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Written by on June 21, 2021

Welcome to another edition of Ringside Politics with Jeff Crouere

Today’s Hot Topics:

1) Former President Obama’s ethics chief ripped into President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for selling his art at prices ranging up to half a million dollars to anonymous buyers.

Walter Shaub, the former Office of Government Ethics director under Obama, said that the lucrative arrangement has a “shameful and grifty feeling to it.”

“The notion of a president’s son capitalizing on that relationship by selling art at obviously inflated prices and keeping the public in the dark about who’s funneling money to him has a shameful and grifty feel to it,” Shaub told Fox News on Monday.

2) A woman in Michigan who authorities say shot at a Flint police officer at a traffic checkpoint during a parade on Juneteenth and was struck when the officer returned fire has since died at the hospital.

Michigan State Police is investigating following the officer-involved shooting that happened at approximately 2:14 p.m. Saturday in the city of Flint. Officials identified the woman as Briana Sykes, 19, of Flint.

A preliminary investigation revealed that an officer working a traffic point for the Juneteenth Celebration Parade “was fired upon by a lone occupant of a vehicle who drove up to him,” the Flint Police Department said in a press release.

3) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse last week refused to apologize for his family’s membership in a reportedly all-White beach club in his home state of Rhode Island, calling beach clubs “a long tradition” and saying he hopes the club will admit minority members soon.

The senator’s office on Monday denied that the club has discriminatory policies and said it does have minority members.

Whitehouse, D-R.I., was asked about his family’s membership in Bailey’s Beach Club, officially known as Spouting Rock Beach Association, by GoLocalProv in a video that was posted on Saturday. The interviewer cited comments Whitehouse made in 2017 that he hoped the highly-exclusive club would begin to accept minority members and asked Whitehouse’s reaction to it allegedly not doing so.

4) President Joe Biden responded Friday to a controversial new plan advanced this week by Catholic bishops, which would recommend guidelines for bishops to refuse giving politicians in favor of abortion communion.

Biden, the nation’s second Catholic president, would be among those the church would recommend not serving communion due to his pro-choice stance.

“That’s a private matter and I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Biden, 78, said Friday, when asked if he was concerned about the measure and whether it signaled a rift in the Catholic church.

Today’s Guests:

1) Charles Murray—Hayek Emeritus Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and author of “FACING REALITY: Two Truths about Race in America”

2)  Chad Rogers, Publisher of TheDeadPelican.com; Ringside Politics All-Star

3) Kenny Xu, Author;  An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack on Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy

4) John O’Connor, Author; Postgate: How the Washington Post Betrayed Deep Throat, Covered Up Watergate, and Began Today’s Partisan Advocacy Journalism