Biden’s border policies cause more migrant deaths

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Haitian migrants cross the jungle of the Darien Gap, near Acandi, Choco department, Colombia, heading to Panama on their way trying to reach the US. - From Acandi, they started on foot and armed with machetes, lanterns and tents, the dangerous trek of at least five days to Panama through the Darien jungle, battling snakes, steep ravines, swollen rivers, tropical downpours and criminals often linked to drug trafficking. (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images)

Haitian migrants cross the jungle of the Darien Gap, near Acandi, Choco department, Colombia, heading to Panama on their way trying to reach the US. – From Acandi, they started on foot and armed with machetes, lanterns and tents, the dangerous trek of at least five days to Panama through the Darien jungle, battling snakes, steep ravines, swollen rivers, tropical downpours and criminals often linked to drug trafficking. (Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP via Getty Images)

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At least 50 migrants have died in the Panama jungle as they tried to reach the U.S. Recent reports have indicated migrants faced brutal conditions as they made attempts to cross the Darien Gap from Colombia.

While 50 have been reported, officials believed this was a minimal number and only a portion of those who have died. Migrants who have successfully made the crossing were now at the next stop in their journey, but some have remained shaken by what they saw.

“Many things I don’t want to talk about. For example, many, many dead people,” one Haitian migrant expressed. “Many died in the jungle. I saw about six people die in front of me in the river. I saw many people die.”

Nearly 15 migrants have been laid to rest in a cemetery in Panama’s Darien Province after they attempted to cross the gap. Many have even called the gap the “hill of death.”

Migrants are transported from Bajo Chiquito village to the Migrants Reception Station in Lajas Blancas, Darien Province, Panama. (Photo by IVAN PISARENKO/AFP via Getty Images)

Migrants are transported from Bajo Chiquito village to the Migrants Reception Station in Lajas Blancas, Darien Province, Panama. (Photo by IVAN PISARENKO/AFP via Getty Images)

Officials have struggled to identify those who have died.

“Unfortunately, in these cases we have a very big difficulty. We have no information,” explained Jose Vicente Pachar, director of Panama’s Forensic Sciences Institute. “First of all, these are people who are traveling illegally. Many documents are altered and moreover, they don’t have family members to provide details of who that person was.”

This year, authorities estimated nearly 90,000 migrants made the difficult journey as many hoped to find jobs in the U.S. Migrants have reportedly pushed forward with their journey after they heard the Biden administration allowed around 12,000 migrants to stay in the U.S. after the border surge occurred in Del Rio, Texas.

However, Biden has continued to deflect the ongoing border crisis by blaming others for his seemingly “open border” type of policies that continued to let thousands of migrants pour into the U.S.

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Facebook whistleblower testifies before Senate Commerce Subcommittee

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Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen appears before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee at the Russell Senate Office Building on October 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images)

Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen appears before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee at the Russell Senate Office Building on October 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images)

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The Senate Commerce Subcommittee held a hearing on the impact Facebook had on young people. During a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, former Facebook Product Manager for Civil Misinformation Frances Haugen testified before the committee about the harmful effects the company had on adolescents.

“Facebook knew its products were harming teenagers,” stated Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). “Facebook exploited teens using powerful algorithms that amplified their insecurities and abuses through what it found was an addict’s narrative.”

Haugen explained the social network put profits over the health and safety of users.

“I think the moment which I realized we needed to get help from the outside, that the only way these problems would be solved is by solving them together and not solving them alone, was when civic integrity was dissolved following the 2020 election,” she expressed. “It really felt like a betrayal of the promises that Facebook had made to people who had sacrificed a great deal to keep the election safe by basically dissolving our community and integrated into other parts of the company.”

Haugen’s testimony comes amid a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, which alleged the social media network was aware of the harmful effects it had on children. Haugen told lawmakers Facebook’s algorithm could steer young users from something harmless, such as healthy recipes, to content promoting anorexia in just a short period of time.

“Ramp for young users, for all users, amplifies preferences and they have done something called a proactive incident response where they say they take things that they’ve heard, for example, like can you be led by the algorithms to anorexia content?” she stated. “They have literally recreated that experiment themselves and confirmed, yes, this happens to people. So Facebook knows that they are leading young users to anorexia content.”

