Thank You, Veterans!

Today our nation celebrates the men and women who have served our country in our nation's armed forces. As Newsweek explains, Veterans Day has been celebrated since the end of World War I:

Originally called Armistice Day, the holiday was initially intended to commemorate the end of World War I. The war officially ended on June 28, 1919, when the Treaty of Versailles was signed, but fighting ended months prior when the Allied forces and Germany enacted an armistice on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

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Garland Continues to Ignore Republican Requests About Controversial School Board Memo

It's been several weeks since Attorney General Merrick Garland issued a controversial memorandum that many see as a move to intimidate parents who are concerned about what is going on in their local school districts. Despite request after request from Congressional Republicans, Garland and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have declined to provide documentation about the role the National School Boards Association (NSBA) played in the DOJ's directive. The Washington Examiner reports:

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RNC: Last Week's Elections Show the Success of GOP-Backed Election Integrity Measures

It's been one week since Election Day, and as the RNC reports, last week's elections are proof that GOP-backed voting reforms work:

  • In Georgia, Democrats lied about SB202, Georgia’s election integrity law, which led to a Democrat-backed boycott meant to hurt small businesses.
    • On Election Day, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote that voters saw “short lines,” “few problems,” and no “obstacles at the polls.”
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Biden's Vaccine Mandate Stayed by 5th Circuit

After a deluge of lawsuits filed in the wake of OSHA issuing regulations last week, the 5th Circuit has stayed the implementation of the Biden Administration's vaccine mandate. The AP reported:

A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the Biden administration’s vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers.

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Elliot Berke Named 2021 Republican Lawyer of the Year

Washington, D.C. – The Board of Governors of the Republican National Lawyers Association (RNLA) named Elliot S. Berke of Arlington, Virginia the 2021 Republican Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Berke was selected in recognition of his outstanding professional accomplishments and years of tireless dedication and service to the Republican Party. He will be honored at a reception in Washington, DC, on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Republican Leader McCarthy said:

Elliot has been and remains one of the most trusted legal advisors to House Republicans, and it is fitting that he is being awarded Lawyer of the Year by the Republican National Lawyers Association.  His imprimatur on legal and constitutional issues that uphold the rights and due process of countless members, staff and the House as an institution, along with his advice on cert petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States (including his work on remote proxy voting in the House), is a clear reflection of his always-wise counsel and how deserved he is for his work and leadership on behalf of Republican lawyers nationwide.

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Democrats Fail for Fourth Time to Federalize Elections

For the fourth time this year, Democrats have fallen short in their attempts to pass voting legislation that would radically federalize elections. This shows yet again how important a unified Republican caucus is and the importance of the filibuster to confront the Left’s radical attempts to strip states of their long-recognized power to administer their own elections according to the needs of their constituencies.

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SCOTUS Hears Challenges to Texas Abortion Law

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in two challenges to Texas' newest abortion law in Whole Women's Health v. Jackson and United States v. Texas.

The law at issue, Senate Bill 8, effectively bans most abortions from taking place once a fetal heartbeat is detected. Only two months ago, the Supreme Court declined to grant an injunction to suspend the law, with Roberts siding with the liberal Justices. The law has remained in effect since.

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Desperation, Disaster and Dirty Tactics: the Campaign of Terry McAuliffe

Dark money king Marc Elias, of Steele dossier fame, was hired by the lagging campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia in a desperate move.  As Professor Jonathan Turley wrote:

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ICYMI: Senator Lankford Fights Dem Quest to Take Over Elections at Hearing

On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing on voting in Native American communities where they discussed potential legislative measures like those currently included in H.R. 4. Democrats are using Native American voting issues as yet another avenue to push their federal takeover of elections, and Oklahoma Senator James Lankford is fighting back. 

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Garland Dodges Republican Questions at Senate Oversight Hearing

Earlier today, Attorney General Merrick Garland testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing for the Department of Justice. Both Ranking Member Grassley and Chairman Durbin noted that Garland has been less than responsive to requests for information from Congress.

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