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REPORT: Bob Odenkirk Hospitalized After Collapsing On The Set Of ‘Better Call Saul’

Bob Odenkirk has reportedly been hospitalized.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the star actor collapsed Tuesday while on the set of “Better Call Saul” in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was rushed to a hospital. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

At this time, the cause of Odenkirk’s collapse isn’t known.

Obviously, this is an incredibly serious situation, and we’re all pulling for Odenkirk. Whenever someone collapses for no apparent reason, you know that you’re dealing with a situation that demands immediate medical attention.

THR reported that “crew members immediately surrounded” Odenkirk and called an ambulance. So, it sounds like they reacted quickly.

Hopefully, this turns out to be nothing serious and Odenkirk can get back to normal sooner than later. The last thing anyone wants to see is someone struggle with a medical crisis.

Keep checking back for the latest details as we have them on this scary situation. Our thoughts and prayers and with Odenkirk and his family.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we’re all hoping for the best possible outcome.

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Joey Jordison, A Founder Of Slipknot, Announced Dead At 46

Joey Jordison, a founding member of the metal band Slipknot, died Monday from unknown causes at the age of 46.

A representative for Jordison’s family confirmed the drummer’s death in an issued statement obtained by Rolling Stone saying those close to him currently face “indescribable sorrow.”

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow. To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart, and his love for all things family and music,” the statement read. “The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans, and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.”

Jordison founded Slipknot in his home state of Iowa along with bassist Paul Gray and percussionist Shawn Crahan in 1995, according to Rolling Stone. Gray died from a morphine and fentanyl overdose in 2010.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 26: Lead singer Corey Taylor of heavy metal band Slipknot performs on stage in concert at Acer Arena on October 26, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Jordison left the band in 2013 after being diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, which prevented him from having the ability to perform, the outlet reported. (RELATED: Legendary Rapper Biz Market Dead At 57 From Unknown Causes) 

“I got really, really sick with this horrible disease called transverse myelitis; I lost my legs, I couldn’t play anymore. It was a form of multiple sclerosis, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” Jordison said in a 2016 Metal Hammer interview.

Trivium, a metal band, mourned the unexpected death of the former Slipknot drummer and said his musical talent “helped shape what metal is today.”

“We are saddened by the news of the passing of our dear friend, Joey Jordison,” the band tweeted. “From being able to share the stage with him numerous times throughout the years to Matt standing alongside him for the Roadrunner United album. He was always super gracious to all of us in Trivium. Whenever we toured with them, his songwriting and playing helped shape what metal is today.”

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Trump-Endorsed Congressional Candidate Susan Wright Upset In Texas Runoff

Trump-endorsed Susan Wright lost her runoff Tuesday in Texas’ 6th congressional district, falling short to opponent, state Rep. Jake Ellzey, in her bid to succeed her late husband in Congress.

Despite being the favorite to succeed the late Rep. Ron Wright after he died from complications due to COVID-19 in February, Wright fell to Ellzey who had 53% with nearly 100% of the ballots counted, according to Associated Press elections data.

Former President Donald Trump and over 100 members of his administration first endorsed Wright in late April, shortly before the special election on May 1, and sent multiple statements urging eligible Texans to vote for her.

Though Trump and high-profile Republicans like Sen. Ted Cruz endorsed Wright, the runoff divided Republicans across the state, with many opting to endorse Ellzey, a former Navy pilot. He was supported by former elected officials like Republican Gov. Rick Perry and lawmakers like Rep. Dan Crenshaw.

While Wright bested Ellzey in the May 1 special election, she only won with 19% of the vote due to the size of the field. Ellzey finished second with 14%, beating the leading Democrat by just over 300 votes and thus securing an all-GOP runoff.

Despite Ellzey’s second-place finish in May his profile rose in the months before the runoff. He outspent Wright throughout the race, and through July 7 raised over $1.2 million compared to Wright’s $454,000. (RELATED: Republicans Win Big In Texas Mayoral Races With Increased Latino Support)

Ellzey also had a wider breadth of support, including from Stephen Daniel, the Democratic nominee in the district in the 2020 election.

“Since my only choices are Rs, I am voting for @JakeEllzey in the upcoming runoff,” Daniel tweeted.

