"The apportionment population results released by the Census Bureau are strikingly different from the population evaluation estimates released just months ago on December 22, 2020. Remarkably, the differences benefit traditionally blue states – which gained population compared to the estimates – over red states which tended to lose population compared to the estimates."
"For example, New York was estimated to have a population of 19,336,776, but was attributed an apportionment population much greater than that of 20,215,751, a difference of nearly 900,000 individuals. Likewise, states such as New Jersey and Illinois experienced large population increases of hundreds of thousands of individuals compared to the December estimates, while states such as Arizona, Florida, and Texas experienced large decreases from the December estimates."
According to some estimates, Texas was set to gain three seats. It gained two instead. New York was projected by one estimate to be on the edge of losing either one or two House seats. It lost one seat but was 89 residents short of not losing any, according to census officials. "This trend calls into question whether there was any political interference with the apportionment results released by the Census Bureau."
The House Republicans' letter was the first high-profile allegation that the Biden administration may have interfered with the census.
The long-awaited announcement is poised to reset the balance of power for the next decade in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College, where each state's share of votes is tied to its census numbers.
United Airlines alarmed customers and prospective travelers on Tuesday when it proudly vowed to ensure its lineup of pilots will become more diverse with a new quota for women and racial minorities.
The airline, which is based out of Chicago, had already deviated from its mission a day before in the eyes of some travelers. On Monday, United tweeted an attack on laws, such as the one recently passed in Georgia, designed to bolster election security.
Take it from a pilot: for your own safety, stay away from United Airlines.
California banned congregants from meeting inside their own homes, citing the COVID-19 pandemic to justify infringing on the First Amendment’s freedom of religion.
the U.S. Supreme Court last week issued an injunction against that order. The decision was 5-4, with Chief Justice John Roberts dissenting with the liberal justices. See this PDF for details on the decision.
The Court recognized that any time the government burdens religious activity with special rules, it must bear the burden of strict scrutiny.
Three more states have advanced bills that ban biological males from competing against women and girls in sports. The bill in Montana awaits a final vote, while the bills in Kansas and West Virginia have been sent to the governors.
Several states, including Idaho, Mississippi, and Arkansas, have already enacted legislation that protects women’s sports. As of this writing, 32 states are trying to protect fair competition for women in sports. Idaho led the charge in 2020 when Governor Brad Little signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law; however, federal judge blocked the law, contending it is likely unconstitutional.
The British Journal of Sports Medicine released a study which concluded that even after taking these drugs for a year, biological males still outperformed biological females.
Agreement by all parties on a detailed plan for maintaining the secrecy and security of absentee ballots cast in Fulton County Georgia has seen the Fulton County Superior Court on April 13 give the go-ahead for the images of some 140000 to 1500000 absentee ballot papers in Fulton County to be produced within 5 days for examination by two experts nominated by the Petitioners in proceedings commenced under Civil Action 2020CV343938 (“Civil Action”).
Claims made by six hand count auditors in the Civil Action allege they had observed:
* three boxes containing I00% Biden ballots and three boxes containing 98% + Biden ballots
* ballots that were not marked with a writing instrument but appeared to be marked with toner
* ballots that were different in the stock or paper used to other ballot papers
* ballots that were not creased
* nine unsecured ballot bags
Letlow will be joining the House in the seat originally won by her husband, Luke Letlow, who died in September from COVID-19 before he was supposed to be sworn in. Julia Letlow won a special election in March.
The purpose of this training [...] to accuse our community of systemic racism that needed to be disrupted and dismantled to root out this type of white supremacist thinking.
Superintendent Scott Ziegler claimed, “LCPS has not adopted Critical Race Theory as a framework for staff to adhere to.” In explaining the school district’s “equity priorities,” he said, “They are not an effort to indoctrinate students and staff into a particular philosophy or theory.”
A look at the training tells a different story. Equity “conversations” are centered on all the buzz terms popular in CRT: systemic racism, white supremacy, white privilege, implicit bias, and microaggressions. The “conversation” assumes these are truths, and any attempt to call these terms into question is ignored or dismissed.
We are specifically told at our meetings not to direct the conversation to other factors that may inhibit student achievement like “economics” or “family structure.”
Not surprisingly, the approach is rooted in Marxism. We are engaged in a trickle-down indoctrination targeted at teachers with the aim of filtering the “equity” mindset down into the classrooms.
President Biden is seeking to convince the American people that Congress needs to pass his next big-ticket economic plan, touting the sweeping, $2.25 trillion measure unveiled last week as a once-in-a-generation investment in the nation's economy and infrastructure.
"Independent analysis shows that if we pass this plan the economy will create 19 million jobs," Biden said, between now and 2030.
But the economy is on track to add about 16.3 million jobs, whether or not Congress passes the infrastructure bill. That would mean the proposal itself will add about 2.7 million jobs, while adding tremendous debt.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) is taking aim at the congressional Democrats' wide-ranging election and campaign finance reform bill, describing it as a "hyper-partisan power grab."
The "For the People Act" ‒ known as H.R.1 in the House and S.1 in the Senate ‒ now faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Democrats, who hold a razor-thin majority in the chamber, say the measure will be a top priority when the Senate session resumes in early April. "Democrats are attempting an egregious power grab through H.R. 1 that will fundamentally alter our entire election system and dismantle the integrity of the vote, but we will not let them get away with it," RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said.
