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September 24, 2021

Ted Cruz issues challenge to AOC, democrats to ‘go see the Biden cages’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued an inflammatory challenge to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other House Democrats to visit the “Biden cages” holding migrants at the border.

“Mr. President, every Democrat who stood up and lamented kids in cages, in the House of Representatives, Representative Ocasio-Cortez, has a famous photo of her grasping her head by the kids in cages,” Cruz said. “Well, I’m going to give a simple challenge for Representative Ocasio-Cortez and for every Democrat in this body. Go see the Biden cages with your own eyes.”

The photo Cruz referenced is from Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 visit to a facility housing migrant children in West Texas. The congresswoman received widespread criticism for the photos, with some calling it a staged photo-op.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office responded to the criticism at the time, saying the allegations are “in no way related to reality or truth.”

Cruz made his comments during a Senate floor speech amid the ongoing border crisis that saw over 14,000 Haitian migrants under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.

“Why does Joe Biden refuse to go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if he goes, the TV cameras will come with him,” Cruz said. “Why does Kamala Harris, who’s supposed to be the border czar, she’s supposed to be in charge of this, why won’t she go to the Rio Grande Valley? Because if she went, the TV cameras would come and would show the Biden cages.”

“Nothing to see here. Anyone want to know what Joe Biden’s favorite ice cream flavor is? That’s the news!”

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Cruz mocks Ocasio-Cortez in Senate floor speech, challenges Dems to ‘go see the Biden cages’

September 24, 2021

Report: wealthiest Americans only paid a single-digit tax rate

According to a new White House report, the 400 wealthiest American families paid an average 8.2 percent tax rate on $1.8 trillion of income between 2010 and 2018.

“Two factors that contribute to this low estimated tax rate include low tax rates on the capital gains and dividends that are taxed, and wealthy families’ ability to permanently avoid paying tax on investment gains that are excluded from taxable income,” the analysis said.

The report, authored by economists from the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the Office of Management and Budget, is based on IRS statistics, the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, and Forbes magazine estimates. 

Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) said, “the White House’s new report is shocking but not surprising.”

The information comes as President Joe Biden aims to address the tax rate disparities through proposals to raise the top capital gains rate and end the “stepped-up basis” tax preference that benefits heirs.

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White House: 400 wealthiest families paid average tax rate of 8.2 percent

September 23, 2021

US special envoy to Haiti resigns over White House’s “inhumane” policies

The US special envoy to Haiti resigned after only two months over the Biden administration’s “inhumane treatment of migrants.” The move marks the sharpest instance of internal criticism over the White House’s handling of the ongoing migrant crisis. Daniel Foote wrote a letter of resignation to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“I will not be associated with the United States’ inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti, a country where American officials are confined to secure compounds because of the danger posed by armed gangs to daily life,” Foote wrote.

“Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own.”

Foote was appointed special envoy for Haiti in July following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. In his letter, Foote outlined the country’s poverty and gang violence problems.

“The collapsed state is unable to provide security or basic services, and more refugees will fuel further desperation and crime,” he wrote.

Foote criticized the US for its involvement in the political fallout following Moïse’s assassination, backing the de facto prime minister, and warned that such interventions have “consistently produced catastrophic results.”

“The hubris that makes us believe that we should pick the winner — again — is impressive,” Foote wrote.

Foote’s scathing resignation letter comes after 14,000 Haitian migrants gathered in an impromptu camp under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) flew hundreds out every day without the opportunity to seek asylum.

State Department spokesperson Ned Price responded to Foote’s letter in a statement.

“It is unfortunate that, instead of participating in a solutions-oriented policy process, Special Envoy Foote has both resigned and mischaracterized the circumstances of his resignation,” Price said.

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US envoy to Haiti resigns over ‘inhumane’ decision to deport migrants

September 23, 2021

In lieu of a border wall, Texas governor implements “steel barrier”

Amid the migrant crisis in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott said law enforcement officials implemented a “steel barrier” of vehicles to block migrants from crossing the border.

“They have created a steel barrier preventing people from being able to cross the border,” Abbott said at a press conference Tuesday.

“One day there were countless people coming across the border, then the very same day the Texas Department of Public Safety put up all these DPS vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working.”

Abbott said the vehicular barrier is “miles” long. The Lone Star state’s governor said the Biden administration is “promoting and allowing open border policies.”

“The only thing they’ve shown is an incapability of dealing with this crisis, candidly in a way where they pretend it doesn’t even exist,” the Republican governor said at a press conference. “And we’re here to tell you, it exists and it’s total chaos and the Biden administration — they need to up their game, big time.”

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Texas Gov. Abbott creates ‘steel barrier’ of vehicles to block migrants from entering US

September 23, 2021

HHS documents reveal incidents of abuse of unaccompanied migrant children

Newly released documents from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) reveal physical and sexual abuse incidents of unaccompanied migrant children intercepted at the US-Mexico border.

The watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained and shared 41 pages of documents with Fox News, which show 33 instances of “sexual abuse” against unaccompanied minors linked to voluntary agencies working with the federal government under contract. The incidents all occurred between Jan. 21 and Feb. 25 of 2021.

