Millions of Americans still don’t have a ‘Real ID’

A customer opens the door of a Washington state Dept. of Licensing office in Lacey, Wash., Friday, June 22, 2018 next to a sign providing information about the requirements of Real ID. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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Millions of Americans still do not have a ‘Real ID,’ which may pose some problems for air travel later this year. According to the U.S. Travel Association, at least 99 million Americans don’t have the new ID, which will be required to fly beginning October 1, 2020.

Ahead of the new rule, several lawmakers have asked the Department of Homeland Security to come up with a contingency plan, so people aren’t turned away once the new law takes effect.

Travel experts have said the change in ID requirements could impact holiday travel.

“We’re absolutely not ‘Real ID’ ready at all, we know 99 million Americans don’t have a ‘Real ID’,” Tori Barnes, Vice President of the U.S. Travel Association. “It’s going to be Thanksgiving 2020 where Grandma goes to get on a plane and she can’t go see her grandkids.”

TSA agents are already informing travelers of the upcoming requirements in an effort to encourage individuals to obtain the new ID.

The Real ID Act was among new security laws enacted in the wake the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but some states have been slow to implement the changes.

In this photo taken Feb. 6, 2020, Alaska Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka appears before a state House committee in Juneau, Alaska. Tshibaka, whose department includes the state Division of Motor Vehicles, has downplayed the need for new Real ID cards, saying alternatives with less stringent requirements will be accepted for air travel through federal Transportation Security Administration checkpoints starting this fall. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

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Poll: 77% of Americans trust Federal government to handle COVID-19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, blue/pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP)

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A recent survey found a majority of Americans trust the federal government to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 77 percent of Americans are either very confident or somewhat confident the government has the ability to stop the spread of the virus in the U.S.

The findings show Americans are more confident in the government to handle the spread of the virus than with previous health scares. For example, 64 percent of Americans said they trusted to the government to fight the Zika virus in 2017 and that number was at 61 percent for Ebola in 2014.

Meanwhile, four Americans who tested positive for the coronavirus are being treated in a hospital in Spokane, Washington.

In a press briefing on Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the four former passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship were flown back to the U.S. over the weekend.

Spokane County health officer Dr. Bob Lutz said the hospital was chosen for these patients, “because of its secured airborne infection isolation rooms.”

“The risk to the general community about this particular process is zero,” he stated. “I mean, because of the resources that have been brought to bear to ensure the safety of these individuals were brought from the airport to this facility, again there was no risk to the general population — I emphasize that as much as I possibly can.”

Dr. Lutz went on to reaffirm health care workers at the hospital have been specifically trained to handle this type of scenario.

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South Bend residents warn Americans against voting for Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event at Durango Hills Community Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Residents of South Bend, Indiana, are warning Americans not to vote for the city’s former Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Some said Buttigieg did nothing about crime in the city while others noted there were a record number of homicides during his time as mayor. FBI data showed violent crimes rose from 622 to more than 1,000 during his time in office.

A South Bend city council member claimed Buttigieg was difficult to work with and did not address the struggles of the local black community.

“It was very difficult to get across to him, and also to his administration, how African Americans were living in South Bend,” stated Henry Davis Jr. “You’re talking about double digit unemployment, a very high poverty rate of over 40 percent, high crime, schools closing.”

The former mayor has also come under fire for South Bend’s homeless problem and for claiming economic wins in the city, which some said were the result of statewide initiatives.

People wait for democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg to speak during a rally Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Additionally, the 2020 hopeful has been accused of inappropriately accepting campaign contributions from a progressive PAC. A recent complaint filed by watchdog group Campaign Legal Center alleged Buttigieg improperly accepted more than $600,000 in Nevada ad placements.

The claim pointed to a tweet by Buttigieg’s senior strategist Michael Halle. The group said his message appeared to have been used by ‘Vote Vets,’ a major progressive group that backs Buttigieg.

If confirmed, this would violate federal rules that prohibit candidates from coordinating with independent groups on their behalf.

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Defense Dept. to house 200 Americans at Calif. military base after evacuation from China

An airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, lands at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

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The Department of Defense said it’s ready to temporarily house more than 200 Americans, who were evacuated from the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in China. Evacuees, including State Department personnel and their families, landed at March Air Reserve Base in southern California on Wednesday.

