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Newt Gingrich: Biden-Harris approval ratings mark beginning of political disaster for Dems

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The Democratic Party defeat last Tuesday was followed by an even more ominous report on the job approval of the two leading Democrats. 

Recall, last week, Democrats lost Virginia in a remarkable sweep. They lost Assembly and Senate seats in New Jersey – and almost lost the governorship. A Republican was elected city attorney in Seattle (that’s right, Seattle). They lost a Texas state legislative seat in a district that is 73% Latino. Republicans swept to victory in Long Island, while New York voters rejected three different Democratic referenda to make elections less secure. 

Now, an even more ominous indicator has hit the Democrats nationally.

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A USA Today poll showed President Joe Biden at 38% job approval. Even more dismally, Vice President Kamala Harris at 28% job approval (one must wonder who the 28% who actually think she is doing her job are, but that is another column). 

If the Biden-Harris team stay in the polling basement, it will have a devastating effect on the Democrats in 2022. I think you could end up with House Republicans gaining 40 to 70 seats (a reasonable sweep based on the experiences of 1994 and 2010). 

At the same time, Senate Republicans may find themselves with four additional members and a real opportunity for Sen. Joe Manchin to switch parties and join the rest of West Virginia in becoming Republican. 

Democrats in Washington seem to have managed to ignore the larger realities that dwarf legislative achievements. 

The initial evidence is that the Democrats learned nothing from their repudiation last week. 

Washington Democrats and their news media and lobbyist-donor friends seem to have gathered together to reassure one another that passing legislation will cure everything. It is a tribute to how Washington-centered the Democrats have become that they believe the pain of the grassroots can be solved by passing texts in Washington that will have no significant impact for years – although many Americans may experience immediate negative impacts economically, philosophically or culturally. 

Democrats in Washington seem to have managed to ignore the larger realities that dwarf legislative achievements. 

When people fill up their gas tanks ($72 for my wife Callista, $79 for me at latest fill up), they get angry at the Biden administration’s failure. When they hear he closed the Keystone XL Pipeline but asked Russia and Saudi Arabia to pump more oil, they wonder why he favors foreign jobs over American jobs. 

When they hear now that the Biden administration is considering closing a pipeline in Michigan, they wonder on what planet the Washington Democrats are living. When Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm laughs when asked if she has a plan to counter rising oil prices, it just further angers the people paying the costs. 

The Biden administration has already warned that this Thanksgiving dinner will be the most expensive ever. There are now reports turkey and cranberries are going to be in short supply. 

The Biden administration has also warned that heating your home this winter could be as much as 50% more expensive. 

With personal costs being hammered by Biden’s policies, imagine how Americans feel when they hear Biden say he believes we should compensate people in the country illegally for being separated from their children. 

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Every American who is arrested is separated from their children without compensation. But Biden is worried about noncitizens who decided to come here illegally. Americans overwhelmingly want the border controlled and oppose paying people for breaking the law. 

The Pentagon worries more about being woke than doing its job in Afghanistan or China. The teachers unions help convince the Biden administration to focus the FBI on parents in school board meetings. Most Americans think the FBI should focus on agents of influence, spies, terrorists and the dramatic rise in murders in our biggest Democrat-run cities. Having the FBI investigate parents is the kind of thinking that defeated Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. 

As Republicans become the party of parents and students, and the Democrats are clearly owned by Randi Weingarten and the teachers unions on behalf of government schools, the political implications are enormous. Just ask Virginia Democrats or those who just witnessed the school board revolts in Colorado, Pennsylvania, Texas and elsewhere. 

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Of course, as bad as President Biden is, Vice President Harris is much worse. She may be the least effective person ever to serve as vice president. Her performances with paid child actors on building enthusiasm about space travel was humiliating. Her total failure on the border is unforgivable. She will be an even bigger liability than President Biden. 

These two approval ratings, 38% and 28%, mark the beginning of a political disaster for Democrats, which I predict will get steadily worse for four years. 

