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Democrats reacted with outrage to the Supreme Court declining to block Texas' rigid anti-abortion fetal heartbeat law this week.

The Texas law, passed in May, bans abortions after six weeks or if a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

CNN interviewed liberal author Irin Carmon who noted, "Roe v. Wade said a woman - or pregnant person - has a right to end their pregnancy before viability."

Anti-abortion rights groups cheered the Supreme Court's decision to allow the law which bans abortions after six weeks pf pregnancy.

Texas Right to Life, an anti-abortion group, called the SCOTUS's decision a "massive victory" for the unborn.

Some states have similar fetal heartbeat laws, but the Texas law allows everyday citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who assists women seeking abortions.

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Critics say the law turns common citizens into "bounty hunters" by offering "cash prizes" for citizens who snitch on their neighbors.

They complain that the law is unreasonable because most women don't realize they are pregnant at six weeks.

Pres. Joe Biden called the law an "unprecedented assault" on women. "It unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts," he said in a statement on Thursday.

He directed federal agencies to see what steps they can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to "safe and legal abortions".

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Vice Pres. Kamala Harris condemned the abortion law. She referred to abortions as "health care".

"The Biden-Harris Administration will always fight to protect access to healthcare and defend a woman's right to make decisions about her body and determine her future," she said in a statement.

"This all-out assault on reproductive health effectively bans abortion for the nearly 7 million Texans of reproductive age. Patients in Texas will now be forced to travel out-of-state or carry their pregnancy to term against their will."

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (right) is facing backlash after blaming unvaccinated Black people for spreading Covid-19 around the country.

Patrick said Blacks are the "biggest group" of unvaccinated people in America.

The lt. governor made the remarks in an interview with host Laura Ingraham of Fox News show The Ingraham Angle.

He said Black people vote for Democrats and he blamed members of the Democratic Party for not making sure Black people get the experimental messenger RNA vaccine.

"Most of the numbers are with the unvaccinated and the Democrats like to blame Republicans on that. Well, the biggest group in most states are African Americans who have not been vaccinated. The last time I checked over 90 percent of them vote for Democrats in their major cities and major counties, so it's up to the Democrats to get just as that it's up to Republicans to try to get as many people vaccinated."

Patrick said he respects the rights of people who don't want to get the vaccines and they won't be forced. However, Patrick said nothing is being done about vaccine hesitancy in the Black community "that has a significantly high number of unvaccinated people."

Patrick's comments came days after Texas Governor Greg Abbott tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

Black Twitter unloaded on Patrick, referring to him as "racist" and a "white supremacist."

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Texas homeowners who purchased smart thermostats that connect to the Internet are crying foul after someone accessed their thermostats remotely.

Houston area homeowners are upset that someone accessed their thermostats and turned them up to nearly 80 degrees to save energy.

A Deer Park resident told KHOU that he awoke bathed in sweat and discovered his thermostat had been cranked up to 78 degrees.

The man said his wife turned the thermostat down before they went to bed.

He feared that his 3-month-old daughter would overheat in the unbearably hot house.

Later that day, his wife received an alert on her phone that said the thermostat was turned up remotely during a three-hour "energy saving event."

The family's smart thermostat was installed as part of a program called "Smart Savers Texas" operated by a company called EnergyHub.

In the small print, the agreement states that electric customers allow EnergyHub to control their thermostats during periods of high energy demand.

EnergyHub's list of clients include TXU Energy, CenterPoint and ERCOT power companies.

The Deer Park homeowner and several of his neighbors have uninstalled the smart thermostats. He said the smart thermostats are convenient but not worth the trouble.

Smart devices, including thermostats and kitchen appliances, are connected to the Internet and may be accessed from outside the home.

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In just one tweet, Texas Governor Greg Abbott showed the world what freedom looks like in America.

Gov. Abbott sent out the tweet around 12:30 a.m. Central time on Sunday morning, after a record 73,000 boxing fans attended the WBO super middleweight unification fight Saturday night.

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Saul Canelo Alvarez (right) defeated Billy Joe Saunders with an eighth-round uppercut to end the fight. It was Canelo's seventh middleweight fight.

The crowd in AT&T Stadium broke an indoor boxing record with 73,126 in attendance. The previous record was 63,350 when Muhammad Ali defeated Leon Spinks in a heavyweight title fight in New Orleans in 1978.

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Masks were not required at AT&T Stadium, but they were encouraged. A majority in the crowd chose not to wear masks.

"The pent up demand to go to a live event it gave this fight a spike of 10,000-to-15,000 more," said Chad Estis, executive vice president of business operations at AT&T Stadium.

