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US officials block Elf Bar-maker and others from importing 1.4 million illegal e-cigarettes

US officials block Elf Bar-maker and others from importing 1.4 million illegal e-cigarettes |

Fuming over setback to casino smoking ban, workers light up in New Jersey Statehouse meeting

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — With prospects for a smoking ban in Atlantic City's casinos looking hazier than ever, workers who want smoking banned took matters into their own hands, lips and lungs Thursday. Members of the United Auto Workers union disrupted a meeting of a state Assembly committee that had been scheduled to take a preliminary vote on a bill to ban smoking in the casinos by lighting cigarettes and blowing smoke toward legislators. That...

DeSantis goes after Trump on abortion, COVID-19 and the border wall in an Iowa town hall

AP – Donald Trump "flip-flipped" on abortion, overreached in response to COVID-19 and failed to uphold his campaign pledge to get Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern U.S. border, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday in Iowa. DeSantis, who is in a distant second place behind Trump in most national polls in the battle for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, stepped up his case against the former president during a CNN town...

Report: 5,000 Illegal Migrants Are Released into the U.S. Daily, Biden Admin Privately Tells Congress

A surge of immigrants illegally passing through openings cut by smugglers in the border wall has overwhelmed U.S. immigration authorities.

Biden Rule Takes Lunch Money From Schools that Reject Progressive Gender, Sexuality Agenda

(Casey Harper, The Center Square) – A new Biden administration rule forces schools to comply with progressive ideology on gender and sexuality or risk losing the federal aid for free and reduced-price school lunches. Legal observers say this is just the first in a slew of new rules on the horizon tying federal education funding to far-left policies on gender and sexuality. The school lunch funding controvesy began in May 2022, as The Center Square previously reported, with an announcement...

Fauci Now Says Americans Should Get to Choose if They Want to Take the Covid Vaccine

The fact that Fauci is no longer presuming he should get to decide for people what they must put into their bodies is a very good thing. It’s just a shame it took him so long.

‘You’re not cute enough, you don’t dress well enough…’

(Luis Cornelio, Headline USA) Democratic congressional candidate Don Samuels sparked controversy by criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for her appearance and attire, suggesting she is “not cute enough” to disregard her constituents. In a now-viral interview, Samuels drew attention to Omar’s looks in an analogy that she swiftly denounced as misogynistic. “To see government not be responsive like that to the people who pay them, it is offensive to me,” Samuels said in a podcast,...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sues Pfizer, alleges pharma giant lied about COVID vaccine efficacy

"We are pursuing justice for the people of Texas, many of whom were coerced by tyrannical vaccine mandates to take a defective product sold by lies." – Attorney General Paxton

Uncle Sam Wants You … to Help Stop Insurers’ Bogus Medicare Advantage Sales Tactics

KFF Health News – After an unprecedented crackdown on misleading advertising claims by insurers selling private Medicare Advantage and drug plans, the Biden administration hopes to unleash a special weapon to make sure companies follow the new rules: you. Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are encouraging seniors and other members of the public to become fraud detectives by reporting misleading or deceptive sales tactics to 800-MEDICARE, the agency’s 24-hour information hotline. Suspects...

What Would a DeSantis Presidency Look Like for Health Care?

Tampa Bay Times – On the presidential campaign trail, Republican Ron DeSantis touts himself as a champion of medical freedom, outlawing vaccine mandates and protecting doctors who refuse to provide certain medical treatments on moral grounds.   His record as Florida’s governor suggests a presidency that would prioritize individual freedom over public health, but his push for such freedoms ends when it comes to abortion and treatment for gender dysphoria. In Florida, he has pushed restrictions...

Ohio voters just passed abortion protections. Whether they take effect is now up to the courts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new constitutional projections for abortion access and other reproductive rights are supposed to take effect Dec. 7, a month after voters resoundingly passed them. That prospect seems increasingly uncertain. Existing abortion-related lawsuits are moving again through the courts now that voters have decided the issue, raising questions about how and when the amendment will be implemented. The amendment declared an individual's right to "make and carry out one's own reproductive decisions"...

Karma Catches Up With Trump-phobic Restauranter (Out Of Business)

WESTERN JOURNAL – A restaurant that made headlines  after its owner kicked out then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is closing its doors. The Red Hen, located in Lexington, Virginia, was the subject of negative headlines in June 2018 when owner Stephanie Wilkinson asked Sanders and seven others she was dining with at the restaurant to leave. Wilkinson, during an interview with The Washington Post at the time, explained she was at home when her...

Pete Buttigieg’s Protégée Sentenced to 30 Years for Exploiting 500+ Children

Monica Myers, the assistant state attorney in Prince George County, said that images of over 500 victims were in the former mayor’s phone.

Rosalynn Carter’s advocacy for mental health was rooted in compassion and perseverance

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The sun was shining in June 1979 as Rosalynn Carter made her way through an enthusiastic crowd in Laconia, New Hampshire. "She shook my hand!" yelled one delighted participant. The first lady was in the state for her husband's re-election campaign, but this was no political rally. Instead, she was at a sprawling 75-year-old institution founded for "feebleminded" children that the U.S. Justice Department had deemed "a classic example of warehousing." She was...
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