Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

  • President Joe Biden said April’s lower than expected job growth shows that his massive infrastructure and family support bills are needed now more than ever.
  • The president rejected the idea that federal unemployment benefits are removing incentives for people to return to the labor force.

Hiring slowed dramatically in April, with nonfarm payrolls increasing by a much less than expected 266,000 and the unemployment rate rising to 6.1%.

Source: Weak jobs report shows need for massive jobs and families bills: Biden

Greg Gutfeld: Democrats don’t care about dying cities because they care too much about power | Fox News

Dems don’t care about their dying cities due to the sunk cost of their bad ideas that have governed those cities for decades

 The media only really cares about crime when it fits their narrative: white racist cop, and innocent nonwhite suspect. But if they really expect to get this country back to normal (and my definition of normal, not Don Lemon’s) we’re gunna need to address the elephants in the room.

Even Axios – a liberal news site – admits this. The title of their piece: “It’s set to be a hot, violent summer.” They report that in a sample of 37 cities over the first 3 months of 2021, analysts found that murders soared 18 percent – over the same period last year. And last year’s homicides were already up 33 percent. These are great numbers if they’re coming from your financial adviser at Schwab – not so much coming from the law enforcement website. Also, all but 3 of the 66 largest police jurisdictions saw at least one type of violent crime increase. And it’s likely to get worse as the weather gets hotter.

ATLANTA POLICE STRUGGLE TO FILL OPEN POSITIONS AMID VIOLENT CRIME SPIKE

So this is a called a crime wave, a result of Democrats releasing violent, mentally unhinged people onto our empty streets – where they prey upon innocent victims. All while saying we need to abolish the people tasked with stopping it. They’re turning our cities into a Mad Max movie, where “getting shot” doesn’t mean your 2nd Moderna vaccine. The anti-police sentiment made it worse.  After all – why would cops go to any dangerous call if they know there’s a chance they could end up on LeBron James twitter feed?

Source: Greg Gutfeld: Democrats don’t care about dying cities because they care too much about power | Fox News

Voters In Part Of Westmoreland Co. Will Pick New State Rep. In Special Election On May 18 – CBS Pittsburgh

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – We’re two weeks until Pennsylvania’s primary election day, but for some voters, it’s like a general election with residents choosing a new state representative.

That’s what will happen in part of Westmoreland County. When Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Reese died suddenly at age 42, it left an unexpected vacancy that voters will fill on May 18. Chosen by their party leaders, three candidates are on the ballot.

Source: Voters In Part Of Westmoreland Co. Will Pick New State Rep. In Special Election On May 18 – CBS Pittsburgh

From the Desk of Donald J. Trump: Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business i… | Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trump

11:45am May 5, 2021

Liz Cheney is a warmongering fool who has no business in Republican Party Leadership. We want leaders who believe in the Make America Great Again movement, and prioritize the values of America First. Elise Stefanik is a far superior choice, and she has my COMPLETE and TOTAL endorsement for GOP Conference Chair. Elise is a tough and smart communicator!

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Hillary Clinton warns of ‘huge consequences’ in Afghan US troop withdrawal – BBC News

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has warned of “huge consequences” of President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.

Mrs Clinton told CNN there was a risk the Taliban – the Islamist group ousted in 2001 by the US-led invasion – could retake control.

The US aims to complete the withdrawal by 11 September.

However, the Taliban have been carrying out more attacks.

“This is what we call a wicked problem,” Mrs Clinton told CNN. “There are consequences both foreseen and unintended of staying and of leaving,” she said.

Mrs Clinton, like Mr Biden a Democrat, was a strong supporter of the US intervention in Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Source: Hillary Clinton warns of ‘huge consequences’ in Afghan US troop withdrawal – BBC News

Housing proposals aim to boost HUD budget for building affordable units | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON — To Larry Swanson, the small apartment buildings scattered across the Pittsburgh region stand as a testament to federal support for affordable housing — support that has waned over the years.

The buildings provide independent living low-income people with a range of disabilities who otherwise would face living in nursing homes or other institutions, said Mr. Swanson, the executive director of Action Housing Inc., a 64-year-old nonprofit that builds, improves and preserves affordable housing throughout the region.

