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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin for refusing to eliminate or alter the filibuster despite massive pressure from their own party. They also welcome the Supreme Court’s decision striking down President Biden’s vaccine mandate on all businesses with more than 100 employees while also noting a separate decision that upheld the mandate on personnel at health care facilities. And they take a look at even more signs that Russia may be planning to invade Ukraine in the coming weeks.

Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud: Pelosi on J6

 

One of the emerging traits of growing older (I’m 65) is blunt honesty. Our guard goes down with age as we become less concerned about what others around us may think. We blurt unvarnished truths and observations, often impulsively and increasingly inure to their consequences.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has graced the lower House chamber since 1987 and as its leading Democratic official since 2003, will turn 82 on March 26th. And during a solemn January 6th commemorative event in the Capitol, she said the quiet part about the festivities out loud.

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New Year’s Day is a traditional time for new beginnings. We should all have visionary goals along with strategies and tactics to meet them, but in reality, they don’t have to be made around New Year’s Day. You can make and amend them anytime. Some may take more than a year, even a decade, maybe […]

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A Day at Urgent Care: How Are We Still Getting Covid Testing So Wrong?

 

I’m about as far from a public health official as one can get; I have no medical, health, or policy education or training. However, I consider myself observant and always curious. After a six-hour wait at an urgent care clinic in metro Atlanta the day after Christmas, I’ve got some questions for public health officials, the current administration, and the politicians setting Covid policy and directives.

I arrived at the local urgent care 35 minutes before opening. Not exactly how I wanted to spend a morning (and afternoon) of our holiday trip back east to visit family, but I felt crummy enough to justify a visit and mostly wanted to rule out strep throat. The line wrapped around the building at this point, but I was moderately optimistic hoping to see it move quickly and half expecting a triaging of patients based on need.

Move quickly it did not.

Biden on Covid: ‘There Is No Federal Solution’

 

During the 2020 campaign, Joe Biden promised to “shut down” Covid and blasted President Trump for letting governors make the public health decisions best suited to their states. Eleven months into the Biden presidency, the virus is nowhere close to being shut down and the White House has decided governors should handle Covid on a state-by-state basis.

“Look, there is no federal solution,” Biden said to the National Governors Association Monday via video. “This gets solved at the state level.” He was joined by Anthony Fauci, Rochelle Walensky, and White House Response Coordinator Jeff Zients.

After the President’s opening remarks, he asked the governors if they had any questions. Zients broke in, saying, “I think we’re going to clear the press first.”

Joe Manchin Is Now Poised To Switch Parties

 

Democrats are melting down Chernobyl-style this weekend after U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declared an end to negotiations over President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation bill.

No one should be surprised. The bill was strewn with political paybacks, pork, and budget gimmicks that would have made Jeffrey Epstein blush. A massive tax cut for wealthy homeowners in high-tax states. Tax subsidies for the news media and trial lawyers. Billions for “tree equity” in reliably Democratic urban enclaves. Billions more for electric charging stations installed based on “equity,” likely where residents can’t afford or don’t own electric vehicles. A federal government takeover of prekindergarten child care, coupled with generous child tax credits whether you work or not. Luxurious tax credits for electric vehicles based on whether they were union made. Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs would qualify. Nonunion Teslas, not so much. Elon Musk predictably opposed the bill.

Always Winter, Never Christmas in Covidland

 

Our house is decorated, the Christmas tree is up, and all the presents have been bought. Well, almost all; I’m sure we’ll find some last-minute must-haves. Our holiday season is normal, outside of inflated prices and a deflated Santa that blew into our yard last night.

But New York City, Washington DC, and other blue cities are observing Covidmas again this year. The dreary winter weather matches their residents’ dreary mood. “Fifteen days to slow the spread” has dragged to 21 months with no end in sight. Politicians shame the unvaccinated, teachers’ unions threaten more school closures, and progressives tut-tut Christmas revelers.

