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for the week ending 21 May 2023

New Bill Would Make Assaulting
Law Enforcement Officers A Deportable Offense

(The Center Square) A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would make assaulting law enforcement officers and others a deportable offense.

U.S. Sen. Ted Budd, R-NC, on Thursday introduced the Protect Our Law Enforcement with Immigration Control and Enforcement (POLICE) Act. The bill would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to add a provision stating, "any alien who has been convicted of, who admits having committed, or who admits committing acts constituting the essential elements of, and offense involving the assault of a law enforcement officer is deportable."

The law would apply to those who assault law enforcement officers, firefighters and first responders.

Current law doesn't cover all assaults against law enforcement, meaning some foreign nationals "can remain in the country even after committing this reprehensible crime," Budd said.
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New Indiana Law Adds Identity Requirements
For Mail-In Voting

(The Center Square) A new Indiana law will bring absentee voting requirements in line with the standards for in-person voting.

Under House Bill 1334, Hoosiers wanting to vote by mail must include proof of identification when they request a ballot. According to a release from the bill's author, state Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, an applicant can submit the last four digits of the Social Security number and another number, such as their driver's license or state-issued identification card. Voters can also submit a scan of their license or ID card.

Previously, Hoosiers only needed to sign absentee ballots, with county elections officials checking those signatures with ones on file to determine if they matched.

According to the America First Policy Institute, more than 66,000 mail-in ballots were rejected in the 2018 general election by officials across the country because of signature verification issues. The organization said many people often have more than one signature, which can lead to confusion.
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 Congress Launches Bipartisan Effort To Keep
AM Radios In Cars In The Electric Vehicle Era

(Just the News) Bipartisan legislation is being introduced in the House and Senate to keep AM radio from being removed from electric vehicles amid concerns the electric motors interfere with its frequency.

The AM for Every Vehicle Act has the support of Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Rep. Tom Kean, Jr. (R-N.J.), Rob Menendez (D-N.J.), Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.). In the Senate, Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex).

The legislation would "direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a rule that requires automakers to maintain AM broadcast radio in their vehicles without a separate or additional payment, fee, or surcharge," according to Gottheimer's office.

"The importance of AM radio during large-scale emergencies cannot be underestimated, and it has, without a doubt and without interruption, saved lives and kept our communities informed," he said.
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Consumers Creeped Out By Target's
'Tuck-Friendly' Women's Swimwear: 'Shopping Elsewhere'

(Fox News) Some consumers are condemning Target for selling women's style swimsuits that advertise "tuck-friendly construction" to hide male genitalia.

While Bud Light made headlines recently for a marketing gimmick with a transgender activist, Target has a history of being at the forefront of woke identity politics. The retailer sparked a boycott in 2016 after it posted a public statement declaring that "transgender team members and guests" are permitted "to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."

Target has had June Pride Month displays with rainbow and LGBTQ+ messaging for years, but the addition of female-style swimsuits that can be used to "tuck" male genitalia has outraged many online. The products, which can be found in a special pride section in stores, are also labeled as "Thoughtfully fit on multiple body types and gender expressions." 
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NY Brothers Allegedly Trafficked Catalytic Converters, Stripped The Precious Metals And Made Millions

(Fox News) Two Nassau County, New York, brothers and a co-conspirator were arrested and charged in an 81-count indictment on Friday alleging they engaged in a black-market catalytic converter trafficking operation that at one point netted the brothers $170 million from a single refinery.

Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly made the announcement last week, alleging that between 2021 and 2022, Alan and Andrew Pawelsky trafficked stolen catalytic converters from states as far as California, extracted precious metals from inside and sent those metals to refineries to be paid.

The Pawelsky brothers were arraigned in front of Judge Helen Gugerty on first- and second-degree money laundering, second- third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen propert and fourth-degree conspiracy.

Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges and bail was set at $50,000 cash, $100 bond, and $500,000 partially secured bond.
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Couple Arrested After 10-Year-Old Son,
Weighing 36 Pounds, Found Searching For Food

(Fox News) A Georgia couple has been arrested after their 10-year-old child, who weighed only 36 pounds, was found walking in their neighborhood toward a grocery store in search of food, reports say.

