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On March 27, Axios ran a story with the headline: “Biden, Democrats (mostly) ditch ‘Bidenomics.'”

Axios reported that President Joe “Biden gradually had been ditching the term. Last June and July, he referred to ‘Bidenomics’ about 50 times. In December and January, he used it just six times.”

USA Today ran basically the same story on the same day — headlined: “President Biden scraps ‘Bidenomics’ after slogan falls flat” — crediting Axios.

Biden said ‘Bidenomics’ 15 times in his June 28 speech in Chicago that debuted his new slogan to the nation. He mentioned ‘Bidenomics’ another 77 times in speeches through October, including as many as six or seven times in single speeches.

Yet Biden touted ‘Bidenomics’ only four more times in both November and December, and he has said it only three times total this year.

The Daily Mail followed up with a story citing Axios and ran its own chart. Then, just this Thursday, a USA Today columnist hit Biden over the head for abandoning the term, citing the paper’s previous coverage.

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In a court order Tuesday, a U.S. District judge rejected the Biden State Department’s attempts to dismiss a censorship lawsuit brought by The Daily Wire, The Federalist, and the State of Texas.

The Daily Wire lawsuit, filed jointly by the New Civil Liberties Alliance with The Federalist and Texas in December of 2023 to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges that the U.S. State Department is engaging with and promoting censorship technology designed to bankrupt domestic media outlets with disfavored political opinions.

The lawsuit, which also names Secretary of State Antony Blinken and five other officials as defendants, asks the court to declare the State Department’s attempt to interfere with domestic speech illegal and to permanently bar it from developing, promoting, or encouraging others to use technology to de-amplify, shadow ban, or restrict “the lawful speech of the American press and Americans.”

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If you thought the Stormy Daniels case New York is prosecuting against Trump was ridiculous, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” Stormy Daniels took the stand today and, well, she ignited a firestorm and almost burned down the case.

Many accusations have been made over the years between Donald and Stormy. Trump has maintained his innocence, while Stormy Daniels has profited off the accusations with book deals, podcasts, and much more.

She has claimed she felt physically threatened by Trump, but all of these details of their alleged tryst are immaterial to proving the falsification of business records. That didn’t stop Stormy from turning the courthouse into a circus.

From CNN:
Stormy Daniels said she was working at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. She was still working for an adult film picture company.

Daniels testified that she met Trump at that tournament. “It was a very brief encounter,” she said.

She cracked a joke about the adult film company’s sponsorship of one of the holes of the golf course. The jurors did not laugh.

Obviously Stormy was hoping to “work the crowd.” Unfortunately, they weren’t having it. While Trump’s team requested the judge limit her testimony to relevant details, Judge Merchan smacked down the request and allowed Daniels to lay out every salacious detail that she claims happened.

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The Georgia Court of Appeals will consider an effort by Donald Trump and his co-defendants to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from the 2020 election subversion case.

In a brief order Wednesday, the court said it will hear the appeal from Trump and others challenging the ruling from Judge Scott McAfee that allowed Willis to remain on the case.

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The Georgia Appeals Court agreed on Wednesday to hear former President Donald Trump's appeal of the Fulton County Superior Court judge's ruling declining to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis from the 2020 election case. 

"Upon consideration of the Application for Interlocutory Appeal, it is ordered that it be hereby GRANTED," the order reads.

Judge Scott McAfee, who is presiding over Willis' case against the former president, ruled earlier this year that Fani Willis did not have to step down after it was uncovered that she had an allegedly improper romantic and financial relationship with her principal deputy on the case, Nathan Wade. McAfee ruled that either Wade or Willis would have to step down from the case and Wade complied with the order. 

Trump and his co-defedants immediately moved to appeal his decision, which McAfee granted

Now that the appeals court has taken up the case, it is likely the trial will face further delays as the 2024 election fast approaches. 

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As an alternative to a primary election, Illinois law allowed for a party to get its candidates on the ballot for General Assembly spots by party slating procedure, along with collection of a requisite number of public signatures on nominating positions. A number of Republican challengers have been proceeding accordingly.

But over the course of just 30 hours on the first days of this month, the Democratic supermajority changed the law to retroactively disallow that procedure, thereby barring challengers from the November ballot as Republican party candidates.

