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Marco Antonio Rubio (/ˈruːbioʊ/; born May 28, 1971) is an American politician, attorney, and the junior United States Senator for Florida. A Republican Party member, he was previously Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives.

miamiherald

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Marco Rubio continues to earn widespread praise for his Venezuela work, but his Twitter account amplified three inaccurate reports in recent days, giving fodder to those who oppose ousting Nicolas Maduro.

Diamond & Silk

Published  1 month ago

Watch: Trump Just Made A Lot Of People Happy With His Latest Tweet

Did you wake up feeling groggy yesterday, wishing you could go back to bed?

Are you tired of “springing forward” and losing an hour of sleep in 2019?

And are you still feeling it today?

Well, you weren’t alone.

Everyone grumped across social media and called for a change.

Oh, fun! We lost an hour of sleep. #DaylightSavingTime pic.twitter.com/RBLGYew05x

— SpongeBob (@SpongeBob) March 10, 2019

— NJ.com (@njdotcom) March 11, 2019

The struggle is real this morning after the switch to #DaylightSavingTime. At least today is #NationalNappingDay… celebrate accordingly. pic.twitter.com/cMa8T2lB1I

— NewsChannel 5 (@NC5) March 11, 2019

But it looks like President Donald Trump is coming to the rescue.

From Fox:

President Trump apparently is tired of switching clocks just like everyone else.

Coming off a universally sleep-deprived weekend during which America set the clocks to spring forward an hour, Trump tweeted that he’s “O.K.” with making Daylight Saving Time “permanent” — in other words, enough with the clock changing.

And Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has already proposed a bill.

Trump’s announcement brought everyone together, even those who were not generally enamored of him.

Trump just might win in a landslide.

HT: Twitchy

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

President Donald Trump endorsed the idea of making Daylight Savings Time permanent on Monday, as many Americans complained about losing an hour of sleep over the weekend.

“Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” Trump wrote shortly on Twitter.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott joined Sen. Marco Rubio’s legislative effort to make Daylight Savings time permanent — reintroducing the Sunshine Protection Act in the Senate.

The Republican-led Congress included an extension of Daylight Savings Time in an energy bill that began in 2007 — moving the date three weeks earlier and ending one week later.

Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!

RT International

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Electrical systems in Venezuela have been targeted by another cyberattack, President Nicholas Maduro has said. Caracas has accused the US of “sabotage”, while US officials blame local corruption and mismanagement for the blackout.

After a failure at the Guri hydroelectric power plant left much of the country without power on Thursday night, Venezuelan authorities managed to restore power to “many parts” of the country. However, the country’s grid took another hammering on Saturday, with many of the restored systems knocked out once again, the country’s embattled president said.

Maduro said the systems had been nearly 70 percent restored when “we received another attack, of a cybernetic nature, at midday… that disturbed the reconnection process and knocked out everything that had been achieved until noon.”

We discovered that they were carrying out high-tech… attacks against the power systems.

Additionally, “one of the sources of generation that was working perfectly,” was also sabotaged, he added, accusing domestic “infiltrators of attacking the electric company from the inside.”

Authorities are now trying to restore the systems “manually,” while struggling to “diagnose why the computerized” systems failed on such a massive scale.

Venezuela’s minister says major power outage likely caused by ‘cyberattack’, points finger at US

Earlier, unconfirmed reports suggested that 95 percent of the crisis-stricken country was again without power, after Sidor Substation in Bolivar state had allegedly exploded, spewing clouds of black smoke into the sky. The substation had reportedly been sustaining the country’s power supply since the Guri plant –which produces 80 percent of the country’s power– failed.

One of Venezuela’s main substations that was keeping electricity flowing is now on fire. Venezuela has lost power on a larger scale than originally on Thursday. All hydroelectric plants in the south are basically useless now#Venezuelapic.twitter.com/z1qOjW5g1e

— CNW (@ConflictsW) March 9, 2019

The Venezuelan government blamed Thursday’s blackout on US “sabotage.” President Nicolas Maduro accused Washington of waging an “electricity war” on the socialist state, while communication and information minister Jorge Rodriguez blamed the outage on a US-orchestrated cyberattack.

Meanwhile US officials, including a vocal proponent of regime change in Venezuela, Senator Marco Rubio, blamed the socialist policies of Maduro’s government for letting the country’s infrastructure crumble to breaking point. The Florida Republican claimed that the country’s union of electricity workers had predicted the blackout, accused Maduro of pocketing money that could have been used for repairs, and joked that he “must have pressed the wrong thing on the ‘electronic attack’ app I downloaded from Apple.”

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SARAH PALIN

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President Trump is now being tasked by members of the Senate to grant temporary legal status and accept more than 74,000 Venezuelans into the United States.

The effort is being led by Senator Marco Rubio who wrote to President Trump to accept the thousands who are escaping Nicolas Maduro’s regime. Rubio is the only Republican in the Senate backing the effort and is joined by 23 Democrats.

“It is obviously too dangerous for Venezuelan nationals to return to their country,” Rubio said in the letter, the Washington Examiner reports.

According to the report, the Trump administration has been considering whether or not to grant the temporary legal protection to those who fled their home country.

From the report:

President Trump’s team has been mulling the possibility of granting Temporary Protected Status, a legal protection from deportation that can be granted to people who confront “extraordinary and temporary conditions” in their home country, for weeks. They haven’t come to a decision yet, but congressional support for the proposal is building as lawmakers look to alleviate the humanitarian crisis under way as Maduro defies international calls to relinquish power.

Rubio expects Venezuela to run out of basic food supplies “in a handful of days” as conditions in the country continue to deteriorate, the result of a political and economic crisis years in the making. Maduro-aligned security forces blocked, in late February, the delivery of U.S. humanitarian aid that would have entered the country in coordination with Juan Guaido, the opposition leader who has been recognized as interim president by Trump and dozens of other Western leaders in the last six weeks.

The brewing humanitarian catastrophe has lent urgency to congressional calls for the administration to authorize the emergency legal status.

According to the State Department’s Special Envoy Elliott Abrams the policy of accepting the Venezuelans citizens is currently being reviewed.

“There are 74,000 who are here, who applied for asylum, so they are in a sense being protected you might say by delays in that process but they have come to the United States,” he also said, per the Washington Examiner.

Senator Rubio is pressing Trump to accept the foreign citizens as a larger effort to grant relief to the country.

“The move would not only immediately help innocent Venezuelan citizens, but would demonstrate our nation’s commitment to supporting a safe democratic transition in Venezuela so that individuals can safely return home soon,” Rubio continued.

The Grayzone

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The US-funded CANVAS organization that trained Juan Guaido and his allies produced a 2010 memo on exploiting electricity outages and…

National Review

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Democrats who have been rightly critical of Trump and his team don’t hold members of their own party as accountable.

The Lutchman Review

Published  1 month ago

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is the one who is now in charge of finding out if the President has committed crimes, which real Americans know he hasn’t.

Some skeletons just came crawling out of his closet as huge revelation about him was just revealed. This shows his hypocrisy on a whole different scale now, check it out.

From Breitbart: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has hired a campaign consultant who also lobbies on behalf of the head of a Russia propaganda outlet, even as he launches an extensive investigation into President Trump’s alleged Russia ties, according to a report.

The Daily Beast on Thursday reported that Nadler’s campaign consultant is Ezra Friedlander, a lobbyist and political consultant who runs outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community for Nadler’s campaign.

However, he is also a public-relations executive whose newest client is the wife of Kirill Vyshinsky, the head of Russian state news media outlet RIA Novosti’s Ukrainian arm.

That means Nadler has his own questionable ties to Russians, as well as that his campaign is paying a consultant that is doing lobbying work for a Russian propagandist.

The propagandist, Vyshinsky, is actually now in a Ukrainian jail, where he faces treason charges after Ukrainian security forces raided RIA Novosti’s offices in Kiev, according to the Daily Beast.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Vyshinsky of illegally fomenting support for the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 — which the U.S. strenuously opposed.

According to documents filed with the Justice Department, Vyshinsky’s wife Irina hired Friedlander’s firm in November 2018 to attempt to secure her husband’s release.

Friedlander said that neither RIA Novosti or any other independent entity is paying him for that work, according to the Daily Beast.

Friedlander frame his work for Vyshinsky as protecting a journalist — even though he works for Russian state media.

“Protecting the rights of journalists is so front and center to my core belief system,” Friedlander told the Daily Beast in an interview. “To me, if you’re a journalist and you make inquiries and you write and you report, that has to be encouraged. In all countries, and at all levels.”

The Beast notes:

“Though he frames it as an issue of press freedom, the Ukrainian government isn’t the only one to accuse Russian media of acting as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin. The U.S. intelligence community also concluded that ostensibly independent Russian-owned broadcasters were integral parts of Moscow’s American disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”

Friedlander denied ever lobbying Nadler on Vyshinsky’s behalf. However, he did hold other meetings on the Hill around the same time as his lobbying campaign on behalf of Vyshinsky, including with Republican Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

Friedlander said Vyshinsky’s case did not come up during those appointments.

Isn’t the amount of hypocrisy sickening? This man is leading a witch hunt on the president for being a “Russian agent,” yet he himself has a Russian agent working for him.

The Democrats never cease to amaze when it comes to straight up hypocrisy. If you think Jerry Nadler should resign his position, let’s all send him a message by Sharing this!

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Article V offers the only constitutional solution as big as the problem. Together, we can end federal overreach.

True Pundit

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Republican Nikki Haley is meticulously laying the foundation for a presidential bid in 2024, forming a nonprofit organization to sustain her political-rock-star profile while she builds a financial nest egg so her family can afford her political ambitions.

Party insiders keeping tabs on Haley say the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wouldn’t challenge her old boss, President Trump, in the 2020 primary. But the dynamic ex-South Carolina governor, just 47, is expected to mount a campaign four years later. With a coterie of advisers, Haley is choosing each step to maximize her notoriety and chart a course to the White House.

Amid quiet maneuvering, Haley’s immediate priority is making money. Neither Haley nor her husband are wealthy. With two children now of college age, Republicans familiar with Haley’s planning say her desire to put family first is a practical necessity, not a cliche.

“She is tending to family and personal savings and staying engaged politically. She said all those things and meant them,” said Tucker Eskew, a veteran South Carolina political hand viewed in GOP circles as an informal Haley adviser, although he resists the label. “If the opportunity presented itself to take it the next level, no one is better positioned or prepared on political scene, today, that I know.”

Haley in February launched Stand For America, a political nonprofit group, ostensibly to provide her a platform to influence national policy. This week, Haley via Twitter promoted a Stand For America missive advocating for congressional term limits, a proposal popular with the conservative grassroots. A few days earlier, Haley retweeted a Stand For America post urging the U.S. to pressure China to help denuclearize North Korea.

Stand For America provides Haley a mechanism to interact with the lawmakers, conservative thought leaders, grassroots activists, and major Republican donors she’ll need in her corner if she runs for president. Even if Trump gets re-elected, aggressive jockeying to succeed him atop the GOP would begin in just three years.

Haley spokeswoman Chaney Denton said Haley “has always loved policy” and founded Stand For America to “make sure she always has a voice” on domestic and foreign policy. But GOP operative Terry Sullivan, a veteran of South Carolina politics who in 2016 advised Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — whom Haley endorsed — said the new organization is essentially a stalking horse for Haley 2024. “Absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt about it,” he said. – READ MORE

The Federalist

Published  1 month ago

The political party that’s long attracted the support of 75 percent of American Jews has shown this week that their leaders won’t stand up for the community when it matters.

There’s a revolution underway. American Jews, who have been an integral part of the Democratic coalition for more than a century, are currently being made uncomfortable in their political home. And the whole thing is being live-tweeted.

What’s shocking isn’t that there are anti-Semites (and those willing to tolerate them) on the political left. There are Democratic members of Congress with ties to Louis Farrakhan, after all. But leftist anti-Semitism, which has continuously bubbled just below the surface for many years — and too often been blithely ignored — has burst into full view this year.

First there was the Women’s March subsumed by anti-Semitism, then the whole brouhaha over Sen. Marco Rubio’s anti-boycott, divestment, and sanctions bill, and now there’s Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who simply can’t stop slandering American Jews and Zionists, two overlapping but not identical groups.

The Democratic National Committee felt compelled to pull their partnership with the Women’s March because it had become so toxic. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also managed to quickly formulate a leadership response condemning anti-Semitism when Omar created a stir with her hateful words just last month. But now something has clearly shifted.

Pelosi’s attempt to lead her caucus in a symbolic vote condemning anti-Semitism, which should have been a gimme, became a political football. Rather than rally to support long-time Jewish colleagues, who have expressed serious concerns about Omar’s anti-Semitism, members are mutinying in support of Omar.

Pelosi was recently lauded for her discipline and leadership. Yet she seems to have lost control of her own members. So she can’t enforce Rep. Eliot Engel’s demand for an apology after Omar’s latest “vile anti-Semitic slur,” accusing American Jews of dual loyalty, let alone strip Omar of her seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republicans would support Omar’s removal, but it’s increasingly clear that many Democrats do not. Just like Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, Omar isn’t going anywhere.

From the outside, it appears we are watching a revolution in real-time. Pelosi and other long-time leaders are attempting to maintain power amidst a storm started by a freshman who’s been in office for two short months. (Doesn’t it feel longer?)

There have always been members of Congress who’ve taken a tough line on Israel. What Omar wants is different, though. She wants to make Congress a safe space for expressing Jew hatred, and based on the outpouring of support for her this week, there’s Democratic support for that. Omar has also had back-up from powerful progressive allies outside Congress like Linda Sarsour, who took to Facebook to blast Pelosi as “a typical white feminist upholding the patriarchy doing the dirty work of powerful white men.”

Those Democrats who want to uphold traditional norms, including the marginalization of anti-Semitism, are fighting an uphill battle. But is that battle still raging off-camera, or have Democratic leaders already surrendered?

It’s concerning that in less than one week, Pelosi has been reduced to pretending that Omar’s tweets were not “intentionally anti-Semitic,” while Majority Leader Steny Hoyer strained credulity, saying that Omar’s not an anti-Semite. That they lack the support of their members to speak truthfully on this issue, let alone take any decisive action, is a glaring problem.

And to be clear, the problem is not the use of “tropes.” Words are not violence, but hateful speech, especially from people in positions of authority, can lead to harmful real-world actions.

Democrats like to remind us of that link in other settings, but not here. Consider Sen. Kamala Harris’ statement: “I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk.” Omar is a public figure, so fair game for criticism, as Harris should know. It is striking, though, that Harris expresses zero concern about American Jews’ safety, a mere four months after 11 American Jews were massacred while praying in Pittsburgh.

This fight has been a long time in the making, but things are changing quickly. It’s been only two years since Jewish women felt the need to publicly make the case that one could be both a Zionist and a feminist. Is it now time for a debate about whether one can be both a Jew (who believes in Israel’s right to exist) and a Democrat?

The political party that’s long attracted the support of 75 percent of American Jews has shown this week that their leaders won’t stand up for the community when it matters. It’s quite breathtaking, really. It’s not only bipartisan support for Israel that’s being debunked as much weaker than advertised, but also, quite troublingly, an acceptance of Jew hatred directed at fellow Americans. For the record, that hatred is not only being tolerated but embraced by congressional Democrats.

The “allyship” progressives always cheer is proving to be a one-way street. Jews, who have traditionally voted for Democrats, are feeling betrayed, abandoned, and even politically homeless.

This path leads toward disaster. For Jews to truly have a home in America, anti-Semitism must be marginalized by both major political parties. And if the Democrats succumb to Omar’s anti-Semitism, the only winners will be bigots.

Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is an independent writer in Washington DC and a senior contributor to The Federalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Review Online, and RealClearPolitics, among others. She has appeared on EWTN and WMAL. Melissa shares all of her writing on her website and tweets as @slowhoneybee.

Copyright © 2019 The Federalist, a wholly independent division of FDRLST Media, All Rights Reserved.

Gatestone Institute

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The law already prohibits violence and threats of violence, and law enforcement authorities are supposed to prosecute those -- intimidation, destruction, damage, vandalism, simple and aggravated assault. What "hate crimes" are not already covered by the

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

Republican Nikki Haley is meticulously laying the foundation for a presidential bid in 2024, forming a nonprofit organization to sustain her political-rock-star profile while she builds a financial nest egg so her family can afford her political ambitions.

Party insiders keeping tabs on Haley say the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations wouldn’t challenge her old boss, President Trump, in the 2020 primary. But the dynamic ex-South Carolina governor, just 47, is expected to mount a campaign four years later. With a coterie of advisers, Haley is choosing each step to maximize her notoriety and chart a course to the White House.

Amid quiet maneuvering, Haley’s immediate priority is making money. Neither Haley nor her husband are wealthy. With two children now of college age, Republicans familiar with Haley’s planning say her desire to put family first is a practical necessity, not a cliche.

“She is tending to family and personal savings and staying engaged politically. She said all those things and meant them,” said Tucker Eskew, a veteran South Carolina political hand viewed in GOP circles as an informal Haley adviser, although he resists the label. “If the opportunity presented itself to take it the next level, no one is better positioned or prepared on political scene, today, that I know.”

Haley in February launched Stand For America, a political nonprofit group, ostensibly to provide her a platform to influence national policy. This week, Haley via Twitter promoted a Stand For America missive advocating for congressional term limits, a proposal popular with the conservative grassroots. A few days earlier, Haley retweeted a Stand For America post urging the U.S. to pressure China to help denuclearize North Korea.

Stand For America provides Haley a mechanism to interact with the lawmakers, conservative thought leaders, grassroots activists, and major Republican donors she’ll need in her corner if she runs for president. Even if Trump gets re-elected, aggressive jockeying to succeed him atop the GOP would begin in just three years.

Haley spokeswoman Chaney Denton said Haley "has always loved policy" and founded Stand For America to "make sure she always has a voice" on domestic and foreign policy. But GOP operative Terry Sullivan, a veteran of South Carolina politics who in 2016 advised Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. — whom Haley endorsed — said the new organization is essentially a stalking horse for Haley 2024. “Absolutely, 100 percent, no doubt about it,” he said.

Haley made her first splash on the national stage while governor with her deft handling of the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds. The move, politically delicate for Republicans in South Carolina, came after the shooting massacre of nine African-Americans by a white supremacist as they worshiped in a church. Haley’s rise accelerated after Trump was elected.

The daughter of immigrants from India, she had her misgivings about Trump, speaking forcefully against him throughout 2016, if she mentioned him at all. That didn’t stop her from joining his Cabinet as U.N. ambassador, where the foreign policy novice learned on the job and distinguished herself. Even Trump critics were impressed.

[Also read: Boeing taps ex-Trump aide Nikki Haley for board seat worth $315,000 a year]

“I think she did a great job. She had a fantastic moral compass, which I think was a star within the administration’s foreign policy universe,” said Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor in Arizona who supports Trump, conceded Haley has become so formidable that she — and probably she alone — could cause the president fits if she decided to challenge him for the GOP nomination, even if that's not in the cards.

“A challenge from Nikki Haley would be something that President Trump and his campaign would have to take seriously,” Eberhart said. “She has never been part of the ever-dwindling ‘Never Trump’ club and remains very popular with Republicans.”

Haley managed a feat few prominent Republicans have pulled off — getting along with Trump and his wing of the party without rubber-stamping controversial policies and rhetoric, which she openly criticized. And as a woman who is an ethnic minority, Haley could be an attractive choice for Republicans looking to hold the line in a country whose demographics and cultural norms are changing.

Still, some Republicans wonder if her time has passed. Despite rising to power in South Carolina as a Tea Party outsider, Haley is a hit with the party’s establishment.

“She’s trying to navigate between populist Trump politics and her own beliefs. That’s a perilous place in this day and age,” a Republican operative in the Palmetto State said.

Will Republican primary voters, firmly with Trump, warm to her? Straddling the divide between establishment respect and love from the base will be Haley's challenge.

WND

Published  1 month ago

The U.S. issued 680,000 green cards to migrants from Muslim-majority countries in the five-year period encompassing 2009 through 2013, according to Department of Homeland Security data. This Islamic “invasion,” as some are calling it, occurred on the Obama administration’s watch, with plans for 10,000 Syrian Muslims grabbing much of the headlines. But the actual number […]

Breitbart

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has hired a campaign consultant who also lobbies on behalf of the head of a Russia propaganda outlet, even as he launches an extensive investigation into President Trump’s alleged Russia ties, according to a report.

The Daily Beast on Thursday reported that Nadler’s campaign consultant is Ezra Friedlander, a lobbyist and political consultant who runs outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community for Nadler’s campaign.

However, he is also a public-relations executive whose newest client is the wife of Kirill Vyshinsky, the head of Russian state news media outlet RIA Novosti’s Ukrainian arm.

That means Nadler has his own questionable ties to Russians, as well as that his campaign is paying a consultant that is doing lobbying work for a Russian propagandist.

The propagandist, Vyshinsky, is actually now in a Ukrainian jail, where he faces treason charges after Ukrainian security forces raided RIA Novosti’s offices in Kiev, according to the Daily Beast.

Ukrainian authorities have accused Vyshinsky of illegally fomenting support for the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 — which the U.S. strenuously opposed.

According to documents filed with the Justice Department, Vyshinsky’s wife Irina hired Friedlander’s firm in November 2018 to attempt to secure her husband’s release.

Friedlander said that neither RIA Novosti or any other independent entity is paying him for that work, according to the Daily Beast.

Friedlander frame his work for Vyshinsky as protecting a journalist — even though he works for Russian state media.

“Protecting the rights of journalists is so front and center to my core belief system,” Friedlander told the Daily Beast in an interview. “To me, if you’re a journalist and you make inquiries and you write and you report, that has to be encouraged. In all countries, and at all levels.”

“Though he frames it as an issue of press freedom, the Ukrainian government isn’t the only one to accuse Russian media of acting as a propaganda arm of the Kremlin. The U.S. intelligence community also concluded that ostensibly independent Russian-owned broadcasters were integral parts of Moscow’s American disinformation campaign in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.”

Friedlander denied ever lobbying Nadler on Vyshinsky’s behalf. However, he did hold other meetings on the Hill around the same time as his lobbying campaign on behalf of Vyshinsky, including with Republican Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC).

Friedlander said Vyshinsky’s case did not come up during those appointments.

TheHill

Published  1 month ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said that he expects a resolution blocking President Trump's emergency declaration to pass the Senate, but he does not believe lawmakers will be able to override a veto.

"I think what is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House," McConnell said while speaking to reporters in Kentucky.

The Senate will vote on the resolution before lawmakers leave town on March 15 for a week-long recess.

The resolution blocking Trump's emergency declaration appeared to clinch the 51 votes needed to pass the Senate when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced over the weekend that he would vote for it.

In addition to Paul, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) have said they will vote for a resolution of disapproval. Several other GOP senators, including Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), have yet to how they will vote.

Trump announced that he would declare a national emergency to build the U.S.-Mexico border wall after Congress passed a funding bill that included $1.3 billion for physical barriers, below the $5.7 billion the president requested.

But his decision has put Republicans in a bind. GOP senators have been wary of breaking with the president on border security, but they've also been concerned that Trump's decision could let a future Democratic president use a national emergency declaration on issues like climate change.

McConnell added that while he was supporting Trump's emergency declaration that he was "hoping he wouldn't take that particular path."

"Yeah I am," he said, asked if he was concerned about the precedent set for a Democratic president. "That's one reason I argued obviously without success to the president that he not take this route."

The Weekly Standard

Published  1 month ago

Rand Paul is a grandstanding obstructionist whose chief joy seems to be blocking the few bills on which there is wide agreement.

Kentucky senator Rand Paul is a grandstanding obstructionist whose chief joy seems to be blocking the few bills on which there is wide agreement. That includes at least two bills intended to benefit the state of Israel. One, introduced by Florida’s Marco Rubio and Delaware’s Chris Coons, would authorize $38 billion in security aid to Israel over the next decade. The bill is the outcome of a deal negotiated under President Barack Obama and epitomizes bipartisanship in a divided Congress with 72 co-sponsors. Israel advocates have flooded Paul’s office with calls and emails since he placed the hold in October.

He has since placed a separate hold on another bill meant to punish the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. The legislation merely condones state and local measures that prohibit contracts with individuals and companies that boycott Israel—similar to an executive order that Kentucky governor Matt Bevin signed a few weeks ago. Paul and other opponents of the bill say they’re worried it runs afoul of the First Amendment’s right to free speech. But the right to free speech does not entail a right to government contracts.

Paul says he’s just being consistent. “I’m not for foreign aid in general,” he told the Jewish Insider of his hold on the Israel security assistance bill. “If we are going to send aid to Israel, it should be limited in time and scope so we aren’t doing it forever.” By “limited in time and scope,” we fear he means “as little as possible.” Consider an amendment he offered to the security assistance bill earlier this summer, which would have decreased U.S. aid to Israel 10 percent every year for the next decade until it was nil. The Foreign Relations Committee rejected it because America’s closest ally in the Middle East does, in fact, need U.S. aid. The threat to Israel from organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah has substantially increased. With Iran’s help, Hezbollah has stockpiled more than 100,000 rockets and missiles. All the while, the Lebanese terror group has continued its efforts to construct tunnels that breach Israeli territory. Iran is also pumping Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups full of cash, fueling their attacks against Israeli civilians.

As usual, Paul is holding up critical legislation in order to make a confused political statement. His explanation for opposing the security assistance bill was in effect a diatribe against foreign aid. He pointed repeatedly to the assistance given to “enemies of the U.S. and Israel” and named Pakistan and the Palestinian Authority. “Why are we giving twice as much money to nations that surround Israel, which forces Israel to spend more on defense?” Aid to Israel, he said, “should be paid for by cutting aid to people who hate Israel and America.”

But the United States does not give aid to Israel’s chief enemies: Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. These entities are classified as foreign terrorist organizations or, in Iran’s case, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. We also routinely veto aid to the Palestine Liberation Organization. As for the Palestinian Authority, the United States can both cut aid to the PA—which it has in any case done under the Trump administration—and increase assistance to Israel. There’s no reason not to do both.

The trouble isn’t simply that one senator has convoluted ideas on foreign policy. Paul has outsized influence with the Trump administration, thanks to his emphatic belief in cozying up to Vladimir Putin. The Kentucky senator is so set on improving relations with Putin that he traveled to Moscow in August and met with sanctioned Russian lawmakers. When Paul tried to reverse the sanctions earlier this year, the Foreign Relations Committee—rightly— said No.

In Rand Paul’s quasi-isolationist worldview, robust American defense efforts only antagonize the world’s malign states and organizations, from Russia to Hamas. The unhappy truth, of course, is that they hate prosperous democracies like the United States and Israel because of what we are, not what we do, and Rand Paul’s naive obstructionism only emboldens them.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

New York Times best-selling author and populist conservative columnist Ann Coulter says Republican lawmakers opposing President Trump’s National Emergency declaration at the United States-Mexico border are not “principled at all.”

In an interview with talk radio host Howie Carr, Coulter slammed Republicans in the House and Senate who have announced that they will vote to oppose Trump’s emergency declaration at the southern border, despite the region’s widespread drug trafficking and mass illegal immigration.

Coulter, specifically, called out Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who has announced that he, along with other Republicans in the Senate, will oppose the national emergency at the southern border.

“And that’s why I do not think it is principled at all … for Rand Paul to be voting against the National Emergency declaration,” Coulter said. “Look, I know this may sound principled to the libertarian types, but I’m sorry – it is an emergency just because no one else was willing to deal with it, no other president.”

“Compare it to every other declared National Emergency and ask how many Americans were being killed by those National Emergencies compared to this National Emergency,” Coulter continued. “I don’t think this is principled at all. For those of you who know anyone who votes in Kentucky, you should tell them to call and complain to Senator Rand Paul.”

There are currently 31 national emergencies in effect, as Breitbart News Senior Legal Editor Ken Klukowski has noted. These include:

President Carter’s 1979 emergency responding to Iran-sponsored terrorism

President Clinton’s 1995 emergency over narcotics trafficking

President George W. Bush’s 2001 emergency regarding the 9/11 terrorist attacks

President Obama’s 2015 emergency suspending entry to the U.S. for some Venezuelans

Paul joins Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) and 47 Senate Democrats in opposing Trump’s national emergency declaration at the southern border. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have yet to say how they will vote.

Similarly, former Republican lawmakers mostly aligned to the globalist political establishment have demanded that the GOP-Dem split Congress terminate the emergency declaration.

This year, researchers project that up to 500,000 illegal aliens will successfully cross the U.S.-Mexico border and make it into the country, undetected by Border Patrol. Similarly, the country is on track for more than 600,000 border apprehensions in 2019, a level of illegal immigration that has not been seen since former President George W. Bush.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

Breitbart

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has broken a reported promise to President Donald Trump, admitting Monday that he failed to prevent Republican Senators from passing a resolution blocking a national emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Speaking at an event Louisville, McConnell said that while the resolution will pass in the Senate, it is highly likely the House will vote to uphold the president’s veto. “What is clear in the Senate is that there will be enough votes to pass the resolution of disapproval, which will then be vetoed by the president and then in all likelihood the veto will be upheld in the House,” he said.

The admission comes after Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced Sunday that he joined three of his fellow Republican senators to vote with 47 Senate Democrats in backing an anti-declaration resolution which passed the House. “I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it. If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,” Paul said, the Bowling Green Daily News reported.

In addition to Paul, Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) will also support the measure, while Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have not made their position on resolution public.

Later this month, the Senate will vote on the resolution to prevent President Trump from reallocating, without Congress, billions of dollars to fund the construction of a Southern border wall. In February, President Trump announced that he would declare an emergency to build the wall after Congress passed legislation providing $1.3 billion for barriers. He plans to divert $3.6 billion from military construction of the wall and transfer another $3.1 billion towards the construction. As the New York Times reported, McConnell promised the president to support the declaration, signaling that he would quell any opposition to the measure.

[A]fter a particularly unpleasant meeting with the secretary of homeland security, Kirstjen Nielsen, the president was threatening to torpedo the deal, according to two people briefed on the exchange. Several hours and several phone calls later, McConnell had persuaded Mr. Trump to once again agree to sign the bill to avert another government shutdown looming at midnight Friday.

But persuasion came at a price: The president would declare a national emergency to try to secure wall funding without congressional approval, he told the majority leader — and Mr. McConnell would have to back him.

