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Pfizer reports record quarterly sales propelled by COVID-19 vaccine, Paxlovid

Pfizer reported record quarterly sales Thursday, up by 47% to $27.7 billion on the strength of its COVID-19 vaccine and anti-viral drug Paxlovid. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
Pfizer reported record quarterly sales Thursday, up by 47% to $27.7 billion on the strength of its COVID-19 vaccine and anti-viral drug Paxlovid. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI 

July 28 (UPI) — Pfizer reported Thursday record-high sales of $27.7 billion for the second quarter, up 47% from the same period last year on the strength of its COVID-19 vaccine and antiviral drug Paxlovid.

The pharmaceutical company reported net income of $9.9 billion, a 78% increase from the second quarter of 2021.

“In multiple meaningful ways, we made significant progress this quarter on our strategies to bring value to our patients and shareholders, while also making commitments to prioritize the broader needs of the world, including those of the environment and our most vulnerable populations,” Pfizer CEO Dr. Alberta Bourla said in a statement.

Bourla said Pfizer set an ambitious goal to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2040 and launched an initiative to help bring all of its current and future patented medicines and vaccines to the 1.2 billion people living in 45 lower-income countries “at not-for-profit prices.”

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine generated $8.8 billion in revenue. Paxlovid brought in $8.1 billion.

The company is expecting $98 billion to $102 billion in revenue for 2022.

‘Catastrophic’ flash floods leave hundreds stranded, 3 dead in Ky.

Houses were partially submerged in Hindman, Ky., early Thursday morning. Photo by Brandon Clement
Houses were partially submerged in Hindman, Ky., early Thursday morning. Photo by Brandon Clement

Heavy rain poured down across southeastern Kentucky into Thursday morning, prompting a flash flood emergency and stranding hundreds.

The disastrous flooding occurred just two days after a historic deluge inundated the St. Louis area.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference, Gov. Andy Beshear confirmed an 81-year-old woman had died in Perry County. He confirmed an additional death in Perry County and another in neighboring Knott County, which brought the death toll to three. Beshear said he expects the death toll to reach double digits.

Beshear described this as “one of the worst and most devastating events in Kentucky’s history.”

Fire near Yosemite grows to over 19,000 acres, nearly 40% contained

July 28 (UPI) — California’s Oak Fire near Yosemite National Park has destroyed more than 100 homes and other structures and crews have the blaze about 40% contained, officials said Thursday.

The fire started last Friday and has since blackened about 19,200 acres, Cal Fire said in an update on Thursday. It’s burning on the west side of Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County about 115 miles southeast of Sacramento.

Fire crews have been up against hot temperatures and some winds, and dry vegetation in the area has helped to fuel the flames.

The number of burned structures have soared over the past two days, from 41 on Tuesday to at least 116 on Thursday.

The National Interagency Fire Center has estimated the cost of fighting the Oak Fire to be about $15.3 million so far. On Thursday, there were close to 4,000 emergency personnel working on the blaze.

40,000 Michigan residents wrongfully accused of unemployment fraud can sue state for redress: ‘350 people pled guilty to a crime they didn’t commit’

designer491/Getty Images
designer491/Getty Images

According to reports, an additional 1,100 Michigan families eventually declared bankruptcy after hiring attorneys and paying other court fees to fight the false charges. Others had difficulty finding employment or securing a home loan. There were also likely untold social costs.

The faulty computer program operated while Governor Rick Snyder, a Republican and the predecessor to current Governor Gretchen Whitmer, was still in office, though the exact years are unclear. According to Lord, this computer program cost state taxpayers $46 million to purchase and yet “was wrong 93 percent of the time.”

The Unemployment Benefit Office has since admitted the error, but Lord said that her goal is to have the state admit the error on the record. Because of the Michigan Supreme Court ruling, the case will now go to the trial level. Class-action lawsuits are expected to be filed against the state soon.

‘He Rules by Fear’: Colorado Didn’t Investigate Powerful Dem-Appointed Bureaucrat Until Three Years After Allegations, Report Says

Colorado director of emergency management Michael J. Willis / dhsem.colorado.gov
Colorado director of emergency management Michael J. Willis / dhsem.colorado.gov

Colorado this month started investigating allegations made in 2019 against a powerful Democrat-appointed official after the Denver Post started digging into the allegations, the Post reported Monday.

This is far from the only allegation against Willis. In the last 18 months alone, the state has twice suspended Willis for “berating female staffers, throwing objects in rage, and intimidating workers to the point they thought it was close to getting physical,” the Post reported. Multiple witnesses told the paper that Willis has repeatedly “been drunk after-hours at industry conferences and nearly fought other attendees.”

Willis “rules by fear,” said the state employee who alleged Willis was drunk on the day of the shooting. “He intimidates. He threatens.”

