BY MIKE HUCKABEE
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SCOTUS: Biden student loan program cannot go forward
This morning, in a long-awaited 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden Administration cannot go forward with its $430 billion student loan bailout program.
The SCOTUS ruled that the “Heroes Act,” which was passed after 9/11 and allowed for student loan forgiveness for active-duty military members and victims of war and natural disasters, was not justification for Biden’s gigantic giveaway to anyone with a student loan. The Court found that a federal agency’s ability to “modify” a law is narrow and limited, and they can’t completely rewrite law without going through Congress.
Those of you who have ever read the Constitution – or even been in the immediate vicinity of a copy of it – won’t be surprised to hear that, but apparently, the Biden White House was.
So, sorry, all you young voters who blunted the “red wave” by voting Democrat because you thought the government was going to pay your debts for you, that’s not going to happen. Think of it as a very costly lesson in how life and politics really work. If it’s any consolation, know that you are hardly the only ones suffering deep regret over the way that you voted.
SCOTUS: A landmark ruling
In another landmark religious freedom ruling, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of Colorado graphic designer Lori Smith, who sued the state for violating her First Amendment right to freedom of religion.
Smith sued over Colorado’s anti-discrimination law that prohibits businesses providing sales or other accommodations to the public from denying service based on a customer's sexual orientation, which had the effect of forcing her to create websites for same-sex weddings in violation of her deeply-held religious beliefs.
Smith says that through this ordeal, her business has been harmed, she’s lost clients, been doxed, received death threats and threats of physical violence, her clients have been threatened, hackers are constantly attacking her website, and her child’s school has been put on alert (there’s nothing like a tolerant, peaceful leftist, is there? Seriously, I mean there’s nothing like that.) She says she’s never had any problems working with LGBTQ people, she just doesn’t want to be forced to support same-sex marriage.
Smith said, "The right to speak freely is guaranteed to all of us, and that’s been hard at times. While it has come at a cost, it’s a right worth protecting."
Colorado is notorious for using its laws as a weapon on behalf of LGBTQ activists against business owners of faith, with their endless harassment of cake artist Jack Phillips being exhibit A. Here’s my interview with him from 2020:
Unfortunately, this sort of thing was inevitable from the moment the SCOTUS somehow “found” a right to same sex marriage that had eluded Constitutional scholars for over 200 years, but failed to delineate that this newly-created right did not trump the clearly-enumerated First Amendment rights of people of faith. The original decision had some vague weasel words about expecting people to be reasonable, which obviously wasn’t going to happen.
I hope this ruling finally ends the harassment of religious business owners. But then, I hoped that the last ruling in favor of Jack Phillips would do that, and it didn’t even stop the harassment of Jack Phillips.
America the Beautiful
God's creation is all around us. We are blessed with his bounty. Take a moment to enjoy it.
The end of “affirmative action”
As expected, the left is having an epic meltdown over the Supreme Court striking down race-based admissions policies at universities. From the women of “The View” to Elizabeth Warren to Michelle Obama, all decried the end of “affirmative action,” insisting that it was necessary to give opportunities to minorities, despite all of them having been successful without it – except for Sen. Warren, who exploited it by falsely claiming to be Native American. They insisted that we still need “affirmative action” to overcome the scurrilous effects of “systemic racism,” which is when an institution discriminates based solely on people's race – which is also the definition of “affirmative action.”
Redstate.com’s Sister Toldjah compiled some of the best responses to the responses to the ruling,
Predictably, President Biden reacted by deriding the Supreme Court and vowing to find a way to have his agencies get around the ruling. He claimed that this is not a “normal court” and “we cannot allow this to be the last word.” Some leftwing pundits confidently predicted that colleges would find a different way to continue doing the same thing. I love it when the people who accuse Republicans of attacking “our democracy” by “shattering norms” react to every Supreme Court decision that they don’t like by attacking the legitimacy of the SCOTUS and vowing to defy their ruling and continue acting contrary to the Constitution.
Let me try to explain this in terms so simple that even Joe Biden can understand them: The Supreme Court IS the last word on whether something is Constitutional. They found that basing college admissions on people’s skin color instead of their qualifications violates the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection under the law. That means that no matter what you call it, or how you try to finagle it, or where you attempt to implement it, it’s still (say it with me) “UNCONSTITUTIONAL.” Or as Justice Thomas put it, “plainly and boldly unconstitutional.”
There were also many people pleased about the ruling. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, since a 2022 Pew survey found that 73% of Americans oppose considering race or ethnicity in college admissions, and only 7% think it should be a major factor. As for the left’s claim that the ruling enforces “white supremacy,” the opposition to race-based admissions standards includes 58% of Asian-Americans, 62% of blacks and 65% of Hispanics.
EEOC Commissioner Andrea Lucas predicted that the ruling would increase the already rising number of lawsuits challenging corporations’ “diversity, equity and inclusion” policies that clearly discriminate among job applicants and employees based on their race. Amen to that.
