BIDEN ADMIN SICS FBI ON PARENTS… Garland Directs FBI To Target Parents For ‘Harassment, Intimidation’
Attorney General Merrick Garland called on the FBI to “use its authority” against parents who threaten or use violence against public school officials in a Monday memorandum.
Garland said there has been a “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” He said he is directing the FBI to work with each U.S. attorney and leaders “in each federal judicial district” to discuss strategy to address threats within 30 days of his statement.
The Department of Justice’s memorandum did not specify what it classifies as a crime and did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for clarification on the matter.
Garland’s statement follows a letter from the National School Board Association (NSBA) that asked the federal government to get involved in the “immediate threat” of violence from parents faced by American public schools and its education officials. The NSBA said the incidents could be “the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”
“It is shameful that activists are weaponizing the US Department of Justice against parents,” Nicole Neily, president of Parents Defending Education told the Daily Caller News Foundation in response to the memorandum. “This is a coordinated attempt to intimidate dissenting voices in the debates surrounding America’s underperforming K-12 education – and it will not succeed. We will not be silenced.”
MASK POLICIES MADE NO DIFFERENCE AMONG CALIFORNIA COUNTIES… SFGATE: Were California county mask mandates effective against delta? Here’s what the data says.
Orange County — a non-mask-mandate county — had a very similar outcome to neighboring Los Angeles County, the first California county to bring back indoor masking in response to delta. Not only were the hospitalization figures identical, but Orange County actually had a lower case rate. Orange County has a similar vaccination rate to Los Angeles County (Los Angeles County’s rate for the total population is 61%, just two percentage points lower than Orange County’s), which makes it much easier to compare the two counties to one another than it is to compare Solano County to the other Bay Area counties.
Interestingly, San Diego County — which has a higher vaccination rate than Los Angeles and Orange counties — had a higher case rate than those two counties, but similar hospitalization figures. San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties had near-identical hospitalization outcomes despite different mask policies.
BIDEN GREENLIGHTS SPENDING TAXPAYER CASH ON PUSHING ABORTIONS… NYT: Biden Officials End Ban on Abortion Referrals at Federally Funded Clinics
The Biden administration on Monday reversed a contentious policy set under President Donald J. Trump that barred organizations that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money.
The new rule, set to take effect on Nov. 8, deals with what is known as the Title X family planning program, which was created in 1970 and subsidizes birth control, breast and cervical cancer screenings and related preventive care for millions of predominantly low-income patients.
“Our nation’s family planning clinics play a critical role in delivering health care, and today more than ever, we are making clear that access to quality family planning care includes accurate information and referrals — based on a patient’s needs and direction,” Xavier Becerra, the health and human services secretary, said in a statement.
President Biden signaled shortly after taking office that he intended to rescind the Trump-era rule, writing in a memorandum calling for action on women’s health issues that it put “women’s health at risk by making it harder for women to receive complete medical information.”
To give you a sense of how eager Democrats are to expand access to abortion, a few months ago House Dems voted unanimously in favor of a Medicaid bill that would cover the cost of the procedure for the first time in 45 years. The party has been radicalized on this issue and they’re willing to use some of their power to prove it.
Unfortunately for them, the potential 50th vote in the Senate for the reconciliation deal on which Biden’s entire domestic agenda depends happens to be pro-life Joe Manchin.
Will you force House Democrats to pass a version of the Hyde Amendment for the new Medicaid-esque program that’s included in the reconciliation package, NRO asked him a few days ago? Sure will, he replied. […]
Either Manchin has to cave or House lefties have to cave. And if both refuse, reconciliation is dead.
Is there a chance that progressives really would tank a bill worth trillions in new spending over the Hyde Amendment? Maybe. For starters, as Jayapal demonstrates in the clip, they seem to be under the illusion that the Amendment is unpopular with Americans. The truth is the opposite: Although most adults support some form of legal abortion, poll after poll after poll shows that they oppose using taxpayer money to pay for it.
FREE BEACON: Left-Wing Billionaire George Soros Bankrolling Group Behind Harassment of Kyrsten Sinema
Progressive billionaire George Soros is bankrolling the left-wing activist group whose members accosted Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D., Ariz.) in a bathroom over the weekend.
Activists with Living United for Change in Arizona filmed Sinema while she was teaching at Arizona State University on Saturday after she refused to meet with the organization to discuss her opposition to a $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending bill. Soros’s Open Society Foundation is Living United’s biggest donor. The group gave $1.5 million to Living United in 2019 and $250,000 in 2017, according to the philanthropy’s grants database. Living United reported around $1.7 million in revenue in 2019 and $328,000 in 2017.
