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TikTok’s Latest Assault: Ripping Off American Artists and Songwriters

Americans are by now broadly aware of the threat posed by Chinese-owned TikTok, including its threat to U.S. national security.

In recent days, we’ve witnessed in real time another emerging TikTok threat reaching the headlines:  The threat it poses to intellectual property protections, which undergird America’s status as the most artistically and musically productive and influential nation in human history.

Universal Music Group, however, has decided to stand up and fight back by removing its catalog of songs – including artists like Taylor Swift, Drake and Billie Eilish – from TikTok.

Tone-Deaf TikTok has built its aggressive worldwide empire largely on the backs of music created by American artists, as even its corporate leadership openly admits.  As TikTok’s very own…[more]

February 08, 2024 • 12:44 PM

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On Attorney General Merrick Garland's Appointment of David Weiss as Special Counsel to Oversee Hunter Biden Probe:
 
 

"Garland's naming of Weiss as special counsel not only contradicts any earlier claims that there was no need for such an appointment, but it also contradicts nearly everything we've been told about the investigation and the DOJ's role. We were told that Weiss was the ultimate decisionmaker -- well, except that he obviously wasn't or he wouldn't have needed the appointment. We were told he could take any steps and make any investigative decisions, having ultimate authority over this matter -- except now we're told he is no longer subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Department of Justice.

"Either Weiss had that power, or he dind't. Either he was in charge of the investigation, or he wasn't. Naming Weiss special counsel confirms everything we've been told until now was a farce. And it wasn't just Garland telling us Weiss was totally in charge -- it was also Weiss. Weiss even stuck with that story when contradicted by the IRS whistleblowers who had contemporaneous emails confirming the Delaware U.S. attorney had told upper-level managers on the investigation that he was not the ultimate decisionmaker."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Margot Cleveland, Senior Legal Correspondent at The Federalist
— Margot Cleveland, Senior Legal Correspondent at The Federalist
Posted August 15, 2023 • 08:10 AM
 
 
Reporting on the Strain Felt by Liberal Cities and States by the Massive Surge of Migrants Into Their Jurisdictions:
 
 

"Liberal cities and states are continuing to sound the alarm over a surge of migrants into their jurisdictions. Some are going so far as to call on the federal government to declare a state of emergency, while maintaining welcoming rhetoric to all who come across the border.

"Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey last week declared a state of emergency 'due to rapid and unabating increases in the number of families with children and pregnant people -- many of them newly arriving migrants and refugees -- living within the state but without the means to secure safe shelter in our communities.'

"The state currently has more than 20,000 families in its state shelter system and costs are around $45 million a month, her office said."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Adam Shaw, Fox News
— Adam Shaw, Fox News
Posted August 14, 2023 • 07:56 AM
 
 
On Bidenomics:
 
 

"Listening to the Biden White House on economic issues is always a surreal experience.

"It calls to mind Charles Dickeens' famous line -- 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.'

"They can't keep it straight.

"While President Biden claims 'Bidenomics is working,' his Vice President Kamala Harris bemoans the fact that '[m]ost Americans are a $400 unexpected expense away from bankruptcy.'

"So, which is it?"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Andy Puzder, Former CEO of CKE Restaurants and a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Pepperdine University
— Andy Puzder, Former CEO of CKE Restaurants and a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and Pepperdine University
Posted August 11, 2023 • 07:44 AM
 
 
On the Biden Family Receiving Tens of Millions of Dollars from Foreign Sources Who Also Received Access to Then-Vice President Joe Biden:
 
 

"Firms tied to the Biden family collected more than $20 million from foreign sources, including big payments from controversial oligarchs who afterwards had private dinners with Joe Biden as vice president, congressional investigators disclosed Wednesday.

"In its third memo analyzing bank records, the GOP-led House Oversight and Accountability Committee reported it had found a clear pattern of the Biden family and its partners doing business with Russian, Ukrainian, Kazakh, Chinese and Romanian figures who had legal and other troubles and then collecting money around the times of gaining access to Joe Biden.

"The pattern, the congressional investigators noted, corroborates recent testimony from former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer that the presidential son solicited business from foreigners who were seeking influence, access or protection from a family 'brand' that included Joe Biden."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
— John Solomon, Chief Executive Officer and Editor in Chief of Just the News
Posted August 10, 2023 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On China and Its Theft of American High-Tech Seeds:
 
 

"A strange trend is sweeping across China. Outside Chengdu, an urban park next to a golf course and luxury villa now sports a sign 'Return to Agricultural Use. In the southeastern province of Fujian, a farmer described having his daffodil fields bulldozed. Reportedly, it's all part of a new directive from the Chinese Communist Party to reclaim arable land, roll back reforestation initiatives, and rapidly increase grain production to achieve 'food security.'

"But as China clears vast tracts of land in service of what some have called a 'New Great Leap Forward,' what may be going into the ground is stolen American technology. Not fiberoptic cable and semiconductors, but something just as important: high-tech seeds.

"Back in 2011, a field manager at a farm in Iowa spotted an unfamiliar man digging in one of his fields. When he confronted the stranger, the man claimed to be from a university and hurriedly excused himself. The field happened to be planted with special seeds from DuPont Pioneer, and the manager passed along the unnerving incident to the company which informed the FBI. The investigation uncovered a Chinese seed smuggling ring and the man digging in the field, Mo Hailong, was charged by the Department of Justice and sentenced in federal court for conspiracy to steal trade secrets.

