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    Remember the old days, when Democrats and Republicans argued over trivialities, like the capital gains tax and Michael Dukakis’ tank helmet, not whether democracy was a good idea? Look where we are now. Democrats, as always, have been full-throated in defense of Western liberal democracy, whereas Republicans have been making Magi-like treks to Hungary to quaff from the cold, clear, invigorating wellspring of Viktor Orban-style authoritarianism.  To be fair, Republicans used to more or less back democracy, before they started looking to the future and saw a country that, in a few short decades, would no longer be majority white. Then the freakout started, reaching a fever pitch with the Jan. 6 white man’s tantrum in Washington, D.C. Thousands of marchers—angry that the guy who twice lost the popular vote had not been declared president simply because he said he’d won—decided that democracy meant attempting extralegal executions of top government officials. But while Jan. 6 was a wake-up call for Western democracy, it was also a call to arms for the enemies of democracy, who are legion—both here and abroad. And now CPAC, which is about what you’d get...
    Thursday on FNC’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” host Tucker Carlson opened up his broadcast by weighing in on the reaction to the likely overturn of the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade decision could have profound implications on the country. Carlson told his viewers such a scenario was the “definition of a failed state.” Transcript as follows: CARLSON: So, you can question whether Joe Biden actually got — what’s the number? Eighty-one million votes in the last presidential election and actually later in the show, we will, but even if you accept that there actually were people who voted for Joe Biden voluntarily, it’s hard to believe that many of them got anything like what they expected in return for their votes. Joe Biden, not to be dark about it, just to be honest, Joe Biden has turned out to be an unparalleled disaster. That’s not an overstatement. In fact, it’s a generous assessment. Our country has never seen anything like what Joe Biden has done. Barely 15 months into his first term as President, Joe Biden has crashed the stock market,...
    New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” lawmakers who voted against President Joe Biden’s massive spending package are “defunders of the police.” Anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “Mayor Adams, you promised to focus on crime in your campaign. Major crimes have continued to rise on your watch. How do you explain it? What more can be done?” Adams said, “It’s a national problem. I say over and over again that many rivers feed the sea of violence. It’s a national issue. It’s not a red state, blue state. In fact, red states are experiencing a higher murder rate than blue states. Tulsa is three times the murder rate of Los Angeles. Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana — those are the highest murder rates in our entire country. I think the president has done an amazing job.” He added, “You heard the narrative beforehand about defunding the police. Let me tell you what the defunders of the police are, those who didn’t vote on the Build Back Better bill. Money was in that bill for police officers. We...
    Murdyk has considerable experience in private practice having worked over a decade with Disability Rights California, where he worked as the group's managing attorney, director of litigation, and deputy director. In 2018, Murdyk joined the California Department of Rehabilitation, becoming its chief counsel until 2020. Murdyk earned his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1989. The transgender attorney’s appointment to the bench earned praise from legal and leftwing activist communities. Leah Wilson, the executive director of the State Bar of California, said, “The values of diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to the State Bar's mission, and I thank our Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation for their important work, and I applaud Gov. Newsom on his commitment to a diverse judiciary.” Wilson continued, “Superior Court Judge Andi Mudryk's appointment is a touchstone moment in California history that will lead to more opportunities for transgender people throughout the legal profession.” Equity California, the country’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization celebrated Murdyk as the second openly transgender judge in California. Tony Hoang, the group's...
    (CNN) — The West is far from the only region experiencing remarkably dry weather so far this year. According to Thursday’s report from the US Drought Monitor, more than 61% of the contiguous US is in some classification of drought. It is the largest portion of the country in a state of drought since 2012, the year when the continental US saw an all-time record of 65% during September. READ MORE: 'Black Panther' Director Ryan Coogler Mistaken For Bank Robber In AtlantaAnd in recent weeks, drought has increased significantly. In the last month alone, the percentage of the continental US in drought has jumped from 55% to more than 61%, an increase of nearly 170,000 square miles; an area larger than the size of California. “The drought is pretty baked in,” Justin Mankin, assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth College and co-lead of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Drought Task Force, told CNN. “My expectation is fully that the American West is going to be in a drought through the rest of this year, at the very least.” “To recover from...
    By Brandon Miller and Rachel Ramirez, | CNN The West is far from the only region experiencing remarkably dry weather so far this year. According to Thursday’s report from the US Drought Monitor, more than 61% of the contiguous US is in some classification of drought. It is the largest portion of the country in a state of drought since 2012, the year when the continental US saw an all-time record of 65% during September. And in recent weeks, drought has increased significantly. In the last month alone, the percentage of the continental US in drought has jumped from 55% to more than 61%, an increase of nearly 170,000 square miles; an area larger than the size of California. “The drought is pretty baked in,” Justin Mankin, assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth College and co-lead of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Drought Task Force, told CNN. “My expectation is fully that the American West is going to be in a drought through the rest of this year, at the very least.” RELATED: Sierra Nevada snowpack disappearing after driest...
