Marine vet reveals how he stopped convenience store robbery with bag of 'Gatorades and a snack'


A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who stopped an attempted robbery at an Arizona convenience store this week in a dramatic encounter caught on video told Fox News on Friday how his act of heroism went down.

James Kelcer told “America’s Newsroom” he takes his personal safety, and the safety of others, “very seriously.” 

“I turn around to go and leave, kind of walk out and as I’m turning around I hear the door kind of open real aggressively,” Kelcer said about the incident Wednesday. “At that point, the ‘spidey senses’ tingled a little bit.”

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Three unidentified people entered the store with one armed frontman leading the way.

“I saw two other guys with no other weapons and decided that’s the guy that I’m going to hit,” Kelcer says. 

In one motion, Kelcer grabbed the gun and without hesitation hit the other suspects with a bag of his store purchases, which he said included two Gatorades, two energy drinks and “a snack.”

The 8-second-long surveillance video shows the Marine Corps veteran grabbing the handgun and tackling the juvenile suspect. The other two suspects fled the scene.

The 8-second-long surveillance video shows the Marine Corps veteran grabbing the handgun and tackling the juvenile suspect. The other two suspects fled the scene.
(Yuma County Sheriff’s Office )

“I was actually going to take control of his head and the gun at the same time, and the bag just happened to be heavy and attached to me and it smashed him right in the face,” Kelcer said. 

While the gas station clerk was “a little worked up” about the incident, according to Kelcer, he jumped over the counter to chase the suspects. 

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Kelcer credited his Marine Corps training’s muscle memory of knowing what to do in such incidents in addition to being “mentally prepared” when the attempted robbery occurred. 

The armed juvenile suspect was arrested and taken into the Yuma County Juvenile Justice Center on one count each of armed robbery and aggravated assault. The search continued for the two other suspects who escaped. 



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Fisher finds WWII tags and returns to veteran's family 50 years after they were lost


History can be buried anywhere.

A magnet fisher in Michigan came across an unusual find when he pulled a set of WWII-era dog tags from the Grand River. After looking up the owner of the tags, he was able to track down the family and return the family heirloom that had been considered lost for decades.

During a recent magnet-fishing expedition off the Leonard Street bridge in Grand Rapids, however, Gross pulled out a set of World War 2 dog tags that belonged to a soldier named Clifford J. Voight.

During a recent magnet-fishing expedition off the Leonard Street bridge in Grand Rapids, however, Gross pulled out a set of World War 2 dog tags that belonged to a soldier named Clifford J. Voight.
(Adam Gross/Ferrous Fishing)

Adam Gross spoke with Fox News and explained that he’s used to pulling strange items from the water with his magnet. According to him, the majority of what he finds is typically scrap metal of some kind, although he has found “a ton of bikes” and even a lawnmower once.

He says he even found an old grenade one time, but it was fortunately just a training grenade and wasn’t explosive.

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During the recent magnet-fishing expedition off the Leonard Street bridge in Grand Rapids, however, Gross pulled out the tags that belonged to a soldier named Clifford J. Voight. He shared footage of himself pulling the dog tags from the water on his Youtube page.

The tags must have been in the water a long time because Voight’s family said that Clifford hadn’t been to Michigan since he last lived there in 1956.

The tags must have been in the water a long time because Voight’s family said that Clifford hadn’t been to Michigan since he last lived there in 1956.
(Adam Gross/ Ferrous Fishing)

Gross was able to track down Voight’s family, who live in Arizona and were “super excited” to find the tags. Voight’s family told Gross that they had just assumed that the tags were long gone. Voight died some time ago, so the family was happy to have a part of his history back.

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The tags must have been in the water a long time because Voight’s family said that Voight hadn’t been to Michigan since he last lived there in 1956. Despite likely being in the water for many decades, the tags were still in good shape.

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Adam Gross spoke with Fox News and explained that he’s used to pulling strange items from the water with his magnet.

Adam Gross spoke with Fox News and explained that he’s used to pulling strange items from the water with his magnet.
(Adam Gross/Ferrous Fishing)

Voight’s family explained to Gross that he didn’t talk about the war much and would only really discuss it with specific family members. Voight had stormed the beach at Normandy and was one of the first platoon’s to enter Auschwitz. 

Gross confirmed that he mailed the tags to the family.



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When is it time to get the COVID-19 booster shot?


Millions more Americans just became eligible for COVID-19 boosters, but figuring out who’s eligible and when can be confusing. And adding to the challenge is that this time around, people can choose a different brand of vaccine for that extra dose. 

