Throughout the past year, AMAC Newsline has endeavored to bring our readers engaging and insightful content on the biggest stories driving conversations in our country and around the world. While we always base our analysis on the facts, we have also sought to provide unique and insightful perspectives on what storylines to follow. Here are twelve big stories that we gave AMAC readers the inside track on in 2022.
2022 was a historic year for the pro-life movement
One of the first major political events of 2022 was the March for Life, an annual gathering of pro-life activists in Washington, D.C. This year’s march, however, felt a little different, as AMAC Newsline author Seamus Brennan predicted that it would be a “historic year for the pro-life movement.” And indeed it was, as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and returned the power to legislate on abortion to the states. Again as Brennan predicted, it was former President Donald Trump’s nominees – Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett – who delivered the deciding votes.
Biden’s State of the Union Address was a political flop
After a historically long delay, President Joe Biden finally delivered his first State of the Union Address on March 1. In February, AMAC Newsline’s Shane Harris predicted that “Biden has little choice but to try and convince the American people that things are actually going quite well – in spite of the abundant evidence that they are not.” Claire Brighn followed that up with another prediction on the day of the speech that the remarks “are likely to be filled with a number of rosy predictions that economic measures like inflation and gas prices – which have been dismal for most of his presidency – will soon get better thanks to his administration’s policies.”
Biden’s lackluster speech turned out to be exactly that – a blatant effort to gaslight the country into believing that everything was great. As AMAC Newsline noted at the time, Biden failed to mention the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, made only a vague passing mention of the need to “fix” the border, denied any responsibility for inflation, and baldly lied about rising violent crime.
Supreme Court nomination process was dominated by identity politics
Following Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement announcement in January, speculation immediately began to swirl about who would replace the liberal judge. Progressives were thrilled at the chance to confirm one of their own to the high court.
But as AMAC Newsline author Seamus Brennan warned, the confirmation process “may not be without some serious political risks.” Specifically, he predicted that Democrats’ obsession with “race, sex, and other identity-oriented factors” would drive the selection and confirmation process, and that if Biden chose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, as was then rumored, her spotty track record would lead to serious questions about the rationale for her selection.
Sure enough, Biden did nominate Judge Jackson, and her confirmation process was dogged by concerns about whether or not she was truly the best candidate for the job. Biden and Senate Democrats gushed about the fact that she was a black woman, but failed to make much of a case for her legal acumen, even as questions about her lenient sentences for child sex offenders lingered. Overall, the process led to a continuing slide in public confidence in the Court.
Soros-backed DA Chesa Boudin falls in recall vote in deep-blue San Francisco
Throughout the early months of 2022, AMAC Newsline author Andrew Abbott tracked growing backlash to the policies of Chesa Boudin, San Francisco’s radical district attorney who was funded by ultra-liberal billionaire George Soros and supported policies like ending cash bail and freeing violent felons from jail. Ahead of a recall vote in June, Abbott predicted that Boudin would be ousted. 55 percent of San Franciscans voted “yes” on the recall, putting other far-left DAs on notice.
Biden caved to far left on student loan bailout
In March, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released a radical manifesto of demands for President Biden to meet through executive action as it became clear that such policies could never pass through Congress. One of those was for the administration to cancel student debt. AMAC Newsline’s Shane Harris predicted at the time that that those demands would become the “blueprint” for Democratic governance.
Sure enough, just a few months later, Biden canceled roughly $500 billion in student loans via executive fiat, a decision of dubious constitutionality that is still being challenged in court and has further exacerbated inflation.
Republicans flipped control of the House
It’s undeniable that November’s midterm election results fell short of expectations for Republicans. But the media’s predicted recovery for Democrats that would allow them to retain control of both chambers of Congress also did not come to pass. AMAC Newsline author Daniel Berman advised readers in August that marginally better poll numbers were “almost certainly not enough for Democrats to have a serious prospect of holding the House.” That proved to be the case, as concerns over inflation and Democrat radicalism were enough to flip the chamber.
