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Poll: Majority of voters support Second Amendment

JERSEY CITY – MARCH 25: Lateif Dickerson displays one of his prized pistols at his gun instruction headquarters on March 25, 2021 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:50 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

A recent poll found 72 percent of likely voters back the Second Amendment and its protections for Americans who want to own firearms.

According to the data released by McLaughlin and Associates this week, 73.4 percent of respondents have said the founders understood the necessity for law-abiding citizens to legally own firearms.

The more Joe Biden says about guns, the more any serious gun owner understands he knows nothing about them.

— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) April 17, 2021

That same percentage of respondents believe the Second Amendment is one of the most cherished civil rights in the Constitution. A majority of voters have also said enforcement of current gun laws is more important than passing new restrictive legislation.

DON’T TREAD ON OUR GUN RIGHTS

— NRA (@NRA) April 17, 2021

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Fla. Gov. DeSantis criticizes federal push to pause J&J vaccine

MIAMI, FL – AUGUST 29: Gov. Ron DeSantis gave a briefing on August 29, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eva Marie Uzcategui/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is criticizing the federal government for halting efforts to reopen, and as a result, eroding the public’s trust.

While answering questions at a press conference on Friday, DeSantis accused federal agencies of trying to control the livelihood of Americans. He said their mandated lockdowns have caused multiple industries in the Sunshine State to suffer.

“What is the proper role of government, can an unelected agency just mothball an entire industry for a year with no end in sight? I mean they’ve done these things in the interim which aren’t going to make a difference. They won’t give a firm date of when you can just go,” DeSantis explained. “I think it raises a lot of implications far beyond just our economy or the cruise lines, and ultimately who governs.”

The Florida Republican went on to condemn health officials at the CDC and FDA for recommending a nationwide pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after just six people reported adverse side effects.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – JANUARY 06: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke during a press conference on January 06, 2021 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

 

“I must say that we are not helped in this regard by the behavior of some of these public health people, particularly in the federal government. I mean, how they handled the J&J I think was a huge mistake,” DeSantis said. “I mean, I don’t know the information they have, but if you’re going to do that you could’ve done that in a way that was not going to cause a lot of people to lose confidence. If you look at how people view J&J now, the positive view plunged as a result.”

According to the governor, poor messaging by the Biden White House throughout the pandemic has led to frustration and confusion, with many Floridians deciding against getting the vaccine.

“The messaging on this has been horrific. The messaging should be get a vaccine because it’s good for you to do it,” DeSantis stated. “It works. You’re not going to have to be doing anything abnormal. You can live your life. I mean, that has got to be what the message is. Unfortunately, I think the message has been very muddled.”

DeSantis said he believes in order for the state’s economy to recover, people need to trust in the vaccines.

“So my view is if you get a vaccine, the vaccines are effective, you are immune, and so act immune,” DeSantis stated. “If you tell people the opposite then why if it’s not effective for them and it’s not going to change anything, then what’s the point in going through it.”

While the governor supports vaccination, he assured his constituents that he would never make the shot mandatory.

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2 bodies found after ship capsizes off La. coast, 9 still missing

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Response Boat-medium boat crew member searches for survivors near the capsized SeaCor Power. The Seacor Power, an oil industry vessel, flipped over Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in a microburst of dangerous wind and high seas. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

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UPDATED 2:20 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered two more bodies after a large commercial vessel capsized off the Louisiana coast. On Friday, officials confirmed one of the bodies found was identified as 69-year-old Ernest William.

A Coast Guard representative leaves a briefing for family members by Coast Guard and NTSB officials in Port Fouchon, La., Friday, April 16, 2021. The Coast Guard has told families of missing workers that another body has been found from the lift boat capsized off the Louisiana coast and a coroner has confirmed that to a news outlet. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

 

According to reports, the Coast Guard has not released the identities of the most recently recovered crew members out of respect for the families.

