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BIDEN UNLEASHES DANGEROUS LIES IN PHILADELPHIA SPEECH… Biden Calls Voting Integrity Bills Greatest Threat ‘Since The Civil War,’ Compares Jan. 6 Rioters To Confederates (VIDEO)

President Joe Biden repeated a talking point that called Republicans’ election reform bills the greatest threat to democracy “since the Civil War” and compared Jan. 6 rioters to Confederate soldiers during a Tuesday speech.

Biden spoke at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Tuesday afternoon. He called GOP election integrity efforts “an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty” and “an assault on who we are.” The president referred to his oath of office, where he swore to protect the country against both foreign and domestic threats.

“Bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation of our country,” Biden told the crowd. “The assault on free and fair elections is not just a threat. Literally – I’ve said it before – we’re facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole.”

He also compared Jan. 6 rioters to Confederate soldiers.

“Confederates, back then, never breached the Capitol, as insurrectionists did on January 6,” the president said.

Biden’s comments echo those of White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who also compared Republican election reform efforts to the Civil War during Monday’s press conference.

 

CURTIS HOUCK: Biden says Trump supporters are worse than slave-owning Confederates: “We are facing the most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War. That’s not hyperbole…The Confederates back then never breached the Capitol as insurrectionists did” (VIDEO)

 

HERE’S WHAT ACTUALLY IN THE TEXAS BILLS, VIA BUSINESS INSIDER…

Texas already has strict voting rules, with no online, automatic, or same-day voter registration; requiring an excuse to vote absentee for those under 65; and mandating a photo ID to vote.

Biggest highlights of HB 3 and SB 1:

New early voting hours. Both bills require counties to hold at least nine hours of voting during the early voting period that can start as early as 6 am and end as late as 9 pm in SB 1 and 10 pm in SB 1. The bills set a more specific set of hours than current law, which just requires early voting to be held during a county clerk’s office during “regular business hours.”

Both bills also require early voting to be held for 12 hours a day during the last week of early voting in larger counties and allow small counties with less than 1,000 voters to hold fewer hours.

The new hours for early voting, however, would ban local officials from offering early voting overnight 24 hours a day, as Harris County did in 2020 during the pandemic.

Bans on drive-thru voting. Both bills prohibit officials from offering early voting in a “moveable structure” after officials in heavily Democratic Harris County offered it as a COVID-19-specific measure, prompting several unsuccessful last-minute lawsuits against the practice.

ID information needed to vote absentee. Texas, which already uses signature matching to verify absentee ballots, will now require voters to provide the number on their driver’s license, other state ID, or the last four digits of their Social Security number on the outer envelope when requesting an absentee ballot.

More restrictions on absentee applications. Both laws make it a state jail felony for election officials to send out absentee ballot applications unsolicited to voters both eligible and not eligible to vote absentee.

More protections and access for partisan poll watchers.

Enhanced criminal penalties for paid ballot collection, sometimes called ballot or vote harvesting, on behalf of a candidate or party.

More rules for people assisting voters, including requiring assistors to fill out a form stating their relationship to the voter.

The option for voters to “cure” or fix issues with their absentee ballots. In a move advocated by Democrats, both bills include a new provision that will require officials to notify voters if their absentee ballot is missing a signature on the outer envelope or has a mismatched signature, and give them an opportunity to fix the problem.

In another provision sought by Democrats, HB 3 protects against a person being convicted of a crime for voting a provisional ballot while unknowingly ineligible, a response to the prosecution of Crystal Mason, who was sentenced to five years in prison for voting on supervised release.

 

MORE, FROM JASON RANTZ: New York Times Helps Democrats Pursue ‘Restrictive’ Voting Lie

S.B. 1 increases criminal penalties for election workers who violate election regulations. It adds new voter identification requirements for mail-in voting. And it bans drive-through and 24-hour voting, two “innovations” introduced during the pandemic.

Earlier drafts of the bill included a limit on Sunday voting (which Republican lawmakers said was mistakenly included in an earlier draft) and a more accessible avenue for pursuing the overturning of an election. But neither of these more controversial proposals made it into the final form of the legislation.

The bill is only currently “controversial” insofar as Democrats are pushing a contrived talking point that Republicans nationwide are pursuing “restrictive” election laws to stop Democrats, particularly people of color, from voting.

