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CORI BUSH: I NEED MY SECURITY TO GET RID OF YOURS! NY POST: Cori Bush will pay $200K for private security — but still wants to defund police (VIDEO)

Progressive Democratic Rep. Cori Bush has admitted she is willing to fork out $200,000 for private security to protect herself — but says defunding the police still needs to happen.

The Missouri Rep. declared in a CBS interview on Wednesday that — despite advocating to defund police — she needed private security because she’d faced death threats.

The 45-year-old member of “The Squad” has faced mounting criticism in recent weeks after it emerged she had spent $70,000 on private security in the last three months.

Asked to respond to those who branded her a hypocrite, an unapologetic Bush hit back on Wednesday by telling critics to: “Suck it up.”

“I’m going to make sure I have security because I know have had attempts on my life and I have too much work to do, there are too many people that need help right now,” she said.

“If I end up spending $200,000, if I spend $10 more dollars on it — you know what, I get to be here to do the work. So suck it up.

“Defunding the police has to happen. We need to defund the police and put that money into social safety nets because we’re trying to save lives.”

 

Dagen McDowell Says Paying Security While Trashing Police Is Cori Bush’s Version Of ‘Let Them Eat Cake’ (VIDEO)

McDowell jumped in then, saying that Bush was in competition for attention with other Democrats in Congress like New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

“Because she is competing with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, she has to ratchet up the insanity,” McDowell added, arguing that Bush was essentially saying that she needed to be safe and protected but her constituents did not. “She is literally saying — it’s her version of ‘let them eat cake.’ Instead, it’s let them eat lead.”

 

WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT’S OK BECAUSE BUSH’S LIFE IS WORTH PROTECTING… Doocy Presses Psaki On Democrats Who Call For Defunding The Police (VIDEO)

Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on how Democrats can say they aren’t the party of defunding the police when Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush advocated for the policy recently.

During the press conference, Doocy pointed out that Biden claimed that the party was against defunding police just a few weeks ago. However, Bush said Thursday that she spends tens of thousands of dollars on private security for herself but that people needed to “suck it up” and defund the police departments.

“Didn’t President Biden say a few weeks ago that anyone who accuses the party of being anti-police is lying?” Doocy asked.

“I think we shouldn’t lose the forest through the trees here,” Psaki responded. “Which is that a member of congress, an elected official, is concerned that her life is threatened. And that’s disturbing, that any elected official would have to suffer death threats and fear for their life.”

 

KHAOS IN KAMALAND… NY POST: Female Kamala Harris allies hold ‘crisis dinner’ on veep’s negative, ‘sexist’ press

Top female Democrats and Kamala Harris allies held a “crisis dinner” last month to strategize on the recent onslaught of negative press the VP and her office has received, a new report says.

The purpose of the dinner was to urgently create a plan to defend the Vice President and her chief of staff Tina Flournoy amid claims of a toxic office, Axios reports.

It was also to discuss how to boost Harris’ national media footing and leverage her experience as a prosecutor, California attorney general and senator to hit back at criticism.

The dinner was organized by Kiki McLean — a Democratic communications strategist and former advisor to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Other guests included former Obama White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, Harris confidant Minyon Moore, Biden adviser Stephanie Cutter and Hillary Clinton campaign spokeswomen Karen Finney and Adrienne Elrod.

 

HOW TO SAVE KAMALA’S IMAGE? NOT RESULTS! ACCUSE THE PRESS OF ‘SEXISM’… AXIOS:

The women discussed how they could leverage Harris’ record as a prosecutor, California attorney general and U.S. senator to blunt criticisms of her performance as vice president, including her answers to questions about the border crisis.

Another source familiar with the dinner said attendees saw sexist overtones to the Harris coverage, and discussed how they could “make sure the press knows this.”

“Many of us lived through the Clinton campaign, and want to help curb some of the gendered dynamics in press coverage that impacted HRC,” this source said. “It was like: ‘We’ve seen this before.’ It’s subtle. But when things aren’t going well for a male politician, we ask very different questions, and they’re not held to account the way a woman leader is.”

 

HARRIS UPSET THAT THE PRESS DOESN’T RECOGNIZE HOW DEEP AND THOUGHTFUL SHE IS… ATLANTIC…

“Part of my frustration is the way that this system rewards sound bites” as opposed to “depth and thought,” Harris told me. She really did seem fed up with the media portrayal of her—particularly when it comes to those clips that drive headlines.

