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One of the shortcomings when it comes to the reporting on the Hunter Biden scandal is that the emails recovered from his laptop are definitive proof that Joe Biden’s son was trading on his father’s name during and after the elder Biden’s tenure as vice president. This manages to be accurate while at the same time being wholly incomplete.

As far as most media outlets are concerned, whenever the conflicts of interest that Hunter Biden introduced into his father’s 2020 presidential run are discussed at all, it begins and ends with Burisma in Ukraine and his work with a Chinese investment firm. His qualifications for both roles were basically that he had the same last name as the vice president, and the emails on his laptop pull the Democratic nominee further into the morass.

There’s an implication it all began there, however, if there’s reporting on the rest of Hunter Biden’s career.

When Joe Biden jumped from being a Delaware senator winding down his career to being second in line to the presidency — that’s the moment Hunter began to cash in on his surname. Before then, he was just your average Washington kid in the private sector.

In fact, the story is that there never really was a time the prodigal Biden wasn’t trading on the family’s name.

Matthew Yglesias of Vox, sometimes given to uttering the truth, described Hunter Biden in an August article as a man who “never really seems to have quite launched as an independent entity.”

We could go through a blow-by-blow of how every major gig Hunter Biden has scored in his career seems to felicitously align with who his father is as opposed to what he can do, but there’s no better illustration of this than his relationship with MBNA.

Delaware, as you may be aware, is the most banking-friendly state in the nation. There’s a reason your favorite financial institution — and especially its credit card operation — is likely based in or around Wilmington, and it’s not because it’s the kind of hip, happening metropolis where young finance types aspire to move after college so they can make a fortune in the big city. (No offense to Wilmingtonians; I’m sure your city is a fantastic place with a vibrant local culture, but there’s a reason there isn’t a Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett song about it.)

As Forbes notes, the state’s Chancery Court allows cases to be heard by judges, not juries; this means corporate cases are resolved in a much more expedient manner, a fact that had attracted plenty of companies to the state before 1978, when a court case allowed credit card companies to export interest rates from where they were based to other states.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Delaware sped up the process of collecting financial institutions by giving banks and credit card providers tax breaks as well as the option to charge fees and to set interest rates on cards higher than other states would allow.

This engendered a close relationship between these companies and Delaware’s politicians, naturally. Few politicians enjoyed a closer relationship with a financial institution, however, than Joe Biden with credit card giant MBNA, a company later bought out by Bank of America.

In 1998, seven years before Joe Biden would etch his place in liberal infamy for his support of a bill that would make it significantly harder for Americans to discharge credit card debt in bankruptcy proceedings, Byron York wrote a story in The American Spectator about the senator’s entanglements with the company titled “The Senator from MBNA.” The name stuck, and for good reason.

The main offense York talked about in the article was the sale of Biden’s house to an MBNA executive for more than its market value.

There were a few sentences in the piece that didn’t garner much attention at the time, but 22 years on, they are what most readers will focus on.

“A few months after the sale, as Biden’s re-election effort got under way, MBNA’s top executives contributed generously to his campaign in a series of coordinated donations that sidestepped the limits on contributions by the company’s political action committee,” York wrote.

“And then, a short time after the election, MBNA hired Biden’s son for a lucrative job in which, according to bank officials, he is being groomed for a senior management position.”

It was, indeed, that son.

“Of course, lots of members of Congress have intimate ties to corporations in their states or districts. And lots of companies encourage their employees to make big campaign contributions (MBNA has given more to some Republicans than it gave to Biden). And certainly lots of children of influential parents end up in very good jobs,” York continued.

“But the Biden case is troubling because all those ingredients come together in one man — along with a touch of hypocrisy. After all, this is a senator who for years has sermonized against what he says is the corrupting influence of money in politics.”

According to The New York Times, Hunter Biden joined MBNA in 1996 and was made a senior vice president two years later before accepting a position in the Commerce Department during the Clinton administration. He would return as a consultant to MBNA in 2001 under a monthly consultancy contract on electronic banking, a contract that would continue until 2005.

That was the year the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act was passed, a law supported by Biden. The legislation was exceptionally lucrative to MBNA because it made credit card debt more difficult to discharge in bankruptcy court — and, at that time, it was one of the biggest players in the field.

Nowadays, the bill is more controversial because it made it nigh impossible to discharge student debt — which made usurious, risk-free loans to students a popular proposition for financial companies, a stipulation now blamed by many for the student debt crisis.

According to Breitbart, the arrangement between Hunter Biden and MBNA wasn’t known at the time the bill was passed.

The contract became an issue for the first time when then-Sen. Joe Biden was picked by Barack Obama as his running mate; The Times’ article was the first to explore the relationship.

“Aides to Mr. Obama, who chose Mr. Biden as his vice-presidential running mate on Saturday, would not say how much the younger Mr. Biden, who works as both a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, had received, though a company official had once described him as having a $100,000 a year retainer. But Obama aides said he had never lobbied for MBNA and that there was nothing improper about the payments,” The Times reported.