Tyler and Krista Schindley remain held in the Spalding County Jail on Wednesday after a judge denied bond at a hearing earlier in the week. On Friday, after police responded to a 911 call in Griffin, the couple's son told officers he was hungry and walking to a nearby Kroger to buy food and asked to "please not make him go back," WANF reports.

"As a mother, I can't comprehend it. As a human being, it breaks your heart," Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Marie Broder said Tuesday at a press conference, according to Fox5 Atlanta.

"We aren't releasing any photos of this child for obvious reasons, but I will tell you, the photos are absolutely horrible, and anybody with a human heart who looks at them should be shaken to their core," she added.
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Arizona Mother, Boyfriend Allegedly Beat
2-Year-Old Boy To Death

(Fox News) An Arizona woman and her boyfriend are accused of killing the woman's 2-year-old son after he was found beaten to death, police said.

Leilah Lopez, 20, and Johnny Brazell II, 20, were charged with first-degree murder and child abuse after the discovery.

Glendale Police Department officials responded to their residence on Tuesday after receiving a call from Brazell about a child not breathing. Brazell, who claimed to be the boy's stepfather, alleged that a dog attacked the boy and caused a gash on his head.

When officers arrived, they found numerous bruises across the boy's body, including swollen and bruised eyes, a bruised head and skull fractures. The boy also had no pulse.

"These injuries were determined to be consistent with child abuse," the Glendale Police Department said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital.
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 Archie Comics To Transform Classic Character Into A Transgender Woman, Making The Series 'More Queer'

(Fox News) A character in the Archie Comics universe is getting a transgender rebrand as part of an effort to make the series "a little bit more queer."

In the new series starring "Strange Science" character Danni Malloy, who was known as the love interest to main character Dilton Doiley and sidekick Jinx Holliday, will be now be a transgender woman in a new comic.

Publisher Archie Comics announced on May 15th that Malloy would be making an appearance in its Chilling Adventures anthology, according to a Gizmodo's io9 report. The series is written by trans comic writer Magdalene Visaggio and illustrated by artist Butch Mapa.

Visaggio told the outlet that she has been wanting "to make this happen for a long time," thanking publisher, Archie, for never pushing back on her plans to make their books "a little bit more queer."
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Michelle Obama's Juice Brand Fails Her Own Health Standards, Experts Reveal

(Fox News) Former First Lady Michelle Obama's touted health drink Plezi would fail the health standards set by the Obama administration, a new Bloomberg report found.

After discussing with 12 independent health professionals and organizations, the news organization found that Plezi's current flavors released earlier this month would not meet the requirements to be served at elementary and middle schools.

"Under the Obama-era school-meal regulations currently under review, US elementary and middle schools may only serve water, milk, or 100% fruit or vegetable juice with no added sweeteners (the regulations do permit schools to dilute juices with water) and none of Plezi's four current flavors meet these criteria," the article read.

According to experts, there was concern over the "non-nutritive sweeteners" in the drink such as stevia leaf and monk-fruit extracts that could still be considered unhealthy. The World Health Organization previously published its own report on Monday advising against the use of sweeteners like stevia to control body weight.
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Contaminated Eye Drops Outbreak
Climbs To 81 Cases, 4 Deaths

(HealthWatch) The outbreak of extensively drug-resistant bacteria linked to eye drops recalled earlier this year is continuing to grow, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, with 81 cases and four deaths now reported across 18 states.

The figures published Friday by the agency mark the first increase in deaths since March, when the CDC tallied three dead. Thirteen more patients have also since been confirmed, though around half of them were actually from specimens gathered before the February recall of eye drops.

"These cases were confirmed after the recall date due to the time it takes for testing to confirm the outbreak strain and because of retrospective reporting of infections," the CDC said.

For months, the Food and Drug Administration has urged Americans to stop using two brands of eye drops suspected by investigators to be linked to the outbreak: Delsam Pharma and EzriCare.
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