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(1) WaPo: Biden Advisors fear Infrastructure Investments may help White Working-Class Men(2) WaPo: Liberal economists urge Biden to fund child care rather than infrastructure(3) Russia Warns of Anti-White Racism, 'Aggression' against Whites in U.S.(4) Trump urges Boycott of Businesses That Promote Woke Cancel Culture(5) Economist: China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline(6) First US Ambassador to Visit Taiwan since 1979 calls It A "Country"(7) The woke warriors' war against boys - Frank Furedi(8) Big Tech is trying to silence women who speak out against Radical Feminism(9) Amazon allows paid ads for pro-LGBT books, but not for books critical of 'transgender craze'(10) Biden cabinet officials asked what steps they took to curb political violence in Portland(1) WashPo: Biden Advisors fear Infrastructure Investments may help White Working-Class Men MenahanApr. 01, 2021The Washington Post is reporting that "people close to the White House" expressed concerns that investing in "major physical infrastructure investments" may help the "White Working-Class male worker."Rather than focus on building bridges, roads and physical infrastructure, Biden's advisors instead told him to focus on "major caregiving investments," such as child care and public health care -- even if they don't "normally fall into [the] definition of infrastructure" -- because caregiving investments will disproportionately help "minorities and women." From The Washington Post, "White House dramatically increased tax proposal as it sought to address tensions over next big spending plan":Democrats may use the parliamentary procedure known as reconciliation to approve an infrastructure package with a narrow majority that would not require Republican votes, the same way they approved the coronavirus relief bill. Bill Hoagland, senior vice president at the Bipartisan Policy Center, citing conversations with Senate Democratic staffers, said: "The difficulty is all the advocacy groups have seen the possibility of using reconciliation to move their agendas [for] things that do not normally fall into definition of infrastructure -- child care; public health care. The moderates and the center will say, 'Wait a minute; let's deal with those through the normal appropriations process.'"Some people close to the White House said they feel that the emphasis on major physical infrastructure investments reflects a dated nostalgia for a kind of White Working-Class male worker. In private discussions with the White House National Economic Council, the Council of Economic Advisers and the Domestic Policy Council, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry urged the administration to follow through on its promise to approve major investments in the care economy.Henry said she reminded the White House of promises Biden had made in person to low-wage service workers -- disproportionately minorities and women who also helped elect him in the fall.On National Equal Pay Day, Council of Economic Advisers economists Cecilia Rouse and Heather Boushey talked at the White House media briefing about the need for major caregiving investments.On a private Zoom call earlier this month, economists Heidi Shierholz, Darrick Hamilton and Larry Katz presented Rouse, Boushey and other senior Biden officials with evidence that federal investments in care work would do more to generate jobs and economic growth than physical infrastructure, Shierholz said."We're up against a gender and racial bias that this work is not worth as much as the rubber, steel and auto work of the past century," Henry said. "The key job right now is we have to in the public imagination and in the congressional debate widen the lens, so that people understand that investment in caregiving is an investment in infrastructure."The $2 trillion infrastructure plan Biden unveiled on Wednesday spends less than 6 percent on roads and bridges.More money is spent on building "500,000 electric vehicle charging stations" and "electrify 20% of school buses and electrify the federal fleet" ($174 billion) than on modernizing bridges, highways, roads and upgrading air travel, airports, waterways and coastal ports ($157 billion).In contrast, $400 billion -- the single biggest chunk of the plan -- goes towards "caregiving" as his advisors requested.Follow InformationLiberation on Twitter, Facebook, Gab, Minds, Parler and Telegram.