A TIMELINE FOR CATHOLICS
THE BIDEN REPORT
A TIMELINE FOR CATHOLICS
President Joe Biden signs a bill into law to avoid a default on the federal government’s debt by raising the debt ceiling. The bill, known as the Fiscal Responsibility Act, will suspend the debt limit until January 2025 and implement restraints on spending that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would reduce budget deficits by $1.5 trillion over the next decade.
The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See flies a Pride flag at the embassy building in the Vatican during the month of June, prompting online backlash from Catholics. “During the month of June, the [U.S.] celebrates Pride Month. [U.S. in Holy See] stands with the LBGTQI+ community against discrimination and other forms of persecution because of who they are and whom they love,” the embassy tweeted, along with a picture of the flag hanging from the embassy building.
President Biden foments racial tensions at the graduation ceremony for Howard University, a historically black school. The president claims that America’s “greatest terrorist threat” comes in the form of “white supremacy.” He takes a pessimistic view of America’s fight against racism in his speech, claiming that it is “a battle that’s never really over.”
Amid urgent warnings from border patrol officials, the Biden administration reinstates a Trump-era immigration rule in a seeming effort to prevent some of the chaos expected to result from Biden’s decision to allow Title 42 to expire. The reinstated Trump rule disqualifies migrants from applying for asylum in the U.S. if they neglected to first apply for asylum in other countries they traveled through, such as Mexico.
The Biden administration announces a new military aid package of $1.2 billion for Ukraine, bringing the total since its war with Russia began to $36.9 billion. The Pentagon declares the package as a way “to reaffirm the steadfast U.S. support for Ukraine, including to bolster its air defenses and sustain its artillery ammunition needs.”
The archbishop of military services issues a scathing pastoral letter condemning the Senate and the Biden administration for approving a new Department of Defense rule allowing taxpayer-funded abortions at military hospitals. “The policy and rule, now in effect, are morally repugnant and incongruent with the Gospel, which the faithful are commissioned to share throughout the world,” writes Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who also serves as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
President Joe Biden announces he is running for reelection in a video posted on YouTube. An image of a pro-abortion protester holding an “Abortion is Healthcare” sign is shown seconds into the video. “Personal freedom is fundamental to who we are as Americans,” the president says following an opening montage.
The Biden administration’s progressive green energy agenda makes electric vehicles (EVs) a key component in its solution to the “global climate crisis.” The dark underbelly of the EV industry, however, is a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions in the Congo basin that includes African children mining for cobalt in inhumane conditions “in which laborers earn less than $2 per day while using their own tools, primarily their hands.”
Robin Dunn Marcos, director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, reluctantly answers that “We do not track or monitor” unaccompanied minors who cross the U.S. border during a hearing by the House Oversight and Accountability Committee’s subcommittee on national security. Reports of the high number of unaccompanied migrant children who have gone missing at the southern border leads lawmakers to raise concerns that the government agency had lost track of tens of thousands of children.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issues a “notice of proposed rulemaking” that seeks to redefine the terms “person,” “natural person,” and “individual” to exclude the unborn. The rule change proposal couches the move in language found in the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002, a pro-life federal law meant to protect babies who survive botched abortions.
Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, a man who claims to be a woman, has assisted Planned Parenthood in becoming the second-largest provider of cross-sex hormones in the United States, beginning to partner with them as early as 2017. Critics argue that “transgender” surgeries and treatments are cash cows for surgeons and medical providers, because patients often require “care” for a lifetime after the first life-altering intervention.
The Biden administration announces its Department of Health and Human Services will create a publicly-funded abortion hotline. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, who claims to be Catholic, describes the initiative as “a secure national hotline to provide referral services for women in need of accurate information about their legal reproductive health care options.”
The White House condemns the Ugandan Parliament for passing legislation against the promotion of the “LGBTQIA+” agenda in the conservative Christian country, and threatens to cut off aid over the law if it’s enacted. “No one should be attacked, imprisoned, or killed simply because of who they are or whom they love,” says White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. Novel aspects of the law include a ban on “promoting homosexuality” among children and a heightened penalty for child rape.
A federal judge rules against the Biden administration’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit alleging censorship, saying that the states of Missouri and Louisiana had “plausibly alleged” First Amendment violations. The Biden administration had made a motion to dismiss the suit by Republican Attorneys General Erik Schmitt of Missouri and Jeff Landry of Louisiana, who say the administration colluded with Big Tech to censor public political debate.
Leo Varadkar, the gay prime minister of Ireland, celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with Vice President Kamala Harris. “As doctors and as proud members of the LGBT community, allow us to say how inspired we’ve been by your personal advocacy for marriage equality, particularly in relation to Proposition 8, and also your defense of the Affordable Health Care Act,” Varadkar says to Harris.
President Biden says in an interview that Florida’s decision to ban subjecting children to so-called “sex-change” procedures is “cruel” and “close to sinful.” Biden also suggests there should be laws forbidding opposition to the “trans” medical agenda’s targeting of children.
The Biden administration moves quickly to bailout the failed California Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), and reimburses SVB depositors. Five days after the collapse of SVB triggered fears of a global banking collapse, new reports show business leaders expect inflation to rise in March.
The Biden administration gives a biological man an award for courage in honor of International Women’s Day during a Wednesday ceremony at the White House. Alba Rueda, a man who identifies as a woman, receives an “International Women of Courage” award from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and first lady Jill Biden. Rueda is an Argentinian politician.
The New York Times releases a report confirming that unaccompanied migrant children, primarily from Central America, are trafficked in exploitative and oftentimes dangerous working conditions within the United States — under the watch of the Biden administration.
The Department of Justice charges eight more pro-life activists with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act. The charges stem from a 2020 incident when the pro-lifers allegedly blocked the entrance of a Michigan abortion facility. The DOJ charged 26 pro-life activists under the FACE Act in 2022 alone, but did not charge a single pro-abortion activist in 2022, “despite over 100 apparent pro-abortion attacks on pro-life pregnancy centers and churches across the nation, according to CatholicVote trackers,” reports Mary Margaret Olohan of the Daily Signal.
The Biden administration turned down a request for federal disaster assistance from Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine in the aftermath of the train derailment in the state earlier this month that led to a large release of toxic chemicals. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) told Ohio’s state government that the incident did not qualify as a traditional disaster, such as a tornado or hurricane, for which it usually provides assistance.
News that five more classified documents dating from the Obama-Biden administration were found in President Joe Biden’s possession, this time at his home in Delaware. The additional pages were found just hours after the White House revealed Thursday that one document had been found in a storage area near Biden’s car garage, the New York Times revealed.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he has appointed a special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden over classified documents that were found in a private office and in the garage at his home. An order signed by Garland said there would be an investigation into “the possible unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or other records discovered.”
Congress launched a probe into President Joe Biden over classified material from Biden’s time as vice president was discovered in his personal office at a think tank in Washington, D.C. “The Committee on Oversight and Accountability is investigating President Biden’s failure to return vice-presidential records — including highly classified documents — to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in violation of the Presidential Records Act,” wrote the Committee on Oversight and Accountability chairman.
Classified documents found at a Biden-aligned think tank last year reportedly featured intelligence on topics such as Iran, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. The ten documents recovered at President Joe Biden’s private office at the think tank last November date from his last term as vice president. The classified files were mixed in with private materials such as Beau Biden’s funeral arrangements.
Classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as Vice President were discovered at the Penn Biden Center by the president’s personal attorneys on November 2. The National Archives took possession of the documents on November 3. Biden slammed former President Trump last year after the FBI seized classified documents from his Florida home, asking in a 60 Minutes interview “how that could possibly happen” and how “anyone could be that irresponsible.”
President Joe Biden visited the southern border for the first time in his presidency amid growing political pressure over the border crisis and while migrant numbers remain at historic highs. So far in Fiscal Year 2023, which began in October, the first two months have outpaced the same period last year — with 233,740 encounters in November, compared to 174,845 in 2021 and 73,994 in 2020.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the newest military aid package to Ukraine, worth a total of $3.75 billion. The package includes 50 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles with 500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 250,000 rounds of 25mm ammunition, 55 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, 138 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, eighteen 155mm self-propelled Howitzers, and 18 ammunition support vehicles.
President Joe Biden announced that the U.S. will provide Ukraine’s armed forces with armored combat vehicles. The announcement came in a joint statement by Biden and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who promised to send similar equipment to Ukraine. Both leaders also pledged that their countries will provide Ukrainians training on how to use the tanks.
President Joe Biden told reporters that it is his “intention” to visit the southern border for the first time since taking office nearly two years ago. The occasion of the visit would be his trip to the North American Leaders’ Summit on January 9-10. Biden’s remarks come after he told reporters last month that “there are more important things going on.”
In the United States, the Biden administration continues to push the “transgender” agenda unbendingly, even pressuring medical and educational professionals to subject children to experimental “gender” therapies and treatments. “About half of European Union member countries,” meanwhile, “ban cross-sex surgeries for minors, and Finland, Sweden and the U.K. have taken decisive steps back from childhood gender transitions amid growing concern about the procedures’ safety and effectiveness,” Laurel Duggan reports.
President Biden signed the $1.85 trillion omnibus bill into law. Washington Examiner columnist James Antle noted that the omnibus spending bill showed Republicans falling into a familiar spending trap. “Republicans run against reckless Democratic spending and then either are perceived to be acquiescing to it or engaging in even riskier economic behavior to impose their will on whatever liberal sits behind the Resolute Desk,” writes Antle.
Journalist David Zweig released a new round of internal Twitter files showing that the current White House “rigged the COVID debate” by censoring information that was “inconvenient to government policy,” discrediting doctors and experts who bucked the administration’s narratives. Zweig pointed out that the administration even targeted ordinary users who shared embarrassing data from the CDC.
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is removing the shipping containers on federal lands that are currently acting as a wall along the state’s southern border. Ducey made the call after the Biden administration opened a lawsuit against him for securing the border “unlawfully and without authority” and “damaging the United States.” Ducey’s administration promised to reopen the border by January 4.
