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Biden administration weighing $450K-a-person compensation to migrant families separated by Trump

The Biden administration is reportedly considering paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to migrant families separated at the southern border during the Trump administration, about $1 billion in total.

Officials from the departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice have proposed paying each person $450,000, or nearly $1 million per two-person family, to settle claims about the lasting traumatic and psychological effects of being torn apart as a result of former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday afternoon.

The amount paid out to each family would depend on the circumstances of their separation. Settlement talks are expected to conclude by the end of November, with more than 940 claims and multiple lawsuits filed.

One DHS attorney involved in the settlement talks lamented in a conference call that migrant families could receive more money than the families of people killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 

More votes counted than cast in Virginia 2020 General Election, analysis of state voter data shows

Gina Swoboda | Voter Reference Foundation
Gina Swoboda | Voter Reference Foundation

An analysis of 2020 election results and individual Virginia Department of Elections data shows a 64,000-vote difference between those marked as having participated in the election and the number of ballots certified as being cast.

That’s according to the non-partisan Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), which released an audit of the 2020 race on Wednesday. It compares the state of Virginia’s official certified vote totals to its official individual voter history files, which report who voted– and who didn’t vote– last November.

The report said Virginia’s Department of Elections is 63,984 voters short, that it certified a ballot total higher than the number of voters it says voted.

Andrew Cuomo is charged with forcibly touching aide who claimed he groped her breast

The charges were filed on Thursday in Albany City Court. They relate to the allegation of Brittany Commisso, a former aide who claimed Cuomo groped her breast in the office of the Executive Mansion in Albany in November 2020, at the height of his pandemic popularity. He has always denied it. 

Her claim was the most serious of all of the allegations listed in James’ report, which Cuomo has always maintained was a hit-job by the AG to get him out of her way. She is running for governor in November 2022. 

If convicted, Cuomo – who has not yet commented – could face up to one year in prison.  A redacted complaint is expected from the court system imminently. 

The announcement of the charge was chaotic on Thursday; the criminal summons was filed hastily, before sheriff’s deputies had received the permission of Commisso.

Jury awards $17M in damages for Costco shooting by then-LAPD officer

The bulk of the verdict will be borne by the city, with the eight-person jury finding that Salvador Sanchez, then an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer, was acting within the scope of his employment when he opened fire inside the store on June 14, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported.

According to The Times, the jury awarded the damages to Russell and Paola French, the parents of 32-year-old Kenneth French, who was killed in the shooting.

Sanchez was fired by the department last year after the city Police Commission determined that he acted outside department policy in the shooting. He is awaiting trial on charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm.

Riverside County prosecutors had declined to file any charges in the case, but the state Attorney General’s Office opted to pursue a case following a review of the shooting.

Marjorie Taylor Greene Makes Massive Stock Purchase in Trump’s Social Media Platform

Trump's new platform will operate under the name of Trump Media & Technology Group
Trump’s new platform will operate under the name of Trump Media & Technology Group

A periodic transaction report posted by the House Clerk revealed the Georgia Republican purchased the stake worth between $15,000 and $50,000 on October 22.

Trump’s new platform will operate under the name of Trump Media & Technology Group.

The company outlined its goals were to give people a voice with views that do not “align with (Big Tech’s) woke ideology.”

Greene’s office said:

“This transaction was reported in compliance with House rules and provided all required details about the transaction.”

Florida’s path from worst-to-first in COVID metrics raises questions about pandemic restrictions

AP Photo/Marta Lavandier
AP Photo/Marta Lavandier

DeSantis’ stand now appears insightful, or at least providential, because while case counts, hospitalizations and deaths attributed to COVID-19 have declined nationwide since mid-September, they’ve dramatically plummeted in Florida over the last month.

“Without mandates or lockdowns, COVID-19 cases in Florida have decreased 90% since August,” DeSantis said in a statement. “In addition to cases, hospitalizations have plummeted in our state.

This has been accomplished by making monoclonal antibody treatments and vaccines widely available throughout our state while protecting Floridians from government overreach.”

DeSantis’ office noted Florida’s numbers are better across the board than states that imposed business lockdowns and other restrictions.

FDA Admits MORE Serious Adverse Effects From Pfizer Vaccine ‘May Become Apparent’ With Widespread Use

A Fact Sheet for Vaccine Providers published on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website admits that “Additional adverse reactions, some of which may be serious, may become apparent with more widespread use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”

The Fact Sheet was issued in response to the FDA granting an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer vaccine for people aged 12 and older.

