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Federal judge blocks Biden’s deportation pause for two weeks

A federal judge in Texas has issued an order temporarily preventing the Biden administration from beginning its 100-day pause on deportations of illegal immigrants.

Last week, President Joe Biden fulfilled his campaign pledge to sign an executive order directing Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to cease deporting some illegal immigrants for a period of 100 days. Biden’s order instructed these components of the Department of Homeland Security to conduct a “review and reset” of the federal government’s immigration enforcement policies, allowing time for the Biden executive branch to begin reversing the policies of the previous administration.

Following Biden’s executive order, the state of Texas sued the administration, seeking injunctive relief to stop the Biden administration from following through with the freeze on deportations. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton claimed Biden’s executive order “violates the U.S. Constitution, federal immigration and administrative law, and a contractual agreement between Texas” and the Department of Homeland Security.

“Our state defends the largest section of the southern border in the nation. Failure to properly enforce the law will directly and immediately endanger our citizens and law enforcement personnel,” said Paxton. “DHS itself has previously acknowledged that such a freeze on deportations will cause concrete injuries to Texas. I am confident that these unlawful and perilous actions cannot stand. The rule of law and security of our citizens must prevail.”

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton issued an injunction blocking the deportation freeze for 14 days.

“The issues implicated by that Agreement are of such gravity and constitutional import that they require further development of the record and briefing prior to addressing the merits,” the judge wrote.

In his decision, Tipton found that Texas has a “substantial likelihood of success” in at least two of six claims it has made against the Biden administration: That the executive order violates federal law and that the federal government “arbitrarily and capriciously departed from its previous policy without sufficient explanation.”

The judge also said that Texas has provided sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the deportation pause will “result in millions of dollars of damage” by forcing the state to spend taxpayer dollars on public services for illegal immigrants.

Reacting to the order, Paxton claimed “VICTORY.”

“Texas is the FIRST state in the nation to bring a lawsuit against the Biden Admin,” Paxton tweeted. “AND WE WON.”

“*This* was a seditious left-wing insurrection. And my team and I stopped it.”

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Tulsi Gabbard labels Adam Schiff, John Brennan as ‘domestic enemies’ of the US

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard issued a dire warning to the American people on Tuesday, expressing concern that “domestic enemies” of the United States, in the national security community and Big Tech industry, are plotting to create a “police state” in America.

Gabbard, who served as the U.S. representative for Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District from 2013 to 2021, posted a video to social media in which she spoke out against efforts to expand the federal government’s national security powers after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In the video, she called out former CIA Director John Brennan and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), two leading proponents of expanding national security powers, labeling them “domestic enemies” of the country.

“The mob who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 to try to stop Congress from carrying out its constitutional responsibilities were behaving like domestic enemies of our country,” Gabbard said. “But let’s be clear, the John Brennans, Adam Schiffs and the oligarchs in Big Tech who are trying to undermine our constitutionally protected rights and turn our country into a police state with KGB-style surveillance are also domestic enemies — and much more powerful, and therefore dangerous, than the mob that stormed the Capitol.”

The video cuts to a clip from MSNBC of Brennan saying that members of the Biden administration “are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements that we see overseas.” Brennan was speaking of individuals and groups like those that formed the mob that laid siege to the Capitol.

The events of Jan. 6 have been compared in the media to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a comparison some have used to call for a “Domestic War on Terror,” demanding that the U.S. employ strategies here at home akin to those used against ISIS and al-Qaeda abroad. Rep. Schiff in 2019 introduced legislation that would create a federal domestic terrorism criminal statute. A similar bill sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) would establish new offices in the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the FBI to investigate domestic terrorism in the U.S.

Civil liberties advocates like Gabbard have spoken out against a war on terror here at home. A group of progressive representatives, led by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), last week called on congressional leaders to reject efforts to pass Durbin’s Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act and oppose new legislation that would expand the national security state.

Gabbard is calling on President Joe Biden and the Congress to defend American civil liberties.

“President Biden, I call upon you & all of Congress from both parties to denounce efforts by Brennan & others to take away our civil liberties endowed to us by our Creator & guaranteed in our Constitution. If you don’t stand up to them now, then our country will be in great peril,” she said.

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NYT ripped after heralding President Biden as most ‘religiously observant’ president in 50 years, responsible for bringing? in era of ‘liberal Christianity’

The New York Times faced stark criticism over the weekend after a singing Saturday piece titled, “In Biden’s Catholic faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity” declared President Joe Biden as the most “religiously observant” American leader in 50 years.

What are the details of the piece?

In the
article, the Times’ Elizabeth Dias lauded Biden for his dedication to his Catholic faith, referring to him as the “most religiously observant commander-in-chief in half a century.”

“There are myriad changes with the incoming Biden administration,” Dias observes. “One of the most significant: a president who has spent a lifetime steeped in Christian rituals and practices.”

“Mr. Biden,” Dias continues, “perhaps the most religiously observant commander-in-chief in half a century, regularly attends Mass and speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies. And with Mr. Biden, a different, more liberal Christianity is ascendant: less focused on sexual politics and more on combating poverty, climate changes and racial inequality.”

