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Biden blasted for saying he’s ‘praying’ for ‘right verdict’ in Derek Chauvin murder trial: ‘Wildly inappropriate’

President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he’s “praying” for the “right verdict” in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who’s been charged with murdering George Floyd last May.

“I’m praying that verdict is the right verdict,” Biden said to reporters at the White House, “which is, I think it’s overwhelming in my view.” He quickly added that he “wouldn’t say that” had the jury not been sequestered, which they have been since Monday.


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‘RIP due process’

Biden’s comments drew everything from shock to steep criticism.

Jenna Ellis — former special counsel for former President Donald Trump, tweeted in response to Biden’s statements, “RIP due process. The judge needs to declare a mistrial.”

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto called Biden’s words a “remarkable statement from a sitting president on a criminal trial currently underway”:

Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s opinion editor, said Biden’s words were “wildly inappropriate”:

Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, had the following to say:

“Uh, Biden said he was waiting till the jury was sequestered to comment,” Kessler tweeted. “How about waiting until after the verdict?”

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News that Biden should have held back his comments.

“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered, but I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis, there’s so much hurt, so much pain, and I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions.”


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Floyd’s last moments, caught on video, showed Chauvin appearing to kneel on Floyd’s neck. Violent protests and riots erupted across the country for most of last summer as a result, and the Minneapolis area is more than tense at the moment due to the impeding Chauvin verdict and the recent police-involved fatal shooting of Daunte Wright in nearby Brooklyn Center.

What did Jen Psaki have to say?

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t elaborate on what Biden considers “the right verdict” or clarify what he considers “overwhelming,” USA Today reported.

Sciutto added that Psaki said Biden is “not looking to influence” the case, given he commented while the jury was sequestered, and that she doesn’t believe he was “weighing in on the verdict” but rather conveying compassion toward the family.

Anything else?

Far-left U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made headlines after telling Minnesota protesters Saturday to “get more confrontational” if the verdict in the Chauvin trial doesn’t go their way. In the aftermath, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promised to bring action against Waters if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn’t act — and it appears that Pelosi will not.

The judge in the Chauvin trial blasted Waters for her “abhorrent” comments, and while Judge Peter Cahill said that they could lead to the overturn of the trial if the defense chooses to appeal the verdict, he didn’t grant a mistrial Monday.

In addition, some Democrats reportedly found Waters’ comments “revolting,” and there is “disgust” among the House Democratic caucus which “metastasized” after Cahill publicly rebuked Waters — and some Democrats reportedly would support censuring Waters.

And Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana took Waters to task for her “incitement,” saying he “was shot because of this kind of dangerous rhetoric.”

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White House answered fake reporter’s questions for weeks before press corps exposed her to be ‘Lego’ video gamer

An online video game player was able to infiltrate the White House press corps by pretending to be a political reporter. The fake reporter was even able to submit questions to the Biden administration through the press corps, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered the imposter’s questions for weeks.

An online persona posed as a reporter named “Kacey Montagu” for the Daily Mail, a British tabloid best known for celebrity gossip. There were Twitter and LinkedIn accounts dedicated to “Kacey Montagu,” plus she was named as the chief political correspondent for White House News, a fictional website.

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Montagu’s play-acting as a White House reporter goes back at least to December, when he or she set up @WHschedule on Twitter. They repeatedly referenced the “schedule” account in emails as a primary duty. In March, they began sending tweets from @WHpoolreport. The accounts are rudimentary repostings of two sources of information reporters regularly consume: the president, first lady, vice president, and second gentleman’s daily schedules and the so-called pool reports, which are real time dispatches from a small group of journalists tasked with following around those principals during the course of the day and reporting back to the rest of the press corps on their movements and utterances.

The accounts got attention from insiders, who quickly came to rely on their speed and efficiency. @WHSchedule had a following of more than 1,300, including several White House correspondents (some working at POLITICO). The new @WHPoolReport account amassed more than 600 in a few weeks’ time, including some who work in the administration like Michael LaRosa, press secretary for Jill Biden and Symone Sanders, a senior advisor and chief spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris.

The person behind the imposter contacted the White House Correspondents Association about being becoming a pool reporter and inquired about applying for a day pass to cover the White House in person.

“Kacey Montagu” was given access to cover COVID-19 government press briefings, but was not called upon.

Montagu regularly sent in questions for the White House press corps to ask Psaki, adding that she wasn’t able to be there in person “due to social distancing regulations.” Montagu was able to hoodwink White House reporters, including from The Plain Dealer and CQ Roll Call, to ask Psaki numerous questions “about everything from COVID-19 travel bans, to coming ambassadorships, to Biden’s reaction to Microsoft being hacked.”

“In at least one instance, a White House official was connected with Montagu to circle back with more information when they had it,” Politico reported.

Some White House reporters researched “Kacey Montagu,” who had a deactivated
LinkedIn account with a profile photo of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson eating an ice cream cone, and they became suspicious.

During Thursday’s daily White House press briefing, Washington Blade White House Reporter Chris Johnson asked Psaki the question, “How involved is former President Obama and First Lady Obama in the Biden – Harris administration? Is President Biden seeking to bring back the often bipartisan portrait unveiling events at the White House?”

The question was planted by Montagu.

Mediaite investigated Kacey Montagu, and discovered that she “appears to be a gag persona for a former Secretary of State made of Legos.”

“The Montagu website’s
FAQ section describes her as ‘An American Citizen. Former Secretary of State, Mayor, Senator, President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the House,’ and her political views as ‘President Trump 2024, baby! I’m a Conservative,'” the outlet wrote on Thursday.

Politico found that the person behind the “Kacey Montagu” persona was actually a Lego video gamer.

“They believe Montagu’s White House moonlighting began as something to boast about in the online global gaming platform called ROBLOX, where users jokingly call themselves ‘Legos,'” according to Politico. “Within that platform is a role-playing group called nUSA, where people from across the world engage in a mock U.S. government exercise. At one point, Montagu had adopted the role of Secretary of State but resigned from that job after — as they recalled — ‘the [nUSA] President went to war with some U.K. and I thought it was a pretty bad idea!'”

The prankster explained her motivation for the fake White House reporter profiles, “I created them as some fun but also to ensure that people know what is going on — they should be able to know what POTUS and V.P. is doing and I think the account following shows people are interested in that.”

“I love journalism, and I think the press corps is doing a pretty bad job at the moment, so I decided I would ensure some transparency and ask some questions me and some friends wanted the answer to,” the hoaxer told the outlet.

The White House declined to comment on the situation.

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China warns US against boycotting Winter Olympics in Beijing. Jen Psaki says there’s no talk of that.

China warned Wednesday of a “robust” response from the communist nation if the U.S. dares to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no discussions about doing such a thing — while acknowledging China’s ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs.

What are the details?

The Associated Press noted Wednesday that “human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games” and “have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.”

According to The Daily Wire, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that “part of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” in an apparent suggestion that a boycott could be on the table.

In reaction, a representative for the Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Ministry warned the Biden administration of a “robust Chinese response” at the prospect of boycotting the Beijing Games, the AP reported.

