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December 1, 2022

Rail Workers Call Out Biden: “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing”

1955: Rosa Parks is arrested for refusing to move to the back of a bus and give her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama.

Railroad workers are calling out President Joe Biden — who has declared himself the “most pro-union president in American history” — for attempting to prevent them from going on strike.

On Monday, Biden urged Congress “to pass legislation immediately to adopt the Tentative Agreement between railroad workers and operators – without any modifications or delay – to avert a potentially crippling national rail shutdown.”

The White House helped broker the tentative railway labor agreement in September. However, multiple unions have rejected the agreement because it failed to address their most significant concerns: paid time off and sick leave. Four out of 12 rail unions have rejected the contract — including the largest union, the SMART Transportation Division, which represents about 28,000 conductors.

All 12 unions have agreed to not cross picket lines, meaning that all 12 would have to agree to the contract in order to avoid a strike. Rail workers will begin their strike on Dec. 9 if an agreement is not reached by then, or if Congress doesn’t intervene.

After Biden called on Congress to prevent rail workers from striking, unions have accused Biden of betrayal.

“The Tentative Agreements that the majority of union members had voted down are now being touted by President Biden, despite that none of them contain any sick time whatsoever,” said Gabe Christenson of Railroad Workers United.

“The ‘most labor-friendly President in history’ has proven that he and the Democratic Party are not the friends of labor they have touted themselves to be,” he continued. “These wolves in sheep’s clothing have for decades been in bed with corporate America and have allowed them to continue chipping away at the American middle class and organized labor.”

The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees Division issued a statement saying: “It is not enough to ‘share workers’ concerns.’  A call to Congress to act immediately to pass legislation that adopts tentative agreements that exclude paid sick leave ignores the Railroad Workers’ concerns. It both denies Railroad Workers their right to strike while also denying them of the benefit they would likely otherwise obtain if they were not denied their right to strike.”

The Biden administration doubled down on its stance on Tuesday, with White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre telling reporters that “a rail strike would be unacceptable.”

Source: The Blaze

November 30, 2022

Non-binary Biden Official Charged with Felony Theft

A senior Department of Energy (DOE) official has been charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing a woman’s designer suitcase at the Minneapolis–Saint Paul (MSP) Airport in September.

Sam Brinton, who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, was hired as the deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition at the DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy in June.

Security cameras at the MSP Airport allegedly captured Brinton stealing a woman’s Vera Bradley roller bag — worth $2,325 — from a baggage carousel, removing its tag identifying the owner, and leaving the area at a “quick pace,” according to a criminal complaint.

Brinton was seen using the Vera Bradley suitcase on at least two occasions, according to court documents.

Brinton’s official government portrait. (Department of Energy)

When law enforcement officials called to speak about the incident, the 34-year-old initially denied stealing anything.

“If I had taken the wrong bag, I am happy to return it, but I don’t have any clothes for another individual,” Brinton first told the officer. “That was my clothes when I opened the bag.”

But a few hours later, Brinton called back and admitted to not being “completely honest.” The non-binary Biden administration official said they had accidentally grabbed the wrong bag from the luggage carousel due to exhaustion.

“DEFENDANT admitted to taking the blue bag, but stated they were tired and took the suitcase thinking it was theirs. DEFENDANT said when they opened the bag at the hotel, they realized it was not theirs. DEFENDANT got nervous people would think they stole the bag and did not know what to do. DEFENDANT stated they left the clothes from the bag inside the drawers in the hotel room,” the court filing reads. “

When asked by law enforcement why they continued to use the bag, Brinton said they didn’t want to leave the bag in the hotel room, because it was “weirder” to leave a bag than the clothes.

None of the victim’s clothes were recovered from the hotel room, according to the complaint. Despite the fact that officers instructed Brinton on how to return the bag to its owner, she still hadn’t received it as of Oct. 27. The bag and its contents were valued at $2,325.

Brinton was placed on leave from the DOE following the theft accusations. Another official was designated as the temporary replacement earlier this month.

