Crosstalk: May 3, 2021

 

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We are living in perilous times as much of the news shows us.  Here’s a sample from this week’s ‘Round-Up’ broadcast:

–Speaking for just over an hour, President Biden delivered his first address before a joint session of Congress this week, downsized due to COVID-19.

–President Biden is calling for another 1.8 trillion in federal spending for his New American Families Plan along with tax increases to help pay for it.  This is coupled with the 2.3 trillion infrastructure spending plan from earlier this month.  He’s also seeking to spend 4.1 trillion on top of the 1.9 trillion from the COVID relief bill.  That’s 6 trillion total dollars. 

–In his Republican response to President Biden’s speech, Senator Tim Scott rejected the president’s massive spending proposals that would grow government and  make Americans more dependent upon Washington.

–The president of the activist, pro-LGBTQ Human Rights Campaign is proud of the work that the Biden administration has done in its first 100 days in office.

–President Biden has used his pen to sign more executive orders than any other president since FDR during his first 100 days in office. 

–The Justice Department reportedly had a contingency plan to arrest former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at the Minneapolis courthouse and charge him with civil rights violations if he had been found not guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd or if the case ended in a mistrial.

–Nikki Haley, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., called former Secretary of State John Kerry disgusting, believing that he should by yanked off the National Security Council, for revealing information to Iran concerning military operations that had been conducted by Israel.

–The CDC has reported that 7,157 people who were declared to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, still got the virus.

–An Israeli Health Ministry report has raised concerns among experts about a possible link between Pfizer and BioNtech’s COVID vaccine and myocarditis. 

–20 of 26 COVID positive residents in a Kentucky nursing home outbreak were fully vaccinated just a month earlier. 

–Several governors complained this week that President Joe Biden has been absent from calls with state leaders about the efforts to battle COVID-19, leaving scandal-ridden New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in charge instead.

–An Oregon High School track and field coach has brought up serious concerns about the state mask mandate after one of his runners collapsed at the finish line. 

–More than 50 universities around the nation have announced they will require students to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend in-person classes or on-campus activities this fall.

–ABC News says that Chicago is planning to roll out a “Vax-Pass” next month that vaccinated residents can use to attend events like summer concerts.

–The European Union will reopen its borders to American tourists this summer but  visitors will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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