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 Florida Man With Antifa Gear Allegedly Targets
January 6 Rally, Police Find Explosives At Home


(Fox News) — A Florida man was arrested after running away from a protest in support of a Jan. 6 rioter, and was found with a pipe explosive device in his backpack, police said.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a Friday press conference that Garrett Smith, 22, was seen running away from a crowd of 85 protesters who were gathering in support of Jeremy Brown on Thursday, claiming that he is a "political prisoner."

Smith was arrested by police shortly after 7:30 p.m., and police searched his backpack and found a pipe explosive device, along with a "Direct Action Checklist," which lists what clothing he wore, along with "gear," including a "gas mask and filters, pepper spray, smoke rockets and flammable rags," according to Gualtieri.

The helmet that Smith was allegedly wearing contains the "iron front" logo, which has been used by Antifa groups.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office bomb squad determined that the explosive device was active, and cleared the area of the protest.
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Trump Approval Higher Than When He Left Office,
Now 85% Among GOP, 52% Overall: Poll

(JustTheNews) — More than half of voters currently view former President Donald Trump favorably, a slight increase from when he left the Oval Office, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.

On Jan. 20, 2021, Trump's Rasmussen approval rating was 51%, and his approval rating with Republicans was 84%. In a Rasmussen survey Jan. 4-5 of 1,000 likely U.S. voters, his approval went up slightly; 52% said they view the former president favorably, including 85% of Republicans.

In the most recent poll, more than one in five Democrats (23%) and more than half of independents (51%) view the 45th president favorably, The Washington Examiner reports. One in three of all American voters have a "very favorable" view of Trump, but more people have a "very unfavorable" view of him at 38%.

The latest ratings come as another Rasmussen survey published Thursday found that 28% of likely U.S. voters believe President Joe Biden will be reelected and 21% think he is likely to resign before 2024. If this happens, Vice President Kamala Harris will be elevated to the Oval Office, but her approval rating is at 40%, about three points lower than Biden's, FiveThirtyEight reports.
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Taliban Ban Barbers From Shaving, Trimming Beards In Afghanistan, Say It Is Not Islamic

(Sahara Reporters) — Taliban ruling in Afghanistan has issued a decree that prevents barbershops from shaving or trimming beards for men, adding that such deeds are forbidden in Islam.

This is coming days after the Afghanistan's Taliban rulers imposed travel restrictions on women.

Voice of America has received a copy of the instructions that the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice issued this week.

A Taliban official shared the original order in the Pashto language; however, its authenticity has not been publicly confirmed by senior leadership.

When contacted by VOA, Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, did not dispute the order’s authenticity but said he was still “trying to get information” about the decree.
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DNC Staffers Unionize With
'Overwhelming Majority' Voting In Favor


(Fox Business) — The staff at the Democratic National Committee is now unionized with an "overwhelming majority" voting in favor of organizing in a move being celebrated by both the DNC and the Republican National Committee.

"We did it!" the DNC staff union tweeted on Tuesday. "As of this morning, @DNC staff is officially union. An independent count by a neutral observer has confirmed that we won with an overwhelming majority of DNC staff signing cards in favor of joining @SEIULocal500."

According to Insider, which first reported the news, 67% of eligible DNC staff signed union cards in favor of joining the Service Employees International Union Local 500. The outlet called the move "perhaps the most significant organizing effort in politics yet."

The DNC said in an announcement that SEIU Local 500 is "the fastest growing union in greater Washington, D.C.," and that it "already represents employees of several progressive non-profits" in the area.
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'Jeopardy!' Champion Amy Schneider
Robbed At Gunpoint In Oakland: 'I'm Fine'

(LA Times) — Reigning "Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider was recently robbed in Oakland, where she lives.

The 42-year-old engineering manager tweeted Monday that she was OK after her ID, credit cards and phone were stolen. When asked about Schneider's tweet, Oakland police confirmed Wednesday that two individuals – one wielding a firearm – approached a victim Sunday around 3:30 p.m. in the 200 block of Lenox Avenue. They demanded the victim's property before running off with the victim's personal belongings.

The Oakland Police Department, which is investigating the incident, would not identify the victim but said no arrests have been made and encouraged anyone with knowledge of the theft to contact its robbery investigation team at (510) 238-3326.

