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By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor

After weeks of paralysis we have a Speaker of the House of Representatives. Like most Americans, the Speaker of My House hardly seemed to notice. Not sure she could even name Mike Johnson today. But we are mightily relieved for the army of Washington pundits and media vultures who worked themselves beyond panic and into hysteria over the trauma…Oh my God, the Government is broken! Well, it is true that for a few days not much else got done by Congress (which may have been a relief). And those beltway pundits and media vultures have already gone on to gleefully lionizing and/or castigating Speaker Johnson. In time we’ll find out if he is devil or angel, but in the meantime some center/right people are still working…

Exporting Good Policy…ATR’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge Goes to Argentina…Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has long protected Americans’ interests with their Taxpayers Protection Pledge. Hundreds of Federal and State legislators and candidates have signed a written commitment to oppose any and all tax increases. Good ideas travel well. Watch and try out your Spanish (or read the subtitles) as Argentine candidate for President Javier Milei, signs the Argentine “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”. Good news for our neighbors down south.

Kevin Kiley Wants Safe AI…and A Lot More. Congressman Kevin Kiley (R, CA) has introduced legislation to ensure safe and ethical research into the development of AI (Artificial Intelligence). Whether AI becomes a threat or a blessing could depend on how it is developed. We have our fingers crossed and so does our computer and our robot and our coffee maker… Oh, never mind. Learn more here about Rep.Kiley’s thoughts on this and other issues.

And While We’re Meeting Congressmen…Gary Palmer has served the people of Alabama (and the rest of us) nobly and honorably for nine years. As one of the candidates for Speaker of the House this hardworking member gained a bit of semi-notoriety. He deserves better. Take a moment and get to know a little about one of the House of Representatives good guys.  

Come on, Man! Biden Supports Non-Citizens Voting? Yup. Our President supports allowing non-citizens, even illegal immigrants, to vote in our elections. Americans for Citizen Voting is pointing our Biden’s flip flop on the issue and the problems it raises in TV and radio ads in Washington and North Carolina. Obviously, let’s stop this.

Okay, that’s it for now. More next week as everybody gets back to work.


TES Editor Andresen Blom is a Washington based policy and political analyst and author who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico,