Florida Lawmaker Introduces Bill to ‘Cancel’ State’s Democratic Party

A Florida lawmaker on Tuesday introduced legislation to “cancel” the state Democratic Party.

State Senator Blaise Ingoglia, a Republican, introduced SB 1248, known as the “The Ultimate Cancel Act” that would require the Florida Division of Elections to “immediately cancel the filings” of any political party that has ever endorsed slavery in its official party platform.

If passed, the bill would essentially ban the Democratic Party in Florida, a swing state that has drifted toward Republicans in recent years. Southern Democrats supported slavery during the Civil War while Republicans, led by President Abraham Lincoln, backed the abolition of slavery.

Republicans often call attention to the Democratic Party’s historic ties to slavery when facing their own accusations of racism, although Democrats have not formally held that position since the 19th century. Both major political parties have faced scrutiny for historic ties to racism.

The Florida Capitol building in Tallahassee is pictured, with Florida State Senator Blaise Ingoglia shown in the inset. Ingoglia on Tuesday announced new legislation that would essentially ban the Florida Democratic Party.
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“The division shall immediately cancel the filings of political party, to include its registration and approved status as a political party, if the party’s platform has previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude,” the bill’s text reads.

A Florida State Democratic Party spokesperson condemned the bill in a statement to Newsweek Tuesday evening.

“Presenting a bill that would disenfranchise 5 million voters is both unconstitutional and unserious. Under [Florida Governor] Ron DeSantis, Senator Ingoglia is using his office to push bills that are nothing more than publicity stunts instead of focusing on the issues that matter most to Floridians, such as reforming property insurance, addressing housing affordability, and combating climate change,” the spokesperson wrote.

The statement continued: “The sooner DeSantis and his puppets in the legislature learn that Florida is a Democratic Republic and not a Banana Republic, the better it will be for all Floridians.”

Ingoglia defended the bill in remarks to WESH-TV, a Daytona Beach-area television news station.

“For years now, leftist activists have been trying to ‘cancel’ people and companies for things they have said or done in the past. This includes the removal of statues and memorials, and the renaming of buildings. Using this standard, it would be hypocritical not to cancel the Democrat Party itself for the same reason,” he said, according to WESH.

Social Media Reacts to Florida Bill

Ingoglia’s bill to “cancel” Democrats was met with criticism on social media Tuesday.

“Another ridiculous stunt from a party full of ridiculous performance artists. FL State Senator introduces bill to ban the Democratic Party since it was once for slavery 160+ years ago,” tweeted Ron Filipkowski, an attorney who frequently criticizes the GOP.

“On the last day of Black History Month. Lol,” tweeted attorney Sean Shaw. “This is beneath anyone in elected office representing a state with real problems. And if you think this is funny/cute/clever, I hope we never have the pleasure of meeting. Thanks.”

Christian Ziegler, chair of the Florida Republican Party, tweeted support for the legislation.

“If we are removing the names of Founding Fathers from monuments & schools, surely we should cancel political parties who have a deep history of protecting & promoting slavery. I endorse @GovGoneWild’s legislation,” Ziegler tweeted.

Similar legislation was introduced by former U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert in 2020.

Newsweek has reached out to Ingoglia for comment.

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Students Stage Protests Against Unisex Toilets

Students at schools across England have been protesting their institutions’ unisex restrooms in recent days, and footage posted on social media shows some of the protests have become unruly.

Local media outlets in the United Kingdom reported children in Southampton, Essex, Blackpool, Yorkshire and other cities have all participated in the demonstrations over gender-neutral restrooms.

The Grantham Journal wrote that it had received multiple calls from parents and pupils about unisex toilets at local schools, and the newspaper cited “bullying issues” as a central complaint. Reportedly, female students have said boys unlock the doors while girls are using the toilets or try to take photographs.

Some people are saying TikTok is partially to blame for the spread of the protests, including Principal Jess Leonard, of Grantham’s Walton Academy.

“Towards the end of last week we became aware of a new trend on the social media platform TikTok. Today, some of our students joined this protest on the academy site, along with other young people across the country,” Leonard said in part in a statement to the Grantham Journal.

