Wis. woman charged with election fraud, allegedly submits dead partner’s ballot

A election official works around ballots during a Milwaukee hand recount of Presidential votes at the Wisconsin Center, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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A woman in Cedarburg, Wisconsin confessed to voter fraud after allegedly submitting an absentee ballot for her deceased spouse.

48-year old Christine Daikawa was charged this week, following her confession. She also reportedly told authorities she listed herself as the witness on the ballot.

Election officials came across the discrepancy while running routine procedures for every absentee ballot cast. They noticed Daikawa’s partner’s name was not showing up in the election database.

After a short investigation, officials found her spouse had died on July 9, but the ballot was signed on September 16.

“I was trying to see if she was maybe doing it for a memory type thing…try to see if she wanted to get her spouse’s last wishes or last voice heard, but she said that wasn’t the case,” said David Dudash, an investigator for the Cedarburg Police.

Daikawa’s trial is set to take place December 14. If convicted, she could serve up to four years in federal prison.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio says schools have proven to be very safe

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New York City’s mayor admitted he made a mistake shutting down in-person learning when the citywide coronavirus infection rate reached 3 percent.

During a press conference Wednesday, Bill de Blasio announced public schools in the Big Apple will reopen for in-person learning on a school-by-school basis with plans to release a more detailed plan next week.

The mayor doesn’t think it’s necessary for every student to receive a COVID-19 vaccine before they can return to class. He went on to state to schools are very safe.

“The schools have proven to be very, very safe,” said de Blasio. “So over time, I think as the vaccine gets distributed much more widely…it’s going to certainly help us to keep schools strong, and get more and more kids back in the schools.”

The New York City Democrat reiterated every student and their legal guardian will have to sign a consent form before returning to class.

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Seattle’s police union leader issues a warning over budget cuts

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Seattle’s police union leader recently spoke out against major budget cuts to the city’s police department. In multiple interviews on Wednesday, Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan issued a warning that crime will continue to increase in the city as long as leaders keep slashing the police budget.

On Monday, the city council voted to slash the department budget by about 18 percent amid pressure from radical left-wing activists to cut it by as much as half. According to Solan, the police department will have lost a total of 200 officers over the course of 2020 due to these changes.

“Clearly this is the result of the city council conducting activism via their governance,” he stated. “Listening to the loud socialist mob that is calling for more reform by taking away budgeted money for public safety…this is everybody’s public safety on the line.”

According to the Seattle Times, the mayors budget proposal would slash police department spending by over $30 million.

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White House trade advisor Navarro says trouble ahead if lawmakers don’t act on COVID-19 stimulus

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White House trade advisor Peter Navarro said lawmakers need to “act now” on coronavirus stimulus legislation. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he called on lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to put aside their differences to pass a stimulus package.

“The administration has done a very good job up to this point,” he stated. “We are facing, however, a chasm ahead for millions of Americans unless there can be a bipartisan ‘come to agreement moment’ on these core elements.”

Navarro went on to stress the need to save small businesses, noting if those are lost then they are not coming back. With many states reporting an increase in cases, business owners have expressed their concerns that they will be unable to survive another round of lockdowns.

Restaurant owners reported spending thousands of dollars in modifications to adapt to local and state requirements to feed guests outside only to have many major cities like Los Angeles adopt new policies forcing them to close anyway.

Navarro said despite the stalemate, Congress needs to focus on three major components: the Paycheck Protection Program, relief checks and unemployment compensation.

The White House trade adviser said he anticipates a second term for President Trump and the administration will continue on the path for strong economic recovery.

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What is President Trump doing on Thanksgiving?

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For the first time since he was sworn in as president nearly four years ago, President Trump will not spend Thanksgiving at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Although the president was initially scheduled to travel to Palm Beach for the holiday, Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, tweeted last week that the Trumps had chosen to remain at the White House instead.

"Holiday Scheduling Update: The @POTUS & @flotus will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday at the @WhiteHouse this year," she wrote.

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In both 2017 and 2018, Trump remained in Mar-a-Lago over the Thanksgiving holiday, calling troops at overseas bases and visiting the local Coast Guard station. In 2019 he was also at Mar-a-Lago, and from there he flew to Afghanistan for a surprise visit with the troops.

