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Friday, December 30, 2022
According to reporting from Politico — which appears to have been a coordinated leak from the White House to get in front of the story, as Rebecca reported Wednesday night — Biden's White House legal team notified GOP Reps. Jim Jordan (OH) and James Comer (KY) that their requests for information from the Biden administration would not be heeded because they were "constitutionally illegitimate."White House lawyer Richard Sauber told Jordan and Comer that "Congress has not delegated such authority to individual members of Congress who are not committee chairmen, and the House has not done so under its current Rules." That means that Republicans leading oversight efforts must, essentially, restart their investigations. Never mind, apparently, that Jordan is expected to...Read more, see tweets and videos here.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Trump's testimony was no longer needed, according to the panel's chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.
Thompson noted in a letter to Trump's attorneys: "In light of the imminent end of our investigation, the Select Committee can no longer pursue the specific information covered by the subpoena."
He added, "Therefore, through this letter, I hereby formally withdraw the subpoena issued to former President Trump, and notify you that he is no longer obligated to comply or produce records in response to said subpoena."
Trump took to his social media platform to share the following message:
just advised that the Unselect Committee of political Thugs has
withdrawn the Subpoena of me concerning the January 6th Protest of the
CROOKED 2020 Presidential Election. They probably did so because they
knew I did...Read more and see video here.
In a stunning new report, Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released more than 150,000 illegal migrants and border crossers into the U.S. without a Notice to Appear (NTA) in immigration court during the summer of 2021.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody was able to obtain footage showing the agency releasing tens of thousands of illegals into the country as part of a lawsuit against Biden’s Catch and Release program.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official can be heard in the
footage saying, “you know over the summer, we had well over 150,000
folks come in… they were issued a piece of paper that said, ‘Find
somebody in ICE,’ and that was pretty much it. There was no processing. I
know this isn’t something that you guys asked for, and I can assure you
that no one in the criminal...Read more, see tweets and videos here.
Wednesday, December 28, 2022
All social media platforms work with the U.S. government to censor content, Twitter CEO Elon Musk claimed on Tuesday.
The billionaire's comment refers to the internal Twitter communications revealed by journalist Matt Taibbi in the Twitter Files titled "Twitter and other government agencies."
Documents released by Musk following his purchase of Twitter showed that the platform colluded with the FBI, CIA, Pentagon and other government agencies to suppress information on elections, Ukraine and the pandemic.
In a series of Tweets, Taibbi painted a picture of Twitter executives
regularly meeting with members of the FBI and CIA, during which members
of the U.S. government gave Twitter executives lists of "hundreds of
problem...Read more, see tweets and video here.
The Supreme Court ruled to maintain Title 42, a Trump-era policy that allows immigration officials to quickly expel migrants for public health due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many Twitter users praised the ruling, suggesting it is critical to ensure America’s borders are properly enforced.
Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Marsha (Catron) Espinosa said the department will enforce the policy.
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, tweeted that the ruling will deter future border crossings.
"SCOTUS’s temporary stay of Title 42 protections will forestall a surge of trafficking and drugs. Lives will be saved. Yet as Democrats recently rejected my effort to remedy this situation legislatively, it falls to @POTUS to enforce the laws currently on the books," he tweeted. Read more, see tweets and video here.
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Starlink works by connecting satellites in low-earth orbit with user terminals on the ground.
Musk originally said in September that he would seek exemptions from sanctions on Iran so that Starlink could operate in the country.
The move came after protests broke out over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was in the custody of Iran's so-called morality police.
connectivity has been disrupted in the last few months, most recently
around the city of Sanandaj in the east Kurdistan Province on Dec. 20,
according to the internet monitor NetBlocks. Read more, see tweet and videos here.
"I definitely think we have a food security threat," Stephanie Nash, a Tennessee farmer and agriculture advocate told Fox News. "I believe 2023 is going to be rough. Worse than this year."
Food prices have been outpacing overall inflation in 2022 as November food prices showed a 10.6% increase compared to last year, while overall inflation hit 7.1%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A number of factors have contributed to rising food prices, including
fertilizer and fuel shortages, extreme weather conditions and rising
interest rates in an industry that relies on debt financing, Nash said. Read more see chart and videos here.
Friday, December 23, 2022
In "The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden's White House," author Chris Whipple describes Biden’s fury as his administration attempted to get a grip of the raging crisis at the border in 2021 — where a historic surge was underway, and there was growing criticism of his administration.