Biden’s New Year of Living Dangerously

 

In the period since President Joe Biden marked his hundredth day in office, his popularity as president has tumbled about 13 points from the mid–50 percent range to the low 40s. The most precipitous drop occurred in late summer 2021, around the time of the Afghanistan debacle. Although it is easy to explain why Biden continues to lose the trust of a majority of Americans, at year’s end he retains the support of a significant minority who still endorse his basic worldview and think that casting further aspersions on Donald Trump will somehow deflect attention from Biden’s own record.

Going into 2022, that deflection will not work. Biden is likely to lose his precarious control over both the Senate and the House unless he can confront and correct his hapless record of misguided priorities. Start with his self-inflicted Afghan meltdown and its repercussions. Before September 1, 2021, there was no reason for the United States to cut and run in Afghanistan. The heavy losses were in the past. Troop levels were low (around 2,500). Casualties were even lower: zero. A coordinated strategy was in place for the Afghans to take the military lead. Biden was consumed by his desire to score political points by pulling out before the symbolic date of September 11, 2021, even though the Taliban were not holed up in their winter caves but were still active in the field. When Biden cut off supplies and logistics, the Afghan army folded. Now, after the Taliban takeover, the risk of starvation, religious intolerance, and subordination and degradation of women are the order of the day.

Biden might describe this debacle as a “success” but it is turning out to be the opening round of a further array of setbacks in other areas. No ally can trust him fully. No foreign aggressor need fear that a strategic Biden pulled out of Afghanistan to save scarce military assets for use in other dangerous theaters. If anything, more resources must now be devoted to the Middle East as Iran, Russia, and Turkey—all with severe problems of internal stability­—regard Biden as an easy mark to be toyed with rather than a serious adversary to be avoided. And so, look forward to further Russian incursions in Ukraine and intensified activities in remote places like Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, where US Secretary of State Antony Blinken finds it difficult to tell friend from foe. China’s aggressive intentions toward Taiwan are also fueled in part by Biden’s squeamish attitude.

RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Phil Wegmann returns to Young Americans to suss out the rumors about the 2024 presidential shadowboxing between Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. (There’s also a little talk about Dune.)

Democrats and the Politics of Scarcity

 

One chilly night, the president lowered the White House thermostat, put on a cardigan, and gave the American people a stern talking-to. We enjoyed too much abundance for too long and it was time to pay for our profligacy.

“The oil and natural gas that we rely on for 75 percent of our energy are simply running out,” Jimmy Carter said in 1977. “We could use up all the proven reserves of oil in the entire world by the end of the next decade.” The only way to prevent catastrophe was “strict conservation” and a willingness to “make sacrifices.”

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to go behind the scenes of her new book “Rigged: How the Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections.”

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Boss, you’ve done it again.  Signing an obscure NASCAR driver with only one major win to a multi-million endorsement contract-how could that ever work?  But Brandon Brown merchandise is just flying off the shelf.  Jackets, hats, t-shirts, stickers and pins-they’re selling almost as well as Colin’s stuff at his height.  That move was genius! Genius […]

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RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Phil Wegmann (note the second ‘n’) joins Jack to dish on his, er…fourth-row seat witnessing the struggles of the Biden administration. They also chat about Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Aristotle, and . . . drinking water? Give it a listen.

Confirmed: Biden Killed 7 Children to Distract from His Afghanistan Debacle

 

After terrorists killed 13 Americans and 169 Afghans, the Biden administration needed a success to distract from his disastrous Kabul withdrawal. Three days later, the White House celebrated a drone strike.

“U.S. military forces conducted a self-defense unmanned over-the-horizon airstrike today on a vehicle in Kabul, eliminating an imminent ISIS-K threat to Hamad Karzai International airport,” U.S. Central Command spokesman Navy Capt. Bill Urban announced Aug. 29. “We are confident we successfully hit the target. Significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material,” he added.

