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DirecTV Kicks Newsmax To The Curb Over Money Dispute

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DirecTV has dropped Newsmax costing the conservative outlet a large chunk of its availability after the two sides could not agree on a new fee structure.

The dispute has nothing to do with politics or ideology.

It is all about money. Newsmax wanted a fee increase, which in the era of cord-cutting and declining traditional television viewership was not going to happen.

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DirecTV announced after midnight that they were pulling the plug, “On multiple occasions, we made it clear to Newsmax that we wanted to continue to offer the network, but ultimately Newsmax’s demands for rate increases would have led to significantly higher costs that we would have to pass on to our broad customer base.”
Newsmax claims that they are being discriminated against,
“This is a blatant act of political discrimination and censorship against Newsmax,” Christopher Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax said.

“The most extreme liberal channels, even with tiny ratings, get fees from AT&T’s DirecTV, but Newsmax and OAN need to be deplatformed,” Ruddy added.

This is not the same situation as OAN, which was dropped due to low viewership.

The rate increase, called a carriage fee, is the monthly price every cable or satellite subscriber pays for channels whether they watch them or not.

For example, Fox News has some of the highest carriage fees in all of television. If you hate Fox News but have cable or satellite, you are paying Rupert Murdoch $2 a month. ESPN gets $7.64 a month out of every subscriber whether they watch or not.

These disputes, like the one between DirecTV and Newsmax, are becoming common. It is not unusual for subscribers to turn on a channel to watch one of their favorite shows to be told that the channel is not available due to the network wanting more money.
Newsmax was tied for 72nd in television viewership in 2022. They average 184,000 viewers a day. The audience is not even 10% of Fox News, but since the dispute is about money and not politics, if Newsmax backs off of their demand for a fee increase, they will likely be back on DirecTV at some point.

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.

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43-Year-Old Tennis Player Dies Suddenly During Match

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Club-level tennis player, Ryan Vannah, tragically died suddenly during a mixed double match on Sunday, January 29.

The 43-year-old player suddenly dropped to his knees and lay down during the tiebreaker of a mixed doubles tennis match at Red Rock Country Club in Nevada.

The doctors who were watching the match rushed to administer CPR, but despite their efforts and 55 minutes of medical procedures, Vannah was not revived.

According to Review-Journal, Vannah was taking medicine for hypertension. According to his sister, Tami Vannah Kang, he never displayed any symptoms that he was having trouble with his health.

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“He took impeccable care of his health,” she said. “He was so fit. He lifted weights. He looked like a bodybuilder to me. He was huge. We did not see this coming.”

Ryan Vannah was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital.

The doctors claimed that Vannah was taking the wrong medication for his blood pressure.

However, the coroner has not determined the official cause and manner of death.

Essentially Sports reported:

Ryan Vannah, resident of Las Vegas, comes from a family of doctors and lawyers. However, unlike his family, he chose sports as a career. He graduated from Durango High School and competed in the state tennis championships.

His family was in shock, as Ryan was in good shape and took extra care of his health. Ryan also used to teach children at local elementary schools for extra money.

His sister was in shock after a huge loss.

Ryan’s sister interacted with the media after the sad demise of her brother. She was in utter shock as she revealed that Ryan was extremely fit and it was the first incident of its kind. She also revealed that her husband also used to play alongside her brother at the same club and was present there when the sad incident happened.

Remembering him, she said that Ryan was nice to people and took very little time in making new friends. His friend at Red Rock club, Sean Hubbard, also expressed his shock over Ryan’s sudden demise. However, he also claimed that it was not the first time he saw a player collapse on the tennis court, as it happened in the club eight years ago as well.

Tributes poured in following his death.

“With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Ryan Powell Vannah (43 Years old). Leave your condolences, photos and videos on his commemorative page and pay homage to him or send flowers to show you care.”

“Today we remember a beloved member of our local tennis community, Ryan Vannah, who tragically passed away this past weekend while playing. We will truly miss seeing him in our store and out on the courts. His friendly smile and kind heart brought joy to our team and all who knew him. We’ll miss you, Ryan.”

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Democrats Kick Iowa To The Curb In New Primary Calendar

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The Democratic presidential nomination process will no longer begin with states that do not look like many Democrats as the new primary calendar highlights diverse states.

The New York Times reported:

For years, Democratic nominating contests have begun with the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary, a matter of immense pride in those states, and a source of political identity for many highly engaged residents.

But amid forceful calls for a calendar that better reflects the racial diversity of the Democratic Party and the country — and after Iowa’s 2020 meltdown led to a major delay in results — Democrats endorsed a proposal that would start the 2024 Democratic presidential primary circuit on Feb. 3 in South Carolina, the state that resuscitated Mr. Biden’s once-flailing candidacy. It would be followed by New Hampshire and Nevada on Feb. 6, Georgia on Feb. 13 and then Michigan on Feb. 27.

African-American and Hispanic Democrats will now play a much larger role in the primary process than under the old calendar. For years, momentum has been growing for Iowa to lose its first-in-the-nation status. The complete failure of the 2020 Iowa caucuses pretty much sealed the deal.

Democratic candidates will now appeal to African-American voters in South Carolina instead of trudging through the snow to meet rural white farmers in Iowa. Black voters in Detroit and Atlanta will now get a larger role in determining who will represent the Democratic party at the top of the presidential ticket.

These changes don’t mean much for 2024 as President Biden is likely to run virtually unopposed for the Democratic nomination, but Iowa bounces for candidates who can’t win in the rest of the country are a thing of the past, as Democrats make a move that reflects the future of their party.

Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.

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House GOP Issues First Subpoenas To Merrick Garland And Christopher Wray

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The House GOP is starting to take on the Deep State.

The House Judiciary Committee has sent its first subpoenas to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.

It requests all communications between the DOJ, FBI, Department of Education, and the National School Boards Association.

The subpoenas are over the school board memo targeting parents.

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The Hill reported:

The House Judiciary Committee fired off its first subpoenas under the leadership of Chair Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), targeting a trio of Biden administration officials including Attorney General Merrick Garland over a short-lived memo dealing with threats against school board members.

The subpoenas, sent also to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, follow a series of more than 100 letters on the 2021 memo from Judiciary Republicans.

The subpoena, reviewed by The Hill, asks for all communications between the entities and the National School Boards Association, which first wrote to DOJ asking for help in dealing with rising threats.

Jordan has repeatedly claimed the memo is a way for the Biden administration to label parents as domestic terrorists, though the FBI never charged a single parent in connection with the directive — something the chair pointed out in a recent appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

The memo classified parents as “domestic terrorists” for speaking out against left-wing ideas being pushed in schools across the country.

The Gateway Pundit previously reported (10/22/21):

The National School Board Association (NSBA) coordinated with the Biden White House weeks before AG Merrick Garland classified parents “domestic terrorists” in a letter to the FBI.

As previously reported, the NSBA begged Biden to use federal law enforcement agencies against parents and investigate them for “domestic terrorism and hate crime threats.” They shamelessly claim the situation is so dire that he should use the Patriot Act, among other “enforceable actions” against them.

Merrick Garland is targeting parents who dare speak out against Critical Race Theory (CRT) because his son-in-law makes millions off of selling the Marxist literature across the country.

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