The new law almost certainly gives Democrats a win in races in which Republicans did not run a candidate in the primary and could result in dozens of unopposed races.

Gov. JB signed the new law the day after it was passed, hours after telling reporters he didn’t know all the details. He also claimed it was an “ethics” bill.

“It really does make sure that we don’t have backroom deals to put people on the ballot and run as a result of some small group of people in a smoke-filled room making the choice,” Pritzker said at an unrelated news conference in Bloomington.

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The Manhattan prosecutor who questioned porn star Stormy Daniels Tuesday about her alleged sexual encounter with former President Donald Trump has a long history of giving money to Democrats, including to President Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.

Susan Hoffinger gave the Biden campaign $250 in February 2020 and made a subsequent $250 contribution the following month, according to Election Commission documents.

Along with her $500 donation to the Biden campaign, Hoffinger, who was hired by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in 2022, also contributed more than $900 to ActBlue during the 2020 election cycle. 

ActBlue is the fundraising platform used by numerous Democratic politicians and liberal organizations. 

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Disney stock dove more than nine percent Tuesday after the entertainment behemoth fell short on its profit outlook and Disney+ subscriber growth.

That's despite Disney+ becoming profitable for the first time since its launch in November 2019, a huge milestone since streaming platforms - except Netflix - have long been struggling to convert paying members into actual profit.

In Tuesday's earnings report, Disney raised its expectations of full-year earnings growth to 25 percent, when analysts were hoping for 25.5 percent. 

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After being notified by Boeing that some company employees failed to complete specific inspections on some 787 Dreamliners but reported the checks as having been completed, essentially falsifying inspection records, the Federal Aviation Administration has opened a formal investigation.

The inspections verify there is adequate bonding and grounding of the fasteners connecting the wings to the fuselage. The test aims to confirm that the plane is properly grounded against electrical currents like a lightning strike.

A source familiar with the situation puts the potential number of aircraft involved as approximately 450, including around 60 aircraft still within Boeing’s production system.

The planes still in Boeing’s possession are being re-inspected, according to the FAA. A source briefed on the situation says Boeing engineers made an assessment that there is not an immediate safety issue because the 787 was built with multiple redundancies to protect against events like a lightning strike.

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As if there weren’t already enough censorship and deplatforming on Jewish issues, the ADL is using the opportunity presented by the Gaza war to ramp up even more. Prior to the war, in May, 2023 the Biden administration unveiled a plan, designed by the ADL, to undertake “over 100 bold and unprecedented actions” to, among other things, pressure social media companies to rein in free speech on their platforms.

This includes the following attempt to pressure social media companies to remove content they don’t like.

The Biden-Harris Administration calls on Congress to hold social media platforms accountable for spreading hate-fueled violence, including antisemitism, by requiring fundamental reforms to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and by removing special immunity for online platforms; to impose much stronger transparency requirements on online platforms, including their algorithmic recommendation systems, content moderation decisions, and enforcement of community standards; and to pass legislation requiring platforms to enable timely and robust public interest research, including on the spread of antisemitism and other forms of hate, using platforms’ data and analyzing their algorithmic recommendation systems, while maintaining users’ privacy.’

Webmaster addition: You need to recall that the ADL was formed in the wake of the Leo Frank case. Frank was arrested and convicted for the rape and murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan. The Jewish community insisted the conviction was a clear case of anti-Semitism which led the Jewish Governor of Georgia to issue a full pardon. Angered by seeing Frank set free, a crowd grabbed and lynched him, and following that the Anti-Defamation League was created, whose function, as the name makes clear, is to control negative information about all things Jewish.

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Three decades ago in my book, The New Color Line, I pointed out that Alfred W. Blumrosen, compliance chief of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, turned the statutory language of the 1964 Civil Rights Act on its head and used the EEOC to create race-based legal privileges for blacks, thereby reducing white Americans to second-class citizenship. In place of equal employment opportunity Blumrosen and the liberals of the time used “affirmative action” to create and enforce privileges for blacks in university admissions, hiring and promotion. These privileges created in defiance of Congress by a regulatory authority were the opening wedge against our then merit-based system and created the acceptability of racial discrimination against white Americans. At the time the liberals admitted that it amounted to privileged treatment of a race, but said it was to be temporary in order to give blacks a leg up. It has now been 60 years, a time period that is not temporary.

