On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk responded to the leftist idea that he was giving special treatment to right-wing journalists and pundits on the platform, saying, “there is not one permanent ban on even the most far-left account spouting utter lies.” “ImagineMore
On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk responded to the leftist idea that he was giving special treatment to right-wing journalists and pundits on the platform, saying, “there is not one permanent ban on even the most far-left account spouting utter lies.”
“Imagine if Elon Musk were actually the right-wing bogeyman these spoiled lefty journos pretend he is and he decided to turn the tables and ban all left-wing ‘fake news’ from Twitter,” Kyle Becker wrote. “There’d be nothing left for them to publish!”
“As is obvious to all but the media, there is not one permanent ban on even the most far left account spouting utter lies,” Musk replied. “Not even Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that carried severe consequences for escalating the war.”
Not even Associated Press with their completely fictional report on Russian missiles hitting Poland that carried severe consequences for escalating the war
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
Musk referenced a recently retracted story from former Associated Press journalist James Laporta that said Russian missiles struck Przewodów, Poland, and killed two civilians.
The story, which relied on a single anonymous source, turned out to be false, and Laporta was subsequently fired. The Associated Press eventually issued a correction.
“In earlier versions of a story published November 15, 2022, The Associated Press reported erroneously, based on information from a senior American intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity, that Russian missiles had crossed into Poland and killed two people,” the correction read. “Subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack.”
Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration has started notifying Americans who applied for student loan forgiveness that their requests had been approved – despite the ongoing legal battle over the plan after federal courts ruled it was unlawful.
The day after asking the Supreme Court to overrule lower courts and allow the student loan forgiveness plan to continue, the Biden administration began notifying applicants they’ve been approved.
According to Business Insider, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wrote in an email to applicants, “We reviewed your application and determined that you are eligible for loan relief under the Plan. We have sent this approval on to your loan servicer. You do not need to take any further action.”
The student loan forgiveness plan was originally struck down by U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman in Texas, who said the student loan forgiveness plan is “one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.”
“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone,” Pittman continued. “Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government … The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary.”
The Biden administration subsequently appealed the ruling, and the plan was again ruled unconstitutional by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.
“The ruling from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals comes in response to a lawsuit jointly filed six Republican-led states that argued the Biden administration was overstepping its executive powers,” CBS News reported. “It marks the second court ruling blocking the White House’s debt-relief program since a federal judge in Texas on Thursday blocked the program and declared it ‘unlawful.’”
In response to the ruling, U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar told the Supreme Court in a filing that the “Eighth Circuit’s erroneous injunction leaves millions of economically vulnerable borrowers in limbo, uncertain about the size of their debt and unable to make financial decisions with an accurate understanding of their future repayment obligations.”
“If the Court declines to vacate the injunction, it may wish to construe this application as a petition for a writ of certiorari before judgment, grant the petition, and set the case for expedited briefing and argument this Term to avoid prolonging this uncertainty for the millions of affected borrowers,” Prelogar added.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded to Sunday night’s shooting at the University of Virginia that killed three people by using the tragedy as an opportunity to push unrelated gun legislation.
As reported by ESPN, “University of Virginia president Jim Ryan said three Cavaliers football players were shot and killed: junior receiver Lavel Davis Jr. of Dorchester, South Carolina; junior receiver Devin Chandler of Huntersville, North Carolina; and junior defensive end/linebacker D’Sean Perry of Miami.”
The suspect in the shooting was apprehended “without incident” just before 11 a.m. in Henrico County, Virginia and was charged with three counts of second-degree murder and three counts of using a handgun in the commission of a felony.
In response Jean-Pierre released a statement pushing for a notoriously ineffective Assault Weapons Ban, despite the shooter using a handgun.
“The President and First Lady are mourning with the University of Virginia community after yet another deadly shooting in America has taken the lives of three young people. Our deepest condolences are with the countless families, friends, and neighbors grieving for those killed as well as those injured in this senseless shooting,” the statement said, adding, “We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets. House Democrats acted, and the Senate should follow.”
While banning “assault weapons” would have had no effect on this shooting since it was committed using a handgun – bans on assault weapons have also been shown to be ineffective in general. For example, the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons ban had no effect on gun homicide rates. In fact, a 2014 study found “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal ban was in effect.” Further, school shootings actually increased after the ban was passed.
During a press conference on Wednesday, President Biden was asked about the Republicans potentially investigating his son Hunter if they gain control of the House over Hunter’s foreign business dealings while his father was vice president during the Obama administration.
Biden responded by wishing Republicans “lots of luck,” and referred to calls for his impeachment as “almost comedy.”
“Republicans have made it clear that if they do take control of the House, that they want to launch rapid investigations on day one into your handling of Afghanistan, the border; they want to look into some of your cabinet officials, they want to investigate you, they may even want to investigate your son,” a reporter said
“What’s your message to Republicans who are considering investigating your family and particularly your son Hunter’s business deals?” the reporter asked.
“Lots of luck in your senior year, as my coach used to say,” Biden replied. “Look, I think the American public wants us to move on and get things done for them.”
“I heard,” he continued “that Republicans were saying that the former president said ‘How many times are you gonna impeach Biden?’ … I think the American people will look at all of that for what it is, it’s just almost comedy.”
“Look, I can’t control what they’re gonna do,” he concluded. “All I can do is continue to try to make life better for the American people.”
Allegations of Hunter Biden using his father’s position as vice president to leverage in his foreign business dealings have been supported by the contents of his notorious stolen laptop.
President Biden is reportedly worried about potential investigations into him and his son. In a recent interview on CNN, former Democratic senator Al Franken said Biden was worried and that “there will be hearings, there will be investigations, they’ll investigate Hunter Biden, it’ll be very toxic.”
On Monday, Houston law enforcement officials released a statement saying they had arrested a 33-year-old man for assaulting Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during a Houston Astros victory parade.
“HPD made one arrest during today’s victory parade,” the Houston Police Department said in a statement. “A male, 33, threw a beer can at U.S. Senator Ted Cruz as the Senator was on a float in the 2400 block of Smith St. The beer can struck the Senator in the chest/neck area. The Senator did not require medical attention.”
“Nearby HPD officers arrested the male without further incident,” the statement continued. “He was taken to jail and faces assault charges. We will release the suspect’s name and booking photo here when formal charges are filed.”
Cruz responded to the incident on Twitter, writing, “As always I’m thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action.”
“I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm,” he added.
As always I'm thankful for the Houston Police and Capitol Police for their quick action.
I’m also thankful that the clown who threw his White Claw had a noodle for an arm. https://t.co/CRSfNHckA2
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 7, 2022
A video of the incident shows Cruz on the back of a truck as the can came flying towards him. He and a member of his staff both attempted to deflect the can, but it still struck Cruz.
Beer flies at Ted Cruz during Astros World Series Parade pic.twitter.com/lRALgyXCe2
— Alien Truther Wildwest (@wcgroovy) November 7, 2022