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The Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway criticized Joe Biden’s choice of former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg for Transportation Secretary on Tuesday.

“[Buttigieg] wasn’t picked because he supposed to be particularly good as transportation secretary, but to check off a checkbox on identity politics,” Hemingway said on Fox News’s “The Ingraham Angle,” noting that many in big media are not applying the same scrutiny to cabinet picks as they were in 2016.

“One reporter was saying that Pete Buttigieg, the aforementioned mayor of the fourth-largest city in Indiana, enjoys playing a game called “Ticket to Ride,” which has some transportation subplots, and they thought that that bode well for him being transportation secretary,” she continued. “People who live in the town that he was in wondered why he wasn’t fixing potholes within his own city.”

Many of Biden’s selections, Hemingway continued, were chosen “based in large part on identity politics.”

“Buttigieg is not being picked because Joe Biden particularly respects him. Neither are any of these other candidates being picked because Joe Biden thinks they will be particularly good,” Hemingway said. Instead, they are being picked for what they look like and their sexual behavior.

While Biden’s cabinet picks are underqualified for their potential new jobs, Hemingway warned that the people who fill in the rest of the administration are just as threatening, if not more than, the cabinet member themselves.

“One of the things that’s dangerous is it matters less who you pick as cabinet secretary than who fills all of those positions underneath the cabinet secretary,” Hemingway said.

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“A lot of these people being named are from the Obama administration, but even as radical as some of them are like Xavier Becerra who tried to jail pro-life reporters in California and had to be knocked down by the Supreme Court for suing pro-life pregnancy centers or trying to force pro-life pregnancy centers to recommend for abortion — really radical, the more radical people will be coming in underneath those cabinet secretaries where they will advance their radical Progressive agenda,” she added. “This is what happens when you elect a Democrat to be president.”

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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Cruz responds to pictures of him on Mexico flight, with Texas struggling from deadly winter storm

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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz confirmed Thursday that he flew earlier this week to Mexico with family members, following the emergence of pictures appearing to show him in an airplane cabin and at a check-in counter, as fellow residents to recover from a deadly winter storm.

Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

“Wanting to be a good dad,” said Cruz, who also stated he is returning to Texas on Thursday afternoon.

The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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“My staff and I are in constant communication with state and local leaders to get to the bottom of what happened in Texas,” Cruz also said. “We want our power back, our water on, and our homes warm.”

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South Carolina House passes bill that would prohibit most abortions if a fetal heartbeat is detected

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The South Carolina House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 79-35 to pass legislation that would prohibit most abortions. 

The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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The outlet reported that other states have approved similar or even more stringent abortion prohibitions which could be implemented if the Supreme Court throws out the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. All of the other states’ abortion bans are currently entangled by court challenges and if the South Carolina bill is approved it will likely face litigation that prevents it from going into effect, according to the AP.

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Son of prominent conservative leader Bozell arrested in connection with Capitol siege

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Leo Brent Bozell IV, the son of conservative leader L. Brent Bozell III, is facing federal charges in connection with the Jan. 6 breech of the U.S. Capitol.

Bozell is charged with obstructing an official proceeding, entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct, according to a federal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

The official affidavit includes photos and videos that appear to show Bozell inside of the U.S. Capitol Building, including the Senate chambers.

At least one photo shows Bozell wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with a logo for a Christian school at which he once coached girls basketball, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI obtained a photo of him posing with a student of a school, in Hershey, Pa.

His father founder, who founded the Media Research Center and other conservative groups, has condemned the riots, saying, “You can never countenance police being attacked. You cannot countenance our national capitol being breached like this. … I think it is absolutely wrong,” according to NewsBusters.

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