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Welcome to the Washington Free Beacon’s morning newsletter, your comprehensive briefing on the Enemies of Freedom. To get this newsletter sent straight to your inbox every morning, sign up here. Recent Stories in Uncategorized Beacon Extra Beacon Extra 12/2/19 Beacon Extra 11/27/19 TAG ‘EM AND BAG ‘EM … “Sanders Aide Fired After Free Beacon Report,” by WFB Staff: The Bernie Sanders campaign has fired newly hired official Darius Khalil Gordon after the Washington Free Beacon uncovered numerous derogatory remarks he’d made toward gays, Jews, and women. The Sanders campaign told CNN Friday afternoon that Gordon had been let go, but did not comment on his remarks … Gordon’s tweets included homophobic slurs, anti-Semitic references to “Jew money,” and degrading comments about women. ARMED AND CLUELESS … “Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout,” by WFB’s Stephen Gutowski: [Michael] Bloomberg appeared to misunderstand what the FBI’s firearms background check system does, seemed to make up a new “loophole” in federal gun laws, and made questionable claims about gun use among young people during a campaign speech in Aurora, Colo. Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars boosting the gun-control movement, Bloomberg’s comments suggest he lacks a basic familiarity with the details of firearms laws, sales, and operation. CHIEF WARREN DEMANDS GREAT SACRIFICE … “Warren to Parents: You Fix the Public Schools,” by WFB’s Collin Anderson: Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) says the burden should...

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Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout

Michael Bloomberg, who has spent years bankrolling the gun-control movement, fumbled facts and made muddled claims on how gun laws work while laying out his campaign’s gun-control plan on Thursday. Bloomberg appeared to misunderstand what the FBI’s firearms background check system does, seemed to make up a new “loophole” in federal gun laws, and made questionable claims about gun use among young people during a campaign speech in Aurora, Colo. Recent Stories in Politics Bloomberg Fumbles Facts, Laws in Gun-Control Policy Rollout NBC Anchor: Bloomberg Needs to Read the First Amendment CNN’s Baldwin: The Most Trusted Name in Pro-Pelosi Views Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars boosting the gun-control movement, Bloomberg’s comments suggest he lacks a basic familiarity with the details of firearms laws, sales, and operation. Thursday’s strange claims are just the latest example of Bloomberg demonstrating an apparent confusion about an issue he has described as his “life’s work.” Thursday’s speech featured Bloomberg endorsing universal background checks, an expanded definition of domestic abuser under federal gun laws, a 48-hour waiting period on all gun purchases, and a “red flag” law. Bloomberg also proposed a system of government-issued permits for firearms, saying it would “allow authorities to screen applicants for dangerous behavior” and claimed the current system has no way of stopping people “from getting a gun when they’re a minor, when they have a criminal record,...

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American Education’s Great Stagnation

American schoolchildren’s educational attainment has stagnated in the 21st century, according to data from two recently updated assessments of reading, math, and science skills. Results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released in November, and from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), released Tuesday, indicate that American kids have seen minimal improvement in their academic abilities since the early to mid-2000s. Recent Stories in Issues American Education’s Great Stagnation CNN Panel on Impeachment: Many Democrats ‘Just Plain Hate the President’ First Amendment Group Appeals Military Ban on Religious Dog Tags “For all of these ambitious efforts we’ve seen unfold, they don’t seem to be making much difference, at least when it comes to measured student performance in reading and math,” Rick Hess, an education policy expert at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told the Washington Free Beacon. Experts who spoke with the Free Beacon agreed that the causes of this stagnation are unclear—as one put it, “it’s always kind of a guessing game as to what’s behind these numbers.” At the same time, this flatlining suggests that the education experiments of the past decade, and in particular of the Obama administration, have had minimal benefits on student achievement and may even have hindered the most disadvantaged students. The NAEP, commonly referred to as the nation’s report card, is an assessment of academic proficiency taken by a...

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Sell!

Sell! Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com, How to assess risk in a risk free world? Stocks are relentlessly bid up like taped bananas on a wall with charts taking on banana like shapes: Inverted, pointing relentlessly north. “Melt-up time” is the theme and sentiment de jour. Trapped central banks keep carpet bombing markets with liquidity and the ever present trade carrot is dangled on a daily basis especially as soon as markets drop. We saw some of this this week following an 850 point drop in the $DJIA which immediately prompted renewed trade optimism headlines. Global risk factors such as mounting corporate debt are ignored as are now steepening yield curves coming from inversion, non confirmation signals such as weakening transports, negative divergences, vast technical extensions, and lack of evidence of accelerating growth. None have mattered so far as the simple matter of fact is this: To sum it all up: The world is trapped because economies and growth remain 100% dependent on central banks growing their balance sheets. 2018 was the only year of net reduction in liquidity and it was a disaster. Hence the renewed panic print attack. pic.twitter.com/IP6pmFpgng — Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) December 8, 2019 But there is risk of quantitative failure and the latest rounds of stimulus not producing much other than temporary asset price inflation. Few appear to be selling right now save for the occasional down day here and there,...

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Notorious Duct-Taped Banana Exhibit Vandalized With “Epstien Didn’t Kill Himself” Sign

Notorious Duct-Taped Banana Exhibit Vandalized With “Epstien Didn’t Kill Himself” Sign The story of the $120,000 (eaten) banana just won’t end, and tonight it took another, even more surreal turn. The now-iconic white wall that as recently as Saturday held a duct-taped banana – arguably the world’s most expensive – at Art Basel Miami Beach was “vandalized” on Sunday afternoon, forcing exhibitors to cover up the writing in red lipstick with a white cardboard. The banana, which attracted hundreds after it sold to an art collector for $120,000, was replaced with the phrase “Epstien (sic) didn’t kill himself,” written with red lipstick. There’s always money in the banana stand.https://t.co/Up3lydwv98 pic.twitter.com/ZrIXPGYew5 — Rudy Havenstein, Just the right amount of malarkey (@RudyHavenstein) December 9, 2019 According to the Miami Herald, the surreal scene confused those who were present in the gallery, most who assumed it was just another “art” performance: “This is the gallery where anyone can do art, right?” the man is heard saying in a video provided to the Miami Herald when a security guard confronted him. This guy decided to write on the banana wall LOL 😅🤦🏻‍♀️ #ArtBasel @OfficialJoelF pic.twitter.com/jjWDyugNuv — sacha-stephanie (@sachasteph_) December 8, 2019 Sacha Medici, 24, was strolling inside the Miami Beach Convention Center, hoping to spot Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s banana art piece, titled “Comedian,” which was eaten by a performance artist on Saturday...

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