Saturday, July 31, 2021

Video shows Texas family pleading with officer on top of Black teen

Video shows a Kaufman County, Texas, sheriff's deputy on top of an 18-year-old woman saying "I can't breathe." The incident is under investigation.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2021/07/31/kaufman-county-sheriff-on-top-of-black-teen-texas-orig-lr.cnn

What this 'canary in the coal mine' Covid-19 outbreak shows us about the virus

A Covid-19 outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts, is highlighting the importance of being vaccinated as the vacation destination's cluster has seen no deaths and only four hospitalizations. However, the outbreak is driving new guidance from the CDC after demonstrating how transmissible the Delta variant is.

source https://www.cnn.com/videos/health/2021/07/31/coronavirus-pandemic-outbreak-vaccinations-holmes-pkg-ndwknd-vpx.cnn

A slice of Princess Diana's wedding cake is going up for auction

This may be the most expensive piece of cake you'll never eat.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/us/princess-diana-wedding-cake-auction-trnd/index.html

Lake Mead, Hoover Dam face historically low water levels amid drought

Lake Mead, one of the National Park Service’s most visited vacation spots, rests in the shadow of the Hoover Dam. But there’s a problem: The lake is getting real low.

White House touts uptick in COVID vaccinations amid renewed mandates, Delta spread

The Biden administration is touting a recent increase in COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States, amid new concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant and fresh coronavirus restrictions. 

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-touts-uptick-coronavirus-vaccinations-delta-spread

The risk we face when populations are more important than people

There is no perfect population number.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/opinions/world-birth-rates-population-covid-kanem/index.html

Harvard lecturer takes heat for defending existence of biological sex on 'Fox & Friends'

Harvard lecturer Carole Hooven took heat from her own colleague after an appearance on Fox News this week in which she asserted that biological sex is real and defended the continued use of terms like ‘pregnant women’ and “male and female.”

Shaun King lives lavishly in lakefront New Jersey home

Shaun King has built his image on being a champion of the poor and disenfranchised, but the controversial civil rights activist lives like a one-percenter in a sprawling lakefront home, records show.

AOC has spent thousands on security, including $4k-plus to ex-Blackwater contractor

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid thousands for personal security to a former Blackwater contractor, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aoc-thousands-security-4k-blackwater

Border Patrol union official warns COVID-positive migrants being released into US ‘day in, day out’

A top Border Patrol union official is warning that agents are having to release COVID-positive migrants into the U.S. "day in, day out" -- amid the ongoing crisis at the border, which also has Border Patrol agents worried about their own health.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/border-patrol-official-covid-migrants-released-day-in-day-out

How to reduce the risk of a shark attack

All it took for American theater audiences to be terrified of shark attacks was a score of two ominous notes.

California WWII vet receives bronze medal 75 years after it was awarded

A California World War II Army veteran has finally received the Bronze Star Medal 75 years after earning it, according to the California National Guard.

Experts project record low poverty in 2021 resulting from COVID relief

Researchers are projecting a record-low U.S. poverty rate in 2021, and they're pointing to federal COVID-19 relief as the driving factor behind the shift.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/record-low-poverty-2021-covid-relief

How to travel safely and avoid injury during wildfire season

As wildfires continue to ravage the western U.S., smoke and drought conditions have complicated the lives of Americans far beyond the reach of the flames.

Trooper escorts woman in labor to hospital after pulling her over for speeding

A Kentucky state trooper escorted a woman in labor to the hospital after he pulled her over for speeding.

