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Starbucks, 7-Eleven announce closure of stores in high-crime liberal cities

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7-Eleven’s corporate headquarters have suggested all Los Angeles based franchisee stores should close. Hoping closures will only be temporary, the move comes after a string of the convenience stores were robbed and two people – one customer and one clerk – were killed.

The criminal activity consisted of five armed robberies which occurred Sunday night into Monday, during “National 7/11 Day.” In addition to the murders, three others were wounded. “Our hearts are with the victims and their loved ones. We are gathering information on this terrible tragedy and working with local law enforcement,” said 7-Eleven in a statement.

“Right now, our focus is on Franchisee, associate and customer safety. With that in mind, we encouraged stores in the Los Angeles area to close overnight.”

National Review reports “At least three of the robberies are believed to have been committed by the same suspect, including the two that included murders at 7-Elevens in Brea and Santa Ana. It is unclear whether the violence had anything to do with the chain’s National 7/11 Day promotion, which offered customers a free Slurpee beginning at midnight on Monday.”

Los Angeles, along with other progressive cities, have seen a huge uptick in criminal activity. Through June 18 of 2022, murders in L.A. were up 5.5 percent over the previous year, and up 35 percent over 2020.

Starbucks announced on Monday it would be closing 16 of its urban centers locations around the country where liberal leadership and policies have contributed to crime spikes. Among those cities are Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Starbucks cited safety concerns in each of those cities. “We read every incident report you file—it’s a lot,” wrote Starbucks executives Debbie Stroud and Denise Nelson in a message delivered to U.S. employees and obtained by the Journal. “We cannot serve as partners if we don’t first feel safe at work,” continued Stroud and Nelson.

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US, Taiwanese officials say Pelosi plans to visit, despite warning from White House and China

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According to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan during her trip to Asia. However, the Biden administration, and China, have warned her not to go.

Tensions between China and Taiwan have caused the White House concern over how Pelosi’s visit might invoke a reaction from China. Currently the delegation’s itinerary publicly includes stops in South Korea and Japan, but not Taiwan.

CNN reports that during a regular foreign ministry briefing Monday, China warned against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit to the self-governing island that China claims as a part of its territory and reiterated that its military “won’t sit by idly” if Beijing feels its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being threatened.

“We would like to tell the US once again that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters, when asked about the fallout from Pelosi leading a congressional delegation to Taipei.

“As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Zhao added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the administration’s line that it is Pelosi’s decision whether she visits, adding, “we do not know what Speaker Pelosi intends to do.”

The Taiwanese official stated Pelosi is expected to be in Taiwan overnight, although it is unclear when she will land. The U.S. official says the Defense Department is securing a safety plan for the Speaker, as well as monitoring Chinese “movements” in the region.

“Congress is an independent, coequal branch of government,” Blinken said at the United Nations on Monday afternoon. “The decision is entirely the Speaker’s…And so if the speaker does decide to visit and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing,” Blinken said. “We are looking for them, in the event she decides to visit, to act responsibly and not to engage in in any escalation going forward.”

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