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    Everyone has a pet theory or two about what has gone wrong in America. And by America I of course mean the United States of, discounting the other 34 countries of the Americas — which speaks to our exceptional self-centeredness, which might in fact be seen as one of the overarching reasons why the country has gone to pot. Not only do we harbor a fervent belief that we have nothing to learn from others, we barely comprehend that they exist. With the Republican Party's platform morphing from obstruction to fascism (e.g., CPAC is planning a spring fling in authoritarian Hungary), citizens losing their minds over wearing masks and talking up anything but a safe and free vaccine in a deadly pandemic that has taken more American lives than were lost in our Civil War (in an era before doctors could do much more than use a saw), and school board members facing violent threats for supporting basic inclusion and diversity efforts in public schools — for many, the concept of American exceptionalism has been turned on its head....
    Life is worse than the virus? Facebook is a menace. COVID-19 is a menace. Conservatism is a cesspool. Together, those three ingredients have created a toxic stew of malevolent death and devastation. We can talk about all those things in the abstract, look at the numbers and statistics, and catch the occasional whiff of seditionist right-wing rhetoric. But I hadn’t really fully understood just how horrifying that combination of right-wing extremism, Facebook, and a killer virus was until I became a regular at the Herman Cain Awards subreddit. This series will document some of those stories, so we are aware of what the other side is doing to our country. Today’s cautionary tale features a prosperity gospel pastor. Imagine being such an asshole that you refuse to listen to the medical and scientific community when it begs you to take a free and simple jab, but then expect that same medical and scientific community to prioritize you for desperately needed organ transplants?  Don’t they love to say that Jesus helps those who help themselves?  United has had near universal vaccination, and...
    Eric Schmitt, a Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, has picked up the endorsement of Americans for Prosperity Action, a super PAC under the Koch umbrella of political and policy groups. Schmitt, the Missouri attorney general, is locked in a competitive GOP primary with former Gov. Eric Greitens; Reps. Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long; and others. Americans for Prosperity Action, with its resources and focus on grassroots organizing and voter turnout, could provide a critical boost to Schmitt if the primary campaign remains close and ends in a photo-finish. The group operates under the umbrella of groups spearheaded by the Koch brothers. “I am honored to receive the endorsement from Americans for Prosperity in my campaign for U.S. Senate,” Schmitt said in a statement. “During my time as state Senator and Attorney General, I was proud to stand alongside AFP in some of the toughest fights to empower and preserve the American Dream in Missouri.” GOP SURGE IN THE MAKING PER 2022 POLLING Americans for Prosperity is a super PAC and sister organization to Americans for Prosperity, long one...
    In this article BABA 9618-HK Alibaba said its total gross merchandise value (GMV) over the Singles Day event, which spanned 11-days, totalled 498.2 billion yuan or $74.1 billion. That beat last year's 268.4 billion yuan figure.AlibabaGUANGZHOU, China — The biggest shopping event in the world, Singles Day, is underway but China's e-commerce giants will have to deal with economic growth potentially slowing as well as continued scrutiny from domestic regulators. Singles Day — also known as Double 11 — takes place on Nov. 11 in China and is widely believed to have begun in the 1990s in universities as men celebrated being single. In 2009, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launched the first shopping event on that day, offering heavy discounts on its Tmall shopping platform. Many of China's online shopping companies have since jumped on the bandwagon, making Singles Day bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the U.S. combined. Promotions begin earlier each year and are no longer limited to a 24-hour window. JD.com and Alibaba kicked off promotions on Oct. 20, allowing customers to pay a...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese President Xi Jinping's national campaign for "common prosperity" has cast a shadow over an industry that counts the country as one of its biggest markets: luxury goods.Xi's push to redistribute wealth in the world's second-largest economy has unsettled some luxury market investors. The sector still bears scars from a sweeping government crackdown on corruption several years ago and is now relying on Chinese consumers more than ever.Shoppers in mainland China are vital to brands such as LVMH, Hermes and Gucci. Last year, as the coronavirus pandemic took hold worldwide, China's case numbers remained relatively low and the country's share of the global luxury market roughly doubled, according to consultancy Bain. The firm predicts that China will become the world's biggest market by 2025, overtaking Europe and the United States.The latest government initiative — which coincides with a regulatory crackdown on industries from technology and education to gaming and entertainment — has raised concerns. But experts are divided on whether "common prosperity" will hurt luxury sales, which total hundreds of billions of dollars a year. Chinas luxury...
    Terminator 26 IT looks like COP26 could use a tough guy like Arnold Schwarzenegger — and not just to tackle the worrying holes in the eco-summit’s security, which we reveal today. The Terminator star yesterday gave a wake-up call to leaders gearing up for Glasgow, saying any who can’t combine green changes with economic success like he once did as California governor were “stupid or liars”. 4Arnold gave a wake-up call to leaders gearing up for COP26Credit: Getty He’s right that change must not impoverish people. And there are great examples of the sort of innovation we need coming through all the time, such as NHS electric ambulances and surgeons’ scrubs made from recycled bottles. In truth, however, Boris Johnson has it all to do to ensure COP26 lives up to billing, after the leaders of big polluters China and Russia declined to attend. The PM must show them what they’re missing with an Arnie-style muscular vision of planet-saving prosperity, so we can say “Hasta la vista” to pollution. Boost of luck AFTER a shaky start, the booster jabs...
    NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh plans to present its “climate prosperity plan” aimed at mitigating the effects of global warming on economic development at the forthcoming U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, a Bangladeshi climate official says. The plan envisions boosting renewable energy, making agriculture more resistant to climate shocks and finding solutions in nature to challenges posed by global warming, such as restoring mangroves to protect coasts from cyclones. The South Asian nation says it will encourage other similarly vulnerable countries to draft their own plans. Representatives of more than 200 countries will gather for the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss new targets for cutting or curbing the growth of emissions that contribute to climate change. With most of its 160 million people tightly packed into low-lying areas along the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh is considered especially prone to flooding, extreme weather and the loss of farmland to rising ocean levels. Relying on its own resources and with support from the international community, Bangladesh...
    Charles KochPatrick T. Fallon | The Washington Post | Getty Images The political network backed by billionaire Charles Koch spent a record amount of money directly lobbying Congress, with a focus on opposing crucial elements of President Joe Biden's agenda while supporting some bills backed by Democratic lawmakers. Americans for Prosperity, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization, supported by the libertarian-leaning Koch, spent $350,000 between July and September as they separately committed millions of dollars on advertisements that, at times, took aim at pieces of Biden's proposals. One of the network's lobbying targets this year has been moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The total also does not include the millions spent on lobbying by the separate Koch Industries, a conglomerate that's been owned and run by the family for decades. Still, that six-figure lobbying total is the most Americans for Prosperity has spent in one quarter directly engaging with congressional lawmakers, according to records reviewed by CNBC. A third quarter disclosure shows the Koch network opposed the House version of Biden's infrastructure proposal known as the Build Back Better Act, the social...
    Joel Osteen is a multi-millionaire, but that didn't stop him from taking full advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program in 2020. The New York Daily News, however, reports that Osteen has returned the $4.4 million it received in PPP loans. Osteen, who operates Lakewood Church in Houston, generated a lot of controversy when he took that PPP money — as the Paycheck Protection Program was designed to help small businesses that were struggling financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And Lakewood is not a small business; it is a megachurch with hundreds of employees. The New York Daily News' Theresa Braine explains, "The loans are meant for businesses with fewer than 500 employees, but the coronavirus funds were distinguished by the number of religious institutions that took advantage of the funds. In Texas alone, more than 1000 religious groups got money from the federal program, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last December." Osteen, Braine notes, has a reported net worth of $100 million and drives a Ferrari. The Lakewood pastor has been a leading proponent of what is known as...
    Americans for Prosperity announced a 'six-figure' ad campaign for the Virginia governor's race on Thursday. On Thursday, the Virginia arm of Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity endorsed Republican candidate for governor Glenn Youngkin. The group also announced the launch of a "six-figure" digital advertising campaign supporting Youngkin's campaign. "As a businessman and entrepreneur, Youngkin understands the pressure Virginian families feel as budgets tighten, costs increase, and success gets harder to find," J.C. Hernandez, Americans for Prosperity-Virginia's state director, told The Hill. "It doesn't have to be this way. Glenn Youngkin knows the policies it takes to make life more affordable and expand opportunity to all Virginians. We’re ready to work day and night through the Election to help him make that vision a reality." Americans for Prosperity was founded by Charles and David Koch, brothers who used their multi-billion-dollar fortune — in part inherited from their father, Fred Koch — to support conservative academics, politicians, and activists. After President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, Americans for Prosperity became a key...
    The Virginia branch of the conservative group Americans for Prosperity endorsed Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in the state's gubernatorial election on Thursday, launching a six-figure digital campaign.  The Hill was the first outlet to report on the endorsement from the group, which is backed by GOP mega-donor Charles Koch.  "As a businessman and entrepreneur, Youngkin understands the pressure Virginian families feel as budgets tighten, costs increase, and success gets harder to find," said Americans for Prosperity-Virginia state director J.C. Hernandez.  "It doesn’t have to be this way. Glenn Youngkin knows the policies it takes to make life more affordable and expand opportunity to all Virginians. We’re ready to work day and night through the Election to help him make that vision a reality.”  The six-figure ad campaign will focus on the rising cost of living in Virginia under Democratic control in Richmond. The group's activists will also take part in a kick-off rally at their Richmond headquarters on Monday.  The endorsement comes as the race finds itself in a dead heat ahead of Election Day next month. An Emerson College...