This is a lie.

Republicans are undoing Democratic policies that changed voting procedures in 2020. Democrats used the pandemic to justify remarkably comprehensive election policies that certainly made it easier to vote, but at the expense of basic security and integrity.

States that never allowed large-scale mail-in voting, for example, suddenly did just that—without any of the necessary time to ensure the system was as secure as it could, or should, be. In fact, in Texas, there were considerable problems with 24-hour voting, making it challenging to get poll-watchers to come to locations that didn’t shut down at all. There were also administrative problems with drive-through voting.

 

MORE, FROM THE WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: Joe Biden, Jim Crow and Texas Voting

This is not a blockade of the ballot box. To the contrary, in some places the bills would expand mandatory early voting hours. Current law says that in the final week before Election Day, counties with 100,000 people must open their “main” polling place for 12 hours on weekdays and five hours on Sunday. The House would lower the population threshold to 55,000, and the Senate would set it at 30,000. Both would also require six hours of Sunday voting.

Mail voters would be asked to verify their identities by supplying a state ID number or the last four digits of a Social Security number. That way election workers could quit squinting at people’s signatures. A study of Georgia in 2018 found that 54% of the ballots rejected for signature or oath issues were from black voters. Under the Texas plan, if the ID numbers matched, the voter’s signature would be presumed valid.

The voting bills propose many other provisions that are hardly extreme: Local officials would be barred from sending unsolicited mail-ballot applications. Courts would have to “instruct” felons about how their convictions affect their voting rights. Employers would be required, “while early voting is in progress,” to permit workers to be absent for the purpose of going to the polls. Ballot harvesting for compensation would be banned.

The argument is not that these bills are perfect, because no election system is. The point is that they are not some “un-American” throwback to Jim Crow, as Mr. Biden claims. If Texas Democrats think one provision or another is wrong, then they should stay in Austin and argue the case to the public. They claim to be fighting for democracy, even as they deny a quorum to prevent democracy from functioning.

 

FOX: Texas’ Abbott says Biden, Dems must stop ‘misinformation’ spread on voting bill (VIDEO)

Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Republican, took to Twitter late Tuesday to blame President Biden for willfully spreading “misinformation” about the state GOP’s sweeping elections overhaul bill.

Biden, who was in Old City, Philadelphia, on Tuesday rebuked the bill in no uncertain terms. He said proponents of the election security measures are engaging in “21st century Jim Crow assault.”

Biden’s remarks came a day after Texas Democrats decamped for Washington in an effort to deny their GOP-controlled Legislature the necessary quorum to pass a bill placing new restrictions on voting in the state.

Abbott, who told Fox News the Democrats who fled the state face arrest upon their return, insisted that the bill in Texas is “making it EASIER to vote & harder to cheat.”

 

SO WHAT’S REALLY GOING ON? HERE’S A THEORY: DEMOCRATS ARE PANICKING THAT THEY’RE LOSING EVEN A LITTLE SUPPORT AMONG BLACK VOTERS… AND ARE TURNING TO CYNICAL RACIAL SCARE TACTICS OUT OF DESPERATION… DEM STRATEGISTS FORESEE A DECADE OUT OF POWER IF THEY CAN’T CONTROL REDISTRICTING & CREATE STATES NOW…

 

FLASHBACK… NOVEMBER 12 2020… DEMOCRAT ELECTION ANALYST DAVID SHOR: ‘THE JOKE IS THAT THE GOP IS REALLY ASSEMBLING THE MULTIRACIAL WORKING-CLASS COALITION THAT THE LEFT HAS ALWAYS DREAMED OF…’

Trump, whose approval rating was historically low throughout his tenure as president, increased his support among Black men and Hispanic voters in key swing states, while maintaining his hold on white non-college educated voters. Democrats’ House majority shrank, thanks in part to losses in the suburbs, and split-ticket voting all but disappeared, dooming Democratic Senate candidates in rural, Trump-friendly states. And even while President-Elect Joe Biden is on track to win a higher share of the national popular vote than anyone challenging an incumbent president since Franklin D. Roosevelt, the future for Democrats now looks, well, bleak.

