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Judicial Watch Thinks Fauci’s Wife Was “In On It” And They’re Going After Her Emails

    What is Mrs. Fauci hiding? Well, her name is actually Christine Grady, and according to Judicial Watch, she may be hiding something big. So, what exactly does Dr. Fauci’s do? Well, she’s a nurse and bioethicist who serves as the head of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Judicial Watch announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the emails of National Institutes of Health’s chief of the Clinical Center’s Department of Bioethics Christine Grady referencing the COVID-19 vaccine and antibody enhancement. Grady is the spouse of Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (Judicial Watch. v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (No. 1:22-cv-02112)). The FOIA lawsuit also seeks all emails sent between Grady and Fauci.

    The lawsuit was filed after NIH responded to Judicial Watch’s September 9, 2021, FOIA request on October 6, 2021, by stating that it had recently processed a similar third-party FOIA request and asking if Judicial Watch would limit its request to mirror the third-party’s request. Judicial Watch denied this request.

    Judicial Watch’s FOIA request asks for:

    All emails sent to and from NIH Clinical Center/Department of Bioethics Director Christine Grady regarding vaccines for the prevention and/or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 and/or COVID-19.
    All emails sent to and from Ms. Grady referencing the terms “Antibody Dependent Enhancement,” “ADE” (when used to represent Antibody Dependent Enhancement), “pathological priming,” “pre-priming,” “paradoxical immune enhancement,” and/or “disease enhancement.”

    All emails sent between Ms. Grady and [National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease] Director Anthony Fauci.
    “NIH has been hiding Ms. Grady’s emails for almost a year in violation of FOIA law. This is the very definition of a cover-up,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The unlawful cover-ups of Fauci family government records strongly suggest that there is something to hide.”

    This is part of Judicial Watch’s ongoing investigation into the US Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the activity of Dr. Fauci and his wife, Christine Grady.

    Judicial Watch says they want basic information about the work Dr. Anthony Fauci’s wife has done, but the Biden administration is trying to block them at every turn. Ah yes, the most “transparent” administration in the world, strikes again.

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    Dem witness tells House committee men can get pregnant, have abortions

    A Democrat witness testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on abortion rights Thursday declared that men can get pregnant and have abortions.

    Aimee Arrambide, the executive director of the abortion rights nonprofit Avow Texas, was asked by Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., to define what “a woman is,” to which she responded, “I believe that everyone can identify for themselves.”

    “Do you believe that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” Bishop asked.
    “Yes,” Arrambide replied. 
    The remarks from Arrambide followed a tense exchange between Bishop and Dr. Yashica Robinson, another Democrat witness, after he similarly asked her to define “woman.”

    “Dr. Robinson, I noticed in your written testimony you said that you use she/her pronouns. You’re a medical doctor – what is a woman?” Bishop asked Robinson, an OBGYN and board member with Physicians for Reproductive Health.

    “I think it’s important that we educate people like you about why we’re doing the things that we do,” Robinson responded. “And so the reason that I use she and her pronouns is because I understand that there are people who become pregnant that may not identify that way. And I think it is discriminatory to speak to people or to call them in such a way as they desire not to be called.”

    “Are you going to answer my question? Can you answer the question, what’s a woman?” Bishop asked.

    “I’m a woman, and I will ask you which pronouns do you use?” Robinson replied. “If you tell me that you use she and her pronouns … I’m going to respect you for how you want me to address you.”

    “So you gave me an example of a woman, you say that you are a woman, can you tell me otherwise what a woman is?” Bishop asked.

    “Yes, I’m telling you, I’m a woman,” Robinson responded.

    “Is that as comprehensive a definition as you can give me?” Bishop asked.

    “That’s as comprehensive a definition as I will give you today,” Robinson said. “Because I think that it’s important that we focus on what we’re here for, and it’s to talk about access to abortion.”

    “So you’re not interested in answering the question that I asked unless it’s part of a message you want to deliver…” Bishop fired back.

    Wednesday’s hearing, titled, “Revoking your Rights,” addressed the threat to abortion rights after the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion signaled the high court is poised to soon strike down Roe v. Wade. 

    Gov. Abbot invites Mayors Eric Adams and Muriel Bowser to visit the border

      Last week, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser called for the National Guard to get involved to help her city deal with the influx of migrants being delivered on buses from Texas. “The pace of arriving buses and the volume of arrivals have reached tipping points,” Bowser wrote in her request for assistance.

      Washington, DC has received something like 5,100 migrants delivered by bus to the city from the southern border. But that number is still a small fraction of the total number of people coming across the southern border each month. In other words, if you think 5,000 migrants is a lot to deal with, what do you think it’s like to deal with 50,000?

      Today, Gov. Greg Abbott extended an invitation for Mayor Bowser and Mayor Adams of New York, who has also been complaining about the influx of migrants, to come to the border and see first hand what is going on:

      Dear Mayor Adams and Mayor Bowser,

      As you know, our nation’s southern border has become both a humanitarian and security crisis. This crisis was created by President Biden and is one that requires immediate and decisive action
      to be stopped. As Governor of a southern border state, I have watched illegal crossings hit record highs over and over again since President Biden took office. In the absence of federal action, I have deployed unprecedented resources to prevent, deter, and interdict illegal immigration and transnational criminal activity that threatens our citizens. Texas has spent over $3 billion in the past 18 months to curtail the devastation felt by our communities large and small…

      As law enforcement agents along the Texas-Mexico border respond to thousands of illegal crossings each and every day, putting their lives on the line for Texans and for all Americans, the
      crisis demands the attention of not only the Biden Administration, which is responsible for securing the border, but of leaders across the country. Unfortunately, President Biden and his
      “Border Czar” Vice President Harris have refused to see this crisis for themselves—remaining willfully ignorant of the crisis that they have created. In fact, U.S. Department of Homeland
      Security Secretary Mayorkas recently testified that the border is “safe and secure.” It is neither safe nor secure, as you can both attest to.

      Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development—especially as the President and his Administration have shown no remorse for their actions nor desire to
      address the situation themselves. As Governor, I invite you to visit our border region to see firsthand the dire situation that only grows more urgent with each passing day, and to meet with
      the local officials, who like yourselves, realize this matter deserves immediate federal action. I also ask you to join me in requesting President Biden secure the border and put an end to this
      disastrous crisis…

      I look forward to welcoming you the Texas-Mexico border so that you can see this crisis for yourself. Please contact my office to make travel arrangements for your visits.

      Obviously, Gov. Abbott is doing two things at once here. On the one hand he’s extending a genuine offer to for the mayors to see up close and personal what is happening on the border. But at the same time, he’s also getting in a number of digs on the President and even on the mayors themselves. The line, “Your recent interest in this historic and preventable crisis is a welcome development,” is clearly not meant as a complement.

      So far it looks like neither mayor has responded. I doubt that’s because they didn’t notice. More likely it’s because they don’t have anything to say. If they accept the offer they become part of Abbott’s attack on the president. And if they refuse it they look like cowards who are afraid they’ll learn something that doesn’t fit their ideological agenda. So their best option is probably to say nothing.