A number of factors, including the vaccine you started with and when your last dose was, help determine when you qualify. Just like the initial shots, boosters are free and will be available at pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics. 

This photo from March shows a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, New York. Now, Americans are eligible for booster shots.

This photo from March shows a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, New York. Now, Americans are eligible for booster shots.
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Here are some things to know: 

WHY ARE BOOSTERS NEEDED? 

People who are fully vaccinated are still strongly protected against hospitalization and death from COVID-19. But immunity against infection can wane over time, and the extra-contagious delta variant is spreading widely. U.S. health authorities want to shore up protection in at-risk people who were vaccinated months ago, though the priority remains getting the unvaccinated their first shots. 

ARE BOOSTERS AVAILABLE FOR ALL THREE VACCINES AUTHORIZED IN THE U.S.? 

Yes, Pfizer boosters began last month, and this week the government cleared extra doses of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines too. But who’s eligible — and when — differs depending on which vaccine you got first. 

CAN I GET A BOOSTER NOW? 

If you got Pfizer or Moderna shots first, you’re eligible if your last dose was at least six months ago and you’re 65 or older, or are a younger adult who has health problems or a job or living conditions that put you at higher risk of severe illness or exposure to the coronavirus. Health care workers, for example, are included because they are regularly exposed to the virus and can’t come to work with even the mildest of infections. 

WHAT IF I GOT THE J&J SHOT? 

Anyone who got a J&J shot at least two months ago is eligible, regardless of age or other factors. 

WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DIFFERENT VACCINES? 

A single shot of the J&J vaccine is less effective than two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer formulas, and health authorities decided it was important for the J&J recipients to achieve a similar level of protection. As for the timing, J&J simply tested more people with a two-month booster than one at six months. For recipients of Moderna or Pfizer vaccinations, there’s no clear data that everybody needs another dose, but immunity against infection in at least some people appeared to wane around six months. 

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A person receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a #VAXTOSCHOOL pop-up site at Life of Hope Center on Oct. 21 in New York City. Now, Americans are eligible to get a booster shot to protect against COVID-19.

A person receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a #VAXTOSCHOOL pop-up site at Life of Hope Center on Oct. 21 in New York City. Now, Americans are eligible to get a booster shot to protect against COVID-19.
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WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO WAIT SIX MONTHS? 

Experts agree that getting a booster too soon can reduce the benefit. Timing matters because the immune system gradually builds layers of defenses over months, and letting that response mature improves the chances another, later dose will provide even stronger protection. 

WHAT DOES ‘MIXING AND MATCHING’ BOOOSTERS MEAN? 

It means a booster of a different brand from your original vaccination. That gives flexibility in situations such as nursing homes where only one type of booster might be brought in. It also gives people at risk of a rare side effect linked to one kind of vaccine the option of switching to a different shot. 

SHOULD I SEEK OUT A DIFFERENT VACCINE? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Food and Drug Administration didn’t recommend that people switch but left open the option. Preliminary results of a government study found an extra dose of any vaccine triggered a boost of virus-fighting antibodies regardless of what shots people got to begin with. For people who originally got a J&J vaccination, the Moderna and Pfizer shots appeared to offer a stronger boost. But researchers cautioned the study was too small to say one combination is better than another. 

DO I NEED A BOOSTER TO STILL BE CONSIDERED FULLY VACCINATED? 

No, the CDC says people still are considered fully vaccinated starting two weeks after the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or the single-dose J&J shot. 

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WILL THIS BE MY LAST BOOSTER? 

Nobody knows. Some scientists think eventually people may get regular COVID-19 shots like annual flu vaccinations. But researchers will need to study how long protection from the current boosters lasts. 



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Josh Beckett recalls pitching 2008 ALCS Game 6 as Red Sox needed win to stay alive


The Boston Red Sox will give Nathan Eovaldi the ball in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on Friday night.

Boston is one loss away from being eliminated from the postseason while the Astros are one win away from clinching a berth into the World Series.

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Josh Beckett can attest that winning two games on the road in a win-or-go-home game is possible. In 2008, he gave the Red Sox five innings and allowed two runs on four hits in a 4-2 Boston victory to force a Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS.

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox reacts after giving up a solo home run to B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. 

Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox reacts after giving up a solo home run to B.J. Upton of the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. 
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“The one I’m most proud is probably the five innings in Tampa. That was my last start of the season, I hated to admit that. But there was no (expletive) way I could do that again, but knew I had to do that to get to the World Series. That was the one I’m most proud of,” Beckett told WEEI radio on Thursday, recalling the crucial start.