But the state representative was attacked by conservative groups like Club for Growth, which poured money into attack ads against him and highlighted his criticism of other Texas conservatives.

“Republicans want a real conservative who will actually show up, not a serial opportunist with a record of missing votes and supporting higher taxes,” said Club for Growth president David McIntosh in a statement.

It is unclear exactly when Ellzey will be sworn in by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, since the House is set to begin its August recess at the end of this week and is not scheduled to return until after Labor Day weekend.

Another contentious runoff is slated for Aug. 3 in Ohio’s 11th congressional district, where Democrats have split their support between Nina Turner, a Sen. Bernie Sanders-aligned progressive, and Shontel Brown, a moderate Cuyahoga County council representative.

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ANALYSIS: Dr. Fauci Dishonestly Deflects From His Agency’s Role In Funding Dangerous Bat-Borne Virus Research In China

Fireworks erupted during a congressional hearing last week when Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul accused Dr. Anthony Fauci of lying to Congress about the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) role in funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).

“This research fits the definition of the research the NIH said was subject to the pause in 2014 to 2017, a pause in funding on gain of function. But the NIH failed to recognize this, defines it away, and it never came under any scrutiny,” Sen. Paul said.

“Dr. Fauci, knowing it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement?,” referring to Fauci’s previous testimony on May 11 that the NIH never funded such research.

“Sen. Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement,” Fauci replied, saying that it “was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain of function.”

“You do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly and I want to say that officially. You do not know what you are talking about,” Fauci would later retort. (RELATED: HHS Sends Heavily Redacted Fauci Emails After FOIA Lawsuit)

Sen. Paul would later say during an appearance with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he would be sending a letter to the DOJ asking for a criminal referral into Fauci.

Many Democrats and members of the media immediately defended Dr. Fauci. Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith followed up Sen. Paul’s questioning by asking Fauci to respond to “attacks against his integrity.”

But others were not convinced, notably Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, who said in a tweet that “Rand Paul was right and Fauci was wrong.”

“It doesn’t matter which ‘gain of function’ definition you prefer. What everyone can now see clearly is that NIH was collaborating on risky research with a Chinese lab that has zero transparency and zero accountability during a crisis — and no one in a position of power addressed that risk. Fauci is arguing the system worked. It didn’t,” Rogin would later write in a column for the Post.

“Fauci also told Paul there’s no possibility the research in the paper Paul cited directly led to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but Paul correctly called this out as a straw man,” Rogin continued. “That specific project was only one element of the U.S. government multiagency effort that for years pumped U.S. money and know-how into these Wuhan labs, via the EcoHealth Alliance.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation has reported extensively on how the NIH awarded a grant to the nonprofit group EcoHealth Alliance, which was then given to the Wuhan lab to study Chinese bat coronaviruses. (RELATED: Media Downplayed Or Ignored These 8 Lab Leak Theory Facts For Over A Year)

Federal funding for gain-of-function research was temporarily suspended in 2014 due to the risks of a supercharged virus leaking into the human population but was later resumed in 2017 after the Potential Pandemic Pathogens Control and Oversight (P3CO) Framework was established in order to provide oversight.

But the grant NIH awarded to EcoHealth Alliance was never reviewed by the P3CO Framework, meaning that taxpayer dollars were given to the Wuhan lab without being scrutinized by an HHS oversight board.

“This is a systemic problem,” Rutgers University professor of chemical biology Richard H. Ebright told the DCNF, adding that the NIH has “systematically thwarted–indeed systematically nullified – the HHS P3CO Framework by declining to flag and forward proposals for review.”

The research Dr. Fauci denies as being gain of function “matches, indeed epitomizes the definition,” Ebright also told National Review in May.

EchoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak has also been heavily criticized for his public statements in 2020 downplaying the theory that COVID-19 could have originated from a lab in Wuhan. Daszak thanked Dr. Fauci in an April 2020 email for publicly throwing cold water on the lab leak theory.

Dr. Ebright has been highly critical of Dr. Fauci and others who downplayed the lab leak theory. “All evidence available today was available twelve months ago, and most evidence available today was available fifteen months ago,” he told the Daily Caller in May.

“All that has changed is that the small group that seized control of the narrative in February 2020 and deceived the public and policy-makers for fifteen months now has lost control of the narrative,” Ebright continued.