3 Virginia House races were bellwethers for midterms
In an article from mid-September, Shane Harris advised readers to pay particularly close attention to three House races in Virginia, predicting, “If Republicans win none of these races, Democrats have a good chance of retaining control of the House and even expanding their majority. If Republicans win just one, who wins the majority is a toss-up and will likely be determined by just a few seats either way. If Republicans win two or all three, it is a safe bet that narratives of a Democratic “resurgence” were overblown, and the GOP is well on its way to a large majority.”
Republicans won just one – Jen Kiggans ousted Democrat Elaine Luria in the Virginia 2nd – and control of the House was indeed very close, with Republicans winning a four-seat margin.
Benjamin Netanyahu re-elected as Israeli Prime Minister
Just a few months after he was removed as Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the post, buoyed by a sudden resurgence of popularity for the conservative Likud Party. AMAC Newsline author Barry Casselman called this one early, hypothesizing that shifting alliances within the Israeli parliament would pave the way for Bibi’s return.
Hakeem Jeffries becomes new House Democrat leader, cementing Pelosi’s legacy of failure and radicalism
One of the biggest political stories of the latter half of the year was the retirement announcement of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had been atop the House Democratic Caucus since 2007. Amid speculation about Pelosi’s exit all the way back in January, Shane Harris predicted that Hakeem Jeffries of New York would replace her, “signaling the beginning of a new, even more, radical era for the Democratic Party.” Andrew Abbott similarly speculated in February that Pelosi’s “legacy of… radical progressivism will continue, with the next Democrat leader likely to be even more extreme than she.”
In December, Democrats elected Jeffries by a wide margin, underscoring that it is progressives in the mold of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the “Squad” who are now the center of power in the party. As Pelosi makes her exit, her record of failure is also clear – she lost control of the House immediately after becoming Speaker in the 2010 midterms, did not gain back control until 2018, and then lost the House again in 2022, all while allowing far-left radicals to hijack her caucus.
House Republicans prioritize Afghanistan, Fauci, Hunter Biden investigations
Once it looked like Republicans had a good chance to retake the House in November’s midterm elections, attention began to turn to how the GOP would use its new power to hold the Biden administration and career bureaucrats accountable for their many failures. In February, AMAC Newsline’s Louis Senn argued that investigations into the Afghanistan debacle, Dr. Fauci’s role in censoring the “lab leak” theory, and a deep dive into the Hunter Biden laptop scandal could be at the top of the list. Soon after winning the majority, House Republicans announced that those items would indeed be among their first slate of investigations.
Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase devastating for Big Tech, mainstream media credibility
In April, Shane Harris penned a piece detailing why “the left is terrified of Elon Musk.” Specifically, he pointed out how Musk’s bid to buy Twitter “has exposed the rank hypocrisy and authoritarian mindset that defines America’s cultural left.” If that bid was successful, Harris predicted, it would force the left “into revealing the corrupt game they are playing.”
Musk’s release of the “Twitter Files,” has done just that, revealing the extent to which Big Tech, the mainstream media, and government bureaucrats worked together to stifle free speech and stories that could be damaging to Democrats and left-wing dogma. From suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story to censoring expert opinions that ran counter to the narrative pushed by government scientists, Musk has single-handedly laid bare just how incestuous and corrupt the country’s elites are. As Harris predicted, transparency was ultimately the thing the left feared the most.
Bipartisan momentum emerges to ban TikTok
Late last month, Louis Senn highlighted urgent national security concerns associated with TikTok, a popular social media app with close ties to the Chinese government. Just a few weeks later, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill to ban the app on government devices, a move that was followed by several governors. Though it is not yet clear whether there is enough support for a blanket ban on the platform, conservatives are continuing to agitate in that direction.
As the calendar flips over to 2023, we’ll be ready to continue providing our readers with coverage of the stories that the mainstream media won’t touch. Along with all the important facts and figures, our mission is to keep you informed about how the biggest events in our country and around the world could impact your life and the future direction of our world.
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A great article. Dear Lord please protect and defend our country from enemies within.
When you say Musk’s purchase of Twitter was “devastating for big tech,” I assume that “big tech” means Tesla.
“Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase devastating for Big Tech, mainstream media credibility
Musk’s release of the “Twitter Files,” has done just that, revealing the extent to which Big Tech, the mainstream media, and government bureaucrats worked together to stifle free speech and stories that could be damaging to Democrats and left-wing dogma. From suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story to censoring expert opinions that ran counter to the narrative pushed by government scientists, Musk has single-handedly laid bare just how incestuous and corrupt the country’s elites are. As Harris predicted, transparency was ultimately the thing the left feared the most.”
If you believe the above is true and I do, why let the mainstream media continue to have special privileges?
Campaign laws are responsible for the corporate voice having more influence in our elections than the voice of natural persons!
To restore equal rights to citizens, federal candidates, political parties and PACs “We the People” should ask our representatives in the Senate and House to revisit “S. 2416 — 113th Congress: Free All Speech Act of 2014.” govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s2416
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
June 3, 2014
Mr. Cruz introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To apply laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations.
1. Short title
This Act may be cited as the Free All Speech Act of 2014 .
2. Application of laws that restrict the political speech of American citizens to media corporations
(a) In general
Any law that restricts the political speech of American citizens shall apply with equal force to media corporations, such as the New York Times, the American Broadcasting Company (ABC), the National Broadcasting Company (NBC), and the CBS Television Network.
(b) No application to American citizens if application to media corporations found unconstitutional
To the extent that the application of a law to a media corporation under subsection (a) is found unconstitutional, such law shall have no force or effect with respect to American citizens.
Something needs to be done about the Chinese Police Stations in countires other than China. There is something going on when ther eare 54 countries with over Chinese police stations around the world and 2 are in the U.S., NYC and LA. Ireland has thrown them out and they are being investigated by a number of other countries. That is a huge change that has happened in 2022. We know they are lying about what they are for, supposedly documantation help for expatriots. But they are just an extension of the Chinese Police around the world, harrassing former citizens and threatening their families still in China. Proof: They are harrassing naturalized American citizens who do not need to carry Chinese paperwork or driver’s license!
my “100” Chinese police stations dissappeared!
How about comments on mid-term election ?? That was a big story.
Please, protect, defend, and restore this once great nation, to be the spear of Your Word and Truth. In Jesus’s name.
Amen, and Amen
Biden already had a questionable reputation when he entered politic almost 50 years ago. “Was he really the mean nasty foul mouthed reprobate they say? Is he really a closet pedophile? Is he really a plagiarist, a womanizer and a compulsive liar? All these suspicions proved to be true so the Democrats elevated him to VP and eventually President, possibly two terms !. His performance during his forty years in the Senate and eight years as VP confirmed all those questions and more. Now not only Joe, but his son Hunter and the rest of the Biden Crime Family enjoy the protection of the Questionable Democrat Party.
A mean, nasty, foul-mouthed reprobate; lusts after his daughter; a womanizer and a compulsive liar; and eventually President, possibly two terms. Yikes !!
Who do we have to counteract this menace ?
Very good question. I like your comment.
Because of Biden and the democrats the United States is going into the devils playground.Biden is trying to kick GOD out of the United States but I will keep praying and praising him till I go to heaven.
From the heart. American History belongs to ALL AMERICANS. It is not ethically, educationally, or legally right to strip the country of all the artifacts, statues, portraits, and move bodies out of their graves; (taking their burial monuments, and relocating them!) This is the major reason, I left the democratic/Marxist party. (There was also, the defunding of the US Police Departments, rewriting history in our schools, Woke Philosophy, resultant increase in crime by 800% in some areas, and allover dysfunction of everything!) The conservatives will stand for what is right hopefully, and not what is liberal ‘politically correct’. Bring back respect for Our Founding Fathers, Our American Flag, and The Pledge of Allegiance! May God Protect & Guide These United States of America!
WE MUST TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY! PERIOD!!! #AmericaFirst
To do that we must first take back our elections from the Democrats and RiNOs that have allowed them to become so perverted by mail-in voting that our founding fathers would not recognize the abomination we call an election today! Remember, it is not who votes but who counts the votes that matters.
Maybe McCarthy will put George Santos newly elected House member from New York in charge of cleaning up voter fraud.
Bravo calls Hooray