Later in his remarks Monday, the Senate Majority Leader said attempted to talk the president out of issuing a declaration, saying that it may set a precedent of abuse by future Democrat administration seeking to prosecute their progressive agenda without Congress. “That’s one reason I argued without success that he not take this route,” McConnell said.

“I was one of those hoping the president would not take the national emergency route,” added the Kentucky Republican. “Once he decided to do that I said I would support it, but I was hoping he wouldn’t take that particular path.”

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Just one more Senate Republican is needed to block Trump’s emergency declaration, though even critics are reluctant to buck the president.

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The Univision anchorman who frequently crossed swords with President Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign was detained while interviewing Venezuela’s socialist president.

The network posted to Twitter on Monday evening that Jorge Ramos and the rest of his team “is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas.”

According to Univision the Spanish-language reporters “were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated.”

Attention: A @Univision team, headed by @jorgeramosnews, is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn’t like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated. https://t.co/c45tB0E4er

— Univision News (@UnivisionNews) February 26, 2019

Mr. Ramos, a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S., was interviewing Mr. Maduro about the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, which the socialist dictator blames on the U.S.

Erika Guevara Rosas, the Americas director at Amnesty International, in a Spanish tweet translated by the Washington Times, called the Ramos detention “the most recent attack on freedom of expression, which happens daily to independent journalists” in Venezuela.

El periodista @jorgeramosnews y su equipo han sido retenidos en el Palacio de Miraflores, al parecer después de una entrevista con @NicolasMaduro. Este sería el más reciente atentado en contra de la libertad de expresión, lo que es el día a día de periodistas independientes 🇻🇪 https://t.co/72tNVwZzlc

— Erika Guevara-Rosas (@ErikaGuevaraR) February 26, 2019

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican and a frequent critic pf Venezuela’s socialist regime, also took to Twitter to note that “@NicolasMaduro has detained a United States citizen & journalist … because he didn’t like the questions he was being asked.”

.@NicolasMaduro has detained a United States citizen & journalist @Univision anchor @jorgeramosnews & his news crew & seized their equipment because he didn’t like the questions he was being asked. https://t.co/MQdbzbvljl

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2019

Kimberly Breier, the assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, said the State Department had received the news and said “we insist on their immediate release; the world is watching.”

.@StateDept has received word the journalist @jorgeramosnews and his team are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro. We insist on their immediate release; the world is watching. #Venezuela

— Kimberly Breier (@WHAAsstSecty) February 26, 2019

Mr. Ramos is best known to U.S. viewers, especially Republicans for a tense exchange in 2015 with Mr. Trump, then a long-shot presidential candidate.

At the Iowa press event in August 2015, Mr. Ramos interrupted a press conference to ask Mr. Trump about his immigration proposals, prompting the candidate to “sit down” and “go back to Univision” because he hadn’t been called on. When Mr. Ramos refused, security removed him from the room, which Mr. Ramos said he “never expected.”

In a later interview with CNN, Mr. Ramos said reporters must be advocates on certain issues, but called being kicked out “the kind of thing that you see in dictatorships, but not in the United States of America.”

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On Monday evening, Senate Democrats blocked their Republican counterparts from protecting infants born alive after botched abortion procedures. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), failed to pass the Senate with a vote of 53-44, seven votes shy of the required 60.

The bill would mandate doctors attempt to save born-alive infants instead of allowing them to die.

"This bill amends the federal criminal code to require any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion to: (1) exercise the same degree of care as reasonably provided to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, and (2) ensure that such child is immediately admitted to a hospital," reads the legislation.

"The term 'born alive,'" the bill explains, "means the complete expulsion or extraction from his or her mother, at any stage of development, who after such expulsion or extraction breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut."

Only three Democrats voted for the bill: Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-PA), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), reported National Review's Alexandra DeSanctis.

DeSanctis noted: "All six of the Democratic senators currently running for the 2020 presidential nomination voted against the bill: Cory Booker (N.J.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), along with Independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont."

Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, representing Alaska, declined to vote on the bill. According to DeSanctis, Republican senators Tim Scott (SC) and Kevin Cramer (ND) did not vote on the bill due to flight delays, per their communications directors.

The bill also states that anyone "who commits an overt act that kills a child born alive is subject to criminal prosecution for murder" and allows the mother in question to "file a civil action for damages against an individual who violates this bill."

The past few months have highlight the Democrats' abortion radicalism. As previously reported by The Daily Wire, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic Democrat, recently signed and celebrated the passing of the euphemistically-named Reproductive Health Act, which legalizes abortion up to the moment of birth, loosens restrictions on who can perform abortions, and strips the murder of the unborn (including the murder of wanted babies) from the state's criminal code.

After the bill failed, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who was an original sponsor of the bill, blasted Democrats, saying it was “unconscionable” that “protecting innocent, newborn abortion survivors is now a partisan issue. Every infant that is born alive despite a botched abortion deserves the same proper medical care and treatment that doctors are required to give to other newborns.” He added that the vote “made it crystal clear” that Democrats “support the legalization of infanticide” and “openly embraced the growing extremism” in the Democratic Party.

Breitbart

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Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro stormed out of an interview with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after being shown video of citizens eating food scraps from a garbage truck, the journalist said Monday evening.

Earlier Monday evening, Univision said Maduro temporarily detained six of its reporters, including Ramos, at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas after asking questions the disputed Venezuelan president “didn’t like.”

The network also reported the team’s recording equipment was confiscated before being released. The crew was released around three hours after the incident started, said the network.

Happy to report @jorgeramosnews and the @Univison team have been released. Here he is on his phone in his hotel after he was released this evening. pic.twitter.com/Pl2P1B5SHs

— Univision News (@UnivisionNews) February 26, 2019

According to Ramos, Maduro ended their interview upon being shown the footage below:

This is the video that upset the dictator @NicolasMaduro.@jorgeramosnews recorded it on his cell phone in the streets of Caracas. When he played it for Maduro during the interview the dictator got angry & detained him & his crew in a dark room for over 2 hours. https://t.co/SwM6AKCeX2

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 26, 2019

“[W]hen I showed him these images, he said that the interview was over,” the Univision anchor said. “He didn’t like the things we were asking, about the lack of democracy in Venezuela, the torture of political prisoners, about the humanitarian crisis that they are living,” he added.

The anchor’s daughter, Paola Ramos, confirmed in a social media post that she was in contact with her father and that he was out of harm’s way. “[J]ust talked to my dad. He is safe,” she tweeted. “He told me that 15 mins into his interview, Maduro stopped him & then forced him & his team into a dark room for 2.5 hours. He was then released without any of his belongings.”

Kimberly Breier, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, wrote in a tweet that the U.S. State Department received confirmation of the team’s detainment and demand their immediate release. “[T]he world is watching,” the officials added.

The development came as the Trump administration announced new sanctions Monday on allies of Maduro amid its struggles to find ways to boost his opponent after an effort to deliver humanitarian aid to the economically devastated nation faltered amid strong resistance from security forces loyal to the socialist leader.

Vice President Mike Pence arrived in the Colombian capital for an emergency summit of regional leaders to discuss the deepening crisis and immediately met with Juan Guaido, the opposition leader the U.S. and 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela’s rightful president.

In a speech, Pence urged regional partners to freeze oil assets controlled by Maduro, transfer the proceeds to Guaido, and restrict visas for Maduro’s inner circle. He said the U.S. was imposing more sanctions on four pro-government governors, including a close Maduro ally who negotiated the release of an American jailed for more than two years.

“It’s time to do more,” Pence said. “The day is coming soon when Venezuela’s long nightmare will end, when Venezuela will once more be free, when her people will see a new birth of freedom, in a nation reborn to libertad.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Marco Rubio said China’s intense international push for global dominance is the biggest threat that America has ever faced.

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The entry of Sen. Bernie Sanders and 11 other White House challengers has not changed the gambling odds on the expectation that President Trump will win re-election.

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President Donald Trump, speaking in a major foreign policy address in Miami, Fla. to members of the Venezeulan community, declared Monday that the embattled country's "current path toward democracy is irreversible," and issued a stark assessment that "socalism is dying" across the world.

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Washington, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued an interim staff report after multiple whistleblowers came forward to warn about efforts inside the White House to rush the transfer of highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia in potential violation of the Atomic Energy Act and without review by Congress as required by law—efforts that may be ongoing to this day. The report states:

“The whistleblowers who came forward have expressed significant concerns about the potential procedural and legal violations connected with rushing through a plan to transfer nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. They have warned of conflicts of interest among top White House advisers that could implicate federal criminal statutes. They have also warned about a working environment inside the White House marked by chaos, dysfunction, and backbiting. And they have warned about political appointees ignoring directives from top ethics advisors at the White House who repeatedly and unsuccessfully ordered senior Trump Administration officials to halt their efforts.”

The report warns that that White House efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may be accelerating after meetings last week at the White House and ahead of a planned visit to Saudi Arabia by the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner:

“The Committee’s investigation is particularly critical because the Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia appear to be ongoing. On February 12, 2019, the President met with nuclear power developers at the White House about sharing nuclear technology with countries in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia. In addition, next week Mr. Kushner will be embarking on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals—including Riyadh—to discuss the economic portion of the Administration’s Middle East peace plan.”

The report highlights concerning events involving Saudi Arabia, including the brutal murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, which was met with equivocation by President Trump and other top Administration officials, and the refusal by the White House to submit a report on Mr. Khashoggi’s killing that was requested on a bipartisan basis by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

The report indicates that there is now serious, bipartisan concern with the Trump Administration’s efforts to transfer sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia. For example, on October 31, 2018, Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Todd Young, Cory Gardner, Rand Paul, and Dean Heller sent a letter to President Trump urging him to “suspend talks related to a potential civil nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and Saudi Arabia” due to “serious concerns about the transparency, accountability, and judgment of current decisionmakers in Saudi Arabia.”

The report describes new documents and communications between White House officials, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland, and former NSC Senior Director for Middle East and North African Affairs Derek Harvey, as well as with Thomas Barrack, President Trump’s personal friend of several decades and the Chairman of his Inaugural Committee, and Rick Gates, President Trump’s former Deputy Campaign Manager and Deputy Chairman of the Inaugural Committee who has now pleaded guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators.

Today, Cummings also sent letters to multiple entities involved with promoting this plan, including the White House; the Departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, State, and Treasury; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Central Intelligence Agency; Flynn Intel Group; IP3; ACU Strategies; Colony NorthStar; and Mr. Barrack.

Click here to read the interim staff report.

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Sen. Ted Cruz is going after Congress, and they are not going to be happy with the new measure that he has introduced.

As noted by the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Republican wants to place term limits on members of Congress.

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Cruz and Florida GOP Rep. Francis Rooney introduced an amendment last week that would limit U.S. Senators to two 6-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three 2-year terms.

If Cruz’s amendment to the U.S. Constitution were passed in Congress, it would only take effect after it is passed and signed into law.

Meaning, once the law is passed, then any elected member of the U.S. Congress would be subject to the new term limits.

“The amendment, as drafted, would start the clock once it was ratified,” Cruz said. “So term limits would begin at that moment.”

Cruz said exempting current lawmakers represents a concession to political reality.

“My personal preference would be to make it retroactive. But as a nod to practical politics, it would be much, much more difficult to get this passed if the immediate consequence of it happening was to throw out a whole bunch of incumbents,” Cruz said.

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“It’s awfully difficult to get them to vote for it if they’d be immediately giving up their jobs,” he added.

He continued, “I’ve long said that I don’t support unilateral term limits – just one person or one side unilaterally restricting themselves when the rules don’t apply across the board,” he said. “I think there should be a fair and uniform rule for everyone.”

A number of prominent and powerful Republicans support Cruz’s bill and have endorsed the idea of term limits in Congress.

President Donald Trump has pushed the idea countless times as a way of “draining the swamp” of politicians who spend their entire lives in the same position.

Republicans Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah, and David Perdue of Georgia also have backed Cruz’s bill, arguing that term limits prevent career politicians from only serving lobbyists and special interests in Washington.

Cruz argued last month that Trump’s election sent a powerful anti-establishment message and that polling indicates American’s support the idea of term limits.

“When it comes to the American people, there is widespread, diverse agreement that limiting career politicians is good for America,” Cruz said.

“The impediment, the one population group that has historically been resistant to term limits has been, unsurprisingly, career politicians in Washington,” he added.

Cruz’s argument is that the U.S. government was designed for citizens to take office for the greater good, not those seeking to collect a massive paycheck each month to just sit in Congress for decades and hardly accomplish anything.

Career politicians are corrupting the political system, and Cruz argues that now is the time to address the problem before it gets even worse.

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The Obama administration acknowledged Tuesday that a $1.7 billion transfer to Iran earlier this year was paid entirely in foreign hard currency.

An initial $400 million delivery was sent to Tehran Jan. 17, the same day Iran agreed to release four American prisoners. Congressional officials told the Wall Street Journal that the remaining $1.3 billion was paid in two more installments delivered on Jan. 22 and Feb. 5.

A Treasury spokeswoman told the Associated Press the cash payments were necessary because of the "effectiveness of U.S. and international sanctions," which isolated Iran from the international finance system. The payments were made in Swiss francs, euros and other currencies.

Officials from the Treasury, Justice and State Departments briefed congressional staffers on the payment details Tuesday at the Capitol.

The $1.7 billion was the settlement of a 37-year-old arbitration claim between the U.S. and Iran. The remaining $1.3 billion represented estimated interest on the Iranian cash the U.S. had held since the 1970s.

White House officials had said that they believed the U.S. would lose the arbitration case over the initial $400 million payment, made by the last Shah of Iran months before the Islamic Revolution. Such a decision would have made them liable for much more money.

The Obama administration had claimed the transfer and the prisoner release were unrelated events, but recently acknowledged the cash was used as leverage until the Americans were allowed to leave Iran. Congressional Republicans have accused the White House of paying ransom to Iran in exchange for the prisoners, a charge Obama has rejected.

On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., introduced bills that would bar such payments in the future.

"The U.S. government should not be in the business of negotiating with terrorists and paying ransom money in exchange for the release of American hostages," Rubio said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) wrote in 2006 an op-ed for the Final Call, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's publication known for espousing anti-Semitism.

Tlaib's piece focused on how legal immigrants should not be deported for minor criminal offenses, according to a report from journalist Jeryl Bier. At the end of her article, the now freshman congresswoman is identified as an "advocacy coordinator of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Detroit." Tlaib has not written in the Final Call since then.

Tlaib has come under fire since her election to Congress for ties to individuals and groups that have espoused anti-Semitic views. In January, she attended a private dinner after her swearing-in with Abbas Hamideh, a "Palestinian right of return" activist who has called Israel a "terrorist entity." Hamideh has also tweeted that Israel has a "delusional ISIS-like ideology" and that the creation of the country was a "crime."

In late January, Tlaib advocated against Sen. Marco Rubio's (Fla.) bill concerning Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel, which would allow state and local governments to boycott companies that boycott Israel. Tlaib called the bill an "anti-First Amendment, anti-speech bill," in an interview for the Intercept‘s "Deconstructed" podcast.

"Do you know what we’ve done in this country with the right to boycott, what we’ve done in this country with the right to speak up and to protest and to say we disagree with this country and their doings? You look at Apartheid. You look at all the, you know, anti-blackness in our country and what we’ve been able to try to do to push back against that, you know, I don’t even call it an anti-B — I call it anti-First Amendment, anti-speech bill," Tlaib said.

In further support of the BDS movement, Tlaib attempted to organize a congressional trip to the West Bank. The attempt was in opposition to an Israel trip traditionally organized for freshman members of Congress by AIPAC, a group that advocates pro-Israel policies.

"I want us to see that segregation [between Israelis and Palestinians] and how that has really harmed us being able to achieve real peace in that region," Tlaib told the Intercept before she took office. "I don’t think AIPAC provides a real, fair lens into this issue."

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), already known for her connections to prominent anti-Semitic leaders and pro-Palestinian interest groups, once wrote an op-ed for known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam newsletter, "Final Call."

Independent journalist Jeryl Bier discovered the op-ed from 2006, which focuses on immigration and deportation, and published a copy of the article, which still appears on the Nation of Islam website. "The article is entitled 'Bills must stop deportations for minor offenses' and addressed the problem of legal immigrants deported for technicalities and other relatively minor issues," Bier reports.

Tlaib, whose name is featured prominently in the byline, identifies herself as the "advocacy coordinator of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Detroit." The Nation of Islam describes her as a "guest columnist."

The article appears to have been authored specifically for the Nation of Islam's newsletter; a Google search confirmed that the article is not a reprint and does not appear in any other contemporaneous pulbications.

Although this is her first concrete connection to the Nation of Islam — a religious sect whose openly anti-Semitic leadership, including Farrakhan, regularly preaches hatred against the Jewish people — Tlaib is no stranger to anti-Semitic and anti-Israel figures or anti-Israel policy.

Tlaib has spoken out regularly in defense of the anti-Semitic Boycott-Divest-Sanction movement, which seeks to cut the Jewish state of Israel off from international trade. Late last year, she clashed with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who exposed an inside effort among far-left Democrats to oppose a congressional measure barring the federal government from contracting with companies and entities that embrace the BDS movement.

In her zeal to oppose the anti-BDS legislation, Tlaib unleashed an anti-Semitic slur against her congressional colleagues, accusing those who did not support BDS of having "dual loyalties" to the United States and the state of Israel — a favorite topic of anti-Semites like Farrakhan.

During a podcast interview with The Intercept, Tlaib also seemed to accuse Israel of supporting "Apartheid" policies against the Palestinians, another smear.

"Do you know what we’ve done in this country with the right to boycott, what we’ve done in this country with the right to speak up and to protest and to say we disagree with this country and their doings? You look at Apartheid. You look at all the, you know, anti-blackness in our country and what we’ve been able to try to do to push back against that, you know, I don’t even call it an anti-B — I call it anti-First Amendment, anti-speech bill," Tlaib told The Intercept's hosts.

One of Tlaib's key fundraisers, "Palestinian activist" Maher Abdel-qader, is also a prominent anti-Semite, a Daily Caller investigation discovered. Tlaib is a member of Abel-qader's private Facebook group, where he shares anti-Semitic videos, and "[i[n March 2018, Tlaib presented Abdel-qader with a medal showing her appreciation for his help with the campaign, according to Voices of New York, a project of the City University of New York (CUNY)."

As for the Nation of Islam newsletter, "Final Call," The Daily Caller reports that it is “the official communications organ of the Nation of Islam."

The Daily Wire reached out to Tlaib's office for comment, as did The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller. It does not appear that any publication has received a response.

UPDATE: Business Insider was able to coax a response out of Rep. Tlaib's office. She says, "The piece was from 2006 and was not an endorsement of Farrakhan or anyone for that matter. The Congresswoman has not had any direct contact with Farrakhan and condemns his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views"

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The anti-Semitic and pro-jihad Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib represents Michigan’s 13th congressional district. The poorest in Michigan, and third poorest in the United States. Unfortunately, Tlaib will not use her newfound political influence to help the people in her impoverished district. Instead, Tlaib has chosen to represent the BDS (Boycott the Jews) movement. She has chosen to speak for the Palestinian terrorists in Ramallah and Gaza.

Recently, Tlaib produced a video to protest anti-BDS legislation that recently passed in the U.S Senate. In this pro-BDS video, Tlaib references “First Amendment protection,” knowing full well that there is nothing in this piece of legislation that will violate the First Amendment or criminalize criticism of Israel. Anti-Semites such as Tlaib will continue to have the right to boycott and defame Israel whenever they chose. The bill will simply allow states to boycott organizations that support the BDS movement, should they choose to do so. Furthermore, it is the First Amendment rights of pro-Israel Americans that are being violated, since they continue to be violently bullied, harassed, and marginalized by thugs such as Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

In the video, Tlaib references Israel’s checkpoints. Israel has rightfully implemented checkpoints for security purposes. Naturally, Tlaib will not disclose that high levels of Palestinian incitement and terrorism against Israeli citizens forced the Israel government to implement these security check points.

Tlaib also blamed Israel for the economic and poverty issues in Palestinian society. However, Tlaib failed to mention that the Palestinians have received billions of dollars in economic aid, only to have it squandered away by the Palestinian leadership in their war against Israel. Tlaib also failed to mention how much of the Palestinian leadership has lived in luxury for decades, including Mahmoud Abbas, who lives in a $13 million dollar presidential palace and flies around the world in a private jet.

Pro-Israel Americans must not allow Rep. Rashida Tlaib to slander Israel unchallenged. Tlaib is lying through her teeth and can easily be exposed. Pro-Israel Americans must demand that AIPAC and Republicans such as Rep. Lee Zeldin, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, and others counter Tlaib’s lies with the truth.

Sadly, check points cannot prevent all Palestinian terrorist attacks. Israel’s Ori Ansbacher was sexually assaulted and brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist this past week. Ori Ansbacher was just 19 years old, and had her whole life ahead of her. The Palestinian Authority will pay the family of her murders vast amounts of money, to honor their “Pay to slay Jews” policy.

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

The bishop of Knoxville, TN, slammed Democrats as “the party of infanticide” Tuesday for their blocking of anti-infanticide legislation in the Senate.

Bishop Rick Stika tweeted out congratulations to President Donald Trump “for his words regarding the slaughter of babies in the womb” in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, adding that the response of the Democrats “demonstrates that they are the Party of Infanticide.”

History will one day see them like the Democrats of the Civil War era “who believed slaves were not human,” the bishop added.

In a separate tweet, Bishop Stika clarified that he is not a full supporter of the president, “but when he attacks the Party of Infanticide and the slaughter of babies not yet born I say thank you!”

On Monday, Senator Patty Murray (Dem—WA) blocked the vote on a bill that would protect babies who survive an abortion attempt from being killed.

“That Senate Democrats would block a bill to protect a baby who survives an abortion speaks volumes,” said Senator Marco Rubio. “Supporting a newborn’s right to life should not be a partisan issue.”

“Unfortunately, Senate Democrats, like their colleagues in Virginia and New York, seem to have no issue publicly supporting legal infanticide,” Rubio added. “It is clear that, on the issue of life, extremism has become mainstream in the Democratic Party.”

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, Trump offered a powerful pro-life 27412 while chastising the Democrats for recent legislation expanding abortion rights.

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our Nation saw in recent days,” Trump said. “Lawmakers in New York cheered with delight upon the passage of legislation that would allow a baby to be ripped from the mother’s womb moments before birth. These are living, feeling, beautiful babies who will never get the chance to share their love and dreams with the world.”

“And then, we had the case of the Governor of Virginia where he basically stated he would execute a baby after birth,” he said. “To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb.”

“Let us work together to build a culture that cherishes innocent life. And let us reaffirm a fundamental truth: all children — born and unborn — are made in the holy image of God,” he concluded.

Middle East Eye

Published  2 months ago

Senate passes Middle East bill that includes provision against Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement

Newsweek

Published  2 months ago

White supremacist and former GOP Louisiana state senator David Duke appeared to endorse Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's 2020 campaign for president as other Democrats are being blasted by pro-Israel lobbyists and publications.

Duke, who was head of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, posted a set of tweets endorsing Gabbard's 2020 presidential run and changed the background of his Twitter account Monday, which boasts more than 50,000 followers. A "Tulsi Gabbard for President" banner features the banner tagline, "Finally a candidate who will actually put America First rather than Israel First!"

Duke also endorsed Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election, although the then-Republican candidate Trump denied any knowledge of the former KKK Grand Wizard in a March 2016 interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. Duke again lauded Trump's presidency following the deadly Charlottesville, Virginia rally in which Trump claimed there were decent people on "both sides."

Gabbard has received fairly supportive coverage from pro-Israel and Jewish media publications despite her mild criticism of Israel during last May's border crisis in Gaza. She was highly touted by pro-Israel lobbyists and U.S. conservatives after criticizing former President Barack Obama for refusing to use the phrase "radical Islamic terror" during his tenure.

"Tulsi Gabbard is currently the only Presidential candidate who doesn't want to send White children off to die for Israel," Duke tweeted Monday evening in a now-pinned post showing a picture of Gabbard meeting with a U.S. military member and his child in a hangar. However, Gabbard is not mentioned once in The New York Times article Duke shared about the president calling to keep U.S. troops in Iraq to "watch Iran."

Gabbard is of Samoan heritage and a military veteran, having served with the Army National Guard in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. She was first elected to office in Hawaii in 2013 and announced her run for president last week. Gabbard received this bizarre, perhaps disingenuous trolling endorsement from the virulent anti-Semite Duke despite several moves signaling her potential support for Israel. American Evangelicals, Israel and U.S. Jews have a long and at times hypocritical political relationship.

Gabbard, unlike many Democrats under the Obama administration, attended Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's controversial March 2015 speech to Congress.

Israeli media ranging from Haaretz to the Times of Israel are blasting Democrats this week for refusing to support Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's "anti-BDS" legislation that would block any Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions moves against Israel. Newly elected Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and the first two Muslim women elected to Congress this past year -- Michigan's 13th District Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota 5th District Rep. Ilhan Omar -- are being lambasted by criticism from conservative Israeli figures.

The BDS, pro-Palestinian movement backed by those Democrats and many others is particularly focused on companies conducting business in disputed territories occupied by Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The powerful pro-Israel lobby in America is set to face off against the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) over the BDS legislative moves in Congress.

Gaza gained national fame from liberal voters in February 2016 when she made the politically risky move to resign her position as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) after allegations first arose of the organization's collusion with Hillary Clinton's campaign against Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

National Review

Published  2 months ago

Despite howls of protest by the Left, the foreign-policy establishment, and European leaders, and contrary to misleading assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies, it is now clear that President Trump’s decision last May to withdraw the United States from the controversial 2015 nuclear deal with Iran (the JCPOA) was the right call and is a huge policy success.

Trump’s JCPOA withdrawal did not lead to war with Iran, as many critics predicted. Instead, Iran is far more isolated than it was when President Trump assumed office. The United States has worked to unite its Middle East allies, especially Israel and Saudi Arabia, against Iran and, in Warsaw this month, will co-chair an international conference with Poland on the threat from Iran. Iran’s economy is under unprecedented pressure, thanks to re-imposed U.S. sanctions, especially oil sanctions, with negative 1.5 percent growth in 2018 and an expected negative 3.6 percent growth in 2019. Iran’s current year-on-year inflation rate through last month was 40 percent.

Some Trump critics predicted that any effort by the president to re-impose U.S. sanctions lifted by the JCPOA would have little effect since other parties to the agreement — in particular the EU, Germany, France, and the U.K. — would not follow suit, but numerous European companies have resisted pressure from their governments to defy re-imposed U.S. sanctions. On January 31, European leaders announced a special finance facility to help European firms skirt U.S. sanctions on Iran, but that initiative is months behind schedule and few experts believe it will work.

Instead, as a result of re-imposed U.S. sanctions, European airlines Air France, British Airways and KLM ended service to Iran last year. European companies Total, Siemens, and Volkswagen also withdrew from Iran, along with U.S. companies GE, Boeing, and Honeywell and the Russian oil firm Lukoil. In November, Germany’s Bundesbank changed its rules so it could reject an Iranian request to withdraw 300 million euros from Hamburg-based trade bank Europäische-Iranische Handelsbank, to protect the central bank’s relationships with institutions in “third countries.” That is, the United States.

Before the U.S. withdrawal, JCPOA critics made strong arguments about the accord’s weaknesses, especially Iran’s refusal to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors access to military sites. The lone exception is the Parchin military base, self-inspected by Iranians. There the IAEA obtained evidence of covert nuclear-weapons work. There were other credible reports of Iranian cheating before the U.S. withdrawal, including several from German intelligence agencies. Senators Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio, and David Perdue raised Iranian noncompliance and cheating on the JCPOA in a July 2017 letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

JCPOA supporters rejected those criticisms, noting that the IAEA repeatedly declared Iran to be in compliance with the nuclear agreement. However, they refused to admit that the IAEA reached its compliance findings by claiming that Iranian violations were not “material breaches” and by not asking to inspect Iranian military facilities (which Tehran has declared off limits) even though they are the likely locations of covert nuclear-weapons work.

A disturbing report concerning the Arak reactor arose late last month when Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear agency, claimed that Iran did violated the JCPOA by disabling the reactor filling it with cement, and that Iran secretly acquired banned equipment to keep the reactor functional. If true, this would mean Iran fooled the JCPOA parties and IAEA inspectors on a major compliance issue. The IAEA has not commented publicly on the matter.

At last week’s worldwide-threat briefing to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. intelligence community reported that Iran is technically complying with the JCPOA, a finding that reflects both the IC’s history of liberal bias on assessments of weapons of mass destruction after the Iraq War as well and the failure of the Trump administration to take steps to clean out key intelligence offices that were stacked with analysts who favored Obama-administration policies during the last administration. An National Review Online in 2015, I wrote about a CIA official who tried to pressure me to support the agency’s pro-Obama line on Iran’s nuclear program even though I had left the CIA and was working for the House Intelligence Committee staff.

JCPOA backers also prefer not to discuss the fact that Tehran can advance its nuclear-weapons program without violating the agreement, since the accord allows Iran to improve its capability to make nuclear-weapons fuel — that its, to enrich uranium with over 5,000 centrifuges and develop advanced centrifuges. Moreover, although the agreement required Iran to disable its Arak heavy-water reactor (a source of plutonium), which was under construction, under the JCPOA a new heavy-water reactor will be built that will be capable of producing one-fourth of a weapon’s worth of plutonium per year. That arrangement will enable Iran not only to gain knowledge on how to build and operate heavy-water reactors but also to access to plutonium, the ideal fuel for nuclear weapons.

Since the U.S. withdrawal, evidence of the JCPOA’s weaknesses and of Iranian cheating has grown stark. “Despite getting out of the Iran nuclear deal, despite the sanctions, we have little doubt that Iran’s leadership is still strategically committed to achieving deliverable nuclear weapons,” national-security adviser John Bolton told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last month

Other new evidence of the JCPOA’s weakness and Iranian cheating includes the Iran “nuclear archive,” a huge cache of Iranian documents on its nuclear-weapons program. Stolen by Israeli intelligence in early 2018, they show that in 2015, in a declaration of its nuclear-weapons-related activities (the declaration was a prerequisite for Iran’s receive sanctions relief under the JCPOA), Iran lied to the IAEA. The documents indicate that Iran was planning to construct five nuclear-missile warheads and constructed a secret underground tunnel complex at the Parchin military base, where it was developing nuclear-weapon components. “With current level of inspections, Iran could have an active nuclear weapons program today and IAEA would not know,” The Institute for Science and International Security said on January 14, in a tweet about the significance of the Iran nuclear archive documents. “That is one reason why Israel’s recent actions to seize a portion of the archive and expose a secret nuclear-related warehouse are so important.”

