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Much is being made of President Joe Biden’s rather odd news conference yesterday going after guns and gun dealers to curb the epidemic of urban violence. I’m not getting into the “substance” of his remarks, but instead note the President channeling his inner Eric Swalwell (US Rep., D-CA, failed presidential candidate. And much more). Stick with me; a […]

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Greg and guest host Rob Long celebrate a federal court in Louisiana ending President Biden’s oil and gas lease ban on federal land. They also cringe as the Biden administration considers lifting sanctions on top Iranian institutions which finance terrorism. Lastly, they roll their eyes at California Gov. Gavin Newsom for failing to relinquish his state of emergency powers despite COVID-19 numbers being at all time lows in his state.

Vatican Denies ‘Very Catholic’ Biden a Mass with Pope Francis

 

From taxpayer-funded abortion to suing the Little Sisters of the Poor, the dogma lives loudly in our very Catholic president. So, Tuesday morning, he’s popping into the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Never wanting to miss a photo-op, Team Biden asked that the president attend mass with the Pontifex Maximus. Maybe Joe could make intercessory prayers to St. Margaret Sanger and Pachamama.

The Vatican, however, wasn’t too keen on the idea. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops meets Wednesday to create a committee to write a document about “Eucharistic coherence.” That’s already a tense enough issue without a pro-abortion politician receiving communion with Pope Francis. They informed Biden that a mass wasn’t going to happen.

The issue has jumped to the fore with Biden’s election because one is not supposed to participate in the Eucharist when in a state of sin. I mean, it’s right there in the Book:

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss how President Joe Biden’s childcare proposals and other federal programs targeting families might not actually help mothers and children.

Will Biden Pardon Fauci?

 

This is not a good week for Washington’s ruling class, especially its media-appointed patron saint of pandemics, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

If an organization such as the conservative-leaning Judicial Watch had requested and published Fauci’s treasure trove of 3,200 emails, the media would have ignored it. But it was the reliably left-leaning Buzzfeed, along with the Washington Post, which did their loyal Democrat best to spin it as positively as they could for Fauci. Joining them were two equally sycophantic outlets, CNN and MSNBC.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Samantha Dravis, senior vice president at Clout Public Affairs and visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the Biden administration’s approach to energy and why conversations about climate change and other environmental policies are so difficult to have.

Environmental Extremists Don’t Believe Their Own Predictions

 

In public discourse, it’s considered bad form to insult your opponent’s integrity. But it’s almost impossible to believe that climate alarmists believe their own apocalyptic predictions.

Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, and other experts sternly warned that our planet will be an uninhabitable, unsalvageable oven unless within 15 years (now 10 or 12) we bend all human activity to the goal of eliminating carbon emissions. If true, this creates an obvious moral imperative.

So on his first day in office, President Biden terminated the extension of the Keystone pipeline, created to export shale oil from Alberta to the US. It was, uh, controversial.

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Those of us who were done with college, starting careers, trying to buy homes (and gas) during the late 1970s and early 1980s know what inflation is. If you’re under 50, especially under 40 years of age, you have no clue. With all due respect. Let me put it in perspective. A $100,000, 30-year mortgage […]

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In this episode of The Dave Carter Show, Ricochet Editor in Chief Jon Gabriel stops by to discuss the disconcerting similarities between the Biden Administration and that of former President Jimmy Carter. With unemployment and inflation on the rise, an emboldened Iran stirring up mischief in a once-again troubled Mideast, gas lines and an emerging energy dependent America that shows signs of weakness abroad and an increasingly centralized government at home, one wonders if bell bottoms and disco can be far behind.

Then, longtime Ricochet Member Franco calls in to talk about his latest article, “Moralism by Proxy,” and the political implications of policy morality versus personal morality. It’s a fascinating discussion you won’t want to miss. In fact, you won’t want to miss a single minute of this intriguing episode.

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The first of a series to analyze the first weeks of the Biden-Harris Administration. So far, it’s ugly. The first 100 days of the Biden-Harris Administration came and went with tepid, even shallow attention or analysis of the new president. It’s not hard to figure out why. There’s little for the Biden fan club, known […]

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Systemic Racism IS Real. Just Not In The Way We’re Told.

 

I’ve changed my mind.

I have long argued, quoting Tim Scott, a Black Republican US Senator from South Carolina, that America is not a racist country. My own view is that “systemic racism” is a social construct detached from reality, divorced from American values, and fatally imbued with lethal doses of atheism and Marxism. It is used mostly as a cudgel for cultural and partisan political purposes. In other words, for political power. It is poorly understood by most Americans but widely taught and practiced in many of our institutions. 

