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News and Headlines.4/2/2021

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In The News:

NYC man who allegedly slashed 3, including baby, was paroled on attempted-murder conviction: police

The suspect, Darryl Jones, 31, was taken into custody after the attack Wednesday. He faces charges of assault, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Jones was remanded not only for the attack but also for his parole case: He was released from jail last month after serving several years on an attempted murder charge tied to a 2011 robbery, The New York Post reported.

Jones interrupted the proceeding several times, asking “how” it gets worse for him and demanding bail. He also called the district attorney a “f—— b—-.”

Jones is the second NYC parolee to commit a violent crime in the past week: Brandon Elliot, 38, was arrested and charged in connection with a violent attack on an elderly Asian woman on Monday.

Capitol Police say one officer killed, two in hospital

New social media platform rescues Donald Trump interview after Facebook removes it

When Facebook and Instagram threatened to impose “additional limitations” on Lara Trump for posting her interview with her father-in-law, the former president, she didn’t back down.

Lara Trump’s podcast “The Right View” debuted on Clouthub soon after Facebook and Instagram removed her Donald Trump interview, Clouthub CEO Jeff Brain told Just the News.

The platform distinguishes itself from Big Tech competitors by promising not to “data-mine, track, or sell user data … suppress your reach or manipulate what you get to see.”

Clouthub didn’t previously seek to woo Lara Trump, but “we fully intend to have Donald Trump on our platform,” with its partners reaching out to the former president, Brain said.

“He is a populist president and our platform is a populist platform.”

North Carolina Teen Sacrifices Life to Save Child in Shooting

An 18-year-old young man from the small town of Skinnersville, North Carolina, made the ultimate sacrifice on March 27.

Al-Tarrek Bell was visiting his girlfriend in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, on March 27 when another driver opened fire on the car in which he was riding.

Bell, seated in the back seat with his girlfriend’s ten-year-old nephew, immediately shielded the younger boy with his body.

Bell was struck multiple times, but the child was left unharmed. Bell and the driver, 25-year-old Sadiel Gonzalez, were killed in the shooting. 

Over 16,000 Illegal Aliens Referred, 598 Criminals Arrested in March by Texas Troopers

The operation was launched at the start of March to combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas across the southern border by Mexican cartels and other smugglers.

The latest figures work out to be an average of 21 criminal arrests per day, and more than 570 referrals per day to Border Patrol.

One criminal arrest case involved a stash house in the Rio Grande Valley, where Texas DPS troopers and special agents found four illegal immigrants and a gang member, Abbott said.

“The gang member was wanted on two counts of rape of a child under the age of 13,” he said.

CBP Agent Rescues Sisters Dropped by Smuggler Over 14-foot Border Barrier

“We are currently working with our law enforcement partners in Mexico and attempting to identify these ruthless human smugglers so as to hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Chavez said.

The incident comes as the Biden administration is being criticized on the condition his administration is leaving children and teenagers who are crossing the border illegally.

Over 16,500 unaccompanied children were in the custody of either the CBP or the HHS as of March 23, according to the HHS Administration for Children and Families.

Walmart shopper subdues maskless man who allegedly threatened to assault customers, video shows

Police say the suspect had been threatening "to assault anyone who touched him," which is when the 21-year-old stepped in. (Q13 Fox)
Police say the suspect had been threatening “to assault anyone who touched him,” which is when the 21-year-old stepped in. (Q13 Fox)

This guy squared off with the wrong Walmart customer.

A maskless man who allegedly threatened to assault the customers at a Walmart in Washington State was promptly beaten down by a no-nonsense shopper earlier this week.

The incident, which was caught on film and shared with Seattle’s Q13 Fox, took place on Tuesday at a Walmart location in Federal Way, police confirmed.

In the footage, the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Troy K. Robinson, is first seen ignoring Walmart employees who attempt to escort him out of the store, before a 21-year-old shopper intervenes.

