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Monitor Show 00:00 09-30-2023 00:00
"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to USD 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available cash balances, rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. For Bloomberg, executive producers are George Lavender, Marshall Louie and Jen Sargent for Wondery. I'm Hannah Miller, and this is Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act, this is Bloomberg Radio. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is offering little to no clear answers on the next steps for government funding. He spoke to reporters Friday after House Republicans met for almost three hours to come up with a plan to avoid a shutdown. McCarthy said he thinks a Senate bill without $6 billion in funding to Ukraine could pass in the House, adding that he thinks Democrats will oppose it. California's governor is calling the late Senator Dianne Feinstein a role model. Lucinda Kaye has more. California Governor Gavin Newsom shares reflection in a statement saying, Dianne Feinstein was many things. A powerful, trailblazing U .S. Senator, an early voice for gun control, a leader in times of tragedy and chaos. But to me, she was a dear friend, a lifelong mentor, and a role model for what a powerful, effective leader looks like. Feinstein is praised for breaking gender barriers throughout her long career in local and national politics. I'm Lucinda Kaye. Las Vegas police say a suspect has been arrested in the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. We are here today to announce the arrest of 60 -year -old Dwayne Keith Davis, a .k .a. Kefi D., for the murder of Tupac Shakur.
Fresh update on "republican" discussed on Stephanie Miller
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Birthday. special Listen, gift I got this you year. a very I hope you didn't get this from anybody else. It's the rotting corpse of the Trump Organization. Oh, you shouldn't have. Yes, you should. Hey, listen, it's proof he destroyed everything he inherited from his dad and Barack Obama. Enjoy, baby. Enjoy. Thank you. You're so thoughtful. And I saved this you. for This could you take your organ out for me? Thanks so much. Maga Christian commentator, says Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce is a Kelsey Kelsey should be executed. Yes. Please, John, your thoughts? Well, there you go. I mean, if you actually read the Bible, Jesus was big on one thing, killing the sinner. Jesus pretty much preaches the state power to murder people is totally cool. That's what turn the other cheek means when he overturned dive for an eye. He means lethally inject them instead. So, when yeah, I hear Mike Pence saying, let's execute mass shooters on the spot, which is kind of funny because mass shooters usually wind up dead unless they're all white. Yeah, it's great to hear this. I support all right wing Christians revealing to the rest of us they've never read the damn Bible. Yep. As you tweeted, the greatest threat to Christianity are right wing Christians who worship Jesus publicly while rejecting his teachings in the voting booth. And and that seems to continue apace with their golden idol. I mean, I didn't want to say about how many points he's still ahead. Literally. And if you know, you list all of the everything statements, convictions, and how you just die. No, don't jinx it. Don't jinx it now. Let's let's keep it as it is, please. Listen, if these guys really want to have Donald Trump as the nominee and have an unpopular impeachment inquiry and have another government shutdown, this old Biden is going to be able to campaign in a the slippers on campaign trail for this. Go right ahead. Make it easy for the old man. I see you. Yeah, I don't. I am having a hard time even putting into words what we watched yesterday. don't. I I said to Jody, I was like, I don't get it. They had to know that their witnesses were going to say there's no grounds for impeachment, didn't they? Like, what was the point of this? I mean, they didn't know this was going to blow up in their face. They're doing what their master told them, Stephanie. Listen, here's the deal. I can't afford to pay my student loans. I had to have a GoFundMe for my wife's surgery. There's guns in my kids' school. The earth's getting hotter. My town is flooded. Jared Kushner took a billion from the Saudis. So when is Congress going to finally do something with Biden? Finally. I mean, why can't they catch him? All those crimes, but he leaves evidence. no He's slippery, this guy. Yeah. Chris, I have a question for you. Who said picking witnesses that a few House Republicans' arguments for impeachment is mind -blowing? This is an unmitigated disaster. No, that was a senior Republican aid job. That was the term most used, unmitigated disaster. Yeah, go ahead. No, I mean, you're exactly right. This is all they've got. Here's the deal. If the Republican Party had policies that could help non -millionaires, that is all they'd be talking about. If they had policies they wanted to enact that would help your family and make it easier to pay your bills, that's all they'd be talking about. But they don't have policies that help non -millionaires. So that means get ready for a lot more stories about Hunter Biden for the next months because that's all they've got. And in the meantime, are they going to shut the government down tonight? I mean, I don't even know what they're trying to distract from. Trump's latest indictments or what have you. It's too late now. I mean, Kevin Kevin McCarthy could go ahead and cut a deal with Democrats to keep the government going and Democrats could agree to help Kevin keep his his job, but it's not going to happen. They are willing to have another Republican shutdown because we've seen well so that's worked out at the ballot box in the past. By the way, thank you for that. Rachel Biddicomber said it's not a government shutdown. It's a Republican shutdown. Pass it on. And because once again, you're going to see those mainstream media headlines like, oh, Congress wobbling or Congress shutting. You know what I mean? And it is both sides. Nancy Pelosi. Nancy Pelosi was one hundred and thirty seven years old and she was able to keep her entire caucus from the leftists, to those anti -abortion Democrats in Texas, all on the same page. Kevin McCarthy. It's always sad to see a middle aged man who's lost control of his caucus. Yeah, I got it. And they have some other dishes I hadn't even heard of. Republican Representative Brandon Williams. Did you see this? Says he'll take he'll still take pay during the government shutdown because, quote, he's not independently wealthy. He then that says millions of furloughed federal workers who won't get paid should not expect a huge amount of sympathy. As someone pointed out, not independently wealthy, Williams filed a financial disclosure listing a net worth of at least three point one million dollars. Williams is the son of Jade McDonald Don Williams, the retired CEO and chairman of Trammel Crow Company in Dallas. I mean, are they just trying to infuriate as many people as possible? Yes. This is what happens when you live in the bubble and you're only surrounded by information in the bubble and the news the that passes for news in the bubble is believed to be real. And then you try to venture out into the real world and reality will show what you time it is. Look, I don't always lodge an impeachment inquiry to distract from my incompetent government shutdown, I but when do, I do it without a house vote or any evidence of wrongdoing. I mean, I would call it theater except theater creates jobs and this is what they've been doing. It's just distract Amundo all week. The week that we have the first ever president to ever walk on a picket line is the same week we have the first ever former president to pretend he's walking on a picket line. Trump went and did that pageant, that empty theater festival just to distract from the Trump organization and that his own daughter's probably testifying against him. That's is all they got distractions.
Monitor Show 23:00 09-30-2023 23:00
"Interactive brokers' clients earn up to USD 4 .83 % on their uninvested, instantly available cash balances, rates subject to change. Visit ibkr .com slash interest rates to learn more. Our George Lavender, Marshall Louie, and Jen Sargent for Wondery. I'm Hannah Miller, and this is Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. Vice President Harris is remembering the late California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. In a statement Friday, Harris called her one of the greatest public servants that California and our nation has ever known. She added that Feinstein broke barriers, inspired generations of women to run for office, and improved the lives of Americans through her vision, courage, and leadership. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is laying out potential consequences of a government shutdown. At a news conference Friday, Blinken said it would hurt U .S. efforts to advance national security. The shutdown shouldn't happen, but if it does, we will take every possible step to make sure that at the very least, we're carrying out our functions to protect national security. While he didn't comment on the specifics of legislative arrangements, he did urge Congress to get a deal done. On Friday, the House failed to pass a Republican -led short -term funding bill that included deep cuts and border provisions. Over 20 million people are under a flood watch in the Northeast. New York Governor Kathy Hochul has declared a state of emergency in several areas due to extreme rainfall and flooding. New York subway lines were shut down Friday, and several people had to be rescued from their cars when streets were closed.
Fresh update on "republican" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Following for you as we roll into this weekend morning together Saturday on WTOP. We get the ride this hour with Congress edging closer to a government shutdown, which is expected to go into effect in less than 24 hours at 12 .01 a .m. Sunday. The Hill this week reporting that Speaker Kevin McCarthy is floating, passing a clean continuing resolution without aid for Ukraine. This marks a clear shift in the possibilities that he's willing to consider to avoid a shutdown. The speaker is offering no comment on putting such a measure on the floor, but other Republicans leaving say they're still exploring GOP only options for a vote later today this Saturday. It was earlier on Friday. House Republicans joined Democrats in tanking a stopgap bill as we hear this morning from GOP Capitol Hill correspondent Mitchell Miller today on the Hill Saturday morning. On this vote, the yeas are 198, the nays are 232. And with that vote, the Republican short -term spending bill was defeated. 21 Republicans voted against it. The Senate, meanwhile, is moving forward on its short -term bill, but that includes funding for Ukraine. And would likely face opposition in the House if House Speaker Kevin McCarthy decides to take it up upon passage. Amid the political drama related to a likely shutdown, Congress has had an outpouring of bipartisan tributes for California Senator Dianne Feinstein, who's died at the age of 90. She served longer in the Senate than any other woman in the history of the upper chamber. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Senator Dianne Feinstein was one of the most amazing people who ever graced the country. The Senate's top Republican Mitch McConnell noted he and his wife sometimes had dinner with Feinstein and her husband and he says she was a political force. Dianne was a trailblazer in beloved her home state of California and our entire nation are better for her dogged advocacy and diligent service. Feinstein cast her last vote on Thursday. It was on the short -term spending bill seeking to avert a government shutdown. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller, WTOP News. As you may imagine federal employees have a lot of questions this Saturday morning including about that paycheck. When it comes well when the shutdown ends probably a week. No paycheck during a shutdown, correct, but they're guaranteed the pay after the shutdown at some point. Correct. Congress passed the law I think it was in 19 or 2020 that would guarantee pay after a shutdown. FNN, Federal News Network's Jason Miller and Jeffrey Walensky. And what about government contractors? This is really bad for contractors. They not will get paid. There is no back pay and if the agency says we don't have any money on this contract anymore everything stops. Miller says most federal workers are still watching and waiting for furlough notices. Stay tuned. We'll keep you updated throughout the week and keep your dial right where it is 103 .5 FM WTLP .com and of course always on the WTLP app. We'll let you know the latest. WTLP now at 134 Saturday morning. big The other story locally as we're following going into this weekend after hours of deliberations a jury comes to a decision now at weeks end Friday on the fate of a former Loudoun County Public Schools Superintendent on trial for two misdemeanor charges. A jury here at Loudoun County Circuit Court found former Superintendent Scott Ziegler guilty of violating against former special education teacher Erin Brooks. Brooks said she had been sexually assaulted by a student and argued her contract wasn't renewed because she spoke out about it. I think it's important that you know this message resonates certainly with the new administration and LCPS that they're gonna have to do business differently going forward. That's Ian Pryor, Executive Director of the group Fight For Schools who hugged Brooks in court after the verdict was read. But the jury found Ziegler not guilty of punishing an employee for attending court. Prosecutors argued Brooks was punished for testifying before a special grand jury investigating how county the handled sexual assaults in 2021. Ziegler could face up to a year in jail and or a $2 ,500 fine. His attorney declined to comment and sentencing is scheduled for January 4th. Outside of the courthouse in Leesburg, Scott Gelman, WTOP News, WTOP Saturday morning at 1 35. In other news this hour, it is considered the first plea deal in the Georgia election interference case this week involving former President Donald Trump. Scott Hall, Republican a former poll watcher pleading guilty on Friday to five counts of conspiracy to commit in intentional interference with performance of election duties. Loyal law professor Laurie Levinson says this Saturday morning this could work in the prosecution's favor. I expect that even if Hall testifies that there is some at least ammunition for the co -defendants to use against him because he received a fairly favorable deal. He pled guilty not to felonies but to misdemeanors and he's getting a stationary sentence and they will argue that he's feeding the prosecution whatever they want to hear to get that deal. Hall will receive five years of probation we're told prosecutors in the case accused him of participating in a breach of the election equipment in rural Coffee County. WTOP to the world of entertainment this morning and some serious news has it taken almost three decades but there is an arrest this weekend in connection with the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur for 27 years the family of Tupac Shakur has been waiting for justice we here are today to announce the arrest of sixty
A highlight from ETH Futures ETFs Get Set to Trade as Government Shut Down Looms
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, N .L .W. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Friday, September 29th, and today we are talking ETF approvals. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us in the Breakers Discord. You can find the link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. All right, friends, lots of action to wrap up your week. We're going to talk a little bit of ETF announcements and then we're going to get into the government shutdown and, of course, give you all of the information that you need. Now we start with the SEC in the world of ETFs. That organization has been busy over the past few days making decisions on a variety of different crypto applications. Now, there are currently three major batches of crypto ETF applications that are being considered. On Thursday, four Spot Bitcoin ETFs were delayed, including the BlackRock application. Two additional Spot Bitcoin ETFs were already delayed on Tuesday. Announcements delaying the rest of the similar applications are expected to follow today and are likely to be published by the time the show is released. The next deadline for the SEC to consider approving Spot Bitcoin ETFs is on January 10th. That's an important one because it's the final deadline for the ARK21 shares application, so it will require an explanation from the SEC rather than just a simple delay. The second batch are the Ethereum Spot ETFs, which were also delayed. On Wednesday, the SEC deferred their decision on products from VanEck and ARK21 shares. The next deadline for regulatory consideration falls on December 26th. The SEC can delay further on these products with the final deadline falling in May. Now, overall, the delay of Spot crypto ETFs has not been particularly surprising. As much as people have wanted the legal decision from the Grayscale suit to force the SEC's hand, that court order is still able to be appealed, and there is nothing really compelling the SEC to move forward with Spot ETFs for the time being. Now, the more interesting developments surround Ethereum futures -based ETFs. Throughout August, at least 24 applications were filed, including some products offering short Ethereum exposure and combined long exposure to Bitcoin and Ethereum within a single fund. Throughout the week, there have been rumblings that the SEC was preparing to approve futures -based Ethereum products, asking investment firms to update their documents by Friday afternoon. The rumor was that ETFs could begin trading as soon as Tuesday. On Thursday morning, VanEck debuted two 30 -second advertisements for their Ethereum futures product, which would trade under the ticker eFute. VanEck are going with the tagline Enter the Ether and commenting on the ad, Eric Valkunas, the senior ETF analyst at Bloomberg said, Now, later in the day, VanEck updated their prospectus for the fund. The ETF will only charge 66 basis points in fees. This is below the dominant pro -shares Bitcoin futures ETF, which is ticker symbol BITO, which charges 95 basis points. The lowest fee product seems to be Roundhill at just 19 basis points. Also on Thursday, Valkyrie announced that they would begin buying Ethereum futures on Friday in anticipation of altering the strategy of their existing Bitcoin futures ETF. The fund will now hold half Bitcoin futures and half Ethereum futures. The new strategy will be formally adopted on Monday under the existing ticker symbol BTF. Later yesterday as well, Valkyrie's chief investment officer, Stephen McClurg, said that both VanEck and pro -shares had been given the green light to launch their dedicated Ethereum futures ETFs on Monday. A pro -shares spokesperson said no one is in a position to launch ahead of us but declined to elaborate further on timing. Now, part of the reason that the SEC may be trying to move up all these delays and announcements is the looming threat of a government shutdown. Indeed, a government shutdown is at this point all but certain to begin on Sunday after House Republicans failed to come to a suitable agreement during a tense closed -door meeting on Thursday night. The House passed several versions of an appropriations bill that would authorize government spending on Thursday, but reportedly none have any chance of passing the Senate. The Senate are working on a bipartisan proposal for short -term funding, but this measure is unlikely to be passed by House Republicans. Tensions have flared between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and House Freedom Caucus member Matt Gaetz, who is playing a major role in pushing the government into a shutdown. The dispute is around demands to slash government spending with a more specific demand that war efforts in Ukraine are defunded. Now, a government shutdown would end all funding of non -essential government programs until an appropriations bill can be passed. The length of a shutdown would be unknown. However, most government agencies are making plans to shutter for multiple weeks if not well into November. The impact of a shutdown will be largely felt by government workers who will not receive paychecks, as well as the recipients of government benefits. Social Security and Medicare continue to operate as usual during a shutdown, but the patchwork of other social programs will be paused. Now, when it comes to the macro environment, one of the other implications is that a shutdown would halt the collection of economic data. The next Fed meeting isn't until the end of October, but if the shutdown stretches out for a substantial period, the Fed could be faced with making a decision without key economic reports gauging inflation, employment, and growth. That would, of course, leave the Fed flying blind as they attempt to bring the economy in for a soft landing.
