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New York City to Pack Foreign Migrants into Tent Towns

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City of New York

Neil Munro

New York is building expensive tent towns to hold thousands of the penniless migrants being delivered by President Joe Biden’s pro-migration deputies.

“While other leaders have abdicated their moral duty to support arriving asylum seekers, New York City refuses to do so,” Mayor Eric Adams preened Thursday.

But the needs of Americans are being shunted aside in the elite’s rush to import more migrants.

“We’re laser-focused on supporting the parents, children, and individuals who deserve compassion and support, and these centers are one piece of our work to do just that,” said Phillip Banks, the deputy mayor for public safety.

The New York Times reported on Thursday:

Last week, Mr. Adams ordered all agencies to cut their city-funded expenses by 3 percent this year. It typically costs between $135 and $190 per day to house someone in a shelter, and the bill could run into hundreds of millions of dollars. The city has asked the state and federal government for help.

Adams is not opposing the federal delivery of poor foreigners into his stressed city. Instead, he is justifying his spending on migrants as part of the 1950s “Nation of Immigrants” narrative about open borders:

More than 100 years ago, Ellis Island opened its doors to welcome in those ‘yearning to breathe free … Like the generations that came to our city before, New York will provide the thousands now coming to our city with the foundation to build a better life.

In reality, the State of Liberty was built by a French artist to display the success of the U.S. Constitution in the 1880s.  In subsequent years, a PR campaign by pro-migration advocates portrayed it as a beacon to foreign migrants.

A past example of what the outside of a Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center will look like. New York City’s setups will likely have some differences.

File/A past example of what the outside of a Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center will look like.  (Supplied/NYC)

On September 22, the New York Times reported the inflow of migrants is overwhelming the city’s government-funded shelters:

The population of the city’s main homeless shelter system has been climbing for months at a rate faster than at any time in recent memory. Since mid-May, it has jumped by more than 25 percent, to nearly 58,000. Just in the last week, the shelter population has grown by more than 2,200. In the past, it took years, not months, for such large increases to take place.
The speed of the influx poses such a challenge because the shelter system is not monolithic: It is a collection of over 300 buildings of widely varied use, configuration and condition, the vast majority of them rented from dozens of private landlords and operated by a constellation of dozens of nonprofit groups.

The newspaper did not provide a list of the landlords or their ties to local politicians.

New Yorkers and Biden’s migrants are also competing for housing spaces, including at one 1,000-bed shelter, the New York Post reported on September 19, saying:

“We don’t want them here because, to be honest with you, to me they’re getting treated better than we do, and this is supposed to be ours,” said Darrell Pankey, a homeless resident for six months.

The Democrats’ inflow of migrants is helping to inflate the commercial rents that are paid by ordinary Americans to their landlords.

Democratic politicians prefer to blame the companies that rent to migrants, not the Biden government that delivers the extra renters:

 

The city’s high rents are actually a positive for the migrants.

In high-rent cities, migrants can earn higher wages — and can then offset those costs by sharing their apartments with many other migrants.

That communal economic strategy is illegal in most cities. But it helps the migrants quickly pay their high-interest smuggling debts and it allows landlords to earn more money from several working migrants than that by renting a small apartment to one American family.

The inflow is good for the many companies that do not want to hire the local Americans who are rejected by other employers. Instead, they can hire desperate migrants who will compliantly work to earn the money needed to pay their smuggling debts.

That incentive to hire migrants undermines the city’s claimed goal of getting young men into jobs. The city’s Daily News reported in February:

On Tuesday, Mayor Adams made a historic announcement, expanding the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) to provide 100,000 jobs to young people in 2022. Joblessness problems are far more acute for young people, particularly Black and Latino youth.
The Community Service Society recently published the results of our 2021 Unheard Third survey of low-income New Yorkers. This showed that 38% of Black respondents reported experiencing temporary or permanent job loss since the onset of the pandemic — a higher share relative to whites and Asians. In fact, almost a quarter of all Black households, and 36% of all low-income Black households, have less than $100 in savings at any time — indicating acute financial precarity, where one unanticipated big expense can have devastating economic consequences for a household.

Biden’s mass migration is also good for employers because holds down wage increases for ordinary Americans. The result is that Americans have to pay higher rents with smaller pay packets.

Employers also can cheat the migrants easier than they can cheat local Americans. On September 8, DocumentedMY.com reported:

On Tuesday, 71-year-old [Colombian migrant] Maria, her sister Luz, and members of New Immigrant Community Empowerment rallied in the shadow of the U.S. Open tennis arena to demand that they receive the wages that were stolen from them. According to NICE, over $4,500 is owed to workers including Maria and Luz, who worked preparing food for the 2021 U.S. Open.
Although the workers were hired by a U.S. Open subcontractor, NICE and the workers are holding the United States Tennis Association ultimately responsible.

The migration to New York City is good for local businesses, including retailers and low-wage employers.

So businesses elsewhere in the want a share of the human-resources wealth that is being extracted from Venzuala, Guatemala, Cuba, and other countries.

Democratic “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants to help solve the Big Apple’s shelter crisis by relocating newly arrived migrants to upstate cities,” said a September 16 report in the New York Post. The transfer would “use the population boost to qualify for pork-barrel federal funds as she seeks reelection,” the report added.

Jewish group launches public campaign against City University of New York’s chancellor over anti-Semitism

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A group of pro-Israel and Jewish supporters gathered outside a New York City Council hearing on growing anti-Semitism and CUNY schools, particularly at the law school, on June 30, 2022. Credit: #EndJewHatred.

 A Jewish group has launched a public campaign to push the chancellor of the City University of New York (CUNY) to do more about skyrocketing anti-Semitism on his institution’s campuses.

CUNY, New York City’s public higher education system, controls 25 campuses around the city and has long been criticized by activists who allege that both students and faculty are systemically anti-Semitic.

Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF), a group working to counter anti-Semitism on college and university campuses, on Tuesday announced the launch of a six-figure advocacy initiative directed at CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.