When Leaders Lie, Liberty Dies

 

Joe Biden flanked by masked wraiths. (Screenshot from c-span.org)

Joe Biden, in a mumbling speech to an 88% empty chamber of congress the other night, declared that “America is on the move again.” Then why were Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, both fully vaccinated, wearing masks behind him? Everyone in the room, 200 people we were told out of the customary 1,600 that would attend a normal presidential speech, was wearing a mask and ostentatiously distancing. All of them, presumably, are fully vaccinated.

Biden Tax Agenda Seeks to Turn Back the ‘Rising Tide’

 

It’s no secret that President Joe Biden has adopted an overtly progressive agenda. He has signed into law one $1.9 trillion stimulus package and has another $2 trillion plan waiting in the wings. His ambitions are far-reaching, with hopes of providing American parents with between $250 and $300 a month for each child for child care, regardless of parental employment status, and offering free community college education for all who request it.

How will this spending be funded? It has been widely reported that Biden will raise the top marginal income tax rate on ordinary income from 37 percent to 39.6 percent, and significantly increase the capital gains tax rate for high earners. Under current law, long-term capital gains are federally taxed at a maximum 23.8 percent rate—the 20 percent marginal rate plus a 3.8 percent levy to fund former President Barack Obama’s expansion of Medicare. Biden’s proposal would treat as ordinary income all capital gains of taxpayers earning more than $1 million, taxable at the new 39.6 percent marginal rate. Adding in the ObamaCare kicker would set a 43.4 percent capital gains rate, the highest capital gains rate ever. State and local taxes will bring that top rate above 50 percent—56.7 percent in California and 58.2 percent in New York City—in much of the country.

But not to worry. Biden press secretary Jen Psaki announced that Biden believes that he can finance these extensive programs “on the backs of the wealthiest Americans who can afford it and corporations and businesses who can afford it.” She adds that these tax hikes “won’t have a negative impact.” Psaki assures us the plan will impose no tax increases on those who earn under $400,000 per year and happily boasts that these increases “would effect just three of every one thousand taxpayers.”

Join Jim and Greg as give President Biden credit for correctly labeling the Ottoman slaughter of Armenians last century as a genocide, They also rip John Kerry for reportedly telling Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif that Israel was responsible for more than 200 attacks against Iranian interests inside Syria. And they shake their heads as Vice President Harris seems unmotivated to solve the border crisis yet copies of her kids book are showing up at a migrant facility in California.

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Who didn’t see this headline from Bloomberg Wealth coming? “Rich Americans Who Were Warned on Taxes Hunt for Ways Around Them.” I suspect most of these people not only voted for Joe Biden, but many of them have also contributed mightily to his campaign and are still happy to have done so. Preview Open

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Join Jim Geraghty and Greg Corombos as they discuss the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial and welcome a peaceful night in Minneapolis. They also condemn President Biden for his disgusting suggestion that we are a systemically racist country and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her absurd comment that George Floyd sacrificed himself for justice. And they’re less than enthused about reports that former New Jersey gov. Chris Christie is seriously considering a White House bid in 2024.

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When it comes to celebrated jury trials, whether the 1996 O.J. Simpson acquittal or Tuesday’s 3-count guilty verdicts of Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd, I pray for impartial justice. I care more about the integrity of the process – like elections – than the actual outcomes. We want to […]

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The Biden Tax Idea That Will Hit You. Good and Hard.

 

We haven’t seen details of President Biden’s “Made in America Tax Plan.” It’s designed to pay for his $2 trillion “infrastructure” plan. All we have is an 18-page description published by the Department of the Treasury. But it’s a good guess that we will get all the details when the White House finally sends its FY2022 budget and supporting materials to Congress, likely after he finally delivers his first State of the Union (SOTU) address before a Joint Session of Congress on April 28, right before his 100th day in Congress. That’s a popular but meaningless benchmark that journalists like to write about.

But one needs to go back to the 2020 campaign and read or hear what then-candidate Biden promised as part of his tax plan. We know that he promised to repeal the “Trump Tax Cuts” that lowered tax rates for everyone and really lowered corporate income tax rates from the world-highest 35% to 21%. Biden also promised not to raise taxes on incomes of less than $400,000 per year.

Biden’s Border Crisis Shows No Signs of Letting Up

 

America has a border wall that is very efficient at keeping out intruders. It hasn’t been breached once in over three months.

Unfortunately, it protects only our political elites at the US Capitol, who are under minimal threat. Other Americans must make do with a wall that is highly porous, that leaks multitudes of illegal immigrants daily, including everything from petty criminals making life miserable for border residents to murderous cartel members.

Americans not living in a cave know we have a hot mess on our southern border. Fired up by Biden‘s not-so-subtle invitation to come in, hordes of migrants began forming caravans even before his inauguration.