H.R. 1 is the "Democrats' blatant hijacking of our election system that would give unfettered power to unelected D.C. bureaucrats and trample on free speech."
"Stop Ballot Trafficking – Radical Democrats are trying to take over our elections! Fight back."
"the goal is to censor those with whom the authors of the bill disagree."
"This monstrosity of a bill betrays the Constitution, dangerously federalizes state elections, and undermines the integrity of the ballot box. As a former chief election officer, and now an Attorney General, I know this would be a disaster for election integrity and confidence in the processes that have been developed over time to instill confidence in the idea of ‘one person, one vote.’"
"States have principal — and with presidential elections, exclusive — responsibility to safeguard" how they hold elections under the Constitution.
The attorneys general argued that this "exclusive division of power" outlined in the Constitution "differs markedly" from the Election Clause in Article I of the Constitution, "which says that both States and Congress have the power to regulate the 'time, place, and manner’ of congressional elections. That distinction is not an accident of drafting. After extensive debate, the Constitution’s Framers deliberately excluded Congress from deciding how presidential electors would be chosen in order to avoid presidential dependence on Congress for position and authority. The exclusivity of state power to 'define the method' of choosing presidential electors means that Congress may not force states to permit presidential voting by mail or curbside voting, for example."
Biden always had tax-hike plans for the middle class. He also supports a drastic overhaul of retirement accounts that would amount to a tax hike on folks earning over $80,250.
Hiking the corporate tax rate is a perfect example. Congress and President Donald Trump, with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, brought our corporate tax rate down to the globally competitive 21%, on par with the average of wealthy nations. Biden wants to increase it back to 28% and tack on a minimum 15% tax on the book income of large corporations, effectively disallowing many deductions. Add in the state income taxes, and you’ll have most U.S. corporations facing the highest of any nation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the G-7.
Biden’s corporate tax hike would slash 159,000 jobs and that an average 0.7% wage reduction would harm the bottom quintile of workers, who would see a 1.45% decrease in after-tax income. Prices would likely go up, and retirement accounts would be smaller than otherwise.
There simply isn’t enough wealth among the wealthy to finance their plans, and we know this from looking at the countries that already do what Biden and the Democrats want to do. The middle class is where the money is.
Biden continues in the falsehood that he’s only taxing the over-$400,000 crowd. We know that’s not true. He knows that’s not true. It’s time Biden admitted he’s raising taxes on the middle class.
“This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. I have studied history for years and I cannot recall it ever happening. It may be that our task is impossible. Yet, if we do not try then how will we know it can’t be done? And if we do not try, it most certainly won’t be done. The Founders’ Republic, and the larger war for western civilization, will be lost.”
“But I tell you this: We will not go gently into that bloody collectivist good night. Indeed, we will make with our defiance such a sound as ALL history from that day forward will be forced to note, even if they despise us in the writing of it.”
– Mike Vanderboegh
The Democrats know full well that most of HR-1 will be shut down by the Supreme Court. But they expect that there will be enough disruption and destruction in the meantime to serve their Socialist ends.
D.C. Circuit Court Judge Laurence Silberman went on an unprecedented written tirade against the press, in which he argued that the Supreme Court should revisit the landmark 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan ruling that granted the media broad First Amendment protections from being sued by public officials.
"The increased power of the press is so dangerous today because we are very close to one-party control of these institutions," said Silberman.
"Although the bias against the Republican Party — not just controversial individuals — is rather shocking today, this is not new; it is a long-term, secular trend going back at least to the ’70s," Silberman wrote. "Two of the three most influential papers (at least historically), The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets. And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction. The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe). Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along."
He accused Silicon Valley of filtering news "in ways favorable to the Democratic Party" and fueling censorship, citing the suppression of the New York Post's bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election.
Silberman also sounded the alarm about the "serious efforts to muzzle" outlets like Fox News that aren't under "Democratic Party ideological control."
"It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news. It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy."
"The First Amendment guarantees a free press to foster a vibrant trade in ideas. But a biased press can distort the marketplace. And when the media has proven its willingness — if not eagerness — to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’ power."
If Democrats cannot be successful in an unbiased press, then there must be something horribly wrong about them.
The civil rights movement was about giving everyone an opportunity to succeed and treating everyone fairly.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a just and equitable America, in which citizens treated each other as persons rather than as carriers of an indelible racial imprint.
Today, the progressive left has bet against King's vision: we are not persons, we are our racial identities, and anyone who rejects that view is guilty of racism.
That approach is about perpetuating division and divisiveness, to increase political control by would-be autocrats. It is not about rights and equality.
King himself would be called out and targeted for "anti-bias" reeducation if he were alive today. The Civil Rights Movement of which I was proudly a part has been betrayed by a twisted progressive ideology that hyper-racializes our country.
We see this same pattern of weaponizing race emerging throughout our elite institutions.
"Every single individual in this country is entitled to just as much respect, just as much dignity, as every other individual."
The White House revealed that a handful of staffers were let go over past pot use, even though Vice President Kamala Harris has publicly admitted to smoking weed in college.
'I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy in the world,' says the Socialist, who fails to mention that Socialism has caused misery for hundreds of millions of people subjected to its oppressive tenets and actions.
Former President Barack Obama lashed into “woke culture”. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”
“I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough. That is not activism."
President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are jamming their agenda forward with a sense of urgency, an unapologetically partisan approach based on the calculation that it’s better to advance the giant COVID-19 rescue package and other priorities.
