News and Headlines: 1/4/2022, Keeping you informed.

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Exclusive – Rep. Andy Biggs Demands Hearing over J6 Political Prisoners’ ‘Egregious’ Mistreatment

Alex Wong/Getty Images
Alex Wong/Getty Images

In a letter addressed to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Biggs insisted their committees must conduct hearings on the political prisoners’ alleged mistreatment amid reports of civil rights violations:

The letter also says the treatment of the political prisoners has “been so egregious” that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the ACLU, and U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth have spoken against it. 

“The allegations of mistreatment are extremely troubling and deserve Congress’ attention,” the letter concluded. “Your committees must immediately hold hearings to investigate the allegations.”

The letter was cosigned by 20 Republican members, some of whom aired their concerns the justice system is abusing its authority.

Border Patrol agents nab ‘child predator’ from Ecuador among slew of sex offenders entering US illegally

The U.S. Border Patrol announced this week it has arrested a “child predator” from Ecuador as he attempted to enter the U.S. illegally — one of a number of sex offenders nabbed coming across the border over the holiday period.

El Paso Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez announced that the Ecuadorian national had previous convictions for aggravated sodomy, child molestation and rape from Atlanta, Georgia. He had served 12 years for the convictions.

It is the latest in a slew of such arrests, at a time when the U.S.-Mexico border is still seeing a high number of migrant encounters — more than 174,000 in November.

Tucson Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent John Modlin announced this week that agents had arrested a Mexican citizen who is also a registered sex offender previously convicted of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Illinois.

Charlie Kirk and O’Keefe discuss never before heard details about the FBI raid on Project Veritas

Donald Trump’s Fiercest Critics Now Agree With His COVID Fighting Strategy

“There is no federal solution,” President Joe Biden told the nation’s governors last week while addressing surging COVID cases from the Omicron variant, the latest wrinkle in the coronavirus pandemic. “This gets solved at the state level.”

That’s exactly what then-President Donald Trump said in 2020. While campaigning for the presidency, Biden accused Trump of “not having a plan” to beat COVID, while he himself did.

Now, with this apparent reversal of his campaign message, Biden seems to be channeling the position championed by his predecessor, who said in April 2020 that the federal government should be a “backstop” for whatever states chose to do to control their health emergencies.

Trump’s handling of the pandemic was widely criticized—by Democrats, the media, foreign allies and adversaries as well as some in his own party. It was a key factor, perhaps the decisive factor, in his election defeat at the hands of Biden in November.

Biden’s tacit acknowledgment that Trump was right about the scope of a federal pandemic response and his explicit praise of Trump’s messaging on vaccines last month begs the question: What else might Trump have been right about?

Philadelphia Lyft driver with license to carry shoots armed suspects during carjacking, police say

(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)
(FOX29 Philadelphia WTXF)

The 38-year-old ride-share driver was rear-ended by another vehicle just after 2:40 p.m. in the 1100 block of North 40th Street, Philadelphia police told Fox News.

The Lyft driver got out of his car and was approached by a shotgun-wielding suspect, who authorities said opened fire on the victim’s 2011 Infiniti before driving away with the vehicle.

Police said the 38-year-old Lyft driver has a valid permit to carry and used his personal weapon to fire at the suspect who took his car. When a second suspect, driving a Honda Accord, allegedly tried to run over the victim, the Lyft driver also shot at him.

Both suspects drove the vehicles away from the scene, according to police, but were later apprehended.

‘Historic’ 346 officers shot in line of duty in 2021: National Fraternal Order of Police

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The number of officers shot in the line of duty last year is up from 312 officers shot in 2020, 47 of whom were killed, and 293 shot in 2019, 50 of whom were killed, according to an FOP analysis.

“As we have said before, the recent erosion of respect for law enforcement and anti-police rhetoric has fueled more aggression towards police officers than what has been seen in previous years,”  FOP President Patrick Yoes told Fox News in a statement. 

The five states with the highest numbers of officers shot in the line of duty were Texas (43), Illinois (29), California (23), Georgia (19) and Florida (17).

“Ambush-style” attacks — when officers are shot at without any warning or opportunities to defend themselves — were up 115% in 2021 compared to 2020, with 130 officers shot in 103 ambush attacks.

I-95 winter storm traffic disaster: Drivers are fuming and demanding answers from Virginia officials

The Virginia Department of Transportation was warning motorists to avoid travel on I-95 until lanes reopen and congestion clears. (Fox)
The Virginia Department of Transportation was warning motorists to avoid travel on I-95 until lanes reopen and congestion clears. (Fox)

As of early Tuesday afternoon, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) says it is still working to reopen a large portion of I-95 and is warning travelers to “expect congestion along major routes.”

