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Rash of student suicides push Las Vegas schools to partially reopen

Clark County School District in Nevada, the nation’s fifth-largest school district, wants to reopen as “quickly as possible” following a rash of student suicides, according to a new report.

There were 18 suicides in the nine months that the schools were closed due to the coronavirus lockdown, which is double the amount of suicides in all of the previous year, according to the New York Times.

“By July, after the sixth suicide since March, the district invested in a program, the GoGuardian Beacon alert system, to send reports of mild to severe suicide risk,” the report said. “The system, which scans student writings on district-issued iPads, generated more than 3,100 alerts from June to October, indicating behavior such as suicide research, self-harm, written comments, or just the need for help or support.”

“When we started to see the uptick in children taking their lives, we knew it wasn’t just the Covid numbers we need to look at anymore,” Jesus Jara, Clark County superintendent, said. “We have to find a way to put our hands on our kids, to see them, to look at them. They’ve got to start seeing some movement, some hope.”

“We are not only in the midst of a health crisis, but we are being challenged with a mental health crisis and an academic crisis,” Jara said.

“Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in,” the New York Times said. “The risk of student suicides has quietly stirred many district leaders, leading some, like the state superintendent in Arizona, to cite that fear in public pleas to help mitigate the virus’s spread.”

The Clark County school district plans to bring in-person learning back for elementary-age students, as well as “groups of struggling students even as greater Las Vegas continues to post huge numbers of coronavirus cases and deaths.”

The students will participate in social-emotional wellness programs, interventions, academic screenings, and small-group instruction, according to the school board’s press release.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in August that one-quarter of American young adults have thought about committing suicide since the coronavirus pandemic started. The CDC found that 25.5% of Americans ages 18-24 had seriously contemplated suicide in the past 30 days. Among those aged 25-44, 16% thought about killing themselves.

The CDC found that the average proportion of emergency department visits by children for mental health-related reasons was 44% higher from mid-March into October compared with that time period in 2019.

“Many mental disorders commence in childhood, and mental health concerns in these age groups might be exacerbated by stress related to the pandemic and abrupt disruptions to daily life associated with mitigation efforts, including anxiety about illness, social isolation, and interrupted connectedness to school,” the CDC stated in November.

Distance learning because of the COVID-19 lockdowns has also caused students’ grades to plummet. “School districts from coast to coast have reported the number of students failing classes has risen by as many as two or three times — with English language learners and disabled and disadvantaged students suffering the most,” the Associated Press reported in December.

It isn’t only students who are suffering under the COVID-19 lockdowns. Social isolation, employment concerns, financial uncertainties, and anxiety about the future have caused emotional damage to adults.

Pre-lockdown there were 8% of American adults showing depression symptoms, according to one study published in September. Post-lockdown, that figure skyrocketed to nearly 28%.

In Japan, suicides were up nearly 40% in October compared to the same time in 2019. Suicides by Japanese women spiked a whopping 82% in that period.

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Four banks have reportedly severed ties with Donald Trump since the Capitol riots

At least four financial institutions have severed ties with former President Donald Trump since the Capitol riots, according to reports.

On Friday, Florida-based BankUnited announced it was ending its relationship with Trump, as reported by the Miami Herald. The Miami-area bank noted that Trump didn’t receive any loans from them.

“We never had a lending relationship with Donald Trump and we no longer have any depository relationship with him,” a bank representative said in an emailed statement.

Financial records reveal that Trump held two money-market accounts worth more than $5.1 million at BankUnited.

Two weeks ago, Coral Gables-located Professional Holding Corp. announced that it would no longer furnish banking services to the former president or the Trump Organization.

“Professional Bank has decided not to engage in any further business with the Trump Organization and its affiliates, and will be winding down the relationship effective immediately,” Professional Holding Corp. spokesperson Eric Kalis told Fortune.

Professional Holding Corp. reportedly loaned $11.2 million to Trump’s family in 2018 to purchase a property next to Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. The banking institution also held a money-market account valued between $5 million and $25 million in Trump’s name.

Less than a week after the chaos at the Capitol, two of Trump’s biggest lenders ditched him following the controversy. Frankfort-based Deutsche Bank, which has reportedly $340 million in loans outstanding to the Trump Organization, said they would no longer do business with the former president or his companies.

Christiana Riley, who is head of Deutsche Bank’s U.S. operations, issued a statement following the riots at the U.S. Capitol building.

“We are proud of our Constitution and stand by those who seek to uphold it to ensure that the will of the people is upheld and a peaceful transition of power takes place,” Riley wrote.

New York-based Signature Bank also ended its relationship with Trump. The banking institution closed two of Trump’s personal accounts worth approximately $5.3 million, according to Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge on the matter.

Signature Bank also called for then-President Trump to resign before his term officially ended on Jan. 20.

“We believe the appropriate action would be the resignation of the president of the United States, which is in the best interests of our nation and the American people,” the bank said in a statement on Jan. 11. “We have never before commented on any political matter and hope to never do so again.”

The report also stated that Signature Bank would not do any business in the future with members of Congress who voted to not certify the Electoral College results.

Senate Majority Leader Schumer (D-N.Y.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will deliver an article of impeachment against Trump to the Senate on Monday.

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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert introduces bills to resist Biden’s executive orders on Paris agreement, WHO, and mask mandate

Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert is taking on three of President Joe Biden’s flurry of executive orders that he signed within days of being sworn in.

The freshman lawmaker introduced her first bill in Congress. In fact, she introduced her first three bills in Congress, and they all target Biden’s executive orders.

In one of Biden’s first actions in office, he rejoined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Boebert’s bill would prevent the United States from spending any money on the Paris Agreement until the treaty is ratified by the Senate.

“Joe Biden took an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. If he wants to keep it, he must transmit the job-killing Paris Agreement to the U.S. Senate for ratification,” Boebert said in a statement. “Unilaterally entering the Paris Agreement was wrong in 2016 and it’s wrong now. Responsible energy production supports more than 230,000 Colorado jobs. The Paris Agreement puts these jobs at risk and will increase energy costs.”

Biden signed an executive order reversing former President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the World Health Organization. Rep. Boebert’s bill would “prohibit the availability of United States contributions to the World Health Organization until Congress receives a full report on China and the COVID–19 pandemic.”

“The WHO is China-centric and panders to Beijing at every turn,” the representative from Colorado claimed. “There is no reason U.S. taxpayers should contribute more than $400 million annually to an organization that covered for China and failed to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We must not let the Chinese Communist Party off the hook,” Boebert said. “We must hold the WHO accountable. Joe Biden failed to do either of those things and his edict yesterday only emboldens Beijing. Rejoining the WHO without ensuring accountability for the American people is the wrong move.”

Earlier this month, the State Department revealed that it had new evidence that may point to coronavirus emerged from a virology laboratory in Wuhan. China has denied the allegations that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Trump halted all funding to the WHO in April. In 2019, the United States was the top funder of the WHO, providing over $400 million, which is about 15% of its budget.

The third bill would overturn the Biden administration’s mask mandate on all federal property and federal buildings. Biden’s executive order also applies to interstate commerce, which means requiring face masks to be worn at airports, on planes, buses, and trains.

“You can’t make this stuff up. Joe Biden was on federal land without a mask the same day he signed a federal property mask mandate,” Boebert chided. “Sadly, this is what we’ve come to expect from hypocritical Democrats. ‘Mandates for thee, but not for me.'”

On Inauguration Day, Biden was maskless on a federal property only hours after signing an executive order that requires Americans to wear face masks on federal property.

Cosponsors of Boebert’s bills include Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.), Elise Stefanik (R-Ariz.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Tedd Budd (R-N.C.), Ben Cline (R-Va.), Bob Good (R-Va.), Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.), Mary Miller (R-Ill.), Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), August Pfluger (R-Texas), Randy Weber (R-Texas), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Ralph Norman (R-S.C.), and David Rouzer (R-N.C.).

None of these bills are expected to gain much traction in the Democratic-controlled House.

Previously, Boebert caused a foofaraw after she said that she was going to bring her firearm to work with her at the Capitol. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez later grumbled that she didn’t “feel safe around other members of Congress.”

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33 missing children rescued in anti-human trafficking operation in California

A multi-agency anti-human trafficking operation led by the FBI rescued 33 missing children in southern California. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced the news about the investigation on Friday in a press release.

