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    Are Americans sick of the left's extremism?

    Tired of Biden’s lies and hypocrisy? FOX’s Steve Hilton believes so and gives some persuasive reasons.

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/steve-...ets-better-him

    STEVE HILTON: He's recklessly exploiting America's fault lines for his own partisan advantage; it's become almost pathological the way they do the exact thing they accuse everyone else of. That's why they allowed mobs of militant protesters to illegally demonstrate outside Supreme Court justices' homes over a decision they didn't like. Why they weaponized the DOJ and the FBI to go after their political opponents, pushed law enforcement onto concerned parents now branded domestic terrorists, at the same time, pulling law enforcement off actual criminals, defunding the police, demoralizing the police with pro-criminal district attorneys, letting America's cities descend into squalor, crime, and chaos.

    They want a new army of IRS agents, training them in armed combat, no doubt to pursue political opponents, while allowing their own billionaire pro-crime activist George Soros to avoid taxes through partisan voter registration schemes that illegally abuse charity law. Time after time, they pushed policies to control everyone else, but not themselves. Closing public schools while their kids' private schools stay open. Pushing gun control while stashing their own guns in their own homes. De-funding the police while they travel around with their own armed private security.

    Championing illegal immigration, but only in your town, not theirs. They call Republicans violent extremists, but it was a Democrat politician in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago who brutally murdered a journalist investigating his corruption. This week, an 18-year-old was brutally murdered, mowed down by a man who claimed he did it because he thought the teen was part of a Republican extremist group. Not a word from Biden condemning political violence carried out by Democrats. Under Biden, the Democrats have descended into the absolute depths of political cynicism and extremism. Exactly what you'd expect from a weak, corrupt, mediocre machine politician totally controlled by his hard left activist base. Unbelievably, Biden still brags about how bipartisan he wants to be.

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    And then there’s the federal deficit

    Democrats are desperate to demonize, slander, smear, besmirch any Republican at all costs. Regular working people are growing increasingly fed up with the outrageous allegations while the American people are dealing with real economic struggles while the Biden administration is in denial of the destructive nature of their policies.

    How grossly out of touch they are with the realities and the struggles of everyday Americans all across this country. They're exposing how directly they are lying to us, trying to paint these rosy pictures that are blatantly false and thinking that we're too stupid to see through their lies and therefore exposing their arrogance. But the reality is the American people are living what's true, which is not this rosy fantasy picture.

    A remarkable incompetence to go from a booming one to high inflation, a party that's been overtaken by Marxist misfits and radical leftists.

    What people fail to give importance to is the federal deficit.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/mark...f09f025cf63cf4

    Since that CBO statement in late July, the deficit problem has become more acute. The United States is hemorrhaging debt. The principal cause of consumer price inflation running above 8% on an annual basis is too much federal government spending. Before the pandemic, federal debt held by the public was already on an unsustainable trajectory. It is largely caused by overly generous entitlements and a shrinking working population to pay for benefits for an increasing number of elderly citizens.

    Borrowing to deal with the pandemic accelerated the federal government’s walk to the precipice of a national debt crisis. The Trump administration enacted over $3 trillion of new borrowing. Responsible post-pandemic action would have been a fiscal pivot to entitlement reform, but Joe Biden became president. His administration instead embarked on helicopter drops of money on the economy. The Committee for a Responsible Budget recently projected that new policies "will add more than $4.8 trillion to deficits" over the next decade.

    Today, the federal debt held by the public stands at 98% of gross domestic product, up from just under 80% on Sept. 30, 2019, just before the pandemic. Biden likes to tout the deficit-fighting credentials of his administration. In his March State of the Union address, Biden claimed he would be "the only president ever to cut the deficit by more than $1 trillion in a single year."

    That's laugh-out-loud material. In reality, the policies that reduced the deficit were set in stone; Biden did nothing positive in that regard. Moreover, what Biden won't acknowledge is that his free-spending policies will contribute importantly to ever-increasing deficits.