“Sam Brinton is on leave from DOE, and Dr. Kim Petry is performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition,” a DOE spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

If found guilty, Brinton may receive a maximum penalty of five years in jail, a $10,000 fine, or both, according to Minnesota law. A court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Sources: Fox News | Exchange Monitor | Daily Caller

November 27, 2022

Biden Vows to Push Ban on “Sick” Semiautomatic Weapons

1493: Christopher Columbus returns to La Navidad colony, finding it destroyed by the 1st native American uprising against Spanish rule. Taíno cacique Caonabo led his people to attack the settlement after the brutal treatment they received from the garrison who disobeyed Columbus’s orders.

President Joe Biden has vowed to push a ban on so-called “assault weapons” in the wake of several mass shootings across the country.

“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick, it’s just sick. It has no social redeeming value, zero, none. Not a single, solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” Biden told reporters on Thanksgiving Day.

“I’m going to try to get rid of assault weapons,” he insisted.

With an evenly split Senate, Biden is unlikely to gain the 60 votes necessary to overcome GOP opposition to a proposed ban on the sale of semiautomatic firearms.

Biden has previously pledged to ban “assault weapons.” During his 2020 presidential campaign, told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I’m going to get an assault weapons ban. … Before this is over, I’m going to get that again. Not a joke, and watch.”

However, previous efforts to pass a semiautomatic-weapons ban have stalled in Congress.

Biden’s recent remarks come amid a particularly violent November. There have been at least three mass shootings in the U.S., claiming the lives of more than a dozen people and injuring dozens of others.

On November 13, three University of Virginia football players were fatally shot and two others were injured by a classmate.

Six days later, a gunman killed five people and injured at least 25 others at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On November 22, an employee opened fire at a Walmart in Chesapeake, Virginia, killing six people and wounding three others.

Sources: CNN | National Review | New York Post

November 22, 2022

New Missile Reignites World War III Fears

1963: U.S. President John F. Kennedy assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while riding in an open-topped motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, escalating fears of a potential World War III.

The missile landed in the sea roughly 130 miles west of Hokkaido, Japan.

The White House issued a statement condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for its testing of a long-range ballistic missile.

“The President has been briefed on the situation and he and his national security team will continue close consultations with Allies and partners,” the White House said.

The While House called the launch “a brazen violation of multiple UN Security Council resolutions and needlessly raises tensions and risks destabilizing the security situation in the region.”

“This action demonstrates that the DPRK continues to prioritize its unlawful weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs over the well-being of its people,” the statement read.

The White House urged all countries to condemn the action and call on the DPRK to enter “serious negotiations.”

“The door has not closed on diplomacy, but Pyongyang must immediately cease its destabilizing actions and instead choose diplomatic engagement. The United States will take all necessary measures to ensure the security of the American homeland and Republic of Korea and Japanese allies,” the statement concluded.

Last week, North Korea warned of a “fiercer” response if the U.S. military increases presence in the region, per the BBC.

Sources: BBC | The White House

November 12, 2022

Judge Blocks Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Program

1968: U.S. Supreme Court – Epperson v. Arkansas, court declares unconstitutional Arkansas law banning teaching evolution in public schools.

A federal judge in Texas has blocked President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program, ruling that the executive branch doesn’t have the authority to administer the plan.

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Pittman, who was appointed by former President Donald Trump, found that the program is “an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power.”

In his 26-page ruling, Pittman wrote that the widespread student debt relief plan is “a complete usurpation of congressional authorization implicating the separation of powers required by the Constitution.”

Prior to the Texas court’s decision, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Missouri, had already temporarily halted the program. The plan was placed on pause as the appeals court considers a separate lawsuit brought by six Republican-led states.

The Biden administration announced on Nov. 3 that nearly 26 million Americans had applied for relief through the program. Under the plan, individuals earning less than $125,000 a year, or couples earning less than $250,000, would be eligible for up to $10,000 of federal student loan forgiveness.

Those opposed to the plan argue that it’s too costly. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would cost $400 billion over the next 30 years.

But whether the loan relief program “constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine,” Pittman wrote. Instead, his ruling focused on government overreach.

“No one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States,” he wrote.

The Biden administration said they “strongly disagree with the District Court’s ruling on our student debt relief program.”

“The President and this Administration are determined to help working and middle-class Americans get back on their feet, while our opponents – backed by extreme Republican special interests – sued to block millions of Americans from getting much-needed relief,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Jean-Pierre said that the White House has already filed an appeal. The pause on student loan payments is set to expire on Jan. 1, and borrowers likely won’t have a final answer on debt relief for some time.

