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On the morning of May 3rd, Sohrab Ahmari was dealing with blowback. The New York Post’s Iranian-born opinion editor had tweeted a message in support of Chinese global leadership, that he was “at peace with a Chinese-led 21st century” because “Late-liberal America is too dumb and decadent to last as a superpower.” He also praised Chinese civilization itself, writing that it would “possess a great deal of natural virtue” while exerting economic, cultural, and military power upon the rest of the world.

Prominent figures from both the left and right criticized Ahmari for the tweet. He later deleted it…


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In 2018, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest and most controversial startups had no choice but to close.

OneTaste, the “orgasmic meditation” company that had received international fame for its spiritually-oriented clitoral stroking practice, was exposed in a devastating that alleged predatory sales practices, sexual manipulation, and abuse on the part of OneTaste’s staff and leadership. Ex-staffers, interviewed for the BBC’s Orgasm Cult podcast, said the company was a “sex cult.”

In response, the company ceased operations and closed its numerous U.S. locations. The FBI reportedly into the company shortly after.


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July 6, 2021 — Today, B.T. Linhden releases the results of its request for information on the amount the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has spent on bridge repair and construction projects in Pittsburgh from January 1, 2015, to mid-August, 2020.

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Following disappointing unemployment numbers, President Joe Biden issued a new warning to welfare recipients: accept a job or lose your benefits.

The economy just 266,000 new jobs in March, which falls significantly below the 995,000 new jobs that economists had forecast.

Biden rebuffed criticisms that his expansive social welfare provisions created to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic had disincentivized recipients from searching for jobs.

“Let’s be clear: Our economic plan…


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Following disappointing unemployment numbers, President Joe Biden issued a new warning to welfare recipients: accept a job or lose your benefits.

The economy just 266,000 new jobs in March, which falls significantly below the 995,000 new jobs that economists had forecast.

Biden rebuffed criticisms that his expansive social welfare provisions created to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic had disincentivized recipients from searching for jobs.

“Let’s be clear: Our economic plan is working. I never said — and no serious analyst ever suggested — that climbing out of the deep, deep hole our economy is in would be simple, easy…


Good evening. Here’s your daily briefing, in two minutes.

Donald Trump is back on the internet.

The former president, banned from , Twitter, and most other online platforms, has created his own meant to be a platform by which he can directly communicate with his followers.

The platform is much like Twitter, but only allows one-way communication. Trump has, thus far, posted dozens of messages criticizing Democrats and “RINOs” who voted in favor of his impeachment.

Chief among the so-called RINOs is Liz Cheney, who attracted the then-president’s ire by calling for his removal from office following the January…


Donald Trump is back on the internet.

The former president, banned from , Twitter, and most other online platforms, has created his own meant to be a platform by which he can directly communicate with his followers.

The platform is much like Twitter, but only allows one-way communication. Trump has, thus far, posted dozens of messages criticizing Democrats and “RINOs” who voted in favor of his impeachment.

Chief among the so-called RINOs is Liz Cheney, who attracted the then-president's ire by calling for his removal from office following the January 6th invasion of the Capitol and saying that Trump’s…


Good afternoon. Here’s your daily news briefing, in two minutes or less.

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In 2017, a 14-year-old cheerleader in eastern Pennsylvania posted a photo to her Snapchat account.

The girl, referred to in the filing as B.L., wrote “f*ck school f*ck softball f*ck cheer f*ck everything” in the public post, which she shared from a local convenience store. The post came to her coach’s attention, who banned B.L. from the team for a year.

Then, B.L. and her parents filed suit, and, after four years, the Supreme Court heard the case.

In granting a hearing…


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In 2017, a 14-year-old cheerleader in eastern Pennsylvania posted a photo to her Snapchat account.

The girl, referred to in the filing as B.L., wrote “f*ck school f*ck softball f*ck cheer f*ck everything” in the public post, which she shared from a local convenience store. The post came to her coach's attention, who banned B.L. from the team for a year.

Then, B.L. and her parents filed suit, and, after four years, the Supreme Court heard the case.

In granting a hearing to Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L.,


Good morning — here’s today’s story, in two minutes or less.

Lisa Ferdinando

On Wednesday night, President Joe Biden took the stage for the first congressional address of his presidency.

It was a pared-down affair, with a limited number of congressmen, staff, and members of the West Wing — totaling 200 — allowed in. Biden appeared confident as he lauded the achievements of his administration: the swearing-in of the first female Vice President, the passage of a massive coronavirus relief plan, and the rollback of several of his predecessor’s policies.

And Biden swore that his next 100 days would be even more…

Elijah L.

Elijah Labby is an investigative journalist at B.T. Linhden. Follow him on Twitter @elijahlabby.

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