      My own take is that a crisis like the one at the border happens, in part, because we’ve reached a point where both sides talk past one another and neither side is willing to actually discuss the problem. Imagine for a moment a mayor who wasn’t afraid to accept this invitation and who would actually take the problem seriously instead of whining about the tiny portion of it that is showing up on his doorstep. I think someone like that would garner some real respect as a leader. Unfortunately, I don’t see any indication that will happen. Instead everyone will stay at home and play it safe politically and, as a result, nothing will be learned and no minds will change. It’s disappointing but not really surprising.

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      Man shot in neighbor’s home charged after allegedly undressing in 12-year-old’s bedroom during break-in

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The mother of a 12-year-old girl says her daughter did everything right when a man broke into their home and began undressing in the girl’s bedroom over the weekend. 

      Donald Oliver, 38, was in court Monday morning, a day after he was shot while allegedly breaking into the home in the 1200 block of Homeview Avenue, near Taylor Blvd.

      According to court documents, it happened around 7 a.m. on April 14. That’s when Tina Burton she says her next door neighbor broke into her house, entered her 12-year-old daughter’s room and started undressing.

      “He got undressed in my daughter’s room,” Burton said. “Like, what was your intentions? … You are sick.”

      Despite the danger, Burton says her daughter didn’t panic. 

      “She was really smart,” Burton said. “She hid under the cover, turned her light down, turned her volume down on her phone to text me. When she peeked under the cover to see where he was at, she got up and ran away. She went to the back room. And I think that was really brave and smart of her.”

      Burton says all three of her daughters were home at the time, and thanks to her oldest daughter’s quick thinking, they came out of the situation unharmed.

      LMPD says Oliver found his way from the girl’s bedroom to the kitchen, wearing only his underwear.

      That’s when Burton’s boyfriend Ali Bracey, says he went into the kitchen and yelled for Oliver to leave. “I told him to get out, and he didn’t want to move. And he growled at me.”

      When Oliver refused, Bracey began hitting him with a broom — and anything else he could find.

      After the fight continued for some time, police say Burton got a gun and gave it to Bracey, who says he shot at Oliver six times before Oliver finally ran away. 

      “He ended up getting six shots, period,” Bracey said. 

      Police found Oliver and arrested him a short time later.  

      Investigators say they found a small bag of heroin they believe Oliver dropped inside the home when he was taking his clothes off.

      Oliver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and was booked into Metro Corrections Sunday afternoon after his injuries were treated. 

      He is now charged with burglary, assault, and possession of a controlled substance.

      Oliver was in a wheelchair during his court appearance on Monday. The judge noted his lengthy criminal record and set a $50,000 bond. 

      Although Oliver lives next door, the family has never actually met him. Bracey says other neighbors agree with his actions. 

      “Everyone has actually commended me on what I did. There hasn’t been any real backlash other than the family (Oliver’s family). But everyone in the neighborhood has commended me on what I did.”

      Burton says she has no intention of moving out of the neighborhood.

      “We’re going to stay. I’m not going to let anyone run me out of my home.”

      Migrant deaths hit new high in 2022,Will Biden ever visit the border?

        Joe Biden still hasn’t been to the border once in his entire career. The fact that he’s never pressed to even show up in the midst of the biggest influx of migrants in decades is pretty remarkable. Today the Washington Examiner adds another grim milestone to Biden’s record. The number of deceased migrants discovered along the border has set a new record in Fiscal Year 2022 with more than two months yet to go.

        Since the start of the federal government’s 2022 fiscal year last October, authorities have found 609 bodies on the U.S. side of the southern border, according to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection data obtained by the Washington Examiner and confirmed by three federal law enforcement officials.

        The 609 figure is already higher than the 566 record set in all of 2021, which was the previous highest level, according to data detailed in CBP documents shared internally last week. CBP oversees the Border Patrol, whose 19,500 agents work between the land ports of entry.

        In FY 21, CBP recorded a new record for the number of people encountered at the border at just over 1.7 million, larger than the population of 11 US states. For the calendar year of 2021, the figure was over 2 million. And yet, President Biden has never been to the border and the White House has repeatedly claimed the surge of migrants is a “challenge” not a “crisis.”

        Just last week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas claimed the border was secure. Now that we know there’s a record death toll associated with this surge, will Biden finally make a trip to the border? So far it sounds like CBP is just planning to sit on the information and hope the media ignores it.

        CBP declined to fulfill a Washington Examiner request last week for the number of migrant deaths this year, stating that the data were not available because it had recently employed a new methodology for tracking it. However, the internal documents shared with the Washington Examiner by employees outside of the public affairs office show that border officials were presented with the latest numbers last week…

        “Smuggling organizations are abandoning migrants in remote and dangerous areas, leading to a rise in the number of rescues but also tragically a rise in the number of deaths as we saw most recently in San Antonio,” a CBP spokesperson wrote in an email. “The terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving. Despite these inherent dangers, smugglers continue to lie to migrants claiming the borders are open. The borders are not open, and people should not attempt to make the dangerous journey.”

        The Biden administration can keep claiming the border is not open but the migrants know better. Migrants looking for a better life know they can game the asylum system by claiming credible fear at the border and then, once they are bussed to the interior of the country with a court date that may take years, they will never be made to leave the country unless they murder someone. In California, even the Honduran drug dealers mostly don’t worry about getting deported because the DAs are required to consider their immigration status when charging them. If that’s what the border looks like when it’s closed, how would it look when it was open?

        But as always the problem isn’t just the White House it’s also the media which is supposed to hold the White House accountable. Remember a few years ago when the media went nuts over the “kids in cages” at the border? Here were are 3-4 years later and there are more unaccompanied minors crossing the border in the past year than there ever were in FY 2019, the height of the Trump crisis. Yet you really don’t hear about it. And you don’t hear much about the record number of border crossings. The CPB announces the new numbers every month on a Friday afternoon, which doesn’t seem accidental. So my guess is you won’t hear much about the record number of deaths either. The media doesn’t want to beat up on the White House four months before an election that is already shaping up to be a disaster for Democrats. So Biden will once again get a pass and will not be pressed to visit the border even though the situation there is objectively worse now than it has ever been.

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        Tesla’s Battery Deals Highlight Chinese Dominance

          Tesla signed new contracts with two of its current Chinese battery material suppliers, Bloomberg reported on Sunday, highlighting the extent to which American electric vehicle manufacturers rely on China for critical minerals and materials.

          Zhejiang Huayou Cobalt Co. and CNGR Advanced Material Co. renewed pricing agreements to provide Tesla with supplies of ternary precursors, chemical concoctions essential for lithium-ion batteries to store energy for electric cars, up until the mid-2020s, according to Bloomberg. China dominates the world’s lithium-ion manufacturing market, producing about 79% of all lithium-ion batteries that entered the global market in 2021.

          “If you want to build EVs, one needs access to the entire suite of specialty chemicals, and the vast majority of those are produced in China—the issue is not the mining per se, but the refining wherein China utterly dominates most relevant chemicals,” Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Or else one could wait five to 10 years—if you’re lucky—for non-Chinese refineries to be built.”

          Huayou Cobalt will supply Tesla with processed cobalt for batteries from July 1, 2022, to the end of 2025, and CNGR will supply Tesla with lithium battery cathode material precursors from 2023 to 2025, according to Bloomberg.

          China dominates the refinement and mining of cobalt, a mineral essential for the production of EVs, accounting for 50%-70% of the global supply of lithium and cobalt, according to a 2021 International Energy Agency report.

