Erin O’Toole so-called candidate of “truth, duty, and valour” won’t respond to Rebel News’ questions

With the 2021 federal election now in the home stretch, is Erin O’Toole feeling the pressure? Justin Trudeau had a disastrous campaign whereas the O’Toole camp performed quite well (if we can ignore the grotesque flip-flops on everything from gun bans to carbon taxes.) And yet, the Liberals and the Conservatives are in a statistical dead-heat.

On Sunday afternoon, O’Toole dropped by Markham, Ont., for a rally. The attendance could be measured in the dozens, making a Joe Biden rally look Trumpian by comparison.

Still, I wanted to ask Mr. O’Toole a few questions. After all, some 13 months ago, Erin O’Toole had all the time in the world for Rebel News reports at the Independent Press Gallery debate in Toronto. But that was then and this is now: copying the strategy of Andrew “Missing an Empty Net on a Breakaway” Scheer, Erin O’Toole considers Rebel News (and our 1.5+ million YouTube audience) to be media and audience non grata. Meanwhile, just like Scheer, he sucks up to the mean girls in the Media Party such as the CBC and the Toronto Star, media outlets that hate the Conservatives. (Is this not the textbook definition of insanity?)

So it was that when we arrived at the Markham industrial park to cover the rally, my camerawoman and I were told to beat it by Cory Hann (who had previously frog-marched my colleague, Alexa Lavoie, out of another Conservative Party event.) Hann claims we are “disruptive” but could not provide a single example of “disruptions.”

We were told to leave the parking lot and even the berm; so it was we had to do our reporting while standing on a busy street! (At least Mr. Hann was kind enough to remind us to watch out for vehicles zooming by at 70 km/h.)

Meanwhile, the Erin O’Toole bus was moved three times as the Conservative Party’s fearless leader cowered in fear inside the coach for more than 30 minutes! Why? Because a pesky Rebel News reporter might ask him some impolite questions?

Well, he was correct on that front. For when he finally slithered out of his bus, I shouted a few questions from the road. Namely:

  • Why are you stiffing Rebel News?
  • Likewise, why did you stiff Jordan Peterson?
  • Why are you in a statistical tie with the scandal-plagued Liberals?
  • Why did you throw Lisa Robinson, the former candidate for Beaches East York who was allegedly framed on social media, under the bus after previously stating you “had her back”?

Alas, no answers were forthcoming.

And to think that mere months ago Erin O’Toole billed himself as the “pro-free speech/anti-cancel culture” candidate? Astonishing…

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Judicial Watch: DC Police Asks Court for Second Delay to Respond to FOIA Lawsuit for Ashli Babbitt Records

 (Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that the District of Columbia asked a court for an additional delay to respond to Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records related to the U.S. Capitol Police shooting death of Ashli Babbitt on January 6. 2001. 

In its opposition to the second requested 30 day delay, Judicial Watch argues that DC “has brazenly violated the law on an issue of significant public interest,” and “seeks delay for nothing more than delay’s sake.”

Judicial Watch’s filed its May 2021 FOIA lawsuit filed after DC failed to respond to two FOIA April, 2021 requests submitted by Judicial Watch to the Metropolitan Police Department and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for records related to Babbitt’s death (Judicial Watch v. The District of Columbia (No. 2021 CA 001710 B)). 

In August, Judicial Watch’s lawsuit led to the release of records from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner revealing that it submitted a request for permission to cremate Babbitt only two days after taking custody of her body and that ‘due to the “high profile nature” of Babbitt’s case, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Francisco Diaz requested that a secure electronic file with limited access be created for Babbitt’s records. 

The Metropolitan Police Department has yet to provide any records. 

Babbitt was shot and killed as she climbed through a broken interior window in the United State Capitol. She was unarmed, and a 14-year Air Force veteran. The identity of the shooter was kept secret by Congress, and federal and local authorities for eight months until U.S. Capitol Police officer Michael Byrd went public to try to defend his killing of Ms. Babbitt. 

