DML Morning Briefing ~ Thur. Oct. 6

Court rules on DACA, plus news on Drugs, Cheney, Twitter employees, and more…
By Anneta Griffee

Today is October 6. 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.

1 – Court rules Obama-era program is illegal — but allows 600,000 to stay in US
Fox News reports: A federal appeals court determined that the Obama administration didn’t have the authority to institute the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but declined to dismantle it, allowing more than 600,000 immigrants to continue to enjoy its protections.

The 5th U.S. Circuit ordered a review of new changes by the Biden administration to DACA, telling a Texas federal judge to review the program.

A three judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled that while the Obama administration lacked the authority to create the immigration policy which affects over 600,000 people, it didn’t dismantle the program, and people can continue benefiting from the policy.

The panel ruled that the U.S. government cannot process new applicants for individuals seeking DACA benefits.

MY TAKE: It should’ve been ruled as illegal the day it was announced. Now all these people have been embedded here for years and they won’t deport them. Maybe that was the plan all along?

2 – Legos used to hide ‘rainbow fentanyl’ in Manhattan: DEA
The New York Post reports: Narcotics peddlers in Manhattan stuffed a stash of rainbow-colored fentanyl pills in a box of “Classic Legos” — a childish attempt to smuggle the lethal dope into the city, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Tuesday.

A DEA Manhattan task force found 15,000 fentanyl pills packed in two black bags inside the box in the back of a rented car near Hudson Yards around 7 p.m. Wednesday, the agency said at a press conference.

Drug cartels have gotten increasingly creative to try to smuggle the popular but lethal narcotic in recent months.

“Fentanyl is the most significant threat to our public health and our public safety,” DEA Special Agent Frank Tarentino said Tuesday. “It is poison. It is a parent’s worst nightmare, especially as Halloween approaches.

“This is just the tip of the iceberg. We have more seizures every day. In New York City there is a drug overdose every three hours. Nationally it’s every five minutes, 295 a day.”

MY TAKE: Just another reason why we need to SECURE THE BORDER! NOW!

3 – Cheney knocks ‘growing Putin wing of the Republican Party’
The Hill reports: Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) on Wednesday criticized her party for what she sees as a growing sector of the GOP that supports Russian President Vladimir Putin as he wages his attacks on Ukraine.

“You know, the Republican Party is the party of Reagan, the party that essentially won the Cold War. And you look now at what I think is really a growing Putin wing of the Republican Party,” Cheney said at a McCain Institute event at Arizona State University.

The outgoing congresswoman, who lost her reelection bid in Wyoming to her Trump-backed Republican challenger, knocked Fox News for “running propaganda” and called out Fox host Tucker Carlson as “the biggest propagandist for Putin on that network.”

“You really have to ask yourself, whose side is Fox on in this battle? And how could it be that you have a wing of the Republican Party that thinks that America would be standing with Putin as he conducts that brutal invasion of Ukraine?” Cheney asked.

In a sweeping conversation with John S. McCain Democracy Fellow Sofia Gross, Cheney talked about the “stunning developments” she sees in the Republican Party that have stoked her concerns about the American republic and the democratic process.

The congresswoman quipped that she “never imaged” she would find herself “spending so much time with Democrats.”

MY TAKE: First of all, how ANY American could support killer Putin, I don’t understand.  But Cheney is sure one to talk – SHE is the one who turned on MAGA conservatives.  Listen up, Ms. Cheney – we don’t want YOUR version of the Republican party, and we’ve been wondering the same thing – “Whose side are YOU on?”  She might as well go ahead and join the Democrats.  We are NOT a “Putin wing” of the Republican party.

4 – A Twitter Employee Exodus Could Be Just Around the Corner
The Washington Free Beacon reports: Twitter could he quickly downsizing if the just-revitalized sale to Elon Musk goes through, with the New York Times reporting Twitter employees say they will quit if Musk, who pledges to promote free speech on the platform, buys the company.

After months of trying to back out of the deal, the multibillionaire Tesla CEO announced Monday his original offer of $44 billion to buy Twitter is back on the table. Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for the Times, predicts employees will revolt if the deal goes through.

“Virtually every Twitter employee I’ve spoken to in the last six months has told me that he or she plans to leave if Mr. Musk takes over,” Roose wrote. “It’s also worth noting that Mr. Musk may not mind if thousands of Twitter employees show themselves the door.”

Twitter has a “vocally progressive” workforce, according to Roose, who may fear Musk will abandon their mission of promoting “healthy conversation.” According to Musk, his bid to buy the social media giant is an attempt to protect free speech on the platform. He has tentative plans to reinstate permanently banned Twitter accounts, including former president Donald Trump’s account. His only exceptions would be for “spam accounts and those that explicitly advocate violence.”

MY TAKE: Best news I’ve heard all day.  All those woke, censor-happy Twitter staffers can just GO!

5 – Biden Admin Forked Over Billions Of Taxpayers Dollars To Massive Companies For Something Hardly Anyone Wants
The Daily Caller reports: President Joe Biden burned more than $5 billion in taxpayer funds on new COVID-19 shots hardly anyone wants.

The White House made the decision earlier in 2022 — before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even authorized the new, variant-specific bivalent COVID-19 boosters — to purchase more than $5 billion worth of them from Pfizer and Moderna. Now, more than a month after the shots became available, only about 3% of eligible Americans have gotten one.

There are roughly 275 million Americans aged 12 and older, the age group eligible for one or both of the new boosters. Fewer than 8 million have boosted themselves since Sep. 1, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This leaves over 160 million doses ordered by the Biden administration sitting on the sidelines, waiting for demand to meet supply.

Thirty-six million of the doses have been delivered to states so far, according to the CDC. During the initial vaccine rollout in the U.S., a number of doses went bad due to lack of demand or mismanagement in states, while others were donated to foreign countries when they weren’t being used in the U.S.

MY TAKE: What a massive waste of taxpayer dollars.  Personally, I’m using DML CBD to protect my immune system. That’s MY booster!  Check it out below:

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