Book: Bidens Reaped $31M in Chinese Communist Business Dealings

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Book: Bidens Reaped $31M in Chinese Communist Business Dealings Joe Biden, Finnegan Biden and Hunter Biden Then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, waves as he walks out of Air Force Two with his granddaughter, Finnegan Biden, center, and son Hunter Biden upon their arrival in Beijing on Dec. 4, 2013. (Ng Han Guan/AFP via Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 24 January 2022 10:47 AM

A new book claims the Biden family earned $31 million from five deals involving people with direct ties to Chinese intelligence.

Hunter Biden, son of President Joe Biden, partnered with multiple financiers with direct ties to the Chinese spy network, according to Peter Schweizer’s "Red-Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win," published by Harper-Collins and scheduled to be released Tuesday.

The dealings occurred during and after Joe Biden’s time as vice president, and included the former head of China's ministry of state security and the head of foreign intelligence recruitment.

The book says some of those relationships remain intact, Breitbart reported.

The Chinese communists saw a financial relationship with the Bidens as an opening for "elite capture." Hunter Biden got meetings and major deals with people in the highest levels of Chinese government and financial institutions, and in return the Chinese would leverage the Bidens’ power for their interests, the book says.

Hunter Biden's business dealings in China have been scrutinized after the New York Post in October 2020 revealed that a laptop left at a repair shop contained a trove of emails detailing controversial foreign business dealings.

On Friday, Rep. James Comer, the leading Republican on the House Oversight Committee, told Newsmax that it was important that the National Archives release any information about Hunter Biden's alleged involvement in the sale of an African cobalt mine to a Chinese company in 2016, as a matter of national security.

Fox Business obtained emails showing Hunter Biden and a former top Biden aide invested in a company with ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

Also, a Chinese mogul reportedly gave Hunter Biden an expensive gem and offered $30 million in a bid to seal a deal with a Chinese-government-linked energy consortium to expand its business around the world, according to New York Post columnist Miranda Devine’s book, "Laptop from Hell."

In his book, Schweizer says a tycoon named Che Feng, dubbed "the super chairman," is a central figure in Hunter Biden’s dealings.

Che has been described in Western media as "a shadowy and discreet investor," whose business partner was the vice minister of state security, Breitbart reported.

"The hazard of a Chinese businessman with close ties to the top ranks of Beijing's spy agency conducting financial transactions with the son of the U.S. vice president cannot be overstated," Schweizer writes in his book. "How this did not set off national security or ethics alarm bells in Washington is a wonder in itself."

Schweizer is president of the nonpartisan Government Accountability Institute.

Virginia’s New AG Fires Top Jan. 6 Investigator From University Position

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By Brian Freeman | Monday, 24 January 2022 10:24 AM

Tim Heaphy, the chief investigative counsel for the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, was dismissed from his role as counsel at the University of Virginia by the state's new Republican Attorney General, Jason Miyares, Business Insider has reported.

Democrats accused Miyares, who took office on January 15, of political payback for Heaphy’s position on the January 6 committee. Heaphy, a Democrat, had taken leave from his university position in order to work on the House committee, Newsweek reported.

But Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita said the decision to fire Heaphy had "nothing to do" with his work on the January 6 committee, telling The Washington Post that he was a "controversial" hire and that "our decision was made after reviewing the legal decisions made over the last couple of years."

She added that “it is common practice for an incoming administration to appoint new staff that share the philosophy and legal approach of the attorney general.”

Virginia State Sen. Scott Surovell, a Democrat, dismissed those claims, telling the Post that "no attorney general has treated these positions as political."

He added to The New York Times that "this is purely payback for January 6 — there is no other reason that makes any sense."

University spokesman Brian Coy expressed sorrow about seeing Heaphy go, telling The Cavalier Daily in a statement that “university leaders are grateful to Tim for his outstanding service to our community and disappointed to see it come to an end.”

Heaphy said that “while I’m disappointed that my time as University Counsel has come to an end, I’m confident that the office will continue to provide quality service as the university continues to thrive in the days to come.”

Palin Positive COVID Test Casts Doubt Over Start of NY Times Trial

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Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor, has tested positive for the coronavirus, as she had been set to go to trial against The New York Times, which she accused of defamation.

Palin's positive test was announced on Monday by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan, who is presiding over the case. Rakoff said "she is of course unvaccinated," referring to Palin.

