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No Nonsense Rittenhouse Judge Slams Media; Huber’s Dad Flips Him Off

Bruce Schroeder, the no-nonsense Kenosha County judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, didn’t mince words when he denied the prosecution’s request to issue an arrest warrant and increase Rittenhouse’s $2 million bail. Schroeder slammed the news media for false reporting, stopped the prosecutor from bringing up recent protests, said the DA’s office was asking him to violate the law in its motion, and allowed Rittenhouse’s address to remain under seal for his own safety, citing the riots that left damage to his own courtroom.

When the judge announced he was denying the motions, John Huber, the father of Anthony Huber, who was shot and killed by Rittenhouse while hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard, flipped the judge off. Schroeder didn’t appear to notice.

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Huber’s dad is in yellow on right.

Here’s a short clip of Huber flipping the bird.

The judge soundly rejected attorney Kimberley Motley’s attempt to inject a racial argument into the case, telling her firmly that he doesn’t make decisions based on race.

Schroeder turned down Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger’s request for an arrest warrant in the case because, he said, the DA was asking him to do something that’s against the law. Binger would have to show that Rittenhouse has committed a new serious crime and hasn’t, said the judge.

Watch the hearing here:

Binger wanted the sanctions – the warrant and a $200,000 bail increase – because Rittenhouse failed to update his Antioch, Illinois, address with the court; a court notice was returned to sender. But the judge said that Binger indicated that he knew Rittenhouse was not at that address back at his initial appearance and was likely living in a “safe house” for his own protection even back then. Thus, the judge questioned why it was suddenly a huge problem now, saying that many defendants fail to update their addresses with the court, and warrants are never issued for their arrest.

“You knew this at the time of the initial appearance,” said Schroeder. At another point, he said, “He was not put under condition of living at a specific address. That could have been done. The district attorney was aware of what he now refers to as flying the coop. There’s no change in circumstance there.”

The judge agreed Rittenhouse was in violation of that provision on updating the address but didn’t deem it serious enough to take punitive action. Just because the court tries to keep track of defendants’ addresses for the purpose of mailing them notices doesn’t mean that there’s a “restriction on place of abode,” he said. Schroeder said a restriction of where Rittenhouse can live could have been requested by the DA’s office at the initial appearance – but wasn’t.

On the warrant, he said, “I do not believe it’s possible to issue a warrant. I don’t think that would be lawful, no matter what feelings anyone has. I took an oath.” He disagreed with Binger’s statement that bail is a privilege, calling it a “right in the Constitution.”

Binger admitted he was not alleging such. “I am asking the court to increase the bond, however,” he added. Binger acknowledged that there is not the clear and convincing evidence necessary to seek bail revocation.

The judge did require that Rittenhouse submit his exact address – not a PO Box – to the court, but it will remain under seal. The judge refused to give the address to the DA’s office. He said he wanted to keep the case under seal to prevent additional violence, describing what happened in Kenosha as “ghastly.”

He said the number of defendants who fail to update their address with the court is 10% or maybe significantly more. “I’ve never jailed those people and never heard of another judge jailing those people,” said Schroeder.

As for why he was putting Rittenhouse’s address under seal, the judge said, “After what this town has been through in the last six months, I don’t want any more problems. The police don’t need any more problems; we don’t need people’s safety in jeopardy…” He told Binger the DA’s office couldn’t have the address because “I think the less of this the safer everybody is, you remember what went on six months ago here. I’ve got two broken windows here in this courtroom, doors still covered with plywood, there’s millions of dollars in damage in the community.” The only people authorized to get the address are the court and the Sheriff’s Department, which must keep it secret.

Schroeder added, “I don’t want anything to kindle further violence.” Binger retorted that he hoped the judge was “not suggesting that sharing this information with our office would lead to further violence. Our obligation is to monitor the defendant’s bail conditions.”

Binger stated earlier in the hearing that there was a protest of people in the community asking the DA’s office to revoke Rittenhouse’s bond, again provoking the judge’s scorn.

