Sen. Klobuchar: Build Back Better bill to be finished before Christmas

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota) speaks to reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on November 2, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Sen.r Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on November 2, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) predicted Joe Biden’s spending bill will be completed before Christmas.

During an interview on Sunday, Klobuchar touted the Biden spending agenda, saying it would help create jobs in fields which are facing major labor shortages. The Democrat said the administration’s spending agenda would be finished in the coming weeks, adding Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) had been in constant communication with the party over the bill.

When asked if she was confident the Build Back Better bill would be completed by Christmas, Klobuchar said she was.

“I am. Sen. Manchin is still at the negotiating table, talking to us every day, talking to us about voting rights, getting that bill done, restoring the Senate. He’s talking to us about this bill,” she added.

Meanwhile, the House passed the $1.9 trillion spending plan two weeks ago in a party-line vote and the upper chamber is expected to hold their own vote in the coming weeks.

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Fmr. FDA Commissioner Gottlieb addresses Omicron variant

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on the committee threatened to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regarding their delayed responses about drug distributors that poured in millions of pain pills into West Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Health experts have warned against jumping to conclusions amid the media frenzy over the Omicron variant. South African Doctor Angelique Coetzee said all Omicron patients so far have shown mild symptoms and none of which required hospitalization.

“It’s extremely mild for us. It’s mild cases. We haven’t admitted anyone,” said Dr. Coetzee. “I spoke with other colleagues of mine, the same picture.”

Dr. Coetzee stressed most of the new cases are mild in both vaccinated and unvaccinated patients, adding the disease is easily being treated at this point. Additionally, President Trump’s former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb discussed how vaccines and boosters should work against the variant.

“It’s almost definitely here already, just looking at the number of cases coming off planes this weekend. It’s almost a certainty that there have been cases that have gotten into the United States,” said Gottlieb.

During an interview on Sunday, he discussed how vaccine makers are confident fully vaccinated individuals, who have also received a booster, would be protected against the Omicron variant. Gottlieb, who is also a Pfizer board member, added there’s no evidence of the new variant making individuals more sick than previous strains.

“Is this more virulent? So, to your question, is this making people more ill? There’s no indication that it is,” said Gottlieb. “And in fact, there’s some anecdotal information off of physicians in South Africa that this could be causing mild illness.”

Although, Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci said otherwise. Fauci said the Omicron variant is something to be concerned about due to the multiple mutations that could potentially evade immunity from past infections or vaccines.

However, Gottlieb predicted a different outcome based on studies testing the blood of vaccinated people against the Omicron variant set to come out next week.

“Now, I would expect that those studies are going to show that the neutralization against this virus declined substantially,” said Gottlieb.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden said on Friday he would not be implementing anymore vaccine mandates.

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Ark. Gov. Hutchinson: GOP should promote civility

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 22, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Facing growing resistance to vaccinations, the governors of Arkansas and Ohio are among several governors asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant full approval to coronavirus vaccines in the hope that it will persuade more people to get the shot. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, June 22, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson (Ark.) said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) should be “publicly condemning” Republican House members who cross the line or cause more divide within the country. During an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, the Republican governor said when members within their own caucus move in the wrong direction, they must be called out.

“It has to be dealt with, particularly whenever it is breaching the civility, whenever it is crossing the line in terms of violence or increasing the divide in our country,” stated Hutchinson.

Hutchinson’s remarks come after Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert attempted to apologize to Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after making an offensive joke, disrespecting the Democrat lawmaker and the Muslim community. GOP Rep. Paul Gosar’s (Ariz.) actions were also called into question after being censured for posting an animated video depicting him killing New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“So one of the things that’s really important to us in the future is increasing the civil debate, and civil discourse, and we have got to look for ways that we can bring people together and not divide,” said Hutchinson. “And certainly along racial lines.”

McCarthy said he’s reached out to the Democrat lawmakers following the comments made, but has yet to condemn Boebert’s remarks. Gosar, however, has been stripped of all committee assignments.

Meanwhile, the Arkansas governor highlighted lawmakers must look for ways to bring people together and decrease the divide.