Border crisis: Legislation aims to help ranchers reeling from illegal immigrant property damage

FIRST ON FOX: Brent Smith sees first-hand how illegal immigrants have wrecked havoc on ranchers and farmers located along the U.S.-Mexico border, from regular property damage to constant fears of going outside at night.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/border-crisis-legislation-ranchers-illegal-immigrant-property-damage

Elaine Thompson-Herah defends Olympic 100m title in all-Jamaican podium

• Live updates: Japan makes history with a record 17 gold medals • 'My heart was totally broken': The agony of the Olympics

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/sport/olympics-100m-final-spt-intl/index.html

'The animals are on fire,' say devastated farmers as wildfires sweep Turkey

In the small village of Kacarlar, on Turkey's southern coast, farmers are facing apocalyptic scenes as wildfires continue to sweep the country.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/world/turkey-wildfires-manavgat-six-dead-intl/index.html

Carrie and Boris Johnson are expecting a second baby after miscarriage heartbreak

Carrie Johnson, the wife of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has announced the couple are expecting their second child in December.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/europe/carrie-and-boris-johnson-expecting-second-child-intl/index.html

Massive comet discovery dwarfs all others

Messengers from the past are all around us.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/world/largest-comet-science-newsletter-wt-scn/index.html

A two-headed sea turtle hatchling was found on a South Carolina beach

Park volunteers patrolling a beach in South Carolina on Wednesday stumbled upon an unexpected surprise: a two-headed baby sea turtle.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/31/us/two-headed-sea-turtle-hatchling-south-carolina-scn/index.html

Biden's Justice Department says IRS 'must' hand over Trump tax returns to Congress

The Justice Department told the Treasury Department that it "must" turn over former President Donald Trump's tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee, which first requested them more than two years ago.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/30/politics/biden-justice-department-olc-trump-tax-returns-house/index.html

Photos appear to show DC mayor celebrating birthday maskless hours before mandate went into effect

Photos on social media appear to show Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrating her upcoming birthday and posing for photos maskless with comedian Dave Chappelle hours before the city’s mask mandate was put into effect.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mayor-muriel-bowser-party-mask-mandate

Friday, July 30, 2021

Sydney readies for the army as lockdown fails to squash Delta outbreak

Sydney's poorest neighborhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city's toughest and longest lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic as the infection numbers held persistently high five weeks since restrictions began.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/30/australia/sydney-army-delta-lockdown-intl-hnk/index.html

Secret Service arrests fence jumper outside White House

One individual has been arrested after jumping over a temporary perimeter outside of the White House Friday.

Louisiana man who hid in Florida teen's bedroom closet pleads guilty to having sex with a minor

A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor who was 15 at the time, in Florida. 

US Senate votes to move ahead on trillion-dollar bipartisan infrastructure deal

The Senate took the next step on Friday to bring up a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal that will fulfill key priorities in President Joe Biden's agenda.

source https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/30/politics/senate-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill/index.html

Aide hands Biden note during governors meeting: 'Something on your chin'

President Biden on Friday was photographed reading a hand-written note from an aide telling him there is "something" on his chin.

Man accused of shooting intoxicated home intruder faces voluntary manslaughter charges

A Tennessee homeowner is facing voluntary manslaughter charges after allegedly shooting and killing an intoxicated intruder.

Man killed in Arizona bee attack, 5 others injured

A swarm of bees killed a man and injured five other people when their massive, 100-pound hive was disturbed at an Arizona home, authorities said.

Texas man accused of stealing shotgun, killing 2 horses, investigators say

Investigators in Texas are asking for the public’s help in tracking down an “armed and dangerous” person of interest accused of shooting and killing two horses during a burglary at a rural residence.

Michigan woman sets herself on fire while trying to rid car of bed bugs

The 31-year-old found the creepy crawlies inside her ride and had a panic attack, according to an Oakland County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs order banning COVID vaccine, mask mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday signed an executive order prohibiting mask mandates or COVID-19 vaccine requirements from government agencies and municipalities statewide.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/texas-greg-abbott-bans-covid-mask-vaccine-mandates

Georgia surf instructor attacked by shark during lesson returns to beach

A Georgia man attacked by a shark in the waters off Tybee Island earlier this week returned to the beach on Friday.

