Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who took to social media to tout the decision, had asked the judge to take quick action against the “disassembling, degrading, and tampering with” the concertina wire barriers after video came out that U.S. Border Patrol agents were using forklifts and heavy machinery to cut pieces of the razor wire along the Texas/Mexico border.
The razor wire, along with the controversial buoys in the Rio Grande, were installed as part of Governor Greg Abbott’s Operation: Lone Star, which was launched in March 2021 as a border security initiative to help battle the rising border crossings that Gov. Abbott blames on the Biden Administration’s lax immigration policies.
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Even the left says the California Progressives are crazy. Ana Kasparian, who is best known for co-hosting the progressive ‘Young Turks’ show, recently appeared on the Patrick Bet-David podcast and slammed the progressive policies that are dragging down California.
“Experiencing what I’ve seen on the ground in California has made me question a lot about left wing ideology.”
Speaker Johnson Goes to WH to Discuss Biden’s Bid for Israel, Ukraine Aid. I’m hoping that the new speaker doesn’t agree to a bill with both aid packages. This is nothing but throwing money at one country that deserves it(Israel), and one country(Ukraine) that won’t give an accounting of how the money’s spent.
Johnson and other House leaders were going to the White House for a classified briefing in the Situation Room on the administration’s emergency funding request for Ukraine and Israel, according to people familiar with the meeting who were not authorized to publicly discuss the private session and spoke on condition of anonymity .
Johnson headed to the White House for a classified briefing and planned to meet later with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Earlier, Johnson said “prayer is appropriate” as a response to the mass shootings in Maine.
Ex-IRS Contractor Pleads Guilty to Leaking Trump Taxes. Should those leaked files be allowed as evidence? Thursday a former IRS contractor pleaded guilty to not only releasing former President Trumps taxes, but also thousands of the country’s wealthiest people’s taxes.
Now would that not poison a jury pool? And I know that the press has a lot of leeway with revealing sources, but if this person were to say who he leaked this information to, shouldn’t they also be charged? Especially since what he did was illegal.
How funny is this? Alexa has The Washington Post and Amazon going crazy. Even after reprograming, Alexa still calls Donald Trump the winner in 2020.
Alexa, who won the 2020 election? Alexa, the voice assistant from Amazon that’s in an estimated 70 million homes, has been falsely telling users the 2020 election was rigged, the Washington Post learned. Alexa has said incorrectly that Joe Biden’s presidential victory over Donald Trump was “stolen by a massive amount of election fraud” and that Trump won Pennsylvania. An Amazon spokesperson said these were isolated incidents that were quickly fixed. However, even after the WaPo brought these issues to the attention of Amazon, Alexa was still answering questions about the 2020 election with fake news.
Candace Owens Delivers Powerful Response to Woke Student After She Asks a Question About Crybaby Trans Pupils “Victimized” by Owens’ Presence at University of Albany.
Conservative commentator Candace Owens told trans students to get on with their lives and wear a “helmet” in a recent appearance on TPUSA’s Live Free Tour.
The broadcaster, who is eight months pregnant, attended the University at Albany with Turning Point USA on October 4, where her views received mixed reactions from students.
Turning Point USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative politics at high schools, colleges and university campuses. During an audience question portion of her address, one student asked: “What do you have to say to the trans students on this campus who feel actively victimized by your presence here?”
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Winning. Wisconsin mother hopeful after court ruling in favor of parents’ rights to know about child’s transition. So here’s another case of where a school felt that they knew what’s best for a child when it comes to their gender.
Parents sued the Kettle Moraine School District outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, over its policy that enabled and supported students’ transitions to different gender identities at school without informing or receiving consent from a child’s parents.
Judge Michael Maxwell ruled in the Waukesha County Circuit Court that the policy “violates parents’ constitutional right to determine the appropriate medical and healthcare for their children.” Going forward, the judge said the district is no longer permitted to allow or require “staff to refer to students using a name or pronouns at odds with the student’s biological sex, while at school, without express parental consent.”
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill to repeal a Democrat-backed initiative that guided how medical professionals could talk about the coronavirus to avoid what one critic called “humiliation” in court.
California Assembly Bill (AB) 2098, passed in September 2022, authorized the revocation of the licenses of any medical professional if they “disseminate misinformation or disinformation related to COVID-19, including false or misleading information regarding the nature and risks of the virus, its prevention and treatment; and the development, safety, and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.”
A group of doctors, represented by the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA), sued Newsom and the state in court, leading to a judge imposing a preliminary injunction in the case.
NCLA says Newsom and Democrats saw “the writing on the wall,” and moved to repeal the law.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been the subject of criticism from both sides of the aisle for his handling of the pandemic. (MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images)
“Governor Newsom and the state legislature saw the writing on the wall after Judge Shubb’s grant of a preliminary injunction in January,” said Jenin Younes, counsel at NCLA.
“Rather than suffer further humiliation in federal court, and implicitly conceding the unconstitutionality of AB 2098, the State of California has taken the unusual step of repealing a law that hasn’t even been in effect for a year,” said Younes, calling the repeal “a significant victory.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, while imposing strict social distancing and mask mandates statewide, was on multiple occasions caught violating his own rules. (AP Photo/José Luis Villegas, File)
Greg Dolin, a senior litigator at NCLA, said it was “sad that it took a full year and a federal court ruling to reaffirm a 250-year-old fundamental truth — in this country, ‘no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in… matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein.'”