Rakoff said Palin's positive test came from an at-home test whose reliability was lower than tests administered at the courthouse and required for the trial.

He said Palin will be retested on Monday morning, with the results determining whether the trial can proceed the same day or will be delayed.

Palin, 57, has accused the Times and its former editorial page editor James Bennet of damaging her reputation in a June 14, 2017, editorial linking her to a 2011 mass shooting in Arizona that killed six people and wounded U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords.

Supreme Court Rejects House Republicans’ Challenge to Pandemic-Era Voting Rules

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Supreme Court Rejects House Republicans' Challenge to Pandemic-Era Voting Rules Supreme Court Rejects House Republicans' Challenge to Pandemic-Era Voting Rules

Jan Wolfe Monday, 24 January 2022 10:03 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by Republican lawmakers to pandemic-related proxy voting rules set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Democratic-led House of Representatives that were tailored to limit exposure to COVID-19.

The voting rules, implemented in May 2020, allow members of the 435-seat House to serve as proxies for colleagues in quarantine or otherwise unable to cast floor votes in the chamber. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy and other lawmakers had asked the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that allowed the remote voting rules to remain in effect.

The resolution passed by the House enabled lawmakers to act as a proxy for up to 10 colleagues at any one time, requiring that they disclose which members they intended to represent. The proxy voting system was embraced early in the pandemic and was intended to be temporary, but has been extended several times. The most recent extension is in effect until Feb. 13.

Republican lawmakers have called the measure a violation of the U.S. Constitution, arguing that only lawmakers actually present within the halls of Congress can cast votes. Republicans also called the resolution a way for Democrats to maintain their slim majority in the House regardless of whether all their members are present on Capitol Hill.

Despite Republican opposition to the measure, both parties have taken advantage of the proxy voting system to work remotely – much like millions of other U.S. office-workers.

Last May, seven House Democrats cast votes by proxy when they joined President Joe Biden on a visit to a Ford Motor Co plant in Michigan. The following month, nine House Republicans voted by proxy while visiting the U.S.-Mexican border with former President Donald Trump.

A federal appeals court dealt a setback to McCarthy's legal challenge last July. Affirming a lower court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said it was foreclosed from reviewing the proxy voting rules.

The D.C. Circuit's three-judge panel cited the Constitution's "speech or debate" clause that offers broad protection to members of Congress against lawsuits for actions they undertake as legislators.

The House has embraced other rules aimed at protecting the safety of lawmakers during the pandemic including a requirement for wearing face masks and a prohibition on congregating in an area called the Speakers Lobby outside the House chamber. In addition, many House and Senate hearings are held virtually. Tourists are not allowed in the Capitol.

The legal challenge brought by McCarthy and his colleagues is an example of the sharp partisan tensions in the House and the Republican animus toward Pelosi. Republicans are seeking to regain a majority in the chamber in November's congressional elections.

Rep. Grothman to Newsmax: Violence Growing With Biden, Liberals ‘Soft on Crime’

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Rep. Grothman to Newsmax: Violence Growing With Biden, Liberals 'Soft on Crime'

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Monday, 24 January 2022 10:02 AM

The growing violence in the United States, including against police officers, is a result of the lack of backing for law enforcement from both the Biden administration and district attorneys who have gone "soft on crime," Rep. Glenn Grothman said on Newsmax on Monday.

"The Biden administration has been screaming racism and I think out of that, like in my backyard in Milwaukee, we hit another all-time record high in murders last year," the Wisconsin Republican said on Newsmax's "National Report." "There was a time Milwaukee was the safest of the 25 largest counties but instead, things have gotten so much worse."

President Joe Biden is "encouraging a lack of law enforcement," and district attorneys are not seeking bail amounts that are high enough to keep criminals behind bars, so "of course you have crimes," the congressman added.

His comments come after New York City Police Officer Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old rookie was shot and killed this past Friday while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, suffered a serious head wound.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office recorded 220 homicides in 2021, the highest number on record, and Grothman said part of the situation is that crime officials are backing off over fears of being labeled as racists.

"There are fewer police [officers] because they aren't getting support from the elected officials and county boards, and on city councils," said Grothman. "You wind up in a situation in which there is more crime … that comes down to the liberal sort of politicians who are elected. The blame can't even necessarily be blamed on elected officials as much as it is and the people who keep voting for liberal district attorneys, mayors, and city council."

