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7 Things: Biden has a totally normal day in France; Dobson picks up support in AL-02; and more …

7. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s successful push to increase the minimum wage for fast food workers to $20 per hour has led to increased automation and fewer job opportunities in the dominant entry-level employment sector as price hikes are hurting the businesses as well. The California Business and Industrial Alliance reports that nearly 10,000 jobs have been cut across fast food restaurants and they placed a USA Today ad featuring mock “obituaries” of popular fast food brands that have raised prices, reduced worker hours, and in some cases, shut down stores.

6. Hunter Biden’s defense team faced significant setbacks in court on Thursday, it was so bad that the crackhead son of President Joe Biden joked about representing himself as he left the courtroom. Testimonies from ex-girlfriend Zoe Kestan and ex-wife Kathleen Buhle, along with the gun salesman who sold him the firearm, undermined his defense, revealing details of his crack-cocaine usage around the time he purchased a firearm in October 2018, contradicting arguments that he had achieved some sobriety, especially the point that Hallie Biden threw out his gun because he was on drugs .

5. The latest FiveThirtyEight polling average shows former President Donald Trump leading President Joe Biden nationally by 1.6 points, with Trump at 41.2% and Biden at 39.6%, while Robert F. Kennedy Jr. garners 9.4% with polls following Trump’s conviction factored in. In key swing states, Trump leads Biden in North Carolina, Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, indicating a strong position for Trump compared to Biden’s polling advantage in the 2020 election.

4. President Joe Biden has publicly admitted he has given the greenlight for attacks inside Russia and Ukraine has now used U.S. weapons to strike inside Russia under the recently approved guidance. With these attacks now happening, many are arguing they are just hitting sites that have attacked Ukraine, but this had not been done for fear of a Putin response that could include using missiles against a NATO country’s territory or a tactical nuclear weapon making its way to the battlefield.

3. Reports from the border show that President Joe Biden’s executive order on immigration has had no impact as border patrol encounters were consistent with recent trends, tallying in the low 4,000s to mid-to-high 3,000s, this excludes those who evaded capture. Overall, there were roughly 5,500 CBP encounters, including about 4,000 illegal crossings and 1,500 encounters at ports of entry, mainly releases via the CBP One App.

2. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), a potential vice presidential pick for former President Donald Trump, announced that her E-PAC, which has raised over $3 million to increase the number of Republican women elected to Congress, is extending its efforts to the South, specifically endorsing Caroleene Dobson for Alabama’s Second Congressional District, a race Stefanik describes as a “sleeper” that is being overlooked. This aligns with E-PAC’s strategy of supporting key races early, leveraging Stefanik’s fundraising capabilities to align with the priorities of a potential House GOP majority after the 2024 general election.

1. While the Biden administration is sending another political enemy to jail and the media frets about former President Donald Trump potentially sending his political enemies to prison, President Joe Biden suggested democracy is at stake (his sole campaign theme) and demanding more support for Ukraine. The president also had a surprisingly normal day where looked lost when he arrived at the event honoring American servicemembers sacrifices 80 years ago, meandered around the stage, and left early while French President Emmanuel Macron continued thanking World War II heroes.

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Dale Jackson is a thought leader for Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN and from 10-11 a.m. on Talk 99.5 and News Radio 1440, with a rebroadcast Talk Radio 103.9 FM/730AM WUMP from 3-4 p.m.

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