“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” the spokesperson said. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”

Psaki was asked during a news conference about the situation, and she assured the American people that the Biden administration has “not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners” regarding the Olympics in Beijing.

In a follow-up, a reporter told Psaki, “Understanding what you said, the U.S. position, however, is that China has committed genocide.”

“Yes,” the press secretary replied.

The reporter then asked, “Doesn’t that demand some sort of response or action from the U.S., and what will the U.S. need to see before it fully participates in the Olympics?”

Psaki reiterated that the administration is working with allies “about a range of concerns we have with China’s behavior and their actions, including the genocide of Uyghur Muslims.”

What was the reaction?

Some conservatives reacted with fury over the White House response.

Newsmax reporter Benny Johnson tweeted a video of the exchange with the message, “Biden encouraged the MLB to move the All Star Game out of Atlanta without hesitation but has no problem with the U.S. participating in the Olympics in Beijing. So is it the position of the Biden Administration that the Georgia Voting Law is worse than Genocide?”

Anything else?

Also on Wednesday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, both of the Trump administration, called on the U.S. to boycott what they called the “Genocide Olympics” in China, The Washington Examiner reported.

The Winter Olympics are slated to start in February 2022.

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Reporter confronts Psaki over inhumane conditions at migrant facilities: ‘How is the administration not stopping that today?’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was squarely confronted Monday over the Biden administration’s handling of the migrant crisis unfolding at the southern United States border.

What is going on?

Despite virtue-signaling from Democrats, unaccompanied migrant children are facing the same tragic living conditions under President Joe Biden’s leadership that Democrats criticized during the Trump presidency.

The situation is so dire, in fact, that children are being forced to sleep on the floor and some can only take one shower per week. One facility in Donna, Texas, even reached more than 700% capacity. The Biden administration is now planning to house migrant teenagers in massive facilities like the Dallas Convention Center.

All the while, Psaki and other administration officials have flatly refused to call the situation a “crisis.”

What happened Monday?

PBS’ Yamiche Alcindor confronted Psaki over the administration’s handling of the crisis, demanding that Psaki answer for the inhumane living conditions being forced on migrant children.

“There were lawyers who interviewed some children that were in facilities. The children described sleeping on the floor, being hungry, not seeing the sun for days. How is that acceptable for the Biden administration to keep children in those sorts of conditions given the fact that you said you were an administration that was going to be more humane than the previous one?” Alcindor asked.

In response, Psaki called the situation “heartbreaking” — then blamed former President Donald Trump.

“We are trying to work through what was a dismantled and unprepared system because of the role of the last administration,” Psaki said.

But Alcindor pushed back, noting that migrant children are “hungry, sleeping on the floor, [and] not being allowed outside for days at a time.”

“Why is that something that’s not being outlawed right now? How is the administration not stopping that today?” Alcindor asked.

Psaki responded by admitting the living conditions are not “acceptable,” but said the real “challenge” is that “there are not that many options.”

“The options here are: Send the kids back on the journey, send them to unvetted homes, or work to expedite moving them into shelters where they can get health treatment by medical doctors, educational resources, legal counseling, mental health counseling. That’s exactly what we’re focused on doing,” Psaki said.

“We have a lot of critics, but many of them are not putting forward a lot of solutions,” Psaki complained.

Anything else?

Biden campaigned on reversing his predecessor’s deterrent immigration policies. Critics say the reversal of policy is contributing to the growing migrant crisis.

“You just can’t say, ‘Yeah, yeah, let everybody in’ — because then we’re affected down there at the border,” Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) said recently. “The bad guys know how to market this.”

In fact, migrant caravans that traveled north over the winter voiced expectation that Biden would honor his commitment to welcome migrants.

“We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments,” Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group representing migrants, said in January.

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Reporter confronts Jen Psaki over whether Biden admin’s spin is making border crisis worse

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was confronted Tuesday about the intensifying border crisis and whether the Biden administration’s immigration rhetoric is magnifying the problem.

Psaki was peppered with questions at Tuesday’s press briefing about the wave of unaccompanied migrant children traveling to the U.S. and particularly why the Biden administration has refused thus far to describe the growing problem as a “crisis.”

What is the background?

As thousands of unaccompanied migrants have entered to the U.S., the Biden administration has been forced to deal with its first major crisis.

Migrant children are reportedly being housed in detention facilities “akin to jails” and are being separated from their families.

Unfortunately for President Joe Biden, the problem is only expected to grow. In fact, according to Homeland Security estimates, immigration officials expect a record 117,000 unaccompanied minors to travel to the U.S. this year alone, Axios reported.

What was Psaki asked?

Canadian journalist Richard Latendresse confronted Psaki over why the Biden administration uses language that sounds like extending an invitation for migrants to come to the U.S. despite the growing crisis.

During the Biden transition, a senior transition official told NBC News that migrants seeking asylum “need to understand they’re not going to be able to come into the United States immediately.” The Biden administration has maintained language that suggests they want migrants to come to the U.S. — just not right now.

Latendresse asked, “You keep repeating, ‘This is not the time to come.’ Isn’t that sending the signal that there will be a time to come? ‘Just wait.'”

Psaki had, in fact, used the exact phrase “this is not the time to come” in reference to migrants, three times during Tuesday’s briefing.

In response to Latendresse’s question, Psaki launched into a polemic against the Trump administration after first explaining the administration’s posture toward migrant children.

When we say, “It’s not the time to come now,” the reason is: This is a— we are still digging our way out of a dismantled, immoral, and ineffective immigration policy that was being implemented by the last administration that was largely based around funding for a border wall. It’s going to take us some time.

And we do want to put in place — modernize the immigration system, which means investing in smart security, which means creating a pathway to citizenship, which means funding and supporting efforts to address the root causes in the region. And we — as a part of that, we want to ensure that there is effective processing at the border.

What else was Psaki asked?

Psaki was asked multiple times why the Biden administration refuses to call the situation at the border a “crisis.”

“Look, I don’t think we need to sit here and put new labels on what we have already conveyed is challenging, what we have conveyed is a top priority for the president, what our policy teams are working on every single day,” Psaki said.

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Biden’s live feed immediately cut off after he offers to take questions; president sets record for most days without solo press conference

There was an awkward end to the House Democrats 2021 Issues Conference on Wednesday. President Joe Biden attempted to take questions from Democratic lawmakers during the virtual event, but instead, the live feed was abruptly cut off without the president signing off.

During the livestream, Biden said, “I’m happy to take questions, if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He then looked for guidance from Pelosi: “Whatever you want me to do.”

The feed unexpectedly ended without Pelosi saying anything or Biden answering any questions.

As of Thursday morning, the video clip of the curious conclusion to the conference went viral, with more than 1.4 million views.

The sudden wind-up of the White House feed when Biden was ready to take questions reignited concerns about the president’s lack of press conferences.

Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pointed out that Biden has yet to hold a solo press conference, despite former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama having press conferences by mid-February during their tenures.