In this undated photo provided by Marion Cuyler, Cuyler takes a picture with her fiancé, Chaz Morales, who is among the missing workers after the lift boat he was on capsized Tuesday afternoon, April 13, 2021. (Marion Cuyler via AP)

 

The Seacor Power Vessel was carrying at least 19 employees and contractors when it came across a severe storm about 20 miles off of southeast Louisiana and flipped over.

A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 45-foot Respone Boat-Medium boatcrew heads toward a capsized 175-foot commercial lift boat Tuesday, April 13, 2021, searching for people in the water 8 miles south of Grand Isle, Louisiana. (U.S. Coast Guard Coast Guard Cutter Glenn Harris via AP)

 

Nine crew members remain missing.

MORE NEWS: Bill Maher: Gov. Ron DeSantis Protected Population Better Than Cuomo

Bill Maher: Gov. Ron DeSantis protected population better than Cuomo

Bill Maher Performs During New York Comedy Festival at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:05 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Liberal talk show host Bill Maher admitted Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has handled the pandemic better than blue states. On Friday, Maher took aim at Democrats by saying they have greatly exaggerated the dangers of COVID-19.

The liberal host cited a study that showed nearly 90 percent of the United States’ media coverage was negative. He added, this resulted in Democrats being misinformed about the pandemic while leaving viewers with an exaggerated view of the risks associated with it.

Can Confirm… 100% on point https://t.co/qhoVtzLc8r

— Shane Althaus (@AlthausShane) April 17, 2021

“The [Florida] governor is also a voracious consumer of the scientific literature and maybe that is why he protected his most vulnerable population, the elderly, way better than did the governor of New York,” Maher stated. “Those are just facts.”

Maher also went on to commend Texas after COVID-19 infection rates declined as the state lifted its pandemic restrictions.

MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 3 Injured In Calif. Cliffside Car Crash

1 dead, 3 injured in Calif. cliffside car crash

Fire-damaged road signs remain standing at the intersection of the Angeles Crest Highway and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest on September 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:57 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

One person was killed and three other people, including an infant, were critically injured after a car drove off a cliff in Southern California. On Friday, police said the crash happened in Big Tujunga Canyon, which is north of Los Angeles. According to reports, the vehicle tumbled off the side of the cliff.

However, officials said they’re unsure what led up to the accident. Emergency crews responded to the scene and airlifted two women and an infant to a nearby hospital.

A cliffside crash in the Big Tujunga Canyon left one person killed and three others — a baby being one of them — taken to the hospital.​ https://t.co/dgEAATUjXU

— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) April 17, 2021

“We did in fact find a vehicle about 200 feet down the hillside,” Bat. Chief Jim Ruiz of the Los Angeles City Fire Department stated. “Four patients, three of whom were transported by LA County Sheriff’s Air 5 to a local area trauma center.”

The condition of the injured passengers was unknown and the crash remains under investigation.

MORE NEWS: GOP Pushes Back Against Left-Wing Cancel Culture

GOP pushes back against left-wing cancel culture

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:57 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

GOP lawmakers have remained committed to the battle against cancel culture by speaking out against the left-wing movement and drafting legislation to keep “woke businesses” in check.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Twitter is part of what he calls the “high-tech oligarchy.” Gohmert spoke on the House floor Friday and slammed the social media giant over its alleged habit of targeting conservatives on the platform.

He specifically noted the recent suspension of Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe. Gohmert reiterated that Twitter claimed to have taken action against O’Keefe’s account after he allegedly violated its rules on platform manipulation and spam.

The Texas lawmaker suggested it’s an effort to silence opposing viewpoints.

“if you expose the truth about somebody or some entity that Twitter is figuratively in bed with, then Twitter will ban you because they don’t want the truth out there,” Gohmert stated.

Gohmert added, Twitter doesn’t want the truth to get out about Americans being manipulated by Big Tech corporations.

Gohmert’s comments come amid a wave of Republican resistance to Democrat-led cancel culture. The backlash remained mostly aimed at large corporations, such as Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines and the MLB, after all three decided to weigh in on the push for voter integrity in Georgia.

Recent reports detailed a bill sponsored by 29 House Republicans, including Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), seeking to strip the MLB of antitrust protections.

