House Democrats Have Slim Margin After Julia Letlow Joins Congress

House Democrats are holding on to a slim majority after Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA) was sworn in Wednesday morning.

Letlow joins the House in the seat originally won by her late husband, Luke Letlow, who died in December 2020 from the coronavirus days before he was set to be sworn in.

Julia Letlow won a special election for her late husband’s seat in March.

With Letlow’s addition to Congress, Republicans now have 212 seats in Congress while Democrats have 218.

Since tie votes mean a failure to move forward with House legislation, Democrats cannot lose more than two of their party’s votes to pass legislation if Republicans fully oppose it.

The slim margin of error could hinder Democrats from passing far-left bills moderates in the party may not throw their weight behind.

Their margin may not be as slim as projected, however, as Democrats are projected to win two out of the three House special elections in the next two months.

Another special election scheduled to take place April 24 in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District has two Democrat candidates facing off in a runoff election in a solidly blue district.

The race will fill former Rep. Cedric Richmond’s (D-LA) seat. Richmond resigned to join the Biden administration.

On May 1, there will also be a special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Ronald Wright (R-TX) in Texas’s 6th Congressional District. Wright died from complications stemming from the coronavirus.

A month later, there will be another special election in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, which leans Democrat. The race would be to fill the seat of former Rep. Debra Haaland (D-NM), who was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.

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Mom Accused of Killing 3 Kids Once Blogged About Bad Teen Moms

A mother, who was recently accused of fatally stabbing her three kids to death and then carjacking a vehicle to escape, once blogged about the stars of Teen Mom being bad mothers to their children.

The grandmother of the three children — a three-year-old, a two-year-old, and a six-month-old — discovered them stabbed to death inside a Reseda, California, apartment, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department pronounced all three children dead at the scene.

Several hours later, the mother of the children was arrested as the main person of interest in the case after she allegedly carjacked a vehicle and drove more than four hours away.

Liliana Carrillo, 30, was arrested in Tulare County in Central California after she allegedly led the police on a chase in a carjacked Toyota pickup truck from Bakersfield, KABC reported.

No motive has been determined for the killings yet.

Before Carrillo was considered the sole suspect in a triple-homicide case, she had her own blog called “Blogging for Good” where she trashed the moms who appeared on the MTV show Teen Mom 2.

In one entry from May 10, 2013, she said she was completely “irritated with the women on the show… and the show itself.”

“For heaven’s sake, the girls physically and emotionally abuse their partners, and then victimize themselves. They allow their partners to do the same in return. They are involved in heavy drugs, cannot escape them, and then cry about how they can’t access their child … I mean really??” Carrillo wrote in the entry.

“All of these mothers that have been presented have in my opinion, and forgive me if this offends anyone but it is my opinion and I hold strongly to it, just idiot after idiot. I do not feel pity for them. They are digging themselves into their own holes and are too stubborn to leave the negative behind and move forward,” the entry continued.

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Steve Scalise Shares Footage of ‘Child Abuse’ from Migrant Facility

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) shared footage of hundreds of migrant children being packed together in a processing facility, calling it “child abuse.”

Scalise shared images of the children being packed together in a room on the floor of a see-through pen with only Mylar blankets covering them.

“These are the videos Joe Biden & Kamala Harris don’t want you to see. This is the devastating result of their disastrous left-wing immigration agenda,” Scalise tweeted. “RT so everyone can see what they’re trying to hide. This is child abuse.”

Scalise led a group of ten lawmakers who conducted a ten-day tour of the border region.

During their visit, they saw an overcrowded migrant processing tent facility, visited the border wall, and met with Border Patrol leaders. Their visit ended with a boat tour on the Rio Grande near Mission, Texas, WJTV reported.

Scalise also shared another video of himself at the border at night, slamming President Joe Biden’s “disastrous amnesty agenda.”

“We’ve only been here less than an hour, and we’ve already seen multiple encounters of people coming across,” Scalise said in the video he tweeted, referring to the illegal aliens who crossed into the U.S. and were apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol.

“This is the reality of Joe Biden’s disastrous amnesty agenda,” Scalise tweeted in the caption.

Biden recently named Vice President Kamala Harris the “border czar” after Roberta Jacobson said she was stepping down from her post in April. Since then, Harris has come under fire for taking trips to places such as Chicago while ignoring the crisis at the border.

The White House has defended her trips, saying that Harris was focusing on solving the causes of migration from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador instead of focusing directly on the U.S. Southern border.

Scalise responded to Harris’s evasion of the Southern border on Fox & Friends on Thursday.

“You can see why Vice President Kamala Harris either doesn’t want to have this dumped in our lap because Joe Biden created the mess and is asking her to mop it up, or else she’s in over her head. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for the United States,” Scalise said.