“No, no, I don’t want to hear about protests,” the judge snapped, growing testy. He said he didn’t want to deal with media reports that are inaccurate. “There were some very careless reports in the paper the other day after I issued the restriction on associations,” he said. “The media nationwide portrayed it that I had prohibited the defendant from associating with white supremacist groups. There is nothing in the order about that. It would certainly be encompassed within what I ordered but it was not limited. There was a report the other day that locally, that said you (the prosecutor) had issued a warrant for the defendant’s arrest. I think that’s what it said…” There was not a warrant issued.

Schroeder continued, “Look I want to have a fair trial in this case, and I want everybody …to act in a way that maximizes the possibility of fairness in this case, fairness to everybody who is involved. This case is not going to be decided by demonstrators of one type or the other; frankly, it’s not going to affect anything I do. I don’t want to whip stuff up so it affects a fair trial in this case, to decide it strictly on the evidence. I don’t want to hear about a demonstration last weekend okay because if we do that tomorrow we will have a demonstration by people who do things differently.”

The judge also repeatedly admonished all parties to not refer to anyone as a “victim” in the case because it’s pending. He said that’s a longstanding practice he’s used for years.

Motley is representing Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm by Rittenhouse, and the estate of Joseph Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum is the convicted child molester who was shot and killed first by Rittenhouse as Rosenbaum charged toward Rittenhouse (see our past reporting from an eye witness who believes Rosenbaum was chasing Rittenhouse in an aggressive and predatory fashion). Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that he acted in self defense when shooting the two men and Anthony Huber, who was rushing toward Rittenhouse and struck him with a skateboard when shot. Grosskreutz was moving toward Rittenhouse with a gun in hand when he was shot in the arm. The district attorney, however, hit Rittenhouse with homicide counts. Grosskreutz and Huber’s father were present in court during the Zoom hearing.

At one point, Rittenhouse’s lawyer mentioned that Grosskreutz’s address is sealed in a Milwaukee court case he’s facing in an attempt to get the judge to seal Rittenhouse’s address. The judge said he didn’t want to hear about unrelated court cases (Grosskreutz was charged with a second-offense drunk driving misdemeanor in July out of West Allis).

Binger said that it was a “very unusual situation to have someone facing these types of charges released from custody.” According to Binger, Rittenhouse violated an order to update his address within 48 hours. The prosecutor said when he said at the initial appearance that he didn’t necessarily think Rittenhouse was living at the Antioch address, he thought the family was “continuing to maintain residence. I didn’t know they moved out entirely.” He called it an “unusual and dangerous situation” to not know Rittenhouse’s exact address. He argued that the “defendant has no stake in that bond” that was posted because the money was donated.

“The defendant needs to be kept on a very short lease,” said Binger.

Binger expressed concern about the safety of the people now living at the home

John Huber, the father of Anthony Huber, made an emotional statement in court.

“From the beginning from the moment he became a killer he thought he was above the law,” he alleged of Rittenhouse. “He has no remorse for what he’s done; he’s enjoying this media circus and support from these hate groups and militia members who have posted his bond.” He wanted Rittenhouse remanded into custody and his bond set at $4 million, saying, “We lost a son. His mom and I lost our son. How would you feel if the killer of your son is just able to walk free and make videos in bars and live it up. Whatever the statutes are they must be wrong. This guy can go and do whatever.”

Grosskreutz agreed with Huber, saying Rittenhouse showed “a pattern of lack of remorse.”

Motley asked for the same, saying she was “very disturbed by his behavior.” She also requested electronic monitoring and for Rittenhouse’s passport to be surrendered, which the judge did not grant. Motley raised another case in which a “male of color” in a double homicide received $2.5 million bond.

Schroeder responded that he was “not going to decide this case or any other on the basis of anyone’s skin” and launched into a lengthy legal history lesson.

“I don’t know anything about that other case, I don’t know who the judge was, I didn’t set this bond or that bond; I’m not going to comment at all on that,” he said. The Rittenhouse bond amount was set by another judge.