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Texas husband charged in murder of his wife

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A Texas husband has been charged with the murder of his late wife.

Harris County authorities said 41-year-old Christopher Collins is due for his first court appearance on Monday. Prosecutors argue Collins “went to great lengths” to make it look as if his wife, Yuanhua Liang, had been killed by a home intruder.

However, investigators said there were no signs of a break in after his wife was found shot to death in their living room.

Officers reportedly received a call from the male, later identified as Collins, claiming he had received a text from his wife indicating someone was outside their residence. The male caller then told 911 he had unsuccessfully tried to reach his wife and that she was not responding.

Detectives said surveillance footage showed Collins going in and out of a locker room at a local gym, where he had initially called the police and where they later located his wife’s wallet, which Collins had reported missing. While searching the home, officers also found a $250,000 life insurance policy signed by the couple just two days before her death.

Investigators revealed Liang had been shot while wearing a sleep mask and was found with a bag over her head.

“Which indicated the bag had been placed over her head after she had been shot. Based on the officer’s training and experience, believes the action, which occurs when a person has a personal relationship with a deceased individual, does not want to see their face as they die,” said prosecutors in court. “Officers who searched the home found a sheet of paper on the desk inside the residence. The paper was for life insurance for $250,000. The officer stated that the defendant and the complainant had signed the paper for life insurance on Nov. 16, 2021.”

Authorities said they later found a .22 caliber live round in Collins’ pocket, a bullet used for a small caliber handgun. Meanwhile, a medical examiner confirmed Liang was shot with a small caliber handgun.

Collins is currently being held on a $150,000 bond and has been ordered to surrender his passport.

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Matthew McConaughey: Won’t Run for Texas Governor

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Matthew McConaughey: Won't Run for Texas Governor Matthew McConaughey: Won't Run for Texas Governor Actor Matthew McConaughey. (Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty)

By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 28 November 2021 09:13 PM

Actor Matthew McConaughey on Sunday announced that he would not be running for the governorship in Texas.

McConaughey took to Twitter in his announcement, sharing that "it's a humbling and inspiring path to ponder."

But "it is also a path that I'm choosing not to take at this moment."

According to the Texas Tribune, the famed Hollywood actor had not specified which party he would run under, be it Democrat, Republican, or Independent.

McConaughey's announcement comes just two weeks before the candidate filing deadline for the Texas primary.

Conversely, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is slated to run for a third term next year. So far, he has drawn at least three primary challengers, including Democrat Beto O'Rourke.

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Trump Calls for Public Debate on 2020 Election

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By Jeremy Frankel | Sunday, 28 November 2021 08:34 PM

Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Sunday calling for a public debate on "the facts, not the fiction" regarding the 2020 presidential election.

"The Fake News Media cannot stand the fact that so many people in our Country know the truth, that the 2020 Election was rigged and stolen, yet almost every article written contains the words the 'Big Lie' or 'unsubstantiated facts,' etc., always trying to demean the real results," the statement, made through Trump’s Save America PAC, began.

Trump then stated that he was "willing to challenge the heads of various papers or even far left politicians," and called voter irregularities and fraud that plagued certain states "the real Big Lie."

He added that the "highly partisan Unselect Committee of Democrats" refuse to look into what possibly caused the January 6th protest, and said that it may have been due to the irregularities surrounding the November election.

The former president then singled out specific states, such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and New Hampshire. Trump also included New Mexico in the list of states where he accused the Democrat Secretary of State of unconstitutionally altering the state’s voting laws without legislative approval right before the election. He then added that these changes made it "virtually impossible" for the Republican to win.

The statement concluded with a reiteration of the debate challenge, with Trump saying that "it will be a ratings bonanza for television!"

Since the 2020 election, many of these states have either passed or proposed new election reform laws, such as Georgia’s Election Integrity Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp (R) in March.

