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George Soros Network Bankrolled Activist Group Suing DeSantis

    A nonprofit network that left-wing billionaire George Soros backs has bankrolled an activist group that is suing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other officials over the state’s move to fly illegal migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

    The advocacy law firm Lawyers for Civil Rights filed the lawsuit Tuesday with Alianza Americas, an immigration nonprofit, on behalf of “Vineyard migrants and all similarly situated people who are fraudulently induced to travel across state lines by DeSantis and the State of Florida.”

    Three nonprofits in Soros’ Open Society Foundations network have notably given almost $1.4 million to Alianza Americas between 2016 and 2020, according to Open Society Foundations records.

    “Soros’ vision of a global ‘open society’ hinges on wrenching open every country’s borders, whether the citizens of those countries want to or not,” Hayden Ludwig, a senior researcher at the conservative investigative think tank Capital Research, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “We’ve traced tens of millions of dollars flowing through his Open Society Network into open borders groups in America, Europe, and the developing world, always with the same goal: undermining national sovereignty.”

    Open Society Foundations is a charity network that includes the three nonprofits Open Society Institute, Open Society Policy Center, and Foundation to Promote Open Society. The grants were “to support policy advocacy on immigration” and other immigration-related causes.

    DeSantis last Wednesday sent two flights with illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard—which comes after other Republican governors have similarly relocated migrants from the border to Democrat-run cities. Democratic lawmakers and liberal activists have sharply criticized DeSantis’ decision as “inhumane.”

    “If these activists spent even a fraction of this time and effort at the border, perhaps some accountability would be brought to the Biden administration’s reckless border policies that entice illegal immigrants to make dangerous and often lethal journeys through Central America and put their lives in the hands of cartels and ‘coyotes,’” a spokesman for DeSantis told Fox News, which on Wednesday first reported on the grants.

    Lawyers for Civil Rights and Alianza Americas allege in their lawsuit that migrants were provided misleading information about housing aid, employment services, and financial aid upon traveling to Martha’s Vineyard. The suit also alleges officials in Florida “intentionally targeted only individuals who are non-white and born outside the United States.”

    However, migrants were informed of their destination before boarding, according to documents obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation Sept. 16.

    “Yes, they were asked multiple times if they wanted to go,” a source familiar with the situation told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

    Migrants were also provided a “consent form” available in English and Spanish before boarding the flight, according to documents obtained by Fox News.

    “I agree to hold the benefactor or its designed representatives harmless of all liability arising out of or in any way relating to any injuries and damages that may occur during the agreed transport to locations outside of Texas until the final destination in Massachusetts,” the form reportedly said.

    Lawyers for Civil Rights did not immediately respond to a request for comment nor did Open Society Foundations or Alianza Americas.

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    Something Magical is Happening in Nevada — It’s Called a “RED WAVE” and Dems Must Be in a PANIC

      Well, folks, I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to see what’s happening in Nevada right now, but I can tell you… it’s nothing short of magical. As we speak, the “RED WAVE” we’ve been talking about for eons now is starting to rear its lovely head. And we’re now able to get a better picture of what’s to come. Now, I know we’re still a couple of months out, and I am not trying to jinx us or count our eggs before they hatch, but I gotta tell you, our candidate Joe Lombardo is running one helluva campaign. He’s basically mimicking Glen Youngkin’s campaign, and it’s working. It’s working so well, that Joe has just taken the lead in one of the most reliable polls out there.

      Yahoo News reported that the Nevada governor’s race is tight. Republican nominee Joe Lombardo is throwing the book at his Democratic opponent, Gov. Steve Sisolak, on the issue of education.

      In recent weeks, Lombardo, who polls show is running neck and neck with Sisolak, has thrashed the incumbent on the issue, criticizing him on school safety, curriculum claims and pandemic-era school closures while pushing for “parents’ rights.”

      It’s a page taken from the playbook of Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s Republican governor, who flipped a blue state red in a closely watched governor’s race by leaning in heavily to education and parents rights in the final weeks of the campaign. Lombardo’s focus has thrust the GOP’s attempts to make education policy a campaign strength further into the spotlight.

      Youngkin, who like Lombardo was a first-time candidate, won the governor’s race in a state President Joe Biden carried by 10 percentage points partly by stoking alarm over critical race theory, melding it with voters’ frustrations over pandemic school closings, and joining a push by conservatives to attack a wave of curriculum changes. The approach was part of a strategy to animate his base without alienating moderates. It won him enough support from women and suburban voters to steal victory from his Democratic opponent, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, in the blue state.

      A year later, Lombardo, the sheriff of the state’s most populous county, is trying to do the same — and he’s brought Youngkin in to help him.

      “I want to be considered the education governor,” Lombardo said Thursday at the first of two campaign events focused primarily on education.

      “He’s got the title of the education governor,” Lombardo said, nodding to Youngkin, who attended both events and spoke about his own approach on the issue during his campaign. “But I’m going to take it away from him,” Lombardo said.

      It’s not as “tight” as you may think, Yahoo. According to one of the best pollsters around, Joe is really starting to pull away.

      Trafalgar, who seriously, really is one of the top pollsters, they’ve consistently been the most correct, because they’re not using polling as a media marketing tool. Just the facts, baby. That’s what they’re all about and that’s why this poll is so damn awesome.

      Joe just wants to focus on “kitchen table” issues. Something Dems can’t do, because very few people are sitting around the kitchen table talking about 167 genders.


      It doesn’t surprise me that this happening.

      One fact is that the Hispanic voters are shifting “red” so they’ll help us out a lot in states like Nevada and Arizona. And Nevada’s governor is a woke idiot who is basically destroying The Strip; the ONLY source of income in Las Vegas. His handling of COVID was an absolute absurdity.

      Also, our candidates can blast Biden’s border and promise to put guards in place to help slow the influx of illegal immigration and hopefully work with a completely RED congress to end much of it.

      The other side can’t say anything. The border is a disaster and everyone knows it.

      That’s why Kari Lake is pulling ahead in her race for Arizona governor. The border is now one of the top election issues, and we should thank President Trump foremost for that, and also Abbott and DeSantis as well. They brought national attention that was much-needed right before the midterms.

      Now, we just have to make sure there’s no “funny business” in terms of cheating. We don’t want to see those infamous “2:00 am” ballots pouring in. We have to be diligent and dot all our t’s and i’s, and if we do that, and we flood the polls, we should be very victorious this November.

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      ICE’s New Guidance to Government Attorneys Aims to Reduce Immigration Court Backlog

      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a long-awaited memo on Sunday to guide ICE attorneys on exercising their prosecutorial discretion in immigration court.

      Authored by ICE’s Principal Legal Advisor Kerry Doyle, the memo’s stated goal is to ensure that ICE focuses its limited resources effectively and pursues just outcomes. By encouraging prosecutors to seek dismissal of non-priority immigration court cases, ICE hopes to reduce the enormous and growing immigration court backlog.

      The Doyle memo explains and expands upon the enforcement priorities outlined by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a September 30, 2021 memo. It discusses how ICE attorneys should implement those priorities in immigration court.

      The Mayorkas memo lays out three categories of people who are considered priorities for DHS enforcement:

      National Security

      Mayorkas’ memo makes anyone who is accused or suspected of engaging in terrorism or espionage a priority.

      In addition to terrorism or espionage, the Doyle memo explains that a person who has engaged in, or is suspected of engaging in, serious human rights violations may also pose a danger to national security.

      Public Safety

      The Mayorkas memo makes anyone who is perceived to be a threat to public safety, typically because of alleged criminal conduct, a priority. The memo lays out a non-exhaustive list of mitigating and aggravating factors for ICE to consider when determining whether a person presents a threat to public safety.

