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Florida Congressman Daniel Webster has co-sponsored a bill — called Natural Immunity is Real Act — introduced by Tennessee Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger. The bill is the latest push against vaccine mandates by federal health officials as it requires federal agencies to take into account naturally acquired immunity from previous COVID-19 infections when issuing any rules or regulations aimed at protecting from the deadly virus.

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What is Natural Immunity Is Real Act?

A group of House Republicans launched the Natural Immunity is Real Act on Monday, Click Orlando reported.

According to Webster, he is supporting the bill because peer-reviewed studies and federal health experts acknowledged that those who have recovered from COVID-19 have natural immunity protection.

Webster also said that the bill is just a way of saying that there are other options for protecting the people against the virus than just the vaccine.

The Florida Congressman also said that though he endorses and supports the COVID-19 vaccines, he is openly against vaccine mandates and federal regulators must accept other protections from the virus.

“This is not anti-vaccine, [it’s] just a realization that there are other things going on out there and we have to accept there are other immunities from having the disease,” he was cited as saying by the outlet.

Members Of Medical Community Oppose The Bill

Pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Akinyemi Ajayi expressed his disagreement over the bill.

“Here is the problem with the whole natural immunity argument, and it’s the fact that quite frankly today none of us can look you in the eye if you have not been infected with COVID at all and say if you get COVID it will be a mild infection you don’t have to worry about it,” Ajayi said.

Ajayi added that even though some natural immunity protections are developed from a repeat infection, it is unclear how long the protection lasts. He believes that there is provable way to identify natural immunity.

The bill introduced, however, does not include details of how the natural immunity will be identified.

The Natural Immunity Is Real Act has already been introduced in the senate, the same week that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a request for a special session over vaccine mandates.

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A Florida man faces a $50 daily fine for displaying a banner outside his home that reads “Trump has won,” a reference to the former Republican President Donald Trump.

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Plans to Place ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Banner

Part-time resident Marvin Peavy will be charged by the Walton County, Florida, a $50 daily fine beginning on Oct. 25 if he doesn’t take down the banner from outside of his home, Newsweek reported.

Peavy said he also plans to install a banner that says “Let’s Go Brandon,” which is a phrase the conservatives have mixed with “F*ck you, Joe Biden,” — a clear insult to President Joe Biden.

According to the county, the part-time resident’s banner violates signage regulation in Peavy’s home at the 30A scenic corridor. The corridor is also a part of a beachside route, famous for its natural beauty.

As per the county’s legal code, political signages must be removed 15 days after political campaigns conclude.

Further, Peavy’s banner, according to county officials, also violates a section of the code prohibiting homes from putting up “(s)treamers, feather flags, pennants, ribbons, spinners and other similar devices” that might undermine the corridor’s natural beauty.

According to Northwest Florida Daily News, Peavy has no plans of taking the banner down, saying that he can easily pay the fine and others offered to pay it on his behalf.

But his attorney told Charles Cronin, Walton County Code Enforcement Officer, that Peavy knows of the violation and would take the banner down soon, the report said.

Peavy Defends Himself: ‘How Many Trumps Do You Know?’

The display of the banner is to annoy “seaside liberals” and “the 1 percent leftists,” Peavy was quoted as saying by Newsweek. Peavy has also claimed that the banner may indicate Trump’s self-proclaimed golfing championships and not the recent election.

He also stated that the banner may refer to others, not the former president, asking, “How many Trumps do you know?” The banner is also “just a statement” for Peavy, and “not political,” the report said.

He is set to sue the county for breaching his First Amendment Right.

Peavy’s Financial Support To Trump During 2020 Election

Back in the 2020 campaign season, Peavy had donated more than $9,000 to different Trump and Republican-related groups, according to the records from the Federal Election Commission.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened to sue the Biden administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

His comments came during a press conference Thursday on the monoclonal antibody treatments that he worked on to have it more accessible in the state.

DeSantis: I Think Mandate Is Going To Lose In Court 

At the press conference, DeSantis said that he thinks that the mandate is going to lose in court. He added that Florida would contest any such mandate from the Biden administration “immediately,” and that any lawsuits from the state would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Fox News reported.