Democrats are showing little patience for the GOP objections and entertaining few overtures toward compromise, claiming the majority of the country supports their agenda. But with fragile majorities in the House and the Senate, and a liberal base of voters demanding action, Democrats are operating as if they are on borrowed time.
The start of the first congressional session of the Biden administration was supposed to be a new era of bipartisan deal-making. The Senate evenly split, 50-50, and the House resting on a slim majority for Democrats set prime conditions for Biden to swoop in and forge across-the-aisle compromises.
But the rush through Biden’s first 100 days is shaping up as an urgent era of hardball politics, with Democrats prepared to go it alone, even if that means that changes to the Senate filibuster rules are needed to work around Republican roadblocks to legislation.
House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote. It would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts, strike down hurdles to voting and bring transparency to a murky campaign finance system that allows wealthy donors to anonymously bankroll political causes.
The bill is a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s repeated claims of a stolen 2020 election. Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it has little chance of passing without changes to procedural rules that currently allow Republicans to block it.
State lawmakers across the U.S. have filed more than 200 bills in 43 states that would limit ballot access. In Georgia, the House on Monday voted for legislation requiring identification to vote by mail. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court appeared ready to uphold voting restrictions in Arizona, which could make it harder to challenge state election laws in the future.
The stakes in the outcome are monumental, cutting to the foundational idea that one person equals one vote, and carrying with it the potential to shape election outcomes for years to come. “H.R. 1 is not about making elections better,” said Ken Cuccinelli, a former Trump administration Homeland Security official who is leading the effort. “It’s about the opposite. It’s intended to dirty up elections.”
Warren Buffett's annual letter to Berkshire shareholders (PDF; sends to your Downloads folder) was released on Saturday, and as usual the first page compares the annual performance of Berkshire against that of the S&P 500 (^GSPC) since 1965. Berkshire shares have seen an average annual return of 20.0% compared to the S&P 500's 10.2% gain during that period.
To his credit, few people are more vocal about Buffett's mistakes than Buffett himself. But a successful investor shouldn’t be judged by his or her mistakes. Rather, they should be judged by the degree to which they are able to achieve their long-term goals.
President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill could automatically trigger billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare and other federal programs, according to new findings published by the Congressional Budget Office. In a letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the non-partisan agency estimated that Medicare would see a $36 billion cut, while up to $90 billion would be slashed from other spending programs. That is due to Congressional Democrats are using a tactic known as budget reconciliation to muscle through the aid package using a simple majority, allowing them to avoid a Senate Republican filibuster. Under the Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, known as PAYGO, new laws that increase the national debt automatically force offsetting cuts in other safety-net programs.
Losses for tech shares were blunted by gains for financial companies as investors rotate away from pandemic-era winners to smaller companies poised to benefit from an end to lockdowns.
Investors are concerned about the risk that accelerating inflation is just around the corner and trying to gauge what that might mean for markets. “Interest rates are rising for good reasons right now and it’s because markets and the bond market are expecting us to return to good growth. The problem comes in when interest rates start rising for bad reasons -- and a bad reason would be that they expect inflation to start getting out of hand.”
Trump's team says liberals could be impeached for their past comments under Democrats' standards.
"Every single one of you, and every one of you," David Schoen, a Trump attorney, bellowed at Democrats in the chamber at the end of an 11-minute video featuring clips of each of them saying "fight." Videos starred just about every prominent Democrat, including Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., encouraging liberals to harass Trump officials, and President Biden saying if he were in high school again he'd go behind the gym and "beat the hell out" of Trump.
Trump's legal team blasted the proceedings as an unconstitutional, "sham impeachment" motivated by Democrats' "hatred" for the former president. They said Trump's political speech is protected by the First Amendment.
His lawyers said it's "absurd" to think Trump was trying to promote insurrection on Jan. 6 based on his rhetoric that day and long history of promoting "law and order" and denouncing mob violence throughout his many other political rallies. "Nothing in the text could ever be construed as encouraging, condoning or enticing unlawful activity of any kind."
Former White House adviser Stephen Miller warned on Wednesday that President Biden is “destroying thousands of good-paying energy jobs” across the country through his energy actions, which he argued will “handicap every sector of the U.S. economy.” President Biden's climate change executive actions will raise the price of energy over time for every household in America “and make our economy less globally competitive.”
Biden signed a total of 17 executive orders within minutes of entering the Oval Office for the first time last month and, in total, has signed more than three dozen executive orders, actions and directives so far. The orders reversed a number of Trump administration policies and covered areas Biden identified as his priorities on the campaign trail, including climate change. In addition to halting the Keystone XL oil pipeline project in the series of orders aimed at combating climate change, Biden temporarily suspended the issuance of oil and gas permits on federal lands and waters.
"President Biden is destroying thousands of good-paying energy jobs all across this country undermining the economic recovery, not just today, but for years to come.” The oil and gas industry “is one of the most important growth industries in the United States of America.” “It’s what gives us a competitive edge over other countries,” Miller said. “This is a giant self-inflicted economic wound and the people suffering today in New Mexico, in Louisiana, in Montana are just the beginning."
OPEC, which met its match in Trump, sees Biden as a business booster
President Joe Biden has a plan to make OPEC great again by raising the price of oil and thwarting competition from U.S. and Canadian oil producers.