The Fact Sheet also notes that the Pfizer vaccine carries risk of the heart conditions myocarditis and pericarditis in addition to numerous other ailments that have been reported in clinical trials, and that “immunocompromised persons…may have a diminished immune response to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine.”

Texas AG files brief in Facebook human trafficking case

Facebook Is Officially Changing Its Name to Meta, Says Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Is Officially Changing Its Name to Meta, Says Mark Zuckerberg

“Facebook’s wrongful interpretation of Section 230 is being used to protect social media giants, while Americans are being silenced,” Paxton said in a news release. “A disturbing increase in heinous crimes such as human trafficking and illegal activity have eroded the fabric of our great nation.”

In the lawsuit, an unidentified plaintiff accuses Facebook of failing to warn her about the known dangers associated with human trafficking on its platform. The plaintiff further alleges that Facebook failed to warn her because its “business model depends on maximizing contacts between users – including contacts with minors,” according to the brief.

Texas is also recommending that Section 230 be amended to allow social media companies to be held liable in these cases, according to the new release.

Other states that have signed on to the brief include Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio.

Facebook Employee: Executives Are ‘Drunk on Power’ from Censoring Right-Wing Content

Many pro-Rittenhouse posts were removed by Facebook because they said they were in violation of the site’s rules.

Any praise of support for Rittenhouse was removed.

The staffer said executives ignored rioting and violence for months then only acted on an issue they didn’t like.

“Employees are drunk on the absolute power of being in control of civics in America, without ever having to visit a voting booth (if voting is even an option).”

The employee also questioned whether Facebook was taking the right approach to moderate posts in support of Rittenhouse.

FDNY prepares to close 20% of fire companies — and pull a fifth of ambulances — as COVID vaccine deadline looms

Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images
Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

With the deadline looming, the New York Fire Department announced Wednesday that only about two-thirds (65%) of its firefighters, fire officers, and EMS workers have been vaccinated, the Post said.

So now the FDNY is preparing to close up to 20% of all Gotham fire companies and to pull 20% of its ambulances out of service.

Now the city is scrambling to address the problem that could pose a danger for millions of New Yorkers. One firefighter predicted that “people will die in this city” as a result of the closures.

One firefighter told the Post that the mandate will “take about 40 percent of us out” and could force response times to increase to “seven minutes or more.”

White former hospital exec wins $10 million in reverse discrimination case

David Duvall won the $10 million reverse discrimination lawsuit. (Henry Ford Health System)
David Duvall won the $10 million reverse discrimination lawsuit. (Henry Ford Health System)

Novant Health is ordered to pay $10 million in punitive damages to David Duvall, its former senior vice president of marketing and communications, a federal jury in Charlotte decided.

Duvall claimed in a 2019 lawsuit that he was let go from his job in July 2018 because of the health system’s diversity efforts, and that he ended up being replaced by one Black woman and one White woman.

“We are pleased that the jury agreed that Duvall’s race and gender were unlawful factors in his termination – that he was fired to make room for more diverse leaders at Novant,” S. Luke Largess, Duvall’s attorney, said Tuesday night in a statement, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Florida school board member takes elementary school students on field trip to gay bar: ‘SO honored’

“I was SO honored to be invited to chaperone Wilton Manors Elementary’s field trip to the incredible Rosie’s!

The students and I had a fun walk over and learned a lot about our community! A huge thank you to Rosie’s Bar and Grill for hosting this special field trip every year!” Broward County School Board member Sarah Leonardi posted on her official school board Facebook page Wednesday.

The post, which was examined by Fox News Thursday morning, shows photos of children in a popular Florida gay bar, Rosie’s Bar and Grill,

Screenshots of Leonardi’s post have since circulated on social media, sparking outrage.

Kentucky Mayor Gets Lap Dance from Male High School Student During ‘Man Pageant’ at School Assembly

monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images
monkeybusinessimages/Getty Images

Photos showcasing homecoming activities at Hazard High School were reportedly circulated on social media.

The photos appear to show scantily clad male teenagers — some appearing to be dressed in drag — giving lap dances to staff members, one of whom was Donald “Happy” Mobelini, the principal of the high school, as well as Hazard’s mayor.

Several parents have expressed that they are upset about the “inappropriate actions” that appear to have taken place at the high school assembly, reports WKYT.

California school board member caught on hot mic saying ‘f— you’ at parent

Lauren Roupoli, who called herself a concerned parent, addressed the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Education and spoke about the problems she perceives are involved with enforcing a mask mandate in children. 