The former Facebook employee asserted CEO Mark Zuckerberg intentionally ignored proof of the platform’s potentially harmful impact on users and no one had the power to hold him accountable. However, Zuckerberg has remained silent on Haugen’s allegations while lawmakers called on him to come forward and take action.

“Mark Zuckerberg you need to come before this committee,” Blumenthal asserted. “You need to explain to Frances Haugen, to us, to the world and to the parents of America what you are doing and why you did it.”

Meanwhile, Facebook’s algorithms were reportedly in overdrive and seeking out anything that appeared to be bad content, took statements out of context and suspended users.

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Blinken tries to improve U.S.-French relations after submarine spat

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd right) attends a meeting with French European and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (3rd left) in Paris on October 5, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd right) attends a meeting with French European and Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (3rd left) in Paris on October 5, 2021. (Photo by PATRICK SEMANSKY/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken held talks with French officials in Paris in an attempt to ease the latest crisis in mutual relations. On Tuesday, Blinken spoke with French Prime Minister Jean Castex and separately with President Emmanuel Macron.

The talks come after Joe Biden derailed a French submarine sale to Australia and excluded France from an Indo-Pacific defense pact. Instead of addressing those issues directly, Blinken highlighted alleged “external threats.”

“Our democracies are being challenged by authoritarian governments that argue that their model is better at meeting people’s basic needs,” he stated. “Some of these same governments are actively seeking to undermine the rules-based order that’s been fundamental to security and prosperity, for our countries, for generations. The stakes simply could not be higher.”

Blinken and French diplomats also discussed areas of mutual cooperation going forward, but the talks have yet to produce a diplomatic breakthrough.

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SCOTUS hears arguments from Tenn. v. Miss. water dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on October 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen on October 05, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Court is holding in-person arguments for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

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A dispute between Mississippi and Tennessee has resurrected as the Supreme Court went back into session for the start of a new term. The debate, which originated in 2005, resumed on Monday when Mississippi revealed they were seeking more than $600 million as they accused Tennessee for pumping excess water near the border from an aquifer shared between the state lines.

However, Mississippi’s Deputy Solicitor General John Coghlan wanted to make clear equitable proportion was not the issue.

“Mississippi does not claim the defendants are taking more than their fair share of ground water,” he stated. “Rather, Mississippi’s case turns on a different question. Do defendants have the right to control ground water while it is located in Mississippi’s sovereign territory?”

Mississippi has accused Tennessee of pumping more than 37 million gallons of water per day over state lines. The state added one inch of movement per day translated into tens of millions of gallon per day.

However, the attorney for Tennessee argued it didn’t work that way as the aquifer was equally proportioned in each state. He accused Mississippi of recently increasing its pumping, which allowed them to extract as much water as necessary.

“Their claim is that they think they have an ownership right that entitles them to charge Tennessee for water,” David Frederick explained. “We think the Court should say no, that’s not the correct statement of the law.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, who has been skeptic of the issue, proceeded to ask Mississippi about equitable apportionment not pertaining to water to make sense of their arguments.

“Let’s suppose they’re a valuable resource. If they were in Mississippi and crossed into Tennessee and Tennessee seized them at that point, would that be damaging Mississippi?” he questioned. “Or could Tennessee say they’re on our territory, they’re under our physical control, we can exercise dominion over them period.”

Justice Roberts suggested water was an interstate resource subject to equity proportion and if sources that migrated between two states were shared, one cannot simply claim it as theirs. The justices are now expected to form their final ruling by next spring.

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DOJ creates task force to silence parents critical of public school boards

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by AL DRAGO/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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The Department of Justice announced a directive to potentially influence the ability of parents to exercise their First Amendment rights. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the DOJ’s new order in a statement on Monday.

The agency cited an alleged increase in harassment, intimidation and threats of violence made against school board members and teachers by parents in public schools nationwide. This comes after the National School Boards Association claimed in a letter to the White House public schools and their staff were in “immediate danger.”

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, they run counter to our nation’s core values,” Garland expressed in the released statement. “Those who dedicate their time and energy to ensuring that our children receive a proper education in a safe environment deserve to be able to do their work without fear for their safety.”