    American adults view the Republican party by significant margins to be better than the Democrat party at protecting the country from international threats and maintaining prosperity, a Gallup poll released Wednesday revealed. Fifty-four percent of the respondents said the Republican party, compared to only 39 percent who said the Democrat party, when asked, “Looking ahead for the next few years, which political party do you think will do a better job of protecting the country from international terrorism and military threats.” The numbers grew farther apart as the Republican party’s percentage increased from 50 percent last year, and Americans have lost more faith in Democrats since last year when 46 percent responded to the same question. “Americans typically see the Republican Party as more capable on national security matters, but the 15-point gap in favor of the GOP this year is the largest since a 16-point advantage in 2015,” Gallup noted. By 54% to 39%, Americans say the Republican Party is better able than the Democratic Party to keep the U.S. safe from terrorism and other military threats — the largest GOP advantage since 2015....
    Republicans hold an advantage over Democrats with voters on the issues of security and prosperity, according to a new Gallup poll released on Wednesday.  Fifty-four percent of respondents said they believe the GOP is better than the Democratic Party when it comes to protecting the nation from international threats, while 39 percent said they thought Democrats were better than Republicans on the issue.  On "ensuring the nation is prosperous," Republicans held a nine-point advantage over Democrats, 50 percent to 41 percent.  However, when asked "which party can better handle whichever issue it deems the most important facing the country," respondents were split, with 41 percent favoring the GOP and 38 percent favoring Democrats.  The survey comes as President BidenJoe BidenBiden announces nominations for Arts and Humanities endowments Biden and Xi agree to abide by Taiwan agreement On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Democrats cross the debt ceiling Rubicon MORE's economic agenda and the U.S.'s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan under his command have dominated the headlines.  Biden has been attempting to unite both sides of his party to pass the bipartisan $1.2...
    STANTON, Tenn. (AP) — Lesa Tard expects to serve up more hot wings and cheeseburgers when the clean energy revolution comes to Stanton with Ford’s plans to build a factory to produce electric pickups. So she’s making plans to expand along with the tiny West Tennessee town. Her diner is strategically situated at the busiest intersection in the community of about 450, and she’s looking forward to serving the thousands of workers who will arrive once construction begins and a sprawling vehicle and battery manufacturing complex opens. “I don’t see anything but great things happening,” said Tard, who operates Suga’s Diner with her husband. “It will be good for the area because people, once they start coming down here to work, some people might want to relocate, and the community can grow.” Stanton is one of two small Southern towns likely to undergo dramatic transformations in the wake of Monday’s announcement by Ford that it will put Stanton and Glendale, Kentucky, at the center of its plans to ramp up electric vehicle production. Together with its battery partner, SK...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Friday, Gov. DeSantis gave a presser on two bills he’ll be pushing that’ll bring economic prosperity to the state, and preserve and nourish nature. “We’re going to be awarding more than $114 million for 16 big water quality improvement projects in targeted areas across the state, and it’s pertinent that we’re here in Brevard County because of that $114 million in grants.” READ MORE: State Argues Judge Should Reject COVID-19 Records Case More than $53 million is dedicated to 13 water quality projects, which will significantly improve the health of the Indian River Lagoon. And also to realign the state’s resources to enhance the protection of Florida’s environment and to safeguard Florida’s water resources, it did create a grant program within deep to be able to provide grants so that we can make these necessary improvements. READ MORE: Ring Doorbell Camera Appears To Show Elderly Woman Threatening Neighbor With Knife “And that’s what we’re here celebrating today, which we did last year, SB 25 12, which funded this project,” said DeSantis. “And so now, we’re in a...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry in studio to weigh in on Secretary of State Blinken’s testimony to Congress on Monday and the ignorance of a 20-year war with Afghanistan. Leahy: Already in studio with us, the mayor of Maury County, Andy Ogles. Now joining us in studio, the Grassroots Director for Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry. Good morning, Andy, and good morning, Grant. Henry: Good morning, sir. Ogles: Morning. Leahy: Well, Grant. You actually took some time yesterday to watch the testimony of Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Antony Blinken, the beta male who’s now the secretary of state of the United States. Our own, Mark Green, as we heard in the last segment, I had some pretty pressing questions for him. Didn’t get really good answers on the Afghanistan debacle. What...
    A new report called Blueprint Nebraska presents a plan to maintain the state’s prosperity and continue “growing the good life.” The report by the non-profit group The Platte Institute calls for "tax modernization", increased rural broadband service and expanded housing. “The plan avoids pyramiding and taxing business inputs but it does expand Nebraska’s sales tax base,” Jim Smith, a former Nebraska legislator who is now an executive vice president of the The Platte Institute, told The Center Square. The revenue from expanding the sales tax to services such as health care would be used to create a “flat tax” on corporate and individual income, said Smith: “Everything under $50,000 for an individual would be completely exempt from state income taxes.” The reforms would have many benefits to the state including reducing property taxes, Smith said. He has been touring the state promoting the “tax modernization” plan. The proposal immediately drew fire from another nonprofit group, the OpenSky Policy Institute. “Our initial look at the report left us with several questions and concerns, most notably...
