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Today — May 8th 2021Your RSS feeds

Debris from a large Chinese rocket is expected to plunge to Earth this weekend

The debris from a Chinese rocket is expected to crash land back on Earth this weekend with experts trying to work out exactly when and where the remnants will touch down.

Ingraham: The left wants US to stay in COVID crisis mode

Laura Ingraham, Raymond Arroyo, Peter McCullough, Nicholas Wade, Alan Dershowitz, Stephen Miller, Sara Erwin, Frank Crivelli

WIN $10,000 FOR FREE ON THE GOODYEAR 400 NASCAR RACE AT DARLINGTON

Darlington is beckoning for the first time in 2021 this weekend, promising a Mother’s Day filled with excitement and drama when the NASCAR Cup Series hits the Goodyear 400 on Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, FS1).

Leftists in Pennsylvania Outspent Conservatives 3 to 1 in 2020

It’s time for the myth that conservatives outspend liberal elections groups to go the way of the dodo. New research examining the 2020 election in Pennsylvania reveals that left-wing political action committees (PACs) blew away conservative PACs in independent expenditures—outside spending that isn’t coordinated with the campaigns of politicians seeking office.

According to data from the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth, liberal PACs spent over $7.5 million helping Democrats and opposing Republicans in the 2020 race for control of the legislature and attorney general’s office. Conservative PACs spent just $2.3 million, or less than one-third of what their liberal counterparts poured out statewide.

That money was used to pay for ads on television, radio, and Facebook; for fees to political consulting firms; and for digital and direct mail marketing schemes that blanketed the state in the lead-up to the November election.

Where the money came from is revealing. On the right, Republicans could count on almost $159,000 from Americans for Prosperity, a free-market group bankrolled by the libertarian billionaire (and liberal bogeyman) David Koch. Gun Owners of America, a pro–Second Amendment group, spent almost $15,000 aiding Republicans. The Pennsylvania Family Council, a conservative family values group, spent $56,000 in the election.

The biggest conservative spender was the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, however, which poured out $1.5 million aiding Republicans—most notably spending $172,000 helping Tim DeFoor in the auditor general race, $150,000 to unsuccessfully oppose the reelection of Democrat Sen. James Brewster (SD-45), and $304,000 to reelect Sen. John DiSanto (SD-15).

All these groups were dwarfed by their counterparts on the left.

Compare the left-right spending in particularly competitive districts Democrats hoped to flip in 2020. (Note: the figures are estimates due to inconsistencies in how groups reported independent expenditures.)

 

Who are these groups? Top spenders include:

  • $856,000 from Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, an environmental litigation group that opposes coal, natural gas, and oil as “dirty fuels.” It’s associated with PennFuture, heavily financed by John Kerry’s Heinz Endowments.
  • $789,000 from Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund, a gun control group funded by liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
  • $60,000 from Clean Wave, the PAC arm of the environmentalist Clean Water Action.
  • $270,000 from Commonwealth Communications, a firm founded by J.J. Abbott, a former aide to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
  • $30,000 from the far-left Abolish the Electoral College PAC.
  • $170,000 from the Maryland-based pro–illegal immigration group Casa in Action.
  • $403,000 from the left-wing Better Pennsylvania PAC.
  • $158,000 from Stronger Pennsylvania PAC, a Democratic group.
  • $66,000 from Fair Share Action, part of a multi-million-dollar nexus of leftist activist groups known as the Public Interest Network.
  • $28,000 from Free the Ballot Incarcerated Voices, which supports restoring voting rights to convicted felons.
  • $260,000 from International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 98.
  • $15,000 from Make the Road Action, a far-left immigration activist group associated with the Center for Popular Democracy, an anti-Republican agitation and voter mobilization group.
  • $28,000 from PACRONYM, the PAC arm of ACRONYM, a leftist digital strategy and voter mobilization group that gained infamy when its associated software arm, Shadow Inc., totally bungled the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses.
  • $197,000 from We the People PA Action, which aims to raise the state’s minimum wage, boost union power, and push Medicare-for-All.
  • $27,000 from Planned Parenthood PA Votes, the PAC arm of the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Yet the largest spender was the Pennsylvania Leadership Committee, which poured out close to $2.2 million in 2020. The PAC is associated with American Leadership Committee, which also funds Democratic campaigns in Alaska and North Carolina, the latter a leading battleground state.

The second-largest single spender, at $1.7 million, was Pennsylvania Fund for Change, a PAC that was identified as a leftist “dark money” group that attacked Republicans in 2018 and spent over $1 million attacking President Donald Trump in 2020. The Fund for Change is obscure, but its connections with trial lawyers and labor unions deserve a closer look.

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Fund for Change received $75,000 from the feminist group EMILY’S List Federal Fund, $350,000 from Working for Working Americans (a group backed by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners), $100,000 from the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (a group founded and led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder), $200,000 from a fellow named Edward Snowden in New York, and $20,000 from the Western Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund, along with a range of donations from other individual trial lawyers. The largest donor to the Fund for Change was the Pennsylvania Alliance Action, which donated more than $1.4 million in 2018.

Public records from the Pennsylvania Department of State show Pennsylvania Alliance Action is a 501(c)(4) group that was incorporated by PA Alliance LLC. The lone member of the LLC is Samuel Pond, a managing partner and a workers’ compensation attorney with the Pond Lehocky law firm. From here the money trail leads back to union operatives. The alliance has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state affiliates of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and the AFL-CIO, according to campaign finance records. The National Education Association donated more than $1 million to the Pennsylvania Alliance Action in 2018.

FEC reports indicate that the Pennsylvania Fund for Change is run by Victoria Perrone, president and founder of the Philadelphia firm Spruce Street Consulting, which has received payments from Democratic representative Karen Carter Peterson (LA-05) and the Democratic get-out-the-vote group New American Voices. Perrone is a former operations director for Organizing Together 2020, a nationwide effort to boost Democrats in six battleground states created by Paul Tewes, a strategist for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC). Tewes now runs Smoot Tewes Group (STG Results), an influential consultancy for Democrats and leftist groups in Washington, D.C.

In 2005, Tewes co-founded Americans United for Change (AUFC), a major activist group that got into trouble when it was revealed in late 2016 that the group’s field director, Scott Foval, had hired homeless people and the mentally ill to instigate violence at Trump rallies. AUFC later had a hand in seeding the Sixteen Thirty Fund with $221,745 in 2009, which is part of a $731 million “dark money” network run by the infamous Arabella Advisors.

So who provided that $1.7 million to Pennsylvania Fund for Change? We may never know. Very little of this money can ultimately be traced back to its original donors. What is clear is that these staggering figures reveal just how much the professional left carpet-bombed Pennsylvania with “dark” dollars in 2020—much of it from the consultant class in Washington, D.C.

Hayden Ludwig is a senior investigative researcher for the Capital Research Center.

Kevin Mooney is an investigative reporter for the Commonwealth Foundation and the Heritage Foundation.

The post Leftists in Pennsylvania Outspent Conservatives 3 to 1 in 2020 appeared first on The American Conservative.

In Indiana, a win for religious freedom

(Paul Mirengoff)

The Trump Justice Department aggressively protected religious rights and liberties. In this post from December 2019, I described five cases in which the DOJ, under the leadership of Eric Dreiband, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, filed papers in defense of religious freedom.

One of them was a case from Indianapolis, Indiana. In that case, the DOJ sided with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis which had been sued for firing a teacher in a Catholic school due to the teacher’s same sex marriage. I wrote:

I don’t like to see anyone fired over a same-sex marriage, but I agree with the DOJ that the First Amendment protects the free exercise of religion and gives faith-based schools the right not to associate with people whose actions fly in the face of church doctrine.

Now, an Indiana court has also agreed with the Trump DOJ. It dismissed the teacher’s lawsuit against the Archdiocese. The court’s one-page order is here. The Archdiocese’s 31-page brief in support of its motion to dismiss is here.

The Justice Department’s Statement of Interest to the court is here. It concludes with this passage:

The First Amendment demands that this lawsuit be dismissed. Perhaps anticipating lawsuits like this one, the Supreme Court, in cementing Plaintiff’s constitutional right to civilly marry the person of his choosing, took care both to emphasize that “[m]any who deem same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conclusion based on decent and honorable religious or philosophical premises,” and to reinforce the longstanding right of religious organizations to freely exercise their faith, which may include advocat[ing] . . . that, by divine precepts, same sex marriage should not be condoned.” Obergefell, 135 S. Ct. at 2602, 2607.

The Archdiocese has done exactly that. The Archdiocese determined that, consistent with its interpretation of Church teachings, a school within its diocesan boundaries cannot identify as Catholic and simultaneously employ a teacher in a public, same-sex marriage. Many may lament the Archdiocese’s determination. But the First Amendment forbids this Court from interfering with the Archdiocese’s right to expressive association, and from second-guessing the Archdiocese’s interpretation and application of Catholic law. . . .

Becket, which defended the Archdiocese, discusses the ruling here. It states:

If the First Amendment means anything, it means the government can’t punish the Catholic Church for asking Catholic educators to support Catholic teaching. This has always been a very simple case, because the Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed the freedom of religious schools to choose teachers who support their religious faith.

I imagine the teacher will appeal. I imagine, too, that the Biden DOJ won’t support the Archdiocese. I hope it will stay out of the case and not cause the Department to do an embarrassing about-face.

Yesterday — May 7th 2021Your RSS feeds

Don Lemon: Okay to Trash Tim Scott as an 'Oreo' in Private?

Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day show, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon showed sympathy for liberals who hate Senator Tim Scott and other black conservatives as he suggested that it would be acceptable to call them by racial epithets in private conversations. His comments came as he reacted to a Texas Democratic official who recently derided Senator Scott as an "Oreo." Instead of unequivocally condemning the vitriol, he advised against engaging in such name-calling publicly, hinting at political optics, and, as if Senator Scott had done something just as offensive, referred to it as "stooping" to the Republican Senator's level. As Lemon appeared as a guest to discuss an upcoming special on singer Marvin Gaye, New Day co-host Brianna Keilar brought up the chairman of the Lamar County Democratic Party, ,Gary O'Connor, deriding Senator Scott as an "Oreo" in a Facebook posting, and then asked him for a response.     Lemon seemed unhappy with having to be critical of his fellow liberals as he began his response with a sigh: DON LEMON (after sighing): Oh, God, it's early for these. I mean, do we -- BRIANNA KEILAR: You think it's early? (laughs) Come on! Lemon was initially critical of such name-calling by liberals as he also tried to draw an equivalence with the conservative views of black Republicans: I think it's -- obviously, you don't need the name-calling, and anytime you call someone a name -- anytime you do that, you don't want to become them  So you stoop to their level -- you give your competitors ammunition, and you give them a talking point, and you become them. So I don't think -- I don't think it's helpful to call anyone names. There are ways you hold people to account, and you can call people out by not using names. I do that all the time. Keilar followed up by observing that "it's almost as if he's saying, 'If you are black, you should be a Democrat.' Right? He's sort of saying that..." After Lemon responded by dismissing her observation as a "Republican talking point," she then asked him to explain what an "Oreo" is. Lemon sounded like he was defending liberal hostility toward black Republicans as he explained: Well, I think -- "Oreo" is that he's black on the outside, and he's white on the inside. So I think that has to do with how you stand on social issues -- issues that effect African Americans. If you're voting against your own interests -- if you are upholding a party that has not -- trafficking -- has been trafficking in racism -- an insurrectionist party that's trying to restrict the voting rights for people who look like you. So African Americans understand what he is saying. I don't think that they would agree that they should be saying it that way, especially publicly. Lemon then flipped and started suggesting that it is acceptable for African Americans to use such words to deride black Republicans when speaking privately. He also again suggested that the reason that the word should not be used publicly is not because it is wrong, but because it would hurt the image of liberals: Now, I'm going to be honest, if you're sitting around the kitchen table and you're black and you're with other black people, they may say the same thing, like, "What is wrong with this you-know-what?" The term that he used. But I don't think it should be used publicly. I think it is damaging to Democrats if they are trying to do that and give Republicans talking points. Tim Scott should be held accountable for what he's doing and if he is voting against the interests of his own people. That is something that is valid and should be talked about. The name-calling is different. It should be kept out of the public sphere. This disgraceful defense of using racial slurs to bully Black conservatives was sponsored in part by USAA. Their contact information is linked. Transcript follows. Click "expand" to read more.  CNN New Day May 7, 2021 8:23 p.m. Eastern BRIANNA KEILAR: Don, I want to know what you think about this Democratic party chair in a Texas county who said -- and let's keep in mind he apologized for this, but he called a Republican Senator, Tim Scott -- who is black and gave the rebuttal to Joe Biden's joint address to Congress -- he called him an "Oreo." This is the Democratic party chair. What did you think about that? DON LEMON (after sighing): Oh, God, it's early for these. I mean, do we -- KEILAR: You think it's early? (laughs) Come on! LEMON (after laughing): No, I think it's -- obviously, you don't need the name-calling, and anytime you call someone a name -- anytime you do that, you don't want to become them  So you stoop to their level -- you give your competitors ammunition, and you give them a talking point, and you become them. So I don't think -- I don't think it's helpful to call anyone names. There are ways you hold people to account, and you can call people out by not using names. I do that all the time. KEILAR: Can I ask you about that, though? This idea, I mean, larger than that is when I see those comments from the Democratic party chair, it's almost as if he's saying, "If you are black, you should be a Democrat." Right? He's sort of saying that -- LEMON I don't think that's what he's saying. KEILAR: What do you think he's saying? LEMON: I think -- I think that is a Republican talking point. People say if you are, you know, "If you are black, you should be a Democrat." KEILAR: Well, explain, you know, what "Oreo" means. LEMON: Well, I think -- "Oreo" is that he's black on the outside, and he's white on the inside. So I think that has to do with how you stand on social issues -- issues that effect African Americans. If you're voting against your own interests -- if you are upholding a party that has not -- trafficking -- has been trafficking in racism -- an insurrectionist party that's trying to restrict the voting rights for people who look like you. So African Americans understand what he is saying. I don't think that they would agree that they should be saying it that way, especially publicly. Now, I'm going to be honest, if you're sitting around the kitchen table and you're black and you're with other black people, they may say the same thing, like, "What is wrong with this you-know-what?" The term that he used. But I don't think it should be used publicly. I think it is damaging to Democrats if they are trying to do that and give Republicans talking points. Tim Scott should be held accountable for what he's doing and if he is voting against the interests of his own people. That is something that is valid and should be talked about. The name-calling is different. It should be kept out of the public sphere.

This Day in History: May 8

President Truman announces Nazi Germany's surrender in World War II; David R. Berkowitz pleads guilty to the "Son of Sam" shootings; President Trump announces plans to leave the Iran nuclear deal.

WIN: Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Schools Teaching Critical Race Theory

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill banning the teaching of critical race theory in the state’s schools on Friday.

Stitt announced the signing of the bill in a video statement posted to social media.

My statement on HB 1775. pic.twitter.com/2EgMh7A7xZ

— Governor Kevin Stitt (@GovStitt) May 7, 2021

“Now more than ever we need policies that bring us together, not rip us apart,” he began his message. “I firmly believe that not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans about their race or sex.”

The governor explained that you can teach kids about the country’s past without branding white children as oppressors who need to feel guilt over the color of their skin.

“Nothing in this bill prevents or discourages those conversations,” he added. “We can and should teach this history without labeling a young child as an oppressor, or requiring he or she feel guilt or shame based on their race or sex.”

 

The post WIN: Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Schools Teaching Critical Race Theory appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Limited Housing Availability Driving Buyers to Extremes

Home buyers are being driven to extremes to procure a new or first-time property as the inventory for homes remains low and the prices high.

Disney Plus: Movies, shows, discount bundles and everything else to know - CNET

Disney Plus will be streaming its original Loki series in June -- and Black Widow will stream as soon as it hits theaters in July (for an extra fee).

City & State New York Names Sean Patrick Maloney this Week’s Biggest Loser

A New York political magazine this week named Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney one of its “biggest losers” of the week after financial disclosures revealed the congressman had spent thousands in campaign funds on travel expenses while telling his constituents to stay home.

CT Gov. Lamont: We'd Like to Keep Indoor Mask Mandate 'for Another Month or Two'

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox Business Network’s “Cavuto: Coast to Coast,” Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) said his state has practically ended all of its coronavirus restrictions, except for the indoor mask mandate, which he stated he’d like to

Graham: GOP Can't Grow Without President Trump

During an appearance on FNC's "Hannity," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) disputed the notion that the Republican Party needed to move on from President Donald Trump, which is a belief held Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and a handful of other prominent Republicans.

French Police Find 78% of Unaccompanied Migrant “Children” are Actually Adults

In October 2015 1,200 migrants with beards entered Stockholm, Sweden in a single day claiming to be “refugee children.”

sweden men child signs

The migrants were carrying signs begging locals for assistance for child refugees. (Exponerat)

In Austria officials in 2016 officials found that HALF of refugees claiming to be children were adults.

In Sweden in 2017 officials found that 83% of refugee “children” were actually adults.
The dentist behind this studied was fired after releasing his results.

In 2019 a German study found that at least 40% of migrants claiming to be children were actually adults.

And now French police have found that 78% of unaccompanied “children” are actually adults.

ReMix reported via Religion of Peace:

The Paris police prefecture has thus set up an innovative system. The fingerprints of those arrested are sent via the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) and the Directorate of International Cooperation (DCI) to the Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian authorities, which check their own files. Paris then receives a response within four to eight weeks.

Fifteen months after the implementation of this procedure, Le Figaro published an interesting result: Out of 1,162 requests, the DSPAP has already received 330 formal identifications, establishing that 263 of these individuals are adults. That means that 78.7 percent of these so-called foreign minors lied about their age.

The migrants have strong incentive to lie as well, including more lenient criminal sentences for minors as well as better benefits from the state. Authorities also have a far harder time deporting a minor than an adult.

Numerous studies have shown that migrants lie about their age across Europe, including in GermanySwedenBelgium, and France.

Now, having a more detailed understanding of the phenomenon, the Parisian police say they will continue to work on identifications through the new system.

The post French Police Find 78% of Unaccompanied Migrant “Children” are Actually Adults appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Male Weightlifter to Become First Transgender to Compete at an Olympics in Women’s Super Heavyweight Category


Laurel Hubbard

A biological male will be allowed to compete at an Olympics weightlifting competition in the women’s super heavyweight category.

Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old New Zealander, used to compete in men’s weightlifting but after repeatedly losing he ‘transitioned’ in 2013 and now competes against women.

Hubbard is eligible to compete in the Olympics because “the IOC issued new guidelines allowing transgenders to compete as women as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before the competition,” Reuters reported.

Hubbard has angered many in the weightlifting world in the last several years, and rightfully so.

Hubbard’s 2019 gold medal wins at the Pacific Games in Samoa sparked outrage.

Australia’s weightlifting federation unsuccessfully tried to block Hubbard from competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

If a man is just mediocre at a sport, he can ‘transition’ into a woman and become a gold medal champ over night.

Via Reuters:

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics after qualifying for the rescheduled Tokyo Games due to a rule change, Inside the Games website reported on Wednesday.

Hubbard was effectively guaranteed a spot in the women’s super heavyweight category, the report from the Olympics-focused trade publication said, after the International Olympic Committee approved an amendment to the rules as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many qualifying competitions.

New Zealander Hubbard, 43, has not yet been named to the national women’s weightlifting team going to the Tokyo Olympic Games.

The post Male Weightlifter to Become First Transgender to Compete at an Olympics in Women’s Super Heavyweight Category appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.

Rep. Ronny Jackson to Newsmax TV: Liz Cheney Has to Go

Freshman Texas congressman Ronny Jackson told Newsmax TV on Friday that colleague Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has to be removed from her Republican House leadership position because she no longer represents the majority view of the GOP members. ''We can, we can no longer have...

Tories Romping in U.K.

(John Hinderaker)

Elections are underway in the United Kingdom, by-elections and council elections that could be analogized to off-year races in the U.S. They are significant in part because they are the first U.K. elections since 2019. The London Times reports:

The initial results from the UK’s first elections since 2019 paint a rosy picture for the Conservative Party. They have taken Hartlepool from Labour and held the mayoralty in Tees Valley, two of a “hat-trick” of contests they are confident of winning, the third being the mayoral race in the West Midlands.

The Hartlepool race was much watched, as Hartlepool had been a Labour stronghold for decades. But this year the Conservative candidate won going away, by almost a 2-1 margin. This is part of a strong trend toward working-class constituencies that were once dominated by Labour turning to the Tories.

The Conservatives are also doing well in Council elections:

The Tories have also taken control of councils in Dudley, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire Harlow, Basildon and Nuneaton and picked up seats in other places, including Sunderland and Redditch. Labour has lost more than 100 councillors so far.

The Labour Party’s fortunes sank under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, and he was replaced a year or so ago by Sir Keir Starmer, but Starmer has been unable to stop the bleeding:

Last night Sir Keir Starmer said he was “bitterly disappointed” and vowed to change his party.

Yes, but how? Labour no longer has much to offer working-class or middle-class Britons, having become a party of “woke” urban leftists. The North, formerly home to the “red wall” of Labour dominance–in the U.K., red is left and blue is right–has gone over to the Conservatives.

These trends, of course, are much the same as we have seen in the U.S., and we can hope that this week’s U.K. elections are a harbinger of what will happen here next year.

Rep. Comer to Newsmax TV: Biden Border Approach 'Stupidity'

Rep. James Comer of Kentucky called President Joe Biden's approach to the immigration flood at the southwest border ''stupidity,'' telling Newsmax TV that the administration is clueless as to how to handle the crisis. Comer decried Biden's approach — particularly with...

Report: Homeless Man Hasn't Been Paid for Sample on Daft Punk's 'One More Time'

Eddie Johns, 70, who has struggled with homelessness for a decade, was a 1970s disco star who recorded the horn section that is sampled on Daft Punk's classic dance hit "One More Time" -- but he reportedly has never been paid his royalties.

Daft Punk (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty)

Daft Punk arrives on the red carpet for the 56th Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, January 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Rob Schneider Calls Out Corporate Media: Free Speech Under Attack by the People Whose Jobs Are to Defend It

Actor-comedian Rob Schneider has added his voice to the popular groundswell against the mainstream media, saying the people whose jobs are to defend free speech have become the ones attacking it.

Exclusive-- Ashley Hinson: Elise Stefanik Right Person to 'Steer' House GOP Ship to Take Back Majority in 2022

Rep. Ashley Hinson told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Friday that Rep. Elise Stefanik is the right person to "steer" the House Republican "ship" as the House GOP Conference chair to take the House majority during the 2022 midterm elections.

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U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., introduces Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence to speak to Army 10th Mountain Division soldiers, many of whom have recently returned from Afghanistan, in Fort Drum, N.Y., Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Colombia: Anti-Police Rioters Attack Health Workers, Historic Statues

The Ministries of Health and Culture of Colombia have documented dozens of violent attacks on health workers and cultural sites, particularly statues, this week, calling into question claims that nationwide leftist riots are an organic civilian uprising against police brutality.

