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CDC Knew of COVID-19 Test Issues Before Sending to States

(Dreamstime)
(Dreamstime)

NPR reported that the CDC’s infectious disease lab designed and built the test as it became clear that the coronavirus would pose a health threat in the United States.

But as a scientist was doing a final quality control test on the test kit, it was discovered that the test had a 33% failure rate.

Officials told NPR that a failure rate like that would normally prevent a test from going out, but the CDC ultimately decided to release it anyway.

Jennifer Rakeman, the director of the New York City Public Health Laboratory, told NPR, “It was very truly an ‘oh, crap’ moment.

These reagents aren’t working; everybody is waiting for us all over the city to have this test online. We think we have more cases than we’ve been able to detect and the test isn’t working.”

Affidavit: Man accused of throwing his 5-month-old from his car seat, causing the child head trauma

Ralph Terrazas, 40, was charged with injury to a child knowingly.
Ralph Terrazas, 40, was charged with injury to a child knowingly. Photo: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

Ralph Terrazas was arrested Tuesday in connection with the Sept. 26 incident and charged with injury to a child knowingly.

According to the affidavit, the child’s mother was arguing with Terrazas and placed the child’s car set on the couch and unbuckled the baby without taking him out.

Terrazas then allegedly grabbed the car seat and swung it, causing the baby to fly out and hit the floor face first, the affidavit said. The woman told police Terrazas knew the baby wasn’t restrained in the car seat.

Connecticut rapist nabbed in Florida after 44 years on the lam and assuming dead child’s identity

Mugshot for Douglas Bennett, 76. (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office )
Mugshot for Douglas Bennett, 76. (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office )

Douglas Bennett, 76, a former drama department instructor at Mount Holyoke College, the prestigious private liberal arts college for women, was taken into custody in Clearwater, Fla., where he had been living for years.

Bennett disappeared before he could be sentenced in the brutal rape of a 22-year-old woman in Wethersfield, Conn., prosecutors said. He was facing a sentence of nine to 18 years behind bars after his trial and conviction. He was out on bail as he awaited sentencing.

“A fingerprint comparison confirmed that Bennett was the same person convicted in Connecticut in 1975,” Tampa federal prosecutors said in a news release Thursday.

Illinois woman, 22, raped, strangled and set on fire in forest preserve: authorities

Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez, 22, was reported missing Monday after visiting an Illinois forest preserve.
Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez, 22, was reported missing Monday after visiting an Illinois forest preserve. Her body was found two days later.

Vanessa Ceja-Ramirez, 22, was reported missing Monday after going for walk with her mother and a friend in the Midlothian Meadows Forest Preserve.

Her body was found Wednesday and the Cook County coroner said her death was “beyond gruesome,” Fox 32 Chicago reported.

“She was beaten, partially burned and someone intercepted her, and possibly pulled her into a wooded area and basically tortured her,” community activist Andrew Holmes told the station.

Facebook Oversight Board member claim’s Trump loss would suddenly end global ‘wave of hate and intolerance’

Karman had previously tweeted in Arabic earlier this week that a Trump loss would lessen “hatred and intolerance” across the globe.

“With the fall of Trump, the wave of hatred and intolerance will decline in the world, not only in America,#أمريكا It is heading to tide over one of the most heinous waves of hate,” Karman wrote, according to Google’s translator tool.

Karman’s role on the Facebook Oversight Board makes the anti-Trump tweets alarming, as they can be seen as a signal that she might not be able to fairly do her job.

Navy, Marines agree to integrated plan for southern commands

Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson of the U.S. Navy, L, and Brig. Gen. Phillip Frietze, R, sign the Joint Maritime Component Commander Maritime Campaign Support Plan in a ceremony aboard USS Wichita on Nov. 4, 2020. Photo by MCS1 Jacob Sippel/U.S. Navy 4th Fleet

The Integrated Maritime Campaign Support Plan, a document regularly updated and modified, spells out strategies to better coordinate the 4th Fleet’s Southern Command and Marine Corps Forces South.

The plan acknowledges the requirement to meet the challenges of long-term competition for influence with China and Russia.

It also specifies a continuation of cooperative maritime security operations with partner nations in the Caribbean Sea and in Central and South America.

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New Air Force 6th-Gen aircraft takes flight with F-35

The Air Force is prototyping what its future stealth fighter jets will look like. (Lockheed Martin)
The Air Force is prototyping what its future stealth fighter jets will look like. (Lockheed Martin)

While early subcomponent prototyping and conceptual was underway over the last year, some raised the question as to whether it made sense to even build a new airframe given the promise and sophistication of the F-35.

There are two interesting points here, one is that there likely are technological advances significant enough to inspire an interest in building an entirely new platform, and the other is the expectation that a huge priority will be placed upon 5th-to-6th Gen interoperability and massive amounts of continued F-35 modernization.

As for the first point, some early questions seem to have been resolved to a certain extent, given that a new 6th-Gen aircraft has already flown. 

2nd PA USPS whistleblower: Postmaster ordered late ballots picked up; thinks they will be BACKDATED

Project Veritas released an interview with another U.S. Postal Service worker, where the worker described how his leadership here ordered all late ballots to be postmarked for Nov. 3, Election Day.