“Where’s Joe? It’s been 41 days, at this point President Trump had had multiple press appearances, press conferences. President Barack Obama had as well,” McEnany told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “Joe Biden needs to step up, we need to hear from him. He needs to engage in the transparency that he promised us; he hasn’t thus far.”

Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump “had held them 20 days and 27 days into their terms respectively,” Newsweek reported.

Biden, who has been in office for 43 days now, has yet to hold a solo conference — a historic lack of transparency. Using data from the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CNN White House reporter Kevin Liptak highlighted that Biden set the record for the longest stretch at the start of a presidency without a press conference.

“As we await word on when President Biden will hold his first solo press conference, an analysis of the past 100 years shows he is behind his 15 most recent predecessors, who all held a solo press conference within 33 days of taking office,” Liptak reported.

Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee, tweeted Wednesday, “It’s been 42 days and Joe Biden still refuses to hold a press conference. Why is he so afraid of answering questions?”

Jason Miller, a former senior adviser to the Trump administration, posted the dates of previous first joint session speeches by recent U.S. presidents.

Zach Parkinson, the former deputy director of communications for Trump, shared a graph exposing how Biden has avoided holding press conferences in comparison to other American presidents after they entered office.

On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked if there are plans for Biden to hold his first press conference.

“Not yet, but we will definitely have one,” Psaki replied. “We will schedule it, and you’ll be the first to know because you’re pivotal participants in that.”

On Wednesday, Psaki said, “We look forward to holding a full formal press conference, but in the meantime the President takes questions from the reporters covering the White House regularly, including this morning.”

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Reporter calls out Jen Psaki with facts after Biden admin takes credit for vaccine deal

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was confronted by a New York Times reporter on Tuesday over the Biden administration crediting themselves for brokering a deal that will allow all American adults to have access to the coronavirus vaccine within a matter of months.

What is the background?

President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that every American adult would have access to the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of May.

The remarkable feat was made possible by a new deal between pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. and Johnson & Johnson, manufacture of the new one-shot regimen awarded emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration last Saturday.

During his press conference, Biden credited his administration for brokering the deal and chided his predecessor.

“We are now on track to have enough vaccine supply for every adult in America by the end of May,” Biden said. “When we came into office, the prior administration had contracted not nearly enough vaccine to cover adults in America”

“We rectified that,” Biden claimed.

What happened at the press briefing?

New York Times White House correspondent Michael Shear asked Psaki how the Biden administration can take credit for the deal when, in fact, the New York Times reported about the deal in January.

“On the timing of the administration’s efforts to help pull this deal together, you said that it was within, I think, the last few weeks,” Shear began. “We wrote our first story at the New York Times about a possible partnership between Merck and J&J for manufacturing on Jan 21.”

“My understanding is that talks between those companies had been in the works before that even, in terms of, sort of, the corporate discussions between them,” Shear continued, adding, “How it is that the Biden administration deserves credit for bringing these two together, when it looks like the discussions had been under way long before you guys got here?”

In response, Psaki said the Biden administration is merely celebrating the finalization of the deal.

“Just to be clear, I’m talking about when it was finalized so that we could move it forward,” Psaki said.

“I’m only conveying what got it across the finish line, and I think it’s clear that that has only happened relatively recently. But certainly the history of conversations between Merck and J&J, long before the J&J vaccine was even approved, you know, you certainly might have more information on than I do,” she added.


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Conservatives and progressives hammer past tweets from Biden, Harris, and Psaki attacking Trump for airstrikes in Syria after they do the same

President Joe Biden ordered a U.S. military airstrike in Syria that targeted multiple facilities that the Pentagon claims are used by an Iranian-backed militia. The bombings reportedly killed 22 fighters and were allegedly a response to rocket attacks on U.S. troop locations in Iraq.

The offensive was Biden’s first military action since taking office and occurred on the 36th day of his presidency. However, many are pointing out that key members of the Biden administration had a much different reaction to former President Donald Trump’s military intervention in Syria.

Progressives and conservatives alike called out Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki for past tweets where they criticized Trump’s military involvement and non-intervention in Syria.

In April 2017, the Trump administration launched Tomahawk missiles against Syria in retaliation to a chemical weapons attack on civilians by Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Trump said Assad used a “deadly nerve agent” that “choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.”

Psaki reacted to the U.S. airstrikes by tweeting, “Also what is the legal authority for strikes? Assad is a brutal dictator. But Syria is a sovereign country.”

After the Biden administration ordered airstrikes on Syria, which is a sovereign country, the White House press secretary was asked her own question by dozens of commenters on Twitter. Many people, including former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, asked Psaki if she was going to “circle back” to answer this question, which a reference to her crutch catchphrase she often uses during press briefings.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) replied, “I condemn meddling in Syria’s civil war. I also condemn attacking a sovereign nation without authority. What authority does @POTUS have to strike Syria? Perhaps someone should ask his @PressSec today?”

But it wasn’t only conservatives who pointed out Psaki’s hypocrisy, liberal journalist Glen Greenwald suggested, “Someone should ask @PressSec her own question verbatim about Biden’s Syria bombing at tomorrow’s briefing.”

Even progressive Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) used Psaki’s own words against her by tweeting, “Great question.”

In 2018, a coalition of the U.S., U.K., and France bombed chemical weapons sites in Syria in response to a suspected chemical attack in the town of Douma that killed dozens.

Following the attack, Kamala Harris said Trump needs to consult with Congress before ordering military actions, which Biden didn’t do before ordering the airstrikes in Syria this week.

“I strongly support our men and women in uniform and believe we must hold Assad accountable for his unconscionable use of chemical weapons,” Harris tweeted. “But I am deeply concerned about the legal rationale of last night’s strikes. The president needs to lay out a comprehensive strategy in Syria in consultation with Congress – and he needs to do it now.”

In 2019, Trump ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops out of Northern Syria, which was also slammed by Democrats, including then-presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“This afternoon, I’ll be discussing Donald Trump’s recent actions in Syria and how his erratic, impulsive decisions endanger our troops and make us all less safe,” Biden said. “The events of the past week … have had devastating clarity of just how dangerous this president is.”

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Biden backs slavery reparations study as part of ‘comprehensive action to address systemic racism that persists today’

President Joe Biden supports studying whether descendants of enslaved people in the United States should receive reparations. White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that the reparations study would be part of the Biden administration’s “commitment to take comprehensive action to address the systemic racism that persists today.”

“He certainly would support a study of reparations,” Psaki said at the White House briefing on Wednesday. “He understands we don’t need a study to take action right now on systemic racism, so he wants to take actions within his own government in the meantime.”

In January, Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas) reintroduced H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to examine the practice of slavery in America for more than 200 years. The study would determine what remedies for past slavery can be put in action, including possible financial payments from the U.S. government to descendants of slaves. The bill has 162 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.

The bill, titled “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act,” states:

To address the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to study and consider a national apology and proposal for reparations for the institution of slavery, its subsequent de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a virtual hearing to discuss H.R. 40.

“White nationalism and police-community conflict are just part of the long legacy of anti-Black racism that has shaped our nation’s laws, institutions, and societal attitudes,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in his opening remarks at the hearing. “That racism and division hold back our country’s long-standing efforts to carry out what the Preamble to our Constitution says it is designed to do — to form ‘a more perfect union.'”

