California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Thursday that he is “hopeful” Vice President Kamala Harris will be “the next president of the United States.”
Newsom’s comments came during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. The board asked Newsom, who is running for a second term this mid-term election cycle, “if he would promise to voters that he wouldn’t run for president before the end of that term,” which would expire in 2027.
“Yeah, I mean, I have sub-zero interest. It’s not even on my radar,” he said, adding that Harris, who has drawn criticism regarding her performance as vice president, should succeed President Joe Biden, the Chronicle noted.
“I’m hopeful that she’s the next president of the United States,” he said.
Newsom’s support of Harris comes at a time when Harris’s approval rating has plummeted below that of Biden’s, a recent Trafalgar poll showed. Just 28 percent of respondents approve of how “Harris is handling her job,” while 62 percent of those polled said they disapprove, Breitbart News reported. Of participants, 39 percent approve of Biden while 55 percent disapprove.
The poll sampled 1,077 voters between April 18-20 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percent.
Breitbart News noted:
Harris’s approval rating is underwater by 34 points. Biden’s deficit is 16 points. The net difference in their approval rating is 18 percentage points.
Harris’s terrible polling is bad news for any presidential aspirations she may have. Perhaps one of the reason’s [sic] why her polling is so terrible is that she has had numerous communications gaffes and has failed to prevent the southern border invasion.
Last year, Biden tasked Harris with stemming the flow of migrants. But one year later in March 2022, more than 221,300 illegal migrants were encountered crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. That number represents a new high for the Biden administration and the worst month since the Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2002, according to the Republican National Committee’s research team. March’s number was also the third-highest on record.
Harris and Newsom’s political careers follow somewhat similar arcs, dating back to their time working in leadership roles in San Francisco since 2004. Ballotpedia notes Newsom assumed the city’s mayorship that year while Harris was sworn in as district attorney. The duo worked together in the city government until 2011, when they took on high-ranking roles at the state level. Newsom served as California’s lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2019, while Harris served as the state’s attorney general from 2011 to 2016. The Chronicle pointed out that they share donors in the Golden State.
2. According to the images widely spread and official notice on Chinese social networks, thousands of residents in a residential neighborhood in Beijing were pulled away overnight on Friday (May 20) night after 26 cases tested positive for COVID-19, and residents were threatened with punishment if they disobeyed.
3. U.S. President Joe Biden’s plane landed in South Korea on Friday, beginning his first trip to Asia as president.
4. UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet will visit China next week, including Xinjiang.
5. Russian troops said on Friday that they had full control of Azovstal in Mariupol after the last batch of Ukrainian soldiers surrendered.
6. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Chi Tai held talks with Taiwan’s Trade Representative John Chen-Chung Deng in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday to discuss how to further deepen bilateral economic and trade cooperation between the United States and Taiwan.
7. On the occasion of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to South Korea, the two countries agreed to establish a new permanent economic and security dialogue mechanism to coordinate economic security issues and response strategy at any time.
8. U.S. President Joe Biden is scheduled to unveil his Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in Japan on May 23 (next Monday). Tokyo urged Washington to be more flexible to attract more Southeast Asian countries to join IPEF.
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Biden wins because he can keep using Title 42 to manage the migrant inflow. Without Title 42, many more migrants would rush the border, forcing TV news executives to broadcast dramatic videos on the evening news. Also, he can blame the judge when his pro-migration allies want to blame someone for the Title 42 barrier.
Pro-American groups also won because they keep the last remaining curbs on the inflow of migrants invited to the U.S. border by Biden and his pro-migration border chief, Alejandro Mayorkas. Each Month, Mayorkas is pressured to exclude one-third of the new migrants into the United States.
In April, Mayorkas exempted 137,000 migrants from Title 42 and allowed them to enter the United States, out of the 235,000 who were recorded at the border. But he also allowed roughly 60,000 more migrants to sneak across the border. So just 138,000 were excluded — and many of those will try again in May because Mayorkas flies very few of them back to their distant homelands.
Mayorkas planned to stop enforcing the barrier on Monday, May 23. But the judge’s decision does not bar Mayorkas from exempting many migrants from the Title 42 barrier.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations Wednesday, April 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
Pro-American activists welcomed the decision.
“The Biden administration has consciously created an unprecedented surge of illegal migration with Title 42 serving as the last constraint on its plan to completely abandon enforcement of our border,” said a statement from Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
By the Department of Homeland Security’s own reckoning, their decision to cancel Title 42 would have led to at least an immediate doubling of April’s record number of illegal entries, all of whom they planned to quickly process and disperse around the country.