“We have an election system that makes it basically impossible for Democrats’ current coalition to ever wield legislative power,” says Shor. “We are legitimately in a position from here on out where we would need to get 54 percent of the popular vote — which we did not even accomplish this time — for multiple cycles in a row, for us to be in a position to really pass laws.” […]

There is a broader trend, though, that as college-educated white people become a larger share of the Democratic coalition and a larger share of the Democratic voice, they do pull the party on cultural issues. Non-college educated white people have more culturally in common with working-class Black and working-class Hispanic voters. So, it should be unsurprising that as the cultural power of college-educated white people increases in the Democratic Party, non-white voters will move against us. […]

In terms of whether these trends will continue or not, I think that when it comes to African Americans, there is this very real question: How sustainable is it to get 95 percent of the vote within a racial or ethnic group for long periods of time? And I think the answer is that it probably isn’t. If you look at these long-term structural factors, the reason why there are all of these culturally conservative African Americans who vote for Democrats is that, in the same way that there are a lot of economically liberal, non-college educated white people who vote for Republicans, there are these social institutions that kind of transmute identity with party politics. And if you look at what the big predictors are, what those institutions are among Black voters and, to a lesser extent, Hispanic voters, you’re looking at churches. You’re looking at a lot of community organizations that are declining in power. And you also have this broader trend of racial integration and intermarriage.

So, the long-term trend probably is toward racial depolarization. And I think that’s really interesting and surprising. Racial [political] polarization had been steadily increasing from 1992 up until 2016; 2016 is when it reversed course, and a lot of people thought that was an aberration. But 2018 and 2020 show it’s not. It is very strange, in some ways, that Donald Trump kicked off an era of racial depolarization.

I think the trends causing that will probably continue. But predictions about the future are very hard.

 

MORE FROM DAVID SHOR… MARCH 3, 2021…

But if you look at the concrete questions, white liberals are to the left of Hispanic Democrats, but also of Black Democrats, on defunding the police and those ideological questions about the source of racial inequity.

Regardless, even if a majority of nonwhite people agreed with liberals on all of these issues, the fundamental problem is that Democrats have been relying on the support of roughly 90 percent of Black voters and 70 percent of Hispanic voters. So if Democrats elevate issues or theories that a large minority of nonwhite voters reject, it’s going to be hard to keep those margins. Because these issues are strongly correlated with ideology. And Black conservatives and Hispanic conservatives don’t actually buy into a lot of these intellectual theories of racism. They often have a very different conception of how to help the Black or Hispanic community than liberals do. And I don’t think we can buy our way out of this trade-off. Most voters are not liberals. If we polarize the electorate on ideology — or if nationally prominent Democrats raise the salience of issues that polarize the electorate on ideology — we’re going to lose a lot of votes. […]

But we have no margin for error. If we conduct ourselves the way we did after 2008, we’re definitely going to lose. And due to the way that our electoral system works, we really could be locked out of power for a very long time, just like we were after 2010. So that means the need for messaging discipline is stronger than ever. But keeping the national conversation focused around popular economic issues probably won’t be enough. Since the maps in the House of Representatives are so biased against us, if we don’t pass a redistricting reform, our chance of keeping the House is very low. And then the Senate is even more biased against us than the House. So, it’s also very important that we add as many states as we can. Currently, even if we have an exceptionally good midterm, the most likely outcome is that we lose one or two Senate seats. And then, going into 2024, we have something like seven or eight Democrats who are in states that are more Republican than the country overall. Basically, we have this small window right now to pass redistricting reform and create states. And if we don’t use this window, we will almost certainly lose control of the federal government and not be in a position to pass laws again potentially for a decade. In terms of putting numbers on things, I think that if we implemented D.C. and Puerto Rican statehood and passed redistricting reform, that would roughly triple our chance of holding the House in 2022 and roughly the same in the Senate. The fact that it’s possible to triple those odds is a testament to how bleak the baseline case is. So we need to pass those reforms and we need Biden to remain popular. If his approval rating is below 50 by the end of the year, we’re probably fucked.

 

AND HERE’S THE WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD LAST NIGHT… WSJ: Joe Biden, Jim Crow and Texas Voting


Mr. Biden is escalating his rhetoric about Jim Crow and now the Civil War. Part of his aim, after Republicans made gains in 2020 among nonwhite voters, might be to reinforce the message that the GOP is racist. But Mr. Biden is also distorting the truth to justify congressional passage of H.R.1, a constitutionally dubious takeover of voting rules in all 50 states. He is trying to appease frustrated progressives who are starting to blame him for the Senate’s refusal to kill the filibuster.

