Media Mentions

The Power to Define is the Power to Rule

By Pete McGinnis (RealClearPolicy Op-ed)

June 29, 2023

The federal legislative process is messy, slow, and littered with stumbling blocks – exactly as the Founders intended. Compromise and half-loaves are built into the system. The public can learn what legislation is up for vote, and members can slow down the process as they represent their constituents and work on their policy priorities. The sluggish pace frustrates activist government whether on the left and the right, so the executive branch finds workarounds: agencies promulgate regulations, the president issues executive orders, and so on.

Yet sometimes, in order to get what it wants, the government just changes how things are defined. The simple manipulation of language or the meaning of a word can often remove obstacles and give federal agencies what they couldn’t get through legislation.

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‘Dangerous Proposition’: Biden Admin Power Players Directing Billions In Subsidies Raises Cronyism Risk, Watchdogs Say

By Nick Pope (The Daily Caller)

June 27, 2023

President Joe Biden has tasked several Democratic political insiders with overseeing the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies and loans, an arrangement which three government watchdog groups told the Daily Caller News Foundation could heighten the risk of cronyism and unethical governance.

Biden has tasked former Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Tom Perez, veteran D.C. insider John Podesta and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm with overseeing the distribution of hundreds of billions of dollars in green energy subsidies and loans. All three are deeply connected Democratic Party insiders, and several government watchdog groups told the DCNF that their insider status combined with the amount of taxpayer funds at their disposal heightens the risk for special interest accommodation.

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Interior staff had plans beyond Biden’s, to end fossil fuel leasing, with Haaland unaware: watchdog

By Addison Smith (Just The News)

June 23, 2023

Interior Department staffers appeared to try to go beyond a directive by President Biden for the agency to pause new oil and gas leases in the U.S. by considering ways to eliminate them, based on internal department documents obtained by a federal watchdog group.

The directive came in the form of a Jan. 27, 2021, Biden executive order in which he directed agency Secretary Deb Haaland to “pause new oil and natural gas leases on public lands or offshore waters,” pending a review of such fossil fuel development practices.

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Bloomberg News Busted! Guess Which Biden Appointee Is Trying to Control the Press

By Joseph Vazquez (NewsBusters)

June 19, 2023

A government watchdog group shared exclusive documents with MRC Business exposing an apparently incestuous relationship between Bloomberg News and President Joe Biden’s Treasury Department.

The Functional Government Initiative obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. According to FGI’s press release shared with MRC Business, Bloomberg reporters gave Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen such favorable “coverage that they chafed under Treasury’s censorship of their stories, and weren’t shy about letting the Treasury Department know their displeasure.” This reeks of quid pro quo journalism.

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MCGINNIS: COVID Is Over. Rampant Federal Employee Telework Should Be Too

By Pete McGinnis (Daily Caller Op-ed)

June 15, 2023

“It’s time for America to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again with people,” President Biden announced. With the worst of the pandemic over, “People working from home can feel safe and begin to return to their offices.” “We’re doing that here in the federal government. The vast majority of federal workers will once again work in person,” he added.

That was from the president’s State of the Union address in January 2022. It is now June 2023, and that has not yet happened. Remote work seems to have gone on remote control, with costly consequences for taxpayers.

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Space Force general decries ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ laws at Pentagon Pride event, claims they affect hiring decisions

By Brandon Gillespie (Fox News)

June 15, 2023

A high-ranking officer in the U.S. Space Force used her speech at a Pentagon pride event last week to rail against what she called “anti-LGBTQ+ laws” introduced in state legislatures across the country.

Lt. Gen. DeAnna Burt, deputy chief of space operations, also claimed that such laws affect her hiring and promotion decisions, sometimes leading her to choose a “less qualified” candidate because of a preferred candidate’s “personal circumstances.”

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Energy Secretary Faces Renewed Ethics Criticism

By Brian Freeman (Newsmax)

June 14, 2023

Congressmen and watchdogs have harshly criticized Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm for giving false testimony to the Senate concerning her ownership of stock, the Washington Examiner reported on Wednesday.

In a letter sent to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Friday, Granholm said she “mistakenly” testified in April that she “did not own any individual stocks,” when she meant to say she “did not own any conflicting stocks.”

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm faces renewed ethics heat over finances: ‘Unacceptable’

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

June 14, 2023

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm‘s admission about giving false testimony on stock ownership is sparking heightened concerns among lawmakers and watchdogs, who contend her transparency lapses are highly troubling.

Granholm told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a Friday letter she “mistakenly” testified in April that she “did not own any individual stocks,” even though Granholm meant to say she “did not own any conflicting stocks.” The secretary, who has been sharply criticized for her ethical and financial decisions since being tapped by President Joe Biden, also informed the panel that her husband, Daniel Mulhern, owned shares in Ford Motor Company despite a lack of prior disclosure.

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Liberal donor-backed ‘free speech’ group decries GOP push to obtain ‘censorship’ records

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

June 8, 2023

A “free speech” group bankrolled by top liberal foundations is taking aim at Republicans over their efforts to obtain records from taxpayer-funded universities on their “censorship” of conservatives and “disinformation” tracking plans.

Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) of the House Judiciary Committee and other top GOP lawmakers have escalated their investigations recently into universities through public records requests and letters purportedly to understand their roles in helping to throttle speech deemed as “disinformation.” Now, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, a self-styled free speech group that has taken cash from influential left-wing nonprofit groups, including the George Soros-led Open Society Foundations, is labeling the committee’s constitutionally guarded actions as a “troubling” level of “intimidation.”

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Navy Posts and Then Quietly Deletes LGBT-Themed Images on Social Media

By Ryan Morgan (Epoch Times)

June 2, 2023

The U.S. Navy’s Twitter briefly went through an LGBT-themed makeover, before the military branch reversed course and removed the imagery.

On Thursday, the Navy’s official Twitter account included a special LGBT-themed banner showing two U.S. warships and an F-18 fighter jet leaving the colors of the rainbow flag in their wake. The icon of an eagle, shield, and anchor that the Navy has used in its Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook profile pictures was also modified on Thursday, with the eagle’s feather’s changed to match the rainbow flag colors.

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