This undated stock image shows a sign for a neutral gender-identity restroom. Multiple schools across England have experienced protests in recent days over unisex restrooms.

A video posted on TikTok of Southhampton’s Weston Secondary School’s protest shows a large group of students chanting “toilet rights” while marching on the facility’s grounds as some pupils made obscene hand gestures. In other TikTok clips of similar protests at other schools, students are seen scaling fences, overturning chairs and stomping on school books.

The protests have varied in size. At Walton Academy, around 50 students reportedly took part in the demonstrations. Meanwhile, the Daily Echo wrote that about 200 students participated in a recent protest at Weston Secondary School.

Along with expressing dissatisfaction about sharing restrooms, some female students at the protests are voicing their grievances over other issues. One of the major complaints is about alleged strict school rules that leave pupils waiting for hours at a time for a break or lunchtime before they are permitted to use toilets.

There’s also a matter of cleanliness. One parent told the Grantham Journal that her daughter said girls at her school were not using the restrooms at school “because they are left in a bad state by some pupils.”

Principal Leonard’s statement emphasized her school supports the pupils demonstrating, as long they remain peaceful.

“We fully respect the right for our students’ voices to be heard, and indeed the right to protest. However, we have reminded our students that a protest should be a last resort after all other channels of communication have been exhausted,” Leonard said, according to the Grantham Journal.

Despite the protests about the unisex restrooms in England, advocates for such spaces have pointed out how sex-segregated toilets can cause difficulties for transgender and gender-nonconforming students.

GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), an American education organization that focuses on LGBTQ issues for K-12 students, posted on its blog that its research found “nearly two thirds of transgender students avoid school bathrooms because of feeling unsafe or uncomfortable.”

“Feeling unsafe, uncomfortable, and at risk of illegal disciplinary action, these students might ‘hold it’ or restrict intake of fluids, risking pain and dehydration,” GLSEN wrote. “Some of these students even leave school altogether. These outcomes are not positive in any way, for any one.”

Newsweek has reached out to Walton Academy and Weston Secondary School for comment.

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Titans GM: Excited to go forward with Tannehill

INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee Titans general manager Ran Carthon, speaking Tuesday at the NFL combine, offered some insight regarding his evaluation of quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

“He’s been a diligent worker, been in the building every day rehabbing and getting his work in,” Carthon said. “So, he is under contract and I am excited about moving forward with him and have a ton of respect for him.”

Carthon, asked last month during his introductory news conference about the quarterback’s future, had said he needed to further evaluate Tannehill. Tuesday’s comments appeared to be a progression from his previous stance.

The Titans have $9.8 million in cap space, according to ESPN’s Roster Management System. Tannehill has a $36.6 million cap number this season. The team could save around $18 million in cap space by cutting him.

There also have been reports that the New York Jets are interested in possibly trading for him, especially after naming former Titans offensive coordinator Todd Downing their passing-game coordinator.

Carthon noted that Tannehill is under contract and hinted at possibly keeping him this season. The GM declined to comment when asked about possibly restructuring Tannehill’s contract to lower his cap number.

“I know everybody wants to make a big deal out of the quarterback position, whether he will or won’t be here,” Carthon said. “But you guys have to accept the fact that Ryan is under contract for us and right now he is a Titan, and he will be a Titan.”

New Titans offensive coordinator Tim Kelly also hinted at Tannehill being around this season.

“He’s a great pro,” Kelly said. “He checks every box in terms of what you’re looking for from that position. I’m excited to continue to work with Ryan.”

The Titans were 6-6 with Tannehill as the starter last season. Tennessee was 1-3 in games that Tannehill didn’t start.

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Seahawks consider QB at No. 5 amid Smith talks

The Seattle Seahawks are working to re-sign Pro Bowl quarterback Geno Smith, but general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll said that isn’t stopping the team from taking a hard look at this year’s quarterback class.

Schneider on Tuesday described contact talks with Smith, the 2022 NFL Comeback Player of the Year, as “positive” thus far.

It’s no different from any other offseason for an organization that prides itself on leaving no stone unturned when it comes to player acquisition — with the notable caveat being that the Seahawks own the fifth overall pick in this year’s draft via the Russell Wilson trade as well as their own first-rounder (No. 20 overall).

