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Texas House Democrats who have fled the state to deny a quorum for a special session dedicated to passing an election security bill will be brought in by law enforcement “under warrant of arrest, if necessary,” following a 76-4 vote approving the action Tuesday.Passage of the legislation, dubbed House Bill 3, cannot occur without a two-thirds quorum of its 150 members. Only 80 of the 150 members were present on Tuesday. In addition, Texas Senate Republicans are trying to pass their own version of the bill, known as Senate Bill 1. Senate members are expected to debate their version of the voting bill as planned Tuesday, with a quorum of 22 members present.Democrats have referred to the pair of bills as ‘Jim Crow 2.0’, accusing Republicans of allegedly trying to suppress the votes of minorities. Here’s a look at what’s inside the bills:DEMOCRATS WHO ‘FLED’ TEXAS SLAM GOP-BACKED ELECTIONS BILL, SAY THEY ARE MAKING ‘BIG SACRIFICES WITH WALKOUTWhat’s in Senate Bill 1?Under Senate Bill 1’s provisions, a ban would be implemented on drive-thru voting or casting a ballot from inside a vehicle unless participating in curbside voting due to a disability. A ban would also be placed on overnight voting, requiring polls to be open a minimum of nine hours from between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.Election officials would also be required to install a video surveillance system that records vote-counting activities, with a livestream made available to the public in counties with 100,000 residents or more. Those in large counties would also be required to install tracking software to monitor “all input and activity” on electronic devices used to count votes. Beginning January 1, 2024, equipment that does not disable or remove any wireless connectivity capability would be prohibited from use in tabulating votes.SB 1 would also allow partisan poll watchers to observe election activity inside polling places and vote-counting centers as well as during curbside voting that takes place inside a vehicle. It would also make it a crime to deny access to a poll watcher. In addition, voters would be required to include a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number on a vote-by-mail application and the envelope containing their ballot. Individuals who help voters cast their ballot, due to language or physical needs, must fill out a document listing their name, address, relationship to the voter, and whether they’re being paid by a candidate or political committee. Those who drive three or more people to the polls would also be required to fill out a similar form unless all vehicle occupants are family members.The secretary of state will also be required to work with the Department of Public Safety to provide data on a monthly basis from the existing statewide computerized voter registration list to be used for verification of citizenship status on voter registration applications.Unlike Senate Bill 7, the original voting bill that was killed by Democrats in the State Legislature’s regular session, SB 1 will not include two controversial provisions. One would create a process that would have made it easier to overturn election results based on claims of voter fraud. The other would ban Sunday morning voting, which was popular among Black churches’ “Souls to the Polls” events during early voting in the 2020 presidential election.What’s in House Bill 3?House Bill 3 includes many of the same provisions as SB 1. In addition, it would make it a crime for public officials to offer or send vote-by-mail applications to those who have not requested an application.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe proposals come as Texas looks to join more than 15 other states where Republicans who control the state government have passed laws tightening voting access rules. The push follows unsubstantiated claims from former President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was “stolen” and “rigged”.Besides the election bill, other issues on the legislative docket include: bail overhaul, border security, social media censorship, legislative branch funding, family violence prevention, limiting transgender student access to school sports, abortion-inducing drugs, additional payments for retired Texas teachers, critical race theory, and budgetary issues.
The Miami-Dade Fire Rescue bid farewell to the Israel Defense Forces delegation Sunday evening as they began their journey home following their assistance with search, rescue and recovery efforts at the Champlain Towers building collapse in Surfside, Florida. “We wish them a safe flight back home!,” the agency tweeted along with footage of a water salute held at Miami International Airport. The final send-off comes after the unit was cheered on by local and federal task force teams and the family members of Surfside victims, given the Key to the County and were made honorary commanders of MDFR on Saturday.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPSince June 24, the world has continued to mourn with Miami and the victims of the Surfside collapse. The recovery team has removed millions of pounds of concrete and debris since its collapse. According to authorities, Surfside’s death toll has risen to 90 people, with an additional 31 individuals who remain unaccounted for. Recovery efforts will continue until the 31 who remain unaccounted for are found.Fox News’ Emmett Jones contributed to this report
As thousands of protesters took to the streets of Cuba Sunday evening calling for an end to the country’s communist regime, U.S. lawmakers are speaking out on social media in solidarity with the demonstrations.However, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who has previously defended some of the policies of Cuba’s previous communist dictator Fidel Castro, has not yet issued a statement.A spokesperson for Sanders did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment.VIDEO EMERGES OF MASS PROTESTS AGAINST COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP IN CUBA: ‘WE ARE NOT AFRAID’Following his win during Nevada’s caucus in the 2020 Democratic primaries, Sanders was asked by Anderson Cooper during an interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” why the Cuban people didn’t rise up and help the U.S. overthrow the Castro regime. Sanders replied that the dictator “educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society.””We’re very very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” Sanders