 

HOW ABOUT THAT BORDER CRISIS? FOX: Over 800 unaccompanied migrant kids apprehended at the border in a single day as numbers surge

More than 800 unaccompanied migrant children were apprehended in a single day this week, as the numbers of migrants coming to the southern border continue to surge with no sign of slowing down despite the heat of the summer months.

Health and Human Services announced that 834 unaccompanied children and teenagers were apprehended on Thursday, significantly higher than the 30-day average of 512.

It means that there are a total 2,784 children in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody, and 14,523 in HHS custody. The Biden administration has focused on transferring children apprehended at the border from CBP to HHS custody and then to sponsors or parents already in the country – often illegally themselves. On Thursday, 612 children were discharged from HHS custody to parents or guardians.

The numbers reflect a continuing surge at the southern border and a sign that the border crisis that has dogged the Biden administration is unlikely to stop any time soon. The extreme heat of the summer months often acts to deter making the journey north in past years, but the numbers have shown no sign of slowing down.

 

IT’S TIME FOR A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION OF CATHOLIC CHARITIES… BILL MELUGIN: NEW: I just asked a rep from Catholic Charities of the RGV how many migrants are currently quarantined in local hotels for COVID-19? He said he doesn’t know. I asked the exec. director of the charity the same question Monday. She said she was advised not to comment. @FoxNews (THREAD)

 

BILL MELUGIN: NEW: @Julio_Rosas11 asked Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, a Democrat, if he would like President Biden to visit the Rio Grande Valley? Cortez said he has invited Biden, and that he’s “extremely disappointed he’s received absolutely zero communication from him.” @FoxNews

 

PROPERTY OWNERS SCRAPE BY UNDER BIDEN REGIME… NR: Small-Time Landlords ‘Hanging On by Their Fingernails’ as Eviction Moratorium Drags On

One of Raj Sookram’s tenants stopped paying rent in December. Another man hasn’t paid him a cent in 20 months. He now owes Sookram over $20,000.

One woman stopped paying this spring, Sookram said, then demanded that he fix her hot water heater when it blew. That ended with city officials threatening Sookram with daily fines.

In all, Sookram said, about half of the tenants living in his 13 Rochester, N.Y., rental properties are behind on rent. Sookram said he’s struggling to pay his bills and taxes.

 

FOX: Landlord out $24,000 in rent due to eviction moratorium, says tenants buying boats (VIDEO)

A North Carolina landlord says he is out $24,000 in unpaid rent from tenants, while one renter bought three boats over the course of the eviction moratorium just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new ban that will last until Oct. 3.

Buddy Shoup, who owns 35 properties across the state, said that he has been forced to maintain the properties and hemorrhage costs while the federal government slowly dribbles out rental assistance, of which only 7% has been doled out to renters in need.

“[The money] was used, they went and bought brand new boats, but I mean, you know in a time of crisis like what we’ve been through, you’re evidently getting money from somewhere, but it’s not getting to me,” said Shoup.

Those very same tenants allegedly contacted Shoup when their air-conditioning failed in the middle of the summer.

Shoup was legally required to make the $4,500 repair on the residence but said he did not receive any money from the tenants or the government to cover the additional cost.

“It goes way beyond the loss of rental income, we’re still bound by county rules and laws,” added Shoup. “We have to maintain the property.”

 

FREE BEACON: Biden Admin Seeks Crackdown on Airport Alcohol Sales

The Biden administration is urging airports to police the sale of alcohol to travelers, citing a rise in “unruly behavior” by passengers on planes.

“The [Federal Aviation Administration] requests that airports work with their concessionaires to help avoid” unsafe behavior, agency chief Steve Dickson wrote in a letter Tuesday to airport managers. “Even though FAA regulations specifically prohibit the consumption of alcohol aboard an aircraft that is not served by the airline, we have received reports that some airport concessionaires have offered alcohol ‘to go,’ and passengers believe they can carry that alcohol onto their flights or they become inebriated during the boarding process.”

Dickson suggested airports work to prevent passengers from boarding planes with alcohol through signage warning against doing so, public service announcements, and informing airport bars and restaurants of the prohibition on “to go” drinks.