Fresh update on "republican" discussed on Stephanie Miller
"Facts matter. This is a WCPT 820 Heartland Signal News Minute. With a government shutdown looming in Washington, 17 -term Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky told WTTW's Chicago Tonight she had quote never seen it this bad. What we're seeing right now in the house is really a collapse of government. I don't even like to call it a shutdown because it sounds like it's really intentional and they know what they're doing. Right now Kevin McCarthy has very little options and power. I've been through some other shutdowns but I've never seen a situation like this where the Senate is ready to come up with a continuing resolution so that we can all agree and that's the Republicans and the Democrats in the Senate and McCarthy stands alone with the worst of the worst of the MAGA Republicans. For WCPT 820 and Heartland Signal, I'm Andy Miles. We make all promises big and small, tested over time and distance,
WaPo: GOP Confusion Preps for Government Shutdown 'About Nothing'
"Recently he has floated enormous automatic cuts the domestic spending program is as much as 8 8 % across the board even 27 % in some instances potentially coupled with an immigration crackdown to try to get some legislation through the house those his efforts also floundered because the small faction have rejected any attempt to pass one bill to fund the government even temporarily and even if they include massive cuts that could never they instead want to pass 12 separate appropriations bill which McCarthy promised during his campaign for speaker to do but passing all travel the appropriations bills necessary to fund the government would take weeks that congress does not have and by the way he tried to move a number of those bills in the same group blocked him so what's happening here with a guy like gates they're simply trying to sabotage the leadership in the house because they hate the leadership in the house he can't possibly win than more 30 -40 votes if he runs nobody can but gotta you put your personal ego and your personal personal obsessions and agenda aside gates because people are getting more and more to know what's taking place here so that's just some of that's been going on from Brian ride down with every fellow at the Manhattan looking forward to someday a day where it'll be thank you honey we like to work in heritage too if I'm wrong I'm wrong he says of this group it's a symbolic for fight bomb throwers who want to pick a fight with Republican leadership no matter what it's not really about so gonna follow these guys off the cliff the still gonna join
Fresh update on "republican" discussed on The Crypto Overnighter
"Good evening, and welcome to The Crypto Overnight-er. I'm Nick Ademus, and I will be your host as we take a look at the latest cryptocurrency news and analysis. So sit back, relax, and let's get started. And remember, none of this is financial advice. And it's 10 p.m. Pacific on Friday, September 29th, 2023. Welcome back to The Crypto Overnight-er, where we have no sponsors, no hidden agendas, and no BS. But we do have the news, so let's talk about that. Tonight's episode delves into the ever-tightening grip of regulation on the crypto world, from the U.S. House's latest attempt to centralize off-chain transactions to the SEC's perpetual game of keep-away with Bitcoin ETFs. We're also looking at the legal battles surrounding stablecoins, Coinbase's regulatory win in Bermuda, VennX's aggressive push into Ethereum ETFs, and a fascinating development in the blockchain-based digital identities straight out of Buenos Aires. Hold on to your seats, it's going to be a ride through the labyrinth of control, resistance, and the fight for financial freedom. US Representative Don Beyer, a Democrat, is the man behind a new U.S. House bill targeting off-chain crypto transactions. His goal, to force crypto exchanges to share off-chain transaction data with centralized repositories, repositories that regulators like the CFTC and the SEC can access. Now, why does this matter? A lot of crypto transactions happen off-chain, within major exchanges. These transactions are recorded internally by the companies, not on public blockchains. Beyer's bill aims to change that. It wants these transactions to be reported to regulated repositories. This data would then be available for scrutiny by agencies like the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the Securities Exchange Commission. Beyer isn't acting alone. He's been in talks with Republicans to merge this idea into their market structure bill. But the Senate, that's a completely different story. The Senate has been a brick wall for any major crypto legislation so far. And with Senator Sherrod Brown heading up the Senate Banking Committee, I don't expect that to change anytime soon. Now, Beyer argues that the lack of standardized record-keeping among private entities leaves investors vulnerable. He likens his proposal to the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, which mandated swaps trading information be reported. This came as a direct result of the 2008 financial crisis. But let's be real, this is a move to centralize what is inherently a decentralized market. It's a way for the government to keep tabs on transactions that were designed to be private. This bill is complex and costly. It aims to shine a light on the inner workings of digital asset platforms. But will crypto-friendly Republicans back it? That's the million Satoshi question. Republicans control the House and have their own crypto agenda. They've shown a willingness to move forward without bipartisan support. And frankly, I'm not sure that the abject lack of privacy to be found in the bill will sit well with any small government-minded individuals of any party. This bill mandates that off-chain transactions be reported within 24 hours to a CFTC registered trade repository. This is similar to rules for securities and swap transactions. It's a common sense measure, according to Beyer. He claims that this will restore transparency and confidence in the digital asset market. Now, first off, this bill is a clear attempt to centralize what is fundamentally a decentralized technology. While the aim is theoretically to protect investors, the method is questionable. Centralizing off-chain transactions into repositories accessible by regulators is a move that could stifle the very essence of what makes crypto appealing, decentralization and privacy. Moreover, this bill seems to be a Democrat-led initiative and a House controlled by Republicans who have their own crypto agenda to push. This makes the bill's future uncertain. So between that and the lifeless state of the Senate where crypto is concerned, the odds of this bill passing in its current form are slim. The bill also raises questions about the government's role in crypto. Should the government have this level of oversight? Many in the community would argue that this goes against the ethos of cryptocurrency, which is built on the principles of decentralization and individual freedom. Now, shifting gears from the House's attempt to centralize off-chain transactions, we're setting sights on the SEC's ongoing tangle with Bitcoin ETFs. If you value your financial autonomy, you need to hear this. In the meantime, smash that subscribe button and turn on notifications.
Monitor Show 19:00 09-29-2023 19:00
"Warning. The following message contains an app recommendation you won't be able to resist. Girl, how do you keep getting all these things for free? Coffee, makeup, and now lunch? You haven't heard of the Drop app? Drop is a free app that rewards you for shopping at places like Ulta, Adidas, and Sam's Club. I've already earned $100 this month. Download the Drop app and get $5. Use invite code GETDROP222. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. President Biden is honoring the late California Senator Dianne Feinstein. During remarks in Arlington today, Biden said Feinstein was a trailblazer for women and a great friend. Dianne made a remark on everything from national security to the environment, gun safety to protecting civil liberties. The country is going to miss her dearly. Feinstein passed away at the age of 90. Lately, she's been battling health issues, but there's no word yet on an official cause of death. A suspect has been arrested in the 1996 murder of rapper Tupac Shakur. Las Vegas police announced Dwayne Kefi D. Davis has been charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon. Before today, no one had ever been arrested in the 27 years since Shakur's murder. The clock continues to count down to the deadline to avoid a government shutdown. The House failed to pass a Republican -led short -term funding bill this afternoon. The government is set to shut down at midnight Saturday if lawmakers fail to make a deal. A Michigan judge is ruling the teen who shot seven people and killed four at Oxford High School in November 2021 can be sentenced to life without parole. Lisa Taylor reports...
Fresh "Republican" from Live Local and Progressive
"The government may shut down Saturday midnight. During a shutdown, millions of federal workers will stop being paid, including members of the military and air traffic controllers. Millions of recipients of government aid may also lose access to benefits, including 7 million women and children who rely on the WIC program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for infants children. and While the Senate is working on a bipartisan proposal to keep the government open, no progress appears to have been made in the House, where far -right lawmakers are in a battle with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The House passed a number of spending bills Thursday night, including a $300 million military aid package for Ukraine, but the bills will not avert a shutdown. This comes as the Washington Post reports a group of far -right Republicans are plotting to remove McCarthy as Speaker as soon as next week. President Biden addressed the possible shutdown in a speech in Olympia, Arizona, at an event honoring the late Republican Senator John McCain. Extremists in Congress are more determined to shut down the government, to burn the place down, and let business be done. During the same speech Biden warned that Donald Trump and the MAGA movement threatens the future of democracy in the United States. There's something dangerous happening in America now. There's an extremist movement that does not share the basic beliefs in our democracy. The MAGA movement, they're not hiding their attacks. They're openly promoting Attacking the free press as the enemy of the people, attacking the rule of law as an impediment, formatting voter suppression, and election subversion. Biden's speech in Arizona was interrupted by the climate activist, Kai Newkirk, who called on the president to declare a climate emergency. Excuse my interruption, Mr. President, but I'm compelled by conscience to ask why you have to declare a climate emergency. Why have you yet to declare a climate emergency? Hundreds of people have died. I tell you what, if you shush up, I'll meet with you immediately after this, okay? For climate news, 18 youth activists with the Sunrise Movement were arrested Thursday after they occupied the office of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, demanding he take action the on climate crisis and avert a government shutdown. Despite the imminent government shutdown, the Republican -controlled House Oversight Committee held its first hearing in its impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden Thursday. The hearing did not go as planned as Republicans' the own witnesses, including forensic accountant Bruce Dubinsky and George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley admitted there's no evidence Biden made impeachable offenses. I do not believe that the current evidence would support articles of impeachment. I am not here today to even suggest that there was corruption, fraud or any wrongdoing. Republican leaders have deemed staffers dealing with the impeachment inquiry to be essential workers so they can keep working and being paid even if the government shuts down. During the House oversight hearing, Republican lawmakers refused to say if former President Donald Trump should be held accountable if convicted. They were asked that question by Texas Democratic Congress member Greg Kassar. Well, members of the oversight committee, please raise your hand if you believe both Hunter and Trump should be held accountable for any of the indictments against them if convicted by a jury of their peers. your Raise hand if you think that equal justice under the law applies and Trump should be held accountable. I think it is worse than embarrassing that Republicans won't raise their hands. They refused to say that equal justice under the law should apply to everyone. A New York appeals court has rejected an effort by Donald Trump to delay his civil fraud which is scheduled to begin Monday. Earlier this week, the trial judge ruled Trump and his Eric sons and Donald Trump Jr. had fraudulently inflated the value of their assets billions by of dollars to obtain loans and lower their insurance rates. This could lead to Trump losing control of some of his most iconic New York properties including Trump Tower where his apartment is. Meanwhile, Trump has decided against trying to move his election interference trial in Georgia from a state to a federal court. In Pakistan at least 52 people have died in a suicide bombing in the province in the province of Balochistan. The bombing occurred near a mosque as worshippers gathered for a religious procession to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. A separate blast today hit a mosque near Peshawar City killing at least five people. groups No claimed responsibility for the blasts. The United Nations Refugee Agency is reporting more than 2 ,500 people have died or gone missing this year while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to seek protection in Europe. That's a sharp increase over last year when about 1 ,700 migrants died or went or missing. A top official of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees official called on nations to far do more to save lives. All Mediterranean states must urgently step up search and rescue efforts and implement effective and predictable disembarkation mechanisms. Saving lives at sea and providing humanitarian assistance is one of the most basic obligations of humanity and those performing rescue operations or helping in good faith should not be utilized for doing so. In Niger protesters gathered again outside a French military base in the capital Niame demanding an immediate withdrawal of French troops. French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to remove French troops over the coming months. The prominent pan -african activist Kemi Seva of Benin addressed protesters To taste freedom. Every people has the right to taste independence. Every people has the right to regain his dignity. And if France won't let Africans breathe, they're going to force it to listen to us. The former president of Bolivia, Rosales Sanchez de Lozada and his former defense minister have agreed to pay damages to eight people killed during a 2003 massacre in the largely indigenous Aymara city of El Alto. The murders happened as massive indigenous -led protests erupted across Bolivia against a proposed pipeline in what became known as the gas war. One plaintiff case in the was Teofilo Balthazar Cerro, whose pregnant wife was killed by a bullet fired through the wall of a house. He said, quote, I feel proud that Aymara Bolivians showed the world that no leader, no matter how rich or powerful they are, has absolute impunity, unquote. The US case against Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada was brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights. In Mexico, three arrests have been made in the state of Zacatecas after an armed group kidnaps seven teenagers Sunday. After days of searching, the bodies of six of them were found on Wednesday. One teen survived and is being treated in at the the hospital. Three of the teenagers were cousins, the rest were classmates. They were abducted while they were together for a sleepover. The killings have sparked outrage in a community where fighting between rival drug cartels has led to a soaring number of In the last four years, US has been first to have a number of murders and disappearances. Many have blamed the US -backed war on drugs for exacerbating drug In news from Texas, a 29 -year -old man from the city of Palestine has pleaded guilty to federal smuggling charges for his withdrawal and the death of 53 migrants from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras who died in San Antonio. Last year, Cristian Martinez and has faces up to life in prison. He's the first of the six charged in the case to plead guilty. In New Mexico, A protest a over the reinstallment of a statue of the violent Spanish conquistador Juan de Atte was disrupted Thursday when a man wearing a red MAGA hat opened fire and shot a Native American protester who had to be airlifted to a hospital. The shooting occurred in the city of Española. The shooter was taken into custody after he drove away in a white Tesla. The 16th century conquistador Juan de Atte is a controversial figure in New Mexico. In 1599, a year after became he New Mexico's first colonial governor, he ordered a massacre that killed between 800 and 1 of the Nacoma indigenous people. The U .S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued Elon Musk's electric car manufacturer Tesla for allowing rampant racial abuse of black workers at its plant in Fremont, California. Tesla is also accused of retaliating workers against who raised objections to the racist harassment. In a statement, the federal agency said, quote, black employees
The Media Ignored Warnings About High Spending, Exploiting Shutdown
"TV where they're listing all the things that will happen with a government shutdown you remember them listing those all things when the private sector was shut down and by you by the way you on TV and radio you're very good listeners you might want to take a whole lot of notes during the discussion when the private sector was ordered shut down and state after state during the pandemic the sky is falling media was nowhere to be found fact the reporting mostly consisted of self -righteous demands for small businesses employees to accept their fate of business failures and joblessness the what will happen to list of questions we're not even entertained the quackery of Anthony Fauci and his up rule the day all that said a handful of Republicans who a deal that would have been the most conservative in our life negotiated by prominent Freedom Caucus conservatives which would slash spending and take the most aggressive actions ever to try and secure the border was a grave disservice they will take credit of course for anything that is done by other conservatives to confront this runaway government claim that they're responsible for it but they've done nothing zero when I read in here what some of these handful have to say not only do they have no chance at all they have no
A highlight from 1271. Government Shutdown Countdown | Crypto Market Crash Incoming?
"All right, so we have to talk about the government shutdown looming in the wings right now, 48 hours and counting, what this might have in terms of impact on the market. Also just a little bit of framework to get you guys kind of into it, but really the outlook of what this might do to investing and just in general, the tech markets, crypto, all that good stuff. We're going to break it down for you. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back into Tech Path. All right. So let's go to this first clip. This, of course, is Matt Gaetz and McCarthy kind of going at it to the frame of what is happening from a shutdown stance because this is really boiling down to a negotiation between the Dems and the Republicans. And also, I think in general, a certain faction of the Republicans. But let's go to this first clip and play this out for you guys listening and is looking more likely as the clock runs out on Capitol Hill. No foreign enemy has ever been able to shut down the government of the United States, but now mega Republicans are about to do just that. The Senate striking a bipartisan compromise deal to fund the government through November 17th, but Speaker Kevin McCarthy giving it no hope in the House. Will I accept and surrender to what Senate decides? The answer is no. The issue, according to McCarthy, is the Democratic led Senate left out additional border funding. McCarthy has another hurdle, five hardline House conservatives that critics have dubbed the Chaos Caucus. I've got members who will not vote to have a stopgap manager to continue to fund government. I've got members who say they'll never vote for a nominee. Well, if you won't do any of that, it's hard to govern. We spoke with the group's de facto leader, Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. Where America's lawmakers gather and take one up or down vote on funding the entire government, that is crazy. Do you worry that voters will blame Republicans for any negative effects of a shutdown? People hundreds of thousands of people having to work without pay? It's a great question. And honestly, that fear of shutdown politics is what has led us to sit atop a 33 trillion dollar debt. Well, I certainly hope we can get this resolved before anyone misses a paycheck. That's my goal. I am not a cheerleader for a shutdown. Gaetz sending a letter to the House's chief administrative officer requesting his pay be withheld. All right, so I'm going to pause it there, but as you can see, there's a little bit of a rub here. Obviously, this has a little bit of history under it as well as why the shutdowns are occurring. And mostly it's funding of certain certain areas of the government that are at odds with each other. We'll get into some of that here in a second. This, of course, is President Biden comes in and says this May McCarthy and I reached the deal. This is the deal that Gaetz is talking about. Let me zoom in on that tweet right there. Deal that would fund the essential priorities and cut the deficit over one trillion. Now there's a group of extreme House Republicans rather shut it down than live up to the deal because there was a deal in place. There are some things within that deal that has caused this. But really what this boils down to is what kind of impact is going to have on the markets and where does that play? Here was the Kobe Easey letter coming in. U .S. government now 48 hours a week, comes with three months less, the largest debt ceiling crisis since 2011.
A highlight from Congressman Warren Davidson Interview - Crypto Regulations, SEC Gary Gensler Hearing & Subpoena, Bill Hinman Ethereum, CBDCs
"Oh yeah, I mean, I think book Gensler should have been subpoenaed already. I mean, I think the amount of patients that chairman McHenry shown, I mean, maybe that's why he's the chairman. He's like more patient study, kind of working it more diplomatic. Like, yeah, I think the subpoena was due like in February. This content is brought to you by link to which makes private equity investment easy. Link to is a great platform that allows you to get equity in companies before they go public, before they do an IPO within their portfolio includes crypto companies, AI companies, and FinTech companies, some of the crypto companies you may recognize include circle ripple chain, analysis, ledger, dapper labs, and many more, if you'd like to learn more about link to please visit the link in the description. Welcome back to the thinking crypto podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews with me today is Congressman Warren Davidson, who's a Republican out of Ohio, Congressman Davidson. It's great to have you on. Yeah. It's an honor to join you. Thanks. Yeah. Congressman Davidson, I've followed you for years and all the great work you've done with legislation around crypto. I think you were boy was maybe the first, if I, as far as I remember going back to the token taxonomy days and things like that. Uh, but before we get to all that, you know, tell us about yourself, where you're from and where'd you grow up. Yeah. So I grew up in Ohio, um, a little North of where I live now. So, um, graduated high school in the eighties, 88 listed in the army and, uh, got sent over to Germany when the wall Berlin wall was up, you know, the cold war was there and there, uh, wall separating the East and the West went through East Berlin and got to be there when that came down. And, uh, I'll just say like the people on the other side, weren't looking for more government. They were looking for more freedom and it was definitely a life -defining experience. Uh, from there, I got to go to West point, which, so that's not the normal way you go to West point, but, uh, it worked for me and, uh, graduated, went back into the infantry, served in range of regiment, 101st airborne division, uh, the old guard, you know, so some great units, but ultimately decided I needed to get out and go into a business. So my wife and I, and two little kids at that point in time, moved back to Ohio and, uh, started manufacturing companies, went to Notre Dame, got an MBA, and we basically had a little group of manufacturing companies. And that was what I was doing. And John Boehner resigned as speaker of the house. And a couple friends stopped in and said, Hey, you know, who are you going to back in the race? And I said, Hey, you know, you guys are the political people. And they cracked really a joke. They go, you know, it'd be great if there was an army ranger business guy in the race. So we just laughed and I went home and told my wife about my day. And she said, well, what'd you tell them? Like, well, we just laughed. Cause it's crazy. And she said, no, it's not. You'd be great at that. Well, here I am. So that's been like, you know, gosh, over seven years ago now. So it says it's pretty crazy. So in Congress, I got here and very few people knew much, very few elected office holders knew much about crypto. And I was new on the financial services committee and, uh, you know, kind of started that kind of army ranger business guy, the business guy, financial services also on foreign affairs. And, you know, that's, it's been a, it's been an interesting time to be in politics. Right. Oh yeah. Uh, well first thank you for your service. And, uh, it sounds like that wasn't, uh, just an incredible experience you had with the Berlin wall and so forth and being over there. Um, that must've been something, uh, life -changing it sounds like. Oh yeah. And look, I mean, the military offers a great opportunity for so many people. I mean, it's not a perfect fit for everybody for me. I just love that I got to be a part of it and it turned out phenomenally well for me, but it really is, uh, a great, a great thing to do and, you know, a lot of phenomenal people they'd go in and give a portion of their lives in service. And then unfortunately for frankly, some of my friends and others, they give their full life, um, you know, lost in combat or occasionally a training accident or something, but, you know, it's a serious commitment, but it is really cool that I had the chance to do it. Wow. Um, so let's talk about, uh, some of the work you've done in the crypto legislation front, because I remember as far as I can remember, uh, I, the token taxonomy act being maybe the first crypto legislation, and you can correct me if I'm wrong there, but, um, you know, tell us about the history of the different bills and things you've worked on. Yeah. So when I first got to the committee, you know, it was January of 2017 and, you know, you remember 2017 was like the ICO market people like, oh, you know, I could just write a white paper and kind of skip everything. And there were really good use cases, people trying to do things honestly. And then unfortunately there were just some outright pump and dump scams where people were being taken advantage of. And I'm like, where's the sec. You should be cracking down on these scammers and, uh, you know, they weren't really, you know, reacting well. They didn't really know who was going to do what. So there was this void and, you know, I was trying to get hearings on this subject and you, as the new guy, you don't get to choose which hearing. So this goes all the way into 2018. And, uh, we really couldn't get focused as a committee on the issue. Uh, so I was like, well, I can at least have a meeting. I mean, we won't be able to call it a hearing, so we'll have a meeting. And we did this thing at the library of Congress and it started out with a goal of getting about a dozen people together. And by the end, we had to cap it at 50 and like, people were like, oh, I want to send my CEO and I want to send my general counsel on, you know, we had some of the biggest names in, in, uh, not just crypto, but, you know, venture capital, you know, the New York stock exchange fidelity state street, I mean, you name it, any Andreessen Horowitz, you name it, the big players, we also are like, look, we got to have some startup companies and some founders that no one's ever even heard of some of those kind of knowing that still is heard of. They kind of went away. Uh, but a lot of them have really turned into some of the biggest names in crypto over time. And it was just an interesting conversation. So the goal was this listening to everybody and say, well, how, if we're looking at a tree, how far up can we go before everybody's interest starts diverging and branching out in a different way? And we want to kind of go up to that first level of branches and say, this is the consensus. If you solve these things, uh, you could provide a really difference making piece of legislation. So that was the token taxonomy act. Darren Soto, a Democrat from Florida, and I led the bill and man, think how different crypto would be if we had passed that bill in like 2018.
