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May 8, 2021

Validation = Intimidation (Manufactured “concerns”)

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Arizona Senate Tells US Officials Plan To Canvass Voters Is on Hold

BY ZACHARY STIEBER May 8, 2021 Updated: May 8, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Arizona’s Senate president on Friday told the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that a plan by election auditors to verify the validity of certain voters is on hold indefinitely.

“If and to the extent the Senate subsequently decides that canvassing is necessary to the successful completion of the audit, its vendor will implement detailed requirements to ensure that the canvassing is conducted in a manner that complies fully with the commands of the United States Constitution and federal and state civil rights laws,” Arizona Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, told Pamela Karlan, a DOJ official, in a letter.

Karlan, principal deputy assistant attorney general with the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, raised concerns earlier in the week with the plan by Cyber Ninjas, the company leading the audit for the state Senate, to verify the validity of certain voter registrations with questionable addresses by dispatching people to verify whether the voter lived at the address on the registrations.

Such an effort could constitute voter intimidation, according to Karlan.

“This description of the proposed work of the audit raises concerns regarding potential intimidation of voters,” she wrote to Fann, citing the Cyber Ninjas scope of work agreement with the Senate.

Former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, a Republican who the state Senate appointed as a liaison for the audit, said at the audit site in Phoenix on Friday that he was not in on the decision.

Fann also told Karlan that the 2020 election audit is protected by “thorough protocols.”

“After some early and well publicized challenges, the security protocols at the audit site have been made very strong,” she said.

The roughly 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the presidential election, along with tabulators and other equipment used last year, are subject to continuous video surveillance, which is live streamed to the general public online, and being watched by armed personnel 24 hours a day. Additionally, every entrance to the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, where the audit is taking place, is locked and manned by guards, with an additional guard posted adjacent to the area in which the ballots are stored.

“All ballot review and processing occurs within the confines of a carefully documented chain of custody and, from the moment the counting began, all audit team members and observers alike have been strictly prohibited from bringing into the demarcated ballot processing area any electronic device or any instrument (e.g., a blue or black ink pen) that could be used to spoliate ballots,” Fann wrote.

“More to the point, not a single ballot or other official election document has been destroyed, defaced, lost, or adulterated during the course of the audit, and we are confident that our strong security infrastructure has minimized to the greatest extent feasible the risk of any such breaches in the future. We are unaware of any significant security breach since the day the ballots were delivered; this is undoubtedly due to the thorough protocols implemented since that time.”

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Arizona Senate President Karen Fann talks to reporters in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 26, 2020. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)
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A 2020 election audit takes place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 6, 2021. (Matt York/Pool/AP Photo)

Karlan had earlier pointed to several news reports that alleged ballots, elections systems, and election materials were “not being adequately safeguarded by contractors at an insecure facility, and are at risk of being lost, stolen, altered, compromised, or destroyed.”

One article was based on a video from a local news channel, while two others were published in the early months of the year, before the audit began.

The Arizona Senate ordered the expansive forensic audit after the 2020 election. Fann has said the body wanted to “to bring integrity to the election process.”

The audit started in late April and is due to continue until mid-May, if not later.

Democrats in the state have alleged the auditors may be violating state and federal law and attempted to block the audit, but were turned down by a judge over a lack of evidence.

Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieberFollow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

How Committed the Resistance to Transparency

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Turn Over Routers or Face Subpoenas, Arizona Lawmakers Tell Maricopa County

BY ZACHARY STIEBER May 8, 2021 Updated: May 8, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Legislators in Arizona and officials in the state’s largest county clashed anew this week over election audit subpoenas, with county officials refusing to hand over routers and claiming they do not have passwords to access administrative control functions of election machines.

Arizona’s Senate told Maricopa County on Friday that it would issue subpoenas for live testimony from the county’s Board of Supervisors unless it received the materials that are being withheld.

“We’ve been asked to relay that the Senate views the County’s explanations on the router and passwords issues as inadequate and potentially incorrect,” a lawyer for the Senate said in an email to county officials.

The Arizona Senate subpoenaed a slew of election materials, such as ballots, following the 2020 election. Lawmakers also issued subpoenas for election machines, passwords, and other technology.

Maricopa County alleged in a lawsuit that the request for materials was overly broad and threatened voter privacy. A judge, though, ruled that they were “the equivalent of a Court order.” But the county said this week it is not turning over routers or router images, claiming that doing so poses a significant security risk to law enforcement.

