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September 18, 2023

Monday: Below the Fold

Biden lies about himself again, Paxton acquitted, Ukraine’s economic future, and more.


  • Another Biden autobio lie: Did you know that Joe Biden used to be a college professor? Neither did we. Nor the rest of the country for that matter. In fact, it would appear that his “professorship” only ever existed in the age-addled mind of Joe Biden. While giving a speech at Prince George’s Community College, Biden falsely claimed: “I taught at the University of Pennsylvania for four years … and I used to teach political theory.” Biden did receive an honorary professor title from Penn after he left the vice presidency, and according to his own tax filing record, Biden did receive over $900,000 from the university between the years of 2017 to 2019. But it “involved no regular classes and around a dozen public appearances on campus, mostly in big, ticketed events.” In other words, at best he was paid to give a few speeches on campus. Next thing you know, he’ll want us to call him Dr. Biden.

  • Texas AG Paxton acquitted: On Saturday, the Texas Senate voted to acquit Attorney General Ken Paxton of all 16 articles of impeachment that the state house raised against him. Following his acquittal, Paxton blasted the “sham impeachment,” asserting that it had been “coordinated by the Biden Administration with liberal House Speaker Dade Phelan” and that “his kangaroo court has cost taxpayers millions of dollars, disrupted the work of the Office of Attorney General and left a dark and permanent stain on the Texas House.” He added, “The weaponization of the impeachment process to settle political differences is not only wrong, it is immoral and corrupt.” All 12 of the Lone Star State’s Senate Democrats and two Republicans voted to convict, while 16 Republicans voted to acquit. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who oversaw the vote, also criticized the process. “With virtually no time for 150 members to study the articles,” he observed, “the Speaker and his team rammed through the first impeachment of a statewide official in over 100 years.”

  • Biden will “recover” Ukraine’s economy: The White House released a statement from Joe Biden in which he announced the appointment of the “New U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine’s Economic Recovery.” Biden appointed Penny Pritzker to serve in this role. Given Biden’s economic “recovery” record here at home, which has resulted in a sustained high inflation rate making Americans poorer and has led to a growing poverty rate in the U.S., folks in Ukraine would be wise to run away from Bidenomics as fast as they can.

  • A horrendous crime and coverage of it: Two black teenagers stole a car in Las Vegas, joyriding in it while filming themselves deliberately causing another car to crash. Far worse, they then deliberately ran over a cyclist, who happened to be a retired police chief, killing him. Video of the incident literally looks like something from the video game Grand Theft Auto. The teens have been apprehended for this horrendous crime. However, nearly as egregious has been the media’s coverage of the crime — the Las Vegas Review-Journal simply noted that the police chief was killed in a “bike crash.”

  • Whitmer would-be kidnappers acquitted: Three men who were among those charged in the plot to kidnap Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer have been acquitted. The three men, Eric Molitor, William Molitor, and Michael Null, were charged with providing material support for terrorist acts and fire arms possession during the commission of a felony. The three did not realize that the dozen other men, who have been found guilty, with whom they were engaging with, were plotting to kidnap Whitmer and put her on trial for treason. A jury found the three defendants not guilty after a two-week trial.

  • Avoiding a government shutdown? On Sunday, members of the Freedom Caucus reached a tentative agreement with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to join with the rest of the Republican majority on a funding deal to avert a government shutdown. The Republican bill contains some domestic spending (growth) cuts, and it includes some illegal immigration provisions, but does not include the E-Verify requirement for employers. The Democrat-controlled Senate is expected to balk at the bill, but McCarthy has successfully put pressure for a government shutdown onto the Democrats.


  • Hunter Biden sues IRS, alleges agents tried to ‘target’ and ‘embarrass’ him (Fox News)

  • Navy ends digital recruiting program over drag queens (The Federalist)

  • Kim Davis penalized $100K (even though the couple got a marriage license) (Not the Bee)

  • Chuck Schumer axes Senate dress code following criticism of Fetterman’s hoodies (New York Post)

  • Arrest made in ambush killing of LA Sheriff’s Deputy (Fox News)

  • $20 an hour for fast-food work in California (National Review)

  • Satire: Auto CEOs struggling with whether to replace striking workers with robots or Mexicans (The Babylon Bee)

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