FDA downplayed serious red flags at Merck vaccine plant slated for J&J COVID shot, whistleblower says

The FDA in 2018 sent one of its investigators in solo to perform a week-long inspection of an 850,000-square-foot Merck vaccine plant. (FDA)
The FDA in 2018 sent one of its investigators in solo to perform a week-long inspection of an 850,000-square-foot Merck vaccine plant. (FDA)

An FDA inspector-turned-whistleblower claims the agency soft-pedaled violations at a range of pharma manufacturing plants, including a Merck & Co. vaccine facility in Durham, North Carolina, where staff allegedly destroyed evidence of unsanitary practices.

Those allegations have now been passed along to the White House.

While the FDA inspector raised flags about the agency’s handling of violations at several plants, Special Counsel Henry Kerner told the White House he was “most concerned” about the Merck inspection and agency follow-up.

The Merck plant is slated to help produce Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, though that work has not begun yet.


Politics:

California Republican gubernatorial candidate on Newsom recall effort: ‘Voters have finally woken up here’

California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks during campaign stop as Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., looks on in Irvine, Calif.
California Republican gubernatorial candidate John Cox speaks during campaign stop as Rep. Mimi Walters, R-Calif., looks on in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

“The insiders like Gavin Newsom have run this state down, and it’s time that the people decide what’s going to happen.”

Cox noted that in the November general election, voters rejected Prop. 15 — an $11.5 billion-per-year tax hike, Prop. 16 to reinstate affirmative action and Prop. 25 to replace cash bail; and they voted in favor of Prop. 22 to limit what independent contractors California can reclassify as full-time employees under AB5, a law that passed in January 2020.

“They’re absolutely done with the good looks and toothy smile of Mr. Newsom, who keeps talking about equity… to appeal to his various constituencies, but he’s not really doing anything to turn this state around,” he said.

“That’s why they’re done with him. I certainly believe this recall is going to open up this dialogue about the future of this state.”

Fact-checker dings Biden, media pundits for disingenuous ‘Jim Crow’ claims about Georgia voting law

President Biden, who ran on a platform of unifying the country, called the new Republican law “Jim Crow on steroids” and endorsed calls to move the Major League Baseball All-Star game out of Atlanta in 2021.

A fact-check in The Dispatch, an online outlet founded in 2019 by anti-Trump conservatives, said the emotional “Jim Crow” language was misleading.

The Dispatch also clarified an issue that’s been a popular talking point on the left about distributing food and water to voters in line.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia’s largest newspaper, was forced to make a correction in one of its own stories after echoing Biden’s claim about limiting voting hours.

Biden’s $2 trillion jobs bill has big prizes for organized labor

Unions contributed heavily to President Biden’s 2020 election campaign.

“I make no apologies. I am a union man. Period,” Biden said when kicking off his 2020 presidential campaign at a union hall in Pittsburgh.

According to OpenSecrets, labor organizations contributed $27.5 million to Biden’s campaign and other outside groups that supported his candidacy.

Former President Donald Trump received “less than $360,000” from labor unions or affiliated organizations.

Manchin Floats Idea of 90-Day Immigration Moratorium to Send Message and Ease Border Surge

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) removes his mask to speak as bipartisan members of the Senate and House gather to announce a framework for new COVID-19 relief legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 1, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

Manchin reinforced that characterization, telling reporters at the presser that, “we’ve got a human crisis that I’m seeing here.”

“Something has to be done and it has to be expedited,” Manchin said. “This problem is not going away. This problem will not cure itself, I can assure you, and they’re coming in droves,” he added.

Separately, a Border Patrol official estimated that more than 1 million illegal immigrants are expected to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021 as the White House grapples with how to find facilities and process them.

Tucker: GOP is no longer the party of Wall Street

Commentary/Opinion:
Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host on the direction of the Republican party post-Trump.