In the statement, the agency said it would create a task force to address individual incidents and work to educate school staff on how to identify potential threats as well as gather evidence, which could complicate things for parents. Critics of the move argued this was a veiled attempt at silencing parents who have been speaking out against restrictive COVID-19 policies or the addition of critical race theory to school curriculum.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) released a statement in which he slammed the DOJ’s decision by asserting his state would defend the free speech rights of American citizens.

The DOJ plans to meet with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to discuss the directive in the next 30 days.

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Sen. Klobuchar: Facebook algorithms stir political division in U.S.

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Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen (right) is welcomed by US Senators Richard Blumenthal (left) and Amy Klobuchar (2nd left) as she arrives to testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill, October 5, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by DREW ANGERER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen (right) is welcomed by US Senators Richard Blumenthal (left) and Amy Klobuchar (2nd left) as she arrives to testify during a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill, October 5, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by DREW ANGERER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) has admitted Facebook and other Big Tech giants were stirring up political division in the U.S. Speaking after a congressional hearing with a Facebook whistleblower, Klobuchar called for a reform of regulations for social media.

The Democrat added social media giants ran algorithms to shape public opinion.

“A lot of this has to do with transparency with the algorithms, and their admission, which we need to hear this is done for profit,” she asserted. “Facebook every quarter gets $51 on each and every one of you in America. $51 per user per quarter on advertising revenue. That’s because they’re taking their data and then they’re putting it out and they don’t care if you’re eight years old or 13 years old.”

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen accused the company of misleading its investors and the public as well as highlighted its failure to ensure a safe user experience on its platform. The whistleblower said CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a very powerful role with no accountability.

“Mark holds a very unique role in the tech industry and that he holds over 55 percent of all the voting shares for Facebook,” she explained. “There are no similarly powerful companies that are as he unilaterally controlled and in the end, the buck stops with Mark. There is no one hurt currently holding Mark accountable by himself.”

Haugen added Facebook made $40 billion a year and consistently put profits before people.

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President Biden: ‘We Agree’ With China to Abide by Taiwan Agreement

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President Biden: 'We Agree' With China to Abide by Taiwan Agreement joe biden shakes hands with chinese president xi jinping (Lintao Zhang/AP)

By Charles Kim | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 10:26 PM

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he and Chinese leader XI Jinping agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement and reduce tensions in the region following provocative moves by the Chinese.

"I've spoken with Xi about Taiwan," Biden told reporters Tuesday, The Hill reported. "We agree we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That's where we are, and I made it clear that I don't think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement."

Known as the "Taiwan Relations Act," the 1979 law passed by Congress allows the island nation off the Chinese mainland to govern itself separately from the communist Chinese regime and maintain a trade relationship with the U.S. without being officially recognized as a separate country.

At the time, the U.S. had terminated relations with communist China, but would later reestablish trade with the regime.

Without directly saying so, the United States guarantees support for Taiwan to maintain its sovereignty over mainland China.

Recently, China has made some provocative moves against Taiwan from amassing troops on the shore facing the island and intruding into Taiwan's airspace.

State-run media has also postured toward taking over the island and installing the state's government.

According to The Hill, the U.S. State Department said Sunday it was "very concerned" about the recent provocations.

"We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

The Biden administration said Tuesday it is dispatching National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to Switzerland next week to meet with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi where China's moves will likely be discussed.

"We will continue to seek to responsibly manage the competition between the U.S. and the PRC and that's what this meeting is about," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the consequences of a Chinese takeover would be "catastrophic."

"And they should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system. It would signal that in today's global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy," Tsai wrote in a Foreign Affairs piece published Tuesday.

While he said he wanted a peaceful solution and outcome to the recent tensions, he warned the mainland that the island nation would defend itself.

"But if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself," Tsai wrote.

President Biden: ‘We Agree’ With China to Abide by Taiwan Agreement

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President Biden: 'We Agree' With China to Abide by Taiwan Agreement joe biden shakes hands with chinese president xi jinping (Lintao Zhang/AP)

By Charles Kim | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 10:26 PM

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday he and Chinese leader XI Jinping agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement and reduce tensions in the region following provocative moves by the Chinese.

"I've spoken with Xi about Taiwan," Biden told reporters Tuesday, The Hill reported. "We agree we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That's where we are, and I made it clear that I don't think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement."

