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Majority of Americans say US economic conditions are good for the first time during the pandemic, per CNN Poll

For the first time during the pandemic, most Americans approve of the economic conditions in the United States, according to a CNN poll conducted by SSRS that was released Wednesday.

With jobless claims sinking and GDP growth expected to accelerate, a majority of Americans — 54% — say economic conditions are either somewhat or very good, the poll found.
That marks the first time since the first week of March 2020, just before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, that most Americans in CNN polling said economic conditions were good.
The milestone provides yet more evidence that the economic rebound from the pandemic is gaining steam.
But the recovery has been uneven, with millions of families still hurting financially.
Among those with incomes under $50,000 annually, only 50% say the economy is in good shape, compared with 58% among those with higher incomes.
Moreover, 45% of Americans say economic conditions are somewhat or very poor, down from a pandemic-era peak of 65% last May.

51% approve of Biden on the economy

The fact that so many people are still struggling shows why the White House is urging Congress to spend aggressively to revitalize the economy and ensure a more equitable recovery.
In his first address to Congress, President Joe Biden plans to make the case Wednesday for a $1.8 trillion American Families Plan that would make two years of community college free, help families afford childcare and increase family leave.
Biden's approval rating for handling the economy breaks positive in the CNN poll, with 51% approving and 42% disapproving.
The Covid crisis crushed the US economy, causing a severe recession that wiped out millions of jobs and briefly crashed the stock market.
Airlines, hotels, restaurants and retailers were hit particularly hard by stay-at-home orders, social distancing and other health safety precautions.
By last May, a majority of Americans in CNN polling said that economic conditions were somewhat or very poor.

Fastest growth since Reagan?

But the economic recovery from the pandemic is now gaining steam, boosted by the swift rollout of vaccines, the lifting of health safety restrictions and unprecedented help from Washington.
The Federal Reserve is still pumping in massive amounts of stimulus, marked by rock-bottom interest rates and tens of billions of dollars of bond purchases each month. Congress has enacted trillions of dollars in Covid aid packages, including President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier this year.
Signs of economic progress abound. Weekly jobless claims remain elevated but they have tumbled to the lowest levels since the pandemic started. The stock market surged back to record highs and the rally continued after Biden took office. The S&P 500 is up more than 8% since Inauguration Day.
Economists predict the US economy grew at an annualized rate of 6.1% during the first three months of 2021.
For the year, the US economy is expected to register China-like GDP growth unseen in America since the Reagan era.
A key risk, however, is whether the economy can grow briskly without setting off runaway inflation. If prices spike, the Fed could be forced to raise interest rates more quickly, which could derail the recovery.
Still, JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon recently told CNN Business that he hasn't felt this optimistic about the US economy in a "long time." In a letter to shareholders, Dimon said the economic boom "could easily run into 2023" because all of the government spending and Fed stimulus could continue for that long.
The CNN poll was conducted by telephone April 21 through 26 among a random national sample of 1,004 adults. Results for the full sample have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 points.
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Just think, a mere hundred days ago good economic news only benefited rich friends of the President, the wealthy 1% and the military industrial complex. Times change quick eh?

Headlines like this were all the rage and.....  oops, wait a minute, it says Biden here, what's up that?

Rich Americans would dodge Biden's proposed capital gains tax hike, study says

Vote on policy because narrative is clearly delusional and delusion is on full display.

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The DOJ isn't being influenced by the White House.  As for this investigation, now it's getting even closer to trump, so how long until he throws Rudi under the bus like he did Cohen?

It was also interesting to watch the spin.  Without denying that he had incriminating evidence, Rudi spun hard to make it all about the Bidens.  To late for him to request a pre-emptive pardon though.


Timeline: Trump, Giuliani, Biden, and Ukrainegate

And the easiest proof that poor Rudi is lying through his teeth(as usual) is in the fact he is claiming that he wanted to give the FBI Hunter Biden's hard drive when he said back in Oct 2020 that he had already given the FBI the hard drive.


Rudy Giuliani turns over alleged Hunter Biden laptop to authorities in Delaware


So once again, Tucker Carlson is pushing lies and false narratives.

And how do you know Giuliani is lying?  His lips are moving.