Trump, who has kept mostly a low profile since Joe Biden was declared the winner of the Nov. 3 election, will continue the White House tradition of calling troops, with a scheduled video teleconference with members of the military in the late afternoon.

"During this season of gratitude, we also acknowledge those who cannot be with their families. This includes the brave American patriots of our Armed Forces who selflessly defend our sacred liberty at home and abroad," Trump said in his annual Thanksgiving proclamation on Wednesday.

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He continued: "And we pause to remember the sacrifices of our law enforcement personnel and first responders. We are deeply grateful for all those who remain on watch over the holidays and keep us safe as we celebrate and give thanks for the blessings in our lives."

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said during a Wednesday morning interview on "Fox & Friends" that Trump has changed plans because he's "hard at work."

“The president’s hard at work on COVID, among other issues, drawing down our number of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing our men and women home,” she said. “He’s hard at work, and so he’s staying here at the White House, and it will be a lovely Thanksgiving for him and the first lady here in the White House.”

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In the weeks since the election, Trump has refused to concede the election to Biden and has forged ahead with a series of legal challenges against voting results in key battleground states.

Meawhile, last week the president-elect said he would keep his Thanksgiving celebration to three people.

“I’ve got a big family you’ve probably heard a lot about. We do everything together," he said during a virtual meeting with health care workers, adding: “Well, we’re just not going to, there’s going to be three of us.”

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Live Updates: Georgia secretary of state accuses Trump of throwing him ‘under the bus’ amid legal fight

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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger accused President Trump of throwing him "under the bus" in a column published Wednesday.

Georgia had a "smooth" and "successful" November election, Raffensperger wrote in the piece published by USA Today, noting the state "finally defeated voting lines."

"This should be something for Georgians to celebrate, whether their favored presidential candidate won or lost," he asserted. "For those wondering, mine lost — my family voted for him, donated to him and are now being thrown under the bus by him."

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His comments came after weeks of butting heads with fellow Republicans. The Trump 2020 Campaign requested another recount of Georgia's votes over the weekend, clashing with Raffensperger once again over demands that signature-matching played a major role.

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Live Updates: Trump says he won election, repeats claims of voting irregularities

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President Trump called into an event held by Pennsylvania Republicans on Wednesday, where he reiterated his claim that he won the Nov. 3 election and reasserted claims of voting irregularities.

"This election was rigged and we can't let that happen. We can't let it happen for our country," Trump said via speakerphone. "And this election has to be turned around, because we won Pennsylvania by a lot and we won all these swing states by a lot."

Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who attended the public hearing, argued that the Trump campaign has been denied the opportunity "almost uniformly" to raise concerns about voter fraud, and claimed mail-in ballots were the "primary device" used to carry out the alleged fraud.

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    • Giuliani claimed that similar schemes also took place in Michigan, Wisconsin, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia.

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Trump campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn tests positive for coronavirus

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Boris Epshteyn, a campaign adviser to President Trump, announced Wednesday that he has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"I have tested positive for COVID-19," he wrote on Twitter. "I am experiencing mild symptoms, and am following all appropriate protocols, including quarantining and contact tracing."

Epshteyn served as strategic adviser to the Trump 2020 Campaign after being an adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign as well.

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He attended a news conference last Thursday, where he stood alongside Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, legal adviser Jenna Ellis and lawyer Sidney Powell, the Hill reported.

The conference saw members of Trump's legal team allege that the election was fraudulent and that the president won in a "landslide."

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Giuliani’s son, Andrew Giuliani, who works at the White House, was also in attendance and he announced a day later that he had tested positive.

Epshteyn also attended a radio interview taping with Rudy Giuliani earlier this week.

Trump canceled a planned trip to Gettysburg, Pa., on Wednesday after Epshteyn announced he tested positive. Giuliani still made an appearance at the event, which was organized by Pennsylvania Republicans in Gettysburg, and discussed election issues in the state, reports said.

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In addition to his advisory roles, Epshteyn served a brief stint as a White House communications aide and worked for Sinclair Broadcasting, The Hill reported.

