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Hunter Biden Responds to Critics of Art Sales: ‘F*** ‘Em’

Hunter Biden in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (Jimmy Kimmel Live/via YouTube) President Biden’s troubled son Hunter did not mince words in responding to critics of the stunning prices that his paintings have been fetching. On the “Nota Bene: This Week in the Art World” podcast, the issue came up when the host began “You seem to have good spirits around the crazed narrative around your paintings. How do you- what’s the response to the people who are coming after the prices of the work, the collectors, what is your response to that?” Biden responded to the favorably phrased question angrily, “Other than f***’em?” he shot back. Biden’s paintings have been selling for as much as $500,000, the 51-year-old man professes not be playing any part in setting those prices. “I would be amazed you know if my art had sold at, um you know, for $10,” he said. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ceae8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ceae8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ceae8 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ceae8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ced50 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ced50 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ced50 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79ced50 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cee79 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cee79 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cee79 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cee79 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cef76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cef76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cef76 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-61044e79cef76 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The younger Biden’s paintings have reportedly been selling for between $75,000 and $500,000. Asked about the potential for influence-peddling, the White House has defended Hunter’s right to sell his art work and has claimed that he’s not involved in conversations about price, which are handled by his gallery. Implicitly, Biden seemed to recognize what it was that was driving up prices “the price is completely subjective and sometimes it has nothing to do with anything other than, you know, the moment,” he explained. The gallery selling Biden’s art will also be keeping the identities of buyers secret, so as to head off any accusations of influence peddling, although nothing is in place to stop the buyers from publicly identifying themselves. This is not the first time that Biden has been accused of using his father’s name and position to make money. Most famously, Biden secured a lucrative position on the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, when Joe Biden was vice president despite having never distinguished himself in the field. Biden fils hauled in $50,000 a month for his hard work in that capacity. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Georgia Punches Back in Spirited Motion to Dismiss DOJ Election Integrity Lawsuit

Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger at the capitol in Atlanta, November 6, 2020 (Dustin Chambers / Reuters) The state of Georgia has filed a motion to dismiss the Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuit aimed at its new, much-maligned election integrity law, S.B. 202, calling the legal action “a politicized intrusion into the State of Georgia’s constitutional authority to regulate the ‘time, place, and manner’ of its election.” Georgia secretary of state Brad Raffensperger concurred, saying in a Friday interview with National Review that “the left” had an “agenda” that they were going to push regardless of what the state’s legislature did. “No matter what was passed, they were going to be against it and the DOJ just, in effect parroted what was already out there with the misinformation, the disinformation,” he asserted. “What you saw is that Stacey Abrams and her allies, two weeks before the bill was even passed bought ‘Jim Crow 2.0,’ and they hadn’t even finalized what the reading of the bill was.” Both Raffensperger and the motion itself allege that the lawsuit fails to pass muster on a number of fronts. Most crucially, the plaintiffs predict that the law will prevent African Americans and other racial minorities from voting but the law has not been around long enough for any such result to have materialized. “The Department of Justice has talked about what’s going to happen in the future, but Section 2 [of the Civil Rights Act] never talks about what could happen, it’s based on a results claim. There are no results,” explained Raffensperger. Section 2 of the Civil Rights Act reads “No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision in a manner which results in a denial or abridgment of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color.” The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Brnovich case — which saw an Arizona election law upheld — bolstered Georgia’s case. Not only did even the dissenting justices in the case reject the idea that a law could be struck down based on “intent” to discriminate, but they also upheld even stricter measures related to out-of-precinct voting than are included in Georgia’s law. Unlike Arizona, the Peach State does allow voters to cast their ballots away from their assigned polling place after 5 p.m. to accommodate special circumstances. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d7cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d7cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d7cb { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d7cb .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d9f8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d9f8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d9f8 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017d9f8 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017da98 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017da98 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017da98 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017da98 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017db46 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017db46 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017db46 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610428017db46 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Arizona is not the only state with more restrictive voting laws on the books than Georgia. The motion to dismiss notes that Georgia provides more opportunities to vote than do several states run by the Democrats, including New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, rendering the DOJ’s argument suspect under the “totality of the circumstances” test laid out in Brnovich. “Any burdens imposed by S.B. 202’s requirements are minimal, at best, when compared to the ‘entire system of voting,” argues the brief. Raffensperger was frustrated by what he sees as the rank hypocrisy of Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Department of Justice. “If you look at how we compare with other states for numbers of days for early voting and things like that, you’ll see that Georgia is in the mainstream. And yet, the DOJ has not seen fit to go ahead and prosecute the Democrat states… it’s just selective outrage on the DOJ’s part.” To justify that outrage, the federal government is leaning on what Georgia’s motion calls “hyperbole and innuendo,” that includes past robocalls made during past election cycles and the fact that Governor Brian Kemp “signed S.B. 202 ‘without any people of color’ around him,” and without any black legislators having voted for it. “But surely DOJ is not asking this Court to infer discriminatory animus based solely on the color of these legislators’ skin,” pokes Georgia’s brief. The secretary of state expanded upon this point, saying that “we can’t control what campaigns say — and other outside organizations from either the left or the right — we have to look at the facts of what is actually written in the law.” “The DOJ is really basing this on media reports, unsubstantiated claims, it’s really just a play for propaganda. And I think at the end of the day, the DOJ know they’re not gonna win in a court of law. I think this was filed because of political pressure from their left side of aisle — the far-left of their party base. They just lost their federal takeover of elections with H.R. 1 and so this is a way to mollify their base.” He’s similarly confident that Georgia will win out in the court of public opinion as well. “I think people are looking for people that are thoughtful, that are diligent, that have integrity. I think our office and I have shown that we’ll make those hard calls that we’ll stand on election integrity. Our job is not to pick winners and losers, out job is to make sure that we have fair and honest elections.” Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Senator Mark Kelly Accepted Donation from Huawei Lobbyist