          “China is hoping to gobble up and keep a stranglehold on this infrastructure so it is concerning that the administration is driving everyone to use electric vehicles,” Dustin Carmack, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

          Tesla’s annual production rate of roughly 2 million electric vehicles means that the manufacturer’s demand for materials like ternary precursors is heavy, and the agreement with Chinese suppliers is necessary to achieve this goal. Tesla aims to grow at a rate of about 50% per year, which also will require a massive amount of battery materials to sustain.

          As President Joe Biden continues to pursue his ambitious climate agenda, the need for EVs will only increase due to incentives and other programs. Ford also unveiled supply agreements to ramp up EV production in July, striking a deal with the China-based Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. to acquire much-needed battery packs as the company aims to produce 600,000 EVs by 2025.

          “We must make sure that we build supply chains that are safer, more secure, and not beholden to a country that has multiple human rights violations, predatory lending practices, and vast national security complications,” Carmack stated.

          The procurement of EV materials also raises ethical concerns pertaining to the mining of rare earth minerals like cobalt. Huayou Cobalt allegedly sourced its cobalt from mines in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where there are few worker protections and child labor has been employed, according to a 2016 Amnesty International report.

          “A lot of companies in America have turned a blind eye to these practices for a long time to take advantage of the cheaper production costs,” said Carmack.

          Tesla, Huayou Cobalt, and CNGR Advanced Material did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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          Cori Bush Refuses To Answer If Biden Should Run For President, Abruptly Ends Interview

            Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri abruptly ended an interview with a St. Louis reporter Monday after being asked about a possible re-election bid by President Joe Biden.

            “Do you want to see Joe Biden run for a second term?” a reporter asked Bush in a video posted by Mark Maxwell, political editor for KSDK News on Twitter.

            “I don’t want to answer that question,” Bush said, “He’s the President. He has the right to run for a second term.”

            Bush quickly ended the interview after the question.

            Bush was not the only member of the group known as “The Squad” to duck the question of whether they would support a Biden re-election bid.

            Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York dodged a similar question during a June CNN appearance.

            “I mean first of all, I’m focused on winning the majority right now and preserving a majority this year in 2022, so we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” Ocasio-Cortez told CNN host Dana Bash. “But I think if the President has a vision, then that’s something certainly, we’re all willing to entertain and examine when the time comes.”

            Bush did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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            NewsNation Takes Huge Gamble! Hires Former CNN Chris Cuomo As Prime Time Anchor

              This fall, NewsNation will welcome former CNN anchor Chris Cuomo as a prime time anchor, the network said on Tuesday. As Cuomo wrapped up a lengthy discussion with Dan Abrams for his NewsNation program Dan Abrams Live, the announcement was made live on television.

              In Cuomo’s first interview since his firing from CNN, Abrams probed the host about the multiple problems that resulted in his well publicized exit.

              Cuomo was questioned on live by Abrams on whether it was appropriate to support his troubled brother, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), who was facing sexual assault claims. He also requested Cuomo to respond to the accusations of sexual harassment leveled against him.

              Cuomo, who was the network’s most popular personality, was let off from CNN in early December 2021 after being put on administrative leave due to accusations that he had abused his position to aid his brother, who ultimately quit the governorship in disgrace. Following knowledge of a sexual misconduct complaint by the network, CNN has terminated Cuomo. The accusation stemming from Cuomo’s time at ABC News is still being denied by him.

              “You stated that I never called the press about my brother’s plight,” Cuomo was questioned by Abrams, who did not believe his earlier denial in the interview that he had pressed the media to slant coverage of his brother. You did contact the media about your brother’s plight, though.

              But, Cuomo added, “I believe the distinction has a meaningful difference. “I didn’t call you and ask, ‘What do you think is going on here?’ that would be the cause for alarm. I’m phoning to remind you that you had a section tonight; I hope you remember that.

              Cuomo claimed to have taken responsibility for his deeds and insisted that he did not regard himself as a victim of “cancel culture.”

              Sean Compton, President of Networks at Nexstar Media Inc., stated that Chris “joins our growing staff of experienced, award-winning journalists and will strengthen our efforts to continue to assure fairness and openness in our news reporting and discussion shows.”

              Compton continued, “Multiple media watchdog groups have praised NewsNation for upholding its commitment to provide viewers with fact-based news that affects their lives without opinion or bias. NewsNation boasts of being the fastest-growing cable news network.

              In a recent episode of his brand-new podcast, the Chris Cuomo Project, Cuomo stated that he does not identify as a Democrat or Republican. “I cherish my father. My brother is the best. I have the utmost regard for them both, but I’m not a Democrat,” he remarked. “Not merely because I’m in the media, and I’m not here to make any of you feel at ease about being lefties. You should wonder why you are, in my opinion.

              In a blatant attempt at a comeback, Cuomo also issued a brief statement regarding his decision to join NewsNation’s prime time lineup. “NewsNation believes in the work I am doing with the Chris Cuomo Project, and I look forward to building something special here,” said Cuomo. “We’ll cover news wherever it happens and have conversations that cater to common concerns and solutions instead of political parties or the political circus.”

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              DeSantis Sues Bar That Let Kids Attend Drag Shows

                Florida is suing a bar that hosted drag shows with children present after investigators found that the establishment was exposing minors to sexually explicit content, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

                Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, discussed the complaint and spoke out against sexualized content targeting children during a Wednesday speech in Tampa on environmental, social, and corporate governance.

                “It used to be–people have different views about what they want to do as adults—but it used to be, you know, the kids are off-limits,” DeSantis said. “No one wanted to bring the kids into any of this stuff, and we’ve got to get back to that.”

                Florida is attempting to revoke the liquor license at R House, a Miami-area bar, through a complaint that details numerous incidents in which children were allegedly exposed to explicit sexual content there with the full knowledge of the bar.

                In one instance, a male dancer wearing G-string underwear stuffed with dollar bills with his buttocks fully exposed paraded a young girl aged about 3 to 5 through the restaurant while holding her hand, the complaint alleges.

                In another instance, a presumably male dancer gyrated and pole-danced in revealing women’s clothing while waving dollar bills, the complaint alleges. R House was not only aware that children may be present during such performances, but it also offered a children’s menu for kids 12 and under.

                “There was a video out of Dallas where they had all these young kids putting money in the underwear of these drag queens at a bar, and that’s totally unacceptable,” DeSantis said. “A week or two later there was video from a place that had similar stuff and then that was identified as being in Florida.”

                “Having kids involved in this is wrong. That is not consistent with our law and policy in the state of Florida and it is a disturbing trend in our society to try to sexualize these young people,” he said. “That is not the way you look out for our children. You protect children, you do not expose them to things that are inappropriate.”

                A spokesperson for DeSantis’ office shared a copy of Florida’s complaint against the bar and did not comment further. R House did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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                New Biden Administration Policies Offer Crucial Protections for Immigrant Youth

                The government made two important announcements on March 7th affecting immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned, and neglected. The first is a new policy that offers work permits and deportation protection to children with approved Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) petitions. The second is a long-anticipated SIJS regulation, clarifying eligibility requirements for youth seeking protection.

