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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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Notable Quotes
On Electric Vehicles and the Political Left's Elitism:

"The left's elitism is on full display through its policies. Take President Biden's push to force Americans to abandon gas-powered vehicles. His tougher new emissions standards could require as much as 67% of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. by 2032 to be all-electric; last year, though, electric vehicles accounted for just 5.8% of all the 13.8 million new vehicles sold in the country. The price tag of EVs is just too high, according to six in 10 Americans, which is why they wouldn't purchase one any time soon.

"Shelling out an average of more than $58,000 for a car is an afterthought for coastal elites with comfortable six-figure incomes, but it's out of reach for many U.S. households. Furthermore, fewer EVs may qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit that is supposed to make them affordable under new rules proposed by the U.S. Treasury Department."

Read the entire article here.

— Patrice Onwuka, Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women's Forum and Co-Host of WMAL's O’Connor & Company
— Patrice Onwuka, Director of the Center for Economic Opportunity at Independent Women's Forum and Co-Host of WMAL's O’Connor & Company
Posted April 28, 2023 • 07:52 AM
Reporting On the Debt Ceiling:

"House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to raise the borrowing limit and implement sweeping spending cuts, marking a victory for Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after days of grueling negotiations that put the deep divisions within the GOP conference on full display. ...

"The bill faces no chance of moving in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday called it 'an extremist hard-right agenda.'

"House Republicans, however, see the measure as their opening offer in negotiations with President Biden to raise the nation's borrowing limit.

"The White House -- which slammed the GOP proposal -- has been adamant that it wants a 'clean' debt limit increase, foreshadowing the challenge that awaits both sides in striking a deal to prevent a default."

Read the entire article here.

— Aris Folley and Mychael Schnell, The Hill
— Aris Folley and Mychael Schnell, The Hill
Posted April 27, 2023 • 08:18 AM
On How Reelection of President Biden Could Result In a 10-Year Presidency for Kamala Harris:

"If President Biden wins reelection in 2024 and decides not to serve his full four-year term, it could open the door for up to 10 years of a Kamala Harris presidency.

"The possibility of Biden leaving office before the conclusion of a second term was the subject of an exchange at the White House briefing on Tuesday. Biden and Harris formally announced their 2024 reelection campaign in the morning.

"Should Biden serve half of his second term or more before handing the reins over to Harris, she could serve for the rest of his term and run for president at the top of the ticket in 2028. She could also run again in 2032 for another four-year term.

"If Biden serves less than half of a second term, Harris could only run once at the top of the ticket and serve only one four-year term, per the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Biden would be 86 at the end of his second term, and Harris would be 63."

Read the entire article here.

— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
Posted April 26, 2023 • 07:47 AM
On Public Support for School Choice:

"It's been said we live in one of the most divisive and bitterly antagonistic political eras in our nation's history. That's certainly true for some of the public debates over tough issues we face today. But data from the latest I&I/TIPP Poll show there's one policy issue about which both major parties have near total agreement: school choice.

"Fed up with substandard public schools and feeling trapped, Democrat and Republican voters heartily support greater school choice by more than 2-to-1, according to April's online I&I/TIPP Poll."

Read the entire article here.

— Terry Jones, Editor of Issues & Insights
— Terry Jones, Editor of Issues & Insights
Posted April 25, 2023 • 08:21 AM
On the Push by Liberal Activists to Hijack Corporate America:

"Social justice activists often don disguises. Animal rights activists pose as farmworkers to film footage in secret. Eco protesters pose as museumgoers to glue themselves to art. But the latest trend is something new: Leftists are posing as corporate investors.

"Why? Because investors own companies, and companies have power. Climate change warriors can chain themselves to every tree in the rainforest, but without the support of the public, they aren't going to get very far. Investing offers something different: a seat at the corporate table, where decisions are made by a powerful few. Convince those few and you're set. ...

"The mechanics of this scheme are straightforward. Activists-turned-investors co-opted a little-known, arcane process of corporate governance called proxy voting. Here's how: Activist groups, such as PETA, buy up a few shares of big, publicly traded companies. Then, as 'investors,' they're allowed to propose changes to how the company is run. These proposals get put to a shareholder vote once a year."

Read the entire article here.

— Justin Danhof, Head of Corporate Governance at Strive Asset Management
— Justin Danhof, Head of Corporate Governance at Strive Asset Management
Posted April 24, 2023 • 08:01 AM
Reporting On Julie Su's Nomination to Be the Next Labor Secretary:

"Julie Su, the Biden adminitration's labor secretary nominee, appeared before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Thursday, where she attempted to make the case for her confirmation as she was grilled by Republicans over her record.