    An avalanche of changes launched by China’s ruling Communist Party has jolted everyone from tech billionaires to school kids. Behind them: President Xi Jinping’s vision of making a more powerful, prosperous country by reviving revolutionary ideals, with more economic equality and tighter party control over society and entrepreneurs. Since taking power in 2012, Xi has called for the party to return to its "original mission" as China’s economic, social and cultural leader and carry out the " rejuvenation of the great Chinese nation." The party has spent the decade since then silencing dissent and tightening political control. Now, after 40 years of growth that transformed China into the world's factory but left a gulf between a wealthy elite and the poor majority, the party is promising to spread prosperity more evenly and is pressing private companies to pay for social welfare and back Beijing’s ambition to become a global technology competitor. In this June 28, 2021, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen leading other top officials pledging their vows to the party on screen during a...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry in studio to weigh in on Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN-09)’s call for the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer and Dr. Michelle Fiscus’s lawsuit. Leahy: In studio. Grant Henry, grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity- Tennessee. We have some interesting Tennessee stories we’ve been talking about here, Grant. Of course, we’ll get back to Michelle Fiscus, former vaccine official lawsuit. (Chuckles) But I have to come back some of these comments of people who’ve been reading our story about Tennessee Representative Steve Cohen. Now he demanded U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer retire. Here’s what he said. The esteemed Justice Breyer needs to announce retirement so Biden can name his replacement while Democrats still have the majority in the Senate and Chief Justice Roberts doesn’t influence the...
    In this article BABAThe front of Alibaba's Wangjing office in Beijing on Dec. 24, 2020.Costfoto | Barcroft Media | Getty ImagesGUANGZHOU, China — Alibaba will invest 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) over the next few years into "common prosperity" initiatives, joining a chorus of technology giants pouring money into President Xi Jinping's goal to spread wealth. The Chinese e-commerce giant will put the money into 10 initiatives including technology innovation, economic development, high quality job creation and supporting vulnerable groups. Last month, Xi called for the "reasonable adjustment of excessive incomes" and encouraged high income groups and businesses to "return more to society." "Alibaba is a beneficiary of the strong social and economic progress in China over the past 22 years. We firmly believe that if society is doing well and the economy is doing well, then Alibaba will do well," said Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang. "We are eager to do our part to support the realization of common prosperity through high-quality development." The call for common prosperity — the government's push toward moderate wealth for all — has been answered...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Alibaba is pouring 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) into China's drive to achieve "common prosperity," marking the latest big pledge from a Chinese company to support President Xi Jinping's campaign.The tech giant announced Friday that it would invest the staggering sum by 2025 with an eye on five priorities: innovation in technology, economic development, the creation of "high-quality employment," supporting vulnerable communities, and setting up a special development fund.The company also laid out 10 specific goals it plans to tackle, from increasing technological investment in the country's less developed regions to improving the welfare of gig economy workers to working to speed up the growth of small businesses and agriculture. Alibaba is also setting up what it's calling the "Prosperity Advancement Working Committee," which will be helmed by Chairman and CEO Daniel Zhang. Didi and JD.com are letting their workers unionize"Alibaba is a beneficiary of the strong social and economic progress in China over the past 22 years. We firmly believe that if society is doing well and the economy is doing well, then Alibaba will do...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry and Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to discuss why ruling by executive order is wrong and how states could bypass federal education funding and implement ESAs. Leahy: Of course, we had the big Williamson County School Board meeting here. It’s a big mess. And to me, I think it is really illustrative of the problems we have with the federal government trying to tell everybody how to do schooling. And they’re not very good at it. Here in Tennessee, if you track what various school districts are doing, here are the different dynamics. The urban areas largely, although I think there are about eight county school districts that have imposed mask mandates. Shelby County in Memphis, Metro Nashville is another one. Williamson county had imposed a...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese President Xi Jinping this week issued a bold new pledge to redistribute wealth in the country, piling more pressure on the country's richest citizens and businesses.Xi told top leaders from the ruling Chinese Communist Party on Tuesday that the government must establish a system to redistribute wealth in the interest of "social fairness," according to a summary of the speech published by Xinhua, the official state news agency. He said it was "necessary" to "reasonably regulate excessively high incomes, and encourage high-income people and enterprises to return more to society."The Delta variant is just one of the clouds hanging over Chinas economyThe Xinhua article did not include many details about how Xi hoped to accomplish this goal, but did suggest that the government could consider taxation or other ways of redistributing income and wealth. Xi even invoked the need for "common prosperity" among the Chinese people as critical for the Party to maintain power, and transform the country into a "fully developed, rich and powerful" nation by 2049, the 100th anniversary of the existence of the...
