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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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1 The Biden, Schumer, Romney Foreign Aid Budget Buster

President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and a handful of left-leaning Republicans (led by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, of course) have just agreed to a near $100 billion foreign aid bill for Israel and Ukraine.  Is the spending addiction so severe that there is NOTHING Congress will not spend and borrow money for? Not one penny of…

2 Why Biden Is Threatening to Veto Aid to Israel

President Joe Biden promised to veto any stand-alone aid bill for Israel, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and most House Democrats voted against one. The administration maintains that Israel's security is so "sacred," it must be tied to a doomed legislative package containing entirely unrelated issues that deal with border security…

3 Joe Biden Keeps Rewarding the Terrorists

Peace is for suckers. Even as Israelis were rooting out the barbaric child murderers and rapists of Hamas, President Joe Biden was trying to bully the Jewish state into repaying the Palestinians with a new state. Now, the State Department is reportedly fast-tracking recognition of an "independent" Arab state, which not only promises to envelop…

4 Four Years After Trump Targeted Iranian General Soleimani, Biden’s Weakness Brings Chaos

Four years ago this week, U.S. forces killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone attack ordered by president Donald Trump.   This week, in stark contrast, global shipping giant Maersk announced that it could no longer traverse the Red Sea due to ongoing missile attacks by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.  It will instead reroute…

5 No, The US Shouldn't Push Israel to Create a Palestinian State

"Ultimately," contends Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), the next Israeli government "is going to have to put us back on a path to have a Palestinian state. That's not easy, but it is the only way forward for Israel, is the only way forward for long-term peace." Well, it's not the only way forward, right? Israel could clamp down on…

6 George Washington’s Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport Set an Admirable Example for America and the World

Whatever one’s religious views, human history demonstrates unequivocally how nations that persecute Jews and cultivate anti-Semitism self-destructively suffer, whereas nations more welcoming and tolerant prosper.   Eminent historian Paul Johnson, whom we lost this past January at age 94, labeled anti-Semitism an “intellectual…

7 United Nations Is Useless

The United Nations is useless.  The United States is pouring more than $12 billion a year of our tax money down the U.N. rathole and squandering a better opportunity.  The dream behind the U.N.'s founding, to provide an international forum for peaceful cooperation and the prevention of war, doesn't have to be discarded.  America should…

8 Paying Iranian Terrorists Billions in Ransom Is Nothing To Brag About, Mr. President

The going rate for an American hostage these days is around $1.3 billion. That's what the Biden administration paid out for five Americans in a prisoner swap with the Islamic Republic of Iran this week. And with little overhead, it's mostly profit for the mullahs. But don't let the term "prisoner swap" insinuate that there is any moral equivalence…

9 Ignore President Biden, Here's What Is Really Happening in Israel

President Joe Biden has reportedly asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop pushing through a "divisive" judicial overhaul bill amid protests. This is the same Biden, incidentally, who crammed through a massive, highly "divisive," generational spending bill with zero votes from the opposition; the same guy who regularly…

10 Questions Without Answers About Ukraine

Ukrainians, and many Europeans and Americans, are defining an envisioned Ukrainian victory as the complete expulsion of all Russians from its 2013 borders. Or, as a Ukrainian national security chief put it, the war ends with Ukrainian tanks in Red Square. But mysteries remain about such ambitious agendas. What would that goal entail? Giving Ukraine…

11 Twenty Years After the U.S. Invasion of Iraq

It's been two decades since, on March 19, 2003, United States forces invaded Iraq. President George W. Bush ordered the invasion to neutralize what he said was the threat of weapons of mass destruction posed by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Except it turned out Saddam did not have weapons of mass destruction. U.S. forces searched and searched and…

12 Questioning Biden's Ukraine Policy Doesn't Make You an 'Isolationist'

It's not exactly a sign of a healthy democratic discourse that it's virtually impossible to ask a critical question about the United States' role in the Ukraine-Russia conflict without being smeared as a Putin apologist or an "isolationist." We've been bombarded with bromides about a civilizational struggle that pits the forces of autocracy…

13 For GOP, How Big a Check to Ukraine?

As the war in Ukraine begins its second year, a new Fox News poll shows Americans divided nearly down the middle over how much and how long the United States should support Ukraine in its war against Russian invaders.  The poll asked: "Do you think there should be a limited time frame for U.S. support of Ukraine in its fight against Russia…

14 The Ukraine War’s Prelude to What?

The Ukraine mess is daily looking more like the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939, a meat grinder that took 500,000 lives. That three-year conflict became a savage proxy war and prelude for the belligerents of World War II. The Ukraine battlefield is proving to be a similar laboratory of death. New lethal weaponry and tactics are introduced, modified…

15 Ukraine With a Whimper or a Bang?

Russia started the war with Ukraine in late February with a shock-and-awe effort to grab Kyiv. It failed both to decapitate the government and absorb half the country in one fell swoop. Soon the conflict descended into a war of attrition in Eastern Ukraine over the occupied majority Russian-speaking borderlands. That deadlock was eventually going…

16 Rushdie Stabbing Reminds Us That Iran Is Still the World's Leading Terror State

Last week, a man stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and stabbed British author Salman Rushdie in the neck as he was being introduced. The topic under discussion was "the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression." Chances are exceptionally high that this was…