On his first day in office, he made decisions that spread joy across the OPEC nations by revoking the permit for the Keystone Pipeline, which would help make Canadian oil less competitive on the global market allowing the cartel to maintain or even gain global oil market share. That eliminated at least 11,000 oil and gas jobs in the U.S. and Canada that should now be picked up by OPEC.
The administration also temporarily banned the issuance of new permits and leases for drilling and fracking on federal lands. The U S. Chamber of Commerce warns that a ban on fracking would eliminate 19 million jobs between 2021-2025 while reducing U.S. Gross Domestic Product by $7.1 trillion over the same period.
This is a welcome shift for the poor OPEC cartel that had fallen on hard times in recent years. Not only did they take a huge financial hit from the historic drop in demand from COVID-19 last year they have also had to compete with U.S. and Canadian oil and gas producers for jobs and market share for their energy exports.
Biden's policies will also be a big win for Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
President Biden’s climate czar, John Kerry, admitted Wednesday that the US reducing its emissions to zero wouldn’t make much of a difference in the global climate change fight — before pushing domestic manufacturing of electric cars and solar panels in favor of energy production.
“He knows Paris alone is not enough,” Kerry told reporters at a White House press briefing, referring to Biden re-entering the US in the Paris Climate Agreement in one of his first acts as president. “Not when almost 90 percent of all of the planet’s global emissions come from outside of US borders. We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn’t solved,” Kerry conceded.
Kerry also acknowledged that it would be difficult to bring the world’s top polluters to the table, including China, which produces 30 percent of the world’s carbon emissions.
Biden has denied that oil and gas jobs would be lost in his curbing of domestic energy production, even though his last “climate action” scrapping the Keystone XL pipeline will result in thousands of layoffs. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said Wednesday that Biden’s energy plan would take a “wrecking ball” to oil, gas and coal jobs in states across the country. “I think he is kicking the American people when they’re down economically."
A feature-length documentary released by Kremlin opposition leader Alexei Navalny has racked up more than 100 million views. The documentary, "Putin’s Palace," alleges that Russian President Vladimir Putin owns an extravagant billion-dollar palace on the Black Sea that was built using slush funds.
After Navalny's arrest, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Russia last weekend in support of him with some shouting "Putin is a thief!" But even as the U.S. and other counties call for his release, he remains in custody.
The palace was partly funded by a tax-payer hospital project. Two Putin associates reportedly overcharged hospitals for medical equipment and laundered at least $50 million toward a company that was building the palace. Rumors about the palace had circulated for years before Navalny’s documentary went viral.
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Senator Rand Paul said in a Twitter message that the vote showed the House’s impeachment case – charging Trump with "inciting an insurrection" in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol – was "dead on arrival."
"One of Bernie Sanders' supporters came to the ballfield, nearly killed Steve Scalise ... but nobody talked about impeaching Bernie Sanders. Maxine Waters has said, 'Get up in their face' -- so has Cory Booker -- 'Become a mob, we want you to mob them at restaurants and cause mayhem.' That sounds like an incitement to violence but nobody's talking about impeaching Maxine Waters, nobody's talking about impeaching Bernie Sanders or Cory Booker for saying 'Get up in their face.'
"So it's a significant hypocrisy and double standard that they're putting forward and they should be called out on it. Nobody should be shy about calling them out on their hypocrisy."
"Impeachment is for removal from office and the accused here has already left office," Paul had argued prior to the procedural vote. "Hyper-partisan Democrats are about to drag our great country into the gutter of rancor and vitriol the likes of which has never been seen in our nation’s history."
Many Democrats voted for HR 9, which would have required the US to stick with the Paris agreement's provisions
"By rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement, President Biden indicates he's more interested in the views of the citizens of Paris than in the jobs of the citizens of Pittsburgh. This agreement will do little to affect the climate and will harm the livelihoods of Americans," said Senator Ted Cruz
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said Biden's energy policies mean the U.S. is headed for "$5 a gallon at the pump and higher home energy bills."
Even before former President Donald Trump abandoned the Paris agreement, groups including the Global Energy Institute and conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation warned the climate accord could decimate jobs in the energy and industrial sectors.
"Based on regulations and emissions reduction targets set by the Obama administration, Heritage economists estimate that by 2035 there will be: an annual average loss of nearly 400,000 jobs, a total income loss of more than $20,000 for a family of four, and an aggregate GDP loss of over $2.5 trillion – all for a few tenths of a degree Celsius in abated warming."
The Earth began cooling about 1275, in what has been labelled the "Little Ice Age". Temperatures hit their lowest point about 1650, and have been recovering ever since. While the Earth's temperature is still well below that of 1,000 years ago, the improvements have been noticeable.  See the article: The Earth is Getting Greener!.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday set aside his demand that a provision preserving the legislative filibuster be included in his power-sharing agreement with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer -- paving the way for the upper chamber to officially form committees and start tackling major legislative issues on the Biden agenda. McConnell, R-Ky., decided to relent Monday, he said, after two moderate Democrats doubled-down on their previous stances in support of the legislative filibuster. This almost certainly means that Democrats, many of whom have said they want to get rid of the filibuster, won't be able to do so for at least the next two years.
The filibuster places a 60-vote procedural hurdle in the way of bills passing through the chamber and is considered a hallmark of the Senate.
"The legislative filibuster was a key part of the foundation beneath the Senate’s last 50-50 power-sharing agreement in 2001. With these assurances, I look forward to moving ahead with a power-sharing agreement modeled on that precedent."
