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Tokyo Olympic rating takes dramatic hit, some say due to politicalization of the games

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UPDATED 2:01 PM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

The Tokyo Olympics are underway and are already seeing a dramatic loss in viewers. The president of the American Principles Project said it’s due to the over emphasis on politics during the games. One America’s Stefan Kleinhenz has more.

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Sen. Portman: Agreement reached on bipartisan infrastructure bill

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the lead GOP negotiator on the infrastructure talks, talks to reporters as he announces a $1 trillion infrastructure agreement with Democrats and is ready to vote to take up the bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 1:39 PM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A bipartisan group of senators reached a deal on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal. Reports Wednesday cited lead GOP negotiator Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) who said, “we now have an agreement on the major issues and we’re prepared to move forward.”

Just now, the President and a bipartisan group of senators announced their agreement on the details of a once-in-a-generation investment in our infrastructure. Stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/FsCHYn9TVa

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 28, 2021

However, the bill is not fully written yet. The Senate could begin debating on the measure soon.

“This is also important to demonstrate that Republicans and Democrats can come together for the really hard stuff to negotiate in good faith,” stated Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). “And to broker an agreement that is not going to work just for Republicans or Democrats. It is going to work for the country.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said the body could vote as early as Wednesday night to advance the proposal. The New York lawmaker warned senators should be prepared to work through the weekend.

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President Trump issues series of statements on surging crime, mainstream media & midterms

President Donald Trump makes an entrance at the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 8:56 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

President Trump recently weighed in on several issues facing Americans. On Tuesday, he released a series of statements regarding mainstream media’s crime surge cover up, an attack on a former senator and recent claims by Ohio candidates who say they have his support.

Trump began his comments by ripping into the mainstream media for covering up the nation’s violent crime surge. The 45th president said taxpayers deserve their police back and should be able to feel safe again. This comes as violence eats away at big cities with at least 70 residents shot and 12 murdered in Democrat-led Chicago over the weekend.

“What can Chicago Police officers do? They can continue to be brave and courageous,” stated Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown. “My question to you is, ask what the courts can do different?”

However, the 45th president asserted that “fraudulent nightly newscasts have devoted zero minutes to crime recently” because they would rather protect the Democrat’s communist agenda than lives of average Americans.

Trump then went on to denounce the defund the police movement after former California Sen. Barbara Boxer was attacked in Oakland, a city where radical leftists cut funding for law enforcement. He bashed Democrat cities defunding its police, writing that they have “become a paradise for criminals because of Democrats.”

Trump urged lawmakers to empower law enforcement and warned that America will never be safe without strong police forces. His remarks come as police forces see more and more officers walk away from the line of duty.

Meanwhile, Trump criticized Ohio candidates running for Congress who claim he supports them. The 45th president said several candidates who are running in state’s 15th Congressional District claim to have his support when in reality he doesn’t “even know who they are.” Trump clarified he only knows and fully endorses GOP republican candidate Mike Carey who he endorsed last month.

.@POTUS45 on @MikeCareyOH15’s race:

“Mike Carey is the only one who has my Endorsement and he’s the one I feel will do the best job for Ohio, and for the United States. Please vote for Mike Carey next Tuesday, and let there be no further doubt who I have Endorsed!”

FULL: pic.twitter.com/xbb3CYhNgf

— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) July 27, 2021

Trump has recently been more outspoken via his website, www.donaldjtrump.com, stoking rumors he may be considering a run in 2024.

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China makes demands of U.S. at bilateral talks

En esta fotografía proporcionada por el Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos, la secretaria de Estado, Wendy Sherman (izquierda) y el ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de China, Wang Yi, se sientan juntos en Tianjín, China. (Departamento de Estado de Estados Unidos vía AP)

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UPDATED 9:24 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is in Asia as part of a State Department trip to meet with leaders there. During a meeting in China with Chinese officials on Monday, she told her counterpart the U.S. is concerned about recent actions taken by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Among the concerning actions are the continued detention of U.S. and Canadian journalists.

“As I told my colleagues Foreign Minister Wang and Vice Foreign Minister Xie Fang, people are not bargaining chips,” Sherman stated. “I also raised in both meetings our strong concerns about the increasingly hostile atmosphere for foreign journalists in China.”

Even more pressing, she implied, is the CCP’s actions in the Taiwan Strait and Hong Kong. She said she had strong words over these issues with her counterparts during the meeting.

