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Our former President put out an awesome add about what is and what we can expect if he runs again. No 2020 election talk or fake to do about nothing hearing. Just the facts.

 

More great videos from a man who’s really good and a Trump fanatic.

 

 

 

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A reprint from the Wall Street Journal.

 

In Today’s Paper

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Netflix Loses Nearly 1 Million Subscribers, Vows Rebound – The streaming giant suffered two consecutive quarters of subscriber losses for the first time in its history and said some key steps it is taking to boost revenue and subscriber growth wouldn’t happen until next year. A1

What’s News: Business & Finance A1

Ukraine Faces Difficulties Getting Western Weapons to Front Lines A1

One Hedge Fund Is Up 223% This Year Thanks to a Big Bet Against Tech Stocks A1

What’s News: World-Wide A1

Twitter-Musk Trial Set for October in Lawsuit Over Stalled $44 Billion Takeover A1

Hold the Ketchup: Steelers Fans Flip Over Heinz Stadium Name Change A1

Broke Colleges Resort to Mergers for Survival A1

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CFPB to Push Banks to Cover More Payment-Services Scams – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has reported an uptick in complaints related to Zelle, but banks warn that heightened regulations could hurt the economy. A2

Netflix Locked Out Advertisers for Years, but Now Brands Have Big Plans A2

Corrections & Amplifications A2

CDC Recommends Novavax’s Covid Vaccine for Adults 18 and Older A3

U.S. Disrupts North Korean Ransomware Campaign Against Hospitals A3

Higher Overdose Rates Among Blacks, Native Americans Reflect Treatment Disparities, CDC Says A3

Secret Service Records Provided to Jan. 6 Committee Include No New Texts A3

Home Building Slipped in June for Second Straight Month A3

Big Tech Antitrust Bill Backers Push for Vote A4

Senate Votes 64-34 to Advance Chips Bill A4

House Passes Bill to Protect Same-Sex and Interracial Marriages A4

Maryland Primary Elections to Set Up Tight Battle for Governor A4

WORLD

U.S. Himars Help to Hold Off Russian Advance, Ukraine Says – Along with other heavy weapons systems from NATO members in recent weeks, Himars have enabled Ukraine to strike Russian bases far behind the front lines, including ammunition and fuel depots. A7

French Government Offers $9.8 Billion to Nationalize Power Giant EDF A7

Putin’s Trip to Tehran Aims to Boost Ties With Iran, Turkey A8

Vital Russian Gas Supplies to Europe Aren’t Expected to Restart, Says European Commission A8

Janet Yellen Calls for Trade Overhaul to Diversify From China A8

Blinken to Highlight Ukraine War in Push for Supply-Chain Cooperation A8

WHO Rushed In New Security Steps After 2020 Cyberattack A9

Heat Wave in Britain Sends Temperatures Above 104 Degrees Fahrenheit A9

Rishi Sunak Close to Clinching Spot in Runoff for U.K. Prime Minister A9

LIFE & ARTS

More Airlines Are Losing Luggage. AirTags and Tile Trackers Can Help. – As the global airline industry struggles to meet surging demand, people are taking luggage tracking into their own hands. A11

People Have Money, but They’re Forgetting to Pay Bills A11

As BA.5 Spreads, How Long Will a Prior Covid-19 Infection Protect You? A12

The Surprising Shoe That Is Overtaking Sneakers A12

‘The Last Movie Stars’ Review: Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward–Hollywood’s Power Couple of the Past A13

‘Thomas Cole’s Studio: Memory and Inspiration’ Review: What Might Have Been A13

The Triple Double Is Finally Arriving in the WNBA A14

Inside the Legal Battle for Golf’s Future A14

OPINION

Germany’s Energy Crisis and Surrender – Putin won’t shut off the country’s supply of gas because he already has what he wants. A15

Some Risks Are Worth Taking for Ukraine A15

Hydrogen Power Isn’t as Green as It Looks A15

‘Women in George Washington’s World’ Review: How Women Saw Washington A15

The ‘Beast Mode’ Presidency? A16

Who Wants to Be a Seattle Cop? A16

Elisjsha Dicken Stops a Mass Shooting A16

Has Anyone in Washington Run a Business? A16

Bill Nye: Walk a Kilometer in My Shoes and Go Metric A16

Blockchain by the Pool in Business-Friendly Miami A16

Secularism Is Not America’s State Religion A16

Berkeley Law Meets the U.S. Senate A16

Police Have Their Hands Tied. What Does Noonan Expect? A16

Biden’s ESG Tax on Your Retirement Fund A17

The Only Thing That Can Re-Elect Joe Biden Is Donald Trump A17

When the Chips Are Down, Congress Should Support the Semiconductor Industry A17

BUSINESS & FINANCE

Dow Jumps 750 Points as Investors Take Hope From Earnings Reports – The Dow industrials rose more than 700 points as investors reviewed a fresh batch of earnings for insight into the state of the economy. B1