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Scotland Detects 6 Cases Of New Covid-19 Variant; Uk Total Rises To 11

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Six cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant have been identified in Scotland, taking the UK’s total to 11 following three cases in England last week and two in London on Monday. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the latest two cases found in Camden and Wandsworth areas of London have links to travel in southern Africa.

Earlier on Monday, the Scottish government said four cases have been found in Lanarkshire and two in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. While all of England’s detected cases have a travel link with southern Africa, some of the people identified in Scotland have no travel history and may have caught the potentially highly transmissible variant in the community.

“On some of the cases, we are aware that there is no travel history involved. So, what that tells us is that there must be a degree of community transmission of this particular strain of the virus,” Scotland Deputy First Minister John Swinney told the BBC in reference to the cases detected in Scotland. But the minister reiterated that it is too early to say whether even tougher social distancing norms may be required against what is feared to be a potentially highly infectious variant and its response to current vaccines is yet to be fully determined.

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“This will be a worrying time for the six people now identified as having the new variant, said Scotland Health Secretary Humza Yousaf. All will receive expert help and support and Public Health Scotland will undertake enhanced contact tracing in all cases. This will help establish the origin of the virus and any further individuals they have come into contact with in recent weeks,” he said.

Omicron was first reported in South Africa and cases have been detected in countries across the world, including Australia, Germany, Israel and Hong Kong. Ten countries in southern Africa have been added to the UK’s travel ban “red list” in response and all overseas travellers arriving into the UK from Tuesday will need to take a PCR test.
Meanwhile, the UK’s vaccine advisory body backed an expansion of the COVID-19 booster vaccine scheme to all adults aged over 18. Professor Anthony Harnden, deputy chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), has said it would be “sensible” to cut the current six-month time gap between doses and extend boosters to the under-40s as part of a planned “boost the booster” drive to protect against COVID-19.

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‘Jurassic World: Dominion’: release date, cast, plot

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Jurassic World: Dominion is the upcoming third movie in the legendary Jurassic World trilogy — and the sixth Jurassic Park film in total!

This epic film will excitingly see Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum reunite for the first time together since the original blockbuster went out in 1993.

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‘Genshin Impact’ Shenhe release date, trailer, skills, story, and constellations

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Genshin Impact Version 2.3 only just launched, but we’re already looking ahead to future updates. One of the most exciting additions with each update comes in the form of new playable characters. Following a batch of leaks for Version 2.4, developer miHoYo officially revealed Shenhe via Twitter. There’s still plenty to learn about Shenhe, but let’s take a look at everything we know about this five-star Cryo polearm character, from her abilities, personality, and possible release date.

When is the Genshin Impact Shenhe Banner release date?

It’s unknown when Shenhe will launch officially. miHoYo

Developer miHoYo has confirmed the existence of Shenhe but has yet to reveal when this new character will be added to Genshin Impact. It’s highly likely Shenhe will make her debut sometime during Version 2.4, which will begin on January 5, 2022. We’ll find out more about this five-star character as we approach the New Year.

Who is Shenhe in Genshin Impact?

Shenhe has a mean streak, which aids her in battle. miHoYo

Shenhe is a Cryo character who wields a polearm in Genshin Impact. She’s described as a “ferocious” warrior with a temper and has the ability to absolutely decimate her surroundings if she gets angry enough. So it’s best to stay on her good side.

Below is a description of Shenhe according to the Cloud Retainer, as shown on the official Genshin Impact Twitter account:

“One has traversed many realms and taken a great many pupils. Among them, Shenhe bears the closest resemblance to oneself.”

Another tweet refers to her as an “Ethereal Soul Amidst the Mortal Realm” who thinks that “Cloud Retainer is a knowledgeable and chatty master.” It also notes, “Shenhe comes from a branch family of a clan of exorcists. Due to certain reasons, Cloud Retainer took her in as a disciple.”

