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    More than a month after the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution does not protect the right to obtain an abortion, President Joe Biden issued his most concrete directive yet to shield some patients from the affects of state bans on the procedure. At the top of the inaugural meeting of the White House’s task force on reproductive healthcare on Wednesday, Biden signed an executive order that will allow states with legal abortion access to obtain Medicaid wavers to help treat out-of-state patients seeking abortions. Currently, 15 states allow state Medicaid funds to help cover most abortion treatments, which could become destinations for those seeking abortions from states with abortion restrictions. “Under federal law, no woman, whether pregnant or not, no matter where she lives, should be turned away or denied necessary treatment during a medical crisis,” Biden said before signing the executive order, titled “Securing Access To Reproductive And Other Healthcare Services.” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra, Biden said, “will work with states through the Medicaid to allow them to provide reproductive health care for women...
    Bill Roggio is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and editor of FDD's Long war Journal. From 1991 to 1997, Roggio served as a signalman and infantryman in the U.S. Army and New Jersey National Guard One year ago this month, President Biden told Americans that Al Qaeda was 'gone' from Afghanistan. On Monday, we learned that clearly was not the case. 'We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan as well as getting Osama bin Laden. And we did,' he told reporters on August 20, 2021, as American and allied forces hastily prepared to pull out of the country. President Biden had set August 31st as the last day for U.S. troops to leave Afghanistan after 20 years of war and the deadline had caught the world by surprise. 'Look, let's put this thing in perspective,' he insisted amid calls to delay the evacuation, 'What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point, with al Qaeda gone?' Days after those remarks, on August 26, 2021, a suicide...
    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg praised Elon Musk's Tesla for sparking the electric vehicle revolution in the United States - the first time the Biden administration has talked about the carmaker in such terms. During a recent interview, Buttigieg said that Tesla is the largest manufacturer of EVs in the country and seemed to walk a fine line of trying to avoid favoring one company over another - despite previous White House statements and actions that were more explicit in snubbing Tesla.  'Look, we’re– as a regulator, we call balls and strikes. And we regulate to make sure that they’re compliant with the laws. We don’t cheer for one company over another. Tesla is the largest producer of EVs in the country,' the transportation secretary said in the Yahoo! Finance interview.  Scroll down for video  Tesla is the largest producer of EVs in the country,' Pete Buttigieg, US transportation secretary, said in the Yahoo! Finance interview When a Twitter user shared a story about the interview with Tesla CEO Elon Musk - who has previously decried being snubbed by the...
    President Joe Biden is still positive for COVID-19 and closing in on two weeks of dealing with the disease. The latest note from Kevin O'Connor, Biden's personal physician, says he's still positive and experiencing an "occasional cough" that is less frequent than it was yesterday. MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION ONE AREA IN WHICH LEFT DOESN'T SEE BIDEN AS ALLY "The president continues to feel well. his morning's exam was conducted after the president finished a light workout, which he enjoyed," the letter reads. "He remains fever-free and in good spirits. His temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation remain entirely normal. His lungs remain clear." Biden prematurely celebrated victory over his infection last week before testing positive again over the weekend. The return of positive tests sometimes happens with patients, like Biden, who treated symptoms with Paxlovid, though the White House insists it's a rare occurrence. Wednesday marks the fourth full day since Biden's second string of positive tests. He's been working out of the White House throughout his bout with COVID-19, which has...
    The Biden-Harris administration has announced six new actions to help lower the electricity bills for working families. Source: Fox Business/Youtube Millions of Americans will get relief on their energy bills as prices continue to skyrocket. The average electric bill in 2020 was $117.36 per month, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The average gas bill was $667 per year, according to the American Gas Association. President Biden has announced a set of actions that will help millions of Americans struggling to stay afloat. “As extreme heat continues to affect tens of millions of Americans, hitting low-income families harder than others, President Biden is implementing new programs to help maintain a consistent and affordable energy supply to cool their homes,” the White House said. The six actions will be: Connecting Families to Low-Cost Solar Power: This will enable families in HUD-assisted rental housing to subscribe to local community solar where available. Connecting States to Low-Cost Solar Power: A pilot program called Community Solar Subscription Platform will connect solar electricity to low-income housing in states. Empowering...
    Boxes of the medication Mifepristone used to induce a medical abortion are prepared for patients at Planned Parenthood health center in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters U.S. President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday to help cover costs for women traveling to receive abortions, a senior administration official said. He's directing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to encourage states to write rules so their state Medicaid plans could cover certain costs for women traveling to receive abortion in states where the procedure remains legal. But groups such as Planned Parenthood have called on the Biden administration to use all the emergency powers at its disposal to protect access to abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights has specifically called on HHS to use an emergency health law, called the PREP Act, to enable health-care providers in states where abortion remains legal to prescribe and dispense mifepristone for early abortions for women in states with bans. The Biden administration has considered declaring a public health emergency to protect access to the abortion pill, but...