This, according to Dias, is a direct contrast to former President Donald Trump and his “conservative Christianity,” which was embodied in “white evangelical laser-focused on ending abortion and guarding against what they say as encroachments on their freedoms.”

No, Dias writes, the new leadership under Biden is a “repudiation of the claim by many conservative leaders that Democrats are inherently anti-Christian.”

Citing his inauguration speech as evidence that the president is different, the Times pointed out that the message “was a subtle and explicit effort to show a different version of a way in which a Christian could imagine themselves as part of a diverse America, one that is defined by these common objects of love, rather than by hate and fear or exclusion.”

Specifically highlighting Biden’s apparent stance on abortion, Dias adds, “While conservative Catholics have doubled down on abortion policy and religious freedom for the past four years, Mr. Biden’s policy priorities reflect those of Pope Francis, who has sought to turn the church’s attention from sexual politics to issues like environmental protection, poverty, and migration.”

Those “issues,” according to Dias, are achievements such as recommitting America to the Paris climate agreement. Other examples include ending the “Muslim Ban” and ceasing work on Trump’s promised U.S-Mexico border wall.

“For many believers, the shift in the Christianity of the presidency is already personal,” Dias notes. “On the eve of his inauguration, Mr. Biden led the nation in a memorial service on the mall for victims of the coronavirus pandemic. He adopted the posture of a chaplain, noted Michelle Ami Reyes, the vice president of the Asian American Christian Collaborative, a group that started last year to combat anti-Asian racism rising from the pandemic.”

“That is a deeply biblical posture, mourning with those who mourn,” Reyes observed.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez added, “Mr. Biden’s piety and personal story, his moving witness to how faith has brought him solace in times of darkness and tragedy, his longstanding commitment to the Gospel’s priority for the poor — all of this I find hopeful and inspiring.”

What was the response?

As highlighted by
Fox News, a variety of pundits pointed out that former Presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter were outspoken about their Christian faith.

Pastor and author Daniel Darling took to
Twitter to air out his grievances on the article and wrote, “George W. Bush said Jesus Christ was his favorite philosopher and credited Billy Graham with changing his life. Jimmy Carter taught Sunday school. Cmon.”

Mary-Margaret Olohan of the Daily Caller News Foundation
added, “Lest we forget, the media roundly mocked Amy Coney Barrett’s Catholicism. Her adherence to Catholic principle was used to suggest that she was unfit to be a Supreme Court justice. People suggested her large family was extreme and that she adopted her children for show.”

Social media users made similar sentiments and said that Biden simply couldn’t reconcile his Christianity with his apparent pro-choice stance.

One user
wrote, “The New York Times says Joe Biden is a good Catholic? Wow that’s rich for the MSM when you have a obviously demented fraudulently elected president who supports the taking of innocent life before birth….can’t be CATHOLIC and support ABORTION.”

Another wrote, “@nytimes views Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s catholic beliefs bad but Biden’s good? Difference? One is Conservative and one is a Liberal. Further pushing their credibility down the toilet.”

“If pro-abortion Joe Biden is a devout Roman Catholic like the laughable, lying, #FakeNews @nytimes reports he is, all devout Roman Catholics must be leftists. Roman Catholics wake-up, the left is destroying you’re [sic] beliefs & u!” another user insisted.

Another social media user took the outlet to task over its reporting.

“Honestly, this is an example of how chronocentric our society has become,” the user explained. “Everything new is the best, the greatest, or the most. With postmodern thought has come the lack of ability to think reflectively about the past meaningfully.”

Yet another user said that Biden is hardly the barometer for Christian living.

“The NYT is the newspaper equivalent of Sponge Bob; intake literally makes people dumber,” the user wrote. “Biden may believe in Christ, but unless he’s also elected Pope (a possibility I won’t comment upon) he’s not the arbiter of what is or isn’t moral/Christian for Catholics.”

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President Joe Biden reportedly set to lift Pentagon ban on transgender people serving in the US military

President Joe Biden is reportedly set to lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military.

What are the details?

Multiple
reports allege that Biden is expected to sign an executive order on Monday lifting the previous ban on transgender soldiers serving in the military.

In 2017, former President Donald Trump
announced the ban, which reversed the Obama administration’s order allowing transgender soldiers to serve in the military.

Following the announcement, Trump said, “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgenders in the military would entail.”

According to a Sunday night report from
ABC News, new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will reportedly be on hand at a Monday White House ceremony for the signing.

‘If you’re fit and you’re qualified … ‘

During last week’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Austin said that he would support lifting such a ban.

“I support the president’s plan to overturn the ban,” he said. “If you’re fit and you’re qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve, and you can expect that I will support that throughout.”

An individual purported to be close to the situation told the outlet, “The ban will be officially lifted tomorrow.”

This doesn’t come as a shock, as Biden in 2020 — then a presidential candidate — said that he would demand the Pentagon permit “transgender service members [be able to] serve openly and free from discrimination in the military.”

At the time he
added, “They can shoot as straight as anybody else can shoot.”

