Military Training Jet Crashes in Texas, Injuring Both Pilots

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A military training jet crashed Sunday in a Dallas suburb, injuring the two pilots and damaging three homes.

Both pilots managed to eject from the plane before it crashed Sunday in Lake Worth, which is just west of Fort Worth, authorities said at a news conference.

Police Chief J.T. Manoushagian said one pilot’s parachute got tangled in power lines and that both were being treated for injuries.

He said the people who live in the three damaged homes will be displaced because of the crash, which the local fire chief said could have been much worse.

United Airlines CEO Supports $1T Infrastructure Bill, Climate Change Elements In $3.5T Plan

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United Airlines CEO Supports $1T Infrastructure Bill, Climate Change Elements In $3.5T Plan United Airlines CEO Supports $1T Infrastructure Bill, Climate Change Elements In $3.5T Plan United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby joins fellow airline executives, union heads and politicians for a call on Congress to pass an extension of the Payroll Support Program in 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:34 PM

United Airlines chief Scott Kirby on Sunday said he’s solidly behind the Senate-passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill — and of climate change elements in the larger $3.5 trillion spending plan.

In an interview on CBS News’ "Face the Nation,” the chief executive officer of the airlines company said his support is not that of an outsider within the business community

“I am very supportive of the entire infrastructure package, as is most of the business community,” Kirby said.

“It's a great opportunity to invest in America coming out of- out of this [COVID-19] crisis.”

According to Kirby, the airline’s air traffic control system “still flies in a lot of ways the same way we flew 50, 60 years ago.”

“And there's real opportunities to make it more efficient and it'd be good for the economy, good for customers, really kind of good for society as a whole,” he said of the $1 trillion spending plan.

But he noted “the climate change elements are a part of the $3.5 trillion so the climate change elements in particular —and I don't know 100% of what they are — but the ones I do know about, I'm very supportive of .”

Kirby said he hoped those elements “pass either in this bill or somewhere else.”

The executive also praised President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees.

“I think the administration's perspective has been that getting people vaccinated at work, it's a one shot and you can really get a whole bunch of the country,” he said.

“You can get a high percentage of the country as opposed to making it a burden on people that are vaccinated every time you get a plane, a train, any kind of public transportation to prove that you're vaccinated. So, for now, I think their approach of focusing on the employment and focusing on work is probably the right way to go.”

“They've got great data and science, and if they tell us that they want us to check everyone, we're prepared to do that as well,” he added.

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Ted Cruz: Biden Vax Mandate Ploy To Detract From Afghan Chaos

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By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:14 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for workers in businesses with over 100 employees is a politically driven decision intended to distract Americans from the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said whether it’s Biden or “the political operatives around him, every decision about Afghanistan and sadly just about every foreign policy and domestic policy issue that's come before this White House has been decided as a matter of pure politics.”

Cruz said the vaccine mandate is no different.

“What the White House is trying to do, they want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” Cruz charged. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

According to Cruz, the mandate will be struck down in court.

“But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan,” he said. “And he's counting on a bunch of big businesses in particular forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz added that the Afghanistan withdrawal became “the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation.”

“They put politics in front of everything else, they abandoned Americans behind enemy lines and it was a disaster,” Cruz said.

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Trump Trolls DC Rally Response While Chaos Reigns at Border

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Trump Trolls DC Rally Response While Chaos Reigns at Border Trump Trolls DC Rally Response While Chaos Reigns at Border .Capitol Police stand at the perimeter at the completion of the 'Justice for J6' rally near the U.S. Capitol on September 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:24 PM

The Capitol Police response, requesting National Guard backup, to watch over the nondescript and peaceful "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday was trolled as overzealous and misappropriated by former President Donald Trump.

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

"It is incredible that our National Guard is standing at the empty Capitol, not at our southern border, where the number of illegals coming into our country is at a level that has never been seen before!"

That rebuke preceded a more comprehensive one Sunday by the former president, who said the country is spiraling into a "cesspool of humanity."

"The largest number of illegal aliens in the history of our country are pouring in by the millions," Trump wrote in another Save America PAC statement. "They are totally unchecked and unvetted, can do whatever they want, and go wherever they want. Our country is rapidly becoming a cesspool of humanity.

"Murderers, drug dealers, and criminals of all shapes and sizes are a big part of this massive migration. Tens of thousands of people are coming from Haiti, and many now from countries in Africa, even more so now than South America."

Trump added the media is quietly covering for President Joe Biden's gaffes as the "border crisis" is becoming what he called a "crisis crisis."

"Nothing is done and the corrupt mainstream media is giving almost no attention to what will be perhaps the greatest crisis in the history of our country," Trump's statement concluded. "This is not just a border crisis, this is a crisis crisis. God Bless America!"

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Eric Trump Wants His Father to Run in 2024

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Eric Trump Wants His Father to Run in 2024 Eric Trump Wants His Father to Run in 2024 Eric Trump campaigns for his father, then President Donald Trump, in 2020. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 02:02 PM

Eric Trump said he wants his father, former President Donald Trump, to run again in 2024.

