CDC: Childhood Obesity Soared During Pandemic

Another negative consequence of the coronavirus pandemic was a sharp increase in childhood obesity, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Examining 432,302 adolescents aged 2-19, the CDC determined that children had doubled their Body Mass Index (BMI) since the start of the pandemic, during which they were subjected to lockdowns and social isolation.

A sign hangs outside a closed playground in Washington, DC, April 29, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
“The COVID-19 pandemic led to school closures, disrupted routines, increased stress, and less opportunity for physical activity and proper nutrition, leading to weight gain among children and adolescents,” the CDC accurately noted.

“Among a cohort of 432,302 persons aged 2–19 years, the rate of body mass index (BMI) increase approximately doubled during the pandemic compared to a prepandemic period,” the agency added.
Children already suffering from obesity prior to the pandemic reportedly “experienced the largest increases” in weight gain. Between the months of March and November of 2020, for instance, the CDC discovered that persons with “moderate or severe obesity gained on average 1.0 and 1.2 pounds per month,” resulting in a 6.1 to 7.3-pound increase over a period of six months. Children with healthier BMIs saw a 2.7-pound increase over the same period of time.
In this Thursday, March 19, 2020, photo, Rebecca Biernat watches as her son Seamus Keenan, 6, takes a live class online at their home in San Francisco. California’s Bay Area has been shut down for more than a week, the first region of America to order its residents to stay home, work remotely, and homeschool their children in a desperate bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Of the age groups, children aged 6-11 years were shown to have “experienced the largest increase in their rate of BMI change.”
In its analysis, the CDC also admitted that school closures “might have reduced” the possibility of children engaging in physical activity and eating healthier meals:
During the pandemic, many early child care and education settings and schools experienced closures, leading to online or hybrid learning environments. This might have reduced the ability for some children to engage in structured physical activity and receive healthy meals. As venues serving youth reopen, it is important to acknowledge the potential indirect consequences of the pandemic and provide children, adolescents, and families with ample opportunities for proper nutrition and regular physical activity.
According to the American Medical Association (AMA), roughly 78 percent of “U.S. patients hospitalized with COVID-19 were overweight or had obesity.”

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Joe Biden to Visit Chicago to Push Vaccines as City Suffers Rising Murder Rate

The White House announced that Joe Biden is set to visit Chicago next week to help Mayor Lori Lightfoot push coronavirus vaccines, even as the city drowns in a rising wave of violence.
Biden is set to visit the Windy City next Wednesday, according to Chicago’s WGN Channel 9.

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot recently announced another citywide vaccine program to get 77 percent of adults and children over 12 to get vaccinated by the end of the year, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The paper added that 72.4 percent of adults and eligible children in Chicago are already vaccinated, but the mayor is looking to push it to 77 percent.
That exceeds what scientists once called “herd immunity,” though authorities have recently begun moving those goal posts.

Meanwhile, the city continues to suffer a rising crime rate, and more especially an exploding murder rate. reports that 298 people have been shot and wounded in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago thus far this month, and 61 were killed. Meanwhile, 586 have been shot and killed this year to date.
The number of deaths seems destined to surpass the 719 total killed last year, and has already far outstripped the 463 shot and killed in 2019.

Wish he’d come here and talk about the importance of doing something to lower the homicide rate instead.
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) September 23, 2021
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Arrest Warrant Issued for Brian Laundrie over Alleged Debit Card Fraud

The FBI has issued an arrest warrant for Gabby Petito’s former fiancé Brian Laundrie for the alleged fraudulent use of a debit card shortly after her death.
On Thursday, the 23-year-old Laundrie was indicted for the federal crime of fraudulently using a Capital One debit card to purchase $1,000 worth of goods between August 30, 2021, and September 1, 2021.

Petito was last seen alive on August 27.

