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Hot Off The Wire
Veteran judge named Trump probe special master; climate change jeopardizes health care; Democrats punt same-sex marriage vote until after election | Top headlines for Sept. 15 & 16, 2022

Hot Off The Wire

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 12:51


A federal judge has appointed a veteran New York jurist to serve as an independent arbiter in the criminal investigation into the presence of classified documents at Donald Trump's Florida home. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has also refused to permit the Justice Department to resume its use of the highly sensitive records seized in an FBI search last month. Cannon on Thursday empowered the newly named special master, Raymond Dearie, to review all the documents taken in the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago and set a November deadline for his work. Republican governors are escalating their practice of sending migrants without advance warning to Democratic strongholds, including a wealthy summer enclave in Massachusetts and the Washington, D.C., home of Vice President Kamala Harris. The White House is calling the practice a “cruel, premeditated political stunt.” Ukrainian authorities are expected to begin recovering bodies from a mass burial site in a forest recaptured from Russian forces. It's a delicate task that President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said would help show the world “what the Russian occupation has led to.” It was discovered close to Izium after a rapid counteroffensive by Ukrainian forces retook the northeastern city and much of the Kharkiv region. People are being told not to join the line to view Queen Elizabeth II's coffin after a surge in numbers. British officials said Friday morning that the organized line was at capacity and no one will be allowed to join it for at least six hours. Medical centers around the country say fires, flooding, heat waves and other extreme weather are increasingly jeopardizing medical services, damaging health care facilities and forcing patients to flee their hospital beds. That's according to findings released Thursday in a report from the House Ways and Means Committee. In a memoir Anne Heche worked on last year, the actor shared candid thoughts on her 3-year relationship with Ellen DeGeneres in the late 1990s, when they were among Hollywood's first openly gay couples. Democrats are punting a vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages until after the November midterm elections, pulling back just days after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to put the Senate on the record on the issue “in the coming weeks.” In sports, the Chiefs were three points better than the Chargers, the Twins and White Sox inched closer to the Guardians, the Rays made MLB history, the Mets ended their skid, a tennis great retired and the WNBA Finals will stretch into the weekend. Rail companies and their workers reached a tentative agreement to avert a nationwide strike that could have shut down the nation's freight trains and devastated the economy less than two months before the midterm elections. President Joe Biden announced the deal Thursday. Biden plans to meet at the White House on Friday with the families of WNBA star Brittney Griner and Michigan corporate security executive Paul Whelan, both of whom remain jailed in Russia. The meetings are to be the first in-person encounter between Biden and the families and come amid sustained but so far unsuccessful efforts by the administration to secure the two Americans' release. A boil-water notice has been lifted in Mississippi's capital city after nearly seven weeks. Gov. Tate Reeves and Jackson officials made the announcement Thursday. A Virginia man who stormed the U.S. Capitol while wearing an antisemitic “Camp Auschwitz” sweatshirt over a Nazi-themed shirt has been sentenced to 75 days of imprisonment. Photographs of Robert Keith Packer wearing the sweatshirt went viral after the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol. Thousands of mourners are waiting for up to nine hours in line to file past the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as she lies in state at Westminster Hall. The queue to pay respects to the late monarch stretched for 4.4 miles past Tower Bridge on Thursday. Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for his “balanced” approach to the Ukrainian crisis and blasted Washington's “ugly” policies at a meeting that followed a major setback for Moscow in the war. Roger Federer has announced that he is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles. Federer has not competed since Wimbledon in July 2021. Two minutes of silence will be observed Monday across the United Kingdom at the end of Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey. That's to give the British public a chance to pay their respects to the late monarch. Buckingham Palace released details Thursday of the state funeral and a ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor ahead of her private interment later Monday. Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates climbed over 6% this week for the first time since the housing crash of 2008, threatening to sideline even more homebuyers from a rapidly cooling housing market. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported Thursday that the 30-year rate rose to 6.02% from 5.89% last week. President Joe Biden's popularity has improved substantially from his lowest point this summer, but concerns about his handling of the economy persist. That's according to a poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Support for Biden recovered from a low of 36% in July to 45%, driven in large part by a rebound in support from Democrats just two months before the November midterm elections. Newly revealed text messages show how deeply a Mississippi governor was involved in the state paying more than $1 million in welfare money to Brett Favre to help pay for one of the retired NFL quarterback's pet projects. Instead of the money going to help low-income families in one of the nation's poorest states, as intended, it was funneled through a nonprofit group to Favre and was spent on a new volleyball facility at a university both men attended. —The Associated PressSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Texas Ag Today
Texas Ag Today - September 15, 2022

Texas Ag Today

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 22:58


The House Ways and Means Committee heard from a Texas farmer and rancher on trade with Taiwan this week. Ranchers should be prepared to care for livestock following a wildfire. What to do when you're approached by a renewable energy companies. We'll have those stories and more on this episode of Texas Ag Today.

The Luke Macias Show
Major Property Tax Policy Shift

The Luke Macias Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 26:48


There is some really good news from last week on the massive shift in the minimum amount of property tax relief that will be considered next session. The state is currently projected to have a $27 billion surplus. Several months ago, Morgan Meyer dropped a hint in his Ways and Means Committee insinuating that the Texas… The post Major Property Tax Policy Shift appeared first on Luke Macias.

Dear Asian Americans
164 // Dr. Raynald Samoa // Dear Pacific Islanders

Dear Asian Americans

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 59:13


Dr. Raynald Samoa, Endocrinologist at City of Hope and member of the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, joins Jerry to talk about his upbringing, his path to medicine, and his advocacy work for the more marginalized voices within our wider Asian American community. Dr. Samoa shares about finding his love of biology, being the first Samoan to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine, and what exactly led him to endocrinology. Listen in as Jerry and Dr. Samoa discuss the importance of disaggregated data, how we can meaningfully represent all the diverse cultures that make up our diaspora, and why the solutions for sharing information with each other lies in community.Meet Dr. SamoaDr. Raynald Samoa is an endocrinologist at the City of Hope. His current research projects include a faith-based community-centered diabetes prevention program in the San Gabriel Valley investigating a social-connectedness modified approach. Dr. Samoa served as the Lead for the National Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team and has authored several manuscripts describing the impact of COVID-19 on Pacific Islander communities. He has testified to the House of Representative Ways and Means Committee during a session entitled, The Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on Communities of Color. He currently is the technical assistance lead for the Healing Association of Pacific Islander Physicians, a professional organization associated with the National Association of Organization of Pacific Islander Organizations. (Source: HHS.gov)Learn more about Dr. Samoa:WhiteHouse.govHHS.govCity of Hope// Support Dear Asian Americans:Merch: https://www.bonfire.com/store/dearasianamericans/Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/jerrywonLearn more about DAA Creator and Host Jerry Won:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jerrywon/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jerryjwon/// Listen to Dear Asian Americans on all major platforms:Transistor.fm: http://www.dearasianamericans.comApple: https://apple.dearasianamericans.comSpotify: https://spotify.dearasianamericans.comStitcher: https://stitcher.dearasianamericans.comGoogle: https://google.dearasianamericans.com  Follow us on Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/dearasianamericans Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dearasianamericans Subscribe to our YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/dearasianamericans // Join the Asian Podcast Network:Web: https://asianpodcastnetwork.com/Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/asianpodcastnetwork/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/asianpodcastnetwork/Dear Asian Americans is produced by Just Like Media:Web: http://www.justlikemedia.comInstagram.com: http://www.instagram.com/justlikemedia

MTR Podcasts
Q&A with Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

MTR Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 41:04


Brief summary of episode:Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is a government affairs expert with more than a quarter century of experience working with federal, state, and local government officials on policy and program strategies important for corporations and the nation. She welcomes inquiries regarding corporate board service (public and/or mid- to late-stage private) as well as consulting opportunities.A former professional staffer on the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Dr. Cummings has worked with Democrats and Republicans on trade, tax, health, food, aging, and retirement security policy. As the founder, president, and CEO of Global Policy Solutions, Cummings has collaborated with members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, U.S. Conference of State Legislatures, and the National Association of Counties among other policymaker organizations to advance public health, economic development, and environmental solutions important for cities, towns, and states. As a result, Dr. Cummings has a vast network of multi-sector contacts with an emphasis on those serving in government. The immediate past board chair of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Financial Services Corporation (FSC), Cummings has also chaired the board of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and has served on the boards of the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Economic Policy Institute, and the National Academy of Social Insurance among other prominent organizations. In these positions, Cummings has been a valued and collaborative board member who has provided oversight and advice to management in their efforts to implement effective and efficient growth-oriented strategies. The owner of a small business that is also a certified B Corporation, Dr. Cummings has significant profit and loss experience as well as substantive expertise in environmental, social and governance issues pertinent for assessing corporate risk and growth opportunities. She also has a long and distinguished track record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies through policies, programs, and organizations. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellowship, Purdue University Alumni Association 40 Under 40 Award, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Congressional Fellowship, Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in political science with an emphasis in public policy from Purdue University and her B.A. in political science from Prairie View A&M University.The Truth In This ArtThe Truth In This Art is a podcast interview series supporting vibrancy and development of Baltimore & beyond's arts and culture. To find more amazing stories from the artist and entrepreneurial scenes in & around Baltimore, check out my episode directory. Stay in TouchNewsletter sign-upSupport my podcastShareable link to episode ★ Support this podcast ★

Cross-border tax talks
The IRA and Book Minimum Tax: Not a Pillar Two Podcast

Cross-border tax talks

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 48:12


Doug McHoney (PwC's Global International Tax Services Leader) is joined by Aaron Junge in Westminster Studios. Aaron is International Tax Partner in PwC's Washington's National Tax Services and was previously Tax Counsel in the House Ways and Means Committee during the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act implementation. Doug and Aaron discuss the corporate alternative minimum tax (also called the ‘Book Minimum Tax') and other Inflation Reduction Act tax provisions, which President Biden signed into law on August 16. More specifically, they cover the BMT effective date and its scope, what are applicable corporations, changes to the aggregation rules, what is applicable financial statement income, common adjustments, calculating the AMT foreign tax credit, and what guidance we might see from Treasury.

The Sam Malone Show
8/15/2022 The Sam Malone Show

The Sam Malone Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 32:24


Mat. 6:21 The hearts of the Democrats in office are in the money and the power, not the people, or they would hire the 87,000armed agents to protect our children and our borders instead of taxes. 00:00 – Sam's introduction for MONDAY AUGUST 15, 2022. 00:32 –– Bob Price – Breitbart – 11 min – Bob said with the getaways, it is probably about 4 million illegals coming across the border since Biden took office. He said that 112,000 came across last month. There were 700 people moved into Eagle Pass, TX in a five hour period over the week end. Bob pointed out that the fentanyl being brought over the border is the number one killer of young men in America. He said all the precursor drugs for fentanyl comes from China as part of their attack on America. 11:25 – Steve Moore – Economic Advisor to President Trump – 8 min – Steve said he's furious that the Democrats were able to push through another $400,000,000,000 spending to raise inflation even more. He said the 87k armed IRS agents authorized in this bill will not be protecting kids in school or stopping illegals from bringing fentanyl through Mexico. Nor do they want you to be able to defend yourself. 19:48 – Judge Ted Poe – Former 2nd Congressional District Representative – 12 min – The Judge said the media and the Democrats are pushing worship of the state. He said the warrant should never have been granted for the Mar-A-Lago raid because the law says the scope of the search must be narrow and specific, but the warrant issued allowed the FBI to gather classified documents in general. He said not only were the items sought supposed to be specific, but also where they are expected to be found. He said the 4th Amendment was designed to prevent just this sort of raid. The Ways and Means Committee can defund the IRS troopers, but the Republicans have caved on that kind of action in years past according to the Judge. 32:13 - CloseSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

KCRW's Left, Right & Center
FBI seizes Trump's files. Trump wins 2024 GOP nomination?