"But that was just the beginning. Since then, the FBI has investigated many such cases, and the DOJ has secured additional convictions, including one just last year when Xiang Haitao, a PRC national, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit economic espionage and was sentenced to more than two years in prison."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party
— U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI), Chairman of the House Select Committee on Strategic Competition Between the U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party
Posted August 09, 2023 • 08:38 AM
 
 
On the Politicization of the FBI:
 
 

"The FBI is not the revered institution it once was, but it can be again.

"I was an FBI special agent for more than 12 years and considered it a calling until I walked away at the end of last year. Unfortunately, the FBI changed significantly as it became politically and socially weaponized. I joined the FBI to fight crime but over time found myself being bombarded with partisan politics and social movements swirling around me which I wanted no part of.

"At the same time, Americans lost trust in this important institution and morale plummeted. It pained me that I was no longer proud to say I was an FBI special agent. I realized under the current leadership that no one was going to stop the FBI from continuing on this trajectory, and I lacked faith things would improve."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Nicole Parker, Former DOJ and FBI Special Agent, and Currently a Senior Advisor to the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Law & Justice
— Nicole Parker, Former DOJ and FBI Special Agent, and Currently a Senior Advisor to the America First Policy Institute’s Center for Law & Justice
Posted August 08, 2023 • 08:21 AM
 
 
On Why Voters Aren't Buying Bidenomics:
 
 

"President Joe Biden is frustrated. Unemployment has fallen to a healthy 3.6%, the economy is growing at a decent 2.4% rate, and inflation has fallen to 3%. And yet despite all this good economic news, the vast majority of voters rate the economy as poor and blame Biden for its sorry state.

"What gives?

"One hint can be found in the most recent CBS News poll, which found that 65% of adults would rate the economy as 'bad' and just 13% said that they were getting better financially. Most adults, 52%, said they were just staying in place, while 35% said they were falling behind.

"Among those that rated the economy as bad, 88% blamed 'inflation and the rising costs of goods and services.' Indeed among all respondents, even those who rated the economy as good, 70% of adults said that their personal income was not keeping up with inflation.

"And this perception is reflected in economic numbers. Despite falling inflation, prices are still rising. And overall, real wages are still down 5% since Biden took office. In other words, most voters are functionally making less money today than when Biden took office. No wonder most people think the economy is still bad!"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Washington Examiner Editorial Page
— Washington Examiner Editorial Page
Posted August 07, 2023 • 08:09 AM
 
 
Reporting on Public Sentiment About the U.S. Economy:
 
 

"Half of Americans in a poll released Thursday said the U.S. economy is continuing to get worse, despite recent positive indicators.

"The CNN poll found that 51 percent of Americans said the economy is still in a downturn and conditions are continuing to worsen, while another 28 percent said an economic recovery has yet to start, but conditions are no longer getting worse.

"Just 1 in 5 Americans said the U.S. economy is beginning to recover from its recent problems, according to the poll."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Julia Shapero, The Hill
— Julia Shapero, The Hill
Posted August 04, 2023 • 08:29 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Deluge of Proposed New Rules Being Prepared by the Biden Administration's Labor Cops:
 
 

"D.C.'s slowest month is going to be one of the busiest for the nation's labor cops.

"President Joe Biden's appointees are poised to dramatically reshape the work lives of tens of millions of workers and the businesses that employ them. The Department of Labor, National Labor Relations Board and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission -- each operating on a separate track -- are readying to push out new regulations and rules on everything from overtime pay to who counts as an employee.

"The packed agenda will allow Biden to champion his pro-worker agenda as his re-election campaign heats up and the president works to tamp down grumbling from some segments of organized labor, most notably the United Auto Workers.

"Employers are bracing for the deluge, as August shapes up to be the start of a critical stretch for the federal government's top workplace enforcers."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico
— Nick Niedzwiadek, Politico
Posted August 03, 2023 • 09:10 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Regulatory Onslaught Against Home Appliances:
 
 

"President Joe Biden is facing increasing opposition for his ongoing crusade against popular household items. As of August 1, traditional incandescent light bulbs became the newest on the regulatory chopping block, effectively outlawing them nationwide.

"Under new Energy Department efficiency standards, bulbs manufactured and sold now must meet the 'minimum energy-efficiency standard' of 45 lumens per watt, giving rise to LED bulbs that some researchers have suggested can cause health complications.

"Biden's light bulb ban joins the list of growing home items the President has fixated on. Perhaps most notably, gas stoves have been a target of his administration for several months."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Addison Smith, Just the News
— Addison Smith, Just the News
Posted August 02, 2023 • 08:05 AM
 
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"Mitch McConnell changed the direction of the world. He stopped the destruction of the Republican Party by opposing, delaying and weakening and ultimately defeating the drive for 'campaign finance reform' that would have left union bosses as the sole power in America. Senator McConnell herorically sculpted the present Supreme Court and saved the second amendment, religious liberty and free speech.…[more]
 
 
— Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
 
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Assuming that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., is able to get on most 2024 ballots as a third-party or independent candidate for President, from which major party candidate do you believe he will take the most votes?