“Reparations in the context of H.R. 40 are ultimately about respect and reconciliation—and the hope that one day, all Americans can walk together toward a more just future,” Nadler stated.

“We believe in determination, and we believe in overcoming the many bad balls that we have been thrown; we’ve caught them, and we’ve kept on going. That is not the point of H.R. 40,” Lee said during the hearing, as reported by the Hill. “Now more than ever, the facts and circumstances facing our nation demonstrate the importance of H.R. 40 and the necessity of placing our nation on the path to reparative justice.”

Before Lee reintroduced H.R. 40, the late Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) first introduced a bill calling for a study into possible slavery reparations in 1989, and it was reintroduced every session until Conyers’ retirement in 2017.

Last year, President Biden told the Washington Post, “We must acknowledge that there can be no realization of the American dream without grappling with the original sin of slavery, and the centuries-long campaign of violence, fear, and trauma wrought upon black people in this country.”

In February 2019, Kamala Harris said she supports slavery reparations.

Americans overwhelmingly oppose reparations. A Reuters/Ipsos poll from June 2020 found that only one in five respondents agreed the U.S. government should use “taxpayer money to pay damages to descendants of enslaved people in the United States.”

As for the cost of reparations, one study estimated a price tag between $5.9 trillion and $14.2 trillion.

CNBC reported on another study in August, “A meaningful program to eliminate the existing Black-White wealth gap requires an allocation of between $10 trillion and $12 trillion, or about $800,000 to each eligible Black household.”

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Jen Psaki refuses to guarantee next COVID stimulus won’t fund abortions

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to guarantee Tuesday that taxpayers would not be forced to fund abortions as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package dubbed the “American Rescue Plan” currently being pushed by President Joe Biden.

What are the details?

Correspondent Owen Jensen from Catholic outlet EWTN addressed Psaki during a press conference, saying, “Regarding the American Rescue Plan, groups like pro-life groups including the Susan B. Anthony List are very concerned that millions of U.S. taxpayer dollars will go to the abortion industry in violation of the Hyde Amendment.”

“We know where President Biden stands on the Hyde Amendment,” the reporter said, referring to the block on public federal funding going to abortions except in certain instances, which Biden supported for decades before vowing to repeal it during the 2020 Democratic primary campaign.

“That being said,” Jensen continued, “can this administration right now guarantee if the American Rescue Plan is passed that no taxpayer dollars will go to the abortion industry?

Psaki asked Jensen to specify which part of the plan he was referring to, and he read back, “a $50 million funding increase for the Title X program…$750 million for global health activities and billions in funding for community health centers without applying the Hyde Amendment.”

“Well,” the White House press secretary replied, “the president’s view on the Hyde Amendment is well known as you have stated in your question. He also believes that community health centers are a key part of addressing the pandemic, of ensuring that people in communities have access to vaccines, have access to treatment and information about making sure they’re healthy and their loved ones are healthy.”

She went on to reiterate that Biden “has shared his view on the Hyde Amendment” without noting his position, before telling Jensen, “I don’t think I have anything new for you.”

Jensen pressed, “Can he guarantee Americans who don’t want their tax dollars —pro-life Americans who don’t want their tax dollars funding abortion — can the administration guarantee those tax dollars won’t go to the abortion industry?”

Psaki refused to answer the question again, saying, “Three quarters of the public supports the components of the package, wants to see the pandemic get under control, wants to people put back to work, vaccines in arms. So I think that answers your question.”


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Anything else?

Psaki has dodged on questions regarding abortion before, an issue Biden has flipped on as a lifelong Catholic who has increasingly voiced support for abortion and now fully embraces using taxpayer dollars to fund the procedures.

Last month, Jensen asked Psaki about Biden’s plan on both the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy, which bans federal funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions.

“Well, I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City Policy in the coming days,” Psaki replied, before pivoting and saying, “but I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that he [Biden] is a devout Catholic, and somebody who attends church regularly.”

She added, “He started his day attending church with his family this morning, but I don’t have anything more for you on that.”

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Top WH official resigns after threatening female reporter: ‘I know this was terrible’

A top White House communications staffer tendered his resignation over the weekend after uproar over the Biden administration’s handling of his alleged threats to a female reporter.

What is the background?

Deputy White House press secretary TJ Ducklo was suspended without pay for one week after he threatened to “destroy” the life of a female reporter who inquired about his relationship with another member of the media. Ducklo was also accused of making “derogatory and misogynistic comments.”

However, the reprimand seemingly fell well short of a promise that President Joe Biden made on Inauguration Day.

“I’m not joking when I say this: If you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. No ifs, ands or buts,” Biden told his staff on Jan. 20.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was confronted last Friday over why Ducklo’s punishment seemingly contradicted what Biden had promised. In response, Psaki dodged the questions and claimed Ducklo’s reprimand was “serious.”

What happened now?

Ducklo announced late Saturday that he had resigned from his job in the West Wing, saying he is “devastated” and “embarrassed” over his behavior.

No words can express my regret, my embarrassment, and my disgust for my behavior. I used language that no woman should ever have to hear from anyone, especially in a situation where she was just trying to do her job. It was language that was abhorrent, disrespectful, and unacceptable.

I am devastated to have embarrassed and disappointed my White House colleagues and President Biden, and after a discussion with White House communications leadership tonight, I resigned my position and will not be returning from administrative leave.

I know this was terrible. I know I can’t take it back. But I also know I can learn from it and do better. This incident is not representative of who I am as a person, and I will be determined to earn back the trust of everyone I have let down because of my intolerable actions.

Psaki then confirmed that Ducklo had tendered his resignation.

“We accepted the resignation of TJ Ducklo after a discussion with him this evening. This conversation occurred with the support of the White House Chief of Staff,” she said in a statement.

Anything else?

Interestingly, the Biden administration only addressed Ducklo’s behavior when it became public.

“There were conversations that occurred with the reporter, as well as editors at Politico, immediately after the conversation occurred,” Psaki admitted last week. “That was how we engaged in a private manner, and that was what we felt was appropriate at the time.”

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Jen Psaki cornered by reporters with Biden pledge over WH staffer who allegedly threatened reporter

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was confronted on Friday over whether the Biden administration’s handling of a communication staffer’s alleged threat to a reporter broke President Joe Biden’s promise to immediately fire disrespectful staffers.

What is the background?

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo was suspended without pay for one week after he reportedly threatened to “destroy” a reporter who was investigating his relationship with another member of the media. Ducklo also reportedly made “derogatory and misogynistic comments” to the female reporter.

Ducklo’s brief suspension, which amounts to a slap on the wrist, came despite Biden vowing to immediately fire disrespectful staffers.

“I’m not joking when I say this: If you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. No ifs, ands or buts,” Biden told his staff on Inauguration Day.

What happened on Friday?

During the White House daily press briefing, Psaki was confronted by a reporter who asked whether the minimal action taken against Ducklo directly contradicts what Biden pledged on Jan. 20.