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Republicans take back multiple Congressional seats in 2020

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Democrats went into the 2020 elections with the belief they would pick up more seats in Congress due to a second blue wave following the 2018 midterms. However, Republicans took back several seats in the House, a handful of which were from California.

Three notable GOP victories include Rep. Michelle Steel (R-Calif.), Rep. Young Kim (R-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.). These wins took back traditionally red districts that were flipped blue in 2018.

The Golden State Republicans ran on a ticket to lower taxes and support police officers, which seemed to bring them the win in their respective districts. Additionally, Republicans welcomed many freshman congresswomen to the office across the country.

In Minnesota, Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-Minn.) turned over the Democrat seat from moderate Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), which represents the overall conservative sway in the district.

In an upset, state Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) flipped the Democrat seat by one point in South Carolina. She is the state’s first female representative in Congress.

In New York, Nicole Malliotakis (R-N.Y.) took back a district encompassing Staten Island, which unseated her Democrat opponent by running against efforts to ‘defund the police.’

While the Democrats maintain their majority in the House, the addition of more Republican members is promising to the GOP as they look forward to the 2022 election cycle.

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Outdoor dining ban moves forward in L.A. County despite decision being based on scarce data

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A ban on outdoor dining in Los Angeles County went into effect, although health officials admitted there is no scientific evidence it will make a difference.

The ban, which went into effect Wednesday, is reportedly part of an effort to curb the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

However, during Tuesday’s board of supervisor’s meeting, health officials admitted the decision was made based on a flimsy CDC study.

Restaurant owners and workers say the ban will have a significant impact on them as well as their families.

“If you lost your job you would think that was cruel if you couldn’t provide food for your family at Christmas or a Christmas tree,” Casa Vega restaurant owner Christy Vega stated. “I mean…it’s cruel.”

“This is going to affect me and my family for sure, one hundred percent,” Casa Vega restaurant server Kelley Volk said. “Because I am basically the breadwinner for my family…it’s going to be a big drastic change because we are not employed any more.”

Critics said the study is flawed because it does not discern between indoor and outdoor dining nor does it take the specific location into consideration.

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Tokyo residents back President Trump, say if Biden wins China wins

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Thousands of Japanese supporters of President Trump rallied in central Tokyo to say the U.S. election is far from over.

On Wednesday, Tokyo citizens took to the streets to state if Joe Biden wins, China wins and it won’t be good for Japan.

Demonstrators said American mainstream media is ignoring the evidence of Democrat voter fraud, while the Japanese public appears to be better informed. They added President Trump must win re-election to ensure a better future for the Asia-Pacific and U.S. Japanese ties.

“Today, we held a demonstration march in Tokyo to support President Trump from Japan,” President Trump supporter Takao Furuyama said. “This is the support of President Trump of the United States, and it is about the election in the United States, but I think this is a big issue that affects peace in Japan and peace in the world.”

Japanese citizens also said the ‘Chinese Communist Party’ tried to buy political influence across the world and only President Trump can stop that.

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Progressive groups want ‘squad member’ Rashida Tlaib in Biden cabinet

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Progressive groups are pushing President-elect Joe Biden to include more candidates who lean further to the left than him in his cabinet, including a member of the “Squad,” as they seek influence over policymaking.

The Sunrise Movement, a group focused on the urgency of climate change, is advocating for cabinet picks who have no ties to fossil fuel companies or corporate lobbyists. It’s a wish list that includes Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., for secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Justice Democrats, which has a stated goal of building a “mission-driven caucus” in Congress by electing more leaders like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., also signed off on the list, which also includes Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, is a vocal critic of President Trump.

She also recently lashed out at fellow Democrats, some of whom blamed down-ballot losses on progressive members of the party, telling Politico that she isn’t interested in unity if it comes at the cost of people’s rights and freedoms.

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Meanwhile, Biden appeared to throw cold water on the idea that Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., might be tapped for cabinet roles during an interview with NBC this week.

He claimed he already had “significant representation among progressives” in his administration, and taking a Democrat out of the Senate or the House would be a difficult decision.

“I have a very ambitious, very progressive agenda and it’s going to take really strong leaders in the House and Senate to get it done,” Biden said.

