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IN TODAY’S DIGEST
- Election 2020: Yes, They Interfered
- Georgia Election on My Mind
- Executive News Summary
- Biden Aims to Reshuffle the 2024 Primary Calendar
- The Justices Will Weigh ‘Forgiving’ Student Loans
- How Big Tech and Big Brother Swept Up the J6 Protesters
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If sunlight is the best disinfectant, Elon Musk just dragged Twitter and the FBI out into the clear light of day.
It’s taken more than two years, and it’s perhaps small consolation for the cascading disaster of the Biden presidency, but the “election deniers” have been vindicated.
The lead paragraph from the New York Post’s Friday evening story says it all: “Twitter ‘just freelanced’ its baseless decision to censor The Post’s bombshell Hunter Biden laptop scoop in the run up to the 2020 election, with top-level workers at the social media giant agreeing that controversial decision was f**ked,‘ damning insider communications released by CEO Elon Musk Friday reveal.”
Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, Musk tweeted a link to the Twitter account of independent journalist Matt Taibbi, who shed detailed light on Twitter’s surreptitious censorship operation by posting what appeared to be redacted emails between Twitter staffers. (Taibbi, who in 2017 published a book called Insane Clown President, is anything but a Trump lackey or a right-wing stooge.)
As such, the Musk revelation was a rare instance of the welcome late-Friday news dump — a tried-and-true Beltway tactic typically employed by an administration determined to high-tail it out of town without addressing a damaging news story. And this story is really damaging. The Post’s Pulitzer-worthy reporting continued:
The chaos and confusion behind closed doors at Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the October 2020 Hunter Biden exposé show that a small group of top-level execs decided to label the Post’s story as “hacked material” without any evidence — behind the back of then-CEO and founder Jack Dorsey.
Musk tweeted a link to the account of independent journalist Matt Taibbi shortly after 6 p.m., who shed light on Twitter’s shady censorship decision by posting what appeared to be redacted emails between Twitter employees.
It says much about the Left that its hatred for Donald Trump may now be exceeded by its hatred for Musk, whose unforgivable crime has been to use his fortune to break up the Left’s media monopoly and to champion free speech and transparency — two fundamental components of a self-governing democratic republic that leftists simply cannot abide.
While we’ve come to expect sleazy, scummy, anti-American behavior from Big Tech, it’s far more chilling to learn, with certainty, that this sort of behavior was also being employed by our nation’s law enforcement and intelligence services. As journalist Miranda Devine reports, “The FBI warned Twitter during ‘weekly’ meetings before the 2020 election to expect ‘hack-and-leak operations’ by ‘state actors’ involving Hunter Biden, and ‘likely’ in October, according to a sworn declaration by Twitter’s former head of site integrity, Yoel Roth.”
Devine continues, “The extraordinary revelation for the first time lays bare how the FBI was involved in pre-bunking the story of the laptop, which had been in the bureau’s possession for almost a year.”
Remember when, just before the 2020 election, more than 50 former senior intelligence officials — including Trump-hating former CIA Director John Brennan and red-handed liar and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper — signed on to a letter warning the American people that the discovery of Hunter Biden’s laptop and the disclosure of his deeply incriminating emails were likely a Russian disinformation operation?
It was all a rotten lie.
It’s not a stretch to say that the course of history was altered on October 14, 2020, the date of the original New York Post bombshell about Hunter and Joe Biden’s influence-peddling operation.
That story broke just over two weeks before a hotly contested presidential election and was immediately suppressed by Twitter and Facebook. The first paragraph alone should’ve been disqualifying: “Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.”
The result, of course, was a razor-thin victory by Joe Biden over Donald Trump — a victory decided by just 43,000 votes across three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
Those who’ve been repeatedly smeared by Joe Biden, his fellow Democrats, and the mainstream media (but we repeat ourselves) are due an apology. Why? Because polling done shortly after the election showed that a whopping 17% of Biden voters would’ve changed their vote for him if only they’d known about the corruption the FBI and Facebook and Twitter worked to keep from them.
Had one in six Biden voters either switched their vote to Trump or a third-party candidate, or refrained entirely from casting a vote for president, the result would’ve been a landslide Electoral College victory for Donald Trump.