Psaki, however, dodged the question.

The reporter asked, “Now, it’s not a colleague being questioned here, but isn’t this, sort of, well short of what he pledged on Inauguration Day?”

“It doesn’t meet our standard, it doesn’t meet the president’s standard,” Psaki began, speaking of Ducklo’s conduct.

“It was important that we took a step to make that clear and that included not just an apology directly from him and apologies directly from us at the highest levels there, but also a step to suspend him for one week without pay,” Psaki continued. “That, in our view, was an important step to send the message that we don’t find it acceptable.”

In fact, Psaki admitted that she did not discuss the incident with Biden. She previously said that White House chief of staff Ron Klain approved of the reprimand against Ducklo.

Earlier in the press briefing, Psaki was asked why she did not ask for Ducklo’s resignation or fire him outright.

In response, Psaki claimed the punishment doled out against Ducklo is “serious.”

He had a heated conversation about a story related to his personal life. I’m not saying that’s acceptable, but I just want to be clear that it was not about an issue related to the White House or a White House policy or anything along those lines.

He’s the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President, nor is it the standard of behavior set by me, and I’m his direct supervisor. In addition to his initial apology, he sent the reporter a personal note, expressing his profound regret. The ask — he has been placed, as you noted, on a one-week suspension without pay. That is a significant step. I’m not aware of a history of that step being taken; you all can check me on that.

And in addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico. I don’t — we don’t want — no one wants anyone to feel uncomfortable, to be put in an uncomfortable position, and that’s not behavior that we will tolerate. So, those were the steps that were taken, and we felt it was a serious punishment.

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White House deputy press secretary threatened to ‘destroy’ reporter for investigating relationship with journalist, explosive report says

White House deputy press secretary TJ Ducklo allegedly threatened to “destroy” a Politico reporter for investigating his relationship with a political journalist, according to an explosive report from Vanity Fair.

The romantic relationship between Ducklo and Axios journalist Alexi McCammond was revealed this week in People magazine. McCammond covered Biden’s presidential campaign in 2019 and 2020, where she met Ducklo, who was Biden’s campaign press secretary.

Politico reporter Tara Palmeri was purportedly investigating the previously secret romantic relationship between Ducklo and McCammond in January. Ducklo allegedly became hostile toward Palmeri over the investigation into his budding romance.

From Vanity Fair:

The confrontation began on Inauguration Day, January 20, after Palmeri, a coauthor of Politico’s Playbook, contacted McCammond for comment while one of her male colleagues left a message for Ducklo, according to the sources. Ducklo subsequently called a Playbook editor to object to the story, but was told to call the Playbook reporters with his concerns. But instead of calling the male reporter who initially contacted him, Ducklo tried to intimidate Palmeri by phone in an effort to kill the story. “I will destroy you,” Ducklo told her, according to the sources, adding that he would ruin her reputation if she published it.

During an off-the-record phone call, Ducklo allegedly made “derogatory and misogynistic comments” to Palmeri. Ducklo, 32, allegedly told Palmeri that she “was ‘jealous’ that an unidentified man in the past had ‘wanted to f***’ McCammond ‘and not you.'” Ducklo reportedly added that Palmeri was also “jealous” of his new relationship with McCammond.

The report claimed that a Politico editor contacted the White House regarding the threats, which allegedly resulted in “spurring multiple conversations between the news outlet and senior-level officials on January 21, including White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, and Biden senior adviser Anita Dunn.”

White House officials reportedly “acknowledged that Ducklo’s handling of the call with Palmeri was inappropriate and said he would send a note to her apologizing for the comments.” The White House officials also went on offense, claiming that Palmeri broke her off-the-record agreement with Ducklo.

The White House didn’t publicly acknowledge Ducklo’s behavior until after the Vanity Fair piece was published Friday.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement Friday afternoon on Ducklo, announcing that he was suspended for a week.

“TJ Ducklo has apologized to the reporter, with whom he had a heated conversation about his personal life,” Psaki wrote on Twitter. “He is the first to acknowledge this is not the standard of behavior set out by the President.

“In addition to his initial apology, he has sent the reporter a personal note expressing his profound regret,” she continued. “With the approval of the White House Chief of Staff, he has been placed on a one-week suspension without pay. In addition, when he returns, he will no longer be assigned to work with any reporters at Politico.”

Just last month, President Biden vowed to fire anyone on his staff that was disrespectful or talked down to anyone.

“I’m not joking when I say this: If you ever work with me and I hear you treat another colleague with disrespect, talk down to someone, I will fire you on the spot. No ifs, ands or buts,” Biden said to a group of administration appointees on Inauguration Day.

“We have to restore the soul of this country,” Biden told the appointees during a swearing-in ceremony. “And I’m counting on all of you to be part of that, and it’s not hyperbole.”

In September, Ducklo had a meltdown during an appearance on Fox News when host Bret Baier asked him if Biden ever used a teleprompter during interviews with reporters.

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‘We as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals’: Biden backs athletes’ right to protest during national anthem, Psaki says

On the heels of the NBA’s roller-coaster ride this week over the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday told reporters that while President Joe Biden respects the national anthem, he also respects the right of players to kneel in protest while it’s played.

What are the details?

A reporter asked Psaki what position Biden is taking on Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reportedly deciding to stop playing the anthem before his squad’s home games.

While Psaki said she hasn’t spoken to Biden about the specific issue, she did say, “I know he’s incredibly proud to be an American and has great respect for the anthem and all that it represents — especially for our men and women serving in uniform around the world.”

She added, however, that Biden also would say “that part of pride in our country means recognizing moments where we as a country haven’t lived up to our highest ideals, which is often and at times what people are speaking to when they take action at sporting events. And it means respecting the right of people, granted to them in the Constitution, to peacefully protest. That’s why he ran for president in the first place, and that’s what he’s focused on doing every day.”

What’s the background?

After the anthem has’t being played before Mavericks home games, the National Basketball Association on Wednesday issued a statement saying the anthem indeed will be played at every league game for every team.

According to MarketWatch, the league’s statement was “in response” to the Mavericks’ omitting the anthem. And it was quite a shift from NBA spokesman Tim Frank’s earlier statement to the Associated Press, according to NBC Sports: “Under the unique circumstances of this season, teams are permitted to run their pregame operations as they see fit.”

The New York Times reported that Cuban said “we are good with it” in regard to the league’s insistence on the anthem being played — but the opinionated owner reportedly had other things to say following the NBA’s declaration.

Shams Charania of the Athletic tweeted a partial statement from the Mavericks owner: “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. I have always stood for the anthem with [my] hand over my heart — no matter where I hear it play. But we also hear the voices of those who do not feel the anthem represents them. We feel they also need to be respected and heard, because they have not been heard.”

Cuban reportedly added in the statement that “the hope is that those who feel passionate about the anthem being played will be just as passionate in listening to those who do not feel it represents them,” Charania noted.

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White House defends order permitting trans athletes to compete in girls’ sports: ‘Trans rights are human rights’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki is defending President Joe Biden’s executive order demanding schools permit transgender students be able to participate in sports based on their preferred gender identity.

