The Biden Administration Finally Admits Its Mistake in Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline

 

At long last, the Biden administration is admitting what experts have always known: reckless energy policies have disastrous consequences. This time, the Department of Energy quietly released a report highlighting the positive economic benefits of developing the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, an energy project canceled by President Biden in the hours following his inauguration.
-Chuck

‘It Is Offending People’: Man Wearing A ‘Jesus Saves’ T-shirt At Mall Of America Is Ordered By Security Guard To Take It Off Or Leave – At Nation’s Most Famous Shopping Center

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  • Viral video shows shopper being ordered to take off his ‘Jesus Saves’ T-shirt
  • Mall of America security guards threatened to kick man out if he did not oblige
  • Social media users reacted with fury, as one said he should sue the Mall 
  • A Mall spokesman says the man was later allowed to continue shopping
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A man wearing a ‘Jesus Saves’ T-shirt was ordered to remove the clothing or leave the Mall of America last weekend in a video that has gone viral on social media. 

A security guard at the nation’s most famous shopping center in Minnesota can be heard telling the man: ‘If you want to shop here you need to take off that shirt’. 

Another clip shows the same guard saying: ‘Jesus is associated with religion and it is offending people. People have been offended.’

The video which was recorded on January 7 has prompted outrage online with one group organizing a protest at the Mall where they intend to wear their own ‘Jesus Saves’ shirts. 

Viral video shows a man wearing a ‘Jesus Saves’ T-Shirt being ordered to take off the clothing or leave by security guards at Mall of America on Jan 7th

A spokesman for Mall of America told DailyMail.com that the man was allowed to remain in the Mall following the interaction while still wearing his shirt.

This is despite the fact guards can clearly be heard threatening to kick him out. 

In the original clip, the shopper is seen in a yellow T-shirt branding the religious slogan. 

The back of the shirt reads ‘Jesus is the only way’ while the popular ‘coexist’ – symbol – which advocates different religions living alongside each other peacefully – is crossed out. 

The videos have now been shared across TikTok and Twitter while one was livestreamed to Facebook on January 7. 

One week prior, he had also been issued with a 24-hour trespass for ‘soliciting guests’.

During the tense exchange, three security guards surround the man.

He can be heard saying: ‘I didn’t say anything though. I didn’t speak. I didn’t say anything. I just went to Macy’s.’

The guard replies:  ‘Again, I’m giving you a couple options. You can take the shirt off and you can go to Macy’s and you can do your shopping. 

‘Or you can leave the mall, OK? Those are your only options right now,.’

The officer later claims he was engaging in ‘religious soliciting,’ which the Mall forbids. 

However the man insists throughout the video that he was not attempting to preach but was simply wearing the shirt while shopping.

Mall policies prohibit ‘inappropriate attire,’ including apparel that ‘has obscene language, obscene gestures or racial/religious/ethnic slurs that are likely to create a disturbance.’ 

The Mall also forbids ‘picketing, demonstrating, soliciting, protesting or petitioning.’

The man was asked on a different day to leave the mall because he was preaching. This time, however, he appears to have just walking around the mall.

A guard is heard saying: ‘Yes, you’re walking wearing that shirt in the form of soliciting and we’ve had guests come up and say they’re offended by your shirt.’

The posts have attracted mass outrage online.

A Twitter user called John Mason captioned the video: ‘I automatically assumed this was overseas, but it’s right here in America.’

Another user Wyatt Sullivan replied: ‘If I ever go to the Mall of America again, I’m wearing the biggest Jesus shirt I can find.’ 

Meanwhile Pastor Chase Thompson wrote: ‘He should sue them into oblivion. 

‘This wouldn’t have happened anywhere in the U.S. until very recently, and it certainly wouldn’t have happened if he’d had a pride shirt on and even 50 people complained.’

A group called Bloomington Patriots plans to hold a demonstration at the mall on Feb. 4 and is asking attendees to wear ‘Jesus shirts.’

A spokesman for the Mall said: ‘The guest referenced in the video was approached by Mall of America security on January 7, 2023. 

PROOF….McCarthy Is Trying To Make Trump ABOVE THE LAW!

 

McCarthy Says He Would Consider Expunging Trump’s Impeachments

By Samantha Flom

January 13, 2023 Updated: January 13, 2023

 

 House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) revealed Thursday that he would be open to the idea of “expunging” one or both of former President Donald Trump’s impeachments.

When asked about the possibility of erasing the impeachments during a Jan. 12 press conference at the Capitol, McCarthy replied that he would “have to look” at the situation, saying, “I understand why members would want to bring that forward.”

