Musk Confirms: Yes, Twitter Has Interfered in Elections

By Townhall. Newly minted Twitter CEO and owner Elon Musk revealed Wednesday that under [previous] leadership, the social media giant did in fact interfere in elections. Musk promised “Twitter 2.0” will change course and operate transparently on the issue.

Most infamously, Twitter banned any mention of Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell” in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election. By default, they also censored Joe Biden’s deep involvement and shady business dealings with foreign adversaries.

At the time platform executives, including then CEO Jack Dorsey, justified the multi-month banning of the account belonging to the New York Post — the nation’s oldest paper — whose reporters broke the laptop story in October 2020. They also banned White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany after she shared the story, along with countless others who did the same.

During testimony on Capitol Hill in 2021, Dorsey admitted the social media platform had no factual basis for censoring the story. (Read more from “Musk Confirms: Yes, Twitter Has Interfered in Elections” HERE)

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Users Celebrate Elon Musk Revealing Twitter ‘Interfered in Elections:’ ‘New Twitter Rocks’

By Fox News. Conservatives buzzed after Elon Musk admitted that, prior to his ownership, Twitter “interfered in elections.”

He pledged that under him the company, which he dubbed “Twitter 2.0,” will be more effective and “transparent” than the previous iteration.

Musk provided his remarks in response to a comment on a recent Reuters article which reported former Twitter head of trust and safety Yoel Roth’s claims that Twitter is not safe under Musk.

At the same conference, Roth – who left Twitter shortly after Musk took the reins – admitted it was a “mistake” for Twitter to censor the Hunter Biden laptop story just ahead of the 2020 presidential election. . .

[An] account stated, “Twitter has shown itself to be not safe for the past 10 years and has lost users’ trust. The past team of ‘trust and safety’ is a disgrace, so it doesn’t have any right to judge what is being done now. They had a chance, but they sold their souls to a corporation.” (Read more from “Users Celebrate Elon Musk Revealing Twitter ‘Interfered in Elections:’ ‘New Twitter Rocks’” HERE)

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Dems Officially Have Trump’s Tax Returns

The battle over Donald Trump’s tax returns has concluded, and it will either be a bombshell development or a tremendous deafening silence, the latter of which has been the end to many hit pieces and innuendos of impropriety about the former president. Democrats now have Trump’s tax returns—which has been an obsessive topic among members of the media and the Democratic Party. Liberals are convinced that some felonious activity is hidden within the pages of these financial documents. Trump has fought tenaciously against legal actions forcing him to release these files, but his last stand—the Supreme Court—was unsuccessful (via NBC News):

A Democratic-led House committee is now in possession of six years of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns after a multiyear court fight.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it has complied with last week’s Supreme Court decision that paved the way for the disclosure of former President Donald Trump’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee.

The House panel didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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Chinese Cities Cut Back COVID Restrictions After Protests

Two cities in China have loosened some COVID restrictions after massive protests rocked the country in recent days.

The cities of Guangzhou and Chongqing said they will cut back on COVID restrictions following the outcry of citizens across the country. Chongqing will now permit close contacts of those who are infected with COVID to stay at home while they quarantine if they meet certain requirements, according to a city official. Guangzhou also said it will let up on the restrictions, but officials did not discuss the demonstrations. The area where violence broke out on Tuesday was still under strict rule. On Monday, protesters demolished a COVID testing site in Guangzhou, leading police to take action to scatter the groups of people.

China’s “zero-COVID” policy has been a key strategy in President Xi Jinping’s attempt to control the virus, but the intense restrictions and crackdowns on citizens appeared to be reaching a breaking point in recent days.

Health authorities in China also toned down their discussions of COVID, reportedly telling local governments not to take part in lockdowns that are long and unnecessary.