The county has also informed the Senate’s audit liaison, former Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett, that it does not have passwords to access administrative functions on Dominion Voting Systems machines that were used to scan ballots during the election.

“They’ve told us that they don’t have that second password, or that they’ve given us all the passwords they have. They’ve also told us that they now can’t, as they promised a couple weeks ago, provide our subcontractors with the virtual access to the routers and hubs and other things at the Maricopa County tabulation and election center, as was part of the subpoenas,” Bennett told One America News at the site of the audit in Phoenix.

John Brakey, a Democrat who is serving as an assistant to Bennett, told the broadcaster that he was “blown away” by the password development.

“It’s like leasing a car and they refuse to give you the keys. They’re supposed to be running the election. You know what’s wrong? Sometimes these vendors have too much power, and we’re voting on secret software, and that’s why this recount down here is very important,” he added.

Jack Sellers, the Republican chairman of the Maricopa County board, said Friday that he is angered by allegations of corruption and would not address every allegation, but would speak to the password issue.

“The specific password and security tokens Ken Bennett referenced this week provide access to proprietary firmware and source code. Elections administrators do not need to access this information to hold an election, and we do not have it in our custody,” he said in a statement.

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Contractors working for Florida-based company, Cyber Ninjas, which was hired by the Arizona Senate, audit ballots at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix, Ariz., on May 6, 2021. (Matt York/Pool/AP Photo)

The county board called an emergency meeting later on Friday. The board was going to consider legal advice and litigation regarding its non-compliance with the Senate subpoenas.

In a response to the Senate’s lawyer, Allister Adel, Maricopa County’s attorney, said that the county has “already produced every password and security key for the tabulators that is [sic] within the County’s possession.”

“It does not have any others,” Adel added. The county is working to figure out if there is “a safe manner” to get the Senate information from the routers without risking non-election data.

Dominion, whose machines are used in about half of U.S. states, did not respond to a request for comment. The company has said it supports forensic audits by federally-accredited laboratories and that Cyber Ninjas, which is leading the Arizona audit, is not verified.

Both Dominion and Sellers noted that Maricopa County contracted its own audits, one for machines and another for ballots.

But Brakey, the assistant Senate liaison, has called the description of those audits misleading. The ballot batches were picked beforehand and auditors only analyzed a small percentage of the ballots cast in the election, he said, while the machine testing could only determine whether the technology was working well at the time of the review.

“They claim that’s an audit. I call it fatally flawed,” he told One America News.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, meanwhile, joined other county officials in decrying the Senate’s attempt to obtain the routers.

“Its most recent demands jeopardize the entire mission of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office,” he said in a statement.

“We are talking about confidential, sensitive, and highly-classified law enforcement data and equipment that will be permanently compromised. The current course is mind-numbingly reckless and irresponsible. I look forward to briefing them on the horrendous consequences of this demand and the breadth of its negative impact on the public safety in this County.”Follow Zachary on Twitter: @zackstieberFollow Zachary on Parler: @zackstieber

May 7, 2021

US Chamber of Commerce Urges Biden to End Pandemic Benefits: ‘Paying People Not to Work’ Killing Recovery

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 5:26 pm

BY JACK PHILLIPS May 7, 2021 Updated: May 7, 2021biggersmallerPrint

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce called on the White House to end expanded federal unemployment benefits that were implemented during last year’s pandemic relief efforts, saying the extra monthly payments are hurting the economy by keeping workers out of the labor market.

On Friday, the Department of Labor reported just 266,000 new jobs created in April, which is far lower than the 1 million jobs that were expected by some analysts.

Now, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, one of the largest business lobbying groups, said that it’s “clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market” and argued that the $300 weekly extra payments are keeping people from working.

“We need a comprehensive approach to dealing with our workforce issues and the very real threat unfilled positions poses to our economic recovery from the pandemic,” said the group’s executive vice president, Neil Bradley. “One step policymakers should take now is ending the $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit. Based on the Chamber’s analysis, the $300 benefit results in approximately one in four recipients taking home more in unemployment than they earned working.”

President Joe Biden was asked by a reporter Friday in the East Room of the White House about whether the enhanced unemployment benefits are hurting the U.S. recovery. He said, “No.”

Meanwhile, Republicans used the weak jobs report to say that the benefits are too generous.

