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Polybius's Journal
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October 30, 2023

Poll: Haley catches DeSantis for second place in Iowa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley are tied for second place with 16% each. In August, DeSantis was sitting at 19% in the poll, while Haley was at just 6%.

“You just have [Haley] rising. You have DeSantis kind of holding on for second place” pollster J. Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., which conducted the survey, told the Des Moines Register. “But both of them are on ground that you could only describe as shaky compared to the solid ground that Donald Trump stands on.

“If anything, he’s showing improvement.”

The Democratic National Committee sent two emails within 20 minutes of each other Monday morning attacking Haley, who Monday filed to appear on the primary ballot in her home state of South Carolina.

October 30, 2023

Federal judge grants Texas' motion to temporarily stop the Biden administration from removing razor wire at the US-Mexic

Source: CNN

Federal judge grants Texas’ motion to temporarily stop the Biden administration from removing razor wire at the US-Mexico border

A federal judge on Monday granted Texas’ motion to temporarily stop the Biden administration from removing the razor wire at the US-Mexico border, pending a preliminary injunction hearing.

The temporary win for Texas, which states the federal government shall not remove, disassemble, degrade or tamper with the concertina wire, comes with one exception, which allows the wire to be removed in the case of a “medical emergency that mostly likely results in serious bodily injury or death to a person,” according to the order issued by US District Judge Alia Moses.

The lawsuit, filed in the Western District of Texas, marks the latest chapter of the legal saga between the state and the Biden administration over border security during a migration surge that is straining local and federal resources.

The defendants include the Department of Homeland Security; DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, US Customs and Border Protection, CBP’s acting commissioner Troy Miller, US Border Patrol, USBP’s Chief Jason Owens and USBP Del Rio Sector acting chief patrol agent Juan Bernal.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2023/10/30/politics/texas-biden-wire-mexico-border-federal-order/index.html

George W. Bush appointee.
October 29, 2023

Andrew Cuomo Blames 'Cancel Culture On Steroids' For Downfall

Andrew Cuomo is still attempting to brush off the many sexual harassment allegations against him.

The former New York governor decried “cancel culture” on Friday’s episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” two years after he resigned following an independent investigation that cited 11 women’s claims of misconduct.

“This is the cancel culture on steroids at the highest level — with a justice department,” he said. “Eleven cases trigger the cancel culture. Everyone has to be first before they get accused by a women’s group of not moving fast enough.”

“The president of the United States within hours says: ‘You have to resign, but I didn’t read the report. But doesn’t matter. You have to resign,’” Cuomo said. “And now it’s dominoes among the Democrats.”

October 27, 2023

Rep. Bowman pleads guilty after pulling fire alarm ahead of House spending bill vote

Source: ABC News

Rep. Jamaal Bowman pleaded guilty on Thursday after being charged with falsely pulling the fire alarm at a congressional office building, a misdemeanor, before the House voted on a stopgap spending bill to fund the government last month.

"I'm thankful for the quick resolution from the District of Columbia Attorney General's office on this issue and grateful that the United States Capitol Police General Counsel's office agreed I did not obstruct nor intend to obstruct any House vote or proceedings. I am responsible for activating a fire alarm, I will be paying the fine issued, and look forward to these charges being ultimately dropped," Bowman initially said in a statement Wednesday after he was hit with the misdemeanor charge.

"I think we all know that Republicans will attempt to use this to distract everyone from their mess, but I look forward to putting this behind me and to continue working hard to deliver for New Yorkers," he said.

After his court appearance on Thursday, Bowman told ABC News, "I regret Capitol Police resources needed to be used to respond to that. I'm glad no one was hurt."

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rep-jamaal-bowman-charged-count-falsely-pulling-fire/story?id=104298623

October 25, 2023

Democrat predicts Tlaib will face censure once Speaker elected

Source: The Hill

Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz (Fla.) suggested Tuesday that Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) may face censure over her statements on the Israel-Hamas war once the House elects a Speaker.

“I think once we get a House Speaker here, I think that censure resolution will come to the floor and I do think it’s something everyone should consider,” he said on Fox News when asked whether there could be a censure after Tlaib issued a statement about the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital explosion.