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Biden Told It Will Take 2 Weeks to Have Definitive Data on Omicron Variant

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Biden Told It Will Take 2 Weeks to Have Definitive Data on Omicron Variant Biden Told It Will Take 2 Weeks to Have Definitive Data on Omicron Variant Dr. Anthony Fauci (AFP via Getty Images)

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The top U.S. infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told President Joe Biden on Sunday it will take about two weeks to have definitive information on the new coronavirus variant Omicron that has sparked new travel restrictions and shaken financial markets.

Biden, returning to Washington following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, was briefed in person by his coronavirus response team on Sunday afternoon as officials expect the new variant to reach the United States despite an impending ban on travelers from Southern Africa, where it was first detected.

Fauci said he believes existing vaccines are likely to provide "a degree of protection against severe cases of COVID," and officials reiterated their recommendation for vaccinated Americans to get booster shots, according to a readout of the briefing.

Biden was due to update the public on the new variant and the U.S. response on Monday, the White House said.

Omicron https://www.reuters.com/world/new-coronavirus-variant-omicron-keeps-spreading-australia-detects-cases-2021-11-28, which was first detected in Southern Africa, has now been confirmed in Australia, Belgium, Botswana, Britain, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, France, South Africa, and the United States' neighbor to the north, Canada.

Earlier on Sunday, Fauci told ABC News' "This Week" that the new variant would "inevitably" reach the United States.

U.S. health officials were to speak with counterparts in South Africa to get "more information in real time," Fauci told NBC, adding the flight curbs would give them more time to gather information and weigh possible action.

"It clearly is giving indication that it has the capability of transmitting rapidly. That's the thing that's causing us now to be concerned," he added on NBC.

Its appearance in the United States, where 30% of the population has not received a single dose of vaccine https://tmsnrt.rs/3FSkZ03, could threaten to undermine the nation's recovery nearly two years after COVID-19's emergence and further pressure local healthcare systems already taxed by the recent Delta variant.

Rising cases as colder weather forces more people indoors has also caused some hospital systems and U.S. states, including New York, to declare emergencies.

So far, nearly 782,000 people have died in the United States from COVID-19 since early 2020, the most of any country in the world, amid over 48 million infections, Reuters data show.

TRAVELERS BANNED, NOT FLIGHTS

The United States is joining other nations in seeking to block transmission by imposing travel restrictions.

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. ET (0501 GMT) on Monday, it will bar entry of nearly all foreign nationals who have been in any of eight southern African countries within the last 14 days and has warned Americans against traveling to those nations.

U.S. citizens and lawful U.S. permanent residents who have traveled to the countries will still be able to enter the United States and no new screening or tracing requirements have been introduced.

Flights by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines have continued from South Africa to the United States since the variant was discovered.

Fauci and other top officials said the sudden burst of cases made Omicron worrisome and it remained unclear how current vaccines or therapeutics could be impacted.

"We need more data there before we can say confidently that this is not a severe version of the virus, but we should find that out in the next couple weeks," outgoing National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins told "Fox News Sunday."

Vaccine makers Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have said they expect more information soon.

"We have to go through a couple of weeks yet of uncertainty," Moderna Chief Medical Officer Dr. Paul Burton told CNN, saying Omicron's transmissibility and severity were also still unknown along with current vaccines' effectiveness against it.

'CLARION CALL' FOR SHOTS

Fauci pressed Americans to continue to get COVID-19 vaccines and boosters while experts evaluate Omicron.

"This is a clarion call … (to) get vaccinated," he told NBC.

The United States has recorded over 1.1 million new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days, up 9% from the prior two weeks, Reuters data shows, with Michigan and Minnesota leading the nation in new cases, based on infections per 100,000 residents.

The proportion of COVID-19 tests coming back positive in New York state had doubled since last month to 4.23%, underscoring the need for vaccinations, Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement.

"Cases are rising throughout New York State, and the new Omicron variant poses a very real threat to the progress we've made," Hochul said.

The variant could cast a pall over the rest of the U.S. holiday season and potentially impact companies' return-to-office plans.

Biden Seen Shopping Without a Mask in Store Requiring Them

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 28 November 2021 07:43 PM

President Joe Biden was seen not wearing a mask while shopping in a store that requires them.

