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Pompeo: Israel, Others Will Defend Themselves Against Iran

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Israel has formally declined to comment on whether it was involved in a blackout at Iran’s Natanz nuclear enrichment site, but former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that any nation that feels threatened with the Biden administration’s plans to head back into the Iran nuclear deal will “defend itself.”

“I can assure you the countries in the region, not just the Israelis, know that the Trump administration and the United States was with them,” Pompeo, who joined Fox News as a contributor over the weekend, said on “Fox and Friends.” “We were prepared to fight back against the world’s largest state sponsor of terror in Iran … it doesn’t surprise me that the countries are looking to take action.”

Iran on Monday blamed Israel for sabotaging the nuclear site, vowing revenge for what appears to be the latest episode in a long-running covert war between the nations.

Iran’s semi-official Nournews website reported that the person who caused the electricity outage in one of the underground facility’s production halls has been identified and said “necessary measures are being taken to arrest this person,” the website reported, without giving details about the person.

Meanwhile, both American and Israeli officials confirmed to The New York Times that Israel played a role in the explosion, which is said to have set back Iran’s efforts by nearly a year. Several Israeli news outlets that cited intelligence sources attributed the attack to Israel’s spy agency, the Mossad.

The Times reports that the blackout was caused by an explosion targeting the power supply for thousands of underground centrifuges forming Iran’s main enrichment program.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has reportedly said the United States’ ironclad commitment to Israel, but that is “hard to square” with the Biden administration’s plans to reenter the Iran nuclear deal, Pompeo said. 

“I’m happy that he talked about an ironclad relationship with Israel,” said Pompeo. “That’s great news. It’s right for Israel, the Middle East and, most importantly it’ll secure American freedom as well. But it’s not words, it’s deeds that people in that region watch.”

But when there is an “appeasement campaign” going on in Vienna, or the administration talks about lifting sanctions or saying it’s prepared to lift sanctions “on a regime that has terrorized the region, puts American lives at risk, that’s not good for our country or our friends in Israel,” Pompeo added. “It doesn’t feel very ironclad when you’re about to go back into a deal many of which provisions have already expired.”

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has signed several executive orders to reverse many of President Donald Trump’s actions, including on the southern border, and Pompeo noted the previous administration worked hard to secure agreements to help with the migration situation. 

“We worked hard with the Mexican government, we worked hard with the government in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras,” said Pompeo. “We had real relationships with those people. We negotiated. We got to a place that made life better for their people and to watch them just come in and flip the switch and the tragedy we now see of these lives, these people who are trying to come through Mexico to get into the United States because President Biden green-lighted this is absolutely tragic.”

The agreements marked “good diplomacy,” he added. 

“We watched these countries say fine, we’ll help you at the southern border, but we’ve got to get this right, and you, America, have to do the right things too,” said Pompeo. “We did that. We negotiated. We made it clear we were going to close the border and when we did that, we turned off the magnet, the incentives for people to make that terrible trek across Mexico were gone.”

But with Biden, “You can’t just flip the switch,” he said. “You have to work alongside of them and build partnerships. That’s how we protect American sovereignty.”

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Mitt Romney Booed Onstage at G.O.P. Convention in Utah

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Earlier this month, Mitt Romney got onstage for his speech and got booed by his own people at a Republican convention in Utah. As he spoke on the microphone, some attendees in the crowd hurled insults such as “communist” and “traitor” to the dismay of the senator. This is not too surprising since the Romney was a staunch critic of Donald Trump even before he became the 45th president of the United States. 

Ever since Trump became a front-runner for the upcoming 2016 presidential elections, Mitt Romney has expressed his concern and has never stopped criticizing the future president. He has tried to bring attention to Trump’s non-disclosure of his taxes and made verbal attacks on every fiber of Donald Trump’s being. From his personal life to his abilities as a businessman and a politician, Romney went on with the onslaught, even urging his partymates to vote a candidate with the most chances of beating Trump.

All of Romney’s efforts to put the brakes on Trump’s surging bandwagon proved to be futile. He lambasted Donald Trump every chance he got on a microphone and even tried to support a much less popular Ted Cruz. Sometimes Trump would bite back with scathing remarks, stating that Mitt Romney is “one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics.” Mitt Romney was also the only Republican who voted in favor of Donald Trump’s impeachment when he was already the head of state, which is actually the main reason for the disrespectful reception in Utah. 

Being the long-time GOP member that he is though, Mitt Romney didn’t fold amidst the insults and boos at the Utah convention. He retorted back on the mic saying “Oh yeah, you can boo all you like, but I’ve been a Republican all my life. My dad was a governor of Michigan, my dad worked for Republican candidates that he believed in. I worked for Republicans across the country, and if you don’t recall, I was the Republican nominee for President in 2012.”