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Future,” the second-oldest Trump son said his father is “the only person that can save this country.”

“It is an incredibly corrupt system. I see it every single day. It's incredibly corrupt and my father, you know, returned respect to the country and returned the greatest economy our nation has ever seen, rebuilt the military and did great things for America. America was prosperous and respected.”

Under President Joe Biden, however, Eric Trump said “what's happening in Washington is truly — and I hate to use the word — a clown show,” he charged. “This country deserves better. The citizens of this country deserves better. This goes beyond Democrats versus Republicans, this is a pure American red, white and blue [issue]. We deserve better.”

The younger Trump lamented that Democrats “weaponize everything.”

“Every single day since my father ran for president, my father and our entire family and our company has been under investigation every single day, we get subpoena after subpoena after subpoena,” he said.

“They weaponized the entire system in the country,” he said of Democrats. “They weaponized the [Department of Justice]. They weaponized our military, they weaponized the educational system in this country, they weaponized the medical system in the country. The Democrats weaponize everything that they can to use against our political opponents.”

According to Eric Trump, “it's amazing the kind of the injustice in this country and America was always this country that stood for equal weights of justice on both sides.”

“It's a national symbol of ours, the scales of justice, we don't have that anymore,” he said.

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Pompeo: Mistaken Afghanistan Drone Strike a Decision ‘Driven By Politics’

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Pompeo: Mistaken Afghanistan Drone Strike a Decision 'Driven By Politics' Pompeo: Mistaken Afghanistan Drone Strike a Decision 'Driven By Politics' Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak to the media with members of the Republican Study Committee on April 21, 2021. (Joshua Roberts/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:49 PM

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the mistaken drone strike by the United States in Afghanistan that killed 10 civilians — including seven children — was the result of a decision “driven by politics.”

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Pompeo said “these were political decisions driven down to the military.”

“I'm confident that the military was under enormous pressure and [President Joe] Biden said we would strike back at the one who killed 13 Americans,” Pompeo said. “This is just another piece of an evacuation that was driven by politics and not putting America first and America's national security.”

Pompeo asserted the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan damaged our standing in the world.

“I don't see how the Biden administration gets back from this space,” he said. “I hope that they'll begin to recognize that their credibility around the world was damaged deeply by how they executed this withdrawal — the failure to work alongside allies to deliver and made sure that we got allies and friends out of the country and we abandoned a partner in a way that didn't deliver on security for our friends in the region as well.”

He said going forward, administration officials “need to find places that can show real resolve and determination and make sure we are not going back to what we were doing in the last eight years of the Obama administration which is weaknesses, weakness on the world stage.”

“There are still fighters in Afghanistan, we should provide moral support to them as well,” he added. “This was a takeover by a group of terrorists and we need to make sure, double sure, that we don't recognize Taliban as rightful leaders of Afghanistan.”

Pompeo also pushed back on the administration claim that former President Donald Trump and his team didn’t have a plan for the withdrawal.

“There was a plan but [they] chose to tear it up and put constraint where we had condition's base model,” Pompeo said.

“Just very different ways of thinking about the problem and so when you think about this coup, this take over, we try to get all of the players at the table. We had women's groups, [non-government organizations], Taliban, folks from the north, the Afghan government itself, all at the table trying to get a transition where we could some day, maybe 10 years, to get reconciliation among the Afghans. They just permitted the Taliban to throw all of that away, to throw normal diplomacy away, the hard work that we were engaged and allowing terrorist to take over the country.”

Pompeo said the United States shouldn’t recognize the Taliban as the ruler of Afghanistan.

“Most importantly, and what I'm most worried about the American taxpayer dollars that are headed to the Taliban as well,” he said. “We will bribe them and pay them and coerce them through using U.S. taxpayer dollars to convince the Taliban either to allow Americans out or for something elsewhere. We have no leverage today because of the decisions that this administration made.”

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Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden’s Admin in Chaos

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Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden's Admin in Chaos Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden's Admin in Chaos NBC News Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press NBC News Chuck Todd (D Dipasupil/Getty Images for AWXII)

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:43 PM

How bad is it going for President Joe Biden's administration right now? Even NBC News host Chuck Todd, a former Democrat presidential campaign staffer, sees it.

"I think he's got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands," NBC's "Meet the Press" anchor Todd, who worked on former Sen. Tom Harkin's 1992 presidential campaign, said Sunday.

It is not just the allegations of Republicans and critics, but Biden's own words on Afghanistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the souther border crisis.

"All of these problems, in some ways, showed up after he said something, basically, the exact opposite," Todd continued. "Afghanistan withdrawal: It wasn't going to be messy. It was going to look like Saigon.

"The booster shots, he came out and essentially said at eight months and maybe we should start it as soon as five months. Now, we're not sure that anybody younger than 65 is going to get a booster shot."

Biden cannot even blame the Trump administration for the border crisis that has unfolded since he took over the White House, Todd said.

"We can talk about the border problems," he continued. "You could say they're years in the making, but it's pretty clear we have a bigger problem now than we've had in years. And these policies have turned into becoming a magnet."