Senator Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) arrives before the start of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of then-President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., February 10, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Senator Mark Kelly, the Democrat who unseated Martha McSally in Arizona this past November, has made quite a show of his pledge not to accept corporate PAC money — even going so far as to say that its presence in our politics “poisons our democracy.” But Kelly’s rule is full of loopholes, which allow him to do things like accept a donation in May from a Huawei lobbyist. And that’s not all. During his campaign, he delivered remarks at a fundraising event at the lobbying firm Capitol Counsel — which represents Exxon-Mobile, Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, and Lockheed Martin, among other clients. The Intercept reported at the time that invitations specified that donations to Kelly’s campaign should come in the form of personal, rather than corporate PAC checks so as to technically keep him compliant with his pledge. Roll Call noted that Kelly accepted $185,000 from CEOs during just the first quarter of 2019, and “$245,000 more came from donors whose occupations were owners, founders, presidents, vice presidents or chief officers.” Kelly’s defenders, including End Citizens United — a campaign-finance-reform advocacy group that endorsed him — say that individual donations are substantially different from those that come directly from a PAC, although the instructions accompanying the Capitol Counsel fundraiser might suggest otherwise. Whatever your thoughts on that distinction, though, there would certainly seem to be a substantive difference between a politician accepting donations from someone working for an American corporation, and someone working for or on behalf of a foreign corporation. Particularly when that foreign corporation is being not only scrutinized but actively opposed by the American government the way that Huawei Technologies is. Huawei is a Chinese telecommunications company that sells consumer products and works on more critical communications infrastructure. It was, for example, initially enlisted by the United Kingdom to help build the country’s 5G network. After having pressure applied on it from the United States, however, Boris Johnson’s government decided to prohibit the use of Huawei equipment. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f300 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f300 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f300 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f300 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f4b6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f4b6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f4b6 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f4b6 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f542 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f542 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f5c7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f5c7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f5c7 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-610190513f5c7 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } The U.S. advocated such a decision because of a number of security risks posed by the company. Huawei has not only mislead about its business with the rogue Iranian regime, but also been accused by the Justice Department of stealing trade secrets. Perhaps most notably, the U.S. does not trust that Huawei will keep data from the Chinese government should it demand the firm’s cooperation in security and espionage efforts — something the Chinese Communist Party reserves the right to do under Chinese law. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went so far as to announce that the U.S. would not “be able to share information” with countries that move forward with plans like the U.K.’s original one for its network and “puts it [Huawei equipment] in some of their critical information systems.” In light of all this, it is surprising that Kelly would accept a $1,000 donation from Thomas Green, a lawyer at Sidley Austin and registered lobbyist on behalf of Huawei, per OpenSecrets. While the junior senator from Arizona may be able to rake in the campaign contributions from individual lobbyists and other major corporate donors all the while keeping progressives pleased with his PAC pledge, it’s less clear if he’ll be able to justify taking money from lobbyists for foreign corporations explicitly opposed — and even suspected of committing crimes — by the government for which Kelly works. This is not the first time that Kelly’s relationship with Chinese entities has come into question. World View Enterprises, a space-exploration company co-founded by Kelly, has accepted investment money from Tencent Holdings, a Chinese firm that owns the messaging app WeChat and is known for its close ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Kelly reportedly played a key role in securing Tencent’s investment, and his campaign accepted $5,000 in contributions from David Wallerstein, Tencent’s chief exploration officer. The senator continues to have a stake in World View to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Kelly has frequented Chinese government-sponsored conferences, deeming his attendance at them “one of the absolute highlights of my life, second only to flying in space,” according to the Washington Free Beacon. His office did not respond to a request for comment. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Biden Launches Anti-Communist Ad Campaign in Florida