Known as the "Taiwan Relations Act," the 1979 law passed by Congress allows the island nation off the Chinese mainland to govern itself separately from the communist Chinese regime and maintain a trade relationship with the U.S. without being officially recognized as a separate country.

At the time, the U.S. had terminated relations with communist China, but would later reestablish trade with the regime.

Without directly saying so, the United States guarantees support for Taiwan to maintain its sovereignty over mainland China.

Recently, China has made some provocative moves against Taiwan from amassing troops on the shore facing the island and intruding into Taiwan's airspace.

State-run media has also postured toward taking over the island and installing the state's government.

According to The Hill, the U.S. State Department said Sunday it was "very concerned" about the recent provocations.

"We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan," State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

The Biden administration said Tuesday it is dispatching National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan to Switzerland next week to meet with Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi where China's moves will likely be discussed.

"We will continue to seek to responsibly manage the competition between the U.S. and the PRC and that's what this meeting is about," White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Tuesday.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said the consequences of a Chinese takeover would be "catastrophic."

"And they should remember that if Taiwan were to fall, the consequences would be catastrophic for regional peace and the democratic alliance system. It would signal that in today's global contest of values, authoritarianism has the upper hand over democracy," Tsai wrote in a Foreign Affairs piece published Tuesday.

While he said he wanted a peaceful solution and outcome to the recent tensions, he warned the mainland that the island nation would defend itself.

"But if its democracy and way of life are threatened, Taiwan will do whatever it takes to defend itself," Tsai wrote.

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Joe Biden pitches domestic agenda in Mich.

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Joe Biden speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill and his Build Back Better agenda at the International Union of Operating Engineers Training Facility in Howell, Michigan, on October 5, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Joe Biden speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill and his Build Back Better agenda at the International Union of Operating Engineers Training Facility in Howell, Michigan, on October 5, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

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Joe Biden rallied support for his domestic agenda in Michigan. The Democrat visited a union training facility northwest of Detroit in Howell on Tuesday.

During his speech, Biden pitched his $1 trillion infrastructure plan as well as his larger bill to expand the nation’s social safety net and combat climate change. While both bills remained stalled in legislative limbo, Biden promised the investments would get the U.S. “back in the game” and become competitive with China.

“These bills are not about left versus right, or moderate versus progressive or, anything that pits Americans against one another,” he stated. “These bills are about competitiveness versus complacency. They’re about opportunity versus decay. They’re about leading the world or continuing to let the world pass us by which is literally happening.”

Biden added his economic agenda invested in the middle class, which he highlighted was the backbone of America.

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U.N.: Afghan children face severe starvation after Taliban takeover

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A child suffering from malnutrition receives treatment at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar on September 27, 2021. - (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

A child suffering from malnutrition receives treatment at the Mirwais hospital in Kandahar on September 27, 2021. – (Photo by BULENT KILIC/AFP via Getty Images)

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The United Nations has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan after Joe Biden’s botched pullout handed the country over to the Taliban. On Tuesday, a top UNICEF official said half of Afghan children under the age of five would starve under Taliban rule, while COVID-19 also posed a risk to residents.

The U.N. warned Afghanistan could become a “failed state.”

“It’s not just only health, but also other social services. Food shortage, medical shortage. And we heard that there will be fuel shortages. So the whole country is going to collapse if they don’t get support immediately.”

The U.N. also observed a children’s hospital in Kabul was overrun with young patients who are severely malnourished while the Taliban has not addressed the issued.

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Trump Endorses Pete Flores’ Bid to Return to Texas State Senate

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Republican Pete Flores talks to supporters on Sept. 18, 2018, after capturing a reliably blue state Senate seat. Flores, who lost his state Senate seat in 2020, is seeking another post in a newly drawn district. He has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. (Eric Gay/AP)

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:54 PM

Having lost a Texas state Senate race in 2020, Pete Flores is taking another crack at a post in a newly drawn district, earning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump to boot.

Trump wrote Tuesday in a statement from his Save America PAC:

"Pete Flores will be a great state senator for the terrific people of Central Texas. With 27 years in strong law enforcement, Pete will stand for law and order, loves our military and our vets, and will fight to secure our border. Pete is strong on our second amendment and will fight for low taxes. Pete Flores has my complete and total endorsement for the Texas Senate!"