Despite the indictment, the FBI still only considers Laundrie a “person of interest” in the disappearance of Gabby Petito, whose death was ruled a homicide earlier this week after a formal autopsy.
“While this warrant allows law enforcement to arrest Mr. Laundrie, the FBI and our partners across the country continue to investigate the facts and circumstances of Ms. Petito’s homicide,” FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider said in a Thursday statement. “We urge individuals with knowledge of Mr. Laundrie’s role in this matter or his current whereabouts to contact the FBI.”
Brian Laundrie has been missing since last week when he reportedly went for a hike in the Mabry Carlton Jr. Memorial Reserve near his home in North Port, Florida. Thursday marked the fifth day of the FBI and local police’s search for the 23-year-old. Per Buzzfeed:
Petito, an aspiring social media star, was reported missing on Sept. 11 and was last seen near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Laundrie has been missing since Sept. 17 — three days after he told his parents he was going on a hike in a Florida nature reserve. The search for Laundrie in the Carlton Reserve, a 25,000-acre swath of land in Florida, continues as of Thursday.
Laundrie returned to his home alone in North Port, Florida, on Sept. 1, driving Petito’s white van in which the couple had road-tripped across the country. Social media accounts cataloged the couple’s every move. After Petito’s disappearance, the accounts garnered hundreds of thousands of followers as the case became an obsession for true crime fans.
While the warrant does not name the original owner of the Capital One debit card that Brian Laundrie allegedly used, the original missing person’s report from Suffolk County, New York, on September 11 showed that Petito “had a Capital One debit card and checking account,” according to the New York Post.

On September 22, 2021, the U.S. District Court of Wyoming issued a federal arrest warrant for Brian Christopher Laundrie pursuant to a Federal Grand Jury indictment related to Mr. Laundrie’s activities following the death of Gabrielle Petito.
— FBI Denver (@FBIDenver) September 23, 2021

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Dem Rep. Wilson: 'Inhumane' to Deport Haitians to Haiti — U.S. Has Obligation to Take Them In

Thursday on CNN’s “The Lead,” Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) called it “inhumane” to deport Haitian migrants back to a country that cannot accept them.
Wilson said, “I am pissed about the deportations back to a country that cannot accept them. That does not have the capacity to absorb them. When you get off the plane in Haiti, and you have been in Chile for 15 years, you look around, and you say, what am I going to eat? Where am I going to stay? What am I going to drink? Where am I going to work? Who will accept me? And we have no answers. This is a crisis.”

Anchor Jake Tapper said, “Do you think as a principle that until Haiti is up and running as a functioning government and society the U.S. has an obligation to take in any Haitian migrant who comes here?”

Wilson said, “I agree. I agree. I’m calling out to the international community and to the faith community that if you want to sponsor a Haitian migrant, please call my office. Because they need help.”
She continued, “There is no need to deport Haitians to Haiti. That is inhumane. They cannot accept them. They have no functioning government. No senate, no parliament, no president, and the prime minister is being investigated for murdering the president. So the government is in tatters. Why would you deport people back to a country that is just trying as hard as they can to stay afloat and take care of the people that are there? They just experienced an earthquake and a major hurricane.”
Wilson added, “Let’s be humane. The United States knows what to do. These are black immigrants. Treat them the same way you treat other immigrants.”
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Fauci: 'I Still Say That We're Not Going to See' Central Vaccine Mandates, 'It's Still Not Going to Happen'

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci defended his previous statements that there won’t be central vaccine mandates, stating, “I still say that we’re not going to see vaccine mandates centrally. The president is not going to mandate that people in this country get vaccinated. I said that wouldn’t happen, and I’ll say it now, and it’s still not going to happen.”
Fauci stated, [relevant remarks begin around 37:00] “I’ve always said, and I still say that we’re not going to see vaccine mandates centrally. The president is not going to mandate that people in this country get vaccinated. I said that wouldn’t happen, and I’ll say it now, and it’s still not going to happen. But what you will see is local mandates. The president certainly has the right and the authority to mandate vaccines for federal workers, which he’s done, at the executive branch. He also has the authority to mandate for those who are in the healthcare system utilizing Medicare and Medicaid. What I’m saying right now is that now that we know these vaccines work, and we’re still dealing with a crisis, I am in favor, under certain circumstances, to make mandates for vaccines.”