The move stemmed from the League’s decision to pull its All-Star Game from Georgia in protest of the election integrity law. Rep. Jordan himself accused “Big Sports” of working to cancel conservative voices while Boebert said the public has lost trust in the MLB.

Recent reports also detailed a digital ad buy by the Republican State Leadership Committee, which highlighted the effects of left-wing cancel culture. The ad is slated to hit New Jersey as well as Virginia and focuses on what the Committee has the “hypocrisy and self-defeating result of the Democrats cancel culture crusade.”

Along with pointing out Democrat lies about the Georgia voting laws, the ad also made note of how moving the All-Star Game hurts the exact people Democrats have said they’re trying to help.

“Who was hardest hit?” the ad questions. “The concession stand worker planning on overtime. The hotel staff expecting full capacity. The small businesses doing everything they can to survive a pandemic. We must end the cancel culture madness. The left cancelled our jobs. They are coming for yours next.”

According to a poll in early March, 64 percent of Americans believe cultural boycotts pose a threat to freedom in the U.S. and they are showing increasing fatigue with the push to cancel public figures.

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Pa. Rep. Meuser sees firsthand humanitarian crisis at border

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Rep. Dan Meuser spoke during a hearing March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:45 PM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Pennsylvania Rep. Dan Meuser (R) visited the Rio Grande River border. Reports said Meuser took a trip to the Texas border last week, stating he saw firsthand how serious this humanitarian crisis has become.

This came as Border Patrol agents reported gun smuggling was up 131 percent.

On my recent trip to the Mexican border, I saw firsthand how serious this humanitarian crisis has become. Check out my weekly update video below from the Rio Grande River near McAllen Texas. pic.twitter.com/pibxgefL03

— Congressman Dan Meuser (@RepMeuser) April 16, 2021

Meuser called the visit a “tragic turn of events,” as children were being kept in pods of 50, where the capacity limit was normally just 15.

“As well, we have a huge number of unaccompanied minors that you may have heard about,” Meuser stated. “That’s due to a change that took place in something called Title 42, where the Biden administration did an executive order stating that unaccompanied minors would no longer be sent back as they were in the Trump administration. They are now being released”

Border officials estimated more than 1 million unaccompanied minors will enter the U.S. illegally this year alone.

MORE NEWS: Sen. Cruz Blasts Chris Cuomo After Anchor Says He’s ‘Playing Politics’ For Not Wearing Mask After Being Vaccinated

Sen. Cruz blasts Chris Cuomo after anchor says he’s ‘playing politics’ for not wearing mask after being vaccinated

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 30: Sen. Ted Cruz is shown on September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:50 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took aim at Chris Cuomo following a segment in which the CNN host accused him of playing politics while people die.

Cruz took to Twitter this week to defend himself against attacks from Cuomo, as he criticized him for not wearing a mask after being vaccinated.

The Texas senator quickly fired back, calling attention to Cuomo’s brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).

Hey Chris — did your bother “believe in science” when he sent Covid-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers & then repeatedly lied about it??

Oh, I forgot, CNN won’t cover that…. https://t.co/OkEBplHFbE

— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 16, 2021

He asked “did your brother ‘believe in science’ when he sent COVID-positive patients into nursing homes, killed tens of thousands of New Yorkers and then repeatedly lied about it?” Cruz added, “CNN didn’t cover that.”

Cuomo suggested Americans should continue to wear masks even after being fully vaccinated.

“He’s doing it for the wrong reason, and he knows experts are still learning how vaccines affect COVID spread. We know this. We know it’s not 100 percent. The latest CDC data makes it all very clear,” Cuomo stated. “Alright, 5,800 people who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID have gotten infected anyway. Look, it’s nothing, it’s a little fraction of millions who are already vaccinated, but the only way to keep the number down is to listen to science. They all know it, they’re just playing politics and people are dying.”

Critics pointed out Cuomo’s bias, after the CNN host was caught out and about without a mask and failing to socially distance last year.