A Fox News report published Saturday shows Biden shopping at Murray's Toggery Shop on Nantucket island with a mask draped below his chin amidst the store's masked patrons. The president was visibly seen not wearing a mask in the same frame of a posted store sign requiring them.

Upon exiting the shop at around 4:45 pm, Biden was seen still not wearing a mask and drinking what reports are saying is a milkshake.

Recently, the island issued a mandate calling for all businesses to require masks to be worn indoors. The local island paper, The Inquirer and Mirror, says the mandate will be "rescinded once the island drops below the 50th percentile of towns that test their wastewater for the presence of COVID-19," or in about two weeks from Nov. 18.

"It can also be rescinded by the Board of Health, which set the policy."

Economist: Biden’s supply chain crisis, inflation here to stay

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser of Allianz appears on a segment of "Mornings With Maria" with Maria Bartiromo on the FOX Business Network at FOX Studios on April 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – APRIL 29: Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Adviser of Allianz appears on a segment of “Mornings With Maria” with Maria Bartiromo on the FOX Business Network at FOX Studios on April 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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A top economist has warned Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis will be the main concern for the U.S. economy moving forward.

During an interview on Sunday, Allianz Financial Group economist Mohamed El-Erian said supply chain disruptions will “contaminate” consumer demand in the U.S. He added inflation isn’t transitory, contrary to claims by Biden’s officials, while labor shortages continue to make things worse.

Meanwhile, U.S. inflation rose 6.2 percent last month, marking the highest since 1990. Separately, El-Erian said inflation may eventually suppress consumer confidence in the U.S.

“But if you look at what’s happening on the demand side, there you get some questions. Demand is robust today, but will it be robust in six months time? And there’s really big questions, both in terms of demand destruction, people buying less because prices are higher, and in terms of whether policy becomes contractionary or not,” said El-Erian.

El-Erian also stressed the Federal Reserve must tackle the inflation sooner rather than later, before it does more damage to consumer expectations.

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Suspected DUI driver kills Texas police officer, injures 3 others

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A Texas police officer was killed and several others left injured in a suspected DUI crash.

The Euless Police Department confirmed Saturday, off-duty Detective Alejandro Cervantes was fatally struck by an alleged drunk driver in Tarrant County. Reports said one other passenger was critically injured during the incident and two children were treated for serious injuries.

Cervantes was with the Euless Police Department for more than six years and previously served with the El Paso Police Department.

Authorities identified the suspect as 26-year-old Dylan Molina and arrested him at the scene. Reports suggested Molina ran a red light prior to the crash, with some witnesses claiming he attempted to flee on foot afterwards.

He is expected to be charged with intoxication manslaughter and three counts of aggravated assault.

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House Republicans vow to boot radical Democrats from committees when they take over Congress majority

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 17: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks outside the U.S. Capitol November 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. McCarthy and other members of the Republican caucus spoke on U.S. President Joe Bidens domestic agenda as his Build Back Better initiative nears a vote in the House. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 17: House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks outside the U.S. Capitol November 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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Republicans in the House have said they’re ready to fight back against Democrats, suggesting the same treatment the “America First” GOP representatives have received.

According to recent reports, many radical House Democrats are at risk of losing their committee assignments if Republicans take back the majority in the House. This, after Democrats voted to strip GOP Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.) from their committee assignments.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vowed to give back Greene and Gosar’s committee assignments when Republicans retake the majority in 2022.

Greene was stripped of her assignments as punishment over social media remarks, while Gosar lost his and was censured over an anime meme that was said to encourage violence amongst lawmakers in an attempt to depict the Biden border crisis.

When the House voted to censure Gosar and remove him from his committees, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) gave a speech pointing out how the Democrats were intentionally targeting her colleagues one by one, despite their hypocrisy. Some of the Democrats that garnered attention as potential GOP targets were Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

Waters came under the radar of Republicans after comments she made during the Trump administration, where she threatened to send mobs against administration officials.

“If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station; you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome,” Waters previously said.

Meanwhile, in order to take over the House and follow through on these reprisals, Republicans will need to flip five seats in the midterms.