The Living United activists may have broken Arizona law, which says it is illegal to photograph or videotape another person in a restroom “where the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy” and is relieving themselves or undressing.
FREE BEACON: Dems Tuck Multibillion-Dollar Handout to Illegal Immigrants Into Reconciliation
President Joe Biden’s budget includes a provision that provides billions of dollars in cash to illegal aliens with children.
The $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill extends the Child Tax Credit to anyone in the United States who provides an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, overturning a crucial safeguard against fraud. Federal law required a valid Social Security number to receive the cash transfer from the federal government. The potential payout for illegal immigrants is massive, with each family receiving a monthly payment of $250 to $300 per child.
A survey from the Pew Research Center found that roughly 675,000 children are not eligible for a Social Security number, making the tax credit expansion for illegal aliens cost between $2.025 billion to $2.43 billion a year. Other estimates put the total number of illegal children residing in the United States at more than 800,000.
Families, regardless of their legal status, would be eligible to receive checks of $3,600 per year per child. The Democratic bill would amount to a universal basic income for parents residing in the country. Under U.S. law, illegal immigrants are barred from enjoying the benefits of federal entitlements.
BIDEN OFFICIAL QUITS OVER SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEING TURNED BACK AT BORDER… Another Top Biden Official Resigns Amid Expulsion Of Haitian Migrants At Southern Border
A second official within the Biden administration has resigned amid controversy over the handling of Haitian migrants flooding to the southern border.
Harold Koh, the only political appointee on the State Department’s legal team and a former longtime advisor to President Barack Obama’s State Department, announced he was resigning and panned the Biden administration in a memo circulated on Oct. 2. In the memo, obtained by Politico, Koh decries the Biden team’s use of Title 42 to expel Haitian migrants from the United States as “illegal” and “inhumane.”
Title 42 is a public health provision allowing the government to prevent the introduction of new individuals in the U.S. during a public health crisis. The law was first used under the Trump administration to expel tens of thousands of migrants at the southern border, and the order has since been extended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the Biden administration.
Koh described the use of Title 42 as “not worthy of this Administration that I so strongly support,” Politico reported. “I believe this Administration’s current implementation of the Title 42 authority continues to violate our legal obligation not to expel or return (“refouler”) individuals who fear persecution, death, or torture, especially migrants fleeing from Haiti.”
Hunter Biden Remains Financially Tied To Chinese Equity Firm That Invested In Sanctioned Facial Recognition Company, Records Show
Hunter Biden continues to hold a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm that invested in a technology company that was sanctioned in 2019 for committing human rights violations against Uyghurs.
President Joe Biden promised in October 2019 during his campaign that nobody in his family would have any business relationship with any foreign corporation or country if he won the White House. The president reiterated his promise in December 2020 after his election victory, saying his son would “not be involved in any business, any enterprise that is in conflict with or appears to be in conflict with an appropriate distance from the presidency and government. ”
“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country,” Joe Biden said in October 2019. “Period. Period. End of story.”
Despite his father’s promises, Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% equity stake in the Chinese equity firm, BHR Partners, through his company, Skaneateles LLC, according to business records accessed Monday from China’s National Credit Information Publicity System.
THINGS ARE HEATING UP QUICKLY IN TAIWAN…
JOHN SEXTON: Chinese state media: Taiwan ‘an evil force the mainland must crush’
China has previously warned Taiwan that “independence means war.” Just a couple of weeks ago state media outlet Global Times published a piece warning that when (not if) war breaks out, the US would abandon Taiwan. But the state media saber-rattling escalated yesterday with this piece in the Global Times. It explains why Chines military aircraft have been flying near Taiwan in record numbers over the past few days.
According to statistics from Taiwan island, the PLA has sent warplanes into the island’s “airspace” in 198 days so far this year. Such a number reflects that the PLA has carried out wide-ranged and profound operations to familiarize itself with battlefield conditions, with a large number of PLA Air Force units having experience flying close to the island. Once the order to attack is given, the PLA’s pilots will fight as “experienced veterans.”
The DPP authorities have violated the 1992 consensus and are recklessly in pursuit of secessionism. They are willing to act as an anti-China chess piece in conjunction with the US, and thus has pushed the Straits situation to the brink. They have constantly hyped up claims that they are at the forefront of the so-called democratic world to resist “authoritarian rule.” They have thus turned themselves into a block that the Chinese mainland must get rid of strategically and an evil force the mainland must crush.