It is unclear at the time of this reporting how quickly the Pentagon would be able to enact a new policy.

The White House has yet to publicly comment on the reports at the time of this writing.

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Biden commits on National Sanctity of Life Day to enshrine Roe v. Wade in federal law

On Friday, acknowledging the 48th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris issued a statement committing to support and defend the landmark court decision that legalized abortion nationwide and work to have it codified into law.

“In the past four years, reproductive health, including the right to choose, has been under relentless and extreme attack. We are deeply committed to making sure everyone has access to care – including reproductive health care – regardless of income, race, zip code, health insurance status, or immigration status,” Biden, a self-described devout Catholic, and Harris said in a joint statement.

“The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to codifying Roe v. Wade and appointing judges that respect foundational precedents like Roe,” they continued.

Abortion rights activists have long sought to have Roe enshrined in federal law to create a national abortion policy that would limit states’ ability to pass abortion restrictions. State-led efforts to pass heartbeat bills, banning abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or laws banning abortion after 20 weeks when an unborn child can feel pain could potentially be thwarted if federal law set the rules and procedures for abortion. Pro-abortion activists see these state restrictions as unconstitutional infringements on the right to abortion.

“Nearly half a century later, abortion is a right in name only for millions of people across the country,” Planned Parenthood President Alexis McGill Johnson said in a statement to TheHill Friday.

“As reproductive justice organizations have said for years, Roe is the floor, not the ceiling,” she said.

“Without access to abortion, this right is meaningless. Now is the time for President Biden and our elected officials in states across the country to take necessary and immediate action to ensure that everyone, no matter their race, income, or ZIP code, has access to safe and legal abortion.”

The Biden-Harris statement stands in stark contrast to the policies of the previous administration. Donald Trump, in one of his last acts as president, for the fourth time proclaimed Jan. 22 to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day, declaring “every human life is a gift to the world.”

“This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives,” Trump said in a statement.

“I call on the Congress to join me in protecting and defending the dignity of every human life, including those not yet born. I call on the American people to continue to care for women in unexpected pregnancies and to support adoption and foster care in a more meaningful way, so every child can have a loving home. And finally, I ask every citizen of this great Nation to listen to the sound of silence caused by a generation lost to us, and then to raise their voices for all affected by abortion, both seen and unseen,” the president said.

Since President Biden took office, the Trump statement announcing National Sanctity of Life Day was removed from the White House website.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says he’s finally free to speak the truth of public health and COVID-19 under the Biden administration

Dr. Anthony Fauci claims that he’s finally free to speak the truth of science now that former President Donald Trump is out of the White House.

What are the details?

According to a Friday NBC News report, Fauci — who is President Joe Biden’s White House health adviser — said that the new administration is intent on being “completely transparent, open, and honest.”

“It was very clear that there were things said, be it regarding things like hydroxychloroquine and other things like that, that really was uncomfortable because they were not based in scientific fact,” he told reporters during a Thursday press briefing, the first in which he featured in months. “I can tell you, I take no pleasure at all in being in a situation of contradicting the president, so it was really something that you didn’t feel that you could actually say something and there wouldn’t be any repercussions about it.”

“The idea that you can get up and talk about what you know, what the evidence is, what the science is, it is somewhat of a liberating feeling,” he said.

Fauci added that he met with the new president ahead of Thursday’s news conference, and the two addressed the presentation of information on COVID-19, promising that “everything we do will be based on science and evidence.”

“One of the new things about this administration is that if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess,” Fauci added. “Just say you don’t know the answer.”

The infectious diseases expert also appeared to take a subtle dig at Trump and said, “One of the things that we’re going to do is be completely transparent, open, and honest. If things go wrong, not point fingers, but to correct them and to make everything we do based on science and evidence.”

What else?

Earlier on Thursday, Fauci told the World Health Organization that the United States would remain a member of the agency under the Biden administration.

In May, the former president withdrew from the WHO following controversy regarding the origins and early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As such, I am honored to announce that the United States will remain a member of the World Health Organization,” he said in prepared remarks. “Yesterday, President Biden signed letters retracting the previous Administration’s announcement to withdraw from the organization, and those letters have been transmitted to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.”

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Biden signs ‘wartime’ COVID-19 executive orders, imposing national mask mandate on public transportation

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced 10 new executive orders as part of his administration’s “wartime” strategy against the COVID-19 pandemic, including an interstate mask mandate and an invocation of the Defense Production Act to resupply PPE, coronavirus tests, and vaccines.

The actions demonstrate Biden’s willingness to use the power of the federal government to engage in a top-down management of the coronavirus pandemic, departing from the Trump administration’s willingness to let the states manage the virus according to their local needs with support from the federal government.

“Our national strategy is comprehensive, it’s based on science, not politics. It’s based on truth, not denial, and it’s detailed,” Biden said, speaking from the White House.

The president’s announcement was accompanied by the release of a 200-page document detailing Biden’s plan published to the White House website.