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks and holds a roundtable discussion with veterans at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., September 15, 2020. (Leah Millis/Reuters) With protests against the Communist regime in Cuba raging on, President Joe Biden is seeking to make headway with Cuban-American voters in the battleground state of Florida. While White House press secretary Jen Psaki at first refused to single out opposition to communism as one of the driving forces behind the unrest, Biden later made stronger comments on the subject. “Communism is a failed system — a universally failed system. And I don’t see socialism as a very useful substitute. But that’s another story,” said the president. Now those words will be showing up in digital ads in the Sunshine State, where a large number of Cuban voters reside and Biden is looking to improve on his performance in 2020. Biden lost Florida by 3.4 percentage points to Donald Trump — which made for the largest margin there since John Kerry lost it to George W. Bush by five points in 2004. Democratic National Committee chairman Jaime Harrison issued a statement on the campaign asserting that “President Biden has been incredibly clear: the Cuban people are crying out for freedom and the United States will continue to stand with them and hold Cuban officials accountable for their abuse of basic human rights.” Around 58 percent of Cuban American voters say they identify as Republicans or lean toward supporting the GOP.  Approximately 38 percent percent identify or lean toward the Democratic party. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Former FDA Commissioner Blasts CDC Delta-Variant Modeling

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. (Tami Chappell/Reuters) Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, blasted the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) latest attempt at modeling the trajectory of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the United States. “The wide dispersion in models forecasting the Delta wave, released by CDC, are deeply disappointing and not actionable,” he said, noting that the CDC seemed to have no ideas as to whether we should expect case numbers to spike or come back down over the coming month. The wide dispersion in models forecasting the Delta wave, released by CDC, are deeply disappointing and not actionable. The huge variance in the estimates shows CDC doesn’t know how to model this wave, and has little practical idea whether we’re at beginning, middle, or end 1/n pic.twitter.com/FJvcjw6hVO — Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) July 24, 2021 “For the week ending August 14, CDC estimates there will be either an average of 10K infections a day, or more than 100K. Either the infection wave will be largely subsiding, or will be raging out of control. The CDC isn’t sure,” Gottlieb added. Gottlieb called this “another symptom of a more systemic bureaucratic disease,” which is a “retrospective mindset.” According to the former Trump administration official, either the CDC or a new agency should be geared more towards responding to and solving problems. “We lack an organized infrastructure to mobilize a response to public health crisis,” lamented Gottlieb. The seven-day average for recorded COVID cases per day was nearly 50,000 on Friday, an over 170 percent increase from two weeks ago. Hospitalization and death numbers have seen upticks as well, albeit much smaller ones. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Collects First Win of Tokyo Olympics

