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District of Columbia, Texas | August 4, 2021

House Foreign Affairs Committee Reveals Latest on COVID-19 Origin Probe

District of Columbia, Texas | August 4, 2021

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) released a report on the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins Monday, alleging that China concealed COVID-19’s leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2019. McCaul, the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s ranking member, says China is guilty of the “greatest coverup of all time”. Many health experts and scientists in the U.S. continue to stress that the theory that a Chinese laboratory leak set off the pandemic remains unlikely, though warrants further investigation. The House report states that “the preponderance of the evidence proves the virus did leak from the WIV and that it did so sometime before September 12, 2019.” It highlights “the sudden removal of the WIV’s virus and sample database” on that date, as well as “unusually scheduled maintenance at the WIV,” as evidence of the lab leak theory. The theory was dismissed as a conspiracy in early 2020 by many public health officials, Democratic leaders and mainstream media sources… (Excerpts from Allsides.com)

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District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

Offspring Drummer Writes Viral Post Opposing Vaccine Mandates After Band Parts Ways With Him Over Medical Inability to Get Shot

District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

You gotta keep ‘em separated, indeed.

On Monday, Offspring drummer Pete Parada announced on Twitter that he won’t be joining the band for its upcoming tour. His explanation, which centered on his medical inability to receive a Covid vaccine, quickly went viral.

In the thread, the 48-year-old explained that he has Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare immune disorder in which a person’s immune system attacks their nerves. Due to his pre-existing condition, Parada has been counseled not to receive a coronavirus vaccine. “Given my personal medical history and the side-effect profile of these jabs,” he said, “my doctor has advised me not to get a shot at this time.”

Parada went on to reveal that because he isn’t able to “comply with what is increasingly becoming an industry mandate,” his band, which he had been a member of for 14 years, decided that “[he was] unsafe to be around” and fired him…. (Excerpts from Daily Wire)

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District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

U.S. House Passes Bill Allowing International Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

District of Columbia | August 4, 2021

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to pass a bill that would allow U.S. tax dollars to pay for abortions around the world. The new bill, according to CBN News, repeals the Helms Amendment, which ensured that taxpayer dollars are not used for international abortions….(Excerpts from Christian Headlines)

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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Mexico Blocks Returning Migrant Families, Threatening Already Full US Detention Centers: REPORT

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

U.S. officials will no longer be able to rapidly expel migrant families to Mexico if they aren’t from the country, potentially stressing already crowded U.S. detention facilities, according to multiple reports.

Mexico stopped accepting migrant families from countries other than Mexico expelled by U.S. officials under the Trump-era public health order Title 42, MyRGV first reported last week. The Washington Examiner confirmed the report Tuesday.

The change could mean overcrowding at U.S. detention centers or border officials releasing more migrants into communities, the Examiner reported.

“Mexico won’t accept title 42 from other areas along the border,” an official reportedly told the Examiner. (RELATED: ‘The Largest Group…We’ve Ever Seen’: Thousands Of Illegal Migrants Appear To Crowd Under Texas Bridge)

Mexico stopped accepting migrant families who were apprehended at one place on the southern border and transported hundreds of miles away for expulsion on Wednesday, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official reportedly told the Examiner…. (Excerpts from Daily Caller)

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District of Columbia, International | August 3, 2021

Another Iran Message for Biden

District of Columbia, International | August 3, 2021

The U.S. fingers Tehran for another attack but still wants a nuclear deal.

How many Iranian slaps in the face will it take for President Biden to accept that he can’t change Tehran’s malign behavior by returning to the 2015 nuclear deal?

The latest provocation was an attack Thursday night in the Arabian Sea on a commercial oil tanker that killed two crew members. The tanker Mercer Street is managed by a London-based company owned by an Israeli billionaire. Israel fingered Iran for the attack, and Iran denied it. On Sunday the U.S. and U.K. joined Israel in holding Iran responsible.

“Upon review of the available information, we are confident that Iran conducted this attack, which killed two innocent people, using one-way explosive UAVs, a lethal capability it is increasingly employing throughout the region,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement. He said the U.S. is coordinating with allies on a response… (Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal)

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District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Harris’ border role faces new scrutiny after report of likely historic surge in unaccompanied children

District of Columbia | August 3, 2021

Republicans have called on the Biden administration to remove Harris from the role

Last March, President Biden announced the appointment of Vice President Kamala Harris to lead his administration’s efforts to address a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Republicans were quick to jump on the decision and said Harris did not have the experience needed to successfully carry out the assignment. The criticism has continued for months. On Monday, Nikki Haley, the former U.N. ambassador, tweeted that the vice president should be fired from her role.

“She has failed to secure the border and has emboldened cartels. We need real leadership,” Haley tweeted.

A report from the Associated Press released Monday night raised new concerns about the crisis unfolding at the border just over four months since Harris’ appointment.

The AP, citing a U.S. official with preliminary government numbers, reported that authorities in the U.S. likely picked up more unaccompanied minors at the border than ever before in July. The number of people who traveled in families also likely hit its second-highest number ever in the month.

David Shahoulian, the assistant secretary for border and immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, told the AP that U.S. authorities likely picked up more than 19,000 unaccompanied children in the month and the number of people encountered in families is expected to be about 80,000—which was just short of the all-time high in May 2019 when there were 88,857.

Overall, U.S. authorities stopped migrants about 210,000 times at the border in July, up from 188,829 in June and the highest in more than 20 years. Shahoulian called the Rio Grande Valley and Del Rio sectors in south Texas the most active in the country. He said the Rio Grande Valley sector is the “epicenter of the current surge.”

DHS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News…(Excerpts from  Fox News)

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