As we’ve noted numerous times, there’s more than one way to rig an election. And there are even more ways to interfere with an election, which is what the FBI and Big Tech conspired to do by suppressing the Biden influence-peddling story.
Big Tech is corrupt, even evil, and it’s the enemy of conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and honest liberals everywhere. On top of that, the FBI and our nation’s intelligence services are rotten and in dire need of deep Republican congressional oversight.
And we have free-speech champion Elon Musk to thank for making it ever more apparent.
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The runoff ending tomorrow will decide how much power Democrats wield in the Senate.
Two years ago, Democrats exploited the post-2020 election chaos to snag two Senate seats in Georgia’s runoff after the general election failed to produce a candidate with more than 50% of the vote. That gave them control of the Senate. Democrats already managed to retain at least 50 seats in November’s midterms, but they may be poised to repeat the feat of winning in Georgia in tomorrow’s runoff. Winning a 51st seat would tip some very important scales in the Democrats’ favor.
In January 2021, inheritance-welfare recipient Jon Ossoff defeated Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, then the richest member of Congress, for a six-year term. At the same time, Republican Senator David Perdue lost to Raphael Warnock, the radical “reverend” from MLK’s church in Atlanta. That election was only to fill out the six-year term of former Senator Johnny Isakson, who stepped down in 2019 due to health issues and died in 2021.
We argued at the time and stand by our analysis that Donald Trump cost the GOP those two Senate seats. He became obsessed with his “Stop the Steal” crusade to the point that he and his surrogates discouraged Georgia Republicans from voting because they couldn’t trust the system, while repelling moderates who weren’t going to go along with all that. Lo and behold, it worked, and two Democrats gave Chuck Schumer control of the Senate. Along with Nancy Pelosi’s House and Joe Biden’s White House, Democrats enjoyed full control of DC and set about to undo most of Trump’s legacy.
This time, Warnock faces Herschel Walker, a deeply flawed candidate who significantly underperformed other state-wide Republican candidates. As neither man reached the 50% threshold again in November, they face off in a runoff ending tomorrow (assuming we know the results). Neither man is an attractive choice, either, so go figure.
We say “ending tomorrow” because that’s a significant part of this story. As is the case across the country, Georgia allows for generous access to both early voting in person and mail-in ballots requested for any reason. Why states allow both of those things can be explained only by Democrats hoping to turn out the vote among their low-information constituents.
Despite the Democrats’ gross smears against Georgia’s 2021 election legislation as “Jim Crow 2.0,” voter turnout continues to set records in the Peach State, just as they want. As Atlanta has grown — fueled in large part by Hollywood’s expansion into the state — so have Democrat voter rolls. That doesn’t necessarily mean more fraud, just more Democrat voters.
Then again, expanding mail-in ballots virtually guarantees more fraud.
Democrats also have a superior ground game in getting out the vote, and they’ve spent roughly twice as much as Republicans on ads for Warnock and against Walker.
Republicans, meanwhile, are saddled with making a harder argument: Vote for Walker despite his flaws, and, by the way, voting shouldn’t be so ridiculously easy. Worse, many people hear the GOP saying, We don’t want you to vote, while Democrats are saying: Vote early! Vote by mail! Voting should be easy! In a way, it doesn’t matter what the ideologues on either side think about voting; what matters is the suburban Atlanta voter who rarely pays attention to politics but will show up to vote.
SCOTUS on election authority, Pentagon debuts the B-21 Raider, Russia rejects G7 price cap on oil, and more.
Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler
- SCOTUS on election authority: An argument over state election authority in North Carolina will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court and promises to have wide-ranging repercussions. The dispute between North Carolina’s legislature and state courts over the congressional redistricting map has raised the question of who has the constitutional authority to regulate elections. Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled legislature were stopped by the state courts from implementing their redrawn congressional redistricting map following the 2020 Census over allegations that the map was too partisan. Republican lawmakers say the U.S. Constitution’s Election Clause, which reads in part that “the time, places and manner of holding elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof,” grants individual state legislatures the authority to determine their own election rules, not the courts. Democrats claim that this argument is a threat to “American democracy.” The significance of SCOTUS taking this case is much broader than North Carolina, as courts in several states like Pennsylvania effectively sidestepped legislatures to enact their own election rules during the pandemic. As Justice Samuel Alito observed regarding the Election Clause, “There must be some limit on the authority of state courts to countermand actions taken by the state legislatures when they are prescribing rules for the conduct of federal elections.”
