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Chicago Violence: 102 People Shot, 14 Fatally Over Father’s Day Weekend

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The city of Chicago saw the most shooting victims of 2020 in one weekend over the Father’s Day holiday weekend with 102 people shot, 14 of them fatally, The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Many of the victims were young, including a three-year-old boy, a 13-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, and a 17-year old boy who were all shot and killed over the weekend.

In response to the record violence, Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown stressed the need for a better strategy to keep violent offenders off the streets and in jail and to better monitor the violence.

“Bullets also tear apart families. Bullets destroy neighborhoods and ruin any sense of safety in a neighborhood,” Brown said.

Brown added, “No one should be able to walk away from killing a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old without consequences.”

The weekend’s numbers follow the City’s most violent weekend in decades when 82 people were shot, 19 of them fatally.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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