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CDC Urges School Staff to Endorse Transgenderism, LGBT Curriculums

    Just days after Christmas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention republished a “self-assessment tool” urging teachers, administrators, school health staff, and others to become an “awesome ally” by advocating for LGBT causes in school.

    The document cites multiple LGBT activist groups, including a division of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    The CDC did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment about the document, which it originally published in October 2020.

    “School administrators: Our LGBTQ inclusivity self-assessment tool can help you quickly gauge inclusivity at your school,” the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health posted on Twitter on Tuesday. “See your score today and learn ways to increase inclusivity.”

    The document, “LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool,” appears on the CDC’s youth website in a section “For Schools” and under the drop-down “Tools for Supporting LGBTQ Youth.”

    “Schools play a critical role in supporting the health and academic development of all youth, including the success of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth,” the document states. “Creating and sustaining inclusive school environments, policies, programs, and practices that include LGBTQ youth is one strategy for improving the health and academic success of all youth.”

    The document notes that it includes resources from nongovernmental organizations “focused on improving school inclusivity” and that the resources do not represent the CDC’s official opinion. The document further notes that the self-assessment tool is optional, not required, but it touts the document as “a focused, reasonable, and user-friendly approach to identify strategies to increase LGBTQ inclusivity in schools.”

    The tool includes four assessments, one each for all users, administrators, educators, and school health services staff. The tool includes three scores: “Commit to Change,” “Beginning to Break Through,” and “Awesome Ally.”

    LGBTQ inclusivity continuum, screenshot from “LGBTQ Inclusivity in Schools: A Self-Assessment Tool”

    The general self-assessment encourages education leaders to adopt certain mindsets, such as “I cannot assume a student’s gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation,” and urges them to adopt “inclusive” terminology, such as “using individuals’ chosen names/pronouns” and rejecting terms like “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” for “neutral terms” like “partner.”

    It also encourages leaders to “advocate for LGBTQ inclusive and affirming materials in all school and classroom environments” and to participate in the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance.

    This section also lists resources from activist groups such as GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and PFLAG, along with the infamous “Gender Unicorn” graphic presenting biological sex as inherently different from gender identity.

    The next section encourages administrators to alter their school health policies to include explicit anti-bullying and nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ students, to allow “students to use the bathroom/locker room which aligns to their chosen gender,” to allow students to alter their paperwork “to present their chosen name and pronouns, rather than their legal name,” and to allow students “access to age-appropriate LGBTQ content and information.” It also encourages administrators to let teachers “develop LGBTQ inclusive curricula” and to support teachers attending LGBTQ trainings.

    The document encourages educators to put up “visual labels” such as “rainbow flags, pink triangles, unisex bathroom signs” marking a classroom as “a safe space for LGBTQ students.” It urges them to teach with “LGBTQ inclusive” content and to attend LGBT trainings.

    The document also urges teachers to “describe anatomy and physiology separate from gender (e.g., ‘a body with a penis’ and ‘a body with a vagina’).”

    Finally, the document urges health services staff to set up “visual labels” to demonstrate support for LGBT causes in the school’s clinic, to offer intake forms with separate sections for “gender identity and sex at birth,” to use students’ chosen names and pronouns, to offer “LGBTQ-specific health pamphlets” at the school clinic, to “describe anatomy and physiology separate from gender,” and to attend LGBT trainings.

    Although the CDC document insists the “self-assessment” is voluntary and does not represent an endorsement of LGBT activist groups, it encourages teachers, administrators, and health staff to endorse LGBT activist symbols, consult with LGBT activist organizations, and change school policies in an LGBT activist direction.

    Parents have urged schools to remove certain books from libraries, such as Maia Kobabe’s “Gender Queer: A Memoir.” Although the book includes pictures of sexual acts between a boy and a man, a Fairfax County Public Schools committee defended the book, saying it depicts “difficulties nonbinary and asexual individuals may face.” The committee concluded that “the book neither depicts nor describes pedophilia,” but parents have contested this assertion.

    While the CDC document does not reference “Gender Queer,” it does cite Teaching Tolerance, a project of the left-leaning SPLC which has since rebranded itself as Learning for Justice. According to critics, the SPLC brands mainstream conservative and Christian organizations “hate groups,” putting them on a map with chapters of the Ku Klux Klan. In 2012, a man used the SPLC “hate map” to target the Family Research Council in a terrorist attack. He was convicted of terrorism.

    As I note in my book, “Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the SPLC fired its co-founder and had its president resign amid a racial discrimination and sexual harassment scandal in 2019. During that scandal, a former SPLC staffer admitted that the organization’s accusations of “hate” are a “cynical fundraising scam” aimed at “bilking Northern liberals.”

    The CDC did not respond to questions regarding its decision to cite the SPLC.

    The CDC also did not respond to questions about how it might defend the LGBT “self-assessment tool” as a necessary health measure. It also did not respond to questions regarding its apparent endorsement of transgender ideology.

    While many national health organizations support experimental transgender medical interventions in the name of “gender-affirming care,” medical organizations both in the U.S. and around the world are reversing course. The Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine last month approved a new rule banning puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and transgender surgeries for minors.

    Karolinska Hospital in Sweden announced in May 2021 that it would not prescribe hormonal treatments to minors under 16. In June 2021, Finland released medical guidelines opposing such drugs for minors, noting: “Cross-sex identification in childhood, even in extreme cases, generally disappears during puberty.” In April 2021, Britain’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence concluded that the evidence for using puberty-blocking drugs to treat young people is “very low” and that existing studies of the drugs were small and “subject to bias and confounding.”

    The CDC also did not respond to concerns that the document represents activism in the name of promoting public health. The agency also declined to comment on whether it would consider promoting alternative materials from organizations that do not endorse LGBT activism.

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    Trump Foreshadowed The Southwest Airlines Disaster…

      There’s an urban legend going around that “Trump’s always right.” That he always predicts things well before they happen, or he always gives the right answer to a situation that everyone else is getting wrong. And after he’s been mocked, for sometimes years, finally, the truth comes out at everyone says, “Trump was right again.” And round and round we go. And yes, it has happened once again. Only this time, it’s more like President Trump turned into a “prophet” and forewarned us about the Southwest Christmas scandal of 2022.

      Newsmax reported that hearkening back to his famed “Nation in Decline” campaign rally speech conclusion from the summer and fall, former President Donald Trump lamented the Christmas vacation travel nightmare that has unfolded.

      “Our airports, and so much else, are like those of a third world country,” Trump wrote Thursday on Truth Social. “The USA has gone down so far, so fast. Very sad to watch!”

      The remarks mirror excerpts from the ending of his campaign rally speech, which was often set to the sounds of thunder and lightning along with sad organ music.

      “A nation whose once-revered airports are dirty and a crowded mess,” Trump said myriad times in rally speeches, which was also replayed on midterm campaign video ads. “You sit and wait for hours and then are notified that the plane won’t leave, and they have no idea when they will.

      “Where ticket prices have tripled. They don’t have the pilots to fly the planes, and they don’t seek qualified air-traffic controllers anymore, and they just don’t know what they are doing.