- Pentagon debuts the B-21 Raider: After years of secret development, on Friday in Palmdale, California, the Pentagon unveiled America’s latest military aircraft, a nuclear stealth bomber named the B-21 Raider. It’s the nation’s first new bomber in over 30 years, and almost everything about this aircraft is classified. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin heralded the new bomber, which he says “isn’t just another airplane” but “the embodiment of America’s determination to defend the republic that we all love.” The B-21 will serve as part of the nation’s nuclear defense system. The other two parts of that triad are nuclear ballistic missiles launched from silos and nuclear warheads launched from submarines. Austin boasted: “Fifty years of advances in low-observable technology have gone into this aircraft. Even the most sophisticated air defense systems will struggle to detect a B-21 in the sky.” The new technology will enable the B-21 to disguise itself as other objects to radars thanks to its ability to control electronic emissions and its new propulsion system. As Northrop Grumman chief executive Kathy Warden explained: “It is incredibly low observability. You’ll hear it, but you really won’t see it.” Thus far, six B-21s are in production, with a total 100 planned. The bombers’ costs are unknown, but the Air Force previously presented an average cost of $550 million back in 2010. The B-21’s “Raider” moniker is in honor of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo early in World War II.
- Russia rejects G7 price cap on oil, warns of cutoffs: On Friday, the U.S. and the UK, along with Australia, Canada, and Japan, agreed to join the European Union in capping the price they would pay for Russian crude oil at $60 a barrel. The deal was intended to continue to punish Vladimir Putin for starting and continuing his war with Ukraine. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin refused to accept the cap. “Europe will live without Russian oil,” warned Mikhail Ulyanov, Russian representative to international organizations in Vienna. “Moscow has already made it clear that it will not supply oil to those countries that support anti-market price caps. Wait, very soon the EU will accuse Russia of using oil as a weapon.” For Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the oil price cap was not low enough, as he called for the cap to be set no higher than $30 a barrel. The current price of crude sits at roughly $85 per barrel, but Russian oil has already been selling for less than $60 per barrel for some time now as demand from China has decreased.
- Leaked email alleges Katie Hobbs, Twitter employees colluded to censor “election related misinformation” (Daily Wire)
- Keep COVID military vaccine mandate, Lloyd Austin says (AP)
- Kevin McCarthy vows military vaccine mandate will end or national defense bill won’t move forward (Fox News)
- Wuhan whistleblower claims COVID-19 leaked from Chinese lab (Washington Examiner)
- Religious freedom carveouts in same-sex marriage bill have far-left Democrats grumbling (Fox News)
- Biden administration confirms it wants taxpayers to pay for sex-change operations on minors (Daily Caller)
- Balenciaga designer Demna finally addresses BDSM ad scandal, apologizes (NY Post)
- Ronna McDaniel set to get new opponent for RNC post (Politico)
- California reparations proposal could mean $223K per person in payments for black residents (Fox News)
- No motive known in attack on North Carolina city’s power grid, but NBC hypes possibility conservatives to blame (Townhall)
- Ironic: Switzerland considers banning electric vehicle travel amid energy crisis (Daily Wire)
- Policy: Win for website designer at Supreme Court would be win for free speech for all (Daily Signal)
- Satire: Democrats vow to find new social platform that will censor the news about what they did on Twitter (Babylon Bee)
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Despite what he says, “diversity” isn’t his real reason for making South Carolina the Democrats’ first primary state in 2024.
Maybe Joe Biden is serious when he says he intends to run for reelection. Or maybe he just wants to help Kamala Harris. Biden has proposed an overhaul of the 2024 Democrat presidential primary calendar.
In a letter to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee last week, Biden wrote, “For 50 years, the first month of our presidential nominating process has been a treasured part of our democratic process, but it is time to update the process for the 21st century.”
Biden’s proposed changes include making South Carolina the first-in-the-nation Democrat primary, followed a week later by New Hampshire and Nevada, then weekly primaries beginning in Georgia and Michigan, with the rest of the states vying for later positions. Iowa, which has prided its caucus as the first step on the road to the White House, would be summarily kicked to the curb.