"Meanwhile, illegal immigrants kept arriving. And Biden was furious," the book says. "Aides had rarely seen him so angry. From all over the West Wing, you could hear the president cursing, dropping f-bombs (he’d always apologize when women were present)."
One senior adviser told Whipple that the frustration came from a "lack of solutions." "It’s like, ‘How would you feel if you were me and these were the
solutions you had?’ It’s the weight of the presidency, right?’" the
adviser said. Read more and see videos here.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is arguing that Pelosi is directly responsible for failed security measures and should be held responsible for her actions.
In a tweet, Greene said, “Nancy Pelosi is directly to blame for the security failures at the Capitol on January 6th. She blamed everyone else now she must pay the price.”
However, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammil, argued against Greene’s claims, saying that the Republican is spreading “lies.”
"More lies. More threats of political violence. Where is Kevin McCarthy? He’s groveling to this extreme MAGA element of his party to become the weakest Speaker of the House in history," Hammill tweeted in response. Read more and see tweet here.
Thursday, December 22, 2022
The investigation and resulting report from Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Troy Nehls (R-TX), Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), and Rodney Davis (R-IL) found that "leadership and law enforcement failures within the U.S. Capitol left the complex vulnerable on January 6, 2021" yet the "Democrat-led investigation in the House of Representatives, however, has disregarded those institutional failings that exposed the Capitol to violence that day."
All five members who conducted the investigation were put forward by House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to represent Republicans on Pelosi's select committee. But Pelosi rejected Reps. Banks and Jordan, at which point the other three members also withdrew from participating in the committee.
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses the U.S. Congress (Full Speech)
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Now, details are trickling out about what is actually contained in the last-minute omnibus, and North Carolina GOP Rep. Dan Bishop took to Twitter to flag what he called "some of the most egregious provisions in the bill."
Bishop revealed in a tweet thread that the package "expressly prohibits
[Customs and Border Protection] funding from being used to improve
border security," while "at the same time, allocates $410 million
towards border security for" other nations, namely Jordan, Lebanon,
Egypt, Tunisia, and Oman.
He condemned the priorities as "America Last in action."
The North Carolina
congressman also pointed to $1.438 billion in spending for membership
in global multilateral organizations, including the United Nations, $65
million for restoring Pacific salmon populations, $3...Read more, see tweets and video here.
Through midnight on December 19, FOP reports that 323 officers were shot in the line of duty in 2022, a seven percent increase over the same time period in 2020 and 13 percent more than 2019. Tragically, of the officers shot on-duty since the beginning of the year, 60 were killed. That statistic is 28 percent higher than the same year-to-date period in 2020. FOP also reports 87 premeditated ambush-style attacks on law enforcement officers in which 124 officers were shot and 31 were killed.
Broken out at the state level, Texas and Arizona saw the most officers shot in the line of duty with 27 and 21, respectively. Georgia saw 18 officers shot on the job, 16 officers were shot in Kentucky, and California saw 15 officers shot on the job. The FOP's full report on 2022 with additional state data released on Wednesday morning is available here.
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
The videos, first obtained by Fox News Digital, show border officials discussing logistical issues they are dealing with after hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants were released into the interior of the country without thorough processing. The training videos span from November 2021 to February 2022 and are included as part of discovery in an ongoing lawsuit by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody against the Department of Homeland Security and other border agencies.Due to lack of resources and a surge at the border after President Biden took office, officials in March 2021 started releasing migrants with instructions to report to the ICE office that's closest to their intended residence, but without formal charging documents. Read more and see video here.
Lake filed the lawsuit December 9, alleging that “hundreds of thousands of illegal ballots infected” the Nov. 8 election and led to Hobbs being declared the winner, and “contains more than 270 exhibits of evidence.” Lake’s suit also relies on expert witness testimony.
Last week Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Peter Thompson agreed to allow Lake’s legal team to “inspect a small number of printed and early ballots from the election, including 50 that were marked ‘spoiled’ on Election Day.” That inspection has not occurred yet; it is scheduled to begin Tuesday, December 20.
Then, after a hearing Monday:
…Thompson tossed eight of the claims in Lake’s lawsuit, but allowed two to remain that alleged an intentional...Read more, see tweets and video here.
Monday, December 19, 2022
Even with growing concerns of a potential recession, 46% of professionals are already looking to plan to find a new job in the first half of the new year, according to a recent survey from business consulting firm Robert Half. That's up from 41% six months ago, according to the company's biannual Job Optimism Survey.
