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Forbes: Andrew Yang considering a run for NYC mayor

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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang is reportedly weighing a campaign for mayor of New York City, a close ally told Forbes on Monday.

The unnamed ally, only referred to as a former aide of Yang’s, told Forbes that the business and tech entrepreneur is “definitely” thinking about a bid to replace the historically unpopular and term-limited Mayor Bill de Blasio. However, Yang has not made a decision yet.

Politico first reported the newest round of speculation on Monday when it reported that a poll is asking New Yorkers which of the candidates on a list of 11 that included Yang should succeed de Blasio as mayor.

If he ultimately decides to run, Yang would automatically become one of the most well-known candidates in the already-crowded race. Other big-names who might throw their hats in the ring are CNN President Jeff Zucker and Staten Island Congressman Max Rose (D-N.Y.), Forbes said. The Democratic Party’s mayoral primary is scheduled to take place on June 22, 2021.

He rose to notoriety during his unexpectedly popular dark-horse bid to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president. In particular, he made a name for himself in promoting the idea of universal basic income (UBI). The general idea of UBI is sending every American adult a check every month, something that has grown in popularity throughout the coronavirus pandemic, especially after a round of stimulus check sent to millions of Americans back in the springtime as part of the CARES Act.

Since dropping out of the Democratic primaries in February, Yang launched a nonprofit called Humanity Forward to continue promoting UBI. He also joined CNN as a political commentator and started his own weekly podcast called “Yang Speaks.”

Recently, Yang and his family moved down to Georgia to campaign for the pair of Democrats running in the state’s two side-by-side runoff elections for the U.S. Senate. These two runoffs will determine which political party will hold a majority, albeit a razor thin one, during the next Congress. The date of these twin runoff elections is set for January 5, 2021.

The Democrats, Jon Ossoff and Reverend Raphael Warnock, are hoping to oust their respective GOP incumbents, Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. If the Democrats sweep both seats, they would hold 50 out of the 100 seats in the Senate and have Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as the tiebreaking vote.

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Judge orders Biden’s DHS to release files on agents accused of censoring election ‘misinformation’

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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry made headway in countering federal agents involved in suppressing what liberal tech labeled “misinformation” on social media.

The Attorneys General moved to release testimony from five Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) employees after learning of their participation in the Biden administration’s counter-“disinformation” efforts. On Wednesday, a Louisiana judge ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to release the files.

Court documents dated Jan. 19 show  the agents participated. The judge’s motion Wednesday could shed light on a “switchboarding” tactic employed during the 2020 election, according to the order.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants, which include the named individuals as well as President Joe Biden and top officials from a variety of federal agencies, “colluded and/or coerced social media companies to suppress disfavored speakers, viewpoints, and content on social media platforms by labeling the content “dis-information,” “mis-information,” and “mal-formation.”

The Daily Caller reports that the five CISA employees allegedly served as a “switchboard” to route requests from federal agencies to censor disinformation to various social media companies, according to the documents.

Switchboard work employed “an audit official to identify something on social media they deemed to be disinformation aimed at their jurisdiction,” top CISA election security agent Brian Skully testified in a deposition released Thursday.

“They couldforward that to CISA and CISA would share that with the appropriate social mediacompanies.”

 

 

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