COLOMBIA-TAX-REFORM-DEMONSTRATION

A student raises his fist from the top of a statue of liberator Simon Bolivar during the second day of protests against a tax reform bill launched by Colombian President Ivan Duque, in Bogota, on April 29, 2021. - Workers' unions, teachers, civil organizations, indigenous people and other sectors reject the project that is underway in the Congress, considering that it punishes the middle class and is inappropriate in the midst of the crisis unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Juan BARRETO / AFP) (Photo by JUAN BARRETO/AFP via Getty Images)

Ducking their shots: Walter Reed whistleblower wants military to step up

Charles Eggleston was among the original Walter Reed whistle blowers who alerted the world to the black mold that was harming injured vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. His mission now is fighting vaccine hesitancy among troops and veterans.

NEW NewsBusters Podcast: DeSantis Causes Media Madness on Fox News

On the Friday NewsBusters Podcast, we focus again on how the media are treating election-integrity bills. Now the focus has turned to Florida, as Gov. Ron DeSantis faux-signed Florida's new election law live on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, giving Fox News exclusive access to the event, which infuriated the liberal media. But they were also going to dismiss the law as throwing "restrictions," "limits," and "hurdles" to voting. Heritage Action showed the provisions were not controversial, but that never stops the press. Even Univision was slanting the news in Spanish. Over the last few days we found a Miami-based correspondent for Politico on MSNBC admitting this bill wasn't so bad, admitting this might get him in "trouble" (with his media colleagues). On CNN, former Obama campaign manager David Axelrod agreed with his podcast guest John Boehner that the Georgia voting law certainly wasn't the second coming of Jim Crow (although he still didn't like it). We also talk a little about how MSNBC is suggesting that the Republicans are worse than al-Qaeda, or they're feces swimming in Trump's golden toilet. And CBS morning star Gayle King has a new fawning interview with Michelle Obama, and claimed the Obamas try hard not to be partisan. Where are the fact checkers? Enjoy the podcast below, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts. 

Los Angeles County inmate caught on video brutally assaulting female sheriff’s employee

A female Los Angeles County Sheriff's employee was brutally assaulted Wednesday by a jail inmate who asked her permission to use the restroom before throwing a series of punches, authorities said Friday. 

Oklahoma Governor Signs Bill Banning Teaching of Critical Race Theory

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill Friday that will ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the state’s public schools.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill Friday that will ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory in the state’s public schools.

Meacham: Founders Wanted Critical Race Theory, '1619 Project' to Be 'Part of the Conversation'

By: Pam Key · Pam Key
Historian and author Jon Meacham said Friday on MSNBC's "The ReidOut" that America's Founding Fathers wanted ideas like critical race theory and "The 1619 Project" to be part of the national conversation.

Warren: Jobs Numbers Show 'We Need Universal Childcare'

On Friday’s “PBS NewsHour,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued that the jobs numbers “are a reminder that we need universal childcare in this country” and that childcare should be “part of our basic infrastructure.” Warren said, “The numbers are a

Joe Biden Admits He's 'Noticed I Forget to Put My Mask Back On' — 'A Lot of Times'

A reporter asked Biden at a White House event why he kept wearing a mask outside even though he had been vaccinated for the coronavirus.

President Biden Delivers Remarks On April Jobs Report

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 07:  U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on job numbers from April, 2021 at the East Room of the White House May 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. U.S. economy added 266,000 jobs in April, far less than the one million jobs that was expected. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Gov. Kemp Signs Bill into Law to Prevent Defunding Police in State of Georgia

Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed House Bill 286 into law on Friday that prevents law enforcement from being defunded in the state.

Tentative bipartisan agreement reached on some key issues in policing overhaul

A bipartisan group of lawmakers working on legislative efforts to overhaul policing appear to be nearing an agreement to set federal standards for no-knock warrants, ban chokeholds except in life-threatening situations and place limits on equipment the Defense Department can send to state and local police departments, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

“Worms For Dinner?” World Economic Forum Promotes Mealworms as New Protein Source in Europe’s Bid to Reduce Meat Consumption

The World Economic Forum promoted the EU’s new plan to use mealworms in food in their bid to reduce meat consumption.

The globalists are pushing for the peasants to eat bugs, weeds and synthetic ‘meat’ because bugs “consume fewer resources than traditional livestock.”

“Livestock around the world is responsible for around 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions relating to human activity. The need for land – whether for grazing animals or growing crops to feed animals – is “the single greatest driver of deforestation, with major consequences for biodiversity loss,” the paper says.


synthetic ‘meat’

The European Union will be using mealworms, eaten whole, or in powder form in food.

Yuck.

“The European Union (EU) has ruled that the larval stage of the Tenebrio molitor beetle, the mealworm, is safe for people to eat and it will shortly be on the market as a “novel food”” the WEF said.

Via the World Economic Forum:

Green insects

As well as being a nutritious food source, insects consume fewer resources than traditional livestock. There are, of course, many parts of the world where insects are already part of everyday diets. Industrializing their production and consumption could open up new routes to feeding the world’s growing population and alleviating some of the environmental pressures caused by conventional agriculture.

Ensuring access to safe, healthy sources of food is a key part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) drive. From zero hunger to climate action, from ending poverty to ensuring responsible use of resources, many of the 17 SDGs relate to the food people eat, how it is grown and how it is distributed.

According to the World Economic Forum’s Meat: The Future report, keeping up with the demand for animal-derived protein could put meeting the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement targets in jeopardy.

Currently, China is the largest producer of meat, according to the WEF’s world data:

Worms for dinner? Europe green-lights insect-based food in a bid to promote meat-free protein https://t.co/PFPstwd54T #EuropeanUnion #MeatFree pic.twitter.com/ygLFs8Wyq1

— World Economic Forum (@wef) May 6, 2021

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Smoking Gun Emails Reveal How Milwaukee Shared Government Election Data with Far Left Groups – Prove Existence of Massive Ballot Harvesting Operation –WITH UPDATE

Dan O’Donnell told his audience on Thursday he has obtained emails from the City of Milwaukee and several cities across the state in conjunction with members of the “Grant Team” for the Center of Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) that show that in Milwaukee there were daily reports that provided to private liberal organizations on who exactly was voting. Dan continues, “In my estimation, the only reason for this is the creation of a massive, and I mean massive ballot harvesting operation ahead of 2020 presidential election.”

Dan O’Donnell reported earlier on Green Bay officials after they gave far-left operatives access to the voting room and the internet network during the election.

But it was not just Green Bay!
According to O’Donnell, Democrat operative Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein was also given access to Milwaukee data and operations.

The mayors of the five largest Wisconsin mayors were holding virtual meetings on the election in May and June of last year. They coordinated their efforts to apply for millions from the Zuckerberg-funded CTCL.

Dan O’Donnell at 1130 WISN reported:

Emails obtained via an open records request reveal that the City of Milwaukee did not run the presidential election in accordance with state law and instead turned over administration of it to liberal-leaning groups after receiving a multimillion-dollar grant from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. One of these groups, the National Vote at Home Institute, was provided with daily absentee vote data and even asked for the City’s voter database!

Here is Dan O’Donnell’s entire show exposing the unlawful operations by far-left groups in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

UPDATE: The esteemed MacIver Institute in Wisconsin has more.
Read the whole thing but here is a significant segment from their report.

“By Monday,” Spitzer-Rubenstein wrote in that same email, “I’ll have our edits on the absentee voting instructions. We’re pushing Quickbase [a data flow management company] to get their system up and running and I’ll keep you updated. I’ll revise the planning tool to accurately reflect the process. I’ll create a flowchart for the vote-by-mail processing that we will be able to share with both inspectors and also observers.”

It goes without saying that Spitzer-Rubenstein, who was neither Milwaukee’s clerk nor a member of city government, was not authorized by the Wisconsin Legislature to do any of this. Yet he did, and Woodall-Vogg let him.

More significantly, once early voting started, she was providing him with a daily update on the numbers of absentee ballots returned and still outstanding in each ward.

“Here’s what I’ll need,” Spitzer-Rubenstein wrote to her in late October, “1) Number of ballot preparation teams, 2) Number of returned ballots per ward, 3) Number of outstanding ballots per ward.”

Even with this private data sharing that no other organization received (or should have received), Spitzer-Rubenstein still wanted more. He wanted access to the Milwaukee Election Commission’s voter database.

“We’re hoping there’s an easier way to get the data out of WisVote than you having to manually export it every day or week,” he wrote. “To that end, we have two questions: 1. Would you or someone else on your team be able to do a screen-share so we can see the process for an export? 2. Do you know if WisVote has an API [application programming interface] or anything similar so that it can connect with other software apps? That would be the holy grail (but I’m not expecting it to be that easy).”

“While I completely understand and appreciate the assistance that is trying to be provided,” Woodall-Vogg replied, “I am definitely not comfortable having a non-staff member involved in the function of our voter database, much less recording it.”

That may have been a bridge too far, but Woodall-Vogg still gave Spitzer-Rubenstein exclusive access to the database in the form of daily reports. Why? What exactly was the National Vote at Home Institute doing with its daily reports? Was it making sure that people were actually voting from home by going door-to-door to collect ballots from voters who had not yet turned theirs in?

Was this data sharing a condition of the CTCL grant? And who was really running Milwaukee’s election? The trove of newly released emails makes clear that it certainly wasn’t Milwaukee. That on its face is a clear violation of Wisconsin law and should spark a thorough investigation into precisely what other laws might have been violated, too.

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Joy Reid Loves Party-Swapping Charlie Crist: You're ‘Too Nice’ for 'Mean' Florida GOP?