(2) WaPo: Liberal economists urge Biden to fund child care rather than infrastructure - Minorities rather than White Working Class men Mar 2021 19:50:40 UTCWhite House dramatically increased tax proposal as it sought to address tensions over next big spending planBiden aides see next major legislative effort as comparable to LBJ's Great Society but face divisions among key alliesBy Jeff SteinMarch 29, 2021 at 9:41 p.m. UTCWhen President Biden's team began putting together his infrastructure and jobs package this February, the White House National Economic Council circulated an internal proposal calling for about $3 trillion in new spending and $1 trillion in new tax hikes, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. ...The two-pronged package Biden will begin unveiling this week includes higher amounts of federal spending but also significantly more in new tax revenue — with possibly as much as $4 trillion in new spending and more than $3 trillion in tax increases, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe private dynamics. One person familiar with the matter said that the early infrastructure draft did not include every tax increase the White House was eventually considering including in its ultimate proposal, and that the administration believes the tax hikes can also advance its goal of reducing income inequality. ...Biden's "Build Back Better" agenda is ambitious in scope, aiming to confront global climate change, rebuild the nation's infrastructure, revive domestic manufacturing and transform U.S. child care, among other goals.The path toward crafting the legislation has exposed the White House to crosscutting demands from key allies. This account is based on interviews with seven senior administration officials involved in the effort, as well as more than a dozen congressional officials, labor leaders, activists and economists involved in the crafting of the package.One core tension is to what degree Democrats should emphasize investments in traditional physical infrastructure seen as more likely to garner GOP support — such as roads and bridges — rather than child care and other social spending that liberal economists increasingly have emphasized as critical to ensuring robust economic growth.It is unclear to what extent Biden has the political capital to do both. Already, the administration has decided to trim its sails somewhat and is not expected to make a child anti-poverty initiative permanent or embrace a plan from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to devote as much as $500 billion to push mass transit away from fossil fuels. ...But White House officials assembling the package also faced demands from key constituencies to not let the caregiving proposals be of secondary importance to more-traditional infrastructure investments.Some people close to the White House said they feel that the emphasis on major physical infrastructure investments reflects a dated nostalgia for a kind of White Working-Class male worker. In private discussions with the White House National Economic Council, the Council of Economic Advisers and the Domestic Policy Council, SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry urged the administration to follow through on its promise to approve major investments in the care economy.Henry said she reminded the White House of promises Biden had made in person to low-wage service workers — disproportionately minorities and women who also helped elect him in the fall. ...(3) Russia Warns of Anti-White Racism, 'Aggression' against Whites in U.S. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday warned that anti-white racism might be building in the United States and said that political correctness "taken to the extreme" would have lamentable consequences.In an interview with political scientists broadcast on national television, Moscow's top diplomat said Russia had long supported a worldwide trend that "everyone wants to get rid of racism.""We were pioneers of the movement promoting equal rights of people of any skin color," he said.But Lavrov stressed it was important "not to switch to the other extreme which we saw during the 'BLM' (Black Lives Matter) events and the aggression against white people, white U.S. citizens."Founded in the United States in 2013, Black Lives Matter is a movement which became a rallying cry after the killing by U.S. police of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, last May.The movement has led to a major debate about race, rights of people of color and the toppling of statues of figures linked to slavery or colonization in countries including the United States and the United Kingdom.Lavrov accused the United States of seeking to spread what he called "a cultural revolution" around the world."They have colossal possibilities for it," he said in the interview."Hollywood is now also changing its rules so that everything reflects the diversity of modern society," he said, calling that "a form of censorship.""I've seen Black people play in Shakespeare's comedies. Only I don't know when there will be a white Othello," Lavrov said."You see this is absurd. Political correctness taken to the point of absurdity will not end well."