Today is February 8. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. 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 – Biden Cabinet member resigns after admitting to ‘disrespectful’ behavior toward colleagues
Fox News reports: Dr. Eric Lander, a former member of President Biden’s Cabinet who served as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), resigned Monday evening after an internal White House investigation found credible evidence he had spoken harshly and disrespectfully to colleagues in front of other colleagues.
“I am devastated that I caused hurt to past and present colleagues by the way in which I have spoken to them,” Lander wrote in his letter of resignation. “But it is clear that things I said, and the way I said them, crossed the line at times into being disrespectful and demeaning, to both men and women. That was never my intention. Nonetheless, it is my fault and my responsibility. I will take this lesson forward. I believe it is not possible to continue effectively in my role, and the work of this office is far too important to be hindered.”
Lander had earlier apologized to his staff for speaking to them in a “disrespectful and demeaning way,” according to an email obtained Monday by Fox News.
NEW: Eric Lander has resigned. Here’s his reisignation letter.
first reported by Wapo. pic.twitter.com/KVwGtuOQ0o
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) February 8, 2022
SCOOP: Eric Lander, President Biden’s top scientist, resigned Monday night after a White House investigation found he bullied and demeaned staff, per letter obtained by The Washington Post.https://t.co/sqiC924nVG
— Tyler Pager (@tylerpager) February 8, 2022
DML: What about Biden. Can this same rule apply to him too?
2 – Afghan Refugee, Brought to U.S. by Biden, Charged with Sexual Assault
Breitbart reports: An Afghan refugee, brought to the United States by President Joe Biden’s administration, has been arrested for sexual assault.
Matiullah Matie, a 40-year-old Afghan male who arrived in the U.S. as part of Biden’s massive resettlement operation, was arrested by the Wausau, Wisconsin, Police Department on Monday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.
On February 2, police allege that Matie was in a vehicle with the victim — who has been helping the Afghan’s family resettle in the U.S. — when he allegedly began sexually assaulting her.
Matie had been featured by Wisconsin Public Radio and local media as an example of Afghan allies to the U.S. Armed Forces in Afghanistan. One media outlet referred to him as a “prominent man in his community” as a “tribal leader” in Afghanistan.
Following his arrest, Matie was booked in the Marathon County Jail and subsequently released on bail. The Wausau Police Department has recommended a fourth-degree sexual assault charge against Matie but stated that the criminal investigation is ongoing. Matie now faces a fine of up to $10,000 or a maximum of nine months in prison.
مطیع الله مطیع، فعال سیاسی و مشر قومی افغانستان به اتهام تجاوز جنسی در امریکا بازداشت شده است
— Rabia Sadat (@realRabiaSadat) February 8, 2022
Just days earlier, Matie was featured in a glowing news report:
Matiullah Matie, along with his wife and children, was among the first of about 85 people from Afghanistan set to resettle in Wausau.
— JSOnline – NewsWatch (@js_newswatch) January 31, 2022
DML: Joe Biden, this is on YOU!
3 – Loudoun official coached principals on getting warrants for unmasked students
The Washington Examiner reports: A security official for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia directed principals to obtain a warrant from a magistrate if students attempted to enter the school without wearing a mask, the latest escalation in the commonwealth’s mask wars.
An email sent by Loudoun County Public Schools Director of Safety and Security John Clark to the district’s principals and viewed by the Washington Examiner shows Clark outlined a series of steps they should take to enforce the district’s mask mandate, including how to obtain a warrant from a magistrate and limiting parental access to school buildings.
The email was sent on Feb. 1 and came as Loudoun elected to defy Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order allowing parents to opt their children out of school mask mandates.
“If you determine that an individual should be trespassed then a school admin representative, in conjunction with S&S Coordinator Rich Thomas, will proceed to the magistrate to swear out a trespass summons/warrant,” the email says. “School admin will meet Rich Thomas at the Safety & Security office and then proceed to the magistrate, which is located next to our office.”
“Parents should only be admitted at your discretion,” Clark said, and he recommended schools establish “outdoor parent gathering areas,” bring students to parents picking them up, and restrict used entrances to “help staff control potential incoming adults.”
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) February 7, 2022
DML: Whoever wrote this email is the one who should be banned from the school.
4 – Cheerleaders root for freedom as vaccines put season in jeopardy
Fox News reports: Cheerleaders from Sachem North and Sachem East high schools are joining fellow cheerleaders in New York protesting a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for the 2022 New York State Cheerleading Championships at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Emma Silberman, a varsity cheerleader at Sachem East, wrote to Patch about their concerns about the championships scheduled for March 5.
“I have been cheering my whole life and have wished to compete at both nationals and states my whole life,” she wrote. “My team is able to go to nationals this year and I am very thankful, although we got the news we were not allowed to attend states since we all must be vaccinated. I am a senior this year, meaning it is my last year. I’ve never competed at states and I really would love that experience.”
The cheerleaders explained that no other state championships at the high school level have a vaccine mandate, and they are demanding that it take place at another venue. An online petition has circulated and there were over 15,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon.
Some members of the Sachem East and North cheer teams are joining others across NY who say other sports don’t have vaccine requirements. https://t.co/GzSkiEMiqx
— Sachem Patch (@SachemPatch) February 7, 2022
DML: End this nonsense now!
5 – Nearly 40 Percent of U.S. Gen Zs, 30 Percent of Young Christians Identify as LGBTQ, Poll Shows
Newsweek reports: Thirty percent of Millennials identify as LGBTQ, according to a soon-to-be released study that is based on scientific polling data. Among Christians the numbers were lower—but only slightly, with just under 30 percent of Millennial Christians identifying as LGBTQ.
The portion of the population that describes itself as gay has varied over the years, from 10 percent, based on research by Alfred Kinsey and widely promoted by the National Gay Task Force in 1977, to less than 6 percent in a recent Gallup poll. The pollster who worked on the new study, George Barna, attributes the unusually high number he found to social and news media coverage that makes it “safe and cool” for young Americans to identify as LGBTQ—whether or not it represents their actual sexual orientation.
“It’s a subset of a larger issue, that this is a generation where three out of four are searching for meaning. This is a group that doesn’t have a reason to get out of bed in the morning,” Barna says. “Therefore, the LGBTQ identity gives them comfort. A lot of this generation claim to be moving in that direction, but there’s a big difference between claiming the identity and living the lifestyle.”
The poll looked at so-called Millennials, defined as someone born from 1984-2002, which is about 78 million individuals representing a quarter of the U.S. population.
Among Millennials, 30 percent identify as LGBTQ, more than three times that of the rest of the adult population, and when the researchers broke out the youngest of the group, ages 18-24 (which some call Gen Z), they found 39 percent called themselves LGBTQ.
They guilted you into being tolerant instead of saying, “Son, you’re not a firetruck” and validating your child’s delusions.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) February 8, 2022
DML: And here’s how it happened. Kids being programmed. Sickening.
Heartbreaking. These kids don’t deserve a terrible abusive mother. pic.twitter.com/3hFCuDh76U
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) February 3, 2022
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