Grothman also called on the Biden administration to keep its focus on the border but said that isn't happening.

"Sometimes I think the Biden administration does all these other dumb things because they don't want people to pay attention to what's going on in the southern border," he said. "We've gone from about 20,000 people [crossing] a month at the time President [Donald Trump left office to averaging over 80,000 a month. The Biden administration is doing nothing, of course with that."

Biden is also allowing a huge flow of drugs to come across the border, resulting in 100,000 overdose deaths alone, said Grothman, adding that Congress must take action.

"It's time to close that border and time to get in there and make sure these people stop coming across there," he said. "Instead we have people coming in who are not being tested for COVID."

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Rep. Grothman to Newsmax: Violence Growing With Biden, Liberals ‘Soft on Crime’

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Rep. Grothman to Newsmax: Violence Growing With Biden, Liberals 'Soft on Crime'

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Monday, 24 January 2022 10:02 AM

The growing violence in the United States, including against police officers, is a result of the lack of backing for law enforcement from both the Biden administration and district attorneys who have gone "soft on crime," Rep. Glenn Grothman said on Newsmax on Monday.

"The Biden administration has been screaming racism and I think out of that, like in my backyard in Milwaukee, we hit another all-time record high in murders last year," the Wisconsin Republican said on Newsmax's "National Report." "There was a time Milwaukee was the safest of the 25 largest counties but instead, things have gotten so much worse."

President Joe Biden is "encouraging a lack of law enforcement," and district attorneys are not seeking bail amounts that are high enough to keep criminals behind bars, so "of course you have crimes," the congressman added.

His comments come after New York City Police Officer Jason Rivera, a 22-year-old rookie was shot and killed this past Friday while answering a call about an argument between a woman and her adult son. Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, suffered a serious head wound.

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office recorded 220 homicides in 2021, the highest number on record, and Grothman said part of the situation is that crime officials are backing off over fears of being labeled as racists.

"There are fewer police [officers] because they aren't getting support from the elected officials and county boards, and on city councils," said Grothman. "You wind up in a situation in which there is more crime … that comes down to the liberal sort of politicians who are elected. The blame can't even necessarily be blamed on elected officials as much as it is and the people who keep voting for liberal district attorneys, mayors, and city council."

Grothman also called on the Biden administration to keep its focus on the border but said that isn't happening.

"Sometimes I think the Biden administration does all these other dumb things because they don't want people to pay attention to what's going on in the southern border," he said. "We've gone from about 20,000 people [crossing] a month at the time President [Donald Trump left office to averaging over 80,000 a month. The Biden administration is doing nothing, of course with that."

Biden is also allowing a huge flow of drugs to come across the border, resulting in 100,000 overdose deaths alone, said Grothman, adding that Congress must take action.

"It's time to close that border and time to get in there and make sure these people stop coming across there," he said. "Instead we have people coming in who are not being tested for COVID."

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US Threatens Russia With Use of Novel Export Tool

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US Threatens Russia With Use of Novel Export Tool A Ukrainian soldier holds a gun A Ukrainian soldier in Mariupol, Donetsk region, Ukraine, on Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Andriy Dubchak)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 24 January 2022 09:52 AM

The Biden administration might expand the reach of U.S. sanctions against Russia by using a novel export control if President Vladimir Putin's forces invade Ukraine.

The foreign direct product rule, aimed at blocking the export of cutting-edge novel American-made products, would be used to damage strategic Russian industries, from artificial intelligence and quantum computing to civilian aerospace, administration officials told The Washington Post.

The Trump administration's use of the export control contributed to Chinese technology corporation Huawei suffering a collapse of nearly 30%, its first-ever annual revenue drop.

Administration officials told the Post that the control could be used in a way that would potentially deprive Russian citizens of some smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles.

Employing the control would expand the reach of sanctions beyond financial targets.

NATO on Monday said it was sending additional ships and fighter jets to eastern Europe amid Russia troop build-up near Ukraine.

The New York Times reported that President Joe Biden was weighing sending several thousand troops as well as aircrafts and warships to NATO allies in Eastern Europe and the Baltic states amid growing concerns of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Some experts have said that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could be stopped by imposing economic sanctions.

The foreign direct product rule is attractive because virtually anything electronic — from smartphones to jets to quantum computers — includes semiconductors, the tiny components on which all modern technology depends.

