Ontario MPP Roman Baber plans to introduce a private member’s bill that would prohibit employers from firing un-vax’d workers. Jim & Belinda Karahalios weigh in

Ontario MPP Roman Baber wants the provincial government to prevent employers from suspending or even firing workers who refuse to get vaccinated for Covid-19. And so it is that he plans to introduce a private member’s bill called Jobs & Jabs when the Ontario legislature resumes sitting next month.

If Baber’s name rings a bell it’s likely because he was booted from the Progressive Conservative caucus earlier this year for speaking out against the lockdowns. He now sits as an independent.

Of note, we reached out to Mr. Baber for comment, but he is currently only giving interviews to mainstream media outlets (for reasons that remain mysterious.)

Indeed, Baber is an odd duck. He was ousted from caucus for speaking out against the provincially-ordered lockdowns, yet has thrown his support behind lockdown supporters.

In any event, we did manage to find two people who were more than willing to weigh in on Baber’s proposed Jobs & Jabs bill: namely, the cofounders of the New Blue Party, Jim and Belinda Karahalious.

Spoiler alert: they very much like the idea of the bill, but they are far less enthused about the man behind the bill who they describe as a “red Tory”.

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Senators Introduce Plan to Honor the 13 American Service Members Killed in Kabul

A bipartisan group of senators has joined House members calling for Congress to award its highest honor to the 13 American service members killed last month in Kabul.

A Senate bill awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the fallen troops was introduced by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana and Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and co-sponsored by multiple senators of both parties, according to a news release.

“Thirteen brave men and women gave the last full measure to protect Americans and our Afghan allies at a critical moment in our nation’s history — they are American heroes,” Daines said.

“As the U.S. concludes 20-years of combat in Afghanistan, I believe it’s fitting that Congress commemorates their sacrifice in this moment with the Congressional Gold Medal.”

“On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you to these heroes and their families, and to all who wear the uniform and protect our freedom,” he said.


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Warren said those who died “demonstrated incredible courage throughout their careers, and we owe it to them to pass legislation to recognize their heroic service with the Congressional Gold Medal.”

Republican Rep. Lisa McClain of Michigan introduced a bill in the House last month to honor the slain soldiers, according to a news release. Her bill also has multiple co-sponsors from both parties.

“These heroic men and women are gone far too soon, and we must honor them for their bravery in helping U.S. citizens and Afghan allies safely evacuate Afghanistan,” McClain said.

“My heart aches for the families and loved ones of our servicemembers. We will always remember their service and pay tribute to their sacrifice.”

Should these slain troops be given the Congressional Gold Medal?

On Tuesday, former Vice President Mike Pence praised Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez of Logansport, Indiana, at his funeral, according to the News and Tribune.

“He gave his life defending the innocent civilians fleeing from the chaos that had become Afghanistan,” Pence said.

“I wish I had met him. … He embodied the Marine Corps motto, and he never gave up until the job was done. He stood post aiding those fleeing for safety. He didn’t run. He was determined to get kids out of the gate.”

“No one will ever say it better than his mother did,” Pence said, according to ABC News. “In those final moments of his life, it was a work of heart, doing everything he could to get those kids out of harm’s way.”

“He will inspire generations to come. We will tell his story of courage and of selflessness. Let me assure you, he will not be forgotten.”


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“Words fail when heroes fall,” he said. “Faith gives us hope, and heroes give us hope.”

On Saturday, as America remembered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, hundreds gathered in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to honor Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario as her remains were returned to her hometown, according to Reuters.

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Pelosi Trashes Trump Supporters as “Cult” Members During Moderated Conversation in UK Ahead of G7 Speakers’ Meeting (VIDEO)

Pelosi Trashes Trump Supporters as “Cult” Members During Moderated Conversation in UK Ahead of G7 Speakers’ Meeting (VIDEO)

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Ohio mayor demands school board members resign or face charges over ‘pornographic’ high school material  

HUDSON, Ohio (LifeSiteNews) —  An Ohio mayor has advised an entire school board to quit or face criminal charges for distributing materials for high school students which a judge called “child pornography.” 

