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May 24, 2022

State Farm Under Fire: “Woke Indoctrination of Kids”

State Farm is under fire over leaked emails allegedly showing that the company promoted gender fluidity and transgenderism to children.

“Emails leaked to [Consumers First] from concerned [State Farm] employees show the company engaged in the woke indoctrination of kids age 5+,” Consumers’ Research’s Executive Director Will Hild wrote on Twitter.

“State Farm partnered with The GenderCool Project — which aims to have conversations with children about being Transgender and Non-Binary.”

The email, addressed to State Farm agents in Florida, reads: “State Farm is partnering with The GenderCool Project to help diversify classroom, community center and library bookshelves with a collection of books to help bring clarity and understanding to the national conversation about Being Transgender, Inclusive and Non-Binary. The project’s goal is to increase representation of LGBTQ+ books and support our communities in having challenging, important and empowering conversations with children Age 5+.”

State Farm defended the program in a statement.

“Participants are not being asked to share with schools,” the company told the Washington Examiner. “We recognize and value the diversity of all people, and support a culture of respect and inclusion in the communities in which we live and work, as well as our workplace. The LGBTQ+ community is a valued part of the communities we serve and are valued members of our workplace.”


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State Farm donating transgender books for 5-year-olds to schools in Florida

May 24, 2022

US Savings Accounts Drop 15 Percent

A new study has found that the average American’s savings account dropped 15% in the past 12 months.

According to the study by Northwestern Mutual, a financial services company, the average personal savings account in 2022 is $62,086 — down from $73,100 in 2021.

“There could be several factors contributing to the drop in savings from last year, ranging from spiking inflation to people spending more as they resume some sense of normalcy in their lives,” said Christian Mitchell, Northwestern Mutual’s chief customer officer.

Sixty percent of respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic has been “highly disruptive” to their financial situation. Still, 48% said they’ve successfully adapted to the new circumstances.

A majority of participants, 73%, said their financial habits have improved since the pandemic started.


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Americans’ savings shrank by $9K in past year with inflation, pandemic to blame: report

May 24, 2022

Symptoms to Watch for Amid Monkeypox Outbreak

The U.S. has confirmed its first official monkeypox cases of 2022, as an outbreak has spread to at least 12 countries, including Canada and Australia.

President Joe Biden said that the recent uptick in monkeypox cases is “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Here are the symptoms that are associated with the beginning of monkeypox, according to the CDC:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Backache
  • Swollen lymph nodes (AKA lymphadenopathy)
  • Chills
  • Exhaustion

The CDC says that patients typically develop a rash within one to three days after the fever. The rash starts on the face and then spreads to other body parts.


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Monkeypox symptoms to watch for as first U.S. outbreak cases reported

May 24, 2022

Report Finds Evidence of Southern Baptist Abuse Cover-Up

A new report has found that Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders mishandled claims of sexual abuse, and survivors had been “met time and time again, with resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility.”

While stories of abuse were minimized, and survivors were ignored or even vilified, revelations came to light in recent years that some senior SBC leaders had protected or even supported alleged abusers,” according to the report.

Guidepost Solutions, an independent firm contracted by the SBC’s Executive Committee (EC), published the report on Sunday after a seven-month investigation into abuse allegations against the organization since 2000.

“Our investigation revealed that, for many years, a few senior EC leaders, along with outside counsel, largely controlled the EC’s response to these reports of abuse,” the report reads.

“They closely guarded information about abuse allegations and lawsuits, which were not shared with EC Trustees, and were singularly focused on avoiding liability for the SBC to the exclusion of other considerations.”

Read the full report here.


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Southern Baptist report finds evidence of sexual abuse cover-up

May 24, 2022

Biden Says US Would Intervene If China Attacks Taiwan

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1844: Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message.

President Joe Biden said the U.S. military would intervene if China were to strike against Taiwan — an eyebrow-raising remark that the White House later walked back.

At a news conference in Tokyo, a reporter asked Biden if the U.S. military would intervene if China attacked Taiwan.

“Yes — it’s a commitment we made,” Biden responded.

Per Axios, the U.S. has had a longstanding “strategic ambiguity” position regarding Taiwan. A White House official later said that Biden’s comment did not mean that position had changed, but experts believe that the president’s statement “deserves to be taken seriously.”

“It is a clear enough statement that the U.S. will not sit by if China attacks Taiwan,” said Grant Newsham, a retired Marine Corps colonel who now works as a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies.

The U.S. was “seeking to toughen their policy but without necessarily provoking China,” said James Brown, an associate professor at Temple University Japan.


