Joe Biden’s Middle Eastern Tour

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The Fist Bump belongs to “Around the World”.

Joe Biden’s tour of the Middle East has been… bumpy at best. But today is the day the media has been lamenting all week: Biden’s meeting with Saudi Arabia.

Biden extended a closed fist to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as he arrived at the Al-Salam Royal Palace on Friday for meetings with bin Salman and his father, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman.

The welcome had been a matter of intense speculation leading up to the controversial meeting in Saudi Arabia. When running for the presidency, Biden had vowed to treat the country as a “pariah” over a long string of human rights abuses, including the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi — a killing in a Saudi operation that the U.S – Secret Service assessed approved by Crown Prince.

The media has decided against a “normalization” of relations with Saudi Arabia over Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS) and his assassination of a Washington Post Journalist. But while the media is outraged by that meeting, it continues to cheer the Biden administration’s efforts to forge a new deal with Iran, a nation guilty of far, far worse.

Related: Biden gets nailed with Khashoggi questions while handlers get aggressive with press (RedState)

Joe Manchin Destroys Democrat Hopes

There are some slightly conflicting reports as to whether or not Joe Manchin has dashed Democrats’ hopes for a deal on climate change and taxes. That morning he seemed to have gone away. At the moment, however, he seems to be taking that back a bit. Democrats appear to be in some confusion.

It’s clear, however, that behind the scenes Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated with Manchin and his antics. They want to advance climate change before they lose their majority in the House and/or Senate, and Manchin clearly stands in the way.

Republican advisors are once again scared about abortion

It’s a story as old as time: Republican advisers fear that focusing too much on the abortion issue is actually bad for their party, and they fear it will hurt their chances in November. Keyword POLITICAL:

Despite what GOP leaders and strategists would prefer, the story is unlikely to fade away anytime soon. Later this month, the Indiana state legislature plans to call a special session to specifically pass new restrictions on abortion, in what is likely the first state to do so in the wake of the Dobbs Decision that reversed national abortion rights roe 1973

“These are the things that will breathe life into Democrats’ hopes of maintaining some sort of coalition,” said John Thomas, a Republican strategist who works on House campaigns nationwide. “I don’t think that’s the dominant theme as we head into November, but these types of unforced errors are lifelines for Democrats.”

Thomas said the Indiana case has already come up in at least one race he’s working on and he’s advised contestants, “You’re trying to avoid the subject. They’re trying to move on to another topic.”

“Every day we talk about anything other than Biden’s cost of living is a wasted day politically,” said Scott Reed, a veteran Republican strategist. “You know, we have a historic opportunity here this November and let’s not gamble it away.”

The problem here is the frame. The story lacks any actual data to show that the abortion issue — and the case of the 10-year-old Ohio girl — did noticeable harm to Republicans in the poll. The advisors are afraid of that question, not the answer. So while these advisors are concerned, the media plays it up in their portrayal of the problem.

Keep in mind that Democrats are as extreme on this issue as some Republicans. They have pushed for abortion until a child fully exits the birth canal on several occasions, a position most Americans do not support. The data is pretty clear: Americans support access to abortion in the first trimester, but support wanes markedly thereafter.

headlines of the day

  • Secret Service deleted texts dated January 5, 6, 2021, official says (Washington Post)
  • Biden’s shameful slander of Israel is no laughing matter (National Review)
  • NYC rent averages a record $5000 per month (bar stools)
  • Twitter Withholds Hunter Information To Protect ‘The Big Guy’ (RedState)
  • Lafayette School Board extends clear bag guidelines to visitors, purses and sporting events (The Advertiser)

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