The controversy stemmed from a book of writing prompts entitled “642 Things to Write About,” which was distributed to high school seniors at Hudson High School in northeast Ohio. 

As reported by The Daily Wire, writing prompts from the book included “sexual content like, ‘write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,’ and ‘rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.’” 

Other disturbing prompts in the book, which was provided to students enrolled in a senior-level college credit course entitled “Writing in the Liberal Arts II”, offered in conjunction with Hiram College, included “You have a dream that you’ve murdered someone. Who is it, how and why did the murder happen, and what happens afterward?”  

Another prompt asked writers to “Choose how you will die.” 

In a school board meeting Monday, Mayor Craig Shubert, a Catholic who attends St. Mary Catholic Church in Hudson, told board members, “I’m going to give you a simple choice: either choose to resign from this board of education or you will be charged.” 


Schubert, who kicked off his mayoral campaign in 2019 with an appeal to “common sense governance,” said at the board meeting that it had come to his attention “that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom.”  

The mayor added that he spoke with a judge that evening who “already confirmed” the characterization of the material as “pornography.” 

Shubert’s ultimatum to the five members of the school board was met with enthusiastic applause from parents and others in attendance. 

Although many of the “642” prompts appear to be innocuous, some are blatantly sexual or otherwise inappropriate. 

Former teacher of 11 years Monica Havens, the mother of a high school senior who was provided with the material, listed off some of the objectionable prompts.  

The book suggests writers choose to “write a letter from the point of view of a drug addict,” “write an X-rated Disney scenario,” describe “the first time you had sex,” or come up with “ten euphemisms for sex,” among other prompts which Havens suggested were inappropriate for high school age children. 

“I can’t even wrap my brain around a teacher … I don’t care if it’s for college credit; these are minors,” Havens said. 

Hudson High School Principal Brian Wilch admitted that the school made a mistake by distributing the material, saying that authorities within the school failed to “exercise our due diligence,” Cleveland.com reported. 

“There are times we need to take a step back, reflect and get better,” Wilch said in the meeting, telling parents and other attendees that the school will do better moving forward to appropriately vet curriculum provided to high school students. 

“We did not exercise our due diligence when we reviewed this resource and we overlooked several prompts that were not appropriate,” he said. 

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With the FDA’s decision to officially approve the Pfizer COVID jab, calls to vaccinate schoolchildren and more university students will become louder and more insistent.

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But, unfortunately, some private schools, like the Jesuit-run Brophy College Prep School in Phoenix, Arizona, have already mandated the COVID vaccine for their students, in spite of massive parental opposition. If parents or students reject the vaccine, students face intrusive weekly testing and exclusion from extra-curricular activities.

Also, more and more universities have actually started to disenroll unvaccinated students. But, even where that is not happening, not taking the vaccine often subjects students to masking, extra testing and additional administrative obstacles.

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As reported by Cleveland.com, Hudson High School officially apologized to parents for the offensive material and said it is “working to collect the prompt books.” 

Wilch said the school “felt terrible” about the incident, remarking that “you can’t unsee” the inappropriate prompts. 

As reported by USA Today, Hudson High School Superintendent Phil Herman described the book as a “supplemental resource” and said it was quickly pulled after the district became aware of its racier content. 

In a prepared statement, Herman said “[t]he district immediately determined this writing resource should not be in the hands of our students, and on Monday collected the books from the students enrolled in the course.” 

Herman explained that the “inappropriate and offensive writing prompts” in the book were never selected to be “assigned as part of the class.” 

With the offensive material now pulled from the classroom, the school board’s president of education David Zuro said in a statement that none of the school board members plan to resign following the mayor’s threat. 

“While we respect the Mayor’s position within the City of Hudson, in accordance with the State laws of Ohio, the supervision of the public schools of this District is the responsibility of the Board of Education,” Zuro said in a statement obtained by ABC-5 Cleveland 

“At this time, no Board of Education member has indicated any intention to resign.” 

It remains to be seen whether Mayor Shubert will follow through on his threat and ask for the school board members to be charged for distributing the offensive material. 