(4) Trump urges Boycott of Businesses That Promote Woke Cancel Culture Trump: Boycott Businesses That Promote Woke Cancel CultureOAN NewsroomUPDATED 12:23 PM PT – Sunday, April 4, 2021President Trump called on Republicans to fight fire with fire in the war against "woke cancel culture."In a statement issued on Saturday, the President encouraged the boycott of several companies, including the MLB, Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines.President Trump on the GA boycotts:"Boycott Major League Baseball, Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, JPMorgan Chase, ViacomCBS, Citigroup, Cisco, UPS, and Merck. Don't go back to their products until they relent. We can play the game better than them."FULL STATEMENT:— Natalie Harp (@NatalieJHarp) April 3, 2021This came in response for calls to boycott Georgia and their businesses over the outcry against a recently passed voting rights law.The President urged his supporters not to give up in the fight against socialism, saying the radical left will destroy America "if we let them."(5) Economist: China is betting that the West is in irreversible decline is betting that the West is in irreversible declineThe country's leaders see their moment, and are seizing itApr 3rd 2021 editionIts gaze fixed on the prize of becoming rich and strong, China has spent the past 40 years as a risk-averse bully. Quick to inflict pain on smaller powers, it has been more cautious around any country capable of punching back. Recently, however, China's risk calculations have seemed to change. First Yang Jiechi, the Communist Party's foreign-policy chief, lectured American diplomats at a bilateral meeting in Alaska, pointing out the failings of American democracy. That earned him hero status back home. Then China imposed sanctions on British, Canadian and European Union politicians, diplomats, academics, lawyers and democracy campaigners. Those sweeping curbs were in retaliation for narrower Western sanctions targeting officials accused of repressing Muslims in the north-western region of Xinjiang.China's foreign ministry declares that horrors such as the Atlantic slave trade, colonialism and the Holocaust, as well as the deaths of so many Americans and Europeans from covid-19, should make Western governments ashamed to question China's record on human rights. Most recently Chinese diplomats and propagandists have denounced as "lies and disinformation" reports that coerced labour is used to pick or process cotton in Xinjiang. They have praised fellow citizens for boycotting foreign brands that decline to use cotton from that region. Still others have sought to prove their zeal by hurling Maoist-era abuse. A Chinese consul-general tweeted that Canada's prime minister was "a running dog of the us".Such performance-nationalism is watched by Western diplomats in Beijing with dismay. Envoys have been summoned for late-night scoldings by Chinese officials, to be informed that this is not the China of 120 years ago when foreign armies and gunboats forced the country's last, tottering imperial dynasty to open the country wider to outsiders. Some diplomats talk of living through a turning-point in Chinese foreign policy. History buffs debate whether the moment more closely resembles the rise of an angry, revisionist Japan in the 1930s, or that of Germany when steely ambition led it to war in 1914. A veteran diplomat bleakly suggests that China's rulers view the West as ill-disciplined, weak and venal, and are seeking to bring it to heel, like a dog.In Washington and other capitals it is not hard to hear voices suggesting that China is making rash, clumsy mistakes. Surely China sees that it is souring public opinion across the West, they murmur. There is puzzlement about how China now views its recent draft accord with the European Union, the Comprehensive Investment Agreement, which it had appeared so eager to conclude. That pact's ratification by the European Parliament is now on ice, and possibly entombed in permafrost, as a result of China's sanctions on several Euro-legislators.In reality Chinese leaders, if their own words and writings are any guide, think that assertiveness is rational. First, they believe that China has numbers on its side as a world order emerges in which developing countries demand, and are accorded, more sway. At the UN most member states reliably support China, as an irreplaceable source of loans, infrastructure and affordable technology, including surveillance kit for nervous autocracies. Second, China is increasingly sure that America is in long-term, irreversible decline, even if other Western countries are too arrogant and racist to accept that "the East is rising, and the West is in decline", as Chinese leaders put it. China is now applying calculated doses of pain to shock Westerners into realising that the old, American-led order is ending.China's rulers are majoritarians. Their hold on power involves convincing most citizens that prosperity, security and national strength require iron-fisted, one-party rule. They unblushingly put the interests of the many over those of the few, whether those individuals are farmers evicted to build a