CHEESE SANDWICHES AND $1 BAGS OF RICE… UNDER INFLATION CRUSH, AMERICANS ARE SCRAMBLING TO GET BY… WAPO: Most Americans expect inflation to get worse, Post-Schar School poll finds … SURVEY RESULTS…
Families are feeling the pinch. Nearly 9 in 10 Americans say they've started bargain-hunting for cheaper products, and about three-quarters are cutting back on restaurants and entertainment, or putting off planned purchases, according to the Post-Schar poll conducted in late April and early May. […]
[T]wo-thirds of Americans (66 percent) expect inflation to get worse in the coming year, while 21 percent expect it to get better and 12 percent think it will stay the same, the poll finds. […]
[Bethany] Davis, 20, has stopped eating meat, is cutting back on showers and laundry, and has been rationing trips to the store to save on gas. She and her boyfriend are down to one, maybe two, meals a day that often consist of white bread, Velveeta cheese and $1 bags of rice, she said.
After more than a year of steadily rising prices, many Americans are beginning to rethink their spending habits to account for even inflation. About 6 in 10 people say they are driving less, minimizing their use of electricity and saving less, while about half say they are trying to buy products before prices go up, the poll finds. And just under 3 in 10 say they have taken on a second job or worked more hours as a result of inflation.
CASH-STRAPPED AMERICANS TURN TO CREDIT CARDS… CNN: Americans ramp up credit card usage as high prices continue to bite
Americans are continuing to lean on credit cards and loans, as consumer credit surged by $38 billion in April amid the highest inflation in 40 years.
The latest Federal Reserve data on outstanding consumer credit, released Tuesday afternoon, comes after March's record increase of $52.4 billion. That figure has since been revised downward to $47.3 billion.
Revolving credit, which mostly includes credit card balances, grew at an annualized rate of 19.6% and totaled $1.103 trillion in April, just breaking a pre-pandemic record of $1.1 trillion, according to the report.
AVERAGE CREDIT CARD INTEREST RATE? 16.77 PERCENT…
WHITE HOUSE IN TAIL SPIN OVER HOW TO TALK ABOUT INFLATION… INFIGHTING OVER ROLE BIDEN ADMIN SPENDING HAS PLAYED IN PRICE HIKES… NYT: White House Struggles to Talk About the 'Problem From Hell'
The administration has at times splintered internally over how to discuss price increases and has revised its inflation-related message several times as talking points fail to resonate and new data comes in. Some Democrats in Congress have urged the White House to strike a different — and more proactive — tone ahead of the November midterm elections. […]
When it became clear that rising costs were lasting, administration officials began to diverge internally on how to frame that phenomenon. While it was clear that much of the upward pressure on prices came from supply chain shortages exacerbated by continued waves of the coronavirus, some of it also tied back to strong consumer demand. That big spending had been enabled, in part, by the government's stimulus packages, including direct checks to households, expanded unemployment insurance and other benefits.
Some economists in the White House have begun to emphasize that inflation was a trade-off: To the extent that Mr. Biden's stimulus spending spurred more inflation, it also aided economic growth and a faster recovery. […]
But the president's more political aides have tended to sharply minimize that the March 2021 package, known as the American Rescue Plan, helped to goose inflation, even as they have claimed credit for strong economic growth.
"Some have a curious obsession with exaggerating impact of the Rescue Plan while ignoring the degree high inflation is global," Gene Sperling, a senior White House adviser overseeing the implementation of the stimulus package, wrote on Twitter last week, adding that the law "has had very marginal impact on inflation."
SO WHAT'S CONGRESS UP TO?
IT'S OPENING NIGHT! … TONIGHT: THE PREMIERE OF PELOSI'S JAN 6 PRIMETIME SPECTACULAR… FEATURING BENNIE THOMPSON AND THE PRETENDERS… WAPO SETS THE STAGE…
More than 1,000 interviews and 140,000 documents later, the House committee that has spent nearly a year investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will begin to present its findings to the American public with a hearing Thursday night.
The hearing, which broadcast networks will clear their prime-time schedule to air, is the first in a series this month that will together lay out evidence not only of what happened on the day of the attack, but also in the two months that preceded it as then-President Donald Trump led an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will lead the evening's presentation, which will feature live testimony from Caroline Edwards, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was seriously injured as pro-Trump rioters and members of far-right extremist groups forced their way into the building.