NCLA said that the law violated the doctors’ First Amendment rights to free speech and their 14th Amendment rights to due process of law.
“It interfered with the ability of doctors and their patients to freely communicate, serving as a weapon to intimidate and punish doctors who dissented from mainstream views,” the group said.
According to NCLA, physicians and individuals on social media threatened several of the group’s clients with using AB 2098 to take their licenses away, which they claimed was evidence that the law’s insidious intent was always to silence doctors who depart from state orthodoxy on COVID-19.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom, accompanied by his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom and their children, delivers remarks after winning his second term in office in Sacramento, California, on Nov. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Newsom has been the subject of criticism from both sides of the aisle for his handling of the pandemic, which mounted to an unsuccessful bid to have him recalled.
Newsom, while imposing strict social distancing and mask mandates statewide, was on multiple occasions caught violating his own rules. In 2020, he was spotted at the French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley socializing with a large group of people from outside his household while not wearing a mask.
Last year, Newsom and other Democratic California leaders were spotted maskless at a San Francisco 49ers-Los Angeles Rams game despite the state’s universal indoor mask mandate.
A representative for Newsom did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.
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Offshore wind developer Ørsted has delayed its New Jersey Ocean Wind 1 project to 2026. Previously, the company had announced construction of the project would begin in October 2023. The delay was attributed to supply chain issues, higher interest rates, and a failure so far to garner enough tax credits from the federal government. For now, they are not walking away from all their U.S. projects but will reconsider long-term plans by the end of this year. Ørsted’s stock price has fallen 30% in 5 days. This is just the latest bad news for offshore win.
Ocean Wind 1 had one of the highest guaranteed prices among the 18 projects currently in the approval queue. The actual wholesale price guarantees for Ocean Wind 1 start at $98.10/MWh, rising 2% a year to $145.77. Over twenty years revenue will average $126.47/MWh according to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU). Ørsted is seeking higher guarantees from the BPU and an increase in federal Investment Tax Credits from 30% to 40%. Recognizing the potential financial problems, New Jersey’s largest public utility, Public Service Electric & Gas Company sold its 25% share of the project to Ørsted in January.
The company said it is “reconfiguring” Ocean Wind II in New Jersey, and its Skipjack Wind project off the coasts of Maryland and Delaware because they do not currently meet its projected financial standards. The Maryland Public Service Commission guaranteed Skipjack Wind $146.42/MWh average over twenty years and also gets to keep revenue from sales to the regional grid. Apparently, the higher guarantee is still not enough to meet the company’s financial goals. Ørsted is working to renegotiate guaranteed prices on two other projects, Sunrise Wind and Revolution Wind, that would need a 30% increase just to meet the current Ocean Wind 1 guaranteed price.
Meanwhile, projects off New York are asking for an average 48% increase in guaranteed prices that could add $880 billion a year to electric rates, or almost $18 billion over twenty years (see table below).
In North Carolina, the latest long-term energy plan from Duke Energy drops offshore wind entirely in favor of nuclear, solar, and onshore wind. Furthermore, Duke has committed to only close any existing power plants once replacements are in operation, an idea that other states should follow. Two new offshore wind lease areas in the Gulf of Mexico failed to attract a bid. Vineyard Wind off Nantucket has begun construction but faces three unresolved lawsuits.
Wind turbine manufacturers are faring no better. Siemens Gamesa has announced almost $5 billion in 2023 losses from warranty repairs for turbines much smaller than those planned in the US. The company also faces price pressure. The stock price has dropped 30% since June.
This is not the time for Delaware to be considering offshore wind.
Clearly, the industry is in disarray, facing rising costs, durability, and legal issues. An 800 MW project similar in size and the current guaranteed price to Skipjack 2 may raise Delaware residential electric prices by $400 to $545/yearand for businesses by the tens of thousands. A Monmouth University poll shows a major decrease in public support for offshore wind in New Jersey, falling from 84% to 54% with 40% opposed.
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NYC must reinstate 10 Dept. of Education employees fired for refusing COVID vaccine, judge rules.
(The Center Square) — A New York state judge has ruled that 10 New York City teachers who were fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine were wrongfully dismissed.
In the ruling, state Supreme Court Judge Ralph J. Porzio said the city’s denial of religious accommodations from getting vaccinated employees was “unlawful, arbitrary and capricious” and ordered the teachers to be reinstated with back pay.
“This court sees no rational basis for not allowing unvaccinated classroom teachers in amongst an admitted population of primarily unvaccinated students,” he wrote in the 22-page ruling.
During the pandemic, New York City imposed some of the strictest COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the country, enforcing rules for public and private sector workers.
More than 1,750 city workers were fired for refusing to get vaccinated, including 36 members of the New York City Police Department and more than 950 public school employees.
Several unions sued the city over the mandate, and last October, Porzio ruled that the city’s policy was enacted “illegally” and workers who were fired for refusing to comply must be “immediately reinstated” with back pay. The city appealed the judge’s ruling.