A highlight from Ethereum ETF LAUNCHING Monday?! (Leaked SEC Documents)
"Good morning, everybody. It is September 28th. It's 1130, and it is time to discover crypto. We got Tim and BJ on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? I'm doing fantastic, man. Alright. Ready for the show. BJ, are you in the silent era? Yes. Okay. He's in the silent era. Guys, we got a great show today. We're going to talk about the Bitcoin 1 %ers. We're going to talk about ETH futures ETF and how a senior analyst of ETFs at Bloomberg thinks it is going to be approved on Tuesday, folks. And that's why maybe you're seeing this huge, huge pump in ETH and a lot of alts as well. Also, we're going to talk about Gary Gensler getting roasted. We're going to replay the clip of the Pokemon cards. It's just too good not to share. Also, AI is alive. It's alive right now. How soon do we have a Terminator 2 style D -Day? Give it about 30 years. 30 years, folks. 30 years. Alright. We'll go ahead and start building the bunker right now. Yes, DC's in the suspenders. I know. If you just had the green bow tie, you and McHenry. Alright. One, I'm not going to wear a bow tie. Nothing against bow ties. Just bow ties aren't for me. I'm going to wear a regular tie with the classic winds or not, or I'm going to wear the suspenders. Yeah. This used to be my old bartending get up. I'll tell you what. You wear the suspenders in the button -up shirt. I'll wear the hoodie, but I'll wear the bow tie with the hoodie, and then we'll complete the whole ensemble. Okay. Okay. So you'll be like Fetterman, and I'll be Fetterman's, like, lowest level employee. Exactly. Yes. What were you going to say, BJ? That's like Voltron, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Then we'll team up. Alright. Well, let's just get right to the market cap story here. Alright. Where are we at? Whoa. Did you see that pump right there? Yesterday, we were up around 0 .4%. Today, we are up 2 .3 % for the crypto market cap. We had passed 1 .1 trillion. 24 -hour volume for the first time in a long time is above $50 billion. We're coming in at $52 billion. Bitcoin dominance, Tim's looking a little happy here. It was 47 .1 for a few days. It is now up to 47 .3. Gas, surprisingly low, only 20 Gwei, but it's actually about double of what it was yesterday, but still pretty low. I was surprised to see that. Alright, let's look at the pricing here. We have Bitcoin up 2 .1%. It is now coming in at 26 ,858 bucks. We have Ethereum past 1600, now 1638. It is up 2 .5%. BNB up 1%. XRP up 0 .5%. And we have Cardano up 1 .6%. Solana. Solana is pumping, folks. We have it up 2 .6. And TonCoin erasing about a third of the losses of the past week. It is up 2 .7%. But I'm ready to look at some of these top gainers. Ooh, look at Bitcoin Cash as well. Have you ever thought about trading Bitcoin SV or Bitcoin Cash? Because they do have pretty big moves. Yeah, no, I mean, they definitely are probably better for trading, especially if you want to stay away from leverage, but you still want to be able to utilize the moves of Bitcoin. But yeah, I haven't ever done it. Don't think I will. Okay. Alright. Well, let's look at the top gainers. Let's look at the top losers here. Wow. We have Compound. It is skyrocketing, folks. And Compound has shot back into the top 100. I have RollBit up 12 % just for today. I have a little bit of exposure to RollBit and a little bit of exposure to Apecoin. And I have a couple comic book issues of Thor, but I don't know if that will affect my pricing there. But it is up 10 .8 % and Apecoin up 7 .4%. Bitcoin Cash coming in as the top five gainer here, followed by Lido, DAL, then Aave, GMX, Maker, Arbitrum, Stacks. And then, hey, look, a little Chainlink way down at the bottom. Do you have any of these alts? You're not much of an alt guy, right? No, I mean, I have alts, but I don't go that deep. The moment I have about eight of them, Aave is one that is close to being on the list of maybe I'll come into it. You know what? You don't want to get into, though. I've been watching a lot of maybe... I think he's going to come on the show in the future. Shout out to Crypto Archie. Archie's been going really deep in some degens that are sitting around like a $4 million market cap, and their chances of 100Xing are greater than others. I do think I'm going to start looking into a real good degen portfolio. It's probably not going to take up more than... 10 % is probably being generous in my entire portfolio, but I like where I am. I'm definitely very top -heavy when it comes to crypto. I'm more conservative with my investments, but I'm going to take a little bit of risk this market. All right, BG says, BCH is my secret crush. My dirty girl, he calls it. Where's the one person? A million dollar vision. We're going to give you a million dollar vision. Hopefully, you can stick around and just be part of that positive message. I believe you will. I'm believing in you. All right, well, speaking of believing, I'm believing today we'll not have any of these these coins in the biggest losers of the top 100 cryptocurrencies here. I'm manifesting it. It's failed in the past, but today I'm feeling good. Let's go ahead and look. What do we have? We have Casper. All right, I'm not pale as it goes just yet. Casper is down only 1 .2, then followed by tethered gold. So this is a peg to gold price here, then gate, then another gold. We have another gold coin essentially losing here, then injective, and then stable coins. Wow, I escaped it today. I escaped it today, but gold's on the way down and I have exposure to gold. So does that count? Any day that stable coins are in your top losers, it's a good day for crypto. All right, can we, before we jump over to the top story here, can we look at some gold pricing and silver pricing here? I want to look at gold on Kitco, and if you want to look at silver, maybe we could check out some prices. I like Kitco, K -I -T -C -O. Here we have gold pulling up. Gold is down $14 for the day, so not a whole lot there when the price is coming in at $18 .61. How soon until ETH passes an ounce of gold? One ETH almost equals one ounce of gold. Costco starting to sell gold. I looked into it. They sell out usually within hours whenever they limit two per customer, but they sell one ounce nuggets right around spot price. All right, what do we have for silver? I don't know if this is the right one or not. I looked it up. This says CFDs on silver. Oh, you're a trading view guy. We like trading view. Shout out to Marcus Seifer. Price slightly down, but it's definitely got a consolidation kind of pattern going on here. Yes, we're still kind of moving, setting some higher lows, but we kind of flat out here. After kind of getting kind of in this region, we've flattened out with these lows. The resistance is getting lower, but I'm going to go ahead and say, Deezy, I think that this is a pattern. Watch what happens to support. We're back down at support, but this is a pattern I would almost lean more towards a move to the upside. Let me look at oscillators on this. Yeah, I'm feeling like that's bullish. I'm feeling like that's bullish. Plus, silver has underperformed relative to gold in the past 10, 20 years. I'm feeling pretty good about it right now. Yeah, no, the charts on the daily chart look more bullish than bearish, I would say. It's kind of sitting somewhat in the middle, but more bullish than bearish. All right, and we have Danny Boy saying, look at 100 coin. Maybe, maybe. We'll see. I don't know. Maybe we'll get some time here. All right, well, let's get into the top story here. ETH, futures, ETFs. What is it going to mean? I also got some short form content. Guys, we have an article talking about these Bloomberg analysts. I'm just going to do the deep dive as well, so let's read paragraph or two, and then we'll just see what exactly they're talking about. Let's go to the source material. Let's go to the source code of the simulation here. Bloomberg analyst shares information leaked from the inside that SEC on Ethereum futures ETF. They gave the good news date, folks. We're talking about Eric Balchunas. He's the senior ETF analyst. We're not talking about the janitor there. We're not talking about, you know, the guy that makes a tweet every now then. We're talking about their senior ETF analyst. And he said in a statement, he has inside on info when the SEC will approve the ETH futures ETF. Now, we know there's inside information. Who's going to have better inside info than Bloomberg senior ETF analyst? I'm feeling pretty good about this guy's sources. Now, you got to be careful. Never trust anonymous sources. But if I'm going to trust one, I might end up having to trust this one. All right, let's see what exactly were they talking about? It all started. Let's James Safart here. Nothing yet, but watching for filings to indicate Ethereum futures are indeed being accelerated for launch next week. All right, so what was he talking about here? Here's a repost from Eric. So Ether future ETFs could be trading as early as Tuesday, folks, as the SEC looks to speed things up and in order to get it done before the looming shutdown, just like they sped up delays on spot Bitcoin ETFs. If so, issuers likely in mad scramble as we seek to update the doc. So we have the government shutdown to thank for this actually getting sped up because we covered it I think two days ago. We looked at when the government shutdown happens, what happens through the individual agencies. If you weren't here, guys, SEC will reduce 90 % of its workforce, CFTC along the same line. So 10 poise, there's only going to be one showing up in that office. That's going to be a very lonely office. So what they're trying to do, they're trying to clear all the paperwork off the desks before it's just that one guy alone. I feel bad for that guy. Who is that guy? Shoot us a message here. All right, well, let's go back to X here. So he was quote tweeting this tweet from 14 hours ago. Well, let's, uh, let's see looking like SEC is going to let a bunch of ETH futures ETFs go next week, potentially. And then he was quoting this tweet. So let's look at that tweet. And then that was the one earlier hearing they might update so they can go on effective on Monday and trade on Tuesday. They've asked filers to update their docs by fry, uh, Friday PM. Uh, I'm guessing that's the end of day Friday. So they have till tomorrow, 5 PM Eastern standard time, get your paperwork done. If you get your spot futures, I'm sorry, your futures ETF paperwork filed, you might be able to trade it on a Tuesday. We're going to go ahead and get that in submitted on a Monday. So this guys, this could be very, very big. Now we have to wait till Monday, you know, nothing set in stone here, but however, according to the analyst, they will approve, uh, of the applications that candidates who do update it by Friday afternoon, and they will begin trading on Tuesday. Uh, how speaker McCarthy rejected the stopgap funding bill advancing in the Senate on Wednesday, leaving us just four days from the fourth partial shutdown of the U S government in the past decade. It is thought that a closure event would deeply affect the sec. It is rumored that the spot ETF applications were postponed early for this reason. So chat, where are you coming in? Are we going to shut down? I didn't realize we had done it four times in the past 10 years. I would have maybe said two in the past 15. That makes me think guys, I'm, I'm starting to lean towards, you know, if you asked me three days ago, I'm under 50%. I'm leaning towards 50%. I might even exceed 50 % by tomorrow. Where were you guys coming in on the odds of a government shutdown? Yeah, I think I'm a little low. I think I'd say maybe 35, 40 % it shuts down. I think they're going to have to do with both sides, but it would not behoove Biden to have that shutdown happen. There's a lot of reasons why they'd want to keep it open. Of course, there's a lot of Republicans in Congress, they're kind of pushing for it. They probably like it. They want it. I think they come to some sort of deal. They don't do it. Guys, should we just break down the alpha for you? You know, a lot of part, what makes this live show exciting is we can do things like BJ, while you go, could you look up October 19, 2021 daily candles on Bitcoin, October 19, 2021? Well, I'm going to be the idiot in the room as usual. So if we removed the debt ceiling and put it on pause till 2025, why would we even have a shutdown? Because it wasn't the entire shutdown when we would hit the debt ceiling. So that's not relevant for another 18 months. Yeah, that is a very good point on the debt ceiling. I think that that's a great question. So maybe that debt ceiling isn't as final as they made it appear because I was being told, oh, once this debt ceiling is raised, we don't have anything to worry about. And then two weeks later, we all of a sudden have something to worry about. So now we need to think about the next time they give us a debt ceiling raise. What the f are you actually doing here? Is it actually nothing? These game devs really need to figure out how they're building their ecosystem, because these rules just don't make sense anymore. They don't make, yeah, yeah. There's a lot of bugs in the code here. All right, we have the daily candles. See the date again? October 19th, 2021. If we just look at about a 30 -day period, maybe 10 days before to 10, 20 days after. Yep. So this is getting close to the top, but it was the, there's the, we ended up beating it out. But October 19th is right here. So it's this candle. We have one more day. We topped out on the 20th. Hover over the 19th. Right there. That is the day we had a Bitcoin futures ETF here. Move more to the right side. Let's, let's get a little bit in. That's the top right here. Let's stretch that Y axis. Let's stretch it out. All right, here we go. Go back to the 19th. Yep. The 19th, right? Let me go over here. 19th is right here. So in the lead up, it pumped, it pumped, but guys, that was a buy the rumor, sell the news. We had one more day. All right. They probably didn't want, you know, Fox Business News and MSNBC to be like, oh yeah, it got approved yesterday. Look at the price. So they gave us another 24 hours of pump. We've got the pump of metal pumping. Then, you know, a new cycle, you're probably not going to want to talk about it 36 hours later, 48 hours. So we got that pump. We got a nice strong pump for 24 hours. And then it went down folks. And then it went down. We went from, I believe that was about 55K, right? No, no, I'm sorry. 65K. 64, 64 .3. And then we dropped down to what about a week later? We got dropped down about 57 .8. All right. So we went from 63, 64, all the way back down to 57. And then we set in a new all time high. What was the amount of days from that low? What's the date? If you just hover, it gives you the date, right? On the bottom, it gives you the date. So date October 28th, it peaked November 10th. All right. So 13 days later. So a week later, it put in a local low. And then two weeks later, new all time high. Will the spot or will the futures ETH ETF play out in a similar way? I don't think we're, obviously we're not going to go to 4 ,500. We're not sending in a new all time high. But what I'm thinking is we might have a similar chart pattern. You're the Bitcoin ETF. In reality, this is only a period. That means we might have. All right. So that's the date. That's we're five days away from Tuesday, right? Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Go back five days from that, from the 19th. So go to the 14th, October 14th. 14th is right here. Boom. Nice big pump. It pumped for five days. Buy the room or sell the news. And then it dropped. And so maybe we're going to have a really good next four days. Maybe. You know, maybe I would say that that's a little bit premature. I think we have to look at a lot of different things going on. Obviously, we're getting close to the part where the market was going to top out and go to the downside. I think there, if anything, the case to be made here, even though there was some pump in that happens here, I would only make the case that this is proof ETFs can't save you from the bear market starting. I think there's I think it's a mixed bag. I think it's a little bit too irresponsible to try to say, well, back in October 2021, this happened. Well, there was a lot of things with timing and a lot of other different things. I think let's watch ETF. It will be bullish long term. But remember, futures ETFs allow both longing and shorting. So volatility is more what I'm predicting, not necessarily a firm. Let me play devil's advocate. That was what a lot of smart people thought was going to be the top or near the top. So if you have some, I have to hold this instrument for six months, and it's October 2021, you have one choice. You open in a long in October 21, you open in a short in October 21. I feel like a lot of smart money is choosing short. Well, let's go to today. We're almost half a year from the having. You have a choice. Are you going to open a long today to cash in in six months? Are you going to open a short today to cash in in six months? I feel like then many more people are going to choose short relative to today. You know what, let's actually that takes us into our next story. Let's talk about the big investors. Will they choose Bitcoin? Will they choose Ethereum? Will they choose, you know, futures or will they wait for spot? Here's what this Fidelity executive has to say. Ethereum investment thesis could be easier for institutions to grasp than this big, then bitcoins. And here is why. This was with the interview with a bankless YouTube channel. I do like bankless Fidelity's director of research, Chris Cooper, I think says the firm's Ethereum investment thesis could be an easier concept for blue chips to understand. With traditional, it's probably more easily go with them something like ether, then show them things where they grasp much quicker than investment thesis for Bitcoin. The investment thesis for Bitcoin, according to Cooper, is to truly understand it, you got to first to dabble into politics, got no little philosophy, got to know some game theory, got to know some economics, got to know some other concepts, you got to know the Byzantine generals problem, you got to know what the white paper is, you got to hate the NSA and the surveillance state. It's a lot, right? It is a lot. I remember that feeling, you know, half a decade ago, maybe more. Well, you know, I learned about Bitcoin, I didn't really get into it to about half a decade ago. I remember watching Andreas Antonopoulos clips on YouTube. And I just, I'm just alone in my living room with, you know, with, you know, maybe Mary J was there, but you know, I'm just alone. I'm watching this and my mind's getting blown here. And I'm just like, my God, I'm just so into what this guy is putting down. And then you go to your friend, and you try to, you're full of zeal. You feel like a religious apostle. And you're like, oh, my God, have you heard this thing called Bitcoin and what it's doing? And then you just get a blank stare back. Yeah. It's like, oh, yeah, I ate the orange pill, didn't I? Yeah. It's taken me back to these feelings here. All right. So yeah, it's a lot. Basically, what I'm saying, it's a lot to wrap your head around Bitcoin, folks. That's all I'm saying. I had the my first exposure to Bitcoin whatsoever was back in 2013. And I was the opposite side of that. What you just said, the staring face. There is this kid I met. He was very passionate about Bitcoin, tried to convince me it was the one world currency that Revelation talks about. He also was a pot farmer. So I looked at him and I said, OK, buddy, good story. Now, it turns out I should have gotten in when he told me to. He he was right. I should have gotten into Bitcoin. But I do hold to when you hear a lunatic who is growing pot for a living tell you that this currency is what Revelation talks about. You got it. You got to at least question it a little bit. I understand people still being stone faced at this point. Yeah. My first two exposure was 4chan and I was like, oh, anything they suggest is a scam, is a honeypot. And they are trying to hack me. And so that honestly, like in a weird way, learning I learned about it from too shady of a source. I was like, oh, yeah, I'm going to stay away from that one. The second exposure was my buddy buying ecstasy pills of Silk Road. And I'm like, again, another thing I want to stay away from. No, man, I'm good. I'm good. And then Silk Road happened. And also he lost his Bitcoin on a hard drive. So I was just like, yeah, I don't know about this, man. I don't know about this. And then eventually, you know, the hook got me there. All right. Well, you know, that's what we're saying about Bitcoin to truly understand it. It is a whole lot, you know, but imagine that you can get in front of them and just say, look, talking about Ethereum, here's the metrics, here's the cash flow, you put in your inputs, and they're looking at it like another financial instrument. And they're like, oh, yeah, that makes sense to me, you can have these scenario analyses where you could get your head around the probabilities. And then that way, people can size their position accordingly. That's how an institutional investor thinks. That's how a good investor thinks. They think around probability scenario analysis. And in fact, they are so strongly about that they capitalize the eye there. That's how institutional investor thinks. They really, they think about the probability scenarios there. So yeah, I think that's a pretty good, pretty good point there.