“He appears to be living it up, going to bars, throwing up white domestic terrorist white supremacist signs while wearing inappropriate attire chugging down three beers,” she said.

Rittenhouse’s lawyer Mark Richards said that Rittenhouse is not running and he was not hiding; he said that Binger “knew from the beginning that he was not at Antioch.” He agreed to provide the court with Rittenhouse’s physical address under seal.

He said Rittenhouse has made all his court appearances, including one after the notice letter was returned to sender. He said he, the attorney, should have been more diligent about giving the court a forwarding address. He said Rittenhouse has received threats, adding, “All it takes is one crackpot, and there’s a problem.”

He noted that Rittenhouse is not going to run; “my client will appear. He looks forward to litigating. We have nothing to fear. The truth will set my client free.”

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(The Center Square) – The stock market came back from a midday drop on Friday, the day ending with the S&P 500 Index 18.6% below the record high set in early January.

A bear market would have begun if the decline reached 20%.

The stock market tumble is a continuation from declines earlier this week, a week that saw record high gas prices continue to rise. Other contributing factors in the index most closely associated with workers 401(k) accounts are rising interest rates, inflation, the war in Ukraine and China's economy.

“Since 1928, the S&P 500 has had 1 bear market every 4 years on average,” Charlie Bilello, founder of Compound Capital Advisors, wrote on Twitter. “With the S&P down 20% from its peak in January, this is now the 3rd bear market we've experienced in less than 4 years.”

New polling shows the majority of Americans expect a recession as energy prices and inflation continue to soar. Quinnipiac University released new polling this week that showed most Americans are pessimistic about the nation’s economic future.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans (85 percent) think it is either very likely (45 percent) or somewhat likely (40 percent) that there will be an economic recession in the next year, while 12 percent think it is either not so likely (8 percent) or not likely at all (4 percent),” the poll said.

Overall, Americans did not think the economy was doing well before the stock market declines this week.

“Roughly 1 in 5 Americans (19 percent) say the state of the nation's economy these days is either excellent (2 percent) or good (17 percent), while 4 in 5 Americans (80 percent) say it's either not so good (34 percent) or poor (46 percent),” the poll reported. “This is Americans' most negative description of the state of the nation's economy in a Quinnipiac University poll since President Biden took office.”

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(The Center Square) – It’s been two weeks and there’s still no word on who leaked the U.S. Supreme Court draft brief indicating that the court was set to overturn Roe V. Wade and returning the issue of abortion back to the states.

At a recent event in Dallas, Texas, hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution, and the Manhattan Institute, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke about the leak and his concern for the rule of law and credibility of the court.

A roughly 8-minute clip of his talk was published by C-SPAN, in which he said, “I think we are in danger of destroying the institutions that are required for a free society. You can’t have a civil society, a free society without a stable legal system.

“You can’t have one without stability in things like property or interpretation and impartial judiciary. I’ve been in this business long enough to know just how fragile it is.”

Prior to the draft opinion being leaked this year, Thomas said it was impossible to think that even one line of one opinion would be leaked by anyone.

“No one would ever do that,” he said. “There’s such a belief in the rule of law, belief in the court, belief in what we were doing, that that was beyond anyone’s understanding or at least anyone's imagination, that someone would do that.”

Now, “look where we are,” he said. “That trust and belief is gone forever. When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally. You begin to look over your shoulder. It's like kind of an infidelity, that you can explain it, but you can't undo it.”

New York University professor Melissa Murray holds a similar sentiment. She told the New York Times last week that the leak “violates the omertà that traditionally has shrouded the court’s deliberations. To the public, this not only looks like the kind of maneuvering that we’ve come to expect from politicians, it also strips the court of the mystique it has generally enjoyed.”

Meanwhile, Chief Justice John Roberts’ reputation is also at stake. He has a lot riding on whether or not the leaker is identified and punished, Dan McLaughlin at National Review Online notes.

“John Roberts’s Court is at stake here,” he argues. “If decisions can be leaked in draft form with impunity in order to influence their outcomes, this will become a regular feature of high-profile cases, placing the Court under even worse pressures and threats than already exist.”