    (CNN)The West is far from the only region experiencing remarkably dry weather so far this year. According to Thursday's report from the US Drought Monitor, more than 61% of the contiguous US is in some classification of drought. It is the largest portion of the country in a state of drought since 2012, the year when the continental US saw an all-time record of 65% during September.And in recent weeks, drought has increased significantly. In the last month alone, the percentage of the continental US in drought has jumped from 55% to more than 61%, an increase of nearly 170,000 square miles; an area larger than the size of California.Why record-high gas prices wont be solved by drilling more oil in the US"The drought is pretty baked in," Justin Mankin, assistant professor of geography at Dartmouth College and co-lead of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Drought Task Force, told CNN. "My expectation is fully that the American West is going to be in a drought through the rest of this year, at the very least.""To recover from this thing,...
    Almost daily since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last week, the United States and allies in Europe and Asia have been tightening the sanctions vise on Moscow. Yet even devastating blows to the Russian state and its economy did not give President Vladimir Putin pause as he unleashed a brutal overnight assault on Ukraine’s second-largest city. “The attack on Kharkiv is a war crime,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Tuesday. “This is state terrorism of the Russian Federation.” Zelenskyy’s words were no doubt carefully chosen. Putin’s grand ambition is to be recognized as a great leader of a great power, and only one sanction in the U.S. arsenal would tarnish Putin’s image and his country’s reputation enough to potentially bring him back from the brink of world conflict. Officially deeming Russia as a terrorist state would even further stain the Kremlin’s reputation and relegate Russia to pariah status. There is no anvil within the sanctions world as economically blunt as the U.S. government’s “state sponsors of terrorism” designation. The State Department has been adding countries to the list since 1979, when...
    President Joe Biden's first State of the Union underscored the bounds of his executive power, irking far-Left Democrats with his pared-back vision for the remainder of his administration, which will still be difficult for him to achieve with an evenly divided Senate. Biden's hourlong, at times stilted presidential report was overshadowed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Yet it was also a presentation of his reordered and recalibrated priorities before Democrats are predicted to lose control of Congress in November, revealing a White House midterm election strategy at odds with that of his party's left wing. The deadly Russia-Ukraine war dominated Biden's State of the Union, providing 12 minutes of political unity at the start of his remarks during peak viewership, despite his mistaken reference to "Iranians." Biden ripped "dictator" Russian President Vladimir Putin, crowed about "building a coalition of other freedom-loving nations” to impose crippling sanctions, and announced a ban on Russian planes in U.S. airspace as well as the release of 30 million barrels of Strategic Petroleum Reserve oil. With regards to the homeland, Biden used the State...
    Following Tuesday’s State of the Union speech, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed President Joe Biden’s effort, calling it out of touch, and said it did not address many of the ills plaguing the country. “You know, tonight was the 10th State of the Union that I’ve been on the floor of the House of Representatives to hear from the third different president,” he said. “And this was the most out-of-the-touch State of the Union speech that I have ever heard. Biden went through a litany of acknowledging some of the problems we face in this country but utterly denying any responsibility, any culpability for it. So, he acknowledged galloping inflation but didn’t say a word about the trillions and spending and trillions of debt he rammed through that caused that inflation. He acknowledged gas prices are skyrocketing but didn’t say a word about the war on domestic energy production that his administration led. He acknowledged the need to secure our southern border.” “But didn’t say a word about the failure of his administration to enforce the laws, leading to the...
    WASHINGTON -- Only a little more than a week ago, President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address was focused largely inward, looking at the economic and public health woes besetting the U.S. But Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the war that has ensued changed all that.RELATED: Biden vows to check Russian aggression, fight inflationTakeaways from Biden's address:DEMOCRACY V. AUTOCRACY NO LONGER AN ABSTRACTIONThe speech and the war in Ukraine gave Biden both the platform and the reason to talk about the fight between democracy and autocracy not as an abstraction but as an urgent reality.Biden has repeatedly talked about the battle of between the values of liberal democracies and autocrats like Russian President Vladimir Putin as the greatest foreign policy test facing the world.But Russia's invasion of Ukraine - and the surprising unity that U.S. and European allies have shown in response - gave the president a chance to speak about the issue in a visceral way to a global audience."In the battle between democracy and autocracy, democracies are rising to the moment, and the world is clearly...