“All these ballots that were coming in–today, tomorrow, yesterday—are all supposed to be postmarked the third,” said the postal service employee, who works out of the USPS General Mail Facility here.

The Project Veritas Insider said the supervisors are collecting the ballots and making sure they are postmarked.

Nevada officials provide updated election information

Clark County, Nevada, voter registrar Joe Gloria provides updates on Nevada’s election information.

Philadelphia officials provide election updates

Man who allegedly tried to strangle cop with chain is resident of psychiatric facility

Levon Wheeler, 30, allegedly shoved a cop to the ground and pressed the chain on the officer’s neck at Bond Street and Broadway in Noho on Thursday night, cops said.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, criminal obstruction of breathing, resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and disorderly conduct, cops said.

Records show he was released about a year ago from prison, where he was held on a second-degree attempted robbery charge.

A total of 18 people were arrested during Thursday night’s demonstrations, police said Friday morning.

Celebrities attack Trump voters: Janelle Monae says every American who supported Trump should ‘burn’

Celebrities reacted to the close 2020 presidential election by lashing out at Americans who voted for President Donald Trump, denouncing them as racists and sexists.

In a now-deleted tweet, Monáe shared a photo on Twitter of her giving the middle finger in a selfie with the caption, “F*** Donald Tromp and every American citizen, celebrity, white woman, black man, ETC who supported him burnnnnnnnnnn,”

On Election Day, the leftist entertainer shared a tweet that read, “ELECTORAL COLLEGE IS RACIST BULLS*** AND SHOULD BE ABOLISHED.”

Politics:

Michigan county flips back to Trump, following repair of voting software glitch

The software had reportedly caused a significant number of votes to be allotted to Biden in a county that has for years been reliably red.

In the presumed final count, Biden had originally led in the county by roughly 3,000 votes. Revised totals show that Trump won the county by around 2,500.

Addressing the alleged software glitch, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said Friday during a press conference that “47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity.”

“These counties that use this software need to closely examine their results for similar discrepancies,” she said.

Watchdog Finds 21,000 Dead Registrants on PA Voter Rolls in Final Weeks of Election

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election integrity group, says 92 percent of the registrants died more than a year ago. The group also says there is evidence of voting activity after death.

The findings were mentioned in an amended lawsuit against the Pennsylvania Department of State over its failure to maintain accurate voter rolls.

The PILF says that as of October 7, 9,212 registrants have been dead for five years, 1,990 registrants for 10 years, and 197 registrants for 20 years.

“Pennsylvania still left the names of more than 21,000 dead individuals on the voter rolls less than a month before one of the mostconsequential general elections for federal officeholders in many years,” the group said.

Joe Biden’s Endless River of Debt and Regulation

Commentary/Opinion:
Pick any page of his campaign website’s extensive “vision” section and you’ll find endless proposals to tinker with virtually all aspects of everyday life and employment.

He pledges to “aggressively” regulate all contractual agreements between employees and employers, especially those in the gig economy, and to “establish an Environmental and Climate Justice Division within the U.S. Department of Justice.”

In “Joe’s Agenda for Students,” he promises to require “aggressive methane pollution limits for oil and gas operations” while also making “four-year public colleges and universities tuition-free for all students whose family incomes are below $125,000.”

Joe Biden’s likely season in the sun comes nearly 50 years after he first entered national politics—and he may well usher in a dark winter that will persist long after next spring’s bloom.

ELECTION THEFT Of The Century | Rudy Giuliani | Ep. 84.

Trey Trainor to Newsmax TV: Voter Fraud Is Taking Place

Chair of the Federal Election Commission Trey Trainor believes voter fraud is taking place in states still counting ballots.

During a Friday appearance on Newsmax TV’s “National Report,” Trainor said locations not granting observers access to watch the ballot counting process could be involved in voter fraud.

“I do believe that there is voter fraud taking place in these places,” he said. “Otherwise they would allow the observers to go in.”

In Leaked Call, House Democrats Admit Socialism And Anti-Cop Rhetoric Cost Them Key 2020 Races

“[If] we are going to run on Medicare for All, defund the police, socialized medicine, we’re not going to win,” House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina said on a leaked Democrat House caucus phone call.

A Washington Post congressional reporter receiving leaked information from a source with access tweeted part of the more than two-hour phone call on Thursday afternoon.

During the call, Rep. Abigail Spanberger of Virginia reaffirmed Clyburn’s concerns, saying that if leftists couldn’t reevaluate the platforms they relied on for the Nov. 3 election, they would lose in a landslide in the 2022 midterms.

“No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger said. “Nobody should be talking about socialism.”

Biden to deliver speech as ballot count shows him ahead of Trump

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., stands at left.
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., stands at left. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The speech from the former vice president, scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Friday from his hometown of Wilmington, Del., comes as he creeps closer to defeating President Trump to win the White House.

Biden’s campaign confirms to Fox News that Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, will speak first, followed by the former vice president. They also confirm that the duo’s spouses, Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, will be in attendance at the Chase Center in downtown Wilmington.

