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Homeowner shoots suspected burglar in southern Indian River County, Sheriff’s Office says

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Deputies responded to a shooting after a burglary went wrong Thursday evening on the 300 block of 14th Place Southwest, according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

One person was injured in the shooting and was taken by ambulance to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said it received a call of a residential burglary in progress at about 5:45 p.m. 

The owner of the home got a gun and confronted the would-be burglar, the Sheriff’s Office said. The burglar was also armed, and the two shot at each other. 

Two guns were found by police at the scene.

The suspect was shot twice. He collapsed in the street, where he was later found by emergency personnel. He is expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Office said.

House passes Parents Bill of Rights, as enraged Dems level wild charges against it

    The GOP-led House of Representatives Friday passed the Parents Bill of Rights Act (HR5) to strengthen parents’ voice in their children’s education, by a vote of 213-208. No Democrats voted for the bill, while some leveled preposterous charges against it, including that it that threatens lessons on the Holocaust.

    The bill faces a tough road ahead to become law: it would first have to be passed by a Democrat-led Senate and then be signed into law by the most leftist, pro-LGBT-agenda president in modern American history (Joe Biden).

    “The House Republicans’ school control bill is Orwellian to the core … It will not see the light of day here in the Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., according to ABC News’ website.

    Nevertheless, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy celebrated that he was keeping another promise to the American people by guiding HR5 through the legislative body he now leads. A statement by McCarthy’s Speaker office summarized the bill’s purpose as follows: “The Parents Bill of Rights has 5 pillars to ensure parents have the right to have a voice in their kids’ education:

    1. Right to know what’s being taught in schools and to see reading material;
    2. Right to be heard;
    3. Right to see school budget and spending;
    4. Right to protect their child’s privacy;
    5. Right to be updated on any violent activity at school

    “Democrats believe that parents shouldn’t have a say in their kids’ education, and actually know what the reading material is. Democrats believed that was extreme,” McCarthy said at a press conference after HR5’s passage. He said Democrats believed it was “extreme” to affirm the right of parents to attend school board meetings without being called “terrorists,” alluding to Biden Attorney General Merrick Garland’s infamous memo calling for a Justice Department investigation into alleged parental “threats” to local school boards.

    HR5’s main House sponsor, Rep. Julia Letlow, R-La., a former educator, countered critics who claim HR5 is about Congress dictating curricula to local schools or telling them which books should be allowed in their libraries.

    Instead, Letlow said in a speech on the House floor yesterday, “This bill aims to bring more transparency and accountability to education, allowing parents to be informed, and when they have questions and concerns, to lawfully bring them to their local school board.”

    “Over the last two years, we’ve seen too many instances where, rather than opening their doors to welcome parents in as partners, some schools instead slammed them shut and said that government bureaucrats know what’s best for our children,” she said. “Parents across this country have overwhelmingly spoken our that they have had enough.

    “They want a seat at the table because at the end of the day, these are our children, not the government’s,” Letlow said.

    Dems’ reckless accusations: hate, bigotry, racism and anti-Semitism

    Left-wing Democrats pilloried Republicans for passing the parental rights bill and made some very extreme claims against it. AOC (Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.) called the bill “fascism,” as WND reported Thursday. Kayleigh McEnany, President Donald Trump’s popular former spokesman, who now is a host on Fox News, played excerpts of Democrats’ hyperbolic takes on HR5 during floor debate on the bill Thursday:

    • Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Tx.: “Don’t we want our children to know that slavery was wrong…?”
    • Rep. Maxwell Frost, D-Fl.: “Bills like this make schools more hostile, and make no mistake: it results in hate, bigotry and, yes, sometimes death of our students”;
    • Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fl.: “How pathetic, how dreadful, how disgraceful. We want to terrorize the very people [teachers] who love our children….Our teachers are sacrificial lambs.”
    • Rep. AOC, D-N.Y.: “When we talk about progressive values, I can say what my progressive value is, and that is freedom over fascism.”

    But what most outraged McEnany was the comment by House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y.: “Extreme MAGA Republicans don’t want the children of America to learn about the Holocaust.” She expressed shock that Nancy Pelosi’s replacement, “the top House Democrat,” would make such a statement.

    “What a malicious, egregious, outrageous lie. And I don’t use that word lightly. But that is a lie,” she said.

    HR5’s actual provisions

    The following is the “Parents’ Bill of Rights” as laid out in HR5’s text:

    (A) the right to review the curriculum of their child’s school;
    (B) the right to know if the State alters the State’s challenging State academic standards;
    (C) the right to meet with each teacher of their child not less than twice during each school year;
    (D) the right to review the budget, including all revenues and expenditures, of their child’s school;
    (E) the right to a list of the books and other reading materials contained in the library of their child’s school;
    (F) the right to address the school board of the local educational agency;
    (G) the right to information about violent activity in their child’s school; and
    (H) the right to information about any plans to eliminate gifted and talented programs in the child’s school.

    The bill would amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require:

    • schools and educational institutions receiving federal funds to post the Parents Bill of Rights above;
    • schools to publish curricula on their website to help educate parents know what is being taught to their children;
    • each local educational agency to publish the “budget for the school year … including all revenues and expenditures (including expenditures made to private entities).

    Banning books?

    Liberal-leaning, “mainstream” media sources like NBC and AP sought to portray the GOP legislation — and the party’s focus on the “woke” left undermining quality education — as about “banning books.” An NBC video that accompanied an article about HR5’s passage even located and quoted a Virginia man who said he’d like not just to ban offensive books but to burn them.

    This “banning books” argument that has been wielded by left-leaning special interest groups, “progressive” educational organizations and library groups like the American Library Association for decades ignores the reality that the biggest gatekeepers of books and information reaching students are liberal-dominated institutions, such as schools, academia (including teacher-training) and libraries. Thus a trip to the average big-city or suburban library — or school library — would find hundreds of pro-LGBT and pro-“Black Lives Matter” books but barely any that oppose these ideologies.

    Moreover, leftist activists have successfully pressured the world’s largest book retailer, Amazon, into dropping books that offend their sensibilities, such as books written by or about former homosexuals.

    Principled conservatives’ opposition

    Of the five Republican House legislators who voted against the Parent’s Bill of Rights, four are House Freedom Caucus members, including firebrand congressman Matt Gaetz, R-Fl.