      “We are a nation that has lost its confidence, its willpower, and its strength. We are a nation that has lost its way, but we are not going to allow this horror to continue. Two years ago we were a great nation, and we will soon be a great nation again.”

      In another Truth Social post Thursday, Trump noted the fall from grace came after a 2020 presidential election that was rigged by social injustice revolts and FBI censorship — through tidy relationships with and influence over Big Tech — of true stories that might tarnish Trump’s campaign opponent.

      “Are there no consequences for the tremendous damage done to our country through the rigged and corrupt 2020 presidential election? Strictly third world!” Trump posted on Truth Social.

      Trump’s statement lamented that the FBI supervisor of the Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer kidnapping scheme and the Jan. 6 probes was replaced just before the Republican majority was set to take over the House and dig into the potential schemes to derail Trump.

      The reason why Trump always “knows” and predicts things, is that he doesn’t look at life through a political lens. He observes what’s happening with common sense. And if more people did that, we could avoid a lot of the mess we’re dealing with now.

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      Armed bystanders kill shooter at Oklahoma City restaurant

      Armed bystanders gunned down a shooter Thursday at an Oklahoma City restaurant, killing him, police said.

      A man opened fire with a handgun in Louie’s Grill & Bar, striking three people inside the restaurant from a position outside the front door, Oklahoma City Police Capt. Bo Mathews told reporters.

      As the gunman ran from the scene, two bystanders got their own handguns from the trunks of their vehicles, then confronted and fatally shot the attacker outside the restaurant, Mathews said Friday.

      “They were able to shoot this suspect and put an end to this very dangerous situation,” Mathews said, adding that the men – Carlos Nazario, 35, and Bryan Wittle, 39 – did not know each other. It’s not clear who fired the fatal shot. Police initially said only one man fired on the attacker.

      The bystanders’ actions were “well within their legal rights” and likely would be protected by good Samaritan laws, Mathews said. He deferred a final call to the Oklahoma County district attorney, whose staff did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

      “These guys were protecting somebody else’s life,” the police captain said. “You can say they are heroes.”

      The attacker was identified by police as Alexander C. Tilghman, 28, of Oklahoma City.

      “It doesn’t look like he knew anybody at the restaurant,” Mathews said, adding that Tilghman had no known history of mental illness and appears to have acted alone. The motive remains unknown.

      The three who were wounded remain in good condition Friday, police said.

      The National Rifle Association quickly seized on the incident as “just another example of how the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” according to a tweet. The powerful gun rights lobbying group commonly touts the mantra as part of its strategy in the wake of gun violence to identify ways – apart from restricting firearms – to enhance public safety.

      When gunfire erupted Thursday at Louie’s, in northwest Oklahoma City, “it sounded like, you know, any kind of restaurant noise, a rack of plates crashing … glass breaking,” Ron Benton, who was inside the cafe when the shooting began, told CNN affiliate KFOR.

      “But it was followed by a pop pop pop sound, and a wall of people started making their way to the floor, and making their way around to the backside of the bar,” he said.

      When the shooting stopped, Benton and some friends headed to Louie’s parking lot. They spotted the gunman walking on a sidewalk, he said.

      “He was just a 20-something-year-old kid,” Benton said, “Didn’t look very old. He was wearing ear protection and eye protection that you would have at a shooting range.”

      Then, Benton told KFOR, he saw a car circle back after exiting Louie’s parking lot.

      “A guy jumped out of it and went for the back of his vehicle. I just assumed maybe it was an off-duty officer or something like that,” he said. “It was just the way he moved, whoever it was. He just appeared to be somebody who had some training, some weapon training.”

      Benton pointed the man toward the suspect, he recalled.

      “They were like, ‘Stop! Stop! Stop! Please! Put the gun down! Please put the gun down!’ And I was pointing at him, I was like, ‘Down! Put it down! Put it down!’ and they wound up exchanging fire,” Benton told KFOR.

      The gunman, he said, wouldn’t drop his weapon.

      “I popped my head up, and they had taken him down,” Benton said.

      Congress pushing committee to probe Dems’ weaponization of government

        That the federal government has been weaponized for some years already is evident by the fact the FBI interfered in the 2020 presidential election by telling social media to suppress damaging information about the Biden family.

        And that the government considered parents who object to radical leftist agendas in their schools as domestic terrorists.

        And the fact the FBI colluded with conspiracists to create the now-debunked “Russia” claims during the 2016 election.

        And the fact that pro-life protesters are being rounded up by SWAT teams for opposing the abortion industry’s wanton killing of the unborn.

        Now a report at PJMedia reveals Republicans are seeking a special committee to investigate that.

        The request is being made by the “dozen conservative members” of the House GOP who will determine whether Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is elected speaker, as he is seeking.

        The date for that vote is approaching, and while he’s the favorite for the leadership position, the result is not guaranteed yet.

        So conservatives are lining up their requests, including the “granddaddy of all,” an investigative committee to look into many issues Republicans, who are the majority in the new Congress, have noticed in recent years.

        Already, incoming Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan wants to probe political interference by the FBI and DOJ, and Rep. James Comer’s Oversight Committee wants to review the Biden-created border and fentanyl crises, pandemic relief fraud, botched Afghanistan withdrawal, the energy crisis, and COVID origins.

        PJMedia explained, “Several other committees will be looking into Hunter Biden’s nefarious business ventures. So you have to wonder just what else this select committee will be able to investigate that isn’t already being examined with a congressional microscope.”

        The explanation from Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, is that the select committee will coordinate the investigations under one roof.

        “It needs to be targeted the right way,” Roy said. “You don’t get many bites at the apple. You’ve got to get it done right.”

        The report further identified investigation targets as the Department of Education and the IRS.

        “Those are all areas that other committees have indicated they plan to investigate,” the report said.

        The Democrats ran a special committee, partisan because the previous House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, refused to seat committee members nominated by the minority GOP at the time, investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Members focused not on the causes and reasons the vandalism developed, but almost exclusively on anything they could blame President Trump for.

        In fact, they now insist that he be charged with multiple crimes for his political statements that day.

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        Twitter Files: Biden admin enraged MORE Americans weren’t censored

          Joe Biden has worked hard to present himself as the easy-going good ‘ole boy. But the façade has crumbled a number of times, including when he lashed out at a questioner for being a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier.”

          He also reportedly has erupted because of the constant media references to his age – 80 at his last birthday and evidenced through his mental stumbles and verbal gaffes.

          His officials periodically have been caught out with their anger, too. And now a report says members of his administration exploded with anger because a social media company didn’t censor MORE Americans’ comments about COVID-19.

          The report in Breitbart said the Biden administration, which has tried to label anything information with which it disagrees as “misinformation,” were “angry” because Twitter didn’t ban some accounts.

          The details come from the latest batch of Twitter Files that were released.

          It was David Zweig who released the details coming about of Twitter about the Biden administration’s influence operations on social media companies to try to control the narrative that Americans would hear on several issues.

