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The Biden administration has granted nine ethics waivers for executive branch officials with ties to big labor and other organizations that would typically prevent them from interacting with their former employers from their new government perches.

Exemptions are made in every administration, but it is important to stay abreast of exactly who the beneficiaries of the waived standards are and why, according to Michael Chamberlain, director of Protect the Public’s Trust, a new government ethics watchdog group.

In the case of the Biden administration, several high profile exemptions have been made for former labor union officials who are now in positions of power that will require them to work directly with their former employers.

One such example is Alethea Predeoux, the director of intergovernmental affairs for the Office of Personnel Management. Prior to her new gig, Predeoux was a top lobbyist at the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a union that represents hundreds of thousands of government workers. The waiver granted to Predeoux allows her to now work on issues for which she used to lobby.

The goal of Protect the Public’s Trust is to highlight the line separating the work of the executive branch on behalf of the American public from policies that will be influenced by officials hopping from special interest groups to the federal government. For Chamberlain, a waiver like the one for Predeoux blurs that line almost beyond recognition.

“[W]as the waiver given because it’s helping to defend the government’s attempt to pursue the public’s interest, or is the waiver given because they’re defending the administration’s attempts to advance their policy agenda?” Chamberlain asked in an interview with “Just the News AM” Tuesday.

While Predeoux’s appointment and subsequent exemption has ruffled the feathers of those who believe the Biden administration is already inappropriately indebted to labor unions, Chamberlain says the bigger picture issue is public trust in government and its motivations.

“There’s already a lack of trust in the government, it’s at its lowest level ever, in history,” he said. “And so, these kinds of things don’t instill further trust” in government.

Revolving door and conflict-of-interest rules “exist to maintain public confidence that their government is not making decisions arbitrarily or based on inappropriate biases,” according to Protect the Public’s Trust’s website.

When the rules are changed, said Chamberlain, it “gives the public cause to take a look and say, ‘Does government really work for the public, or does it work for these large well-entrenched insider interests in Washington?'”

Michael Regan is another exception to the established ethics rules. A former official at the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Regan is now serving as the Biden administration’s administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Due to Regan’s work on several significant environmental projects in North Carolina, in his new position there will naturally be a number of issues from which he is ethically required to keep a distance.

The waiver granted to Regan is a reverse-engineered “blanket,” through which “he’s able to work on issues that involve the state of North Carolina,” Chamberlain said. But “instead of looking at those [issues] on a case-by-case basis,” he explained, “they’ve identified particular cases that he worked on personally and substantially that he’s barred from working on.” That policy, he argued, creates more, not fewer, potential ethical controversies that could ensnare Regan.

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REPORT: China sent four advanced WARSHIPS to patrol near Alaska

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It was reported today that China sent four of their advanced warships to patrol off the coast of Alaska at the end of August, entering the US exclusive economic zone just outside US territorial waters:

CNS NEWS – SOME OF CHINA’S MOST ADVANCED WARSHIPS APPEAR TO BE AMONG FOUR PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY VESSELS THAT SAILED WITHIN THE EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE OF THE UNITED STATES, OFF ALASKA, AT THE END OF AUGUST.

A PHOTO TAKEN BY THE U.S. COAST GUARD AT THE TIME BUT POSTED ON THE PENTAGON’S DEFENSE VISUAL INFORMATION DISTRIBUTION SERVICE WEBSITE ONLY THIS WEEK, SHOWS THREE CHINESE VESSELS PHOTOGRAPHED FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER BERTHOLF.

A SECOND PHOTO SHOWS THE CUTTER’S CAPTAIN COMMUNICATING WITH ONE OF THE CHINESE VESSELS.

A STATEMENT FROM THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAID BERTHOLF AND A SECOND COAST GUARD CUTTER, KIMBALL, “OBSERVED FOUR SHIPS FROM THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY NAVY (PLAN) OPERATING AS CLOSE AS 46 MILES OFF THE ALEUTIAN ISLAND COAST.”

“WHILE THE SHIPS WERE WITHIN THE U.S. EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE, THEY FOLLOWED INTERNATIONAL LAWS AND NORMS AND AT NO POINT ENTERED U.S. TERRITORIAL WATERS,” IT SAID.

THE COAST GUARD SAID THE FOUR SHIPS WERE “A GUIDED MISSILE CRUISER, A GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER, A GENERAL INTELLIGENCE VESSEL, AND AN AUXILIARY VESSEL.”

THE U.S. COAST GUARD REPORTED THAT THE PLAN SHIPS CAME WITHIN 46 MILES OF THE ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, WHICH WOULD BE IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS, BUT WELL WITHIN THE 200 NAUTICAL MILE-WIDE U.S. EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE (EEZ), AS DEFINED UNDER THE U.N. CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA.

Our enemies in the world see very clearly now that Biden is a damn pushover who won’t defend this country and will even abandon American citizens to jihadist terrorists in order to avert confrontation. It’s no wonder China feels emboldened to begin testing US resolve, because they know that with Biden in office this is their time to do whatever they want.

The world could get quite a bit uglier in the next few years with our Coward-in-Chief at the helm. In fact I fully expect it will.

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Biden: “You Either Keep Newsom as Your Governor or You’ll Get Donald Trump…It’s Not a Joke”

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Joe Biden made an appearance yesterday in Southern California to support California Governor Gavin Newsom. During his speech, he forgot that Donald Trump isn’t running against Gavin Newsom.

“I’m going to make this as simple as I can. You either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor or you’ll get Donald Trump…It’s not a joke.”

Republican Governor blocking progress on COVID 19…”

Biden: I’m going to make this as simple as I can. You either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor or you’ll get Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/IKdGlUe7Gv

— Acyn (@Acyn) September 14, 2021

This man needs to go home and go back in his basement.

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Anti-Police Thugs Storm the Podium as Police Chief James Craig Tries to Announce His Run for Michigan Governor

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The left and the anti-police crowd are trying their best to control who is elected. They want candidates who will defund the police. Detroit’s Police Chief James Craig is a law and order candidate, so the thugs came out in full force to try and silence him during the announcement of his run for governor of Michigan. Protesters chanted, “No justice, no peace. James Craig is still police.”

James Craig is a common-sense politician who believes in following the law. He would be a fantastic governor for the state of Michigan.

The video below shows just how unhinged the left is about the candidacy of Craig. They are angry that Craig said the Black Lives Matter movement is a domestic terror group. He’s right!

One protester claimed Craig didn’t bring the crime rate down in Detroit but the Wall Street Journal praised Craig in July as ‘The Man Who Kept The Peace in Detroit.’

This was a Beautiful site too see, Let’s keep that Uncle Ruckus ass bum out of the governor’s office, LETS GO DETROIT!!!! Make your vote count, and DONT vote for James Craig, he thinks the BLM Movement is a Domestic Terrorist group, him and Vonda Evans, the ex Judge, now Lawyer pic.twitter.com/tPxVcCx7cU

— Nheru Littleton (@Georgiaboy313) September 14, 2021

Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig formally announced he would run for Michigan governor as a Republican challenger to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Still, he was drowned out by dozens of “Detroit Will Breathe” protesters who surrounded the podium.

James Craig was surrounded by protestors on Belle Isle this morning when he made a quick announcement. “I’m running for governor of the State of Michigan.” pic.twitter.com/8EeyawwAzx

— WXYZ Detroit (@wxyzdetroit) September 14, 2021

The thugs surrounded James Craig and harassed him.

James Craig tried to approach the event but protestors engulfed him. He tried to speak but eventually left. pic.twitter.com/JsThRyzlAN

— Dave Boucher (@Dave_Boucher1) September 14, 2021

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