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Tim Kaine, Marco Rubio Want Mexico to Protect Its Journalist

Kaine and Rubio wrote a letter to the State Department advising them to put pressure on Mexico to live up to principles of protecting journalists.

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Despite being from different parties, Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are coming together calling on Mexico to protect its journalists following a series of killings this year.

Kaine and Rubio put together a letter to the State Department advising them to construct a plan that will pressure Mexico to live up to principles of protecting journalists. 

“We write to express deep concern about the ongoing killings of journalists in Mexico and to seek greater insight into U.S. efforts in support of press freedom in the country,” Kaine and Rubio wrote

“While the bilateral partnership between our nations remains strong, the U.S. must urge the Mexican government to seriously improve efforts to protect journalists.”

2022 is only a month old, and Mexico has already seen four journalists killed, already hitting the halfway mark from 2021 when nine journalists were murdered. 

“The years-long violence against journalists in Mexico cannot begin to lessen as long as the country’s leader continues to normalize hostility towards freedom of expression,” the senators wrote. 

Kaine and Rubio suggested the dangerous rhetoric put forth by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador directed at journalists, which were local reporters examining links between politics and crime.

“We request that the State Department provide detailed information on what specific steps the agency will take to ensure that there is transparency and accountability for the recent murders of journalists, and to better address the crisis of freedom of expression in Mexico,” Kaine and Rubio wrote.

“We also request an overview of the steps the Department has taken to address and mitigate pattern of cooperation between drug cartels and individual members of Mexico’s government. In addition to your written response, we urge State to schedule a briefing with our respective offices on this issue to better understand what actions Congress may take to help as well.”

Mexico ranks 143 out of 180 countries in the 2021 Press Freedom Index gathered by Reporters Without Borders. 

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Elon Musk Unloads $6.9 Billion of Tesla Stock In Advance of Twitter Legal Clash

With his most recent sale, Bloomberg reports Musk has sold more than $32 billion in Tesla stock in the past 10 months.

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Billionaire Elon Musk sold nearly $7 billion of Tesla shares, new fillings with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveals.

Musk, who finds himself in legal proceedings with Twitter over his reneging on a $44 billion deal to purchase the company, told a Twitter user “In the (hopefully unlikely) event that Twitter forces this deal to close *and* some equity partners don’t come through, it is important to avoid an emergency sale of Tesla stock.”

With his most recent sale, Bloomberg reports Musk has sold more than $32 billion in Tesla stock in the past 10 months.

Twitter’s lawsuit against Musk is expected to being in October. Jim Dixon, a trader with Mirabaud Securities, told Bloomberg it’s “very unlikely” Musk is done selling Tesla stock.

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Steve Bannon Speculates If FBI Raid Might Lead to Trump Assassination

Bannon stated that the search of Trump’s Florida home could that the FBI or those within the government are plotting against the former president.

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The former strategist for Donald Trump is reacting to what many in the news media are discussing, the FBI raiding Mar-a-Lago. Steve Bannon went on Alex Jones’ InfoWars, where he slammed the department. 

Furthermore, Bannon stated that the search of Trump’s Florida home could be a precursor as to what the FBI or those within the government are plotting against the former president. 

“I do not think it’s beyond this administrative state and their deep state apparatus to actually try to work on the assassination of President Trump,” Bannon said, per Mediaite

“Everything’s on the table. I think his security should be at the highest it’s ever been, and honestly … I think he should have flown down to Mar a Lago this morning, walked out at noon today, and said, ‘Hey, I’m running for President of the United States. Suck on that.’”

Bannon also used the opportunity on Jones’ show to dispel any rumors of Trump running for president in 2024 after Trump released on Truth Social that strongly suggested a new run for office. 

Also, the former Trump aide continued by saying, “they’re trying to liquidate InfoWars,” referencing the nearly $50 million Jones has to pay the Sandy Hook parents who sued him for defamation.

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘Unholy Alliance’ Between Liberal Media and Government Officials

A recent effort by citizens to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is O’Reilly’s point of contention.

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On Monday’s episode of The O’Reilly Update podcast, during the “message of the day” Bill O’Reilly focused on the ties between liberal media outlets and government officials.

“There are unholy alliances in play,” O’Reilly said. “That is press agencies advancing the fortunes of leftists seeking power, while at the same time ignoring injustice. Let’s focus on a very vivid example: the Los Angeles Times. Like its namesake in New York, the LA Times is a liberal outfit. Nothing wrong with that, if an attempt is made to provide straightforward news coverage. Unfortunately, that’s not what’s happening. While crime is devastating LA and other California cities, the newspaper is desperately trying to save progressive law enforcement agents who are directly responsible for the death and destruction.”

A recent effort by citizens to recall Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon is O’Reilly’s point of contention. He claims homicides are up 94% since Gascon took office in December of 2020. Shootings are up 54%, and O’Reilly pins those numbers on Gascon’s policy of criminal justice reform. O’Reilly used recent editorials from the California newspaper saying “the notion that a D.A. can make crime rise or fall over a period is absurd” as an example of this “unholy alliance”.

“What is absurd is that newspaper not processing the violent crime it reports on every day. That’s absurd,” O’Reilly argued. “The truth is the progressive movement believes the American criminal justice system is racist and wants to destroy it. The LA Times is part of the progressive movement. It has allied itself with that. And so, death in the streets of blighted neighborhoods really doesn’t matter for the greater good of criminal justice reform.”

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