Operation Lost Angels launched on Jan. 11 and found 33 “vulnerable missing children,” eight of which were said to be being sexually exploited or trafficked when law enforcement saved them, according to the feds.

“Two were recovered multiple times during the operation while on the ‘track,’ a common term used to describe a known location for commercial sex trafficking,” the FBI said. “It is not uncommon for victims who are rescued to return to commercial sex trafficking either voluntarily or by force, fraud, or coercion.”

“This harmful cycle highlights the challenges victims face and those faced by law enforcement when attempting to keep victims from returning to an abusive situation,” the news release stated. “Victims may not self-identify as being trafficked or may not even realize they’re being trafficked.”

The operation resulted in the arrest of a suspected human trafficker on state charges. One of the minors had been unlawfully kidnapped by a parent.

“The FBI considers human trafficking modern day slavery and the minors engaged in commercial sex trafficking are considered victims,” FBI assistant director Kristi K. Johnson said. “While this operation surged resources over a limited period of time with great success, the FBI and our partners investigate child sex trafficking every day of the year and around the clock.”

In 2020, the FBI conducted 664 human trafficking investigations across the country, which resulted in the arrests of 473 human traffickers.

Operation Lost Angels, which was executed during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, involved more than two dozen law enforcement departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and the United States Marshal’s Service.

The U.S. Marshals have been involved in numerous successful operations to find missing children in the past year.

In November, the U.S. Marshals rescued 27 missing children in Virginia during “Operation Find Our Children.”

In October, the Marshals announced the recovery of 45 missing and endangered children in Ohio and West Virginia during “Operation Autumn Hope.” The operation led to 179 arrests that were made by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force.

On Oct. 1, the Marshals Service announced they rescued 11 children in New Orleans, two of which were said to be in “extreme danger.

On Sept. 21, U.S. Marshals rescued 35 missing children during “Operation Safety Net” in Ohio.

On Sept. 17, U.S. Marshals Service executed “Operation Triple Beam,” a 60-day mission to decrease violent gang crime in Oklahoma City. U.S. Marshals made 262 arrests, seized illegal firearms and narcotics, as well as located five missing children.

On Sept. 4, Marshals declared that they had rescued eight “highly endangered” missing children in Indiana during “Operation Homecoming.”

On Aug. 27, “Operation Not Forgotten” resulted in the discovery of 39 missing children in Georgia and Florida. Authorities said the children were between the ages of 3 to 17. Of the 39 endangered children, 15 were victims of sex trafficking.

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VIDEO: Tacoma police vehicle plows through crowd, officer placed on leave

A Tacoma Police officer has been temporarily placed on leave after plowing through a crowd in Washington state. The dramatic and graphic scene was captured on video.

Tacoma Police were responding to a “car meet” that allegedly got “out of control.” Video shows cars doing “burnouts” and “donuts” in the middle of an intersection. The car meet had “approximately 100 people present blocking the intersection when officers arrived on scene,” the Tacoma Police said in a press release.

At one point, one of the vehicles doing donuts appears to hit an onlooker.

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“Tacoma Police officers responding to the location began clearing the intersection of vehicles and people for the safety of those gathered and people trying to use the street,” the police department stated.

The Tacoma Police Department statement said the crowd surrounded the vehicle, and people “hit the body of the police vehicle and its windows as the officer was stopped in the street.”

“The officer, fearing for his safety, tried to back up, but was unable to do so because of the crowd,” the press release said. “The officer had his lights and sirens activated. While trying to extricate himself from an unsafe position, the officer drove forward striking one individual and may have impacted others.”

Videos from the scene of the incident show the stopped police SUV and the crowd gathered around it. Then the police vehicle accelerates forward, plowing into the crowd. The vehicle knocks several people to the ground, and one man is seen in the video being run over by the front and rear tires.

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One person sustained a laceration from the incident and was transported to a local hospital. The police were unaware of the person’s condition.

City Manager Elizabeth Pauli told the News Tribune that the officer driving the vehicle would be placed on leave. The investigation has been turned over to the Pierce County Force Investigation Team.

“I am concerned that our department is experiencing another use of deadly force incident,” interim Tacoma Police Chief Mike Ake said. “I send my thoughts to anyone who was injured in tonight’s event, and am committed to our Department’s full cooperation in the independent investigation and to assess the actions of the department’s response during the incident.”


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Biden reeled in more ‘dark money’ than any other candidate in history, majorly outpaced Trump donations: report

President Joe Biden received a record-breaking amount of “dark money” from anonymous contributors that helped propel him into the White House. A Bloomberg report found that the Biden campaign accepted more dark money than any other presidential candidate in American history.

During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden reportedly reeled in a record-breaking $145 million, topping the previous record of $113 million that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) received in his failed 2012 presidential bid against Barack Obama.

Former President Donald Trump’s dark money donations majorly dwarfed Biden’s, and he purportedly only received $28.4 million from anonymous donors.

A report from CNN in late November stated, “More than $320 million of so-called ‘dark money’ helped boost Democrats in the White House and congressional races — more than double the anonymous dollars that aided Republicans in this year’s federal elections, a new analysis shows.”

“It’s not surprising that Biden set the mark given that the $1.5 billion he hauled in overall was the most ever for a challenger to an incumbent president,” Yahoo News reported.

Meredith McGehee, the executive director of campaign finance reform advocacy group Issue One, told Bloomberg, “The whole point of dark money is to avoid public disclosure while getting private credit.”

Open Secrets, the self-proclaimed “most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere,” defines dark money as “spending meant to influence political outcomes where the source of the money is not disclosed.”

The South China Morning Post said Biden’s campaign had previously “called for banning some types of non-profits from spending money to influence elections and requiring that any organization spending more than $10,000 to influence elections to register with the FEC and disclose its donors.”

Amy Kurtz, executive director of the left-leaning nonprofit Sixteen Thirty Fund, said, “We have lobbied in favor of reform to the current campaign finance system, but we remain equally committed to following the current laws to level the playing field for progressives.”

Despite running a super-PAC supporting Biden, Even Cecil said her group supports campaign finance reform, “We still look forward to the day when unlimited money and super- PACs are a thing of the past.”

Democrats enjoyed a record-breaking third quarter of 2020 where the political party raised $1.5 billion through left-leaning crowd-funding website ActBlue over three months, according to Politico.

A Biden spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment by Bloomberg.

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Unions that endorsed Biden are now criticizing him for canceling Keystone pipeline that will ‘kill thousands of good-paying union jobs!’

Unions that endorsed Joe Biden for president are experiencing some buyer’s remorse only days after his inauguration. In one of his first actions in the White House, President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. Now, the unions that supported Biden are criticizing the newly-elected president for the political move that they say will “kill thousands of good-paying union jobs!”

The Keystone XL pipeline was first proposed in 2008, but the Obama administration vetoed the 1,200-mile pipeline in November 2015. On his fourth day in office, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order to advance the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline project, which would pump 35 million gallons of crude oil a day from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska.

Citing climate change concerns, the Biden administration announced on Wednesday it would revoke the federal permits for the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Keystone XL pipeline disserves the U.S. national interest. The United States and the world face a climate crisis. That crisis must be met with action on a scale and at a speed commensurate with the need to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory. At home, we will combat the crisis with an ambitious plan to build back better, designed to both reduce harmful emissions and create good clean-energy jobs. Our domestic efforts must go hand in hand with U.S. diplomatic engagement. Because most greenhouse gas emissions originate beyond our borders, such engagement is more necessary and urgent than ever. The United States must be in a position to exercise vigorous climate leadership in order to achieve a significant increase in global climate action and put the world on a sustainable climate pathway. Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives.

TC Energy Corporation, the Canadian company behind the Keystone XL pipeline project, said they would cut more than 11,000 jobs.

Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta, appeared on Fox News’ “The Story,” where he said that Biden’s move “kills thousands of union labor jobs on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border and counterintuitively makes the United States more dependent on ‘dictatorships’ for its energy needs.”

Andy Black, president and CEO of the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, said, “Killing 10,000 jobs and taking $2.2 billion in payroll out of workers’ pockets is not what Americans need or want right now.”

\Biden was also slammed for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline by the same unions who endorsed him in the 2020 election.

“Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many #LIUNA members across the country,” the Laborers’ International Union of North America said. “The anticipated decision to cancel the Keystone Pipeline will kill thousands of good-paying UNION jobs!”

