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North Dakota’s Republican governor dismisses transgender sports bill

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The governor gave responsibility for governing state sports to the North Dakota High School Activities Association

The Republican governor of North Dakota on Wednesday dismissed a bill that would keep male transgender athletes from playing on K-12 girls’ sports teams. He claimed a state association that manages high school activities is the most appropriate organization to deal with transgender matters.

The bill, House Bill 1298, would have banned public elementary and junior high schools from intentionally permitting a student of the opposite sex to engage in a school-sponsored athletic team that is only for females or only for males. One sex is interpreted based completely on an individual’s reproductive biology and genetics when born. The bill has an exception that would permit females to play on males’ sports teams.

The bill also incorporated an optional 2021-22 study to examine the influence of these policies on student athletic events and conducted findings from that study to be reported to the 2023 legislature.

The North Dakota bill is related to bills found in thirty-one other states to ban transgender athletes from playing on sports teams that match their self-declared gender. Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have all signed those bills into law. Advocates of these bills say they protect equality in women’s sports by keeping males from competing against females. Knockers and transgender advocates say the legislation discriminates against transgenders youth.

In his veto message, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum claims there is no evidence to suggest females’ sports are in any jeopardy of becoming unfair and declared the bill would put the state into a local issue by creating a ban with countless sudden effects.

“To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team,” the governor wrote. He noted that the North Dakota High School Activities Association “already has regulations in place for participation in sex-separated interscholastic contests by transgender athletes.”

“These regulations require transgender girls to undergo testosterone suppression treatment for gender transition for a full calendar year before they are eligible to compete in girls’ sports,” the governor said.

“The most responsive sports governance is the organization closest to the teams and athletes they govern. If a question should arise related to a transgender student and athletic competition, the NDHSAA, parents, child, their health care provider, their school and their coaches are in the best position to manage that unique situation, especially given the child’s right to privacy.”

The bill will now go back to the state House. According to KXMB-TV reporter Maddie Biertempfel, Republicans have the votes to overrule the governor’s veto in the House but not in the state Senate.

Opponents of the bill including the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and Tri-State Transgender sent out a statement Wednesday praising Burgum’s veto.

“Governor Burgum’s veto sends a loud message to other lawmakers across the country considering similar legislation: Stop the attacks on transgender youth. North Dakotans should be outraged that transgender youth, who already face higher levels of discrimination, were chosen to be the target of this hateful legislation,” Tri-State Transgender president Katrina Koesterman said.

“We thank Governor Burgum for shutting down this harmful bill and for standing up to out-of-touch politicians on the fringe who have long histories of attacking North Dakota’s LGBTQ+ community,” Brandi Hardy, legislative coordinator of North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, added.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association told the Bismark Tribune it was against the bill. The body’s regulations on transgender athletes state that any transgender student who is not taking cross-sex hormones may play on sports teams in accordance to that student’s sex when born.

However, a student transforming from male to female may play on females’ sports teams if he has been taking testosterone blocking hormones for at least one calendar year. A transgender athlete transforming from female to male who is on testosterone supplements may play on males’ sports teams but not on females’ teams under the present-day mandates.

Governor Burgum also dismissed legislation that would ban state mask mandates, saying that “to strip future governors and their state health officers of any low-cost tool that might be used to save lives and livelihoods in a future pandemic or other emergency would be both irresponsible and an unnecessary risk to future public health and well-being of North Dakota citizens.”

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Mike Pompeo: At UN, Biden shows weakness on the world stage yet again

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President Biden’s comments Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly bombed.

Why? Because yet again, Biden shows weakness. He continues to push our allies away and cozies up to the enemy.

Biden said during his comments, “We’re opening a new era of relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.” And while we should value diplomacy, a strong America is what will enable that diplomacy, and not the promise of American tax dollars.

A solid, America first policy that stopped years of unloading billions of U.S. dollars in an attempt to purchase peace and cooperation saw positive results around the globe during the Trump administration in managing foes and having better relations with our allies in having them step up as partners sharing in those unions.

American strength is what will discourage war; weakness and the possible cash payouts for our enemies as we did with Iran, only welcomes attacks.

Biden talked as if he were living in an alternate world. He tried to specify America’s ability to reenter the JCPOA, while simultaneously offering sayings about keeping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

He was mainly centered on climate change, while disregarding a significant number of pressing security and diplomatic difficulties the United States and our allies face.

Most importantly, he neglected to call out China.

President Biden affirmed that “those who commit acts of terror against will continue to find a determined enemy in the United States.” But the measures of his administration say differently. He pulled American troops out of Afghanistan unconditionally, granting the Taliban free rule over not only Afghanistan and its people, but also over the numerous American civilians still abandoned here.

In permitting the country to tumble to the Taliban without imposing any costs, the Biden administration ensured a resurgence of al Qaeda and ISIS. And what has the Biden administration done in retort to the awful act of terror which took 13 U.S. service members lives?

They executed a drone strike which killed only regular people, including seven kids. This administration’s carefree choices in Afghanistan do not add up to their being a determined enemy of terror.

Rather than stand up to our foes and present the world with strong American initiative considering the myriad challenges we come up against, President Biden chose instead to focus mainly on climate change.

Regarding Iran, President Biden pressed once again to reinvigorate the bombed Iran nuclear deal. His administration appears intent on repeating the errors of the Obama administration – Iran was never in compliance with the JCPOA and will stop at nothing to acquire nuclear weapons so that its malign, radical Islamic regime can unleash further devastation and destruction throughout the Middle East.

