Sen. Hawley, Rep. Stefanik call for int’l probe into Chinese Communist Party’s involvement in COVID-19 cover up

WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 22: Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:45 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Several GOP lawmakers urge the Biden administration to hold China accountable for covering-up the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) announced they will re-introduce a bill to launch an international investigation.

The probe will focus on the Chinese Communist Party’s role in covering up the pandemic and it will be spearheaded by American health experts.

Hawley believes the WHO is a pawn for the Chinese Communist Party, rendering them incompetent to conduct an effective investigation. This is a sentiment shared by the Trump administration, which prompted their withdrawal from the WHO.

“China and the World Health Organization did not play straight with the American people,” Vice President Mike Pence stated. “They did not let our personnel into China to get information on the coronavirus until the middle of February. Fortunately, President Trump, in dealing with China from the outset of this administration, standing up to China that had been taking advantage of America for decades in the wake of Joe Biden’s cheerleading for China.”

Stefanik stressed it’s imperative for America to take the lead and find out why the WHO promoted Chinese misinformation. She highlighted the pandemic’s devastating human toll by citing the more than 400,000 American lives lost.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 05: U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Stefanik demands that the Biden administration fight for American interests as well as stand up to the WHO and China. Additionally, she condemned Biden’s early action to rejoin the WHO before pushing for reforms fought for by President Trump.

“The Chinese government and the World Health Organization, which is virtually controlled by China, falsely declared that there was no evidence of human to human transmission,” President Trump said. “Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.”

In the meantime, both lawmakers will bring forward a resolution originally brought to the Senate back in March 2020. Hawley and Stefanik urge the international community to find a way for China to compensate all affected nations.

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Legendary host Larry King dead at 87

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2: CNN’s Larry King during the election night results program at the NASDAQ building in Times Square November 2, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:45 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Long-time television and radio host Larry King dies at the age of 87.

He passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California after reportedly being hospitalized with the coronavirus.

King has suffered from multiple other health issues, including lung and prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes and a heart attack.

“You need a little luck for longevity,” King said. “As Sinatra said, there’s a lot to be said for longevity. Must be doing something right.”

After suffering from a major heart attack, King created the non-profit organization, ‘The Larry King Cardiac Foundation,’ in 1988. The foundation was established to help anyone without health insurance receive medical care and to ensure they are given the proper medical attention.

King’s charismatic spirit led him to host ‘The Larry King Show’ for nearly two decades, debuting in 1978 and lasting through 1994.

“Like all of this has been like a dream, because you know, when you wanted to do something as a kid — and that’s all I ever wanted to do was broadcast,” King stated. “I have no other memory of any other wish.”

From 1985 to 2010, King starred on ‘Larry King Live’ for 20 seasons. The show became CNN’s longest-running and most-watched program.

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with CNN interviewer Larry King before the start his interview in New York 08 September, 2000. Putin is in New York for the United Nations Millennium Summit. (JOSHUA ROBERTS/AFP via Getty Images)

“I can’t believe it – it’s seven decades, 60 years,” King noted of his career. “If I make it to 2020, that would be eight decades. I keep thinking about that because I’m 83. I don’t feel 83. No, I feel good.”

In his lifetime, King conducted more than 30,000 interviews with big names from around the world. Interviewees ranged from celebrities to political leaders, and every president from Richard Nixon to President Trump.

HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 16: Donald Trump and Larry King and wife attend the ceremony honoring Trump with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 16, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

 

NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani talks with CNN’s Larry King during an interview during the election night results program at the NASDAQ building in Times Square November 2, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

King was the father of five children and is survived by three of them and his wife.

Television host Larry King (C), his wife actress Shawn King and their son Cannon King attend the Friars Club Entertainment Icon Award ceremony at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on November 12, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images)

Although this may be the end of the road for King, his legacy will continue to pave the way for aspiring television and radio hosts worldwide.

“I don’t know what to say, except to you, my audience, thank you,” the broadcasting legend said. “Instead of goodbye, how about so long.”

