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During the run-up to the November election between President Joe Biden and the former guy, Fox News and other conservative propaganda machines went back to the only playbook the Republican party has used for decades—scandal mud-slinging. Having not spent the last 30-plus years building a boogieman out of Joe Biden (as they had with Hillary Clinton), the Hail-Mary attempt at tilting public opinion away from Biden was to push a scandal surrounding the reported finding of a laptop belonging to the soon-to-be President’s son.
Hunter Biden, who has had a long and well documented history of addiction issues and a complicated divorce, gave the right wing rags the promise of just enough seediness to mix with the implication of some vague whiff of impropriety on the part of Joe Biden during his tenure as Vice President next to Barack Obama.
It was all hot garbage, and most of what was leaked showed a man with a lot of problems and messiness, guilty and shame, recovery and stumbling. One of the most vociferous sounds to rise out of the right wing cacophony machine was Fox News’ Tucker Carlson. It wasn’t a surprise as Carlson has shown himself to be willing to do and say anything in the service of libertarian and right wing nihilism, as long as he maintains power and financial support.
Guess what? Weird story: According to Vice and the Daily Mail, wacky former Trump conspiracy theorist, Lin Wood—who has been attacking everybody and everything not named Lin Wood—claims to have access to and has posted all kinds of screen-grabs. Those screen-grabs purport to be correspondence between Hunter Biden and Tucker Carlson. If real, and they have not yet been verified, they show a very close buddy buddy-type relationship between two pretty wealthy guys. In fact, Tucker seems to have asked Hunter to write a college recommendation letter for his son, Buckley.
The correspondence seems to cover a period of their friendship between 2014 and 2016. Here’s the exchange where Tucker “can't thank you enough for writing that letter to Georgetown on Buckley's behalf. So nice of you. I know it'll help. Hope you're great and we can all get dinner soon.” Buckley ended up going to another college and graduating about a year before Tucker made the baseless claim that Hunter Biden had ‘kiddie porn’ on his computer? No good deed and all.
Reposting with more redaction: Lin Wood doxxed both Hunter Biden and Tucker Carlson's contact info as of 2014. Yikes.pic.twitter.com/kL8FCGVkFj— Mike Rothschild (@Mike Rothschild) 1638490775
Another email exchange surrounds the sad period of the dissolution of Hunter Biden’s marriage. At one point the DailyMail itself wrote up in its most scandalous prose, about the possibility that Hunter Biden was involved in an extra-marital affair. Biden contacted Tucker. Tucker seems to have attempted to intervene on Biden’s behalf, writing “This whole thing is disgusting and awful and it breaks my heart that you all have to go through it. I'm really sorry. Let me know if there's anything [Carlson's wife] Susie and I can do to help.”
In the final days before the election, Tucker Carlson teased out a long-awaited explosive interview, where he would produce all kinds of proofs revealed through the Hunter Biden laptop showing that Joe Biden had used his office as Vice President in an inappropriate manner. Then Carlson shockingly (not shockingly) claimed his treasure trove of Hunter Biden secrets had mysteriously disappeared. Maybe it was the deep state? Maybe he read the fine print and saw that the treasure trove of secrets he was sitting on were mostly about how close a buddy he was with the man whom he now smeared in the name of Donald Trump.
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The economy added 210,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate dropped significantly, according to the federal jobs report released on Friday.
But House Republicans who cheered comparable numbers as a "booming economy" under the last administration claim these were a "disaster" for President Joe Biden.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.6 percent in October to just 4.2 percent last month — one of the lowest rates recorded in modern history. The bureau also noted that its job growth estimates for the previous two months have been off, undercounting the number of jobs created by 86,000.
Noting that the preliminary November job growth was below what some economists had been predicting, House Republicans seized on the report to suggest it was a great failure for the Biden administration.
Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called it "another massive miss," tweeting that "Joe Biden's economic policies can be described the same as his presidency—a total disappointment."
"Joe Biden's economy is a DISASTER. And Democrats are doubling down on their failed tax and spend policies," House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik wrote.
"Disappointing, but unsurprising," opined Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer, who chairs the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hern called the "dismal November jobs report" proof that "Joe Biden's economy is in shambles."
"Anyone surprised?" mocked Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs.
A May 2018 tweet by Emmer hailed "164k jobs created" as showing "the U.S. economy continues to grow!"
Biggs, who ridiculed the November jobs report, pointed to 250,000 new jobs in October 2018 as showing "that the U.S Economy is booming!"
Indeed the official House GOP Twitter feed used the hashtag "#BetterOffNow" in 2018 to credit those jobs to Trump's "booming economy that's built for long-term growth."
In November, House Republicans unanimously opposed passing Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better jobs package, even though experts say it will create and support hundreds of thousands of clean energy and climate jobs over the next decade.
On Friday, Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) — the top GOP member on the House Ways and Means Committee — suggested that because of Biden's "miserable jobs report," the Senate "ought to suspend $5T [sic] BBB until @POTUS demonstrates he can heal economy, lower inflation, get Americans back to work."
But House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth disagreed. The Kentucky Democrat wrote Friday:
6 million jobs created since the start of the Biden administration. Unemployment down to 4.2%. The #AmericanRescuePlan and hardworking Americans are fueling our steady economic recovery. Looking forward to passing the #BuildBackBetter Act to kick things into an even higher gear.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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