Acknowledging that the national coronavirus death toll will likely reach 500,000 people next month, Biden explained that the goals of his executive orders are to increase testing for the virus, accelerate the deployment of vaccines, and restore trust with the American people. Biden declared his desire to vaccinate more people and safely reopen schools, businesses, and travel.

“Our national plan launches a full-scale wartime effort to address the supply shortages by ramping up production and protective equipment, syringes, needles, you name it,” Biden said. “And when I say wartime, people kind of look at me like ‘wartime?’ Well, as I said last night, 400,000 Americans have died. That’s more than have died in all of World War II. 400,000. This is a wartime undertaking.”

After announcing his plan, Biden signed 10 executive orders, memorandums, and directives to implement it. According to CNBC, the orders include:

  • Mandating masks on public transportation, including trains, buses, and aircraft.
  • Requiring international travelers to present a negative COVID-19 test before entering the U.S. and mandating quarantine upon arrival.
  • Compelling companies under the Defense Production Act to produce PPE, coronavirus tests, and administer vaccines.
  • Providing more funding for state and local governments to create vaccination sites and launch a national public relations campaign to support vaccination efforts.
  • Creating a COVID-19 Response Office to coordinate the pandemic response across multiple federal agencies and collect data to share across the government.
  • Continuing research into new treatments for COVID-19.
  • Establishing a new pandemic testing board to research and develop new more rapid tests and ready them for use.
  • Ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to collect data on school reopenings and evaluate the risks of sending children back to school.
  • Establishing a “COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force” to ensure that minority communities are not disproportionally under-serviced by the government .
To fund these executive orders, Biden is calling on Congress to pass a new $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which will include $350 billion in state and local government aid, $170 billion for K-12 schools and colleges and universities, $50 billion for COVID testing, and $20 billion for a national vaccine program.
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Sen. Tom Cotton: Biden’s day one executive actions put ‘American workers last’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Thursday blasted President Joe Biden’s day one executive actions, accusing the president of “putting American workers last.”

Appearing on Fox News with host Harris Faulkner, Cotton took aim at Biden’s executive actions on immigration, climate change, and other reversals of President Donald Trump’s policies he said were detrimental to the United States.

“I think the scale of Joe Biden’s executive orders and the impact they have on Americans is pretty stark,” Cotton said. “The president preached unity from the inaugural stand and then in the Oval Office he signed executive orders on immigration that would stop construction of the border wall and give work permits to millions of illegal immigrants in our country, putting American workers last, putting foreigners first.”

Cotton also criticized Biden for revoking the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, preventing an estimated 60,000 jobs from being created “simply because the Democratic Party disfavors those kinds of jobs.”

“He ended the travel ban on countries like Syria not because we can all of a sudden vet Syrians coming into this country, make sure they’re not a threat or make sure that they don’t carry the coronavirus, but because again the Democrats wanted to signal their virtue that they’re going to reverse everything Donald Trump did regardless of its impact on the American people,” he continued.

“This is a bad way to start the administration.”

After assuming office on Wednesday, President Biden took no fewer than 17 executive actions fulfilling campaign promises to stop construction of a border wall, end President Trump’s travel bans to countries known for Islamic extremism, rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and stop plans to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, among other progressive priorities like reinstating federal diversity training based on critical race theory and protecting transgender Americans with anti-discrimination laws.

With Democrats in full control of Congress, holding a majority in the House and a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris in the 50-50 Senate, many progressives are calling on Biden to enact a bold progressive agenda anathema to Republicans. But according to Politico, President Biden wants his first major legislative initiative, a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, to pass with Republican support.

Asked about whether Republicans would support additional COVID-19 relief, Cotton agreed with the need for bipartisanship, but made statements that suggest Democrats will have difficulty getting Republicans to sign on to any package that goes beyond providing additional aid for vaccine distribution.

“We should try to have bipartisan cooperation,” Cotton said, mentioning bipartisan relief packages that Congress passed last year. He stopped short of endorsing Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan, which includes provisions for a $15 minimum-wage and other policies opposed by Republicans.

“I don’t think we should move forward with a huge budget that would really just fulfill a lot of longstanding Democratic wishes, not specifically address the needs the American people have because of this once in a century pandemic,” he added.

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Seth Rogen dubs Sen. Ted Cruz a fascist in profane tweet. Cruz issues measured response that further triggers the liberal actor.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) took actor Seth Rogen to task Wednesday night after the liberal actor branded the GOP lawmaker a “white supremacist fascist.”

Rogen’s profane tweet came in response to Cruz’s criticism of President Joe Biden, who formally rejoined the Paris climate accord via executive order on his first day in office.

What are the details of the exchange?

Cruz shared a news article Wednesday night about Biden’s order, and captioned it, “By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he’s more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans.”

Rogen, who apparently took issue with Cruz’s sentiments, responded, “F*** off you fascist.”

Cruz shared a screenshot of Rogen’s profane response, and captioned it, “Charming, civil, educated response. ?@Sethrogen? If you’re a rich, angry Hollywood celebrity, today’s Dems are the party for you. If you’re blue-collar, if you’re a union member, if you work in energy or manufacturing…not so much. #JobsMatter[.]”

Not to be outdone, Rogen fired back with another profane remark.

