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Joe Biden pledges ‘to require masks where I have authority’

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President-Elect Joe Biden pledged Friday to require mask-wearing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m asking you to mask up for the next 100 days,” Biden said. “This is not a political issue. And I will issue an executive order to require masks where I have the authority to do that.”

Further, Biden said that order will extend to federal workers and federal property. It will also extend to “interstate travel,” he added.

“We’ll also be working with mayors and governors in red states and blue states and ask them to require masking up in their cities and their states,” said the President-Elect.

Biden then slammed those who oppose such orders, focusing on republican lawmakers who were heavily criticized for refusing to wear masks while the Capitol building was on lockdown amid the Jan. 6 riot. Following that day, Congress confirmed four COVID-19 cases among lawmakers.

“Look, I hope we now know this is not a political issue, this is about saving lives,” he said. “I know it’s become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing for it to happen. This is a patriotic act. We’re asking you, we’re in a war with this virus and experts say and have shown that wearing a mask now until April will save as many as 50,000 lives.”

“Quite frankly, it was shocking to see members of the Congress while the Capitol was under siege while the deadly mob of thugs refused to wear a mask while they were in secure locations. I’m so proud of my Congresswoman… Lisa Blunt Rochester, trying to hand out masks while people are lying on the floor, huddled up and Republican colleagues refusing to put them on. What the hell’s the matter with them? It’s time to grow up.”

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Oklahoma passes bill banning majority of abortions from ‘moment of fertilization’

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Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday which bans virtually all abortions “from the moment of fertilization.”

“I promised Oklahomans that as governor I would sign every piece of pro-life legislation that came across my desk and I am proud to keep that promise today. From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby’s life and the life of the mother,” Stitt said in a statement. “That is what I believe and that is what the majority of Oklahomans believe.”

The state legislature first approved the bill, which goes into effect immediately, last week. It bans abortions from the moment of fertilization, except for in cases where rape or incest occurred, or where the mother’s life is in danger.

The law also allows for private citizens to sue doctors or those who participate in “producing an abortion for up to $10,000, mimicking the enforcement mechanism in Texas’s fetal heartbeat law” reports National Review.

Under the new law it is a felony offense to perform an abortion, “which will take effect in August unless a court challenge blocks it.”

 

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