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January 25, 2022 • 06:19 PM

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On State and Local Governments Spending Taxpayer Dollars on Lawyers for Illegal Immigrants:

"At least $5.6 million in state and local taxpayer funds will be used to bankroll lawyers for illegal immigrants fighting deportation this year, according to an immigration reform group report released on Tuesday.

"Following a review of local and city governments that partnered with a group that seeks to provide counsel to noncitizens, the Immigration Reform Law Institute found that at least $5.6 million in taxpayer funds from state and local communities was earmarked for these deportation defense programs, which it described as 'a conservative estimate [that] does not include numerous other localities that fund their own independent anti-deportation programs.'

"'These programs are an insult to every law-abiding American citizen and legal resident,' said Dale L. Wilcox, executive director and general counsel of IRLI, in a statement. 'Our laws clearly state that noncitizens charged with civil offenses do not have a right to legal representation. Yet we have radical anti-borders groups starting these programs and sticking unknowing citizens with the bill. It's ourageous.'

"The findings highlight the growing state-level efforts to combat federal immigration enforcement, and the extent to which these campaigns are supported by taxpayer money. IRLI said its investigation also raised questions about whether state and local governments are providing adequate supervision of these legal aid centers, which are often funded in collaboration with outside nonprofit groups."

Read the entire article here.

— Alana Goodman, Senior Investigative Reporter for the Washington Free Beacon
— Alana Goodman, Senior Investigative Reporter for the Washington Free Beacon
Posted January 11, 2022 • 08:38 AM
On the Labor Market and Biden's Economy:

"If you thought the first year of the Biden economy was bad, you haven't seen anything yet.

"The December jobs numbers that the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Jan. 7 were the worst of the year so far and the worst of Joe Biden's presidency. With only 199,000 net jobs created, the 2021 economy truly went out with a whimper, not a bang.

"Fully 3.1 million workers found themselves without work in December because their employers had closed or lost business due to pandemic restrictions. And it is unclear so far how many workers lost jobs because of choices employers made in anticipation of Biden's vaccine mandate taking effect.

"To make matters even worse, the data that went into the December report were gathered before the omicron variant of the novel coronavirus had stricken the country. Between omicron and its associated damaging economic restrictions and lockdowns, things are likely to get much worse in January."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 10, 2022 • 08:39 AM
On Newly Elected Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's 'Progressive Prosecutor' Policies:

"Newly elected Manhattan district attorney Alvin Bragg recently issued his 'one day' memo, setting forth prosecutorial guidelines that will govern in New York County. The memo was titled 'Achieving Fairness and Safety,' but Bragg's new policies, which involve de-prosecuting entire categories of crimes and slashing sentences, are a recipe for violence and disorder. The determination of new mayor Eric Adams to erase the lawless years of Bill de Blasio has run into a serious roadblock.

"Bragg modeled his memo on similar policy missives from Los Angeles's George Gascon, Philadelphia's Larry Krasner, and San Francisco's Chesa Boudin -- leading figures in the 'progressive prosecutor' movement. The only real difference is that Bragg's memo is encoded for New York's penal laws, so it takes some translation to regular language.

"Bragg's directives will drive ordinary citizens and the NYPD crazy. He will not charge defendants for resisting arrest. The NYPD now can expect every arrest to be a brawl, in which the only person likely to be charged with a crime is a police officer. ...

"Bragg's policies for major crimes will have even more serious consequences."

Read the entire article here.

— Thomas Hogan, Former Federal Prosecutor, Local Prosecutor and Elected District Attorney
— Thomas Hogan, Former Federal Prosecutor, Local Prosecutor and Elected District Attorney
Posted January 07, 2022 • 07:52 AM
On Covid-19 and School Closures:

"As schools returned from winter break this week amid skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, more did so virtually than at any point so far this school year.

"The third school year during the pandemic had largely seen limited disruptions to in-person learning.

"But this week, there have been over 4,500 temporary school closures across the country, according to Burbio, a company that monitors COVID-19 policies in over 80,000 K-12 schools. That's the highest number it has tracked so far this school year; most weeks, there have been hundreds, not thousands, of closures.

"The prospect of a return to virtual learning, on a short- or long-term basis has some parents around the country concerned about the challenges of remote education and unpredictable childcare after great lengths were taken to keep kids in the classroom. For many, the move was abrupt, and issues faced in previous iterations of remote learning have not been solved."

Read the entire article here.

— Meredith Deliso, ABC News
— Meredith Deliso, ABC News
Posted January 06, 2022 • 08:20 AM
On Georgia's Investigation Into Alleged Systematic Ballot Harvesting in the State's Last Election:

"Georgia authorities have launched an investigation into an allegation of systematic ballot harvesting during the state's 2020 general election and subsequent U.S. Senate runoff and may soon issue subpoenas to secure evidence, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger confirmed to Just the News.

"Georgia law strictly prohibits third-party activists from picking up and delivering ballots on behalf of voters, a tactic called 'harvesting' that liberal organizers have tried to get legalized in many battleground states without success. The U.S. Supreme Court this summer rejected Democrat efforts to overturn an Arizona law that outlawed harvesting in the battleground state. ...

"According to interviews and documents reviewed by Just the News, Raffensperger's office received a detailed complaint from conservative voter integrity group True the Vote on Nov. 30 saying it had assembled evidence that scores of activists worked with nonprofit groups to collect and deliver thousands of absentee ballots, often during wee-hour operations, to temporary voting drop boxes distributed around the state during the pandemic."

