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Today is May 27. 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 – Beto O’Rourke to attend protest outside NRA convention Friday
Fox News reports: Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke announced Thursday that he will attend a rally “against gun violence” outside the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) convention in Houston on Friday.

“This massacre and the too many others before it are totally predictable, direct consequences of the choices made by Greg Abbott and the majority of those in the Texas legislature,” a page for the event said. “There will be more Uvaldes, El Pasos, Sutherland Springs, and Santa Fes until we decide to put the lives of our kids ahead of the political careers of gun lobby politicians like Greg Abbott.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, against whom O’Rourke is running, canceled his in-person attendance at the convention and will instead be in Uvalde on Friday. He made pre-taped remarks to be shown at the convention.

O’Rourke disrupted an Abbott press conference on Wednesday in which the governor was giving updates on the shooting.

MY TAKE: Here he goes, about to raise another ruckus. Isn’t this called inciting violence?  Hello DOJ…. hello….?

2 – Paul Ryan says people thought Biden was going to be a centrist, ‘That’s Not What He Was’
Breitbart reports: On Thursday, former House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in on the state of the country under President Joe Biden’s leadership.

Ryan told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that voters thought Biden was going to be a”centrist” and a “common ground guy” but acknowledged “that’s not what he was.” He lamented that Biden “gave the keys” to the left.

“[L]ook, Joe Biden and I have been friends for years,” Ryan outlined. “I think people thought they were going to get a centrist in office, you know, a common ground guy. That’s not what he was. He gave the keys to the left, the progressives. They steered the country far-left. They tried to go so far left on so many issues, and they didn’t have the majorities to do that. That’s what always confounded me — is they acted as they had these massive majorities with these leftwing ideas.”

He continued, “Tax reform, it works. These policies work, so that’s the thing that I’m excited about. We actually put a lot of good policies in place that have proven to work. I mean, who expected a global pandemic?”

MY TAKE: He just lost me at “Joe Biden and I have been friends for years.”

3 – Democrats aim for modest deal on guns
The Hill reports: Senate Democrats say they are ready to accept a modest deal on gun-control legislation as they are eager to get something done in response to mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, even if it falls below their ambitions of previous years.

A bipartisan group of nine senators met Thursday afternoon to chart out a path for negotiations.

They say their top priorities are proposals to expand background checks and encourage states to set up red-flag laws to prohibit people deemed dangerous to themselves or others from owning firearms.

Democrats acknowledged from the outset that whatever deal they get is likely to be modest since it needs at least 10 Republican votes to overcome a filibuster.

“If they’re successful, and I hope they are successful, I hope I’ll support it, I expect I will but I’m certainly not going to be satisfied,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) said of the bipartisan negotiations on gun-control legislation.

“I know the dynamics here. The assault weapons [ban] is not going to be in that package,” he said.

Another proposal favored by many Democrats, to ban high-capacity magazines, is also off the table in the bipartisan negotiations.

MY TAKE:  This is how it starts, folks.

4 – Socialist running for Congress realizes calling for people to break into homes may not be winning strategy
Fox News reports: Rebecca Parson, a democratic socialist running for Congress in the state of Washington, posted a video last week saying if she wins her race, people should occupy empty homes across the country to help her advance a potential housing bill.

Now she’s sending a very different message.

In an interview with Fox News Digital, Parson said she was referring to houses “owned by banks and Wall Street corporations like Zillow and BlackRock.” After a Fox News report identified the potential legal issues involved with occupying property owned by someone else, Parson said that is not what she wants after all.

“I don’t want people to commit a crime,” Parson said. Instead, she says, she wants governments to purchase these homes and then use them to help the homeless.

“The idea is there’s this crisis situation with people who need homes and then there’s 28 empty homes for every homeless person in the country,” said Parson, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. “So let’s have the federal government or city and local governments use money to buy these properties and use them for what they’re actually intended for.”

“I want people, local and state governments to purchase the homes so people can live in them,” she said.

(But, here’s the video she released:)

MY TAKE: Now she says she isn’t calling for anyone to commit a CRIME, but she posted a video showing someone’s fence being cut with wire clippers…!!  To the voters in Washington, you’re NUTS if you elect this woman!

5 – World Economic Forum ‘Press Freedom’ Panel Calls for Algorithmic Suppression of Hate Speech, Rumours
Breitbart reports: Rumours, falsehoods, division, and hate speech should be suppressed by social media algorithms, according to a “freedom of the press” panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.

