Friday Executive News Summary

Sinema rejects nuking filibuster, RNC says no more CPD-hosted debates, Iran release video depicting Trump assassination, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Sinema rejects nuking the filibuster: Yesterday, Senator Kyrsten Sinema expressed her decision to reject Chuck Schumer’s push to eliminate the filibuster, tanking the Democrats’ hopes of getting their federalization-of-elections bills passed. Even Joe Biden essentially conceded defeat, stating, “The honest-to-God answer is I don’t know if we can get this done.” Sinema expressed support for the Democrat voting bills but refused to compromise on her backing of the Senate’s designed standards against simple majority rule. She noted the broad problem of growing divisions across the country as further evidence supporting her decision. Sinema is not the only Democrat holdout. Joe Manchin has also stated he rejects eliminating the filibuster.

  • RNC says no more CPD-hosted debates: The Republican National Committee, fed up with the Commission on Presidential Debates’ obvious bias against GOP candidates, is considering instituting a requirement that Republican candidates pledge not to engage in a CPD-hosted debate during the 2024 election cycle. RNC chief Ronna McDaniel explained that the CPD’s refusal to engage in meaningful reforms to ensure a “level playing field” for candidates to debate is what led to this decision. “The RNC will take every step to ensure that future Republican presidential nominees are given that opportunity elsewhere,” she stipulated.

  • Iran release video depicting Trump assassination: “Revenge is definite” is the message following an animated video released by Iran’s government in which an assassination drone strike against Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago estate is depicted. The threat to assassinate Trump is expressly noted as a retaliation for Trump’s green-lighting the U.S. military drone strike that killed Iran’s chief terrorism director, Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani, in Bagdad in January 2020. “The video mirrored a propaganda poster last year also showing Trump on a golf course, calling for revenge for Soleimani’s slaying,” reported The Times of Israel.

  • Baltimore’s top prosecutor indicted for perjury: Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore’s state’s attorney, was indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury on Thursday. According to the indictment, Mosby lied, claiming COVID-related hardships in order to secure tens of thousands in withdrawals from her city retirement account, when she had in fact received her full $247,955 salary in 2020. She was also indicted for lying to secure mortgages in Florida, claiming to have no liabilities when in reality she and her husband owed over $40,000 in back taxes. Mosby, a Democrat who is running for a third term, stated via her attorney that the charges are “bogus” and “rooted in personal, political and racial animus five months from her election.” Should Mosby be found guilty on all charges, she would face a sentence of up to 70 years in prison. Recall that back in 2016, Mosby prosecuted six Baltimore police officers for the death of Freddie Gray, all of whom were acquitted.

More From Your Patriot Post Team

  • Douglas Andrews: Sedition Isn’t Insurrection — The DOJ announced some interesting new charges against a handful of January 6 participants.

  • Tony Perkins: SCOTUS Ends Mandates for U.S. Businesses — In our system of government, policies like this one are “the responsibility of those chosen by the people through democratic processes.”

  • Brian Mark Weber: Inflation Hasn’t Been This High in 40 Years — Most of us fail to realize the very real consequences of debasing our national currency.

  • Thomas Gallatin: Hillary Clinton Again? — She may be floating another run at the presidency, taking advantage of the supremely unpopular Joe Biden.

  • Emmy Griffin: Christ in the Midst of COVID — In spite of lockdowns, some churches kept their doors open. And that has made all the difference.

  • Douglas Andrews: More Guns = More Self-Defense — Americans legally bought more than 18 million firearms last year, and they’ve been putting those purchases to good use.

Security

  • “Be afraid”: Ukraine hit by cyberattack, Russia moves more troops (Reuters)

  • Europe at greatest risk of war in 30 years, Poland warns (Reuters)

  • U.S. braces for Russian escalation as talks hit “dead end” (Axios)

  • One sex offender, two murderers, and three gang members arrested at U.S. border (Daily Wire)

  • North Korea fires fresh missiles in response to U.S. sanctions (Fox News)

  • U.S. embassy in Baghdad targeted by four rockets (Fox News)

Health

  • Study: Omicron associated with 91% reduction in risk of death compared to Delta (Axios)

  • Washington State refused help from one county to clear snow because the county doesn’t have a vaccine mandate but don’t worry it’s not like icy roads are more dangerous than COVID (Not the Bee)

  • Quebec will impose “significant” tax on the unvaccinated in “fairness” to the vaxxed (Daily Wire)

Village Academic Curriculum

  • Your tax dollars at work: Bay Area school district pays $57K for “Woke Kindergarten” to “disrupt whiteness” (The Federalist)

  • Illinois elementary school promotes after-school Satan club for students (The Blaze)

Culture

  • U.S. abortion rate rose for second consecutive year (Washington Times)

  • Microsoft Word introduces new “woke” feature to monitor your language (Not the Bee)

Heartland

  • Major winter storm to snarl travel in Midwest, South, and East through MLK weekend (Fox Weather)

  • Glenn Youngkin appointing anti-CRT firebrand to key education role (Daily Wire)

Odds & Ends

  • More than one million fewer students are in college (NPR)

  • Prince Andrew loses military affiliations and remaining royal patronages, as sexual assault case moves forward (Washington Post)

  • Novak Djokovic gets visa canceled again, faces deportation from Australia (Fox News)

  • Cagey Kamala freezes up when asked about 2024 ticket (Washington Examiner)

  • Biden picks Sarah Bloom Raskin for top Fed regulator role (Yahoo)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Bidenflation is crushing families and businesses (RNC)

  • “Satire”: SCOTUS rules healthcare workers are the only people who can’t make decisions about their own health (Babylon Bee)

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