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For the first time in twenty years, the Teamsters political committee sent $45,000 to the Republican National Committee, according to a report.

The Washington Post revealed the payment on Wednesday. It appears that the donation occurred on the same day that former President Donald Trump had his second meeting with the Teamsters’ leadership in January.

The influential organized labor union has historically given to Democrats; according to the publication, it contributed to the Democratic National Committee $135,000 in December of last year and another $15,000 in March of 2023. However, this is the first time the group has given to the RNC since it last gave $15,000 in 2004.

According to the Post, Trump is well-liked by many of the union’s regular members, despite the fact that the gift has apparently infuriated some of the organization’s left-leaning officials and members.

The Post reports that the union covers around 1.3 million UPS employees as well as other transportation workers. While several unions have already nominated Biden for 2024, the group has not yet chosen a candidate for that year. It has endorsed Barack Obama in 2012 and 2008, Hillary Clinton in 2016, and President Joe Biden in 2020.

John Palmer, a member of the Teamsters executive board, claimed that the RNC gift appeared to be a “tacit support” of Trump.

“In my tenure on the board, we have never accomplished something like this,” he remarked. “It seems like an implicit support of Trump, but I think the strategy is that we’ll have a little more influence with the GOP.”

The National Labor Relations Board now has a labor advocate at the helm, making it easier for workers to join unions. The Post also cited Biden’s victories for the labor movement as approving trillions of dollars in federal spending on climate, semiconductors, and infrastructure packages that encourage businesses to hire union workers.

The report did note that in 2022, Biden faced opposition from train workers when he requested that Congress impose a union contract to prevent a walkout that did not provide paid sick days.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Biden posed for pictures in January when Biden inadvertently wore his hardhat backwards at a meeting with union workers in Wisconsin.

Author: Scott Dowdy

Following a hack against the nation’s largest prescription processing company, Change Healthcare, pharmacies are encountering delays nationwide. On Wednesday, the company said that it was “experiencing a network interruption linked to a cyber security problem.”

Change Healthcare stated, “Once we became aware of the external danger, we took prompt steps to disconnect our systems to minimize additional effects in the interest of safeguarding our partners and patients.”

The IT business continued, “At this point, we think the issue is exclusive to Change Healthcare, and all other systems throughout UnitedHealth Group are functioning.” “We anticipate that the disturbance will continue at least for the day.”

Change Healthcare, one of the biggest providers of healthcare technology in the US, which processes payments from patients and orders across the nation, has not revealed the details of the incident.

According to an article from the Huron Daily Tribune, pharmacies have seen disruptions as a result of the event.

For instance, Michigan-based healthcare company Scheurer Health stated that none of its family pharmacy sites could fill prescriptions.

On the other hand, a medical group at Kansas’ McConnell Air Force Base reported on Wednesday that there was a temporary pharmacy outage. They also noted that they understood the trouble this may create and appreciated the patient as they worked to find a solution.

22nd Medical Group stated, “Our staff is trying to restore comprehensive pharmacy services as quickly as feasible.” ” Tomorrow or later is when we plan to have this issue resolved. We’ll keep an eye on things and keep you informed about our developments.

“The 22nd Medical Group Pharmacy is unable to fill new prescriptions as a result of an unanticipated MHS Genesis outage that affected the whole organization. In a follow-up post on Thursday, the medical organization stated, “But our pharmacy is still open and will keep filling prescriptions that have already been filled.

Canadian Lakes Pharmacy, situated in Michigan, further declared on Wednesday that it is “the issue that has been occurring yesterday and starting today that is impacting most establishments.”

Canadian Lakes Pharmacy said that “several of the major prescription processors in North America are experiencing a statewide outage.”

“We can accept your prescription, but for the majority of insurance policies, we are unable to bill your insurer. It would be fantastic if you could hold off on picking up your prescription for a day or so, the pharmacist stated.

“We appreciate your patience, understanding, and ongoing support,” the drugstore said in closing. “Unfortunately, this affects the majority of pharmacies and is entirely beyond our control.”

Change Healthcare has not yet released a timeframe for when it will resume its regular operations, although the outage is anticipated to linger until Friday.