          He reported, “A December 2022 summary of meetings with the White House by Lauren Culbertson, Twitter’s Head of U.S. Public Policy, adds new evidence of the White House’s pressure campaign, and cements that it repeatedly attempted to directly influence the platform.”

          Culbertson’s memo, posted online, said, “The Biden team was not satisfied with Twitter’s enforcement approach as they wanted Twitter to do more and to de-platform several accounts. Because of this dissatisfaction, we were asked to join several other calls. They were very angry in nature.”

          The report noted Zweig documented that Twitter didn’t fully “capitulate” to the wishes of the Biden administration and actually showed “more care” about moderation “than was shown by the government toward free speech.”

          The social media company, before Elon Musk bought it, did, however, suppress views “that conflicted with the official positions of the White House,” the report said.

          The report cited as part of the problem that Twitter contracted with outsiders, “with no medical or scientific background,” were tasked with moderating comments from scientists who were expert in their fields.

          Zweig wrote, “Inevitably, dissident yet legitimate content was labeled as misinformation, and the accounts of doctors and others were suspended both for tweeting opinions and demonstrably true information.”

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          Look Out: Another AZ Election Dispute Just Got The Green Light for Trial…

            As you likely know, the Kari Lake election lawsuit is making waves. Big waves right now, as one bombshell after another gets dropped. And while her case is grabbing all the headlines, there’s another Republican who just got the “okay” from a judge to move forward with his election dispute case in Arizona.

            Mohave County Superior Court Judge Lee F. Jantzen ruled that a lawsuit from the Republican attorney general candidate can indeed move to trial this Friday.

            Judge Jantzen said he’s allowing the case to move forward because this case is “different… because the Plaintiff is not alleging political motives or fraud or personal agendas being pushed.”

            So, if the plaintiff argued there was fraud, the judge wouldn’t have allowed the case… That’s an odd position to take, right?

            The judge went on to say that this case was “okay” because it’s simply “alleging misconduct by mistake, or omission by election officials led to the erroneous count of votes and which if true could have led to an uncertain result.”

            Very disturbing words from the judge. It’s as if he’s scared to be thought of as a dirty “election denier” or something.

            That’s the power of the communist Dems and their “war of words.”

            Our friends over at 100 Percent Fed Up did a great report on this story:

            Adding to the fight against Arizona’s Maricopa County election results, an Arizona judge has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Republican Attorney General Candidate Abraham Hamadeh’s lawsuit can go to trial.

            Hamadeh, who lost his election to Democrat Kris Mayes by just 511 votes out of 2.5 million, filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County alleging “errors and inaccuracies” at voting locations. On Election Day, Maricopa saw significant issues at its polling locations including malfunctioning voting machines and improperly printed ballots.

            He requested “judicial intervention” to make sure that the candidate who “received the highest number of lawful votes is declared the next Arizona Attorney General.”

            The lawsuit asserts that officials in at least 15 Arizona counties “caused the unlawful denial of the franchise to certain qualified electors, erroneously tallied certain ballots, and included for tabulation in the canvass certain illegal votes in connection with the election for the office of Arizona Attorney General.”

            “This pervasive and systematic error directly and proximately resulted in three recurring scenarios in which qualified electors were unlawfully and unconstitutionally disenfranchised,” the lawsuit continued.

            Hamadeh’s lawsuit also suggested that up to 1,942 filled-out provisional ballots in Maricopa County were not counted.

            As I mentioned above, this case comes on the heels of the bombshell case from Kari Lake that was green-lit for trial after thousands of her voters were disenfranchised in Maricopa Country.

            What worries me, is that in the end, these judges won’t do the difficult and “right” thing, and will allow the cheating to stand. And then the left will use it to “prove” these sham elections are fair. “Well, they went to court, and the judge ruled, so case closed..” Can’t you hear it now?

            That’s my only concern with these election lawsuits. I don’t trust our judges, sadly.

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            Japan Signs Off On Record Defense Budget, Including Billions For American Weapons

              Japan’s leadership put final approval to a historic defense budget increase, including $2 billion to buy U.S.-made Tomahawk missiles, at a cabinet meeting Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported.

              Japan plans to spend the equivalent of $50.1 billion on defense in fiscal year 2023 starting in April, the first steps in a larger initiative to supersize Japan’s military, marking a 180-degree reversal of the country’s post-WWII pacifism. Burgeoning threats from China and North Korea spurred the change, and Tomahawk missiles deployed to naval warships could enhance Japan’s ability to deter attacks, the WSJ reported.

              Japan intends to double military spending to $350 billion by 2027, Reuters reported on Dec. 16. The plan includesfunding for purchasing missiles capable of striking China and would transform the once-pacifist country into the world’s third-largest defense spender.

              North Korea launched two more ballistic missiles in the direction of Japan minutes before the cabinet meeting in Tokyo, the WSJ reported. The isolated country has conducted more missile tests in 2022 than any year prior as it seeks to develop a modern military and nuclear capabilities.

              $10.6 billion of Japan’s new budget is directed at developing capabilities that can strike facilities on enemy territory if adversaries appear poised to attack, abilities that were prohibited under Japan’s former self-defense strategy, the WSJ reported. Some opposition lawmakers warned this policy reversal increases the risk Japan could wind up as the aggressor in a future conflict.

              Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said Japan would carry out preemptive strikes as long as he had credible evidence the enemy was preparing an offensive, according to the WSJ.

              After China launched 11 ballistic missiles in the waters near Taiwan in August, Japan’s defense ministry said five of the missiles landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), territorial waters recognized under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The launches could be interpreted as escalatory, according to The Japan Times.

              The new budget also allocates $1.6 billion for purchasing Tomahawks from U.S. manufacturer Raytheon and $832 million to ensure Japanese troops and Aegis destroyer vessels are trained and equipped to launch the weapons.

              The Pentagon and Raytheon declined to comment to the WSJ on Japan’s new spending plans.

              The U.S. has used Tomahawks extensively in Middle East counterterror campaigns and currently holds a stockpile of rougly 4,000 missiles, according to the WSJ. Currently, only the United Kingdom has a deal with the U.S. to import the weapons.

              Japan’s new National Security Strategy, also unveiled on Dec. 16, highlights a rising, militant China as Japan’s most significant security threat and a world destabilized by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, calling for a robust military buildup in response.

              Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country stood at a “turning point in history” at a press conference Friday. He described Japan’s military escalation as an “answer to the various security challenges that we face.”

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              The Border Patrol Is Going to Eliminate Its Secretive Critical Incident Teams

              U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced in a May 6 memorandum that it would eliminate its Border Patrol Critical Incident Teams (BPCITs). The teams have faced criticism for their secretive role at the scenes of incidents involving Border Patrol agents in which someone has died or been seriously injured.

              BPCITs currently respond to critical incidents, defined as “any incident that involves CBP personnel that results in, or is intended or likely to result in, serious bodily injury or death; a use of force; or widespread media attention.” This can result in the Border Patrol investigating itself to protect the agency or individual agents. In fact, Border Patrol itself has described these teams as conducting investigations for “mitigation of civil liability.” There is no known equivalent to such a team in other law enforcement agencies.