“The whole plane erupted into cheers when the crew welcomed them back to the United States. It’s really easy for us to focus on fears, but at the end of this day, this mission, it was about people. It was about American citizens, some of whom were working to serve our country. It was about families (and) it was about helping each other in this time of need.” – Dr. Anne Zink, Alaskan Chief Medical Officer

Officials from the Health and Human Services Department will reportedly be at the base to observe and provide care for the evacuees. Before arriving in California, passengers were screened in Alaska.

“The crew never got off in China, and it was never in any sort of interaction with the passengers itself,” said Dr. Zink. “We have been working closely with the CDC and they felt that they were at zero risk.”

Moving forward, DOD officials said any person who shows symptoms will be transported to a local civilian hospital.

Personnel in protective clothing unload luggages from the airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Earlier that same day, France confirmed its fourth case of the new virus. An elderly Chinese man was hospitalized on Wednesday after showing symptoms of the illness. Officials said the man traveled from the Hubei province in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus outbreak is centered.

This comes as France is preparing to evacuate more than 500 of its citizens from the region. The country is sending the first of several planes to the region on Thursday.

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Report: U.S. planning to evacuate Americans from Wuhan amid coronavirus outbreak

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 file photo, Passengers wear protective face masks at the departure hall of the high speed train station in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

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The U.S. government is organizing a flight of out the Chinese city of Wuhan to evacuate American citizens and diplomats amid the coronavirus outbreak. The local U.S. consulate is reportedly contacting American citizens to offer them a place on the plane, which will seat around 230 people and is expected to take off on Sunday.

Around 1,000 U.S. citizens are said to be in Wuhan. However, those who choose to evacuate on the plane will be responsible for the cost of their ticket. The flight will be directly to the U.S. Onboard medical personnel will be present to ensure the infection doesn’t spread.

The U.S. government is also planning to temporarily close the consulate in Wuhan.

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, photo, a staff member wearing a hazardous materials suit hauls a bin at a hospital that reported a coronavirus death in Yichang in central China’s Hubei Province. (Chinatopix via AP)

Meanwhile, officials in China are taking on a massive construction project to build a quarantine hospital within 10 days. Authorities reportedly started building the 1,000 bed hospital on Friday. It will be used to treat patients who are being turned away from overcrowded hospitals in Wuhan.

At least 41 people have died and 1,200 others have been infected by the new and unknown virus, which includes pneumonia-like symptoms.

In 2003, a similar building was quickly erected during a SARS outbreak.

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President Trump: ‘The impeachment hoax is the greatest con job in the history of American politics’

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Paraguay’s President Mario Abdo Benitez in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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President Trump is urging Americans to read the transcripts of his calls with his Ukrainian counterpart, while also slamming the Democrats’ impeachment push. In a tweet Monday, the president called the inquiry “the greatest con job in the history of American politics.”

This comes as the House Judiciary Committee officially released its impeachment report against the president. The more than 600 page document was uploaded online and released to the House on Monday. It lays out everything from the constitutional grounds for impeachment to the committee’s findings and justifications behind their push to move forward.

READ THE FULL REPORT: Impeachment of Donald J. Trump — Report of the Committee on the Judiciary House of Representatives

The document stops short of calling for President Trump’s impeachment, however, it does ask members to determine whether the president abused his power with evidence broken down into four overarching parts. Congress will review the report ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled vote on the House floor.

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Trump to 4,000 Israeli Americans in Florida: US-Israel relationship is ‘stronger now than ever before’

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President Trump speaks at the Israeli American Council National Summit.

President Trump addressed a crowd of more than 4,000 people at the Israeli American Council (IAC) National Summit in Florida on Saturday night, saying Israel and America have an "unbreakable bond."

Trump delivered the keynote address at the summit, which took place in Hollywood, Fla., and was welcomed by the crowd chanting "four more years." The Israeli American Council is financially backed by one of Trump's top supporters, billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

In the first address by a sitting U.S. president at the IAC Summit, Trump said America and Israel's relationship is "stronger now than ever before."

"I have stood firmly and proudly with the state of Israel," Trump said. He said he kept his promises and that Israel "never had a greater friend in the White House than your president Donald Trump."


The president spoke about the latest move by his administration to strengthen Israel's position and undermine Palestinian claims regarding land sought for a future state. Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the U.S. government is easing its stance on Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Pompeo essentially rejected a 1978 State Department legal opinion holding that civilian settlements in the occupied territories are “inconsistent with international law.”

He also said the White House was reversing an Obama administration directive that allowed the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution declaring the settlements a “flagrant violation” of international law.