17 The Ukrainian Verdun

Five months after Russia invaded Ukraine, the war is now reduced to one of attrition. The current dirty, grinding slog is fought mostly with artillery and rockets. Everything from Ukraine's shopping centers to apartment buildings – and the civilians in them – are Russian targets. Most outsiders have already forgotten…

18 Biden’s Weakness Invited Putin’s Aggression

Joe Biden’s shopworn habit of scapegoating Vladimir Putin for consumer inflation and higher gas prices has by now reached the point of farce.   Americans rightly reject Biden’s tiresome alibi, since inflation ascended from 1.4% in January 2021 to 7.9% during the 13 months of his presidency before Russia invaded Ukraine in February…

19 Did Putin Wait Until Biden Became President to Invade Ukraine?

In the days after Russia attacked Ukraine, there was a lot of talk among Republicans that Vladimir Putin would not have invaded had Donald Trump still been president. Trump was so difficult to predict, so impulsive, so impetuous, the thinking went, that Putin would not have risked a massive U.S. response under Trump.  "The sheer unpredictability…

20 Can Ukraine Ever Win?

Even a truncated Russian Federation has four times the pre-war population of Ukraine. It enjoys well over 10 times the Ukrainian gross domestic product. Russia covers almost 30 times Ukraine's area. And how does Ukraine expel Russian troops from its borders when its Western allies must put particular restrictions on their life-giving military and…

21 History Should Be Our Guide in Ukraine

There are several historical referents we should keep in mind about the Ukraine war. First, no-fly zones. Lots of Westerners are calling for NATO aircraft to establish a no-fly zone above Ukraine to stop Russian bombing of Ukrainian cities. That is a terrible idea. Russian planes can still launch missiles from the nearby airspace of Russia and Belarus…

22 Biden's Blunder Was No Reagan Replay

President Joe Biden set off international alarms over the weekend when he committed the United States to the goal of regime change in Russia. "For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power," Biden said of Russian leader Vladimir Putin during a speech in Poland. The last time the United States set itself to removing a foreign leader, in…

23 10 Realities of Ukraine

One – Reassuring an enemy what one will not do ensures that the enemy will do just that and more. Unpredictability and occasional enigmatic silence bolster deterrence. But President Joe Biden's predictable reassurance to Russian President Vladimir Putin that he will show restraint means Putin likely will not. Two – …

24 The Widening War

The public needs straight talk about what's happening in Eastern Europe. President Joe Biden and the United Kingdom's Prime Minister Boris Johnson need to level with their own countrymen about the rising risk of war against Russia. The public's getting double talk – praise for the Ukrainians' courage but also empty promises that what…

25 Putin Wakes up the Western Ostrich

After the end of the Cold War, foreign policy experts across the spectrum assured us that things had changed. Wars of pure border conquest were over. Wars over oil would soon be a thing of the past. Instead, the increasingly intertwined world would move toward peace. Thomas Friedman suggested in his massive 1999 bestseller "The Lexus and the Olive…

26 Biden's Putin Appeasement Has Been Years in the Making

"One small thing to be thankful for is that DJT is not in the White House as the Ukraine crisis unfolds. He'd side with Russia," tweeted Francis Fukuyama, author of "The End of History and the Last Man." The headline on Eugene Robinson's Washington Post column reads, "With Biden standing firm, Putin must wonder: Where's Trump…

27 Biden's Afghanistan Debacle Looks Worse and Worse

While the Biden administration's chaotic and inept withdrawal from Afghanistan was unfolding in August 2021, a suicide bomber murdered 13 American service members, and at least 170 Afghans, at the Abbey Gate outside Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport. It was one of the deadliest attacks on our troops in our 20 years in that nation. "Know…

28 Russian Appeasement Was a Left-Wing Monopoly

One way of understanding the 2009-2014 Obama Administration policy of "reset" with Vladimir Putin's Russia is to recall two iconic incidents. The first was the 2009 "reset." Newly appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she would pursue a "reset" detente with Russia. America would relax the prior…

29 Why Putin Has Not Been Deterred

Americans want an autonomous Ukraine to survive. They hope the West can stop Russian President Vladimir Putin's strangulation of both Ukraine and NATO. Yet Americans do not want their troops to venture across the world to Europe's backyard to fight nuclear Russia to ensure that Ukraine stays independent. Most Americans oppose the notion that Russia…

30 The Ugly End We All Saw Coming

At 9:05 Monday night, State Department spokesman Ned Price issued a plaintive message to the new rulers of Afghanistan. "The Taliban needs to meet its commitments and obligations in Afghanistan," Price tweeted. Those commitments and obligations include respecting freedom of travel, safeguarding the "basic rights of the people,"…

 
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"'The Supreme Court blocked it. They blocked it. But that didn't stop me.'Those aren't the words of some banana republic strongman like Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro or Russia's Vladimir Putin. Those are the words of President Joe Biden speaking from a library in Culver City, California, where he announced the transfer of $1.2 billion in wealth from taxpayers to a handpicked set of college graduates.…[more]
 
 
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