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Earlier this month, the nation’s capital hit a morbid milestone of 100 murders, and Democrats that have supported defunding the police have been silent.Washington, D.C., reached its 100th homicide on July 9.Fox News reached out to multiple members of the far-left “Squad” in the House of Representatives for comment on the deadly shootings and if they believed the defund the police push had anything to do with the grim milestone being reached so early.WASHINGTON, DC, RECORDS 100 HOMICIDES BY JULY 10 FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2003Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones of New York; Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Cori Bush of Missouri did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.The victim of the 100th homicide, 45-year-old Willie Parker, was killed July 9 as crime continues to rise across the country.The last time Washington, D.C., hit 100 homicides this early was in 2003. On average, the nation’s capital sees that many murders by Oct. 25. According to crime statistics on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s website, D.C. is one homicide away from matching last year’s total for homicides at 104. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment but asked President Biden for help last week after the milestone and sent a letter on Monday “directing the Metropolitan Police Department to use any overtime necessary to meet our public safety needs.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBowser, a Democrat, met with Biden last week on the rampant rise in murders in cities across America.The D.C. city council voted last year to shift a $23 million school security contract from the Metropolitan Police Department to the city’s public schools. The city has seen a 3% rise in homicides over the course of this year — only adding to the 19% rise seen in 2020.Bowser has opposed defunding the police.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration will “welcome” a COVID-19 vaccine public service announcement (PSA) from former President Trump as coronavirus cases around the country rise.Fox News’ Peter Doocy questioned Psaki during the administration’s daily press briefing, asking about “vaccine hesitancy” and if President Biden would reach out to Trump to “cut a PSA” telling people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.America is facing a rising COVID-19 case count, with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky recently saying the U.S. is facing “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” as hospitalizations and deaths rise among unvaccinated Americans.CRITICS SLAM BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S REPORTED PLAN TO MONITOR VACCINE MISINFORMATION IN TEXT MESSAGESPsaki said government data shows that “the most-trusted voices are local officials, doctors, medical experts, civic leaders,” as well as “clergy, from time to time,” and that those are the areas where the administration has “really invested” their funding and resources.The president’s press secretary noted that “almost every former president” has put out a PSA telling people that the COVID-19 vaccine “is safe and effective.”She also said the administration doesn’t believe an “embroidered invitation” is required for Trump to make a vaccine PSA and noted that him doing so would be a welcome “engagement.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”But, certainly, any role of anyone who has a platform where they can provide information to the public that the vaccine is safe, it is effective, we don’t see this as a political issue,” Psaki said. “We’d certainly welcome that engagement.”The administration came under fire recently when a Politico report revealed the Biden administration has plans to work with tech companies and SMS carriers to monitor and combat misinformation, a plan that immediately garnered scrutiny from conservatives.Additionally, the White House came under fire after announcing their “door-to-door” vaccine effort after failing to hit the administration’s 70% vaccination rate goal for the population by July 4.Fox News’ Lindsay Kornick contributed reporting.
The head of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Randi Weingarten makes over half a million dollars per year in her job – more than nine times the average teachers salary in the U.S.In 2019, Weingarten received a salary of $489,844 along with $74,392 in other compensation, bringing her total haul for the year to $564,236, according to the AFT’s Internal Revenue Service Form 990 for that year, the most recent year available. The median salary for public high school teachers was $62,870, as of May 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For preschool, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education teachers, the median salary was $58,550, according to the BLS. CRITICAL RACE THEORY OPPONENTS TO BE TARGETED, ‘RESEARCHED’ BY NEA TEACHERS’ UNIONThe AFT did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on whether Weingarten’s high salary is justified by her work.Weingarten came under fire on Wednesday when she claimed that Republicans were “bullying” teachers out of teaching “honest history” about race while speaking during a livestream event headlined by controversial author Ibram X. Kendi.”There are legislators, mostly from the Republican party, who are currently bullying teachers and trying to stop us from teaching kids honest history,” Weingarten said, referring to Republican opposition to critical race theory in schools. “Look, maybe they are just trying to raise the temperature on race relations because of the next election,” she continued.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPTeachers’ unions across the country have come under fire over the past year for repeatedly throwing up obstacles to reopening schools for in-person learning during the coronavirus pandemic. Weingarten has recently rebranded herself as a staunch proponent of reopening schools. Fox News’ Jon Michael Raasch contributed reporting