 But drivers who claim to have gotten stuck are criticizing the agency. 

“How about you clear the way to get people home safe? The more you’re messing things up the more serious the situation is getting. We’ve been stuck 14 hours and counting now and are amongst the lucky ones as we still have water and gas. The longer the worse it’ll get,” one user wrote in response to a VDOT Fredericksburg tweet urging stranded drivers to call 911 if they are having a medical emergency.  

“Tax dollars at work! 18 hours and counting stuck sb i95,” another user griped

An NBC News meteorologist also accused Virginia officials of not doing enough beforehand. 

Hundreds of drivers stranded on I-95 for hours

Emily Clementson says that truck drivers often carry extra supplies and food for themselves and others in case of emergency.

Illinois police officer begged for her life before being shot dead with own firearm: Docs

Darius Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26, were both taken into custody in connection to the shooting of two Illinois police officers.  (Illinois State Police )
Darius Sullivan, 25, and Xandria Harris, 26, were both taken into custody in connection to the shooting of two Illinois police officers.  (Illinois State Police )

“At the time Sullivan fired the fatal shots into Sgt. Rittmanic, Sgt. Rittmanic was pleading with them to just leave, ‘you don’t have to do this, please just go, please don’t please don’t.’ She was desperately pleading for her life,” Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said in court Monday.

Bradley Police Sgt. Marlene Rittmanic and Officer Tyler Bailey were shot Dec. 29 while responding to a Comfort Inn Hotel along a highway in Kankakee County regarding barking dogs that were left in a vehicle.

They found the room where the vehicle’s possible owner was staying and were shot while talking to the people in that room, the sheriff’s office said.

Rowe submitted an official request on Monday to federal prosecutors, asking them to review the first-degree murder cases pending against Darius Sullivan and Xandria Harris, who are charged the shooting, and to pursue a federal death sentence for both defendants, FOX 32 Chicago reported.

Rapper J $tash found dead after allegedly killing woman in front of her children

J $tash reportedly killed his girlfriend Jeanette Gallegos, whom he had been dating for a year, before turning the gun on himself.
J $tash reportedly killed his girlfriend Jeanette Gallegos, whom he had been dating for a year, before turning the gun on himself.

Rapper J $tash allegedly murdered a woman in front of her three kids before killing himself with a gun, People reported.

J $tash, whose real name was Justin Joseph, died in Temple City, Calif., on Saturday. He was 28.

Deputies found the bodies of Jeanette Gallegos, 27, and Joseph at the scene.

$tash had an argument with Gallegos and he led her into the master bedroom, where he locked the door. Their bodies were found in the room.

“The female victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds, while the male victim sustained an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” deputies noted, according to People.

Judge Blocks Navy From Discharging Christians Who Defied COVID Vaccine Mandate

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor issued a preliminary injunction that stops the U.S. Department of Defense from punishing the 35 service members, all of whom have religious objections to the vaccine mandate, according to a press release from First Liberty Institute, which is representing them in their lawsuit.

“The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect,” O’Connor wrote. “The Covid-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment. There is no military exclusion from our Constitution.”

The military members sued the department after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, an appointee of President Joe Biden, issued a mandate requiring all members to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Though Austin said religious exemptions would be allowed, none have been approved yet, the Associated Press reports.

Flights carrying illegal immigrants now landing in Pennsylvania: reports

Pennsylvania has become the latest location where flights filled with illegal immigrants are being flown under the cover of darkness, according to reports.

At least five flights carrying the illegal immigrants landed at airports in Scranton and Allentown late last month from Texas, local outlet WFMZ reported.

Former GOP Congressman Lou Barletta, who is running for Pennsylvania governor, claimed the flights were sent at night by the Biden administration.

Tucker: COVID Lunacy Will End, Not With Science But With Us

Happy New Year, we’ve got some good news for you. 2022 is going to be an improvement over the last two years. We can say that with confidence. How do we know? It’s simple. The COVID lunacy is finally going to end and not by the way, because of anything that’s happening in the world of medicine. The pandemic itself may burn out thanks to this weakened new variant. We may also find highly effective medicines to treat it. In fact, we already have. 

