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Secretary of Education Takes Ugly Shot at FL and TX Over COVID

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One of the overarching themes of our nation at its founding was that each state would be able to largely govern themselves.  That’s why we were the United States of America, and not simply America.

And so it largely remains, although some of the more freedom-minded among us could surely rattle off some rather large trespasses that the federal government has committed against the states over the course of our history.

So, when states such as Florida or Texas decide to err on the side of personal liberty, (as opposed to what they feel are extraordinarily shortsighted precautions), on the subject of COVID, it’s alarming to hear the feds react with such vitriol.

With only weeks before schools reopen in much of the country, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said Thursday at the White House that while the Delta variant of the coronavirus is “providing new challenges,” he still anticipates a return to in-class instruction.

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“We expect our students to be in the classroom every day,” Cardona said from the White House Briefing Room, as he and other administration officials embark on a campaign to convince the American public that schools are safe. To do that, he will have to keep powerful teachers’ unions in line while persuading Republican governors like Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas to allow school districts to impose mask mandates. Both governors have strenuously resisted such measures, even as their states are pummeled by the Delta variant.

“Politics don’t have a role in this,” Cardona said, an apparent plea to conservative governors to drop their mask resistance. One who has done so is Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, who said this week he regretted signing a mask ban into law. He now wants school districts to make their own mask rules, but needs legislative support to amend the ban.

Cardona tones then took a blunt turn.

“Don’t be the reason why schools are interrupted,” Cardona said during the White House briefing on Thursday, urging governors to “let our educators educate, let our school leaders lead.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been in a very public and heated feud with the White House over their differences in opinion regarding the coronavirus crisis and the ongoing complications of the delta variant.

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Biden Slammed by Ukraine Over Irresponsible Press Conference Comment

Well that didn’t go as planned.

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During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things.

First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out.

Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all).

And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments.

“We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.”

So, what exactly did Biden say?

In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow.

“It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said.

The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

During Wednesday marathon-length press conference, Joe Biden accomplished a couple of quick things. First, he managed to make a number of factually inaccurate statements that were so obvious that even CNN had to stop schilling for his administration long enough to call them out. Then, he also stuck around for nearly 2 hours, which felt more like a pre-planned show of stamina than anything else.  (PR wins elections, after all). And thirdly, he did an excellent job of angering Ukraine, just as Vladimir Putin appears ready to put his foot on their neck. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back Thursday on US President Joe Biden’s comments that a “minor incursion” by Russia into Ukraine would prompt a lesser response than a full-scale invasion, in an implicit rebuke of Biden’s comments. “We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations,” Zelensky wrote on Twitter in an apparent response Biden’s remarks on Wednesday. “Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones.” So, what exactly did Biden say? In his comments Wednesday, Biden suggested that a “minor incursion” could prompt a disagreement among NATO countries about how strongly to respond to Moscow. “It’s one thing if it’s a minor incursion and we end up having to fight about what to do and not do, et cetera,” Biden said. The press conference, (and the boneheaded commentary by Biden), came as Russian forces continued to amass near Ukraine, both on the Russian border and in Kremlin-ally Belarus.

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Biden Talks 2024 Running Mate as Dems Look to Replace Him on Ticket

How oblivious can a President be?

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President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself.

Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with.

This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order.

Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time.

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President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.”

And also:

Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.”

Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.”

Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and start picking out his cabinet.

President Joe Biden, for perhaps the first time since he took office a year ago, is getting ahead of himself. Our nation has largely found itself lambasting Sleepy Joe as one of the nation’s most reluctant leaders.  He was coerced into running for office in the first place, as the Democrats considered him the only solution for swaying midwestern moderates away from Donald Trump’s sometimes brash behavior. and he has governed very much like a man whose heart wasn’t in it to begin with. This has led to no shortage of troubles for the Biden administration, all of which have been distilled down into some of the most abhorrent approval rating numbers in the modern era.  What’s more, there are a vast number of Democrats who recognized that he’ll be slaughtered in the 2024 election unless things change drastically, and many are openly suggesting that another candidate may be in order. Despite this reality, Biden seems obliviously hellbent on having a rerun ticket in three years’ time. President Biden said during a press briefing Wednesday that he expects Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again in 2024 if he chooses to run, saying, “I think she’s doing a good job.” And also: Asked if he was satisfied with Harris’ work on voting rights after putting her in charge of the issue, and whether he would commit to making her his running mate in the next election if he runs, Biden said, “yes and yes.” Asked to expand, Biden said, “there’s no need to. She’s going to be my running mate, number one. And number two, I did put her in charge. I think she’s doing a good job.” Barring some catastrophic change in public opinion, perhaps former President and presumptive 2024 GOP candidate Donald Trump should go ahead and…

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