“Now that the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt has finally been identified – and has gone public – there is no reason for the DC Police to hide records on the homicide of Babbitt,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “America deserves to have the full details of what really happened on January 6.”

Judicial Watch is pursuing several investigations into the events of January 6.

Judicial Watch recently asked the court for discovery in its lawsuit against the United States Capitol Police for emails and videos concerning the disturbance at the U.S. Capitol.

In March, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit against the District of Columbia for records about the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick. Pressure from this lawsuit helped lead to the disclosure that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes. 

In May, Judicial Watch sued both the Department of the Interior and the Department of Defense for records regarding the deployment of armed forces around the Capitol complex in Washington, D.C., in January and February of 2021.

Judicial Watch also filed a lawsuit for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s communications with the Pentagon in the days after the January 6 incident. 


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‘He was going to respond to the call’: Ex-aides say Ridge’s post 9/11 policies make nation safer

It’s been 20 years since nearly 3,000 Americans perished during the deadliest terrorist attack on national soil.

For two of then Gov. Tom Ridge’s top aides – Chief of Staff Mark Campbell and federal policy adviser Mark Holman – the world changed overnight, and their boss’s ascent to the forefront of the nation’s response effort was a sudden and somewhat forgone conclusion.

“There were a long of list of cons [for taking the job],” Campbell recalled during a Pennsylvania Press Club event recently. “There might have been one pro, and that might have been patriotism, but I think I realized before we even filled out that list, we already knew the answer.”

So when a joint session of Congress convened one week after the attacks, they braced themselves for what millions of Americans watching did not yet know: President George W. Bush would assign Ridge the task of constructing a brand-new national defense program from the ground up to stop similar attacks before they happen.

“He was going to respond to the call, there was never any doubt in my mind,” Campbell said.

Eventually, that endeavor became the Department of Homeland Security and Ridge its first secretary, until he resigned in 2005. The legacy he left behind, Holman said, continues to this day.

“There’s been six or seven secretaries since him, and they are all very capable,” he said. “But none were beloved like Tom Ridge was, and his presence and calm publicly were key to the beginning of our national security.”

“[DHS] it’s still a baby bureaucracy, but no doubt the nation is safer because of it,” he added.

Indeed, the 22 agencies within DHS manage everything from airline safety protocols to infrastructure protection to border security. Holman said although some of the measures, like those taken to manage airline travel, may be “a pain in the neck … they are also pretty darn effective.”

He also praised the 2001 Patriot Act, the nation’s controversial surveillance program that some critics believe went too far in its efforts to ferret out domestic terrorist activity, as crucial to increasing information sharing between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and thwarting potential attacks.

“There are so many plots we will never be aware of, some we are, and that’s an incredibly valuable contribution,” he said.

Pennsylvania itself faced an onslaught of threats in the days after 9/11, including rumors that a train packed with nuclear explosives was headed for the Amtrak station in Harrisburg or that terrorists identified Three Mile Island as a “soft target.”

None of those plots ever came to fruition, but some elsewhere in the country did, Holman recalled, like the anthrax-laced mail attacks sent to media and congressional offices that killed four Americans and injured 17 others.

“We had one day on the job, and we had a national biological event,” Holman said. “And it was bumpy and we learned a lot. [It was] a precursor to pandemic planning, how disparate our public health response is, particularly with a bio threat.”

The early days of DHS, then just the Office of Homeland Security, eventually bore a $49.8 billion agency that employs 180,000 who coordinate national defense on a scale the country had never before seen.

In a June 2002 speech, Ridge laid out his vision for DHS during a speech before National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, in which he said the responsibility of ensuring “homeland security” at the time fell to more than 100 separate government entities.

“No single agency calls homeland security its sole or even its primary mission,” he said. “Consequently, despite the best efforts of the best public servants, our response is often ad hoc. We don’t always have the kind of alignment of authority and responsibility with accountability that gets things done. This creates situations that would be comical if the threat were not so serious.”