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Rep. Cloud: New Democrat ATF rule a backdoor federal gun registry

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: Rep. Michael Cloud (R-TX) speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border outside the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. Accusing the Biden Administration of partnering with with drug cartels, members of the conservative caucus listed numerous crimes along the border, including cattle rustling. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – MARCH 17: Rep. Michael Cloud (R-Texas) speaks during a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus about immigration on the U.S.-Mexico border outside the U.S. Capitol on March 17, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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Democrats are laying the groundwork for a federal gun registry, according to many House Republicans.

Texas Rep. Michael Cloud (R) sounded the alarm in a recent letter to the acting Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) director, which was signed by 51 GOP lawmakers. According to the Republicans, a recent rule change at the ATF aims to force manufacturers to keep manufacturing records beyond the current 20-year threshold.

They warned the Biden administration would use this to collect more information on law-abiding gun owners. This comes as the ATF has already taken over the records of nearly 55 million gun owners.

“The Biden administration is yet again ignoring the real threats against America and instead using political leverage to encroach on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens,” Cloud said in a statement.

The lawmakers wrote they “are concerned” the Biden administration is “leveraging its power in a way to establish a federal gun registry,” and expressed their opposition to the proposed rule in question.

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N.Y. Gov. Hochul declares state of emergency

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks during an event with Vice President Kamala Harris about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda will benefit working families at the Edenwald YMCA on October 22, 2021 in the Bronx Borough of New York. (Photo by Bryan R. Smith / AFP) (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul speaks during an event with Vice President Kamala Harris about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal and the Build Back Better Agenda will benefit working families at the Edenwald YMCA on October 22, 2021 in the Bronx Borough of New York. (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) declared a state of emergency to prepare for the new Omicron variant.

The governor made the announcement on Friday, amid a surge in cases and the emergence of the new strain. The declaration goes into effect Dec. 3 and will reportedly allow the state to acquire medical supplies and increase hospital capacity.

Additionally, the order allows hospitals to turn away patients seeking non-urgent or non-essential services in order to ensure enough resources to treat COVID infected patients.

“We continue to see warning signs of spikes in COVID this winter, and while the new Omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York State, it’s coming,” Hochul said in a tweet.

In the meantime, Hochul has advised New Yorkers get vaccinated or get the booster shot if they haven’t already. Additionally, Joe Biden has restricted travel from eight countries in southern Africa in order to mitigate the spread. The Omicron variant was first detected in South Africa, but has already made its way to several other countries.

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Canada Confirms Country’s First Two Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

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Canada Confirms Country's First Two Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant A child sits with his mother as he waits for his dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children as photographers photograph another child receiving the vaccine on November 24, 2021 in Montreal, Quebec. (Andrej Ivanov/AFP via Getty) Canada Confirms Country's First Two Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant

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Canada has confirmed two cases of the Omicron COVID variant in Ontario Sunday, according to Canadian health officials.
"Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria. Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation," Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health, said in a joint statement.
The Netherlands also confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa.
A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow the variant's spread also grew, with Israel deciding Sunday to bar entry to foreign nationals in the toughest move so far.

Confirmed or suspected cases of the new variant have already emerged in several European countries, in Israel and in Hong Kong, just days after it was identified by researchers in South Africa. The "act first, ask questions later" approach reflected growing alarm about the emergence of a potentially more contagious variant nearly two years into a pandemic that has killed more than 5 million people, upended lives and disrupted economies across the globe.
Morocco is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Monday for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant, the Foreign Ministry announced Sunday.

While much remains to be learned about the new variant, researchers are concerned that it may be more resistant to the protection provided by vaccines and could mean that the pandemic lasts for longer than anticipated.
The Dutch public health authority confirmed that 13 people who arrived from South Africa Friday have so far tested positive for omicron. They were among 61 people who tested positive for the virus after arriving on the last two flights to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport before a flight ban was implemented. They were immediately put into isolation, most at a nearby hotel, while sequencing was carried out.
Authorities in Australia said two overseas travelers who arrived in Sydney from Africa became the first in the country to test positive for the omicron variant. Arrivals from nine African countries are now required to quarantine in a hotel upon arrival. Two German states reported a total of three cases in returning travelers over the weekend.