With committees formed and rules for legislation in place, the Senate will be able to tackle some of the more thorny issues it's avoided the past couple of weeks. It hasn't taken up any major legislation or controversial nominees and instead has ushered through some of President Biden's less polarizing Cabinet appointments, especially those related to national security.
Several U.S. cities and states have announced plans to lift restrictions on indoor dining at bars and restaurants – in moves that come less than week after a change at the White House.
The lifting of local-level restrictions – many of them in blue states -- was expected to give local economies a boost during the early days of the Biden administration following months of business-strangling shutdowns while President Trump was in charge. In December, U.S. employers slashed 140,000 jobs, with many of the cuts happening at bars and restaurants because of coronavirus-related limits on business.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer – who served on President Biden’s inauguration committee -- announced the looser restaurant rules Friday, after returning from the inauguration in Washington despite having urged her fellow Michiganders to limit travel.
In some areas, bars and restaurants have been opening illegally, in defiance of coronavirus-related restrictions. “We’re not going to back down because our employees still need to eat, they still need that income,” said Oregon restaurant owner Bryan Mitchell, who was bucking state rules earlier this month. “The statement that we’re making is, ‘Every life is essential. You have the right to survive. Nobody should tell you what you can and cannot do to provide for your family.”
"Warnock and Ossoff made it a point to endorse and exclusively say ‘$2,000 checks,’" Georgia Democrat Oscar Zaro told Mediaite. "A lot of the people in my district voted blue in the runoff for two main reasons. One: Loeffler and Perdue denying us relief during COVID while profiting millions themselves; and two, $2,000 checks."
"If you send Jon and the reverend to Washington, those $2,000 checks will go out the door, restoring hope and decency for so many people who are struggling right now," Biden said at a rally for both candidates on Jan. 4.
Rogelio Linares, a Democratic canvasser during the runoff elections, called it "a betrayal of the working class. "I was lying to people that were relying on this," he said. "At the time I didn’t know it was a lie. But that was not the reality."
Biden signed an executive order issuing a mask mandate that would last the first 100 days of his presidency. Biden, acknowledging he didn't have the authority to require masks in most situations, promised to require them in federal buildings, on interstate travel such as planes, trains and buses, and to work with governors and mayors on their own mask mandates.
The coronavirus relief bill will more than double the minimum wage, from $7.25 to $15 per hour
He also reversed Trump’s travel restrictions on 13 majority-Muslim countries where terrorism was endemic, often referred to as the "Muslim ban."
The new president signed an order Wednesday declaring the "immediate termination" of funding for the border wall.
He also signed an order reversing Trump's previous order that directed aggressive immigration enforcement.
He has promised to reverse Trump's asylum limitations and the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
He also revoked the permit for the Keystone pipeline.
Biden signed an order for the U.S. to rejoin the Paris climate agreement.
The most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that of the more than 30 million doses shipped, only about 11 million have been used.
Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University who blogs at Marginal Revolution, has been promoting an idea called "first dose first," which the United Kingdom recently adopted. This approach would allocate all available vaccines to be used as first doses, while pushing off second doses for weeks (or even months) until production can catch up. "That means you can give twice as many first doses."
Alternative social media platform Parler filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Monday following Amazon Web Services' decision to suspend Parler from its cloud hosting service following last week's deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.
"AWS’s decision to effectively terminate Parler’s account is apparently motivated by political animus," Parler claims in its filing. "AWS is violating Section 1 of the Sherman Antitrust Act in combination with Defendant Twitter. AWS is also breaching it[s] contract with Parler, which requires AWS to provide Parler with a thirty-day notice before terminating service, rather than the less than thirty-hour notice AWS actually provided. Finally, AWS is committing intentional interference with prospective economic advantage given the millions of users expected to sign up in the near future."
Parler claims that it is being discriminated against because it is in direct competition with social media giant Twitter. "Last month, Defendant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (“AWS”) and the popular social media platform Twitter signed a multi-year deal so that AWS could support the daily delivery of millions of tweets. AWS currently provides that same service to Parler, a conservative microblogging alternative and competitor to Twitter," the filing reads.
"When Twitter announced two evenings ago that it was permanently banning President Trump from its platform, conservative users began to flee Twitter en masse for Parler. The exodus was so large that the next day, yesterday, Parler became the number one free app downloaded from Apple’s App Store."
When Trump tells his supporters to make a peaceable visit to Congress to cheer on those Representatives and Senators brave enough to object to a manifestly fraudulent election, and a small percentage break away and [riot; i.e.,] do what Democrats have always done, it’s suddenly “sedition,” “treason,” and “terrorism.” Then, with their narrative firmly in place, Democrats are ready to do something else that leftists have always done: Purges.
On Sunday, Nancy Pelosi (D. -- white supremacist representative occupying a seat a black person should have) announced that on Monday the House will vote to ask Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office – nine days before his term ends. Should Pence refuse to do so (and he has allegedly announced that he will refuse), Pelosi will proceed with impeachment legislation.
The pretense for all of this is that Trump has gone stark raving mad and may even drop a nuclear bomb in the next nine days. The reality is that Pelosi’s laptop disappeared on January 7 and Trump probably has it in front of him. She is desperate to remove him from power before he does something with it.