Sanders has been a progressive favorite for labor secretary, and Warren had been eyeing the role of Treasury Secretary, which was offered to former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

Biden has also taken on a number of staffers who previously served in the Obama administration, and is consequently fending off the idea that his tenure will essentially resemble a third term for former President Barack Obama.

"This is not a third Obama term because we face a totally different world than we faced in the Obama-Biden administration," Biden told NBC News. “President Trump has changed the landscape, it’s become ‘America first,’ which meant America alone.”

Biden said he selected certain individuals to serve in his administration because they represent the spectrums of both the American people and the Democratic Party.

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Pa. State Senate holds hearing on election fraud

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The Pennsylvania State Senate held a public hearing regarding fraud in this year’s election. The hearing was led by Republican state senators who alleged the general election was plagued by problems, including irregularities with mail-in voting.

President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, made the campaign’s case for voting irregularities and fraud through affidavits. Witnesses of voter irregularities gave their testimony of what they witnessed at polling sites, which included tens-of-thousands of uncounted ballots.

Unlike the mainstream media, One America News covered the historical hearing in its entirety:

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Report: OxyContin addiction survivors have not received any funds from $200M settlement

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Addiction survivors of the drug ‘OxyContin’ are still waiting for $200 million won in a settlement with makers of the drug.

According to reports on Wednesday, sources close to the matter said the attorneys general of a number of states as well as victim advocacy groups cannot agree on how to use the funds.

This came a day after ‘Purdue Pharma,’ the company that manufactures OxyContin, pleaded guilty to misleading federal agents of its sales.

STAMFORD, CT – APRIL 2: Purdue Pharma headquarters stands in downtown Stamford, April 2, 2019 in Stamford, Connecticut. Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, and its owners, the Sackler family, are facing hundreds of lawsuits across the country for the company’s alleged role in the opioid epidemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans over the past 20 years. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“This is now the company being charged with a crime and pleading to the crime, and that affects its ability to do business, to get contracts – just to run as a pharmaceutical company in the future,” Class Action Attorney Hunter Shkolnik stated. “A company doesn’t go into jail, but it’s going to cost them money and it’s going to cost them their ability to run their business the way they have over the years.”

The use of the drug has reportedly contributed to the deaths of more than 450,000 people since 1999.

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NYC sheriffs expanding COVID checkpoints for out-of-state visitors ahead of Thanksgiving

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Americans looking to drive through New York City for the holidays may face some roadblocks.

In a statement Wednesday, the New York City Sheriff’s Department warned travelers of new checkpoints where riders will be tested for COVID-19.

This is part of new measures announced earlier this month, which require visitors to test negative for coronavirus both before and after arriving in the city.

New York City also requires out-of-town guests to complete travel forms when arriving at airports, train and bus stations.

“There will be vehicle checkpoints at key bridges and crossings throughout New York City,” New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito stated. “The sheriff will also be conducting at curbside drop-off bus stops. So out-of-state buses coming into New York City, when they drop off at the curb, they will be met by sheriff teams.”

Those without proof of a negative COVID-19 test risk fines of up to $1,000. “High-risk” businesses are already closed in some parts of the city with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warning of more restrictions to come.

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President Trump addresses Pa. Senate: I won election

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President Trump reiterated his victory in this year’s election amid evidence of potential voter fraud.

Speaking via phone during Pennsylvania’s state Senate hearings Wednesday, the President stressed that he won Pennsylvania and other key states by wide margins.

He also highlighted the reports on ballot dumps, phony mail-in ballots and electronic manipulation of votes as the most prominent examples of fraud.

President Trump added ‘Dominion Voting Systems’ is complicit in altering hundreds-of-thousands of votes to steal the election for the Democrats.

“And all you had to do is look at the numbers at 10 o’clock in the evening when everybody thought the election was virtually over,” the President stated. “Then, very weird things happened…people were getting 2 and 3 and 4 ballots in their home.”

The President urged his legal team to present all evidence of fraud to state lawmakers.

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Rep.-elect Lauren Boebert plans Thanksgiving ‘funeral’ for dead turkey in defiance of Colorado guidelines

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Incoming Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, an anti-big government Republican who previously defied local shutdown orders, said she's finding a creative way to bypass Colorado's Thanksgiving gathering restrictions by having a "funeral" for a dead turkey.

