New York Governor Declares Mask Mandate for 2-Year-Olds

New York Governor Kathy Hochul — the recently sworn-in replacement for disgraced ex-governor Andrew Cuomo — announced a new mask mandate Wednesday for kids in day care and other facilities regulated by the state.

The new mask mandate covers those two years and older in numerous state facilities including state-regulated childcare, inpatient/outpatient substance abuse centers, and mental health facilities. Hochul tweeted that her expanded mask mandate applies to all regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. The only exemption is for those who are medically unable to tolerate wearing a mask. (Read more from “New York Governor Declares Mask Mandate for 2-Year-Olds” HERE)

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Tony Blinken Confirms Child Brides Evacuated With Older Men From Afghanistan

Secretary of State Tony Blinken confirmed reports during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that young children were transported from Afghanistan with older men as child brides.

During the hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) grilled Blinken about the numbers, citing data form the World Health Organization that over 50 percent of wives in Afghanistan were married as child brides.

Blinken said he did not know the exact number of underage girls who were evacuated with older men or how many were separated by officials after they landed.

Cruz cited reports of a State Department document seeking “urgent guidance” from other agencies about the issue after child brides were brought to Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, noting that tens of thousands of Afghans were evacuated from the Kabul airport.

Blinken insisted the entire government was following the issue with “extreme vigilance” to uncover and separate child brides of older Afghan men, but he tried to downplay the numbers. (Read more from “Tony Blinken Confirms Child Brides Evacuated With Older Men From Afghanistan” HERE)

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Joe Biden Breaks Pledge: Raises Taxes on Americans Earnings Over $50K

The Democrats’ $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would break President Joe Biden’s pledge not to increase taxes on working-class Americans.

The Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) found that the House Ways and Means Committee’s portion of the $3.5 trillion infrastructure bill would increase taxes on Americans making over $50,000 or more per year in the calendar year 2031, according to a Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) report.

The JCT’s analysis of the infrastructure bill would serve as a significant break from Biden’s promise not to raise taxes on Americans making less than $400,000 per year.

“The President remains committed to his pledge from the campaign that nobody making under $400,000 a year will have their taxes increased,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in March. Psaki clarified that this figure applies to families, not individuals, but the infrastructure plan would still raise taxes on most Americans.

The JCT analysis even found that the proposal would increase taxes on Americans in calendar year 2027 for those making between $30,000 to $40,000 per year.

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First Openly Transgender Bishop Installed in Evangelical Lutheran Church

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has installed their first openly transgender bishop, the Associated Press reported.

The church elected Rev. Megan Rohrer to serve a six-year term as bishop in May, replacing a bishop who retired.

Rohrer, who uses the pronoun “they,” will lead one of the church’s 65 synods, overseeing 200 congregations in the California and Nevada regions, according to the AP.

“I step into this role because a diverse community of Lutherans in Northern California and Nevada prayerfully and thoughtfully voted to do a historic thing,” Rohrer said in a statement. “My installation will celebrate all that is possible when we trust God to shepherd us forward.” (Read more from “First Openly Transgender Bishop Installed in Evangelical Lutheran Church” HERE)

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Justice Department Sues Texas Over Pro-Life Law

The Justice Department is suing Texas over the state’s new controversial restrictions on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday.

Garland said the law is plainly improper both for its onerous restrictions on abortion access and for the provisions allowing state residents to sue anyone who aids or carries out restricted abortions.

“The act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” Garland said at a press conference.

“This kind of scheme to nullify the Constitution of the United States is one that all Americans, whatever their politics or party, should fear,” Garland said.

“If it prevails, it may become a model for action in other areas by other states and with respect to other constitutional rights and judicial precedents. nor need one think long or hard to realize the damage that would be done to our society if states were allowed to implement laws that empower any private individual to infringe on another’s constitutionally protected rights in this way,” he added. (Read more from “Justice Department Sues Texas Over Pro-Life Law” HERE)

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AOC Mercilessly Mocked for Using Gender-Neutral Term To Describe ‘Women’ (VIDEO)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was roundly mocked on Twitter for using the term “menstruating person” instead of women in a recent interview.

On Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” to discuss Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statements on the Texas Heartbeat Act which prohibits abortions after six weeks. She claimed that the law was actually not “about supporting life” and instead was about controlling “women’s bodies” as well as “any menstruating person.”

