Fox Reporter Says on Air She Was ‘Muzzled,’ Will Go Public

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By Eric Mack | Monday, 14 June 2021 10:30 PM

A Fox reporter at a Texas affiliate surprised her network in a live hit Monday, saying she has been working with Project Veritas on secret recordings of her network.

Fox 26 Houston reporter Ivory Hecker was set to deliver a report on a Texas heat wave, but instead teased her complaint of being "muzzled" by Fox Corp., telling viewers she has been secretly working with Project Veritas, an investigative reporting group seeking to expose behind the scenes allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse – mostly targeting left-leaning media like NBC and CNN.

"Before we get to that story, I want to let you the viewers know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you the viewers," she said in the video of her live hit that was circulating on social media Monday night. "And from what I'm gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this.

"I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you the viewers. I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out [Tuesday], so tune into them."

Project Veritas' James O'Keefe posted a tease for the interview with Hecker on his Telegram page:

"WORLD EXCLUSIVE: TOMORROW, Project Veritas introduces you to Ivory Hecker, who blew the whistle on her own news network where she is currently employed as a Television Reporter. Ivory has a story to tell. She claims to have witnessed corruption and censorship first hand. Best of all, she got it on tape. Stay tuned for the recordings of her superiors and colleagues, tomorrow.

"There are those who've had enough. Who live like they're dying. There are going to be hundreds more of them. Thousands who exhibit a special form of moral courage, follow their conscience and record what happens with a hidden camera to observe behaviors for the world to see. BE BRAVE. DO SOMETHING. If not us, who? If not now, when? Veritastips@protonmail.com"

In a statement to Newsweek on Monday, Hecker said a human resources dispute with Fox "had taken a dark turn last August" after interviewing an unidentified subject for her news station in House. She claimed she was told to keep silent about opposing "censorship."

"They decided they didn't like what the interview subject had said, and they went on to internally harass and defame me," Hecker said in the statement to Newsweek. "I knew I was not working for a journalistic organization when I was called into an HR meeting in December and was told to keep my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myself — that those were not matters to be publicly spoken about."

"True journalism can't exist in an environment of censorship," Hecker added. "True journalism needs an environment of free speech."

It is unclear if Hecker has been disciplined or terminated after her surprising live hit.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton referred to Project Veritas by name in an October 2020 press release, referring to a video alleging to expose a political consultant's sweeping election fraud operations.

"What's shown in the video is shocking and should alarm all Texans who care about election integrity," AG Paxton's release read. "We are aggressively investigating the serious allegations and potential crimes that Project Veritas' documentary audio and video recordings shed light on today.

"My office is fiercely committed to ensuring that the voting process is secure and fair in all Texas elections—a process that this video unfortunately casts a shadow of doubt on. Election integrity has been a top priority of mine since I first took office in 2015. Anyone who attempts to defraud the people of Texas, deprive them of their vote, or undermine the integrity of elections will be brought to justice and penalized to the fullest extent of the law."

NYC Vaccination Site Injected 899 With Expired Pfizer Doses

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By Eric Mack | Monday, 14 June 2021 10:06 PM

An emergency notice went out to 899 vaccinated New Yorkers this week, telling them they received expired doses of the Pfizer shot.

ATC Healthcare Services told patients who got their shots at the former NFL Experience building in Times Square that they needed to get another shot, because they "cannot guarantee the effectiveness" of the expired shots they received, the New York Post reported Monday.

One dad of two teen daughters who were given the shot last week was outraged about the email and a phone call from ATC Healthcare.

"The guy who called wasn't even a doctor," the dad said, potentially concerned about the safety issues of an expired dosage.

"It's a 6 day period of time. Nobody noticed?" he added to the Post.

ATC's David Savitsky wrote in an email to the patients who received the faulty doses:

"We are contacting you concerning the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine you received at Times Square – NFL Experience vaccination site on June 5 to June 10, 2021. It was recognized after the vaccine was administered, that it had been in the freezer beyond the approved time frame prior to it being administered."

The Pfizer vaccine has stringent requirements to be stored in dry ice and specific timespans under its efficacy trials.

Savitsky added in the email, ATC confirmed with the city Health Department and the New York City Vaccine Command Center, claiming "there should be no adverse health consequences from the vaccine already received."

"Since we cannot guarantee the effectiveness of the vaccine dose you received, we recommend that it be repeated in order to ensure protection," the email added. "This vaccine dose administered in error will not count toward a completed vaccine series."

Savitsky also said the "repeated dose" can be taken right away "in the opposite arm" from the defective shot.

It is a two-dose vaccine, along with Moderna. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose program.

"This notice can be given to the provider to confirm why you need to receive an extra dose of vaccine," Savitsky's email concluded.

"We apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may cause you."

A supervisor at the Times Square popup vaccination site declined to comment to the Post when asked about the expired doses administered.

City officials have removed ATC Healthcare as the operator of the site and a new operator has replaced it, Mayor Bill de Blasio's office told the Post.

Arizona Audit of 2020 Election Hits Hand-Count Milestone

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Arizona Audit of 2020 Election Hits Hand-Count Milestone Arizona Audit of 2020 Election Hits Hand-Count Milestone (Getty)

BOB CHRISTIE Monday, 14 June 2021 09:36 PM

A Republican-led hand recount of ballots cast in Arizona’s most populous county hit a major milestone Monday when counters finished tallying all the regular ballots cast in November's presidential and U.S. Senate election, the Arizona Senate's liaison said.

Ken Bennett, a Republican former secretary of state who has been monitoring the contractors actually recounting the 2.1 million ballots, said all that remains are a small number of boxes filled with Braille, large-type, overseas military and duplicated ballots.

The GOP-led Senate ordered the audit after backers of President Donald Trump pressed claims that fraud led to his loss in Arizona and other battleground states. The Republican-dominated Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has repeatedly said the election was fair and free of any problems.