The Supreme Court isn’t the only institution that’s changing, Thomas said. Universities, colleges, law schools have all changed over the last few decades. Today, the climate on most campuses doesn’t allow for peaceful debate of differing views, instead policies of censorship are creating a “chilling effect” on speech.

He recently met with students attending the University of Georgia, where he said students expressed that they can’t publicly affirm pro-life or traditional family views because of the climate on campus.

At Yale Law School, his alma mater, students could once freely speak about anything, “it was anything goes, you do your thing I do my thing,” he said. Now. there’s censorship, he said.

"I wonder how long we're going to have these institutions at the rate we're undermining them,” Thomas said. “And then I wonder when they're gone or they are destabilized, what we'll have as a country – and I don't think that the prospects are good if we continue to lose them."

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(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden's Department of Homeland Security "Disinformation Governance Board" has been put on hold after quickly falling into controversy, according to media reports.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported a pause for the board, which DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas announced at a Congressional hearing last month.

Mayorkas told lawmakers the board would use federal law enforcement power to address disinformation. He gave the examples of bad information given to migrants as well as Russian disinformation.

"The goal is to bring the resources of (DHS) together to address this threat," he said before Congress in April.

Soon after, videos emerged online showing the woman tapped to lead the board, Nina Jankowicz, making a series of controversial comments. News outlets reported her resignation Wednesday.

Critics also raised concerns about how such a board could be used to silence free speech. Several lawmakers took issue with the board.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a video on Twitter saying the “Soviet-style censorship agency” is evidence “the Marxist left are coming after your most basic constitutional rights.

“A lot of people don’t know this, but the Department of Homeland Security just set up a new office that’s going to be a speech police,” Rubio said after the board was announced. "They’re basically going to be focused on misinformation … so instead of the Department of Homeland Security focused on stopping drugs from coming into America or securing the border, stopping illegal immigration, they’re not going to be focused on that. They’re focused on policing speech, on making sure that people cannot share information or say things that they decide is misinformation."

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Stocks Tank After Target & Walmart Earnings Plummet Because of Rising Fuel Costs, Inflation

(The Center Square) – Stocks tanked Wednesday after major retailers’ earnings reports were down significantly because of inflation, sparking a selling frenzy. Wall Street closed with the largest drop in one day since March 2020.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average drop of nearly 1,200 points was the ninth-largest single-day drop in U.S. history, Seeking Alpha reports.

The stock market began to tank by midday. By noon EST, NASDAQ was down 400 points and the DJIA was down by 800 points. Then the DJIA dropped by roughly 1,100 points after 2pm EST and closed with a near 1,200-point loss.

The market closed with the DJIA down by 3.6%, the S&P 500 down by 4% and the Nasdaq down by 4.7%.

Overall, the DJIA dropped 1,164.52 points, closing at 31,490.07. The S&P 500 dropped 165.17 points, closing at 3,923.68. The Nasdaq dropped 566.37 points, closing at 11,418.15.

Panic set in after major retail corporations like Target and Walmart reported earnings losses. Apple and Microsoft also led big tech losses.

Target shares were down by nearly 25% after reporting first-quarter results that fell far below Wall Street forecasts. Its second-quarter outlook was also weaker than expected with its quarterly gross margin dropping from 30% to 25.7%.

“We were less profitable than we expected to be or intend to be over time,” Target Chief Executive Brian Cornell said, Reuters reported. “These (costs) continue to grow almost on a daily basis and there is no sign right now … that it is going to abate over time.”

Rising fuel and freight costs will add nearly $1 billion more than originally expected in annual cost, Target said.

Wal-Mart stock fell nearly 7% after it also reported a weaker-than-expected financial outlook. It also said it was grappling with rising fuel costs and inflation eating into its profits.

Apple stock fell 5.6%, Intel lost 4.6%, Microsoft lost nearly 5% and HP dropped 7%.

Companies reporting earnings losses cited rising fuel and freight costs as primary factors.