“That was the most painful start I ever had. I was throwing sidearm. It hurt so bad when I made a power move over the top. But I could sling the ball up there. My curveball was like 2-to-8. I don’t think I pitched all that bad. I was just trying to do what the starters are trying to do now, get as many outs as they can and here comes the cavalry. And, now the cavalry is good. These bullpens are (expletive) stupid. When I was playing baseball there was like a handful of guys who threw 100 mph. Now there are like 16 handfuls.”

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. 

Starting pitcher Josh Beckett of the Boston Red Sox delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in game six of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on Oct. 18, 2008, at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. 
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Beckett threw 78 pitches in the game after throwing 93 in Game 2 and 106 in the American League Division Series Game 3 against the Los Angeles Angels

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Eovaldi is in a bit of a more unique predicament.

He’s about to make his third appearance for Boston in the ALCS alone. He pitched in 2/3 innings against Houston in Game 4 on two days rest. He allowed four runs on two hits. Boston lost the game and went on to lose Game 5 to get into the hole. He’s made four appearances this postseason but hasn’t thrown more than 85 pitches.

Beckett said the onus will be on the starting pitcher.

“It wasn’t just me but on that specific day it was Josh Beckett and the Red Sox. Yes, other people have to do some things to win the game, but I have to go and make sure I don’t lose the game. …. I watch baseball now and it’s not like watching when I was in the playoffs,” he added. 

“You needed your starter to be good every time to win. Now, they will yank him out before they even get a chance. [Ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona] wasn’t going to take me out. There was a reason I was starting that game and everybody else was in the bullpen. I was hurt in 2008, but he knew I was probably better than a lot of the other options to start the game. Tito is like, ‘You’re giving us our best option.’”

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the New York Yankees in the first inning of the American League Wild Card playoff game at Fenway Park, Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021 in Boston.

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi delivers to the New York Yankees in the first inning of the American League Wild Card playoff game at Fenway Park, Tuesday Oct. 5, 2021 in Boston.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Eovaldi told reporters on Thursday he felt rested after pitching in Game 4.

“I think having the two days in between definitely helps. I took [Wednesday] off. I didn’t really throw. Made sure I was nice and recovered. Just got done playing catch today. I feel great. I don’t think there’s any limitations. My arm feels good, and mentally I’m going to be ready and prepared for this game [Friday],” he said, via MLB.com.

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Game 6 is set for Friday night at 8:08 p.m. ET on FS1.



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The most powerful American V8 engines


Electric motors bring the promise of incredible power, which is already being realized with the 1,000 hp Tesla Model S Plaid and GMC Hummer EV, but good old gasoline engines still have a lot of life left in them.

That’s especially true of the classic American V8, which is being pushed to new limits by the big three automakers from Detroit, even as they begin their transitions to zero-emissions motors.

Here’s a look at a few of the most-powerful engines you can get in the USA today:

Chevrolet Performance ZZ632/1000

The Chevrolet Performance 632-cubic-inch ZZ632/1000 is a new crate motor designed primarily for drag racers that’s not only the biggest big block Chevy has ever built, but at 1004 hp the naturally-aspirated engine also the most powerful, even running on 93-octane pump gas. It’ll be available for projects early next year.

Mopar Hellephant

Speedkore put the Hellephant into Kevin Hart's 1970 Dodge Charger.

Speedkore put the Hellephant into Kevin Hart’s 1970 Dodge Charger.
(Speedkore)

The $29,995 Hellephant is a 426 cubic-inch 1,000 hp crate motor version of the supercharged Hellcat V8 found in the Dodge Challenger and can be used in custom street cars as long as they were built before 1976.

Dodge Hellcat/Mopar Hellcrate

The $84,060 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is the most powerful muscle car on sale today courtesy of its 807 hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, which can also be purchased a la carte from Mopar as the Hellcrate for $20,215.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 ‘Predator’ V8

The $74,095 Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most potent Ford ever built and it’s 760 hp supercharged 5.2-liter ‘Predator’ V8 is available without the rest of the car for $25,995.

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Chevrolet ZZ572/720R

The 727 hp 572 cubic-inch ZZ527/720R was pretty impressive until the ZZ632/1000 showed up. (Still is!)



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Alec Baldwin facing backlash for 2017 tweet questioning 'how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone'


Actor Alec Baldwin is facing criticism for a 2017 tweet he posted in which he questions “how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone.”