Hasbro Stocks Up on Toys Ahead of Holiday Season B1

Amazon Sues Administrators of More Than 10,000 Facebook Groups Over Fake Reviews B1

Juul Rival NJOY Hires Bankers for Possible Sale B1

Chinese Regulator to Fine Didi More Than $1 Billion Over Data-Security Breaches B1

Strong Dollar Fuels Pullback in Commodity Markets B1

Manolo Blahnik Says It Won a 22-Year Legal Fight Over Its Name in China B2

Apple to Pay $50 Million Settlement Over MacBook Butterfly Keyboard Lawsuit B2

Simon & Schuster Publisher Dana Canedy Steps Down B2

VW America Chief Scott Keogh to Head New Scout Brand B2

Johnson & Johnson Trims Full-Year Guidance on Stronger Dollar B3

Boeing Sells Five 787 Dreamliners to Aircraft Lessor in Air Show Boost B3

Lockheed Martin Says Supply Chain Challenges Weigh on Defense Sales B3

Facebook Shifts Resources From News to Focus on Creator Economy B4

Amazon Is Under Investigation by Federal Authorities for Workplace Safety B4

Cyber Companies and Universities Are Building ‘Cyber Talent Hub’ B5

Manhattan’s Private Clubs Offer a New Social Lifeline to Remote Workers B6

Office Developers Flock to Miami Beach, Creating a New Skyline by the Ocean B6

Silversmith Backs Aviation Researcher JetNet B6

Private-Equity Firm Veritas in Exclusive Talks to Buy NCR B10

Ardian Attracts About $10 Billion So Far for New Secondary Fund B10

Jefferies Is Shedding Last Big Holdings From Conglomerate Leucadia National B10

U.K. Plans Regulation Revamp to Boost London as Financial Center B11

Crypto Layoffs Hit Risk and Compliance Staff at Big Exchanges B11

Cathie Wood’s ARK to Close Transparency ETF B11

Big Tech’s Margin for Error Has Shrunk B12

Philip Morris Can Use Tobacco Taboo to Its Advantage B12

India’s Education-Tech Bubble Goes Pop B12

Grubhub’s Rivals Won’t Get Eaten by Prime Partnership B12

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Quick Hits: Daily Top Stories.

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  • An Associated Press investigation published Wednesday found Russia’s March 16 bombing of the Donetsk Academic Regional Drama Theater in Mariupol actually killed closer to 600 civilians, about double the number of casualties originally reported. The United Nations’ Human Rights Office has confirmed 3,238 civilian deaths and 3,397 civilian injuries since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began—but it continues to believe the actual figures are “considerably higher.”

  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday outlined the bloc’s sixth Russian sanctions package, proposing an EU-wide ban on imports of Russian crude oil within six months and a ban on more refined oil products by the end of 2022. The package—which will require sign off from all 27 member states—would also remove three major Russian banks from the SWIFT financial-messaging system, ban several Russian state-owned broadcasters from the EU, and impose sanctions on Russian military officials accused of war crimes in Bucha and elsewhere. Hungary and Slovakia have signaled they won’t support a broader ban on Russian energy.

  • Several thousand Finnish troops are conducting a two-week military exercise alongside American, British, Estonian, and Latvian soldiers in anticipation of Finland’s forthcoming NATO application. Major General Joe Hartman—head of U.S. Cyber National Mission Force—told reporters yesterday the United States sent cyber forces to Lithuania to help defend against Russian cyber threats.

  • North Korea conducted another ballistic missile test on Wednesday, according to Japanese and South Korean military officials. The projectile reportedly traveled about 310 miles before landing in the sea, and the launch comes just days before South Korea is set to inaugurate its new, more hard-line president.

  • President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order and issued a national security memorandum aiming to advance the United States’ development of quantum computing technologies, establishing a National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee and directing federal agencies to “pursue a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach” toward harnessing the economic and scientific benefits of quantum information science. The memorandum also directs government agencies to update their cybersecurity capabilities by transitioning to quantum-resistant cryptographic standards.