Democrats have another plan, one that’s even worse than striking at Trump. Ignoring their repeated history of objecting to Republican presidential Electoral College certifications, they plan to use sec. 3 of the 14th Amendment to remove all federal and state elected officials who objected to Biden’s Electoral College votes. That section bars political office to people who “engaged in insurrection or rebellion against” the Constitution or gave “aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”
Left has 'no moral authority to lecture the rest of us'
Democrats on Friday worked on an article of impeachment charging President Trump with "incitement for insurrection" in a continuation of their four-year campaign to remove him from office.
The charge is based on the breach of the Capitol on Wednesday after Trump invited supporters at a rally to "walk down to the Capitol" and "cheer on our brave senators and Congress men and women" who were about to object to slates of electors due to evidence of voting irregularities and fraud.
If "inflammatory rhetoric" is the standard, "then Trump's critics are at best ethically compromised."
Barack Obama in 2008 said: "I need you to get out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face."
His attorney general, Eric Holder, said in 2018: "When they go low, we kick 'em. That's what this new Democratic Party is about."
U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., went much further in 2018. "Let's make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that [Trump] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and create a crowd," she told a raucous crowd. "And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore, anywhere."
Rep. Cory Booker, D-N.J., said last year, "Please, get up in the face of some Congress people."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi downplayed rioting, saying, "People will do what they do."
Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. has said: "You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there is unrest in our lives, and unfortunately there is plenty to go around."
Soon-to-be vice president Kamala Harris said: "They're [left-wing protesters] not gonna stop before Election Day in November and they're not gonna stop after Election Day. And that should be – everyone should take note of that on both levels, that this isn't, they're not gonna let up and they should not. And we should not."
"Left-wing commentators and activists (pretty much the same these days) have no moral authority to lecture the rest of us about violence committed by right-wing protesters. They nurtured a climate of violence over the past year by giving Antifa and Black Lives Matter their blessings.
It was January and the Democrats had a problem: things were too good in America. No wars, improved border security, lower drug prices, lower taxes, and a bull market would likely conspire to get Trump reelected in November.
Step 1: Fake Pandemic to Kill Business & Trump Rallies
Step 2: Media Manipulation in Favor of Biden to Point of Treason
Step 3. The Election – Planned Fraud & Emergency Fraud
After midnight on election night, six state governors, all Democrats, halted the ballot counting for several hours. In Nevada when they had stopped counting it had been nearly tied; Trump had led in the other five states:
Pennsylvania Trump by 682K votes (15.2%)
Georgia Trump by 311K votes (7.5%)
Michigan Trump by 307K votes (9.6%)
Wisconsin Trump by 128K votes (4.9%)
North Carolina Trump by 77K votes (1.4%)
When the six states began counting again, an impossible percentage of the votes were for Biden and most ballots had been left blank for all other races.
So by the morning after the election it was apparent that something was wrong. It appeared that hundreds of thousands of phony Biden votes had been added to the counts in six states, on average, at about 3:45 AM. Eyewitnesses would confirm this a few weeks later. At the Pennsylvania hearing, when a witness to the fraud was asked, regarding one particularly curious “spike” of 600,000 votes, “How many of those votes were for Trump and responded, “3,200,” the room burst into laughter, it not being possible for any Biden or any candidate to receive 99.5% of the vote.
All the controversial states and several others had used Dominion systems, a software company with ties to Smartmatic, the tech supplier in the Venezuelan election that brought Hugo Chavez to power. Smartmatic Director Antonion Mugica admitted in 2017 that they had created “at least one million” fake votes in that year’s election in Venezuela. Investigators found that votes from 28 US states had been sent to Germany and Spain to be counted by Smartmatic/Dominon.
It wasn’t nearly enough to steal the election, though. As Trump lawyer Sidney Powell explained, “Trump votes were programmed to switch to Biden but Trump’s votes were so high it didn’t work right because they didn’t set their algorithms high enough.” That’s why they had to stop the counts on election night. They needed to hastily add hundreds of thousands of votes in the early morning of November 4th to make up for the under-cheating by the software.
Step 4. Selling the Biden Victory Narrative with Criminal Conspiracy
The Left went into, “Why can we all just get along” mode. “A time for healing,” said the newspapers. They defended mail-in voting, the count stoppages, Dominion software, etc. Evidence did not matter to them, only selling the narrative that Biden was the victor.
Since the Civil War, this coup-dressed-as-election-fraud is the most dire threat to America’s survival as a free country.
No wonder President Trump was so angry. He had every right to be.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that Big Tech insiders are seeking employment with the free speech platform, sickened by Silicon Valley’s monopoly and authoritarian practices.
What Torba calls an “internal civil war” over the slightest resemblance of internet freedom is raging in Silicon Valley, with even the most moderate company officials supportive of free expression being bullied and shut down by tech oligarchs.
“I cannot tell you how many people… If you only knew what was inside my inbox right now. There are so many people- including senior level inside of Silicon Valley firms who are reaching out to me looking for a job right now. And I’m hearing chatter from inside of these companies from some of my sources that it’s an internal civil war.”
Torba was speaking in a Sunday livestream, breaking down the ramifications of a Big Tech exodus that has followed Twitter and Facebook’s suspension of Donald Trump’s social media accounts.
Gab has received a buff in traffic of up to 750% in the wake of the most wide-ranging Big Tech censorship purge yet- with alt-tech competitor Parler being swiftly deplatformed by Amazon’s oligarch-owned web service provider. Gab’s self-owned server structure is entirely in-house, sparing the free speech platform from any accountability or subjugation underneath Big Tech oligarchs.