    (CNN)US veterans service organizations are breathing a sigh of relief after the Senate passed a long sought-after bill on Tuesday to expand care for millions of veterans exposed to toxic burn pits. The legislation now heads to President Joe Biden's desk to be signed into law.Here's what you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day. (You can get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)1. PrimariesArizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington held primary elections yesterday, with several key votes on their ballots. Kansas voters rejected an amendment that would have removed the right to an abortion from the state's constitution. This is the first time citizens have been able to weigh in on the issue at the polls since Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the high turnout in Kansas could be a sign that voters will continue to show up to make their disagreement known. In Missouri, disgraced former Gov. Eric Greitens lost his Republican primary after a controversial attempt to reenter politics. Several election...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday will sign an executive order aimed in part at making it easier for women seeking abortions to travel between states to obtain access to the procedure. More specifically, one of the directives Biden will issue will allow states that have not outlawed abortion to apply for specific Medicaid waivers that would, in effect, help them treat women who have traveled from out of state. The order will also call on health care providers to comply with federal nondiscrimination laws and streamline the collection of key data and information on maternal health at the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The details were described by senior administration officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the executive order ahead of a formal announcement. Biden, who continues to isolate in the White House residence after a rebound case of COVID-19, will sign the executive order as he helps launch a federal task force on access to reproductive care, led by Vice President Kamala Harris,...
    The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the US has led to hours-long waits and lines that stretch for blocks, according to officials with state and local public health groups; some people with monkeypox symptoms have had to go without tests or treatments. And some have even crossed the border into Canada in search of help, the officials say. They, along with leaders of some national LGBTQ organizations, are frustrated and angry at the federal government for its “lack of urgency” about the ongoing outbreak. They say they feel abandoned by the government and want monkeypox to be declared a public health emergency now. “We are, once again, in a moment where a lack of urgency and an inadequate response has left our community filled with fear, unanswered questions and valid outrage. A moment where we have been abandoned by inaction,” Tyler TerMeer, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said Tuesday. The clinic managed by his foundation has a waiting list of 10,000 people who are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine. “This is unacceptable and completely preventible,” TerMeer said....
    (CNN)The limited supply of monkeypox vaccines in the US has led to hours-long waits and lines that stretch for blocks, according to officials with state and local public health groups; some people with monkeypox symptoms have had to go without tests or treatments. And some have even crossed the border into Canada in search of help, the officials say.They, along with leaders of some national LGBTQ organizations, are frustrated and angry at the federal government for its "lack of urgency" about the ongoing outbreak. Access to experimental monkeypox treatment remains uneven, doctors sayThey say they feel abandoned by the government and want monkeypox to be declared a public health emergency now. "We are, once again, in a moment where a lack of urgency and an inadequate response has left our community filled with fear, unanswered questions and valid outrage. A moment where we have been abandoned by inaction," Tyler TerMeer, CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, said Tuesday. The clinic managed by his foundation has a waiting list of 10,000 people who are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine.Read More"This...
    It is estimated that over 1,000 families remain separated. On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security announced that 400 migrant families who had been separated under the administration of former President Donald Trump had been reunited. The administration has estimated that over 1,000 families remain separated out of the 5,000 families that were broken apart by former President Donald Trump's so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy. The department's Family Reunification Task Force, which President Joe Biden created by executive order in February 2021, is working to reverse the Trump administration's harmful policy that separated parents and children at the U.S.-Mexico border. As a result of the policy, many migrant families have been separated for years with little to no contact. "Our Task Force now has reunited 400 families separated by the last administration's cruel policies. We will continue this important work, together with nonprofit organizations and our foreign partners," Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. Michelle Brané, executive director of the task force, told NBC News that parents will be able to come to the United States...
    Noting that Beijing has increased its aggression toward Taiwan in recent years, Pelosi said that her visit "should be seen as an unequivocal statement that America stands with Taiwan, our democratic partner, as it defends itself and its freedom." Pelosi was even explicit about the Chinese Communist Party's abuses of power and startling human rights abuses:The CCP’s brutal crackdown against Hong Kong’s political freedoms and human rights — even arresting Catholic Cardinal Joseph Zen — cast the promises of 'one-country, two-systems' into the dustbin. In Tibet, the CCP has long led a campaign to erase the Tibetan people’s language, culture, religion and identity. In Xinjiang, Beijing is perpetrating genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and other minorities. And throughout the mainland, the CCP continues to target and arrest activists, religious-freedom leaders and others who dare to defy the regime."We cannot stand by as the CCP proceeds to threaten Taiwan — and democracy itself," she said.Anything else?After touchdown, more than two dozen Senate Republicans released a statement expressing support for Pelosi's trip, which have since been removed from Twitter.
