🇺🇸 Biden to the Border

Plus, mistaking manatees for mermaids...

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📉 January 6, 2023: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 47, Disapprove 52 (Rasmussen Reports)

📉 January 5, 2023: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 43, Disapprove 55 (Politico/Morning Consult)

📉 January 5, 2023: Direction of Country: Right Direction 31, Wrong Track 69 (Politico/Morning Consult)

📉 January 3, 2023: Americans Largely Pessimistic About US Prospects in 2023: 90% expect political conflict in US; 85% predict international discord (Gallup)


TRENDING

LeftDamar Hamlin's dreadful collapse: Just another reason to defund football Irvin Muchnik, Salon

Left'Horrifying': Oklahoma Republicans draft bill to criminalize gender-affirming care for individuals under 26 Brandon Gage, AlterNet

LeftWill 2023 be the year Donald Trump is indicted? Andrew Prokop, Vox

RightAmerica's crime problem is real. Tackling it requires respect for cops Christopher Wray, Fox News Opinion

Right‘He Ain’t No Prop’: Dan Bishop Torches Cori Bush For ‘Grotesquely Racist’ Attack On Byron Donalds Virginia Kruta, Daily Wire

RightButtigieg on if DOT Was Aware of Southwest Tech Issues in Advance: I Don’t Run Their System Ian Hanchett, Breitbart


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California Blackouts, Bolsonaro's Backers, Suspect in Plain Sight

US: California braces for more storms as thousands are still without power (NPR)

US: After chaotic week, McCarthy faces new battle as House votes on rules package (The Guardian)

US: Online sleuths claim Idaho murder suspect attended vigil held for four victims (NY Post)

World: Pro-Bolsonaro protesters storm Brazil’s Congress, high court (AP)

World: Thousands cross Hong Kong-China border as Covid restrictions end (Financial Times)

Pandemic: What we know about the XBB.1.5 COVID variant sweeping the Northeast (The Hill)

World: Andrew Tate ‘tweets about being attacked after reports he was rushed to hospital from Romanian jail’ (The Sun)

UK: Prince Harry’s Bitter Feud With His Older Brother William Has Centuries of History (TIME)


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Biden to the Border

Yesterday President Joe Biden visited El Paso, Texas, along the nation’s southern border. Last week, he unveiled a series of steps aimed at boosting border security, amid a huge surge of migrants.

Reporting from the Left: Biden focuses on El Paso in his first presidential trip to the US-Mexico border (ABC News)

Reporting from the Right: Border Patrol union rips Biden’s border visit, says El Paso cleaned up ‘just in time’ (Fox News)

From The Flag: Biden has disclosed that Mexico agreed to accept the return of up to 30,000 migrants a month from each of Venezuela, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Cuba, provided those individuals entered the US illegally. Here’s more from both sides.


RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

The Democrats Have Created a Border Monster, and Have No Plan To Fix It

  • Biden’s attempt at a border enforcement plan comes much too late, and Democratic mayors in cities near the border are fed up.
  • Democrats brand themselves as the party that will protect the less fortunate, but they’re fostering hellish conditions in border states.
  • Despite record border crossings that easily surpass anything seen during the Obama Administration, mainstream media outlets refuse to cover the story.

“Biden Discovers the US-Mexico Border” Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal: “One sign that President Biden plans to run for re-election is that he’s finally noticing there’s a problem at the US-Mexico border. … Mr. Biden’s problem is that his political and policy signals that the border is essentially open have created a magnet for migrants that will grow after Title 42 goes away. Border patrol encounters soared to 2.2 million in the last fiscal year from 405,036 in 2020 and are on course to be higher this year even with Title 42 in place. And that doesn’t include the migrants who are never caught. The President’s political problem is that all of this is straining the border region and increasingly cities where the migrants are heading… Democratic mayors are furious. So now the President is at long last trying to address the problem… Count us skeptical that any of them will do much good.”