“In the wake of repeated anti-Semitic incidents and the complete indifference of CUNY leaders, alumni and students will not sit idly by any longer. The Jewish community has been made to feel unheard and unwanted on CUNY campuses,” said Avi D. Gordon, executive director of ACF. “This campaign is just the beginning of our efforts to hold them accountable.”

Gordon urged Matos Rodríguez to “correct course” in order to protect the safety of Jews on CUNY campuses.

An Alums for Campus Fairness (ACF) advertisement on anti-Semitism within the CUNY system. Credit: ACF.

The campaign includes significant investment in print and digital media advertisements, including in The New York PostAM New York and other local papers. ACF is also circulating a petition urging the CUNY administration and Matos Rodríguez to take immediate action against anti-Semitism.

ACF said it is reacting to a number of institutional failures at CUNY. Within the past year, CUNY School of Law’s Student Government Association passed a resolution to ban Hillel and other mainstream Jewish institutions, and the law school faculty endorsed the BDS movement. The school also hosted Nerdeen Kiswani, a supporter of Palestinian terrorism who calls for Israel’s destruction, as a commencement speaker.

Matos Rodríguez has been heavily criticized for refusing to take action against systemic anti-Semitism at his institution, including by multiple New York City Council members who admonished him after he failed to attend a Council hearing on anti-Semitism at CUNY. The date of the hearing had been specifically chosen to accommodate Matos Rodríguez’s schedule.

A CUNY spokesperson pushed back on the allegations. “Chancellor Matos Rodríguez has unequivocally denounced anti-Semitism and has taken powerful steps to combat it in all its forms,” CUNY Press Secretary Joseph Tirella wrote to JNS.

Tirella pointed to Matos Rodríguez’s work with Hillel International, expanded training of campus administrators and student leaders to help them understand and recognize anti-Semitism and efforts to share resources to report anti-Semitism on campus.

“To charge that he is doing nothing to combat anti-Semitism is both wrong and absolutely false,” said Tirella.

Matos Rodríguez led a delegation of 12 presidents and deans to Israel in April. New York City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, who has been highly critical of Matos Rodríguez, said the chancellor told her at a recent meeting that CUNY is now in the process of formalizing agreements to expand the system’s student exchange programs in Israel.

Nonetheless, over the summer a group of CUNY students, faculty, staff and alumni issued a statement pledging to create programs and alliances for Jewish students to “unlearn” Zionism. Additionally, the Kingsborough Community College branch of CUNY, which the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found guilty of discrimination against a Jewish professor, assigned a former employee of an anti-Israel organization to further investigate the professor’s claims of anti-Zionist bias by university administrators and union representatives. Kingsborough leadership also placed a BDS proponent on a search committee for its new diversity, equity and inclusion officer. No Jews were appointed to the committee.

Are NYers Safe in Fallout Shelters in the Case of a Nuclear Attack?

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In the event of nuclear Armageddon, experts advise taking cover only in a building that has a fallout shelter sign. These black-and-yellow signs were posted some 50 years ago on thousands of buildings throughout the five boroughs. Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Are NYers Safe in Fallout Shelters in the Case of a Nuclear Attack?

By: Hadassa Kalatizadeh

 

Over the summer, New York City officials made a public service announcement instructing New Yorkers of the proper course to take in the unlikely event of a nuclear attack.

As reported by the Gothamist, the announcement notes that what seems as common sense, of taking shelter into any building might be the wrong course of action.  In the event of nuclear Armageddon, experts advise taking cover only in a building that has a fallout shelter sign.  These black-and-yellow signs were posted some 50 years ago on thousands of buildings throughout the five boroughs.  The signs indicate that the building will be a safe bet to protect against the deadly radioactivity of an atomic bomb.  In most cases these building have heavy concrete, and the deeper into the building a person can get, the better.  People are instructed to stay on low floors, or a basement if possible, and to close any windows or doors.   Of course, the buildings, signs and instructions are only at all useful if we have prior warning and are able to get into the shelter before any initial blast.

The United States hasn’t really put much effort into the shelters, and thankfully we haven’t had the need.  There were once roughly 230,000 sites in NYC designated as fallout shelters. What we have now is just a previous half-hearted effort designed half a century ago to quiet the fears of an unlikely occurrence in America.  Congress stopped funding the program for fallout shelters back in the 1970s, and even before then it wasn’t really considered a plan that would save lives.  In fact, the Office of Civil Defense — which had made these signs and was a precursor to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is no longer functioning.     “I’m really struck at the enormous fraud that was perpetrated on the public,” says Dr. Jeffrey Kroessler, an associate professor who specializes in New York City history and is the interim chief librarian at John Jay College. “And let’s give New Yorkers credit. They knew that this was ridiculous. That it was a fraud; that there is no such thing as survivability.”

The science for the nuclear fallout shelters hasn’t been updated.  The architecture standards are still what was decided decades ago. It’s clear though that radioactive material can last in the air for a long time, so FEMA says that HEPA air filters or a functional equivalent would be best to provide a higher level of protection.  The federal guide states that in order for a fallout center to be acceptable to protect against nuclear activity, the building needs to have concrete walls and roofs that are 40-to-50-inches thick, in order to block gamma radiation.

You might be wondering if there is a list of buildings designated as nuclear fallout shelters.  As per the Gothamist, there is not.  Because the Office of Civil Defense was totally dissolved, we don’t even know how many of these buildings with signage are remaining.  Neither the NYC Emergency Management, the city’s education department, nor FEMA have intentions of tracking down the fallout shelter signs.  The signs may also have been accurate at a time, but a change to the location may have left it useless as a shelter.  “I love seeing these old signs. But at the end of the day, it’s a sign that indicates that something’s there, and it’s not there, and in the extremely off chance that something happens and someone sees that sign, it could be pointing someone in the wrong direction,” says Jeff Schlegelmilch, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

 

Campus Anti-Semitism Hits NY’s Cornell University;  59 Incidents Since 2015

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On Sept. 14, 2022, a banner was hung across from the Center for Jewish Life at Cornell University with the message “Burn Prisons. Free Them All. From Attica to Palestine.” Photo Credit: Facebook

Campus Anti-Semitism Hits NY’s Cornell University;  59 Incidents Since 2015

By: Sam Price

 

On Sept. 14, 2022, a banner was hung across from the Center for Jewish Life at Cornell University with the message “Burn Prisons. Free Them All. From Attica to Palestine.” This attempt to conflate prison reform in the U.S. to the detainment and imprisonment of terrorists by Israel is the latest ploy by anti-Zionist extremists to prey upon the sensibilities of socially conscious college students.

