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November 17, 2022

Thursday: Below the Fold

Republicans take the House, McConnell reelected, Senate declares the pandemic is over, and more.


  • Republicans take the House, McConnell reelected: The GOP “officially” won control of the House yesterday when the Associated Press declared a 218th seat for Republicans. An outfit called the Decision Desk had called a different race as number 218 the day before. Seven races still have not been called, but Republicans currently lead 218-210. Speaker Nancy Pelosi will announce her plans today. Meanwhile in the Senate, Mitch McConnell weathered a leadership challenge from Florida Senator Rick Scott, winning the vote 37-10. “I’m not going anywhere,” McConnell said, even though we’ve argued he should. The trouble is that Scott was not an obvious replacement, and few others are.

  • Senate: The pandemic is over: Joe Biden declared that “the pandemic is over” back in September. Now, even 12 Senate Democrats agree, joining all 50 Republicans in the upper chamber to vote Tuesday to end the COVID national emergency declaration. Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was among them. Given that Biden used the pandemic to justify his student loan giveaway, this presents a real problem for him in defending that unconstitutional action in court, where he’s already lost multiple times. Will another court reinstate his redistribution plan now that the Senate — including members of his own party — view his pandemic justification as no longer relevant?

  • San Fran trans plan: Nancy Pelosi’s hometown has always been a bastion of leftist sexual deviancy, from the “free love” of the 1960s to the “transgender” movement of today. Continuing that, er, proud history, San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced a new program: the Guaranteed Income for Trans People (GIFT). According to The Daily Wire, “The program is exclusive to transgender residents of the city, and led by The Transgender District, a neighborhood of the city for transgender people; it will give 55 transgender residents $1,200 a month for up to 18 months.” Other taxpayers will be fleeced to provide “free” money to people who have segregated themselves according to their own gender dysphoria. How sad. By the way, average monthly rent on a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is nearly $3,000.


  • House Republicans launch Hunter Biden probe, allege president played active role in son’s business dealings (National Review)

  • Senate votes to advance same-sex marriage legislation (WSJ) | These 12 Republicans just voted for the radical Respect for Marriage Act (Daily Signal)

  • Chuck Schumer says U.S. needs more immigration because Americans are “not reproducing” (Daily Caller) | Schumer in 2009: “Illegal immigration is wrong” (Daily Caller)

  • Judge blocks U.S. from using Title 42 to expel migrants (Fox News)

  • NBC Bay Area affiliate’s report on Paul Pelosi attack shares key details with retracted “Today” report (Fox News)

  • House committee to investigate FTX collapse (Just the News)

  • Average Thanksgiving Dinner cost surged 20% since last year (National Review)

  • Credit card debt jumps to two-decade high (Free Beacon)

  • Twenty-five injured after vehicle plows into law enforcement recruits on morning run in California (CBS News)

  • No suspect, no weapon in killing of four University of Idaho students (AP)

  • High school girl found guilty of bullying a male in girl’s locker room (Fox News)

  • Michigan parents sue school board for allowing pornographic books in schools (The Federalist)

  • New vaccine targets fentanyl, may offer route back to sobriety (Daily Wire)

  • World’s major greenhouse gas emitters falling short of climate goals (Daily Wire)

  • YouTube flagged a real video of the official World Government Summit as a conspiracy theory (Not the Bee)

  • Hot mic catches Xi Jinping berating Justin Trudeau over leaks at G20 (Daily Wire)

  • Policy: How electric vehicles make America more dependent on China (Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Wife gains control of house with 1-1 majority (Babylon Bee)

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