In her fiery speech, she accused one board member of criticizing parents for voicing their legitimate concerns. She drew applause when she said, “We are vocal because we are our children’s biggest advocates.”

Her comment apparently did not sit well with Marlys Davidson, the board’s president, who was picked up on a hot mic saying, “F— you,” during the applause. 

McAuliffe-Linked Law Firm Fighting Virginia Student Who Said She Was Raped

Exclusive Daily Wire reporting has revealed that Terry McAuliffe, candidate for governor of Virginia, has been paid by a law firm that is fighting against students who say they were assaulted in schools.

School board bans parents from discussing non-approved topics and criticizing board members

Mankato School Board Chari Jodi Sapp (Mankato School Board)
Mankato School Board Chari Jodi Sapp (Mankato School Board)

The new restrictions were announced at a meeting held Oct. 18. “Effective tonight, open forum participants are prohibited from calling out or addressing any individual school board or school district staff member. If this occurs, open forum will be closed,” said School Board Chair Jodi Sapp. “Beginning at the Nov. 1 school board meeting, open forum will be limited to those individuals who wish to speak to an item on the board agenda.”

The effect of these two rules is that parents are not able to discuss anything but topics approved by the board in its agenda and all board members and schools administrators are protected from direct criticism.

During that same meeting, Sapp upheld another rule that forces commenters to state where they live. This rule was apparently not enforced or did not exist before this month. The Sept. 20 meeting featured no requirement that parents dox themselves in order to make a statement.

Politics:

Biden Administration Expands List of ‘Sensitive’ Places Where Immigration Officers Cannot Make Arrests

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas  (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP, File)
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas (Graeme Jennings/Pool via AP, File)

The locations are now being referred to as “protected areas.” Mayorkas added social services establishments like homeless shelters, anywhere disaster or emergency relief is being provided, and places where children gather, including playgrounds, childcare centers, and school bus stops.

Since the president took office in late January, the United States has seen an unprecedented wave of illegal immigration. At the same time, deportations have dropped to record lows.

The widening of protected spaces follows Mayorkas limiting which illegal immigrants officers should pursue and narrowing or outright blocking enforcement actions in or near courthouses and at businesses.

Critics say the actions have curtailed the job of ICE officers.

U.S. Senate confirms Dellinger to head DOJ office with judicial nominees role

Hampton Dellinger, nominated to serve as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, appears before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2021. U.S. Senate/Handout via Reuters
Hampton Dellinger, nominated to serve as the assistant attorney general for the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy, appears before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on July 28, 2021. U.S. Senate/Handout via Reuters

The Senate approved the nomination of the former Boies Schiller Flexner partner on a 53-37 vote. He previously served as North Carolina deputy attorney general and chief legal counsel for the state’s governor, Mike Easley.

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in July, Republicans questioned Dellinger about his past statements in support of abortion rights, criticism of Supreme Court rulings, and his potential role in advancing judicial nominees.

Republican Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana cited a 2019 tweet in which Dellinger said if “there were no Republican men in elected office, there would be no abortion bans.” Kennedy said it suggested anti-abortion lawmakers were “misogynistic.”


21 House Democrats call on Pelosi to remove IRS bank reporting from reconciliation bill

They did so, they said, after thousands of their constituents contacted them voicing their opposition to the plan.

They also mention they’ve heard from a wide range of constituents who own small businesses who are concerned about the “significant burden and potential unintended consequences that could result from the new reporting regime.”

The group, led by U.S. Reps. J. Luis Correa of California and Cindy Axne of Michigan, requested that the reporting provision “be withdrawn from further consideration in favor of a more targeted approach.

They added that “Americans expect their bank or credit union to safeguard their financial information” and the proposal “would erode trust in financial services providers.”

‘Overly Ambitious And Unrealistic Climate Agenda’: Norman Roasts Green New Deal At Big Oil Hearing

Thursday at a House Oversight Committee hearing, Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) roasted the Green New Deal as ‘overly ambitious and unrealistic.’

‘Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Heard’: Jordan Torches Khanna For Asking Oil Companies To Produce Less Oil

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) ripped Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) during a House Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday for asking oil companies to produce less oil.

Democratic Senator Blocks Mike Lee Proposal To Audit Of COVID-19 Relief Funding

On the Senate floor, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) promoted an amendment to audit COVID-19 relief funding, but it was blocked by Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI).

Kudlow reacts to Biden administration’s economic failures

Larry Kudlow, host of ‘Kudlow’ on FOX Business addresses Biden’s failures on the supply chain crisis and gas prices.

