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Written by on July 23, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) First son Hunter Biden is expected to meet with prospective buyers at shows carrying his artwork later this year in New York and Los Angeles, raising new ethical concerns about influence peddling tied to the sales, according to a report.

​President Biden’s son is expected to appear at during a private affair in Los Angeles and a larger show in the Big Apple, Georges Berges Gallery spokeswoman Robin Davis told CBS News. ​​

“He’s looking forward to it. It is like someone debuting in the world. And of course he will be there,” Davis said.

2) Illinois State Police say that a 26-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries following a shooting on the Dan Ryan Expressway Wednesday night, just the latest in a surge of gun violence on area highways.

According to authorities, the man was driving in the express lanes of the interstate near 33rd Street when shots were fired from another vehicle. The man was hit, and the vehicle he was driving came to a stop on the right shoulder of the highway.

The driver was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition is unknown at this time. A 27-year-old man who was riding in the vehicle was not hit by gunfire, but was transported to an area hospital after suffering a medical emergency, according to police.

3) President Biden on Wednesday spoke to a half-empty auditorium while doing a live CNN town hall event in Ohio.

The more than dozen empty rows weren’t apparent to television viewers thanks to flattering shots that appeared to show a full, non-distanced crowd packing the front rows — in a striking visual display of normalcy after more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

But members of the traveling White House press pool shared photos from the back of the room, revealing that, in fact, the venue was far from packed at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati.

Bloomberg News reporter Jennifer Epstein, who traveled with Biden as a representative of wire services, tweeted an image of “[w]hat the Biden CNN town hall looks like from the back of the auditorium.”

4) The Cleveland Indians officially announced their new name on Friday.

The decision to change the name came last year amid racial tension in the U.S. as professional sports teams came under fire for having Native American monikers.

The baseball team will be known as the Guardians.

Today’s Guests:

1) Heidi St. John, Washington 3rd District Congressional Candidate

2) Chris Holton, Vice President of Outreach, Center for Security Policy

3) Mark Mix, President; National Right to Work Committee

4) Donna Carol Voss,  author and commentator