                SIJS is a form of immigration relief available to children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected by one or both of their parents. Applying for SIJS is a complex process that usually involves multiple courts and various applications. To apply for SIJS, a young person must first petition a state court to make specific findings about whether they have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. After obtaining an order from the state court, the child submits their SIJS application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

                SIJS-eligible children who successfully navigate this multi-pronged process, however, are not immediately granted permanent immigration status in the United States. They then must apply for a green card after USCIS approves their petition for SIJS.

                A significant visa backlog–particularly for youth from Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle– also causes thousands of young people to be in limbo without the ability to achieve permanency in the United States, or even work lawfully.

                USCIS’s new deferred action policy for SIJS youth finally offers some peace of mind to young people with long-delayed applications.

                Deferred action is a form of prosecutorial discretion that protects recipients from deportation. The agency’s announcement states that it will begin automatically assessing approved SIJS cases for deferred action on May 6 and that no additional application is required. Importantly, deferred action will make these children and young adults eligible for work permits as they continue awaiting their green cards.

                The second recent SIJS-related announcement was the issuance of a new regulation, which goes into effect on April 7th. The new rule governs how USCIS will adjudicate SIJS petitions and clarifies eligibility standards. This is the first time SIJS regulations have been promulgated since the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 introduced significant changes to the program

                Though new SIJS regulations were proposed in 2011, advocates argued that the regulations largely conflicted with the statute and they were not finalized. The Trump administration later reopened the comment period for these regulations in 2019, raising renewed concern among advocacy groups who feared that the administration was taking another step to whittle down protections for immigrant children.

                The final rule makes several improvements. It includes age-out protections for youth who submit their SIJS petition before turning 21. It also clarifies that applicants remain eligible for SIJS even if their state court order terminates after they reach the age of majority in their state or achieve other permanency. Additionally, the rule prohibits the government from requiring the child to contact their abuser or the abuser’s family as part of the application process.

                These changes to SIJS, particularly new protections against deportation and work permits for SIJS youth, provide much-needed assistance to this vulnerable population of young people. The Biden administration and Congress should not stop there though. Additional reforms, such as exempting SIJS youth from visa caps, are needed to offer permanent protection to these young people who, despite these recent reforms, continue to languish in the visa backlog.

                Baltimore family files a $25 million federal civil rights lawsuit against Sesame Place claiming racial discrimination

                  Are Sesame Street characters Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster, and Abby Cadabby racist? A $25 million federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, Sesame Place, and the performers in question over racial discrimination at Sesame Place in Philadelphia. Quinton Burns seeks class-action status to “represent all Black guests who faced discrimination at Sesame Place at any point after July 27, 2018.”

                  Recently I wrote about a Black mom who took her young daughters to Sesame Place in Philadelphia to celebrate the fourth birthday of one of the girls. During a parade of characters, the character Rosita appeared to snub the two little girls when they reached out to her. The White kids standing next to them received high fives from Rosita. The story quickly went viral, aided in no small part by the mother who is a digital strategist. Her initial post on Instagram received millions of views. The mother got an attorney and is looking at suing the theme park. That incident happened on July 17. Since then other lawyers and public figures have weighed in and the story has grown to include other Black families who now claim to have been racially discriminated against.

                  On Wednesday, Quinton Burns from Baltimore filed a $25 million federal civil rights lawsuit. His complaint goes back to June 18. He hopes to make it a class-action lawsuit.

                  The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, alleges that four unnamed employees dressed as various Sesame Street characters ignored Quinton Burns, his daughter Kennedi Burns and other Black guests during the meet-and-greet on June 18.

                  It says other Black guests also had their 14th Amendment rights violated on other instances, and the alleged discrimination targeted “several different Black children on different days” and involved the characters ignoring Black children “while openly interacting with similarly situated White children.”

                  “SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment LLC, engages in pervasive and appalling race discrimination against children in the operation of Sesame Place Philadelphia,” according to the 21-page filing.

                  Sesame Place issued three apologies to the first family.

                  Sesame Place Philadelphia issued three apology statements, the first explaining the character had difficulty seeing in the costume, was gesturing no to a parent’s repeated requests to hold a child for a photo, which is not permitted, and that the character did not intentionally single out any guests. The second apology promised equity training for its employees.

                  The third apology came after the Brown family, joined by their lawyer B’Ivory Lamarr and activist Tamika Mallory of Until Freedom, hosted a press conference in New York City last week.

                  If the name Tamika Mallory sounds familiar it is because she was one of the organizers of the 2017 Women’s March and she is a Black Lives Matter activist.

                  Mr. Burns also has video of the slight shown to this daughter and it was played yesterday during a press conference conducted by his lawyer. The lawsuit says since the Burns family and others paid admission, they entered into a contract with SeaWorld. They say they are entitled to all of the entertainment offered at Sesame Place, including the Meet and Greets with the costumed characters, including the four listed in the lawsuit – Elmo, Ernie, Telly Monster, and Abby Cadabby. The employees wearing the costumes are referred to as John Does. The lawsuit claims the characters “intentionally, wantonly, and publicly discriminated” against the Burns family and others based on race. The lawsuit even claims that” SeaWorld had actual knowledge of their “personal beliefs of racial bias toward Black people” and their “propensity to discriminate against Black people based on their race or color.”

                  The lawsuit claims that the plaintiffs suffered damage to their civil rights, economic damages and have or will incur non-economic damages including “humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish, psychological stress, depression, anxiety, loss of self-respect, post-traumatic stress, damage to their physical health, and loss of life and/or professional opportunities.”

                  The lawsuit demands SeaWorld issue an “unconditional apology to Class Members and Black America.” It also asks that SeaWorld be ordered to implement “rigorous mandatory cultural sensitivity training for agents and employees, so they can better recognize, understand, and deliver an inclusive and equitable experience to all members of the public irrespective of their race.”

                  The filing says the park must implement “state of the art psychological screening methods” to vet potential agents or employees “to avoid hiring racially bigoted employees,” and well as mandatory educational courses “on the history of discrimination against Black people in American provided by a mutually agreed nationally acclaimed expert in the field of African and Black History and Culture.”

                  Sesame Place will review the lawsuit and respond accordingly.

                  In response to the new lawsuit Wednesday, Sesame Place said, “We will review the lawsuit filed on behalf of Mr. Burns. We look forward to addressing that claim through the established legal process. We are committed to deliver an inclusive, equitable and entertaining experience for all our guests,” according to a statement obtained by FOX 29 Philadelphia.

                  Why was the Burns family alleged discrimination kept quiet until now? Was it because the first complaint went viral and the Burns family decided to cash in on that? Since the Burns family is looking to turn it into a class action lawsuit and bring in other alleged victims of racial discrimination in the theme park, it allows them to seek a big payday. Demanding a say in which “nationally acclaimed expert in the field of African and Black History and Culture” is chosen seems like overkill on their part. They may chose to patronize the park or not but the family is not the park’s management team.

                  It will be interesting to see how this second complaint, now a lawsuit, turns out. “We’re here to make sure that justice is done to the families who did not have the experience at that park that they paid to get,” attorney Billy Murphy, who’s representing the Burns family in its class action suit, said at a press conference Wednesday. “And the reason they didn’t get the experience they paid and contracted to get is because of their race.”