“Haha get f***ed fascist. Go encourage a white supremacist insurrection again you f***ing clown,” he spat, and then, in a separate tweet, took aim at Cruz once more.

In what appeared to be a nod to a 2016 incident during the 2016 GOP primary when former President Donald Trump mocked Cruz’s wife, Rogen added, “If you’re a white supremacist fascist who doesn’t find it offensive when someone calls your wife ugly, Ted Cruz is the exact motherf***** for you.”

As an apparent afterthought, Rogen added. “Also I’m in four unions.”

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Biden accuser Tara Reade says it was ‘unspeakably hard to watch the man who assaulted me’ take the oath of office

Tara Reade, the former aide to Joe Biden who accused the then-senator of sexual assault, said that watching Inauguration Day was especially painful for her this year.

What’s a brief history here?

In 2020, Reade accused the former senator of forcibly kissing her and digitally penetrating her without her consent during an incident she said took place in 1993.

President Joe Biden has categorically denied all of Reade’s allegations.

“Look at Tara Reade’s story, it changes considerably,” he said at one time.

In further response to the controversy stemming from the allegations, Biden said that he wouldn’t vote for himself if he believed the woman’s assertions, either.

“If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me,” Biden said when asked what he’d say to women who believe Reade and are struggling with the idea of supporting him. “I wouldn’t vote for me if I believed Tara Reade.”

What are the details?

According to a Wednesday report from the Daily Caller News Foundation, Reade said that President Biden’s inauguration was “unspeakably hard to watch.”

“Coming forward about being sexually harassed and assaulted in 1993 when I was Joe Biden’s staffer was excruciating on so many levels,” Reade said. “Biden used his power and resources with certain media to erase me and silence me.”

She added, “I stand in solidarity with all survivors coming up against such power. I will not be silenced. Instead of talking about saving the country’s soul he should be held accountable for his actions. The hard part is I believe in many policies that will move forward as I am a progressive Independent but it is unspeakably hard to watch the man who assaulted me go to the most powerful position in the land.”

On Wednesday, Reade also tweeted, “Today is yet again another difficult day for survivors of sexual violence. While I’m thankful Trump was defeated, the man who assaulted me as our president is still terribly painful. I will be sharing resources for survivors today for #Inauguration2021.”


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Commentary: Biden pledges ‘unity’ in inaugural address, but can he achieve it?

“Unity” was the prevailing theme of President Joe Biden’s inaugural address to the American people after taking his oath of office and becoming the 46th president of the United States.

The president’s inaugural remarks were relatively brief compared to recent presidents, lasting just over 20 minutes. In his speech, Biden attempted to define his new administration as a reconciliatory presidency, pledging to be “a president for all Americans” who will “fight as hard for those who did not support me as for those who did” after an extremely divisive and contested election.

The challenge for President Biden is that while his desire for unity is noble, he cannot be a president for all Americans if the people do not agree on what values Americans should share.

“Today, on this January day, my whole soul is in this: bringing America together, uniting our people, uniting our nation. And I ask every American to join me in this cause,” President Biden said Wednesday, speaking in the nation’s capital to a COVID-restricted crowd mostly composed of civil officers of the United States and members of the National Guard who were stationed in Washington, D.C., to provide security after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

“History, faith, and reason show the way, the way of unity,” Biden said. “We can see each other, not as adversaries, but as neighbors. We can treat each other with dignity and respect. We can join forces, stop the shouting, and lower the temperature. For without unity, there is no peace, only bitterness and fury.”

“No progress, only exhausting outrage. No nation, only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward,” he continued.

The president admonished Americans to respectfully listen to each other, even as he denounced a “culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.”

Addressing the 74 million Americans who voted for President Donald Trump, the president asked for peaceful disagreement, but said “disagreement must not lead to disunion.”

Quoting St. Augustine, Biden said that “a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love.” He then listed the values he believes unite all Americans.

“Opportunity, security, liberty, dignity, respect, honor and, yes, the truth,” Biden proclaimed.

The president is right that these were once the values shared by all Americans. A community of people needs to share common values to hold together. Where there is nothing held in common, there cannot be community. The challenge facing Americans as a people is that those virtues listed by the president have different meanings for the left and for the right.

Does opportunity mean an equal chance for all to succeed, or does it mean that some purportedly disadvantaged people need to be given an artificial advantage at the expense of others?

Does security require equal enforcement of the law, or do some groups have a right to protest violently while other groups with different opinions are labeled domestic terrorists?

If liberty is freedom from oppressive constraint, which forces in society are oppressive? Is it the red tape of bureaucratic government? Or do institutions like the church impose an oppressive morality on people? If so, should those churches be free to do so? Is that freedom of belief something the government must protect and defend?

What is a man and what is a woman? Are those just oppressive terms society has imposed on us, and are we free to do as we please with our bodies? Or do we erase the dignity of being men and women by pretending there are no differences between the two?

How do we respect human life? Do unborn children have dignity? Is government required to redistribute wealth to protect the dignity of poor persons?

What is the truth? Which facts are “manipulated and even manufactured” and by whom?