It remains unclear whether the grants from NIH in question led to the creation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but what is true is that Dr. Fauci is attempting to hide behind technicalities in order to absolve his agency’s role in funding research into dangerous bat-borne coronaviruses in China. (RELATED: Dr. Fauci Is In An All Out Media Blitz To Rescue His Image)

His allies in the media and Democratic party will continue defending him but as Rogin said clearly: “Rand Paul is right and Dr. Fauci is wrong.”

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Steven Crowder Speaks Out After Lung Collapse

Political commentator Steven Crowder took to share an update on social media Tuesday on his health and recovery after his lung partially collapsed.

Crowder announced Friday that he suffered from a minor lung collapse while recovering from a recent surgical procedure. The “Louder with Crowder” host tweeted a photo of himself laying in a hospital bed and describing last night’s “turn for the worse” in connection to the collapse.

“Last night took a turn for the worse. Ever actually get so close that you can physically feel death? He’s a dick,” Crowder tweeted. “The good news is, it’s fixable and these things happen. I’ll be back before you know it. Thanks for the support.”

Crowder announced in a June video that he would be undergoing surgery to have titanium rods placed in his chest in July to treat a connective tissue disorder which causes his chest to cave in on his heart. The condition causes his blood flow to be significantly lower than the average person’s, he said.

The commentator underwent the surgery July 1 and released an x-ray of his chest plate in a July 7 post. (RELATED: Steven Crowder To Sue Facebook For ‘Unfair’ Treatment Of Conservatives)

Crowder is the host of the conservative YouTube series “Louder with Crowder” where he gives insight into his viewpoints regarding political issues. An April video of the series showed Crowder laying on the ground while a producer of his show placed a knee on his neck for nine minutes to prove his theory that drugs contributed to George Floyd’s May 20, 2020, death.

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‘Equal Application Of The Law Is Dead’: Tucker Carlson Criticizes Disparity On How BLM And Capitol Rioters Were Treated

Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Daily Caller co-founder said he fears that the “equal application of the law is dead” because he believed Capitol rioters were being treated far more harshly than left-wing mobs during the height of Back Lives Matter rioting.

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“The disparity in the way those rioters were treated in compared to the way the rioters last summer were treated as too much, it’s making me feel like equal application of the law is dead,” he said on his show, “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“Remember, it was just last summer that rioters in Washington torched the oldest Episcopal church in the city, St. John’s, just steps from the White House; dozens of police officers were injured that day,” Carlson continued. He added that the Secret Service officers were compelled “to take the president to a bunker, remember that?” (RELATED: Pelosi Adds Adam Kinzinger To Jan. 6 Commission, Doubles Down On Ousting Jordan, Banks)

Carlson recalled how just weeks later, “another mob assaulted [Republican] Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and his protection detail as they left the White House.”

The Fox News host noted, “the BLM rioter … punched a cop in the face, a cop who was trying to get Rand Paul to safety.”

After the fact, Carlson said that “the BLM lunatic” was not labeled “a dangerous insurrectionist.”

“[The rioter’s] actions didn’t cause federal politicians to cry, nor did Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney compare the incident to the attack on Pearl Harbor or to 9/11.”

“Why?” Carlson asked. “Because the BLM guy supports the program,” Carlson said, appearing to refer to progressivism.

The host noted that the suspect was “detained briefly for his crimes,” released from jail, and “did not rot in solitary in the D.C. jail for six months and counting for a nonviolent offense like so many Trump voters on January 6.”

Fox senior political analyst Brit Hume agreed with Carlson.

“If this were covered, Tucker, the way the riots of last summer were covered it would be described as ‘mostly peaceful,’” he said. Hume added that some of the rioters were certainly not peaceful which was a “nightmare experience” for Capitol police officers.

Hundreds of rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress sought to certify President Joe Biden’s victory. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

“Some of them obviously had a terrible experience and considered it a near thing,” Hume continued, referring to the Capitol police officers. “But There’s certainly a disparity between the way that this event’s been covered and the way it’s been responded to politically and the way the more serious rioting of last summer with more deaths to show for it have been treated.” (RELATED: McCarthy Selects The Five Republicans Who Will Serve On Jan. 6 Select Committee)

Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone frequently referred to the Jan. 6 mob as “terrorists” while testifying before the special committee Tuesday. He said he and other officers had been fighting for two hours “unrelieved,” and he told the committee that probably should have included a gas mask in his equipment that day.