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Biden says U.S. would defend Taiwan if China’s military attacks

May 23, 2022

Report: Hillary Clinton Signed Off on Spreading False Trump-Russia Info

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager Robby Mook said that the former Secretary of State signed off on sharing now-debunked collusion claims between former President Donald Trump and Russia.

Mook testified that Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias first briefed him “about the Alfa-Bank issue” in 2016. He said the campaign leadership quickly had a meeting about whether to share the information with the media, which they ultimately decided to do.

According to Mook’s testimony, other meeting attendees were campaign chairman John Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri, and policy adviser Jake Sullivan — President Joe Biden’s current national security adviser.

When special counsel John Durham pressed Mook about who approved pushing the Alfa-Bank claims to the media, he said, “John and I were involved,” but “I discussed it with Hillary as well.”

“All I remember is that she agreed with the decision,” Mook said, adding, “she thought we made the right decision.”


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Hillary Clinton signed off on sharing debunked Alfa-Bank claims with the media

May 23, 2022

IRS Paying Interest to People with Delayed Tax Refunds

The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will start paying 5 percent in guaranteed interest to individuals with delayed tax returns in July.

The agency will also pay 4 percent interest on delayed corporate tax returns, 5 percent on underpayments on tax returns, and 7 percent for “large corporate underpayments.”

Law allots the IRS 45 days to process a tax refund.

“The IRS is sitting on 13 million unprocessed tax returns and over 26 million tax returns that are waiting needing further IRS action,” Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) said during a House subcommittee hearing last week.

“At the same time, IRS phone service levels are near all-time lows, making it nearly impossible to reach an IRS agent for help with tax or audit matters.”

According to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report published last month, the IRS has paid out nearly $14 billion in delayed refund interest over the last seven fiscal years.


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IRS to pay 5 percent interest to individuals with delayed tax refunds

May 23, 2022

Hate Crime Charges Filed Against Man Who Plotted Shooting

A Georgia man has been charged with two counts of committing a federal hate crime.

The Justice Department said that Larry Edward Foxworth repeatedly fired a pistol into two convenience stores in July 2021 near his home in Jonesboro “in an attempt to kill victims based on their race, color or national origin.”

“No person should be afraid to shop or go to work in our community. Nor should people have to worry that they may be violently attacked because of the color of their skin,” U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said. 

“Combatting hate crimes continues to be among the Department of Justice’s top priorities. In this district, allegations of criminal activity fueled by hate and racism will always merit our full attention.”

Foxworth, 48, is awaiting trial after being indicted on May 17.

“Hate-fueled violence has no place in a civilized society,” said Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. 

“Thankfully, no one was injured by the conduct alleged in this case, but the Justice Department is committed to using all the tools in our law enforcement arsenal to prosecute allegations of hate crimes.”


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Federal hate crime charges announced against man accused of plotting racist shooting in Georgia

May 23, 2022

Have You Seen This Man? It’s Been 100 Days Since Biden’s Last Interview

It’s been more than 100 days since President Joe Biden gave a sit-down interview with the media, which critics say contradicts his vow to carry out a transparent administration.

“One hundred days without a press interview underscores how little Biden cares to answer for struggling Americans seeking solutions to the crises he created,” said Emma Vaughn, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.

“This milestone is yet another pitiful mark on Biden’s long list of failures.”

Biden’s last sit-down interview was on Feb. 10 with NBC’s Lester Holt, his twenty-third interview since taking office. At this point in former President Donald Trump’s administration, he had conducted 95 such interviews, while former President Barack Obama had completed 187.

“It would be an advantage for the president to do more interviews,” Democratic strategist Brad Bannon said.

“He needs to get his message out, and if it was up to me, I’d encourage him to do more. I think it’s pretty clear the administration needs to do a better job getting his message across to the public.”


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Triple digits: Biden hits 100 days without a media interview

May 23, 2022

Democrats Drop Big Money in GOP Primary Elections

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1785: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has sunk millions of dollars into Illinois and Nevada’s GOP primary elections.

“The DGA is wasting no time in educating the public about these Republicans,” said Christina Amestoy, DGA’s senior communications advisor.

“These elected and formerly elected officials want to deceptively retell their histories, and we’re just filling in the gaps.”

The DGA has spent $8.4 million on television ads in Illinois, with more than $4 million in the Chicago market alone. The ads target Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, the leading Republican in next month’s primary, where he’ll face state Sen. Darren Bailey (R) and several others.

Additionally, Democrats have spent $2.3 million in Nevada against Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R).

“The DGA’s spending decisions indicate they are very worried about their incumbent governors’ chances as their failed records are being litigated for voters,” said Jesse Hunt, a spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association.

“There isn’t enough money for them to meddle in the nearly dozen states where Democrats are in danger of losing their hold on the governor’s office.”


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Democrats spend big in GOP governor primaries

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