The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision that the Biden administration cannot enforce its COVID vaccine mandate on federal contractors. “The President’s use of procurement regulations to reach through an employing contractor to force obligations on individual employees is truly unprecedented,” the ruling stated.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts temporarily paused the Biden administration’s widely-criticized lifting of Title 42 immigration restrictions while the high court considers a Republican-backed request for a longer hold against the plan. Attorneys general from 19 states succeeded in the request for an administrative stay over the pandemic-era policy that allows border officials to turn away some illegal border crossers.
“President Joe Biden has signed the so-called Respect for Marriage Act into law, spurning warnings the act will impede religious freedom, and surrounded by LGBTQ activists, lawmakers, and drag queens,” reported Mary Margaret Olohan. “The move was strongly condemned by religious leaders like CatholicVote President Brian Burch,” who said: “This gross attempt to redefine marriage allows radical activists to declare war on anyone that disagrees with them.”
President Joe Biden this week invited “Marti G. Cummings,” a man who dresses in drag and holds “drag queen story hours” for children, to attend the signing of the radical Respect for Marriage Act recently passed by Congress. “Cummings” has regularly made a show of involving children in “Pride” events, while at the same time insisting that “kink” (overt displays of what participants find sexually arousing) “is welcome at Pride.”
President Biden made the controversial decision to swap a Russian arms dealer for American basketball star Brittney Griner, whom Russia had imprisoned on drug charges. Critics complained that Biden’s swap left U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan behind in Russian custody. Whelan told CNN on Thursday that he was “greatly disappointed” not to have been freed. The White House celebrated Griner’s release, calling her “an important role model and inspiration to millions of Americans, particularly the LGBTQI+ Americans and women of color.”
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a lawsuit filed by Texas and Louisiana over Biden administration guidelines that severely restrict border law enforcement. U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar argued that states have no standing to sue the federal government. Justice Samuel Alito said Prelogar was operating under a “rule of special hostility to state standing,” while past court rulings call for a “special solicitude for state standing.”
The Supreme Court ordered that President Biden’s student debt relief program remain blocked until after oral arguments to determine whether the program could continue. The Court scheduled oral arguments for February 23. The Biden administration had petitioned the high court to allow the program to proceed while several legal challenges were considered by lower courts.
President Joe Biden faced backlash after his administration announced it would allow Chevron to resume pumping oil in socialist Venezuela, reversing a Trump-era ban put in place to punish socialist dictator Nicolás Maduro. The move comes amid widespread criticism of the Biden administration for hampering oil production in the United States. Former White House Economic Adviser Stephen Moore called the latest decision an “America last” policy.
The White House is extending the pause on federal student loan payments to June 30, 2023 as the Biden administration battles at the Supreme Court to put President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness policy into effect. The move represents a reversal of Biden’s vow in August to end the COVID-era student loan payment pause in December.
A new report from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, and Rep. Chip Roy, R-TX, details how the Biden administration is using new diversity and equity initiatives in the military to promote critical race theory and “gender” ideology, which the Republican leaders argue has significantly weakened the U.S. armed forces. The military “cannot be turned into a left-wing social experiment” or “used as a cudgel against America itself,” the report states.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified that the crisis at the southern border of the United States is extremely grave during a Senate hearing, despite earlier statements from the Biden administration insisting that the border is secure. “The entire hemisphere is suffering a migration crisis,” Mayorkas said, confirming that the number of migrants crossing the border this past year has been “the highest on record.”
President Joe Biden suggested he wasn’t confident Democrats in Congress could codify so-called “abortion rights,” then immediately expressed regret that he made the comment. Asked what Americans can expect, Biden answered: “I don’t think they can expect much of anything other than we’re going to maintain our positions. I’m not going to get into more questions. I shouldn’t have even answered your question.”
The Biden administration is directing shelter officials to ensure that unaccompanied immigrant children in federal custody have access to abortions, including by moving children to states where abortion is still legal. The Office of Refugee Resettlement said officials “must not prevent [unaccompanied children] from accessing legal abortion-related services” and must facilitate abortions when requested by a minor.
During a White House presser after the midterm elections, a reporter pointed out that “75% of voters say the country is heading in the wrong direction” and asked Biden: “What in the next two years do you intend to do differently to change people’s opinion of the direction of the country?” Biden replied: “Nothing, because they’re just finding out what we’re doing. The more they know about what we’re doing, the more support there is. So, I’m not going to change the direction.”
Federal Judge Mark Pittman issued an order against Biden’s student debt relief plan in a win for the Job Creators Network Foundation, a conservative advocacy group that challenged the plan as unconstitutional. “No one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States,” Pittman wrote.
President Joe Biden caused a bipartisan uproar after he said in a speech about coal production: “We’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power.” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, called Biden’s remark “outrageous and divorced from reality.” The White House soon issued a statement walking back the president’s comment.
In a final speech ahead of the midterm elections, President Joe Biden once again denounced “extreme” Republicans as a threat to democracy, this time trying to draw a link between Trump’s rhetoric on January 6, 2021 and a recent attack against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband by a left-wing San Francisco resident. Biden called on Americans to “think long and hard” about voting for “extreme MAGA Republicans.”
The U.S. bishops said President Biden must abandon his “single-minded extremism” on abortion. “The president is gravely wrong to continue to seek every possible avenue to facilitate abortion, instead of using his power to increase support and care to mothers in challenging situations,” said Archbishop William Lori, chair of the bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities. “As pastors who deal daily with the tragic impacts of abortion, we know that abortion is a violent act which ends the life of preborn children and wounds untold numbers of women.”
President Biden said it was “immoral” for states to ban gender transitions for minors. “No state should be able to do that in my view,” Biden said in his interview with controversial transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney.
The Department of Defense (DOD) released a memo to senior Pentagon leadership titled “Ensuring Access to Reproductive Health Care.” The memo, signed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd James Austin III, directs the Department to provide funding for service members wishing to travel for an abortion. CatholicVote Director of Government Affairs Tom McClusky denounced the move as illegal. “The DOD will start funding abortion tourism, without regard for current law.”
President Joe Biden vowed that the first bill he will send to Congress after the midterm elections will be to “restore Roe.” At a speech to the Democratic National Committee, the self-described “Catholic” president said his first priority will be to codify into federal law the so-called “right to abortion” for any reason up to the moment of birth. CatholicVote President Brian Burch replied: “We need Church leaders to step up and make clear that no Catholic can support candidates or policies that would make America one of the most extreme abortion nations in the world.”
The Justice Department has charged yet another pro-life activist with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act: Herb Geraghty, an activist from the same pro-life group that discovered preemie-sized aborted babies’ remains outside a Washington, D.C., abortion facility in March of this year. The felony “conspiracy” charge stems from an October 2020 incident in which Geraghty blocked the facility’s entrance.
Bloomberg News is reporting that the Biden administration plans to release another 10 to 15 million barrels of oil from the nation’s emergency stockpile. The news comes just 23 days before the midterm elections as Democratic candidates face increasingly negative polling and voters express frustration over high gas prices.
The Biden administration is expanding the range of taxpayer-funded “gender-affirming” healthcare options available to federal employees starting next year. The Office of Personnel Management “continues to focus on ways our Carriers can improve access to gender-affirming care for transgender and gender diverse individuals,” the agency stated in a recent announcement about employee benefits.
President Biden at a Democratic fundraiser in New York said America has arrived at the brink of a nuclear holocaust under his leadership. “We have not faced the prospect of Armageddon since Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis,” Biden said, referring to the current tensions between the United States and Russia. He added that “we have a direct threat of the use of nuclear weapons if in fact things continue down the path they are going.”
President Joe Biden announced he is pardoning all prior federal offenses for simple marijuana possession. “Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives — for conduct that is legal in many states,” Biden tweeted. “That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction.”
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, who claims to be a Catholic, said that college students need abortions in order to succeed in life. “Students need access to health care to thrive in school and in life, and that includes reproductive health care,” Cardona said.
The Biden administration on Friday touted the heroism of Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch, a Coast Guardsman who saved lives during Hurricane Ian in Florida. The White House publicized President Biden’s personal phone call to Loesch, praising the rescue worker’s heroism as an example of the administration’s excellence. Loesch, however, is one of the many slated to be kicked out for not complying with Biden’s own mandate that all members of the United States Armed Forces submit to COVID-19 shots.
President Biden during remarks at the White House on lowering health care costs raised eyebrows when he said, with visible anger: “How in God’s name do you look at that child knowing you can’t afford it, you don’t have the insurance, and no way of getting it … How do you undergo that? …It not only deprives that child of a healthy existence but it deprives a parent of their dignity.”
President Joe Biden this week claimed, incorrectly, that the Church does not oppose some abortions. He made the remark while commenting on a Republican proposal to restrict abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. “I happen to be a practicing Roman Catholic,” Biden said, “my Church doesn’t even make that argument.” “This may be the most outrageous thing Joe Biden has ever said,” CatholicVote President Brian Burch said. “Does Joe Biden think he knows more about abortion than the pope? More than our bishops? More than 2,000 years of Church teaching that abortion always ends the life of an innocent unborn child?”
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Julie Rikelman, President Biden’s nominee for a lifetime appointment on the First Circuit Appeals Court, about whether she would enforce the Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling that struck down Roe vs. Wade. Though Rikelman said she would, many remain skeptical since she was the career abortion promoter who argued on behalf of Jackson Women’s Health in the Dobbs case.
President Joe Biden confronted Russia in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. “Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the U.N. charter — no more important than the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbors by force,” Biden said. “If nations can pursue their imperial ambitions without consequences, then we put at risk everything this very institution stands for.”
The Biden administration is expected to soon finalize a rule banning oil and gas leasing near a Native American historical site in New Mexico, despite heavy opposition from local indigenous leaders, who say the rule would prevent them from collecting royalties on their land. “We’re not destroying anything — we are Native Americans ourselves,” said Delora Hesuse, a Navajo Nation citizen who owns allotted land in the region. “It just seems like they are listening more to the environmentalist people.”
President Biden declared that he would send the U.S. military to engage in war with China if the communist country attacked Taiwan. The White House walked back his statement within hours. In the case of an “unprecedented attack” by China, U.S. Forces would be deployed to defend the Island, Biden said. Scott Pelley of CBS’s “60 Minutes” said that after the interview a White House official told the show that U.S. policy has not changed and they refused to say if the U.S. military would defend Taiwan.