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley is hitting the campaign trail next week in support of the GOP’s nominee for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin.Haley, who was former President Trump’s liaison at the UN, announced she would be touring the Old Dominion with Youngkin starting Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia.Haley told Fox News in a statement that Youngkin “has what it takes to get Virginia moving again.” “He’s an experienced businessman and problem solver who will create jobs and opportunity, improve schools and deliver results for the people of Virginia,” Haley said.Youngkin told Fox News in an emailed statement that he is honored to have Haley stumping for him as the one of two off-year gubernatorial elections takes flight. New Jersey is also electing a governor this year.ANTI-CRT GROUP TARGETS VIRGINIA INDEPENDENTS WITH MASS TEXTS ABOUT MCAULIFFE’S ‘CONSPIRACY’ COMMENT”It’s an honor to have Ambassador Haley join me on the campaign trail,” Youngkin said. “Her visit shows that Virginia really is ground zero this year – we have to get our economy moving again, fix our schools, support law enforcement, and take care of our veterans.””When voting starts in September we have a huge opportunity to bring a brighter day to our Commonwealth!” he added.‘YOU ARE CRAZY’: MCAULIFFE SLAMMED FOR SUGGESTING IT’S EASIER FOR AMERICANS TO BUY A GUN THAN TO VOTERenzo Olivari, spokesman for Democrat nominee Terry McAuliffe’s campaign, told Fox News in a Thursday email that Haley’s announcement came as “no surprise.””Glenn Youngkin brags he’s honored to have Donald Trump’s endorsement, so it’s no surprise he’s campaigning with another Trump lackey who shares his opposition to women’s access to health care and Medicaid expansion,” Olivari said.ABC News first broke the story on Thursday. In addition to a stop in Richmond, Haley will be joining Youngkin in Northern Virginia on Wednesday, traveling to two Democratic strongholds in the state while campaigning with the former Carlyle CEO.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMcAuliffe has come out the gate swinging against Youngkin, trying to pin him as having extremist views while the Republican candidate runs on a moderate platform.The former Virginia governor has come under fire in his campaign after securing the Democratic nomination, receiving “Three Pinocchios” from the Washington Post for a heavily spliced ad using old quotes from Youngkin.
President Biden’s nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is in hot water as the White House has yet to say if the administration is confident he will be confirmed.David Chipman, Biden’s pick to lead the ATF, has been in the hot seat throughout his Senate confirmation process as a slew of lawmakers and organizations have come out in opposition to his nomination.On Wednesday, the firearms industry group National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) announced that for the first time in its 60-year history, the organization is launching a TV ad targeting Chipman, asserting that Chipman wants to “ban guns.” NSSF leaders told Fox News they envision a political purpose lurking behind Biden’s choice of Chipman, who previously worked for former Rep. Gabby Giffords’ gun control organization. White House press secretary Jen Psaki has not said if the administration is confident Chipman will make it through his confirmation process, saying in April the decision is “up to the Senate.”CONTROVERSIAL BIDEN ATF NOMINEE DAVID CHIPMAN ADVANCES OUT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ON PARTY-LINE VOTE”The president gets to pick who he wants to nominate,” Psaki added.The White House did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on if the administration is confident Chipman will be confirmed.Chipman’s confirmation vote made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee split down party lines, but his full Senate confirmation vote is less certain.The president’s nominee has come under fire from current and former members of the ATF as well as Senate Republicans, who have warned about his previous comments on guns, gun laws and gun owners. Chipman has signaled his support for banning assault weapons and ending liability protections for gun manufacturers, as well as increasing inspections of federally licensed gun dealers. Former ATF Director Michael Sullivan, as well as a current ATF member involved in training and a retired ATF deputy director who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, expressed concern that Biden’s nominee is too political to lead an unbiased agency.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I am concerned that somebody who has taken such a strong and hostile position against the Second Amendment, as well as gun owners and some of the most popular firearms in the United States, would be viewed as a political leader for an agency that, I think, has worked extremely hard to build the American public confidence in its handling of interpreting both the Gun Control Act and the various regulations around it,” Sullivan told Fox News.There is a very real chance that Chipman’s confirmation comes down to the votes of a handful of Democratic senators, such as John Tester of Montana.Fox News’ Audrey Conklin and David Spunt contributed to this report.