In the decades since DHS formed, however, Holman and Campbell say Ridge finds its handling of immigration enforcement – the focus of which has shifted with the political whims of changing administrations – a frustrating “distraction.”

“The political immigration debate has been a bit of a recent albatross for the agency, and it’s an entire distraction,” Holman said. “One of the things that bothers the governor most about it is the politics of immigration policy as opposed to the enforcement of immigration policy, legal immigration alike. The two have been lost in one another.”

Even so, Ridge spoke fondly of his premier role in shaping the DHS during a taped reflection on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 published Thursday by

“At our country’s worst moment, we survived on a uniquely American diet of kindness, generosity and compassion,” he said. “You may not find those words in any national security plan, but I can assure you those concepts are just as critical to our national resilience as any component of our national defense.”

“I am profoundly grateful of the opportunity I was given to serve our country, from soldier to secretary,” he said.

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GOP Governor’s respond) – HotAir

Allahpundit just wrote about President Biden’s big COVID announcement today mandating vaccination for federal workers. But it appears there was a surprise in his plan that didn’t make it into the early coverage. According to an Associated Press story that was just published a few minutes ago (as I write this), Biden is going to mandate vaccination on all companies with more than 100 employees, though there will be a weekly test out option for those employees.

President Joe Biden on Thursday is announcing sweeping new federal vaccine requirements affecting as many as 100 million Americans in an all-out effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations and curb the surging delta variant that is killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation’s economic recovery.

The expansive rules mandate that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or test for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Americans. And the roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid also will have to be fully vaccinated…

The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees will be enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation, an administration official said. The White House did not immediately say when it would take effect, but said workers would have sufficient time to get vaccinated.

So the federal workers will have 75 days to get vaccinated or be handed over to the HR department. Some religious or medical exemptions may be granted but it sounds like most government employees won’t have much of a choice. Meanwhile, large companies will be required to demand their employees be vaccinated or be fined but people in the private sector can still test out on a weekly basis.

Where to begin with this? I guess the obvious question is this: Can Biden even order this mandate? That’s not clear to everyone.

Some people are wondering if this comes from the same White House suggestion box as Biden’s extension of the eviction moratorium, i.e. it’s probably unconstitutional but we can do it anyway until the courts strike it down.

The Gov. of Arizona isn’t a fan and calls it “un-American.”

Gabriel Malor says he’d like to see the actual order but suggests this is the kind of thing he could imagine being blocked by a court challenge:

And sure enough, Gov. Noem is already promising to take this to court:

Assuming that doesn’t happen and this survives a challenge, what exactly is the enforcement mechanism here?

My own immediate reaction to all of this is that it strikes me as blatantly political, a desperate effort to change the subject from Afghanistan and the border where Biden is getting beat up. Instead the White House wants to refocus on COVID where their poll numbers are shaky but still above water. It’s not even a new approach to avoiding bad news. It’s exactly what Gov. Cuomo tried to do after multiple allegations of sexual harassment. Show people you’re still hard at work and hope they forget about the other stuff that threatens to drag you down.

The problem is that this particular approach seems designed to start a fight, or as Rep. Crenshaw put it, a “full on revolt.” If you thought the pushback on mask mandates were heated, just wait for the pushback on this.

I don’t think the White House is dumb enough to have missed that they are essentially juggling dynamite here. I think they’ve looked at the poll numbers and decided that a fight like this will play well with their base. They probably also assume this won’t survive contact with the courts but they’ll get points for at least trying to own the cons (though as Rep. Crenshaw points out, a lot of unvaccinated people aren’t conservatives).

It will be interesting to see where people come down on this. Stephen Miller notes that Dr. Fauci is on the record saying this would never happen. I wonder what he’ll say after the announcement.

