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Arizona election audit results release Friday puts Mark Brnovich, state AG, on the spot
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Arizona election audit results release Friday puts Mark Brnovich, state AG, on the spot

Of all the eyes watching Friday’s release of results from the election audit in Maricopa County, arguably nobody has more on the line than Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who will face intense pressure to take action. Former President Donald Trump has been urging Mr. Brnovich to lean into the so-far unproven allegations that the 2020 election was “stolen” by Democrats, and Mr. Trump expects “incredible information” to come out of the audit. Prevailing wisdom holds that the final report will reveal little but won’t stop fervent Trump backers from seeing guns that are smoking — or at least warm to the touch — inside the findings. That is the tangle gripping Mr. Brnovich, the state’s chief prosecutor who’s also running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. “If they come back with th...
Pelosi hits back at San Francisco archbishop over describing abortion bill as ‘child sacrifice’
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Pelosi hits back at San Francisco archbishop over describing abortion bill as ‘child sacrifice’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lashed out Thursday at comments by the Archbishop of San Francisco, who said Catholics backing legislation to codify Roe v. Wade are supporting nothing more than “child sacrifice.” “I’m Catholic. I come from a pro-life family, not active in that regard, different in their view of a woman’s right to choose,” said Mrs. Pelosi, California Democrat. “And I am in my right to choose. I have five children.” San Francisco’s Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said of the bill, “This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice, and clearly in reaction, among other things, to the recently passed Texas Heartbeat bill.” He said the measure “is surely the type of legislation one would expect from a devout Satanist, not a devout Catholic.” Mrs. Pelosi said, “The Ar...
U.S. facing biggest homicide rate increase in 60 years
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U.S. facing biggest homicide rate increase in 60 years

The U.S. homicide rate in 2020 is poised to take its biggest annual jump in the 60 years the FBI has compiled nationwide data. An FBI report due out Monday is expected to show an increase in the national homicide rate for 2020 of nearly 29% — more than double the previous highest single-year increase, the 12.7% rise in 1968. The agency’s Uniform Crime Report will be published Monday and preliminary data temporarily uploaded to the FBI website showed approximately 21,500 homicides last year — about 5,000 more than the previous year, according to a report in The New York Times. The overall homicide rate, however, is still lower than that of the 1990s. An FBI spokesperson would not confirm if the now-removed UCR data reported Wednesday by NYT was correct, but told the newspaper that any updat...
U.S. icebreaker gap with Russia a growing concern as Arctic ‘cold war’ heats up
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U.S. icebreaker gap with Russia a growing concern as Arctic ‘cold war’ heats up

A Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter is almost halfway through a monthslong voyage that took it through the ice-choked Northwest Passage north of Canada and will eventually result in a circumnavigation of North America once it transits the Panama Canal and returns home. The mission of the USCGC Healy, a 420-foot medium icebreaker, was to stage military exercises alongside allies such as Canada and carry out high-latitude scientific research. Another assignment was to demonstrate a U.S. presence in the Arctic as long-term warming trends reduce the ice and dramatically increase maritime traffic in the region. One problem for American strategists seeking to make a statement: By itself, the 22-year-old Healy represents exactly 50% of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “fleet” of active polar icebreakers. Ru...
FDA deploying ‘fast-track’ arsenal against COVID-19
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FDA deploying ‘fast-track’ arsenal against COVID-19

Food and Drug Administration officials said in July that Pfizer’s application for full approval of its COVID-19 vaccine would enjoy “priority review,” and set a target deadline for finishing by January 2022. They beat the deadline easily, licensing the shots in late August. That’s faster than other vaccines and drugs that have been marked as priorities for the agency. Merck’s pneumococcal vaccine took six months and its Ebola vaccine took three months, while certain cancer drugs were vetted for four to five months, according to Aaron Lottes, an associate professor of engineering practice at Purdue University who tracks the issue. For one thing, there was plenty of data available to the FDA on the Pfizer shots, which have been given to tens of millions of people, instead of tens of thousand...
Afghan evacuees charged with assaults at Fort McCoy
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Afghan evacuees charged with assaults at Fort McCoy

Two Afghan men who were brought to the U.S. in the Biden administration’s airlift have been indicted on assault and sexual assault charges. One, Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, choked and hit his wife, an FBI agent said in a charging document. The wife also told personnel at Fort McCoy, where the family was being held, that her husband beat her “many times” in Afghanistan, to the point that she “lost vision in both eyes.” The other man, Bahrullah Noori, 20, is accused of sexually assaulting one juvenile who was 12 to 15 years of age, and three other instances of fondling the genitals of another juvenile, also 12 to 15 years old. The men are among 13,000 Afghan refugees at the Wisconsin fort, and among some 60,000 people airlifted out of Afghanistan who have reached the U.S. Another 60,000 evacu...
U.S. Chamber of Commerce pressing House Republicans to save $1.2T infrastructure bill
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce pressing House Republicans to save $1.2T infrastructure bill

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pressuring House Republicans to save President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package in the face of rising opposition from far-left Democrats. A whip list the Chamber is using to build support for the package, obtained exclusively by The Washington Times, indicates it’s targeting 57 potential GOP members who might support a centerpiece of Mr. Biden’s domestic agenda. The Chamber hopes to flip enough Republicans to overcome heavy opposition from the 98-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, who say liberal priorities are being lost as Mr. Biden tries to sell his spending programs on the Hill. The list of Republicans being courted is both ideologically and geographically diverse. The Chamber is pursuing centrists like Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania...
Biden supporters blast DHS over Haitian deportations
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Biden supporters blast DHS over Haitian deportations

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas just last month declared Haiti a wreck of a country, facing severe food shortages, lousy health care, a ruined economy, political instability and “staggering” human rights abuses. Things were so bad, he said on Aug. 3, that 100,000 Haitians who made it to the U.S. by the end of July could get a deportation amnesty. Now, Mr. Mayorkas is eager to send Haitians back to their country. Hundreds of people have been flown directly to Port-au-Prince, with four flights out of Texas on Tuesday and three listed for Wednesday. “If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned,” Mr. Mayorkas vowed while visiting the border Monday. It’s not clear what has changed, other than the embarrassment of a migrant camp of Haitians springing up on the...
Joe Biden’s goals close to collapse amid Democratic feuding as deadlines loom
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Joe Biden’s goals close to collapse amid Democratic feuding as deadlines loom

Democrats are feuding over spending, Border Patrol tactics and other issues as time runs short on President Biden’s first-year agenda. Dozens of liberal House Democrats vow to vote against Mr. Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. Such a defection will doom the measure if they reach no agreement on a companion $3.5 trillion plan for social safety net programs. Meanwhile, moderate Democrats in the House and the Senate want to pare down the $3.5 trillion bill. Even then, it might not pass. With time running out, 11 liberal Democratic senators urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, to delay a vote on the smaller infrastructure bill scheduled for Monday. “They go together, and they have got to go together,” Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernard Sanders, Vermo...
Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban more liberal than limits in France, Germany
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Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban more liberal than limits in France, Germany

Pro-choice advocates say the United States should lead the world in making abortion more accessible and argue against restrictions in some states that limit the procedure on demand. Still, restrictions such as Mississippi’s ban after 15 weeks of pregnancy are more liberal than those of several Western and industrialized countries. An internet search of abortion practices finds that France limits the procedure to 12 weeks. Germany, Switzerland, Russia, the Czech Republic and Greece have the same constraint. Access varies among the states, but the U.S. has recognized a national right to abortion before a fetus is viable since the 1973 landmark Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade. Aziza Ahmed, a health and international law professor at the University of California, Irvine, said it is difficu...