    Chinese President Xi JinpingAris Messinis | Pool | Reuters BEIJING — Chinese President Xi Jinping emphasized at a finance and economic meeting Tuesday the need to support moderate wealth for all — or the idea of "common prosperity," which analysts have said is behind the latest regulatory crackdown on tech companies. Significantly, the meeting was the first Xi led publicly since a two-week quiet period. Chinese leaders typically spend early August in secret political discussions at a resort in Beidaihe, about a three hours' drive east of Beijing. The meeting called for the "reasonable adjustment of excessive incomes and encouraging high income groups and businesses to return more to society," state media said in Chinese, according to a CNBC translation.VIDEO3:4103:41We're finally getting to the finish line with China regulation, says KraneShares CIO AhernPower LunchLeaders also specified common prosperity does not mean prosperity for just a few and is not a form of equal distribution, state media said. Rather, progress toward the goal would occur in stages, the report said. Delivering "common prosperity" has emerged in recent months as an underlying...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry in studio to weigh in on the trillions of dollars being spent on so-called infrastructure and the price of inflation. Leahy: Andy Ogles, the mayor of Maury County, and Grant Henry, grassroots director for the Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee. Good morning, Andy. Ogles: Good morning. How are you? Leahy: We’re great. Grant Henry! Henry: How’s it going, y’all?  Good morning, everyone. Leahy: He’s gonna bring it, folks. He’s gonna bring it! What have you got? What have you got? Henry: I want to start with a headline here from The Tennessee Star. Of course, here’s the headline, if you want to follow on commentary, Inflation hits 5.3 percent in July as the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill easily passes with a $3.5 trillion stimulus expected in September....
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry in studio to weigh in on Bill Lee’s recent executive order and the precedent for law in America. Leahy: Our good friend Grant Henry, grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity for Tennessee. Grant, I thought Congressman Mark Green made an outstanding point there about the overreach of the executive branch and the diminution of the legislative branch. This has been going on for decades. It’s getting worse and worse and worse. What are your thoughts about that? Henry: It’s not just who we were speaking about a second ago. The Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. It’s not just President Biden coming out and sort of giving this unilateral executive order saying, hey, we just have this eviction moratorium. Just out of whole cloth. Leahy: There...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry, who weighs in on infrastructure spending and budget reconciliation in a partisan Democratic Congress. (Mitch McConnell clip plays) Leahy: That’s Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. I have two thoughts on his statement. First, it’s very obvious that inflation is a problem. Second, we need to have him here in the studio, and I need to give him a cup of the TriStar Trio coffee because he sounds like he’s asleep. (Laughter) Ogles: Unlike the rant we just heard a moment ago. Leahy: Unlike the three of us who are duly caffeinated and ready to rock and roll. Grant Henry, grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee. This infrastructure bill. I can’t see any other direction – the consequence of this infrastructure bill – other than...
    In her "Ingraham Angle" commentary on Monday, host Laura Ingraham said President Joe Biden "blew his chance" to unify Americans and to continue the successful economic policies of the Trump era. "Biden is blowing it.  And in the process, he’s burying America when we should be in the middle of a huge economic revival," she said. "No elected Republican…no moderate Democrat, no independent, should be helping him spin it any other way," Ingraham said, going on to criticize Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., of giving Biden political cover during infrastructure negotiations.  The host noted Cassidy is one of a handful of Republicans who have been working on a narrow infrastructure spending bill that both Biden and Democratic congressional leaders have said is irrelevant to their plan to pass a second massive spending bill they are also calling infrastructure legislation. In her recent visits to working-class communities, Ingraham said it is clear the Biden economy is severely hurting their livelihoods and outlook. "What Americans thought was going to be a fresh start, post-COVID, is on the verge of slipping away," she said, citing...
                        Members of Americans for Prosperity – Georgia (AFP-GA) are scheduled to host an event opposing what they said was U.S. President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan. AFP-GA has scheduled the event for 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday July 23 at Tom Triplett Community Park, Pavilion No. 1 in Pooler, Georgia. U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) will serve as special guest speaker. This, according to a press release that AFP-GA published Friday. Event organizers said they will “discuss the wasteful, partisan ‘infrastructure’ bill being proposed by the Biden Administration and the harm that it will cause to hardworking Georgians.” According to its website, AFP-GA members advocate for long-term solutions to the country’s biggest problems including, among others, unsustainable government spending and debt, a broken immigration system, and a rigged economy. In May, Carter, responding to Democrats’ proposed tax increases, pitched what he said was a better way for the federal government to generate money, and he referred to it as the FairTax. “As people file their taxes this season, they...
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Engagement Director of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to review false narratives regarding the Cuban protests and questioned whether Americans value their freedom as many were seen marching with American flags. (Antony Blinken clip plays) It shows that they simply are not hearing the voices and will of the Cuban people: People deeply, deeply, deeply tired of the repression that has gone on for far too long, tired of the mismanagement. Leahy: That’s the current Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the poster child for the beta-male of American foreign policy under the maladministration of Joe Biden, formerly with that esteemed law firm Winken, Blinken, and Nod. Obviously, the guy is not ready for primetime. All these things going on in Cuba and all you hear...
