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Biden may send more staff to US embassy in Havana to support Cuban people: senior administration official

Biden may send more staff to US embassy in Havana to support Cuban people: senior administration official

President Biden is considering augmenting staffing levels at the U.S. embassy in Havana and forming a group to deliver remittances to the Cuban people, a senior administration official told FOX News on Monday.”On July 11, the world watched as tens of thousands of Cuban citizens marched through Havana and cities across Cuba bravely asserting their fundamental and universal rights and demanding freedom and relief from the oppression of Cuba’s authoritarian regime,” the senior administration official said. “The Biden-Harris administration has and will continue to stand with the Cuban people.”The president is directing the government to actively pursue measures to support the Cuban people and hold the regime in power responsible, the official said.Republicans have repeatedly accused the Biden administration of doing too little to help the Cuban people confront the communist dictatorship. MARION SMITH: MARXIST BLACK LIVES MATTER – HERE’S WHY IT SUPPORTS CUBA’S COMMUNISTS OVER THE PROTESTERSIn addition to asking the State Department to review staffing levels at the embassy as a means to facilitate diplomatic and civil engagement, the administration is looking into ways to engage the private sector to make the internet more widely available to the country’s residents. It is also looking at ways to increase humanitarian assistance to Cuba and will continue to designate Cuban officials responsible for violent repression and human rights violations.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPEarlier this month the Cuban people carried out the most widespread protests the country has seen in decades over food and medicine shortages, as well as power outages. The protests turned violent as participants clashed with the police.Over the weekend, President Miguel Díaz-Canel gathered supporters in the streets and delivered a speech where he partly blamed the U.S. embargo for the unrest.Fox News’ Patrick Ward contributed to this report.

Los Angeles mask mandate revived on anniversary of Newsom order that shut down schools

Los Angeles mask mandate revived on anniversary of Newsom order that shut down schools

Los Angeles County reinstated its indoor mask mandate this weekend as confirmed cases of the Delta variant rise on the one-year anniversary of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order that closed down many schools.The mask mandate went into effect at 11:59 pm on Saturday. On July 17, 2020, Newsom issued guidance for school reopenings during the pandemic, which stated that in-person learning would only be allowed if a number of criteria were met. At the time, the vast majority of the state’s public and private k-12 schools did not meet the measures that would have allowed in-person instruction to resume.Critics of school closures noted that many families rely on the support provided by schools, including working parents. There have also been concerns about disruptions to social development and children falling behind their school curriculums.CALIFORNIA MOTHER CALLS OUT LOCAL OFFICIALS OVER ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ RESTRICTIONS ON SMALL BUSINESSESIn a Twitter post, Reopen California Schools said on Sunday that Newsom’s decision would go down as “one of the darkest times in California and U.S. history” as special interests were taken into consideration over children.Republican assemblyman Kevin Kiley, who is one of the candidates running in the recall election to replace Newsom in September, said Newsom’s shutdown order did a lot of harm.”You’d be hard-pressed to find any action by any governor that did more harm or for worse reasons,” he said.A spokesperson for Newsom did not return Fox News’ request for comment about the renewed criticism.Closing schools was intended as a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs previously reported by Fox News, Los Angeles County officials announced last week that they would revive a mandate requiring masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status due to a “rapid rise” in Delta variant cases.About 4 million residents in Los Angeles are not vaccinated.California dropped its statewide mask mandate in June as the state fully reopened.According to county data, the 7-day daily average positivity rate is 3.17%. About 1,635 new cases were reported as of Sunday.Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that confirmed cases throughout the U.S. are on the rise as well. The most recent seven-day moving average of daily new cases is 26,306, which marks a 69.3% increase when compared with the previous 7-day moving average (15,541).

Car jumps California highway in shocking crash caught on camera

Car jumps California highway in shocking crash caught on camera

close Video Fox News Flash top entertainment headlines for July 18 Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking today in entertainment.Dash camera footage captured the moment a car went air born off a highway in California last week and landed on a road below.The car was smoking as it flew through the air in Yuba City, California, landing directly in front of a family that can be heard screaming at the sight of the smoking vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was able to stop in time to avoid hitting the other driver in the mangled car. NAVY HELICOPTER CRASHES IN CALIFORNIA WHILE SEARCHING FOR HIKER, CREW RESCUED AFTER 20 HOURS IN RUGGED TERRAINThe car tumbled several times before coming to a standstill in an upside-down position. The family in the vehicle can be heard calling the police after witnessing the event, in a video posted by YouTube user “THE LIFE OF MIKE & FAM”.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe driver, who was a woman, survived, according to CBS Sacramento. During an interview, an individual who captured the accident on nearby surveillance cameras told the outlet that the driver missed a hard turn and continued on straight – narrowly missing power lines as she landed on the road below.

Biden poses with ice cream cone on 'national ice cream day'

Biden poses with ice cream cone on 'national ice cream day'

President Joe Biden on Sunday celebrated national ice cream day by posting an image of himself grabbing a large cone and posing for a selfie.The president posted the picture on Twitter with the caption “Happy National Ice Cream Day, folks.”CRUZ ACCUSES BIDEN OF BEING ‘IN BED’ WITH BIG TECH AMID VACCINE MISINFORMATION CONTROVERSYBiden has made it clear that he is a fan of the sweet treat, joking during a speech in 2016 at Jeni’s Ice Cream factory about how much he consumes.”My name is Joe Biden and I love ice cream,” the then-vice president said as he kicked off his remarks. “You all think I’m kidding – I’m not.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPCornell University developed a Joe Biden flavor in 2017 when he gave the convocation address at the school, called “Big Red, White & Biden.” The flavor was vanilla with chunks of chocolate, which is said to be the president’s favorite.

