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GOP budget attack



Republican Senate budget planners have launched a multilateral attack on President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2024 budget request, while Democrats have pointed to Congressional Budget Office analysis to say the GOP House budget plans are unrealistic. David Lerman, Peter Cohn, and Paul M. Kravzak of CQ Roll Call evaluate how the Biden draft was received on Capitol Hill and what it means for the appropriation process.

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The post-GOP budget attack first appeared on roll call.

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Twitter Files: Massive Censorship Project Rolled Out Against Politically Incorrect Speech About COVID-19



According to the latest release of “Twitter Files”, during the pandemic, the internet watchdog, the Stanford Internet Observatory, launched a sweeping effort to purge social media platforms of unwanted opinions related to COVID, whether or not the messages were true.

Internal emails released Friday by journalist Matt Taibbi show how the Stanford Internet Observatory Virality Project coordinated with several other academic institutions and publicly funded nonprofits to conduct a massive operation to monitor vaccine misinformation and shape platform policy to rid the web of from views that have disappeared. against the liberal mainstream.

Mr Taibbi said Twitter was one of six social media platforms that partnered with the Virality Project to monitor COVID-related posts during the pandemic.

In addition to the direct line for flagging posts, the collaboration also included a periodic roundup of vaccine misinformation spread across platforms, lists of repeat offenders, and lists of “truthful content that could contribute to mistrust of vaccines.”

The package of truthful information that the Virality Project wanted to ban included “viral posts by people expressing hesitancy about vaccines” and/or “stories of real vaccine side effects.”

The watchdog also took aim at discussions about vaccine passports, warning that such messages have “spurred a broader anti-vaccine narrative of loss of rights and freedoms.”

Mr. Taibbi said the project was an “Orwellian proof of concept” that “accelerated the evolution of digital censorship from true/false judgment to a new, more frightening model that openly focuses on political narrative at the expense of facts.” “.

The Stanford Internet Observatory did not respond to a request for comment.

The Twitter Files are the result of Elon Musk opening up the company’s email vault to select journalists after he took over Twitter in October 2022. It exposed the company’s politically biased behavior and partnerships with federal officials during the 2020 presidential campaign and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 19 pandemic.

In February 2021, the Virality Project emailed Twitter executives announcing the newly formed partnership and started a conversation about “how we can best collaborate with the Twitter team on this work.”

“Our goal is to connect with your team through which we can spread vaccine-related misinformation narratives that we flag either on Twitter or other platforms,” ​​a spokesperson for the Virality Project wrote in an email to executives. companies. .

The Virality project was given access to Twitter’s internal ticketing system to flag posts, and announced in a March 2021 email that it was “starting to expand” its notification process to other platforms.

Speaking before the federal government’s House Arms Subcommittee last week, Mr. Taibbi and fellow Twitter Files journalist Michael Shellenberger warned of an “industrial censorship complex” that is undermining Americans’ free speech.

In December, two journalists began revealing the extent of the federal government’s collaboration with Twitter executives to moderate content on the platform.

The Twitter files also revealed what Mr. Taibbi describes as a vast network of censorship that included online speech monitoring programs spearheaded by non-governmental organizations to suppress speech outside the mainstream.

“This is a serious threat to people of all political persuasions,” Mr. Taibbi said. “The First Amendment and the American population, accustomed to the right of speech, is the left’s best defense against the censorship industrial complex. If there’s anything the Twitter files show, it’s that we risk losing this most precious right, without which all democratic rights are impossible.”

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US Representative from California. shows what often drought-stricken state does with storm water –



Recent severe storms in California have resulted in catastrophic flood problem in parts of the state:

Days after the last major storm passed, rising water levels continue to trigger evacuation orders and flood warnings across Central California, with more rain forecast early next week.

In Porterville, residents of two neighborhoods along the flooded Tule River have been ordered to evacuate, with about 5 miles of river between them under evacuation warning.

High water from nearby Success Lake upstream has already flooded dozens of homes in the area. Melting snow from the mountains feeds cold flood water that was waist-deep on Wednesday in some homes near a fault in the Tula River.

Naturally, in a state that often has a lot of draft problems, there is a way to store excess fresh water for future use, right? Well, apparently not.

Instead, it appears that some government officials are simply dumping large amounts of overflowing fresh water into the ocean. Republican House Rep. Kevin Keely shared this video:

Looks like they might want to bring it back later this year.

But Gavin Newsom is definitely laser-focused on what’s going on in Florida!

Newsom and the leftist progists in California have rather confusing “priorities.” But they will blame floods or droughts on “climate change” and stay on that wrong path.

The only “plan” Californian liberals have is to blame climate change and use it as an excuse to bleed taxpayers to spend more on their shenanigans to solve another non-existent problem.


What are the chances that at some point in the summer or sometime later this year they actually want all that fresh water back? It will be too late.


Editor’s Note: The title has been updated to note that Mr. Keely is now a US Representative, not a Californian. state representative, as originally stated. Thanks to those who made this reminder.



The mask worn by California. State Rep. Kevin Keely in the Assembly Hall is a BIG tribute to the governor. Newsome’s hypocrisy

RedState’s Jennifer Van Laar urges Newsom OUT in heartbreaking topic for California blizzard victims


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It really doesn’t matter



If you look back over the past three years, we’ve had a series of epic sociocultural strikes against COVID: lockdowns, masks, vaccines, schools. Each tends to pit broadly similar groups against each other, albeit with some key variations. But whatever you make of those fights, the public debate had really huge and immediate repercussions in the real world. This is what is so strange and mysterious about the intensity of the Lab Leak Discourse. It doesn’t really matter. Or rather, in the real world, there are virtually no consequences for either side being “right” or “winning.” I was talking to someone today who said how incredibly important this is. But after a little thought, I thought, why? Now it is much better for people to think that up is up and not up is down. And there are probably important side effects of misunderstanding whichever way is “wrong”. But it’s not clear in any direct sense that this has any real impact on anything.

I’m not the kind of person who says it doesn’t matter, so why are we even talking about it. COVID is one of the biggest disasters in modern world history. It is worth finding out every detail of how this happened. So maybe I’m exaggerating a bit in my first paragraph. It matters, like many things, but without any drastic changes in how we do things. This is the key. Intensity has nothing to do with someone doing something really differently the day after the issue (if it ever will) is definitely resolved, except maybe one side giving high five and making several buoys.

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