Those projects, most of which have 10 to 15 units each, would not be economically feasible to build, he said, if it weren’t for a specific financing program, called Section 811, offered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“Those are the kind of things that private developers don’t do,” Mr. Swanson said. With other federal incentives to build housing, like the Low Income Housing Tax Credit run through the U.S. Treasury Department, “you can’t do the same types of projects; you can’t serve the same kinds of people.”

But a lack of HUD funding has deterred Mr. Swanson’s agency from pursuing such a project for more than a decade, he said. “HUD has underfunded for a very long time,” he said.

It’s a familiar lament issued over the years by some advocates of affordable housing and congressional Democrats. Now, with Democrats in control of Congress and the White House, a push for federal housing dollars is front and center as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: Housing proposals aim to boost HUD budget for building affordable units | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Walter Mondale, former Vice President and Senator, dies at 93

Walter Mondale passed away in Minneapolis Monday at the age of 93, his family says.

The Minnesotan’s long career in politics was highlighted by serving as Jimmy Carter’s Vice President. He also served as Minnesota’s Attorney General, U.S. Senator and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

Source: Walter Mondale, former Vice President and Senator, dies at 93

Inside Greg Gutfeld’s Meltdown—From Comic Rebel to Punchline

His new late-night Fox News show is a ratings success, but former colleagues and on-air pals say Gutfeld has morphed from iconoclast to dutiful pro-Trump company man.

These days the 56-year-old Gutfeld, whose eponymous 11 p.m. weeknight program Gutfeld! debuted on Fox News last week to largely hostile reviews but robust ratings, has, by some appraisals, morphed from zany rebel to company man, and from rule-breaking joker to handsomely compensated ideologue (at a rumored $4 million a year).

The second Fox News offering with his name in the title—the first aired on Saturday nights for six years starting in 2015—Gutfeld’s latest show thus far has largely consisted of crude parodies of rival personalities on other networks, sneering attacks on Joe and Hunter Biden, repeated warnings about the lying mainstream media, and an amen corner of familiar Fox News panelists, including new hire and former Trump mouthpiece Kayleigh McEnany, attempting variations on owning the libs.

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PolitiFact | In gun policy address, Joe Biden exaggerates about background checks at gun shows

  • If you go to a gun show and buy a firearm from a federally licensed seller, you will have to pass a background check, just as if you went to a bricks-and-mortar gun store. You would only escape a background check at a gun show if you bought from a seller who isn’t federally licensed.
  • While the data is incomplete, federally licensed sellers have been found to make up a substantial share, and perhaps a majority, of gun show vendors.
In a Rose Garden event, President Joe Biden announced several actions his administration will take to address what he called an “epidemic” of gun violence.

Biden repeated his call for Congress to pass legislation to expand background checks. The House voted largely along party lines to pass a pair of background check bills this year, but they haven’t moved forward in the Senate.

“These bills, one, require background checks for anyone purchasing a gun at a gun show or an online sale,” Biden said at the April 8 event. “Most people don’t know it, you walk into a store and you buy a gun, you have a background check. But you go to a gun show, you can buy whatever you want, and no background check.”

When it comes to background checks for gun purchases, what matters is who sells the guns, not where the guns are sold — and when a federally licensed seller is a vendor at a gun show, they have to run a background check just as they would if they were back at a bricks-and-mortar gun store.

The White House told PolitiFact that Biden wasn’t suggesting that every gun transaction at a gun show would take place without a background check. Instead, he meant that sales without background checks could occur in some cases.

However, that’s not what he said.

What the laws say about sales at gun shows

Advocates for stricter gun control measures often talk about the “gun show loophole,” though some observers say the term is a misnomer. The phrase itself doesn’t explain who is and isn’t required to run background checks at gun shows.

Federal law requires that people in the business of dealing in firearms be licensed by the federal government.

Specifically, the law says that a license is required if “a person who devotes time, attention, and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business with the principal objective of livelihood and profit through the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms.”