Figuring out what Charlie Crist believes is tough. He’s been a conservative Republican, a moderate Republican, an independent, a moderate Democrat and, now, a liberal Democrat. But far-left MSNBC host Joy Reid has bought into the hype on the politician, whatever he is now. Talking to him on Thursday night, Reid’s only concern was whether the “nice” Democrat was any match for the “mean,” “far-right” Florida.  Referring to when he was Governor (as a Republican!), the host worried, “It’s a much more right-wing state.” She added, “So, what is the -- how do you win in a state like that when it has gone so far right?”      Reid was talking to one of the most cynical men in all of politics, someone who changes parties like regular people change the oil in their car — when it’s convenient. Yet, she worried, “And I guess my last question to you would be are you too nice for Florida politics? I mean, Florida politics has gotten pretty mean. It`s Trumpy.”  She even ridiculously talked to Crist as though he’s some current expert on his former Republican Party:  So I guess my question is having been in that party and now being on the outside of it, do you feel that it is that the Republican Party is just anti-democracy or that they`re afraid that they can’t win over black and brown voters, so they`re just determined to suppress them? The Democratic propaganda on MSNBC was sponsored by Fidelity Bank. Click on the link to let them know what you think.  A transcript of the questions is below. Click “expand” to read more.  The Reidout 5/6/2021 7:53 PM ET  JOY REID: Florida Republicans have a history of ginning up laws to suppress black and brown voters. Former high ranking public officials admitted to the Palm Beach Post in 2012 that an election law curtailing early voting hours was designed to beat back Democratic turnout after black voters turned out in record numbers in 2008 for Barack Obama. The outgoing governor at the time, Charlie Crist, disagreed with that effort. But when Republican Rick Scott took over in January 2011, the Florida legislature passed the bill and Scott signed it into law. At that time, Republicans left absentee balloting untouched because that`s the preferred method for many of the state`s elderly white Republican voters. Fast forward to today. They’re now targeting everything, including absentee voting since black voters used it widely during the pandemic, and we can`t have that. Despite the fact many Republicans still used absentee voting in 2020, including the former president. Joining me now is Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist, the aforementioned former governor who is running for governor again, this time as a Democrat. And, you know, Governor Crist, you know, a lot of people remember the way you fell out with the Republican Party, having been a lifelong Republican and having a family that was a Republican family, was that your first offense was that you wouldn’t shut the lines down when people were voting in Democratic precincts in 2008. You allowed people who were still in line to vote. And then your second offense was you admitted, look, there was pressure on you as governor to push through and sign really egregious voter suppression law. So I guess my question is having been in that party and now being on the outside of it, do you feel that it is that the Republican Party is just anti-democracy or that they`re afraid that they can’t win over black and brown voters, so they`re just determined to suppress them? REP. CHARLIE CRIST (D-FL): Joy, I think it’s both. Thanks for having me on. It is definitely anti-democracy, and it’s definitely a fear that they have of being able to get black and brown voters to vote for them. I mean, it`s -- there is systemic racism in our country. Ron DeSantis said the other day on Fox News that he thought that was horse manure. Nice choice of words. But, you know, that`s how detached he is and unaware of what`s really going on in America. As you pointed out in an earlier piece, you talked about the fact that he signed this horrible bill, you know, to suppress the vote, to keep people from voting, anti-democracy at its worst, and he did so virtually in secret except for one audience and one audience only. This is a guy who is clearly running for president, wants to be the Republican nominee in 2024 and he appealed to that audience exclusively this morning. This is so nontransparent what he does. They won`t give up public records. They won`t tell us about all the vaccines that have been used. There’s no transparency, no sunshine laws being respected by a governor who happens to be an attorney. And I think he went to a pretty good school, Harvard or Yale or both. But what`s important is -- REID: Yeah. CRIST: -- and this is an important point. I`m running for governor on a positive message, that we have a Florida that is for all, all people, no matter where you`re from, no matter what the color of your skin, no matter what your sexual persuasion, no matter what your religion. Florida is a beautiful place. You`re a Floridian, joy, so you know this as well as I do. And Floridians deserve better. What we`re getting now is sort of a one-trick pony that only talks about the far right, only appeals to the far right, and Florida is diverse. It`s diverse as any state in our country. That’s why I`m running for governor, to have a Florida that truly is for all our people, that will accept Medicaid, make sure we have Medicaid expansion. As a result of the governor and the legislature not doing that, 800,000 of Floridians go to bed every night knowing they do not have health care. That is cruel and unusual beyond the pale. I`m looking forward to the race. I`m looking forward to fairness. REID: Well, let me ask you this, because you obviously are very good at running stateside in the state of Florida. You`ve won multiple times. You were education commissioner. You were governor. You know the state very well. But it’s now a state versus when I lived there that has now passed laws saying you can`t film police, that people can hit Black Lives Matter protesters with their cars. It’s just a gun-wild state now. It’s the complete takeover of the NRA, as defunct as the NRA is. You had Ron DeSantis today saying, we need to know who you are when you`re voting. We need to have voter ID, except that he wouldn’t let people, as you said, see him sign a bill. I mean, it is a much more right-wing state now, right? So, what is the -- how do you win in a state like that when it has gone so far right? ... REID: Well, you have to first get through potentially a primary. Are you looking down the road at maybe Nikki Fried, who is the agricultural commissioner, and maybe even Val Demings running in a primary, or do you anticipate that there won`t be such a primary and are you worried about it? ... REID: And I guess my last question to you would be are you too nice for Florida politics? I mean, Florida politics has gotten pretty mean. It`s Trumpy. CRIST: It is Trumpy. There`s no question about it. A famous quote said, never confuse kindness with weakness. We are going to take the battle to `em. I`ll be a gentleman as I do it, as I always strive to be, because I believe in the Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. REID: Well, I can tell you this is a very tough man to beat. You know what you`re doing, sir. So, former governor, current congressman, Charlie Crist, best of luck to you, sir. And thank you for being here.

Hateful NY Times: Florida, Texas Bills Show GOP Has Embraced 'Lies'

The New York Times continues to vituperatively attack Republican efforts to keep the voting process secure. Recent moves by GOP-led legislatures in Florida and Texas caused the latest meltdown in Friday’s edition: “Texas G.O.P. Pushes to Join Florida in Limiting Ballot Access.” The text box: “A sign of how much a party has embraced Trump’s election lies.” Reporters Nick Corasaniti and Reid Epstein exaggerated: Hours after Florida installed a rash of new voting restrictions, the Republican-led Legislature in Texas pressed ahead on Thursday with its own far-reaching bill that would make it one of the most difficult states in the nation in which to cast a ballot. The Texas bill would, among other restrictions, greatly empower partisan poll watchers, prohibit election officials from mailing out absentee ballot applications and impose strict punishments for those who provide assistance outside the lines of what is permissible. The paper did its best to portray the reasonable measures as frightening. After the early-morning vote, Sarah Labowitz, policy and advocacy director of the A.C.L.U. of Texas, said in a statement, “Under cover of darkness, the Texas House just passed one of the worst anti-voting bills in the country.” She added, “Texans deserve better than to wake up and find out that lawmakers jammed through a law that will make participating in our democracy harder and scarier.” Florida and Texas are critical Republican-led battleground states with booming populations and 70 Electoral College votes between them. The new measures the legislatures are putting in place represent the apex of the current Republican effort to roll back access to voting across the country following the loss of the White House amid historic turnout in the 2020 election. The Times tried hard to hook the Florida and Texas moves to Trump’s election-win fantasies: Republicans have pressed forward with these bills over the protests of countless Democrats, civil rights groups, faith leaders, voting rights groups and multinational corporations, displaying an increasing no-apologies aggressiveness in rolling back access to voting. The efforts come as Republicans in Washington are seeking to oust Representative Liz Cheney from her leadership position in the House Republican caucus for her continued rejection of former President Donald J. Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, and as Republicans at a party convention in Utah booed Senator Mitt Romney for his criticism of the former president. The tone lurched into left-wing feverishness about the “Big Lie” proffered by Trump. Together, the Republican actions reflect how deeply the party has embraced the so-called Big Lie espoused by Mr. Trump through his claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Democrats, gerrymandered into statehouse minorities and having drastically underperformed expectations in recent state legislative elections, have few options for resisting the Republican efforts to make voting harder. In Georgia and Texas, progressive groups applied pressure on local businesses to speak out against the voting measures. But Republican legislators have been conditioned during the Trump era to pay less attention to their traditional benefactors in chambers of commerce and more attention to the party’s grass roots, who are aligned with the former president and adhere to his lies about the 2020 election. Meanwhile, Corasaniti and Epstein let Democrats push the partisan “voter rights” bill in Congress, which has passed the House and is waiting in the Senate. Among other things, it would automatically register 16-year-olds to vote, end voter ID requirements, and give felons who’ve served their sentence the right to vote. The Times dropped the scare tactics: Democrats argued on Thursday that the Republican crackdowns on voting in Florida and Texas had made it more urgent for the Senate to pass the For the People Act, which would radically reshape the way elections are run, make far-reaching changes to campaign finance laws and redistricting and mitigate the new state laws.

Exclusive — Mike Cernovich: 'I've Definitely Been Considering' Running for California Governor to 'Push the Issues'

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Gov. DeSantis Tells Unemployed Floridians Collecting Benefits To Start Looking For A Job

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told unemployed Floridians on Wednesday that May will be the last month that they can collect unemployment benefits without proof that they are seeking employment. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has delivered a message to his state's unemployed residents: Either start looking for a job, or you'll stop receiving unemployment benefits https://t.co/UAprBYohXb

— DC⚡101 (@DC101) May 7, 2021

According to CBS Miami, Florida’s Republican governor, who had earlier lifted the state’s policy demanding such evidence due to the pandemic — said that now that the state has reopened, there is enough room for jobs and competent people need to “get off the government dole.”

“Normally when you’re getting unemployment, the whole idea is that it’s temporary,” DeSantis reportedly said. “You need to be looking for work to be able to get off unemployment.”

He went on to note that compared to the situation at the height of the coronavirus pandemic — there are now a lot of work opportunities in the state — being one of the earliest to reopen.

“It was a disaster, so we suspended those job search requirements. I think it’s pretty clear now — we have an abundance of job openings,” the GOP governor added.

“We absolutely can put more people to work. The demand is there. Businesses want to hire more people, and I think we can go in that direction very soon,” he added.

Local reports earlier noted that Florida’s unemployment rate reached a peak of 13.8% during the months of Covid-19 related lockdowns in April 2020.

According to the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, however, the unemployment rate fell to 4.7%in March, which is lower than the national average and includes about 475,000 workers out of a workforce of 10.7 million.

“I think now we’re in just a different situation, you have a surplus of jobs, particularly in restaurant, lodging, hospitality, that people want to hire,” De Santis said.

“I mean, you see the signs all over the place. Look, that’s a good problem to have. But we also just want to make sure, like, look, if you’re really unemployed, can’t get a job, that’s one thing. But making sure that you’re doing your due diligence to look for work, and making sure those incentives align, better.”

The Republican governor has been a fierce critic of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to its Covid-19 precautions that put on hold Florida’s cruise ship industry.

Florida’s unemployment benefits will soon require proof of job searches https://t.co/HJwllbEpQx

— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) May 6, 2021

DeSantis also brushed off concerns on whether workers were taking advantage of improvements to the unemployment scheme. Though Florida’s state benefits are low, many unemployed workers are now eligible for federal unemployment benefits.

“I don’t think it’s manipulation. You know, whatever the benefits are, people are availing themselves of it. That’s not their fault,” DeSantis said.

Earlier this week, DeSantis announced this week that Florida will be sending one-time $1,000 bonuses to the approximately 174,000 first responders in the state — including law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), and firefighters — who worked during the pandemic.

“This one-time bonus is a small token of appreciation, but we can never go far enough to express our gratitude for their selflessness,” DeSantis said.

Some want to defund the police.

In Florida, we’re funding them & then some by providing all of our heroes $1,000 bonuses. This represents more than 174,000 first responders across the state!

🚔🚒🚑pic.twitter.com/ZMcB9T620g

— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 5, 2021

In a separate tweet, he added: “Some want to defund the police. In Florida, we’re funding them & then some by providing all of our heroes $1,000 bonuses. This represents more than 174,000 first responders across the state!”

DeSantis has emerged as a rising star in the Republican Party — even ranking second to former President Donald Trump in a poll conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where Trump was named the most popular GOP presidential candidate for the 2024 election and was the favorite candidate to win the nomination for 2024 with 55% of the votes, followed by DeSantis at 21%.

The same CPAC poll found that if the former Republican president was not to run in the next presidential election, DeSantis will become the runaway winner within the party with 43% — followed only by South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem with 11%.

Former President Trump said last week that he is “100%” considering a run in the next presidential election and is “certainly” looking to tap Governor DeSantis as his running mate.

Others speculate, however, that DeSantis could be the party’s presidential nominee in 2024.

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Ohio GOP Censures Never-Trump Lawmaker for Voting to Impeach President Trump – Then Party Calls for Him to Resign

Ohio Republicans censured Rep. Anthony Gonzales this week after he voted in January to impeach President Trump.

Gonzalez is the final representative to be censured in his state.

Then the state Republicans went a step further and called for him to resign!

Mediaite reported:

Yet another state Republican party is censuring a Republican member of Congress who voted to impeach Donald Trump.

This time it’s in Ohio, where the state GOP’s Central Committee voted Friday to censure Congressman Anthony Gonzalez, and as the Cincinnati Enquirer reported, they’re also calling on him to resign.

They censured all 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, but Gonzalez — an Ohio representative — was rebuked in particular with a separate vote calling on him to resign.

Gonzalez defended his vote in February, and faced angry callers at a town hall for it.

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‘Look, I’m Safe to Be Around’ – New Covid Wristbands Are a Way to Prove You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated

Immunaband company introduced new blue silicone wristbands that will carry your Covid vax card information. The company is hoping this will catch on and that Americans will rush to purchase their wristband to let others know you’ve been vaccinated.