                  We don’t know if the employees dressed as Sesame Street characters are Black or White or Asian or any other racial makeup. We don’t know that any slights shown to Black children were intentional or just something that happens in the chaos of a parade of characters. Sesame Park is adjusting its training accordingly, it says. Sometimes mistakes are just mistakes, no racial insensitivity behind it. Something just doesn’t smell right about this second complaint. It feels like it’s just piling on after a weak spot is found, especially since it reaches back to 2018.

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                  Abortion decision exposes how woke corporations are hostile to American families

                  Being a mom or dad is the most important job any of us will ever have. Parents are the first teachers, first authorities, and first clergy. What we do has a direct impact on the lives of our children, but also on our communities and ultimately our nation. It has been true for all of recorded history. “Train up a child in the way he should go,” Proverbs implores. 

                  But what happens when a mom or dad’s first obligation is no longer to their family, but to their employer? 

                  There was a time when our nation’s largest corporations were as much part of Main Street as they were Wall Street. They would sponsor company picnics, little league teams, Scouts, and more. They were part of the fabric of our communities.  

                  In many ways, it was a uniquely American tradition. We relied on private businesses to provide meaningful, dignified work. And historically, the goals of those businesses were oriented to useful production. In our best moments, this institutional alignment created stable mass employment that secured the foundation for a dignified life. Put another way, American corporations used to advance the common good.  

                  That is no longer the case. 

                  Following the end of the Cold War, our corporate elites began to view themselves as citizens of the world rather than patriotic Americans. The ripple effect was enormous and led to the loss of millions of American jobs. If labor is cheaper overseas, the logic went, then products should be made there. After all, if we’re all citizens of the globe, then American families and communities are no more important than those in Mexico, China, or Vietnam. 

                  The destruction of American communities from Baltimore and Detroit to Manchester and Greenville is well-documented. But what is less widely understood is how this globalist shift impacted corporate behavior. Gone were the days when corporations were just one part of workers’ lives — today work is expected to be their entire life. 

                  Wall Street firms demand upward of 80 hours a week from employees. Big tech firms expect the same, though they try to make it comfortable by providing napping pods, foosball tables, and free food. The message is clear: your home is here. And if your home is at work, you have no time for what home is actually supposed to be: family, faith, and community. 

                  The anti-family sentiment extends well beyond big finance and big tech, though. Just look at the reaction of most major American companies to the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. Countless companies, as diverse as Disney and Dick’s Sporting Goods, released statements of solidarity with “people who can become pregnant” and pledging corporate dollars to help those women travel across state lines to secure abortions. 

                  It is revealing in many ways, some obvious and others less so. 

                  First, it reveals cultural corrosion among our nation’s business leaders. All of these corporate CEOs went to elite universities, go to the same conferences, and are members of the same clubs — and all coincidentally think abortion is moral, healthy, and a human right. They cannot believe anyone feels otherwise, even though statistically half their employees are likely horrified their labor is contributing to the death of an unborn child. 

                  Second, it indicates a distorted profit motive. Even if they don’t fully believe them, CEOs will parrot the standard woke lines because elite virtue signaling can be profitable. Adopting the rhetoric of progressive activists will win affirmation in the boardroom and at cocktail parties while also securing the free flow of investment dollars from similarly woke institutions like BlackRock and Vanguard. 

                  And third, it reveals a grotesque disdain for motherhood and family.  

                  Everyone knows that having children dramatically reduces a mothers’ work hours, and that is especially true for children under 6. It is impossible — and actually undesirable — for your life to be your work when you have a life at home that needs you. But from a corporation’s perspective, a child is a distraction.  

                  “You’re old and having babies so there’s nowhere for you to go,” a commodity trading executive told one of his highest performers, who happened to be pregnant with her second child. Those words have an impact. They send a not-so-subtle signal to women that their place is on the trading floor or in the office, and anything else will just get in the way of career advancement. And that contributing to the company’s near-term profitability is the only thing that matters in life.  

                  It devalues women and is poisonous for our nation. The common good isn’t determined by corporate profits — it comprises many intangible but intuitive factors. America needs strong corporations to compete in the 21st Century but winning a great power competition with communist China is meaningless if we abandon the very things that made America great: family, faith, and community. 

                  Karine Jean-Pierre:’We are not finishing the wall’

                    White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre has had a tough couple of days. To be fair, I don’t think it’s entirely her fault. I think it’s largely because her boss, President Biden, has been such a complete hypocrite on the border issue that there’s just no way to come out these briefings looking good anymore.

                    As Ed pointed out yesterday, the Biden administration has decided it will complete several sections of the border wall near Yuma, Arizona. That decision is completely at odds with what Biden said when he was running for office against Trump’s border wall.

                    And that brings us back to Karine Jean-Pierre who was asked by Fox’s Peter Doocy Friday why President Biden has decided to complete even a portion of the wall, contrary to his vows not to do so. Here’s the clip:

                    Her answer is truly awful and so I want to give you a bit of the transcript and walk through this so you can fully appreciate how many land mines Joe Biden has set up for her: [emphasis added]

                    Peter Doocy: Why is the Biden administration building a border wall in Arizona?

                    KJP: So, we’re not, we’re not finishing the wall. We are cleaning up the mess the prior administration left behind in their failed attempt to build a wall. And I just want to be very, very clear here. On day one we returned the money, the $8 billion dollars the prior administration took from our military, we gave that back to the military for military families, for schools for bases. That what that money was being used…that’s what it was taken away from. Again, what we’re doing is cleaning up the mess that the prior administration has done.

                    There was really no good answer to Doocy’s question so KJP can only claim they’re not finishing the wall which is sort of true and sort of a lie. They’re not finishing the entire wall but they are finishing a portion of the wall in Yuma, AZ.

                    As for her filibuster about giving the money back to the military, it’s true the Trump admin was sued over this money and several judges ruled against him. However in July 2020 the Supreme Court ruled in his favor.

                    The Supreme Court has allowed President Trump to defy Congress and continue to spend more than $6 billion diverted from military funds to pay for the construction of a border wall in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

                    By 5-4 vote, the justices on Friday rebuffed lawyers for the Sierra Club and House Democrats who sued to challenge Trump’s diversion of funds as illegal and unconstitutional.

                    By finishing part of the wall the White House is admitting that there was a need to complete more of the job before shutting down the entire project. So, if there was a failure here it was at least partly a failure of the Biden administration not following through on this 18 months ago.

                    Doocy: But President Biden when he was a candidate that there will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration. So what changed?

                    KJP: We are not finishing the wall.

                    Now this is getting really bad. If Biden had said ‘We’ll never finish the wall’ that would be a plausible answer, but as you can see from the video clip above, what he said was “There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.” KJP is trying to dance around that but clearly Biden is breaking a promise that came out of his own mouth.

                    Doocy: If walls work in that part of Arizona, is this the administration trying to get migrants to cross somewhere else, like in Texas? What is the plan?

                    Doocy is being generous. He could have said, “If walls work in Arizona, don’t they work everywhere?” Instead he’s starting from the idea that the administration has some specific goal in completing this one portion of the wall. He just wants to know what the plan is.

                    KJP: We are not finishing a wall, we are cleaning up the mess that the prior administration made. We are trying to save lives. This is what…this is what the prior administration left behind that we are now cleaning up.