The law specifically rules out a required license if a person “makes occasional sales, exchanges, or purchases of firearms for the enhancement of a personal collection or for a hobby, or who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms.”

This can sometimes be a fuzzy distinction, but it means many sellers of guns do need to have a license.

“Every federally licensed retailer, whether they are selling a gun at a brick and mortar store, a  gun show or the sale starts online,” must complete a signed background check form from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and get approval from the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check system, said Mark Oliva, a spokesperson for the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Source: PolitiFact | In gun policy address, Joe Biden exaggerates about background checks at gun shows

Biden’s Real Goal: Forced, Universal Unionization – DickMorris.com at DickMorris.com

Biden has explicitly stated that the Davis-Bacon Act requiring union wages and companies will govern the expenditure of federal construction money under the infrastructure bill. This includes just short of $2 trillion on building roads, bridges, airports rewiring and re-insulating private buildings and schools, renovating the electric power grid, replacing old water system pipes, building charging stations for electric cars and all manner of other construction. With that amount of money, no company can resist unionization if that is what is required to get in on the gravy train.

Source: Biden’s Real Goal: Forced, Universal Unionization – DickMorris.com at DickMorris.com

Biden infrastructure plan includes corporate tax hike, transportation money

President Biden hopes to pass a $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package to jolt the economy after approval of a Covid relief plan.

  • President Biden unveiled a more than $2 trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package on Wednesday.
  • The plan aims to revitalize U.S. transportation infrastructure, water systems, broadband and manufacturing, among other goals.
  • An increase in the corporate tax rate to 28% and measures designed to prevent offshoring of profits will fund the spending, according to the White House.

Source: Biden infrastructure plan includes corporate tax hike, transportation money

Schumer: Senate will act on marijuana legalization with or without Biden – POLITICO

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer really likes to talk about weed.

Schumer has been making waves on cannabis policy since he first introduced a bill to legalize marijuana in April 2018. It was part of his pitch for voting Democrat in the 2020 election, and now — with the majority in hand — he is putting together new federal marijuana reform legislation with Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

This week, Schumer’s home state of New York legalized marijuana use for adults, after years of failed efforts. More than 40 percent of Americans now live in states that have embraced full legalization.

President Joe Biden has been a conspicuous outlier among Democrats when it comes to supporting marijuana legalization. But Schumer said Biden’s reticence won’t deter the Senate from taking aggressive action to loosen federal restrictions.

Source: Schumer: Senate will act on marijuana legalization with or without Biden – POLITICO

AOC was one of least effective members of Congress: study

She’s the queen of Twitter — but less successful at lawmaking.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was among the least effective members of the last Congress according to a new survey from the nonpartisan Center for Effective Lawmaking — a joint project of Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia.

AOC introduced a total of 21 bills which the center defined as “substantive” — but that is where the story ends. Her legislation received no action in committees, no floor votes, and none ever became law, according to the center, which takes its data from Congress.gov.

“She introduced a lot of bills, but she was not successful at having them receive any sort of action in committee or beyond committee and if they can’t get through committee they cannot pass the House,” Alan Wiseman, a Vanderbilt political scientist and co-director of the center, told The Post.

“It’s clear that she was trying to get her legislative agenda moving and engage with the lawmaking process,” Wiseman added “But she wasn’t as successful as some other members were — even among [other] freshmen — at getting people to pay attention to her legislation.”

When looking at the legislative effectiveness of all congressional Democrats, AOC was ranked 230th out of 240 Democrats. Among the 19 Dem lawmakers from New York state, she ranked dead last.

Source: AOC was one of least effective members of Congress: study

Happening Live: Joe Biden set to introduce infrastructure plan to nation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

President Joe Biden arrived in Pittsburgh this afternoon to tout a massive, $2 trillion plan — called the American Jobs Plan — that will focus on infrastructure and the climate and rely heavily on corporate tax reform to pay for it.

The president land after 3 p.m. at Pittsburgh International Airport. From there, Mr. Biden headed to Collier and the carpenters training facility. which is used to train apprentices in a trade that could benefit mightily from investments in rebuilding America’s structural foundation.