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Must be a real biotch when reality hits a brick wall.

San Francisco archbishop suggests Pelosi, Biden should be denied Communion

He warned public figures who support abortion 'should not come forward to receive Holy Communion'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's hometown bishop is taking a not-so-subtle jab at her and President Biden's abortion advocacy, arguing that self-identified Catholics should refrain from publicly promoting the practice or face potential exclusion from Holy Communion.

"If you find that you are unwilling or unable to abandon your advocacy for abortion, you should not come forward to receive Holy Communion," said Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in a pastoral letter released Saturday. 

While he doesn't mention Pelosi, D-Calif., or Biden by name, the archbishop's comments come as scrutiny has intensified surrounding the president's stance on the issue.

Both Biden and Pelosi have repeatedly pushed expanded abortion access while claiming to be devout Catholics — a contradiction, according to both catechism and Cordileone's statement.

The Catholic Church has long taught that members who are conscious of committing grave sin should not receive the sacrament of Holy Communion until after obtaining absolution through confession. In his letter, Cordileone argues that by participating in "moral evil," public figures who support abortion may need to be excluded from communion.


"Because we are dealing with public figures and public examples of cooperation in moral evil, this correction can also take the public form of exclusion from the reception of Holy Communion," he said.

"...this discipline has been exercised throughout our history, going back to the New Testament. When other avenues are exhausted, the only recourse a pastor has left is the public medicine of temporary exclusion from the Lord’s Table. This is a bitter medicine, but the gravity of the evil of abortion can sometimes warrant it."

He added: "[P]lease stop pretending that advocating for or practicing a grave moral evil—one that snuffs out an innocent human life, one that denies a fundamental human right—is somehow compatible with the Catholic faith."

"It is not. Please return home to the fullness of your Catholic faith. We await you with open arms to welcome you back."

The issue is a contentious one that came up during the 2020 campaign, when a South Carolina priest refused Biden communion. More recently, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told a reporter that Biden "respectfully disagrees" with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' opposition to fetal tissue research. Biden has also pledged to repeal the Hyde Amendment and codify Roe v. Wade.

In the past, Pelosi faced numerous questions about abortion and whether she believed unborn children were human beings. In 2015, she didn't directly answer at least two questions about whether unborn children were human beings. Instead, she said she had "great standing" to speak on the issue and was a "devout practicing Catholic."

When asked about one of Pelosi's responses, Cordileone reportedly said: "This has been the consistent teaching of the Church from the very beginning, a teaching already discernible in the natural moral law, and so a teaching from which no Catholic can dissent in good conscience."

Some Catholics have dissented from these teachings, although they are clearly stated within the catechism.

The section of the catechism discussing abortion says that the procedure and infanticide "are abominable crimes."

It reads: "The inalienable rights of the person must be recognized and respected by civil society and the political authority." The Catechism also warns that "when the state does not place its power at the service of the rights of each citizen, and in particular of the more vulnerable, the very foundations of a state based on law are undermined."




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“  Candidates who ran on an anti-Critical Race Theory platform won two open school board seats in Dallas's Southlake district on Saturday with a landslide almost-70-percent majority.”

The district planned to introduce mandatory diversity modules for students, and the move was extremely unpopular with the community. During school board meetings, parent after parent got up to speak against the plan, claiming it amounted to discrimination against white children.

Some parents even pulled their kids out of school in protest, and at least one of them went to court and successfully managed to put the implementation of the diversity plan on hold.”


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President Biden on Monday lifted the annual limit on the number of refugees who can be admitted into the United States through September to 62,500 but said admissions would fall short of that mark — capping months of wavering and reversals from his administration and fierce blowback from human rights advocates and fellow Democrats.

Biden said in a statement that he was raising the record-low cap of 15,000 set by the Trump administration, “which did not reflect America’s values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees.”

But he added that “the sad truth” is the United States will not fill all 62,500 slots — the figure his administration set in February before he backed away from it over concerns about how the government handled a migration surge at the southern border. He also reinforced his goal of 125,000 for the fiscal year that starts in October but cautioned that number “will still be hard to hit.” Biden attributed these conclusions to challenges rebuilding a system President Donald Trump had dismantled.


