On Thursday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for Congress to take away Disney’s “copyright protections” and Major League Baseball’s (MLB) “longstanding antitrust exemption.” In an opinion piece for Fox News titled “It’s time to end economic handouts for woke corporations,” Hawley wrote that “today’sMore
On Thursday, Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) called for Congress to take away Disney’s “copyright protections” and Major League Baseball’s (MLB) “longstanding antitrust exemption.”
In an opinion piece for Fox News titled “It’s time to end economic handouts for woke corporations,” Hawley wrote that “today’s multinationals have embraced a toxic blend of offshoring and woke politics, selling out American workers even as they attack American values.”
“Over the years Disney’s copyright protections for characters like Mickey Mouse have been extended further and further into the future, allowing the company to maintain a stranglehold on its ever-increasing intellectual property stockpile,” he wrote. “Disney specifically asked Congress for more protections. As Disney doubles down on its hostility to American values, it’s time to start paring those protections back.”
“Similarly, Major League Baseball—which was all too happy to try to bully the State of Georgia over its election integrity laws—should lose its longstanding antitrust exemption, which no other industry enjoys in the same way,” Hawley added. “And while we’re revising our antitrust laws, we should make clear that the very largest firms should face a flat ban on further acquisitions. No more conglomerate mergers giving a handful of multinational firms unprecedented power over Americans’ jobs and lives.”
Hawley also targeted Big Tech companies, saying, “And of course, Section 230—stretched far beyond its original design—has shielded Big Tech companies from legal liability for far too long. It should be drastically reformed or repealed entirely. Big Tech doesn’t need a handout—it can afford to operate on a level playing field with everyone else.”
Earlier this week, Hawley introduced the Copyright Clause Restoration Act, a bill designed to “strip woke corporations like Disney of special copyright protections. Senator Hawley’s bill would limit new copyright protections to 56 years and make the change retroactive for massive corporations like Disney that have been granted unnecessarily long copyright monopolies,” Hawley’s office explained in a press release.
“The age of Republican handouts to Big Business is over,” Hawley said. “Thanks to special copyright protections from Congress, woke corporations like Disney have earned billions while increasingly pandering to woke activists. It’s time to take away Disney’s special privileges and open up a new era of creativity and innovation.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is reportedly going to leave her role in the Biden administration to join MSNBC later this spring, according to a new report from Axios.
“Psaki has been in close consultation with the White House counsel’s office about her departure, according to two sources familiar with the plans,” Axios reported. “She’s also told some senior officials at the White House about her departure and her plans to join MSNBC, according to two sources.”
“Psaki has not yet formally told the White House press team about her departure,” the outlet continued. “MSNBC has been working with its compliance lawyers to make sure their conversations didn’t violate any government regulations, according to a source close to the matter.”
According to the report, after Puck reported last month that Psaki was having conversations with other networks, she “is now in exclusive talks with MSNBC, and the deal is nearly final.”
Psaki will reportedly host a show for MSNBC on NBCUniversal’s streaming platform, Peacock. The deal is similar to that of Symone Sanders, a former adviser and senior spokesperson for Vice President Kamala Harris, Axios noted. Sanders also signed an exclusive deal with MSNBC earlier this year to host a show on Peacock.
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL), who sits on the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth, said during an interview with The Daily Wire that Congressmembers should have to defer to third parties in order to trade stocks because Congressmembers “have access to too much information that the American people simply do not have.”
“I do not think that members or their spouses should be actively trading,” Donalds said. “I think that if their investments are held by managers, and the managers are authorized to trade on their behalf, that’s acceptable.”
“If a member or spouse executes a trade on their own,” he continued, “either by doing it directly or calling their broker to do the trade, then they have to obviously disclose that immediately.”
“I should not be at a trading platform. I have access to too much information that the American people simply do not have,” he added. “I should not be trading shares. I should not be advising on trading shares.”
Donalds’ comments come shortly after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) disclosed in regulatory filing that her husband purchased more than $2 million in Tesla stock earlier this month.
