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Congress Will Not Reinstate Fired Pilots Over Biden Vaccine Mandate, Even With Pilot Shortage

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According to reports, House members met on Wednesday to discuss and vote on HR 3935, the Securing Growth and Robust Leadership in American Aviation Act. Even though the night came to a close with the law being declared “unfinished business,” a number of suggested modifications had their destinies decided.

On behalf of Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, Illinois Representative Mary Miller proposed Amendment 36, which would “require airlines to reinstate pilots who were fired or forced to resign because of vaccine mandates.”

By a vote of 294 to 141, the proposition was defeated. Republicans were more evenly divided, with 140 voting “yea” and 83 voting “nay.” All Democrats, with the exception of one, opposed the proposed amendment.

In an effort to ease some of the hardships the American aviation sector has experienced since the outbreak, HR 3935 was proposed in June. It aims to give the Federal Aviation Administration orders to hire more air traffic controllers and raise the retirement age for pilots from 65 to 67. Additionally, the proposed law would prevent the FAA from “requiring mask wearing or Covid-19 vaccines for passengers, air carrier employees, or FAA employees.”

Airlines all around the country implemented vaccination requirements during the epidemic, and for the most part, there was a high percentage of compliance in the aftermath. Nevertheless, a significant number of workers were fired for defying orders. According to Forbes, United Airlines alone let go 232 employees for that reason, many of them were pilots.

According to NPR, those who objected to the vaccination raised worries about possible long-term negative effects, but were mainly rejected and told that the vaccinations’ safety had been well demonstrated.

In 2022, United Airlines did permit non-vaccinated employees who had been granted an exemption to return to work, but not those who had declined for reasons that had not been authorized.

SOURCES: CONGRESS, FORBES, NPR

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Former Obama-Biden Advisor Claims “The First Amendment Is Out of Control,” Hinders Government Action

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In a controversial opinion piece published recently, Tim Wu, an advisor to both the Obama and Biden administrations, argued that the First Amendment is becoming a significant obstacle to effective governance. The essay, titled “The First Amendment is Out of Control,” has sparked widespread debate and criticism.

Wu’s argument centers on the assertion that the First Amendment, designed to protect free speech, is now being exploited by powerful entities, including Big Tech companies, to resist regulation and oversight. He cites recent Supreme Court rulings regarding Texas and Florida laws aimed at regulating social media platforms as examples of this exploitation.

According to Wu, the collaboration between the government and major social media platforms is often hindered by the First Amendment, which is used as a defense to protect free speech in digital public forums. He suggests that this constitutional protection is being misused to prevent necessary government action aimed at safeguarding citizens.

Critics, however, argue that Wu’s perspective misinterprets the fundamental purpose of the First Amendment. They contend that the amendment’s role is precisely to protect citizens from government overreach and censorship, ensuring that free speech remains a cornerstone of democracy. The idea that the First Amendment is an obstacle rather than a protector is seen by many as a dangerous and misguided interpretation.

Furthermore, Wu’s essay touches on the issue of banning platforms like TikTok and implementing age verification laws, such as California’s Age-Appropriate Design Code. He suggests that the First Amendment stands in the way of these actions, which he believes are necessary for national security and protecting minors online. Critics counter that these measures, if implemented, could set precedents for broader and potentially harmful censorship practices.

Wu’s reference to the First Amendment as a “suicide pact,” borrowing language from a 1949 dissenting opinion in the Terminiello v. City of Chicago case, underscores the dramatic tone of his argument. He suggests that the amendment, while intended to safeguard freedoms, can also be interpreted in ways that undermine societal safety and security.

In conclusion, Tim Wu’s essay has reignited the debate over the balance between free speech and governmental regulation. While Wu argues that the First Amendment’s current application hinders effective governance and protection of citizens, his critics maintain that the amendment is essential for safeguarding democratic principles and preventing government overreach. As this debate continues, the interpretation and application of the First Amendment remain at the forefront of discussions about free speech and public safety in the digital age.

SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES

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DHS and FBI Issue Warning About Large Fourth of July Events as ‘Attractive’ Targets for

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a warning on Wednesday regarding potential threats to large Fourth of July celebrations. According to an internal bulletin obtained by ABC News, these events are considered “attractive” targets for lone offenders and small groups with malicious intentions.

The bulletin emphasizes the risk posed by individuals and small groups who might exploit the gatherings for terrorism or other harmful activities. The warning comes as the nation prepares for Independence Day festivities, which traditionally draw large crowds to public spaces.

The FBI and DHS are urging local law enforcement and event organizers to increase vigilance and security measures. The agencies highlight the importance of public awareness and cooperation, encouraging individuals to report any suspicious activities immediately.

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Biden is 7 Times More Popular with Ukrainians than Trump, Poll Reveals

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In a recent poll conducted by The Counteroffensive/Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, President Joe Biden emerges as significantly more popular among Ukrainians compared to former President Donald Trump. This inaugural poll offers insights into Ukrainian sentiment towards American leadership during their ongoing conflict with Russia.

According to The Hill, a striking 46.7 percent of Ukrainian respondents expressed a preference for President Biden as the leader they believe would better support Ukraine’s war effort. In contrast, only 6.5 percent of those polled favored Trump in this regard.

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