Is it possible for any presidential administration or any politician to convince people who do not share common definitions of these values to unite?

The actions that the president will take today suggest that despite his high aspirations, Biden will be unable to reconcile these differences. President Biden is preparing to issue 15 executive orders on “four overlapping and compounding crises: the COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.” Some of these executive actions will reverse policies implemented by the Trump administration that reasonable people can disagree about. Others signify that the Biden administration is firmly committed to a progressive worldview that is not shared by half the country.

Summarized by the New York Times, Biden’s day one agenda will “unleash a full-scale assault on his predecessor’s legacy on Wednesday, acting hours after taking the oath of office to sweep aside former President Donald J. Trump’s pandemic response, reverse his environmental agenda, tear down his anti-immigration policies, bolster the sluggish economic recovery and restore federal efforts aimed at promoting diversity.”

Observe that the Times’ reporting reveals how the left and right hold different worldviews. Were Trump’s policies “anti-immigration” or did President Trump prioritize border security and lawful immigration over lawlessness? By efforts “aimed at promoting diversity,” the Times means the critical race theory ideology denounced by President Trump as “un-American propaganda.”

Consider that Biden will also rescind the 1776 commission established by Trump, which sought to replace the flawed 1619 Project curriculums adopted in U.S. schools with a curriculum that honors the noble ideals of America’s founders rather than denounce them as slaveholders and hypocrites.

If Americans cannot even agree on their history, what hope is there for unity?

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Thousands marching in migrant caravan to US demand Biden administration ‘honor its commitments’

Thousands of migrants from Central America are on their way to the United States, and a migrant activist group representing the caravan is calling for the Biden administration to honor its “commitment.”

As many as 8,000 migrants from Honduras have entered Guatemala since Friday, Guatemala’s immigration authority informed Reuters. Guatemalan authorities said they already had detained hundreds of Honduran migrants from the caravan.

Videos show the massive caravan bust through a wall of law enforcement officers at the Guatemala border.

The migrants are fleeing political corruption, violence, and extreme poverty in Honduras, which was exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and two devastating Category 4 hurricanes that battered the country within a two-week span in November.

“We have nothing to feed to our children, and thousands of us were left sleeping on the streets,” mother-of-four Maria Jesus Paz, who lost her home in the hurricanes, said. “This is why we make this decision, even though we know that the journey could cost us our lives.”

The mass migration by Hondurans is happening a week before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. The migrants are expecting that Biden will have a much more welcoming immigration policy compared to President Donald Trump.

Migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras issued a statement on behalf of the people participating in the first caravan of 2021, Fox News reported.

“We recognize the importance of the incoming Government of the United States having shown a strong commitment to migrants and asylum seekers, which presents an opportunity for the governments of Mexico and Central America to develop policies and a migration management that respect and promote the human rights of the population in mobility,” the statement read. “We will advocate that the Biden government honors its commitments.”

During his presidential campaign run, Biden pledged to end Migrant Protection Protocols on day one of his presidency. The program that was enacted by the Trump administration in January 2019, makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico during the duration of their immigration court cases.

Biden’s “groundbreaking” immigration reform plan is expected to provide a pathway to citizenship to the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants residing in the United States.

Biden has also promised a moratorium on deportations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

However, Biden’s domestic policy advisor Susan Rice cautioned that changes in immigration wouldn’t happen immediately.

“Processing capacity at the border is not like a light that you can just switch on and off,” Rice told Spanish wire service EFE in December. “Migrants and asylum seekers absolutely should not believe those in the region peddling the idea that the border will suddenly be fully open to process everyone on Day 1. It will not.”

“Our priority is to reopen asylum processing at the border consistent with the capacity to do so safely and to protect public health, especially in the context of COVID-19,” Rice said. “This effort will begin immediately but it will take months to develop the capacity that we will need to reopen fully.”

The caravan reaching the U.S. border will depend on how much the Guatemalan and Mexican governments crackdown on the illegal immigrants traveling north toward the U.S.

Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan blamed the incoming administration for the caravan during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“We’re looking at two groups that are well over five thousand. And one of those groups have already gotten through the Guatemala border. And they’re on their way to El Rancho, which is about the located centrally in Guatemala,” Morgan said on Saturday. “It’s coming. It’s already started, just as we promised and anticipated it would with this rhetoric from the new administration on the border.”

Trump issued a warning about the massive amount of illegal immigrants that would swarm the country if his policies are reversed.

“No matter our party, we should all agree on the need to protect our workers, our families, and our citizens of all backgrounds, no matter who they are,” Trump said on Tuesday. “In particular, if our border security measures are reversed, it will trigger a tidal wave of illegal immigration — a wave like you’ve never seen before. And I can tell you that, already, waves are starting to come up from 2,000 and 1,000 and 500 miles away. We see what’s coming.”

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‘MAGA internet’ turns on President Donald Trump: reports

The “MAGA faithful,” or “MAGA internet,” according to a Friday Politico report, are reportedly turning on President Donald Trump after he appeared to acknowledge his defeat in the 2020 presidential election and called for political peace following Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol.

