Mid-Day Snapshot · Aug. 4, 2021

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“The natural cure for an ill-administration … is a change of men.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

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Andrew Cuomo’s Got to Go

But a damning report on the governor’s serial sexual harassment of state employees is only part of the reason.

Douglas Andrews

Now that even our nation’s lying, hair-sniffing, sexually harassing president is calling for Andrew Cuomo’s resignation, we wonder: What’s this guy waiting for, the Pope?

“I think he should resign,” said Joe Biden, finally, at a White House news conference yesterday.

By now, even the hardiest, most resolute of rats has abandoned The Bad Ship Cuomo, and the New York governor is all but alone in thinking he should keep his job. (When you’re the Democrat governor of a northeastern state, and you’ve lost your neighboring fellow Democrat governors, your time is pretty much up.)

Perhaps a tiny fraction of Cuomo’s detractors still hope he’ll stick it out (so to speak) like fellow New York pol Anthony Weiner, just because they love good theater. But that’s a poor excuse for him to continue to occupy the governor’s mansion, and to continue to afflict and embarrass the citizens of the Empire State.

The things Governor Cuomo is accused of are serious stuff, and they’re a bed of his own making, given the abundance of highly credible allegations against him, and given his professed support for female victims of precisely the sort of behavior he’s accused of. Remember: This is the same sleazebag who once tweeted, “There should be a zero tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment & must send a clear message that this behavior is not tolerated.”

We wonder: What part of “zero tolerance” doesn’t this guy understand?

New York Attorney General Letitia James (herself a fellow Democrat, and reportedly a gubernatorial aspirant) issued a 165-page report on Tuesday, and its contents are plenty damning — “devastating,” in the words of former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy. The executive summary reads:

We, the investigators appointed to conduct an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, conclude that the Governor engaged in conduct constituting sexual harassment under federal and New York State law. Specifically, we find that the Governor sexually harassed a number of current and former New York State employees by, among other things, engaging in unwelcome and nonconsensual touching, as well as making numerous offensive comments of a suggestive and sexual nature that created a hostile work environment for women. Our investigation revealed that the Governor’s sexually harassing behavior was not limited to members of his own staff, but extended to other State employees, including a State Trooper on his protective detail and members of the public. We also conclude that the Executive Chamber’s culture — one filled with fear and intimidation, while at the same time normalizing the Governor’s frequent flirtations and gender-based comments — contributed to the conditions that allowed the sexual harassment to occur and persist. That culture also influenced the improper and inadequate ways in which the Executive Chamber has responded to allegations of harassment.

Among the newly released allegations are those of a New York State Trooper whom Cuomo allegedly harassed. As The Daily Signal reports: “Cuomo sexually harassed the female New York state trooper ‘on a number of occasions,’ the report said, including by ‘running his hand across her stomach, from her belly button to her right hip, while she held a door open for him at an event,’ by ‘running his finger down her back, from the top of her neck down her spine to the middle of her back, saying “hey, you,” while she was standing in front of him in an elevator,’ and by ‘kissing her (and only her) on the cheek in front of another Trooper and asking to kiss her on another occasion, which she deflected.’“

We should also note that Cuomo’s signature on a document attesting to his having taken the state’s mandatory sexual harassment training course was fabricated by an underling.

This should not just be about sexual harassment, though. It should be about death and dying. And Democrats local, statewide, and national have been conspicuously and disgracefully silent about it.

We’ve been over this ground before, but Cuomo’s actions as governor likely caused the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of his state’s senior citizens. The facts are stubborn, and they make clear that Cuomo shoved his state’s coronavirus-positive elderly folks back into nursing homes, where COVID-19 could spread unchecked among its most vulnerable population. And if we’re to believe his top aide, Cuomo then tried to cover up the true death toll — all while cashing in on his book about leadership during a crisis.

Andrew Cuomo is among the most contemptible of politicians — an arrogant, entitled, narcissistic bully. His videotaped message about the harassment investigation does little to change this. Recall that this is the same Emmy Award-winning governor who’d been yukking it up on CNN with his brother Chris all throughout the pandemic, and doing tone-deaf victory laps, and showing off his cartoonish mountain-of-death poster, and promoting his so-called leadership book.

Fox Business anchor Dagen McDowell was perhaps prescient many months ago when she said: “Monster, sociopath, human emetic, take your pick. My guess is that his political career is over. Maybe his bro can get him a job on TV.”