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Fauci Defends NIH Funding Wuhan Lab: 'Only Regret' Is That It's Caused 'Such a Degree of Distraction'

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci defended the NIH funding research at the Wuhan Institute Virology and said that “the only regret is that what it has caused right now is such a degree of distraction” from combating the pandemic.
Host Major Garrett asked, [relevant exchange begins around 7:35] “There were two grants from the National Institutes of Health into investigatory work in the field in the Wuhan Institute of Virology and another institution there. Have you run to ground what those did or didn’t do in terms of creating any atmosphere in which a leak could have occurred or might have occurred?”

Fauci responded, “Well, the grants that [were] funded were to do surveillance in the environment to ask and answer questions that I just mentioned, when you go out, do you see any viruses out there that could potentially evolve to infect humans and do you do surveillance among people in those areas in China to see if there’s any inkling that, under the radar screen, such viruses may have been circulating. In fact, one of the papers that came out from studies from that grant was extremely important in putting a definitive stamp of understanding of how the original SARS-CoV-1 was able to evolve. So, those were questions that got a high priority in peer review to do the research to try and understand that.”

Garrett then asked, “And to those who think there might be some type of scandal or something incorrect or ill-advised about those grants, what would you say, Dr. Fauci?”
Fauci answered, “Well, what you do, Major, is you take a look at the viruses that [were] worked on under the auspices of that grant and what the grant was directed for. And you look at the publications that came from the research associated with that grant. The viruses that were worked with in that environment, in that particular context of that grant could not possibly molecularly evolved into what we know now as SARS-CoV-2. Because when you look at how you can go from one virus and do something with it to get to be another, the viruses that the grant allowed the investigators, competent investigators to work with, molecularly, were so different than what ultimately came out to be SARS-CoV-2 that anyone that looks at those two viruses who knows anything about evolutionary virology will tell you that they’re so far apart that you couldn’t possibly have had it emerge into that particular virus.”
Garrett then asked, “Real quickly, no regrets about those grants?”
Fauci responded, “Well, the only regret is that what it has caused right now is such a degree of distraction [from] trying to do what we really should be doing, is addressing the outbreak, and what we did, and did quite successfully, was to develop vaccines that have now been life-saving. That’s what the job of myself and my team and my institute is, and, thankfully, we did that very successfully.”
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Fauci: 'No Evidence' for COVID Originating from Lab

During an interview with CBS’ “The Takeout” podcast recorded on Wednesday and released on Thursday, White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said there is “no evidence” to indicate COVID-19 originated from a lab leak or an infected lab worker.
Fauci stated, [relevant remarks begin around 5:50] “Well, you must always leave all possibilities open and address it with an open mind. But if you look, historically, at how outbreaks have occurred: Ebola, swine flu, SARS-CoV-1, MERS, and those other outbreaks, the circumstances under which this occurred, namely, in a region of the world where we have that animal-human interface, that it is more likely, in my mind, and in the mind of most of the evolutionary virologists, that it is more likely a natural occurrence of a jumping of species in the environment, in the animal-human interface. However, since you have not yet definitively proven that, you must always keep an open mind to the possibility of what you just mentioned, a laboratory leak or someone who was out doing research in the field who got infected while working with a pathogen in the laboratory. Those are all possibilities. There is no evidence to indicate that that’s happened. But you still must leave an open mind.”

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Gov. Abbott Posts Images of Texas National Guard at Border 'as Biden Does Nothing'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) posted an image of tactical vehicles deployed by the Texas National Guard to his Facebook account and slammed President Joe Biden for doing nothing to address the crisis taking place at the southern border.

Texas National Guard Soldiers deploy tactical vehicles to the border in support of Operation Lone Star. As Biden does…
Posted by Greg Abbott on Thursday, September 23, 2021

“Texas National Guard Soldiers deploy tactical vehicles to the border in support of Operation Lone Star,” Gov. Abbott’s post reads. “As Biden does nothing, the Lone Star State continues to surge manpower & equipment to put an end to the chaos at our southern border.”