KCRW's Left, Right & Center

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 50:29 Very Popular


This week, the FBI executed a search warrant at Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, breaking into his safe, and seizing several boxes of presumed classified documents that he allegedly took from the White House when his presidency ended.  Then, a federal appeals court ruled that the House Ways and Means Committee is allowed to look at Trump's tax returns from 2015 to 2020 — something Democrats tried doing for years.  New York Attorney General Letitia James also deposed Trump under oath — in regards to a civil case about his business dealings. During the hours-long testimony, Trump pleaded the Fifth Amendment, invoking his rights against self incrimination. But in the past, he said, “If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?” Still, Trump's base seems to be more energized than ever, and some are even calling for a civil war. Meanwhile, some Republican campaign staffers are saying this week sealed the deal on Trump's GOP 2024 presidential nomination.  Host David Greene discusses with Elizabeth Bruenig, staff writer at The Atlantic, on the left; Tara Setmayer, senior advisor at the Lincoln Project, on the right; and special guest Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor. Plus, gas and plane tickets are slightly down from the sky-high prices from earlier this summer, but inflation is still affecting many Americans. Democrats are set to pass the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Will that combat inflation? Probably not anytime soon. But the IRA is set to be the most groundbreaking climate change legislation Congress has ever passed. And what was the actual cost to get Senator Joe Manchin to sign onto the IRA? For Manchin's vote, Democrats agreed to support the Mountain Valley Pipeline, which spans more than 300 miles, and will carry natural gas through the Appalachian Mountains, furthering fossil fuel dependency. Special guest Alexa Beyer, environmental and energy reporter at Mountain State Spotlight, weighs in.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 19:22


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. We’ve got some crazy news to get to today, so let’s dive right in… https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/08/trump-fbi-maralago-search-00050442 Trump's Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI in unprecedented move The FBI executed a search warrant at the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump on Monday as part of an investigation into the alleged mishandling of White House records, including potentially classified material, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Florida raid, which one of the people said took “hours,” resulted in the seizure of paper records, according to one person familiar with the development, who also noted that Trump attorney Christina Bobb was present during the search. It was a historic step by the Justice Department and FBI to investigate the residence of a former president, who is battling an increasingly complex thicket of legal threats. No former president — particularly one who is openly considering another bid for the Oval Office — has faced such a public law enforcement action, which immediately led to calls among his allies for recriminations and even the elimination of federal law enforcement agencies. “They even broke into my safe,” Trump himself said in a lengthy statement decrying the FBI search and comparing it to Watergate. Trump, who was the first to confirm the FBI action, said in a statement that his resort was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. The former president was not present at Mar-a-Lago. Instead, he was at Trump Tower in New York City, according to a person familiar with the situation. His son Eric Trump informed him of the raid. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s offices in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Spokespeople at Justice Department headquarters in Washington declined to comment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the Secret Service and the Palm Beach Police Department deferred comment to the FBI. Two sources familiar with the matter said top Biden White House officials were not given advance notice of the raid, which could potentially alter the course of both the upcoming midterms and an eventual Trump-Biden rematch in 2024. Though the investigation of Trump’s handling of presidential records has been percolating for months, it has largely remained in the background while the Jan. 6 select committee built a case that Trump committed crimes to disrupt the transition of power after his defeat in the 2020 election. The National Archives and Records Administration had confirmed in February that it had sought to recover 15 boxes of records from Mar-a-Lago that it deemed improperly removed, including some marked as “classified national security information.” The Archives confirmed at the time that it had been in touch with the Justice Department about the recovered documents. At the time, the Archives said it had had “ongoing communications” with Trump’s team about recovering missing presidential records. The Archives also indicated that it was working to recover un-archived social media messages and that it had evidence that Trump tore up and destroyed some papers, not all of which were recovered. The Archives also confirmed in December that it was reviewing whether Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows had properly stored records from his personal phone and email accounts. That investigation has also become an increasingly public threat to Trump, with some of his top allies and former White House officials facing grand jury subpoenas and FBI searches. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department defended its decision to seize the cellphone of John Eastman, the attorney who helped devise Trump’s strategy to seize a second term he didn’t win. Federal investigators have pursued evidence that Trump’s administration mishandled presidential records and even removed some boxes to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. An executed search warrant would require the signoff of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based upon evidence of a potential crime. The law enforcement moves at Trump’s residence came as lawyers and other observers have been bracing for action this month in politically sensitive Justice Department investigations as prosecutors approach a traditional quiet period for such probes in the lead-up to elections. Unbelievable… before I get to my next story: Club Membership Plug: Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com https://www.theepochtimes.com/irs-stockpiles-more-than-5-million-rounds-of-ammunition_4636607.html?welcomeuser=1 IRS Stockpiles More Than 5 Million Rounds of Ammunition Apparently, the IRS needs a little firepower to help with those audits. The IRS has stockpiled five million rounds of ammunition and spent $725,000 on bullets this year, according to Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who has introduced a bill to block future ammunition purchases by the agency. The Republican lawmaker announced his sponsorship of the Disarm the IRS Act in a July press release. The bill would ban the IRS from acquiring ammunition through direct purchase or otherwise. The bill awaits a potential vote in the House Ways and Means Committee. The issue drew national attention after Gaetz appeared on Fox News’ Jesse Waters Primetime last week, saying that the IRS had spent $750,000 in 2022 alone on ammunition. “Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator, not $725,000 worth of ammunition,” Gaetz said during his appearance on Fox News. While people may not think of the IRS needing weapons and ammunition, it has a criminal investigation division with armed law enforcement to pursue tax felons. A 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office said the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division had 2,148 law enforcement officers, 4,461 weapons—including 15 fully automatic firearms—and 5.05 million rounds of ammunition. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, four officers with the IRS have died since 1989 from medical conditions or accidents. None was firearm related. But the IRS isn’t the only governmental agency building up massive caches of guns and bullets. OpenTheBooks.com, a nonprofit government watchdog group, released a report called “The militarization of the U.S. Executive Agencies” in December 2020, detailing how agencies that people wouldn’t normally associate with law enforcement were stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The Environmental Protection Agency owns 600 guns. At the same time, special agents at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are equipped with machine guns and AR15s. Even the Smithsonian Institution employed 620-armed “special agents,” up from zero officers in 2008, according to the report. Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & founder of OpenTheBooks.com, told The Epoch Times via email that the public should question why these agencies are armed to the teeth. Not only do they wield legal power, but they are also amassing firepower. “Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?” Andrzejewski wrote. Andrzejewski said there is no public purpose for rank and file, paper-pushing federal agencies to load up on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment. “Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds,” he stated. Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/08/the-media-begins-to-notice-that-were-running-out-of-cops-n488242 The media begins to notice that we're running out of cops Let’s say there’s a violent intruder at your door or someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night. Who ya gonna call? Assuming that you don’t have the number for the Ghostbusters, you’ll probably dial 911. But in a number of cities, the odds that anyone will be available to respond quickly enough to save you have been dropping. The problem has grown serious enough that even the Associated Press has been forced to cover the story. They begin with an interview with George Spaulding of Portland, Oregon. Five years ago, his son Brian was shot to death in his apartment. Though George checks in with the detective assigned to the case frequently, the police say they still have no leads. But even George admits that the police are simply overwhelmed and they probably just don’t have the manpower to assign anyone to really work the case full time. And it’s not just Portland where this is happening. Response times to emergency calls are rising and the number of criminal cases being closed are falling in many cities. From Philadelphia to Portland to Los Angeles, killings and gun violence are rising at the same time officers worn out by the pandemic and disillusioned over the calls to divest from policing that followed George Floyd’s murder are quitting or retiring faster than they can be replaced. Departments are scrambling to recruit in a tight labor market and also rethinking what services they can provide and what role police should play in their communities. Many have shifted veteran officers to patrol, breaking up specialized teams built over decades in order to keep up with 911 calls. If you read through that entire report, the AP cites statistics and provides quotes from various officials in five cities. Take a look at this list of names and see if you notice anything in common. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are all cited. It should come as no surprise to most of our readers that these are all cities that were subjected to violent BLM riots during the Summer of Love and all of them later attempted to “defund the police” in various ways. Now crime rates are up in each of those cities, particularly violent crime rates. Response times are up and case closure rates are down. The police forces in each of those cities have been depleted and they are struggling to find qualified recruits to replace the officers who have left. (Along with the officers who were killed or too seriously wounded to return to duty in some cases.) Is there any honest person who is having trouble connecting the dots here? The Associated Press gamely quotes one professor from the Crime and Justice Policy Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He claims that you can’t blame the protests and the defunding movement because “crime is up in many areas,” even where those things didn’t happen. That much may be true, but it’s definitely a lot worse in the cities on this list. How can anyone continue to deny this? Today, we’re hearing complaints from disgruntled and frightened citizens. That’s understandable. But we should also remember that many of those complaining the loudest also helped elect the municipal officials who put all of these policies in place to begin with and bent to the will of the mob. Now they are reaping what they have themselves sown. If you don’t like what’s going on in the streets, take some responsibility yourself and work to put new people in charge who will deal with the situation in a serious fashion. Once you do that, you just might be able to convince some new aspiring law enforcement officers to come to work in your cities. Well, let’s shift our eyes over seas now. Did you know that China, is one of the freest countries in the world?! Nancy Pelosi: “China Is One Of The Freest Societies In The World…” - Play Video https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-pelosi-says-china-one-of-the-freest-societies-in-the-world?utm_campaign=64487 Pelosi says China 'one of the freest societies in the world' She cited Freedom House as a source, but Freedom House, however, does not list China as a free country, calling its government an "authoritarian regime" that has "become increasingly repressive in recent years." Freedom House writes: "The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to tighten control over all aspects of life and governance, including the state bureaucracy, the media, online speech, religious practice, universities, businesses, and civil society associations, and it has undermined an earlier series of modest rule-of-law reforms. The CCP leader and state president, Xi Jinping, has consolidated personal power to a degree not seen in China for decades." Freedom House considers the small island nation of Taiwan, however, to be "free," ranking 94/100 on its freedom scale. Perhaps this is what Pelosi was referring to, as she just returned from a trip to Taiwan. Pelosi's Taiwan trip was a huge issue for China, which took the opportunity to engage in a massive show of force over the island. The self-ruling island has faced increased threats of violence from the CCP in recent days following Pelosi's visit to there, to repeated condemnation by the communists. US officials have made clear, though that they do not support an independent Taiwan, despite comments from President Joe Biden that the US would "militarily defend" it. https://twitter.com/i/status/1554169482242916354 - Play Video That was John Kirby for those wondering. https://www.outkick.com/oklahoma-cale-gundy-didnt-want-resignation-football/ ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF OKLAHOMA PLAYERS DIDN’T WANT CALE GUNDY TO RESIGN: REPORT Many members of the Oklahoma Sooners reportedly didn’t want Cale Gundy to leave the program. The longtime Sooners assistant resigned from his coaching position after he admitted to reading a “shameful and hurtful” unknown word off a players iPad during a film session. He announced his resignation late Sunday night after more than two decades as a coach with the program. Despite his resignation, it sounds like many members of the team didn’t want him to leave. Gabe Ikard reported “the vast majority” of players on the roster didn’t want Gundy to leave. However, it sounds like they couldn’t sway his mind. After more than two decades as a coach with the Sooners and several seasons as a dominant QB in Norman, Gundy is gone because he read a player’s iPad during a film session. As Gundy claimed in his statement, they weren’t his words. He was reading a message on the iPad. ““I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional. Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions. The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so,” the former Oklahoma coach told fans in his resignation announcement. Overall, it seems like this situation spiraled out of control before most people even realized what happened, and that’s backed up by the fact most players didn’t want him to resign. What an incredibly bizarre and strange situation within the Oklahoma football program. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… If you liked the show, share it. If you want to sign up for a club membership, for our conference with that club membership discount, or sign up for our magazine, head on over to fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you’d like to send me a news story, ask about our conference, or approach us about corporate partnership with CrossPolitic, you can email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless

Morning Announcements
Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

Morning Announcements

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 4:48


Today's headlines: FBI is searching Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents, while Congressman and Trump ally Scott Perry is saying that the FBI has seized his cellphone. Then, A DC Circuit court of appeals ruled unanimously yesterday that the House Ways and Means Committee can access Trump's tax returns. The January 6th Committee met yesterday with Trump's former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, while Trump had dinner with 12 of his most loyal Republican lawmakers last night at Bedminster. Finally, President Biden signed the $280 billion bipartisan CHIPS bill into law, which is intended to boost domestic high-tech manufacturing. Resources/Articles mentioned this episode: Washington Post: FBI searches Trump safe at Mar-a-Lago for possible classified documents Guardian: Congressman and Trump ally Scott Perry says FBI seized his cellphone Washington Post: House can view Trump's tax records, appeals court rules CNN: Mike Pompeo meets with January 6 committee Yahoo! News: A dozen House Republicans plan to dine with Trump in Bedminster on Tuesday, a day after the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago CNBC: Biden signs China competition bill to boost U.S. chipmakers

KQED’s Forum
FBI Search of Trump Residence Prompts Republican Outcry

KQED’s Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 55:29


The FBI executed a search of Donald Trump's Palm Beach, FL residence on Monday, suggesting that the Department of Justice could be edging closer to bringing criminal charges against the former president. News of the raid prompted house minority leader Kevin McCarthy to issue a statement accusing the DOJ of “weaponized politicization” and warning Attorney General Merrick Garland to “preserve your documents and clear your calendar.” Meanwhile, a federal appellate court ruled Tuesday that the House Ways and Means Committee may legally obtain Trump's tax returns from the I.R.S. We'll talk about the legal and political implications of both developments and how Republican officials are responding. Guests: Zack Beauchamp, senior correspondent, Vox Jessica Levinson, professor of law, Loyola Law School; host of the podcast “Passing Judgment” Michael Conway, adjunct lecturer, Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications; served as counsel to House Judiciary Committee during the impeachment trial of President Nixon

Fight Laugh Feast USA
Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

Fight Laugh Feast USA

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 19:22


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. We’ve got some crazy news to get to today, so let’s dive right in… https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/08/trump-fbi-maralago-search-00050442 Trump's Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI in unprecedented move The FBI executed a search warrant at the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump on Monday as part of an investigation into the alleged mishandling of White House records, including potentially classified material, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Florida raid, which one of the people said took “hours,” resulted in the seizure of paper records, according to one person familiar with the development, who also noted that Trump attorney Christina Bobb was present during the search. It was a historic step by the Justice Department and FBI to investigate the residence of a former president, who is battling an increasingly complex thicket of legal threats. No former president — particularly one who is openly considering another bid for the Oval Office — has faced such a public law enforcement action, which immediately led to calls among his allies for recriminations and even the elimination of federal law enforcement agencies. “They even broke into my safe,” Trump himself said in a lengthy statement decrying the FBI search and comparing it to Watergate. Trump, who was the first to confirm the FBI action, said in a statement that his resort was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. The former president was not present at Mar-a-Lago. Instead, he was at Trump Tower in New York City, according to a person familiar with the situation. His son Eric Trump informed him of the raid. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s offices in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Spokespeople at Justice Department headquarters in Washington declined to comment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the Secret Service and the Palm Beach Police Department deferred comment to the FBI. Two sources familiar with the matter said top Biden White House officials were not given advance notice of the raid, which could potentially alter the course of both the upcoming midterms and an eventual Trump-Biden rematch in 2024. Though the investigation of Trump’s handling of presidential records has been percolating for months, it has largely remained in the background while the Jan. 6 select committee built a case that Trump committed crimes to disrupt the transition of power after his defeat in the 2020 election. The National Archives and Records Administration had confirmed in February that it had sought to recover 15 boxes of records from Mar-a-Lago that it deemed improperly removed, including some marked as “classified national security information.” The Archives confirmed at the time that it had been in touch with the Justice Department about the recovered documents. At the time, the Archives said it had had “ongoing communications” with Trump’s team about recovering missing presidential records. The Archives also indicated that it was working to recover un-archived social media messages and that it had evidence that Trump tore up and destroyed some papers, not all of which were recovered. The Archives also confirmed in December that it was reviewing whether Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows had properly stored records from his personal phone and email accounts. That investigation has also become an increasingly public threat to Trump, with some of his top allies and former White House officials facing grand jury subpoenas and FBI searches. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department defended its decision to seize the cellphone of John Eastman, the attorney who helped devise Trump’s strategy to seize a second term he didn’t win. Federal investigators have pursued evidence that Trump’s administration mishandled presidential records and even removed some boxes to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. An executed search warrant would require the signoff of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based upon evidence of a potential crime. The law enforcement moves at Trump’s residence came as lawyers and other observers have been bracing for action this month in politically sensitive Justice Department investigations as prosecutors approach a traditional quiet period for such probes in the lead-up to elections. Unbelievable… before I get to my next story: Club Membership Plug: Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com https://www.theepochtimes.com/irs-stockpiles-more-than-5-million-rounds-of-ammunition_4636607.html?welcomeuser=1 IRS Stockpiles More Than 5 Million Rounds of Ammunition Apparently, the IRS needs a little firepower to help with those audits. The IRS has stockpiled five million rounds of ammunition and spent $725,000 on bullets this year, according to Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who has introduced a bill to block future ammunition purchases by the agency. The Republican lawmaker announced his sponsorship of the Disarm the IRS Act in a July press release. The bill would ban the IRS from acquiring ammunition through direct purchase or otherwise. The bill awaits a potential vote in the House Ways and Means Committee. The issue drew national attention after Gaetz appeared on Fox News’ Jesse Waters Primetime last week, saying that the IRS had spent $750,000 in 2022 alone on ammunition. “Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator, not $725,000 worth of ammunition,” Gaetz said during his appearance on Fox News. While people may not think of the IRS needing weapons and ammunition, it has a criminal investigation division with armed law enforcement to pursue tax felons. A 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office said the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division had 2,148 law enforcement officers, 4,461 weapons—including 15 fully automatic firearms—and 5.05 million rounds of ammunition. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, four officers with the IRS have died since 1989 from medical conditions or accidents. None was firearm related. But the IRS isn’t the only governmental agency building up massive caches of guns and bullets. OpenTheBooks.com, a nonprofit government watchdog group, released a report called “The militarization of the U.S. Executive Agencies” in December 2020, detailing how agencies that people wouldn’t normally associate with law enforcement were stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The Environmental Protection Agency owns 600 guns. At the same time, special agents at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are equipped with machine guns and AR15s. Even the Smithsonian Institution employed 620-armed “special agents,” up from zero officers in 2008, according to the report. Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & founder of OpenTheBooks.com, told The Epoch Times via email that the public should question why these agencies are armed to the teeth. Not only do they wield legal power, but they are also amassing firepower. “Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?” Andrzejewski wrote. Andrzejewski said there is no public purpose for rank and file, paper-pushing federal agencies to load up on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment. “Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds,” he stated. Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/08/the-media-begins-to-notice-that-were-running-out-of-cops-n488242 The media begins to notice that we're running out of cops Let’s say there’s a violent intruder at your door or someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night. Who ya gonna call? Assuming that you don’t have the number for the Ghostbusters, you’ll probably dial 911. But in a number of cities, the odds that anyone will be available to respond quickly enough to save you have been dropping. The problem has grown serious enough that even the Associated Press has been forced to cover the story. They begin with an interview with George Spaulding of Portland, Oregon. Five years ago, his son Brian was shot to death in his apartment. Though George checks in with the detective assigned to the case frequently, the police say they still have no leads. But even George admits that the police are simply overwhelmed and they probably just don’t have the manpower to assign anyone to really work the case full time. And it’s not just Portland where this is happening. Response times to emergency calls are rising and the number of criminal cases being closed are falling in many cities. From Philadelphia to Portland to Los Angeles, killings and gun violence are rising at the same time officers worn out by the pandemic and disillusioned over the calls to divest from policing that followed George Floyd’s murder are quitting or retiring faster than they can be replaced. Departments are scrambling to recruit in a tight labor market and also rethinking what services they can provide and what role police should play in their communities. Many have shifted veteran officers to patrol, breaking up specialized teams built over decades in order to keep up with 911 calls. If you read through that entire report, the AP cites statistics and provides quotes from various officials in five cities. Take a look at this list of names and see if you notice anything in common. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are all cited. It should come as no surprise to most of our readers that these are all cities that were subjected to violent BLM riots during the Summer of Love and all of them later attempted to “defund the police” in various ways. Now crime rates are up in each of those cities, particularly violent crime rates. Response times are up and case closure rates are down. The police forces in each of those cities have been depleted and they are struggling to find qualified recruits to replace the officers who have left. (Along with the officers who were killed or too seriously wounded to return to duty in some cases.) Is there any honest person who is having trouble connecting the dots here? The Associated Press gamely quotes one professor from the Crime and Justice Policy Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He claims that you can’t blame the protests and the defunding movement because “crime is up in many areas,” even where those things didn’t happen. That much may be true, but it’s definitely a lot worse in the cities on this list. How can anyone continue to deny this? Today, we’re hearing complaints from disgruntled and frightened citizens. That’s understandable. But we should also remember that many of those complaining the loudest also helped elect the municipal officials who put all of these policies in place to begin with and bent to the will of the mob. Now they are reaping what they have themselves sown. If you don’t like what’s going on in the streets, take some responsibility yourself and work to put new people in charge who will deal with the situation in a serious fashion. Once you do that, you just might be able to convince some new aspiring law enforcement officers to come to work in your cities. Well, let’s shift our eyes over seas now. Did you know that China, is one of the freest countries in the world?! Nancy Pelosi: “China Is One Of The Freest Societies In The World…” - Play Video https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-pelosi-says-china-one-of-the-freest-societies-in-the-world?utm_campaign=64487 Pelosi says China 'one of the freest societies in the world' She cited Freedom House as a source, but Freedom House, however, does not list China as a free country, calling its government an "authoritarian regime" that has "become increasingly repressive in recent years." Freedom House writes: "The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to tighten control over all aspects of life and governance, including the state bureaucracy, the media, online speech, religious practice, universities, businesses, and civil society associations, and it has undermined an earlier series of modest rule-of-law reforms. The CCP leader and state president, Xi Jinping, has consolidated personal power to a degree not seen in China for decades." Freedom House considers the small island nation of Taiwan, however, to be "free," ranking 94/100 on its freedom scale. Perhaps this is what Pelosi was referring to, as she just returned from a trip to Taiwan. Pelosi's Taiwan trip was a huge issue for China, which took the opportunity to engage in a massive show of force over the island. The self-ruling island has faced increased threats of violence from the CCP in recent days following Pelosi's visit to there, to repeated condemnation by the communists. US officials have made clear, though that they do not support an independent Taiwan, despite comments from President Joe Biden that the US would "militarily defend" it. https://twitter.com/i/status/1554169482242916354 - Play Video That was John Kirby for those wondering. https://www.outkick.com/oklahoma-cale-gundy-didnt-want-resignation-football/ ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF OKLAHOMA PLAYERS DIDN’T WANT CALE GUNDY TO RESIGN: REPORT Many members of the Oklahoma Sooners reportedly didn’t want Cale Gundy to leave the program. The longtime Sooners assistant resigned from his coaching position after he admitted to reading a “shameful and hurtful” unknown word off a players iPad during a film session. He announced his resignation late Sunday night after more than two decades as a coach with the program. Despite his resignation, it sounds like many members of the team didn’t want him to leave. Gabe Ikard reported “the vast majority” of players on the roster didn’t want Gundy to leave. However, it sounds like they couldn’t sway his mind. After more than two decades as a coach with the Sooners and several seasons as a dominant QB in Norman, Gundy is gone because he read a player’s iPad during a film session. As Gundy claimed in his statement, they weren’t his words. He was reading a message on the iPad. ““I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional. Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions. The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so,” the former Oklahoma coach told fans in his resignation announcement. Overall, it seems like this situation spiraled out of control before most people even realized what happened, and that’s backed up by the fact most players didn’t want him to resign. What an incredibly bizarre and strange situation within the Oklahoma football program. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… If you liked the show, share it. If you want to sign up for a club membership, for our conference with that club membership discount, or sign up for our magazine, head on over to fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you’d like to send me a news story, ask about our conference, or approach us about corporate partnership with CrossPolitic, you can email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless

Courageous Conversations Radio and Podcast with Therese W. Gamble
Civic Engagement Responsibility Series with Mr. Phillip Miner - Committed and Dedicated Democrat

Courageous Conversations Radio and Podcast with Therese W. Gamble

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 135:03


Phillip Minor bio Upon retirement in 2008, Phillip W. Miner relocated to Jacksonville, FL. where he has been actively engaged in volunteer work in the cultural arts, youth development & education and elective office politics. Miner was a volunteer docent at the Ritz Theatre and Museum and coordinated an educational program with Duval County Public Schools. He remains active with several Democratic Party organizations in Duval County. His political service includes: Duval County Democratic Executive Committee (DCDEC) Precinct Committeeman; former Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee; past member of the Communications Committee and former Blogmaster. He is a member of the Duval County Asian Pacific, Black, Hispanic and Senior Caucuses and the Democratic Women's Information Network/DWIN. He served as Media Contact and Chair of the Public Relations and Membership Committee, Chair of the Campaign and Legislative Affairs Committee, 2nd VP for Membership and a member of the Ways and Means Committee of the Black Caucus. A member of DWIN since 2014, he serves on the Board of Directors and is Chair of Chairs. Responsibilities include staffing the Standing Committees to ensure the work of the organization is accomplished through increased efficiencies. He is a seasoned Poll Watcher and has recruited and facilitated training for Poll Watchers. He is Past Vice President of the Hispanic Caucus. Miner has provided countless hours of consultation on effective political engagement and campaign service to Democratic organizations in two states. He was a founding member of the Duval County Obama Family Network in 2008. Topics included: Community/Civic Engagement Voter Profiel in Duval County, Jacksonville, FL Redistricting in Duval County, Jacksonville, FL To get connect with Phillip Miner email phillipminer@comcast.net Courageous Conversations with Therese W Gamble is powered by Concierge Resource Professional Consultants that is a culture storytelling gracious space to bridge generational gaps through active listening and action-oriented changes. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/courageouscultureconvo/message

A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Chips, IRA, Gun Safety and GOP Crimes (Guest: Rep. Dan Kildee)

A Republic, If You Can Keep It

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 56:11


A search warrant at Mar-A-Lago, a special prosecutor may put Matt DePerno's campaign to be Michigan's chief law enforcement official, and state Republicans look to what could be a volcanic summer convention. In other words, just another bizarre week in Michigan politics.   In Washington, a string of victories for President Biden. Congress is set to pass the biggest climate bill in history after already pushing through long-overdue support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, the first gun safety law in decades and much-needed jumpstart for a domestic microchips industry. We're joined this week by Michigan's senior Democrat in Congress, Flint's Dan Kildee. As Chief Deputy Whip—part of the Democratic leadership team in Congress—he acts as an important liaison among Members of Congress and the leadership to build support for Democratic priorities and legislation. Congressman Kildee serves on three committees: Ways and Means Committee, Budget and Science, Space and Technology. Before being elected to Congress, Congressman Kildee co-founded and served as the president of the Center for Community Progress, a national non-profit organization focused on urban land reform and revitalization. He also founded Michigan's first land bank—the Genesee County Land Bank—which is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in redevelopment in Flint. The Genesee County Land Bank later served as a model for over 100 other land banks across the nation. Previously, Congressman Kildee served as the Genesee County Treasurer, on the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and on the Flint Board of Education.     _________________________________________ This week's podcast is underwritten by Practical Political Consulting and EPIC-MRA. We thank them for supporting "A Republic, If You Can Keep It."  

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 19:22


This is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022. We’ve got some crazy news to get to today, so let’s dive right in… https://www.politico.com/news/2022/08/08/trump-fbi-maralago-search-00050442 Trump's Mar-a-Lago home searched by FBI in unprecedented move The FBI executed a search warrant at the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump on Monday as part of an investigation into the alleged mishandling of White House records, including potentially classified material, according to two people familiar with the matter. The Florida raid, which one of the people said took “hours,” resulted in the seizure of paper records, according to one person familiar with the development, who also noted that Trump attorney Christina Bobb was present during the search. It was a historic step by the Justice Department and FBI to investigate the residence of a former president, who is battling an increasingly complex thicket of legal threats. No former president — particularly one who is openly considering another bid for the Oval Office — has faced such a public law enforcement action, which immediately led to calls among his allies for recriminations and even the elimination of federal law enforcement agencies. “They even broke into my safe,” Trump himself said in a lengthy statement decrying the FBI search and comparing it to Watergate. Trump, who was the first to confirm the FBI action, said in a statement that his resort was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. The former president was not present at Mar-a-Lago. Instead, he was at Trump Tower in New York City, according to a person familiar with the situation. His son Eric Trump informed him of the raid. The FBI and the U.S. attorney’s offices in Washington didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment. Spokespeople at Justice Department headquarters in Washington declined to comment. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the Secret Service and the Palm Beach Police Department deferred comment to the FBI. Two sources familiar with the matter said top Biden White House officials were not given advance notice of the raid, which could potentially alter the course of both the upcoming midterms and an eventual Trump-Biden rematch in 2024. Though the investigation of Trump’s handling of presidential records has been percolating for months, it has largely remained in the background while the Jan. 6 select committee built a case that Trump committed crimes to disrupt the transition of power after his defeat in the 2020 election. The National Archives and Records Administration had confirmed in February that it had sought to recover 15 boxes of records from Mar-a-Lago that it deemed improperly removed, including some marked as “classified national security information.” The Archives confirmed at the time that it had been in touch with the Justice Department about the recovered documents. At the time, the Archives said it had had “ongoing communications” with Trump’s team about recovering missing presidential records. The Archives also indicated that it was working to recover un-archived social media messages and that it had evidence that Trump tore up and destroyed some papers, not all of which were recovered. The Archives also confirmed in December that it was reviewing whether Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows had properly stored records from his personal phone and email accounts. That investigation has also become an increasingly public threat to Trump, with some of his top allies and former White House officials facing grand jury subpoenas and FBI searches. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department defended its decision to seize the cellphone of John Eastman, the attorney who helped devise Trump’s strategy to seize a second term he didn’t win. Federal investigators have pursued evidence that Trump’s administration mishandled presidential records and even removed some boxes to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. An executed search warrant would require the signoff of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based upon evidence of a potential crime. The law enforcement moves at Trump’s residence came as lawyers and other observers have been bracing for action this month in politically sensitive Justice Department investigations as prosecutors approach a traditional quiet period for such probes in the lead-up to elections. Unbelievable… before I get to my next story: Club Membership Plug: Let’s stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com https://www.theepochtimes.com/irs-stockpiles-more-than-5-million-rounds-of-ammunition_4636607.html?welcomeuser=1 IRS Stockpiles More Than 5 Million Rounds of Ammunition Apparently, the IRS needs a little firepower to help with those audits. The IRS has stockpiled five million rounds of ammunition and spent $725,000 on bullets this year, according to Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, who has introduced a bill to block future ammunition purchases by the agency. The Republican lawmaker announced his sponsorship of the Disarm the IRS Act in a July press release. The bill would ban the IRS from acquiring ammunition through direct purchase or otherwise. The bill awaits a potential vote in the House Ways and Means Committee. The issue drew national attention after Gaetz appeared on Fox News’ Jesse Waters Primetime last week, saying that the IRS had spent $750,000 in 2022 alone on ammunition. “Call me old-fashioned, but I thought the heaviest artillery an IRS agent would need would be a calculator, not $725,000 worth of ammunition,” Gaetz said during his appearance on Fox News. While people may not think of the IRS needing weapons and ammunition, it has a criminal investigation division with armed law enforcement to pursue tax felons. A 2018 report from the Government Accountability Office said the IRS’s Criminal Investigation Division had 2,148 law enforcement officers, 4,461 weapons—including 15 fully automatic firearms—and 5.05 million rounds of ammunition. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, four officers with the IRS have died since 1989 from medical conditions or accidents. None was firearm related. But the IRS isn’t the only governmental agency building up massive caches of guns and bullets. OpenTheBooks.com, a nonprofit government watchdog group, released a report called “The militarization of the U.S. Executive Agencies” in December 2020, detailing how agencies that people wouldn’t normally associate with law enforcement were stockpiling weapons and ammunition. The Environmental Protection Agency owns 600 guns. At the same time, special agents at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration are equipped with machine guns and AR15s. Even the Smithsonian Institution employed 620-armed “special agents,” up from zero officers in 2008, according to the report. Adam Andrzejewski, CEO & founder of OpenTheBooks.com, told The Epoch Times via email that the public should question why these agencies are armed to the teeth. Not only do they wield legal power, but they are also amassing firepower. “Just who are the federal agencies preparing to battle?” Andrzejewski wrote. Andrzejewski said there is no public purpose for rank and file, paper-pushing federal agencies to load up on guns, ammunition, and military-style equipment. “Our data shows that the federal government has become a gun show that never adjourns. Taxpayers need to tell Washington that police powers belong primarily to cities and states, not the feds,” he stated. Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/08/the-media-begins-to-notice-that-were-running-out-of-cops-n488242 The media begins to notice that we're running out of cops Let’s say there’s a violent intruder at your door or someone is breaking into your house in the middle of the night. Who ya gonna call? Assuming that you don’t have the number for the Ghostbusters, you’ll probably dial 911. But in a number of cities, the odds that anyone will be available to respond quickly enough to save you have been dropping. The problem has grown serious enough that even the Associated Press has been forced to cover the story. They begin with an interview with George Spaulding of Portland, Oregon. Five years ago, his son Brian was shot to death in his apartment. Though George checks in with the detective assigned to the case frequently, the police say they still have no leads. But even George admits that the police are simply overwhelmed and they probably just don’t have the manpower to assign anyone to really work the case full time. And it’s not just Portland where this is happening. Response times to emergency calls are rising and the number of criminal cases being closed are falling in many cities. From Philadelphia to Portland to Los Angeles, killings and gun violence are rising at the same time officers worn out by the pandemic and disillusioned over the calls to divest from policing that followed George Floyd’s murder are quitting or retiring faster than they can be replaced. Departments are scrambling to recruit in a tight labor market and also rethinking what services they can provide and what role police should play in their communities. Many have shifted veteran officers to patrol, breaking up specialized teams built over decades in order to keep up with 911 calls. If you read through that entire report, the AP cites statistics and provides quotes from various officials in five cities. Take a look at this list of names and see if you notice anything in common. Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Baltimore are all cited. It should come as no surprise to most of our readers that these are all cities that were subjected to violent BLM riots during the Summer of Love and all of them later attempted to “defund the police” in various ways. Now crime rates are up in each of those cities, particularly violent crime rates. Response times are up and case closure rates are down. The police forces in each of those cities have been depleted and they are struggling to find qualified recruits to replace the officers who have left. (Along with the officers who were killed or too seriously wounded to return to duty in some cases.) Is there any honest person who is having trouble connecting the dots here? The Associated Press gamely quotes one professor from the Crime and Justice Policy Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. He claims that you can’t blame the protests and the defunding movement because “crime is up in many areas,” even where those things didn’t happen. That much may be true, but it’s definitely a lot worse in the cities on this list. How can anyone continue to deny this? Today, we’re hearing complaints from disgruntled and frightened citizens. That’s understandable. But we should also remember that many of those complaining the loudest also helped elect the municipal officials who put all of these policies in place to begin with and bent to the will of the mob. Now they are reaping what they have themselves sown. If you don’t like what’s going on in the streets, take some responsibility yourself and work to put new people in charge who will deal with the situation in a serious fashion. Once you do that, you just might be able to convince some new aspiring law enforcement officers to come to work in your cities. Well, let’s shift our eyes over seas now. Did you know that China, is one of the freest countries in the world?! Nancy Pelosi: “China Is One Of The Freest Societies In The World…” - Play Video https://thepostmillennial.com/watch-pelosi-says-china-one-of-the-freest-societies-in-the-world?utm_campaign=64487 Pelosi says China 'one of the freest societies in the world' She cited Freedom House as a source, but Freedom House, however, does not list China as a free country, calling its government an "authoritarian regime" that has "become increasingly repressive in recent years." Freedom House writes: "The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues to tighten control over all aspects of life and governance, including the state bureaucracy, the media, online speech, religious practice, universities, businesses, and civil society associations, and it has undermined an earlier series of modest rule-of-law reforms. The CCP leader and state president, Xi Jinping, has consolidated personal power to a degree not seen in China for decades." Freedom House considers the small island nation of Taiwan, however, to be "free," ranking 94/100 on its freedom scale. Perhaps this is what Pelosi was referring to, as she just returned from a trip to Taiwan. Pelosi's Taiwan trip was a huge issue for China, which took the opportunity to engage in a massive show of force over the island. The self-ruling island has faced increased threats of violence from the CCP in recent days following Pelosi's visit to there, to repeated condemnation by the communists. US officials have made clear, though that they do not support an independent Taiwan, despite comments from President Joe Biden that the US would "militarily defend" it. https://twitter.com/i/status/1554169482242916354 - Play Video That was John Kirby for those wondering. https://www.outkick.com/oklahoma-cale-gundy-didnt-want-resignation-football/ ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF OKLAHOMA PLAYERS DIDN’T WANT CALE GUNDY TO RESIGN: REPORT Many members of the Oklahoma Sooners reportedly didn’t want Cale Gundy to leave the program. The longtime Sooners assistant resigned from his coaching position after he admitted to reading a “shameful and hurtful” unknown word off a players iPad during a film session. He announced his resignation late Sunday night after more than two decades as a coach with the program. Despite his resignation, it sounds like many members of the team didn’t want him to leave. Gabe Ikard reported “the vast majority” of players on the roster didn’t want Gundy to leave. However, it sounds like they couldn’t sway his mind. After more than two decades as a coach with the Sooners and several seasons as a dominant QB in Norman, Gundy is gone because he read a player’s iPad during a film session. As Gundy claimed in his statement, they weren’t his words. He was reading a message on the iPad. ““I want to be very clear: the words I read aloud from that screen were not my words. What I said was not malicious; it wasn’t even intentional. Still, I am mature enough to know that the word I said was shameful and hurtful, no matter my intentions. The unfortunate reality is that someone in my position can cause harm without ever meaning to do so,” the former Oklahoma coach told fans in his resignation announcement. Overall, it seems like this situation spiraled out of control before most people even realized what happened, and that’s backed up by the fact most players didn’t want him to resign. What an incredibly bizarre and strange situation within the Oklahoma football program. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… If you liked the show, share it. If you want to sign up for a club membership, for our conference with that club membership discount, or sign up for our magazine, head on over to fightlaughfeast.com. And as always, if you’d like to send me a news story, ask about our conference, or approach us about corporate partnership with CrossPolitic, you can email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless

