in late March. "We’re demanding that @MLB correct the lies about conservative election reform and to return the All-Star Game back to Atlanta," Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the organization, wrote on Twitter, saying "baseball went broke for wokeism." Schlapp penned the lengthy open letter to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in response to the league's comments before moving the games from Atlanta, Georgia to Denver, Colorado. "Throughout our nation’s history, there have been some who have sought to end the American experiment in democratic self-government. Whether motivated by socialist, fascist, or other illiberal authoritarian impulses, ...

White House Walks Back Statement on Agreements With Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras

President Joe Biden's administration on Friday shifted its portrayal of ongoing discussions with Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, acknowledging no formal agreements were reached on those countries building up their forces at their respective borders. There was no "formal agreement," White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington. "We never described it as a formal declaration or a formal agreement, but additional steps that they were taking to increase personnel at the border. And those are steps you can confirm with those countries that they have taken," she added. Earlier in the week, Psaki said it was fair to say that agreements with the three countries were struck recently, in the past few weeks. "There have been a series of bilateral discussions between our leadership and the regional governments of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Through those discussions, there was a commitment, as you mentioned, to increase border security," she ...

Pompeo Violated Ethics Rules While Secretary of State: Watchdog

Mike Pompeo, while secretary of state, improperly asked a political appointee to carry out personal tasks, a watchdog said in a report published Friday. Pompeo and his wife, Susan, made over 100 requests to employees in the State Department's Office of the Secretary, including the unnamed appointee, for work of a personal nature, such as picking up personal items, planning events, and mailing Christmas Cards, the department's inspector general found. The requests "had no apparent connection to the official business of the Department and, thus, appear inconsistent with the Standards of Ethical Conduct regarding use of a subordinate employee’s time," the watchdog said. Federal rules state that employees may not direct a subordinate to “perform activities other than those required in the performance of official duties or authorized in accordance with law or regulation." Directing a subordinate to “perform activities other than those required in the performance of official duties ...

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Forms ‘America First Caucus’

A group of House Republicans is forming a new caucus that focuses on nationwide election reform, limiting the power of Big Tech, and cutting down on illegal immigration. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) is leading the creation of the America First Caucus (AFC), reported Punchbowl News, which published a seven-page document (pdf) that outlines the caucus's platform. The document says the caucus "exists to promote congressional policies that are to the long-term benefit of the American nation" and that it will follow in the footsteps of former President Donald Trump. "It is the firm belief of this caucus that American policy-making needs to get back to first principles, restore a long-term time horizon amongst our nation’s leaders, and instill a greatly internalized sense of service to the American people on part of our elected leaders," the document states. "As long as these principles are put and kept in practice, the interests of ...

DOJ Sues Roger Stone for Nearly $2 Million in Unpaid Taxes

The Department of Justice on April 16 filed a lawsuit against veteran political operative Roger Stone and his wife to recover nearly $2 million in unpaid taxes and interest. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The action was requested and authorized by the chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Service and commenced at the direction of Attorney General Merrick Garland. According to the lawsuit (pdf), Stone and his wife, Nydia Stone, filed taxes in each of the years 2007 through 2011 but did not pay the amount reported as due. The non-payments, late payment fees and interest piled up to $1,590,361, the government alleges. Stone also failed to pay $407,036 in taxes for the year 2018, the lawsuit claims. Stone called the lawsuit politically motivated. “The Internal Revenue Service is well aware of the fact that my three-year battle for freedom against the corrupted Mueller investigation ...

US Condemns Sentencing of HK Pro-Democracy Activists, Call Charges ‘Politically Motivated’

The U.S. Department of State and the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) on Friday condemned the recent sentencing and jailing of multiple Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, calling the charges politically motivated and a reflection of declining rights and freedoms in the city. A total of 10 Hong Kong pro-democracy activists were handed sentences and suspended sentences on Friday for their participation in two "unauthorized" protests in Hong Kong in August 2019. The protests were part of a larger series of mass protests throughout 2019 over a proposed bill that would have let the Chinese regime extradite people from Hong Kong, which is supposed to have autonomy. The bill was withdrawn in September 2019. Nine defendants were charged with organizing and joining an "unauthorized" mass protest on Aug. 18, 2019, that saw an estimated 1.7 million people taking part in a peaceful march, defying police orders to keep the protest at a ...

