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House Republicans demand answers from Biden administration about unions’ ‘special treatment’

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GOP reps call Biden’s waivers for union officials to serve in White House ‘classic definition’ of conflict of interest

House Republicans are concerned about former union officials who were given ethics waivers to serve within the Biden administration, claiming organized labor has excessive influence on government policy.

Top Republicans sent letters Tuesday to the Biden Administration demanding answers on a number of his political appointees who were former union officials and the circumstances all around the exemptions they were given to federal ethics rules. The union leaders were given “special treatment” to both serve in the Biden administration and communicate directly with former union employers to execute policies that might directly benefit the unions, the GOP lawmakers say.

“This is the classic definition of a conflict of interest,” the GOP reps wrote Tuesday in letters first obtained by Fox News.

The letters were written by Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Virginia Foxx, the top Republican on the House Education and Labor Committee.

They said teachers unions have already had a lot of influence and access to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on guidance for schools opening and they are now “concerned” the use of ethics waivers is a way for union leaders to invade other areas of the government.

“By appointing former union officials to positions that directly interact with their former employers, unions stand to directly benefit from Biden Administration policies,” the lawmakers continued. “This is alarming considering the devastating effect teachers unions have had on the educational prospects of so many of our nation’s children.”

The GOP members pointed at two Biden officials in their Tuesday letters.

Celeste Drake, a former official with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, was appointed to become Made in America Director at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The other is Alethea Predeoux, a former official at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), who became Biden’s Director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Comer and Foxx wrote to Shalanda Young and Kathleen McGettigan, the leaders at OMB and OPM, respectively, asking for all documents and records surrounding the ethics waivers, including communications between Drake and Predeoux and their former union employers.

“President Biden has a pattern of putting unions first and Americans last,” Comer said in a statement to Fox News. “First, he allowed a radical teachers union to dictate scientific guidance effectively keeping children locked out of their classrooms. Now, he’s granted ethics waivers to allow former union officials to wield government power on behalf of the union bosses. This is a conflict of interest, pure and simple. The Biden Administration must provide answers about these controversial appointments.”

The White House had defended the teachers’ union involvement in CDC school reopening guidance in the past claiming it’s a “longstanding best practice” for the agency to talk to multiple stakeholders who will be effected by the public health guidelines. As for the ethics waivers for the union officials, the White House has said these are necessary moves to control connections between government agencies and labor unions.

Urged about the ethics waivers in May, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Biden has stood behind unions throughout his political career.

She said the waivers are granted in “very, very limited” circumstances when is necessary and in the best interest of governing.

“I will reiterate … the president signed an executive order requiring all appointees across the federal government to sign the most stringent ethics code ever adopted by any White House,” Psaki said.

When it is “necessary and in the public’s interest,” the order “authorizes agencies to grant limited waivers and consultation” with the White House counsel’s office, she said.

“The president, of course, has stood strong for unions throughout his career, and he’s proud to have leading labor voices in the White House,” Psaki continued. “And there are circumstances, very, very limited, where it is in the interest of governing and the interest of getting work done for the American people to issue these waivers.”

In March, Predeoux, a senior official at OPM was given a waiver to permit her to control communication between the government agency and the American Federation of Government Employees – a union representing 700,000 federal workers for whom she was previously a top lobbyist.

In April, the White House issued a similar waiver, permitting Drake, who leads the Made In America Office, to communicate with her former employers, the Director’s Guild of America and AFL-CIO.

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Cruz criticizes Biden’s ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine mandate: ‘They want to change the topic from Afghanistan’

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Cruz calls Afghanistan the evacuation the ‘worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation’

Senator Ted Cruz, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private companies is intended to fail and being utilized only as a distraction from his mistakes made in Afghanistan.

While appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said Biden’s standard demandung businesses with hundred or more workers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is “illegal” and simply intended to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good side after he was broadly criticized for his sloppy military evacuation in Afghanistan.

“They want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” the senator said. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

“The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court. They know that,” he continued. “But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses, in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz proceeded to contend that each policy decision by Biden, foreign and domestic, has been driven by “pure politics.”

“When it comes to Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his administration presided over the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” he said. “They put politics in front of everything else. They abandoned Americans behind enemy lines, and it was a disaster. We were routed there, because Joe Biden surrendered.”

“He fled and left hundreds if not thousands of Americans in harm’s way and we are going to be paying the price – our nation is going to pay the price for our president’s weakness and incompetence for years to come,” he added.

Cruz also said the world is less protected because of Biden’s actions in Afghanistan, contending that America’s foes have overserved the president’s shortcoming and will not hesitate to take advantage of it, referring China for instance.

“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month,” Cruz said. “If that happens it would be utterly disastrous, but weakness invites aggression.”

“When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things,” he said.

Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday, the day after the democratically governed island reported a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the danger from central China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

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Chants of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ at diverse vaccine mandate protest, thousands embrace at NYC freedom rally: ‘This is the power we want to send to the world’

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A large number of New Yorkers spoke up against vaccine mandates on Saturday. A diverse group in New York City protested against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate orders.

A diverse group walked through the streets of New York City on Saturday; some waved American, Gadsden, and LGBTQ flags. Some protestors were holding signs that read: “My body, my choice,” “Latinos against forced vaccines,” “God is with us,” and “LGBTQ people for medical freedom.”

There were moms demanding the end of mask mandates for their kids in school. There were some demanding the government to recognize natural immunity and requesting that those with past COVID-19 infection be absolved from the vaccine mandate.

The freedom rally halted in Times Square, where speakers conveyed messages against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. At one point, the ideologically coordinated group embraced one another in a sign of unity against the mandates.

“This is the power that we want to send to the world,” a speaker said.

There were chants of “Wake up New York!” and “My body, my choice!”

One highlighted speaker at the freedom rally cited President Biden, who recently said, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”

The speaker told the protestors, “Joe Biden, your patience is wearing thin? We lost our patience!”

The crowd responded by reciting, “F*** Joe Biden!”

This anti-Biden chant was utilized at college football stadiums recently.

On Sept. 9, Biden declared a general vaccine mandate for companies with more than a hundred workers, which will affect a hundred million Americans.

On Aug. 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an emergency executive order demanding residents to give proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter indoor eating at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and more.

The demonstration was just one of many “World Wide Rally For Freedom” occasions that occurred in communities around the world.

“We will push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being pushed on us. We will not accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine, and we will return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests,” an official statement from the protestors read.

There were also big protests in France and Canada.

Protests in Australia became violent, and more than two hundred were apprehended in Melbourne.

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Biden aides set up a ‘wall’ to protect him from unscripted occasions, book claims

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The book depicts the internal White House staff members ‘ process as a ‘cocooning’ of the president

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to protect President Joe Biden from unscripted occasions and long interviews in the midst of fears of the president’s touchiness and propensity for ruining statements, as indicated by a recent book.

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa referred to various of episodes from the blunder inclined president in the beginning days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN journalist for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

Thus, various Biden associates told the journalists that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to keep such occurrences from happening by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the creators note that those episodes still kept showing up, regardless of that defensive air pocket.

The book says that the White House needed damage control after Biden reported he had struck a significant bipartisan infrastructure deal, but then said it was dependent on a more liberal spending bundle being passed.

It reportedly shocked Democrats, who considered them as separate, and infuriated Republicans who were unhappy about the caveat. It prompted officials working the telephones to fix the damage, and Biden giving a long statement to explain his position.

The book contains various disclosures, specifically its announcing regarding how General Mark Milley was in correspondence with the Chinese to console them about feelings of trepidation of an assault during the mayhem encompassing the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

The White House did not quickly respond to Fox News’ request for input.

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