The WorldView in 5 Minutes
Biden's bill raises taxes by $700 billion & adds 87,000 new IRS agents, FBI raids Trump's Mar-a-Lago, British High Court killed 12-year-old boy by withholding oxygen

The WorldView in 5 Minutes

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022


It's Tuesday, August 9th, A.D. 2022. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com.  I'm Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com) By Kevin Swanson Chinese Communists arrest Early Rain Covenant Church pastor The Chi-Coms are causing more trouble for the Early Rain Covenant Church, with another arrest of a pastor on August 2nd, reports China Aid. Preacher Wu Wuqing was taken from his home on a COVID-19 technicality. Pastor Wu has been arrested and harassed at least five times this year. Thus far, 200 members of the church have been arrested. Lead pastor Wang Yi is serving a nine-year sentence, and another elder is serving out a four-year sentence.   Pray for Early Rain Covenant Church during these hard times of persecution by the Chinese Communists. British High Court killed 12-year-old boy by withholding oxygen The British High Court made the decision to end the life of a 12-year-old lad named Archie Battersbee by removing palliative oxygen against his parents' wishes, He died at 12:15 on Saturday afternoon, reports The Telegraph.  The court also refused to allow him to die in a hospice situation. The ordeal began towards the beginning of June when his mother reported him to having possibly participated in a dangerous, foolish stunt referred to as “blackout.”  The Britain's socialist medical system oversaw Archie's medical care. Trump wins Conservative Political Action Conference poll The Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll taken over the weekend in Dallas has Donald Trump still at the top of the heap for the 2024 presidential race, reports the New York Post. Trump took 69% of the vote, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis came in a distant second place with 24% of the vote.  FBI raids Trump's Mar-a-Lago Speaking of former President Trump, last night he said that his Florida Mar-a-Lago home is “under siege” and “occupied by a group of FBI agents,” reports the Epoch Times. In a post on Truth Social, he wrote, “These are dark times for our nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” Trump's lawyer, Christina Bobb, confirmed with CNN that the FBI seized documents from Mar-a-Lago. Biden's bill hires 87,000 new IRS agents Expect more tyranny in America. The U.S. Congress just approved another $80 billion to hire 87,000 IRS agents, in hopes of generating more tax money through tax audits and other means, reports CBN News. Listen to what Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said from the floor of the Senate as he warned Americans of what is to come. CRUZ: “There are a lot of bad things in this bill. But few are worse than the proposal by Democrats in this bill to double the size of the IRS and create 87,000 new IRS agents. ... The House Ways and Means Committee, the minority, has put out an estimate that under this bill, there will be 1.2 million new audits per year, with over 700,000 of those new audits falling on taxpayers making $75,000 or less.” Biden's bill also raises taxes by $700 billion The massive boost to the IRS came as part of the Schumer-Manchin social spending and tax increase bill. It passed through the U.S. Senate by the narrow margin of 51-50 over the weekend. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote. The bill increases taxes by $700 billion and spends another $400 billion on more health care subsidies and environmental programs. In a statement, Senator Cruz said, “This bill is a give-away to the Democrats' radical leftist base at the expense of middle-class Americans. It's a betrayal of President Biden's promise to not raise taxes on the middle class. Make no mistake – this bill will hurt America and hardworking Americans at a time when we can least afford it.” Biden's new taxes largest increase since 1968 According to the TaxFoundation, the Biden tax increase proposals are the largest the country has seen since 1968. The largest year to year federal expenditure increases since World War 2 occurred in 2020 under President Donald Trump, in 2008 under George W. Bush, and in 1975 under Richard Nixon. And the largest federal spending increases over the length of an administration occurred under Ronald Reagan with a 69% increase, Richard Nixon with a 60% increase, George W. Bush with a 58% increase, and Donald Trump with a 54% increase.  Proverbs 28:2 explains this well. It says, “Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge right will be prolonged.” Olivia Newton-John died Olivia Newton-John, the 1970s pop singer and movie star, has gone to meet her Maker at 73 years of age. Best known for her role in the 1978 film Grease, her most successful hit song, “Physical,” was banned on radio stations in the early 1980s for its scandalous lyrics.  Newton-John told Fox News she felt “a little embarrassed that it was banned,” but she said, “Compared to what I'm listening to on the radio now, it's more like a lullaby.” 1 John 2:17 explains what's happening here.  “The world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” Honus Wagner's baseball card sold for $7.25 million And finally, hardly anybody has ever heard of him, but he was a big baseball star in the early 1900s, on the order of Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Honus Wagner played for the Louisville Colonels and the Pittsburgh Pirates between 1897 and 1917.  His baseball card just sold for – get this -- $7.25 million, reports Fox Business. Not wanting his image associated with smoking products sold through the cards, Honus refused to allow the American Tobacco Company to use his image on the card sometime after 1909.   One of the first professional baseball players in America, Honus Wagner maintained a batting average of .328 throughout his career of 2,794 games.    Close And that's The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, August 9th, in the year of our Lord 2022. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I'm Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.

Sound On
Sound On: Mar-a-Lago Search, How Trump Handled WH Docs (Radio)

Sound On

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 42:42


Bloomberg Washington Correspondent Joe Mathieu delivers insight and analysis on the latest headlines from the White House and Capitol Hill, including conversations with influential lawmakers and key figures in politics and policy. Joe spoke with former White House Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kimberly Wehle on the FBI search of Donald Trump's Florida home. Bloomberg Congress and Tax reporter Laura Davison on the court ruling that Donald Trump's tax returns must be turned over to the House Ways and Means Committee. Plus, our politics panel Bloomberg Politics Contributor Rick Davis and Kevin Walling of HG Creative Media on President Biden's health, the CHIPS signing ceremony at the White House, and the president's best week ever being overshadowed by the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Pharmacy Benefit
Understanding Prescription Drug Rebates

The Pharmacy Benefit

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 24:03


Our focus is on prescription drug rebates. How do they work? Why do they work? How do they benefit consumers? And why are they currently under attack by some policymakers and drug manufacturers? The guest is Alex Brill, a health policy researcher and the founder and CEO of Matrix Global Advisors, an economic consulting firm specializing in healthcare, tax, and fiscal policy. He has extensive health policy research experience and previously served on the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee and the White House Council of Economic Advisers. Alex is also the author of a recent research study entitled “Understanding Drug Rebates and Their Role in Promoting Competition.”