Bennett didn't give a count for the remaining ballots, but they are a tiny fraction of the hundreds of boxes of ballots that were toted to the state fairgrounds in April. Counting was expected to only take a few weeks but ended up taking nearly two months.

Counters had to vacate the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in mid-April to make way for for high school graduations. When they restarted after a week on May 28, more tables and counters were added to try to speed up the process.

Bennett said the formal hand recount ordered by Senate President Karen Fann will be completed by the end of the month. Now that the main counting is complete, workers have been reassigned to help photograph each ballot as part of a second stage of the review designed to ensure that no phony ballots have been slipped in.

“It’s all aspects related to the authenticity of the ballots,” Bennett said, including folds in ballots, alignment marks, ensuring the ballot was marked by a hand-held pen or marker and not done by a printer.

Separately, the contractors are perusing the computer programs used to count the ballots and examining the vote count machines.

Bennett and others involved with the “audit” have not released any information on results. They are expected to be released in a report at some time after the recount's conclusion.

Senate Republicans issued a subpoena to take control of 2.1 million ballots, voting machines and election data from the state’s largest county after former President Donald Trump contended that his loss in Arizona and other battleground states was marred by fraud. The county balked but handed them over after a judge ruled the Senate had the authority to seek the materials.

The Senate’s Republican leaders hired several firms led by Cyber Ninjas, a small Florida-based consultancy with no election experience before this year, to audit the materials.

The review won’t change the outcome of the election.

But some Trump supporters believe it will turn up evidence to support his narrative of fraud.

Voting-rights advocates and election administrators say the 2020 election was conducted well and worry the Arizona GOP review is using slipshod procedures and investigating far-fetched conspiracy theories.

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Jim Jordan to Newsmax: Start of Biden Presidency, ‘Worst’ in a Lifetime

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Jim Jordan to Newsmax: Start of Biden Presidency, 'Worst' in a Lifetime (Newsmax/"Greg Kelly Reports")

By Jim Thomas | Monday, 14 June 2021 09:17 PM

“This has been the worst five month start of an administration, probably in our lifetime, not probably, definitely in our lifetimes,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, referring to the Biden presidency.

On Monday’s "Greg Kelly Reports,'' Jordan prognosticated that the GOP would take back the U.S. House of Representatives in 2022.

“We're going to take back the house in 18 months. I really believe that's going to happen, and I think President Trump is going to run for reelection in 2024. I think he's going to be the next President of the United States,” he said.

Jordan said that the Democrats do not have the necessary accomplishments to win in ’22, citing liberal talking points that will turn off voters.

“The crisis on the border. The fact that inflation is driving up the price of everything, energy, prices, that price of steel, lumber, aluminum, any supply, every anything you buy at the grocery store is going to go up and they are they going to talk about the tax increases that are coming- but what have they got to talk about?

“The only thing they can talk about is January 6 and try to hang onto this lockdown measures that were put in place with COVID and that seems to be what they want to focus on- because they got nothing else, he said on Newsmax .

Jordan then compared the pre-Biden U.S. with the post-Biden U.S., stark contrasts abound.

“We went from a secure border to chaos. We went from energy independence to gas lines. We went from peace in the Middle East to rockets, thousands of rockets being fired on our friend and ally Israel, he said.

“So, look it’s like I said, we gotta… try to stop the bad policies from happening as best we can,” he added.

“We're going to take it back (the House), and we’ve got to hold them off for now…” and “win back the White House and put things back in order,” he concluded.

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Rep. Taylor Greene Apologizes for Making Holocaust Comparison

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By Eric Mack | Monday, 14 June 2021 08:26 PM

One of the most controversial members of Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., apologized Monday for her past remarks comparing House mask mandates to the Holocaust.

"One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it," Greene told reporters in a broadcast on Facebook live after a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. "And I have made a mistake and it's really bothered me for a couple of weeks now, and so I definitely want to own it.

"There are words that I have said, remarks that I have made that I know are offensive, and for that I want to apologize," she added.

Greene's comparison of mask mandates to the Holocaust drew rebukes from Democrats and Republicans throughout Congress.

"You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany, and this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about," Greene said of House mask mandates, according to reports.

Greene was compelled to visit the museum to reflect on the horrors of Nazi Germany and deliver her heartfelt apology.

"The Holocaust is – there's nothing comparable to it," she said, adding, "the horrors of the Holocaust are something that some people don't even believe happened, and some people deny. But there's no comparison to the Holocaust."

Greene noted the attacks on Jewish people through the country amid the violence in the Middle East between the Hamas terror group and Israel.

"We have seen Jewish Americans attacked in our city streets; we've seen it on video; we've seen the reports; and these are things that should never happen to any American for their religion or their identity," Greene said. "This is such a wonderful country, and hate should never exist between us.

"Anti-Semitism is true hate, and I saw that today at the Holocaust museum," she added to conclude a 4-minute apology. "And I think it's something we should all remember and never forget."

Rep. Taylor Greene Apologizes for Making Holocaust Comparison

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Rep. Taylor Greene Apologizes for Making Holocaust Comparison majorie taylor greene walks down the steps outside the capitol Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks down the steps of the U.S. Capitol on her way to a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 5, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Eric Mack | Monday, 14 June 2021 08:26 PM

One of the most controversial members of Congress, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., apologized Monday for her past remarks comparing House mask mandates to the Holocaust.

"One of the best lessons that my father always taught me was, when you make a mistake, you should own it," Greene told reporters in a broadcast on Facebook live after a visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. "And I have made a mistake and it's really bothered me for a couple of weeks now, and so I definitely want to own it.

"There are words that I have said, remarks that I have made that I know are offensive, and for that I want to apologize," she added.

Greene's comparison of mask mandates to the Holocaust drew rebukes from Democrats and Republicans throughout Congress.