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    Biden shrugs off abysmal economy

    In 15 months, an incompetent Biden administration took a booming economy into one of high inflation, a deepening recession, and where consumer debt is surging, and consumer confidence is waning.

    https://video.foxnews.com/v/6312889757112#sp=show-clips


    Consumer Debt Hits Record for Most Americans, Except the Wealthy

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/othe...44233432a90b5d

    Consumer debt, including credit cards, rose to an all-time high for the 118 million US households among the bottom 90%, according to the Federal Reserve’s latest data on the distribution of household wealth. The group’s debt soared by $300 billion over the last year -- the largest annual gain on record -- as households deal with higher prices for everything from food to clothing and rents. Meanwhile, consumer debt among the top 10% of households is virtually unchanged over the past year, the Fed’s data show.

    Inflation is running near a 40-year high, forcing many households to load up on credit cards or dip into savings to make ends meet. Lower-income families spend a greater share of their earnings on necessities like groceries and gas, so higher prices can afflict those households much more so than wealthier ones, said Paige Ouimet, a finance professor at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. “If your costs are rising and your wages are not picking up, how are people going to fill that gap? Without substantial savings to draw from, it’s going to have to come from debt,” she said.

    The Fed data show that consumer liabilities increased to $4.22 trillion in the second quarter of this year for the bottom 90%. As the central bank continues to push interest rates higher to tame inflation, that’ll translate to higher costs for consumers to service their debt.

    Credit-card interest rates for new accounts have risen above 20% for those with “good” or “fair” credit, according to WalletHub, an online personal finance data firm.


    Biden made this! To say otherwise is defending the defenseless.

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    Possibility of sabotage to the Nord Stream pipelines

    Whoever is responsible for the Nord Stream pipeline explosions, we need to ask ourselves "Is the Ukraine War starting to spin-out of control, and are we now in World War Three?" What are the consequences to the American people – already voicing their weariness and discontent on a war that is significantly impacting their lives.

    While the Democrats have been working overtime to sell lies to the American people regarding the economy, inflation, border security, and crime, and U.S. involvement in Ukraine / Russian peace process, today’s suspicion that the Nord Stream pipelines were breached by sabotage does not bode well for the Biden administration.

    TUCKER CARLSON: What really happened to the Nord Stream pipeline?

    https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/tuck...tream-pipeline


    Tulsi Gabbard: US is pushing for 'more destruction' in Ukraine conflict

    https://www.foxnews.com/media/tulsi-...raine-conflict

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    The energy transition must be based in reality

    Environmental justice advocates have long argued that we must adapt to our new reality where extreme weather is more common and deadlier. That means we need to ensure our power grid can handle the increased energy demand that comes with heat waves and have additional resources available if a storm takes some power sources offline. The best way to do that is to have a diverse portfolio of power sources that can be called upon in a crisis.

    The role of the federal government in energy policy should be to set the objective and get out of the way to allow market participants to deliver the best possible suite of energy solutions, reliably and affordably, to the consumer.

    All 50 states received final approval Tuesday to begin construction on a first nationwide network of EV charging stations that places one roughly every 50 miles (80 kilometers) along interstate highways, part of the Biden administration's plan to spur widespread adoption of zero-emission cars.

    By year's end, drivers could start seeing expansions and upgrades to existing highway EV stations in states such as California, Colorado, Florida and Pennsylvania that now feature at least four fast-charger ports, enabling EVs to fully recharge in about an hour. Construction of new EV charging locations could begin by next spring.

    Joe Biden has set a goal that 50% of new U.S. car sales be electric by 2030, and his administration touts new tax credits next year of up to $7,500 as making electric vehicles accessible for everyday Americans. Still, the five-year plans suggest a potentially long and bumpy road ahead for a highway EV network, with states citing risks such as a lack of electricity grid capacity, supply chain shortages and equity concerns.

    Texas, California and Florida say their grid should be able to handle increased capacity of a million or more EVs, other states aren't so sure. Under the Transportation Department requirements, states also must focus first on more expensive fast chargers on highway routes that typically cost $40,000 to $100,000 to install, rather than keying in on neighborhoods and communities with Level 2 chargers that are cheaper but take a few hours to provide a full charge.