Shubert made the comments to the school board just over a week after his wife of nearly 22 years tragically passed away at age 60 on September 3 after a 9-month battle with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

According to her obituary, Sherri and her husband were married at Saint Dominic Church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The obituary states that Sherri followed “in the footsteps of Saint Dominic, and after five years of study became a fully-professed Third Order Dominican, taking the religious name, Sister Catherine of Sienna.” 

School boards have frequently been the nexus of controversy this year as parents and board members have clashed over hot-button issues like critical race theory and mandatory masking. 

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Parents Furious About School-Board Member’s Tweets About Sex And Hating Republicans.

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Enraged parents in Chula Vista, California, who uncovered the scandalous tweets of a school-board member, must be wondering whether she loves kinky sex as much as she hates Donald Trump and Republicans.

Among other things, Kate Bishop pondered aloud on Twitter about sex with an 18-year-old, purchasing a sex toy, and activities with former House Speaker Paul Ryan that would likely have frightened the former GOP titan to death.

Understandably, parents wonder why the Bishop is still in a position to influence education. Also understandably, Bishop has ended public access to her wacky tweets.

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The trouble for the apparently sex-starved Bishop began when riled Dad Joe Thomas posted a note and the tweets in question.

“I’m a concerned parent in the Chula Vista school district. I recently discovered the Twitter account of Ms. Kate Bishop, VP of the Chula Vista board of education,” the ticked-off Thomas wrote on September 8. “Her comments are appalling, disturbing and unprofessional for any educator in the public school system.”

Indeed they are, and so he contacted the school superintendent on September 2. Bishop protected her account the next day:

Go figure. She is the perfect example of who not to put in charge of decisions that affect our children. She is an elected official and should [be] held accountable and reprimanded for her dishonesty to the public that gave her the position. Please disseminate as you see fit. I will be attaching the recently removed tweets.

Among the sex tweets Thomas dug up where these:

2013: “The last three transactions on my credit card were 4 jockstraps, a burrito, and a d***do.”

2012: “I’m pretty sure I hit my sexual peak today. Somebody bring me an 18 year old boy, STAT!”  

2011: “Off to the park to see what hot 3-year-old girls my kid can hit on. ”

The woman’s political political tweets were typical of the fuming hate so common among leftist women:

“Dear Rust Belt, He lied,” the school-board member wrote in 2016. “Your manufacturing jobs are NEVER coming back. You f—ed us. No love, Kate.”

Another combined Bishop’s apparent obsession with sex with her hatred for the GOP. “I wanna hate-f**K Paul Ryan, while he is g-gged with my absentee ballot on which I voted for Obama,” she wrote in 2012. 

Whether Ryan has purchased bear spray and installed extra locks on his doors is unknown, but anyway, too late did Bishop sequester her Twitter page.

“Those tweets, I feel, are disqualifying for anybody involved in K-12 education,” parent Jonathan Zachreson argued.

Matt Dickson said the tweet about the 18-year-old was beyond the pale.

“To choose an 18-year-old boy as opposed to somebody her own age, it appears to have a predatory context,” he told Fox News. “Having somebody who looks at young people in that manner is very scary.”

Continued Dickson:

If she’s a leader with this kind of … predatory thought process, is this going through the rest of the board and of the school district? Is there an acceptance of this kind of behavior?

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The school board yawned.

In a statement to Fox News, Oscar Esquivel, the district superintendent, said the tweets are old and don’t “represent the opinions or beliefs of the Chula Vista Elementary School District.”

That’s good.

Bishop appears unworried — either about the tweets or her position as an “educator.”

“As a parent involved in education, I see this as a teachable moment that things put on the internet last forever,” she told Fox:

The intent of these tweets was meant to be funny, but they weren’t, and without context years later, they have actually hurt people that I care about.

I own my past mistakes and I have been more mindful of things that I post publicly online since then.

Parents Kimberly Dickson isn’t buying it. “The content of the tweets puts her character into question, whether they were made last week, last year, or ten years ago,” she told the network. “Is the fox watching the henhouse?”