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, another Trump backer, has already endorsed Flores' campaign to represent District 24 in the state Senate.

"Pete Flores made a difference in the Texas Senate," Patrick wrote in a statement in September. "He instantly earned the trust and admiration of his fellow members. A unique blend of common sense and hard work makes him highly effective. He's a dependable conservative and always ready for any tough assignment.

"Pete's a friend and will be a tremendous Senator for District 24. I need Pete Flores back in the Texas Senate to continue to advance our conservative agenda for Texas. He has my full and complete endorsement."

Trump issued a trio of endorsements Tuesday, including another Texas state Senate candidate Kevin Sparks against an establishment Republican incumbent and GOP gubernatorial candidate in a GOP primary against Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

This week, Trump hailed the efforts of Texas in seeking a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, which was helped put forward by Patrick.

Trump Endorses Pete Flores’ Bid to Return to Texas State Senate

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Trump Endorses Pete Flores' Bid to Return to Texas State Senate Trump Endorses Pete Flores' Bid to Return to Texas State Senate

Republican Pete Flores talks to supporters on Sept. 18, 2018, after capturing a reliably blue state Senate seat. Flores, who lost his state Senate seat in 2020, is seeking another post in a newly drawn district. He has received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. (Eric Gay/AP)

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:54 PM

Having lost a Texas state Senate race in 2020, Pete Flores is taking another crack at a post in a newly drawn district, earning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump to boot.

Trump wrote Tuesday in a statement from his Save America PAC:

"Pete Flores will be a great state senator for the terrific people of Central Texas. With 27 years in strong law enforcement, Pete will stand for law and order, loves our military and our vets, and will fight to secure our border. Pete is strong on our second amendment and will fight for low taxes. Pete Flores has my complete and total endorsement for the Texas Senate!"

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, another Trump backer, has already endorsed Flores' campaign to represent District 24 in the state Senate.

"Pete Flores made a difference in the Texas Senate," Patrick wrote in a statement in September. "He instantly earned the trust and admiration of his fellow members. A unique blend of common sense and hard work makes him highly effective. He's a dependable conservative and always ready for any tough assignment.

"Pete's a friend and will be a tremendous Senator for District 24. I need Pete Flores back in the Texas Senate to continue to advance our conservative agenda for Texas. He has my full and complete endorsement."

Trump issued a trio of endorsements Tuesday, including another Texas state Senate candidate Kevin Sparks against an establishment Republican incumbent and GOP gubernatorial candidate in a GOP primary against Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

This week, Trump hailed the efforts of Texas in seeking a forensic audit of the 2020 election results, which was helped put forward by Patrick.

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Missouri Executes Man for Killing Three in 1994 Despite Mental Capacity of a Child

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By Jeremy Frankel | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:28 PM

A Missouri man convicted of beating three people to death while robbing a convenience store in 1994 was executed Tuesday.

After Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, declined to grant clemency despite calls from Pope Francis, lawmakers and activists, Ernest Lee Johnson was executed by lethal injection in the state prison in Bonne Terre, Missouri.

The pope and others, including Missouri Democratic Reps. Cori Bush and Emanuel Cleaver, pressed Parson to grant clemency, since Johnson had been born with fetal alcohol syndrome and lost 20% of his brain tissue after a tumor was removed in 2008.

According to his lawyer, multiple IQ tests have shown that Johnson had the intellectual capacity of a child, Axios reports. Johnson’s lawyer argued that executing an intellectually disabled person would violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

However, Parson said in a statement that ''the state is prepared to deliver justice and carry out the lawful sentence Mr. Johnson received in accordance with the Missouri Supreme Court's order,'' and that ''Mr. Johnson's claim that he is not competent to be executed has been reviewed and rejected by a jury and the courts six different times, including a unanimous decision by the Missouri Supreme Court.''

Missouri Executes Man for Killing Three in 1994 Despite Mental Capacity of a Child

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By Jeremy Frankel | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:28 PM

A Missouri man convicted of beating three people to death while robbing a convenience store in 1994 was executed Tuesday.

After Missouri GOP Governor Mike Parson declined to grant clemency, despite calls from Pope Francis, lawmakers and activists, Ernest Lee Johnson was executed by lethal injection at a state prison in Bonne Terre, Mo.