Sources: NPR | Reuters

November 5, 2022

White House Deletes Tweet After Embarrassing Fact-Check

1605: Gunpowder Plot – Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes attempts to blow up King James I and the British Parliament. Plot discovered, Guy Fawkes caught, tortured, and later executed along with seven others. Celebrated ever since as Guy Fawkes Day, where his effigy is traditionally burned on a bonfire, accompanied by fireworks.

The White House was shamed into deleting a tweet that falsely credited President Joe Biden for an increase in Social Security benefits after Twitter added a fact-check disclaimer to the post.

“Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security checks in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership,” the White House tweeted.

Twitter added a fact-check to the Biden administration’s tweet. The disclaimer noted that senior citizens “will receive an increase due to the annual cost of living adjustment, which is based on the inflation rate.”

CNN senior reporter Daniel Dale said the White House’s tweet was “quite the spin.”

“The size of Social Security checks is linked, by law, to inflation,” Dale wrote. “This year’s increase is unusually big because the inflation rate is unusually big.”

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) also called out the White House’s claim.

”Biden social media geniuses are giving Biden credit for the biggest Social Security COLA in 10 years, but neglect to mention that SS COLA is an automatic formula based on government inflation metric (CPI),” Massie wrote, adding a face palm emoji.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) pointed out that the White House’s claim inadvertently credited Biden for record-breaking inflation.

“‘Biden’s leadership’ is solely responsible for record inflation., according to the White House,” Hartzler wrote.

The White House deleted the tweet the following day without any further explanation or comment.

“Why did the White House delete this tweet?” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel wrote. “If Biden wants ‘credit’ for inflation, he has it!”

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at a press conference that the tweet was deleted because it “was not complete.”

Sources: Blaze Media | New York Post | Fox News | The Daily Wire

October 31, 2022

White House Press Sec Blasted for “Spreading Disinformation”

1918: Spanish Flu kills 21,000 people in the U.S. in a single week.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was heavily criticized from suggesting that both voter suppression and record-high voter turnout were happening at the same time.

During a press conference, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre about President Joe Biden’s previous comments calling a Georgia voting law to “Jim Crow 2.0,” noting that there’s been record-breaking voter turnout in the state.

“Speaking generally, of course, more broadly, of course, high turnout and voter suppression can take place at the same time,” Jean-Pierre said. “They don’t have to be, one doesn’t have to happen on its own. They could be happening at the same time.”

Her response was widely mocked online, with Twitter users saying that such contradictory messaging was “par for the course” with the Biden administration.

“Coming from an Admin that thinks Biden can be pro-choice Catholic… mutually exclusive positions are par for the course in their absurd reality,” said podcast host Jenna Ellis.

Stephen Miller, who served as a White House aide during the Trump administration, echoed the sentiment.

“It is also common for the sun to rise while it is setting,” said Miller, founder of the America First Legal Foundation.

The Federalist senior editor David Harsanyi pointed out that the leftist talking point of “voter suppression” is intentionally unfalsifiable.

“Conveniently, ‘voter suppression’ can never be disproven,” he tweeted.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) took it a step further, sharing a screenshot of the definition of voter suppression, and telling Jean-Pierre to “stop spreading disinformation.”

Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, told Fox News that Biden should apologize to the state of Georgia for his “Jim Crow 2.0” remark.

“How many turnout records do we have to break before Stacey Abrams and President Biden apologize to Georgia?” he asked.

Source: Fox News

October 27, 2022

Biden Claims Republicans Will “Crash the Economy”

1962: Black Saturday during the Cuban Missile Crisis – An American spy plane is shot down over Cuba and the navy drops warning depth charges on Soviet submarines.

President Joe Biden is ramping up the rhetoric against his political opposition, warning the American public that if the GOP wins control of Congress in the midterm elections, their economic plans would “create more chaos” and “crash the economy.”

Biden’s claims came during remarks delivered before a crowd of Democratic National Committee workers at DNC headquarters. The president highlighted comments from Republican congressional leaders that they may refuse to raise the U.S. debt ceiling next year.