I’ll wrap this up by noting the sudden shift in Jen Psaki’s approach to national vaccine mandates. Here she is in July saying such mandates are not the role of the federal government:

Here she is today saying stay tuned for the mandates:

Here’s more Psaki confirming that the government is ready and willing to get you fired if you don’t comply.

Update: Over at Reason, Robby Soave points out it’s not just Jen Psaki and Dr. Fauci who are on record as being against vaccine mandates:

…on July 31, Walensky corrected a comment she had made that some interpreted as being supportive of a federal mandate. “There will be no nationwide mandate,” she said. “I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.”

Biden himself said there would be no mandate last December:

Here’s video of his comment:

BTW, Walter Olson, whose tweet about the legal authority of this move I included above had continued to look into it.

Update: I know I’ve brought this up before but this tweet really did not hold up well. He should have told us the plan was to fine businesses and get people fired.

But it will only happen if companies go along with it. Jazz points out they may not.

This afternoon I spoke to someone who works for a large private employer (not connected to HotAir or Townhall media) they told me they still have a lot of people working partly from home. Response to this mandate could be as simple as telling people not to come into the office unless you are vaccinated. So some people will just work from home and the company won’t be able to enforce the mandate on them under those circumstances. I guess we’ll find out.

Update: Dr. Fauci says the president definitely has the authority to do this.

I mentioned reactions from Gov. Noem and Gov. Ducey above. Other states are also planning to fight this.



And Texas:

The media coverage of all of this is going to be spectacular:

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Biden ‘Not Certain’ Federal Government Can Respond to Texas Abortion Law

There may be nothing that the federal government can do in response to the new Texas abortion law, President Joe Biden acknowledged on Friday.

Texas in a law that took effect Sept. 1 banned abortions after fetal heartbeats are detected, and mandated that doctors performing abortions try to detect a heartbeat before attempting the procedure.

Biden said Thursday that he was directing White House lawyers to analyze existing law to see whether federal agencies could somehow guarantee a higher level of abortion access than is allowed under the new measure.

Asked Friday what his administration could do, he said he was not sure.

“What I was told—and I must tell you, I am not certain—I was told that there are possibilities within the existing law to have the Justice Department look and see whether there are things that can be done that can limit the independent action of individuals in enforcing a state law,” he said at the White House, answering a question for the first time in days.

“I don’t know enough to give you an answer yet. I’ve asked that to be checked,” he added.

The Texas law enables private citizens to sue doctors who allegedly perform illegal abortions or individuals who aid and abet illegal abortions.

It also prohibits state officials from enforcing the measure, an unusual arrangement that helped the law withstand initial scrutiny from the Supreme Court.

An exam room is seen at the Planned Parenthood South Austin Health Center in Austin, Texas, on June 27, 2016. (Ilana Panich-Linsman/Reuters)

Biden and a number of other high-profile Democrats have railed against the law in recent days, describing it as an attack on the constitutional right to abortion as decided by justices in Roe v. Wade.

“It not only empowers complete strangers to inject themselves into the most private of decisions made by a woman—it actually incentivizes them to do so with the prospect of $10,000 if they win their case,” Biden said in a written statement this week.

The president on Friday reversed himself on a related matter, saying that he respected people who believe life begins at the moment of conception but that he does not agree and would not “impose that on people.”

Speaking as vice president in 2015, Biden said that “I’m prepared to accept that at the moment of conception there’s human life and being, but I’m not prepared to say that to other God­-fearing, non-God-fearing people that have a different view.”

Biden is a Catholic who has been denied communion for going against the faith’s teachings concerning abortion.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, meanwhile, said Thursday that making laws governing when, how, and where abortions are done should be up to states, not the Supreme Court.

Roe v. Wade was created out of nothing,” Paxton said during an appearance on Newsmax. “There was no precedent. There was no law. They claim it’s constitutional, right, but they basically created this right that had never existed before, and they overrode all of our state laws, including Texas. And the reality is it should be local jurisdiction, local states making those decisions.”