These, coupled with supply chain issues, caused transportation costs to skyrocket in the first quarter. While companies passed on increased costs to consumers, consumers weren’t buying enough to offset company losses.

“Worries over inflation and a hawkish Fed are nothing new, but now add in worries over profit margins and the impact of inflation on the consumer and you have the recipe for a big down day,” Ryan Detrick, chief market strategist at LPL Financial, said, The Hill reported.

Normally, a drop in consumer demand would force companies to drop prices and subsequently reduce inflation. But supply chain issues, coupled with Biden administration energy policies restricting domestic production of oil and gas, are leading causes of prices skyrocketing across the board.

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(The Center Square) – Republicans at the Wisconsin Capitol are not happy with the new choice for chancellor at UW-Madison.

Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who is the vice chairman of the Senate’s committee for universities and technical colleges, called Dr. Jennifer Mnookin a “ridiculous choice.”

“Jennifer Mnookin has a very clear history of advocating for the forced indoctrination of college students with critical race theory. She has openly supported mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations regardless of the rights of individuals to make that healthcare determination for themselves.,” Nass said Monday. “It has also been reported that Mnookin met with the scandal plagued Hunter Biden (in 2019) and supported him joining the UCLA faculty to instruct students on drug policies.”

UW Regents unanimously chose Mnookin, who is currently the dean at UCLA’s law school. They announced her selection on Monday.

Nass said the Republican-controlled legislature should take Mnookin’s appointment as a message from the university.

“If the Board of Regents truly believes that Mnookin is the best choice, then the next Republican governor and legislature should find it impossible to provide more taxpayer dollars or allow the board to increase tuition,” Nass added.

UW Regent Karen Walsh told reporters Tuesday that she doesn’t take that threat seriously.

“I don’t think that’s realistic,” Walsh said. “I would like for those folks to meet with Chancellor Mnookin before they threaten our funding. I don’t think they intend to do that. I think they’re much more interested in sitting in a room with us and talking about our differences.”

Mnookin told the same news conference that she is waiting to get to campus, so she can meet with everyone involved with the university.

"I look forward to arriving in Madison and looking for that common ground, and higher education is a place where I hope we can come together,” Mnookin added.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Monday pushed regents to take a look at another chancellor candidate.

“We deserve campus leaders who will encourage healthy debate, diverse thoughts and freedom of expression. Given her obvious viewpoints and political donations, Dr. Mnookin needs to prove she supports free speech on campus and not politically correct ideologies,” Vos said. “After all the work of Tommy Thompson and Rebecca Blank that attempted to strengthen relationships between the university and the Legislature, this is a step backwards. I strongly hope the Board of Regents will reconsider their selection.”

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(The Center Square) – Gasoline prices hit a new high in the U.S. on Monday, with the average cost of a gallon of regular gas at $4.48.

That's an increase of 15 cents a gallon in the past week and 40 cents over this time last month. A year ago, gas prices on average were $3.04 a gallon, $1.44 cheaper.

The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is at $5.57 a gallon, also a record high. Diesel fuel is used by truckers who transport goods across the country, contributing to 40-year-high inflation that's sending the prices of groceries and other commodities significantly higher.

In California, the average price of a gallon of gasoline is $5.98, highest in the U.S.

President Joe Biden has attempted to blame the rising cost of gasoline on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but prices began elevating shortly after he took office, when he canceled new oil and gas leases on federal lands and placed new restrictions on the industry.

Just last week, Biden canceled three pending oil and gas drilling leases in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico.

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Republican Candidates Promise Tough On Crime Approach After Deer District Shootings

(The Center Square) – The Republicans running for governor in Wisconsin are promising more cops, more prisons, and say they'll fire prosecutors who don’t get tough on crime after a violent weekend in Milwaukee that saw more than two dozen people shot.

Milwaukee Police say Friday night’s shootings near the Deer District wounded 21 people. Another of those shootings saw 17 people shot. A string of shootings on Sunday saw another five people shot, including two people who died.

Monday saw the Republicans running for governor promising to get tougher on crime if elected.

