“The sound of children screaming has been removed.” It was an editor’s note attached to a video, published by the Austin American-Statesman, of Uvalde, Texas police officers’ delayed response during the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers. It feels, this summer, like our national motto. The sound of children screaming has been removed … from the conscience of the 169 lawmakers who just voted against the Active Shooter Alert Act, a bipartisan bill enacting an Amber-Alert-like system to notify the public when an active shooter is in their community. (The bill...
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Supporters of Donald Trump failed to draw a crowd for a Saturday rally seeking to rewrite Donald Trump's coup attempt ahead of Wednesday's hearing by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"When the far-right blog The Gateway Pundit said a Jan. 6 Capitol rioter rally on Saturday afternoon would be the 'biggest to date,' crowds were expected. But instead of big crowds, the “Truth Rally” attracted around the same number of counter-protesters as rally attendees—a few dozen, at best," Zachary Petrizzo reported for The Beast.
One counter-protester shouted, “Trump is a loser, a little baby loser."
NBC New reporter Ben Collins also covered the rally.
He said the "loudest applause line today at this 1/6 Truth Rally was for a woman giving the URL for a site where you can buy 'Abolish the FBI' tee shirts."
"Nobody at this January 6th Truth Rally has really settled on if the rioters are proud of it, if they didn’t do it, or if they did it and it was a setup. The theme is basically: There was no insurrection on January 6th, and we’d do it again," Collins reported.
\u201cDemonstrators sing the national anthem and chant "USA" during a \u201cJanuary 6th Solidarity Truth Rally\u201d to support people who have been prosecuted in the January 6th insurrection near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. \n\nMore #GettyFootage \ud83c\udfa5 @alexwongcw \u27a1\ufe0f https://t.co/DI3tVf7mOZ\u201d— Getty Images News (@Getty Images News) 1664067341
Authorities from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Harris County Sheriff's Department responded to an anti-LGBTQ protest outside a Texas church on Saturday.
"First Christian Church Katy is hosting a drag bingo fundraiser benefiting the ministry's Transparent Closet, a free boutique aimed at helping young people in the LGBTQ community in the largely conservative west Houston suburb," Jay R. Jordan reported for Axios on Friday. "Protect Texas Kids, led by North Texas' self-described "Christian fascist" Kelly Neidert, plans to protest outside the church, according to a Facebook event from the group."
The report noted anti-fascist activists were planning a counterprotest.
"Neidert's protests have drawn support from neo-Nazis and other anti-LGBTQ groups," Axios reported. "Men in Nazi regalia and alleged Proud Boys wearing Buc-ee's masks joined Neidert's protest outside a drag brunch at Hamburger Mary's downtown in July."
On Saturday, Jordan posted a video clip from the scene.
"Proud Boys and Kelly Neidert’s Protect Texas Kids are in Katy, Texas, protesting a drag bingo fundraiser at First Christian Church. PB and Houston antifascists just clashed. Heavy police presence dividing the two groups now," he reported.
The noted "Houston's Nazis" had arrived police formed a line between the two sides.
"The group of Nazis appear to be leaving the protest, sporting for the first time today a flag with a swastika. Proud Boys and Patriot Front have also left," he reported.
\u201cProud Boys and Kelly Neidert\u2019s Protect Texas Kids are in Katy, Texas, protesting a drag bingo fundraiser at First Christian Church. PB and Houston antifascists just clashed. Heavy police presence dividing the two groups now\u201d— Jay R. Jordan (@Jay R. Jordan) 1664057318
\u201cThe group of Nazis appear to be leaving the protest, sporting for the first time today a flag with a swastika. Proud Boys and Patriot Front have also left\u201d— Jay R. Jordan (@Jay R. Jordan) 1664057318
After a controversial judge's ruling in Arizona, Democrats are seeking to make abortion rights a major issue in statewide races.
The Associated Press covered the issue under the headline, "GOP quiet as Arizona Democrats condemn abortion ruling."
"Arizona Democrats vowed Saturday to fight for women’s rights after a court reinstated a law first enacted during the Civil War that bans abortion in nearly all circumstances, looking to capitalize on an issue they hope will have a major impact on the midterm elections," the AP reported. "Republican candidates were silent a day after the ruling, which said the state can prosecute doctors and others who assist with an abortion unless it’s necessary to save the mother’s life. Kari Lake, the GOP candidate for governor, and Blake Masters, the Senate candidate, did not comment."
Democrats held a press conference outside the office of Attorney General Mark Brnovich, whose office asked the court to rule on the injunction, the Arizona Republic reported.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the Democratic Party nominee for governor said, "on day one, I will call a special session of the state Legislature to overturn this draconian law."
Lake had previously said her day one action would be to declare an invasion at the border with Mexico.
Hobbs was joined at the press conference by Kris Mayes, the Democratic Party nominee for attorney general.
“This outrageous law represents a clear violation of the rights of women in our state. Even worse, it will put the health of women at risk in a way we have not seen in our lifetime. Women and girls will die because of it,” Mayes warned.
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