These wristbands will do until the microchips are rolled out and made mandatory.

God help us!

“ImmunaBand,” the blue silicone wristband, has a built-in QR code that will carry your Covid vax info and will let others know you are safe to be around – that’s according to the company that created the product.

The wristband cost about $20 and restaurants are starting to purchase them for their employees.

“It’s a way of saying, ‘Look, I’m safe,’ and try to deescalate some of the tension and fear that people feel after about a year in lockdown.” the company told CNN.

(CNN/Meredith):

ImmunaBand is a blue silicone bracelet that has two purposes — first, it has a built-in QR code that carries your COVID-19 vaccination card’s information that can be used as a back-up for people who lose or misplace their CDC vaccination card. ImmunaBand’s second function is to show an outward display that a person has been fully vaccinated, thus making them safe to be near.

So how does it work? Wearers have to upload their vaccination cards for review before they can receive the band. The documentation is stored on a server compliant with medical privacy laws and the process is end-to-end encrypted, the company said in a news release.

The company makes two bands — one with just the QR code, and another with the QR code plus the wearer’s name and type of vaccine they received. The bands are both priced at $19.99. That code can be scanned with a smartphone to prove vaccination, the company said.

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) issued new "ghost gun" rules Friday, which include requiring a background check for "kits that contain the parts necessary for someone to readily make a gun at home."

AR-15

A customer handles an AR-15 at Jimmy's Sport Shop in Mineola, New York on September 25, 2020. - Gun store owners on Long Island have been selling out of firearms as scores of customers fear a rise in violence as the pandemic escalates in the area. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP) (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)

Establishment Media Attacks Ron DeSantis for Staff Complaints

Politico Playbook made the latest sortie at Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) about staff turnover from his previous days as a U.S. Representative and candidate for Florida's governorship.

Utah Supreme Court upholds rights of trans persons to change name and sex on state records

In a 4-1 decision announced on Thursday, Utah's Supreme Court expanded transgender rights in the state by siding with two trans petitioners seeking court orders to change their names and sex on birth certificates.

California Leaving: State Population Declines for First Time

California's population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation's most populous state, a growth streak that dated to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the...

California Leaving: State Population Declines for First Time

California's population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation's most populous state, a growth streak that dated to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek their fortune in the...

Newsmax Host Emerald Robinson ABSOLUTELY KILLS IT! Grills Dumbfounded Psaki on Joe Biden’s Light Schedule then Turns to Dr. Fauci’s Suspicious Funding of Wuhan Lab

Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson stunned a dumbfounded Jen Psaki today by asking real questions during the White House presser.

Psaki, who believes in restricting free speech in America, was not happy being questioned about Joe Biden’s pathetic administration.

As Cristina reported earlier, Psaki repeatedly dodged questions about Joe Biden’s bizarre schedule that averages around 20 minutes of public appearances each day. NEVER, has America seen such a feeble Commander in Chief.

Robinson then followed up by asking about Dr. Fauci’s funding of the Wuhan Laboratory that is suspected of leaking the coronavirus to the world!

This was amazing and Psaki, who is used to powder-puff questions from the fake news, was not able to respond.

WATCH:

For months, since May 2020, The Gateway Pundit has been reporting on Dr. Anthony Fauci’s likely illegal funding of coronavirus projects at the Wuhan Virology Center.

It is clear that they successfully isolated the coronavirus in the lab and were actively experimenting with species-to-species transmission.

It’s also important to note that back in 2017 we had solid intelligence about a viral leak in a high-security Chinese virology R&D center that resulted in the SARS virus getting out and killing people.

This information provides a basis that contradicts the theory that COVID-19 is a variant that just magically mutated in a bat in the wild and then jumped to a human when they ate a delicious bowl of bat soup.

And then back in May 2020, TGP reported this: The leader of the US task force overseeing the country’s response to the China coronavirus, Dr. Tony Fauci, was the one who funded the Wuhan bat virus work and kept it going.

UPDATED: Dr. Fauci Likely Broke US Regulations and US Law When He Funded Wuhan Lab to Continue Coronavirus Projects That Were Banned in US in 2014

Now the rest of the mainstream media is beginning to catch up.

Maybe someday Dr. Fauci will come clean about his funding of these nefarious viral studies in Wuhan.
And maybe someday the rest of the media will quit running interference and report honestly about Dr. Fauci’s role in the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Despite 'Stimmy Shimmy,' Latest Jobs Report Dances to Disappointing Beat

Wisconsin Democrats posted a video on TikTok and Twitter on Friday celebrating the distribution of the latest U.S. government $1,400 stimulus check even as the latest federal jobs report disappointed many experts.

Jay-Z joins the board of Jack Dorsey's Square - CNET

Twitter CEO Dorsey adds Jay-Z to the board of his payments company after acquiring a significant stake in Tidal.

HBO Max: Movie premieres, shows, watching 'free' and everything else to know - CNET

HBO Max is streaming big-screen flicks like Mortal Kombat the same time they're in theaters this year.

Lucid Motors will go after Tesla during Elon Musk's SNL episode - Roadshow

The EV startup is boasting about its Air's 500-mile range, which could beat Tesla to market.

Video Celebrating Heroic Muslim for Ramadan ‘in Collaboration with Facebook’ Accused of Fakery

Video Celebrating Heroic Muslim for Ramadan ‘in Collaboration with Facebook’ Accused of Fakery
My latest in PJ Media: “We are a force for good,” says Nas Daily, the popular Facebook video site that boasts: “With 60 members, we reached 3.2% of the world’s population, 10 billion video impressions, 35 million followers, 100% organic views.” Nas Daily videos tend to be heartwarming and inspiring tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and a video […]

Former Rep. King: Amnesty, Reparations Will Encourage More Illegal Immigration

Former New York Republican congressman Pete King says providing amnesty and reparations to more than 1,000 illegal immigrants deported from the U.S. by the Trump administration is the wrong idea at this time and will encourage more illegal immigration. The Biden...

EU calls on US to push exports to counter vaccine shortage

The European Union called on the United States Friday to start boosting its vaccine exports to contain the global COVID-19 crisis, and said that the U.S. backing of patent waivers would provide only a long-term solution at best.

Kayleigh McEnany on Jen Psaki's remarks advising Biden to avoid questions: She's 'broadcasting WH strategy'

Former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany offered her reaction to comments made by her successor, current White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, about discouraging President Biden from taking impromptu questions from reporters 

AstraZeneca weighs seeking full U.S. approval for COVID shot, skipping emergency-use application

AstraZeneca PLC could skip asking the Food and Drug Administration for emergency-use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine, according to people familiar with the matter—and instead pursue the more time-intensive application for a full-fledged license to sell the shot.

Energy Secretary Granholm asserts that gas prices may have gone up ‘because of the virus’

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, pressed to explain why gas prices are around $0.50 higher per gallon than they were when President Biden took office, said that prices could have gone up “because of the virus.” 

Palestinians, Israel police clash at Al-Aqsa mosque; dozens hurt

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police late Friday at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, a major holy site sacred to Muslims and Jews, in an escalation of weeks of violence in Jerusalem that has reverberated across the region.

Capitol riot defendant gets permission from judge to call his mother, a co-defendant, on Mother's Day

A Capitol riot defendant has been given permission by a federal judge to call his mother, his Capitol riot co-defendant, on Mother's Day.

Dana, Christa, Et Al.

A podcast with Dana Perino, a memory of Christa Ludwig, etc.

Dana Perino (left), in her role as presidential press secretary, speaks at the White House in 2007; the late, great mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig (right) sits for an interview in 2018.

The Sexual Revolution Wasn’t about Freedom

We are so cruel to young people when we don’t invite them to live differently than Planned Parenthood profits from.

Whitmer Didn’t Inform Law Enforcement She Used Private Plane for Florida Trip

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) bristled during a series of questions Thursday about a private plane she used to secretly travel to Florida in March.

Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer introduces Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden to speak at Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield, Michigan, on October 16, 2020. - Joe Biden on October 16, 2020 described President Donald Trump's reluctance to denounce white supremacists as "stunning" in a hard-hitting speech in battleground Michigan with 18 days to go until the election. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Promotes Video of Doctors Blasting People over Vaccination: 'Grow the F**k Up and Get the Vaccine'

A short video ran during "Jimmy Kimmel Live" Tuesday featured several doctors ridiculing people who won't take the coronavirus vaccine, with a doctor in the video telling people to "Grow the f**k up and take the vaccine."

Nolte: Watch — Lunatic Screams at Pregnant Woman for Not Wearing Mask

According to Twitchy, under the mistaken idea he was a hero, some lunatic posted (and then deleted) video of himself screaming at some poor woman (who says she’s pregnant) for not wearing a mask.

Pregnant Woman harassed over not wearing mask

Pregnant Woman harassed over not wearing mask

Family of Andrew Brown Jr. will see specified videos of his fatal shooting May 11

A judge has issued a written order to allow the immediate family of Andrew Brown Jr. to see the videos of his fatal encounter with law enforcement.

Idaho teacher who disarmed student in shooting that injured 3: ‘I love my students so much’

The Idaho middle school teacher who disarmed a sixth-grader who shot two students and a custodian Thursday said she loves "my students so much" and was "touched by all the incredible outpouring of love" while being hailed as a hero. 

Cramer’s week ahead: The stock market can keep climbing 'now that the Fed remains our friend'

CNBC's Jim Cramer looks ahead to next week's major corporate earnings reports, which will include numbers from Disney, Alibaba and Coinbase.

Inflation is the big challenge for markets and the Fed in the week ahead

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A joke cryptocurrency has risen more than 26,000% in the last six months, outpacing nearly every other investment

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WATCH: Michelle Obama Claims That Black Lives Matter is ‘Taking to the Streets Because They Have To’

Former first lady Michelle Obama told Gayle King on Friday’s episode of “CBS This Morning” that Black Lives Matter is “taking to the streets because they have to.”

Obama also claimed that she is afraid every time her daughters get into a vehicle.

Following the conviction of Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd, former President Barack and Michelle Obama said in a joint statement that “true justice is about much more than a single verdict in a single trial.”

During the interview on Friday, King asked Obama about the statement.

“The goal is to let leaders lead. But in certain times, people, you know, look to us often. ‘Well, what do you think? How do you feel?’ We know that while we’re all breathing a sigh of relief over the verdict, there’s still work to be done. And so we, we can’t sort of say, ‘Great. That happened. Let’s move on.’ I know that people in the Black community don’t feel that way because many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store, or walking our dogs, or allowing our children to get a license,” Obama said.

King responded by asking if Obama’s girls are driving.

“They’re driving, but every time they get in a car by themselves, I worry about what assumption is being made by somebody who doesn’t know everything about them,” Obama said. “The fact that they are good students and polite girls, but maybe they’re playing their music a little loud, maybe somebody sees the back in their head and makes an assumption. I, like so many parents of black kids, have to — the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts.”

She added, “So, I think we have to talk about it more, and we have to ask our fellow citizens to listen a bit more and to believe us and to know we don’t wanna be out there marching. I mean, all those Black Lives Matters kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this. They’re taking to the streets because they have to. They’re trying to have people understand that we’re real folks, and the fear that many have of so many of us is irrational, and it’s based on a history that is just — it’s sad, and it’s dark, and it’s time for us to move beyond that.”

 

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Weak Jobs Report Could Slow Biden's Huge Money Package, Stiffening GOP Resistance

President Joe Biden's promised economic comeback hit a speed bump Friday with the April jobs report, which found modest job gains of 266,000 that complicated his $4 trillion push on infrastructure, education and children. The employment report failed to show that the U.S....