Sunny Hostin, others in media lied about Trump and his supporters for five years: Mollie Hemingway

“What has happened for the last five years was that we had major media basically lie about Donald Trump and his supporters,” the conservative pundit said on “Fox & Friends.”

“And at this point it is undeniable ‒ and it has been for many years ‒ that these are intentional lies told about Donald Trump and his supporters, and a refusal to even try to come to terms with why so many people would support the most successful Republican president since Ronald Reagan,” Hemingway said.

Hemingway argued that Trump’s success is “based a little bit in his personality, while more so being based on his “policies.” While minorities unexpectedly embraced Trump’s “conservative populism,” as indicated by the presidential election, major media outlets “refused” to bring that narrative into the spotlight.

GLENN: A Biden win means we actually lost this election YEARS ago

Commentary/Opinion:
The only thing Constitution-loving Americans want to know right now is: will our nation survive?

If Biden wins, will Trump voters lose their rights and freedoms? Glenn says that no matter who is sworn into office in January,
the 70 million people who voted for Trump have a real fight on our hands.

The Democratic Party WILL continue to take off their masks, showing you exactly who they are and exactly what they stand for.

Why did we not fight back against their Marxist policies years ago?

The truth is that if Biden wins this election, it doesn’t mean that Donald Trump lost it. It means that WE did.

We lost our nation years and years ago…but have faith!

Because there are 70 million Americans who stand with you.

We have a real fight on our hands, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work.

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Ingraham on election chaos: President Trump ‘saw this coming’

Commentary/Opinion:
‘The Ingraham Angle’ host explains why the GOP legal team is contesting voting procedures on ‘The Ingraham Angle’.

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Tucker: It’s vital that Americans have faith in the electoral system

Commentary/Opinion:
Tucker Carlson weighs in on the state of the 2020 election as ballot counts continue across the country.

Whitlock: The 2020 Presidential Election is a story of Love vs. Hate

Commentary/Opinion:
Jason Whitlock gives his thoughts on the 2020 vote.

World News:

U.S.-Japan joint exercise, involving 46,000 troops, called a success

U.S. Marines conduct field maneuvers in Japan during "Keen Sword 21," and 11-day exercise involving 9,000 U.S. troops and 37,00 members of the Japan Self-Defense Force.
U.S. Marines conduct field maneuvers in Japan during “Keen Sword 21,” and 11-day exercise involving 9,000 U.S. troops and 37,00 members of the Japan Self-Defense Force. Photo courtesy of U.S. Marines

“By learning from and working alongside each other, not only did we improve our joint and bilateral capabilities, we once again demonstrated our unwavering resolve to the U.S.-Japan Alliance, which has been the foundation of peace, stability, and security in the Indo-Pacific region for the past 60 years,” Schneider said.

The field training event, in and around Japan, involved U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps forces and assets, and included maritime operations, amphibious landings, air operations, resupply efforts, integrated air and missile defense exercises, cybersecurity and space operations, and base security events.

“As we develop new and better ways to operate and integrate, exercises like this clearly demonstrate the growing strength of the U.S.-Japan Alliance,” U.S. Forces Japan Lt. Gen. Kevin Schneider said.

China Rips US for Delisting Terror Group: ‘Two-Faced Approach’

Watchtowers on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.
Watchtowers on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region. (GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Wall Street Journal reported that the State Department took the East Turkestan Islamic Movement off its terror group list, a group that China blames for creating ethnic tensions in the northwest part of the country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the U.S. “has an ugly two-faced approach toward terrorist organizations,” noting that the group has a violent history.

“Terrorist organizations are terrorist organizations, period,” he added. “The U.S. should correct its mistake, not whitewash its position.”

Israel warns EU over nuclear Iran;EU sanctions Turkey over EastMed drilling-TV7 Israel News 06.11.20

1) Israeli alternate premier and Defense Minister Benny Gantz urges EU member states to look “reality in the eyes” as Iran closes-in on attaining nuclear capacity.

2) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani declared that regardless of who attains the reins of power in Washington; the future American Administration will surrender to the will of the Islamic Republic.

3) The European Union has adopted a decision to extend its “existing framework for restrictive measures” against Turkey in light of Ankara’s “unauthorized drilling activities” in the Eastern Mediterranean.

EU slaps sanctions on Belarus leader Lukashenko for crackdown

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Mr Lukashenko's security forces have a reputation for brutality
GETTY IMAGES
Mr Lukashenko’s security forces have a reputation for brutality

Protests have swept the country since its long-time leader said he had won the vote, which was widely viewed as rigged.

The main opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, said she had attracted between 60 to 70% of the vote and was forced into exile in neighbouring Lithuania immediately after the election.

The election-monitoring organisation, OSCE, said on Thursday that human rights abuses since the vote “were found to be massive and systematic and proven beyond doubt”, and called for the official result handing Mr Lukashenko victory to be annulled “due to irregularities at all stages of the process”.

Commentary/Opinion:

Did Protests And Riots Motivate People To Support Trump?

We asked people at BLM Plaza why they thought so many people supported Trump.

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