Virtually all semiconductors are made with U.S. tools or designed with U.S. software, the Post reported.

The administration also could try to force other international companies from stopping the exporting of such goods to Russia.

"This is a slow strangulation by the U.S. government," Dan Wang, a Shanghai-based technology analyst with research firm Gavekal Dragonomics, said of Huawei, WSJ reported.

The Post reported that officials are working with European and Asian allies to craft a version of the rule that would attempt to affect industries (i.e., civil aviation, maritime, high technology) for which Putin has high ambitions.

"The power of these export controls is we can degrade and atrophy the capacity of these sectors to become a key source of growth for the Russian economy," a senior Biden administration official told the Post.

However, there is a concern by some people that use of the foreign direct product rule could force Russian retaliation.

Also, the rule never has not been applied to an entire country or entire sectors of a country. And it has its limitations.

"It's like a magic power — you can only use it so many times before it starts to degrade," Robert D. Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, told the Post.

"Other countries will say, Oh, man, the U.S. has total control over us. We’d better find alternatives."

Justices to Hear Challenge to Race in College Admissions

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Monday, 24 January 2022 09:43 AM

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding another blockbuster case to a term with abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda.

The court said it will take up lawsuits claiming that Harvard, a private institution, and the University of North Carolina, a state school, discriminate against Asian American applicants. A decision against the schools could mean the end of affirmative action in college admissions.

Lower courts rejected the challenges, citing more than 40 years of high court rulings that allow colleges and universities to consider race in admissions decisions. But the colleges and universities must do so in a narrowly tailored way to promote diversity.

US Mayors Seek to Address Income Inequality With Cryptocurrency

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US Mayors Seek to Address Income Inequality With Cryptocurrency Francis Suarez speaks to the media Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks to the media during the annual hurricane preparation exercise at the City of Miami's Emergency Operations Center in Miami, Florida, on May 29, 2019. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Monday, 24 January 2022 08:14 AM

Some U.S. mayors want to address income inequality by giving cryptocurrency accounts to low-income people.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, told Axios that mayors of New York, Cleveland and Atlanta were among those who were enthusiastic about "how bitcoin can be transformative in their cities."

The topic of giving cryptocurrency accounts to low-income people created a buzz at last week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C.

Some blue cities already have been experimenting with new ways to address income inequality. Guaranteed income programs in St. Paul, Minnesota, Compton, California, and Richmond, Virginia, are paying low-income residents around $300–$600 a month.

The money being paid out comes from the coronavirus stimulus approved by Congress and from private sources, Axios said.

Suarez has vowed that Miami will be "the first city in America to give a bitcoin yield as a dividend directly to its residents. He plans to pay residents via the city’s MiamiCoin initiative, begun by the city last year as a way to raise revenue.

"Most people who are poor have their money in a bank account that earns negligible interest," Suarez told Axios. "With the rapid inflation that we have because of rampant government spending, the people are losing purchasing power — they're actually becoming poorer."

He added to Axios that "if you had a crypto account, you could get a U.S. stablecoin," a form of digital currency with a yield of perhaps 5% to 6%.

Opponents of cryptocurrencies, which are unregulated and historically unstable, say they are too risky because of their volatility.

"Cryptocurrency has no intrinsic value. … There’s so much speculation taking place in stocks and securities and crypto and stuff like that — I would be very careful," JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon recently told CBS Boston.

Phyllis Dickerson, CEO of the African American Mayors Association, told Axios the organization was starting to plan a meeting about crypto so members can learn about how it works.

MiamiCoin was created to raise enough revenue that the city could stop levying taxes. The Miami Herald reported in November that the program had raised more than $21 million.

"We're going to create digital wallets for our residents, and we’re going to give them Bitcoin directly from the yield of MiamiCoin," Suarez told the Herald.

SPAC Linked to Trump’s Venture Outperforms Others in Sector

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SPAC Linked to Trump's Venture Outperforms Others in Sector SPAC Linked to Trump's Venture Outperforms Others in Sector

Anirban Sen Monday, 24 January 2022 06:23 AM

Shares of the blank-check acquisition firm that agreed to merge with former President Donald Trump's social media venture have outperformed every other special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), despite the regulatory risks facing the deal and investors now snubbing the vast majority of such vehicles.

Digital World Acquisition Corp, which inked an $875 million deal in October to merge with Trump Media & Technology Group Corp (TMTG), currently ranks as the best performing SPAC stock ever, according to SPAC Research.