              The memo, written by CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus, instructs agency components to support preparations to eliminate BPCITs by October 1, 2022. CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), a department specifically assigned oversight authority of CBP employees, will assume responsibility for critical incident response. Earlier this year, CBP issued interim guidance requiring that OPR supervise any use of specialized teams to respond to critical incidents. After OPR takes over responding to critical incidents, the Border Patrol will still be able to collect evidence in certain other situations such as border enforcement seizures and incidents involving property damage but no serious injury.

              Preparations for the change will include hiring new staff, developing training and protocols, and acquiring equipment and technology. Congress has already funded OPR to hire as many as 350 new personnel. Some current personnel with relevant skills may be transferred or temporarily assigned to OPR.

              BPCITs have existed in some form since 1987 under various names. But they have received limited media attention due to their secretive nature. They are not mentioned in federal statutes or regulations, public government documents, or the Department of Homeland Security acronyms list.

              The teams first came to the public’s attention in documents related to the 2010 death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas. Border Patrol agents “hogtied [Mr. Hernandez Rojas], dragged him, beat him with batons, punches and kicks, stood and kneeled on his body against the ground, and tasered him repeatedly for extended lapses of time, even after he had become unresponsive, thus causing his death.” BPCIT did not notify the San Diego Police Department of the incident. It also refused to provide police with medical records, tampered with evidence, and failed to preserve video evidence.

              BPCITs have been conducting investigations without the legal authority to do so, as Congress has not provided the Border Patrol with authority to investigate itself. The only agencies with legal authority to investigate Border Patrol misconduct are state and local law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the DHS Office of Inspector General, and in some limited circumstances, OPR.

              In 2013, an external review of CBP’s use-of-force policy recommended defining the authority and role of BPCITs. Instead of following the recommendation, the agency removed all mentions of the teams from the policy.

              In October 2021, the Southern Border Communities Coalition called on Congress to investigate BPCITs. In November 2021, the Border Patrol confirmed in a press statement the existence of specialized teams that respond to critical incidents but did not name them.

              In January, 10 House and Senate committee and subcommittee chairs called on the Government Accountability Office to investigate BPCITs. The same day, the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform announced their own joint investigation into whether BPCITs had interfered in investigations of Border Patrol use-of-force to protect agents from being held accountable.

              BPCITS are a key piece of a larger problem of overall impunity for Border Patrol misconduct. Although CBP does not reliably report deaths from critical incidents, advocates have documented the deaths of over 200 people either in CBP custody or as the result of an encounter with agents since 2010. Deaths from Border Patrol car chases have increased in recent years. No Border Patrol agent has ever been prosecuted for use-of-force that resulted in a death. 160 internal reports of misconduct and abuse by DHS officers, mostly CBP agents, demonstrate the rampant abuse within the agency.

              The elimination of BPCITs is an important step. However, the pending congressional and GAO investigations must determine the full scope of these teams’ repeated obstruction of justice. All use-of-force incidents investigated by BPCITs should be re-examined as a further step toward holding the Border Patrol accountable for its culture of violence and impunity.

              ‘Gender Reveal Gone Wrong’: Couple Left Stunned After Pregnancy Center Mishap

                Gender reveal parties have become a common practice in recent years, with expectant couples hosting friends and family for a celebration to reveal the gender of their new baby.

                Some couples release colored balloons — pink or blue — from an enclosed box. Some choose to have themselves or friends set off confetti guns, revealing pink or blue colored paper. Others may cut into an iced cake, revealing a pink or blue sweet treat. Honestly, the more this has gone on, the more elaborate some of the options have become. And now even medical offices are getting involved, with some offering their own gender reveal packages.

                Earlier this year, one Irish couple chose this last option, using the services of UltraScan in Dublin for their ultrasound and gender reveal information.

                According to the company website, “We offer private elective ultrasound scans for expectant mothers. We deliver a 5-star service using the latest ultrasound imaging technology to reassure parents who begin their journey with us during the early stages of pregnancy and carry on to nearly full-term with our 3D/4D ultrasound baby scans.”

                One of the services they provide is “2D Gender Determination Scans,” which can be done after the mother is 17 weeks pregnant. UltraScans gives parents the option to “choose to have the sonographer tell you immediately, or have it kept a secret to be revealed later,” with the option to add a “Gender Reveal Balloon Package.”

                This package is 25 Euros ($26.27) and includes a black balloon with the words “Boy or Girl?” on it, filled with pink or blue confetti and inflated with helium — which lasts for 8 hours. For those whose gender reveal party may be scheduled for a different day, mom-and-dad-to-be can choose a confetti cannon.

                And while this may seem like something many other couples have done — both at UltraScans and at locations throughout the world — there was a mishap at “The Pregnancy Specialists” that makes this couple’s gender reveal stand out among the others.

                The expectant parents were sitting patiently in the waiting room as the technician fulfilled their balloon request. What happened next was recorded and uploaded to TikTok with the caption, “Gender Reveal gone wrong.”

                @ultrascanireland Make sure you watch till the end… #UltraScan #genderreveal #genderballoon ♬ Funny Song – Cavendish Music

                With one “pop,” the mother and father were left shocked as pink confetti drifted to the floor, covering the employee in the process.

                The expectant parents quickly tried to look away, but the damage was done. At least there was another couple in the waiting room that was able to share this moment.

                Though the excitement for the gender reveal was now gone, the couple received a slew of support from others who shared stories of their own mishaps with the gender reveal process.

                “Mine popped in the car just before I got home,” a user named Amy shared.

                Another user, KimJ89, shared that when she was delivering her baby, the couple next to her found out the gender of their baby as the mother was being induced because the consultant accidentally let it slip.

                “The lady at the party supply store put a pink clip on the balloon for my sister … like c’mon!!! You had one job,” another user, Janine Dang, wrote.

                Catherine Britton shared that she worked at a place that prepared things for gender reveals. One time a grandmother came in for the balloon, but the store worker had left the blue confetti in plain sight. Fortunately, the grandmother didn’t notice — until the worker pointed it out.

                One commenter also had a helpful suggestion. “I would ask for a copy of the CCTV and play it at the gender reveal party,” a user named Amy Louise Friggieri wrote.

                Others just enjoyed the captured reactions.

                Would you ever have a gender reveal party?

                “I love dad turning his head to pretend he didn’t see it at first then laughing,” another user wrote.

                Many users, like Brittany Fate, pointed out that at least the couple was surprised by the reveal.

                “The other couple shocked and laughing at the same time,” user Clare McKenning wrote.

                Finally, one user had some good advice for the young family. “[I’d] much rather these moment[s] happen the wrong way, I tend to remember those moments better,” Alyssa Judge said.

                She makes a valid point. The parents-to-be will definitely remember this moment … and it is forever immortalized for the world to see.

                Congratulations on your baby girl!

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                Pro-life activist arrested for praying silently near an abortion facility

                A charity volunteer was arrested after she told police she “might” be praying silently when they asked why she was standing on a public street near an abortion facility, according to a report from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) UK. 

                Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the Director of the UK March for Life, was standing near the BPAS Robert Clinic in Kings Norton, Birmingham in an area ADF UK called a “censorship zone,” when police approached her after an onlooker complained she might be praying outside the abortion facility the report said. Birmingham’s authorities established a buffer zone around abortion clinics, which makes it illegal for an individual to engage in any act or attempted act of approval or disapproval as it relates to abortion and includes “verbal or written means” like “prayer or counseling.”

                “It’s abhorrently wrong that I was searched, arrested, interrogated by police and charged simply for praying in the privacy of my own mind,” Vaughan-Spruce said following her arrest. “I was exercising my freedom of thought, my freedom of religion, inside the privacy of my own mind. Nobody should be criminalised for thinking and for praying, in a public space in the UK.”

                My faith is a central part of who I am, so sometimes I’ll stand or walk near an abortion facility and pray about this issue,” she added. “This is something I’ve done pretty much every week for around the last 20 years of my life. I pray for my friends who have experienced abortion, and for the women who are thinking about going through it themselves.”  

                Vaughan-Spruce has stood near the abortion facility while it was closed three times and said she “might” have been praying, according to ADF UK. Police showed her photos of herself standing outside the facility and asked if she was praying, which she said she could not answer since she spent some time praying, but got distracted other times. 

                “It is truly astonishing that the law has granted local authorities such wide and unaccountable discretion, that now even thoughts deemed ‘wrong’ can lead to a humiliating arrest and a criminal charge,” Jeremiah Igunnubole, legal counsel for ADF UK, which is supporting Vaughan-Spruce, said. “A mature democracy should be able to differentiate between criminal conduct and the peaceful exercise of constitutionally protected rights.”

                He described Vaughan-Spruce as a woman of “good character … who has tirelessly served her community” through her charity work in assistance of women and children, but said she “has been treated no better than a violent criminal.”

                “We are at serious risk of mindlessly sleepwalking into a society that accepts, normalises, and even promotes the ‘tyranny of the majority,’” Igunnubole added. 

                As part of her conditions for bail, police restricted Vaughan-Spruce from praying publicly in other areas besides the abortion facility, according to ADF. 

                Parliamentarians in the UK are considering legislation to introduce similar censorship zones in other parts of England and Wales that would restrict pro-life volunteers from from interfering with the ability to “access, provide, or facilitate the provision of abortion services.”

                The Left’s Big Pitch: Embrace a Worse Life in the Name of Equality

                  This week, The New York Times released a long expose of the shortcomings of the United Kingdom’s National Health Service. Long cherished as a crown jewel of Left-wing governmental policy, the NHS has been plagued by massive resource shortcomings, requiring the rationing of critical infrastructure and care. Now, citizens are waiting up to 12 hours for ambulances. “It’s a near-crisis situation that experts say reveals a breakdown of the compact between Britons and their revered National Health Service,” the Times reported, “that the government will provide responsible, efficient health care services, mostly free, across all income levels.”

                  There can be only one excuse for such signal failure to serve the prosperity of your citizenry: the chimera of equality. This, in fact, is the clarion call of the Left: that human beings sacrifice well-being and prosperity on behalf of the cult of equal distribution of resources. Klaus Schwab, head of the World Economic Forum, says as much in his book, “The Great Narrative”: we should dispense with economic measures like gross domestic product (GDP) in favor of “what matters most: climate action, sustainability, inclusivity, global cooperation, health and well-being.” In fact, says Schwab, “We might even find we can live with such a scenario quite happily!” The end goal will be ending “inequality and the unfairness that underpins it” by enshrining “universal provision of social assistance,” which will require that governments “rewrite some of the rules of the game and permanently increase their roles.”

                  Closer to home, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie says the same when he argues in favor of government nationalization of all wealth and then redistribution of that wealth on a per capita basis… every generation. This would amount to a complete rupture of property rights — and this in turn would mean the end of innovation, since societies that dispense with property rights and profit margins regress into stagnation and then economic collapse. But at least we will have achieved Bouie’s goal: equality!

                  Indeed, members of the political Left are constantly asking citizens to simply reframe their perspectives on prosperity entirely. Jerusalem Demsas, writing in The Atlantic, calls on Americans to rethink whether homeownership is worth pursuing, explaining, “pushing more and more people into homeownership actually undermines our ability to improve housing outcomes for all.” Indeed, rather than all aspiring to buy houses and some succeeding, Demsas calls for “public investment in rental-housing quality” as well as government “rent-stabilization policies.” None of this will make it easier for anyone to own a home, but it will make everyone more equal in their government-sponsored tenancy.

                  President Joe Biden’s entire economic agenda is built around the notion of economic mediocrity rooted in a self-proclaimed higher justice. Paul Waldman of The Washington Post posited this week that Biden had launched an “economic policy revolution” rooted in fighting “inequality.” This would require “more active government intervention in the economy.”

                  And we will all learn to love such intervention, because it will be done in the name of a higher value: equality. Not equality of rights, but equality of outcome; not equality of value, but equality of resources. The problem with this philosophy is that it removes the incentive for all that creates prosperity: work, creativity, thrift, responsibility. And removing that incentive means more misery for everyone.

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                  Twitter Users Vote For Elon Musk To Step Down As CEO


                    Twitter users voted for owner and CEO Elon Musk to step down from his leadership role by a 15-point margin in a Sunday poll.

                    “Should I step down as head of Twitter? I will abide by the results of this poll,” Musk asked in a Sunday afternoon tweet. The query came after Twitter implemented several recent changes in its policies, specifically instituting a policy prohibiting the sharing of real-time public information that resulted in the suspensions of several journalists.

                    Among more than 17.5 million respondents, 57.5% voted yes and 42.5% voted no, according to the final results of the poll.

                    Musk’s purchase of Twitter was finalized Oct. 27 after a lengthy legal battle with the company’s old leadership, and he has since fired top executives and announced major changes to the website’s operations, including doing away with the traditional “blue check” verification badge and proposing, then deleting, a policy preventing the sharing of certain links to other social media platforms. Many journalists and liberal Twitter users have criticized Musk’s leadership, many of whom have threatened to leave the site since his takeover.

                    Musk has drawn ire from progressive by calling for the defeat of the “woke mind virus,” and by mocking pronouns while calling for the prosecution of Dr. Anthony Fauci. President Joe Biden has suggested Musk should be investigated by the federal government for his actions at Twitter, and some liberals have called for his U.S. citizenship to be revoked.

                    Musk did not respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.


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                    California Farmer Has Guns Confiscated and Faces Felony Charges After Trying to Register Rifle

                    California residents attempting to comply with the Golden State’s ever-increasing swamp of firearms laws and regulations should take warning. According to a report out of Bakersfield, a good faith effort to obey the state’s labyrinthine firearm rules will not spare a gun owner in technical violation of the law from the wrath of the California Department of Justice.

                    Back on May 17, local NBC affiliate KGET reported on the case of farmer Jeffrey Scott Kirschenmann. According to the news outlet, the trouble started back in April when Kirschenmann attempted to register a rifle he owned with the California DOJ.