On Thursday, Trump
said in a video statement that he condemned the violence that took place Wednesday and put out a call for political peace.

“A new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th,” he said. “My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power. This moment calls for healing and reconciliation.”

What are the details?

The Politico report pointed out that many die-hard, online fans of the president turned on him as a result of his apparent concession and call for peace.

Nick Fuentes, host of “America First” podcast and the “unofficial leader of the white nationalist Groyper Army,”
tweeted that the president threw his supporters under the bus.

“People were willing to die for this man and he just threw them all under the bus,” he said. “That’s the only thing that’s shameful about the events of the past 36 hours. I’m sure the usual suspects suggested that this was a good idea, I hope Trump reverses course, for our sake.”

He wasn’t the only one with such feelings.

MAGA activist Cassandra Fairbanks
tweeted, “[Trump] tells angry people to march to the capitol [sic] [and then] proceeds to throw his supporters under the bus.”

She
added, “The movement matters more than a politician anyway.”

In a popular response, social media user Free the Truth added, “He could of [sic] mentioned the cold blooded murder of someone who risked their life for MAGA. The ONLY real violence that occurred. Instead he reads the script handed to him. He’s captured.”

Far-right activist and failed congressional candidate Laura Loomer — on Parler, according to Politico; she has been banned from Twitter — added, “It’s over. Life is about to become very hard for conservatives in America.”

The outlet added, “[T]here was anger [across social media]. It was directed at Trump for letting things get this far. Over on Parler … users erupted in a fury, calling him a number of expletives, a ‘dildo,’ and ‘100% THE SWAMP.'”

The outlet highlighted Twitter account We The Inevitable, which
addressed the president’s Thursday remarks.

“In no way did Trump say he conceded,” the tweet said. “He said: transitioning to a new Admin. As in, he gonna clear this one out and bring a new one. The words ‘I lost, I concede, congratulations Biden’ did NOT come out of his mouth.”

What else?

Over on Reddit, according to the Independent, user KAG_2020_BB castigated Trump, writing, “Get f***ed. Seriously. I am now saying it. F*** TRUMP. He’s disrespected everything we risked our lives for. I have a right to dislike Trump for this video … I respected Trump for everything he did for us, but he has now abandoned us and disrespected everything we believe in. I have a right to be angry. He can go f*** himself in this video.”

Reddit user ConfiscateTheCoats added, “F*** Donald Trump. This f***ing piece of s**t dragged us into DC for what? To leave us holding the bag? What the f***.”

User bck- responded, “Wow, what an absolute punch in the gut. He says it’s going to be wild, and when it gets wild, he calls it a heinous attack and middle-fingers to his supporters that he told to be there. Unbelievable.”

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Joe Biden promises to raise annual number of refugees admitted to US from 15,000 to at least 125,000

Joe Biden declared that he plans to vastly increase the number of annual refugees admitted into the United States. Under the Trump administration, the maximum number of refugees permitted in the U.S. per year is 15,000. Biden pledged that he will dramatically raise that number to 125,000.

Biden made the declaration in a prerecorded video created for a virtual celebration of the 40th anniversary of Jesuit Refugee Service.

“The United States has long stood as a beacon of hope for the downtrodden and the oppressed, a leader of resettling refugees in our humanitarian response,” Biden said on Thursday, as reported by the Religion News Service. “I promise, as president, I will reclaim that proud legacy for our country.”

“The Biden-Harris administration will restore America’s historic role in protecting the vulnerable and defending the rights of refugees everywhere and raising our annual refugee admission target to 125,000,” Biden announced.

In June, Biden released a statement on World Refugee Day, in which he said, “Fear-mongering, xenophobia, and racism are the unabashed tenets of Trump’s refugee and immigration policy,”

“I also recognize that it is not enough to simply reverse or dismantle the heartless policies of the Trump Administration,” the former vice president stated. “We need to look for ways to do better.”

“As President, I will increase the number of refugees we welcome into this country, setting an annual global refugee target of 125,000,” Biden said, then hinted that he could raise that amount, “And will seek to further raise it over time commensurate with our responsibility, our values, and the unprecedented global need.”

Biden added, “I will repeal the Muslim ban — and other discriminatory bans based on ethnicity and nationality — and restore asylum laws, including ending the horrific practice of separating families at our border.”

In October, President Donald Trump released a memo that read, “The admission of up to 15,000 refugees to the United States during FY 2021 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest.”

A study released earlier this year claimed that refugees cost American taxpayers as much as $133,000 over the course of their lives.

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Fox News host shreds Democrats for hypocrisy over street celebrations following Biden’s apparent election win

Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean pointed out Biden supporters’ and Democrats’ apparent hypocrisy over COVID-19 for the way they took to the streets in large groups following the media’s declaration that former Vice President Joe Biden had won the 2020 presidential election.

What are the details?

Biden supporters packed the streets in cities and towns across the country on Saturday to celebrate the apparent victory of the Biden-Harris ticket over incumbent President Donald Trump.

