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Cash App Creator Killedss
The creator of Cash App, a mobile payment service, was stabbed to death in San Francisco yesterday morning. According to police, 43-year-old tech mogul Bob Lee was attacked in the city’s downtown Rincon Hill neighborhood around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday — and no arrests have yet been made. Elon Musk took to Twitter to condemn San Francisco for its ongoing spree of “violent crime.” He also asked San Fran’s district attorney if the city was “taking stronger action to incarcerate repeat offenders.”
Missouri Tornado Kills Multiple
Missouri officials are reporting that multiple people are dead or injured after a Tornado swept through Bollinger County, 50 miles south of St. Louis, early Wednesday morning. Sgt. Clark Parrot of the Missouri State Highway Patrol added that damage is widespread and “devastating.”
“We knew it was going to be bad, just based on what we saw roadside but just seeing aerial footage of it, it’s just heartbreaking to try to absorb it,” Parrot said.
Kevin McCarthy Meets With President Of Taiwan
Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met with the president of Taiwan today in Southern California despite warnings from China — which called the meeting a provocation. A bipartisan group of lawmakers attended the meeting which is a show of support for the independent island and the first time the leader of Taiwan met with a House speaker on U.S. soil.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Results
Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Judge Janet Protasiewicz soundly defeated conservative-backed candidate Dan Kelly on Tuesday in a race that was crucial for the ideological balance of the court. Daily Wire reporter Amanda Prestigiacomo joined Afternoon Update with more:
Prestigiacomo: Protasiewicz, who made no apologies about her support for abortion and other liberal policies, earned about 55.5% of the vote to Kelly’s 44.5%. Protasiewicz racked up huge margins in urban areas like Milwaukee and Madison, while Kelly was unable to get the turnout he needed in more rural areas. The race, which was one of the most expensive court races in history, will likely have major impacts on policies in the Badger State, including abortion, voter integrity measures, election maps, and guns. The state’s voter ID law could even be in jeopardy as a result of Tuesday’s election, as Left-wing challenges could prevail in court.
Chicago Mayoral Race
In Chicago, Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson was elected on Tuesday as the city’s next mayor, defeating moderate rival Paul Vallos, a former Chicago Public Schools CEO. Johnson will succeed Lori Lightfoot, the first incumbent Chicago mayor to lose re-election in decades.
NC Democrat Switches Parties
North Carolina State Representative Tricia Cotham has switched political parties, joining the Republican Party and giving the GOP a veto-proof majority in the state legislature.
Democrats will "villainize anyone who has free thought, free judgement, has solutions," says North Carolina State Rep Tricia Cotham after switching parties.
"If you don't do exactly what the Democrats want you to do, they will try to bully you. They will try to cast you aside." pic.twitter.com/Jhnn1TxXjK
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 5, 2023
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