    In this article FBSen. Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., talks with reporters as he makes his way to the Senate floor for a vote in Washington on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.Caroline Brehman | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty ImagesThe Koch network is thanking Sen. Joe Manchin for help on a bill that would expand access telehealth while the group also pressures the moderate West Virginia Democrat to resist chunks of President Joe Biden's agenda. A Facebook ad by the Koch network's political arm, Americans for Prosperity, was discovered by CNBC on Tuesday. It reads: "Thank you Senator Manchin for leading the charge for better access to affordable health care." "Senator Manchin is leading the charge to cut red tape and give Mountaineers better access to health care at prices they can afford. Encourage him to continue leading on telehealth policy to remove barriers to affordable and innovative care!" the ad says. There's also a link for a chance to sign a letter to Manchin himself. "Thank you for leading the charge to cut red tape standing in the way of better...
    Founder of The Woodson Center and civil rights activist Bob Woodson joined "Life, Liberty & Levin" Sunday to speak out against those that are "profiting from the deaths of Blacks" in inner cities communities. "There have been models of moral and spiritual excellence where people in these communities are applying old values to a new vision…but they were in isolation," Woodson told Fox News host Mark Levin. "We need to embrace what they have done. We need to talk about it. We need to do movies about it. We must promote examples. People want to see a sermon. They don't want to hear any more about sermons. And so if you want to convince people of the righteousness of your cause, of the soundness of the virtues and values of the nation, then we must do as Jesus did, and that is healed in the presence of people and didn't say a doubt to doubters. 'Go back and report what you've seen.'" MARK LEVIN HIGHLIGHTS THE RISE OF ‘AMERICAN MARXISM’ IN THE UNITED STATES Woodson shared his outlook on how...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) -Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan told CBS 11, he’s ready to get to work, and will gavel-in the House at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 8. He said they’re going to try to pass all of the Governor’s agenda items in the 30-day time period. READ MORE: Delta Variant And COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Have North Texas Health Leaders Uneasy House Democrats criticized the Governor’s agenda, saying they’re aimed at pleasing Republican primary voters. In announcing his special session items Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott said, “These special session priority items put the people of Texas first and will keep the Lone Star State on a path to prosperity.” In a tweet, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick said, “We are ready to pass all of the legislation on Governor Abbott’s special session call starting with SB-1, election security. Hearings will begin Saturday.” At last check, that bill hasn’t been filed yet. Elections security is among the Governor’s emergency items from the regular session that didn’t pass after House Democrats effectively killing it, when they walked out of the chamber about an...
    Did the U.S. Supreme Court strike a blow for privacy and free speech last week or undermine California’s justifiable effort to require a controversial (and conservative) political organization to reveal its donors? After numerous battles in lower courts, the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 margin that reflected its ideological division, sided with Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit organization founded by industrialists David and Charles Koch, and other non-profit organizations. Federal law requires such organizations to file income tax returns and list their major donors, but California law requires only that they provide copies of their tax returns to the state Department of Justice, which oversees charitable groups. However, beginning with former Attorney General (and now Vice President) Kamala Harris, the California Department of Justice began demanding that organizations also disclose their donors. Americans for Prosperity sued, alleging that the demanded filings violated their donors’ constitutional rights and, if disclosed publicly, would subject them to harassment. Advocates of the disclosure requirement countered that the information was needed to combat fraud and the flow of so-called “dark money” into political campaigns, particularly after...
                        The cancellation of the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum has prompted officials with Americans for Prosperity – Tennessee (AFP-TN) to renew their efforts to pass a state law to control a city or county’s reckless spending habits. AFP-TN Grassroots Engagement Director Grant Henry explained the proposed law this week on YouTube. “There is a proposed piece of legislation that Americans for Prosperity was very close to getting out of subcommittee last year, and we will follow it again. This proposal says when a city or a county has a reckless spending and debt problem like Nashville, any city or county that has a debt ratio over 10 percent, they, the city, will be required to mail a detailed notice to all citizens in advance of a proposed property tax increase. People will know exactly how much their individual taxes might go up. They will know what their current tax rate is, and they will know when this vote will be held,” Henry said. “Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly,...
    Elon Musk has come under fire for praising China and its economic prosperity as 'truly amazing' on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party's rule.  The Tesla founder lauded China in a tweet overnight, saying: 'The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.' Musk also posted the message on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo where he has nearly 1.8 million followers.  He was responding to a tweet from state-media outlet Xinhua News that included a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding the Communist Party's centenary. Elon Musk lauded China's economic prosperity as 'truly amazing' in a tweet overnight on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party's rule Musk also posted the message on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo where he has nearly 1.8 million followers He was responding to this tweet from state-media outlet Xinhua News that included a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping regarding the Communist Party's centenary 'China has realized the first centenary goal - building a moderately prosperous society in all respects,' Xi was quoted as saying. ...