Biden must address "his credibility on the world stage" in his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, Todd warned.

Biden needs to show the world the U.S. "is not just a stable government," but the president himself can be "a competent leader of the free world right now."

"He's got a lot of work to do," Todd said, adding the "next months are still going to be tough for him politically, because he's got to get this big bill through Congress."

The bill Todd was referring to is the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill the Senate hoped to pass solely on Democrat and independent votes in the 50-50 divided Senate.

"If that thing is passed, I think he can start to take a few breaths here for a bit, but he's going a lot on the line here in the next month," Todd concluded. "That's for sure."

Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden’s Admin in Chaos

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Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden's Admin in Chaos Even Chuck Todd Admits Biden's Admin in Chaos NBC News Political Director and Moderator of Meet the Press NBC News Chuck Todd (D Dipasupil/Getty Images for AWXII)

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:43 PM

How bad is it going for President Joe Biden's administration right now? Even NBC News host Chuck Todd, a former Democrat presidential campaign staffer, sees it.

"I think he's got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands," NBC's "Meet the Press" anchor Todd, who worked on former Sen. Tom Harkin's 1992 presidential campaign, said Sunday.

It is not just the allegations of Republicans and critics, but Biden's own words on Afghanistan, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the souther border crisis.

"All of these problems, in some ways, showed up after he said something, basically, the exact opposite," Todd continued. "Afghanistan withdrawal: It wasn't going to be messy. It was going to look like Saigon.

"The booster shots, he came out and essentially said at eight months and maybe we should start it as soon as five months. Now, we're not sure that anybody younger than 65 is going to get a booster shot."

Biden cannot even blame the Trump administration for the border crisis that has unfolded since he took over the White House, Todd said.

"We can talk about the border problems," he continued. "You could say they're years in the making, but it's pretty clear we have a bigger problem now than we've had in years. And these policies have turned into becoming a magnet."

Biden must address "his credibility on the world stage" in his address to the United Nations on Tuesday, Todd warned.

Biden needs to show the world the U.S. "is not just a stable government," but the president himself can be "a competent leader of the free world right now."

"He's got a lot of work to do," Todd said, adding the "next months are still going to be tough for him politically, because he's got to get this big bill through Congress."

The bill Todd was referring to is the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill the Senate hoped to pass solely on Democrat and independent votes in the 50-50 divided Senate.

"If that thing is passed, I think he can start to take a few breaths here for a bit, but he's going a lot on the line here in the next month," Todd concluded. "That's for sure."

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AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers’ Taxes

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AOC's 'Tax the Rich' Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers' Taxes AOC's 'Tax the Rich' Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers' Taxes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James attend The 2021 Met Gala. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:32 PM

The designer of the "Tax the Rich" Met Gala dress worn by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is not practicing that preaching, relying on unpaid interns and reportedly taxing her employees' income but not sending the money to the government.

The parent company of Aurora James' Brother Vellies fashion brand, Cultural Brokerage Agency, has three open tax warrants in New York state, 15 total warrants since 2015, and six federal liens from the IRS in 2018-'19 totaling $103,220, citing "failure to remit employee payroll taxes," the New York Post reported.

"Just because they take it out of your paycheck doesn't mean they're sending it to the government," Baruch College taxation lecturer David Cenedella told the Post after reviewing the liens. "It's certainly not something you want. I would not say your average business out there has this. Something went wrong."

The IRS declined to comment to the Post's request for a response.

In addition to the tax liability concerns, James' company also claimed $41,666 in COVID-19 Payroll Protection Program funds, has been sued for not paying worker's compensation claims, and operates as a "sweat shop," relying on unpaid interns volunteering to work full-time.

"I experienced a lot of harassment when I worked for her," a fired former contract employee told the Post. "Aurora would ask me to do things that were not in anyone's job description, like scheduling her gynecological appointments. The work environment was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my check."

New York's Worker's Compensation Board fined James' company $17,000 in October 2019 for not carrying worker's-comp insurance from March 2017 to February 2018, according to the report.

The company currently owes $62,722 in back payments to employees hurt at work and forced to miss time, the Post reported.

Also, James' company was sued to be evicted from 71 Franklin St. in Brooklyn, owing $25,000 plus interest for staying beyond its lease, before settling, according to the report.

It was not the first time her company was sued by a landlord, having owned more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the prior address, 209 West 38th Street in Manhattan.

"Aurora, obviously we did not want it to come to this, but you never have paid your rent in a timely manner," Matthew Mandell, a rep for her Manhattan landlord wrote in a March 2018 email, the Post reported. "We have been more than patient."

AOC has called James a "working class" designer, but James bought a $1.6 million residence in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills last September 2020.

But that property is listed as "delinquent" by the Los Angeles County assessor's office, which told the Post there are $2,504 in property taxes owed.

"It's the height of hypocrisy when socialists attend a $30,000 per ticket gala with a message of 'tax the rich' while wearing an overpriced dress by a luxury designer who doesn't pay taxes," Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, D-N.Y., told the Post. "What happened to everyone paying their fair share?"