In September, LIUNA “proudly” endorsed Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, claiming the Democrats “stand out as the blue-collar candidates.”

On Nov. 7, 2020, Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA, stated, “Together, we helped push Joe Biden and Kamala Harris over the top, and we helped elect many pro-union, pro-labor, and pro-family candidates to office.”

“Deeply disappointed,” the head of the North American Building Trades Unions, which endorsed then-candidate Biden in October, said.

The United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters endorsed Biden for president in August.

“We’re not going to sit on the sidelines at the UA. This endorsement is about putting UA members to work and fighting for fair wages and good benefits. Under a Biden Administration, that’s exactly what we’ll get,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “Let’s be real: nobody in the Oval Office will be with us on every single issue. But with his long history of standing shoulder to shoulder with working families and his commitment to an all-of-the-above energy approach that will mean more UA jobs, protecting the hard-earned retirements of our members, and appointing union-friendly judges, Joe Biden will be a fierce ally to our UA Brothers and Sisters in the White House.”

Then this week, the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters condemned the Biden administration.

“In revoking this permit, the Biden Administration has chosen to listen to the voices of fringe activists instead of union members and the American consumer on Day 1. Let me be very clear: When built with union labor by the men and women of the United Association, pipelines like Keystone XL remain the safest and most efficient modes of energy transportation in the world. Sadly, the Biden Administration has now put thousands of union workers out of work. For the average American family, it means energy costs will go up and communities will no longer see the local investments that come with pipeline construction,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association.

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Hollywood actor slammed for xenophobic tweet mocking Melania Trump’s accent

Actor Tim Matheson faced swift backlash after insulting Melanie Trump over her foreign accent that some deemed to be “xenophobic.” The 73-year-old Hollywood actor, who is best known for his role as Eric “Otter” Stratton in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” tried to tweet his way out of trouble for ridiculing the former first lady.

While delivering a compliment to first lady Jill Biden, Matheson took a shot at Melania, who grew up in Slovenia before leaving for Italy after she signed a contract with a modeling agency in Milan at age 18.

In the since-deleted tweet, Matheson wrote, “So wonderful to have a First Lady with class and heart. And, can speak English!”

Matheson attempted to smooth over the degrading affront against Melania by saying, “This morning I made a hasty and stupid joke about the former First Lady. It wasn’t funny, and it was in poor taste. It was regretful and humorless and I apologize.”

However, Twitter users pointed out that Matheson also deleted a previous tweet where he doubled-down on maligning Melania.

“Comedy is sometimes cruelly honest,” the thespian maintained. “The ex-First Lady doesn’t have any of my respect for anything. Sorry.”

Matheson, who played Vice President John Hoynes on the TV drama “The West Wing,” was shellacked with retribution from online commenters over his denigratory jab.

One Twitter user replied, “It’s because you’re an out of touch actor no surprise. Stay ignorant ya racist.”

Another person burst out, “You’re a xenophobe and bigot. Your comments open yourself and any company you work for to discrimination lawsuits. I hope your victims of workplace harassment and discrimination come forward.”

A son of immigrants schooled the actor, “Tim, my parents were doctors in Cuba who came to the US escaping Castro. After years of hard work they got their MD’s again and practiced for 30 years. Still, throughout their professional lives here there were always fools like you who mocked their accents.”

One critic added, “Yeah, showing your true colors. Love immigrants until they get here and become Americans and don’t think the way you think they should and then you loathe them.”

This isn’t the first time a liberal Hollywood actor attacked Melania over her accent. Bette Midler bashed the former first lady in August for Melania’s speech during the Republican National Convention.

#beBest is back! A UGE bore! She can speak several words in a few languages. Get that illegal alien off the stage!” Middler mocked Melania. “Oh, God. She still can’t speak English.”

Middler was also smashed with backlash for her xenophobia.

Middler then attempted to justify the hateful remarks by saying, “Just giving them a taste of their own immigrant bashing medicine.”

Following even more outrage, Middler finally bent the knee and mustered up an apology.

“Well, all hell has broken loose because I said Melania ‘still can’t speak English’ last night,” she tweeted. “I was wrong to make fun of her accent. America is made up people who speak with all kinds of accents, and they are all welcomed always.”

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Biden administration freezes Trump’s directive to lower insulin prices

In his first days in office, President Joe Biden went on a blitz of reversing or halting policies implemented by former President Donald Trump. Included in the flurry of executive orders and directives, the Biden administration paused a measure that was designed to decrease the price of insulin.

Trump signed off on the “Access to Affordable Life-Saving Medications” rule on Dec. 23, 2020. The rule was to enable “improved access to these life-saving medications by low-income individuals who do not have access to affordable insulin and injectable epinephrine due to either lack of insurance or high cost sharing requirements.”

The rule was set to go into effect on Jan. 22, 2021, but it was shot down by the Biden administration. On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the directive would be frozen for 60 days.

“The temporary delay in the effective date of this final rule is necessary to give Department officials the opportunity for further review and consideration of new regulations, consistent with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ‘Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'” the HHS said.

White House chief of staff Ron Klain sent out a memo on Wednesday that directed agencies to freeze all of Trump’s last-minute or “midnight regulations.” The action to freeze Trump’s last regulations will “give the incoming Administration an opportunity to review any regulations that the Trump Administration tried to finalize in its last days,” according to the Biden administration.

The directive that orders certain health centers to pass discounts they get on insulin and epinephrine directly to their patients will be frozen until March 22.

As of 2020, “34.2 million Americans — just over 1 in 10 — have diabetes, and another 88 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“In 2016, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) estimated that Medicare spent $42 billion more for beneficiaries over age 65 with type 2 diabetes than for those who do not have the disease,” the CDC stated.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization focusing on national health issues, reported that the “average total Medicare Part D spending per user on insulin products increased by 358% between 2007 and 2016, from $862 to $3,949.”

As far as insulin sales in the United States, there are the “big three” pharmaceutical giants: Eli Lilly and Company, Sanofi, and Novo Nordisk.

A report from the offices of Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, investigated the soaring insulin prices, and found a “broken” system to blame.

“This investigation makes clear that consumers are the only ones losing out in America’s broken drug pricing system, since every part of the pharmaceutical supply chain benefits from higher list prices,” Wyden said in a statement.

Novo Nordisk and Sanofi reportedly engaged in a “cat-and-mouse strategy of pricing,” where the pharmaceutical companies would match or increase prices any time the competitor raised its prices.

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Broadcast legend Larry King dead at 87

Larry King, legendary talk show host and broadcast pioneer, died on Saturday at the age of 87

King died Saturday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. A death announcement was posted on his social media accounts, but no cause of death was specified. King had been hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier this month.

“With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles,” King’s official Twitter announced.

“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” the statement read. “Additionally, while it was his name appearing in the shows’ titles, Larry always viewed his interview subjects as the true stars of his programs, and himself as merely an unbiased conduit between the guest and audience. Whether he was interviewing a U.S. president, foreign leader, celebrity, scandal-ridden personage, or an everyman, Larry liked to ask short, direct, and uncomplicated questions. He believed concise questions usually provided the best answers, and he was not wrong in that belief.”

Larry King was born Lawrence Zeiger on Nov. 19, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. Before his very first broadcast at 9 a.m. on May 1, 1957, on WAHR, a 250-watt radio station out of Miami, Florida, King changed his name after the station manager told him his birth name would be “too ethnic.”

Without taking even one journalism class or going to college because he was working to support his mother, King elevated to become a broadcast icon. King hosted the first national radio talk show in U.S. history, entertaining a weekly audience of as many as 5 million listeners.

The two-time Peabody Award-winner hosted “Larry King Live on CNN” from June 1, 1985, until Dec. 18, 2010, where his interviews were watched by more than 1.5 million viewers each night. King, with his trademark suspenders, earned the title of the “longest-running show with the same host in the same time slot” by the Guinness Book of Records.

“An interview is an interview. It’s basically who, what, where, when and why. And while it is certainly kind of an exalted place to sit with the Prime Minister of Great Britain or the president of a country, it’s still… ‘why do you do what you do? How do you feel about what you do? What do you think about what’s happening in the world?’ It comes down to an interviewer is an interviewer,” King told the Television Academy.