    Currently, electric vehicle owners charge their vehicles at home 80% of the time, typically at single family houses. But that is likely to change as the less affluent who don’t have a garage to house a charging station buy EVs. It may delay implementation by several years.

    California’s electrical grid emergency shows its energy policy gamble is a bad bet. Record high demand during a heat wave strained the electric grid to power air conditioners, household appliances, electric cars, and lighting, as well as businesses and industry.
    Such a heat wave is out of Californians’ control, but hot, dry weather is nothing new for California and should be a given when planning for grid reliability.

    California is trying to force electrification of everything. For example, California set regulations prohibiting the sale of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035 and similar regulations for trucks by 2045; is banning gasoline-powered lawn care equipment starting in 2024; bans new gasoline stations and new natural gas household heating and appliances (such as gas stoves and ovens) in some localities; and subsidizes up to $4,500 for purchasing zero emission vehicles on top of federal tax favors. (Unsurprisingly, there are many times more EVs in California than in any other state.)

    California’s other major policy objective is to mandate “net zero” greenhouse gas emissions from the entire economy by no later than 2045, much like Europe has done. To this end, the state attorney general is opposing expansion of a natural gas pipeline from Canada, and the legislature recently passed more stringent regulations on oil- and gas-production wells.

    Today’s Florida hurricane has knocked out electricity for 2 million households and businesses. If in the future the state were 100%electrification mandated, the consequences would be….

    Changes to our energy supply should be based in reality, not dictated by bumper sticker slogans. Changes to our energy supply should be based in reality, not dictated by bumper sticker slogans.

    All types of fuels and technologies will be needed to supply the future power grid, but they will operate differently than they do today and will need to be compensated for the attributes they bring to the grid. Allowing the government to pick winners and losers — or subsidizing green energy while punishing traditional energy resources like coal mining — is a recipe for an unreliable grid that costs more than it should. The government has an exceedingly poor track record of predicting the future, and when tens of billions of dollars are at stake, there is no such thing as a small mistake.

    The Inflation Reduction Act includes another decade of subsidies for them, driving capital away from other resources that are critical to ensuring grid reliability or fostering innovation. An energy transition grounded in reality would support continued investment in nuclear and natural gas alongside the expansion of renewables. This may come as a shock to some, but we can have both intermittent and dispatchable sources of power, and they work well together. The cost of the future grid isn’t free. There are costs to ensure reliability, and we must marry that with affordability.

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    Cornell professor warns universities are eliminating meaning of 'objective truth' from classrooms with CRT

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/co...98476011494e04

    An Ivy League biology professor is sounding the alarm on how critical race theory curricula is erasing the meaning and even existence of "objective truth" from classrooms and teaching a generation of students to treat the truth "fast and loose."

    "We're supposed to be training people like biologists that will become doctors to make us healthier. Mechanical engineers that will build bridges or skyscrapers," associate professor at Cornell University’s School of Integrative Plant Science Randy Wayne told Fox News Digital in a phone interview this month. "And if they are trained on a foundation that there is no truth, nobody wants to be operated on by such a surgeon or drive over a bridge made by such an engineer."

    "And I'm afraid that's just where the universities are going. Training people to treat the truth fast and loose in order to obtain just what you want. And in the case of the universities, what they want is what they call social justice. And they're willing to pay to play fast and loose with the truth to get it."

    As a scientist and teacher, Wayne said his purpose is to search for truth and teach his students how to search for truth. "Critical race theory, which is based on the postmodernist assumption that there is no truth, there's no objective truth, it's just a no-starter for me," Wayne said. "You could create any fantasy land you want; it has nothing to do with reality. And, frankly, the way it's used, it causes fear and terror in all the people that are afraid to answer the mantra the way they believe it should be answered."

    Wayne emailed the school’s president, Martha Pollack, and other university leaders on May 25, 2021, arguing against the CRT initiatives and detailing how critical race theorists’ arguments "can neither stand up to rational academic rigor nor change the hearts of people." The email went unanswered. So Wayne emailed again and again over the past year and a half but has only heard "crickets."