Judge [Robert] Summerhays’ ruling may prevent the crisis from becoming exponentially worse, but it is not a solution to the problem the Biden administration is deliberately inflicting on the American public. The ball is now in Congress’ court, which has the power to hold this rogue administration accountable for its ongoing refusal to carry out its constitutional obligation to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
“We are gratified that the District Court has issued this Preliminary Injunction to stop the Biden Administration from rescinding Title 42 and turning our already unimaginably catastrophic border nightmare into an even more unimaginable hellscape, said Stephen Miller, founder of America First Legal., a pro-American civil rights group.
A statement from Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) said:
It’s outrageous that President Biden even considered rescinding Title 42 in the midst of a historic crisis at our southern border that’s leaving our country wide open to an influx of illegal drugs and illegal immigrants. While I’m glad to see a Trump-appointed judge block Biden’s senseless decision, the President needs to wake up, face reality and secure our southern border for the safety of Montana communities.
A federal judge just blocked another disastrous decision, but the Biden administration should not see today’s ruling as a political bail out.
The American people deserve a secure border.
I call on President Biden to fully enforce Title 42.
Pro-migrati0n advocates are portraying the judge’s decision as racist because most migrants are not from Europe.
“More than 1.8 million migrants have been denied entry into the U.S. under the policy, forcing many back to the dangerous conditions they were escaping,” according to Isabel Vinent, a director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition. “Title 42 was never about public health, but rather a racist cruel double standard put in place by the Trump administration.”
“Today’s court decision to block the end of Title 42 will cause immeasurable harm to thousands of vulnerable people seeking protection in the United States,” said Jeremy Robbins, executive director of the American Immigration Council, a pro-migration group with ties to immigration lawyers and business donors. “Congress must resist demands to legislate [for] the use of Title 42 in years to come.”
The case is Louisiana v. CDC, 6:22-CV-00885, was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Lousiana.
The Ukraine aid bill provides $20 billion in military assistance, $8 billion in economic support, $5 billion for global food shortages, and $1 billion for refugees from Ukraine.
Biden’s signing of the bill occurred as Russia claimed their biggest victory to date in Ukraine with the capture of the strategic port city of Mariupol.
Smoke rises from the Metallurgical Combine Azovstal during shelling, in Mariupol, in territory under the government of the Donetsk People’s Republic, eastern Ukraine, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Russia claimed to have captured Mariupol on Friday in what would be its biggest victory yet in its war with Ukraine, after a nearly three-month siege that reduced much of the strategic port city to a smoking ruin. (Alexei Alexandrov, File/AP)
The unprecedented spending bill for Ukraine was supported by 368 Democrats and Republicans in its final passage in the House of Representatives.
Biden also signed the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022, a bill that waives certain program requirements for food stamps to purchase baby formula.
The president did not sign the bills publicly or take any questions from the press, but he released a statement Saturday morning indicating he had signed the legislation.
During his visit with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol, President Biden spoke about the importance of ongoing sanctions and economic pressure on Russia
Biden also agreed to open up discussions on expanding joint military exercises near the Korean Peninsula to deter North Korea’s aggression. Former President Donald Trump ratcheted back the joint exercises as he attempted peace negotiations with the country’s dictator Kim Jong-Un.
When it comes to energy production, the midterm elections matter
By: Andrea Widburg
The day before Joe Biden entered the Oval Office, America was a net energy exporter with a rapidly growing economy, despite the effects of the Democrat-demand lockdowns. On his first day in the Oval Office, Biden immediately took steps to cut America’s energy production and, by vetoing the Keystone Pipeline, its access to energy. America instantly began an inflationary climb that accelerated with the War in Ukraine. What a Senate Energy Committee hearing revealed is that the Biden administration is only just getting started. If America is to survive, Biden’s wings must be clipped and that can only be done with a veto-proof majority in Congress.
Two amazing moments emerged from the Senate Energy Committee hearing, one on the watch of Sen. Joe Manchin (D. WV) and the other during questioning by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R. AK). Sen. Manchin’s moment came when he questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, a woman with absolutely no business holding the position. Haaland has no background in land management. Instead, her sole qualification is that her mother is Native American, which is how Haaland (whose father is a Norwegian Minnesotan) identifies herself.