“And yes, I had frank and direct conversations in many areas with my interlocutors,” stated the deputy secretary of state. “Including the crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, the anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong, provocative military actions in the Taiwan Strait.”

The CCP, however, has their own version of events. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, accused the U.S. of misrepresenting China. He said the U.S. needs to “return to a pragmatic policy” towards the CCP.

Open communication – even when we disagree – is critical to diplomacy. We will continue to press the PRC to respect international norms and its international obligations. https://t.co/M5oGHKRdAw

— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) July 26, 2021

Lijian also said the CCP side of the talks made three demands of the U.S. The first two demands were for the U.S. to stop opposing socialism in China; a system they see as significant to the development of the country.

“First, the U.S. must not challenge, discredit or even try to subvert the socialist path and system with Chinese characteristics,” stated the Chinese spokesperson. “Second, it must not try to obstruct or even interrupt China’s development process.”

The third demand is for the U.S. to stop allegedly interfering in China’s territorial integrity.

“And third, it must not infringe on China’s national sovereignty, let alone undermining China’s territorial integrity,” Lijian continued.

The CCP considers both Taiwan and Hong Kong as integral Chinese territory, meaning they perceive all calls by the West for freedom in those territories as interference in their domestic affairs.

Despite the contentions, the State Department said they support friendly competition between the two nations and are not looking for a conflict with China.

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Protesters shut down GOP press conference shedding light on mistreatment of Jan. 6 nonviolent detainees

U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Republican of Georgia, speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:03 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

In another instance of free speech intolerance, protesters interrupted a press conference organized by Republican lawmakers to discuss the treatment of January 6 detainees. On Tuesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) gathered outside the Department of Justice in D.C. to demand a status report on individuals arrested following the January 6 capitol breach.

According to the representatives, their interest in the issue comes as reports emerge revealing mistreatment of non-violent protestors in jail and silence regarding the issue from the Justice Department. Congressman Gohmert, an experienced defense attorney, stated he was there simply to defend “due process.”

“I’m here just to try to see that due process is done and I’m pleased to be standing with other concerned people from Congress about what is happening,” stated the Texas lawmaker. “Are we housing political prisoners? We need to know the answers.”

Congresswoman Taylor Greene shared how she felt seeing the attack on the capitol that day and questioned why nobody was prepared to stop it even though U.S. Intelligence was aware of violent threats beforehand.

“And I have to tell you, as a freshman member of Congress that was the fourth day on my job January 6, I was absolutely shocked at what happened at the capitol,” she stated. “And even more so I am shocked that with the intelligence that there was going to be violence that the National Guard was not present on January 6.”

However, the gathering was cut short as hecklers came too close and were considered a threat to the lawmakers’ safety.

Reps. Gaetz and Greene get run out of their own presser at the DOJ. pic.twitter.com/Jc3BTbUO05

— Zachary Petrizzo (@ZTPetrizzo) July 27, 2021

The Republicans had previously penned a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland asking for answers and still have received no response.

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Calif. extends state-funded Medicare to residents over age 50 regardless of immigration status

FILE – Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is pictured  in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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UPDATED 8:33 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

California is extending state-funded Medi-Cal eligibility to illegal immigrants. During a press briefing in Fresno Tuesday, Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom was proud to sign the controversial piece of legislation while pushing California closer to a socialized health care system.

“We recognize we’re just at a point on a journey to universal health care here in the state of California,” he stated. “We have not finished that job, but we’re making big investment here today.”

Assembly Bill 133 aims to extend full California state Medicare eligibility to low-income adults older than 50 regardless of one’s immigration status or ability to pay.

“Roughly 250,000 people are eligible for coverage,” Newsom confirmed. “We estimate at the moment about 235,000 individuals will be direct beneficiaries of preventative care, direct beneficiaries of long-term care, direct beneficiaries of in home supportive services and the care IHS provides regardless, again, of their ability to pay, regardless of pre-existing conditions and regardless of their immigration status.”

NEW: CA is now the first state in the nation to expand Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults 50 and older, regardless of immigration status.https://t.co/kIhch1vmNs

— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 27, 2021

Opponents to the legislation argue that allocating taxpayer dollars to provide health care for undocumented aliens incentivizes illegal immigration even more.  Republicans blasted the governor’s decision while asserting Californians will be at greater risk to violent crimes such as gang violence and human trafficking.

In the meantime, some believe Newsom’s latest bill is an effort to gain Democrat support for his upcoming recall election as voters will begin receiving mail-in ballots in about three weeks.