                    You may notice that KJP has repeated this talking point 3 times already. You may also notice it’s non-responsive to the actual question. She does give a hint what this is about when she says they are trying to save lives. This area of Yuma is the top area to cross the border in Arizona because the river is shallow and people can walk across. However, it’s still dangerous and last month a child was killed trying to cross:

                    According to Yuma Sector Border Patrol, a 5-year-old migrant drowned in the Colorado River on Monday, June 6th attempting to cross into the United States.

                    In a statement to KYMA, CBP said when the mother was in custody, she told agents she had been separated from her child.

                    “The mother stated that she had handed her child to an unknown individual in the group and was last seen in the vicinity of the Morelos Dam near Andrade, CA,” the statement reads. “Agents immediately responded to the area to search for the missing child and ultimately discovered a child in the Colorado River.”

                    So if the idea is to complete a section of the wall to discourage crossing at this point, which is dangerous, then you’re admitting a couple of things. First, that the wall is a deterrent. Second, that migrants crossing the border is dangerous. KJP isn’t really saying either of those things outright. She won’t say the first because that’s dangerously close to admitting walls work. She won’t say the second because that would call attention to a) the record number of migrants crossing the border under Biden and b) the record number of dead migrants found along the border this year. Again, it sounds like KJP is failing here but she’s failing because of the sheer number of land mines Joe Biden has set up with his own feckless response to this crisis.

                    Doocy: By finishing the wall, is this…?

                    KJP: We are not finishing the wall.

                    Doocy: By filling in, finishing…

                    KJP: We are not finishing the wall.

                    Make that 5 times in less than 90 seconds.

                    Doocy: By filling in, is this racist? Because in 2019 when the former guy was proposing a wall, he said that it was his racist wall. So how is this any different? I’m just having a hard time understanding how this is any different.

                    KJP: I’m not even sure how you get to your first question to this question that you just asked me. I will say this…[crosstalk] I’m answering your question. A border wall is ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. So it’s ineffective of taxpayer dollars, dollars that actually went to the military that the last administration the prior president took from the military, which took away from schools, which took away from military bases. That’s what that money that he pulled away from to build this wall that he wanted that is ineffective by the way, which I just said. Just recently CBP reported that new bollard fencing along the southwest border was breached 3,272 times between fiscal year of 2019 and 2021 requiring $2.6 billion in repairs. It’s ineffective. We are not finishing a wall. We are cleaning up the mess that the last administration made.

                    If the wall is ineffective, why build more of it?

                    If the wall is ineffective, why do they think it can save lives near Yuma? KJP can’t square the circle and doesn’t even try. She knows Fox News is the only media outlet that will care.

                    And of course she didn’t come close to addressing the main question which was “Is building more of this wall racist?” She seemed shocked by that question but progressives in her party have explicitly said the wall was racist. Here’s what Rep. Omar said last year in reaction to rumors that Biden might build more of it.

                    So KJP can’t give the correct answer here (which is ‘NO’) because that would make Rep. Omar and the rest of the squad mad. Again, her answers were awful but they were awful not because she’s clueless but because there are so many obvious things she just can’t say.

                    The truth is that if the wall didn’t work Biden could tear it down. But he’s not doing that. Instead he’s adding to it.

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                    Manchin And The Democrats Are Making The IRS More Powerful Than Ever

                      President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats have decided to react to inflation and recession with a new version of BBB that raises taxes and spending. This is how we got into this problem in the first place.

                      This makes no economic sense.

                      It does make a great deal of political sense.

                      Start with the spending explosion for the Internal Revenue Service that Biden demanded from the start. That is $80 billion to deploy 87,000 new IRS agents. Enough to fill every seat in Nationals Park twice. Enough to fill the Roman Colosseum 1.7 times.

                      That’s more new IRS agents than the entire combined personnel of all U.S. aircraft carriers.

                      The bill also gives taxpayer money to the IRS to buy new cars, and more money for IRS “office rent.”

                      The official IRS watchdog — the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration — reports that the IRS already has more cars than it needs. And that the IRS cannot show that its employees are limiting their use of those cars to official business.

                      And why more office space when the IRS has been forced to admit that more than half of its employees never come into an office? They should be downsizing office space.

                      While we are at it one wonders if the IRS will buy more guns and ammo with an extra $80 billion to play with. The Inspector General found that IRS special agents can be careless with firearms: they accidentally discharge their guns more often than intentionally fire them.

                      And the IRS often tried to cover up these misfires only to be discovered by the Inspector General, which then noted: “In three of the four accidental discharges that were not reported, the accidental discharges may have resulted in property damage or personal injury.”

                      The specific property damage and personal injury was redacted. Why?

                      What is the IRS doing with guns? At last count the IRS had stockpiled 4,600 guns and five million rounds of ammunition.

                      This includes 3,282 pistols, 621 shotguns, 539 rifles, 15 fully automatic firearms and four revolvers. How many more will they buy with your tax dollars?

                      Another IRS watchdog report found that the IRS intentionally destroyed 30 million tax statements sent in by the American people. The IRS didn’t tell anyone about it. A drop-in inspection is the only reason they got caught.

                      If you stacked up 30 million documents you’d have a pile two miles high. These paper documents were either burned or thrown in a dumpster. The IRS won’t say. But they are gone. No accountability.

                      Imagine if you told the IRS that your tax paperwork went missing. How would that go over?

                      And when someone in the IRS gave or allowed to have stolen the private taxpayer files of thousands of Americans over 15 years the Biden administration promised to get to the bottom of it.

                      The personal tax files were given to a progressive news organization that published details of the documents in the hope they’d help Democrats impose tax increases.

                      But here we are 14 months later and we still have no answers from the Biden administration or the IRS.

                      Does it make sense to send tens of billions of additional dollars to such a dysfunctional agency?

                      Fun fact to know and tell: The labor union that represents IRS employees collects labor union dues from its members. The union contributes 100% of its PAC contributions to one party: the Democrat party.

                      More IRS agents means more dues money and more cash to the Democrat party and Democrat candidates.

                      Which congressmen and Senators will vote to give an agency with so much disfunction more money? Let’s look at who has received campaign contributions from the IRS union.

                      $30,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee And $30,000 to the DNC Services Corporation, an entity tasked with “coordinating party organizational activities.”

                      The IRS union also – coincidentally – gives money to Democrats in key Senate races. Examples include $10,000 for Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and $5,000 each for Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.)

                      The Manchin bill also imposes tax increases on businesses that invest heavily in new jobs and buildings and training. Companies that plow all their earnings into growing the firm, hiring more people etc. will now be hit by a 15% tax on that investment just as we enter a recession.

                      The target: the fastest growing, most successful companies that are putting money into their companies will be punished. Tough to invent a stupider tax.

                      Both Republican and Democrat congressmen and administrations have supported the investment tax credit and full expensing which would be undermined by the $300 billion plus tax hike in this tax and spend bill.

                      This version of BBB will slow economic growth, job creation and new investment. And it will recycle your tax dollars through the government to Democrat politicians.

                      The bill will also put price controls on life-saving drugs that now will NOT be invented over the next generation. The price controls come with a 95% federal excise tax on U.S. manufacturers. CBO finds that this will cause 15 fewer new drugs to come onto the market. Who knows what future cures will be prevented by this reckless policy.

                      One hopes that at least one Democrat Senator will deny 50 votes for a bill that taxes investment in America, subsidizes the IRS and the Democrat party, creates a government-dependent network of subsidized “energy” companies while taxing real energy and slows medical progress.