      The Doyle memo emphasizes that a criminal conviction is not required to be considered a public safety threat. It highlights that gang involvement may make a person a public safety threat. But it also states that inclusion in gang databases—which have been widely criticized—is not determinative of whether a person is actually in a gang.

      The Doyle memo clarifies that people who are applying for immigration benefits based on being the victim of a crime—including trafficking victims, victims of domestic violence, and abused or abandoned children—should not be considered a priority while U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services considers their application.

      The Doyle memo also includes additional aggravating and mitigating factors to consider. New mitigating factors include whether the person is a green card holder (legal permanent resident) and whether there was a discriminatory motive in the person’s arrest.

      Border Security

      The Mayorkas memo makes anyone who attempts to enter or entered the United States unlawfully after November 1, 2020 an enforcement priority.

      The Doyle memo says that a person involved in smuggling people into the United States or engaged in serious immigration benefit fraud may be considered a threat to border security, whether or not the person is charged with a crime. The memo explains that people who use fraudulent documents solely to flee persecution or for employment purposes would generally not be considered threats to border security.

      Prosecutorial discretion is an important component of any law enforcement work. The idea is simple. Just because the government could punish someone for breaking a law, does not mean that it should. State troopers generally do not spend time or resources ticketing people for driving 5 or 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Federal prosecutors do not pursue criminal charges against state-licensed marijuana sellers, even though it remains a violation of federal law.

      The same principle has long applied to immigration enforcement, under Republican and Democratic administrations alike.

      Nevertheless, some states have sued to block the enforcement priorities. A federal court in Ohio limited when ICE could use the Mayorkas memo when determining whether to release certain people subject to mandatory detention.

      Under the Doyle memo, ICE prosecutors have been given the direction and the tools to exercise prosecutorial discretion for people it finds are not an enforcement priority. While the memo discusses different types of prosecutorial discretion, it states a strong preference for two forms:

      1. For cases not yet in immigration court, ICE prosecutors may choose not to start deportation proceedings.
      2. For cases already in immigration court, ICE prosecutors may choose to file a motion to dismiss the case, regardless of whether the person wants their case dismissed.

      It is not surprising that ICE would prefer these two options. As of January 2022, there were over 1.5 million cases pending in immigration court.

      There are significant limitations to the Doyle memo. It continues to link the criminal legal system to the immigration system, reinforcing the jail-to-deportation pipeline that disproportionately targets immigrants of color. It leaves discretion largely in the hands of line ICE prosecutors without enough details on oversight.

      However, the Doyle memo is an important reminder to ICE prosecutors that they can and should dismiss cases and otherwise exercise their prosecutorial discretion to conserve resources, reduce the court backlog, and pursue justice. As the memo explains, “the government wins when justice is done.”

      MSNBC’s Joy Reid claims late-term abortion is a ‘made up term’

      MSNBC’s The Reidout host Joy Reid claimed Tuesday that “late-term abortion” is a “made up” term.

      Reid had been discussing Sen. Lindsey Graham’s, R-S.C., new abortion bill, the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act,” which she called a “dangerous, ugly, desperation move.” 

      Graham’s bill limits abortion far later than recent state “heartbeat bills” and includes several exceptions for women who have been victims of rape, incest, or when their life is in danger. 

      Reid hit Graham for his past statements, saying, “Just one month ago, South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham was okay with states like Michigan taking these issues to the people.”

      She shared a past clip of Graham saying, “I have been consistent. I think states should decide the issue of marriage and states should decide the issue of abortion.”

      Reid commented on his statement, saying, “Okay, today that guy, the guy who says he’s been totally consistent, now thinks it’s a great idea for Congress to go on ahead and pass a federal ban on abortion and mandating a criminal penalty of up to five years in prison to any person who helps facilitate an abortion.” 

      She then shared a clip of Graham discussing the bill, explaining, “Here’s what I think. I think we should have a law at the federal level that would say ‘after 15 weeks, no abortion on demand.’”

      Reid responded by saying not only is the bill misleading in the way it uses the phrase “late-term abortion,” but the term itself is inaccurate.

      “The name of Graham’s bill includes the phrase ‘late-term abortions,’ which is not accurate. Fifteen weeks is not a late-term abortion and it should not be used because it’s actually a made up term,” Reid claimed. “But that really shouldn’t surprise you coming from a guy who is probably the most cravenly opportunistic politician since Marco Rubio and Mitch McConnell.”

      Reid continued to slam Graham’s character as a politician.

      “Flip-flopping political positions is Graham’s m.o.,” Reid claimed. “Underneath the faux-folksy exterior, he’s just that guy. Back in 2016, he famously told the American people to hold him accountable for blocking the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court because it was too close to the election.”

      Republicans Roll Out a New Playbook

        It was nearly thirty years ago when the Republican Party drafted the Contract with America. That plan led to a substantial Republican gain in the House of Representatives during the Clinton Presidency. Essentially, the Contract with America was a nod to federalism, returning more power to the states and weakening federal authority. Federalism is the government practice of sharing power between the federal and state governments.

        Joe Biden has been scoring points at all of his appearances, keying on his two primary topics. Abortion and MAGA Republicans are all he seems to have in his arsenal, and it is getting boring. When pressed, he insists that when he refers to MAGA, he is talking about the radical fringe. But when he is speaking, he refers to all Republicans as MAGA. A slip of the tongue? Not when it happens this frequently. He knows what he says is covered by all the media outlets and the retraction by none.

        As for abortion, or reproductive rights as the Left erroneously calls it, the story is flat-out incorrect. Biden contends that a vote for a Republican is one for an all-out abortion ban. That is just not true. The Supreme Court sent abortion back to the states, where it always should have been. That is just fine for Republicans, and the issue is no longer to be debated in D.C.

        What the Republicans have offered this week is a clear alternative to the Democrat platform we have been victim to for nearly two years. On the surface, it seems vague, but there are over one hundred and fifty specific initiatives that will support the overall plan.

        The key elements are:

        1. A stronger economy with a war on inflation
        2. Restarting our fossil fuel industry
        3. Secure Southern Border
        4. An equipped and prepared military
        5. A return to keying on fundamentals in education
        6. A parental Bill of Rights to put parents back in the education formula
        7. Making cities safe again
        8. Less government regulations but more accountability

        These are fundamental needs and wants for most Americans but we have drifted away from these core principles and have become more concerned with a WOKE society, climate change, and dumping money into the economy. Democrats were quick to call this new program radical and out of touch with mainstream America. They are quick to point out that there is no consideration for abortion in the new plan. That is because abortion is now a state issue and not the concern of Washington.

        There is nothing radical in this plan. Transgender rights and CRT are radical, but it appears that the Democrats have redefined radical as they have with a secure border, inflation, and recession. The cards are now on the table. And it will be interesting to watch the Democrats to see if they pull away from the fear they are trying desperately to inject. They are in a bad situation with the poor Biden performance and have little to rave about. Abortion and fear should not win many races, and if it does, it proves we do not have an educated electorate. That would be unfortunate but not necessarily surprising.

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        Costco Customers Won’t See Changes To Membership Charges Or Hot Dog Combo

          According to Costco Wholesale, the price of the hot dog and Coke combo will remain at $1.50. The big box store has pledged to keep that specific snack under $2 even if price increases have been occurring for several goods.

          Richard Galanti, the CFO of Costco, stated during a presentation on the company’s fourth-quarter financial results on Thursday that they are not attempting to make up for any possible gaps created by the low-cost meal.

          He stated on the call, “We really don’t look at it that way,” according to MarketWatch. Galanti said that other divisions of the company, such as the gas and travel division, were performing well enough to enable them to “be more aggressive” in other divisions of the shop.

          Or, as you suggested, keep the soda and hot dog prices the same for an indefinite period of time, he said.