A highlight from ROLLUP: Coinbase Crashes DC | Gary Grilled By Congress | Vitalik Deepfakes
"Miss Wagner is like, yo, MIT version of Gary was pro -blockchain, but SEC Gary is anti -blockchain. And then Richie Torres is like, yo, it's a Pokemon card of security? These people are listening to crypto Twitter. They are like, these are our things. The power of crypto Twitter is like getting into Congress. Well, it's because it's distilled logic. I mean, Bankless Nation, it is the last Friday of September. David, what time is it? It's the Bankless Friday Weekly Rollup Ryan where we cover the entire weekly news in crypto, which is always an ambitious endeavor, yet we persevere nonetheless into the frontier this week with a bunch of clips of Gary getting grilled. So everyone, everyone prepare for that one. If you're not listening to this with coffee, because it's too late in the day, well then you should get your popcorn, because that is what you will need. I mean, this is a catharsis, I think, for many of you in this episode. You'll enjoy this very much. Also, crypto was present in Washington this week. Yeah, Coinbase's stand with crypto day was held at Capitol Hill the same day that Gensler was giving testimony in front of Congress. Convenient. What about the timing of that? David, what else we got? After that, we'll talk about pudgy penguins in Walmart landing a huge deal, a ton of distribution for pudgy penguins, also with each toy purchase having an on -chain identity on ZKSync. So we'll talk about that. And then after, also not only are penguins getting identity, but citizens of Buenos Aires perhaps also getting some on -chain presence as well. We'll talk about that. And then, of course, we're going to do the PSA of deepfakes and phishing attacks that are out there. We got a Vitalik deepfake that we want to show you. It's pretty hilarious, but not if you believe it. Notable VC Fred Wilson got phished for 40 NFTs this week. So if Fred Wilson can get phished, so can you. We will talk about this and more. What else we got, Ryan? You know, the usual Bitcoin ETF stuff. ETH might be getting futures. There's a ton to talk about every week. This is a bullish week, I think. I'm declaring it such, David. It is a bullish week. And we got some green candles when we get to the markets. But before we get in, David, we got a message from our friends and sponsors over at Layer Zero. What do they want the folks at home to know? They want you to know that after a year, over a year of combined effort, Layer Zero and Google Cloud have announced their partnership, and they are ready to build the interoperable cross -chain apps of the future. What is Layer Zero? Of course, Layer Zero is a set of smart contracts that are deployed on every single chain. These smart contracts connect to each other. How do they connect to each other? Well, they need some Oracle service in the center to be the chatterboxes, the passing messages between all of the Layer Zero smart contracts across all of the 50 different chains. Google Cloud is that new default Oracle. That is the partnership that they have created. So there is a link in the show notes for you to go explore more if you're a builder who wants to build on Layer Zero. LayerZero .network is also the URL. Well, you know what I want to learn more about this week, David, is markets. Tell me about the old markets. I think, I think, I haven't looked at this yet, but I think we got some green on the week. We got some green, dude. Let's look at the Bitcoin charts first. What's Bitcoin showing us? Some single digit green. Look at that green right on the right. That's your dose of dopamine for this week. It's like, whoo, Bitcoin up 2%, whopping 2%. Started the week at 26 ,600, ending the week at, well, Thursday morning, if you call it the end of the week. It's not the end of the week. 27 ,150, up 2%. Ether price up a little bit more, starting the week at 1660, up 4 .5 % to the current price, excuse me, starting the week at 1560, ending the week at right around 1660, where we are right now. 1660. I mean, it's still low. That is a low price. We are getting excited about very little right now. Yeah. It's up such a small degree, you shouldn't even be excited about this. And yet we are. Yeah, we are. 4 .5 % on the week, I'll tell you. It's better than flat. When's the last time we had a double digit week, man? Double digit up or down? Up. I can't remember either, actually. We've been in the flatlands for so long. It's just like kind of a little bit of a bleed out all the way from 1900. Weren't we over 2000 a few weeks ago? Yeah, we have touched over 2000 in this bear market, but man, it certainly doesn't feel like it. Last time we were at 2K was July. In July, briefly. We weren't at 2K. Yeah, I can't remember July. Well, I was in the mountains. It's been downhill ever since I caught back for the mountains. Yeah, it really was. It's been all downhill since you guys. The only thing you can do, David, is go to the mountains. Bad things happen to Gary Gensler when you go to the mountains. Although, I guess nothing bad happened to him this week. Anyway, I'm skipping too far ahead. We'll have our Gary later in the episode. ETH, Bitcoin, up 2%. Total crypto market cap, $1 .11 trillion. Layer 2 scaling factor, touched 6 % this week, down to 5 .5%. Still at all -time highs. Layer 0. Wait, what touched 6 %? Excuse me, not 6%. Total value loss? 6x. 6x is what I meant. Oh, activity. That's what you like to look at. Yes, layer 2 activity touched 6x of Ethereum, but now it's at 5 .69. Nice. 60 transactions per second, 64 transactions per second. Yeah, that's where we get the 6x. We got more transactions per second left in this tank, I think. Oh, yeah. David, you want to talk about the general markets, like all the TradFi markets? You want to talk about macro really quick, because it's been super confusing to me. It's been super confusing. And then I read this tweet. We're also doing a macro show on Tuesday as well. So a macro show, so talking about the state of macro from a crypto person, so it's a crypto person who understands macro, so I'm really excited for that show. Are you a crypto person that understands macro, David? Do you understand macro? When I have a smarter macro person with me, then yes, I understand macro. My question to you is, does anybody really understand macro, particularly right now? Oh, you mean current snapshot? Definitely not. Yeah, all right. So here's the tweet. Current situation. One, stocks are falling like a recession is coming. Two, oil prices are rising like there's no recession in sight. That's contradictory. Three, interest rates are rising like we have 10 % inflation. Yes, they are. Four, gold is falling like inflation is gone. Five, housing prices are rising like rates are falling. And six, commercial real estate is falling like it's 2008. Nothing adds up here. That's the way I feel about macro right now. It's very confusing. There is a confusing set of signals going on, and it's not adding up in my head. What do you think about this? Yeah, they follow through, and they say it's beginning to feel like a pivot point in sentiment. I don't know if I'm about to say what I think they are meaning by this, but when there's a bunch of confusion, people, I think, brace for something, brace for clarity, and then whatever that clarity is will define sentiment. Where are we going? We don't know. As soon as we find out, we'll know how we feel about it. But we know it's going to be different from here. Different good or different bad? Those are the only two directions. Yeah, I guess that's the reductive take about it. But it's basically like we don't really know. That's why I'm very interested in doing this macro episode next week to see what the newest macro person kind of knows. I will say one thing, though. I think volatility is back on the menu. I think that's what this means. Because when the market doesn't know what direction it's going to go in, then it can kind of lurch in one direction or the other. So weird macro climate right now. On the back of stimulus, on the back of money printing, like what's going on here? And just to be clear about something, we've previously talked about stocks being at all time highs. That's been kind of the theme of the last two months, I would say. Well, so from looking at the SPY, you don't have the chart up, but it has declined by 7 % since July. So the SPY is down 7%, which is more. That goes to the first bullet point. Stocks are falling like a recession is coming up. I don't know. It's down 7%, just doesn't feel like a lot to me. Well, in the trade market, 7 % is a lot historically, but not recently. 7 % in the trade market is actually, that's just like, trade markets are also volatile. OK, well, we'll try to make sense of this, but let's get back to crypto. This is a negative report from JP Morgan, who said, Ethereum's activity post -Shanghai that was the last hard fork back in March, has been disappointing. JP Morgan calling Ethereum's progress disappointing. They've got some reasons for this. While the shift from proof of work to proof of stake meant that the energy consumption from Ethereum collapsed by 99%, the Ethereum supply is shrinking and staking rose sharply by 50 % since the Shanghai upgrade. While that happened, the increase in network activity has been rather disappointing. Ethereum's daily transactions, daily active addresses, and total value locked on DeFi protocols on the network have all experienced declines since the last hard fork. So JP Morgan, their analysts expressing some bearishness here over the last six months or so. Yes. I'm not mad, just disappointed with that activity. My response to that is, who the hell are you? JP Morgan doesn't know how to analyze these things. Well, I don't know. Ethereum post -Shanghai activity, it's just the broader crypto downturn. And also, they're just wrong, JP Morgan, he is wrong. They say layer twos have displayed mixed results. Well, no, TVL and economic activity on layer twos across the board are all up. I don't know where the hell they're getting their data from, but not only is their data wrong, but their analysis is poor. Well, let's go to the actual numbers, Stephen. Layer two beat provides a good source for value locked on layer twos. What are we looking at? At the 180 -day time frame, it's basically flat. It's marginally up, it's basically flat. It's a flat TVL, $10 .5 billion. Activity is up, it's up so much. It's unequivocally up by a lot. I'm disappointed in JP Morgan. Wow. Have you ever been not disappointed with JP Morgan, David? I'm generally disappointed by banking in general. Really? You should start a podcast called Bankless, David, about escaping your bank over time, slowly. I think Vance Spencer put that tweet in perspective as well. Actually, I don't think he was responding to that tweet in particular. But we are. We got some perspective here from Vance Spencer. This is Ethereum, if you chart it against some of the fastest growing tech companies in human history, companies like Alphabet was Google, of course, and Meta or Zoom or Microsoft, and how quickly, over time, it took them to surpass $10 billion in revenue. How long did it take them? It took Ethereum seven years. When charted against these other tech companies, there's only one that did that faster, and that is Google. Yeah. Ethereum really did all of its $10 billion of revenue inside of 2020 to 2023. I mean, so look at this line. It's just kind of like a slope line up. So I mean, doing pretty well, all things considered, JP Morgan. Not disappointing. I'm not disappointed by this. And I'm not disappointed. Also, long -term perspective, not disappointed in the price of ETH over the last seven years either. And we can keep going. Uniswap this week hit 300 million in swaps. 300 unique million trades, swaps, has happened on Uniswap. Uniswap was invented in 2019. 300 million swaps since 2019. Is that disappointing? Is that disappointing? I'm not disappointed by that in the slightest. I feel great about that. Maintain my disappointment about JP Morgan. You know, I think it's part of a broader crypto sentiment, and I've seen a lot of takes just in general in news, but even in financial analyst news like JP Morgan research, that sort of thing. It comes back down to this, David. Mainstream thinks that crypto is dead, again, like always. This always happens. And this is what makes this a buying opportunity, as with previous cycles. And when crypto 10x's the next cycle, don't let anybody tell you you didn't earn it. Because if you're buying here, when everyone is saying crypto is dead, it's never coming back. That they're disappointed. That's how you earn. It's so easy. The signals are just being laid at our feet right now. They really are. I tweeted something like that out, and somebody responded with this life cycle. What are we looking at here? Yeah, just like the cycle of the bull bear market. So in the top of the bull market, some crypto friend of you will tell you, a bankless listener, you're so lucky. I wish that I bought two. And then the crypto market will go down and be like, you're an idiot. I told you crypto was a scam. Yeah, so especially when they say the words disappointing, it's such an emotional word. It's kind of just playing into the readership. I don't know if JP Morgan is about that game. I mean, we're in the stage of the cycle where everyone thinks you're an idiot. And they told you it was a scam. And you can't talk about crypto at your family events or parties because you're just the crypto moron who knows nothing. And ha, ha, ha, SPF, FTX, that's so stupid. Scams, frauds, NFTs are such a joke. Well, granted, some of those things are actually true. Sure, sure. But if you're still in crypto and you know why you're here. And you're no longer buying the scams because you can identify them. And then you'll swing back to like, I am a genius. I am amazing. I am lucky. Or third parties will say you're lucky when that happens and you'll feel like a genius. You've been chewing glass for three years, but you know, you got lucky, though. You got lucky. How about the Bitcoin ETF, David? Here's a tweet from James Seyfert. What's this about? He just says that the SEC has come out super early and delayed the ARK Invest and 21 shares Bitcoin ETF filing. There wasn't a decision due until November 11th. And typically up until recently, the SEC has always gone up right up until the buzzer. But they decided to delay their decision on this earlier than usual. You know why? Partially? It's some speculation. It's because the government's about to shut down. The U .S. government's about to shut down. That's on Monday, right? On Monday? Yeah. So apparently if by Sunday night, this Sunday night, Congress doesn't reach some sort of compromise resolution, whatever agreement to keep the government running, then it shuts down yet again. I mean, how many times have we been through this? And so this is the SEC just getting ahead of that so that the stuff doesn't expire while the government shut down. And I guess, I don't know what would happen if the government shut down and these deadlines were missed. But maybe they would de facto be approved. I think that could be how it works. Is this some sort of pseudo oracle about how the SEC thinks that if we do go for a shutdown, we'll get shut down all the way until at least November 11th? I have no idea. I have no idea what this could mean. I do know this is good news. So Congress, both Democrats and Republican lawmakers, sent a letter to Gary Gensler pleading that he approve a spot Bitcoin ETF.
