Peter Hotez suggests making it a “federal hate crime” to criticize Dr. Fauci; Obama-era DHS official wants no-fly list for “unvaccinated” persons; CNN fires three employees for showing up “unvaccinated”; and more from CLG

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7 August 2021
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Scientific Journal Paper Suggests Making it a ‘Federal Hate Crime’ to Criticize Fauci | 3 Aug 2021 | A scientific journal article authored by Professor Peter Hotez, a frequent guest on corporate media networks, called to “extend federal hate-crime protections” for scientists facing criticism from alleged “far-right extremists,” including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci. Dr. Hotez, who himself has been funded by Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1993, offered the robust defense of scientists including Fauci and EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak in a recent paper: “Mounting Antiscience Aggression in the United States.” “There is a troubling new expansion of antiscience aggression in the United States. It’s arising from far-right extremism,” the paper, published in the peer-reviewed Public Library of Science (PLOS) Biology journal, begins.

New FBI Initiative Will Put ‘Hate Crime’ Quotas on Local Law Enforcement | 29 July 2021 | The Department of Justice and the FBI have a message for local police departments: start charging more white people with hate crimes or invite an investigation. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta told an assembly of FBI agents yesterday that they are now tasked with hounding police departments in their district if they do not register any “hate crimes.”

Former Obama Official Demands ‘No-Fly List for Unvaccinated Adults’| 4 Aug 2021 Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security under President Obama Juliette Kayyem called Tuesday for the Biden administration to restrict the unvaccinated from flying by placing them on a no-fly list. Kayyem claimed in the Atlantic that “a no-fly list for unvaccinated adults is an obvious step that the federal government should take” due to TSA PreCheck, which “divide[s] passengers into categories according to how much of a threat the government thinks they pose.” At the time of publication, the headline for the piece echoed this line, stating bluntly: “Unvaccinated People Belong on the No-Fly List.” The headline has since been changed to a more ambiguous sentence: “Unvaccinated People Need to Bear the Burden.”

Rand Paul: A ‘no-fly list’ for the unvaccinated is ‘obscene’ and ‘authoritarian’ | 5 Aug 2021 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday responded to a former Obama administration official [former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security Juliette Kayyem] who is calling for a federal “no-fly list” for Americans who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine, calling the idea “obscene.” “If we now disagree in our personal medical decision with the left they’re going to declare that we’re a terrorist and that we can’t fly,” Paul said on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning. “Even the CDC says you’re not supposed to get vaccinated if you’ve been infected within three months. So what are you going to do? Tell people they can’t fly for three months even according to the CDC?” he asked.

White House doesn’t deny it is considering withholding funds to force vaccinations | 5 Aug 2021 | The White House did not deny a report that the Biden regime is considering leveraging federal financial muscle to push institutions to require Americans get vaccinated. The Washington Post reported Thursday that the administration is considering withholding federal funds and using federal regulatory powers in a bid to push Americans to get vaccinated. The plan could target institutions such as long-term-care facilities, cruise ships, and universities, hoping to reach many of the 90 million Americans who are eligible for the vaccine but have not yet received it.

Three CNN Employees Fired for Showing Up Unvaccinated | 5 Aug 2021 | CNN fired three employees who came to the office unvaccinated, according to the network’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy. CNN President Jeff Zucker sent a memo to office staff Thursday that said the network had discovered three employees who had been coming to the office unvaccinated, and terminated all three of them. The portion of the memo that was posted by Darcy did not disclose how staff discovered that the employees had not been vaccinated, but clarified that CNN has “a zero-tolerance policy on this.”

NYC mandates proof of vaccination for many indoor settings | 3 Aug 2021 | New York City is mandating proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter certain indoor businesses — including all indoor restaurants, entertainment venues and gyms, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The program, which de Blasio dubbed the “Key to NYC Pass,” makes New York the first major US city to create such a mandate, and marks a significant escalation. The initiative will launch on Aug. 16, the mayor said. “It will require vaccination for workers and customers in indoor dining, in indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment facilities,” he said from City Hall. “The only way to patronize these businesses indoors is if you’re vaccinated.” “If you want to participate in society fully, you’ve got to get vaccinated,” de Blasio added.

