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GOP Sen. Hawley will employ this tactic to get Downwinders compensation

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) is determined to push forward an important legislative update concerning Americans affected by radiation exposure due to government activities. He plans to introduce an amendment that would not only renew but also broaden the scope of the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA).

This amendment aims to extend benefits to additional states, including New Mexico, Missouri, Idaho, Montana, Guam, Colorado, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alaska.

In a persuasive message to his fellow Republican senators, Hawley highlighted the bipartisan support the reauthorization bill received in the Senate previously, emphasizing the nationwide impact and the moral imperative behind the legislation.

“Our reauthorization bill passed the Senate last summer with a strong bipartisan vote, and I am grateful for much support from our Conference,” Hawley stated. “Now, we must finish the job. There are RECA claimants in every state, including each of yours. They will benefit if this bill is passed. Simply put, this is the right thing to do.”

This legislative effort comes at a critical juncture, with a potential government shutdown looming by the week’s end if a budget consensus is not reached. The RECA, initially established in 1990, offers compensation to individuals affected by nuclear testing and uranium mining, primarily covering Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona residents and their descendants. 

However, significant gaps remain, particularly for those Downwinders in New Mexico, the site of the 1945 Trinity atomic bomb test, and Missouri residents exposed through uranium processing activities at Mallinckrodt Chemical Works.

Although Joe Biden has previously extended the act, which was due to expire in 2022, for an additional two years, it faces expiration again this year without further legislative action. Senator Hawley, alongside Senators Ben Ray Lujan (D-New Mexico), Eric Schmitt (R-Missouri), and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), had successfully included the reauthorization and expansion in the Senate’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last year.

Despite achieving a supermajority vote in the Senate, the amendment was not incorporated in the final NDAA version after the House conference, necessitating renewed efforts to secure its passage.

DeSantis drops out of 2024 presidential race, makes an endorsement

In a significant turn of events in the Republican presidential race, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his withdrawal from the contest, throwing his support behind 45th President Donald Trump. This decision, made public in a video statement on Sunday, came just before the New Hampshire primary.

Governor DeSantis, acknowledging his second-place finish in the Iowa caucuses, where he led former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley but trailed significantly behind Trump, expressed in the video that continued campaigning seemed futile without a clear route to victory. “If there was anything I could do to produce a favorable outcome — more campaign stops, more interviews — I would do it,” DeSantis stated. “But I can’t ask our supporters to volunteer their time and donate their resources if we don’t have a clear path to victory. Accordingly, I am today suspending my campaign.”

Following this announcement, DeSantis formally endorsed Donald Trump. He cited a belief that many Republican voters are inclined to give Trump another term, despite their differences, particularly regarding the coronavirus pandemic and Dr. Anthony Fauci. DeSantis emphasized, “Trump is superior to the current incumbent, Joe Biden. That is clear.” He also criticized Nikki Haley, suggesting she represents an outdated version of the Republican Party that he contends places American interests last.

This move by DeSantis has been met with approval from prominent Republicans, including Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, who had previously urged both DeSantis and Haley to concede, allowing the party to unite behind Trump. Blackburn, speaking on Breitbart News Saturday on SiriusXM 125 the Patriot Channel, praised DeSantis’s decision as a step towards party unity.

With DeSantis exiting the race, Nikki Haley remains the only serious contender against Trump. The upcoming New Hampshire GOP primary is seen as critical for Haley, who must secure a win to sustain her campaign. Her decision to skip the Nevada caucuses only adds to the significance of the New Hampshire results. Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, a key supporter of Haley, has been managing expectations by suggesting that even a second-place finish in the state would be a positive outcome for her. However, with DeSantis’s departure and Trump’s expected strong showing, Haley’s chances of halting Trump’s momentum appear increasingly slim.

Woke diversity hire Haaland strikes again

The National Park Service, overseen by Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a former member of Congress from New Mexico, and National Park Service Director Charles Sams III, has announced plans to remove the statue of William Penn from a park in Philadelphia. This park, established in 1982 to mark the 300th anniversary of Penn’s founding of Pennsylvania, stands on the site of his original home.

The park, near the Delaware River at Sansom and Second Streets, will undergo rehabilitation, including an expanded interpretation of Native American history in Philadelphia. This plan involves consultations with representatives from various indigenous nations.

