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January 1, ‘Obamagate’ Divides Republicans



This Day In History | 1932

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Good morning Middle Americans!

How far back and how deep are you willing to go to expose the “deep state” and “Obamagate?” One of our favorite political philosophers, Thomas Sowell from Stanford University, says that in politics, “there are no solutions, only trade offs. So if the goal of the “Obamagate” investigation is a solution to the FBI’s egregious deviation from the norms of legal criminal investigations, let us stop you right there. We have no doubt there are good people working to expose the misdeeds of former FBI Director James Comey, his deputy Andrew McCabe, and others. And there very well may be criminal charges for some of them. But the political trade-offs for this are also severe. And this is where it’s going to get uncomfortable for people who want vengeance. 

And it’s why Professor Sowell’s cold dose of political reality is important. 

Were the investigation to happen in a vacuum, one could clearly justify spending a lot of time and money going after former president Barack Obama for whatever crime President Trump thinks he committed. There’s also certainly a case to be made for leverage the former president’s leaked audio and his defense of the Michael Flynn investigation to rally the MAGA folks. It’s already happening.

Meanwhile, according to Politico, Senate Republicans are starting to show signs of cracking when it comes to their support of President Trump. And here’s one reason why “Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic nominee, in a recent Morning Consult poll held a 10-point advantage over Mr. Trump among voters who are 65 and older,” the New York Times reported today. No matter what a GOP Senator says in support of Trump publically, none of them will stay on board with the president for long, if they think he’s taking on too much water.

Can you imagine if President Obama were running against President Trump right now? That’s basically what’s going to happen. You can start to see the Democrats falling back on what will become their blessed campaign trinity for 2020. Praying for a miracle. Except in this bizarro scenario the father – is Biden, the son (daughter in this case) is the soon to be named VP nominee, and the “holy” spirit is former President Obama. He’s still the closest thing to god in the Democratic party. 

Keep your eyes on California today – Elon Musk is planning on opening up his Tesla plant in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom. He says he’s ready to go to jail for the right to work. We’ll keep you posted. 

Read all about it. 

-Fraser Dixon 

Senate Republicans break with Trump over ‘Obamagate’

(Politico) – President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign to encourage sweeping investigations of his predecessor Barack Obama met a unanimous response from Senate Republicans: No thanks.

Trump’s Senate allies on Monday stopped short of echoing Trump’s frenetic and unsubstantiated claim that Obama acted illegally when the Justice Department began probing incoming national security adviser Michael Flynn in late 2016. And they indicated that the Senate would pass on investigating the former president as they conduct their own investigations that could soon ensnare other senior Obama administration officials.

“I’m not anticipating calling President Obama,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), whose panel is investigating the origins of the 2016 Russia investigation, even as he vowed to bring in former senior Obama administration officials as witnesses. Those ex-officials include former FBI Director James Comey and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

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Related: Watergate Prosecutor: Barr Dropping Flynn Case ‘A Clear Coverup’


Biden Slams Trump for Not Giving Americans the ‘Same Necessary Protections he Has Gotten for Himself’

(The Week) – Former Vice President Joe Biden has penned an op-ed calling for ramped up coronavirus testing and condemning the White House as those around President Trump are tested for COVID-19 daily.

In an op-ed for The Washington Post published on Monday, Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, argues Trump “isn’t up to the task” of providing states with “the tools, resources and guidance they need from the federal government to reopen safely and sustainably,” saying “we need widespread testing” to do so.

Biden noted that Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House officials are now receiving COVID-19 tests every day, writing, “They knew exactly how to make the Oval Office safe and operational, and they put in the work to do it. They just haven’t put in that same work for the rest of us.” He says Trump “should be working to get Americans the same necessary protections he has gotten for himself.”

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Elon Musk Risks Arrest to Open CA Auto Plant

(CNET) – The factory in Fremont, California, has been offline since March, but CEO Elon Musk isn’t waiting any longer — and doesn’t care if he ends up in handcuffs.

Tesla officially restarted production on Monday at its plant in Fremont, California, albeit not on the local government’s terms. CEO Elon Musk confirmed workers are back on the job and specifically said the decision goes against Alameda County’s stay-at-home order. In fact, Musk said he’s willing to be placed under arrest as the factory restarts.

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Federal Judge Overrules Ban on Drag Queens



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A federal judge in Texas has handed down a ruling, stating the new law restricting public drag performances is a violation of constitutional speech rights. This ruling has resulted in the permanent discontinuation of the law’s enforcement.

U.S. District Judge David Hittner wrote in his decision, “Not all people will like or condone certain performances,” drawing a parallel between the varying preferences for performances to differing tastes in music or comedy, and emphasizing that these differences do not negate First Amendment protections.

This law is not a standalone case, with Texas being one of over a dozen states that have attempted to implement restrictions on drag shows, a move seen as part of broader Republican initiatives to regulate LGBT behaviors. Similar laws have been enacted in three other states.

Judge Hittner labeled the Texas law as discriminatory and vague, specifying that drag performances are not obscenely intrinsic and are a form of expressive speech, thus protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, drag performers, and Pride march organizers united in a legal battle, filing a lawsuit in Houston’s federal court to challenge this law. They argue modern drag, a form of expressive musical and dance performance, has its roots in LGBT venues.