“International and domestic monitoring data confirmed that the pathogenicity and virulence of the Omicron mutant strains … are significantly weaker than the original strain and variant strains such as Delta,” Chang Zhaorui, a researcher at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told the press. (Read more from “Chinese Cities Cut Back COVID Restrictions After Protests” HERE)

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Indian Army Shows off Birds of Prey Trained to Destroy Armed Drones (VIDEO)

The armed forces of India published videos this week showing the nation’s soldiers ordering birds of prey known as “kites” to seize and destroy small drones mid-air.

The videos are from ongoing military exercises in Uttarakhand, near the border with India, in which Indian forces are training alongside Americans to improve cooperation and teamwork in the event of having to fight together. Deep in the Himalayas, the exercises also prepare soldiers to fight in harsh mountainous conditions and train to protect themselves from extreme cold and minimal oxygen in high-altitude conditions.

The exercises, Yudh Abhyas, occur annually, but last year’s war games took place in Alaska.

The Chinese government expressed annoyance with the exercises on Wednesday – about 60 miles from China – claiming they do not inspire Beijing to trust New Delhi.

China and India have been enduring a particularly tense diplomatic time since summer 2020, when they fought a military battle along their mutual border, known as the “Line of Actual Control” (LAC). China and India both agree that the LAC is wrong but dispute where India ends and China begins. On that occasion, Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers crossed into Indian territory in the Ladakh region and erected tents; when confronted by Indian border troops, the Chinese attacked.

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School District Bans, Then Unbans Christmas Music on Buses

Washington’s Evergreen Public Schools (EPS) banned and then quickly unbanned the playing of Christmas music on school buses.

The district, located in Vancouver, Washington, sent out the memo, which was addressed to “All School Bus Drivers.”

The memo, obtained by Breitbart News, was titled “Christmas Music with Students on Board.” It read, “Please refrain from playing Christmas music while students of any grade level are on your school bus.”

The memo, dated November 28th, 2022, went on to say, “We want our students who do not celebrate” to “feel safe and comfortable on the bus and those who do have opportunities outside of school to sing their songs.” The memo was signed “Yvonne” by Yvonne Gaylord, the district’s Transportation Director.

EPS told Breitbart News that the policy had been changed. Their statement read, “The guidance has already been amended and holiday music is among the music options that bus drivers can choose to play on their buses.” (Read more from “School District Bans, Then Unbans Christmas Music on Buses” HERE)

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Sam Bankman-Fried Says He’s Not to Blame for FTX Collapse: ‘Didn’t Ever Try to Commit Fraud’

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestion of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars.

Speaking at the New York Times’ Dealbook Summit with Andrew Ross Sorkin at what he said was against the advice of his lawyers, Bankman-Fried said that he did not knowingly commingle customer funds on FTX with funds at his proprietary trading firm, Alameda Research.

The liquidity crunch at FTX came after Bankman-Fried secretly moved $10 billion of FTX customer funds to Alameda Research, Reuters reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. At least $1 billion in customer funds had vanished, the people said.

Bankman-Fried told Reuters the company did not “secretly transfer” but rather misread its “confusing internal labeling.

FTX filed for bankruptcy and Bankman-Fried stepped down as chief executive on Nov. 11, after traders pulled $6 billion from the platform in three days and rival exchange Binance abandoned a rescue deal. (Read more from “Sam Bankman-Fried Says He’s Not to Blame for FTX Collapse: ‘Didn’t Ever Try to Commit Fraud'” HERE)

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Musk Claims Dispute With Tech Giant Over Twitter’s Potential Removal From App Store ‘Resolved’

Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that he and Apple CEO Tim Cook met Wednesday and claimed to have resolved a dispute over the social media site’s presence on the tech giant’s App Store.

“Good conversation,” Musk posted on Twitter two and a half hours after he tweeted a five-second video showing a pond at Apple’s headquarters. “Among other things, we resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so.”

Musk claimed Monday that Apple threatened to boot Twitter from the App Store, targeting Cook in a series of tweets, as well as amplifying a claim from LBRY, a content creation site, about censorship. Musk noted that the option of designing a smartphone was on the table if Twitter was removed from the app stores of Apple and Google.