“These documents show that not only are there shocking reports of sexual abuse occurring in shelters for unaccompanied children, but that there is violence among the UACs themselves,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. “It is no surprise that Biden administration’s enabling of human trafficking has resulted in violence and the abuse of children.”

An Axios report published earlier this month showed that the Biden administration lost contact with thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.

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HHS documents reveal incidents of sexual and physical abuse of unaccompanied migrant children

September 23, 2021

House legislators file articles of impeachment against Biden

A group of legislators filed new articles of impeachment against President Joe Biden for an unsecured border, his handling of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, and imposing an eviction moratorium even though he said it might not hold up under constitutional scrutiny.

The group of GOP lawmakers, led by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH), includes Andy Biggs (AZ), Brian Babin (TX), and Randy Weber (TX).

The House members argued that Biden’s conduct “warrants impeachment and trial, removal from office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.”

This is the second time Biden’s been the subject of articles of impeachment. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) filed articles of impeachment the day after Biden’s swearing-in.

However, the effort has a slim chance of success given that the House majority currently belongs to the Democrats.

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New group of GOP lawmakers file articles of impeachment against Biden

September 22, 2021

White House admits fault in diplomatic dispute with France

President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone on Wednesday amid a diplomatic dispute over the agreement between Australia, the US, and the UK. The AUKUS agreement, announced last week, is set to aid Australia in developing nuclear-powered submarines. The White House released a statement on the matter.

“The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners,” the White House statement read. “President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard.”

The pair of presidents “decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives.” 

“They will meet in Europe at the end of October in order to reach shared understandings and maintain momentum in this process,” the statement read. 

France recalled its ambassadors from the US and Australia last week after the announcement of AUKUS. The French government was angry over the exclusion from the three-country security pact, calling it a “stab in the back.”

Macron “decided that the French Ambassador will return to Washington next week,” and will “start intensive work with senior US officials.” 

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Biden, Macron speak by phone, plan October meeting after diplomatic blow-up

Photo credit: “Joe Biden” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. “Emmanuel Macron” by EU2017EE is licensed under CC BY 2.0. Both images are cropped and combined into the main image.

September 22, 2021

Biden’s approval ratings plunge in critical battleground state

According to a recent Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll, President Joe Biden’s approval ratings in Iowa plummeted to just 31%, with 62% of Iowans saying they disapprove.

The new data marks a significant 12-point drop from June when the ratings stood at 43% approval and 52% disapproval.

“This is a bad poll for Joe Biden, and it’s playing out in everything that he touches right now,” pollster, J. Ann Selzer, told the Des Moines Register.

The commander-in-chief’s job approval rating is lower than former President Donald Trump’s worst numbers, 35% in Dec. 2017.

“The way we exited Afghanistan was pretty sad,” said politically independent poll participant Brad Singleton, 45. “Not the fact that we left Afghanistan, because we probably should have done that a long time ago, but just the way we did that it felt like Americans were abandoned and it felt like we just left equipment there.”

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Iowa Poll: 62% of Iowans disapprove of the job Joe Biden is doing as president

September 22, 2021

Evidence confirms Joe Biden’s knowledge of Hunter’s foreign business deals

A new book by Politico reporter, Ben Schreckinger, confirms that some of the materials uncovered in Hunter Biden’s purported laptop are genuine, including two emails that caused quite a stir last October.

In the book, “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” an individual who had independent access to Hunter’s emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The source confirmed a 2017 email in which a proposed venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, “10 held by H for the big guy?”

Shortly before the election, when the story broke last year, it was promptly censored by mainstream outlets and platforms, including Twitter.

“Big Tech/Dem censorship of this story before the election was a grave assault,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted. Greenwald pointed out that media outlets declared the story “Russian disinformation.”

“It’s so easy to recognize and denounce the censorship, repression and propaganda in distant countries we’re taught from childhood to hate (Russia),” Greenwald wrote. “It’s more difficult — and more important — to recognize it in our own. Pre-election censorship of this story was a disgrace.”

September 21, 2021

Harris shifts blame to Border Patrol as migrant crisis continues

Vice President Kamala Harris said she is “deeply troubled” by the widespread images of Border Patrol agents on horseback preventing migrants from entering the US.

“What I saw depicted about those individuals on horseback treating human beings the way they were, was horrible,” Harris told reporters. “And I fully support what is happening right now, which is a thorough investigation into exactly what is going on there. But human beings should never be treated that way. And I’m deeply troubled about it. And I’ll also be talking to Secretary [Alejandro] Mayorkas about it today.”

Border Patrol agents are overwhelmed by the process of dealing with over 14,000 migrants, working 10 hours a day and six days a week. Agents told the media they were angry with the piled-on criticism from the Biden administration, accusing it of deflecting blame for its inability to control the border.

“This whole situation is blowing up and even liberals are turning on this administration,” one agent told Fox News. “[Harris] is placing blame on agents to deflect because she and Biden are not going to change how they are handling this.”

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Harris ‘deeply troubled’ by images of Border Patrol agents on horseback blocking migrants, agents respond

Photo credit: “Kamala Harris with supporters” by Gage Skidmore; licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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