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NYC CANCELS THOMAS JEFFERSON… NYT: Jefferson Statue Will Be Removed From N.Y.C. Council Chambers

For more than 100 years, a 7-foot-tall statue of Thomas Jefferson has towered over members of the New York City Council in their chamber at City Hall, a testament to his role as one of the nation’s founding fathers and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

But for the last two decades, some Black and Latino Council members, citing Jefferson’s history as a slaveholder, called for the statue to be banished — a push that gained significant momentum in the last year, as the nation has broadly reconsidered public monuments that can be viewed as symbols of systemic racism.

On Monday, city officials voted unanimously to remove the statue from Council chambers, but delayed a decision on where to put it.

“There are 700 pieces of art under our jurisdiction, we cannot make a rash decision that will set a precedent for the other 699 pieces of artwork that may also have challenges from people or other groups of people,” Signe Nielsen, president of the Public Design Commission, which oversees art at city-owned property, said at a public hearing before the vote.

 

WH: BIDEN WASN’T TELLING DOJ TO PROSECUTE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS WHEN HE TOLD DOJ TO PROSECUTE HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS… Doocy, Fellow Reporter Press Psaki On Whether Biden Believes DOJ Should Prosecute Those Who Defy Subpoenas (VIDEO)

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy pressed White House press secretary Jen Psaki on whether President Joe Biden believes the Justice Department (DOJ) should prosecute Americans who defy subpoenas related to the investigation into the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol.

The testy exchange came during Monday’s White House press briefing, with Doocy arguing Biden had broken his previous vow not to instruct the DOJ to take up criminal investigations.

“Why did the president break his promise not to enter into any decisions about what cases the Justice Department should bring and not bring?” Doocy asked, going on to describe how Biden had said “yes” in response to Friday questions about whether the DOJ should prosecute those who refuse subpoenas from the January 6 Committee.

“The president continues to believe that January 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy,” Psaki responded. “He also continues to believe that the Department of Justice has the purview and independence to make decisions about prosecutions. That continues to be his view and that continues to be how he will govern.”

“You say that that is his view, but that is not what he said,” Doocy pressed.

“I just conveyed what his view is and that is how he has operated, how he has governed and how he will continue to govern, and I think that’s what’s important for people to watch,” Psaki said.

 

WH: DON’T OVERLY FOCUS ON BIDENS’ MASK HYPOCRISY… Doocy Presses Psaki On Why The Bidens Appeared To Break DC’s Mask Rules (VIDEO)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki downplayed allegations Monday that President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden broke city mask mandates when they were seen on video appearing to walk maskless through a restaurant.

Fox News’ Senior White House Correspondent Peter Doocy questioned Psaki about the maskless outing Monday.

“There is a mask requirement inside D.C. restaurants yet President Biden and the first lady were not wearing masks while walking around a D.C. restaurant on Saturday, why?” Doocy asked.

“I think what you’re referring to is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not yet put them back on yet,” Psaki said.

“Of course, there are moments when all don’t put masks back on as quickly as we should but I don’t think we should lose the forest through the trees here, in that our objective here is to get more people vaccinated, make sure that schools and companies around the country can put in place requirements to save more lives and keep people safer and not overly focus on moments in time that don’t reflect overarching policy,” Psaki continued.

Doocy then pressed Psaki further on video that appears to show the first couple walking through the restaurant maskless while fully masked secret service agents follow.

“I think I just addressed it, Peter,” Psaki said, dismissing any further questions about the topic from Doocy.

 

WH ON CHINA TESTING HYPERSONIC NUKE TECH: ‘WE WELCOME STIFF COMPETITION’ … Psaki Responds To China’s New Nuclear-Capable, Advanced Missile Tech That Reportedly Rattled US Intelligence

White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to reports of China’s new nuclear-capable hypersonic missile technology, which reportedly took U.S. military and intelligence officials by surprise, during a Monday press briefing.

“I know Secretary [Llloyd] Austin was asked this question this morning and addressed it, but I’m not going to comment on the specific report,” Psaki said in response to a question by The Associated Press’ Alexandra Jaffe on the matter.

“I can say — and echo what he said — which is, generally speaking, we’ve made clear our concerns about the military capabilities that the [People’s Republic of China] continues to pursue, and we have been consistent in our approach with China. We welcome stiff competition, but we do not want that competition to veer into conflict,” she continued.

China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August that circled the entire globe in low-orbit before aiming for its target, sources familiar with the test told the Financial Times, which first reported the matter Saturday. The missile missed its target but sources said the test demonstrated China’s hypersonic missile technology is far more advanced than the U.S. initially thought.