dam, ethnic minorities re-educated to become biddable workers, or dissenters who must be silenced. China is a hard challenge for liberal democrats precisely because its tyranny in the name of the majority is backed by lots of Chinese, albeit at a terrible cost to outliers and minorities. Today, Chinese ideas about global governance sound like a majoritarian world order. Ruan Zongze, a scholar at the foreign ministry's Xi Jinping Diplomatic Research Centre, explained the official line in a press briefing. He denied that China wanted to export its values. But he outlined a vision of multilateralism-by-majority that—by according no special legitimacy to liberal norms—would be a safe haven for Chinese autocracy. Mr Ruan scorned governments that "use the pretext of democracy to form alliances". He called that "fake multilateralism", adding that developing countries need not endure finger-pointing from a West that does not speak for the world. As engines of global growth, China and other emerging economies should have a bigger say, he declared. "Those who represent future trends should be the leading force."The majority of the tyrannies As one European diplomat sees it, at least part of China's establishment is convinced that the liberal order established after 1945—built around universal human rights, norms and rules that bind the strong and weak alike—is an obstacle to China's rise. Such revisionists are "convinced that China will not achieve its goals if it plays by the rules", he says.Diplomats describe a China that is hubristic and paranoid. They say some Chinese officials are convinced that the EU will soon drop its Xinjiang-related sanctions, because Europe cannot recover from the pandemic without Chinese growth. Other Chinese officials worry that their country is making too many enemies, and tell diplomats as much. Alas, they are outnumbered by those who blame China's unpopularity on Western resentment of Chinese success. China's rulers are duly preparing for a protracted struggle. The risks are clear, both for China and the West. ?This article appeared in the China section of the print edition under the headline "China sees its moment"(6) First US Ambassador to Visit Taiwan since 1979 calls It A "Country" Furious As 1st US Ambassador To Visit Taiwan Since 1979 Calls It A "Country"BY TYLER DURDENTUESDAY, MAR 30, 2021 - 11:14 AMDespite repeat warnings out of Beijing for Washington to stop "playing with fire" in its support to pro-democracy and independence forces in Taiwan, on Monday into Tuesday a US ambassador visited the island, marking the first time an American ambassador made an official visit to Taiwan in 42 years.Palau John Hennessey-Niland is the ambassador to the tiny country of Palau, an archipelago of over 500 islands in the Micronesia region in the western Pacific Ocean. The country is among 15 nations that formally recognize Taiwan over China. Amb. Hennessey-Niland accompanied a delegation led by Palaun President Surangel Whipps Jr. to Taipei early this week.As Reuters underscores, he's now "the first US ambassador to visit Taiwan in an official capacity since former President Jimmy Carter cut ties with Taipei in favor of Beijing in 1979."And Reuters noted further:Whipps said the ambassador - who did not take questions from reporters - was there to demonstrate a shared commitment to democracy and freedom in the region."As a small nation we can easily be infiltrated and we depend on our partners to protect us and give us security," Whipps said.On the very same day (Monday), China's air force sent another ten military aircraft to breach Taiwan's air defense identification zone, coming days after Friday's "largest ever" such incursion involving 20 aircraft.China's foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian lashed out when asked about the US ambassador's visit Monday, saying, "I want to stress that the one China principle is a universally recognized norm for international relations and a common consensus recognized, accepted and practiced by the vast majority of countries in the world."What a triumvirate! Minister Wu, President Whipps & Amb. Hennessey-Niland are as one when it comes to trilateral cooperation. #Taiwan????, #Palau???? & the #US???? are forces for good working together in promoting peace, security & prosperity in the #IndoPacific & around the world.— ??? Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) ???? (@MOFA_Taiwan) March 29, 2021He again laid down China's "red line"...The US must "fully recognize that the Taiwan question is highly sensitive, and that it should abide by the one China principle and the three China-US joint communiques," the spokesman said."It must stop any official interaction with Taiwan, refrain from sending any wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces, stop any attempt to cross the bottom line, and properly handle Taiwan-related issues with prudence, lest it should damage China-US relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait," Zhao stressed.Flailing Empire lashes out yet again with no strategy whatsoever. Popcorn out, waiting for China to pull a "Crimea" on Washington.