Terry McAuliffe Hires Controversial Ex-Clinton Lawyer Marc Elias

former Clinton counsel Marc Elias.
former Clinton counsel Marc Elias.

As a long-standing associate of the Clintons, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has long ties with the Democratic establishment.

That history was placed into sharp relief this week when he made a hefty downpayment on the services of former Clinton counsel Marc Elias.

Elias is a critical figure in the ongoing Durham investigation and has been accused of lying to the media to hide the role of the Clinton campaign in funding the Steele dossier.

His former partner Michael Sussmann at Perkins Coie was recently indicted by Durham.

Elias has also led efforts to challenge Democratic losses, even as he denounces Republicans for such election challenges. Elias has been sanctioned in past litigation.

First Lady Tammy Murphy, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Announce Medicaid Expansion for New Moms 365 Days Postpartum

Today’s announcement makes New Jersey the second state in the nation and first state in the region to provide this Medicaid expansion with the goal of preventing postpartum related illness and death.

“New Jersey is committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of our mothers and babies,” said Governor Phil Murphy. “Expanding Medicaid coverage for a full year after delivery is an essential step toward solving our Black maternal health crisis and making sure that every mom and baby gets off to a healthy start.

“We’re very excited that the Biden Administration has approved our request to extend Medicaid coverage to 365 days postpartum,” said New Jersey Department of Human Services Acting Commissioner Sarah Adelman

MTG Exposes the Wasteful Spenders in Congress for the Two-Faced Politicians They Are

Marjorie Taylor Greene contrasts the productive life of the ordinary citizen with the careless, wasteful, exploitative scoundrels in Congress who loot the people even as they pretend to care about them.

Tucker: Biden is ‘crushing’ these people

Fox News host says administration will crush blue-collar workers because they supported the wrong party and have retrograde attitudes.

World News:

Deaths among male Children are 83% higher than the 5-year-average since they were given the Covid-19 Vaccine

An investigation of official ONS data has revealed that since the Covid-19 vaccine was offered and administered to kids in England and Wales there has been a 89% rise in deaths among male children against the five-year-average, with the most recent week seeing an increase as high as 200%.

The UK’s Medicine and Healthcare product Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have openly admitted that they suspect myocarditis and pericarditis are potential side effects of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines, especially among young males.

A suspicion that has been strong enough for the UK Medicine Regulator to officially add warnings about myocarditis and pericarditis to the safety labels of the Covid-19 vaccines.

This facts adds greater concern for data published by Public Health England on the number of 999 calls made requesting an ambulance due to cardiac arrest. The stats shows that they have skyrocketed against the expected average since young adults and teens began receiving the Covid-19 vaccine.

Danyal Hussein jailed for murdering sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman in Wembley park after ‘pact with demon’

Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were celebrating in a park when they were murdered. Pics : Met Police
Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry were celebrating in a park when they were murdered. Pics : Met Police

A teenager who murdered two sisters after believing he had made a chilling pact with a demon has been jailed for at least 35 years.

Danyal Hussein, 19, has never explained his motive, but at his home detectives found a hand-written “contract” with “the mighty king Lucifuge Rofocale” in which he promised to sacrifice women in return for a big lottery win.

Hussein had signed his name in his own blood.

In a frenzy he stabbed sisters Bibaa Henry and Nicole Smallman as they danced alone in a park late at night after a lockdown party with friends in June 2020 to celebrate Bibaa’s 46th birthday.

COVID-19: All countries to be removed from travel red list meaning no hotel quarantine for UK arrivals

The remaining seven countries on the government’s travel red list are to be removed, meaning there will no longer be a requirement for hotel quarantine for arrivals to the UK.

Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Haiti, Panama, Peru and Venezuela are being taken off the list from 4am on Monday, which will leave no countries left in the highest category of travel restrictions.

However, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the red list category and mandatory hotel quarantine was not being scrapped entirely and would be reviewed every three weeks.

Those travellers arriving in the UK from these destinations, who have had a full course of a COVID vaccine, do not need to quarantine for 10 days on arrival, take a pre-departure test or a day eight post-arrival test.

The truth about net zero.

Unless China, India and Russia do something about their emissions, the rest of us are just whistling in the wind.

Ethiopia: 3 civilians killed in airstrike, factory hit in Tigray

AP Photo Residents sift through rubble from a destroyed building at the scene of an airstrike in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, October 28, 2021.
AP Photo Residents sift through rubble from a destroyed building at the scene of an airstrike in Mekele, in the Tigray region of northern Ethiopia, October 28, 2021.