                      Grover Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform.

                      Content created by Grover Norquist

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                      Man who stole car with 6-year-old boy inside shot by boy’s father, deputies say

                      LANTANA, Fla. – A man accused of stealing a car with a 6-year-old boy inside in West Palm Beach and crashing it in Lantana early Saturday was shot by the boy’s father, deputies said.

                      Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Lamar Thurman, 29, drove away in the car, which was parked in front of a home on Roberts Lane, while the engine was on and the boy was inside as his father was saying goodbye to friends.

                      The boy’s father and friends followed the stolen car while calling 911.

                      Thurman soon crashed the car on Loquat Tree Drive in Lantana, Barbera said.

                      As the boy’s father and friends tried to rescue the child from the car, Thurman started to drive off again, Barbera said.

                      That’s when the boy’s father, armed with a handgun, shot Thurman several times “in an attempt to stop him from fleeing further with his child in the car,” Barbera said.

                      Thurman crashed the car again about 200 yards away and was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

                      Pelosi responds to questions about husband’s stock purchase ahead of Congress’ vote on semiconductor industry

                        Congress is scheduled to vote on a $52 billion dollar subsidy to the semiconductor industry this week, perhaps on Tuesday. The subsidy is a part of a bill to increase U.S. manufacturing of computer chips to decrease reliance on China. It will increase American competitiveness with China. A funny thing happened on June 17. Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, scored a pretty sweet purchase of between $1 million and $5 million shares in Nvidia, a semiconductor company. He purchased 20,000 shares, according to the disclosure filing.

                        There’s nothing to see here, why do you ask? Nancy Pelosi doesn’t know a thing about this so there can’t be anything fishy about the transaction. That’s what her office would have you believe.

                        “The Speaker does not own any stocks. As you can see from the required disclosures, with which the Speaker fully cooperates, these transactions are marked ‘SP’ for Spouse. The Speaker has no prior knowledge or subsequent involvement in any transactions,” Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, said in a statement to FOX Business.

                        “The Speaker believes that sunlight is the best disinfectant. The Speaker has asked Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren to examine the issue of Members’ unacceptable noncompliance with the reporting requirements in the STOCK Act, including the possibility of stiffening penalties,” Hammill said.

                        “To be clear, insider trading is already a serious federal criminal and civil violation and the Speaker strongly supports robust enforcement of the relevant statutes by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission,” he added. “The Speaker led the House in passing the bipartisan Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act, which would subject federal judges to similar disclosure requirements as those in the STOCK Act. President Biden signed this bill into law in May.

                        See, it’s not her stock, it’s his stock. Except for the fact that San Fran Gran and Paul live in California, a community property state. Any property or assets acquired by spouses during a marriage is considered marital or community property. There may be nothing illegal with Paul’s stock purchase but it sure does raise some ethical questions about the timing of the purchase.

                        Here’s the thing – if this was a one off kind of thing it may not look so shady. But, it’s not. Mr. Pelosi’s financial transactions in the stock market and his profits from timely stock trades have been the subject of discussion for years. Whether it was a company tied to Paul Pelosi receiving a loan from the $669 billion Paycheck Protection Program, or a tidy payday after Google parent Alphabet’s stock popped, and back in 2011, 60 Minutes did a story on insider trading among members of Congress, including Pelosi. This isn’t a new concern.

                        Pelosi was reluctant to put bills through that would ban members of Congress and staffers from trading stocks until recently when the pressure just got too much for her. As Ed wrote about back in February, “unwanted and unexpected transparency on Pelosi’s trades forced her to shift her position on rules changes, reluctantly.” And, yet, here we are again. Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said that Nancy Pelosi is the ultimate insider.

                        Speaking to “Fox & Friends First” Monday, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., slammed Paul Pelosi following his multi-million-dollar purchase of computer chip stocks prior to a congressional subsidy vote.

                        Comer called Nancy Pelosi “the ultimate insider,” noting how her husband has made other controversial stock purchases before, namely ahead of the Big Tech hearings on Capitol Hill.

                        “Nancy Pelosi is the ultimate insider. Not only is her husband buying stock options on a much higher level than the average member of Congress,” Comer said. “The average member of Congress may buys $5,000 or $6,000 of stock. He’s buying $500,000 worth of stock. He’s buying stock options which expire. To be able to trade stock options profitably, you have to know exactly which direction that stock’s going to move, and you can make a huge profit. This is wrong. This is another example of the media turning a blind eye to Nancy Pelosi’s bad behavior and unethical behavior.”

                        Nancy Pelosi leads a life of privilege. She and her husband think they are untouchable. It is simply ridiculous to think that her job has nothing to do with his financial dealings. Paul Pelosi also made a couple of other stock trades with Apple and Visa recently that reaped profits.

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                        Pelosi hints her trip to Taiwan is happening and China continues to make threats

                          Speaker Nancy Pelosi hasn’t committed to the trip yet, at least not publicly, but there are hints she is planning to move forward with it despite warnings from the White House and the Pentagon. USA Today reports she’s inviting GOP lawmakers to join her.

                          Pelosi’s office has not confirmed her travel plans, citing security concerns. But the California Democrat invited several Republican members of Congress to travel to Taiwan with her, according to a source familiar with the discussions and one of the GOP lawmakers.

                          “Rep. McCaul was invited on the trip, but is unable to attend due to a prior commitment,” Leslie Shedd, a spokesperson for the House Foreign Affairs committee ranking member, said in a statement to USA TODAY.

                          Meanwhile China continues to make vague threats. Chinese spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “If the U.S. side insists on making the visit and challenges China’s red line, it will be met with resolute countermeasures.” China isn’t saying what those countermeasures would be but a former state media commentator with a nationalist bent suggested last week that the PLA would “punish” her make her visit a “disgrace.”

                          He earlier suggested his own idea which involved China’s air force escorting her plane to Taiwan.

                          It would be very risky for China to send fighter planes toward Pelosi’s plane. But that’s not likely to happen. Today the Pentagon said that if Pelosi does make the trip, they will adjust to ensure she’s protected.

                          Asked about planned military steps to protect Pelosi, D-Calif., in the event of a visit, U.S. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday that discussion of any specific travel is premature. But, he added, “if there’s a decision made that Speaker Pelosi or anyone else is going to travel and they asked for military support, we will do what is necessary to ensure a safe conduct of their visit. And I’ll just leave it at that.”…

                          U.S. officials say that the prospects of an intercept or show of force by Chinese aircraft near Pelosi’s flight raises concerns, prompting the need for American aircraft and other assets to be nearby.

                          The U.S. aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group is currently operating in the western Pacific, and made a port call in Singapore over the weekend. The strike group involves at least two other Navy ships and Carrier Air Wing 5, which includes F/A-18 fighter jets, helicopters and surveillance aircraft.

                          All of this, on both sides, seems aimed at making enough noise that Pelosi decides to cancel the trip. Maybe that will still happen but that would clearly be a win for China at this point.

                          “It’s a tough call for the administration,” said Michael Green of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, who helped shape Asia policy as a senior official in the George W. Bush administration.

                          “If they pressure Pelosi to back down, they will invite greater Chinese threats and pressure in the future and increase the odds of a crisis again down the road,” he said. However, he said, “if they support her going, they risk escalating tensions in the Taiwan Strait.”