What order is this?

Biden signed the executive order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation on Jan. 21, which stated, “Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter who they are or whom they love. Children should be able to learn without worrying about whether they will be denied access to the restroom, the locker room, or the school sports.”

What are the details?

According to Fox News, Psaki defended Biden’s order on Tuesday.

After a reporter asked what “Biden’s message was to school officials tackling the disputes regarding transgender and cisgender girls competing together,” Psaki said that Biden’s “belief is that trans rights are human rights.”

The reporter added that the order could potentially lead to situations where “trans girls and cis girls” may “end up competing against each other,” prompting litigation and more from parents, and added that the administration should clarify to local school officials how to handle such disputes.

“And that’s why he signed that executive order,” she added. “And in terms of the determinations by universities and colleges, I would certainly defer to them.”

The Department of Education has yet to issue any official guidance on enforcing the executive order.

What else?

During Education Secretary nominee Miguel Cardona’s confirmation hearing, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that trans girls participating in women’s sports “would completely destroy girls’ athletics.”

Cardona disagreed.

“I think it’s the legal responsibility for schools to provide opportunities for students to participate in activities and this includes students who are transgender,” Cardona reasoned.

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White House criticized over goal for half of schools to be open ‘one day a week’ by end of April

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has revealed that President Joe Biden’s goal in the first 100 days of his administration is for half of U.S. schools to be open for in-person instruction at least “one day a week.”

But some critics are accusing the administration of moving the goalposts with the clarified position, while others say the White House’s “goal” has already been met.

What are the details?

Biden vowed upon taking office that part of his plan in tackling COVID-19 includes “the goal of getting a majority of K-8 schools safely open in 100 days.”

During a news conference on Tuesday, a reporter asked Psaki, “Could you help us understand what the White House’s or the president’s definition of open schools is? Does it mean teachers in classrooms teaching students in a classroom? Does it just mean kids in classroom with a remote screen? Help us understand.”

Psaki replied that Biden’s “goal that he set is to have the majority of schools — so more than 50% — open by day 100 of his presidency, and that means some teaching in classrooms. So, at least one day a week, hopefully it’s more, and obviously it is as much as is safe in each school and local district.”

After being pressed, she reiterated that means, “Teaching at least one day a week in the majority of schools by day 100,” but did not clarify what percentage of teachers should be showing up in person in order to meet the administration’s definition.

Reason’s Matt Welch accused Biden of “airlifting” the goalposts in reaction to Psaki’s explanation, pointing to a CBS News report from earlier in the day that states:

Sixty-four percent of elementary and middle school students are already seeing some in-person instruction, according to the most current data from Burbio’s School Opening Tracker. The tracker, which aggregates school and community calendars across the country, gathers data from 1,200 school districts, including the 200 largest, in all 50 states. It measures traditional in-person instruction and hybrid in-person and virtual learning, as well as schools using only virtual learning, which is the way 36% of students are being taught.

The CBS News story also states, “The Biden administration plans to roll out school reopening guidelines this week, but the nation’s schools may have already met the White House’s stated goal to ‘safely reopen’ a majority of K-8 schools.”

Susan Crabtree Hennebury, White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics, cited another data group in reporting, “This graph shows that we are already close to meeting or have already surpassed Biden’s 100-day goal of more than 50% of public schools open to in-classroom learning at least 1 day a wk. –7,187 (51%) of districts offering hybrid learning. (as of 02/01).”

Meanwhile, The Federalist accused Biden of bowing to pressure from teachers unions — a significant donation source to Democrats who have given adamant pushback against returning to the classroom in several major U.S. cities including Chicago.

Anything else?

The New York Post noted:

The bombshell revelation that Biden’s plan would only resume in-person learning for half the schools and as little as one day per week comes after his own CDC director said in-person classes can be held safely without staff receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

But Psaki last week rejected Rochelle Walensky’s comments, bizarrely claimed that the CDC chief had spoken in her “personal capacity,” and said the White House was waiting for final guidance.

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White House: Tampa Bay Buccaneers are invited to visit when it’s ‘COVID safe’

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be invited to the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory eventually, at some point in the future, when, hopefully, maybe, the White House will be “COVID-19 safe,” but no one really knows when that will be.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said as much Monday when she announced that the champions of Super Bowl LV will be invited to the White House, as well as the 2020 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“Very exciting, the outcome of the Super Bowl, I guess, if you’re a fan of the Buccaneers,” Psaki told reporters at the daily WH press briefing.

“But we will be inviting – I don’t have an update if it’s happened yet – but I do have an update that we look forward to inviting the Buccaneers, as well as the 2020 NBA champions, the Lakers, to the White House when it is COVID safe, but I don’t know when that will take place yet.”

Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady led the Buccaneers to a resounding victory over the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, defeating them 31-9 and earning his seventh Super Bowl ring. The Buccaneers also made NFL history as the first-ever team to host and win a Super Bowl in their own city.

It’s unclear what Psaki meant by the White House being “COVID safe.” If she was referring to enforcing proper social distancing protocols, then it will be up to the White House staff to determine what’s appropriate for mask-wearing, sanitization, and other virus safety measures.

If by “COVID safe,” however, Psaki meant when things begin to return to normal, when for example the government determines there is no need to wear masks, that could be much longer.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director and top White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday said that if an estimated 70%-85% of the American people are vaccinated against the virus to “a degree of herd immunity,” then it might be time for the government to roll back coronavirus health restrictions.

Asked for a time frame on when that might happen by Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fauci guessed that “if everything falls into the right place and we get this under control, it is conceivable that you might be able to pull back a bit on some of the public health measures as we get into the late fall of this year.”

“But there’s no guarantee of that,” Fauci added.

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Jen Psaki spars with reporter who asked where promised ‘green’ jobs are for laid-off pipeline? workers

White House press secretary Jen Psaki engaged in a testy exchange with Fox News reporter Peter Doocy on Monday, when the journalist pressed her on when fossil fuel industry workers laid off due to President Joe Biden’s climate initiatives can expect the “green jobs” the administration has promised.

What are the details?

“When is it that the Biden administration is going to let the thousands of fossil fuel industry workers, whether it’s pipeline workers or construction workers, who are either out of work or will soon be out of work because of the Biden EO, when it is and where it is they can go for their green job?” Doocy asked Psaki. “That is something the administration has promised. There is now a gap, so I’m just curious when that happens, when those people can count on that?”

“Well, I’d certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting job,” the press secretary replied.

“Maybe next time you’re here you can present that,” she added, in a response that The New York Post interpreted as “mocking” Doocy.

The Daily Caller pointed out:

On Biden’s first day in office he signed an executive order revoking the Presidential permit granted for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was expected to run from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. This action is expected to cost roughly 11,000 American jobs. TC Energy, the company behind the construction of the pipeline, said on Jan. 20 that there could be an immediate loss of 1,000 construction jobs.

Doocy went on to ask Psaki about AFL-CIO President Richard Trumpka’s comments to Axios over the weekend, when the union chief criticized his longtime friend, Biden, for imposing the layoffs without accompanying options for the impacted workers.