Nikole Hannah-Jones said Cuba is among 'most equal' countries because of socialism

Nikole Hannah-Jones said Cuba is among 'most equal' countries because of socialism

1619 Project writer Nikole Hannah-Jones said in a podcast that she believes Cuba is the most equal country in the Western hemisphere and could serve as a model for its integration agenda.In a 2019 podcast with Ezra Klein of Vox and The New York Times, Hannah-Jones was asked whether there were candidates or places that she thought had a “viable and sufficiently ambitious integration agenda.”Hannah-Jones responded that while she is not an expert on race relations internationally, she believed the most “equal” and “multiracial” country in the Western hemisphere is Cuba, which she attributed to socialism.”The most equal multi-racial country in our hemisphere, it would be Cuba,” Hannah-Jones said, as reported by the publication. “Cuba has the least inequality between Black and white people anyplace really in the hemisphere. I mean, the Caribbean, most of the Caribbean it’s hard to count because the White population in a lot of those countries is very, very small. A lot of those countries are run by Black folks. But in places that are truly at least biracial countries, Cuba actually has the least inequality. And that’s largely due to socialism—which I’m sure no one wants to hear.”REP. NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS RIPS AOC AS A ‘COMMUNIST SYMPATHIZER’ AFTER CUBA REMARKSAs reported by The National Pulse, Hannah-Jones also wrote an op-ed published by The Oregonian that was posted in 2008, in which she noted that there are many overlooked accomplishments in the country, including a very high literacy rate, a low HIV infection rate and a “model” universal health care system.In the article, she also wrote that the Cuban revolution led to the “end of codified racism” and brought about universal education and access to jobs for Black Cubans.The 1619 Project is a project spearheaded by The New York Times that delves into the effects of slavery on U.S. history. It was led by Hannah-Jones, who is a Pulitzer Prize winning writer and a professor at Howard University.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs previously reported by Fox News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has come under fire for recent comments she has made about Cuba.Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter that the U.S. has contributed to suffering in Cuba via its embargo, which she characterized as “absurdly cruel.”Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., who is the daughter of a Cuban immigrant, called Ocasio-Cortez a “communist sympathizer who wants to bring socialism” to the U.S. during an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

Radio host Larry Elder to run in California recall election

Radio host Larry Elder to run in California recall election

Conservative radio host Larry Elder is entering the California recall election to replace the state’s Democratic governor Gavin Newsom.Elder, 69, made the announcement on his show, which is nationally syndicated, and is expected to file papers on Tuesday.”I’m running for governor because the decline of California isn’t the fault of its people,” Elder said in a press release. “Our government is what’s ruining the Golden State. Our schools are closed to both students and their parents. Our streets aren’t safe from rising violent crime or the disaster of rising homelessness. And the scandals of Sacramento aren’t going to stop on their own. It’s time to tell the truth. We’ve got a state to save.”In an interview with The Associated Press, the 69-year-old attorney said he initially was reluctant to become a candidate in a state where Democrats hold a lopsided grip on power in Sacramento. Among supporters who encouraged him to run: fellow conservative radio host Dennis Prager.A host of candidates have thrown their names into the ring, including former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who is running as a Republican. Jenner’s team includes several operatives that helped on President Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.Other Republican candidates include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, and former House Rep. Doug Ose.CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM RECALL VOTE SET FOR SEPT. 14The recall election is scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, when voters will be asked first whether they want to recall Newsom and then who they want to replace him. It will take at least 50% of voters to vote in favor of recalling Newsom for the election to move forward and the winner will be whichever candidate receives the highest number of votes.Altogether there are roughly 60 candidates running to replace Newsom.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAs previously reported by Fox News, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Monday denied Newsom’s request to be listed as a Democrat in the upcoming election after his office missed a deadline.Newsom failed to designate his party preference when he filed his official response to the recall last year. There will not be a party next to his name.According to data from the California Secretary of State’s office, there have been 54 previous attempts to recall governors. Only one was successful – the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was selected as his replacement.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Gavin Newsom will not be listed as a Democrat in upcoming California recall vote

Gavin Newsom will not be listed as a Democrat in upcoming California recall vote

A Sacramento County Superior Court judge on Monday denied Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request to be listed as a Democrat in the state’s upcoming recall election after his office missed a deadline.Newsom failed to designate his party preference when he filed his official response to the recall last year. He asked Secretary of State Shirley Weber to correct the error, but she declined, and then his office sued. Weber was appointed by Newsom.Representatives for Newsom said it was an “inadvertent but good faith mistake.”In the ruling issued on Monday, Judge James P. Arguelles denied Newsom’s request and noted that circumstances did not justify excuse from the deadline.A spokesperson for Newsom’s office did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.CALIFORNIA GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM RECALL VOTE SET FOR SEPT. 14The recall election is scheduled to take place on Sept. 14, when voters will be asked first whether they want to recall Newsom and, if they do, who they want to replace him. It will take at least 50% of voters to vote in favor of recalling Newsom for the election to move forward, and the winner will be whichever candidate receives the highest number of votes.A host of candidates have thrown their names into the ring, including former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, who is running as a Republican. Jenner’s team includes several operatives that helped on President Donald Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns.Other Republican candidates include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, and former House Rep. Doug Ose.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAltogether there are roughly 60 candidates running to replace Newsom.According to data from the California Secretary of State’s office, there have been 54 previous attempts to recall governors. Only one was successful – the recall of Gov. Gray Davis in 2003. Former bodybuilder and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was selected as his replacement.

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