House Passes Democrats’ Massive Election Reform Bill Mandating Mail-In Balloting
The House on Wednesday passed Democrat legislation to enact a sweeping reform of federal election law. HR. 1 would require states to allow any eligible voter to cast a ballot by mail or dropbox, assure nationwide automatic online and same-day voter registration, mandate a minimum of 15 days of early voting for elections, and grant felons who have completed their prison sentences the right to vote. The measure passed on a party-line 220-210 vote. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) praised the bill as an attempt to combat “voter suppression” in America. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) expressed Republican alarm. “HR. 1 is the pretext to abolishing the Electoral College,” she tweeted before the vote was taken.
Pence’s Lament: Jan. 6 ‘Violence’ Squashed ‘Substantive Discussion’ on Election Integrity
Former President Trump VP Mike Pence has made his first lengthy public comments since leaving office in January. In a commentary piece for The Daily Signal, a website run by the Heritage Foundation, Pence attempted to question elements of the 2020 election process while still strongly condemning the Jan. 6 unrest on Capitol Hill. “After an election marked by significant voting irregularities and numerous instances of officials setting aside state election law, I share the concerns of millions of Americans about the integrity of the 2020 election,” Pence wrote. “The tragic events of Jan. 6 — the most significant being the loss of life and violence at our nation’s Capitol — also deprived the American people of a substantive discussion in Congress about election integrity in America.”
Facebook Ends Political Advertising Ban
Social media goliath Facebook announced Wednesday that it will end its temporary ban on political advertising beginning today. “We’re resuming political, electoral and social issue ads in the United States on Thursday, March 4,” the company said in a blog post. “We put this temporary ban in place after the November 2020 election to avoid confusion or abuse following Election Day.” The decision allows a resumption of “a form of digital promotion that has been criticized for spreading misinformation, falsehoods, and inflaming voters,” The New York Times related in its report on the news.
ICE Suspends ‘Most Wanted’ Public Safety Alert For Illegal Alien Fugitives
“In a surprise move, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stopped a popular system to alert people about violent criminal illegal immigrants to report on, a sort of Most Wanted board on Twitter,” Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reports. “Called @ICEAlerts, the page once filled with photos and details of fugitive aliens released by sanctuary cities now carries a note that reads: “These Tweets Are Protected. Only approved followers can see @ICEAlerts’ Tweets,” Bedard writes. “Locking the ICE alerts account prevents the public from receiving critical information about criminal aliens,” Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) told the reporter. “I fear it will be American lives that will pay the price for the [Biden] Administration’s reckless policies.”
Alabama Senate Passes Ban on Hormone Therapy, Surgery for Transgender Kids
In a 23-4 vote, Alabama senators on Tuesday passed a bill banning the use of puberty blockers, hormone treatment, and surgical procedures for children who identify as transgender. “Children aren’t mature enough to make these decisions on surgeries and drugs. The whole point is to protect kids,” Republican Sen. Shay Shelnutt, who sponsored the legislation, said. The bill would make such treatments for minors a felony, with violators facing up to 10 years in prison. The measure “now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives where a committee has approved a nearly identical bill,” the Associated Press reports.
Biden Administration: German Warship in South China Sea Will Champion ‘Rules-Based International Order’
The Biden administration is praising German plans to send a warship into the South China Sea later this year as a victory for internationalist governance. The vessel will be the first German warship to cross the disputed sea, the site of constant Chinese agitation, since 2002. “The United States has a national interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, lawful unimpeded commerce, and freedom of navigation and other lawful uses of the sea,” a State Department spokeswoman said of the move. “We welcome Germany’s support for a rules-based international order in the Indo-Pacific. The international community has a vital stake in the preservation of an open maritime order.”
Guatemala Volcano Erupts, Spews ‘Lava Bombs’
The Pacaya Volcano, a popular tourist attraction for visitors to Guatemala located 19 miles southwest of the nation’s capital Guatemala City, erupted Wednesday, “expelling lava for several hours and prompting the country’s meteorological institute to warn that incandescent volcanic blocks could rain down on nearby towns,” Reuters reports. “One of the Central American country’s most active volcanoes, Pacaya began to expel lava at dawn, creating an immense column of smoke,” the wire service detailed. “The Pacaya volcano has a very high level of activity, which has generated a strombolian type eruption, with strong explosions,” the meteorological institute Insivumeh said in a statement. Strombolian eruptions are “explosions that consist of relatively mild blasts but eject burning cinders and lava bombs,” Reuters noted.
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