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No need to visit the border and see things first hand; after some 42 days on the job the VP has a handle on what's going on there. Clearly, it had nothing to do EOs or policy changes and there's  no need for a press conference either. Just say the magic words..... "it was climate change."  

It has nothing to do with fleeing corruption, violence, poverty, or the lack of economic opportunities... and it certainly has nothing to do with easing border restrictions and the curtailment of deportations either.

And just like that, total absurdity wasn't absurd anymore:

Harris claims lack of 'climate adaptation and climate resilience' part of root causes of migrant crisis


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The US is in real trouble with the Democrats in power and my fear is the stupidity will migrate north.

White House slams Florida’s new voting bill: ‘Moving in the wrong direction

And why is this moving in the wrong direction?


De Santis 

"I have what we think is the strongest election integrity measures in the country," DeSantis said. "We're making sure we're enforcing voter ID … We're also banning ballot harvesting. We're not gonna let political operatives go and get satchels of votes to dump them in some drop box."




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Even I'm starting to notice the effects now. When porch posts are $139 each (with a contractor discount), the cutting and fitting of them makes me nervous and that's a brand new "emotional response" for me.

I occasionally make picnic tables and benches out of western cedar for friends and family at no cost to them other than materials.... just something to do. Well, the demand for free labour has completely dried up. Either dementia has had a sudden and profound effect on my basic woodworking abilities or the cost of materials has become prohibitive. 

The run on firearm sales, the cost and availability of ammunition and the demand for courses is off the clock and has been for over a year now. I do way more archery now....

Ask anyone who welds about the cost of steel. And ya, I could go on at some length but you get the point.

So here's Tuckers view from down there:


Financial things make my eyes glaze over and I admit to not understanding the underlying mechanisms. But to me, it's like watching that new movie about the attack on Pearl Harbour. Even though the plot is different than the last one, they still get the $hit bombed out of them.

So if dumb grunts and the family dog can understand the basic principals of cause and effect, how come smart people don't seem to get it? 


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Oh No…how Draconian of them :whistling: :Scratch-Head:

“ England will enforce voter ID laws “

There is no word on if the Biden administration will be issuing sanctions against the nation's oldest ally.


“ Britons will have to show photo ID to vote in future general elections, ministers are poised to confirm this week, as a means of tackling fraud which critics claim could deter poorer and ethnic minority voters from taking part in democracy.

The proposal is to be included in Tuesday’s Queen’s speech, which will set out the government’s post-pandemic priorities and the laws it intends to pass in the forthcoming parliamentary session.


However, the dozens of announcements are unlikely to include details of long-awaited reforms to funding for adult social care, a 2019 Conservative manifesto promise which has been parked pending cross-party discussions.

A requirement that all voters carry photo ID could impede people who wish to turn up at polling stations without planning ahead, given about a quarter of voters – often younger voters – do not have either a passport or driving licence, critics say.

The government has previously said people would be able to apply for a voting ID card from their local council, although this would have to be done before polling day. Early trials in some areas led to hundreds of voters being turned away.

The voting reforms, which will also include a limit on the number of postal votes that can be handed in on behalf of others, are being justified by ministers as a way to reduce the risk of electoral fraud. However, the Electoral Commission says the country “has low levels of proven electoral fraud”; in 2019 there was just one conviction and one police caution for impersonating another voter.”



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4 hours ago, Jaydee said:

Elon Musk on the mass Exodus away from Leftist California.

Although I would profess no knowledge of business or financial machinations, after years of exposure, I have a functional grasp of tactics, terrain, logistics, hostile intent, the value and limitations of intelligence and the effect of weather (climatic/situational conditions affecting the battle space). 

Because of that, California remains utterly fascinating to me... I would feel a profound sense of loss were I ever able to understand them. Imagine stifling young people gifted in advanced mathematics until the beginning of grade 12..... because "math is racist." 

Infantry guys have an old saying, "pounds equal pain"; so really, how much absurdity are you willing to carry? My goodness, I would PT their collective butts around the mountain until they cried. And how many times have I read (right here BTW) that "the noose is tightening."

Well you're right... but the rope is around a the very neck you hadn't expected to be choking.




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