The families left behind by Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter[1] ignores victims of systemic racism and enriches a select few, so say the families of those killed by the police and many of the group’s own activists. Founded in 2013 following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for his role in Trayvon Martin’s death, the group has held protests around the country against perceived systemic racism against minorities. Black Lives Matter has sparked global conversations on race and policing and is credited with a number of criminal justice reform efforts. But on Thursday, the mother of Breonna Taylor[2], a black woman killed by police during a raid in March 2020, charged that the movement in her city of Louisville, Kentucky, is nothing more than a scam. BLACK LIVES

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Biden’s showdown with the Left is coming

Nearly 100 days into his administration and several trillions of dollars in proposed federal spending later, President Joe Biden is starting to tap the brakes on the whims of the left wing of his party. Biden is on board with big spending bills and transformative presidency[1] talk but is going slower on cultural flashpoints such as guns and immigration than some Democrats would prefer. The White House sounded an uncertain trumpet on packing the Supreme Court[2] with new liberal justices and getting rid of the Senate filibuster. This could set up a fight that will define Biden’s presidency. In his Democratic convention speech, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich made an appeal to fellow Republicans who “couldn’t imagine crossing over to

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Bipartisan infrastructure deal faces big hurdles

Senate lawmakers are in talks to try to produce a bipartisan infrastructure bill, including a proposal to split the measure into two parts. But heavy skepticism, as well as big partisan differences in how much to spend, stand in the way of an agreement. In a sign that the two parties remain entirely at odds over the legislation, not a single Democrat appeared at a press conference on infrastructure Republicans held on Thursday, despite behind-the-scenes talks between a group of lawmakers in both parties. Republicans held the press conference to complain about the size and scope of President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, which GOP senators criticized for dedicating only a fraction of spending to fixing the nation’s deteriorating

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Gun ‘sanctuary state’ proposals divide GOP officials

A swath of Republican governors and legislators are pushing proposals for gun “sanctuary states,” aimed at making states immune from federal firearms laws. Republican members of Congress aren’t in agreement, though. Even if they’re sympathetic to the Second Amendment goals of the “sanctuary states” drive. “State law is subordinate to federal law, but I like it when states are speaking up about the right to responsibly own a gun,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told the Washington Examiner. “I think it’s a symbolic statement. Federal law controls here. We have a national background check system. No state can do away with that.” The “sanctuary state” movement is largely a reaction to gun control measures President Joe Biden and

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The deadly side effects of unproven COVID-19 interventions

We are fast approaching the point in the coronavirus pandemic at which the supposed cure is almost as bad as the disease. This isn’t about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. This is about the closures and restrictions on civil society, on Main Street, and on businesses where people get together. Governments for over a year have demanded compliance from restaurants, movie theaters, storefronts, gyms, play places, and countless other “third places.” The closures, the sanitization rules, the capacity limits on these institutions have been based more in fear and outdated practices than in science, but proprietors went along. Yet for many businesses, there was simply no way, under these onerous rules, to pay the bills. The Decurion Corporation, for example,

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Witnessing the Biden border crisis firsthand

For years, the Democratic Party’s mantra has been, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” If there were not a crisis, they would manufacture one. Such is the case now with our southern border. With President Joe Biden’s elimination of the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy, the southern border of the United States has turned into a human turnstile. In March alone, more than 172,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border, a nearly two-decade high. In addition, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied children were taken into custody, which is the most the U.S. has ever seen in a month and a 275% increase from the same time last year. Despite these facts, the Biden-Harris administration continues to call the unprecedented

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Biden’s infrastructure plan could endanger oil jobs and economic recovery

The Biden administration is promising to raise the tax burden on oil and gas producers by eliminating tax breaks and incentives long used by drillers to bring their products to consumers at affordable prices. The scenario is also playing out at a lower level in Oklahoma, where the state Supreme Court recently ruled a proposed state question that would ask voters to approve tax hikes on oil and gas production[1] to help fund education can move forward. The White House would be wise to follow the action in Oklahoma closely before deciding to punish the oil and gas industry in its $2 trillion-plus infrastructure bill. The measure in Oklahoma would ask voters to end discounts on many wells and impose

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Diversity training is making things worse

Every new British lawmaker is required to take one obligatory course. Can you guess what it is about? How to move an amendment, maybe? Correct etiquette in the chamber? The proper registration of your financial interests? Election law? Of course not. The sole mandatory training course is called “Valuing Everyone Equally.” That doesn’t really surprise you, does it? Identity politics has been sacralized, lifted out of the realm of reasoned debate, and turned into a question of faith. We are expected to invoke “diversity” as a prelude to anything we say — a bit like those Muslims who preface every statement with, “In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” In 17th-century England, admission to town corporations

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Democrats want to subsidize the rich and make you pay for it

With slim majorities in the House and Senate, Democratic lawmakers have a prime opportunity to get their pet projects passed thanks to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion[1] “infrastructure plan.” And it’s an opportunity that Rep. Tom Suozzi of New York isn’t passing up. He’s threatening[2] to vote against the bill unless Democrats accept his demand to pass a tax break that would benefit the wealthiest taxpayers while making the rest of the country pick up the bill. Suozzi wants the full state and local tax deduction included in the president’s infrastructure bill. The SALT deduction allows wealthy people who itemize their deductions to write off their state and local taxes, primarily their property taxes, from their federal income taxes. The

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Blake Shelton performs ‘Austin’ at ACMAS on day of shooting

Country music star Blake Shelton performed his 20-year-old classic “Austin” at the Academy of Country Music Awards Sunday night on the same day three people were killed by a shooter in Texas’s capital. Shelton initially planned[1] to perform the song for the awards show hosted in Nashville[2] in honor of the single’s 20th anniversary, which was his first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in April 2001. THREE DEAD AFTER SHOOTING IN AUSTIN, SUSPECT IDENTIFIED[3] On Sunday morning, three people were killed and a suspect was identified in a shooting[4] in Austin[5]. Police identified the suspect as Stephen Broderick, who is believed to be a former deputy for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, but have not

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