“Campaign officials acknowledged that the connection between the Bidens and MBNA, the enormous financial services company then based in their home state of Delaware, was one of the most sensitive issues they examined while vetting the senator for a spot on the ticket.”

Twelve years later, one of the less-savory aspects of this relationship — the fact that Hunter Biden’s employment situation always seems to have something to do with lobbying, access or (to be blunt) his last name — is coming back to haunt the Democratic nominee’s campaign just weeks before the biggest election of his life.

Joe Biden never liked his nickname, if you were wondering. “I’m not the senator from MBNA,” he said in 1999 when the first versions of what would eventually become the bankruptcy bill were being hashed out, according to The Washington Post.

I don’t know. It beats “The Senator from Burisma.”

  • Annabel says:

    Re: the laptops: The only reason I can come up with is that Hunter Biden left that computer deliberately to ruin his father’s chances at President. He knew the gig was up.
    He did so because he has already stated he was angry that his father took 50% of ALL THE FAMILY’S EARNINGS FROM THE BIDEN NAME, for himself.
    Plus he was inebriated at the time and that is when people blame others. I rest my case!

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    Arizona Legislature Calls for Immediate ‘Forensic Audit’ of Dominion Voting Machines



    The Arizona House and Senate have called for an audit of the Maricopa County election software and equipment following allegations of fraud and other irregularities presented by President Donald Trump’s team earlier this week.

    In a news release Friday, GOP leaders of the Republican-controlled legislature sought an independent audit of Dominion Voting Systems software—used in Maricopa County—called for the audit.

    State Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita, a Republican said that Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors “is supportive of conducting an independent audit of their voting software and equipment,” adding: “It is important we maintain all of the voting public’s confidence in our elections, and this is a positive step.”

    House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, a Republican, said that “a significant number of voters believe that fraud occurred,” citing “the number of irregularities” that allegedly occurred in Maricopa County and elsewhere in the state.

    “Especially concerning,” he said, “are the allegations made surrounding the vendor Dominion,” adding that the county needs to carry out a “forensic audit on the Dominion software to make sure the results were accurate.”

    The Epoch Times has reached out to Dominion for comment following Petersen’s statement. Maricopa County has not immediately responded to a request for comment.

    Previously, Dominion’s CEO and a spokesman have said it’s not possible to change votes from one candidate to another, as some witnesses claimed in affidavits and in legislature hearings across the United States. They also denied being able to monitor, in real-time, the tabulation of votes and have also denied that Dominion employees have access to the tabulation efforts, saying only county employees do.

    In the letter, Petersen was joined by Senate President Karen Fann, a Republican, in calling on the county to audit the results.

    Their statement said that Maricopa supervisors have to “move expeditiously” on the forensic audit. The Electoral College will vote to certify the election on Dec. 14.

    On Monday, Maricopa GOP Chairwoman Linda Brickman, for example, told the Legislature in an event hosted by President Donald Trump’s lawyers, saying that she and her Democratic partner saw “more than once” Trump votes default and shift to Joe Biden as they were entering votes into Dominion machines from ballots that the machines couldn’t read.

    “I observed, with my Democratic partner, the preparation of a new ballot, since the original one was soiled, or wouldn’t go through the tabulators. I read her a Trump Republican ballot, and as soon as she entered it into the system, the ballot defaulted on the screen to a Biden Democratic ballot,” Brickman told lawmakers on Monday. She said that her testimony was submitted in a sworn affidavit under perjury.

    “We were never told what, if any corrective action was taken,” Brickman asserted. “All I know is the next day, I was called outside the room that I was working in for signature verification by a supervisor who said, ‘I understand you caused some problems this week and you thought our machines were not working correctly.”

    Previously, Trump’s legal team and other lawyers have alleged that Dominion systems are compromised, which triggered a bevy of counter-statements from Dominion that they’re false.

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    Judge Orders Trump Admin to Fully Restore DACA Amnesty Program and Accept New Applications



    The Trump administration was ordered by a federal judge on Friday to fully restore the controversial DACA amnesty program and accept new applications.

    President Donald Trump had made it one of his campaign promises in 2016 to shut down the Obama-era program that gave deportation deferral to illegal aliens who had been brought into the country as children. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is also known as “The Dream Act” by its supporters.

    The ruling from Judge Nicholas Garaufis of the U.S. District Court in Brooklyn means that illegal aliens could apply for DACA deportation protection for the first time since 2017.

    In July, the Supreme Court ordered that the president could not simply end the program, but the administration responded by saying that they would slowly wind down the program instead. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the court to cast the deciding vote against the administration.
    Among one of the policy changes was to grant DACA recipients work permits for only one year instead of two. Garaufis said that the Trump administration could not change the policy and ordered them to grant full 2-year work permits.

    Karen Tumlin, an attorney representing amnesty recipients and prospective applicants, praised the ruling.

    “Today’s ruling opens the door for more than one million immigrant youth who have been unfairly denied their chance to apply for DACA and secure their future in this country,” said Tumlin to CBS News.