A highlight from Congressional Republicans Lash Out At Gensler
"And at the end of it all, after dealing with several more non -answers from Gensler, an exasperated ogles closed the hearing with the call to open up the floodgates, hit him with subpoenas, get the information we need. The obfuscation, the not answering questions, I'm sick and tired of it. Dude, you wear tap dancing shoes better than Fred Astaire and enough is enough. It's time that questions are answered and that we have the information that we need. Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, NLW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin, and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Thursday, September 28th, and today we are talking about Gensler's combative hearing. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review, or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on The Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. Well, friends, we had yesterday another hearing featuring SEC Chair Gary Gensler. This was a House Financial Services Committee oversight hearing. And what makes this one a little bit more interesting, even in the Senate hearing that we heard last week, is one, it had some interesting lead -in in the fact that a bipartisan group had just sent Gary Gensler a letter encouraging him, in the strongest possible language, to approve a Bitcoin spot ETF. And two, it had the setup for some very interesting fireworks heading in. And indeed, that is exactly what we got. Committee Chairman Patrick McHenry set the agenda from the beginning with his opening remarks. He addressed Gensler saying, Last time you were before the committee, I voiced my concerns regarding your reckless approach to rulemaking, lack of capital formation agenda, crusade against the digital asset ecosystem, and unresponsiveness to Congress. So many things changed, so many things remain the same. Those are the same issues on the docket today. McHenry went on to accuse Gensler of doing nothing over the past five months to remedy the legitimate and often bipartisan concern expressed by this committee, adding that this is disgraceful and that their patience was wearing thin. Now, the Republican critique of Gensler's rulemaking agenda is that a huge number of rules have been proposed during his term without an economic analysis being performed on their cumulative effect. Regarding the crypto crackdown, McHenry rebuffed Gensler's constant assertion that the law is clear. He stated, your actions have created more confusion and lasting damage. Indeed, he said that contrary to the SEC's role of consumer protection, that Gensler's actions had, quote, pushed legitimate digital asset activities outside of regulated financial institutions where consumers are best protected. Keep in mind, this is all in the opening statements. McHenry went on noting that the SEC's regulation by enforcement agenda has been ineffective and has been on a massive losing streak in the courts. Still, the main point, the main thrust of McHenry's opening, was that it was unacceptable that the SEC had not engaged with Congress. Wrapping it up, McHenry said, the SEC is not above the law, nor is it unique. I do not want to be the first chairman of this committee to issue a subpoena to the SEC, and you should not want to be the first SEC chair to receive a congressional subpoena. Either we find a path forward where the SEC recognizes Congress as a co -equal branch of government and is responsive to our oversight duties, or my option is to issue that subpoena. It's time for you to consider the lasting consequences of your actions and what that means to the SEC's reputation long -term. While your time in this role may be temporary, the repercussions for your actions may be permanent for the agency. It was a fierce opening that sent the signal right away of what we were in store for. Now, a couple other quick notes around other opening statements. Democrat Ranking Member Maxine Waters used her time to rail against MAGA Republicans for pushing the government into a shutdown, and effectively defended the SEC's agenda on all fronts, and asserted that their rulemaking agenda was moving quote thoughtfully and effectively. Now, Gensler himself also got a chance to give an opening statement, and most of his time was spent on justifying the agency's regulatory agenda. He claimed overall that the rulemaking process had been measured with ample time and consideration given to public comment. Now, from there we moved into the question section of the hearing. McHenry as committee chair got to go first and used his questions to focus on Bitcoin. He asked Gensler whether he stood by his previous comments that Bitcoin is not a security, which Gensler evaded by talking in circles, never reaching a point. Notably frustrated by this process, McHenry snapped, I'm asking you to answer my question now. This is not supposed to be hard. Unable to get a straight answer, McHenry moved on to his point that there is currently no regulator with authority over Bitcoin's spot markets. He asked whether Gensler believed legislation should be passed to close that regulatory gap. To the surprise of no one, Gensler continued in his noncommittal manner, acknowledging the existence of said gap but failing to engage with the need for legislation. After that, McHenry left the crypto topic to press Gensler about when he can expect a response to document requests. Becoming ever more frustrated with Gensler's mealy -mouthed answers, McHenry said, This should not be the hard work of a chairman. You have 30 major rulemakings, but you won't even provide basic documents to us. Your unresponsiveness is non -compliance and we'll have to take action if you're not willing to comply. Now Maxine waters again as ranking minority member got to speak next. She, too, continued on the crypto theme, although she used her time to accuse the industry writ large of quote gross violations of the law that end in investors getting ripped off. She asked Gensler what the SEC has done to quote shut down crypto firms and whether quote crypto firms are getting the message. This, of course, mainly served to set up Gensler's usual sound bites. This is a field, he said, that's rife with fraud, manipulation and scams, and the American public is still getting hurt by the non -compliance in this field. Waters also used this chance to castigate Republicans who quote too often protect crypto firms. Now it was very clear listening to Waters that she wants the public to see the crypto industry as just Luna and FTX, to extrapolate them to everything and effectively shut the industry down. Now moving into the rest of the questioning, much of the substantive discussion centered on SEC staff accounting bulletin 121. Better known as SAB 121, this measure requires financial institutions to place intangible assets on their own balance sheet rather than in segregated customer accounts. The rule has been widely criticized for making crypto custody essentially unworkable for banks. Dissatisfaction was expressed from numerous representatives, including one of Gensler's usual allies, Brad Sherman. Sherman noted that the rule lumps all intangible assets together from real estate to crypto. He suggested that specifically designed rules for vastly different asset classes would be more appropriate. The most robust questioning on this topic, however, came from Republican Mike Flood. Flood put to Gensler that his staff did not consult with prudential regulators on SAB 121, which Gensler acknowledged. After stating that he had personally looked into this issue, Flood noted that the Accounting Standards Board had not published any guidance around crypto custody. This contradicted Gensler's comments from a previous hearing when he stated that the SEC was simply applying existing accounting rules. Flood said quote, With regard to SAB 121's potential effects on a bank's balance sheet, it's fair to say that fact pattern we have is that the SEC is not just going out of its lane, but it failed to comprehend the existence of any conflict with prudential rules. He suggested that there are only two explanations for this action. Either the SEC knew there was no justification for SAB 121 and chose to do it anyway, or that there were fairly obvious mistakes made during that process. Flood concluded saying quote, The case of SAB 121 raises the question of whether the SEC is compromised. Now, as you might expect, minority whip Tom Emmer lined up to take his shot with a series of rapid -fire yes or no questions. The main thrust of his questioning was around whether Gensler's history as a partner at Goldman Sachs had colored his agenda at the SEC. To get a sense of Emmer's opinion on this, just look at his tweet from yesterday where he said, Fact, Gary Gensler is not an impartial regulator, and his answers to my questions today prove just that. He's made a career of being relentlessly loyal to the largest institutions in America at the clear expense of innovation, competition, and everyday Americans. One example, Emmer presented Gensler with a quote he previously gave about bank executives being concerned about depositors moving money into crypto. Emmer asked, Can you assure this committee that your style of regulation by harassment towards digital asset innovation is to the benefit of every American and not driven by your desire to protect industry incumbents? At another point, Emmer asked whether Gensler believed that all crypto tokens were securities, which was, once again, avoided with a rambling noncommittal answer. And all of this built up to the big finale in which Emmer said, Mr. Gensler, despite your years of rhetoric, I'm convinced you are not an impartial regulator. Instead, it's clear you are working to consolidate your own power even though it means crushing opportunities for everyday Americans and, frankly, the financial future of this country. Even the federal courts are highlighting the damage you, sir, are doing to our constituents and they are telling you you don't have the legal authority to accomplish your goal of squashing competition in the financial markets. Now, while this was extremely satisfying to watch if you happen to agree with Emmer, in general, I find that this type of interaction is exactly why these hearings are so much about and not really about productive anything. This was a chance to articulate the Republican position against Gary Gensler. There's no real place for listening. It's about laying out a narrative. Now, in this case, I happen to agree with Emmer's narrative, but it still doesn't make for the most effective governance. Another notable line of questioning came from Democrat Richie Torres. Torres used his time to dig into the issue of whether crypto should be governed by securities law. He said, I worry that the term investment contract has become so infinitely malleable and I worry that when it comes to crypto, your interpretation of the term investment contract has no limiting principle and therefore could invite arbitrary and capricious enforcement action. Torres referenced an August report from six law professors which examined the history of the Howey test. That report had noted that no Supreme Court ruling has ever determined the existence of an investment contract scheme without recognizing one or more contracts underlying that scheme. When pushed to provide a case that contradicts this research, Gensler was unable to do so. When Gensler began to waffle, Torres cut him off, stating that, This is a question to which you should know the answer because the definition of an investment contract is the central issue. That's what determines the extent of your authority. That's what determines the applicability of federal securities law to crypto transactions. Your inability to answer that question is baffling to me. Switching tactics, Torres asked whether purchasing a Pokémon card would constitute a securities transaction. Gensler, as always, was unable to give a straight answer, stating that he would know what the context was, although generally he acknowledged that it would not be. Torres followed up by asking whether purchasing a tokenized Pokémon card would be considered a securities transaction. He asked Gensler if, For you, the process of tokenization is what transforms a non -securities transaction into a securities transaction? Gensler, of course, did not get to a real answer and just fell back on restating the elements of the Howey test. One other topic that you might be wondering if it came up was the Prometheum question. Prometheum was, of course, the first crypto firm to obtain SEC registration as a crypto brokerage, despite the fact that that licensing seems to give them no ability to actually offer digital asset trading. Prometheum is also minority -owned by a prominent Chinese firm. After Gensler failed to express any serious concern with the Prometheum situation, Congressman Ralph Norman noted that the SEC had taken 10 weeks to respond to a letter on the issue. He said, Andy Ogles brought the four -hour hearing full circle, saying, And at the end of it all, after dealing with several more non -answers from Gensler, an exasperated Ogles closed the hearing with the call to, So, what can be drawn from this hearing, if anything? Well, Gensler appears to be stubbornly sticking to his plan to evade document requests and oversight from Republican representatives. Over the four -hour hearing, there were few, if any, answers from Gensler that produced any new information or even, frankly, attempted good -faith engagement with the questions. Throughout the hearing, Gensler acted as if he knew there would be no serious repercussions and he could continue to treat congressional oversight as a joke. Republicans, for their part, are clearly fed up and ready to act. McHenry began and ended the hearing with a threat to subpoena the SEC and Gensler to compel a response to the numerous document requests that have gone unanswered. The threat seemed to carry little weight for Gensler, who seemed more than willing to allow that controversial action to play out. Now, on the flip side, establishment Democrats appear entirely disengaged with the legislative process and committed to the current strategy of naming failed crypto projects and demanding that the SEC continue its rampage throughout the industry. No senior Democrats appear at all concerned that the SEC is losing in court, as long as that litigation remains a roadblock for the industry. Representative Torres remained a bright spot and one of the few Democrats breaking with his senior colleagues. His questions showed a deep understanding of the legal issues surrounding token lawsuits and the need for additional clarity and crypto regulation. Overall, the hearing really just confirmed what we already knew about Gensler and his leadership of the SEC, which is, of course, that it seems very unlikely that anything will change. However, Republicans have now clearly reached the end of their rope and are ready to play hardball by using subpoena power. As Bill Huizenga put it to Gensler, what's your plan? Because we've got a plan. Until next time, guys, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
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"It's exactly what happened to you with CNN. And that's evil. That's right. It's lower level evil. It's not putting a rope around somebody's neck. But there are varying degrees. We have one more segment. Bill O'Reilly. His book is Killing the Witches. The parallels are frighteningly accurate. But just as a history book alone, all his killing books are so worth it. Killing the Witches. Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. I'm Dennis Prager. The final segment of Bill O'Reilly. His latest, the 13th book in his Killing series is Killing the Witches. The Salem Witch Trials. And that's Bill rustling papers in the background. That's me. A lot of stuff. Yes, I can only imagine. The parallels are frightening. And incidentally, my wife who listens to every show and is my backup for all impertinent data. IMed me just last segment. She was actually relieved to learn from you that the witches in Salem were not burned. It is a relief because that's such a horrific death. Yes. And it doesn't excuse anything, obviously. But there are gradations of evil. Here's a really interesting part of this. At the end of Killing the Witches, we bring you to Salem, Massachusetts today. It's about 25 miles north of Boston. The entire town is based on tourism for the witches. You drive in, it says, welcome to Salem, Witch City. Now, it's got a pedestrian mall. It's got people, storefronts who say they're witches. It's got whatever it is. In the month of October, leaving up the Halloween, they get millions of dollars poured in from tourists who go to Salem. We wanted to know from the mayor and the town council, hey, you feel a little uneasy because you're making millions of dollars off the corpses of people who are buried 600 yards away. They wouldn't talk to us. Interesting. Yeah, they don't want any part of that. And it's not their fault. I mean, I'd probably do the same thing. Salem, before they figured out the witch business, was a dying town. It was a mill town and it was no more mill. But now it's a vibrant town. Because this kind of occult, you know, is attracted to many people. We have one minute left. I just want to say another parallel to today is all you needed to do. I was about to say this when I said there's no such thing as a witch, but it didn't matter, is to be accused. Remember the Catholic boy that the national press accused of abusing the veteran? And it turned out everything about it was a lie. But the kid's life was ruined at that time. You remember the McMartin story? Oh, please don't. With the elephants in the classroom. How do you like that? Sneak an elephant into a classroom. Anyway, you're doing great work, Bill. Keep it up. And please consider the communism. There's a lot of killing. Excellent idea. Thank you, my friend. A lot of killing. And I just want to tell your audience that I admire you, Dennis, and have for many years. Thank you for having me on. Means a lot to me. Thank you. We continue. Hello, everybody. Dennis Prager here. Last night, I spoke at Arizona State University with Charlie Kirk, with 37 professors at the Barrett Honors College, whose name is disgraced by these professors. But I talked a lot about that at the time. Wrote publicly and told their students not to go. It was wrong for the university to even have us speak. As I mentioned last night, one of the biggest reasons is they fear correctly that 90 minutes from a Dennis Prager or Charlie Kirk or Jordan Peterson or Ben Shapiro or Heather McDonald or Michael Knowles or Dave Rubin or Larry Elder. I mean, it's such a long list. Just people off the top of my head will undo the intellectually superficial world in which the left lives on campuses. We don't fear them speaking. They fear us speaking. I didn't get to watch the debate as a result, but I read much of it and saw some excerpts. There was one truly great line, Vivek Ravi Swami, this is a line worth remembering. And let's see here, we find it again. I just had it. Why did I lose it? I understand that hardship is not a choice, but victimhood is a choice. That's really a great line. It's worth remembering. And the left teaches everybody except white heterosexual males to be a victim. For the first time in American history, to be a victim is the highest status. There's no doubt that part of the phenomenon of this vast increase, especially young women saying that they are boys, girls who say they're boys, it almost never occurred in history, it is now a phenomenon, is they want to leave the status or they want to gain the status of a victim. They're no longer just a white girl and therefore an oppressor, but now they're transgender. And boys become homecoming queens at these various high schools. To be a kid today in the United States of America, in most cases, is a real challenge unlike any in the past, including the depression. Do you know, I read to you last week, the data that during the Second World War, we don't have a depression or a World War II and suicides and depression are massively increasing. The left has destroyed everything that gives a young person true joy. Patriotism, God, religion, the Bible, wholesome youth groups. LGBT, the new religion, LGBT. Some of the other comments of the evening that I'd like to bring to your attention. All right, let's see here. Ron DeSantis, well the crime in these cities is one of the strongest signs of the decaying of America. That is correct, that is right. We can't be successful as a country if people aren't safe, even safe to live in places like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Just being in Southern California where I am, over the last couple of days my wife and I met three people who have happened 10 or 20 years ago. In Florida, we back the blue. We support the men and women of law enforcement. They are keeping us safe. We have a 50-year low in the crime rate. And yes, when I had two progressive prosecutors that weren't following the law in Florida, I removed them from their posts and the people of Florida are safer as a result of it. That's correct. Well, let's see what other good quotes do we have here. By the way, the attacks on it and insults were a real, a terrible statement about the attacker and insulter. I have a real affection for Nikki Haley and I thought that her comments about being dumber whenever, getting dumber whenever Vivek Rawaswamy speaks had no impact on Rawaswamy or support for Rawaswamy. But it definitely had an impact on support for her. Don't know when this began. Maybe it started with Donald Trump, by the way. But Donald Trump's insults were, which I didn't appreciate at all, I still don't, and I thought he was a great president. G-R-E-A-T. Great president. The country was thriving compared to under Democratic rule. But I didn't like that. But he got away with it in part because they were witty and devastating and short and that's his personality. But it's not her personality and it wasn't witty and it wasn't accurate. Vivek Rawaswamy does not make you dumber when he speaks. Nobody believes that. When Donald Trump insulted Jeb Bush, I forgot the insult, but it was effective because a lot of people thought it was true. It was Rawaswamy. The real divide is not between the Republicans on this stage and in the Reagan Library I want to say there are good people on the stage. These are good people on the stage. See, that's what they should all be saying compared to the Democrats. Well, it's tough with Chris Christie. It's hard to call him a good person. Nevertheless, the point that Rawaswamy was making was good. The real divide is between the majority of us in this country who love the United States of America and share our founding ideals. Free speech, meritocracy, the idea you get ahead in this country not on the color of your skin, but on the content of your character. And the fringe minority in the Democrat party that has a choke hold over that party. That's the real divide. Unfortunately, they have a choke hold over the media, a choke hold over the educational system as well. There's another line of dissent. The people in Washington are shutting down the American dream with their reckless behavior. They borrowed, they printed, they spent, and now you're paying more for everything. They are the reason for that. They have shut down our national sovereignty by allowing our border to be wide open. So please spare me the crocodile tears for these people. They need to change what's going on. And where's Joe Biden? He's completely missing in action from leadership. And you know who else is missing? Well, then he spoke about Donald Trump is missing in action. He should be on this stage tonight. He owes it to you to defend his record and so on. But that is the real divide as he points out. The governor of North Dakota, Burgum, actually had some interesting points. The reason why people are striking in Detroit is because Joe Biden's interference with capital markets and with free markets. The subsidies were subsidizing the automakers and were subsidizing the cars and a particular kind of car, not every car, but particularly were subsidizing electric vehicles. And when you decide that we're going to take all of your taxpayer monies, take a billion dollars, subsidize a certain type of vehicle, and the batteries come from China? China controls 85% of the rare earth minerals. They're called rare earth because they're measured in parts per million. I'll continue. China controls 85% of the rare earth minerals. This is governor of North Dakota, Burgum, last night. They're called rare earth because they're measured in parts per million. China is moving 100,000 pounds of earth in Indonesia, in Africa. They're literally destroying the planet so that we can make a battery that's in a car subsidized here. That's why they're striking because they need two-thirds less workers to build an electric car. Joe Biden, this strike is at Joe Biden's feet. That's right. There's so much wrong with regard to the electric car. I don't know where to begin, but I've talked about it often. Governor Burgum made this case correct last night. If I were giving advice to those workers, I would say, go pick it in front of the White House in Washington. That's really where the protest needs to be. Disastrous economic policies that have driven up prices, that have driven up interest rates and mortgage rates, at the same time wages remaining stagnant. What we need is to deliver economic growth in this country, unlock American energy, drill, frack, burn coal, embrace nuclear energy, put people back to work by no longer paying them more money to stay at home, stabilize the U.S. dollar itself. And capitalism is still the best system known to man to lift us up from poverty and we should not apologize for it. When Pope Francis has repeatedly come out against capitalism because he's a leftist from Argentina, you realize it's so difficult to know what leadership is. And the answer is essentially no institution. You can look to individuals and you wonder, has it ever been different? Has it ever been different? The other day I was thinking, I'm attacked periodically by Christians and Jews. It's not a lament, it's just an interesting point for using the term Judeo-Christian. Because of course there were differences between Judaism and Christianity. I'm not even talking about theology. That's obvious. If they didn't have differences, they'd be one religion. But in terms of values, of course there's Judeo-Christian values. But if you don't think that that's possible, then you can't even say Jewish values because Jews differ with other Jews. You can't say Christian values because Christians differ with other Christians. Is it a Christian value to say that capitalism is awful? Is that a Catholic value? The vicar of Christ on earth, the bishop of Rome, says that capitalism is awful. So is that a Catholic value? There's no group where everybody agrees, even on some major stuff, with one another. Individuals agree with one another. The world is divided between the decent and the indecent. It is not divided between institutions. It's divided among people. The decent and the indecent, as Viktor Frankl put it in his great book, Man's Search for Meaning. And that's the way it is, my friends. Chicago, Illinois. John, the phone number here is 1-8-Prager-776. Haven't taken…did I take any calls today? I didn't. Wow. But do we still pay our screener? So are the screeners paid on the basis of numbers of calls taken or is it a flat rate? Suzette wishes it was per caller? Hmm. All right. We have a GoFundMe page for our screeners, by the way. We do. Let's see. Chicago, Illinois. John, hello. Yeah. Hi, Dennis. How you doing? I'm fine. My country isn't. Yeah, that's for sure. Well, I'm a first-time caller and about my 20th time I got through, so I'm really happy. And that's not bad. Not bad at all. So, yeah. So I just…I'm watching the second debate and, of course, the first as well. And I'm thinking, well, why isn't Larry Elder in the second debate? I was wondering that, why he wasn't in the first. And I had heard him on your show explaining it. I'm thinking he's going