Digital World's shares ended trading at $73.12 on Friday, way above their $10 initial public offering price. This infers a valuation on the combined entity of close to $13 billion, including debt.

This is despite TMTG not having rolled out its social media app yet and the regulatory risks facing the deal. Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren asked Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler last month to investigate the planned merger for potential violations of securities laws around disclosure.

The SEC has declined to comment on whether it will take any action. Digital World disclosed last month it has fielded enquiries from the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), without providing details on their nature.

The financial underperformance of most SPACs makes Digital World's stock rally, driven by Trump supporters and retail investors, all the more notable.

Moreover, DWAC's share performance has boosted the average trading price of all 114 SPACs that have announced deals that are yet to close. Excluding DWAC, the average SPAC is currently trading at $9.88 a share, below the average trust value of about $10.05, according to SPAC Research.

According to Jay Ritter, a professor at the University of Florida, SPACS on an average have underperformed against the broader market by 25% during the past decade. Many of these deals' bullish financial projections have failed to come to pass.

"DeSPACs have continued to give negative average returns in a rising market. This pattern has continued in 2021," Ritter said.

If regulators let the deal go through, Digital World shareholders are all but certain to vote for it given the stock's performance. Digital World expects to issue a proxy statement with details on the deal in February, laying the ground for the vote to be held in the following weeks, according to people familiar with the matter.

Apple Inc's App Store currently lists Feb. 21 as the date that Trump's new social media app, Truth Social, will be available to download.

Digital World CEO Patrick Orlando and other SPAC insiders paid $11.8 million to receive founder and placement shares in the SPAC that are now worth roughly $620 million, according to regulatory filings and Reuters calculations.

Dick Morris: GOP Can Double Its Percentage of Black Voters

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By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 23 January 2022 10:47 PM

The Republican Party has the ability to double its percentage of Black support in the upcoming election because voters are dissatisfied with Democrats, Dick Morris said Sunday during a radio appearance on "The Cats Roundtable" radio show on WABC 770.

Although "older Black voters are still loyal to the Democrats," a survey Morris conducted with pollster John McLaughlin among 1,000 Black voters revealed that the ones in the community who are employed and under the age of 55, who are the majority, "are increasingly disaffected from the Democrats," with "almost two-thirds saying they felt taken for granted" by them.

Morris, the former presidential adviser and political strategist, stressed that "the narrative of the Democrats is wearing thin with the Black community, particularly with younger voters."

He also emphasized that the purpose of the poll was "to find out what it is that would make them switch to the Republican Party [and] what we found is that the Republican Party is about to double its vote share among Black voters. It has been creeping up over the years… In 2012, 5% voted Republican. In 2016, 9% did. And in 2020,15% did. Now it looks like as many as 25% to 30% of Black voters may be ready to vote Republican."

Morris said that perhaps the harshest criticism of the Democratic Party among the Black community was revealed when the poll asked, "Do you agree or disagree that the Democrats want African-Americans to be poor, united as a block, and dependent on government programs so that they can use them to win elections? 48% agreed. 52% disagreed."

Morris said that another key change in the thinking of the community was that "the Black community has shifted its focus from politics to economics and upward advancement… that the way to move ahead is through individual education, entrepreneurial spirit and skill. If you have that stuff, you don’t need politics, you don’t need political advantage."

He also said Democrats are blocking changes that Blacks want, citing that 70% of the community say they would like their children to go to charter schools if they could, a policy opposed by Democrats.

He added that when asked, "Do you think if the government was tougher on crime would it, on balance, hurt or help the Black community, by 56% to 44% they said it would be helpful."

Morris stressed that there are large discrepancies between what the "Black leadership says and what the Black electorate feels. And because of those discrepancies, I believe the Republican Party can begin to win close to a quarter of the Black vote in the coming election."

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Trump-Endorsed Wyo. Candidate Beats Liz Cheney in GOP Straw Poll

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 23 January 2022 10:40 PM

A House candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump, Harriet Hageman, handily defeated Rep. Liz Cheney in a Republican Party straw poll in Wyoming on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

Hageman was awarded 59 votes from the secret ballot of party activists who took part in the Wyoming Republican State Central Committee poll. Cheney and state Sen. Anthony Bouchard, R-Cheyenne, were awarded two, and Denton Knapp one.