Two American travelers to Canada fined $16,000 each for fake vaccine docs | 2 Aug 2021 | Canadian officials have charged two American travelers and fined them 20,000 Canadian dollars each — around 16,000 USD — for providing fake COVID-19 vaccination documents. The unnamed travelers arrived from the US in Canada the week of July 18. Officials from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) fined each traveler four times for a total of 19,720 CAD per traveler. The fake documents consisted of proof of vaccinations and pre-departure tests; officials also cited the pair for “non-compliance” with government requirements for accommodation and on-arrival testing, according to a PHAC press release.

Disney requires COVID vaccine for salaried and non-union hourly employees in US | 2 Aug 2021 | Disney is joining the scores of major companies requiring its employees to be fully vaccinated. The Mouse House said it will require all salaried and non-union hourly workers in the US to be vaccinated. Additionally, all new employees must be fully vaccinated if they want to work at Disney. Employees who have not gotten the jab but are working on site will have 60 days to “complete their protocols and any employees still working from home will need to provide verification of vaccination prior to their return, with certain limited exceptions,” the company said.

More than half of Covid hospitalisations are ‘patients who tested positive AFTER admission’, leaked data reveals | 27 July 2021 | More than half of covid hospitalisations are patients who tested positive after they were admitted, it has been reported. Leaked data suggests the majority of patients classed as being hospitalised with Covid-19 were initially admitted for different ailments. Figures show patients were eventually diagnosed with Covid through routine testing that is required for everyone admitted to the hospital. The data, covering all NHS trusts in England, suggests that as of last Thursday, just 44 per cent of Covid patients had tested positive by the time they were admitted, the Telegraph reports. The majority of cases were not detected until the standard Covid tests were carried out. Fifty six per cent of Covid hospitalisations fell into this category, the data suggests.

Fully vaccinated GOP senator gets COVID-19 | 2 Aug 2021 | Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., announced Monday that, despite being vaccinated for COVID-19, he has tested positive for the virus. In a statement, Graham said his test results were confirmed by the House physician. “I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now,” he said. Graham, who was vaccinated in December, has long been a proponent of vaccination, saying during a visit this spring to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston

Border Patrol not testing migrants for COVID before they’re released across US | 2 Aug 2021 | Migrants who illegally come across the U.S.-Mexico border and are apprehended by Border Patrol are not being tested for the coronavirus before being released from custody and allowed to travel across the United States, the Washington Examiner has learned. “They aren’t tested at encounter. [Unaccompanied children] and family units are moved out of custody quickly. If they are infected and do not have obvious symptoms, they are sent out,” a senior Customs and Border Protection official told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

Man reportedly suffers heart attack while cuffed for not wearing mask outside | 4 Aug 2021 | Distressing video shows an Australian man reportedly suffering a heart attack while being arrested for not wearing a mask as he exercised outdoors — even though he told the cops he was exempt from the strict mandate due to medical reasons. The man and his partner were exercising at Brisbane Botanical Gardens on Monday when he was caught without the face covering, according to Sky News Australia. He told the officers that he suffers from heart problems and struggles to breathe so was exempt from the mandate. But the cops didn’t believe the man had cardiac issues, according to the man’s son Joseph Merlino, who posted the disturbing footage.

Mayhem on streets of Berlin: Anti-lockdown protests turn into violent scuffles with police in Germany, 600 arrested –Officers were seen brutally grabbing some protesters and throwing them to the ground. | 1 Aug 2021 | Berlin witnessed chaotic scenes and violent brawls on Sunday as riot police sought to forcefully disperse anti-lockdown [and anti-vaccine] rallies that had been banned by authorities, after thousands took to the streets of the German capital. Coronavirus skeptics once again gathered in the center of the German capital, despite the fact that the German authorities had banned as many as 16 protests by opponents of Covid-19 restrictions. Some 5,000 people on Sunday joined several “spontaneous” demonstrations in various parts of the city, according to police estimates. Earlier, the organizers of just one such demonstration, which was eventually banned, said that it might be attended by as many as 22,000 people. (Videos)