          MarketWatch determined that the hot dog combo would cost $4.11 now if inflation were to be taken into account. However, maintaining it at the $1.50 price point is an important aspect of the brand’s culture and heritage.

          CEO Craig Jelinek responded categorically to the question of whether he would increase the cost of the popular food court dish in a July interview with CNBC: “No.”

          “We can’t sell this hot dog for $1.50, I once told Jim Sinegal, the co-founder of Costco. We are becoming obsolete. And he threatened to murder you if you raised the effing hot dog. Find a solution,” “According to 425 Business, Jelinek remarked.

          “We came to the conclusion that we could create our own Kirkland Signature hot dog production facility (in Los Angeles). Our hot dog company has grown so substantially that we’ve built a second facility in Chicago “Jlinek clarified. “By having the self-control to tell someone, “You won’t be able to raise your price. We seized control of the situation and began producing our own hot dogs. We maintain it at $1.50 in order to provide a reasonable return.”

          Costco is popular nationwide, with 583 stores in 48 states. Although the business updated its membership requirements in 2020, customers must now have a Costco card to enjoy the food court.

          Galanti stated that they do not intend to increase the $60 starting membership cost.

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          How Can Small Businesses Prosper? Job Creators Network Has Plan

            Small-business owners and congressmen have unveiled an eight-point plan to guide lawmakers in creating conditions for small American businesses to prosper.

            Among the priorities in the plan, spearheaded by the Job Creators Network, are to make the Trump administration’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act permanent, to expand small businesses’ access to capital, and to reduce inflation by reining in government spending.

            “Small businesses across the country are suffering as they endure 40-year high inflation, the lingering consequences of the pandemic lockdowns, labor shortages, and a policy agenda that consistently puts entrepreneurs last,” Job Creators Network President Alfredo Ortiz said ahead of the Wednesday event, held at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington.

            “Getting the next Congress to focus on those steps in tax policy and regulatory policy and welfare reform that enable us to, once again, launch a generation of prosperity is … central to the future of the country,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., who joined the event virtually, adding:

            And I think that the Job Creators Network, by championing a small-business prosperity plan and getting a wide range of organizations and people to jointly come together, is going to play a major role in being able to once again launch small business into greater prosperity.

            “I’ll do all I can to help further the concept of a small-business prosperity plan,” Gingrich added, saying he would urge the next Congress to help “make it easy to become an entrepreneur, easy to start a business, easy to hire more people, and have a chance for all of us to have prosperity through a rising tide of small businesses across the entire country.”

            Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., speaks via teleconference at a Job Creators Network event on Wednesday in Washington. (Photo: Gillian Richards/The Daily Signal)

            Ortiz told The Daily Signal that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which is set to expire in 2025 if not extended, is a vital component of the plan. “If that goes away, it’s going to be a major issue, especially for small businesses.”

            Former President Donald Trump’s tax cuts allowed small businesses greater access to capital and investment, which “unleashed an explosion of economic growth,” Ken Blackwell, a former Ohio secretary of state, said at the event.

            Blackwell quoted civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, with whom he worked in the 1960s, who said, “Capitalism without capital is just another -ism.” Blackwell affirmed that access to capital is a huge part of fueling economic growth and job creation.

            Corina Morga, a member of a Native American tribe in North Carolina, said she faces new economic challenges as president of CR Construction Services, a small business based in Baltimore.

            “COVID wiped me out,” she said. “Seventy percent of my business was gone.” Now, roaring inflation and limited access to capital is placing more strain on business owners like herself, she explained.

            According to an August poll by John McLaughlin and Scott Rasmussen, more than half (54%) of the 500 small-business owners surveyed said they are concerned current economic conditions could force them to close their businesses. Fifty-seven percent of respondents also said they think the U.S. is in a recession, the Biden administration’s claims to the contrary notwithstanding.

            Eighty-two percent said they already have raised prices or expect to, due to inflation, government policies, and other economic factors.

            Nicole Wolter, owner of HM Manufacturing in Wauconda, Illinois, shared that supply chain disruptions have been “astronomically horrible” for her business, which produces power-transmission components. “We couldn’t get materials. And when we could get materials, they were sky-high with inflation being the way that it is,” Wolter said.

            Some of her employees have had to quit simply because they couldn’t drive to work due to unaffordable gas prices, she noted.

            She added: “As a manufacturer, a small business who is investing into the company, who is investing into capital to raise wages and to try to grow into the community, it has been really difficult.”

            The Trump administration’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act “unleashed a tsunami of expansion into my company,” said Wolter. “We were able to purchase $750,000 worth of new capital equipment. I was able to give raises and bonuses.”

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            Father shoots, kills home intruder

            LANCASTER, Calif. (KABC) — A man was fatally shot after allegedly breaking into a Lancaster home on Sunday.

            The shooting happened around 6:45 a.m. in the 45100 block of Loma Vista Drive.

            Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detectives say the man got into the home through one of the downstairs rear windows and walked into an upstairs bedroom.

            That’s when the homeowner who feared for the safety of himself and his children grabbed a gun and fired a shot, hitting the suspect, according to authorities.

            The family inside the home at the time was not injured.

            It appears the same suspect may have tried to break into other homes in the neighborhood first. Doorbell video from one home shows the man on a front porch trying to enter.

            On Tuesday, the county coroner’s office identified the man as 27-year-old Michael Lashomb, and confirmed his cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head.

            Residents of the neighborhood are feeling on edge about their own safety after the incident and say they believe their neighbor was justified in the shooting.

            “I would do the same thing,” said one neighbor, Darrell Jones.

            Biden Considers Himself A Voice For The Unions; But Strikes Are Increasing Across America!!

              As soon as this Friday, a sizable railroad strike might occur, worsening supply chain constraints, igniting soaring inflation, and increasing the number of walkouts occurring under President Biden’s labor-friendly government. Despite recognizing that a rail shutdown would have a “tremendous” negative impact on the economy, the White House refused to commit to legislation to stop a strike on Tuesday.

              Speaking about the two holdout unions and the main railroad firms, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “We are going to encourage them to stay at the bargaining table.” She termed a strike “not acceptable” and said, “They’ve come to a conclusion in the past, and that’s what we’re going to work on.”

              Even a partial halt in train traffic would exacerbate the country’s economic problems, particularly the consistently high inflation that sparked a significant sell-off on Wall Street on Tuesday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its worst day since June 2020 as it dropped over 1,276 points, or barely 4%.

              A train shutdown, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, would result in “economic calamity.”

              The White House and Congress have been advised not to get involved by union leaders. They said that the only way to obtain improved working conditions was through a strike or the threat of one.

              However, Maryland Democrat and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer suggested that if necessary, Congress might intervene and prevent a strike. Mr. Hoyer said on Monday on Bloomberg TV that “there is a role for Congress if, in fact, they fail to achieve an agreement.” If necessary, we can enact laws.

              New York Democrat and Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer sidestepped a query on Tuesday regarding whether Democrats in Congress are ready to stop a rail strike. The main line is that we’re asking both parties to cooperate and reach a compromise, he added.

              About 115,000 freight train employees are in need of a solution, but negotiators for both sides have been unable to come to one despite Mr. Biden and his advisors making multiple phone calls in recent days. A debilitating strike must be averted by Thursday at midnight. During a trip to Boston on Monday, Mr. Biden chatted on the phone with each side, ostensibly to no result.

              Sen. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, tweeted: “The impending railroad strike is simply another evidence of this admin’s failure to act when it counts.” “Biden’s failings with our supply chain are piling up, and many should wonder why the self-described “most pro-union president” couldn’t handle this significant issue,” the statement reads.