“The government pays people big bucks NOT to work so they don’t!,” Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) wrote on Twitter. “DUH! Socialism seems nice but in fact is destructive. America: learn or lose!”

Democrats said that companies aren’t offering high-enough wages or subsidized childcare programs, while some say that the report suggests that Congress needs to pass Biden’s infrastructure bills.

“Wages have not risen yet and part of the reason people aren’t getting back in is that wages haven’t adjusted,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) told MSNBC, saying Congress needs to pass a bill that would double the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Before Friday’s report from the Labor Department, Montana and South Carolina already moved to end the expanded benefits.

“South Carolina’s businesses have borne the brunt of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those businesses that have survived—both large and small, and including those in the hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, and healthcare sectors—now face an unprecedented labor shortage,” South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, said in a letter to the Department of Employment and Workforce.

Perhaps in the clearest illustration of the unusual job market, the operator of McDonald’s franchises in Florida said last month that he was offering $50 for people just to show up for a job interview but is still struggling to find applicants. Blake Casper, the franchisee, said it’s the unemployment benefits that are causing the downturn.

“The biggest challenge out there is the federal government and the state government are going to continue with this unemployment, because that is truly creating the incentive to not work right now,” Casper said in an interview. “And, how do you blame somebody? You can make more money on unemployment—and so, we’ve got to be at least above that.”

Biden’s America: San Diego homeless vets sleep on street as city allocates $5 million for legal defense of criminal aliens

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SAN DIEGO, CA- In 2019, the city of San Diego, California was home to over 2,600 unsheltered homeless people, along with 2,473 sheltered homeless people, according to ABC-10 San Diego.

Of the total number of homeless in the city, a good number are veterans, with low estimates according to Homeless Veterans of San Diego being around 400 or so.

In San Diego County? That number was estimated to be 1,068 in 2019, about 13% of the entire homeless population.

Wonder what the city could do with the $5 million they are allocating to provide taxpayer-funded attorneys to illegal aliens in federal custody?

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2018, the state of California accounts for nearly 29% of the nation’s homeless veterans.

According to Breitbart, the city of San Diego through its Board of Supervisors approved the allocation of $5 million in a one-year pilot program to give illegal aliens free legal representation in order to fight deportations in court.

 According to the Associated Press:

The 3-2 vote directs work to begin on a $5 million, one-year pilot program which will be administered through the county’s public defender’s office. It will provide attorneys for free to those detained at the Otay Mesa Detention Center, the local federal immigration detention facility.

County staff will have 90 days to report back on a plan to fund and operate the program permanently in partnership with immigrant defense and non-profit groups.

A number of Democratic-controlled cities have already provided such programs to illegals fighting deportation; however, San Diego County would be the first such jurisdiction along the U.S.-Mexico border to adopt such a program.

San Diego already has in place a robust sanctuary city policy that blocks criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation. More than a year ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials accused the County of hiding details on illegal aliens charged with child abuse.

At that time, ICE sent subpoenas to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office (SDCSO) seeking to obtain information on the whereabouts of illegal aliens, and also asked about any release plans the state of California had for the release of illegal aliens.

“Issuance of these immigration subpoenas is necessary because the SDCSO is forced to comply with California’s sanctuary state laws, and therefore cannot cooperate in honoring immigration detainers or requests for non-public information to assist in locating criminal aliens that have been or will be released from custody,” an ICE release said.

ICE official Gregory Archambeault said at that time, “The public needs to be aware and concerned that California sanctuary state laws do not protect public safety and is bad public policy.”

For sanctuary states, it’s all a matter of priorities. For those who have served our country, they are treated merely as an afterthought.

The fact that illegal aliens are being housed in hotels in states such as California while veterans are on the streets tells you all you need to know about the priorities of the Biden administration and Democrats in cities such as San Diego.

This is our nation’s shame.

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TEXAS– Law Enforcement Today has been bringing you continuous updates on the crisis at the border, and how it is negatively effecting border states, such as Texas

As we have previously reported, thanks to President Joe Biden’s “sanctuary country”, criminal illegal aliens can not be turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for deportation following an arrest for criminal activity in the United States.

Instead, these criminals are being released into neighborhoods in border states such as Texas. 

In February, LET reported that Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued orders that prevent ICE agents from arresting and deporting illegal aliens unless they are convicted of aggravated felonies against Americans.

