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LA City Council Okays Replacing Cops With Community Responders For Non-Violent Calls

The Los Angeles City Council approved a measure Tuesday that would allow unarmed community responders to step in for uniformed officers on non-violent calls, according to news reports. The local government’s initiative was unanimous and will replace cops on calls for drug overdoses and mental health issues, among other non-violent situations, according to CBS Los Angeles. The city is likely ...

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Potential COVID-19 Vaccine Bolstered Immune Response In Trials

A coronavirus vaccine spearheaded by Pfizer and BioNTech bolstered immune response to the virus in some, but in others — especially in large doses — the experimental drug caused fevers and other side effects, a study released Wednesday by Pfizer revealed. Researchers reported “moderate increases” in immune response to the COVID-19 pathogen in those that received low and medium doses ...

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Federal Judge Blocks Iowa Abortion Law Requiring Waiting Periods, Ultrasounds

A federal judge blocked an Iowa abortion law Tuesday that would require waiting periods and ultrasounds before abortions. Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill into law Monday, about a week after the bill passed the Iowa state legislature, the Hill reports. “I am proud to stand up for the sanctity of every human life,” Reynolds said in a statement to ...

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Poll: Support For Trump, GOP Senators Falls In Battleground States

President Donald Trump is losing ground against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden both nationwide and in critical swing states, according to a CNBC poll released Wednesday. The poll shows the president down eight points against former vice-president Biden, who has 49% support overall. In Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, the three states most critical to Trump’s reelection, he trails Biden ...

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Seattle Police Start To Clear CHOP, Make 23 Arrests Following Mayor’s Executive Order To Disperse

Seattle police arrested 23 individuals after the mayor ordered protesters at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone to vacate within 48 hours, according to the Seattle Police Department. Police made the arrests Wednesday morning after Democratic Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an emergency executive order labeling CHOP as an unlawful assembly. Durkan’s order cited 13 specific instances of threats to ...

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Trump’s National Security Adviser Reveals Who Made The Decision Not To Brief POTUS On Russia-Taliban Intelligence

National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Tuesday that a career intelligence official made the ultimate decision not to brief President Donald Trump on information regarding possible Russian payments to Taliban fighters to target U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In an interview on “Fox & Friends,” O’Brien also seemingly confirmed that the National Security Council was analyzing the intelligence, and had developed ...

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Oklahoma Narrowly Passes Medicaid Expansion Amid Pandemic

Oklahoma voters narrowly approved a wide-ranging Medicaid expansion, extending the service to thousands of low-income adults amid the coronavirus pandemic. The ballot measure passed with 50.5% support, bucking Oklahoma Republicans that had sought to reign in the expensive program, Politico reported. Despite Oklahoma’s conservative lean, supporters of the expansion acknowledged that the coronavirus likely helped the amendment pass. Confirmed cases ...

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Boston Arts Commission Votes To Remove Abraham Lincoln Statue

The Boston Arts Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to take down the city’s historic Emancipation Memorial after activists demanded the statue’s removal. The memorial depicts Abraham Lincoln standing with one arm raised over a freed slave crouched on his knees. Broken chains are depicted around the black man’s wrists and the word “emancipation” is written at the statue’s base. The statue ...

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14 States Considering Transgender Athlete Bills

Bills restricting transgender students’ involvement in school-sponsored athletics are up for consideration in 14 states, according to the left-wing Human Rights Campaign. Legislatures adjourned amid the coronavirus pandemic, so actions have not been taken on pending bills, Axios reported. However, special sessions are likely to resume in the coming weeks and it’s possible the transgender bills may receive attention. “We ...

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More Than Half Of New York Voters Don’t Support Defunding The Police: Poll

More than half of registered voters in New York oppose defunding the police and reducing police department funding, according to a Siena College Poll. The poll found more than half of 806 participants, 60%, oppose defunding the police while more than half, 57%, also oppose reduce funding police departments, according to the Siena College Research Institute Poll. Thirty percent support ...

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Florida Gov Signs Law Requiring Parental Consent Before Girls Can Get Abortions

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a law Tuesday requiring parents or legal guardians to consent before a minor can obtain an abortion. The bill, SB 404, requires that a parent or guardian consent before a minor can obtain an abortion and increases penalties for abortion providers who refuse to comply with Florida’s requirement to care for babies born alive ...

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‘A Chilling Sign’: Roberts’ Footnote In Pro-Abortion SCOTUS Victory Left Abortion Advocates Anxious

Chief Justice John Roberts may have sided with liberal justices in an abortion case announced Monday, but a footnote in his opinion has sparked anxiety among some abortion advocates. The case involved an abortion provider challenging a 2014 Louisiana state law called the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, which required abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles ...

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Tone Deaf: House Dems Introduce 538-Page Plan ‘Solving’ Climate Change Amid Pandemic, Economic Downturn

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a 538-page climate plan Tuesday that is designed to eliminate the U.S. economy’s contributions to global warming. The plan seeks to address climate change through a combination of government mandates, tax incentives and revamped infrastructure, according to the Washington Post. The proposal comes as lawmakers and citizens respond to a pandemic that has killed ...

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Seattle Doctor Charged with COVID Relief Fraud

A Seattle doctor was taken into custody today on allegations that he fraudulently sought over $3 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Dr. Eric R. Shibley, 41, of Seattle, Washington, was charged by criminal complaint, unsealed today upon his arrest, in the Western District of Washington with one count of wire fraud and one count of bank fraud.  He ...

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Feds Warn of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Fraud Schemes

In continued efforts to fight fraud connected to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Trade Commission are partnering to alert the public of emerging threats to steal money and sensitive information through contact tracing scams. Contact tracing is a process underway to identify people who have come in contact ...

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