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Rep. Malliotakis slams Dems over court packing bill

Rep. Nicole Malliotakis spoke during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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UPDATED 8:10 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

GOP Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) condemned the new proposal to expand the Supreme Court by four seats as a tactic “right out of the socialist handbook.”

In a video on Thursday, she called the Judiciary Act of 2021 the scariest bill that has been introduced since she joined Congress. The proposal would add four seats to the court, making it possible for Joe Biden to potentially overturn it’s conservative 6-3 majority.

Packing courts is a play right out of the socialist handbook.

Hugo Chavez packed Venezuela’s Court from 20 to 32 judges to tilt 45,000 rulings in his favor and destroy a nation.

We can not and will not allow it here. pic.twitter.com/1nK92pdlEb

— Nicole Malliotakis (@NMalliotakis) April 15, 2021

Malliotakis compared the Democrat effort to a past push in Venezuela by socialist Hugo Chavez.

“In 2004 Hugo Chavez of Venezuela did the exact same thing. This is a play right out of the socialist handbook and it should concern you that Hugo Chavez took the wealthiest country in South America, a very prosperous nation, and destroyed it,” Malliotakis explained. “Part of the tactic he used was changing the make up of the court from 20 justices to 32, to make sure that he could have all these challenges that were brought to the court ruled in his favor.”

Malliotakis is one of several Republicans to express opposition to the Democrats’ court packing bill.

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Project Veritas confronts CNN’s Brian Stelter about network’s liberal bias

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Brian Stelter attended the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for CNN )

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UPDATED 10:02 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

CNN is maintaining its reputation of being a misinformation machine for the left, as more evidence reveals the network’s partisanship.

On Friday, Project Veritas shared a video of one of its reporters confronting CNN’s Brian Stelter.

This came shortly after the conservative group published a series of secretly recorded videos, showing a CNN staffer refer to his own employer as “propaganda” for the Democrat Party.

BREAKING: CNN Director Charlie Chester ADMITS CNN Coverage of Congressman Matt Gaetz Is ‘Propaganda’ #ExposeCNN pic.twitter.com/r5qXfSzKmf

— David Bacon (@realDavidBacon) April 13, 2021

When the reporter asked Stelter whether he agreed with the staffer’s remarks, Stelter became agitated and told him to leave.

BREAKING: Angry Brian Stelter throws Project Veritas journalist out of CNN pic.twitter.com/5c2ZtnP0HE

— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 16, 2021

 

CNN has not yet commented on the incident and it remains unclear whether the staffer, Charlie Chester, has been fired.

MORE NEWS: Idaho Gov. Little Vetoes 2 Bills Aimed At Limiting His Powers

Idaho Gov. Little vetoes 2 bills aimed at limiting his powers

Mike Pence listened as Idaho Gov. Brad Little spoke at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 16, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:47 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 202

Idaho’s governor is using his power to block legislation that would limit his emergency powers. At a press conference on Friday, Gov. Brad Little (R-Idaho) announced his intention to veto two bills that were passed by the state legislature.

The Idaho Republican Caucus said the bills were drafted after people in the state said they wanted a rebalance of power.

Today I announced I will veto House Bill 135 and Senate Bill 1136, the “emergency powers bills” that threaten the safety of Idahoans and the economy during future emergencies.
I appreciate all our former Governors for your supportive statements today. https://t.co/QbPHkhMcV0 pic.twitter.com/WFgRmQ9LOP

— Brad Little (@GovernorLittle) April 16, 2021

The legislation targets rules that are meant to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as limiting gatherings and nonessential travel. It also targets the governor’s authority during localized natural disasters.

“These bills are an emotional knee jerk reaction because of anger about the pandemic and some of my decisions during a very uncertain time last year,” Little stated. “But I still believe when faced with difficult decisions, given the information I had at the time, I acted on balance during the pandemic response and the strength of our economy today proves it.”

Little’s veto decision has received support from all of Idaho’s living former governors.