    President Joe Biden‘s administration has reunited 400 children who were separated from their parents under then-President Donald Trump, and paid for the parents to live and work in the U.S. for at least 3 years. On Feb. 2, 2021 — weeks after he was inaugurated — President Biden signed an executive order entitled “Executive Order on the Establishment of Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families” to deal with the children Trump’s zero-tolerance policy tore away from their parents, and who were still separated when Biden took office. According to an exclusive report by Julia Ainsley and Jacob Soboroff of NBC News, that task force’s Executive Director Michelle Brané has confirmed that the administration has reunited 400 kids, and is paying for travel and other services for the families: In the majority of recently reunited cases, Brané said, the parents were deported while the children remained in the U.S. Now, parents are given the opportunity to come to the U.S. on paid travel, bring other members of their family who are dependent on them, and live and work in...
    The primary (and very likely only) beneficiary of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan is the People’s Republic of China. Virtually none of the goals that the California congresswoman seeks to advance by making the trip—the highest level visit by a U.S. official in a quarter century—will be achieved. Taiwan will not be strengthened. In fact, the trip is already increasing tensions across the straits of Taiwan at a dangerous moment. Senior Biden administration officials attempted to dissuade Pelosi from making the trip to Taiwan for just this reason. One senior administration official told me prior to the Speaker’s trip that while they did not anticipate that China would actually invade Taiwan in the next couple of years, they did think that another straits crisis akin to that which took place in 1996 was possible. That could include a Chinese effort to impede naval traffic into and around Taiwan, military shows of force, Chinese air force fly-overs, and other activities—each of which would be accompanied by the danger of unintended escalation, the official said. Further, such a stand-off...
    (CNN)The Biden administration on Tuesday launched an initiative that it hopes will help resolve wastewater issues in 11 poor, rural communities where inadequate disposal is a health risk to residents.The Closing America's Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative, launched under the US Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency, is set to be unveiled by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, EPA Administrator Michael Regan and White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu in Lowndes County, Alabama, one of 11 communities that are part of the initiative. The majority-Black rural county is located between Selma and Montgomery in the "Black Belt" region. Many have residents in the county have long struggled with inadequate sewage disposal and wastewater. Septic systems and other wastewater systems are crucial for disease prevention and help remove bacteria, parasites and other viruses, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."President Biden has been clear -- we cannot leave any community behind as we rebuild America's infrastructure with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," Landrieu said in a statement. "This includes rural and Tribal communities who for too long have felt...
    First Lady Jill Biden defended her husband and his administration's performance in an interview published on Tuesday, saying she wished voters could see just how hard he was working on the problems facing the nation. President Joe Biden's personal standing has been battered by crisis after crisis, from the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan to inflation and high gas prices.  This week it fell to 38 percent, according to Gallup, marking a new low. Jill Biden leapt to his defense, saying he was in power during a 'tough time in history' before reeling off his achievements. 'Sometimes it feels like we're pushing this boulder up the hill, but progress is being made,' she said in an interview with Real Simple magazine. 'Joe's been in office for, what, 18 months now? And everybody has access to vaccines.  'We got the schools reopened — thank God we all got off Zoom — we got health care, we got money for broadband so underserved kids can have internet.  'I don't want to sound like a political ad, but we have done so much. Gas...
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) penned an op-ed condemning the Biden administration’s recent visit to Colombia to meet with the new Colombian president-elect Gustavo Petro. Petro is the first leftist to get elected to the post and previously served as a guerilla fighter in his younger years. “In contrast, it took the Biden White House two years to meet with outgoing president Iván Duque,” Rubio said, noting that the present U.S. administration arranged for a meeting with Petro within a month of his election. “Clearly the Democrats are excited by the prospect of another leftist in power – even if that leader is far less favorable to the U.S. than his predecessor.” Rubio said that Biden and his foreign policy approaches have been “misguided,” specifically with their soft-handed approach to Latin American authoritarian dictators. “To protect the safety and security of our region, we must change course immediately, and that means no more pandering to leftists,” Rubio said. “Colombia remains an important regional partner, and we should seek to maintain strong ties, but we must also act in the interests...
    Top Taliban leaders knew that Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri, the successor of Osama bin Laden, was hiding in Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official, who spoke to reporters shortly after the details emerged about a strike that took out the terrorist leader. Two hell-fire missiles were fired at al Zawahiri's safe house in Kabul and there were no indications that anyone else died in the strike that occurred on Saturday night, the official said. The official also accused Taliban leaders of trying to cover-up the Al-Qaeda leader's presence at the compound. BIDEN TO ADDRESS NATION AFTER 'SUCCESSFUL COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATION' Earlier this year, the U.S. identified the safe house he was staying in at Kabul and began tracking him for the ensuing couple months. Even though his family members were in the safe house at the time of the strike, the official said they were unharmed. The Taliban has since removed the family from the home which the official described as “consistent with a broader effort to cover up the space and living in the safe house was...