Let’s hope that, for the sake of decency, McDowell proves right — except for the “TV” part. We’ve already seen way too much of Andrew Cuomo.

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Americans Pay High Cost for Biden’s Border Crisis

The spreading of crime and COVID are just some of the results of his policy of open borders.

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden’s border crisis has reached critical levels, as demonstrated by the ever-increasing numbers of illegal aliens flowing over the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents encountered a 21-year high of 210,000 illegal border crossers in July, and a new monthly record was set for the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended (over 19,000). Oh, and there’s a spiking number of COVID-positive illegal migrants (up over 900%).

The situation has gotten so bad that a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower recently contacted Republican lawmakers detailing the Biden administration’s attempts to circumvent U.S. law. In a letter, GOP House Members Jim Jordan (OH), Tom McClintock (CA), and Matt Rosendale (MT) allege, “We have learned recently from a frontline whistleblower that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ignoring COVID-19 protocols to facilitate the surge of illegal aliens into the country.”

The lawmakers’ letter asserts, “The whistleblower explained that ‘numerous aliens with standing prior orders of removal are being released from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody … in direct violation of 8 USC 1231(a)(5),’ the federal law that requires an alien’s final order of removal to be reinstated.” They further add: “The whistleblower explained that CBP is turning over only about 25 percent of illegal aliens to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for detention, and that most have been released for absurd reasons including high body mass index. The whistleblower said that illegal aliens are literally eating themselves to obesity in order to be released.”

In other words, Biden’s DHS is looking for almost any excuse to avoid deporting illegal aliens, instead releasing them into the American population.

The result of such a lax and effectively criminal enforcement policy was recently brought home with a recent report from the Texas Rangers. It was recorded that from June of 2011 to June of 2021, more than 344,000 criminal aliens were arrested for crimes including 1,245 homicides, 66,924 assaults, 17,456 burglaries, 7,076 sexual assaults, and 980 kidnappings to name a few. And this was just in the state of Texas. As the Texas Department of Public Safety pointedly observed, the report “identifies thousands of crimes that should not have occurred and thousands of victims that should not have been victimized because the perpetrator should not be here.” Indeed, several hundred people would still be alive.

It comes as no surprise that there are now calls for Biden’s impeachment. Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) on Monday called for the impeachment of both Biden and his DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, stating, “Over the past several months, President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas have blatantly and consistently refused to do their constitutional duty to take care that the immigration laws be faithfully executed, as required by Article II, endangering countless American and foreign lives in the process.”

While attempting to couch their border policy as “humane,” Biden administration “do-gooders” are engaged in doing the exact opposite. Border Patrol facilities for housing illegals are overcrowded and bursting at the seams. If kids in cages were supposedly terrible during Donald Trump’s tenure, they’ve only gotten exponentially worse under Biden. And on top of this, there’s the rampant spread of COVID.

Aside from the plight faced by illegal migrants, there’s the shameful spreading of crime and disease via the Biden administration’s catch-and-release policy. Rather than seeking to secure the border first in order to better handle the illegal immigration problem, Biden insists on propping the gate wide open. His administration ridiculously asserts that the key to stopping the migrant flow and solving the “root cause” is found in sending billions of taxpayer dollars to corrupt Central American governments. Therefore, not only is Biden turning a blind eye to what should be his first priority — the plight of everyday American citizens who are experiencing higher levels of crime due to his open-borders policy — but he’s robbing American taxpayers to essentially reward corrupt governments for their failed economic policies. Biden should be held to account for his willful dereliction of duty.

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Biden’s Polling Plummet

Channeling Jimmy Carter’s “Great Malaise.”

Mark Alexander

It was a hot summer, 42 years ago, when Jimmy Carter delivered what became know as “The Great Malaise Speech.” At the time, the nation was besieged with “stagflation,” a stagnant economy with high inflation. Energy prices soared. Carter had demonstrated he was wholly inept in domestic and foreign policy matters.

Carter used the speech to list complaints he had heard from “business and labor, teachers and preachers, governors, mayors, and private citizens” at a Camp David summit, followed by a national town hall tour. He read a long list of complaints he received, starting with this: “Mr. President, you are not leading this nation — you’re just managing the government.” Actually, he was not leading or managing. He followed the list of complaints with a lecture on what the complainants needed to do in order to resolve our national problems — starting with the “restoration of American values.”

Arguably, he was correct about the degradation of our values, but his message conveyed, “It is your problem, not my problem.”