              Two unions that represent conductors and engineers have not yet struck a tentative agreement with the main railroad firms, but eleven of the thirteen unions that represent railroad workers have. About 60,000 railroad workers are represented by the two unions.

              Time off for medical visits is the primary issue in the discussions. The railways’ sick leave regulations, according to the unions, are utilized to penalize or terminate employees. In a time when the railways can’t afford personnel shortages, the workers, according to the railroads, are misusing their sick days.

              Union Pacific, CSX, Norfolk Southern, BNSF, and Kansas City Southern are among the railroad corporations. On commuter train routes that use tracks controlled by the impacted firms, the strike would also halt service. There would be little delays for Amtrak, especially in the southern part of the country.

              Camden and Brunswick Line service would be suspended on Maryland’s MARC commuter train, which travels on CSX lines, while the Penn Line would continue to run. The VRE, which runs on CSX and Norfolk Southern tracks, would have to be replaced with another mode of transportation for commuters in Virginia.

              Amtrak stated that although certain lines south of Washington will be impacted, service would not be stopped on the congested Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston. On Tuesday, the national passenger rail service began proactively canceling long-distance operations, mostly from Chicago.

              The White House stated that, in the absence of a settlement, the government is looking for other carriers to transport up to one-third of the country’s freight in the case of a strike. Officials in the government, according to Ms. Jean-Pierre, are “trying to work out with other forms of transportation how to move forward.”

              The 80,000-driving driver shortfall is a problem for trucking businesses, who claim they couldn’t make up the slack. The transportation delays brought on such a strike would also harm truckers.

              One of the business organizations urging the White House and Congress to step in and stop a strike if negotiations don’t produce a deal by the deadline was the trade association for retailers.

              Even a brief strike or interruption would be terrible, according to Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “The detrimental impact of uncertainty is already being felt,” he added. “A lack of consumer products and raw resources will have a double-whammy effect on prices and job losses in the economy. And it should go without saying that this couldn’t have come at a worse time based on today’s inflation data. To prevent a self-inflicted economic catastrophe, policymakers must employ all available tools.

              Consumer prices increased 0.1% from July, according to data released on Tuesday by the Labor Department, and the annual inflation rate in August was 8.3%, which is close to a four-decade high. According to analysts, a rail strike and other supply constraints would increase inflationary pressures.

              Under Mr. Biden, who describes himself as labor’s strongest supporter in Washington, strikes are increasing across the country.

              The Strike Tracker at Payday Report recorded 50 walkouts in July and 106 in August. The greatest private-sector nurses strike in American history took place in Minnesota this past week when 15,000 nurses at 16 hospitals went on a three-day strike.

              By enforcing a 60-day cooling-off period and convening a presidential emergency board to examine the concerns and provide a settlement recommendation, Mr. Biden stopped a train strike in July. The final proposals called for a one-day increase in annual paid leave, $5,000 in incentives, and 24% rises over five years beginning in July 2020.

              At 1:00 a.m., the cooling-off period will end. Friday. Under the century-old Railway Labor Act, only Congress has the power to avert a strike by enforcing the terms on both parties or extending the cooling-off period.

              According to a trade group’s assessment, the economy would lose $2 billion every day if the railroads were to be shut down.

              Numerous industry and trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, are pleading with Congress to intervene and prevent a strike if the two parties are unable to come to an agreement by the set date. It said that the terms suggested by the presidential board should be imposed by Congress.

              According to Suzanne Clark, president and chief executive officer of the U.S., “a nationwide rail strike would be an economic calamity – halting the flow of products, emptying shelves, shuttering workplaces and hiking prices for people and companies alike.” Business chamber.

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              ‘Democrat Attack’: Republican Criticizes Democrat-Led Hearings To Investigate ‘Climate Change Denial’

                Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas on Monday criticized Democratic attempts to investigate public relations firms for their role in promoting “climate change denial” in a statement provided to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

                Democrats on the House Natural Resources Oversight & Investigations subcommittee will hold a hearing on Wednesday titled “The Role of Public Relations Firms in Preventing Action on Climate Change.” Westerman criticized the Democrats’ efforts to investigate PR firms and fossil fuel companies while Americans across the nation are facing high energy costs and electrical grid instability.

                “We absolutely don’t think this is a priority amid one of the worst energy crises in modern history,” Westerman told the DCNF. “Instead, this is yet another Democrat attack on the men and women responsible for providing safe, reliable energy produced here at home.”

                The hearings will not feature testimonies from any of the firms that have allegedly engaged in climate change denial, E&E News reported. Instead, the subcommittee will feature testimonies from outside experts and advocates concerning fossil fuel companies’ PR efforts.

                “It’s frankly ridiculous that this majority would rather put a target on the backs of U.S. industries than examine their own actions that have resulted in exorbitantly high energy costs and the threat of rolling blackouts in states like California.”

                Californians were again urged on Sept. 9 to avoid cooling their homes past a certain point for the tenth straight day to prevent rolling blackouts. Additionally, at least 20 million Americans were behind on their utility bills in late August as they struggle to keep up with soaring global fuel prices.

                Democratic committee chairman Raúl Grijalva of Arizona and Democratic California Rep. Katie Porter co-sponsored a bill on Aug. 19 that would bar fossil fuel companies engaged in “climate misinformation” from getting tax credits for “marketing purposes.” Grijalva also headed a letter signed by 71 other House Democrats expressing opposition toward Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s bill that will expedite the permitting of energy infrastructure projects, claiming that the measure would help “harmful fossil fuel projects.”

                “By targeting PR firms for working on behalf of an industry Democrats repeatedly vilify, the majority could also create a chilling effect on the ability of private businesses to exercise their First Amendment rights,” Westerman said.

                House Democrats unanimously supported the $369 billion climate spending bill which will invest billions of taxpayer money into green energy initiatives and “environmental justice” programs.

                The Democratic portion of the Natural Resources Committee did not immediately respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.

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                The US Response to Ukraine Shows We Have the Capacity for Humanitarian Relief

                At the beginning of March 2022, as millions of Ukrainians were being displaced by Russian invasion, the U.S. government announced a series of policy changes to assist some of the people impacted by the war. Using many of the United States’ humanitarian protection authorities, the government acted quickly to help ensure the safety of tens of thousands of individuals fleeing violence. It is a clear demonstration of how our humanitarian immigration system can operate when there is the political will to utilize it.

                The United States has four policies that together provide various ways for individuals to come here for humanitarian reasons. Two of these are temporary in nature: humanitarian parole and Temporary Protected Status. And two can result in permanent resettlement here: the refugee resettlement program and asylum. All four of these programs have been activated to rapidly assist Ukrainians fleeing unbelievable horrors. They also can and should be used for everyone who is eligible.

                Within weeks of the invasion of Ukraine, the United States activated its humanitarian response to help those fleeing the violence. Humanitarian parole is available to people at or coming to our borders for emergency reasons. This has historically included people fleeing violence. Entering the United States on humanitarian parole is temporary but can be renewed. It gives the recipient permission to stay until the emergency is over, and those who enter on humanitarian parole can apply for a work permit and work in the United States legally.

                On March 3, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. TPS protects people from a designated country who are already present in the United States from deportation, even if they are out of status or lose it during the designated period. The critical aspect of TPS, however, is that it only applies to people who are already in the United States at the time of designation or slightly before. But it is not forward looking. Ukraine’s TPS designation will protect people who were already in the U.S. as of March 1, but not those who try to come after that date.

                The Biden administration has also announced that it would increase the number of Ukrainians processed through our refugee resettlement program to up to 100,000 people, although it is not clear if this number also includes those who will be allowed in through humanitarian parole.

