Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Biden Readying Legislative, Executive Blitz in Administration’s First 10-Days

President-elect Joe Biden is readying a blitz of executive orders and legislation during his first ten days in the White House.

On Saturday, the New York Times reported that the president-elect and his team plan to use their first days in office to “signal a turning point” away from the Trump era. Central to that effort will be a flurry of executive orders issued, followed by a broader push in Congress to pass not only economic relief for individuals impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic, but also comprehensive immigration reform.

“On his first day in office alone, Mr. Biden intends a flurry of executive orders that will be partly substantive and partly symbolic,” the Times reported.

Topping the list of Biden’s first executive orders is “rescinding the travel ban on several predominantly Muslim countries … extending pandemic-related limits on evictions and student loan payments, issuing a mask mandate for federal property and interstate travel.”

Upon taking office, the president-elect will also rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and restore support for the World Health Organization.

On the congressional front, according to the Times, “plans to send sweeping immigration legislation on his first day in office providing a pathway to citizenship for 11 million people in the country illegally.” Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Elections, Politics

China ‘Sought to Influence’ 2020 US Election, Director of National Intelligence Assesses

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe assessed that China interfered in the 2020 federal elections, according to a letter transmitted to Congress.

In the letter (pdf), Ratcliffe alleges that intelligence about China’s election interference was suppressed by management at the CIA, which pressured analysts to withdraw their support for the view.

Citing a report by the Intelligence Community Analytic Ombudsman Barry Zulauf, the director of national intelligence said some analysts were reluctant to describe China’s actions as election interference because they disagreed with the policies of President Donald Trump.

The Washington Examiner published Ratcliffe’s letter and the ombudsman report on Jan. 17, ten days after publishing an original report on the documents. The ODNI did not respond to requests from The Epoch Times to authenticate the documents.

“Based on all available sources of intelligence, with definitions consistently applied, and reached independent of political considerations or undue pressure – that the People’s Republic of China sought to influence the 2020 U.S. federal elections,” Ratcliffe wrote. Read more…

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Corruption, Politics

Liz Cheney Foes Plot Removal From GOP Leadership After Impeachment Vote

The knives are out for Liz Cheney.

The Wyoming congresswoman and No. 3 leader of the House GOP caucus faces an uprising from conservative lawmakers unhappy with her yes vote to impeach President Trump.

Cheney was one of only 10 House Republicans to side with Democrats Wednesday.

Some Republicans are looking to stage an internal coup using a playbook employed during an attempted ouster of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich in 1997.

“We’ve researched the rules thoroughly and there has been a lot of discussion on how to handle this,” Montana Rep. Matt Rosendale told Newsmax. Cheney ”is out of step with the conference in such a monumental way.”

Rosendale was the first House Republican to call for Cheney’s removal as the House Republican Conference chair after her renegade vote. Read more…

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Immigration, Politics

Migrant Caravan in Guatemala Pushes Through Border from Honduras – Heading to U.S.A.

Guatemalan officials report that approximately 6,500 migrants are on the move from Honduras. The migrants began pushing through the Guatemalan southern border. Their ultimate destination – U.S.A.

Guatemala’s immigration spokesman Alejandra Mena told Reuters that there were approximately 6,500 Honduran migrants on the move. Thousands crossed the country’s southern border on Saturday with an ultimate announced destination of the United States.

Mena told the news outlet that as many as 3,500 have already pushed through their border into Guatemala. A Honduran police officer said he observed “more or less 5,000 people” walk past his checkpoint.

A video tweeted by Festivales Solidarios shows thousands pushing past Guatemalan police and soldiers.

Guatemalan soldiers blocked part of the caravan at a point a few miles north of where they pushed across the border from Honduras, ABC News stated. Guatmala is aggressively attempting to detain the Honduran migrants and bus them back to their home country. Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

House Committed Six Violations of the Constitution During Impeachment: Alan Dershowitz

Harvard Law professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said that the House violated six independent points of the Constitution when impeaching President Donald Trump.

In an interview with Newsmax, Dershowitz said: “They violated the free speech provision. They violated the impeachment criteria. They violated the bill of attainder. They violated due process, on and on and on.”

“How can you impeach a president for a speech that is constitutionally protected?” he said.

The law expert said that Congress is not above the law, but that ironically, they have protection from culpability for what they do on the Senate floor.

“But the only sanction is to vote them out of office and to bring them to trial in the court of public opinion,” Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. “Senators and congressmen are immune from lawsuits for what they do or say on the floor of the Senate, so there can’t be any personal lawsuits.” Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Media, Politics

Mexico’s Left-Wing President Mounts International Campaign Taking On Tech Companies After Trump Bans

Left-wing Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reportedly vowed to take on tech companies on Thursday in response to the bans that President Donald Trump has faced on social media.

