DECISION DAY… NY POST: Border patrol agents bracing for migrant surge ahead of potential Title 42 change
Border Patrol agents in Texas are bracing for an explosion in migrants crossing the US-Mexico border if the Biden administration ends a policy that allows authorities to turn away asylum-seekers.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has until Wednesday to decide if it will renew Title 42, a COVID-19-era policy that has allowed the US to keep hundreds of thousands of immigrants in Mexico or deport them to their home countries before they have a chance to ask for asylum.
“Illegal immigration is going to explode even more if Title 42 goes away,” Brandon Judd, who is the president of the National Border Council, a union representing US Border Patrol agents, told The Post.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? … What Will It Mean For The Border If Biden Ends The Immediate Expulsion Of Migrants?
If the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chooses not to extend the rule, it would deprive border patrol of a key tool in fighting illegal migration, immigration experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
The other method of expulsion that will remain if the CDC were not to renew Title 42 would be Title 8, which allows for border authorities to determine whether an individual is inadmissible.
The Biden administration is posturing itself for an influx of migrants as Title 42’s fate still remains a question and U.S. officials are quietly preparing for a surge of over 170,000 migrants at the southern border if the order were to end, Axios reported. Publicly, the administration hasn’t said whether the order will end.
BIDEN ADMIN REFUSES TO GIVE PUBLIC ADVANCE NOTICE… TUESDAY… CURTIS HOUCK: .@JacquiHeinrich: “Can you confirm Title 42 is about to end then?” Kate Bedingfield: “I have no announcement that I can make on Title 42 at this time.” (VIDEO)
INFLATION CRUSHES AMERICANS… CNBC: 1 in 5 workers runs out of money before payday, survey finds
More than three-quarters of working Americans said inflation has impacted their finances over the past year, according to a report by Salary Finance. […]
Roughly 20% of employees regularly run out of money between paychecks, up from 15% last year, according to the survey of more than 3,000 working adults in February.
As a result, about one-quarter of those polled said it’s harder to afford necessary expenses and one-third are unable to build savings, issues that are particularly problematic for low-to-moderate income workers.
AMERICANS INCREASINGLY FAIL DRUG TESTS… WSJ: Positive Drug Tests Among U.S. Workers Hit Two-Decade High
The percentage of working Americans testing positive for drugs hit a two-decade high last year, driven by an increase in positive marijuana tests, as businesses might have loosened screening policies amid nationwide labor shortages.
Of the more than six million general workforce urine tests that Quest Diagnostics Inc., one of the country’s largest drug-testing laboratories, screened for marijuana last year, 3.9% came back positive, an increase of more than 8% from 2020, according to Quest’s annual drug-testing index.
That figure is up 50% since 2017. Since then, the number of states that legalized marijuana for recreational use grew to 18 from eight, plus the District of Columbia.
LIFE SUCKS, SAY AMERICANS… GALLUP: In U.S., Life Ratings Drop to 13-Month Low
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of Americans who evaluate their lives well enough to be considered “thriving” on Gallup’s Live Evaluation Index was 53.2% in February, the lowest since January 2021. Since reaching the 14-year high mark of 59.2% in June, the thriving rate has declined six percentage points. […]
Politically, the drop in the thriving percentage overall, particularly among independents, is potentially bad news for Democrats in the November congressional and gubernatorial elections. Prior research involving data from 599 U.S. counties showed a strong link between low or stagnant life ratings and shifts from Democratic support in 2012 to Republican support in 2016 in the two U.S. presidential elections.
BIDEN ADMIN AUTHORIZES *FOURTH* COVID SHOT FOR OVER 50 CROWD… WAPO: Older adults can get second coronavirus booster to strengthen waning protection
Older adults can get second booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines, federal agencies announced Tuesday as they expanded access to additional shots to help shore up protection against severe illness.
The Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for people 50 and older at least four months after their first booster. The FDA also updated its authorization of additional doses for people 12 and older who are immunocompromised, saying they are eligible for another booster shot — the fifth inoculation for people at heightened peril from the virus.