    Gaetz summed up the conservative argument against a federal bill on education in a tweet: “From Wokeness to funding to [transgender] bathrooms to Critical Race Theory, the federal government SHOULD NOT be involved in education…I don’t want to strengthen the federal Department of Education. I want to abolish it…I don’t want Congress more involved in decisions that are best made in local school districts. I want the Congress less involved…Therefore, I voted against today’s Republican bill to establish a federal ‘Parents Bill of Rights.’”

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    Big Tech Pledged Billions To ‘Racial Justice’ Amid BLM Protests. Now They’re Laying Off Thousands

      America’s top tech companies collectively pledged billions to various causes purporting to advance racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement following the murder of George Floyd. Now, as the tech industry has been battered, they’re laying off substantial portions of their workforce and closing job openings.

      Since the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have pledged at least $5 billion into nonprofits and business plans focused on racial equity since 2020, including massive funding commitments to black-owned businesses, according to data compiled by the Claremont BLM Funding Database. The companies have laid off tens of thousands of workers in recent months amid inflation, high interest rates and fear of a possible recession, according to CNBC News.

      Following the murder of George Floyd by the police in May 2020 and the ensuing national protests, many companies made pledges to financially support the BLM movement and fight systemic racism and racial inequities; by August 2021, America’s top corporations had pledged a collective $49.5 billion to the movement, according to data compiled by The Washington Post.

      Amazon, which pledged a combined $169.5 million to BLM-related causes, began firing 18,000 employees in January in its largest workforce reduction ever, according to CNBC. The company funded various groups including Black Lives Matter, the Brennan Center for Justice, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and several others.

      “Black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and partners, and are committed to helping build a country and a world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear,” the company wrote in a 2020 press release.

      Facebook pledged to spend $1 billion annually with “black and diverse suppliers” beginning in 2021, meaning they’ve hit $2 billion in pledges for that commitment. The company also promised to invest $100 million in black-owned small businesses, black creators, and nonprofits that serve the black community.

      Facebook gave $5 million total to the Equal Justice Initiative, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Innocence Project, $10 million towards racial justice groups generally, $10 million toward a Black Gaming Creator Program and $25 million to support black creators through a Facebook page created by black employees to elevate voices from the community.

      Meta, Facebook’s parent company, will lay off 10,000 employees and close 5,000 job openings, according to a Tuesday announcement. The company previously fired 13% of its staff, more than 11,000 employees, in its largest layoffs ever beginning in November, according to CNBC.

      Google announced in January that it plans to lay off 12,000 employees, according to CNBC; the company has given and pledged a combined $370 million to BLM-related causes since 2020. Google’s pledges included $12 million to groups seeking to address racial inequalities along with $25 million in ad grants to those groups, $3 million for closing the black education gap and a $175 million “economic opportunity package” for black businesses.

      Google also pledged to spend at least $1 billion with diverse-owned suppliers each year, including $100 million with Black-owned businesses.

      Google CEO Sundar Pichai made a series of commitments to racial equity on behalf of the company in the summer of 2020, including filling 30% of leadership positions with “underrepresented groups” by 2025 and “[doing] more to address representation challenges and focus on hiring, retention, and promotion at all levels.”

      Microsoft, which has given or pledged a combined $246 million to BLM and race-related causes, will lay off 10,000 workers, according to a January announcement. The company pledged $51 million toward criminal justice, including $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation.

      Apple pledged a combined $130 million as part of its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, with funds going towards academic and advocacy projects focused on “[dismantling] structures that perpetuate inequities and institutional racism.” The company has not implemented mass layoffs like other leading tech companies, but its recent slowdown on hiring and bonuses and other budget tightening moves have stirred speculation of possible layoffs.

      Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment. Amazon did not offer a comment prior to the publication of this story and Meta directed the DCNF to its press releases and declined to comment further.

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      Prop-Trump Super PAC Accuses DeSantis of Violating Florida Ethics Law 

        Allies of former President Donald Trump accused Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis of violating ethics and election laws through a “shadow presidential campaign,” according to a 15-page complaint filed Wednesday.

        DeSantis has not announced a presidential campaign, though he is widely considered a top contender. NEVER BACK DOWN PAC just launched to encourage DeSantis to run, and on Wednesday, The Daily Signal reported that Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, had endorsed the governor.

        NEVER BACK DOWN PAC founder Ken Cuccinelli accused Make America Great Again Inc. and the former president’s allies of playing games by filing such charges.

        “The President Trump I knew would never have played these types of establishment games. I’m shocked, but not surprised,” Cuccinelli said on Wednesday afternoon. “During my tenure as attorney general of Virginia, I saw complaints all the time and I can tell when spaghetti is just thrown at the wall.”

        “The overwhelming response we’ve received to building a DeSantis grassroots effort is exciting—and I’m sure intimidating,” he added. “No wonder the folks on that campaign are nervous. They should be. The MAGA movement is excited to look to its next chapter and future conservative leadership. They are excited at the potential of a President Ron DeSantis.”

        The Make America Great Again Inc. filing, first obtained by NBC News, asks the Florida Commission on Ethics to investigate, as soon as possible, whether DeSantis’ “national political activities beach the public trust.”

        Taryn Fenske, DeSantis’ communications director, told The Daily Signal in a statement: “Adding this to the list of frivolous and politically motivated attacks—it’s inappropriate to use state ethics for partisan purposes.”

        “This letter provides ample evidence to support a finding of probable cause by the Florida Commission on Ethics that Governor DeSantis, in concert with certain associated political committees, political consultants, and a 501(c)(4) organization, has solicited and received millions of dollars’ worth of illegal gifts in violation of Florida State ethics laws and the Florida Constitution,” the filing said.

        “Absent immediate action by the Commission, Governor DeSantis will continue violating the law by accepting additional gifts that are clearly intended by self-interested organizations to influence his official judgment to submit an irrevocable resignation letter as required by Section 99.012(4)(a) of the Florida Statutes,” it added.

        Cuccinelli suggested that the filing was in response to frustrations from the former president that his book sold less copies than the Florida governor’s did.

        “DeSantis leads the fight against the Woke Left, but Trump wants him removed from office because DeSantis’ book outsold Trump’s book,” Cuccinelli said. “In the words of President Trump: SAD!”

        The Florida governor has increasingly drawn Trump’s ire as of late. This week, he heavily critiqued DeSantis, comparing him to Republicans Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney and joking about calling DeSantis “Tiny D,” according to the Daily Caller.

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        Border Encounter Numbers Expose Biden’s Ports of Entry Bait-and-Switch

        As expected, the Biden administration has started using its port parole program shell game to feign “lawfulness” and distract from the true numbers of illegal aliens entering the U.S. each month.

        Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Wednesday reported the lowest number of southwest land border encounters since January 2022.

        Taken at face value, that may look like progress.

        The full picture, however, shows that as southwest land border illegal-alien encounters trended downward in January and February after the rollout of the unlawful port parole program and the CBP One app, the number of nationwide inadmissible alien encounters at ports of entry is steadily rising, as shown in the chart below.

        In fact, CBP’s February Office of Field Operations inadmissible alien encounters at ports of entry were 82,365, more than four times greater than in February 2021 and more than double the number in February 2022.

        These ports of entry encounters are steadily rising because the administration has directed would-be illegal aliens of numerous nationalities to use the CBP One app to make an appointment at a port of entry, where they will be paroled into the country.

        Thus, the same illegal aliens who would otherwise be attempting to cross between ports of entry are being shifted directly to them.

        The administration calls this process a “lawful pathway,” but mass paroling tens of thousands of inadmissible aliens through the ports make neither the process, nor the aliens using it, lawful.

        In fact, the executive branch does not have the constitutional authority to provide this visalike benefit to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens.

        To prevent difficult questions stemming from the bad optics of sustained, historic levels of border encounters, the administration is hoping interested Americans will only look at the southwest land border encounters, rather than looking at nationwide encounters—and in particular, the Office of Field Operations numbers.

        With the administration using ports to process and parole en masse, and now, larger numbers of illegal aliens crossing the northern border between the ports of entry, nationwide encounters—with Office of Field Operations numbers included—provide the most accurate picture of the number of known illegal aliens entering the U.S. during any given month.

        The border crisis will continue so long as the policies of this administration are in place.

        The goal is clear: Encourage asylum fraud and use and abuse parole to process and release more aliens into the country quickly, ensure they are never removed, providing mass de facto amnesty while demanding actual amnesty from Congress.

        When what it’s doing is not politically expedient, the administration’s move is to continue its open-borders agenda more quietly and, it hopes, unnoticed.

        Meanwhile, even officials such as the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol, Raul Ortiz, are admitting the failures of President Joe Biden’s border and immigration policy.

        In a congressional hearing on Wednesday, Ortiz made a few consequential statements that ran counter to the Biden administration’s typical talking points and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ claims.

        In addition to going against Mayorkas’ previous statements under oath claiming we have operational control of the border, Ortiz admitted that known got-aways are probably 10% to 20% higher than reported, that fentanyl is indeed coming into the U.S. between ports of entry, and that CBP’s duties now require a “processing enterprise,” as more aliens are encountered and released into the U.S.

        This is not the only example of CBP personnel, especially Border Patrol agents, speaking out against the Biden administration’s reckless policies.

        Last year, agents confronted Mayorkas directly about being pulled off the border to process illegal aliens, with one agent physically turning his back on the DHS chief and stating that Mayorkas turned his back on them first.

        Agents have reported feeling abandoned by their leadership under the Biden administration and overwhelmed by the border crisis.

        Ortiz himself has said that agency “morale is at an all-time low.”

        The men and women on the ground know this administration is putting our nation at risk.

        Despite CBP being strained and thrown under the bus repeatedly, Biden and Mayorkas continue full speed ahead with their CBP parole program, the latest installment of a dangerous border policy, and their lies to the American public.

        This administration disregards our nation’s laws and national security at the expense of their political agenda, and must be held accountable by Congress and the states through the legal system.

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        Nevada considers enshrining abortion rights in state constitution

        Nevada Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro introduced a constitutional amendment Thursday that — over more than three years — could enshrine existing abortion rights in the state constitution, which would offer the highest level of state protection.

        Abortion rights up to 24 weeks are already codified into state law through a 1990 ballot measure, and it could be changed with another referendum vote.

        The standards are higher for amending the constitution — either approval from two legislative sessions and an election, or two consecutive elections with a simple majority of votes. A governor is unable to veto a constitutional amendment.

        Cannizzaro led a group of 40 Democratic lawmakers in co-sponsoring the measure.

        “With this amendment, Nevadans will have the ability to establish firm constitutional limits on government overreach into private medical decisions, leaving them between patients and doctors where they belong,” Cannizzaro said in a statement.

        The move comes in the first post-Roe v, Wade legislative sessions where statehouses across the country are reconfiguring abortion rights. The quick-changing landscape, particularly in Republican strongholds, has transformed the legal arena and prompted a flurry of lawsuits in at least 21 states.

        As recently as Wednesday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a law that could ban abortion clinics from operating in the coming months while a Texas judge heard debate over whether to ban a leading abortion pill. On Thursday, a six-week abortion ban moved forward in the Florida House of Representatives as the state’s 15-week abortion ban is still being challenged.

        In Nevada, abortions are allowed after 24 weeks if the pregnancy could be fatal for the mother.

        For abortion rights to be enshrined in the Nevada Constitution, the amendment would have to pass both the 2023 and 2025 biennial legislative sessions before it would go in front of voters on the 2026 ballot. The Nevada State Senate has 13 Democrats and eight Republicans, while the Assembly has 28 Democrats and 14 Republicans, which qualifies as a Democratic supermajority.

        The issue of abortion rights played a large role in the razor-thin campaigns for governor and U.S. Senate in Nevada. Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo ousted the incumbent, Democrat Steve Sisolak. Nevada U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto narrowly beat Republican Adam Laxalt.

        ‘Deeply Unserious’: California Could Start Importing ‘Green’ Fuel From Saudi Arabia

          A major gas company is considering importing so-called “green” hydrogen to California from Saudi Arabia in a few years, according to S&P Global, despite the country currently powering the vast majority of its electrical grid with fossil fuels.

          Air Products & Chemicals Inc. is working with the Saudi ACWA Power Co. to create a facility in Saudi Arabia of unprecedented size that would manufacture green hydrogen via solar and wind power to be shipped internationally as ammonia, the organization reported. Natural gas and crude oil accounted for almost all of Saudi Arabia’s electricity generation in 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

          “‘Green’ hydrogen as conventionally defined is produced through the electrolysis of water, a very expensive process,” American Enterprise Institute Senior Fellow Benjamin Zycher told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Saudi power production is 100% fossil fuel-generated, except for a small amount of electricity derived from the water desalination process, and so the ‘clean’ adjective, as usual, is little more than propaganda.”