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Rep. Gohmert: Constituents ‘extremely concerned’ about Biden actions

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said his constituents are extremely concerned about recent actions of the Biden administration which appear to signal a war on fossil fuels. One America’s John Hines caught up with the Texas lawmaker and has this report.


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FBI investigating explosion at anti-LGBTQ church in Calif.

El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso, left, with another officer stand outside the First Works Baptist Church tagged with graffiti, after an explosion in El Monte, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. The FBI and local police are investigating the explosion early Saturday at the Los Angeles-area church that had been the target of protests for its anti-LGTBQ message. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

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UPDATED 7:45 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Authorities are investigating the vandalism and possible explosion at a local church in El Monte, California.

Officers responded to the scene early Saturday morning after hearing a loud explosion and reports of smoke coming from the ‘First Works Baptist Church.’

El Monte Police Chief David Reynoso, left, takes pictures of graffiti on the side wall of the First Works Baptist Church.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Investigators said the walls were vandalized with profanity and the windows looked to be smashed.

The church has been the focus of recent protests in the community and has been labeled as anti-LGBTQ.

“It appeared that the walls to the church had been vandalized as well as all the windows at first appeared to be smashed,” El Monte Police Department Lt. Christopher Cano said. “Then, we realized that the windows were not smashed and that they had actually blown out from some type of explosion.”

No injuries were reported in the incident and authorities said a joint investigation is underway to apprehend the person, or group, responsible.

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Governors pull National Guard from D.C. amid parking garage incident

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 17: Virginia National Guard soldiers on the east front of the U.S. Capitol on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:15 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Several governors are calling their National Guard troops to return home after being stationed in Washington D.C.

On Friday, governors from New Hampshire, Florida, Montana and Texas gave orders to pull their guardsmen and women out of the U.S. Capitol after reports that troops were being forced to take their breaks in parking garages.

This came after 20,000 troops from a number of states were deployed to D.C. to secure the city during the week of the inauguration.

Despite the removal of some state guardsmen, 7,000 are expected to stay through the first week of February and possibly into March.

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Macron vows to crack down on child sexual violence

French President Emmanuel Macron (Photo by YOAN VALAT/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:15 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

French President Emmanuel Macron vows to crack down on child abuse throughout the country.

In a press conference Saturday, Macron said the country needs to better adapt its laws to protect children from sexual violence.

His sentiments follow the publication of a book, which accused a top french politician of abusing his step-son, and a national social media campaign against the issue.

This photograph shows the book “La familia grande” written by Camille Kouchner, pictured on January 5, 2021, in Paris. – Accused of incest on one of his step-sons in this book to be published on January 07, 2021, renowned French political scientist Olivier Duhamel announced on January 4, he would end all of his functions, including that of president of the National Political Science Foundation (FNSP).  (Photo by JOEL SAGET/AFP via Getty Images)

Macron added that France had already tightened its restrictions against incest, improved the vetting process of those working with children and would now be offering improved counseling services for victims.

“I would just like to tell you: We are there, we listen to you, we believe you and you will never be alone again,” Macron stated.

According to a recent study by the World Health Organization, 20 percent of women and one in thirteen men said they were sexually abused before the age of 18.

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Calif. businesses sue Gov. Newsom over indoor service ban

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:45 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) remains in hot water by those in his own state over his COVID-19 restrictions.

This week, five more businesses in the Golden State announced legal action against the Democrat governor and top health officials, citing the state’s stay-at-home orders.

The merchants — led by the ‘Pineapple Hill Saloon & Grill,’ ‘Luxury Nail Lounge,’ ‘Pomp Salon,’ ‘Bella and Harmony’ and ‘Coachella Valley Hospitality Unites’ — argue there is no science behind the forced closures.

The legal representation of the businesses contests that the blanket restrictions enacted by Newsom’s office violated the retailer’s constitutional rights and caused significant financial losses to the companies.

“This is not brain surgery, we have been misled by the health officials,” Attorney Mark Geragos stated. “They don’t know what they are doing, it’s been demonstrated again and again. They are the ones causing the deaths by forcing people indoors.”

Friday, the ‘Professional Beauty Federation of California,’ which represents more than 620,000 beauty professionals and thousands of barbers, announced they would also be suing the governor over the closures.