 

FOX NEWS: Sen. Rand Paul: Nothing more ‘authoritarian’ than no-fly list for unvaccinated people (VIDEO)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told “Fox & Friends” Thursday that there’s nothing more “authoritarian” than a no-fly list for unvaccinated people. The Kentucky Republican made these comments after a former Department of Homeland Security official argued “vaccinated people should no longer carry the burden for unvaccinated people…” when traveling.

SEN. RAND PAUL: The CDC says you’re not supposed to get vaccinated if you’ve been infected within three months. So what are we going to do? Tell people that can’t fly for three months, even according to the CDC?…So it makes no sense. It’s complete collectivism, and all of these people, are the same people who hooted and hollered and said ‘Trump is leading us to authoritarianism.’ What could be more authoritarian than a no-fly list for people who disagree with you?

 

VIRGINIA GOV. NORTHAM MANDATES VACCINES FOR STATE EMPLOYEES… NBC12: Gov. Northam announces vaccine requirement for state employees

On Monday, he announced Executive Order 18, which requires proof of vaccination for at-will, classified, waged and other salaried employees in the executive branch.

The order covers between 110,000 – 120,000 people.

It does apply to college and university employees who fall under the above classifications mentioned. It also applies to contractors.

It does not cover legislative or judicial and does not include K-12 staff and teachers, because they have their own powers and fall out of the governor’s control.

Northam is encouraging those entities to invoke similar policies and private businesses too.

The new mandate begins on Sept. 1. Anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated will have to provide a weekly negative COVID test.

There is an exemption for medical and religious reasons, but those employees, if approved, would have to show weekly proof of negative covid test.

Failure to comply is a “safety violation” and employees will face consequences.

 

MARYLAND GOV. HOGAN MANDATES VACCINES FOR SOME STATE EMPLOYEES… CBS BALTIMORE: Governor Larry Hogan Announces Vaccination Requirement For Some State Employees

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Governor Larry Hogan announced Thursday that state employees who work in congregant settings with vulnerable citizens must be vaccinated or face regular Covid testing.

The policy goes into effect September 1.

“These actions are being taken to further protect our most vulnerable citizens,” said Hogan.

Hogan said the Delta variant accounts for nearly 100% of new sequenced cases in the state.

 

AHH… HERE’S HOW YOU GET FIRED FROM CNN… 3 CNN Employees Fired For Showing Up Unvaccinated

CNN fired three employees who came to the office unvaccinated, according to the network’s senior media reporter, Oliver Darcy.

CNN President Jeff Zucker sent a memo to office staff Thursday that said the network had discovered three employees who had been coming to the office unvaccinated, and terminated all three of them. The portion of the memo that was posted by Darcy did not disclose how staff discovered that the employees had not been vaccinated, but clarified that CNN has “a zero-tolerance policy on this.”

 

FAUCI FLOORS ACCELERATOR ON BOOSTERS… HILL: Fauci: Booster shots for immunocompromised ‘very high priority’ in COVID-19 fight

The Biden administration is working to get immunocompromised people booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine “as quickly as possible,” Anthony Fauci said Thursday, calling the group “vulnerable.”

Administration health officials have said that booster shots overall are not needed at this time, but Thursday’s comments from President Biden’s chief medical adviser signal a new urgency for additional shots to those with compromised immune systems.

That group includes people who have received organ transplants, are undergoing chemotherapy or are taking medications that suppress their immune system. Slides presented at a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee meeting last month estimated the group accounts for 2.7 percent of all U.S. adults.

“Immunocompromised individuals are vulnerable,” Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said at a White House press briefing on Thursday.

With some exceptions, he said, they “do not make an adequate response [to the COVID-19 vaccine] that we feel would be adequately protective.”

“It is extremely important for us to move to get those individuals their boosters, and we are now working on that and will make that be implemented as quickly as possible, because for us and for the individuals involved it is a very high priority,” Fauci said.

 

ARE WE GETTING CLOSER TO WUHAN ANSWERS? CNN: Exclusive: Intel agencies scour reams of genetic data from Wuhan lab in Covid origins hunt

US intelligence agencies are digging through a treasure trove of genetic data that could be key to uncovering the origins of the coronavirus – as soon as they can decipher it.

This giant catalog of information contains genetic blueprints drawn from virus samples studied at the lab in Wuhan, China which some officials believe may have been the source of the Covid-19 outbreak, multiple people familiar with the matter tell CNN.