    “Our brave plaintiffs have said from the beginning of this lawsuit that their home is here, and the court rightly recognized that today,” she added.

    Former vice president Joe Biden has said that his immigration plan includes reinstating the DACA program, and also seeking amnesty for up to 11 million illegal aliens who are present in the United States.

    Here’s more about the legal fight over DACA:

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    Nancy Pelosi Finally Admits It Was Her ‘Decision’ to Block COVID Relief for Americans



    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitted during a press conference on Friday it was Democrats’ decision to withhold crucially needed aid for Americans suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

    When asked by CNN reporter Manu Raju if it was a “mistake” to wait months for a concerted effort to pass a clean COVID relief bill, Pelosi got defensive.

    “I’m going to tell you something — don’t characterize what we did before as a mistake, as a preface to your question if you want an answer. That was not a mistake, it was a decision, and it’s taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want. Now, that is it. Now the fact is, I’m very proud of where we are,” Pelosi said.

    She went on to say the reason why she wants to pass a bill now is because Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the presidential election and a number of vaccines are being produced.

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    Two Classified Reports From Pentagon UFO Task Force Have Been Leaked, Included is Photo That Shows ‘Silver Cube’



    Two classified reports from the Pentagon’s task force used to “detect, analyze and catalog” UFOs have been leaked, both of which include photos of unidentified objects.

    Defense news website has published the reports, including an Oct. 16, 2019, email exchange between former Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Robert Burke and current Vice Chief of Staff for the Air Force Gen. Stephen Wilson. This exchange was obtained by a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from The Debrief.

    “Recommend you take the brief I just received from our Director of Naval Intelligence VADM Matt Kohler, on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP),” Burke told Wilson in the email. Burke added that “SECNAV will get the same brief tomorrow at 1000,” likely referring to then-Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer.

    The leaked photo, taken off the East Coast of the U.S. by a “pilot’s personal cell phone,” was a part of the 2018 position report, one source told the news outlet. This report discussed what the unidentified silver “cube-shaped” object could be, with a list of possible explanations discussed, including the fact it could be “alien” or “non-human” technology.

    The 2020 photo, which has been leaked but is not widely available yet, is described as a triangle with white lights in each corner. This may be the more interesting photo, Nick Pope, a former employee and UFO investigator for Britain’s Ministry of Defense, told Fox News.

    “I’m more interested in the fact that this first photo has been leaked, and in the related leaking of information about the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Task Force, where serving intelligence community personnel have shared insights from two intelligence position reports,” Pope said via email. “With my own defense background in this subject, three things stand out. Firstly, the description by one insider of the reports as ‘shocking’ — a word that begs the question what about UAP do these people find shocking. Secondly, the fact that the intelligence reports seem to have been given a surprisingly wide distribution in various intelligence agencies, and thirdly, the fact that the extraterrestrial hypothesis seems genuinely not to have been taken off the table.”

    Pope added he expects further leaks, noting he believes there is “a faction within government clearly wants this information to be released to the public.”

    The two position reports from 2018 and 2020 were widely circulated among the defense community, The Debrief added, citing interviews with multiple sources.

    The Pentagon has not yet responded to a request for comment from Fox News.

    In August, the Pentagon created a task force to investigate UFOs, or UAPs, following several unexplained incidents that have been observed by the U.S. military.

    The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force was launched by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, boosting an effort by the Office of Naval Intelligence, officials said.

    It’s not yet clear how this new task force relates to the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), Pope told Fox News over the summer. Pope cited “former defense officials” with the group who were involved in work relating to UFOs.

    The AATIP was formed in 2007 at the behest of former Sen. Harry Reid, Fox News previously reported. It reportedly ceased operations in 2012, but in 2017, the New York Times reported the Department of Defense was still investigating potential episodes of unidentified flying objects.

    The creation of the task force follows inquiries from lawmakers about the subject. In June, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, acting chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, instructed the director of national intelligence, the secretary of defense and other agency heads to compile data on “unidentified aerial phenomenon.”

    “The Committee remains concerned that there is no unified, comprehensive process within the federal government for collecting and analyzing intelligence on unidentified aerial phenomena, despite the potential threat,” lawmakers wrote in a report.

    In July, the New York Times reported that a small group of government officials, including Reid, and scientists believe objects of “undetermined origin” have crashed to Earth and been retrieved. The publication cited Eric W. Davis, an astrophysicist who worked as a subcontractor and a consultant for the Pentagon UFO program. Davis, who now works for defense contractor Aerospace Corporation, said he gave briefings on the recovery of unexplained objects to staff members of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Intelligence Committee, on Oct. 21 and Oct. 23, 2019.

    In April, the Pentagon officially released videos of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” known as “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast,” previously captured by Navy aircraft. The footage had circulated in the public for years. They were originally released to the New York Times and to The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, headed by Blink-182 co-founder Tom DeLonge.

    After the videos were released publicly, DeLonge said “UFOs are real” in a since-deleted tweet.

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