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Biden insults unvaccinated Americans, blames them for COVID ‘surge’

FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 4, 2021 file photo, frozen vials of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are taken out to thaw, at the MontLegia CHC hospital in Liege, Belgium. The U.S. will buy 500 million more doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to share through the COVAX alliance for donation to 92 lower income countries and the African Union over the next year. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

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UPDATED 7:50 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Joe Biden recently took aim at unvaccinated Americans despite getting the green-light to impose mandates. He appeared to insult tens-of-millions of U.S. citizens and people in other countries for refusing to take COVID vaccines.

‘That’s under consideration right now but if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,’ President Biden responded to a reporter who asked whether his administration was weighing mandating COVID-19 vaccines for federal workers https://t.co/Fj1GW2IncA pic.twitter.com/p1IHWVz3pm

— Reuters (@Reuters) July 27, 2021

While talking to reporters Tuesday, Biden said he may mandate all federal employees take the vaccine and suggested it’s a smart way to proceed. His comments came after the Department of Justice found vaccine mandates in private and public organizations were not illegal.

In an opinion released Monday, the DOJ said federal law does not prohibit public and private sector employers from forcing workers to take COVID-19 vaccines. The department added, even the Emergency Use Authorization status of the vaccines does not pose a problem.

This came after some entities in California and New York, along with the Department of Veterans Affairs, imposed vaccine mandates despite legal concerns. However, Biden is undeterred as he went on to attack those who refuse the vaccine.

A recent poll from the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found 80 percent of unvaccinated Americans said they will not take the jab no matter what.

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House Democrats block vote on Rep. Owens’ ‘Say No to Indoctrination Act’

Rep. Burgess Owens, R-Utah, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on voting rights on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 7:36 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

House Democrats blocked consideration for a bill aimed at preventing federal funds to advance discriminatory concepts like critical race theory. This came after Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) pushed for a vote on Tuesday on his ‘Say No to Indoctrination Act’, which would prevent federal dollars from funding such trainings.

The Utah Republican spoke on the House floor while reflecting on his own experiences with racism during the times of Jim Crow and segregation. He went on to say people still act unfairly toward others due to their skin color when individuals choose to hate.

“More could be done to create a world that teaches greater tolerance and respects the dignity of every individual regardless of race, color or creed,” Owens stated. “CRT is not the solution. It is absolutely wrong and un-American to indoctrinate our children in believing because of their skin color they are forever part of oppressed or oppressive class. Hate has no place in our schools and CRT has no place in our classes.”

FLOOR ALERT: @HouseDemocrats just blocked @HouseGOP requests to stop indoctrination of America's youth in classrooms with controversial & damaging ideology taught by critical race theory. @TomColeOK04 @RepBurgessOwens @RepNancyMace @RepDanBishop pic.twitter.com/27Htxzn794

— House Rules Republicans (@RulesReps) July 27, 2021

Despite strong support from the Republican Party, Democrats were quick to shoot down consideration while claiming they are not going to debate whether racism still exists in America.

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Biden claims ‘cyber attacks’ to cause war with Russia

Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe at Lubber Run Park, Arlington, Virginia on July 23, 2021. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:16 AM PT – Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Joe Biden appeared to suggest the U.S. could go to war with Russia just days after he accused the nation of alleged cyber attacks. He told reporters Tuesday that it’s more likely the U.S. will get involved in a major military conflict soon.

“When we end up in a war, a real shooting war with a major power, it’s going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach,” stated the Democrat.

Biden went on to insult Russia’s economy while falsely asserting that its economy was the eight smallest in the world.

“When I was with Mr. (Vladimir) Putin, who has a real problem, he’s he sitting on top of an economy that has nuclear weapons and oil wells and nothing else,” he stated. “Nothing else. The economy is, what, the eighth smallest in the world?”

В ходе тактического учения подразделения артиллерии Ульяновского гвардейского соединения ВДВ отработали задачи артиллерийской поддержки обороняющихся парашютно-десантных подразделений https://t.co/AcrHT82aFd#Минобороны #ВДВ #ПТРККорнет #НонаС #БоеваяПодготовка pic.twitter.com/vo818Xj52U

— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) July 26, 2021

Russian officials have yet to react to Biden’s remarks.

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Senators look towards bipartisan Capitol security funding deal

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via AP, Pool, File)

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UPDATED 8:11 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) reached an estimated $2 billion bipartisan deal that would provide new funding to the Capitol police in relation to the events that occurred on January 6. The deal was reached on Tuesday and some reported it had the possibility of moving to the floor as soon as Wednesday.