Author: Blake Ambrose

Attorney General of New York Letitia James stated in an interview with ABC News on Tuesday that she is ready to take possession of former President Donald Trump’s property if he is unable to obtain the money to pay a $354 million judgment in his civil fraud case.

James stated to ABC News that “we will pursue judgment enforcement procedures in court, and we will urge the judge to take his assets if he does not have cash to pay up the judgment.”

On Friday, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron found that Trump had misrepresented his net worth in order to obtain more advantageous loan conditions. As a result, the former president was penalized $354.8 million plus about $100 million in pre-judgment interest.

Trump has declared he would challenge the decision. Nevertheless, before he can file an appeal, he must provide New York State with the fine as bail.

James added, “Financial frauds are not victimless crimes,” but he did not mention any victims and instead called the scam “huge” in response to a question concerning Trump’s assertion that the banks were paid back for all loans and that there were no victims in the case.

“He committed this significant scam. The amount of the deception was astounding, the variances are much exaggerated, and it wasn’t simply a straightforward error or carelessness, she contended. “If everyday New Yorkers went into a bank and provided fake paperwork, the government would throw the book at them, and the same should be true for previous presidents,” she said, posing a hypothetical scenario.

James claimed that she had her eye on the “Trump building,” which is Trump’s structure at 40 Wall Street.

“We are ready to ensure that New Yorkers receive their just compensation, and yes, I do regularly visit 40 Wall Street,” she remarked.

She shot off Trump’s claim that companies will boycott New York because of the lawsuit, stating, “Travel is up as of last I looked.” Wall Street is operating well.

“Someone once told me if you want anything done, give it to a woman,” she boasted, referencing herself, columnist E. Jean Carroll, and the troubled charges filed against Trump by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.

Author: Scott Dowdy

According to a White House news statement, the Biden administration said early on Wednesday morning that it has authorized the cancellation of an additional $1.2 billion in federal student loan debt.

According to the latest announcement, debt would be waived for about 153,000 borrowers who are presently enrolled in the Saving on a Valuable Education repayment scheme.

The debt forgiveness option is available to SAVE-enrolled borrowers who took out no more than $12,000 and have been making monthly payments for a minimum of ten years. On the other hand, borrowers who borrowed more than $12,000 can potentially have their debt forgiven.

The White House said, “After an extra year of payments, a borrower will receive relief for every additional $1,000 they initially borrowed.” “For example, if a borrower enrolled in SAVE has been in repayment for 12 years and took out federal loans totaling $14,000 or less to obtain an associate’s degree in biotechnology, they will receive full debt help starting this week.”

As early as this week, qualified borrowers will start to have their debts canceled.

The Biden-Harris Administration executed this SAVE clause and is giving assistance to borrowers over six months ahead of schedule, the White House said. The original intention was for July.

“Aid community college and certain other borrowers with lesser debts and put many on pace to being free of student debt sooner than ever before” is the stated goal of the forgiveness proposal.

The White House stated, “85% of future community college borrowers will now be debt-free within a 10 year time frame under the Biden-Harris Administration’s SAVE plan.”

The Biden administration has thus far cancelled about $138 billion in federal student loans, and American taxpayers will be responsible for paying for them. Despite “Republicans in Congress and their supporters” trying to “obstruct” the administration “every step of the way,” the White House boasted that Biden “had erased more student debt than any President in history.”

According to the administration, “fixing the student loan system and making sure higher education is a bridge to the middle class” are the goals of its debt forgiveness proposal.

To get around the Supreme Court’s June ruling that struck down Biden’s proposal to cancel all federal student loans, the administration has been introducing a number of smaller but comparable debt forgiveness schemes.

The Biden administration declared in January that it would forgive 74,000 debtors’ federal student loan debt totaling more than $5 billion.

Millions of student loan debtors are refusing to make payments in the hopes that this will put pressure on the federal government to implement unilateral cancellations, according to a study conducted by and published last month.

Author: Blake Ambrose

According to The New York Times, autoworkers in Michigan are concerned that their employment may be at risk due to President Joe Biden’s initiatives advocating for the switch to electric cars (EVs).

