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Justice Clarence Thomas Issues Dire Warning

A new book featuring statements from Clarence Thomas is going viral online.

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The book, Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, by Michael Pack features an array of insights, warnings and more from the Supreme Court Justice.

In the book, Thomas issues a major warning about the growing administrative state, the federal bureaucracy that continues to grow in size and power at the expense of Americans’ rights.

Thomas: The very people who say they don’t want the government in their lives want this sort of expansive administrative state, which is in their lives, and then every aspect of their lives. And a lot of it comes at the expense of the very structure of the Constitution that is intended to prevent the government from coming in. The separation of powers, the enumerated powers, federalism. The whole point was to keep the government in this box. Justice Scalia and I often talked about that, that the structure was the main way to protect your liberty. The danger in the administrative state is seeing those powers all coalesce again in various agencies. If you think about your life today, there’s very little major legislation that comes from the legislature. The legislation comes in the form of regulations from agencies. They tend to have all three powers. They have the executive power, the enforcement power, they have administrative judges to adjudicate, so they have all three. And the question for us is, where do they fit in the constitutional structure?

Thomas also took a shot at the Democrats who tried to corner him on the abortion issue during his confirmation.

Thomas: What I realized, and should have realized more fully, is that you really didn’t matter and your life didn’t matter. What mattered was what they wanted, and what they wanted was this particular issue. And regardless of what I had done with my life, where I had been, where I had lived, it was all cancelled out, unless I agreed two plus two equals five. You have to say it. And that makes it true. Because they want it to be true.

Thomas’ impact reupped on Twitter as well, especially since Thursday is the Justice’s birthday.

It also happened to come the same week that Thomas wrote a major Supreme Court opinion on gun control.

Biden’s Approval Rating Drops, AGAIN

Newly released polling data shows President Joe Biden’s polling rating has dropped yet again.

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Reuters/Ipsos polling released this week showed another drop in Biden’s approval rating, with 58% disapproving and only 36% approving.

This is one of several polls that have tracked Biden’s decline.

Biden’s rating has steadily dropped since taking office, propelled by a bad economy, high inflation, the deadly and chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, record gas prices, and more.

Biden has also dealt with concerns over whether his administration has a conflict of interest regarding potentially forgiving student loan debt. Read more about that HERE.

Shocking New Poll Shows Winner Between Trump and DeSantis

Newly released polling data suggest Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis could beat former President Donald Trump in a 2024 matchup in the important primary state of New Hampshire.

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The University of New Hampshire released the poll, which found 39% of likely Republican voters would support DeSantis, compared to 37% for Trump.

“Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is now statistically tied with Former President Donald Trump in the New Hampshire Republican Primary,” the group said. “Support for DeSantis has more than doubled since October. DeSantis runs better against Biden than does Trump, a further sign of Trump’s weakening support among NH Republicans. Biden and Trump are increasingly unpopular in New Hampshire and only about half of members of each of their own parties want them to run for President in 2024. Other potential 2024 presidential candidates such as Vice President Kamala Harris, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Texas Senator Ted Cruz are also broadly unpopular in the state.”

The poll figures comes just days after Trump said he could beat DeSantis. Trump said he is close to deciding whether he will run, but he did tell The New Yorker in an interview that he thinks he can beat the Florida governor.

“I don’t know if Ron is running, and I don’t ask him,” Trump said. “It’s his prerogative. I think I would win.”

The poll sent waves through the political world.

TRISH REGAN: Biden’s Plan For Socialism In The U.S.A.

President Joe Biden has repeatedly gone beyond his executive branch authority and pushed for more and more federal spending. Now Trish Regan is explaining what it all means on her podcast.

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“It really amazes me the lengths to which politicians and other officials in Washington, D.C. will go to to in order to pass the buck, right?” Trish Regan said on her podcast. “This is actually a dangerous phenomenon when you think about it because the creep toward socialism starts here. The creep toward Venezuela-style socialism begins with Joe Biden, and we are seeing it echo throughout Washington, D.C.”

Trish Regan pointed out the head of the Federal Reserve is now blaming Americans and their demand levels instead of the Fed printing massive amounts of money.

“Couple that with Joe Biden blaming big oil,” Trish added. “We have ourselves a bit of a problem, America, and it’s time that everybody wake up…”

Utility Official Expects Energy Crunch To Continue For Years, With Possible Rolling Blackouts

(The Center Square) – Expect the prospect of energy shortages and warnings of rolling blackouts to continue beyond just this summer.