"You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany, and this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about," Greene said of House mask mandates, according to reports.

Greene was compelled to visit the museum to reflect on the horrors of Nazi Germany and deliver her heartfelt apology.

"The Holocaust is – there's nothing comparable to it," she said, adding, "the horrors of the Holocaust are something that some people don't even believe happened, and some people deny. But there's no comparison to the Holocaust."

Greene noted the attacks on Jewish people through the country amid the violence in the Middle East between the Hamas terror group and Israel.

"We have seen Jewish Americans attacked in our city streets; we've seen it on video; we've seen the reports; and these are things that should never happen to any American for their religion or their identity," Greene said. "This is such a wonderful country, and hate should never exist between us.

"Anti-Semitism is true hate, and I saw that today at the Holocaust museum," she added to conclude a 4-minute apology. "And I think it's something we should all remember and never forget."

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Senate Republicans Meeting Tuesday as Search for Infrastructure Consensus Grinds On

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Senate Republicans Meeting Tuesday as Search for Infrastructure Consensus Grinds On Senate Republicans Meeting Tuesday as Search for Infrastructure Consensus Grinds On Construction recently along I-95 in Miami. (AP)

Susan Cornwell and David Morgan Monday, 14 June 2021 08:20 PM

Senate Republicans are due to hear details on Tuesday about a bipartisan proposal to revitalize America's roads and bridges, which lawmakers believe could win support from the caucus as a part of President Joe Biden's sweeping infrastructure plan.

Members of a bipartisan Senate group will discuss the proposal with Republican senators at their weekly policy lunch, Republican lawmakers and aides said on Monday evening.

"We'll be discussing it," Sen. Bill Cassidy, a member of the group, told reporters. "It won't be a formal sort of 'OK – now we need your vote.' It'll be more kind of 'OK – here's more information for you.'"

The bloc of Senate moderates, five Republicans and five Democrats, said last Thursday that it had reached an agreement after negotiations between Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito and Biden broke down.

It proposes to spend $974 billion over five years, or $1.2 trillion over eight years, a source familiar with the package said. That is below Biden's current $1.7 trillion proposal and it is unclear whether it can gather enough support to pass the 50-50 Senate.

Senator John Thune, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, told reporters that he expects Republican support for the proposal.

“I don't know how many Democrats they can get for something like what they’re talking about. But I think there would be substantial Republican support," he said. “It's good work."

Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber's No. 2 Democrat, said he had urged senators to "get this moving." He said any bipartisan deal, as well a separate measure Democrats are eyeing to try to pass their remaining infrastructure priorities without Republican support, would need to get in shape by the end of June because of a tight floor schedule.

Biden has set his sights on infrastructure legislation that would both revamp the nation's roads and bridges as well as boost spending on services including healthcare and childcare – although Republicans reject the idea that those latter priorities even qualify for the label "infrastructure."

The bipartisan plan unveiled last week sticks to spending on physical infrastructure like roads and bridges, members have said. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, expressed some skepticism about it on Sunday, saying it would be a hard sell to her party unless Democrats can be assured that there is "more to come."

TWO TRACKS?

Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat in the bipartisan group, said on Monday its plan contained $579 billion in new money over five years, which he said was almost double the amount of new money that Capito put forward.

“We think that meets the kind of once-in-a-lifetime, or once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure," Warner told the Washington Post in a livestreamed interview.

There was scant information on how the proposed spending would be funded. Warner mentioned using unspent COVID-19 relief funding as well as better tax enforcement and "public-private partnerships."

Warner said the plan would have over $100 billion in efficiency investments, helping to address climate change efforts – a top priority for many Democrats.

Democrats have discussed moving on two tracks, a bipartisan package and then following up by pushing through a second spending measure using a process called reconciliation, which bypasses Senate rules requiring 60 votes to advance most legislation in the 100-seat chamber.

Republicans contend that Democrats could have a tough time getting support for reconciliation from moderate party members including Senator Joe Manchin, who is part of the bipartisan group.

But Sen. Jeanne Shaheen told reporters that she and the four other Democrats behind the bipartisan proposal – including Manchin – could support a second reconciliation package.

"It's my understanding that everybody has said that they could support reconciliation in some form. Now, the devil is in the details, as we know," she said.

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Biden: Ukraine Must Fix Corruption to Join NATO

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Biden: Ukraine Must Fix Corruption to Join NATO Biden: Ukraine Must Fix Corruption to Join NATO (Getty Images)

By Charles Kim | Monday, 14 June 2021 07:59 PM

President Joe Biden said Monday that Ukraine must “clean up corruption” to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

"It depends on whether they meet the criteria. The fact is, they still have to clean up corruption. The fact is, they have to meet other criteria to get into the action plan. And so, school’s out on that question. It remains to be seen," Biden said at a press conference at the NATO summit. "In the meantime, we will do all that we can to put Ukraine in the position to be able to continue to resist Russian physical aggression. And it will not just depend on me, whether or not we conclude that Ukraine can become part of NATO, it will depend on the alliance and how they vote."

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who has been working to end corruption in the country, said Monday that he wanted a simple “yes” or “no” from Biden on whether his nation could gain full membership in the alliance, The Hill reported.

NATO was created in 1949 following the destruction caused by World War II by the United States, Canada, and several other western European nations to provide security against the Soviet Union, according to the United States Office of the Historian.

The treaty views an attack on any member as an attack on all members and ensures a unified response.

According to the article in The Hill, this provision is viewed with some urgency as Russia puts more and more troops at its border with Ukraine, which technically has already been “invaded” by Russia when it illegally annexed Crimea in 2014.

Biden said this dynamic would not stop Ukraine from becoming a full member of the treaty organization.

Ukraine, however, does have a long history of corruption which Zelensky campaigned on cleaning up.