                The United States has engaged in some form of refugee resettlement for decades. Currently, it involves processing people from abroad for permanent resettlement in the United States. Those seeking refugee resettlement often face years of waiting for processing, though the U.S. has demonstrated that it can rapidly speed up this process and dramatically increase the number of people served, as it did during the last rapid resettlement crisis of Afghan refugees. Details of how Ukrainian refugees will be resettled have yet to be finalized, but there are reports that the administration is also trying to expedite their processing.

                Finally, Ukrainians who come to a U.S. port of entry or land border are also seeking asylum. Asylum is available to people fleeing persecution. This is not as simple as fleeing violence. To prove that you are eligible for asylum, a person must show that they have experienced or may experience serious harm because of their identity, such as due to their race, ethnicity, political opinion, or other fundamental aspects of who they are. Over 1,000 Ukrainians are reportedly at our southern border waiting to be allowed in to begin the process of seeking asylum.

                Meanwhile, the U.S. government is still debating whether or not to end Title 42, a public health order that was used to expel 1.7 million people without giving them meaningful access to any of these humanitarian processes for over two years. The United States’ response to the needs of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives demonstrates that there are mechanisms in our immigration laws to provide humanitarian responses to people who need it. We just have to use them.

                Impending Railroad Strike Could Grind The Entire Economy To A Halt, Experts Warn

                  • An impending railway strike could leave 40% of all long distance trade halted and shipping containers stranded in ports if no agreement is reached before Friday morning.
                  • Experts, speaking to the Daily Caller News Foundation, stressed that the already weakened trucking industry would be unable to pick up the slack, potentially leading to elevated prices for consumers, particularly in gasoline.
                  • The rail companies predict that a stoppage would cause $2 billion per day in lost productivity, while unions accuse the companies of engaging in “corporate terrorism” designed to scare Congress into halting a strike.

                  As time runs out for railway unions and railway companies to avoid a strike before a Friday morning deadline, logistics experts who spoke to the Daily Caller News Foundation warned that a rail strike would have a “ripple effect” that would negatively impact every facet of the U.S. economy.

                  Two of 12 major railway unions have yet to sign an agreement with rail companies, citing concerns regarding sick days and attendance, while a third saw its members vote down the agreement on Wednesday despite the White House-brokered deal including a record-breaking 24% pay hike over the next five years, according to the WSJ. Should the unions strike on Friday, it could prompt 7,000 long distance daily freight trains to be left idle, representing nearly 40% of all long distance trade in the United States, the largest of all forms of transit, according to CNBC.

                  Even a short strike would have a long-term detrimental impact on the U.S. supply chain, potentially leading to delays and elevated prices for consumers that could last for several months, Beth Davis-Sramek, professor of supply chain management at Auburn University and editor of the Journal of Business Logistics, told the DCNF. In the event that trains stop running, shipping containers would pile up at ports, causing “incredible headaches” for a trucking industry that is already facing shortages and a “ripple effect” that would be felt throughout the U.S. economy.

                  These delays at port would occur because modern supply chains increasingly use shipping containers that are not unpacked at ports, Davis-Sramek said. Instead, entire containers are loaded directly from ships to trains, and from trains to trucks, as part of a process known as “intermodal” shipping.

                  “The long term impact will depend largely on how long the strike might last, and whether Congress intervenes,” said Davis-Sramek. If companies don’t have enough inventory to cover demand during the time of a strike, then goods could see dramatic price increases, gasoline in particular, Davis-Sramek said.

                  Replacing these trains with trucks would require 460,000 trucks, an impossibility based on existing equipment and an ongoing shortage of about 80,000 truckers, according to the American Trucking Associations (ATA) in a Sep. 9 letter to Congress urging action. John Esparza, president and CEO of the Texas Trucking Association (TXTA), said that he believes the ATA’s estimate is “very conservative,” and that shortages are likely to increase in the near future as older truckers retire and the industry struggles to attract young replacements, in an interview with the DCNF.

                  “There’s a demographic issue with drivers, when a driver gets too old and their license is taken away, they’re effectively forced to retire,” said Esparza. “This is a growing problem. We have a limited ability to meet these needs.”

                  A rail strike resulting in a stoppage of rail services could also cause $2 billion dollars per day in lost productivity across the entire U.S. economy, according to a report by the Association of American Railroads (AAR), which represents the rail companies. The report also highlighted the importance of rail to international trade, noting that internationally traded goods account for 40% of all carloads in the U.S. rail system.

                  The economic consequences of the impending strike are already being felt, as some rail companies halted agricultural shipments starting Thursday, according to Reuters on Tuesday, citing sources familiar. While most corn for ethanol arrives at plants by truck, around 70% of all ethanol in the United States is transported by rail, according to the AAR.

                  On Wednesday, Amtrak cancelled all long-distance trains, beginning Sept. 15 on Wednesday. While Amtrak employees were not involved in the strike, the track on which almost all long-distance Amtrak trains outside of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) run is operated by freight companies whose employees are.

                  Prior to this, the AAR announced Sept. 9 that freight customers ought to anticipate delays or suspensions due to the labor negotiations. In particular, the organization announced that it was taking steps to secure hazardous materials such as chlorine for drinking water and fertilizer chemicals, and asked the unions to come to the bargaining table and accept “historic wage increases” to prevent “disruption to the struggling supply chain.”

                  The final two unions yet to reach an agreement with rail companies accused carriers of cancelling certain shipments to squeeze supply chains and “provoke congressional action,” in a joint statement on Sunday by the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) and SMART Transportation Division (SMART-TD). The unions asked Congress to not cave to “corporate terrorism,” and criticized the rail carriers’ policies as harmful to the industry and making it more difficult to recruit new workers.

                  The unions alleged that employees had been fired for being sick or going to the doctor’s office, and that rail policies were “destroying the lives” of workers, in their statement. While the AAR repeatedly declined to comment on the potential impacts of a strike beyond its report, in a statement shared with the DCNF it accused unions of misrepresenting the issue of sick days, and noted that employees were allowed to use “mark off” days for any purpose, including medical, so long as they maintained a “reasonable level of overall availability.”

                  The Biden administration proposed a compromise between unions and rail companies through a committee known as the Presidential Emergency Board, which has since been accepted by 10 of 12 major rail unions, according to the WSJ. President Joe Biden personally spoke with both holdout union heads and rail companies on Tuesday in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

                  Biden initially imposed a strike moratorium in July, but it will run out at 12:01 a.m. on Sept. 16. Any further extension would need to be approved by Congress.

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                  Pelosi: Restricting abortion ‘sinful’

                  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called opposing abortion “sinful” in remarks last week at the Roundtable on Women’s Reproductive Health at the University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Campus.

                  The event was reportedly in celebration of Women’s Health Day of Action, as well as Women’s Equality Day.

                  Pelosi, a Catholic, called opposition to abortion an “assault on women of color” and “sinful.”

                  “But one word that pervaded through all of the discussion was the word ‘justice.’ The fact that this is such an assault on women of color and women — lower income families — is just sinful,” Pelosi told the audience.

                  She continued, “It’s sinful. It’s wrong that they would be able to say to women what they think women should be doing with their lives and their bodies. But it’s sinful, the injustice of it all.”

                  Pelosi’s persistent references to her Catholic faith, paired with her vocal support for policies against Catholic moral teaching, has made her a controversial lawmaker for many religious voters and church leaders.

                  San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced in May that the speaker is barred from receiving Holy Communion in her own San Francisco Archdiocese — which he oversees — due to her pro-abortion stance.

                  Archbishop of San Francisco, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone leads the prayer of commendation during the funeral Mass of archbishop emeritus and Cardinal William Joseph Cardinal Levada at the Cathedral of Saint Mary on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in San Francisco. (Liz Hafalia/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

                  Cordileone wrote to the California Democrat, informing her that she should not present herself for Holy Communion at Mass, and that priests will not distribute communion to her if she does present herself.