YOU DON’T NEED 4 SHOTS, SAYS FORMER FDA VACCINE OFFICIAL… DR. PHILIP KRAUSE & DR. LUCIANA BORIO, IN WSJ: You Likely Don’t Need a Fourth Covid Shot
How many Covid shots are enough? Pfizer and Moderna have asked the Food and Drug administration to authorize a second booster (a fourth shot) for patients over 65 and all adults, respectively. The FDA reportedly will authorize (but not recommend) the fourth shot for patients over 50. But if your immune system is healthy, three or even two doses of these mRNA vaccines should be sufficient.
Vaccine-induced protection against infection is short-lived and doesn’t get much of a boost from extra shots. Yet the initial two-dose regimen is enough to provide most patients excellent protection against severe disease—mediated by durable cellular responses, not the neutralizing antibodies that rise and wane quickly after vaccination.
FLASHBACK… DR. KRAUSE *RESIGNED* FROM BIDEN FDA OVER POLITICAL PRESSURE ON BOOSTERS… AUGUST 2021: Two Top Vaccine Officials Resign From FDA Amid Political Pressure From Biden Administration
The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) top two vaccine officials are resigning from the agency, a top leader within the agency told staff in a letter Tuesday.
Marion Gruber, director of the Office of Vaccines Research & Review (OVRR), and Phil Krause, OVRR deputy director, will leave the FDA at the end of October and in November, respectively. Gruber has been at the FDA for 32 years and Krause has worked at the agency for more than a decade.
The two officials are leaving the FDA in part because they are frustrated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) involvement in the vaccine approval process, as well as with White House pressure to move forward with booster vaccines for COVID-19 without FDA’s approval, a former top FDA official told Endpoints.
Gruber and Krause reportedly believed the CDC and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have been too heavily involved with decisions on COVID-19 vaccines that should be left to the FDA. They reportedly became upset with Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) director Peter Marks, who oversees OVRR, for not fighting harder to keep those decisions within the halls of the FDA.
THE FIGHT FOR FACE FREEDOM… NBC: 21 states sue to end mask requirement on public transportation
Twenty-one states on Tuesday sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal agencies to end the country’s much-debated mask mandate on public transportation.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, argues that the federal mandate exceeds the CDC’s authority and interferes with state laws banning forced masking.
“Florida has led the nation in standing up to misguided federal government policies and fighting back against heavy-handed mandates that have no scientific backing,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press release announcing the action. “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked. It is well past time to get rid of this unnecessary mandate and get back to normal life.”
The complaint — which names as defendants the CDC, the federal Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration, as well as the heads of each agency — seeks to end the mandate on public transportation and establish a permanent injunction against its enforcement.
RICHMOND, Va — Attorney General Miyares is joining 20 other states in a multistate action against President Biden’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention continued use of an unlawful mask mandate for public transportation.
The mandate is another example of federal overreach and is dependent on a failed interpretation of a quarantine statute that has been ruled against in court.
“The CDC’s mask mandate on public transportation, like air travel, is scientifically unnecessary at this stage of the pandemic. Not only are the CDC’s mask mandates for public transportation an example of federal overreach, but they are outdated as states across the country have lifted mask mandates in other aspects of daily life,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares.
‘A VOLCANO OF HUMAN FECES COMING OUT OF THE WATER’ … BALTIMORE WASTE TREATMENT PLANT ROUTINELY SPILLING HUMAN WASTE INTO RIVER… JOHN SEXTON: This story about a Baltimore wastewater treatment plant is disgusting
The largest wastewater treatment plant in Maryland is being taken over by the state this week after it became clear the city, which had been managing the plant, allowed millions of gallons of untreated sewage to leak into local waterways. […]
[L]ast week the state gave the city an ultimatum giving them 48-hours to be in compliance, noting that the entire plant was in danger of failing because of long term neglect. Obviously that didn’t happen so now the state is taking over.
As you’ll see in this local news report, a member of the Back River Restoration Committee described it as “a volcano of human feces coming out of the water.”