 

NORTH KOREA FEELING LEFT OUT… AXIOS: North Korea’s military fires another ballistic missile into sea

North Korea’s military fired at least one ballistic missile into the sea off its east coast on Tuesday, per multiple reports. […]

Pyongyang’s latest in a series of recent missile launches happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

 

STATE IG TO TAKE A LOOK AT AFGHANISTAN DEBACLE… State Department Launching Investigations Into Afghanistan Withdrawal

The State Department’s inspector general will investigate the Biden administration’s diplomatic operations in Afghanistan, a spokesperson confirmed with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

The series of investigations will tackle a range of issues, from the State Department’s Special Immigrant Visa program, to the processing of Afghans who applied for refugee admission into the U.S, to the resettlement of those refugees and visa recipients, according to an Oct. 15 action memorandum to Secretary of State Antony Blinken first obtained by Politico.

It will also evaluate the emergency evacuation of U.S citizens and Afghan nationals from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul after the Taliban took over the capital, Politico reported.

Diana Shaw, the department’s acting inspector general, said her office was beginning “several oversight projects” concerning the conclusion of the U.S. military and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan in a separate letter to top lawmakers obtained by Politico. Congress as a whole was notified in another letter on Monday.

“Given the elevated interest in this work by Congress and the unique circumstances requiring coordination across the Inspector General community, I wanted to notify our committees of jurisdiction of this important work,” Shaw wrote to multiple committee leaders in both chambers.

 

NY POST: Biden secretly flying underage migrants into NY in dead of night

Planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.

The charter flights originate in Texas, where the ongoing border crisis has overwhelmed local immigration officials, and have been underway since at least August, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Last week, The Post saw two planes land at the Westchester County Airport, where most of the passengers who got off appeared to be children and teens, with a small portion appearing to be men in their 20s.

Westchester County cops stood by as the passengers — whose flights arrived at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday and 9:52 p.m. Friday — got off and piled into buses.

Some of them were later seen meeting up with relatives or sponsors in New Jersey, or being dropped off at a residential facility on Long Island.

A Post analysis of online flight-tracking data suggests that around 2,000 migrants nabbed after sneaking into the US from Mexico have arrived at the airport outside White Plains on 21 flights since Aug. 8.

 

ANTIFA SMASHES ANOTHER HALF-MILLION BUCKS WORTH OF PORTLAND… JOHN SEXTON: Portland anarchists did $500,000 in damage last week while police did nothing

Here’s how the Portland Police described the night’s activities.

A group of around 100 anarchists caused substantial damage to businesses and government buildings in downtown Portland Tuesday night….

At about 10:00p.m., the group began to march. Mostly within a time span of about 10 minutes, participants broke numerous windows and bank ATMs (photos). Officers were called to respond citywide, and all but the highest priority life safety 911 calls were left to hold so officers could be dispatched. At the same time, the group began to light garbage cans and dumpsters on fire in the street…

At this point the damage is believed to be in excess of $500,000, and reports are still being compiled. There were 35 separate locations that were targeted, including banks, retail stores, coffee shops, and government buildings.

No arrests were made and Saturday the Associated Press published a story explaining that police are not allowed to do much of anything as Antifa goes on a rampage like this thanks to new legislation recently passed in Oregon:

“The reason that we did not intervene goes back to what we talked about last month with House Bill 2928 and the restrictions placed on us in a crowd control environment,” KOIN reports that Portland Police Lt. Jake Jensen said in a neighborhood meeting Thursday.

Residents frustrated by the latest round of destructive demonstrations Tuesday questioned whether that meant anything goes now in Portland.

“Does that mean we are now like a lawless city?” Linda Witt asked during the meeting with police. Jensen replied saying people can still face consequences later.

The legislation in question is House Bill 2928, which prohibits the use of things like pepper spray and rubber bullets for crowd control.

 

COLLEGE CAN DISCRIMINATE BASED ON RACE, JUDGE RULES… AXIOS: UNC race conscious admissions process upheld by judge

In the UNC case, the SFFA alleged that the school had contravened the U.S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Act by “making race the predominant factor in its admissions process to favor Black and Hispanic applicants,” notes Reuters, which first reported the news.

But in her ruling, N.C. District Court Judge Loretta Biggs said that the UNC had made “a compelling and substantial interest in pursuing and attaining the educational benefits of diversity.”

 

COLLEGE STUDENTS PANIC THAT ‘CISGENDER MEN’ ARE FIXING THEIR RADIATORS… OBERLIN REVIEW: Male Workers Allowed Into Baldwin, Unsettling Residents

I had not been contacted about any sort of radiator installation before this email, so right away the word “update” stood out to me as untrue. I grew concerned reading the second line, which informed me that I had less than 24 hours to prepare for the arrival of the installation crew, and I was further perturbed by the ambiguous “for a period of time.”

In general, I am very averse to people entering my personal space. This anxiety was compounded by the fact that the crew would be strangers, and they were more than likely to be cisgender men.

Baldwin Cottage is the home of the Women and Trans Collective. The College website describes the dorm as “a close-knit community that provides women and transgendered persons with a safe space for discussion, communal living, and personal development.” Cisgender men are not allowed to live on the second and third floors, and many residents choose not to invite cisgender men to that space.

I was angry, scared, and confused. Why didn’t the College complete the installation over the summer, when the building was empty? Why couldn’t they tell us precisely when the workers would be there? Why were they only notifying us the day before the installation was due to begin?