These types of crimes would be considered rape, murder, child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor, trafficking firearms, and theft.

FOX 29’s Yami Virgin conducted an investigation that reveals that in San Antonio, Texas, criminal illegal aliens are being released into neighborhoods as ICE agents are unable to take them into their custody.

According to Breitbart, Virgin’s report indicates that “thousands have been released” from local jails and state prisons since the orders came down from DHS. Specifically, in San Antonio, nearly 100 illegal aliens with 182 criminal charges against them were booked into the county jail in March.

The investigation further shows that out of those, 36 were released into neighboring communities rather than being turned over to ICE agents for arrest and deportation, despite being charged with such crimes as aggravated assault of a police officer, domestic violence, and drug crimes. Other illegal aliens remain in local custody.

Virgin reports it is not just ICE agents that are unable to detain criminal illegal aliens, but the U.S. Marshal’s Service are also being forced to released any criminal illegal aliens in their custody thanks to Biden’s orders.

Former DHS official Ari Jimenez told Virgin:

“This memo is basically violating one of ICE’s core responsibilities which is to collaborate with law enforcement to help ensure that criminals that may pose public safety threats are not released onto our streets to re-offend,” 

Jimenez said:

“This is a logistical nightmare,” 

It is not just Texas who is battling with the release of criminal illegal aliens into their communities. 

In March, LET reported that Florida Attorney General, Ashley Moody filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration for the fact that the “sanctuary country” policy is releasing illegal criminals into their neighborhoods.

That lawsuit has revealed that illegal alien convicts in state prisons are being released into American communities because ICE no longer has the ability to detain and deport them.

Moody identified seven illegal alien convicts in the case—many of whom have been convicted of burglary, cocaine trafficking, grand theft auto, heroin trafficking, credit card fraud, money laundering and other crimes.

In those cases, the Florida Department of Corrections sent notices to ICE about illegal alien convicts’ upcoming release dates, however ICE agents were forced to reply saying they could not take custody of the criminals due to Biden’s sanctuary orders.

Breitbart reported that on Tuesday, April 27th, Biden’s administration added an additional sanctuary policy. In a “sanctuary courthouses” memo, DHS officials directed ICE agents that they are only allowed to arrest criminal illegal aliens in courthouses if the individual is a national security threat, an imminent risk to public safety, or a threat to evidence in their criminal case.

Former Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said:

“This policy is going to result in more criminal illegal aliens walking in our communities,” 

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Here is more of the report we brought you regarding Florida’s lawsuit against the Biden administration. 

TALLAHASSEE, FL- As the Biden Justice Department continues to seek out those involved in the most bogus “insurrection” in world history at the US Capitol on January 6, the rest of his administration is apparently turning a blind eye to real criminals.

By that, it is the fact that what amounts to Biden’s “sanctuary country” policy is releasing huge numbers of criminal aliens into American cities and towns.

So what’s going on?

In February, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) now under the apparent command of Joe Biden ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents not to pursue illegal aliens for arrest and deportation unless they have been recently convicted [emphasis added] of aggravated felonies against Americans.

Please note convicted.

What does that mean exactly? Just what it says…criminal aliens who have been arrested and charged with crimes such as rape, murder, sexual abuse of a child, child pornography or literally hundreds of other felonies wouldn’t be eligible for take into custody orders because they have not yet been convicted of the crimes.

Word salad? Absolutely, and the ignorant among the American public probably do not understand that convicted and arrested mean two entirely different things.

As Breitbart noted, if “ICE agents try to arrest an illegal alien who is not a convicted aggravated felon—or a known or suspected terrorist or gang member—they must first get approval through an arduous chain of command process where a field director or a special agent in charge greenlights the effort.”

According to the Western Journal, Laura Ries, a former DHS official who now works for the Heritage Foundation as a senior research fellow said Biden’s scheme basically turns the entirety of the United States into a “sanctuary country.”

“Law enforcement professionals estimate these guidelines will take 90 percent of those here illegally off the table when it comes to detention or deportation,” she wrote in a statement.

“In essence, ICE agents are being told to back down from enforcing the law and doing their jobs. Sadly, this guidance is forcing law enforcement officers to choose between protecting Americans and protecting their careers,” Ries wrote.

“Forget sanctuary cities—this turns America into a sanctuary country. Prominent leftists have spent the past months calling to ‘abolish ICE.’ The Biden administration effectively just made their wish come true.”

