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Texas case successful in challenging Biden’s military vaccine mandate | Texas

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www.thecentersquare.com – By Lauren Scott | – 2023-06-16 16:13:00

(The Center Square) – A federal appeals court sided with Gov. Greg Abbott in a case challenging the Biden administration, ruling that the federal government's attempt to punish noncompliance with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate was unconstitutional. 

The case challenged the administration's vaccine mandate for Texas National Guard members. 

“The court ruled that the Texas militia, including the Guard, is not subject to punishment by the federal government because they have not been called into service by the President,” according to a June 15 news release

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Abbott is commander-in-chief of Texas's militia, meaning he is the only person who can direct disciplinary actions against non-federalized Texas Guardsmen. 

“We reject the President's assertion of power because it would undermine one of the most important compromises in the Constitution,” according to the appeal. “If the Constitution's text, history, and tradition make anything clear, it's that the President can punish members of the Texas militia only after calling them into federal service.”

After Biden repealed the mandate, his administration still tried to punish those who did not originally comply. 

“Threats of federal punishment against Texas Guardsman included court-martial, discharge, prohibition of drills and other duties, and withholding of pay,” according to the news release

The Office of the Attorney General served as Abbott's counsel in the case.

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Cedar Park falls to No. 1 Mansfield Timberview in semis

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www.kxan.com – Billy Gates – 2024-02-29 23:25:12

SUMMARY: Cedar Park’s girls basketball team lost 67-45 to Mansfield Timberview in the 5A semifinals. Timberview had a strong second quarter, outrebounding Cedar Park 51-29 and dominating on second-chance points. Kennedy Carlyle led Cedar Park with 19 points, while Mariah Davis struggled shooting but contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and five assists. For Timberview, Brooklyn Terry and Kamryn Wilson scored 13 points each, with Wilson also grabbing 12 rebounds for a double-double. Cedar Park’s season ended with a 27-12 record, while Timberview advanced to the state title game against Frisco Liberty after defeating Cedar Park.

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100-year-old Central California woman celebrates 25th birthday on Leap Day

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abc13.com – KFSN – 2024-02-29 22:25:46

SUMMARY: Helen Davidson of Park Visalia Assisted Living & Memory Care celebrates her 100th birthday, which is only her 25th because she was born on a leap year. She credits her faith and family for a full life and emphasizes the importance of being a good person. Davidson’s daughter praises her mother’s likable and fun personality and her dedication to physical activity. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Davidson later became a teacher after earning a degree from Fresno State. Her family plans to celebrate her milestone with a weekend of festivities, and Davidson expresses gratitude for their presence.

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Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

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