“Our first priority is to get our economy back on track, secure our borders, make our streets safe again, give parents the opportunity to have a say in their kids’ education, and actually hold government accountable,” he added. “But I understand why individuals want to do it, and we’d look at it.”

Trump was first impeached by the House in December 2019 over a phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. He was charged with abuse of power for allegedly pressuring Zelenskyy to investigate a political opponent, and with obstruction of Congress, but was ultimately acquitted of those charges by the Senate.

In 2021, Trump was impeached again for alleged “incitement of insurrection” following the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Again, he was acquitted.

Previous Expungement Attempts

Last year, then-Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) led House Republicans’ attempts to expunge Trump’s impeachment record, introducing a resolution to erase the former president’s 2019 impeachment in March.

“So, what we’re doing with the resolution is just simply saying, ‘Hey, listen, Congress made a mistake,’” Mullin, now a senator, said at the time. “‘We impeached a president under Article One, Section Two, that shouldn’t have ever taken place.’”

In May, Mullin followed up the first bill with a second resolution to expunge Trump’s 2021 impeachment. That bill (pdf), citing 2020 election irregularities and the impeachment’s rushed nature, held that the impeachment process had failed to prove that the former president had committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” or engaged in an insurrection.

Although both of Mullin’s resolutions garnered some Republican support, neither was ever considered by the Democrat-controlled House.

A ‘Political Hoax’

Trump, for his part, has maintained that both the impeachments and the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s subsequent criminal referrals were simply partisan attempts to “sideline” him and prevent him from holding elected office again.

“The Fake charges made by the highly partisan Unselect Committee of January 6th have already been submitted, prosecuted, and tried in the form of Impeachment Hoax # 2,” the former president noted on Dec. 19 after the committee referred him to the Justice Department for prosecution.

In February 2020, after his first acquittal by the Senate, Trump was asked by reporters about the potential of a future expungement.

“That’s a very good question,” he said. “Should they expunge the impeachment in the House? They should because it was a hoax. It was a total political hoax.”

At the time, it was McCarthy who floated the idea, vowing to erase the impeachment if the Republican Party regained control of the House and he became speaker.

“I don’t think it should stay on the books,” McCarthy said.

Despite opposition from several Trump-aligned Republicans, McCarthy achieved his goal of becoming speaker of the House—with Trump’s backing—last week.

After a contentious week of intraparty negotiations, McCarthy secured the speakership in the 15th vote, attributing the victory to the former president’s support.

“I do want to especially thank President Trump,” he told reporters on Jan. 7. “I don’t think anybody should doubt his influence. He was with me from the beginning.”

Only two other presidents in U.S. history have been formally impeached by Congress: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Richard Nixon also faced impeachment inquiries, but he resigned before a vote could take place.

Like Trump, neither Johnson nor Clinton was convicted by the Senate.

No president or other elected official has ever had their impeachment expunged, though in 1837, the Senate did expunge a censure of then-President Andrew Jackson over his plans to remove government funds from the Bank of the United States.

The Epoch Times has contacted the offices of former President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) for comment.

 

PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA – JULY 22: Former President Donald Trump stands on stage at a ‘Save America’ rally in support of Arizona GOP candidates on July 22, 2022 in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Arizona’s primary election will take place August 2. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Trump’s Spell Over GOP Breaks With McCarthy Meltdown

 

“Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us — even having my favorite president call us and tell us to knock this off. I think it actually needs to be reversed and the [former] president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,” Boebert said. “Ooo”s from Democrats could be heard from the chamber.

The ex-president has endorsed the congressman for the Speaker role. But that hasn’t been enough to sway the skeptics.

It was the second day of chaos on the floor of the House of Representatives when Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took the previously unthinkable step of thumbing her nose at Donald Trump, the ex-president she otherwise venerates.

“Let’s stop with the campaign smears and tactics to get people to turn against us — even having my favorite president call us and tell us to knock this off. I think it actually needs to be reversed and the [former] president needs to tell Kevin McCarthy you do not have the votes and it’s time to withdraw,” Boebert said. “Ooo”s from Democrats could be heard from the chamber.

The inability of McCarthy to secure the needed votes to be House Speaker — despite six tries at doing so — represents a unique failure on his part. But it has also called into question the extent of Trump’s own power to shape the party in his image, coming at a time when some Republicans have openly soured on his current run for the presidency.

“If these 20 people are successful in exerting their will over the 200 more Republicans who want McCarthy, and deny McCarthy the speakership, then it will be a huge, huge hit against President Trump, because the people who he’s supposed to have the most influence with didn’t listen to him,” said Rodney Davis, the outgoing Republican congressman from Illinois.