In her position as Interior Secretary, Haaland controls domestic oil and gas resource development—that is, she presides over leasing out federal land. Before Manchin even got to the killer question, watch what happened to Haaland when she was asked about soaring gasoline prices (and pay attention to her assistant’s frantic note writing as Haaland got lost in a sea of “ums”):
So, not the most impressive person to oversee something that drastically affects America’s economic well-being. Things really went downhill for Haaland, though, when Sen. Joe Manchin (D. WV) asked her about a press release from the Interior Department stating that it had no plans to allow any further oil and gas leases. Haaland knew nothing about her own office’s press release, even though it attributes opinions to her. It’s just stunning to see Manchin eviscerate her:
Manchin wasn’t the only one, though, who tore apart one of Biden’s cabinet members regarding energy production in America. When Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, one of the more narcissistic members of a narcissistic cabinet belonging to a narcissistic party, appeared before the Senate Energy Committee, she assured the Senate that the Biden administration was working hard to increase both oil production and supply in America. Sen. Sullivan was having none of that. Instead, he elaborated on the “comprehensive hostility to the energy sector by this administration.” What he describes is just sickening:
Currently, it appears that Republicans will make decent gains in both Houses come November 2022. That will certainly be enough to stop a Democrat-controlled Congress from enacting any further laws and spending bills damaging to America or approving the nomination of any other hard-left justices to the Supreme Court.
However, merely having a majority does not mean Congress can reverse the bad laws the Democrats passed or put a brake on Biden’s conduct by passing legislation overriding his executive orders. To undo just some of the damage the Biden administration is causing America, before the damage gets permanently baked into the cake, Republicans must win a veto-proof majority in Congress.
Gaining that majority means holding two-thirds of the seats in both the House and the Senate. In the Senate, Republicans must gain a minimum of ten currently Democrat-held seats, while maintaining all the Republican seats. And in the House, Republicans must keep the seats they hold and add another 82.
Those may seem like impossible numbers but this is such a crazy year and Biden’s administration has been such a disaster that it might be possible—if conservatives not only vote with passionate ferocity but make the case to ordinary Americans that only a veto-proof Republican Congress can save America from complete financial collapse. Maybe it’s time to share the above videos with your friends….
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The National School Boards Association (NSBA) admitted Friday to colluding with senior White House officials to develop a letter asking the federal government to investigate concerned parents speaking at school board meetings as “domestic terrorists.”
The admission comes after an internal review, which was prompted by significant backlash to the letter that led Attorney General Merrick Garland to sic the FBI on parents and use “counterterrorism tools” to investigate them.
Parents speaking at school board meetings across the country were primarily outraged by the revelations that their children were being indoctrinated with critical race and queer theories, as well as the draconian coronavirus policies that masked children and shut down schools, leading to significant learning loss and other developmental stunting.
NSBA investigators placed the blame for the letter — from their end — almost entirely on Chip Slaven, who at the time was the Interim CEO and Executive Director of the organization. Slaven worked closely with White House Senior Advisor to the President Mary C. Wall, who “had advanced knowledge of the planned Letter and its specific contents and interacted with Mr. Slaven regarding the Letter during its drafting,” according to the findings of the inquiry.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland testifies at a House Judiciary Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol on October 21, 2021, in Washington, DC. Garland fielded many questions regarding first amendment issues related to school board meetings and efforts to prevent violence against public officials. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)
“In addition, evidence indicates that White House officials discussed the existence of the Letter, its requests, and the contents of the Letter with Department of Justice officials more than a week before the Letter was finalized and sent to President Biden,” the findings continue. “Ms. Wall requested an advanced copy of the Letter to provide to her White House and Department of Justice colleagues ‘to see if there might be any options we can pursue here.’”
The findings also claim that “the Letter initially received positive and cooperative feedback from the White House” but that “the Letter received significant political and media attention. As a result, the NSBA faces criticism for the Letter as well as a decline in its membership, posing challenges for the future of the organization.”
“In less than a week, Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a memorandum to federal law enforcement officials directing federal agencies to act consistent with relief requested in the Letter,” the report says.
During that time as well, others at the NSBA whom the findings deem “principal parties” were also involved with the concoction of the letter and it being shopped around to interested parties and media organizations.
Viola Garcia, who at the time was President of the NSBA Board of Directors, was quickly given a job at the Department of Education overseeing student progress.
