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Sen. Cruz On Biden Admin’s Response To China’s Lockdown Protests: ‘Pure Weakness’

On Monday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed the Biden administration’s statement responding to the Chinese people’s protests of the Communist country’s strict COVID-19 lockdown policies that protestors say contributed to the deaths of 10 people in a fire last week at a residential building in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang.

The Biden administration’s response focused on the lack of efficacy of a “zero COVID” approach instead of the freedom of the Chinese people.

“We’ve said that zero COVID is not a policy we are pursuing here in the United States. And as we’ve said, we think it’s going to be very difficult for the People’s Republic of China to be able to contain this virus through their zero-COVID strategy,” a National Security Council spokesperson said in a statement.

“For us, we are focused on what works and that means using public health tools like: continuing to enhance vaccination rates, including boosters and making testing and treatment easily accessible,” the statement added. “We’ve long said everyone has the right to peacefully protest, here in the United States and around the world. This includes in the PRC.”

Senator Cruz called the Biden administration’s response “Pitiful.”

“At a potentially historic inflection point, Dems shill for the CCP. Pure weakness from the Biden administration,” he continued.

“It’s almost as if Biden wishes he was driving a tank in Tiananmen Square,” Cruz added, referring to the 1989 pro-democracy protests in Beijing that ended in the massacre of at least 10,000 civilians by the Chinese government.

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BBC Journalist ‘Beaten And Kicked’ By Chinese Police After Being Arrested For Covering Protests

Chinese police kicked and beat a BBC journalist after he was arrested for covering the biggest protests by the Chinese people since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests during which the Chinese government massacred over 10,000 civilians.

BBC reporter Edward Lawrence was arrested by Chinese police while covering protests of China’s strict COVID-19 lockdowns that erupted following last week’s deadly fire at a residential building in Urumqi, the capital of China’s far western region of Xinjiang, that killed 10 people and injured nine others. Protestors say that the lockdowns contributed to the deaths as residents of the city have been prevented from leaving their homes for months.

“I’m at the scene of last night’s extraordinary anti Covid-zero protest in Shanghai. Many people are gathered here quietly watching. Lots of cops. Two girls laid flowers which were promptly removed by police. One man drove past with middle finger up at police,” Lawrence reported. “[S]ome small crowds are gathered on the sidewalks quietly watching the scene and the police presence.”

“I’ve seen several people with flowers. One girl was holding a blank piece of paper. One man has just approached me to say his flowers were confiscated by police. As he tells me this, two cops come over to listen to our conversation,” he added. “The crowd has grown from maybe a few dozen to several hundred. I’ve seen the police arrest three people – two of whom then fought with police. There’s a silent tension until one person shouts, and then the crowd chants and claps in support. I’m told by friends that police have blocked the roads around this area and they’re not letting people through.”

Lawrence was then arrested by Chinese police and was “beaten and kicked” while he was detained, according to the BBC.

“The BBC is extremely concerned about the treatment of our journalist Ed Lawrence, who was arrested and handcuffed while covering the protests in Shanghai,” the BBC said in a statement. “He was held for several hours before being released. During his arrest, he was beaten and kicked by the police. This happened while he was working as an accredited journalist.”

“It is very worrying that one of our journalists was attacked in this way whilst carrying out his duties,” the statement added. “We have had no official explanation of apology from the Chinese authorities, beyond a claim by the officials who later released him that they had arrested him for his down good in case he caught Covid from the crowd. We do not consider this a credible explanation.”

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Florida Creates Jobs For 30th Consecutive Month As National Labor Force Shrinks

The Republican-led state of Florida hit its 30th consecutive month of job growth in October as the national labor force shrank, according to the state’s October 2022 economic data report.

“Over the month, Florida’s labor force grew by 36,000, while the national labor force shrank, and Florida’s private sector employment growth was double the national growth rate,” a press release from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ office said. “Florida’s private sector employment grew by 5.6 percent over the year in October 2022 (+447,800 jobs), faster than the national growth rate of 4.0 percent.”

