VP Harris Denies Trump Forced Her Upcoming Border Visit
A spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris denied that her recent decision to visit the U.S. southern border – more than three months after first tasked with the role of handling the migration crisis – was spurred on by Donald Trump’s announcement that he would be paying a call. “This administration does not take their cues from Republican criticism, nor from the former president of the United States of America,” a Harris advisor told the press. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) said, “We have put political pressure on her for months and months and months to show up. You know, thankfully, former President Donald Trump is coming down, and all of a sudden you put their head in a political vise, and then they start moving.”
House GOP Furious After Cry of ‘Racist’ Apparently Hurled at Bob Good
“House Republicans are demanding an apology after a Democrat [apparently] yelled, ‘Racist,’ at a colleague who was quizzing Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about critical race theory during a committee hearing Thursday,” the Washington Examiner reports. “The accusation was hurled at Virginia Rep. Bob Good, a freshman Republican on the Education and Labor Committee, who was asking Cardona about a proposed department rule that referred to the 1619 Project and How to Be an Antiracist author Ibram X. Kendi,” the paper states. Good then referenced a school board meeting in Loudoun County, Virginia that featured a flare-up on CRT. “As Good was speaking, a man could be heard shouting, ‘Racist,’” the Examiner reports. “The source of the comment appeared to come from … Rep. Donald Norcross [D-NJ], as his screen on the virtual committee meeting popped up during the remark.”
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Signs Legislation Adding Third Gender Option to Driver’s Licenses
Embattled New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed the Gender Recognition Act, allowing “New Yorkers to use ‘X’ as a non-binary sex designation on New York State driver’s licenses,” an official statement from Cuomo’s office reads. The bill removes “longstanding barriers to equality under the law and [ensures] expanded protections for transgender and non-binary New Yorkers,” the release proclaimed. The legislation will also “provide New Yorkers the ability to amend their birth certificates and use a designation of mother, father, or parent for the first time.”
Nearly 100 People Still Unaccounted For in Miami Condo Building Collapse
“A beachfront condo building partially collapsed Thursday outside Miami, killing at least one person and trapping others in the tower that resembled a giant fractured dollhouse, with one side sheared away. Dozens of survivors were pulled out, and rescuers kept up a desperate search for more,” the Associated Press reports. “A wing of the 12-story building in the community of Surfside came down with a roar around 1:30 a.m. By late evening, nearly 100 people were still unaccounted for, authorities said, raising fears that the death toll could climb sharply,” AP detailed. “The building is literally pancaked,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said. “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean, to me, that we are going to be as successful as we wanted to be in finding people alive.”
San Francisco City Employees Will Be Required to Get Coronavirus Jab
“The city of San Francisco has become the first in the state, and maybe the nation, to require its tens of thousands of workers to get vaccinated” for the coronavirus, KNTV-11 in the Bay Area reports. “Employees are being given months to prove they’ve gotten their shots, but sometime this year, workers will likely have a choice to make, that could cost some of them their job,” the station added. “What’s become clear in the science is that the vaccine is the best protection for our employees and for the public that we serve,” Carol Isen, human resources director for the city, asserted.
Russia Warns Britain It Will Bomb Ships in Black Sea Next Time
“Russia warned Britain on Thursday that it would bomb British naval vessels in the Black Sea if there were any further provocative actions by the British navy off the coast of Russia-annexed Crimea,” Reuters reports. “In Moscow, Russia summoned Ambassador Deborah Bronnert for a reprimand over what it said were Britain’s ‘dangerous’ action [sic] in the Black Sea – while foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused London of ‘barefaced lies,’” the wire service stated. “We can appeal to common sense, demand respect for international law, and if that doesn’t work, we can bomb,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agencies.
Taiwan Foreign Minister: We Need to Prepare For Armed Clash With China
One week after 28 Chinese warplanes made a bold incursion into its Air Defense Identification Zone, Taiwan is on full alert, one of its top officials says. “As Taiwan decision makers, we cannot take any chances, we have to be prepared,” Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CNN in a Wednesday interview. “When the Chinese government is saying they would not renounce the use of force, and they conduct military exercises around Taiwan, we would rather believe that it is real.” Wu brought up this week’s shutdown of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy newspaper as a sign of the Chinese regime’s hostility toward freedom. “The Apple Daily in Hong Kong is a symbol of independent journalism, and the Chinese government’s motivation is to knock down that symbol. It is very sad for me to see what’s happening,” Wu exclaimed.