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Watercooler National: Appeals court reaffirms stay on Biden workplace vaccine mandate / Ten states sue Biden over COVID-19 vaccine mandate / Oklahoma representative files bill to ban vaccine mandates in state

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) provides links and brief excerpts from news reports in the national media.

Previous edition: U.S. govt to rely on ‘corps of informers’ to identify violators of Biden’s OSHA vaccine mandate

Appeals court reaffirms stay on Biden workplace vaccine mandate, cites ‘severe’ risks –The Fifth Circuit granted a temporary stay on enforcement of the federal mandate on Nov. 6, one day after the rule was announced | 12 Nov 2021 | A federal appeals court reaffirmed its decision Friday to enact a stay on Joe Biden’s workplace vaccination mandate following a legal challenge from Texas and several other states. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.” The decision was the latest development in what is expected to be a lengthy legal battle over the mandate’s legality. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a vocal critic of the workplace vaccine mandate, lauded the court’s decision on Twitter. “Citing Texas’s ‘compelling argument[s],’ 5th Circuit has stayed OSHA’s unconstitutional & illegal private-business vaccine mandate. WE WON! Litigation will continue, but this is a massive victory for Texas & FREEDOM from Biden’s tyranny & lawlessness,” Paxton wrote.

Ten States Sue Biden Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate for Health Care Workers | 11 Nov 2021 | A coalition of ten states, led by Missouri’s attorney general on Nov. 10, sued Joe Biden over his administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. A federal court has blocked, for now, the regime’s private employer vaccine mandate, although a stricter one focused on health care workers remains in place. The health care worker mandate, which covers more than 17 million nurses and others, doesn’t include a testing opt-out. The coalition says the mandate is unlawful under federal law in part because the federal government is trying to wrest away compulsory vaccination power that has “always been the province of–and still properly belongs to–the states.”

Oklahoma representative files bill to ban vaccine mandates in state | 11 Nov 2021 | An Oklahoma lawmaker has filed a bill that will aim to ban any COVID-19 vaccine mandate in the state. State Rep. Tom Gann, R-Inola, filed House Bill 1003X, nicknamed the “Liberty Bill,” this week to end what he calls “shocking abuse” after receiving “numerous” calls from constituents, who face loss of employment due to vaccine mandates. “Following Oklahoma’s successful, landmark opioid settlement against the drug makers, it’s inconceivable that any employer would ask employees to subject themselves to an EUA injection from that same industry,” Gann said. The “Liberty Bill” copies an Illinois law that would protect employees who resist forced drug injection, KTUL reported. “When this abuse is taking place in the state of Oklahoma, we have to stand up and protect the individual liberty,” Gann said in a statement.

Missouri Governor Considering Unemployment for People Fired for Refusing COVID-19 Vaccines | 12 Nov 2021 | Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said his administration is considering providing unemployment benefits for individuals who are fired over federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. “You see what Iowa just did,” Parson told news outlet The Center Square on Thursday… The Republican governor was referring to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Oct. 29 having signed a bill that guarantees state workers who are trying to obtain a medical or religious exemption to the vaccine the ability to get unemployment benefits if they’re fired for refusing the vaccine. Parson stopped short of guaranteeing unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs only because they declined vaccinations.

Calaveras Unified School District board votes to not ‘support, enforce or comply’ with vaccine mandate The vote was 5-0. | 12 Nov 2021 | (Sacramento, CA) The Calaveras Unified School District announced Wednesday it will not be adhering to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In a 5-0 vote, the CUSD Board of Trustees decided to “not ‘support, enforce or comply with'” the mandate. The decision came during a Tuesday meeting and applies to both students and staff. According to CUSD, they will discuss and possibly make a decision on mask mandates and testing protocols at a later meeting on Nov. 23.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Refuses to Provide Full COVID-19 Death Data | 11 Nov 2021 | The Pennsylvania Department of Health refuses to share complete information about how it counted COVID-19 deaths for reports ordered by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The reports were ordered a year ago when the House unanimously approved a resolution in November 2020, requiring the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC) to review the Department of Health’s reporting of COVID-19 testing and deaths. State Rep. Kate Klunk sponsored the legislation, House Resolution 1087 of 2020, noting that throughout the pandemic, there have been discrepancies in the information published by the Department of Health, including thousands of COVID-19 positive cases being removed from the daily totals, days where there were significant statistical anomalies in the data, the commingling of data, and COVID-19 being listed as a factor of death when the death was the result of something else.

Two-million COVID-19 at-home test kits recalled over false positive results | 11 Nov 2021 | A recall of at-home COVID-19 test kits that have the potential to produce false-positive results has been expanded to include 2 million kits. The Ellume brand of test kits were manufactured between Feb. 24 and Aug. 11 and distributed from April 13 to Aug. 26. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said 2,212,335 kits were distributed in the United States. Ellume initiated the original recall in early October saying the problem was tied to a manufacturing issue.

Michigan School System Closes After ‘Large Number’ of Teachers Become Ill From COVID Shot | 10 Nov 2021 | Numerous schools in a Michigan township closed on Monday after numerous staff members fell ill suffering “negative reactions” from COVID-19 booster shots. As employees get fired or resign from their jobs for refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate, schools in the Saginaw school district and around the country are substantially understaffed. After numerous staff members of Saginaw County Community Schools received an experimental COVID booster shot over the weekend, they had negative reactions and were too sick to return to work, forcing the township’s elementary, middle and high schools to close in the district on Monday.