“In a periodic transaction filing, Pelosi disclosed her husband, Paul Pelosi, exercised 25 call options on Thursday to buy 2,500 shares of Tesla stock, worth nearly $2.2 million at the time; the options were set to expire on Friday,” Forbes reported on March 22. “It’s not the first high-priced options bet Pelosi has placed on big-tech stocks: Last year, Paul Pelosi reportedly made about $5 million on options contracts tied to Alphabet stock.”
On Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed the state’s Parental Rights in Education legislation, a bill banning classroom teachings on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” for young children in kindergarten through third grade.
“Parents’ rights have been increasingly under assault around the nation, but in Florida we stand up for the rights of parents and the fundamental role they play in the education of their children,” DeSantis said. “Parents have every right to be informed about services offered to their child at school, and should be protected from schools using classroom instruction to sexualize their kids as young as 5 years old.”
“Parental Rights in Education empowers Florida’s parents and safeguards our children,” Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez said. “This bill refuses to allow school boards and teachers unions the ability to hide information about students from their parents. In addition, it prohibits classroom discussion in grades K-3 on gender orientation and sexual identity. Throughout this legislative session, this bill has been maliciously maligned by those who prefer slogans and sound bites over substance and common sense. Fortunately, Governor DeSantis and I believe that parents should have a say. We will not back down to woke corporations and their same tired tactics that are steeped in hypocrisy. As a mother of three, I am committed to protecting the rights of parents.”
According to a statement from DeSantis’ office, the bill – which has been falsely labeled the “Don’t Say Gay” bill – takes “three key steps to protect students and put power back in the hands of parents.”
“This bill prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in K-3 classrooms, and after 3rd grade, these conversations need to be age-appropriate,” the statement said. “The bill ensures that at the beginning of every school year, parents will be notified about healthcare services offered at the school, with the right to decline any service offered.”
“The bill ensures that whenever a questionnaire or health screening is given to K-3 students, parents receive it first and provide permission for the school to administer the questionnaire or health screening to their child,” the statement added.
On Wednesday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said that President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee “has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes.”
Hawley explained his concerns in a thread on Twitter, saying that he has “been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches,” and he has “noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.”
“Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She’s been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond ‘soft on crime.’ I’m concerned that this a record that endangers our children,” he continued.
Hawley noted that since she was in law school, Judge Jackson has been questioning whether convicts should be made to register as sex offenders because it leads to “stigmatization and ostracism.”
“She’s suggested public policy is driven by a ‘climate of fear, hatred & revenge’ against sex offenders,” Hawley wrote.
As far back as her time in law school, Judge Jackson has questioned making convicts register as sex offenders – saying it leads to “stigmatization and ostracism.” She’s suggested public policy is driven by a “climate of fear, hatred & revenge” against sex offenders pic.twitter.com/2QUcPOnWPR
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
“It gets worse,” he warned. “As a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge Jackson advocated for drastic change in how the law treats sex offenders by eliminating the existing mandatory minimum sentences for child porn.”
“Judge Jackson has said that some people who possess child porn ‘are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.’ What community would that be? The community of child exploiters?” Hawley said. “Judge Jackson has opined there may be a type of ‘less-serious child pornography offender’ whose motivation is not sexual but ‘is the challenge, or to use the technology.’ A ‘less-serious’ child porn offender?”
Judge Jackson has said that some people who possess child porn “are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.” What community would that be? The community of child exploiters? pic.twitter.com/JDxqf9Q1AH
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
Jackson has also said that she wanted “to understand this category of nonpedophiles who obtain child pornography,” Hawley added.
“On the federal bench, Judge Jackson put her troubling views into action,” the senator tweeted. “In every single child porn case for which we can find records, Judge Jackson deviated from the federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child porn offenders.”
“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land,” he said. “Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”
Hawley concluded by stating the Sentencing Commission has refused to allow access to all of Jackson’s records.
“In light of what we have learned, this stonewalling must end,” he added. “We must get access to all relevant records.”