Former President Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for a phone call congratulating Zelensky on his presidential victory and asking him to investigate allegations regarding Biden’s son Hunter, and his ties to the company Burisma,

Trump was acquitted during the impeachment trial in the Senate.

Biden said he spoke to Zelensky by phone before going to the G7 Summit, and Ukraine is likely to come up when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

"I shared with our allies what I’ll convey to President Putin: That I’m not looking for conflict with Russia, but that we will respond if Russia continues its harmful activities, and that we will not fail to defend the trans-Atlantic alliance or stand up for democratic values," Biden said at Monday's press conference.

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Rep. Byron Donalds to Newsmax: The Black Community Is Not ‘Monolithic’

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By Jim Thomas | Monday, 14 June 2021 07:59 PM

The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is currently deciding whether Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla. is worthy of admission into the caucus, notwithstanding his strong conservative politics.

Be aware, Donalds said, on Monday’s ”Spicer & Co.,"“The Black community is not monolithic.”

“My attitude with it with the CBC is this. I do believe that whether it with respect to people in the Black community and ideas, how they impact the Black community, you should actually have political ideas from all aspects of the Black community,” he said on Newsmax.

Donalds has been receiving backlash about his “blackness” from the liberal media, including from CNN anchor Brianna Keilar, who let the congressman know exactly why he shouldn't be in the caucus during a recent interview with congressman Donalds.

“You have defended President Trump for, you've said, he's done enough when it comes to rebuffing ideas about white supremacy. But do you think that your defense of a person that said things like that, might be incongruent with the mission of the CBC?” she asked Donalds.

Donald’s succinctly enlightened the anchor about her use of ad hominem and ad populum fallacies.

He countered,

“First of all, whatever the president said in the past has nothing to do with this discussion at all. As a Black man in America, I'm allowed to have my own thoughts on who I choose to support, who I choose not to support. I think that it's important whether you're talking about the Congressional Black Caucus or the Florida State Legislative Black Caucus or the National Caucus of State Black Legislators Organizations —I have been a part of in the past — my support of President Trump has been consistent, but at the same time I've had the ability to advocate for issues, ideas, proposals and funding that have helped the Black community in my state.”

Irrespective of the decision on his inclusion into the CBC, Donalds said they should not use media outlets or other third parties to do their dirty work.

“The thing I think is most important is we're members of Congress. We're adults. If you feel that you don't want me in any organization, just have a member come to me and be like look, this is what we decide. But tell me directly, it shouldn't be some leak from an anonymous source in some in some article that’s posted on the internet,” the Representative maintained.

“We're not all liberals,” he said, “we have a lot of conservatives; polling actually shows that about 60% of the Black community is actually conservative, even though they don't vote that way.”

“So- there is dynamic thought in the Black community with respect to political ideas and policy ideas, he added, and “the only thing I say is that should be representative in the Black Caucus.”

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Journalist Seth Barron to Newsmax: New York City Is Rotting

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Journalist Seth Barron to Newsmax: New York City Is Rotting ("John Bachman Now"/Newsmax TV)

By Jim Thomas | Monday, 14 June 2021 06:45 PM

“Here's the problem in New York City- it’s that the progressives- over the last eight years- have codified chaos,” journalist Seth Barron told Monday’s John Bachman Now”.

“They've changed the laws to the extent that even if we got a really strong law and order mayor who came into office like a Giuliani, there's a lot that he wouldn't be able to do,” he said.

Progressive reforms have made the city virtually unlivable, he said.

“New York’s bail reform at the state level has made that criminals are almost instantly released, even if they've committed violent crimes,” he continued, “you know, the diaphragm law, qualified immunity- these have all restrained what the police can do, they've decriminalized: public urination, littering, jumping the turnstile, smoking pot, you know so quality of life has deteriorated heavily.”

The journalist believes that the police are the ones that have been handcuffed in New York.

“Essentially the police are on guard, and they know that there's not that much they can do, and if they do do it, they can get in a lot of trouble for it, Barron said.

Former N.Y. GOP Congressman Vito J. Fossella told host John Bachman on Newsmax he agrees.

“We have many people running for office who want to outdo each other on defund the police. We should be refunding the police and bring these communities back to the people who make it so strong, innocent victims, not criminals, he said.

Notwithstanding the damage done by progressives, both men believe New York can be fixed.

“You know we saw it in the early 1990s murder out of control crime out of control, but with good policing and responsible policing, the great men and women of New York City police. Good politics and policies. We got the city back right. We have we put emphasis on victims and not criminals, he said.

The former representative for New York's the 13th Congressional District said back then, “we made our community safer. We helped our businesses grow, but now we're seeing the Titanic II, under de Blasio- “and the people of Staten Island are attached to a rowboat to that sinking ship.”

“It can get worse,” he said, the choice for N.Y. mayor is no choice at all.

“You know, in choosing these folks who are running for mayor, it's almost like which leg do you want be broken? Your left leg or your right leg?

The political climate being what it is, Fossella finds himself motivated to leave the private sector to help New Yorkers, if he can.

“I came out of the private sector to run again for Staten Island Borough President- because there’s a half a million people in Staten Island who deserve to be safe, crime is at insane levels right now and getting worse,” the lone Republican from New York City said.

“I'm a I'm an optimist by nature. I think we can always turn things around,” Fossella added.

“I mean, I would never say it can't be fixed, but it would take immense political will,” Barron added, "we would have to undo all these reforms we would have to have a mayor come in who's committed to broken windows policing, fixing quality of life.”

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Chemical Fire Draws National Guard in Illinois; Locals Evacuated

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Chemical Fire Draws National Guard in Illinois; Locals Evacuated Chemical Fire Draws National Guard in Illinois; Locals Evacuated Firefighters from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin battle an industrial fire at Chemtool Inc. on Monday in Rockton, Ill. The chemical fire at the plant which produces lubricants, grease products and other fluids has prompted local evacuations. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Sergio Chapa Monday, 14 June 2021 05:57 PM

A massive fire at a chemical plant in northern Illinois spurred the governor to deploy the National Guard to the area as local residents were evacuated. No injuries have been reported.

