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Images Available in Virginia School Libraries Deemed Too Sexually Explicit for TV

Candidate for Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe speaks during his campaign rally in Dumfries, Va., October 21, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) Local Virginia TV stations including ABC, CBS and NBC have refused to air an ad depicting sexually explicit materials that are widely available to students in school libraries in the state, citing federal law which prohibits airing pornographic images.  “It’s shocking that images, and even some words, that federal law prohibits TV stations to share with adults are the same images being shared with Virginia students with no accountability,” said Victoria Coley, vice president of communications at Independent Women’s Voice (IWV), which created the ad. The 30-second ad, titled “Worth 1,000 Words,” includes a full screen spread from Gender Queer by Maia Kobae, a book that was available in schools in several Virginia districts, including Fairfax, Loudon and Arlington, according to IWV. IWV attempted to air the ad after 11 p.m. to show adults the shockingly explicit materials that students have access to in schools, but was told that federal law prohibits sharing pornographic images on air, even if they are aired late at night and for news purposes. “Independent Women’s Voice has been told to stand down—that we are trying to push out inappropriate materials that violate federal regulations—when we are simply highlighting wildly inappropriate books in Virginia schools,” said IWV vice president Carrie Lukas. “All we want is to make sure that parents and citizens know what is happening in the schools they are paying for and trusting with their children.”  IWV has since submitted a second ad with the sexually explicit material blurred out. The ad notes that Virginia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, vetoed a bill permitting parents to block sexually explicit books in school during his time in office. Last month, during a debate with his Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, McAuliffe argued that parents should not tell schools what to teach. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee6479ae .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee6479ae .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee6479ae { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee6479ae .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647b9d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647b9d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647c7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647c7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647c7f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647c7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647d5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647d5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647d5d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61785ee647d5d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The comment came in response to Youngkin’s remark that parents should be more involved in the decisions of local school districts during the second and final debate of the race. “What we’ve seen over the course of this last 20 months is our school systems refusing to engage with parents,” Youngkin said. “In fact, in Fairfax County this past week, we watched parents so upset because there was such sexually explicit material in the library they had never seen, it was shocking.” Youngkin noted that McAuliffe “vetoed the bill that would have informed parents that they were there.” “You believe school systems should tell children what to do. I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education,” the Republican said to his opponent. The former governor replied that parents would have “had the right to veto books” under the bill he vetoed. “I’m not going to let parents come into schools, and actually take books out, and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said. “Yeah, I stopped the bill that I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” he added. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Students from Competing against Opposite Sex in Sports

(photosbyjim/Getty Images) Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill Monday mandating that transgender athletes participate in school sports teams corresponding to the biological sex listed on their birth certificate. The bill affects elementary to university-level athletics and will take effect in January. Representative Valoree Swanson, the bill’s sponsor, said earlier this month that it would protect women and girls from unfair competition. “This is about protecting the 332,000 girls in seventh through eighth grade playing UIL sports in the state of Texas,” Swanson said during floor debate on the measure. “No matter how much a biological male takes suppression hormones, they still have a tremendous advantage.” Democratic Representative Julie Johnson questioned the justification behind the bill. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7ead32 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7ead32 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7ead32 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7ead32 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eaf81 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eaf81 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eaf81 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eaf81 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb025 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb025 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb025 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb025 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb0be .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb0be .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb0be { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617758b7eb0be .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “How can you say that girls are being unfairly positioned in competition in the state of Texas to justify this bill [when] there has not been a single complaint” to the state’s University Interscholastic League about transgender athletes, Johnson asked earlier this month. The bill passed the Texas House 76–54 this month after failing to advance on three previous attempts.  While student athletes had already been required to play on teams that aligned with the gender listed on their birth certificates, they could get a court order allowing them to change that gender marker and compete in interscholastic athletics. The new law removes that option. Republican legislators in 32 states have attempted to advance similar measures, Reuters reported.  Earlier this year, West Virginia governor Jim Justice signed a law banning male athletes from participating in girls’ sports, but the measure was quickly blocked by a federal judge in response to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal, on behalf of a transgender girl. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Greene Fined a Third Time for Violating House Floor Mask Mandate

