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7 Things: McConnell joins Britt/Tuberville in NO votes on immigration deal; Alabama legislative session kicks off; and more …

7. Driving while texting and using your phone is illegal in Alabama, it is illegal to touch your phone while driving, but what about wearing a massive VR headset while driving? The Internet has seen multiple people using them while driving, and at least one person received a ticket for doing so.

6. Former President Donald Trump was not happy with the United Auto Workers union’s endorsement of President Joe Biden and now the former president and union’s leader are mixing it up as Alabama begins to grapple with its own auto union issues and the national conversation could impact it. Trump referred to UAW leader Shawn Fain as a “dope” who “doesn’t have a clue,” while Fain said, “We know who’s been there for labor, and we sure as hell know who hasn’t. We’re going to fight like hell, and we’re going to ensure Joe Biden is the next president.”

5. It appears that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson went to Russia to get an interview with Vladimir Putin. The mainstream media is not happy about this but they interview Hamas leaders all the time. This is not the first time Carlson tried to interview Putin, but the previous time the U.S. government stopped him

4. The Iranian-backed Houthis rebels declared that they are not going to back down after being attacked by the United States and the United Kingdom, which followed up with more attacks yesterday. Iran referred to the strike as a strategic mistake but stopped short of declaring they will directly retaliate as they host an American porn star who sought to visit the toppled U.S. Embassy that is now a museum as a show of support for the regime.

3. Auburn basketball head coach Bruce Pearl blasted U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for his call for aid to Israel to cease feeding the “Netanyahu war machine” after which Pearl questioned Sanders, “Hypothetically if 1200 innocents in Vermont were killed raped and tortured Oct 7th, from terrorists in Canada and more than 200 were kidnapped and held in tunnels now, what would your reaction be Senator? Would we be calling this Sanders War? Would we be calling for a cease fire before those men, women, children, infants were returned safely home to Vermont?” Pearl also challenged the Vermont U.S. senator to a debate but Sanders has not yet responded.

2. The legislative session starts today for the Alabama Legislature with Gov. Kay Ivey’s State of the State address and not-so-clear battle lines being drawn on issues like school choice, gambling, library strife, and lowering property taxes. But the issues of blunting the spread of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) nonsense, banning divisive concepts in schools, and parental rights seemingly have unified ALGOP support and with a supermajority, they should be able to tackle those issues easily.

1. The NOs continue piling up in the U.S. Senate as the potential for a border bill that spends more money in Ukraine than in the U.S. sounds unlikely to pass and U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) is part of that chorus, as are all Alabama Republicans, “I won’t support this supplemental funding bill, because it would not effectively stop President Biden from continuing his mass migration agenda.” Establishment Republicans, the media, and their Democrats were fruitlessly trying to shame Republicans into supporting the bill but now U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is against the bill, too.

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Dale Jackson is a thought leader for Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN, on Talk 99.5 from 10-11 a.m., and on Talk Radio 103.9 FM/730AM WUMP from noon to 1 p.m.

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