The Republican also accused Biden of being “strongly in favor of abortion” and wanting “no limits on it.

“He doesn’t want states having any control over it,” Paxton said. “And the reality is that’s not the way it should be.”

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Zachary Stieber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

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Two males knocked out cold by same thug on busy Chicago street — and at least 5 females seem to respond by twerking in front of traffic

It’s been quite a summer for Chicago.

This season a dozen cops turned their backs on far-left Mayor Lori Lightfoot after the murder of Officer Ella French at a traffic stop that Lightfoot blamed on guns, a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran died after carjackers repeatedly punched him in the head outside his favorite grocery store, fifth graders were reported to have access to condoms in elementary schools this year, and a gang dragged a couple from their car and shot them at point-blank range in front of their baby .

That doesn’t begin to scratch the surface — and now the Windy City has more notoriety to add to its resume.

Now what?

Surveillance video caught action on the 400 block of State Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday showing a man in a green shirt and dark shorts being chased and confronted by at least two other men.

It isn’t clear what precipitated the incident, but the pair take turns pushing and punching the man, who at times appears to square up in preparation for a fight — but at other times attempts to run off.

It’s no use, though. One of his pursuers — a much taller man wearing a blue baseball cap and dark mask over his mouth and nose — body slams the man.

Seconds later he delivers a left cross at the man’s head, and the victim collapses in the middle of the street.

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

It gets worse

A number of females — about five, roughly — appear to react to the excitement by twerking in a traffic lane just feet away while vehicles wait for their spectacle to end.

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

Then the same wannabe boxer who knocked out the man moments earlier spots another man — seemingly unconnected to whatever transpired with the first victim — crossing State Street.

And with that, he comes up behind the man crossing the street and wallops him with a left-handed sucker punch to the head.

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

The second victim also collapses on the street, apparently out cold.

Crowds gathered around each victim, but most of them apparently only in an effort to steal from them rather than to render aid or end the violence.

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

One guy even stole the second victim’s shoes:

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

The first victim actually got up from the street and tried fighting back, and the seemingly much worse off second victim staggered toward the sidewalk, but they were both attacked again and ended up like this:

Image source: Odysee video screenshot

Here’s the clip:

What happened in the aftermath?

A police spokesperson told CWB Chicago the man in the green shirt suffered abrasions to his face and refused medical attention. The station added that the 40-year-old man who was sucker-punched was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and his condition wasn’t known.

Police added to CWB Chicago that both men were robbed and that no arrests have been made.

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Physicians respond to media, Big Pharma attacks on cheap, effective treatments for COVID-19

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.

But, America’s children and young people must be protected from unknown future side-effects of these drugs, and parents’ rights must be respected!

Please SIGN this urgent petition which demands that COVID vaccine mandates for schools and universities be prohibited in every U.S. state.

This petition will be sent to the leaders of every state legislature and to every governor in the United States, urging them to pass emergency legislation banning vaccine mandates for primary, secondary and university students.

Students simply have the right to be educated without being forced to violate deeply held principles and their own bodily integrity!

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.

And now, with the Pfizer jab approval, Joe Biden’s Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, is threatening more mandates.

While it is true that the FDA approval for the Pfizer jab only pertains to those over 16 years of age, the pharmaceutical industry and some state actors have been pushing to get approval for pre-teens!

So, it stands to reason that the Federal government will try to impose vaccines on schools, for those 16 and over, as well as on all university students. But, eventually, such mandates could even apply to younger and younger schoolchildren.

That’s why state legislatures and governors must fight back against any attempt to coerce school students to take a COVID vaccine against their will!

Science and logic should dictate public health policy. And both say that mandatory vaccination for children and university students is not only unnecessary, but very likely dangerous for the future health of America’s youth.

The CDC reports that the rates of death, injury, and hospitalization are very, very low for children and adolescents and that COVID transmission in schools, both from student to staff and between students, is also very low.