Best Buy 3-day sale: Save on laptops, TVs, headphones, Apple Watch and more - CNET

Save $400 on Sony's 55-inch A8H OLED 4K TV, pick up an Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch for $1,600 or grab some Sony headphones for $72 off.

Op-ed: Liability reforms for employers are critical to states’ economic recovery

Last month, North Dakota became the 43rd state to advance employee safety measures and liability protections for employers.

Officer Suspended for Viral Video Mocking LeBron James Lands Book Deal After Raising Over $500K on GoFundMe

After an Idaho police officer was suspended from his job over a hilarious viral video mocking LeBron James, a fundraiser for him raised over $500,000. Now, he has landed a book deal.

Bellevue police officer Nate Silvester was suspended for a week over his viral TikTok video responding to the basketball player’s threat against the cop who was involved in the fatal shooting of an armed teenager who was in the process of trying to stab another girl.

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— GuidoFawkes (@GuidoFawkes1976) April 24, 2021

In response to the suspension, his best friend Gannon Ward launched a fundraiser with the aim of raising a few thousands dollars to support his friend and make sure that he did not lose out on any pay.

The fundraiser has now brought in over a half a million dollars as people rallied around Silvester and the cause. The officer says that he will be donating a portion of the proceeds to The First Responders Children’s Foundation, a charity for the families of fallen officers and first responders.

“I never expected my tiktok to go viral the way it did. However, when it started gaining traction I anticipated that some would come out in opposition and there would be some blow back,” Silvester said, when asked by Gateway if he imagined he would get in trouble over the joke.

Now, Silvester has landed a book deal with Diangelo Publications.

The book, titled Never Off Duty, will give a revealing look at Silvester’s life as a cop in 2021, the societal pressures of the job, the concept of being “never off duty,” and standing up to speak on behalf of tens of thousands of silenced police offers and their frightened families.

“This book is going to change the anti-police narrative in this country and help people see the men and women peace officers in our country for the heroes they are,” Silvester told the Gateway Pundit. “Those who will have read the book will better understand the social pressures officers experience on and off duty and how that affects their lives outside of police work.”

Never Off Duty is available for pre-order here.

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Elon Musk's first name shows up in 1953 book about colonizing Mars - CNET

The freaky coincidence earned social buzz back in December, and now it's back in the news.

Biden’s handlers considering giving Iran $1,000,000,000 as show of goodwill

Biden’s handlers considering giving Iran $1,000,000,000 as show of goodwill
In a sane world, the “Death-to-America” chanting mullahs would be the ones who would have to show goodwill, but this is not a sane world. “If it demonstrates the kind of good faith that can cause reciprocal good faith from the Iranian side, then it is potentially a good step forward,” says the unaptly-named Thomas […]

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A lot of our commenters expressed great doubt if not opposition to Caitlyn Jenner’s candidacy to be governor of California. It seems to me a classic case of he-said, she-said.

Believe it or not, next week I am giving a commencement address. In person. At a university. I’ll post the text after it’s all done, but preparing a commencement address presents a unique challenge. It’s not like a traditional lecture, and above all the thing to do is avoid all of the usual dumb cliches that the most popular celebrity commencement speakers like Tom Brokaw or Oprah Winfrey deal out. (The best debunking of commencement cliches in a commencement address was offered by the great Edward Banfield almost 50 years ago.)

Anyway, in my search for prompts to inspire my composition, I fetched my tattered notebook from my first seminar with Harry Jaffa almost 40 years ago, because I recalled that in the very first class session I had with him, he had a lot of interesting and provocative things to say about the modern university. But it was the very first thing I wrote in my notes from that first class session that caught my eye just now:

The revolt against authority by the left is designed to bring in tyranny, to overthrow the rule of law, and sweep away all the secure rights of individuals, to bring in the rule of Marxism and socialism.

Pretty good description of current “Progressive” measures such as the 1619 Project, Critical Race Theory, and the rest of the program that seeks consciously to destroy the authority of American constitutionalism, and replace it with their total rule.

A parallel reminder from Whittaker Chambers, in 1954: “In the U.S. the Left must take power by deception. . . What else is socialism but Communism with the claws retracted?”

Another classic passage that bears on the essential maliciousness of the modern “Progressive” mind comes from C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters. If you’re not familiar with this work, it is the fictional ironic letters written to a junior officer in Satan’s army with instructions on how to corrupt the particular human assigned to this junior temptor. Although geared to higher spiritual matters, here and there are passages of great perception about modern ideology. Like this one from Chapter 15, which illuminates the malignancy of Progressivism’s fixation on “the Future” and the “side of history” that they always want to help move along at a faster pace:

Our business is to get them away from the eternal, and from the Present. With this in view, we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past. But this is of limited value, for they have some real knowledge of the past and it has a determinate nature and, to that extent, resembles eternity. . .It is far better to make them live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already, so that thought about the Future inflames hope and fear. Also, it is unknown to them, so that in making them think about it we make them think of unrealities. In a word, the Future is, of all things, the thing least like eternity. It is the most completely temporal part of time — for the Past is frozen and no longer flows, and the Present is all lit up with eternal rays. Hence the encouragement we have given to all those schemes of thought such as Creative Evolution, Scientific Humanism, or Communism, which fix men’s affections on the Future, on the very core of temporality. Hence nearly all vices are rooted in the future. Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead. Do not think lust an exception. When the present pleasure arrives, the sin (which alone interests us) is already over. The pleasure is just the part of the process which we regret and would exclude if we could do so without losing the sin; it is the part contributed by the Enemy, and therefore experienced in a Present. The sin, which is our contribution, looked forward.

To be sure, the Enemy wants men to think of the Future too — just so much as is necessary for now planning the acts of justice or charity which will probably be their duty tomorrow. The duty of planning the morrow’s work is today’s duty; though its material is borrowed from the future, the duty, like all duties, is in the Present. This is not straw splitting. He does not want men to give the Future their hearts, to place their treasure in it. We do. His ideal is a man who, having worked all day for the good of posterity (if that is his vocation), washes his mind of the whole subject, commits the issue to Heaven, and returns at once to the patience or gratitude demanded by the moment that is passing over him. But we want a man hag-ridden by the Future — haunted by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth — ready to break the Enemy’s commands in the present if by so doing we make him think he can attain the one or avert the other — dependent for his faith on the success or failure of schemes whose end he will not live to see. We want a whole race perpetually in pursuit of the rainbow’s end, never honest, nor kind, nor happy now, but always using as mere fuel wherewith to heap the altar of the future every real gift which is offered them in the Present.

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Charles Hurt -- California Dreamin': Believe All Women, Even if They Used to Be a Man

Identity politics can be a real bitch.

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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends the 2016 MAKERS Conference Day 2 at the Terrenea Resort on February 2, 2016 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for AOL)

DHS chief Mayorkas says hundreds of migrant kids still coming in daily

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday was at the southern border, touting how the Biden administration has emptied Border Patrol facilities -- but warning that officials are seeing hundreds of unaccompanied children cross each day.

Bill, Melinda Gates' split after 27 years of marriage was due to a ‘combo of things’: report

Throughout their decades together, the billionaire couple had a “combo of things “ that prompted the split and the fact that their youngest child, Phoebe, is now an adult – the Gateses, Bill and Melinda -- simply felt now was the right time to end things for good, according to a new report.

Washington Times Story Pressing Pelosi Cites 'Systemic Racism' as Fact

The Washington Times offers a more conservative take on national politics, but we've heard from conservative readers who are not fond of Thursday's front-page item headlined "Pelosi silent on father's complicity in racism." The subhead was "Refuses to judge former mayor in modern context." No one in the liberal media has pressured Pelosi to answer for her father and his tenure as mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959. But reporter Kery Murakami's story is written in a way that seems to assert that America's allegedly persistent "systemic racism" is a fact, not a guilt-trip term. The story began:  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refuses to denounce her late father, former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., for supporting the erection of Confederate monuments in the city and perpetuating systemic racism by not stopping discriminatory practices, including refusing rental housing to Black people in White neighborhoods. Mrs. Pelosi, who has made confronting the country’s past racism and combating systemic racism a cornerstone of the House Democrats’ agenda, refused repeated requests this week to address her father’s legacy. Meanwhile, Democrats are pushing policies for White people to own up to their ancestors’ complicity in racism, including paying reparations to Black Americans.  It's not surprising that discriminatory practices were still allowed in the 1940s and 1950s, but many conservatives take offense that opposing the removal of Confederate monuments is racist, or that "systemic racism" is presented on the front page without quotation marks or a distancing word like "alleged" or "purported." It's fair to question if Pelosi is a hypocrite, but such an approach can also appear too cute, since conservatives object to the "woke" standard that anyone who didn't live up to 2020s standards -- or made a political calculation and didn't crusade like a modern-day activist -- should be denounced as a "racist." Murakami pointed out that while Pelosi has championed removing Confederate monuments from the Capitol, her father spoke in 1948 at a dedication for a new monument in Baltimore honoring Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He "praised the Confederate icons and said the nation should look to them as examples." A Times caption notes that statue was "removed quickly and quietly" by the city in August 2017. Pelosi "refused to say last year whether her father was wrong to support the erection of Confederate statues in a city where many residents are descendants of slaves. She still will not address the issue." This underlines how the liberal media go soft on their own heroes, as reporter Susan Page is selling her new Pelosi biography and touting her on TV. They refuse to judge liberals by their own standards. And Pelosi gets very testy at being challenged by reporters.

Abortion Lobby NARAL Refers to Women as ‘Birthing Persons’, Gets HAMMERED

It’s hard to believe, but America’s largest pro-abortion lobby has actually found a way to demean women and motherhood even more than by convincing them to kill their children. The leftists of NARAL are now referring to women as “birthing persons” in order to keep up with our ever-wokening society, and conservatives are giving them a hard time for it. So, we’re going from “pro-choice is pro-woman” to “pro-choice is pro birthing person.” Er, we’re not sure that poster’s going to be a popular one. On May 6, NARAL: Pro-Choice America, the abortion activism non-profit, achieved a new victory in their quest to destroy humanity and reality tweeting, “When we talk about birthing people, we're being inclusive. It's that simple.” Oh, is it? You sure that’s simple? Or easy to understand? The non-profit’s tweet added, “We use gender neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it's not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every* body.” Oh, yeah, preach it, sister – ahem – uterus-container! Are we doing this right? When we talk about birthing people, we're being inclusive. It's that simple. We use gender neutral language when talking about pregnancy, because it's not just cis-gender women that can get pregnant and give birth. Reproductive freedom is for *every* body. https://t.co/9E9qKRMJTu — NARAL (@NARAL) May 6, 2021 Anyways, this is what happens when you get so woke. NARAL must realize it can’t even claim the feminist angle to cover for their love of baby killing anymore. So much for women’s reproductive rights, it’s now “birthing persons’” reproductive rights.  Of course, for inclusive liberals, this new definition allows for trans men (biological women) to get pregnant and consider themselves "pregnant men." Actually, it’s even less specific than that. It allows non-binary people with uteruses – still biological women – to feel included without having to suffer the indignity of being referred to as they biologically are. So, yes, genderless humans by definition can give birth, and since this is NARAL, genderless humans get abortions now, too!  Since we are all so busy trying to wrap our heads around this warp speed jump forward in human enlightenment, several conservative commentators stepped in and made it clear for the rest of us just how stupid NARAL’s tweet was. Former Trump speech writer and current Daily Caller editor Billy Gribbin responded to NARAL, tweeting, “Way to be so pro-woman that you erase women.”  Way to be so pro-woman that you erase women. — Billy Gribbin (@BillyGribbin) May 6, 2021 Conservative outlet PragerU slammed NARAL, tweeting, “‘no, you don't get it, “birthing people” is about being inclusive!’ EVERYONE GETS IT. And it's idiotic. It's that simple.” Yeah, we agree.  "no, you don't get it, 'birthing people' is about being inclusive!" EVERYONE GETS IT. And it's idiotic. It's that simple. — PragerU (@prageru) May 6, 2021 Scientist, author and conservative personality Gad Saad mocked NARAL’s insanity by referring to himself in inclusive terms. He tweeted, “Well this testicle-carrying non-cervix non-birther person applauds you for your inclusive language.” That’s hilarious. Well this testicle-carrying non-cervix non-birther person applauds you for your inclusive language. — Gad Saad (@GadSaad) May 7, 2021 The Babylon Bee video content producer/Twitter personality @morganisawizard tweeted, “no, it’s degrading as hell. stripping away all the complexities and meaning behind motherhood and pregnancy and reducing it to the act of just pushing out the birth canal." no, it’s degrading as hell. stripping away all the complexities and meaning behind motherhood and pregnancy and reducing it to the act of just pushing out the birth canal. congratulations on outdoing yourselves again being “inclusive” to the .001% and demeaning the rest of us. https://t.co/OQHf1mShpW — MJ (@morganisawizard) May 7, 2021 Conservative author Mike Cernovich then served up a disturbing response, tweeting, “Women’s organization is barely one rhetorical step away from calling women 'breeding stock.'” Women’s organization is barely one rhetorical step away from calling women “breeding stock.” https://t.co/fnbdnOeRxc — Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) May 7, 2021 Yeah, NARAL clearly upped their stupid game, though that’s saying a lot because they think promoting killing innocent human babies is the right calling in life.