At the U.N. General Assembly in September 2018, Netanyahu said that the nuclear archive documents also revealed the existence of a secret atomic warehouse, in the Turquzabad district of Tehran, that may have contained 300 tons of equipment and 15 kilograms of radioactive material. Netanyahu said that Iran began to empty out the Tehran nuclear warehouse shortly after Israel’s acquisition of the archive documents went public in April 2018. JCPOA supporters assert that the thoroughness of IAEA verification of the nuclear accord is thorough, but the IAEA declined to ask Iran for access to inspect this site, even though Israel had quietly informed IAEA officials about it.

Not surprisingly, U.S. intelligence officials also ignored this development during last week’s worldwide-threat briefing, probably because it contradicts their corporate line that Iran is complying with the JCPOA. Iranian behavior has been so bad over the last year that Europe, whose leaders have condemned Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and re-impoise sanctions, has been forced to consider placing new sanctions on Iran. On January 9, in response to a wave of terrorist attacks in Europe by Iranian assassination squads, the European Union imposed its first sanctions against Iran since the JCPOA was agreed to in 2015. The new sanctions were an acknolegment by Europe that the JCPOA failed to achieve one of its primary purposes: ending Iran’s malign behavior.

On January 25, French officials spoke of the possibility of imposing new sanctions against Iran in response to its recent tests of nuclear-capable ballistic missiles. Other EU countries reportedly are considering similar sanctions. Iran unveiled its latest missile — the Hoveizeh cruise missile, with a range of 1,300 kilometers — on Februry 2. Not only does the JCPOA lack provisions for limiting Iran’s missile program, but during the talks that led to the nuclear pact, previous U.N. missile sanctions on Iran were weakened.

Several reports over the past few months have circulated that Iran has begun nuclear activities, such as expanding uranium mining and production, that push the envelope of what is permitted under the JCPOA. An Iranian official recently said Iran is planning to resume enrichment of uranium to 20 percent uranium-235, an effort that would be a direct violation of the JCPOA.

Getting a comprehensive agreement on the threat from Iran with full buy-in from America’s regional allies is the Trump administration’s ultimate goal. While this may be too far a reach in the short to medium term, because of resistance by Iranian leaders and the current refusal of other JCPOA parties to abandon the agreement, re-imposed U.S. sanctions against Iran to limit the revenues it can spend on belligerent activities and to deny Tehran access to nuclear and missile technology is an important short-term goal, already showing success, that will bolster regional and international security.

Events of the last nine months more than vindicate President Trump’s controversial decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. Making this decision despite strong condemnations of it by the foreign-policy establishment, the press, Democrats, and European leaders and despite resistance from the U.S. intelligence community and some of his former cabinet members was an act of presidential leadership that now allows the United States and the world to focus on the full set of threats posed by Iran without being handcuffed by President Obama’s deeply flawed Iran nuclear agreement.

RT International

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Guaidó’s representative in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, told Bloomberg that the opposition leader wanted to increase oil production and scrap current requirements that state-owned oil giant PDVSA must keep a controlling stake in joint ventures. Currently, PDVSA must maintain a 51 percent stake in joint projects.

US President Donald Trump threw his support behind Guaidó in January and called on “illegitimate” Maduro to step down after the opposition leader declared himself interim president.

‘Good for business’: Trump adviser Bolton admits US interest in Venezuela’s ‘oil capabilities’

“We want to go to an open economy, we want to increase oil production,” Vecchio said during an interview at Bloomberg’s DC office. “The majority of the oil production that we want to increase will be with the private sector.”

Vecchio’s comments will come as no surprise to analysts who predicted Trump is supporting capitalist Guaidó against socialist Maduro in order to gain access to Venezuela’s vast natural resources for eager American companies.

Vecchio, who attended Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday as a guest of Florida Senator Marco Rubio, also said that Citgo, the US refiner controlled by PDVSA would not file for bankruptcy despite earlier reports, saying it was "not necessary.”

The hawks in the Trump administration trying to engineer regime change in Venezuela are being quite candid about their real motives (oil, capital markets & geo-strategic advantage). It's jingoistic liberals who convince themselves that Bolton & Pence want to liberate Venezuelans: https://t.co/rAmvfnsmKR

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 6, 2019

According to Bloomberg, Vecchio also suggested that the White House might consider issuing an executive order to protect Venezuela from creditors, which the US did for Iraq. He also said it was possible that Venezuela under Guaidó might not honor debt agreements made by the Maduro government.

In the interview, Vecchio urged Russia, who backs Maduro, to stay neutral in order to “facilitate our relationship in the future.” Russia has condemned Trump’s regime-change efforts in Venezuela and called for mediation to resolve the political crisis.

READ MORE: UK must stop acting as ‘Donald Trump’s poodle’ over Venezuela – Labour MP (VIDEO)

US officials have not been shy about admitting that oil is a major interest and motivating factor in the decision to support Guaidó. Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton told Fox News that it would “make a big difference to the United States economically” if US companies could “invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela.”

WikiLeaks cables also revealed that the first "fundamental interest" the US has in Venezuela is continued supply of petroleum imports.

What is the #1 U.S. interest in Venezuela? If the classified history of the U.S. State Department is a guide, oil. https://t.co/xCRNDT1oMFpic.twitter.com/8Z1e0IsKND

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 2, 2017

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Breitbart

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Kirk Cox could become the first Republican governor in nearly a decade if Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and AG Mark Herring resign.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 months ago

A leading pro-abortion U.S. Senator today objected to a Senate vote on legislation that would stop infanticide. The vote would come after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide on a radio show last week.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse had wanted to vote on Monday on a bill to protect babies born alive after failed abortions.

The Senate vote would have come days after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law new legislation that allows abortions up to birth and after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam backed infanticide during a radio interview — saying that he’s perfectly content if doctors and parents discuss letting disabled babies die after birth.

Sasse asked of the Senate for unanimous consent to vote on legislation that would offer them appropriate Medical Care and treatment.

However, speaking on behalf of pro-abortion Senate Democrats, pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington State, stood up and objected to the vote.

Senator Marco Rubio condemned Democrats for blocking a vote on the bill.

“That Senate Democrats would block a bill to protect a baby who survives an abortion speaks volumes,” said Rubio. “Supporting a newborn’s right to life should not be a partisan issue. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats, like their colleagues in Virginia and New York, seem to have no issue publicly supporting legal infanticide. It is clear that, on the issue of life, extremism has become mainstream in the Democratic Party.”

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner told LifeNews she was disappointed abortion advocates objected.

“Every human life is valuable and every single baby deserves to be protected. Alliance Defending Freedom works for a world where abortion is unthinkable and undesirable. We defend the pregnancy centers and medical professionals who offer expecting moms hope and help. We respectfully challenge our elected leaders to affirm the basic human rights of vulnerable children—born and unborn. We’re disappointed by the Senate’s failure to provide legal protection for babies who survive abortions. We’re grateful for Sen. Sasse’s leadership and for every elected leader who understands the human rights at stake and fights to protect vulnerable babies,” Waggoer said.

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For Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, it was time to put up or shut up. With 10 Democrat Senators having refused to condemn Virginia governor Ralph Northam for supporting infanticide, Sasse had enough and wanted them to go on record. They refused.

Sasse tried using the Rule 14 process to expedite consideration of the bill, as well as calling for a vote to pass the bill under unanimous consent on the Senate floor.

“I’m going to ask all 100 senators to come to the floor and be against infanticide. This shouldn’t be complicated,” Sasse said before the objection gcame.

“We’re talking about a little baby girl who’s been born and is on a table in a hospital or a medical facility and then a decision or a debate would be had about whether or not you could kill that little baby,” he emphasized.

“We’re talking about the most vulnerable among us, and we have a public official in America out there again and again defending a practice,” Sasse said. “This is infanticide that we’re talking about.”

Mail Online

Published  2 months ago

Rosines Chavez, daughter of socialist revolutionary Hugo, jumped on a plane to Paris after posing with a fist full of dollar bills on social media in 2016. She is one of the Rich kids of Venezuela.

The Daily Beast

Published  2 months ago

A group of Senate Democrats are aiming to block President Donald Trump from building his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency—an announcement the president could make as soon as Tuesday during his State of the Union address.

Roughly a dozen Democrats are getting behind a bill, being introduced Monday afternoon, that would prohibit Trump from building the wall using funds drawn from either the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Department of Defense’s military construction accounts.

One of the bill’s sponsors, Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), said that Congress must “assert its role as a co-equal branch of government” and block Trump from raiding these accounts—which could contain as much as $35 billion for emergency projects—for a “politically-motivated, unjustified national emergency declaration that isn’t based in reality.”

The bill, which is titled the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-Appropriations, or RAIDER, Act, states that “no funds appropriated or otherwise made available prior to the date of the enactment of this Act may be used for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress.”

Presidents have broad authority to declare emergencies, but they have typically done so during times of war. Trump has hinted for weeks that he would declare a national emergency to build a wall, using resources that otherwise would have been used on military base construction and disaster recovery efforts, among other things.

The Udall bill would effectively turn off those funding spigots. A Democratic aide said that the bill does not infringe on the president’s constitutional authority and fits within Congress’ appropriation duties.

Trump has continued to talk up the possibility of an emergency declaration even as a bipartisan committee in Congress currently is working to negotiate a deal over border security. With government funding slated to expire on Feb. 15, the president has made clear he is increasingly doubtful the committee will come up with a deal he can support.

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Republicans on Capitol Hill have expressed concerns over what a national emergency declaration move would mean. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), said it could establish a precedent that a future Democratic president would use to advance their policy priorities.

But few Republicans said they would do much to stop Trump, or even raise much of a stink, if the president moves toward an emergency declaration. The top priority in the congressional GOP is to avoid another shutdown over funding for the border wall.

An emergency declaration would get challenged almost immediately in court. But Udall said that Congress “should not wait for the courts to act.”

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Most people are horrified to watch Venezuela seemingly on the verge of outright civil war, or worse, an invasion by U.S. military forces. The death toll continu

U.S.

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Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, as the crisis-...

The Grayzone

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Guaidó is the product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s elite regime change trainers. While posing as a champion…

dailycaller

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'The Jews in Israel are not true Jews'

U.S.

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Venezuela will sell 15 tonnes of gold from central bank vaults to the United Arab Emirates in coming days in return for euros in cash, a senior official with knowledge of the plan said, in a bid by th...

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S. Mexico border would be a “terrible idea” and that he would fight it.

Partial transcript as follows:

TODD: You have said you are opposed to the national emergency option. In three weeks, I know you have no appetite on either side of the aisle for another shutdown. So if that’s the only way to keep the government funded, he goes national emergency, how defiant are you on this option? Will you fight the president on this or not?

RUBIO: I don’t think it’s a good I think it will be a terrible idea. I hope he doesn’t do it.

TODD: But would you fight him on it?

RUBIO: Sure. Because I think it’s important. Look I don’t think we will have to fight. I’m not sure they will do that. I know it’s an option they looked at. But now you are at the mercy of a district court and ultimately an appellate court. It may not withstand if you look at some of the other rulings we have seen. The other is the precedent it would set. It’s not a good precedent to set. It doesn’t mean I don’t want border security. I do. I think that’s the wrong way to achieve it. It doesn’t provide certainty. You could wind up in a theatric victory at the front and not get it done. The best way to do it is to have a law that funds border security so we know it’s going to happen.

TheHill

Published  2 months ago

With dozens of Democrats lining up to run for President in 2020, now is the time to adopt ranked choice voting in early states to guarantee that primary winners have clear majority support. Greater choices for voters is welcome, but crowded primaries can produce “winners” with less than 25 percent of the vote. Meantime, millions of Democratic voters could fail to elect any delegates at all because their candidate falls below the 15 percent qualifying threshold. Someone could easily win the nomination over the expressed opposition of most primary voters.

Consider the 2016 Republican primaries, which featured more than a dozen credible candidates. With provocative rhetoric making him the favorite of a passionate minority, Donald Trump captured the nomination despite falling short of a majority in the first 40 primaries and caucuses and polls indicating he would have lost in most early contests in head-to-head races against opponents like Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Next year’s Democratic race presents the same fractured dynamics. Moreover, Democrats require states to allocate delegates in proportion to the vote, so that a candidate winning a state with 33 percent of the vote takes about a third of the delegates, not all. This “fair reflection” principle makes more votes count. But winning the nomination on the first convention ballot requires a candidate to arrive with more than half the delegates; otherwise, super-delegates have an equal say in deciding a brokered convention. Democrats will need as much fine-grained information as possible about what their voters really want.

Current voting rules can also turn the goal of a “fair reflection” into a distorted funhouse mirror. To earn delegates, a candidate must exceed 15 percent of votes; all others are shut out. In caucus states like Iowa, backers of candidates below this threshold can move to a backup second choice to make their vote count. But “single choice voting” allows no backups. With a crowded field, more than half the vote easily could be cast for candidates below the threshold; it’s even possible that no candidate would qualify for delegates in some states. Expect finger-pointing among like-minded voters splitting the vote, tied to factors like shared ethnicity (African American Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris), ideology (progressive Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders), and experience (several mayors may run).

Ranked choice voting (RCV) is the best way to allow greater voter choice without wasted votes and unrepresentative winners. RCV was used successfully last year in Maine’s congressional election and has been adopted for elections in 22 American cities and counties and the national legislatures in Australia and Ireland and for most party leader elections in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

New Hampshire and other states should pass laws to enable voters to rank their presidential choices first, second and so on. To reveal the state’s majority winner, voters’ first choices are tallied. The last-place candidate is defeated, and ballots for that candidate count for their next ranked choice. When down to instant runoff between the strongest two candidates, the winner always earns a majority of the vote. Democrats could allocate delegates fairly based on vote totals at the point when all remaining candidates exceeded 15 percent of votes. Caucus states are even easier, as it only means changing party rules and choosing among relatively inexpensive ballot-tallying options.

RCV works for all parties. It will help any party gain stronger nominees and provide more clarity about what voters really want going into conventions. Because voters’ backup choices matter, candidates with RCV tend to run more positive campaigns, seek common ground, and respect their opponents’ supporters. That means primaries will see less of the divisive rhetoric that can weaken nominees in the general election.

RCV’s experience statewide in Maine and in several of our most diverse cities demonstrates it engages new voters and invigorates democracy. Last June, more San Francisco voters cast RCV ballots for mayor than in the non-RCV races for governor and Senate. In Maine, turnout increased, and voter error was minuscule. In its seven-way Democratic primary for governor, more than three times as many voters ranked at least six candidates as ranked one, debunking concerns that ranking candidates may be difficult or time-consuming.

With voters clearly ready to rank more than one candidate in what is shaping up to be a talented field, why weaken their vote by denying them that power? States and major parties have every reason to establish ranked choice voting around the nation as a key feature of the 2020 elections.

Raskin represents Maryland’s 8 th District. Richie is President and CEO of FairVote. Eichen is Advisor for EqualCitizens.US

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

The president's theories about how the storm-wracked island is using disaster relief money could have dire consequences for its residents.

miamiherald

Published  2 months ago

The Trump administration is threatening to essentially deport the family members of Venezuelan military officials if they don’t disobey the Maduro government and allow aid from the United States to enter Venezuela.

The Federalist

Published  2 months ago

There is no question that Trump lost the battle. This is not the final battle in whether the country seeks to uphold rule of law at her border.

RT International

Published  2 months ago

The army will continue to defend the constitution and national sovereignty, Padrino said on Wednesday afternoon, hours after opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido was proclaimed interim president by the National Assembly, in a direct challenge to President Nicolas Maduro.

Trump recognizes US-backed head of Venezuela’s opposition Juan Guaido as country’s interim president

The US quickly recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s legitimate leader, with the Organization of American States (OAS) following Washington’s lead. Canada and France have also recognized Guaido, while Mexico has declined to do so “for now.”

El desespero y la intolerancia atentan contra la paz de la Nación. Los soldados de la Patria no aceptamos a un presidente impuesto a la sombra de oscuros intereses ni autoproclamado al margen de la Ley. La FANB defiende nuestra Constitución y es garante de la soberanía nacional.

— Vladimir Padrino L. (@vladimirpadrino) January 23, 2019

La FANB está unida al Pueblo Venezolano somos respetuosos de la Constitución y las Ley. Venezuela eligió Presidente, somos Soberanos y Leales a nuestro Cmdte en Jefe Nicolás Maduro Moros. Traidores no sigan desde el extranjero irrespetando a la Patria, Lucharemos y Venceremos! https://t.co/h3W8SiVu5H

— A/J REMIGIO CEBALLOS (@CeballosIchaso) January 23, 2019

Bolivia declared "solidarity with the people of Venezuela and brother Nicolas Maduro" in resisting the "claws of imperialism" in South America, President Evo Morales tweeted.

Maduro responded to the US announcement by cutting diplomatic ties with Washington and giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela.

Venezuela breaking diplomatic relations with US after its attempt to stage coup – President Maduro

Guaido, however, countermanded that in a tweet and promised that Venezuela “will continue to maintain diplomatic relations with all the countries of the world.”

The issue of diplomats has raised the stakes in the US-Venezuela confrontation, as Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) – one of the driving forces behind the recognition of Guaido – argued that US diplomats should stay put, since leaving would mean recognition of Maduro’s legitimacy.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Florida Republican Marco Rubio made the rounds on the Sunday Talk Shows. Rubio told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will fight President Trump if he declares an emergency on the southern border to build a wall. Rubio does not like the precedent it will set. Rubio is a Republican leader. Transcript […]

Washington Free Beacon

Published  2 months ago

A leading group of Republican senators is petitioning the Trump administration to reopen the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to hundreds of foreign ISIS fighters captured on the battlefield, according to a copy of a letter sent Tuesday to the White House and obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

As the Trump administration continues to take the fight to ISIS forces in Syria and elsewhere, Sens. Tom Cotton (R., Ark,), Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and John Cornyn (R., Texas.) are petitioning the administration to use the prison camp established on the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as a holding facility.

The timing of the letter coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Obama administration's executive order to close Guantanamo Bay. President Donald Trump reversed this order and the prison remained open, but no new prisoners have been transferred to the facilities during his time in office.

With nearly 700 "battle-hardened terrorists in northeast Syria" currently being held by U.S. coalition partners with the Syrian Democratic Forces, the senators fear these captives could escape or be released from custody so they can again take up arms against U.S. forces and allies.

"We urge you to consider transferring the worst of these Islamic State fighters to the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, where they will face justice," the senators write to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, according to a copy of that letter obtained by the Free Beacon. "Thank you for your continued leadership in our military campaign against the Islamic State and your willingness to consider this matter of national security."

All told, 775 inmates have passed through Gitmo's notorious prison walls, with just 40 detainees still being held at the facility for alleged crimes related to the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist plots. It is unclear if the joint military task force that currently operates the prison located on a sequestered side of the naval base has the capacity to take in and care for a massive influx of new detainees.

"As U.S. and partner forces have waged a campaign against the Islamic State over the past four years, we have captured hundreds of foreign enemy combatants," the senators write. "Our partners, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), are currently detaining over 700 of these battle-hardened terrorists in northeast Syria."

"These detainees," they continue, "include two of the so-called ‘Beatles,' expatriated British citizens suspected of joining ISIS and beheading Western hostages. Given the rapidly shifting dynamics in Syria, it is possible that these terrorists may escape or be released from SDF custody in the coming weeks and months."

Gitmo, the senators argue, is the best place to house these high-level detainees who also might have operational intelligence about ISIS and its plans.

"It is imperative that these Islamic State fighters not be released. If given the opportunity, many of them will take up arms against our Syrian and Iraqi partners or attempt to infiltrate the United States and Europe to carry out terror attacks against civilian targets, like they have already done in France and Belgium," the senators write.

One senior congressional aide familiar with the call said the U.S. withdrawal from Syria could complicate efforts to ensure these militants remain imprisoned. Sending them to Guantanamo could ensure they remain off of the battlefield.

"One of the unfortunate consequences of withdrawing from Syria is the probable return to the battlefield of some seriously bad Islamic State fighters—think terrorists with weapons training and combat experience," said the source, who would only speak on background about the matter. "It would be a terrible and completely avoidable mistake to allow the worst of these assholes to go free to carry out terror attacks in the Middle East, Europe, or the U.S. We have plenty of empty cells at Gitmo, and we might as well fill them up with these terrorists who are too dangerous to set free."

USA TODAY

Published  2 months ago

(Photo: Federico Parra, AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump recognized Juan Guaido, head of Venezuela’s opposition-led National Assembly, as the country’s interim president Wednesday, rejecting President Nicolas Maduro's contested swearing-in two weeks ago to a second term.

Guaido, 35, declared himself interim president before thousands of cheering supporters Wednesday and said he was “formally assuming the responsibility of the national executive.”

Tens of thousands of Venezuelans, angry over spiraling inflation, a shortage of basic goods and a migration crisis, took to the streets to demand that Maduro step down. But Maduro is garnering support in other corners: Russia has announced it recognizes Maduro as president.

"In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country's constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant," Trump said in a statement. "The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law."

(Photo: Boris Vergara, AP)

Canada also announced it was recognizing Guaido.

Maduro appears to be gearing up for a contentious fight and is not walking silently into the background. He gave U.S diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave the country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement late Wednesday that the U.S. will continue its diplomatic presence in Venezuela.

"The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaido," Pompeo said. "The United States maintains diplomatic relations with Venezuela . . . The United States does not recognize the Maduro regime."

Pompeo said that the U.S. "does not consider (Maduro) to have the legal authority to break diplomatic relations with the United States or to declare our diplomats persona non grata."

Vice President Mike Pence referred to Maduro this week as a dictator who did not win the presidency in free and fair elections.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Maduro to step aside and urged the country's military to support efforts to restore democracy. In a statement, Pompeo said Washington would support Guaido as he establishes a transitional government and prepares the country for elections.

"The Venezuelan people have suffered long enough under Nicolas Maduro's disastrous dictatorship," Pompeo said. "We call on Maduro to step aside in favor of a legitimate leader reflecting the will of the Venezuelan people."

Maduro, 56, was hand-picked by socialist president Hugo Chavez to be his successor. Chavez died in 2013.

While Chavez remains well regarded among many Venezuelans, his statue in the city of San Felix was set on fire and destroyed during anti-government protests Tuesday.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., an outspoken critic of the Maduro governments, warned on Twitter that Maduro was using the unrest to crack down on Venezuelans. He also urged the State Department to expel all Maduro diplomatic personnel from the United States.

“The regime’s response is being directed by #Cuba’s intelligence agency," he wrote. "Expect them to undertake a massive disinformation effort, cut off internet, use agitators to provoke violence & ultimately accuse members of National Assembly of treason & terrorism.”

Contributing: The Associated Press

americanthinker

Published  3 months ago

Can someone let Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know how socialism has worked out in Venezuela?

U.S.

Published  3 months ago

U.S. President Donald Trump could recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's legitimate president as soon as Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Koke: Koke Report Front Page News

Published  3 months ago

FBN’s Kennedy on how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will run for president in 2020.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Democrats once said the so-called BRIDGE Act was urgently needed to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children.

But now that President Trump has offered to essentially include it as part of a compromise to re-open shuttered government agencies, those same Democrats are rejecting it -- unwilling to trade border wall funding for the immigrant protections they have long sought.

“We must move on the Bridge Act quickly to protect DREAMers,” Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin said back in December 2016.

TRUMP OFFERS IMMIGRATION COMPROMISE TO END PARTIAL SHUTDOWN; DEMS COOL TO OFFER

Durbin, along with South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, unveiled the bill before Trump took office; others who signed on as sponsors included California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The president would eventually try to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that shielded the 700,000 immigrants illegally brought to the United States as children from deportation, leaving the program in legal limbo ever since.

On Saturday, though, Trump announced he was prepared to back a three-year extension of protections for DACA recipients, and extend protections for 300,000 recipients of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program -- which protects immigrants from designated countries with conditions that prevent nationals from returning safely. The BRIDGE Act, likewise, included a three-year DACA extension.

But Durbin, like virtually every other congressional Democrat, said he would oppose Trump’s offer considering it's attached to $5.7 billion for a barrier on the southern border with Mexico.

“I cannot support the proposed offer as reported and do not believe it can pass the Senate,” Durbin said, adding he is “ready to sit down at any time after the government is opened and work to resolve all outstanding issues.”

Durbin, speaking to reporters in Illinois over the weekend, argued there are some differences between what the president is proposing and what’s in his version of the BRIDGE Act, saying he wants to extend protections to more people than Trump does.

“He talked about protecting those already in the program,” Durbin said. “Our bill talked about those eligible for the program.”

But Republicans accused Democrats of turning their back on a deal they once supported.

"@POTUS offers to support 2 bills sponsored by Dems (TPS & DACA extensions)in exchange for Border Security (something Democrats claim to support) & the immediate response from Dem leaders is No?" Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted.

The president, in a televised White House address Saturday, offered Democrats the compromise package in exchange for the $5.7 billion in wall funding -- a request that is at the heart of the deadlock that triggered the longest government shutdown in history.

"Walls are not immoral," he said, adding that a wall "will save many lives and stop drugs from pouring into our country."

While the Democratic leadership in Congress has come out against the compromise, they are facing some pressure to deal. The editorial board of the Washington Post over the weekend called on Democrats to come back to the table. In an editorial titled “Make a deal. Save the dreamers,” the paper argued Trump “should not be rewarded for having taken the government hostage” but said Trump’s offer to compromise “should be welcomed.”

Meanwhile, some in Trump’s conservative base are coming out against the deal -- signaling significant concessions were put forward over the weekend -- with commentator Ann Coulter and others accusing the president of offering “amnesty.”

The plan would also allocate $800 million for drug detection technology to secure ports of entry, 2,750 new border agents and law enforcement professionals, and 75 new immigration judges to reduce an immense backlog of asylum requests.

The partial government shutdown has dragged on for a month now and led to hundreds of thousands of federal workers being furloughed or working without pay.

Trump has said he will not sign a bill to open the government unless it includes that wall funding, while Democrats have refused to consider the $5.7 billion figure, instead offering $1.3 billion for general border security.

The Atlantic

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump is trapped. He shut the government to impose his will on the incoming Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. That plan has miserably failed. Instead, Trump has found himself caught in the trap he supposed he had set for his opponents.

Now he is desperately seeking an exit.

Trump attempted Exit One on January 8. He spoke that evening to the nation from the Oval Office, hoping to mobilize public opinion behind him, pressing the Democratic leadership of the House to yield to him. That hope was miserably disappointed. Surveys post-speech found that Trump had swayed only 2 percent of TV viewers. In the 10 days since the speech, Trump’s approval ratings have dipped to about the lowest point in his presidency. The supposedly solid Trump base has measurably softened.

Having failed to convince the public, Trump is now trying Exit Two. This idea is even more harebrained than the last, if that is even possible. Instead of appealing in prime time to the whole nation, Trump on Saturday afternoon advanced a detailed set of proposals intended to shift a critical mass of backbench Democrats to break with their leadership and deal directly with him. You don’t need to do much more than articulate the idea out loud to appreciate its utter unrealism.

The Democratic majority is newly elected and highly cohesive. Why on earth would any appreciable number of Democrats break away from their leadership to do business as individuals with a president none of them trusts about an issue none of them thinks should be negotiable, reopening the government? They will not do it, and it should have been obviously predictable from the start that they would not do it. Trump could not even get moderate Democrats to come have lunch with him at the White House this week. How could he imagine that a TV talk would entice them to break ranks and destroy their own political future within their party?

The president will gain some immediate validation from his closed information system. Fox News, and talk radio, and MAGA Twitter will rant enjoyably about how mean it is for Democrats to reject Trump’s latest self-help scheme. That will be nice for the president to hear. But Fox News, and talk radio, and MAGA Twitter cannot protect him from the real-world consequences of the shutdown he forced. They cannot erase the video showing Trump proudly talking about how he would be the one to do it. They cannot sustain his poll numbers among the large majority of America that is non-Fox, non-MAGA.

The sometimes Trump ally Senator Marco Rubio tweeted Saturday afternoon that it is not reasonable for Democrats to demand unconditional surrender by the president. But it was Trump who rejected the path of compromise when he shut down the government.

The shutdown was a demand for unconditional surrender. Unfortunately for him, the president lacks the political realism to recognize that he doesn’t have the clout to impose that surrender. He’s the one who will now have to climb down, and very soon, probably within days. The end of a hostage taking is not a surrender. But it will surely feel that way to the hostage taker—and deservedly, too.

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TheHill

Published  3 months ago

Lawmakers and experts are sounding the alarm about "deepfakes," forged videos that look remarkably real, warning that they are growing increasingly easy to create and harder to detect.

The Federalist

Published  3 months ago

How much anti-Semitism must pile up in the Democratic Party before something can be done about it? And will the mainstream media hold them accountable?

realclearpolitics

Published  3 months ago

In the midst of the 2016 GOP primary season, few could have predicted that Sen. Marco Rubio would emerge nearly three years later as one of the strongest champions of Donald Trump’s immigration...

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Top Republicans on Thursday condemned the decision by Democratic leaders to elevate Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, charging that her history of anti-Israel comments was disqualifying.

The American Conservative

Published  3 months ago

This is a story about how the lack of faith, not factories, inspired a Middle American movement around one man.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 months ago

The Senate will vote Thursday on a pro-life bill that would permanently ban taxpayer funding of abortions.

U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and James Lankford, R-Okla., introduced the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019,” S. 109. The measure would establish a permanent, government-wide prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion.

Similar policies, such as the Hyde Amendment, currently require annual passage and do not apply to Obamacare.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed cloture on the bill and the Senate will vote on ending debate Thursday. Senate Democrats, who almost all support abortion, are expected to filibuster the legislation. This would be the first time the bill has received a vote in the U.S. Senate.

The legislation establishes a permanent, government-wide prohibition on federal funding for abortion, prohibits federal subsidies in the form of Obamacare tax credits for health plans that include abortion, and strengthens disclosure requirements for plans that include abortion.

The sponsored of the pro-life bill talked about the importance of permanently banning abortion funding.

“Millions of Americans oppose the use of federal dollars to support abortion,” Wicker said. “As thousands gather in our nation’s capital this week to March for Life, it is well-past time Congress passed a comprehensive solution to the patchwork of regulations prohibiting federal funding for abortion services. Our legislation would create a permanent, government-wide prohibition on abortion funding so that not one taxpayer dollar goes toward the destruction of innocent human life.”