Now, some states have had enough of the federal government’s soft on criminal illegal aliens approach. Breitbart reports that in Florida, Attorney General Ashley Moody has filed suit against the Biden administration’s sanctuary country orders.

That lawsuit has revealed that illegal alien convicts in state prisons are being released into American communities because ICE no longer has the ability to detain and deport them.

Moody identified seven illegal alien convicts in the case—many of whom have been convicted of burglary, cocaine trafficking, grand theft auto, heroin trafficking, credit card fraud, money laundering and other crimes.

In those cases, the Florida Department of Corrections sent notices to ICE about illegal alien convicts’ upcoming release dates, however ICE agents were forced to reply saying they could not take custody of the criminals due to Biden’s sanctuary orders.

That resulted in two criminals—Alejandro Falcon Luis Reyes and Dzevad Husejnovic being released into Florida communities rather than being turned over to ICE to get launched out of the country.

Other inmates named in the lawsuit—Jose Gomez, Loveson Pierre, Donovan Mott, and Wanto Jerome—are all scheduled to be released later this month, in June or November.

“The Biden administration’s reckless policy of refusing to do their jobs and deport criminals places all those gains and Floridians’ public safety at risk,” Moody said in a statement.

“Until President Biden’s inauguration, presidents of both parties detained and deported criminals,” Moody continued. “This is a radical shift that places Floridians and our law enforcement officers in greater danger, and that is why I filed suit.”

For example, in Pasco County, Florida in particular, the lawsuit states that ICE agents were unable to take three illegal aliens into custody who had been convicted of crimes such as domestic violence, violating a restraining order, and a warrant for an accused sexual predator.

Two other states have also filed suit against Biden, including Arizona, where Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed suit, as well as Montana where Attorney General Austin Knudsen have joined Florida. Both those states argue that Biden’s sanctuary country policy violates federal immigration law.

Breitbart previously reported that due to Biden’s sanctuary country orders, ICE detention of illegal aliens has hit the lowest level in the history of that agency, with less than 14,000 detainees in custody. Along the same lines, deportations have been cut by 53 percent in  his first month in the White House.

A Record Breaking Administration

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 9:09 am

ICE Deportations Hit Record Low in April

Arizona AG Says Biden Admin Is ‘Abolishing ICE Through Administrative Acts’BY SAMUEL ALLEGRI May 6, 2021 Updated: May 6, 2021biggersmallerPrint

The number of deportations carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in April has hit a record low, the agency told The Epoch Times on May 6.

The figure comes amidst a 20-year record-high number of illegal border crossings.

ICE completed 2,962 deportations last month, not including Title 42 expulsions, a reflection of the restrictions that the Biden administration has placed on the agency.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has concentrated its limited law enforcement resources on threats to national security, border security, and public safety,” an ICE spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email.

“This has allowed ICE to focus on the quality of enforcement actions and how they further the security and safety of our communities rather than the simple quantity of arrests and removals.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released an operational update in April that stated more than 172,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended in March along the Southwest border.

Compared to February, March saw a 100 percent increase of unaccompanied minors from Central America—18,890, the agency stated.

“ICE continues to implement the civil immigration enforcement priorities directed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Jan. 20, to focus our limited resources on threats to national security, border security and public safety,” the spokesperson wrote. “ICE will continue to carry out its duty to enforce the laws of the United States in accordance with the Department’s national security and public safety mission.”

Last week, as part of a court-ordered finding related to a lawsuit Arizona and Montana filed against the DHS, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office announced that they acquired internal documents and emails from the federal government that “convey a shocking disregard for the safety of American communities by the Biden Administration,” said Brnovich. “The Biden Administration and its radical allies are effectively abolishing ICE through administrative acts.”

Administrative records discovered as part of the lawsuit against DHS and ICE officials resulted in 5,000 pages of records, out of which only 170 weren’t redacted.

Arizona and Montana are the first states to find the information.

His office stated that the states are “challenging DHS’s interim guidance that presumptively halts nearly all deportations outside of three narrow categories.”

The two states took legal action in March in order to halt the Biden administration’s new immigration regulations, which they claim would cause an adverse effect on the states.

According to Brnovich’s office, emails in the records disclose that a high-ranking ICE official said the new policy would cause an approximately 50 percent decrease in ICE arrests.