Nick Quested, a British filmmaker who embedded with and documented the activities of one of those extremist groups, the Proud Boys, will also testify.
WILL STAR WITNESS BE ASKED ABOUT THIS? … BREITBART: Democrat Star Jan 6 Witness: 'Someone in Authority Left the Door Open' at Capitol, 'Mob Walked In''
Nick Quested, the Democrat's star witness for the January 6 Committee's first primetime public hearing, claimed that "someone in authority left the door open" at the U.S. Capitol.
Quested is a British filmmaker who followed the Proud Boys in the days leading up to and on January 6, 2021. Quested confirmed reports that the January 6 Committee would call him to testify as a witness during the committee's first of six primetime televised hearings.
However, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Quested speculated that someone "in authority" opened the door for the protesters to come inside in a "deliberate act."
The proud boys were organized and together. How many police were there at 11.22am on the steps of the capital. I count 1. This is a a deliberate act. Someone in authority left the door open and the mob walked in. #maga #riot #capitol #sedition, #senate #congress this is the first time I hear #fightfortrump. Where does it go now?
For months, our colleagues Kyle and Nicholas have followed the committee's investigation as closely as anyone in Washington. We asked them what "success" looks like to members of the panel. Here's what they said …
Kyle: "The committee is hopeful that a compelling presentation, seeded with new and revealing testimony, will remind Americans of the outrage they felt in the days just after Jan. 6 — when there was near-universal condemnation of Trump's actions. And they want viewers to conclude that the threat did not end on Jan. 6, but has actually metastasized in ways that could reemerge in 2024."
One select committee aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal plans, said that Thursday's first hearing would focus on "connecting the dots."
"A lot of this has been reported and bits and pieces have been shared, but our aim is to sort of tie all that together in a comprehensive narrative, and to show how it's a pattern that started before the election and went all the way through Jan. 6," the aide added.
That could help Democrats reinforce contrasts as they brace for a potential walloping this November, reminding voters what's at stake if they lose control of Congress, let alone the White House in two years.
While the insurrection may not be at the top of voters' minds now or even this November, Democrats say reminding people about it — and presenting the full story for the first time — will stoke anger that could leave a lasting impression.
'THE USE OF TERRORISM LAWS FOR SUCH VIOLENT PROTESTS IS INIMICAL TO FREE SPEECH' … Law Professor Hammers FBI Director Wray For Labeling January 6th Riot 'Domestic Terrorism'
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray for calling the Jan. 6 riot "domestic terrorism" in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
"I believe that Director Wray's characterization of the riot as domestic terrorism is overbroad and unsustainable," said Turley. Wray calledthe Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol, where some participants broke through police barriers and destroyed federal property, an act of "domestic terrorism," in March 2021.
None of the protestors committed acts meeting the legal definition of terrorism, Turley claimed.
The Department of Justice handed charges of seditious conspiracy and other offenses to key Proud Boys leaders on Monday related to their role in allegedly encouraging the protest that became a riot at the Capitol.
"It does not belittle the horrible actions on that day to call them criminal rather than terroristic acts," said Turley. "As legally defined, I do not believe that the riot was an act of domestic terrorism and believe that such a sweeping characterization could be used against a host of groups across the political spectrum."
MAN ATTEMPTS TO MURDER JUSTICE KAVANAUGH… FOX: Armed suspect arrested near Justice Kavanaugh home, charged with attempted murder
A California man arrested for threatening to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh is facing a federal charge of attempted murder, according to the Department of Justice.
Nicholas John Roske, 26, of California, appeared before Judge Timothy J. Sullivan at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland Wednesday afternoon to face the charge. […]
Roske was identified in a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a Supreme Court justice, was dressed in black when he arrived by taxi just after 1 a.m. outside Kavanaugh's home in a Washington suburb. […]
Roske had a Glock 17 pistol, ammunition, a knife, zip ties, pepper spray, duct tape and other items that he told police he would use to break into Kavanaugh's house and kill him, according to a criminal complaint and affidavit filed in federal court in Maryland. Roske said he purchased the gun to kill Kavanaugh and that he also would kill himself, the affidavit said.