Biden signified that the changes are an attempt to bring demographic, geographic, and economic variety to the process, as well as give more electoral power to blacks and other minorities. Iowa and New Hampshire are among the whitest states in the nation and, according to Biden, give short shrift to black voters.
Of course, there’s more to Biden’s maneuvering than merely making the primary contest more amenable to minority voters. Iowa has never been a friendly state for Biden politically, and he’d like to avoid starting off a reelection campaign viewed with a lot of skepticism on unfriendly turf. In contrast, South Carolina singlehandedly saved his presidential campaign in 2020, delivering a resounding win for him after he’d been badly beaten in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada. Biden also pointed out in his letter to the DNC that he did not expect to bind the party to this calendar in 2028.
Iowa Democrats, monumentally prideful of their traditional place in the primary pecking order, were not pleased by the news. “We’re going to stand up for Iowa’s place in the process,” said Scott Brennan, the Hawkeye State’s representative on the Rules and Bylaws Committee.
New Hampshire Democrats were likewise flummoxed by the proposed changes. “The DNC did not give New Hampshire the first-in-the-nation primary and it is not theirs to take away,” said New Hampshire Democrat Party Chairman Ray Buckley. “This news is obviously disappointing, but we will be holding our primary first.”
The proposed changes will set off a flurry of jockeying, deal-making, and infighting among states vying for the early primary slots. Minnesota is trying to make the case that it should be the first primary in the Midwest, not Iowa or Michigan. Democrat Representative Debbie Dingell says of her home state of Michigan, “We are a purple state in the middle of the country that reflects the true diversity of the country.”
And so it goes, with each state arguing for its own unique place in the crucial early primary contests, when the most money is made and the most action takes place. Both political parties also like to front-load their primary calendars so that national support can coalesce around a clear frontrunner for the general election.
How this will work out for Democrats in 2024 is hard to say. The 80-year-old Biden is clearly gaming the system in his favor, though, in case he’s challenged for the nomination.
Of course, after that, he still has to convince a majority of the American people that he’s fit for another four years in office — and that he deserves another four years in office.
The Supreme Court will decide what is clearly a significant separation-of-powers case.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a significant case regarding the separation-of-powers doctrine inherent in the Constitution. At issue is whether Joe Biden has the authority to bypass Congress and unilaterally cancel billions of dollars in student loan debt.
The justices agreed to hear the case after both the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal ordered a pause on the implementation of Biden’s debt cancellation plan until lawsuits are adjudicated. It is telling that SCOTUS elected to jump in and hear the case rather than let the lower courts rule on the cases. This indicates that the justices see this as a significant case that needs to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Considering the comments of North Texas District Judge Mark Pittman, who called Biden’s cancellation plan an “unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power,” it’s little wonder that the Court would want to weigh in before the order has a chance to go into effect. Judge Pittman further contended, “No one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.”
Biden’s gambit is reminiscent of Barack Obama’s action on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as Biden, like Obama, first asserted that he did not have the authority to unilaterally cancel upwards of $20,000 per borrower in federal student loan debt a few months before he went ahead and ordered it anyway. Obama’s unilateral implementation of DACA was just as unconstitutional as Biden’s student loan cancellation plan, but since DACA went into effect it has proven nearly impossible to end, and that is the same problem presented by Biden’s plan. Once the cancellations start happening, good luck trying to reverse course.
It would appear that the Biden administration knows that it stands on weak legal ground — Biden stretched the 2003 Heroes Act, which gives him authority over military student loans, to include the entire American population. Therefore, the administration is arguing that the six Republican lead states that brought one of the lawsuits don’t have legal standing, irrespective of the merits of their argument.
Thankfully, it does not appear that the Court agrees with that argument, as the justices simply could have let the issue play out in the lower courts before stepping in. “The Court’s decision to hear the case on an expedited basis suggests at least four Justices are concerned about the weighty constitutional questions,” observes the Wall Street Journal editorial board. “If the Justices agreed with the Administration’s argument that the states lacked standing to sue because they aren’t really harmed by the loan cancellation, the Court could have simply vacated the Eighth Circuit’s injunction. The cancellations would have proceeded, and the issue would be moot.”