    Xi Jinping, vice president of China, left, meets with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., Feb. 14, 2012.Chip Somodevilla | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Biden administration faces a legal deadline at midnight to defend former President Donald Trump's China tariffs, even as the White House considers scaling them back to lower consumer prices and ease inflation.  Scores of companies sued the Trump administration in September 2020, arguing the process of implementing a third and fourth tranche of tariffs on roughly $350 billion in goods was overly broad and hastily implemented. If the Biden administration, having inherited the suit, cannot prove the legitimacy of the tariffs or the process, it may be forced to re-evaluate tens of thousands of public comments on the tax penalties, or reimburse the parties for what they've paid. "The stakes are significant," says Alex Schaefer, international trade partner at Crowell, who represents some of the importers. Schaefer says the government lacks the manpower to process the volume of  comments, and refunding importers could cost...
    As a group of the world’s largest oil-producing countries prepares to discuss oil production targets, the White House touted its own efforts to cool gasoline prices and help balance the global energy market. Following production boosts from the United States and other producers and the release of 1 million barrels per day from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, President Joe Biden’s press secretary said the U.S. is experiencing the fastest gas price decline in over a decade, falling 81 cents per gallon since its peak in June. But prices remain high. “Gas prices have now been falling for almost seven straight weeks,” Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the start of a White House press briefing Monday. DEMOCRATS HOPE TO TOUT GAS PRICE DROP AHEAD OF MIDTERM ELECTIONS, BUT REPUBLICANS SCOFF Gas prices soared to record levels after Western leaders sought to cull their purchases of Russian fossil fuels in response to President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, prompting a reckoning for Biden and Democrats in advance of the midterm elections. According to the AAA, the national average gas price is $4.21...
    (CNN)Biden administration officials are warning China not to take escalatory actions amid House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's prospective trip to Taiwan, emphasizing that the potential visit would not mark a shift in American foreign policy. "There is no reason for Beijing to turn a potential visit, consistent with long standing US policy, into some sort of crisis or conflict, or use it as a pretext to increase aggressive military activity in or around the Taiwan Strait," National Security Council Strategic Coordinator for Communications John Kirby told reporters on Monday. Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan as part of her ongoing tour of Asia, according to a senior Taiwanese government official and a US official. That's despite warnings from Biden administration officials, who are worried about China's response to such a high-profile visit. The stop -- the first for a US House speaker in 25 years -- is not currently on Pelosi's public itinerary and comes at a time when US-China relations are already at a low point. Chinese government officials have escalated their rhetoric ahead of Pelosi's prospective trip. During a...
    The baby formula shortage will last well into the fall, supply chain experts predict, as the crisis has gotten worse and President Joe Biden's administration is struggling to say how it will prevent another one from taking place. All formula brands are reporting a 30 percent out-of-stock rate - 20 percent above the pre-crisis rate - and parents are criticizing the administration for having forgotten about their hungry children. The White House points out Biden has signed into law a bill into that eliminates tariffs on safe imported baby formula and invoked the Defense Production Act to speed up U.S. production. The administration also has emphasized the work it has done to increase flexibility within the WIC program, which is one of the largest consumers of baby formula. But that hasn't been enough to ease the crisis. And it will be that way for a few more months. Experts tell DailyMail.com the shortages will go into the fall.  'By the end of summer, beginning of fall,' Hitendra Chaturvedi, a professor and supply chain expert at Arizona State University, told DailyMail.com, about...
    The Biden administration announced a military aid package to Ukraine valued at $550 million on Monday. The aid was authorized from the presidential drawdown authority for the 17th time, which means it comes from U.S. stockpiles. National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communication John Kirby announced the package from the White House podium on Monday afternoon. He provided limited details of the contents of the aid, only saying that it will include more ammunition for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition for the 155-millimeter artillery systems. The United States has already provided more than $8 billion in military aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February. Over the last couple months, the war has been concentrated in the eastern part of the country, the Donbas region. While Russia has gained territory, it has come at an incremental rate and a significant loss, U.S. officials have said. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER The U.S. has provided 16 Lockheed Martin-made HIMARS, which have made an impact on the battlefield. In late July, Ukrainian...
    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe criticized the Biden administration for its handling of speculation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will visit Taiwan despite warnings by China. The Trump-era spy chief argued Chinese President Xi Jinping is capitalizing on President Joe Biden's "weakness" as Beijing and its mouthpieces in the media threatened severe consequences if Pelosi ends up visiting Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. "It's been mismanaged. It's been mismanaged by the Biden administration," Ratcliffe said on Sunday, responding in the affirmative to a question by Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo. PELOSI MAKES NO MENTION OF TAIWAN IN ASIA TRIP ITINERARY "And, to this point, she does need to go for the sake of our national security, so that the American people see that the Chinese Communist Party is not the one dictating American foreign policy, that it is the American government doing that, but the Biden administration publicly talking about it ahead of time and then not backing up Nancy Pelosi with the media or on the call with President Xi Jinping," he added. "I...
    Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe criticized the Biden administration for its handling of speculation that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would visit Taiwan despite warnings by China. The Trump-era spy chief argued Chinese President Xi Jinping is capitalizing on President Joe Biden's "weakness" as Beijing and its mouthpieces in the media threatened severe consequences if Pelosi ends up visiting Taiwan, which China claims as its territory. "It's been mismanaged. It's been mismanaged by the Biden administration," Ratcliffe said on Sunday, responding in the affirmative to a question by Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo. PELOSI MAKES NO MENTION OF TAIWAN IN ASIA TRIP ITINERARY "And, to this point, she does need to go for the sake of our national security, so that the American people see that the Chinese Communist Party is not the one dictating American foreign policy, that it is the American government doing that, but the Biden administration publicly talking about it ahead of time and then not backing up Nancy Pelosi with the media or on the call with President Xi Jinping," he added. "I mean,...
    More than 20 Republican attorneys general filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s administration Tuesday over a Department of Agriculture school meal program rule. According to the Associated Press, the rule prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. As a result, schools that do not implement LGBTQ-friendly policies will face potential cuts in federal meal funding. Led by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery and Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, the lawsuit claims that the federal government is attempting to force states and schools to follow anti-discrimination requirements that “misconstrue the law.” The rule is a result of a May announcement in which the USDA said it would include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as a violation of Title IX. Title IX is a 1972 law that guarantees equity between the sexes in “any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Per the new rule, states are required to review allegations of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as update their policies and signage. “Whether you are grocery shopping, standing in...
    The Biden administration has launched a program to bring solar to low-income houses nationwide, a move that will help communities lower their utility bills, Politico reported. This is just the latest move by the administration to reach their ambitious climate goals. The new project could lead to the development of 134 gigawatts of new solar power capacity nationwide. The program would subsidize energy costs for low-income residents with developers of solar community projects. These sell subscriptions to households for renewable power, which significantly lowers electricity bills. The administration believes this could give a whopping 134 gigawatts of new solar power nationwide. Currently, the United States’ solar capacity is at just 97.2 gigawatts, according to the Department of Energy (DOE), so this is a huge goal. The DOE estimates that the initial pilot project could save more than $1 billion on energy bills annually. This program follows the announcement of a new pilot program in Delaware that will cover 70 percent of rooftop solar costs for moderate-income participants and cover 100 percent of solar costs for low-income families. According to the American...
    A steady flow of migrants arriving by bus in Washington, D.C., is dialing up pressure on the Biden administration over its handling of southern border enforcement and the effect it is having on the nation. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has called for the National Guard as it became clear that volunteer-led efforts to assist the migrants would be insufficient. More than 4,000 immigrants have arrived in Washington on more than 200 buses since April, and Bowser predicted the pace would quicken before calling for federal help. WHITE HOUSE PUNTS ON MIGRANTS BUSED TO DC: GOP 'USING' THEM AS 'POLITICAL PAWNS' "Tragically, many families arrive in Washington, DC with nowhere to go, or they remain in limbo seeking onward destinations across the United States," Bowser wrote in her request. “With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention." Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) and Gov. Doug Ducey...
    by Max Keating   The Biden administration’s oft-touted talking point that employment has boomed under the administration is misleading and instead simply a natural recovery from pandemic losses, economists told the Daily Caller News Foundation. Facing consecutive quarters of negative gross domestic product (GDP) growth, sky-high inflation and plummeting consumer sentiment, the Biden administration has routinely cited a low unemployment rate and strong on-paper jobs creation as positive results of President Joe Biden’s economic stewardship. But the notion that these figures represent booming job creation is misleading since the economy has merely rebounded by adding back jobs that were lost during the pandemic and has still yet to reach pre-pandemic levels, economists told the DCNF. “President Biden has nothing to brag about, when it comes to job creation. We are still hundreds of thousands of jobs short of where we were pre-pandemic,” Alfredo Ortiz, president of the Job Creators Network, told the DCNF. “The Labor Force Participation Rate remains disastrously low, lower than it was pre-pandemic, and much lower than it was a decade ago. This is why the unemployment rate of 3.6% is misleading –...
    by Daniel J. Flynn   TWIL: What everybody thought constituted a recession no longer does. The Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.9 percent in the second quarter. This follows a 1.6 percent contraction in the first quarter. Recession, right? Well, heretofore two consecutive quarters of a shrinking economy meant recession. But our betters in the Biden administration gaslight enlighten us into seeing not the downturn before our eyes but an apparition of expanding economies past. Redefining recessions matters when they occur on the watch of Democrats at the levers of power who soon will face an angry electorate. Since the Biden administration could teach a masterclass in spin but would fail Economics 101, the White House expends considerable energy on solving this terrible problem, this terrible problem of recalcitrants stuck on the idea that an economy in recession, well, recedes. Whoever imagined that recession meant receding GDP never talked to National Economic Council Director Brian Deese. The Chip Diller of the Biden administration told CNN on Sunday that “in terms of the technical definition” two straight...