“We are totally connected to the quarterbacks that are coming out,” Carroll told reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “This is a really huge opportunity for us. It’s a rare opportunity. We’ve been drafting in the low 20s for such a long time; you just don’t get the chance with these guys. So we’re deeply involved with all that.”

The Seahawks haven’t picked in the top five since they drafted linebacker Aaron Curry with the No. 4 selection in 2009, the year before Carroll and Schneider arrived. They’ve made the playoffs 10 times in 13 seasons since, which has meant routinely drafting later in the first round.

“A lot,” Schneider said when asked how much the Seahawks are looking at this year’s quarterback class. “Every year, honestly, we really look at it a lot. Like I said earlier, we haven’t picked fifth overall since we’ve been here. So yeah, I got out to see a lot of quarterbacks this year. It was pretty fun. But honestly, every year we’ve tried to do that, and we’ve tried to add quarterbacks.”

Smith is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after pulling off a remarkable career turnaround in which he unexpectedly won Seattle’s starting job and finished in the top 10 of several categories, including first in completion rate and sixth in Total QBR.

Schneider said in a radio interview after the season that he thinks a deal will get done, while Smith said at the Pro Bowl last month that the prospects of the two sides reaching a deal are “looking very good.”

“I would say it’s always a process,” Schneider said Tuesday. “Close? I would say ‘positive.’ All these negotiations, some go a little bit faster than others. Usually when you’re talking about larger numbers, they take a little bit more time. Obviously much more complex than [in] different sports with guaranteed contracts. There’s a lot more that goes into these contracts.”

Schneider declined to comment on whether the Seahawks are considering using the $32.416 million franchise tag on Smith, other than to say that the tag is a “tool” teams have at their disposal. The Seahawks have used the franchise tag only twice under Carroll and Schneider — on kicker Olindo Mare (2010) and defensive end Frank Clark (2019), who was then traded.

In that same span, they’ve drafted only two quarterbacks — Wilson (2012, third round) and Alex McGough (2018, seventh round). But sources have told ESPN that the Seahawks were poised to draft Patrick Mahomes in 2017 if he fell to them, and that they called the Cleveland Browns in 2018 to gauge interest in a possible swap of Wilson for the No. 1 overall pick, which Seattle would have used on Josh Allen.

In addition to picks Nos. 5 and 20 overall, the Seahawks own an extra second-rounder from Denver and 10 selections in all. Schneider was asked why it might still make sense to draft a quarterback high even if they re-sign Smith.

“Because they don’t grow on trees,” Schneider said. “It’s probably the hardest position to acquire a talent, a guy that everybody feels very confident in.”

ESPN’s Jeff Legwold and DJ Bien-Aime contributed to this report.

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Netanyahu’s Grip Loosens Amid Israel Turmoil

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised stability, but two months into his new tenure, Israeli divisions have deepened, West Bank violence has escalated and splits have emerged in his coalition.

JERUSALEM — When Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power late last year, he repeatedly reassured skeptics that he would be able to maintain Israeli stability, despite governing in coalition with far-right settler activists and ultraconservative religious leaders.

But while Mr. Netanyahu’s juggling act initially seemed to succeed, there are now signs that his control over his country’s security situation and his own coalition is ebbing. Amid social turmoil in Israel and unusually intense violence in the occupied territories, Mr. Netanyahu’s efforts to balance the interests of his extremist allies with the demands of more moderate Israelis and foreign allies have begun to falter.

On Monday, a day after Israeli settlers rampaged largely unchecked through several Palestinian villages in the West Bank to avenge the killing of two Jews, setting fires to homes and businesses, Israel’s political divisions were on clear display.

A far-right party in the coalition, led by Mr. Netanyahu’s national security minister, boycotted a session in Parliament at which the prime minister spoke out against the arson attacks. An ultra-Orthodox party also stayed away for most of the session. Then another far-right ally resigned as a deputy minister, complaining that Mr. Netanyahu had reneged on their coalition agreement.

