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Potential Appointment of Rep. Darrell Issa to IP Subcommittee Leadership Raises Concern

Generally speaking and on a wide array of pressing issues, Congressman Darrell Issa (R – California) has proven a reliable leader who maintains solid support among conservatives and libertarians.

The prospect of Rep. Issa leading the House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee, however, has sparked significant opposition and pushback from intellectual property (IP) proponents.  And for sound reasons.

For example, in urging new House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R – Ohio) not to select Rep. Issa for the role, IPWatchdog’s Paul Morinville lists a litany of concerns based upon Issa’s record:

Issa is the wrong person for the job and has demonstrated that since he joined Congress.  He has sponsored and cosponsored…[more]

January 23, 2023 • 10:13 AM

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On How George Soros Funds ‘Fact Checkers’ to Silence Dissent:
 
 

"It's not enough for George Soros to fund the media and encourage stories that back up his point of view -- he has to make sure no one disagrees with it.

Last year, Soros partnered with fellow leftist billionaire Reid Hoffman (the co-founder of LinkedIn) to financially back a project to fight so-called disinformation. The name they chose might have come from George Orwell himself: Good Information Inc.

Branding anything that goes counter-narrative as 'disinformation' has become the left's latest strategy to fight anything that threatens their spin, and Soros has taken note."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
— Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
Posted January 26, 2023 • 09:05 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Biden Administration's Political Gamesmanship with Gas Prices and America's Strategic Petroleum Reserves:
 
 

"President Joe Biden took credit for knocking a few cents off of record-high oil prices after withdrawing millions of barrels from the nation's emergency strategic petroleum reserves (SPR), but records show his Department of Energy actually timed the first drawdown of the emergency oil supply to coincide with an already forecasted decline in oil prices.

"According to internal documents obtained by the Functional Government Initiative (FGI) through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), administration officials acknowledged agency assessments that predicted a drop in oil prices ahead of the first SPR release in November 2021.

"The White House announced the first withdrawal of 50 million barrels of oil from the nation's emergency stockpile on Nov. 23, 2021, days before the Thanksgiving holiday as drivers faced sticker shock at the pump."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
— Tristan Justice, The Federalist
Posted January 25, 2023 • 07:25 AM
 
 
On America's Immigration Crisis:
 
 

"With a new Congress, America's most ignored problem should once again be up for resolution.

"After not even visiting the border for years, President Joe Biden finally took a brief tour. The Republicans are flagging the millions of illegal crossings and the American people are upset that there has been no bipartisan resolution of the problem. Republicans get in, up goes a wall. Democrats get in, down goes the wall. That is not what Americans view as progress. ...

"Sixty-seven percent of Americans also think Biden's executive orders have encouraged illegal immigration, and 57% think they have increased the flow of drugs and crime into the U.S.

"Americans would be even more concerned about the border if they were fully informed. Voters actually vastly underestimate the scale of illegal border crossings. Sixty-four percent knew that illegal crossings have increased since Biden took office, but only 6% knew the extent -- between 2-3 million in the past year. The median voter underestimated the number of illegal crossings by a factor of 10. ...

"Giving people the facts on immigration made them want change more. When told that over 2.75 million people illegally crossed the border in the past year, 67% of voters, including 53% of Democrats, wanted Biden to enact new, stricter policies to reduce the flow of migrants. It turns out stricter immigration reform is a bipartisan issue."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Mark J. Penn, Chairman and CEO of Stagwell Inc. and Chairman of the Harris Poll
— Mark J. Penn, Chairman and CEO of Stagwell Inc. and Chairman of the Harris Poll
Posted January 24, 2023 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On News that Investigators Found More Classified Documents in President Biden's Home:
 
 

"President Biden seems to attract classified documents the way some people think motor homes attract tornadoes. They just inexplicably happen.

"After Biden publicly declared that he has 'no regrets' in the discovery of unlawfully stored classified material in various locations, he assured citizens that the special counsel investigation would soon peter out when they find that 'there is no there there.'

"Well, there turns out to be more there and the 'there' is yet another find in a private residence of Joe Biden."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted January 23, 2023 • 07:43 AM
 
 
On House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's Decision to Deny Certain Democrats Committee Assignments:
 
 

"You may have noticed some establishment political media types feigning confusion over why Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is denying Democrats like Eric Swalwell committee assignments. There are plenty of legitimate reasons to do it.

"The most obvious is partisan retribution. Ever since Nancy Pelosi created a precedent by vetoing Republican picks for the Jan. 6 investigation, McCarthy had a ready-made justification for denying minority Democrats their own picks. It's only a bonus that Swalwell, an internet troll who was once duped by a ChiCom honeypot, will be denied a seat on the Intelligence Committee. As is the fact that Ilhan Omar, the antisemitic representative who equates the United States with terror groups like Hamas, will no longer have a seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Neither are intellectually, philosophically, or experientially suited for such roles.

"Unlike Omar or Swalwell, however, the worst offender isn't a radical or fabulist or a person professionally unfit for the job. It's a person who blatantly breaks his oath of office. It is basically a constitutional imperative to deny the corrupt Adam Schiff any power."

Read the enire article here.

 
 
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and Senior Editor at The Federalist
— David Harsanyi, Syndicated Columnist and Senior Editor at The Federalist
Posted January 20, 2023 • 07:48 AM
 
 
Reporting On How Energy Workers Have Not Forgiven President Biden for Killing Keystone XL Pipeline Jobs:
 
 

"Power the Future, a group that represents the interests of U.S. energy workers, published a video blasting the Biden administration for its decision two years ago to nix the Keystone XL pipeline.