Someone also drew an image in the dirt not far from the banner that equated the Star of David to the Nazi swastika, further demonstrating that these actions were a deliberate attempt to target the Jewish community.

In light of these incidents, Cornell President Martha Pollack released a statement that fails to adequately identify and address increased hostility towards Jewish students.

“Over the past couple of months, there have been a small handful of incidents on our campus that are completely at odds with this core value: Specifically, incidents that have involved racial targeting and that have involved anti-Semitism,” she said.

President Pollack downplays the history of anti-Semitic events at Cornell. According to the AMCHA Initiative, there have been 59 documented incidents of anti-Semitism since 2015.

For instance, a Sept. 23, 2021 event sponsored by Cornell’s Institute for Comparative Modernities featured Noura Erakat, a Rutgers University professor and anti-Zionist activist. Erakat has alleged that “Zionism, like colonialism, like apartheid, should be considered an abomination”; claimed that “all Israelis are settlers”; and said that “Israeli rule, wherever it exists, is equal to apartheid.”

On Nov. 18, 2021, another event held by the Institute and moderated by Cornell professor Natalie Melas featured speakers Virginia Tilley and Loubna Qutami, who demonized Israel throughout their talk. Tilley stated, “You can’t endorse Jewish statehood, just as you can’t endorse Aryan statehood.”

The Cornell chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine and the Department of Near Eastern Studies hosted an event on March 25, 2022 at which inflammatory speaker Mohammed El-Kurd continued his long history of bigoted statements against Jews. El-Kurd referred to students who tried to cancel the event as “whiny pro-occupation settler-enthusiasts” on social media.

In Sept. 2021, El-Kurd praised the terror attacks of the second intifada, lionizing Palestinian terrorists by calling them “martyrs.” During this period between 2000-2005, these attacks killed more than a thousand Israeli civilians.

El-Kurd frequently speaks about Israelis in grotesque terms, claiming they have an “unquenchable thirst for Palestinian blood” and “harvest organs of the martyred [Palestinians], feed their warriors our own.”

President Pollack should issue a more robust statement clearly identifying and condemning the latest incident for what it is: A brazen act of anti-Semitism meant to intimidate and frighten Cornell’s Jewish community. (JNS.org)

Sam Price, a Cornell University Class of 2021 Alumnus, is CAMERA on Campus’ Social Media Manager

‘Shameful surrender’: Lapid blasted by Israeli right for touting Palestinian ‘terror’ state

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the nation, Aug. 8, 2022. (YouTube/Screenshot)
By Debbie Reiss, World Israel News

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday broke United Nations history and became the first Israeli leader to hail the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, prompting an outcry from lawmakers to the right of him who accused him of endangering the Jewish state.

“An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” Lapid said at the UN General Assembly in New York.

“Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution. I am one of them.”

He went on to say that a future Palestinian state must not become “another terror base from which to threaten the well being, and the very existence of Israel.”

“We will have the ability to protect the security of all the citizens of Israel, at all times,” he said.

“You can ask us to live according to the values in the UN Charter, but you cannot ask us to die for them,” he added. “We want to live in peace but only if it gives us security, not if it threatens us even more.”

“Peace is not a compromise. It is the most courageous decision we can make.”

Lapid said Israel was ready to lift the restrictions on Gaza, which is ruled by the Hamas terror group.

“We’re ready to do more than that,” he added. “I say from here to the people of Gaza, we’re ready to help you build a better life, to build an economy. We presented a comprehensive plan to help rebuild Gaza. We only have one condition: Stop firing rockets and missiles at our children. Put down your weapons, there will be no restrictions,” he said.

“Israel seeks peace with our neighbors – all our neighbors. We are not going anywhere, the Middle East is our home. We are here to stay, forever,” he said.

“And we call upon every Muslim country – from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia – to recognize that, and to come talk to us. Our hand is outstretched for peace.”

Lapid addressed the nuclear threat posed by Iran and accused the United Nations of turning a blind eye to Tehran’s anti-Israel declarations.

“There is only one member-state in the UN that openly states its wish to destroy another member-state. Iran has declared time and time again that it is interested in the ‘total destruction’ of the State of Israel, and this building is silent.”

He continued, “What are you afraid of? Has there ever been a time in human history where silence stopped violence?”

“If the Iranian regime gets a nuclear weapon, they will use it,” he said. “The only way to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, is to put a credible military threat on the table. And then – and only then – to negotiate a ‘longer and stronger’ deal with them.

“It needs to be made clear to Iran, that if it advances its nuclear program, the world will not respond with words, but with military force,” the prime minister said. “Every time a threat like that was put on the table in the past, Iran stopped and retreated.”

He accused the West of choosing the “easy option” by signing a nuclear deal with Iran and choosing “not to believe the worst, despite all the evidence to the contrary.”

‘Putting Israel right into the Palestinian pit’

Lapid extolled Israel’s diverse population and inclusiveness.

“A country in which Jews, Muslims and Christians live together with full civic equality,” he said. “In the government which I lead, there are Arab ministers. There is an Arab party as a member of our coalition. We have Arab judges in our Supreme Court, Arab doctors saving lives in our hospitals. Israeli Arabs are not our enemies, they are our partners in life.”

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Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Lapid’s remarks about Palestinian statehood, and accused the prime minister of “endangering” Israel’s future by “bringing the Palestinians back to the forefront of the world stage and putting Israel right into the Palestinian pit.”

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich said that a Palestinian state constituted a “shameful surrender to terrorism.”

Lapid is “seeking the division of the land, the handing over of territories and the expulsion of tens of thousands of Jews from their homes.”