The industrial fire broke out early Monday morning at a lubricants plant operated by Chemtool, owned by a unit of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The blaze, burning in Rockton, Illinois, continued to send a thick plume of black smoke into the sky in the late afternoon.

Residents are being evacuated within a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) radius from the plant and asked to wear face masks as a precaution to protect themselves from the smoke. Governor J.B. Pritzker activated the state’s National Guard on Monday afternoon and deployed emergency vehicles to support local authorities.

The state’s environmental protection agency and Illinois Emergency Management Agency, IEMA, also sent crews to the area.

The National Guardsmen will be supporting efforts to perform environmental testing and monitoring, company officials told Bloomberg in an emailed statement.

“Additional specialized emergency response teams are expected shortly at the site,” plant officials said in an email. “They will work alongside local emergency responders to extinguish the fire and limit the impact on the community.”

Opened in 2008, the plant specializes in making industrial fluids, greases and lubricants and was acquired by Lubrizol, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, in 2013, according to Chemtool’s website

“We are working with experts and government agencies on environmental air and water monitoring,” plant officials said.

“To-date, test results do not show any health risk other than the short-term irritation one would normally experience in the presence of smoke. We will continue to complete additional testing and have released all product data information to local authorities.”

Parents Furious Over Prom Student Vax Protocol

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By Charles Kim | Monday, 14 June 2021 05:26 PM

Parents in Exeter, New Hampshire are furious that the school district marked students attending prom with red and black markers to denote if they were vaccinated against COVID-19 or not.

"Children that were not vaccinated were written on in black Sharpie on their hands and those that were vaccinated had some type of red marker put on them," Republican State Rep. Melissa Litchfield said in a report by 10 Boston News.

Litchfield got involved after several constituents contacted her about the June 4 incident.

“As your state representative, I am trying to gather further information regarding the events that took place at the Exeter High School Prom this past weekend,” she posted on Facebook June 8. “These complaints revolved around confidentiality surrounding those who did and did not receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and the labeling that came along with that.”

According to Litchfield, parents told her that students that did not have the vaccine had a number written on their hand in black marker and had to raise their hands on the dance floor every couple of songs so observers could see who they were dancing near “for contact tracing purposes.”

Students with the vaccine were written on with a red marker.

According to a statement from the high school, the protocols for contact tracing were put in place to allow all seniors to participate without masks or a 100 percent vaccination rate.

The school said more than 300 students were expected to attend the prom.

Exeter High School Principal Mike Monahan sent an email response to the news outlet to clarify what happened.

"Our student and parent feedback has been extremely positive regarding the prom experience. We are aware that some concerns have been expressed those students were singled out or had their privacy violated. We made every effort possible – while adhering to contact tracing guidelines – to ensure that this did not happen," Principal Mike Monahan said in the emailed statement. "We hope the community will understand that while no model is perfect, this model let the students enjoy a close to normal and highly desired experience to cap off their senior year. That’s the memory we want to leave them with."

Monahan said that the students were aware of the contact tracing procedure when they signed up to attend the prom, but several parents told Litchfield they had no idea what the protocol was or how it was used.

Litchfield said pictures sent to her of students posing for prom photos clearly show the markings on the hands.

"You had to produce your papers, and if you didn't produce your papers, you were branded with a black Sharpie," Litchfield said. "What does that mean to you? I'm just going to let that sit there."

In a statement on the high school’s website, Superintendent Dr, David Ryan said he was aware of the concerns expressed by parents and would be conducting an “audit” of the process.

“We are very aware of the concerns that have been expressed regarding the contact tracing plan at the Exeter High School prom,” Ryan’s statement said. “Right now, our focus needs to be on graduation and ensuring that our seniors have a positive experience as they close their chapter on high school after an extremely challenging 16 months in a pandemic. We take these concerns very seriously and as a result, we will be conducting an internal audit of the processes that the school developed and used at prom. We will not be commenting further on this matter until the internal review has been completed. We look forward to this weekend's graduation ceremony that is being held outdoors with physical distancing as our health and safety guideline.”

Jordan, Cammack Launch Campus Free Speech Caucus

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By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 14 June 2021 05:12 PM

Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Kat Cammack, R-Fla., have launched a new caucus to oppose college campuses becoming, in their words, “indoctrination camps” for liberals.

The Republicans “aim to educate other legislators about the clear bias against free speech on campuses and help bring national and local awareness to what is occurring in their districts and across the country daily," according to a press release from Young America’s Foundation.

“Free speech is guaranteed in our Constitution. It should be revered on our college campuses. Sadly, this is where it’s most at risk, Young America’s Foundation President Scott Walker, the former governor of Wisconsin, said in the group’s press release. “The Campus Free Speech Caucus will help us fight back and ensure all voices can be heard on campus!”

In a statement, Cammack said: “I’m so thrilled to be leading the Campus Free Speech Caucus with my colleague and friend Rep. Jim Jordan. Together with YAF, we’re sending the message that free speech is not only a constitutional right but also a core freedom that must be preserved on college campuses across the country. At a time when university leadership and students are caving to the pressure of liberal progressivism, my colleagues in Congress will stand up for the First Amendment and ensure all have the right to exercise their thoughts and ideas freely and without persecution.”

The Florida Republican told “Fox & Friends” on Monday: "Let's be honest, our college campuses these days, these aren't higher-education institutions, these are indoctrination camps. We have students across the country that are being attacked, they are being vilified. It is absolutely ludicrous that we as taxpayers [fund] this type of behavior."