    By Michelle Toh | CNN Business Elon Musk is applauding China on a momentous day for the country’s ruling political party. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO lavished praise on the country as it marked a special occasion Thursday: the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. In a Twitter post, Musk wrote that “the economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.” Musk was responding to a post from Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, which referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s campaign to end “absolute poverty in China.” Musk also posted the same message on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, where he has nearly 1.8 million followers. The Weibo post has attracted some 500 comments, where his remarks raised eyebrows among some users. “Elon Musk, an old CCP member,” wrote one user, who added a laughing emoji. Reaction was also mixed on Twitter. Some users seconded Musk’s remarks, while others pointed to China’s record on human rights. Musk’s charm offensive in China The billionaire businessman...
    The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a California donor disclosure requirement that a series of conservative groups said targeted them. In a 6-3 decision, the court found that the requirement is invalid because it burdens donors' First Amendment rights and is not narrowly tailored to advance important government interests. The decision is a win for nonprofits who had argued that the rule was intimidating donors who might otherwise support controversial anonymous causes. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion of the court, with which the other conservatives either joined or concurred. Justice Sonia Sotomayor dissented, along with the other liberals. SUPREME COURT TAKES AIM AT CALIFORNIA DONOR DISCLOSURE RULE The rule, which challengers argued targeted conservatives, has been the subject of heated debate for nearly a decade. It was originally imposed by the California Attorney General's Office and required all nonprofits seeking to raise money in the state to report the names and addresses of their major donors nationwide. The state claimed that donor information would be kept private and only viewed by authorized officials. The reason...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Elon Musk is applauding China on a momentous day for the country's ruling political party.The Tesla (TSLA) and SpaceX CEO lavished praise on the country as it marked a special occasion Thursday: the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.In a Twitter post, Musk wrote that "the economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves." The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 1, 2021 Musk was responding to a post from Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua, which referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping's campaign to end "absolute poverty in China."Musk also posted the same message on Weibo, China's Twitter-like platform, where he has nearly 1.8 million followers. The Weibo post has attracted some 500 comments, where his remarks raised eyebrows among some users.Read More"Elon Musk, an old CCP member," wrote one user, who added a laughing emoji.Reaction was also mixed on Twitter....
    Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai factory. Xinhua/ via Getty Images Musk expressed his enthusiasm about Chinese infrastructure in a tweet on Wednesday night. The Tesla CEO praised the "amazing" economic prosperity China has achieved.  He made these tweets on the same day that the Chinese are celebrating the Communist Party's centenary. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk posted a tweet on Wednesday night marveling at China's economic prosperity.  Responding to a post on Twitter made by state media Xinhua News featuring a snippet of Chinese President Xi Jinping's speech celebrating the Communist Party's centenary, Musk lavished praise on the country. "The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves," Musk tweeted. Musk's comments aren't too far out of the left field. In a podcast last July, Musk criticized people in the US, particularly in the Bay Area, LA, and New York, for being entitled and complacent, while exhorting how smart and hard-working people in China are....
                        Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grant Henry of Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee in the studio to weigh in on the recent decision made the court citing the unconstitutionality of the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, therefore, preventing it from proceeding to a vote by Davidson County citizens. Leahy: We are joined now in studio by our good friend Grant Henry. He’s the grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity, Tennessee. Good morning, Grant. Henry: Good morning, Sir. Good company in this room right now. Leahy: Yeah, we’re having a good time. Also in studio with us, the mayor of the turbocharged bastion of freedom, Maury County, Andy Ogles. Good morning again, Andy. Ogles: Good morning. Leahy: Grant, what on earth happened with the judge’s decision to basically declare that the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, which received all of the signatures necessary to get...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence said it is essential for the Republican Party to recognize China as the “greatest threat to our prosperity, security, and values,” outlining his vision for the party’s future during a Thursday speech at the Reagan Library in Southern California as part of “The Time For Choosing” series. “Our future agenda for the Republican Party must include a recognition that after years of capitulation by both political parties, that China is now the greatest threat to our prosperity, security, and values,” Pence said during the Thursday evening speech, pitching his vision for the future of the Republican Party. Former President Donald Trump, he said, “changed the national consensus on China.” “Even before the pandemic, our administration adopted a groundbreaking new approach to China,” he said, citing the “broad bipartisan” consensus in the pre-Trump era which came together “around the goal of helping China reform its economic system in the belief that as they experienced greater economic commerce, they would open the door to political freedoms and liberties.” “But we were wrong,” Pence said, warning the Chinese Communist Party...
                        Reacting to the cancellation of the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum, the Americans for Prosperity – Tennessee (AFP-TN) State Director Tori Venable suggested one way members of the Tennessee General Assembly could react. “This ruling once again silences Nashville voters and taxpayers who continue to be saddled with harmful tax increases. Nashvillians are tired of Mayor Cooper and Metro’s spending addiction that put the city in jeopardy of a state takeover,” Venable said in an emailed press release. “The court’s decision only perpetuates the fiscal mismanagement we’ve seen and places an even greater need on the state legislature to strengthen our Truth in Taxation law that will insert some sense of fiscal responsibility into the city’s finances and allow voters to reject corporate welfare and massive tax hikes. We will continue to advocate for taxpayers throughout the state and work to bring structural reforms that reins in Nashville’s outrageous spending.” Chancellor Russell T. Perkins, a Nashville judge, struck down the provisions of a referendum on the city’s taxes that was scheduled for July 27. The ruling...