“I wish he hadn’t done that on the first day,” Trumpka told Axios’ Jonathan Swan of Biden. “It did and will cost us jobs…I wish he had paired that more carefully with the thing he did second where he is talking about creating jobs.”

Psaki noted to Doocy that “Trumka also indicated in the same interview was that President Biden has proposed a climate plan with transformative investments and infrastructure, and laid out a plan that will not only create millions of good union jobs, but also help tackle the climate crisis.”

She added, “And, as the president has indicated when he gave his prime time address to talk about the American Rescue Plan, he talked about his plans to also put forward a jobs plan in the weeks or months following. He has every plan to do exactly that.”

Doocy replied, “But there are people living paycheck to paycheck. There are now people out of jobs once the Keystone pipeline stops construction … So what do these people who need money now, when do they get their green jobs?”

Psaki responded, “The president and many Democrats and Republicans in Congress believe that investment in infrastructure, building infrastructure, that’s in our national interests, boosts the U.S. economy, creates good-paying union jobs here in America, and advances our climate and clean energy goals, are something that we can certainly work on doing together, and he has every plan to share more about his details of that plan in the weeks ahead.”


Fox’s Doocy challenges Psaki: When are Keystone workers getting their green jobs?

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Anything else?

The Biden administration has taken heat from critics on both sides of the political aisle for shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline project and leaving behind the affected workers.

John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, made headlines last month when he suggested fossil fuel industry workers who find themselves out of a job due to the administration’s environmental policies would have “better choices” such as making solar panels.

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WH press secretary Jen Psaki issues quasi-apology after seeming to mock the Space Force

White House press secretary Jen Psaki found herself in hot water on Tuesday after she appeared to mock the Space Force, the U.S. military’s newest branch, during her daily press briefing.

What happened?

While meeting with reporters, Psaki was asked about the Biden administration’s position on the Space Force, the sixth military branch, created by former President Donald Trump.

“Wow. Space Force. It’s the plane of today,” Psaki responded sarcastically, referring to a question she answered two weeks ago about Air Force One, which Trump sought to redesign during his presidency.

The reporter who asked the Space Force question pushed back against Psaki’s reaction, which elicited a response from the press secretary.

“It is an interesting question,” Psaki said. “I am happy to check with our Space Force point of contact. I’m not sure who that is. I will find out and see if we have any update on that.”

What was the response?

Psaki was condemned by Republican lawmakers for mocking the Space Force.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) released a statement demanding that Psaki apologize, according to Politico:

It’s concerning to see the Biden administration’s press secretary blatantly diminish an entire branch of our military as the punchline of a joke, which I’m sure China would find funny. The Space Force was passed with near unanimous support in Congress, the same type of “unity” President Biden is supposedly working towards. Jen Psaki needs to immediately apologize to the men and women of the Space Force for this disgraceful comment.

Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) similarly said, “This is just another example of the Biden administration not taking China seriously while demeaning the incredible work of Space Force personnel.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) called Pskai’s overall posture toward the question concerning.

“In all seriousness, this was a very real question about Space Force, and deserved a real answer. Her disdain for questions that fall outside the ‘what is the President’s favorite ice cream!?’ genre is really a problem,” Crenshaw tweeted.

How did Psaki respond?

While she did not outright apologize, she appeared to issue a quasi-apology, saying the Biden administration will continue the work of the Space Force.

“We look forward to the continuing work of Space Force and invite the members of the team to come visit us in the briefing room anytime to share an update on their important work,” Psaki said later on Tuesday.

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White House asks reporters to submit questions ahead of daily press briefings: ‘Not really a free press’

President Joe Biden’s administration apparently does not want to be caught off guard with tough questions by the media during its press briefings.

What’s going on?

According to the Daily Beast, Biden’s communications department has requested that reporters submit their questions to the White House staff in advance of press secretary Jen Psaki’s daily briefings, presumably to avoid being scrutinized by reporters with difficult questions.

The issue was reportedly discussed during a White House Correspondents Association meeting last Friday.

Reporters are allegedly upset over the White House’s request, fearing it plays into the perception of coordination between the West Wing and media.

“That’s not really a free press at all,” one White House reporter said, according to the Daily Beast.

“While it’s a relief to see briefings return, particularly with a commitment to factual information, the press can’t really do its job in the briefing room if the White House is picking and choosing the questions they want,” the reporter added.

Indeed, WHCA leaders instructed to reporters to either “push back” against the requests or not comply altogether.

What’s the background?

In contrast to the Trump administration, which jettisoned daily White House press briefings almost completely, Biden and his communications team promised to restore the daily briefings and have thus far delivered on that promise.

What did the White House say?

Biden’s administration claimed that asking reporters for their questions ahead of time is not an attempt to dodge questions, but rather to understand the pulse of reporting on any given day.

“Our goal is to make the daily briefing as useful and informative as possible for both reporters and the public,” a spokesperson told the Daily Beast. “Part of meeting that objective means regularly engaging with the reporters who will be in the briefing room to understand how the White House can be most helpful in getting them the information they need. That two-way conversation is an important part of keeping the American people updated about how government is serving them.”

Anything else?

Meanwhile, Eric Schultz, who served as a deputy press secretary in the Obama administration, claimed the Biden communication team’s request is fairly normal, allowing staff adequate time to prepare for the daily briefing.

“This is textbook communications work. The briefing becomes meaningless if the press secretary has to repeatedly punt questions, instead of coming equipped to discuss what journalists are reporting on,” Schultz told the Daily Beast. “In a non-COVID environment, this would happen in casual conversations throughout the day in lower and upper press. One of the few upsides to reporters hovering over your desk all day, is that you get a very quick sense of what they’re working on.”

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Biden Ignores His Own Mask Mandate on First Day: “Bigger Issues to Worry About,” Says WH Press Secretary

This article was originally published by Jon Miltimore at The Foundation for Economic Education. 

*”Rules for thee, and not for me.” -every ruler and master everywhere.

Biden has consistently urged people to “mask up” and is calling on Americans to wear face coverings in public for the next 100 days.

Joe Biden had a busy first day as president, signing 17 executive actions, far more than predecessors Trump, Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton combined.

Among the orders was a mandate that all people on federal property wear masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

“[To] protect the Federal workforce and individuals interacting with the Federal workforce, and to ensure the continuity of Government services and activities, on-duty or on-site Federal employees, on-site Federal contractors, and other individuals in Federal buildings and on Federal lands should all wear masks, maintain physical distance, and adhere to other public health measures, as provided in CDC guidelines,” the order stated.

In some ways, the order comes as little surprise. Prior to the November election, Biden had indicated he would require masks on federal property. Meanwhile, Biden has consistently urged people to “mask up” and is calling on Americans to wear face coverings in public for the next 100 days.

Things got awkward quickly, however.

The same day Biden signed his executive order, he and his family were spotted maskless at the Lincoln Memorial—a clear violation of the order he had signed that very morning.

This created an uncomfortable moment for White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who was asked by a reporter why Biden and members of his family were not wearing a mask in compliance with the law.