DC mayor requests National Guard deploy to address the migrant crisis coming to the nation’s capital

[Facebook/Screenshot/Public — User: Mayor Bowser ]
[Facebook/Screenshot/Public — User: Mayor Bowser ]

Bowser said the deployment and other support from the federal government are needed to address the “growing humanitarian crisis” of an increasing number of asylum-seekers traveling through the country to their final destinations.

“We need the space and we need the federal government to be involved, so I’ve asked for the deployment of the guard as long as we need the guard to deal with the humanitarian crisis that we expect to escalate.

The number of people crossing the border seeking asylum we expect to only go up and we need to make sure that there is a national response, not an ad hoc city by city, state by state response,” Bowser said.

Ducey also responded to Bowser’s announcement with a series of tweets Thursday, saying “Bowser is right” that the issue is a humanitarian crisis.

“If the Mayor really wants to address the issue, she can join us in calling for President Biden to take action at the root of the problem, and secure our southern border,” Ducey added.

At This Manhattan Middle School School, Sixth-Graders Are Asked To Surveil Friends and Family for ‘Microaggressions’

(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

A New York City public school encouraged students as young as 10 years old to keep a list of all the “microaggressions” they witnessed, both at school and in their own families, according to materials from the school’s curriculum reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

The same students were also asked to list their gender identity—”cisgender,” “nonbinary,” or “trans”—as well as their sexual orientation on a graded worksheet.

The sixth-grade humanities curriculum from Lower Manhattan Community Middle School, where just 31 percent of students are white, required students to read Tiffany Jewell’s This Book Is Anti-Racist, one of only five books assigned for the 2021-2022 year. The book contains 20 lessons on “how to wake up, take action, and do the work”—including the work of confronting the police, which Jewell suggests white students can do without ending up “in jail or harmed.”

“If you are a Black, Brown, or Indigenous Person of the Global Majority, you will need to decide how each outcome could end for you,” Jewell writes in a chapter called “Choosing My Path.” “White people, this is not something you need to do because you are at the center of the system.”

TikTok video exposes HOTBED of LGBTQ and social justice content for preschoolers

A queer trans educator posted a video on TikTok to justify why preschoolers need to learn about sexuality.

This site offers an eight-week remote learning course on social justice and LGBTQ+ topics for pre-k through third grade. The site also links to an “educational resource” page with a link to “Woke Kindergarten.”

By flagging this video, the Libs of TikTok Twitter page exposed a hotbed of content that “probably won’t interest the public,” and conservatives should “definitiely not criticize on social media.” Especially considering how fiercely the movement is protected by the Biden administration.

Sara Interviews President Donald J. Trump

President Trump joins Sara joins Sara to discuss his new defamation lawsuit against CNN and he also responds to reports that the Justice Department is investigating him for possible criminal charges related to the events of January 6, 2021.

Sara and Trump also discuss reports that the FBI actively covered up serious evidence against Hunter Biden right before the 2020 election by declaring it all Russian disinformation.

Trump also addresses the mess Biden has intentionally created on energy policy and our border, whether Nancy Pelosi should go to Taiwan, and what he would do differently if were president again. Finally, he shares a message for voters heading into the midterm elections.

Suspect denied bail in rape of 10-year-old Ohio girl in abortion controversy

Gerson Fuentes, 27, is charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio. Photo courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff's Office/UPI
Gerson Fuentes, 27, is charged with raping and impregnating a 10-year-old girl in Ohio. Photo courtesy of Franklin County Sheriff’s Office/UPI 

July 28 (UPI) — The 27-year-old Ohio man accused of raping a 10-year-old girl, whose abortion in Indiana became a national flashpoint over the procedure, was ordered held without bail on Thursday morning until trial.

Gerson Fuentes, who faced two counts of rape of a child under 13, had originally been held on a $2 million bail.Fuentes’ attorney Bryan Bowen said even if he would have made bond, because he is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, Immigration and Customs Enforcement may have placed a hold on him.

Would-Be Kavanaugh Assassin Was ‘Shooting for Three’ Justices, Sources Confirm

AP Photo/Anna Johnson
AP Photo/Anna Johnson

Nicholas Roske, the California man who attempted to kill Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was literally gunning for a SCOTUS trifecta. He wanted to kill three justices. His plan was to “change the votes for decades to come,” according to court documents.

Roske also performed web searches on his phone for “most effective place to stab someone,” “Reagan assassination attempt,” “quietest semi auto rifle,”  “supreme court,” and “assassin skills.”

Roske is looking at life behind bars if found guilty.

#SueTheView Protest outside ABC Studios in NYC

A small group of conservatives gathered outside ABC Studios in #NYC to protest The View after the #Suetheview hashtag was a trending topic on Twitter. TPUsa demand to sue the show after Hosts comments of their Convention and alleged Nazi protest outside of it.