“Things around him are imploding,” said Anshel Pfeffer, a biographer of Mr. Netanyahu. “Netanyahu has totally lost his best asset — being the calm, stable, firm hand on the steering wheel.”

The tensions in the coalition government come against a broader backdrop of social unrest that was set off by Mr. Netanyahu’s policies.

A government move to overhaul the judiciary has prompted one of the largest waves of protests in Israeli history, the beginnings of capital flight, threats by army reservists to refuse military service, and warnings from leading politicians of political violence and even civil war.

A protest against Mr. Netanyahu’s proposed judicial overhaul in Tel Aviv.Ilan Rosenberg/Reuters

In the occupied West Bank, frequent gun battles between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian gunmen have led to the deadliest start to any year for Palestinians in the territory since 2000, according to Palestinian officials. Palestinian attacks have also killed at least 14 Israelis, including seven killed in the deadliest attack in Jerusalem for a decade and a half.

The prime minister’s supporters say that he remains firmly in charge, however rocky the opening to his new tenure, and argue that much of the turbulence is not unique to his administration. “Prime Minister Netanyahu is an experienced leader,” his office said in a brief statement. “He keeps full control of his government. Working around the clock.”

Despite the tensions within his coalition, Mr. Netanyahu seems likely to pass a national budget in Parliament, a major government milestone that eluded him in his most recent administrations and one that could not be achieved without at least some unity in his alliance.

And violence often surges in Israel and the West Bank; the current increase in Palestinian attacks and Israeli raids began to increase under the last government.

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The funeral of two brothers, both Israeli settlers, who were shot as they drove through a West Bank town, in Jerusalem on Wednesday.Gil Cohen-Magen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

While Mr. Netanyahu often worked with unruly and hard-line partners during his previous coalition governments, this time is different. In the past, he was often at the political center of his coalitions, allowing him to moderate one wing of an alliance with the demands of the other.

But now, Mr. Netanyahu himself is at the left-most edge of his right-wing coalition, unable to triangulate between rival factions.

If Mr. Netanyahu reneges on his promises to them, he risks their resignation and the collapse of the coalition.

His predicament is rooted in his decision to remain in frontline politics despite standing trial for corruption. That move alienated many of his more moderate former allies, leaving him with few potential coalition partners.

In response, he turned to far-right leaders to form a governing coalition last December. To win their favor, he signed agreements with them in which he vowed, among other promises, to make sweeping changes to the judiciary and to entrench Israel’s control of and settlement in the West Bank.

Mr. Netanyahu’s promises on settlements enraged Palestinians and galvanized settlers in the West Bank, exacerbating an already combustible situation in the territory. And his move to rein in the judiciary set off the unusually large and dogged protest movement now gripping the country, prompted fears for Israeli democracy and led some major business leaders to announce plans to divest.

With every move the Israel leader makes to placate settlers — like giving retroactive authorization to settlements built without government permission, or taking harsher actions against armed Palestinian groups — Mr. Netanyahu risks provoking a still stronger Palestinian reaction.

Israeli soldiers patrolling the main road in Huwara, a town in the occupied West Bank, on Wednesday.Ronaldo Schemidt/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

He also risks censure from the Biden administration. This week, the State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said the United States expected those behind the latest attacks to be held to account. Palestinians who lost property, he said, should be reimbursed.

“Accountability and justice should be pursued with equal rigor in all cases of extremist violence and equal resources dedicated to prevent such attacks and bring those responsible to justice,” Mr. Price said.

Mr. Netanyahu’s allies insist that he will be able to balance these competing demands.

“Anyone who knows Prime Minister Netanyahu knows that his personal and political abilities, in particular, are above question,” said May Golan, a minister without portfolio in Mr. Netanyahu’s cabinet.

She discounted reports of divisions in the cabinet.

“There is a huge gap between what is published in the media and the ongoing management of the coalition,” Ms. Golan said. “Our coalition is a homogeneous, right-wing, Zionist coalition — with identical goals, identical values ​​and identical objectives.”

Some analysts reckon that Mr. Netanyahu’s far-right allies are unlikely to abandon him because they know that they have few other routes to power without him. But critics say he is in danger of losing control of both his government and the country.

