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As the nation debates continuing coronavirus stimulus, AEI offers an eye-opening analysis:  Unemployment claims plummeted and the employment picture improved much faster after those $600 checks expired, reestablishing that while we always want to help those who cannot help themselves, government payouts can sometimes reduce incentives and ability to return to the workforce.  And this doesn't even reflect remarkably positive employment reports released by the government since the end dates:


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November 12, 2020 • 11:57 AM

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On SCOTUS and Court-Packing:

"When invited at the first presidential debate to confirm whether he hoped to expand the Supreme Court in order to pack it with Democrats, Joe Biden explained that he would not entertain the question. 'Whatever position I take,' Biden said, 'that will become the issue . . . I'm not gonna answer the question.'

"This would have been a preposterous answer from a presidential candidate had the topic been the future of the Post Office. But that Biden believes he can get away with it on a topic as explosive as blowing up the Supreme Court is nothing short of remarkable. Despite his low-key campaign, it remains the case that Joe Biden is running for president of the United States, and that he had elected to take part in a televised event during which he was expected to take positions and address issues. That his taking a position would become 'an issue' in the election is almost certainly true. But that does not represent a bug within the system, but a feature. Americans of all persuasions deserve to know whether Biden is on-board with what would be the most radical reform to our system of government since the Second World War. This is not one of those 'pass it to find out what's in it' situations. ...

"There are some questions in American politics that require a reflexive, emphatic, uncomplicated answer. 'Will you accept a peaceful transfer of power?' is one. 'Will you pack the Supreme Court?' is another. That both candidates for the highest office in the land are struggling to answer such inquiries without meandering non sequiturs or craven demurrals is a disgrace. Yes or no, Joe? There's no room here for malarkey."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted October 02, 2020 • 07:46 AM
On Former FBI Director Comey's Senate Judiciary Committee Testimony:

"Fired FBI Director James Comey needs immediate medical attention. He suffers from either acute amnesia or debilitating dementia.

"At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on the FBI's Trump-Russia 'collusion' investigation and the bureau's egregious abuse of the surveillance process under Comey's reign, he claimed to know nothing about everything.

"Like a broken record, Comey responded to questions with the same pat answers: 'Not that I recall ... I don't know ... I don't remember ... I never knew ... that doesn't ring a bell.'

"If he were playing dodgeball, Comey would have won.

"To hear Comey tell it, he was an empty suit at the helm of one of the most important investigations in modern American history, examining whether Donald Trump conspired with Russians to steal the 2016 election. We now know it was all a devious fiction. But that didn't stop Comey's FBI from targeting Trump with the damning lie. ...

"Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee were livid that Comey pretended that he knew nothing about the chronic malfeasance and corruption that infected his investigation of Trump. ...

"But it was Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who leveled the most searing assessment when he stated to Comey: 'There are only two possibilities -- either you were deliberately corrupt or woefully incompetent.' Cruz paused and added: 'I don't believe you're incompetent.'"

Read entire article here.

— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
— Greg Jarrett, Fox News Legal Analyst
Posted October 01, 2020 • 07:50 AM
On 2020's First Presidential Debate:

"It's a shame that Joe Biden couldn't attend Tuesday night's debate.

"Okay, Biden was in attendance, but during the 90 minutes, it felt like he barely ever finished a complete sentence.

"It's not clear that President Trump necessarily won the night, in the sense that people who were leaning against voting for him are going to start preferring him. But with motor-mouthed, relentless heckling and constant interruptions, Trump made it impossible for Biden to make any of his arguments. Trump did to Biden what Biden did to Paul Ryan eight years ago. ...

"This cycle, being the familiar old Joe Biden was enough to overtake Bernie Sanders. He didn't even really need to campaign that hard; Biden won Minnesota Democratic primary without visiting the state once. Once the pandemic hit, most of the traditional tools of campaigning weren't available to Biden; he just had to make intermittent appearances via video and attend virtual fundraisers.

"And up until tonight, just being himself was enough.

"Tonight, it wasn't enough."

— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
— Jim Geraghty, National Review Senior Political Correspondent
Posted September 30, 2020 • 07:38 AM
On The New York Times’ Trump Tax Return ‘Bombshell’:

"The New York Times published an article Sunday evening analyzing several years of tax returns filed by President Donald Trump. This illegal leak of the president's tax returns revealed nothing we didn't already know about the Trump business hydra: It is complicated, has a lot of expenses that generate tax deductions, and hires very smart tax advisers to make the whole thing work with as low a legal tax liability as possible. If that sounds familiar, it's because the Democrats also tried this line of attack against Trump in the 2016 debates. ...

"[W]e'd be remiss if we didn't point out that Trump's opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, himself is a fan of perfectly legal tax avoidance. In 2017 and 2018, Joe and Jill Biden ran $13 million of profits from speaking and writing gigs through a Subchapter-S corporation, allowing them to avoid, not evade, $500,000 in Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes. ...

"If this is the big pre-debate 'gotcha' that the Democrats and their allies in Big Media had in mind, it's a bit of a flop."

Read entire article here.

— Ryan Ellis, Center for a Free Economy President and Former Americans for Tax Reform Tax Policy Director
— Ryan Ellis, Center for a Free Economy President and Former Americans for Tax Reform Tax Policy Director
Posted September 29, 2020 • 07:51 AM
On Ballot-Harvesting Racket Busted in MN:

"A ballot-harvesting racket in Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's Minneapolis district -- where paid workers illegally gather absentee ballots from elderly Somali immigrants -- appears to have been busted by undercover news organization Project Veritas.

"One alleged ballot harvester, Liban Mohamed, the brother of Minneapolis city council member Jamal Osman, is shown in a bombshell Snapchat video rifling through piles of ballots strewn across his dashboard.

"'Just today we got 300 for Jamal Osman,' says Mohamed, aka KingLiban1, in the video. 'I have 300 ballots in my car right now' ...

"The alleged involvement of Ilhan Omar, a controversial member of the Squad, and frequent Trump target, is claimed on camera by two people in Veritas' investigation, including whistleblower Omar Jamal, a Minneapolis community leader and chair of the city's Somali Watchdog Group."

Read entire article here.

— Miranda Devine, Syndicated Columnist
— Miranda Devine, Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 28, 2020 • 08:18 AM
On Internal Corruption Inside FBI:

"Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham hinted more than a week ago that more bombshell information regarding the FBI's handling of its probe into President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia was about to be public. He was right because it was Graham's committee that discovered the information.

"In a bombshell letter released a letter Thursday night by Graham's committee from Justice Department Attorney General William Barr revealed a declassified summary from the bureau indicating that former British spy Christopher Steele's primary sub-source in his debunked dossier was believed to be a Russian spy. Not only was the sub source believed to be a spy but the FBI knew about it and had conducted a counterintelligence investigation on the individual. ...

"The explosive information shed even more light on the internal corruption inside the bureau at the highest levels and the purposeful misuse of the agency to target a political presidential opponent. In fact, it raises serious concerns that these actions were not an aberration but could have been occurring for sometime inside the FBI and intelligence community, several U.S. intelligence officials and former FBI officials told this columnist.

"'It's beyond the pale and what's worse no one has paid the price for attempting to oust -- coup -- a U.S. president,' said one former senior intelligence official. 'What makes it worse is politicians who are using this information for political purposes -- they do so at the detriment of the American system and republic.'"

Read entire article here.

— Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
— Sara A. Carter, National and International Award Winning Investigative Reporter
Posted September 25, 2020 • 08:33 AM
On Democrats' Calls to Not Fill Vacancy in SCOTUS Until After Election:

"Now, in reality, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just died. The notion that Democrats, if they controlled the White House and the Senate, would not seek to immediately replace her before the election is absolutely, positively hysterical. This is a party whose Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, stood on the floor in the Senate in the thick of Obama's 2012 race for reelection and knowingly, falsely accused Republican opponent Mitt Romney of not paying taxes for a decade. After retiring from the Senate, Reid admitted he lied. Asked whether he regretted lying about Romney, Reid said, 'Well ... Romney didn't win, did he?'