This comes after both parties struggled to come to an agreement on paying back the National Guard, which was expected $521 million in reimbursement funds for their help in protecting Washington, D.C. from January to May. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) went on to explain, “we are now seeking a time agreement to put this important legislation on the floor and pass it this week.”

The deal would reportedly include $100 million for Capitol police and more than $300 million for other security measures. Additional funds would also be directed to helping Afghans that have been under threat due to U.S. troop withdrawals.

We have reached a deal on the security supplemental that sticks to immediate needs, as I have long advocated. It is essential that we provide the @USNationalGuard and @CapitolPolice the funding they require without further delay. https://t.co/NfSd8ORBYV

— Richard Shelby (@SenShelby) July 27, 2021

The House recently passed its own $1.9 billion legislation in May for security upgrades to the U.S. Capitol. However, some Republicans have questioned the “lack of security” on that day.

“…Democrats normalized anarchy, normalized political violence, raised bail money for the very rioters and looters who destroyed small businesses, attacked innocent civilians, and maybe most importantly attacked police officers,” asserted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). “When you spend a year talking about defunding the police and actually defund the police, it’s kind of hard to have more police here on January 6, like they should have done.”

Strange how Democrats didn’t care about violence against police officers last summer.

And at the same time, defunded their departments.

At least Republicans have been consistent in condemning all violence against police.

— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) July 27, 2021

Jordan’s comments come as both him and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) were not allowed to serve on the January 6 committee picked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Banks said he was rejected due to Pelosi only being interested in a “narrative” as she picked Republicans to serve on the committee who have voiced opposition to President Trump.

While parties have thrown blame on each other, lawmakers on both sides reportedly looked to move quickly on the Senate deal. The agreement could end the drawn out back and forth decision on paying back costs relating to that day, alongside other spending matters.

If the Senate approves the bipartisan bill, it will head to the House for final approval.

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CDC reverses indoor mask policy for vaccinated people, calls for universal masking in public schools

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rochelle Walensky on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:28 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The CDC flip-flopped on its masking guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated. During a media telebriefing on Tuesday, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced new recommendations for fully vaccinated people in high transmission areas to wear face masks indoors.

This marked an about face from just two months ago in May, when they said fully vaccinated individuals could forgo mask wearing in almost all settings. During the meeting, Walensky cited the Delta variant sweeping through areas with low vaccination rates as the reason for this change.

“Information on the Delta variant from several states and other countries indicates that in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others,” she stated. “This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants and update to our recommendation.”

#DeltaVariant surging in U.S. New data show Delta much more contagious than previous versions of #COVID19. Unvaccinated people: get vaccinated & mask until you do. Everyone in areas of substantial/high transmission should wear a mask, even if vaccinated. https://t.co/tt49zOEC8N

— CDC (@CDCgov) July 27, 2021

The agency also announced recommendations for everyone in K-12 schools to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. However, Walensky said all children should return to in person learning as long as CDC guidelines were followed.

“CDC recommends that everyone in K-12 schools wear a mask indoors including teachers, students, staff and visitors regardless of vaccination status,” she explained. “…Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with proper prevention strategies in place.”

This comes a week after mask requirements were reinstated in Los Angeles County, where people had mixed reactions. While some residents have agreed on continuing to wear a mask after being vaccinated, others were not as inclined.

“No I don’t want to do that, not at all,” one Los Angeles County resident explained. “I’ve got the vaccine. I’m good.”

The new CDC mask guidance is the final political nail into the credibility coffin of public health.

— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 27, 2021

The CDC recommends mask wearing in places that have seen 50 new infections per 100,000 residents over the past week. According to the New York Times,  almost two thirds of U.S. counties qualified under that guidance.

Meanwhile, experts say vaccines are still highly effective against the Delta variant, with breakthrough COVID cases still being very rare.

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Defense in Mollie Tibbets case requests new trial

Defense attorney Jennifer Frese questions a witness during Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s trial in the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

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UPDATED 7:25 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Former Iowa farmhand Cristhian Bahena Rivera could get off scot-free after being convicted for killing 20-year-old Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts. On Tuesday, Bahena Rivera’s defense attorneys pushed for a new trial for the undocumented immigrant by arguing he was framed for the murder.

They argued two witnesses have come forward and claimed someone else killed Tibbetts.