‘Greatest coverup of all time’: GOP probe concludes COVID leaked from Wuhan lab | 2 Aug 2021 | COVID-19 leaked from the controversial Wuhan lab sometime before Sept. 12, 2019 — with China’s Communist Party keeping the deadly virus under wraps in the “greatest coverup of all time,” according to a d-mning Republican investigation into the origins released Monday. The report showed “a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead” to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the bat-research lab already eyed as a source for the pandemic, according to Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10). “It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019,” said McCaul, the lead Republican in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action –Israel’s defense minister is warning that his country is prepared to strike Iran | 5 Aug 2021 | Israel’s defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran. The comments by Benny Gantz come as Israel lobbies countries for action at the United Nations over last week’s attack on the oil tanker Mercer Street that killed two people. The tanker, struck off Oman in the Arabian Sea, is managed by a firm owned by an Israeli billionaire. The U.S. and the United Kingdom also blamed Iran for the attack, but no country has offered evidence or intelligence to support the claim.

Shock poll shows Gavin Newsom losing recall vote by double digits | 5 Aug 2021 | Just prior to the start of the first televised debate in the Gavin Newsom recall election Wednesday evening, a shock poll showed the governor losing the first question (“Should Gavin Newsom be recalled?”) by double digits. The poll came from Survey USA and the San Diego Union Tribune, and was conducted among 1,100 Californians from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4. It found that 51% of respondents were in favor of recalling Newsom, while only 40% wanted to keep him in power. The previous Survey USA/San Diego Union Tribune poll from May found 36% in favor of the recall with 47% opposed.

Woman files criminal complaint against Gov. Cuomo in Albany | 6 Aug 2021 | A former New York State employee has filed a criminal complaint against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with the Albany County Sheriff’s Office, a spokeswoman told ABC News. This is believed to be the first complaint filed against the embattled governor in wake of Tuesday’s Attorney General report which concluded he violated state and federal law in sexually harassing at least 11 women. The woman who filed the complaint is a former assistant to the governor who is identified as “Executive Assistant #1” in Attorney General Letitia James’s report released Tuesday. Cuomo has denied all allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct [All well and good, but where are the criminal complaints against Cuomo for murdering 15,000 elderly people?]

Albany DA says Cuomo criminal probe open, asks victims to get in touch | 3 Aug 2021 | Albany County District Attorney David Soares confirmed Tuesday that his office is opening a criminal investigation into Gov. Andrew Cuomo after a report released by state Attorney General Letitia James’s office found that Cuomo sexually harassed 11 women in violation of state and federal law. “We are conducting our own separate investigation,” Soares told “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”

Biden finally says Cuomo should resign hours after blistering harassment report | 3 Aug 2021 | Joe Biden on Tuesday called on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign after an official report found that he sexually harassed 11 women. “I think he should resign,” Biden said of his longtime Democratic ally. Biden spoke hours after Cuomo proclaimed his innocence and issued a counter-report with photos of Biden and other elected officials hugging women. Biden himself has faced allegations of making women [and children] feel uncomfortable with unwanted touching and he has denied a sexual assault allegation from former Senate aide Tara Reade.

Fourth police officer who responded to Capitol riot dies of ‘suicide’ | 2 Aug 2021 | A Washington, DC police officer who responded to the deadly riot at the US Capitol on Jan. 6 took his own life last month, making him the fourth law enforcement officer who took part in the events of that day to [allegedly] die by his own hand. Officer Kyle DeFreytag helped enforce the curfew put in place after hundreds of supporters of then-President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building in an effort to disrupt the certification of the 2020 election results, The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) told WUSA.

Third Police Officer Who Responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Has Died of ‘Suicide,’ Metro Police Report | 2 Aug 2021 | A third police officer who responded to the January 6th Capitol Riot has died from an apparent suicide, Metro Police reported. The officer’s death was reported to the Guardian’s Hugo Lowell on Monday. “New: DC Metro Police say a third officer who responded to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack has died by suicide,” Lowell tweeted. Metro Police also provided a name, MPD Officer Gunther Hashida.