          In a March 8 CERAWeek panel, CEO Seifi Ghasemi said Air Products believes most of the green hydrogen product made at the future plant in Saudi Arabia, scheduled to open in 2027, will be shipped to either Europe or California, citing the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), according to S&P Global. The LCFS is “designed to decrease the carbon intensity of California’s transportation fuel pool and provide an increasing range of low-carbon and renewable alternatives,” according to the California Air Resources Board.

          Zycher said he was “deeply dubious” about the costly prospect of fueling water electrolysis with wind and solar power in Saudi Arabia. He argued shipping the hydrogen in ammonia form “seems sensible narrowly,” but said the ammonia would ultimately have to be broken down to obtain the hydrogen for power purposes and high costs are unavoidable.

          “Of course fossil fuels will be used, in significant amounts,” Zycher said of the production and shipping process, describing needed backup units for solar and wind power facilities, pressurized hydrogen pipelines and tanker trucks for transportation. “The idea that ‘green hydrogen’ will yield some sort of environmental nirvana is deeply unserious.”

          The possibility of Air Products & Chemicals shipping green hydrogen from Saudi Arabia to California emerges as the state moves forward with climate and clean energy initiatives. Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a climate policy package in September setting the goal of making California carbon neutral as soon as possible, with 2045 as the latest possible deadline, weeks after approving rule to prohibit selling new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.

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          Biden’s Ex-Censorship Czar Announces Lawsuit Plan Against Fox News, It Instantly Backfires with Hilarious Results

            She should be laughed out of court — if it gets that far.

            But first she’s getting ridiculed on social media.

            And in Nina Jankowicz latest turn in the public spotlight, both are richly deserved.

            Most Americans got their first introduction to Jankowicz when she was announced as the head of the new, Orwellian “Disinformation Governance Board,” the Biden administration’s stab at putting an official agency in place to handle all the censorship those patriotic souls at the FBI and other government agencies had been taking care of under the table on behalf of Democrats since the Trump administration.

            Fortunately for the future of the Republic, the Disinformation Governance Board got stopped in its tracks after a national firestorm erupted over the idea of President Joe Biden’s administration — or any administration — taking a torch to everything the First Amendment stands for.

            But not before the country learned what kind of certifiable left-wing nut the Biden administration had chosen to be in charge of its blatantly unconstitutional project to squelch opinions it didn’t like.

            Now, the noble Nina is back in the public eye, announcing a fundraising effort to scare up enough money to sue Fox News for … letting its host voice opinions she doesn’t like.

            In a lengthy, whiny video posted to Twitter last week — and a GoFundMe page — Jankowicz is seeking to scare up $100,000 to pay for a lawsuit against Fox, for, she wrote, “their malicious, reckless lies about me.”

            What’s interesting is that the video is filled with examples of Fox figures such as Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham hammering Jankowicz and the agency she was in charge of. It’s made up almost entirely of opinion journalists voicing their opinions that not only was the Disinformation Governance Board an abomination, but Jankowicz herself had no business in a position of censoring American opinions.

            And now, to prove that she was supposedly lied about as some sort of government-funded singing censorship diva, Jankowicz is trying to raise money from gullible libs to be a privately funded singing censorship diva.

            It hasn’t gone well.

            For starters, the GoFundMe page as of early Sunday afternoon Eastern Standard Time had raised only about $12,900 of its goal of $100,000, three days after it went live. (Considering Jankowicz’s high profile and the number of liberal lunatics in this country, that’s abysmal.)

            But more to the point, the social media world where Jankowicz made her pitch erupted in mockery. There was a smattering of supportive responses to Jankowicz’s tweet but the vast, vast majority had no trouble hitting the target Jankowicz had placed on her own back.

            This is a good sample:

            It’s important to note that this isn’t happening in a vacuum.

            First, Fox is also being sued for defamation in a huge case brought by the voting machine maker Dominion. The suit accuses the network of “knowingly repeating falsehoods from former President Trump and his aides and allies,” according to a report in The Hill from Friday.

            The report also noted that neither Fox nor Dominion had demonstrated any interest in setting the suit.

            (Unlike, say, CNN and The Washington Post, when those once-respectable news organizations smeared a Kentucky teenager named Nicholas Sandmann because they didn’t like his hat, Fox actually has the Constitution in its legal arsenal.)

            There’s no doubt Jankowicz is aware that the Fox-Dominion lawsuit is in the headlines now. It’s a good bet she’s cynically hoping to capitalize on that with this stunt.

            Second, it doesn’t get particularly high mention in the GoFundMe page, but Jankowicz clearly states that the funds she raises won’t be restricted to funding a supposed lawsuit against Fox:

            Is the Biden administration hard to take seriously?

            “They will also support my other security and legal costs related to Fox News’ actions. Below please find a list of some of my current costs:

            “In early December, Representative Jim Jordan made clear he intends to subpoena me before his new Subcommittee on the Weaponization of Federal Government. He continues to lie about me and my body of work. I have had to retain a lawyer who specializes in Congressional investigations to help me navigate this process …”

            Jankowicz also listed having to seek legal protection against a persistent harasser and a need to hire legal counsel in other “frivolous, nonsensical lawsuits” where she is named as a defendant.

            But the one of greatest public interest is the potential subpoena Jankowicz described by Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan to put her under oath about the progressive war against free expression.

            That is what has to be worrying Jankowicz — and it has to be worrying the progressive establishment, too.

            With Twitter owner Elon Musk using the “Twitter Files” to release the truth about how the FBI worked with Twitter against Donald Trump, with House Republicans holding subpoena power to get aspiring totalitarians like Jankowicz on the record about what they were trying to do to freedom of expression in the United States, the left has a good deal to worry about.

            None of it is a laughing matter — certainly not the attempts by progressives to truly destroy democracy (what they are chronically accusing conservatives of).

            Jankowicz shouldn’t even be able to find a lawyer to put together such a shoddy case against Fox. And if it ever got to court, it should be laughed out.

            But first, and fittingly, she’s getting mocked on social media.

            Never has a public figure been proven a hypocrite more publicly — and she did it completely to herself.

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            Concealed Carry holder holds robbery suspect at gunpoint

            A Grayson County man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into a residence in Edmonson County.

            The Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office says 20-year-old Robert Hunt was held at gunpoint by the homeowner until deputies arrived to the house on E.G. Nash Road.

            The homeowner was a Concealed/Carry Deadly Weapons permit holder according to a sheriff’s deputy that says in situations like that, it’s important to alert police to ensure everyone’s safety.

            “Once you call police, if you’re actually going to hold that suspect at gun point you need to let dispatch know. Go ahead and give a description of yourself, so we know once we get on scene who the actual conceal carry holder is and who actualy is the suspect,” said Deputy Jordan Jones with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office.