“This is about U.S. intelligence, this is about U.S. information, this is about not willing to trust the Biden administration and U.S. intelligence but instead continuing to pretend like the Ministry of Health out of Gaza is nothing other than a terrorist organization,” he added.

Some Republican lawmakers have floated a censure resolution directed at Tlaib over her comments about the ensuing violence in the region since Hamas launched its deadly attack on Israel on Oct. 7. Tlaib and a handful of other Democratic lawmakers have faced criticism for their remarks on the ongoing violence in Israel and Gaza.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4273175-democrat-predicts-tlaib-will-face-censure-once-speaker-elected/

October 22, 2023

Rep. Ilhan Omar slams President Joe Biden

I hate Newsweek, but the video is real. Biden is doing a great job with all that's going on right now, she needs to focus her anger elsewhere.


October 21, 2023

Former US congressman says family members killed in Gaza church blast

Source: The Guardian

The first Palestinian American to serve as a US Congress member said he was grieving after several of his relatives were killed at a Greek Orthodox church in Gaza that authorities report was hit by an Israeli airstrike.

Justin Amash detailed his sorrow over losing family members amid the Israel-Hamas war in a post on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“I was really worried about this. With great sadness, I have now confirmed that several of my relatives … were killed at Saint Porphyrius Orthodox Church in Gaza, where they had been sheltering, when part of the complex was destroyed as the result of an Israeli airstrike,” Amash wrote in a post that pictured whom he identified as two lost family members, Viola and Yara.

The ex-congressman’s post continued: “Give rest, O Lord, to their souls, and may their memories be eternal. The Palestinian Christian community has endured so much. Our family is hurting badly. May God watch over all Christians in Gaza – and all Israelis and Palestinians who are suffering, whatever their religion or creed.”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/oct/21/justin-amash-family-members-killed-gaza-church

While I wasn't a fan of Amash, my heart goes out to him and his family.

October 20, 2023

Democratic senators introduce bill establishing Supreme Court term limits

Source: The Hill

A group of Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would radically change the makeup of the Supreme Court, amid ongoing concerns over court ethics and its increasingly conservative makeup.

The legislation would appoint a new Supreme Court justice every two years, with that justice hearing every case for 18 years before stepping back from the bench and only hearing a “small number of constitutionally required cases.”

“The Supreme Court is facing a crisis of legitimacy that is exacerbated by radical decisions at odds with established legal precedent, ethical lapses of sitting justices, and politicization of the confirmation process,” Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said in a statement.

“This crisis has eroded faith and confidence in our nation’s highest court. Fundamental reform is necessary to address this crisis and restore trust in the institution.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/4265176-democratic-senators-introduce-bill-establishing-supreme-court-term-limits/

This is not a Constitutional Amendment. Even in the extremely unlikely even that it passed and was signed into law, It would almost certainly get struck down, perhaps 9-0.
October 19, 2023

Trump endorses Gov. Jim Justice in West Virginia Senate primary

Former President Trump, who is wildly popular in West Virginia, on Wednesday endorsed Gov. Jim Justice in the state’s Senate Republican primary.

Trump’s endorsement of Justice over Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.), whom the former president endorsed in a House race last year, is a major political development in a key Senate battleground.

The winner would challenge Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in the 2024 general election if Manchin decides to run for a fourth Senate term.

But Trump on Wednesday made it clear he wants Justice to win the nomination to challenge Manchin next year if he runs for reelection.

October 19, 2023

Tlaib refuses to apologize for blaming Israel for Gaza hospital blast, attacks Biden

Source: ABC News

Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib refused to apologize Wednesday for saying Tuesday that Israel is to blame for the hospital explosion that day in Gaza, an accusation that sparked political backlash against Tlaib from Republicans as Israel denies fault.

Tlaib joined thousands of protesters calling for a ceasefire in Gaza during a solidarity rally hosted by the left-leaning group Jewish Voice for Peace at the National Mall. She was visibly emotional, at times pausing her speech to openly weep and criticizing lawmakers who have not backed a ceasefire resolution.

"As an American, not just as a member of the United States Congress, I am ashamed. I am ashamed that they're saying, 'not yet. Maybe next week.' ... How many more have to die?" Tlaib said.

She also addressed the backlash, applauding attendees for the "courage it's taken to speak up."

Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tlaib-refuses-apologize-blaming-israel-gaza-hospital-blast/story?id=104085727

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