A report by the International Rescue Committee has claimed that the administration of President Joe Biden is on track to admit a record low number of refugees into the United States. The IRC said that only 2,050 refugees have been admitted in the first half of the 2021 fiscal year. The rate set so far would see the administration admit around 4,500 refugees this fiscal year.
President Joe Biden has nominated Chris Magnus, the police chief of Tucson, Arizona, and a known critic of former President Donald Trump as the head of US Customs and Border Protection. Magnus has been described as having ’extensive experience in tackling migrant issues,’ because of Tucson’s proximity to the southern border. In a 2017 op-ed in NYT, Magnus had slammed Trump on his migrant policy.
According to newly revealed Pentagon documents, about two hours after a mob shattered windows and smashed doors to enter the Capitol on Jan. 6, then-VP Pence called the acting defense secretary urgently seeking help. ’Clear the Capitol,’ Pence said to Christopher Miller. Pence asked Miller for a deadline for the building to be secure. Order would not be restored for hours at Congress.
President Joe Biden said Daunte Wright’s death in a Minneapolis police shooting was ’tragic.’ He said he his prayers were with Wright’s family. However, cautioning protesters, Biden said there would be no justification for violence. He also called for calm and wait for the investigation report. Minneapolis is already on the edge over Derek Chauvin’s murder trial in the death of George Floyd.
President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with a group of lawmakers from both parties as he begins his push to get Capitol Hill on board with his infrastructure proposal. The guest list is made up of lawmakers from both sides who have a history of working on infrastructure and sit on the committees that will shape the proposal as it moves through Congress.
President Biden is reportedly preparing to name Cindy McCain as the ambassador to the UN World Food Programme. McCain, 66, the widow of late Arizona Senator, John McCain (R), is reportedly going through a vetting process for the Rome-based position. She had endorsed Biden in Arizona in the presidential election, helping a Democrat win the state for the first time since Clinton won it in 1996.
According to CNN, Rep. Matt Gaetz, who’s facing a federal investigation into sex trafficking allegations, was recently denied a meeting with former President Trump. A spokesman for Gaetz, however, said the congressman did not request a meeting with Trump. Trump spokesman Jason Miller tweeted Sunday evening that Gaetz did not request a meeting ’and therefore, it could never have been denied.’
A former California Democratic mayor was arrested Saturday morning on six charges, including suspected sex with a minor. Sebastapol police said they received information recently about possible sexual assaults that occurred in Sebastapol between Dec 2019 and Mar 2021 and identified former Mayor Robert Jacob as the suspect. Jacob is being held on suspicion of five felonies and a misdemeanor.
Former President Trump vowed to help Republicans win seats in Congress in 2022 elections, while lashing out Senate minority leader McConnell and former Vice President Pence at a donor retreat on Saturday. Trump slammed McConnell as a ’ dumb son of a bitch,’ an attendee confirmed. Trump added that he had scolded Pence for not intervening to stop the congressional certification of the vote tally.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw said Saturday that he is taking a month long leave after having surgery on his eye. Crenshaw said his ophthalmologist discovered his retina was detaching in his left eye. He had surgery Friday. ’The surgery went well, but I will be effectively blind for about a month,’ he said. ’I have gotten through worse before, and I will get through this,’ he added.
The House Ethics Committee announced Friday it has launched an investigation into alleged misconduct by Rep. Matt Gaetz following a recent flurry of accusations, including illegal drug use and sexual misconduct. A statement from the committee noted that the existence of the investigation ’does not indicate that any violation has occurred.’ Gaetz has confirmed he is under investigation by the DOJ.
The White House has returned the prisoner-of-war/missing-in-action (POW/MIA) flag to its previous position atop the White House residence. The announcement coincided with National Former POW Recognition Day. The decision followed a bipartisan push for the POW/MIA flag to be restored to its former location. The flag was moved to a different location on White House grounds under the Trump admin.
Senate Minority Leader McConnell slammed President Biden’s new commission studying potential changes to the Supreme Court. Biden’s commission aims to study topics including whether to add more seats to the nation’s highest court. McConnell released a statement calling Biden’s commission a ’direct assault on our nation’s independent judiciary.’
John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who served as Speaker of the House between 2011 and 2015, attacked some members of his own party as being ’political terrorists.’ He specifically called out fellow Ohio Republican Jim Jordan, adding, ’I just never saw a guy who spent more time tearing things apart.’ Boehner also blasted Ted Cruz, referring to him as a ’jerk.’
Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) has become the first House Republican to call upon Rep Matt Gaetz (R-Florida) to resign in the wake of a federal probe into sex trafficking allegations. In a tweet, Kinzinger, linking a news story on Gaetz, said: ’Matt Gaetz needs to resign.’ Kinzinger is considered to be a moderate within the GOP and has not shied away from criticizing his own party in the past.
YouTube deleted a video in which Florida Gov. DeSantis and some medical experts questioned the effectiveness of having children wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19. The clip was posted by the American Institute for Economic Research. YouTube said the video violated the site’s ’COVID-19 medical misinformation’ policies.
A $1.5 trillion wish list for the federal budget was released by President Joe Biden. The President has asked for an 8.4% increase in agency operating budgets with major gains for priorities like education, health care, environmental protection, and housing. This is the first financial outline of Democrats’ broader ambitions since the expiration of a 2011 law that capped congressional spending.
A new report has revealed that the Biden administration is spending more than $60 million a week to care for 16,500 unaccompanied migrant teenagers and children now in federally-run shelters. The bulk of the money is being spent by the Department of Homeland Security on costly temporary beds in ’pop up’ shelters in convention centers, converted oil worker camps and military bases.
An advocacy group named Demand Justice has called on liberal stalwart Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the Supreme Court. The group wants Breyer to step down so that President Joe Biden can appoint the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Ketanji Brown Jackson, a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia is considered a top candidate for the post.
A second aide to Rep. Matt Gaetz has reportedly resigned amid the growing scandal over a DOJ investigation into sex trafficking. According to The New York Times Times, Gaetz’ staffer, legislative director Devin Murphy, resigned this past Friday. A few days earlier, Gaetz’ communications director Luke Ball resigned.
An associate of Congressman Matt Gaetz, former Florida tax collector Joel Greenberg, is expected to plead guilty, lawyers in the case said in court on Thursday. Greenberg is expected to strike a deal by May 15. Greenberg has been charged with dozens of offenses, including sex trafficking, stalking, bribery and defrauding the Paycheck Protection Program.
President Joe Biden is reportedly set to target homemade ’ghost guns’ as part of a new set of measures to tackle gun violence. Ghost guns are difficult to trace since they have no serial numbers, and can hence be bought by minors and people who would not pass background checks. The President is set to enact the measures through an executive order, and wont need approval from Congress.
Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia’s attorney general, threatened to sue the federal government over President Joe Biden’s proposed gun control measures. Morrisey, a Republican, said defending the Second Amendment is one of the top priorities for his office. He said he won’t allow the ’far left to run roughshod over citizens’ gun rights,’ adding that he will be in court ’quickly’ if Biden goes ahead.
Texas Republican Gov. Abbott demanded that the White House close the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum facility housing migrant children following allegations that some of them were being sexually assaulted. ’In short, this facility is a health and safety nightmare. The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children,’ Abbott. The DHS and Texas DFPS have received complaints of abuse.