MORE NEWS: Biden Holds China-Focused Talks With Japan PM Suga

Biden holds China-focused talks with Japan PM Suga

Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga left after a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, April 16, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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UPDATED 8:40 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Joe Biden held his first face-to-face summit with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, with threats from China topping the agenda.

Biden hosted Suga at the White House on Friday. The two spoke about the increasing Chinese military presence in the Taiwan Strait, it’s tightening grip on Hong Kong and human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region.

https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1383228979415437312

In a joint press conference following the talks, Biden said the meeting solidified a security alliance between the U.S. and Japan against the Communist nation.

“Today, Prime Minister Suga and I affirmed our ironclad support for U.S.-Japanese alliance and for our shared security,” Biden stated. “We committed to working together to take on the challenges from China and on issues like the East China Sea, the South China Sea.”

Biden also discussed plans to invest with Japan in areas such as 5G artificial intelligence and semiconductor supply chains in order to “sharpen our competitive edge.”

China’s foreign ministry spokesperson responded to the meeting by labeling it collusion between the U.S. and Japan.

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Fmr. Ga. state Rep. Vernon Jones launches bid for governor

Vernon Jones declared his intention to run for governor of Georgia as a Republican in Atlanta, on Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

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UPDATED 6:50 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Former Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones launched his bid for governor, to give residents a stronger Republican candidate to take on the left.

On Friday, Jones held his first campaign rally, vowing to fight for Georgians better than incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.). Jones claimed Kemp failed to administer a secure election, which he said hurt President Trump’s campaign and the GOP’s control of the Senate.

When Georgians needed him, @BrianKempGA sat on the sidelines, costing our state, our country, and our party the GOP majority in the Senate.

He chose to cower to Stacey Abrams instead of stand by President Trump.

— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) April 16, 2021

Additionally, he said Democrats are hoping Kemp makes it to the general election, believing their candidates can beat him easily.

“They believe that I can and I will beat Stacey Abrams. They know it. Georgians know it. Why? Because I’m unbought, I’m unbossed and the left, the Democrats and the liberal media cannot play that race card with me,” Jones explained. “I dare you to. Let’s go. I am pro-Second Amendment. I am pro-life and I will work with anyone who is willing to put Georgia first.”

Vernon Jones autographed a sign for a young boy after declaring his intention to run for governor of Georgia as a Republican in Atlanta, on Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

 

Jones is confident he can bring Republicans in the Peach State together with Democrats, who he said are “embarrassed by the far-left agenda.”

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Biden will not remove UN ambassador after white supremacy comments

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 18: Joe Biden looked on in the Oval Office of the White House September 18, 2014 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:23 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Joe Biden has no plans to remove a United Nations ambassador after she claimed white supremacy is weaved into the fabric of America.

During a press briefing on Friday, Psaki said Biden will do nothing after Linda Thomas-Greenfield said “slavery weaved white supremacy into our founding documents and principles.”

Psaki went on to back up the claims, saying there is no question that there has been a history of institutional racism in this country.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki called on a reporter during a press briefing in the White House in Washington, Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

She also cited the ambassador’s decades of experience in foreign service as one of Biden’s reasons to keep her.

“He is proud to have her in that position,” Psaki stated. “She is not only qualified, he believes she is exactly the right person in that role at this moment in time.”

A reporter said Thomas-Greenfield’s speech touched on similar themes to the anti-U.S. verbal attack by Chinese officials in Alaska last month.

MORE NEWS: Secy. Of Interior Revokes 12 Trump Admin. Climate Policies

Secy. of Interior revokes 12 Trump admin. climate policies

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland looked on during a news conference following a visit to Bears Ears National Monument Thursday, April 8, 2021, in Blanding, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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UPDATED 7:09 AM PT – Saturday, April 17, 2021

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is chipping away at several of President Trump’s environmental policies to advance Joe Biden’s climate agenda.

On Friday, Haaland revoked 12 Trump-era polices, including a moratorium on coal leasing and efforts to develop infrastructure on public land. She also created a task force to assist Biden in his crusade to tackle so called “climate change.”

