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Stock Market Leverage Spikes, Margin Debt Up 42% YoY. Fed Warns about High Leverage Ratio of “Younger Retail Investors”

By Wolf Richter “Potentially Destabilizing Outcome could emerge if elevated risk appetite among retail investors retreats rapidly.” But what the heck. Only part of the leverage in the stock market is tracked and disclosed on a monthly basis. Much of the leverage happens in the shadows, including Securities Based Lending (SBA) that banks may or […]

Western Companies Must Stop Helping China Become A Military Powerhouse

By Helen Raleigh Since U.S. companies prioritize profit over national security, stopping their assistance to the Chinese military requires market-oriented solutions in addition to legislation.  The U.S. Department of Defense recently released its annual report on China’s military power, which shows that China’s military has made astounding advancements to “modernize its capabilities and improve its […]

Western Sheriffs Association Declares ‘no confidence’ in DHS Secretary Mayorkas

By Bethany Blankley The Western States Sheriffs’ Association has issued a declaration of “no confidence” in Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his handling of the border crisis. The association, which represents 17 states west of the Mississippi River, argues that illegal immigration is “not a new phenomenon” and has been occurring for […]

A Home-Schooled High Schooler Debates the Woke Children.

By Ellie Fromm Editors’ Note: The following is an essay by a 16-year-old home schooled young lady. The essay speaks for itself but we feel it important to emphasize that when young Americans are taught the foundational principles of our Republic without the leftist, ‘woke’ indoctrination so pervasive in our public school system, a responsible […]

A Home Schooled High Schooler Debates the Woke Children

By Ellie Fromm Editors’ Note: The following is an essay by a 16-year-old home schooled young lady. The essay speaks for itself but we feel it important to emphasize that when young Americans are taught the foundational principles of our Republic without the leftist, ‘woke’ indoctrination so pervasive in our public school system, a responsible […]

Georgia Governor Orders Probe Into ‘sloppy’ November 2020 Vote Counts in Fulton County

By John Solomon Brian Kemp says some audited results from state’s largest county are “inconsistent” and erroneous. One count of 950 votes for Biden actually appears to be just 92. In a rare act for a state chief executive, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has referred the audited November 2020 election results in the state’s largest […]

The Chinese Communist Who Understands America

By Habi Zang There is a book about America whose author’s identity is as important to Washington, DC as the insights contained in its pages: America Against America, written by Wang Huning in 1989. Few American intellectuals or politicians know of Wang Huning, notwithstanding that Wang is in charge of China’s propaganda and education, sitting on […]

Study: Arizona School-Choice Measures Saved Taxpayers $1.2B

By Cole Lauterbach Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program has saved taxpayers more than $1 billion and as much as $3.2 billion, according to a national study on school-choice programs. EdChoice, a nonprofit that advocates for parental choice in where they send their kids to be students, estimated in its new study that educational choice programs have generated […]

How Government Finally Made Americans Dependent

By Bruce Bialosky This used to be a self-reliant country. When people suffered either through physical maladies or economic challenges, they turned to their neighbors, community, or religion-based organizations to help them through. The onset of COVID has collapsed the mores of most Americans. Now accepting government help has not only lost its stigma, but […]

Biden Treasury Nominee Saule Omarova Wants to “Bankrupt” Energy Companies

By Adam Houser President Joe Biden has nominated Saule Omarova to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Department of the Treasury. That move is making headlines thanks to Omarova’s prior comments on bankrupting energy companies. “For example for certain troubled industries and firms that are in transitioning,” Omarova said, “here, […]

Poll: Independent Arizonans Shifting Toward GOP Side on COVID-19 Issues

By Cole Lauterbach Monthly polling of Arizonans shows Independents have shifted to align more with Republicans in terms of handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the pandemic-related mitigations began in early 2020, registered Independent voters in Arizona have treaded evenly between Republican opinions on how to mitigate the spread of the virus and those of Democrats. […]

The Daily News Roundup

By The Editors NOTABLE QUOTES Jackson P. Chamberlain contributor to American Thinker: What if Hitler, Stalin, Mao, et al are “necessary evils” let loose upon humanity to force us into realignment? What if their vile acts simply must occur now and then to give good the opportunity to triumph over evil and make the world […]

This Is Not Your Father’s Normal Democratic Party

By Deroy Murdock The Democratic Party’s so-called moderates have had it with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.; and other members of the “squad.” These “centrists” are laboring to separate themselves semantically from these neo-Marxists, although their differences end there. These “middle of the road” Democrats call themselves “normal.” If they keep parroting […]

‘Completely Absent’: Arizona Law Enforcement Leaders Slam Mark Kelly

By Collin Anderson ‘Mark Kelly scares the hell out of us’ Top Arizona law enforcement officials say Sen. Mark Kelly (D., Ariz.) is “completely absent” on public safety and border security, a situation that one police representative says “scares the hell” out of his officers. Kelly has repeatedly criticized President Joe Biden’s lack of urgency […]

Scottsdale School Board Chair Under Investigation For Parent Dossier

By Cole Lauterbach Calls for Jann-Michael Greenburg to resign are growing as the district and local police department look into allegations the school board chair was involved with an online dossier on district parents. Officials with the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) announced Friday they would find an independent investigator to look into whether Greenburg […]

Climate Models Overlook Benefits of CO2 and ‘Lukewarming,’ Data Scientist Says

By Kevin Mooney Rather than relying on climate change models that could be the basis of expansive and costly regulations, policymakers should instead question those models, focusing on the legitimacy of their underlying assumptions. So said The Heritage Foundation’s chief statistician at a recent climate change conference in Las Vegas that preceded the international summit in […]