    White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday denied that the Biden administration was completing former President Donald Trump's border wall.  'We are not finishing the wall, we are cleaning up the mess the prior administration left behind in their failed attempt to build a wall,' she said to a question posed by Fox News Channel's Peter Doocy.  Doocy had asked why the Biden administration had authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection to close gaps in a section of Arizona's wall near the Morelos Dam.  White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday denied that the Biden administration was completing former President Donald Trump's border wall The Yuma Morelos Dam Project will close four gaps located within an 'incomplete border barrier project' near Arizona's Morelos Dam  The Department of Homeland Security said it was closing up sections of the border wall near the Morelos Dam (pictured) to protect migrants from drowning as they crossed the Colorado River The Yuma Morelos Dam Project will close four gaps located within an 'incomplete border barrier project,' the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.   DHS said...
    Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy sparred with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre during Friday’s press briefing over recent reports that the Biden administration has greenlit further construction on the southern border wall. “President Biden when he was a candidate said, ‘There will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.’ So what changed?” Asked Doocy. “We are not finishing the wall,” shot back Jean-Pierre quickly. “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?” Doocey quickly followed up. “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 is this is what the prior administration left behind that we are now cleaning up,” Jean-Pierre qualified. Doocy’s question was based on Fox News digital report from earlier in the day, noting that “on Thursday, the Biden administration approved a plan to complete a section of the border wall near Yuma, Arizona.”...
    "But President Biden, when he was a candidate, said that 'there will not be another foot of wall constructed in my administration.' So what changed?" Doocy followed up. "We are not finishing the wall," the press secretary insisted. Doocy tried another approach with his questions. "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?" Jean-Pierre repeated her previous answer before adding, "we are trying to save lives." "By finishing the wall, is this —" Doocy began before Jean-Pierre cut him off. "We are not finishing the wall," she said. "By filling in? Finishing?" Doocy probed, searching for a word to describe how a previously uncompleted section of physical barrier at the southern border will now be completed under Biden's directive. "We are not finishing the wall," Jean-Pierre said for the fifth time. "By filling in the wall, is this racist? Because in 2019, when the former guy was proposing a wall, you said...
    Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich recently filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Acting Director of the ATF over the making of a rule that seeks to regulate firearm parts and transaction records. “The ATF is attempting to overshoot the authority granted to it by Congress,” Brnovich said in a press release. “The rulemakings are unconstitutional, impractical, and would likely put a large number of parts manufacturers out of business.” In May 2021, the ATF published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register titled “Definition of ‘Frame and Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms.” Nearly a year later, the rule was published in the register under the same title and is set to go into effect on August 24th. The final rule seeks to update several definitions relating to firearms, but most prominently, modernizing the definition of a “frame or receiver.” The term “frame” will apply to a handgun, while the “receiver” is for a rifle, shotgun, or projectile weapon other than a handgun. “Frame or...
    (CNN)The Biden administration said Thursday it had authorized US Customs and Border Protection to close gaps in a border wall in Arizona near the Morelos Dam in order to protect migrants from drowning and sustaining injuries while trying to cross the Colorado River into the United States. The Yuma Morelos Dam Project will close four gaps located within an "incomplete border barrier project" near the dam, the Department of Homeland Security said in a news release. In addition to posing "safety and life hazard risks for migrants," the department said the gaps in the wall presented "life and safety" risks to first responders in the area. Upon taking office, President Joe Biden called for a review of ongoing border wall projects and rescinded the national emergency declaration authorized by his predecessor that allowed then-President Donald Trump to dip into additional funds to build his signature border wall. The Biden administration has canceled several border wall contracts and has also been returning some property to landowners who spent years fighting land seizures in court. But DHS said in December it planned to close...
    The Biden administration has agreed to purchase millions of updated COVID-19 shots that target the highly transmissible omicron variant and expects the rollout to begin in the fall in hopes of being prepared for a winter surge. The Department of Health and Human Services said on Friday that the administration has agreed to purchase 66 million doses of Moderna’s bivalent COVID-19 vaccine — on top of the 105 million Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent shots purchased in June. The plan is to have shots ready to go in the event that federal regulators give the green light. COVID-19 VACCINE UNPOPULAR AMONG PARENTS OF CHILDREN UNDER 5 “We look forward to receiving these new variant-specific vaccines and working with state and local healthcare partners to make the vaccines available for free in communities around the country this fall,” HHS Assistant Secretary Dawn O’Connell said. The vaccine formulas, which have remained unchanged since they were first rolled out in December 2020, will better target the omicron offshoots BA.5 and BA.4. BA.5 quickly became the dominant strain circulating in the United States...
