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Federalist Co-Founder Sean Davis said that despite big tech’s insistence that its recent crackdown was due to an increase in violence, the Silicon Valley giants only care about stopping dissent.

“We have found, especially over the last year, a massive double standard from the left and from big tech,” Davis said. “Recall all of the BLM and Antifa riots. Recall all of the corporate support we saw for that. Recall all of the members of Congress we even had saying, ‘You know what, protest isn’t supposed to be comfortable.’ You had Vox, a left-wing website saying ‘violence works.’ You had the Atlantic justifying and rationalizing it.”

“What is happening now isn’t a crackdown on so-called violent speech,” Davis continued. “It’s a crackdown on anyone who the left and its big tech masters doesn’t want to be heard.”

One of the biggest red flags in big tech’s attempts to silence political dissenters and conservatives, Davis said, is that other countries are warning against it.

“I think whenever you have Germany looking in and saying, ‘Hey, maybe the speech controls you put are on a bit much,’ you should probably back off,” Davis said. “There was also a Russian dissident who I believe was the victim of a near-assassination plot by Putin who came in and said, ‘You know what, I get death threats on Twitter all the time. They never do anything about it.’”

Davis also noted that Twitter selectively holds people accountable for so-called violations of its terms of service, another indicator that this censorship campaign is political.

“For Twitter and Facebook and Apple and Amazon to come in here and pretend that’s what is really bothering them, when we know they haven’t been cracking down on anyone on the left, we know it’s a lie. We know what they’re doing. They know we know what they are doing. And the question is now what are we going to do to stop them from doing it?” Davis asked. “It has nothing to do with anything but politics and ideology.”

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“Recall just a couple of days ago Twitter allowed to trend the phrase and hashtag ‘hang Mike Pence.’ Now, is a company that is worried about political violence and about death threats, are they going to take that down or are they going to leave it up? Well, Twitter left it up, which tells us every single thing we need to know about what that company’s aims are,” Davis said.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.



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Imaad Zuberi, a Californian businessman was sentenced Thursday for schemes to funnel foreign money into U.S. political campaigns, then take millions of dollars for himself.

The Los Angeles Times reported that U.S. Assistant Attorney Daniel J. O’Brien said Zuberi was “purely a mercenary, funneling money to whomever he believed would do his bidding.”

Among the many unsealed court records, Zuberi was seen photographed with Joe Biden and Barack Obama when they were Vice President and President. He was also pictured with former President Bill Clinton and former presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. He took pictures with former Republican Rep. Paul Ryan when he was speaker of the House as well as the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Also included in the Times report was a hacked email chain released on WikiLeaks. Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook messaged colleagues saying, “I’m OK taking the money and dealing with any attacks.” Jennifer Palmieri responded saying, “Take the money!”

He also attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in New York City in 2016 as well as serving as a co-chair of The Trump Presidential Inauguration Committee.

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Zuberi made more than $950,000 in unlawful donations to the political committees of Obama, Clinton, McCain and others. Zuberi’s activities extended as far as a recent attempt to work his way into the Biden circle, according to Politico.  

In addition to the money he made, Zuberi also raised $270,000 for Hillary Clinton and $1.3 million for President Obama.

Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty to a “three-count information charging with violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA)” for making false statements on a FARA filing as well as tax evasion and illegal contributions to political campaigns. He also pleaded guilty in a separate case earlier in June 2020 to a count of obstruction of justice.

“Zuberi turned acting as an unregistered foreign agent into a business enterprise,” Assistant Attorney General for National Secretary John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice news release.

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Cruz said in a statement that he accompanied his daughters on a flight Wednesday night to Mexico because they had the week off with school canceled.

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The storms has been connected to at least seven deaths in Texas and knocked out power to as many as 2.5 million residents. The number of residents without electricity as of Thursday morning was down to less than 1 million, officials said.  

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The bill must pass through a procedural vote in the House on Thursday prior to heading to GOP Gov. Henry McMaster who has indicated that he will sign it, according to the Associated Press. Two Republicans voted against the legislation while two Democrats voted for it. The state Senate passed the measure last month. 

The bill requires doctors to carry out an ultrasound to check for a fetal heartbeat and if a heartbeat is identified an abortion can only be performed in certain circumstances.

The legislation would not penalize a woman for obtaining an unlawful abortion, though the individual responsible for performing the abortion could face consequences.

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