“Millions of Americans do not want to use their hard-earned money to cover abortion services,” said Roberts. “Currently, under Obamacare, many Americans unknowingly pay for abortion services covered under their health care plan. Our bill will permanently prohibit any taxpayer dollar from being used to pay for abortions and protect the rights for consumers to choose an insurance plan that is in line with their beliefs and values.”

“Regardless of Americans’ beliefs on the issue of life, one thing remains clear: the federal government does not need to help fund abortions,” said Lankford. “The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act ensures that Americans who strongly disagree with abortions are not forced to pay for them with their federal tax dollars. We must continue to take steps to move our nation and our culture closer to holding all human lives sacred regardless of a person’s size or degree of dependency. This bill brings us closer to that goal. As the Chairman of the Senate Values Action Team, I am proud to join my colleagues to continue to value life at all stages and ensure our nation also protects women and their important healthcare needs. We can and should do both.”

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In addition to establishing a government-wide ban on federal funding for abortion, the legislation would:

Prohibit funding for health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion with funds authorized or appropriated by Federal law;

Prohibit abortion in federal health facilities (such as DOD and VA hospitals) and ensure that no federal employee provides abortion services in the course of their employment;

Make permanent the provisions of the DC Hyde Amendment, or the Dornan Amendment, which clarifies that the federal provisions regarding abortion funding also apply to the government of the District of Columbia;

Ensure that elective abortion is not deductible for tax purposes by amending Section 213 of the Internal Revenue Code; and

Ensure that Affordable Care Act premium assistance subsidies provided in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits are not used to pay for health insurance plans that include abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.

The legislation also includes a provision championed by Sen. Roberts requiring that all plans offered by Obamacare exchanges disclose whether a plan includes coverage of elective abortion procedures, as well as the abortion surcharge embedded into abortion-covering plans.

In addition to Wicker, Roberts, and Lankford, S. 109 is co-sponsored by 32 other senators including: John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Mike Braun, R-Ind., Bill Cassidy, R-La., Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, Steve Daines, R-Mont., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., James Inhofe, R-Okla., Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., John Kennedy, R-La., Mike Lee, R-Utah, Jerry Moran, R-Kan., David Perdue, R-Ga., James Risch, R-Idaho, Mitt Romney, R-Utah, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., John Thune, R-S.D., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Todd Young, R-Ind., John Hoeven, R-N.D., Tim Scott, R-S.C., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Ben Sasse, R-Neb., John Cornyn, R-Texas, Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

gop.gov

Published  3 months ago

Washington, DC – Following the appointment of Representative Ilhan Omar (MN-05) to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), and Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) issued statements calling on House Democratic leadership to denounce her previous comments attacking Israel:

Leader McCarthy: “Nancy Pelosi said in 2017 that Congress ‘must’ oppose the BDS movement against Israel. Chuck Schumer went even further, calling BDS ‘anti-Semitism’ and ‘profoundly biased.’ I would love to know what changed, because Democratic leaders just promoted a pro-BDS Democrat to a key committee that deals with the State of Israel.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in Congress and certainly not on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I am deeply disappointed in Speaker Pelosi’s choice, a choice that threatens the Committee’s long history of bipartisan support for Israel.”

Whip Scalise: “It is disgraceful that Speaker Pelosi and her Democrat majority gave a coveted seat on the House Foreign Relations Committee to a member who has a documented history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks. Rather than standing up against the disturbing rise of anti-Semitic rhetoric on the left, House Democrats have now just endorsed that ideology. House Democrats need to address why they are endorsing these views by rewarding Rep. Omar with this important committee seat.”

Chairwoman Cheney: “The House Democrat Leadership should immediately condemn Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli views. Anti-Semitism can never be allowed to stand, in any form or forum. It is shameful for it to be ignored by the Democrat leadership in the House.

“Rather than condemn these abhorrent views, Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats are elevating Rep Omar. We call on them to correct this immediately.”

BACKGROUND: Omar is an avid supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions) movement against Israel. She recently called Senator Marco Rubio’s anti-BDS bill “unconstitutional” and casually refers to Israel as an “apartheid regime.”

In 2012, she claimed that the Jewish state had “hypnotized the world” and that they were committing “evil doings.”

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish non-government organization that fights hate crimes, has called for Rep. Rashida Tlaib to explain her relationship with a pro-Hezbollah, anti-Israel activist on Thursday afternoon.

Abbas Hamideh, the executive director and co-founder of Al-Awda: The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, tweeted a photo of himself with Tlaib about a week ago, claiming that he attended her swearing-in ceremony two weeks ago and a private dinner afterward. The photo features the two of them holding a painting of Tlaib in front of the U.S. Capitol Building with an American flag as the background.

The caption on the tweet reads, “I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing-in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country.” (RELATED: Anti-Israel Extremist Says He Was At Tlaib’s Private Dinner After Swearing-In)

I was honored to be at Congresswoman @RashidaTlaib swearing in ceremony in #Detroit and private dinner afterward with the entire family, friends and activists across the country. #Palestine #TweetYourThobe #RashidaTlaib pic.twitter.com/caJPN12ODX

— Abbas Hamideh (@Resistance48) January 12, 2019

An ADL blog post updated on Thursday reveals multiple examples of Hamideh praising anti-Semites and anti-Israelis. In particular, he condemned Muslims who were uniting with Jewish people following the murder of 11 Jewish people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh back in October.

They also provided background information on Al-Awda:

In 2007, the Al-Awda listserv disseminated at least five communiques from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, including one from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, and one joint statement with Hamas. Al-Awda advocates for the right of any Palestinian “to live anywhere in Palestine which encompasses present-day ‘Israel,’ the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” and for the “dismantlement of the exclusionary and racist character of Israel.”

TheDC has previously reported that Hamideh has claimed on Twitter that Israel does not have a right to exist. He has also praised Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of Hezbollah — a group classified as a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. and several other members of the international community.

No matter your political persuasion, all leaders — and Americans — need to unequivocally speak out against anti-Semitism and hate. That especially goes for members of Congress. 1/3

— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) January 17, 2019

The extent of Hamideh and Tlaib’s relationship is unclear, but Hamideh posted another photo of the two of them back on Apr. 12, 2018.

A representative fro Sen. Marco Rubio’s office previously called Tlaib’s relationship with Hamideh “deeply alarming.”

Rep. Tlaib’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

realclearpolitics

Published  3 months ago

BRENT BOZELL, MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER PRESIDENT: What's going on out there? There is an absolute fury at Washington, for years, an absolute betrayal, especially from the Republican establishment. I share in that. I don't think there's anybody who has been more furious than I have been. But you can't just tap into that vein and pretend that you are going to do something about it, when in fact you have a real record of being the opposite of everything. You are a shameless self-promoter, a huckster, selling only yourself. God help this country if this man were president and he continued on in this way... You can't just overnight change your mind, people have been saying there has been this "Road To Damascus" conversion. Suddenly after being one thing for your whole career, on the eve of the Republican primaries, suddenly you're the exact opposite. You're no longer a Democrat, you're a Republican... These are things that sound so good, and if I believed him I would be behind him now. In fact

JNS.org

Published  3 months ago

(February 27, 2019 / JNS) U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wisc.) introduced companion resolutions on Tuesday urging the United States to officially recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

The bill emphasizes the strategic importance of Israeli control over the area, which the Jewish state captured in the 1967 Six-Day War, in protecting civilians from threats such as from Iran in Syria and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel annexed the region in 1981, a move that has not been recognized by the international community.

It also states that “it is unrealistic to expect that the outcome of a peace agreement between Israel and Syria will be an Israeli withdrawal from the Golan Heights.”

The bill adds that “it is in the United States national security interest to ensure that Israel retains control of the Golan Heights [and that] the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad faces diplomatic and geopolitical consequences for its killing of civilians, the ethnic cleansing of Arab Sunnis, and the use of weapons of mass destruction.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has raised the issue of the Golan Heights during a meeting with U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in January. Although the United States does not recognize Israeli control over the Golan Heights, it voted for the first time in November against an annual U.N. resolution condemning the Israeli position.

The measure is also sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Reps. Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), Jim Banks (R-Ind.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Tom Cole (R-Okla.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), Scott Perry (R-Penn.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Mark Green (R-Tenn.), Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.) and Jody Hice (R-Ga.).

Although no Democrats are currently behind the bill, members such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) have voice support for such U.S. recognition in the past.

In December, Cotton and Cruz introduced a similar measure.

The Last Refuge

Published  3 months ago

The leak wars have officially begun.  “Caveat emptor” (buyer beware) is the general warning to all interested followers of the story-lines. In response to leaks of congressional testimo…

Tablet Magazine

Published  3 months ago

Innocent visitors to Washington, D.C., must be baffled to see what appear to be street signs demarcating “Khashoggi Way” every several blocks or so. No such street or avenue can be found on Google Maps, and anyone asking where it is or where it leads is likely to be greeted with the smile reserv...

The Federalist

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio threw a rock at a political hornet’s nest on Monday when he tweeted, “The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill. A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.”

Twitter erupted — as it is wont to do — with users arguing whether this reflected insider knowledge or was a convenient lie. Personally, I’m inclined to believe there’s something to what Rubio wrote. Anyone who’s followed American foreign policy in recent years knows that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement is an explosive and barely contained hot-button issue for Democrats.

Consider that one year ago, Pew Research polled Americans’ attitudes toward Israel and the Palestinians. They reported that “the partisan divide in Middle East sympathies, for Israel or the Palestinians, is now wider than at any point since 1978. Currently, 79% of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared with just 27% of Democrats.”

Drilling down, Pew quantified the change within the Democratic Party’s progressive wing that’s been apparent to Middle East watchers for some time: “The share of liberal Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians has declined from 33% to 19% since 2016. Currently, nearly twice as many liberal Democrats say they sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel (35% vs. 19%).”

Lest these numbers be dismissed as theoretical concerns, Midwestern voters just elected the nation’s first two pro-BDS members of Congress. Of course, neither Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan nor Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota were particularly forthright about their views during election season. It wasn’t until after winning her Democratic primary that Tlaib “explicitly endors[ed] a one-state solution and oppos[ed] aid [to Israel], a change celebrated by far-left Palestinian activists, who sharply criticized her for seeking out and receiving the J Street endorsement.” Omar didn’t publicly acknowledge that she supported BDS until after November’s election.

Leaving aside these two representatives’ real views, which I oppose, it’s dangerous for democracy if officials blatantly lie to their constituents about issues that can change votes. It’s also important for Israel and Jews that support for them is bipartisan. So, yes, answering Rubio’s allegation matters.

Given Pew’s findings, it’s not a stretch to assume at least some Senate Democrats’ views align with their base. But who are they?

On Monday and Tuesday, fellow Federalist senior contributor Ellie Bufkin and I contacted the office of every Democratic senator, along with the two Independents who caucus with Democrats. We offered every senator an opportunity to clarify his or her personal position on BDS. Only two offices responded.

Tom Mentzer of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office pointed me to a statement on her website that reiterated her “strong support for Israel” and described Rubio’s bill as unconstitutional.

Sue Walitsky of Sen. Ben Cardin’s office emailed Cardin’s official comment: “We should not stand idle when foreign countries or international governmental organizations use BDS tactics to isolate one of our key allies and bypass direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.” She added, “Senator Cardin has a very clear record opposing the BDS movement. He strongly believes in individual First Amendment rights that permit anyone to support BDS if they want to do so. He simply disagrees.”

Feinstein and Cardin have historically been pro-Israel. But taken together, these comments read less like full-throated support than a delicate dance between voicing support for Israel and not sounding judgmental about those who don’t.

In discussing the movement supported by part of their base, Feinstein and Cardin’s offices focused on the First Amendment, as did Sen. Bernie Sanders, who tweeted, “It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity.” Yet no one is trying to outlaw political activity.

The Combating BDS Act of 2019 is part of S.1, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, along with three other bills left over from the last Congress. It protects state and local governments, as well as employee benefit plan staff, who want to avoid doing business with entities engaged in “commerce-related or investment-related boycott, divestment, or sanctions activity in the course of interstate or international commerce that is intended to penalize, inflict economic harm on, or otherwise limit commercial relations with Israel or persons doing business in Israel or Israeli-controlled territories.”

In other words, this bill is about defining acceptable limits on economic activity, not prohibiting individual speech or political activity.

As for the matter of constitutionality, legislating against BDS is within bounds. Harvard Law School emeritus professor Alan M. Dershowitz emailed, “If the law prohibits advocacy, it is unconstitutional. If it prohibits economic discrimination based on religion or national origin, it is constitutional.” The latter is the case here.

If you’re a pro-Israel Democrat, it’s positive that Alabama’s Doug Jones, Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema, New Jersey’s Bob Menendez, and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin broke ranks and voted to advance S.1 on Tuesday. However, it’s also troubling that there weren’t more rebels, and given current trends, that’s unlikely to change.

Rantt

Published  3 months ago

The government shutdown is beginning to take its toll on Republicans who recognize Trump’s efforts are politically toxic.

As President Trump’s government shutdown enters its 19th day, some high profile Republicans are beginning to break ranks. Many on the left have seen the shutdown as unnecessary, as President Trump is refusing to drop his demand for his ineffective, unpopular, and costly wall ($5.7 billion) to end a crisis at the border of his own making. House Democrats have already passed the bill without border wall funding the Senate unanimously passed, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now refusing to put the bill on the floor since Trump is refusing to compromise. But time is running out, as some on the right are coming to terms with the political toxicity of carrying on this shutdown.

1. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), who is up for reelection in 2020 in a purple state, was the first GOP Senator to call for an end to the shutdown without money for the border wall. Last Thursday, Gardner said: “I think we should pass a continuing resolution to get the government back open. The Senate has done it last Congress, we should do it again today.”

2. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told reporters on Tuesday, “The operations of the Department of Interior and the National Park Service or the operations of the IRS and whether or not tax refunds go out don’t have anything to do with border security. So let’s bifurcate these issues. Let’s set them aside. Let’s allow for the operations, these governmental functions in these six other departments, allow for them to continue… I think we can walk and chew gum.”

3. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) joined the chorus, saying she can live with reopening the government without border wall funding, adding, “I think certainly I have expressed more than a few times the frustrations with a government shutdown and how useless it is. That pressure is going to build.”

4. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT), a known critic of President Trump, told reporters, “I think it’s important for us to complete the border wall … at the same time, I want to see government open again. A lot of people are hurting and more people will be hurting if we don’t get the government open.”

5. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), whose 2020 reelection bid looks uncertain, has said that the Senate should vote on individual spending bills to reopen the government. But, as the Kavanaugh hearings showed, initial positive comments are hardly a guarantee with Collins.

6. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) signaled that he’d consider voting for a resolution that opened “specific agencies” without border wall funding.

7. Representative Will Hurd, a Texas Republican who represents the 23rd district along the border, was one of the few House Republicans who voted for the Democrats effort to reopen the government without money for the border wall. Hurd has called for the government to be reopened, stating “If this is a crisis, the people dealing with this crisis should get paid.”

8. Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) has also signaled an openness to ending the shutdown without border wall funding, telling CNN‘s Manu Raju: “I’m going to look at each bill on the merits of their own… If they’re clean and good bills, I’ll look at them on the individual merits as opposed to any kind of political leverage issue.”

It’s also important to note that Rep. Will Hurd, as well as the other 8 Representatives of a border district, does not support Trump’s effort to build the wall.

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WayneDupree.com

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio nailed it when he said that DACA shouldn’t be part of this wall deal.

I understand President Trump tried to offer an amnesty deal for DACA with Democrats in 2018 for wall funding and they said no. That’s on them, I wouldn’t do it again.

Most of us look at the wall as a security blanket for our nation. If someone comes into my home without my permission or invitation, this is against law. So when people come to our country illegally this is lawbreaking.

There should not be an argument of who wants what, or who is right or wrong, that should never be apart of the equation, but it keeps going back to it. Rubio is correct that DACA shouldn’t be part of this deal.

The one thing we should all agree on is that every country in the world has a system by which they monitor or control who comes in, when they come in and how they come in. And the United States should be no different. Every other nation on earth does that. Mexico does it. Guatemala does it. Canada does it. And America should do it.

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We have a problem on the southern border of not just people being trafficked, of drugs – almost all this heroine that’s finding itself in the streets; the fentanyl that’s being shipped in from China – a lot of that is coming across that border. So even if we didn’t have an immigration problem, you have a rationale for limiting how people can come in and what can come in through that border.

There are lots of things that should be done on their own merits without having to compromise or give something to the Democrats in trade.

The wall should be a stand-alone bill. The full 25 billion requested by Pres. Trump. If we can’t get money to take care of America first then we have no business sending billions to Mexico or Latin American countries.

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Daily Wire

Published  3 months ago

The awkward, bizarre visual of low-energy House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sharing one podium to deliver a response to President Donald Trump on Tuesday night was even too much for MSNBC host Brian Williams and Democrat operative James Carville to spin.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Thirty-two Republican Senators are sponsoring national reciprocity legislation for law-abiding citizens traveling outside their home state with a concealed handgun.

The legislation is titled, Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, and was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX). The 31 co-sponsors are John Barrasso (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Braun (R-IN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Enzi (R-WY), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Ron Johnson (R-WI), John Kennedy (R-LA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), David Perdue (R-GA), Rob Portman (R-OH), Jim Risch (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

Breitbart News has a press release on the legislation in which Cornyn is quoted saying:

This bill focuses on two of our country’s most fundamental constitutional protections– the Second Amendment’s right of citizens to keep and bear arms and the Tenth Amendment’s right of states to make laws best-suited for their residents. I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this important legislation for law-abiding gun owners nationwide.

The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act “allows law-abiding citizens to exercise their fundamental right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home.” It does this by allowing “individuals with concealed carry privileges in their home state to conceal carry in any other states that also allow concealed carry.”

The Act explicitly “treats state-issued concealed carry permits like drivers’ licenses,” making them valid throughout the country as citizens travel from one state to the next.

On September 18, 2015, Breitbart News reported President Trump’s contention that concealed carry licenses should be treated like driver’s licenses and recognized throughout the country. He said:

The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

On January 3, 2019, Breitbart News reported that Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) introduced national reciprocity legislation in the House. He introduced similar legislation on January 3, 2017, and it passed in the House but companion national reciprocity legislation was not given a vote in the Senate.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

Hot Air

Published  3 months ago

Does anyone care about long-term consequences for precedents set in the short term any more? I thought this argument died when Harry Reid pursued the nuclear option in the Senate to allow Barack Obama to stack the DC Circuit. Nevertheless, Sen. Marco Rubio gamely raises the point about loosening the standards for presidential emergency declarations as Donald Trump considers the option during his visit to the border. Today it’s national security on the southern frontier, Rubio tells CNBC’s Squawk Box, but Trump won’t be president forever. Tomorrow it might be climate change and the Green New Deal:

A national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump over border security could wind up hurting Republicans, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio told CNBC on Wednesday.

The Florida Republican contended that Trump was elected on the promise of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and the president has to “keep that promise.” But “we have to be careful about endorsing broad uses of executive power,” he added. “I’m not prepared to endorse that right now.”

Such a declaration would set a precedent, Rubio said. “If today, the national emergency is border security … tomorrow the national emergency might be climate change.”

That may be a wee bit of a stretch, as any Green New Deal implemented by emergency declaration would be seriously limited anyway. Emergency declarations don’t give presidents much authority over the private sector, as the Supreme Court decided in Youngstown, and most of that progressive pipe dream focuses on shutting down the fossil-fuel industry. The ability to repurpose federal spending may even be debatable with an executive-branch declaration, which would strip the legislative branch of its main authority to direct funding.

That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t matter at all. A climate-change emergency declaration might be enough to, say, void all oil and gas exploration/extraction leases on federal land, which is handled through the executive branch. That would put one hell of a dent in our production capabilities, and there might be more ways in which a White House could act under emergency powers to force an end to the use of fossil fuels for energy. When setting unusual precedents, it’s tough to foresee how all of the consequences will unfold. Just ask Chuck Schumer.

Rubio sounds as pessimistic as Allahpundit did earlier about a deal coming in the next few days, too. He says that a trade for DACA won’t work now, a point I made in my column at The Week this morning. Both sides have hiked expectations so high that they have become walls themselves:

A year ago, a solution seemed ready to emerge when the shutdown shoe was on the other foot. Schumer forced that standoff over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, as it appeared the courts might intervene to allow Trump to shut it down. Talks began on trading a statutory version of DACA in exchange for more robust funding for a border-barrier system, along with asylum and visa policy changes. Schumer had to cave on the shutdown when it became apparent it wouldn’t work, but the courts then punted on DACA for the short term, taking the pressure off Democrats to save it.

Without that pressure, they have no incentive to make a deal that includes border-wall funding. In fact, the midterm election results appear to give Pelosi a mandate to confront Trump across the board, especially on the border wall. Trump himself added to that perception by making border security his top message in the midterms, which ended up falling flat. If Pelosi is seen to give Trump what he wants on the wall without some dramatic concessions in return, she’ll face a revolt among the rank and file as well as the progressive activists that aren’t entirely thrilled with her leadership anyway. And after all the high drama of an 18-day shutdown, DACA won’t be a big enough concession.

What about Trump? He has no incentive to back down either. He will have no chance at all at getting border-wall funding in the next two budget cycles if he retreats now. Trump might believe that he has no chance of winning re-election if he caves to Pelosi and Schumer on his central policy, and he may well be right. Trump is also dropping hints that he may use a declaration of emergency to use funds at the Pentagon to build the wall. If Trump sees that as a realistic option — it has significant legal hurdles but isn’t entirely impossible — then he has no incentive to cross no-man’s-land either.

So what will end it? Rubio thinks it will be the pressure to pay federal workers. That will only be enough when it starts impacting secondary and tertiary areas of the economy, however. The pain has to spread farther than a few hundred thousand people first:

At this point, none of the party leaders appear to have any interest in compromise, nor do they have any incentives to make a deal. The rank and file in Congress might, however, as more and more disruption occurs from the partial shutdown. Federal employees who don’t get their paychecks won’t spend money, creating secondary and tertiary effects in their communities. Those employees whose functions are critical will start finding ways not to show up for work. If that starts happening at TSA, it could create widespread chaos in air travel with even more economic impacts, starting with the airlines themselves. When that reaches critical mass, enough political pressure will come to bear on Capitol Hill to craft funding authorizations with veto-proof majorities.

Get ready for a long, perhaps unending standoff over the border.

America First with Sebastian Gorka

Published  3 months ago

The Democratic Party used to be the party of Harry S. Truman, the man who led the United States–against the wishes of America’s foreign policy elite–in recognizing the Jewish state of Israel in 1948. After that, the Democrats were the unabashed party of preference for most Americans of Jewish heritage.

But the party is no longer a friend to the members of the Jewish community in America.

In 1988, the Democratic Party came perilously close to nominating the rabidly anti-Semitic Jesse Jackson – who likely would have become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee that year – had it not been for the chicanery of the then Democratic Party bosses who conspired to prevent Jackson’s nomination through the use of Super-Delegates, in much the same way that Hillary Clinton rigged her nomination by the Party in 2016

Flash forward to today and the Democratic Party, the party of Harry S. Truman, now includes a cohort of recently elected members of the United States House of Representatives who, if not outright anti-Semites, and openly opposed to Israel, are vocally opposed to the core issues that so many Jewish-Americans care for.

Almost every newly elected Democrat politician is sympathetic the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. This movement began as a fringe political initiave that over time has gained traction with an increasing number of Democrats. Their goal is force a divorce between the United States and Israel and to ensure that Israel not only is unable to defend itself against repeated terrorist attacks from Palestine, but to force Israel to also abandon its present borders and return to the borders it had before the Six-Day War.

These Democrats argue that they want to see peaceful coexistence between Israel and Palestine and the only way to achieve this goal is to weaken Israel down diplomatically and economically. But, this is a falsehood. The intentions of these members had less to do with peace than with providing cover for institutional Anti-Semitism.

Simply take a look at the newest elected Democratic members of Congress and listen to their own words. These are not neutral political actors who merely want to fairly arbitrate the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict. These Democrats want to hurt Israel for defending itself because they hate Jewish people.

Take, for example, the newly elected Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who came to the United States from Somalia as refugee more 20 years ago. During her recent successful campaign for office, Omar tweeted that, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Her predecessor, Keith Ellison, who is now the attorney general for Minnesota (who was also up for the DNC chairmanship two years ago and is suspected of having physically abused his ex-girlfriend), said of Israel, “We can’t allow another country to treat us like we’re their ATM.” In doing so, Ellison channeled the common Anti-Semitic slur of Jewish people exploiting Gentiles for pecuniary reasons. To compound matters, Ellison repeated yet another anti-Semitic trope by insisting that Jewish-Americans had dual-loyalties (and therefore could not be trusted) when he added, “[Israel] has organized its Diaspora in America to do its bidding in America.”

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the “new face” of the Democrat Party, during her unlikely candidacy for office in 2018, routinely referred to Israel’s “occupation” of various Palestinian territories, without once acknowledging the ongoing terrorism that Palestinians routinely visit upon innocent Israeli women, children, and men.

The most shocking new addition to the Democratic Party in Washington, D.C. is Palestinian-American, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who “disappeared” Israel from her congressional office’s map of the World by placing a sign reading “PALESTINE” over the location where Israel should be.

Tlaib has also made several disturbing comments to the press about her support for the BDS movement, before becoming embroiled in a twitter argument with Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida wherein she repeated the Jackson libel by questioning the loyalties of Americans of Jewish descent. Senator Rubio rightly called Tlaib out on her accusations of Jewish-Americans having dual-loyalty.

These Democrats are clearly not just anti-Israel. They are anti-Semitic.

More significantly, the Democratic Party has become the locus for the mainstreaming of Anti-Semitic sentiments in the United States today. Israel could do everything that radicals, such as Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar want them to do, and it would not matter. Recently, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA was on the AMERICA First show where he remarked that the radicalism that has gripped America’s universities for the last 20 years is, unfortunately, beginning to filter out into wider American society. Virtually everything that Keith Ellison, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the other anti-Israeli and Anti-Semitic Democrats have said and believe regarding Israel is out of what’s taught on most college campuses. Thus, the anti-Semitic fervor currently gripping the Left is likely to proliferate to many more Americans and to filter throughout the wider culture.

The next time that a Leftist accuses Donald Trump, a man whose own daughter is Jewish and who has two beautiful Jewish grandchildren, remember that Rashida Tlaib lost the endorsement of the Progressive Jewish group, J-Street, when she openly advocated for the One-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. This “solution” would see the Jewish population of Israel become a minority in its own land.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  3 months ago

Brand new Congress member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is not getting off to a good start.

Last week, she blasted President Donald Trump at a MoveOn political event, telling the audience that she told her child that “We’re gonna impeach the motherf**ker!”

She got a lot of backlash for that remark.

She got far less criticism for flip-flopping on her position on Israel. Before her primary win, she said she supported a two state solution and endorsing aid to Israel. After her win which pretty much guaranteed her the seat, she then flipped and said that she endorses a one state solution and eliminating aid.

Then after she was sworn in, it was reported that there was a post-it stuck on the map in her office labeling Israel as “Palestine” albeit slight off and put over part of Egypt.

Now she’s stoked the fires again with what people like Marco Rubio are calling an “anti-Semitic dog whistle.”

Congress has put forth a bill which includes boycotting businesses that have joined the BDS movement and are boycotting Israel.

Phil Klein in the Washington Examiner reports that Tlaib “charged that supporters [of the anti-BDS] bill” were torn by their “dual loyalty” to both Israel and the United States, and claimed that the bill’s supporters “forgot what country they represent.”

The “dual loyalty” smear is a typical — if horrifying — anti-Semitic charge, a fact Tlaib is no doubt aware of.

“The idea of Jews as having divided loyalty, and of using their influence to convince others to act against the interests and principles of their own country, is an age-old anti-Semitic trope,” Klein contends.

People old enough to remember or historically aware may remember that was an anti-Catholic charge that some raised about the first Catholic president, John Kennedy, suggesting he might have problematic allegiance to Rome.

Sen. Marco Rubio also blasted her remark.

Others noted that it was rather strange that Tlaib should make this argument about representing a foreign power given her past comments.

And Rubio pointed out that Democrats may be trying to keep the anti-BDS bill off the floor because they don’t want to reveal how split they are on it and how many Democrats are anti-Israel.

From Fox News:

Nevertheless, there are visible signs that Tlaib’s approach may be becoming more mainstream among the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. The other Muslim woman to make history by winning her election with Tlaib last year, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, tweeted in 2012 that “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Omar added: “May Allah awaken the peoople and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Other commentators similarly sounded the alarm about Tlaib’s comments, and noted that the media reaction was conspicuously minimal. (Trump, late last year, was lambasted repeatedly in the media for allegedly issuing anti-Semitic “dog whistles” because of his criticisms of liberal billionaire George Soros.)

“Oddly, many of those who hear dog whistles for a living aren’t exactly perking up at Tlaib accusing her critics of dual loyalty,” Washington Free Beacon editor Alex Griswold wrote on Twitter. “Nor, for that matter, did they have much to say about Omar’s ‘Israel has hypnotized the world’ tweet.”

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro went further, alleging in an op-ed that “Democrats have soured on Israel and warmed to anti-Semitism.”

“The truth is that the Democratic Party has been flirting with, and in some cases openly embracing, anti-Semitism for years,” Shapiro wrote. “That’s why top members of the Democratic Party continue to kowtow to open anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan; it’s why the Democrats booed Jerusalem in the 2012 Democratic National Committee platform; it’s why the Obama administration routinely played public relations arm for the Iranian government; it’s why no major Democrat will go on record condemning Tlaib or Ilhan Omar.”

Conservative News Today

Published  3 months ago

Donald Trump, Jr. took to social media Wednesday to hit back at Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the foul-mouthed Democrat from Michigan, reminding the newly elected socialist of recent efforts of his father, President Donald Trump, to help her state.

Tlaib, one of the first two Muslim women to ever be elected to Congress in November, got her tenure as a Democratic congresswoman off to a grand start on her first day in office last week, calling the president a “motherf–ker.”

And Trump Jr. played up that angle as only a Trump can do in a meme he shared on Instagram, while linking to a January 2017 Fortune article on Ford Motor canceling a $1.6 billion Mexican plant and adding 700 jobs in Michigan.