Jennifer Frese: “So, you don’t recall any sort of tips that Molly Tibbetts could have been the victim of sex trafficking?”

Trent Vileta: “It’s possible. I had tips she was eating ice cream in Sioux Falls and eating tacos in Denver, Colorado. So, it would not surprise me if there were tips that she was a victim of sex trafficking.”

One witness was a woman in Tibbetts’ hometown, who told authorities she was lured by a man, kidnapped, sexually assaulted and held in a home used for sex trafficking just weeks before Tibbetts murder. The main suspect in that case was also linked to a disappearance of an 11-year-old boy, but was never charged with either investigation.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera listens to court proceedings during his tria in the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

In addition, the defense team called on prison inmate Arne Maki to testify. He said the real killer confessed to the murder and set up of Bahena Rivera.

“He said, you know the guy that’s being charged for it right now? I said no I don’t,” he explained. “He’s like we set him set him up. It was a sex trafficking case gone wrong.”

However, investigators argued all the evidence of the Tibbetts’ case pointed to Bahena Rivera as the killer. They stressed Bahena Rivera gave a partial confession to stalking the 20-year-old while she was on a run before stabbing her and hiding the body in a cornfield.

Two months ago, Bahena Rivera was convicted of killing Tibbetts, but his sentencing hearing was delayed to accommodate the inclusion of the new evidence.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Joel yates, vows to take in the new details and issue a written decision as soon as possible.

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Japan protests Russia’s drills in Kuril Islands

Kunashiri island, part of an archipelago under Russian control, visible from the Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck in Rausu, Hokkaido prefecture. (Photo credit should read KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:57 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Japan has been protesting Russia’s military drills in a disputed region amid alleged talks to resolve that dispute. On Tuesday, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Russia ramped up its military presence in the Kuril Islands, which Tokyo considered unacceptable.

Reports mentioned Russian forces would conduct exercises in the region until late August. Earlier this week, the Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin traveled to the Kuril Islands and proposed a plan to establish a free economic zone with Japan in that area.

“Just the other day we discussed with the President Vladimir Putin the set of measures that can be brought here to the Kuril Islands so that investment and economic activities can be more effective,” he explained. “This set of measures are unprecedented.”

Good morning! (Chyorny Stratovolcano, Chirpoy Island, Kuril Islands, Sakhalin Region, Russia) pic.twitter.com/Amu16uU1Pj

— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) July 26, 2021

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Fmr. Secy. of State Pompeo speaks at Simi Valley’s Reagan Library

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington, DC. (Photo by Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:08 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Mike Pompeo spoke to a crowd in California about his picture of the future of the Republican Party. The former secretary of state delivered remarks at Simi Valley’s Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Ventura, California and mapped out what steps the Republican Party should take next.

Pompeo focused on what he knew best, which was the international chess pieces moved by other nations that potentially threatened American’s safety and security if not stopped.

“Unfortunately, what we’ve accomplished, has been cast aside by the deep state in Washington in just six short months,” he expressed. “In their backdoor negotiations with Iran, in their elimination of the sanctions to inhibit Russia from supplying natural gas to Germany, they put our world at risk. It’s weakness and weakness begets war.”

It was an honor to speak at the @RonaldReagan Foundation and Institute’s Time for Choosing about the virtues – vision, hope, gratitude and forgiveness – that must define the GOP and America. pic.twitter.com/5pLdlDZRiQ

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) July 27, 2021

Pompeo also addressed the division in the country today by highlighting what he believed was the path Republicans must take moving forward, which was to walk by faith.

“To reclaim America, which I believe only our party can do, there is literally no important resources than our churches, our synagogues, our mosques and temples that creates all of this United States of America,” he stated. “There is no more important need, none, than to hear their voices when they state we must return to our moral core, lest all be lost.”

Pompeo warned if America did not restore its character, leadership or exceptionalism, trouble would lie ahead. He discussed the threat of Chinese influence and denounced the teaching of Marxist ideology in American schools.

“Today, China has infiltrated Hollywood and academia, our technology companies and the conglomerates that control America’s media publishing. Our strength, freedom has been turned against us,” he asserted. “Communist influence must be eliminated in our country, root and branch.”

Pompeo also criticized the left, Big Tech and the mainstream media by saying they have sold themselves out and disregarded the truth.

“If our press were indeed fair minded, it would expose this to see, but they’re owned and they’re bought and they are silent,” he explained. “When dominant social media platforms can suspend and then ban a president of the united states, there is too much power in too few hands.”