Thriving Adoptees - Inspiration For Adoptive Parents & Adoptees

For more than 30 years, Rita Soronen has worked on behalf of abused, neglected and vulnerable children, providing leadership for local, state and national efforts, working to improve the juvenile justice and child welfare systems while striving to assure safe and permanent homes for North America's children.Leading the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, a national nonprofit public charity, since 2001 and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption-Canada since 2004, Ms. Soronen works to find permanent families for the more than 135,000 waiting children in North America's foster care systems. Under her leadership, the Foundation has significantly increased its grant-making while developing strategic initiatives that act on the urgency of the issue. In 2021, the Foundation dedicated more than $40.9 million to grants and award-winning programs, such as Wendy's Wonderful Kids®, Adoption-Friendly Workplace™ and National Adoption Day. Additionally, through public service announcements, social media campaigns, articles, events, sponsorships and more, the Foundation is building awareness around the growing need for foster care adoption.Under Ms. Soronen's leadership, the Foundation created Wendy's Wonderful Kids in 2004 with seven pilot sites as a platform to engage more partners to transform failing child welfare practices and, most importantly, to aggressively find the right families for children waiting much too long to be adopted. In 2011, a rigorous, five-year national evaluation by Washington, D.C.-based Child Trends revealed that a child referred to the Wendy's Wonderful Kids program is up to three times more likely to be adopted. In 2017, with the support of the Blue Meridian Partners, the Foundation launched an aggressive, multi-year business plan to take Wendy's Wonderful Kids to scale in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. With support from the Foundation's partners and generous donors, more than 500 Wendy's Wonderful Kids recruiters have helped to find forever families for more than 12,000 children in foster care and counting across the U.S. and Canada.Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Soronen served as the executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Franklin County. During that time, she also served as the president of the Board of Trustees of the Ohio CASA/GAL Association and led the passage of specialty license plate legislation benefiting CASA programs throughout Ohio, as well as the design and implementation of model program standards assuring the consistent application of effective advocacy for children involved in court proceedings at the local and state levels.Ms. Soronen is a nationally recognized child welfare advocate. She has testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth on the importance of foster care adoption. A requested national speaker on the topics of children, the child welfare system and social innovation, Ms. Soronen has been a featured presenter at events for the Center for Adoption Support and Education, Children Need Amazing Parents, National Association of County Commissioners, the National Council for Adoption, North American Council on Adoptable Children, the Philanthropy Roundtable and at While House adoption events, among others. Ms. Soronen is a founding board member and past vice president of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and is a current member of the advisory board. She also serves as a member of Barco's Nightingales Foundation's advisory board and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children's board of trustees.Ms. Soronen is a founding board member and past vice president of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and is a current member of the advisory board. She also serves as a member of Barco's Nightingales Foundation's advisory board and the National Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association for Children's board of trustees. Ms. Soronen is a recipient of the Angels in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, the National CASA Association Kappa Alpha Theta Program Director of the Year Award, the Ohio CASA/GAL Association Statewide Leadership Award and was a 2013 recipient of WSNY's 20 Outstanding Women You Should Know. She is a fellow of the Jefferson Fellowship for Executive Leadership; was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Community Leadership from Franklin University in 2016; was named a YWCA Woman of Achievement in 2017; was named a National Number One by the Columbus Foundation in 2018; and was honored with Smart Business Network's 2019 Smart 50 Program Award for Impact, Giving Back to the Community.A graduate of the University of Louisville, Ms. Soronen resides in Columbus, Ohio.Ms. Soronen is a member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council and shares insights regularly through articles with fellow council members. Read Ms. Soronen's latest articles.The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is the only public nonprofit charity in the United States that is focused exclusively on foster care adoption. Through its signature program, Wendy's Wonderful Kids®, the Foundation funds adoption professionals, known as recruiters, who are dedicated to finding loving, permanent homes for children waiting in foster care.The Foundation works closely with child welfare advocates and policymakers, provides free resources about foster care adoption and raises awareness through social media campaigns, public service announcements and events.More at:https://www.facebook.com/DaveThomasFoundationforAdoptionhttps://twitter.com/DTFAhttps://www.instagram.com/dtfa/https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveThomasFoundationhttps://www.davethomasfoundation.org/

The Mark Vines Show
Episode 118 - James Myles on His Campaign for the Virginia 11th District

The Mark Vines Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 44:12


James Myles came back on to The Mike Van Meter Show to discuss his campaign for the Virginia 11th Congressional Seat. James discusses some of the pressing issues and how his campaign is progressing so far. James is a patriot and has served the United States in a number of capacities for 35 years including as a Federal Judge, as a Fellow with the Republican staff on the House Ways and Means Committee, Sub-Committee on Social Security and was also a pilot in the United States Air Force. mylesforcongress.com Music-Scott Buckley-Monomyth, The Fury

ITR Live: Conservative Iowa Politics
Rejecting Failed Liberal Policy

ITR Live: Conservative Iowa Politics

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 23:18


ITR Live is back! Chris, Chris and John get together to talk about the stark contrast in public opinion between Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and President Joe Biden. The failed policies of President Biden and the progressive left are not only causing economic chaos, they are also being soundly rejected by the American people. In contrast, Iowans are poised to ask Governor Reynolds to continue leading a successful conservative policy agenda. After John finishes giggling, he talks about a recent ITR Foundation article on the brazen unconstitutionality of the STAMP act being considering in Congress. Not to be confused with the Stamp Act of 1765, which John is saving for a future series of podcast episodes. You can read the article here: https://itrfoundation.org/the-latest-assault-on-our-constitution-and-the-states/ Congratulations also go out to Representative Bobby Kaufmann (R-Wilton) who was recently named the new Chairman of the Iowa House Ways and Means Committee, where he will have a significant impact on future tax policy in Iowa.

Red Cloaks Radio
It's Time: Medication Abortion on Campuses

Red Cloaks Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 25:54


Action due: 6/29/22: Listen + Advocate In the days immediately following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, legislators and residents of Massachusetts are engaging in intense dialogue about expanding access. State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa has been championing a law that would expand access to medication abortion on college campuses. Learn more and then contact your MA State Reps. and Senators to demand passage of the law. The vote about medication abortion in MA will be TOMORROW: Wednesday June 29! Call or email your MA state representative (find here https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator) and tell them to include Amendment 5 to H.4930 -- to Ensure Safe, Equitable, and Affordable Access to Medication Abortion Through Public College and University Health Services. Also contact the following: Speaker of the House, Ron Mariano Phone:(617) 722-2500 Ronald.Mariano@mahouse.gov Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Aaron Michlewitz Phone:(617) 722-2990 Aaron.Michlewitz@mahouse.gov Activate your members, friends, family, and neighbors -- we need all hands on deck to get this across the finish line and ensure that college students can access medication abortion on their campuses.

Moving Medicine
Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) on legislation to help fix prior authorization

Moving Medicine

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 17:35


AMA CXO Todd Unger talks with Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA), a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chair of the moderate New Democrat Coalition, about the “Improving Seniors' Timely Access to Care Act,” an important piece of bipartisan legislation that would help ease prior authorization challenges physicians face in caring for their senior patients. Rep. DelBene is one of several bipartisan representatives who introduced this legislation in Congress and is working to get it passed.  For more information on the AMA's efforts to fix prior authorization, visit: https://fixpriorauth.org/

The Rosé Hour Podcast
Jansz Tasmania Rosé and MD Delegate Nick Charles II

The Rosé Hour Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 45:00


This week we are sipping on Jansz Rosé and chatting with Maryland Delegate Nick Charles II. About Delegate Nick Charles II Nick Charles was elected to his first term representing over 119K constituents in Maryland's 25th Legislative District - encompassing major landmarks such as Andrew's Air Force Base and Prince George's Community College. The district is comprised of 2 municipalities (The City of District Heights and the Town of Morningside) and multiple unincorporated communities (Forestville, Capitol Heights, Suitland, Largo, Kettering, Clinton, Temple Hills, and Upper Marlboro) in Prince George's County - on November 6, 2018, and was sworn in on January 9, 2019. He is the Chairman of the influential Prince George's County House Delegation and is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee after having served his first 3 years on the House Health and Government Operations Committee. Additionally, he serves on the Maryland Procurement Improvement Council (PIC) where he advocates for equity and inclusion on behalf of small and minority businesses. Delegate Charles is also a member of the State Joint Audit Committee where he works to hold state agencies accountable and makes sure Prince George's County gets its fair share. He holds membership in the following organizations: American Legion Post 275, Prince Georges County Young Democrats, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated where he serves as the 2nd District of Omega Psi Phi's Legislative Advocacy Sub-Committee Chairman for the District's Fatherhood and Mentoring Committee. He is also a member of and worships at Freedom Way Missionary Baptist Church where he is a member of the Men's Ministry. Go to his campaign website to learn more at: https://www.friends4nickcharles.com/ About the Rosé Produced from vineyards lying in the Tamar Valley at the heart of Tasmania's Pipers River region, this Jansz NV Brut Rose is vibrant delicate pink in color with a fine persistent bead. The nose offers lifted notes of Turkish delight and delicate rose petal florals, with fresh cream and nougat. This wine is rich with the creaminess of the mousse while the Pinot contributes strawberry notes that fill the palate. Color: Rosé Features: Sparkling Size: 750 ml Head to Jansz.com.au --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/therosehourpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/therosehourpodcast/support

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts
6 Progressive Myths About History (w/ Lawrence W. Reed)

The Libertarian Institute - All Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 56:06


https://youtu.be/HsXj83JNUb4 In May 1939, Treasury Secretary Henry J. Morgenthau Jr., one of Franklin Roosevelt's best friends, testified before the House Ways and Means Committee: "I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started… And an enormous debt to boot" (p. 2). When he spoke, unemployment exceeded 20 percent. - Gordon, David. Review of New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, by Burton Folsom, Jr. The Mises Review14, No. 4 (Winter 2008). Lawrence W. Reed is the President emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). lawrencewreed.com BitChute Minds Flote Archive Spotify

Breaking Battlegrounds
David Schweikert on Rising Inflation and Economic Turmoil

Breaking Battlegrounds

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2022 52:57


This week on Breaking Battlegrounds, Sam and Chuck are joined by United States Congressman David Schweikert, a Republican from Arizona. Later in the show, Matt Becker of PrideStaff calls in with a look at how inflation is affecting small businesses throughout the country. -David Schweikert is serving his fifth term in the United States Congress.  He holds a seat on the Ways and Means Committee, having previously served on the Financial Services Committee.  He also sits on the bicameral Joint Economic Committee, Co-Chairs the Valley Fever Task force with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and is the Republican Co-Chair of both the Blockchain Caucus, the Tunisia Caucus and the Caucus on Access to Capital and Credit.Among his legislative accomplishments, David was instrumental in authoring and passing the JOBS ACT into law. The bill was signed by the President in April 2012. David currently serves on the Social Security and Oversight Subcommittees on Ways and Means.  Having previously served as Chairman of the EPA Oversight Subcommittee on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee; David championed key reforms such as the Secret Science Reform Act, which has passed the House of Representatives.A national leader on tribal policy, David draws on a unique background working with Arizona's tribal communities on important priorities.   He is always eager to take on a technical challenge.As a strong advocate for efficiencies in the 21st Century economy, David collaborates with entrepreneurs and innovators in Arizona and around the world on ways to increase trade and drive economic growth.  David is the co-chair of the Blockchain Caucus, and has championed technological innovations as the solution to the problems of over-burdensome government regulations.-Prior to starting PrideStaff, Matt was the Chief Operating Officer for the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention where he managed the day-to-day operations of the Host Committee. Matt moved to Florida in 2006 and spent five years working as a private banker in southern Pinellas County for Regions Bank. Earlier in his career, Matt served in the Administration of President George W. Bush at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and finished his service as the Deputy Chief of Staff and White House Liaison. In this role, he had program management responsibilities and led the recruitment and interviewing of all political appointments to the SBA.-Connect with us:www.breakingbattlegrounds.voteTwitter: www.twitter.com/Breaking_BattleFacebook: www.facebook.com/breakingbattlegroundsInstagram: www.instagram.com/breakingbattlegroundsLinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/breakingbattlegrounds This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit breakingbattlegrounds.substack.com

EY Cross-Border Taxation Alerts
EY Cross-Border Taxation Spotlight for Week ending 17 June 2022

EY Cross-Border Taxation Alerts

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 4:19


A review of the week's major US international tax-related news. In this edition: President Biden expresses confidence budget reconciliation bill will pass Congress; meetings held – Congressional Republicans propose anti-inflationary measures, including tax cuts – Republican House Ways and Means Committee members ask Treasury to delay final foreign tax credit regulations – OECD official urges ‘first-movers' on BEPS 2.0 Pillar Two.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Monday, June 6th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 21:32


https://pjmedia.com/culture/athena-thorne/2022/06/05/yes-real-men-still-exist-watch-them-stand-up-for-children-being-dragged-into-dallas-grooming-event-n1603310 https://twitter.com/i/status/1533119833377734657 -Play 0:40-1:09 Strong masculine men still do exist, and more on this episode of the CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… here’s what you missed over the weekend! The audio you just heard was from Youtuber and political commentator John Doyle, as he confronted parents (child abusers), who were taking their children to an event called “Drag the kids to Pride.” Whenever I see a child who has clearly been corrupted by adults with LGBTQ agendas, I get angry at the kid’s father. Did he abandon his children to the full-time attentions of a deranged mother? Is he present but too whipped to be a strong father? What man would allow such a thing to be done to his son or daughter? Yes, the mother enrages me as well, but a society in which real men exist would never allow the over-the-top grooming and wholesale destruction of childhood innocence that goes on these days. A recent example of real men in action occurred at a disgusting grooming party in a gay bar called Mr. Misster (get it??) in Dallas, Texas. The bar held an event called “DRAG THE KIDS TO PRIDE – A Family Friendly Drag Show” on Saturday. While most of us understand that a drag show fundamentally cannot be a family-friendly event, Mr. Misster thinks it’s just fine: Mr. Misster’s Drag The Kids To Pride Drag Show provides the ultimate family friendly pride experience. This signature event is a family friendly spin off of our famed Champagne Drag Brunch, with our resident DJ Charlie Phresh playing some of your favorite hits while host Nicole O’Hara Munro brings together some of the best drag entertainers around! Our under 21 guests can enjoy a special Mr. Misster Mocktails while the moms and dads can sip on one of our classic Mr. Misster Mimosa Towers. Do you want to hit the stage with the queens? We have FIVE limited spots for young performers to take the stage solo, or with a queen of their choosing! Come hangout with the Queens and enjoy this unique pride experience, fit for guests of all ages! The show was just as horrible and inappropriate for children as you would imagine. Men cross-dressed in sexually charged costumes and danced inappropriately for children, whose parents encouraged them to hand the performers money — just like at an adult strip bar! Then the children were made part of the act. First, they were brought on stage to play a game of musical chairs while a dragged-out emcee called the shots and the audience whooped and cheered: Once the children were comfortable being the center of attention, it was time for the next step in the groomy progression. Kids were invited on stage to catwalk with the performers. “Who wants to be a diva for the day?” asked a drag queen, as several kids joined him. All of this occurred in front of a large neon sign that read, “IT’S NOT GONNA LICK ITSELF.” Watch Texas-based YouTuber and political commenter John Doyle, flanked by a diverse group of manly men, as he confronts the deranged adults dragging their kids into (emotional disorders) pride… now I’ll also warn you, there is some language from a woman wearing a “love is love” shirt coming… https://twitter.com/i/status/1533119833377734657 - Play whole video I find it ironic when that screaming banshee says “you’re scaring the children!” Then proceeds to carpet bomb the heroic men with F-Bombs… Club Membership Plug: Stuff like this, is why we need to stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com/product/fightlaughfestclub Moving on… https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2022/Summer-2022/News-and-Analysis/Dispatches/Food-Processing-Fires Experts say there’s no credence to recent internet rumors that a number of fires at food processing plants across the country are suspicious or in some way linked. “It’s not unexpected to see fires in these kinds of structures,” said Birgitte Messerschmidt, director of the NFPA Research division. “Fires are not a rare occurrence. We had 490,000 structure fires in 2020 in the United States. We see a lot of fires every year.” Last month, rumors began to circulate on social media that a string of fires and other destructive incidents, including a plane crash, at food processing plants throughout the United States appeared suspicious—despite no law enforcement officials saying that was the case. Conspiracy theorists implied the blazes were connected in some way and even that the federal government could have something to do with them. The rumors came to a head on April 22, when Fox News host Tucker Carlson stoked the conspiracy theorists’ flames, asking his viewers, “What’s going on here?” https://twitter.com/i/status/1517341372851703808 -Play Video According to NFPA.org, The truth, however, is that nothing is unusual about any of the fires that have occurred in food processing plants over the first few months of the year. Although no data is kept on fires that occur strictly at food processing facilities, the National Fire Incident Reporting System tracks fires within broader categories like manufacturing, refrigerated storage, and agricultural facilities. In 2019, the number of fires at all manufacturing or processing plants in the country topped 5,300—nearly 15 a day. Additionally, more than 2,000 fires occurred in agricultural, grain and livestock, and refrigerated storage facilities, which could all include food processing operations. Okay so maybe it is a conspiracy theory, but I’m just saying, conspiracy theorists have been proved right a lot lately. Democratic congressman proposes 1,000% tax on certain firearms https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/democratic-congressman-proposes-tax-firearms A U.S. House Democrat is proposing a federal 1,000% excise tax on assault weapons, and wants to pass it through reconciliation. Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., is introducing the bill which would tax all AR-15-style weapons at 1,000%, according to Business Insider. Beyer, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, told Business Insider that the measure is "sensible gun control." "What it's intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen," Beyer said. "We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation." A 1,000% tax on AR-15 style guns could add as much as $5,000 to $20,000 to the sale price, as the price for them is typically from $500 to over $2,000. The report states that several details of the bill aren't finalized yet, according to the report. Under the legislation which Beyer will propose, bullets would not be included in the 1,000% tax, but high-capacity magazines that have the ability to carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be included. He told Business Insider that he's open to discussing the high-percentage tax. "There's nothing magical about that thousand percent number. It's severe enough to actually inhibit and restrict sales. But also successful enough that it's not seen as an absolute ban." That bill just screams freedom doesn’t it? But hey, if you live in a state where your freedoms have been taken, it may be time for a change of scenery. What about the Palouse? Well I’d point you to Story Real Estate. Story Real Estate: Home. It’s where you build your legacy. Where traditions are started, seeds are planted, meals are shared, and stories are told. Home is where you prepare to go out into the world. Finding the home that’s perfect for your family is a big job. Story Real Estate is Moscow’s top real estate team. They give people real estate advice all over the country. Family homes, investments, land, new construction, or commercial— they know real estate. If you’ve thought about a move to Moscow or anywhere in the country, reach out to get connected with a Story Real Estate agent. Wherever you’re going, they can help guide you Home. Visit storyrealestate.com. https://thepostmillennial.com/gas-costs-more-than-double-since-biden-took-office?utm_campaign=64487 In other news, A Chevron station in the coastal village of Mendocino about 175 miles north of San Francisco was charging $9.60 a gallon for regular on Friday afternoon. US gas averaged $2.39 per gallon the day of President Biden's inauguration. It's since risen dramatically to $4.82 per gallon. Amid rising prices, the White House's official position has been to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following Russia's invasion in Ukraine, the global economy largely sanctioned Russian oil. Meanwhile, President Biden claims he is largely helpless to stem the skyrocketing gasoline prices, as well as those of food items. "There’s a lot going on right now, but the idea we’re gonna be able to, you know, click a switch, bring down the cost of gasoline is not likely in the near term, nor is it with regard to food," he said during a recent speech. Biden's critics say the president's policies are largely responsible for runaway national inflation. For example, Biden famously stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that could have solved America's energy crisis. Now it’s time for the topic I love… sports! Some good news out of Tampa Bay… Several Rays players break from organization's Pride Night logos, citing religious reasons https://www.foxnews.com/sports/rays-players-break-pride-night-logos-religious The Rays have been celebrating Pride Night 16 years, but that hasn’t stopped Some Tampa Bay Rays players from reportedly breaking from the organization’s support of the LGBTQ+ community Saturday during the team’s Pride Night against the Chicago White Sox. Most Rays players were wearing rainbow logos on their caps and sleeves. But the Tampa Bay Times noted that pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among those who didn’t wear the logos of support. Adam made a statement on behalf of the players who opted out and cited religious beliefs. "A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision. So it’s a hard decision. Because, ultimately, we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here," he said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior. Just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different. "It’s not judgmental. It’s not looking down. It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s encouraged us to live, for our good, not to withhold. But, again, we love these men and women, we care about them and we want them to feel safe and welcome here." According to the newspaper, the Rays wanted full participation from all players but gave the option to "opt in." Wrapping up sports, last night, game 2 of the NBA Finals took place in San Francisco California… The Boston Celtics shocked many, myself included in game 1 of the finals, as they defeated the Warriors 120-108. The Celtics had a chance to do the unthinkable last night… going up 2-0 at Golden State… well, there’s a reason it’s unthinkable, because it didn’t happen. Golden State took game 2 by a score of 107-88. Throughout the first half it was close, with the Celtics’ defense really stifling the Warriors’ offense. However, in the third quarter, the Warriors blew the doors off of the C’s, winning the quarter 35-14. Steph Curry lead the way for the Warriors with 29 points, while Jordan Poole, the third splash brother added 17. On the Celtics’ side, Jayson Tatum showed up with 28 points, but had an ugly second half, while Jaylen Brown added 17 points. Game 3 takes place in Boston, at 9PM ET. Before we go, how about a little history… I noticed Google had a little gif in honor of Angelo Moriondo of Turin Italy. Apparently he’s the inventor of the Espresso Machine, and it’s his 171st birthday! Moriondo presented his invention at the General Expo of Turin in 1884, where it was awarded the bronze medal. The patent was awarded for a period of six years on 16 May 1884 under the title of "New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage, method ‘A. Moriondo’." The machine was built by a mechanic named Martina, working under the direct supervision of the inventor. It was successively updated with a patent on 20 November 1884, Vol 34, No, 381.The invention was then confirmed by international patent application after being registered in Paris on 23 October 1885. In the following years, Moriondo continued to improve his invention drastically, each improvement being patented Moriondo never took the invention to industrial-scale production. He limited himself to the construction of a few hand-built machines, which he jealously conserved in his establishments, convinced that this was a significant advertisement for them. Ian Bersten, a historian chronicling the history of coffee, describes the device as "the first Italian bar machine that controlled the supply of steam and water separately through the coffee" and Moriondo as "one of the earliest discoverers of the espresso machine".[8] Unlike true espresso machines, it was a bulk brewer, and did not brew coffee for the individual customer. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief, and what you missed over the weekend. If you enjoyed the show, share it, as sharing it is like currency for us! And as always, if you’d like to partner with CrossPolitic, you can email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

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Daily News Brief for Monday, June 6th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