The statue of Penn and a model of his original home are set to be removed as part of these changes. The Park Service indicates a future exhibit might mention Penn’s role in founding Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, but this is currently unfunded, per the Post Millennial.

The Strawbridge & Clothier “Seal of Confidence”, which flanks the entrance to the 1897 Renaissance Revival building designed by Addison Hutton on Market Street between N. 8th and 9th Streets in Center City, Philadelphia, just to the west of the 1931 Strawbridge & Clothier flagship building. The seal depicts William Penn and a Lenape Indian and their “never written, never broken” treaty, which enabled Penn to establish the colony of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia on land which belonged to the tribe. The seal stood for Strawbridge & Clotier’s Quaker-based tradition of fairness and honesty, which included a money-back guarantee on all merchandise. The seal was in use from 1911 until the company folded. (Source: “Buildings Then and Now: ‘Think Strawbridge & Clothier first'”).

The Park Service manages significant historical sites in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other important landmarks. The Biden administration has emphasized equity in its policies, a principle echoed in these changes.

The redesign of the park will be led by Venturi & Scott Brown Associates, the same firm that designed the original park. The park was initially named after Penn’s ship, Welcome, and celebrated his life and the establishment of Pennsylvania, known for its principles of religious and civil freedoms.

Penn, a Quaker and advocate for religious freedom, also played a role in the early abolitionist movement. However, his legacy has been scrutinized, particularly following the George Floyd protests, due to his history as a slave owner. This scrutiny aligns with a broader trend of re-evaluating historical figures’ legacies in public spaces.

In 2021, a bill proposed in the US House sought to remove statues of individuals who served the Confederate States of America from the Capitol, reflecting ongoing debates over how to represent historical figures in public spaces.

The public can provide feedback on this proposal through the National Park Service’s planning website found here: https://parkplanning.nps.gov/ 

Survey uncovers voters’ stance on GOP’s potential immigration focus

A recent poll conducted by News Nation/Decision Desk HQ News reveals that nearly one-third of voters feel that securing the border and addressing illegal immigration should be a top priority if Republicans win the White House and both chambers of Congress in the upcoming election. The survey found that 32 percent of respondents prioritize immigration, with 30 percent leaning towards prioritizing spending to combat inflation.

Within the Republican voter base, support for increased attention at the U.S.-Mexico border is even more pronounced, with 52 percent of Republican respondents indicating that border security should be a primary concern for GOP lawmakers post-election. This issue is exacerbated in border states, including New Mexico.

The survey delves into opinions on the effectiveness of building a wall along the southern border. Only 25 percent of respondents, regardless of party affiliation, believe that constructing a wall would help address the country’s border security issues if Republicans achieve a federal trifecta next year.

Regarding funding to address migrant-related problems, 53 percent of respondents support the federal government increasing funding to state and local governments. Notably, more Democratic voters (73 percent) support this funding compared to Republicans (38 percent).

Title: A dry wash in the high country to the east of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which is split between Hudspeth and Culberson counties in Texas, along the New Mexico border. Library of Congress via Wiki Commons.

The poll also highlights a divergence in views on government spending. A majority of respondents, both Democrats and Republicans, believe that government spending is currently out of control. The survey indicates that 55 percent of respondents feel that Congress must take action to bring down government spending, even if it involves shutting down the government.

When it comes to supporting a government shutdown to lower federal spending, 70 percent of Republicans are in favor, while 39 percent of Democrats share the same perspective.

The survey, conducted from November 26 to 27 among 3,200 registered voters, has a margin of error of two percentage points.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein Dead at 90

Senator Dianne Feinstein has passed away at the age of 90, marking the end of a long political career and leaving open a hotly contested 2024 U.S. Senate race in the process. Born Dianne Goldman in San Francisco in 1933, she served as the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman mayor of San Francisco, and one of the first women elected to the U.S. Senate from California.

She began her political journey in 1960 when then-Gov. Pat Brown appointed her to the California Women’s Parole Board. In 1969, at the age of 35, she won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, marking the beginning of a long and impactful career in politics.

As mayor of San Francisco, Feinstein faced numerous challenges, including the tragic assassination of Mayor George Moscone in 1978. 

In 1992, she was elected to the U.S. Senate from California. During her time in Congress, she chaired the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee. 

While Feinstein received praise for her accomplishments from the far left, she faced criticism at times, particularly from within her own party. In 2020, some Democrats criticized her for appearing too cooperative with Republicans during the confirmation hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett.

