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Tricky Joe Biden’s family influence: Devine

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Tricky Joe Biden's family influence: Devine

Everyone loves a tale of redemption, but Hunter Biden’s decade of shady influence-peddling off his family name can’t just be airbrushed away by the president choking up on national television on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Joe Biden could barely contain his pride that his son, Hunter, 51, has written a book about his crack addiction. 

“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem. And the hope that, it gave me hope reading it,” Biden said in an interview with CBS News. 

“My boy’s back,” he said, looking tearful. “I’m sorry to get so personal.” 

Oh, no, he’s not. 

This is a practiced move by Biden to use sympathy as a shield to protect his family’s corrupt business dealings in foreign countries. 

He cunningly has framed the narrative so that anyone who dares poke into Hunter’s business is crucifying a heroic recovered addict who already has suffered enough. 

Biden probably has suffered over the years watching his son descend into addiction, but his campaign knew Hunter was a liability, so they strategically prevented the dirty family business from becoming a campaign issue by turning scrutiny of Hunter into a no-go zone. 

In the first presidential debate, Biden neutralized President Trump’s attacks by looking into the camera and saying: “My son . . . like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem. He’s fixed it, he’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.” 

Biden outright lied when he said repeatedly he knew nothing about Hunter’s business, a line which morphed into “my son did nothing wrong,” after the New York Post produced evidence in the form of e-mails from Hunter’s abandoned laptop showing “The Big Guy” was in it up to his neck. 

He also bullied any reporter who dared raise the topic. “Another smear campaign. Right up your alley,” he snapped at one, and “God love you, man; you’re a one horse-pony,” he mocked another. 

He disappeared into his basement for almost a week after The Post’s laptop revelations in October, while his allies in social media went to work disappearing the stories. 

That Big Tech censorship, we now discover, thanks to an extraordinary exposé by Time, was part of the “conspiracy to save the 2020 election . . . a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information. They were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it.” 

The article goes on to explain that the year-long election “fortification” strategy, engineered by the AFL-CIO, involved Silicon Valley as a central player. 

Progressive activists moved to “pressure platforms to enforce their rules, both by removing content or accounts that spread disinformation and by more aggressively policing it in the first place.” 

Civil-rights attorney Vanita Gupta told Time, “It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement.” 

To that end, she attended a dinner of civil-rights leaders where Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was pressured to ramp up censorship in the lead-up to the 2020 campaign, and met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Biden now has nominated her for associate attorney general. Job well done. 

So now we can understand why Facebook and Twitter moved so rapidly and decisively to censor The Post’s Hunter Biden laptop stories. And we can see why they deplatformed the sitting president and were unfazed by criticism of that shockingly autocratic move from world leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron. At a congressional hearing, they were impervious to the disapproval of Republican senators while testifying virtually about their censorship. 

According to Time, Big Tech had bought protection from a powerful anti-Trump alliance of leftist and racial-justice activists. 

The alliance also included big business and unions: witness the American Chamber of Commerce getting into bed with the AFL-CIO. The alliance also had the power to turn on and off Antifa riots like a tap. 

So, when Big Tech exercised its immense power to run protection for the Democratic presidential candidate and censored one of America’s most read and its oldest continuously published newspaper, founded by Alexander Hamilton, it was just bowing to the new reality. 

And then after the election, we were informed that the FBI is investigating Hunter over tax fraud, money-laundering and foreign ties to China. 

Joe says Hunter’s book is about his triumph over addiction, but the fact that it’s been listed in Chinese biographies ought to tell you where the public interest lies. It will be nothing but a con job if Hunter doesn’t ’fess up about his $1.5 billion deal with a subsidiary of a Chinese bank, and all the other lucrative deals in parts of the world where his father had influence.

Dems’ lies on the riot are a Capitol offense

In their 80-page brief for this week’s impeachment trial of the man who no longer is president, Donald Trump, the Dems shamelessly lie, tell whoppers and gild the lily. 

Take just one factoid: “The insurrectionists killed a Capitol Police officer by striking him in the head with a fire extinguisher.” The footnoted source is The New York Times. 

There is no evidence Capital Officer Brian Sicknick was murdered by Trump supporters wielding a fire extinguisher. The viral video of a man tossing an extinguisher at cops was a red herring because Sicknick was not among them. His death the next day was attributed by his union to a stroke, and the cause still is shrouded in mystery. Capitol Police have not been forthcoming with facts, allowing Dem disinformation to flourish, such as Sen. Cory Booker’s declaration: “This great man was murdered.” 

It also is inaccurate to assert, as the Dems and much of the media are doing, that “five people were killed” at the Capitol Hill riot. Only one person accurately can be described that way – the unarmed Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, shot by a Capitol officer who strangely has not been named and reportedly will not be charged. Three other Trump supporters died of natural causes. 