Mexico City residents angered by influx of Americans speaking English, gentrifying area: report

Skyline in daytime of Mexico City People in foreground, at Chapultepec Castle, and Paseo de la Reforma in distance, Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by: Jumping Rocks/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Skyline in daytime of Mexico City People in foreground, at Chapultepec Castle, and Paseo de la Reforma in distance, Mexico City, Mexico.  (Photo by: Jumping Rocks/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times report on Wednesday outlined how some Mexican locals are “fed up” with the growing number of Americans, many from California, moving to and visiting the country, which has contributed to a rise in rent and a shift from Spanish to English in some places.

“New to the city? Working remotely?” Fliers popping up around Mexico City reportedly said. “You’re a f—ing plague and the locals f—ing hate you. Leave.”

The article outlines how Americans have brought a scent of “new-wave” imperialism as taquerias and corner stores have slowly transformed into coffee shops and Pilates studios.

Biden Wants To Swap Russian ‘Merchant of Death’ for American Weed Smuggler and Wrongfully Accused Marine

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, American basketball player Brittney Griner, and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan / Getty Images, Wikimedia, and U.S. Embassy in Moscow
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, American basketball player Brittney Griner, and former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan / Getty Images, Wikimedia, and U.S. Embassy in Moscow

The Biden administration has offered to swap a prolific arms dealer who conspired to kill Americans for a WNBA player who smuggled cannabis oil into Russia and a wrongfully accused former Marine, CNN reported Thursday.

President Joe Biden supports freeing Viktor Bout, a notorious Russian arms dealer known as “the Merchant of Death,” in exchange for basketball player Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

Bout sold weapons to Marxist insurgents in Angola, allegedly dealt arms during the Yugoslav wars, and planned to sell guns to communist insurgents in Colombia who intended to kill Americans. Bout’s crimes inspired the 2005 film Lord of War.

Biden’s support for the prisoner trade conflicts with the Department of Justice’s position on the issue, CNN reported. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Biden had the final say on the proposal.

U.S. defense contractor and wife who were photographed in KGB uniforms charged with stealing identities of dead children in Texas

This combination of undated photos provided by the United States District Court District of Hawaii shows Walter Glenn Primose, left, also known as Bobby Edward Fort, and his wife Gwynn Darle Morrison, also known as Julie Lyn Montague, purportedly in KGB, the former Russian spy agency, uniforms. 
/ AP
This combination of undated photos provided by the United States District Court District of Hawaii shows Walter Glenn Primose, left, also known as Bobby Edward Fort, and his wife Gwynn Darle Morrison, also known as Julie Lyn Montague, purportedly in KGB, the former Russian spy agency, uniforms. / AP

A U.S. defense contractor and his wife who lived for decades under the identities of two dead Texas children have been charged with identity theft and conspiring against the government, according to federal court records unsealed in Honolulu.

Walter Glenn Primrose and Gwynn Darle Morrison, both in their 60s, who allegedly lived for decades under the names Bobby Edward Fort and Julie Lyn Montague, respectively, were arrested Friday in Kapolei on the island of Oahu.

Prosecutors are seeking to have the couple held without bail, which could indicate the case is about more than fraudulently obtaining drivers’ licenses, passports and Defense Department credentials. According to a criminal complaint obtained by Hawaii News Now, Primrose was allegedly issued a total of five U.S. passports under the identity of Bobby Fort. Morrison was issued a total of three U.S. passports under the name of Julie Montague, the complaint says.

US officially enters a recession

FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo unpacks GDP reports for second quarter and discusses the reality of recession in the U.S. after 0.9% negative economic growth.

Parents protesting at school board meetings aren’t domestic terrorists

Glen Greenwald: This is the new ‘war on terror’

Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald claims the Biden admin is just making up domestic extremism cases, after a whistleblower complaint alleges the DOJ is pressuring agents to reclassify cases as ‘domestic violent extremism’ on ‘The Ingraham Angle.’

Tucker Carlson: Why are we still funding this?

Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls Vogue’s photoshoot of Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s and his wife Olena Zelenska as insulting to the American taxpayer on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Politics:

Democrat Reconciliation Bill Relies on Extra Taxes, IRS Enforcement to Spend over $400B on Obamacare, ‘Climate Change’

Win McNamee/Getty Images
Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday unveiled the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, which would attempt to “address record inflation by paying down our national debt, lowering energy costs and lowering healthcare costs.”

Manchin and Schumer struck the deal to advance the Democrat agenda and lower the deficit at a time when Americans continue to reel from record-high inflation.