“I never sat down with a President of the United States or a world leader or head of a country and thought, ‘whew, this is the head of a country — I have to be different!’ I’m still every man,” King said. “What would a guy in the street say to Chirac of France if you had a chance to talk to him?”

King was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame and the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

King made cameos in movies and TV shows, including “Ghostbusters,” “Enemy of the State,” “30 Rock,” “Boston Legal,” The Stepford Wives,” “Primary Colors,” Fraiser,” “Spin City,” Murphy Brown,” “Dave,” The Simpsons,” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

King was married eight times. His last marriage was to Shawn Southwick King on Sept. 5, 1997. The couple had filed for divorce in 2010, but reconciled. They filed for divorce again in 2019, and they were in the process of divorcing when he died on Saturday.

He is survived by Shawn, their son’s children Cannon and Chance, his stepdaughter Danny Southwick, and his son Larry Jr. from his former wife Annette Kaye. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘Biden has talked like a centrist but governed from the radical left’

In President Joe Biden’s second full day in the White House, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) issued a warning about the new administration’s early penchant for signing executive orders, especially the policies that have been on “the wish list of the far left.”

“So far Biden has talked like a centrist but governed from the radical left,” Rubio wrote on Twitter.

The tweet included a video, where the Florida Republican said, “An important thing to point out this morning, President Biden is using the words of the center, talking about unity. But he’s governing from the far left.”

“Number one, he has issued more executive fiats than anyone in such a short period of time, ever,” Rubio pointed out Friday. “More than Obama, more than Trump, anyone.”

By the end of Biden’s first full day in office, he had signed 17 executive actions, 15 of which are executive orders.

According to CNN, “Biden issued 30 executive orders, presidential memoranda and agency directives” since he was sworn in on Wednesday.

“Second, these aren’t just normal executive fiats,” Rubio said. “This is literally going down the wish list of the far-left and checking all of them off. Some of them are incredibly dramatic and far-reaching in real life.

“At the stroke of a pen, he literally put thousands upon thousands of hard-working blue-collar union members out of work,” Rubio continued. “These are people that were working on Monday, that were working on Tuesday. And then the president goes into the Oval Office, signs an executive order wiping out the Keystone pipeline and they’re out of work.

“These folks now have to go back to their families in the middle of a pandemic and tell them ‘we just lost our job and I don’t know where I’m gonna go work next.’ That’s a far-left agenda there,” he stated.

Fox Business estimates that 11,000 jobs were lost because of the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The list goes on, I’ll talk more later today about, as I read carefully last night, this moratorium on deportations,” Rubio explained. “I think there are some incredibly dangerous criminals that are going to get to stay in this country as a result of it.”

Starting Friday, the Biden administration is imposing a 100-day moratorium on deportations of certain immigrants already in the country.

“For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety,” a statement from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday.

“We now have a president who talks like a centrist but is governing from the far left,” the senator concluded. “We’re not going to be able to just sit around here in a honeymoon period and watch these things happen.”

“It’s not going to be a good one for the country, and it’s not going to be a good one for people, for working Americans and your jobs,” Rubio concluded.

Many of Biden’s executive orders dismantle the policies instituted by former President Donald Trump. President Biden called to halt the U.S. withdrawal from the World Health Organization, to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, end the travel ban from certain majority-Muslim countries, and stop construction on the southern border wall. Biden also signed a face mask mandate on all federal government property.

On Inauguration Day, Rubio questioned President Biden’s calls for “unity.”

“Fanning the flames of grievances or pursuing vengeance disguised as accountability will not produce unity; it’s the politics of resentment and retribution, which leaves us a fractured nation of people who hate each other,” Rubio said Wednesday. “Demanding that the other side agree to all of your demands isn’t unity; it’s the arrogance of believing only those who agree with us are good and anyone who disagrees is not just wrong — but actually are evil.”


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AOC says she skipped inauguration partly because she didn’t ‘feel safe’ around GOP members of Congress

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was noticeably missing from President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. The self-described democratic socialist claimed that security concerns were a factor in her skipping the inauguration, adding that she and fellow Democratic lawmakers don’t feel safe around Republicans.

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” where she was asked about her absence at President Biden’s inauguration.

“You knew that people would ask why you weren’t there,” CNN host Chris Cuomo said Thursday evening. “This was a good cause, from your perspective, of dealing with your constituency. But this was supposed to be a show of force, and unity, and you weren’t there. Explain it.”

“I think we also had very real security concerns as well, as you mentioned earlier. We still don’t yet feel safe around other members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez said, as reported by the Daily Wire.

When asked what she meant by “we,” AOC replied, “I think a very considerable amount — a lot of members do not feel safe.”

Cuomo butted in, “You really think that colleagues of yours in Congress, may do you dirty?”

“Yes, well, one just tried to bring a gun on the floor of the House today,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I believe it was Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland. He tried to bring in a gun on to the House floor. For individuals who don’t know, guns are not allowed in the District of Columbia. And certainly the House floor is, there are separate House rules that prohibit the bringing in of firearms. Now, these are rules that date back to the Civil War. And these are individuals that are trying to sneak firearms either illegally or in direct violation of House rules. Why does a member of Congress need to sneak a gun on to the House floor?”

Ocasio-Cortez was referring to a Huffington Post report that Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) attempted to enter the House chamber, but he allegedly had a firearm under his suit coat that set off a metal detector. After Capitol Police reportedly refused Harris entry, he then allegedly attempted to give the gun to Rep. John Katko (R-N.Y.), who supposedly rejected the gun and told Harris he didn’t have “a license.”


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Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) sparked a gun debate when she pushed for bringing her own firearm to work with her at the Capitol.

AOC shared a clip from her interview on Twitter, and specified that she is afraid of Republican Congress members.

“GOP lawmakers campaigned with images of them cocking guns next to photos of myself. Now they are trying to violate DC law and House rules to sneak guns onto the House floor two weeks after a white supremacist insurrection that killed 5 people,” the Democrat claimed.

Ocasio-Cortez said she feared for her life during the storming of the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6. She alleges that she had a “very close encounter” where she thought she “was going to die” during the “traumatizing” incident.

“I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive, and not just in a general sense but also in a very, very specific sense,” AOC said in an Instagram Live video.

She said that it is “not an exaggeration” to say that many members of the House were “nearly assassinated.”

“We were very lucky that things happened within certain minutes that allowed members to escape the House floor unharmed,” she added. “Many of us merely narrowly escaped death.”

Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez has “demanded the resignations” of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.). This week, AOC accused the Republicans of inciting the riots at the Capitol, and thus not worthy of being members of Congress.

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Rep. Madison Cawthorn delivers pizza to National Guard in parking garage, declares ‘our troops deserve better’

Thousands of National Guard troops were kicked out of the U.S. Capitol and other federal buildings and forced to relocate to a Washington, D.C., parking garage on Thursday night. Photos of National Guard troops sleeping on the pavement in cramped and near-freezing conditions without sufficient access to lavatories quickly went viral online.

One Guardsman told Politico, “Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed.”

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina visited the National Guard troops in the parking garage and brought them pizza.

Cawthorn said the troops were “abandoned & insulted by our leaders,” and that they “deserve better.” The freshman congressman also said the soldiers could sleep in his office.

“No soldier will ever, ever sleep on a garage floor in the US Capitol while I work in Congress,” Cawthorn wrote on a Twitter post that featured a video of him handing out pizza pies to the military members, who had been working 12-hour shifts.

Cawthorn wasn’t the only member of Congress who offered an office to the neglected National Guard troops. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) was also sickened by how the soldiers were treated and offered her office to the troops.

“This is outrageous, shameful, and incredibly disrespectful to the men and women keeping the U.S. Capitol safe and secure,” Sinema tweeted on Thursday. “We need it fixed and we need answers on how it happened.”

“My office is available; the Guard is welcome to it,” she added. “There is plenty of space in the US Capitol for the men and women keeping us safe.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) tweeted, “Yeah this is not okay. My office is free this week to any service members who’d like to use it for a break or take nap on the couch. We’ll stock up on snacks for you all too.”

World Central Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization founded by celebrity chef José Andrés that provides meals to those in need, delivered soup to the troops.

The National Guard troops have since been allowed to return to the Capitol complex following the uproar of the mistreatment.

National Guard Bureau spokesman Wayne Hall said the decision to remove the soldiers was not made by lawmakers, but upon request to the Capitol Police by “staffers.”

