Today is January 19. 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 to hold press conference marking first year of his presidency amid flagging poll numbers
Fox News reports: President Biden is set to hold his first formal press conference in months Wednesday afternoon — a day before the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
The press conference will be the president’s 10th since taking office. Biden has held fewer press conferences than his five predecessors at the same point in their presidencies, having done six news conferences on his own and three jointly with foreign leaders.
He does, however, often take a handful of questions from reporters during his public appearances. And White House press secretary Jen Psaki takes the podium daily for regular press briefings, often with special appearances from administration officials.
In announcing the press conference, Psaki said the president “looks forward to speaking directly to the American people.”
Biden’s approval ratings average has hovered in the low 40s and his disapproval ratings average in the low 50s since mid-October. But a Quinnipiac University national poll grabbed headlines last week when it measured the president’s approval at just 33%. A White House memo described the survey as an “outlier.”
As we approach the one-year mark, it’s important to step take stock of the incredible progress we’ve made.
During President Biden’s first year, we saw the most dramatic change in our economy of anywhere in the world. From the worst jobs year in history to the best in history. https://t.co/4cQDGMgc01
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) January 18, 2022
DML: Well, this should be an entertaining comedy show.
2 – New York Attorney General claims “We Found ‘Significant Evidence’ of Trump Organization Fraud”
The Daily Beast reports: New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a court late Thursday night to compel Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka Trump to testify under oath, saying that her office’s investigation into the Trump Organization had uncovered “significant evidence” of fraud.
James said in a tweet, “We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years.”
“Donald J. Trump, Ivanka Trump, and Donald Trump Jr… assert that they may have ignored lawfully issued subpoenas for sworn testimony because of what they contend is ‘an unprecedented and unconstitutional maneuver’ by the Office of the Attorney General (OAG)” the motion states. “But subpoenas to current and former top company officials—such as those at issue here—are routine in complex financial investigations and are amply warranted here.”
Prosecutors note that while their office has not reached a final decision as to whether this evidence warrants any legal action, their grounds “for conducting the investigation are beyond reproach.”
We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) January 19, 2022
We will not be deterred in our efforts to continue this investigation, uncover the facts, and pursue justice, no matter how many roadblocks Mr. Trump and his family throw in our way.
No one is above the law.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) January 19, 2022
The liberal media is having a hay day with the news Wednesday morning:
New York AG Letitia James’ office says it has identified numerous “misleading statements and omissions” in the Trump Organization’s financial statements, and it needs testimony from the Trump and two of his adult children. @KaraScannell has the latest. https://t.co/C0HY34tgn2 pic.twitter.com/eNzYNW12GD
— New Day (@NewDay) January 19, 2022
New York Attorney General Letitia James says she has uncovered “significant evidence” suggesting that former President Trump and the Trump Organization, including Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, inflated and misrepresented the value of several Trump properties. pic.twitter.com/0npH1zlRCu
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) January 19, 2022
Recently, Eric Trump posted a video montage showing that James campaigned on the promise to go after Trump:
The WSJ Editorial Board: New York Attorney General Letitia James “investigation looks like more evidence of the decline of America’s rule of law.”
Thank you to those of you who have sent in additional videos and statements over the past few days. pic.twitter.com/Al1TQ6jwGB
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) January 11, 2022
DML: I TOLD you she was going to do this! WITCH HUNT! Hey Letitia James, what about Cuomo? Nursing home deaths, sexual harassment allegations… you let it all slide!
3 – Manchin: We Already Have Laws to Ensure People Have Voting Rights, Voter Obstruction Is ‘Not Going to Happen’
Breitbart reports: While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated that there are already laws and rules in place to ensure people “have the right to vote. We have that.” And even though people “act like we’re going to obstruct people from voting. That’s not going to happen.”
Manchin was asked, “There are a lot of people out there who are saying that you’re making it so that they’re not going to be able to vote in the next election?”
Manchin responded, “The law’s there. The rules are there. And basically, the government. The government will stand behind them and make sure they have the right to vote. We have that. The things they’re talking about now are in court. Marc Elias has an awful lot in court. The courts have struck down, like in Ohio, they struck down the gerrymandering. Things are happening, okay. We act like we’re going to obstruct people from voting. That’s not going to happen.”
.@Sen_JoeManchin: “I just don’t know how you break a rule to make a rule…The majority of my colleagues in the Democratic caucus, they’ve changed, they’ve changed their mind…I haven’t…I’ve never changed my mind on the filibuster. pic.twitter.com/7Byj5e5XDM
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 18, 2022
DML: Hold your ground, Manchin!
4 – School System Is Indoctrinating Preschoolers On Transgender Issues, Parents Group Claims
The Daily Caller reports: A parents group claims that a Minnesota school district is indoctrinating toddlers about pride and other “equity” agenda items.
Saint Paul Public Schools is partnering with two organizations, AMAZE and OutFront Minnesota, to purportedly push materials discussing gender identity on children as young as three, according to a release by Parents Defending Education (PDE).
One document released by PDE from AMAZE included books aimed at preschool-age children, including “When Aidan Became a Brother,” “I Love My Colorful Nails” and “My Princess Boy.”
The first book is about a young girl who transitions to become a boy, according to AMAZE’s handout. The second book tells the story of how “a boy who loves to paint his nails different colors” is bullied, while the third title is about “a little boy who loves the color pink, sparkly things, and being a princess” and was “written by his mom.”
The woke indoctrination machine knows no bounds https://t.co/kEA79JkmMW
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 19, 2022
5 – White House to distribute 400 million N95 masks starting next week
The Washington Examiner reports: The Biden administration intends to distribute 400 million professional-quality N95 face masks to adults free of charge.
The masks will come out of the Strategic National Stockpile and will be made available to people through local pharmacies and community health centers, an unnamed White House official said. The announcement comes a day after the White House launched its program to provide free COVID-19 tests.
“This is the largest deployment of personal protective equipment in U.S. history,” the official told CNN.
The 400 million N95 masks would come out of the 750 million masks currently stored in the stockpile and would be part of an endeavor by the Biden administration to ensure the public has access to the more-protective masks. The effort is expected to begin in early February, the official said.
The supply will not include child-sized masks, although two people with knowledge of the matter told Politico that the government is working on acquiring them.
BREAKING: The White House says it will make 400 million N95 masks available for free via pharmacies and health centers https://t.co/nDrIyrkcFr
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) January 19, 2022
DML: There go your tax dollars, right down the drain.
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