Unless we act now to assert faith and morality, our nation cannot be strong.

And if America is not strong, the world will be at the mercy of tyrants and enter an era we dare not imagine.

— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) July 27, 2021

Pompeo went on to explain how the GOP could meet this challenge and change the press by informing American citizens of the threats deliberately designed to be subtle or unseen. He also took aim at the web of laws and regulations that gave corporations almost unlimited in what he explained as unearned power and wealth.

He championed for the Republican Party to take back both the majority in Congress the White House. The former Trump official said these were the things that needed to be done to restore freedom inside of the country.

Pompeo closed with a poem called The Ruin, which was a piece written over one thousand years ago that outlined the remnants of Roman Britain.

“This masonry is wondrous. Fates broke it,” he quoted. “Courtyard pavements were smashed. The work of giants is decaying.”

He insisted this could never be the future of America and with hands on hearts, Americans must light the way for the entire world.

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Defense Secy. Austin: I am committed to pursuing a constructive, stable relationship with China

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin speaks during the 40th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton lecture in Singapore on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Roslan Rahman / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:58 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned China the U.S. would not “flinch” when its interests have been threatened, but added the Biden administration would not seek out confrontation. During a speech in Singapore on Tuesday, Austin said he has been committed to pursuing a constructive and stable relationship with China.

The defense secretary specifically noted he wanted stronger crisis communications with the Chinese army and hoped to work with Beijing on addressing common challenges. However, he also called out the communist nation for its claims in the South China Sea by saying they had no basis in international law.

“Unfortunately, Beijing’s unwillingness to resolve disputes peacefully and respect the rule of law isn’t just occurring on the water,” he explained. “We’ve also seen aggression against India, destabilizing military activity and other forms of coercion against the people of Taiwan and genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.”

But let me be clear: I am committed to pursuing a constructive, stable relationship w/ China, including stronger crisis communications w/ the PLA. Big powers need to model transparency & communication. We hope we can work together on common challenges, especially climate change. pic.twitter.com/E6KwMZIoRN

— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) July 27, 2021

Austin’s comments come as tensions continue to grow between Washington and Beijing.

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House GOP: Pelosi’s ‘cherry-picked’ Jan. 6 committee is a ‘sham’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Speaker’s Balcony Hallway of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:43 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

House Republican leaders have called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee a “sham” that would only produce a “failed report.” In a press conference ahead of Tuesday’s opening hearings in Washington, Republicans insisted Pelosi cherry-picked members for the committee who would stick to her talking points and predetermined narrative for the events of January 6.

“We now have a committee that all of America wants to know the answers to,” explained House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). “…Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi will only pick on people unto the committee that will ask the questions she wants asked. That becomes a failed committee and a failed report, a sham that no one can believe..”

What you won’t hear from Pelosi’s sham committee:

Why was the Capitol left so vulnerable that day?
Why wasn't the National Guard here?
Why didn’t we have a better security posture?
What changes are needed to make sure it never happens again? https://t.co/OSGF6PQx3s

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 27, 2021

McCarthy went on to say if lawmakers wanted the true answers, they should not be afraid of the questions that would be asked. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) echoed those sentiments.

“Speaker Pelosi said that she doesn’t want those questions to asked so she kicked them off the committee,” he stated. “She took an unprecedented step of refusing to allow members to be appointed by the minority leader to a select committee. That never before happened in the history of Congress.”

Scalise reiterated Democrats were not aiming at the truth, but instead conspiring to cover up the facts with a narrative prewritten by Pelosi.

Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) said it was only after Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) began to raise questions about Pelosi’s negligent and “potentially nefarious” response to Intelligence reports that she refused to seat them on the committee.

She went on to say, “it is a fact that the U.S. Capitol police raised concerns and rather than providing them with the support and resources they needed and they deserved, she prioritized her partisan political optics over their safety.”

The mainstream media serves as Lame Duck Nancy Pelosi’s loyal stenographers.

No questions allowed about Speaker Pelosi! All off limits.

Speaker of the House clearly bears responsibility for not securing the US Capitol on Jan 6th – But the drooling media is too petrified to ask.

— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) July 27, 2021

Banks called on the chairman of the committee to bring before the panel the head of the Capitol Police Union, who has repeatedly said both publicly and privately that officers weren’t prepared, despite the intelligence Pelosi was given in December.

“They were not prepared for what happened on January 6 in spite of  intelligence reports that date back three weeks before that day,” he asserted. “They weren’t equipped on January 6 with the proper equipment that they needed to handle what happened that day and they weren’t trained for what was going to happen that day.”