Within hours, skepticism grew. Who was targeted? Did the Taliban provide the “intelligence?” Were civilians hurt?

How To Honor 9/11 This Weekend

 

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is on Saturday and a generation of Americans is too young to remember it. Thirteen soldiers, mostly too young to remember 9/11, died in Afghanistan last week; most were infants or toddlers when Islamic terrorists flew commercial airplanes into the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon. It is why they fought in Afghanistan in the first place.

Those of a certain age remember exactly what we were doing, not just that morning of September 11, 2001, but the days that followed, we all have stories. Like 2006 West Point Graduate and veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Patrick Dowdell has special memories. Especially how the father of this Queens native didn’t come home that night, buried under the rubble of the World Trade Center while trying to save people as a fireman. Every 9/11, Dowdell and his friends, family, and father’s former colleagues and friends gather at Station No. 4 in Queens to remember the fallen and their heroism.

On Covid and Texas, Biden Courts a Constitutional Crisis

 

When Donald Trump was president, we heard a lot about Norms® and Standards. Trump was accused of violating this vague collection of unwritten rules, a convenient tactic when they couldn’t prove actual crimes. The good news was that Biden’s election would restore this Beltway-approved system of etiquette. How refreshing.

Eight months into his administration, Biden has folded, spindled, and mutilated our Norms® and Standards, even those mandated by the Constitution. Trump was erratic but Biden is openly courting a constitutional crisis.

Pressured by far-left backbencher Cori Bush in August, the White House reinstated an eviction ban already declared illegal by the Supreme Court. Biden knew it was a violation but said: “by the time it gets litigated, it will probably give some additional time.”

Should Biden Speak at the 9/11 Memorials?

 

In early August, before the chaos of President Biden’s “successful” airlift operation, it was reported by NBC News, that a group of victims’ families didn’t want Biden to attend the 20th-anniversary ceremonies at the three memorial sites – The Pentagon, Ground Zero in New York City, and Shanksville, PA.

Nearly 1,800 Americans directly affected by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks are opposing President Joe Biden’s participation in any memorial events this year unless he upholds his pledge to declassify U.S. government evidence that they believe may show a link between Saudi Arabian leaders and the attacks.

Should we believe that many of the 9/11 victim families who had later this August watched the chaos and reckless way that Biden extracted some but not all Americans, extracted thousands of unvetted Afghans, and left thousands of NATO nationals behind in the country, now feel even better of Joe Biden and his pending arrival at the 9/11 memorial sites?

Author Sam Harris Shows Biden Endorsers How to Apologize

 

You have probably heard of the author, entrepreneur, and atheist Sam Harris. His book, “The End of Faith,” was both interesting, illustrative, and rather depressing. It is beneficial to read books by people you disagree with, even at fundamental levels. I still respect his work. He’s brilliant and successful.

Recently, I posted about more than 70 former Republican national security advisors who signed a statement mostly in opposition to Donald Trump’s reelection last year but endorsing Joe Biden with these prescient words:

Joe Lied, People Died

 

You know this guy—the fellow who seems to be embedded in your life because he’s connected to your group of friends. Or he’s the member of your family that everyone tolerates because no one knows how to keep him away from family events. He can be very funny and charming at times and get along with people, but there’s one thing that people cannot stand about him: he’s a liar. We all know someone just like that.

Some of us think he’s been lying since he spoke his first words. Early on, the lies were probably innocent enough: embellishing a story, making it funnier, more dangerous, more intriguing. When he got “oohs” and “aahs” for those stories, he decided that he could get more attention by dressing up his stories even more: he’d make up stories whole-cloth. Or he’d lie to avoid looking bad or getting into trouble. By the time he reached his teen-age years, lying became natural for him. People rarely questioned his stories, either because they had no idea how easily he lied, or they were reluctant to challenge him, or they simply had given up on learning the truth. So they just went along. When people commiserated about his chronic lying, someone inevitably would say, “That’s just Joe.”