James, her reps, and Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to the Post's requests for comment.

AOC’s ‘Tax the Rich’ Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers’ Taxes

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AOC's 'Tax the Rich' Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers' Taxes AOC's 'Tax the Rich' Designer Allegedly Pockets Her Workers' Taxes Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Aurora James attend The 2021 Met Gala. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue )

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:32 PM

The designer of the "Tax the Rich" Met Gala dress worn by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., is not practicing that preaching, relying on unpaid interns and reportedly taxing her employees' income but not sending the money to the government.

The parent company of Aurora James' Brother Vellies fashion brand, Cultural Brokerage Agency, has three open tax warrants in New York state, 15 total warrants since 2015, and six federal liens from the IRS in 2018-'19 totaling $103,220, citing "failure to remit employee payroll taxes," the New York Post reported.

"Just because they take it out of your paycheck doesn't mean they're sending it to the government," Baruch College taxation lecturer David Cenedella told the Post after reviewing the liens. "It's certainly not something you want. I would not say your average business out there has this. Something went wrong."

The IRS declined to comment to the Post's request for a response.

In addition to the tax liability concerns, James' company also claimed $41,666 in COVID-19 Payroll Protection Program funds, has been sued for not paying worker's compensation claims, and operates as a "sweat shop," relying on unpaid interns volunteering to work full-time.

"I experienced a lot of harassment when I worked for her," a fired former contract employee told the Post. "Aurora would ask me to do things that were not in anyone's job description, like scheduling her gynecological appointments. The work environment was so hostile that I was afraid to ask for my check."

New York's Worker's Compensation Board fined James' company $17,000 in October 2019 for not carrying worker's-comp insurance from March 2017 to February 2018, according to the report.

The company currently owes $62,722 in back payments to employees hurt at work and forced to miss time, the Post reported.

Also, James' company was sued to be evicted from 71 Franklin St. in Brooklyn, owing $25,000 plus interest for staying beyond its lease, before settling, according to the report.

It was not the first time her company was sued by a landlord, having owned more than $5,000 in unpaid rent at the prior address, 209 West 38th Street in Manhattan.

"Aurora, obviously we did not want it to come to this, but you never have paid your rent in a timely manner," Matthew Mandell, a rep for her Manhattan landlord wrote in a March 2018 email, the Post reported. "We have been more than patient."

AOC has called James a "working class" designer, but James bought a $1.6 million residence in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills last September 2020.

But that property is listed as "delinquent" by the Los Angeles County assessor's office, which told the Post there are $2,504 in property taxes owed.

"It's the height of hypocrisy when socialists attend a $30,000 per ticket gala with a message of 'tax the rich' while wearing an overpriced dress by a luxury designer who doesn't pay taxes," Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, D-N.Y., told the Post. "What happened to everyone paying their fair share?"

James, her reps, and Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to the Post's requests for comment.

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Scott Gottlieb: US ‘Prepared For Wrong Threat’ Ahead of COVID-19

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Scott Gottlieb: US 'Prepared For Wrong Threat' Ahead of COVID-19 Scott Gottlieb: US 'Prepared For Wrong Threat' Ahead of COVID-19 Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Dr. Scott Gottlieb, testifies in 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 01:08 PM

Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Sunday said the United States “prepared for the wrong threat” ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Gottlieb said “we had this sort of illusion that we had prepared for a pandemic.”

“But they were ill-suited to the crisis we faced,” he said of those preparations. “And even the ones that were sort of appropriately measured to what we were facing weren't ready…..I think we didn’t really have the foresight to understand that a virus could threaten us in this way. We had planned for a pandemic flu.”

“We prepared for the wrong threat,” he asserted. “But even if we had prepared for the right threat, the preparations still weren't adequate.”

Gottlieb lamented Americans seem to have lost faith in public health officials.

“I think that there's a lot of people around the country who feel that the advice they got from public health officials wasn't precise, changed, wasn't formulated in a way where it was sort of immutable, wasn't carefully explained, wasn't propagated in a way that it could be assimilated into people's lives,” he said.

“And things changed,” he added, “so people were confused by it and lost confidence in it. And I think that there's going to be part of the dialogue we have around how do we prepare better for the next pandemic.”

According to Gottlieb, there needs to be a discussion of what role public health agencies and public health officials play, “and how much should policymakers really be overseeing what they're doing in the setting of a crisis.”

“That's going to be the first bridge we need to cross as we step into this,” he said.

Gottlieb both faulted and defended the Centers for Disease Control for its response to the pandemic.

“We needed an all-of-the-above approach,” he said. “We needed to get the public health labs stood up. We needed to simultaneously get the clinical labs stood up, labs inside hospitals. And we needed to get private manufacturers developing test kits that can go in every commercial lab around the country. That needed to happen in January. Certainly by the end of January [2020].”

“But CDC had the ball,” he said. “CDC was following their standard blueprint. Their blueprint could keep up with a slow moving outbreak” and not the fast-spreading coronavirus.