"It's happening everywhere," added Jordan, who is the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. "Your First Amendment liberties over the last several years, every single right we have under the First Amendment has been assaulted … It's most drastic on college campuses, as Kat points out. And that's why we're forming this caucus to push back and stand up for the Bill of Rights, for the Constitution and most importantly, for your free speech rights under the First Amendment."

He said in a statement that “The First Amendment is under attack on campuses across the country. Every day, students and faculty are forced to self-censor out of fear that they will be ‘canceled’ by the mob. The Campus Free Speech Caucus, led by Rep. Kat Cammack and inspired by YAF, will work with Congress to push back on ‘woke’ cancel culture and defend freedom for Americans everywhere.”

Jordan previously said during a hearing he conducted on the subject in 2017 that “College is a place for young minds to be intellectually bombarded with new, challenging ideas. Unfortunately, today on many campuses, students and faculty are forced into self-censorship out of a fear of triggering, violating a safe space, a micro-aggression, or being targeted by a bias response team. Restricting speech that does not conform to popular opinion contradicts the First Amendment’s principles and the right to speak freely.”

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Poll: Most Americans Do Not Think Climate Change ‘Greatest’ Security Threat

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Poll: Most Americans Do Not Think Climate Change 'Greatest' Security Threat Poll: Most Americans Do Not Think Climate Change 'Greatest' Security Threat

By Charles Kim | Monday, 14 June 2021 04:52 PM

Most Americans are not on the same page as President Joe Biden in believing that climate change is the “greatest” security threat to the nation.

A Rassmussen Reports poll released Monday shows that only 29 percent of those surveyed agreed with Biden when he recently repeated a claim he made on the campaign trail in 2018, that military leaders told him and then President Barack Obama that climate change was the biggest threat facing the United States.

“When I first was elected vice president with President Obama, the military sat us down to let us know what the greatest threats facing America were,” Biden told US troops in England on June 9. “This is not a joke: you know what the Joint Chiefs told us the greatest threat facing America was? Global warming. Because there will be significant population movements, fights over land, millions of people leaving places because they are literally sinking below the sea in Indonesia, because of the fights over what is arable land anymore.”

Fifty-four percent of those surveyed in the poll disagree with Biden’s claim and another 17 percent said they were not sure.

Within his own party, just 42 percent agree with his assessment and 33 percent do not believe it. 25 percent are unsure.

Seventy-six percent of Republicans and 56 percent of unaffiliated voters also disagree with Biden on the issue, according to the poll.

The survey of 900 U.S. likely voters was conducted June 10 and 13 by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC and has a margin of error of +/- three percentage points.

Biden’s speech on June 9 mirrors what he said on the campaign trail in 2018, telling voters the same story about what military leaders said to him as vice president with President Obama in the Pentagon.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman U.S. Army Gen. Mark Milley said June 10 that China and Russia were bigger “physical” threats than climate change.

"Climate change does impact, but the president is looking at a much broader angle than I am, "Mark Milley told a congressional panel Thursday morning. "I'm looking at it from a strictly military standpoint. And from a strictly military standpoint, I am putting China, Russia up there."

Milley and the seven other members of the Joint Chiefs were appointed by former President Donald Trump, who also weighed in on Biden’s claim.

"Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent," Trump said in the U.S. News and World Report.

Whether or not the threat of climate change is as big as Biden thinks it is, the poll has worse news as he works to address the issue.

Most of those surveyed, 43 percent, said they would not pay higher taxes or utility costs to combat climate change, just 19 percent would be willing to pay $100 more, 28 percent said they would pay $300 more, and 10 percent said they would pay $1,000 more, according to the survey.

The results are about the same as surveys from three years ago that showed 39 percent of respondents not willing to pay anything to address the issue.

The payment issue breaks down more along economic lines that political with 53 percent of those who said they would not pay anything earning less than $30,000 per year while 38 percent of those earning $200,000 or more per year said they would pay $1,000 a year.

Trump: Penn. Sen. Corman Acting Like Radical Left Dem on 2020 Election Audit

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By Solange Reyner | Monday, 14 June 2021 04:34 PM

Pennsylvania state Sen. Jake Corman is pushing back on a legislative audit of the 2020 presidential election “as though he were a Radical Left Democrat,” says former President Donald Trump.

Corman, the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader, for two months repeatedly challenged the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s win. A week after the election, he accused Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration of attempting to “tip the scales” in Biden’s favor.

A big part of Biden’s victory hinged on Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes.

He later urged Congress to delay certification of the Electoral College, citing “inconsistencies” with how the election was carried out in Pennsylvania.

“Why is State Senator Jake Corman of Pennsylvania fighting so hard that there not be a Forensic Audit of the 2020 Presidential Election Scam?” Trump said in a statement issued Monday.

“Corman is fighting as though he were a Radical Left Democrat, saying that a Forensic Audit of Pennsylvania not take place. Why is Senator David Argall playing the same game? Are they stupid, corrupt, or naive? What is going on? Other State Senators want this Forensic Audit to take place—immediately. I feel certain that if Corman continues along this path of resistance, with its lack of transparency, he will be primaried and lose by big numbers. What went on in Philadelphia and other areas of the State must be properly and legally exposed. If it is not, just like with open Borders, we won’t have a Country anymore!”

Corman has maintained control of his seat for more than two decades. The sixth-term Republican, though, has not announced plans to seek reelection.

Trump last week demanded an Arizona-style audit of the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania after Pennsylvania senators Doug Mastriano and Cris Dush and state representative Rob Kauffman toured an audit site in Maricopa County last week.

All three are calling for a recount in the state.

"Great patriots led by State Senator Doug Mastriano, Senator Cris Dush, and State Representative Rob Kauffman went to Maricopa County, Arizona, to learn the best practices for conducting a full Forensic Audit of the 2020 General Election," Trump said. "Now the Pennsylvania Senate needs to act.