                  “A Catholic legislator who supports procured abortion, after knowing the teaching of the Church, commits a manifestly grave sin which is a cause of most serious scandal to others.  Therefore, universal Church law provides that such persons ‘are not to be admitted to Holy Communion,'” the bishop wrote in the letter.

                  Pelosi has largely ignored challenges to her religious beliefs, at times dismissing criticism of her fidelity to church teaching by citing her own conscience.

                  New Poll Delivers Some Alarming News For Democrats

                    Voters overwhelmingly trust Republicans to manage the economy, a new poll ahead of this year’s midterm elections suggests, while also viewing the economy as the most important issue.

                    Roughly 52% of voters said that they trust Republicans to manage the economy, compared to 38% for Democrats, while only 1% of respondents said they agreed with the proposals of both parties to manage it, according to a poll conducted by the Times and Siena College, which measured the relative strength of both parties in advance of the election scheduled on Nov. 8. The economy has been the most important issue to voters heading into the polls; in a July edition of the same NYT/Siena poll, 20% called it the “most important problem facing the country today,” while roughly 76% said that it would be “extremely important” to them as they vote.

                    Democrats have sought to focus their campaign narrative on social issues such as abortion in the wake of Roe v. Wade’s overturning by the Supreme Court, as well as gun regulations following mass shootings across the country over the summer.

                    However, efforts to place social issues at the forefront of voters’ minds do not appear to be working. The NYT/Sienna poll revealed that voters consider economic issues more important to their voting decision than social issues, by an 18-point margin.

                    The polls comes at a time of bad economic news for the Biden administration before November’s election. The White House recently released an economic blueprint listing its various accomplishments, with President Joe Biden holding a series of events to highlight the “Inflation Reduction Act,” a massive spending package that his administration had proposed to the Democratic-controlled Congress.

                    The Consumer Price Index, an aggregate measure of inflation, increased by 0.1% from July to August, though tempered by reductions in the price of gasoline even as food costs rose, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. The news poorly affected stock markets over the week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling by 1,600 points beginning Monday, closing for the week at 30,841.05 points.

                    There was some good news for Democrats, who currently control Congress and the White House. Between July and September, the number of voters who believe the country is “heading on the right track” increased modestly, from 27% to 50% for Democrats, and 9% to 27% for independents; however, 53% expressed disapproval of Biden’s performance in office.

                    The poll surveyed of 1,399 registered voters nationwide from Sept. 6 to 14, 2022, its margin of sampling error was +/- 3.6 percentage points.

                    The White House and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had not responded to a request for comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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                    The Islamic State Is Back — But Its Focus Has Shifted

                      • The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been slowly rebuilding and forging new financial networks, while the group’s Afghanistan affiliate actively combats the ruling Taliban.
                      • Africa-based Islamic State affiliates present the most immediate threat, as they are rapidly strengthening.
                      • “They’re looking to step back up … as soon as the U.S. takes our eye off,” Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said to the DCNF.

                      The Islamic State is festering globally as its base of operations shifts to Africa, where poor local control offers space for the violent jihadists to regroup and revitalize, according to experts.

                      Islamic State groups have proliferated throughout the Middle East, central Asia and Africa even after a U.S.-led global coalition dealt the core group, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a territorial defeat in 2016, experts told the Daily Caller News Foundation. While so far the groups have adopted a locally-focused strategy of survival in some areas and rebuilding in others, the U.S. remains engaged in countering the revitalized terrorist threat.

                      “ISIS has regrouped … and it is organizing for a prolonged insurgency,” a recently-declassified intelligence document stated, forecasting ISIS capabilities through 2021.

                      The assessment has proven accurate, according to former Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Vandenberg Advisory Board member Christopher Harnisch. “They laid low for a while, have re-grouped, and are now making a resurgence in the region,” he told the DCNF.

                      ISIS has proliferated far beyond its initial hub in Iraq and Syria. Semi-autonomous affiliates have sprung up in Africa, vying with al-Qaida-linked groups for the speed of their territorial acquisition while weak or sympathetic governments struggle to contain the threat, experts told the DCNF.

                      In Iraq and Syria, ISIS has gone “underground,” focused on fundraising and recruiting, according to Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

                      “They’re looking to step back up … as soon as the U.S. takes our eye off,” Roggio said to the DCNF.

                      In late August and early September, U.S. Central Command forces and Syrian allies captured dozens of ISIS operatives in the al-Hol refugee camp in northeast Syria and potentially dissolved a “major ISIS facilitation network,” officials told The Washington Post. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) has raided the camp seven times since 2021, each time detaining between 40 and 120 ISIS suspects.

                      The camp, consisting primarily of women and children who are either relatives of ISIS members or fighters themselves, functions as a hotbed for terrorist recruitment and provides cover for illicit financing operations, the Post reported.

                      “The next generation of ISIS is growing up there,” Simone Ledeen, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East, told the DCNF.

                      Failed states like Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, provide the perfect “petri dish” for violent jihadist groups to metastasize, Daniel Hoffman, a former CIA official with operational experience in the Middle East, told the DCNF.

                      The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, during which the Taliban liberated hundreds of imprisoned ISIS fighters, provided a “jolt of momentum” for the jihadi Islamist movement, Harnisch said to the DCNF.

                      The Islamic State routinely conducts attacks against Taliban targets, claiming a suicide bombing earlier in September at the Russian mission in Kabul that killed two of Moscow’s diplomats, according to The Associated Press.

                      ISKP poses a “moderate to high threat” to the Taliban and Afghan citizens and could grow, CENTCOM Gen. Kenneth McKenzie told the Senate’s military committee members in a March hearing.

                      However, Islamic State’s branch in Afghanistan, ISKP, is likely the weakest, mainly because it must fight off a much larger Taliban that has access to state resources and foreign backing, Roggio explained to the DCNF.

                      ISIS leadership in Africa is much less centralized that al-Qaida’s, leaving the Africa-based affiliates — the Somali Islamic State; Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; the Islamic State in Mozambique (ISM); the Islamic State Sinai Province (ISSP) in Egypt; the Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (ISGS)/Islamic State Sahel Province in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso; and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Nigeria — to pursue more local strategies.

                      The local agenda affords fundraising, field experience and training, said Ledeen. ISIS groups can “achieve moderate goals and live to fight another day — slowly growing stronger and wealthier.”

                      Africa is “the central focus of terrorism in the world,” Gen. Stephen J. Townsend said in July before stepping down from his position as head of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) head, adding that the Islamic State has developed financial networks with affiliates across the globe. Engagement in the region looks like sponsoring military exercises with local forces to train them in counterterrorism and counterinsurgency tactics, he said.

                      The Biden administration’s policy of “integrated deterrence” means it has refocused on “civilian tools” along with training and advising local military partners.

                      In Africa, the U.S. conducts an “economy of force” mission prioritizing resource efficiency to achieve objectives, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley explained in 2020.

                      “I would say there’s been some progress. There have been some tactical victories,” said Townsend in July of AFRICOM’s progress in countering terrorism. He reiterated the need for a holistic strategy that addresses the root of violent extremism in “poor governance.”

                      Through the Global Coalition, the U.S. “relies on the active partnership of African nations in a civilian-driven effort led by Africans and leveraging international partner resources,” a spokesperson for the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism said to the DCNF.

                      Nevertheless, most ISIS groups in Africa continue to strengthen, according to a recent analysis from the American Enterprise Institute.

                      ISIS has yet to conduct a known coordinated, top-down attack against the U.S. or Western allies, but that doesn’t mean the U.S. is completely out of reach. Some groups have kidnapped Americans traveling in areas near their control. U.S. authorities also arrested an Ohio man with connections to ISIS in May for plotting to assassinate former President George W. Bush.