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California Must Allow In-Home Religious Gatherings

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision late Friday that California must lift its coronavirus pandemic restrictions on in-home religious gatherings and prayer meetings.

The petitioners are a pastor and group of worshipers who hold services in their home because of coronavirus restrictions. They asked for an injunction reversing the lower federal courts and blocking California Gov. Gavin Newsom while this case is on appeal.

Earlier in 2020, faith leaders protested Newsom’s lockdowns on indoor worship. Later in the year, Newsom ignored a Supreme Court order and doubled down on his lockdowns regarding indoor religious gatherings.

The lower courts, including the Ninth Circuit, ruled against these home-church worshipers. According to the court majority, this is “the fifth time the Court has summarily rejected the Ninth Circuit’s analysis of California’s coronavirus restrictions on religious exercise.”

In an order from the court, the five conservative justices on the court voted to grant the injunction. Chief Justice John Roberts sided with the three liberals on the court to deny the injunction sought by the church.

In this opinion, no single justice is credited as the author, so it is a per curiam opinion.

The court majority explained its ruling under the following terms:

First, government regulations are not neutral and generally applicable, and therefore trigger strict scrutiny under the Free Exercise Clause, whenever they treat any comparable secular activity more favorably than religious exercise.

It is no answer that a State treats some comparable secular businesses or other activities as poorly as or even less favorably than the religious exercise at issue.

Second, whether two activities are comparable for purposes of the Free Exercise Clause must be judged against the asserted government interest that justifies the regulation at issue.

Comparability is concerned with the risks various activities pose, not the reasons why people gather.

Where the government permits other activities to proceed with precautions, it must show that the religious exercise at issue is more dangerous than those activities even when the same precautions are applied. Otherwise, precautions that suffice for other activities suffice for religious exercise too.

California treats some comparable secular activities more favorably than at-home religious exercise, permitting hair salons, retail stores, personal care services, movie theaters, private suites at sporting events and concerts, and indoor restaurants to bring together more than three households at a time.

The State cannot assume the worst when people go to worship but assume the best when people go to work.

The application is Tandon v. Newsom, No. 20A151 in the Supreme Court of the United States.

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NYC Popeyes Customers Pummel Man with ‘Wet Floor’ Sign

Two irate Popeyes customers in New York City allegedly battered a man with a “wet floor” sign after a verbal dispute, according to a video of the incident.

The video showed the 24-year-old victim inside the Bronx fast food joint around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday having a dispute with a woman about who was next in line.

After the dispute, the woman — who was wearing a long, black wig, a dark-colored coat, and sunglasses —appeared in the video talking to another man.

That man, dressed in all red, then allegedly punched the victim in the head.

The video then showed both suspects beating up the victim as employees dove over the counter to break up the brawl.

The brawl then moved further away from the counter, where the woman could be seen hitting the victim with a “wet floor” sign.

The suspects then allegedly took $150 from the victim before fleeing the scene, the New York Post reported.

The woman came back to the Popeyes without her coat and wig to pick up her to-go order before taking off with the other suspect in a black, four-door sedan, police said.

The victim suffered a cut above his right eye and swelling and pain to his head. He was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.

Both suspects are still at large as of Thursday.

This is not the first time a brawl has broken out at a Popeyes.
In August 2019, customers at a Temecula, California, Popeyes drive-thru got into a verbal spat over wait times to get their food before their fight became physical. Police broke up the fight, but none of them faced charges because nobody wanted to press charges.

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Wounded Afghanistan Veteran Gets Donated Home

A wounded Afghanistan veteran from Minnesota received a donated home from the Tunnel to Towers Foundation on Thursday.

Army Spc. John Mullen fought in the Afghanistan War and lost both of his legs. From then on, he lost much of his day-to-day independence until now.

The Tunnels to Towers Foundation donated a custom-built home in Lake Elmo on Thursday that can suit Mullen’s needs. The foundation builds specially-adapted smart homes for wounded veterans in need to help them regain their independence.

“It kind of seems unreal,” Mullen told KTSP. “I don’t think I fully comprehend how much of a difference it’s going to make, and I think I’ll realize that over time, but just completely blown away and overwhelmed.”

Before he got the chance to tour his custom-built home, Mullen raised an American flag in front of his house.

Mullen is not the first wounded war veteran to receive a home catered to his needs free-of-charge.

In October 2020, a disabled Marine veteran received a surprise, custom-built home from his Long Island, New York, community free of charge.

Other nonprofits such as Building Homes for Heroes have also built customized homes for wounded veterans at no cost to them.

In October 2019, a wounded Marine who fought in the Iraq War received a mortgage-free home thanks to Building Homes for Heroes, and in December 2019, a wounded Navy Seal received a mortgage-free home from the same nonprofit.