And a European CDC study concluded that “no evidence has been found to suggest that children or educational settings are primary drivers of COVID transmission.”

So, right now, we know that schoolchildren are at very low risk of becoming very ill as a result of COVID, or of even transmitting the virus.

But, we don’t know how a hastily-prepared, unstudied vaccine will affect the health of millions of America’s youth in the future.

Gambling with their future, and the future of our nation, should not even be entertained for one second!

Please SIGN and SHARE this urgent petition urging state legislatures to ban COVID vaccine mandates for schools and universities – both public and private. Urge them to respect parents’ rights, informed consent and bodily integrity.

Thank you!


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Kirby Refuses to Respond to Report US Knew Where and When Suicide Attack Would Occur – RedState

A report in Politico about what the U.S. knew about the suicide attack ahead of time is now causing a stir because a reporter asked about it and Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby refused to answers questions about it.

The report of intelligence communications indicated that the U.S. knew generally where and when the attack would occur at the Kabul airport, even that the gate where the attack occurred — the Abbey Gate was at “highest risk.”

On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.

American troops were still processing entrants to the airport at Abbey Gate at roughly 6 p.m. in Kabul on Thursday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest there, killing nearly 200 people, including 13 U.S. service members.

Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby refused to answer questions about it and they also issued a statement, according to Politico.

“This story is based on the unlawful disclosure of classified information and internal deliberations of a sensitive nature,” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said in a statement. “As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk.

“We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing,” he continued.

Kirby was mad about the disclosure but he didn’t deny the report.

This is just astonishing. I get wanting to still save people and I’m certainly for every effort. But they seem to have constantly been shutting gates for other reasons, why not redirect to a less at-risk gate or shut the Abbey Gate for a few hours when you have intelligence that seems to be of that specific nature?

He tries to skate that question without responding when so many people, including 13 US military, were killed and so many others wounded, but he can’t be allowed to do that. Somebody made this call and they need to answer as to what was happening here.

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‘Whole of Government’ Will Respond to ‘Devastating’ Hurricane Ida

President Joe Biden issued a Sunday afternoon update on the federal government’s response to Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in southeastern Lousiana as a Category 4 storm.

“This is going to be a devastating hurricane,” he said at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters, adding to locals that they should “please take precautions… take it really very seriously.”

The “whole of government” is going to work on storm recovery after Ida’s devastating impacts, the president said, adding that it will “take a long time” for power to be restored in some areas. Biden also warned about heavy rainfall in the area, coming as the National Hurricane Center warning of between 12 and 20 inches of rain falling in the area.

The administration also deployed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deal with power restoration, according to the White House, including providing temporary housing and response to debris.

Biden previously issued emergency declarations for Louisiana and Mississippi ahead of the storm’s arrival.

The hurricane’s northern eyewall made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, at around 12:50 p.m. ET, according to the NHC. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 930 millibars.

At 2 p.m., the NHC said the storm made its second landfall near Galliano, Louisiana, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph.

Streets in areas of New Orleans are flooded, according to footage posted online, and the NHC said storm surge is already starting to impact the coast. Parts of Grand Isle appear to be completely inundated by storm surge, according to videos posted online.

The rising ocean swamped the barrier island of Grand Isle. The hurricane was churning through the far southern Louisiana wetlands, with the more than 2 million people living in and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge up next.

“This is not the kind of storm that we normally get. This is going to be much stronger than we usually see and, quite frankly, if you had to draw up the worst possible path for a hurricane in Louisiana, it would be something very, very close to what we’re seeing,” Gov. John Bel Edwards told The Associated Press.

Comparisons to the Aug. 29, 2005, landfall of Katrina weighed heavily on residents bracing for Ida. Katrina was blamed for 1,800 deaths as it caused levee breaches and catastrophic flooding in New Orleans and demolished oceanfront homes in Mississippi. Ida’s hurricane-force winds stretched 50 miles from the storm’s eye, or about half the size of Katrina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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