            Hunt was taken to the Hart County jail.

            He’s facing charges of robbery 2nd degree, theft by unlawful taking or disposition-firearms, and theft by unlawful taking or disposition-all others under $500.

            Pentagon Seeks Largest Defense Budget In History

              The Pentagon is expected to request $835 billion from Congress in the fiscal year 2024 defense budget, which, if approved, could be the largest non-inflation-adjusted request in history, according to Bloomberg.

              It will also be one of the largest peacetime budgets, with up to $170 billion set aside for weapons procurement and $145 billion for research and development, Bloomberg reported, citing officials who declined to be identified before the final proposal is presented to Congress. In total, the expected Pentagon request is the highest ever in “nominal” terms, not adjusted for modern inflation rates, but still falls below some historical budgets in real dollars, one senior administration official told the outlet.

              With such a large amount of funding set aside for research and development, the request “reflects a budget that is still focused primarily on developing weapons for future wars rather than procuring weapons for near-term wars,” Mark Cancian, an expert at the Center For Strategic and International Studies and former defense analyst at OMB, told Bloomberg.

              The request includes $13.5 billion for the modern F-35 fighter jet alone, according to Bloomberg, as the Air Force seeks to accelerate the retirement of older A-10 “Warthogs” with F-35s for missions that require close air support, according to Business Insider.

              The Pentagon will request 83 new F-35s for the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, compared to 61 included in the fiscal year 2023 budget request, Bloomberg reported. Congress upped the total number of authorized fighter jet purchases to 80.

              However, the $170 billion expected for procurement is roughly $8 billion larger than Congress eventually approved for 2023, Bloomberg reported. Of that funding, a significant amount is allocated for long-range munitions for the Navy and Air Force that officials told the outlet are requested with a future conflict with China in mind.

              The White House’s annual budget request will come down as the U.S. largest adversary recently vowed to supersize its defense budget, according to The Associated Press. China announced a 7.2% increase in defense spending for 2024, up slightly from 7.1% sought the year prior, which was equivalent to $224 billion.

              The research and development budget would be the most ever requested, Cancian told Bloomberg.

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              Stunner! Biden says Trump is ‘maybe future president’

                Joe Biden moved into the White House on the strength of an election in 2020 that still is doubted, based on outside influences including a media conspiracy to suppress damaging information about his family and Mark Zuckerberg’s $400-plus million handout to recruit Democrat voters.

                Biden, who hasn’t announced his intention to run for another term, which would not end until he’s an ultra-senior citizen of 86, often has claimed he would beat President Donald Trump, who already is running, in a 2024 rematch.

                But now Biden has referred to Trump as the “former, and maybe future, president.”

                His comments are at about the 1:00 mark:

                The New York Post explained, “Biden sounded pessimistic about his re-election chances Thursday, calling his predecessor and 2024 challenger Donald Trump the ‘maybe future president’ of the United States.”

                He also referred to himself as “400” years old.

                The comments came during a speech in which he rambled about a variety of topics.

                “I had a big fight with the former president — and maybe future president,” Biden said, adding as the audience booed, “Bless me, Father.”

                He said, “The big fight you may remember going on was was our good friend, the former president, decided all the inspectors general … he fired them all. I said, ‘You shouldn’t do that.’ Well, guess what? Now we’re finding out there’s billions of [COVID-19 relief] dollars were stolen.”

                The report noted Biden, as usual, “veered off-script repeatedly.”

                Another topic was his proposed $7 trillion national budget, which is expected to be dead on arrival at the Capitol. He wants to raise $5.5 trillion in new taxes from Americans over 10 years.

                He also promised to protect Social Security and Medicare, which Republicans also have promised.

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                ‘They Had A Duty’: Attorney Who Defended QAnon Shaman Says Gov’t Never Gave Him Video Evidence

                  The former attorney for Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman,” told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Wednesday that he did not see certain videos of Chansley in the Capitol building until Carlson aired them.

                  “The government knew through three hearings, when we begged and pleaded to get this man out of solitary confinement, literally falling into an abyss mentally, and through each of those three hearings, that government assistant U.S. Attorney, knew the most important aspect of that hearing was that Jake was not violent,” Albert Watkins, Chansley’s former defense attorney, told Carlson, a co-founder of the Daily Caller and honorary board member of the Daily Caller News Foundation.

                  Carlson aired video of the riot Monday night that showed Capitol Police officers escorting one protestor, the “QAnon shaman” through the halls of the building. Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, the speaker of the house provided Carlson access to over 41,000 hours of video footage of the Capitol riot, Axios reported.

                  “The government knew. They knew that Jake had walked around with all these police officers. They had that video footage. I didn’t get it,” Watkins said. “It wasn’t disclosed to me. It wasn’t provided to me. I requested it. I filed the requisite pleadings for it. Whether I did or not, they had a duty, an absolute duty, with zero discretion to provide it to me so that I could share it with my client.”

                  George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley tweeted that Chansley’s current attorney, Bill Shipley, also had not seen the videos. Prosecutors are required to turn over potentially exculpatory evidence, according to a 7-2 Supreme Court ruling in Brady v. Maryland.

                  “This is about our justice system being so compromised, the very integrity and core of that which we wore as a badge of honor for the entirety of our nation’s history has been rendered a vile disgusting mess by a Department of Justice that was running amok, and they didn’t share the video of my client, the footage of my client, with nine officers surrounding him peacefully, wandering about, trying to help him, trying to get him access to the Senate chamber,” Watkins told Carlson. “They didn’t because it didn’t fit their narrative. And but for you disclosing it, I don’t know where we’d be.”

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                  Hispanic Americans Are Helping Put the Rio Grande Valley on the Map

                  Located on the U.S.-Mexico border at the southern tip of Texas lies the Rio Grande Valley, or as Texans call it “the Valley” or “RGV.” While the RGV–made up of Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy counties–most recently made national news during Texas Governor Abbott’s anti-immigrant blockade, there is so much more to the region.  

                  The RGV is home to the Pharr Bridge, the busiest land crossing for produce in the country, moving more than $60 million worth of goods daily. Elon Musk’s famous SpaceX South Texas launch site, Starbase, is also in the Valley. But it’s more than just a commercial powerhouse; the RGV is also harnessing people power. 

                  While U.S. Census Bureau data shows the Valley’s population growth was low in some areas and below the statewide average, new research from Texans for Economic Growth —the Council’s Texas business coalition— shows that Hispanic Texans are helping drive population growth. Between 2010 and 2019, the Hispanic population in the Valley grew by nearly 11%, from 89.6% of the overall population in 2010 to 91.5% in 2019. 