The Court will hear arguments in February with an expected ruling coming in June. In the meantime, Biden has extended for nine more months the pause on student loan repayments justified by the COVID pandemic he said months ago was “over.” The political consequences of the Court’s ruling promise to be far beyond a question of canceling billions in student loan debt and putting American taxpayers on the hook for it. Reeling back the executive branch’s power overreach is the bigger issue.
The government collaborated with Google to weaponize the cellphones of hundreds of January 6 protesters and rioters.
Perhaps the most underreported story of the Trump administration is the one in which his Department of Justice collaborated with Google to use cellphone location data to identify and arrest BLM and antifa thugs for their respective roles in a series of deadly and destructive riots during the summer of 2020.
It’s underreported because it never happened.
On the other hand, though, Google did assist the Department of Justice by using its geolocation data to place suspects in and around the U.S. Capitol building during the riot of January 6, 2021. As The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland writes:
Google gave the feds the personal data of nearly 1,500 individuals based on cell phone location data indicating their presence near the Capitol complex on Jan. 6, 2021. The Department of Justice sought substantially more information, as well, according to a recent court filing, including data on Jan. 6 cell phone users wholly outside the Capitol. These facts, coupled with Google’s apparent disregard for the privacy rights of its customers, expose the potential for the government and Big Tech to collaboratively target political enemies.
Recent events have now proven beyond any doubt what we long ago began reporting: Big Tech is biased, corrupt, and downright evil, and it’s the enemy of conservatives, libertarians, Republicans, and honest liberals everywhere.
In this particular case, a court filing by David Rhine, one of the January 6 suspects, shows that Google initially identified 5,723 devices as being in or near the Capitol building during the riot. Of that group, around 900 people have so far been charged with crimes. This includes Rhine, who has been charged with four federal crimes: entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol building.
How did the DOJ and Google do it? How did they use the cellphones of American citizens to incriminate them? By using a technique called geofencing. As Wired magazine reported last September: “Geofence warrants are intended to locate anyone in a given area using digital services. Google has been the target for many geofence warrants because its location technologies, which leverage GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth signals to pinpoint a phone within a few yards, are powerful and widely used.” (As an aside, it’s interesting that the DOJ relies on this “powerful and widely used” technology for prosecuting J6 defendants, but doesn’t seem to have any interest in using it when the topic is the Democrats’ bulk-mail ballot harvesting during the 2020 election. Or does it really think that Basement Joe Biden got more population-adjusted votes than Barack Obama did?)
According to Rhine’s filing, Wired reported last week: “Dozens of phones that were in airplane mode during the riot, or otherwise out of cell service, were caught up in the trawl. Nor could users erase their digital trails later. In fact, 37 people who attempted to delete their location data following the attacks were singled out by the FBI for greater scrutiny.”
Clearly, if you’re a Trump supporter, your cellphone data isn’t nearly as secure as you thought it was — especially where Google is concerned.
Do these geofence warrants represent an unlawful search and therefore a violation of the Fourth Amendment? That issue, as Cleveland notes, “remains hotly debated, and to date, only a few lower courts have addressed the issue.” These courts have concluded that the Fourth Amendment does indeed apply to geofencing requests and that the DOJ must establish probable cause and narrow its search scope in order to obtain the data.
Is a four-acre area sufficiently narrow in scope? We ask because that’s the area within which more than 1,500 people were swept up into the J6 net due to their cellphone data. And we ask because by Google’s own estimation, these 1,500 people “were only 68 percent likely to have been present in the four-acre area consisting of the Capitol and its surrounding area.” And, of course, not all the areas within that four-acre geofence around the Capitol were off limits.
What’s most troubling about all this is, of course, the government’s selective weaponization of Big Tech: If you’re a lawless leftist, you’ve got nothing to worry about. But if you’re a Trump supporter, you should be afraid. You should be very afraid.
Think about it: “The federal government sought geofence warrants for Jan. 6,” Cleveland writes, “but did they do so when St. John’s burned or to identify Antifa criminals? What about to identify the individual who planted pipe bombs at the RNC and DNC or to locate the vandals who targeted crisis pregnancy centers? Or might the Biden administration seek a geofence warrant to create a list of parents protesting school board meetings, using creative lawyering to devise a pretextual criminal investigation to justify the warrant?”