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Dallas KTVT-TV reported: "The turnout shows things may be returning to normal sooner rather than later."

"I am excited that we can kind a do stuff now, and kind of just be comfortable with going to events," said boxing fan Austin Valadez.

It isn't clear how many people in the crowd were vaccinated, but proof of vaccinations were not required for entry into the stadium.

Texas, Georgia and Florida have been wide open since last year, as the CDC and Dr. Anthony Fauci continue to insist that masks and Covid-19 restrictions are necessary.

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Legendary rapper Bun B called out Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott for reopening the entire state and lifting mask mandates.

Gov. Abbott sparked outrage on Tuesday when he announced he was ending Covid-19 restrictions and lifting the mask mandate.

Abbott said all businesses in the state will reopen fully by March 10.

Many praised the governor for his courage and bravery, but Bun B and others expressed outrage and fear that the Covid-19 death rate would escalate despite the availability of Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Bun B wrote on Instagram: "This is bat sh*t crazy @govabbott and you know it. As if you didn't already have enough blood on your hands. SMFH."

The rapper referred to Gov. Abbott's response to the recent winter storms that knocked out power to millions of residents and resulted in dozens of deaths.

Bun B took a disrespectful tone, stating Gov. Abbott is "not even Worried bout the people..... He Gotta Get Up Out Of Office... @governorabbott."

Meanwhile, Joe Biden criticized Abbott and other governors who chose to reopen their states and lift mask mandates. Biden called the decision "Neanderthal thinking."

Gov. Abbott struck back on Twitter by accusing the president of "recklessly releasing hundreds of illegal immigrants who have COVID into Texas communities."

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Over one million Texans are still without drinking water nearly 2 weeks after winter storms ripped through the state, freezing wind turbines and crippling the power grid.

Evangelist Dr. Tawanna Worlds went live on Facebook to issue a warning to her flock about what's really going on in Texas.

Dr. Worlds filmed the video on Feb. 20 from a hotel room in Dallas, where residents were still without power or water in one of the wealthiest areas of the state.

Dr. Worlds is described on her website as an "ordained Evangelist & Prophet with a heart to equip you for God's best!"

She warned her viewers that something in the milk isn't clean. "They're trying to kill us out here!"

She wondered aloud why Joe Biden has yet to publicly address the storms in Texas. There are reports that Biden's Depart of Energy (DOE) refused a request to increase electric power and natural gas prior to the storms.

The DOE's excuse for the refusal was that the governor's request conflicted with the "green energy standards" set by Biden's DOE.

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A Texas man who had $17,000 charged to his credit card by a wholesale electricity company during last week's storms may get his money back -- thanks to GoFundMe.

Over 4 million people were without power and clean water in Texas for 5 days last week.

To compound their troubles, wholesale electricity provider Griddy began emptying customers' bank accounts before they had even received invoices.

63-year-old Army veteran Scott Willoughby, who lives on social security payments, lost his life savings when Griddy charged $16,752 to his credit card for 7 days' worth of service.

"My savings is gone," the Dallas resident told the New York Times. "There's nothing I can do about it, but it's broken me."

A GoFundMe account created by Willoughby raised over $12,000 as of Tuesday.

Willoughby wrote in the summary:

"[My payment] went on my credit card and once paid, will almost wipe out my savings and my brother's came straight out of his bank account causing an overdraft. Any and all help is appreciated. Blessings on all!"

Willoughby never lost power during the winter storm. He and other customers were warned by Griddy to change providers before the storm hit. But most electricity providers in the state weren't taking on new customers.

Other customers discovered that Griddy had raided their bank accounts and left them nearly penniless.

Ty Williams had nearly $17,000 deducted from his bank account by Griddy. His family home never lost power during the storm.

Williams told Fox 4 News he did everything he could to conserve energy for those 7 days. "I unplugged refrigerators, I turned off everything. I turned off all the lights. We literally tried to stay in one room and use our gas heaters."

Still, their bill skyrocketed to nearly $17,000 for 7 days' usage. Griddy told Williams the billing was automated and based on estimated usage. The company said it would check the system for errors and make adjustments.

Chambers County resident Lisa Khoury filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Griddy for "unlawful price gouging" during the winter storm.

Khoury, whose average bill is between $200 and $250, said her bill for Feb. 13 through Feb. 19 came to $9,340.

She said Griddy began making withdrawals from her bank account daily.

Khoury said she was only without power for one day and was careful to limit usage out of fear of a high bill.