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https://pjmedia.com/culture/athena-thorne/2022/06/05/yes-real-men-still-exist-watch-them-stand-up-for-children-being-dragged-into-dallas-grooming-event-n1603310 https://twitter.com/i/status/1533119833377734657 -Play 0:40-1:09 Strong masculine men still do exist, and more on this episode of the CrossPolitic Daily News Brief… here’s what you missed over the weekend! The audio you just heard was from Youtuber and political commentator John Doyle, as he confronted parents (child abusers), who were taking their children to an event called “Drag the kids to Pride.” Whenever I see a child who has clearly been corrupted by adults with LGBTQ agendas, I get angry at the kid’s father. Did he abandon his children to the full-time attentions of a deranged mother? Is he present but too whipped to be a strong father? What man would allow such a thing to be done to his son or daughter? Yes, the mother enrages me as well, but a society in which real men exist would never allow the over-the-top grooming and wholesale destruction of childhood innocence that goes on these days. A recent example of real men in action occurred at a disgusting grooming party in a gay bar called Mr. Misster (get it??) in Dallas, Texas. The bar held an event called “DRAG THE KIDS TO PRIDE – A Family Friendly Drag Show” on Saturday. While most of us understand that a drag show fundamentally cannot be a family-friendly event, Mr. Misster thinks it’s just fine: Mr. Misster’s Drag The Kids To Pride Drag Show provides the ultimate family friendly pride experience. This signature event is a family friendly spin off of our famed Champagne Drag Brunch, with our resident DJ Charlie Phresh playing some of your favorite hits while host Nicole O’Hara Munro brings together some of the best drag entertainers around! Our under 21 guests can enjoy a special Mr. Misster Mocktails while the moms and dads can sip on one of our classic Mr. Misster Mimosa Towers. Do you want to hit the stage with the queens? We have FIVE limited spots for young performers to take the stage solo, or with a queen of their choosing! Come hangout with the Queens and enjoy this unique pride experience, fit for guests of all ages! The show was just as horrible and inappropriate for children as you would imagine. Men cross-dressed in sexually charged costumes and danced inappropriately for children, whose parents encouraged them to hand the performers money — just like at an adult strip bar! Then the children were made part of the act. First, they were brought on stage to play a game of musical chairs while a dragged-out emcee called the shots and the audience whooped and cheered: Once the children were comfortable being the center of attention, it was time for the next step in the groomy progression. Kids were invited on stage to catwalk with the performers. “Who wants to be a diva for the day?” asked a drag queen, as several kids joined him. All of this occurred in front of a large neon sign that read, “IT’S NOT GONNA LICK ITSELF.” Watch Texas-based YouTuber and political commenter John Doyle, flanked by a diverse group of manly men, as he confronts the deranged adults dragging their kids into (emotional disorders) pride… now I’ll also warn you, there is some language from a woman wearing a “love is love” shirt coming… https://twitter.com/i/status/1533119833377734657 - Play whole video I find it ironic when that screaming banshee says “you’re scaring the children!” Then proceeds to carpet bomb the heroic men with F-Bombs… Club Membership Plug: Stuff like this, is why we need to stop and take a moment to talk about Fight Laugh Feast Club membership. By joining the Fight Laugh Feast Army, not only will you be aiding in our fight to take down secular & legacy media; but you’ll also get access to content placed in our Club Portal, such as past shows, all of our conference talks, and EXCLUSIVE content for club members that you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Lastly, you’ll also get discounts for our conferences… so if you’ve got $10 bucks a month to kick over our way, you can sign up now at flfnetwork.com/product/fightlaughfestclub Moving on… https://www.nfpa.org/News-and-Research/Publications-and-media/NFPA-Journal/2022/Summer-2022/News-and-Analysis/Dispatches/Food-Processing-Fires Experts say there’s no credence to recent internet rumors that a number of fires at food processing plants across the country are suspicious or in some way linked. “It’s not unexpected to see fires in these kinds of structures,” said Birgitte Messerschmidt, director of the NFPA Research division. “Fires are not a rare occurrence. We had 490,000 structure fires in 2020 in the United States. We see a lot of fires every year.” Last month, rumors began to circulate on social media that a string of fires and other destructive incidents, including a plane crash, at food processing plants throughout the United States appeared suspicious—despite no law enforcement officials saying that was the case. Conspiracy theorists implied the blazes were connected in some way and even that the federal government could have something to do with them. The rumors came to a head on April 22, when Fox News host Tucker Carlson stoked the conspiracy theorists’ flames, asking his viewers, “What’s going on here?” https://twitter.com/i/status/1517341372851703808 -Play Video According to NFPA.org, The truth, however, is that nothing is unusual about any of the fires that have occurred in food processing plants over the first few months of the year. Although no data is kept on fires that occur strictly at food processing facilities, the National Fire Incident Reporting System tracks fires within broader categories like manufacturing, refrigerated storage, and agricultural facilities. In 2019, the number of fires at all manufacturing or processing plants in the country topped 5,300—nearly 15 a day. Additionally, more than 2,000 fires occurred in agricultural, grain and livestock, and refrigerated storage facilities, which could all include food processing operations. Okay so maybe it is a conspiracy theory, but I’m just saying, conspiracy theorists have been proved right a lot lately. Democratic congressman proposes 1,000% tax on certain firearms https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/democratic-congressman-proposes-tax-firearms A U.S. House Democrat is proposing a federal 1,000% excise tax on assault weapons, and wants to pass it through reconciliation. Rep. Donald Beyer, D-Va., is introducing the bill which would tax all AR-15-style weapons at 1,000%, according to Business Insider. Beyer, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, told Business Insider that the measure is "sensible gun control." "What it's intended to do is provide another creative pathway to actually make some sensible gun control happen," Beyer said. "We think that a 1,000% fee on assault weapons is just the kind of restrictive measure that creates enough fiscal impact to qualify for reconciliation." A 1,000% tax on AR-15 style guns could add as much as $5,000 to $20,000 to the sale price, as the price for them is typically from $500 to over $2,000. The report states that several details of the bill aren't finalized yet, according to the report. Under the legislation which Beyer will propose, bullets would not be included in the 1,000% tax, but high-capacity magazines that have the ability to carry more than 10 rounds of ammunition would be included. He told Business Insider that he's open to discussing the high-percentage tax. "There's nothing magical about that thousand percent number. It's severe enough to actually inhibit and restrict sales. But also successful enough that it's not seen as an absolute ban." That bill just screams freedom doesn’t it? But hey, if you live in a state where your freedoms have been taken, it may be time for a change of scenery. What about the Palouse? Well I’d point you to Story Real Estate. Story Real Estate: Home. It’s where you build your legacy. Where traditions are started, seeds are planted, meals are shared, and stories are told. Home is where you prepare to go out into the world. Finding the home that’s perfect for your family is a big job. Story Real Estate is Moscow’s top real estate team. They give people real estate advice all over the country. Family homes, investments, land, new construction, or commercial— they know real estate. If you’ve thought about a move to Moscow or anywhere in the country, reach out to get connected with a Story Real Estate agent. Wherever you’re going, they can help guide you Home. Visit storyrealestate.com. https://thepostmillennial.com/gas-costs-more-than-double-since-biden-took-office?utm_campaign=64487 In other news, A Chevron station in the coastal village of Mendocino about 175 miles north of San Francisco was charging $9.60 a gallon for regular on Friday afternoon. US gas averaged $2.39 per gallon the day of President Biden's inauguration. It's since risen dramatically to $4.82 per gallon. Amid rising prices, the White House's official position has been to blame Russian President Vladimir Putin. Following Russia's invasion in Ukraine, the global economy largely sanctioned Russian oil. Meanwhile, President Biden claims he is largely helpless to stem the skyrocketing gasoline prices, as well as those of food items. "There’s a lot going on right now, but the idea we’re gonna be able to, you know, click a switch, bring down the cost of gasoline is not likely in the near term, nor is it with regard to food," he said during a recent speech. Biden's critics say the president's policies are largely responsible for runaway national inflation. For example, Biden famously stopped construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that could have solved America's energy crisis. Now it’s time for the topic I love… sports! Some good news out of Tampa Bay… Several Rays players break from organization's Pride Night logos, citing religious reasons https://www.foxnews.com/sports/rays-players-break-pride-night-logos-religious The Rays have been celebrating Pride Night 16 years, but that hasn’t stopped Some Tampa Bay Rays players from reportedly breaking from the organization’s support of the LGBTQ+ community Saturday during the team’s Pride Night against the Chicago White Sox. Most Rays players were wearing rainbow logos on their caps and sleeves. But the Tampa Bay Times noted that pitchers Jason Adam, Jalen Beeks, Brooks Raley, Jeffrey Springs and Ryan Thompson were among those who didn’t wear the logos of support. Adam made a statement on behalf of the players who opted out and cited religious beliefs. "A lot of it comes down to faith, to like a faith-based decision. So it’s a hard decision. Because, ultimately, we all said what we want is them to know that all are welcome and loved here," he said, via the Tampa Bay Times. "But when we put it on our bodies, I think a lot of guys decided that it’s just a lifestyle that maybe — not that they look down on anybody or think differently — it’s just that maybe we don’t want to encourage it if we believe in Jesus, who’s encouraged us to live a lifestyle that would abstain from that behavior. Just like (Jesus) encourages me as a heterosexual male to abstain from sex outside of the confines of marriage. It’s no different. "It’s not judgmental. It’s not looking down. It’s just what we believe the lifestyle he’s encouraged us to live, for our good, not to withhold. But, again, we love these men and women, we care about them and we want them to feel safe and welcome here." According to the newspaper, the Rays wanted full participation from all players but gave the option to "opt in." Wrapping up sports, last night, game 2 of the NBA Finals took place in San Francisco California… The Boston Celtics shocked many, myself included in game 1 of the finals, as they defeated the Warriors 120-108. The Celtics had a chance to do the unthinkable last night… going up 2-0 at Golden State… well, there’s a reason it’s unthinkable, because it didn’t happen. Golden State took game 2 by a score of 107-88. Throughout the first half it was close, with the Celtics’ defense really stifling the Warriors’ offense. However, in the third quarter, the Warriors blew the doors off of the C’s, winning the quarter 35-14. Steph Curry lead the way for the Warriors with 29 points, while Jordan Poole, the third splash brother added 17. On the Celtics’ side, Jayson Tatum showed up with 28 points, but had an ugly second half, while Jaylen Brown added 17 points. Game 3 takes place in Boston, at 9PM ET. Before we go, how about a little history… I noticed Google had a little gif in honor of Angelo Moriondo of Turin Italy. Apparently he’s the inventor of the Espresso Machine, and it’s his 171st birthday! Moriondo presented his invention at the General Expo of Turin in 1884, where it was awarded the bronze medal. The patent was awarded for a period of six years on 16 May 1884 under the title of "New steam machinery for the economic and instantaneous confection of coffee beverage, method ‘A. Moriondo’." The machine was built by a mechanic named Martina, working under the direct supervision of the inventor. It was successively updated with a patent on 20 November 1884, Vol 34, No, 381.The invention was then confirmed by international patent application after being registered in Paris on 23 October 1885. In the following years, Moriondo continued to improve his invention drastically, each improvement being patented Moriondo never took the invention to industrial-scale production. He limited himself to the construction of a few hand-built machines, which he jealously conserved in his establishments, convinced that this was a significant advertisement for them. Ian Bersten, a historian chronicling the history of coffee, describes the device as "the first Italian bar machine that controlled the supply of steam and water separately through the coffee" and Moriondo as "one of the earliest discoverers of the espresso machine".[8] Unlike true espresso machines, it was a bulk brewer, and did not brew coffee for the individual customer. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief, and what you missed over the weekend. If you enjoyed the show, share it, as sharing it is like currency for us! And as always, if you’d like to partner with CrossPolitic, you can email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.