WHITE HOUSE: TIME TO SUBMIT TO THE ‘LIBERAL WORLD ORDER’ … CNN: “What do you say to those families that say, ‘listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years?’” BIDEN ADVISOR BRIAN DEESE: “This is about the future of the Liberal World Order and we have to stand firm.” (VIDEO)
BIDEN: YOUR SUFFERING IS FOR THE GREATER GOOD.. NYT: Biden Vows to Back Ukraine ‘as Long as It Takes’ Despite Economic Toll
MADRID — President Biden vowed on Thursday that the United States and NATO would support Ukraine for as long as necessary to repel Russia’s invasion, despite waves of economic pain rolling through world markets and voters’ homes, saying it was the Kremlin that had miscalculated in its aggression, and not the West in opposing it.
Speaking at a news conference at the close of a NATO summit in Madrid, Mr. Biden said that Americans and the rest of the world would have to pay more for gasoline and energy as a price of containing Russian aggression. How long? “As long as it takes, so Russia cannot in fact defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine,” he said.
SIREN… RECESSION ALERT… There’s A Fat Red Flag That America Just Entered A Recession
The Federal Bank of Atlanta released a major red flag Thursday that the U.S. economy just entered a general slowdown of the economy or a recession.
U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter of 2022 fell to -1% based on available data for the current measured quarter, the Atlanta Fed reported.
The Atlanta Fed uses the GDPNow model as an unofficial forecast to estimate the U.S.’s GDP growth based on a similar methodology used by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Fed stated.
“The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the second quarter of 2022 is -1.0 percent on June 30, down from 0.3 percent on June 27,” the Atlanta Fed reported.
INVESTMENTS WALLOPED… WSJ: Markets Post Worst First Half of a Year in Decades
Global markets closed out their most bruising first half of a year in decades, leaving investors bracing for the prospect of further losses.
Accelerating inflation and rising interest rates fueled a monthslong rout that left few markets unscathed. The S&P 500 fell 21% through Thursday, suffering its worst first half of a year since 1970, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond exchange-traded fund, lost 11%—posting their worst start to a year in history.
Stocks and bonds in emerging markets tumbled, hurt by slowing growth. And cryptocurrencies came crashing down, saddling individual investors and hedge funds alike with steep losses.
AMERICAN FLIERS PREPARE TO SUFFER ‘AIRMAGEDDON’… AIRLINES BLAME BIDEN ADMIN… ADMINISTRATION THREATENS FINES, PUSHES AIRLINES TO SCHEDULE MORE RED EYES… CBS: What’s ahead for travelers during July 4 “airmageddon”
As the U.S. prepares for what some in the industry are calling “airmageddon,” travelers are bracing for a possible meltdown at airlines, airports and security and customs checkpoints, not to mention hotels and hotel services. […]
Many U.S. airlines continue to blame staffing at air traffic control centers, whose workers are Federal Aviation Administration employees. But the U.S. Department of Transportation says that the majority of airline delays have nothing to do with center staffing. Airlines are also parking dozens of 50-seat regional jets because they don’t have the pilots to fly them — and because at current fuel prices the airplanes are unprofitable to operate. Translation: Secondary market cities in the U.S., such as Ithaca, New York, and Toledo, Ohio, will have severely reduced — or in some cases, no — airline service by Labor Day.
In the U.S. the DOT is considering imposing financial consequences on airlines publishing unrealistic flight schedules — and the rules could force airlines to show they can support flights with the proper allocation of staff before they are allowed to schedule those flights. They’re also talking about charging airlines more to schedule flights at peak times of 8 a.m. or 5 p.m — known as congestion pricing — as well as considering asking airlines to reschedule 30% of their flights to depart between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., because night flights experience fewer delays.