The platform is aiming to supplant not only Twitter, but YouTube as well, creating a free speech-oriented video streaming service.
Conservatives noticed Friday that Limbaugh's account was no longer active, causing many to assume that Twitter had banned Limbaugh. However, Twitter told a CNN reporter that it did not suspend Limbaugh's account. Instead, Limbaugh deactivated the account.
Bongino, who has nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, announced his departure from the platform after Twitter temporarily suspended his account on Thursday. "I'm leaving the platform permanently for Parler. Twitter needs me, I don't need them. I provide them with content. Hopefully, this leads to more high-profile accounts leaving Twitter," Bongino said.
Levin also said that he was leaving Twitter for good as a "protest" against "Twitter's fascism. "I have suspended my own Twitter account in protest against Twitter's fascism. I ask all my followers to join me now on Parler and Rumble," Levin announced Friday.
Politicization problems exist in U.S. spy agency assessments on foreign influence in the 2020 U.S. election, including analysts who appeared to hold back information on Chinese meddling efforts because they disagreed with the Trump administration's policies, according to an intelligence community inspector.
Barry Zulauf, an analytic ombudsman and longtime intelligence official, issued a 14-page report to the Senate Intelligence Committee. In addition, he lamented the “polarized atmosphere has threatened to undermine the foundations of our Republic, penetrating even into the Intelligence Community.”
“Given analytic differences in the way Russia and China analysts examined their targets, China analysts appeared hesitant to assess Chinese actions as undue influence or interference. The analysts appeared reluctant to have their analysis on China brought forward because they tend to disagree with the administration’s policies, saying in effect, I don’t want our intelligence used to support those policies,” Zulauf concluded, saying this behavior violated analytic standards requiring independence from political considerations.
Happening Four Years Ago, Happening Now
“If you elect Hillary Clinton, then I'll implement all of her policies very faithfully, and if I see massive evidence of corruption on Hillary Clinton's part, then I'll keep it all a secret. If you elect a candidate I disagree with, then I'll lie, I'll leak, I'll cheat, I'll smear, I'll attack, I'll persecute, and I will refuse to implement, and I will obstruct at every single step of the way."
Chinese military-linked entities, including those behind extensive cyber attacks and espionage, funneled at least $88 million into U.S. universities over the course of six years, according to a review of federal records.
Duke University operates a joint-campus in China with Wuhan University, a public university that repeatedly carried out cyber attacks on behalf of the Chinese military. Northwestern University and the University of California Irvine have together received more than $4 million in research funding from an entity controlled by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, a Chinese defense contractor that used stolen designs of American F-35 fighters to build planes for the Chinese military.
Institutions controlled by the Chinese government—state-owned enterprises, state-controlled public universities, government-controlled nonprofits, and other sources—collectively donated at least $315 million to American colleges between 2014 and 2019. The $315 million sum, based on federal disclosures, is likely a conservative estimate. A Department of Education audit found that U.S. universities failed to disclose more than $6.5 billion in foreign funding from China and other countries in recent years.
The University of Michigan has received $1.3 million from Harbin Engineering University, an institution that the Treasury Department included on its ban list in 2020.
"Americans must know how the CCP is poisoning the well of our higher education for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and our national security," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a December speech. "If we don't educate ourselves, we'll get schooled by Beijing."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday said he was lifting restrictions on contacts between US officials and their Taiwanese counterparts, a move likely to anger China and increase tensions between Beijing and Washington in the waning days of President Donald Trump’s presidency. China claims democratic and separately-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and regularly describes Taiwan as the most sensitive issue in its ties with the United States.
While the United States, like most countries, has no official relations with Taiwan, the Trump administration has ramped up backing for the island country, with arms sales and laws to help Taiwan deal with pressure from China.
In a statement, Pompeo said that for several decades the State Department had created complex internal restrictions on interactions with Taiwanese counterparts by American diplomats, service members and other officials. “The United States government took these actions unilaterally, in an attempt to appease the Communist regime in Beijing,” Pompeo said in a statement. “Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions.”
Parler to be down 'for a while' without AWS, executives say: 'We are clearly being singled out.'
CEO John Matze says Big Tech seeking to 'stifle free speech and competition in the marketplace'.
Parler will likely go offline for "a while" Sunday evening given Amazon Web Services' decision to suspend the upstart social media platform after Wednesday's U.S. Capitol riot, executives said Sunday.
“We are clearly being singled out,” Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff told “Fox & Friends Weekend” one day after Apple suspended Parler from its App Store even as it surged to the No. 1 spot in the free apps section earlier in the day.
CEO Matze told “Sunday Morning Futures” that what is happening is “extremely scary” and that it seems like the Big Tech moves are an effort to "stifle free speech and competition in the marketplace."
Data analytics company Appfigures estimated that on Saturday, Parler downloads would surpass 1.5 million on the App Store, driven in large part by pro-Trump conservatives leaving Twitter in protest.
“We will try our best to move to a new provider right now as we have many competing for our business, however Amazon, Google and Apple purposefully did this in a coordinated effort knowing our options would be limited and knowing this would inflict the most damage right as President Trump was banned from the tech companies,” Matze added.
Socialism became more accepted in 2020 and is on its way to becoming the default economic policy for Democratic politicians, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned.