to be there. That's right. It's disgusting. It's a disgrace. It's a disgrace. He would revolutionize the event. Yes, he would. Every time he would talk, people would say, that's either, yeah, that's my Larry or who the hell is that guy? And their jaws would be dropped. That's right. That is correct. But the RNC doesn't want him up there and I don't know why. Maybe he's an outsider. He's neither as Rama Swami, but he has his own following and independent means. It's really sad. It is really sad. That was my whole dream was to get Larry's ideas out there, which he uniquely can articulate. Okay, let's see. Hillsboro, Oregon. Diana, hello. Oh, hi. I've been a long time listener. I just wanted to say, I really appreciate your views and your show. Thank you. I have one of your books. I can't remember which one. It's one of the ones about the Bible. Nice. Anyway, I just wanted to say we haven't had a Republican governor since Victor Atiyah. When was that, in 1873? No, that was Julius Meyer. Well, no, we had Julius Meyer back in the 30s and he had to run as an independent because the Dems and the Republicans didn't want to do on their tickets. Yeah, yep, yep. God, a Republican governor of Oregon. Back in a moment. Well, you know, the US Senate has now unanimously voted to retain a dress code for its members. So, of course, the Atlantic, which has a lot of leftists writing for it, has this woman write an article. Caitlin Flanagan, that's her name, staff writer for the Atlantic. She's thrilled, as a young person, she's thrilled with getting rid of the dress code, which has just been reinstated. The elimination of the dress code could be one small step toward making Congress more relevant to young people. It will make the institution seem less formal, less impenetrable. That's what they said. That's exactly, this is such a Marxist brain at work here. Remember the Mao suits? Remember how they got rid of Western garb, the suit and tie? Because that was bourgeois. So, let's become more relevant. Let's look like the people and let's all dress similarly with the Mao suit. This is the thinking. The suit and tie is a remnant of capitalism, of Judeo-Christian Western civilization, of everything the Left loathes. Remember, the Left builds nothing and destroys everything. Tell me something good the Left has built. Not talking about liberals, talking about the Left. I'll give you some time here. Zach, I think you should play Haydn's cello concerto while people think, because a beautiful background can help the mind. Really, it's an interesting question, isn't it? What has the Left built other than gulags? Name me a good thing the Left has built. That's not a Haydn cello concerto. You're trying to trick me, right? I know my music. Anyway, we'll continue with this article here in the Atlantic. Getting salute to getting rid of the dress code, because having people wear hoodies and shorts, like this nihilist from Fetterman from Pennsylvania. Changing the dress code, however, is only a half measure, because there was no way of getting around the problem of the Left fighting really important things. This is an example. There is so much garbage in the Atlantic that it is amazing to me that they print this stuff. Who thinks this is admirable? Oh, the Capitol itself is a problem with its Latin. Listen, with its Latin inscriptions. I told you they hate the West. When I say the Left wants to destroy the West, I mean it literally. It is not an attack. It is a fact. Latin inscriptions, marble staircases, graven images of slave-holding presidents. I see. So, the fact that they had slaves, which the whole world did at that time, virtually the whole world. But they made the society that abolished slavery, that ultimately elected the only white society to ever elect a black president. I don't know of any black society that elected a white president. I don't expect them to. There are very few whites in Africa, outside of South Africa. But isn't the issue with public figures what they built? Why don't they say marble statues of graven images of adulterous presidents? I mean, right? If you're going to talk about the private sins of an individual, well, I guess slave-holding is a public sin. And it is a sin. It's a horrible thing. But you judge people of the past by the past, not by the present. Which means that this writer for the Atlantic does not believe that there should be any statues of George Washington in the United States Capitol. That's the Atlantic for you. PragerTopia.com. East Jefferson Street, Rockville, Maryland 20852.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"The tragic relevance for today. I'm going to take the audacity or chutzpah, as Jews might say, although chutzpah is now international, and suggest to you in a future Killing series, something to the effect of killing class enemies. I have no title for you, but in light of the ignorance of the communist genocides of the Soviet Union, you could do Ukraine, but you have such a large audience, it would be a moral service to humanity for you to do something about the communist mass murders of the 20th century. It's an excellent topic for a book, and we could uncover a lot of things that led to it, because that's the point of what you and I, and we're in this culture war together, Prager, whether you like it or not, you're allied with me, I'm allied with you. I'm fine with it, believe me. It's all about awareness. So if you're going to look the other way, as the Chinese did, the Chinese people did after World War II, Chiang Kai-shek was a corrupt, awful human being. But the communists were worse, and the Chinese people threw in with Mao Zedong, and 20 million of them wound up face down in the gutter because of it. But you could have seen it coming, where Chiang Kai-shek, all he wanted to do was steal from the people. Mao wanted to control every move you make, and if you didn't do what Mao wanted, you were dead. And a lot of that, not to his extent, happened in these countries because the people just wouldn't accept the reality. And in America today, we are not accepting the reality of what the progressive movement is trying to impose upon us. And even worse, the free press, the corporate media, is helping the progressives. And that is so dangerous to this nation. And that's why Trump is going to get the nomination, because Trump doesn't articulate it the way you and I do. He doesn't do that. But he comes across as an avenger against the progressive movement. And that's why his appeal is so much more than the other Republican contenders. That's right. People believe he's a fighter. Right. And he'll right the wrong. I mean, when parents send their kids to an American school today, they are literally, I mean literally, gambling with the life of their child. That child may well come home at the age of nine and say, if she's a girl, I am a boy. And by the way, in California, where I live, and some other states, the school has no obligation to tell the parents that their daughter says she is a boy. Right. And the school district in Riverside or close by passed an ordinance that says you have to tell the parents. And the state of California is suing, I think it's a Chino school district, suing the school district. That's right. But the people of California voted in these loons in Sacramento. Well, the people didn't show up. The people of Philadelphia voted in their mayor. And yeah, and Krasner, the guy who's destroying Krasner. That's right, right, right. So it's almost like we're Paul Revere's here. And when you write an entertaining book like Killing the Witches, where people will read the book, they're not looking for a political screed, they're looking for an interesting history. That message of evil, that message of acceptance of evil, which certainly the Puritans did, and Benjamin Franklin was one of the few rebelled against it, and that's in the book as well. Okay. When you accept evil, when you look away from it, it will grow. There's another parallel to today's, to the times in which we live today. And if you don't agree, of course, tell me. But in order to be accused of being a witch, since there's obviously there's no such thing as evidence that you're a witch, it's like, you can't say there's evidence that I'm an oak tree. There is no evidence. So all it took was an accusation. That's all it takes today, is an accusation, and your life is ruined. That's right, because the corporate media and the internet, the social media have no standards. Did you see what happened to me last week on CNN? Tell me. Okay. So right after Rupert Murdoch resigned as the chairman of Fox News, CNN primetime did a montage, that's a series of sound bites, where people appeared on Fox News. I was one of them. They used eight seconds of me. In those eight seconds, I said, slaves were well fed and housed. That was the eight second sound bite. CNN used it to try to portray me as a racist, somebody who thought slavery was good. That's right. The body of the conversation was Michelle Obama's speech in 2016, where she said slaves built the White House. And my commentary was, she's right. They did. And here was the circumstance. Here's how they were dealt with when they were building the White House. That's right. Okay. Yes. I'm telling you the parallels all over the internet. It says Dennis Prager wants to use the n-word. A caller called my show and asked me how come I was citing McCulloch's book on Truman, where Truman would use the word kike, which is the n-word of Jews, and the actual n-word. How come I could say kike and not the n-word? I said calling a black person the n-word is despicable, but that we can never say it, as I am now describing that Truman used the word kike, is absurd. All over the internet, Dennis Prager wants to use the n-word.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"I also got into demonic possession today, and we examined the real exorcist based on the film. And it wasn't a girl, it was a boy. A 13-year-old boy in Maryland named Ronald Hunkler. And we told you his real story took three months, eight Jesuit priests harrowing. We got the diaries of the priests. And if you're a non-believer and you read this, you might rethink it. And then we went to the movie set, which everybody has seen or heard of the movie The Exorcist, directed by a guy who didn't have any belief in any god or devil, and eight people associated with the movie during the filming died, in addition to unbelievable stuff happening on the sets. And the actors and actresses and directors were like stunned every day that this was happening. So all of that is chronicled in Killing the Witches. And I want the reader to draw his or her own conclusions, but I want them to recognize that evil does exist in the world, Dennis, as you know. Yes, in fact, I wrote a column, I write a weekly column of literally 1,000 up on the internet. And one of my most recent columns was about the fact that young people don't know about evil. That, you know, 45% of young people were talking about under 35, not 15. Never heard of Auschwitz. And I would suspect 80% never heard of the Gulag. And if you don't know those two things, you don't know anything. Teachers in public schools are absolutely petrified of any moral lessons. That's what this is all about. So when you and I were in grammar school, I went to Catholic school, and it was all about good and evil in Catholic school. If you eat meat on Friday, you're going to fry. And I'm wondering what happened to those poor people when you eat meat on Friday. You can eat meat on Friday. I'm going to get a joke out of it, but the lessons the nuns imparted when I was 7, 8 years old was good and evil. That's what it was every day. Now, you go to public school, and there's an ambivalence about it, and most teachers are frightened to even bring it up. Oh, America's evil. Because they're going to get in trouble. They believe in good and evil, but it's backwards. Okay, it does. You don't know. I agree with you entirely. Not real good and evil. I'm talking about personal. Yeah, and personal. All right, back in a moment. Hold on. Killing the witches. The latest in this remarkable series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. Bill O'Reilly, the latest book, just came out two days ago in the Killing series, Killing the Witches.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"They're afraid. And this fear is our inclination. Wait, afraid of what? Afraid of what? Getting cancelled. You know, every day of my life, I've been doing news commentary now for 27 years. Every day, including today, I've been attacked by somebody somewhere. And it's very hard to live that way. Well, I'm very happy I asked you the question. I'll tell you another interesting parallel that I see in our time about something that we regarded like the witch trials which take place now. The clitoridectomies, the removal of girls' clitorises in parts of the Muslim world. I mean millions and millions of girls. Ayaan Hirsi Ali writes about this, about it happening to her. This brilliant, extraordinary woman in Somalia. And now we're doing our form of mutilation of children with teenagers having their breasts taken off. Boys being castrated if they just say the words, I am the other sex or the other gender. So it's like the witch trials don't end. It's like mutilation of girls and boys doesn't end. It just takes another form. The problem is that if you speak out against this, you will be attacked. You will be slimed and smeared. So in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, there were good people who said this is insane. You can't be hanging our neighbors based on the nine-year-old's testimony. That makes no sense. As soon as you stood up against that, they accused you of being a witch. You are in jail. And if you go against the progressive cancel culture, they're coming for you. They're going to get rid of you. So it's the parallel. And that is why this is, as I said, 13th Killing Book. I said, I'm going to write this book in a way that's so vivid, so shocking, that everybody will finally know the danger that we face. Killing the... Let me tell everybody. The Killing the Witches is the book, The Horror of Salem, Massachusetts. Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard, at Dennis Prager.com.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"So, did you watch the debate? No, I got a transcript of it. Me too, yeah. Yeah, the reason I didn't watch it was because at the same time, Tucker Carlson was interviewing me. Right, it's very funny. And my reason was I was speaking to hundreds of students at Arizona State University. We both had decent reasons. We both had good reasons. Exactly right. But still, do you have any takeaway? Sure. Yeah, go ahead. It was a very important debate because it solidifies the fact that none of those people, the seven people on the stage, are going to beat Donald Trump in the Republican primary. So, they don't have any chance unless Trump, something more happens, that he's disqualified from running. So, Trump has got it. Trump locked it down last night. And the reason is it's not really fair to the seven challengers because where are they going to go? Yeah, you can make fun of Trump, but he's not there. Yeah, you can say you're better than Trump, but Trump in Republican circles ran a pretty good White House for four years. Every reply, all the polls show that if it weren't for Trump's dubious personality, he would have been president for another term already. And with the chaos in the Democratic precincts, he may be reelected. And again, COVID, if it weren't for the panic over COVID and all the suspending of normal election rules, I think he would have been president as well. It seems like events just conspired to deprive him of the presidency. Of course, I was anti-Never Trumpers, but I'm also anti-Only Trumpers. So, this is not coming from someone who believes only Trump can win or only Trump should run. So, we have a very similar take. Is there any connection between your book coming out now and events of today? Oh, the reason I wrote Killing the Witches is because of the cancel culture today, 100%. So, this is the 13th killing book. And if you read them all, then you know about your country. But what I didn't write about was the actual origins. So, we open with the Mayflower, okay? And the harrowing 66-day voyage, 100 people on there. They got booted out of England by the king because they were religious fanatics. And you don't want to be, Dennis, on the Mayflower. So, we all hear pilgrims, Thanksgiving passes stuffing. No, this was a horrendous trip. And then when they get to Massachusetts, they're at each other's throats. Half of them die. So, we go through that, which led to this unbelievable religious fervor, fanaticism, zealotry that took root and led to the executions of 20 human beings and the incarceration of more than 200 in Salem, Massachusetts. And when you see what actually happened there, the hysteria, the lack of due process, there was these, they once accused you were guilty. Unless you confessed, you had a way out of being killed if you said, yeah, I'm a witch. Yeah, okay? And a lot of them did that. And what happened to you then if you said you were a witch? Banished, banished. You were pretty much marginalized. The preachers would come in and say, okay, we're going to pray for her soul or her soul, whatever it may be. But you were over. And when you were accused of being a witch, the authorities seized your property. So there was an economic component about all this witchcraft. Fast forward to today, because the last third of Killing the Witches is about modern times. And there's two aspects to it. The cancel culture, driven by the corrupt corporate media and the insane internet people, deprive Americans of due process. And accusation means a conviction. You're through. The most vivid example we have in the book is this young teacher in Northern Virginia, 25 years old, is accused by a student of impropriety. They fire her. She's arrested. Her whole life is ruined. And two weeks later, the charges are dropped because there's no evidence. Now she sued and got $5 million. The jury took a half hour to give her $5 million. But her whole life to this day is destroyed. And I got example after example after example. So we have a cancel culture that is depriving Americans of due process and putting us all in fear. The reason that cable and network news on television has declined so much in audience is because the people on television are afraid, Dennis.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"I have no reason to say it other than it's true. This is one of the best ways to learn history I know of. The Killing Series by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. They're really extraordinary. I'll tell you why they're extraordinary. I'm not telling Bill, I suspect he knows, but I'm telling you. Obviously history was my major and I love this stuff because if you don't know history, you don't know anything. I mean that quite literally. I'm not talking about botany or chemistry, but about life. One reason is there's no superfluous information. About 25-30 years ago, people writing history books decided that everything they know about the subject should be in the book. And so Chester Arthur had bacon at lunch and it might be interesting once, but 800 pages of that stuff means that the author doesn't know what is truly significant. So these two guys, O'Reilly and Dugard, know what's significant and they put it in. It's extremely well researched and it's extremely interesting. And interesting is the key to all communication. So how was that, Bill O'Reilly? I think that'll be, you know, I felt like it was in PragerU. I felt like, you know, the principal was giving me props. You know, that's a good thing. That's right. Okay, fair enough. It's a very sweet compliment from you. Anyway, before we get into the latest, which is Killing the Witches, the horror of Salem, Massachusetts, and I'm going to be curious to know if there's any connection to events of the day and why you chose this one. It just came out two days ago, my friend. It's up at DennisPrager.com. You can obviously go to any place you order books and get it. It's called Killing the Witches about the horror of Salem, Massachusetts.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"So, when I asked you, was his presence hovering over the evening, I mean it not just among the debaters, but among the spectators. I mean, or this is purely a feeling question, or was the focus, forgive me, was the focus only or essentially only on the debaters? Yes. What was that, yes? Yes, there was no mention or feeling about Donald Trump, at least among the people I was around. Right. You happy you went? I'm losing you. Okay, you're unlost. I'm thrilled that I went, but seeing Governor Newsom was terrifying, in the flesh. I will talk about that on Dennis and Julie. Yes. Okay, thanks a million. This was a very helpful report. Thanks. Okay, thank you. Well, I'm living through an age where one party is only destroying, all it does is destroy. And with all the flaws of the other party, because it's flawed because it's made up of human, humans are flawed. But it's so remarkable to me that a party that advocates, that if a child says he or she is of the opposite sex, they'd be given life-altering hormone blockers, and then horrible surgeries, that that party gets half of the American people's votes. Mike Lindell has a passion to help you get the best sleep of your life. He didn't stop at the pillow. Mike also created the Giza Dream bed sheets. These sheets look and feel great, which means an even better night's sleep, which is crucial for overall health. Mike found the world's best cotton called Giza. It's ultra soft and breathable, but extremely durable. Mike's latest deal is the sale of the year for a limited time. You'll receive 50% off the Giza Dream sheets, marking prices down as low as $29.98, depending on the size. Go to MyPillow.com, click on the radio podcast's square, and use the promo code Prager. There you'll find not only this amazing offer, but also deep discounts on all MyPillow products, including the MyPillow 2.0 mattress topper, MyPillow kitchen towel sets, and so much more. Call 800-761-6302 or go to MyPillow.com and use the promo code Prager.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"There is a line here that is so profound that it should actually be used and memorized. And let me get that for you. Yes, I understand that hardship is not a choice. But victimhood is a choice. I mean, that's profound. I think that is the thesis statement of the Republican Party and of conservatism. Because I read your Torah commentary, Dennis, I know that early on in Genesis, God tells, I believe it's Cain or Adam, I think it's Cain, the urge to evil is within you, yet you have the power to master it. That is Judeo-Christian values, that is conservatism, and that is the Republican Party. And that is why I think Vivek Ramaswamy, for our earlier conversation, is being mobbed by the reporters and ascending in the polls. People love hearing stuff like that. It is empowering. I know that's a corny, overused word, but it is empowering to hear that, especially from a young person who has demonstrated it himself. He did not return any insults, is that correct? I'm not sure about that. I think that's correct. Last time, Vivek was criticized for being too brazen. He called his fellow competitors, or his, I should say, not fellow, his competitors, Super PAC puppets. He said that they were bought and paid for. So that was the last debate. I think he purposefully changed course this debate. When you insult your allies, all you do is help your enemies. And I think degrade yourself, to be honest. So, one final question. Was Donald Trump, was his presence felt the whole time, or is that not the case? At least from my perspective. I mean, as I mentioned, Governor Christie made that terrible joke about Donald Trump. I can't believe it. Well, look, I'm so not a Christie fan. Anyway, go on. No, I concur. Governor DeSantis said that Donald Trump should be here. But besides that, I don't recall an instance where his name was mentioned. And I think that was a good thing. No, I mean, no one really even talked about it in the audience, in the spin room. I didn't hear anyone mention the name Trump. Well, but DeSantis, and I don't remember who else, in my reading of it, as opposed to watching because I was at Arizona State last night, there were comments of, he should be here. Right, yes.
"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"If you don't know about Dennis and Julie, it is the first time in my life, 40 years of broadcasting, I actually have a co-host of a show. That is how highly I regard her and how good the interaction is between us. So go and watch it. How many episodes do we have, Julie? I believe 80 or 81. Unbelievable. So again, just call Dennis and Julie and Julie was at, Julie Hartman was at the debate last night. What was the mood like? You know, I was spending a lot of time in the spin room, which is the media room with all of the reporters. I don't know if I call myself a reporter, but I was taking the position of a reporter last night. And I'll tell you a story, Dennis, that was really interesting. So whenever the candidates after the debate, of course, when they go into the spin room, whenever the candidates would walk by the press area, of course, all of us would be clamoring to speak with them, yelling, be vague. Governor DeSantis, please come. You know, we have this question for you. It was really interesting when Vice President Pence walked by, he was one of the last people to come out of the debate stage and into the spin room. When Vice President Pence walked by, no one yelled out his name, none of us. And that was the only candidate for whom that was the case. And that really hit me because I thought, you know, here we have the former vice president of the United States within two feet of us willing to answer questions, and none of us seem excited to have that opportunity. And I think it indicated that the energy around him is low. I don't think that a lot of the American people are particularly excited by him and think that he is a bit outdated in his position and in his time politically. Wow, that's quite an anecdote. So anybody else who would pass by, there was a clamoring for the person's attention? Vivek Ramaswami was mobbed. Is that right? That's fascinating. Yes. If you go to my Instagram, at Julie R. Hartman, shameless plug, but you should, all of you should. No, no, no, it's good. Julie R. Hartman. H-A-R-T-M-A-N. Yeah, go on. You have to see this photo. I posted it on my Instagram story. I have a photo of Vivek and he is literally, he has like 50 microphones and cameras in his face. He was being mobbed. DeSantis was being mobbed, but Vivek by a landslide. Even though you felt, and many others did, that it was DeSantis who looked the most presidential. Why do you think Vivek got the most attention with regard to the media, at least at the event? Because I think that he is bold and courageous and he has, look, it is certainly true that and with his talking points, but Vivek brings a lot of energy and vitality to the Republican party. He certainly does not mince words with how he feels about the administrative state, about the climate change agenda, which he called a hoax in the last debate. I think also it's great that he's a minority candidate. He came from a working class background. He really rose through the ranks. He went to Harvard and Yale Law. He's, I think he's worth close to a billion dollars. He's a businessman. And so I think there's a lot to admire with Vivek. And the key thing though is the vitality because he is the future of the Republican party. Wow, that's worth it in itself to have gotten your report. What did you think of the reporters? Well, as I mentioned, Sean Hannity was really nice. Dana Bash was really nice. But I was with the non-major network reporters and boy, Dennis, they're vicious. They've got sharp elbows. They will knock you over to get to a candidate. And by the way, someone, I was telling you how much Vivek was of interest. Someone literally got knocked over as a reporter was trying to get a statement from Vivek.