But the best response to the left’s meltdown over ending affirmative action came from Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, responding to Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s heated dissent. It included a reminder that Jackson was herself a “diversity hire,” with Biden announcing that he would only appoint a black woman before even considering any candidates.
Lost in all this hyperventilating by the left is the simple question of “Why do we still need ‘affirmative action?’” When it first was created, we were told that we needed to temporarily discriminate in favor of blacks to balance out historic discrimination. But the Civil Rights Act has been around for nearly 60 years, and America’s had a two-term black President who left office over six years ago. How long was this “temporary” discrimination supposed to go on? According to Democrats, forever. Elizabeth Warren ranted that the ruling “reversed decades of settled law,” so apparently, she saw it as a permanent fixture.
But again, why? Why does the Democratic Party think that blacks need special help to get into college? Is it just the soft bigotry of low expectations? Or do they believe that black students are incapable of competing based on merit? If so, why? Is it just racism, or a tacit admission that black students are at a disadvantage because many of them grew up in historically Democrat-run cities, where they have to deal with substandard schools, crime, gangs and drugs that politicians who claim to care about black youth do nothing about?
This is a hot button issue for me. When I became Governor of Arkansas, I was only the third Republican to hold that office since 1874. I wanted to help improve the lives of all the people, so I reached out to black church and community leaders to see what we could do together to make their communities stronger and safer and their schools better. After so many decades of mostly Democrat rule, they were understandably suspicious of me, but they eventually realized I meant it, and we worked together to make real progress. I was proud that when I ran for reelection, I got a historically high share of the black vote. It’s because those voters knew I truly was trying to help them improve their communities and their children’s futures.
Why are the Democrats so fired up over the idea of doing away with “affirmative action” when they’ve allowed the problems that they claim create the need for it to fester for decades? For instance, why do they prioritize the wishes of teachers’ unions over the good of students, or fight like badgers to prevent black parents from having a choice to send their kids to better schools?
If you had a doctor who claimed he was really looking out for your health, but his only prescription was to keep you on crutches for decade after decade, wouldn’t you think it was time to change doctors?
This is an eye-opening article about a way in which the Biden Administration has failed to protect America’s security that actually doesn’t involve the border. It’s about a rising wave of cyber attacks by foreign-based criminal gangs, with targets ranging from state governments, airlines and universities to our own federal agencies.
The latest cyber technology is where the fastest-growing danger of espionage, theft and security threats lies, and we have a President who can’t stop his VCR from blinking 12:00.
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Least Surprising News of the Day:
A new poll by the Media Research Center found that voters who get their news from CNN or MSNBC are significantly less informed than Fox or Newsmax viewers about issues that reflect negatively on Joe Biden, like border security, the impact of Biden’s economic policies, or Joe and Hunter Biden’s financial scandals.
On the plus side, I’m sure they know a tremendous amount about the Trump-Russia collusion that didn’t actually happen.
The Big Wheel of Random Racism
It’s been a while, so let’s spin the Big Wheel of Random Racism and find out what’s racist now! There it goes! And it comes…to….a stop…..on…….
Smoke! According to the Associated Press, the smoke from the Canadian wildfires that blanketed entire cities, fouling the lungs of every person who had to breathe it, somehow disproportionately affected poor and minority communities. So does smoke from factories, even factories that have shut down and/or are located in heavily white neighborhoods.
And let’s not forget that crosses burned by the KKK produce smoke, which tarnishes all smoke with the stench of racism via guilt by association. Think of that when you eat barbecue, you bigot, you.
Related: The latest author to fall under the disapproving gaze of the woke mob is Ernest Hemingway. They’re not censoring or rewriting him – yet – but his own publisher announced that his classic novels will now come with “trigger warnings” to alert sensitive readers to have their smelling salts handy in case they sink into the fainting couch due to his “language,” “attitudes” and “cultural representations.”
Robert Spencer of PJ Media has more, including the great suggestion that Hemingway’s short story collection, “Men Without Women,” be retitled for modern audiences to “Men Who Are Women.”
Turley: In a town full of influence peddlers, Hunter is “back in circulation”
That first WhatsApp message from Hunter Biden to a CEFC executive, the shakedown for payment on their “commitment” to the Bidens with “the Big Guy” said to be sitting right there in the room, is about the most disturbing glimpse we’ve had so far at the shadowy world of international politics in which that family was operating. It’s right up there with the second WhatsApp message, which says, “The Bidens are the best at doing exactly what the Chairman wants.”
Jonathan Turley has a new column in which he speaks bluntly about the Bidens’ monetization of power and influence. He’s been covering Biden family corruption for years, and it might be surprising to younger readers to know that he called it what it is decades ago --- influence peddling. This is a must-read, and a must-share with all the people you know who get their news from mainstream media or otherwise haven’t kept up with what this scandal is about.