                    In California, “assault weapons,” or commonly-owned semi-automatic firearms with features the California State Assembly finds distasteful, are subject to registration. Pursuant to SB 880 and AB 1135, the California DOJ is now accepting registration of firearms lawfully owned prior to January 1, 2017 that fit the state’s new, stricter, definition of an “assault weapon” signed into law in July 2016. The change in definition targets firearms equipped with a “bullet button,” which allows the user to efficiently remove a fixed magazine with the use of a tool. The registration period runs through June 30, 2018.

                    The KGET report explained that during his attempt to comply with state law, Kirschenmann submitted photos of “an illegally modified” AR-15 to the California DOJ. This prompted an investigation by the DOJ that culminated in a raid of Kirschenmann’s home. Once inside the property, investigators allegedly discovered several unregistered “assault weapons,” a pair of suppressors, and what California terms a “multiburst trigger activator.”

                    Kirschenmann was arraigned on May 21 and given $150,000 bail. The farmer faces nine felony counts of unlawful possession of an “assault weapon,” two counts of possessing a suppressor, and one charge of possessing a “multiburst trigger activator.” There is nothing in the report to indicate Kirschenmann violated any federal laws or that he has misused his firearms in any manner.

                    The California DOJ’s persecution of Kirschenmann, following what appears to have been an honest attempt to obtain assistance in complying with state law, will sow further mistrust between the state government and gun owners.

                    The climate of distrust is understandable. Becerra and his predecessor, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), have been at the forefront of demonizing gun owners. At Becerra’s 2017 confirmation hearing he told lawmakers that he considered his NRA F- rating “a badge of honor.” Back in February, Harris told the media that Americans can’t take pride in their country due to what she considers insufficient gun control laws.

                    Many gun owners are already reluctant to comply with registration laws, as such schemes are quite accurately viewed as a means to facilitate firearms confiscation. Moreover, Kirschenmann isn’t alone in his alleged failure to conform to Sacramento’s mandates. As history shows, when faced with California’s increasingly onerous and byzantine gun laws, many decent folks have unwittingly broken the law, ignored new restrictions, or opted for civil disobedience.

                    In 1989 California passed legislation that categorized certain semi-automatic firearms as “assault weapons” and required them to be registered. Few complied. Following the deadline and a “second chance” grace period, the Los Angeles Times reported that 46,062 firearms had been registered. Revealing the scale of noncompliance, the report went on to note that “The state Department of Justice has estimated there are 200,000 to 300,000 [commonly-owned semi-autos in the state]. Others have calculated as many as 450,000 to 600,000.”

                    With woeful registration compliance rates, one might expect gun control’s true believers to show leniency to those who make an attempt to comply with the law. Of course, that notion assumes gun control advocates consider registration in itself to be a valuable public policy. In truth, anti-gun advocates value registration only so far as it creates an additional barrier to gun ownership and enables confiscation.

                    Understanding this, California’s gun control laws have worked precisely as intended in Kirschenmann’s case. California officials have utilized them to remove firearms from one more benign American citizen and in doing so have inched closer to their goal of total civilian disarmament.

                    Senators Sneak $45 Billion For Ukraine Into $1.7 Trillion Omnibus

                      In its yearly budget plan, which was unveiled early on Tuesday, Congress allocated an additional $45 billion for emergency aid to help Ukraine fend against Russia’s invasion.

                      Following a $40 billion package signed into law in May, a $12 billion supplement in September, and $800 million authorized in Congress’ defense spending budget, the bill is the largest assistance package from Congress for Ukraine to date. This will bring the total anticipated support for Ukraine in 2022 to close to $100 billion. Despite some Republican opposition to writing Ukraine a “blank check,” it exceeds President Joe Biden’s $37 billion request for military, economic, and humanitarian support.

                      According to The Associated Press, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said that passing the omnibus bill is essential for helping our friends in Ukraine. In accordance with the FY2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which was approved by the Senate last week, Congress authorized $858 billion for defense spending.

                      The bill states that it includes $11.9 billion to support future drawdowns of U.S. weapon inventories and replacement with modern hardware until September 2024, as well as $9 billion in direct military assistance under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. Other funds are used to increase procurement thresholds, expand research and development initiatives, and improve the American military presence in Europe.

                      It also instructs the Secretaries of State and Defense to report to Congress within 45 days of the bill’s passage on the steps taken to ensure that weapons provided to Ukraine reach their intended recipient and are used for that purpose, as well as “any other measures to promote accountability” for the use of such weapons. The secretaries were also instructed by the appropriators to report on any unauthorized transfers of weapons supplies.

                      The measure adds restrictions aimed at protecting cash transfers and directs the U.S. Agency for International Development, along with the Departments of State and Defense, to enter into a contract with a third party for weapons surveillance.

                      Along with financing for nuclear security from the Department of Energy, Congress also approved at least $12.9 billion for economic help and $2.4 billion for refugee resettlement in the United States.

                      Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri called the assistance “not in America’s interests,” and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia claimed in October that the billions in U.S. funding only served to prolong the war with Russia. Some Republicans have criticized the apparent open checkbook the U.S. has offered to Ukraine. However, the majority of GOP members have backed maintaining aid and support for Ukraine as a strategy for dealing with America’s adversaries while protecting the lives of American soldiers.

                      Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said after the NDAA’s passage that “every day Russia spends on the back foot in Ukraine diminishes its own ability to wage subsequent wars and drastically impacts the cost-benefit analysis for those who might contemplate similar actions.” Additionally, $2 billion in foreign military aid for Taiwan in 2023 is supported by the omnibus budget plan in order to deter Chinese aggression toward the disputed island.

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                      4 Republicans Voted Against Reinstating Military Discharged Over Vaccine

                        Four Republican senators voted Thursday against reinstating military members who were discharged for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

                        Mitt Romney of Utah, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and Susan Collins of Maine voted against Republican Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s amendment that would have reinstated and provided backpay to military members discharged for refusing to get vaccinated.

                        Johnson sought to amend the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act, which passed the Senate, 83-11, Thursday night. Though this amendment failed, Republicans were able to include a provision in the NDAA that halts the Department of Defense from forcing service members to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

                        “These were direct orders from commanding officers,” Cassidy said in a statement to The Daily Signal on the vaccine mandate. “I voted to end the COVID vaccine mandate in the military but it is not Congress’s place to intervene in the chain of command and set a precedent for military personnel to ignore direct orders.”

                        The other senators did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Signal.

                        Many service members have requested religious exemptions to the vaccine: 9,068 members of the Army, 4,309 members of the Navy, 1,350 members of the Coast Guard, 3,740 members of the Marines, and roughly 11,000 members of the Air Force requested religious exemptions, The Daily Signal has learned.

                        The military granted very few of these exemption requests: 123 to members of the Army, 65 to members of the Navy, 12 to members of the Coast Guard, 23 to members of Marines, and roughly 200 to members of the Air Force.

                        In total, 8,424 military members have been discharged, the Department of Defense confirmed to The Daily Signal on Thursday: 1,841 in the Army, 3,717 in the Marines, 1,631 active in the Navy and 401 in the Navy Reserve, and 834 in the Air Force.