Boebert, who has railed against coronavirus lockdown rules, called out Colorado's limits on personal gatherings to 10 people while "life-rite" gatherings like funerals can have many more people.

“In Colorado, Thanksgiving is limited to 10 people, but funerals are limited to 30," Boebert told Fox News in a recent interview in Washington, D.C., during congressional orientation. "So I'm going to have a peaceful funeral for a turkey and have about 30 people at my house."

Reached Wednesday, Boebert confirmed her "funeral" plans for Thanksgiving but also quipped that her guest limit should actually be allowed to increase since she's added two more dead animals to the menu, a pig and a duck.

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Boebert, the owner of a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colo., called Shooters Grill, said the government's job is to inform the public of coronavirus risks and then let individuals exercise their own personal responsibility. She's been an outspoken critic of shutdown restrictions that she says have devastated small businesses and families while allowing big-box retailers like Walmart to thrive.

During the early days of shutdown, Boebert, a 33-year-old wife and mother of four sons, said she tapped the family's savings to make payroll and avoid layoffs at her restaurant, which has gained famed for the waitstaff openly carrying their firearms. But in order to survive, she eventually defied coronavirus lockdown rules this May by reopening her restaurant – a decision that cost her a temporary suspension of her food license.

Lauren Boebert, the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Colona, Colorado. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Lauren Boebert, the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, addresses supporters during a campaign rally in Colona, Colorado. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Garfield County, where Boebert lives, is currently under "Level Orange High Risk" coronavirus restrictions based on the virus caseload and hospitalization rate of infected patients. The restrictions mean that public and private gatherings are limited to 10 individuals from no more than two households. But gathering size can be bigger for houses of worship and life rites such as weddings, funerals and baptisms, which are capped at 25% of the posted occupancy limit and can't exceed 50 people – a bit higher than what Boebert had initially projected.

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Boebert, a Second Amendment enthusiast and President Trump backer, says the government should not be messing with the holidays.

"A government that is big enough to shut down your Thanksgiving dinner is a government that's too big," Boebert said.

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Boebert has made headlines for pushing back on government and famously confronting former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke over his comments on confiscating guns like AR-15s. "I am here to say: Hell, no, you’re not," Boebert said in a viral moment last year.

Lauren Boebert (C), the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, recites the Pledge of Allegiance before addressing supporters at a campaign rally in Delta, Colorado on October 10, 2020. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Lauren Boebert (C), the Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives seat in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, recites the Pledge of Allegiance before addressing supporters at a campaign rally in Delta, Colorado on October 10, 2020. (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Boebert routinely wears a Glock pistol on her hip in Colorado and intends to apply for a permit in Washington to carry a concealed handgun as a congresswoman. She wants to meet with the Capitol Police chief to talk about carrying her gun throughout the Capitol complex and potentially bypass certain restrictions. While Capitol Police are trained to protect the Capitol grounds, Boebert – at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds – said she's concerned about the times she'll be walking alone.

"I'm not walking around with security. I am the security," Boebert said. "So I'll carry in my office. I know that it's OK for members to carry there and I am going to set up a meeting with the Capitol [Police] chief and talk to him about further options to carry. … If there aren't enough provisions there to make sure that I feel like I'm safe and not disarmed, then I may try to make some amendments to the rules in Congress.”

RIFLE, CO - MAY 29: Lauren Boebert, owner of the Shooters Grill, has gained national attention for her decision to encourage her staff to carry a firearm during work on May 29, 2018 in Rifle, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

RIFLE, CO – MAY 29: Lauren Boebert, owner of the Shooters Grill, has gained national attention for her decision to encourage her staff to carry a firearm during work on May 29, 2018 in Rifle, Colorado. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

She's concerned she may be a "target" in Washington D.C. and wants to ensure her safety.

"D.C. is increasingly dangerous, right now – especially [with] the politics surrounding D.C.," Boebert said. "People are going to know who I am, and I think that just kind of makes for a larger target. And so I want to make sure that I'm able to defend myself."

Boebert, a first-time candidate, beat five-term Republican Rep. Scott Tipton in the primary election and defeated Democrat Diane Mitsch on Nov. 3 to become the first woman and mom to represent Colorado's 3rd Congressional District.