While the federal government has kowtowed to the masses of migrants raging across the Rio Grande River, Gov. Abbot took action to protect the United States on September 19. He ordered the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety to form a vehicular barrier at the southern border that extends for miles. Breitbart Texas’s Bob Price documented miles of border fencing on September 21 that had been installed by the state in the past three months. Additionally, hundreds of police vehicles were observed heading south by Breitbart Texas. 

New border barriers were built by the State of Texas along the Rio Grande near Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)
“The State of Texas is taking unprecedented steps to secure the border, and we will continue to respond in full force to keep Texans safe,” Abbott informed reporters, including Breitbart Texas’s Bob Price on September 21. “The Biden Administration’s failure to enforce immigration laws and halt illegal crossings on a federal dam poses life-threatening risks to Texans and the migrants themselves.”
Texas border fending near Del Rio. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)
“The only thing they have shown is an incapability of dealing with this crisis, candidly in a way where they pretend it doesn’t even exist,” Abbott continued. “We’re here to tell you, it exists, it’s total chaos, and the Biden administration, they need to up their game big time.”
On September 21, President Biden acknowledged that the situation has become out of control after a reporter asked, “Mr. President, what is your reaction to the images coming from the southern border?”
“We will get it under control,” replied Biden.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the agency was working to remove migrants from the makeshift camp, but the camp did not see a downshift in migrants until Gov. Abbott moved to use the Texas National Guard and Department of Public Safety. Abbott was informed by Texas Department of Public Safety Southern Region Director Victor Escalon that joint efforts by the Texas DPS and National Guard were able to halt the flow of migrants, which allowed Mayorkas’s DHS to finally lessen the population of the camp. 

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Exclusive—Todd Rokita: GOP Attorneys General Will Stand Up to Democrats' Election Takeover Attempts

Our Founding Fathers rightfully concluded state legislatures were best suited to determine the length of time, manner, and place of our elections.
But after Democrats took control of Congress, their first order of business was an assault on the integrity of our elections to ensure they remain in power in perpetuity. With their introduction of H.R.1 and S.1, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer sought to federalize elections, ban voter ID, and legalize the practice of ballot trafficking.

If the federal government succeeds in taking power away from “We the people,” then we’re no different than a banana republic, and we’ll never have confidence in our elections again.
When I testified in the U.S. Senate earlier this year against the Democrats’ scheme, I told them, “Should the act become law, I can tell you the sun won’t set in Indiana before we sue the federal government, and I’m sure other states will join.” Fortunately, the American people rejected the Democrats’ first attempt to hand control of elections to partisan bureaucrats as the Senate failed to pass the legislation.
But the battle is not over yet.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the Democratic Caucus speak at a press conference on the steps of the Capitol regarding their elections reform bill, H.R. 1 “For the People Act of 2021,” on March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Democrats, desperate to solidify their own power and expand the reach and size of the federal government, are proposing a similar scheme, dubbed H.R. 4., which would establish the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as a national election czar dictating to states exactly how they must administer their elections and choosing which laws they liked and disliked. The Democrats’ goal is to use the DOJ to increase their chances of staying in power.
While Democrats called the measure a compromise, it is anything but. It is the same partisan election takeover but with a different label. Democrats somehow consider it racist and a form of voter suppression to ask voters to provide any form of identification. They have never bothered to explain how asking voters to provide proof of who they are is a form of bigotry, but what could be construed as racist is for Democrats to suggest that a certain group of people either do not have valid forms of ID or are not sophisticated enough to figure out how to obtain one.
Additionally, the Democrats also want to expand ballot trafficking, and they still want to take control away from states and local communities to hand them over to federal bureaucrats.
This new Democrat proposal is a clumsy and heavy-handed effort to circumvent Supreme Court decisions, state sovereignty, and the will of the people. Following the loss of two high-profile U.S. Supreme Court cases – Shelby County v. Holder and Brnovich v. DNC – Democrats won’t be deterred even after hearing their ideas are unconstitutional.