The Pope and others, including Missouri Democratic Reps. Cori Bush and Emanuel Cleaver, pushed Parson to grant clemency, since Johnson had been born with fetal alcohol syndrome and lost 20% of his brain tissue after a tumor was removed in 2008. According to his lawyer, multiple IQ tests have shown that Johnson had the intellectual capacity of a child, Axios reports. Johnson’s lawyer argued that executing an intellectually disabled person would violate the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

However, Parson said in a statement that “[T]he state is prepared to deliver justice and carry out the lawful sentence Mr. Johnson received in accordance with the Missouri Supreme Court's order,” and that “Mr. Johnson's claim that he is not competent to be executed has been reviewed and rejected by a jury and the courts six different times, including a unanimous decision by the Missouri Supreme Court.”

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Sen. Rick Scott to Newsmax: Biden ‘Being a Hypocrite’ on Debt Ceiling

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Sen. Rick Scott to Newsmax: Biden 'Being a Hypocrite' on Debt Ceiling (Newsmax/''Spicer & Co.'')

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:07 PM

While President Joe Biden blamed Republicans for not voting to raise the debt ceiling, Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said on Newsmax that the Democrats can do it themselves but apparently do not want to and are not being honest with the American people.

"The president's being a hypocrite," Scott told Tuesday's "Spicer & Co." "Democrats control the House, the White House and the Senate, right? They don't need a Republican.

"What they don't want to do is they don't want to tell people what's actually going on."

Democrats realize they are stuck with this problem, particularly as they seek to pass $1.2 trillion in infrastructure funding and another $3.5 trillion in a budget reconciliation bill that could pass the House and Senate without a single Republican vote.

"Democrats know that the American public is fed up with this," Scott told co-hosts Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith. "They're fed up with the inflation, they're fed up with reckless spending. They know this reckless spending is causing their gas prices to go up, food prices go up. It's hurting our poorest families."

Even worse, Scott said, Democrats will not go on record for raising the debt ceiling. Instead, they are planning to merely suspend it through the next fiscal year.

"The Democrats, they want to play a game; they want to say, 'oh, yeah, we're not raising the debt, so we're just going to suspended it, so nobody will know what we're doing,'" Scott continued. "They're being disingenuous. They can do it without any Republican votes. None."

Scott added that Democrats should vote to raise the debt ceiling so that the country can avoid going into default on its debt for the first time in its history.

"They should do it; they should never let the country going into default, but the reality is they ought to say, 'let's live within our means,' like every family does," Scott said. "Let's stop hurting our poorest families by causing inflation, but they don't want to do that."

Democrats want to tax and spend, and they should own that, according to Scott.

"This is just, these are just nice sound bites by the president and by [Senate Majority Leader Chuck] Schumer, when they should go do their job," Scott said. "They want to go spend the money by themselves. Republicans won't go along with that, so if they wanted to do that, and they will raise the debt ceiling by themselves.

"It's still unfair the American public, but the Democrats will have responsibility for what they're doing."

Scott vowed he will not vote to raise the debt ceiling, "period."

"The Democrats have maxed out the credit card, and they don't want to be responsible for going to the bank and saying, 'hey, I need you to raise it some more,'' Scott concluded. "They just want to say, 'hey, just forget about it just for that. We don't want to talk about it.'"

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CDC Study: COVID Pandemic Causes Increase in Adult Anxiety, Depression

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CDC Study: COVID Pandemic Causes Increase in Adult Anxiety, Depression CDC Study: COVID Pandemic Causes Increase in Adult Anxiety, Depression (Dreamstime)

By Charles Kim | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 09:02 PM

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in adult anxiety and depression during the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found.

The study, released Tuesday, found that adults reporting clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression increased between Aug. 19, 2020, through Feb. 1, 2021, to a peak of 13% in anxiety symptoms during the period, and an increase of 14% for symptoms of depression.

Using the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey, the study found a “significant” increase in the symptoms, especially in adults aged 18-29 years, and those with less than a high school education.

A total of more than 1.5 million individuals responded to 19 bi-weekly surveys which were analyzed and compared to 2019 numbers prior to the pandemic.

