Media Mentions

Top Biden donor’s Treasury appointment raises watchdog concerns: ‘Special interest activists’

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

Watchdogs are sounding the alarm over President Joe Biden’s move to tap a deep-pocketed Wall Street veteran boosting his 2024 reelection campaign to head up a powerful Treasury Department commission.

Orin Kramer, founder of the hedge fund Boston Provident LP, was announced in a Treasury press release Thursday as chairman of its Commission on Social Impact Partnerships, an advisory board tasked with making recommendations to the agency on millions of dollars in local and state government grants. The appointment of Kramer, who has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Biden’s 2024 campaigns and joint fundraising committees, comes on the heels of Kramer co-hosting a “Broadway for Biden” fundraiser in September featuring performances from Hamilton maker Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as singers Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban, a flyer shows.

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Anti-Israel protests fueled by terror-tied dark money groups: ‘National security issue’

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

Activists organizing pro-Palestinian protests across the United States in the wake of the Hamas attacks against Israel share various deep affiliations with designated terrorist factions, all while quietly receiving checks from anonymous sources, according to records.

The streets of Washington, D.C., were flooded Saturday with tens of thousands of activists demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and for the U.S. to choke off aid to Israel, where more than 1,400 civilians and soldiers have been killed by Islamic terrorists since Oct. 7, the deadliest attack against the Jewish people since the Holocaust. Groups behind the increasing number of anti-Israel protests and the recent one in the nation’s capital that spurred vandalism maintain particularly opaque dark money funding structures and have also faced scrutiny over the years for their ties to terror, a Washington Examiner investigation found.

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Biden Keeps Getting His Nominees Rejected, But Stuffs Them Into His Admin Anyways

By Nick Pope (Daily Caller)

The Biden administration has found ways to appoint several officials to influential posts within the government after the Senate denied their confirmations earlier in President Joe Biden’s first term.

The Senate failed to confirm Laura Daniel-Davis, Ann Carlson, Jeff Marootian and Neera Tanden, with Republicans generally citing their partisanship or radicalism, but the White House has found influential positions for them to assume within the government anyways. The administration has found ways to shoehorn these individuals into their current posts across the government by appointing Daniel-Davis and Carlson on an acting basis, while sticking Marootian and Tanden in positions that do not require a formal Senate confirmation process.

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Biden Admin Talks Tough On Big Oil, But Gave Them Regular Access To Discuss Key Regulatory Change

By Nick Pope (Daily Caller)

The Biden administration gave oil industry lobbyists and representatives a regular audience in 2021 to discuss a key regulatory change that is shaping up to work in the interest of major oil companies, while hammering the industry’s major players as profiteers harming the environment, according to emails obtained by the Functional Government Initiative (FGI).

The communications between officials from the Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), American Petroleum Institute (API) and major oil companies occurred primarily in 2021, and pertained to federal rules for decommissioning offshore drilling areas. BOEM later published a new proposal to change those rules on June 29 of this year, which would create a revised system for companies to set aside funds for lease area clean-up that some observers say shields the world’s biggest oil producers from billions in potential liability for decommissioning costs.

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Interior emails tied to Boundary Waters spark questions

By Hannah Northey (E&E)

The Interior Department’s plans for top staffers to meet environmentalists in 2021 and discuss protections for Minnesota’s pristine Boundary Waters from a controversial mining project — an issue the green group had already sued over — is attracting fresh scrutiny from conservative watchdogs.

Interior Deputy Secretary Tommy Beaudreau and other agency officials planned to meet with representatives of the Wilderness Society to talk about potential sulfur-ore copper mining near the Boundary Waters, according to emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and shared with E&E News.

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Beware the COVID Cranks

By Pete McGinnis (Townhall, Op-ed)

Dr. Anthony Fauci is back in the news as the media hype a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. Asked earlier last month by CNN’s Michael Smerconish if people should begin wearing masks again, he said, “I hope they would abide by the recommendation and take into account the risks to themselves and to their families. We are not talking about forcing anybody to do anything.” Fauci, of course, backed a national mask mandate in 2020.

But that’s the least of the COVID contradictions from Fauci and others. Put aside the obfuscations of the origin of the virus (smearing proponents of the Wuhan “lab-leak” as conspiracy theorists.) Our public health bureaucracy has made so many misleading and confusing pronouncements, and FGI has uncovered such inconvenient facts through FOIA requests, that the public should take any new dictates with a truckload of salt.

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President Biden Appoints Former Hunter Biden Associate to Prosecutor Post

By Zachary Stieber (Epoch Times)

President Joe Biden has announced his nomination of a former colleague of his son to a prosecutorial position.

President Biden said Oct. 3 he was tapping Hampton Dellinger to head the Office of Special Counsel, which has investigative and prosecutorial powers.

Mr. Dellinger worked in the U.S. Department of Justice until June, where he “played a key coordinating role in the department’s implementation of the president’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices as well as the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” the White House said. “In addition, Dellinger worked to enhance the reliability of forensic science in investigations and prosecutions.”

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For Some, Open Border Chaos Is the Goal

By Pete McGinnis (RealClearPolitics)

Beware, the crisis at the southern border may be much worse than it appears.

Free Apple watches, bus and plane tickets all across the continental United States, and sophisticated lawyers standing by to counsel migrants on how to best navigate border officials’ scrutiny of asylum on the occasions when they are actually required to defend their asylum claims. These benefits being offered to illegal border crossers have left the public shocked, angry, and in many cases, feeling the issue closer to home than ever before. Many cities and states have also been overwhelmed as the consequences of the crisis have migrated well beyond the southern border states. Recently, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made news when he emphatically declared that the now-regular stream of migrants into the Big Apple “will ruin the City!”

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It’s time for federal employees to return to the office

By Pete McGinnis (Washington Times)

“Of the people, by the people, and for the people” was President Abraham Lincoln’s description of how the federal government should function. These days, however, it’s hard to know who’s doing what for whom — or even where.

More than three years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many federal employees still haven’t returned to the office, and some are choosing to abuse federal telework and leave policies and waste hard-earned taxpayer dollars funding empty offices.

In his State of the Union address in January 2022, President Biden promised that “the vast majority of federal workers will once again work in person.” In far too many cases, this hasn’t happened.

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Fashion Designer’s Stolen Clothes Found in ‘Unwearable’ Condition at Ex-Biden Official’s House

By Mia Cathell (Townhall)

Law enforcement has seized a female fashion designer’s stolen custom-designed clothes from cross-dressing former Biden official Sam Brinton’s house, reportedly finding the garments in poor condition—rendered not salvageable for wear or sale.

According to Fox News Digital, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Police Department, which patrols two major airports serving the U.S. capital, returned articles of clothing belonging to Tanzanian fashion designer Asya Khamsin that officers obtained upon executing a search warrant on the “non-binary” ex-nuclear waste chief’s residence in Rockville, Maryland.

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