explained. “You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”Cooper proceeded to push back against Sanders, noting many political dissidents were imprisoned in Cuba.”That’s right. And we condemn that,” Sanders said. “Unlike Donald Trump, let’s be clear, you want to– I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend. I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”MEDIA OUTLETS VILIFY DONALD RUMSFELD IN OBITUARIES AFTER GOING GENTLE ON FIDEL CASTROThe defense during the 2020 election season came after Sanders praised the communist dictator in a resurfaced speech given at the University of Vermont in 1986.”I remember, for some reason or another, being very excited when Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba,” he said at the time. “I was a kid … and it just seemed right and appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”His comments prompted backlash from both sides of the political aisle. Sanders’ seeming affinity for communist policies doesn’t end with Cuba. As was widely reported while the Vermont senator ran for president, he went on a “honeymoon” to the Soviet Union with his wife Jane in 1988. Sanders isn’t the only one to remain silent on Cuba.Fox News also reached out to the White House for comment. Press Secretary Jen Psaki referred Fox News to the National Security Council, which then referred to Psaki’s comments on Cuba during an interview with MSNBC. Psaki addressed the lack of fundamental resources in Cuba during that interview.Fox News has also reached out to State Department spokesman Ned Price but has not heard back. Jake Sullivan, the White House national security adviser, took to Twitter to say the “U.S. supports freedom of expression and assembly across Cuba, and would strongly condemn any violence or targeting of peaceful protesters who are exercising their universal rights.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPFidel Castro relinquished power to his brother, Raúl, in 2011 after nearly half a century in charge of the island nation; Fidel died in 2016.On Saturday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published a column in which she gushed over the self-declared Democratic Socialist’s “ascension.” “He has changed the whole debate in the nation’s capital. He is the guy trying to yank his party back to its working-class roots and steer President Biden in a bolder, more progressive direction,” Dowd wrote.She continued: “Sanders passionately believes that the only way to undo the damage done by Donald Trump and Trumpism is by showing that government can deliver, that good policy can overcome dangerous conspiracy theories and lies.”
Julianne Malveaux, the incoming dean of Cal State University Los Angeles’ newly created College of Ethnic Studies, has previously said she hopes 73-year-old, conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas dies an early death. “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early, like many black men do, of heart disease,” Malveux said during an appearance on PBS in 1994, according to the Wall Street Journal.WILL CAIN DISMANTLES CRITICAL RACE THEORY: ‘THE LUNATIC RACIST LEFT IS STARTING TO LOSE’Malveux issued an apology for the remark in 2011, clarifying that her comment was a “wisecrack” misconstrued as hate speech after Thomas said he would live to 120 to stay on the court to “frustrate liberals.””I replied that the average black man had a life expectancy of about 65, and that if his wife fed him lots of butter and eggs (if her recent call to Anita Hill is any indication she isn’t cooking much these days), ingredients for high cholesterol and heart trouble, he’d die an early death,” she explained. “Conservatives called it a death wish. Death by breakfast, I responded, still in jest. As if someone were standing over Thomas with an Uzi forcing him to eat that butter and eggs. The wisecrack has to be taken even less seriously if Justice Thomas’ purported commitment to physical fitness and working out is taken into consideration.”
Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Photo by Jessica Koscielniak for Cal State LA)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D,N.Y., has expressed concern that recent headlines referring to spikes in crime across U.S. cities are stirring up “hysteria.” “We are seeing these headlines about percentage increases,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a conversation with New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman over Zoom. “Now, I want to say that any amount of harm is unacceptable and too much, but I also want to make sure that this hysteria, you know, that this doesn’t drive a hysteria and that we look at these numbers in context so that we can make responsible decisions about what to allocate in that context.”CURTIS SILWA PLANS TO CRACK DOWN ON CRIME AS NYC MAYOR SliwaOcasio-Cortez argued earlier in June that authorities should stop building prisons and instead focus on underlying public health issues, adding it is “not acceptable” to use jails as “garbage bins.” “If we want to reduce violent crime, if we want to reduce the number of people in our jails, the answer is to stop building more of them,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “The answer is to make sure that we actually build more hospitals, we pay organizers, we get people mental health care and overall health care, employment, etc. It’s to support communities, not throw them away.”Ocasio-Cortez, Bowman, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer have called on Congress to earmark $400,000 toward a program called “Stand Up To Violence,” which seeks to address gun violence through counseling and community outreach.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPJournalist Glenn Greenwald slammed Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday, claiming she is “mocking ordinary people as ‘hysterical’ who are afraid of violent crime in their neighborhood” while voting last month to “ensure $2 billion more in spending on the police that protects her.”He also shared a tweet from Ocasio-Cortez in which she blasted Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and other Republicans who “almost had me murdered” during the attack on the U.S. Capitol, adding “Like AOC, I also really get upset when people are “hysterical” about fears of violent crime.” The exchange comes as New York City’s overall shooting incidents have increased 53.2% year-to-date and murders have increased 13.3% year-to-date, according to the latest available NYPD crime data covering the week ending June 20.