    The Tennessee Attorney General’s office is leading a lawsuit against the Biden administration after the latter said that it will strip schools of certain government benefits if they do not conform to left-wing transgender ideology. “Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, leading a 22-state coalition along with Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita, filed a lawsuit today in the Eastern District of Tennessee,” said a press release from Slatery’s office. “The lawsuit seeks to stop the Biden administration from enforcing an expansive and unlawful interpretation of federal anti-discrimination laws under the threat of withdrawing key food assistance program funding.” The Biden administration, through the United States Department of Agriculture, has threatened to withhold school lunch benefits from those schools that do not allow males to participate in female athletics, or males to use female restrooms. “USDA is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity. A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form – including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” that...
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spent over $25,000 for media training and executive coaching for Director Rochelle Walensky to improve her communication skills as she heads the agency's public health messaging. The agency has paid $16,000 to Mandy Grunwald, a longtime Democratic political consultant, for media training since October 2021 and $9,750 since March 2021 for executive management coaching with Tim Sullivan, the founder of management consulting firm Wellesley Partners. US STRUGGLES TO RESPOND TO MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK Training with Grunwald would "assist [Walensky’s] team in crafting clear language to communicate CDC's public health guidance and coach Dr. Walensky to effectively deal with television interviews and other public communications," expense authorization filings detailed, according to Politico. A spokesperson for Walensky, Kathleen Conley, told the Washington Examiner that media training is a typical practice for CDC directors "to ensure they are effectively and clearly communicating to public health partners and the American people." "This type of training is not an unusual practice," Conley added. "It is a long-standing, prudent practice inside and outside of government...
    (CNN)The Biden administration on Thursday announced it would be directing more than $400 million in loans and grants to support high-speed internet projects for rural communities -- funding which is expected to reach about 31,000 families and businesses across 11 states."Rural communities are the backbone of our nation and have a broad impact on our economy, but for too long, rural communities have been left out or left behind and under-recognized for their contributions. We're changing that, and it starts with making sure that rural communities are connected to affordable, reliable high-speed internet," White House Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Coordinator Mitch Landrieu said on a call with reporters. "Thanks to the hard work of the President, (Agriculture Secretary Tom) Vilsack and the team at USDA Rural Development, our administration is providing more than $400 million in loans and grants to fund high-speed internet infrastructure for rural communities this week."Many rural areas across the country lack access to high-speed, affordable internet largely because installing the infrastructure isn't worth the investment for internet service providers to take on. The new projects' funding, which...
    (CNN)Biden administration officials are frustrated that Moscow has yet to respond in a meaningful way to their proposal to release convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout and secure the release of US citizens Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.The Kremlin said Thursday that "so far, there is no agreement" on the possible offer by the US."So far, there is no agreement on this issue," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said during a conference call with journalists when asked about the offer.US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday that he expected a call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, his counterpart in the country, this week to discuss a "substantial proposal" presented to Moscow "weeks ago" to try to secure the release of Whelan and Griner, who are classified as wrongfully detained. Blinken told reporters he hopes that by speaking with Lavrov, "I can advance the efforts to bring them home."Frustration at Russia's lack of substantive response to the deal was an underlying factor in the administration's decision to publicize that an agreement from the US is on the table.Read More"We communicated...
    New Biden administration guidelines could help provide cheaper solar energy to 4.5 million families. The Biden administration on Wednesday announced that it is issuing new guidelines designed to help an estimated 4.5 million families get access to solar power for their homes, lowering their energy costs. The administration also announced that it would be using the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law by President Joe Biden in 2021, to support efforts to hire people to build out projects generating solar energy. A release from the Department of Housing and Urban Development detailed guidance being sent to those managing HUD assisted-living properties on how to give residents the option of using community solar for their power needs instead of traditional power provided by local monopolies. "With this guidance, HUD sets the stage for 4.5 million families to reap the benefits of community solar which, on average, can save families 10% per year on their electric bills," the release noted. Community solar programs allow people who may not live in properties where solar panels can be directly installed to nonetheless...
    (CNN) — After months of internal debate, the Biden administration has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year US prison sentence, as part of a potential deal to secure the release of two Americans held by Russia, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, according to people briefed on the matter. These sources told CNN that the plan to trade Bout for Whelan and Griner received the backing of President Joe Biden after being under discussion since earlier this year. Biden’s support for the swap overrides opposition from the Department of Justice, which is generally against prisoner trades. READ MORE: Woman Shot At Wedding Reception In Philadelphia's Feltonville Section After Fight: PoliceKremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday that “so far, there is no agreement on this issue.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Wednesday that the US presented a “substantial proposal” to Moscow “weeks ago” for Whelan and Griner, who are classified as wrongfully detained. Speaking at a press conference at the State Department, Blinken said Biden was “directly involved” and signed off on the proposal....