While the announcement received praise from Israeli officials — including Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called it “historic” — the international community, which overwhelmingly considers the settlements illegal, did not take the news favorably.

In a statement sent to Fox News, Federica Mogherini, vice president of the European Union, said: “The European Union's position on Israeli settlement policy in the occupied Palestinian territory is clear and remains unchanged: all settlement activity is illegal under international law and it erodes the viability of the two-state solution and the prospects for a lasting peace.”


Trump already broke with his predecessors by deciding to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, moving the U.S. Embassy to that city and supporting Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region. In Hollywood on Saturday, Trump mentioned all those decisions.

He said recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a "great, great thing."

Trump talked about Israeli security and said, "My administration made clear Israel's absolute right to self-defense," as he referenced the latest round of fighting between Gaza and Israel.

Last month, two days of violence left at least 32 Palestinians dead. During the fighting, the Israel Defense Forces said it was “raining rockets” across the country, with Islamic Jihads firing one projectile every seven minutes. Since then, a senior commander of the terror group was killed by the Israeli military in a targeted airstrike.

Trump also told the crowd of Israeli Americans, “Today the ISIS caliphate has been 100 percent obliterated."

He noted that a few weeks ago, U.S. special forces killed the founder and leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Trump held a rally in Sunrise, Fla., last week where he also mentioned his unprecedented moves in strengthening U.S.- Israeli relations, which included supporting Israeli sovereignty over the contested Golan Heights region.

It’s a message the president seems to be pushing in his reelection campaign.


As Trump addressed the crowd at the IAC Summit on Saturday night, Trump also spoke about anti-Semitism and said his administration is committed to curbing the problem.

He said "we must not ignore the vile poison" and said his administration is "using every single weapon at our disposal."

He brought up former New York University (NYU) student Adela Cojab to the stage. She said she experienced anti-Semitism on her college campus, including witnessing a student who was a member of a pro-Palestinian group on campus, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), burn an Israeli flag.

Her lawyers filed charges of anti-Semitism and a hostile environment for Jewish students at New York University, and they were notified last month that the Department of Education had opened a full-scale investigation into their allegations.

The complaint sent to the Department of Education said: “SJP is a radical organization affiliated with terror groups, bent on adopting a policy of anti-normalization of Jewish groups, and on isolating, demonizing and ultimately destroying the Jewish state.”

Cojab, who was the president of an Israel advocacy group at NYU and was a representative for Jewish students in student government, graduated in May and filed the complaint one month before.


NYU spokesman John Beckman told Fox News Saturday that the university "has not received any direct notice from the Department of Education indicating that there is an OCR investigation."

"If there is, we know that any allegations that the University has been anything less than highly supportive of or deeply concerned about its Jewish community are untrue and unfair, and ignore the real record," Beckman said, continuing: "That those involved in disrupting the pro-Israel rave in Washington Square Park in 2018 were referred to the University's student conduct office; that NYU and its president rejected and criticized attempts to ostracize pro-Israel groups; that the University has publicly, repeatedly, and vigorously repudiated BDS proposals both at NYU and elsewhere … and … that NYU is the only U.S. [university] to have opened its own dedicated academic campus in Israel, has flatly rejected any and all calls to close it, and continues to be committed to it."

National Students for Justice in Palestine (NSJP) did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. However, in a statement sent to Fox News, NYU’s SJP chapter said: “NYU Students for Justice in Palestine and NYU Jewish Voice for Peace believe Palestinian liberation and Jewish liberation go hand in hand. We work tirelessly against anti-racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The fact that around half of SJP is Jewish, along with our interfaith work where an Israeli Jewish woman and a Palestinian Muslim woman crafted a BDS resolution on human rights, is evidence of just that.”

On Saturday night, Cojab thanked President Trump for his work on anti-Semitism.

Trump also brought up U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Elan Carr to the stage.

Trump spoke at the 6th annual IAC Summit. Vice President Mike Pence was the keynote speaker at the conference the year before.


President Trump's trip to Florida on Saturday also featured a separate address to members of Florida's Republican Party at the Statesman's Dinner in Aventura. The Florida GOP did not allow news media coverage of the event.

The trip came hours after Trump celebrated Iran's decision to free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton University who had been held since 2016. The U.S., in turn, released an Iranian scientist in its custody.

"We are also working to free hostages unjustly detained around the world including in Iran," Trump told the crowd on Saturday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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