Israel moved to ban entry by foreigners and mandate quarantine for all Israelis arriving from abroad.
"Restrictions on the country's borders is not an easy step, but it's a temporary and necessary step," Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.
Dr. Ran Balicer, head of the government's advisory panel on COVID-19, told Israel's Kan public radio that the new measures were necessary for the "fog of war" surrounding the new variant, saying it was "better to act early and strictly" to prevent its spread.
Dutch Health Minister Hugo de Jonge said he has asked his country's public health institute for advice on whether additional travel restrictions are needed, but he said he wants to coordinate with his European Union counterparts because "I think those are really steps that we will have to take together."
Many countries have restricted or banned travel from various southern African countries – among the latest New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Saudi Arabia. Places that already had imposed restrictions include Brazil, Canada, the EU, Iran, and the U.S. This goes against the advice of the World Health Organization, which has warned against any overreaction before the variant is thoroughly studied.
South Africa's government responded angrily to the travel bans, which it said are "akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker." It said it will try to persuade countries that imposed them to reconsider.
"Whilst we respect the right of all countries to take the necessary precautionary measures to protect their citizens, we need to remember that this pandemic requires collaboration and sharing of expertise," the minister for international relations and cooperation, Naledi Pandor, said in a statement.
The United States' top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he would not be surprised if the omicron variant was already in the U.S., though it hasn't yet been detected there.
In Europe, much of which already has been struggling with a sharp increase in cases over recent weeks, officials also were on guard.

The U.K. on Saturday tightened rules on mask-wearing and on testing of international arrivals after finding two omicron cases. Spain announced it won't admit unvaccinated British visitors starting Dec. 1.
Italy was going through lists of airline passengers who arrived in the past two weeks after a business traveler who returned from Mozambique and landed in Rome on Nov. 11 tested positive for omicron. The Lazio region's top health official, Alessio D'Amato, said that "controls at airports, ports and train stations have been reinforced."
French Health Minister Olivier Veran said that, while his country had no confirmed cases yet, "it is probable that there currently are cases in circulation."
While it is not clear yet how existing vaccines work against the omicron variant, Veran said France isn't changing its strategy to fight the latest surge of infections driven by the delta variant, which centers on increasing vaccinations and boosters.
David Hui, a respiratory medicine expert and government adviser on the pandemic in Hong Kong, said that even though it is not clear if current coronavirus vaccines are effective against the new variant, the city's vaccination rate should be increased and booster doses should be implemented as soon as possible.
He said that the two people who tested positive for the omicron variant had received the BioNTech-Pfizer shot and exhibited very mild symptoms, such as a sore throat.
"Vaccines should work but there would be some reduction in effectiveness," he said.

D’Amato Slams Biden as ‘Fake Moderate’

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D'Amato Slams Biden as 'Fake Moderate' D'Amato Slams Biden as 'Fake Moderate' U.S. President Joe Biden. (Samuel Corum/Getty)

By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 28 November 2021 05:20 PM

Former Sen. Al D’Amato harshly criticized President Joe Biden as a fake moderate on Sunday, saying that his ultra liberal policies are sinking the country.

Speaking on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on WABC 770 AM hosted by John Catsimatidis, the New York Republican said the U.S. is in "a tragic situation brought on by the incompetent, ultra-liberal leadership of somebody who promised to be a moderate. Somebody who promised to bring the country together."

He also insisted that "President Biden has been anything but that moderate. Has not brought the country together. Has undertaken policies that the extreme left loves."

D'Amato also criticized anyone making excuses for Biden by claiming that it is actually people behind him who are coming up with these policies, saying "that’s nonsense. I say we are seeing the true Joe Biden."

Biden, he added, could not "have won the Democratic primary if he had tried to run to the left of Bernie Sanders."