    As for the future of education amid the embrace of CRT by universities and schools, Wayne hopes the "pendulum will swing back" and quoted lyrics written by George Harrison for the song "Hurdy Gurdy Man," which was sung by Scottish musician Donovan. "When the truth gets buried deep, beneath a thousand years of sleep, time demands a turn around, and once again the truth is found," the lyrics say. "And that's actually what I'm hoping for, by speaking out for, not for my truth, but for people to find their own truth … the importance of truth. Then they'll say 'Okay, it's time for a turnaround,'" Wayne said.

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    Higher interest rates make it much more expensive to buy a home in America

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/real...c831515b2c988f

    As the Federal Reserve raises interest rates to fight inflation, the housing market has been feeling the effects of this monetary policy more intensely than other parts of the economy. Since the beginning of the year, the interest rate on a 30-year mortgage loan has climbed from about 3% to nearly 7%, making it much more expensive to buy a house.

    Buying a home in the U.S. with a 20% down payment in 2021 — when the average sales price according to data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) was $357,100 and the average 30-year mortgage interest rate was about 3% — meant your monthly payment would have been roughly $1,204.

    As of May of this year, the average median price of a home in the U.S. climbed to $414,200, the NAR data shows. Accounting for the higher mortgage rates, which reached a 6.7% average this week, the monthly payment would be about $2,138 — an increase of just over 43%.
    Put differently, NAR said in August the average qualifying annual income to be able to afford a home in the U.S. with a 20% down payment reached $88,371 — a 37% increase from the qualifying income of $58,314 one year ago.
    How much higher could mortgage rates go? According to one mortgage rate tracking firm, some lenders are now quoting as high as 7%.

    The upshot: As long as inflation remains hot, the housing market will remain expensive and increasingly out of reach for average Americans. At some point, housing could become so unaffordable that the market completely freezes up. Assuming bond yields stabilize, lenders may begin to soften their terms.

    There are signs housing prices are cooling. In July, home prices fell for the first time since March 2012, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller index which tracks changes in real estate prices. The housing group Redfin also reported the number of homes sold had decreased by 23% year-on-year in July.
    Referring to mortgage interest rates potentially topping out at 7%, Curro said: "7% feels about right."

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    Three maps that explain Russia’s annexations and losses in Ukraine

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...c831515b2c988f

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Friday Moscow’s annexation of four regions of Ukraine. The move, a violation of international law, was widely condemned by Western nations and followed staged referendums in Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia — areas that constitute about 15 percent of Ukraine’s territory.

    Here’s how Moscow’s annexations and losses have changed the map of Ukraine:

    1. Before Russia’s invasion
    2. After Putin’s illegal annexation
    3. The current state of the war


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    While the madman in Moscow invaded a sovereign nation, has slaughtered tens-of- thousands of innocent lives, destroyed cities and infrastructure, previously expressed his country's willingness to use nuclear weapons if provoked, prompting concern that any military escalation—including the implementation of a no-fly zone, as was suggested at the start of the war—could lead to possible retribution by Russian forces.

    Ukraine formally applied to join NATO as a military partner on Friday, coinciding with Putin's announcement that Russia would be formally annexing four occupied regions within Ukraine's borders. If accepted, NATO-aligned forces would formally be drawn into the war, pitting forces in the West against the Russian military and, potentially, escalating the conflict.

    Though President Joe Biden reportedly told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the country's membership in the alliance was in its own hands prior to the conflict, despite spending over 80 billion in weapons in fighting a proxy war, declaring recently the referendum to annex Ukraine a ‘sham’ and repeatedly declaring the U.S will never recognize Russia’s claims on Ukraine’s sovereign country, the U.S. has again rebuffed Ukraine’s attempt to join NATO.

    U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan says Ukrainian efforts to join NATO should be taken up "at a different time," throwing cold water on the country's desire to join the international alliance and potentially easing Russian tensions as President Vladimir Putin has again begun accelerating rhetoric of potential nuclear war.

    Suspected of blowing up Nord Stream I & 2 gas lines, conscripting 300,000 troops, the monster continues to hold the world at bay and continue its suffering. A war some experts are predicting could take years to end.

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