                        The Daily Signal previously shared a number of stories about military members discharged for refusing to be vaccinated.

                        “There is one word that sums up what has been perpetrated against the good men and women who simply reserved their rights afforded to them by the Constitution,” Air Force member Brian Saunders told The Daily Signal. “Betrayal.”

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                        If You’re Wondering Why Elon’s Going “Nuclear” Against The Left…THIS is Probably Why…

                          I saw this tweet, and when I read it, I thought, “Oh yeah, this is spot-on.” It was a tweet written by a Twitter user, who thinks he solved the mystery of “why” Elon is absolutely destroying the left right now, and honestly, I think he’s right… It may not be the ONLY reason, but it’s a big part of it if you ask me. So, let’s get into it… As you likely know, Elon is estranged from his son, who disavowed his billionaire father when he decided to “transition” into being a pretend girl.

                          Here’s the scoop:

                          Back in June, Reuters reported on the rift between Elon and his son, who wants to be his daughter…

                           Elon Musk’s transgender daughter has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity and because “I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”

                          The petition for both a name change and a new birth certificate reflecting her new gender identity was filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica in April. It came to light recently in some online media reports.

                          The former Xavier Alexander Musk, who recently turned 18, the age of consent in California, has asked the court to change her gender recognition from male to female and to register her new name, according to court documents available online through PlainSite.org.

                          So, that was a big deal, as you know, Elon takes fatherhood very seriously, and this divide has to be very painful for him.

                          In another article, Elon said that he lost his son thanks to Marxism… and that brings me to the “evidence” of why Elon is going “full nuclear” all over the left and their woke agenda.

                          Take a look at this:

                          I think this is a great observation. Here’s what people online are saying:

                          “Can’t blame him”

                          “That’s what any good dad would do.”

                          “if that is true, then he is better than i thought”

                          “It’s personal for him. That would make sense.”

                          “Man, suddenly everything is making sense”

                          “When a young adult adopts a new ideology and cuts off contact with her family, it’s entirely fair for the parents to blame the ideology. Particularly if it was a good relationship before.”

                          “I’d do the same if I was a billionaire and could buy an entire social media platform”

                          “Losing 1 child, but fighting for the others. What a based father”

                          “Would be a very good reason imo, and I’d respect Elon for doing so.”

                          “Understandable if true. A fathers love has no bounds.”

                          “I truly think this is the reason.”

                          “Many kids are led off the right track and it will not be until decades later they realize their life is so horrible and they just cannot keep a relationship and all the missed opportunities. But in the moment, the seduction has a hold on their minds. Im pretty sure its his “son””

                          “One of the hallmarks of the ‘trans child recruitment procedure’ seems to be to drive a wedge between them and their concerned parents. It happens all the time.”

                          “I guess you don’t want to piss off one of the smartest and wealthiest guys in the world; Not a good enemy to make.”

                          I agree with pretty much every comment. Like I said, this may not be the ONLY reason, but I do think this fight is “personal” for Elon.

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                          House Republicans Urge EPA To End ‘Completely Arbitrary’ Regulations On Small Fuel Refiners

                            Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy and 10 other Republican lawmakers on Thursday urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse its decision to deny small oil refiners exemptions from a climate rule that places a “massive burden” on their operations.

                            The Republicans pressed the EPA over its June decision to deny 69 small refinery exemption petitions (SREs) from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) mandate, a move that forces small refiners to blend their products with biofuels in an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to a letter sent to EPA Administrator Michael Regan. The lawmakers wrote that the regulation increases energy costs while putting unnecessary pressure on refiners and referenced a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report which determined that the agency’s decision was based on potentially invalid assumptions and applied arbitrarily. 

                            “These findings suggest that EPA is wielding its regulatory power in a completely arbitrary manner and calls into question not only EPA’s administration of the RFS program, but its decision-making processes agency wide,” the lawmakers wrote.

                            Although the EPA refused to accept the refiners’ petitions because it believed that small refineries do not experience “disproportionate economic hardship” due to the RFS, GAO found that the EPA’s own data suggests that this is incorrect, according to the report. The agency’s statistics show that from 2013 to 2021 small refiners were paying more to comply with RFS when compared to larger companies as they were spending an increased amount of money to buy renewable fuel credits that the EPA requires them to obtain.

                            Small refineries produce 17 billion gallons of gasoline, diesel and other fuels each year by processing crude oil, according to the Energy Information Administration.

                            The Republicans also wrote that the EPA and the Energy Department (DOE) have denied small refiners’ petitions in “an inconsistent and arbitrary manner,” as GAO determined that neither federal agency had a clear procedure to effectively carry out the SRE program. The EPA had also not attempted to work out whether its assumptions about RFS compliance costs were correct, according to the GAO report.

                            “Put simply, EPA appears to be handing down decisions that have massive implications for the nation’s energy supply in the midst
                            of an unprecedented energy crisis based on the unfounded whims of unelected bureaucrats,” the letter reads.

                            The lawmakers demanded to know whether the EPA will reverse its decision and asked whether the agency would work with the DOE to implement clearer policies that would govern the SRE program. They also asked whether the EPA would retract its findings that small refiners do not experience disproportionate costs under the RFS.

                            The EPA did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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                            Immigrants Will Be Vital in America’s Fastest Growing Jobs Through 2030

                            The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and kept people from going back to work at a time when the demand for goods and labor is high. This has left America contending with a labor shortage while also experiencing high levels of inflation.

                            To investigate further, the new report “Amid Rising Inflation, Immigrant Workers Help Ease Labor Shortages” examines how immigration can help meet labor demands and move the U.S. economy forward.

                            Using employment projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), data from the American Community Survey, and data on job openings from Burning Glass, the American Immigration Council created an interactive data visualization to explain how the labor market has shifted since the pandemic, show which occupations will experience increased demand, and detail how immigrant workers will continue to be vital to the fastest growing jobs from now until 2030.

                            The interactive shows that healthcare practitioners like nurses, physicians, and surgeons had the highest number of online job postings in 2021 at 4.9 million. These are also some of the same occupations that immigrants are disproportionately active in. While immigrants make up 13.7% of the overall U.S. population, they make up 15.6% of all healthcare practitioners.

                            The report also identifies occupations that grew the most in online job postings between 2019 and 2021. The top six occupational groups that experienced high growth were: transportation, construction, healthcare support, buildings and grounds, manufacturing, and food preparation. Many of these groups are made up of occupations that were widely considered essential during the pandemic and as such, saw increased demand during the first two years of the pandemic. Like healthcare professions, these essential jobs also have higher shares of immigrant workers ranging from 19.1% to 34.4%, all of which are higher than the immigrant share of the U.S. population.

                            Job growth patterns over the next decade, however, will look different from the ones seen during the pandemic. As baby boomers age, demand for healthcare support workers is expected to rise substantially and projected to have the highest growth rate from now to 2030. Over one in five workers (22.4%) in these occupations are immigrants.

                            Occupations related to computers and math had little growth in 2021. These occupations, however, are projected to have the fourth highest growth rate in the next decade. In 2019, one in five workers (24.7%) in fields like statistics, software, and web development were immigrants.