“Hey Rashida, guess who just got Ford to ditch their plans for Mexico and send 700 jobs to your home state instead? THAT’S RIGHT, THIS MOTHER F’____!!!” read the caption, accompanied by a photo of President Trump.

Wish some of these Anti-American liberal activist reps would do a little more fighting for the people of THIS country and THEIR constituents for a change. I know that’s what @realdonaldtrump is Actually doing. He is fighting for America and Americans for their jobs, for their families,and for their wellbeing. From Fortune Mag: Ford Cancels a $1.6 Billion Mexico Plant and Adds 700 Jobs in Michigan http://fortune.com/2017/01/03/ford-cancels-mexico-plant-trump/

A post shared by Donald Trump Jr. (@donaldjtrumpjr) on Jan 9, 2019 at 5:39am PST

As for saying of Trump, “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf–ker,” Tlaib was unapologetic when speaking to TMZ, justifying the vulgar language by saying she is “passionate” about issues and “it got the best of me.”

She then played the victim card by reminding women that it’s “OK” to be themselves, even if that entails calling others a “motherf–ker.”

Tlaib had quite the first week on Capitol Hill, bouncing from one controversy to another, be it a “slight alteration” to Israel on a map in her office, to a close relationship with infamous anti-Semite Linda Sarsour, to being accused by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., of posting an anti-Semitic slur on social media.

The president’s eldest son took to Twitter to call CNN out for conveniently looking past the anti-Semitic slur during an interview with Tlaib.

“As @marcorubio and others pointed out, @RashidaTlaib started this tirade with an anti-Semitic slur. So weird that @CNN completely forgot to ask her about that. Almost like they’re running interference for her,” Trump Jr. tweeted.

As @marcorubio and others pointed out, @RashidaTlaib started this tirade with an anti-Semitic slur. So weird that @CNN completely forgot to ask her about that. Almost like they’re running interference for her. https://t.co/5M7GICbJ1C

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 9, 2019

With the cable network all but dedicating 24/7 coverage to destroying Trump, there’s little reason to doubt that they would run interference for an ally in this endeavor.

And make no mistake, Tlaib is no friend to Israel, openly endorsed a one-state solution in the Middle East and calling for reduced military aid to Israel.

“It has to be one state,” Tlaib told In These Times magazine. “Separate but equal does not work. I’m only 42 years old, but my teachers were of that generation that marched with Martin Luther King. This whole idea of a two-state solution, it doesn’t work.”

Washington Free Beacon

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) tweeted Monday a "significant [number] of Senate Democrats" support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Rubio made the charge while hitting Senate Democrats for blocking a bill that would allow local and state governments to not do business with organizations participating in the BDS movement. BDS is a global boycott campaign against the Jewish state that the Anti-Defamation League considers an insidious effort to delegitimize the country.

Senate Democrats have said they don't want to vote on bills until the government shutdown is brought to an end, but Rubio said that was an excuse.

"The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill," Rubio tweeted. "A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that."

The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill.

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019

Pro-BDS Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) attacked Rubio's legislation and any senators supporting it for having "forgot what country they represent." Rubio responded by suggesting her language reeked of a longtime anti-Semitic canard: accusing Israel supporters of dual loyalties.

This "dual loyalty" canard is a typical anti-Semitic line#BDS isn’t about freedom & equality, it’s about destroying #Israel

And if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected https://t.co/6yBM0bQB5L

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019

Rubio also charged Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) with lying about his legislation, saying it didn't punish political activity but rather protected the rights of local and state governments to boycott BDS participants.

This is a lie.

My bill doesn’t punish any political activity. It protects the right of local & state govts that decide to no longer do business with those who boycott #Israel.

So boycotting #Israel is a constitutional right,but boycotting those participating in #BDS isn’t? https://t.co/kY9MSmBkkh

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019

No Senate Democrats are on record as supporting BDS.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) slammed the BDS movement in remarks last year in front of AIPAC, calling it a "profoundly biased campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel."

"While Iran publicly executes its citizens, Turkey jails its journalists, scores of Arab nations punish homosexuality with imprisonment and torture, why does BDS single Israel out alone for condemnation?" Schumer said. "When there is such a double standard, when the world treats everybody one way and the Jew or the Jewish state another way, there's only one word for it: anti-Semitism! Let us call out the BDS movement for what it is."

Washington Free Beacon

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Rashida Tlaib said senators who support proposed foreign policy legislation act as if they "represent" a country other than the United States.

Conservative Media

Published  3 months ago

Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is creating fresh controversy in her second week in the House of Representatives, but this time it’s over a shocking, anti-Semitic slur leveled at her Congressional colleagues for their support of a bill which would allow local, state, and federal agencies to avoid doing business with entities that support the anti-Israel Boycott-Divestment-Sanction (or BDS) movement.

Phil Klein in the Washington Examiner reports that Tlaib “charged that supporters [of the anti-BDS] bill” were torn by their “dual loyalty” to both Israel and the United States, and claimed that the bill’s supporters “forgot what country they represent.”

The “dual loyalty” smear is a typical — if horrifying — anti-Semitic charge, a fact Tlaib is no doubt aware of.

“The idea of Jews as having divided loyalty, and of using their influence to convince others to act against the interests and principles of their own country, is an age-old anti-Semitic trope,” Klein contends.

As Klein points out, Tlaib is a vocal supporter of the BDS movement, which proponents claim is merely a movement against “Zionism,” but is in reality a profound attack on Israel and its right to exist.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) also lashed out at Tlaib for her comments, outlining the problems of the BDS movement — and Tlaib’s interpretation of the boundaries of Constitutional rights — on social media.

Others pointed out the irony of Tlaib, who identifies as a “voice for Palestinians” in Congress, criticizing her colleagues for considering the needs of a foreign power.

You have some very interesting priorities for someone to accuse other people of representing a foreign government. pic.twitter.com/LWJlgS21LH

Perhaps more shocking than Tlaib’s isolated comments is that Senate Democrats seem preoccupied with actually debating the pros and cons of the BDS movement, as if it merited real consideration, as part of their official committee analysis of a package of Middle Eastern policy bills headed to the Senate floor.

Tlaib was responding to a tweet from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is campaigning to table the anti-BDS bill until after the shutdown. Sanders, of course, avoided Tlaib’s outright anti-Semitism by suggesting the anti-BDS bill hampered Constitutionally-protected political activity, even though the Constitution does not, in fact, protect practices that are at their core openly discriminatory.

It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity. Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don’t reopen the government. Let's get our priorities right. https://t.co/rHvpBHtHI5

Other Democratic senators, including Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), tried to keep the anti-BDS bill off the floor by suggesting that Democrats should not consider a single bill on any issue besides the federal budget until the ongoing government shutdown is resolved.

But again, Senator Marco Rubio exposed the Democrats’ reported dirty laundry: it seems they’re less interested in making the federal budget a priority than they are in keeping a nasty inter-party battle out of the public eye.

The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill.

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib may not be the only openly anti-Israel member of the Democratic caucus.

gellerreport

Published  3 months ago

Finally! Senator Marco Rubio has admitted what most rational thinking pro-Israel Americans already know: the Democrat Party is rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. AIPAC made a massive mistake by choosing not to confront the Democrat Party’s anti-Israel hostility, and for allowing J-Street to ferociously defame Israel to the Democrat Party unchallenged. AIPAC’s other massive mistake was choosing not to embrace the pro-Israel President Trump, out of fear of offending Democrats who already despised Israel. AIPAC could very well be on a road to irrelevance, as a price to pay for their cowardice and incompetence. A real pro-Israel lobbying group, that is not afraid to effectively confront anti-Israel Democrats, anti-Israel Jewish groups, or the BDS thugs, is urgently needed.

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Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Less than a week after issuing a profanity-infused call to impeach President Trump on her first day in office, Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib is under fire from Republican politicians and commentators for openly posting what they call an anti-Semitic dog whistle on Twitter.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin on Tuesday dismissed criticism from a freshman congresswoman about a pro-Israel bill bearing his name that is now at the center of a congressional firestorm.

“We don’t have a better ally than Israel,” Manchin, D-W.Va., told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” describing the legislation as a rebuke to anti-Semitism.

He was responding to controversial comments from Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who in criticizing the legislation was herself accused of invoking an anti-Semitic slur.

The legislation, co-sponsored by Manchin and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, would punish companies that participate in the so-called "Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions" (BDS) global movement against Israel. BDS proponents seek to pressure Israel through economic and other means.

"They forgot what country they represent," Tlaib, a Palestinian-American who made history last week by becoming one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, tweeted of the bill’s supporters.

"This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away," she added.

Rubio swiftly accused Tlaib of referencing the “dual loyalty” charge that has long been used to suggest Washington politicians, including Jewish members, are controlled by Israel. Rubio called it a “typical anti-Semitic line” and argued, “if boycotting #Israel is constitutionally protected, then boycotting companies that boycott #Israel is also constitutionally protected.”

The Anti-Defamation League and other American Jewish groups also condemned Tlaib’s remarks.

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt issued a statement saying: “Representative Tlaib's tweet regarding the pending bill on the Senate floor has been interpreted by some as suggesting that Jews or Members of Congress, such as the sponsors of the bill, are more loyal to Israel than to their own country. Whether or not this was her intent, this type of language is deeply problematic.

“… There is no reason to include implicit or explicit accusations of dual loyalty when otherwise criticizing legislation that bears on Israel.”

Manchin, reacting to Tlaib’s comments, said Tuesday that the bill is meant to address anti-Semitism in the BDS movement.

“Anti-Semitism can’t be tolerated in any way, shape, or form,” he said. The Democrat, known to buck his party at times, has also scolded Tlaib for her profanity-laced vow last week to impeach President Trump.

The legislation in question is part of a package of Middle East-related bills that are being pushed by Senate Republicans amid the partial government shutdown now in its 18th day.

Critics have charged that the bill amounts to an unconstitutional First Amendment violation, because it involves an impermissible government punishment of speech based on its content. But Democratic leaders also have pushed to resolve the shutdown before dealing with those pieces of legislation.

Addressing such calls, Manchin told Fox News on Tuesday that he still plans to push the pro-Israel bill, even as he backs legislation to start reopening shuttered agencies.

“I’m not going to cut my nose off to spite my face,” he said.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

SARAH PALIN

Published  3 months ago

According to a new proposal, legislative members would only be able to spend a maximum of 18 years serving in Congress.

The proposal, introduced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Florida Congressman Francis Rooney, would limit senators to two 6-year terms and representatives to three 2-year terms; this totals 18 years.

“The founders never envisioned a professional political class,” Rooney said during a Fox News appearance, according to the Washington Examiner.

“This is a much better way than having these entrenched politicians who are too aligned with special interests over a period of years. I would say 18 years is plenty of time to serve your country in,” the member of Congress continued.

Rooney added, via the DC Chronicle: “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career. Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

From the report:

The proposal would set members of the House to three terms and senators to two terms. Presidents are limited under the 22nd Amendment to two terms, while Supreme Court justices enjoy lifetime appointments.

Under their own proposal, Cruz, who has been elected twice, would have to leave the Senate at the end of his current term, while Rooney, first elected in 2016, would be eligible to seek two more years in the House.

Cruz took to Twitter to promote the idea, saying: “For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people.”

“Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington. It’s long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable,” the Texas Republican added.

This is not the first time Cruz has promoted a term-limiting constitutional amendment, as he pushed similar legislation in 2017.

According to the DC Chronicle, the amendment was co-sponsored by Republican Senators Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and David Perdue.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

Daily Wire

Published  3 months ago

On Monday, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) threatened to cut off security assistance to Israel under Senate Bill 1 unless Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell begins to push the budget bills necessary for a government re-opening. The bill itself allows state and local governments to stop doing business with companies that boycott Israel, in much the same way state and local governments have authority to stop doing business with companies that engage in racial discrimination. While some have expressed free speech concerns with the bill, suggesting that companies that boycott Israel are merely expressing their First Amendment rights, the bill itself raises few First Amendment concerns – or at least, it raises concerns only insofar as government anti-discrimination policies with regard to contractors raise First Amendment concerns more generally.

The real rationale behind Schumer’s block-and-tackling has to do with the Democratic Party’s newfound warmth toward anti-Semitism. Boycott, divestment, and sanctions of Israel is textbook anti-Semitism – it singles out Israel for treatment no other nation undergoes, it has little or nothing to do with Israeli “settlement” policy, and it is largely pushed by people who would love to see Israel disappear. Among those people: new Democratic star Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), as well as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who refuses to answer regarding her personal position on BDS but supports others who support BDS.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) tweeted this today:

The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to Middle East Security Bill.

A huge argument broke out at Senate Dem meeting last week over BDS. A significant # of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Dem leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 7, 2019

How do you know Rubio is right? Check out Tlaib’s anti-Semitic canard suggesting that those who support the bill are guilty of dual loyalty to Israel:

They forgot what country they represent. This is the U.S. where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality. Maybe a refresher on our U.S. Constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away. https://t.co/KkmqjR58ZM

— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) January 7, 2019

It’s also fascinating that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has questioned whether outspoken Christians can serve in government, suddenly has drawn the line with regard to Israel and free speech:

It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity. Democrats must block consideration of any bills that don’t reopen the government. Let's get our priorities right. https://t.co/rHvpBHtHI5

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) January 6, 2019

The truth is that the Democratic Party has been flirting with, and in some cases openly embracing, anti-Semitism for years. That’s why top members of the Democratic Party continue to kowtow to open anti-Semites like Linda Sarsour and Louis Farrakhan; it’s why the Democrats booed Jerusalem in the 2012 Democratic National Committee platform; it’s why the Obama administration routinely played public relations arm for the Iranian government; it’s why no major Democrat will go on record condemning Tlaib or Ilhan Omar, who was responsible for this doozy of a tweet:

Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine #Israel

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012

This isn’t about reopening the government for Democrats. It’s about avoiding a vote that will demonstrate to Americans that the Democratic Party has largely turned against Israel, and that a heavy percentage of Democrats are now supportive of anti-Semitism so long as that anti-Semitism is couched in anti-Israel terminology.

The Federalist

Published  3 months ago

For progressive Jews, it’s easy to demand that Israelis adhere to their progressive notions. In the real-world, however, anti-Zionism is disaster for Jews.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Jan. 4 (UPI) — Two Republican members of Congress — Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Francis Rooney of Florida — introduced a constitutional amendment Thursday that limits terms in both chambers.

Senators would be held to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms, according to the joint resolution.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Cruz said in a statement. “Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

The Texas senator proposed a similar amendment in January 2017.

Three other Republican senators, Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Lee of Utah and David Perdue of Georgia, co-sponsored the amendment.

For amendment to be enacted, it needs to be approved by both chambers of Congress by two-thirds as well as three quarters of state legislatures or conventions. The 27th amendment is the most recent one, passed in 1992, that any law that increases or decreases the salary of members of Congress from taking effect until the start of the next set of terms of office for representatives.

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Cruz’s Democratic opponent for his Senate seat last November — former Rep. Beto O’Rourke — also called for term limits in Congress. He introduced similar legislation to impose term limits in 2013

“We see that the longer you serve in Congress, the less connected, the less responsive, the less accountable you can become to the people you represent,” O’Rourke said in a column for Medium last May.

President Donald Trump also has supported term limits for members of Congress, posting on Twitter in April that gives his “full sport and endrosement” for efforts by a bipartisan group of freshman legislators.

Conservative Politics Today

Published  3 months ago

The corrupt and career politicians are out of touch with America and we need a radical overhaul to solve this crisis of confidence.

The founder’s intended citizen politicians would serve a few years and they go back to private life – they never envisioned what we have now.

Career politicians milking the republic for every last cent they can, using the corrupt revolving door from politics to lobbying, to enrich themselves and corrupt the system.

It is a disgrace and while we elected Trump to clean it up he needs help. Enter Ted Cruz.

With Washington shutdown due to career politicians playing games to score cheap political points, Ted Cruz discovered the easy to end this charade once and for all.

To be sure both sides of the aisle share some blame for the gridlock but more than anything it comes down to political cowardice.

Greed and cowardice are the coins of the realm and without them, you will not succeed in the swamp. We will all pay a heavy price for the weakness of our leaders.

Ted Cruz has a workable solution to the problem and one that will damage the swamp beyond repair. It’s time.

From Cruz For Senate: “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) today introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress.

The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Sen. Cruz said.

“Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

Francis Rooney stated, “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career.

Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

The amendment was cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.).”

enVolve

Published  3 months ago

On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Representative Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a joint resolution to amend the Constitution of the United States. The proposed amendment would place term limits on elected officials in the

TheBlaze

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would set term limits on members of Congress.

"For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people," Cruz said in a news release. "Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification."

U.S. senators would be limited to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives would be capped at three two-year terms, according to the amendment introduced Thursday. Cruz introduced a similar proposal in January 2017.

"The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our Founding Fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career," Rooney said in the release. "Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way."

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) co-sponsored the joint resolution.

What does it take to amend the Constitution?

The process to amend the Constitution begins with the joint resolution in Congress.

The proposed language of the amendment must be approved by two-thirds of both chambers, according to the National Congress of State Legislatures.

Once approved by Congress, the national archivist sends the information to the governor of each state. At least three-fourths of the states must ratify the amendment for it to take effect.

What else?

Dozens of resolutions are proposed each year. Last year, 120 were introduced and 89 were introduced in 2017.

To date, 33 amendments have been proposed to the states. Of those, 27 were ratified, according to NCSL.

The last time an amendment reached ratification was in 1992. The 27th Amendment was ratified to prevent members of Congress from giving themselves pay raises during a current session. It was first proposed 202 years earlier.

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 months ago

On Friday Texas Senator Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment that would restrict senators to a limit of two six-year terms.

The Amendment also targets members of the House of Representatives and if ratified, would limit those members to three two-year terms.

Today @RepRooney and I introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 3, 2019

Currently, terms in both houses of Congress are unlimited, although there are limits to the number of terms members of Congress may have on committees. Cruz has been a longtime critic of the Constitution not including term limits. He introduced a similar bill a year ago, according to ABC News.

The Amendment has 3 cosponsors, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and David Purdue.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Cruz told ABC. “Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

For the amendment to be passed, it would need to be approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then ratified by 38 states. The last constitutional amendment, the 27th, was ratified in 1992, as reported by Business Insider.

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Cruz has been a strong advocate for term limits since his 2016 quest for the GOP nomination and ran with that message.

in February of 2017 Cruz also discussed similar legislation at the annual CPAC conference.

“This election was the American people saying, ‘Enough already with the corruption in both parties, Democrats and Republicans who have been here too long,’” Cruz said.

He told the attendees that one significant way politicians could deliver on “draining the swamp” is by paving the way for term limits for Congress.

“President [Donald] Trump campaigned on draining the swamp,” Cruz said. “We have majorities in both houses. I think we ought to demonstrate that we have heard the voters; we bring up term limits, pass it, send it to the states for ratification.”

With the majority of the House now controlled by Democrats he could be facing an up hill battle.

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Washington Examiner

Published  3 months ago

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Senate Democratic leaders are mounting an effort to block a pro-Israel bill on Tuesday in order to protest the ongoing partial government shutdown, which is now in its third week.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats late Thursday evening for including provisions to expand taxpayer-funded abortion in their funding measures to end the partial government shutdown.

The Democrats’ provisions would have ended President Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy which blocks taxpayer funds to non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortion overseas. The measure was an expansion of the Reagan-era Mexico City policy.

McCarthy particularly criticized Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who describes herself as a Catholic but ignores the church’s teachings on abortion.

“Earlier today Speaker Pelosi quoted a prayer by Saint Francis: ‘Lord make me a channel of thy peace,’” he said in a statement. “Hours later, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats voted to allow foreign aid money to be used to perform and promote the violence of abortion overseas.”

“House Republicans fought to save pro-life protections by amending the Democrats’ bill,” he added. “Sadly the Democrats thwarted our efforts. Instead of handing taxpayer money to international abortion advocates, Speaker Pelosi should heed the words of the Pope named after Saint Francis: ‘Every life counts: from the beginning to the end, from conception to natural death.’”

He called the Democrats’ bill a “disaster” and pointed out that the bill also would have increased funding by $5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), bringing it up to $37.5 million. President Trump previously cut off U.S. funding to UNFPA due to its participation in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization in China.

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“House Democrats are trying to force funding of abortion on an unwilling American people and unwilling foreign cultures,” he said. “The Democrats’ bill also increases funding to the United Nations Population Fund, an international body that is complicit in human rights abuses such as China’s coercive family-planning policies. Simply put, this bill is a disaster for America’s reputation as a defender of freedom and human rights in the world.”

The bill passed the Democrat-controlled House Thursday evening but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring the legislation to the Senate floor and President Trump already stated he would veto it.

The White House statement promising that President Trump would veto the bill emphasized the concerns about the abortion provisions.

“It includes $700 million more than requested for the United Nations, including restoring funding for the United Nations Population Fund,” the statement noted. “The bill would also undermine the President’s Mexico City Policy (Presidential Memorandum of January 23, 2017), which prohibits the funding of foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) also criticized the measure earlier Thursday.

“Apparently, Democrats in their first day as the House majority intend on pushing divisive, pro-abortion policies that would allow taxpayer dollars to flow to international organizations that promote and perform abortions,” he said in a statement.

“This is nothing more than far-left wing theater as these policies have no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President,” he added.

Pro-life groups, including the Susan B. Anthony List, were also angry at the Democrats’ attempt to reverse President Trump’s pro-life policies.

LifeNews Note: Lauretta Brown writes for Town Hall, where this column originally appeared.

TheBlaze

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) proposed an amendment to the Constitution that would set term limits on members of Congress.

"For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people," Cruz said in a news release. "Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification."

U.S. senators would be limited to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives would be capped at three two-year terms, according to the amendment introduced Thursday. Cruz introduced a similar proposal in January 2017.

"The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our Founding Fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career," Rooney said in the release. "Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way."

Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.) co-sponsored the joint resolution.

What does it take to amend the Constitution?

The process to amend the Constitution begins with the joint resolution in Congress.

The proposed language of the amendment must be approved by two-thirds of both chambers, according to the National Congress of State Legislatures.

Once approved by Congress, the national archivist sends the information to the governor of each state. At least three-fourths of the states must ratify the amendment for it to take effect.

What else?

Dozens of resolutions are proposed each year. Last year, 120 were introduced and 89 were introduced in 2017.

To date, 33 amendments have been proposed to the states. Of those, 27 were ratified, according to NCSL.

The last time an amendment reached ratification was in 1992. The 27th Amendment was ratified to prevent members of Congress from giving themselves pay raises during a current session. It was first proposed 202 years earlier.

Newsweek

Published  3 months ago

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Representative Francis Rooney of Florida on Thursday introduced a possible amendment to the United States Constitution that would impose term limits on members of Congress.

However, even that could be delayed because of the current government shutdown.

The amendment calls for a limit of three, two-year terms in the House of Representatives and two, six-year terms in the Senate.

Of course, this means someone could serve 18 years in the United States Congress, in addition to any other offices held, like governor, state senate or even President of the United States of America.

This wouldn’t wipe out career politicians, but it would certainly limit their capacity on a federal level — sans appointed judges.

Cruz, who just won a second term over Democrat challenger Beto O’Rourke in a highly-watched Senate race, said long-term politicians have “abused their power” and “created a brokenness” in Washington.

Cruz even urged his Republican mates to get ratification to the states as soon as possible.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Cruz said in a statement. “Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

Here is the document filed on Thursday.

Rooney, who just won re-election for his second term in the Southwest Florida area of Fort Myers, Bonita Springs and Naples, said an “overwhelming” amount of Americans support such an Amendment.

“The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career. Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

Three Republican Senators — Marco Rubio (Florida), Mike Lee (Utah) and David Perdue (Georgia) — co-sponsored the amendment.

This isn’t Cruz’s first attempt at curbing term limits for Congress. He introduced a similar resolution just two years ago to the date — Jan. 3, 2017 — with similar verbiage. This is what he wrote just two and a half weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration:

“D.C. is broken,” said Cruz. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington into a graveyard of good intentions.

Cruz continued: “The time is now for Congress, with the overwhelming support of the American people, to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification. With control of a decisive majority of the states, the House of Representatives, and the Senate, we have a responsibility to answer the voters’ call-to-action. We must deliver.”

According to Article V of the Constitution, “the Archivist of the United States, who heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is charged with responsibility for administering the ratification process under the provisions of 1 U.S.C. 106b. The Archivist has delegated many of the ministerial duties associated with this function to the Director of the Federal Register,” per the federal archives.

Of course, the site is shut down in the midst of the federal government's partial shutdown.

The amendment filed by Cruz and Rooney, if passed, would certainly shake up Congress and potentially create a slew of newcomers at the ballot box for the next few election cycles.

Here is a list of Congressional members through 2020.

POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

The Senate majority leader isn’t playing the role of deal-maker as he has in previous fights.

rollcall

Published  3 months ago

Steele also handed off the 17th and final report of his dossier, Report 166, to a longtime associate of Sen. John McCain.

The DC Chronicle

Published  3 months ago

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Congressman Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced an amendment to the United States Constitution today.

You can read the full statement from the Senators below.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) today introduced an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms.

“For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people,” Sen. Cruz said. “Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification.”

Francis Rooney stated, “The American people support term limits by an overwhelming margin. I believe that as lawmakers, we should follow the example of our founding fathers, Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, who refused to consider public service as a career. Our history is replete with examples of leaders who served their country for a time and returned to private life, or who went on to serve in a different way.”

The amendment was cosponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and David Perdue (R-Ga.).

The full amendment may be viewed here. Sen. Cruz introduced a similar amendment in January of 2017.

Matt Couch is the founder of America First Investigations and the CEO of the D.C. Chronicle News Group. Follow Matt on Twitter @RealMattCouch

Business Insider

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment that would allow only two terms for senators and three for members of the House of Representatives.

It would limit Cruz's term in the Senate to his current one, which ends in 2025.

Congressional terms are unlimited, though there are limits on individual committees.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment Friday that would restrict senators to two six-year terms. If it's passed, it would limit Cruz's Senate career to its current term.

The amendment would also limit members of the House of Representatives to three two-year terms. It's cosponsored by Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, and David Purdue.

Cruz just began his second consecutive term in the US Senate, after winning reelection in November 2018 over Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke. He's set to end his term in 2025.

Currently, terms in both houses of Congress are unlimited, although there are limits to the number of terms members of Congress may have on committees. Cruz has been a longtime critic of the Constitution not including term limits. He introduced a similar bill a year ago, according to ABC News.

"For too long, members of Congress have abused their power and ignored the will of the American people," Cruz told ABC. "Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C. It is long past time for Congress to hold itself accountable. I urge my colleagues to submit this constitutional amendment to the states for speedy ratification."

For the amendment to be passed, it would need to be approved by two-thirds of both houses of Congress and then ratified by 38 states. The last constitutional amendment, the 27th, was ratified in 1992.

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Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

The media are trying to convince Trump that if he abandons the wall, he'll be a statesman. As soon as he folds, they'll call him a liar.

USA TODAY

Published  3 months ago

Nancy Pelosi plans to confront Donald Trump on many fronts, from investigating the deaths of child migrants to protecting Robert Mueller’s probe.

twitchy.com

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Finally some SANITY in Congress ... from Ted Cruz.

anncoulter

Published  3 months ago

The media are trying to convince Trump that if he abandons the wall, he' ll be a statesman, so that as soon as he folds, they can start making fun of him as an untrustworthy liar. Everyone knows that we can never have a secure border without an impermeable barrier -- something like a wall -- across all of it. The Democrats know it, the voters know it, and the millions of illegals hurtling toward our border like cannonballs know it. The Democrats' latest idea is to call a wall "immoral, ineffective and

American Greatness

Published  3 months ago

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Daily Intelligencer

Published  4 months ago

Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the consequences of Trump’s erratic moves at home and abroad.

With the harsh words of Secretary of Defense James Mattis’s resignation, the unexpected withdrawal from Syria, and the about-face toward a looming government shutdown, some close to President Trump’s Washington feel like we’ve been thrown back into the chaotic early days of the administration, while others worry that “the wheels may be coming off.” Is it right to read this as the beginning of the end?

The beginning of the end of the Trump presidency came and went a long time ago. I have never wavered from my oft-stated convictions that (a) Trump will not finish out his term, and (b), the end will be triggered by a presidential meltdown that forces the Vichy Republicans in Washington to mount an insurrection — if only to save their own asses, not the country. This week was a big step toward that endgame, and surely one of the most remarkable weeks in American history.

We have a president of the United States who is moving to shut down the government at the same moment that he is inviting America’s adversaries to breach its defenses. The withdrawals in Syria and Afghanistan, combined with the exit of the last top administration official who aspired to serve the national interest rather than Trump’s, invites hostile moves against the United States from ISIS, Russia, China, North Korea, and the Taliban. This has even grabbed the cynical Mitch McConnell’s attention: He has declared himself “distressed” by Mattis’s resignation, a major step in rhetorical escalation in a party where Susan Collins’s pathetic periodic expressions of “concern” are what pass for criticism of an outlaw president. Marco Rubio’s words were stronger, a move to protect his viability for another presidential run, but more outrage from more GOP leaders will follow. What will move them is not necessarily Trump’s hara-kiri isolationist agenda but the damage his behavior both abroad and at home is inflicting on the financial markets. The sheer uncertainty of a chaos presidency is pushing the Dow to its worst December since the Great Depression. McConnell and his humiliated departing peer Paul Ryan have tolerated Trump’s racism, misogyny, and nativism, his wreckage of American alliances, his kleptocracy, and his allegiance to Vladimir Putin. They have tolerated as well his con job on the coal miners, steelworkers, and automobile-industry workers of his base. But they’ll be damned if they will stand for a president who threatens the bottom line of the GOP donor class.

The Mattis resignation is huge. It’s not that he was the last “adult in the room” but that as a retired military man and a secretary of Defense with access to both foreign intelligence and the inner workings of the White House, he knows treason when he sees it. His resignation letter stops just short of saying that Trump is actively serving the “interests” of China and Russia as they try “to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model.” Certainly it is extraordinary that Trump consulted with the Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan when making his abrupt move in Syria but did not bother to consult the American general, Joseph Dunford, who serves as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For all we know, Trump also was directly or indirectly in touch with Putin, the most vocal defender of his actions.

