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Major corrections on Giuliani raid and other commentary

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Media watch: Major Corrections on Rudy Raid

“The Washington Post, New York Times, and NBC News all issued corrections over the weekend, saying that Rudy Giuliani did not receive a direct warning from the FBI that he was a target of a Russian disinformation campaign,” reports Slate’s Daniel Politi. All three had made the claim in stories of last week’s FBI raids on the ex-mayor’s home and office, all citing anonymous sources. In response, “Giuliani is now calling on the media outlets to ‘reveal their sources who lied and targeted an American Citizen.’ ”

Budget expert: Joe’s Spending Deception

President Biden is using accounting gimmicks to make his proposed spending “look smaller” and tax revenue “larger,” cautions ex-Treasury official Bruce Thompson at the Washington Examiner. The actual cost of his American Jobs Plan over 10 years is “at least $3.5 trillion,” not the advertised $2 trillion; its revenue, after tax hikes, $1.7 trillion. So “only about half” the spending is paid for. In all, “the real projected cost of the three Biden spending plans is at least $7.2 trillion” over 10 years, less than half covered by tax hikes. And that doesn’t include interest on the higher deficits, likely “hundreds of billions” more.

Gadfly: So Now Travel Bans Are OK?

National Review’s Jim Geraghty notes that liberal media were initially hostile to President Donald Trump’s travel bans starting Jan. 31, 2020. Ron Klain, a top Joe Biden associate who’s now White House chief of staff, called banning Chinese travel to the US “premature.” “In his speeches in January, February, and March of 2020,” Biden “kept denouncing Trump’s ‘xenophobia’ during this period.” And “on March 12, 2020, Biden tweeted: ‘A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.’ ” His campaign started endorsing the bans in April, and travel from China, South Africa, most of Europe, Brazil and now India is banned under the new prez. Bottom line: “You can’t say: ‘Travel bans are okay when my guy enacts them, but represent paranoid xenophobia when your guy enacts them.’ ”

Libertarian: No ‘Equity’ in Prez’s School Policy

“Despite their professed goals, Democrats’ pandemic policies have widened disparities between races,” notes Reason’s Matt Welch. Take education: President Biden’s Centers for Disease Control head, Rochelle Walensky, said data suggest “schools can safely reopen,” but then was obliged to meet with the two top teachers’ union chiefs, who insist schools can’t reopen without extra federal funding. Rather than follow the science and release recommendations to “scrap the 6-foot rule and delink school-reopening from community spread,” the CDC instead claimed schools “operating under a 3-foot standard were objectively unsafe” and set a community-spread standard for full reopening that “disqualified more than 90 percent of American schools.” Yet a McKinsey study estimates “the shift to remote learning just from mid-March to June last year cost students of color three to five months of education and white students one to three months.” And white-majority districts are three times as likely to have some in-person learning than minority-majority districts.

Conservative: The Future With Biden

“After a hundred days of President Biden,” most Americans have figured out that he “needs as many fabricated enemies as he can find; otherwise, his speeches, his demeanor, his agenda are little more than absurdities” that “cannot stand or fall on their own merits,” argues Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness. Biden will try “to ram through the hardest left-wing agenda in nearly 90 years, to call it bipartisanship and to demonize any who object as infrastructure racists, climate racists, immigration racists, voting racists and stimulus racists.” And he’ll rail that it’s “legions of Russian colluders, racists, insurrectionists and Jim Crow revivalists under every American bed” who are the “impediments to fundamental transformation” because “that is the Biden way.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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Jeff Bezos exposed as the king of fake news

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Jeff Bezos exposed as the king of fake news

Wow: It now looks like Jeff Bezos and his damage-control team just made up not one but two whole stories to deflect coverage of his affair with a then-married woman: one, a claim that the Saudis had hacked his phone to get telling texts and revealing photos; two, charges that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him into halting his investigation into how the shots had leaked.

Eventually, the world learned that the guy who sold the info to the Enquirer was Bezos’ girlfriend’s brother, a Hollywood press agent — no hacking required and nothing to make the Enquirer fear any “investigation.”

Brad Stone’s new book, “Amazon Unbound,” excerpted for Bloomberg News, details how a consulting firm helped the Amazon CEO assemble his false counterstory, which relied on the suggestion that he’d been targeted because his Washington Post was so critical of both the Saudi regime and then-President Donald Trump — and allowed him to reveal the affair himself while pretending he was being heroic by refusing to be blackmailed.

Pretty masterful while it lasted . . . except that the owner of The Washington Post (“Democracy dies in darkness” is its self-righteous Bezos-era motto) now stands exposed as a cynical purveyor of fake news who even tried to frame a media outlet to protect his own image.

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No ethics needed for President Biden’s best buddies

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Packing his administration with Big Labor operatives matters more to President Joe Biden than his own much-ballyhooed ethics rules, and he’s not even embarrassed about it.