    (CNN)This week's trial proceedings in Russia over WNBA star Brittney Griner's detention have shed more light on the details of her arrest, including her testimony that she wasn't provided key information on her rights granted under Russian law.Seated in a courtroom near Moscow Wednesday, Griner denied accusations from prosecutors of drug smuggling and said she did not intend to bring cannabis oil found in her luggage in February into Russia at all. Brittney Griner testifies she signed documents without understanding what they said after being stopped at Moscow airportGriner pleaded guilty to the charges earlier this month in an attempt to mitigate her sentence, which could be up to 10 years in prison. Her arrest and trial have been the source of international outcry, and the US State Department has classified her detention as wrongful.Yet as her trial is expected to continue into next month, CNN has learned the Biden administration offered Russia a prisoner exchange of Griner and fellow detained American Paul Whelan for a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year sentence in the US -- a proposal...
    Washington (CNN)Trevor Reed, an American citizen and former US Marine freed earlier this year after two years imprisoned in Russia, said Wednesday that he thinks detained Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan "have a really good chance" of being released amid revelations the US has presented a "substantial proposal" to Moscow for an exchange.Reed's comments follow CNN's exclusive reporting that the Biden administration -- after months of internal debate -- has offered to exchange convicted Russian arms trafficker Viktor Bout as part of a potential deal to secure the release of Griner and Whelan, according to people briefed on the matter."I think that, you know, if the Russians are not stupid then they'll take that offer," Reed told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead.""I think they would be extremely optimistic. I hope that they would be. I hope that they would be cautiously optimistic because there is a lot that goes into those types of things," he said of Griner and Whelan. "But I think that they have a really good chance, especially considering the transparency that the administration has...
    WNBA star Brittney Griner could be involved in a prisoner swap for a Russian arms dealer. What does the offer from the Biden administration mean? Brittney Griner remains in the middle of a trial in Russia over drug charges that could land her a prison term of up to 10 years. Now, the Biden administration has made it clear that they making an effort to end the WNBA star’s wrongful detention. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the U.S. has made a “substantial proposal” involving Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained in Russia on espionage charges since 2018. According to a report from CNN, the offer includes a prisoner swap of Griner and Whelan for convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout.What does the Brittney Griner prisoner swap offer mean for the WNBA star?The good news? The Biden administration has taken a bold step to bring Griner home. Prisoner swaps are not something the U.S. government wants to get in the habit of doing, especially when an arms dealer is involved. Simply making the offer...
    National security communications coordinator John Kirby shot down a question Wednesday about whether Saudi Arabian government officials sought to infect President Joe Biden with COVID-19. Biden developed symptoms roughly four days after returning to Washington, D.C., from Saudi Arabia, though White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha suggested the administration doesn't think it matters where Biden was infected. BIDEN TAKES COVID-19 VICTORY LAP, AND SHOT AT TRUMP, FOLLOWING NEGATIVE TESTS Kirby was asked at Wednesday's press briefing if the administration had "ruled out the possibility that the Saudi government may have deliberately exposed the president to the coronavirus." He responded first by deferring questions about Biden's medical condition to Jean-Pierre but added that he doesn't know "where this idea is coming from." "The idea that a foreign nation state would deliberately try to infect the president of the United States with a virus is just ludicrous, just absolutely ludicrous," Kirby continued. "There's nothing to it, and it should be treated as the ridiculous idea that it is." Biden first tested positive for the coronavirus...
    THE Biden administration has offered to exchange a convicted Russian arms trafficker in order to secure the release of two Americans in Russian custody. After months of debate, WNBA player Brittney Griner and security director Paul Whelan may be freed if the US offers to release Viktor Bout. 1Brittney Griner sits in a cage in a Russian courtroom Bout is starving a 25-year prison sentence in the states after being convicted by a federal court in 2011 for conspiracy to kill US citizens and officials. “We put a substantial proposal on the table weeks ago to facilitate their release,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in remarks at the State Department. Blinken added that he plans to speak with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to bring up the proposal. It will be the first time the two have spoken since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in late February. Most read in The US SunBABY LOVE Kardashian fans go wild after Kourtney posts pic of Khloe touching her BABY BUMPNEW VIEW The View will announce controversial new co-host to join next...
    The Biden Administration has offered Moscow a prisoner swap that would free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, two high-profile Americans who are jailed in Russia's notorious judicial system, it was reported Wednesday. The proposal would free Griner, a WNBA star, and Whelan, a Marine veteran convicted on spying charges he and the government deny, in exchange for freeing Russian arms merchant Viktor Bout. Bout, who was the inspiration the Nicholas Cage character in Merchant of Death, is serving a 25-year sentence in the U.S. after being convicted on trafficking charges. The Biden administration has floated an offer to swap convicted arms trafficker Viktor Bout (C) in exchange for Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, who are both detained in Russia Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport in February on drug possession charges. She spoke at her ongoing trial in Moscow Wednesday.  CNN reported on the outlines of the deal, which it said had earned President Biden's backing.  Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged the issue Wednesday, without confirming the proposed swap.  'In the coming days I expect to speak with...