“He was celebrating an evening of a historic day in our country,” said Psaki, who also rattled off many of the actions the administration was taking to slow the spread of the virus.

The reporter persisted. He asked if Biden, who has repeatedly pointed out the importance of elected officials setting an example, was sending the wrong message to Americans.

“I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders, including almost half of them related to COVID,” Psaki said. “I think we have bigger issues to worry about.”

Psaki’s excuse-making was cringeworthy, particularly the last sentence, which I suspect she wishes she could take back.

But in her defense, there was no good way to answer the question (beyond deflection, or honestly owning up to the misstep). Psaki may have been correct that Biden was “celebrating,” but the order he signed makes no exception for celebrations. She may also be correct that “we have bigger issues to worry about” than masks. In fact, I believe she is.

Masks have become a partisan distraction and a toxic one. Reasonable people can debate their efficacy in reducing the spread of the coronavirus—some evidence suggests they may help, other evidence suggests they may not—but what’s clear is that masks have become symbols.

For some, masks are seen as a tool to shame others, shape consciousness, and force compliance. For others, masks are seen as a symbol of righteousness, a demonstration of morality and selflessness. If you doubt masks have become a moral issue—as well as a device to signal virtue and shame others—consider some of the following. (As well as these videos, which we are not embedding because of profanity.)

*Oh no! We can’t have people talking freely!

There are many things individuals can do to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. At the beginning of the pandemic, we heard a lot about hand washing, avoiding touching one’s face, and disinfecting surfaces on a daily basis. We don’t hear much about these things anymore, even though health centers stress these as important measures to reduce the chance of infection.

Essentially, masks unleashed the tribalism and division (both politically and ideologically) that lurk beneath America. Studies show you can tell with a high degree of certainty whether someone was a Trump or Biden supporter based on their mask-wearing habits.

Consider the lack of outcry over the fact that Biden violated his own mask mandate hours after signing it. Biden’s actions don’t make him a bad person, of course, despite what many on social media would have you believe.

It does, however, put Biden in the camp with the numerous others we’ve seen during this pandemic who flout the rules they pass for others. This has been a source of frustration for many people throughout the pandemic, and that frustration seems to be growing.

“I mean they put these rules in place … they’re not even following their own rules,” Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers recently observed in an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” following a $500,000 donation to the Barstool Fund. “How many people have gotten caught?”

Rodgers is not someone known for being outspoken on controversial issues.

The hypocrisy and unequal treatment matters.

The expansion of the government tends to occur under a basic assumption: that it will result in greater equality. This assumption is flawed, however. The expansion of the state doesn’t vanquish inequality. In fact, it often exacerbates it.

Though politicians promise an egalitarian utopia, the reality is that hierarchy, social climbing, and wealth disparity will exist in any political system. But whereas a free market rewards competence and those who create value, a system dominated by the state will always reward those with proximity to power.

The Soviet Union might have been premised on the idea of equality, but most people didn’t have a Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Cadillac, Lincoln Continental, Monte Carlo, Matra, and Lancia Beta.

Leonid Brezhnev, the general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party and president of the USSR, did.

All of this is to say, Jen Psaki is right. We have far bigger problems than whether Joe Biden is wearing a mask all day.

But one of those problems is the fact that politicians increasingly feel like they can pass orders for others while ignoring those orders themselves.

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Biden’s Plan To Combat “Domestic Terrorism” Includes Stomping Those Who Want To Be Free

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Joe Biden has a plan to combat “domestic terrorism,” or those who simply want to live freely without a master, ruler, or owner. In order to do so, he’s going to crush whatever illusion of freedom people think they still have.

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced that Biden ordered three US intelligence agencies to review the threat of “domestic violent extremism.”  Psaki also worked under the Obama administration, as did many in Biden’s administration. This is, for all intents and purposes, Obama’s third term.

The thing that should be standing out to everyone is that even before January 6th, the day Trump supporters “stormed the Capitol,” Biden’s transition team had said they were planning to pass laws against domestic terrorism, and the Capitol incident has made it a top priority.

Domestic terrorists are not just going to be Trump supporters.  They’ll be those who know their birthright is freedom and that they didn’t come here to be slaves to any ruling class. According to a report by The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, Psaki outlined the first steps the Biden administration is taking. She said Biden ordered the newly confirmed Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to conduct a threat assessment along with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Psaki said the assessment will produce a “fact-based analysis on which we can shape policy.” In addition to the intelligence analysis, the National Security Council is being tasked with finding ways to disrupt “extremist networks.” Those pesky extremists who know they own themselves and government is slavery.

Congress is on board with prioritizing domestic threats. Earlier this week, the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act was introduced in the House with bipartisan sponsors. The bill would establish offices within the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department to combat domestic terrorism. –The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that this is another attempt to make sure people stay enslaved to the government.  We should all be standing together, working outside this system of slavery and oppression, and making the world a better place for everyone instead of calling for the subjugation of mankind.

Stay alert, stay aware, stay prepared, and do the right thing. Stand up for morality and principles and we can be the ones who leave a better and free world to our children.

Never forget, that no one makes a rightful master, and no one makes a rightful slave. Calling it government doesn’t change anything.

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Jen Psaki justifies Biden violating his own mask mandate by saying the president was ‘celebrating’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended President Joe Biden for quickly violating his own mandate that Americans wear masks on federal property, justifying his actions by explaining that the president was “celebrating.”

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Biden has caught scrutiny from critics for violating his very first executive order requiring masks and social distancing on federal property within hours of signing it after he took office Wednesday, when he was seen on camera maskless and crowding in for pictures with his entirely mask-free family at the Lincoln Memorial.

Celebrities who spoke and performed for Biden’s inaugural festivities were also seen violating the mandate during the evening engagement.

Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy during her press conference Thursday, “Why weren’t President Biden and all members of the Biden family masked at all times on federal lands last night if he signed an executive order that mandates masks on federal lands at all times?”

“I think, Steve, he was celebrating an evening, a historic day in our country,” Psaki replied, calling Doocy by the wrong name. “And certainly he signed the mask mandate because it’s a way to send a message to the American public about the importance of wearing masks, how it can save tens of thousands of lives.”

The White House press secretary added that the administration takes “a number of COVID precautions” and listed a handful, saying, “I don’t know that I have more for you on it than that.”

“But as Joe Biden often talks about, it is not just important the example of power, but the power of our example,” Doocy pressed. “Was that a good example for people who were watching who might not pay attention normally?”

“Well Steve, I think the power of his example is also the message he sends by signing 25 executive orders including almost half of them related to COVID,” Psaki responded, wrongly identifying the reporter again before reiterating, “Yesterday was a historic moment in our history, he was inaugurated as president of the United States, he was surrounded by his family—we take a number of precautions, but I think we have bigger issues to worry about at this moment in time.”

Anything else?

Psaki has already dodged on a number of questions from the press since Biden inaugurated less than 48 hours ago, skirting a question on abortion by mentioning that the president is a church-goer, and refusing to disclose Biden’s position on getting rid of the Senate filibuster or on whether he supports the upper chamber moving forward with an impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump.

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