Fortunately, constitution-defending Attorneys General are prepared once again to defend the rule-of-law, free and fair elections, and the authority of states and localities to run their own elections.
I was proud to lead the efforts that stopped the Democrats’ first attempt at a federal takeover of elections, and I’m honored to champion that effort again as 23 Attorneys General have signed onto a letter I piloted urging Congress to reject this disastrous piece of legislation.
Todd Rokita speaks during a news conference on September 16, 2020, in Indianapolis, IN. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
This mission is core to who we are as a democratic republic: one that has free and fair elections and where the will of the people reigns supreme. This is why, when I served as Indiana’s Secretary of State, we implemented voter ID, making it harder to cheat and easier to vote. Since then, other states followed our lead, and Indiana’s voter participation numbers have continued to climb. Commonsense election security works and is widely supported, which is exactly what Democrats are seeking to undermine.
Joe Biden and congressional Democrats failed to sell their federal takeover of elections the first time around because Americans made their voices heard, and I believe Americans will reject this unconstitutional partisan power-grab again.
The Democrats didn’t design their so-called “John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act” in good faith to protect Americans’ votes or to expand voting access for minorities as they dishonestly claim.
They designed it for one reason, so that Democrats in Washington could federalize elections, take power away from the states, and make it easier to cheat.
I will gladly go to any court and any mountaintop with other Attorneys General to ensure we can have confidence in our elections again.
Todd Rokita is the 44th Attorney General of Indiana.

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Jersey Police Officer Catches One-Month-Old Baby Thrown from Balcony

A Jersey City police officer has been hailed a hero after catching a one-month-old baby that was reportedly thrown from a second-floor balcony.
According to, the incident unfolded outside of an apartment building where residents reported a man “dangling” an infant over the second-story balcony. After police arrived, negotiations broke down and the unidentified man allegedly threw the baby off the balcony. Police reacted quickly and the baby was then caught by Officer Eduardo Matute.

“Thankfully the baby wasn’t harmed physically,” Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop said in a statement. “We are lucky to have the men and woman of the JCPD, as every single day I see it firsthand they rise to meet any/all challenges.”

A photo of Matute cradling the bundled infant was later shared on social media.
Jersey City spokeswoman told the outlet that the man was “immediately arrested and charges are pending.”
“Kudos to the JCPD and all the officers involved for their heroics and for bringing a safe conclusion to this dangerous situation,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez also said in a statement.

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NYC Democrats Seek to Give Voting Rights to Nearly 1 Million Non-Citizens

Democrats on the New York City Council are eyeing a plan to allow nearly a million non-citizens the ability to vote in local city elections.
The plan, backed by 34 Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council, would allow non-citizens with green cards, visas, and work authorization to vote in city elections so long as they have resided in New York City for at least 30 consecutive days.

The plan indicates that legal immigrants on green cards or an employment visa who have lived in New York City for at least a month would be able to vote for mayor, comptroller, public advocate borough presidents, council members, and changes to city policy.
Ydanis Rodriguez, a Democrat councilmember who represents the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan, told NY1 that “we need to recognize the contributions of our immigrant brothers and sisters” by giving non-citizens city-wide voting rights.
“This is not about doing a favor to immigrants by allowing them to vote,” Rodriguez said. “If they pay their taxes, as I did when I had my green card, then they should have a right to elect their local leaders.”

June Harkrider, who turned 18 in March, marks her ballot as she votes for the first time during early voting in the primary election, Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in the Soho neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Councilman Robert Holden, a Democrat who represents the Maspeth neighborhood in Queens, is again opposing the plan, telling the New York Post that “giving non-citizens the right to vote would greatly diminish the value of citizenship, as well as the incentive for immigrants to make the commitment to this country and become citizens.”
“Citizenship and suffrage must not be torn from each other,” Holden said.
Councilman Joe Borelli, a Republican who represents Staten Island, said he believes “citizenship should matter and having someone reside here for 30 days and check some boxes shouldn’t entitle them to vote for the people who will tax us for the next generation.”
Democrats on the New York City Council attempted to pass the plan last year, seeking to give huge electoral power to the city’s 3.1 million foreign-born population — making up almost 40 percent of the total city population.
The majority of the city’s foreign-born population has arrived from the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Jamaica, Guyana, Ecuador, and Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, and India.
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