Jordan, who like Banks was denied a chair on the committee, questioned why Pelosi ordered the sergeant of arms of the National Guard to remain off Capitol grounds on January 6.

“Pelosi’s office had previously impressed upon the Sergeant of Arms Paul Irving that the National Guard was to remain off Capitol grounds,” he discussed. “Irving told House administration discussions centered around the quote ‘optics.'”

Today we heard Officer Harry Dunn say that they were unprepared.

Leaving our officers on the frontline ill equipped was a dereliction of duty on @SpeakerPelosi’s watch.

My @HouseGOP colleagues and I want to know why this happened, but the Speaker is afraid of the answers. pic.twitter.com/DJ3yScrlfu

— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) July 27, 2021

Jordan posed the question of why Democrats were so concerned about the optics. He posited it all revolved around the Democrats 2020 summer of violence and civil unrest.

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Rep. Crenshaw corrects Cuomo’s jabs at GOP over COVID-19 vaccines

Rep. Dan Crenshaw in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATED 4:35 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) corrected CNN host Chris Cuomo after he claimed Republicans were against the coronavirus vaccine. Taking to twitter on Tuesday, Crenshaw shared a clip of Cuomo’s show in which he suggested Republicans have been telling people not to get vaccinated.

Crenshaw clarified by saying he’s never said people shouldn’t trust the vaccine. He added he has only called the vaccine both safe and effective, which people should make the decision for themselves.

This came in response to Cuomo trying to call Crenshaw out by name.

“It’s not about shaming you. I don’t want you to feel forced and yet, there is shame in this. There are people basically forcing you to think foregoing the vaccine is you being free and that’s a false choice. People like Crenshaw, Paul, Cruz, Ron Johnson. They’re punking you.”

Crenshaw finished by criticizing Cuomo further by saying his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) encouraged public distrust about the vaccine from the beginning.

Chris, I’ve never said people shouldn’t trust the vaccine. I’ve only called it safe and effective and said people should make the decision for themselves.

Your brother on the other hand encouraged public distrust about the vaccine from the beginning:https://t.co/nCTrrXUUvQ https://t.co/2IQNv55BAy

— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 27, 2021

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Democrats harshly criticize unvaccinated Americans

Gov. Gavin Newsom, from left, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, D-Oakland, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf listen to speakers at a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Monday, July 26, 2021. California will require state employees and all health care workers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or get tested weekly. Officials are tightening restrictions in an effort to slow rising coronavirus infections in the nation’s most populous state, mostly among the unvaccinated. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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UPDATED 11:16 AM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Democrats at various levels of government are dismissing the bodily autonomy of Americans who do not wish to get vaccinated. Beginning on Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked to clarify an earlier comment by Anthony Fauci who said the U.S. is going is a wrong direction on COVID-19.

Psaki responded by saying a large number of Americans remain unvaccinated amid an alleged rise in new coronavirus cases. Her comments come as COVID-19 deaths remain at their lowest in many months, while at least 11,500 people died from vaccines. Psaki, however, claims unvaccinated Americans are at fault for the latest COVID fears.

Psaki’s remarks were mild, however, compared to the rhetoric shared by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). During an interview with CNN, the Democrat governor made a remarkably tone-deaf statement comparing Americans who don’t get vaccinated to drunk drivers. The comment was quickly pointed out by a number of media outlets as it stunned viewers online.

Not content to vax-shame, both the Biden administration and the Newsom administration have recently begun to push vaccine mandates on employees in their jurisdiction.

California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom compares people who don’t want to get the coronavirus vaccine to “drunk drivers”: “It’s like drunk drivers. You don’t have the right to go out and drink and drive and put everybody else at risk, including your own life at risk.” pic.twitter.com/JkoPvR05xp

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 26, 2021

 

Also on Monday, California moved to require all state employees to show proof of vaccination by August 2 or undergo consistent testing and wear a mask if they don’t get the vaccine.

At the federal level, the Departments of Veteran’s affairs became the first federal agency to require proof of vaccination of their employees. That new requirement impacts a reported 115,000 employees at VA facilities across the country.

Neither the state of California nor the VA outlined what punishments employees could face if they refuse to get the vaccine.

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Del. Democrats facing accusations of racism, violence

Rep. Gerald Brady. (Courtesy: Gerald Brady Facebook page)

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UPDATED 2:13 PM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Some powerful Democrats in Delaware have been faced with criticisms for their actions since taking office in November. On Monday, one of their longest serving legislators announced he would not be running for reelection.