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Florida family loses six members in three weeks due to COVID-19

Six members of an extended Florida family who feared getting vaccinated died of COVID-19 in the span of just three weeks, according to a report.

Lisa Wilson — whose uncle, grandmother and four cousins succumbed to the virus — said she went door to door in Belle Glade for months trying to persuade residents to get vaccinated. Her husband, Belle Glade Mayor Steve Wilson, was among the first in the farming community to get a shot, the Palm Beach Post reported.

But Wilson’s goodwill didn’t have the same impact on some of her relatives. Her 48-year-old uncle, Tyrone Moreland, died from the virus in late August. That set off a nightmarish chain of events that continued until Sunday when a fourth cousin, Trentarian Moreland, 44, also passed away from complications of COVID-19, Wilson told the newspaper.

“I was in their ears almost every day, ‘You’ve just got to do this,’” Wilson recalled Tuesday. “I’m beating myself up. Should I have pushed harder?”

A day after Tyrone’s funeral, Wilson’s 89-year-old grandmother, Lillie Mae Dukes Moreland, was hospitalized with the virus and died 24 hours later, the newspaper reported.

Wilson’s four cousins, including Trentarian Moreland, Shatara Dukes, 44, and Lisa Wiggins, 53, then died from the bug in rapid succession.

Lillie Mae Dukes was one of the six family members who perished from the COVID-19 virus.
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Wilson said she believes Tyrone Moreland and Dukes caught the virus while working at a food pantry. The other cases didn’t appear to be linked, but she said she was puzzled why they refused to get vaccinated.

“In my grandmother’s case, I think some of her children advised her not to do it,” Wilson told the Palm Beach Post. “They said she was too old, that it wasn’t safe, that she never left the house anyway.”

Her grandmother’s 93-year-old brother was hospitalized with the virus shortly after getting vaccinated, which Wilson said she believed led to doubts among the family.

“I think that secured it,” she said. “That was a big, big part that was weighing on her.”

Wilson thinks the 93-year-old was already infected when he was inoculated. He ultimately survived, but Wilson said her other relatives were also swayed by social media critics who cast doubt on the vaccine’s efficacy.

“I think a lot of them were afraid to take it,” Wilson said.

More than 49,000 people in Florida have died from COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Just 56 percent of the state’s residents are fully vaccinated. In Palm Beach County, that figure stands at 63.9 percent, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Three former US intelligence and military members admit to “hacking for hire” on behalf of UAE

The Department of Justice has allowed three former members of the American intelligence or military forces, who were paid to betray the United States by hacking computers on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, to escape criminal prosecution. 

The hackers-for-hire were granted a “deferred prosecution agreement” that will only require them to reimburse the U.S. government with $1,685,000 to “resolve a Department of Justice investigation regarding violations of U.S. export control, computer fraud and access device fraud laws.”

The Department of Justice said Tuesday that Marc Baier, Ryan Adams and Daniel Gericke worked for a UAE-based company that “carried out computer network exploitation” for the UAE government between 2016 and 2019, including sophisticated “zero-click” hacking that could “compromise a device without any action by the target.” The hacks allow the hacker to break into computers and phones around the world including within the United States to gain passwords from U.S. companies.

The three individuals performed such actions despite being repeatedly informed that such work required approval from the State Department under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, per the DOJ.

“This agreement is the first-of-its-kind resolution of an investigation into two distinct types of criminal activity: providing unlicensed export-controlled defense services in support of computer network exploitation, and a commercial company creating, supporting and operating systems specifically designed to allow others to access data without authorization from computers worldwide, including in the United States,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Hackers-for-hire and those who otherwise support such activities in violation of U.S. law should fully expect to be prosecuted for their criminal conduct.”

“Left unregulated, the proliferation of offensive cyber capabilities undermines privacy and security worldwide. Under our International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the United States will ensure that U.S. persons only provide defense services in support of such capabilities pursuant to proper licenses and oversight,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips of the District of Columbia. 

