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The U.S. Navy christened a ship Saturday named for the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis in a San Diego ceremony that marked the one-year anniversary of his death. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., led a congressional delegation to the event to honor the achievements of the late congressman and mark the celebration of the naval ship that will sail in his honor.”This ship will be a beacon to the world, reminding all who see it of the persistence and courage of John Lewis,” Pelosi said. Actress Alfre Woodard, the ship’s sponsor, had the honor of breaking a bottle of champagne across the bow as part of the traditional christening ceremony. “May God bless this ship and all who sail in her,” Woodard said before cracking the bottle. The USNS John Lewis is the first ship in its class and will be operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command. JOHN LEWIS, CIVIL RIGHTS ICON, CONGRESSMAN FOR 33 YEARS, DEAD AT 80The replenishment oiler will transfer fuel to the Navy’s carrier strike group ships operating at sea. The remaining oilers in the John Lewis class will be named for other prominent civil rights activists and leaders, including Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California, suffragist Lucy Stone and abolitionist Sojourner Truth.Lewis, D-Ga., died July 17, 2020, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80. The former chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and one of the keynote speakers at the historic March on Washington before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis spent his life advocating for the rights of minorities. Lewis served in Congress for 33 years.Lewis’s nephew Marcus Tyner spoke at the ceremony reminding the crowd that his uncle’s legacy needs to carry on beyond the ship, by Congress passing the voting rights reforms that Lewis had championed.REP. CRENSHAW SAYS MILITARY LEADERS ‘PRIORITIZING WOKE TRAINING OVER ACTUAL WAR FIGHTING’ AFTER NAVY REPORT”We all agree that what is most important at this critical time and would please my uncle most is the passing of the John Lewis voting rights bill,” Tyner told the crowd.In June 2016, the Navy awarded a $3.2 billion contract to General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego for the design and construction of the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis-class (T-AO 205) previously known as the TAO(X). The contract calls for the design and construction of six 742-foot-long oilers with a full load displacement of 49,850 tons, according to General Dynamics. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe oilers have the capacity to carry 157,000 barrels of oil up to a speed of 20 knots.
The White House isn’t backing down from its harsh criticism of Facebook after President Biden on Friday accused the social media giant of “killing people” with misinformation about coronavirus vaccinations. A Biden administration source revealed to Fox News on Saturday that the very public callout of Facebook followed months of frustration with the platform for failing to stamp out “dangerous” information about the vaccinations that have spread online. The White House has been seeking help from Facebook and other social media sites since February on stopping misinformation from going viral, such as the myth that getting the shot will cause infertility. FACEBOOK ISSUES HARSH RESPONSE TO BIDEN ACCUSATION THAT PLATFORM IS ‘KILLING PEOPLE’While Facebook has made positive public statements on how they’ve partnered with the government and taken aggressive action to curb vaccine misinformation, the White House believes that the Big Tech company has fallen short. “They’ve been withholding information on what the rules are, what they have put in place to prevent dangerous misinformation from spreading [and] how they measure whether it’s working,” a Biden administration official told Fox News. The tensions reached a boiling point amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, vaccine hesitancy among young people and polls showing the majority of unvaccinated people believe myths about the vaccine.HOUSE LAWMAKERS FORM NEW CAUCUS TO REIN IN BIG TECHAs coronavirus cases are on the rise and vaccination rates have slowed in the United States, the White House launched this week an effort to crack down on misinformation, starting with a warning from U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Thursday that bogus information about coronavirus is an “urgent threat” to public health. The Surgeon General’s office issued a new report titled, “Confronting Health Misinformation,” that makes recommendations for social media platforms to “impose clear consequences for accounts that repeatedly violate platform policies.”White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also announced Thursday that the Biden administration has been “flagging” content for Facebook to remove.CRITICS SLAM BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S REPORTED PLAN TO MONITOR VACCINE MISINFORMATION IN TEXT MESSAGES”We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation. We’re working with doctors and medical experts…who are popular with their audience with accurate information,” she said. “So, we’re helping get trusted content out there.”Biden took the effort one step further Friday by claiming inaction by Facebook and other platforms to take down false information is costing people their lives to a preventable illness.”The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated, and they’re killing people,” Biden said.The White House comments drew a quick rebuke from Facebook. “The White House is looking for scapegoats for missing their vaccine goals,” a Facebook spokesperson told NBC’s Dylan Beyers.And while the White House is having a public spat with the Big Tech giant, some Republicans and critics are accusing the White House of being too cozy with Facebook in their efforts to take down posts they deem as problematic. “Democrats are all about the First Amendment except when they don’t like what’s being said,” Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Texas, told Fox News Saturday. Gooden just recently formed a House caucus aimed at reining in Big Tech.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Normalizing government collusion with Big Tech to censor anything they deem to be misinformation actually puts our First Amendment rights in jeopardy,” said Gooden.Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.