“I can tell you that at the first G20 meeting we have, I am going to make a proposal on this issue,” López Obrador said. “Yes, social media should not be used to incite violence and all that, but this cannot be used as a pretext to suspend freedom of expression.”

“How can a company act as if it was all powerful, omnipotent, as a sort of Spanish Inquisition on what is expressed?” López Obrador asked.

López Obrador’s Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said that Mexico has already started the work of getting other nations involved in the effort, including “officials in France, Germany, the European Union, Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia,” The Associated Press reported.

“Given that Mexico, through our president, has spoken out, we immediately made contact with others who think the same,” Ebrard said. “The president’s orders are to make contact with all of them, share this concern and work on coming up with a joint proposal. We will see what is proposed.” Read More…

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Big govt, Corruption, Economy & Investments, Politics

Minimum Wage Mandate in Biden’s Pandemic Relief Bill Estimated to Wipe Out 1.3 Million Jobs

President-elect Joe Biden’s plan for pandemic relief contains a $15 minimum wage mandate which Congress has estimated would lead to the loss of 1.3 million jobs.

Biden introduced the minimum wage provision in a speech laying out his priorities for a tax-payer funded stimulus package to tackle the damage wreaked on the economy by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus.

According to a July 2019 estimate by the Congressional Budget Office, raising the federal minimum wage to $15 would lead to the loss of 1.3 million jobs while boosting the wages of 17 million workers.

“People tell me that’s going to be hard to pass. Florida just passed it. As divided as that state is, they just passed it. The rest of the country is ready to move as well,” Biden said.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was less enthusiastic about the bill’s prospects.

“President-Elect Biden served in the Senate for over 35 years. So he knows the plan he outlined tonight can’t pass ‘quickly’ & will delay the 2k for hard-hit Americans. Let’s get the extra money to people first,” Rubio wrote on Twitter. Read more…

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Corruption, Media, Politics

Leaked Video Reveals Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Internal Discussions Before Trump Ban

Investigative journalism nonprofit Project Veritas on Thursday released a leaked video that appears to show Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s internal discussions before President Donald Trump’s account was banned on the social media platform following the breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

“You should always feel free to express yourself in whatever format manifestation feels right,” Dorsey said in the clip, purportedly secretly filmed by a Twitter “insider whistleblower.”

“We are focused on one account [@realDonaldTrump] right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and it’s going to go on beyond the inauguration,” Dorsey added. “And we have to expect that and we have to be ready for that.”

“So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence. But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon,” Dorsey told staff in the clip.

Project Veritas suggested in a Twitter post that the video leak is evidence of “censorship gone wild.” Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Immigration, Politics

Google Backs Biden Immigration Efforts, Offers to Cover Some Fees

Google on Wednesday said it backs President-elect Joe Biden’s promised immigration reform, while offering to cover some of the fees associated with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Kent Walker, senior vice president of global affairs at the company, said Google is making a $250,000 grant that will cover application fees to DACA for over 500 immigrants.

“We believe it’s important that Dreamers have a chance to apply for protection under the program so that they can safeguard their status in the United States. But in the middle of a global pandemic that has led to economic hardship, especially for the many immigrants playing essential roles on the front lines, there is concern that many Dreamers cannot afford to pay the application fee,” he wrote in a blog post. Dreamer is a term people who support DACA use to refer to immigrants.

DACA, established by executive order by then-President Barack Obama in 2012, enabled some immigrants who arrived to the United States while children to be shielded from deportation. It also gave them the opportunity to obtain critical legal documents so they could be employed and go to school.

President Donald Trump tried ending the program but was blocked by courts. The Supreme Court ruled in June 2020 that Trump could rescind DACA but didn’t follow proper “procedure.” Read more…

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Big govt, Corruption, Politics

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Claims Southern Red States Are ‘Suppressed States’ That Must Be Liberated to ‘Heal’ America

“Squad” member and New York Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed during an hour-long Instagram post Tuesday that Southern states are not “red states,” but actually “suppressed states” that need to be liberated in order to “heal” America.

“That’s what we got to do. We got to organize,” Ocasio-Cortez stated on camera to her Instagram followers, pivoting to discuss the two Senate runoffs in Georgia that resulted in the elections of Democratic candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff. “And I think what we saw in Georgia is a really good example with black women leading the way, with multiracial and multicultural organizations leading the way.”

The voter turnout “proved that Southern states are not red states,” she claimed.

“They are suppressed states, which means the only way that our country is going to heal is through the actual liberation of Southern states, the actual liberation of the poor, the actual liberation of working people—from economic, social, and racial oppression. That’s the only way. That’s the only way.”

“We just got to keep pushing, but tonight the votes that happened were to urge Vice President Pence to invoke the 25th and tomorrow we vote on impeachment,” she continued. “We will be impeaching the president of the United States tomorrow.” Read more…

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