On Thursday, Baldwin, 63, was at the center of a Hollywood tragedy that unfolded on the set of the movie “Rust.” Authorities said that Baldwin fired a prop gun on a movie set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza was identified as the crew member taken to the hospital. He has since been released, “Rust” star Frances Fisher claimed on Twitter.

Twitter users are now zeroing in on Baldwin’s past social media activity and one glaring tweet he posted on Sept. 22, 2017 reads: “I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…” The tweet also included a link to a Los Angeles Times article about a Huntington Beach police officer who was captured on video struggling with a suspect in a parking lot of a convenience store before shooting the man several times, killing him.

“this did not age well,” one Twitter user wrote on the thread of Baldwin’s tweet.

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Another appeared to jump to Baldwin’s defense, however, writing: “2 completely different situations.”

“Wow there really is a tweet for everything,” said another.

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A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks.
(Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

“Generally you don’t aim a gun at anyone you don’t want to die. too bad you never learned that,” another person reacted.

“Those of us who lived in Wilmington NC during production on ‘The Crow’ say hi,” wrote another, referencing the death of Bruce Lee’s son, Brandon Lee, who died during filming years ago after being shot by a prop gun.

“Hey @AlecBaldwln how does it feel now? Should we start comparing you to Norman Bates like you did other people now?” another criticized.

“The irony..I feel so bad for Alec and may that woman Rest In Peace,” another reacted.

“I wonder how it must feel to be the suspect in a homicide?” another questioned.

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Halyna Hutchins, director of photography on "Rust," has died after being injured in a shooting incident.

Halyna Hutchins, director of photography on “Rust,” has died after being injured in a shooting incident.
(Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for SAGindie)

Another tweet Baldwin wrote about Dick Cheney’s hunting accident has resurfaced. In 2006, the then-Vice President accidentally shot and injured someone while hunting.

Back in 2015, the actor tweeted to someone, “You hook your friends with that line? Shoot em in the face? Cheney style?”

One Twitter user shared the now-resurfaced tweet, writing, “I’m not a Cheney fan, to put it mildly, and this is the way Baldwin believed shootings should be described and discussed.”

Another quipped on Thursday: “This aged well.”

“We’re all curious, @AlecBaldwIn___. Did you shoot em in the face? Cheney style?”

Sheriff’s deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls described a person being shot on set, said Rios, the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Department spokesman. The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”

“This investigation remains open and active,” Rios said in a statement. “No charges have been filed in regard to this incident. Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives.”

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged. 

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Hutchins, 42, was airlifted to the University of New Mexico Hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel, the sheriff’s department said. Souza, 48, was taken by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. According to actress Frances Fisher, Souza told her he was released from the hospital.

Hutchins, a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute, worked as director of photography on the 2020 action film “Archenemy,” starring Joe Manganiello. She was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.

"Rust" director Joel Souza was injured on set and later released from from the hospital. 

“Rust” director Joel Souza was injured on set and later released from from the hospital. 
(Jim Spellman/Getty Images)

After the fatal incident, a reporter and a photographer from The Santa Fe New Mexican said they saw Baldwin “in tears.”

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Baldwin teamed up as a producer previously with Souza on the 2019 film, “Crown Vic,” which starred Thomas Jane as a veteran Los Angeles police officer on a manhunt for two violent bank robbers. Souza’s first credited film, 2010’s “Hanna’s Gold,” was a treasure hunt adventure featuring Luke Perry.

Production was halted on “Rust.” The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s’ Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website. The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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COVID-19: What is the delta plus variant?


What is the “delta plus” variant? 

It’s a relative of the delta variant, identified by British scientists last month. 

Because it isn’t a variant of interest or concern, it has not yet been officially named after a letter of the Greek alphabet, like the other worrisome variants. 

A person receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a #VAXTOSCHOOL pop-up site at Life of Hope Center on Oct. 21 in New York City. 

A person receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a #VAXTOSCHOOL pop-up site at Life of Hope Center on Oct. 21 in New York City. 
(Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

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Scientists are monitoring the delta-related variant — known as AY.4.2. — to see if it might spread more easily or be more deadly than previous versions of the coronavirus. In a recent report, U.K. officials said this variant makes up 6% of all analyzed COVID-19 cases in the country and is “on an increasing trajectory.” 

The variant has two mutations in the spike protein, which helps the coronavirus invade the body’s cells. These changes have also been seen in other versions of the virus since the pandemic started, but haven’t gone very far, said Francois Balloux, director of the Genetics Institute at University College London. 