It’s unclear exactly how or when US intelligence agencies gained access to the information, but the machines involved in creating and processing this kind of genetic data from viruses are typically connected to external cloud-based servers – leaving open the possibility they were hacked, sources said.

 

NIKE CEO TRIES TO SMOOTH TALK HIS WAY THROUGH QUESTION ON CHINA BUSINESS… CNBC’S SARAH EISEN: I asked Nike’s CEO why not speak out more on China’s human rights abuses when it is so out front on societal issues here in the U.S.? (VIDEO)

“China is a very important market for us, we have a long-term history in China,” says @Nike CEO John Donahoe. “We take a very long-term view with China, we’ll continue to invest in China while also operating a very responsible global supply chain.”

 

NYT: Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Will Tighten Pollution Rules

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Thursday will roll out a strategy that uses tailpipe regulations to try to rapidly shift Americans from gasoline-powered cars and trucks toward electric vehicles — a central part of his plan to cut pollution that is heating the planet.

It’s an effort that blends environmental, economic and foreign policy in an attempt to overhaul a major American industry. In addition to his concerns about climate change, Mr. Biden is worried that the United States is trailing China in the manufacturing of electric vehicles. The president also sees opportunities to grow jobs if the domestic supply chain is retooled and expanded to produce batteries and fuel cells in American factories.

Mr. Biden plans to first restore and slightly strengthen auto mileage standards to the levels that existed under President Barack Obama but were weakened during the Trump administration. Next, his administration will draft a set of even more stringent auto pollution rules for both passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks that are designed to ramp up sales of electric vehicles.

“When I say electric vehicles are the future, I’m not joking,” Mr. Biden wrote in a tweet on Wednesday evening. “Tune in for big news tomorrow.”

 

NYT: Richard Trumka, A.F.L.-C.I.O. Chief, Dies at 72

Richard Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s pre-eminent labor federation, for the last 12 years and an influential voice in Democratic politics, died on Thursday. He was 72.

The federation confirmed the death. The cause was a heart attack, according to an A.F.L.-C.I.O. official, who did not say where Mr. Trumka died.

Senator Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, announced the death on the Senate floor. “The working people of America have lost a fierce warrior at a time when we needed him most,” Mr. Schumer said in an emotional tribute.

Mr. Trumka was elected to lead the federation in 2009, after serving as secretary-treasurer, its second-ranking official, since 1995, and president of the United Mine Workers of America before that.

Under the A.F.L.-C.I.O. constitution, the federation’s current secretary-treasurer, Liz Shuler, will take over as president until its executive council can meet to elect a successor. The federation’s next presidential election was originally scheduled to take place this year, but was delayed until next year because of the pandemic.

 

NY POST: Tara Reade says Psaki was wrong about Biden claims being ‘litigated’ (VIDEO)

WASHINGTON — Tara Reade says that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was wrong to say that sexual misconduct claims against President Biden were “heavily litigated” already.

Psaki made the remark Wednesday at her daily press briefing in response to a question from The Post about whether women who accused Biden of misconduct deserve an independent investigation as was afforded to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s accusers.

In a viral tweet, Reade responded, “Ask Psaki: Did I miss the investigation and litigation? I sure did not miss the smears and attacks on my character during Joe Biden’s campaign as I came forward. Was it safe to come forward? I think not.”

Reade says Biden sexually assaulted her in 1993 when she worked for his Senate office. She tells The Post that “what’s boneheaded is Psaki using legal term of art, ‘heavily litigated’ … that is going to haunt them.”

She said the case was never litigated — and that she intends to make sure people know that. She also said she was upset to hear Psaki say that Biden believes in “women being respected and having their voices heard and being allowed to tell their stories.”

 

Chicago Teachers Union Says Delta Variant Could Derail Plans To Return To School In-Person

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) warned that plans to return to in-person instruction could be derailed if the delta variant continues to spread.

The union published a letter online addressed to Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the city’s Board of Education, Fox News reported Thursday, calling on the mayor to “acknowledge the changing dynamics of the COVID-19 virus,” and to continue ongoing bargaining talks.

“Parents are concerned, and they deserve assurances that our union and the [Chicago Public Schools] team are working…to ensure safety in hundreds of school buildings across the city,” the letter read in part.

