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TV Spots Aim to Lure Businesses Away from Mississippi, North Carolina, Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made headlines last week for his effort to lure businesses away from England in the wake of the country’s “Brexit” vote to leave the European Union. 

However, Abbott’s message is being undermined in his own backyard by a new economic development campaign from the state of New York that characterizes Texas as a hostile environment for LGBT people and other minorities. 

In addition to Texas, New York’s “Open Doors Campaign” — unveiled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week — began airing TV ads on Sunday in Mississippi and North Carolina, both of which have passed horrific anti-LGBT legislation in recent months. The Open Doors ads tout New York as “a beacon that welcomes those unwelcome in other places,” referencing Ellis Island, the Underground Railroad, the fight for women’s suffrage and the Stonewall Rebellion. 

“Now, as some in America seem to be forgetting exactly what freedom means, New York State is once again standing up for those who others try to keep down, by welcoming, promoting and applauding all who have so much to offer, giving us the privilege of being known by the companies we keep,” the narrator states in one of the ads. “So, if you and your business want to be where the true leaders are, where we understand the value of diversity and work to make suer everyone can succeed, join us, grow here, start your business here, and welcome to New York State.” 

“Today, when love is under attack by Hate, we welcome those with big hearts and big visions for what the world can become,” another ad states. 

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Featuring numerous images of same-sex couples, the ads highlight North Carolina’s HB2 and Mississippi’s HB1523, as well as Abbott’s memo in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality, in which he suggested public officials could discriminate against gay couples.

The ads also mention states’ efforts to halt the resettlement of Syrian refugees, but the main focus appears to be LGBT rights.  

Cuomo unveiled the Open Doors campaign in a news release about his establishment of an LGBT Memorial Commission to create a monument honoring those who died in the Orlando terror attack, as well as other victims of hate, intolerance and violence. 

“It is more important than ever that we stand up for the LGBT community and ensure everyone is treated with dignity, fairness and respect,” Cuomo said in the release. 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Demonstrating ‘The Depth of Power She Has Over Kevin McCarthy’: Politico Reporter

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Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, Politico’s Rachael Bade explained that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s overwhelming desire to become the leader of a Republican Party-dominated House has put him at the mercy of the demands and whims of extremist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).

As the plans for the 2022 midterm elections ramp up, and political prognosticators are saying a GOP House takeover is highly likely, McCarthy’s path to staying leader is not certain with the far-right wing of the party balking at just handing the California Republican the gavel.

As Bade explained to CNN’s Christi Paul, Taylor Green is just now starting to feel her power over McCarthy grow.

“What is the takeaway for Kevin McCarthy?” Paul asked. “Particularly, I have to point out that after last night, Marjorie Taylor Greene said she tweeted that she got off a good call with him. spent time talking about problems not only for the country. ‘I like what he has planned ahead.’ Two different — two different points of view from her and in a 24 to 48-hour period. What do you make of that?”

“Look, I think Kevin McCarthy has a really long year ahead of him,” Bade suggested. “You’re right, the midterms are far away. That vote for him to become speaker is a long way off, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is just starting to realize the depth of power she actually has over Kevin McCarthy.”

“This is a man who has wanted to be Speaker for a decade,” she continued. “He needs her vote, he needs her support in order to get the gavel. I think what you’ll be seeing for the next few months, for a year, anytime Kevin McCarthy does anything to infuriate Marjorie Taylor Greene or infuriates [Donald] Trump — they’re going to be lording it over his head.”

“He’s got this real bind right now, he’s going to be in this pickle for a very long time,” she later added.

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Fauci Warns: ‘It’s Not Going to Be Possible to Keep’ Omicron ‘Out of the Country’

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The World Health Organization addressed the new COVID-19 “variant of concern” Friday night, naming it “Omicron” and issuing an ominous warning about the future.

“This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning,” the statement said. “Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant.”

Omicron was initially referred to as B.1.1.529.

Earlier on Friday, the European Commission issued a similar warning and proposed that its member countries activate the “emergency brake” on travel from countries in southern Africa and other affected countries to limit the spread of the variant, The New York Times reported.

Tulio de Oliveira, director of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, said Omicron has 10 mutations and many more entry points than the highly contagious Delta variant.

“All air travel to these countries should be suspended until we have a clear understanding about the danger posed by this new variant,” Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Union’s executive arm, said in a statement. “And travelers returning from this region should respect strict quarantine rules.”

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, the following governments have halted or restricted flights from South Africa to try to curb the spread of Omicron: Bahrain, Belgium, Britain, Croatia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malta, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Singapore.

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the travel restrictions would “buy us some time” and that “it’s not going to be possible to keep this infection out of the country. The question is: Can you slow it down?”

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Wallace Skewers Christie for Trying to ‘Save’ the GOP and Favoring Fox News

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MSNBC news host Nicolle Wallace skewered former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie while he was promoting his book, “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.”

“Is bias more dangerous to the country than conspiracy theorists?” Wallace asked.

“No, but that’s the third section of the book where I talk about the movement forward. In the second portion of the book, we talk about the conspiracy theories and the truth-denying that went on with things like Qanon, Pizzagate, the election situation, John Birch Society… that’s what I talk about. There’s two sections of the book and I’m sure you’re conflating them,” Christie answered.

“I’m not conflating them,” Wallace said. “I don’t think it’s an intellectually honest case to make against conspiracy theories without taking on Fox News.”

During the interview, Wallace also asked Christie if he thought former President Donald J. Trump gave him COVID-19. He denied naming Trump specifically in the contraction, but ultimately said he didn’t know who gave it to him.

See below for how Twitter has responded to the interview, which originally aired Tuesday night, and also to the news of Christie’s potential run for president in 2024.

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