The surveys looked at two indicators for anxiety and another two indicators for clinical depression, according to the study.

Anxiety averaged a 2.0 “severity score,” with depression having a score of around 1.6, both trending in a similar fashion throughout the study period.

Average scores rose during the fall, then dropped down a bit by spring to below the 1.5-2.0 levels in August.

“The frequency of anxiety and depression symptoms experienced among U.S. adults increased after August 2020, and peaked during December 2020–January 2021,” the study said. “The frequency of symptoms subsequently decreased but in June 2021 remained elevated compared with estimates from the 2019 NHIS [National Center for Health Statistics].”

The increase in symptoms mirrored increases in reported new cases of COVID both nationally and at the state level.

The study recommends more real time monitoring of these factors to make mental health services available during situations like the pandemic.

“Predicting and planning for fluctuations in demand for behavioral health services is often difficult; however, real-time monitoring of mental health symptoms can provide important information for responding to surges in the demand for mental health services during national emergencies,” the study said. “The observed differences in severity score magnitude and peaks across states in this study indicate that these efforts are important at both the national and state levels.”

The study said that making those services available during pandemics and other emergencies is “critical,” particularly among populations disproportionately impacted, that may be “more vulnerable” to the psychological consequences.

It also found a correlation between anxiety, depression and the increasing morbidity and mortality rates during the period.

The study does not account for the recent surge of the delta variant during the spring and summer of 2021.

Missouri Judge Rules Against Defunding Police

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Missouri Judge Rules Against Defunding Police Missouri Judge Rules Against Defunding Police

A demonstrator holds a sign calling for the defunding of the Kansas City, Mo, Police Department as a police helicopter flies overhead at a rally on June 13, 2020. A judge ruled on Tuesday that the City Council was in violation of state law for reallocating millions of dollars away from the city's police department. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 08:39 PM

A Missouri judge ruled on Tuesday that the Kansas City Council was in violation of state law for reallocating millions of dollars away from the city's police department.

According to KMBC, Mayor Quinton Lucas and the City Council in May sought to reduce the Kansas City Police Department's budget by $42.3 million. The same month, the Kansas City police board filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ordinances to remove funding.

According to The Hill, the funding pulled was to be used for community programs to prevent crime.

But a Jackson County judge ruled that the ordinances used to pull the funding were an overstep of the City Council's authority. The judge subsequently ordered that the funding be returned to the police department.

"Today, a Jackson County Judge sided with the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and the Attorney General's Office and struck down Kansas City's illegal attempt to defund the police," a press release from Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office read.

"This is a huge win for the people of Kansas City and law enforcement officers who work every single day to keep their communities safe."

Woman Dies From Blood Clot After Taking J&J Vaccine

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Woman Dies From Blood Clot After Taking J&J Vaccine Woman Dies From Blood Clot After Taking J&J Vaccine A Health Department employee attaches an intake label to a case of Janssen COVID-19 vaccines at Louisville Metro Health and Wellness headquarters on March 4, 2021 in Louisville, Ky. (Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

By Jeremy Frankel | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 08:34 PM

A woman in her late 30s died after contracting a rare blood-clotting syndrome from the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, according to Washington state authorities.

The Associated Press reports that the woman was the fourth in the United States to die from blood clotting after taking the J&J vaccine, Public Health Seattle & King County said Tuesday.

Before the federal government temporarily paused J&J vaccinations for 11 days earlier this year, three deaths were reported from the shots. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) spokesperson said that the agency is looking into additional reported deaths from blood clots since then. This includes one woman in Washington state, who received the shot on August 26th and died on September 7th.

AP notes that blood clotting is a very rare complication that is correlated with the J&J vaccine. According to King County authorities, as of July 8th of this year, 12.5 million doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered. Thirty eight people who received the J&J shot had confirmed cases of the blood clot syndrome, with the majority having recovered.

Washington state Secretary of Health Dr. Umair A. Shah said in a statement about the woman’s death that “we send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Losing a loved one at any time is a tragic and difficult … pain that’s become all too familiar in the last year and a half of this pandemic.”

Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker

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Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker

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By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 08:15 PM

Once the most popular governor in the United States in polling, despite presiding over a reliably blue state in presidential election terms, Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker will have a primary challenge on his docket for his 2022 reelection campaign.