                  As the United States celebrates and honors the impact immigrants have on our nation during Immigrant Heritage Month, those contributions are also reflected in the Rio Grande Valley. 

                  More than 25% of the 1.3 million Hispanic Texans in the Valley were immigrants in 2019. These neighbors contribute in countless ways to the social and economic fabric of our communities, from starting businesses that create jobs for all Texans, to serving on the PTA and in churches, and teaching the next generation in K-12 schools. Hispanic immigrants are also supporting the local economy, contributing more than $1 billion in taxes annually that help maintain local infrastructure and fund local schools, and holding $5 billion in spending power that can go right back into the community. The region’s Hispanic immigrants are also contributing to civic life, making up more than 13% of the Valley’s eligible voters. 

                  The Rio Grande Valley has been an agricultural economic engine for Texas, giving us the world’s first mild jalapeño pepper, which brought salsa to the masses as well as Texas’ famous ruby red grapefruit.

                  Dr. Ben Villalón, a retired pepper breeder and Texas A&M AgriLife Research professor emeritus, says the Valley is “one of the richest farming areas of Texas; scientists have solved some of the toughest problems with citrus, fruits, over 60 different vegetables, and many agronomic crops, including cotton, corn, sorghum and sugarcane in the state’s only subtropical region.”

                  The new research on the contributions of Hispanic Texans to the Rio Grande Valley further proves that U.S.-born and immigrant Hispanic residents are an integral part of the state’s past, present, and future. 

                  I Was Assaulted by Antifa at a Detrans Rally

                    SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Members and allies of the detransitioner community met in front of the California State Capitol here Friday ahead of Detrans Awareness Day. Attendees included notable detrans activists, such as Abel Garcia.

                    Gov. Gavin Newsom’s California has become a hot spot in recent years for radical activists and politicians seeking to provide quick and unfettered access for youth and others to what they describe as “gender affirming care.”

                    Just prior to the rally, a group of over 40 counter protestors gathered cattycorner to the demonstration.

                    Clad in black garb, grasping makeshift shields, and other Antifa-like paraphernalia, the protestors carried a banner, reading “NO MORE DEAD TRANSWOMEN.” They shouted, “The trans are under attack. What do we do? … Fight back!”

                    A flyer advertising the protests promised a “TRANS DAY OF RAGE,” and slandered prominent detrans activists, such as Chloe Cole, one of that day’s speakers, labeling her supporters as “Astro-turfed gang of transphobes.”

                    Andrew Sheeler of the Sacramento Bee described the rally as the, “latest front in the conservative culture war on transgender people.”

                    I was in Sacramento covering the rally when I saw the crowd of Antifa members over in the distance. I approached the “black bloc” right before the event began and started filming.

                    Within less than five minutes of arriving on the scene, a man, dressed head-to-toe in black clothing, wearing a baseball helmet, goggles and mask, lunged out from the crowd. He hit me in the arm with what I assumed was a bat or some other blunt object.

                    Most of the events were caught on tape.

                    I immediately recoiled, fell back to the police line and explained to law enforcement what just happened.

                    You can hear the streamer from Oreo Express’s reaction, “Just hit that guy.” He then turned to the police saying, “You just watched him pull something out. You’ve known about this for how many weeks?”

                    The officer responded, “I’m working on it, guys. I’m working on it.”

                    Amazingly, the assault, which happened in broad daylight right in front of Sacramento cops went seemingly unnoticed in the moment.

                    Directly after, you can hear one man off to the side saying aloud to the police, “You just witnessed a couple of 254s in front of you. You’re here to apply the law.”

                    California Penal Code 254 is felony assault with a deadly weapon or instrument, which can carry up to four years in prison.

                    While covering the protest, I did not see any members of the Sacramento Police Department or California Highway Patrol intervene or disperse the violent crowd.

                    Eventually the black bloc moved off, heading further downtown.

                    After reporting the assault to a California Highway Patrol officer, I was later contacted by a member of the Sacramento Police Department. The officer relayed to me that I was not the only person harmed by counter protestors at that day’s event. Two other people were assaulted, one suffering a seemingly traumatic blow to the head.

                    One person was arrested for assault related charges. It is unclear whether this individual was the same man who struck me.

                    Having lived in our nation’s capital for the past six years, I’ve seen my fair share of unruly crowds. From the inauguration of President Donald Trump to the death of George Floyd to the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, the radical Left has become increasingly more emboldened, straddling the line between peaceful assembly and violent mob.

                    But not once did I ever think that these groups would feel so empowered and assault a member of the media, in broad day light, in front of police and face no repercussion in the moment.

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                    Missouri proposals may put abortion back on ballot

                    Missouri voters could decide on whether to restore abortion rights in the state if constitutional amendments made public Thursday make it to the 2024 ballot.

                    The proposals would amend Missouri’s Constitution to protect abortion rights and pregnant women, as well as access to birth control.

                    Currently, most abortions are outlawed in the state. There are exceptions for medical emergencies, but not for cases of rape or incest.

                    The Missouri proposals are backed by a new group called Missourians for Constitutional Freedom, which has hired at least one Missouri Democratic strategist. The group and its treasurer did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

                    Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature crafted a law, signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson in 2019, to ban most abortions, in case the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The law took effect last year, following the court’s decision to end constitutional protections for abortion.

                    Several coalitions of lawmakers, including a top Republican donor, tried to put the law to a public vote in 2019. But Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, widely considered a top candidate for Missouri governor in 2024, initially rejected the petitions until a court forced him to approve them.

                    Advocates ultimately gave up on efforts to put the law to a public vote, accusing Ashcroft of dragging his feet in handling the proposals and leaving them with the impossible task of collecting the roughly 100,000 voter signatures needed in just two weeks.

                    Ashcroft also will play a role in the fate of Missouri’s pending constitutional amendments. His office is in charge of writing summaries of the proposals, which are used as voter guides.

                    Once Ashcroft and other elected officials finish the summary and a fiscal analysis, advocates can start collecting the voter signatures required to get the proposal on the ballot.

                    A proposal pushed by Missouri activists would allow for a referendum on a constitutional amendment protecting abortion at the state level. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

                    Abortion-rights supporters in Missouri are the latest to go directly to voters in hopes of restoring rights that were lost after Roe fell.

                    Kansas voters in August sent a resounding message about their desire to protect abortion rights by rejecting a ballot measure to add language to the Kansas Constitution stating that it does not grant the right to abortion.

