Tuesday Afternoon Update: Biden Won’t Visit Border, Cali Wants Oil Company Fines, Pentagon Still Wants COVID Vax

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This article is a companion piece to today’s Morning Wire Afternoon Update. To listen to the podcast version, click here.

Kirstie Alley, Dead, Age 71

Actress and mother Kirstie Alley passed away Monday at the age of 71. Alley reportedly died of recently-discovered colon cancer. Alley famously starred in the sitcom “Cheers,” and became an outspoken critic of cancel culture late in life.

Biden Says “More Important Things Going On” Than The Border

President Joe Biden traveled to Arizona on Tuesday to tout Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s announcement of a second manufacturing chip plant in the Grand Canyon State, bringing its total investment in the state to $40 billion.


However, when asked whether or not he will visit the U.S. southern border amid the nation’s illegal immigration crisis, the president was dismissive.

“Why go to a border state and not visit the border?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked.

“Because there are more important things going on,” Biden shot back. “They’re going to invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise.”

Georgia Runoff Day

In an update to this morning’s podcast, voters in Georgia have found very short wait times while casting their ballots so far today. Georgia’s secretary of state says voters had a total wait time of less than three minutes throughout the morning. The run-off election between incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker is expected to be a close contest.

California Wants To Fine Oil Companies

The California legislature convened in a special session Monday during which Governor Gavin Newsom urged lawmakers to impose fines on oil companies’ profit. The California governor is accusing energy companies of price gouging, while industry representatives say market forces and government policies are to blame for high prices.

South Carolina Bans TikTok For State Workers

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has now permanently prohibited state workers’ devices from using the TikTok app. FBI Director Christopher Wray recently testified that the China-based social media platform could pose a national security threat.

Biden’s DOD Wants COVID Vaccine Mandate Kept In Place

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Sunday he wants to keep the military’s COVID vaccine mandate in place to protect the health of the troops. This past week, more than 20 Republican governors sent a letter to President Joe Biden asking that the administration remove the mandate, saying it has hurt the U.S. National Guard’s ability to recruit troops.

Police Officers Recieve Congressional Gold Medals For January 6

And, Congress awarded Congressional Gold Medals on Tuesday to law enforcement officers who were at the capitol during the January 6 riot. President Biden has also stated that at least one medal will reside in the Smithsonian museum so “all visitors can understand what happened that day.”

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