Every move he takes to placate President Biden, such as sending an envoy to meet with Palestinian leaders in Jordan on Sunday, angers his far-right allies and encourages them to take countermeasures.

After Mr. Netanyahu criticized settler attacks in the West Bank this week, his national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called for an end to what he called the government’s “policy of containment.” Mr. Ben-Gvir also turned up at an unauthorized settler outpost, calling for it to be kept in place even as security forces evicted settlers who had moved there.

The contortions inherent within Mr. Netanyahu’s strategy were particularly apparent on Sunday, when the Biden administration announced that the Israelis and the Palestinians had agreed to several de-escalatory measures, including a freeze on new settlement announcements. Hours later, amid criticism from Mr. Netanyahu’s right flank, the Israeli government said there had been “no construction freeze” and “no change in Israeli policy.”

“Is he riding the tiger, or is the tiger riding him?” Ben Caspit, another Netanyahu biographer, asked in a column in mid-February in the newspaper Maariv.


Biden Steps Up as Republicans Struggle to Outline Budget Cuts

The president has tried to highlight years of Republican proposals that call for scaling back popular — and increasingly expensive — federal programs.

VIRGINIA BEACH — President Biden accused Republicans of “playing politics” with people’s lives on Tuesday as he tried to strike a contrast between his plans to expand access to health care and Republican efforts to cut into federal programs to reduce the budget deficit.

Republicans have not officially said whether their plans to balance the federal budget include cuts to the Affordable Care Act or Medicaid, but they have signaled that they are willing to scale back the programs.

Without a public consensus from conservative lawmakers, Mr. Biden seemed happy to step up and speak for them. After he spent the first minute of his remarks discussing his health struggles, Mr. Biden said that scores of Americans were worried about rising health care costs, and that Republicans were not interested in helping.

“Make no mistake: MAGA Republicans are trying to take away people’s health care,” Mr. Biden said at a community center in Virginia Beach, referring to the hard-right flank of the party loyal to former President Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Biden will release his budget on March 9 at a time of deep political polarization over the economy and a fight over the debt limit. Republicans, who hold the majority in the House, have refused to raise the debt limit unless Mr. Biden accepts deep cuts in federal spending. The president has said that the White House will not negotiate.

Instead, on Tuesday, Mr. Biden defended Democratic efforts to expand provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care law that has withstood some 13 years of Republican attempts to repeal it. He also touted a law that requires Medicare to bargain with drug manufacturers on behalf of seniors to lower their prescription costs.

Mr. Biden said he wanted to continue his efforts to make health care more affordable by instituting a nationwide cap of $35 a month for insulin, a measure that failed last year and is unlikely to pass in a majority-Republican House.

A record 16.3 million Americans signed up for health insurance plans through the law’s marketplaces during this year’s open enrollment period, a sign of its enduring popularity. But it has also become more expensive for the government: Generous new policies that were introduced during the coronavirus pandemic have made more health care subsidies available to Americans across income levels.

Mr. Biden said his budget would pay for increasing Medicare, Social Security and health care costs by increasing taxes. The proposal, which revisits a so-called billionaire tax Mr. Biden introduced in last year’s budget, faces slim odds in a divided Congress.

In recent weeks, Mr. Biden and his advisers have tried to draw attention to Republican proposals that call for scaling back federal health care programs, starting with his State of the Union address, in which he accused Republicans of threatening Social Security and Medicare, which offers federal health insurance for older Americans.

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Senator Rick Scott of Florida, who had proposed the plan, subsequently stopped promoting the entitlement cuts, with Mr. McCarthy later adding that those were “completely off the table.

“I was pleased to see so many Republicans stand up,” Mr. Biden said on Tuesday, mocking Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for shouting at him as he accused conservatives of wanting to eliminate entitlement programs. “They all stood up. They’re all on camera.”

The federal government has run a budget deficit every year since 2000, forcing it to borrow money and add to a national debt that now sits at $31.4 trillion. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget recently estimated that it would require $14.6 trillion in deficit reduction to balance the budget over the next decade.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has called the president’s refusal to negotiate on spending cuts “childish.” On Tuesday, a spokesman for Mr. McCarthy did not return a request for comment about the president’s accusation that Republicans were poised to propose deep cuts to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

On Tuesday, Mr. Biden said that Mr. McCarthy was “not a bad guy,” but called on the speaker and other Republicans to release a budget plan on the same day Mr. Biden releases his: “We can agree and we can disagree, and we can fight it out.”

