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January 25, 2022 • 06:19 PM

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On Saule Omarova, President Biden's Nominee to Lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:
 
 

"President Joe Biden's nominee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) was arrested for allegedly shoplifting merchandise at a TJ Maxx, according to a police report.

"Cornell Law School professor Saule Omarova, who Biden picked to head the OCC in September, was arrested in 1995 for an alleged retail theft of $214 in TJ Maxx merchandise, according to police records posted by the American Accountability Foundation, a conservative watchdog group. Her arrest had previously been reported by Fox News, but the police report offers new details on the incident. ...

"Omarova allegedly stole several bottles of cologne, along with shoes, belts, and socks from a Wisconsin TJ Maxx, according to the police report. She reportedly placed the items in her bag and covered them with clothes before exiting the store, at which point she was confronted by a TJ Maxx security guard."

 
 
— Ailan Evans, Daily Caller
— Ailan Evans, Daily Caller
Posted November 18, 2021 • 08:56 AM
 
 
On President Biden's 'Build Back Better' Proposal:
 
 

"President Biden's false claim that his 'Build Back Better' spending blowout (more accurately named 'Build Back Broke') would cost 'zero dollars' just got further exposed for the farce it is.

"Thanks to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, we know more about how America's growing debt bomb will advance further toward detonation if Congress doesn't halt BBB socialism in its tracks.

"The CBO is meant to be the neutral referee tallying price tags for Congress' bills, and CBO boss Phillip Swagel said Monday that Democrats' BBB proposal to beef up Internal Revenue Service enforcement against tax cheats would pay a mere fraction of what Biden's team claimed it would.

"Instead of the $400 billion over 10 years Biden claimed, the CBO said it would harvest a mere $120 billion. We're still waiting for the full CBO price tag for the entire BBB package."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Carrie Sheffield, Senior Policy Analyst at Independent Women's Voice
— Carrie Sheffield, Senior Policy Analyst at Independent Women's Voice
Posted November 17, 2021 • 07:46 AM
 
 
On the Political Gossip Regarding Vice President Kamala Harris and the Biden Administration:
 
 

"If you have an ear for it, what you can hear between the lines of recent pieces of journalism is that 1) A lot of people with a look into things at the White House think Joe Biden is not going to run for re-election. 2) Just about everyone thinks Kamala Harris is a disaster. 3) A significant portion of insider Dems think Pete Buttigieg is the cure for what ails them. 4) Kamala Harris' team is desperate.

"The Knives are Out! ...

"Anyway, I find this very amusing as gossip, but alarming as a citizen. Kamala Harris is a heartbeat away from the presidency. And if she should be called upon to serve, she will know fully well that the administration she would lead has not only sidelined her, but is now basically putting it out there in the press that she's useless cargo that needs to be discarded to save the ship from sinking.

"Good thing the US isn't facing anything serious like the worst spasm of inflation in four decades and potential serious challenges to the post-Cold War settlement in East Asia and Eastern Europe."

 
 
— Michael Brendan Dougherty, Senior Writer at National Review Online
— Michael Brendan Dougherty, Senior Writer at National Review Online
Posted November 16, 2021 • 08:55 AM
 
 
On a Proposal to Offer Additional Tax Credits for the Purchase of Union-Made Electric Vehicles:
 
 

"A proposal to offer an additional $4,500 tax credit for the purchase of union-made U.S. electric vehicles is shaping up to be the next issue of contention in the Democrats' nearly $2 trillion budget reconciliation bill.

"Under the plan, an extra $500 tax credit would be applied if the vehicle contains 50% domestic parts.

"Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a key swing vote in the evenly split Senate, has come out forcefully against the preferential $4,500 incentive. ...

"Auto makers such as Tesla, Toyota and Honda are opposed to the Democrats' proposal, given that their workforces are not unionized. ...

"Republicans have argued that a $4,500 tax credit added on top of the existing $7,500 credit for electric car purchases would disproportionately help wealthy Americans purchase pricey EVs."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
— Nicholas Ballasy, Just the News
Posted November 15, 2021 • 06:32 AM
 
 
On 'Bidenflation':
 
 

"The Biden pay cut just got more severe as surging inflation reduces Americans' real wages and living standards. On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced that the consumer price index increased by 6.2% over the last year, the fastest pace in over 30 years. October marks the sixth consecutive month that inflation has grown by 5% or more on a year-over-year basis -- significantly outpacing wage growth and putting Americans further and further behind. Bidenflation is the next pandemic.

"The topline CPI number obscures even higher inflation among commodities like food and energy that Americans actually consume. When you strip out deflationary tech products from the index, price increases are even more substantial. The price of gas is up 50% over the last year, and the cost of fuel oil to heat homes has risen nearly 60%. The price of beef is up 20% and pork 14%.

"Americans are staring down their most expensive Thanksgiving dinner in history, a bitter pill to swallow considering many families skipped Thanksgiving get-togethers last year due to the pandemic. ...

