Today is May 17. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room.
1 – Biden to call for gun control, meet victims’ families during visit to Buffalo Fox News reports: President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Buffalo, New York on Tuesday to meet with family members of the victims in the horrific shooting that left 10 people dead and three injured at a Tops grocery store.
A White House official tells Fox News the president and first lady will also meet with law enforcement, first responders and community leaders during the trip.
The Bidens will visit the memorial at the Tops Friendly Market where they will “pay their respects to the lives lost in Saturday’s tragic shooting,” the White House official said.
President Biden will deliver remarks later in the day. He is expected to condemn the shooting as an act of “terrorism motivated by a hateful and perverse ideology that tears at the soul of our nation.”
Biden is also expected to call on Congress to take action against guns.
“President Biden will call on Congress to take action to keep weapons of war off our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of criminals and people who have a serious mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others,” the White House official said.
MY TAKE: Good question, Peter Doocy! Why didn’t Biden go to Waukesha. That was a racist hate crime too! Why didn’t Biden go there and call for car control?
2 – Illegal Alien Charged with Killing Man in Drunk Driving Crash on Mother’s Day Breitbart reported: An illegal alien has been accused of killing a man during a drunk driving crash in Wichita, Kansas on Mother’s Day.
Alanso Garcia-Amaya, a 33-year-old illegal alien, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence involuntary manslaughter last week for allegedly killing 42-year-old Don Kirk in a drunk driving crash.
According to police, Garcia-Amaya was drunk driving when he crashed into an SUV. Kirk was pulled over on the side of the road and standing behind his vehicle in front of the SUV following a collision involving the two vehicles.
The crash pinned Kirk between the two vehicles, leaving him dead on the scene.
Garcia-Amaya has been booked into the Sedgwick County Jail. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has placed a detainer on him so that if he is released at any time, he will be turned over to their custody for possible arrest and deportation.
MY TAKE: Thousands more are pouring across the border as you read this.
3 – DeSantis threatens state control over Disney’s special district The Hill reports: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said on Monday that he wants the state, not local governments, to have control over Disney’s special district as he continues to feud with the entertainment company over its opposition to the education law he signed known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill.
DeSantis signed into law last month a bill that strips Disney’s long-held municipal autonomy at its Orlando-based theme parks. The move was undertaken in direct response to Disney’s opposition to Don’t Say Gay.
Disney officials have argued that the company needed its independence to build its own theme park and city, warning that the state of Florida will take on billions in debt if the situation changes.
“I can tell you this, that debt will not end up going to any of these local governments. It’s not going to go to the state government either. It’s going to absolutely be dealt with by [Disney and other businesses] that are currently in that district,” DeSantis said during an appearance at Seminole State College.
“Disney will not control its own government in the state of Florida. Disney will have to follow the same laws that every other company has to follow in the state of Florida,” DeSantis added.
MY TAKE: Why would Democrats complain about this? Biden always says the rich must pay their fair share. DeSantis is a rock star!
4 – IRS documents reveal BLM has nearly $42 million in assets Fox News reports: The Black Lives Matter organization is valued in the tens of millions of dollars, according to its latest tax filing with the Internal Revenue Service.
According to 63-pages of tax documents acquired by the Associated Press, executives of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation Inc. have nearly $42 million in assets, despite spending more than $37 million from July 2020 to June 2021.
The $37 million was spent on grants, real estate, consultants and other expenses.
BLM received $90 million in donations amid the 2020 protests and riots that were carried out in major cities across the U.S. following the death of George Floyd. The foundation reports it invested $32 million in stocks from the $90 million in donations, according to the tax documents.
Organizers tell the Associated Press that the investment is expected to become an endowment to ensure the foundation’s work continues in the future.
The foundation has an operating budget of $4 million, a board member told the Associated Press, but the tax filing showed the BLM Foundation spent nearly $6 million on a mansion in Los Angeles, according to the report.
MY TAKE: And they’re STILL asking for more donations.
5 – ‘Twitter Does Not Believe In Free Speech’: Twitter Employee Says Colleagues Are ‘Commie As F**k’: REPORT
The Daily Caller reports: Project Veritas released video footage Monday night claiming to show a senior Twitter engineer saying how the company “does not believe in free speech,” and that his colleagues, who “hate” Elon Musk, and are “commie as f**k.”
Project Veritas claims to have interviewed Senior Engineer Siru Murugesan, who appears to say during a discussion about Musk’s takeover that “Twitter does not believe in free speech,” according to the video footage. “Elon believes in free speech.”
Musk has called himself a “free speech absolutist” and said Twitter “serves as the de facto public town square,” adding that “failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy.”
Murugesan then reportedly said that “our jobs are at stake” with Musk’s takeover.
“He’s a capitalist and we weren’t really operating as capitalists, more like very socialist. Like we’re all like commies as f**k,” Murugesan said, according to Project Veritas.
MY TAKE: Well, that just proves what we’ve known all along! WATCH that video above!
VIDEO OF THE DAY – ELON MUSK HITS BIDEN IN A GRAND SLAM!