Fair enough, Mitt Romney did challenge for the presidential seat and was the standard bearer of the Grand Old Party. Unfortunately, Barrack Obama defeated him by a convincing margin of almost 5 million votes. 

Mitt Romney may have done some little good things for the country, especially in Utah where he “saved” the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics back in 2012. However, it is clear that a vast majority of Americans are not a fan of the man today as he has created enemies from opposing groups. It is pretty obvious by now that the ageing senator has become an irrelevant figure even in his own circle.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Call for End of $300 Weekly Unemployment Benefits

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The continuing pandemic has dealt a great blow to the economy of the United States and we are only starting to slowly recover from this adversity. Unemployment is at an all-time high, with almost 10 million jobless people struggling to put anything on the dinner table. However, due to the efforts of various sectors and industries, more and more innovative ideas are being utilized to bring back life as we know it (or at least a glimpse of it). 

Just last weekend, a boxing match between two superstars from Mexico and the UK, took place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. It was attended by a record 73,000 fans, a testament to the resilience of the American people. The massive attendance also meant that a lot of jobs are back and a whole lot more are being created. 

Well, that is if the people are willing to get off the couches that have been turning them into useless sloths for the past year or so. Motivation is hard to come by especially if the government is providing you monetary allowance to stay at home.

That is why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is calling for the Biden administration to put an end to the $300 weekly unemployment benefits that the citizens are receiving while doing nothing at all. 

In an official statement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice-President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley, he said “the disappointing jobs report makes it clear that paying people not to work is dampening what should be a stronger jobs market. We need a comprehensive approach to dealing with our workforce issues and the very real threat unfilled positions pose to our economic recovery from the pandemic.”

“One step policymakers should take now is ending the $300 weekly supplemental unemployment benefit.  Based on the Chamber’s analysis, the $300 benefit results in approximately one in four recipients taking home more in unemployment than they earned working” Bradley said.

Many experts believe that this supplement has become detrimental to the workforce because a lot of them are opting not to return to their jobs to enjoy the weekly government support. The Republicans are aware of this as well, and that is why South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has ordered the Department of Employment and Workforce to pull out of the federal government’s pandemic programs next month.

In his press release, McMaster has this to say about the matter:

“What was intended to be a short-term financial assistance for the vulnerable and displaced during the height of the pandemic has turned into a dangerous federal entitlement, incentivizing and paying workers to stay at home rather than encouraging them to return to the workplace.”

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The Biden Administration Is Pushing for Reparations for Border Crossers

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As if the uncontrollable torrent of immigrants that are illegally crossing American borders isn’t enough, president Joe Biden is now pushing to provide reparations for some of the past violators. 

The current administration has already started negotiating with the American Civil Liberties Union to arrange for the reparations and amnesty of about a thousand illegal immigrant parents who were deported after being separated from their children. The said illegal aliens were netted as a part of previous president Donald Trump’s Zero Tolerance operations.

In an interview with NBC, ACLU’s lawyer Lee Gelernt stated that “The ACLU is in settlement negotiations with the Biden administration to provide full relief to the thousands of separated families, not just reunification in the U.S. but permanent status, compensation and social services.”

A spokesperson from the Department of Homeland Security further explained “This is only the beginning, and the government cannot do this work alone. We are committed to working with the private sector and with the NGOs, attorneys, and advocates who have done tremendous work in support of these families.”

The wave of undocumented illegal aliens have already been a huge problem for authorities to deal with and the idea that they could get, not only amnesty, but also reparations is a very dangerous matter for the United States. This is actually akin to rewarding someone for trespassing your own home and this will just encourage more of them to do the same.

The plan to give out reparations has been a part of Joe Biden’s campaign, although at first, it was more focused on descendants of past slaves. Now he wishes to do the same favors for those who crossed into American soil illegally during Trump’s time in the White House. 

We feel for those people who wanted to enter the promised land, but we also wish that they would do it the proper way just like the vast majority of hardworking foreigners who came to the United States, fully documented. It would be unfair for the immigrant cooks, farmers, doctors and nurses who got here using the special abilities that they possess. They put in a lot of effort and went through the correct processes before working and migrating to the U.S.

America allows skilled people, even foreigners to contribute to society as long as it is done legally. Undocumented aliens could pose a lot of risks to the nation because authorities have no record of who is entering our territories. With this kind of arrangement, we have no way of knowing if there are criminals and other kinds of bad people just blending in within our community, ready to disrupt the peace anytime.

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