'UNHINGED, RECKLESS, APOCALYPTIC RHETORIC' …. McConnell, Senate Republicans Blame 'Unhinged' Rhetoric For Attempted Attack On Kavanaugh (VIDEO)
"This is where we are," McConnell said. "If these reports are correct, [there was] an assassination attempt against a sitting Justice, or something close to it. This is exactly the kind of event that many feared that the terrible breach of the Court's rules and norms could fuel. This is exactly the kind of event that many worried the unhinged, reckless, apocalyptic rhetoric from prominent figures toward the Court, going back many months, and especially in recent weeks, could make more likely."
DEM RHETORIC HAS BEEN OUT OF CONTROL… FOX: Alleged attempt to kill Kavanaugh follows months of heated rhetoric from Democrats
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot came under fire last month after she tweeted that the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade was a "call to arms" for those in the LGBTQ community.
Lightfoot later slammed the backlash as "ludicrous" and said her comment wasn't meant to be taken literally.
Many Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton, framed the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade as a literal death wish for women.
"This is the time to fight for women and for our country with everything we have," Harris said in a statement the day after the leak.
Months earlier, Harris told the San Francisco Chronicle: "I don't mean to sound alarmist, I mean this: Women will die."
LEFTISTS RETURN TO KAVANAUGH'S HOME LAST NIGHT ANYWAY! … JULIO ROSAS: A small group of pro-abortion protesters are outside Justice Kavanaugh's home to demonstrate about the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Police formed a line in front of the home. (VIDEO, THREAD)
TERROR ATTACKS ON PRO-LIFERS… Pro-Abortion Arsonists Have Firebombed Three Pro-Life Groups In A Month
The offices of three different pro-life organizations were firebombed in the course of a month after a leaked draft opinion revealed the Supreme Court would likely overturn Roe v. Wade.
By overturning Roe, the court would allow states to determine their own abortion restrictions as they did prior to 1973 and eliminate the constitutional ban on most abortion restrictions throughout the first six months of pregnancy. News of the likely decision sparked protests and political violence, including firebombings targeting pro-life activists and crisis pregnancy centers.
A recently released poll found that almost half of male Democrats under the age of 50 said it was acceptable to assassinate political opponents.
Forty-four percent of the "younger Democratic men" surveyed in the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) poll approved of "assassinating a politician who is harming the country or our democracy." That was the highest rate of any gender, party and age combination.
A narrow majority of Democratic men under 50 said they disapproved of the statement, and a small share said they "don't know." The poll was released June 1 after being conducted between April 18-25. It surveyed 1,500 American adults via with a margin of error of 2.53%.
SECRET SERVICE LAYS OUT ABORTION ENTHUSIAST… Pro Abortion Protester Rushed Biden's Motorcade And Immediately Regretted It (VIDEO)
A pro-abortion protester rushed President Joe Biden's motorcade Wednesday evening as it traveled through Los Angeles and was immediately apprehended.
Secret service swiftly took down the protestor as she walked toward the oncoming motorcade while screaming into a megaphone. A bystander could be heard on video saying, "she's going to get hit by a car," according to video posted to Twitter by Fox LA reported Hailey Winslow.
As police tackled her to the ground, some onlookers yelled, "get off her," and the protester yelled, "get the fuck off me," according to the video.
CASH FOR KILLERS… Biden Admin Gave Money For Overdose Prevention To … Planned Parenthood
A new grant within the Biden administration's Harm Reduction Grant Program was awarded to a Planned Parenthood affiliate in New York, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) documents show.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, Inc. was awarded $398,960 as part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) harm reduction program in May, administration documents show. Only 25 organizations from around the country were awarded funding as part of the program, the rest of which are drug treatment-focused organizations or government agencies.
The grant abstract states that the Planned Parenthood office "seeks to expand its existing harm reduction model operating in New York City since 1988 to additional NYS communities in which we are already embedded as a trusted sexual and reproductive health care provider."