Arkansas cracks down on slow left-lane drivers

A new Arkansas law went into effect on Wednesday that restricts slow drivers who camp out in the left lane on a highway. 

Pelosi says Dems' massive spending bill should include immigration reform

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that a sweeping, multitrillion-dollar spending bill that Democrats are aiming to pass without any Republican support should also tackle immigration reform.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/pelosi-reconciliation-bill-immigration-reform

Florida Gov. DeSantis' $1,000 bonus to educators, first responders met with backlash

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is facing some backlash for the way the state decided to distribute bipartisan, one-time bonuses of $1,000 to first responders and teachers, according to local reports.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/florida-desantis-bonus-first-responders-backlash

White House walks back previous statement on possibility of new COVID lockdowns

The White House walked back a statement regarding the possibility of enforcing new coronavirus lockdowns due to the spread of the Delta variant.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-walks-statement-covid-lockdowns

Graham, Cuellar suggest new Biden border czar amid surge under Harris' watch: 'Something has to change'

Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Henry Cuellar on Friday called on President Biden to appoint former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to run the administration's border response amid continued problems in Cuellar's border district and surging migrant numbers. 

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/graham-cuellar-new-biden-border-czar-surge-harris-watch

Critics slam Biden surgeon general suggestion vaccinated parents wear masks: 'alternate reality'

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy suggested vaccinated parents should wear masks at home to better protect against the coronavirus.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/us-surgeon-general-vaccinated-parents-mask-home-reactions

Missouri bank robbery suspect nabbed by fingerprints on demand note

A fingerprint on a demand note led to the capture of a Missouri bank robbery suspect who had been previously sentenced to life in prison, court documents show.

NYC attack: Good Samaritan saves 11-year-old, suspect in custody

New York City police have arrested a suspect who allegedly directed sexual threats toward an 11-year-old girl while robbing her – until a Good Samaritan stepped in to come to her rescue, reports say.

Murders rise 16% in 2021 across major US cities: report

There were 259 more murders in the first half of 2021 compared to the first half of 2020, and 548 more compared to the first half of 2019 in 29 major U.S. cities, according to a Thursday update to the Council on Criminal Justice's (CCJ) pandemic crime report.

NYPD commissioner asks 'how can they be released' after 10-year-old assaulted in own bedroom

The New York Police Department’s commissioner said there is “no logical answer” for why repeat offenders are released back on New York streets, pointing to one case where a serial burglar was let out of jail and found allegedly rubbing his genitals on a 10-year-old’s feet in her bedroom.

Federal government doled out $783.5M in stimulus checks for prisoners

The federal government doled out $783.5 million for incarcerated individuals as part of the American Rescue Plan, Fox News has learned. 

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/coronavirus-stimulus-prisoners

Hunter Biden snaps at critics of art dealings: 'F--- em'

Biden appeared on art podcast Nota Bene Thursday, where the president’s son was asked about his art dealings where the buyers are anonymous and the First Son is slated to attend his art shows where they may be.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hunter-biden-snaps-art-deal-critics

Thursday, July 29, 2021

More states and cities, including Washington DC, bring back mask mandates after controversial CDC guidance

More states and cities – most recently Washington D.C., on Thursday afternoon – are bringing back full mask mandates or strong masking recommendations in the wake of the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that most vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public places.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/states-cities-mask-mandates-covid-cdc-guidance

AOC, Bush slam lack of diversity among infrastructure bill negotiators

A pair of "Squad" members criticized the lack of diversity among a bipartisan coalition of mostly White senators who have spent weeks negotiating a $1.2 trillion package to rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/aoc-bush-diversity-infrastructure-bill-negotiators

Climate crisis ‘will be worse than COVID’: Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Wednesday that the climate crisis will be worse than the coronavirus pandemic and that Democrats are ready to respond with "big, bold action" unlike anything the U.S. and "this world has ever seen before."