The campaign was personal, with her past run-ins with the law for traffic issues, disorderly conduct and failure to show up to court on full display. An anti-Boebert group even plastered billboards with her mugshot in the district. Boebert also caught heat for remarks in support of QAnon. She’s since distanced herself from the far-right conspiracy theory. “I’m not a follower,” she said.

Boebert has had an untraditional path to the halls of Congress. Growing up poor and relying on government welfare, Boebert said she got her first break landing a job at the Rifle McDonald's in high school and learning the value of a paycheck.

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She said she dropped out of high school to take a management role at the fast-food restaurant, which she said was critical in her ability to provide for her first son. Her husband works in the oil and gas fields and eventually, Boebert joined the energy industry too. She said she got a job filing for a natural gas drilling company and then became a pipeliner.

With her husband's income stable, Boebert dipped out of the workforce for a bit to raise her young sons. She said she rediscovered her Christian faith at New Creation Church in Glenwood Springs and got involved in Bible studies and ministering to women at the Garfield County Jail with a message that they didn't need to be bound by their past mistakes.

She opened the restaurant in 2013 and credits her faith for taking on opportunities and challenges that have come her way. "I learned to have limitless thinking from reading the Bible," Boebert said.

COLLBRAN, CO - OCTOBER 22 : Lauren Boebert, Republican nominee for Colorado's 3rd congressional district, make speeches in front of her supporters during "trash clean-up" event of West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association at Terrell Park in Collbran, Colorado on Thursday. October 22, 2020. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

COLLBRAN, CO – OCTOBER 22 : Lauren Boebert, Republican nominee for Colorado's 3rd congressional district, make speeches in front of her supporters during "trash clean-up" event of West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association at Terrell Park in Collbran, Colorado on Thursday. October 22, 2020. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Boebert said she earned her GED and but didn't go on to college. She embraces her outsider story and said Congress should be a citizen-led body and could use the perspective of someone like her.

“To me, one of the most important things is remaining real in this place full of tucked-in shirts and ties and suit jackets,” Boebert said.

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"I'm coming outside of the box to rip the lid open," Boebert added. "I'm not coming in to jump inside the box with them. … I'm not here to grow government. I'm here to shrink government.”

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2 NYPD officers shot in Queens, suspect dead

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Authorities in New York City are investigating an officer-involved shooting, which left one suspect dead.

Two New York City police officers are recovering from their injuries after doing a wellness check at a home in the Springfield Gardens section of Queens, New York.

During a press briefing Tuesday, authorities said 33-year-old officer Joseph Murphy and 36-year-old officer Christopher Wells were both shot while helping resolve a domestic dispute.

According to reports, 41-year-old Sharon Goppy arrived at the 105th precinct early in the afternoon to report an incident of domestic violence against her husband Rondell Goppy. Sharon asked officers if they could help escort her home so she could collect her belongings.

She also said she was afraid of being alone with her husband. Roughly six minutes after the officers arrived on the scene, police said Rondell entered the residence and opened fire.

“After immediately opening fire, and shots exchange, both officers are struck and injured,” NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated. “One in the right upper thigh, he has a fractured femur and is undergoing surgery. The other officer was shot at least one time and we believe at this point in both hands.”

He added both officers are awake and in stable condition at Jamaica Medical Center. Although both require surgery for their very serious injuries, Shea said they’re hopeful for a full recovery.

Sharon was not injured, but Rondell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said the suspect had three handguns at the time. They also reported there have been four previous calls regarding a domestic dispute at the same address.

Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio praised the two officers for their efforts to save Sharon from abuse.

“Today they saved that woman’s life,” the New York City mayor said. “I want to be crystal clear. Because those officers were there, that woman is alive. And I say God bless them.”

This came as Democrat lawmakers continue to push for ‘defunding law enforcement.’ Meanwhile, the president of New York City’s largest police union criticized those who want the police budget reduced as well as those who disrespect police officers.

“Here’s an example… of a domestic dispute…when the police officers walk in they get shot at,” Patrick Lynch, president of the Police Benevolent Association, stated. “What would happen if the police officers weren’t there? What would happen if we didn’t have enough of them to cover all the radio runs? What would happen if a social worker was there and the police officer wasn’t?”