Whatever ground he intended to gain with his national address was overshadowed weeks later by the Iran hostage crisis — the takeover of our embassy in Tehran, where 66 Americans were held hostage for 444 days. They were wisely released moments after Ronald Reagan was sworn into office in 1981.

Having spent time with Jimmy Carter on several occasions during the Reagan years, I found him to be a person of good character who suffered a dearth of leadership skills and was completely ill-equipped to lead the nation out of its domestic and foreign woes.

Carter’s speech was a long time ago, but to put it into perspective, Joe Biden had already finished his first term as a senator before Carter took office.

Now, little more than six months into Biden’s first term, he is challenging Carter’s record for ineffective leadership, as another Great Malaise is on our horizon.

To be fair, Carter was a Naval Academy graduate who was on the forefront of our nuclear submarine development, and he was a business manager and governor before he entered the White House at age 52.

Biden, on the other hand, avoided military service with five student deferments through college and law school, where, despite plagiarizing the work of others, he graduated near the bottom of his class. He then avoided military service with a “medical deferment” so he could get his political career underway. Five decades later, Biden entered the White House almost an octogenarian, having accomplished little of legislative merit in all those years, and, demonstrably, non compos mentis.

It appears that Biden’s socialist Democrat Party surge since entering office is losing some appeal beyond his most vociferous partisan leftists.

Thus, it is no surprise that approval ratings for Biden and his puppeteer, Kamala Harris, have plummeted across multiple reputable polls.

Daily tracking at Rasmussen Reports now indicates at least half of likely voters disapprove of Biden’s record as president.

In a Morning Consult-Politico poll, more than 47% of registered voters now view Harris unfavorably, while 45% view Biden unfavorably. Harris’s unfavorable rating was worse in an Economist-YouGov poll.

Gallup polling has Biden at 50% approval, down from 57% approval when he entered office.

According to a Monmouth University poll, Biden’s net approval rating of +24 has nose-dived to just +4.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll finds the nation’s optimism on the direction of the country has dropped 20 points since May. More than 55% of the public say they are pessimistic about our country’s direction — up from 36% in May.

All notwithstanding, as reported from the leftist echo chambers, The New York Times declared, “President Biden enjoys widespread job approval, as Americans’ optimism about the future continues to climb…” Or as CNN puts it, “Joe Biden’s approval rating simply hasn’t moved in six months.”

Actually, given the relentless Leftmedia propaganda in Biden’s favor, it is remarkable that the “Pollaganda Effect” — media polls reflecting nothing more than what the MSM tells people — has not sustained Biden/Harris ratings. But what Americans are actually experiencing in their daily lives is defying Leftmedia puffery.

Of course, the polling trends may not last if the Biden/Harris great malaise does not set in. But the indicators are not good for Democrats retaining the House and Senate after the 2022 midterm elections. Therefore, the Left has put Biden’s agenda into high gear. As political analyst Byron York notes: “Biden’s decline in support among independents will encourage more independence [for centrist Demos]. That is why you see so many Democrats urging Biden to hurry up and push his agenda through Congress as quickly as possible, before his ratings decline more. The president is politically weaker today than he was three months ago, and he will likely be weaker still three months from now.”

Finally, I note a related poll — one on race relations. Thanks to the Demo hate-hustlers, according to Gallup’s “Ratings of Black-White Relations,” “U.S. adults’ positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement.” Meanwhile, “Majorities of Americans rate relations between Hispanic and White people, Black and Hispanic people, Asian and White people, and Black and Asian people as good.” Of course, Demo partisans thrive on Americans hating each other.

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Masked Motives: Teachers Union Wavers on Classroom Return

The real reasons for AFT’s hesitation? This is a hostage situation.

Emmy Griffin

In our home state of Tennessee, parents and teachers alike just took part in the time-honored ritual of getting back-to-school supplies over the tax-free weekend. After a year of hybrid learning, everyone is ready for school to go back to normal.

That’s assuming schools will be allowed to reopen. This actually remains a question across the country, especially after the president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Randi Weingarten, stated recently that due to the COVID Delta variant, lack of herd immunity, and the fact that students under 12 years of age can’t get vaccinated, she cannot guarantee that school will indeed reopen.

The reasoning is ludicrous. Public school teachers were some of the first to be allowed to get the vaccine. The teachers who were concerned got the vaccine. The vaccine has proven to be helpful in fighting the Delta variant. Available evidence shows that though there may be breakthrough cases, there is an extremely low chance that the infection would cause hospitalization or death.