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CDC Changes Guidance One Day After Saying Vaccinated Americans Can Go Back To Normal Life

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed their mask recommendations Tuesday, one day after claiming that people who have been vaccinated could resume their normal lives.

“You’re fully vaccinated 2 weeks after getting your last #COVID19 vaccine,” the CDC said on Twitter. “Get vaccinated as soon as you can so you can get back to doing the things you love.” The organization also posted an advertisement encouraging people to get vaccinated so they don’t “miss out” on activities.

The CDC updated its mask guidance Tuesday; it told fully-vaccinated Americans “in areas with substantial and high transmission” to wear masks indoors to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. It also recommended that all students in K-12 schools wear masks regardless of their vaccination status.

Throughout the pandemic, guidance from the CDC has been inconsistent, according to multiple reports. (RELATED: CDC Tells All Students K-12 To Mask Up, Even If Fully Vaccinated)

Towards the end of February, CDC Director Robert Redfield said on national television that the threat of coronavirus was low and that “the American public needs to go on with their normal lives,” USA Today reported. An investigation from the outlet found that the CDC failed to provide answers to state health officials who asked for guidance, undermined officials who suggested a more aggressive pandemic response, and even edited a government science journal in late March to remove a call for more testing in nursing homes.

One MIT study found that the risk of virus transmission indoors was the same indoors whether three feet away or 60 feet away from someone, proving that the CDC’s “six-foot” distance rule was not fully grounded in data, according to the New York Post.

The CDC also recommended wearing masks outdoors, despite evidence showing that there is very little risk of catching COVID while outdoors.

Even after the vaccine was developed, the CDC still struggled to maintain consistency in its messaging. The organization announced that it was safe for fully vaccinated passengers to travel, but CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said on the same day that the CDC was “not recommending travel at this time,” Fox News reported.

In July of 2020, Wakensky told Massachusetts officials that “if people are masked it is quite safe and much more practical to be at 3 feet” in schools. In February, she changed her tune on a call with reporters and said that “schools should require physical distancing of at least six feet.” Walensky claimed that “direct changes to the guidelines were made as a result of” listening sessions with “education and public-health partners.”

Guidance on school reopenings has also been inconsistent, according to the Government Accountability Office. It found that “portions of CDC’s guidance on reopening K-12 schools are inconsistent, and some federal guidance appears misaligned with CDC’s risk-based approach on school operating status,” according to CBS News White House reporter Kathryn Watson.

The result of inconsistent guidance and unclear messaging was an undeniable erosion of trust in the CDC. NPR found that only 52% of Americans had a “great deal of trust” in the CDC. 45% of respondents said that they “somewhat” trusted the CDC or did not trust them at all.

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All Out Chaos At Gaetz Presser, As Congressman Flees From Leftist Aggressors

Five Republican members of Congress were chased out of their own rally outside of the Department of Justice (DOJ) by left-wing protesters Tuesday.

Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, Virginia Rep. Bob Good, and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar held a press conference and rally outside the DOJ’s offices to protest the alleged treatment of Capitol riot defendants. Attorneys for the defendants have argued that their clients are not being treated fairly, and in some cases are being held in solitary confinement for up to 23 hours a day.

The congressmen explained that Attorney General Merrick Garland did not respond to a letter they sent him outlining their concerns about the treatment of Capitol riot defendants, and that they were not allowed access to him at the DOJ building. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Justice Must Be Administered Equally’—Republican Senators Demand Answers For 2020 Riots, Capitol Riot From DOJ)

As Greene began her comments, a protester began blowing a whistle in an effort to drown her out. Other protesters held up signs reading “Traitors and Rapists Sit Down” and “Pedophiles for Trump.”

As the rioters chased Gaetz and the other Republicans to their cars, a women repeatedly asked him, “Are you a pedophile?”

Gaetz has been accused of paying minors for sex, although he denies the allegations.

Greene later tweeted, “Radical communist leftists are hell-bent on silencing free speech… I refuse to back down to the vile left.”