In her later years, concerns were raised about Feinstein’s mental fitness, given her status as the oldest sitting member of Congress. In February 2023, at age 89, she was hospitalized with shingles, and shortly after, she announced her decision to retire from the U.S. Senate when her term concluded in 2024.

Feinstein’s retirement was met with an emotional response from her colleagues, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer noting the standing ovation she received, highlighting the widespread respect and admiration for her contributions to American politics.

Democrat U.S. Reps. Barbara Lee, Adam Schiff, and Katie Porter are all running for the seat, and many had previously demanded Feinstein resign months ago, but the senator refused. California Gov. Gavin Newsom only pledged to nominate a black woman if Feinstein vacated the seat. Lee would be the only current congressional representative that fits that bill.

This article originally appeared on Patriot Vibe.

Congressional hearing results in bombshell UFO revelations

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Oversight Committee’s national security subcommittee had an intelligence officer in the Air Force and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and two former fighter pilots who had firsthand experience with unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), which resulted in shocking revelations about what the government knows about UFOs.

David Grusch, a former Air Force officer, said during the hearing that his testimony was based on interviews with 40 witnesses, telling the congressional committee he knew where the U.S. government stored non-human materials.

“Grusch said that he feared for his life and had faced professional and personal consequences from the government for speaking out, noting there was an ongoing whistleblower retaliation investigation into his treatment. Grusch said he believed that the government first became aware of non-human technology in the 1930s and that there had been a ‘multi-decade campaign to disenfranchise public interest,’” Yahoo News reported

“As we convene here, UAP are in our airspace, but they are grossly underreported,” Graves said. “Sightings are not rare or isolated.”

He told the Committee that he was “absolutely” certain that the government is in possession of non-human craft. 

Grusch told Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), “There were certain colleagues of mine that were brutally administratively attacked,” regarding having knowledge of UFOs being shielded by the U.S. government.

“Personally, have you heard anyone been murdered?” Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) asked Grusch. 

“I have to be careful asking that question. I directed people with that knowledge to the appropriate authorities,” he said.

“Ryan Graves of Americans for Safe Aerospace gave the committee’s first eyewitness UFO sighting,” according to The Hill

“In 2014, he said, as an F-18 pilot in the Red Rippers, their squadron was ‘split by UAP’ during a training mission near Virginia Beach.”

Eco-left rages after U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rules against Biden’s EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule that regulates waterways in a unanimous 9-0 decision.

The Court’s decision on Sackett v. EPA narrows Waters of the United States (WOTUS), instructing the government to define a waterway as a “continuous surface connection” to major water bodies.

The New Mexico-based eco-left group bemoaned the decision on Twitter, writing, “Everyone should be troubled by this Supreme Court ruling on #SackettvEPA. The #SCOTUS decision puts polluters over people, resulting in extreme consequences for the @EPA’s ability to protect our nation’s waters.” 

Another leftist group in the state, Amigos Bravos, wrote, “The Supreme Court just issued a ruling that severely weakens the Clean Water Act in Sackett v. EPA, putting New Mexico’s communities, public health, and local ecosystems at risk – especially those most vulnerable to pollution and intensifying climate disasters.”

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer angrily wrote in a statement, “This MAGA Supreme Court is continuing to erode our country’s environmental laws,” adding, “Make no mistake – this ruling will mean more polluted water, and more destruction of wetlands.” 

Apparently, Schumer is unaware that every SCOTUS judge voted for the decision — including the three leftist justices Sonya Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

Joe Biden’s White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also blasted the decision, saying Thursday, “It will jeopardize the sources of clean drinking water for farmers, businesses, and millions of Americans.”

UPDATE: Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham bemoaned the decision in a statement via Twitter:

AOC loses it as President Trump dominates CNN town hall

On Wednesday, 45th President Donald Trump crushed it in his town hall with CNN, having an answer for all of the deceptive questions lobbed at him by the network’s Kaitlan Collins.

The President unequivocally refused to let CNN get away with saying the 2020 election was not rigged, while Collins repeatedly butted in, claiming it was not. 

She also repeatedly butted in and did not let him answer questions, to which he dubbed her a “nasty person.”

Here are some clips from the night:

But even more amusing was socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) freaking out on Twitter for the network hosting the town hall at all — a sign it was a slam dunk.

