Edited by Michael Hernandez
(Editor’s Note: this is part of a weekly compendium of recent significant events, culled from world news and curated by Michael Hernandez, who urges everyone to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and to read America: Our Hope at the end of this column.)
Kevin McCarthy predicts Republicans will ‘make history’: GOP recruiting class ‘best we’ve ever seen’
HANNAH BLEAU (Oct 29) Breitbart News
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hopes Republicans will “make history” on Election Day as they hope to take over the House and Senate, telling Breitbart News Saturday that the GOP’s recruiting class is the “best we’ve ever seen.”
“We’re just a short time away from hopefully making some history here,” McCarthy said, discussing how the establishment media have now admitted that the momentum appears to be with Republicans, less than two weeks ahead of Election Day.
“Last time we didn’t lose one incumbent,” he said, reminding listeners how wrong the establishment has been in the past, betting against Republicans. However, Republicans have another advantage this year, McCarthy suggested, deeming the House GOP’s recruiting class “the best we’ve ever seen.
“And we’ve never — we’ve had some early indication Mayra Flores is winning down in the border of Texas. Just an amazing woman,” he said, explaining that “there’s so many competitive seats.”
McCarthy emphasized, again, that there are “so many candidates out there” making these races competitive across the country because of Democrat policies that Republicans have been talking about.
“Inflation, they brought crime in our streets, the open borders, fentanyl — the number one killer of Americans 18-45,” McCarthy said. McCarthy put a greater perspective on the effects of inflation on the American people, noting that most Americans say they could not afford to give up a month’s worth of wages. Yet, that is essentially what has happened under Biden’s administration. But Republicans, he added, are fighting for the American people all across the country, from the northeast to the southwest.
“This is like a hinge election,” he said, describing it as one that “only happens once every 50 years. This is like a 1979, 1980 election all over again. It’s about the policies and direction for America. Who best has the plan to turn America around to make it strong again,” he said.
The Democrat blame game begins ahead of midterm slaughter
JACOB BLISS (Nov 2) Breitbart News
The Democrats’ blame game has already started one week from the midterm elections, as the party’s leadership begins to point fingers while analysts are predicting the election could be terrible for the one-party hold over Washington, DC.
As analysts predict the Republicans will end the Democrats’ one-party rule in the nation’s capitol by regaining the majority in the United States House of Representatives and potentially the Senate, the left is already starting to point fingers at who will take the fall, multiple establishment outlets reported. On Wednesday morning, Punchbowl reported: Among Democratic leaders, there has been some quiet preparation for the inevitable. The DCCC and other Democratic organizations have previewed to leadership in recent days that the outlook for keeping the House continues to deteriorate.
Additionally, on Tuesday, the New York Times similarly stated: “Top Democratic officials, lawmakers and strategists are openly second-guessing their party’s campaign pitch and tactics, reflecting a growing sense that Democrats have failed to coalesce around one effective message with enough time to stave off major losses in the House and possibly decisive defeats in the tightly contested Senate.”
Then, Axios noted also noted on Tuesday: “With a week to go before the midterm elections, some Democratic operatives working on House races are already beginning to assign blame in the event their party loses winnable seats: The culprit, they say, is blue-state governors dragging down the rest of the ballot.”
National Republican Congressional Committee Spokesman Mike Berg said, “Democrats finally realize their majority is doomed because they made everything more expensive and everyone less safe.”
Biden has increased debt $33,521 per income taxpayer
Terence P. Jeffrey (Nov. 2) CNS News
…Biden’s plan for the debt, in other words, is to continue increasing it by more than $1 trillion per year…
[CNSNews.com] …Joe Biden has been in office a little more than 21 months, but during that brief period he has managed to increase the federal debt by more than $3.4 trillion.
On Jan. 20, 2021, the day Biden was inaugurated, the total federal debt was $27,751,896,236,414.77, according to the Treasury. On Oct. 31, 2022, the latest day for which the numbers have been published, the total federal debt was $31,238,301,149,359.52. That equals an increase of $3,486,404,912,944.75.
How does one put that in perspective?
Well, in 2019, the last year for which the Internal Revenue Service has published its Statistics of Income report, Americans filed 104,005,800 “taxable returns” with the IRS. “A taxable return,” the IRS explains in its Statistics of Income Bulletin, “is a return on which the taxpayer reports total income tax greater than zero dollars.”