What happens now? Surely the best fit for next secretary of Defense — one who aligns with Trump’s interests — is Erik Prince, whose security firm, then known as Blackwater, carried out a massacre of Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. Prince is Betsy DeVos’s brother, an advocate of privatizing the military, and has caught Robert Mueller’s attention for his own alleged role in Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. But I speak in jest. Prince could never get through a confirmation process now, and who knows where America will be or who will be in charge by the time we get to Mattis’s announced February departure date, more than two months from now. The country is going to be riveted by the televised testimony of lawyered-up Trump lackeys as they face the inquisitors of Nancy Pelosi’s Congress.

What we are likely to see in the meantime: further indictments of Trump family members and other close associates; a complete halt to governance in Washington whether there’s actually a government shutdown or not; new overt and covert threats to national security; a further effort by Trump to destabilize the Federal Reserve and assault its chairman; and perhaps, at last, an intervention by those Vichy Republicans, in the financial sector as well as in the capital, who see their own necks on the line.

But meanwhile, we have more than two weeks in store of watching an isolated madman rampaging through the gilded rooms of Mar-a-Lago, wreaking whatever damage he can on the country as the walls of justice continue to close in on him. Happy New Year!

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Rantt

Published  4 months ago

The impulsive withdrawal from Syria signals America's abandonment of both allies and principles.

The Post & Email

Published  4 months ago

JUNIOR CA SENATOR MAY RUN IN 2020 by Sharon Rondeau (Aug. 19, 2018) — Given that California Sen. Kamala Harris’s Wikipedia biography states that she was born in Oakland, CA in 1964 to immigrant parents and speculation exists that she plans to run for president in 2020, Golden State citizen Gary Wilmott has been seeking […]

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

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Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and members of his team were detained, and later released, in Caracas, Venezuela by President Nicolas Maduro on Monday during an interview after the embattled president "didn't like the questions" they were asking, the network said on Twitter.

Daniel Coronell, the president of news for Univision in the U.S., tweeted just before 9 p.m. ET on Monday that Ramos and his team were released, but their technical equipment, along with interview material that Maduro disliked, were confiscated.

Univison said earlier Monday that Ramos and his crew "arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace" because Maduro "didn't like their questions" they were asking him.

The State Department confirmed on Twitter that Ramos and his team "are being held against their will at Miraflores Palace by Nicolas Maduro," and urged him to immediately release them.

Ramos, according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was seemingly able to call Univision to explain what was happening "when the phone was taken from him & the call ended."

During a visit to the Colombia border city of Cucuta last week, Rubio warned Venezuelan soldiers that they would commit a "crime against humanity" if they blocked the entry of U.S. aid being channeled through rivals of Maduro.

"This is an arrogant regime that feels invulnerable & is now acting with total impunity," Rubio tweeted in response to Ramos and his team's detainment.

Maduro, who began his second term as president in January, is not recognized by the U.S. or dozens of other countries as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

The U.S. and other nations have demanded Maduro step down and have recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader. Venezuelans also have staged large protests to pressure Maduro to leave.

Vice President Mike Pence on Monday urged a 14-nation coalition of Latin American nations and Canada to freeze the assets of Venezuela's state-owned oil company in response to violent clashes between security forces and opposition members over blocked humanitarian aid.

Speaking in Colombia, Pence repeated President Trump’s threat that “all options are on the table” to push out Maduro.

"It's time to do more," the vice president said. "The day is coming soon when Venezuela's long nightmare will end, when Venezuela will once more be free, when her people will see a new birth of freedom, in a nation reborn to libertad."

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

TheHill

Published  4 months ago

"There’s just a general fear of the unknown,” Pentagon official says.

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

Student gun control activist David Hogg is asking someone to tell Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) that Bible verses do not protect kids from bullets.

Rubio drew the ire of student gun controllers following the February 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. They ridiculed his support of gun rights during a February 21 CNN town hall, booing him and even comparing Rubio to the shooter who carried out the heinous crime.

Rubio was also criticized for his relationship with the NRA, and this washed over into attacks against Rubio’s insistence on tweeting Bible verses.

For example, on July 15, Rubio tweeted Psalm 85:9 and Hogg was quick to reply with a reference to the NRA:

What’s the psalm that says take 3 million dollars from the NRA?

Now Hogg is asking someone to talk to Rubio about sending out Bible verses.

Hogg tweeted:

Most recently, on December 7, Rubio typed out Isaiah 29-18-20 in a tweet:

On that day…the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll & out of gloom & darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. For the tyrant shall be no more, the scoffer shall cease to be; All who are ready for evil shall be cut off…

Isaiah 29: 18-20

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 7, 2018

Hogg responded:

Perhaps someone can tell Hogg and the rest of the gun control movement that gun-free zones do not stop kids from getting shot either.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News, the host of the Breitbart podcast Bullets with AWR Hawkins, and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.

Dallas News

Published  4 months ago

As special counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian...

LifeSiteNews

Published  4 months ago

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, says that same-sex “marriage” is perfectly "consistent" with Catholic Christianity.

Pelosi brought her grandchildren to see her receive an award from the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, to show the young, impressionable children that "marriage equality is important."

In an interview with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC, Pelosi said she took the children to the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund gala because "it's really important to see what the practice of our faith is."

Pelosi, who described herself as a faithful Christian and “mainstream Catholic,” said her pre-adolescent grandchildren needed to see and be present at a gay and lesbian celebration in order "to give them the image that we have for all people," meaning the image the Catholic Church has for all.

The House Minority Leader explained that same-sex marriage "is important," and that her grandchildren "have been hearing this [message supporting gay 'marriage'] their whole life" because "they go to Catholic school."

In perhaps the most controversial of her statements, Pelosi said, matter-of-factly, that same-sex 'marriage' "is consistent with the dignity and worth we [Catholics] attribute to every person."

Roberts asked about comments from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-FL, that continual demonization of traditional Christians could get the Catechism of the Catholic Church branded as “hate speech.” Pelosi responded, "I thoroughly disagree, being raised in a Catholic family [and] raising a Catholic family."

Pelosi contrasted what she characterized as Sen. Rubio's "polarizing" and "unfortunate" Catholicism with her own "mainstream Christian thinking."

She summarized Catholic catechism as teaching support of gay 'marriage'. "The fact is, what we’re taught was to respect people in our faith." Pelosi went on to criticize Rubio's opposition to gay 'marriage', explaining, "To say that [homosexual 'marriage'] endangers mainstream Christian thinking is so completely wrong."

Pelosi added, “I don’t even think that Pope Francis would subscribe to what Sen. Marco Rubio said" supporting traditional marriage.

The House leader concluded with the hope that Rubio would change his position on gay 'marriage'. "I hope that we can persuade him differently, because the country is going in a completely different direction now. And it’s very, very exciting."

It was not her first theological faux pas. In the past, she has claimed that the Catholic Church has only opposed abortion for "like maybe 50 years or something like that."

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Some journalists couldn't resist editorializing Pelosi's pro-homosexual "Catholicism." Reporter Dan Riehl commented, "Based upon the above, it would seem the only Catholics Pelosi 'respects' are those who agree with her."

Dr. Thomas Williams of Breitbart.com commented, "On two of the biggest social justice issues of our day – abortion and gay marriage – Pelosi has taken a hardline stand in direct opposition to Church teaching, something resembling a 'faithful' Greenpeace member advocating baby seal killing or an orthodox Jew pushing pork."

In past speeches, Pelosi called pro-lifers “dumb,” “closed-minded” and “oblivious.” When she won Planned Parenthood’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, Pelosi's anti-life comments were even contradicted by her archbishop, Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

“No Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from the church's teaching on the sanctity of life, he said.

FAIR

Published  4 months ago

Western media outlets echoed the Trump administration's claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid.

duplicitousdemocracy

Published  4 months ago

City creates taxpayer-funded hotline to report criticism of Islam under the guise of “hate speech.”

NBC News

Published  4 months ago

“What you see Trump and Rick Scott and other Republicans doing here is counting on the power of racism to serve as fact," said an Emory University professor.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Former CIA Director John Brennan on Tuesday called on members of Congress to declassify the CIA's findings on Jamal Khashoggi’s death because President Trump "excels in dishonesty" and it would be another step in making sure those responsible are held accountable.

Brennan, a vocal critic of Trump, tweeted, "Since Mr. Trump excels in dishonesty, it is now up to members of Congress to obtain & declassify the CIA findings on Jamal Khashoggi’s death. No one in Saudi Arabia—most especially the Crown Prince—should escape accountability for such a heinous act."

Earlier Tuesday, President Trump said he was unsure whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Turkey in October.

“Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event – maybe he did and maybe he didn’t,” Trump said in a statement.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press that intelligence officials have concluded that bin Salman ordered the killing.

Brennan’s remarks came as several lawmakers spoke out in opposition onTrump’s intent to maintain a relationship with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Khashoggi’s death.

Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Bob Menendez, D-N.J., responded to Trump’s statement by issuing a Global Magnitsky letter, which requires the president by law to determine whether bin Salman is responsible for the killing.

“I never thought I’d see the day a White House would moonlight as a public relations firm for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia,” Corker said in another tweet.

Lawmakers who stood in opposition to Trump’s remarks included GOP Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Democrats, such as Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Zwirz and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

Yesterday, President Trump resisted pressure and declined to significantly reorient American foreign policy in light of Saudi Arabia's brutal killing.

New York Post

Published  5 months ago

The malady known as Trump Derangement Syndrome is marked by a sudden explosion of crazy talk and sometimes actions coming from people formerly regarded as sane. Its sufferers, most, but not all,

Flag And Cross

Published  5 months ago

Raw Story

Published  5 months ago

The official Republican Party Twitter account on Monday followed President Donald Trump’s lead by echoing his attacks on retired Navy Adm. William McRaven, the man who orchestrated the raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

After the president falsely accused McRaven of being a supporter of Hillary Clinton over the weekend — despite the fact that the retired admiral never endorsed her during the campaign — the GOP said that McRaven doesn’t deserve to be seen as a non-political figure because he was purportedly on Clinton’s short list of vice presidential nominees in 2016.

“Retired Adm. William McRaven was reportedly on Hillary Clinton’s short list for Vice President in 2016,” the GOP wrote. He’s been critical of President Donald Trump — even dating back to the 2016 campaign. He’s hardly a non-political figure.”

Of course, being on someone’s short list doesn’t mean you’ve chose to ally with them politically. Rather, it just means you’re being considered as a potential candidate who might be asked if you’re willing to serve.

Additionally, many Republicans — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — were all harshly critical of Trump and his behavior during the 2016 presidential campaign, but that didn’t mean they were pawns for the Democrats.

The reaction to the GOP’s tweet was almost uniformly negative — check out some of the top replies below.

Ha, ha, ha, ha. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new GOP. Nothing matters but absolute fidelity to the Dear Leader.

— The Rusty Rustin (@RustinRustin78) November 19, 2018

Sun-Sentinel.com

Published  5 months ago

Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward supervisor of elections, has submitted her resignation, which will be effective in January.

Rantt

Published  5 months ago

When it comes to Donald Trump's presidency, unhinged is an understatement.

Conservative Tribune

Published  5 months ago

Seven days ago, we talked about a Politico report that suggested Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes was headed for the exits.  It was unclear if she’d be fired, or if she’d resign, but the writing was on the wall.  Her disastrous tenure was coming to an end as Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, and Jeb!…

Sun-Sentinel.com

Published  5 months ago

Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward supervisor of elections, has submitted her resignation, which will be effective in January.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Senator Marco Rubio led the charge against Democrat Party voter manufacturing and voter fraud in the state of Florida.

Rubio called out Broward County two days after the election after the corrupt Democrat elections officials manufactured over 80,000 new ballots after Election Day.

On Thursday night Marco Rubio reported on the planned out Democrat voter fraud after Election Day.

Democrat leaders in Florida directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms to fix improper absentee ballots AFTER THE DEADLINE.

The plan was to have Florida voters fix and submit as many absentee votes as possible in hopes of including them in the vote totals.

The email was sent out to Democrat activists BEFORE Nelson and his party allies filed a series of lawsuits challenging some voting rules that applied during the election, claiming they disenfranchised voters.

A federal judge then ruled in Democrat’s favor to count these votes.

No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection?

Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them.

Today that’s exactly what a federal judge did. https://t.co/MC4Tlvy9gi

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2018

Now this…

A fraud specialist went on Breitbart.com radio on Friday and said the Democratic scheme to add votes after election day is “potentially grounds for a RICO investigation.”

Breitbart.com reported:

An effort to allegedly add Democrat votes after Election Day in Florida is “potentially grounds for a RICO” investigation, an election fraud expert says.

The Government Accountability Institute (GAI) research director Eric Eggers exclusively told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight‘s Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that a report revealing that Florida Democrats asked voters to submit absentee ballots after Election Day is a “smoking gun” and could possibly lead to a racketeering investigation.

Eggers said:

I spoke with a Republican attorney today who is quite familiar with this and connected to the inter-workings and they believe that it is not only the smoking gun, but it is potentially the grounds for a RICO case … this is not over.The first step is to get this out of the way. Let’s get the election certified and let’s get people sworn into office. But I think that this is a very real problem, ultimately whether it’s complete ignorance or an organized effort on behalf of the Florida Democratic Party to manipulate and violate the law … they sent altered forms out with the hopes that they could just get away with it because they could get some sympathetic judges who say, ‘Well, this is what the forms that these people received said so I guess we’ll have to go along with it.’ [Emphasis added]

At the end of the day, the basic argument in Florida right now is this: Should the laws that were in place on the day of the election be upheld. And the Republicans are saying yes and the Democrats are saying no. [Emphasis added]

Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

With the machine recounts finished — reportedly resulting in a net gain for Republican Rick Scott of 41 votes, putting him ahead of Bill Nelson by 12,603 votes, and a one-vote gain for Democrat Andrew Gillum, which leaves him still trailing Ron DeSantis by 33,683 votes — and the hand recounts underway, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio sounded the alarm over potential voter fraud by Democrat officials.

"No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection?" wrote Rubio in a post Thursday. "Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them. Today that’s exactly what a federal judge did."

No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection?

Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them.

Today that’s exactly what a federal judge did. https://t.co/MC4Tlvy9gi

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2018

Rubio linked to a story by the Naples Daily News, which detailed an effort by Democrats to swing the election outcome by giving Democrat voters altered absentee ballots with the hopes of getting a judge to admit them. "A day after Florida's election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state's deadline," the outlet reports.

The forms were discovered in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and reported to federal prosecutors for review for possible election fraud. USA Today obtained an email that "shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a 'cure affidavit,' that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline."

A Democratic activist in Palm Beach admitted that the goal was to have voters submit as many of these altered absentee ballots as possible after the election deadline with the hope of a judge admitting them. The Naples Daily News provides more details:

An email that Jennifer Kim, Florida Democratic Party’s central deputy field director, sent Nov. 7 to party workers instructing them how to give voters an altered form to fix signature problems with their absentee ballots after the state deadline. Kim’s email shows this is a statewide effort to give voters the altered form with the wrong deadline to return it. The altered forms have turned up in several counties and have been turned over to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud.

U.S. Chief Judge Mark Walker ruled Thursday that voters should have until Saturday to correct signatures on ballots, a move that could open the door for these ballots returned with altered forms to be counted. Republicans supporting Gov. Rick Scott, who leads U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson by less than 13,000 votes in the recount, appealed the ruling.

Rubio has been calling attention to the sketchy behavior of Broward and Palm Beach Counties for the last week, as more and more reports revealed questionable behavior by elections officials and a judge determined that both counties had violated Florida law in the counting process.

Related: Rubio: Here's More Evidence Of Potential Voting Law Violations In Broward County, FL

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Marco Rubio has been leading the charge against Democrat Party voter manufacturing and voter fraud in the state of Florida.

Rubio called out Broward County two days after the election after the corrupt Democrat elections officials manufactured over 80,000 new ballots after Election Day.

On Thursday night Marco Rubio reported on the planned Democrat voter fraud after Election Day.

Democrat leaders in Florida directed staffers and volunteers to shear altered election forms to fix improper absentee ballots AFTER THE DEADLINE.

The plan was to have Florida voters fix and submit as many absentee votes as possible in hopes of including them in the vote totals.

The email was sent out to Democrat activists BEFORE Nelson and his party allies filed a series of lawsuits challenging some voting rules that applied during the election, claiming they disenfranchised voters.

A federal judge then ruled in Democrat’s favor to count these votes.

No evidence of fraud in #FloridaElection?

Dems got voters to use altered forms to fix & submit as many mail ballots as possible after FL deadline in hopes that a judge would later order state to count them.

Today that’s exactly what a federal judge did. https://t.co/MC4Tlvy9gi

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2018

A day after Florida’s election left top state races too close to call, a Democratic party leader directed staffers and volunteers to share altered election forms with voters to fix signature problems on absentee ballots after the state’s deadline.

The altered forms surfaced in Broward, Santa Rosa, Citrus and Okaloosa counties and were reported to federal prosecutors to review for possible election fraud as Florida counties completed a required recount in three top races.

But an email obtained by the USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida shows that Florida Democrats were organizing a broader statewide effort beyond those counties to give voters the altered forms to fix improper absentee ballots after the Nov. 5 deadline. Democratic party leaders provided staffers with copies of a form, known as a “cure affidavit,” that had been modified to include an inaccurate Nov. 8 deadline.

The Naples Daily News posted a copy of the Democrat instruction form to voters.

MARCO RUBIO BOMBSHELL: Democrats Planned Voter Fraud Day After Midterm Election — And There's Proof! @MarcoRubio https://t.co/9j3WMlzMLh via @gatewaypundit

— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) November 16, 2018

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

Two Democratic candidates in Florida conceded victory in tightly contested races and Broward Country Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes resigned.

Tampa Bay Times

Published  5 months ago

Nine days after Election Day, and one machine recount later, it is all but official: Ron DeSantis is Florida's next governor.

The results of the statewide machine recount which rolled by the Thursday 3 p.m. deadline, solidified what most already knew, as DeSantis has already made himself busy with transitioning to power and creating a new government.

In the governor's race, it was an anticlimactic finish to the dramatic machine recount — plagued with technical issues and an avalanche of lawsuits — with almost no change in the margin between DeSantis and his Democratic opponent, Andrew Gillum, since this weekend. Still, about 0.41 percentage points separate the two candidates, or just under 34,000 votes.

Just after the results were released, DeSantis sent a statement to reporters declaring victory — once again.

"I remain humbled by your support and the great honor the people of Florida have shown me as I prepare to serve as your next governor," his statement read, striking a more conciliatory tone than the confrontational-approach he used in the campaign.

He said the campaign must now end so it can "give way to governing and bringing people together to secure Florida's future. With the campaign now over, that's where all of my focus will be.

"And, to this end, I invite Mayor Gillum to join me in the days ahead in a conversation about the future of our great state."

Unlike the races for U.S. Senate and commissioner of agriculture, DeSantis' margin of victory is not slim enough to proceed to a manual recount, which requires the race to be within one-fourth of a percentage point.

That means Thursday is the end of the road, and barring a lawsuit that demands a change in procedure, the governor's race's official results will likely be submitted by the counties on Sunday and will likely be officially certified on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Despite the fact that DeSantis still had about 34,000 more votes than Gillum, over the weekend, the fact that the race's margin slimmed to less than half a percentage point after Election Night triggered an automatic machine recount and left a haze of uncertainty over the results. Those question marks have fueled some last-ditch hope in Gillum's supporters who've been spotted sparring with pro-DeSantis protesters – including U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz – outside the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, and who've given Gillum hearty receptions at several post-election events.

At these appearances, Gillum has continued to call for every vote to be counted, invoking a chance he could still be victorious while also preparing his supporters to stay engaged if he loses.

"I wanted so bad, and still want so bad, for us to be able to make a combined impact on this state and I'm trusting that we're going to have that opportunity," Gillum told a church filled with supporters in Orlando on Tuesday. "Once we get beyond this election, whatever the outcome may be, we will have to commit ourselves to an improved and a better democracy."

Once the results of the machine recount were submitted Thursday afternoon, Gillum issued an ambiguous statement saying, "It is not over until every legally casted vote is counted."

Meanwhile, DeSantis has posted several quick videos that have depicted him as a governor-elect, as he spoke in front of a velvet backdrop flanked by flags or in the state Capitol building, giving broad updates on the transition.

"We're hard at work and if you want to work for the administration, if you have something to offer, send us your resume," he said at the end of his most recent video, posted Monday.

That day, the team opened their transition office in Tallahassee and began the long work of recruiting new hires for both the governor's office and for the state agencies.

Also on Monday, DeSantis' team announced its first round of hires to fill out the transition's staff since its core leaders were announced. One of the most notable is James Blair, the transition's director of policy, who helped lead House Speaker Richard Corcoran's pseudo-campaign for governor that never materialized. Taylor Budowich, who ran communications for that campaign as well, also has an official DeSantis transition email account, according to records obtained by the Times/Herald.

After first endorsing DeSantis' Republican opponent, Adam Putnam, in the primary, Corcoran joined DeSantis' ranks in the general election and is now helping lead the transition.

His official role, in addition to his former campaign workers joining the efforts, ensures the fiery, outgoing speaker with a reputation for strong-arming policies through the Legislature will play a major role in DeSantis' setup and perhaps in the administration.

Several other recent hires are holdovers from the campaign, such as Dave Vasquez, the press secretary, and Claire Whitehead, who traveled with Casey DeSantis on the campaign trail and has now been hired as the incoming first lady's assistant. Meanwhile, other additions formerly worked for other DeSantis political allies, such as a former advisor to Gov. Jeb Bush, Chris Clark; staff assistant of Sen. Marco Rubio, Amanda Emmons; and a lawyer who used to work for Gov. Rick Scott, Ben Gibson.

Daily Intelligencer

Published  5 months ago

In an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, Marco Rubio wrote that Donald Trump’s brand of nationalism is not a creed that subordinates enlightenment values to zero-sum tribalism — as French president Emmanuel Macron had recently suggested. Rather, the Florida senator argued that the president’s nationalistic ethos was rooted in his deep appreciation for America’s “identity as a nation committed to the idea that all people are created equal, with a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

There are more than a few problems with the thesis that Donald Trump only puts “America First” because America does the same for the concept of universal human rights. But an especially conspicuous one is that the president disdains the concept of human rights more than he reveres his fellow Americans.

Or so Trump’s handling of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder would suggest. From the moment the Turkish government revealed that Saudi agents had killed a Washington Post columnist — and legal U.S. resident — in Istanbul, the American president made it clear that he viewed the murder as less of a moral atrocity than a PR headache.

Trump’s first response to Turkey’s revelation was to demand that the public give his friends in Riyadh the presumption of innocence. His second was to allow that, if the Saudis did in fact murder and dismember a U.S.-based journalist, “it would not be a positive” — but nevertheless insisted that the American government couldn’t respond too harshly to such an offense because the Saudis are “spending $110 billion on [American] military equipment” (and those arms sales must be protected at all costs).

The president’s third response — after the Saudis admitted that their agents had killed Khashoggi (supposedly, without official authorization) after trying to kidnap him (with official authorization) — was to criticize the murder in strictly tactical terms. “They had a very bad original concept,” Trump said of the Saudi plot, adding that it was “carried out poorly” and “the worst cover-up ever.”

Now, with Khashoggi’s death buried beneath the ruins of a thousand subsequent news cycles, Trump has (reportedly) shifted his focus away from offering Riyadh constructive criticism on its lackluster cover-up, and toward getting Turkish president Recep Erdogan to let bygones be bygones.

More specifically, the president is reportedly trying to persuade Erdogan to forgive the Saudis for murdering a U.S. resident who was critical of their government by helping Erdogan imprison (and, in all probability, murder) a U.S. resident who was critical of the Turkish government.

The White House is looking for ways to remove an enemy of Turkish President Recep Erdogan from the U.S. in order to placate Turkey over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to two senior U.S. officials and two other people briefed on the requests.

Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.

… They said the White House specifically wanted details about Gulen’s residency status in the U.S. Gulen has a Green Card, according to two people familiar with the matter. He has been living in Pennsylvania since the late 1990s.

Career officials at the agencies pushed back on the White House requests, the U.S. officials and people briefed on the requests said.

“At first there were eye rolls, but once they realized it was a serious request, the career guys were furious,” said a senior U.S. official involved in the process.

Erdogan has accused Gülen (without any substantial evidence) of masterminding the failed 2016 coup attempt against his government. Last year, Erdogan vowed to behead the “traitors” who had attempted to depose him. Thus, there is little doubt that to expel Gülen to Turkey would be to put the longtime Keystone State resident, and charter-school entrepreneur, in mortal danger.

To review: In order to help an Islamist theocracy get away with executing one American immigrant, Trump is (reportedly) trying to find a legal rationale for letting another (much less totalitarian) Islamist theocracy execute a different American immigrant.

If this is true, then it seems safe to say, contra Rubio, that Trump is less of an American nationalist who harbors a deep commitment to human rights than an American solipsist who is ready and willing to abet crimes against humanity if he believes that he stands to benefit personally from doing so.

The Right Scoop

Published  5 months ago

New emails reveal that Florida Democrats intentionally told staffers to send out election forms with …

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he will support a bipartisan prison reform bill shows he wants to make deals with Democrats after they take control of the U.S. House in January so he can continue his record of achievement on behalf of the American people.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Here we go.

Obama-appointed federal judge Mark Walker sided with Democrats Thursday morning on fixing ballot signatures.

Judge Mark Walker, who was appointed by Barack Obama in 2012, sided with Democrat Senator Bill Nelson’s campaign on Thursday morning and gave voters until 5 PM Saturday to ‘fix ballots’ that were initially rejected due to mismatched signatures.

Siding with U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign and national Democrats, a federal judge early Thursday gave voters until 5 p.m. Saturday to fix ballots that were rejected because of mismatched signatures.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker’s ruling came hours before a 3 p.m. Thursday deadline for a machine recount to be completed in the U.S. Senate race between Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott, whose 56,000-vote election-night lead had dwindled to fewer than 13,000 votes when the recount was ordered.

The lawsuit focuses on part of Florida law that requires signatures on mail-in and provisional ballots to match signatures on file with elections offices. Voters whose ballots are delivered by 5 p.m. the day before an election have the opportunity to “cure” signature mismatches. But people whose mail-in ballots are received after that, or voters who cast provisional ballots on Election Day, do not.

“The precise issue in this case is whether Florida’s law that allows county election officials to reject vote-by-mail and provisional ballots for mismatched signatures — with no standards, an illusory process to cure, and no process to challenge the rejection — passes constitutional muster. The answer is simple. It does not,” Walker wrote in a 34-page order.

Democrat lawyers descended on Florida last week to steal the election from Republicans.

Perkins Coie and Hillary Clinton are leading the charge in Florida.

Federal prosecutors in Florida have already discovered altered election documents on the forms used to fix the vote-by-mail ballots.

Mismatched signatures, altered dates on “cure affidavits” and provisional ballots are all being used by the Democrats in their recount efforts.

It is a violation of state law to count ballots with irregularities such as mismatched signatures however; Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reported Tuesday evening that Democrat lawyers are actually arguing to change Florida laws to steal the elections.

“Florida law requires that the voter signatures on mail ballots match the signature of the voter, but Dem lawyers are asking a judge to throw that law out & force Florida to count ballots with signatures that don’t match the voter signature on file,” Senator Rubio explained.

The Florida election will now be decided by Democrat lawyers and an Obama-appointed judge just like Senator Rubio warned. Let that sink in.

LifeZette

Published  5 months ago

The Florida recount travesty, in which supervisor Brenda Snipes is involved, has now spurred seven lawsuits so far

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Federal prosecutors in Florida are reviewing date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots.

Feds discovered the dates were altered by the Florida Democrat party in four different counties, including Broward.

“Cure affidavits” are due by 5 PM the day before the election, however prosecutors have discovered these altered documents show the ballots could be turned in on Thursday, one day after the election.

Via Politico:

The Florida Department of State last week asked federal prosecutors to investigate dates that were changed on official state election documents, the first voting “irregularities” it has flagged in the wake of the 2018 elections.

The concerns, which the department says can be tied to the Florida Democratic Party, center around date changes on forms used to fix vote-by-mail ballots sent with incorrect or missing information. Known as “cure affidavits,” those documents used to fix mail ballots were due no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 5 — the day before the election. But affidavits released on Tuesday by the DOS show that documents from four different counties said the ballots could be returned by 5 p.m. on Thursday, which is not accurate.

Among those counties is Broward, which emerged as the epicenter of controversy as three statewide races and three local legislative races went into recounts following the Nov. 6 elections. Republicans have pointed to embattled Broward Elections chief Brenda Snipes’ record of past election gaffes in arguing that the largely Democratic country is tilted against them — perhaps fraudulently so.

The dates on the cure affidavits were also altered in Okaloosa County and the elections supervisor said the email he received included a person from the Florida Democrat party.

Another email included in the DOS document dump included correspondence from Okaloosa County Supervisor of Elections Paul Lux, who also said he believed the affidavits were from the Florida Democratic Party.

“Please pass the word to the FDP that they can’t arbitrarily add their own deadline to your form or VBM cures!!” Lux emailed DOS officials on Nov. 9. “This is crazy!”

In a Tuesday interview with POLITICO, Lux said he received an email from someone sending a cure affidavit marked with the wrong date that included a Florida Democratic Party email address. The email does contain the email address votes@FloridaDems.org, which is associated with the party.

While Republicans have ‘election day,’ the Democrats enjoy ‘election week’ or ‘election month.’

Democrats have produced tens of thousands of ballots several days after the election–even worse, Broward County refused to disclose how many ballots they had left to tabulate which allowed them to count however many they needed to bring the Democrats within the margin of a recount.

It is a violation of state law to count ballots with irregularities such as mismatched signatures however; Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) reported Tuesday evening that Democrat lawyers are actually arguing to change Florida laws to steal the elections.

“Florida law requires that the voter signatures on mail ballots match the signature of the voter, but Dem lawyers are asking a judge to throw that law out & force Florida to count ballots with signatures that don’t match the voter signature on file,” Senator Rubio explained.

Broward County elections supervisor Brenda Snipes also admitted that one of her elections officials was driving around with blank provisional ballots in a rental car–and she still has not been removed from her position and prosecuted.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Democrat lawyers have descended on Florida in order to steal the Senate and Governor elections from Republicans. Hillary Clinton, Perkins Coie and other DC swamp dwellers are now working round the clock to install their radical left-wing candidates. In a series of urgent tweets, Senator Rubio said late Tuesday evening that […]

True Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush added his voice to the growing number of Republicans calling for Brenda Snipes, the Broward supervisor of elections, to be removed from her post amid the controversy over the vote recount in Florida’s pivotal races for governor and Senate.