                    Abortion-rights supporters won in the four states where access was on the ballot in November, as voters enshrined it into the state constitution in battleground Michigan as well as blue California and Vermont — and dealt a defeat to an anti-abortion measure in deep-red Kentucky.

                    Ohio advocates submitted ballot proposals in February to establish “a fundamental right to reproductive freedom” with “reasonable limits.”

                    Missouri’s proposed constitutional amendments would allow the Republican-led Legislature and state agencies to put some restrictions on abortion.

                    But limits on abortion would only be allowed “if it is for the limited purpose and has the limited effect of improving or maintaining the health of a person seeking care, is consistent with widely accepted clinical standards of practice and evidence-based medicine, and does not infringe on that person’s autonomous decision-making,” the amendment states.

                    Penalties for both patients seeking reproductive-related care and medical providers would be outlawed.

                    Meanwhile, Republican state lawmakers this year are focused on raising the bar to amend the state Constitution from a simple majority vote to at least 60%, which could make it harder to pass the abortion-rights proposals.

                    Republican lawmakers have been trying for years to crack down on initiative petitions, which have been used to enact policies that the Republican-led Legislature either avoided dealing with or opposed. For example, a 2020 citizen-led ballot initiative forced the state to expand Medicaid coverage, despite years of resistance from Republicans.

                    Other efforts by abortion-rights advocates to lift Missouri’s ban on the procedure include a lawsuit filed in January by religious leaders who support abortion rights. They argue that lawmakers openly invoked their religious beliefs while drafting the measure and thereby imposed those beliefs on others who don’t share them. The lawsuit is pending.

                    One dead after home invasion in Springdale Township

                    SPRINGDALE TOWNSHIP, Pa. —

                    Allegheny County 911 was notified about a home invasion, by a known person, and shots fired at 1206 Butler Road, just after 10 a.m. on Sunday. Springdale Township police responded and found the Joseph Secora, 39, lying in a field across the street with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The residents of the home were unharmed.

                    Detectives from Allegheny County Police Homicide Unit were called to the scene and initiated an investigation. They revealed the man was shot by a resident of the home, after he had broken through a rear, glass door and entered the residence. The motive for the invasion is unknown, but it is believed the intruder had mental health issues.

                    Good Riddance: Lori Lightfoot Loses Bid For Re-Election As Chicago Mayor

                      Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot lost her bid for re-election Tuesday, sending leading challenger Paul Vallas and second-place candidate Brandon Johnson to an April 4 runoff contest, The Associated Press reported.

                      Fellow candidates criticized Lightfoot in light of Chicago’s rampant crime problem, with polled likely voters citing crime and public safety as the mayoral election’s foremost issue after the city recorded more major crime complaints in 2022 than during 2019, the year she took office, according to Chicago Police Department (CPD) data. Vallas, who previously served as CEO Chicago Public schools and later the Philadelphia School District, won the Chicago Fraternal of Police’s endorsementpledging to fire CPD Superintendent David Brown and grow the department’s sworn officer staff back to the level it reached when Vallas was Chicago’s city budget director in the mid-1990s.

                      Lightfoot told supporters Tuesday night that she had called to congratulate Vallas and Johnson, the AP reported. The Chicago Teachers Union endorsed Johnson after expressing support for police defunding, and Lightfoot had claimed Saturday that he “wants to cut your police,” according to Politico.

                      Lightfoot declared prior to Election Day Tuesday that only she could beat Vallas. He ran against her for mayor in 2019 but failed to reach that year’s runoff election, with Lightfoot eventually defeating Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle by more than 45% in the contest.

                      Lightfoot accused Vallas of a “pathetic attempt to hide his MAGA Republican ways” in early February after the Chicago Tribune reported his Twitter account had liked a series of tweets that used racist language, backed police tactics like “stop and frisk” and personally insulted Lightfoot. Vallas claimed to have been “shocked” upon learning of the account’s activity “because this kind of abhorrent and vile rhetoric does not represent me or my views” and said he did not personally manage the account, according to the outlet.

                      Vallas said in a 2009 interview that he was “more of a Republican than a Democrat now,” which Lightfoot pointed out, but recently called himself a “lifelong Democrat,” Politico reported.

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                      Biden border crisis bringing invasion of gang members and ‘cartel affiliates’

                      The unprecedented southern border crisis created by President Biden’s lax policies on illegal immigration is causing a “silent invasion of military age men” working with Mexican cartels, says the sheriff of Kinney County, Texas, which abuts the U.S.-Mexico border.

                      Kinney County Sheriff Brad Coe told the online news site Center Square that the “silent invasion” is an act of war against the United States by the drug- and human-smuggling cartels. In September, Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared the cartels terrorist organizations, and is now urging the Biden administration and other state governors to do the same.

                      “Cartels are terrorists, and it’s time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the globe in the past 100 years,” Abbott said. “In order to save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets.”

                      A series on the border crisis by Center Square highlights the beefed-up campaign by Texas law enforcement agencies to stop the flow of illegals and along the border.

                      The “silent invasion,” Coe told the news site, is being committed primarily by single, military age men between the ages of 17 and 45 who are illegally entering the U.S. They’re wearing camouflage and carrying backpacks, according to video captured by cameras placed throughout the county. Many are armed and dangerous, committing robberies and engaging in shootouts with law enforcement, Coe said.

                      Center Square reports the men are believed to be “working or associated with Mexican cartels. Once they arrive in major U.S. cities, they are embedded with gangs and or cartel affiliates acting like a ‘Trojan horse,’” Coe said. “They set up in our cities, take over through voting and or crime, and scare the local people who move out. It’s happening in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio,” he said, where crime has also exponentially increased over the last few years.

                      A Center Square journalist accompanied Coe and law enforcement officers from 20 other agencies after the sheriff sent out an SOS asking for help to pursue human smugglers, saying that the illegals are “wreaking havoc in our county.”

                      In the coordinated, multi-day operation, they discovered a five-year-old girl lying in the trunk of a car smuggling other humans, and saved her life. Center Square describes the confrontation:

                      “In one pursuit, officers apprehended a driver and passenger with criminal records who’d previously been apprehended by DPS a few months earlier and were released, before coming back to try another smuggling attempt, authorities said. They were caught by Kinney County Chief Deputy Armando Garcia, who pulled the driver over for probable cause and discovered that five people were crammed in the back seat of the car laying flat on top of each other, including a 4-year-old underneath everyone else. When the officers opened the trunk, they said they discovered a 5-year-old girl was hidden inside.

