CHICAGO – New data from researchers who studied women who were vaccinated while pregnant found no evidence that the vaccine affected their placentas. The new findings, published Tuesday in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, may help switch the focus from conversations around whether the vaccine is safe during pregnancy to how getting vaccinated is a way to protect mom and baby. Co-author Dr. Emily Miller, a Northwestern Medicine maternal fetal medicine physician, said that the study results were reassuring. “We don’t see any signals that suggest the placenta is getting injured from the vacci...
Fox pundits react after ‘homeless whack job’ sets their Christmas tree ablaze: ‘There are lunatics running around New York City’
Twitter reactions are pouring in after an artificial Christmas tree was lit on fire in Manhattan overnight. The incident occurred at the Fox News building and a 49-year-old man is in custody for allegedly setting the flames.
"A police department spokesperson confirmed a 49-year-old man was in custody but investigators couldn't confirm an incendiary device was used. A light was removed from the suspect, though it's also unclear whether it was used," NBC New York reported.
Earlier this morning, a 49-year-old man climbed a Christmas tree at 48 St & 6th Ave in Manhattan & lit a fire causing the tree to become engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished & responding officers arrested the suspect, who has been charged for this crime.pic.twitter.com/IeYwG8B5bj— NYPD NEWS (@NYPD NEWS) 1638966051
The Christmas tree had been lit in the traditional sense on Sunday and was "filled with 10,000 glass ornaments, 100,000 lights and it took over 21 hours to put together," according to NBC New York.
Here's how some people are responding to the crime on Twitter:
Fox News\u2019 Christmas tree is on fire if you were wondering what Kamala will be blamed for tomorrow.pic.twitter.com/YaBwwoAJYn— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1638950460
Christmas Tree outside Fox News building on fire probably set by Chris Cuomopic.twitter.com/spOMFOqTJM— john (@john) 1638946915
For everybody wondering what the Fox Christmas tree looked like after the fire, here you go. (Fake tree for Fake news, fitting.)pic.twitter.com/pYwgvflXOg— Iona (@Iona) 1638962430
Just to be clear this is an artificial tree so why didn't Fox News buy a fire resistant artificial tree?! Maybe they had no $ left after paying their hosts to spew white supremacy and lies about Covid. #FreedomfromFoxNewshttps://twitter.com/nypost/status/1468473180398440452\u00a0\u2026— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1638967175
When you tell too many lies, Jesus sets your Christmas tree on fire.— Jesus Fucking Christ \ud83c\udf08 (@Jesus Fucking Christ \ud83c\udf08) 1638967642
I\u2019m just glad the dude that set fire to the NYC Christmas tree is in custody pic.twitter.com/TnchFu5FTS— Tommy Chong (@Tommy Chong) 1638960642
They laughed when I said the War on Christmas is real. Now the Antifa Grinch has set the Fox News Christmas tree on fire. Tucker Carlson had us dreaming of an all white Christmas & they\u2019ve ruined it. I don\u2019t even know if it\u2019s worth putting the elf on the shelf this year.pic.twitter.com/BWwwONmtZP— Guy Who Does His Own Research (@Guy Who Does His Own Research) 1638964992
Several Fox News personalities reacted to the incident as well:
RIP beautiful tree. \n\nhttps://nypost.com/2021/12/08/one-arrest-after-christmas-tree-set-on-fire-outside-news-corp-building-in-nyc/\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/ZmGZ4VKcD0— Katie Pavlich (@Katie Pavlich) 1638963107
New York Times Headline: \u201cTree Catches Fire.\u201d Well, it didn\u2019t spontaneously combust. A dangerous individual SET THE TREE ON FIRE. Sadly predictable.pic.twitter.com/D0Y6XRO5Gd— Dagen McDowell (@Dagen McDowell) 1638963478
I don\u2019t want to hear anything about how radical some of you believe republicans to be when there are lunatics running around New York City setting Fox News Christmas tree on fire.— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1638965138
One of the most hateful acts. Thank God none of my colleagues we're hurt. Fox Square's All-American Christmas Tree burned in fire, suspect arrestedhttps://www.foxnews.com/us/fox-square-christmas-tree-fire-suspect-arrested\u00a0\u2026— Gianno Caldwell (@Gianno Caldwell) 1638967730
Our beautiful Christmas tree on fox square was set on fire last night. What a sad day.— Janice Dean (@Janice Dean) 1638961604
A homeless wack job burned our Fox Christmas tree to the ground \u2014 lawless NYC. Thanks NYPD and FDNY for scrambling so rapidly to help!!pic.twitter.com/xNiJuLFDcB— Brian Kilmeade (@Brian Kilmeade) 1638970554
'Insanity': Critics spooked by Matt Gaetz' 'terrifying' glimpse at future if GOP regains House majority
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) predicted a chaotic future if Republicans regain a congressional majority.