Yet Gottlieb said, “in fairness to CDC, there were a lot of policymakers who assumed that they would be able to complete this mission and wrongly assumed what their capabilities were.”

“CDC should have raised their hand and said, we really don't have this,” he said, adding: “I think it's very difficult for an agency to have this self-awareness that they don't have the capacity to respond the way they're being asked.

Gottlieb also said we may never know the origins of COVID- 19.

“We're not going to answer this question absent one or two things happening,” he said. “Either we find the intermediate host, the animal that spread COVID, or there's a whistleblower inside China, or someone close to this, who knows that this came out of a lab, comes forward, defects, goes overseas, or we intercept some communication that we shouldn't have had access to.”

“Absent something like that, we're not going to be able to answer this question,” he continued. “|This is going to be a battle of competing narratives. I think over time, the side of the ledger that — that says that this might have come out of a lab has grown more robust and the side of the ledger that says this came out of a natural species has not really moved.”

He added the Chinese, just because they’re involved in “an exhaustive search” haven’t proved they know it didn’t come out of a lab.

“I think that they would be looking for it, even if they knew it came out of a lab,” he asserted.

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Ex-Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen Laments Military ‘Stuck With’ Mistaken Drone Strike

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Ex-Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen Laments Military 'Stuck With' Mistaken Drone Strike Ex-Joint Chiefs of Staff Mullen Laments Military 'Stuck With' Mistaken Drone Strike Ret. Adm. Mike Mullen in 2020. (Getty Images for CARE)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 12:28 PM

Retired Adm. Mike Mullen, a former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday the military “got caught up” in specifics of a deadly drone strike that mistakenly killed Afghan civilians last month — and “stayed with it no matter what.”

In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mullen called the strike that killed seven children and three adults a “tragic mistake.”

“You had an individual in a truck who was loading water,” he said. “It turned out — you know, big water bottles, all of which, sort of, fit” the intended ISIS-K strike.

“It’s almost as if we just got caught up in the specifics of it and stayed with it no matter what,” he lamented.

“Doing it in an extremely quick, confused, chaotic environment made this one that much more difficult and problematic,” he added.

But Mullen said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, head of the U.S. Central Command, was right to admit to the mistake — and suggest there should be reparations.

“My heart goes out to those family members that were so deeply affected,” Mullen said. “And I thought what General McKenzie did was right, admit the mistake and apologize. And he also spoke later of possible reparations. And, in fact, in the end, [Defense] Secretary [Lloyd] Austin has also committed to a review that hopefully will look at accountability for this.”

Mullen also defended Gen. Mark Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, for speaking with the Chinese in the final days of the Trump administration.

“Having communications with counterparts around the world is routine, and even having them now with China,” he said. “There was a time when we had no communications with China, or we'd have a problem with China, they'd cut off all [military to military] connections. And so, actually, I'm encouraged at the fact that the line of communication is there.”

“This was routine,” he added. “I think it was also overseen, certainly listened to by many other in the interagency process. So, Milley wasn't out there by himself.”

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Mark Morgan: DHS Leaving 224 Miles of Texas Border Exposed to ‘Invasion’

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Mark Morgan: DHS Leaving 224 Miles of Texas Border Exposed to 'Invasion' Mark Morgan: DHS Leaving 224 Miles of Texas Border Exposed to 'Invasion' Former acting Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

By Eric Mack | Sunday, 19 September 2021 11:54 AM

Overwhelmed Biden administration border officials are now leaving 224 miles of the southern border in Texas unpatrolled and open for a "massive invasion," a violation of Article IV, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution, sources told former acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Mark Morgan.

"This is criminal," Morgan, who served under former President Donald Trump, told Newsmax on Sunday. "The U.S. has lost control of the border in the Del Rio sector.

"This would not have happened under the Trump administration," he added.

Amid a surge of an estimated 15,000 migrants crossing and gathering under a bridge in Del Rio – including Haitians fleeing unrest after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse this summer – Biden's Department of Homeland Security has forced resources to surge to the area, leaving 224 new miles of river border unpatrolled as the U.S. Border Patrol is pulled off surveillance to act merely as "processing agents," sources told Morgan.

The exposure of those 224 miles is all a direct result of the recent flood of migrants, including Haitians seeking refuge, Morgan told Newsmax by phone Sunday morning.

"Article IV, Section 4 protects the states from invasion," Morgan said. "It's a massive invasion.

"What else would you call that: migrants unchecked, walking back and forth freely at the border. The federal government has stopped patrolling 224 miles, allowing thousands of migrants to come across."

Under GOP Gov. Greg Abbott's "Operation Lone Star" put in place this summer, Texas has activated hundreds of Texas Department of Public Safety officers to monitor the unpatrolled miles of the border, but Morgan noted they lack the "statutory authority" of the federal border agents reassigned to processing duties.

A call to the communications Texas DPS on Sunday could not confirm the number of miles left unprotected by DHS.

"If it wasn't for Texas DPS, who knows what would happen?" Morgan said, noting public safety is being compromised by potential violence from masses of Haitians growing impatient of being processed as refugees amid the crush. "They could start patrolling the unchecked 224 miles, but they don't have statutory authority to enforce federal law.