Calling socialism a "dangerous ideology" the former governor of South Carolina noted it "has failed everywhere it has been tried & ruined countless lives."
Worse, she also wrote, "it is on its way to becoming the default economic policy of the Democratic Party. This terrifying trend threatens the future of every American."
"The left believes that government knows best. If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that when govt dictates how the economy is run, Americans suffer. With the Biden admin set to take power, now is the time to renew the fight for capitalism."
"Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem," Trump said, adding that he had "immediately" deployed the National Guard.
On Wednesday evening, Trump tweeted out a statement: "These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long," Trump tweeted. "Go home with love & peace." He added: "Remember this day forever!"
A group of GOP senators led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, will object to the Jan. 6 certification of the presidential election results next week unless there is an emergency 10-day audit of the results by an electoral commission. Cruz and the other senators claim the Nov. 3 election "featured unprecedented allegations of voter fraud and illegal conduct."
"Voter fraud has posed a persistent challenge in our elections, although its breadth and scope are disputed. By any measure, the allegations of fraud and irregularities in the 2020 election exceed any in our lifetimes."
The lawmakers say there is a precedent of Democrats objecting to election results in 1969, 2001, 2005 and 2019. "And, in both 1969 and 2005, a Democratic Senator joined with a Democratic House Member in forcing votes in both houses on whether to accept the presidential electors being challenged."
The senators and senators-elect are calling for Congress to appoint a commission to conduct a 10-day emergency audit of the election returns in states where the results are disputed. They cite as precedent the 1877 race between Samuel Tilden and Rutherford Hayes in which there were allegations of fraud in multiple states. "In 1877, Congress did not ignore those allegations, nor did the media simply dismiss those raising them as radicals trying to undermine democracy," the lawmakers said in the statement. "Instead, Congress appointed an Electoral Commission -- consisting of five Senators, five House Members, and five Supreme Court Justices -- to consider and resolve the disputed returns. We should follow that precedent." If that doesn't happen, the senators intend to vote against certification. "Accordingly, we intend to vote on January 6 to reject the electors from disputed states as not ‘regularly given’ and ‘lawfully certified’ (the statutory requisite), unless and until that emergency 10-day audit is completed."
if the group of GOP senators object, along with a similar effort by House Republicans, the joint session of Congress would be dissolved, and the House and Senate would then meet separately to debate any contested state’s electoral votes. Afterward, each body would vote whether to accept or reject any contested votes. Then the House and Senate would reconvene the joint session. In the House, at least 10 incoming House GOP freshmen are expected to back a move by Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., to object to certification.
A state’s slate of electoral votes would only be thrown out if both the House and Senate vote to do so.
Mayor's zero-tolerance policy comes after a string of violent clashes in the city's downtown area.
ANTIFA Anti-"fascist" Fascists
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is promising to "push back harder" against anarchists and Antifa radicals after another riot rocked the city on New Year's Eve, admitting that months-long efforts to stem the violence have failed. "My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical Antifa and anarchists," Wheeler said during a Friday news conference. "In response, it will be necessary to use additional tools and push the limits of the tools we already have to bring the criminal destruction and violence to an end."
Police said hoodlums on Thursday night threw "multiple firebombs" at cops and launched commercial-grade fireworks at the courthouse. Rioters also smashed windows and set fires in the area, and police began using pepper spray or mace against the crowd, as well as what appeared to be rubber bullets or pepper balls.
He also noted the demographics of the rioters, who often claim to be fighting for racial justice. "Why would a group of largely white, young and some middle-age men destroy the livelihood of others who are struggling to get by? There are some people who truly just want to watch the world burn."
Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., has accused his opponent in next week's runoff election, Democrat Jon Ossoff, of lying by failing to disclose his business ties to the Chinese Communist Party.
"This is clearly a pattern of activity from the Chinese Communist Party. They identified Jon Ossoff after his 2017 attempt to run for the U.S. House ...They identified him as an ambitious young politician on the Democratic side that they probably could get influence with. So they hired him and he worked for two years for this propaganda company of the Chinese Communist Party ... and he hid it from the people of Georgia during his primary. He might not have won that primary, had he fully disclosed that. He got caught. He didn't disclosed it, lied about it and lied about it again. And he still didn't answer Peter's question, if you noticed that. He never has answered that question."
Did China buy the 2020 election? Is this the pattern they have followed in other cases?
New North Carolina rep defied the odds in life and in politics. Rep.-elect Madison Cawthorn, R-N.C., beat out a candidate backed by President Trump and the Washington establishment to become the youngest incoming member of Congress at age 25. Winning the seat without the help of the GOP establishment has given Cawthorn a sense of freedom from the traditional power structures in Washington and a motivation to help other young patriots break the mold, too.
Cawthorn is determined to be a powerful voice for the next generation of conservatives, arguing the Republican Party must change to make inroads with young voters who think the GOP is "angry and just says 'no.'" "There is a generational time bomb going off in the Republican Party and that's because they have failed to connect with this new generation," Cawthorn said. "They've failed to iterate the fact that we are the party of freedom."
Cawthorn wants to "brand a new Republican Party" that is bold and inspirational.
"I really want the Republican Party to be bolder," Cawthorn said. "I want us to be a big tent party that says I don't care if you're gay. I don't care what your religion is. As long as you believe in freedom and believe in our founding principles, you're welcome in our party. I really want our party defined as the Freedom Party."