“We will find ourselves again with buses exploding and terror attacks all over the country,” Smotrich warned.

Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar said that establishing a “terror state in Judea and Samaria would endanger Israel’s safety and that most Israeli people and their representatives will not allow that to happen.”

Fauci: I knew ‘draconian’ lockdowns would harm kids

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Art Moore

After repeatedly downplaying the impact on children of the COVID-19 lockdowns, Dr. Anthony Fauci justified the mitigation measures at an event Wednesday while acknowledging they were “draconian.”

“Sometimes when you do draconian things, it has collateral negative consequences. Just like when you shut things down, even temporarily, it does have deleterious consequences on the economy, on the school children, you know that,” Fauci said at the event, hosted by The Atlantic magazine.

In August, Fauci, President Biden’s top health adviser, dismissed concerns about the impact of the lockdowns and school closures on children in an interview on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

“In retrospect doctor, do you regret that it went too far?” Cavuto asked regarding the lockdowns. ” … Particularly for kids who couldn’t go to school except remotely, that it’s forever damaged them?”

“Well, I don’t think it’s forever irreparably damaged anyone,” Fauci replied.

He charged that “people selectively … pull things out about me.”

Earlier this month, the Department of Education released a report concluding the school shutdowns and the shift to virtual learning led to “the largest average score decline in reading since 1990, and the first ever score decline in mathematics” among the nation’s schoolchildren.

Last November, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association declared that the pandemic-related decline in child and adolescent mental health had become a national emergency.

‘Divisive’
At The Atlantic Festival convention Wednesday, Fauci went on to say “you have to make a balance, when … the only way to stop something cold in its tracks is to shut things down.”

Fauci prefaced his response to the question by The Atlantic editor Ross Andersen about the lockdowns by blaming “divisiveness” of “social media” for turning his guidance into controversy.

“When you have a divisiveness in society where every time you say something, you have X number of people with social media looking to attack it, that adds to the understandable confusion when you’re dealing with an evolving outbreak,” Fauci said.

He argued the “draconian” lockdowns, masking and vaccination was necessary because hospitals were being “overrun.”

However, studies have found the lockdowns had no effect on virus spread or deaths while causing a 26% rise in excess deaths among working-age adults.

A former adviser to the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has compiled a list of more than 400 studies showing that COVID-19 lockdowns, shelter-in-place policies, school closures, masks and mask mandates have failed to curb virus transmission or reduce deaths.

An analysis of official data by JPMorgan Chase, as WND reported, found the lockdowns that have “destroyed millions of livelihoods” worldwide have had no impact on the spread of COVID-19.

Marko Kolanovic, a JPMorgan Chase quantitative strategist, said governments were scared into imposing the lockdowns by “flawed scientific papers.”

“Unlike rigorous testing of new drugs, lockdowns were administered with little consideration that they might not only cause economic devastation but potentially more deaths than Covid-19 itself,” he said.

meta-analysis by Johns Hopkins University released in February concluded the costs of the lockdowns outweighed any benefits.

As WND reported in December, the CDC warned that measles has become a growing global threat because of disruptions to childhood vaccinations caused by the lockdowns.

Liberal lawyer/ MSNBC regular gets roasted after calling evangelical prayer-hands ‘Nazi salute’

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Bob Unruh(WND)

People can be fairly sure that MSNBC guest Tristan Snell likely has been nowhere near an evangelical Christian church in, well, ever.

It’s because he saw a video for a crowd of conservatives raise their hands during prayer at a rally for Doug Mastriano supporters in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

And he promptly labeled the action a “Nazi salute.”

He watched, and concluded: “Yes, this is a Nazi salute … Democracy is literally on the ballot in November.”

At Summit News, a report identified him as “a lawyer and recurring guest on MSNBC and CNN.”

And it noted he has “come under fire” for his condemnation.

It’s because evangelicals raising hands during prayer, during worship, during music, and even at rallies, is as run-of-the-mill as cars on a freeway and snow in December in Alaska.

The report explained, “Evangelical leader Lance Wallnau asked the crowd to rise, and asked them ‘if a proclamation can be a spiritual thing,’ before asking them to raise their hands for a prayer rally in support of Mastriano’s run for PA governor.”

He prayed, “Father I pray, that indeed Pennsylvania will be like Little Round Top, and America will have a new birth of liberty.”

See a longer video:

The reaction to Snell’s claim was brutal, and even CNN said, “This is just people praying and it doesn’t even resemble a Nazi salute.”

Another commenter pointed out, “That’s Christians praying. It’s quite literally done in thousands of churches around the country every week.”

 

Jamie Dimon Says Stopping Oil and Gas Funding Would Be ‘Road to Hell for America’

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JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon distributed his company’s annual letter to shareholders and the news gave more than a glimmer of hope to those suffering financial loss. Photo Credit: AP

John Carney(Breitbart)

J.P. Morgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon on Wednesday rejected in the strongest terms the idea that the country’s largest banks should stop funding new oil and gas production and exploration.

The chief executive of the largest U.S. bank was testifying before a House panel with other bank executives. Representative Rashida Tlaib, the Michigan Democrat, claimed that preventing temperatures from rising more than 2.7 degrees in the coming decades would require no new fossil fuel production.

“Please answer, yes or no. Does your bank have a policy against funding new oil and gas products?” Tlaib asked.

“Absolutely not and that would be the road to Hell for America,” said Dimon.

Tlaib responded by saying that every J.P. Morgan Chase customer who benefits from the Biden administration’s student loan relief program should close their account. Earlier in the hearing, Dimon had criticized the Biden administration’s program, calling it “badly done.”

Gasoline prices hit a record high this year as oil soared. U.S. oil production has lagged because of underinvestment in the sector, in part driven by the popularity of ESG funds that shun fossil fuels. Climate change activists have sought to pressure banks and others to avoid investing in oil, gas, and coal production regardless of the costs to the U.S. economy.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has spotlighted the dangers of Europe’s lack of energy security. Because Europe has underinvested in fossil fuel energy infrastructure at the behest of so-called climate change pressure groups, it is perilously dependent on Russia for natural gas. Soaring energy prices in Europe a likely to push economies there into a deep recession and have prompted the U.K.’s new conservative government to enact an enormous spending program aimed at keeping household energy bills in check.