Phillips indicated that the three men were not given favourable treatment because of their connections to national security entities, which work closely with prosecutors like Lesko, stating: “A U.S. person’s status as a former U.S. government employee certainly does not provide them with a free pass in that regard.”

The DOJ described Gericke as a “former U.S. citizen.”

The deal says:

Under the terms of the DPA, Baier, Adams and Gericke agreed to pay $750,000, $600,000, and $335,000 respectively, over a three-year term, which they may not be reimbursed for without the express approval of the U.S. government. In addition to the financial penalties, as part of the DPA, the defendants agreed to full cooperation with the relevant Department and FBI components; the immediate relinquishment of any foreign or U.S. security clearances; a lifetime ban on future U.S. security clearances; and certain future employment restrictions, including a prohibition on employment that involves CNE activity or exporting defense articles or providing defense services under the ITAR (e.g., CNE techniques), and restrictions on employment for certain U.A.E. organizations.

In 2019, Reuters reported on Project Raven, a “secret hacking team of American mercenaries” who “utilized a powerful new hacking tool called Karma, which allowed operatives to break into the iPhones of users around the world.”

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Mayor tells school board members to resign or ‘be charged’ after saying judge confirmed ‘child pornography’ was part of high school’s college-credit course

Mayor Craig Shubert of Hudson, Ohio, sat in front of a microphone and issued a brief but pointed public statement to the members of the city’s board of education earlier this week.

“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom,” Shubert said during Monday night’s meeting. “I’ve spoken to a judge this evening. She’s already confirmed that. So I’m going to give you a simple choice: Either you choose to resign from this board of education, or you will be charged. Thank you.”

The mayor’s jaw-dropping ultimatum to the board members of Hudson City Schools drew quite a bit of applause and cheers from those gathered in the room.

What’s the background?

According to the Akron Beacon Journal, numerous parents complained about writing prompts in the “642 Things to Write About” book that’s part of a college-credit course — Writing in the Liberal Arts II — at Hudson High School.

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Parents said there was a prompt that asked students to “write a sex scene you wouldn’t show your mom,” and another which said “rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you’d let your mom read.”

Another prompt asked students to drink a beer and describe how it tastes. Parents said they felt these writing prompts and others were not appropriate for high school students.

Shubert said he wants all five board members to resign by the end of September, the Beacon Journal noted.

However, the paper added that it’s unclear whether board members can be held criminally liable for classroom material.

“We’ve never heard of criminal charges [filed against a school board] for curriculum,” Ralph Lusher, staff attorney with the Ohio School Boards Association, told the Beacon Journal.

Lusher added to the paper that he can’t determine if the material “would cross a line or not” since he hasn’t yet seen it.

But some individuals who have viewed the material were decidedly outraged by it. One person said he was “appalled” by the content and asked for video cameras in the classroom so parents can monitor what’s being taught to their children, the Beacon Journal said, adding that another speaker said it’s “disgusting” and amounted to “grooming.”

What did the school district have to say?

Superintendent Phil Herman said in a statement that the “inappropriate and offensive writing prompts” were part of a supplemental resource used in the high school senior-level College Credit Plus writing sections, the paper reported.

“The district immediately determined this writing resource should not be in the hands of our students, and on Monday, collected the books from the students enrolled in the course,” Herman added, according to the Beacon Journal. “It is important to note that at no time were any of these inappropriate writing prompts assigned as part of the class.”

More from the paper:

High school principal Brian Wilch said the class is offered in association with Hiram College but is taught at the high school. He also said the “642 Things” book has been used in the past.

Wilch told the board Monday that he and his administrative team apologized to the students’ parents. The school is searching for replacement material that is suitable for high school students, he said.

“We did not exercise due diligence when we reviewed this resource and as a result, we overlooked several writing prompts among the 642 that are not appropriate for our high school audience,” Wilch added, according to the Beacon Journal. “… We feel terrible. At no time were any of these inappropriate prompts selected or discussed, but still they were there and they were viewable, and you can’t unsee them.”

Herman also told the paper that an independent investigation is under way “to determine how these supplemental materials were reviewed and approved, and if any additional action should be taken.”