                        Americans for Prosperity (AFP) – Tennessee members announced this week they want volunteers to help them educate Davidson County residents about the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act. The referendum, if voters approve it, would roll back Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s 34 to 37 percent tax increase. AFP members also told supporters in an email this week that they would knock on doors in the Hermitage area on Friday and Saturday. They also said that volunteers should visit GrassrootsNashville.com “Years of fiscal mismanagement, waste, corporate welfare, and flush benefits for elected officials have resulted in $3.6 billion dollars of debt for the city of Nashville. As a result, Metro officials and Mayor Cooper forced a 34 percent property tax hike on the backs of families and small businesses across the city last year,” AFP members told supporters on their website. “Despite the fiscal nightmare Nashville finds itself in, there is a way out of this mess and a solution that would bring some fiscal responsibility for years to come. The Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act (NTPA) could...
                      by Bob Luddy  The dictatorial, repugnant, and repressive Chinese government has ended freedom in Hong Kong. Now it threatens Taiwan, the most important producer of semiconductors for American products — jeopardizing America and her prosperity. Most American producers are suffering shortages of semiconductors, and if China prevails in its quest to take Taiwan, China will be positioned to shut down American industry by refusing to ship semiconductors to the United States. A Sino-American embargo would precipitate the shuttering of automobile, appliance, and military equipment production, the internet, and processors in virtually every product and industry. With laser focus, China’s government strengthens its military and economy, as our federal government officials — the most mendacious and incompetent since the FDR depression — weaken American manufacturing and commerce, subvert truth, and squander time and resources on the vacuous follies of gender politics and climate change. Green energy in California and Texas have caused blackouts and increased the cost of energy, which is imperative for a thriving economy. The potential semiconductor crisis proves that Jean...
                        Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Director of American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry to the studio to further describe the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act, what it does, and the beginning’s of successful door knocking. Leahy: In studio our good friend Grant Henry with Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee. As I’m driving in this morning, there was a different phenomenon in the sky. That phenomenon was light. It was light. Almost every day when I drive in because I leave Thompson Station at about 4:25 or 4:30 in the morning depending on the day, it’s always pitch black. Except for today, it started out kind of pitch black. But then I get on 65 and what’s that? It’s light! And suddenly I realize, oh, yeah, we are approaching the summer solstice. And there’s something about getting up as dawn and the light...
                        Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Grassroots Director of American’s for Prosperity-Tennessee Grant Henry to the newsmakers line to outline their efforts urge people to volunteer to get out the word for the Nashville Taxpayer Protection Act referendum on the July 27 ballot. Leahy: Joined now on our newsmaker line by our good friend, the grassroots director for Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee, Grant Henry. Good morning, Grant. Good morning, sir. Henry: Thank you for the opportunity again to be on. Leahy: Well, great. And thanks for coming in studio last week while I was goofing off down on the beaches of Florida. Henry: (Chuckles) You don’t tell people how nice that studio is down there, too. It was a fantastic opportunity. I had an incredible time. And if you ever want me to come back, you don’t have to...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade County has a new plan to fight gun violence, after a very violent few weeks, with multiple mass shootings which left behind devastated families. On Tuesday county commissioners passed Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s $90 million “Peace and Prosperity Plan.” It’s a long-term plan to fight crime at its roots, through community programs. READ MORE: Frost Science Highlights World Oceans Day With Museum-Wide Celebration Phase one of the plan is already in effect, it focuses on the here and now with “Operation Summer Heat.” “In just the first 3 days of this operation last weekend, 146 total arrests were made and 61 firearms were taken off the street just because of this increased enforcement,” said the mayor. “What you’re seeing right now is a tsunami reaction from the COVID, the reopening. Our youth coming out with a lot of angst, opening up like the roaring 20’s,” said Freddy Ramirez, Miami-Dade Police Director. Ramirez told the commission, “We’re seeing crime like we’ve never seen before.” He noted last weekend’s mass shooting in Kendall as an example....
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) talks with reporters after stepping off the Senate Floor at the U.S. Capitol on May 28, 2021 in Washington, DC.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images The political advocacy group backed by billionaire Charles Koch has been pressuring Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., to oppose key parts of the Democratic agenda, including filibuster reform and voting rights legislation. That lobbying effort appears to be paying off. Manchin, in a recent op-ed, wrote that he opposed eliminating the filibuster and that he would not vote for the For the People Act, which, advocates say, would limit the influence of big money donors on elections. President Joe Biden has called some of the voting restrictions proposed by Republican leaders in several states "sick" and "un-American." The president has praised the For the People Act and has said the filibuster must be changed. Sixty votes are needed to break the filibuster in the Senate, in order to allow legislation to get a final vote. Democrats, who have 50 seats, have narrow control of the chamber because of Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking...
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