“The simple points are to put 1,000 more cops on the street. Bail and sentencing reform to stop these bad D.A.’s and these bad judges. Fire [Milwaukee County] District Attorney John Chisholm on day one. And use the Wisconsin State Patrol to surge where violent crime is surging,” frontrunner Rebecca Kleefisch told News Talk 1130 WISN’s Jay Weber Monday morning.

Kleefisch said under Democratic leadership the Deer District has become the “fear district.”

Republican Tim Michels is also promising to fire Milwaukee County’s district attorney. But he is also promising to fire other prosecutors across the state who don’t get tougher on crime.

“I will review all the D.A.s, and the ones who have an awful pattern of catch-and-release, dropping charges quickly, and letting guys out on the street, I will remove them from office,” Michels told Weber.

Michels also said he wants to build more prisons in the state, starting with a replacement for the maximum security prison in Green Bay.

Candidate Kevin Nicholson took to Twitter on Sunday to blast Chisholm and the leadership in Milwaukee.

“Twenty one shot on Friday; 3 murdered last night. Out of control car thefts. Record-breaking homicides,” Nicholson Tweeted. “We’re sick of it. Time to turn the page. We need new leaders who are serious about getting this back on track.”

Crime and public safety have been issues in the race for governor since day one. Republicans have blamed Gov. Tony Evers for the spike in violent crime during his time in office, including record years for both shootings and homicides in Milwaukee for the past two years.

The governor on Saturday offered thoughts and prayers, but didn’t offer any plans after Milwaukee’s violent weekend.

“Kathy and I are heartbroken by last night’s horrific acts of gun violence in Milwaukee. We are thinking of all the people who were injured and are praying for their full recovery, and we are thinking of the many people affected by this senseless tragedy,” the governor Tweeted.

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(The Center Square) – The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday the agency will investigate the national shortage of baby formula that has left American parents concerned and frustrated.

The shortage began last year but was exacerbated after problems at a baby formula plant in Sturgis, Michigan, leading the company Abbott to issue a recall on formula and shut down production in February. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf told NBC in an interview Monday that there will be a “full investigation” after a whistleblower report said there were problems at that factory in October, but an FDA inspector did not look into the issue until January.

“We always want to be as fast as we can possibly be while also being diligent, remembering, as shown by this example, that if we didn’t close the plant, then we have a supply shortage so we have to get this right,” Califf said in the interview. "There will be a full investigation of the timeline, and we'll do everything possible to correct any errors in timing that we had so that we don't repeat any mistakes that may have been made."

Also Monday, Abbott said it has reached a federal consent decree with the FDA that could allow its Sturgis plant to resume production in two weeks. It would take about six to eight weeks after that for the baby formula to be available to consumers.

The data company Datasembly reported that as of the week ending May 8, the national out of stock rate for baby formula hit 43%. The company said the product was already experiencing supply issues last year before the larger issues arose.

“This issue has been compounded by supply chain challenges, product recalls and historic inflation," Datasembly CEO Ben Reich said. "The category started to see stocking challenges beginning in July 2021, and the situation has continued to worsen into 2022."

Critics have blasted the Biden administration for its response to the shortage, which has left many parents scrambling to find formula. Biden came under fire for his response to a question from a reporter asking if he should have acted more quickly to address the baby formula shortage.

“If we’d been better mind readers, I guess we could have, but we moved as quickly as the problem became apparent to us and we have to move with caution as well as fear,” Biden said.

Those comments sparked controversy and led critics to point out the recall was issued in February, giving several months to anticipate the shortage.

“I’ve been calling on the Biden admin to address America’s baby formula shortage since February,” U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., wrote on Twitter. “They did nothing.”

The Biden administration said it is working with suppliers to help solve the shortage.

"We're very close to having a path forward to safely reopening the facility," White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said.

Republicans blasted Biden for the shortage, saying his efforts have been too little too late.

“In typical fashion, the Biden administration downplayed the baby formula shortage for months,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said. “Now that it's a crisis, they're pointing the finger at anyone but themselves.”

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