Just weeks before the midterm elections, President Joe Biden told CBS’ 60 Minutes: “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it.” At the Detroit Auto Show, Biden noted: “If you notice, no one’s wearing a mask, everybody seems to be in pretty good shape.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to offer to abort the babies of veterans and eligible dependents “in cases of rape, incest and pregnancies that endanger the life or health of an individual,” the Military Times reported. “The move marks the first time VA physicians could perform abortions on federal property, even in states where it has been outlawed.”
A federal appellate court on Friday cited religious freedom to block the Biden administration from forcing doctors to perform abortions or “sex-reassignment” surgeries. “This ruling is a major victory for conscience rights and compassionate medical care in America,” said Joseph Davis, counsel at the legal group Becket. “Doctors cannot do their jobs and comply with the Hippocratic Oath if the government requires them to perform harmful, irreversible procedures against their conscience and medical expertise.”
President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed the $740,000,000,000 “Inflation Reduction Act” into law. During the signing ceremony, Biden called the new law “one of the most significant laws in our history.” Republicans have decried the legislation, pointing out that it empowers unelected bureaucrats at the Internal Revenue Service and arguing that it will lead to more inflation that would hurt the middle and lower classes most.
The Biden State Department has pledged a new taxpayer-funded grant to “promote greater social acceptance of LGBTQI+ persons” in Botswana, a small African country that is predominantly Christian. The administration identified “influential religious groups” as targets to lobby in its campaign. “This tactic is likely to harm U.S. relations with Botswana,” wrote Grace Melton of the Heritage Foundation. “The Batswana may not be so keen on U.S. pressure to change their religious beliefs and social mores.”
Jessica Swafford Marcella, deputy assistant secretary for population affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), assured a United Nations committee that the Biden administration is working to make sure poor and minority women in the U.S. can abort their children. Asked by a U.N. official about the repeal of Roe vs. Wade, Marcella promised that President Biden and the HHS had “acted swiftly” to promote abortion travel and abortion “medicine.”
The White House has drafted a memo defending the withdrawal from Afghanistan. The report allegedly claims that the Trump administration’s 2020 agreement with the Taliban “empowered the Taliban” and “weakened our partners in the Afghan government.” Rep. Michael McCaul, the Republican ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disagreed. “The intelligence community got it right,” said McCaul. “The problem was the White House and … State Department putting their head in the sand, not wanting to believe what they were saying and therefore not adequately planning.”
Reps. Michael McCaul, R-TX, and Adam Schiff, D-CA, both panned the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan during an appearance on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I certainly don’t think the withdrawal had to go as it did, and the loss of American lives during the withdrawal, and the degree to which it took months and months, and we continue to try to help people escape from Afghanistan, I think could have been handled differently,” said Schiff, who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, spoke out against the Biden administration’s use of the FBI to raid former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida. “[The Department of Justice] must immediately explain the reason for its raid & it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation & legitimacy of January 6 investigations,” Cuomo tweeted.
Bishop Robert Barron of of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester, Minnesota, published an essay denouncing President Joe Biden’s stance on abortion as an affront to “both right reason and the explicit teaching of his Church.” Biden “claims that he objects to abortion, that he considers it morally wrong,” Baron writes. Nonetheless, the president “presses forward, advocating the most radical pro-abortion policy imaginable….”
The Biden administration is pressing the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to allow it to force doctors to perform abortions and “gender transition” surgeries against their conscientious objections. The court on Thursday heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by nearly 20,000 religious physicians challenging Biden’s new rule to that effect. Luke Goodrich, an attorney with the firm representing the doctors, says the judges seemed receptive to their arguments.
The Biden administration has declared monkeypox a national public health emergency. The declaration will give the federal government increased powers, such as the ability to contract with private vaccine manufacturers to speed the distribution of shots. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said “we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus.”
President Joe Biden signed a new executive order directing Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to use Medicaid funding to help women cross state lines and abort their babies. Becerra “shall consider actions to advance access to reproductive healthcare services, including, to the extent permitted by Federal law, through Medicaid for patients traveling across State lines for medical care,” the order states.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that the VA is planning to guarantee that women in the Armed Forces can abort their babies despite state pro-life laws and court rulings. “There are 300,000 women veterans of child-bearing age who rely on us for their reproductive health care,” McDonough said, adding, “we’re looking closely at that to ensure there’s no reduction in services to them and no risk to their lives as a result of these decisions.”
The Biden administration proposed a new rule that revises Section 1557 of The Affordable Care Act to add “sexual orientation and gender identity” and “reproductive health care services” including “pregnancy termination” to existing “protections against discrimination on the basis of sex.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have condemned the proposal, and others worry it will lead to a harshly discriminatory legal environment for healthcare workers of faith. The Catholic News Agency spoke with experts about the matter. Here are their thoughts.
The Biden Administration will complete a portion of the border wall in an area of Arizona that has become infamous for illegal traffic between the U.S and Mexico. Sen. Mark Kelly, D-AZ, announced that the Department of Homeland Security had agreed to the move in response to his pressuring the White House to secure the vulnerable spot. “I’m glad that the Department of Homeland Security has listened to Arizona and is going to close these gaps,” Kelly said.
In anticipation of another upcoming negative economic report, President Biden and several administration officials have been doing their best to reframe an expected recession – including by proposing a new definition of the word. “Officials say prolonged COVID-19 factors, coupled with the war in Ukraine, have muddied economic projections and claim that assessing the speed of the post-pandemic economic recovery means examining a variety of economic signals, not just total GDP,” the Daily Wire reported.
Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, a man who claims to be a woman, told an interviewer that public policy should facilitate sex changes for children. “Trans” children are “suffering politically motivated attacks” on the state level, Levine said, but officials should “empower these youth, not limit their participation in activities in sports and even limit their ability to get gender-affirmation treatment in their state.
The Biden administration warned pharmacies that they will be liable under federal anti-discrimination law if they do not provide abortion-causing drugs. Pro-life leaders are pushing back, arguing that the administration is violating pharmacists’ conscience rights. In addition, the move would inappropriately supersede “state laws that protect women and children from these dangerous drugs,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch.
The Department of Justice announced that it is deploying a new “Reproductive Rights Task Force” to promote and defend abortions all across America. The team, chaired by Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, will also “include members from the Civil Rights Division, U.S. attorney community, Office of the Solicitor General, [and the] Office of the Attorney General, among others,” reports Madeline Leesman.
President Joe Biden announced that he would defy the Supreme Court and state lawmakers by signing an executive order to federally “protect” and “expand access to” abortion. The Biden administration claimed in a briefing that the “only way” to secure women’s rights is through protecting Roe vs. Wade as “federal law.” The same memo argued that the Supreme Court’s June 24, 2022 ruling striking down Roe vs. Wade stripped women of their rights “to privacy, autonomy, freedom, and equality.”
The Biden administration’s Department of Justice brought a lawsuit against Arizona over the state’s law requiring residents to prove their United States citizenship in order to vote in presidential elections. Gov. Doug Ducey, R-AZ, signed the law, making it harder for non-citizens to illegally vote for a presidential candidate, and also requiring voters to provide proof of address.
President Biden called on the Senate to make an “exception” to the filibuster to ensure that abortion is legal in all 50 states. During his speech to the NATO Summit in Madrid, Biden said: “We have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that. Currently, the filibuster prevents the Senate from passing legislation without a 60-seat super majority.
President Joe Biden reacted to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case, calling it “extreme” and an “attack” on women’s rights. He called on Congress to codify the so-called “right” to abort babies into federal law. He also directed theDepartment of Health and Human Services to make abortion-inducing pills more available, and vowed to advocate for women who circumvent pro-life state laws by traveling to pro-abortion states to abort their babies.
The Biden administration acknowledged that it is planning ways to thwart the outcome of the Supreme Court if it were to strike down Roe vs. Wade and other pro-abortion legal precedents. “The administration continues to explore every possible option in response to the anticipated Supreme Court decision,” said White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. “If the Supreme Court overturns Roe, we will need Congress to take action to restore Roe,” she added.
President Joe Biden signed a sweeping executive order to advance the LGBTQ movement’s goals, including among children in schools. The order directs the Department of Health and Human Services to instruct all healthcare providers receiving federal funding on how to treat transgender patients. The Department of Education will similarly impose pro-trans directives on schools throughout the country. In addition, the order forbids so-called “conversion therapy,” a catch-all term for medical and educational advice that does not “affirm” transgenderism or homosexuality.
U.S. Border Patrol agents are contending not only with a worsening crisis of illegal border crossings, but also with a grave lack of morale. A number of agents told an interviewer that they blame President Biden. “Under Biden, things are the worst they have ever been by far,” said one. “Agents are calling in all the time. You always hear, ‘It doesn’t matter,’ or, ‘What’s the point?’ in reference to doing our job. Agents are afraid of ending up on the news for doing their job or getting in trouble for doing their job. There is no morale.”
Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington, which covers Northern Virginia and borders Washington, D.C., called President Joe Biden to repent of his unbending promotion of abortion. “I find it very troubling that President Biden continues to contradict the most basic teachings of the faith he professes,” Burbidge said. “This is causing great scandal when he announces both his faith and his pro-abortion position publicly. I pray that he will change his position, repent of the scandal and the damage that is being caused.”
The Biden administration could terminate thousands of Border Patrol agents for not submitting to COVID shots, despite agencies on the border struggling to manage the gravest illegal migration crisis in national history. A court decision that may allow the Biden administration to begin firing the border officers. One agent told the Washington Examiner that “dozens and dozens” of his colleagues have already applied for early retirement over the threat of the Biden vax mandate.
The Biden administration announced over a year ago that it would address the border crisis by solving its “root causes” with aid to Central America. Today, however, a number of high-dollar projects initiated by the Biden plan have been scrapped due to corruption among South American government officials. “In one striking example, theU.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) abruptly suspended an undisclosed amount of funding tied to Guatemala’s justice ministry in July 2021 after the firing of a special prosecutor targeting corruption days earlier,” reports Reuters.
