News and Commentary

The Rundown: GOP Still Demanding Answers, Voters Disapprove Of Hunter Plea Deal, Liberals Capitalize On Fatal Tragedy
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during a bilateral meeting with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Oval Office of the White House on September 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images)(Photo by Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images)

Come for Morning Wire’s Afternoon Update’s straight news, but stay for rapid reaction. The following five stories, and more, can be heard on today’s Morning Wire Afternoon Update podcast. Click here to listen

1. GOP Still Waiting On Answers After A Strongly Worded Letter

David Weiss, the U.S. district attorney leading the Hunter Biden investigation, ignored a deadline to comply with congressional demands Thursday night. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Republican Jim Jordan (R-OH) demanded that Weiss provide materials relating to alleged retaliation against whistleblowers, who say the probe has been sabotaged due to pressure from Biden officials. Rep. Jordan sent the letter to Weiss in late June requesting more information, including on the removal of IRS agent Gary Shapley, one of the whistleblowers who was overseeing the agency’s investigation.

Rapid Reaction:  As previously observed, how many more strongly worded letters will Republican politicians promise to send? Will another hearing make things right? Does the GOP really think that any of that will force the Department of Justice or Democrats to change their ways? What’s the end game here?

It’s all a bit reminiscent of past corruption that Republicans promised to get to the bottom of, such as Benghazi, the IRS-Tea Party Scandal, Operation Fast & Furious, Hillary Clinton’s emails, and countless other examples. Once they get to the bottom of the outrage du jour, that’s where the GOP remains. Meanwhile, Democrats and their allies move on to the next abuse of power.

2. Most Voters Disapprove Of The Hunter Biden Plea Deal

A majority of voters disapprove of the plea deal offered to President Biden’s son Hunter. A Rasmussen Reports poll found that 55% disapprove of the plea bargain, including 41% who “strongly” disapprove. Just 37% approve of the deal, with only 19% “strongly” approving. Hunter Biden agreed to plead guilty on charges that he violated federal tax and resolve a gun violation, with some legal experts calling it a “sweetheart deal” that would not have been offered to the average American. 

Rapid Reaction:  The American people aren’t dumb. The Hunter plea deal is the latest evidence for many that the system is rigged. That has led to Americans seeking candidates who go against the D.C. Establishment. That anti-establishment fervor is found in both parties — hence the popularity of candidates such as Robert Kennedy, Jr., former President Donald Trump, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. All other GOP candidates, minus a few, also include anti-establishment rhetoric in their stump speeches.

To go off point one, perhaps the only to help “restore” order at the DOJ is to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland — as has been suggested by folks like House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).

3. U.S. Tap Water Majorly Contaminated, Report Says 

A new U.S. Geological Survey reveals that nearly 50% of all U.S. tap water contains “Forever Chemicals” or polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) that can be dangerous to human health. PFAS have been linked to things such as cancer, thyroid disease, high cholesterol, decreased fertility, liver damage and hormone suppression, and other issues. 

Rapid Reaction: In the words of Sydney Evans, a science analyst for the Environmental Working Group, “Legal does not necessarily equal safe.” Indeed, for years the U.S. government has legally approved tap water despite containing such chemicals.

According to Dr. Graham Peaslee, a University of Notre Dame professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, PFAS are “really insidious, this poison. We are going to have to get inventive on how to filter it out for all of our days.”

And yet, our federal government seems to have little to no interest in solving this problem.

So the next time a liberal tells you to trust the government always, especially as it relates to “the science,” maybe it’s a good idea to go over the level of PFAS in their drinking water and ask if they still think the government is always looking out for them.

4. UK Bank Refuses To Open Account For Conservative Parent Group: Report

Metro Bank, a popular financial institution in the United Kingdom, reportedly refused to open a bank account for an organization that opposes radical gender ideology. A spokesperson for the group called “Our Duty” claims that a Metro Bank employee said that Our Duty’s website had ideas that, quote, “conflicted with the culture and ideas we are pushing.”

Rapid Reaction: Welcome to the new normal, where conservatives are discriminated against for holding basic views such as the knowledge that men cannot get pregnant. This is, unfortunately, the way the world works these days. The only solution is to stop giving your money to people who hate you.

5. Death In Death Valley

A 65-year-old man was found dead in Death Valley National Park on Monday. Officials believe he died of extreme heat.  The man’s body was found by a maintenance worker in the late morning, inside a sedan parked about 30 yards off the road. The National Parks Services said in a statement, “The sedan’s tracks ran along the road shoulder and rocky berm before veering further away from the paved road. The vehicle did not crash but had two flat tires when stopped.”

Rapid Reaction: The Left is already using this story as evidence that “climate change” is going to kill us all. The fatality occurred on one of the hottest days in decades. Of course, it’s named Death Valley for a reason. It gets very hot there and has posed risks to humans for hundreds of years now. Furthermore, despite headlines claiming that June has been experiencing some of the hottest days ever — that claim simply isn’t true. The records to substantiate it only go back to the 70s. 

To listen to the audio version of Afternoon Update, click here. And for more in-depth discussion of the biggest stories of the day, listen to the latest full episode of Morning Wire every morning.

The views expressed in this piece are the author’s own and do not necessarily represent those of The Daily Wire.

The Daily Wire   >  Read   >  The Rundown: GOP Still Demanding Answers, Voters Disapprove Of Hunter Plea Deal, Liberals Capitalize On Fatal Tragedy