Amazon, Apple, Meta Platforms, Lyft and Twitter were among technology companies announcing hiring freezes or layoffs in recent months. In fact, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy told employees in a memo made public that layoffs will continue in 2023.
The media industry was also recently hit hard as hundreds of industry
staffers were laid off in recent weeks including those who worked for...Read more and see videos here.
In this drop, the collusion is fleshed out even more. Journalist Matt Taibbi reveals some friction between FBI agent Elvis Chan and members of Twitter’s leadership.
In July 2020, Chan told former cybersecurity head Yoel Roth to “expect written questions from the Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF),” an inter-agency coalition tasked with addressing cyber threats. He wrote:
I believe FITF would like a response ahead of our meeting the week of August 10th. It can be a written response or we can set up a phone call. Whatever is easiest for you. I think...Read more and see tweets here.
Saturday, December 17, 2022
In a recent interview with Australia’s Sky News, Peterson claimed that the policies and restrictions implemented by western nations during the COVID-19 pandemic may pave the way for an automated social credit and "digital passport" system that would endanger the rights of citizens. He also said that most of the public has no idea it could happen.
Sky News’s Rita Panahi introduced the topic, asking, "Do you think what we did during COVID could usher in our version of a social credit system?"
Without hesitation, Peterson responded by saying, "Oh, yes, definitely. Yeah, that’s highly probable." Panahi followed up, "And that it will be accepted by many people?" Read more and see video here.
The endless troves of documents have shredded the claims that the
Departments of Homeland Security and Justice operate as impartial
entities. That’s no longer the case—these agencies are now geared toward...Read more, see tweet and video here.
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Friday, December 16, 2022
RootsAction published a nationwide ad called “Don’t Run Joe,” across New Hampshire addressing concerns that Biden’s approval rating is too low to beat out former President Trump and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla) should he decide to run.
Although the group, which has defined itself as a “progressive group that helped defeat Trump,” is not advocating for a Republican in the White House, they fear if Biden ran again, Americans wouldn’t vote for him.
In the progressive ad, a voter is heard saying “we can’t afford to lose the White House to a Republican who could defeat status-quo Joe,” while another says “it’s critical that we don’t allow a Republican to win the White House in 2024.” “With his low popularity, it’s too much of a gamble,” another voter said.
The ad will also be run on liberal networks and broadcasts such as Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read more, see tweet and video here.
The policy requires asylum seekers to be sent to Mexico while they await proceedings in their cases, rather than detaining them or releasing them into the interior. President Biden has fought to end the policy, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, since he took office.
Texas and Missouri took legal action to prevent Biden from ending the policy, delaying its repeal. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that Biden could end the policy and did not violate federal immigration law in trying to rescind it.
But the Supreme Court also returned the case to lower courts for additional proceedings, tasking U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk with determining whether the administration’s action was “arbitrary and capricious” in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how federal agencies develop and issue regulations.
Thursday, December 15, 2022
The University of Austin was founded in November 2021 on the principles of "freedom of inquiry, freedom of conscience and civil discourse," its website states. The nascent institution doesn't yet offer degrees but plans to hold its grand opening in 2024.
"The University of Austin came into being as a result of the ideological capture of American universities," Boghossian said. "And it was a particular ideology promulgated by people on the far left. Sometimes it's called ‘woke ideology.’"
"The solution … to left-wing
ideological capture of our institutions is not a right-wing
institution," he continued. "It's a truth-seeking university." Read more and see video here.
Unsurprisingly, the fatally flawed legislative framework that was supposed to gin up support on both sides of the political aisle in the U.S. Senate did exactly the opposite as Republicans who limped across the midterm election finish line with barely a majority in the House and a loss in the Senate were not ready to hitch their names to a bill that was toxic among Republican voters.
As Vespa reported, the whole plan was a disaster from the start:
Republicans and now-ex-Democrats are trying to push through a bill
granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
and Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), who just left the Democratic Party, are the
brain trust of...Read more and see tweet here.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
The Labor Department said Tuesday that the consumer price index, a broad measure of the price for everyday goods including gasoline, groceries and rents, rose 0.1% in November from the previous month. Prices climbed 7.1% on an annual basis.
Those figures were both lower than the 7.3% headline figure and 0.3% monthly increase forecast by Refinitiv economists, a potentially reassuring sign for the Federal Reserve as it tries to tame runaway inflation with a series of aggressive interest rate hikes. It marked the slowest annual inflation rate since December 2021.
In another sign that suggests underlying inflationary pressures
in the economy are starting to slow, core prices – which strip out...Read more, see charts, graph, and video here.