The Biden administration threatens to pull federal funding for lunches to schools unless they allow biological males to enter girls’ bathrooms and compete in girls’ sports. “Joe Biden has threatened to take away children’s school lunch money to pursue his radical agenda,” says Gov. Kristi Noem, R-SD. “He’s targeting states like ours that make it clear biological men do NOT belong in girls’ bathrooms and sports. If you act on this, Joe, we’ll see you in court and we will win.”
Data from the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that the U.S. illegal immigrant population has surged 10%, growing from 10.2 million to 11.6 million between when President Joe Biden took office and April 2022. “This means that illegal immigrants accounted for some 1.35 million (about two-thirds) of the two million growth in the total foreign-born population since President Biden took office,” the Center for Immigration Studies reports.
The Biden administration implements a rule change that will tie federal education funding to pro-LGBTQ policies and mandates. Under the new rule, Title IX protections against sexual discrimination will also apply to “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.” The rule will make funding for a broad array of programs hinge on compliance with the LGBTQ agenda, from school lunch programs to FAFSA and Pell grants.
President Joe Biden tells reporters that he would deploy the U.S. military to defend Taiwan if China were to try to take the island by force. “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan, if it comes to that?” a reporter asked. “Yes,” Biden said. “That’s a commitment we made … the idea that – that it could be taken by force, just taken by force, is just not – is just not appropriate.” A White House official later told the press that the U.S. policy toward China “has not changed.”
U.S. Air Force Academy spokesman Dean Miller announces that three graduating cadets “will not be commissioned into the United States Air Force as long as they remain unvaccinated.” A fourth cadet had refused to submit to the shot until graduation neared this year. The cadet relented in order to receive a commission. Miller “added that a decision on whether to require the three to reimburse the United States for education costs in lieu of service will be made by the secretary of the Air Force,” the Associated Press reported.
Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday joined pro-abortion politicians, activists, and abortionists in a live-streamed video conference from the White House. During the meeting, Harris used heated rhetoric, referring to the politics surrounding abortion as a “war” and decrying pro-life legislation as “outrageous” and “extreme.”
New Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data shows that migrant encounters at the southern border hit a record high. “There were 234,088 migrants encountered at the Southern border in April, …the highest number in DHS history,” reports journalist Bill Melugin. The news comes just ahead of the Biden administration’s planned rescission of Title 42, a policy that is currently used to expel illegal border crossers. A total of 96,908 migrants were “expelled via Title 42” in April 2022 alone, Melugin reported.
The Biden administration cancels U.S. oil and gas production lease sales in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The move comes amid mounting bipartisan criticism of the administration for allegedly hampering American fuel production while consumer prices soar. “As of Thursday morning, the national average price of a gallon of regular gas stood at $4.418, according to AAA — the highest on record and $1.41 higher than at this time last year,” the New York Post reports.
Whistleblowers reveal that the FBI opened multiple investigations into parents who protested education policies they believed harmful to their children, including one father who complained against mask mandates. The news comes after it was discovered that Biden administration officials solicited a letter from the National School Boards Association asking Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate concerned parents for potential “domestic terrorism” under the Patriot Act.
The Biden administration runs ads in Guatemala and Honduras designed to discourage mass illegal migration into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). “The fact is that entering the United States illegally is a crime,” CBP said in a statement. “The ads highlight smugglers, known as ‘coyotes,’ who take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants.”
Senate Republicans succeed in blocking a Democrat-led bill designed to mandate abortion on demand through all nine months in all 50 states. The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” needed 60 votes to advance. Forty-nine Democrats voted yes, while West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joined all 50 Republicans in voting no. President Biden immediately condemned Republicans for blocking the bill, which the U.S. Bishops have decried as the worst abortion legislation in history.
Major retailers Target, CVS, and Walgreens impose baby formula purchasing limits to prevent hoarding as out-of-stock rates for the product soared to 31% nationwide. In several states, including Delaware, Montana, and Texas, the rate is over 40%. The shortage has hit a crisis level, causing panic among parents across the country. Economists warn that the problem is not likely to improve in the short term.
President Joe Biden claims that the Roe v. Wade ruling “says what all basic mainstream religions have historically concluded” — that when human life begins in the womb is an unanswerable “question.” Biden, who claims to be Catholic, cited St. Thomas Aquinas to argue the point. In fact the Catholic Church condemns abortion at any stage from conception onward, and the U.S. bishops have explained that Aquinas “rejected abortion as gravely wrong at every stage, calling it a sin ‘against nature’ to reject God’s gift of life,” reports Katie Yoder of the Catholic News Agency.
Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, a man who claims to be a woman, tells NPR that there is “no argument” among pediatricians “about the value and the importance of gender-affirming care.” Levine also dismisses the scientific arguments against the LGBTQ agenda for children: “The language of medicine and science is being used to drive people to suicide,” he said.
Nina Jankowicz, tapped by President Joe Biden to head up the administration’s new “Disinformation Governance Board,” once dismissed the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop story. Jankowicz claimed the story was just a “Trump campaign product” in a tweet just before the 2020 election. She also suggested the story, now universally recognized as valid, was a “Russian influence op.
The Commerce Department announces that the economy shrank 1.4% in the first quarter of 2022 – the second consecutive quarter of contraction. Economists had predicted that the economy would expand by a modest 1.1%. President Biden says he is “not concerned” about recession.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) creates a “Disinformation Governance Board” to quash what the Biden administration deems to be false information online ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, according to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Mayorkas testified about the formation of the board at a meeting of the House Appropriations Subcommittee.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton files a lawsuit against the Biden administration over its decision to end Title 42, a move that both Republicans and Democrats have warned will lead to a dangerous influx of illegal migrants. Title 42 measures are the “only rules holding back a devastating flood of illegal immigration,” according to the Texas suit.
The Biden administration’s Justice Department sends a request to a federal appeals court, asking for the go-ahead to begin enforcing a federal employee vaccine mandate again. In the request, DOJ attorneys argued that the mandate is “justified by the serious ongoing harm to the public interest and to the government.”
The Labor Department released data Tuesday showing that the consumer price index (CPI), which measures what Americans pay for everyday items such as food and gas, has climbed the most dramatically in 41 years – up 8.5% from a year ago.
The Senate votes 53-47 to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. Utah Republican Mitt Romney joined with Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, the two pro-abortion Republican senators, in voting to confirm Jackson. During her hearings, Jackson said she was unable to answer the question “What is a woman?” because she is “not a biologist.” Senate Republicans criticized Jackson for offering light sentences to people convicted for child pornography.
The Biden administration announces that it will be terminating the Title 42 public health policy that has been used by both the Trump and Biden administrations to expel migrants at the southern border. Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have warned that without the order, the already-worsening crisis at the border will explode in coming weeks. More than half of migrants who arrived at the southern border in February were returned due to Title 42.
The Biden State Department announces that the government will allow Americans to mark their gender as “X” instead of “M” or “F”. The “X” will signify an “unspecified or another gender identity,” explained Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who promised that the option will be available in other forms of documentation next year. Americans who wish to change gender on their passports will not need to provide any documentation to do so.
President Biden’s administration releases a series of documents encouraging “gender-reassignment” surgeries and hormone treatments for minors. The Health and Human Services Department details multiple treatments for “trans” adolescents, including: “’Top’ surgery – to create male-typical chest shape or enhance breasts” and “’Bottom’ surgery – surgery on genitals or reproductive organs, facial feminization or other procedures.”
Twenty-one states sued the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal agencies over mandated masking on public transportation. The suit argues that the Federal mandate breaks State laws that ban such mandates. “If politicians and celebrities can attend the Super Bowl unmasked, every U.S. citizen should have the right to fly unmasked,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, in a press release announcing the suit.
President Joe Biden tells the president of Poland that “we have in our southern border thousands of people a day literally, not figuratively, trying to get to the United States.” U.S. Customs and Border Protection forecasted that border officials will have encountered over 200,000 migrants by the end of March 2022, compared to 173,277 in March 2021.
An NBC News poll shows President Joe Biden at 40% approval, his lowest approval rating to date. Fifty-five percent of Americans disapprove of his job performance, according to the poll, and his support from women has dropped from 51% to 44%, while Hispanic support fell even more steeply from 48% to 39%. “On the issues, Biden is 30 points underwater on his handling of the economy, the most important issue according to poll respondents,” the Washington Examiner reported. “Biden also gets the most blame for inflation.”
The White House issues clarifications after several problematic, confusing, and alarming remarks by President Joe Biden during his trip to Europe. “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power,” said Biden of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a speech. “He was not discussing Putin’s power in Russia, or regime change,” an official later corrected. Biden at another point seemed to suggest he was deploying soldiers to fight in Ukraine, forcing a White House official to clarify that “we are not sending U.S. troops to Ukraine….”
“The United States is announcing plans to welcome up to 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia’s aggression through the full range of legal pathways, including the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” the Biden administration says in a statement. More than 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced since the start of the Russian invasion.
Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, grilled Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson over her record of offering shorter sentencing terms for those convicted of possessing child pornography. He cited one case in which Judge Jackson sentenced an 18-year-old defendant to three months in federal prison for possession of child pornography despite the government requesting 24 months.
President Biden’s Surgeon General Vivek Murthy expresses his opposition to Florida’s newly-passed Parental Rights in Education law, which prohibits discussions about gender identity and sexual orientation with children in kindergarten through third grade classrooms. The law raises “serious concerns,” Murthy claimed. “And it sends a signal to LGBTQ+ youth that they are not fully accepted.”
President Biden vows to veto a Republican-backed resolution that would end his federal transportation mask mandate. The Senate passed the measure to scrap the mandate in a bipartisan 57-40 vote. It is unclear if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will allow a vote on the resolution. Half of the eight Democratic senators voting for the resolution are up for reelection in 2022.
The House approved a $1.5 trillion bill that sets new federal government spending levels and funds agencies through October. With no customary pro-life protections against taxpayer funding for abortion, the bill is a massive boon to the abortion industry. “This is the most radically pro-abortion administration in history,” said Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, ahead of the vote, adding that the bill would “send millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, which the vast majority of Americans oppose.”