"I think it's a good sign, Hageman told the Casper Star-Tribune. "It's not an endorsement, but these are the county activists."

Out of the 74 county representatives from Wyoming, only 71 voted, including three of Hageman's family members. The Star-Tribune noted that the Republican Party of Wyoming cannot endorse candidates for the primary election, which is eight months away.

But "the only elections that matter are in August and November," Cheney's spokesman Jeremy Adler said of the poll.

But even for Hageman, she wasn't ready to claim victory yet. In the past, such straw polls have been a misleading indicator of election results.

"There will be lots of polls over the next eight months, and they will all show different things," Hageman added​​.​

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Texas Republicans Ask Court to Rethink Decision Prohibiting AG From Prosecuting Election Cases

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Texas Republicans Ask Court to Rethink Decision Prohibiting AG From Prosecuting Election Cases Texas Republicans Ask Court to Rethink Decision Prohibiting AG From Prosecuting Election Cases Adri Perez, with Common Cause 866ourvote, holds an emergency ballot from a person hospitalized with Covid-19 at Las Palmas Medical Center in El Paso, Texas on November 3, 2020. (Justin Hamel/AFP via Getty)

By Jeremy Frankel | Sunday, 23 January 2022 09:47 PM

Over 100 GOP lawmakers and party activists in Texas are asking the state’s highest criminal court to reconsider a decision that took away the attorney general’s power to prosecute election fraud.

Fourteen Republican Texas senators filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday, calling on the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals to reconsider the decision.

State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican, told the Epoch Times that "there is no question it’s a huge case. I hope this gets their attention."

Bettencourt also said the justices ultimately listened to the attorney for the Democrats.

Another 85 U.S. and Texas House Republican legislators and prominent leaders in the party filed seperate friend-of-the-court briefs, among them Texas gubernatorial candidate Don Huffines and Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. Texas GOP chairman Matt Rinaldi in an email to the Epoch Times called the court’s decision "incomprehensible" and said if the "decision is allowed to stand, it will cause irreparable damage to the integrity of elections in Texas."

The court struck down the attorney general’s power to prosecute election law violations granted by legislation approximately 70 years ago, saying that it violated the Texas constitution’s separation of powers clause. The opinion overturned a lower-court ruling saying that the election code gives the attorney general the authority to prosecute election law violations. Now, the attorney general must be asked to intervene by a district or county attorney.

Bettencourt said that, based on provisions in the state’s constitution that require legislators to "detect and punish fraud" in elections, and the senators’ brief says that that the legislature can assign duties to the attorney general.

Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, said that the court’s opinion could be "devastating" to the state’s future elections, and filed a motion this month seeking a rehearing with the court.

State Reps. Steve Toth and Cecil Bell, both Republicans who signed the brief, said the legislature must act if the court doesn’t. Toth called for an immediate 4th special session to draft a new law allowing a neighboring district attorney to prosecute election fraud if the DA in the county in question declines to.

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Biden Weighs Sending up to 5,000 Troops to Eastern Europe

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 23 January 2022 08:48 PM

President Joe Biden is weighing sending several thousand troops as well as aircrafts and warships to NATO allies in Eastern Europe and the Baltic States amid growing concerns of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, The New York Times reports.

"Even as we're engaged in diplomacy, we are very much focused on building up defense, building up deterrence," Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday. "NATO itself will continue to be reinforced in a significant way if Russia commits renewed acts of aggression. All of that is on the table."

While attending a meeting on Saturday at Camp David, Pentagon officials presented Biden with several strategies that would shift away from previous do-not-provoke diplomacy strategies. Among the options include sending 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia with the potential to increase the number tenfold if the situation deteriorates.

Biden is expected to make a decision this week on the matter. He is taking under consideration Russia's buildup of roughly 100,000 troops and weaponry on the Ukraine border, as well as the presence of Russian forces in Belarus.

Former top Pentagon official for Russia policy, Jim Townsend, says the administration has not gone far enough. "It's too little too late to deter Putin," Townsend told the Times. "If the Russians do invade Ukraine in a few weeks, those 5,000 should be just a down payment for a much larger U.S. and allied force presence. Western Europe should once again be an armed camp."

Last week, Biden said the U.S. was going to increase troop presence in Poland, Romania, "et cetera, if in fact [Putin] moves. They are part of NATO."

