Today is May 3 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1 – Republican win in Texas special election raises questions about Biden’s popularity
Fox News reports: The special election in Texas’ Sixth Congressional District on Saturday was seen as the first competitive race since Joe Biden was elected president and a bellwether on how a district that was seen to be purpling reacted to the new administration’s first 100 days.
The results were seen as a blow to Democrats because two Republicans earned enough votes to advance to a runoff. Susan Wright, the wife of the late Republican Rep. Ron Wright, was followed in votes by Jake Ellzey who eked out a win over Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez. (Sanchez conceded in a social media post. She lost by about 400 votes.)
John Fund, a national affairs columnist for the National Review, took to Twitter on Sunday to consider the outcome of the race and the general popularity of a president who just released his vision for the future of the country.
“If Biden Is So Popular, Why This?” Fund asked, linking to a story with the election result.
If Biden Is So Popular, Why This?
Republicans grabbed the two runoff slots in the Texas 6 special election yesterday. Dems were shut out, their candidates won a total 36% in a Dallas area seat that Trump carried by only 3 points last November.https://t.co/HgcWkGZDOE
— John Fund (@johnfund) May 2, 2021
Tammy Bruce, a Fox News contributor, tweeted out the results and posted, “Dems should prepare for a SHELLACKING in 2022.”
Dems should prepare for a SHELLACKING in 2022… “Democrats aiming to flip Texas House seat fall short as 2 Republicans qualify for runoff” https://t.co/j5Sga30LPI
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) May 2, 2021
DML: The fact that we even have to worry about Texas turning blue is a HUGE concern.
2 – DNC raises $15.4 million online in Biden’s first 100 days
The Hill reports: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $15.4 million in online donations during President Biden’s first 100 days, a sign that the party’s fundraising effort is not losing steam in the post-Trump era.
The DNC raised more money in Biden’s first 100 days than it did during comparable periods in former President Obama’s and Trump’s terms, a committee spokesperson told The Hill. The committee raked in $427,000 in the first 100 days of Obama’s first term, and $4.7 million in the same time frame in 2016.
The DNC also saw a 60 percent increase in the number of donors who contributed in the first 100 days of the Biden administration compared to four years ago, which a senior spokesperson said is “further demonstrating strong enthusiasm for President Biden.”
Last month, the Republican National Committee announced that it raised nearly $17.8 million in March, bringing its first-quarter fundraising haul to $44.4 million.
Axios reported that the RNC raised nearly $22 million from contributions of under $200 from January to the end of March, according to its FEC filings.
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3 – Migrants Crossing The Rio Grande Valley All Say The Same Things
The Daily Caller reports: U.S. Border Patrol agents in Rio Grande Valley, Texas spend day and night apprehending hundreds of Central American migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally in record numbers.
The Rio Grande Valley sector is a “hotspot” for migrant crossings, and data shows that in 2021 the region has already seen a 25% increase in illegal crossings compared to the same time last year. In the month of March, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions almost reached 170,000, with nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors reaching the southern border, both record numbers.
The massive influx of migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally has created a housing crisis, with the Biden administration currently spending $60 million per week to shelter unaccompanied minors.
The Daily Caller spent several nights with U.S. Border Patrol agents in La Joya, Texas documenting and interviewing migrants crossing into the U.S. illegally who were apprehended and processed by agents.
One woman said they’re coming “because of the new law of the president [Biden] that allows us to cross.”
“Because of the new law of the president that allow us to cross” I spoke with Central American migrants crossing
into South Texas illegally who say they are coming now because Trump isn’t president. When I asked if they had a message for the president, “Help Us!” #bordercrisis pic.twitter.com/w3pSG1y7Wy
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) May 3, 2021
Reporting from an undisclosed location near the border in McAllen, TX we encountered around 190 migrants. I saw lots of small children and a few babies with this group who came from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Full story and interviews posted soon.@dailycaller pic.twitter.com/VJEOdV0Yym
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) March 29, 2021
DML: They’re coming to America – because Biden invited them. He’s creating the perfect storm.
4 – Parents Magazine Promotes Book for Children Based on Ibram X. Kendi’s Critical Race Theory
Breitbart reports: Parents, a magazine that purports to help people raise children, is promoting a book about critical race theory as its May pick for its new “Raising the Future Book Club.”
The book is a remix of Ibram X. Kendi’s young adult book on critical race theory titled Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. Now, the second remix is aimed at even younger readers ages 7 to 10.
Parents describes the book club and its latest pick online:
Here at Parents, we believe change starts with us. Our children are always listening, always learning, and it’s our job to raise them to see the world as the wonderfully diverse place it is so they can make it even better. We also believe that educating ourselves and our children is best done together, which is why we’re excited to announce a new way for us to learn: Parents‘ new Raising the Future Book Club…..
Discussing racism in age-appropriate ways is top of mind for many parents. Authors Jason Reynolds (pictured) and Ibram X. Kendi wrote the best-seller Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You as a YA book. It’s now been adapted for younger kids by Sonja Cherry-Paul, Ed.D. Watch Reynolds read from Stamped (for Kids) and take questions on @Parents Instagram Live on May 22 at 3 p.m. (EST). Head to parents.com/BookClub for details. Ages 7 to 10.
Book drops super soon! So proud to have worked on this one! 🌞 https://t.co/iITbXz0Dv1
— ✨ Bare Minimum Queen ✨ (@thelittleanimal) April 28, 2021
DML: Sick to my stomach.
5 – Powerful teachers union influenced CDC on school reopenings, emails show
The New York Post reports: The American Federation of Teachers lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on, and even suggested language for, the federal agency’s school-reopening guidance released in February.
The powerful teachers union’s full-court press preceded the federal agency putting the brakes on a full re-opening of in-person classrooms, emails between top CDC, AFT and White House officials show.
The emails were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative watchdog group Americans for Public Trust and provided to The Post.
The documents show a flurry of activity between CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, her top advisors and union officials — with Biden brass being looped in at the White House — in the days before the highly-anticipated Feb. 12 announcement on school-reopening guidelines.
“Thank you again for Friday’s rich discussion about forthcoming CDC guidance and for your openness to the suggestions made by our president, Randi Weingarten, and the AFT,” wrote AFT senior director for health issues Kelly Trautner in a Feb 1 email — which described the union as the CDC’s “thought partner.”
Biden promised to follow the science, but he is being controlled by Democrat special interest groups.https://t.co/rPSAm0dS9T
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 2, 2021
DML: This is highly disturbing!
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