Alex Morgan of the United States celebrates her team scoring their fifth goal. (Molly Darlington / Reuters) After suffering a surprising 3–0 loss to Sweden in their Olympic opener, the U.S. women’s soccer team bounced back with a 6–1 victory over New Zealand on Saturday. The loss to Sweden marked U.S.’s first loss in two years, and snapped a team record 44 game winning streak. Saturday’s performance marked a return to form. Rose Lovelle scored the first goal of the day for Team USA, which also marked her first goal in Olympic competition. The second came on a header goal, courtesy of a header assist. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b6e2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b6e2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b6e2 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b6e2 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b943 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b943 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b943 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54b943 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bb11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bb11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bb11 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bb11 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bbf3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bbf3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bbf3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60fc2fa54bbf3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } A thing of beauty, those @LindseyHoran headers 👌 🎥 @NBCOlympics pic.twitter.com/pV4c70aXoB — U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 24, 2021 The Swedes put three in the net in the second half, but two were in their own. The Americans tallied two more themselves thanks to two longtime team members, Alex Morgan and Christen Press, the fifth and ninth leading goal-scorers in team history. Winning elevated Team USA to second place in Group G, behind only Sweden. Their next match is against Australia — which sits in third place — on Tuesday at four in the morning, Eastern time. They will need to come away from that with at least a tie to advance. Send a tip to the news team at NR.

The Rockefellers’ Costly Penance

A pump jack operates in the Permian Basin oil and natural gas production area near Midland, Texas, August 23, 2018 (Nick Oxford/Reuters) For years now, the descendants of John D. Rockefeller — at least those in control of its philanthropically powerful Rockefeller Family Fund — have waged war on the industry on which their wealth was built. A fascinating 2018 New York Magazine piece provided a look into this campaign: One zeroed in on the Rockefellers’ efforts to expose ExxonMobil’s ostensible knowledge of and lies about climate change. Peter Case, a great-great-grandson of the oil tycoon and a vice president on the board of the Rockefeller Family Fund, gave some insight into his clan’s environmental crusade in that article, explaining that “there’s something about … Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Do Texas Republicans Actually Want to Teach That the KKK Are the ‘Good Guys’?

Former presidential candidate Julian Castro speaks during a protest against Texas legislators in Austin, Texas, May 8, 2021. (Mikala Compton/Reuters) Julián Castro, once the mayor of San Antonio and later the secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, has levied quite the allegation against Texas Republicans. “[Texas governor] Greg Abbott trying to erase MLK Jr., César Chávez, and Susan B. Anthony from the Texas curriculum, and recast the KKK as the good guys. This is an assault on history and it must be stopped,” tweeted Castro on Tuesday, linking to a HuffPost article about the bill in question. If this is an “assault,” the victim will fortunately emerge from it without a scratch. The original “anti-Critical Race Theory” bill signed … Send a tip to the news team at NR.

NPR Defines Down ‘Misinformation’ as the White House Cracks Down On It

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki holds the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., July 19, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Welcome back to “Forgotten Fact-Checks,” a weekly column produced by National Review’s News Desk. This week, we consider the tenability of the White House’s plan to flag false information about the pandemic for Facebook, celebrate the Brian Stelter-Michael Wolff spat, and lament Tucker Carlson’s continued commitment to anti-vaxxerism. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Last week, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that the White House is “flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation.” She went on to insist that “It’s important to take faster action against harmful posts. As you all know, information travels quite quickly on social media … Send a tip to the news team at NR.