The delta variant remains “by far the most dominant variant in terms of global circulation” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead on COVID-19, at a public session this week. 

“Delta is dominant, but delta is evolving,” she said, adding that the more the virus circulates, the greater chances it has to mutate. 

This photograph taken in March shows a sign of the World Health Organization  at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

This photograph taken in March shows a sign of the World Health Organization  at the entrance of its headquarters in Geneva amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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The U.N. health agency is tracking 20 variations of the delta variant. The AY.4.2 is “one to watch because we have to continuously keep an eye on how this virus is changing,” said Van Kerkhove. 

In the U.S., the delta variant accounts for nearly all COVID-19 cases. The newer “delta plus” variant has been spotted “on occasion,” but it’s not yet a concern, health officials said. 



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White House officials clarify multiple Biden comments made during live town hall


The White House clarified a number of statements President Biden made during a live town hall Thursday night, walking back his vow to call in the National Guard to aid the congested supply chain and his suggestion that the United States would defend Taiwan from a potential attack from China.

The White House told Fox News on Friday that “requesting the use of the national guard at the state level is under the purview of Governors.” 

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“We are not actively pursuing the use of the national guard on a federal level,” a White House official told Fox News. 

The clarification came after the president, during a CNN town hall hosted by Anderson Cooper Thursday night, was asked if he would consider having National Guardsmen drive trucks to make up for the lack of truck drivers amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 

President Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Baltimore Center Stage Pearlstone Theater, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Biden participates in a CNN town hall at the Baltimore Center Stage Pearlstone Theater, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden said he would, and that he had a timetable to solve the crisis. 

“I had a timetable for, first of all, I want to get the ports up and running,” the president said, noting the commitments he had from Walmart and other companies, like UPS and FedEx, to run 24/7 operations to help quell the congested supply chain. 

When pressed further on whether he would want the National Guard to drive trucks, the president replied: “The answer is yes, if we can’t move to increase the number of truckers, which we’re in the process of doing.” 

Shifting to foreign policy, the president was asked by a member of the audience about China’s recent testing of a hypersonic missile and questioned him about whether the United States would defend Taiwan in the wake of an attack from Beijing. 

“China, Russia, and the rest of the world knows we have the most powerful military in the history of the world. Don’t worry about whether we’re going to – they’re going to be more powerful,” Biden said in the CNN town hall. “What you do have to worry about is whether or not they’re going to engage in activities that will put them in a position where they may make a serious mistake.”

Biden added that he does “not want a Cold War with China.” 

“I just want to make China understand that we are not going to step back, we are not going to change any of our views,” Biden said. 

Cooper chimed in, pressing again on whether the U.S. would defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack, to which Biden replied: “Yes, we have a commitment to do that.” 

By Friday morning, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson responded to the comment via the Chinese state-affiliated Global Times. 

“No one should underestimate the strong resolve, determination and capability of the Chinese people to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesperson said, according to the mouthpiece for the brutal communist regime. “China has no room for compromise.”

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The Global Times added that China’s foreign ministry told the U.S. to “be cautious in words and deeds” and to “refrain from sending any wrong signal to secessionists.” 

But a White House spokesperson on Friday told Fox News that the president “was not announcing any change in our policy.” 

“There is no change in our policy,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “The U.S. defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act.” 

“We will uphold our commitment under the Act, we will continue to support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the spokesperson added. 

The Taiwan Relations Act to which the United States is a party does not guarantee the U.S. will engage militarily if China attacks Taiwan, which it has claimed for decades is sovereign Chinese territory, but states that the United States “will make available to Taiwan such defense articles and defense services in such quantity as may be necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain self-sufficient defense capabilities.”

U.S. presidents have pursued a policy of “strategic ambiguity” so that China would not know exactly what the U.S. response would be to an attack.

Beijing views Taiwan as a breakaway province and claims that it is part of its own territory. The two countries split in 1949, and China has been increasing pressure on the self-ruled nation while opposing its involvement in international organizations such as the United Nations. The U.S. does not formally recognize Taiwan but maintains an unofficial relationship and is supportive of its democratic government. 

The Biden administration has aimed to compartmentalize its relationship with China – competing in some respects while seeking cooperation on other issues, like climate change. But it has made clear for months that the United States will defend Taiwan, which is a democratic island off the coast of China. 

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“We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We consider this central to the security and stability of the broader Indo-Pacific region,” a senior administration official told Fox News in August as China aimed to seize on the Afghanistan withdrawal to intimidate Taiwan. 