Thus, there were 104,005,800 income taxpayers in the United States as of 2019; and, in Biden’s first approximately 21 months in office, the increase in the federal debt of $3,486,404,912,944.75 equaled approximately $33,521.25 per each of those taxpayers.
What could that amount of money pay for—other than a bigger federal government? It could, for example, go a long way toward putting your child through college. In the 2022-23 school year, according to US News & World Report, a student should expect to pay $10,423 in tuition and fees to attend a U.S. News-ranked in-state public college. A ranked out-of-state public college would cost $22,953, and a ranked private college would cost $39,723.
In other words, the $33,521.25 that the Biden administration had borrowed per taxpayer as of Oct. 31 would pay for more than three years at a ranked in-state public college (at the current rate) and almost a year and a half at a ranked out-of-state public college. It would also cover more than 84% of the average annual tuition and fees at a ranked private college. Has the $33,521.25 that the Biden administration has borrowed per taxpayer given you anything worth as much as a year (or three) in college?
In fiscal 2022 alone, the debt increased by $2,499,993,043,258.05. What did the federal government spend money on as it drove toward that remarkable increase in the debt?
Well, it spent $639,368,000,000, for example, on the Department of Education—in a year when only 33% of public school fourth graders and 31% of public school eighth graders scored proficient or better in reading in the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests. Similarly, only 36% of public school fourth graders and only 26% of public school eighth graders scored proficient or better in math.
Those scores may qualify these students to work in the Biden Office of Management and Budget, but they do not justify the federal government’s massive spending on local public education while running up a massive debt.
Perhaps more remarkable than the massive increase in its debt that federal government accumulated in the last fiscal year is the fact that it did so while extracting a record amount of taxes from the American people.
During fiscal 2022, according to the Treasury, the federal government collected $4,896,119,000,000 in total federal taxes. That was $518,302,170,000 more in constant September 2022 dollars than the federal government collected in fiscal 2021, when it brought in a then-record $4,377,816,830,000 in total taxes.
But while the federal government was collecting a record $4,896,119,000,000 in total taxes in fiscal 2022, it was spending $6,271,508,000,000. The result: a fiscal 2022 federal deficit of $1,375,389,000,000.
During that one year alone, the federal government borrowed approximately $13,224.15 for each of the 104,005,800 in income-taxpaying households that existed in this country as of 2019.
Does Biden plan to do anything about this? In the budget proposal he submitted to Congress earlier this year, Biden called for running a deficit of $1,153,856,000,000 in fiscal 2023, which has just begun. He would then follow that up with annual deficits of $1,200,805,000,000 in fiscal 2024 and $1,329,707,000,000 in fiscal 2025. Biden’s plan for the debt, in other words, is to continue increasing it by more than $1 trillion per year.
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Joe Biden silent about leftist violence in speech defending democracy
CHARLIE SPIERING (Nov 3) Breitbart
President Joe Biden on Wednesday condemned Republicans for contributing to political violence during a speech outlining the threats to American democracy.
“We must, with an overwhelming voice, stand against political violence and voter intimidation, period,” Biden said during his speech at Union Station in Washington, DC. “Stand up and speak against it.”
But while Biden specifically mentioned the attack on Paul Pelosi, the January 6 riots on Capitol Hill, and harassment of public voting officials, he did not outline examples of political violence from leftists.
A man tried to stab the Republican candidate for governor of New York Rep. Lee Zeldin in July. A woman allegedly bit an attendee at a rally for Republican Tudor Dixon in Detroit in October. A Marco Rubio volunteer canvassing for the campaign in October was viciously beaten by four individuals who allegedly told him that Republicans were not allowed in their neighborhood. Biden also did not mention the armed man who was arrested outside Brett Kavanaugh’s home in June plotting to kill the Supreme Court Justice in his dismissal of “violent” Republicans. Instead, Biden focused on “Extreme MAGA” violence against Democrats and other Republicans.
“We must with one overwhelming unified voice speak as a country and say there’s no place, no place for voter intimidation or political violence in America,” he said. “Whether it’s directed at Democrats or Republicans. No place, period. No place ever.”
Biden’s appeal to Americans repeatedly warned that those who voted Republican were putting American democracy at risk. “There’s an alarming rise in the number of our people in this country condoning political violence, or simply remaining silent, because silence is complicity,” he said.