President Biden’s climate czar John Kerry was caught maskless in an airport, in the second mask mishap he’s had this year.Kerry can be seen going through security sans mask at the Boston Logan International Airport on Monday morning in photos published Wednesday by the Washington Free Beacon. The photos were snapped around 11:41 this morning, according to the source who took the pictures.JOHN KERRY CAUGHT MASKLESS ON FLIGHT, AMERICAN AIRLINES ‘LOOKING INTO’ APPARENT COVID VIOLATIONA spokeswoman for the airport told the publication that masks are required “any time someone is inside the airport or on an aircraft,” including while going through security, per TSA mandate.The TSA declined to give a comment to the Free Beacon regarding Kerry specifically going through the area maskless but said the mask requirement is still in effect and “applies to all passengers, save for those specifically exempted in the security directive,” such as children under two years of age and people with medical reasons as to why they can’t wear a mask.The White House did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.The former secretary of state came under fire in March after he was caught going bare-faced while reading a book on an American Airlines flight.Kerry denied not wearing his mask while reading the book on Twitter, claiming that if he took his mask off, “it was momentary.””Feels like there’s some St. Patrick’s day ‘malarkey’ afoot on Twitter,” Kerry wrote. “Let’s be clear: If I dropped my mask to one ear on a flight, it was momentary. I wear my mask because it saves lives and stops the spread. It’s what the science tells us to do.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”His mask was off for five minutes,” a passenger told Fox News in response to Kerry’s statement. “If five minutes is ‘momentarily,’ he’s correct. Not sure being in a plane without a mask for five minutes is excusable.”
Drama is unfolding in the Old Dominion, and it’s taking center stage around the Virginia Bar Association’s (VBA) upcoming gubernatorial debate.Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, who is a former Virginia governor, has accepted the VBA’s invitation for the debate later this month while Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin has yet to accept.While the moderator of the debate has yet to be announced, it was reported by Breitbart on Tuesday that the moderator of the last two VBA debates — and the likely moderator of this year’s contest — Judy Woodruff donated $250 to the Clinton Foundation’s “Clinton Haiti Relief Fund” eleven years ago.‘YOU ARE CRAZY’: MCAULIFFE SLAMMED FOR SUGGESTING IT’S EASIER FOR AMERICANS TO BUY A GUN THAN TO VOTEIt could raise the issue of at least the appearance of a conflict of interest given that McAuliffe used to sit on the board. Still, the one-time Democratic National Committee chair took aim at his opponent’s debate status. “Glenn still won’t agree to participate in the VBA debate, a time-honored Virginia tradition. He will do anything to hide from his job killing record and his extreme agenda,” McAuliffe tweeted on Wednesday.”It’s past time he stop dodging tough questions and agree to this debate, which is less than 3 weeks away,” he continued.Macaulay Porter, a spokeswoman for Youngkin’s campaign, said to Fox News in a Wednesday email that McAuliffe’s “dishonesty continues, and now it appears he is trying to sabotage our ongoing communications with the VBA.”WAPO GIVES MCAULIFFE 3 ‘PINOCCHIOS’ FOR MISLEADING AD ON YOUNGKIN AFTER POLITIFACT WATERS DOWN OWN FACT-CHECK”We look forward to getting to a resolution soon,” she added.McAuliffe’s campaign pointed Fox News to a Tuesday statement from the former governor claiming that Youngkin didn’t want to “face” him in the VBA debate “because he doesn’t want to answer questions about his record of sending jobs overseas, his threats to funding for public education, his extreme anti-abortion agenda or the fact that he is Donald Trump’s handpicked candidate.”Youngkin said he wants to have three debates while McAuliffe has said he’ll do five.The VBA told Fox News in a Wednesday statement that the organization has hosted statewide debates in Virginia for over 30 years, many moderated by Judy Woodruff.”The group noted that past participants in VBA debates moderated by Ms. Woodruff include: 2018 – Tim Kaine and Corey Stewart2017 – Ed Gillespie and Ralph Northam2014 – Ed Gillespie and Mark Warner2013 – Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli”The VBA is not aware of any comments by past participants that the VBA debate or its moderators have been anything but fair and impartial,” the organization added.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe former Democratic governor was slammed online earlier this week after he suggested it’s easier for Americans to buy guns than vote.”Call me crazy, but I think it should be easier to vote than it should be to buy a gun,” McAuliffe wrote on Twitter Tuesday.