“CNN should be ashamed of themselves. They have lost total control of this “town hall” to again be manipulated into platforming election disinformation, defenses of Jan 6th, and a public attack on a sexual abuse victim. The audience is cheering him on and laughing at the host,” she tweeted.

She added in a subsequent tweet, “This falls squarely on CNN. Everyone here saw exactly what was going to happen. Instead they put a sexual abuse victim in harm’s way for views. This was a choice to platform lies about the election & Jan 6th w/ no plan but to have their moderator interrupted without consequence.” 

She then went on MSNBC to bemoan CNN for having the 45th President on the network for the town hall, saying, “I know you said earlier that you will not comment on the platforming of such atrocious disinformation, but I would. I think it was a profoundly irresponsible decision … it was shameful.” 

WATCH: 

President Trump currently holds a 41-point lead over his GOP primary rivals and the CNN town hall is likely to further cement his dominance in the race to reclaim the White House from Joe Biden, given the positive reviews from Republicans and Democrats alike. 

Former Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang wrote, “This #CNNTownhall is shaping up to be a clear win for Trump, certainly in the Republican field and probably overall.”

‘Gruesome’ late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart dead

On Friday, it was revealed that late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart, who killed around 40,000 to 50,000 babies in abortions and killed women undergoing abortion procedures at his facility, had died.

The pro-life group Abortion On Trial wrote, “We have just confirmed that the well known late stage abortion provider Leroy Carhart has passed away,” adding, “While we do not wish loss on anyone and our condolences go out to his family, we can only hope Dr. Carhart’s work does not continue on with out him.”

Carhart had abortion centers in Germantown, Maryland; Bellevue, Nebraska; and Pueblo, Colorado. 

He is known for being on the losing end of the U.S. Supreme Court case Gonzales v. Carhart, which held in place a federal law banning partial-birth abortions, which he performed, also known as intact dilation and extraction. 

The Court wrote in the decision, “Congress determined that the abortion methods it proscribed had a “disturbing similarity to the killing of a newborn infant,” Congressional Findings (14)(L), in notes following 18 U. S. C. §1531 (2000 ed., Supp. IV), p. 769, and thus it was concerned with “draw[ing] a bright line that clearly distinguishes abortion and infanticide.” Congressional Findings (14)(G), ibid. The Court has in the past confirmed the validity of drawing boundaries to prevent certain practices that extinguish life and are close to actions that are condemned.”

In 2013, Carhart’s Maryland facility killed a 29-year-old New York woman, leading to widespread outrage. He is now referred to in the pro-life movement as a “gruesome” figure. 

He is known, alongside disgraced fallen abortionist Kermit Gosnell, for snipping children’s spines while still in their mothers’ wombs. 

In 2020, it was reported, “Carhart aborts unborn babies into the third trimester when they are viable outside the womb. Though he is almost 80 years old, he continues to abort unborn babies at his late-term abortion practice in Maryland.” 

This is a developing story…

Fox News announces shocking split with Tucker Carlson

On Monday, it was revealed in a news release that Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of the high-rated hit show Tucker Carlson Tonight is leaving the network.

It read, “FOX News Media and Tucker Carlson have agreed to part ways. We thank him for his service to the network as a host and prior to that as a contributor.” 

“Mr. Carlson’s last program was Friday April 21st. Fox News Tonight will air live at 8 PM/ET starting this evening as an interim show helmed by rotating FOX News personalities until a new host is named.” 

Last week, Fox News settled its lawsuit with Dominion for $787.5 million. It is immediately unclear if Carlson’s departure is related to the multi-million-dollar settlement. 

Carlson ended his Fox News career with a staggering 2.99 million viewers of his Thursday night show, trouncing all other networks by millions. Fox News is likely to lose many viewers if Carlson is picked up by another network, and it is unclear who will fill his shoes with his abrupt departure.

Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire wrote following the split, “Wow. Disastrous moment for Fox News. Tucker was by far the most important and relevant figure at the network, and in all of cable news.” 

The Fox Corp Class A and B stocks appeared to have lost around five percent following the news:

“An interim program, ‘Fox News Tonight,’ will air at 8 p.m. ET until a permanent replacement for Carlson is named. ‘Fox News Tonight’ will be hosted by a rotation of various Fox News personalities,” according to a Fox News report

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