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Gov. Newsom apologizes for attending guideline-breaking party, says it was a ‘bad mistake’

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California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized for attending a 12-person birthday party, which went against his own coronavirus guidelines, after accusations of being a hypocrite.

This is amid surging virus cases in his state and across the rest of the country and new restrictions that have been introduced. According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, the party two weeks ago was for his advisor Jason Kinney.

At a Monday press conference, the governor told reporters in his apology that “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”

In explaining the situation, Newsom said that he was invited to a close friend’s 50th birthday party that occurred at a restaurant in an outdoor setting in Napa County, which he mentioned “was in the ‘orange’ status, relatively loose compared to some other counties.”

When Newsom and his wife arrived later than some of the other guests to the restaurant, however, there were more guests than he had anticipated. “As soon as I sat down at the larger table,” he said “I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated.”

The Golden State’s governor then said that staying at that dinner was a “bad mistake” that he should not have made.

“I made a bad mistake,” he said. “Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my car, and drove back to my house. Instead I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household.”

“You can quibble about the guidelines, et cetera, et cetera—but the spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. And I gotta own that,” Newsom continued. “And so I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that.”

“We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes,” he added.

In an attempt to clear his name further, the governor of the nation’s most populous state said that since February he and his wife have been out only three times for social occasions, including this most recent time at his friend’s birthday party.

Last week, California surpassed a million new coronavirus cases as the amount of cases in the United States have grown past 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Multiple states launch lawsuit against Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan

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Breaking Thursday, the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, Iowa, and South Carolina joined together to file a lawsuit against President Biden’s administration in order to stop the student loan-forgiveness program from taking effect.

“In addition to being economically unwise and downright unfair, the Biden Administration’s Mass Debt Cancellation is yet another example in a long line of unlawful regulatory actions,” argued the plaintiffs in their filing.

The attorneys general spearheading the legal challenge also submit that “no statute permits President Biden to unilaterally relieve millions of individuals from their obligation to pay loans they voluntarily assumed.”

Biden, however, has argued that he is able to unilaterally cancel student debt to mitigate the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, writes National Review, a Department of Education memo released by his administration asserts that the HEROES Act,  which passed in 2003 and allows the secretary of education to provide student-debt relief “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency,” provides the legal basis for the cancellation.

But, National Review notes that the plaintiffs point out that Biden declared in a recent 60 Minutes interview that “the pandemic is over.”

The legal brief also adds:

“The [HEROES] Act requires ED [Education Department] to tailor any waiver or modification as necessary to address the actual financial harm suffered by a borrower due to the relevant military operation or emergency… This relief comes to every borrower regardless of whether her income rose or fell during the pandemic or whether she is in a better position today as to her student loans than before the pandemic.”

Moreover, they argue that the HEROES Act was designed to allow the secretary to provide relief in individual cases with proper justification.

The first lawsuit against Biden’s executive order came Tuesday from the Pacific Legal Foundation:

“The administration has created new problems for borrowers in at least six states that tax loan cancellation as income. People like Plaintiff Frank Garrison will actually be worse off because of the cancellation. Indeed, Mr. Garrison will face immediate tax liability from the state of Indiana because of the automatic cancellation of a portion of his debt,” wrote PLF in their own brief.

The state-led lawsuit was filed in a federal district court in Missouri, and asks that the court “temporarily restrain and preliminarily and permanently enjoin implementation and enforcement of the Mass Debt Cancellation,” and declare that it “violates the separation of powers established by the U.S. Constitution,” as well as the Administrative Procedure Act.

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