"We're also hearing law enforcement are sending riot gear down amid fears of angry Haitians, and border checkpoints are being closed in Laredo as well, potentially."

Also, Morgan noted, Texas DPS cannot handle the volume of migrants and is there merely to assist Border Patrol with law and order.

"How does Texas detain 15,000? Can't do it," Morgan said. "How do you detain a family? Can't do it."

State law enforcement can help when local drug and human trafficking laws are violated, but this ongoing crisis has a "state entity patrolling our federal border," Morgan lamented.

"It's absurd," he said, estimating 50% to 60% of the U.S. Border Patrol, a "conservative number," has been pulled off the line to aid in the processing of migrants under President Joe Biden's catch-and-release policy.

The Texas DPS could not stop an illegal border crosser outside of arresting them for trespassing or some misdemeanor, Morgan said, warning of the "domino effect" on Texas DPS forces not doing their official duties of protecting Texas' local communities.

"The cartels know exactly what's going on," Morgan said, saying the drug and human trafficking cartels are capitalizing on the swaths of the Texas border left wide open during migrant caravan surges. "There's no doubt in my mind drugs are pouring through the border, along with illegal aliens."

Del Rio is being recently exposed, according to Morgan, because it was an area noted by the Trump administration as being in need of significant infrastructure improvements to secure the border. Those improvements have not been made.

"No one likes to hear it, but the Border Patrol does not have a statutory humanitarian mission," Morgan said. "It is a law-enforcement border security agency, and that's what they are appropriated for.

"But they are doing nothing more than processing and transporting aliens – leaving our borders wide open for the smugglers to push drugs, criminals, and gang members across our borders.

"We are witnessing history – we have lost control of our U.S. border in Del Rio, and the state of Texas is now doing the job of DHS, responsible for our homeland."

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Gov. Reeves: Biden’s Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies ‘Outrageous’

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Gov. Reeves: Biden's Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies 'Outrageous' Gov. Reeves: Biden's Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies 'Outrageous' Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address in 2020. ( Rogelio V. Solis-Pool/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 11:36 AM

Gov. Tate Reeves, R-Miss., on Sunday blasted the Biden administration for its “outrageous” allocation of monoclonal antibodies for treatments that have increased in states being hit the hardest by the deadly delta variant of COVID-19.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves pushed back at the state’s alarming death count in the latest wave, saying the high numbers are coming down, noting the state has had more than 9,000 COVID-19 deaths.

“The best thing that Americans can do is talk to their doctor about potentially getting the vaccine,” he said, pointing out 87% of COVID deaths in the state were in people who were not vaccinated.

“The number two thing is if you get the virus, and this is very important… please talk to your doctor about the monoclonal antibody treatment. That's the best way in which to do that.”

“Unfortunately the Biden administration continues to try to reduce the allocation to red states like Mississippi and Florida of that monoclonal antibody treatment. It's outrageous.”

According to the New York Times, 70% of orders placed for doses of monoclonal antibodies came from seven Southern states.

As orders jumped from 27,000 in July to 168,000 doses per week in late August, the Biden administration told states to prepare for the nation's dwindling supply of the treatment and expect scaled-back shipments as a result of increasing demand, the Times reported.

Reeves, however, said his state has seen “a significant uptick in the total number “ of those who’ve gotten the vaccine.

“We've seen our case numbers have fallen dramatically in the last two weeks,” he said, “deaths, unfortunately, is a lagging indicator, we've seen cases… cut in half in Mississippi.”

Reeves also criticized President Joe Biden for his workplace vaccine mandate, calling it a “distraction.”

“The question here is not about what we do in Mississippi, it's what this president is trying to impose upon the American worker,” he said.

“The president very much wants you and everyone else to believe that this is a fight between politicians. The reality is, this is an attack by the president on hard-working Americans… who he wants to choose between getting a jab in their arm and their ability to feed families. I believe that's a false choice."

"The president does not have the authority to do this," he asserted, adding: "He wants to change the political narrative away from Afghanistan and away from the other issues that are driving his poll numbers into the ground and focus on anything, particularly a political fight, other than those issues.”

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Gov. Reeves: Biden's Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies 'Outrageous' Gov. Reeves: Biden's Allocation of Monoclonal Antibodies 'Outrageous' Mississippi Republican Gov. Tate Reeves delivers a televised address in 2020. ( Rogelio V. Solis-Pool/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 11:36 AM

Gov. Tate Reeves, R-Miss., on Sunday blasted the Biden administration for its “outrageous” allocation of monoclonal antibodies for treatments that have increased in states being hit the hardest by the deadly delta variant of COVID-19.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Reeves pushed back at the state’s alarming death count in the latest wave, saying the high numbers are coming down, noting the state has had more than 9,000 COVID-19 deaths.

“The best thing that Americans can do is talk to their doctor about potentially getting the vaccine,” he said, pointing out 87% of COVID deaths in the state were in people who were not vaccinated.