In addition, other data pointed out that the policy could lead to felons convicted of “murder, kidnapping, assault, sexual assault, weapons, and other serious charges” being set free into communities.

The Epoch Times reached out to DHS for comment.

May 5, 2021

We stay ignorant at our peril.

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 5:06 pm

GOP House Members Pose Questions to US Nonprofit That Helped Fund Wuhan Lab

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 3:09 pm

BY MARK TAPSCOTT May 4, 2021 Updated: May 5, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Three Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee want answers to dozens of deeply probing questions they posed to the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance about its relationship with China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The answers to the questions could hold the key to determining the origin of the CCP virus—also known as the novel coronavirus—which has killed more than half a million Americans since February 2020.

Chinese officials insist the disease spread to humans from bats via raw meat sold in an open-air market not far from the lab. Multiple U.S. and other officials and experts in government and the public health sector, however, think the contagion may have been engineered in and released either by accident or otherwise from the lab, which is closely linked to the Chinese military and has benefited from U.S. government funding.

Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), the ranking Republican on the panel, was joined by Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) in signing the 10-page, single-spaced April 16 letter that addressed 34 detailed questions to Dr. Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based medical research nonprofit group.

The questions posed by the three Republicans were prefaced by this statement:

“We write to request information and documents from EcoHealth Alliance (EHA) related to the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, including possible pandemic links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV),” the letter says.

“EHA has an extensive history with research into bat coronaviruses in China, some of which are presumed progenitors of SARS CoV-2. In addition, EHA has partnered with the WIV in this area of research, and WIV lists EHA as one of its eight international partners, and the only one in the U.S.

“Further, for several years, EHA has provided some of its National Institutes of Health (NIH) federal funding to WIV as a federal sub-award recipient for bat coronavirus research to conduct high-quality testing, sequencing, field sample analyses, sample storage and testing, and collaboration on scientific publications and programmatic reporting. It has been reported that EHA’s China bat research project was funded entirely through NIH awards.”

Daszak’s nonprofit has received nearly $13 million under 37 separate federal contract actions since 2008, as well as more than $206 million under 82 separate grants since the same year, according to data compiled by USASpending.gov.

The awarding agencies have included the Department of Defense (DoD), National Science Foundation, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of the Interior (DoI), and Department of Agriculture (DoA).

Daszak’s nonprofit has done research with the Wuhan lab since at least 2003, according to the GOP letter, much of it focused on coronaviruses and captured in a highly secretive database that the letter said “is estimated to contain [information on] 500 coronaviruses identified by EHA, and at least 100 unpublished sequences of bat beta coronaviruses that are relevant to the investigation of the SARS-CoV-2 origin.”

Daszak has been at the center of a continuing controversy about the origins of the sometimes deadly virus since it first began its global spread.

Almost as soon as deaths due to the virus began being reported in the United States and Europe in early 2020, questions were raised about the Wuhan lab’s safety record and whether it might have been responsible in some way for the outbreak. But the highly respected British medical journal The Lancet published a Feb. 18, 2020, letter signed by 27 prominent public health officials and scientists, including Daszak, that dismissed such questions as “conspiracy theory” thinking.

Emails obtained by U.S. Right to Know in November 2020 via public information requests revealed that Daszak drafted the Lancet letter and was a prime mover in its composition and publication. The letter only cited two studies as evidence for its conclusion—both by EcoHealth Alliance and the Wuhan lab.

The GOP letter-writers alluded to the Lancet letter but pointed out that “there is substantial and increasing support from the international scientific community and public health experts, including from the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros, for further investigation into COVID origins, including the possibility of a lab leak.”

Neither the communications office of the nonprofit nor Daszak immediately responded to requests from The Epoch Times for comment.

An aide to Republicans on the House committee told The Epoch Times that EcoHealth Alliance has until May 17 to respond. The aide declined to say whether there have been requests to extend the deadline.

“There is no response yet. However, we expect that as an organization with a stated mission of preventing pandemics, they will be interested in cooperating with our request to help with the overall effort to get a transparent, independent, and scientific, comprehensive investigation on how this pandemic started,” the aide said.

In the Senate, GOP Sens. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Mike Braun of Indiana have introduced legislation directing President Joe Biden to declassify information collected by U.S. intelligence on the origins of the virus.

“For over a year, anyone asking questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been branded as a conspiracy theorist. The world needs to know if this pandemic was the product of negligence at the Wuhan lab, but the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has done everything it can to block a credible investigation,” Hawley said in a statement announcing the proposal.