The senator added that "I considered Joe Biden a close friend. He came to my wedding. He came to the [federal] courthouse dedication in my name after I left the Senate, but I see what’s going on… I don’t blame others. He’s the president. It’s him. And he is sinking this country."

D’Amato said it is Biden’s energy policies that have caused the sharp rise in the price of gasoline since he entered the White House and contributed to "the biggest inflation in more than 30 years. And [Biden] is ready to blame it on everything but himself."

The former senator pointed out that inflation is not only harming the poor, but working and middle class families, too.

He gave as an example "a family making $150,000, and they live in the suburbs, and they got to pay the real estate property taxes… They need two cars… They have children ready to go to college… They are struggling. And now you’re going to hit them with $200 to $300 a month more in expenses? Because that’s what inflation is going to be costing these people to run their cars, to heat their homes, to feed their families."

D’Amato also mocked Biden’s solution for lowering gasoline prices by opening up the oil reserves, saying "that doesn’t amount to anything. It amounts to less than three days of energy supply.… This isn’t going to lower the cost of gasoline."

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Biden confident Fed picks will curb inflation, addresses crisis in Ukraine

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the economy during an event at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. President Biden announced the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of the Department of Energy to combat high energy prices which are at a seven-year high across the nation prior to the holiday travel season. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NOVEMBER 23: Joe Biden speaks on the economy during an event at the South Court Auditorium at Eisenhower Executive Office Building on November 23, 2021 in Washington, D.C (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Joe Biden remains confident his picks for the Federal Reserve will be able to curb inflation.

The Democrat recently addressed reporter questions about the potential economic effects of the new COVID variant. He said the markets crashing from the emergence of the variant doesn’t worry him at all.

Additionally, Biden was asked if he told the Federal Reserve to singularly focus on inflation as it continues to spiral out of control. Biden stressed his new picks would work hard to try and tamper inflation.

“I’ve talked to the Fed about a whole range of things. Monetary policy and inflation. And I have confidence that the appointees that I’ve made, and I have three more, are going to reflect that concern,” said Biden.

This comes as the total inflation rate has reached about 6 percent for the year. These are among the highest rates in the world and they have shown no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Meanwhile, as tensions near the Ukraine-Russia border rise, the Biden administration has remained silent. However, earlier this month Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured Ukraine’s foreign minister that they had their back.

“The United States commitment to Ukraine’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, is iron-clad. It is a position that will not change. We stand with Ukraine,” stated Blinken.

This comes amongst a recent announcement by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where he addressed an alleged coup d’etat against his government Friday. That same day when reporters asked Biden how they would assist their ally, he didn’t have much to say.

“I am concerned. Look, we support Ukraine’s territorial integrity,” Biden said. “We support Ukraine’s ability to govern themselves. And we object to anything remotely approaching.”

Meanwhile, White House officials have continued to avoid questions regarding the crisis and it’s still unknown to what extent Biden will go to help Ukraine.

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Reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham remains key ally for Democrats in getting Biden’s judicial nominees through Senate

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is followed by a reporter in the basement of the U.S. Capitol building on October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Democrats are continuing internal negotiations about the Biden administration's social policy spending bill. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 27: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is followed by a reporter in the basement of the U.S. Capitol building on October 27, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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Joe Biden has found a key ally within the Republican Party, who seems to be helping him pass through his judicial nominees. Reports have pointed to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) as a Biden sympathizer, who has helped the last two Democrat administrations appoint their picks to top federal judgeships.

Graham was one of only three Republican senators to support the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Experts believe Biden has been prepping Jackson to be a potential Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Additionally, Graham was one of nine GOP senators to help push through Justice Sonia Sotomayor during the Obama administration. Critics have noted Graham gives preference to the party ruling the White House on matters concerning the judiciary, regardless of the party.

Graham’s office released a statement reiterating his position on the matter.

“Senator Graham has long believed that under the Constitution, the president has the right to select judges of their choosing and as long as they are qualified, they should generally be confirmed by the Senate,” read the statement.

Meanwhile, some have described Graham’s position as “the old fashioned view” that was more commonly used in earlier days within the Senate, with many saying it is unlikely he will shift his views.

