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🐘 Monday, May 15: 2024 Republican Presidential Nomination: Trump 55, DeSantis 17, Pence 6, Haley 4, Ramaswamy 4, Scott 2, Elder 1, Christie 0, Hutchinson 1, Sununu 0 (I&I/TIPP)
🐘 Monday, May 15: 2024 Kentucky Republican Presidential Primary: Trump 70, DeSantis 14, Pence 4, Haley 3, Ramaswamy 3, Christie 2, Scott 1, Hutchinson 0, Sununu 0 (Fox 56/Emerson)
🐘 Monday, May 15: Kentucky Governor - Republican Primary: Cameron 35, Craft 18, Quarles 15, Deters 10, Harmon 4, Keck 3, Cooper 2, Clark 2 (Fox 56/Emerson)
📈 Tuesday, May 16: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 44, Disapprove 54 (Rasmussen Reports)
Left: Biden Must Confront Skepticism Among Black Voters Juan Williams, The Hill
Left: Ron DeSantis Goes to Iowa, Media Goes Wild Heather Parton, Salon
Left: Progressive Take Over of Big Cities Nearly Complete Ross Barkan, New York Magazine
Right: The Dem Plan to Pump & Dump Trump David Catron, The American Spectator
Right: How To Make Work Requirements Work Right Gingrich & Jindal, Fox News
Right: HRC & Big Pharma Push Radical Gender Ideology Aaron Sibarium, Free Beacon
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Last week GOP members of the House alleged that the Biden family had engaged in a "pay for play" scheme in which they received bribes from foreign entities and interests. This is said to have occurred while President Biden was serving as VP in the Obama Administration.
Reporting from The Left: House Republicans allege Biden family members received millions in payments from foreign entities in new bank records report Annie Grayer et al., CNN
Reporting from The Right: Maria Bartiromo learns stunning revelations about Biden Family investigation with Rep. James Comer Staff, Fox News
From The Flag: House Republicans say bank records indicate large sums of money were submitted to the Bidens and then funneled through numerous shell companies. President Biden denies the allegations which connect to his son Hunter and the legal troubles he continues to face. Here's more from both sides.
GOP Is Long on Innuendo, Short on Evidence
- Representative James Comer of Kentucky made a big show of last week's "reveal," yet he showed no evidence that Biden sought to enrich his family members or associates.
- It would be wrong to immediately dismiss this allegation as a GOP "nothing burger," and a full-out investigation should be launched.
- Congressional Republicans act like they want laws changed surrounding foreign money and political influence, but they also don't want to expose wrongdoing by Trump.
What does the GOP have on Biden? A whole lot of nothin’. Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Opinion: "Republicans who have been trying for years to 'prove' that President Biden is somehow corrupt made a big show (last week) of revealing their smear campaign to be a shameless, empty exercise in rumor and innuendo. ... With the leading candidate for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump, facing felony charges in Manhattan, a civil verdict holding him responsible for sexual abuse, and the possibility of soon being hit with more state and federal charges, Republicans would love to be able to tar Biden with at least the appearance of illegality. So far, however, Biden has had every right to perform the “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” gesture that Barack Obama borrowed from Jay-Z. The GOP has come up with a whole lot of nothin’. ... Comer produced zero evidence for the central 'influence peddling' allegation that he makes."
Investigate the Biden Family Corruption Allegations, Wherever They Lead Matt Lewis, Daily Beast: "While everyone was focused on the E. Jean Carroll verdict, George Santos’ indictment, and CNN’s town hall with Donald Trump this week, allegations that the Biden family profited from their politically powerful patriarch (to the tune of millions of dollars) drew comparatively little attention. We have long known that Hunter Biden, as well as Joe’s brothers (Frank and James), cashed in on their famous father and brother. But a report released on Wednesday by House Oversight Chair James Comer ups the ante because it indicates that 1) the scope of family who profited is larger (including even Hallie Biden, Beau Biden’s widow, who was also linked to Hunter Biden), 2) the money came from foreign entities (including Chinese nationals and Romanian businessmen), and 3) some of the payments occurred while Joe Biden was serving as vice president."
One more opinion piece from the Left: The GOP has to keep pretending its Biden investigations are legit Hayes Brown, MSNBC
Biden Family’s Hand Caught in the Cookie Jar, but the Drive-by Media Looks the Other Way
- Despite evidence of shell companies connected to the Biden family, as well as upwards of $10 million in payments, most in the media dismiss the story outright.
- For more than a decade, the Biden family has been making money hand over fist – from entities including but not limited to the Chinese Communist Party.
- Biden family bank records revealed by Chairman Comer and the House Committee on Oversight make Watergate look like a minor traffic ticket.
America’s state media: The blackout on Biden corruption is truly ‘Pulitzer-level stuff’ Jonathan Turley, The Hill Op-ed: "The whole purpose of influence peddling is to use family members as shields for corrupt officials. Instead of making a direct payment to a politician, which could be seen as a bribe, you can give millions to his or her spouse or children. ... The media simply fails to see the story. Of course, it can always look to the president for enlightenment. Just before his son received a massive transfer of money from one of the most corrupt figures in Romania, Biden explained to that country why corruption must remain everyone’s focus. 'Corruption is a cancer, a cancer that eats away at a citizen’s faith in democracy,' he said. 'Corruption is just another form of tyranny.' It is just a shame that no one wants to cover it."
Biden thinks it's just fine that his family monetized his office Editorial, Washington Examiner Opinion: "Although the liberal media have largely tiptoed around the story until now, they will not be able to do so much longer. Comer has found a lot more than anyone expected in such a short time, and there's just too much there to ignore. The evidence has long been there that Biden family members, and Hunter Biden especially, have been aggressively making money off the family patriarch's political career for at least the last 14 years. The new revelation goes into thousands of bank records that show multiple members of the Biden family have taken $10 million from foreign interests, including a businessman closely tied to the Chinese Communist Party and its intelligence agencies. These payments, including the gift of at least one massive 3.16-carat diamond, were made to Biden family members whose ability to earn money from such sources legitimately is not immediately obvious."
One more opinion piece from the Right: The walls are closing in on Biden family corruption David Bossie, Fox News Op-ed
Americans Closely Watching What They Call a "Serious" Situation
Polling conducted in the wake of these allegations indicates Americans are paying close attention and consider the situation important: 69% say alleged foreign influence peddling by the Bidens is a "serious scandal."
Over half of respondents say the situation is "very serious."
A majority of those surveyed (51%) agreed with the statement "This is about the entire Biden family, including the president (not just his son)."
Along political lines, asked if "impropriety" occurred, around 75% of Independents, just under half of Democrats, and 9 in 10 Republicans said "yes" (Rassmussen Reports).
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Brown v. Board, Peanut Butter is a Liquid, Keeping a House Diary
On May 17, 1954: In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional. The historic decision, which brought an end to federal tolerance of racial segregation, specifically dealt with Linda Brown, a young African American girl who had been denied admission to her local elementary school in Topeka, Kansas, because of the color of her skin.
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Today I Learned that there is one McDonald's in the continental US that still serves fried apple pies.