Greene and Gaetz attempted to host multiple “America First” rallies in Riverside and Anaheim, California on July 17, although both cities canceled the rallies. First Amendment attorneys suggested that Gaetz’s and Greene’s free speech rights may have been violated by the cancellations.

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American Olympians Didn’t Get The NYT Memo That Flags Are Only For Trumpers

New York Times Editorial Board member Mara Gay and “The View” host Sunny Hostin have called the American flag “disturbing” — but American Olympians did not get that memo.

The New York Times even published an editorial discussing why the flag, despite representing the U.S. for 245 years, had become offensive to some because it had been co-opted by supporters of former President Donald Trump. (RELATED: Mara Gay Says It’s ‘Disturbing’ To See American Flags In America, Blames White Trump Supporters)

But no one appears to have informed the members of Team USA, competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games after a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They marched onto the world stage carrying it.

USA’s delegation parade during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images

Surfer Carissa Moore was proud to carry the flag as she became the first woman to win gold in the newly-added sport of surfing.

Vincent Hancock and Amber English shared a flag after their golden sweep in the skeet shooting competition.

Surfer Kolohe Andino posed with a flag before heading into the surfing quarterfinals.

Beach volleyball duo Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil – who went on to win gold — posed with a flag ahead of their match as well.

Anastasija Zolotic, 18, took a victory lap after becoming the first American woman to win gold in Taekwondo.

Anastasija Zolotic of Team United States celebrates after defeating Tatiana Minina of Team ROC during the Women’s -57kg Taekwondo Gold Medal contest. Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Lee Kiefer, a 27-year-old medical student, celebrated with her flag after becoming the first American — male or female — to win gold in foils fencing.

USA’s Lee Kiefer celebrates with her coach Amgad Khazbak’s after winning in the women’s foil individual gold medal bout during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

And with more than ten days left of competition, there will certainly be more to come.

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Study Finds Most European Abortion Laws Limit Abortion Earlier Than Mississippi Law At The Heart Of Supreme Court Case

Most European abortion laws limit abortion earlier than the Mississippi law at the heart of an upcoming Supreme Court case, a study released Tuesday found.

The pro-life Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) released a comprehensive analysis of European abortion laws Tuesday showing that an overwhelming majority of European countries limit abortions to before 15 weeks.

“Mississippi’s law brings the United States a small step closer both to European and global norms,” said CLI associate scholar Angelina B. Nguyen in a statement. (RELATED: Supreme Court Takes Up Major Abortion Case Directly Challenging Roe v. Wade)

Nguyen said that no European nation allows elective abortions through all nine months of pregnancy “as is effectively permitted in several U.S. states,” noting that the U.S.  is among only a small handful of nations, including  China and North Korea, that allow late-term abortions.  

CLI sampled a group of 50 European countries, independent states, and semi-autonomous regions with populations over one million, comparing the gestational limits for abortion to Mississippi’s Gestational Age Act. The study found that 47 out of 50 European nations restrict abortion to prior to 15 weeks and five countries limit abortions to 14 weeks, including Germany and Belgium.

The majority of European countries — including Denmark, France, and Norway — limit abortions to 12 weeks, the study found, and no European nations allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.

(FRANK RUMPENHORST/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)

No U.S. states have enforceable limits on abortion at 15 weeks, according to the CLI study, and states like California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and New York effectively allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. (RELATED: Mississippi Urges Supreme Court To Overturn Roe v. Wade)

“American elites often hold up Europe as an example,” said CLI president Chuck Donovan in a statement. “First we demonstrated that more than two-thirds of the planet goes further than America in protecting life. Now, we’ve demonstrated that almost every European nation goes further than America in protecting life.”

“The European comparison is useful in highlighting how Roe v. Wade and the abortion industry are outdated and out of touch, but our goal isn’t achieving some international happy medium,” he continued. “Along with legislators in Mississippi, Charlotte Lozier Institute is committed to using science to demonstrate the reality that human life exists in the womb and that the right to life is an unalienable human right.” 

The study comes as the Supreme Court prepares to take up Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in October, prompting the state of Mississippi and Republican senators to file amicus briefs calling on the court to uphold the state’s abortion ban. 

Dobbs will be the first major abortion case in which all three of former President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court justice appointees participate, including Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who gained a seat on the court after a contentious confirmation process in October.

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