“Our understanding is that the unfortunate request for the National Guard to be relocated was made to the Capitol Police by a couple of staffers, without the knowledge of the Congressional members,” Hall told Military Times. “This morning, all of the break areas used by the National Guard on duty at the Capitol are inside buildings.”

However, that contradicts what the U.S. Capitol Police have said.

“I want to assure everyone that, with the exception of specific times on Inauguration Day itself while the swearing-in ceremonies were underway, the United States Capitol police did not instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol Building facilities,” declared Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman on the department’s website on Friday. “And on Inauguration Day, the Guard was notified and encouraged to reoccupy the spaces in the Capitol and CVC at 2 p.m.”

“Over the past several days, the U.S. Capitol Police has been working tirelessly with its Congressional stakeholders to identify appropriate accommodations across the entire Capitol complex for their use,” Pittman stated.

“It was brought to our attention early today that facility management with the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Office Building reached out directly to the National Guard to offer use of its facilities,” the statement said.

“As of this morning, all Guardsmen and women have been relocated to space within the Capitol Complex,” Pittman proclaimed. “The Department is also working with the Guard to reduce the need for sleeping accommodations by establishing shorter shifts, and will ensure they have access to the comfortable accommodations they absolutely deserve when the need arises.”

Approximately 25,000 National Guard troops were summoned to D.C. to provide security during the inauguration of President Joe Biden and were cleared to use lethal force against threats.

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Head of US Conference of Catholic Bishops warns Biden’s agenda would ‘advance moral evils and threaten human life’

José Horacio Gomez, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a strong denunciation of President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion, marriage, and gender.

Gomez, the archbishop of Los Angeles, offered prayers for the new president and his family on Inauguration Day.

“I am praying that God grant him wisdom and courage to lead this great nation and that God help him to meet the tests of these times, to heal the wounds caused by this pandemic, to ease our intense political and cultural divisions, and to bring people together with renewed dedication to America’s founding purposes, to be one nation under God committed to liberty and equality for all,” Gomez said in a statement.

The USCCB president emphasized that “Catholic bishops are not partisan players in our nation’s politics,” but are “responsible for the souls of millions of Americans and we are advocates for the needs of all our neighbors.”

Gomez noted that bishops must try to “guide consciences” by offering principles that are “rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the social teachings of his Church.”

“I must point out that our new President has pledged to pursue certain policies that would advance moral evils and threaten human life and dignity, most seriously in the areas of abortion, contraception, marriage, and gender,” Gomez criticized Biden. “Of deep concern is the liberty of the Church and the freedom of believers to live according to their consciences.”

“For the nation’s bishops, the continued injustice of abortion remains the ‘preeminent priority,'” the archbishop pointed out. “As Pope Francis teaches, we cannot stay silent when nearly a million unborn lives are being cast aside in our country year after year through abortion.

“Abortion is a direct attack on life that also wounds the woman and undermines the family,” Gomez explained. “It is not only a private matter, it raises troubling and fundamental questions of fraternity, solidarity, and inclusion in the human community. It is also a matter of social justice. We cannot ignore the reality that abortion rates are much higher among the poor and minorities, and that the procedure is regularly used to eliminate children who would be born with disabilities.”

Gomez concluded his statement, “We are all under the watchful eye of God, who alone knows and can judge the intentions of our hearts. I pray that God will give our new President, and all of us, the grace to seek the common good with all sincerity.”

Despite being a practicing Catholic, President Biden has shown support for pro-abortion policies. The Biden administration wants to repeal the Hyde Amendment and will rescind the Mexico City policy that former President Donald Trump brought back to life in January 2017.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Thursday that the new administration would rescind the Mexico City policy, which bans federal funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions.

Fauci delivered a statement to the World Health Organization’s executive board that said the Biden administration is overturning the Mexico City policy “as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world.”

Biden has turned his back on supporting the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal funds from being used to pay for abortions, except to save the life of a woman, or in pregnancies from incest or rape.

For decades, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment, but he flipped on the issue during the 2020 Democratic primary campaign. The official Biden campaign website says, “Vice President Biden supports repealing the Hyde Amendment because health care is a right that should not be dependent on one’s zip code or income. And, the public option will cover contraception and a woman’s constitutional right under Roe v. Wade.”

President Biden selected Xavier Becerra to be his secretary of Health and Human Services. Becerra previously sued the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who care for the elderly poor, for refusing to accept the Obamacare contraception mandate.

“Becerra spent years tormenting the Little Sisters of the Poor in court, trying to force them to pay for things like abortion pills against their consciences. He also led efforts to force pro-life pregnancy resource centers to advertise for abortion,” said Ashley McGuire, a senior fellow at the Catholic Association.

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Twitter sued by minor after platform refused to remove child porn because it ‘didn’t find a violation,’ lawsuit claims

Twitter is facing a lawsuit from a minor who claims that the social media platform refused to remove child porn that featured him and another 13-year-old. The social media platform reviewed the graphic content, and “didn’t find a violation of our policies,” according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, states, “This lawsuit seeks to shine a light on how Twitter has enabled and profited from CSAM (child sexual abuse material) on its platform, choosing profits over people, money over the safety of children, and wealth at the expense of human freedom and human dignity.”

The minor, identified only as “John Doe,” alleges that he started communicating on Snapchat with someone who was posing as a 16-year-old female classmate when he was 13.

The minor, who is now 17-years-old, allegedly exchanged nude photos with the Snapchat user, who the lawsuit deemed to be a sex trafficker. The trafficker then allegedly blackmailed the boy, and threatened to expose the explicit photos with his “parents, coach, pastor” and others unless he provided them with more sexual photos and videos.

The minor complied and sent videos of himself performing sex acts, according to the lawsuit. The blackmailers demanded that Doe make child porn with another minor, which he reportedly did.

Doe eventually blocked the child porn traffickers, but the sex videos of him surfaced on Twitter in 2019. “Twitter was alerted by a concerned citizen” that a user account was disseminating CSAM, the suit claims.

The minor became aware of the distribution of his videos online in mid-January after classmates saw the explicit video, The New York Post reported.

“Due to the circulation of these videos, he faced teasing, harassment, vicious bullying, and became suicidal,” the lawsuit reads. “John Doe spoke to his parents about what was happening and sought their help.”

“His mother, Jane Doe, took immediate action to have the CSAM removed,” the suit says. “She contacted school officials, local law enforcement, and reached out directly to Twitter. John Doe attempted to contact the Twitter users who had posted the CSAM video depicting him, informed them that the video was of him, that he was a minor in the video, and asked them to remove the posts. One of these Twitter users removed the post, however, the other ignored John Doe’s request and kept the video live.”

Twitter replied to John Doe with an email on Jan. 28, 2020, that reportedly said, “Thanks for reaching out. We’ve reviewed the content, and didn’t find a violation of our policies, so no action will be taken at this time.”

According to the lawsuit, Doe responded to Twitter, “What do you mean you don’t see a problem? We both are minors right now and were minors at the time these videos were taken. We both were 13 years of age. We were baited, harassed, and threatened to take these videos that are now being posted without our permission. We did not authorize these videos AT ALL and they need to be taken down.”

Doe alleges that he included the case number from a local law enforcement agency, but Twitter didn’t remove the content.

The video was viewed more than 167,000 times and had 2,223 retweets, the lawsuit claims.

Two days later, Jane Doe contacted a U.S. Department of Homeland Security agent, who was able to convince the big tech company to delete the child porn, the lawsuit alleges.

“Only after this take-down demand from a federal agent did Twitter suspend the user accounts that were distributing the CSAM and report the CSAM to the National Center on Missing and Exploited Children (‘NCMEC’),” the lawsuit states. “This is directly in contrast to what their automated reply message and User Agreement state they will do to protect children.”

The lawsuit accuses Twitter of benefiting from a sex trafficking venture, failing to report known child sexual abuse material, knowingly distributing child pornography, intentionally distributing non-consensually shared pornography, possessing child pornography, among other complaints.

“Twitter’s conduct was malicious, oppressive, or in reckless disregard of John Doe’s rights and he is entitled to injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and the costs of maintaining this action,” the lawsuit reads.

Twitter declined to comment when contacted by The New York Post.