Before Democrats hail quorum breaking as heroism, they might recall that they are trying to pass the most radical agenda in decades with the narrowest majorities in decades. Who’s really undermining democracy?

 

WITH ALL OF THAT IN MIND, DEMOCRATS ARE PANICKED THAT BIDEN ISN’T FOR BLOWING UP THE FILIBUSTER… YET…

 

CNN: Civil rights leaders say Biden fell short on outlining action steps to end filibuster

While Black civil rights leaders lauded President Joe Biden for taking a strong stance against voter suppression in his speech Tuesday, they said the president still fell short of meeting their demand to discuss the need to eliminate or reform the filibuster.

During his address, Biden called on Congress to pass both the For the People and John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement act to block the nationwide assault on voting rights.

However, Biden did not mention the need to end the filibuster, which has made it impossible for Democrats to move forward with voting rights legislation because their slim majority in the Senate isn’t enough to overcome GOP opposition.

“I would have liked to have heard him to say process should not be more important than people,” said Melanie Campbell, president of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation. “And process should not get in the way of the right to vote in this country.”

 

BUT WHAT IS HARRIS UP TO? NPR: Vice President Harris Hints That She Has Discussed Filibuster Changes With Senators (AUDIO)

With voting rights legislation stalled in the Senate because of Republican opposition, Vice President Harris suggested that she has talked to senators about exceptions to the legislative filibuster but said she will not be publicly negotiating an issue that the White House insists is up to lawmakers, she told NPR in an interview Tuesday.

“I believe that of all of the issues that the United States Congress can take up, the right to vote is the right that unlocks all the other rights,” Harris said. “And for that reason, it should be one of its highest priorities.”

Pressed on whether she is advocating that senators support a carveout to the filibuster for voting rights proposed by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., Harris said, “I don’t mean this in any offense, but I’m not going to negotiate this way. But I’m certainly having conversations with folks.”

The vice president did not clarify whom she has talked to about voting rights.

 

NOW BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING…

 

DEMS REACH FOR THE CASH CANNON AGAIN… NYT: Democrats Propose $3.5 Trillion Budget to Advance With Infrastructure Deal

WASHINGTON — Top Democrats announced on Tuesday evening that they had reached agreement on an expansive $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, including plans to pour money into addressing climate change and expanding Medicare among an array of other Democratic priorities, that they plan to advance alongside a bipartisan infrastructure deal.

Combined with nearly $600 billion in new spending on physical infrastructure contained in the bipartisan plan, which omits many of Democrats’ highest ambitions, the measure is intended to deliver on President Biden’s $4 trillion economic proposal. The budget blueprint, expected to be dominated by spending, tax increases and programs that Republicans oppose, would pave the way for a Democrats-only bill that leaders plan to push through Congress using a process known as reconciliation, which shields it from a filibuster.

To push the package — and the reconciliation bill that follows — through the evenly divided Senate, Democrats will have to hold together every member of their party and the independents aligned with them over what promises to be unified Republican opposition. It was not clear if all 50 lawmakers in the Democratic caucus, which includes centrists unafraid to break with their party like Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, had signed off the blueprint. The package is considerably smaller than the $6 trillion some progressives had proposed but larger than some moderates had envisioned.

 

DR. MARTY MAKARY: The U.S. is far too fixated on vaccinating Americans. It must focus on the world.

While the United States is running lotteries and celebrity ad campaigns to convince every American to get vaccinated, other parts of the world are digging mass graves for their victims of covid-19. Therein lies the greatest failure of the current U.S. pandemic response: It has become fixated on the disease at home while giving lip service and responding slowly to the threat abroad.

In the United States, the covid-19 threat is currently low. Nearly all at-risk Americans are protected. The virus is now circulating in young people for which the case-fatality rate is similar to seasonal flu, except daily covid-19 cases are a fraction of the daily influenza cases in a mild flu season (about 20,000 vs. 133,000 per day).

But it’s a very different pandemic overseas. Hospitals around the world are overrun, and the morgues are overflowing due to low vaccination rates. More than 70 countries and territories have vaccinated less than 10 percent of their population, with 12 unable to reach even 1 percent. We need to help them get vaccinated.

