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7 Things: Ivey releases agenda for special session, Shelby says shutdown will be avoided, committee investigating U.S. Capitol riot issues subpoenas and more …

7. Special envoy resigns over the open border not being open enough

  • Daniel Foote, President Joe Biden’s special envoy to Haiti, has resigned over criticism related to Haitian migrants being deported back to their home country. Foote said that he was resigning “with deep disappointment and apologies to those seeking crucial changes.” This was fueled by people in the media and in the U.S. government lying about what was happening at the border and claiming “aggressive tactics” and “whipping” of illegal immigrants was taking place.
  • Foote said that he doesn’t want to “be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti.” He added that the policies are “deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.” This resignation is weird because of the over 15,000 people at the border recently, less than 2,000 were deported and 3,000 remain in Del Rio, Texas, meaning that roughly 10,000 were allowed entry into the country.

6. Taliban will return to executions and cutting off hands

  • It was revealed during an interview between the Associated Press and Mullah Nooruddin Turabi where the Taliban official said that previous criticism over the terrorist organization’s practice of public executions was unfair. He added, “No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.”
  • Turabi declared that some of the punishments of execution and cutting off hands will return in Afghanistan, claiming, “Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security,” but currently, the Cabinet is researching to “develop a policy” on whether the punishments should be public. 

5. Tennessee could limit monoclonal treatments

  • Vaccinated people in Tennessee may not be able to get the monoclonal antibody treatment due to supply being restricted. The treatments will go to those most at risk, which includes people who are unvaccinated. 
  • People who are 65 and older and those with some preexisting conditions are also considered the best candidates for the treatment. The distribution of the treatments was recently restricted by Health and Human Services in a move that has been called politically motivated due to the impact it’s already had on Alabama and Florida. 

4. Shutdown avoided

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has indicated that the federal government will avoid a shutdown by passing a stopgap measure and the debt ceiling increase Democrats have been pushing for won’t be included. 
  • U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) said that while Democrats will stop demanding the debt ceiling increase for the time being, “Democrats will move the debt-limit increase through reconciliation.” 

3. Subpoenas issued by the committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol

  • Now that the American media and their Democrats have determined that the U.S. Capitol riot was an attempt to overthrow the government and kill politicians, the committee investigating the event will now investigate who “caused” it. Four subpoenas of people close to former President Donald Trump will surely uncover the smoking gun that leads to President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville).
  • The subpoenas went to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon in an attempt to find the “the facts, circumstances, and causes” of the riots. Much like the Mueller investigation and two separate impeachments, the narrative is set, and the facts will never matter to the people that believe American democracy was in peril.

2. A state senator seems to think prisons exist to give his district money

  • State Senator Bill Beasley (D-Clayton) has expressed concern over prisons in his district potentially closing if new prisons are successfully agreed upon during the upcoming special session for the Alabama Legislature. 
  • Beasley is mainly worried about a loss of revenue related to water and sewer infrastructure if the Alabama Department of Corrections is no longer a customer in the area, and he intends to propose an amendment to the prison plan that “will make sure that these towns are made whole from the expenditures that they have if the facilities were to be closed.”

1. Special session agenda has been announced

  • Governor Kay Ivey has announced the agenda for the special session in the Alabama Legislature that’s set to begin on Monday to address the prison issues in the state. 
  • Ivey put in her outline that building new prisons and criminal justice reform should be addressed, including resentencing, and that there needs to be a “phased approach” to issues. She also set a bond limit of $785 million. Ivey will allow a bill to be considered that would provide “periods of supervision by the Board of Pardons and Paroles of certain inmates nearing their release date.”