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/schumer-climate-crisis-covid

Ex-Cardinal McCarrick charged with sexually assaulting teen

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was defrocked after a Vatican investigation confirmed he had sexually molested adults as well as children, has been charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy during a wedding reception in the 1970s, court records show.

Former police chief who rescued baby pleads guilty to assaulting man who allegedly tried to kill her

A former Missouri police chief pleaded guilty to assaulting a handcuffed man who was being held by authorities for allegedly trying to drown his six-month-old daughter in a pond.

Asian woman randomly attacked outside NYC business

An Asian woman was randomly punched outside of a flower shop in Manhattan as anti-Asian attacks continue in the city.

Tom Cotton vows to block Biden US attorney nominee Rachael Rollins, who has lengthy do-not-prosecute list

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., on Thursday vowed to block President Biden's nominee to lead the U.S. attorney's office in Massachusetts, saying her soft-on-crime approach as a district attorney would only add to the rising crime wave across the country.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tom-cotton-block-biden-nominee-rachael-rollins

Rep. Massie slams Pelosi's reimposed mask mandate in House chamber: 'Hell no, I’m not backing down'

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., said on Thursday that he would rather face another fine than abide by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's reinstated mask mandate in the House chamber.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/rep-massie-slams-pelosis-re-imposed-mask-mandate-in-house-chamber-hell-no-im-not-backing-down

Raffensperger 'confident' Georgia election law will 'prevail' after seeking dismissal of DOJ lawsuit

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the state is prepared to fight the Justice Department's lawsuit against its election law up to the United States Supreme Court and is "confident" it will "prevail" after the state sought to dismiss the case altogether this week. 

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/raffensperger-georgia-election-law-seeks-doj-lawsuit-dismissal

Freedom Caucus tells McCarthy to expel Kinzinger, Cheney from GOP conference: 'Switched teams'

Members of the House Freedom Caucus on Thursday called for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to boot Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney from the House Republican Conference, yet another chapter in the intra-party battle between anti-Trump Republicans and Trump's loyalists.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/freedom-caucus-mccarthy-should-expel-kinzinger-cheney-from-gop-conference

Rep. Murphy introduces bill to prohibit federal employees from taking 'cultural exchange' trips to China

EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Greg Murphy, R-N.C., on Thursday introduced new legislation that would prohibit federal employees from taking so-called cultural exchange trips to China.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/murphy-bill-federal-employees-mecea-trips-china

'Quality-of-life crimes' in Philadelphia, including public urination and prostitution, to get new treatment

The Philadelphia Police Department has issued an internal memo detailing changes to the way officers handle "quality of life crimes," such as public urination or prostitution, under a new pilot program.

Atlanta police ID woman, dog stabbed to death in park; manhunt continues for suspect in ‘gruesome’ murder

Atlanta police have released the names of the woman and dog found brutally stabbed to death in Piedmont Park on Wednesday as the manhunt for a suspect in the killings continues.

Stepfather of Texas firefighter found dead in Cancun says son's actions were 'out of character'

When Elijah Snow, 35, didn't return to his hotel room on Sunday night, his wife, Jamie, notified Mexican police, who discovered his body early Monday trapped in a bathroom window in another hotel.

Rand Paul's 2016 presidential campaign committee fined $21,000

The Federal Election Commission penalty follows a 2016 complaint made by J. Russell Lloyd, the former chairman of the Louisville Democratic Party.

Biden BLM nominee called to 'wage war on overpopulation'

Tracy Stone-Manning, the president’s nominee for BLM director, wrote an essay published by the High Country News in February 1991 on how to preserve the grizzly bear population in the US.

source https://www.foxnews.com/politics/tracy-stone-manning-wage-war-overpopulation

Dianne Feinstein on abortion: California senator suggests a 15-week fetus isn't a human being

Sen. Dianne Feinstein commented on whether she thought a 15-week fetus was human -- touching on a raging debate surrounding the MIssissippi ...