“There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process,” Bush tweeted on Monday. “Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.”

There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.

Along with Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has also suggested Snipes should be removed from office once the dust settles in the Florida races.

In Snipes’ Broward County, the recount was delayed for hours Sunday because of a problem with one of the tabulation machines. That prompted the Republican Party to accuse Snipes of “incompetence and gross mismanagement.” – READ MORE

Live Action News

Published  5 months ago

House Democrats have quietly inserted language repealing pro-life policies and expanding funding for organizations that promote or commit abortions in a bill intended to end the government shutdown. According to the Washington Examiner, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 would end a provision requiring foreign NGOs to guarantee that they will not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” The bill would also codify a $5 million increase to the United Nations Population Fund (from $32.5M to $37.5M), which has been accused in the past of coercive abortion and sterilization and lends support to China’s restrictive child policies.

The current policy targeted by the bill is called the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy, formerly known as the “Mexico City” policy. The policy was instituted by President Reagan in 1984 and has been re-instituted during every Republican presidency. Trump expanded this policy, which allows for NGOs to remain eligible for federal funding only if they choose to stop committing abortions.

In addition, the bill allocates a minimum of $595 million to family planning programs — with no set limits — essentially giving a blank check for the government to fund abortion-supporting organizations.

It’s only day one of the new Congress, but already, Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats are trying to foist a radical pro-abortion agenda on the nation, – @marjoriesba https://t.co/9oTxXC9T0B #ProLife

— Susan B. Anthony List (@SBAList) January 3, 2019

READ: Even Nancy Pelosi knows abortion is a toxic issue for Democrats

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life SBA List organization, said in a statement Thursday, “A strong majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Acting on the clearly expressed will of the American people, President Trump and his administration have taken a bold stand for life by stopping billions of dollars in foreign aid from being used to push abortion overseas. The House’s spending bill would repeal this successful pro-life policy, making taxpayers complicit in the exportation of abortion and destruction of countless unborn children around the world. This is unconscionable and we oppose the bill in the strongest terms.”

Indeed, a large majority of Americans — 83 percent, according to a Marist poll — are against taxpayer funding of abortion.

Pro-life senator Marco Rubio also condemned the move: “Apparently, Democrats in their first day as the House majority intend on pushing divisive, pro-abortion policies that would allow taxpayer dollars to flow to international organizations that promote and perform abortions.” Rubio also noted the bill, which is one of two spending bills up for a vote today, is unlikely to survive the Senate.

Live Action founder and president Lila Rose responded to the news, saying, “This move shows the House Democrats are so radically pro-abortion that they are more concerned with pushing their abortion agenda on the American people than finding common ground to end the government shutdown,” adding that because “President Trump and the Senate Republican majority failed last session to pass a law preventing the American taxpayer from funding Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion chain[,] [t]hey now have a duty to stand firm and block such outrageous attempts to have the American taxpayer fund and promote abortion programs across the globe, which contributed to the killing of over 41 million children in the womb in 2018 alone.”

The bill gives an indication that abortion funding is likely to be one of the top Democrat legislative priorities for 2019.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is confident in the face of questions as to whether her office can count 700,000 ballots by Thursday’s deadline, telling reporters Tuesday that “there has never been a deadline we have missed.”

Snipes is overseeing the county’s recount of the midterm elections’ U.S. Senate and governor’s races.

WATCH: 'We will complete the recount. There has never been a deadline we have missed': Broward Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes

. @joanmurraycbs4 reports tonight at 5. https://t.co/fGdzpTTcdB @BrowardVotes pic.twitter.com/YLQ9n3O1Dn

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“We have finished phase one for the sorting of the most part. I think we do more sorting on election day than tonight,” Snipes told reporters during a press briefing. “Based on the way that the machines are moving and the amount of paper that they are processing, I think we are on a good schedule and we will finish before the deadline Thursday.”

“That has been our position,” she maintained.

Last Friday, a judge ordered Snipes to allow immediate inspection of voter records during an emergency hearing Friday. The court was asked to intervene in the tight U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) as the two sides prepare for a possible recount. Snipes defied a court order allowing the inspection of vote records Friday evening. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has vowed to request a judge to hold the official in contempt of court.

Reacting to allegations of voter fraud, Snipes admitted that while there were some issues with counting ballots, the lawsuits against her office were an attempt to undercut her integrity.

“There have been issues that didn’t go the way we wanted,” she said. “We can call it a mistake, we can call it whatever you want to call it.”

“The lawsuits as they are written certainly cast dispersions on my character and usually we build character over a period of time and character is always on display. And I have worked here for about 15 years and I have to say this is the first time that this office or I have been under such attacks,” Snipes told the press. “If we make mistakes, we own mistakes. If there is something that the public needs to know, then we provide that information.”

President Donald Trump has ratcheted up criticism of Snipes, saying the top Broward elections official has a “horrible history.”

“They have had a horrible history, and if you look at the person, in this case a woman involved, she has had a horrible history.” said President Trump. “And all of the sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere.There’s bad things that have gone on in Broward County, really bad things.”

Responding to the criticism, Snipes suggested President Trump was equipped with inaccurate information regarding the recount: “We are in an era when people oftentimes speak without having vetted the information. I’m not sure where the President gets his information from. I have not spoken with him. And I don’t want to make any other comments on that.”

As Government Accountability Insititute (GAI) research director Eric Eggers told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight‘s Senior Editor-at-Large Rebecca Mansour, Snipes has a history of miraculously “finding” ballots following elections:

She’s also been accused of illegally opening ballots. The Florida GOP sued her for this and when they brought her to court, they said ‘Hey, your office is opening ballots outside the presence of the canvassing board … what’s your explanation?’ And again, the woman in charge of elections in Florida’s second most populous county argued she thought it was okay because her office didn’t understand the meaning of the word ‘canvassing.’ [Emphasis added]

This is also not the first time that her office has just found ballots. There was actually a canvassing official back in 2012 that complained that heading into a weekend, they were told there were about 150 votes left to be counted and then Monday morning, well actually there are about 950 votes still to go. [Emphasis added]

As Broward moves to complete the recount by Thursday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) expressed doubt Snipes’ office will get the job done. “Deadline for recount is Thursday. #PalmBeach already said they won’t make it. #BrowardCounty just started recount today,3 days after most every other county & will probably miss as well,” Rubio tweeted. “Demanding they follow law isn’t effort to stop vote count,its effort to stop law breaking.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Broward County and Palm Beach County are deliberately delaying their recount efforts in order to pass the election over to lawyers and judges, says Senator Marco Rubio.

The Florida Secretary of State officially ordered a recount over the weekend and as expected, Broward and Palm Beach Counties won’t make the Thursday recount deadline.

The corrupt elections officials in Palm Beach County said Sunday evening that they will not be able to finish their recount by the Thursday deadline.

By Tuesday morning it was reported that Broward County hadn’t even started its recount yet!

Miami-Dade County was already halfway through its recount of over 800,000 votes by noon Monday, however; Broward County hasn’t started yet, according to the Miami Herald.

But there is a method to this madness, says Rubio.

The reason why Snipes and Bucher are delaying the recount is so they can get a judge to order domestic vote by mail received after 7 PM election day counted.

This is a violation of state law, but apparently laws don’t apply to Democrats.

“Broward County and Palm Beach County are headed towards being the only counties to not make the deadline for machine recount,” Rubio said.

“Potentially deliberate effort to delay final count hoping a judge will order domestic vote by mail received after 7pm Election Day counted, in violation of state law,” Rubio added in a tweet posted Tuesday afternoon.

“Incompetent law breaking election officials lead to chance for lawyers to steal an election. Dem lawyers aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted. They’re here to get as many votes for their client as possible counted & get as many votes for opponent as possible thrown out,” Rubio said.

#BrowardCounty & #PalmBeachCounty are headed towards being only counties to not make deadline for machine recount

Potentially deliberate effort to delay final count hoping a judge will order domestic vote by mail received after 7pm #ElectionDay counted, in violation of state law

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 13, 2018

Democrat lawyers, including swamp dweller Marc Elias of Perkins Coie descended on Florida last week to steal the Senate and Governor elections from Republicans.

Hillary Clinton even staked her claim in Florida by helping with fundraising efforts to pay for lawyers and activists fighting for the corrupt Democrat Senator Bill Nelson.

Where is the GOP??

Rantt

Published  5 months ago

President Trump is reportedly furious, his cabinet members are reportedly looking to jump ship, and Democrats keep picking up seats.

Here are today’s top stories:

1. In recent days, anticipation for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s next move has reached a fever pitch. There has been speculation surrounding whether former Trump adviser Roger Stone will be indicted for perjury and/or his contacts with Wikileaks (he claimed he was next was next and he was an unnamed Wikileaks contact in Mueller’s last round of Russian indictments). Then this week, Stone’s associate and O.G. birther Jerome Corsi publicly stated that he thinks Mueller is about to indict him for perjury. Corsi was forced to cancel an interview with NBC News due to the fact his lawyers were on the phone with the Special Counsel’s office. Some believe Corsi may be negotiating with Mueller, like Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Michael Flynn before him. This all comes as Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen was in DC this week meeting with the Special Counsel.

These aren’t the only indictments reportedly in the pipeline. There has reportedly been fear in the Trump administration that Donald Trump Jr. may be indicted for perjury. All of this comes on top of the Wall Street Journal report that indicated President Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator with Michael Cohen in campaign finance crimes. Needless to say, this is weighing down on the president.

2. After his failure to honor veterans and his embarrassing display in France, there have been multiple reports indicating President Trump is furiously lashing out at his aides in the White House. Angry about the midterms, nervous about Robert Mueller, and unhappy with the trip to France, Trump is directing his ire at his staff. Chief of Staff John Kelly is reportedly seeking to resign soon amid his beef with First Lady Melania Trump and her East Wing staff. Meanwhile, Trump is reportedly looking to fire Kelly’s protege, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Finally, Melania Trump called for the firing of National Security Adviser John Bolton’s deputy Mira Ricardel (reportedly over a dispute over airplane seating arrangements).

3. As Republican Senate candidate in Arizona Martha McSally gracefully conceded to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, Republicans in other parts of the country are not conducting themselves with the same level of dignity. Florida Governor and Senate candidate Rick Scott is still filing lawsuits as the national GOP, including the President and Marco Rubio, spread conspiracy theories. As the Florida recounts continue, remember to ask yourself why one party is so hell-bent on making sure as few people as possible are able to have their voices heard.

4. The UK and EU have reached a draft agreement on Brexit. Negotiators from both sides have broadly agreed on most of the technical details on the issue. The largest hurdle was over how to handle the border between Ireland, an EU country, and Northern Ireland, a bordering part of the UK. Assurances were made that no hard borders would be imposed; should a forthcoming trade deal not come to fruition, Northern Ireland will, for the most part, still remain in the single market.

This, however, does not sit well with many of the backers of Brexit, both within Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet and in Parliament. They see this as a way to delay the breakup from the EU, and will want adjustments. On the other hand, the Northern Irish coalition partners of Mrs. May’s Tory party will probably not accept any backing off of the border agreement. Ms. May will need to convince all of them to ensure parliamentary support for approval of a deal. It does not help that calls for a second referendum are growing. A deal needs to be finalized by March of next year, so the clock is not in Mrs. May’s favor.

5. Stock markets again dipped over the last few days, as a sell-off of shares continues in the US. The Dow dropped more than 600 points on Monday, almost erasing gains made at the beginning of the month. Apple was the biggest culprit, as its share price dropped about 5 percent over concerns its new iPhone sales will not hit expected sales figures during the holidays. The market looked to be rebounding in this morning, but a fall in oil prices brought things into the red again. President Trump has not helped matters, as a statement of disapproval over Saudi production cuts on Monday and continued worries over a trade war with China, in general, may have impacted figures. Some investors are beginning to be worried about a potential economic slowdown.

Ahmed Baba contributed to this report.

by: Jossif Ezekilov

Jossif Ezekilov is the Foreign Affairs Editor at Rantt Media. Born in Bulgaria and raised in DC, Jossif gave up a semi-promising career as a goat herder/rapper to pursue his dream of working for a better world. During a verbal altercation, Bill O’Reilly once told Mr. Ezekilov to go work for the progressives. So he did, and now only one of them works in the media business. At Rantt, Jossif focuses on making international news and foreign policy more accessible to the casually interested reader. He also writes on a variety of issues, including global health, international development, gender equality, civil rights, and US politics.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

We knew this was coming.

On Tuesday afternoon, a judge ordered the recount in Palm Beach County to be extended to November 20th.

This is five days after the initial Thursday deadline.

The Hill reported:

A Leon County circuit judge ruled Tuesday that the recount of midterm votes in Palm Beach County, Fla., will be extended to Nov. 20, five days after the initial deadline.

The order will extend recounts for a U.S. Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R), as well as the gubernatorial race between former Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum (D).

Broward County and Palm Beach County are deliberately delaying their recount efforts in order to pass the election over to lawyers and judges, Senator Marco Rubio said Tuesday morning.

The Florida Secretary of State officially ordered a recount over the weekend and as expected, Broward and Palm Beach Counties won’t make the Thursday recount deadline.

The corrupt elections officials in Palm Beach County said Sunday evening that they will not be able to finish their recount by the Thursday deadline.

By Tuesday morning it was reported that Broward County hadn’t even started its recount yet!

The reason why Snipes and Bucher are delaying the recount is so they can get a judge to order domestic vote by mail received after 7 PM election day counted, Senator Rubio said.

This is a violation of state law, but apparently laws don’t apply to Democrats.

Where the hell is the GOP??

miamiherald

Published  5 months ago

President Donald Trump, Governor Rick Scott and Senator Marco Rubio have pushed unfounded claims of voter fraud as Florida begins a recount to decide races for governor, U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner.

Diamond & Silk

Published  5 months ago

Looks like the ax may be falling on the Broward County election supervisor after the debacle of how the election has been handled. From Daily Wire: After a judge found her to have violated Florida

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  5 months ago

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) defended “American nationalism” in an interview with Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson Wednesday evening, arguing the political ideology is “deeply rooted in moral and values.”

Rubio’s remarks follow French president Emmanuel Macron’s rebuke of nationalism during a centenary commemoration of the First World War Armistice over the weekend, in which he called the ideology a “betrayal of patriotism and “treason.” President Trump declared himself a nationalist during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much,” President Trump said before attendees. “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. Okay? A nationalist. Use that word.”

A partial transcript is as follows:

CARLSON: I want to ask you about the question of nationalism. The president described himself as a nationalist recently. He was attacked by the leader of France for doing that. You recently published a Wall Street Journal op-ed defending the idea of nationalism. Why is nationalism a necessary concept in modern America?

RUBIO: Well, American nationalism. What is our identity? Our identity, if not a common race, ethnicity. In fact, America is a de facto rejection of that. It is fundamentally premised on this notion, “we are all children of God, we are born, all created equal by our creator, and given equal rights to life, liberty, and to pursue happiness. That is our national identity. It is deeply rooted in morals and values. It, in fact, explains everything this nation has done, internationally and domestically. We should be proud of that identity. We should defend that national identity. Number two, I think most of the viewers watching this program would be shocked to think that my job is to represent Belgium, or my job is to represent — I have nothing against Belgium. I always pick on Belgium or Luxembourg. They have their own system of government. That doesn’t mean I need to be hostile toward them. And it may be in our national interest to work with them.

I think NATO is in our national interest and is. I think a lot of our alliances are built on that. Our national identity is a nation that believes in equality of all people. It’s what causes us to defend democracy and feed hungry people all over the world. We should be proud of that. But, as a government leader, my fundamental obligation, first and foremost, is to work on behalf of the American people and most of the time, if not all the time, we can do that without hurting other people around the world.

www.theepochtimes.com

Published  5 months ago

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is likely to be ousted by either Florida Gov. Rick Scott or his likely successor, Ron DeSantis, amid statewide recounts for the Senate, governor, and agriculture commission races for last week’s midterm elections.

Snipes, a controversial figure in Florida, is “losing support from fellow Democrats and faces the increasing likelihood of an embarrassing suspension” from Scott or DeSantis, Politico reported, citing unnamed sources. The report didn’t say when it may happen.

“This is not just the most troubled elections office in the state, it’s the most troubled elections office in the nation,” said Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican, according to the website. He said she should be removed from office immediately after the recounts are finished.

“She has shown she’s incapable of conducting a large and important election in a way that inspires public confidence and trust,” Rubio told Politico. “She’s been found to have destroyed ballots, in violation of the law. Opened absentee ballots early, in violation of the law. Misprinted ballots that have gone out.”

Snipes’ attorney, Burnadette Norris-Weeks, told the website that the attacks are politically motivated.

“Political gamesmanship at its best,” Norris-Weeks said. “The Broward County and Palm Beach County Supervisors of Elections (and the canvassing boards for both counties) have done nothing more than count all votes as required by law. Ridiculous!”

However, she’s been the subject in previous elections. In 2018, a judge ruled that Snipes destroyed ballots from a 2016 Congressional race too quickly.

“She has had a horrible history … and all of a sudden they’re finding votes out of nowhere,” President Donald Trump said of Snipes on Nov. 9, Newsmax reported. “The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night,” Trump also tweeted Nov. 12

The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018

Scott also has accused Snipes of being “unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed and how many ballots remain to be canvassed.” He said that the uncertainty “raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also called for Snipes’ resignation.

“There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process. Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts,” Bush wrote.

WJXT

Published  5 months ago

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - While a recount continues in his race for governor, Republican Ron DeSantis’ transition team Monday announced staff members who would help set up his administration.

DeSantis last week announced leadership of the transition team, with Susie Wiles serving as executive director. Wiles chaired his gubernatorial campaign.

The staff members announced Monday were James Blair, director of policy; Chris Clark, director of recruiting; Drew Meiner, director of operations; Amanda Emmons, director of scheduling; Ben Gibson, general counsel; Dave Vasquez, press secretary; and Claire Whitehead, assistant to Casey DeSantis, the wife of Ron DeSantis.

Blair is a longtime adviser to House Speaker Richard Corcoran; Clark served as chief of staff to former Senate President Don Gaetz; Meiner is a former deputy campaign manager for operations for the DeSantis campaign; Emmons is a former staff assistant for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio; Gibson is a former deputy general counsel to Gov. Rick Scott; Vasquez is a former campaign manager for state Rep. Bob Cortes; and Whitehead is a former appointments analyst and regional representative for Scott.

A machine recount was ordered Saturday in the race between DeSantis and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum because of the closeness of Tuesday’s election. DeSantis led by more than 33,000 votes as of Saturday.

News Service of Florida

RedState

Published  5 months ago

Democrats have made it clear that, when it comes to gaining power, they can no longer be trusted to do the right thing. We have to wonder how many close elections, rightly won by a Republican...

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) brought attention to what appears to be boxes full of provisional ballots that are not being handled in accordance with the law. A citizen found two unattended boxes marked “provisional ballot box” in the Tamarac Lakes Community Center. The citizen called the Broward County Sheriff’s Office after finding the unattended boxes. […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

We knew this was coming.

Lawyers for Democrat candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson argued to include a non-citizen’s vote Friday evening according to a transcript of a Palm Beach Canvassing Board proceeding obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Screenshot of transcript provided by the Daily Caller:

Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, told TheDCNF that the county’s canvassing board was going through provisional ballots and quickly deciding whether to allow or disallow each. This exchange is of the first non-citizen’s vote they encountered. “We had a court reporter that we hired to sit in the proceedings, which are public,” he said.

The vote was disallowed despite the objections of the lawyers because two of the three members of the canvassing board ruled that it was an impermissible vote, he said.

Marc Elias, a lawyer for Nelson, told TheDCNF: “The lawyer who was present was not someone we had authorized to make such an objection. Non-citizens cannot vote in U.S. elections.”

Perhaps this is why Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher strong-armed journalists Friday evening.

Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounded the alarm Friday night after Palm Beach elections supervisor Susan Bucher banned cameras from public ballot counting and threatened them with arrests.

We knew illegal aliens were voting in our elections.

Earlier this week, Project Veritas released undercover video of election officials admitting non-citizens were voting in Texas.

What we are witnessing right now in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Arizona (among other states) is a dry run for what the Democrats are going to do in the 2020 Presidential election.

Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

Leave it to my home state of Florida to struggle with an election. Amid the myriad problems going on in the Sunshine State regarding the recent midterm elections, now the Palm Beach County elections supervisor is trying to ban media from covering the public ballot counting and threatening to arrest reporters who attempt to do so.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been all over the issues going on in Florida, and tweeted Friday evening that “Palm Beach County elections supervisor bans media cameras from public ballot counting & threatens them with arrest.”

“How much more will it take to convince skeptics that what is happening in Palm Beach & #BrowardCounty is not a normal elections process?” Rubio asked.

The article he linked to, from the Palm Beach Post, explains that elections supervisor, Susan Bucher, broke from normal practice by banning cameras from recording the ballot review process, which Gov. Rick Scott — who is waiting to see if he was elected to the senate — accused of “incompetence.”

Bucher claimed reporters were illegally taking photos and videos of signatures on mail ballots, but the reporters said they were filming from a distance and would not show any signatures.

Police were brought in to keep journalists out and block their view.

NBCUniversal, Fox Television, and Scripps Media sued Bucher over her refusal to let the media cover the public event. Marissa Bagg, a reporter for NBC 6 Miami, posted the emergency petition on Twitter, writing that the media outlets were suing “Susan Bucher and the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board for refusing to allow us to record video while they review ballots in a public meeting.”

Bagg followed up her tweet by announcing a judge sided with the outlets.

“[C]ameras are now allowed to record inside room where provisional ballots are being reviewed by canvassing board in Palm Beach County,” she wrote.

Bucher tried to claim Scott’s criticism of her office’s process — and President Donald Trump’s involvement — were motivated by racism.

“It is very unfortunate that some of the highest elected officials in our country are trying to disrupt our democracy because they don’t like the demographics of our voters,” she said. “I would wish that they would allow us to continue to count the ballots. We’re just doing our job in accordance with law.”

Trump is often accused of threatening the freedom of the press, yet here is a county official actually calling for journalists to be arrested for doing their jobs.

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

Something is rotten in Palm Beach County, where Democrats want to count the votes of non-citizens.

Flag And Cross

Published  5 months ago

Diamond & Silk

Published  5 months ago

A Florida judge has just ruled in favor of the lawsuit filed by Governor Rick Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

At the close of Election Day, Scott was ahead in the race for the Senate in Florida. But Broward County still claimed to have votes uncounted but they completely violated all the laws regarding them, as Scott noted in his lawsuit.

Scott filed the suit to force Broward County election supervisor Brenda Snipes to comply with the law and the public records act.

The lawsuit contended:

Voting in the 2018 General Election concluded November 6, 2018. Two days after voting has concluded, the Supervisor Of Elections is unwilling to disclose records revealing how many electors voted, how many ballots have been canvassed, and how many ballots remain to be canvassed. The lack of transparency raises substantial concerns about the validity of the election process. An emergency hearing is necessary as the Canvassing Board is obligated to submit the unofficial elections results to the Division of Elections by noon November 10, 2018. A recount in at least two, possibly three, of the statewide races appears likely. Plaintiffs seek an immediate, emergency hearing of this matter pursuant to section 119.11, Florida Statutes; an Order from this Court declaring Defendants to be in breach of their constitutional and statutory duties to permit access to public records; and an Order from this Court compelling Defendants to provide Plaintiffs with access to those records.

Not only that but as Marco Rubio noted, they were required to report on the totals according to specific timelines that they were violating.

And the judge agreed that Snipes violated the law and had to provide the information by Scott and the NRSC and that they had to turn over the records by 7:00 pm EST on Friday.

Scott pointed out that because they haven’t been complying with the law, the numbers keep changing and the “found votes” seem to all be cutting into his lead, just coincidentally, of course.

Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes. By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000. On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night. So, it has been over 48 hours since the polls closed and Broward and Palm Beach Counties are still finding and counting ballots – and the Supervisors – Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher – cannot seem to say how many ballots still exist or where these ballots came from, or where they have been.”

As Scott noted it sure appeared like they were trying to come up with as many votes as they needed to defeat him. He also said he’d asked the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the apparent law-breaking.

Scott and others pointed out this wasn’t the first time that there were questions in Broward and that previously it was found that Snipes had improperly destroyed ballots.

Thankfully, this lawsuit may have stopped the nonsense.

But the greater question is why does this woman still have a job and why is this still allowed to go on?

Stopping it now is a victory, but who knows what may have been messed with at this point?

Homeland Security

Published  5 months ago

A video surfaced on Thursday that appears to show poll workers transporting ballots from their private vehicles to rental trucks. Tim Canova, an independent candidate who ran against Democrat Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in 2016 and again this year, posted the video on Twitter.

"Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night," he tweeted about a video that came to him from Joann Knox. "This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots. Were the ballots destroyed & replaced by a set of fake ballots? Investigate now!"

Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night. This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots. Were the ballots destroyed & replaced by set of fake ballots? Investigate now! pic.twitter.com/GUPZnz7Gny

— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 8, 2018

Florida Senator Marco Rubio quickly jumped on the bandwagon, tweeting, "This video, posted by an Independent Cong candidate in 18 (who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders in 16) purports to show Broward County ballots being transported from polling places in private cars. Has anyone in local media looked into this claim or asked elections dept about it?"

This video,posted by an Independent Cong candidate in 18 (who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders in 16) purports to show BrowardCounty ballots being transported from polling places in private cars.

Has anyone in local media looked into this claim or asked elections dept about it? https://t.co/1JztfdRudn

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 9, 2018

While the video has the appearance of some kind of malfeasance, I can assure you that this is standard operating procedure in Florida and a number of other states. Obviously, ballots have to be transported to the board of elections somehow, so poll workers drive them there in their private vehicles.

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

Are Florida's election officials merely incompetent or is there a sinister plot to throw the election results in favor of a Democratic candidate afoot?

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

We knew this was coming.

Lawyers for Democrat candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson argued to include a non-citizen’s vote Friday evening according to a transcript of a Palm Beach Canvassing Board proceeding obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Screenshot of transcript provided by the Daily Caller:

Via The Daily Caller:

Michael Barnett, chairman of the Palm Beach Republican Party, told TheDCNF that the county’s canvassing board was going through provisional ballots and quickly deciding whether to allow or disallow each. This exchange is of the first non-citizen’s vote they encountered. “We had a court reporter that we hired to sit in the proceedings, which are public,” he said.

The vote was disallowed despite the objections of the lawyers because two of the three members of the canvassing board ruled that it was an impermissible vote, he said.

Marc Elias, a lawyer for Nelson, told TheDCNF: “The lawyer who was present was not someone we had authorized to make such an objection. Non-citizens cannot vote in U.S. elections.”

Perhaps this is why Palm Beach County elections supervisor Susan Bucher strong-armed journalists Friday evening.

Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounded the alarm Friday night after Palm Beach elections supervisor Susan Bucher banned cameras from public ballot counting and threatened them with arrests.

We knew illegal aliens were voting in our elections.

Earlier this week, Project Veritas released undercover video of election officials admitting non-citizens were voting in Texas.

What we are witnessing right now in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Arizona (among other states) is a dry run for what the Democrats are going to do in the 2020 Presidential election.

twitchy.com

Published  5 months ago

dailycaller

Published  5 months ago

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Lawyers are descending on Florida as the state braces once again to become ground zero in a national election fight, and the epicenter appears to be Broward County where late-arriving ballots in Democratic strongholds are fueling accusations of political shenanigans.

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has highlighted a range of possible problems in the county—from suspected mystery truck deliveries of ballots to questions about abandoned ballot boxes and more—and has criticized local officials for their molasses-like process of counting ballots in the Senate race between Republican Rick Scott and incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Scott, Florida’s outgoing Republican governor, warned of possibly “rampant fraud,” and filed lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties as they continue to report new votes.

“Under #Florida law, county must upload by 7 p.m. day BEFORE election ALL early votes canvassed & tabulated by end of early voting & report results within 30 minutes of polls close. 60 hours after that deadline only 1 of 67 counties is still counting early votes, #BrowardCounty,” Rubio tweeted Friday morning.

Minutes later, he added that early voting in Broward County had ended “108 hours ago,” and that county officials “won’t disclose how many ballots are left.”

“The incompetence & the violation of #Florida reporting requirements by #BrowardCounty elections dept could impact more than just the outcome. The last thing our already dangerously divided nation needs is an important election 1/2 our people believe was rigged by the other 1/2,” Rubio tweeted.

Rubio also shared a video, allegedly showing ballots being transported into private vehicles from polling places.

He also shared the account of a lone box labeled “Provisional Ballots” left at a county elementary school that served as a polling precinct.

In the Scott campaign’s lawsuit, joined by the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), they allege that officials in Broward County are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. In a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.

"I will not stand idly by while unethical liberals try to steal an election," Scott said at a press conference outside the Governor's Mansion, as he slammed potential "rampant fraud" in the race.

On Thursday, a Nelson spokesperson tersely dismissed Scott's effort: “The goal here is to see that all the votes in Florida are counted and counted accurately. Rick Scott’s action appears to be politically motivated and borne out of desperation.”

Scott complained that the late-arriving votes were steadily shaving his lead.

"Late Tuesday night, our win was projected to be around 57,000 votes," Scott told reporters. "By Wednesday morning, that lead dropped to 38,000. By Wednesday evening, it was around 30,000. This morning, it was around 21,000. Now, it is 15,000."

He continued: "On election night, Broward County said there were 634,000 votes cast. At 1 a.m. today, there were 695,700 ballots cast on election day. At 2:30 p.m. today, the number was up to 707,223 ballots cast on Election Day. And we just learned, that the number has increased to 712,840 ballots cast on Election Day. In Palm Beach County, there are 15,000 new votes found since election night."

He specifically called out the counties' respective elections supervisors, Brenda Snipes and Susan Bucher.

Florida law requires a machine recount when candidates are within 0.5 percentage points of one another.

A mandatory recount now appears imminent, not only in Scott and Nelson’s race, but also in the agricultural commissioner contest and Florida’s high-profile gubernatorial battle between Democrat Andrew Gillum and Republican Ron DeSantis.

Gillum, who hoped to be the state’s first African American governor, conceded late Tuesday night. But by Friday, the Tallahassee mayor was reconsidering that concession, which is nonbinding.