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The Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO, continues to have declarations for the entire multi-state energy grid including a hot weather alert and a capacity advisory. High heat and high energy demand has the grid oversight organization closely monitoring capacity as the state looks to shut down coal fired power plants by 2045, though some are closing much sooner.

Doug Brown, an engineer with Springfield’s city-owned City Water Light and Power, continues to warn of the potential of power supply issues. And he said it’s not just Springfield, it’s the entire grid, which also services Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and North Dakota, most of Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana and South Dakota, and parts of Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana and Texas.

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And, it’s not just this year. It may get more acute in the years ahead.

“No one anticipated that all those [coal] plants … would shut down so fast, if they do, that’s going to jeopardize things, right, as we move forward in the next few years,” Brown said. “This isn’t something that’s going away next year. It’s going to be around for maybe five, seven years. We don’t know.”

He confirmed that Illinois state government operations won’t be part of the rolling blackouts.

“A substation that they have that we serve a majority of the capitol complex and the associated buildings with, they’re not a part of that rolling blackout,” Brown said.

Larger hospitals also will have some exemptions from possible rolling blackouts. But Brown said other operations need to plan ahead.

“Everybody else has got to plan, and that’s the reason we started coming out with this so that everyone is aware of what’s going on, that this is a regional event,” Brown said.

Ameren Illinois said inflation, the war in Ukraine, increased consumption, and the closure of coal-fired electric generation facilities have caused a shortage in energy availability. That will increase utility bills.

“The typical Ameren Illinois residential customer will see a $626 annual increase on the power supply side of the bill, or an average of $52 or more per month throughout the year,” the utility said on its website.

Biden Calls For Federal And State Gas Tax Holidays, A Move Critics Call A ‘Gimmick’

(The Center Square) – President Joe Biden called on states and Congress Wednesday to implement a temporary federal gas tax holiday as the national average price per gallon hovers around $5 per gallon. Critics say the administration needs to ease regulations on oil and gas drilling in the U.S.

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Biden called on lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to suspend the federal gas tax, currently 18.4 cents per gallon, for 90 days “through the busy summer season.”

“It’s important because we use it for the Highway Trust Fund to keep our highways going, but what I’m proposing is suspending the federal gas tax without affecting the Highway Trust Fund, and here’s how we do that,” Biden said. “With revenues up this year and deficits down over $1.6 trillion this year alone, we’ll still be able to fix our highways and bring down prices of gas.”

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Biden’s deficit reduction comes because of a dropoff from COVID-era spending bills passed when he took office, which helped fuel the current inflation crisis, with the cost of just about everything increasing by 40-year highs.

Katie Tubb, research fellow for energy and environmental issues at The Heritage Foundation, said suspending the federal gas tax isn’t a real solution.

“Americans need relief from historic gas prices, but President Biden’s latest gimmick won’t provide it,” Tubb said. “Gas is almost $3 more expensive per gallon today than when Joe Biden took office, and his latest ‘solution’ is a temporary measure to lower prices 18 cents. While taxes fundamentally increase the cost of all goods, Americans who are struggling intuitively see this move for the unserious response that it is.”

Tubb said the Biden administration’s policies on the oil and gas industry are only going to continue driving prices upward.

“The federal gas tax accounts for less than 4% of prices at the pump, and those prices are only going up,” she said. “This temporary reduction will be even more laughable in the coming months, as new Heritage research shows that Biden’s energy policies would increase gasoline prices by more than $2 a gallon every year between 2024 and 2040.”

Biden on Wednesday also called on states to suspend their state gas taxes, which are on average 30 cents per gallon. Some states have already suspended their taxes.

Biden also urged oil companies to reduce profits to help ease the prices as well.

Earlier this month, the national average price for a gallon of regular gas surpassed $5 before dipping just below that mark. It is currently at $4.96 per gallon as diesel gas, which also hit record highs this month, sits at $5.81. The federal tax on diesel is 24 cents per gallon.

“…We can bring down the price of gas and give families just a little bit of relief,” Biden said.

Biden’s critics have consistently pointed to his energy policies, particularly his work to hold back drilling and pipeline development.

Biden responded to those criticisms in his speech Wednesday and pointed to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which disrupted global oil markets. He also called for more refining of U.S. oil, which slowed during the pandemic, and blamed gas stations for not lowering prices fast enough even as oil prices have dropped recently.

“I fully understand that a gas tax holiday alone is not going to fix the problem, but it will provide families some immediate relief, just a little bit of breathing room as we continue working to bring down prices for the long haul,” Biden said.

Biden also took fire earlier this year for calling the higher gas prices part of a “transition,” accelerating fears that this is the new normal and part of Biden’s green agenda.