 

RHODE ISLAND MOTHER SUED FOR ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT CURRICULUM… QUIN HILLYER: Court should spank school officials, NEA for suing a parent who asked too many questions

A “this-can’t-be-real” lawsuit filed this week provides more evidence that many school bureaucracies and education unions together are waging warfare, malevolently so, against the very families they are supposed to serve.

Branches of the National Education Association have sued to block a Rhode Island mother and, technically at least, making her an actual defendant in the case, from securing basic information about school curricula from the South Kingstown School District. […]

Nicole Solas, whose daughter would be entering kindergarten, asked for a copy of the kindergarten curriculum, specifically asking if it would include “politically charged materials, including those influenced by Critical Race Theory and gender theory.” The school stonewalled. Solas filed public information requests for more information, and the whole thing mushroomed. Eventually, the school sent her a bill for $74,000 to comply with a records request that the Goldwater Institute had filed on her behalf.

To read an entire account of all the jockeying is to become increasingly infuriated at the school officials and the union that is running interference for them. At the Legal Insurrection blog, a respected and erudite conservative site, proprietor William A. Jacobson wrote that “this smells collusive. South Kingstown doesn’t want to produce records and the union is helping them out …The district has been very aggressive in asserting exemptions and redacting documents, so the union’s concern and rush to court seems peculiar, at best.” And, with ample explanation, Jacobson convincingly asserted that “This lawsuit makes little sense on its face.”

 

MEANWHILE, IN LAS VEGAS… KATE HOUSTON:BACK TO SCHOOL: @ClarkCountySch is introducing a new district-wide grading policy. The lowest grade is 50%. Grades wont be influenced by attendance, participation, & late assignments. CCSD says this creates equity, some teachers say it lowers standards. Full report on @8NewsNow (SCREENGRAB)

 

MICHELE PEREZ EXNER: Great lessons we’re teaching kids: it’s okay to turn things in late and not show up to fulfill responsibilities. You’ll get the same grades as everyone else. This will really set them up for success. “Equity” has basically become synonymous with “lowering standards.”

 

MEANWHILE, IN FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA… PARENTS DEFENDING EDUCATION: Fairfax County Public Schools promotes ‘Woke Kindergarten’ video with message: ‘I feel safe when there are no police’ (PDF, VIDEO LINKS)

In northern Virginia, Fairfax County Public Schools is using a “Summer Learning Guide 2021” for second graders, promoting a “Woke Kindergarten” video that has the message, “I feel safe when there are no police,” according to a copy of the guide shared by a whistleblower.

The guide includes “Reading Goals,” “Writing Goals” and “Word Study Goals.” Then, in “Suggested Texts,” the guide includes, “Safe by Ki (Woke Kindergarten 60 second text),” with a hyperlink to a YouTube video by the creator of “Woke Kindergarten,” reading text that begins, “We all deserve to feel safe.”

The reading continues: “We deserve to feel safe in our homes.” It concludes: “I feel safe when there are no police. And it’s no one’s job to tell me how I feel. But it’s everyone’s job to make sure that people who are being treated unfairly……feel safe too.”

The “Suggested Texts” for second graders also includes, “Good Trouble by Ki (Woke Kindergarten 60 second text),” with a hyperlink to a YouTube video reading. “Sometimes it’s good to get into trouble,” the “Woke Kindergarten” creator reads, invoking the concept of “good trouble” by Rep. John Lewis. Some critics have noted that the concept of “good trouble” is confusing for second graders as they are also being taught, “I feel safe when there are no police.”

 

PLUS… DO BETTER FCPS: BREAKING: FCPS allows @VEA4Kids union to film kids in class for union marketing ads. Sends parents a “release” that would allow usage of image and voice of child for any VEA ad. (SCREENGRAB)

 

POST MILLENNIAL: Female prisoner pregnant after California allows biological men to be housed with women under new trans policy

A female inmate at Central California Women’s Facility is reportedly pregnant after the state legislature passed laws allowing biological males who identify as transgender to be housed in women’s prison facilities alongside biological women.

At least one female prisoner became pregnant inside Central California Women’s Facility after a male felon was transferred to the facility, according to Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF). The policy went into effect January 1, and since then, 261 inmates have requested transfers, nearly all of them biological males asking to be housed with women.

“We have now heard from seven different people inside CCWF that at least one woman, possibly more, is now pregnant after being housed with a male felon who was transferred to the women’s prison under SB132,” WoLF said in a tweet.

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