Twitter and Facebook had regular meetings with DHS on censoring Americans
ALLUM BOKHARI (Oct 31) Breitbart News
Executives from Facebook and Twitter, including the recently-fired head of trust & safety Vijaya Gadde, held regular meetings with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss censorship on a wide range of topics, including the withdrawal from Afghanistan, coronavirus, and “racial justice,” according to leaked documents.
The information came to light via leaks to the Intercept, as well as documents and minutes revealed through Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt’s lawsuit filed against the Biden Administration that alleges government collusion with Big Tech to suppress Americans’ First Amendment rights.
According to the material, DHS plans to target alleged misinformation around “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.” The report also reveals an official process for the government to flag “misinformation” to Facebook.
Via the Intercept:
There is also a formalized process for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be throttled or suppressed through a special Facebook portal that requires a government or law enforcement email to use. At the time of writing, the “content request system” at facebook.com/xtakedowns/login is still live. DHS and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.
Some of the meetings between social media representatives and the government included Kate Starbird, the leftist professor who leads the “Election Integrity Partnership.”
Via the Intercept: In June, the same DHS advisory committee of CISA — which includes Twitter head of legal policy, trust, and safety Vijaya Gadde and University of Washington professor Kate Starbird — drafted a report to the CISA director calling for an expansive role for the agency in shaping the “information ecosystem.” The report called on the agency to closely monitor “social media platforms of all sizes, mainstream media, cable news, hyper partisan media, talk radio and other online resources.” They argued that the agency needed to take steps to halt the “spread of false and misleading information,” with a focus on information that undermines “key democratic institutions, such as the courts, or by other sectors such as the financial system, or public health measures.”
As Breitbart News previously reported, the EIP provided tools to the federal government and to organs of the Democrat party to censor “misinformation” in the runup to the 2020 election, and targeted various conservative media, including Breitbart News, for censorship.
Via Breitbart News: In the runup to the 2020 election, the consortium created a system whereby state actors including the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department could file “tickets” alongside news stories, flagging them so that Big Tech platforms could subsequently suppress or attach warning labels to them. Beyond this blatant case of a private-public censorship coalition, the EIP also engaged in partisan politics, allowing the Democratic National Committee to file tickets through the system, as well as the Democrat-aligned groups Common Cause and the NAACP.
News outlets targeted by the EIP included Breitbart News, Fox News, the New York Post, and the Epoch Times, as well as the social media accounts of prominent conservatives Charlie Kirk, Tom Fitton, Jack Posobiec, Mark Levin, James O’Keefe, and Sean Hannity, amongst others
In a statement to the Intercept, a Twitter spokesperson said “we do not coordinate with other entities when making content moderation decisions, and we independently evaluate content in line with the Twitter Rules.”
White House deletes lie: seniors getting biggest Social Security increase
White House tweet: “Seniors are getting the biggest increase in their Social Security in 10 years through President Biden’s leadership.”
Twitter Correction: “Seniors will receive a large Social Security benefit increase due to the annual cost of living adjustments, which is based on the inflation rate. President Nixon in 1972 signed into law automatic benefit adjustments tied to the Consumer Price Index.” Pub. L. No. 92-336 (1972).
Trump to stay on his Truth Social amid Elon Musk Twitter takeover
Former President Donald Trump wished Elon Musk the best with Twitter but stressed he will stay on his own Truth Social, a social media platform he touts as “better,” “safe” and that feels “like home.” Musk on Thursday completed his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, tweeting before midnight that “the bird is freed” and updating his bio to designate himself as the “Chief Twit.”
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital on Friday, Trump said, “I like Elon and I wish him a lot of luck. I hope he does well with it.” However, Trump added, “I don’t think Twitter can be successful without me.” Should Musk lift Trump’s lifetime ban on Twitter, the former president’s account would technically be active. Trump declined to comment on if he would ever use it again.
Musk has suggested that he would loosen content moderation practices for Twitter and would eliminate lifetime bans from the platform, but Trump told Fox News Digital that the new policy will not affect how he uses social media.
“I am staying on Truth. I like it better, I like the way it works, I like Elon, but I’m staying on Truth,” he told Fox News Digital.
Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat following the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Twitter deemed a number of his tweets connected to the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Trump told Fox News Digital that “terminating” him from Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies in 2021 was “one of the worst decisions made in business in the last two years,” pointing to “how badly these platforms are doing.”
“Facebook is now down $80 billion and boring,” Trump said. “Twitter has been taken over, and, if it wasn’t for me, it would have never been taken over. No one would have even thought about it.”