— Sharmine Narwani (@snarwani) March 30, 2021Apparently undeterred, on Tuesday Hennessey-Niland was actually cited in regional media as provocatively referring to Taiwan as a recognized country."I know that here in Taiwan people describe the relationship between the United States and Taiwan as real friends, real progress and I believe that description applies to the three countries — the United States, Taiwan and Palau," he was cited in Reuters and AFP as saying.Should such language become the "norm" at the State Department under the Biden administration, this is certain to set the US and China on a collision course in the region at a much faster rate of unraveling than previously thought was likely.(7) The woke warriors' war against boys - Frank Furedi war against boys: Trying to tame all young men by 'educating' their 'toxic masculinity' out of them is the wrong approachFrank Furedi29 Mar, 2021 14:03The hysteria generated over a small minority of badly behaved, violent boys has gone too far. Teaching them 'gender neutrality' and to resist 'macho, heterosexual' maleness is not the answer.Fake news about men is making the rounds and at times it seems that young boys have become the target of a veritable crusade designed to tame them. Since the eruption of anxiety about a supposed rape culture afflicting British schools, the mantra of 'Educate Your Sons' is constantly echoed by politicians, campaigners and media influencers.Leading the way is Police Minster Kit Malthouse, who declared that schools should teach boys how to treat girls and women with respect. Numerous commentaries in newspapers and on websites, with titles like: "Schools are the best place to educate boys about how to respect women," echo a sense of urgency about what they present as a national crisis.Unfortunately, the demand 'Educate Your Sons' is closely linked to the understandable outrage surrounding the murder of Sarah Everard and a media focus on the apparent rape culture haunting schools. In these circumstances, the moral status of boys has been called into question and the insinuation that they are all potential abusers is frequently conveyed.READ MOREIn 2020, schools became the woke warriors' latest battleground as indoctrination replaced educationIn 2020, schools became the woke warriors' latest battleground as indoctrination replaced educationNow and again, there are lone warnings about demonising boys, and one mother reported that she was horrified when her young son came home from school and stated, "Mum, some of the girls are saying 70 per cent of men are rapists."However, media personality Davina McCall faced a veritable backlash when she dared to say that calling all men dangerous was "Bad for our sons, brothers and partners." It seems that influential sections of British society have lost the capacity to make a distinction between a small minority of badly behaved, aggressive and violent boys and the conduct of the vast majority of young men.Of course, all children need to be educated in the principles of civilised behaviour and about the need to respect others. But unfortunately, at the moment, the kind of education many wish to inflict on boys constitutes a one-dimensional attempt to tame them and socialise them to adopt gender neutral behaviour.Often the advocacy of teaching boys about respect and consent turns into an attempt to eradicate some of their boyish attitudes and behaviour. One commentator in the Mirror justifies her argument for the need for schools to teach boys about respect on the ground that it provides a great opportunity for promoting gender neutral attitudes. She complained that despite her best efforts, her 5-year-old son "still tells me there are colours that only girls wear, or jobs that only boys and not girls can do." She adds that, "I don't know where he gets this from and I pick him up on it, but it would be even better to have the support of the education system to back this up."It requires a major jump in logic to imagine that the musings of a 5-year-old on the colour preferences of girls represents a marker for disrespecting women later on in life. Indeed, this 5-year-old ought to be praised for noticing that in the real-world, young girls do have colour preferences that are different to boys. However, from the standpoint of the current fashion for perceiving all boys as the carriers of toxic masculinity, logic and objectivity gives way to hysteria.At times, it appears that the campaign to 'educate' boys is motivated by the impulse of not simply targeting masculinity, but also what used to be perceived as normal heterosexual behaviour. In their essay entitled 'Why misogyny needs to be tackled in education from primary school', two academics argue for the need to tackle 'gender-based