"Senate President Jake Corman needs to fulfill his promise to his constituents to conduct a full Forensic Audit. Senator Dave Argall, Chairman of the State Government Committee, has to authorize the subpoenas, if necessary.

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Texas Based Border Zones See 70 Percent of All Illegal Migrants

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By Jim Thomas | Monday, 14 June 2021 04:24 PM

Texas-based Border Patrol sectors are saddled with nearly 70 percent of the 172,011 migrants apprehended at the U.S. southern border, according to Breitbart.

At a summit in Del Rio, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott announced sweeping new border security and law enforcement measures late last week to deal with the crisis.

“The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job,” the governor stated in a one-on-one interview with Breitbart Texas shortly before the kickoff of the governor’s border security summit on June 10.

“Amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more,” he added.

“We want to be very aggressive in working with local officials and begin making mass arrests,” Abbott stated. “In working in collaboration with a large number of counties — that means we’re going to be arresting a lot more people.”

Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Laredo, Del Rio, Rio Grande Valley and Big Bend sectors apprehended 118,036 of the 172,011 (68.6 percent) illegal migrants in May, according to the May Southwest Land Border Encounters report released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection late Wednesday night.

The report stated that in year-to-date figures, agents arrested 605,133 of the 897,213 (67 percent) since October 1, 2020.

The governor said authorities will use existing resources under a state of emergency declaration to crack down on those illegally crossing the border.

“If you come to Texas, you’re subject to being arrested,” Abbott stated. “You’re not going to have a pathway to roam the country. You’re going to have a pathway directly into a jail cell.”

Abbott’s aggressive plan includes the resumed construction of the border wall and will also include “mass arrests” of migrants who violate state laws.

Because the State has identified many locations where migrants can easily walk across unsecured sections of the border and enter the private property along the Rio Grande, new border wall sections will to be built by the State of Texas.

“Immediately, we will put up barriers there,” Abbott explained. “One reason to do that is that if they move or interfere with that barrier, they have committed several (state) crimes.”

“One is they’ve committed criminal mischief, as well as vandalism of state property or local government property,” Abbott continued. “And that barrier is information to them that if they cross that barrier, they have trespassed.”

President Biden’s border policy has failed.

“The Biden Administration’s policies are the most reckless, reprehensible, and dangerous of any president I’ve ever seen.” Abbot said.

Because of this, Abbott said in a press release that he expanded the existing “Operation Lone Star” to “include efforts to crack down on human trafficking related to illegal border crossings. As part of this expansion, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and agents, as well as the Texas Rangers, will conduct interviews with unaccompanied minors who crossed the border to identify victims of human trafficking and gain actionable intelligence that will aid in the arrest of traffickers.”

Biden’s reckless open border policies have created a humanitarian crisis, he said.

"President Biden’s reckless open border policies have created a humanitarian crisis that is enriching the cartels, smugglers, and human traffickers who often prey on and abuse unaccompanied minors,” said Governor Abbott in a press release. “Americans deserve to know what the Biden administration is doing to investigate the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the border and to protect those who are victims of human trafficking.”

“It’s clear that that’s not enough to deter the flow,” the governor said. “So, the state will provide many more resources, but we need to understand that just providing more resources alone is not going to be enough. We need to provide new strategies, new tools to address these challenges.”

“In the end, only the federal government and Congress can fix this, but as it stands right now, the state of Texas is going to step up and we’re going to start making arrests — sending a message to anybody thinking about coming here, you’re not going to get a free pass to the U.S.- they’re getting a straight pass to a jail cell.”

Biden Says he Had ‘Positive and Productive’ Talks With Turkey’s Erdogan

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Biden Says he Had 'Positive and Productive' Talks With Turkey's Erdogan Biden Says he Had 'Positive and Productive' Talks With Turkey's Erdogan President Joe Biden speaks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prior to a plenary session of a NATO summit at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels on Monday. (Getty)

Monday, 14 June 2021 03:47 PM

President Joe Biden said on Monday he held "positive and productive" talks with his Turkish counterpart, much of it just between the two of them to discuss how to proceed on a number of issues.

Speaking after attending a NATO summit in Brussels, Biden said his team and that of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan would now work on nailing down the detail of what the two agreed on.

"I am confident we'll make real progress" in ties, Biden said.

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Gun Violence on Track to Exceed 2020, Deadliest Year in Decades

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By Fran Beyer | Monday, 14 June 2021 02:59 PM

Gun violence is increasing more this year than any other in the past six years, the Washington Post reported Monday.

Through the first five months of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the United States — 54 deaths per day — the Post reported, citing an analysis of data from the non profit research organize Gun Violence Archive.

The Post reported the total is 14 more deaths per day than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years.

The number of 2021 casualties, along with the overall number of shootings that have killed or injured at least one person, exceeds those of the first five months of 2020, which finished as the deadliest year of gun violence in at least two decades, the Post noted in March.

Gunfire deaths began to rise in April 2020, when COVID-19 shut down much of the country, the Post reported, noting that in some of the nation’s biggest cities, homicides increased by a total of 30% when compared with 2019.

In July 2020, shooting deaths reached a peak of roughly 58 per day and continued around that level until early 2021.

For all of 2020, gun violence killed nearly 20,000 Americans, according to the Gun Violence Archive, the Post reported — more than any other year in at least two decades. An additional 24,000 people died by suicide with a gun.

“There are many communities across this country that are dealing with ever-present gun violence that is just part of their daily experience,” Mark Barden, a co-founder of the gun violence prevention group Sandy Hook Promise, told the Post.

“It doesn’t get the support, the spotlight, the national attention. People don’t understand that it’s continuous and it’s on the rise.”

In 2020, people purchased more than 23 million guns, a 66% increase over 2019 sales, according to a Post analysis of federal data on gun background checks.

In January and February of 2021, people bought more guns than they did during either month of any previous year in which such purchases were recorded, the Post reported.