 

TOM ELLIOTT: Fauci says 3-year-olds should be forced to wear masks: “No doubt about that” (VIDEO)

 

TENNESSEE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL CANNED AFTER SHE PUSHED KIDS TO GET VACCINATED WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT… NYT: Top Tennessee Vaccine Official Says She Was Fired Over Shots for Teens

NASHVILLE — First came public service ads alerting teenagers in Tennessee that they were eligible to get vaccinated for Covid-19. Then, the state’s top immunization leader, Dr. Michelle Fiscus, distributed a memo that suggested some teenagers might be eligible for vaccinations without their parents’ consent.

By this week, Dr. Fiscus said she was fired — a circumstance she attributed to pushback among Republican lawmakers in the state, who have complained that the Tennessee Department of Health had gone too far in its efforts to raise awareness of the shot among young people.

Dr. Fiscus, the health department’s medical director for vaccine-preventable diseases and immunization programs, is one of scores of public health officials across the United States who have quit or been forced from their jobs in a pandemic that was unlike anything they had tackled before and in a political climate that has grown increasingly split over the coronavirus and the vaccines.

 

CHILDREN’S HEALTH DEFENSE: Parents sue Washington, DC for allowing minors to be vaccinated without parental knowledge or consent

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2021 (Children’s Health Defense) – On Monday, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and the Parental Rights Foundation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking a court order to declare that the D.C. Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2020 is unconstitutional. Plaintiffs are four parents of minor children who attend public school in the District of Columbia. They seek a preliminary injunction to prohibit the Mayor, the D.C. Department of Health, and the D.C. Public School System from enforcing the Act.

The D.C. Minor Consent for Vaccinations Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act) allows children eleven years of age and older to consent to the administration of any vaccine recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), including COVID shots, without parental knowledge or consent, if the medical provider believes “the minor is capable of meeting the informed consent standard.”

 

SCHOOL TEACHES 4 YEAR OLDS THAT DETAINING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS IS AKIN TO JAPANESE INTERNMENT… IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND… FREE BEACON: Elementary School Lecture Compares Immigrant Detention at Southern Border to Japanese Internment During WWII

Students as young as four years old in a Maryland public school were taught that immigrant detention at the southern border is akin to the federal government forcibly interning Japanese-American citizens during World War II.

A virtual lecture for Asian-American History Month at North Glen Elementary, a pre-K through fifth grade institution in Anne Arundel County, compared the United States imprisoning more than one hundred thousand U.S. citizens in the 1940s to the United States detaining illegal immigrants in the present day.

While both situations occurred under Democratic presidents, the comparisons stop there. Democratic icon Franklin Delano Roosevelt interned Japanese-American citizens during World War II under the false belief that Americans of Japanese descent represented a potential fifth column. At the U.S.-Mexico border, however, it is standard practice to detain non-U.S. citizens who cross illegally.

Republican county councilman Nathan Volke, who represents northeast Anne Arundel County, called the lesson “disturbing,” and told the Washington Free Beacon that “there is no parallel to the forced imprisonment of Japanese Americans, who were citizens of the U.S. during World War II, and the temporary detainer of individuals entering the U.S. illegally.”

“It’s disturbing that this type of teaching is happening, and further reinforces the concerns that so many parents are raising about critical race theory and other divisive topics being taught in our schools,” Volke said. “There’s no place for this in Anne Arundel County.”

 

AND DON’T MISS THIS FREE BEACON EXCLUSIVE… ‘Complete Shithole’: Biden’s Namesake Rest Stop in Disarray

NEWARK, Del.—At the September 2018 naming ceremony for the Biden Welcome Center off the highway in Delaware, the now-president said having his name on the rest stop was “one of the most meaningful” things to happen in his life. Once billed as a “rest stop of the future” by the enthusiasts at Roadside America for its “environmentally sensitive and sustainable design,” the stop has devolved into a dysfunctional dump, according to a Washington Free Beacon investigation.

The restrooms, equipped with an overflowing used-needle deposit box, were abnormally crowded during a mid-week July trip to the Biden Welcome Center. This was likely due to the fact that only half of the bathrooms were open, and a majority of stalls in open bathrooms were either out of service or too filthy for public use. One gentleman who entered the men’s room kicked open a bathroom stall door, let out a muffled yell at whatever sat inside the toilet, and left the facility altogether.

 

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