Authorities will continue to investigate as they work to recover evidence from the crime scene.

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President Trump addresses Pa. Senate: I won election

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President Trump reiterated his victory in this year’s election amid evidence of potential voter fraud.

Speaking via phone during Pennsylvania’s state Senate hearings Wednesday, the President stressed that he won Pennsylvania and other key states by wide margins.

He also highlighted the reports on ballot dumps, phony mail-in ballots and electronic manipulation of votes as the most prominent examples of fraud.

President Trump added ‘Dominion Voting Systems’ is complicit in altering hundreds-of-thousands of votes to steal the election for the Democrats.

“And all you had to do is look at the numbers at 10 o’clock in the evening when everybody thought the election was virtually over,” the President stated. “Then, very weird things happened…people were getting 2 and 3 and 4 ballots in their home.”

The President urged his legal team to present all evidence of fraud to state lawmakers.

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Trump announces pardon of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn

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President Trump on Wednesday tweeted that he has granted a 'full pardon' to his former national security advisor, retired Army Gen. Michael Flynn, ending a legal saga brought about by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"It is my Great Honor to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has been granted a Full Pardon," the president wrote. "Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving!"

The White House later in the day sent out a statement saying that Flynn "should never have been prosecuted" and that the pardon ends "the relentless, partisan pursuit of an innocent man."

"While today’s action sets right an injustice against an innocent man and an American hero, it should also serve as a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant over those in whom we place our trust and confidence," the statement continued.

Flynn plead guilty twice to lying to the FBI about his conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak prior to Trump's inauguration.

Flynn said during his interview with the FBI that he and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions that had just been imposed on Russia for election interference by the outgoing Obama administration.

During that conversation, Flynn urged Kislyak for Russia to be “even-keeled” in response to the punitive measures, and assured him “we can have a better conversation” about relations between the two countries after Trump became president.

The conversation alarmed the FBI, which at the time was investigating whether the Trump campaign and Russia had coordinated to sway the election's outcome. In addition, White House officials were stating publicly that Flynn and Kislyak had not discussed sanctions.

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However, the prosecution came under scrutiny after the release of FBI documents that suggested a plot to get him to lie.

"What is our goal?" read one of the FBI's notes. "Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired?"

Following those revelations, Trump's Justice Department moved to drop its case against Flynn, but encountered hurdles in court after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Flynn's plea to force U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan to drop his criminal case in August.

Flynn’s legal team had clashed with Sullivan, demanding in a filing last month that he should recuse himself from "further participation" in the Flynn case, citing an "appearance of bias" the lawyers claimed was "terrifying and mandates disqualification."

Flynn was awaiting Sullivan's ruling when Trump issued the pardon.

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In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) blasted the move, arguing the pardon is "undeserved, unprincipled, and one more stain on President Trump’s rapidly diminishing legacy."

"President Trump dangled this pardon to encourage Flynn to backtrack on his pledge to cooperate with federal investigators—cooperation that might have exposed the President’s own wrongdoing. And it worked," Nadler said. "Flynn broke his deal, recanted his plea, received the backing of the Attorney General over the objections of career prosecutors, and now has secured a pardon from the President of the United States."

He noted that the move by Trump is "part of a pattern", citing his previous decision to grant clemency to former Trump adviser Roger Stone.

"These actions are an abuse of power and fundamentally undermine the rule of law," Nadler added. "The President’s enablers have constructed an elaborate narrative in which Trump and Flynn are victims and the Constitution is subject to the whims of the President. Americans soundly rejected this nonsense when they voted out President Trump."

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A DOJ spokesperson told Fox News that the department was "not consulted" but were given a heads-up Wednesday.

"We would have preferred to see if Judge Sullivan would act and for the matter to be resolved in court. We were confident in the likelihood of our success in the case," the spokesperson added. "That being said, this is obviously an appropriate use of the President’s pardon power."

According to a report by Axios, Flynn's pardon is one of many that the presidently reportedly intends to issue before leaving office.

Fox News' Sam Dorman and The Associated Press contributed to this report

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