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— John Solomon, Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted January 05, 2022 • 08:24 AM
On Democrats' Attempted Elections Power Grab:

"Democrats are once again teeing up a showdown over 'voting rights' and the Senate filibuster. After the Build Back Better package stalled under its own weight, Senate Democrats pivoted and promised to pass a sweeping partisan rewrite of the nation's voting rules 'as early as the first week' in January.

"What will the Senate vote on? It is hard to say. Ironically enough, the progressive leaders who have anointed themselves the defenders of democracy haven't shared their specific plans with the public.

"But whether the Senate vote is on H.R. 1, H.R. 4, the 'Freedom to Vote Act,' or something new, it will amount to the same thing: yet another attempt to remake elections, weaken voting safeguards, and skew the machinery of democracy in favor of one party over the other. That's a recipe for chaos that threatens to sap public confidence in elections. ...

"But progressives face a steep hurdle to their ambitious plans to stack voting laws in their own favor: Most people support the policies that have been enacted in Georgia, Texas, and other states. These new laws have expanded early-voting opportunities, streamlined absentee-ballot procedures, improved protections for mail-in voting, and brought greater transparency and accountability to election administration.

"And despite a year of persistent attacks, policies such as voter ID have grown in popularity, especially among minority voters. Today, 65 percent of Americans want to strengthen election safeguards, and more than three in four black and Hispanic voters think everyone should have to show a photo ID to vote."

Read the entire article here.

— Jason Snead, Executive Director of Honest Elections Project Action
— Jason Snead, Executive Director of Honest Elections Project Action
Posted January 04, 2022 • 08:00 AM
On the U.S. Supreme Court's Docket:

"The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg once observed that 'it's hard not to have a big year at the Supreme Court.' However, there are some years that are bigger than others. That's what 2022 is likely to be.

"The court has accepted a series of transformative cases with few available exit ramps. It recently added to that list.

"In other words, it is likely to issue historic rulings on abortion, gun rights and an assortment of other issues.

"The fact that the Supreme Court is going to hand down such decisions in a major election year is also noteworthy. The court tends to be more conservative in the selection of cases before major elections, but 2022 will put the court at ground zero in one of the most heated elections in history."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted January 03, 2022 • 07:47 AM

"Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!"

— From All of Us at the Center for Individual Freedom
— From All of Us at the Center for Individual Freedom
Posted December 23, 2021 • 08:36 AM
On the Possible Creation of a Single Vaccine to Work Against All COVID & SARS Variants:

"Within weeks, scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research expect to announce that they have developed a vaccine that is effective against COVID-19 and all its variants, even Omicron, as well as from previous SARS-origin viruses that have killed millions of people worldwide.

"The achievement is the result of almost two years of work on the virus. The Army lab received its first DNA sequencing of the COVID-19 virus in early 2020. Very early on, Walter Reed's infectious diseases branch decided to focus on making a vaccine that would work against not just the existing strain but all of its potential variants as well.

"Walter Reed's Spike Ferritin Nanoparticle COVID-19 vaccine, or SpFN, completed animal trials earlier this year with positive results. Phase 1 of human trials, which tested the vaccine against Omicron and the other variants, wrapped up this month, again with positive results that are undergoing final review, Dr. Kayvon Modjarrad, director of Walter Reed's infectious diseases branch, said in an exclusive interview with Defense One. The new vaccine will still need to undergo phase 2 and phase 3 trials.

"Unlike existing vaccines, Walter Reed's SpFN uses a soccer ball-shaped protein with 24 faces for its vaccine, which allows scientists to attach the spikes of multiple coronavirus strains on different faces of the protein."

— Tara Copp, Defense One Senior Pentagon Reporter
— Tara Copp, Defense One Senior Pentagon Reporter
Posted December 22, 2021 • 07:21 AM
On the White House's Response to Senator Joe Machin's Announcement that He Won't Support BBB:

"The surprise Sunday was not Sen. Joe Manchin's announcement on 'Fox News Sunday' that he won't support President Joe Biden's Build Back Better (BBB) bill, but the White House reaction to his declaration. ...

"It appears the White House thought Manchin didn't really mean what he said about BBB. Perhaps they thought he was angling for special provisions benefiting his state before joining virtually all other congressional Democrats in the spending orgy. Or the White House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., thought they could pressure Manchin to fall into line like they'd done to so many House Democrats who'd harbored doubts about BBB. Turns out, Manchin meant what he's been saying.

"But what's with the aggressive slap-down delivered Sunday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki? She essentially called Manchin a liar and a traitor to his party. Who told her to do this? The president? Chief of staff Ron Klain? The White House congressional lobbyists? The likely answer is all of them.

"Therein lies the rub for the deeply personal attack on Manchin. It was a terrible mistake. Did they think questioning Manchin's integrity would make him more eager to engage with the White House in the future? Cause him to turn into a mindless, compliant blob who supported every administration initiative that Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and the House Progressive Caucus dreamed up? ...

"The White House will pay many prices, large and small, for attacking the senator on Sunday."

Read the entire article here.

— Karl Rove, Fox News Channel Political Contributor and Wall Street Journal Columnist
— Karl Rove, Fox News Channel Political Contributor and Wall Street Journal Columnist
Posted December 21, 2021 • 08:05 AM
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"In 2022, Berlin offers the linchpin of Putin's strategy against the West. It is Europe's most powerful economy, which sets the tone of appeasement and undermines NATO's credibility.The new government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz has somehow made itself even more sympathetic to Putin than that of Scholz's predecessor, Angela Merkel. Scholz is ignoring the calls of his foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock…[more]
—The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
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