Malki Roth, a talented young musician with a sunny and emphatic personality, was just 15 years old when she was killed by a terrorist attack while lunching at a crowded pizzeria with her teenaged friend. The Aug. 9, 2001 bombing of a Sbarro pizzeria restaurant in downtown Jerusalem wounded 122 people and killed 15 people in total, two of which were U.S. citizens including Roth.For Roth’s family, the two decades of grief of losing their middle child is exacerbated by the fact that the terrorist behind the suicide bombing plot, Ahlam Aref Ahmad Al-Tamimi, walks free and proud in Jordan despite being on America’s FBI’s most wanted terrorist list with a $5 million bounty.
Malki Roth, 15, was killed in a Aug. 9 2001 suicide bombing. Her family is still seeking justice 20 years later.
(Arnold Roth)Now, the Roth family is putting their hope in President Biden that he may help deliver justice for Malki after all these years.MOST WANTED FEMALE TERRORIST LIVES IN FREEDOM IN JORDAN DESPITE EXTRADITION REQUEST FOR BOMBING THAT KILLED AMERICANSBiden will welcome Jordan’s King Abdullah II to the White House on Monday for an official visit and the Roths are pleading with the Biden administration to make one ask of the king: Stop protecting Al-Tamimi in Jordan and extradite her to the United States to face criminal prosecution for their daughter’s murder.”What we want is to see her in chains … put on a plane to cross the Atlantic, and then marched into a Washington federal court,” Arnold Roth, Malki’s father, told Fox News of Al-Tamimi. “We dream of that.”Will it bring back our daughter? Obviously not. Will it make the pain go away? Of course not. But it will be something that has meaning.”The Roth family resides in Jerusalem, where Malki was also living and thriving as a flutist in the Jerusalem Municipal Youth Orchestra before she was killed in the attack targeting Jews, her family says. Malki was born in Australia but had U.S. citizenship since her mother, Frimet, is American and grew up in New York.The Roths have fought for years to see Al-Tamimi face consequences and remain baffled by the inaction of the U.S. government to successfully pressure Jordan to honor a 1995 extradition treaty with the United States. The stalemate is puzzling, the Roths argue, given the leverage the U.S. has over its Middle East ally with billions in foreign aid America has given Jordan in the years since Malki’s death.
