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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

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

Americans react to the most expensive gas in the country

Travelers patronizing the most expensive gas station in the country reacted to the skyrocketing prices of fuel and general inflation that Americans are experiencing.

In California, Schlafer’s Auto Body & Repair in Mendocino charged $6.74 a gallon — the highest in the nation. The average price for gas in the Golden State is $4.39, and the national average is $3.20.

“It’s a problem,” said one man traveling through Mendocino, which only has one gas station. “The price of everything is going up.”

Since August 2020, the prices of all items have risen 5.3%.

“I’m retired myself so I live on a fixed income. So these things matter to me and my generation,” said Bill Kemper, a long-time visitor of Mendocino. “I worked hard like everybody else in my situation did to be able to retire, but if prices keep escalating like it is, it’s going to make it very difficult for everybody in California and in the country as well.”

Some assigned blame to President Biden.

Kemper said Biden is “spending money, as we used to say when I was in the military, like a drunken sailor.”

“It doesn’t matter how much he spends, he just prints more money, and taxes more of it, which of course causes inflation to go up,” he added.

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California drivers react to the most expensive gas in America

September 21, 2021

Biden administration defends expulsion of 6,000 migrants

US officials confirmed that over 6,000 migrants were removed from an encampment in Del Rio, Texas, as they defended immediately expelling the migrants and using horse patrols to prevent them from entering the town.

“If you come to the United States illegally, you will be returned. Your journey will not succeed, and you will be endangering your life and your family’s life,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, calling it a “challenging and heartbreaking situation.”

Widely spread photos and video showed agents on horseback used what appeared to be whips and their horses to push migrants back at the river near Del Rio, where thousands of migrants camped under a bridge. Mayorkas and Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said they would investigate to ensure the agents did not take any “unacceptable” actions.

A Trump-era pandemic-related authority enabled the hasty expulsions. The rule, adopted by former President Donald Trump, allows for migrants’ immediate removal without an opportunity to seek asylum. President Joe Biden excused unaccompanied children from the order but let the rest stand.

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US officials defend expulsion of Haitians from Texas town

September 18, 2021

France retaliates over Biden “stab in the back”

After referring to the nuclear submarine pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the US as a “stab in the back,” French President Macron recalled France’s ambassadors from the United States and Australia.

“At the request of President Macron, I have decided to immediately recall our ambassadors to the United States and Australia to Paris for consultations,” Jean-Yves Le Drain, French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, said in a statement.

“The abandonment of the ocean-class submarine project that Australia and France had been working on since 2016 and the announcement of a new partnership with the United States aimed at studying the possibility of future cooperation on nuclear-powered submarines constitute unacceptable behavior among allies and partners,” the statement read.

Earlier this week, there was an announcement for the AUKUS pact between Australia, the UK, and the US that will provide nuclear submarines to Australia, scrapping a previous arrangement to send French-made submarines. France was incensed by the exclusion.

“This brutal, unilateral and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” Le Drian said. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”

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France recalls ambassadors to US and Australia in response to AUKUS nuclear submarine pact

Photo “French ambassador’s residence” by NCinDC is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

September 17, 2021

France angry over Biden exclusion: “It is really a stab in the back”

President Joe Biden excluded France from the three-country security pact, AUKUS, that will provide nuclear submarines to Australia. The French government is fuming over the decision.

“It is really a stab in the back. We built a relationship of trust with Australia, and this trust was betrayed and I’m angry today, with a lot of bitterness, about this breach,” said French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

“This brutal, unilateral, and unpredictable decision reminds me a lot of what Mr. Trump used to do,” Le Drian said. “I am angry and bitter. This isn’t done between allies.”

“The American choice to exclude a European ally and partner such as France from a structuring partnership with Australia, at a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, whether in terms of our values or in terms of respect for multilateralism based on the rule of law, shows a lack of coherence that France can only note and regret,” the French embassy in Washington, D.C., said in a statement.

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France fuming over Biden ‘backstab’ on US-UK-Aussie nuclear submarines pact

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