Thousands Attend Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally in DC

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Thousands Attend Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally in DC Thousands Attend Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally in DC Anti-vaccination activists participate in a rally after a Defeat The Mandates DC march at the Lincoln Memorial January 23, 2022 in Washington, DC. Activists took part in the event “for the preservation of personal sovereignty and to STOP medical coercion, discrimination” in response to the Biden Administration vaccination mandates. (Alex Wong/Getty)

By Jeremy Frankel | Sunday, 23 January 2022 08:44 PM

More than 30,000 protestors came to Washington, D.C., Sunday, calling for nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandates to come to an end.

The protest began at approximately noon at the Washington Monument, eventually moving to the Lincoln Memorial where speakers shared their reasons for calling for the mandates to end. The rally ended at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Between 30,000 and 35,000 attended the protest, which was organized by the group Defeat the Mandates. The marchers demanded an end to mandates and vaccine passports, while calling for debate and informed consent.

The event was sponsored by several groups, including the Front Line COVID-19 Critical Care Alliance, Children’s Health Defense, Vaccine Safety Research Foundation, and the World Council for Health. The speakers included lockdown critics Dr. Robert Malone, Dr. Peter McCullough, Dr. Pierre Kory and Dr. Ryan Cole. Other speakers outside the medical community included former NBA player Kwame Brown, journalist and Fox Nation host Lara Logan and PragerU host Will Witt.

The protest’s organizers were clear that while they are not anti-vaccine, they are against restrictions and mandates for the unvaccinated. McCullough said in his speech that "[N]ow, there’s not a single person here who is against the broad use of vaccines as we use them in our clinical practice. We have a circle of medical freedom. You have the freedom, you and you alone have the autonomy over your body."

He also added that "medical freedom is linked to social and economic freedom. If we allow the circle of medical freedom to even be touched, let alone be broken, all the circles fracture. They all do, and it crumbles. The writing is on the wall, and the determination to preserve medical freedom is in your hands."

Kudlow Predicts Year-End Inflation as High as 10 Percent

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By Nick Koutsobinas | Sunday, 23 January 2022 08:37 PM

Former Trump economist Larry Kudlow on Sunday radio said year-end inflation could be as high as 10%.

The 2022 year-end inflation rate will not be "less than 5% and it could be as high as 8% or 10%," Kudlow said during an appearance of "The Cats Roundtable" hosted by John Catsimatidis on WABC 770 AM.

"[The Fed] has so much more work to do than they will admit … Real wages are falling because of the inflation … Inflation is a tax on middle income folks. I think that may start to take its toll."

Kudlow also said part of the concerning economic factors is a "cold" stock market and President Joe Biden's economic policies.

"It's a pretty cold stock market that continues to get slammed," Kudlow said.

"NASDAQ is now 14% below its November peak. The Dow and S&P are down for the third consecutive week. There's a lot of worries out there right now. There was Biden's press conference where, instead of shifting gears away from big government Socialism, he's kind of doubling up. He said the problem isn't his policies — that the people really love him. And he just has to go around the country and communicate better on these policies. I beg to differ. People are not buying the product that he is selling. He's in denial about inflation."

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Gonzaga Suspends Stockton’s Season Tickets Over Mask Rule

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Gonzaga Suspends Stockton's Season Tickets Over Mask Rule Gonzaga Suspends Stockton's Season Tickets Over Mask Rule Former Utah Jazz player John Stockton at a Gonzaga Bulldogs game in 2013, long before masks were an argument. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:45 PM

Gonzaga has suspended John Stockton’s basketball season tickets after the Hall of Fame point guard refused to comply with the university's mask mandate.

Stockton, one of Gonzaga's most prominent alums, confirmed the move in a Saturday interview with The Spokesman-Review.

“Basically, it came down to, they were asking me to wear a mask to the games and being a public figure, someone a little bit more visible, I stuck out in the crowd a little bit,” Stockton said. “And therefore they received complaints and felt like from whatever the higher-ups — those weren’t discussed, but from whatever it was higher up — they were going to have to either ask me to wear a mask or they were going to suspend my tickets.”

Stockton has come out against COVID-19 vaccines, mask mandates and other protective measures. Last June, he participated in a documentary titled “COVID and the Vaccine: Truth, Lies and Misconceptions Revealed.”

