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October 25, 2021

Poll: 78 percent of Republicans want to see Trump run in 2024

A new survey revealed that 78 percent of Republicans want to see former President Donald Trump make another bid for the White House in 2024.

Sixteen percent of Republicans, 94 percent of Democrats, and 58 percent of Independents said Trump should not run.

“While a majority of Americans say, ‘been there, done that’ about Trump, and half feel he has damaged the underpinnings of democracy, support for the former president within the GOP has grown,” said Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy.

The new data comes as Trump drops increasingly strong hints that he plans to launch a 2024 campaign. Recently, Trump visited the prominent swing state, Iowa, and made a series of endorsements in House and Senate races.

Though Trump shows fervent support among his base, 51 percent of Americans said his actions since the 2020 election undermined democracy.

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78% Of Republicans Want To See Trump Run For President In 2024, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Americans Now Split On Border Wall As Opposition Softens

October 24, 2021

China responds to Biden’s comments: ‘no room’ for compromise

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden said that the United States is committed to defending Taiwan if it comes under attack. China responded to Biden’s comment by saying there is “no room” for compromise or concessions over the issue.

During Thursday’s town hall, hosted by CNN, Biden said the US has a “commitment” to defend Taiwan. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin reasserted China’s belief that Thailand is its territory.

“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions, and no one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Wang said.

“Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention,” Wang said.

Wang cautioned that the US should “be cautious with its words and actions on the Taiwan issue, and not send any wrong signals to the separatist forces of Taiwan independence, so as not to seriously damage China-US relations and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

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Biden says US has ‘commitment’ to defend Taiwan from Chinese attack

October 23, 2021

Report: border agents engaged in ‘shocking abuses’ against asylum seekers

Human Rights Watch invoked the Freedom of Information act to obtain a trove of documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — uncovering shocking instances of sexual and physical abuse of asylum seekers at the hands of border officials.

After a six-year legal battle, the human rights group uncovered over 160 cases of misconduct and abuse by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the US Border Patrol.

The documents span from 2016 to 2021 and detail instances including child sexual assault, enforced hunger, and brutal conditions.

Human Rights Watch said the files “paint a picture of DHS as an agency that appears to have normalized shocking abuses at the US border. The US should take urgent and sustained action to stop such abuses.”

You can read the full report here at your discretion, but be aware that the content is graphic.

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US border agents engaged in ‘shocking abuses’ against asylum seekers, report finds

October 23, 2021

Officials warn against China’s advanced technologies

Officials from the National Counterintelligence and Security Center issued a warning on Friday about China’s ambitions and capabilities within artificial intelligence and advanced military technologies.

The officials warned business executives, academics, and government officials of the risks of accepting Chinese investment in key industries.

Some figures within the Biden administration have called China the most significant strategic threat to the US.

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center’s acting director, Michael Orlando, recently said the US “can’t afford to lose” ground to China in the following areas: artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, quantum computing, semiconductors, and biotechnology.

“Although we’ve been saying this for year after year, people are not digesting this,” Orlando said.

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US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

October 22, 2021

Kamala Harris heckled during speech

On Friday, a heckler disrupted Vice President Kamala Harris’s speech on the White House’s Build Back Better plan and bipartisan infrastructure deal.

A man in the New York audience interrupted Harris to say that improved infrastructure would have prevented drowning deaths in Queens during Hurricane Ida earlier this year.

Harris responded to the heckler, saying, “you are right, brother.” She added, “you and I will talk after I give my comments, and I am happy to talk with you.”

“But right now, let’s talk about the agenda that will include speaking to all people and allowing everybody to be heard, because that’s part of what we want in our democracy,” Harris said. “Everybody gets a chance to talk and everybody gets a chance to be heard.”

Security escorted the man out.

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Kamala Harris engages with heckler during New York speech

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October 22, 2021

Shares soar amid news of Trump’s social media deal

News of a merger between Digital World Acquisition Corp. and Trump Media & Technology Group broke on Thursday. Former President Donald Trump announced a new social media platform, sending shares of DWAC skyrocketing as much as 400 percent.