EARLIER… AIRLINES BEG BIDEN ADMIN FOR STAFFING PLANS… JACKSONVILLE CONTROLLER SHORTAGE ‘CRIPPLING TO THE ENTIRE EAST COAST’… JUN 24… CBS: Airlines blame FAA for flight delays and cancellations as July 4th nears
Airlines for America, which represents the largest U.S. carriers, said Friday it wants to know FAA’s staffing plans for the July Fourth holiday weekend, “so we can plan accordingly.
The comments from the industry group could serve as a pre-emptive defense in case airlines again suffer thousands of canceled and delayed flights over the holiday weekend, when travel is expected to set new pandemic-era highs. […]
The FAA has admitted that it too is understaffed, particularly at a key air traffic control center in Florida.
Calio said that facility, near Jacksonville, Florida, has been understaffed for 27 of the last 30 days, “which is crippling to the entire East Coast traffic flows.”
WHERE’S PETE BUTTIGIEG? HE’S FIGHTING RACIST ROADS, OF COURSE… Buttigieg Starts $1 Billion ‘First-Of-Its-Kind’ Anti-Racist Roads Project
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg launched a $1 billion project on Thursday to fix America’s racist infrastructure system.
Buttigieg launched the Reconnecting Communities program, a “first-of-its-kind” anti-racist infrastructure project aimed at rebuilding communities that were “racially segregated or divided by road projects,” reported the Associated Press.
The program gives states financial support for five years from the project’s $1 billion budget to help reconnect primarily low-income, African-American communities negatively affected by the massive 1950s expansion of the interstate highway system, reported the AP.
“Transportation can connect us to jobs, services and loved ones, but we’ve also seen countless cases around the country where a piece of infrastructure cuts off a neighborhood or a community because of how it was built,” Buttigieg said in Birmingham, Alabama, on Thursday, according to the outlet.
BORDER CRISIS WEIGHS HEAVILY ON AMERICANS AHEAD OF MIDTERMS… BREITBART: Poll: Most Say lllegal Immigration Getting ‘Worse,’ Will Be ‘Important’ Issue in Midterms
Most voters believe illegal immigration is getting “worse” and will be an “important” issue heading into the midterm elections, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.
The survey found that 52 percent believe illegal immigration is getting “worse” in the country, followed by 32 percent who say it is “about the same.” Most Republicans and independents, 76 percent and 57 percent, respectively, believe immigration is getting “worse,” but a plurality of Democrats believe the issue remains “about the same.”
A majority across the board, 67 percent, rate Biden’s handling of immigration issues as either “fair” or “poor.” Of those, 49 percent rate his handling as “poor,” while most independents, 54 percent, give the same rating.
Overall, 73 percent say the issue of immigration will be an “important” subject heading into the midterm elections, and of those, 42 percent say it is “very important.” There is a consensus across the board, as most Democrats (69 percent), independents (65 percent), and Republicans (85 percent), also identify immigration as at least a “somewhat important” issue in the midterms.
FRESH FURY AT MODERATE DEMS… Liberals Reignite Their Outrage At Manchin, Sinema As Calls To Abolish Filibuster Percolate
Liberal media figures reignited their outrage toward Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona over their opposition of reforming the filibuster.
President Joe Biden, along with congressional Democrats, have called for changing the filibuster in an effort to codify Roe v. Wade into law. The filibuster allows senators to block a vote on legislation unless 60 members vote to override it and end the debate.
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar called on Manchin and Sinema, along with Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, to take a vote in order to show them turning their backs to women’s rights.
“At a MINIMUM, the Senate should get rid of the filibuster to codify Roe v Wade into law. Worried Manchin, Sinema, Collins and Murkowski won’t support it? Make them take a vote and go on the record choosing minority rule over women’s rights.”
WHY THE LEFT LOATHES CLARENCE THOMAS… DELANO SQUIRES: Liberals hate Clarence Thomas because he represents the dignity and self-respect they try to steal from black America
Justice Clarence Thomas has been the target of vicious attacks from politicians and celebrities since Roe v. Wade was overturned last week.