Letter Points to Meddling in College Republican Race by Outgoing Chairman

(zkolra/Getty Images) “The rules are here to protect us, they’re good rules,” proclaimed College Republican National Committee (CRNC) chairman Chandler Thornton at Saturday’s convention — an event that saw his preferred successor, Courtney Britt, triumph over Judah Waxelbaum. Email correspondence between Thornton and Case Western University professor and libertarian legal writer Jonathan Adler obtained by National Review, however, provides further evidence that the rules were applied so as to ensure Britt’s victory, not to enforce a level playing field. On July 6, Thornton wrote the following: Dear Professor Adler, By way if [sic] introduction, my name is Chandler Thornton and I am the National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). The CRNC is in the process of verifying chapters in advance of our 2021 Biennial Convention next weekend. With this in mind, your name and contact information were listed as “Chapter Advisor” of the Case Western University College Republicans. If this is correct, would you be so kind as to send the CRNC a letter on your letterhead, verifying the existence of the Case Western University College Republicans as an active student organization? The letter may be as simple as the following: “My name is Professor Jonathan Adler and I serve as Chapter Advisor for the Case Western University College Republicans. This letter is to confirm that the chapter is an active student organization.” The letter may be addressed as it is is listed below and may be submitted via email to cthornton@crnc.org. College Republican National Committee 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20038 Thank you in advance for your time and assistance. Why is this notable? On July 11, every state College Republican federation backing Waxelbaum was denied an appeal for votes at the convention. Every federation backing Britt was granted their appeal. The basis for the denials was that the pro-Waxelbaum states did not produce letters of the kind Thornton requested from Adler. Ohio, where Case Western is located, voted for Britt on Saturday. At previous CRNC conventions, states that failed to produce any of the requisite documentation by the first deadline were required to submit letters from two schools in their state attesting to the presence of active chapters. This year, the rule was interpreted to mean that every state appealing for votes after the initial deadline had to provide them, not just those that failed to submit any paperwork whatsoever. Circumstantial evidence previously reported on by National Review suggests that the rule interpretation change was designed as a weapon to disenfranchise states supporting Waxelbaum. The letters submitted by many pro-Britt states rolled in via email at 4 a.m. Eastern Time on July 11, most with the same — and all with similar — subject lines and body texts. Britt’s supporters, it would seem, did not want Waxelbaum’s to know about the requirement until the very last second. Now, though, it is clear that Thornton participated actively in this scheme, even going so far as to solicit letters from states he knew would get behind Britt at the convention, all the while keeping Waxelbaum’s states in the dark. When National Review first reported on the campaign and Thornton’s favoring Britt in the race to succeed him, Thornton bristled. He labeled the assertion that he was “supporting Britt” one of “many inaccuracies” in an article about Thornton’s meddling in an internal dispute in the Arizona federation — from which Waxelbaum hails — in order to benefit Britt. At no point did the article state that Thornton had formally endorsed Britt, as Thornton alleged. #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33cffb3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.2rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33cffb3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33cffb3 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33cffb3 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #e92131; background-color: #e92131; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0210 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0210 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #000000; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0210 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0210 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #eba605; background-color: #eba605; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0445 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.3rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #dd9933; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0445 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.5rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0445 { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #999999; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d0445 .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #dd9933; background-color: #dd9933; color: #ffffff; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d055d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta label { font-size: 1.5rem; line-height: 1.7rem; color: #0f733c; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d055d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__cta p { font-size: 1.05rem; line-height: 1.45rem; color: #2d2d2d; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d055d { background-color: #ffffff; border-width: 1px; border-color: #cccccc; } #inline-newsletter-nloptin-60f56e33d055d .inline-newsletter-subscribe__email-submit { border-color: #0f733c; background-color: #0f733c; color: #ffffff; } Waxelbaum, who urged federations that felt “disenfranchised or disregarded” to leave the CRNC on Saturday, was incensed, but far from shocked by these developments. He gave the following statement to National Review: “I am unfortunately not surprised. At every turn I have been disappointed to learn of new lengths this administration has gone to keep good CRs out of the process. Every conspiracy theory about the CRNC has been affirmed and then some. To act like this with such blatant disregard for the impact it will have on the future of our movement is abhorrent.” Several state federations — including New York and Texas — have already announced that they are considering leaving the CRNC as a result of Thornton and Britt’s machinations. For more on this story: Send a tip to the news team at NR.

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