Source: Happening Live: Joe Biden set to introduce infrastructure plan to nation | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

New York state legislature passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

 POINTS
  • New York’s state Senate and Assembly both passed a bill Tuesday to legalize recreational marijuana.
  • “I look forward to signing this legislation into law,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
  • If the bill is signed, legalization of the plant would be effective immediately but legal recreational sales would not be expected to begin for one or two years.

Source: New York state legislature passes bill to legalize recreational marijuana

G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate mastermind and Nixon operative, dead at 90 | Fox News

G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon 1972 reelection campaign operative who played a central role in the Watergate scandal that led to the former president’s resignation, died Tuesday at the age of 90.

Liddy’s son, Thomas, confirmed his death. He did not provide a cause of death but noted that COVID-19 was not a factor.

A former FBI agent, Liddy was known as the mastermind of a plot to place wiretaps inside Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate building in 1972. The plot was discovered and Liddy was later convicted on charges of conspiracy, burglary and illegal wiretapping.

Source: G. Gordon Liddy, Watergate mastermind and Nixon operative, dead at 90 | Fox News

North Korea pushes back on Biden’s criticism of its missile test | TheHill

“We express our deep apprehension over the U.S. chief executive faulting the regular testfire, exercise of our state’s right to self-defence, as the violation of U.N. ‘resolutions’ and openly revealing his deep-seated hostility,” Ri Pyong Chol, secretary of the Worker’s Party’s Central Committee, an outlet in North Korea reported, according to Reuters.

North Korea recently fired two ballistic missiles into the East Sea, the first missile test for the country in a year.

Biden condemned the testing in a move that Ri said was the wrong step towards North Korea.“

I think that the new U.S. administration obviously took its first step wrong,” Ri said.

The comments from Biden were an “undisguised encroachment on our state’s right to self-defence and provocation,” Ri said, Reuters reported.

Source: North Korea pushes back on Biden’s criticism of its missile test | TheHill

Burma forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup | Fox News

The online news site Myanmar Now reported as evening fell that the death toll had reached 91, higher than all estimates for the previous high on March 14, which ranged from 74 to 90.

A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls put the total as darkness fell at 89, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns.

As Burma’s military celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day holiday with a parade Saturday in the country’s capital, soldiers and police elsewhere reportedly killed dozens of people as they suppressed protests against last month’s coup.

A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls put the total killed by late Saturday afternoon at 74, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns. That would make it equal to the deadliest day since the coup.

Source: Burma forces kill dozens in deadliest day since coup | Fox News

Jen Psaki forced to defend firing pot smokers despite Kamala Harris saying it ‘gives people joy’ | Daily Mail Online

  • The White House was again forced to defend firing five pot-smoking staffers during Wednesday’s press briefing 
  • Press secretary Jen Psaki was asked how aides could get axed after Vice President Kamala Harris has admitted to smoking pot
  • Harris even said, ‘It gives people joy and we need more joy in this world,’ a reporter reminded Psaki 
  • Psaki stuck to her position that the White House allowed more people to serve than previous administrations would have
  • Of the five people let go over pot-smoking, Psaki said a number had ‘other security issues that were raised’ 
  • On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that dozens of Biden staffers had been  suspended, told to work remotely or asked to resign due to past pot use

Source: Jen Psaki forced to defend firing pot smokers despite Kamala Harris saying it ‘gives people joy’ | Daily Mail Online

Biden Thursday press conference slated for 1:15 pm EDT in the East Room | Fox News

President Biden will hold his first news conference as commander-in-chief Thursday at 1:15 p.m. EDT in the East Room.

The conference will be streamed on Fox News Channel and Fox News Digital.

Biden’s first press conference comes over two months into the new administration, a delay that raised eyebrows in the media world.

Donald Trump waited 27 days into his presidency to hold a press conference, Barack Obama waited just 20 days before holding one, and George W. Bush waited 33 days before taking questions from the press in a formal setting.

The White House defended Biden, noting he has taken brief questions in informal settings.

Source: Biden Thursday press conference slated for 1:15 pm EDT in the East Room | Fox News