Indoor and outdoor dining has been banned in several areas for months, specifically in Los Angeles. However, the county reportedly continues to see a rise in cases, which leads some restaurant owners to believe the ban is actually making the pandemic worse.

“If they have no place else to go, they’re going to go home inside their homes and gather there together, where there are no regulations, no protocols,” California restaurant owner Tara Punzone stated. “[And] they’re not sanitizing things and they’re taking their masks off.”

Infectious disease expert Dr. Robert Winters also backed up this claim, adding there is clearly higher risk of transmission within a private residence.

“The reality is a ban on indoor and outdoor dining is going to drive people indoors, into their own private houses,” Dr. Winters noted. “There is clearly going to be an increased risk of COVID transmission. You are not going to have the established procedures to prevent COVID transmission in a restaurant.”

Meanwhile, a group of 50 restaurants and wineries in the Sonoma and Napa counties have already moved to sue Newsom, as well.

These businesses claimed they were unfairly targeted while other retailers in the area were allowed to continue to operate with little to no regulation.

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ICE agents to release all illegal aliens in custody

Cell room doors are seen at the Caroline Detention Facility in Bowling Green, Virginia, on August 13, 2018. – A former regional jail, the facility has been contracted by the US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to house undocumented adult immigrant detainees for violations of immigration laws (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 4:05 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

According to an internal ICE memo obtained by Breitbart News this week, ICE agents are reportedly being ordered to release all incarcerated illegal immigrants.

The memo orders agents to “stop all removals,” including Air deportations. This came after the Biden administration took executive action to halt deportations for most illegal immigrants living in the U.S. for at least 100 days.

Raymondville, UNITED STATES: Male detainees walk to a gate inside Homeland Security’s Willacy Detention Center, a facility with 10 giant tents that can house up to 2000 detained illegal immigrants. (Photo by PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

One agent reportedly wrote in the memo “to release all detainees in ICE custody immediately.”

CHICAGO – MAY 25: Rodolfo Gonzalez-Murillo is moved from a van to a jet chartered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which will take him and other undocumented immigrants to the U.S. border to be deported. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

It remains unclear if the agency will move to carry out the release of more than 14,000 detainees.

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Biden faces backlash after crushing border wall developments

The border wall is seen on January 15, 2019 in Esperanza, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:15 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Joe Biden discusses immigration on the southern border with the President of Mexico.

On Friday, Biden spoke with his Mexican counterpart to outline his plan to reduce immigration by addressing its root causes. Part of the new administration’s goal is to increase “lawful alternative immigration pathways.”

Biden’s efforts include a drastic overhaul of President Trump’s immigration policies, which includes halting construction on the southern border wall.

“If President Biden says that a wall is no longer being built, that’s what he means,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said. “In four years, zero.”

In the meantime, Republicans are slamming Biden’s decision to halt progress on the border wall.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy accused Biden of putting illegal immigrants before Americans.

“I was disappointed to see within hours of assuming office, the new administration was more interested in helping illegal immigrants than helping our own citizens,” McCarthy noted. “These are the wrong priorities at the wrong time. Americans need our help at home and that’s where our focus must remain.”

Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.) also took to Twitter to say she was disappointed in Biden’s executive order. She added the wall helped prevent human trafficking and strengthened national security.

Additionally, Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.) called out Biden’s “liberal agenda.” She claimed it was a way to score points with the international community.

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Bill Maher, Peter Hamby slam Gov. Cuomo’s handling of pandemic

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 13: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:55 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bill Maher, the host of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,’ said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) did not handle nursing homes correctly during the pandemic.

During the Friday broadcast, Maher criticized Cuomo for putting people back into nursing homes, adding “the idiot in Florida did it better.”

‘Good Luck America’ host Peter Hamby also noted that many on the left think as long as a Democrat is doing “something,” it’s the “right move.”