“The number two thing is if you get the virus, and this is very important… please talk to your doctor about the monoclonal antibody treatment. That's the best way in which to do that.”

“Unfortunately the Biden administration continues to try to reduce the allocation to red states like Mississippi and Florida of that monoclonal antibody treatment. It's outrageous.”

According to the New York Times, 70% of orders placed for doses of monoclonal antibodies came from seven Southern states.

As orders jumped from 27,000 in July to 168,000 doses per week in late August, the Biden administration told states to prepare for the nation's dwindling supply of the treatment and expect scaled-back shipments as a result of increasing demand, the Times reported.

Reeves, however, said his state has seen “a significant uptick in the total number “ of those who’ve gotten the vaccine.

“We've seen our case numbers have fallen dramatically in the last two weeks,” he said, “deaths, unfortunately, is a lagging indicator, we've seen cases… cut in half in Mississippi.”

Reeves also criticized President Joe Biden for his workplace vaccine mandate, calling it a “distraction.”

“The question here is not about what we do in Mississippi, it's what this president is trying to impose upon the American worker,” he said.

“The president very much wants you and everyone else to believe that this is a fight between politicians. The reality is, this is an attack by the president on hard-working Americans… who he wants to choose between getting a jab in their arm and their ability to feed families. I believe that's a false choice."

"The president does not have the authority to do this," he asserted, adding: "He wants to change the political narrative away from Afghanistan and away from the other issues that are driving his poll numbers into the ground and focus on anything, particularly a political fight, other than those issues.”

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Trudeau Makes Final Appeal Ahead of Canada’s Election

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Trudeau Makes Final Appeal Ahead of Canada's Election Trudeau Makes Final Appeal Ahead of Canada's Election Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (AP)

ROB GILLIES Sunday, 19 September 2021 10:44 AM

On the final campaign day of a tight election battle, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that his Conservative opponents would weaken the nation's battle against the pandemic and said Canadians need a government that follows science.

Polls indicate Trudeau’s Liberal Party is in a close race with the rival Conservatives and that it is unlikely on Monday to get the outright majority needed to govern without relying on an opposition party to remain in power.

“We do not need a Conservative government that won’t be able to show the leadership of vaccinations and on science that we need to end this,” Trudeau said at a campaign stop in Montreal on Sunday.

Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has refused to say how many of his party's candidates are unvaccinated and Trudeau has been reminding Canadians of that at every opportunity.

O’Toole has described candidates' vaccine choice as a personal health decision, but a growing number of vaccinated Canadians are becoming increasingly upset with those who refuse to get vaccinated.

Trudeau supports making vaccines mandatory for Canadians to travel by air or rail, something the Conservatives oppose. And Trudeau has pointed out that Alberta, run by a Conservative provincial government, is in crisis.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, an ally of O’Toole, said the province might run out of beds and staff for intensive care units within days. Kenney has apologized for the dire situation and is now reluctantly introducing a vaccine passport and imposing a mandatory work-from-home order two months after lifting nearly all restrictions.

Trudeau gambled and called an early election to capitalize on his government’s handling of the pandemic. But the opposition has been relentless in accusing him of calling it for his own personal ambition.

“This pandemic election is vain, risky and selfish,” O’Toole said at a campaign stop in Ontario on Saturday.

A Conservative victory would represent a rebuke of Trudeau, whose opponent has a fraction of his name recognition. O’Toole, 47, is a military veteran, former lawyer and a member of Parliament for nine years.

The 49-year-old Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015, but a combination of high expectations, overexposure and scandal have contributed to fatigue.

“A Liberal majority is possible but it’s not the most likely scenario," said Daniel Béland a political science professor at McGill University in Montreal. “It is clear that the issue of vaccination mandates has allowed the Liberals to score points against the Conservatives, who keep emphasizing personal freedom."

NIH Director Collins: ‘Not Sure’ COVID Boosters Will Be Recommended For Everyone

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NIH Director Collins: 'Not Sure' COVID Boosters Will Be Recommended For Everyone NIH Director Collins: 'Not Sure' COVID Boosters Will Be Recommended For Everyone A nurse administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Feb. 16, 2021. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 10:28 AM

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and a top public health expert, said Sunday he’s unsure there will be a recommendation for COVID-19 boosters for everyone, including children.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Collins noted the Food and Drug Administration has yet to weigh in on whether boosters should be given to those under 65.

“I’m not sure about absolutely everyone,” he said. “We will have to see what they say ultimately about the youngest individuals because of concerns about benefits and risks, but I will be surprised if boosters are not recommended for people under 65 going forward in the next few weeks.”

“What you are seeing here is science playing out a very transparent way. This is how it ought to be,” he said.

According to Collins, the best way to protect children “is to have the people around them vaccinated.”

“To those 75 million unvaccinated people who still have not gotten their first dose…let's not miss the chance one more time to say that's the most important thing we should be doing about COVID-19 right now today,” he said of targeting unvaccinated adults to get the shot.

Collins also defended the process of approving and administering the COVID vaccination — and changes that occur along the way.

“I’m a little troubled that people are complaining the process isn't working for them,” he said.