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Veteran Gets Surprise 97th Birthday Parade: ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

A 97-year-old veteran got a surprise from his community for his birthday that he will never forget.

A veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, George Vanvekoven goes by “Van” in his community and is known for telling captivating tales about his time in the Air Force.

So, his community decided they wanted to give back to this special member of their community.

Local restaurant Mission BBQ, members of local motorcycle groups, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Fire Department, and American Honor Guards made a collective effort to celebrate Vanvekoven’s birthday with a parade, WWAY reported.

“Van is a VIP with us at Mission BBQ, and he’s part of our family,” said Faith Sipe, community ambassador with Mission BBQ. “When I heard that he was turning 97 years on April 2nd, I thought it would be nice to have one of those drive-by parades.”

Vanvekoven shared the secret to his longevity — having his wife around.

“I think having a good wife. That’s the main thing. I stole my wife from my buddy when I was 18. He said how about you take me to see my girlfriend. I took one look at her and said that’s the girl I want,” he said.

Four generations of Vanvekoven’s family were present for the parade.

Despite all the pomp and circumstance, Vanvekoven is grateful he gets to live to see another year.

“I’m lucky I got to see grandchildren. It’s a wonderful life,” said Vanvekoven.

Vanvekoven is not the first multi-war veteran to receive a birthday parade.

In January 2021, a two-time war veteran from Farmington, Utah, received a surprise parade for his 100th birthday from his community to celebrate the milestone occasion.

And in April 2020, a 100-year-old World War II veteran celebrated his 100th birthday with a car parade thanks to a little help from his community.

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73-Year-Old Man Violently Shoved to Ground in NYC

A 73-year-old man fell victim to an attack in broad daylight in New York City when an assailant shoved him to the ground after punching him in the chest, according video footage of the incident.

Police said an unidentified man attacked the victim outside of a residential building on West 47th Street, the New York Post reported.

The surveillance video obtained by WABC showed the suspect run towards the 73-year-old before violently shoving him to the ground.

The suspect then fled eastbound on 47th Street.

The victim was transported to Mount Sinai Hospital and is in stable condition.

The suspect, who is believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, is still on the loose as of Sunday. He was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a red jacket, black shoes, and a dark-colored baseball cap.

Police are urging anyone with information on the suspect to call the New York Police Department’s (NYPD’s) Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Attacks against the elderly are on the rise in New York City. Over the past week alone, a 65-year-old Asian-American woman was brutally attacked outside an apartment building in Midtown Manhattan, and a 61-year-old was randomly sucker-punched on a busy street.

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Protesters Disrupt Diners at New York City Eatery

A crowd of protesters disrupted diners eating in the outdoor dining area of an upscale French restaurant called Balthazar in New York City on Thursday night.

Dozens of demonstrators flocked to the restaurant’s outdoor space, some repeatedly banging on the restaurant’s windows, while one of the protesters who called herself Qween Jean gave a speech.

“So many black and brown indigenous community members are often left out,” Qween Jean can be heard saying, according to a video of the encounter.

“They are often neglected, left out, unhoused, without food, without medication, without medical care, without mental health access. And we’re here with the message because we believe that black lives matter,” she added.

It is unclear what the extent of damage to the restaurant was, and police said Friday that they could not confirm if anyone from the restaurant filed any complaints.

But the NYPD News Twitter page tweeted a video of the protesters Thursday outside Balthazar in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City.

“Tonight, in Lower Manhattan, demonstrators purposely caused property damage to a local restaurant by breaking several windows while patrons were eating dinner,” the police department tweeted. “Small businesses need our support. Vandalism is not the answer, especially during these trying times.”

The NYPD also added that the protesters allegedly caused damage to a police cruiser.

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61-Year-Old Randomly Sucker-Punched on Busy NYC Street

A 61-year-old man was randomly sucker-punched on a busy New York City street and knocked unconscious, according to a video.

The video obtained by WABC showed the victim walking through the Bronx on Monday around 11:45 a.m. when the suspect who was around the block approached him and punched him in the face.

The victim fell to the ground and was left unconscious.

Several bystanders were nearby at the time of the assault, and at least two are shown walking away, doing nothing to help.

The victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital to be treated for a cut on his lip and pain and swelling to his head. He is in stable condition.

The suspect fled on an MTA BX40 bus heading eastbound, the New York Post reported. He was still on the lam as of Saturday.

This latest attack comes as the New York Police Department (NYPD) is seeing an increase in unprovoked attacks.

Over the past week alone, a New York City subway rider allegedly beat a fellow passenger and a 65-year-old Asian-American woman was brutally attacked outside an apartment building in Midtown Manhattan.

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