The governor also stated that the state would fight “immediately” any mandates of such that would be given by the Biden administration. He also added that any lawsuit from Florida would be filed in the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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“We think the state of Florida has standing to do it…We also know businesses that we’re going to work with to contest it,” the governor said.

DeSantis also mentioned that the state has a responsibility at a state level to do anything to protect its constituents from mandates that would affect them such as losing their jobs.

DeSantis Vs Biden

De Santis and President Joe Biden have different stand regarding vaccine and mask mandates. The latter, soon after taking office, issued a mask mandate on federal grounds while DeSantis banned mask mandates in the state of Florida.

In the previous month, Biden had announced that all businesses that have over At a hundred workers would have to vaccinate their employees or conduct weekly testing. The announcement included the mandate that employers must pay their employees for the time they spent off work getting the vaccine and recovering from any side effects.

Vaccination Rates In The U.S.

The country has already administered 407 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. Currently, 189 million or about 57% are fully vaccinated while nearly 218 million or 66% have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Former Boca Raton Councilman and State Representative William D. Hager has died at the age of 74. He served on the Boca Raton City Council from 2002 to 2009 and as deputy mayor from 2004 to 2005 before winning a seat in the Florida House of Representatives.

Hager served in the Florida House from 2010-18.

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Hager Had Been Diagnosed With Terminal Disease Years Ago

In a news report by Sun-Sentinel, Hager had been battling a terminal lung disease for the last six years. But his “great vigor for life” never quivered, his daughter Mackenzie Hager, 33, was quoted as saying by the daily.

Hager, to his family and friends, was more than a politician who had a career that went on for decades.

Madison Weinstein, 32, told the newspaper that Hager was a father who was proud of his children. Weinstein also said that he was the most hardworking person she have ever known and that he worked up until he took his last breath.

Hager’s Titles Throughout The Years

Before becoming the councilman and eventually deputy mayor of Boca Raton, Hager was also the Iowa assistant attorney general from 1975 to 1976. He also held the title of the first deputy commissioner for the Iowa Insurance Department for two years and became Iowa Insurance Commissioner from 1986 to 1990.

After he moved to South Florida, he became the president and CEO of the National Council Compensation Insurance until 1998, Weinstein said, adding that only a few years later, his constituents picked him to take charge.

Hager had been a licensed attorney in three states throughout his career. He also taught math at a school in Hawaii and became the president of Insurance Metrics Corporation in Boca Raton.

According to his House of Representative’s biography, the former state representative was also part of different local and state agencies like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, American Cancer Society, Florida Health Care Association, and Florida League Cities.

During his free time and outside of his political career, Hager also coached a local soccer league, volunteered at a community hospital, and was also part of the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Weinstein was cited as saying by the daily.

Officials Offer Support And Sympathy

Rep. Mike Caruso, R-Delray Beach, and Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nunez offered condolences on social media Friday.

Caruso, in a tweet, said, “Not only was he a great friend, but he lived his life in service to our community. He will be dearly missed.”

Hager’s Daughters Set Up Fund To Help Study Their Father’s Disease

The daughters of the late Hager have set up a memorial fund at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville to help support the research for the disease he died from.

His memorial service is scheduled on Monday, 11 in the morning at the Detroit Lakes, Minn. Hager is survived by his daughters, wife Martha, and siblings James, Jeff, and Barbara Hagger.

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Out of the 11 Democratic candidates vying to be the next representative of Florida’s 20th Congressional District, 10 of them participated in a public forum Thursday Night.

After the death of former U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., in April, the seat has since been vacant and now these Democratic candidates are competing to fill the seat, WFLX reported.

The Candidates

The forum was hosted by the Urban League of Palm Beach and Broward counties ahead of the Nov. 2 primary election.

Here are the candidates: State Sen. Perry Thurston, who represents portions of Broward County; Priscilla Taylor, a former state legislator and Palm Beach County commissioner; Broward County Commissioner Barbera Sharief, who previously served as the county’s first Black mayor; Emmanuel Morel, the former president of the Democratic Progressive Caucus of Palm Beach County; Phil Jackson, a retired U.S. Navy chief petty officer; Broward County Commissioner Dale Holness, who Hastings once endorsed; state Rep. Omari Hardy, from West Palm Beach; state Rep. Bobby DuBose, the Florida House minority leader; Elvin Dowling, a West Palm Beach native and former aide to Hastings, and Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, the CEO of Trinity Health Care Services.