The embattled Florida Republican, who remains under investigation for alleged sex trafficking, warned at a news conference highlighting jail conditions for Jan. 6 rioters that some of the GOP's most bombastic members would be added to the House Oversight Committee if they won a congressional majority in next year's elections.
“We are going to take power after this next election and when we do, it’s not going to be the days of Paul Ryan and Trey Gowdy and no real oversight and no real subpoenas,” Gaetz said. “It’s going to be the days of Jim Jordan and Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dr. [Paul] Gosar and myself doing everything."
The suggestion spooked many observers.
Insane. But the people want insanity.— Pluto. I'm a planet, damn it. (@Pluto. I'm a planet, damn it.) 1638903672
I think we all know why they are suddenly so committed to improving prison conditions.— GagaTookaSharpLeft \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@GagaTookaSharpLeft \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1638907276
Ooo, he left out Lauren Boebert. He'd better run and hide because she's going to be pissed.— gail shulman (@gail shulman) 1638916076
Gaetz quite honestly previewing what House Oversight looks like under GOP control: no investigation of Jan. 6, but give the insurrectionists a platform and make them martyrs for serving time in jail.— Tim Hogan (@Tim Hogan) 1638901551
It's 2023, and House Oversight Chairman Matt Gaetz has subpoenaed 27 high-level White House officials to find out why they are hiding how many naps Joe Biden takes in a day.— Gary Legum (@Gary Legum) 1638927827
Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has ignored complaints from Donald Trump and reached a deal with Democrats to extend the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown.
"We’re seeing some pretty significant fissures inside the Senate Republican Conference over the debt-limit strategy," Punchbowl News reported Wednesday. "Some of the "no" votes tell us that Republicans already helped Democrats raise the debt limit once and they shouldn't do it again."
Punchbowl noted the position of three Senate Republicans who are seen as hopefuls to be the next GOP leader. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. John Cornyn are both backing McConnell's deal, while Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the chair of the Senate GOP Conference, remains undecided.
"But there was “a lot of pushback” in the GOP Conference meeting on Tuesday where McConnell laid out the plan, according to Republicans sources. Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK) and Mitt Romney (R-UT) -- normally “safe” leadership allies -- all raised concerns, as did more hardline conservatives," Punchbowl reported. "Some Republicans seem to be struggling with voting no because the debt-limit process bill also includes language to delay Medicare sequestration cuts. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a hardliner who one would expect to be against any debt-limit increase, questioned why any Republicans would vote against the measure."
Punchbowl said the deal "seems to be sailing through the Congress quite easily."
But Trump is not on board, issuing a statement on Tuesday complaining about the "pathetic" strategy of Senate Republicans.
"USE THE DEBT CEILING TO WIN, AND MEAN IT THIS TIME!" Trump said, in all capital letters.
Republican senators have repeatedly sided with McConnell over Trump when the former president has demanded particular votes.
In October, Trump also tried to kill a debt limit increase.
"Republican Senators, do not vote for this terrible deal being pushed by folding Mitch McConnell," Trump argued, shortly before he lost the vote as eleven GOP senators joined with Democrats on a procedural vote.
In August, Trump urged Republicans to use the debt limit as leverage to kill the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. But his advice was rejected by nineteen Republicans Senators.