According to a one-page summary of the bill, the Democrat reconciliation bill would:

Manchin’s Spending Bill Shafts Coal Miners With Massive Tax Hike

OLIVER CONTRERAS/AFP via Getty Images)
OLIVER CONTRERAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the nation’s second-largest producer of coal, is backing a spending bill that will more than double certain taxes on coal mining.

Section 13901 of the bill, dubbed by Democrats as “The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022,” increases the tax per ton of coal coming from underground mines from $0.50 to $1.10 and also hikes the tax on surface mines from $0.25 to $0.55. The new bill accomplishes this by changing the tax code and striking down a subsection that reduces the tax on coal production.

“The bill has provisions that discourage coal use as well as many others that provide an unfair advantage to alternative energy sources,” Ben Lieberman, a senior fellow at The Competitive Enterprise Institute, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “There’s virtually nothing in this bill likely to bring energy costs down, and quite a few measures likely to push them up.”

“Stop Doing Drag Around Children”: Texas Legislator Working on Anti-Grooming Bill

Texas state Rep. Bryan Slaton is working on legislation that would prohibit children from being allowed in sexually-oriented businesses.

The pending legislation was inspired by a June event in Dallas when parents brought young children to a gay bar for a “Drag the kids to pride” event.

In this interview with The New American at the 2022 Texas GOP Convention, Slaton lays out the need for common sense and decency.

Biden tells Xi U.S. strongly opposes changing Taiwan status quo

UPI
UPI

July 28 (UPI) — During his talk with Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Joe Biden “underscored that the United States policy has not changed” on Taiwan, the White House said Thursday.

According to a White House readout of the call, Biden told Xi that “the United States United States strongly opposes unilateral efforts to change the status quo or undermine peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

The two leaders had a lot to discuss as tensions are high over Taiwan, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and Chinese actions the United States sees as aggressive in the Pacific.

It was the two leaders’ fifth talk since February 2021. The White House readout statement said the two presidents discussed “a range of issues important to the bilateral relationship and other regional and global issues.”

Tucker Carlson: There is nothing scarier than this

WARNING—Graphic footage: Fox News host Tucker Carlson voices his concerns about the FBI’s treatment of the Hunter Biden case compared to the treatment of Trump over January 6 on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’

Miranda Devine talks about the latest developments surrounding Hunter Biden

Miranda Devine talks about the latest developments surrounding Hunter Biden:

“It’s just another example where James Gilliar describes Joe Biden as ‘the Big Guy.'”

World News:

Iran Reveals Plans To Build New Nuclear Research Reactor

Technicians from the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect the site of the uranium conversion plant in Isfahan, Iran. (file photo)
Technicians from the International Atomic Energy Agency inspect the site of the uranium conversion plant in Isfahan, Iran. (file photo)

Iran says its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, but it is now enriching uranium to up to 60 percent purity — its highest level ever and a short technical step from weapons-grade levels of 90 percent.

The International Atomic Energy Agency announced in June that 90 percent of Iran’s most-enriched uranium has been transferred to the Isfahan Atomic Center, where the equipment for converting uranium gas into uranium metal is located.

Iran turned off the surveillance cameras at several nuclear facilities last month in response to a resolution from the IAEA board of governors demanding it cooperate with UN inspectors looking into undeclared nuclear sites.

WION Fineprint | Kim says North Korea ready to mobilise nuclear deterrent

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is ready to mobilise its nuclear deterrent in any future clash with United States and South Korea.

Kim accuses Washington and Seoul of bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of war. The warning comes as U.S. and South Korea prepare for their first large-scale joint military exercises in four year

German cities impose cold showers and turn off fountains in face of Russian gas crisis

Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters
German economy minister Robert Habeck visits companies hit by energy crisis.Photograph: Annegret Hilse/Reuters

Hanover in north-west Germany on Wednesday became the first large city to announce energy-saving measures, including turning off hot water in the showers and bathrooms of city-run buildings and leisure centres.

“The situation is unpredictable,” said the city’s mayaor, Belit Onay, of the Green party. “Every kilowatt hour counts, and protecting critical infrastructure has to be a priority.”

“The situation is unpredictable,” said the city’s mayaor, Belit Onay, of the Green party. “Every kilowatt hour counts, and protecting critical infrastructure has to be a priority.”

On Thursday, Germany’s government confirmed that a planned gas surcharge on customers could be much higher than previously expected, to save energy companies from going bankrupt in the coming months.

Gravitas: Zelensky poses for Vogue as Ukraine loses towns to Russia

The war in Ukraine has entered its 155th day. The country has lost major towns and cities to Russia.

What is Ukraine’s President doing? Volodymyr Zelensky is posing for the cover of Vogue. Palki Sharma tells you all about it.

Commentary/Opinion:

Gutfeld: Libs love to say everything is racist

Comedian Jamie Lissow rattled off several good jokes about President Biden ‘working’ through COVID.

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