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Candidates Express Stand On Certain Issues

According to WPTV, during the forum, candidates were asked regarding the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act — a measure that seeks to combat racial bias, misconduct and excessive use of force.

Comm. Dale V.C. Holness said that each district in the state must know the importance of the act and that a public relations campaign is in order to educate constituents of the damages that misconduct, excessive force, and racial bias do to the country.

Another issue that was discussed during the forum is how to help historically black colleges and universities.

State Representative Bobby Dubose said that aside from funding, there should be a re-occurring budget line item in the federal budget for the HBCUs.

State representative Omari Hardy also shared his stand saying that he believes college should be tuition-free. “One way to make sure the HBCU’s get their money is to ensure no one attends an HBCU’s because they’re concerned about cost,” he was quoted as saying by WPTV.

Another issue discussed during the forum was that of immigration which involved Haitian migrants at the U.S. border.

Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick stated that the situation is “unjust” and that it is not even in line with the country’s policies. Commissioner Barbara Sharief echoed Cherfilus-McCormick and said that there’s a need for improvement in terms of the country’s policy on immigration.

Primaries Set On Nov. 2

Aside from the 11 Democratic candidates, two republicans also want the seat for Florida’s 20th Congressional District. A primary election is set for Nov. 2 while the general election is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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Congressman Charlie Crist has said that he plans to legalize recreational cannabis and remove marijuana convictions if he is elected the governor of Florida. This vow, among many others he has made, is a part of his campaign on a criminal justice reform plan.

Legalizing And Taxing Use of Recreational Cannabis

Crist’s “Justice for All” plan would mean a tax rate, which is not yet identified, for the use of recreational cannabis. According to Crist, the tax proceeds would go to funding community investments such as police training, drug treatment programs, and to increase compensation for teachers and law enforcement, Florida Politics reported.

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The congressman’s plan, developing gradually, also seeks to remove altogether current charges and sentences linked to a misdemeanor and third-degree felony cannabis possession.

The announcement was made at Florida Historical Capitol together with other Democratic lawmakers.

According to Crist, there’s a need to finally catch up to the will of the American people with legalizing marijuana. “Florida cannot continue to stick its head in the sand when it comes to building a better future for our children and neighbors and dismantling the systems and sentencing laws that dehumanize our neighbors,” he was quoted as saying by Florida Politics.

Crist’s Justice Plan Differs From His Approach in 1990

Tracing back from 1990, Crist was called “Chain Gang Charlie” after he supported chain gangs despite the rise in crimes in Florida, an approach that completely contradicts his criminal justice reform plan.

According to Florida Politics, when asked about the change in his campaigns and strategies, Crist said that his approach to crime has evolved over time and that different times require different solutions.

The gubernatorial candidate would announce the rest of his “Justice for All” plan during his statewide tour, the report said.

Currently, Crist’s priorities include restoration of voting rights to felons, a reorganization of Florida’s clemency process, and development in reviewing wrongful convictions.

According to Crist via Florida Politics, his plans, which he considers “common-sense changes,” would go a long way in improving the state’s broken system and creating a better future for the constituents of Florida.

Crist Setting Himself Up As He Goes Against Fried For Party’s Nomination

Congressman Crist has been on a statewide tour trying to establish himself as he competes against Commissioner Nikki Fried for the party’s nomination against Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2022 election.

Fried, who is the state’s only elected Democrat, has similar opinions with Crist, specifically about DeSantis’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DeSantis is going down because people do not like what he’s doing, Crist said, according to the report.

Sharing some similarities, Fried and Crist have opposing opinions. Fried lambasted Crist, saying that he is the source of the tough-on-crime laws in Florida, urging people to try “something new” and noted that she is a new generation leader.