This isn’t the president’s first attempt to use federal action to lower gas prices. In March, Biden announced the release of 180 million barrels of oil over six months from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a tactic he used earlier in his administration as well.

Biden’s critics called both that decision and the gas tax moves “gimmicks.”

“Just like when he started depleting our strategic petroleum reserve, a gas tax delay won’t work to lower prices and it will leave America more vulnerable,” U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., said. “It’s time to face reality, stop offering gimmicks, and stop blaming Putin. This is President Biden’s price hike since day one of his administration. President Biden needs to flip the switch on American energy and support bills like the American Energy Independence from Russia Act.

“We need to take action to unleash American energy by boosting natural gas production, restarting oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, and protecting future energy and mineral development from attacks by the Biden administration,” she added.

 

Trish Regan: Team Biden Has A Word For This… So, DON’T SAY ‘RECESSION!’

The White House has refused to acknowledge a recession despite a slew of business leaders saying it is on the way, and Trish Regan is explaining it all on her podcast.

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“The White House says, it’s not a recession. It’s just a transition,” Trish Regan said on her podcast. “How do you like that for semantics?”

The White House messaging comes amid soaring inflation, Fed rate hikes, plummeting mortgage demand, and gas prices near $5 per gallon.

“As we deal with this ‘transition’ we are at a bit of a disadvantage because of where gas prices are today…” Trish Regan said.

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Senate Reaches Agreement On Gun Control Bill

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Senate voted late Tuesday to advance a gun control bill with 14 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joining Democrats to approve the measure.

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The vote was reached after weeks of negotiating a bipartisan bill in response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in which a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.

“Today, we finalized bipartisan, commonsense legislation to protect America’s children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the leaders of the negotiations, Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C. said in a joint statement.

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“Our legislation will save lives and will not infringe on any law-abiding American’s Second Amendment rights. We look forward to earning broad, bipartisan support and passing our commonsense legislation into law.”

They also said that their bill “follows their previously released bipartisan proposal supported by Senate leaders from both parties and a bipartisan group of 20 Senators,” and released the full text of the bill.

The vote was 64-34, and the Senate moved to send the bill to the House for concurrence.

The bill is expected to be fast tracked in order for the Senate to vote on it before they recess for the July 4th holiday.

Republicans who voted for the bill were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Roy Blunt, Richard Burr, Shelley Moore Capito, Bill Cassidy, Susan Collins, John Cornyn, Joni Ernst, Lindsey Graham, Lisa Murkowski, Rob Portman, Mitt Romney, Thom Tillis, Todd Young, the Senate Press Gallery reported.

All Democrats voted for the bill; two Republican senators didn’t vote: Pat Toomey and Kevin Cramer.

The proposal would require an enhanced background check for gun buyers under age 21 and implement “a short pause to conduct the check. Young buyers can get the gun only after the enhanced check is completed,” Murphy explained when first announcing the agreement.

The “enhanced review process” would add a three-day review period during which buyers under age 21 would have any juvenile and mental health records reviewed prior to being able to purchase a firearm. The law doesn’t ban 18-year-olds from purchasing a firearm. The enhanced review period would expire after 10 years, according to the bill language.

The bill also provides clarification on who needs to register as a licensed gun dealer, to ensure “all truly commercial sellers are doing background checks,” Murphy also explained.

The joint announcement doesn’t mention “red flag laws.” Instead, it says their plan supports state crisis intervention orders. It “provides resources to states and tribes to create and administer laws that help ensure deadly weapons are kept out of the hands of individuals whom a court has determined to be a significant danger to themselves or others, consistent with state and federal due process and constitutional protections.”

But it closes the so-called “‘boyfriend loophole,’ so that no domestic abuser – a spouse or a serious dating partner – can buy a gun if they are convicted of abuse against their partner.”

This provision includes banning a misdemeanor domestic violence offender with a “current or recent former dating relationship with the victim” from purchasing or owning a firearm. A court would define a “dating relationship” and the ban would be removed after five years if the offender doesn’t commit any offenses.

The bill also proposes $750 million for mental health and school safety, and a national buildout of community mental health clinics.

It doesn’t include a ban on semiautomatic rifles or limit the number of bullets magazines can hold, proposals Democrats, including President Joe Biden, have called for.

Former Treasury Secretary: Unemployment Must Spike To Lower Inflation

(The Center Square) – The unemployment rate needs to rise in order to ease the effects of inflation, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers says.

According to the Consumer Price Index, the annual inflation rate in the U.S. is 8.6%, the highest seen in 40 years.

