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Affirmative Action Reaches Airlines: United Plans for Half of Trainees to be Women and People of Color by 2030

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Affirmative action has played out in many industries for decades, but a new announcement from United Airlines has skeptics concerned that the theoretically noble idea has gone too far, and lives may be at risk. CBS News reports United Airlines is introducing a new plan to train 5,000 pilots by 2030.

“The airline, which is the only major one in the U.S. to own a flight school, says at least half of those trainees will be women or people of color” reports CBS. Is the airline industry really where we want to be sensitive to diversity?

According to CBS News, “across the American airline industry, less than 6% of all pilots and flight engineers are women. Only about 10% of them are Black, Asian, Hispanic or Latino Americans.” According to United CEO Scott Kirby, minorities “simply don’t have the access or the opportunity.”

Among United Airlines’ pilots, just 7% are women and roughly 13% are people of color. “We’re excited at United to be announcing the United Aviate Academy to address the structural issues with the makeup of our pilots” said Kirby.

CBS News reports on average, flight training costs around $100,000. United’s Aviate Academy will focus on enrolling underrepresented groups, and will allow potential trainees to apply for both partial and full scholarships.

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Tim Scott Slams Biden For Executive Order Stealing From His Police Reform Bill

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On Wednesday evening, Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) slammed President Biden for apparently stealing key pieces of Scott’s police reform bill, the JUSTICE Act, which stalled in the Senate in 2020 over opposition from Democrats.

“After the radical ‘defund the police’ movement helped create the current crime wave, President Biden is pursuing a partisan approach to many of the exact same policy solutions I proposed in the JUSTICE Act just two years ago. The fact is Democrats used a filibuster they call racist to block my reforms that they’re now embracing,” Scott said in a statement.

“While my proposal added funding to help local law enforcement comply with higher standards, the Democrats’ proposal sets departments up for failure by issuing unfunded federal mandates,” he added. “Making it harder for police to do their jobs to the best of their ability should be a nonstarter, yet that’s exactly what the Biden plan does. I’m disappointed that the president who campaigned on unity has once again fallen into the trap of divisive politics.”

Among many other similarities between the JUSTICE Act and Biden’s executive order, they both would have created a database for law enforcement officer misconduct, created a database for use-of-force by officers, and banned chokeholds.

President Biden has a long history of presenting other people’s work as his own. When Biden was a student at Syracuse Law School in 1965, he plagiarized 5-pages from a law review journal. During his first failed presidential campaign in 1988, Biden repeatedly plagiarized from speeches by multiple politicians. Even Biden’s “Build Back Better” slogan was stolen from a United Nations initiative.

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Beto O’Rourke Interrupts Greg Abbott Press Conference On Texas Shooting

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Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, a Democrat candidate for Texas governor, interrupted a press conference led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and needed to be escorted out by law enforcement as Abbott mourned the deaths of nearly two dozen children and teachers who were killed by a school shooter the day before.

Abbott began the press conference by detailing what was known about the shooter who opened fire at Robb Elementary and killed at least 19 children and 2 teachers before being killed by law enforcement.

O’Rourke then approached the stage where Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Ted Cruz and others were standing.

“The time to stop the next shooting is right now and you are doing nothing. You are offering us nothing,” O’Rourke said. “This is totally predictable when you choose not to do anything.”

Cruz told O’Rourke to “sit down and don’t play this stuff.”

“Please get his a** outta here,” a man on stage told law enforcement.

“Sir, you are out of line. Please leave this auditorium” a man yelled to O’Rourke. “I can’t believe. You’re a sick son of a b****, you would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”

O’Rourke continued to yell back at those on the stage and was forced to be escorted out by law enforcement.

“There are family members crying as we speak. There are family members whose hearts are broken. There’s no words that anybody shouting can come up here and do anything to heal those broken hearts. Every Texan, every American has a responsibility,” Abbott said after O’Rourke’s interruption. “We need to focus not on ourselves and our agendas, we need to focus on the healing and hope that we can provide to those who have suffered unconscionable damage to their lives and loss of lives.”

“Some physical wounds that were sustained by the officers, they’re going to heal in the coming days. The mental and emotional wounds are far harder to see, and last far longer. The state of Texas working with federal and local officials in agencies, we’re going to be here for a long, long time,” Abbott added. “And one key point that we will focus on is making sure that everybody in this community has the access they need – for as long as they need it – to address the mental and emotional healthcare needs that they have.”

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