UKRAINE STRIKES BACK? … NY POST: Ukraine appears to strike back for first time with missile hit on Russian military camp
Ukrainian forces may have struck back inside Russia on Tuesday with their first significant shelling.
A Ukrainian missile appeared to have hit a temporary Russian military encampment outside Belgorod, in Russia’s village of Krasny Oktyabr, about 40 miles from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, said the Russian state-run news agency Tass.
Regional Gov. Vyacheslav Gladkov said there were no casualties, but an emergency service worker told Tass that 4 Russian soldiers were injured.
Video posted online from two local Belgorod news outlets appeared to show ammunition blowing up, but the source of the explosion could not be immediately confirmed outside of Tass.
White House communications director Kate Bedingfield said Tuesday that no “compromised information” was revealed after President Joe Biden made a comment that appeared to suggest U.S. troops are “helping train” Ukrainian troops in Poland.
This latest confusion surrounding a Biden comment began when the president addressed U.S. troops in Poland during his multi-day trip to Europe last week. At the time, Biden sparked confusion when he began to describe the scene in Ukraine, telling U.S. troops they’d “see when you’re there [in Ukraine].”
A White House spokesperson soon clarified the president’s remarks, noting that Biden’s “been clear we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine and there is no change in that position.”
When pressed on his gaffe during a brief press conference Monday, the president said he was referring to “helping train the Ukrainian troops that are in Poland.” This sparked further confusion, as National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said March 22 that Americans were not “currently” training Ukrainians, Politico reported.
“I was referring to being with, and talking with, the Ukrainian troops that are in Poland,” Biden added later in the press conference.
Bedingfield said Tuesday that Biden’s comment “is in no way revealing compromised information,” describing the troops he met in Poland as “routinely” interacting “with Ukrainians.”
“That being said, there’s nothing further that I have to say on that beyond what the president said yesterday,” she added.
COLLINS GREENLIGHTS KBJ… CNBC: GOP Sen. Susan Collins says she will vote for Biden Supreme Court pick Ketanji Brown Jackson, giving her likely confirmation bipartisan support
Republican Sen. Susan Collins said she will vote for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the U.S. Supreme Court, giving bipartisan support for President Joe Biden’s first nominee to the high court.
Jackson is now all but guaranteed to become the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice.
“After reviewing Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s extensive record, watching much of her hearing testimony, and meeting with her twice in person, I have concluded that she possesses the experience, qualifications, and integrity to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court,” Collins said in a statement Wednesday.
“I will, therefore, vote to confirm her to this position,” the centrist senator from Maine said.
NANCY NOTCHES NEW NUMBERS… EXCLUSIVE: NRCC Poll Shows Nancy Pelosi Is Most Unpopular Democratic Politician In US
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the most unpopular national Democratic politician in the country, according to a National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) poll, first obtained by the Daily Caller.
Pelosi is running for reelection and is not ruling out the possibility of trying to stay in leadership after 2022, despite an agreement on term limits for leadership positions. However, polling conducted by the NRCC shows her lack of support throughout the U.S.
Pelosi has a favorable rating of just 34%, while 58% of voters view her unfavorably. When the NRCC first asked about Pelosi’s favorability in February 2021, 41% of voters viewed her favorably. Compared to 52 percent of voters viewed her unfavorably. The polling shows a 13% drop in favorability in the last year as nearly 47% view Pelosi as “strongly unfavorable.”
The poll surveyed 1,000 registered likely voters from March 12-16, 2022. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1%.
Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz pressed the assistant director of the FBI Cyber Program on Tuesday about the whereabouts of Hunter Biden’s laptop and whether the laptop could leave the U.S., in a vulnerable position against adversaries.
“So where is it? The laptop,” Gaetz asked Bryan Vorndran.
“Sir, I’m not here to talk about the laptop, I’m here to talk about the FBI Cyber Program.”
“You’re the assistant director of FBI Cyber, I want to know where Hunter Biden’s laptop is. Where is it?” Gaetz pressed.
“I don’t know that answer,” Vorndran said.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis called out Disney being in support of “sexualizing kindergarteners” and “lining their pockets” off of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Tuesday.
Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Carlson said Disney has a “fixation on the sexuality of children” and cited reports of four of the company’s employees being busted and charged with human trafficking in Florida after one sent sexually explicit texts to an agent posing as a 14-year-old.
DeSantis, who signed Florida’s “Parents Rights in Education” bill on Monday, said the legislation Disney opposes to “provides protections” to young children attending school from being “sexualized” and gives parents the right to know of any physical and mental health changes and services the school district is providing to their child.
“For a company like Disney to say this bill should have never passed, first of all they weren’t saying anything when this was going through the House,” the governor said. “They only started doing this because the woke mob came after them…Why is the hill to die on to have transgenderism injected into kindergarten classrooms or woke gender ideology injected into second grade classrooms? Meanwhile, if we had done a bill that prohibited talking about the abuse of Uyghurs in China, Disney would have supported that legislation because they won’t say a word about that.”
An openly gay Parish, Florida, teacher said Tuesday on MSNBC that he’s concerned he can’t talk about his love life with kindergarteners anymore after the state enacted a law prohibiting teachers from discussing sexuality with young students.
“You know, it’s two-fold, it really hits hard in my heart professionally and personally. Professionally it truly makes me feel like I am not trusted as a professional. I know my kindergarten standards through and through and nowhere in our curriculum does it have anything about teaching sexual orientation or sexual identity,” Cory Bernaert said.
“So for them to say that that’s happening that, you know, it is kind of crazy, but we should be able to have discussions and that’s what we’re encouraged to do in kindergarten. Personally, because my kids do have questions, they want to know who my partner is and pictures outside the classroom and I should be able to speak to them.”
“Do you worry you can’t talk about your own personal home life? I know my child has two teachers, one of which has a daughter at home and is single. The other is married and has four children. I know everything about their lives because my kid tells me,” the host asked.
Actor Ron Perlman took to Twitter early Tuesday to verbally attack Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
“Good morning Governor DeSantis. Ron here,” Perlman started, with a broad smile, “Um… Don’t say gay? ‘Don’t say’ as the first two words in a sentence spoken by a political leader of a state? In the United States of America? Don’t say?” The video was captioned, “Dear @GovRonDeSantis,” and was shared Tuesday morning from the “Sons of Anarchy” actor’s personal account.
Perlman then got louder, almost yelling, “Don’t f**king say, you f**king Nazi pig? Say! First Amendment. Read about it, then run for office you piece of s**t.”
SCHOOL OPTS FOR PUNISHMENT BY PREJUDICE… DAILY MAIL: Washington state school district will encourage teachers to consider students’ race when dishing out punishments: Critics say new policy will result in harsher punishments for white students
A school district in Washington state has passed a new policy that critics say encourages administrators to factor in race when disciplining students.
The Clover Park School District board approved the new policy on a 3-2 vote on March 14, over the objections of board members who expressed concerns that it was ill-conceived.
The district in the suburbs of Tacoma will now use ‘culturally responsive discipline’ that encourages school staff to impose disciplinary policies that ‘may be adapted to individual student needs in a culturally responsive manner.’
Critics say the new approach is in effect a race-based disciplinary policy that will encourage harsher or lighter punishments based on a student’s race, with white students being disciplined more severely.
But the district insists that it is following a state law passed in 2021 that compels districts to ‘align with Cultural Competency, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion standards.’
SOUTHERN PETARD LAW CENTER… Employees Dub ‘Anti-Racist’ Southern Poverty Law Center Racist
Employees at the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) seemingly called their employer racist Monday for allegedly requesting “lower-paid” employees to return to in-person work, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
SPLC Union members protested outside of the Montgomery, Alabama, headquarters office, according to the Washington Free Beacon. The “informational picket” was in response to the SPLC’s requirement to return lower-level positions to the office, which the union claims disproportionately hurts black women.
“Black women, many of whom have been working at this organization for decades in positions with little or no opportunities for advancement are four times more likely to be denied telework and/or remote work than white women and are seven times more likely to be denied telework options than white men at the Center,” a letter from the union read.