                      In the near term — three to five years — “the Islamic State is going to be focused on survival,” Roggio said to the DCNF.

                      CENTCOM and AFRICOM did not respond to requests for comment.

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                      Education Group Says Google, Amazon Censored It

                        An educational consultant group says its campaign exposing “the radical and woke mission of the American School Counselor Association” was taken down from its website and Google Drive.

                        Courage Is a Habit launched the campaign “Behind Closed Doors” on Sept. 7, including content reportedly from the July conference of the American School Counselor Association. Courage Is a Habit President Alvin Lui shared the campaign with The Daily Signal.

                        The campaign PDF featured videos reportedly from the conference in which speakers discussed birth control, critical race theory, and parental rights. The PDF also included PowerPoint slides discussing transgender issues like gender identity and expression. The American School Counselor Association’s website offers different resources and tools for counselors to use to support LGBTQ+ students and transgender and nonbinary youth.

                        Three days later, on Sept. 10, the group was notified via email that the campaign link had been removed at the American School Counselor Association’s request, the same document shows.

                        “By Saturday morning, around 10 a.m., we get an email from Carrd.co. Carrd.co is the provider where we have our website,” Lui told The Daily Signal in a phone interview, noting that Amazon Web Services hosts the Carrd.co servers.

                        The American School Counselor Association “supports school counselors‘ efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society,” according to its website.

                        “ASCA went to Amazon and told them to tell Carrd.co to take our link down from the website, so they sent a cease and desist,” Lui told The Daily Signal. This move then prompted Carrd.co to send Lui the following email regarding the link’s removal:

                        Hey Alvin, just a quick heads up: we received a cease and desist from the American School Counselor Association (by way of AWS) regarding the use of their logo on this site as well as a link to allegedly copyrighted materials by way of the ‘Behind Closed Doors’ Google Drive link.

                        While the logo image they mentioned doesn’t appear on the site, we did remove the Google Drive link to avoid taking the site offline. Sorry for the inconvenience.

                        Photo courtesy of Courage Is a Habit.

                        Lui said the Courage Is a Habit website itself did not show the American School Counselor Association’s logo, though the campaign PDF link did include the logo on some pages in addition to the association’s videos and PowerPoint materials the group collected at the July conference.

                        “[The American School Counselor Association] is saying, ‘Oh, you’re using our logo. It’s proprietary and misinformation.’ … But we were attendees. We got this right. I’m not selling the information,” he said, “I’m just sharing the information. We went to a conference and here’s what we learned.”

                        According to one PowerPoint slide featured in the campaign, the American School Counselor Association asks:

                        What do we do if a student who is not transgender complains about being uncomfortable with students who are transgender and gender expansive?

                        The American School Counselor Association replied, “We continue to educate our students, as we always have. We report all forms of bullying and harassment to our administrators.”

                        The Courage Is a Habit site had numerous hyperlinks because it’s “meant to be very minimal for the average parent to find information on all things school related,” Lui said, adding later:

                        The fact that ASCA, being such a large organization, is so afraid of their materials getting out to the public is really telling because if all they’re doing is helping children and loving children and being empathetic and it’s about safety, and that’s all it is, then they should have no problem with any of this information getting out there because you would be proud of it. You would be saying, ‘Yeah, this is what we’re doing.’

                        The fact that they moved so fast to get this stuff removed, or try to get it removed anyway, obviously we can put it elsewhere, is very, very telling.

                        “Just a sidenote—this is the second time in 30 days they went after us,” he said, adding that last month Mother Jones wrote a “smear piece” about Courage Is a Habit’s exposure of some, but not all, materials the group gathered at the July conference.

                        “When they did that, that gave us a clue that [the American School Counselor Association] really didn’t want this stuff out,” Lui said.

                        Lui noted that his lawyers are exploring whether the campaign PDF link could be published on the website again if the American School Counselor Association’s logo is redacted.

                        “I think the bigger conversation, which is what I hope talking to you, hopefully some other people about it, is like—why are they so afraid?” Lui said. He noted that the point of the campaign is to expose the American School Counselor Association for “driving this transgender cult in schools more than anyone else.”

                        Google informed Lui on Monday that it removed the campaign PDF file link from his Google Drive, making his tweets, emails, and Linktree that included the campaign PDF link invalid, the Courage Is a Habit president told The Daily Signal.

                        Will Thibeau, a policy analyst in The Heritage Foundation’s Tech Policy Center, told The Daily Signal that the effort to censor Courage Is a Habit’s campaign is “evidence that tech policy discussions are about more than social media content moderation.” (The Daily Signal is the media outlet of The Heritage Foundation.)

                        “The ‘full stack’ of internet service providers are allied against conservative voices, and federal lawmakers need to take legislative action to protect conservative voices and restore trust in our information environment,” Thibeau said.

                        “Isn’t it funny that internet copyright standards are only ever enforced when a leftist organization files a complaint?” he asked. “Courage is a Habit used public information from the ASCA to expose their radical agenda to make kids trans.”

                        Kathleen Rakestraw, the director of communications for the American School Counselor Association, explained the group’s reasoning for having the content removed.

                        “ASCA requested that the links be removed because it was copyright infringement. Courage Is a Habit was posting our trademarked materials without permission,” Rakestraw told The Daily Signal in an email.

                        Google did not respond to The Daily Signal’s request for comment when asked why the link was restricted from public access.

                        The American School Counselor Association did not respond when asked whether content shown in the campaign screenshots provided in an email was available on its website.

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                        Robbery suspect shot by Cleveland cellphone store employee charged in separate hold-up

                        CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland man shot by a Metro by T-Mobile employee during an attempted robbery also committed a hold-up days earlier at another cellphone store, court records say.

                        Amhad D. Jones, 25, is charged with aggravated robbery in an April 19 incident at a separate Metro by T-Mobile store on Kinsman Road near East 147th Street, according to court records.

                        Jones has been in custody since an employee shot him in the stomach, left leg and right hand April 23 at another of the chain’s locations on Harvard Avenue at East 93rd Street, according to police reports and court records.

                        He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $50,000 bond.

                        The latest charge accuses Jones of stealing several hundred dollars during the April 19 armed robbery, according to police reports.

                        In that incident, a robber walked into the cellphone store just after 5 p.m. and pointed a gun at an employee. He walked behind the counter and ordered the employee to open a register, police reports say.

                        The robber took the money before he left the store and ran north on East 147th Street.

                        Investigators have not said how they identified Jones as a suspect.

                        Jones has been in custody since a Metro by T-Mobile employee shot him April 23 at another store on Harvard Avenue at East 93rd Street, according to police reports and court records.

                        Surveillance video from the store showed Jones point a gun at the employee, police reports say. The employee, who told investigators he acted in self-defense and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, was not charged in the incident.

                        The employee and the co-worker each told police that Jones came into the store and said he wanted to pay his phone bill. He pulled out a gun and told both employees not to move, police reports say.

                        One of the employees grabbed his own gun, and Jones threatened to kill him, police reports say. The employee fired three shots at Jones, who fell to the ground.

                        The employee kicked Jones’ gun away from him and asked the co-worker to call 911. Officers arrived to find Jones hurt on the ground behind the counter.

                        The surveillance video from the store was “extremely clear” and “mirrored” what the employee and his co-worker described, investigators wrote in police reports.

                        An ambulance took Jones to MetroHealth for treatment. He was later released and taken to the Cuyahoga County Jail.

                        A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted him May 3 on charges of aggravated robbery, robbery and having weapons under disability. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment, court records say

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                        Ocasio-Cortez Claims America Hates Women And Would Never Elect One As President

                          A lot of people in this country “hate women” and “would never let it happen,” according to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, therefore it’s highly improbable that she’ll be elected president. In an extensive and gushing cover interview with GQ released on Wednesday, the socialist firebrand New York Democrat discussed the possibility of her mounting a future campaign for the White House.

