Should China Pay $10 Trillion for Unleashing COVID?

Wuhan Lab Worker

As evidence suggesting COVID escaped from a Chinese lab continues to mount, former US President Donald Trump is demanding Beijing offer reparations. “The time has come for America and the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China,” said Trump Saturday at North Carolina’s GOP state convention. “China must pay, they must pay.” Trump, who was among the first to blame China for the pandemic, wants China to pay at least $10 trillion “to compensate for the damage they’ve caused” and has urged nations to “collectively…

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Why Are Capitol Police Officers Departing En Masse?

Capitol Police Officers

More than 70 law enforcement officers have left Washington, DC’s Capitol Police force following the chaotic event of January 6th Democrats like to call an “insurrection.”  Officers have continued to resign despite a proposal from House Democrats to offer $1.9 billion in additional funding to the department. The proposal includes back pay for overtime hours, hazard pay, trauma support, retention bonuses, and expanded access to equipment and training. The proposal allocates $22 million to boost security for lawmakers and establishes a quick-reaction team that would function as a standing force…

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New Florida Law Protects Ballot Boxes

Ron DeSantis

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) this week signed a bill that aims to improve election security by restricting access to ballot boxes. Similar measures are under consideration in Texas and Arizona. The law, which passed without support from Democrats, is among several election reform measures championed by DeSantis following reports of voter fraud during the 2020 election. Details include: Absentee voters must submit new requests each election cycle. Absentee requests must include a DLN, state ID, or Social Security number. Members of the general public cannot distribute food/water to voters…

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New Guidelines for Opioid Treatment Offer Hope

Pill Bottle Spilled Out

As deaths from dug overdose continue to increase, the Biden Administration has announced a key change affecting the prescription of buprenorphine. The policy, first proposed in January during the Trump Administration, eliminates training requirements for the prescription of buprenorphine and expands eligibility to nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and certified nurse midwives. Before the change, healthcare workers were forced to take an 8-hour course before they could prescribe buprenorphine. This requirement caused many healthcare workers to avoid the drug entirely. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist that eases the withdrawal symptoms…

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Russia Warns the US Will “Pay a Price” for Sanctions

Putin Standing At Podium

Moscow is furious with the Biden Administration over a new round of sanctions that saw 10 Russian diplomats expelled from the United States. The Kremlin immediately expelled 10 American diplomats in response and threatened to take “painful measures” against US business interests in Russia. “Washington should realize that it will have to pay a price for the degradation of bilateral ties,” warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The new sanctions on Russia are largely a response to the SolarWinds cyberattack reported last December and alleged interference in the 2020 election…

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Biden Administration Welcomes Research Using Aborted Fetal Tissue

Microscope In A Lab

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) this week reversed a Trump-era policy blocking federally-funded facilities from conducting research using fetal tissue obtained from abortions. Democrats celebrated the decision, praising the Biden Administration for ‘prioritizing science over politics.’ “We applaud the Biden Administration and [HHS] Secretary Xavier Becerra for prioritizing science and reversing the Trump Administration’s arbitrary barriers to both extramural and intramural research on the use of fetal tissue in scientific research,” reads a letter signed by 26 House Democrats. The announcement was met with backlash from Republicans and anti-abortion…

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Pfizer Announcement Throws Vaccine Efficacy Into Question

Pfizer Vaccine

Patients receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will “likely” need a third dose within the year, said Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Thursday. The bad news comes days after federal vaccination sites stopped administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to a small number of recipients developing life-threatening blood clots known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, which already requires two doses, was lauded as the premier COVID shot due to an estimated effectiveness of 95%. Earlier this month, Pfizer officials claimed that immunity to the virus remained at…

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March Breaks a New Record for Child Migrants

Migrants At Southern Border

Border patrol agents apprehended nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors at the US-Mexico border during the month of March – the most ever in a single month. On average, 507 children are transferred each day from Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) facilities to sponsors, up from 276 in February.  In total, there were roughly 172,000 migrant encounters during the month of March – the highest for a single month in 15 years and a 71% increase from the previous month. The massive increase in migrants at the southern border is a direct…

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With Weed Legalized, NYPD Not Allowed To Approach Smokers

Police officers in New York this week received a notice instructing them not to stop or approach people who are smoking marijuana in public. The memo was sent two days after Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) signed a bill to legalize recreational use for residents 21 and older. Smoking weed in public places, including sidewalks and front porches, “is not a basis for an approach, stop, summons, arrest, or search,” reads the memo. The smell of marijuana “no longer establishes probable cause of a crime to search a vehicle,” though police…

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Another Severe Sandstorm Devastates Beijing

Residents of Beijing awoke Sunday morning to a sun made blue by a fierce sandstorm that blanketed the city in dust. The storm – which comes just 2 weeks after the most severe sandstorm the region has seen in 10 years – brought high levels of dangerous particles into the city and reduced visibility to just 3,300 feet. Flights were postponed and residents were told to remain indoors. Meteorologists say the dust was blown into northeast China from drought-stricken Mongolia and have warned residents to expect more storms during the…

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