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland spoke on April 8, 2021, in Blanding, Utah.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

 

“The order also provides guidance on how science may be used in the decision making process, and will improve transparency and public engagement in our decision making process,” Haaland explained.

In the meantime, Haaland is directing her agency to review the federal fossil fuel program. Analysts believe this will help Biden keep his campaign promise to ban new federal leasing for oil and gas drilling.

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Abbott: Biden fulfilling campaign promise to open borders

FILE – In this Wednesday, March 17, 2021, file photo, Texas Gov Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference about migrant children detentions, in Dallas. Texas child welfare officials say they’ve received three reports of abuse and neglect at a San Antonio coliseum that is holding more than 1,600 immigrant teenagers who crossed the southern border. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

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UPDATED 6:48 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Joe Biden is carrying out his campaign promise of opening borders and creating a surge of migrants at the U.S. border. Gov. Abbott told sources Friday that Biden was “fulfilling his party’s goal” of allowing an influx of migrants into the United States.

We’re facing the highest apprehension level we’ve seen in decades, but this isn’t by accident.

Biden campaigned on open border policies & that’s what he's delivering.

When it comes to responding to this border crisis, the President and VP are completely AWOL. pic.twitter.com/Gej3JIs8bE

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 16, 2021

Abbott has repeatedly noted, the Biden administration is out of touch with what has been taking place because they have not even bothered to go to the border. He added, Biden has neglected what he has called “the largest border crisis we have had in decades.”

#FlashbackFriday https://t.co/07mdcBmzY3

— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) April 16, 2021

“They caused this massive disaster,” Abbott said. “And they are completely AWOL.”

Abbott argued that the border crisis did not happen by accident, but it was all part of Biden’s campaign to welcome anybody and to give them everything for free.

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Rep. Gohmert: Twitter ‘part of high-tech oligarchy’

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX). (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:35 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Texas Representative Louie Gohmert (R) said Twitter has been part of what he calls the “high-tech oligarchy.” Gohmert spoke on the House floor Friday and slammed the social media giant over its alleged habit of targeting conservatives on the platform.

He specifically noted the recent suspension of Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe’s account. Gohmert reiterated that Twitter claimed to have taken action against O’Keefe’s account after he allegedly violated its rules on platform manipulation and spam.

The Texas lawmaker suggested it was an effort to silence opposing viewpoints.

“When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

― George R.R. Martin

Cancel Big Tech censorship. https://t.co/t5g4JelOUy

— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) April 15, 2021

 

“If you expose the truth about somebody or some entity that Twitter is figuratively in bed with,” Gohmert said. “Then Twitter will ban you because they don’t want the truth out there.”

Congressman Gohmert added, Twitter does not want the truth, which is that Americans have been manipulated by Big Tech corporations and media entities like CNN.

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Biden announces sanctions against Russia, Kremlin still weighing how to respond

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Photo by ALEXEI DRUZHININ/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:40 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

The Biden administration said it’s expelling a number of Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions on several companies in response to actions it says the Kremlin made against the U.S.

According to reports, the sanctions were meant as punitive action against Moscow after Russia allegedly interfered in the 2020 presidential election. It also came in response to the massive SolarWinds hack blamed on Russian intelligence agencies.

“Today, I have approved several steps, including expulsion of several Russian officials as a consequence of their actions,” Joe Biden said. “I’ve also signed an executive order authorizing new measures, including sanctions, to address specific harmful actions that Russia has taken against U.S. interests.”

According to Joe Biden, the U.S. is not looking to escalate tensions with Russia, however, if Russia seeks to “violate the U.S., it will respond.”

“The United States is not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia,” Biden added. “We want a stable, predictable relationship and if Russia continues to interfere with our democracy, I’m prepared to take further action to respond.”

The sanctions expelled 10 Russian diplomats from the U.S. and targeted six Russian companies that supported cyber efforts in the SolarWinds hack. Thirty-two additional individuals and entities were also named and accused of trying to influence the election and spreading disinformation.

There is no evidence, however, that Russia or any other influence changed votes or manipulated the outcome of the election.

