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Two Georgia workers fired after being accused of shredding voting applications

Two Georgia workers fired after being accused of shredding voting applications

Two workers in Fulton County, Georgia have been fired after they were accused of shredding hundreds of voter registration applications, spurring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to call for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.”After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffensperger said in a press release Monday. “The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”DEMS HIT BACK AGAINST TEXAS ELECTIONS LAW WITH FLOOD OF LAWSUITS MINUTES AFTER ABBOTT SIGNS ITThe two unidentified employees are accused of shredding batches of applications the county received instead of properly processing them, according to a release from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron.The allegations come just three weeks before Fulton County residents are set to vote in municipal elections, with all of the shredded applications being received in the last two weeks.The two workers were reported by fellow employees Friday and were terminated later that day.”Elections are the most important function of our government,” Fulton County Commission Chairman Robb Pitts said in the release. “We have committed to transparency and integrity.”In addition to the calls for a federal investigation, Raffensperger said the secretary of state’s office has also already launched an investigation into the incident.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe secretary of state added that the review “could lead to a replacement of the leadership of Fulton County’s elections” under Georgia’s new election integrity law.Those who believe their registration may have been impacted by the incident and are not registered on election day will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot while the investigation attempts to determined which voters were affected.

NJ Democrats issue profane ad skewering GOP gubernatorial candidate for once wanting to ban cursing

NJ Democrats issue profane ad skewering GOP gubernatorial candidate for once wanting to ban cursing

The New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC) issued an ad replete with profanity Monday to attack Republican gubernatorial candidate Jack Ciattarelli for once supporting a law to ban cursing when he served on the Raritan Borough Council.The ordinance, which Raritan passed 5-0 in 1994, prohibited “rude or indecent behavior” and included both profanity and “insulting remarks.”The NJDSC ad spotlights several individuals who react to the swearing ban idea with profanity-laden phrases, such as, “You’re sh***ng me,” “No f**king way,” “This is f**king New Jersey,” and “We can’t let that a**hole win.”Some of the expletives can be heard below a minimal effort to bleep them out.Murphy retweeted the ad, writing, “What a knucklehead.””Republican gubernatorial candidate Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli is out of step with New Jersey — from his support for the Trump agenda to his opposition to public health measures to his attacks on LGBTQ inclusion and much more. But there is one issue where Ciattarelli’s position might be even further outside the mainstream: his opposition to a favorite Garden State tradition, cursing,” the Murphy campaign further said, according to Insider NJ.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”While serving on the Raritan Borough Council in the 1990s, Ciattarelli voted for and championed a ban on cursing in the community — that’s right, a ban on cursing. In New Jersey. What the f*ck was Ciattarelli thinking?The Ciattarelli campaign did not respond to request for comment in time for publication.

California AG investigating oil spill that forced Huntington Beach to close

California AG investigating oil spill that forced Huntington Beach to close

The California Department of Justice is investigating an oil leak that sparked fears of an environmental disaster near Huntington Beach, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said on Monday.Bonta said authorities would work to determine what caused thousands of gallons of crude oil to leak from a pipeline owned by Houston-based firm Amplify Energy and whether anything could have been done to prevent the spill.”The oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach is an environmental disaster with far-reaching consequences for our fish and wildlife, for our communities, and for our economy,” Bonta said in a press release. “I want to thank all our local, state, and federal partners who are working around the clock to protect the health and safety of Californians and to mitigate the damage to our environment and natural resources.”
An aerial photo shows floating barriers known as booms to try to stop further incursion into the Wetlands Talbert Marsh after an oil spill in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Huntington Beach, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. A major oil spill off the coast of Southern California fouled popular beaches and killed wildlife while crews scrambled Sunday, to contain the crude before it spread further into protected wetlands. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans 'any entity' from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott bans 'any entity' from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning “any entity” in the state from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.”The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a press release Monday.Abbott’s executive order prohibits “any entity” in the state from compelling an individual to receive a COVID-19 vaccine “who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience.”The order applies to both employees and consumers who refuse to receive the vaccine due to “religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”The order will also “supersede any conflicting order” that has already been made by local jurisdictions, authorizing the “maximum fine” allowed under Texas law for any entity that fails to comply with the order.Abbott also issued a message to the state’s Senate and House of Representatives formally requesting the legislature to consider drafting legislation codifying a similar order into law.The governor’s move may have come in response to President Biden’s September executive order that will require employers with more than 100 workers to require the vaccine or submit to weekly testing for the virus.CLICK TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”In yet another instance of federal government overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said of that order at the time.Currently, 52% of Texas residents are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

DeSantis Columbus Day proclamation pushes back against those who 'defame' the explorer

DeSantis Columbus Day proclamation pushes back against those who 'defame' the explorer

Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., issued a Columbus Day proclamation Monday honoring the legacy of Christopher Columbus and claiming those who “defame” the Italian explorer are trying to portray the United States and Western culture negatively.”Christopher Columbus displayed courage, determination, and perseverance when he sailed the ocean blue more than 500 years ago,” DeSantis tweeted along with a copy of his proclamation. “Happy Columbus Day!”In his proclamation, DeSantis lauded Columbus for opening the New World to European settlers in 1492, thereby making the United States possible.DeSantis also noted how Columbus Day was established as a national holiday by former President Benjamin Harrison in 1892 to commemorate the European discovery of America, noting how it has “until very recently, been a unifying day for all Americans to celebrate the fact that had Columbus and the explorers who followed him not traveled across the Atlantic, the country we hold dear and the lives we enjoy would not exist.”COURT RULING ALLOWS PLYWOOD BOX TO REMAIN OVER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE IN PHILADELPHIAHe characterized Columbus as “a singular figure in Western Civilization who exemplified courage, risk-taking, and heroism in the face of enormous odds; as a visionary who saw the possibilities of exploration beyond Europe; and as a founding father who laid the foundation for what would one day become the United States of America, which would commemorate Columbus by naming its federal district after him.””Individuals who seek to defame Columbus and try to expunge the day from our civic calendar do so as part of a mission to portray the United States and Western history in a negative light as they seek to blame our country and its values for all that is evil in the world, rather than see it as a force for good,” DeSantis went on to allege.COLLEGES NATIONWIDE CELEBRATE ‘INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY’ ON COLUMBUS DAYDeSantis’ attitude toward Columbus contrasts with many other politicians, including President Biden, who became the first president to mark the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day with a presidential proclamation.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”For generations, Federal policies systematically sought to assimilate and displace Native people and eradicate Native cultures,” Biden wrote. “Today, we recognize Indigenous peoples’ resilience and strength as well as the immeasurable positive impact that they have made on every aspect of American society.”

NYC man who wanted to join Taliban and kill US troops convicted in federal court, prosecutors say

NYC man who wanted to join Taliban and kill US troops convicted in federal court, prosecutors say

A New York City man who tried to help the Taliban fight American forces in Afghanistan was convicted in a federal courtroom last week, officials said Monday. Delowar Mohammed Hossain, 36, was found guilty Friday in Manhattan federal court of attempting to provide material support to the terror group. He was arrested on July 26, 2019, at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Thailand, the first leg of his journey to Afghanistan, the Justice Department said. He was found with mountain survival gear and thousands of dollars in cash to purchase weapons, authorities said. TALIBAN SAY THEY WON’T WORK WITH US TO CONTAIN ISLAMIC STATE
Taliban fighters escort women march in support of the Taliban government outside Kabul University, Afghanistan. A New York City man was convicted last week of attempting to provide support to the terror group. 
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)According to federal prosecutors, Hossain began expressing a desire to travel to Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops in 2018. Over a 10-month period, he recruited several others, one of whom was a government informant, and made contact with someone in Pakistan who was associated with the Taliban. Court documents said Hossain told the informant: “I want to kill some kufars (non-believers) before I die.”Prosecutors said his preparations included buying equipment like walkie-talkies and trekking gear. He instructed the informant to save enough money “to buy some weapons” once they reached Afghanistan, they added.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe faces 35 years in prison when he is sentenced in January 2022. The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Kamala Harris used child actors in her space video

Kamala Harris used child actors in her space video

Vice President Kamala Harris’s YouTube space series featured child actors in its first installment.The YouTube Original Series, entitled “Get Curious with Vice President Harris,” is aimed at getting children interested in space and included an appearance by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough from the International Space Station. But the children featured in the first installment of the series were child actors, including 13-year-old Trevor Bernardino.In one scene, Harris tells the children that they are “going to learn so much,” adding that they will “literally see the craters on the moon with your own eyes. With your own eyes. I’m telling you.”The kid actors appear to be genuinely excited, and Harris seems to be revealing something to them that they don’t already know. The kids are relentlessly ebullient throughout the video. Bernardino, a Carmel, California teen who was one of five child actors in the video, told KSBW TV that he submitted a monologue and was interviewed for a role in the series.”And then after that, like a week later, my agent called me, and he’s like, ‘Hey Trevor, you booked it,’” Bernardino told the outlet.WHY NASA’S MARS MISSIONS WILL BE SILENT FOR WEEKSChild actors Derrick Brooks II, Emily Kim Zhoriel Tapo, and Sydney Schmooke rounded out the cast for the show, which was filmed in August for its release during world space week.The video, which was produced by a foreign entity, Canada’s Sinking Ship Entertainment, shows the group meeting Kimbrough from the International Space Station via Zoom. He remotely leads the children on a scavenger hunt to buy tools to build a telescope. The group then meets with the Harris, which Bernardino thought was the highlight of his visit to the Naval Observatory.”The most exciting part was definitely meeting Vice President Harris. There’s nothing that can top that. Like honestly, she just sat us down. She’s super charismatic. She’s everything that I ever thought of her, plus more,” Bernardino said. “She made me feel like one of her peers, and at the time, I felt super important. I was talking to her face to face.”Harris, who was appointed to lead the National Space Council earlier this year, lauded the importance of space discovery at one point during the episode.”I love the idea of exploring the unknown,” Harris said. “And then, there’s other things that we just haven’t figured out or discovered yet. To think about so much that’s out there that we still have to learn, like, I love that. I love that. And so, I’m very excited about the Space Council.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe series comes as Harris has continued to face criticism for her perceived inability to connect with many people across the country.The vice president has attempted to combat that perception, most notably by hiring two new messaging specialists last month in a bid to improve her communication strategy.