Today is September 21 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 – Biden steps onto global stage with high-stakes UN speech
The Hill reports: President Biden faces high stakes on the global stage as he takes his plea for international cooperation on pressing issues like climate change and the coronavirus to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Biden’s first speech as president to the annual meeting comes at a time when he is facing questions from allies on U.S. commitments abroad and fury from France, America’s oldest ally, over a nuclear submarine deal with Australia.
The president plans to use Tuesday’s speech to rally nations behind confronting common threats, explicitly tying the recent U.S. exit from Afghanistan to a broader shift from traditional military conflict to “intensive” U.S. diplomacy, a senior administration official said.
“The speech will center on the proposition that we are closing the chapter on 20 years of war and opening a chapter of intensive diplomacy by rallying allies and partners and institutions to deal with the major challenges of our time,” the official told reporters Monday on a call previewing the speech.
Atop Biden’s agenda are climate change and the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to delivering in-person remarks at the gathering, Biden will host a virtual COVID-19 summit Wednesday during which officials say he will press countries and the private sector to increase their commitments to vaccinate the global population.
As I said during tonight’s meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres: global challenges require global solutions. We believe in the United Nations and its value. And at this moment, our bond — based on common values and principles — is more important than ever. pic.twitter.com/H7G1GAXopQ
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 21, 2021
WATCH: Joe Biden refuses to answer questions about the border crisis pic.twitter.com/nGZ0v26A7B
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 20, 2021
DML: What could possibly go wrong?
2 – Canada’s Trudeau vows cooperation with opponents after bid for majority fails
Reuters reports: MONTREAL, Sept 21 (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday acknowledged he will need to work with other parties after he fell short of winning a majority in parliamentary elections, leaving him once more dependent on opposition legislators to govern.
Trudeau, 49, was re-elected to a third term on Monday after calling a vote two years early, hoping for approval of his free-spending response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 2019 he had been working with a minority, forced to make deals with other parties to push through legislation.
But provisional results showed virtually no change from the 2019 election, delivering up another minority and begging the question of why Trudeau had called a vote that the official opposition Conservative Party portrayed as a cynical power grab.
Trudeau, in power since 2015, said he had a clear mandate to continue the path to recovery while conceding Canadians did not want to be thinking about politics or elections.
Thank you, Canada — for casting your vote, for putting your trust in the Liberal team, for choosing a brighter future. We’re going to finish the fight against COVID. And we’re going to move Canada forward. For everyone.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 21, 2021
Justin Trudeau took a gamble with his early election call, betting that his handling of the pandemic and Canada’s high vaccination rates would deliver him a stronger mandate to rule. That plan did not go exactly as hoped https://t.co/ROWfBDiP0z pic.twitter.com/o2xgbAyfCP
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 21, 2021
DML: Californians couldn’t get rid of Newsom, now Canadians couldn’t get rid Trudeau.
3 – Biden admin extends nonessential travel restrictions between US, Canada, Mexico through Oct. 21
Fox Business reports: The Biden administration on Monday said it has again extended restrictions on nonessential travel at land borders with Canada and Mexico, this time through Oct. 21.
The latest extension was announced by White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients after announcing that all foreign nationals traveling to the United States will, beginning in November, be required to be vaccinated.
Despite the U.S. extension, Canada, last month began allowing fully vaccinated U.S. visitors for nonessential travel.
House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., slammed the extension. “On the same day the Biden Administration announced it will start to ease foreign travel restrictions with several countries, including China and Iran, President Biden still refuses to even establish a clear plan for reopening the northern border,” Stefanik said.
President Biden still refuses to establish a clear plan for reopening the northern border.
The North Country deserves better.https://t.co/EspX6bSaga
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) September 20, 2021
DML: Guess all those illegal aliens coming across are considered “essential?”
Meanwhile, this happened yesterday – Biden plans to increase the refugee cap to 125,000 – the highest in over 30 years.
The U.S. will restore its global leadership in resettling the world’s most vulnerable. This is critical to U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, and reflects America’s core values. I look forward to my upcoming consultations with Congress on this matter.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) September 20, 2021
4 – Soros Gives McAuliffe Campaign $250k
The Free Beacon reports: Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe accepted a $250,000 contribution from liberal megadonor George Soros, who has spent at least $1 million to support defunding police.
Soros sent McAuliffe a quarter of a million dollars on Aug. 17, the former governor’s latest campaign finance report shows. Just months earlier, the progressive billionaire gave $1 million to Color Of Change PAC, a “racial justice” group that has called policing “a violent institution that must end” and works to “[divest] from and [dismantle] the systems that unjustly harm Black people.”
Soros’s contribution could provide a political headache for McAuliffe, who has faced criticism from both GOP opponent Glenn Youngkin and local sheriffs over his ties to the movement to defund the police.
In addition to his Color Of Change PAC contributions, Soros has spent more than $2 million backing a trio of liberal prosecutors in Virginia’s northern suburbs. The three prosecutors—Fairfax County’s Steve Descano, Loudoun County’s Buta Biberaj, and Arlington County’s Parisa Dehghani-Tafti—now face a recall effort after implementing lenient law enforcement policies, which have coincided with a rise in crime.
Great opportunity to speak with @VA_Pride in Richmond this AM. VA is the #1 state for business because we are open and welcoming — but that’s all at risk this November. Glenn Youngkin’s far-right social agenda would harm LGBTQ+ Virginians and send our economy into a ditch. pic.twitter.com/7VQGwGZQ7e
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) September 20, 2021
Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is proud of how pro-abortion he is. He’s out of touch with the majority of Virginians who support commonsense limits on abortion@GlennYoungkin has pledged to protect both unborn babies *and* their moms#vapol #vagov #SBAListEndorsed pic.twitter.com/8fMH2HbIPQ
— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) September 20, 2021
DML: Soros is still pulling the strings. Virginians, vote wisely!
5 – Omar: ‘We Owe Haitians’ Asylum — ‘Obviously Systemic Racism at Play’
Breitbart reports: Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said Monday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that the United States contributed to the problems in Haiti.
Therefore, she argued we “owe” Haitians the right to seek asylum as thousands gather at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Omar said, “What we have seen was cruel, inhuman, and violation of domestic laws and international laws, the right to seek asylum is an international right. I know this because I would not be here today if I wasn’t able to seek asylum in the border of neighboring country Kenya. To see this kind of atrocious, disturbing images at our border should really make every single American’s skin crawl.”
She continued, “I heard people say many of the Haitians that are at our border might not have grounds to seek asylum. These are people that have experienced a national disaster, which allows for people who experience that to seek asylum. They’ve also experienced political violence, political upheaval. They have experienced a crisis after crisis. We have also contributed to that. Generations of Haitians have experienced American policy that has contributed to their starvation, to the criminalization that they are dealing with, and to the inhumane policies that continue to destroy the lives of Haitians. So not only do we owe Haitians the right thing of allowing them to seek asylum here, but we also owe them the kind of policies that would allow for them to dictate the ways in which they want to run their country.”
— The ReidOut (@thereidout) September 20, 2021
DML: No, Omar! We owe the AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!
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