  • The Census Bureau reported yesterday the United States’ international trade deficit in goods and services hit a record high in March, increasing 22.3 percent month-over-month to $109.8 billion. Imports increased more than 10 percent in March, with clothing, computers, and cars driving much of the surge.

Fed Hikes Rates and Trims the Sheets

Fed Chairman Jerome Powell. (Photo by Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell had some shocking news yesterday: “Inflation is much too high.”

In fairness, Powell wasn’t trying to break new ground. He was emphasizing the Fed’s shift from months of “don’t worry, this inflation is transitory” to the more recent “OK, yikes, inflation is eating Americans’ wallets and we should do something.”

“We understand the hardship it is causing, and we’re moving expeditiously to bring it back down,” Powell said. “We have both the tools we need and the resolve it will take to restore price stability.” And so, as previously telegraphed, the Fed hiked interest rates on Wednesday by 50 basis points, or half a percent—the highest jump since 2000.

The Fed had already raised rates a quarter percent in March, its first hike since 2018. But it’ll take much more than that to bring inflation under control. The central bank’s favored price index reported 6.6 percent year-over-year inflation in March, more than triple the Fed’s goal of 2 percent. Powell said continued strong employment numbers—U.S. job openings reached a record-high 11.5 million in March—give him confidence the Fed has room to cool the market and slow hiring without triggering mass unemployment.

Punditry With Sen. Mitt Romney

Sen. Mitt Romney had some choice words for the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. “The Federal Reserve is primarily responsible for maintaining the integrity of our monetary system,” he told Steve on yesterday’s Dispatch Podcast. “They were far too loose, far too long.” Here are some additional highlights from the conversation:

On the Biden administration’s contributions to today’s inflationary environment.

My guess is that would not have been the problem it was but for the fact that COVID threw off the supply chain in ways that were far more extreme than any would’ve anticipated. But then added to that, you had the president do a couple of things that really added fuel to the fire. One was the $1.9 trillion that went out in March, and that was just after the $900 billion that had gone out in January. So just a couple of months after $900 billion went out, he sent out $1.9 trillion.

I was speaking yesterday with the Secretary of Health and Human Services in one state, not my state, but another state. She said that her state’s budget for childcare for the indigent was $55 million a year. She received a check on the American Rescue Plan for $500 million for that program. She said, “What are we supposed to do with all this money?” And that happened in state after state.

I don’t think the White House anticipated the impact of what they had done, what the Fed had done, and the supply chain would be as great as it is. And the American people are suffering as a result of that.

Worth Your Time

  • It may seem like everything’s coming up Republican ahead of November’s midterms, but Noah Rothman argues in Commentary the GOP could very well still blow it. “Despite the many advantages Republicans enjoy today, a bad candidate can still lose a winnable race,” he writes. Robert Regan—GOP candidate for a Michigan House seat—pushed to decertify the 2020 election, suggested Ukraine deserved to be invaded by Russia, pushed antivaxx rhetoric, dabbled in anti-Semitism, and “joked” about telling his daughters to “lie back and enjoy it” if they are raped. And this week, he lost a special election in a +26 Republican district that had never elected a Democrat. “The GOP’s primary voters got what they wanted: not a lasting political victory at the polls but a thumb in the eye of those who dared warn against touching that hot stove. This cautionary tale could have broader relevance with primary season now fully upon us.”

  • In a piece for National Review, Kevin Williamson does his best to answer pro-choice critiques of overturning Roe v. Wade. “The Constitution says what it says even if 70 percent of Americans wish it said something else. The Constitution says what it says even if 99 percent of Americans wish it said something else,” he writes. “If 95 percent of Americans don’t like the First Amendment or 100 percent want to reinstitute slavery, that doesn’t change what the Constitution says. It means that the majority can go jump in a lake—which is what constitutions are there to do. That being said, if it really were the case that overwhelming majorities of Americans wanted the same abortion rules that Planned Parenthood wants (meaning, essentially, none) then having the elected representatives of the people take up the question in the legislatures and vote on it seems like it would be a winning outcome for the pro-abortion side. The fact that the pro-abortion side is terrified of working out the question democratically tells you that they know they do not have the support they claim to have.”