The president’s support of electric vehicles (EVs) has angered some autoworkers who are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union because the products require less labor to produce, which could result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in the manufacturing sector as well as in related industries like trucking and insurance, according to the New York Times. Although Biden has prioritized union support throughout his campaign and as president, the heavily unionized auto sector opposes his plan to have 50% of all new car sales in the United States come from electric vehicles by 2030.

An autoworker at a Ford plant west of Detroit, Michigan, named Tiffanie Simmons informed the New York Times of her disappointment with Biden’s advocacy for electric vehicles. “We rely on you to ensure that jobs for Americans are available.”

Recently, in an attempt to maintain the support of autoworkers, Biden has shifted his EV campaign with promises to loosen regulations on tailpipe emissions that would have accelerated the transition to zero-emission cars over the next five years.

According to the NYT, Simmons believes that because EVs have the potential to kill jobs, they are incompatible with the interests of blue-collar workers. Though Biden has deceived her, she refuses to vote for the outgoing president Donald Trump because she views him as a mere “entertainer.”

Nelson Westrick, an autoworker at the Ford facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, north of Detroit, told the New York Times, “It’s terrifying right now with the entire electric push.” “This electric crap will kill thousands and thousands of jobs.”

As part of his effort to win over union support for his 2024 presidential candidacy, Trump chose to speak to plumbers, electricians, and autoworkers at a rally in September 2023 in Detroit, Michigan, rather than attending the second GOP presidential debate. In July, the former president also unveiled a campaign ad criticizing Biden’s support for “green new deal” initiatives like the EV transition and requesting the UAW’s backing.

Trump met in January to discuss “serious concerns” with both high-ranking and low-ranking members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Trump nearly won Minnesota in the 2016 election, but he lost both Wisconsin and Michigan.

Author: Scott Dowdy

According to Fox Business, a recent inspector general study revealed that the Internal Revenue Service occasionally lacked “sufficient procedures” to shield private taxpayer data from illegal access.

Certain “critical systems” remained accessible to some former IRS workers and contractors, according to a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration review.

After Charles Littlejohn, a former IRS contractor, disclosed tax returns of former President Trump and “thousands of the country’s wealthiest individuals,” the inspector general opened an inquiry. Littlejohn acknowledged taking the tax information and giving it to media sites; as Blaze News has reported, he was sentenced to five years in jail earlier this year.

The US House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Representative Jason Smith (R) of Missouri, wrote a letter requesting the investigation last year in response to the “massive leak of citizen confidential tax info that the IRS is supposed to keep secure,” according to the Inspector General’s report.

Smith released a statement saying, “When it was revealed that an IRS contractor had stolen and disclosed thousands of people’s tax returns, including Trump’s,” alarm bells should have gone off at the IRS.

Rather, it appears that the agency has not taken much action in response. He said, “The IRS has no justification whatsoever for failing to secure sensitive taxpayer data.

“TIGTA agreed to do an examination of how the IRS gives access to and secures Federal Tax Information kept on its different technology systems (i.e., sensitive systems),” the latest report said after receiving the Chairman’s letter.

“Unauthorized access and publication of taxpayer information might erode the taxpaying public’s faith in the federal tax system to preserve sensitive tax information,” the Inspector General (IG) said.

The Business Entitlement Access Request System is how the agency provides access, according to the inspector general’s findings. It was further said that the procedure is the same for both contractors and employees.

As of July, the investigation found that over 91,000 people had access to at least one of its 276 important systems. Among those users, more than 5,000 were contractors.

“Systematic removal procedures for people who no longer needed access to critical systems were not always operating as anticipated. For instance, TIGTA discovered that as of July 13, 2023, 279 people who had been marked as separated in BEARS were still able to access at least one IRS-sensitive system. As per the report, the IRS revoked the IRS network access for each of these persons. This measure, according to the IRS, lessens the possibility of a user accessing a sensitive system, but it does not completely eliminate it.

It also revealed that people were “not always removed” when a background check on an employee or contractor turned up “not favorable” results.