He didn’t address his organization’s disappointments in Afghanistan.

Giving them a pathway to the advancement of those atomic weapons ought to never be a need of the United States. That is the reason the Trump organization executed its most extreme strain crusade against Iran – you don’t help your adversaries, you deny them.

Yet rather than face our adversaries and present the world with solid American administration considering the heap difficulties we face, President Biden picked rather to zero in essentially on environmental change.

He guaranteed that the world is confronted with a “borderless environment emergency” (a helpless selection of words, considering the main borderless emergency the United States faces is the movement emergency playing out right now on our own southern boundary).

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, putting environment first places America last. President Biden wishes to subordinate large numbers of America’s most squeezing difficulties to environmental change, putting American security in danger and taking steps to crush our economy while forcing no expenses on our enemies, specifically China, whose pioneers care minimal with regards to the environment pandering of internationalist elites.

Which carries us to China. Maybe the best danger the United States faces at this moment, and unquestionably in the course of our life, is the People’s Republic of China, driven by the dictator rule of the Chinese Communist Party.

To say that the U.S. is “not seeing another Cold War,” is a unimaginably feeble assertion to make before the world’s chiefs.

China obviously considers itself to be our enemy and wishes to uproot us. They have seized on the shortcoming of the Biden organization by adjusting tyrants and despots against the remainder of the world.

Beijing has made suggestions to Iran and to the Taliban in Afghanistan. They menace and compromise their neighbors, and they trap underdeveloped nations in profound obligation with broken vows to attempt huge foundation projects. What’s more, they permitted the spread of the Covid all throughout the planet without risk of punishment.

This isn’t to say we shouldn’t work with China where conceivable, however viable American strategy essentially depends on American strength and believability. Tragically, this organization appears to really focus minimal on by the same token.

President Biden was right in saying the world sits at a crucial point in time and that the world requirements solid American administration.

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Abbott says Biden administration has to ‘up their game, big time’ as Texas struggles with migrant flood

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There have been around 200,000 migrant encounters in July and August

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday approached the Biden administration to “up their game, big time” as Texas battles to adapt with a historic migrant emergency– like a new flood of Haitian migrants in Del Rio.

“The only thing they’ve shown is an incapability of dealing with this crisis, candidly in a way where they pretend it doesn’t even exist,” the Republican governor said at a press conference. “And we’re here to tell you, it exists and it’s total chaos and the Biden administration- they need to up their game, big time.”

Abbott was addressing to reporters about the actions Texas is taking to stand up against the influx of illegal immigration flooding through the U.S. border. There have been around 200,000 migrant encounters in both July and August as part of a ongoing migrant wave.

The Biden administration has accused “root causes” like poverty and violence in Central America, as well as the Trump administration for closing down legal refuge pathways. Republicans have faulted the administration for removing Trump-era policies like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and for restoring “catch-and-release.”

Last week, a flood of mostly Haitian migrants hit the bridge in Del Rio, with more than 14,000 under the extension at one point last week. DHS has reacted by increasing resources and more deportation flights.

“When you have an administration that has abandoned any pretense of securing the border and security our sovereignty, you see the onrush,” he said.

Abbott has tried to take the issues into his own hands, and earlier this year declared a project to build a wall at Texas’ southern border, and has also established Operation Lonestar — which includes the sending of law enforcement to the border to capture those entering illegally.

“If they’re thinking about coming and crossing this river here in Texas, you may end up with handcuffs on your hands and going straight to jail rather than being released into the general population,” he said.

Abbott also said, in the midst of changing migrant strategies, Texas would be trying to change its strategy as needed.

“We will continue moving law enforcement and National Guard officials to whatever location where people may be trying to cross the border and use the same strategy to try and reduce the influx, unprecedented, of people coming across the border,” he said.

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Texas Steel Wall of Cars Blocks Migrants at Border

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has taken “unprecedented” measures to deter thousands of migrants from crossing into the state by parking Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles along the U.S.-Mexico border near the Del Rio International Bridge.

“We put hundreds of Texas Department of Public Safety cars and created a steel wall — a steel wall of DPS vehicles — that prevented anybody from crossing that dam that you’ve seen people walk across,” Abbott told Fox News Tuesday. “We effectively … regained control of the border.”

Thousands of migrants are living in makeshift huts and sleeping in the dirt under the bridge, waiting for their turn to be processed by U.S. immigration authorities. Abbott has blamed President Joe Biden for the situation, saying the federal government is not doing enough to secure the country’s southern border. 

“When you have an administration that is not enforcing the law in this country, when you have an administration that has abandoned any pretense of securing the border and securing our sovereignty, you see the onrush of people like what we saw walking across this dam that is right behind me,” Abbott said at a news conference in Val Verde County.

Government officials started parking their cars along the border last week. 

“The Texas Department of Public Safety is in full force along the border around the Del Rio area. They have built a barricade with their squad cars and State Troopers. The National Guard is working with them to secure the border,” Abbott tweeted.

He added in a statement that “one day there were countless people coming across the border, then the DPS put up all these vehicles, and suddenly, in an instant, people stopped crossing the border in this location. That strategy is working.”

Texas will spend an additional $2 billion on security for the border.

“It has been the state of Texas that has had to step up,” Abbott said. “Failure to enforce laws that exist in the United States leads to chaos and chaos leads to inhumanity.”

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