HOUSE PUSHES THROUGH GUN BANS… WAPO: House passes tough new gun measures hours after wrenching testimony
The House on Wednesday endorsed some of the most aggressive gun-control measures taken up on Capitol Hill in years — including raising the minimum age for the purchase of most semiautomatic rifles to 21 and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines — as Washington seeks to mount a tough response to recent high-profile mass shootings. […]
The House vote, however, will amount to little more than a political messaging exercise because of firm Republican opposition to substantial new gun restrictions. That has left hopes for a bipartisan deal that could be signed into law in the hands of a small group of senators who are exploring much more modest changes to federal gun laws. Those talks continued Wednesday in hopes of sealing a deal in the coming days.
INCOMING… RACIAL PREJUDICE IS A 'CORE TENET OF PRESIDENT BIDEN'S FOREIGN POLICY' … EXCLUSIVE: State Department Prepares To Announce Worldwide Racial Equity Chief, Leaked Email Shows
The State Department will announce a Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice on June 17 in connection with the department's Equity Action Plan, an email obtained by the Daily Caller reveals.
The position of Special Representative was first announced by the State Department in its April Equity Action Plan. The position's holder has not been named, but the Special Representative will have wide-reaching powers, since he or she will be responsible for "institutionaliz[ing] an enterprise-wide approach to integrating racial and ethnic equity." The email names "advancing equity, addressing systemic racism, and strengthening democracy worldwide" as "national security imperatives and core tenets of President Biden's foreign policy."
Although the Special Representative will be responsible for "promoting systems of inclusion that mitigate bias, discrimination, and violence" and "fostering more inclusive societies," previous U.S. government efforts to promote inclusion and equity have failed. The federal government spent nearly $800 million promoting gender equality in Afghanistan, a project that failed due to "traditional gender norms," according to the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction.
HISPANICS SHOVE BACK SOROS… 'Trying To Silence Conservative Voices': Hispanic Orgs Fight Back Against Soros Funded Latino Media Company
Hispanic organizations are mounting the fight against a $60 million cash deal funded by a finance firm associated with Billionaire investor George Soros and other prominent Democrats to purchase 18 radio stations from the Spanish language multimedia conglomerate, TelevisaUnivision.
Pending Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval, Stephanie Valencia, a former Obama administration staffer, and Jess Morales Rocketto will launch the Latino Media Network. The deal will mark the largest single acquisition of radio stations by a Latino-based company which Hispanics say is a move to attack their free speech.
One of the 18 AM and FM channels that Latino Media Network will acquire in the deal is one of Miami, Florida's top Cuban radio stations, Radio Mambí.
Radio Mambí's audience voiced their concerns over Soros funding the station's purchase on host Ninoska Perez's Monday afternoon radio show, reported the Miami Herald.
"People who listen to this station must realize that this purchase is an attempt by the Democratic Party and President Biden to silence us," one listener said, according to the outlet. "We must come up with a Plan B."
DR. CARSON SAYS BIDEN NEEDS TO TAKE A 'MENTAL TEST' … Renowned Brain Surgeon Ben Carson Analyzes Biden's Mental Capacity
Dr. Ben Carson, a neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate, cast doubts on President Joe Biden's mental fitness during an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, pointing to his frequent gaffes as evidence the president is not all there mentally.
"Well, certainly you want someone in that office who's a peak performer, not someone whose staff has to constantly come behind him and clean up what he's been saying," Carson told TheDCNF. "Someone who can complete a sentence without a teleprompter would be helpful, as well." […]
While Carson did not want to give a formal diagnosis of Biden's health, he called for mental status tests to better evaluate those in leadership positions, specifically the president.
"I don't want to make a diagnosis on him but we really should be in a place as a nation where we're willing to do mental status tests on our leaders, particularly our president, on an annual basis," Carson said. "And if they can't pass that mental status test, action needs to be taken."
NEWS OF MIRACLE CANCER TREATMENT SPREADS… WAPO: Small cancer drug trial sees tumors disappear in 100 percent of patients
A small drug trial is having a seismic impact in the world of oncology: After six months of an experimental treatment, tumors vanished in all 14 patients diagnosed with early stage rectal cancer who completed the study by the time it was published.
Researchers in the field of colorectal cancer are hailing the study, published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine, as a groundbreaking development that could lead to new treatments for other cancers as well.
"I don't think anyone has seen this before, where every single patient has had the tumor disappear," said Andrea Cercek, an oncologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and lead author of the study.
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