The United States, which borrows huge sums to help pay for everything from military salaries to Social Security benefits, hit its $31.4 trillion borrowing cap on Jan. 19. Since then, the Treasury Department has been employing what are known as extraordinary measures to ensure that the government has enough to pay what it owes, including payments to bondholders.

A Washington think tank warned last week that the United States faces a default sometime this summer or early fall if Congress does not raise or suspend the debt ceiling.

“They voted three times to keep paying America’s bills to pay the debt without preconditions, without crisis,” Mr. Biden said, a reference to Republicans voting to raise the debt limit under Mr. Trump. “If they paid the American debt then, then why in God’s name are they threatening not to pay it now?”

Republicans have yet to release a specific plan to balance the budget, which has left room for the president to go on the offensive and portray the party as extreme. Mr. Biden has argued that lawmakers must raise the cap to fund obligations that Congress — including Republicans — have already approved.

In Virginia Beach, the president also warned that Republicans seeking to cut into Medicaid entitlements run the risk of dismantling an already fragile rural hospital system. The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion has provided some $12 billion to hospitals, many of them rural, and three-fourths of hospital closures have occurred in states that have not expanded Medicaid benefits, according to figures released by the White House.

“Communities depend on these hospitals,” Mr. Biden said. “Not getting Medicaid would shut many of them down.”

Mr. Biden on Tuesday mentioned a budget plan by Russell Vought, a former senior Trump administration official, that has been referenced by Republicans as they hash out their budget priorities. Mr. Vought, who did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, leads a Trump-aligned think tank called The Center for Renewing America. He recently released a budget plan that would slash Medicaid coverage and cull $600 billion from the Affordable Care Act.

On Monday, Representative Jodey C. Arrington, Republican of Texas and the chairman of the House Budget Committee, told Reuters that lawmakers were reviewing items “consistent” with what is in Mr. Vought’s plan. A press secretary for Mr. Arrington did not return a request for comment.


Republicans Blame Maryland Woman’s Killing on Biden Immigration Policy

House Republicans launched their latest investigation of the Biden administration, this time probing whether his immigration policies contributed to the killing of a 20-year-old Maryland woman over the summer.

After retaking control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, Republicans have initiated several investigations into President Joe Biden and his administration, arguing their policies have had detrimental impacts for millions of Americans despite pushback from Democrats, who view the investigations as lacking merit and being politically motivated.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan announced the latest probe into Biden on Tuesday.

The panel is investigating the case of a 17-year-old male migrant from El Salvador accused in the assault and killing of 20-year-old Kayla Hamilton in July, according to a committee press release.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, left, and President Joe Biden, right. Jordan, an Ohio Republican, announced a new investigation into the Biden administration on Tuesday. The Judiciary Committee is probing the killing of a 20-year-old Maryland woman in which an undocumented immigrant is accused.
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The migrant allegedly entered the United States in March, just months prior to the deadly attack, in Rio Grande City, Texas. He was identified as an unaccompanied minor as well as a member of the MS-13 gang, according to the press release.

Jordan, as well as Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Chairman Tom McClintock, demanded information about his case file and screening process in letters to both Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on Monday.

In the letters, Jordan and McClintock sought to blame the Biden administration’s border policies for allowing the migrant to enter the United States.

“Criminal aliens and gang members exploit the U.S. immigration system to harm Americans. The Biden Administration’s border and immigration policies only increase the likelihood that those criminal aliens will successfully enter and remain in the U.S,” the letter to Mayorkas reads.

In the letter to Becerra, they wrote that Biden’s “open-border policies” have “created vulnerabilities that criminal aliens and gang members exploit to the detriment of American citizens.”

When reached by Newsweek on Tuesday, a DHS official said: “DHS responds to Congressional correspondence directly via official channels, and the Department will continue to respond appropriately to Congressional oversight.”