To ease the effects of such high inflation rates, Summers said the unemployment rate would have to rise above 5% for five years.

“We need five years of unemployment above 5% to contain inflation – in other words, we need two years of 7.5% unemployment or five years of 6% unemployment or one year of 10% unemployment,” Summers said in a speech in London on Monday, Bloomberg reported.

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The current U.S. unemployment rate sits at 3.6% for May 2022.

Summers’ comment comes as many discuss the potential for the U.S. to enter a recession.

According to a report by the Conference Board, a non-profit research group, most CEOs believe a recession is imminent.

“More than 60% of CEOs globally say they expect a recession in their primary region of operations before the end of 2023 or earlier,” the Conference Board said.

Another 15% say their regions are already in the midst of a recession.

However, the Biden administration’s opinions differ starkly from what most business leaders say.

In response to a reporter stating that most economists say a recession is “even more likely than ever,” President Joe Biden said most economists aren’t saying that.

“Not the majority of them aren’t saying that; come on, don’t make things up, OK, now you sound like a Republican politician,” Biden said. “I’m joking, that was a joke, but all kidding aside, no, I don’t think it is. I was talking to Larry Summers this morning. There’s nothing inevitable about a recession.”

Biden’s comment contrasts with what Summers said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday.

“I don’t think there are historical precedents for inflation at the rate we now have it coming down to the target the Fed has set of 2% without a recession,” Summers, an economist who served as the Treasury secretary from 1999 to 2001, said. “I think all the precedents point towards a recession.”

Current U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen’s opinions also diverge from what most business leaders and economists are saying.

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“It’s natural now that we expect a transition to steady and stable growth, but I don’t think a recession is at all inevitable,” Yellen said in an interview with ABC News on Sunday.

Retail sales fell in May by 0.4%, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau, indicating a decrease in consumer spending, which could contribute to the possibility of a recession, but again, Yellen said she disagrees.

“I think consumer spending remains very strong, there’s month-to-month volatility, but overall spending is strong although patterns of spending are changing,” Yellen said. “Higher food and energy prices are certainly affecting consumers and making them change their patterns of spending, but bank balances are high.”

Supreme Court Overturns Ban Preventing Religious Schools From Receiving State Funding

(The Center Square) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned Maine’s ban on state tuition assistance to students attending religious schools in an education case that could have big implications for schools around the country.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in Carson v. Makin.

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The dispute began when the state of Maine created a tuition assistance program for rural areas without public schools. The program, though, explicitly said that state funds could not be used at religious private schools, only secular schools.

A family sued the state of Maine saying they should be able to use the state funding at a religious school if they desired. They argued the program discriminates against religious schools and violates the Free Exercise Clause of the Constitution.

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The Supreme Court sided with the challengers to Maine’s law Tuesday.

“Maine’s program cannot survive strict scrutiny,” the court’s ruling says. “A neutral benefit program in which public funds flow to religious organizations through the independent choices of private benefit recipients does not offend the Establishment Clause. Maine’s decision to continue excluding religious schools from its tuition assistance program after Zelman thus promotes stricter separation of church and state than the Federal Constitution requires. But a State’s antiestablishment interest does not justify enactments that exclude some members of the community from an otherwise generally available public benefit because of their religious exercise.”

The high court pointed to Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, a 2016 ruling where the court sided with a religious school that was denied state grant funding assistance for a playground improvement because it was religious.

“The Department’s policy violated the rights of Trinity Lutheran under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by denying the Church an otherwise available public benefit on account of its religious status,” the court ruled in that case. “This Court has repeatedly confirmed that denying a generally available benefit solely on account of religious identity imposes a penalty on the free exercise of religion.”

As The Center Square previously reported, critics of Maine’s anti-religious school provision also pointed to Espinoza v. Montana Dept. of Revenue, a Supreme Court case in 2020 in which the high court ruled in favor of a similar Montana program, saying students could receive state funds for education at a religious school.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion, and Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the dissent. In the dissent, Breyer said the majority gave too little credence to the establishment clause and too much to the free exercise clause.

“The Court today pays almost no attention to the words in the first Clause while giving almost exclusive attention to the words in the second. The majority also fails to recognize the ‘play in the joints’ between the two Clauses,” Breyer wrote.

Religious liberty advocates celebrated the ruling.

“We are thrilled that the Court affirmed once again that religious discrimination will not be tolerated in this country,” said Kelly Shackelford, Liberty Counsel’s president and chief Counsel. “Parents in Maine, and all over the country, can now choose the best education for their kids without fearing retribution from the government. This is a great day for religious liberty in America.”

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