Children under 12 are not super-spreaders. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, as of July 29, children account for 14.3% of all COVID cases. Furthermore, “The available data indicate that COVID-19-associated hospitalization and death is uncommon in children.” That’s an understatement. Keep in mind that a few states even count as children those up to the age of 20, potentially skewing the data.

The real reasons for AFT’s hesitation? This is a hostage situation.

The teachers unions have every reason to hold the threat of school closures over the heads of parents. Most of these reasons come in the form of political power and stacks of cash.

In terms of money, they demanded that the federal government give them millions of dollars toward updating filtration in schools, and this they received.

In terms of power, it is no secret that the teachers unions wield an immense amount of sway in the Democrat Party. In April of this year, Weingarten stated regarding the 2022 elections that it “will be a vitally important cycle, and that’s why the AFT moved earlier than usual, mindful of the challenges posed by the pandemic, to ensure our long-term allies could establish a footprint.” That movement she’s referring to is monetary donations to congressional candidates and committees through AFT’s PAC.

You don’t hear the teachers in these unions saying much. The fact is that the average public school teacher saw a rise in salary of 3% even though most were not teaching in person until the spring — if at all. The unions have greased the pockets of teachers and politicians alike and will likely continue to do the bidding of the federal government in the process.

President Joe Biden stated two weeks ago that the Centers for Disease Control is going to recommend that students under 12 are masked at school. And this week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins stated: “The recommendations are for kids under 12, that they avoid being in places where they might get infected, which means recommendations of mask-wearing in schools.” (Bafflingly, he recommended masks at home as well, but we digress.)

Again, this is an unnecessary measure that does not align with science.

It will be interesting to see if this eventually plays a part in AFT’s decision to reopen schools this fall. It will certainly unmask any doubts that the teachers unions and the current government administration are in cahoots to control parents through threatening their children’s education.

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The PRO Act and a New Meaning for ‘Worker’

Democrat legislation aims to bolster union and party interests at the expense of working Americans.

Michael Swartz

With the Senate scheduled to pause for a month next week and the priority being placed on spending trillions of borrowed dollars for “infrastructure,” the fate of many bills may be that of waiting until later this fall. One of those caught in the waiting game was introduced early on in this session of the Democrat-controlled 117th Congress, and the Big Labor-backed PRO (short for Protecting the Right to Organize) Act has already managed to narrowly clear the House on a nearly party-line 225-206 vote. It had an initial Senate hearing last week.

As described by its Congress.gov entry, the PRO Act is a wish list for Big Labor, in particular rewriting the definitions of employee, supervisor, and employer, allowing for so-called “secondary” strikes, and — most importantly — overriding the right-to-work protections that 27 states currently grant their workers. Perhaps that’s why union workers protested in favor of the bill outside their Republican senators’ offices in right-to-work states like North Dakota and West Virginia, among others.

Those who are in the “gig” economy have reason to worry as well. The PRO Act borrows heavily from California’s AB5, which when passed decimated the freelance industry in that state by requiring companies to classify independent contractors as full-time workers. That California bill has since been amended with certain carveouts, much to the chagrin of Uber drivers who pulled a one-day nationwide wildcat strike last week to show support for the PRO Act.

Other entrepreneurs, though, stand opposed because they see franchising as a way to build generational wealth, and that becomes much more difficult if the PRO Act passes. “If you want to be about equal opportunity, it’s going to cause a lot of people not to participate in that wealth creation,” said businesswoman Carolyn Thurston regarding the PRO Act. “It will prevent that — especially people who are women or black. They will now have more things that they have to overcome.”

But PR executive Richard Berman truly hit the nail on the head when it came to the purpose of the PRO Act. “The real issue for unions is the American workforce understanding that promised benefits of union membership are not worth the price of the excess baggage that comes with signing on. Unions are spending member dues in increasingly partisan ways that generally don’t directly benefit workers,” writes Berman. “The priority is no longer wages and working conditions. It’s getting Democrats elected to office, despite member political preferences or opinion on whether their dues should be spent on politics. Beyond supplying campaigns with paid foot soldiers, over the past 10 years, unions have spent more than $1.6 billion in dues to benefit left-wing special interests.”

And as unions strive to attract a different sort of worker than the lunchpail factory worker of old, their pet issues have “evolved” as well. A RealClearInvestigations piece by Bill McMorris revealed that Big Labor is spending as much (if not more) of its efforts in organizing white-collar and non-traditional workers, attracting them with advocacy on “woke” social issues. When the head of the AFL-CIO is putting out a statement entitled, “The AFL-CIO Must Fight for Trans Lives Inside and Outside the Labor Movement,” it’s clear that union priorities are changing and alliances are shifting. Just ask the union workers locked out in the cold by Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline how they feel about trans rights.