The WEF panel, which was held in collaboration with Time magazine, featured the head of Soros-backed Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, who argued that social media should not focus on banning or overt censorship but rather on algorithmic manipulation in order to promote content from a “subset of society… journalists” to convey information as “carefully as possible” to the public.

“The algorithms are written to promote engagement because engagement is profitable, engagement is more eyeballs, and what is engaging? The provocative, rumours, falsehoods, hate speech, divisiveness.

“I don’t focus so much on what should be taken down, the overt censorship, but rather what is being promoted. If algorithms are promoting information that in essence is false or divisive because it is profitable, there I think there is accountability that is quite warranted for these companies”, Roth said.

Roth went on to argue that social media has undermined journalistic strictures by empowering “autocrats” to speak directly to the public without the filter of news editors and journalists.

“Social media has become a way for autocrats and others to evade journalistic accountability. It used to be that to get information out you would need to pass through an editor,” he said.

“Social media, great as it is for allowing anyone to speak, great as it is for hidden corners of the world to be magnified, it has the downside of letting powerful institutions or governments speak directly to the people and evade efforts to present information responsibly.”

MY TAKE: Sounds like something Merrick Garland dreamed up.  Speaking of censorshiip, Libs of TikTok just got suspended from Instagram:

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Beto ? What’s he ever done but make empty promises ? Ryan , a Wisconsin hick seduced by Washington into fighting the one effective president we have had since Reagan and from his statement of “friendship” still either naive or an establishment ass. Our problem today is this new gun control push , it’s a liberally caused problem from the 70’s when the liberals shut down all of the governmental mental institutions , saying that the patients were being harmed and that they would be better off on the streets Another failed liberal idea . They needed the money to bribe American women with their great society programs. A little gun control is just like being a little pregnant,the founding fathers used plain English to say hands off. Only a lawyer or an insane person that does not understand English would think otherwise.

  2. Beto is a ghoul using the death of innocents for his personal gain. He should never be allowed anywhere near the Governor’s mansion because he’s proven it’s all about him and gutting elected.

  3. I’ve noticed that they never say which rules were broken or when. Some have eventually found out which one and most of the time it’s been old ones that someone went digging for looking for anything to be offended about and report because they don’t like that group or person.

    If it wasn’t so maddening I would laugh about the stupid ideas that the politicians come up with that they barely believe in. The gun control ideas are stupid and don’t and won’t work but they all want to posture for their constituents that they are doing something even if it won’t do anything. I have a concealed carry permit and had to go thru the finger printing and background check and wait. We went through the process before purchasing our guns because we wanted to make sure that we got a proper vetting and so that we didn’t have to wait as much as 2 months if we went through the store because of the backlog in the police departments. I think the best “responsible” gun control is the background check but also making it a crime if the medical and judicial system doesn’t get a person into the system quickly and accurately. I don’t remember which person it was that killed some people but he wasn’t supposed to be able to get a gun legally BUT he wasn’t even put into the system as he was supposed to be, the Air Force (I believe) dropped the ball and the guy bought the gun legally. I don’t know about the red flag laws because they are way too easy to abuse, family members with an axe to grind or just are against guns can and have gone to the authorities and made false statements, law enforcement shows up confiscates the weapons and the person has zero knowledge of anything before the cops show up. The process to prove your innocence in the accusations is difficult and long process and at the end of it there’s no guarantee you get your guns back AND until you are found innocent you are on the can’t buy list AND getting off that is an even harder longer process. The red flag laws are good if proper protocols and regulations are put into place so that the real dangerous people are stopped. We also need better mental health laws and better mental health facilities and mental health medical personnel.

  4. It’s hate speech or misinformation unless it comes from the left or the socialist, then it is alright in their minds. It just keeps getting worse.

  5. LOL, that Socialist wants the govt to purchase homes for people to live in. Look what they did to housing projects – they destroyed them. Does she think they’ll do a better job in a house? Maybe they’ll turn into nice suburban neighbors, and mow the lawn and keep the place neat?
    I don’t think so. Nobody owes anyone a house.

  6. Are the patriots going to have to devise their own coded messages if the left uses algorithms to monitor speech? I already change spellings, add spaces, asterisk, etc. This is not okay! I hope we can make it until November.

  7. Instead of emphasizing gun control, why don’t we emphasize school safety – as in doors that lock themselves from the inside, alarms that go off if doors are breached, bullet proof glass, teachers that have taken security classes … You cannot enter many organizations now without being buzzed in. So why do we not have these measures in place at schools. Also, if you do a study on this school you will find it is at the border and has already had 48 lockdowns in the past year. The question we should be asking is after so many school shootings, why are there still school shootings?

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