Virginia pharmacy incorrectly administers Covid vaccine to 112 kids, officials pull remaining doses | 11 Nov 2021 | A pharmacy in Virginia incorrectly administered Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 shots to 112 children last week, according to the state Department of Health. Loudoun County Health Department director Dr. David Goodfriend alerted parents in a letter sent out Wednesday that Ted Pharmacy may have administered a lower dose than recommended. State and federal officials told the pharmacy to stop distributing shots altogether on Friday before seizing all of its Covid doses, a Virginia health department spokesperson said in a statement.

Conservative MPs establish civil liberties caucus to defend the rights of un-jabbed Canadians –Among the group’s goals are to give a voice to anyone concerned about travel restrictions or losing a job because of vaccine mandates. | 8 Nov 2021 | A group of Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) Members of Parliament (MPs) joined together to create a “Civil Liberties Caucus” to speak for Canadians who have chosen not to get the COVID jabs. The group is led by Sarnia-Lambton CPC MP Marilyn Gladu, who says one of the goals of the “Civil Liberties Caucus” will be to give a voice to those who are “concerned because they haven’t taken the vaccine that they can’t leave or enter the country.” Another goal of the group is to assist those and give a platform to Canadians fired from their work because they chose not to go along with employer jab mandates. “People are asking things about losing their jobs, vaccine mandates,” Gladu told the CBC.

Trump Adviser Steve Bannon Indicted for Contempt of Congress – DOJ –The last criminal contempt case dates back to 1983. | 12 Nov 2021 | Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon was indicted Friday by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of Congress after he didn’t comply with a subpoena to appear in front of the [biased, useless] House Jan. 6 panel. Bannon, 67, was charged with one contempt count involving his refusal to appear for a deposition and another that involved his refusal to hand over documents to the committee. Last month, the House select committee issued a subpoena before the House of Representatives, in a partisan vote, held him in contempt. For each count of contempt of Congress, Bannon faces 30 days to one year in jail, as well as a fine of 100 to 1,000, according to the Justice Department’s press release. According to the Congressional Research Service, it’s rare for prosecutors to charge someone with contempt of Congress, and it noted that a settlement is generally negotiated to avoid them.

Federal appeals court pauses release of Trump White House records ahead of Friday deadline | 11 Nov 2021 | A federal appeals court on Thursday granted former President Donald Trump’s request to pause the release of key White House records from his presidency to the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, as he appeals a lower court’s decision that he can’t claim executive privilege to keep them secret. The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit set oral arguments for a hearing on November 30. The filing by the former president had been a last-ditch effort ahead of a Friday 6 p.m. ET deadline for the House panel to receive 46 records, including White House call logs, visitor logs, drafts of speeches and three handwritten memos from Trump’s then-chief of staff Mark Meadows.

BLM leader threatens ‘riots, fire, bloodshed’ in NYC if Eric Adams gets tough on crime | 11 Nov 2021 | A Black Lives Matter leader vowed there’ll be “riots,” “fire,” and “bloodshed” if Mayor-elect Eric Adams follows through with his promise to bring back plainclothes anti-crime cops to battle New York’s surge in violent crimes. New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome debated the plan for a return to tougher policing with Adams during a contentious sit-down at Brooklyn Borough Hall Wednesday that was live-streamed on Instagram. Although Adams found common ground with the activists on plans to fight poverty in the black community, the former NYPD captain said he’ll be reinstating a revamped version of the undercover anti-crime unit that was disbanded at the height of widespread police protests last year. “If they think they are going back to the old ways of policing, then we’re going to take to the streets again,” New York BLM co-founder Hawk Newsome said outside Borough Hall after the meeting. “There will be riots. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed,” he threatened.

Tucker, unchained, says Kyle Rittenhouse’s first victim ‘died as he had lived, trying to touch a minor’ | 11 Nov 2021 | Fox News host Tucker Carlson is by no means sugar-coating the background of one of the men shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, then age 17, during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. “So Joseph Rosenbaum died as he had lived, trying to touch an unwilling minor,” the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight declared during an opening monologue on Wednesday evening’s episode. Carlson was reacting to the day’s events during the trial of Rittenhouse on homicide charges, particularly his lawyers’ high-risk decision to put him on the witness stand. Moreover, his attorneys seldom objected despite argumentative, and some say abusive, cross-examination by the prosecutor.

‘I will send them to Delaware’ on buses: DeSantis hits back over Biden secretly flying migrants into Florida | 11 Nov 2021 | Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis threatened this week to bus illegal immigrants to President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware should the administration continue to pay for “clandestine” flights carrying migrants into the Sunshine State. “If they’re going to come here, you know, we’ll provide buses and… I will send them to Delaware,” DeSantis warned during a press conference on Wednesday. The governor’s tough remarks came amid a lengthy polemic against the president over his handling of the ongoing immigration crisis at the U.S southern border, during which he described the secretive process that the Biden administration has reportedly used to send some 70 flights carrying illegal aliens into his state and elsewhere around the country.

Biden calls Satchel Paige ‘the great negro’ in latest gaffe | 11 Nov 2021 | Joe Biden referred to the late baseball player Satchel Paige as “the great negro” before correcting himself during his Veterans Day address at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday. Biden was honoring former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken, an Army veteran and father of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during his speech when he launched into a story about Paige, who played in the so-called “Negro leagues” before moving to Major League Baseball in the late 1940s. “I’ve adopted the attitude of the great negro at the time, pitcher of the Negro leagues, who went on to become a great pitcher in the pros — in Major League Baseball — after Jackie Robinson. His name was Satchel Paige,” Biden recalled.

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