But the “Big Lie” serves the nefarious purposes of Nancy Pelosi and pals so they can divert attention from Babbitt’s death and exaggerate the riot to 9/11 proportions in preparation for their second Trump show trial.

Biden’s border policies nonsense 

If you’d told the typical Biden voter before the election that, as president, Joe would open the borders to COVID-exposed migrantsillegal and then offer them a scarce vaccine, she would not have believed you. Joe’s responsible about COVID, she would cry, unlike that terrible Donald Trump! He even wears two masks! 

But, actually, he doesn’t care. It makes zero sense in the middle of a pandemic, when jobs are scarce, to usher at least 1,000 illegal immigrants over the border into Texas in the last few days in what The New York Times describes as an alternative to the “health crisis” of keeping them in detention. So just send the crisis over the border. Makes sense. 

Who knows how many more will follow? Biden is rewarding 11 million already here illegally with “a path to citizenship,” so, really, there’s no limit. 

His solution to this superspreader catastrophe, according to the Department of Homeland Security, is not to enforce border protection but to give illegal immigrants the COVID vaccine whichthat is already rationed for Americans. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declared last week that the vaccine plan is “morally right [and] ensures that people in the country are also safe.” 

Why would a president who claims to be a patriot do such harm to the citizens who elected him? Is it just a ploy to turn Texas blue? It sure as hell is not compassion, because too many Americans are suffering right now.

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Joe Biden is even more of a ‘master of disaster’ than Jimmy Carter

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President Joe Biden entered office poised to oversee a record recovery and a return to the booming economy and all-round stability of pre-pandemic life. Instead, he’s turned out to be a master of disaster, with self-inflicted crises across the board threatening to set America back to the 1970s — with that era’s infamous “stagflation” as well as a foreign policy in flames.

When Biden took office in January, the nation was on the mend from a post-holiday surge in COVID cases and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccines produced at unprecedented speed and nearly a million jabs a day going into American arms. With the unemployment rate — 3.5 percent — at a five-decade low in February 2020, Biden inherited a strong pre-pandemic economy that was already bouncing back strong as the pandemic and lockdowns began to end.

President Donald Trump had also done him a favor at the southern border, getting what was once a real crisis under control by prioritizing strong border security, negotiating a Remain in Mexico policy that saw asylum-seekers await the conclusion of their cases outside the country and instituting a public-health order that kept migrants out while we focused on eradicating the virus.

Biden even looked set to negotiate more peace deals in the Middle East, building on Trump’s Abraham Accords, the first deals in decades between Arab nations and Israel.

But barely four months into his presidency, it’s disaster after disaster as Biden wastes every opportunity his predecessor left him.

US consumer confidence fell unexpectedly this month as rising prices, a hiring slowdown and energy uncertainty hit hard. On Friday, the University of Michigan said its Index of Consumer Sentiment declined to 82.8, from 88.3 in April. Economists had predicted it would rise to 90.4.

It wasn’t the first disappointment for prognosticators this month. Economists expected the country to tack on 1 million jobs in April after seeing gains of 770,000 in March. Instead, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported just 266,000, as the unemployment rate rose to 6.1 percent.

And then it announced that consumer prices rose 4.2 percent year-over-year in April — far worse than economists had predicted. It was the largest such jump since September 2008, when the financial crisis was at its height. Oh, and core inflation rose 0.8 percent from March to April, the biggest rise in nearly four decades.

You can thank Biden’s focus on expanding government at the expense of everyone else. Democrats (alone) passed his $1.9 trillion COVID “relief” bill — which had little to do with either — in March, as things were finally picking up. Throwing money into the economy without much consideration of its necessity directly led to the inflation we’re seeing now, with the money supply up by 25 percent over last year.

That “relief” bill also extended the $300 weekly federal unemployment supplement to Sept. 6, meaning nearly half of people getting checks make more by staying home than going back to work. Employers coast to coast have cited it as a reason they’re having trouble hiring.

Biden claims the jobs numbers show his two other big proposals ($5 trillion total for “infrastructure” and “families”) are desperately needed, but that “medicine” would mean more disasters, not least because they’re (partly) paid for via huge tax hikes on investments and business.

He’s also adding fear and gloom now, by refusing to rule out making his planned tax hikes retroactive.

Gas prices were already on the rise under Biden before the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to long lines at the pump. It now costs $1.05 more per gallon than it did a year ago. With Biden closing the Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office and generally vowing to wage war on all fossil fuels, it’s no wonder there’s uncertainty and higher prices.

Nowhere is the self-inflicted nature of Biden’s disasters more plain than on the border. He put a moratorium on deportations his first day in office and ended the Remain in Mexico program as well as all construction on any border barriers. Border apprehensions were at a 20-year high last month, but deportations were at a record monthly low.

And the feds have a record number of unaccompanied minors in custody — around 22,000 — because Biden ordered the public-health rule keeping migrants out to be lifted for solo kids.