Head of News at Snapchat, Peter Hamby speaks during “Stop Interrupting, Start Engaging.” (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Wunderman)

“I think one of the dumbest things of COVID is…a lot of people on the left think that just because Democrats are doing something or saying something, it’s automatically correct and if Republicans do it, it’s automatically stupid,” Hamby noted. “Mayor Garcetti here in Los Angeles, Governor Newsom, like, why is the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, a saint of COVID?”

Hamby added that Cuomo going on a book tour before the pandemic is over is “ridiculous.”

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Calif. regulators ban interstate billboard ads for cannabis

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 12: An airplane descends to land at Los Angeles International Airport above a billboard advertising the marijuana delivery service Eaze.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 2:05 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

On Thursday, California’s ‘Bureau of Cannabis Control‘ mandated the removal of all existing ads on highways that cross state borders at any point.

The move follows a decision by a county judge, which found cannabis businesses can not legally advertise on billboards on interstate highways under Proposition 64.

This decision does not affect billboards which are on in-state freeways.

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Biden’s new executive orders called far-left, hypocritical

TOPSHOT – Former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:45 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

The recent executive actions taken by Joe Biden are coming under immense scrutiny.

In a video posted to Twitter Friday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla. took aim at Biden’s latest executive orders by accusing him of catering to a far-left agenda.

Rubio said Biden talks like a centrist, citing his constant talk of unity, but governs like someone from the far-left. The Florida lawmaker’s video came after Biden signed several executive orders since Inauguration Day.

In fact, within hours of taking the oath of office, Biden signed a total of 17 executive actions in a move to quickly undo the legacy of his predecessor.

Rubio further criticized Biden and said the Democrat’s decisions have already put thousands of Americans out of work, so far.

“At the stroke of a pen,” Rubio stated. “He literally put thousands upon thousands of hard-working, blue-collar union members out of work.”

Rubio’ added Biden’s agenda will not be good for the country, for working Americans, or their jobs.

In the meantime, the Biden administration is seeking to expand access to abortion.

In a White House statement Friday, the administration threatened to codify current federal abortion laws. This would effectively allow for legal abortions, even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade.

Despite Joe Biden’s efforts to protect abortion, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki professed Biden’s Catholic faith.

“Well, I think we’ll have more to say on The Mexico City Policy in the coming days,” Psaki said. “But I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly.”

The Biden administration has also vowed to appoint federal judges that will advocate for similar legislation to Roe v. Wade.

Meanwhile, the GOP is calling out Joe Biden’s decision to have the U.S. rejoin the World Health Organization.

In a tweet Friday, the Republican party claimed that halting the Trump administration’s earlier efforts was “a poor decision.”

The statement went on to allege the WHO downplayed the COVID-19 crisis and supported the Chinese government’s false claims that human-to-human transmission had not been proven.

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Biden under fire from Republicans for rejoining WHO

ALTOONA, IA – AUGUST 21: Joe Biden spoke at the Iowa Federation Labor Convention on August 21, 2019 in Altoona, Iowa. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 1:30 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

The GOP called out Joe Biden’s decision to have the U.S. rejoin the World Health Organization. In a Twitter post on Friday, the Republican Party claimed halting the Trump administration’s earlier efforts was “a poor decision.”

The statement went on to allege the World Health Organization downplayed the pandemic crisis and supported the Chinese government’s false claims that human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 had not been proven.

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Biden doesn’t appear to have pandemic plan

CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 01: Joe Biden spoke to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs on November 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 6:45 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Joe Biden is continuing to push through executive orders, but doesn’t seem to be optimistic they will help change the path of the pandemic.

During a press briefing on Friday, Biden painted a grim picture of the coming months.

Many lawmakers are calling the administration’s plans into question, saying state leaders were told these restrictions Democrats pushed on most states were meant to flatten the curve. However, in Biden’s address to the American people, he said it doesn’t appear there is anything the government can do to slow the spread and have things return to normal.

“If we fail to act, there will be a wave of evictions and foreclosures in the coming months as this pandemic grazes on,” Biden stated. “There is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months.”

This came after Biden criticized the Trump administration’s efforts to help Americans all the while promoting his COVID-19 plan during his push for the White House.

