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Dave Portnoy raises over $10 million for small businesses impacted by coronavirus lockdowns

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Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy has raised $10.2 million for small businesses as of Wednesday morning.

“The Barstool Fund” was created by Portnoy after New York City officials closed indoor dining following a spike in coronavirus cases.

Portnoy, who is a regular guest on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” has been extremely outspoken about the detrimental affects lockdowns have on small businesses.

“I can’t believe in this country, what I consider the most basic right of them all, the right to earn a living, the right to earn a livelihood, is now being stolen, it is being stolen by a few politicians who believe they are smarter than me and you. They believe they have the right to tell me and you how to live our lives,” Portnoy said in a Twitter video.

“How do you expect these people to survive?” Portnoy said during an interview with Tucker Carlson. “How are restaurants going to survive? Nobody in the government seems to care. Or at least no one is acting like they care.”

“Barstool’s going to make it — but a lot of people aren’t.”

Portnoy began The Barstool Fund on Dec. 17.

Less than two weeks later, the fund raised over $10 million for small businesses across the country. Portnoy contributed $500,000 of his own money toward the effort.

He’s also pressured other influential millionaires and billionaires to support the cause and has invited SpaceX CEO Elon Musk to donate.

The first small business they supported was Borrelli’s located in Long Island.

In an emotional video posted on Twitter, Frankie Borelli Jr., thanked Portnoy after receiving a donation from the fund.

“I really want to thank you for starting this fund. You don’t know what it means to us,” Borrelli said holding back tears. “I got my staff. They’re all being paid, and I said we’ll make it through Christmas. January, February and March, I planned on closing. I didn’t say anything to my staff. This is going to help so much. You don’t know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

According to The Barstool Fund website, over 87,000 people have donated and 43 small businesses have been supported.

The Barstool Fund is continuing to accept applications from small businesses in need of help at TheBarstoolFund.com/apply.

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White House Confirms It Is Looking Into Shutting Down Oil Pipeline Amid Fuel Crisis

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The Biden administration confirmed that it is considering shutting down an oil pipeline in Michigan despite the ongoing fuel crisis in the country.

“Revoking the permits for the [Line 5] pipeline that delivers oil from western Canada across Wisconsin, the Great Lakes and Michigan and into Ontario, would please environmentalists who have urged the White House to block fossil fuel infrastructure, but it would aggravate a rift with Canada and could exacerbate a spike in energy prices that Republicans are already using as a political weapon,” Politico Pro reported. “Killing a pipeline while U.S. gasoline prices are the highest in years could be political poison for Biden, who has seen his approval rating crash in recent months.”

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked about the report during Monday’s press briefing, asking, “why is the administration now considering shutting down the Line 5 pipeline from Canada to Michigan?”

“So, Peter, that is inaccurate,” Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed. “That is not right. So, any reporting indicating that some decision has been made, again, is not accurate. … So, again, I would — it is inaccurate what you just stated, but —”

“What’s inaccurate?” Doocy asked.

“The reporting about us wanting to shut down the Line 5,” Jean-Pierre said.

“I didn’t say ‘wanting.’  I said, is it being studied right now?  Is the administration studying the impact of shutting down the Line 5?”

“Yeah. Yes, we are. We are,” Jean-Pierre admitted.

 

The news comes as gas prices have reached their highest since 2014, when Biden was vice president, and are currently about 50% higher than they were when Biden entered office.

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