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Trump Says Michigan Dem Rep. Facing Censure For Thanking Him Should Join GOP



President Donald Trump told Michigan State Representative Kate Whitsett, D, whose fellow Democratic state lawmakers are moving to censure her for thanking the President for touting hydroxychloroquine, a drug she hails for her recovery from COVID-19, that she “should join the Republican Party”, in a Tweet posted Thursday night.

“Disgraceful. Should join the Republican Party,” President Trump wrote.

Earlier on Thursday, Whitsett shared her thoughts on her colleagues’ move in an exclusive video for Fox News’ “Ingraham Angle.”

She said, “Today I got the news that I will be censured by the 13th Congressional district just for simply thanking the President of the United States for taking care of me and ensuring that I had the quality health care that I needed with hydroxychloroquine. A simple thank you has gotten me censured. Can you believe that?”

Whitsett added, “I thought I had first amendment rights, but I guess I don’t. The Democratic party is showing me that I don’t”

Michigan’s 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization plans to hold their vote on Saturday using Zoom videoconferencing, The Detroit News reported.

“At the end of the day, we have political systems,” said Jonathan Kinloch, chairman of the organization. “We have political parties, and political parties exist for a reason.

If passed, censuring Whitsett would mean she will not receive the group’s endorsement in the next election and she will be barred from participating in the group for the next two election cycles, according to the news site.

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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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