"This painful inflation is largely a result of President Biden and congressional Democrats' trillions of dollars in reckless spending that devalues the currency. Late last week, Congress passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure-in-name-only bill that will worsen inflation by showering money on political and environmental priorities. According to the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, only about one in four of the legislation's dollars are for roads, bridges, highways, and airports. Much of the rest goes to big green boondoggles."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network
— Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of the Job Creators Network
Posted November 12, 2021 • 08:24 AM
 
 
Happy Veterans Day:
 
 

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."

 
 
— Unknown
— Unknown
Posted November 11, 2021 • 02:16 PM
 
 
On Saule Omarova, President Biden's Nominee to Lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency:
 
 

"President Joe Biden's pick to regulate the banking system said earlier this year that she wants to 'starve' companies of money to invest in the oil and gas industry in order to fight climate change, comments that could further complicate her chances of Senate confirmation.

"Saule Omarova, who received the Lenin Personal Academic Scholarship at Moscow State University, has proposed establishing a National Investment Authority to divert investments away from the oil and gas industry and into 'clean and green' infrastructure projects. Speaking at a virtual forum in May, Omarova said 'the way we basically get rid of those carbon financiers is we starve them of their sources of capital.'

"Omarova, the nominee to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, faces stiff opposition from Senate Republicans over the National Investment Authority proposal, as well as her calls to 'end banking as we know it.' Omarova has proposed allowing the Federal Reserve to handle consumer bank deposits, replacing private banks."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Chuck Ross, The Washington Free Beacon
— Chuck Ross, The Washington Free Beacon
Posted November 10, 2021 • 08:38 AM
 
 
On the Democrats' Agenda:
 
 

"The Democrat shellacking in last week's elections has predictably spawned countless discussions, tweets, and think pieces analyzing what went wrong. That Democrats must have a messaging problem has been the common denominator in many of these conversations.

"I would suggest that what Democrats actually have is a policy problem; not a messaging problem. And that's a much harder problem to fix.

"Their agenda simply isn't working for too many Americans. And their arrogance in refusing to consider that possibility will continue to cost them."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute, and Former Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
— Jason Chaffetz, Fox News Contributor, Distinguished Fellow for the Government Accountability Institute, and Former Chairman of the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Posted November 09, 2021 • 08:03 AM
 
 
On the Public Interest Legal Foundation's Legal Claim That Michigan Voter Rolls Potentially Including More Than 25,000 Dead People:
 
 

"On Wednesday, a federal lawsuit filed against the Michigan secretary of state revealed the state's voter rolls potentially include more than 25,000 dead people, including names of more than 20,000 individuals who have been dead for more than a decade.

"In the lawsuit filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, or PILF, a nonprofit law firm dedicated to election integrity, the group alleges that the Michigan Secretary of State's Office, headed by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, violated Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. That federal law requires states to 'conduct a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove the names' of voters who have died.

"In its 20-page complaint, the PILF detailed efforts it had made beginning in the run-up o the 2020 election to ensure Michigan voter rolls did not include deceased individuals. After obtaining data from the state in early 2020 and then hiring a data analysis expert who cross-checked the data against commercial databases and information obtained from the Social Security Administration, the PILF determined the current Michigan rolls included approximately tens of thousands of individuals who appeared deceased. ...

"Further investigation by the PILF revealed evidence indicating 334 individuals had registered to vote after their deaths. 'Without further inquiry,' the nonprofit's claim says, 'there is no way to know for certain whether these post-death registrations are the result of identity theft, data input error, or for some other reasons.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Margot Cleveland, The Federalist
— Margot Cleveland, The Federalist
Posted November 08, 2021 • 07:51 AM
 
 
On the 'RussiaGate' Scandal:
 
 

"They made it all up.

"If you haven't been paying attention to all the ins and outs of RussiaGate and the so-called 'collusion' scandal, that's all you need to know about Thursday's arrest of Russian analyst Igor Danchenko.

"The Hillary Clinton campaign hired a bunch of shady operatives to put together a collection of lies and innuendo about Donald Trump and shop it to the FBI. It was the ultimate political dirty trick, one that was aided and abetted by the media long after Trump took office.

"Igor Danchenko, the guy who supposedly gathered all the spurious 'dirt' in the infamous Steele dossier, is accused of lying at least five times to investigators, special counsel John Durham alleges. Those lies were to cover up the fact that he really had no sources for his claims -- or, in some cases, the sources were Clinton associates.

"How's that for a vicious circle? Clinton officials feed their Russian stooge disinformation, it gets laundered through British spy Christopher Steele, and the FBI uses it as the basis for wiretapping the future president's team."

 
 
— New York Post Editorial Board
— New York Post Editorial Board
Posted November 05, 2021 • 08:36 AM
 
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"While Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi go all out to protect Ukraine's national sovereignty, at the same time they are orchestrating a clandestine invasion of America across the southern border."Two million illegal immigrants from dozens of countries crossed over from Mexico last year, and the Biden administration is facilitating the cartels' people-smuggling operation -- at taxpayer expense."Under cover…[more]
 
 
—Miranda Devine, Columnist
— Miranda Devine, Columnist
 
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