“There's Nothing Compassionate About Dems' Border Crisis” Adam B. Coleman, New York Post Opinion: “True compassion shows itself in action, not just rhetoric. Yet the Democratic Party, which routinely portrays itself as politically paternalistic to the less fortunate, often acts like a parent suffering from Munchausen by proxy as it fosters the hellish circumstances it claims to want to banish. As the Supreme Court considers the legality of keeping Title 42 in place, Americans living in border states are bracing themselves for when the law is lifted, wondering how much more they can withstand as the tidal waves of the less fortunate continue to rise. In cities like El Paso, Texas, the streets are beginning to resemble Skid Row as Border Patrol releases hundreds of processed migrants with nowhere to go every day. More than 1,000 migrants crossed the Rio Grande in a four-hour period one recent Sunday.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Most People Don't Know How Bad the Border Crisis Is Byron York, Washington Examiner Opinion


LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Trump’s Legacy Is On Display, But Congress Should Have Already Fixed This

  • Lawmakers need to finally come up with more ways for workers to enter the country legally, because our economy needs it.
  • It’s devastating that Democrats failed to pass legislation protecting “dreamers,” as this most recent Congress may have been the last chance.
  • Former president Trump’s anti-immigration policies created a lose-lose situation for the Biden White House.

“How to respond to an expected surge at the border” Editorial Board, Washington Post: “No magic solution is available for a mess decades in the making… Earlier efforts to fashion a comprehensive immigration overhaul have met with repeated failure. So, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are scrambling to fashion a fix that would tighten border enforcement and also provide a pathway to legal status for ‘dreamers,’ migrants who were brought to this country as children… The administration needs to expand other legal pathways for migrants to enter the country, not least to help meet the economy’s need for workers. The Labor Department reported 10.3 million job openings at the end of October, amid an ultralow unemployment rate of 3.7 percent. Plenty of US companies would be happy to have more legal employees. And increasing lawful pathways could put at least some smugglers who prey on desperate migrants out of business.”

“Congress Has Once Again Failed Immigrant Youths” Greisa Martínez Rosas, New York Times Op-ed: “Imagine what it’s like to live in a state of perpetual uncertainty — at any moment you could lose your job because you no longer have the right to work legally. Picture families ripped apart — a mother sent back to a country she barely remembers, forced to leave her child behind. … As someone who is protected by DACA, I think a lot about this. During this lame duck session of Congress, while Democrats still control both chambers, there was an opportunity to keep this scenario from becoming a reality. … But negotiations to include it in the 2023 omnibus appropriations bill failed. This might’ve been the last chance to save DACA. The program remains under attack and could be undone by the Supreme Court as early as next year, ripping away work permits and protections from deportation for hundreds of thousands of young people.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Donald Trump's war on immigration, asylum continues under Biden MSNBC Opinion


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What Data Says About the Immigration Debate

Polling data suggests the American public is fairly evenly split regarding their feelings toward immigration. Around 30% believe immigration harms the country overall, while 35% feel the opposite, with the remaining group uncertain.

The group that says immigration makes the country worse off tended to support former President Trump (77%) as opposed to President Biden (21%).

Half of the people who said they were unsure of immigration’s impact didn’t vote in 2020 (LA Times/YouGov).


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Mistaking Manatees for Mermaids, Blame Your Nose, Afraid to Fall Asleep

Landing of Columbus (1846) by John Vanderlyn.

On January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus, sailing past the island today called Hispaniola, sees three “mermaids”. In reality, of course, they are not sea people, but rather, sea cows, or manatees. Columbus proceeds to describe them, aptly, as “not half as beautiful as they are painted."

VICEI Have a Paralysing Fear of Falling Asleep

WiredWhy Do You Get Sick in the Winter? Blame Your Nose

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Today I Learned that neuroscientists have created a device for the blind that allows them to “see” using electrical pulses on the tongue. Light is turned into pulses that eventually can be interpreted as vision by the brain.