On Sunday, Dean took to social media to point out the glaring double standard when it comes to the congregation of large groups during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dean, whose husband’s parents both died from COVID-19 while living at an assisted living facility in New York,
wrote, “The pictures of all the crowds. The hundreds of thousands of people packed in the streets without distancing while so many of us couldn’t have funerals or gatherings. Many still can’t see their loved ones because of restrictions. Kids can’t go to school. Businesses closed. We’ll remember this.”

Dean
continued, “Restrictions for some. Restrictions for none. Depends on what you’re supporting. … So many families have been told they can’t gather for Thanksgiving. I haven’t seen my own mom in over a year. The hypocrisy of what’s allowed and what isn’t is mind blowing. Media and liberal leaders, you screamed at Trump gatherings, but are so quiet for what’s happening now.”

She also pointed to Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — governor of the state where her in-laws died — and quoted a Fox News article.

Dean
wrote, “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will be increasing the National Guard presence at airports in his state, after refusing to do so during a summer of rioting and looting that is estimated to have cost New York City tens of millions. The Democratic governor said during a morning news conference he has upped the number of local law enforcement and the National Guard personnel at airports statewide ‘for the holiday weekend travel period.'”

Dean concluded her diatribe, “You can celebrate all you want, people. But don’t expect us to cheer you on when our loved ones died alone with no family around to hold their hands, hug them, comfort them or mourn their loss. Also, spare me your argument of: ‘But they’re wearing masks!’ I’d gladly wear a hazmat suit to have a funeral for my husbands parents so we could gather together.”

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Biden campaign threatens to ‘escort’ President Trump out of the White House if he refuses to leave

The Biden campaign issued a veiled forewarning to President Donald Trump following the contentious 2020 presidential election, declaring that “trespassers” will be removed from the White House.

Multiple media outlets declared Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 election on Saturday morning, despite looming recounts and the Trump campaign claiming that there has been voter interference committed.

“This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” Trump 2020 campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said in a statement. “Georgia is headed for a recount, where we are confident we will find ballots improperly harvested, and where President Trump will ultimately prevail.”

The Trump campaign released a statement on Saturday declaring, “The simple fact is this election is far from over.”

“We all know why Joe Biden is rushing to falsely pose as the winner, and why his media allies are trying so hard to help him: they don’t want the truth to be exposed,” Trump alleged.

On Saturday morning, Trump proclaimed: “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!”

“Tens of thousands of votes were illegally received after 8 P.M. on Tuesday, Election Day, totally and easily changing the results in Pennsylvania and certain other razor thin states. As a separate matter, hundreds of thousands of Votes were illegally not allowed to be OBSERVED,” the president tweeted. “This would ALSO change the Election result in numerous States, including Pennsylvania, which everyone thought was easily won on Election Night, only to see a massive lead disappear, without anyone being allowed to OBSERVE, for long intervals of time.”

“Bad things took place during those hours where LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was viciously & crudely not allowed,” Trump claimed. “Tractors blocked doors & windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the count rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES TOOK PLACE!”

On Friday, the Biden campaign hinted that Trump would be removed from the White House one way or another if the results of the election find that Biden has the 270 electoral votes needed to officially be named the winner.

“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House,” the statement from the Biden campaign read.

There is a report that Trump has yet to prepare a concession speech.

The Trump campaign has already filed several lawsuits regarding the election in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.

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Van Jones breaks down crying after news of Biden’s reported election victory: ‘People felt they couldn’t breathe’

Several media outlets declared that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election on Saturday. Upon learning the news of Biden being reportedly elected, CNN commentator Van Jones broke down crying on-air.

Biden was said to have enough votes to win Pennsylvania, reportedly giving the former vice president the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Moments after news broke that Biden had allegedly won, Jones had an emotional reaction to contemplating President Donald Trump being removed from the White House in January in favor of Biden and Kamala Harris.

“It’s easier to be a parent this morning, it’s easier to be a dad,” Jones said as he sobbed on the live broadcast. “It’s easier to tell your kids character matters, it matters. Tell them the truth matters. Being a good person matters.”

“And it’s easier for a lot of people. If you’re Muslim in this country, you don’t have to worry if the president doesn’t want you here,” Jones said as tears flowed down his cheek. “If you’re an immigrant, you don’t have to worry about your babies being snatched away or send DREAMers back for no reason. It’s vindication for a lot of people who have really suffered.”

“‘I can’t breathe,’ that wasn’t just George Floyd. A lot of people have felt they couldn’t breathe,” the media personality remarked.

“Every day you’re waking up and getting tweets, and you’re going to the store and people who have been afraid to show their racism are getting nastier and nastier to you,” Jones alleged. “And you’re worried about your kids, and you’re worried about your sister, can she just go to Walmart and get back into her car without somebody saying something to her. And you’ve spent so much of your life energy just trying to hold it together.”

“I just want my sons to look at this. It’s easy to do it the cheap way, and get away with stuff. But it comes back around. It comes back around. And this is a good day for this country,” Jones said of the reported election of Biden.

The Trump campaign has said that the race is “far from over” and promised to challenge the election results in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated,” the Trump campaign said on Saturday.

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