In a leaked recording, top Biden administration scientist Francis Collins defended as “moral and beneficial” the use of aborted babies’ scalps, livers, and other body parts for science experiments. The former National Institutes of Health (NIH) director and current science adviser to President Joe Biden describes himself as a devout Christian. While he said he is personally “troubled” by abortion, Collins added: “After all, pregnancy termination is, at the present time, legal in the United States. Whether you’re in support of it or not, it’s happened…”
The White House states that February’s consumer price index report is expected to yield an even higher inflation figure than January’s 7.5%. While polling suggests Americans are very concerned with inflation and its effect on consumer prices, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed the issue as a passing problem that “we entirely predicted.”
Biden’s Education Department threatens Florida over the state’s parental notification bill. “The Department of Education has made clear that all schools receiving federal funding must follow federal civil rights law, including Title IX’s protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, adding: “We stand with our LGBTQ+ students in Florida….” The bill would protect children as young as five from being taught progressive sex and “gender” ideology.
President Biden announces a ban on Russian oil, but says his administration would have little ability to help Americans suffering from high gas prices, which have jumped 75 cents a gallon since earlier this year. When a reporter asked what could be done about gas prices, Biden said: “Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.” He also said that Americans should focus on a future with electric cars. “This is the goal we should be racing toward.”
President Joe Biden criticizes Florida’s bill to protect unborn children after 15 weeks as “dangerous.” Biden tweeted: “My Administration will not stand for the continued erosion of women’s constitutional rights.” DeSantis defended the legislation. “These are protections for babies that have heartbeats, that can feel pain. And this [15 weeks] is very, very late. And so I think the protections are warranted.”
The Biden administration warns that it will take “immediate action if needed” to ensure that youth in Texas can get sex change treatments. The move comes after Texas took a stand to protect children from such procedures. Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX, recently warned that “it is already against the law to subject Texas children to a wide variety of elective procedures for gender transitioning, including reassignment surgeries that can cause sterilization, mastectomies, removals of otherwise healthy body parts, and administration of puberty-blocking drugs or supraphysiologic doses of testosterone or estrogen.”
EWTN reporter Owen Jensen confronts President Joe Biden about his continued support for abortion on Wednesday. “As a Catholic, why do you support abortion,” Jensen asked. “I don’t want to get in a debate with you on theology,” Biden said. “I’m not going to make a judgment for other people.” “But you’re Catholic,” the reporter continued, as the president moved on to another question. CatholicVote President Brian Burch remarked: “Biden continues to create confusion and discord by openly touting his faith while promoting pro-death policies that all Catholics are called to reject.”
The U.S. and multiple other countries announce in a joint statement that they will sanction Russia by removing its major banks from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT). “This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally,” according to the statement.
President Biden nominates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, says: “Judge Jackson is the choice of the radical Left. By all indications, she will be a rubber stamp for Left-wing judicial activism that will continue to punish and penalize Catholic beliefs in the public square. …When judges become legislators, among those that stand to lose the most are Catholic hospitals, schools, charities, and families.”
President Biden announced new sanctions against Russia and orders 7,000 more U.S. service members to Germany, but maintained that the U.S. military will not fight in Ukraine. Biden stops short of sanctioning Putin himself, and does not announce a ban on Russia from the SWIFT banking system, saying Europe is not on board with such a move. “Putin chose this war,” Biden says. “And now, he and his country will bear the consequences.”
President Joe Biden announces “the first tranche” of new sanctions against Russia, calling Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s incursion into Ukraine a “flagrant violation of international law.” The sanctions target major Russian banks, its sovereign debt, and elites and their families. Biden also orders extra “defensive” troops to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. “Whatever Russia does next, we’re ready to respond with unity, clarity, and conviction,” he says, adding: “Defending freedom will have costs for us as well here at home. We need to be honest about that.”
According to new data released by the Labor Department, the consumer price index for all items rose 0.6% in January 2022, driving up annual inflation by 7.5%, which is the steepest gain since February 1982. Following the report, stock market futures declined, and the chances of a 0.5 percentage point Fed rate increase in March rose to 44.3%, compared with 25% just before.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a new national terrorism advisory statement that suggests federal law enforcement will investigate and monitor citizens who share so-called “misinformation” about COVID-19. “In other words, if you criticize the government, as determined by the government, you are a terrorist,” said CatholicVote President Brian Burch. “Basically the exact opposite of everything America was founded on.”
CatholicVote Civic Action and Judicial Watch file a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. Both agencies have refused to answer CatholicVote’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which asked for records of communication between the government and Catholic agencies that work with migrants. “American Catholics deserve to know the full extent of the U.S. government’s role in funding and coordinating with Catholic Church affiliated agencies at the border, and what role these agencies played in the record surge of illegal immigrants over the past year,” states CatholicVote President Brian Burch.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deport 55,590 illegal immigrants in 2021, a 70% decrease from 2020, when ICE deported 185,884. The decrease in deportations coincided with an unprecedented surge of migrants entering the U.S. through the southern border.
President Joe Biden restores a sanctions waiver to the Islamic Republic of Iran Friday as part of an effort to revive an Iran nuclear deal. The waiver “was rescinded by the Trump administration in May 2020” and “allowed Russian, Chinese and European companies to carry out non-proliferation work at Iranian nuclear sites,” Reuters reports. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, sharply criticized the recent move in a speech on the Senate floor. “The very same Ayatollah who chants ‘Death to Israel’ and ‘Death to America,’ the Biden administration is preparing to facilitate that Ayatollah having the weapons of mass murder to carry out those pledges,” says Cruz.
The Biden administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) forms a “Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access” on the same day as the previous year’s March for Life in Washington, DC. The task force names “abortion access” as one of its highest priorities. HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra says “we recommit to protecting and strengthening access to reproductive health care, including the right to safe and legal abortion care that the Supreme Court has recognized for decades.”
The Biden administration is pushing insurers to cover transgender surgeries. A proposed rule would add “sexual orientation and gender identity” as protected classes that cannot be discriminated against in federally-funded healthcare facilities under the Affordable Care Act. The Ethics and Public Policy Center says the rule “places ideology ahead of sound medicine.”
A Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioter was sentenced to ten years in federal prison for burning down a Minneapolis pawn shop during the George Floyd riots in May 2020. Sentencing guidelines suggested a sentence of nearly double that, but Biden’s Justice Department recommends a lesser sentence because the rioter committed his crime in the name of BLM. According to a memo from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Minnesota, even though the rioter “committed a crime that cost a man his life,” his motives for committing the crime merited a lesser sentence.
The Biden administration argues before a federal appeals court in Chicago that teachers must use the “preferred pronouns” of schoolchildren. John Kluge, a teacher at Brownsburg High School in Indiana, was confronted by his school district after he declined to use the preferred pronouns of “LGBT” students, opting instead to simply refer to them by their last names in order to avoid conflict over the issue. When the district refused Kluge a religious accommodation, he resigned.
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris issue a joint statement in support of abortion on the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Biden and Harris call abortion a “constitutional right” and claim it is “under assault as never before.” They add: “It is a right we believe should be codified into law, and we pledge to defend it with every tool we possess.”
U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Brown blocks a Biden administration rule that mandates that federal employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. Judge Brown says the question before the court is not whether workers should get vaccinated. “It is instead about whether the President can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment,” he wrote. “That, under the current state of the law as just recently expressed by the Supreme Court, is a bridge too far.”
President Joe Biden calls on Big Tech companies and the media to do more to silence people who spread “misinformation” about vaccines and COVID-19. “I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets: Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that’s on your shows,” he says. “It has to stop.”
The Supreme Court votes 6-3 to halt the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees. The ruling comes just three days after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandate was originally set to take effect. Justice Neil Gorsuch notes that Congress never granted OSHA the power to “regulate the daily lives and liberties of millions of Americans.” In a separate 5-4 ruling, Justices John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh join the three liberal justices in allowing Biden’s vaccine mandate to stay in place for healthcare workers at medical facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid payments.
A Quinnipiac University poll clocks President Biden’s job approval rating at a new low of 33%, down three points from the previous Quinnipiac poll. The poll found that 53% disapprove of the job President Biden is doing. The poll also found that just 28% of Hispanics approved of Biden’s performance, suggesting a continued political realignment between the two major parties heading into the 2022 elections.
The Labor Department announces that the consumer price index grew 7% in December from a year earlier. The increase is the largest since June 1982, when inflation hit 7.1%. “Inflation at 7% is no joke,” says Seema Shah, chief strategist at Principal Global Investors. “It’s the highest annual CPI number since 1982 and driven not by energy prices, but by just about everything else.”
For the first time in more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not release its annual report in 2021, drawing concerns from critics that the agency is trying to keep the public in the dark about the immigration crisis at the southern border. “It’s absolutely shocking that the release of the ICE report hasn’t happened,” says former ICE Chief of Staff Jon Feere. A current spokesperson for the agency reveals that a release date for the report has not been determined.
A leaked draft of an executive order by President Joe Biden proposes transferring male prisoners to women’s prisons if the men opt to identify as female. “This move toward co-ed prisons will result in male sexual predators exploiting the system in order to abuse and rape female prisoners,” says Nathanael Blake. “We know this because it has already happened in places these proposals have been enacted.”
A federal judge in Texas grants a temporary injunction against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Navy SEALs who sued the Biden administration for a religious exemption. Judge Reed O’Connor stated: “The Navy service members in this case seek to vindicate the very freedoms they have sacrificed so much to protect. The COVID-19 pandemic provides the government no license to abrogate those freedoms. There is no COVID-19 exception to the First Amendment.”
On a phone call with governors, President Joe Biden says he agrees that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to combating COVID-19. Biden made the comment in response to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, R-AR, who cautioned the president not to interfere with states’ attempts to fight the virus. “Make sure that we do not let federal solutions stand in the way of state solutions,” said Hutchinson. Biden replied: “There is no federal solution. This gets solved at the state level.”
President Biden signs a bill that bans imports from China’s Xinjiang region because of human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in that region. The Biden administration has denounced the actions of China against these peoples as “widespread, state-sponsored forced labor” and “mass detention.
