As I have noted in previous reports, the left's efforts to constantly restrain and demoralize the police are an alternative way to effectively defund the police. Here's the latest example. Portland, Oregon, has always been a hotbed of protests. So, it was no surprise when riots erupted there last year. What was somewhat surprising to many residents was the frequency and severity of the riots. A federal courthouse in Portland was under siege for weeks last summer. It was attacked again this year. (Insurrection, anyone?)
The Biden/Putin summit was a disaster. Foreign policy experts, national defense professionals and many Americans were scratching their heads yesterday when President Biden said he gave Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that Putin cannot hack. Biden told reporters that he looked at Putin and said, "How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?" I'm glad Biden is in touch with his feelings, but I don't think that holds much weight with Vladimir Putin, a former KGB colonel. This isn't kindergarten!
Today is the culmination of President Biden's European trip – his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Of course, the fawning media are hailing Biden as a master of diplomacy, especially compared to that "ogre" Donald Trump. Let me be absolutely clear about this: The outcomes of such summits are generally settled well before they take place. Little is left to chance. The foreign policy establishment does not like surprises or leaders who think outside the box. That's why Donald Trump so unnerved the foreign policy establishment. No matter what the photo-ops look like and… Read More
I've mentioned before how striking it is to hear escapees from communism, who have approached me at events, say that they are seeing everything they fled in the former Soviet Union, Cuba or communist China here now in the United States. They often breakdown in tears recounting their experiences. The latest example is Yeonmi Park, a defector from North Korea. Park and her mother fled North Korea, "escaping" into communist China. She was sold into slavery for $300. Christian missionaries helped secure their freedom by crossing the Gobi desert into Mongolia before settling in South Korea.
Watching the G-7 leaders on the world stage this weekend was a reminder that the cultural and political elites of the West are tired and out of ideas. I hope communist China's Xi Jinping and Russia's Vladimir Putin weren't watching. It was sad to see British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who campaigned as a populist conservative, feebly embracing the woke ideology. Regarding his vision for the future, Johnson parroted Joe Biden and the left, saying: "We need to make sure that as we recover, we level up across our societies and we build back better. . . But also that we're building back… Read More
As we noted yesterday, President Biden is in Europe for a series of high-level meetings involving key allies. At one of his first stops, Biden told U.S. troops that global warming was the greatest national security threat facing America today. That's insane! The American people don't believe that climate change is our biggest threat. When asked to consider a list of potential threats, Americans ranked global warming/climate change seventh out of eleven possible dangers. Communist China, Russia and Iran certainly don't believe that global warming is the biggest threat they're facing… Read More
I've mentioned before that I have heard from a lot of "Americans-by-choice" – people who came to this country to escape tyranny – warning against the radical left. They are modern day Paul Reveres, sounding the alarm that the enemies they fled in their native countries have reached our shores. Of course, I don't mean actual soldiers, but I do mean Marxist and anti-American enemy ideologies. Earlier this week, Xi Van Fleet stood before the Loudon County School Board in northern Virginia, just outside our nation's capital. Xi warned the public that what she is seeing in America today is… Read More
For some time now, the Biden White House and Senate Republicans, led by West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito, have been attempting to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Those talks abruptly ended yesterday. Even though Biden suggested he was flexible, Capito complained that the White House was constantly "moving the ball on me." She thought they were getting close to a deal, but the White House demanded "many tax hikes," and they could never agree "on a definition of infrastructure."
"Border Czar" Kamala Harris arrived in Central America yesterday and received a very lukewarm welcome. She was greeted by demonstrators, including some carrying signs that read, "Trump won," "Mind Your Own Business" and "Go home." Harris was in Guatemala to discuss the crisis on our southern border with other Central American leaders. While Harris and other leftists in the administration are blaming the crisis on "root causes" such as climate change and corruption, Central American leaders are blaming the open borders policies of the Biden/Harris Administration. Donald Trump was… Read More
The first week of June is a time when we remember a big event that defines America. It's an event that we want every child to understand and appreciate. It's the sort of thing that should inform how they view America. You probably think I'm referring to D-Day when thousands of Americans died on the beaches of Normandy, fighting to libertate Europe. And you're right. In fact, we felt it was so important that we issued a special report on Sunday honoring the heroes of D-Day, and urging readers to remind their children and grandchildren about the significance of the day. But that's not… Read More
Kudos to Vanity Fair. The outlet has just published an explosive report on various efforts to investigate the origins of COVID-19. Consider these excerpts: "A months long Vanity Fair investigation, interviews with more than 40 people, and a review of hundreds of pages of U.S. government documents . . . found that conflicts of interest, stemming in part from large government grants supporting controversial virology research, hampered the U.S. investigation into COVID-19's origin at every step. "In one State Department meeting, officials seeking to demand transparency from the Chinese… Read More
Have you pre-ordered Dr. Fauci's new book, "Expect the Unexpected: Ten Lessons on Truth, Service, and the Way Forward"? It's reportedly only 80 pages long. But I am sure it will be required reading by America's cultural and globalist elites. Not since Governor Andrew Cuomo shared his wisdom on the COVID-19 pandemic in "American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic" has there been such anticipation of a new book.
Biden Sees Danger
Monday marks Memorial Day, a national observance first known as Decoration Day. The first Memorial Day was observed on May 30, 1868, on the orders of General John Logan, commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. Flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. Initially meant as a time to remember those who fell during the bloody battles of our brutal Civil War, the holiday's significance has been extended to honor all those who paid the ultimate price for our nation.