 

Jane Fraser, the chief executive of Citigroup, also said her bank would not stop funding fossil fuels.

“We will continue to invest in and support clients who are investing in fossil fuels and in helping them transition to cleaner energy,” Fraser said.

 

 

Brian Moynihan, chief of Bank of America, took a less combative tone in response to Tlaib’s question.

“We are helping our clients make a transition. And that means we are lending to both oil and gas companies and to new energy companies,” he said. “We’re helping monitor their course toward the standard you are talking about.”

Wells Fargo’s CEO said he agreed with Moynihan.

Before Tlaib ended her line of questions, she again attacking Dimon, telling him “you obviously do not care about working-class people.”

Tlaib ended her questions by threatening banks with regulations requiring them to stop funding fossil fuels.

 

 

“If your financial institutions are not going to follow through on your net zero commitments, then regulators—including the Federal Reserve and Congress—must step in and make them,” Tlaib said.

The Biden administration has recently elevated Yue (Nina) Chen to serve as chief climate risk officer for the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the primary regulators of banks in the U.S. She is thought to support the kind of regulations Tlaib mentioned.

Legislators Move To Ban Child Sex Changes After Explosive Report

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Laurel Duggan(DCNG)

Tennessee Republican state Sen. Jack Johnson and Tennessee state Republican state Rep. William Lamberth are moving to ban child sex changes in the state after a report on Vanderbilt University Medical Center sparked outrage about transgender-related procedures being performed on children.

The two lawmakers are developing legislation that would ban child gender transitions and shut down VUMC’s pediatric transition program, according to a Daily Wire report shared by both legislators. The program reportedly gives children hormonal drugs as part of the gender transition process at as young as 13 and performs mastectomies on adolescent girls to help them present as male, according to the DW.

“I am appalled at what Matt Walsh has uncovered at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Financial gain should never be a factor in the decision to push permanent alterations to a child’s body and life,” Johnson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is imperative we protect children in Tennessee from irreversible gender medications and surgeries. I am committed to working with Matt, Leader William Lamberth and my colleagues in the General Assembly to craft a bill that will ban the gender transition procedures being done at Vanderbilt on minors.”

“I’m deeply troubled by what @MattWalshBlog uncovered about the Pediatric Transgender Clinic at VUMC,” Lamberth wrote. “@GovBillLee is right to call for an investigation and we will support that investigation 100%. This type of child mutilation should be illegal and soon will be in TN.” (RELATED: Google, PayPal, Venmo Crack Down Anti-‘Groomer’ Account)

Videos unearthed by the DW showed one VUMC employee expressing how profitable hormone treatments and gender surgeries would be for the hospital, and in another video an employee expressed that health care workers with religious or conscientious objections to performing those procedures were unwelcome at VUMC, though the hospital denied this was the case in a statement. The program also boasted about linking transgender patients, including children, with “Trans Buddies” who monitored doctors’ use of preferred pronouns and advocated for the patients throughout the medical process.

 

 

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With call for Palestinian state at UN, Lapid has defined Israel’s upcoming fifth election

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the UN General Assembly September 22, 2022

Alex Traiman

 With just 29 words, from the stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, temporary caretaker Prime Minister Yair Lapid may have completely changed Israel’s fifth election landscape from the first four election cycles over the past two-and-a-half years.

From the podium of one of the world’s largest international diplomatic forums, Lapid stated, “An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children.”

To understand the impact of this statement on the Israeli political landscape, it is important to review how Lapid, who has never—yet—come even close to winning an Israeli election as a candidate for prime minister, came to be the one representing Israel on the world stage to begin with.

Israel is soon set to go to its fifth election cycle in less than three years. The first four inconclusive elections all focused on one issue and one issue alone: whether then-reigning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was fit to continue serving as Israel’s premier, amidst a slew of corruption charges that likely would not hold weight in American or other Western courtrooms.

Challengers—including Lapid—argued time and again during the successive campaigns that on major diplomatic and security policy issues, there was virtually no difference from left to right.

Lapid finally succeeded after the fourth campaign to remove Netanyahu from office, despite a landslide 13-seat victory by Netanyahu’s Likud party in the election. Lapid blocked Netanyahu from forming a government by essentially bribing Naftali Bennett with the chair of prime minister, despite Bennett receiving barely 5% of the popular vote, in exchange for Bennett’s defection from his own voter base and the larger right-wing political camp; Bennett also turned back on his repeated campaign promises never to sit with Lapid in a coalition.

Lapid was able to offer the prime minister’s post to his parliamentary colleague Bennett, because he (Lapid) could not come close to forming a majority coalition government with himself at the helm. Bennett took the bait to achieve his personal ambition and became prime minister in a rotation arrangement with Lapid. The coalition they formed included every single left-wing member of parliament; an Islamist, self-proclaimed anti-Zionist party that is an official chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood; and a handful of right-wing defectors that insisted that Netanyahu’s continued rule was a greater threat to Israel’s stability than bringing the left-wing and Islamists into key government ministries, including Foreign Affairs, Defense, Energy, Health, Environment and Transportation.

The coalition members all agreed on one thing: Regardless of their divergent ideologies, the issue of Palestinian statehood would not be raised. Yet despite the coalition agreement, and despite the supposed right-winger Bennett at the helm, it soon became clear that Lapid and his partners were laying the groundwork for a future return to a two-state paradigm.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz—a former party colleague of Lapid’s—and other left-wing ministers including far-left Meretz party members Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz, Environment Minister Tamar Zandberg and Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej, all met with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, breaking a nearly 10-year boycott by Israeli government ministers, led by Netanyahu.

Gantz even went so far as to host Abbas at his home in Rosh HaAyin, the first time Abbas had traveled for a diplomatic visit inside undisputed Israeli territory in more than a decade. Gantz argued repeatedly that the meetings had to do only with essential security cooperation between Israel and the P.A.