Some Griddy customers were charged as high as $400 per kilowatt-hour. For those customers, Griddy offered to set up payment arrangements.
 

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NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez angered her constituents by raising $2 million for Texans, while some New Yorkers are without electricity.

Constituents in Ocasio-Cortez's home district, NY-14, say they have no way of contacting the congresswoman because she doesn't have her own office or staff in her district -- even though she received a taxpayer-funded budget to pay for both.

Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, raised $2 million for Texans impacted by winter storm Uri. She rushed to Houston, Texas on Friday for photo ops.

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Twitter users were angry that she stood in front of Texas representatives Sheila Jackson Lee (left) and Sylvia Garcia (right) at the microphones.

Constituents in her home district in New York say they haven't seen her in years. They are told to contact her through social media.

Twitter user @WonderKing82 dragged AOC for failing to properly represent the voters who put her in office.

"I call for investigation in Alexanderia Ocasio-Cortez allocation of funds because she took government tax payers funds to open up two congressional offices and she never did. Three years later still no office for her constituents in the Bronx and Queens."

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Twitter user Karen Jean wrote: "Pure pandering, You have no empathy for anyone but yourself. Stay in New York, don't those people need your "help" too?"

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Twitter user @churchlady320 wrote:

"She claims to have an office. She hasn't staffed it. Had a social worker, someone not knowing how to fight GOP cuts, but I gather she's gone. AOC like every other Rep HAS A BUDGET for her district office. How has that money been spent? We deserve to know."

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And @DanaHoule tweeted:

"She's conducting herself and running her operation not as if she's NY-14's Representative, but like she's the United States' At Large Representative. Maybe her constituents will be fine w that. But personally I think she owes them more."

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Ted Cruz is the most hated man in America. The senator was heavily criticized for jetting off to sunny Cancun, Mexico, while his constituents froze to death.

Cruz, wearing a Texas flag print mask, hurried back to Texas on Thursday morning, as angry Texans called on him to resign his Senate seat.

But the story gets worse. Photos circulating on social media shows Cruz abandoned his poodle, Snowflake, at home alone without heat or lights.

Michael Hardy, a reporter for New York magazine's Intelligencer, stopped by Cruz's home in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood. There, he photographed the lonely pooch peeking out a glass pane in the front door.

"Is this Senator Cruz's house?" the reporter asked a man who stepped out of a vehicle parked in the driveway.

The man, who identified himself as a security guard, told Hardy he was there to check on Snowflake.

"Just drove by Ted Cruz’s house in Houston. His lights are off but a neighbor told me the block got its power back last night. Also, Ted appears to have left behind the family poodle," he wrote.

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Cruz claimed his daughters asked him to take them on vacation - and the tickets were already booked before the power outages.

Power has been restored to about 80% of residences in Texas, but many people are still without electricity and clean water.

To add insult to injury, some power company customers were hit with massive electric bills averaging $2.32 per kilowatt hour.

Twitter user @KatandTonyT shared a copy of her most recent power bill for a whopping $3,801.16.

She wrote:

"When your electric company tells you to switch but there has been a hold on switching for over a week now. Using as little as possible 1300 sq ft house and this is my bill. How is this fair. I only paid $1200 for the whole 2020 year."

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Beyonce's charity is donating $1,000 each to Texas residents affected by the deadly winter storms.

The mom-of-three is pictured above posing shirtless under an unzipped jacket in an ad campaign for her Ivy Park x Adidas clothing line.

Snow storms - including Winter Storm Uri - brought record low temperatures to the state, leaving several dead and millions of Americans without power, heat, and clean water.

Widespread blackouts were reported across the state since last week.

Houston native Beyonce and her BeyGOOD foundation joined forces with Adidas and the city's food poverty non-profit Bread of Life to offer financial assistance to those who are in crisis.

Applications for up to $1,000 can be made via Bread of Life's Disaster Relief Assistance Application Form.

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The "Halo" hitmaker - who shares 9-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and three-year-old twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, with husband Jay-Z - wrote on her Instagram Story: "BeyGOOD and Adidas are working with Bread of Life to bring urgent relief to those suffering as a result of the winter storms. If you are in Texas or any state affected by these storms, you can apply for assistance at breadoflifeinc.org/disasterrelief."

In December, BeyGOOD donated $500,000 to people at risk of eviction owing to the current COVID-19 crisis.

BeyGOOD has also supported black-owned small businesses amid the Covid-19 outbreak, as well as donating $6 million to mental health wellness.

Charitable donations are eligible for huge tax write-offs come tax time.
 

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