These questions answer themselves. And they make clear that we live under a two-tiered system of justice: one for the Left, and one for the Right.
On the Web
- Roger Helle: But Joe, What About China? — Biden has been compromised, and more and more Americans are starting to realize it.
- In Brief: Ye, We Knew Ye Too Well — The artist formerly known as Kanye West is manifestly mentally ill, so he’s being tied to Donald Trump.
- Elon Musk Busts Katie Hobbs Colluding With Twitter — Arizona Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs is facing backlash amid proof that her office requested for certain tweets to be censored.
- Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week (Vol. 21) — More of fumbling, bumbling Biden.
- Liberals Take Lack of Self-Awareness to a Wild New Level — Liberals are notorious for censoring “problematic” speech, which disproportionately affects conservative voices. They then label conservatives “outraged moralists” for objecting.
- ‘Lockdowns Were a Mistake’ — Stanford University’s Jay Bhattachary contends that lockdowns have created more problems for peoples’ welfare than the global pandemic itself.
- Humor: COVID Commercial — The best way to get a 10-day break.
- JEFF JACOBYNo, Justice Barrett Should Not Recuse Herself
- GARY BAUERBiden’s Silence Speaks Volumes
- MICHAEL REAGANBig Media Is Overdue for a Colonoscopy
- MATTHEW CONTINETTILet’s Beat Iran — Not Just at Soccer
- SCOTT POWELLXi Jinping’s Abrupt Reversal of Fortune Provides a Wake-Up Call and New Direction for America
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“Private capitalism makes a steam engine; State capitalism makes pyramids.” —Frank Chodorov (1887-1966)
Biden Under the Bus
“We all know some folks in our lives, who we don’t wish them ill will. They say crazy stuff and we’re all like, ‘Well, Uncle Joe, you know what happened to him.’ They’re part of the family, but you don’t give them serious responsibilities.” —Barack Obama
Constitution Under the Bus
“So, with the revelation of MASSIVE & WIDESPREAD FRAUD & DECEPTION in working closely with Big Tech Companies, the DNC, & the Democrat Party, do you throw the Presidential Election Results of 2020 OUT and declare the RIGHTFUL WINNER, or do you have a NEW ELECTION? … “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution. Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False & Fraudulent Elections!” —Donald Trump
Inconvenient Climate Truths
“The friend isn’t the planet; the enemy is capitalism… hence the willingness of the left to sacrifice the poor, as they are clearly doing now.” —Jordan Peterson
“It turned out the pandemic had very special impacts on the economy. Remember, everybody stopped spending on services. … They were in their homes for a year or more, they wanted to buy grills and office furniture, they were working from home, they suddenly started splurging on goods, buying technology.” —Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen blaming consumers, rather than government stimulus, for 40-year-high inflation
“We have come along way on so many fronts but we are also in a period of time where there is a lot of pushback and much of the progress that has been taken for granted by too many people is under attack: literally under attack in places like Iran or Afghanistan or Ukraine — where rape is a tactic of war — or under attack by political and cultural forces in a country like our own when it comes to women’s healthcare and bodily autonomy.” —Hillary Clinton
Cat’s Out of the Bag
“Eventually … we’re going to be phasing out the use of oil.” —Biden energy advisor Amos Hochstein
“[Ron] DeSantis may or may not have what it takes to defeat Donald Trump. To win on the national stage, he will need to overcome an army of antagonists who don’t even like Trump but are professionally and emotionally invested in Trump’s success. This includes every mainstream media outlet whose ratings and profits tanked after Joe Biden was sworn in as president, as well as every Democratic politician and consultant who wants to run against Trump in 2024.” —Andrew Stiles
Food for Thought
“If I was an optimistic man I would at least hope that Kanye West’s mental breakdown and self-immolation would persuade conservatives to stop falling madly in love with every celebrity who says one thing they agree with. But I am not an optimistic man.” —Matt Walsh
“As a worldwide ‘public square,’ this app should be heavily regulated for misinformation & spamming by hostile interests. If Elon can’t do that with his ‘company,’ it should be seen as a public utility under governmental supervision. This system unregulated will be more deadly.” —actor Mark Ruffalo
“The best way to deal with (real) hate speech is to counter it with enlightened speech and stigmatize it.” —David Harsanyi
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