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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 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 21, 2022

House GOP Opens Investigation into Joe Biden

2017: Robert Mugabe’s resignation after 37 years in power is read out in Zimbabwe’s parliaments during impeachment proceedings.

House Republicans, who won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, have announced their top oversight priority when they officially take the reigns next year: investigating President Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings.

“In the 118th Congress, this committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a President who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” said Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

“I want to be clear. This is an investigation of Joe Biden. That’s where the committee will focus in this next Congress,” he added.

The announcement came during a news conference held by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who’s expected to become chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and other GOP members of the House Oversight Committee.

“This committee will evaluate the status of Joe Biden’s relationship with his family’s foreign partners and whether he is a president who is compromised or swayed by foreign dollars and influence,” Comer said.

Comer said that the committee has obtained Suspicious Activity Reports from banks that are allegedly related to the Bidens. The lawmaker noted that the Treasury Department previously ignored his repeated requests to provide the reports. There are more than 100, Comer said, and he’s only seen two of them so far.

“Was Joe Biden directly involved with Hunter Biden’s business deals, and is he compromised? That’s our investigation,” Comer said.

The lawmakers also released a 32-page interim staff report outlining their findings, entitled “A President Compromised: The Biden Family Investigation.”

The White House responded to the announcement, accusing House Republicans of mounting “politically motivated attacks chock full of long-debunked conspiracy theories.”

“President Biden is not going to let these political attacks distract him from focusing on Americans’ priorities, and we hope congressional Republicans will join us in tackling them instead of wasting time and resources on political revenge” a spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s office said in a statement.

Watch the full news conference below:

Sources: Reuters | Fox News | CNN | House Oversight Committee Republicans

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 7, 2022

CNN Anchor Says Democrats “Don’t Want to Be Seen” with Biden

CNN anchor Don Lemon said Democratic Senate candidates clearly “don’t want to be seen” with President Joe Biden.

The “CNN This Morning” anchor and his cohosts, Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow, were discussing the latest poll numbers, which showed another dip in Biden’s popularity as well as lackluster numbers for multiple Democrat-held seats in both chambers of Congress. The 56-year-old noted that Democrats struggling in the polls have no desire to be spotted next to Biden on the campaign trail.

Collins said Biden’s declining approval numbers were “a big factor” behind the president’s minimal campaign stops leading up to the midterms.

“He is not going to the places that you’re seeing former President Obama go to,” she aid. “It’s because of that approval rating.”

“And a lot of people are not … you know, they don’t want to be seen with the president, quite frankly, and they don’t even want to answer the question about whether they should be running with him, or having him on the campaign trail, or if they’ll support him come 2024,” Lemon responded.

The few appearances Biden has made were marred by gaffes and inaccurate statements. His campaign stops for Democratic candidates have been so poorly received that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) jokingly offered to pay Biden to keep campaigning in the Sunshine State.

“I think it’s an in-kind contribution to my campaign,” DeSantis said of Biden’s stumping for his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. “I just want to make the offer publicly. We will underwrite him to stay in Florida for the rest of the campaign. If Joe wants to stay, it’ll be on our dime and we’d love for the people of Florida to be reminded that the Democrats in this state are with Biden 100% of the time.”

Source: The Daily Wire

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

November 3, 2022

Report: Biden Shouted at Zelensky During Tense Phone Call

1970: U.S. President Richard Nixon promises gradual troop withdrawal from Vietnam.

President Joe Biden lost his temper and shouted at Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a tense phone call in June, NBC News reported.

The heated exchange reportedly came during a June 15 call, wherein Biden informed Zelensky that he had secured $1 billion in military and humanitarian aid for Ukraine. But Zelensky showed an insufficient amount of gratitude, opting to immediately start listing more things Ukraine needed.

At that point, Biden raised his voice, telling Zelensky that American people were already being very generous, according to the report.

White House officials said that the pair’s relationship has improved since the phone call. Not long after the exchange, Zelensky issued a video statement thanking the U.S. for its ample help.

“I had an important conversation with U.S. President Biden today,” Zelensky said in the video. “I am grateful for this support.”

One source familiar with the conversation told the outlet that Biden was direct with the Ukrainian president, but denied that the exchange was hostile or heated.

The report comes as additional funding for Ukraine is shrouded by uncertainty from lawmakers. Congressional Republicans are skeptical about the efficacy of Biden’s “blank check” to Zelensky, especially as Americans continue to face financial uncertainty.

“I think people are gonna be sitting in a recession and they’re not going to write a blank check to Ukraine,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said last month. “They just won’t do it. … It’s not a free blank check.”

McCarthy later clarified that while the Ukraine remains an important issue for him and the U.S., “there should be no blank check on anything. We are $31 trillion in debt.”

Late last month, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) pushed back against rumors that Republicans want to stop sending aid to Ukraine entirely.

“No one in Republican leadership has called for an end to aid for Ukraine,” Turner said. “People on the Republican side are saying, ‘Why do we have to pass a $40 billion package to send $8 billion to Ukraine?’”

Sources: NBC News | Fox News

October 30, 2022

Hot Mic: Chuck Schumer Caught Saying Democrats Are “Going Downhill” [Video]

1917: British government gives final approval to Balfour Declaration.

A live microphone caught Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) telling President Joe Biden that Democrats are “going downhill” in Georgia, dumbfounded that Republican candidate Herschel Walker might win the state’s Senate race.

Schumer also admitted that John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race, damaged his chances with a lackluster debate performance.

“It looks like the debate didn’t hurt us too much in Pennsylvania as of today,” Schumer told Biden on during the President’s trip to New York on Thursday. “So that’s good.”

Fetterman had a stroke earlier this year, and is still dealing with lingering effects that impact his ability to communicate. Fox News reported that he needed closed captioning to understand comments from Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz and debate moderators.

Schumer also referred to another seat that he was pessimistic about.

“That seat, we’re in danger in that seat,” Schumer said. “We’ll see.”

It wasn’t clear which seat Schumer was referencing, but he appeared to be responding to Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who had said the person is a “nice man” and “one of the only moderates” who “always works with us.”

The live microphone also caught Schumer saying he believed that the Democrats are “picking up steam in Nevada.”

“The state where we’re going down, though, is Georgia. It’s hard to believe that they will go for Herschel Walker,” he added. 

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

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