                      “She was unresponsive at first but Garcia and his two deputies revived her and saved her life. The alleged smugglers were attempting to reach Houston. If the child had been in the trunk the whole way, she’d have likely died, law enforcement officers told The Center Square. The driver and passenger were arrested. They later confessed and officers discovered they had pictures of stacks of cash they’d taken stored in their phones to show how much they’d profited from smuggling people from the border to other major cities in Texas, law enforcement officers told The Center Square.”

                      There is big money in helping the Mexican cartels bring illegals to major American cities. The article, quoting Sheriff Coe, reports the “overwhelming majority of alleged smugglers they’re arresting are U.S. citizens responding to social media ads hoping to make several thousand dollars per load.”

                      Coe, a retired U.S. Border Patrol agent who has been sheriff since 2017, said he’s never seen anything like this. The fact that Kinney County has a reported 2020 population of only 3,129 — and shares only 16 miles of border with Mexico — makes these troubling statistics from the sheriff’s data even more astounding:

                      • In 2022, Coe’s deputies made 877 arrests, filing 3,057 felony charges. Of all the criminal cases filed that year, 927 were immigration-related involving illegal foreign nationals or smugglers;
                      • In 2022, Kinney County Sheriff’s deputies apprehended 3,192 illegal foreign nationals compared to the 1,124 they apprehended in 2021;
                      • In 2022, they apprehended 741 smugglers compared to 169 in 2021, Coe said;
                      • His deputies engaged in 139 pursuits and 136 bailouts in 2022 compared to 61 pursuits and 56 bailouts in 2021;
                      • In 2022, they impounded 580 vehicles compared to 179 in 2021.
                      • In 2022, deputies also seized 89 firearms carried by alleged smugglers, including some that were stolen, up from 29 in 2021.

                      Coe said that while the numbers of illegals, many from Honduras, caught on outdoor cameras are unprecedented, “the number of people who got away are even greater. Detected on cameras making their way through the county on foot, nearly 21,500 foreign nationals were detected but weren’t apprehended last year. That’s at least seven times the size of the county’s population. Their whereabouts are currently unknown.”

                      “The other unknown,” he told the Center Square, “is what’s not on camera. You might see two or three are on camera but shadows are also visible indicating there are more people behind them. The camera only shows the 2 to 3 people.”

                      Another Center Square article covered a successful bust of a fentanyl lab in Houston in what was advertised as a car rental agency. The bad news, however, is that four days later, the lab’s four suspects were released on bond.

                      “Inside the warehouse, DPS CID special agents found three pill press machines to make fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl, 17 pounds of fentanyl precursors and a kilo of counterfeit Xanax pills with suspected fentanyl. Two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a lethal dose. One fake prescription pill can kill,” the news site reported. “They also uncovered two kilos of cocaine, 44 pounds of marijuana, several stolen guns and a stolen car.”

                      Many Americans may be unaware of the vast scope of  Gov. Abbott’s Operation Lone Star , or OLS, which he began in March 2021 in response to Biden’s de facto surrender on the border.

                      “Since Abbott launched OLS, Texas law enforcement officers have apprehended more than 350,000 illegal foreign nationals and made over 24,000 criminal arrests, with more than 22,000 felony charges reported, according to state data. They’ve also seized over 362 million lethal doses of fentanyl, enough to kill more than everyone in the U.S.,” the Center Square reported.

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                      President of El Salvador Showcases Brutal Solution to MS-13 Gangs: ‘This Will Be Their New House’

                        President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador isn’t playing around when it comes to gang violence.

                        On Friday, Bukele showcased a new prison intended for hardened gang members in a video shared on his official Twitter account.

                        The video detailed a law enforcement operation in which 2,000 detainees were transferred from other jails and prisons to El Salvador’s Center for the Confinement of Terrorism, a new facility intended to house gang members.

                        The prisoners — many of them tattooed with gang imagery — were made to shuffle in an exposed state in handcuffs as they were led to their new residence in the video.

                        “Today at dawn, in a single operation, we transferred the first 2,000 gang members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT),” began the tweet, according to a Google translation.

                        “This will be their new house, where they will live for decades, mixed up, unable to do any more harm to the population.”

                        The prison is slated for an eventual capacity of 40,000 inmates, according to Insider.

                        If the prison proves capable of holding its intended capacity, it’d be the most populous penal facility in the world, dwarfing the current record-holder of Silivri Penitentiaries Campus in Turkey.

                        One image shared by Salvadorian politician Mauricio Ortiz showed the volume of detainees held in the country’s prisons, although it’s not clear if the image was taken at the new facility.

                        Some inmates in the video even bear tattoos advertising their affiliation with MS-13, one of the most bloodthirsty and dangerous drug smuggling organizations in the Americas.

                        More footage from El Salvador’s prison show conditions that would break the will of even the most savage organized criminal.

                        The Central American nation has long struggled with the scourge of organized crime and gun violence.

                        Bukele’s tough-on-crime approach has caused the nation’s homicide rate drop considerably, however.

                        Homicides decreased by 56.8 percent in 2022, according to Reuters.

                        The Center for the Confinement of Terrorism opened earlier this year in connection with Bukele’s plans to crack down on the country’s crime epidemic, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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                        Utah Gov. Spencer Cox to sign bill banning abortion clinic operations

                        The governor of Utah plans to sign legislation that would effectively ban abortion clinics inside the state.

                        Gov. Spencer Cox announced his intention Friday after the legislation passed the Utah Senate on Thursday.

                        Under the expected law, abortions would not be procurable from clinics and all legal abortion procedures would need to be performed in a hospital.

                        The proposal, introduced by Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, would ban licensing of new abortion clinics within the state. It would also cease the operation of all current abortion clinics once their licenses expire.

                        The legislation also confirms the state’s definition of abortion in order to address concerns on liability in legal exceptions to the Utah abortion ban.

                        “One of the concerns with the trigger bill that medical providers had across the state was there was a lack of clarity that would have made it hard for them to perform legal abortions,” said Cox.

                        After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, a 2020 Utah state law banning abortions was immediately triggered into effect. 

                        The ban does not apply in pregnancies involving rape, incest, threat to maternal well-being, and other common cases of exception.

                        Cox signed a bill in January banning gender-affirming surgery on minors who have not been diagnosed with gender dysphoria. 

                        The governor said it was important to pause “these permanent and life-altering treatments for new patients until more and better research can help determine the long-term consequences.”

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