The Trump-McCarthy relationship has taken several turns over the years, most often defined by loyalty from the latter toward the former. It was McCarthy who went down to Mar-a-Lago after Jan. 6 to meet with a seemingly exiled Trump and, implicitly, keep him in the fold.

Trump, in turn, has offered his support to McCarthy’s speaker ambitions even as contemporaneous materials surfaced showing the congressman’s frustrations with his presidency. After Republicans took back the House, Trump was in contact with members of the anti-McCarthy wing, publicly expressed his support for McCarthy, and even warned those waging battles against McCarthy that they were setting up a “doomsday scenario” in the House.

He worked the phones behind the scenes in support of McCarthy.

But Trump’s endorsement of McCarthy has not been enough to sway the so-called Never-Kevins, who each have their own personal issues with the California congressman and have pushed for additional demands over the course of the past few weeks, including amending the procedure for ousting a House Speaker and committee assignments. The hardliners pushing against McCarthy have included Freedom Caucus members from the most MAGA wing of the GOP, with Rep. Matt Gaetz, (R-Fla.) — no stranger to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club — helping lead the pack. They’re insistent, though, that the vote against McCarthy isn’t a vote against Trump.

“I would suggest that of the 20 who’ve been voting against Kevin McCarthy, they are friends with President Trump. They like President Trump, they support President Trump. However, this is a vote of 222 members of the Republican Party,” said Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.). He declined to comment on any calls with Trump but added, “I’m voting against Kevin McCarthy because it’s what I believe to be right for the country.”

“It didn’t move the needle,” Gaetz said of Trump’s McCarthy endorsement.

Trump’s defenders stress that his endorsement alone would never have been enough to push McCarthy over the needed vote threshold. One person close to Trump said he was “playing it safe,” trying deliberately not to attack anyone while recognizing that the 20 GOP lawmakers opposed to McCarthy have differing reasons for doing so.

“I know a lot of people are focusing on Trump’s ‘waning influence’ regarding this speaker vote,” said the person. “I think it would be a different story if Trump was attacking someone and they still wouldn’t budge. That would signal waning influence. … If anyone wants to suggest waning power or influence then I think they’re off base because Trump hasn’t gone full Trump mode.”

Other GOP luminaries argued that the problem facing the party over the past few days was not Trump’s influence but rather the strategic thinking of a small minority of House members. Asked about Boebert’s comments, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich bluntly criticized the Colorado Republican.

Did you see the margin by which she was elected?” he said. “I don’t put much stock in what she says and I don’t think Trump does either. Trump admires McCarthy and if the attack is from the so-called right, then it’s pretty hard to explain why they’re against someone Trump is supporting.”

“I don’t think they care,” Gingrich added. “I think this is all about personal attitudes and bitterness and to me it’s kind of amazing to watch.”

Despite such protestations, Trump’s enthusiasm for McCarthy has come into question over the past 48 hours, and with it speculation about his eagerness to shape the contours of Republican politics.

Trump has not appeared in public to make the case for McCarthy; nor did he post to his site Truth Social about the failed speaker votes early evening on Tuesday when he grumbled about Republican dysfunction and attacked Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell.

That same night, Trump and McCarthy talked on the phone but it wasn’t until the next morning that the former president issued another Truth Social post that was then circulated around to House Republicans calling for McCarthy’s speakership.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, (R-Ga.), a McCarthy ally, told reporters Trump’s endorsement helped to stave off even more defectors. But other Republicans said the endorsement — in which Trump said McCarthy would be a “good” speaker and “maybe great” — demonstrated that the former president maybe wasn’t fully committed to the cause.

“It was a very strong message by Trump that he had to think overnight after McCarthy’s three failed speaker votes to offer a tepid endorsement. McCarthy begged like a dog and got table scraps at Mar-a-lago,” said Mike Davis, a former GOP Senate aide and Trump ally.

But Davis, like other allies of the ex-president, said the House floor disagreements were a reflection of distrust among some in the party of McCarthy and not a sign of Trump weakness.

“Trump’s already made it clear he’s not enthusiastically supporting McCarthy, that he didn’t give his endorsement before the three failed votes,” said Davis. “Trump has stayed out of this. What has Kevin McCarthy done for Trump? McCarthy let Pelosi fill the January 6 commission with her people and they used that as a sledgehammer against Trump.”