In January alone, about 2.5 million guns were sold, the third-highest one-month total, behind only June and July of 2020.

The Post found the number of fatal shootings the Gun Violence Archive classified as some type of accident increased by more than 40% from 2019 to 2020.

The number of deadly incidents involving children also rose by 45%.

The numbers of mass shootings, though slowed last year, are also rising, the Post reported, citing is public mass shootings database.

Twenty-two people have been killed in five other shootings since last March: At a weekend Juneteenth celebration in Charlotte, a July 4 block party in Chicago and at a convenience store in Springfield, Mo., among others.

On average, there was one mass shooting every 73 days in 2020, compared with one every 36 days in 2019 and one every 45 days in 2017 and 2018. The slowdown interrupted what had been a five-year trend of more frequent and more deadly mass shootings, the Post reported.

Study Suggests Delta COVID-19 Variant Doubles Risk of Hospitalization

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By Theodore Bunker | Monday, 14 June 2021 02:51 PM

The COVID-19 Delta variant has a hospitalization rate about double that of the Alpha variant that spread throughout the United States, according to new research from Public Health Scotland and the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde published on Monday by The Lancet.

“In summary, we show that the Delta VOC [Variant of Concern] in Scotland was found mainly in younger, more affluent groups,” the study reads in summary.

“Risk of COVID-19 hospital admission was approximately doubled in those with the Delta VOC when compared to the Alpha VOC, with risk of admission particularly increased in those with five or more relevant comorbidities. Both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines were effective in reducing the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection and COVID-19 hospitalisation in people with the Delta VOC, but these effects on infection appeared to be diminished when compared to those with the Alpha VOC.”

The researchers note that they “had insufficient numbers of hospital admissions to compare between vaccines in this respect. The Oxford–AstraZeneca vaccine appeared less effective than the Pfizer–BioNTech vaccine in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in those with the Delta VOC. Given the observational nature of these data, estimates of vaccine effectiveness need to be interpreted with caution.”

Chris Robertson, professor of public health epidemiology at the University of Strathclyde, said during a news briefing on Monday that the Delta variant became the dominant strain in the country sometime around mid-May, and is responsible for 75% of all positive cases in Scotland.

“If you test positive, then two doses of the vaccine or one dose for 28 days roughly reduces your risk of being admitted to hospital by 70%,” Robertson told reporters, according to Reuters.

The Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which was 92% effective against the Alpha Covid-19 variant, protected against infection from the Delta variant 79% of the time. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine protected 60% against the Delta variant, compared to 73% for the Alpha variant.

“The Delta variant does increase the risk of hospitalization,” Jim McMenamin, Covid-19 National Incident Director for Public Health Scotland, said during a press conference according to Politico Europe. "However, what we are able to see from the information available to us is that our vaccines are still highly effective."

“The vaccines are the most important tool we have against Covid-19,” Mary Ramsay, Public Health England’s head of immunization, added in a statement. “It is absolutely vital to get both doses as soon as they are offered to you, to gain maximum protection against all existing and emerging variants.”

2 Republican Lawmakers Sue Over House Metal Detector Fines

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By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 14 June 2021 02:47 PM

Two House Republicans filed a federal lawsuit Monday over thousands of dollars in fines imposed due to violations of the House's metal detector rules.

Reps. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, and Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., filed the suit in Washington, D.C. federal district court through attorney Ken Cuccinelli, a former Virginia attorney general and Trump administration official, the Washington Examiner reported.

The defendants named were House Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker and Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor.

The lawsuit is the most direct challenge yet to a set of security measures put in place by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democrat leadership after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

Gohmert was issued a $5,000 fine and Clyde received $15,000 in fines by then-House Sergeant-at-Arms Timothy Blodgett for "failure to complete a security screening" before entering the House chamber.

After appeals, the House Ethics Committee upheld the fines.

Gohmert and Clyde argue Walker and Szpindor violated the 27th Amendment of the Constitution, which states, "No law varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives shall take effect, until an election of Representatives shall have intervened."

The lawmakers say imposing and collecting fines reduces a member's salary during his or her term. They also argue the penalties violate a constitutional provision saying representatives cannot be arrested while performing their congressional duties.

The lawsuit cites Article I, Sections 5: "Each House … may punish its members for disorderly behavior." Furthermore, Article I, Section 6 states, "[Representatives] shall in all cases, except treason felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at their respective Houses and in going to and returning from the same."

"It is clear to me that the intent of the speaker is to gain improper influence over the actions of the minority Republican Party and to further speaker Pelosi's false political narrative," Clyde told reporters Monday, according to the Examiner. "That, and I quote, the enemy is within the House of Representatives, House Resolution 73 is a failure of logic built upon a foundation of Democrat lies that say Republican members and their voters are dangerous domestic terrorists.

"In fact, the acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Yogananda Pittman, reported to House Republican Conference members in a security briefing on February the 24th that there existed no known intelligence from any source that any member of Congress was a threat to any other member, thereby revealing that the use of magnetometers as a condition of access to the house floor was purely political grandstanding by the speaker and a clear violation of the constitution."

Gohmert and Clyde also noted several times when Republican lawmakers missed votes after being delayed at the metal detectors. Democrat lawmakers who set off scanners, however, were allowed to walk onto the floor to vote without later punishment.

"When you have that kind of power and you can delay Republicans from coming in and not enforce it against Democrats, you have a formula for a third-world, theocracy oligarch. This is insane. This is not the way Congress is supposed to work," Gohmert said, the Examiner reported.

"And that's why this kind of stuff has never been done. Even in the 1920s, when the speaker had taken all the power to himself, that was not allowed to stand because part of the majority said we can't allow this kind of concentration of power in the speaker."

Six House lawmakers — five Republicans and one Democrat — have been slapped with metal detector fines since the House rule was adopted.

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