“None of this is about supporting life. What this is about is controlling women’s bodies, & controlling people who are not cisgender men. This is about making sure that someone like me as a woman or any menstruating person in this country cannot make decisions over their own body,” she said.

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Pro-Life CEO Pushed Out for Supporting Texas Law

The head of a video game studio stepped down Monday evening after speaking out in support of the Texas Heartbeat Act on Saturday.

John Gibson left his position as chief executive of Tripwire Interactive following a Saturday tweet in which he voiced his approval of the Texas Heartbeat Act, a law banning abortions after the unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected. The law was passed in May and the Supreme Court allowed it to go into effect last week.

“Proud of #USSupremeCourt affirming the Texas law banning abortion for babies with a heartbeat,” Gibson wrote. “As an entertainer I don’t get political often. Yet with so many vocal peers on the other side of this issue, I felt it was important to go on the record as a pro-life game developer.”

Tripwire issued a statement Monday apologizing for Gibson’s comments and expressing a commitment to take “swift action.”

“The comments given by John Gibson are of his own opinion, and do not reflect those of Tripwire Interactive as a company,” the statement said. “His comments disregarded the values of our whole team, our partners and much of our broader community.”

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State Sued for Forcing Students To Pray to the Aztec Gods of Human Sacrifice

A lawsuit has been filed against the state of California accusing officials there of requiring students to pray to Aztec gods of human sacrifice, an action that takes teachers there far beyond the allowable limits of educating students.

CBN has reported the lawsuit outlines how the state’s “Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum” requires “Affirmations, Chants, and Energizers,” which addresses deities both by name and title.

It also acknowledges them as “sources of power and knowledge, invokes their assistance, and gives thanks,” the lawsuit said.

That, essentially, is a “state-mandated prayer,” the case claims.

“The Aztecs regularly performed gruesome and horrific acts for the sole purpose of pacifying and appeasing the very beings that the prayers from the curriculum invoke,” Paul Jonna, partner at LiMandri & Jonna LLP and Thomas More Society special counsel, said in the report. (Read more from “State Sued for Forcing Students To Pray to the Aztec Gods of Human Sacrifice” HERE)

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Antifa Teacher’s Indoctrination Attempts Should Outrage—and Mobilize—Public School Parents

“Public schools are trying to indoctrinate our kids!” When parents hear statements like this, all too often they dismiss it as a right-wing conspiracy theory. But the evidence is piling up that shows this is not just a theory, and it’s time for parents to start taking indoctrination in school seriously.

The latest example of school indoctrination was uncovered by Project Veritas. In a recently released recording, a California public school teacher, Gabriel Gipe, a member of the Sacramento Antifa chapter, is caught not only stating, “I have 180 days to turn [my students] into revolutionaries,” but citing Mao Zedong as an inspiration for his tactics to radicalize his students through fear and propaganda.

Gipe states that in order to bring about a Maoist-like revolution in the United States, activists must be “consistently focusing on education and a change of cultural propaganda … We have to convince people that [socialism] is what we actually need.”

Photos of Gipe’s classroom show that he has a portrait of Mao prominently displayed, alongside both Antifa and gay pride flags. . .

Unfortunately, he is not alone. Gipe states that there are many more teachers like him than there used to be, including at his own school. Another California teacher, Kristen Pitzen, has been placed on administrative leave after posting a video instructing her students to pledge allegiance to the gay pride flag. (Read more from “Antifa Teacher’s Indoctrination Attempts Should Outrage—and Mobilize—Public School Parents” HERE)

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Mental Health Issues Rising Over ‘Climate Despair’

Some people are so upset over climate change they are suffering from mental health concerns considered “climate despair,” a new Washington Post report said.

The devastating and deadly Hurricane Ida has energized activists, including the Post, which published a lengthy piece that claims “more people than ever could experience serious challenges to their mental health as a result” of climate change.

The Post reported on what it refers to as “climate despair”:

New methods for addressing these challenges are emerging in the United States, though some experts believe a surge in mental health issues related to climate change could overwhelm the system — leading them to consider how to radically remake it.

The Post cited heat warnings, wildfires, and floods in recent years as proof of climate change, which is “suddenly feeling a lot more real for many Americans who have not seen it up close until now, clinicians say, leading many to seek one-on-one therapy.” (Read more from “Mental Health Issues Rising Over ‘Climate Despair’” HERE)

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