Rep. Gerald Brady (D-Del.) expressed he did not believe he could represent his constituents in good faith going forward after he accidentally sent an email about decriminalizing sex work and used a racial slur to refer to Chinese women.

The email was meant for a private individual, but Brady sent it to a sex work advocacy group instead. The House Ethics Committee declined to investigate Brady. However, they recommended sensitivity training for him and all other members in the chamber.

Recently, Gov. John Carney (D-Del.) said Brady’s words divided communities.

“What he said was horrific and completely unacceptable and he admitted that,” he explained. “…That’s just not acceptable, that kind of language here, and that creates the kind of tension we’re seeing among communities.”

Del. Gov. John Carney, left, in a screenshot from the DNCC’s livestream of the Democratic National Convention. (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)

Brady has not been the first person within Joe Biden’s home party to be in hot water. In December, Rep. Andria Bennett (D-Del.) was arrested for alleged third degree assault charges.

At the time, the state speaker told reporters no action would be taken against Bennet as she maintained innocence until proven guilty. The charges against Bennett were dropped at the victim’s request in February.

In May, Sen. Darius Brown (D-Del.) was charged with offensive touching and disorderly conduct. He was alleged to have punched a woman in the face at an Italian restaurant.

Senate Democrats removed Brown from all of his committee assignments. However, the Senate Ethics Committee did not investigate the charges.

Democrat Attorney General Kathy Jennings was asked why she refused to comment on the Brown case, yet had no qualms about commenting on other pending cases.

“We wanna see justice done in every case,” she stated. “That includes every case no matter who the defendant is, how powerful or not the person is, and you can be rest assured justice will be done.”

The Democratic Party is pro-riot, anti-cop, and anti-prosecutor.

Democrats today have more sympathy for violent criminals than for innocent victims.

— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) June 25, 2021

There are 40 Democrats occupying the 62 seats across both houses of the Delaware legislature. Only these three, have placed themselves in racial or violence issues since the November election. All three intend on serving out their terms, with Brady being the only one who has said he will not run for reelection in the midterms.

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Final victim identified in Fla. condo building collapse

FILE – In this April 13, 2021 file photo provided by Leah Sutton, Estelle Hedaya, left, and Linda March are shown. Fifty-four-year-old Estelle Hedaya appears to be the only missing victim yet to be identified following the June 24 Champlain Towers South collapse. (Leah Sutton via AP, File)

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UPDATED 10:33 AM PT – Tuesday, July 27, 2021

After more than a month since the middle-of-the-night catastrophe, officials in Miami identified the final victim of the Surfside condo building collapse. In a press conference Monday evening, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava, announced the final missing person had been officially accounted for and identified as 54-year-old Estelle Hedaya.

“Today, I can report that because of these sustained heroic efforts, the last remaining missing person has now been accounted for and identified and the family notified,” stated the mayor.

Relatives confirmed the identification to the Associated Press on Monday while describing Hedaya as an outgoing person whose strength in God allowed her to excel in many areas. Meanwhile, Levine Cava said the clean-up process has not yet been completed.

“Even now, teams from Miami-Dade Police Department are continuing to sift through millions of pounds of debris carefully and meticulously searching for remains,” he explained. “And for any personal items that will help bring closure to the families.”

Search teams spent around a month recovering all of the lost victims, concluding their efforts on Saturday when the last victim was recovered and all missing people were officially accounted for.

“Ninety-eight families have been notified,” confirmed Levine Cava. “All 97 people for whom we had missing persons reports have been recovered and a total of 242 people are accounted for.”

Crews went through more than 14,000 tons of rubble and broken concrete before declaring the mission finished. However, Levine Cava noted search and recovery efforts will nonetheless continue.

“Although we have identified all of the victims that were reported missing, the Miami-Dade Police Department continues the ongoing search and recovery effort on the evidentiary pile to ensure that all identifiable human remains are recovered,” he contined.

Thank you @MayorDaniella, @FEMA, @MiamiDadeFire, @FLTF2USAR, and to the brave first responders for your support carrying out this mission on the ground in the Surfside community. https://t.co/JRxLkwSJRS

— Homeland Security (@DHSgov) July 26, 2021

Levine Cava commended the crews for their dedication and tenacity, noting they are her inspiration after all they have done to help the families who fell victim to the tragic collapse.

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