In the interview with the Spokane newspaper, Stockton claimed without evidence that more than 100 professional athletes have died after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I think it’s highly recorded now, there’s 150 I believe now, it’s over 100 professional athletes dead — professional athletes — the prime of their life, dropping dead that are vaccinated, right on the pitch, right on the field, right on the court,” Stockton said.

Experts have told the AP there is “no scientific evidence” that either COVID-19 or the mRNA vaccines have increased sudden cardiac arrest, often referred to as SCA, among athletes.

The false claim that large numbers of athletes are collapsing or dying due to COVID-19 vaccines has circulated on social media for months, particularly among anti-vaccine circles, and has been rejected by medical experts.

Meanwhile, public health experts say masks are a key virus-prevention tool that are most effective when worn by a large number of people.

In a statement, Gonzaga officials said they are committed to implementing health and safety protocols, which include an indoor mask mandate. The university also requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test taken with the last 72 hours to attend home athletic events. As a way to enforce the mask mandate, Gonzaga has suspended its food and beverage sales at games.

“We will not speak to specific actions taken with any specific individuals,” the statement read. “We take enforcement of COVID-19 health and safety protocols seriously and will continue to evaluate how we can best mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 with appropriate measures.”

Stockton played for Gonzaga from 1980 to 1984, when the Zags were a middling program that never posted a record better than 17-11. The team has since retired his No. 12. A life-sized poster of Stockton in action hangs in a concourse of the McCarthey Athletic Center, part of a gallery of Gonzaga greats.

The Spokane native was a first-round draft pick of the Utah Jazz in 1984 and set an NBA record with 15,806 career assists before his retirement in 2003. He and his family have lived in Spokane since then, and he has been a fixture at Gonzaga basketball games.

Blind Man Who Rescued 5 After Oklahoma City Bombing Dies

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Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:09 PM

Raymond Washburn, a blind man who was credited with helping rescue five people from the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, has died. He was 75.

Washburn died on Jan. 16 at his home in Oklahoma City, and funeral services were held for him Friday in Bristow, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northeast of the city.

His cousin Richard Wittman told KWTV in Oklahoma City that he was proud of Washburn not only for what he did on the day of the bombing, but for how he lived his entire life.

“So, in that sense, he was a hero in the way he was able to function, make his way in life, work, his everyday life,” Wittman said.

Washburn owned and operated a snack bar on the fourth floor of the Alfred P. Murrah Building when a truck bomb ripped through the structure on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people.

Four customers and an employee were in the snack bar when the blast occurred.

In an interview recorded for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Washburn described how he led his customers and employee out of his snack bar.

“I had the advantage over them because not being able to see. I felt like that you know, this is one time that you know you want to try to help somebody as much as you can. I knew how to get out. I just didn’t know what was going to be in our way,” Washburn said.

Princella Smith, one of Washburn’s friends, said during his funeral that his heart “illuminated the darkness” on the day of the bombing and helped lead people to safety.

“He told them to march, and march down this stairwell. He said, ‘You gotta come on. We gotta get out of here,'" Smith said.

Washburn was a member of the Yuchi Tribe in Oklahoma.

Gingrich: Garland, Jan. 6 Panel Could Go to Jail If GOP Wins Congress

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By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 23 January 2022 07:07 PM

Attorney General Merrick Garland and members of the U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol could go to jail if Republicans win control of Congress in the midterm elections, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told Fox News.

"They are running over peoples' civil liberties," said Gingrich, who was speaker from 1995 to 1999.

"You have both with Attorney General Garland and with this Select Committee of January 6th, people who have run amok. They are breaking the rules. They are going after people in a way which is reminiscent of the British monarchy using closed-door systems that we outlawed deliberately because we had seen it."

Gingrich said the panel is "literally just running over the law" and "pursuing innocent people," insisting that they are "basically a lynch mob" and that Garland is "misusing the FBI."

He warned that "what they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you're going to have a Republican majority in the House, and a Republican majority in the Senate, and all these people who have been so tough and so mean and so nasty are gonna be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every email."

Gingrich stressed that "I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down, and the wolves are going to find out that they're now sheep. And they're the ones who are, in fact, going to, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kind of laws they're breaking."

The two Republicans serving on the House committee shot back at Gingrich for his comments.

"A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution," Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney wrote in a tweet. "This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels."

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger also responded to Gingrich by posting on Twitter a GIF from the movie "Billy Madison."

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