Samuel L. Jackson referred to him as “Uncle Clarence,” and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot yelled “F*** Clarence Thomas” at a recent Pride event. Hillary Clinton described him as a bitter and angry man, and random Twitter users have been calling him “n****r” with impunity.
None of this is surprising – or new. Clarence Thomas is frequently attacked by Democrats because he is the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court. His jurisprudence often stands in the way of their political agenda, especially when it comes to the issue of abortion.
That said, he is more than an ideological contrarian. He is an intellectual leader in the mold of Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington. All three men cared about the condition of black people in America and fought in their own ways for racial equality. […]
The notion that people of African descent are incapable of moral reasoning or emotional self-regulation was as common among slave owners in the antebellum South as it is today among NPR listeners – both white and black – on the Upper West Side. The former argued the issue was genetic. The latter believe it’s systemic. Both are driven by a self-aggrandizing mix of contempt and condescension.
Justice Thomas rejects this way of thinking, largely because he understands that a man without responsibility for anything in his life is no man at all.
WSJ APPLAUDS SUPREMES FOR ‘REINVIGORATING THE SEPARATION OF POWERS’ … WSJ EDITORIAL BOARD: The Supreme Court Restores a Constitutional Climate
Contrary to their critics, the Justices aren’t blocking climate regulation. They are merely saying that the decision on whether and how to do it rests with Congress. As with many other decisions this term, the Court is telling Congress and the executive to stay in their proper constitutional lane.
Congress must give clear commands before the executive branch can write costly rules that tell Americans how to live their lives. The Court is reinvigorating the separation of powers and enhancing liberty in the bargain.
IF DEMS GIVE BIDEN THE HOOK, DOES HILLARY GET ANOTHER LOOK? … Enter Hillary Clinton? Trump, Roe prompt muted talk of White House run
“This moment couldn’t be better for her,” said one former aide. “Everything she warned us about has happened, just as she said.”
One longtime adviser to the former secretary of State said it’s in the realm of possibility if Biden chooses not to run.
“I do not think she would challenge President Biden if he were to continue on the path of seeking reelection,” the longtime adviser said. “If he chose not to run, I imagine attention would focus on a number of potential candidates including Vice President Harris, of course, but also Secretary Clinton, among others.”
Democratic Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush has overwhelmingly voted by “proxy” since the practice was first authorized in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, however, Rush has spent thousands in travel and event expenses on the dime of taxpayers and donors, including on days he voted by proxy, Federal Election Commission (FEC) and House disbursement records show.
In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House approved an emergency health policy allowing members to vote remotely — called “proxy” voting — as “a necessary and immediately feasible low-tech option” for those who cannot be physically present in the chamber. Since the policy was implemented in May 2020, Rush has spent close to $61,000 on travel and events, a Daily Caller News Foundation review of records found.
Rush, whose district represents much of Chicago’s south side, has voted by proxy at a rate of 90% since May 2020, the third highest among all House members, Business Insider reported in April. House records show Rush has continued to vote by proxy since that April report, including on June 21 — one day after he spoke at a Chicago Juneteenth rally, according to his Twitter account.
COPS CATCH SUSPECTED MURDERERS USING GOOGLE’S SEARCH RECORDS… NBC: Police sweep Google searches to find suspects. The tactic is facing its first legal challenge.
A teen charged with setting a fire that killed five members of a Senegalese immigrant family in Denver, Colorado, has become the first person to challenge police use of Google search histories to find someone who might have committed a crime, according to his lawyers.
The pushback against this surveillance tool, known as a reverse keyword search, is being closely watched by privacy and abortion rights advocates, who are concerned that it could soon be used to investigate women who search for information about obtaining an abortion in states where the procedure is now illegal.
In documents filed Thursday in Denver District Court, lawyers for the 17-year-old argue that the police violated the Constitution when they got a judge to order Google to check its vast database of internet searches for users who typed in the address of a home before it was set ablaze on Aug. 5, 2020. Three adults and two children died in the fire.