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Today is April 21. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1. Ex-acting CIA director reveals he had 50 spies sign a letter saying Hunter Biden laptop scandal was Russian disinformation to HELP Joe ‘win the presidential election’
DailyMail–A retired CIA leader coordinated a letter from former intelligence chiefs claiming that Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation because he wanted to help Joe Biden’s presidential campaign.
Mike Morell told the House Judiciary Committee that he was asked by Antony Blinken, the Secretary of State – who at the time was a senior member of the Biden campaign – to help discredit the laptop reporting. Morell was a former acting CIA director, serving for two months in 2011 and four months from 2012 to 2013. He retired from the CIA in September 2013.
The letter was ultimately signed by 51 former intelligence officials, including himself and four other former CIA directors, including John Brennan and Leon Panetta.
The letter was published by Politico five days after The New York Post first reported on the contents of the laptop.
Ryan Lynch: If that doesn’t raise eyebrows, I don’t know what will. I’m just glad that Jim Jordan is running the investigation. The CIA also needs to be completely gutted and overhauled.
2. 5th grade teacher enrages activists, audience by denying trans ideology: ‘That’s not hateful, that’s a fact’
FoxNews–A 5th grade teacher locked horns with fellow guests and audience members during Dr. Phil amid a heated debate about whether schools should teach transgender ideology.
Dr. Phil hosted an episode on Thursday over gender “inclusivity” in schools, ranging from tampons being given out in boys’ restrooms to curriculum teaching transgender ideology. One guest argued that tampons being given out in boys’ restrooms would be a massive help to those who don’t have their own money. A 5th grade teacher however, replied with basic biological fact.
“Men do not menstruate. Only women menstruate,” the teacher named Ron declared.
Ryan Lynch: I find his argument about what a woman is valid.
3. Injured North Carolina volleyball player urges transgender ban for female sports teams in schools
NYP–A North Carolina high school volleyball player has urged the state legislature to pass a bill banning transgender athletes born male from playing on female sports teams after she was seriously injured when a transgender girl spiked a ball at her.
Payton McNabb, a senior at Hiwassee Dam High School in Murphy, told state representatives Wednesday that she suffered a concussion and neck injury during a game in September when the trans athlete sent the ball into her face.
“Due to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association policy allowing biological males to compete against biological females my life has forever been changed,” McNabb said, WLOS reported.
She said she still struggles from the effects of her injuries, including impaired vision, partial paralysis on the right side of her body, unremitting headaches, anxiety and depression.
🚨MUST WATCH: Speaking about her experience for the first time, Payton McNabb, a North Carolina high school athlete at Hiwassee Dam High School, shared her experience competing against a biological male in volleyball on the opposing team & the injuries she suffered as a result. pic.twitter.com/IsCCrhzne3
— Independent Women’s Forum (@IWF) April 20, 2023
Ryan Lynch: What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comment section.
4. SpaceX rocket explosion illustrates Elon Musk’s ‘successful failure’ formula
Reuters–LOS ANGELES, April 20 (Reuters) – The spectacular explosion of SpaceX’s new Starship rocket minutes after it soared off its launch pad on a first flight test is the latest vivid illustration of a “successful failure” business formula that serves Elon Musk’s company well, experts said on Thursday.
Rather than seeing the fiery disintegration of Musk’s colossal, next-generation Starship system as a setback, experts said the dramatic loss of the rocket ship would help accelerate development of the vehicle.
SpaceX are calling it “a rapid unscheduled disassembly”.
We aren’t rocket scientists, but here in Yorkshire we’d call that an explosionpic.twitter.com/jDQTdMb9Gq
— Yorkshire Bylines 👥 (@YorksBylines) April 20, 2023
But SpaceX executives including Musk – the founder, CEO and chief engineer of the California-based rocket company – hailed the test flight for achieving the major objective of getting the vehicle off the ground while providing a wealth of data that will advance Starship’s development.
Ryan Lynch: Im glad the mission wasn’t a complete failure. You want to keep testing these rockets until their components and functions are perfect.
5. U.S. to Begin Training Ukraine Forces on Donated Abrams Tanks
Breitbart–The United States is ready to begin training Ukraine forces on how to use and maintain donated Abrams tanks as it continues to fast track efforts to get them onto the battlefield against Russia, U.S. officials said Friday.
According to officials cited by AP, 31 main battle tanks will arrive at Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany early in May and the troops will begin 10 weeks of training soon after.
U.S. President Joe Biden announced the donation of the tanks and training to go with them in January, as Breitbart News reported.
Ryan Lynch: Each M1 Abrams tank costs over 10 million dollars and takes up to two years to build. I can’t believe we’ve gone to sending hard assets.
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