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Social justice activist who plowed car into Trump supporters in September hit with new charges for beating men with a rod

Tatiana Rita Turner, a 40-year-old social justice activist, faces 13 felonies for violent crimes she allegedly committed during two protests in California. During one of the intense protests, Turner reportedly plowed into a crowd of Trump supporters, and at another rally, she purportedly beat two men with a rod.

There were dueling rallies in Yorba Linda, California, between Black Lives Matter supporters and a pro-Trump crowd on Sept. 26. Turner allegedly drove her car into a crowd of Trump supporters, seriously injuring two people.

KTLA reported Turner was arrested and charged with a felony count of attempted murder with premeditation and deliberation, six felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, including one causing great bodily injury; one felony count of mayhem; and two felony counts of the use of pepper spray by a felon.

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“Prosecutors charged Turner with attempted murder, alleging she drove over a counter-protester’s head,” the Los Angeles Times reported. “The victim, identified Wednesday as 44-year-old Danielle Lindgren, was hospitalized for several months for injuries she suffered during the incident, prosecutors said.”

A second Trump supporter reportedly suffered a broken leg after he was run over.

Following a monthslong investigation, Turner was charged this week with a felony count of using a stun gun on a supporter of former President Donald Trump during the Yorba Linda protest, the Orange County district attorney’s office stated.

On Wednesday, prosecutors announced additional felony charges against Turner for another alleged attack in August. During a protest against police brutality in Seal Beach, Turner purportedly beat two men with a 4-foot rod. The men had allegedly already been attacked by other protesters and were lying on the ground when they were beaten with the rod.

One of the victims suffered severe injuries to his head and required staples, according to the DA’s office.

Turner was charged with two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, including one causing great bodily injury, in connection with the Seal Beach attack.

Turner is a social justice activist with ties to Black Lives Matter. Turner was involved with the Urban Organizers Coalition and the Caravan for Justice, a BLM-inspired social justice group that is “dedicated to the next level of progression in our fight for equality and justice” and calls for the “boycott businesses and foundations that support and fund corrupt police departments,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

“Federal records show that Turner filed a trademark application for Caravan4Justice in July,” the Daily Mail reported in September. Turner was named as a “beneficiary” for a GoFundMe campaign titled, “Fundraising for Caravan4Justice,” that was launched in July.

Turner was allegedly participating in the “March 4 Equality,” a protest against police brutality and systemic racism in Yorba Linda.

If convicted on all counts, Turner faces a maximum sentence of seven years to life, plus 26 years in state prison.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Turner claims that she saw people with guns and feared for her life when Trump supporters blocked her car, her attorney Ludlow Creary II said.

“She wasn’t trying to hit anybody,” Creary II said. “She wasn’t trying to hurt anybody.”

Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Carrie Braun disagreed.

“It did not appear from the video we’ve been able to see that there was a direct threat,” Braun said.

Turner has previous felony convictions for drug offenses and domestic violence.

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New White House press secretary dodges question about abortion as Biden prepares to overturn Trump abortion policy

The press secretary for President Joe Biden dodged a question about the administration’s stance on taxpayer-funded abortions. New White House press secretary Jen Psaki instead took the opportunity to tell reporters that Biden attended “church this morning.”

Owen Jensen, a correspondent for the Eternal Word Television Network, asked the press secretary about the Biden administration’s plan on the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy.

“Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City policy in the coming days,” Psaki told the EWTN correspondent on Wednesday, before shifting to highlighting Biden’s faith.

“But I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he [Biden] is a devout Catholic, and somebody who attends church regularly,” Psaki digressed. “He started his day attending church with his family this morning, but I don’t have anything more for you on that.”

The Mexico City Policy, which is referred to as the “Global Gag Rule” by pro-abortion groups, bans federal funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions, such as the International Planned Parenthood Federation. The U.S. government policy was first announced by the Reagan administration in 1984 at the International Conference on Population in Mexico City, Mexico.

A 2019 report published in the Lancet claimed that the Mexico City policy increased the abortion rate in some countries by as much as 40%.

Since 1993, Democratic and Republican presidents have taken turns rescinding and reinstating the Mexico City policy. Most recently, former President Donald Trump brought the legislation back to life in January 2017. Trump expanded the Mexico City policy by adding “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” a “directive that no U.S. taxpayer money should support foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, said Thursday that the new administration will revoke the Mexico City policy. In a prepared statement to the World Health Organization’s executive board, Fauci said the Biden administration is overturning the policy “as part of his broader commitment to protect women’s health and advance gender equality at home and around the world.”

For decades, Biden supported the Hyde Amendment before reversing his position during his Democratic primary campaign. The Hyde Amendment, which was enacted in 1976, blocks federal funds from being used to pay for abortions, except to save the life of a woman, or in pregnancies from incest or rape.

During a Democratic presidential primary debate in July 2019, Vice President Kamala Harris challenged Biden for supporting the Hyde Amendment for years.

Harris grilled Biden for flip-flopping on his Hyde Amendment position, “On the Hyde Amendment, Vice President, where you made a decision for years to withhold resources to poor women to have access to reproductive health care, including women who were the victims of rape and incest, do you now say that you have evolved and you regret that?”

“Only since you’ve been running for president this time, said that you in some way would take that back or you didn’t agree with that decision you made over many, many years, and this directly impacted so many women in our country,” Harris told Biden.

During the debate in Detroit, Biden defended himself against his now-vice president.

“Once I wrote the legislation making sure that every single woman would in fact have an opportunity to have health care paid for by the federal government — everyone — that could no longer stand,” Biden said of the Hyde Amendment. “I support a woman’s right to choose. I support it as a constitutional right. I’ve supported it, I will continue to support it and I in fact will move as president to see to that the Congress legislates that that is the law.”

The official Biden campaign website states, “Vice President Biden supports repealing the Hyde Amendment because health care is a right that should not be dependent on one’s zip code or income. And, the public option will cover contraception and a woman’s constitutional right under Roe v. Wade.”

The website also says that President Biden will “rescind the Mexico City Policy that President Trump reinstated and expanded.”

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Biden doesn’t wear mask at Lincoln Memorial hours after mandating masks be worn at all federal property

Joe Biden’s very first executive order as president of the United States requires Americans to wear face masks on federal property. However, it appears that President Biden and some celebrities have already violated his own executive order.

Only hours after being sworn in as the 46th president, Biden signed an executive order decreeing face masks must be worn on federal property.

President Biden’s “Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing” calls for:

The heads of executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall immediately take action, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to require compliance with CDC guidelines with respect to wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and other public health measures by: on-duty or on-site Federal employees; on-site Federal contractors; and all persons in Federal buildings or on Federal lands.

“This executive action will direct the agencies to take action to require compliance with CDC guidance on mask wearing and physical distancing in federal buildings, on federal lands and by federal employees and contractors,” Jeff Zients, who will be the Biden administration’s COVID-19 czar,
said.

“Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives,” Biden tweeted Wednesday night. “That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”

However, only hours after demanding that all Americans wear a face mask on federal property, Biden was seen without a face mask at the Lincoln Memorial.

Not only did Biden and his family violate his own face mask mandate, but he also appears to violate his own executive order that stipulates social distancing on federal property.


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At his inauguration, Biden was seen not social distancing with Vice President Kamala Harris, who was not wearing a face mask.


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Celebrities, including
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White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced the executive order requiring masks in federal buildings as she was maskless in a press conference at the White House.

“To combat the deadly virus, the president launched his 100-day masking challenge, asking Americans to do their part and mask up for 100 days,” Psaki said, as reported by
the Daily Wire. “He’s doing his part as well, issuing a mask mandate that will require anyone visiting a federal building or federal land, or using certain modes of public transportation to wear a mask.”

20 U.S. Code § 107e§ 107e defines “federal property” as “any building, land, or other real property owned, leased, or occupied by any department, agency, or instrumentality of the United States (including the Department of Defense and the United States Postal Service), or any other instrumentality wholly owned by the United States, or by any department or agency of the District of Columbia or any territory or possession of the United States.”

Biden issued the “100 Days Masking Challenge,” which asks Americans to wear face masks for 100 days in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“The goal of mask-wearing is not to make your life less comfortable or take something away from you. It’s to give something back to all of us: a normal life,”
Biden said in November. “The goal is to get back to normal as fast as possible, and masks are critical to doing that. It won’t be forever.”

