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    National Review

    House Republicans Call on Attorney General Barr to Investigate Recent Spike in Anti-Catholic Hate Crimes

    A group of House Republicans led by Representative Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on Friday called on attorney general William Barr to investigate a recent rise in anti-Catholic hate crimes.There have been 70 instances of anti-Catholic violence in North America this year — with 57 crimes being reported since May alone — according to a letter sent to the attorney general by Banks and 15 other House Republicans.By contrast, in all of 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, the FBI reported 53 incidents of anti-Catholic hate crimes in the U.S.“Bigoted criminals are threatening Catholics and undermining America's core ideal of religious liberty,” Banks said in a statement. “The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division exists to combat spikes in targeted violence. It needs to fulfill its duty, determine who is behind this pattern of attacks and bring them to justice.”Beginning in early July, reports of “horrific and brutal attacks on Catholic and Church properties” spiked, the letter says, including in Boston where a statue of the Virgin Mary at Saint Peters Parish Church was set ablaze. One day earlier, the letter says, a man in Florida allegedly drove a van into a church with parishioners inside before spilling gasoline in the church’s foyer and attempting to set it on fire.That same day, San Gabriel Mission in California was burned down. The letter calls the issue “ongoing,” citing an incident in September where a man was videotaped toppling an Our Lady of Guadalupe statue in Coney Island, N.Y.“As in any other instance of a rapid spike in hate crimes targeted at a specific group, the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division has an obligation to investigate the perpetrators of this violence and any organizational or ideological connections between them,” the letter states.“Crimes like these aren't just targeted at individuals and their property; they are targeted at American society as a whole,” it continues. “They are motivated by a destructive impulse to harm property and persons, but also the equally warped desire to undermine America's constitutionally guaranteed rights and social trust within our communities.”The Republicans' call to investigate concludes in saying the attacks threaten the physical safety of Catholics as well as the integrity of the American system, and saying the Department of Justice has an obligation to uphold both. The letter was co-signed by Representatives Andy Harris (R., Md.), Greg Steube (R., Fl.), Ted Yoho (R., Fl.), Jackie Walorski (R., Ind.), Doug Collins (R., Ga.), Jeff Duncan (R., S.C.), Rick Allen (R., Ga.), Pete Olson (R., Texas), Glenn Grothman (R., Wisc.), Chuck Fleischmann (R., Tenn.), Ron Wright (R., Texas), Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.), Mike Kelly (R., Pa.), Ken Buck (R., Colo.), and Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas).

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    USA TODAY

    Many suburban women in Michigan have message for Trump: We want security, not chaos

    Michigan's suburbs may be a key voice in deciding the next president. For many suburban women, President Trump is not the answer.

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    Rumble

    Russian scientist claims team battled creature under Antarctic ice

    A defecting Russian scientist has surfaced with a mind-bending account of what REALLY occurred when he and his colleagues went missing for five days in a mysterious lake 12,366 feet beneath the Antarctic ice. ​ Dr. Anton Padalka told authorities in Switzerland that the researchers discovered a bizarre and deadly life form dubbed Organism 46-B – a highly intelligent octopus-like creature that claimed the lives of three of the team members.

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    Khloé Kardashian looks 'so different' wearing $130 Good American leggings in latest Instagram snaps

    This isn't the first time the reality star has come under fire for allegedly altering her appearance online.

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    National Review

    Doug Collins to Introduce Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting Adding Justices to Supreme Court

    Representative Doug Collins is preparing to introduce a constitutional amendment to block potential attempts to add justices to the Supreme Court as some Democrats eye adding seats should President Trump's upcoming nominee be confirmed.The amendment would block "court packing," or adding justices to the Supreme Court, for 10 years after any bill is passed to enlarge the court, a measure Collins said aims to "take the political emotion of the moment out of the way."“The proposed amendment—really, it should be a bipartisan issue," the Georgia Republican said. "We should not have decisions like packing the court to be based on emotional or political decisions.""The reason we did it is because it seems like the Democrats, every time they don’t get what they want, they want to change the rules," Collins added.Several Democrats have suggested or said directly that they are open to adding justices to the Court should President Trump's proposed nominee to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg be confirmed.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that "nothing is off the table" if Democrats gain control of the Senate, and Senator Ed Markey called directly for abolishing the filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court. House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler said that if Senate Republicans confirm a justice before a new Senate and president take office "then the incoming Senate should immediately move to expand the Supreme Court."Meanwhile, House Democrats are planning to introduce a bill next week that would limit the terms of Supreme Court justices to 18 years instead of their current lifetime tenure.“It would save the country a lot of agony and help lower the temperature over fights for the court that go to the fault lines of cultural issues and is one of the primary things tearing at our social fabric,” said Representative Ro Khanna, the Democratic bill's lead sponsor.

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    Eat This, Not That!

    I'm a Doctor and Here are Signs You've Already Had COVID

    There have been over 31 million cases of COVID-19 in the world, with almost 1 million deaths. Chances are, a lot of people we know have had the coronavirus infection. And many people we know are wondering if that flu-like symptom they had this year was actually COVID. But how can you tell?  As a doctor, I know there are silent signs that indicate a person may have been infected with COVID-19. The bottom line is that only an antibody test can tell you for sure—or a COVID test if you're ill now—but since even those aren't 100%, read on for other clues. And to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.1 You Got SickIf you were sick with a flu-like syndrome or had a strange diarrhea case or unexplained cough, you might have had COVID-19. Widespread testing isn't standard across counties, cities, and states, and many people have trouble getting testing access. 2 You Had a FeverIf you had a fever that could not be linked to other causes, it is possible that it could have been COVID-19. There are many reports that people with COVID experience fever. If you did not get tested for the flu or COVID, this could have been it. RELATED: COVID Mistakes You Should Never Make3 You Could Not Smell Things and Lost the Sense of TasteOver 60 percent of people with COVID-19 have said to have lost the smell or taste. And The CDC lists this loss of taste and smell as a possible COVID-19 symptom. This loss of smell appears more commonly with COVID-19 than other respiratory viruses, but keep in mind that other viruses can cause these same symptoms, like allergies. A COVID antibody test could be useful.4 Someone You Know Had COVIDIf someone in your house had COVID, you were likely exposed. If you met someone at a park or in an outdoor area, you could still have had contact the virus. It is important that if you were around people that had confirmed cases, to advise everyone you have in-person contact with that you have been exposed. RELATED: I'm an Infectious Disease Doctor and Would Never Touch This5 Your Kid Got SickChildren in general have been sick with COVID-19 less when compared to adults, but children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. And they can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to people around them. Even if they do not show symptoms.  The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and hospitals are investigating a rare and serious medical condition associated with COVID-19 in children called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). It isn't clear yet what triggers the MIS-C but if you have children that got sick during this pandemic, it is possible you were exposed to the novel coronavirus. 6 You Had a CoughIf you experienced a hacking cough for days that could not be explained by allergies, pollen or the wildfires, it could have been COVID.  There is a lot of overlap with the common cold, the flu and the mild version of the coronavirus symptoms, and the flu test and COVID test both play an important role in case you have a cough.While we wait for the COVID vaccine, get a flu shot! Get it today! And keep yourself and others free from COVID-19, no matter where you live, wear a mask, avoid crowds, wash your hands and don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.

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