A highlight from Kevin McCullough
"Welcome to the Eric Mataxas Show. Do you like your gravy thick and rich and loaded with creamy mushrooms? If no one was looking, would you chug the whole gravy boat? Chug! Chug! Chug! Chug! Stay tuned. Here comes Mr. Chug -a -Lug himself, Eric Mataxas. Hey folks, welcome to the program. If you're like me, last night you were able to watch the debate and you deliberately skipped it for your mental health. That's just where I am in life right now. I caught parts of it which made me wince and cringe, sometimes wince and cringe. I never wept, but you know what, it's probably better for me to find out what my guest thought. He may have watched the debate. My friend, Kevin McCullough, we call you votes tridamus because you are a prognosticator, a seer, a prophet politically speaking. Kevin McCullough of that Kevin show, how are you? I'm well and I can see some things very clearly today. There should be no more debates. These exercises in futility, and that's what they've turned into, are becoming embarrassing to the cause of what this election should be about. And last night, it's just hard to put into words how bad this debate was, from its execution to the policies, to the answers. It was just nothing good about it. Some people in my audience care about this. I'm in Irvine, California. I'm in a hotel room you people can see. I'm speaking today, so today's Thursday in Costa Mesa. So if anybody wants to come and hold my hand and hug me about the sadness of the debate, or just talk to me or get book signed or whatever I'm going to be tonight in Costa Mesa, you go to my website, ericmataxas .com, and you can see me and talk to me and hang out and whatever tonight in Costa Mesa. This is Thursday, folks. And tomorrow, there's a prayer breakfast here in Irvine that I'm speaking at. But the reason I bring this up, Kevin, is because I rarely have time to turn on the TV. And last night, I realized, oh, I'm pretty wiped out. Let me turn on the TV. Let me just look at the debate just to see. I literally really couldn't bear to watch it. So as someone who watched it, I'm talking to you. Am I being cruel or unfair? Because it was unfair. What little I saw was genuinely unbearable. No, as I was saying just a second ago, from the way it was structured, to the execution, to the answers to the substance, the format's wild and out of control. There's not really a possibility of getting very deep on any one of the single questions. And I think a lot of the questions that are being asked are not the right ones. And so as I've watched, and I didn't watch all of last night's debate in real time, I caught up on a bunch of it after the fact. But as I've sat through both of them now, it is easy for me to ascertain that no one in this field on that stage last night is serious about becoming president. And they're not biting into the enormous lead that the former president has only built on since the first debate occurred. The first debate, they had 11 million viewers put to put that in perspective, Eric, in 2015. For the first debate, they had more than 15 million viewers in 2020. For the first debate, they had about 18 million viewers. You're talking about a diminishing return a, a much less interested Republican base watching these, and they're not they're not going anywhere. And in the meantime, it's putting even with some of our better idea people on display as amateurs, even with Doug Burgum on the stage, hard to believe. Yeah. That would be like a rematch between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. You're telling me people, Lisa Hutchinson was not able to be on the stage this time, as far as we know. Yeah, I think he took a, he took a face shot in the early rounds, and he was in his dressing room. Honestly, the thing there, what I said on Twitter this morning, was that they acted like it was 1985. We are living in a time in America, where most people see, we are in freefall, hell has been unleashed. Things have gotten so bad on so many fronts that it is, if you don't believe in God, which I do, and I trust in him, but if it weren't for that, I'd be scared to death. What is happening in this country? And they acted like it's 1985. And we're gonna, we're gonna have this conversation. And I thought, this is this is bad. I mean, the way the the deep state has been weaponized to go after Donald Trump, for example, I don't care if you're running against Trump, if you like Trump, but if that doesn't strike you as, as fundamentally un -American and sick as anything, as though, you know, we were being bombed by China, it's pretty bad. They seem not to be concerned. Well, they're responding to questions that have been supposedly thoughtfully put together by the moderators that are doing the debate. And Ron DeSantis did a little bit more of this last night, all of them to have done more of this, where he actually came with a little bit of an agenda to give little speeches every time that he was given the opportunity to speak. And he got more things out on the record than what he was asked about. But that should be the strategy of every candidate going into every debate. That should be the strategy of every thinker going on every media outlet that you can. Sometimes, Eric, it's better for me to go on Fox or Newsmax or somewhere and have something that I'm more intent on saying that what they want to ask me about. And if you're, if you're running for president in times of crisis, and I don't, I don't view the period that we're in right now as a peaceful time. We're not actively at war with anybody, but we are actively at war with evil on, on almost every front. So we need, there needs to be an urgency. There needs to be a sense of, we cannot phone it in and do it like we've done it in the past, especially knowing that we are going to run up against probably illicit, illegal, cheating schemes, trying to keep the election from actually being determined by the people that have the right to determine it. And before people criticize me for that, we've replaced the population of the bottom eight states in just illegal entries into the country over the last three years. Well, let's do that in a minute, because you wrote an article at townhall .com. That is one of the stunning nightmares that they acted like not, not really a big problem. But what you just said about cheating, I think most Americans know the Democrats cheat at elections. How is that not the most important thing to discuss when you're talking about a presidential election? Are you and I imagining, are millions and millions and millions and millions of Democrats actually cheat? Now they've done it for decades, but now we know that they have turned it into a science. They are at war with we, the people, they don't actually care about winning in a fair way. They just care about winning. How is that not unbelievably important and something that has to be discussed? But the Fox hosts and the Latina from Univision, which is another bizarre thing, they seem to act like January 6 was Trump supporters being violent. They seem to act like the election was fair. Biden won. What world are they living in? All of them. I don't know what to say. And obviously, I think Vivek and Ron DeSantis, they're the only two candidates that I can take seriously. I've got problems with them a little bit. But the whole thing was like, they were all play acting like we're living in a different America than the one most of us are living in. Well, I will hold one exception out to what you just said. And I believe that Nikki Haley had a sense of urgency about her last night. And she did in the first debate as well. And I think that's why she's now out polling DeSantis in several polls, is that people are beginning to understand that as a former governor, she probably has a shot at the VP pick. I don't think the VP pick is going to come out of this group. But if Trump did want one that I'm seeing kind of be serious on the issues that are the most pressing, she's the one that kind of gets the vote in terms of... I think of her as deep state, neo -con, next. All right. That's fine. I'm just saying in terms of her performance thus far. We've got you our wonderfully. I'm so glad that we do. We'll be right back. With the overturn of Roe v. Wade, lots of companies are coming out saying they'll pay for employee abortion travel and expenses. Most of you have heard about some of these companies. 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"republican" Discussed on Dennis Prager Podcasts
"Also, to use the cliche, if it becomes a circular firing squad, it just benefits the people who are tearing down America, the Democrats. Absolutely. And most of the night was just the candidates yelling over one another. The format of these debates, I think, needs to be changed a bit, including turning off a person's voice. Yes. No, that's clearly, that is the only way. You can't keep saying your time is up, your time is up. Also, the amount of time, I didn't watch the whole thing because I was in Arizona at ASU, but I did watch a fair amount. And for example, this extended attack on Vivek Rawaswamy by Nikki Haley, and then finally he gets to respond. And the moderator says you have 15 seconds. It was very poorly organized. I will quickly tell you some highlights of some points that the candidates made pertaining to the issues, which is what we should all be focused on. After all, I thought Nikki Haley made a good point about China. She said that President Trump had a good policy with trying to focus on trade, but that we need to shift our attention to China buying our farmland, establishing the spy base off the base or off of Cuba, the sentinel crisis. I thought that she was strong on that. Vivek had a great line about victimhood, the epidemic of victimhood in this country. That's where I think he's particularly strong, speaking about the culture issues. And Governor DeSantis, he said this in the last debate, but he reiterated that if he were president, he would go into Mexico, send drones or other weaponry to eliminate the Mexican drug cartels, which he classifies as a terrorist group. So, look, despite all of the arguing and the cringing moments, I'm actually excited for the future of the Republican Party because we have some candidates who I think will lead us in a good direction. In 2024 and beyond. And I'm not sure the Democratic Party has counterparts like that. Well, they have Gavin Newsom, a man of depth. By the way, the victimhood, I'll read the exact victimhood line from Ramaswami.
A highlight from Gavin Wax
"Ladies and gentlemen, looking for something new and original, something unique and without equal. Look no further. Here comes the one and only Eric Mataxas. Hey there folks. Welcome. We have been told that tonight there's some kind of Republican debate. I'm not sure if that's a rumor, but it might be true. And in case it is, we thought maybe we should talk to somebody about it who can tell us what is going to happen. So we have back our friend Gavin Wax. He's with the New York Young Republicans. Gavin, welcome. Eric, it's great to be back and I'm looking forward to the vice presidential debate tonight. Oh, the vice presidential debate. Well, you know, I think Trump said it best that all these guys are looking for a job or trying to apply for a job. It's really just a job contest. No one actually on the stage is going to become president, certainly not this cycle. So we'll see how things unfold if that's how it's looking. It's funny and true, obviously. Many funny things are true. Many true things are funny, but you're right. Now, who tonight's debate? I'm planning not to watch it. What who has qualified, quote unquote, qualified to be in this debate? As far as I'm as I'm aware, it's nearly everyone from the original debate. I think maybe Asha Hutchinson has dropped off. You know, he was polling at, you know, point zero zero one. Now I think he's pointing at polling at point zero zero zero one. So, you know, that that decimal difference makes all the difference in getting on the stage. But you'll see the usual cast of characters. Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott, Chris Christie, you know, those are the guys that are probably most will get most of the eyeballs, will get most of the attention. People will be seeing, you know, what they do, what they say, if they mess up, if they don't mess up. And then the others are basically just background actors, you know, just adding some ambiance to the stage, I assume. Yeah, it's really not ambiance, actually is the opposite of ambiance. But I know what you mean. Let me ask you, though, for sure. Chris Christie doesn't want to be Trump's vice president because he seems to be there only to express his peak and animus toward Donald Trump. He seems to to be there only to fulminate and to pummel the air with his horrible words against Donald Trump. Yeah, no, you're correct. He probably falls into the camp of people that is not that is not looking for a job, but it is on a on a revenge tour. Many people have accused President Trump of only running for a revenge tour type of campaign. But in fact, you look at individuals like Chris Christie, the only reason he's Donald J. Trump, President Trump, who he believes wronged him or slighted him after the whole presidential transition in 2016 or, you know, Christie didn't even do his job.
A highlight from The GOP's Dreadful Second Debate
"Cable news, noisy, boring, out of touch. That's why Salem News Channel is different. We keep you in the know. Streaming 24 -7 for free. Home to the greatest collection of conservative voices like Dennis Prager, Jay Sekulow, Mike Gallagher, and more. Salem News Channel is unfiltered and unapologetic. Watch anytime on any screen at snc .tv and local now channel 525. Hey everybody, what a circus clown show. We recap the Republican debate and also talk about Gavin Newsom. Email us, as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Subscribe to our podcast, open up your podcast app, type in Charlie Kirk Show, and get involved with Turning Point USA today at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up everybody, here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks.
A highlight from Republican Debate II
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A highlight from Who Won The Second Republican Debate In California?
"This is your source for breaking news and what to make of it all. This is the Mike Gallagher Show. Donald, I know you're watching. You can't help yourself. I know you're watching, okay? And you're not here tonight because you're afraid of being on the stage and defending your record. And what you've got, honestly, every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say. For all the random shots at Trump, you know, they went right for the capillary, not the jugular. I think this was a good night for Donald Trump in the end. Now, from the ReliefFactor .com studios, here's Mike Gallagher. In all the years I've been doing this for a living, I recognize my limitations, okay? I don't think I'm the smartest guy in the room. I'm not the be all, know it all. I don't have the answer to everything. But finally, after some 40 plus years in this business as a broadcaster, I can come to a conclusion after suffering through last night's GOP presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, California. I know unequivocally who won last night's debate. And there was a winner. There was one person who was victorious. You know, they always say this about debates. Somebody's got to shine. Somebody's got to soar. Somebody's got to really knock it out of the park. Well, for the first time in my career, I can unequivocally, enthusiastically and confidently tell you that there was indeed one such candidate last night. And it was this guy.
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"Now, Axios says this overt acts are not standalone allegations of criminality, and Trump was not charged for simply tweeting. Rather, the legal term refers to a pattern of behavior supporting a broader criminal enterprise. In this case, an alleged seven state conspiracy by 19 defendants and 30 unindicted co-conspirators. The indictment alleges that in some Trump's 12 tweets, as well as his phone calls, text messages and other activity by him and his allies, comprised elements of a conspiracy to subvert the election by people who knowingly spread election lies. Time out. In Time magazine, Molly Ball wrote the shadow campaign that saved the 2020 election. How is that not a conspiracy? The term conspiracy means one or two people working together for a desired aim or objective. The conspiracy was asking lawmakers to follow the RICO statute. We used to call that political activism. Are you going to go lock up all the Democrat activists that were petitioning lawmakers in the 2000 election in Florida with the hanging chads and the recounts that could land you in jail or prison? How about Stacey Abrams, who 30 times denied the election results? And of course, Democrats do not have the law applied to them. This is what's so important. People call it two standards of justice. It's not about hypocrisy. It's hierarchy. If you believe that men can give birth and borders should be open and support Ukraine at all costs and white people are racist, if you believe America is a terrible country, you're a protected class. You do whatever you want. You can loot, you could burn, you could steal. Your politics now instruct whether or not you're going to go to jail or not. But if you engage in wrongthink, like Rudy Giuliani or John Eastman or Mark Meadows, they're going to put you in prison. It is the misapplication of justice. As Cicero would say, the more laws, the less justice. They have all these laws. They dust them up and they try to find that the only way this stops is if the bad guys are afraid that they too will be investigated and held accountable because there's plenty of crimes to look into over there. The great one, Mark Levin, picked up my article and spoke about it. Now, I have so much respect for Mark Levin and I do call him the great one. I think he's amazing. I don't know what clip it is. I can't see it here. You guys could tell me which one it is. So, but for Mark Levin to be speaking like this is a big deal. He's former chief of staff to the attorney general. He's not one to rush into a belief that we should use prosecutorial power against Democrats. He's very measured. He's very careful. He's not clickbait. But Mark Levin is asking the question, where are Republican AGs? Where are the Republican DAs? The message is starting to get out. Play cut 67. It's frightening what's going on in this country. But if you understand the bigger context, it's even more frightening than you might think. The judiciary is in on it. The Soros prosecutors, Democrat prosecutors. You know, Charlie Kirk is a great piece over at the Federalist. He's saying, you know, there are more Republican attorneys general in America than there are Democrat attorneys general. It's 27, 23 Democrats. And he's talking about also Republican district attorneys or state prosecutors and so forth. And he's saying, he's not a lawyer. He's saying, as an example, Hunter Biden hired a call girl service in more than one state that these call girls were used in more than one state. Drug addict or no drug addict, he purchased drugs illegally in more than one state. And he's not charged with a damn thing by a single Republican prosecutor. Nothing. Nothing. The Democrat prosecutors are sitting there. What can we do to Trump and his supporters? Anything? Anything we can do? Sure. We got the 1871 Klan Act. We can throw that one. And our media will lap it all up. They'll be excited. Get it to Maggie Haberman as as it can. She's the go to propagandist for the government. Let's try those Enron statutes. We've used them on the protesters. And so far, all the judges in the D.C. area have supported. I have a senator friend of mine that swears by one of these judges. Well, he has done the same damn thing. So sorry, I take a pass on that. Just saying. Now, the good news is our incessant banging of our fists on the table, begging for something to happen. It's getting out now. I would tell you, go contact your A.G. and encourage them to enforce the law. But am I breaking the law by doing that? I'm getting messages. Charlie, we have to be careful. Charlie, be careful. Charlie, be careful. It's not a joke. We have received over 100 emails saying, Charlie, I'm confused. Am I allowed to ask my lawmaker to do something now? I cannot put accurately into words. I can't paint the picture of how chilling this is. But yes, you are constant. So we're not like totally in some sort of strange Orwellian universe. You are constitutionally allowed to tell a person who's in elected office what you think they should do. Even if you're wrong, you're allowed. This is still the law of the land, the Constitution. It's not some sort of Huxley in Orwellian Stalinistic Maoist document, even though Fannie Willis thinks it is. You're allowed to speak still. You're allowed to petition. In fact, it's explicitly said in the First Amendment petition your government petition and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. So when I go and I and by the way, I was just asking questions. But theoretically, if I saw an A.G. in my state and I said, hey, I got a problem with you, pal. It's like the old Seinfeld thing on Festivus. I got a lot of problems with you people. You got to get the Festivus. It's the airing of grievances in Festivus. It's not December 23rd, which is that. You're constitutionally allowed to complain to your leaders. That's what Donald Trump was doing. But Fannie Willis and the architects of this indictment are trying to make you terrified. And I'll be honest, it's working. Not all of you. Some of you are saying, oh, Charlie, I'm not scared of all that. You're allowed to complain. And now we're even questioning what are the rules? Am I allowed to? In the indictment, it says that Donald Trump watched one America's news network. You're not allowed to watch cable television that isn't state approved. That's in the indictment that Donald Trump approved of watching OAN. That's not state run television. Can't do that. Just so that we're clear and that we're not totally living in a different alternate universe, you're still allowed to watch cable television that the government doesn't like. Not according to Fannie Willis. And what bothers me the most about some, not, I mean, not Alan Dershowitz, who I think has been great, but some of these legal quacks on television, oh yeah, he's so esteemed, is they're taking this thug seriously. Oh, well, Fannie Willis has put together, don't reject the premise. She's indicting Axios. They said that these actions comprised elements of a conspiracy to subvert the election, subvert the election. Okay. If Donald Trump was telling his supporters to go take baseball bats and smash voting machines, okay, I'd have a little bit of open mindedness towards that. If Donald Trump was doing what Molly Ball said the Democrats were doing, having weekly zoom calls that would say that we have shock troops ready to deploy. Don't believe me? Can we get that article, please? Ready to deploy. Do you know that, did you know Florida Democrats were planning on submitting a slate of alternate electors in 2000 should their legal challenges have been successful? This is what happened in Tilden v. Hayes in 1871. It happened in Hawaii in 1960. Lawrence Tribe, who's now a leader of the resistance, has suggested the same strategy. This was the established legal process for challenging election results for 2023 with decided to make it illegal retroactively. You're allowed to air grievances against your leaders. This is still legal. Play cut 71. I got your message. I haven't celebrated Festivus in years. What is your interest? Just tell me everything. Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reach for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way. What happened to the doll? It was destroyed. But out of that, a new holiday was born. A Festivus for the rest of us. That must have been some kind of doll. She was. The tradition of Festivus begins with the airing of grievances. I got a lot of problems with you people. Now you're going to hear about it. That's me with Republican AGs. I got a lot of problems with you people, and now you're going to hear about it. Conspiracy. The real question is Frank Costanza an insurrectionist? That's the real question. You're allowed to complain. According to Fannie Willis, you can't. We are in dark waters, everybody. Laughter is all I have, honestly, to make fun of it. Look, it's easy to get demoralized with all this. I totally get it. If you are not involved in a church or if you're not actively spiritual, you have to do that. Because if this is your whole life, you're going to be let down. We're going to stay in the fight for the country, but you have to get your spiritual disciplines right. You have to. If you're Jewish, join a synagogue. If you're Christian, join a church. Whatever spiritual disciplines you align with, you better make that a priority, or else this is going to severely depress you and disappoint you. That has to matter more than everything else. Time Magazine writes, their work touched every aspect of the election, writing about Democrats. They got states to change voting systems and laws and help secure hundreds of millions of dollars in public and private funding. They fended off voter suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers, and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time. They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and use data-driven strategies to fight viral smears. They executed national public awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump's and false claims of victory from getting more traction. After election day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result. Quote, the untold story of the election is that thousands of people of both parties who accomplish the triumph of American democracy at its very foundation, Norm Eisen said. That's a conspiracy. Why are they doing this? It's multifold. We talked yesterday how you're said that on Sean Hannity's program. He's exactly right. They want to turn this into a one party state spot on. They want to turn this into California, New York, where Republicans have no power. That's their goal. And they're close to it. They already control the intel agencies. They control the administrative state, and now they want to control all the political apparatus. It's a top down revolution. They're squeezing you. They control the universities. They control the corporations. They control the tech companies. They control the Wall Street banks. They control every agency of government. They control the media. They control the sports leagues. They control Hollywood. The few things they do not control is they do not yet control politically half the country. They don't control the House of Representatives, even though it feels that way sometimes. They do not control every church, but they're doing a good job of it. Francis Collins, who's a sick puppy, wrote a piece for Christianity today to just show how far that place has fallen, published today. And they don't yet control families and parents. And they don't control every state. In fact, no, there are more Republican AGs than Democrat AGs. But they want to abolish that. They want to obliterate it. If not, they want Republicans to be controlled opposition. They want them to be dogs on a leash. They want them to be good boys. Stay close. Come to heal. Sit when I tell you. That's what they want. They like Republicans like that. They like Republicans that listen, that are submissive. They want a submissive Republican Party. If they can't get rid of half the country, they want a submissive and weak Republican Party that listens to their orders, that is terrified of their masters, the Democrats. That's what they want. What they don't want is they don't want the dog out of the cage. They're very careful about that. I want to play another piece of tape here that I think is instructive, what we're dealing with. We played this yesterday. It's worth repeating. We have Newt Gingrich coming on the program tomorrow. When Newt Gingrich, a master historian, a very careful communicator, not an alarmist, not a guy that says things to get headlines, when he says something like this, should create a pit in your stomach. Play cut 29. And I think we are drifting towards the greatest constitutional crisis since the 1850s and the rise of secession and the Civil War. I don't mean that as hyperbole. Don't mean that as hyperbole. Just remember, there will only be one winner. There is no settlement. There is no middle ground. And currently there is only one side fighting. There has not even been a reaction. I still believe we are the majority of the country. We are a majority of the polis. We are. We are a majority of the sentiment. So we're being ruled by a minority, an unbelievably well-financed oligarch supported minority. And they are willing and they are able because they have the media and the tech companies and the billionaires. They feel as if they can act and do whatever they want. The excuse I get from Republicans, we just had an email here, Charlie, if we go after Democrats, that would not be the gentleman thing to do. Well, then you're going to lose everything. Nobly, of course. I think it's time to start to fight. Thanks so much for listening, everybody. Email us your thoughts as always. Freedom at CharlieKirk.com. Thank you so much for listening and God bless. For more on many of these stories and news you can trust, go to CharlieKirk.com. 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"Now, you could sue eventually civilly to say, I want my legal costs back. But then that costs money too. And then that costs time. And in Fulton County, you probably will lose. And then, by the way, lots of lawyers may be scared to defend them. So even if all these charges get thrown out, even if all this goes to the Supreme Court, they've already won. They're going to bankrupt these people. And I could tell you, what's amazing is I spoke to five top-level conservative activists, five yesterday. And they said, I kid you not, Charlie, are we allowed to be talking to elected officials anymore? And I said, what do you mean? They said, well, based on this indictment, I don't think we're allowed to pressure our lawmakers. They've chilled the entire conservative movement here. I can't even put into words how heavy it is. The chilling effect now is apparently it's illegal to ask for phone numbers. I needed to get a phone number of an elected official in the state of Kansas for an event that we have coming up. And I asked a conservative leader you would know. And I said, hey, do you have the phone number of this elected official? And he said, Charlie, I think it's illegal for me to give it to you. And I said, what do you mean? And he said, I'm somewhat joking, but that's what the indictment is all about. Here's the phone number. Be careful. And we're supposed to act like this is legitimate. Asking for a phone number of your elected official can now get you indicted in Fulton County. You might get picked up on a RICO case if you ask for a phone number, if you want to petition your government. And the New York Times thinks this is beautiful. If you're a conservative, not if you're a Democrat, if a Democrat, it's called petitioning your government and fighting for your democracy. No, Democrats are allowed to burn down federal courthouses. The number one takeaway of this indictment is the chilling effect. Just kind of taking the pulse from donors and other people, they have flat out frightened half the country with this stuff. This indictment even more than the Department of Justice stuff because of how widespread it is, the RICO. And you might say, well, Charlie, it's all fake and they're not going to go. That's not the point. People do not want the knock on their door. They don't want to have to spend money to defend themselves. They don't want the reputational damage. They've already won in that regard. The conservative movement is terrified. People want to just go to their kid's baseball game and not have to worry if a DA is going to come and they have to defend themselves and their reputation because they ask for a phone number. So people are disengaging in huge numbers. And look what they're doing in Michigan with Dana Nessel. You sign a piece of paper and you're Rose Rook. You're 81 years old and you're a proud patriot. They're going to destroy your life. This is a well thought out, intentional demoralization, chilling campaign more than anything else, because I think deep down, Fannie Willis or Fannie or whatever says, OK, yeah, this might get thrown out, but I'm going to scare the crap out of the entire conservative movement, slow down their activism, shut up their speech. I've already seen it. People are terrified. Like top level conservatives, top level donors are like, we're done. I'm not going to we're do the most boring stuff because we do not want to get indicted. Meanwhile, our side says we don't stoop low. I want to talk about relief factor dot com. I want you guys to check out relief factor dot com, 100 percent drug free knee pain, back pain, joint pain, elbow pain. Check out relief factor energy help makes your body make nutrients readily available. Relief factor sleep. I know a lot of you are probably having trouble sleeping. Relief factor sleep could be the best solution for you. Everybody goes to bed. Not everybody sleeps. We're all about helping people live lives that are filled with connection, exploration, passion and emotion. That is what his life is all about. Make sure you guys are sleeping well. It's a major part of life. Check it out right now. Relief factor dot com, relief factor dot com. So I just have a question. What are the new rules? Because talking to some other conservative leaders, people say, well, now we have to be extra careful. I don't think we could talk to our lawmakers in the indictment, in the Fulton County indictment, which I have somewhere. Part of the indictment of furthering the criminal conspiracy is when Donald Trump asked for a phone number of the Speaker of the House of Pennsylvania. You are no longer allowed to talk to your leaders, according to Fannie Willis. Now, of course, that's going to be thrown out maybe by some judge, most likely, or challenged in court. It doesn't matter. The fact that they could even with a straight faced indict you with that means that they could chill conservative activism. And that's exactly what the intent of the Fannie Willis thing is. The Fannie Willis thing is, yeah, about getting Trump, but that's more about DOJ, Jack Smith. This is about the conservative movement. Understand Dana Nessel and Fannie Willis is more about the rank and file of MAGA than it is about Trump. You know, they say, oh, this is about Donald Trump. No, no, they've used this is what's interesting. They're actually using Trump as an excuse to go after the other ones, to go after Giuliani, Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell.
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"She has the media. She's going to be able to push the boundaries on this because the entire regime media is slobbering over big Fannie Willis. Right here, this beautiful picture of Fannie Willis. Yeah, when I think of modern beauty, I think of Fannie Willis. Racketeering Act is key in Georgia in case versus Trump. Front page of the New York Times. We're going to go through this, how the New York Times is covering it. Yeah, we don't have the media. Who cares? Do it anyways. You are demanding it. The people are demanding it. Your leaders are not listening. I can say that from somebody who spoke to them on the phone and just ask questions. All I did, why, why, why, why? And I got excuses. And I said, well, we're suing the Biden administration. If this continues, we're going to lose everything. And I think you guys know that. Briarcliff's Entertainment's The Hill, starring Dennis Quaid, in theaters Friday, August 25th. The true life story of professional baseball player Ricky Hill. Growing up poor in small-town Texas, young Ricky discovers his extraordinary ability for hitting a baseball. But with leg braces and a degenerative spinal disease, the major leagues were just a dream that could never be. Courageously, he risks it all. Defying his father's wish to follow in his footsteps to become a pastor, Ricky tries out for a major league scout. Pushing hard to overcome his disability, he goes on to become a baseball phenomenon. Some dreams are unbreakable. The Hill, starring Dennis Quaid, Colin Ford and Scott Glenn. This true inspirational story about family, faith and a baseball miracle. Again, the story is about Ricky, who tries out as a major league scout, pushing hard to overcome the unthinkable. Do not miss The Hill, rated PG in theaters Friday, August 25th. Get your tickets now. Again, it's called The Hill, rated PG. It's in theaters Friday, August 25th. Check out The Hill. Front page of The New York Times. The 19 charged in Georgia. This is the front page of The New York Times. Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, John Eastman, Jenna Ellis, Ray Smith, Kathy Latham, Sidney Powell, David Shafer, Kenneth Chesbrough, Sean Still, Michael Roman, Trevian Cudi, Stephen Lee, Jeffrey Clark, Misty Hampton, Willie Lewis III, Scott Hall and Robert Chealy. This is why I don't like the lawyers that go on television. The lawyers that go on television, they say, oh, well, you know, these charges will probably be thrown out or overturned. Yeah, it's easy for you to say you guys actually benefit from this. Number one, you get on TV and you get to talk about all the time. Number two, some of you guys are going to be hired to represent these people, so you're going to make money. And so they also have way too much trust in the legal system. Who's going to pay these people's legal bills? This is really important. And obviously, people like, you know, Dershowitz deserve to be credit, deserve credit for this because they're speaking correctly. But hold on a second. What happens? Let's just pick one of these people. Let's say Jeffrey Clark, former Justice Department official. The best of my knowledge, Jeffrey Clark is not independently wealthy. OK, he's not a former tech executive and he doesn't have some sort of trust fund. So Jeffrey Clark now has to spend $200,000, probably minimum, to defend himself in an out-of-state case to prevent himself from getting a minimum five years in prison. Who's going to pay for that? Can you then ask for the government for reimbursement of legal costs? Or how about the reputational harm? No, of course, the government does whatever they want.
"republican" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Of news about bad things happening in republican state houses but in nevada democrats just passed a public option for healthcare and universal. Vote by mail. You'll meet the two leaders who made it happen next all right time for some good news. While republicans in state legislatures have been hard at work passing laws to keep people from voting democrats in state. Legislatures are also hard at work passing laws that expand voting access and improve people's lives in nevada democratic state legislature just passed a bill to create a public option for healthcare. And as we reported last night governor cecil act recently signed a law that will expand mail in voting in nevada. To all registered voters will be joined by the duo behind these policies. State senate leader nicole cannizzaro and assembly speaker. Jason fryer sent in just a moment but first take a look at the tiktok that speaker fryers and made earlier this year about nevada's first female majority legislature in the country. Joining.
"republican" Discussed on Transition Virginia
"This is his deep belief. And i respect that And i share that belief in in life However at this moment in particular was the time regardless of how personal regardless how genuine towards it was also a time where kirk was kirk. Not kirk as pekar and and we've seen in the last couple of months. Some shots coming up against him for the lack of leadership From couple of his caucus members karn caucus members that took a shot at him for For that moment and for other moments so again this will be a a a winning message in general in a in a normal republican primary not in a convention that we're seeing today however There's not enough goodwill here to make up for him in the convention against the two other issues that we talked about earlier in certainly is not going to be an issue that will win in the general election. i would say that My friends speaker cox has always been a leader on when it comes to the issue of life. And i really respect that. Because he's not the thing when it comes to speaker cox's he's not angry about the issue he doesn't get all in your face about it but he approaches it from position of christian love and he opposed approaches it from a way that he wants to understand any almost approaches. It like that teacher mentality. If i wanna. I wanna help you understand the issue and i want to work with you so i think it's great for our party to talk about but at the same time i don't think it's going to resonate. And overshadow the votes on medicaid expansion and things that he had to take in his career while with the convention butters all right. Our next candidate is amanda face. Who has been repeating the big lie that the election was stolen on the senate floor. She used the word patriot to describe the on supporter who illegally entered the capital and ignored. Police commands to stop as she crawled through broken glass to get into the speakers lobby where members of congress were fleeing from their safety on the floor of the virginia. Senate this is what senator amanda chase said about that day. I want you to say name ashley. Babbitt say name an unarmed veteran. Who was shot by capitol police. The woman fatally shot inside the. Us capital wednesday has been identified as ashley babbitt. Babbitt was a fourteen year veteran. Who served four tours with the air force and resided in san diego. According to media reports babba was a strong supporter president trump. According to her husband we remember ashley and the three who died of medical emergencies and the capitol police officer who died during the chaos at the capitol. These were not rioters and looters. These were patriots who love their country and do not want to see our great republic. Turn into a socialist country. David ramadan can the big lie win over a majority of these republican delegates. No shield win the twenty to thirty percent of the delegates. Come in and that's the limit of that big lie however the problem with a big lion. The problem with individuals like amanda chase is that they are truly poisoning. The rest of the party unfortunately there's still fifty percent or so of the republican base that beliefs that the election was stolen. It was not. They believe that these idiots there went to the capitol hill are patriots. They are not. They are looters They believe that what they were doing was patriotic. It is odd that was un-american in that was illegal in they deserve to be thrown in jail in. That's that's where they belong. Senator chases rhetoric was absolutely uncalled-for. Now there are concerns of ballot integrity on especially when it comes to changes in voter. Id laws voter access laws and things like that. I think there is a genuine concern. And i think there's you know thoughts amongst the republican base that there were problems in this election now whether it was stolen. You know. that's that's up to somebody who's way above my pay grade. Come on my brother. No now now. Delegate ramadan we will be above your paygrade. There's no stolen election period and if we don't start from that then we are poisoning the entire discussion. There was no stolen election period. But my friend. Elliot ramadan could you say without a shadow of doubt that every ballot that was cast every ballot in every part of the united states of america was absolutely one hundred percent invalid and the answer is no and there were problems with the fact that voter id. Laws weren't being followed or they had been repealed in the first place. There were concerns. I'm not saying the election was stolen saying there were concerns raised. I'm not saying that they were all right concerns. But we have a problem in our country where we can't have civil discourse anymore and if you disagree therefore you're wrong and you need a pushed out a society and therefore we should be able to have open discussion and say look. Here's the concerns i have. Here's the concerns you have and let's come to you. Know we may not come to an agreement but we're not gonna yell at each other in the process and that's what we lost in that entire twenty twenty election in my personal opinion. Now we lost more than that. My friend we lost we lost basis of what's fact what's fiction You can disagree on things near entitled to an opinion but nobody's entitled to their own facts. There was not a stolen election. there was a process. The process was verified again. Again and again there were lawsuits. They all came out short and false so if we even again entertained the thought that we are starting with the wrong base and if we don't have a base to start with if we don't have facts that are absolutely indisputable to start with then there couldn't be even a discussion mind you to have a civil discussion and the minute that we are even allowing that that that discussion of a stolen election to be within the same discussion off. Well maybe a no. And it's above nano. No no there is no. Maybe there was no stolen election period. No discussion about that. All right we've got some relevant listener mail from robert dyer and he says. Thank you for your podcast. It's really helped him understand the political landscape of virginia. He's got a question related to the current twenty-one primary campaigns the gop is doing a convention this year on may eighth or the democratic party has primary on june eighth. He's wondering if there's anything stopping typical. Gop voters from participating in the june eighth primary. Anyone can walk into the june primary. As long as they are a registered voter and vote. There is no party registration in virginia therefore a republican independent or a democrat can walk in and vote. that said. it's not likely that you're gonna see a big number or even a small number of republicans are going to participate in.
"republican" Discussed on RJ Politics
"You know embrace of of trump and the denunciations of socialism. In all all all that sort of thing when i asked him about comparisons to trump I told him frankly mayor. When i think of donald trump i don't think of john league that's not the first face that pops into my mind in the state of nevada. You know you would think of somebody like maybe michael macdonald. Who's a friend of his or were adam lack salt who was co chair of the campaign. All of that. I don't think of john lee and and he said look. I'm nothing like the guy at all. Obviously john lee is nothing like donald trump But he said trump was a visionary. And i guess we're both visionaries is what is how he left it and so okay all right that that's fine. That's fine. i mean of you know if you wanna if you wanna credit the president with being a visionary okay. That's that's okay but you know you to actually do the work and And he's done the work. And so i you know i i think You know his that. That's why i don't dismiss his candidacy right out of hand As i would. It's some other people who just don't have the background to do it. So i think he's got that a you know behind him and And so that's an important point. I think yeah. I i to me i was in i was i don't i. I was expecting him to announce that he would be running for governor. During this tv at tau is just thought. What an opportunity to one be the first person i republican in the race..
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"You know we're not having to go through that right now with cannabis. It's getting legalized everywhere. Thank goodness but legalization is just part of the process. The cultural shift that takes place when people start using it with each other in a deliberate way and sharing it in a deliberate way. Like we're talking about that cultural shift. I think will be you know. It's similar to the cultural shift around gender and sexuality. That's happening right now and i think it's very important to make a bad pun. It's a grassroots movement it's You know. I like that pun. You can make that much as you want. what you are. Advocating is a one-two once kind of pure based movement where we just talk to each other a little bit more an with a little more open mindedness. Do you get ridiculed for the idea. I mean it's it when you talk about. It's serious idea but i know some people would see it as ridiculous. Yeah there are definitely people who do And it's kind of a funny idea like if you it's kind of weird to be like. Oh you wanna change the world. Everybody get high That's kind of a silly thing to think At least initially but you know sometimes things that seem silly Can also be really useful and can actually work and so we think that The fact that it is not a huge thing. We're not saying like we need to change all the laws or like. We need to overthrow the government. It's nothing like that. It's just like you said literally all we're saying is reach out to somebody. You think might be interested. Try it with them. Be their friend while you're doing it. And if they like it go for it man to it again and just hang out and be cool. And the reason i think the the real like the catalyst for change is that fundamentally the main insight that will help someone stopped being a republican is making a connection with someone else. Republicans are very disconnected from their fellow human beings as part of like part of the republican identity in some ways..