FILE: A gaping hole is left in the shop front of the Sbarro pizzeria after a suicide bombing that killed at least 15 people and wounded 122 others in Jerusalem August 9, 2001. The suicide bomber blew himself up at the restaurant during the busy lunch hour. Seven of the dead were children, including American Malki Roth, who was 15. NB/GB – RP2DRIDUUUAA
EXCLUSIVE: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is calling on President Biden to “immediately” pull Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director over her link to an eco-terrorist plot and her apparently misleading answers to senators about it. Every Republican on the Senate Energy Committee already signed a letter Wednesday urging Biden to pull Stone-Manning’s nomination, but now Fox News has exclusively learned that the highest-ranking Senate Republican has thrown his support behind the effort to stop Stone-Manning’s confirmation process. “We now know that President Biden’s nominee to run the Bureau of Land Management lied to the Senate about her alleged participation in eco-terrorism,” McConnell said in a statement to Fox News. “The White House should immediately withdraw her nomination.”REPUBLICANS RAMP UP PRESSURE ON BIDEN TO PULL NOMINEE LINKED TO ECO-TERRORIST PLOTThe controversy surrounds Stone-Manning’s ties to a “tree-spiking” operation meant to sabotage logging efforts in the 1980s. During her Senate confirmation process, Stone-Manning told senators in a questionnaire that she had never been the target of a law enforcement investigation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, walks toward the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 7, 2021. McConnell has called on President Biden to “immediately” pull Tracy Stone-Manning’s nomination for Bureau of Land Management (BLM) director. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans on Wednesday launched an effort to probe the business ventures of President Biden’s family members, especially Hunter Biden’s newfound art career, and document how the Bidens have sought to “profit off the presidency.”Citing news reports, Republicans on the House Oversight Committee accuse Biden’s son Hunter, brother Frank and sister Valerie of using the president’s position to their advantage and are demanding answers from the White House on such business dealings.”Reports regarding President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s family members attempting to profit from their proximity to the White House have been disturbing and recurring,” the House Oversight Republicans wrote in letters obtained first by Fox News. “Unfortunately, these reports of President Biden using his former official positions of public trust to swell the coffers of his family members are widespread, and any hope the pattern of family self-dealing would finally stop when he assumed the presidency has been dashed,” the letters read.WHITE HOUSE DEFENDS HUNTER BIDEN’S ART SELLING SCHEME: ‘HE HAS THE RIGHT TO PURSUE AN ARTISTIC CAREER’Of high concern for the Republicans is Hunter Biden’s new career path as an artist and his plans to sell his paintings at upcoming exhibitions in Los Angeles and New York, where his art could be listed as high as $500,000. In order to avoid an appearance of outsiders trying to peddle influence with the Biden family, the White House crafted an agreement to keep the names of the buyers confidential from the 51-year-old Biden and the White House. The Republicans dubbed the art agreement as “nothing short of a cash grab.”The GOP lawmakers also raised concerns about reports that brother Francis “Frank” Biden promoted his relationship with the president in an Inauguration Day advertisement for a law firm he advises. And recently it was announced that Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens, will be publishing a book next April entitled “Growing Up Biden: A Memoir,” which will look at her life with the president.BIDEN’S SISTER APPEARS TO BE CASHING IN ON BROTHER WITH NEW BOOK DEALLed by the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the Republicans fired off letters Wednesday to the White House general counsel and National Archives and Records Administration asking for an exhaustive list of documents “to understand the extent of the Biden family’s use of its connection to the president to enrich itself.”Among the requests are documents related to Hunter Biden’s artwork, lists of all Biden family members’ foreign business interests, any instance when the Biden name was used in advertisements and investment opportunities, and White House procedures in place “to ensure the Biden family does not profit off the presidency,” according to letters obtained first by Fox News.
FILE – Then Vice President-elect, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., left, stands with his son Hunter during a re-enactment of the Senate oath ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 6, 2009. Hunter Biden, an ongoing target for conservatives, has a memoir coming out April 6. The book is called “Beautiful Things” and will center on the younger Biden’s well publicized struggles with substance abuse, according to his publisher. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Tuesday didn’t rule out eliminating the legislative filibuster for voting rights legislation as Democrats are getting increasingly frustrated with state-level efforts to tighten voting rules. “Everything is on the table,” Schumer told reporters at the Capitol about overcoming fierce GOP resistance to Democrats’ legislation to set federal standards for voting access.Schumer’s comments came as a group of Texas state lawmakers fled the state for Washington in an effort to shut down a special session where Texas Republicans seek to pass new sweeping election laws that Democrats say will make it harder to vote. DEMOCRATS WHO ‘FLED’ TEXAS SLAM GOP-BACKED ELECTIONS BILL, SAY THEY ARE MAKING ‘BIG SACRIFICES’ WITH WALKOUTThe lawmakers met with Schumer and pleaded for the Senate to pass its voting and elections reform law, known as S.1, while acknowledging their exodus from the state Legislature is just a temporary move in need of a permanent federal solution. Schumer called the fleeing state lawmakers “brave” and “courageous” and blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for trying to pass new voting restrictions in the wake of former President Trump’s 2020 election loss.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with Democratic Texas lawmakers who fled the legislature to stop the passage of new voting laws. They are meeting at the Capitol on July 13, 2021.