Barely a year after it was formed, the Bennett-led government crashed—as many predicted it would. According to the convoluted coalition agreement, the dissolution of the parliament and Bennett’s subsequent resignation immediately triggered the installation of Lapid as the “caretaker” prime minister until a new government is formed. Lapid has held his temporary post for barely three months. New elections are slated for Nov. 1.

Lapid has embraced every moment of his brief stint as prime minister. He has effectively utilized the caretaker post as the base of operations for his election campaign, seeking to demonstrate to the Israeli public that he is capable of holding the top slot, despite having no security background and little success in brief stints as finance minister or foreign minister.

As caretaker prime minister, Lapid traveled in July to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II, (who he also met this week on the sidelines of the UNGA). He traveled to France to meet President Emmanuel Macron. He went to Germany to meet Chancellor Olaf Scholz. He hosted U.S. President Joe Biden in Jerusalem. Lapid also launched a three-day military campaign against Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and ongoing anti-terror campaigns in Judea and Samaria.

On the sidelines of the UNGA, Lapid met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, newly minted British Prime Minister Liz Truss, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and others.

All the while, Lapid has been insisting to the public in Israel that Netanyahu—in his 12 years as prime minister—had harmed Israeli relations with the Democratic party, with Western Europe and with America’s large Jewish Diaspora community. For Lapid, and his intended voters, Netanyahu was the only campaign issue.

Yet, following Lapid’s speech at the U.N., a clear difference between Israel’s left-wing and right-wing camps has re-emerged. And it has the strong potential to become the defining issue of Israel’s fifth election cycle.

By officially acknowledging his belief that “an agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” Lapid has changed the election paradigm from “anybody but Netanyahu” with Lapid as the hopeful anybody, back to the issue that has defined the difference between left and right since former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin signed the infamous Oslo Accords in 1993.

The Oslo Accords partitioned the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria into distinct, yet non-contiguous areas of Israeli and Palestinian control, and were meant to lay the groundwork for a formal two-state agreement based on a land for peace paradigm.

Yet, during the 29 years since the accords signing, Israel has learned the hard way that it can never count on receiving peace in return for land. The P.A. has rejected formal offers by former prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert to establish a state and well over 90% of the territories in dispute. An Israeli withdrawal from all of Gaza led to a Hamas takeover, and the firing of more than 20,000 rockets at Israeli territory.

And the P.A. continues to incite against Israel. It spends large portions of its annual budget paying stipends directly to terrorists in Israeli prisons, as well as to the families of would-be terrorists that were killed in the act of attempting first-degree murder, in a terror-financing scheme dubbed “pay for slay.” over the past year, Israel has absorbed a noticeable increase in terror attacks.

In addition, the P.A. and its dangerous network of non-governmental organizations lead an international delegitimization campaign against Israel that manifests itself in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions efforts around the world.

Israel’s right-wing politicians, who are by and large more traditional and religiously observant, understand that an Israeli withdrawal from Judea and Samaria, often termed the West Bank, will never lead to peace. Rather, it will lead to the creation of a hostile anti-Israel state in the Jewish nation’s Biblical heartland, that looks more like Syria than Bahrain.

Israel’s left-wing politicians, who are by and large secular and progressive, want a divorce from the Palestinians at any cost, in the hopes that ceding territory and creating a Palestinian state will somehow protect Israeli democracy and end dangerous and false Western claims (authored by the P.A.) that Israel is some kind of apartheid state.

Until now, Lapid, who espouses both left-wing and progressive views, has positioned himself as a “centrist” with the help of Israel’s predominantly left-wing media.

Yet Lapid’s speech clearly identifies him as the leader of Israel’s left-wing, and demonstrates where he and his governing coalition will lead Israel if he is elected permanent prime minister.

Lapid stated in his address that, “despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two state solution. I am one of them.”

Yet a poll broadcast immediately after the address on Israel’s left-leaning Channel 12 news program reported that only 28 percent of Israelis actually favor creating a Palestinian state.

Chairwoman of the far left-wing Meretz party Zahava Gal-On called Lapid’s address a “historic speech,” adding in a tweet that, “Finally, the vision of peace is on the agenda. Meretz will stand to Lapid’s left to turn his vision into a reality. To put an end to the cycle of bloodshed, to end control over millions of Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, members of Israel’s right-wing have railed at Lapid’s controversial remarks.

In a lengthy statement immediately following the address, Netanyahu said, “After the right-wing government led by me removed the Palestinian state from the global agenda, after we brought four historic peace agreements with Arab countries that bypassed the Palestinian veto, Lapid is bringing the Palestinians back to the forefront of the world stage and putting Israel right into the Palestinian pit. Lapid has already said in the past that he is ready to ‘evacuate 90,000 Israelis to establish a Palestinian state.’ Now he intends to give them a state of terror in the heart of the country, a state that will threaten us all.”

Right-wing Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, a former ally of Bennett told Channel 13 that, “most Israelis oppose a Palestinian state.” She harshly criticized Lapid’s speech, insisting that the very coalition agreement which has ultimately led to Lapid’s caretaker reign specifically calls for the issue of Palestinian statehood to be tabled.

Among many other issues that truly do separate Israel’s left and right, the most serious and existential issue dividing Israel’s political camps over the past three decades has now returned to forefront. It may turn into a critical error for Lapid in his slim hopes of defeating Israel’s majority of right-wing voters.

Whether or not Lapid pulls off an election upset, or Netanyahu re-emerges as prime minister, the primary issue facing Israelis during the current election is now one of substance, not simply personality.

Alex Traiman is CEO and Jerusalem Bureau Chief of Jewish News Syndicate.

UK considers moving embassy to Jerusalem, Truss tells Lapid at UN

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Prime Minister Yair Lapid meets with UK Prime Minister Liz Truss, September 21, 2022, Photo: Avi Ohayon (GPO)

By Debbie Reiss, World Israel News

British Prime Minister Liz Truss has told her Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid that she is considering moving the British embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Truss raised the topic during a meeting with Lapid on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, according to British media reports.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said Truss informed Lapid “about her review of the current location of the British Embassy in Israel,” several UK newspapers reported.