Former President Donald Trump gave his "complete and total endorsement" to a top Republican hopeful Tuesday in a statement from his Save America PAC.

"Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl of Massachusetts looks very much forward to his run against 'RINO' Gov. Charlie Baker, who has done nothing for the Republican Party and has driven Massachusetts energy costs into, by far, the highest in the nation — monthly electric bills, and all else, are not even close to being where they should be," Trump wrote.

"Baker is bad on crime, disrespects our police, does nothing for our veterans, has totally botched the vaccination rollout, presided over the collapse of the MBTA, and has seen crime go to record levels."

In addition to hitting Baker on energy, Trump denounced the blue state governor for bowing to Green New Deal progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

"His 'green climate' views are fresh out of the AOC playbook," Trump's statement continued. "He has totally abandoned the principles of the Republican Party, never cutting taxes and undermining our agenda. Baker is definitely not an American First or Make America Great Again kind of guy."

Diehl, meanwhile, seeks to capitalize on the popularity of Trump, as many other gubernatorial candidates have over the summer.

"Geoff Diehl, on the other hand, is a true patriot, a believer in low energy costs and our independent energy policy (which was just obliterated by the Biden administration with energy costs soaring!)," Trump's statement concluded. "Geoff is strong on crime, election integrity, our now under siege southern border, loves our military, and has a big focus on taking care of our vets.

"Geoff Diehl will be an outstanding governor for the state of Massachusetts, and it is my honor to give him my complete and total endorsement!"

Diehl served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019. He also ran for Senate against Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren in 2018.

Also, Diehl tweeted a warning Monday that had been frequently raised by Trump amid the 2020 presidential election: The dangers of mass mail-in balloting.

"Today, I called on Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to block the attempt to make mail-in voting permanent, and to support Voter ID. Check out my first floor speech on this topic, back in 2012"

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Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker

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Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker Trump Endorses Geoff Diehl in GOP Primary Against Massachusetts Gov. Baker

(Joe Sohm/Dreamstime.com)

By Eric Mack | Tuesday, 05 October 2021 08:15 PM

Once the most popular governor in the United States in polling, despite presiding over a reliably blue state in presidential election terms, Massachusetts GOP Gov. Charlie Baker will have a primary challenge on his docket for his 2022 reelection campaign.

Former President Donald Trump gave his "complete and total endorsement" to a top Republican hopeful Tuesday in a statement from his Save America PAC.

"Republican gubernatorial candidate Geoff Diehl of Massachusetts looks very much forward to his run against 'RINO' Gov. Charlie Baker, who has done nothing for the Republican Party and has driven Massachusetts energy costs into, by far, the highest in the nation — monthly electric bills, and all else, are not even close to being where they should be," Trump wrote.

"Baker is bad on crime, disrespects our police, does nothing for our veterans, has totally botched the vaccination rollout, presided over the collapse of the MBTA, and has seen crime go to record levels."

In addition to hitting Baker on energy, Trump denounced the blue state governor for bowing to Green New Deal progressives such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

"His 'green climate' views are fresh out of the AOC playbook," Trump's statement continued. "He has totally abandoned the principles of the Republican Party, never cutting taxes and undermining our agenda. Baker is definitely not an American First or Make America Great Again kind of guy."

Diehl, meanwhile, seeks to capitalize on the popularity of Trump, as many other gubernatorial candidates have over the summer.

"Geoff Diehl, on the other hand, is a true patriot, a believer in low energy costs and our independent energy policy (which was just obliterated by the Biden administration with energy costs soaring!)," Trump's statement concluded. "Geoff is strong on crime, election integrity, our now under siege southern border, loves our military, and has a big focus on taking care of our vets.

"Geoff Diehl will be an outstanding governor for the state of Massachusetts, and it is my honor to give him my complete and total endorsement!"

Diehl served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2011 to 2019. He also ran for Senate against Democratic incumbent Elizabeth Warren in 2018.

Also, Diehl tweeted a warning Monday that had been frequently raised by Trump amid the 2020 presidential election: The dangers of mass mail-in balloting.

"Today, I called on Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito to block the attempt to make mail-in voting permanent, and to support Voter ID. Check out my first floor speech on this topic, back in 2012"