Trump told Fox News Digital that when he began using Twitter, it was “a failing operation. I made Twitter hot 12 years ago, I made Twitter hot,” he said. “And then when they terminated, it became cold, and that’s what happened.”
Trump, pointing to Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc.’s plunge in stock price — the lowest since February 2016 — and Twitter, said “engagements are way down and everything else since I left. And if you remember, 12 years ago, Twitter was a failed enterprise,” he said. “It was only when I got on that it became successful.”
Trump, after being terminated, created the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which launched in October 2021. TMTG’s social media platform, Truth Social, formally launched earlier this year. Trump’s comments Friday are in line with comments he made exclusively to Fox News Digital in April, when Musk first signaled he would purchase the platform. Trump, at the time, said he would not return to Twitter and would stay on Truth Social.
“I want to stay on Truth — Truth is better,” Trump told Fox News Digital on Friday. “I like it better, it is better to my eye, and last week, it was higher than TikTok. It was number one last week.”
Earlier this month, Google added Truth Social to the Google Play store. When Truth Social was added to Google Play, it was the No. 1 downloaded app in the store — ahead of TikTok, Amazon, WhatsApp and Instagram, and remained in that spot for nearly a week.
Last month, Samsung added the app to its Samsung Galaxy store, and earlier this year, Apple added Truth Social to its App Store. During its beta testing, and again when it opened to the public, Truth Social was also ranked No. 1 and the highest-ranking free app on the App Store in the U.S.
Trump, who has hinted at a 2024 White House run, told Fox News Digital on Friday that Truth Social would be his main platform should he launch a campaign. “If I choose to run, I will only use Truth,” he said. “When I put out a Truth, it is all over the place.”
“When I put a Truth out, it goes all over the place anyway,” Trump said. “Everyone who is on Twitter and on all the other places, they all put it out anyway.” He added, “I used to just put out public PR statements, and you know what, they were picked up.”
Meanwhile, TMTG’s plan is to become a publicly listed company through a merger with the publicly traded Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) whose sole purpose is to acquire a private company and take it public.
The SPAC is currently under investigation by the SEC, chaired by former Hillary Clinton campaign finance chair Gary Gensler, over whether there was pre-targeting of the deal and whether it had already identified TMTG as its target company before going public.
The SPAC is set to expire in December, but if it puts down approximately $3 million, it could extend itself for several months or a year. TMTG, whose CEO is former Rep. Devin Nunes, is still a private company and has not yet merged with the SPAC.
Sources close to Trump and Truth Social told Fox News Digital that if the SPAC does not extend, Trump will keep it private, something that could be preferable to the former president as it has become “marketable.”
Trump, in a Truth Social post early Friday, said Truth Social “has become somewhat of a phenomena. I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump Truthed. “Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better.” He added: “I LOVE TRUTH!”
Supreme Court to hear arguments in landmark case that could end affirmation: Harvard and UNC allegedly discriminated against Asian Americans in their admissions processes
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases Monday that could mean the end of decades of race-based affirmative action at universities.
The cases regard allegations that Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discriminate against Asian Americans — and in the UNC case, Whites as well — as they consider race in admissions. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) sued each university, one public and one private, and will advocate for the Supreme Court to end affirmative action in college applications.
The decision is expected to come next year. Legal experts anticipate the Court will overturn a precedent case, Grutter v. Bollinger, to end race-based university admissions.
Margot Cleveland, a former law professor and permanent law clerk to a federal appellate judge, said the Court is poised to overturn what it sees as another poor precedent.
“When the Court releases opinion, which will likely not be for six months or more, the majority will likely adopt Chief Justice John Roberts’ position in a 2007 case, when he wrote: ‘The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race, is to stop discriminating on the basis of race,’” Cleveland told Fox News Digital. “Missing in this debate, also, is the reality that race discrimination is not a victimless proposition, and often another minority, namely Asian-Americans, suffer the consequences.”
The precedent case on university admissions was decided in 2003 in a 5-4 decision that found affirmative action is legal so long as it is intended to try to achieve an educational benefit by having a diverse body. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote in the majority opinion that she “expects that 25 years from now, the use of racial preferences will no longer be necessary to further the interest approved today.”
Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, said O’Connor may only be a few years off in her prediction. The decades-long debate on affirmative action for universities could finally reach its end, he said.