Amid high numbers of migrants seeking to enter the United States, Republicans have become sharply critical of Biden’s approach to immigration. The topic has become a difficult issue for Biden, as polls show voters back Republicans on immigration.

GOP critics argue Biden has not properly addressed immigration, blaming him for high migration rates. They have also claimed immigration catalyzes violent crime, though studies have found lower crime rates among immigrants than U.S. citizens.

However, Biden has defended his record on the issue. Democrats say the president has sought to walk the line between embracing a more humane approach to immigration while also maintaining border security measures.

He announced several new initiatives in January, including the increased use of expedited removal for migrants who have entered the country illegally, mobilized resources for the border, as well as efforts for new legal pathways for lawful migration.

Newsweek has reached out to the White House and Department of Health and Human Services for comment.

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O’s, Pirates play ump-less bottom of ninth inning

BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no umpire behind the plate calling balls and strikes, or even one of those so-called robo umps that could become part of the game in the future, when the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates kept playing Tuesday.

Umpires left the field after Baltimore’s Josh Lester grounded out to end the top of the ninth inning with the Orioles trailing 7-4, officially ending the spring training contest.

But the teams went ahead and played the bottom of the ninth inning after Pirates manager Derek Shelton and Baltimore skipper Brandon Hyde had a quick discussion.

The Orioles wanted to get some work on the mound for right-hander Ofreidy Gómez. Teams occasionally agree to shorten or lengthen spring training games depending on needs.

With the umpires gone, the balls and strikes were called by the catcher, just like is done in so many backyard games. Maverick Handley, a non-roster invitee who has never played about the Double-A level, was behind the plate for the Orioles.

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Bryan Kohberger Was Home for 11 Days Before Cops Started Watching Him  

Police surveillance of Bryan Kohberger, suspect in the Idaho college student killings, began 11 days after he returned to his parents’ home in Albrightsville, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, officials in Pennsylvania unsealed the search warrant of Kohberger following his arrest at his parents’ residence, which revealed that “investigators began physical surveillance of the property and area of 119 Lamsden Drive, Chestnuthill Township, and in the early morning hours of December 27, 2022, observed Bryan Kohberger walking near this residence.”

However, the probable-cause affidavit released after Kohberger was arrested on December 30 stated that the 28-year-old’s vehicle was observed arriving at his parents’ home in Pennsylvania on December 16, 2022, at approximately 2:26 p.m. local time.

The unsealed search warrant comes as Kohberger remains in custody in Idaho’s Latah County on charges of four counts of first-degree murder and one count of felony burglary. He was arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with the fatal stabbings of four University of Idaho students: Kaylee Goncalves, 21, Madison Mogen, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Xana Kernodle, 20.

Police tape on January 3, 2023, surrounds a home that was the site of a quadruple slaying in Moscow, Idaho. Inset, Bryan Kohberger enters a hearing in Latah County District Court on January 5, 2023, in Moscow. On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania search warrant for Kohberger was released.
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Kohberger was a Ph.D. student at Washington State University when the killings were committed and his former lawyer in Pennsylvania said that his client was “eager to be exonerated.”

Since his arrest, sparse information has been released about the investigation, as there is a wide-ranging gag order in place, barring police or anyone else involved to speak to the public.

However, the search warrant for his apartment in Washington was released last month and the new search warrant released Tuesday includes new items taken from Kohberger. They include a flashlight, medical style gloves, a large T-shirt, a large black sweatshirt, a pair of black and white size 13 Nike shoes, socks, shorts and a pair of black boxers.

The search warrant also states that one buccal swab was taken from Kohberger. Jennifer Coffindaffer, former FBI agent, told Newsweek on Tuesday that she thinks the reason investigators did the buccal swab on scene is because “they wanted it quick.”

“They wanted to get it and get it under a search warrant. We just know when you get things under a search warrant, there’s no way you can lose it,” Coffindaffer told Newsweek.

According to Coffindaffer, Kohberger would have been required under law to agree to the buccal swab on scene since it was in a search warrant.

“Once you have a search warrant, there’s no discussion,” Coffindaffer added.

The search warrant from his Washington apartment returned several other items such as a nitrite-type black glove, a computer tower and several possible hair strands.

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