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NRCC mobilizing for a red wave during midterms

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SARTELL, MN - FEBRUARY 22: Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) responds to a question at a town hall meeting on February 22, 2017 in Sartell, Minnesota. Emmer was asked questions ranging from health care, immigration, to education policy.(Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

SARTELL, MINN. – FEBRUARY 22: Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) responds to a question at a town hall meeting on February 22, 2017 in Sartell, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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The National Republican Congressional Committee’s Chairman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) told House Democrats to “retire or you’re going to lose next fall.”

In an interview on Saturday, the Minnesota representative shared the NRCC is recruiting quality candidates for midterms in 2022. The congressman stated they have over 830 Republican candidates filed to run for the House alone. This being a record number for the party.

Emmer also said there weren’t any centrists left in the Democrat Party and believes with the proper candidates sharing the right message, voters would choose wisely.

The NRCC recently released a video recognizing the record inflation under the Democrats’ control. It also highlighted the rising prices for the holiday season.

In the meantime, Republicans need to flip only five seats in order to regain control of the House.

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Family attorney reveals Brian Laundrie’s parents knew gun was missing when he disappeared

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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, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

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, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

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The attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family revealed his parents knew about a missing handgun the day they reported his disappearance.

The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, recently revealed law enforcement involved with the investigation agreed it was best for the information to remain private and not made available to the public. Due to the investigation being so public, officials said things would have been worse if the public knew Laundrie had a gun.

This comes after a recent autopsy report showed Laundrie died by suicide, specifically from a gunshot wound to the head. Some sources said the parents could possibly face charges despite police having knowledge of the information.

“I think the Laundries have possible culpability under 18 U.S.C. 3, which is accessory after the fact, and possibly 18 U.S.C. 1519, which is obstruction in terms of, if they tampered with any evidence after that crime was committed,” said retired FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer.

Bertolino announced when Laundrie was first reported missing, his parents turned over all of their guns, however, one was missing from their collection.

One forensic scientist, Larry Koblinsky, also suggested Laundrie’s family could be held accountable.

“Somebody may have been helping him, most likely the parents, or it could have been somebody else that we don’t even know about,” said Koblinksy. “But again, the likelihood is that [Brian Laundrie] didn’t do this alone. He may have had assistance. And whoever did help him can be penalized, can suffer legal consequences for aiding and abetting his escape.”

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Family attorney reveals Brian Laundrie’s parents knew gun was missing when he disappeared

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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, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. The couple was pulled over while they were having an emotional fight. Petito was reported missing by her family a month later and is now the subject of a nationwide search. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

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, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

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UPDATED 10:58 AM PT – Sunday, November 28, 2021

The attorney for Brian Laundrie’s family revealed his parents knew about a missing handgun the day they reported his disappearance.

The family’s lawyer, Steven Bertolino, recently revealed law enforcement involved with the investigation agreed it was best for the information to remain private and not made available to the public. Due to the investigation being so public, officials said things would have been worse if the public knew Laundrie had a gun.

This comes after a recent autopsy report showed Laundrie died by suicide, specifically from a gunshot wound to the head. Some sources said the parents could possibly face charges despite police having knowledge of the information.

“I think the Laundries have possible culpability under 18 U.S.C. 3, which is accessory after the fact, and possibly 18 U.S.C. 1519, which is obstruction in terms of, if they tampered with any evidence after that crime was committed,” said retired FBI agent, Jennifer Coffindaffer.

Bertolino announced when Laundrie was first reported missing, his parents turned over all of their guns, however, one was missing from their collection.

One forensic scientist, Larry Koblinsky, also suggested Laundrie’s family could be held accountable.

“Somebody may have been helping him, most likely the parents, or it could have been somebody else that we don’t even know about,” said Koblinksy. “But again, the likelihood is that [Brian Laundrie] didn’t do this alone. He may have had assistance. And whoever did help him can be penalized, can suffer legal consequences for aiding and abetting his escape.”

MORE NEWS: Reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham Remains Key Ally For Democrats In Getting Biden’s Judicial Nominees Through Senate

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