News and Headlines 12/13/2021: Keeping you informed.

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Idaho church replaces stained glass window depicting Robert E Lee, George Washington and Abe Lincoln with image of America’s first black female Methodist bishop wearing LGBTQ scarf

The late bishop Leontine Kelly, who passed away at age 92 in 2012, had lived in Richmond, Virginia with her family where monuments of former Confederate leaders, such as Lee, had lined Monument Avenue.

The window, erected in 1960, featured Lee standing with Washington and Lincoln who were ‘selected to show historic and contemporary leaders of our nation,’ according to the Idaho Statesman. 

Kelly now stands in place of these three men, while donning an LGBTQ scarf, and standing proud with her hands folded. 

She had been elected as the first black Methodist bishop in a 1984 ceremony. 

CNN producer boasted that he ‘sexually trained’ girls as young as 7

The CNN producer charged with luring a mother and her nine-year-old daughter to a rental home in Vermont for ‘sexual subservience’ training also told someone else he’d ‘trained’ girls as young as seven.  

John Griffin, a producer on CNN’s New Day and worked for Chris Cuomo, was charged last week by federal prosecutors in Vermont who say he paid for sex with underage girls, including one whose mother he convinced into letting her visit him. 

The 44-year-old was suspended last week by the network which called the allegations against him ‘deeply disturbing.’  

He is accused of transferring the mother $3,000 to fly from Nevada to Boston, where he picked them up in his red Tesla in July 2020. 

Federal prosecutors claim he found them online through Kik and Google Hangouts. 

Court Rebuffs Biden Administration’s Bid to Lift Block Against CMS COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A federal appeals court on Monday turned down an attempt by President Joe Biden’s administration to lift a preliminary injunction against its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers.

The Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the bid, which had been made in a motion by Department of Justice lawyers.

The ruling was unsigned and did not contain an explanation for the rejection.

U.S. Circuit Judge Jane Kelly, an Obama nominee, said she would have granted the motion.

The mandate in question was issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in November. It required every facility that receives Medicare or Medicaid funding to force workers to get a vaccine by Jan. 4, 2022, affecting some 17 million workers.

Cold War | Full Measure

Today we’re off to one of the coldest places on the planet where there’s a heated competition among superpowers for resources from oil to fishing grounds.

It turns out the Arctic rivalry between the U.S., Russia and China is potentially dangerous, and Scott Thuman reports the Coast Guard is on the front lines in this version of a cold war.

Some Hospitals Drop COVID Vaccine Mandates to Boost Staffing

(Dreamstime)
(Dreamstime)

A U.S. District Court judge in Louisiana stopped the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers on Nov. 30.

The Journal reported that hospital executives, public-health officials, and nursing groups said that vaccine mandates have been a factor in lowering the supply of healthcare workers.

“If you get certain healthcare facilities that don’t require it, those could be a magnet for those people who don’t want the vaccine. They’ll probably have an easier time attracting labor.”

Thousands of nurses left the industry or lost their jobs rather than get vaccinated, the Journal said.

Court Backlog | Full Measure

Across the country a lingering side effect from the Covid shutdowns is a daunting backlog in the American court system. It’s causing headaches and raising constitutional questions.

Today we speak with Attorney General of Colorado Phil Weiser about the unprecedented situation.

Politics:

Kamala Harris Announces $1.2B Private Sector Investment in Central America as Border Crisis Continues

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The Associated Press reported on the announcement:

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday announced $1.2 billion in commitments from international businesses to support the economies and social infrastructure of Central American nations, as she works to address what the White House terms the “root causes” of migration to the United States.

Politico Playbook reported on some of those investments:

Harris this morning is set to announce more than $540 million in commitments to invest in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras from companies and organizations including CARE International, PepsiCo, Mastercard and Microsoft. That’s in addition to $750 million in private-sector money she announced in May.

Crime and Education Will Drive Suburban Voters in the Midterms – Kellyanne Conway on Fox News

Crime and Education Will Drive Suburban Voters in the Midterms – Kellyanne Conway on Fox News Monday December 13, 2021. 