"Hi all!" Schneider tweeted Monday. "So, first off: I'm fine. But I got robbed yesterday ... I then couldn't really sleep last night, and have been dragging myself around all day trying to replace everything."
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Virginia Rep. Spanberger Wants Full Probe By Fellow Dem Gov Northam On 'egregious' Interstate Backup

(JustTheNews) — Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger is calling for a full investigation into how commonwealth officials handled the 48-mile backup this week on Interstate-95, which left some motorists stranded overnight.

In a letter sent Wednesday to fellow Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam and incoming GOP Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Spanberger expressed "grave concerns over the immense and egregious delays along Interstate 95" and asked both administrations to conduct a full-scale investigation.

The late-developing, fast-moving storm dumped about 10 inches of snow Monday on the Mid-Atlantic region and resulted in slick roads along much of the East Coast. The interstate backup in Virginia quickly became as long as 48 miles.

Spanberger, who represents a swing district that she has won twice but will again be hotly contested in 2022, encouraged the current and incoming administrations to launch an "After Action Report detailing the events, decisions, factors, and challenged leading up to and following the storm, with a full accounting of what went wrong and what went right."
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 NASCAR Takes An Official Stance On 'Let's Go Brandon'
By Blocking Driver's Sponsorship

(Western Journal) — NASCAR has rejected a proposed sponsorship of driver Brandon Brown because it is based upon the popular "Let's go Brandon" chant deriding Joe Biden's presidency.

Brown was inadvertently catapulted to fame in October when, while being interviewed after his first career win in NASCAR's Xfinity Series, fans in the stands behind him began to chant "F*** Joe Biden."

When the NBC reporter interviewing him told the world they were chanting "Let's go Brandon," a slogan was born that coupled politics with defiance of those who have tried to stamp out the phrase.

Brown capitalized on the craze by announcing a sponsorship deal with the cryptocurrency LGBcoin on Dec. 30.
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Teen Burger King Cashier Shot And Killed
During Robbery In Manhattan

(Fox News) — A Burger King cashier was fatally shot during a robbery at a Burger King in Harlem early Sunday morning.

NYPD reported to the scene in response to calls that shots were fired inside the fast food restaurant's 24-hour branch of the NYC borough.

When officers arrived, they found the wounded, 19-year-old victim, reportedly identified as Kristal Bayron-Nieves.  She was rushed to Metropolitan hospital by EMS where she was later pronounced dead.

Authorities believe that the suspect went into the Burger King and demanded money upon his arrival. During the robbery, he shot the victim before fleeing the Burger King with an unknown amount of money. Police continue to investigate the incident as the suspect remains at large.
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Oklahoma Driver Who Killed 4 From California In DUI Crash Gets 4 Concurrent 30-Year Sentences

(Fox News) — An Oklahoma driver whose wrong-way, DUI crash in 2020 led to the deaths of four members of a California family, was sentenced Saturday to four 30-years-to-life sentences that she will serve concurrently, according to authorities.

Ashley Louise Ricks, 34, pleaded guilty last month to four counts of first-degree manslaughter after her charges were reduced from second-degree murder, FOX 25 of Oklahoma City reported.

Ricks was driving on Interstate 40 in the wrong direction near El Reno, Oklahoma, just after midnight Oct. 17, 2020, when she crashed head-on into another car. She was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

The victims' car careened into a ditch, overturned and burst into flames, leaving all four passengers – a grandmother, mother and two children – trapped inside, FOX 25 reported. All four died.
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Abandoned Blind Horse Found Near Death
In SoCal, Saved By Animal Services


(Epoch Times) — A blind abandoned horse, found in horrific condition, was rescued and placed in good hands, thanks to animal services and concerned locals.

The horse was discovered in a sorry state in an unincorporated area east of Lake Elsinore, California, by members of the equestrian community, who called the County Department of Animal Services on June 4.

Animal control officer Adam Haisten responded to the call and attended to the near-starving mare. "I found a Home Depot bucket nearby and filled it with water and she drank at least two gallons," said Haisten, Patch reported.
 
“In addition to her severe condition, the horse also had a large wound to the neck that appeared to still be in a healing stage.”

The horse, guessed to be 18–20 years old, was rated a “two” on a scale used by equine experts to assess an animal’s health; in plain terms, she was in dire straits.
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