Jason Amos, NSBA Director of Communications, “worked closely with Mr. Slaven and [NSBA Interim Chief Advocacy Officer Jane] Mellow to provide advance copies of the Letter to media outlets and to intentionally draw significant attention to the Letter both before and after it was publicly released.”
The day after Garland’s issuing of the memorandum, Biden himself called Garcia in a “fifteen-minute one-on-one phone call” and “thanked her for letting him know what was happening at the local level and for Dr. Garcia discussing the letter on television,” according to the investigation. Biden also invited her to visit the Oval Office, but investigators report that the visit never occurred.
Garcia was apparently reluctant to speak with NSBA investigators about the Biden call “because of the perception that the NSBA was ‘in cahoots essentially with the Biden Administration on this Letter.’”
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Judiciary ranking member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Oversight and Reform ranking member Rep. James Comer (R-KY), and Education and Labor ranking member Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) released a joint statement condemning the Biden administration.
“This report confirms that the Biden administration colluded with members of the NSBA to abuse the counterterrorism authorities of the federal government and investigate America’s parents,” the statement begins. “This entire episode remains an insult to parents. … Those who coordinated these unprecedented attacks on our families must be held accountable.”
The letter, however, was apparently “not authorized or approved by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee” and “no one on the Board of Directors, other than the four officers of the NSBA, reviewed the draft” before being sent to Biden.
“The letter directly contradicts our core commitments to parent engagement, local control, and nonpartisanship,” current NSBA CEO and Executive Director John Heim said in a statement announcing the conclusions of the investigation. “The sentiments shared in the letter do not represent the views or position of the NSBA. The NSBA does not seek or advocate for federal law enforcement intervention at local school board meetings.”
One of the chiefly outrageous requests from the NSBA that fed into the negative reaction from parents and politicians alike was for the federal government to use the PATRIOT Act to prosecute parents. In an interview with investigators, Slaven said that “he edited the letter to clarify that the request to utilize the PATRIOT Act was not with regard to al Qaeda or foreign adversaries, but with regard to the fact that ‘we were concerned over folks here in this country.’”
The report appears to gloss over much of the parental concern with critical race and queer theories, however, saying the impetus for Slaven’s seeking the letter was in “response to the growing tensions at local school board meetings made manifest by the divide in public opinion in the then-ongoing debate about when and how public-school students should return to in-person instruction.”
“As a result of the NSBA’s internal investigation, the American people now know that Biden Administration officials did indeed work with NSBA on the since-retracted letter requesting federal intervention in school board issues,” Parents Defending Education President Nicole Neily said in a statement. “It is inexcusable that a senior White House advisor would have the audacity to collaborate on a public request to use the Patriot Act against families; this is, quite literally, a betrayal of trust by the highest levels of government.
“While a number of questions remain – including the extent of Secretary Cardona’s involvement in this scandal – it is our hope that the individuals involved are held accountable for this betrayal of public trust,” Neily concluded.
Breccan F. Thiesis a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFThies.
WASHINGTON – […] The pandemic-related health order, which was implemented in March 2020 to control the spread of Covid, was set to expire on Monday. The measure gave the U.S. the authority to immediately expel asylum seekers without a legal process, and Friday’s ruling means an even longer waiting time for migrants seeking refuge in the United States.
Louisiana U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, ruled that the restrictions must stay in place until a lawsuit by 24 states, led by Arizona, Louisiana and Missouri, is resolved in the courts. In the April 3 lawsuit, filed after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced plans to lift the public health order, the states argued the policy needed to remain to avoid “wave of illegal migration and drug trafficking.” (read more)
The White House announced the DOJ will immediately appeal Summerhays’ decision. However, it’s unlikely the restrictions will be lifted by Monday as previously planned by the CDC.
Here’s the White House statement:
White House – “The Administration disagrees with the court’s ruling, and the Department of Justice has announced that it will appeal this decision. The authority to set public health policy nationally should rest with the Centers for Disease Control, not with a single district court. However, in compliance with the court’s injunction, the Biden Administration will continue to enforce the CDC’s 2020 Title 42 public health authority pending the appeal. This means that migrants who attempt to enter the United States unlawfully will be subject to expulsion under Title 42, as well as immigration consequences such as removal under Title 8.
As the appeal proceeds, the Department of Homeland Security will continue planning for the eventual lifting of Title 42 in light of CDC’s public health judgment, at which point anyone who attempts to enter the country unlawfully will be subject to Title 8 Expedited Removal proceedings, if they do not have grounds to remain in the United States.” (link)
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