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Because conservatives made a stink, Twitter has reinstated Jesse Kelly's Twitter account.

@Jack appears to be lying again. Twitter had reportedly told Kelly he was permanently banned and it was final.

Nice automobile manufacturing company you've got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.

Politico:

President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to cut government subsidies to General Motors in response to the auto company's announcement Monday that it will shutter North American plants and cut thousands of jobs.

"Very disappointed with General Motors and their CEO, Mary Barra, for closing plants in Ohio, Michigan and Maryland. Nothing being closed in Mexico & China," Trump tweeted. "We are now looking at cutting all @GM subsidies, including...for electric cars. General Motors made a big China bet years ago when they built plants there (and in Mexico) - don’t think that bet is going to pay off."

Hey, Don Trump. Capo Kudlow agrees.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said much the same during a White House news briefing Tuesday, saying before the president's tweet that the administration was "going to be looking at certain subsidies regarding electric cars and others, whether they should apply or not."

"I can’t say anything final about that, but we’re looking into it," Kudlow said. "Again, that reflects the president’s own disappointment."

Lost in the news of plant closings in the U.S. was GM's plan to close 2 other plants overseas.

Bloomberg:

GM said Monday it will cut more than 14,000 jobs as part of a sweeping realignment to prepare for a future of electric and self-driving vehicles. The company plans to close five plants in North America. It also said two plants in other regions will face the ax, without identifying them. GM has four factories in China through its equally owned joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp. that builds Cadillac, Buick and Chevrolet vehicles. It has three plants in South Korea after closing one earlier this year, and also operates a factory in Thailand.

Sales of autos in China have dropped through the floor and it's likely that one of those foriegn plant closings will, indeed, be in China. What the Don fails to understand is that GM doesn't need those subsidies to survive. His threats are empty and make the Don look ridiculous.

So, the Don can threaten GM all he wants. Even if Ms. Barra ends up with a horse head in her bed, I doubt if it will make much of a difference.

Sorry, President Trump, but no.

Donald Trump has pleasantly surprised me, and I'm a very big fan of a great deal of his accomplishments, but none of that makes a government TV network a good idea.

Then again, something like what Trump is calling for already exists, as The Washington Post reported.

The U.S. Agency for Global Media oversees several US government broadcasters, such as Radio and Television Marti, whose target audience is in Cuba, and Voice of America, which broadcasts radio and TV content across the globe in a variety of languages. Among the programs aired by Voice of America is "Plugged In," which is anchored by former cable news host Greta Van Susteren.

This may be one of Trump's distractions, and he certainly is a genius at those. I disagree with him on this, but agree that the legacy media has been unfair to him — that's one of the reasons we do our work here at PJ Media.

Tyler: somebody sent me a heads up on that Eric Weinstein thread after I tweeted this yesterday:

Read. This. Thread.

Eric Weinstein nails it on why social media companies like Twitter are pushing the transgender issue (See here):

As an aside, Galileo Galilei is not quite the hero of science Weinstein thinks he is, but Weinstein is spot on about the need to defend science and truth in the face of transgender activism. Social media companies like Twitter want to ferret out independent thought and silence opposition to transgender identity — despite its clear lack of grounding in science, common sense, and protections for women.

People like Miriam Ben-Shalom, a radical feminist and the first lesbian to be kicked out of the U.S. Army, are very unlikely allies for me — a conservative Christian who firmly supports biblical sexual morality. But Ben-Shalom has impressed me and I count her a strong ally, because she thinks independently on this issue.