Today is June 24 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 – Massive Search and Rescue Effort Underway After Partial Collapse of Miami Condo Building
NBC Miami reports: At least one person was killed and a massive search and rescue effort was underway following the partial collapse of a 12-story condominium building in Surfside early Thursday.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said more than 80 units responded to the beachfront condo near 88th Street and Collins Avenue just north of Miami Beach around 2 a.m.
The collapse sent a cloud of debris through the neighborhood, coating cars up to two blocks away with a light layer of dust. Footage from the scene showed a large section of the sea-view side of the building collapsed into a pile of rubble.
It was unknown exactly how many people were injured or were inside the building at the time of the collapse but Burkett said at least 10 people were treated at the scene. Officials at nearby Aventura Hospital said they had received three patients from the scene. Two were in critical condition.
“The building has literally pancaked, it has gone down, and I mean there’s just feet in between stories where there were 10 feet,” Burkett said. “That is heartbreaking because it doesn’t mean to me that we’re gonna be as successful as we would want to be to find people alive.”
A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives at 9302 Collins Avenue. If you have family members that are unaccounted for or are safe, please call 305-614-1819 to account for them. pic.twitter.com/ksQ9LubG8V
— Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (@MiamiDadeFire) June 24, 2021
MBPD and @MiamiBeachFire are assisting the Town of Surfside at a partial building collapse located at 8777 Collins Avenue in Surfside, Florida. Multiple police and fire agencies from across Miami-Dade are assisting. Please follow @MiamiDadeFire for updated information. pic.twitter.com/8tORIfZfjY
— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) June 24, 2021
Boy rescued from the rubble of a building collapse in Surfside, Florida — near Miami Beach.
Hundreds of first responders are on the scene right now.
Rescue operation continues at 8777 Collins Ave. pic.twitter.com/Hnq7Gd9QW4
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) June 24, 2021
NOW: Partial-building collapse in Surfside Florida near Miami Beach. Miami/Dade Fire and Rescue Team searching for bodies. This is horrific.pic.twitter.com/pwLy5fepR0
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) June 24, 2021
An overhead view of what collapsed. Green is outlining the entire building, red is gone. A portion of the pool area/plaza, presumably with parking or something under it, also collapsed, which is visible in the CNN view. pic.twitter.com/xKacGy5esU
— Kyle H, Space Guy (@BoldlyBuilding2) June 24, 2021
DML: This is horrific. Unspeakable.
2 – Joe Biden Threatens Gun Brokers’ Licenses Who Willfully Sell Guns that ‘Commit Violent Crimes’
Breitbart reports: President Joe Biden delivered Wednesday’s remarks on the administration’s strategy to prevent gun crimes across the country when he issued a stark warning for gun brokers who have willfully sold guns to people who are not authorized to own one and are used to commit violent crimes.
He continued to say the Justice Department also announced a “major crackdown to stem the flow of guns used to commit violent crimes.”
The Biden administration under Biden will have a “zero tolerance for gun dealers who willfully violate key existing laws and regulations.”
He continued if a gun broker is going to willfully sell a gun to someone that is prohibited from owning a gun, in addition to “willfully fail to run a background check” or “willfully falsify a record or fail to cooperate,” the Biden administration will come after the broker.
BIDEN: “If you willfully sell a gun to someone who’s prohibited from possessing it, if you willfully fail to run a background check, if you willfully falsify a record … my message to you is this: We’ll find you and we will seek your license to sell guns.” pic.twitter.com/Jd5mImC777
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) June 23, 2021
President Biden says he thinks “a range of programs” for education, mental health and public housing are the most effective ways government can change the mindsets of people who commit gun violence https://t.co/AfTvxIBkOu pic.twitter.com/N9mmosEZcx
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 23, 2021
DML: The gun grab begins.
3- Biden wants to slash National Guard force size despite busiest year since WWII
Fox News reports: The National Guard deployed more troops during 2020 than any time since World War II a top general said Wednesday, but White House budget cuts would mean a decrease in troops for the fiscal year 2022.
“Some states had a significant increase in the amount of [operational tempo] that they had previously had, and so they’ve asked for additional force structure,” General Daniel Hokanson told reporters during a Wednesday press event. “Those decisions are made at the Secretary of the Army and Secretary of the Air Force level.”
The White House’s defense budget proposal, released late last month, called for a slight increase in the $715 billion budget, but it would also cut military forces by about 5,400 personnel – 500 of whom come from the National Guard.
DML: More of the weakening of American military.
4 – Iowa Teacher Goes On Wild Rant About Not Being Able To Teach CRT
The Daily Caller reports: Several TikToks from an Iowa teacher went viral on Wednesday in which she ranted about not being able to teach Critical Race Theory (CRT) and being forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance before school.
Megan Geha, a special education teacher at Des Moines East High School who goes by the name “Ms. Magoo” on TikTok, voiced her displeasure at the law Republican Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed on June 8 prohibiting the teaching of CRT in schools.
“My governor has put into place some ridiculous legislation that many governors have put into place such as I can’t teach anything divisive, I can’t teach Critical Race Theory, and I can’t teach about racial equity,” Geha said.
Texas teacher goes on insane rant now that she can’t teach critical race theory to students. pic.twitter.com/7tCHts9oKk
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) June 23, 2021
DML: This is the very reason conservatives need to start running for school board.
5 – Pelosi: Republicans ‘Can’t Win’ Unless They ‘Suppress the Vote’
Breitbart reports: During a portion of an interview with theGrio released on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that Republicans are blocking federal election legislation “Because they can’t win any other way. They can’t win any other way. So, they have to suppress the vote.” And compared the situation to the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War.
TheGrio D.C Bureau Chief April Ryan said, “The reality, you just brought up the Republicans, Mitch McConnell is leading the effort saying, no, no, no to voting rights.”
Pelosi responded, “Yeah. Because they can’t win any other way. They can’t win any other way. So, they have to suppress the vote. This is a fight for our democracy. Our democracy is at stake now.”
Pelosi repeated the claim in a Twitter post:
The #ForThePeople Act is the remedy to the anti-democratic tide that is sweeping our nation. Yet, all Senate Republicans voted against even proceeding to debate on democracy reform – because they know that the only way for them to win elections is to suppress the vote.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 22, 2021
DML: Pay careful attention to the narrative they’re pushing here: “Republicans can’t win any other way… so they have to suppress the vote.”
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