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Toeing the Company Line

  • In this week’s Capitolism (🔒), Scott is starting to wonder if the Biden administration is actively trying to boost inflation. “Inflation may be the nation’s top economic challenge and may be top of mind for most American voters, but it plays second fiddle to the narrow interests of certain groups—unions, environmentalists, college grads, etc.—that the White House sees as essential for political success this fall and beyond,” he writes. “So those squeaky wheels will continue to get the oil, regardless of the insular decisions’ broader economic effects.”

  • President Biden publicly said the word ‘abortion’ out loud this week for the first time in his presidency. “I think the reason for this is pretty obvious. Most people don’t like abortion,” Jonah writes in Wednesday’s G-File (🔒). “[Biden] may be locked in, as a political matter, to abortion rights maximalism, irrespective of his personal views. But the White House has decided that this is not the way it wants to frame the issue. Democrats want to say that if ‘they’ come for abortion tomorrow, ‘they’ll’ also come for privacy, gay marriage, etc., tomorrow. … And because Biden can’t say ‘safe, legal, and rare,’ he’s blocked off from a popular position on abortion.”

  • What can J.D. Vance’s victory in Ohio tell us about Trump and the 2022 midterms? “Based on my read of the available data, Trump’s endorsement was worth about 3-5 percentage points in terms of people who immediately switched their vote,” Sarah writes in this week’s Sweep (🔒). “But the real value was with undecided voters.” Plus: The electoral effects of overturning Roe, 2024 GOP primary “lanes,” Evan McMullin and Mike Lee in Utah, and which political coalition has shifted more in recent years.

  • In a bonus Wednesday Uphill, Haley uncovers another House Democrat abusing proxy voting to campaign for higher office back home. “[New York Rep. Tom  Suozzi] has voted in person only five times since the start of the year, over the course of three days in January,” she writes. “Suozzi voted in person once on January 18, once on January 19, and three times on January 20. Beyond those three days, Suozzi has had colleagues cast votes on his behalf under the House’s proxy rules 134 times out of 141 roll call votes in 2022 thus far.”

 

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Marjorie Taylor Greene Uses MLK Day to Announce ‘A New Segregation’ for the Unvaccinated.

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Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene used MLK Day to claim there is a “new segregation” for people who are unvaccinated against the coronavirus. Politicians across the United States honored the work of Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. But Greene, a Georgia Republican, appeared to equate the segregation faced by Black Americans to vaccine requirements in a Gettr post.

 

“Thanks to the hard work of Rev MLK Jr. and others, growing up in Georgia, I’ve seen the beautiful fruit that blossomed from the Civil Rights Era, where segregation ended & equality began,” she wrote. “Today, I believe we are seeing a new segregation and discrimination beginning, wrongfully forced upon unvaccinated Americans by the tyrants of the Democrat Party.” She added: “Our freedoms come from our Almighty God, and we must not let any man take them away.”

Some cities across the United States have implemented vaccine requirements to enter some public places, including restaurants and gyms, in an attempt to convince people to take the vaccine, which has proven to prevent serious illness from the virus. The Biden administration also implemented a vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. But the Supreme Court last week blocked a further-reaching federal requirement for large companies to mandate vaccines.

 

 

 

 

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Reprint. President Trump Joins Call Urging State Legislators to Review Evidence and Consider Decertifying ‘Unlawful’ Election Results

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Reprinted from the Jewish Voice.

 

President Trump Joins Call Urging State Legislators to Review Evidence and Consider Decertifying ‘Unlawful’ Election Results.

President Trump spoke to 300 state legislators from the battleground states of Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Georgia on Saturday in a Zoom conference call hosted by Got Freedom? in which the 501 (c) (4) non-profit election integrity watchdog group urged those lawmakers to review evidence that the election process in their states was unlawful and consider decertifying the results of the November 3 presidential election.

President Trump addressed the call for 15 minutes at the invitation of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Other featured speakers included Chapman Law School Professor John Eastman, Dr. Peter Navarro, Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing (appearing in his personal capacity), John Lott, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice (also appearing in his personal capacity), and Liberty University Law School Professor Phill Kline.

Then on Saturday, as Breitbart News reported, 11 Republican senators said they would vote not to certify on Wednesday and would instead recommend the establishment of a commission to review the lawfulness of the election process in the disputed states in a full election audit. That commission would have ten days to review the evidence and report back to the joint session of Congress.

“This information should serve as an important resource for state legislators as they make calls for state legislatures to meet to investigate the election and consider decertifying their state election results,” Kline, who hosted the call on behalf of Got Freedom? said.

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