On Sunday, Sunday, on New York WABC 770 AM radio’s “The Cats Roundtable,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) ripped President Joe Biden’s handling of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Blackburn told host John Catsimatidis that Biden, through his “open-border policy,” is “turning every town into a border town and every state into a border state.”
“I think the thing we’re hearing most about in my office right now is what is going on with the southern border because it is amazing that we see this president with his decisions turning every town into a border town and every state into a border state,” Blackburn advised. “And you know, John, I think that with people watching what is happening, seeing that footage, and then hearing from these families of the Border Patrol and many of the Border Patrol themselves about their concerns that they now realize this is a humanitarian crisis, a health crisis, an environmental crisis, and, of course, a national security crisis.”
“Tennesseans look at this, and then they tell me they feel like that this is intentional,” she added. “This is Biden’s border policy, and it’s not a border security policy or a homeland security policy — it is an open border policy.”
Blackburn warned the open border policy could lead to people entering the country who “seek to do us harm.”
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During an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) declared she could “absolutely” win reelection despite impeaching former President Donald Trump.
Trump has endorsed attorney Harriet Hageman in the race to unseat Cheney, who was removed from her House GOP leadership position after voting to impeach the former president for his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Cheney emphasized the importance of her race, adding that a vote against her in favor of a Trump-endorsed candidate was a vote for “somebody who’s put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution.”
“The Republican Party here has disowned you. They’ve called for your resignation. We’ve been told your approval rating here is down around 30%. Can you win this seat?” CBS’s Leslie Stahl asked.
“Absolutely,” Cheney replied. “I think it’s going to be the most important House race in 2022, and it will be one where people do have the opportunity to say we want to stand for the Constitution.”
She added, “A vote against me in this race, a vote for whomever Donald Trump has endorsed, is a vote for somebody who’s willing to perpetuate the big lie, somebody who’s put allegiance to Trump above allegiance to the Constitution.”
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Chivona Newsome cofounded the Greater New York Chapter of Black Lives Matter and ran as a congressional candidate for New York’s 15th district in the 2020 election. The former Congressional candidate blasted de Blasio’s vaccine mandate in a statement to Fox News.
“Although Mayor Bill De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises,” Newsome explained to Fox. “The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people.”
“The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black community,” she told Fox. “It’s more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs.”
She explained in her statement that de Blasio is, “fully aware of the hesitancy and distrust people of African descent have about vaccination and their interactions with government and law enforcement,” she told Fox News. De Blasio “chose to disenfranchise and force the very people who elected him into poverty and second-class citizenship,” according to Newsome.
“Black Lives Matter” New York co-founder Chivona Newsome leads protesters as they demonstrate in Times Square over the death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer on June 7, 2020 in New York. – (Photo by BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty Images)
In looking at the population of New York as a state, black citizens account for 17.6 percent of the population according to the U.S. Census Bureau, yet black New Yorkers make up only 14 percent of the share of vaccinated individuals in the state, per data compiled by KFF.
The trend is eye-popping in comparison to that of whites, Hispanics, and Asians.
Population-wise, whites account for 69.9 percent of the state’s population as reported by the Census Bureau, while whites tally 69 percent of the share of vaccinated individuals per KFF.
Similarly, the Census Bureau reports that Hispanics makeup 19.3 percent of the population, yet hold 20.9 percent of the state’s vaccination share according to KFF.
Finally, Asian New Yorkers represent 9 percent of the overall population per data from the Census Bureau and account for a staggering 15 percent of the state’s total vaccination share according to KFF’s data.
The cofounder of New York’s Black Lives Matter chapter is concerned vaccine mandates will become “a free pass to racism” and she promises to advocate against the mandate until it is “abolished,” according to her statement to Fox News.
It is the duty of Black Lives Matter Greater NY to fight for the liberty of Black people,” Newsome explained to Fox. “The vaccination passport will not be a free pass to racism. Our organization pledges to demonstrate until the vaccine mandate is abolished.”
De Blasio’s mandate went into action the week of September 13 and ordered indoor establishments to require proof of vaccination before allowing patrons to enter inside. The mandate also requires workers of certain establishments to provide proof of vaccination. Businesses can face fines of up to $5,000 for failing to comply with the order and de Blasio’s office announced September 20 it issued warnings to 3,200 businesses that did not comply with the order during the first week of implementation.
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“Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans’ protection against the virus,” reported the AP. “How much the manufacturers stand to gain depends on how big the rollout proves to be.”
