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UPDATE: NYC Mayor de Blasio says he’ll reopen elementary schools Monday, reversing an earlier decision

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UPDATE: New York City Mayor de Blasio announced he will be reopening the city’s elementary schools in a complete reversal from an earlier decision to close all schools in the country’s largest school district.

Leave it up to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to make a situation go from bad to worse, particularly for parents in the city. Earlier this week, he told millions of parents that he will “keep re-opening schools” even though he shut down the largest district days before to mitigate a resurgence of COVID-19.

A reporter called out asking, “this morning you said that when we get into December, we’re going to start re-opening schools. Can you clarify what that means?”

“I spoke to this yesterday, we’re going to be in an orange zone until December, the orange zone rules for opening schools are very clear, they’re very stringent but we can meet that standard but it’s going to take a lot of work and like I said parents got to be really involved but we can do it,” de Blasio said.

“We’re going to start with the special education district 75 schools, work our way up pre-K, three K and elementary,” he added about reopening schools. “It’s going to take a lot of work that we never had to do on this level before so we’re shifting a lot of testing resources over but we will keep reopening schools and we want to fight back this second wave, and as we fight it back successfully we’ll be able to speed up that process.”

All that talk left out the most important fact that days earlier he had closed down five boroughs, sending millions of children to attend schools at home and putting New York City parents in another predicament: how do you balance work and teach kids at home.

de Blasio took a moment to remember former NYC Mayor David Dinkins, who recently passed, saying he always spoke of “the power of love” for children, especially those of color.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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