“That’s why the Biden administration must declassify what it knows about the Wuhan lab and Beijing’s attempts to cover up the origin of the pandemic,” Hawley stated.

Congressional correspondent Mark Tapscott may be contacted at mark.tapscott@epochtimes.nyc

Federal Judge Sides With Landlords, Vacates CDC’s Eviction Moratorium

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 2:39 pm

BY JACK PHILLIPS May 5, 2021 Updated: May 5, 2021biggersmallerPrint

A federal judge Wednesday vacated a nationwide freeze on evictions that was handed down by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help some renters remain in their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The moratorium had been implemented as millions of people lost work due to lockdowns caused by the pandemic. The move, which was first implemented in the March 2020 CARES Act, was seen as a temporary fix for renters who were at risk of going homeless.

U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled on the side of the plaintiffs, saying that the CDC exceeded its authority with the moratorium.

“The question for the Court is a narrow one: Does the Public Health Service Act grant the CDC the legal authority to impose a nationwide eviction moratorium? It does not,” Friedrich wrote in a 20-page ruling. “The pandemic has triggered difficult policy decisions that have had enormous real-world consequences. The nationwide eviction moratorium is one such decision,” the judge added.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Wednesday it would appeal Friedrich’s ruling.

But Friedrich added that “it is the role of the political branches, and not the courts, to assess the merits of policy measures designed to combat the spread of disease, even during a global pandemic.”

The eviction moratorium has been heard in other courts since it was implemented. Some courts have, in fact, said the CDC has the authority to issue the order and rejected efforts to stop the ban on evictions, although a judge in Ohio in March ruled the agency overstepped its authority

The Epoch Times has contacted the CDC for comment.

Luke Wake, an attorney at Pacific Legal Foundation, a group that represents landlords, said the ruling Wednesday suggests that the CDC is losing the fight in keeping the moratorium intact.

“The challengers have been right all along,” he said, according to The Hill. “The government has no authority against any landlord. Full stop.”

Housing and Urban Development secretary Marcia Fudge said Wednesday that the White House has targeted billions of dollars of vouchers for people at risk and added that cities should invest in public housing.

“We know we have put enough money in the system through the rescue plan that people should come out of this June 30th, at least current[ly], and so that in itself is going to allow us hopefully to keep people in their homes, as well as those people who actually have homes through [the Federal Housing Administration] or through the federal government,” she said in Wednesday news conference.

COVID-19 is the illness caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.

Are False Facts Still Facts?

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American History Is Being Falsified to Sow Political Division: Mary Grabar

BY TOM OZIMEK  May 5, 2021 Updated: May 5, 2021biggersmallerPrint

Mary Grabar, author of the upcoming book “Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America,” told Epoch TV’s Crossroads program that the controversial 1619 Project skews American history for divisive political ends.

The 1619 Project attempts to cast the Atlantic slave trade as the dominant factor in the founding of America, rather than ideals such as individual liberty and natural rights. The initiative has been widely panned by historians and political scientists, with some critics calling it a bid to rewrite U.S. history through a left-wing lens.

In the interview, Grabar criticized the project for inaccuracies such as the American Revolution having been fought to preserve the institution of slavery rather than for seeking independence from Britain.

“The way the 1619 Project presents it, it’s an oversimplified form,” Grabar said, referring to the dynamics of slavery and growing opposition to it ahead of the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War.

Grabar said the situation was that Britain was deeply vested in the slave trade and that, “they were actually encouraging the colonies to use slave labor, because they were leading in the international slave trade.”

“They were making a lot of money, and they wanted the colonies to have the slaves,” Grabar insisted, adding that the reality of the dynamics around slavery in America run counter to the claims made by proponents of the 1619 Project.

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Mary Grabar, author of the upcoming book “Debunking the 1619 Project: Exposing the Plan to Divide America,” speaks on Epoch TV’s Crossroads program on May 4, 2021. (Crossroads/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)

The 1619 Project was inaugurated by an essay by New York Times writer Nikole Hannah-Jones, who essentially made the argument that what drove America’s founders to seek independence from Britain was a desire to continue owning slaves.

“Conveniently left out of our founding mythology is the fact that one of the primary reasons some of the colonists decided to declare their independence from Britain was because they wanted to protect the institution of slavery,” Hannah-Jones wrote, arguing further that the profits from slave labor empowered America’s founders to push for independence.

