Nancy Pelosi plans trip to Taiwan — The Speaker of the House’s upcoming visit was criticized by President Biden, who said it was “not a good idea.” Indications are that the trip will proceed as planned with Pelosi commenting, “It’s important for us to show support for Taiwan.”
Increased Chinese censorship in reaction to protests — After being required to pay mortgages on houses which have not been completed on schedule, online protests began in regional capitals of Wuhan, Nanchang, and Zhengzhou. The government responded by removing any related videos, hashtags, and posts online.
“Secondhand censorship” impact conservatives — Brent Bozell, of the Media Research Center, reported that seven social media companies, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, and Spotify, restricted information 144,301,713 times in the first quarter of 2022.
Biden administration considers declaring public health emergency — White House Covid response coordinator Ashish Jha said the move, in response to increased cases of monkeypox, was under consideration, adding, “We’re looking at that, looking at what are the ways in which the response could be enhanced by declaring a public health emergency.”
Liberal media outlets not invited to Sunshine Summit — DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw responded to complaints by saying, “My message to them is to try crying about it. Then go to kickboxing and have a margarita. And write the same hit piece you were gonna write anyway.”
Truckers’ protest blocks Oakland port — The truckers want Governor Gavin Newsom to change the labor law AB 5, which requires them to be employees of a company rather than act as independent contractors.
Alumni groups form to support free speech — Chapters from universities such as Harvard, Bucknell, Yale, and Cornell have united as the Alumni Free Speech Alliance. Edward Yingling of Princetonians for Free Speech described their motivation, “There’s a feeling that a lot of universities are losing their way. … There’s very little diversity of thought.”