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The Balenciagas of an Anti-Christian World ‘Condemn’ Child Abuse While Castrating, Traumatizing, and Exploiting Kids

It’s hard to think of an episode more tailored to confirm the wildest conspiracy theories of QAnon — that global elites are a bunch of Satan-worshipping pedophiles — than the ongoing Balenciaga scandal.

Here you have a luxury fashion brand literally caught in the act of grooming, with a recent ad campaign featuring small children in Balenciaga apparel holding teddy bears wearing sexual fetish and bondage gear, and another ad campaign that included images of court documents from a 2008 Supreme Court decision in United States v. Williams, which ruled on a law banning the pandering of child pornography.. .

But there is a deeper story here beyond the hypocrisy and depravity of a single luxury fashion brand, which is that companies like Balenciaga, along with nearly all corporate brands today, have no criteria for saying why such images are a “wrong choice,” or that publishing them is a “grievous error.”

In its statement, Balenciaga says, “We strongly condemn child abuse.” But does it? The photo shoots themselves, in which young children were exposed to teddy bears in BDSM gear, were arguably abusive. How can a brand both condemn and engage in child abuse?

The answer is that the term “child abuse” has no meaning to the people who run Balenciaga, just as it has no meaning to the people who provide “gender-affirming care” at Boston Children’s Hospital, one of many hospitals where minors are routinely castrated, mutilated, and given powerful puberty-blocking drugs that cause irreversible damage. Same goes for those who put on all-ages drag shows targeting children, or push for pornographic material to be available in public school libraries. For these people, “child abuse” is a phrase without content, a holdover from a moral universe they believe they have transcended, or perhaps destroyed. (Read more from “The Balenciagas of an Anti-Christian World ‘Condemn’ Child Abuse While Castrating, Traumatizing, and Exploiting Kids” HERE)

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19,000 Millionaires Collected Unemployment During the Pandemic

Thousands of millionaires were collecting government unemployment checks while essential workers were paying into the system during the pandemic, according to IRS data.

More than 19,000 tax filers who reported earning at least $1 million in 2020 also collected unemployment benefits that year. They walked away with more than a quarter of a billion dollars in payments, the IRS found.

Among them were 229 taxpayers who earned at least $10 million that year yet also applied for and took unemployment payments. Nearly 700 more taxpayers collected jobless benefits despite making $5 million to $10 million.

Sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican who in 2020 tried to draw attention to the likelihood that millionaires would get unemployment benefits, said it was particularly galling to see them collect money while so many lower-wage workers were still on the job and paying taxes to fund the system. She called it the “reverse-millionaire tax.”

“The true million-dollar question is: Why did Congress continue to pay the rich not to work?” she said. (Read more from “19,000 Millionaires Collected Unemployment During the Pandemic” HERE)

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Whistleblower Says Border Patrol Released Convicted Murderer Because He Had COVID

Border Patrol agents were ordered to release a convicted murderer because he had contracted the coronavirus and Homeland Security didn’t want to house him, according to a former high-ranking immigration official.

Tom Homan, who served as head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Trump administration, said he was told about the release by a Border Patrol agent involved in the incident.

The agent wanted to become a whistleblower. Mr. Homan, in an interview last week with SiriusXM’s Patriot channel, said he directed the agent to House Republicans, who are about to take control of the chamber and its committees, giving them the ability to showcase the complaints.

“Right now, several Border Patrol agents have contacted me and wanted to become whistleblowers. I turned them over to (Rep.) Jim Jordan’s office to be processed,” Mr. Homan told The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket, who was hosting the channel’s “Wilkow Majority” program. “So whistleblowers within DHS have already come out, and they’re already being processed to give their testimony.”

Mr. Jordan is a Congress member from Ohio who is expected to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee next year. His office didn’t respond to inquiries from The Times. (Read more from “Whistleblower Says Border Patrol Released Convicted Murderer Because He Had COVID” HERE)

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