Trading on DWAC’s stock was halted several times due to volatility.

According to CNBC:

Digital World Acquisition was the single most actively traded stock on the Fidelity platform Thursday, and was by far the most traded name on the consolidated tape of New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq listings.

By afternoon trading, more than 360 million shares of DWAC had already changed hands, according to FactSet.

Trump said his new platform, “TRUTH Social,” will “stand up to the tyranny of Big Tech.”

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Shares of Trump-linked SPAC surge 400% following news of social media deal

October 21, 2021

White House unveils COVID-19 vaccination plans for children ages 5 to 11

The White House revealed its plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“We know millions of parents have been waiting for COVID-19 vaccines for kids in this age group. And should the FDA and (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) authorize the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms,” White House Covid-19 response director Jeff Zients said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

If the FDA authorizes the plan, the Biden administration will equip over 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of community and rural health centers, and thousands of pharmacies.

“Kids have different needs than adults and our operational planning is geared to meet those specific needs, including by offering vaccinations in settings that parents and kids are familiar with and trust,” Zients said.

As of Wednesday morning, 23.2% of the eligible population (about 66 million people) has not received the COVID-19 vaccination.

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White House details plan to roll out Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 5 to 11

October 20, 2021

DeSantis says Florida ports could fix supply chain issues, save Christmas

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said the Sunshine State’s ports could handle the imports currently offshore on the West Coast and Georgia.

“We are going to make sure Americans get their Christmas Gifts this season,” DeSantis said.

Last week, DeSantis called President Joe Biden “the Grinch that stole Christmas due to the ongoing supply chain crisis robbing our loved ones of gifts under the tree.”

On Tuesday, DeSantis announced that Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and other Florida ports are offering incentives to businesses who want to move their cargo to Florida.

“We in Florida have the ability to help alleviate these logjams and ameliorate these problems with the supply chain,” DeSantis said. “It really is, I think, a model for the rest of the country.”

“Florida’s here. We’ve got capacity,” the Governor said.

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Ron DeSantis says Florida ports could save Christmas, solve supply issues

October 19, 2021

Trump sues to block release of sealed documents

Former President Donald Trump sued Congress and the National Archives to block the release of White House files related to his actions and communications surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Trump argued that the documents should remain sealed for reasons of executive privilege. According to Trump, the Constitution gives former presidents the right to confidentiality — even though President Joe Biden has refused to assert executive privilege over the documents.

“In a political ploy to accommodate his partisan allies, President Biden has refused to assert executive privilege over numerous clearly privileged documents requested by the committee,” Trump’s lawyer Jesse R. Binnall wrote in his complaint.

The lawsuit kicks off what is likely to be a major legal battle between Trump and the House committee investigating the riot. Its outcome will carry consequences for how much the panel can uncover about Trump’s role in the incident, pose thorny questions for the Biden administration, and potentially forge new precedents about presidential privileges and the separation of powers.

Biden’s top White House lawyer, Dana Remus, made it clear Biden doesn’t find executive privilege legitimate under these circumstances.

“The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself,” Ms. Remus wrote.

Do you think the lawsuit will be successful? Sound off in the comments!

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Trump Sues to Block Release of White House Papers to Jan. 6 Inquiry

October 19, 2021

Black students suspended for planning protest against Confederate flag at school

White students at a Georgia high school waved a Confederate flag and spouted racial slurs. When the school decided against reprimanding the students, a group of black students planned a protest.

The administrators of Coosa High School in Rome, Georgia, then suspended the black students for planning a protest.

“The administration is aware of tomorrow’s planned protest,” the administrator said over the intercom ahead of the planned demonstration. “Police will be present here at school and if students insist on encouraging this kind of activity they will be disciplined for encouraging unrest.”

According to CBS, two white students who participated in the protest did not receive a suspension, despite claiming to be as disruptive as the black students.

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After white students displayed Confederate flag at school, Black students suspended for planning protest

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