“Florida’s unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage points to 2.7 percent, which is still historically low, and remains a full point below the nation’s 3.7 percent mark,” the press release added. “Much of the increase in the unemployment rate is due to increased unemployment in Southwest Florida following Hurricane Ian. The unemployment rate in the Fort Myers area was 3.9 percent during the month, up 0.5 points. Still, this slight increase in unemployment in Florida shows that despite the impacts of a Category 4 storm, Floridians and Florida’s economy remain resilient.”

“Florida’s economic resiliency is unmatched in the country – no other state could withstand the direct impact of a Category 4 hurricane and continue to grow jobs in the same month,” DeSantis said. “We have made record investments in our infrastructure and workforce while building a record budget surplus and providing record tax reduction for Floridians.”

The news follows a national trend of the economies of red states – those that lean Republican – outperforming blue states – those that lean Democrat. As noted by an analysis from The Wall Street Journal, “Since February 2020, the month before the pandemic began, the share of all U.S. jobs located in red states has grown by more than half a percentage point, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Brookings Institution think tank. Red states have added 341,000 jobs over that time, while blue states were still short 1.3 million jobs as of May.”

Elon Musk Responds To Leftist Critics: ‘There Is Not One Permanent Ban On Even The Most Far-Left Account Spouting Utter Lies’

On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk responded to the leftist idea that he was giving special treatment to right-wing journalists and pundits on the platform, saying, “there is not one permanent ban on even the most far-left account spouting utter lies.”

“Imagine if Elon Musk were actually the right-wing bogeyman these spoiled lefty journos pretend he is and he decided to turn the tables and ban all left-wing ‘fake news’ from Twitter,” Kyle Becker wrote. “There’d be nothing left for them to publish!”

“As is obvious to all but the media, there is not one permanent ban on even the most far left account spouting utter lies,” Musk replied. “Not even Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that carried severe consequences for escalating the war.”

Musk referenced a recently retracted story from former Associated Press journalist James Laporta that said Russian missiles struck Przewodów, Poland, and killed two civilians.

The story, which relied on a single anonymous source, turned out to be false, and Laporta was subsequently fired. The Associated Press eventually issued a correction.

“In earlier versions of a story published November 15, 2022, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information from a senior American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity, that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people,” the correction read. “Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.”

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Biden Admin Tells People They Are Approved For Student Loan Cancellation Despite Ongoing Court Battle

Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has started notifying Americans who applied for student loan forgiveness that their requests had been approved – despite the ongoing legal battle over the plan after federal courts ruled it was unlawful.

The day after asking the Supreme Court to overrule lower courts and allow the student loan forgiveness plan to continue, the Biden administration began notifying applicants they’ve been approved.

According to Business Insider, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote in an email to applicants, “We reviewed your application and determined that you are eligible for loan relief under the Plan. We have sent this approval on to your loan servicer. You do not need to take any further action.”

The student loan forgiveness plan was originally struck down by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Texas, who said the student loan forgiveness plan is “one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.”

“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone,” Pittman continued. “Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government … The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary.”

The Biden administration subsequently appealed the ruling, and the plan was again ruled unconstitutional by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

“The ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals comes in response to a lawsuit jointly filed six Republican-led states that argued the Biden administration was overstepping its executive powers,” CBS News reported.  “It marks the second court ruling blocking the White House’s debt-relief program since a federal judge in Texas on Thursday blocked the program and declared it ‘unlawful.’”

In response to the ruling, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar told the Supreme Court in a filing that the “Eighth Circuit’s erroneous injunction leaves millions of economically vulnerable borrowers in limbo, uncertain about the size of their debt and unable to make financial decisions with an accurate understanding of their future repayment obligations.”

“If the Court declines to vacate the injunction, it may wish to construe this application as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, grant the petition, and set the case for expedited briefing and argument this Term to avoid prolonging this uncertainty for the millions of affected borrowers,” Prelogar added.

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