Officer Brian Sicknick, mortally wounded by a fire extinguisher to the head while defending the U.S. Capitol from rioters, was a true American patriot: An Iraq War veteran, unafraid to question his country’s leaders. Sicknick, a 42-year-old New Jersey native, passed away around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, one day after he was attacked by rioters who invaded the Capitol following an incendiary speech by President Trump. Flags at the Capitol flew at half-staff Friday to honor Sicknick, who joined the Capitol Police in 2008. No arrests were yet made in the killing of the veteran law enforcer, who was inj...
New Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) began his new job by ensuring that all masks mandates would be banned in schools regardless of what the community and parents want.
Speaking to the press on Sunday, Youngkin was asked about the Arlington school district still requiring masks regardless of what the governor says. Arlington County voted 76.7 percent against Youngkin despite his campaign pledge to kill masks in schools.
Youngkin said that clearly, the schools didn't listen to what parents wanted, assuming that the parents in Arlington don't want the mask mandate.
Arlington County voted 76.7 percent against Youngkin despite his campaign pledge to kill masks in schools.
Delegate Patrick Hope of Arlington County spoke to WTOP, explaining that the Virginia laws say that schools must follow the CDC. So, Youngkin's anti-mask order is in violation of existing Virginia laws.
\u201cNo authority at all.\u201d Delegate Patrick Hope of Arlington County responds to Governor Youngkin who said he may use state resources to try to force the county\u2019s school system to comply with his order - which effectively removes school mask mandates. @WTOP @HopeforVirginiapic.twitter.com/Z6ZoFGQ9yp— Nick Iannelli (@Nick Iannelli) 1642369517
Virginia parents online are already annoyed with Youngkin for ignoring their hope to keep their children safe.
The next several weeks should provide essential data on the effectiveness of masks in schools as they're removed and the virus spreads. Many cities in Texas, and around the country have been forced to close in part because so many students are out with COVID but more, so many teachers are out with the virus and they don't have access to enough people willing to step in to be substitute teachers.
Two other counties have joined Arlington in the effort, Richmond and Alexandria.
It would of course never occur to him that we\u2019ve all known since November that he\u2019d likely try to rescind the mask mandate, and that the school board has been listening to parents for two months straight, which is why they were prepared to state their opposition immediately.https://twitter.com/nickwtop/status/1482793696072450048\u00a0\u2026— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC\u2122 (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC\u2122) 1642365102
Youngkin ran hard on being a uniter then on his first full day as governor escalates a fight with a local school administration which just happens to be in a very Democratic city \n\n#2024https://twitter.com/nickwtop/status/1482793696072450048\u00a0\u2026— Bill Scher (@Bill Scher) 1642362397
If Youngkin \u201clistened to parents\u201d in Arlington, he\u2019d already know that 76% of the County rejected him and his nonsense.https://twitter.com/NickWTOP/status/1482793696072450048\u00a0\u2026— Matt Rogers (@Matt Rogers) 1642369195
Thanks @APSVirginia from this Arlington resident for acting to #ProtectOurChildren, #HighRiskCOVID19 kids& teachers by retaining the #maskmandate despite demagoguery by #Youngkin& #antiscience virtue signaling by #antimask #rightwingextremists. H/t @AndrewWhitleyVAhttps://twitter.com/AndrewWhitleyVA/status/1482499049647489028\u00a0\u2026— Dan S #HealthcareVoter (@Dan S #HealthcareVoter) 1642322164
Youngkin reveals his day 2 plan of more government control.\n\nArlington Parents: we want a mask mandate\n\nArlington School Board: mask mandate\n\nGovernor: we will use every resource to ensure that Arlington parents can\u2019t have a mask mandatehttps://twitter.com/nickwtop/status/1482793696072450048\u00a0\u2026— Nick Freitas Paperwork (@Nick Freitas Paperwork) 1642367559
Most ARLINGTON parents clearly support #MaskMandates. #Youngkin got less than 23% of the vote to nearly 77% for McAuliffe in November 2021. So Youngkin is disrespecting Arlington parents after pledging to promote healing& be a conciliatory leader! Not a very auspicious start!pic.twitter.com/GVeLLHMM96— Dan S #HealthcareVoter (@Dan S #HealthcareVoter) 1642370910
They are my neighbors. And their candidate lost the county overwhelmingly.https://twitter.com/Redshift42/status/1482814290906304516\u00a0\u2026— David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC\u2122 (@David Waldman-1, of Yorktown LLC\u2122) 1642365533
Couldn't be prouder of Arlington County Public Schools which is apparently defying Governor Youngkin's edict dismissing mask mandates. @APSVirginiapic.twitter.com/hiu0jihdfI— Donald Camp (@Donald Camp) 1642362061
'Lord of the Lies': CNN's Acosta warns all of Trump's false stories are starting to catch up with him
CNN host Jim Acosta introduced a segment showing a clip from this week's interview between former President Donald Trump and NPR’s Steve Inskeep. In the discussion, Inskeep asked Trump about the so-called "rigged" election in Georgia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Trump ranted about Biden's crowd sizes and then claimed the GOP is going to do whatever it wants to do. Trump then hung up, refusing to go any further with the interview.
Acosta thinks that is because "all of Trump's lies are catching up with the Lord of the Lies. Trump, his advisers, his allies in Congress and on conservative media they're all drowning in a swamp of lies and that swamp is not draining. But there is a cure for what ails then, and us, and our democracy. It's called the truth."
See the full commentary below:
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Ex-Trump Homeland Security official falsely implies Biden visas are to blame for Texas synagogue attack
Up until this weekend, British national Malik Faisal Akram had never committed a crime. He had been in the U.S. for just two weeks. Yet, one of Donald Trump's Homeland Security appointees wants the media to ask how Akram got into the U.S.
How did hostage taker Malik Faisal Akram make his way to the United States? Tourist visa? Foreign student visa? Media should be asking. Without details it's very difficult to prevent this from happening again.\n\nICE public affairs: 202-732-4646\nDHS public affairs: 202-282-8010pic.twitter.com/KLQQ8G0a2O— Jon Feere (@Jon Feere) 1642364541
The problem that Jon Feere acknowledges is that it's very difficult to stop something like this from happening again. It doesn't have anything to do with President Joe Biden and existing visa programs. It's due to people can enter the United States for two weeks for "vacation." If he didn't have a criminal history, then he wasn't on a watch list.
As Cato Institute director of Economics and Social policy Alex Nowrasteh explained, nothing that was in place from Donald Trump would have stopped Akram.
According to the president, Akram "allegedly" bought the gun used in the attack "on the street," though the investigation is still ongoing. A Daily Beast report quoted the man's brother saying he had mental health issues.
Probably visa waiver program because he was British. None of your former boss\u2019s silly orders would\u2019ve stopped him. \n\nhttps://news.sky.com/story/amp/texas-synagogue-siege-british-hostage-taker-named-as-malik-faisal-akram-1251790\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/jonfeere/status/1482810474941059080\u00a0\u2026— The Alex Nowrasteh (@The Alex Nowrasteh) 1642367106
Man with high-level position in ICE under Trump seems unaware of existence of Visa Waiver Program.https://twitter.com/JonFeere/status/1482810474941059080\u00a0\u2026— Aaron Reichlin-Melnick (@Aaron Reichlin-Melnick) 1642367337