“Imitation is flattery, but records are records… People went to jail because Republicans like Charlie Crist supported and enforced racist crime bills. Glad he’s changed his mind, but none of those people get those years back,” Fried posted on social media.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued a new executive order that bans employers, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations of employees or customers. The move comes as the Republican governor challenged the Biden administration by accusing it of “bullying” private entities into enforcing vaccine mandates.

President Joe Biden issued vaccine mandates in September as per which all employers with more than 100 workers are required to be vaccinated or be tested weekly for the virus.

Abbott’s Crackdown On Vaccine Mandates

In the new executive order issued Monday, Abbott said that the Biden administration vaccine mandates resulted in what he said were “workforce disruptions” threatening Texas’ recovery from the pandemic, ABC 13 reported.

“The Biden administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’s continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” the governor stated in the order issued Monday.

Abbott, who tested positive for COVID-19 in August, has also banned businesses from requiring proof of vaccination and enforced a fine for violators. The governor said he would submit a request to the state legislature, led by Republicans, to codify his executive order into law.

Abbott continues to crack down on vaccine mandates. In his previous executive order, he already banned coronavirus vaccine requirements by cities, government agencies, counties and school districts. That order is currently being fought in court by San Antonio Independent School District.

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The governor continues to insist that though the COVID-19 vaccine is “safe, effective and our best defense against the virus,” getting vaccinated is a matter of personal choice.

COVID-19 Cases ‘Decline’ In Texas

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) data tracker, Texas has been witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases recently. As of Oct. 11, the state had 167,455 active infections and 66,700 COVID-related deaths, as per the COVID-19 data tracker.

Abbott also took to Twitter about the same:

Several big firms have been following the administration’s vaccine mandates and announced deadlines for their staff to get vaccinated or face either suspension or termination of their job.

As of now, it is not known whether the Biden administration would sue Texas for the governor’s latest executive order as it may come in way of the government’s vaccination goal.

Nationally, the United States has so far reported 44,562,287 COVID-19 cases 716,477 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

 

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A remark by an attendee on Donald Trump’s Iowa rally Sunday made “Civil War” trending on Twitter which was widely circulated online by the media.

Trump’s rally in Des Moines took place Saturday. At that event, Trump supporter Lori Levi told MSNBC that she believes the U.S. is heading for a “civil war.” Levi slammed Democrats and Republicans who oppose Trump, saying most members of the GOP are “as weak as they possibly could be in Congress.”

Donald Trump supporter Lori Levi
Donald Trump supporter Lori Levi. Image credit- Twitter

Though Trump has not announced a second run for the White House, he held a campaign-style rally in Iowa.

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On Sunday afternoon, the phrase “Civil War” had been tweeted by 67,000 people on the microblogging site Twitter. Most of them ripped apart Trump supporters and the right-wing “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) movement. Some of them also offered remedies to resolve the current divide within American society, reported Forbes.

Trump Supporters Slammed

Unsuccessful Democratic presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang tweeted that a “civil war is coming if we don’t stop dehumanizing those we disagree with politically.”

The political activist promoted his new Forward Party PAC, which aims to promote democratic reforms, Independent reported.

Dean Obeidallah, the host of The Dean Obeidallah Show, said that Democratic states would be happy for largely Republican states to secede from the country — unlike what happened back in the 1860s during the Civil War.

Actress and activist Patricia Arquette also dismissed the possibility of war within the country, saying, “even in states Biden lost across the country he got millions of votes,” she tweeted.

Ahead of Trump’s rally, the Des Moines Register released a poll showing that 53% of people in Iowa view him favorably. According to the poll, Trump also had a 91% favorability rating among Iowa Republicans. The poll also showed that 99% of Iowa Democrats viewed him unfavorably.

Meanwhile, the former president continues to slam his own party establishment. He took aim at Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell during the Iowa rally for not backing attempts to overthrow the 2020 presidential election.

 

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Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds welcomed former president Donald Trump’s return to the state Saturday, marking the launch of the Republican’s campaign for the 2024 election.

According to Iowa Capital Dispatch, both Grassley and Reynolds stood by the former president as the latter again repeated his baseless claims of voter fraud and a stolen election to a crowd of thousands.

