DML Morning Briefing Fri. Mar. 19: Biden’s latest gaffe, two amnesty bills, tax hikes, Rand Paul vs Fauci, and more….
By Team DML
Today is March 19 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning.
1 – House Passes Two Immigration Bills As Border Crisis Intensifies
The Daily Caller reports: The House passed two separate immigration bills Thursday evening, marking the first time the 117th Congress has voted on the issue under President Joe Biden.
The pair of bills are the first immigration proposals to be voted on since a surge of migrants reached the southern border, resulting in heightened scrutiny on the Biden administration over its handling of what Republicans have labeled a serious crisis.
The House first passed H.R. 6, the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021 (ADPA), with nine Republicans voting with Democrats in favor of the bill. The act would provide a pathway to citizenship for so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to the United States as young children, as well as for Temporary Protected Status recipients and Deferred Enforced Departure beneficiaries. The legislation, sponsored by California Democratic Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, could give over 4.4 million people a path to permanent status, according to the Migration Policy Institute.
The House then passed, H.R. 1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), which would allow farm workers and their families to earn legal status while they work in the agricultural sector, and would update the H-2A agricultural visa program. The bipartisan legislation, which passed with 30 Republicans joining Democrats, was co-sponsored by California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren and Washington Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse.
DML: Dems want total open borders.
2 – Biden calls his second-in-command ‘President Harris’
Fox News reports: President Biden misspoke in a speech Thursday offering updates on an update on vaccination progress in the U.S., referring to his vice president as “President Harris.”
“When President Harris and I took …” Biden said, before momentarily pausing, “a virtual tour of a vaccination site in Arizona not long ago, one of the nurses on that tour injecting people, giving vax each shot, was like administering a dose of hope.”
The president has made such gaffes before. In December he mistakenly referred to Harris as “president-elect,” also during a speech on Covid-19 vaccines. “I took it to instill public confidence in the vaccine. President-elect Harris took hers today for the same reason,” Biden said.
DML: The whole world has to be totally laughing at us over the current occupant of the Oval Office.
3 – Psaki admits Biden’s tax hike may hit more US households than expected
The New York Post reports: White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday clarified that President Biden’s proposed tax hike would apply to people who earn $200,000 per year if they are married to someone who makes the same amount.
Psaki said at her daily press briefing that the proposed $400,000 threshold for tax increases applies to “families” rather than individuals.
The clarification significantly lowers the tax-hike threshold announced by Biden in an ABC News interview that aired Wednesday. Biden’s interview statement appeared to indicate the cutoff would be $400,000 in individual income.
Psaki argued that the tax increase is needed because Biden is looking for ways to make sure people “pay their fair share,” and “looking for revenue funds to continue to build back better.”
DML: He needs money to pay for his open borders plan.
4 – House rejects GOP resolution to boot Swalwell from Intel panel
The Hill responds: The House on Thursday rejected a Republican effort to remove Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) from the Intelligence Committee over his past ties to a suspected Chinese spy.
Lawmakers voted mostly along party lines 218-200, with three Republicans voting “present,” to table a resolution that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced earlier in the day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) re-appointed Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee last week.
Republicans have seized on an Axios report from late last year that Swalwell had a connection to Christine Fang, an alleged Chinese spy who helped raise funds for the California Democrat’s 2014 reelection campaign and helped place an intern in his office.
DML: If this had been a Republican, he would’ve been kicked off the first day.
5 – Facebook Is Building An Instagram For Kids Under The Age Of 13
BuzzFeed reports: Executives at Instagram are planning to build a version of the popular photo-sharing app that can be used by children under the age of 13, according to an internal company post obtained by BuzzFeed News.
“I’m excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list,” Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board on Thursday. “We will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.”
Current Instagram policy forbids children under the age of 13 from using the service.
DML: What could possibly go wrong?
6 – Rand Paul takes Dr. Fauci to school over mask hypocrisy
Sen. Rand Paul ripped into Dr. Anthony Fauci during a hearing on Thursday, and it got fiery.
“If we’re not spreading the infection, isn’t it just theater? If you’ve had the vaccine and you’re wearing two masks, isn’t that theater?” Paul asked.
“What proof is there that there are significant reinfections with hospitalizations and death from the variants? None in our country. Zero…You’re making a policy based on conjecture!” he added.
DML: A real doctor goes after the rat chaser – this was AWESOME! Worth watching twice!