behaviour' which they perceive as inherently damaging to all.The focus of their concern is that of gender identity in general and of boyish identity in particular. They observe that "boys in the UK build their sense of masculinity in direct relation to the dominant 'macho' heterosexual ideal of what it means to be man." From this perspective, the job of schools is to prevent young boys from embracing 'dominant' and heterosexual ideals.ALSO ON RT.COM'They're silencing women who don't agree with radical feminism' – author who claims book was censored by Facebook tells RTThat macho, over-the-top masculinity possesses many grotesque and unattractive features is not in doubt. But such forms of destructive behaviour are no more an inherent affliction of maleness than the fluttering of eyelids and constant giggling of female behaviour. If there is a problem in school behaviour, it has little to do with boys being boys.The real problem facing society is that the adult world has lost the capacity to socialise young people through setting an example of what polite, sensitive and respectful behaviour looks like. Children are far more likely to learn their values from TikTok and Instagram than from their teachers, parents and the community of adults.What boys need is not to be trained out of heterosexual ideals but to be educated in the norms and values associated with a good society. Instead of looking for the technical quick fix of a consent workshop, they need to be educated to understand what right and wrong and good and evil look like.The solution lies in the domain of morality rather than with the fad of gender neutrality.(8) Big Tech is trying to silence women who speak out against Radical Feminism'They're silencing women who don't agree with radical feminism' – author who claims book was censored by Facebook tells RT9 Feb, 2021 13:47Big Tech is trying to silence women who speak out against radical feminism, author Carrie Gress told RT, after a Catholic store claimed that Facebook had taken down ads for her book on 'toxic femininity'.A Catholic gift store, Guadalupe Gifts, said it was told by Facebook that it could not sell Gress's book on its platform because the item did not comply with the social network's "commerce policies.""The book's been out for two years, so to get that kind of response at this point seems a bit ridiculous," Gress told RT.In a late January email to the store, cited by the news website The College Fix, Facebook said: "Listings may not promote the buying, selling, or use of adults products."The store said it received no further clarification from Facebook as of February 3. Facebook has not commented on the situation. Gress claimed that the ads for her book were also removed from Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.Speaking to RT, Gress said it was "a gross mischaracterization" to put the adult-content label on her 2019 book, 'The Anti-Mary Exposed: Rescuing The Culture From Toxic Femininity.' She explained that her book juxtaposes the virtues and the role model of the Virgin Mary with modern "radical feminism.""They realize that a lot of things that they're touting are not true and are not real. And they're trying to hide a lot of what competes with their narrative. That's certainly what my book did," she said about Big Tech.ALSO ON RT.COMThere is a major split in the LGBTQ community between the letter L and the letter TGress, who teaches at the Catholic Pontifex University and had co-founded an online women's magazine called 'Theology of Home,' said that she had noticed "a pattern" of removing ads for Christian books from Facebook and Amazon."Of course, we hear all the time about how awful toxic masculinity is. We don't hear anything about women. Women are sort of beyond reproach in our culture. I think that is what has triggered a lot of this," she said.There's no small irony that the whole book – the first half of it at least – is really describing the way women like me, and so many women who don't agree with radical feminism, are being silenced."We really need to start finding new ways to build things that can compete with Big Tech," Gress said.The National Catholic Register newspaper, which investigated the case and had spoken with the owner of Guadalupe Gifts, reported that there was no clear indication of "actual" censorship. The paper suggested that the book may have been misidentified by the algorithms at some point.ALSO ON RT.COM'Cancel culture despises diversity of opinion': Publisher says Amazon suspended paid ads for new book on 'transgender craze'At the same time, the paper said that the option to buy Gress's book on Amazon was temporarily removed – just when conservatives rushed to buy it amid the rumors of censorship, ultimately propelling the item up Amazon's best-seller rankings.Conservatives have long been accusing the tech giants like Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Google of silencing their voices and ideas, and have argued that the major social media platforms are biased against them.Last year, Amazon reportedly suspended paid ads for a book by journalist Abigail Shrier that explored gender dysphoria and transgenderism in young girls.