“In other words, we may never have revolted against Britain if some of the founders had not understood that slavery empowered them to do so; nor if they had not believed that independence was required in order to ensure that slavery would continue,” Hannah-Jones wrote, adding, “It is not incidental that 10 of this nation’s first 12 presidents were enslavers, and some might argue that this nation was founded not as a democracy but as a slavocracy.”

Grabar said in the interview that this interpretation is inaccurate.

“It’s the opposite of what Hannah-Jones … is saying,” Grabar said, adding that it wasn’t until 1787 that the abolitionist movement started in England, around four years after the 1783 Treaty of Paris was signed, which officially ended the American Revolutionary War.

“A lot of the narratives being pushed right now are also these ideas that the whole history of America was basically some type of tyranny,” Grabar said, rather than the fact that the “American system was trying to fight against tyranny of different kinds.”

“The American model for world governance was always based on that,” Grabar said, referring to fighting against tyranny. She added that what we are now seeing with the 1619 Project “is a reversal of that whole narrative.”

She argued that the broader context for such distortions of history is to cast America as fundamentally tyrannical, facilitating the replacement of its free-market capitalist system with a socialistic regime.

But socialism “hasn’t worked anywhere,” Grabar said. “It’s just produced a lot of misery and death and subjugation.”

Other historians have widely criticized the 1619 Project, with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood calling it “so wrong in so many ways.” Another Pulitzer Prize-winner, James McPherson, the dean of Civil War historians, argues that it presents an “unbalanced, one-sided account” that leaves out key historical facts.

Thomas Mackaman, a history professor at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, told The Wall Street Journal that, in his view, the American Revolution didn’t establish a “slavocracy,” as Hannah-Jones suggests, but it instead “brought slavery in for questioning in a way that had never been done before” by “raising universal human equality as a fundamental principle.”

Recently, 37 Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) penned a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to remove the 1619 Project from federal grant programs, arguing it distorts American history for divisive political ends.

In a proposed new rule released April 19, the Education Department outlined new priority criteria for a $5.3 million American History and Civics Education grant, as well as exemplary materials for K-12 educators to use, including the 1619 Project.

“Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart,” McConnell and his GOP colleagues wrote in the letter (pdf).

Joshua Phillip contributed to this report.Follow Tom on Twitter: @OZImekTOM

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Common Sense Leadership

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DeSantis on Notion of Systemic Racism in America: A ‘Bunch of Horse Manure’

BY SAMUEL ALLEGRI May 1, 2021 Updated: May 2, 2021biggersmallerPrint

During an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that America is not a systemically racist country, calling the notion “a bunch of horse manure.”

“Give me a break. This country has had more opportunity for more people than any country in the history of the world,” DeSantis said.

“And doesn’t matter where you trace your ancestry from. We’ve had people that have been able to succeed and all. And here’s the problem with things like critical race theory that they are peddling. They are basically saying all our institutions are bankrupt and they’re illegitimate. Okay, so how do you have a society if everything in your society is illegitimate?” said the governor.

DeSantis noted that critical race theory is getting banned in Florida public schools.

“It’s a very harmful ideology, and I would say really a race-based version of a Marxist-type ideology. So we banned it here in our schools in here Florida. We are not going to put any tax dollars to critical race theory. We want to treat people as individuals, not as members of groups.”

“There’s no room in our classrooms for things like critical race theory. Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money,” he said in March.

On April 27, Reps. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) and Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) wrote a letter (pdf) to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona saying that they have “deep concern” about a criterion prioritization recently proposed for a $5.3 million American History and Civics Education grant, which would give higher concern to courses that include the New York Times’ 1619 Project and the teachings of critical race theorist Ibram X. Kendi.

“Students should learn about the uniqueness and greatness of the American systems and the challenges we have overcome as a nation,” the letter reads. “It is therefore counterproductive and even dangerous to allow our vulnerable school children to be taught the falsehoods prevalent in the 1619 Project or in Ibram X. Kendi’s ‘How to Be an Anti-Racist.’”

Former President Donald Trump is floating the idea of running for president in 2024 and might consider DeSantis as a running mate.

“I endorsed Ron, and after I endorsed him, he took off like a rocket ship,” Trump told Fox Business on April 29. “He’s done a great job as governor. I’m saying what I read and what you read, they love that ticket. Certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”

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