(POOL)”What the Republican governor is doing in Texas is just despicable, despicable,” Schumer said. “It boils my blood to even watch what they’re doing to these brave people … when there’s not any serious evidence of voter fraud.”After welcoming the fleeing Texas Democrats to the Capitol, Schumer said: “These folks are going to be remembered on the right side of history. The governor and the Republican legislators will be remembered on the dark and wrong side of history.”REPUBLICANS BLOCK ‘ROTTEN’ ELECTION REFORM BILL IN SENATE AS VP HARRIS PRESIDES OVER DEBATEThe U.S. House already passed the Democrats’ sweeping election reform bill, but Senate Republicans in June filibustered the election and campaign finance reforms they panned as a partisan power grab.The legislation needed 60 votes to advance in the Senate, but with Democrats holding only 50 seats, Republicans blocked the bill. Still, certain Democrats have remained steadfast in their opposition to eliminating the filibuster altogether, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Frustrated with the lack of progress on voting bills, some prominent Democrats, like Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, are pushing for President Biden and those on the fence to support a narrow filibuster exception for constitutional issues, like voting rights. TEXAS’ ABBOTT SAYS DEMS WHO ‘FLED’ STATE OVER ELECTIONS BILL WILL BE ARRESTED UPON RETURNBiden could “pick up the phone and tell [Sen.] Joe Manchin, ‘Hey, we should do a carve-out.’” Clyburn told Politico. “I don’t care whether he does it in a microphone or on the telephone — just do it.”Schumer’s response Tuesday indicated that he’s open to the carve-out idea, but the biggest question remains is whether he has the 50 votes necessary to do so. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday urged more Americans to get the coronavirus vaccine, as hesitancy toward the shots remains persistent among Republicans and some of his colleagues continue to cast doubt on the vaccinations.”I’m a huge fan of vaccinations as a polio victim myself when I was young,” McConnell told reporters at a Capitol news conference Tuesday. McConnell underwent extensive polio treatment as a boy in order to walk and marveled at the science that produced “three highly effective vaccines” against coronavirus when it took decades to find a vaccine for the crippling disease of polio. “I’m perplexed by the difficulty we have in finishing the job,” McConnell said of stamping out the COVID-19 virus once and for all.”We’re in the red zone, but we’re not in the end zone yet,” he said.MCCONNELL DOESN’T WANT TO STOP ‘EVERYTHING’ BIDEN PROPOSES, JUST THE ‘WORST’Republicans remain more skeptical about getting the shots. Fox News polling in June found that 55% of Republicans surveyed said they got the coronavirus vaccine, compared to 78% of Democrats and 59% of independents. “We need to finish the job and part of it is just convincing the American people of the importance of doing this,” McConnell said.HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS HITS BACK AT BIDEN’S ‘DOOR-TO-DOOR SPYING’ COVID VACCINE PUSHThe pace for vaccinations has slowed in the United States just as the much more contagious delta COVID-19 variant is becoming the dominant strain of the virus. Coronavirus cases are increasing in many states around the country, with Louisiana seeing a significant upward trend, according to a seven-day average from Johns Hopkins University. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said the fight right now is “vaccine versus variant.” Joining McConnell at a news conference Tuesday, Blunt said the best way to stop the development of the more dangerous variants is to have more people vaccinated. “We are not nearly in as bad of a place as we were, but we’re not nearly in as good a place as we would all like to be,” Blunt said.HOW DOES THE DELTA VARIANT DIFFER FROM ORIGINAL STRAIN?The Biden administration came up just short of its July Fourth goal of having at least 70% of adult Americans at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 67.7% of adults in the country had received at least one vaccination shot as of Tuesday. Some GOP House members and others have spoken out against the Biden administration’s latest push for vaccinations that includes door-to-door outreach by volunteers in parts of the country with low vaccination rates. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAnd some GOP lawmakers have fueled doubts about the shots themselves, including Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., who recently held an event with people who said they suffered adverse health effects from the vaccinations. Asked about Johnson’s efforts, McConnell declined to criticize his colleague, saying: “I can only speak for myself.”