Biden Seeks Unity With Japan’s Suga Against China at First White House Summit

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly threatening China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. China topped the agenda, underscoring Japan's central role in U.S. efforts to face down Beijing. The two leaders addressed an array of geopolitical issues, including Taiwan, with Suga saying they reaffirmed "the importance of peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait," a slap at Beijing's increased military pressure on the Chinese-claimed, self-ruled island. "Today Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our ironclad support for the U.S.-Japanese alliance and for our shared security," Biden told a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden, calling the discussions "productive." "We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea, as ...

Trump Ally Vernon Jones Announces Run for Georgia Governor

Democrat-turned-Republican and former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones is launching a 2022 bid for governor of Georgia against incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp, who lost favor with former President Donald Trump and many in the Republican Party over his state's handling of the Nov. 3 presidential election. Jones made the announcement on Friday from Liberty Plaza in Georgia’s Capitol during a press conference to officially launch his campaign for governor. “On this historical day, I am planting my flag on the hallowed grounds of the Georgia state Capitol,” Jones said. “I am officially announcing my candidacy for governor of the great state of Georgia.” Jones has been a strong ally to Trump, his America First agenda, and calling for election integrity in Georgia, saying that if he becomes governor, he will overhaul the election system. He also said Kemp had failed to secure free and fair elections in the state. “The governor's ...

White House Says Biden Will Increase Refugee Cap After Left-Wing Backlash

President Joe Biden's administration on Friday issued a directive to keep the Trump administration's cap on refugee limits, but hours later White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement saying Biden would "set a final, increased refugee cap for the remainder of this fiscal year by May 15." Psaki made the statement after several left-wing lawmakers criticized keeping the maximum number of refugees allowed into the United States at 15,000, which was set by President Donald Trump. Biden's administration previously said that it would lift the refugee cap to 62,500. Psaki added that there appears to be "some confusion" about the memo, saying Biden last week "sent Congress his budget for the fiscal year starting in October 2021, which honors his commitment" and was consulting advisers on the number of refugees who can be admitted into the United States between now and October. The memo published Friday would allow 7,000 refugees ...

Biden: Congress ‘Must’ Pass Gun-Control Bills After Indianapolis FedEx Shooting

President Joe Biden on Friday condemned a deadly shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and again called for the passage of gun-control laws in Congress. The president called the shooting, which left eight people dead, the “latest in a string of tragedies” involving guns, and ordered flags to be flown half-staff at the White House and other federal facilities. “Last night and into the morning in Indianapolis, yet again families had to wait to hear word about the fate of their loved ones. What a cruel wait and fate that has become too normal and happens every day somewhere in our nation,” Biden said in the statement, while adding that "we should not accept it" and "we must act.” Biden said that it is up to Congress to act on gun laws, including several bills that have already been passed in the House of Representatives. "I also urged Congress to ...

Democrats Introduce Ban on Sale, Possession of Gun Silencers

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation to ban the sale and possession of firearm suppressors, known as silencers. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) said that the 2021 Help Empower Americans to Respond (HEAR) Act, would ban the sale, importation, manufacturing, and possession of silencers. The bill was first introduced in 2019 after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach that left 12 dead. The measure will also create a silencer buyback program, give Americans a 90-day period after the bill becomes law, and it would provide exceptions for law enforcement and other personnel. "Gun silencers are dangerous devices with one purpose and one purpose only—to muffle the sound of gunfire from unsuspecting victims," Menendez said in a Thursday statement. "The sound of gunshots is what signals you to run, hide, take cover, call the police and help others save themselves; however, this is nearly impossible when a gun silencer ...

Biden Administration to Give States $1.7 Billion to Track CCP Virus Mutations

The Biden administration announced Friday that it is giving states $1.7 billion to track variants of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the pathogen that causes COVID-19. A White House said in a statement that the money will come from funds allocated under the American Rescue Plan, with the aim of helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state authorities to "monitor, track, and defeat emerging variants that are currently threatening pockets of the country." Prompting the move is the spread of "new and potentially dangerous strains" of the CCP virus, which now make up roughly half of all infections in the United States, the White House said. The bulk of the money—$1 billion—will fund a scale-up of genomic sequencing efforts, which serve to detect virus mutations. Specifically, it will help ramp up the collection of CCP virus specimens, their sequencing, and the distribution of the resultant data. The White ...

House to Vote on Whether to Make Washington DC a State on Tuesday: Committee

The House of Representatives will vote on whether to make Washington, D.C. a state on Tuesday, April 20, according to the House Committee on Rules. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) previously said that the House would attempt to vote on the bill during the week of April 19, which is next week. It came after the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), voted to advance the measure—House Resolution 51—earlier this week by a 25–19 vote. According to the bill, the U.S. capital would be shrunk to include the National Mall, monuments, the White House, Capitol Hill, and other federal buildings. The rest of D.C. would become the 51st state called the “Washington, Douglass Commonwealth.” A similar version of the bill was passed in June of last year but was stalled in the Senate, which was then held by Republicans. If the House passes the bill next week, ...