Lapid thanked Truss on Twitter for considering the move, and added, “We will continue to strengthen the partnership between the countries.”

Truss, who Lapid hailed as a “great friend of Israel,” first pledged to review moving the embassy to Jerusalem in a letter sent last month to the Conservative Friends of Israel.

Truss said she understood the “importance and sensitivity” over its location.

“I’ve had many conversations with my good friend Prime Minister Lapid on this topic. Acknowledging that, I will review a move to ensure we are operating on the strongest footing within Israel,” she wrote.

Former President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and relocated the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May of 2018, becoming the first country to make the move.

Guatemala, Honduras, and Kosovo followed suit.

Lapid and Truss also discussed the Iranian nuclear deal in their meeting, and agreed that no more concessions should be offered to Tehran.

Lapid “emphasized that Israel’s expectation is the advancement of a longer and stronger deal that will provide a response to the full range of threats stemming from Iran,” a readout from his office said.

Lapid also expressed his condolences over the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the readout said.

Federer’s final match comes in doubles alongside rival Nadal

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Switzerland’s Roger Federer plays a return to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz during the men’s singles quarterfinals match on day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 7, 2021. Federer announced Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 he is retiring from tennis. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(AP) — It was quite a collection of tennis luminaries sharing the black indoor hard court for a Laver Cup doubles practice session Thursday, 66 Grand Slam titles among them, a group collectively nicknamed the Big Four: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on one side of the net; Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on the other.

This team event founded by his management company marks the end of Federer’s career, and his last match will come Friday night alongside longtime rival Nadal for Team Europe against the Team World doubles pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.

“I’m not sure if I can handle it all. But I’ll try,” the 41-year-old Federer said about his sure-to-be-emotional on-court farewell after 20 major championships, a total of 103 tournament titles and hundreds of weeks at No. 1 across nearly a quarter of a century as a professional tennis player.

“Sitting here,” Federer said Thursday at a team news conference, with Nadal, who is 36, to his left, and Djokovic and Murray, both 35, a couple of seats down to his right, “it feels good that I go first from the guys. It feels right.”

Federer is ending his playing days following a series of operations on his right knee. He hasn’t competed since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.

In February of this year, when word emerged that Federer would be in London this week, he said Nadal messaged him suggesting they play doubles together again. They teamed up to win a doubles match during the first Laver Cup in 2017.

“I saw him playing on TV before I arrived on tour. I saw him having success on TV, and then (we were) able to create an amazing rivalry together. And on the other hand, something that probably we are very proud of is having a friendly rivalry,” Nadal said Thursday. “Tomorrow is going to be a special thing. Difficult. Going to be difficult to handle everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. But for me, too. At the end, one of the most important players — if not the most important player — in my tennis career is leaving.”

They played each other in singles 40 times (Nadal won 26), including 14 Grand Slam matchups (Nadal won 10). Nadal came out on top in their classic 2008 Wimbledon final, considered by some the greatest match in history; Federer won their last showdown, in the 2019 semifinals at the All England Club.

“To be part of this historic moment,” Nadal said about Friday, “is going to be something amazing, unforgettable.”

Tiafoe, a 24-year-old American who beat Nadal en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open this month, deadpanned: “Yeah, I’m just excited to play two up-and-comers tomorrow.”

Added Tiafoe: “It’s going to be iconic to be a part of that. Both guys are absolute legends. And obviously, (it’s) Roger’s last dance.”

The full lineup for Day 1 of the three-day Laver Cup was announced Thursday.

The singles matches will be Sock against two-time 2022 Grand Slam finalist Casper Ruud of Team Europe, Diego Schwartzman of Team World against 2021 French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe, and Alex de Minaur of Team World against three-time major champion Murray, before the Federer-Nadal doubles match closes the schedule.

Everyone knows what the main event will be: Federer’s goodbye.

“For me,” Murray said, “it feels right seeing him and Rafa on the same side of the net together.”

In controversial UN speech, Lapid touts a two state solution but says it can’t be a ‘terror base’

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Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid addresses the UN General Assembly September 22, 2022

By Debbie Reiss, World Israel News

Prime Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday broke United Nations history and became the first Israeli leader to hail the two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, prompting an outcry from lawmakers to the right of him who accused him of endangering the Jewish state.

“An agreement with the Palestinians, based on two states for two peoples, is the right thing for Israel’s security, for Israel’s economy and for the future of our children,” he said at the UN General Assembly in New York.

 

 

“Despite all the obstacles, still today a large majority of Israelis support the vision of this two-state solution. I am one of them.”

He went on to say that a future Palestinian state must not become “another terror base from which to threaten the well being, and the very existence of Israel.”

“We will have the ability to protect the security of all the citizens of Israel, at all times,” he said.

“You can ask us to live according to the values in the UN Charter, but you cannot ask us to die for them,” he added. “We want to live in peace but only if it gives us security, not if it threatens us even more.”

Hamas threatens violence over contested Jerusalem holy site

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Masked Palestinians carry Palestinian and Hamas flags during Eid al-Fitr celebrations next to the next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 2, 2022. The Palestinian militant group Hamas is threatening hostile actions against Israel over what it called “violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” ahead of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays. Hamas’ threats on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022, came just ahead of the Jewish new year on Sunday and a day after a group of Jewish religious extremists visited the contested holy site. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

(AP) — The Palestinian militant group Hamas on Thursday threatened hostile actions against Israel over what it called “violations against Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque” ahead of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays.

Hamas’s threats came just ahead of Sunday’s Jewish new year, and a day after a group of Jewish religious extremists visited a contested holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims and blew the shofar — a ram’s horn that’s trumpeted in the run-up to and during the Jewish High Holidays.

The Jewish new year, Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown on Sunday, and in the succeeding weeks thousands of Israelis are expected to visit Jerusalem.