President Joe Biden says he would support “whatever it takes,” including ending the filibuster, to pass the voting overhaul favored by Democrats in Congress. When pressed by ABC’s David Muir, Biden reiterated: “It means whatever it takes. Change the Senate rules to accommodate major pieces of legislation without requiring 60 votes.” This is a reversal of Biden’s position in 2019, when he said: “Ending the filibuster is a very dangerous thing to do.”
The Biden administration faces backlash after expressing hostility and anger toward Americans who have not received COVID-19 shots in several official White House statements and comments from President Joe Biden. “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm,” said a White House statement. Biden doubles down and says: “I, honest to God, believe it’s your patriotic duty.”
Admiral Christopher Grady, Biden’s nominee to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assures Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, that he shares her support for “gender advisers” in the military. “The role of a gender adviser is a way to attack a very significant issue, and if confirmed, I look forward to leveraging those advisers who can make me think better and smarter about the issues that you raise,” said Grady. But Afghan war veteran Jason Church said “gender advisers” are just a “liberal pet project” that will not help the military’s missions.
Prices in November were 6.8% higher than they were the year prior. That’s the highest price markup over a 12-month period since 1982. The price of gasoline is up nearly 60%, the highest increase in 41 years. The cost of beef has increased 20% over the last 12 months. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-PA, says: “Hardworking American families are suffering as a direct result of the Biden administration’s reckless borrowing and spending and anti-energy policies.”
The Senate votes 52-48 to repeal President Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-WV, and Jon Tester, D-MT, join all 50 Republicans in favor of the resolution. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, said families consider the mandate “an invasion into their own abilities to make decisions about themselves in their health care.”
A federal judge in Georgia blocks the vaccine mandate for federal contractors. U.S. District Judge R. Stan Baker states that “even in times of crisis this Court must preserve the rule of law and ensure that all branches of government act within the bounds of their constitutionally granted authorities.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has ordered all National Guard and Reserve troops to get COVID-19 vaccines or face loss of pay. The order comes as the Pentagon is engaged in a battle with the Oklahoma National Guard over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Austin said the Pentagon will enforce the mandate even while Guardsmen are on state duty, though Gov. Kevin Stitt, R-OK, has argued the opposite.
According to a review by the Congressional Budget Office, President Biden’s Build Back Better bill would give amnesty to approximately 6.5 million noncitizens and allow them to obtain government benefits. Those who illegally entered the country before January 2011 and now live in the U.S. would be eligible. The proposal would be double the size of President Reagan’s amnesty in 1986.
During testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland refuses to rescind his controversial memo calling on the FBI and DOJ to use the Patriot Act to investigate concerned parents who attend school board meetings. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, said: “As a result of your memo, local school officials and parents may not speak up in these meetings, out of fear the federal government will do something to them, so that’s a poisonous chilling effect….”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the Build Back Better plan will add $750 billion to the deficit over five years. The legislation contains several provisions, like universal pre-K and childcare subsidies, which expire after several years to lower the upfront price tag of the bill. The Committee for a Responsible Budget found that if those provisions are made permanent, the cost of the legislation will be $4.91 trillion.
An internal Department of Health and Human Services memo shows that officials in the department are moving to undo Trump-era actions aimed at protecting the religious freedom of health care workers. Roger Severino, who led the HHS Office of Civil Rights under Trump, calls out health secretary Xavier Becerra: “Becerra told Congress that he values religious freedom and that nothing will change with OCR concerning enforcement. His actions since then prove that he lied and this move would put an exclamation point on his anti-religious hostility.”
The FBI Counterterrorism Unit has been tracking “threats” against education officials and school boards, according to FBI documents obtained by a whistleblower. An email from the FBI stated: “The Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats. We ask that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” Republicans say that Attorney General Merrick Garland “willfully misled” the House Judiciary Committee about the FBI’s involvement in such investigations.
Nearly 30% of lower- and middle-class households would pay more in taxes starting in 2022 if Biden’s Build Back Better bill becomes law, according to a study by the liberal Tax Policy Center, a project of the Brookings Institution. The tax increases start small in 2022, but grow sharply by the end of the decade.
Buried in the language of President Biden’s Build Back Better Act is a clause that prohibits religious organizations from making use of the bill’s funding. The legislation’s text states that “child care providers may not use funds for buildings or facilities that are used primarily for sectarian instruction or religious worship.” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-PA, tries to fight the ban with a Religious Freedom Amendment, but Democrats vote it down.
The Biden administration tells businesses to implement a vaccine mandate on employees despite a federal court halting the order. “We think we — people should not wait. It’s — we say: Do not wait to take actions that will keep your workplace safe,” says White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
President Biden angrily defends his administration’s plan to award $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who were separated at the U.S. border. “Whether [the border crossing] was legal or illegal, and you lost your child,” Biden states. “You lost your child, it’s gone — you deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance.” Biden’s comments come just three days after he called a report about the payout “garbage.”
A federal appeals court places a temporary halt on President Biden’s vaccine mandate for companies with more than 100 employees. A three-judge panel with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals say that petitioners had offered significant cause to believe that there are “grave statutory and constitutional issues” with the Biden administration’s vaccine order. Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX, says an emergency hearing will take place “soon.”
Eleven states filed suit Friday against the Biden administration, challenging the constitutionality of a new mandate that businesses with 100 or more employees force their workers to get the COVID-19 shot. “This mandate is unconstitutional, unlawful, and unwise,” said the court filing by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt. Missouri has 3,443 private employers who could be covered by the vaccine requirement, with nearly 1.3 million employees.
An NPR/PBS/Marist poll shows just 36% of Democrats want Biden nominated for a second term as president. The poll shows that 44% of Democrats want someone else, with 20% unsure. Among Republicans, 50% say Donald Trump has the best chance of regaining the White House for the GOP, while 35% want someone else and 14% say they are unsure.
A new NBC News poll indicated that 71% of Americans believe the United States is heading in the wrong direction, with just 22% saying the country is heading in the right direction. NBC’s Chuck Todd couldn’t believe the numbers: “Republicans, believe it or not, have double-digit leads in dealing with border security, inflation, crime, national security, the economy and — shockingly — on getting things done.” He added: “The only good news for Mr. Biden and the Democrats in this poll is that the midterm elections aren’t for another year.”
After their private meeting at the Vatican, President Biden claims that Pope Francis encouraged him to keep receiving Holy Communion. Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, declined to confirm Biden’s account. “I would consider it a private conversation, and it is limited to what was said in the public statement.” When asked if the issue of abortion came up in their talk, Biden said: “No, it didn’t.”
President Biden releases a new $1.75 trillion spending plan that includes the recently-expanded child tax credit, subsidies for preschool, and expansion of Medicaid. Unlike his earlier $3.5 trillion bill, this proposal doesn’t include subsidized community college and paid family leave. The bill would impose a minimum 15% corporate tax, 1% surcharge on stock buybacks, and a surtax on millionaires.
A blockbuster report from Wall Street Journal claims that the Biden administration is considering giving a whopping $450,000 per person in compensation for the separation of illegal border crossers and children during the Trump administration. The payments “could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift, the people familiar with the matter said,” WSJ reported. “They actually want to send $450k to illegal immigrants that broke our laws while a crisis rages at our Southern border,” tweeted Sen. Rick Scott, R-FL. “This is INSANE.”
The Biden administration appointed Viola Garcia, president of the National School Boards Association, to a federal board that analyses student progress. Garcia signed the “domestic terrorism” letter calling on the Attorney General to use the Patriot Act to investigate parents who protest critical race theory and gender ideology at school board meetings.
More than 50 federal employees from several different agencies have joined together in a lawsuit against the Biden administration over mandates to receive a COVID-19 shot in order to keep their jobs. “In rushing to force COVID-19 vaccinations on the federal workforce, the President’s edicts violate longstanding statutory prohibitions against inoculations with unlicensed vaccines, as well as the individual rights of government employees and contractors under the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the complaint states
A report from the Federal Reserve acknowledges that there are nationwide labor shortages, and cited vaccine mandates as one of the factors making it difficult for employers to find workers. “Firms reported high turnover, as workers left for other jobs or retired. Child-care issues and vaccine mandates were widely cited as contributing to the problem, along with COVID-related absences,” said the Fed in its beige book report.
The Department of Justice on Monday officially requests that the Supreme Court block a recently passed law in Texas which bans most abortions after a heartbeat can be detected. The Justice Department’s application complains that abortion clinics are being “forced to shutter their doors” and may never reopen, even if the law is eventually struck down. The move by the DOJ is the latest in a constant string of efforts by the Biden administration to thwart the Texas law since it went into effect at the beginning of September.
The average price of a gallon of gas hits its highest level in seven years. The outcome is predictable, says American Exploration and Production Council CEO Anne Bradbury. “By pursuing policies that restrict supply and make it harder to produce oil and natural gas here in America, Americans will have to pay more for their energy.”
The Biden administration announces that it had canceled multiple border wall contracts on the U.S-Mexico border. Rodney Scott, the former chief of the United States Border Patrol, criticizes the move. “There are stacks and stacks of border wall panels, there’s hundreds of miles of fiber optic cabling, there’s hundreds of cameras that were being installed with that, that are just sitting, there’s no action being taken,” he said.
The September jobs report showed a gain of just 194,000 non-farm jobs — well short of the 500,000 that Wall Street analysts had predicted. The September report follows a disappointing August jobs report a month earlier. “This is quite a deflating report,” said Nick Bunker, economic research director at Indeed Hiring Lab. “The hope was that August was an anomaly, but the fact is, the delta variant was still with us in September.”
President Joe Biden reverses a Trump-era ban on abortion referrals by taxpayer-funded federal family planning clinics, returning some $60 million in annual funding to Planned Parenthood. Former President Donald Trump’s policy amounted to a prohibition against giving taxpayer funding to healthcare providers who actively promoted or partnered with the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood tweets: “Thanks, [President Biden], and everyone who organized to make this happen!”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, has inserted a provision into the controversial $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better Act” which would empower the government to fine employers over half-a-million dollars per infraction if they don’t enforce President Biden’s vaccination mandate for employees. “Buried on page 168 of the House Democrats’ 2,465-page mega bill is a tenfold increase in fines for employers that ‘willfully,’ ‘repeatedly,’ or even seriously violate a section of labor law that deals with hazards, death, or serious physical harm to their employees,” Forbes reports.