The story is so shady, it even has code names for then-VP Biden, like the one we’ve all heard by now, “the Big Guy.” There’s at least one reference on the laptop to not mentioning his real name. But influence peddling, Turley points out, is a “cottage industry” in Washington DC, and seeing Hunter schmoozing with the crowd at a state dinner right after his lawyers announced reaching a plea agreement was disturbing to us but not to them. “Despite overwhelming evidence of corruption,” Turley writes, “Hunter was back in circulation.”
Republican House committees --- Oversight, Judiciary and Ways & Means --- are joining forces to investigate the alleged mishandling of Hunter Biden’s tax/finance case. Everyone at the DOJ, IRS, Secret Service and U.S. attorney’s office involved in this investigation should expect to have to sit for a transcribed interview.
Chairmen James Comer, Jim Jordan and Jason Smith, respectively, sent letters on Thursday to the ‘Justice’ Department, IRS and Secret Service.
This witness list so far is pretty extensive: at the DOJ, we have Delaware District Attorney Weiss, who led the investigation; Assistant District Attorney Lesley Wolf, whom investigators say blocked them from looking into certain areas; U.S. District Attorney for DC Michael Graves, who allegedly prevented Weiss from filing charges in his district; Jack Morgan and Mark Daly of the DOJ’s Tax Division; U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Martin Estrada; Acting Deputy Assistant AG for the Tax Division Stuart Goldberg; Assistant U.S. Attorney in Delaware Shannon Hanson; and Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Weede.
From the FBI, they’re calling the special agent in charge of the Baltimore field office, Tom Sobosinski; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ryeshia Holley.
From the IRS, they’re calling a director for the Criminal Investigation Division, Michael Batdorf; and the DC field office’s Special Agent in Charge Darrell J. Waldon. Some of these names are new, so we wonder what else the House committees have.
They’re also calling on anyone who might know anything about a “tip-off” from the FBI to the Secret Service and the Biden transition team on December 7, 2020. According to a whistleblower, this tip to people who were close to Hunter gave them the opportunity to obstruct the investigation.
One interesting shift: At this point, the congressional Republicans oppose having a special counsel to investigate this, knowing that such an appointment would block the committees from obtaining critical records. Also, guess who would be appointing the special counsel? You guessed it: Merrick Garland.
Whistleblower Gary Shapley spoke with John Solomon at JUST THE NEWS, saying that Hunter engaged in a “pretty classic tax evasion scheme.” Most Americans could never get the deal Hunter got in 2014, he said, and Hunter still hasn’t paid back taxes on $400,000 from Burisma Holdings from that time. (The statute of limitations has expired, thanks to what appears to have been deliberate slow-walking by the IRS.)
“I’ve been a senior leader at this agency,” Shapley said. “I have a lot of great friends in senior leadership. And I believe in what we’re doing. But I believe in what we’re doing, when we’re treating people fairly. And, you know, it just didn’t happen in this particular case.”
Much more detail here; recommended reading…
Solomon appeared on HANNITY Thursday night and said this: “The most interesting thing [Shapley] told me was, everybody from David Weiss all the way down to the tax division, the career agents, everybody agreed that Hunter Biden should face far more serious felonies, and they recommended those cases to both U.S. attorneys, in California and in Washington DC, both appointees of Joe Biden, and they got turned down. The agents also got turned down for search warrants; the agents got turned down for permission to interview witnesses; the agents got turned down to ask questions about Joe Biden; and they were told --- they actually had a question for Hunter Biden’s children, a factual question, very important to solving the case --- and they were told it was ‘not in their career interest’ to go interview Joe Biden’s grandchildren.”
Solomon said the team was thwarted with every investigative tactic, every search warrant. Shapley had told him that Hunter was treated differently “over and over again.” And everything Shapley has said “is in direct conflict with Merrick Garland’s testimony and his answers to Sen. Chuck Grassley a few months ago.”
Shapley told Solomon that he was motivated to blow the whistle only after he saw how much political interference there was and then heard Garland claim there was no interference.
By the way, Thursday was the day Hunter sat for a deposition in the defamation lawsuit by computer repair technician (and FORMER shop owner) John Paul Mac Isaac. No word yet about how that went.
RELATED: If you thought DA Alvin Bragg was satisfied with prosecuting his existing case against President Trump on falsifying records related to payments made to Stormy Daniels, think again. Bragg is continuing to expand his never-ending investigation by requesting access to communication records involving the White House and the Trump Organization, even including emails exchanged between First Lady Melania Trump and Rhona Graff, a long-serving executive.
Melania obviously has valued her privacy these past few years, after being treated horrendously by the media. That she would agree to support another presidential run by her husband after what they’ve been through says a lot. She’s reportedly spending this summer in Europe with their son Barron, and more power to them if they can escape this madness for a time.
Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to the First Lady, tweeted that “Melania used several email addresses, texts, and Signal to communicate with me and others while working in the White House and prosecutors want to see them.”
Melania’s experience with politics has so far been a nightmare, and now it seems prosecutors feel entitled to read her personal emails on their extended fishing expedition.