Meanwhile, Hamas and its allies have gone on the attack against Israel, leaving it no choice but to defend itself. As Jonathan Schanzer notes, the Biden team’s drive to restore the Iran nuclear deal plainly inspired Tehran’s terrorist clients to start firing, even as it makes Israel less willing to listen to Washington’s efforts to broker a ceasefire.

It’s stunning how much success Biden has managed to reverse in not even four months. With long lines at the pump, slowing growth and rising inflation, it’s looking like the Jimmy Carter era — except that it took Carter years to produce the disasters that this president has fostered in scant months.

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Attacking test-in schools is anti-Asian

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On Wednesday, a handful of students — including a couple of Brooklyn Tech kids — demonstrated against the specialized high school entrance exam in front of Stuyvesant HS in Lower Manhattan. Teens Take Charge, the group sponsoring the event, chose Stuyvesant as the venue because it is 70 percent Asian and this year just eight black students did well enough on the test to win entry.

What made this affair sad, besides the low turnout, was that The New York Times and NY1 took the rally seriously — thinking this somehow represents a majority opinion. Democratic politicians also pretend that the existence of elite schools, and the tests required to enter them, is a problem. During Thursday’s mayoral debate, only Eric Adams and Kathryn Garcia (a Stuyvesant grad) stood up for the entrance exam.

The problem is not the test. It’s a sign of the larger problem of too many underperforming elementary and middle schools in our city — and the absence of Gifted & Talented classes — in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods.

The SHSAT is a color-blind admissions test where neither political influence nor money can buy entrance. For over 80 years, these schools have offered advancement to all through a high-quality, merit-driven education.

Remarkably, many of the same voices decrying the surge in anti-Asian assaults as the product of “systemic racism” also denounce a race-blind exam that happens to lead to elite high schools being predominantly Asian high schools, even suggesting that this, too, is somehow the product of (extremely well-hidden?) racism.

Dropping admission standards for the specialized high schools means sending in students who aren’t prepared for the rigorous workload, which helps no one and robs others of the challenging education they’ve earned. It’s the pursuit of “equity” at the expense of justice and excellence.

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Letters to the Editor — May 16, 2021

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Letters to the Editor — May 16, 2021

End tribalism

Thank you to Ayaan Hirsi Ali (“The tyranny of tribalism,” May 12) for an amazing article about what is happening in America today. It’s a unique look at the old “divide and conquer” issues that have plagued Ali’s native country of Somalia, and are now plaguing America.

There is no longer freedom of speech because you are judged, called names and even canceled if you do not agree with another person’s narrative.

Our country is not perfect, and we’ve certainly have come a long way over the past century. But in the past eight years, it feels like we have stepped back in time, and our politicians and the media are turning our countrymen against each other more and more.

If we do not learn from the past, our failures or the failures of other countries, then what hope do we have?

Gina Beckmann
Salt Point

History’s heroes

Sohrab Ahmari’s column at first seemed to be another lament about “wokeness” (“Wisdom of Ages,” PostOpinion, May 10).

It was so much more. Telling Saint Maximilian Kolbe’s story of heroism transcends the loud voices of the crowd and speaks to a way of living a truly free life.

As he says, “Freedom meant choosing what one ought to do.”

We need to tell these human stories over and over to our children, so they can understand what takes a lifetime to understand, not erase them.

Jayne Lee
Rockway

Cop’s tot save

Bravo to Police Officer Alyssa Vogel for her heroic actions in rushing a wounded child out of harms way and to medical attention (“Hero cop’s assurance,” May 10).

Kudos also to the NYPD and Florida police for catching the suspect. It’s a desperately needed reminder of what police here and throughout the country face daily, and another stark example of how the vast majority of officers handle dangerous situations bravely and effectively.

Conspicuously absent are the usual tweets from the usual suspects decrying police actions. Right-minded people of all stripes need to push back against the selective outrage that fuels the anti-police rhetoric that endangers all of us.

David Perez
Brooklyn

Economy truths

Two of the primary rules in economics are that people act in their own self-interest and they respond to incentives (“Biden’s relief doesn’t ‘work,’ ” Charles Gasparino, May 8).

President Biden’s “stimulus” has created incentives that result in people not wanting to seek work. It’s in their self-interest to stay home because their compensation is on par with what it would be if they went out to work.

Democrats are creating an economy where government drives the market, and that is a recipe for disaster. History is loaded with failed societies where the collective made decisions at the expense of the individual.

When Biden says: “The economy is on the right track,” it just exposes his ignorance of basic economics.

Peter Kelly
Hazlet, NJ

Mother madness

As I read Matthew Walther’s column on mothers now being called “birthing people,” I shudder to think what’s next in the name of “political correctness” (“The Mother of All PC,” PostOpinion, May 12).

Will I be celebrating “sperm donor day” next month with my children? We all need to speak up and stop the madness before all traditions are canceled.

Lou Aiani
Staten Island

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