President Joe Biden tells a reporter that America will go back to normal after as many as 98% of Americans submit to mandatory vaccination and take COVID-19 shots. “Well I think, look — I think we get the vast majority, like what’s going on in some of the … some industries and some schools — it’s 97, 98 percent,” Biden states. “But I’m not the scientist,” Biden added. “But one thing for certain: A quarter of the country can’t go unvaccinated.”
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirms that 12,000 Haitian migrants entered the country illegally and were released into the country. By law, they are required to appear before an immigration judge when their cases are scheduled to be heard. According to the Department of Justice, 44% of those released into the country miss their court hearings.
House Democrats pass the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act in a 218-211 vote. The bill is designed to ingrain the most expansive interpretation of Roe v. Wade into federal law and therefore preemptively eradicate all state-level pro-life legislation. The Biden administration releases a statement saying it “strongly supports” the passage of the bill. The proposed law is expected to be blocked in the Senate, where Republicans will filibuster it.
The U.S. bishops denounce the Biden administration for attempting to massively fund abortions with taxpayer dollars through the Build Back Better Act, the Democrats’ proposed $3.5 reconciliation bill. The text of the bill “funds abortion, the deliberate destruction of our most vulnerable brothers and sisters – those in the womb,” writes Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, and Archbishop Paul Coakley, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. “Congress can, and must, turn back from including taxpayer funding of abortion, in the Build Back Better Act.”
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has President Biden’s approval rating at 44%, while 50% disapprove. Reuters notes that public approval of Biden is now at the lowest level of his presidency, with Americans “appearing to be increasingly critical of his response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Gov. Greg Abbott, R-TX, shuts down six ports of entry from Mexico into his state. “The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state,” says Abbott.
Vermont Associate Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson once represented a client who tried to force a devout Catholic couple who owned a printing company to produce materials for a pro-abortion group. The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Robinson, whom President Biden nominated for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Brian Burch, president of CatholicVote, says: “How does a nominee like this ever get sent to the Senate? Surely the Biden Administration knew of this record and considered her qualified. The decision is telling. The anti-Catholic animus of this administration grows by the day. When will Catholics wake up?”
President Biden orders all employers with over 100 employees to mandate that all workers get COVID-19 shots or submit to weekly testing. “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” says Biden. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you… We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.” Biden’s announcement is an about-face from his position in December, when he told reporters that he didn’t support a national vaccine mandate: “I don’t think it should be mandatory, I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory.”
Newly-discovered emails show further coordination between the Biden administration and teachers unions. When the CDC announced on May 13 that fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks indoors, the National Education Association threatened the Biden administration that they would go public with harsh criticism. After the CDC “clarified” that everyone should be masked in schools, the teachers union publicly issued a statement with a softer tone. The emails were made public by Freedom of Information Act requests by a group called Americans for Public Trust
The Biden administration reportedly blocked private flights from evacuating U.S. citizens and Visa-holders stranded in Afghanistan after the chaotic withdrawal, but one organization reports why its contacts on the ground still have hope. “The Biden administration seems to be a bigger obstacle for us than the Taliban,” says Jason Jones of the Vulnerable People Project. “But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any hope.”
President Joe Biden says he doesn’t personally believe that life begins at conception, contradicting an interview he gave in 2015 in which he said the exact opposite. Answering a question on what he’d say to women about the new Texas ban on abortions after six weeks, Biden says he was a “strong supporter of Roe v. Wade” and added: “I respect those who believe that life begins at the moment of conception — I don’t agree but I respect that.”
President Biden says in a statement that the Texas ban on abortions after six weeks “will significantly impair women’s access to the health care they need, particularly for communities of color and individuals with low incomes.” CatholicVote President Brian Burch replied: “It is beyond shameful to see a Catholic President of the United States attack this effort to protect children and mothers in Texas. Catholics are called to defend the weakest and most vulnerable. Once again President Biden betrays his faith.”
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan tells ABC News that the United States is considering providing aid to Afghanistan through the Taliban. “There is an important dimension of humanitarian assistance that should go directly to the people of Afghanistan,” says Sullivan. “When it comes to our economic and development assistance relationship with the Taliban, that will be about the Taliban’s actions. That will be about whether they follow through on their commitments to safe passage for Americans and Afghan allies….
The Defense Department conceds that “hundreds” of Americans were left behind in Afghanistan as the final U.S. troops departed Afghanistan. Americans wishing to leave Afghanistan will now have to rely on diplomatic efforts by the State Department. CENTCOM Commander Gen. Frank McKenzie says: “We did not get everybody out that we wanted to get out.”
Lawmakers from both parties cry out for the Biden administration to do more to help Americans trapped outside the gates of Kabul airport to get inside. Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL), a former Colonel, says: “Biden has ordered the gates closed. Our fellow Americans will soon be left behind. Unbelievable and unforgivable.” Rep. Andy Kim, D-NJ, pleads with a senior State Department official to help him rescue Americans who were just outside the airport’s gates. “I asked directly for a phone number American citizens can call if in an emergency like this family stuck at the gate… I was told no such number exists.”
It is revealed that U.S. officials in Kabul provided the Taliban with the names of Americans and Afghan allies to evacuate. The move infuriates lawmakers and military officials, who note that the Taliban has a history of brutally murdering Afghans who collaborated with U.S. and allies. “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list,” says a defense official who spoke anonymously to Politico.
Afghan Christians whose names appear on U.S. government lists of qualified evacuees are being turned away from the airport in Kabul. Additionally, the State Department’s “P-2” designation for certain priority evacuees does not specifically include Christians or other religious minorities. “It seems at present as if no one is getting any priority unless they have some sort of special connection inside the airport,” says Faith McDonnell, director of advocacy at Katartismos Global.
France and the United Kingdom are reportedly conducting missions in the city of Kabul to rescue trapped citizens, but President Biden says he will not expand the American perimeter beyond the airport. ABC’s David Muir asked reporter Ian Pannell about Biden’s claim that there’s no intelligence indicating that Americans haven’t been able to get to the airport. Muir asks: “Does that square with reporting on the ground?” Pannell replies: “I mean—just totally not.”
Pentagon officials estimate that the Taliban has captured 2,000 armored vehicles and up to 40 aircraft (including Black Hawk helicopters). Social media photos have shown Taliban fighters driving U.S. Humvees and wearing special forces tactical uniforms. It is believed that the Taliban also control the vast majority of the supplies once held by the Afghan army. Since 2003, the United States has equipped the Afghan army with more than 600,000 infantry weapons, 162,000 pieces of communications equipment, and 16,000 night-vision goggles.
It was revealed that U.S. diplomats sent a memo urging top State Department officials to take action with evacuations ahead of the August 31 withdrawal deadline. The July 13 cable warned of the possible fall of Kabul, and pleaded with the Biden administration to begin collecting information from Afghans who qualified for Special Immigrant Visas and start evacuation flights no later than Aug. 1.
The White House reports that a “fair amount” of military equipment, including guns, ammunition, and helicopters, are now in Taliban hands. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan also admits that Afghan forces, trained by the U.S. military, “are no longer operating as (a) coherent entity.”
In the face of rising inflation, the Biden administration approves the largest permanent boost to food stamps in U.S. history to help struggling families. The New York Times reports the news of the more than a 25% permanent increase, the highest individual hike in the federal program since it began, which will take effect in October for more than 40 million recipients.
The Biden administration faces bipartisan backlash over the chaos involved in the exit from Afghanistan. “I’m not going to mince my words on this,” said Rep. Jason Crow, D-CO, an Afghanistan veteran. “We didn’t need to be in this position. We didn’t need to be seeing the scenes that we’re seeing at Kabul airport with our Afghan friends climbing aboard C-17s.” Rep. Michael McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said: “I don’t know, for the life of me, why they waited until the very last week or days to do this when we were calling upon them for months to get them out of that country.”
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani flees Afghanistan as Taliban forces enter the capital city of Kabul and seize control of the Presidential Palace. The rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban catches President Biden by surprise, as he previously stated on July 8th, “the likelihood there’s going to be the Taliban overrunning everything and owning the whole country is highly unlikely.” Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-TX, says, “Withdrawal was never going to be easy but it didn’t need to come to this.”
The Biden administration announces the extension of the student loan repayment moratorium to January 31, 2022. They also state that this represents the final extension of the payment pause. But Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-NC, criticized the plan, saying Biden’s Secretary of Education “is using the permanent pandemic narrative to wield power rather than enact responsible solutions to help borrowers get back on track.”
President Biden signs an executive order calling for 50% of all cars sold in the United States to be electric vehicles by 2030. But the Pew Research Center stated that between 2017 and 2020, electric vehicles accounted for only “about 2% of the U.S. new-car market.” According to a report published in Quartz, the median retail price for all vehicles in the United States was $36,600 in 2019, but electric vehicles had an average price of $55,600.
The city of McAllen, TX says the federal government has released over 7,000 COVID positive migrants into their city since February, including over 1,500 new infected migrants in just the *last week alone*. A local state of disaster in McAllen has been declared.
According to data released by the Department of Commerce, the Personal Consumption Expenditures Price Index rose 4% between June 2020 and June 2021. If you factor out food and energy costs, the metric rose by 3.5%, reaching the highest peak since July 1991. Wages have also been increasing, but not as quickly as inflation, resulting in “real average hourly earning” declining by 1.7% over the past year.
The Democrat-led House passes a large spending bill without pro-life protections in a 219-208 vote. The legislation excludes the Hyde Amendment, which bars funding of most elective abortions in Medicaid. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-NE, says the Hyde Amendment was a “bipartisan compact” in Congress. “Now it’s gone.”
A new poll shows that race relations in the United States are at a new low. The downward trend began during the Obama-Biden administration, but has grown under President Biden. Gallup says that 57% believe relations between blacks and whites are “bad,” with 42% calling them “good.”
