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Larry Elder mocks California lawmakers: ‘Why didn’t we think of paying shoplifters not to shoplift before?’

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Conservative radio host Larry Elder blasted San Fransisco Mayor London Breed for her pilot program to pay high risk individuals to not shoot others. The Dream Keeper Fellowship will pay 10 people $300 each month for not picking up a gun. Elder is currently the Republican contender if California Governor Gavin Newsom is recalled. He appeared on Hannity Wednesday night.

“As to this business about paying criminals not to shoot each other, why didn’t we think of that before?” Elder joked with host Sean Hannity. “Why don’t we pay shoplifters not to shoplift? I mean, this is just madness.”

As a result, Elder concluded to contest Newsom during the upcoming recall election. “This is California and this is the kind of stuff that Gavin Newsom has been doing,” Elder said. “And you are quite right about him shutting down the state and denying kids in school education while his own kids were enjoying in-person private education.”

Meanwhile, 50% of third graders could not read at an age-proficient level. “And the math scores are even worse, even though we’re spending about 15 grand per student per year,” Elder said. “I will be championing choice in education, which is where the left and Gavin Newsom has absolutely gone ballistic.”

A similar program in Richmond, California saw a 70% reduction in shootings and homicides.

You can follow Jenny Goldsberry on Twitter @jennyjournalism.

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DOJ says FBI informant on Biden had ‘high-level’ contacts with Russian intelligence

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In a memorandum filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada to support Alexander Smirnov’s continued pre-trial detention, the Department of Justice(DOJ) wrote that he claimed to have had “contacts with multiple foreign intelligence agencies…[who] could resettle Smirnov outside the United States if he were released.”

Smirnov, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, was arrested and charged on Feb. 14 with making false statements to the FBI about Biden’s connections to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings Limited, which employed his son Hunter Biden as a member of the board with a monthly salary of $50,000 during his term as vice president.

“During his custodial interview on February 14, Smirnov admitted that officials associated with Russian intelligence were involved in passing a story about [Hunter Biden],” wrote special counsel David Weiss in the filing. “Smirnov apparently attended a separate meeting with Russian Official 1, [an] individual who controls groups that are engaged in overseas assassination efforts.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation reports that Smirnov was a confidential human source who provided information that was used to prepare a report, known as an FD-1023, about Joe Biden’s alleged connections to the Burisma business partners of Hunter Biden. That report has previously served as evidence contradictingJoe Biden’s claim that he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings; a notion at the center of an impeachment inquiry against him.

The FD-1023 detailing Smirnov’s claims was released by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa on July 20, 2023, after it was provided to him by government whistleblowers. “[The] indictment confirms several points Senator Grassley has made repeatedly. The informant behind the FD-1023 was, indeed, a long-serving, trusted FBI source used by the agency for criminal investigations since the Obama administration. In fact, he was so trusted that the FBI provided him authorization ‘to engage in illegal activity for investigative purposes’,” a spokesperson for Grassley told the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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