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New Missouri Law Increases Kansas City Police Budget

On Monday, Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a bill that will require the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) to receive at least 25% of Kansas City’s general revenue per fiscal year.

The bill came in response to an attempt by Democrat Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and the city council to cut the police department’s budget by $42.3 million last year as part of the wider push by the Democratic party to “defund the police.”

“When a majority of the City Council voted to strip $42 million from KCPD’s budget in 2021, I knew I had to do something to prevent future efforts to defund the police,” said State Senator Tony Luetkemeyer, who sponsored the bill. “This legislation will ensure the KCPD has the resources it needs to keep our community safe and stop similar radical budget cuts going forward.”

“I’m grateful for Governor Parson standing with the brave men and women of the KCPD,” Luetkemeyer said. “At a time of historic high crime in Kansas City, we need to be supporting our police, not defunding them.”

“In Missouri, we defend our law enforcement officers who answer the call each and every day to protect and serve Missourians. We don’t defund them,” Governor Parson said. “With crime on the rise in cities across the country, we are signing SB 678 to ensure that the KCPD is receiving the necessary resources to support public safety and combat violent crime. We take pride in Missouri’s cities, but we refuse to stand idly by and allow criminals to run free. With the help of law enforcement, the business community, and local partners, we are putting shared solutions to work to combat crime in our state.”

At Least 50 Illegal Immigrants Found Dead In Truck In San Antonio

Dozens of illegal immigrants were found dead in a semitruck in San Antonio on Monday, according to a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson.

“The bodies of at least 46 people were initially found in the tractor-trailer in the sweltering Texas heat, officials said. Sixteen others, including four children, were hospitalized, San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said,” NBC News reported. “On Tuesday morning, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the death toll had risen to 50. He said 22 of the dead were Mexican nationals, while seven were from Guatemala and two from Honduras. The nationalities of the remaining 19 people had yet to be confirmed.”

“This is the worst human-smuggling event in the United States. This sheds light on how dangerous human smuggling is,” said Craig Larrabee, Homeland Security Investigations San Antonio acting special agent in charge.

President Biden released a statement in response to the news, admitting that the tragedy was a result of human traffickers taking advantage of the ongoing border crisis.

“The tragic loss of life in San Antonio, Texas that took place yesterday is horrifying and heartbreaking.  Our prayers are with those who lost their lives, their loved ones, as well as those still fighting for their lives. As always, I am grateful for the swift work of all of the Federal, state, and local first responders,” Biden said. “While we are still learning all the facts about what happened and the Department of Homeland Security has the lead for the investigation, initial reports are that this tragedy was caused by smugglers or human traffickers who have no regard for the lives they endanger and exploit to make a profit.”

The tragedy comes as illegal immigration last month reached the highest level ever with nearly 240,000 migrants being encountered by border officials in May.

“There were an unprecedented 239,416 migrant encounters at the Southern border in May, CBP reports. This is the highest monthly total in DHS history, beating the record that was set the month before in April w/ 234,088,” Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin wrote on Twitter.

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Biden Admin Targets Largest U.S. Oil-Producing Area Amid Record High Gas Prices

As gas prices remain near record high levels, President Biden’s administration has decided to target the largest oil-producing area in the United States: the Permian basin, which is located in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

According to a regulatory notice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to label parts of the Permian Basin as violating federal air quality standards for the ozone.

“EPA is now considering a discretionary redesignation for (portions of) these counties in New Mexico and Texas for the 2015 ozone NAAQS under Clean Air Act section 107(d)(3) based on current monitoring data and other air quality factors,” the Biden administration wrote.

The EPA’s plan will result in new permitting requirements and additional scrutiny of oil drilling operations.

“The possible regulatory action adds yet another element of uncertainty to the oil industry, which is already facing an unknown future while being chastised for not investing more to produce more—whether that’s refining or drilling,” explained.

“Creating uncertainty on permitting and inserting unnecessary regulatory barriers will only negatively impact the production necessary to meet the needs of consumers,” warned Todd Staples, president of the Texas Oil and Gas Association.

The news comes shortly after the American Petroleum Institute’s CEO Mike Sommers sent President Biden a letter warning that his administration’s restrictions on oil have helped cause record high gas prices.

“While members of your administration have recently discussed the need for additional supplies to solve the energy crisis, your administration has restricted oil and natural gas development, canceled energy infrastructure projects, imposed regulatory uncertainty and proposed new tax increases on American oil and gas producers competing globally. Respectfully, the American people need a different direction to solve this crisis,” Sommers wrote, adding a 10-point plan for President Biden to follow to help reduce record high gas prices.

Russian Missile Hits Crowded Shopping Center In Ukraine

A Russian missile hit a shopping center in Kremenchuk, Ukraine, on Monday, killing at least 10 people and wounding dozens more. Around a thousand civilians were estimated to be in the building at the time of the strike.

“The occupiers launched a missile strike at shopping center. There were more than a thousand civilians. The mall is on fire, rescuers are extinguishing fire, number of victims is unimaginable,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said.

The shopping center had posed “no danger to the Russian army,” Zelensky said on Telegram. “No strategic value. Only the attempt of people to live a normal life, which so angers the occupiers.”

“The strike on Kremenchuk came after Russia, in a sudden escalation, fired more than 65 missiles at Ukraine over the weekend. On Monday, a strike in the northeastern city of Kharkiv killed four people and wounded 19, according to the local authorities,” The New York Times reported.

According to The New York Times, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, visited the site of the attack and posted videos on Telegram of himself standing in front of a smoking pile of rubble as rescue workers searched for survivors.

“See what the Amstor shopping center has turned into,” Gerashchenko wrote in a caption, “which thousands in Kremenchuk loved to visit.”

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Report: DHS Warns Of Violence ‘For Weeks’ From Leftists Following SCOTUS Decision

The Department of Homeland Security reportedly expects violence to occur “for weeks” from leftist violent extremists over the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion across the country.

“We expect violence could occur for weeks following the release, particularly as DVEs may be mobilized to respond to changes in state laws and ballot measures on abortion stemming from the decision,” a DHS bulletin obtained by ABC News warned. “We base this assessment on an observed increase in violent incidents across the United States following the unauthorized disclosure in May of a draft majority opinion on the case.”

“Federal and state government officials — including judges — and facilities probably are most at risk for violence in response to the decision,” the bulletin said. “In May, a network of loosely affiliated suspected violent extremists, known as ‘Jane’s Revenge’ — which has been linked to arson attacks against the buildings of ideological opponents — shared a post online encouraging a ‘night of rage’ following the Supreme Court announcement, stating, ‘we need the state to feel our full wrath’ and ‘we need them to be afraid of us.’”

The DHS also pointed to the recent arrest of the man that allegedly attempted to assassinate Justice Brett Kavanaugh in response to an early leak of a draft of the opinion overturning Roe to Politico.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in a 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a challenge to a Mississippi law that bans abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy except in cases of medical emergencies or a “severe fetal abnormality.”

“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely—the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment,” Justice Alito wrote in his majority opinion.

Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division,” Alito wrote. “It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”

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