TC Energy, which saw its contract to construct the Keystone XL pipeline canceled, sues the Biden administration for $15 billion over a “breach of the United States’ free trade obligations.” The Wall Street Journal editorial board notes that the United States has “never lost before a NAFTA arbitration panel… but TC Energy … has a good case.”
A federal judge orders the Biden administration to stop processing applications for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen found that the Administrative Procedures Act was violated in creating the policy. “DACA would grant lawful presence and work authorization to over a million people for whom Congress had made no provision and has consistently refused to make such a provision,” Hanen wrote. The ruling did not affect any current DACA recipients.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control has revealed record drug overdose deaths during the COVID-19 lockdowns of 2020. An estimated 93,000 people died last year from drug overdoses, marking a significant increase from the previous year’s total of 72,000 deaths, the CDC reported. The spike in overdose deaths was especially grave for young people.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, R-FL, calls on President Biden to give internet access to the people of Cuba. DeSantis writes: “At first, the world could see the images and videos of this mass movement, but now the tyrannical regime of President Miguel Díaz-Canel has shut off access to the Internet.” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says DeSantis’s call was “exactly right” and that the FCC “can get to work immediately” to help make it happen.
President Biden applauds the “courage” of Texas Democrats who fled the state to avoid voting on election reform bills, according to his spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre. She said the Texas proposals were part of “a concerted attack on our democracy.” The legislative reforms would prohibit drive-thru and 24-hour early-voting, and introduce identification requirements for absentee voting.
North Dakota sues the Biden administration for blocking oil and gas leases on public lands. “Oil and gas produced from leases on Federal and Indian lands in North Dakota are an important part of this sector, generating approximately $93.65 million in royalties to the State every year,” the state states in the lawsuit.
The Biden administration announces a plan to send agents to the homes of unvaccinated Americans in an effort to get more people vaccinated against COVID-19. “We need to go community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, and oftentimes door-to-door — literally knocking on doors” to get unvaccinated people “protected from the virus,” President Joe Biden says.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announces that Americans can now choose which gender they are on official passports arbitrarily, even if their choice contradicts other documents and medical history. The Biden State Department is also working on adding “nonbinary, transgender, or intersex” options.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki defends Gwen Berry, who snubbed the American flag during the Olympic trials. Psaki says that Berry was seeking to “peacefully protest” the moments that Americans “haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”
The Biden administration launches multiple airstrikes near the border of Iraq and Syria. The U.S. military said it was targeting “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” who had attacked U.S. troops in Iraq via drones.
The Biden Justice Department announces a lawsuit against Georgia alleging that their voter laws could restrict the rights of black Georgians. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp condemns the DOJ’s actions. “This lawsuit is born out of the lies and misinformation the Biden administration has pushed against Georgia’s Election Integrity Act from the start.”
Health secretary Xavier Becerra shuts down the National Institutes of Health ethics board which was overseeing human fetal tissue research. Under the Trump administration, this advisory board had the authority to block fetal research proposals on ethical grounds.
Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), once wrote that Americans “breed” too much, called American children “environmental hazards,” and stated that U.S. citizens should stop “at one or two kids” for the sake of the environment.
Three months after President Biden placed her in charge of the migrant crisis, Vice President Kamala Harris announces that she will be heading to the U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans had been criticizing Harris for several weeks for not visiting the border. On her recent trip to Guatemala, several mainstream media reporters peppered Harris with questions about when she will visit the border.
The Department of Education announces that all public educational institutions nationwide must recognize the “gender identities” of “trans” people, including by allowing biological males to use female facilities such as restrooms and compete in female sports. Ryan T. Anderson criticizes the move: “A law meant to ensure equality for girls is now being used to privilege boys who ‘identify’ as girls.”
The Biden Justice Department files legal documents this week stating that state bans on “transgender” medical procedures for children are unconstitutional. The DOJ also argues against state efforts in West Virginia and Arkansas to protect girls sports from having to include biologically male competitors.
A planned presidential visit to the Vatican, which reportedly would have included Mass and an audience with Pope Francis, is abruptly canceled. If the event went as planned it would have been used against U.S. Bishops just as they begin the process of issuing a document reaffirming Catholic teaching on political supporters of evils like abortion presenting themselves for Communion. Biden, a regular Mass-goer, promotes taxpayer-funded abortion up to birth.
Sen. Tim Cotton, R-AR, says he’s heard from hundreds of whistleblowers in the military who object to critical race theory and “privilege walks” done during so-called diversity training sessions. “We’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, growing mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago, and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone.”
Leaders of the G7 countries agree to new targets on reducing emissions to curb climate change. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the G7 wants to “drive a global Green Industrial Revolution to transform the way we live.” The G7 leaders commit to halving their emissions by 2030, relative to 2010. They also agree to end government support for the fossil fuel sector overseas.
President Joe Biden refers to mothers as “birthing people” in his $6 trillion budget proposal. The Biden administration appears to have adopted the term “birthing people” from far-left activists who preach that references to biological sex are not “inclusive” of all “LGBTQ” people. Women’s advocates object to the strange verbiage, which they say “erases” and otherwise denigrates women and the unique role of mothers.
Despite sharp increases in gasoline prices, the Biden administration announces a suspension of oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy denounced the administration’s action. “Each action they take demonstrates a failure to comprehend the worldwide demand for oil and gas,” he said. “We are not going to allow the Biden administration to turn Alaska into a giant national park.”
President Biden commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre. But Biden also asserts that white supremacy is “the most lethal threat” facing the United States today. “According to the intelligence community, terrorism from white supremacy is the most lethal threat to the homeland today,” Biden says. “Not ISIS. Not Al Qaeda. White supremacists.”
The Biden administration takes a swipe at former President Trump as he issues a proclamation to mark June as “Pride Month” to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. “After four years of relentless attacks on LGBTQ+ rights, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken historic actions to accelerate the march toward full LGBTQ+ equality,” said the White House.
The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See sends a message by flying the LGBT “Pride” rainbow flag at the Vatican. “The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See celebrates #PrideMonth with the Pride flag on display during the month of June,” the embassy tweets from its official account. “The United States respects the dignity and equality of LGBTQI+ people. LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.” The move comes just a few weeks after the Biden administration authorized U.S. outposts to display the rainbow flag on the same flagpole as the American Flag at embassies around the world.
Consumer prices are up 3.1% compared to February 2020, the month before the pandemic shut down the economy. Projections show that prices will likely continue rising all summer with increased demand as Americans begin traveling and gathering more. Added to that increased demand is a tighter supply of goods as supply chains struggle to ramp up production after the pandemic.
The Biden administration fires four members of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, including its chairman, whom President Trump appointed to help ensure that neoclassical architectural styles remained the standard in federal buildings. Justin Shubow, who chaired the Commission, shares that the White House gave him less than a day to submit his resignation. “In the Commission’s 110-year history, no commissioner has ever been removed by a President, let alone the commission’s chairman. Any such removal would set a terrible precedent,” said Shubow.
Border patrol agents encounter more than 33,000 people crossing into the United States illegally from countries other than Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle. The number of immigrants from Haiti, Cuba, Romania, and India “has spiked during recent months,” reported Axios. They fly into Central American countries and then travel through Mexico heading for the U.S. border.
An activist hired by the Biden administration to root out “extremism” in the United States Armed Forces accuses all Trump supporters of “complicity” with extremism. “Silence from our Congressional leaders is complicity,” tweeted Bishop Garrison in a July 2019 Twitter thread about former President Donald Trump. “He is only going to get worse from here, & his party and its leadership are watching it happen while doing nothing to stop it.”
President Biden proposes a new rule to have critical race theory taught in public schools. Lindsey Burke and Inez Stepman write about the impact of the proposed rule: “Initially, the rule would apply only to a couple of small grant programs. But it wouldn’t stop there. Its introduction would follow a pattern similar to that of other unpopular national curriculum efforts, such as Common Core, which gained entrée to classrooms all over America through a carrot-and-stick approach.”
Space Force Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier is relieved of command after appearing on a podcast to promote his book, which asserts a neo-Marxist agenda is transforming military culture. Lohmeier says, “The diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military … is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.” The Space Force said Lohmeier was relieved “due to loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead.”
President Biden issues an executive order rescinding President Trump’s directive to build a “National Garden of American Heroes” which was intended to be built in conjunction with the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The proposed garden was to include Americans from every era of U.S. history, including figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
U.S. consumer prices surge 4.2%, the biggest jump since 2008. The price of lumber has spiked since the beginning of this year, sending the price of new homes upward. A global microchip shortage has set back the building of new cars, sending the price of used cars soaring. Other sectors, like airfare and the hotel industry, had artificially low prices because of the pandemic last year but are seeing prices rise as Americans begin spending again.
President Biden reverses course and restarts construction on a 13.4 mile stretch of border wall in the Rio Grande Valley. According to reporter Bill Melugin of Fox News, the Biden administration made the reversal in response to pressure from local residents and politicians. President Biden’s administration had halted all wall construction during his first month in office.
A United States Army recruitment ad tells the story of a radical Leftist who joined the military in part to “shatter some stereotypes.” “This is the story of a soldier who operates your nation’s Patriot Missile Defense Systems,” the narrator says at the start of the ad. “It begins in California with a little girl raised by two moms.”
The Department of Health and Human Services announces that it will be enforcing a new ban on so-called discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The decision receives immediate blowback from advocates for freedom of conscience, who warn that doctors will now be pressured to administer “transgender medicine” against their religious convictions or medical judgment. “This move by HHS is a setup to normalize and strong-arm doctors into administering puberty blocking drugs on children, performing sex-change surgeries, and more,” says CatholicVote President Brian Burch.
Economists had predicted that one million jobs would be added in April, but non-farm payrolls increases by just 266,000 as unemployment rises slightly to 6.1%. An analyst for Bank of America noted that 4.6 million workers left the labor force during the pandemic, but only half are expected to return by the end of the year. For workers earning less than $32,000 a year, it’s often more lucrative to collect unemployment with the $300 weekly bonus than it is to return to work.
The Biden administration has spent $3 billion to house tens of thousands of migrant children who crossed the southern U.S. border illegally shortly after President Biden was sworn into office. Nearly 25,000 migrant children are in the custody of the federal government, separated from their families.