Vice President Kamala Harris has continued to face criticism over the weekend for her recent trip to El Paso, Texas. TEXAS CONGRESSMAN GONZALES REACTS TO HARRIS VISITING BORDER IN EL PASO: ‘NOW WHAT?’On Friday, Harris visited an El Paso border facility nearly 100 days after being appointed by President Joe Biden to address the immigration crisis at the southern border. During a press conference, Harris touted “extreme progress” made by the Biden administration in tackling the migrant surge despite inheriting a “tough situation” due to the “disastrous effects” of the Trump administration’s border policies. When asked why she visited El Paso, instead of areas that have been more acutely hit, like the Rio Grande Valley Sector, Harris explained that El Paso was where a number of Trump policies, like the Remain-in-Mexico policy and child separation policies, were implemented. REP. ANDY BIGGS: KAMALA HARRIS ‘VISITS’ BORDER – HERE’S THE REAL REASON SHE WENTTexas Republican Senator Jon Cornyn shared a New York Post op-ed on Twitter Saturday titled ‘Why Kamala’s photo-op trip to the border won’t do much to slow the waves of migrants’, adding the words “clueless in El Paso” to the front of the headline. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is set to visit the border on Wednesday with former President Donald Trump, shared a separate tweet from Cornyn quoting the Post article on Sunday. He added that Harris “didn’t talk to Texans whose homes have been invaded, who’ve had guns brandished against them, whose property has been destroyed by gangs & cartel members coming across the border.””She hasn’t talked to families destroyed by Fentanyl smuggled into TX,” Abbott continued. “She doesn’t care.”Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that while El Paso is a “vibrant border community,” it is not the “epicenter of the crisis.””The epicenter of the crisis…is 800 miles away in the Rio Grande Valley,” Cruz told Fox News’ Jesse Watters. “The reason she didn’t go to the Rio Grande Valley is because that’s where the Biden cages are. That’s where you see cage after cage after cage of little boys and little girls on the floor, no beds, no mats, no cots, side by side one after the other after the other wrapped in reflective emergency blankets. That’s where you see facilities with a rate of COVID positivity of 10%. And what Kamala and Joe Biden desperately wanted to avoid is the TV cameras filming those kids in the Biden cages. So she went as far away as you can go in the state of Texas to say she went to the border.”He argued that Harris did not offer any solutions or answers during her press conference and attributed the rise in immigration to the Biden administration’s decisions to halt building a border wall, reinstating the “catch and release” policy and overturning the Remain in Mexico policy, which Cruz said “produced the lowest rate of illegal immigration in 45 years.” CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPMore than 180,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern border in May, an increase over the 178,000 encountered in April and 173,000 were encountered in March — all representing the highest numbers in years. March saw a big increase from the 100,000 migrants encountered in February.May 2020, the height of the coronavirus pandemic, saw just over 23,000 migrant encounters, with approximately 144,000 in May 2019.Fox News Adam Shaw contributed to this report
At least six people have been injured after a pedestrian bridge collapsed in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, according to city fire and emergency service officials. Fox 5 DC reported that the collapse took place at Route 295 between Kenilworth Avenue and Polk Street NE at around 12 p.m.D.C. deputy mayor for public safety, Chris Geldart, told reporters at a briefing Wednesday that a preliminary investigation determined the collapse was caused by a collision at approximately 11:52 a.m. that separated the bridge from its moorings and spurred multiple vehicle crashes. Geldart noted that five of the victims involved have been transported to local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. Fire and EMS officials determined there were no additional individuals trapped within the debris. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that there were no structural concerns about the bridge, adding that it was last inspected back in February. Geldart said the February inspection found that the bridge was “structurally sound.”A hazmat unit has been dispatched to address a diesel fuel leak from a truck that is partially beneath the bridge. While the cause of the collapse remains unclear, officials are investigating what role, if any, the truck may have played in the incident. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination (MATOC) tweeted that all lanes on Route 295 heading both northbound and southbound are blocked due to the collapse. Northbound delays are stretching approximately 3 miles from the collapse while southbound delays are stretching approximately 1.5 miles. Northbound traffic is being diverted to Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue while southbound traffic is being diverted to eastern avenue. Motorists are encouraged to seek alternate routes. DC-295 is expected to be closed through at least Thursday while officials investigate the scene and remove the wreckage. In addition, officials plan to inspect additional bridges along DC-295.