 

 

Joe Burrow Contract: Bengals Could Lose Superstar QB Because of Aaron Rodgers and Deshaun Watson

 

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Cincinnati Bengals superstar quarterback Joe Burrow is nearly three years into his rookie deal after being the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. That means that as soon as this offseason, a massive Joe Burrow contract extension could be in order for the former LSU Tiger. The problem is the Bengals (with owner Mike Brown) have never been the most free-spending team in the NFL. In fact, many Bengals fans would argue the franchise is the “cheapest” in pro football. This was always going to become an issue when Burrow’s deal came up for renewal. However, with the recent contracts for Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Cleveland Browns signal-caller Deshaun Watson, Burrow’s toughest opponent in the coming years may be his own team.

A massive Joe Burrow contract extension is coming

As the No. 1 pick of the 2020 draft, the initial rookie-scale Joe Burrow contract was a four-year, $36,190,137 deal that is fully guaranteed. Over the life of the agreement, the annual average value (AAV) is $9.04 million per season, per Spotrac.

As Burrow is leading his team to the playoffs for the second-straight year this season, he is arguably the biggest value in football. With a base salary of $895,000 base salary, a prorated signing bonus payout of $5,970,025, and a roster bonus of $3,005,012, his cap hit is only $9,870,037 in 2022.

In 2023, his base, signing bonus, and roster bonuses are $1,010,000, $5,970,025, and $4,535,018, respectively, giving him a cap hit of $11,515,043.

The Bengals are well within their rights to let Burrow play out the last two seasons of his contract. In 2024, the team can pick up Burrow’s fifth-year option, which is now estimated at $28,049,000, according to OverTheCap, thanks to the QB making his first Pro Bowl in 2022. 

After that, the team could keep him through 2025 with the franchise tag. That would be a hefty payday, though. The 2023 QB exclusive franchise tag is projected at $45.248 million. By 2025, that number could be close to $50 million.

So, the question heading into this offseason becomes, are the Bengals willing to pony up the cash and hand out a Joe Burrow contract extension commensurate with the top QB deals in the NFL? Even if they are, players like Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Kyler Murray, and Lamar Jackson have all made it more challenging in recent months. 

The Bengals are in a tough spot in light of recent QB extensions

CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 11: Joe Burrow #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals stretches prior to an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin Sabitus/Getty Images)

Tesla Stock Suffers Worst Week Since 2020 As Elon Musk Sells, Large Shareholder Asks For New CEO

By Jeremy C. Owens….Last Updated: Dec. 17, 2022

Tesla ends the week with a market cap lower than $500 billion for the first time since November 2020, stays barely above $150 share price

Tesla Inc. shares Friday wrapped up their worst week since 2020, as Chief Executive Elon Musk sold billions in stock and faced a call from a prominent investor to step down from the helm of the electric-vehicle maker.

Tesla TSLA, -4.72% stock fell 4.7% Friday for a weekly decline of 16.1%, the fourth-worst week in history for the shares after a series of three weeks in late February and early March 2020, when investors sold stocks in fear of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effects. Tesla ended the week with a market capitalization of less than $500 billion for the first time since November 2020, and the share price nearly fell lower than $150 for the first time since that month, ending the week at $150.05.

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The decline occurred as Musk sold stock, which he has done repeatedly since November of 2021. Musk disclosed the sale of more than $3.5 billion in Tesla stock late Wednesday, after performing the trades over the three previous trading sessions, when the price declined a cumulative 12.4%. In total, the Tesla CEO has sold $39.3 billion worth of Tesla stock in the past 13 months, according to calculations from Dow Jones Market Data and MarketWatch.

The recent sales have seemed tied to Musk’s acquisition of the social-media platform Twitter, which he bought for roughly $44 billion this year. It is the second time he has sold stock since closing that deal in October.

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Musk has reportedly been spending much of his time at Twitter, which seems to have angered some prominent Tesla investors. Leo KoGuan, Tesla’s third-largest individual shareholder, publicly called for a new CEO on Twitter this week, as a chorus of previously boosterish accounts on the service expressed dismay at the stock decline and Musk’s actions.

Bullish analysts have also expressed concerns about Musk’s focus and stock sales. Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives, who has an outperform rating and $250 12-month price target on Tesla shares, wrote Thursday that “Musk continues to throw gasoline in the burning fire around the Tesla story by selling more stock and creating Tesla brand deterioration through his actions on Twitter.”

“The nightmare of Musk owning Twitter has been an episode out of the Twilight Zone that never ends and keeps getting worse,” Ives wrote. “In late April Musk said he was done selling Tesla stock, instead the exact opposite has happened and put massive pressure on Tesla shares which have significantly underperformed the market since Musk took over Twitter in late October.”

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