“We will uphold our commitment under [Taiwan Relations Act], we will continue support Taiwan’s self-defense, and we will continue to oppose any unilateral changes to the status quo,” the official said. 



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Lauren Appell: McAuliffe looks desperate in Virginia, pushes the panic button in tight race


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With all eyes on Virginia’s gubernatorial race, Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe, once thought to be a sure thing in the bright blue commonwealth – which voted for President Biden by 54% – is pushing the panic button in the final weeks of his campaign. 

A lot can change in a year, and you can almost smell the fear and desperation in the air. After all, Virginia is supposed to be the magic eight ball for the 2022 midterm elections, and it’s not looking very magical right now for the Democrats. 

Like President Biden, McAuliffe has allowed himself to be held hostage by the ultra-left wing of his party – choosing to stand with extremists who want to defund police and the teachers unions who want to silence parents.  

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He actually bragged on Twitter that he was PROUD to be endorsed by the New Virginia Majority, an extreme defund the police group, and when pushed he dug his heels in refusing to renounce their endorsement.  

McAuliffe, just like Biden, is incapable of uniting his own party on anything but being divided. Imagine him trying to unite all of Virginia – like Biden is “uniting” the country. No thanks. 

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In these last weeks he’s rolling out the red carpet for the Who’s Who of the Democrat Party. Nothing reeks of desperation more than an 11th-hour revolving door of big names and pretty faces in the hopes you can distract from the fact that you’re beholden to the extreme left-wing fringe of your party.  

He’s stood with Jill Biden, Stacey Abrams, and he’ll stand with Barack Obama next week and likely President Biden before Election Day. Yet, he refuses to stand with parents or law enforcement in Virginia, the state he wants to govern. 

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While he’s promising a visit from Biden, it was just earlier this month that the one-time governor already started shifting blame in a seemingly desperate attempt to absolve himself from any personal responsibility in what was never supposed to be a tight race. He wanted to make sure everyone knew it would be Biden’s fault if it turns out he’s not two-time Terry after all come Nov. 2, saying, “As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia, so we’ve got to plow through.” 

But now after throwing him under the bus, he claims the president, who has a dismal approval rating of 45% in Virginia, will come back to the commonwealth to help him plow through. 

All aboard the sinking ship.  

And speaking of sinking ships, it was McAuliffe who may have torpedoed his own campaign. During the final gubernatorial debate, he arrogantly lectured Virginia’s moms and dads saying, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what to teach.” 

Did the veteran politician read the teleprompter wrong?   

Let’s try again. 

McAuliffe’s lame attempt at trying to convince us he didn’t really say what he really said sounds an awful lot like the Biden equivalent to “C’mon man.”

When later given the chance to clarify the context of his comments, he doubled down and made sure we understood the context with another lecture: “Listen, we have a Board of Education working with the local school boards to determine the curriculum for our schools. You don’t want parents coming in in every different school jurisdiction saying this is what should be taught here, and this is what should be taught there.” 

Roger that. Parents sit down, shut up and stay in your lane.  

But now, scared, desperate and scrambling for a mop to clean up his mess, he says his words are being taken out of context. Hmmm … more likely it’s the bottom of the ninth – with less than a month to go to the election – and he just realized he may be striking out with parents. In a recent poll, 57% of Virginia parents said they want a say in what their kids are taught. 

McAuliffe may have been shocked to learn that means even some Democrat parents believe their lane includes their kids. He’s quickly figuring out those parents, whose votes he could typically count on, might not be so motivated to get out and vote for a candidate actively working against them. And this election is all about getting your people to the polls.  

Enter the pivot. 

His lame attempt at trying to convince us he didn’t really say what he really said sounds an awful lot like the Biden equivalent to “C’mon man.” These people truly think we’re stupid. 

It’s important to remember that, in addition to saying parents should have no say in what’s taught in schools, in the debate McAuliffe also said, “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions.” 

This should raise alarm bells for every parent in Virginia, as he made this statement after it was a parent who found pornographic books containing sexually explicit material, including pedophilia, in Fairfax County school libraries. 

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His campaign is clearly flailing. Surprise, most people don’t hate the police and they don’t think government is the answer and parents are the problem. Even in McAuliffe’s own party, common sense moderate Democrats don’t subscribe to the anti-parent, anti-police extremes held by the fringe groups to whom he’s indebted.  

McAuliffe chose his side, and it’s not with the people of Virginia. The cleanup at Virginia Democrat headquarters is going to need a bigger mop. 

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