“Republicans are determined to hold the economy hostage,” Biden told the crowd at the Democratic National Committee headquarters. “There is nothing that would create more chaos … Republicans are going to crash the economy.”

If Republicans win control of Congress, it would dampen Biden’s ability to implement his spending agenda. The 79-year-old said he wouldn’t approve any attempts to cut programs such as Social Security benefits.

“Let me be clear: I will not cut Social Security,” Biden said.

The Republican National Committee didn’t take Biden’s jabs lying down.

“Voters know Democrat control of Washington delivered higher prices, more crime, and a nation headed in the wrong direction,” said RNC spokesperson Emma Vaugh.

Source: Reuters

October 26, 2022

Critics Blast Biden Over “Really Bizarre” Claim

1861: Pony Express (Missouri to California) ends after 19 months.

President Joe Biden faced severe criticism after he falsely claimed that his student loan forgiveness plan had passed through Congress.

Biden’s speeches and press conferences are often marred by verbal blunders, and his town hall sponsored by NowThis News over the weekend was no exception. The president incorrectly said that his widespread student debt relief plan was passed through Congress, when it was actually an executive action.

“You’re probably aware I just signed a law that’s being challenged by my Republican colleagues—the same people who got PPP loans—during the, up to, in some cases up to five, six hundred thousand dollars. They have no problem with that—the individuals in Congress that got those,” Biden said. 

“It’s passed. I got it passed by a vote or two, and it’s in effect,” he claimed.

A clip of Biden’s falsehood quickly spread on social media, with some critics wondering if the 79-year-old even realized he’d said anything wrong.

“President Biden claims his student loan executive order is a law that was passed by Congress and signed by him,” said Eddie Zipperer, a columnist. “If this is a lie, it’s beyond the pale. If Biden thinks this is true, then he has no clue what’s happening around him.”

Megan McArdle, a columnist for The Washington Post, expressed a similar sentiment.

“Either the president is deliberately misrepresenting the student loan cancellation in a quite Trumpian fashion, or he is actually so confused that he thinks he signed a bill rather than an executive order. This can’t be written off as a simple verbal glitch,” she said.

“Having willfully violated his oath of office by issuing an executive order he knows is flatly illegal—and having then tried to dodge review by the courts by amending it on the fly —Biden is now lying about it having gone through Congress,” said National Review writer Charles C. W. Cooke.

Some came to Biden’s defense, claiming that the video clip of Biden’s comment was taken out of context. However, Republican National Committee Rapid Response Deputy Director Jacob Schneider shot that theory down by providing a longer video of the president’s remarks.

RedState columnist Buzz Patterson said of Biden: “He literally has no idea what he’s talking about.”

Digital Strategist Greg Price called the situation “embarrassing.”

“This dementia ridden fool is not actually running the country. His handlers write words on a teleprompter and he repeats them. He barely even knows anything about his own policies,” Price said.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that Biden’s program will cost about $400 billion over 30 years. Under the plan, the federal government would cancel $10,000 in student loan debt – $20,000 for Pell grant recipients – for borrowers who earn up to $125,000 a year or married couples who earn up to $250,000.

Source: Fox News

October 21, 2022

WATCH: Biden Snaps at Fox News Reporter

President Joe Biden snapped at a Fox News reporter who asked him which issue was his top priority: abortion rights or inflation.

As Biden was wrapping up remarks delivered from the White House on Wednesday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy called out a question.

Doocy asked: “Just hoping to clarify for midterm voters, top domestic issue: inflation or abortion?”

Biden responded: “They’re all important. Unlike you, there’s no one thing. It crosses the board. Domestic — ask me about foreign policy too. There’s multiple, multiple, multiple issues, and they’re all important.”

The president continued: “And so — and we ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. You know that old expression?”

Mediaite noted Doocy wasn’t alone in receiving an impatient response from Biden on Wednesday. Earlier, he fumed at the suggestion that his releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve was “politically motivated” ahead of the midterm elections.

“I’ve been doing this for how long now? It’s not politically motivated at all. It’s motivated to make sure that I continue to push on what I’ve been pushing on, and that is making sure there’s enough oil that’s being pumped by the companies so that we have the ability to be able to produce enough gas that we need here at home,” Biden said.

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