"In 2013, Democrats controlled the Senate, and they ended use of the filibuster, a practice allowed for 100 years for purposes of confirmation hearings on all executive branch nominees and for most judicial nominees. At the time, McConnell warned: 'The majority leader promised, he promised over and over again, that he wouldn't break the rules of the Senate in order to change them. If you want to play games and set yet another precedent that you'll no doubt come to regret, I say to my friends on the other side of the aisle, you'll regret this -- and you may regret it a lot sooner than you think.'"

— Larry Elder, Author, Attorney and Syndicated Columnist
— Larry Elder, Author, Attorney and Syndicated Columnist
Posted September 24, 2020 • 07:53 AM
On Senate Investigation Into Hunter Biden's Foreign Activities:

"A year-long Senate investigation concluded Wednesday that Hunter Biden's efforts to cash in on foreign business deals during his father's vice presidency raised alarm among U.S. government officials, who perceived an ethical conflict of interest and flagged concerns about possible criminal activity ranging from bribery to sex trafficking.

"The long-awaited joint report by the GOP-led Senate Homeland and Government Affairs and Senate Finance Committees delivered several blockbuster revelations less than two months before Election Day, suggesting Obama administration officials ignored clear warning signs about ethical conflicts and possible extortion risks involving Joe Biden's family.

"Perhaps the most explosive revelation was that the U.S. Treasury Department flagged payments collected overseas by Hunter Biden and business partner Devon Archer for possible illicit activities. ...

"The findings are certain to roil the final weeks of the presidential election and present a starkly different picture of the Biden family than the one House Democrats offered a year ago when they impeached President Trump for seeking a Ukrainian investigation into Hunter Biden's dealings with Burisma while his father served as vice president."

Read entire article here.

— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
— John Solomon, Just the News Editor in Chief
Posted September 23, 2020 • 07:59 AM
On Union Support in the Presidential Election:

"Joe Biden has pitched himself to voters as a 'union man,' a son of Scranton, Pa., who respects the dignity of work and will defend organized labor if he wins the White House.

"To rank-and-file members in some unions, especially the building trades, it doesn't matter. They're still firmly in Donald Trump's camp.

"Labor leaders have worked for months to sell their members on Biden, hoping to avoid a repeat of 2016 when Donald Trump outperformed among union members and won the White House. But despite a bevy of national union endorsements for Biden and years of what leaders call attacks on organized labor from the Trump administration, local officials in critical battleground states said support for Trump remains solid. ...

"Trump's support in some unions could provide an opening for him in the Midwest, particularly in the key Rust Belt states that powered Trump's victory in 2016 -- Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin -- where union voters have a sizable impact. Roughly one in six voters nationwide is either a union member or comes from a union household, according to a Gallup Poll earlier this month, and that number rises to more than one in four in states like Michigan."

— Holly Otterbein and Megan Cassella, POLITICO
— Holly Otterbein and Megan Cassella, POLITICO
Posted September 22, 2020 • 07:38 AM
On Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court:

"President Trump, like President Obama in 2016, has the constitutional power to nominate a Supreme Court justice. He should exercise that power to put forward someone with a track record of respect for the law and for its limits on the judiciary. The Senate, as it did in 2016, will then have the power to decide whether to proceed. If the nominee meets threshold conditions of quality and judicial philosophy, we hope it will schedule hearings expeditiously and vote whenever enough time for deliberation has passed."

— The Editors, National Review
— The Editors, National Review
Posted September 21, 2020 • 07:39 AM
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"Georgia is emerging as an early proving ground for the 2024 presidential race, with a handful of potential Republican hopefuls flocking to the state to test their political coattails in its two Senate runoffs.Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who just landed the chairmanship at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is among the prospective 2024 contenders who have visited Georgia in recent weeks.…[more]
—Max Greenwood, The Hill
— Max Greenwood, The Hill
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