“The two cases could prove to be the long-anticipated moments for a bright-line rule that has long escaped the Court due to its sharp divisions,” Turley told Fox News Digital.
SFFA originally sued Harvard in 2014. Lower courts ruled against the university but were later overruled by a Boston district court which found the alleged discrimination impacted a limited group of students.
Andrew McCarthy, the former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the facts in the case are clear: the universities received federal dollars and discriminated against a specific race.
“It violates the law for universities to discriminate according to race, period,” McCarthy told Fox News Digital. “The tragedy is that the Supreme Court ever said otherwise. The justices need to fix that.”
Biden seeks DHS czar to push abortion, attack pro-life centers
ByJordan Sekulow (Oct. 31) ACLJ Commentary
The Left in Congress has just proposed a new piece of legislation to appoint a new Department of Homeland Security Disinformation/Misinformation Czar to push abortion and attack pro-life crisis pregnancy centers around the country.
As reported by Fox News: House Democrats are pushing to create a new senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) who would monitor and respond to public “misinformation” about abortion access and other reproductive and sexual health services. Legislation from Rep. Nikema Williams, D-Ga., and four other Democrats would establish a new “reproductive and sexual health” official within HHS, and policing “misinformation” on abortion would be part of the job. The official would “collect information regarding, and to address, reproductive and sexual health misinformation being disseminated to the public,” according to the bill text.
“Folks, this shouldn’t really come as that much of a surprise. We told you how President Biden already attempted to prop up a “Disinformation Board” to silence conservative voices. We fought back and the Biden Administration put the idea on hold, temporarily. This time, the Left is trying again with a more specific target, setting its sights specifically on pro-life voices.
As ACLJ Senior Counsel CeCe Heil explained: “So misinformation, we’ve seen it where they’ve even claimed that ultrasound machines even give misinformation, so what they can categorize as misinformation is really unending. But if you have any information that goes against the abortion narrative, that will absolutely be deemed misinformation, medically inaccurate. If you have information showing how abortions affect women, how they have more miscarriages after, that is medically accurate proven information, but that is always deemed by the abortion distortion people that that’s medically inaccurate. So that section for sure when they talk about misinformation is directly targeted at [pro-life] pregnancy resource centers, absolutely, without doubt. And the fact that they can inspect, investigate, and audit, that would be targeting these resource centers as well.
“We are getting so close to election day in this critical Midterm season, and we, as well as the Left, know that abortion is going to be a key issue. Especially in the wake of Dobbs, where the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Planned Parenthood and the radical abortion-worshipping Left are desperately trying anything to protect its number one stock in trade, abortions. Remember not long ago we told you how abortion-friendly Senator Elizabeth Warren directly called out pro-life crisis pregnancy centers, painting them as dangerous. In reality she only escalated the danger not only to those pregnancy center workers, but their patients as well. And now this new legislation is essentially a war cry from the radical Left, trying to mount support for pro-abortion candidates and legislation by any means necessary.
“They not going to set up a Misinformation Czar like this without giving them the teeth to tear apart pro-life pregnancy centers and organizations. Meanwhile abortion-friendly politicians and leaders will quickly work to pass barbaric abortion laws in states across the country and to attack not only pro-life leaders, but pro-life organizations, voters, and even pregnancy centers. We told you overturning Roe was just the beginning. This is exactly what we predicted. It’s truly sick.
“The good news is the only way they get this passed is through a lame-duck Congress, if the Republicans sweep the Midterm and take back control and defeated sitting members with nothing to lose decide to push it through on their way out the door. Which could very well happen, but our ACLJ legal and Government Affairs teams will not stand by while they try. We will be there to push right back.”
Planned Parenthood sets new records for killing babies
Matthew Clark (Oct. 28) ACLJ
Planned Parenthood once again just set new records for the number of unborn babies killed in a single year and the excessive amount of taxpayer funding it took in, while simultaneously setting new record lows for the number of supposed other “services” it provides. This once again begs the question, how can Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion provider in America – once again get away with claiming that it doesn’t really focus on abortions? Why exactly does it need to take in more of our taxpayer funding as its supposedly helpful services drastically decline?
Once again, Planned Parenthood demonstrates that unfortunately, despite claims to the contrary, the abortion industry in America continues to thrive. Planned Parenthood recently released its 2020-2021 annual report, which shows that the abortion behemoth hit some tragic all-time records this past year.