In particular, as of July 13, 2023, the results of the most current background checks on 19 contractors were unfavorable. Nevertheless, because the IRS did not take the necessary steps to suspend or deactivate the contractors from the IRS’s networks, these contractors were still able to access one or more sensitive systems.

The IRS is taking action to strengthen the security of its critical systems, according to the inquiry.

“However, the IRS lacks sufficient controls to identify or prohibit users from removing data without authorization for several critical systems,” the audit said.

The Inspector General (IG) presented the IRS with three suggestions based on the investigation’s findings. These included suspending users who had negative background checks right away and “timely” dismissing employees who left the company.

The report stated that although the IRS accepted all of the IG’s recommendations, it “disagreed” with their “view of the IRS’s ‘security posture.'”

“The IRS rejected any suggestion that the 19 contractors that the TIGTA found had compromised private data. Fifteen contractors were restored after resubmitting their papers, and all nineteen contractors had previously gotten positive results from background checks. It further stated, “The remaining four contractors have been isolated in the personnel system and had their network access stopped.”

The IRS said that when a contractor is found to not have a positive background determination, it “already takes actions to revoke access.”

In his testimony to the committee last week, IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel asserted that the organization has “taken a variety of steps” to safeguard private taxpayer data.

Fox Business sent a request for comment, but the IRS did not reply.

Author: Blake Ambrose

Illegal migrant gangs allegedly targeted establishments in West Whiteland Township, Pennsylvania, to perpetrate retail theft.

Within the last month, at least three gangs of illegal immigrants reportedly stole thousands of dollars in products from shops in the Pennsylvania town, according to WPVI 6 ABC.

“They’re taking advantage of coming to the United States and committing these crimes while being able to vanish to some extent,” Detective Scott Pezick of the West Whiteland Township Police Department told the publication.

Two Venezuelan males, Albert Torrealba Jordan and Keiver Guilarte Camps, reportedly stole $2,000 in items from the Ulta in Exton on February 1 after illegally entering the United States, according to authorities.

Pezick told WPVI 6 ABC that the area has noticed an increase in “South American thieving organizations” in the previous month. West Whiteland police have allegedly stated that the national surge in illegal migrants entering the country has had an impact on their community, despite its distance of 2,000 miles from the southern border.

In June 2023, one Peruvian individual was detained and deported for stealing $17,000 in products from Kohl’s, according to the publication. Police say he was spotted in the United States barely months after being removed.

“I just received a call from a federal agency informing me that he had returned to the nation,” Pezick added. “That happened less than a month ago, and he’s back in the United States.”

According to the publication, illegal migrant groups have been associated with other crimes in the region, such as burglaries. Federal authorities are allegedly supporting police in locating suspects.

Author: Blake Ambrose

President Joe Biden is protecting Palestinians in the United States from deportation while also directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to relax employment rules in order to place them in American jobs.

On Wednesday, Biden sent a memorandum to DHS and the State Department, granting most Palestinians in the United States “Deferred Enforced Departure” for at least 18 months while Israel is at war with Hamas militants.

Finally, the memorandum assures that most Palestinians will not be deported from the United States over the next year and a half, a strategy initially proposed to Biden by the far-left Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

“I am directing the delay of the removal of some Palestinians who are currently in the United States,” Biden says in the memorandum. “I have concluded that it is in the United States’ foreign policy interest to postpone the removal of any Palestinian for 18 months, subject to the circumstances and exclusions outlined below.”

The directive permits DHS to open “employment for noncitizens whose removal has been postponed… for the period of such deferral” and urges the department to reduce limits so that Palestinians in the US on F-1 student visas can hold American jobs.

For years, the Biden administration’s economic strategy has been to inflate the labor market with millions of freshly arriving illegal aliens and legal immigrants.

That strategy has produced very beneficial outcomes for the business lobby and corporate special interests, who have a great financial interest in keeping U.S. wages low by adding millions to the labor force and hiring a steady supply of foreign-born workers.

Former Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich recently described Biden’s strategy as “a plot to bring down wages.”

The agenda has had a negative influence on America’s middle and working classes. For example, according to the most recent employment data, roughly three million illegal aliens and legal immigrants have entered the labor sector since late 2019, while nearly 200,000 native-born Americans have left the workforce.