But while the progress of the PRO Act seems to have stalled, the deviousness of Democrats has no end. Given the vastness of a 2,700-page infrastructure bill that few have had time to read — not to mention other massive omnibus spending measures that may come down the pike — we may wake up one day and find out the PRO Act was adopted as part of some other “must pass” bill or enacted by a stroke of the feeble-minded Joe Biden’s pen as an executive order. Either way, it will be a day where the dreams of millions who want to use their abilities and hard work to make something of themselves will be dashed by the pursuit of one party for raw political power.

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Obama the COVID Super-Spreader?

Over 500 people have been invited to celebrate Obama’s 60th birthday at his Martha’s Vineyard home.

Thomas Gallatin

No one ever accused Barack Obama of practicing principled consistency. The man is a Democrat, after all, and double standards are seemingly the party’s modus operandi. The latest example comes courtesy of Obama’s planned 60th birthday party, an apparently lavish affair at his opulent mansion on Martha’s Vineyard where more than 500 VIPs have been invited.

However, what in times past would have hardly raised an eyebrow is provoking objections. And those objections have everything to do with the hypocrisy of Obama and his fellow Democrat COVID fearmongers.

Few have been more condemning of Republican concerns for protecting individual freedom while advocating government authoritarian control over Americans than have Democrats. Lockdowns, masks, and social distancing have been a near religion with Democrats, and championed by Obama — yet when it comes to freely living their own lives, they can’t be bothered with their own dubious rules.

As Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY) observed: “Democrats are imposing unscientific mask mandates while contemplating more lockdowns. Meanwhile, President Obama is hosting over 500 elites at his Marthas Vineyard mansion. If you or I did that it would be called a super-spreader event by the Democrats.”

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-NY) echoed her colleague, arguing: “Just like President Obama, every American should have the right to celebrate their milestones without arbitrary government mandates and interference. We all know if this was President Trump the left would be screaming.”

When the White House was questioned if Obama was setting a bad example, Jen Psaki deflected, “I would note first that former President Obama has been a huge advocate of individuals getting vaccinated.” She then sought to dismiss any semblance of hypocrisy, stating: “This event, according to all the public reporting, is outdoors and in a moderate zone. But in addition, there is testing requirements and other steps they are taking. which I’m sure they can outline for you in more detail.”

When pressed by a reporter regarding the obviously contradictory optics of such a party given the Biden administration’s floating a mandatory mask and vaccination mandate, Psaki simply repeated the party line. “Well, we certainly advise everyone to follow public health guidelines,” she huffed, “which I know the former president, who is a huge advocate of getting vaccinated, of following the guidance of public health experts, would certainly advocate for himself as well.”

Like so many Democrats before him, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, they see themselves as above even their own rules. Well, at least one big-wig Democrat won’t be attending, as Joe Biden has elected to avoid the potential COVID super-spreader event.

Of course, after mounting blowback, Obama has decided to “scale back” the party, conveniently citing the COVID Delta variant.

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Anti-Gun Hypocrite Sets an Example

The gun-grabbing mayor of Rochester, New York, faces firearms charges.

Nate Jackson

Leftist gun grabbers have a long history of exploiting children to push for gun control. Now we can add child endangerment to their résumé.

In a little-noticed story last month, the Associated Press reports: “Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren pleaded not guilty … to charges stemming from a police raid that allegedly turned up a rifle and pistol, and her 10-year-old daughter alone, in the home she shares with her husband. A grand jury indicted Warren and her husband Timothy Granison … on a felony count of criminal possession of a firearm, as well as misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child and having unsecured guns in a home.”

This isn’t a story about actually endangering a child by having guns in the home. It is a story about leftist hypocrisy.

Warren is one of the mayors involved with Michael Bloomberg’s anti-Second Amendment group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

MAIG demands leftist policies like “universal” background checksred flag laws, and storage requirements. And in Warren’s case, New York requires registration of pistols, and Rochester requires locked gun storage. The mayor violated both of those laws.

Perhaps Warren’s daughter was endangered by those unlocked guns. Bloomberg’s buddies at the Brady Campaign certainly want us to think that. Or perhaps the girl was actually endangered by Granison’s cocaine trafficking.

