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GOP senators slam Biden, Democrats for high cost of Thanksgiving dinner

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Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)  is pictured. (Zach Gibson / AP)

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UPDATED 7:29 AM PT – Thursday, November 18, 2021

Republican senators from America’s heartland are blaming Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats for rising food inflation. According to experts, this Thanksgiving will be the most expensive ever and GOP lawmakers believe it’s all thanks to the failed policies of the current administration.

While appearing together, three Republican senators took aim at the tax and spending policies of Biden’s White House. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) slammed Democrats for harming the American economy by refusing to address key issues and work across the isle.

“I would argue many of the policies that are being done, the massive increase in spending, are actually adding to the problem,” said the Arkansas Republican. “It’s not the delivery truck driver’s fault and it’s not the store’s fault. The blame falls squarely on the White House and the Democratic leadership in this chamber and House for not addressing challenges we face today.”

Echoing those sentiments, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) warned Americans will pay more to eat on Thanksgiving than ever before and the Democrats are to blame.

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“This is going to be the most expensive Thanksgiving for American families in history,” he stated. “The turkey itself is going to be 18 percent higher than it was last year. Other costs — eggs, poultry, fish, meat — year over year have increased 11.9 percent.”

Thune said his constituents in South Dakota, like most Americas, are going to see their heating bill and other utilities sky rocket this winter. On tope of that, gas prices are at a seven-year high.

“If you’re heating your home or cooking your food, utilities in South Dakota tell us heating costs are going to be 50 to 100 percent higher than last year,” Thune continued. “I’ve been warning about this since last February when the Democrats were talking about passing their first massive tax and spend bill, and since that time we’ve seen the highest inflation rate in 31-years.”

Also joining in, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the American people are not only dealing with high inflation, they are also seeing their wages stagnate resulting in a silent tax.

“The fact of the matter is, no one’s wages are growing at that rate,” explained the Texas lawmaker. “And so what’s happening, effectively in purchasing power for people on limited income or fixed income, it’s a silent tax on those consumers.”

Meanwhile, a new survey found just around a third of Americans approve of Biden’s job performance. In the Quinnipiac University poll of adults released Thursday, 36 percent of respondents had a favorable view of how Biden is handling the job while 53 percent disapproved.

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Additionally, respondents did not approve of the Democrat’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the economy and foreign policy among other issues. The survey also notably found a majority of respondents believe Biden does not have good leadership skills and is dishonest.

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Gottlieb: Vaccines against specific COVID variants may not work with others

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 25: Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. Lawmakers on the committee threatened to subpoena information from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) regarding their delayed responses about drug distributors that poured in millions of pain pills into West Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Dr. Scott Gottlieb, then-commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing concerning federal efforts to combat the opioid crisis, October 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021

According to former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, variant-specific vaccines may not work against new variations of COVID. During an interview Sunday, he said there’s reason to believe developed vaccines won’t work well against the full component of different variants.

“While Omicron may become a threat in U.S., the absolute risk from it right now is very low,” Gottlieb noted. “Many people will still become infected by Delta and may find that delta natural immunity doesn’t protect well against Omicron.”

This comes as Omicron cases have reached at least 15 states in the U.S. and the CDC announced FDA officials are in talks of rushing to authorize a Omicron-specific vaccine.

“So, the question right now is whether or not this is re-infecting people who have Delta immunity and haven’t been vaccinated, or whether it’s going to also infect people who have who have been vaccinated,” Gottlieb stated. “There’s some reason to believe that vaccines could be more protective than just immunity acquired through natural infection from Delta. That’s going to be a critical question we need to figure out in the coming weeks because we have some important policy decisions that we need to make, depending on the answer.”

Meanwhile, CDC Director Rachelle Walensky said conversations remain ongoing and the number of probable Omicron cases will likely rise.

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EIA: Coal-fired power generation surges 22% in past year

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(Matthew Brown | AP File Photo) In this April 4, 2013 photo, a truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. The mine has been indefinitely shuttered by its new owners from the Navajo Nation in a dispute over whether it should be immune from some environmental regulations.

File – A truck carrying 250 tons of coal hauls the fuel to the surface of the Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. (Matthew Brown / AP File Photo)

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UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021

The share of coal in U.S. power-generation is rising for the first time since 2014 amid Joe Biden’s crackdown on oil drilling and pipelines.

The Energy Information Administration found coal-fired power generation has increased by 22 percent over the past year amid surging prices of natural gas and oil. The cost of coal power stands at nearly $2 per million of British Thermal Units. Meanwhile, natural gas costs almost $5 for the same amount of energy.

The coal comeback comes despite Biden’s calls to eradicate the use of fossil fuels and a Democrat push for electric cars, which end up being powered by coal-fired power plants.

“Whether you’re looking at natural gas on a global basis or you’re looking at coal a global basis, there’s no give in the system,” explained Dan Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit. “In a sense we are seeing a consequence on a global basis of a constrained investment going into the energy sector…and the replacements isn’t really there, so there is an imbalance between what the policies and directions are.”

Last year, coal accounted for some 20 percent of U.S. power generation, but its share is expected to go up in coming years due to a shortage of reliable sources of energy.

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Critics blame Los Angeles public safety issues on liberal groups

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This undated image released by the California Attorney General's Office shows stolen items from Bay Area retailers, recovered in a warehouse in Concord, Calif., where a search warrant was executed by California law enforcement authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Spurred by a recent run of large-scale smash-and-grab robberies, prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California's governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat retail theft in the wake of a voter-approved easing of related laws. (California Attorney General's Office via AP)

This undated image released by the California Attorney General’s Office shows stolen items from Bay Area retailers, recovered in a warehouse in Concord, Calif., where a search warrant was executed by California law enforcement authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Spurred by a recent run of large-scale smash-and-grab robberies, prosecutors and retailers are pushing back on assertions by California’s governor and attorney general that they have enough tools to combat retail theft in the wake of a voter-approved easing of related laws. (California Attorney General’s Office via AP)

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UPDATED 9:06 AM PT – Monday, December 6, 2021

Liberal lawmakers and activists are facing criticism over the rise of crime in Los Angeles. Current and retired police officers are writing op-eds and speaking to media about their frustration over Proposition 47 and justice reforms in the city.

The officers suggested the spike in smash-and-grab robberies and the murder of Jacqueline Avant could have been potentially prevented if lax sentencing was addressed. Many have pointed to the wrap sheet of the suspect in Avant’s murder as evidence that violent crimes should carry longer sentences.

Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom has defended Proposition 47. He even blamed police and prosecutors by saying the threat of arrest is deterrent enough.

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“It seems to me that there is deterrence when people are arrested for breaking the law and are prosecuted, so we needs arrests and we need prosecutions,” he stated. “We need people held to account. No one condones that behavior, quite the contrary.”

Dozens of law enforcement officers have asked for help, saying criminals are being released on little to no bail and are often times re-offending.

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