(9) Amazon allows paid ads for pro-LGBT books, but not for books critical of 'transgender craze''Cancel culture despises diversity of opinion': Publisher says Amazon suspended paid ads for new book on 'transgender craze'21 Jun, 2020 15:07 / Updated 9 months agoThe burgeoning 'cancel culture' has forced Amazon to ax an ad campaign for a book by a Wall Street Journal author which is critical of liberal views on transgender identity, its publishing company has said.Regnery Publishing said that Jeff Bezos' company suspended their paid ad for the book 'Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters' by Wall Street Journal writer Abigail Shrier.If you search "transgender" in the books category on the Amazon app right now, you will see a paid ad for LGBT pride month from a prominent publisher and a paid ad for a chest binder. Amazon has told us we are not even allowed to bid on that ad space for "Irreversible Damage."— Regnery Publishing (@Regnery) June 21, 2020According to the author, the book explores the idea that "trans-identification has become a peer contagion among teen girls."The ad was removed as it "may not be appropriate for all audiences," because the ad or the book itself claims to "diagnose, treat, or question sexual orientation," Fox News reported, citing an email from Amazon's Advertising Support department to Regnery.Amazon just blocked my publisher from advertising my book, IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE. Apparently, you're allowed to promote gender ideology; you're just not allowed to question it.— Abigail Shrier (@AbigailShrier) June 21, 2020The publisher claims the ad contained only a photo of the cover, which features a drawing of a young girl with a hole in her abdomen. The book itself is still available for purchase on Amazon's website.Regnery described the situation as a fresh example of so-called 'cancel culture', a social movement to silence public figures and hide the products that certain groups find offensive.The cancel culture has made it clear that it despises diversity of opinion, and it will not tolerate science, data, facts, or anything that contradicts the approved narrative.Amazon did not comment on Regnery's allegations.The e-commerce giant has already been criticized in the past for removing books it deems controversial from its website.(10) Biden cabinet officials asked what steps they took to curb political violence in Portland Jordan: Biden's DHS, DOJ Must Explain If They Did Anything To Curb Far-Left Antifa Terror In PortlandOAN NewsroomUPDATED 6:32 AM PT – Tuesday, March 30, 2021Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has demanded an explanation from Biden cabinet officials on whether they took any steps to curb political violence in Portland, Oregon.On Monday, the Republican lawmaker sent letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) chief Alejandro Mayorkas asking if they are doing anything to restore the rule of law in Portland. The congressman noted the city is heavily involved in far-left violence by Antifa and Black Lives Matter who also threaten federal buildings.Earlier this month, Antifa rioters set fires and smashed windows inside the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. Officers with the Federal Protective Service, who were deployed to the city by the Trump administration during the height of the violence last year, eventually managed to restore "normalcy."#Oregon | Federal officers on Thursday repeatedly drove demonstrators away from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in downtown #Portland in response to fires and damage to the building.— Atlantide (@Atlantide4world) March 12, 2021For many, however, that normalcy means living in constant fear seeing how Antifa networks have been undeterred by any attempts by law enforcement to mitigate their violence and have now begun turning on journalists trying to lift the veil on their "riot apparatus."Jordan cited testimony by reporter Andy Ngo who had to flee his native Portland for the U.K. due to Antifa threats against him. Ngo pointed out that Antifa is well-funded and organized. Additionally, he noted that Joe Biden's inaction speaks for itself.I went on @SkyNewsAust to discuss how #Antifa extremists have forced me to flee Portland, Ore. following months & months of continued death threats & visits to my family's home. I report all the threats to law enforcement but nothing happens. Full:— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 24, 2021Congressman Jordan said Garland and Mayorkas have until April 12 to respond to his requests and provide evidence of their efforts, if any, to curb the Antifa terror. Meanwhile, violent riots in Portland have continued.