    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday accused the Biden administration of a series of failures at home and abroad during the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden's first State of the Union address. Parties typically select a member seen as a rising star to deliver the response to a president of an opposing party. Reynolds is Iowa’s first female governor, and she is viewed as a possible running mate for former President Donald Trump should he seek another term in the White House. LIBERAL ABORTION BILL FAILS TO CLEAR SENATE HURDLE BUT PUTS DEMOCRATS ON RECORD In remarks delivered from Des Moines, Reynolds argued the Biden administration has had a string of foreign policy failures prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. “The disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal did more than cost American lives; it betrayed our allies and emboldened our enemies,” she said. “North Korea is testing missiles again at an alarming rate, the Speaker of the House recently warned our Olympic athletes not to speak out against China, and now Russia has launched an...
    The invasion of Ukraine tops the list of what those who will watch the State of the Union on Tuesday say needs to be addressed, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll.  The poll found 73 percent believe President BidenJoe BidenRubio skipping SOTU over COVID-19 testing mandate: 'I don't have time' Arizona GOP asks court to strike down vote-by-mail system US sees Putin nuke threat as posturing MORE needs to address the Ukraine and Russia situation. Eighty-seven percent believe the invasion matters to U.S. interests, with 58 percent saying it matters a lot.  The interest in the Ukraine and Russia conflict is fueled by the concern it could lead to war, with 44 percent very concerned and 38 percent somewhat concerned about a wider war in Europe developing due to the conflict.  Biden has previously told the public not to worry about a nuclear war with Russia as the U.S. is not sending troops to help Ukraine fight.  The U.S. has imposed harsh sanctions on Russia and sent troops to NATO allies in case Russia does try to go after a country...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden gives his first State of the Union address at a time of international upheaval. Polling shows that Americans don't trust Biden when it comes to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It's the latest manifestation of how American satisfaction with Biden and the direction of the country have turned sharply negative since the last time Biden addressed a joint session of Congress last April. Biden has one of the worst approval ratings going into his first inaugural address of any president in the polling era. And his decline seems to come from younger Americans and non-Democrats who once supported the Democratic president. Biden's current approval rating comes in at around 41%. His disapproval rating registers at 53% or 54%, depending on how you average the polls. That's bad enough for a -12 or -13 point net approval rating. When Biden spoke in front of Congress last April, his net approval rating was on the other side of the ledger. His net approval rating stood at +12 points. Read MoreThe change in Biden's has occurred largely because voters lack trust...
    PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to give one of the biggest speeches of his presidency this week. On March 1, 2022, Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address and many want to know what time it will happen. 2President Joe Biden will deliver his State of the Union speech on March 1, 2022Credit: AP What time is Joe Biden's State of the Union speech? Americans can tune in to Biden's State of the Union speech on March 1, 2022. The speech is scheduled to begin at 9:00pm ET and can be watched on local CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS channels as well as on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and C-SPAN. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will deliver the Republican Party's rebuttal following Biden's speech. "Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds represents what it means to lead with conviction and true faith in our fellow citizens," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement. "She handled Covid by choosing freedom over lockdowns and personal responsibility over mandates — leading to real economic recovery from...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address at a precipitous moment for the nation, aiming to navigate the country out a pandemic, reboot his stalled domestic agenda and confront Russia’s aggression. The speech Tuesday night had initially been conceived by the White House as an opportunity to highlight the improving coronavirus outlook and rebrand Biden’s domestic policy priorities as a way to lower costs for families grappling with soaring inflation. But it has taken on new significance with last week’s Russian invasion of Ukraine and nuclear saber-rattling by Vladimir Putin. Biden, in his remarks, planned to highlight the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the resolve of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance that has worked to rearm the Ukrainian military and impose sanctions on Russia to cripple its economy. Biden would speak to “the importance of the United States as a leader in the world, standing up for values, standing up for global norms, but also the efforts that he has undertaken to mitigate how it...
    WASHINGTON -- Facing disquiet at home and danger abroad, President Joe Biden will deliver his first State of the Union address at a precipitous moment for the nation, aiming to navigate the country out a pandemic, reboot his stalled domestic agenda and confront Russia's aggression.The speech Tuesday night had initially been conceived by the White House as an opportunity to highlight the improving coronavirus outlook and rebrand Biden's domestic policy priorities as a way to lower costs for families grappling with soaring inflation. But it has taken on new significance with last week's Russian invasion of Ukraine and nuclear saber-rattling by Vladimir Putin.ABC's State of the Union coverage begins Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET | 8 p.m. CT | 6 p.m. PT on TV, on our website or wherever you stream: Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.RELATED: How to watch Biden's first SOTU address, what to expectBiden, in his remarks, planned to highlight the bravery of Ukrainian defenders and the resolve of a newly reinvigorated Western alliance that has worked to rearm the Ukrainian military and impose sanctions...