SHOCK! Rasmussen: 59% of Voters Say Social Media Operators Are Politically Biased

“Do the operators of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter edit their content in a fair and balanced way, or are they politically biased in the decisions they make?” Nationally, 59% of likely U.S. Voters say operators at social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are politically biased in the decisions they make, results of a new Rasmussen Reports survey show. Majorities of men (60%), women (57%), conservatives (74%), moderates (52%), whites (62%), blacks (52%), other races (60%) and all income groups say that social media platforms edit content in a politically-based manner. In contrast, just 31% of liberals say political bias influences social media editing. Half (50%) of voters under 40 years old believe social media content editors are politically-biased, but that jumps to 64% of those 40-64 and 63% of 65 and older. By education level, those who failed to graduate from high school (but attended) comprise the only group where less than half (44%) believe content editors are politically biased. Twenty-six percent (26%) of all U.S. voters believe social media companies edit their content in a fair and balanced way. Another fifteen percent (15%) are not sure. In a separate question, voters were asked about Facebook’s editorial decision to permanently ban Republican and former President Donald Trump from its platform. More voters oppose (48%) the ban than favor it (41%), but opinions vary starkly along party and ideological lines. Pluralities of whites (46%-42%), blacks (53%-41%), and other races (52%-41%) all oppose Facebook’s decision to permanently ban Donald Trump. Ten percent (10%) of all U.S. voters say they are “not sure.” The survey of 850 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on May 5-6, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Editor's Note: This piece was first published by CNSNews.com.

Politico Wonders: Is Fox’s Peter Doocy ‘Trolling the White House?’

Politico Magazine’s Friday “cover story” profiled Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy and, topping out at nearly 5,000 words, featured plenty of interesting biographical information about his upbringing (with his father being Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy), his approach to covering the White House, and his views on journalism.  But arguably the most intriguing parts for this audience came from the comparisons to CNN’s Jim Acosta, quotes from liberal media apologists, and the question of whether Doocy’s role “as the chief foil” to the Biden administration could be seen “as veering dangerously into bad-faith trolling” in order to please the Fox News mothership. Christopher Cadelago’s feature “Is Fox’s Peter Doocy Just Asking Questions — Or Trolling the White House” led with the build-up to President Biden’s March 25 press conference and what ended up not being “a titanic collision between” Biden and Doocy as Biden chose not to call on him. Cadelago described Doocy as someone who had “positioned himself as the chief foil to the administration in the press room” and developed a journalistic decorum that was “courteous, crisp, [and] oppositional” yet had offered “laconic yet spring-loaded questions” to Psaki in early briefings. Cadelago made a lot of hay with the presser and seemed to take issue with how Fox News made it a key storyline in its postgame analysis and that Doocy would ask about it the following day (even though he told him that it was of “interest” despite there being “bigger problems in the world”) (click “expand”): Now, as Biden’s first press conference approached, a whole lineup of talent at Fox began rooting openly for the young correspondent. Sean Hannity, on his prime-time program, expressed little faith in the rest of the White House press corps. “I’m not expecting tough questions,” Hannity said, “except maybe Peter Doocy.” The Federalist’s Chris Bedford, appearing on Fox, said, “I’m hoping that [Biden] gets a few hard ones — at least from Peter Doocy.” Brian Kilmeade, another co-host of “Fox & Friends,” told me he was keeping his fingers crossed for Doocy. “I know they have their list” — the names of the reporters White House staffers instruct the president to call on — “but I hope that they’re gonna call on him,” Kilmeade said. But it didn’t happen. Instead, the date of the press conference arrived, March 25, and over 62 minutes in the East Room of the White House, Doocy looked on eagerly, signaling for Biden’s attention, as the president summoned others. Almost instantly, Fox — which had more than 3.2 million viewers tuned in to the event — seemed to decide Doocy himself would become the story. “BIDEN SNUBS FOX DURING FIRST NEWS CONF,” one Fox chyron read. On air, Doocy leafed through a thick, black binder he said was full of questions he had prepared for Biden, about everything from his “green jobs” agenda to the origins of Covid-19 in China. “Sorry you didn’t get a question,” Fox anchor Sandra Smith told him. The network’s Dana Perino, a former White House press secretary for George W. Bush, said she would have instructed the president to call on Doocy had she been there. “Why make Peter Doocy a story?” she asked. “Just take his question and move on.” Joe Concha, a media and politics columnist at the Hill and a Fox News contributor, dismissed the whole episode as a disgrace for the press corps and for Biden, whose handlers needed to answer for why they were “so afraid of a rookie White House press correspondent.” The Fox-getting-ignored subplot finally reached its climax the following afternoon, when Doocy himself pressed Psaki in the James S. Brady briefing room. Arching over a front-row seat, he asked about immigration and the Senate filibuster before arriving at his final question: Is ignoring Fox News official administration policy? Psaki’s answer was no: She shot back that she was conversing with Fox’s reporter at that very moment. She reminded Doocy that she regularly took questions from him, and that Biden had done so in other settings, too. Fellow reporters in the room knew Biden had skipped over plenty of other big news organizations at the press conference, even the New York Times. Psaki soon moved on to another reporter, though not without complimenting Doocy on his “awesome” argyle socks. The exchange predictably ricocheted around the internet and was featured on Fox. Adding that the news cycle “can be seen as a distillation, in a single reporter, of the challenge facing Fox in the Biden era,” Cadelago said that Doocy has become “a smooth yet aggressive, social media-savvy correspondent who might feel like a fresh face on TV, yet is indisputably of, by and for Fox.” And in the world of the liberal media where Fox is the enemy, that’s almost always going to be seen as a bad thing. Cadelago even compared Doocy to carnival barker Jim Acosta of CNN, but said Doocy “rarely raises his voice” and, unlike Acosta, hasn’t “jump[ed] into loud, heated sparing matches.” Later in the piece, he’d return to this implicit comparison, saying Doocy’s “relentless jousting with the Biden administration has drawn more criticism from the left and even from some journalists at other networks” with complaints that “his approach” has been “intentionally provocative, in service of his own image and the network’s, as Fox tries to make its oppositional stance clear.” Doocy made clear he’s the anti-Acosta (without saying it) though “other media-watchers and TV rivals see his sharp-edged, juxtaposition-heavy questions as veering dangerously into bad-faith trolling” from a hack at “an agenda-driven network” (click “expand”): Doocy himself maintains he’s just a straight news reporter doing his job, which he mostly views as getting officials to say newsworthy things on camera. He even revealed, and a White House official confirmed, that when he’s planning to ask about a story that isn’t leading national news, he runs the topic (though not the question) by Biden’s press aides in advance. Doocy says he genuinely wants to understand the president’s thinking — plus, “I’ll have to get back to you on that,” a common Psaki refrain, doesn’t make for a useful soundbite. Reflecting on the press conference snub, he noted that Biden aides had left Fox off their list of reporters for the president to call on for months, going back to the campaign and the transition. He said it finally felt like the right time to have Psaki answer for that on camera. “There are bigger problems in the world than Fox not getting called on,” Doocy acknowledges. “However, there was an interest just by me in trying to get to the bottom of it.” But many other media-watchers and TV rivals see his sharp-edged, juxtaposition-heavy questions as veering dangerously into bad-faith trolling. Doocy, these critics charge, is a functionary for an agenda-driven network, and more concerned about personal slights than actual news. Ultimately, they view Doocy’s elevation as a sign of just how partisan Fox, even its more traditional news division, has become. During the Trump years, veteran Fox anchors like Bret Baier and Chris Wallace sought to draw a line between their reporting and the fawning coverage of the network’s opinionators. To Fox’s detractors, Doocy’s style feels more in line with the latter, and it doesn’t help that he’s the son of a network host beloved by Trump. Within the Biden White House, all this raises the question of how to handle Doocy. Some liberals, including alums of the Obama administration, have publicly pressed Biden’s team to ignore Doocy, arguing that Fox is an arm of the Republican Party, not a serious news outlet, more so than ever before. But there are perhaps more compelling arguments for staying engaged with Doocy that have traction inside the president’s orbit, according to White House aides.  (....) There are two main views of Peter Doocy among people who’ve encountered him in Washington and on the campaign trail. One is that he’s hardworking, serious, with enough reporting heft that he can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with correspondents who’ve covered the White House for decades. The other is that he’s a just a Fox scion — the journalistic equivalent of a legacy admission. In other words, Doocy’s haters described how they behaved like pompous camera-seeking missiles during the Trump years. Funny how that works. He also summarized how “supporters within Fox” feel, correctly pointing out Doocy has “[been] willing to challenge an administration they believe most rival outlets show too much deference to, and his colleagues describe him as having an innate sense of what makes a good story on their airwaves.” Fast-forward in the piece through Doocy’s childhood, college years, and early career at Fox to the 2020 campaign and Cadelago emphasized the Doocy would dared to ask Biden about his son Hunter, leading to a number of tense moments. Former CNN D.C. bureau chief Frank Sesno asserted that Doocy and Fox have each other’s back, down to whether he “wants to be a gadfly and a provocateur” with “‘I-told-you-so’ questions.”  Conservative media Benedict Arnold and CNN media reporter Oliver Darcy was also predictably, insisting Doocy bears more resemblance to a divisive pundit than an actual journalist: “Doocy’s line of questioning fits neatly into the messaging pushed by Fox’s conservative newscasts and propagandistic primetime shows.” Again, Doocy’s not someone who’d equate media criticism to death threats, meltdown over a period when briefs were audio-only or when he wasn't called on, stage a book signing, tweet a picture of himself looking at himself in the mirror, but that’s just us. In response, a Fox News spokesperson told NewsBusters: “If you want to predict what CNN will cover, watch FOX News — it’s a good indicator of what their partisan activists will spend hours attempting to misconstrue for relevance and ratings.” Making the naysayers look even more bitter and clownish, Cadelago cited anonymous Biden officials as believing that they, in his words, “engage with Fox.” and don’t “necessarily think Doocy is trying to embarrass them with off-the-wall questions.” Cadelago closed with an important tidbit that Doocy has largely stopped tweeting to better focus on his job and, not surprisingly “disputes the characterization of his job as one big troll.” And perhaps most importantly, he makes clear that he’s not looking for his next break or job (even though Psaki’s tried and failed to help Resistance-types make Doocy look bad) (click “expand”): The Biden team has continued to engage, even if Psaki, perhaps calculating that the back-and-forth can be mutually beneficial, has begun to try out different tactics when fielding pointed questions from Doocy. She has tasked him with reading entire quotes to provide fuller context, if not rejecting the premises of his questions outright. In response to Doocy’s MLB question, she noted that Colorado has universal mail-in voting and same-day registration and said Georgia’s new law was “built on a lie” about fraud in the 2020 election. “Jen Psaki Stuffs Fox News’ Peter Doocy in Metaphorical Locker During White House Press Briefing,” read Vanity Fair’s headline, one of several to capture the exchange. (....) He doesn’t know exactly what’s next for him, offering that it’s anyone’s guess what the TV news business will look like in a few years, let alone decades. Steve and others at the network, including producer Pat Ward, who spent hundreds of hours on the road with Peter, say the younger Doocy doesn’t talk about his career plans. He does, however, have role models at Fox, singling out Baier, a former White House correspondent himself who now anchors his own nightly newscast. For now, Doocy wants to be reporting from the White House for as long as he can, and he doesn’t aspire to do it at any other network. “I can’t see myself going anywhere else,” he says.