“It doesn’t matter who you voted for; where you stood before Election Day,” Biden added. “It doesn’t matter your party, your point of view. We could save tens of thousands of lives if everyone would just wear a mask for the next few months. Not Democrat or Republican lives — American lives.”

Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of the first coronavirus case documented in the United States. There are more than 415,000 coronavirus deaths in the U.S. according to Worldometers.

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signed 17 executive actions on his first day in office, many of them reversing the policies of former President Donald Trump. Biden halted construction of the southern border wall, rejoined the Paris climate agreement, rescinded Trump’s ban on travel from certain Muslim nations, canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, and terminated the process to withdraw from the World Health Organization.

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Twitter suspends Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account

Twitter suspended the account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.). The social media company temporarily banned the Republican congresswoman for allegedly spreading misinformation. Greene was temporarily suspended for 12 hours on Sunday.

“The account referenced has been temporarily locked out for multiple violations of our civic integrity policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told The Hill.

In September, Twitter’s civic integrity policy stated the social media network “will label or remove false or misleading information intended to undermine public confidence in an election or other civic process.”

Greene’s office issued a statement regarding her suspension.

“Just days after the Silicon Valley Cartel launched a multi-front attack to chill free speech in America by deplatforming President Donald Trump and purging an unknown number of conservatives, Twitter has decided to suspend my personal account without explanation,” the statement read. “The borderline monopolistic stranglehold a few Big Tech companies have on the American political discourse is out of control.”

“If a conservative dares to utter a political opinion that is deemed unapproved by the internet police they are now subject to false accusations of ‘inciting violence’ simply for having a conservative view,” the press release said.

“Congress must act, and act swiftly, to protect free speech in America,” Greene’s office stated. “Conservative Americans shouldn’t be afraid to speak their mind. They shouldn’t have to fear being cancelled by American corporations where they work, do business, and use services. They shouldn’t be scared into submission by Socialists who want to end their way of life.”

Greene’s office claimed that “big tech is silencing Americans,” adding that “censorship has got to stop.”

On Sunday morning, Greene gave an interview where she was critical of Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s voter system implementation manager. The freshman representative posted the video on her Twitter, which was flagged and disabled by Twitter.

“This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted, or liked due to a risk of violence,” the Twitter warning stated.

Greene had two other tweets posted on Sunday that were flagged for spreading misinformation about elections.

Greene has been criticized for supporting the QAnon conspiracy theory, even by members of her own party.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska wrote a scathing op-ed in The Atlantic rebuking GOP members who embrace conspiracy theories, specifically naming Greene.

“Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene is cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs,” Sasse wrote on Saturday. “She once ranted that ‘there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out, and I think we have the president to do it.'”

Sasse said that conspiracy theories planted the seeds that led to the riots at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it had suspended “more than 70,000 accounts” since the storming of the Capitol.

“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter said in a blog post. “Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.”

Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from the social media platform following the Capitol riots, citing “risk of further incitement of violence.

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Alec Baldwin dreamed President Trump was tried for ‘sedition’ with a makeshift noose outside courthouse

Alec Baldwin revealed on Friday that he had a macabre vision involving President Donald Trump. The actor, who has played Trump on “Saturday Night Live” since October 2016 and even won a Primetime Emmy Award for his over-the-top portrayal, dreamed about the president being on trial for sedition.

“I had a dream Trump was on trial for sedition. And outside the courthouse, a noose was hung from a makeshift scaffold,” Baldwin tweeted. “The noose was made of recycled COVID masks.”

Baldwin appears to be placing blame for the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol building solely on Trump.

This isn’t the first time that Baldwin has fantasized about violence against Trump. In December, Baldwin wrote on Twitter about the various ways that Trump could be physically ripped out of the White House.

“Who arrests Trump if he refuses to concede? Who drags him out? Pepper spray? Cuffs? A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen? Does he wheeze ‘I can’t breathe.’ Just whale away on him like a piñata? Rodney King style? The thug who has destroyed the country. What does he deserve?” Baldwin said.

In November, Baldwin dreamt about the death of Trump.

“Bury Trump in a Nazi graveyard and put a swastika on his grave,” Baldwin stated. “The majority of Americans made the right choice. Trump is a maniac.”

Baldwin has also had thoughts about shockingly disturbing brutality towards Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“Put Ted Cruz in the stocks and throw rotten fruit and buckets of horse piss at him,” Baldwin wrote on Jan. 6. “Then ride him on a rail. Then tar and feather him. And film it. For Netflix.”

Last February, Baldwin compared Republican senators to enablers of murderous Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.

“You wonder how Hitler took control of a once great country,” the “SNL” actor tweeted. “For those of you too young to recall the War or its aftermath, simply watch how this GOP-controlled Senate behaves. Their sniveling fealty and lack of courage. And you begin to get it.”

Baldwin capped off his career of impersonating Trump this week with a 42-minute audiobook titled “Hasta la Vista, America: Trump’s Farewell Address.” The final appearance “encompasses a parody of a Farewell Address, 2021 State of the Union Address and a preview of an imagined blockbuster presidential memoir, along with music and sound effects,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“I was only interested in doing Trump, again, in any form, if it was with Kurt, who’s the greatest political satirist as far as I’m concerned,” Baldwin said of Kurt Andersen, the writer of the audiobook.

Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, was hit with allegations that she lied for years about her Spanish heritage last month.

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Loews Hotels cancels Josh Hawley fundraiser after outcries by liberals, who labeled the senator a ‘traitor’

Loews Hotels canceled a “fun-filled-family-friendly” fundraiser for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) in Florida after outraged liberals labeled the Republican lawmaker a “traitor” and “domestic terrorist.” The hotel chain, which is made up of 24 properties across the United States and Canada, buckled to Democrats demanding the event be canceled because of Hawley objecting to some of the electoral votes of President-elect Joe Biden.

“Please join Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) for a Fun-Filled-Family-Friendly Orlando Weekend Event,” the flier read. The event was scheduled for Feb. 12 to 15, and had a price of $5,000 in contributions for a family, $3,000 for a couple, and $1,000 for an individual, according to the flier.

The fundraiser was organized by the political action committee Fighting for Missouri, which is affiliated with Hawley, who was set to be the featured guest.

Once liberals caught wind of the fundraiser for Hawley, they complained to Loews Hotels and petitioned to have the event canceled.

Daniel Uhlfelder, a liberal activist and lawyer best known for dressing up as the grim reaper to scare people on Florida beaches with coronavirus, posted the flyer for Hawley’s fundraiser and demanded Loews Hotels cancel the event. Uhlfelder wrote on Twitter, “@Loews_Hotels. Why are you hosting weekend event for traitor @HawleyMO next month in Orlando, Florida.”

The Lincoln Project, a super PAC created by former Republicans with the mission of taking down President Donald Trump, encouraged their Twitter following of nearly 3 million to “Let @Loews_Hotels know we don’t like businesses that work with traitors.”

Lincoln Project cofounder and MSNBC contributor Steve Schmidt ranted, “@HawleyMO poisoned American democracy with his lies. He incited an attack on the US Capitol that included neo Nazis celebrating the murder of 6 million Jews. 6 people were killed and Hawley voted to throw out millions of Black votes. Now he wants to raise money off of it and @Loews_Hotels – providing @HawleyMO with a comfortable spot to spread his #NewJimCrow rhetoric probably isn’t good for business. Loews Corp, what side are you on? Mr. Tisch? Day trip to Universal Studios. If @Loews_Hotels would welcome a gathering of the Klan, white supremacists, neo Nazis, extremist militias and insurrectionists then by all means they should host @HawleyMO. @ProjectLincoln looks forward to telling the story to America.”

State Rep. Anna Eskamani, a Democrat out of Orlando, tweeted, “Is @Loews_Hotels / @UniversalORL going to cancel this fundraiser being hosted by seditionist @HawleyMO in Orlando or are they going to just be chill with a treasonous politician who would rather see Democracy burn for his own political gain?”

Crime novelist and Democrat advocate Don Winslow wrote, “TWITTER… Please retweet @Loews_Hotels and let them know how you feel about this. ‘A fun filled family friendly weekend’ event with a domestic terrorist who incited a riot on the U.S. Capitol that killed 5, incl a police officer. Seriously. I will never stay at a Loews Hotel.”

