Below are excerpts from some top stories today relative to events happening in the United States, including a link to the original source.
1 – Biden’s Brother Reportedly Believed ‘Plausible Deniability’ Would Shield Family From Criticism Over Chinese Dealings
From Daily Caller:
James Biden, the president’s younger brother, laughed off a suggestion that the family’s Chinese business dealings could be reputationally damaging, citing “plausible deniability,” according to the transcript of a closed-door testimony released Friday.
Tony Bobulinski, a former business associate of Hunter Biden, testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability that James Biden had dismissed the potential political fallout that could result from the family dealing with Chinese businessmen. James Biden is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on Feb. 21, with members of Congress set to question him in an alleged influence-peddling scheme tied to the president.
Bobulinski’s account of his conversation with James Biden was part of a broader section of his testimony where he recounted a meeting with Joe, James and Hunter Biden at the spring 2017 Milken Institute conference in California.
Bobulinski said he was there to talk business with the three Biden men, contradicting the president’s earlier insistence that he didn’t discuss business with Hunter.
Bobulinksi said that he asked James Biden why he would “take this risk to yourself, to your family’s brand” by entering into a business deal with a Chinese company.
“And he looks at me and sort of chuckles and says, ‘Plausible deniability,’” Bobulinski said, according to the transcript.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 17, 2024
The Democrats disgraced themselves today, yelling and threatening and slandering Tony Bobulinski. Shows how desperate they are to hide the truth. But the Naval veteran was “unshakeable”, says @RepJamesComer pic.twitter.com/OPg3RNtZUo
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) February 14, 2024
During the transcribed interview, Democrats put on a shameful display as they yelled at Mr. Bobulinski, cut him off, belittled him, and threatened him. pic.twitter.com/td2e9kZmWn
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) February 16, 2024
When Tony Bobulinski asked James Biden if he had concerns about jeopardizing his brother’s political career, Biden laughed him off, saying Joe had “plausible deniability.” | @jameslynch32 https://t.co/Htl6QBX1O4
— National Review (@NRO) February 17, 2024
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2 – Trump’s penalty could cause NY biz exodus to FL, as New York State becomes ‘legal banana republic’: experts
From Fox News:
Legal experts analyzed what they called “breathtaking” civil penalties against former President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, former Trump Organization Comptroller Jeffrey McConney and ex-CFO Allen Weisselberg – warning other corporations based in the Empire State may realize they could suddenly be put out of business by the state on a political whim.
New York Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron found Trump liable for more than $350 million in damages in the fraud suit brought against him and his company by New York State Democratic District Attorney Letitia James.
Trump Sr., the Trump Revocable Trust and Trump Organization were found liable for $60 million, while Trump’s sons and Weisselberg were found liable for $4.01 million each – and Trump Sr. plus several entities including the Trump Organization and the LLC signifying Trump’s Chicago hotel were banned from applying for loans with institutions registered with New York for three years.
“If you’re Eric [or] Donald Junior, what are you going to do?” former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer asked.
“[Y]ou just say goodbye to New York, which fits a pattern that many successful people have been doing and leaving New York because New York is just too political, too blue and too punitive – you’re seeing that in the business community and among upper income New Yorkers already,” he said.
George Washington University Law Prof. Jonathan Turley said the case is “an odd one because it does not require that anyone actually lose money.”
“And so James was able to come in here with this [fraud] figure, and she kept on going up,” Turley continued, adding that the penalty is bound to draw attention because, “when you’re imposing fines larger than the budget of some countries, you really have to wonder whether you’ve allowed your thoughts to run away with your judgment.”
“It’s one of the greatest ironies of this case: In the name of protecting businesses in New York, you probably just led to hundreds of businesses looking at potential rentals in Florida because they look and they go, ‘wow, if we fall on the wrong side of the politics in New York, they could sell us off for spare parts’,” Turley said.
I guess New York really wants to chase businesses to other states. https://t.co/8tc7ku8AW4
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) February 17, 2024
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3 – Thousands of vets fell victim to a bait-and-switch…by the VA? Lawmakers want a fix
Lawmakers summoned the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ loan program, John Bell, to Capitol Hill this week and asked him to explain how the VA is going to fix a debacle that’s left many vets in danger of losing their homes.
His answer: They don’t know yet.
“We are looking for a solution to be able to help 40,000 borrowers stave off foreclosure,” Bell told them.
The VA has been scrambling since an NPR investigation revealed that it pulled the plug on a key program while thousands of vets were still in the middle of it – effectively turning a well-meaning pandemic aid effort into a bait-and-switch trap for homeowners.
— Rep. Mike Levin (@RepMikeLevin) February 17, 2024
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4 – Disney Board Wants To Hide Political Donations, Spending On Sex Changes From Shareholders, Docs Reveal
From Daily Caller:
The Walt Disney Company board wants to hide key financial data from the public, particularly as it relates to their funding of the transgender movement and donations to political candidates, documents reviewed by the Daily Caller reveal.
The 2024 proxy vote ballot for Disney’s annual shareholder meeting, scheduled for April 2, reveals the board doesn’t want the public, or even their own shareholders, to know how much Disney spends on “gender transition compensation and benefits” for its staff. Despite the board’s suggested vote to shareholders, the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) and National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) are urging the company to release the data.
Similarly, Disney doesn’t want shareholders to approve the publication of the company’s charitable and political donations. The board recommends a vote against “requesting a report on political expenditures” and “publication of recipients of charitable contributions.”
“In its opposition statement Disney revealed why our proposal is so important, and how badly it has failed to fulfill its fiduciary duties. Disney clearly hasn’t spent a single moment considering how much Iger and his team have harmed the company by going full-in on politics instead of running the company for shareholder and even genuine stakeholder benefit. Iger has hired people like Kathleen Kennedy who hate Disney’s customers and want to shove their politics down audiences’ throats rather than entertaining them,” NCPPR director Scott Shepard said in a statement to the Daily Caller. “Iger seems to think that by adopting a partisan position he makes it non-partisan and just ‘the right thing to do.’ He is wrong in this, of course, as he’s wrong in just about every decision he’s made for many years.”
According to the NLPC, people with gender dysphoria may transition to a different sex, but “an increasing body of scientific evidence shows no benefits result from such medical treatments.” They cite the European and American medical community’s “increasing” caution about gender-transition “therapies.”
“Victims report transition treatments and surgeries are harmful. Examples include long-lasting or permanent outcomes like chronic pain, sexual dysfunction, unwanted hair loss or hair gain, menstrual irregularities, urinary problems, and other complications,” the statement continues. “Rather than resolve health problems ‘gender affirming’ therapies instead often exacerbate them. In such instances, those who desire to ‘detransition’ cannot find medical care or insurance coverage, and are permanently mutilated. Many of these sufferers litigate against those who misled or harmed them.”
Transitioners are protected under the “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” aspects of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), compelling Disney to cover transition procedures.
But Shareholders want to know if there are any “benefit gaps” related to gender dysphoria, as well as “associated reputational, competitive, operational and litigative risks.”
Disney Board Wants To Hide Political Donations, Spending On Sex Changes From Shareholders, Docs Reveal https://t.co/F1DklwL1wh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 17, 2024
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