Omer Barlev, Israel’s minister in charge of police, told Kan public radio on Wednesday that Israeli authorities would not limit Jewish visits to the contested Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Visitations and prayers by hard-line Jewish radicals at the site have triggered previous rounds of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

For Jews, the site is the holiest on earth, the location of two ancient Temples. For Muslims, it is the home of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the third holiest place after Mecca and Medina. The shrine is the emotional epicenter of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Officially, under a loose set of rules known as the “status quo,” Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray at the site, which is managed by a Jordanian-run trust. But in recent years, the number of Jewish visitors to the site has steadily grown, and some hold Jewish prayer at the site under police protection.

Addressing reporters in the city of Gaza, Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar decried what he called a “blatant attack on the religious and Islamic status of the city and the mosque,” saying Israel bore full responsibility for “the possibility of dragging the entire region into an open religious war.”

He said the militant group, which rules the Gaza Strip, would “defend the rights and sanctities of our people by all possible means.”

Israel and Hamas have fought four wars in the Gaza Strip since the Islamist militant group seized power in 2007.

The most recent battle, in May 2021, began when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem as Israeli nationalists planned to march through Jerusalem’s historic Old City, which is home to holy sites to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the Old City and its holy sites, in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it in a move unrecognized by most of the international community. The Palestinians seek it as capital of a future independent state.

 

Here’s A Primer On Biden’s Off The Rails Iran Nuclear Deal

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President Joe Biden addresses to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

James S. Robbins 

Nuclear talks with Iran are at an impasse. Just when a deal seemed imminent, Tehran resurrected a demand that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cease an investigation into potentially illegal uranium enrichment at three undeclared locations.

As well, Iran fired up advanced IR-6 centrifuges at an underground nuclear facility at Natanz, which will enhance the regime’s ability to produce weapons-grade uranium. Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, one of the architects of the failed 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, said the two sides were at a “stalemate.” The Biden administration seems unlikely to make further concessions to the Mullahs with growing bipartisan opposition to the deal and midterm elections on the horizon.

This unexpected reprieve gives the administration a chance to reconsider an agreement that will not be any more successful than the 2015 nuclear deal, and which may even be worse. (RELATED: LIEBERMAN: A Little-Known UN Treaty Is A Raw Deal For America And The Senate Can’t Wait To Pass It)

This Isn’t About Arms Control

The U.S. and its European allies may be talking about arms control at Vienna, but for Iran the issue is money. Tehran wants Western sanctions lifted and Iranian assets unfrozen, which could result in perhaps $100 billion a year flowing to the regime.

In exchange, Iran promises to freeze its nuclear enrichment program, though it can keep uranium it has already enriched. The 2015 JCPOA deal used the same “trading money for a promise” framework, and resulted in a windfall for Iran that helped fund destabilizing activities and terrorism in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen. There is no reason to believe this time will be any different.

The Deal Will Not Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program

The White House claims that the new deal will have robust monitoring and verification to make sure Iran keeps its promise not to pursue nuclear capability. But the same claims were made about the JCPOA; and reports from government agencies, the UN, and documents from Iran’s own nuclear archive demonstrated that Iran was either concealing vital information about its nuclear program or outright cheating.

There is no reason to believe that monitoring and verification will be any more effective this time around. Plus, Iran’s nuclear program is now far more robust than it used to be.

Furthermore, if the new deal has a “termination day,” like the original JCPOA did, Iran will be free to develop whatever weapons it wants after the agreement sunsets. We would know more about details like this had congressional Democrats not blocked a Republican attempt to have the draft language published.

The New Deal Is Not Comprehensive

Iran insisted from the beginning that negotiations would only focus on nuclear weapons development, and the White House conceded.

This leaves undiscussed Tehran’s ballistic missile program, its ongoing support for terrorist and guerilla groups and its miserable human rights record. The narrow focus on the nuclear issue leaves these other challenges unresolved. And as noted, Iran will have a fresh cash infusion to help underwrite its malign activities.

The Iran Deal Is Unpopular In The Region

A new nuclear deal is not popular among our major Middle East allies. Israel, of course, views it as a threat. Saudi Arabia, which President Joe Biden has already alienated, also opposes the deal, seeing it as a cynical approach by the U.S. to pursue lower oil prices.

Some Arab states are so concerned about the agreement, and unsure of the U.S. commitment to regional security, that they are mending fences with Tehran just in case. On the other hand, China and Russia strongly back the agreement, which should be a warning to the White House, lest it think these countries have American interests at heart.

The Iran Deal Is Bad Politics

It is hard to understand the Biden administration’s pursuit of this agreement when it is so obviously damaging politically. A majority of Americans don’t trust the president to negotiate an effective deal, and about as many support conducting cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear infrastructure as support a new agreement.

There is insufficient support in the Senate for a formal treaty, and even Congressional Democrats are divided on the matter. Concluding an unpopular nuclear agreement under these conditions will simply hand Republicans a 2024 election issue, whether Biden is running or not.

James S. Robbins is Senior Fellow in National Security Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and Dean of Academics at the Institute of World Politics.

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Judge stuck at 60 HRs as Yankees rout Pirates 14-2

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New York Yankees' Aaron Judge hits his fifty eighth homerun during the third inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Kenny Yoo)

(AP) — A sellout crowd of 46,175 groaned as Aaron Judge left the batter’s box in the first and fifth innings.

“Fans packed it out to see us win a ballgame and see some homers,” he said with a widening smile and a twinkle in his eyes, “so I think I got to cut out this double stuff, I guess.”

Judge remained at 60 home runs, one shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, hitting two doubles with a walk in Wednesday night’s 14-2 blowout of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A day after hitting home run No. 60 to spark a stunning five-run, ninth-inning rally capped by Giancarlo Stanton’s game-ending slam, Judge lined a double to left on the first pitch to him from Roasny Contreras (5-5) and scored on Oswaldo Cabrera’s grand slam.

Cabrera and Gleyber Torres had five RBIs each. Torres homered twice in the eighth inning, one to right and one to left, raising his season total to 23.

With 14 games left, Judge leads the AL in average (.317), home runs and RBIs (128) and is positioned to become the first Triple Crown winner in a decade.

Maris’ sons and Judge’s family were in the stands. Applause started whenever Judge walked onto the on-deck circle, and fans stood and snapped photos in anticipation during each trip to the plate.

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