Wisconsin Rep. Janel Brandtjen Issues Subpoenas to Audit Two Counties | 6 Aug 2021 | Wisconsin’s Election Committee Chairman Janelle Brandtjen (R) issued subpoenas this morning to Brown and Milwaukee Counties. The Associated Press reported: The leader of the Wiscocnsin Assembly’s elections committee issued subpoenas Friday demanding extensive election materials, including all ballots and voting machines from two counties in what she called a “top-to-bottom” investigation of the state’s 2020 presidential results.

Trump slams McConnell, infrastructure package: ‘A disgrace’ | 6 Aug 2021 | Former President Trump on Saturday slammed the Senate’s 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package just hours before the upper chamber is scheduled to vote on winding down debate, calling the bill a “disgrace” and pushing GOP Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to negotiate a better deal. The ex-commander in chief issued the message from his Save America PAC, accusing Republican leaders of satisfying the policy agenda of Democrats and telling GOP senators to think “twice before you approve this terrible deal.” “Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill is a disgrace,” Trump wrote. “If Mitch McConnell was smart, which we’ve seen no evidence of, he would use the debt ceiling card to negotiate a good infrastructure package.”

Rep. Andy Biggs to file impeachment articles against DHS chief over border crisis –Rep. Chip Roy has also called for Mayorkas and Biden to be impeached over the border crisis | 7 Aug 2021 | Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., announced Friday that he intends to file articles of impeachment against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, citing the administration’s handling of the crisis at the southern border. “Secretary Mayorkas is a threat to the sovereignty and security of our nation,” Biggs said in a statement. “As a result of his actions and policies, America is more in danger today than when he began serving as Secretary.” Republican critics of the administration’s policies have blamed the rollback of Trump-era policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), the ending of border wall construction, limited application of Title 42 public health protections and the narrowing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) priorities for fueling the surge.

Shocking footage shows thousands of migrants huddled under Texas overpass | 2 Aug 2021 | New video shows ​nearly a thousand illegal immigrants being held by border patrol agents under a bridge near the southern border in Texas — with a top Republican calling it an “absolute catastrophe,” as the Biden administration continues to take heat for the escalating migrant crisis. “An absolute catastrophe from Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and House & Senate Democrats. #BidenBorderCrisis,” GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) wrote on Twitter Sunday, linking to the footage posted by Bill Melugin of Fox News in Los Angeles.

Minnesota beheading suspect is an illegal immigrant who was wanted by ICE | 5 Aug 2021 | The suspect who beheaded his girlfriend with a machete in broad daylight in Minnesota is an illegal immigrant from Cuba who was wanted by ICE. Alexis Saborit, 42, is charged with brutally murdering his 55-year-old girlfriend, America Mafalda Thayer, while they were sitting in traffic in suburban Minneapolis last week. Thayer’s body and decapitated head were found dumped by her car in the middle of an intersection on July 28. It has since emerged that Saborit, who is charged with second-degree intentional murder, was in the US illegally from Cuba, Alpha News reports.

Missouri AG Eric Schmitt bashes Cori Bush for calls to defund police – while hiring private security | 5 Aug 2021 | Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt (R) slammed progressive Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) for calling to defund the police while hiring private security, telling The Post that her comments are “hypocritical” and a “slap in the face” to victims of crime in the state. Bush has come under fire by Republicans in the wake of reports that the Missouri Democrat spent 70,000 on a private security detail over the course of three months despite her push to reduce funding for law enforcement. But Schmitt, who is running for Senate, accused Bush of failing to prioritize the safety of her constituents despite ensuring she is protected from threats, noting that St. Lewis, which is her district, saw a 50-year high in homicides in 2020.

Dixie Fire grows 100,000 acres in 24 hours, becoming third largest in Calif. history | 6 Aug 2021 | Update Aug. 6, 8:23 p.m.: The Dixie Fire grew slightly, to 434,813 acres, with containment at just 21%, according to Cal Fire’s update on Friday evening. California’s largest wildfire this year grew more than 100,000 acres in 24 hours, with its total burn area increasing from 322,502 acres Thursday to 432,813 acres Friday morning, making it the third largest blaze in state history.

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