Either way, Warren serves as the poster child of hypocrisy, which surely played a role in her June primary defeat. As she nears the end of her term and faces criminal charges, here’s hoping a few more Americans take heed of her story to promote good gun safety practices, such as those thought in the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Gun Safe Program. Warren’s daughter and millions of other kids would benefit from knowing what to do should they encounter a firearm. And Democrats would benefit from abandoning their “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.

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On the Web


Jordan Candler

Government & Politics

  • CDC reverses course, issues new eviction ban for most of the U.S. through Oct. 3 (AP)
  • CDC extends Trump-era policy that allows migrants to be expelled over COVID concerns (USA Today)
  • Twitter enlists Associated Press for fact-checking help despite record of journalistic flubs (Just the News)

National Security

  • Federal judge pauses Texas COVID-19 migrant transport order (Washington Examiner)
  • Biden starts major shakeup of ICE operations amid prediction of more migrant releases (Washington Times)
  • Taliban emboldened by its battlefield success in Afghanistan (Washington Times)

Around the Nation

  • New York City to require vaccination for indoor activities (The Hill)
  • Missouri governor pardons the McCloskeys, the armed couple that confronted BLM protesters outside their home (AMN)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • “Muppet Babies,” which targets three- to eight-year-olds, introduces a “transgender” princess (Not the Bee)
  • California YMCA hosts pornographer to teach children art (The Federalist)

Other Notables

  • Chris Cuomo drafted a statement for his brother to release in response to sexual harassment allegations (National Review)
  • Biden vaccine rule sets stage for onslaught of lawsuits (The Hill)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Nine things to know about the Senate’s $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill (Daily Signal)
  • Humor: Biden scrambles to renew eviction moratorium before Kamala Harris throws him out of the White House (Babylon Bee)

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Insight: “It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.” —Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Upright: “I started out like most young, black men in the country where default is being liberal. Default is being a Democrat. … When I became a police officer, I was still a liberal. I voted for Barack Obama. Thank you, Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is what really made me leave … what I call the plantation. I paid taxes for the first time, significant amount of taxes when I was a cop. … It made me feel like I need to know what’s going on. Then Barack Obama started talking real bad about police, and that really turned me off. I opened my eyes in understanding to the other side.” —former Tucson, Arizona, police officer Brandon Tatum

Spin doctors: “As best I recall, the sequence of statements coming from the government and ‘experts’ since the beginning of COVID-19 has gone something like this: You don’t need to wear a mask and it’s no more serious than the flu; you do need to wear a mask, though the virus is so small it can penetrate all but the N95 brand, so you should wear two masks; a vaccine will protect you from catching the virus and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you won’t have to wear a mask if fully vaccinated; you must still wear a mask even if fully vaccinated because of the Delta variant; if you have been fully vaccinated it is unlikely you will catch the Delta variant, but wear a mask anyway just in case; kids may or may not return to school and if they do return, they may or may not be forced to wear masks, even though young children appear to be less affected by the virus. Is that clear? I didn’t think so.” —Cal Thomas

Friendly fire I: “Imagine for a moment that Donald Trump was throwing a massive birthday party for himself and 475 conservative friends in Martha’s Vineyard next weekend? What do you think the reaction would be from liberals, given that America is currently in the grip of a very dangerous new phase of the coronavirus pandemic with the Delta variant of COVID that has seen infections rise 148% in the past two weeks and hospitalizations by 73%? … I think we all know what Trump’s liberal critics would say: that it’s shamefully selfish, incredibly reckless, and a former President of the United States should be setting a better example to the American people at such a perilous time for the country. And they would be right. But it’s not President Trump who is having the party, it’s President Barack Obama.” —Piers Morgan

Friendly fire II: “Why do we allow the people who just want to [complain] always win? … This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we’re living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world?” —Bill Maher

Non compos mentis: “The recommendations are for kids under 12, that they avoid being in places where they might get infected, which means recommendations of mask-wearing in schools and at home. Parents of unvaccinated kids should be thoughtful about this, and the recommendation is to wear masks there as well. I know that’s uncomfortable. I know it seems weird. But it is the best way to protect your kids.” —NIH Director Francis Collins

Braying jenny: “It’s wrong to hope [Senator Lindsey Graham] dies from Covid right? Asking for a friend.” —Rhode Island Democratic Party chief strategist Kate Coyne-McCoy

And last… “If America is not strong, the world will be at the mercy of tyrants and enter an era we dare not imagine.” —Mike Pompeo

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