                          While Ocasio-Cortez still believes that change is possible, she acknowledges that her time in Congress has “given me a front-row seat to how deeply and instinctively, as well as consciously, so many people in this country hate women.”

                          The 32-year-old, who was called the “political voice of a generation” and a “bona fide culture celebrity,” said, “And they despise women of color.”

                          Many individuals seek my advice on matters of the future. And frankly, I can’t even tell you if I’m going to be alive in September. This is a major burden for me. It’s not just the conservatives, either. The democratic socialist went on to say that “misogyny transcends political ideology: left, right, and center.”

                          “I admit to occasionally assuming that I live in a nation that would never allow it happen.” Ocasio-Cortez has claimed that it’s difficult for her to hear from young women that they hope she will become president one day.

                          She explained, “I never want to tell a small girl what she can’t accomplish, therefore it’s really tough for me to talk about.” To add insult to injury, I have no interest in discouraging young people by telling them their dreams are unrealistic. Not something I’ve ever done professionally. While on the other hand…

                          The lawmaker said that being a woman and being opposed to Wall Street would hurt her chances of becoming president. She questioned whether or not Obama could have been elected without the substantial financial backing he received. “I’m not sure.”

                          Ocasio-Cortez has argued that the political system, from the Senate to the Supreme Court, would work against her even if she were elected president. They still have many restrictions,” she said. It’s extremely tough, it’s really tough.

                          Another part of the discussion focused on the congresswoman’s experience with the “open hatred” she received from members of her own Democratic Party after she was elected in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez described the reaction as “open animosity, blatant antagonism to my presence, my life.”

                          “Ever since the first day I arrived, and perhaps even before that, I’ve seen a significant drop in aiming accuracy from my party. And the extent to which that depletion pervaded was, at times, overwhelming. I’m starting to feel like I can stand on my own two feet again. Is it true that I have the ability to change the federally elected Democratic Party? No.”

                          Ocasio-Cortez discussed her personal life, including her relationship with fiancé Riley Roberts and her decision to publicly disclose that she had been raped while she was in her early 20s, in the interview.

                          The lawmaker went public on Instagram weeks after the January 6, 2021 Capitol riots, explaining the anguish she relived during the uprising and revealing that she was a survivor of sexual assault.

                          Ocasio-Cortez stated in the interview, “I could not talk about that day without sharing it, because it was such a vital part of my experience.” She was referring to the day she and other congresspeople hid in offices while rioters broke in.

                          Since much of it was about resonance and terror of a thing that was not theoretical but a fear that I had experienced, “I felt that I could not really fully express what that feeling was without giving them the context of what I had gone through and what was being repeated.”

                          After the Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade in June, the lawmaker brought up the rape again when she spoke to anti-abortion protesters at Union Square in Manhattan.

                          Given how much her opponents on the left and right have scrutinized her remarks since she took office, she told GQ that she had carefully assessed her choice to open up further about being assaulted. She remarked, “The fight to be believed is a huge stress for many assault survivors.” Because of the emotional toll of having that event aired in court, there are parts of it that I may never reveal.

                          Ocasio-Cortez said she wondered how being an independent, accomplished woman would effect her relationship with her fiancé, which is notoriously secretive. She explained that people’s reactions change when someone finally lets their true personality shine through. An inner struggle arises within them that they weren’t expecting. This isn’t even a trick! The problem is that in doing so, they reveal vulnerabilities that the person had previously been unaware of.

                          However, Ocasio-Cortez claimed the reverse to be true after she was elected and thrown into the public glare. She met Riley while they were both 19 and attending Boston University.

                          She stated, “I believe it has been incredibly eye-opening for him to experience us dating while I was still working as a server and a bartender to now and seeing how the world responds [to me].

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                          California School District Hosts LGBTQ Club for 4-Year-Olds

                            A California school district is hosting a LGBTQ club for kids as young as 4-years-old, according to the school website.

                            Los Angeles Unified School District kicked off its first “Rainbow Club” meeting of the year on Wednesday, a club targeting LGBTQ elementary school students, according to the school’s website. The club, aimed at students as young as transitional kindergarten and their “loved ones,” is offered districtwide with a virtual option available.

                            The club meets each week for an hour over a 10-week period, the website stated. For 15 minutes before each meeting, parents and “other interested adults” are allowed to come ask questions about the group.

                            Out Safe Schools, a group that works to train “administrators and school staff to be visible LGBTQIA+ allies,” is promoted on the poster for the event.

                            On Sept. 22, the school district’s human relations and diversity and equity department is hosting an informational meeting about the club for teachers, featuring a panel of Rainbow Club leaders, according to the school website. Attendees will be given a “starter kit” for beginning their own “Rainbow Club.”

                            The school has also created “Queer All School Year,” which features different pride themes throughout the year. August was aimed at “supporting students in starting a Gay Straight Alliance Club or Rainbow Club” and September focuses on “prep for next month’s solidarity week and teach LGBT-inclusive curriculum all year long.”

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                            Lindsey Graham Doubles Down On “Obvious” Violence Rhetoric If Trump Is Charged

                              Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) justified his recent threat of “riots in the streets” if former President Trump is charged with mishandling confidential information on Saturday. Graham told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick during an interview at the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy, “What I attempted to do was say the obvious.”

                              Graham said, “This is what I said: The raid on President Trump’s house, the likely 2024 nominee, better bear some fruit here. If the issue is merely improper management of sensitive information, Hillary Clinton was held to a standard that was established.

                              On August 8, federal officials carried out a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, where they discovered around 33 boxes containing more than 100 sensitive documents.

                              The search was related to the Justice Department’s inquiry into whether Trump broke two other federal laws, including the Espionage Act, which does not rely on the data being secret, as well as the Espionage Act. The investigations have given rise to raging rumors about whether Trump will ultimately be charged with a crime.

                              Graham made the contentious remark last Sunday while appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Night in America,” which was hosted by Trey Gowdy, a former lawmaker who served as the head of the House’s select committee looking into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack that revealed Clinton’s private email server.

                              There will be riots in the streets if Donald Trump is charged with handling confidential information following the Clinton scandal, Graham warned Gowdy.

                              Graham and other Republicans have frequently cited the issue in their criticism of any prospective charges against Trump as being unfairly harsh. Clinton’s server was deemed “very careless” by the then-FBI Director James Comey, but the bureau chose not to charge her for handling classified information improperly.

                              Graham stated on Saturday that “our nation, the folks on our side, believe that there are no rules with Trump when it comes to the legal system,” adding that “Get him. It doesn’t matter how you get him,’ so I responded by saying that if what happened to Clinton happens to him and he is charged, it will be one of the most upsetting things to ever happen in America.

                              The South Carolina Republican also defended his activities after the 2020 presidential election, which are currently the subject of an ongoing legal dispute with the district attorney of Fulton County, Georgia, during the interview.

                              The Democratic district attorney, Fani Willis, has requested Graham’s testimony as part of her inquiry into whether Trump or his associates improperly attempted to sway the state’s 2020 presidential election.

                              Graham, meanwhile, has maintained that he can avoid testifying because of a constitutional clause that shields politicians from lawsuits and prosecution for what they say and do while working on legislation.

                              The subpoena was largely rejected by a federal court on Thursday, but Graham said he was still convinced that his attempt to avoid testifying would ultimately be successful.

                              According to him, the county prosecutor’s wish to extradite him to Georgia violates the Constitution. “I think the court is going to understand that my conduct as a United States senator were covered by the Speech and Debate Clause,” he said in an interview with CNBC.

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