How Biden’s Abandoning the US Border Endangers the US (Pt. 1) | Allen West | POLITICS | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report” talks to Texas governor candidate Allen West about the Biden administration’s migrant crisis, the real reason Democrats want open borders, and the dangerous effects of more people moving to red states.

In this clip, Allen shares why is running in the Texas governor election and how Joe Biden has failed to protect the Texas border. Allen explains how the wave of illegal immigration coming in at the US Mexico border threatens Texans, but other states as well.

He describes how secret migrant flights run by the Biden administration have flown migrants to states like Florida and Texas without their permission. The border crisis has been caused by the failed Biden immigration policy, Allen explains what needs to be done to address it.

World News:

Thousands Protest in Prague Over COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

 REUTERS/David W Cerny
REUTERS/David W Cerny

A government decree making COVID-19 shots mandatory for elderly people and employees in certain sectors prompted a large demonstration in the Czech capital over the weekend.

The outgoing government released an order last week making COVID-19 vaccinations a requirement for the 60-plus age group, as well as medical personnel, police officers, firefighters, and medical students.

The order was due to become effective at the beginning of March, although it might end up being overturned as a new coalition government expected to be sworn in next week opposes such a measure for elderly citizens in the country and might cancel it.

Officials said about 4,000 people took to the streets in Prague on Dec. 12 after gathering on Wenceslas Square, one of the city’s main squares, to demonstrate against the new CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus policy.

Russia says it may be forced to deploy intermediate nuclear missiles in Europe

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russia’s RIA news agency in an interview that Moscow would have to take the step if NATO refused to engage with it on preventing such an escalation.

Ryabkov said there were “indirect indications” that NATO was moving closer to re-deploying INF, including its restoration last month of the 56th Artillery Command which operated nuclear-capable Pershing missiles during the Cold War.

NATO says there will be no new U.S. missiles in Europe and it is ready to deter new Russian missiles with a “measured” response that would only involve conventional weapons.

But Ryabkov said Russia had a “complete lack of trust” in NATO.

British PM Warns Kremlin Invading Ukraine Would Be ‘Strategic Mistake’

Johnson “emphasized” to Putin in a December 13 phone call that Britain is committed to “Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the spokesman said, adding that the prime minister “expressed the United Kingdom’s deep concern over the build-up of Russian forces on Ukraine’s border, and reiterated the importance of working through diplomatic channels to deescalate tensions and identify durable solutions.”

Johnson’s remarks echoed concerns expressed by foreign ministers from the Group of Seven leading economies about Russia’s buildup of military forces on its border with Ukraine. The G7 ministers urged a diplomatic solution to the standoff.

Russian media quoted the Kremlin on December 13 as saying that Putin and Johnson agreed to continue talks through different channels.

The phone call came amid high tensions between Russia and Ukraine. Officials in Kyiv say they fear a possible Russian invasion.

Emergency? What emergency?

The PM tells us all will be well if we get boosted with a shot designed before this variant emerged. Im not sure I believe a word of it.

Israel warns UAE over Iran entrenchment; US to withdraw from Iraq by year’s end TV7Israel News 13.12

1) Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett makes history by becoming the first Israeli premier to make an official state visit to the United Arab Emirates.

2) The United Kingdom warns the Islamic Republic of Iran – asserting that nuclear in Vienna constitute a final chance to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

3) U.S. CENTCOM Commander General Kenneth McKenzie threatens Iran – as the United States confirms its intention to withdraw all combat units from Iraq.

Commentary/Opinion:

There’s NO EVIDENCE that climate change caused massive tornado

Despite the left ridiculing ‘thoughts and prayers,’ we ARE praying for all Americans effected by the recent, massive tornado,

Glenn says. Early estimates predict 100 lives may have been lost, yet Democrat leadership quickly tried to take advantage of the catastrophe by blaming climate change.

However, Stu explains to Glenn that there’s NO evidence suggesting climate change causes more tornados or causes them to be more destructive…

Major Shake-Up At Fox News!