With great fanfare his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order mandating that all his appointees “in every executive agency” sign an “ethics pledge” that “contractually committed” them to refraining from participating “in any particular matter on which” they lobbied, along with “the specific issue area in which that particular matter falls,” for two years. They also couldn’t “seek or accept employment with any executive agency with respect to which” they lobbied for two years.

The media touted this “revolving-door ban” as far tougher than the Obama and Trump rules. Oops: It turns out Team Biden is handing out truckloads of ethics waivers to labor-union veterans.

The latest winner is Celeste Drake, Biden’s pick to head his new Made in America Office. Ethics restrictions that would have stopped her from communicating with previous employers the AFL-CIO and the Directors Guild of America won’t apply, Axios reports. “The successful accomplishment” of her “mission” requires “extensive, open and collaborative communications” between her office and Big Labor, a White House lawyer claimed in a disclosure memo.

In March, Team Biden waived rules for the Office of Personnel Management’s new director of intergovernmental affairs, Alethea Predeoux. Her work as the head lobbyist for the American Federation of Government Employees should have precluded her from any job at OPM.

Biden has given union hacks senior posts in the departments of Labor, Homeland Security and Education, as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (Not to mention letting the American Federation of Teachers dictate language to the Centers for Disease Control for its guidelines on school reopenings.)

And of course his larger agenda is one long union giveaway, from overturning state right-to-work laws to dumping trillions subsidizing and creating new unionized jobs.

Responding to the Axios report, a White House flack declared, “President Biden has stood strong for unions throughout his career, and he’s proud to have leading labor voices in the White House and throughout his administration helping to enact that agenda.”

In other words, ethics rules don’t apply to his besties.

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I lived through NYC’s bad old days and know Eric Adams can get it back on track

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I lived through NYC's bad old days and know Eric Adams can get it back on track

Most of the mayoral candidates running in New York’s June 22 Democratic primary don’t seem to notice: The city is slipping back to the bad old days of the late 1980s and early 1990s. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the exception.

I was New York City Council president at that time; then-NYPD Sgt. Eric Adams used to come into my office to talk to me about the city, safety and crime, seniors and New York’s economic problems.

New York City was facing widespread lawlessness. Crime statistics were shooting up. Folks were fleeing the city. Seniors did not feel safe. Houses and apartments sold at bargain rates. Black and brown communities were suffering. The economy was down. The problems were endless.

Eric and I talked about crime, about increasing the police force and about the economy. He was worried about the city and its future.

Here we are again, 30 years later. And the choice we make for mayor will determine the future of New York.

Back then, Eric was smart, complicated and always thinking outside the box. He still is. Which is why I am going to vote for him: Eric Adams is the candidate who is going to move New York City ahead on the right trajectory. 

We cannot allow New York to once again become a city saturated with fear, insists Adams. At the same time, he notes, we face “a crisis of confidence in our police.” I agree: We can’t be asked to stand against the police; we must be for a better police force.

Some of the Democratic candidates talk about reducing the force. Yet Adams knows that if you don’t have a strong police force and a strong presence in every community, you’re not going to have a safe, strong city where jobs can come back for everyone.

He envisions a police force that connects precincts to the people and empowers communities to have a say in their precinct leadership. He’ll require the NYPD to keep lists of cops with records of complaints and violent incidents.

Meanwhile, the recent surge in shootings is frightening our seniors, our middle class and black and brown communities. Tourists don’t feel safe. Whether the shooting is in Times Square, Brownsville or Fordham Plaza, it must stop. Seniors are afraid to walk the streets in the middle of the day. Stray bullets are killing people.

Adams has the knowledge and the courage to staunch this spike. He believes New York’s economy will grow when the streets are safe. Small businesses can’t make a comeback until the streets are filled with employees.

Last Sunday, my good friend John Catsimatidis interviewed the beep on his radio show. Adams stressed that he’s concerned wealthy New Yorkers are leaving the city and believes a cleaner, safer New York would help keep them here.

“I don’t join the chorus that tells the 65,000 New Yorkers that are paying 51 percent of our income tax and are only 2 percent of our income-tax filers, I don’t join in the chorus that states, ‘So what if they leave?’” explained Adams. “I am just the opposite; I join the chorus that tells them, ‘We need you here.’”

Again, I fully agree. New York City is now in fierce competition with Florida and Texas to keep our financial leaders in the Big Apple. Florida’s cities are relatively new and clean — and they’re courting New Yorkers aggressively.

COVID-19 has driven many of our residents south, in search of more open space and sunshine. We’re in a really tough fight to keep these leaders of our economy here in New York, when other cities are offering them attractive alternatives and Zoom makes it possible to work from home.

I frequently run into folks who remember my investigation of nursing-home abuses and my advocacy for seniors and senior-citizen centers. When we talk about the mayor’s race they say, “We need a tough mayor who is going to stop crime and get the city on the right track.” They’re right. And that’s precisely why I’m endorsing Eric Adams for mayor.

Andrew Stein (D) was president of the New York City Council from 1986 to 1994.

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