Maricopa County Disputes Audit Subpeonas, Tells Senators to Pick Location Outside Tabulation Center

Poll workers count ballots inside the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2020.
Poll workers count ballots inside the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2020. (Olivier Touron/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney Stephen W. Tully, who represents the board, wrote in an April 1 letter to attorney Kory Langhofer, who represents a group of Republican state senators, that, “there is no agreement regarding performing the audit at Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (“MCTEC”) and the request to perform any audit, recount or other related activities at MCTEC is beyond the scope of the subpoenas issued.”

The letter comes a day after the Republican-led Arizona state Senate announced that four firms have been hired to audit election results and recount the 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County’s 2020 general election to verify the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s win.

The independent audit will be conducted by four out-of-state companies;

Jim Crow in the 21st Century? The Truth About Georgia’s New Voting Laws

Commentary/Opinion:
Don’t believe the hype!

The new Georgia Election laws are not anything like the Jim Crow South.

Jason breaks it down in this episode the Simple Truth.

Norquist: For Dems “Infrastructure” is a French word meaning “everything except roads and bridges”

Norquist: For Democrats, “Infrastructure” is a French word meaning “everything except roads and bridges”

13 state AG’s sue Biden admin on stimulus tax rule

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey files lawsuit over federal government ‘power grab.’

Tucker: Biden raises your taxes while he dodges his own

Commentary/Opinion:
‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ hosts slams politicians for creating nothing while taking Americans’ money.

World News:

Urgent investigation into AstraZeneca vaccine after Melbourne man develops blood clots

Australia’s medical regulator is investigating after a Melbourne man developed blood clots days after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The 44-year-old presented to Box Hill hospital with a fever and abdominal pain 10 days after vaccination.

He was found to have clots and a very low platelet count – similar symptoms to a condition reported in patients overseas.

Facebook to Face Antitrust Scrutiny After Swallowing Up Another Web Service

KENZO TRIBOUILLARD /Getty
KENZO TRIBOUILLARD /Getty

MarketWatch reports that Facebook’s acquisition of the GIF site Giphy is facing an in-depth antitrust investigation from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The investigation was reportedly launched after Facebook failed to make a number of concessions to address competition concerns.

The CMA began probing the deal in June of last year and launched an initial investigation in January of this year. On March 25, regulators stated that it was possible Facebook’s acquisition of Giphy “has resulted or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition” in UK markets.

Facebook was given five days to offer concessions to address competition concerns but failed to do so. Facebook said in a statement:

Dutch temporarily halt AstraZeneca shots for under-60s

(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, FIle)
(AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, FIle)

The Dutch decision comes three days after authorities in Germany also stopped using the AstraZeneca’s vaccine in the under-60s, citing fresh concerns over unusual blood clots reported in a tiny number of those who received the shots.

Earlier Friday, a Dutch organization that monitors vaccine side effects said it had received five reports of blood clots with low blood plate counts following vaccinations.

All the cases occurred between seven and 10 days after the vaccinations and all the people affected were women aged between 25 and 65 years.

The news is another setback for the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get shots to poorer countries, for it is cheaper and easier to use than rival vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna.

Commentary/Opinion:

Is the Border Wall Bad for Immigration?

Will Witt has some tough but logical questions for someone who’s against the border wall.

Let’s see how he handles them.

No vaccine, pay a TAX?! Listen to the left’s new attempts to FORCE compliance

To receive or not to receive the COVID vaccine should be an individual choice for ALL Americans.

For example, Glenn explains in this clip why he’s currently not choosing to get the vaccine…yet, Stu explains why he wants every single shot possible.

But the left continues to do everything in its power to steal the freedom of choice away from you.

From vaccine passports and a proposed tax, to arguing that those not receiving the shot aren’t following the teachings of Christ, Glenn runs through their latest attempts to force compliance.

Classic Stossel: Regulation Overload with Peter Thiel

Government planners slow innovation with burdensome rules.

In 1931, workers built the Empire State building in just over a year. Now it takes 13 years to finish the new World Trade Center.

Entrepreneur Peter Thiel America is lucky that today’s FDA wasn’t around when the polio vaccine was invented.

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