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WHO decides PCR nasal swab tests are not sufficient COVID-19 tests after they diagnose 24M Americans

This picture taken on May 12, 2020, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva next to their headquarters amid the COVID-19 outbreak. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

The CDC has reported over 24.5 million positive COVID-19 cases in the United States since March. This number has been calculated using PCR nose swab tests, which up until Inauguration Day, were considered the gold standard by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control.

However, a new statement released by the World Health Organization suggests a simple positive test result from a nose swab is not enough to confirm a positive case.

That announcement stated, “Most PCR assays are indicated as an aid for diagnosis, therefore, health care providers must consider any result in combination with timing of sampling, specimen type, assay specifics, clinical observations, patient history, confirmed status of any contacts, and epidemiological information.”

While the reliability of nose swab PCR tests have been known for a long time to be problematic, many are now questioning why the WHO suddenly pivoted away from using one positive PCR test result as a confirmation of infection. In past pandemics, data surrounding PCR tests was so shaky, the WHO didn’t consider even the test a valid indication of infection.

As former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson explained, PCR tests use samples from the nose and then multiply the contents of those samples until a florescent added to the sample begins to appear, indicating the presence of COVID-19.

“A 40 cycle PCR test means that you are multiplying the original, any original viral material in that sample by 1 trillion times,” Berenson stated. “Okay so a single viral particle that you pick up becomes 1 trillion particles, it is very easy to find virus in people when you are running a PCR cycle at that level.”

This 40 cycle protocol, which multiplies samples by 1 trillion times, is currently used by the vast majority of testing outlets and hospitals. However, Doctor Shawn Ferullo from MIT said if your test is truly positive at the 40th cycle, your viral load is “so low that you are not infections and cannot spread the virus to other people.”

With this announcement from the WHO, COVID-19 tests under the Biden administration will be under far more intense scrutiny, meaning test results will take much longer and new cases will go down rapidly. That is, only if the CDC immediately follows the new standard set forth by the World Health Organization.

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Former New York Times writer Bari Weiss slams outlet

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 07: The New York Times’ masthead is displayed in front of the midtown headquarters on December 7, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 11:50 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

In an interview on Megyn Kelly’s podcast on Friday, former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss slammed the publication, calling it an “upside down world” where bullying is “like a virtue.”

The former writer and editor disclosed that articles not attacking President Trump could be considered “traitorous.” Weiss added, “if you had the right politics, you could act totally unprofessionally.”

Weiss had issues with forcing labels on the subjects of articles she wrote and the expectation played a role in her departure.

“Do you believe that we should strive to live in a world where color doesn’t matter?” Weiss asked. “Do you believe that you know the world is complicated and people should not be slotted into you know, two categories, you know victim and victimizer, oppressor and oppressed?”

In her July resignation letter, Weiss claimed she was being called a “Nazi and a racist,” and that she was living in fear of the “digital thunderdome.”

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Microsoft patent approved for AI tech impersonating deceased individuals

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 13: A signage of Microsoft is seen on March 13, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jeenah Moon/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 10:35 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Microsoft has moved forward with a patent to create chatbots capable of mimicking the personality of a specific person. The tech giant received permission for the patent earlier this month after initially filing for the license in 2017.

Microsoft’s goal is to create artificial intelligence generated from individual personalities, dead or alive, based off of social media data, electronic messages and other forms of personal information. The company plans to use images and video data to make their avatars more realistic.

Several start-up companies are already working on technology capable of creating 3D holograms.

“Our software allows for the simultaneous capture of multiple people across different locations in real time,” Javier Bello, founder and CEO of Imverse said. “This capture can be integrated into games, teleconferencing applications, education platforms, that are built with the standard 3D content creation software.”

Bello went on to say tech companies have shown great interest in the software as it can be applied in the education, telehealth and entertainment fields.

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NFL will give 7,500 vaccinated health care workers tickets to the Super Bowl

TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 12: An NFL logo is seen at Raymond James Stadium on October 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:45 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

The NFL said it is giving away Super Bowl 55 tickets to over seven thousand vaccinated health care workers. The league’s commissioner, Roger Goodel, made the announcement on Friday.

Goodel said this will be a way to honor America’s health care heroes and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination.