The office of the Texas attorney general defended the law, which, among other things, banned the display of exaggerated male or female sexual characteristics in public or where minors could see, asserting it is essential for protecting children from “sexually explicit” content. Those found violating could face fines and up to one year in jail.

However, critics of the law believe it has been written so broadly that it could potentially criminalize performances by pop stars and cheerleaders and is directly targeting LGBT performers.

In alignment with this ruling, other federal judges in states like Tennessee, Florida, and Montana have also struck down similar drag restrictions, citing them as free-speech violations.

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Michelle Obama Earns $750,000 for One-Hour Speech



Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently commanded a staggering $750,000 for delivering a one-hour speech at a tech fair in Munich. This lucrative speaking engagement was held on the sidelines of the annual Oktoberfest beer festival.

Mrs. Obama addressed around 5,000 attendees, discussing pushing past self-doubt and emphasizing the importance of inclusivity and diversity.

According to sources close to the conference organizers, the former First Lady “topped the list” of desired participants “year after year,” prompting the organizers to “pull out all the stops” to secure her presence.

This massive sum is nearly double the annual earnings of the current President, Joe Biden, illuminating the high demand and esteem for Mrs. Obama in the international speaking circuit.

The event, named ‘Bits and Pretzels’, is a three-day gathering focused on entrepreneurial endeavors and features speakers who share their success stories. It brings together founders of national and international companies and has hosted other notable figures, including former German soccer star turned entrepreneur, Oliver Kahn. Michelle Obama’s fellow speakers at the event revered her presence, noting it as a significant highlight.

Senator Ted Cruz has been vocal about his speculations regarding Mrs. Obama’s political future, especially considering her enduring popularity and high approval ratings.

He stated on his podcast, “In August of 2024, the Democrat kingmakers [may] jettison Joe Biden and parachute in Michelle Obama.”

This statement comes amidst the circulating concerns about President Biden’s age and cognitive abilities, making the possibility of Mrs. Obama’s candidacy a tantalizing scenario for many.

Michelle Obama’s enduring appeal is evident from her consistent high approval ratings during her White House years and beyond. A recent YouGov poll highlighted that 77 percent of people still have a favorable opinion of her, compared to a mere 15 percent unfavorable.

This wide support stems from her initiatives and engagements during her tenure as the First Lady and her ongoing work promoting inclusivity and diversity.

Since leaving the White House, the Obamas have engaged in numerous lucrative speaking engagements and signed a $65 million publishing deal with Penguin for their memoirs. They have also ventured into production with their company ‘Higher Ground’, signing a significant contract with Netflix.

Michelle Obama continues to influence and inspire through her work, and her high-profile appearances are eagerly anticipated and well-compensated, as demonstrated by her recent engagement in Munich.

While the former First Lady has denied any intentions to run for office, her widespread popularity and the high demand for her insights keep the rumors alive.

The considerable fee for her recent speaking engagement underscores her enduring influence and the significant impact she continues to have on discussions about diversity and inclusivity globally.

Despite her high earnings and popularity, Michelle Obama and her family continue to receive Secret Service protection, a provision reinstated by President Obama in 2013. The law ensures lifetime protection for former presidential spouses and their family members, reversing a 1994 statute that capped such protection at ten years.

Michelle Obama remains a figure of immense influence and respect, commanding significant attention and compensation for her appearances. Her ongoing work and the discussions around her possible future political endeavors keep her at the forefront of national and global conversations.

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Tragic Discovery: Deadly Trap Door Found in Bronx Day Care



A heart-wrenching scene unfolded in a Bronx day care. A 1-year-old lost his life, and three others were injured. Investigators believe the exposure to fentanyl is to blame.

Investigators executed a search warrant, revealing a trap door in the play area of the day care apartment. Hidden inside were large quantities of fentanyl and other narcotics.

Authorities unveiled that a kilo of fentanyl was stored on playmats. A device to press drugs into bricks was also discovered, painting a grim picture of the day care’s dual life.

Owner Grei Mendez and her tenant Carlisto Acevedo Brito are currently facing murder charges. They’re in federal custody, held without bail, connected to horrifying federal drug trafficking charges.

A grand jury in the Bronx has returned an indictment related to the tragic events. However, the specific charges remain sealed pending arraignment.

District Attorney Darcel Clark passionately voiced her commitment to seek justice. “Every single person in this county feels what they feel, that they entrusted day care center to take care of their children,” she said.

Mayor Eric Adams was visibly upset about the horrifying incident. “This is total madness that we lost a child to this dangerous substance,” he exclaimed, calling for a full national assault on this drug.

The day care, catering to children between 6 weeks and 12 years old, had passed a city inspection just last week. Despite this, a secret life of drug conspiracy thrived behind closed doors.

Mendez’s attorney claims her only crime was renting a room to someone who had a kilo of fentanyl. However, the presence of drug paraphernalia raises haunting questions.

Officials remain vigilant and are conducting thorough investigations. It’s crucial to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children who are victims of this tragic incident.

What We Think

This is just downright heartbreaking and maddening. Little kids, innocent lives, and then there’s this poison, this fentanyl, in their safe space. The trust parents put in day cares, completely shattered. It makes one question, how many more places are like this, running dual lives?

These revelations, they just bring forth the need for stricter, much stricter, oversights and regulations. Folks ought to be able to trust that their kids are safe, that they are cared for when they’re away.

And to the folks responsible, if they’re guilty, they better face the full force of the law. The safety of our little ones should never be compromised, never.

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