China Isn’t Waiting

What to Know: President Joe Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but the meeting didn’t cool tensions—quite the opposite.

The TPPF Take: China is preparing for war, not working to save the planet from climate change.

“What China’s actions tell us is that it is pursuing a path of energy independence largely founded on their massive coal reserves,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “This matters because American strategists believe that potential Chinese aggression against Taiwan, Japan, India, or other nations in the Pacific would be held in check by China’s reliance on imported oil. But China has been rapidly laying the groundwork to wean itself off imported oil and natural gas.”

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Missing the Point

What to Know: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney says his city will welcome illegal immigrants bused there by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: “diversity is our strength.”

The TPPF Take: Diversity isn’t our strength; character is.

“What does ‘diversity’ mean to Texas colleges and universities when it comes to hiring faculty?” asks TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “Certainly not a diversity of viewpoints; the hiring process is now seemingly designed to eliminate job candidates who value ability and experience, for example, over immutable characteristics such as race and sex.”

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Digital Fentanyl

What to Know: One writer calls TikTok “digital fentanyl” and says kids are getting hooked—and that’s dangerous.

The TPPF Take: Even their executives agree that social media is harmful to minors.

“The solution is simple: Ban minors from using social media,” says TPPF’s Zach Whiting. “While Congress endlessly debates how to best tackle this crisis, Texas doesn’t need to sit on its hands and wait. The time for action was years ago. Texas must attach an age limit to social media, while also holding companies accountable that fail to follow the rules.”

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