On Thursday an Ethiopian airstrike hit the capital of the northern region of Tigray, killing three civilians and hitting a factory that stored military equipment. 

A doctor saw six people being pulled from the rubble from the strike, according to Reuters, but he could not tell whether they were alive or dead.

He added that the bombing in Mekelle hit a residential area.

The Ethiopian government stated that the airstrike destroyed the other part of the Mesfin Industrial Engineering PLC, a factory complex bombed last week.

Military equipment was being stored there by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), according to Reuters.


Iran claims helped topple Trump & Netanyahu; Nuclear-talks to resume next month TV7Israel News 28.10

1) Following a meeting between EU Political Director Enrique Mora and Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Bagheri Kani; Tehran has agreed to resume nuclear negotiations by the end of November.

2) The extent of damage done by a cyberattack that crippled Iran’s petrol stations nationwide is evidently greater than initially acknowledged.

3) Head of Iran’s Civil Defense organization claims that the Islamic Republic had a hand ((quote)) in toppling President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

France seizes British fishing boat amid post-Brexit row

A British trawler Cornelis Gert Jan is seen moored in the port of Le Havre after France seized on Thursday a British trawler fishing in its territorial waters without a licence, in Le Havre, France.
A British trawler Cornelis Gert Jan is seen moored in the port of Le Havre after France seized on Thursday a British trawler fishing in its territorial waters without a licence, in Le Havre, France.

“It’s not war, but it is a fight,” Girardin told RTL radio.

British fishing grounds are among the richest in the North East Atlantic zone, where most of the European Union’s catch is hauled in.

France’s actions appear intended as a warning shot to put pressure on Britain to compromise at talks with the EU.

But the British government said the French reaction was “disappointing and disproportionate, and not what we would expect from a close ally and partner”.


Climate Change Contributes to Another Year of Record Crop Production in India

Hard Working Indian Woman Farmer wearing Saree, and working in her fields in the harvest season and is winnowing wheat grains from the Chaff in Traditional way.
Hard Working Indian Woman Farmer wearing Saree, and working in her fields in the harvest season and is winnowing wheat grains from the Chaff in Traditional way.

This comes at a critical juncture when energy shortage crippled food production in China. The record numbers will play a critical role in maintaining global food security.

The record harvest also challenges claims that climate change will reduce global crop production.

For example, the Observer Research Foundation—an organization that is partnered by Apple, Bill Gates, Uber, Google, and Microsoft—says climate change threatens India’s food security. That assumes Indian agriculture is highly vulnerable to climate disasters.

But India’s agricultural production has been at historic highs recently, and it is projected to increase in coming decades due to increased rains from warming oceans.

China, Russia not to attend G20, climate change summit; China denounces US call to support Taiwan

A letter is adding fuel to one of the most controversial debates in the United States: whether American taxpayers’ money was used to fund dangerous research inside the Wuhan lab.

An energy initiative is up for discussion at the next G20 summit. It suggests cutting CO2 emissions in half by 2030. But an expert says it could harm Europe, all for China’s benefit.

Beijing claims the United States is sending a majorly wrong message to Taiwan. That’s after the U.S. Secretary of State urged U.N. members to support Taiwan and its possible participation in the organization.

TikTok says it doesn’t hand American user data over to China. But one company executive’s testimony didn’t make the grade, according to one senator.

Commentary/Opinion:

Glenn’s experience with depression: ‘I can’t believe I missed it’

Glenn has experienced depression before — both personally, and in several family members too.

So, it surprised him to realize he hadn’t noticed his recent, depressive thoughts until weeks after they had begun.

In this clip, Glenn shares his experience, the actions he took, and a warning for us ALL:

‘Please, if you’re feeling at the end of your rope…please see a doctor and get help.’

Is Climate Alarmism an Establishment Attempt to Restore Social Control?

Unity, unity, UNITY. Plenty more examples where they came from.

When you think about it, a child could see through the nonsensical claims of climate alarmists. If slightly warmer temperatures are so terrible, why aren’t slightly warmer places already suffering all the problems alarmists say will happen? But climate alarmism, as a potential source of social unity, is far too valuable allow it to be defeated by mere logic.

What has caused this sudden upsurge in fear amongst global elites, that they are losing control?

If global elites cannot control communication technology, the next best thing is to try to dominate the conversation, through a fear campaign and a call for global unity.

The focus point for that push for global unity didn’t have to be climate change, but I believe they chose climate alarmism because it was convenient and available, and already had a significant following at the time the elites took an interest.

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