Florida Lawmakers Approve ‘Anti-Riot’ Combating Public Disorder Bill

Florida's Republican-controlled legislature approved an "anti-riot" Combating Public Disorder bill on Thursday that includes stiffer penalties against violent protesters, creates disincentives for local governments to adopt "defund the police" measures, and gives citizens more protections such as by making drivers not civilly liable for injury or death if "fleeing for safety from a mob." The bill, called HB1: Combating Public Disorder, imposes felony-level penalties for engaging in violent or disorderly assemblies, obstructing traffic during unpermitted protests, and for destroying or toppling monuments, according to a fact sheet from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' office (pdf). It also increases criminal penalties for assaulting police officers during riots, increases liability for anyone who organizes or funds a violent or disorderly assembly, and makes it easier for victims of riots to sue local governments for damages. The bill also says that local governments cannot cut their police budget without approval from the state. It now ...

Georgia GOP Criticizes MLB: ‘CCP OK, GA Bad’

On April 13, the Georgia GOP Press Secretary posted a newsletter calling out Major League Baseball: “MLB Gets in Business with China while Boycotting Georgia,” with the headline "MLB: CCP ok, GA bad.” In the newsletter, it calls out the MLB for pulling its All-Star game from Georgia to boycott the newly-passed election integrity law soon after signing a deal with Tencent, a communist-linked Chinese telecommunications firm. The new deal allows for broadcast of MLB spring training, regular season, and the All-Star game in communist China through 2023. Tencent, as one of China’s largest tech companies, dropped NBA games in 2019 after former Houston Rockets General manager Daryl Morey publicly sent out a six-word post on social media to support the pro-democracy protesters facing a Beijing-backed takeover of Hong Kong. To the CCP, Morey represented a foreign power encouraging these demonstrations. Back then, the Chinese consulate in Houston denounced Morey’s tweet ...

Florida Education Chief: Masks Should Be Optional Next School Year

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is asking public school districts across the state to drop mask mandates for the upcoming school year, saying that it has no impact whether or not students and teachers wear masks on campus. "We ask that districts, which currently are implementing a mandated face-covering policy, revise their policy to be voluntary for the 2021-2022 school year," Corcoran wrote in an April 14 letter sent to district superintendents. In Florida, the decision on mask mandates during the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic are made by individual school district boards. Neither Corcoran nor Gov. Ron DeSantis has ever ordered that masks to be worn in school settings. The districts' mask mandates "do not impact the spread of the virus," Corcoran wrote, citing a review of policies of those districts where masks are mandatory, the percentage of students learning in-person in those districts, and relevant health data. ...

White House: Congress Should End Immunity for Gun Manufacturers

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Congress needs to act to end immunity to gun manufacturers and restrict so-called "assault weapons," coming after a shooting in Indianapolis on Thursday. “Like all of you, we’re horrified by the shooting,” Psaki told a White House briefing. “We can’t afford to wait as innocent lives are taken ... There’s more we can do and must do.” She added that the Senate should take up and pass three bills passed by the House of Representatives to strengthen background checks, and Congress should act to end immunity for gun manufacturers and deal with "assault weapons." Last week, President Joe Biden said that he would revoke immunity for gun manufacturers and make it a top priority. “The only industry in America, billion-dollar industry, that can’t be sued, exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,” Biden said during a White House speech. “Imagine how different it ...

Twisted Religion Used to Persuade People Into Supporting Leftist Political Agenda: Dr. Frank Turek

A new version of liberal Christianity, which holds that abortion, transgenderism, any sexual behavior, and equality of outcome ought to be the norm, is also promoting the view that the traditional family is not necessary, said Dr. Frank Turek, President of CrossExamined.org. Mainstream media allow people to express Christian views provided that they are contrary to traditional orthodox beliefs, Turek told The Epoch Times in an interview. However, someone who claims traditional teachings of religion will get canceled, he said. The left realized that in order to maintain power after the 2022 election they needed to bring Christians on board and have them vote for Democrats, therefore they emphasize President Joe Biden’s religious affiliation, Turek said on The Epoch Times' "Crossroads" program. “What they're trying to say is: look, Joe Biden's really, he's Catholic, you ought to trust him,” Turek added. Two days after his inauguration, Biden and Vice President ...

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