Over the course of the last year, Planned Parenthood – which claims that abortions comprise a minuscule amount of its offered services – committed a record 383,460 abortions, up 8% (or 28,589 more unborn babies slaughtered) from the previous year. At the same time, it took in an all-time high $633.4 million in taxpayer funding. The abortion giant also posted its second highest annual profit on record, banking $133.7 million more than its expenses, up 91.8% from the previous year, as well as a record-high revenue of $1.7 billion (yes, that’s billion with a B).
This means that tax dollars subsidized America’s largest abortion provider at a higher level than it has ever done before. In fact, that’s $15,300,000.00 in taxpayer dollars more than the last record-setting year. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s number of total services decreased by over 1.7 million from last year (that’s a 16.6% drop in one year) – resulting in an at-least a 12-year LOW of under 8.65 million total “services,” meaning that abortions constituted an even greater percentage of its services than ever before.
Planned Parenthood deceptively hides behind its total number of “services” figure to skew the numbers, disguising its abortion practice with claims that it also provides a variety of other services, such as adoption, prenatal, and well-woman services. This claim proves to be less true every year. From its latest report, it’s clear that non-abortion services are not a priority to Planned Parenthood. In the last year, several non-abortion services decreased, with some of the services drastically dropping by upwards of 30%.
Planned Parenthood disingenuously touts its adoption referrals, but it cut the service by nearly 40% in a single year. In 2018-2019, Planned Parenthood reported an abysmally low 4,279 adoption referrals (compared to more than 345,000 abortions); and in 2019-2020, that number dropped to a mere 2,667 adoption referrals (down 37%). At this rate, it’s hard to imagine that this will even be a service provided in the next two to three years.
Unsurprisingly, in 2020-2021, that number fell through the floor once again, as Planned Parenthood could only provide 1,940 adoption referrals (down yet another 27%). Think about that. Planned Parenthood referred 1,940 women for adoption while performing 383,460 abortions this past year. That’s about 200 babies killed for every child it refers for adoption.
Adoption referrals were not the only non-abortion service to decrease this past year. Cancer screenings dropped 30% from last year, continuing its eye-popping 77% decline in such cancer screenings since 2009. In addition, the “healthcare” provider hit lows in its other non-abortion services as well. Testing and treatment of sexually-transmitted diseases was down 18% from last year; contraceptive services were down 14.5% and have been steadily decreasing since 2012-2013; prenatal services numbered a meager 8,775—the third lowest in the past 12 years. Given the record-high number of abortions and the abysmally low number of other services, it is clear that Planned Parenthood is not prioritizing women’s health and is merely in the business of generating profits from its abortion clinics.
Paul Pelosi assault suspect is an illegal alien
JOHN BINDER Oct 31 Breitbart News
David DePape, the man accused of attempting to murder House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer, is a “longtime” illegal alien living in sanctuary state California, a report reveals.
Days ago, police officers in San Francisco, California, responded to a 911 call made by Paul Pelosi. According to police, on October 28, 42-year-old DePape attacked Pelosi with a hammer, leaving him with severe blunt force injuries to his head that called for immediate surgery.
DePape was taken into custody, and charges of attempted murder are expected. He has already been charged with assault and attempted kidnapping.
FOXLA’s Bill Melugin reports that DePape is actually an illegal alien who has been living in the sanctuary state of California for some time after having overstayed his visa. It is unclear what kind of visa DePape initially arrived on to the United States from Canada and in what year.
DePape’s former partner told local media that the man is “mentally ill,” believing he was Jesus Christ at one time, and was living in a hippie commune in Berkley, California. Before arriving in California about two decades ago, DePape grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, in Canada.
With Nancy Pelosi’s support, California has one of the most rigorous sanctuary state policies in the United States — shielding criminal illegal aliens from arrest and deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and prohibiting local law enforcement from coordinating with ICE.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) latest report shows that nearly 685,000 foreign nationals overstayed their visas after arriving in the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2020, becoming illegal aliens. About half of the nation’s 11 million to 22 million illegal aliens arrive on visas but eventually overstay. The majority are never deported.
