Conservative pundit Ann Coulter says Trump 'is done'
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter is predicting the end of Donald Trump's hegemony in the GOP, saying the former president "is done.""Trump is done," Coulter, a onetime Trump booster turned critic, wrote in an email to The New York Times. "You guys should stop obsessing over him."Coulter's comments came in an article published in the Times on Sunday about the mounting tensions between Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) amid speculation of a potential showdown for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Since the dawn of humanity, individuals have entered into transactional relationships to facilitate their own self-interests. Even when not monetary in nature, these transactional relationships ultimately allowed individuals to better themselves as two parties could engage in a process that left both sides better off-two parties, one agreement, zero intermediaries. © Getty Images It's time to preserve our right to transact privately
Unfortunately, this basic arrangement has become endangered over the past few decades and is now on the brink of extinction. The wedging of government surveillance between two parties who exchange goods and services has weaponized the very existence of transactional relationships. The government is gaining access to transactions through the third-party intermediaries that assist in facilitating the parties' agreement. Many are familiar with this concept as the "third-party doctrine." The more people flock away (whether by their choice or not) from cash transactions in favor of online payment tools, the more cemented the third-party doctrine becomes in America.
Trump Spent Weekend Stewing That ‘Wiseguy’ DeSantis Won’t Kiss His Ring
Former President Donald Trump spent the long MLK Day weekend in reflection but not on anything related to the civil rights icon. Instead, he was fixated on one burning question, according to two people familiar with the matter: “Is he being a wiseguy?” The “wiseguy” was none other than Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a fellow Sunshine State resident and Republican Party star who just last week had gently dinged part of Trump’s record as president.
In May 2021, the Federal Reserve released their annual Diary of Consumer Payment Choice, which showed that cash transactions in 2020 accounted for 19 percent of all payments among U.S. consumers. This illustrated a decrease of 7 percent from 2019. It shouldn't be all that surprising, as the COVID-19 pandemic facilitated mass-lockdowns policies and burdensome conditions that made peer-to-peer transactions more difficult, if not impossible. Whether or not the 2022 report will show a further decrease in cash transactions remains to be seen. However, it's no secret that almost all Americans continue to see a great rise in the use of online payment tools in their everyday lives.
It's also no secret that "big brother" understands the significance of these online payment tools as well, as evidenced by $600 IRS reporting threshold for financial institutions that was originally proposed to be included in the infrastructure bill. Fortunately, that provision did not make it into the final bill. Unfortunately, a similar reporting regime was already implemented in the American Rescue Plan passed last March, which requires mobile payment apps to report commercial transactions greater than $600 to the IRS. While commercial transactions differ from personal transactions, monitoring commercial transactions (broadly defined) would be the logical start to any financial surveillance regime. This paradigm shift is well underway and should be troubling to any American.
NHL Power Rankings: Panthers score their way to No. 1; drama heating up in Pacific Division
The Panthers' offensive firepower earns them the top spot, and on the other coast the Pacific Division is providing some serious dramaAccording to MoneyPuck.com, the Golden Knights, Flames, Oilers, Kings, Sharks and Ducks all have at least a 25% chance to make the playoffs. Let's assume Vegas runs away with the division crown, which seems likely, and the race below that gets really fascinating.
This is why I've been a longtime advocate for cryptocurrencies that facilitate permissionless peer-to-peer transactions - structured like Bitcoin. As Satoshi Nakamoto recognized when the Bitcoin whitepaper was published Oct. 31, 2008, there needs to be a system that "allow[s] any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party." This concept hasn't lost popularity since it was published. Cryptocurrencies have flourished largely because they offer the benefits of transactional convenience, like online payment tools, while also structurally ensuring the privacy of traditional peer-to-peer transactions. Thus, the government has no intermediary to weaponize through the third-party doctrine, although that likely that won't stop them from trying.
It would be ignorant to think that government bureaucrats will stop pursuing an agenda to construct a regulatory periscope that peers into every handshake agreement, including transactions made via cryptocurrencies. We cannot risk another surprise proposal hidden away in a large piece of legislation that would further broaden the surveillance state and attempt to impede permissionless transactions. Those who believe in the right to transact privately must aggressively work to reclaim financial privacy.
Senate Republicans unanimously vote down voting rights legislation, teeing up a fight over the filibuster
The vote was a major setback for Senate Democratic leaders, who now face a difficult uphill battle to change the chamber's filibuster rules.Senate Democrats began 2022 with a full-throttle push to pass federal voting rights legislation in response to GOP-controlled states passing bills restricting voting and election administration. But they've continued to run up against unified Republican opposition to the voting measures, and dissent over filibuster reform from within their own ranks.
As a member of Congress, I believe it is imperative for the legislature to protect cash transactions and the attributes of cash transactions that cryptocurrencies offer. I know I'm certainly not the only member who believes this (on either side of the aisle), but I fear that complacency and the entrenched surveillance state advocates will allow another similar surveillance proposal to pop up and catch us off-guard. We must remain vigilant - especially as government finally begins to regulate crypto and considers implementing tools like Central Bank Digital Currencies that could be even more abusive of financial privacy.
Warren Davidson represents Ohio's 8th District. He is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and is ranking member of the Financial Technology Task Force.
Rachel Zegler, Rita Moreno and Ariana DeBose Address Ansel Elgort's 2020 Sexual Assault Allegation .
In 2020, Elgort denied the allegation that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl back in 2014.In June of 2020, a woman named Gabby claimed in a since-deleted post that Elgort sexually assaulted her in 2014, when she was 17. At the time, Elgort vehemently denied the sexual assault allegation, stating in a statement that they had "a brief, legal and entirely consensual relationship.