                          “They’ve got to find an elegant resolution,” he added.

                          I’m not sure there is an elegant solution here. China is being belligerent and demanding we behave as if Taiwan is their territory and we’re invading when in fact Pelosi’s visit would be welcome by the elected leader of Taiwan and by the overwhelming majority of its people who oppose “reunification” with the mainland. If she backs off now, that strengthens China’s hand the next time they make a similar demand. But this isn’t the Cuban missile crisis. Speaker Pelosi is an obnoxious Democrat but she’s not a nuclear warhead. There’s no reason for the US to act as if this is an outrageous visit just because China is outraged. It’s not up to them and hopefully it never will be.

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                          Pelosi is right and should make the trip to Taiwan

                            As Jazz pointed out yesterday, President Biden made a remark this week that seemed to indicate Speaker Pelosi’s planned trip to Taiwan was a bad idea. Biden didn’t actually he felt that way. Instead he said “the military” didn’t think it was a good idea.

                            At this point I was left wondering whose military Biden was talking about. We know that China doesn’t want Pelosi to go. They’ve been making veiled threats about this for months, ever since a previously planned trip to visit Taiwan was canceled back in April.

                            China reacted angrily, warning the US against the trip and demanding that Washington “adhere to the One China principle”.

                            Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said China “will have to take determined and forceful measures to firmly safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity” if the visit went ahead.

                            Bonnie Glaser, a Taiwan expert at the German Marshall Fund, said Beijing had become “hypersensitive” about Congress, which has introduced an “unprecedented” number of anti-China bills in recent years.

                            But it turns out that Biden was right. Pelosi has been hearing from the US military about the trip, which has been rescheduled for next month:

                            Behind the scenes, White House and Defense Department officials have already been quietly relaying the risks of a potential trip to Pelosi’s office, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. But since news of the trip emerged on Tuesday, the president’s public comments have ramped up pressure on the speaker to address those concerns.

                            Inside the Pentagon, officials believe the trip could increase tensions in the region as Beijing ratchets up rhetoric and flexes its muscles in the South China Sea. Pelosi is planning to use a military aircraft to fly to the island, which is standard for congressional delegations. But to the Chinese, “it looks like a military operation,” said one U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic.

                            CNN published a story yesterday with a more specific rationale. The Pentagon apparently believes Pelosi’s visit could be used by China as an excuse to declare a no fly zone over the island:

                            Biden administration officials are concerned that China could seek to declare a no-fly zone over Taiwan ahead of a possible visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as an effort to upend the trip, potentially raising tensions even further in the region, a US official told CNN.

                            China could also respond by flying fighter jets further into Taiwan’s self-declared air defense zone, which could trigger a response from Taiwan and the US, the official added. They did not detail what a possible response would entail.

                            To her credit, Pelosi has so far refused to back down.

                            “It’s important for us to show support for Taiwan,” she said. “None of us have ever said we’re for independence when it comes to Taiwan. That’s up to Taiwan to decide.”…

                            “I don’t always agree with her, but on this one I applaud it,” Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in an interview. “It’s important that we show up in Taiwan and demonstrate to China that we are supportive. That’s a very strong statement for a speaker to go to Taiwan.”

                            Today, Henry Olsen wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post listing some of the reasons she should make the trip:

                            Our Asian allies look to us to defend them against China’s threat, and a visit by Pelosi would signal that Taiwan’s quest to remain free is supported by top U.S. leaders. She would not need to say anything that contradicts prior U.S. policy, which has historically been ambiguous as to whether it would go to war to defend Taiwan if China invades. Her presence would simply send a message that within that ambiguity, the balance tilts toward Taiwan…

                            If Pelosi’s visit pushes China to make a threatening move short of war, such as moving substantial military assets in position to invade Taiwan, that would force the United States to make good on our word and invest more in our military. It’s better we understand the costs of our aspirations and start to pay for them now rather than kick the can down the road again…

                            It would also be bad for U.S. policy if Pelosi now failed to visit the island in the face of Chinese bullying. Our allies have increasingly asked us to make clear commitments to defend Taiwan if China attacks. Nations such as Japan would surely view Pelosi canceling her visit as a sign that the United States is unwilling to test China’s resolve. That sends a message of weakness.

                            China’s Xi Jinping has vowed to reunify the island by any means necessary. If we’re serious about not letting Taiwan become the next Hong Kong then the sooner we stand up to China’s bullying the better. Canceling this trip now isn’t just kicking the can down the road, it will be seen as a sign of US weakness and will only encourage more Chinese belligerence in the very near future.

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                            Florida Family Told Their New Electric Car Battery Will Cost 14K…The Entire Used Car Cost 11K!

                              The “electric car” nightmare stories continue.

                              This time it’s a Florida family who purchased a used Ford electric car.

                              When the car suddenly stopped running, they took it to a mechanic and discovered they needed a new battery.

                              Okay, simple enough, right?


                              There was one very big problem…

                              The new battery cost $14K dollars, and they had only paid $11K dollars for the car, to begin with.


                              Fox News reported that Avery Siwinski is a 17-year-old whose parents spent $11,000 on a used Ford Focus Electric car, which is a 2014 model and had about 60,000 miles when it was bought, according to KVUE.

                              The teenager had the car for six months before it began giving her issues and the dashboard was flashing symbols.

                              “It was fine at first,” Siwinski said. “I loved it so much. It was small and quiet and cute. And all the sudden it stopped working.”

                              She told the news outlet that the car stopped running after taking it to a repair shop, and the family eventually found out that the car’s battery would need to be replaced.

                              The problem? A battery for the electric car costs $14,000, according to the news outlet.

                              Siwinski’s grandfather stepped in to help out with the car problems because her father passed away in June due to colon cancer.

                              But then the news got even more bizarre…

                              It turns out they couldn’t get the battery, no matter how much they offered to pay.

                              Ford stopped making it.

                              Wow, shouldn’t this fall under the “Lemon Law”?

                              If a dealership sells you that car, without telling you there is no battery, and you buy it, and the car dies a week later, you will have spent $11K for nothing… this is what happened to this family.

                              That seems like a really cruddy scam.

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                              US Citizen Caught At The Border With Enough Fentanyl To Kill Every Single Person On The West Coast

                                Border Patrol agents seized 250 pounds of fentanyl, enough to potentially kill everyone living on the west coast of the country, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Monday.

                                The border agents confiscated the drugs after pulling over a U.S. citizen driver of a 2015 Black GMC truck near Campo, California, where a drug-sniffing dog found multiple packages of fentanyl hidden in the car’s spare tire and its gas tank, according to CBP.

                                Using the DEA’s metric that one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people, the seizure contained over 56 million doses. The seizure has an estimated street value of $3,679,000, according to CBP.

                                The population of California, Oregon and Washington combined is around 51,000,000, according to 2021 Census Bureau data.

                                CBP has confiscated over 8,400 pounds of fentanyl so far this fiscal year, according to the agency’s statistics.

                                “Our agents prevented these dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities. I am proud to say that our Border Patrol agents here in San Diego Sector are responsible for over 50% of all the fentanyl seized by the U.S. Border Patrol this fiscal year,” Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement Monday.

                                The smuggler and drugs were handed over to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to CBP.

                                Neither CBP nor the DEA responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s requests for comment.

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