                            The report also includes an interactive tool to explore how the pandemic, the aging of the existing workforce, and other projected labor exits are expected to impact the U.S. labor force. The report’s tool highlights how the U.S. labor market by 2030 will need more immigrant workers because of demographic trends. Gen Z, those born after 1996, are a numerically smaller generation that will produce fewer U.S.-born workers than the baby boomers who are leaving the workforce. The gap between this growing demand and the diminishing supply of U.S.-born workers means that more workers will need to come from abroad or these positions will go unfilled.

                            As the U.S. economy continues to evolve and as demands for workers shift, we will launch a Labor Market Series that will further explore a variety of issues related to the U.S. labor market and immigration. From agriculture to high-tech sectors of the labor market and from Maine to California, the series will examine how labor demands are changing and how immigration plays into our ability to meet these demands. Each part of the Labor Market Series aims to highlight the importance of immigrants and immigration in creating a dynamic and more prosperous economy for all.

                            Don Lemon’s Time At CNN Could Be Dwindling After This Move

                              On CNN This Morning last week, Don Lemon and Kaitlan Collins got into a heated argument, and viewers are starting to notice a pattern. Several individuals shared video from the Thursday morning program in which Lemon attempted to finish reading a piece on Brittney Griner despite Collins’ persistent attempts to cut him off. As a result, the hosts were talking over one another, and the audience was split over who was at fault.

                              After a piece from a correspondent on the scene on Thursday morning, Lemon was reading the most recent information regarding Griner’s return to the United States. Lemon appeared to be working through a predetermined number of facts before moving on to the next narrative while gazing down at his notes, while Collins appeared to be attempting to make the exchange more conversational.

                              Viewers differed on whether Lemon should have accepted Collins’ attempt at a give-and-take or whether Collins should have recognized Lemon’s tone and given up. In any case, social media users complained that this nascent morning show lacked “chemistry.”

                              The incident on Thursday apparently did not come to a close there. Insiders said that Lemon spent the day off work on Friday, leaving Collins and Poppy Harlow to present without him in a piece about the larger problems affecting CNN behind the scenes. Some people at the studio believed that Lemon took the day off to avoid further conflict because he was upset by his tense exchange with Collins the day before.

                              For what it’s worth, other people believed Lemon just took the day off because he was exhausted from his travels. The previous night, he went to the White House Christmas dinner in Washington, D.C., which left him with little time to go back and forth. In either case, his absence stood out.

                              Lemon and Collins have previously stepped on each other’s toes in a similar manner. The two appeared to be in a sincere disagreement earlier this month on television as they discussed the pay disparity between men and women who play professional soccer. Lemon received criticism at the time for what viewers perceived to be misogyny, and many now believe that he was disrespectful to Collins as well.

                              The Puck News article makes assumptions regarding Lemon’s mindset at this stage of his career and CNN’s development. CNN This Morning and other network experiments don’t seem to be improving the network’s issues with poor ratings and a lack of public confidence. Collins and Lemon have not yet made any public remarks regarding their perceived awkwardness on-screen.

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                              Corporate abortion policies anti-family and anti-women. They need to be investigated

                              Woke corporate America may pretend they are all about “social justice” and various progressive causes. But don’t be fooled: at the end of the day, none of it is about social justice. It’s about their bottom line.

                              This is clearer than ever now that the Supreme Court has overruled Roe v. Wade.

                              In recent days, in light of the ruling, many giants of corporate America announced they would reimburse employees seeking an abortion if they needed to travel out-of-state to obtain one.

                              Some, such as the CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods, claim they are doing this so their employees “can access the same health care options, regardless of where they live, and choose what is best for them.”

                              Many legal experts have raised concerns that such selective benefits for employees are in fact a violation of American civil rights law. So why would corporations even risk it? For one simple reason: this latest round of corporate virtue signaling, like so many rounds before it, is all about padding corporate America’s bottom line.

                              That’s why I commend Andrea Lucas, a Commissioner on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at the U.S. Department of Labor, for opening three probes against companies that have extended these abortion travel benefits. This is likely the first such effort in the aftermath of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

                              As the former head of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, it’s obvious to me that it’s cheaper for large corporations to pay for their employees’ abortions rather than their maternity leave, or health insurance for their large and growing families.

                              It’s really quite simple. If your family has no children, or fewer children, it takes less money to provide them health insurance. In addition, women without children don’t need maternity leave. That’s weeks, probably even months, worth of labor that the corporation will no longer lose.

                              That’s why this latest wave of corporate virtue-signaling represents a perfect distillation of a woke ideology: publicly broadcast gestures of “compassion” and “progress” being used as smokescreens for what are in reality ice-cold financial calculations.         

                              We shouldn’t be surprised by this. During this year’s “Pride Month,” American corporations re-branded their logos with the rainbow flag across their American and western social media accounts, but failed to do so for their Middle Eastern social media accounts. In short, they stood for what they claimed was right only in the places it was popular and, yes, profitable. In the places where it wasn’t, they were silent.

                              That’s moral courage for you. That’s the measure of corporate America’s collective commitment to their supposed principles.

                              Unfortunately, this is only part of a wider trend of corporations cutting back on both maternity and paternity leave. As the Wall Street Journal reported, while 53% of employers offered paid maternity leave beyond what is required by law in 2020, only 35% do so in 2022. Likewise, while 44% of employers offered paid paternity leave in 2020, that number has dropped to 27% in 2022.

                              The bad news is that corporate America appears to be full steam ahead on its current anti-family crusade.

                              The good news is that fewer people are falling for the hallow virtue signaling anymore. They understand its only purpose is to re-brand ruthless profit-seeking as socially conscious compassion. They recognize corporate America’s hypocrisy in claiming to be “pro-woman” while at the same time being anti-motherhood. At the end of the day, while such policies may boost short-term profits, they are actually bad for business. They are turning off a large segment of the American population, they ruin the work environment, and it is quite possible that extending benefits in such a selective way is illegal.

                              I’ve never met Commissioner Lucas at the EEOC, nor do I know which particular companies are facing a discrimination probe. But this isn’t about a specific company I have an issue with, or publicly stating support for a particular politician or friend. This is about supporting a government official who is focused on ensuring all U.S. corporations follow the law and do right by all women, not just some. 

                              It is high time that commonsense Americans use every tool at our disposal to combat this woke corporate agenda that is not only anti-family and anti-woman, but openly discriminatory. While I commend Commissioner Lucas, the reality is that with the administration controlled by Democrats, it will be an uphill battle to initiate lawsuits as a result of these probes. Labor regulators across all 50 states must initiate similar probes, and ensure that American corporations in their states are not selectively extending benefits to only some women based on a pro-abortion agenda.

                              This is America, where we believe in the free market, and the right of companies to earn a profit for their shareholders. But we also believe in accountability, and fair rules of the road. Corporations have a fiduciary duty to their shareholders to utilize their resources well, not selectively leverage them for political policies that benefit some of their workforce to the detriment of others.

                              Commissioner Lucas’ actions are a great first step toward such accountability.

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