“But the reason that I wanted to get on this call for a minute to thank you all is, I wanted to tell you that we want your team to be there. So if you’re able to swing it, I want to first invite each member of your team, the 5 Waldemare unit, to be our guest at the Super Bowl,” Goodel said to a group of health care workers via a Zoom call.

The Super Bowl is set to take place on Sunday, February 7 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium. Safety protocols, including masks and social distancing, will remain in place.

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Biden admin. looking to codify Roe v. Wade

Joe Biden spoke during the First State Democratic Dinner in Dover, Delaware, on March 16, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:20 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

The Biden administration is seeking to expand access to abortion.

In a White House statement on Friday, the administration threatened to codify current federal abortion laws. This would effectively allow for legal abortions even if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Despite Joe Biden’s efforts to protect abortion, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki professed Biden’s Catholic faith.

“Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City policy in the coming days. But I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly,” Psaki said. “He started his day attending church with his family this morning. But I don’t have anything more for you on that.”

The Biden administration has also vowed to appoint federal judges that will advocate for similar legislation to Roe v. Wade.

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Sen. Rubio slams Biden for far-left agenda

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) spoke during a confirmation hearing for Joe Biden’s pick for national intelligence director, Avril Haines, before the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, in Washington. (Joe Raedle/Pool via AP)

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UPDATED 8:50 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) criticized Joe Biden for his executive orders being part of a “far-left” agenda.

The Republican took to Twitter on Friday to say “Biden is talking like a centrist, he’s using the words of the center, talking about unity, but he’s governing like someone from the far-left.”

Rubio’s video followed Biden’s dozens of executive orders he has issued since the inauguration. He further criticized Biden, saying the Democrat’s decisions so far have already put thousands of Americans out of work.

“This is literally going down the wish list of the far-left and checking all of them off. Some of them are incredibly dramatic and far reaching in real life,” Rubio said. “At the stroke of a pen, he literally put thousands upon thousands of hard working blue-collar union members out of work.”

Rubio added Biden’s agenda will not be good for the country, for working Americans or their jobs.

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Calif. man charged with murder after allegedly confessing to crime

Police tape is shown in Stafford, England. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 7:41 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

A software engineer from California is facing murder charges for allegedly killing his wife and 11-year-old daughter.

According to the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety on Thursday, 51-year-old Leonid Yamburg admitted to killing his family. Police said Yamburg walked into the police station earlier this week where he confessed to the crime before he stopped talking to law enforcement and invoked his right to an attorney.

“We had a subject come into our lobby and communicate with one of our records clerks that he had killed his wife earlier in the day,” Captain Craig Anderson of Sunnyvale Police Department stated.

Shortly after, authorities conducted a welfare check at the family home where they made a grim discovery.

“Once our officers arrived there, they unfortunately found the suspect’s wife dead inside the garage and the suspect’s daughter died in one of the bathrooms,” Captain Anderson said.

Neighbors who knew the Yamburgs were in shock, saying the family lived a relatively quiet life in the community for over 10 years.

“For a parent to have that kind of mentality to even do such a horrific crime like that, it’s extremely sad,” neighbor Kimya Sharifi said.

Currently, a medical examiner is working to determine the cause of death with law enforcement, noting some significant head trauma on the victims.

Yamburg faces two counts of murder charges

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UPDATED 7:20 AM PT – Saturday, January 23, 2021

New York is continuing to struggle with vaccinating its residents due to supply shortages.

According to reports on Friday, a number of COVID-19 vaccine locations have been shut down and thousands of appointments in New York City were cancelled.

Reportedly, the Biden administration won’t allow Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) to purchase vaccines directly from Pfizer or Moderna.

“They have the capacity to do 10,000 vaccinations a day, but they are only do 1,500 because they don’t have the doses. They don’t have the supply,” a New York City resident stated. “If they had the supply, they could easily do it at Javits Centre alone, seems like it could do a quarter million people a month, which is amazing. If Madison Square Garden opened through this kind of thing.”

According to the city’s health agency, cancelled appointments will be rescheduled exactly one week from their original date.

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