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks to reporters at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via Reuters) Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R., Ga.) has been fined a third time for violating the House floor mask policy, the House Ethics Committee announced on Monday. Greene has now accrued $5,500 in fines this year for refusing to wear a mask on the House floor.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) first implemented a mask requirement on the House floor in July 2020. House Democrats later voted in January to make the mandate enforceable by fines. Members who violate the policy are fined $500 for the first offense and $2,500 for each additional offense.  Greene and several of her Republican colleagues were fined in May for protesting Capitol Physician Brian Monahan’s refusal to lift the House floor mask mandate even after the CDC said that fully vaccinated people did not need to wear masks in most settings. After her first violation, the congresswoman filed an appeal with the House Ethics Committee. However, the panel denied the appeal and upheld the fine.  #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bfd64 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bfd64 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bfd64 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bfd64 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bff9c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bff9c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bff9c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9bff9c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c006f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c006f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c006f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c006f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c0138 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c0138 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c0138 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617738d9c0138 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Dr. Monahan eventually lifted the mandate in June, only to reinstate it a month later amid rising concern over the highly transmissible delta variant. Since then, dozens of House Republicans have protested the mask requirement. Greene was fined for a second time in August, a fine that she did not appeal. The House Ethics Committee said Monday that Representative Andrew Clyde (R., Ga.) had been issued a $500 mask fine as well. At least six other Republican lawmakers were previously fined for flouting the House floor mask mandate: Representatives Chip Roy (Texas), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Brian Mast (Fla.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Mariannette Miller-Meeks (Iowa), and Beth Van Duyne (Texas). Greene, Massie, and Norman previously filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge the constitutionality of the fines after the House Ethics Committee rejected their appeals contesting the fines. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Ron Johnson Calls On DHS to Reveal Number of Illegal Immigrants Released into U.S.

Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., February 9, 2021. (Ting Shen/Pool/Reuters) Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security share with Congress any internal administration communications related to its decision to release hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants into the U.S., according to a new report. In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday, obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Johnson asked the agency to reveal the exact number of illegal immigrants who have been allowed into the U.S. with a notice to appear before an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, as well as the number of illegal immigrants who have been transported to cities across the U.S. after being apprehended at the border. “ICE might not be properly assessing these illegal aliens before releasing them into the interior of the U.S.,” the letter reads. “If true, ICE’s reported actions could threaten the safety and security of all Americans.” Johnson writes that DHS previously informed him that at least 500,000 illegal immigrants had been released into the U.S. and that the agency had recorded another 344,000 “known-got aways” — those who avoided apprehension and are likely in the country illegally. “These numbers, which may be even higher, underscore this administration’s failure to enact policies to secure the border and has created an unprecedented migration crisis,” the senator wrote. The letter comes as data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed on Friday that Border Patrol agents detained about 1.66 million illegal immigrants at the southern border for the fiscal year ending in September, the highest level ever recorded in a fiscal year. The previous high of 1.64 million detentions was recorded in 2000. Earlier this month, Fox News reported that the Biden administration had released more than 70,000 illegal immigrants into the U.S. since August 6, including 31,977 released via parole, which grants migrants a form of legal status and the ability to apply for work permits. The figures came from Border Patrol documents obtained by outlet, which show that at least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. since March. Parole authority is intended to be applied on an as-needed basis for “urgent humanitarian purposes” and “significant public benefit.” Officials usually grant few parole cases, though the Biden administration has stepped outside of the norm in granting parole to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants. The report added that at least 94,570 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. with Notices to Report since March 20. The notice requires the migrants to check in with an ICE office upon arrival at their final destination. Individuals who check in as required do not face deportation or detainment as their immigration proceedings advance. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50c9f7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50c9f7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50c9f7f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50c9f7f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca1bc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca1bc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca1bc { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca1bc .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca280 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca280 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca280 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca280 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca33c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca33c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca33c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61770e50ca33c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Johnson wrote that the administration “is not just releasing illegal aliens into border towns after CBP processing, but rather transporting illegal aliens from the border to cities within the interior of the United States.” Earlier this month, DHS told the senator’s office that CBP has processed and released 273,000 migrants with a notice to report this year. The agency told Johnson that ICE had processed another 124,000 immigrants and gave them similar notices. Meanwhile, another 31,000 immigrants were processed under “other outcomes” and transferred to departments other than ICE, including the U.S. Marshalls Service and state and local law enforcement.  Johnson demanded that DHS provide his office with information on how many illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S. by November 2 and requests that it update his office every month after. He asked for exact figures related to the number of illegal immigrants who were released with a notice to appear, a notice to report, or via parole. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Pelosi Declines to Say Whether She’ll Run for Reelection in 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) holds her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2021. (Leah Millis/Reuters) Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Sunday declined to say whether she plans to run for reelection in 2022 and said she would have to discuss the decision with her family first. The 81-year-old Democrat demurred when CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked during an interview whether she would run again for her congressional seat that she has held since 1987. “I do want to ask about your own future in Congress. Are you going to run for reelection?” Tapper asked. “Oh, you think I’m going to make an announcement right here and now?” she said. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b133 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b133 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b133 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b133 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b37e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b37e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b37e { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b37e .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b474 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b474 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b474 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b474 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b58c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b58c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b58c { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617588421b58c .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Democratic House Nancy Pelosi won't say whether or not she plans to run for Speaker again if Democrats keep the House, telling @jaketapper she will that conversation with her family first. pic.twitter.com/BrvnGmcMsr — State of the Union (@CNNSotu) October 24, 2021 “You’re going to run for reelection, though, yes?” Tapper responded. “Why would I tell you that now?” Pelosi said. “Probably, I would have that conversation with my family first, if you don’t mind.” Pelosi, who has led her party in the chamber since 2003, narrowly won reelection as Speaker in a 216-209 vote in January. Her current term, which is her fourth as speaker, is expected to be her last as she said in 2018 that she would seek a fourth and final term only if she had the support of two-thirds of her caucus. Meanwhile, the future of Democrats’ majority in the House is in question as the GOP needs a net gain of just five seats in the 2022 midterms to regain control of the chamber after losing the majority in the 2018 midterms for the first time in eight years. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Youngkin Promises to Ban CRT in Schools if Elected Virginia Governor