But as a practical matter, scientific developments are usually irrelevant to COVID policy. They always have been. So the reason things are going to improve has nothing to do with medicine. It’s that the current rules and superstitions are just too stupid and crazy to continue. At some point, probably soon, even the Democratic Party’s own voters are going to stop putting up with it. You can bet on that. 

Politics:

EXCLUSIVE: Footage of migrants crossing at Eagle Pass, TX | National Report

Jaeson Jones displays footage of hundreds of migrants crossing through the Rio Grande river at Eagle Pass, TX. Congressman Brian Harrison (R-TX) weighs in. – via ‘National Report’ on Newsmax.

A Way FORWARD?

Andrew Yang says, “running for president requires traits that make you a terrible leader.”

That’s an odd statement from a presidential candidate. Although it’s true.

Yang has some fresh ideas. Some bad ones, too.

We talk about his new political party, and book, both called, “Forward.”

Larry Elder won’t run again for California governor after recall loss

(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
(AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Elder, who easily topped the field of replacement candidates in September’s recall election that Newsom convincingly survived, on Tuesday stated that he won’t seek to oust Newsom a second straight time.

Instead, he announced the formation of the Elder for America PAC, which he said would help Republicans win back majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate in this year’s midterm contents, as well as assist GOP candidates in local races where public safety and education are top issues.

“I ran for Governor because I wanted to make a difference,” Elder noted in a statement. “While I may not know what the future holds for me politically, our campaign’s ability to attract millions of votes and millions of dollars in a very short time demonstrates we have a message that resonates with Americans, and I believe we can put that to good use.”

Gaetz: Marjorie Taylor Greene Kicked Off Twitter for ‘Challenging the Regime’

Congressman Matt Gaetz joined Grant Stinchfield on Newsmax to discuss Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Marjorie Taylor Greene from its platform, and the hypocritical reactions coming from both sides–Democrats who celebrate censorship, and Republicans who take donations from Big Tech lobbyists while claiming to stand for free speech.

Facebook Blacklists Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene Following Twitter Ban

KENZO TRIBOUILLARD /Getty
KENZO TRIBOUILLARD /Getty

Rep. Greene decried Facebook’s actions in a post on Gab.com, the free speech friendly social network, accusing them of censoring her for critical commentary on the Vaccine Averse Reactions System (VAERS), the official system for reporting negative vaccine side-effects to the government.

“This is beyond censorship of speech,” said Rep. Greene. “I’m an elected Member of Congress representing over 700,000 US tax paying citizens and I represent their voices, values, defend their freedoms, and protect the Constitution.”

“But apparently they too think the CDC managed #VAERS system on our own government websites are misinformation. And to date there has been ZERO investigation into reported Covid deaths from government mandated #covid vaccines.”

Democrats fear nothing more than the truth: GOP rep

Republican study committee chairman Rep. Jim Banks and House of Judiciary ranking member Jim Jordan discuss on ‘The Ingraham Angle’ unanswered January 6th questions as the one-year anniversary approaches.

Ingraham: It’s time to take our movement nationwide

Ingraham Angle’ host says 2022 should be a year of victory for Republicans.

Pelosi Is Blocking Access To House January 6 Records. What Is She Hiding?

As the U.S. Capitol building came under siege, House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving sought approval from Pelosi to dispatch the National Guard in an episode confirmed by the speaker’s office to The New York Times.

Four days later, former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who resigned his post in the riot’s aftermath, told the Washington Post it was far from the first time National Guard reinforcements were requested. In fact, Sund told the paper the request was made six times.

In a letter to the speaker on Monday, House Republicans independently probing the Capitol riot outlined at least four times last year that House deputies under Pelosi’s command denied requests to review documents shedding light on the security decisions of Jan. 6.

“There is irony in the fact that at the same time House Democrats are holding witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege,” wrote Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, “you continue to obstruct Republican access to House records relating to the security preparedness of the Capitol complex.”

Candace Owens blasts AOC for bratty, immature response to critics

Owens discusses Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming Republicans want to ‘date’ her after being criticized for Florida trip on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

This is a joke: Hemingway

Senior editor of The Federalist reacts to State Department’s promotion of Antony Blinken’s Spotify playlist on ‘Fox News Primetime.’

World News:

Newborn baby rescued from trash bin in airplane bathroom

A newborn baby boy is reportedly doing well after airport officers rescued the child from the trash bin of an airplane bathroom. 

According to the BBC, officers discovered the baby on Saturday during a routine customs check. The Air Mauritius plane they were on had arrived from Madagascar, landing at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius. After finding the child, the officers rushed him to a public hospital for treatment. 