"The video, first obtained by Fox News Digital, noted the pipeline cancellation -- which President Biden ordered via executive order on his first day in office in January 2021 -- led to thousands of job losses. It also highlighted comments Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry made following the cancellation arguing that fossil fuel jobs would be replaced with clean energy jobs.

"'From canceling Keystone to trying to cancel our gas stoves, Joe Biden has pushed his failed agenda and hasn't stopped since day one,' Daniel Turner, the founder and executive director of Power the Future, said in a statement shared with Fox News Digital. 'It's a pathetic coincidence that as this anniversary arrives, John Kerry is once again in Europe lecturing our families.'

"'Joe Biden's action cost tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars and every American family is still paying more every day,' Turner added."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Thomas Catenacci, Fox News
— Thomas Catenacci, Fox News
Posted January 19, 2023 • 08:34 AM
 
 
On How President Biden is Misleading the American People on the Cost of Inflation:
 
 

"President Joe Biden touted Americans' rising wages over the weekend, but a closer look shows there is more to the story.

"'More Americans have health insurance than ever in history,' Biden wrote on Twitter. 'Fewer families are facing foreclosure today than before the pandemic. And wages are climbing faster than prices.'

"While wages have increased during Biden's presidency, soaring inflation has eroded and often surpassed any gains for workers since Biden took office.

"'Only a few months of Biden's presidency have [we] seen wages and earnings rise faster than prices,' said E.J. Antoni, an economist at the Heritage Foundation. 'Over the last two years, the American people have become demonstrably worse off with the average family losing $6,000 in purchasing power because prices have risen so much faster than wages.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Casey Harper, The Center Square
— Casey Harper, The Center Square
Posted January 18, 2023 • 12:25 PM
 
 
On States Ending Judicial Deference to Executive Agencies:
 
 

"In federal and state courts around the country, Americans often face an uneven playing field when they square off against executive agencies, thanks to doctrines that require judges to rubber stamp agency interpretations of the law. And while the Supreme Court may be slow-walking the end of Chevron and Auer deference in the federal courts, state courts and legislators around the country are acting. Eleven states have ended deference to state agencies in recent years -- including Ohio just a few weeks ago and Tennessee in its last legislative session -- and more should follow their lead.

"But first, what are Chevron and Auer deference? It's called 'Chevron' deference because of the 1984 Supreme Court case that embraced the ridiculous doctrine: Chevron v. NRDC. Chevron required that when a legal question arises over the interpretation of a statute an agency administers, courts must defer to the agency's interpretation unless it is plainly contradicted by the text. Auer deference -- named after Auer v. Robbins, the case that created it -- is like Chevron deference but applied to an agency's own regulations.

"Thanks to these doctrines, federal courts are required to defer to agency interpretations even if what the agency claims is not the most logical or well-supported interpretation. Moreover, agency interpretations of their own power, whether in statutes or regulations, are not 'neutral.' In almost all cases, they seek to expand the agency power at the expense of individual liberty. This places anyone going toe-to-toe with a government agency at a huge disadvantage (as if the seemingly unlimited resources and army of government lawyers isn't enough of a disadvantage)."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Daniel Dew, Legal Policy Director at Pacific Legal Foundation
— Daniel Dew, Legal Policy Director at Pacific Legal Foundation
Posted January 17, 2023 • 08:16 AM
 
 
Reporting On States Phasing Out Personal Income Taxes:
 
 

"Americans in search of economic freedom and oportunity are flocking to Florida, Tennessee and Texas, and at least part of the attraction is that these three states, along with six others (Alaska, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, Wyoming and New Hampshire), don't levy an income tax.

"Other states may soon follow.

"'There are 10 states that are in the process of moving their personal income tax to zero,' President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist said on the John Solomon Reports podcast."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Charlotte Hazard, Just the News
— Charlotte Hazard, Just the News
Posted January 16, 2023 • 07:54 AM
 
 
On the National Debt and Debt Ceiling:
 
 

"Of all the reforms in House rules secured by the conservative rabblerousers last week, arguably the most momentous was the promise that Republicans will not pass any debt ceiling increase until substantial budget process reforms and spending cuts are secured.

The need for such a rule would seem self-evident. The debt has risen by some $4 trillion in just two years. Government borrowing last year hit 13 figures, or $1.4 trillion. Absent budget reforms, we could easily see a decade ahead with another $10 trillion added to the debt. And don't forget, every one-percentage point rise in interest rates by the Fed raises the debt by well more than a trillion dollars over the next decade."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Steve Moore, Economic Policy Analyst and Fox News Contributor
— Steve Moore, Economic Policy Analyst and Fox News Contributor
Posted January 13, 2023 • 08:35 AM
 
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"It's not enough for George Soros to fund the media and encourage stories that back up his point of view -- he has to make sure no one disagrees with it.Last year, Soros partnered with fellow leftist billionaire Reid Hoffman (the co-founder of LinkedIn) to financially back a project to fight so-called disinformation. The name they chose might have come from George Orwell himself: Good Information…[more]
 
 
—Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
— Matt Palumbo, Author and Writer
 
Liberty Poll   

Although early in Kevin McCarthy's tenure as House Speaker, how would you grade him on his performance thus far?