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$20 billion payday: Biden’s border surge sends smuggling prices soaring

The migrant smuggling economy at the U.S.-Mexico border now tops $20 billion and the cartels have made at least $2.6 billion in profit over the past 12 months just from controlling the routes illegal immigrants use, according to a Washington Times analysis.

As Presidents Day nears, survey finds more than 7 in 10 voters failing Civics 101

The nation celebrates George Washington’s birthday on Monday, but a new survey finds more than 7 in 10 voters would fail a basic quiz about the government he helped found.

CPAC asks House Republicans for pledge not to meet with ‘woke’ corporations

“The Conservative Political Action Coalition is urging House Republicans to not meet with any corporations that have gone ‘woke’ and have targeted the conservative movement.”

EX-FBI official to testify about claims WH pressured agents to inflate domestic extremism numbers

A former top FBI official will testify before Congress to address claims that the Biden administration pressured agents to label cases as domestic extremism or a White supremacist threat even if it did not meet that criteria, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee announced Thursday.

Federal aid won’t make up for student’s COVID-19 learning loss: study

U.S. students are struggling even though the government sent billions in COVID-19 relief money to school districts to offset learning loss, according to a study released Tuesday. The study says the federal largesse fell short, failed to target the schools in greatest need and hasn’t been tied to policy outcomes.

Florida petitions Supreme Court in fight with big tech over social media access rules

“Florida is urging the Supreme Court to intervene in the state’s dispute with Big Tech companies over how social media platforms may restrict or bar people and content online, teeing up a major legal battle over free speech rights in the digital age.”

GOP infighting erupts over rewriting rules to oust speaker

House Republican lawmakers are sniping at one another over whether to keep the rule that allowed eight GOP lawmakers to eject ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the chamber’s top job.

GOP’s debt deal, migrant labor boom tamed government spending — for now

Uncle Sam‘s budget looks a bit better this year after Congress ordered spending to be constrained and the economy hummed along, powered in large part by the massive surge of migrants, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

In-person voting starts in Minnesota, 3 other early states

In-person voting for the midterm elections opened Friday in Minnesota, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming, kicking off a six-week sprint to Election Day in a landscape that has changed much since the pandemic drove a shift to mail balloting in the 2020 presidential contest.

Judge to decide next steps on Ohio ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

The suit argues that the abortion ban violates protections in the state constitution guaranteeing individual liberty and equal protection. It also says the law is unconstitutionally vague.

Maryland gubernatorial candidates trade barbs in lone debate to decide Larry Hogan successor

The Republican and Democratic candidates looking to replace outgoing Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sparred Wednesday evening in their only debate of the race with less than a month before Election Day and just two weeks before early voting begins.

Mississippi’s former welfare chief pleads guilty to fraud scheme

“The former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, John Davis, has pleaded guilty to state and federal charges of conspiracy and defrauding the government.”

National gloom: Less than half of Americans are ‘very satisfied’ with their own lives

The state of personal satisfaction among Americans has taken a dip, according to the latest Mood of the Nation poll conducted by Gallup.

Report shows 31 states and D.C. still have fewer jobs than 2019

“While the nation has recovered its overall job losses from the pandemic, a new report finds that 31 states and the District of Columbia still have fewer jobs than in 2019.”

Tulsi Gabbard says she’s leaving the Democratic Party

Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii said Tuesday she is leaving the Democratic Party because it is controlled by an “elitist cabal” that is courting nuclear war and is too hostile toward people of faith and the police.

What tea party? Former IRS official Lerner claimed ignorance in secret testimony about targeting

At one point Ms. Lerner labeled the tea party cases “very dangerous.” She speculated that if a case reached the Supreme Court it could result in the 2010 Citizens United ruling, which extended political speech protections to groups that filed as political committees with the Federal Election Commission, being extended to tax-exempt organizations too. … In one email to someone whose name is redacted from the deposition transcript Ms. Lerner, a former FEC employee, called Citizens United “by far the worst thing that has ever happened to this country.” She also said “We are witnessing the end of America” because of the influence of money.

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