Though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has only approved the Pfizer booster shot for Americans 65 and older as well as high-risk Americans, experts predict booster shots will soon be available for all Americans, which will include products from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. With that comes big profits, especially when factoring in that companies will not have the same massive overhead costs of research and development as the initial shots. Currently, the average forecast among Wall Street analysts for “Moderna’s 2022 revenue has jumped 35% since President Joe Biden laid out his booster plan in mid-August,” according to the AP.
“The opportunity quite frankly is reflective of the billions of people around the world who would need a vaccination and a boost,” Jefferies analyst Michael Yee told the outlet.
U.S. President Joe Biden takes off his face mask as he arrives to deliver remarks on his administration’s COVID-19 response and vaccination program from the State Dining Room of the White House on September 24, 2021, in Washington, DC. President Biden announced that Americans 65 and older and frontline workers who received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine over six months ago will be eligible for booster shots. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
Since the vaccines were widely distributed in the United States, Pfizer has inoculated roughly 99 million people while Moderna has vaccinated 68 million; Johnson & Johnson has only vaccinated 14 million people. Regarding booster shots, Morningstar analyst Karen Andersen told the Associated Press that Pfizer and BioNTech could bring in $26 billion in 2022, while Moderna could profit $13 billion next year “from all COVID-19 vaccine sales if boosters are broadly authorized.”
“Potential vaccine profits are harder to estimate for Pfizer, but company executives have said they expect their pre-tax adjusted profit margin from the vaccine to be in the ‘high 20s’ as a percentage of revenue,” noted the AP. “That would translate to a profit of around $7 billion next year just from boosters, based on Andersen’s sales prediction.”
“J&J and Europe’s AstraZeneca have said they don’t intend to profit from their COVID-19 vaccines during the pandemic,” the report added.
During an appearance on ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla predicted that “the most likely scenario is annual revaccination” against the coronavirus.
“The most likely scenario for me, it is because the virus has spread all over the world, that we will continue seeing new variants that are coming out, and also we will have vaccines that will last at least a year. I think the most likely scenario is annual revaccinations, but we need to wait and see the data,” he said.
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The left is labeling some of these players as “conspiracy theorists” for refusing to take the vaccine.
According to a report by Rolling Stone, the league is worried that players who are resisting the vaccine, such as Irving and Orlando’s Jonathan Isaac,will band together and resist the efforts to fully vaccinate the whole league.
Kyrie’s aunt recently said that players could start skipping home games to protest the league’s vaccine policies.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” she said. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
She went on to add that Kyrie is not looking for a religious exemption. “It’s not religious-based, it’s morals based,” she said. “You may have to sit on the sideline, you might not have to be in the arena during this. If it’s that freaking important to get a vaccine that, hell, it’s still not preventing COVID, then I’d rather them working it out that way than to say, ‘Hey, if you don’t get the vaccine, then you can’t be a part of the franchise that you fuckin’ helped build.'”
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Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) and Filemon Vela (D-TX), two of the moderate Democrats who demanded Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) hold a floor vote by Monday, said they would vote for the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (4th L) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), and Rep. Sara Jacobs (D-CA) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 16, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The House plans to vote this week, potentially Monday or Tuesday, on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, otherwise known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
“We support swift passage of the president’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package. The bipartisan infrastructure framework would, on average, deliver $1.2 billion per congressional district,” the Democrats told Axios.
“However, the idea that denying passage of the Senate’s Bipartisan Infrastructure bill [BIF] somehow exercises ‘leverage’ over some of our more fiscally conservative members is wholly misguided,” the lawmakers added.
It remains unclear if the other seven centrist Democrats plan to vote for the larger infrastructure bill now that they secured a vote for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill. This includes Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), Ed Case (D-HI), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Jared Golden (D-ME), and Carolyn Boudeaux (D-GA).
Gottheimer, who is leading the moderate Democrats, said that the Senate needs to determine the spending top-level before moderate Democrats can agree on the price tag of the larger bill.
“Whatever we can get 51 in the Senate on, which we will, we will get done and it’ll be coming into law,” the New Jersey Democrat said Saturday.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) adjusts her face mask during a news conference on infrastructure outside the U.S. Capitol on May 12, 2021, in Washington, DC. Pelosi met with President Joe Biden and her Republican counterparts earlier in the day to discuss Biden’s infrastructure plan. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The planned vote for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act sets up a fight with progressive lawmakers, who have promised to tank the bill without advancing the larger bill.
“I don’t believe there is going to be a vote. The votes aren’t there,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said Sunday.
Pelosi promised the so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill would have the votes if it came to the floor.
“We will bring the bill to the floor [Monday] for consideration. I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes,” Pelosi said.
“You cannot choose the date. You have to go when you have the votes, in a reasonable time. It’s an eventful week,” she added.
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