VOTE ON ELECTION DAY—NOVEMBER 8TH
Editor’s Note: See Biblical/Christian Voter Guides:
Vote: No on California Proposition 1
Catholics United to Protect and Support Women, Children and Families
(Released by California Catholic Conference—California bishops)
“Every human life, including unborn human life, is unique and unrepeatable, a person with inherent dignity and an eternal destiny. The intentional taking of any innocent human life is a grave moral evil, and people of faith and goodwill have an obligation to protect human life and oppose all attacks against human life and dignity. In CA this year, voters are faced with a choice to keep abortion law in our state as it is or to vote in favor of a new constitutional amendment that would permanently expand and vastly increase abortions in our state, without doing anything to give vulnerable women a real choice.
“While we pray and work for the day when every human life, born and unborn, will be protected in law and welcomed in life, today we work to defeat this ballot initiative. To that end, we offer the following resources that will unite people across California to oppose this extreme initiative.
What is Proposition 1?
“Proposition 1 would enshrine the explicit right to abortion in our state constitution, setting a nationwide precedent. It is the most egregious expansion of abortion this country has ever seen.
“It’s also the first time ever that CA voters are being asked to vote for unrestricted late term abortion, ending any real chance for California to protect unborn life in future laws.
“Recent in-depth polling shows that a strong majority of California voters oppose late term abortions, oppose turning California into an abortion sanctuary state, and oppose using tax dollars to pay for abortions.
“Prop 1 is misleading, expensive, and unnecessary – and we can stop it.” Learn More
This November, Vote “No” On Prop 1
(Editor’s Note: California has passed infanticide legislation—perinatal bill AB 2223–signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 27, 2022 that allows for a baby up to 28 days be killed without investigation by a coroner.)
Clear Majority of Americans believe U.S. was designed to be a Christian nation, survey reveals
By Tré Goins-Phillips (Oct. 27) FaithWire
Close to half of Americans — 45% — believe the U.S. ought to be a “Christian nation,” according to new data collected by the Pew Research Center. “That is a lot of people,” Greg Smith, one of the survey’s lead authors, told the Religion News Service. “[But] what people mean when they say they think the U.S. should be a Christian nation is really quite nuanced.”
Interestingly, a clear majority of those surveyed — 60% — believe the U.S. was, in fact, intended to be a Christian country. However, only 33% of respondents said the U.S. remains so today.
The data also revealed that about half of Americans — 47% — think Scripture should have “a great deal” or “some” influence on U.S. laws. And 27% of survey participants said, if the law and the Bible conflict, Scripture “should have more influence than the will of the people.”
Of those who believe the U.S. should be a Christian nation, 78% said the Bible “should have a great deal or some influence on U.S. laws.” Interestingly, 21% said Scripture should have “little or no influence.”
‘Mistake’ leads Good Samaritan to save four siblings from burning house
By Tré Goins-Phillips (Oct. 31) FaithWire
A house fire would’ve likely had a much darker ending Sunday had one passerby not made a wrong turn. Brendon Birt was driving in Red Oak, Iowa, last weekend, when he mistakenly turned down the wrong road — an error that, in retrospect, seems quite miraculous. It was moments after he turned down the incorrect street that Birt noticed the house fire. He told KETV-TV he “just felt like somebody was in there, because it was so late at night.”
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“I just knew that I had to act quick,” he said. “Every second that was going by was just getting worse.” So the good Samaritan began pounding on the front door, yelling, “Fire!” to anyone who might have been inside. As it turns out, Birt’s instincts were right: there were four siblings inside the house, each unaware of the fire quickly consuming the home.
Moments after Birt started banging on the door, three of the kids — ages 8, 14, and 17 — ran out as flames engulfed the front porch of the house in southwestern Iowa. Soon thereafter, the kids’ 22-year-old brother ran through the front door, too. “They came out the door [and] I just felt like I just wanted to break down and cry,” said the passerby.
Without Birt’s harrowing act, the kids likely would not have survived the blazing inferno, because the smoke alarms in the house failed to go off. The eldest sibling, Bryce Harrison, told KETV-TV he woke up to “an oven of heat and flames on the front wall.” His younger brother, Christopher Lehman, said, “Everything was just black in the living room.”
The children’s parents were out of town when they were alerted to the fire — and the horrifying news that their kids were still inside the house. The mother, Tender Lehman, is forever indebted to Birt. “My kids wouldn’t have made it, man,” she said. “They’re safe because of him. I mean, lives were saved here.”
If you would like to contribute to a GoFundMe set up for the family, you can do so here. The cause of the fire has not been identified. The Red Oak Fire Department said it is still investigating.
(Michael Hernandez, co-founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted at [email protected] and is editor of “America: The End and Our Hope”.)