The White House did emphasize the sanctions were not in response to a report that claimed Russia had paid the Taliban to attack U.S. forces in Afghanistan. In response, the Kremlin condemned the sanctions, saying President Vladimir Putin had not yet decided what action he would take.

“Our approach regarding the sanctions can not change,” Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said. “We condemn any such aspirations of sanctions. We consider them illegal, and in any case, the principle of reciprocity is still in place — reciprocity in such a way that we can best ensure our own interests.”

Officials said they were upset the White House announced the sanctions just two days after Biden spoke with Putin. They emphasized the need for a summit and a desire to normalize relations.

Both Biden and the Kremlin said they were warned, however, that measures were coming.

Russian citizens said the relationship between the two countries is getting worse and added, dialogue between the two leaders is needed to find the roots of the conflict.

“We need to approach this issue diplomatically, to initiate meetings between the two heads of our states,” Moscow resident Evgeniy Chirkov said. “I’ve heard that Putin and Biden will be meeting on the neutral territory. So yes, to meet and to find compromises in the relationship between our countries.”

According to experts, Putin will consider the impact of the sanctions, but the action is not likely to cause him to make a 180 degree pivot in behavior.

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West Point Military Academy expels 8 cadets, requires 51 to repeat a year after biggest cheating scandal at the academy since 1976

WEST POINT, NY – JUNE 13: West Point graduating cadets gathered for commencement ceremonies at Plain Parade Field at the United States Military Academy on June 13, 2020 in West Point, New York. (Photo by John Minchillo-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:55 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

A cheating scandal at West Point Military Academy caused the school to expel students and make more than 50 repeat a year.

Reports on Friday said out of the 73 West Point cadets accused in the biggest cheating scandal the military academy has witnessed since 1976, eight were expelled and 51 are required to repeat a year.

The cadets were accused of cheating on an online freshman calculus exam in May, after professors noticed suspicious answers.

WEST POINT, NY – JUNE 27: Cadets walked across ‘The Plain’ before the Oath of Allegiance ceremony during Reception Day at the United States Military Academy at West Point, June 27, 2016 in West Point, New York. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

 

The renowned officer training academy has a strict honor code that they “will not lie, cheat, steal or tolerate those who do.”

“An instructor going over the exam determined that there was a pattern there, they went back and looked at it and ultimately a number more than fifty of these cadets admitted to having cheating on it,” Pentagon correspondent Tom Vanden Brook said. “So that’s a lot of folks, obviously, and they’re taking it very seriously.”

All of the cadets were freshman, except for one sophomore.

West Point said six cadets resigned while the investigation was underway, four were acquitted by a board of peers and two cases were dropped for insufficient evidence.

MORE NEWS: Raul Castro Steps Down As Leader Of Cuba’s Communist Party

Raul Castro steps down as leader of Cuba’s Communist Party

FILE – In this March 17, 2015 file photo, Cuba’s President Raul Castro listened to the Cuban and Venezuelan national anthems during his welcome ceremony at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos, File)

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UPDATED 5:25 PM PT – Friday, April 16, 2021

Raul Castro stepped down as the leader of Cuba’s Communist Party.

Castro resigned during the Communist Party’s eighth congress on Friday, and will certify President Miguel Díaz-Canel as the party’s next secretary-general.

Castro, who will be 90 this year, and his late brother Fidel, led the Communist Party in Cuba since 1959.

The future generation of leadership under Diaz-Canel is not expected to make any drastic changes to the country’s one-party socialist model.

Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party and former president, waved to members at the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba’s opening session, as Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, applauded at the Convention Palace, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Ariel Ley Royero/ACN via AP)

 

Castro indicated his impending resignation to the seventh congress in 2016.

“Nobody has obliged me to make this decision,” Castro stated. “I believe fervently in the strength and exemplary nature and comprehension of my compatriots, and as long as I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism.”

Diaz- Canel and the next generation are expected to address Cuba’s severe economic crisis and pandemic relief plan.

Meanwhile, dissenters in the country and abroad are calling on Biden to put pressure on Cuba to push for Democratic change.

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