Foreign-born workers have taken virtually all new employment in the United States during the last year.

Author: Blake Ambrose

In a recent episode of her own podcast, fitness star Jillian Michaels challenged Bill Maher on the health of the economy and the inflation issue.

Following a lengthy discussion regarding the COVID-19 epidemic and health, Maher recounted something he had recently read in an economic newspaper, but did not specify which one.

“Isn’t it great to you, Michaels?” he inquired. “This country came out of the epidemic much better. “We won the epidemic economically.”

But Michaels, a trainer most known for her role on the reality program “The Biggest Loser,” instantly criticized Maher’s warped perception of reality.

“God, I do not feel that way. Describe it to me. “I think inflation is outrageous,” Michaels replied.

“Inflation is not irrational,” Maher said.

“Bill, go get an automobile. A home has tripled here,” Michaels shot back. “Buy some f**king eggs!”

In response, Maher stated that “feelings” are fueling concerns about inflation and the economy, claiming that “the data” show that emotions are out of sync with reality. However, Maher did not provide any statistics to back up his allegations.

It is true that inflation has dropped dramatically since the crisis nearly two years back, when inflation hit record levels. However, this does not imply that items are becoming less expensive. Rather, it indicates that prices are not rising at the same rate as before.

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study, inflation “rose 0.3 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis” in January, reaching 3.1%. Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food, is at 3.9%, a more revealing figure. Both statistics are much higher than the Federal Reserve’s target rate of 2%.

Aside from reality, Michaels’ remark indicated that Maher, a wealthy celebrity, is out of touch with many Americans’ economic issues.

Later in the program, Michaels stated why she relocated from California to Florida.

Not only is Florida “least insane,” but Michaels reported an event during the COVID-19 pandemic in which a felon freed from jail due to the epidemic reoffended, targeting her Malibu house.

“Long story, but third strike, man goes to jail, gets out during COVID,” she added. “Give me a f***ing break!”

Michaels, who said she “could not have been more left” before the outbreak but now considers herself a political centrist, frequently criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and CA’s leaders during the interview. She said they were “decriminalizing everything” and “prioritizing weird s***.”

She also chastised Maher for backing Newsom, who justified the governor’s rampant hypocrisy. Michaels described Newsom as a “hypocrite” who refuses to obey his own “absurd” pandemic regulations.

“He didn’t follow his own guidelines,” Michaels explained. “If you want to be a leader, you must set an example.”

Author: Scott Dowdy

The three major credit card companies in California—Visa, Mastercard, and American Express—are introducing a new merchant code to monitor sales of firearms and accessories.

According to CBS News, the goal of implementing the new merchant code is to meet the requirements of “California legislation that would allow banks to possibly track questionable gun sales and report them to law enforcement.”

Major credit cards had previously planned to employ a new merchant code to monitor all sales involving firearms and ammunition, but later scrapped the scheme.

According to Breitbart News, which broke the story on September 11, 2022, Visa agreed to identify transactions of guns and ammunition using a merchant code in response to pressure from groups advocating for gun control and Democrats in New York. According to the Associated Press, Mastercard and other big credit card firms have also agreed to report sales of firearms.

Breitbart News reported on March 2, 2023, that in April of that year, Discover would start using the new merchant category code (MCC) to keep tabs on transactions of firearms and ammunition. While this news gave the left a sense of momentum, conservatism responded with a tsunami of resistance.

According to Breitbart News, Visa and Mastercard declared on March 9, 2023, that they will not be tracking sales of guns and ammo anytime soon, pivoting in the face of resistance.

However, in order to adhere to new California legislation, the main credit bureaus now want to utilize a merchant code to monitor purchases of firearms and anything associated with them. The California bill will be effective in 2025, as pointed out by the Washington Examiner.

“Once again, credit card companies are seeking to follow the information of legitimate gun owners,” Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) said on the proposal to track gun sales. The far left has launched yet another outrageous attack on the freedom to keep and bear guns guaranteed to Americans by the Second Amendment.

Author: Scott Dowdy

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