A 20-year-old woman from Madagascar believed to be the boy’s mother was reportedly taken into custody. The woman had just arrived in Mauritius from Madagascar on a two-year work program. At first, she denied that she was the boy’s mother, but a medical examination confirmed she had just gone through labor.

New study triggers fears that preborn babies with autism may be ‘screened out’

The study, led by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge alongside colleagues from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the University of California Los Angeles, has collected data from 10,000 participants with the stated aim to “investigate genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the wellbeing of autistic individuals and their families”.

However, individuals with autism as well as the National Autistic Society (NAS) have been highly critical of the study over fears that the research may lead to the development of tests to ‘screen out’ unborn babies found to be on the autistic spectrum.

In particular, critics have pointed out the dramatic decrease in the number of babies born with Down’s syndrome since the condition has been routinely tested for. The situation has worsened with the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing over the past decade.

The number of infants born with Down’s syndrome in the UK fell by 54% between 2011 and 2015, a period that saw the arrival of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) to the UK in 2012.

‘Bodies burned beyond recognition’: Al-Shabaab militants torture, behead Christians in Kenya; at least 6 killed

“It is an ugly sight of people’s bodies lying dead and houses smoking with fire. This is undeniably an awful terrorist attack,” said Pastor Stephen Sila, who was at the site of the attack in Widhu village in Lamu West on Monday morning, the U.S.-based persecution watchdog International Christian Concern reported

“I counted seven houses that were torched down, four bodies of people burned beyond recognition inside the houses,” he was quoted as saying.

“A body shot dead right outside a burned house and another beheaded body next to it. Other villagers escaped into the dark and the police are still looking for them.”

Five of the six killed had their hands tied from behind before they were beheaded, reported Kenya’s The Standard newspaper. “All the deceased persons had their hands tied from behind. Also several houses were torched within the locality and property of unknown value burned,” it said, citing a police report.

Is the UK’s new COVID travel pass the start of TOTAL SURVEILLANCE?

The UK’s NIH recently released a COVID pass for domestic travel.

It’s an app that collects data and information regarding a citizen’s physical or mental health and vaccination history.

The data SUPPOSEDLY will remain just on the app, but why then is it necessary?

And, even more terrifying, the door has been left WIDE OPEN to collect even more intrusive information — like a person’s ethnic origin, genetic data and biometrics, or even history with the law. All for our safety, right?!

Israel strikes Gaza following rocket-fire; Iran vows revenge against U.S. – TV7 Israel News 04.01.22

1) Israel strikes Hamas targets in Gaza – after two rockets were indiscriminately launched toward Israel’s central communities.

2) Hamas Political Bureau Chief Ismail Haniyeh acknowledges that Iran had paid his organization 70 million U.S. dollars – earmarked for battling Israel.

3) Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi threatens to kill former President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unless they are prosecuted for ordering the assassination of IRGC Quds Force Commander Qassem Suleimani.

China switches on ‘artificial sun’ that is five times hotter than the real thing

The HL-2M tokamak is one of three ‘artificial suns’ being developed in China (VCG via Getty)
The HL-2M tokamak is one of three ‘artificial suns’ being developed in China (VCG via Getty)

The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), known as an “artificial sun”, reached temperatures of 70,000,000C during the experiments, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The ultimate aim of developing the artificial sun device is to deliver near-limitless clean energy by mimicking the natural reactions occurring within stars.

“The recent operation lays a solid scientific and experimental foundation towards the running of a fusion reactor,” said Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, who led the latest experiment.

The EAST project, which has already cost China more than £700bn, will run the experiment until June.

Commentary/Opinion:

Why You Should Be Proud to Be an American: A Video Marathon

What’s so special about America anyway, and why should Americans be thankful to live here? How do other nations view America, and how have its actions impacted the world?

These are all important questions covered in this essential playlist of NINETEEN 5-Minute Videos.

Gutfeld: Anything is better than this

Greg Gutfeld blasts the legacy media’s reporting on Jan. 6

Jordan Peterson: “Any Regrets?”

I ask Dr. Jordan Peterson about his mainstream media interviews where he felt under attack and whether he has any regrets about how he spoke or behaved?

Does he ever see value in his opponents views? Is there any common ground?

He speaks passionately here about the importance and necessity of free speech and its role in our individual lives and society at large and that part that plays in these confrontations he has had in the media.

JordanPeterson #FreedomOfSpeech #Media

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