Last week, as a wave of anti-Semitism swept the country, a debate broke out among American Jews about the fear gripping their communities. The debate got really lively when Aaron Keyak, the Jewish Engagement Director for Joe Biden's presidential campaign, tweeted: "It pains me to say this, but if you fear for your life or physical safety take off your kippah and hide your [Star of David]." Keyak should be banned from speaking to any Jewish audience! This is the United States of America in 2021. Not 1930s Germany. No Jew in America should ever feel they must hide their Jewish… Read More
A peace vigil was held yesterday by community activists in Minneapolis at George Floyd Square, the site of Floyd's murder. Everyone suddenly had to run for cover as gunshots rang out. Witnesses said as many as 30 shots were fired. The event and what interrupted it are poignant reminders of what is bedeviling urban communities all over America.
When the coronavirus was ravaging America and the world last year, a debate erupted over its origin. One view was that someone in China ate an infected bat and caught the disease. A year and a half later, 600,000 Americans and 3.5 million people around the world were dead. The Trump Administration raised a more likely possibility -- that COVID leaked from a bio-research lab known to be experimenting with these types of viruses in Wuhan, China, the same city where COVID-19 first appeared. The Chinese Communist Party furiously rejected that idea. The media, Dr. Anthony Fauci and… Read More
We now know the full extent of the anti-Semitic savagery that has swept the United States. From coast to coast, synagogues have been vandalized. American Jews have been chased down by cars, attacked by mobs and verbally harassed in the worst outbreak of anti-Semitism this country has seen in decades. In virtually every case, the attacks took place in large cities. They were committed by Middle Eastern men waving Palestinian flags. Left-wing extremists frequently joined in the attacks. These are Democrat-controlled cities from top to bottom. Any president would have an obligation to… Read More
Yesterday a ceasefire was announced between the nation of Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. That's good news. So, what about President Biden's role in all of this? First, he had absolutely nothing to do with the ceasefire, in spite of his efforts to act like he brokered it. He did not. In fact, a strong case can be made that while the terrorist group Hamas is responsible for the violence, Biden's weakness triggered the conflict.
Amid reports of a potential cease-fire, scores of Hamas rockets continued to rain down on Israeli communities, and Hamas terrorists fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli bus. Yet in the face of these continued terrorist attacks, left-wing politicians from President Biden on down are putting all their pressure on Israel, not Hamas. As the Jewish state battles the Islamic supremacists of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are introducing resolutions to block a major arms sale to Israel.
As you know, support for Israel, the homeland of the Jewish people, is one of my passions. I have worked with Pastor John Hagee and his wonderful organization, Christians United for Israel. Pastor Hagee and I played a major role in helping the Trump Administration develop the policies that made it the most pro-Israel administration in modern history. As a Trump-appointee to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, I pushed the commission to aggressively confront anti-Semitism, specifically denouncing Iran, whose revolutionary goal is to wipe Israel off the wipe. Sadly,… Read More
While Joe Biden continues to figure out how he can surrender to Iran, he has found a way to surrender to the socialist Squad. In recent days, Biden has signaled support for Israel's right to defend itself as the terrorists of Hamas fire thousands of rockets at Israeli civilians. But the progressive wing of the Democrat Party upped its attacks on the "apartheid state of Israel," a disgusting smear against the most diverse and most democratic state in the Middle East. Sadly, Biden is changing his rhetoric. Now, he's pressuring Israel for a cease-fire.
As more than 3,000 rockets have rained down on Israeli civilians, Israel has hit Hamas hard. A senior Hamas military commander was killed today. Over the weekend, Israel destroyed Hamas's intelligence headquarters, which was housed in a high-rise building shared by several media outlets, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. You'd think the media would be condemning Hamas for essentially using journalists as human shields. But, no. Instead, most media reports are blasting Israel for "escalating the violence," "threatening civilians," "using disproportionate force," and any… Read More
The CDC is finally starting to follow the science. That's not just my opinion. Even the New York Times is saying it. Consider these excerpts: "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is finally catching up to the science. For months, research about Covid-19 has pointed to two encouraging patterns. First, the underlying virus that causes Covid rarely spreads outdoors. Second . . . fully vaccinated people are at virtually no risk of serious disease and only a minuscule risk of spreading the virus to others. "But the CDC . . . has been unwilling to highlight these facts. It has… Read More
After 500,000 illegal aliens crossed our southern border this year, some media outlets yesterday reported that the Biden Administration had "seen the light" and would begin construction of a small portion of border wall. I was skeptical when I saw the report, and I was right to be skeptical. The administration rushed to reassure its radical left-wing base that it is only reinforcing a levee. There will be no additional border wall construction.
Joe Biden is taking us back to the 1970s. In the aftermath of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, Americans along the East Coast are facing significant gas shortages and long lines at the pump for the first time since the Carter years. And surging inflation is back too. Jimmy Carter was a nice man, but he was a disastrous president because he was weak. Throughout the Carter years, America careened from one crisis to another, and it's happening again.
We've all been shocked by the news that the largest gasoline pipeline in America was totally shut down by a cyberattack. The Colonial Pipeline moves 100 million gallons of gas every day from Gulf Coast refineries up the East Coast to the New York metro area. The attack does not appear to have caused lasting damage, and the pipeline operators hope to have it up and running by the weekend. But already there are scattered fuel shortages in multiple states and gas lines, bringing back bad memories of the Carter years.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit last year, many liberal governors mercilessly shut down their states and forced all kinds of small businesses to close in the name of fighting COVID-19. But now as more and more Americans are getting vaccinated and attempting to return to normal, small businesses are being forced to compete with the federal government for potential workers.
So, we got the April jobs report this morning. Economists were expecting at least one million new jobs as more states are relaxing COVID restrictions and more businesses reopen. Some financial experts boldly predicted that as many as two million new jobs were created last month. It was a total miss. Just 266,000 new jobs were created in April, and the unemployment rate went up. But there's more. March's numbers were revised downward by 146,000 fewer jobs.