Does Biden Fear MyPillows? Biden Team Prepares Attack Against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell

Allies of President Joe Biden are apparently so worried about his political future that they decided to compile an entire opposition file on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Politico recently reported that Biden’s political operation has quietly “started preparing for 2024, including the Democratic party’s main committee.” The Democratic National Committee (DNC) “has quietly assembled a core team that is focused not just on the 2022 midterms but on the next presidential cycle and the expected Biden re-elect,” Politico said.  The team is reportedly being led by DNC Director of Research Nick Bauer. The group started compiling opposition research on over 20 Republican politicians and identified at least 49 “GOPers” who they believed could run in 2024 just “[w]eeks after the inauguration.” The attack list — which also featured “unconventional candidates” — included none other than Lindell. [Emphasis added.] Biden allies were reportedly startled into targeting Lindell as a viable political threat. The reason for going after Lindell is that former President Donald Trump proved “that traditional resumés aren’t a requirement for the GOP,” according to Politico. Politico summarized the left’s opposition research scheme: ‘That’s a four-year project, that’s not a two-year project,’ a DNC official said of the early efforts. The DNC’s research shop currently employs about 25 people with plans to hire around 50 total. Bauer’s deputies, CAROLINE GRAHAM and AUSTIN DIETER, are seen internally as the committee’s best oppo diggers, whose long-term investigations are often then quietly fed to mainstream media outlets. Politico also noted that the left was blaming social media for giving unconventional candidates a platform to launch competitive political bids: DNC officials believe social media has made the barrier to entry lower for presidential candidates and that there will be a crowded field again if Trump doesn’t run, [emphasis added]. The DNC blaming social media could possibly be one reason why liberal Big Tech companies like Facebook and Twitter have become obsessed with censoring conservatives who voice opinions the platforms don’t like, including Trump. Lindell recently launched his own social media platform called “Frank” after Twitter banned him in January. Lindell said of his new platform: “We’re going to be attacked, but I have my own servers and everything. We’re not gonna be worried about Amazon taking it down or YouTube or Google or Apple.” Both YouTube and Vimeo removed Lindell’s documentary Absolute Proof in February. The documentary called the results of the 2020 presidential election into question. Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818-460-7477), CBS News (212-975-3247) and NBC News (212- 664-6192) and demand they cover the Biden team’s opposition research plans.  

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STIFLED! Twitter Censors Accounts for Sharing Trump Statements from His New Site

Twitter is now even restricting statements made by former President Donald Trump from being posted on its platform. The social media giant has reportedly suspended accounts that have been sharing statements from Trump, which he has been releasing from his new website, From the Desk Of Donald J. Trump. A Twitter spokesperson reportedly told NBC News: “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.” Four of the suspended accounts appeared to have been set up for the sole purpose of sharing the former president’s statements on Twitter. Despite the uncertainty of who was behind the keyboard running the four accounts, @DJTDesk, @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT and @DeskOfTrump1, were all suspended. The @DJTDesk account was removed for violating Twitter’s “ban evasion policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told Free Speech America. “[W]e’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.” A source close to “Team Trump” reportedly told the New York Post that @DJTDesk “was not created by anyone on President Trump’s team.” One Twitter user shared a purported screenshot of the @DJTDesk account responding to accusations that Trump was evading the platform’s ban before the account was removed from Twitter. "Former President Donald J. Trump is not Tweeting," the purported @DJTDesk account wrote. "Any post made, aside from replies like this one, are direct copies from the forum that's composed at DonaldJTrump.com/Desk. Posts are made by Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS, then distributed onto this platform." Twitter defended its decision to remove @DJTDesk when reached for comment by the Post, even though the identity of the account’s owner was unclear. Trump’s new website, which was launched Tuesday, acts as a megaphone for the former president. Trump has been releasing his thoughts in short press release form or Twitter-like posts on the site which can then be shared by anyone to social media. David Martosko, the DailyMailTV White House correspondent,, theorized in a tweet that the Trump team was attempting to “provoke a lawsuit so it can argue in court that Twitter is a public utility & must be open to everyone.” Just yesterday, the Facebook Oversight Board upheld Trump’s suspension from the Facebook and Instagram platforms for up to another six months. That gives  Facebook time to determine a more appropriate penalty than the “indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension.” Trump did not take this decision lying down. He blasted Big Tech as a “total disgrace” in a statement released from his new website. Conservatives are under attack. Contact Twitter at (415) 222-9670 and demand that Big Tech be held to account to mirror the First Amendment while providing transparency, clarity on “hate speech” and equal footing for conservatives. If you have been censored, contact us at the Media Research Center contact form, and help us hold Big Tech accountable.

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DOG MONEY! Will This Cryptocurrency Really Go to the Moon?

DOG MONEY!  People are going crazy over Dog Money.  Will it be another Beanie Baby bust or is it a good investment?

If you collected and ‘invested’ in Beanie Babies in 1990’s you will recall their rise in value and their eventual bust.  This article from 2015 attempted to define the craze:

It’s been about 20 years since the U.S. suddenly fell in love with the adorable 5-inch Beanie Baby dolls created by Ty Warner. In a new book called The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: Mass Delusion and the Dark Side of Cute, author Zac Bissonnette details how that passionate devotion rose up suddenly across the U.S. and then came to an end. Along the way, Bissonnette shows how Beanies helped foster the rise of ecommerce and all sorts of other unintended consequences, including — believe it or not — murder.

The Beanie Babies story at times reads like a Shakespearean tragedy as much as business school case study. It also is chock full of irony, such as the fact that an extremely unlikeable man such as Warner could be responsible for creating something so lovable. In an interview, Bissonnette likened Warner’s obsession with creating the “perfect” Beanie to the maniacal focus late Apple CEO Steve Jobs put on designing products such as the iPhone that became a ubiquitous part of the modern world.

SLIDESHOW: 15 of the Most Valuable Beanie Babies

Like Jobs, Warner wasn’t afraid to take risks. He ignored the naysayers after Beanie Babies flopped during their initial debut, and pressed forward with a product he believed in more than anyone else. Warner’s obsession even became an asset. When he would suddenly change product designs, collectors and wannabe entrepreneurs would snap up the $5 plushes and resell them on eBay at mark-ups topping 1,000 percent. In 1999, Jeffrey White, a career criminal from West Virginia, shot and killed a coworker at a lumberyard after an argument over Beanie Babies.

Eventually, the prices for most beanies dropped but the craze was real.  The same can be said for the tech craze in the late 1990’s but clearly some of the stocks back then are some of the largest companies in market value today.

Now the cryptocurrency craze is growing by the day.  The market value for these ‘currencies’ has reached epic proportions.  But like the tech bubble, will some of these currencies make it and some not?  Time will tell. But right now one cryptocurrency has a lot of support and excitement behind it – Doggie coin (DOGE).

Elon Musk helped make it popular and reportedly said that he will be talking about DOGE Saturday night on SNL which will no doubt be their most-watched show in ages.

Musk made some comments about DOGE recently:

The Doggie Coin backers have gone nuts in a very fun way:

There are various indicators showing that the U.S. could be headed for a currency crisis. One of them has paws. #Dogecoin Rap, with @GoRemy. pic.twitter.com/GhbuQVPGkO

— reason (@reason) April 29, 2021

Time will tell.  To the moon!

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HISTORY MADE: The Democrat-BLM War on Police and War on Civil Society Resulted in 25% More US Homicides in 2020 — HERE ARE THE RESULTS

In April 2020 Democrats, Black Lives Matter, Hollywood, NBA, the tech giants, and Major US Corporations launched their official War on Police across the United States.

The consequences of their actions have been devastating, resulting in 1,990 more homicides in urban centers this past year.

The Democrat War on Civil Society resulted in a 33% increase in homicides across the major urban centers across the United States.

We can all blame this on Democrats.

The Major City Chiefs Association’s year-end violent crime survey saw 1,990 more murders in 2020 than in 2019. This is an absolutely horrendous number. It is completely the result of the Democrat Party’s war on civility and civil society.

Here are the homicide numbers from the major urban centers across the US in 2020.

The red ink denotes an increase in homicides and crime.

And here is the homicide totals from 2020.
This is what happens when allow violent mobs to make the rules.

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Controversial Pollster Frank Luntz Says He Believes Tucker Carlson is Gearing Up to Run for President

Controversial pollster Frank Luntz says that he believes Tucker Carlson is running for president, after taking a beating from the Fox News host this week.

Luntz is essentially a liberal, but maintains close ties to the GOP establishment, even renting a room to GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Carlson revealed the roommate situation on his show on Monday. McCarthy confirmed the situation on Tuesday.

“So now you know why the Republican party listens to Frank Luntz and not you,” Carlson said on his show.

Tucker Carlson Reacting To Frank Luntz’s Replica Oval Office

“It’s pretty weird.” 2/ pic.twitter.com/gDPnohOD6K

— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) May 1, 2021

Luntz attempted to write off his feud with Carlson and claimed that he believes the massively popular host is gearing up to run for president.

“I think Tucker is running for president,” Luntz told the New York Times podcast “Sway” on Thursday.

“Tucker realizes that he can make any accusation he wants to make, and that cadre, because he’s very popular among a certain segment of conservatism. I think Tucker is running for president. And I think that’s what he’s going to do. And I think he’s going to try to demonize and destroy anyone who might stand up against him. And that’s all that this is,” Luntz claimed.

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Psaki Repeatedly Dodges Reporter Who Claims, “There’s a Growing Perception That This is Really Just the Third Term of Obama” (VIDEO)

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Friday dodged a reporter who brought up the obvious: The Biden Administration is really just Obama’s third term.

Biden has brought back many of Obama’s toxic government officials and all of his jobs-killing executive orders reek of Obama.

Joe Biden also speaks to Barack Obama everyday but the White House refuses to release transcripts of their phone calls.

Jen Psaki acted surprised when the reporter pointed out that this is just Obama 3.0.

“There’s a growing perception that this is really just the third term of President Obama,” the reporter said.

“Who’s saying that?” Psaki retorted.

VIDEO:

Press sec. Psaki repeatedly pushes back on a reporter who claims “there’s a growing perception that this is really just the third term of Pres. Obama.”

“Who’s saying that?”https://t.co/xY8G8YiI04 pic.twitter.com/fEPZ4Xo9n0

— ABC News (@ABC) May 7, 2021

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