Rex Chapman, the former professional basketball player who now reposts viral videos on Twitter, tweeted, “Hey @Loews_Hotels. Why are you hosting weekend event for traitor @HawleyMO next month in Orlando, Florida? Pass it on if you feel it.”

Loews Hotels fell to the pressure of the online outcries for cancellation, and scrapped Hawley’s fundraiser.

“We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions,” the hotel brand stated. “In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels.”

This is the second time this month that cancel culture efforts have been directed towards the pro-Trump Hawley. Simon & Schuster canceled Hawley’s upcoming book “The Tyranny of Big Tech” because of “his role” in the storming of the U.S. Capitol building, which the publisher called a “dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.”

Hawley reacted to the cancellation by saying, “This could not be more Orwellian.”

Last week, Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) said the Senate should consider removing Hawley and fellow Republican lawmaker Sen.Ted Cruz (Texas).

“There’s no way they cannot be complicit in this,” Manchin said of the GOP senators who challenged the election results. “That they think they can walk away and say, ‘I just exercised my right as a senator?’ Especially after we came back here and after they saw what happened.”

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Chinese ice cream tests positive for COVID-19

Ice cream in China has been contaminated with COVID-19, according to a new report. During recent routine government testing, three samples from the ice cream manufacturer tested positive for coronavirus.

The tainted ice cream was produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company, a frozen dessert business located in north China’s Tianjin Municipality.

All of the products produced by the Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company “have been sealed and contained after the samples it sent to the municipal center for disease control this week tested positive for coronavirus,” Sky News reported.

“Most of the 29,000 cartons in the batch had yet to be sold, the government said,” according to The Associated Press. “It said 390 sold in Tianjin were being tracked down and authorities elsewhere were notified of sales to their areas.”

Chinese officials suspect that 4,836 boxes of the ice cream may have been contaminated, of which 2,089 boxes had been sealed away in storage.

“A total of 935 boxes of the ice cream, out of 2,747 boxes that entered the market, were in Tianjin and only 65 were sold to markets,” according to Sky News.

The Tianjin Daqiaodao Food Company’s 1,662 employees have been ordered to quarantine and underwent nucleic acid testing on Thursday.

There were no indications that anyone contracted coronavirus from the ice cream.

The ingredients of the tainted treats include milk powder imported from New Zealand and whey powder from Ukraine.

Dr. Stephen Griffin, a virologist at the University of Leeds, told Sky News that the coronavirus was able to survive because of the cold temperature and the fat in the ice cream.

Griffin said there is likely no reason for alarm, “We probably don’t need to panic that every bit of ice cream is suddenly going to be contaminated with coronavirus.”

“It’s likely this has come from a person, and without knowing the details, I think this is probably a one-off,” he added.

“Of course, any level of contamination is not acceptable and always a cause for concern, but the chances are that this is the result of an issue with the production plant and potentially down to hygiene at the factory,” Griffin said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, “Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that handling food or consuming food is associated with COVID-19.”

“Coronaviruses, like the one that causes COVID-19, are thought to spread mostly person-to-person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks,” the CDC explained.

“It is possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object, including food or food packaging, that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes,” the CDC added. “However, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated, “Currently there is no evidence of food, food containers, or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects.”

“If you are concerned about contamination of food or food packaging, wash your hands after handling food packaging, after removing food from the packaging, before you prepare food for eating and before you eat,” the FDA advised.

The agency recommended to frequently clean and disinfect surfaces, especially food preparation areas.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department revealed that it had new evidence that suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic originated from a virology lab in Wuhan, China.

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Biden to sign a dozen executive orders on day one in office — reverse Trump’s travel ban, rejoin Paris Agreement

President-elect Joe Biden will sign about a dozen executive orders on his first day in the White House, reversing several key policies enacted by the Trump administration.

Biden’s transition team revealed on Saturday that the incoming administration would sign executive orders regarding climate change, immigration, student loans, and the coronavirus pandemic.

Incoming Biden chief of staff Ron Klain sent a memo to his staff on Saturday, outlining a 10-day plan of action. Included in the memo to the new White House staff, the Biden administration declared it would address “four overlapping and compounding crises: the Covid-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.”

“All of these crises demand urgent action,” Klain wrote. “In his first 10 days in office, President-elect Biden will take decisive action to address these four crises, prevent other urgent and irreversible harms, and restore America’s place in the world.”

Biden will be inaugurated on Wednesday when he will reportedly sign a number of executive orders. On day one, Biden will allegedly sign executive orders to return the United States to the Paris agreement on climate change, which President Donald Trump withdrew from in June 2017.

“The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the United States,” Trump said at the time of the withdrawal, adding that it provided China and India a competitive advantage.

The incoming administration will also rescind Trump’s controversial travel ban of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea, and certain government officials from Venezuela.

Biden will reportedly introduce a “groundbreaking legislative package” addressing immigration reform, and provide a pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

The Biden administration will allegedly sign executive actions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic that will “change the course of the COVID-19 crisis and safely re-open schools and businesses.”

Biden will purportedly introduce the “100 Day Masking Challenge,” which will implement face mask mandates on federal property and for interstate travel.

The president-elect will reportedly extend the pause on repayment of and interest on student loans, and continue restrictions on nationwide evictions and foreclosures.

“Between Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, Biden will sign more executive actions, memoranda and issues additional Cabinet directives, including ones addressing equity and support in communities of color and underserved communities, and criminal justice system reforms,” USA Today reported.

Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, and the swearing-in of the 46th president of the United States will feature an unprecedented security presence of up to 25,000 troops. The largest security force at an inauguration in U.S. history stems from the storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, and the subsequent threats of violence thereafter.

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Thousands marching in migrant caravan to US demand Biden administration ‘honor its commitments’

Thousands of migrants from Central America are on their way to the United States, and a migrant activist group representing the caravan is calling for the Biden administration to honor its “commitment.”

As many as 8,000 migrants from Honduras have entered Guatemala since Friday, Guatemala’s immigration authority informed Reuters. Guatemalan authorities said they already had detained hundreds of Honduran migrants from the caravan.

Videos show the massive caravan bust through a wall of law enforcement officers at the Guatemala border.

The migrants are fleeing political corruption, violence, and extreme poverty in Honduras, which was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and two devastating Category 4 hurricanes that battered the country within a two-week span in November.

“We have nothing to feed to our children, and thousands of us were left sleeping on the streets,” mother-of-four Maria Jesus Paz, who lost her home in the hurricanes, said. “This is why we make this decision, even though we know that the journey could cost us our lives.”

The mass migration by Hondurans is happening a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The migrants are expecting that Biden will have a much more welcoming immigration policy compared to President Donald Trump.

Migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in the first caravan of 2021, Fox News reported.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement read. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

During his presidential campaign run, Biden pledged to end Migrant Protection Protocols on day one of his presidency. The program that was enacted by the Trump administration in January 2019, makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico during the duration of their immigration court cases.

Biden’s “groundbreaking” immigration reform plan is expected to provide a pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

Biden has also promised a moratorium on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

However, Biden’s domestic policy advisor Susan Rice cautioned that changes in immigration wouldn’t happen immediately.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told Spanish wire service EFE in December. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

“Our priority is to reopen asylum processing at the border consistent with the capacity to do so safely and to protect public health, especially in the context of COVID-19,” Rice said. “This effort will begin immediately but it will take months to develop the capacity that we will need to reopen fully.”

The caravan reaching the U.S. border will depend on how much the Guatemalan and Mexican governments crackdown on the illegal immigrants traveling north toward the U.S.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan blamed the incoming administration for the caravan during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“We’re looking at two groups that are well over five thousand. And one of those groups have already gotten through the Guatemala border. And they’re on their way to El Rancho, which is about the located centrally in Guatemala,” Morgan said on Saturday. “It’s coming. It’s already started, just as we promised and anticipated it would with this rhetoric from the new administration on the border.”

Trump issued a warning about the massive amount of illegal immigrants that would swarm the country if his policies are reversed.

“No matter our party, we should all agree on the need to protect our workers, our families, and our citizens of all backgrounds, no matter who they are,” Trump said on Tuesday. “In particular, if our border security measures are reversed, it will trigger a tidal wave of illegal immigration — a wave like you’ve never seen before. And I can tell you that, already, waves are starting to come up from 2,000 and 1,000 and 500 miles away. We see what’s coming.”

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