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks in McLean, Va., July 14, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin said Saturday that he will ban critical race theory from schools on his first day in office if he is elected governor of Virginia. “We all know education starts with curriculum,” Youngkin said at a rally on Saturday. “We will teach all history, the good and the bad.” “America has fabulous chapters and it’s the greatest country in the world, but we also have some important chapters in our history, we must teach them,” Youngkin said. He added that if he becomes governor, children will not be taught “to view everything through a lens of race.” “We know in our hearts it’s wrong,” Youngkin said. “Dr. Martin Luther King implored us to judge one another based on the content of our character and not the color of our skin. Therefore, on day one, I will ban critical race theory in our schools.” Youngkin’s comments come after his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, controversially argued during a debate last month that parents should not tell schools what to teach. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdef3d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdef3d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdef3d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdef3d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf0f4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf0f4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf0f4 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf0f4 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf188 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf188 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf188 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf188 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf224 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf224 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf224 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617574bfdf224 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Parents in Virginia have coalesced to push back against school boards that have implemented various controversial COVID-19 policies, transgender policies, and the teaching of CRT in schools. During last month’s debate, Youngkin said parents should be more involved in the decisions of local school districts. “What we’ve seen over the course of this last 20 months is our school systems refusing to engage with parents,” Youngkin said. “In fact, in Fairfax County this past week, we watched parents so upset because there was such sexually explicit material in the library they had never seen, it was shocking.” He noted that McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018, “vetoed the bill that would have informed parents that they were there.” “You believe school systems should tell children what to do. I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education,” he said to his opponent. The former governor replied that parents would have “had the right to veto books” under the bill he vetoed. “I’m not going to let parents come into schools, and actually take books out, and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said. Recent polls show a tight race, with a recent Monmouth University poll projecting a tie of 46 percent to 46 percent among registered voters with a margin of error of 3 percent in either direction. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Chris Wallace Commends Jen Psaki: ‘One of the Best Press Secretaries Ever’

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., September 22, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters) Fox News’ Chris Wallace celebrated Jen Psaki as “one of the best press secretaries ever” after a tense exchange she had with his colleague Peter Doocy last week. During a White House press briefing on Friday, Doocy pressed Psaki over President Biden’s claim that he had “been there before” when asked by an attendee at a CNN town hall why he hadn’t been to the southern border as president.  Doocy asked why Biden — who later admitted that “I guess I should go” — said he had been to the border. “As you may have seen, there has been reporting that he did drive through the border when he was on the campaign trail in 2008,” Psaki said. “And he is certainly familiar with the fact, and it stuck with him, the fact that in El Paso, the border goes right through the center of town.” “But, the most important thing everyone should know and understand is that the president has worked on these issues throughout his entire career and is well-versed in every aspect of our immigration system, including the border – that includes when he was Vice President,” Psaki added. Fox News aired the exchange live before switching to a discussion between Wallace and reporter Sandra Smith, according to Mediaite. Smith said, “Obviously he was pressing her on the president’s own words.” “Honestly, as somebody who’s spent six years in the White House, my immediate reaction was those are two people at the top of their game,” Wallace said. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587f900 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587f900 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587f900 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587f900 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fad0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fad0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fad0 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fad0 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fb63 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fb63 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fb63 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fb63 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fbf5 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fbf5 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fbf5 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-617569587fbf5 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } He went on to compare Doocy to Sam Donaldson, who was known for his coverage of the Reagan administration as ABC News’ Chief White House correspondent in the 80s. “I mean this as a compliment. I think he has become the Sam Donaldson of this White House press corps,” he said. “And since I was working in the press corps when Sam Donaldson was there, that’s a very grudging compliment on my part,” added Wallace, who worked as NBC News’ Chief White House Correspondent during that time period. He then said Psaki “is one of the best press secretaries ever.” “I don’t know that anything was particularly accomplished, but they both gave and got pretty good,” Wallace added. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Challenges to Texas Abortion Law