The PLA is forming a siege of Taiwan with a show of strength as it did in Beijing in 1949. There is no doubt about the future of the situation across the Taiwan Straits. The initiative of when and how to solve the Taiwan question is firmly in the hands of the Chinese mainland.
The Global Times published a follow-up editorial today which is just as blunt:
The curtain of preparations for a comprehensive military struggle by the Chinese mainland has obviously been drawn open. The PLA’s military drills in the Taiwan Straits are no longer limited to declaring China’s sovereignty over the island, but to implement various forms of assembly, mobilization, assault and logistical preparations that are required to take back the island of Taiwan. Without giving up efforts for a peaceful reunification, it has increasingly become the new mainstream public opinion on the Chinese mainland that the mainland should make earnest preparations based on the possibility of combat…
If the US and the DPP authorities do not take the initiative to reverse the current situation, the Chinese mainland’s military punishment for “Taiwan independence” secessionist forces will eventually be triggered. Time will prove that this warning is not just a verbal threat.
There are reasons to be concerned about this talk that go beyond simple Chinese nationalism. You may have seen reports, such as this one Jazz wrote last week, about problems China is having keeping the power on. As much as 2/3 of the country has experience blackouts or power-rationing in the past few weeks and that could become more serious as winter approaches
China Sends 52 Warplanes Into Taiwan’s Defense Zone, Largest Incursion Yet
China sent a record 52 military aircrafts into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) Monday, making it the largest incursion since the self-governing island began publicly reporting such data in 2020.
The aircrafts included 34 J-16, two Su-30 fighter jets, 12 nuclear-capable H-6 bombers, two Y-8 anti-submarine warplanes and two KJ-500 airborne control planes belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force, according to a statement from Taiwan’s defense ministry. Taiwan issued radio warnings and deployed its air defense missile systems in response.
The Chinese planes flew near the Pratas Island, an atoll in the South China Sea, located southwest of Taiwan and near the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Guangdong, according to a map of their flight paths shared by Taiwan’s defense ministry.
Taiwan’s air force could be heard in radio warnings demanding the Chinese aircrafts “turn around and leave immediately” when they entered the ADIZ, CNN reported. Major countries, including the U.S. and China, also have defense zones that “assist in early identification of aircrafts” near international airspace boundaries.
CNN: China sent 52 warplanes into Taiwan defense zone on Monday, Taipei says
Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said 52 Chinese warplanes made incursions into its air defense identification zone on Monday, the highest number since the island began publicly reporting such activities last year.
The previous record was posted on Saturday, when 39 Chinese military planes flew into the zone.
In a statement, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said the 52 Chinese aircraft included 34 J-16 fighter jets, 12 H-6 bombers, two SU-30 fighters, two Y-8 anti/submarine warfare planes and two KJ-500 airborne early warning and control planes.
A map released by the ministry showed all the 52 incursions staying at the extreme southwestern part of Taiwan’s ADIZ. In response, the ministry said radio warnings were issued and air defense missile systems were deployed to monitor the activity.
BIDEN STATE DEPARTMENT: Increasing People’s Republic of China Military Pressure Against Taiwan Undermines Regional Peace and Stability
The United States is very concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations, and undermines regional peace and stability. We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan.
We have an abiding interest in peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. We will continue to assist Taiwan in maintaining a sufficient self-defense capability, and we will maintain our commitments as outlined in the Three Communiqués, the Taiwan Relations Act, and the Six Assurances. The U.S. commitment to Taiwan is rock solid and contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and within the region. We will continue to stand with friends and allies to advance our shared prosperity, security, and values and deepen our ties with democratic Taiwan.
Ron DeSantis Announces His Wife Has Cancer
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that his wife and the mother of his three children has been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I am saddened to report that Florida’s esteemed First Lady and my beloved wife has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” the Florida governor said in a statement. “As the mother of three young children, Casey is the centerpiece of our family and has made an impact on the lives of countless Floridians through her initiatives as First Lady.”
“As she faces the most difficult test of her life, she will have not only have my unwavering support but the support of our entire family, as well as the prayers and well wishes from Floridians across our state,” he continued. “Casey is a true fighter, and she will never, never, never give up.”
Casey and Ron DeSantis are parents to three children: 4-year-old Madison, 3-year-old Mason, and 18-month-old Mamie, who is the first baby to have been born in the Governor’s Mansion in over 50 years, the governor’s press secretary Christina Pushaw said in a press release.