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The passage by Congress of the latest aid package to Ukraine was met with cheers, but there is ample reason for caution.

by James Carden and Katrina vanden Heuvel Posted on May 08, 2024

Reprinted from The Nation with permission from the authors.

Last week’s passage of the Ukraine aid package by both the House and the Senate showed if nothing else that bipartisanship – at least on matters of foreign policy – remains alive and well in Washington, with leading Democratic progressives joining Republican hawks to pass the $61 billion package.

Mark Green, a former four-term Democratic congressman from Wisconsin, and current head of the Wilson Center, captured the current D.C. zeitgeist well, writing that “moments like the final passage of this assistance package show the world that, just as America never turns its back on key allies and important challenges, they should never fully count us out.”

Yet, despite the torrent of self-congratulation, concerning details surfaced soon after the House vote – not least what appears to be the Biden administration’s likely use of questionable, highly subjective intelligence to win over Republican Speaker Mike Johnson.

Multiple mainstream media outlets report that the Biden administration arranged several multiple “high-level” intelligence briefings for the speaker. According to Politico’s Jonathan Martin, “It only took a higher level of intelligence briefings, granted to congressional leaders, for [Johnson] to pick up that old Cold War hymnal.” Martin noticed that, after having received briefings by the US Intelligence Community, several members of Congress, including Johson, House majority leader Steve Scalise, House foreign affairs committee chair Michael McCaul, and Representative Brian Fitzpatrick were all using the phrase “axis of evil” to refer to Russia, Iran, and China. As McCaul put it, “They’re all related, man… To abandon Ukraine will only invite more aggression from Putin but also Chairman Xi in Taiwan. The ayatollah has already reared his ugly head.”

Where did this language come from, asked Martin?

“Spend an hour in the SCIF getting briefed,” Fitzpatrick shot back, referring to the secure facility used for classified briefings. “These are not isolated problems.”

After the vote, Johnson told Bloomberg, “I really do believe the intel and the briefings that we got… I think Vladimir Putin would continue to march through Europe if he were allowed.”

If the US IC is putting forward cherry-picked conjecture (“Putin will march through Europe”) as fact, then don’t we once again have to confront the specter of politicized intelligence?

More worrying still, reporting on the aid package shows that the president and his staff have been serially misleading the public about what exactly US forces have been up to in Ukraine. Politico reported last week that “the administration secretly sent long-range [ATACMS] missiles to Ukraine for the first time in the war – and Kyiv has already used them twice to strike far behind Russian lines.” If true, this would contradict the president’s public assurances that (a) his administration would not send ATACMS to Ukraine, and (b) the US would not, due to the risks, countenance direct attacks on Russia.

Meanwhile, The Washington Post’s Karen DeYoung indicates that “scores of images recently leaked online, many with classified US military and intelligence assessments, illustrate how deeply the United States is involved in virtually every aspect of the war, with the exception of US boots on the ground.”

All of which raises the question: What else are they not telling us?

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A bipartisan pair of AIPAC-funded congressmen are pushing a new bill to create an "October 7th remembrance curriculum" to be taught in high schools across America. 

"I am proud to introduce new bipartisan legislation with @RepSteel to create an October 7th remembrance curriculum," Rep Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), who is funded by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said. 

"10/7 was the deadliest day for Jews since the Holocaust," he added. "By teaching about that awful day and the hate that followed, we can combat surging antisemitism."

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The Met Gala is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated events of the year, but this time the music and entertainment celebrities who graced its red carpet had some competition for the public's attention: generative AI deepfakes.

In a post published on X this morning—and now counting nearly 15 million views—Katy Perry is pictured wearing a stunning dress decorated with three-dimensional floral appliqués, which descends to the ground, transforming into incredibly realistic-looking moss. But the image is far from real, as a Community Note attached to the post makes clear.

Not surprisingly, a few minutes after this first photo of the singer at the Met Gala was shared, another one immediately arrived showing her wearing a bronze-colored corset and a gorgeous floral skirt, in perfect Xena style. An outfit that could not go unnoticed, if it had actually been worn at the event. But how do we know that this is an AI-generated image and not an actual shot? Because Katy Perry didn't attend the event at all. Still, tweets containing images of the singer immediately went viral on X, so much so that the pop star herself liked them.

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