“The process is to look at the data, have the experts consider it and then make their best judgments. At that point recognizing that the judgments may change. If people want an absolutely authoritative statement about ‘here's the right answer,’ well, that's not what our country is all about. Move to China, you will get it there.”

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NIH Director Collins: 'Not Sure' COVID Boosters Will Be Recommended For Everyone NIH Director Collins: 'Not Sure' COVID Boosters Will Be Recommended For Everyone A nurse administers the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Feb. 16, 2021. (Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 10:28 AM

Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health and a top public health expert, said Sunday he’s unsure there will be a recommendation for COVID-19 boosters for everyone, including children.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Collins noted the Food and Drug Administration has yet to weigh in on whether boosters should be given to those under 65.

“I’m not sure about absolutely everyone,” he said. “We will have to see what they say ultimately about the youngest individuals because of concerns about benefits and risks, but I will be surprised if boosters are not recommended for people under 65 going forward in the next few weeks.”

“What you are seeing here is science playing out a very transparent way. This is how it ought to be,” he said.

According to Collins, the best way to protect children “is to have the people around them vaccinated.”

“To those 75 million unvaccinated people who still have not gotten their first dose…let's not miss the chance one more time to say that's the most important thing we should be doing about COVID-19 right now today,” he said of targeting unvaccinated adults to get the shot.

Collins also defended the process of approving and administering the COVID vaccination — and changes that occur along the way.

“I’m a little troubled that people are complaining the process isn't working for them,” he said.

“The process is to look at the data, have the experts consider it and then make their best judgments. At that point recognizing that the judgments may change. If people want an absolutely authoritative statement about ‘here's the right answer,’ well, that's not what our country is all about. Move to China, you will get it there.”

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Search Resumes for Man Whose Girlfriend Disappeared on Trip

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Search Resumes for Man Whose Girlfriend Disappeared on Trip Search Resumes for Man Whose Girlfriend Disappeared on Trip This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

Associated Press Sunday, 19 September 2021 10:16 AM

More than 50 law enforcement officers on Sunday started a second day of searching in a vast wildlife area near Florida's Gulf Coast for a 23-year-old man that authorities consider a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend who went missing while on a cross-country trek.

The search for Brian Laundrie resumed at the more than 24,000-acre (9,712-hectare) Carlton Reserve in Sarasota County, Florida, a wildlife area with more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of trails, as well as campgrounds.

Laundrie and Gabrielle “Gabby" Petito, 22, left in July on a cross-country trek in a converted van to visit national parks in the U.S. West. Police said Laundrie was alone when he drove the van back to his parents’ home in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1. Petito’s family filed a missing persons report Sept. 11 with police in Suffolk County, New York.

Laundrie has been identified as a person of interest in the case.

“It is important to note that while Brian is a person of interest in Gabby’s disappearance, he is not wanted for a crime,” North Port police said in a statement. It added that the investigation is now a “multiple missing person” case.

Laundrie’s family members told investigators that the last time they saw him was on Tuesday when they believe he went to the wildlife reserve in the Sarasota area.

Petito’s family had been pleading for the Laundrie family to tell them where their son last saw her. Petito and Laundrie were childhood sweethearts who met while growing up on Long Island, New York. His parents later moved to North Port, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Sarasota.

The couple’s trek in the Fort Transit van began in July from Long Island. They intended to reach Oregon by the end of October according to their social media accounts, but Petito vanished after her last known contact with family in late August from Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, authorities said.

The FBI in Denver said Saturday that agents have begun conducting ground surveys at Grand Teton National Park, with help from the National Park Service and local law enforcement agencies, seeking clues to Petito’s disappearance.

NIH Chief Voices Support for Vax Mandate for Some Border Migrants

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NIH Chief Voices Support for Vax Mandate for Some Border Migrants NIH Chief Voices Support for Vax Mandate for Some Border Migrants National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins holds up a model of the coronavirus as he testifies before a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on May 26, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger-Pool/Getty Images)

By Fran Beyer | Sunday, 19 September 2021 10:09 AM

The head of the National Institutes of Health on Sunday suggested he would support a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for some migrants crossing the border illegally.

In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” NIH director Dr. Francis Collins asserted migrants are already being offered vaccines if they arrive from areas where there’s a high incidence of COVID infection.

“I know that vaccines are being offered to people in that situation,” he said, but added as to why they’re not mandated, “that’s a question for someone else.”

“I would say whether they are coming across the border or they are somewhere else in the world, yes. As a public health person, I want everybody to be vaccinated — and if a mandate would help with that, let's do it.”

President Joe Biden has come under fire from the GOP for allowing unvaccinated migrants into the country after they’ve illegally crossed the southern border, and has gotten calls to shut the border for health reasons since unvaccinated migrants “pose a national danger.”

Last month, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton blamed spiking COVID-19 numbers in the state to the record migrant surge at the border.

“There's no doubt our [COVID-19] numbers are going up because of the border and what's going on down there,” he said. “I talked to Dallas police officers who told me that they've seen buses come in at night and be completely emptied and the people just disappear.”