The Democratic majority on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which held Thursday's hearing, appeared largely supportive of Su's nomination. But she has not yet secured the support of other key Democrats in the Senate -- suggesting she could face an uphill battle to confirmation when the full chamber casts its vote. ...

If Su does not convince enough senators to get on board with her nomination, she would be the highest-ranking nominee yet to fail among a recent string of candidates brought forward by the Biden administration who have failed to move through the confirmation process. ...

Su's critics have argued that her policy stances are hostile to small businesses.

The top Republican on the committee, Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, expressed concerns about her support for A.B. 5, a California law that aims to reclassify certain gig workers as regular employees, as well as joint employer provisions critics have said make it more difficult for franchisees to operate in California."

Read the entire article here.

— Maegan Vazquez, CNN
— Maegan Vazquez, CNN
Posted April 21, 2023 • 08:20 AM
On Claims by an IRS Whistleblower that DOJ is Thwarting Criminal Prosecution of Hunter Biden:

"A decorated supervisory IRS agent has reported to the Justice Department's top watchdog that federal prosecutors appointed by Joe Biden have engaged in 'preferential treatment and politics' to block criminal tax charges against presidential son Hunter Biden, providing evidence as a whistleblower that conflicts with Attorney General Merrick Garland's recent testimony to Congress that the decision to bring charges against Biden was being left to the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney for Delaware.

"According to a letter from the whistleblower's attorney Mark Lytle to Congress obtained by Just the News, the IRS agent revealed he is seeking to provide detailed disclosures about a high-profile, sensitive case to the tax-writing committees in Congress, which have special authority under federal tax privacy laws to receive such information. That could pave the way to share the details with other committees in coming weeks.

"The letter does not state that the whistleblower disclosures are related to Hunter Biden. However, Just the News has independently confirmed the agent's allegations involve the Hunter Biden probe being led by Delaware U.S. Attorney David Weiss, a Trump holdover, according to multiple interviews with people directly familiar with the matter."

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 April 20, 2023 • 08:51 AM
Reporting On Democrats' Attempt to Temporarily Replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on the Senate Judiciary Committee:

"Senate Republicans on Tuesday evening blocked a request from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to temporarily replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on the Judiciary Committee so that committee has the numbers to advance President Biden's judicial nominees.

"Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced the resolution and asked that it be approved by unanimous consent -- a method that requires every senator to agree. Unanimous consent allows the Senate to quickly approve non-controversial measures without hours and days of necessary debate in the upper chamber.

"But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., stood to oppose the move and rejecting Schumer's request. That objection means Democrats will need to find 60 votes to approve his request, which will require 10 Republicans to cross the aisle.

"Graham echoed the objections of many Republicans by saying they can't support an effort to put another Democrat on the committee because it will mean Senate confirmation of liberal judges that Republicans oppose."

Read the entire article here.

— Elizabeth Elkind, Fox News
— Elizabeth Elkind, Fox News
Posted April 19, 2023 • 07:20 AM
On Taxes and Federal Spending:

"Taxpayers are racing to submit their 1040s and beat the IRS's Tuesday tax deadline.

"Yet their payments -- which are contributing to the highest sustained tax burden in American history -- cannot keep pace with Washington's spending spree.

"This year, Washington will collect $36,313 per household in tax revenues (this includes all federal taxes, as even business taxes are eventually passed on to individuals).

"Washington will spend $46,834 per household.

"The resulting budget deficit of $10,521 per household brings the per-household national debt held by the public to a staggering $194,063.

"Are you getting your money's worth?"

Read the entire article here.

— Brian Riedl, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
— Brian Riedl, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Posted April 18, 2023 • 09:33 AM
Reporting On Retailers Being Forced to Shut Down Stores as a Result of Rising Theft and Other Crime in Major U.S. Cities:

"Major retailers in the US have been forced to shut down stores due to millions of dollars in losses as rampant theft plagues big box stores across the country.

"This week, Walmart announced it will shut down four of its stores in Chicago just weeks after America's biggest employer shuttered its only stores in Portland.

"It comes as shoplifting reaches alarming levels and other large retailers, including Target, Macy's and Best Buy, are now making good on threats to shutter outlets if petty crime was not lowered.

"In 2021 retailers lost a combined $94.5 billion to shrink, a term used to describe theft and other types of inventory loss. And organized retail crime incidents soared by 26.5 per cent in the same year, according to the 2022 National Retail Security Survey. ...

"Progressive district attorneys in cities like Chicago, New York, Portland and California have also been blamed for effectively legalizing shoplifing with either not prosecuting thefts under $950, or letting criminals off with a slap on the wrist."

Read the entire aritcle here.

— Kamal Sultan,
— Kamal Sultan,
Posted April 17, 2023 • 08:13 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
Liberty Poll   

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?