Anti-abortion marchers rally at the Supreme Court during the 46th annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., January 18, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The Supreme Court on Friday declined to immediately block Texas’s heartbeat abortion law, which allows private citizens to sue providers who perform abortions after a heartbeat can be detected, but agreed to hear arguments in the case beginning in November. The justices said they will decide whether the Biden administration has the right to sue Texas over the law. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

CDC Director: ‘We May Need to Update our Definition of Fully Vaccinated’ as Booster Eligibility Increases

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky speaks during a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., May 11, 2021. (Greg Nash/Reuters) CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday that the U.S. may need to amend its definition of “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19 as more Americans become eligible to receive booster shots. “Right now we don’t have booster eligibility for all people currently,” she said during a White House COVID-19 response team press briefing. “So we have not yet changed the definition of fully vaccinated. We will continue to look at this. We may need to update our definition of fully vaccinated in the future.” Walensky’s comment comes after the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday. The agency also authorized mixing and matching COVID-19 vaccines, allowing Americans to receive a different vaccine for their booster shot than their original vaccine. The agency had already authorized booster shots of the Pfizer vaccine last month. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c6e47 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c6e47 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c6e47 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c6e47 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c719f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c719f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c719f { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c719f .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c725a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c725a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c725a { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c725a .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c7311 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c7311 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c7311 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e346c7311 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The authorization allows any recipient of the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine to receive a second dose of the J&J, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines at least two months after receiving their first shot. For those who previously received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, only seniors or people at higher risk of COVID-19 because of underlying medical or workplace conditions are currently eligible to receive a booster shot. While President Biden said in August that booster shots would be widely available to Americans in September, the FDA’s vaccine advisory committee later voted 16 to two against recommending boosters for the general population, and 18-0 in favor of recommending boosters for people 65 and older or at high risk of severe COVID-19. “After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the deliberations of our advisory committee of independent, external experts, the FDA amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for a booster dose in certain populations such as health care workers, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons, among others,” acting FDA commissioner Janet Woodcock said last month. “This pandemic is dynamic and evolving, with new data about vaccine safety and effectiveness becoming available every day. As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

State Department in Contact With More Than 350 Americans in Afghanistan, Far Exceeding Administration’s Earlier Estimates

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks in Washington, D.C., October 18, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Reuters) The U.S. State Department reportedly told congressional staff on Thursday that it is in touch with 363 American citizens in Afghanistan, including 176 Americans who want to leave the country. The department said they have helped extricate 218 American citizens and 131 legal permanent residents from Afghanistan since August 31, when the U.S. completed its exit. The figures, first reported by CNN’s Jennifer Hansler, disprove previous statements by the White House and State Department officials in August that claimed only 100 Americans who wanted to leave had been left behind. State Dept. informed congressional staff Thursday that it is in touch with 363 American citizens in Afghanistan, 176 of whom want to leave, per @jmhansler That is significantly higher than the estimates of roughly 100 in Aug. which Admin officials regularly cited. — Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) October 22, 2021 At that time, Biden addressed the nation and declared the withdrawal a success, even as hundreds of Americans were left behind. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d61feeb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d61feeb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d61feeb { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d61feeb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620150 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620150 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620150 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620150 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620257 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620257 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620257 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620257 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620347 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620347 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620347 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-6172e5d620347 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } “The bottom line: 90 percent of Americans in Afghanistan who wanted to leave were able to leave,” Biden said on August 31. “For those remaining Americans, there is no deadline. We remain committed to get them out if they want to come out.” He said then that over 5,500 Americans and thousands of Afghans had been evacuated from Afghanistan. Still, with hundreds of Americans left behind and 13 American troops killed by an ISIS-K attack on the Kabul airport during evacuation efforts, many on both sides of the aisle failed to see the botched withdrawal as a success. The updated figures come days after reports indicated the State Department’s internal watchdog had told U.S. lawmakers that it has launched an investigation into policy planning behind the suspension of operations at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan shortly before the Taliban captured Kabul in August. The department’s Office of the Inspector General will probe the department’s Special Immigrant Visa program for Afghanistan, its processing and resettlement of refugees for admissions into the U.S., and the emergency evacuation of U.S. citizens and Afghan nationals, according to the Wall Street Journal. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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