As we get closer to Version 2.4, miHoYo will likely give us more details about Shenhe’s personality.

Is there a Genshin Impact Shenhe trailer?

Sadly, there isn’t a trailer dedicated to Shenhe at this time, but miHoYo will likely put something together ahead of the release of Version 2.4. For now, you can enjoy the Version 2.3 Special Program video that covers everything about the latest update.

What are Shenhe’s abilities?

Shenhe’s abilities haven’t been officially confirmed by miHoYo. miHoYo

Since miHoYo hasn’t officially revealed everything about Shenhe, all we can do is rely on leakers for information, such as Honey Hunter. Keep in mind, some of this could change before miHoYo officially reveals the character’s abilities.

Normal Attack: Dawnstar Shooter

  • Normal attack: Performs up to five consecutive spear strikes
  • Charged attack: Consumes a certain amount of Stamina to lunge forward and deal damage
  • Plunging attack: Plunges from mid-air to strike the ground below, damaging opponents along the path and dealing AoE damage upon impact

Elemental Skill: Spring Spirit Summoning

Shenhe’s Elemental Skill changes depending on whether you press or hold the attack button, but it always grants all party members with the Icy Quill effect:

  • Press: Rushes forward together with a Talisman Spirit, dealing Cryo damage to opponents along the path
  • Hold: Commands the Talisman Spirit to deal AoE Cryo damage

Icy Quil

When using Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attacks, Elemental Skills, and Elemental Bursts deal Cryo damage to opponents. The damage dealt is increased based on Shenhe’s current Attack.

The Icy Quill effect will clear once its duration ends or after a certain number of stacks are consumed. Holding rather than pressing grants a longer duration and more stacks generated.

When one Cryo damage instance strikes multiple opponents, stacks will be consumed based on the number of opponents hit. The Icy Quill effects and stacks on every party member will be counted independently.

Elemental Burst: Divine Maiden’s Deliverance

Unleashes the power of the Talisman Spirit, allowing it to roam free in this plane, dealing AoE Cryo damage. The Talisman Spirit then creates a field that decreases the Cryo RES and Physical RES of opponents within it. It also periodically deals Cryo Damage to all opponents within the field.

Passive Skills

Shenhe’s Passive Skills can help out the entire team, granting party members with temporary buffs.

  • Precise Comings and Goings: Gains 25 percent more rewards when dispatched on a Liyue Expedition that takes longer than 20 hours.
  • Deific Embrace: An active character within the field created by Divine Maiden’s Deliverance gains a 10 percent Cryo damage Bonus.
  • Spirit Communion Seal: After Shenhe uses Spring Spirit Summoning, she will grant all nearby party members the following effects. Press: Elemental Skill and Elemental Burst damage increased by 15 percent for 10s. Hold: Normal, Charged, and Plunging Attack damage increased by 15 percent for 15s. When either effect is active, activating either effect again will refresh the already-active effect’s duration.

Constellations

  • Clarity of Heart: Spring Spirit Summoning can be used 1 more time.
  • Centered Spirit: Divine Maiden’s Deliverance lasts for 6 seconds longer. Active characters within the skill’s field deal 15 percent increased Cryo CRIT damage.
  • Seclusion: Increases the Level of Spring Spirit Summoning by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Insight: When characters under the effect of Icy Quill applied by Shenhe trigger its damage Bonus effects, Shenhe will gain a Skyfrost Mantra stack. When Shenhe uses Spring Sprit Summoning, she will consume all stacks of Skyfrost Mantra, increasing the damage of that Spring Spirit Summoning by 5 percent for each stack consumed. Max 50 stacks. Stacks last for 60s.
  • Divine Attainment: Increases the Level of Divine Maiden’s Deliverance by 3. Maximum upgrade level is 15.
  • Mystical Abandon: When characters trigger Icy Quill’s effects using Normal and Charged Attack damage, no Icy Quill stacks will be used up.

Genshin Impact is available right now.

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