Grassley, Reynolds Praise Trump

Grassley, who recently announced that he would run for the eighth six-year term, heaped praise on Trump and introduced him by noting there was “a great crowd honoring a great president of the United States.”

However, neither Grassley nor Reynolds talked about Trump’s post-presidency, during which the former president has continued to make baseless claims about the results and urge Republicans to conduct “audits” of the vote counts.

Reynolds, who also sought reelection next year, gushed with praise for Trump in her brief remarks.

Trump spent around 30 minutes in the rally, his first in Iowa since his 2020 campaign, arguing falsely that he had won in Georgia, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.

“Trump won! Trump won! Trump won!,” the cheering crowd chanted across the sprawling Iowa state fairgrounds. “He did. He did. Thank you,” the former president responded to his supporters.

Ignorant About Trump’s Lies

Meanwhile, aides of Grassley and Reynolds didn’t respond to Trump’s comment last week that the “real insurrection” was the 2020 presidential election, not the storming of the Capitol by the former president’s supporters determined to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election, reported Politico.

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Governor Kim Reynolds. Image credit – Twitter

Grassley, who voted to certify the vote, has so far not made any remarks on Trump’s continuing false claims of the election. Asked in July, he said, “On December 12, after the electoral votes were cast, Biden is the president of the United States.”

On Saturday, Trump endorsed Grassley and pledged to endorse Reynolds separately in the months ahead.

In January 2021, when asked if she and other Republican leaders should have more quickly rejected false claims of election fraud, the governor said people need to stop pointing fingers and move forward.

Meanwhile, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Sunday said that she believes Trump will run for president in 2024 and hire “people of the January 6 mind.”

She said that initially she didn’t think Trump would run for the top job in 2024, but added: “I think now, because his base is reacting to him the way that it is, and polls are showing that he’s very much the leader of the Republican Party … I think he is going to run again.”

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Australia is near to reach its national COVID-19 inoculation target. But there is an unprecedented focus on the effect of the vaccines.

Though there is bulk information available about vaccination online, it has increasingly been becoming difficult to ascertain the truth from false information or bullish conspiracy.

A common myth attached to COVID-19 vaccines in recent months is that they remain active in the body for years –a piece of information that has created a fear among some people about vaccination.

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But the truth is that vaccines are cleared from your body in just a week. It is an automatic immune response from the body against the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appears to last for a long time, The Conversation reported in scientific analysis.

How Does The Vaccine Work?

All vaccines have a fundamental goal — to build an immune system against a contagious disease, reducing the risk that comes with it.

COVID-19 vaccines do this by injecting information into our muscle cells, usually in our upper arm. Vaccines work in different ways, such as using mRNA, like Pfizer’s and Moderna’s, or viral vectors, like AstraZeneca’s.

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AstraZeneca Vaccine – Representational image

Irrespective of the use of technology, the effect is similar. Human cells use the genetic template in the vaccine to produce the coronavirus’ spike protein which is transported to the surface of the cell where it’s detected by the immune cells nearby.

What Happens To The Vaccines?

Once you take vaccines and your body builds immunity against the COVID-19 virus, the vaccines themselves are rapidly broken down and get away from the body cells, the report said.

The mRNA vaccines consist of a fatty shell, which sums up a group of mRNA particles – the genetic recipe for the spike protein. Once this is injected into a cell, the shell is degraded to harmless fats, and the mRNA is used by the cells to produce spike proteins.

Once the mRNA has been used to produce proteins, it’s broken down and cleared from the cell along with the rest of the mRNAs produced by the normal function of the cell.

The fact is that mRNA is very weak, with the most last for only a week.

What Happens After Vaccines Get Cleared From The Body?

Once the body builds immunity, vaccines are identified as foreign by the immune system and destroyed with the cells adapting to the coronavirus in the process. The spike proteins are fully cleared from the body after a few weeks. At this time, they don’t appear to leave the vaccination site (your upper arm), The Conversation reported.

But antibodies specifically targeting the spike protein produced by your immune system remain in the body for many months after vaccination which protects you from further infection.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, 6,449,169,700 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the world so far. The deadly virus has infected 237,655,639 people and claimed 4,849,183 lives all over the world as of now.

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