“It is clear that as a district we did not properly review this resource, and for that, we sincerely apologize,” the superintendent also said, according to the Beacon Journal. “We take great pride in the instructional experience of our students and take very seriously anything that negatively impacts our mission to provide an educational program that provides for the development of each child in a safe, nurturing environment. Again, we are reviewing our approval processes to make sure that nothing similar happens in the future.”

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House members unveil bipartisan legislation to freeze funding for gain-of-function research

A group of bipartisan lawmakers have introduced a bill that aims to halt all taxpayer-funding for gain-of-function research over the next five years.

The Pausing Enhanced Pandemic Pathogen Research Act was introduced by Reps. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Buddy Carter (R-Ga.), and Henry Cuellar (D-Texas.) 

For months, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, has faced scrutiny over whether he oversaw federal funds channeled toward bat coronavirus research at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. A recently published report from The Intercept indicated that the U.S. had indeed funded gain-of-function research at the controversial laboratory from which it is suspected the novel coronavirus could have leaked in late 2019. 

Such research essentially attempt to increase the transmissibility and virulence a pathogen to better planned for an outbreak, vaccines and therapies.

“We knew the dangers of gain-of-function research, but the National Institute of Health and Dr. Fauci continued to fund it in America and overseas. This is something we never should have allowed without proper oversight and safety protocols,” Carter in a statement. 

“Evidence continues to mount that COVID-19 originated from the Wuhan Institute of Virology with research funded by U.S. taxpayers. We must double down on our efforts to prevent irresponsible research and protect our communities from future pandemics. Our bill will prevent taxpayer funds from being used to conduct gain-of-function research until we can ensure proper safety standards are put in place,” he continued. 

Gallagher, who last week, called on Fauci to resign, made a set of similar remarks.

“While we continue to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the U.S. should – at a minimum – halt all funding for this dangerous research until we understand the role it played in this pandemic. I’m proud to support Rep. Carter’s legislation that does just that.” 

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Josh Hawley to block Biden’s nominees until Cabinet members resign over Afghanistan

Sen. Josh Hawley pledged on Tuesday to hold up confirmation votes for all Pentagon or State Department nominees until key members of President Biden’s Cabinet resign over the Afghanistan pullout.

Mr. Hawley, Missouri Republican, issued the threat during a speech on the Senate floor when he introduced legislation honoring the 56 Missourians who died while deployed to Afghanistan.

He called for the resignations of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

He also said Mr. Biden should resign.

“Make no mistake, this president is a disgrace,” Mr. Hawley said. “His behavior is disgraceful. He has dishonored this country with his shameful leadership in this crisis and it is time for him to resign.”

For each nominee, unanimous consent of all senators is required to open the debate in the full chamber. If even one senator does not agree, a hold is placed on the nomination.

Mr. Hawley said he would not “consent to the nomination” of any nominee for the State or Defense departments until Mr. Blinken, Mr. Austin and Mr. Sullivan step down.

“Leaders take responsibility for their failures,” he said. “And the failure of these individuals, the failure of this administration has costs Americans their lives.”

There are approximately 81 State Department and 12 Department of Defense nominees pending in the Senate.

Mr. Hawley‘s pledge comes on Mr. Blinken’s second day of testimony before Congress, which underscored the bitter partisan divide over who to fault for the chaotic withdraw from Afghanistan.

Lawmakers’ questions on Monday and Tuesday largely reflected party affiliations: Infuriated Republicans grilled Mr. Blinken on key decisions leading up the pullout, while Democrats often defended Mr. Biden’s decision to end the war, deflecting blame to former President Donald Trump for the peace deal he signed with the Taliban in February 2020.

Mr. Blinken, too, blamed Mr. Trump.

Senior Pentagon leaders are slated to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in a series of open and closed briefings and hearings.

While the Pentagon has been spared much of the vitriol from GOP lawmakers, they have not completely escaped the political fallout from Afghanistan.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee Republican, called on both Mr. Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to resign.

“There must be accountability,” Mr. Hawley said. “And then there must be a new start.”

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