Jack Phillips

Washington DC Police Chief: City Is ‘Coddling’ Criminals After Latest Shooting

Washington D.C.’s chief of police said the city’s criminal justice system is too lenient on criminals and is now contributing to a recent spike in crime that included a shooting near the popular Logan Circle this week. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee told reporters that courts are “barely open” and cannot process violent offenders, […]

House Freedom Caucus Calls on McCarthy Try to Remove Pelosi as Speaker

The conservative House Freedom Caucus called on Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to attempt to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) from her speaker position in what appears to be a longshot bid. The caucus sent a letter to McCarthy on Friday to set up a privileged motion to oust Pelosi on July 31. Since Democrats—and […]

Biden’s DHS to Cancel Texas Sector’s Border Wall Contracts

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Friday it canceled two contracts to construct 31 miles of border wall in the Laredo, Texas, immigration sector along the U.S.-Mexico border. Homeland Security claimed that the two canceled border barrier contracts “are not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements.” The funding for […]

Federal Court Rules CDC’s COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Is Unlawful

A federal court on Friday ruled that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) overstepped its authority by halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cincinnati-based U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously agreed (pdf) with a lower court ruling that said the CDC engaged in federal overreach with the eviction moratorium, which […]

Texas AG Paxton Says He Endorses Election Audit in Texas

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he endorses an audit of the state’s 2020 election results, coming days after a state representative introduced a bill that would carry out an election review of Texas’s 13 most populous counties. “I don’t know why we wouldn’t want to give people confidence in our elections, and give them […]

Cleveland Indians Change Team Name to the ‘Guardians’

The Cleveland Indians will now be called the Cleveland “Guardians” after making an announcement in a video posted on Twitter. The name change won’t go into effect right away but will be effective at the end of the 2021 season. The George Floyd-triggered protests, riots, and social unrest spurred the team’s owner, Paul Dolan, to […]

Mississippi Asks Supreme Court to Overturn Roe v. Wade in Abortion Case

Mississippi’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to overturn the landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade and argued that the practice shouldn’t be considered a constitutional right. “The conclusion that abortion is a constitutional right has no basis in text, structure, history, or tradition,” Attorney General Lynn Fitch, a Republican, told the […]

DeSantis Rejects Federal Mask Mandates for Children: ‘Not Doing That in Florida’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida won’t implement mask mandates on public school children amid the COVID-19 pandemic, coming after federal health officials have suggested that unvaccinated kids and school staff should wear masks while in class. “There’s been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids,” DeSantis said […]

House Democrats Block Bipartisan Bill Declassifying COVID-19 Origins

House Democrats blocked consideration of legislation that would require the U.S. Director of National Intelligence to declassify information and data related to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and that namely targeted what role the Wuhan Institute of Virology played in the outbreak. In May, the Senate Republican-backed COVID-19 Origin Act was passed unanimously in the […]

‘Just the Beginning’: Biden Administration Sanctions Cuban Communist Regime After Protests

The United States on Thursday sanctioned key Cuban Communist Party officials for human rights abuses following widespread protests across the island nation. President Joe Biden said in a statement that the administration’s actions against a top-level Cuban official and a paramilitary organization known as Boinas Negras are “just the beginning” and the United States “will continue […]

One of the World’s Strictest COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Mandates Announced in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced possibly the strictest COVID-19-related restrictions in the world and will ban unvaccinated individuals from nearly all public spaces. The Saudi Kingdom’s Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs announced this week that starting Aug. 1, unvaccinated people cannot enter malls, shopping areas, markets, and retail stores. Individuals will also have to show proof of vaccination […]