"On Tuesday night, the Gillum for Governor campaign operated with the best information available about the number of outstanding ballots left to count," Gillum's campaign said in a statement Thursday evening. "Since that time, it has become clear there are many more uncounted ballots than was originally reported. Our campaign, along with our attorney Barry Richard, is monitoring the situation closely and is ready for any outcome, including a state-mandated recount."

Fox News' Gregg Re and Heather Lacy contributed to this report.

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

A media that were something other than the communications leaders of the progressive movement would note that Palm Beach County is violating Florida law.

Katrina Pierson

Published  5 months ago

As reported by Breitbart

The Florida official put in charge of counting votes in Broward County — the most liberal county in the state — for the gubernatorial and Senate race previously destroyed voter ballots, a judge ruled, and was most recently accused of not removing dead voters from the voter rolls.

Broward County Board of Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is in charge of vote counting in the area and has yet to disclose how many ballots are still not counted despite the election for governor and Senate occurring two days ago.

Currently, in the Senate race, Republican Rick Scott is leading Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson by more than 20,000 votes. Nelson is hoping for a blowout in Broward County to push him over the edge for re-election.

Snipes was confronted by local media about why the vote count in Broward County has taken so long.

“Could I please get a moment to go into the room and find out?” Snipes asked the group huddled around her. “OK, when I come back I’ll let you know.”

“But, Dr. Snipes, it is now Thursday,” Weinsier said. “We are still counting ballots in Broward County.”

“We’re counting five pages or six pages for each of the people who voted,” Snipes said.

“But other counties have been able to do it,” Weinsier said.

In May, a judge ruled that Snipes had violated state and federal law after she destroyed voter ballots in the state’s 2016 congressional election. In the race, former Democratic National Convention (DNC) Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz won re-election by less than 7,000 votes against Democrat primary challenger Tim Canova.

The next year, when Canova asked to review the paper ballots in the race, it was revealed that Snipes destroyed the ballots only 12 months after the primary. Federal and state law mandates that ballots not be destroyed until 22 months after an election.

The case exposed that Snipes’ staff had opened ballots in private in 2016 on election day.

Just last year, Snipes’ office was taken to federal court by President Trump’s administration after being accused of keeping felons, noncitizens, and dead voters on the voter rolls in Broward County and at one point having more voters on the rolls than actual voters in the district.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) blasted the slow-moving vote counting in Broward County and the fact that Snipes — despite her scandals — is in charge of the process.

“Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of Florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence,” Rubio posted online. “It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate & Florida Cabinet.”

I Love My Freedom

Published  5 months ago

On Friday lawyers for Florida Democratic candidates Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson fought to allow non-United States citizens’ votes to be included in the 2018 midterm election results. As reported by The Daily Caller, Lawyers for Florida Democratic

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes is at the center of the explosive Florida ballot-counting battle, with the state's Senate and gubernatorial elections on the line — but it's hardly her first voting controversy.

Conservative Review

Published  5 months ago

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is suing Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes over her office withholding records on how many ballots have been counted and how many more votes remain uncounted in Broward County. He has also ordered the police to seize all of the untallied ballots in Broward and Palm Beach.

This story is no surprise to Tim Canova, the progressive who ran as an Independent to challenge Debbie Wasserman-Schultz after a primary that he believes was rigged in her favor.

Speaking to the Gateway Pundit about the current scandal rocking the county, Canova asserted that he has been warning of Snipes’ election rigging for months.

In May, a judge ruled that Snipes violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots that Canova was seeking to look for voter irregularities in the primary.

We just won our lawsuit on summary judgment. Court ruled that Broward Supervisor of Elections illegally destroyed all paper ballots in our primary against @DWStweets. We are walking the walk on election Integrity & need your help now, small donations at https://t.co/93JqKJImOr pic.twitter.com/lgfLDpiMoo

— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) May 14, 2018

“Brenda Snipes and the rest of her crew at the Broward County Supervisor of Elections do not deserve any presumption of impartiality, honesty, integrity, or competence. Snipes illegally destroyed the ballots cast in my 2016 primary against Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Yet, there’s been no criminal investigations by state or federal law enforcement agencies,” Canova told The Gateway Pundit. “

In Palm Beach County they have discovered 15,000 new ballots after election day on Tuesday. They were also illegally refusing to allow party representatives into the ballot counting area and forcing them to stand behind a glass wall.

The hits keep rolling in with Brenda Snipes. A woman in Minnesota who hasn’t lived in Broward County for 5 years received an absentee ballot for our race against Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Photo below. Well done, Brenda. Well done. https://t.co/KJ7w0mQrUt

— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 9, 2018

Following the Democratic primary, Snipes destroyed paper ballots in the midst of the lawsuit filed by Canova. According to federal law, the congressional race ballots were not supposed to be destroyed for 22 months, and state law declares that ballots which are evidence in a court case should not be destroyed without a judge’s order.

“For months, I have been calling for criminal investigations. I have warned that Snipes is a serial election rigger who would rig the recent elections. I do not believe in the accuracy of any election returns reported out of Broward County. To restore integrity in our elections, we need to ban electronic voting machines and instead move to 100% paper ballots counted by hand in public. Without free and fair elections, we have no democracy,” Canova added.

Snipes, a Democrat, argued, unsuccessfully, that her office did not commit a felony because they kept digital scans. Canova, who is a a Nova Southeastern University law professor, contended that they still broke the law because electronic copies can be tampered with. His belief was backed up by multiple experts on election laws.

Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night. This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots. Were the ballots destroyed & replaced by set of fake ballots? Investigate now! pic.twitter.com/GUPZnz7Gny

— Tim Canova (@Tim_Canova) November 8, 2018

“I don’t see things as right vs. left, rather it’s integrity vs. corruption,” Canova previously told the Gateway Pundit.

Marco Rubio warned about the election fraud in the two Democrat counties on Thursday.

BlabberBuzz

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As two Democratic strongholds in Florida continue to report votes days after Election Day, Senate candidate Rick Scott filed a...

Fox News

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A midterm election season that appeared quite settled Tuesday night has suddenly entered a bitterly contested overtime, with Arizona’s Senate candidates locked in a tight race and trading the lead as votes trickle in – and Florida reprising its 2000 role as the center of a ballot-counting brawl complete with armies of lawyers and allegations of local corruption.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Accusing Democrats of "rampant fraud" and a coordinated effort to "steal" elections, Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott filed explosive lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties, as three major races in the state appeared headed for recounts and votes continue to be tallied.

TheHill

Published  5 months ago

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A Florida teacher says she discovered a locked ballot box that was left behind at a polling site in Miramar.

Teacher Lakeisha Sorey told The Sun-Sentinel she came across the box on Thursday afternoon and said it was located in the same area at Sunshine Elementary School where voting had been held earlier this week.

Sorey said she was concerned the box, which was labeled “provisional ballots,” might have contained uncounted ballots and decided not to meddle with it.

“I didn’t want to touch it,” Sorey told the local paper.

Sorey said she also reportedly contacted her friend, state Rep. Shevrin Jones (D), who the newspaper noted was a close confidant of Tallahassee Mayor and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D), seeking help about the discovery.

Jones told the newspaper he contacted the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office after learning of the box and said he was told it was likely full of blank ballots.

However, Jones said he is unsure if anyone from the Elections Office has retrieved the box and is also worried it may contain ballots that have not been counted.

“I was shocked about it,” he told the paper. “I don’t think you’d lock up extra ballot paper. I’m hoping someone will at least go verify and make sure there are no ballots inside the box.”

The discovery has already begun to make the rounds on social media and has even captured the attention of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

The report arrives as races for Senate and governor in Florida have tightened, raising the prospect that the two contests could be headed to a recount.

The Broward County Supervisor Of Elections Office did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes Florida is once again bracing for recounts–this time there are no ‘hanging chads,’ but Democrat lawyers are descending on the State to steal the election. Broward County and Palm Beach County in Florida, both Democrat strongholds are still counting ballots 43 hours after the polls closed and Senator Marco […]

New Right Network

Published  5 months ago

Liberal election meddling? Accusations of midterm voter irregularities surface in a possible attack on our American democracy.

The Federalist

Published  5 months ago

Every day that we do not have a total tabulation of the ballots, the more Republican voters will begin to believe the election results are being manipulated.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

President Donald Trump announced Thursday night that law enforcement was investigating possible election fraud in Florida after Gov. Rick Scott appeared to win his midterm senate race.

“Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Florida voted for Rick Scott!”

Mysteriously, thousands of additional votes from Broward County continue to be tallied by an elections official who allegedly has a history of mishandling election ballots.

Sen. Marco Rubio sounded the alarm on Thursday.

“Democrat lawyers are descending on Florida,” he wrote on Twitter. “They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted. They are here to change the results of election and Broward is where they plan to do it.”

Scott’s campaign has filed a lawsuit against election officials in Broward Country and Palm Beach County.

“I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,” Scott said in a late Thursday night press conference.

Scott led by 60,000 votes on election night, but that lead was narrowed to 34,000 on Wednesday. By Thursday night, Scott’s lead has narrowed to 15,092 votes.

“Their goal is to keep mysteriously finding votes until the election turns out the way they want,” Scott said.

Democrat lawyer Marc Elias told reporters on a conference call on Thursday that Nelson would win after the count and the recount of votes was finished.

“At the end of this process Sen. Nelson is going to prevail,” Elias said.

Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018

Now democrat lawyers are descending on #Florida. They have been very clear they aren’t here to make sure every vote is counted.

– They are here to change the results of election; &

– #Broward is where they plan to do it.#Sayfie

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 8, 2018

Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

Over 100 provisional ballots were rejected in Miami-Dade County on Thursday after election officials said that those people showed up to vote a second time in the same election, according to a local media reporter.

The news comes as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) claimed earlier in the day that the Democrats and Florida election officials with questionable records were trying to "steal" the election in Broward County, which is just north of Miami-Dade County.

Miami-Dade County is one of the bluest counties in the state of Florida, as nearly two-thirds of the county voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

"Stream of aggressive red stamping at Miami-Dade canvassing board as panel rejects provisional ballots from 108 people who showed up to vote a second time in the same election," Miami Herald reporter Doug Hanks said.

Hanks added in a subsequent tweet: "Miami-Dade lawyer tells me provisional ballots from people who tried to vote twice do get referred to prosecutors. But voter has to be shown with criminal intent to face charges.

The news comes after Rubio cast serious doubts about actions by election officials in Broward County on Thursday, noting the questionable past of Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes.

"#Broward election supervisors ongoing violation of #Florida law requiring timely reporting isn’t just annoying incompetence," Rubio wrote on Twitter on Thursday. "It has opened the door for lawyers to come here & try to steal a seat in the U.S. Senate & Florida Cabinet."

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also weighed in on the developments coming out of Broward County, writing: "#Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes is no stranger to destroying ballots and violating Florida election laws. Snipes has shown herself to be trouble. Voters in Florida should be paying attention!"

Multiple reports of Democratic voter fraud have surfaced in recent weeks.

In late October, court documents filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged that four women arrested by authorities had targeted elderly voters in a "voter fraud ring" during the 2016 elections which was funded by a then-Democratic Party leader.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Palm Beach election supervisor Susan Bucher, screen image via WPBF  Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio sounded the alarm Friday night after Palm Beach election supervisor Susan Bucher banned cameras from public ballot counting and threatened them with arrests. The Palm Beach Post reported: RIVIERA BEACH — Breaking from normal practice, the Palm Beach County elections […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

On Thursday Governor Rick Scott from Florida held a press conference to discuss the ongoing ballot production operation in Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida.

Broward County, notorious for voter fraud, continues to produce ballots and votes for Democrats two days after the election.

Marco Rubio warned about the election fraud in these two Democrat counties earlier today.

On Thursday night Governor Scott commanded the state police to immediately investigate the Democrat ballot generation operations.

Via Rick Scott:

** In Palm Beach County they have discovered 15,000 new ballots after election day!

** There may be rapid fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

** Palm Beach County is refusing to provide information to the public.

** Palm Beach County is illegally refusing to allow party representatives into the ballot counting area and forcing to make people stand behind a glass wall.

Rick Scott press conference https://t.co/vvNGFxgXok

— Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) November 9, 2018

Now This…

According to OAN’s Jack Posobiec Governor Scott has ordered state police to seize ALL BROWARD and PALM BEACH COUNTY BALLOTS!

#Breaking Florida Governor Scott has ordered state police to seize all Broward and Palm Beach outstanding ballots after Roger Stone called on him publicly to do so

— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) November 9, 2018

Jack says Roger Stone intervened in Florida to save the election from Democrat fraud.

Washington Examiner

Published  5 months ago

The supervisor for election in Palm Beach County doesn’t take criticism well. Susan Bucher, a Democrat who previously served in the Florida House of Representatives, accused her critics of racism.

Bucher called the criticism from President Trump, Gov. Rick Scott, and Sen. Marco Rubio “unfortunate.” But she didn’t stop there. Winding up quickly, the otherwise lethargic election supervisor accused those Republicans of “trying to disrupt our democracy because they don’t like the demographics of our voters.”

Sure, it could always be racism. But why resort to that when the obvious explanation is right there — Bucher is just demonstrably incompetent and obviously in violation of state law.

The colorblind law validates the criticism of Bucher. According to Title IX, Chapter 102 of the 2018 Florida Statutes, she isn’t doing her job. The law stipulates that all early voting and all vote-by-mail results be reported to the “Department of State within 30 minutes after the polls close.”

This did not happen. Instead, three days after Election Day, no one even knows how many votes are left to be counted.

Granted, Palm Beach County is the third most populous in all of Florida. Granted also, Bucher has a stressful and important job. She expressed some of these frustrations, telling WPBF News that “in a large county it just takes a long time,” before adding that “we don’t want fast, we want accurate. That’s what my job is.”

But if Bucher wants to look what a job well done looks like, she can look south to Miami-Dade County. That is the most populous county in the state, and yet somehow they turned in their tabulations in a timely manner. Miami-Dade counted 813,087 votes compared to Palm Beach’s 592,276 votes.

Race-baiting in the national spotlight is never a good look, especially when the official doing the race-baiting is incredibly incompetent and obviously in violation of the law.

SARAH PALIN

Published  5 months ago

Republican Senator Marco Rubio claims that one Florida county could be working behind the scenes to influence the outcome of the state’s gubernatorial and senatorial elections.

Rubio claims Broward County has a poor reputation of election integrity and is again seeking to manipulate voter tallies to give Democrat candidates victories.

After election night, Republican senatorial candidate Rick Scott held a lead over Democrat incumbent Bill Nelson. Similarly, Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis held a lead over Democrat candidate Andrew Gillum.

From the Daily Caller:

Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is warning that the fate of his state’s governorship could hang in the hands of Florida’s Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes, whom he’s called incompetent for violating state and federal laws. A liberal candidate similarly painted her as incompetent and corrupt.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum initially conceded the Florida race to Republican Ron DeSantis, but backtracked after vote totals changed Thursday, narrowing the gap to less than half a percent in both the gubernatorial and senatorial races. Broward County is often the slowest of the state’s 67 counties to count votes, and its election department has repeatedly been faulted for wrongdoing.

Rubio took to social media where he claimed the county election board could be illegally adding “thousands of additional votes” and “isn’t reporting hourly or regularly.” He went on to claim voter tallies which are released are done “overnight” and are “chipping away at GOP leads.”

Check it out:

The Florida Senator, who was not up for re-election in the 2018 midterm election, also claimed the Broward County Election Board had a history of violating state and federal law:

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio on Thursday charged that two Democratic-controlled counties in the state, in apparent violation of election law, have been reporting a "slow drip" of tens of thousands of additional ballots favorable to Democratic candidates for statewide office, including incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson.

Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio shared a video on his Twitter account on Thursday that allegedly showed ballots being transported by private vehicles and then being loaded onto what appeared to be a rented truck on election night.

The video was posted to Twitter by Independent Congressional candidate Tim Canova, who was attempting to unseat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) in Florida's 23rd congressional district.

"This video, posted by an Independent Cong candidate in 18 (who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders in 16) purports to show Broward County ballots being transported from polling places in private cars," Rubio tweeted late on Thursday. "Has anyone in local media looked into this claim or asked elections dept about it?"

"Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night," Canova wrote in his tweet that contained the video. "This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots."

Here's Rubio's tweet where he shared the video:

The Daily Wire reached out to Canova to request more information about the video — including where it was taken and if Canova had contact information for the person who recorded it — and have not received a response back.

The video Rubio shared came after more than 100 provisional ballots were rejected in Miami-Dade County earlier in the day after election officials said that those people showed up to vote a second time in the same election.

Canova's name has been in the news before in Broward County when he filed a lawsuit against Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes to gain access to the ballots from the 2016 election after her office did not meet his request after three months.

The Sun-Sentinel reported that Canova was "checking for voting irregularities in the race."

The Sun-Sentinel noted that a judge ruled that the "Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office violated state and federal laws by destroying ballots from a 2016 Congressional race too soon — and while the ballots were the subject of a lawsuit against the office."

Earlier on Thursday, Rubio tweeted that Democrats and Florida election officials were trying to "steal" the election from Republican Rick Scott, noting that the Broward elections office had a history of "violating the law."

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

On Thursday Governor Rick Scott from Florida held a press conference to discuss the ongoing ballot production operation in Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida.

Broward County, notorious for voter fraud, continues to produce ballots and votes for Democrats two days after the election.

Marco Rubio warned about the election fraud in these two Democrat counties earlier today.

On Thursday night Governor Scott commanded the state police to immediately investigate the Democrat ballot generation operations.

Via Rick Scott:

** In Palm Beach County they have discovered 15,000 new ballots after election day!

** There may be rapid fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

** Palm Beach County is refusing to provide information to the public.

** Palm Beach County is illegally refusing to allow party representatives into the ballot counting area and forcing to make people stand behind a glass wall.

Rick Scott press conference https://t.co/vvNGFxgXok

— Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) November 9, 2018

Now this…

Broward County Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes has a long history of voter and elections fraud.

In 2016, just days before the November election, Republicans sued Brenda Snipes for illegally opening thousands of mail-in ballots before the election without supervision.

#BREAKING: @FloridaGOP & @BlaiseIngoglia alleging "violations" by Broward Co. Election Office w/ ballot-by-mail counting. Letter attached: pic.twitter.com/Muu483fIfl

— Heather Lacy (@Heather_Lacy1) November 2, 2016

And in July 2017 Snipes admitted in court that non-citizens were voting in Broward County.

On July 31, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that, in court, “Snipes acknowledged the processes her office [has] been using aren’t perfect and that some noncitizens and felons have voted despite not being eligible—especially right before major elections, when groups are actively registering new voters.”

100PercentFedUp.com

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Miami New Times

Published  5 months ago

Claims by Governor and candidate Rick Scott, Senator Marco Rubio, and President Donald Trump that Democrats are "stealing" the 2018 elections in Broward County have sparked the expected reaction, Despite the fact that there appears to be zero evidence backing up the claims, conspiracy theorists, right-wing grifters, and pro-Trump protesters...

POLITICO

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In light of the ruling, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration told POLITICO that he’s reviewing the judge’s order and will have her office monitored.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Here we go…

Radical code pink activist Democrat Kyrsten Sinema just took the lead in the Arizona Senate race against Martha McSally two days after the polls closed.

Republican Martha McSally was ahead Tuesday evening when the polls closed; Sinema just pulled ahead.

Democrats are magically finding ballots all over the place right now.

Via The Washington Times:

Democratic candidate Kyrsten Sinema took the lead in the Arizona Senate race in new numbers released by the state Thursday night, flipping the race from what had appeared to be a GOP hold.

Republican Martha McSally led the vote after the polls closed Tuesday, but hundreds of thousands of ballots were still uncounted, officials said.

As the count comes in, Ms. Sinema has overcome a sizable gap.

The latest numbers give her 914,243 votes to Ms. McSally’s 912,137. Earlier in the day the tally had stood at 856,848 for Ms. McSally and 839,775 for Ms. Sinema.

As TGP previously reported, Taliban sympathizer and ‘anti-war’ activist Kyrsten Sinema expressed her utter disgust with Arizona in a speech given in March of this year.

Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was a radical Code Pink activist before entering politics.

Sinema once led a far left group that portrayed US soldiers as evil killers who were waging terrorism in the world.

Arizona isn’t the only state producing thousands of ballots that are helping Democrat candidates pull ahead, the Dems are up to their old tricks in Florida as well.

Broward County and Palm Beach County are producing thousands of ballots two days after the polls closed.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio sounded the alarm Thursday morning saying Democrat lawyers are descending on Florida to steal the election.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

On Thursday Governor Rick Scott from Florida held a press conference to discuss the ongoing ballot production operation in Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida. Broward County, notorious for voter fraud, continues to produce ballots and votes for Democrats two days after the election. Marco Rubio warned about the election fraud in these two […]

POLITICO

Published  5 months ago

Sen. Bill Nelson’s campaign questioned the legality of the governor making a campaign-related announcement from the Governor’s Mansion, a state building.

Sun-Sentinel.com

Published  5 months ago

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., faulted Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes on Thursday for the slow pace of vote counting and uncertainty surrounding major state elections. He suggested there's a plot afoot by Democrats to steal the elections for U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Florida voter JoAnn Knox captured Broward County Election Election Officials Transferring Ballots in Rented Truck on Election Night!! They were transferring ballots around without any security officials in sight! VIDEO: Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night. This violates all chain of […]

Daily Wire

Published  5 months ago

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Thursday night that law enforcement officials are reportedly looking into a corruption scandal in Florida's election.

"Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach," Trump tweeted. "Florida voted for Rick Scott!"

Law Enforcement is looking into another big corruption scandal having to do with Election Fraud in #Broward and Palm Beach. Florida voted for Rick Scott!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2018

Trump's announcement followed the breaking news out of Florida on Thursday night that Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott has filed a bombshell lawsuit accusing Democrats of coordinating an effort to "steal the election."

"In his lawsuit against Broward County, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committeee (NRSC) allege that officials there are continuing to hide critical information about the number of votes cast and counted," Fox News reported. "And in a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged absentee ballots."

"Left-wing activists in Broward County have been coming up with more and more ballots out of nowhere," Florida Governor Rick Scott says while giving an update on the Florida gubernatorial election pic.twitter.com/ZKQsp97fCs

— TicToc by Bloomberg (@tictoc) November 9, 2018

News of the lawsuit followed a video clip that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) shared on Thursday which allegedly showed people turning in boxes of ballots in private cars to a large rental truck.

The Daily Wire reported earlier on Thursday that more than "100 provisional ballots were rejected in Miami-Dade County on Thursday after election officials said that those people showed up to vote a second time in the same election."

Brad Parscale, Trump's 2016 and 2020 campaign manager, weighed in on the latest developments out of Arizona and Florida, saying that he believes that Democrats in the counties that are in question are "playing tricks" to overturn the election results.

"These democrat counties in Florida and Arizona are playing tricks because they just can’t accept the fact they lost," Parscale tweeted. "I will not be shocked if investigations lead to rampant fraud. Republicans need to send every lawyer we have to protect the legitimacy of these elections."

These democrat counties in Florida and Arizona are playing tricks because they just can’t accept the fact they lost. I will not be shocked if investigations lead to rampant fraud. Republicans need to send every lawyer we have to protect the legitimacy of these elections.

— Brad Parscale (@parscale) November 9, 2018

​This is a breaking news story, refresh the page for updates.

DML News

Published  5 months ago

Sun-Sentinel.com

Published  5 months ago

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., faulted Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes on Thursday for the slow pace of vote counting and uncertainty surrounding major state elections. He suggested there's a plot afoot by Democrats to steal the elections for U.S. Senate and agriculture commissioner.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

The Florida official in charge of vote counting in Broward County for the gubernatorial and Senate races previously destroyed voter ballots.

Washington Examiner

Published  5 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is angry. He has reason to be.

Counties must report early voting and mail ballot voting within 30 minutes of polls closing, according to Florida state law, Rubio complained on Twitter Thursday. But Broward County has not reported those votes or the number of votes left to be counted, more than 40 hours after the polling station closed on Election Day.

Republicans should be worried, and it isn’t just because Broward County is a Democratic stronghold that could tip the results of the still-contested races for Senate and even perhaps governor. It is because Broward County has a history of destroying ballots and skewing races.

Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was staving off a primary challenge Tim Canova when his campaign noticed certain irregularities in the way paper ballots were being counted. An ugly court battle and two years later, a judge ruled that the Broward elections supervisor had illegally destroyed ballots in the race.

The supervisor’s name? Brenda Snipes, who claimed that the trashing of the ballots was just a “mistake.” The current supervisor’s name? Still Snipes, who won’t say how long it will take to finish counting leftover ballots or how many there are. Unlike two years ago, the races in question for Senate and governor are both extremely competitive.

Republicans Rick Scott, the Senate candidate, and Rep. Ron DeSantis, the gubernatorial candidate, are both leading by less than half-a-percent.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Two years of non-stop campaigning, denouncing and doxing -- and all the Resistance has to show for it is a House majority smaller than the one Republicans currently have and a net loss of three Senate seats?

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Governor Rick Scott from Florida held a press conference tonight to discuss the ongoing ballot production operation in Palm Beach and Broward counties in Florida.

Broward County, notorious for voter fraud, continues to produce ballots and votes for Democrats two days after the election.

Marco Rubio warned about the election fraud in these two Democrat counties earlier today.

On Thursday night Governor Scott commanded the state police to immediately investigate the Democrat ballot generation operations.

Via Rick Scott:

** In Palm Beach County they have discovered 15,000 new ballots after election day!

** There may be rapid fraud happening in Palm Beach and Broward Counties.

** Palm Beach County is refusing to provide information to the public.

** Palm Beach County is illegally refusing to allow party representatives into the ballot counting area and forcing to make people stand behind a glass wall.

Rick Scott press conference https://t.co/vvNGFxgXok

— Troy Kinsey (@TroyKinsey) November 9, 2018

I Love My Freedom

Published  5 months ago

Just released numbers have 3 of Florida's key midterm races headed to a recount. All are now with in the margin of error. The Orlando Sentinel has reported, the Florida governor’s race is heading to a

Conservative Review

Published  5 months ago

Thursday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin alerted listeners to the continued ballot-counting in Florida, which Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, R, called an attempt by “[D]emocrat lawyers” to steal the election.

Florida law requires counties to report early voting results within 30 minutes after polls close, but Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida are still counting and refusing to disclose the number of ballots remaining to be counted, Rubio said.

“You see, we not only have to win elections, we have to win them with enough of a buffer that all the cheating that goes on doesn’t affect the outcome,” Levin said.

Levin called out the counties’ election commissions for counting late ballots and ballots filled out incorrectly — and doing so behind closed doors, though a judge ruled the process should be open.

“All these things are built into the voting process so the Left can steal it. Tell me, where has a Republican stolen an election? Where has a Republican stolen an election? Nowhere. And how is it when Democrats are behind, they always manage to pick up votes after the fact?” Levin said.

“Every vote should count, as long as they’re Democrats’ and as long as the Democrats win. This is Florida right now.”

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Congratulations to the Midterm Republican Winners

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— LevinTV (@LevinTV) November 8, 2018

True Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Fox News in recent days told its top reporters to cease and desist working on any investigative stories that expose FBI corruption and probes of wrongdoing during the Barack Obama administration. “This place has gone downhill fast,” a well-placed Fox insider said. “Basically we all have been told all Fox wants is to cover breaking […]

dailycaller

Published  5 months ago

A reporter for a Michigan newspaper called Michigan Senate Republican candidate John James’s campaign looking for an interview and thought she hung up the phone before leaving a voicemail saying “fucking John James … that would suck.”

Brenda Battel, a reporter for Huron Daily Tribune, left the voicemail on James’s campaign offices phone number at 3:40 PM Monday, requesting the interview for Wednesday, the day after the Nov. 6 midterm elections. In the voicemail, she expresses her interest in interviewing James, believes she hung up the phone, and then goes on to curse about a possible James victory, saying she doesn’t think it will happen.

“Hi, my name is Brenda Battel, I’m a reporter with the Huron Daily Tribune in Bad Axe, Michigan,” Battel said in the voicemail.

“I’m looking to set up an appointment with Mr. James for some time on Wednesday for a phone interview regarding the election results,” Battel continued. “I’m probably going to send an email over to the info@johnjamesforsenate.com with some details. Um, if you’d like to call me back, my number is … extension … Thank you.”

Battel attempts to hang up after giving her number, but the phone remains connected.

“Man, if he beats her… Jesus! Fucking John James. That would suck! Whew I don’t think it’s going to happen though,” Battel continued.

In a statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation, James’s campaign manager expressed her frustration with the media, mentioning this happened as the race has tightened significantly.

“It shows you that some media will do anything to keep the status quo and career politicians in power,” campaign manager Tori Sachs said. “The liberal media can’t stand the idea of a job creator and combat veteran coming to Washington to shake up the system. This happened as we closed in within the margin of error.”

James, who was at one point down by 20 points in multiple polls, is now only behind by 2 points, according to a Change Research poll released just less than 24 hours before the midterm elections. This comes as James has received a list of big name endorsements, such as from President Donald Trump, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., National Security Adviser John Bolton, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio and many others. (RELATED: New Senate Race Poll In Michigan Has Mike Pence Scheduling A Flight)

The Army combat veteran looks to defeat incumbent Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Tuesday’s election.

TheDCNF attempted to reach Battel by phone, but could not reach her in time of publication.

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True Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Shocking allegations coming from FOX News as officials probe a top executive who has reportedly allowed his anti-Trump politics to prevent the network from publishing breaking political and national security stories that would reflect positively on President Trump and his administration. FOX News’ Vice President of News & its D.C. bureau Managing Editor is under investigation for […]

The Intercept

Published  5 months ago

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s call for a short-term deal to reopen the government while continuing negotiations on border security means that there is now a working majority in the Senate publicly willing to vote to end the shutdown. Fellow Republican Sens. Susan Collins, Cory Gardner, and Lisa Murkowski have all urged passage of bipartisan appropriations bills that would bring nearly 800,000 federal employees back to work. Add Graham and all the Senate Democrats, and you have 51 votes.

Back in December, the Senate passed its bill to keep the government open by voice vote, which is recorded as unanimous. That was before President Donald Trump changed his mind and said he would refuse to sign the bills.

The House is now run by Democrats who have already passed legislation to reopen the government. House Republicans are cracking too: The most recent appropriations bill passed for the Department of the Interior earned 10 Republican votes, inching closer to supermajority support. So it’s reasonable to suggest that, under the surface, there may be enough support for the Graham option to override a presidential veto.

This means that one of the main impediments to ending the shutdown is not Trump but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has quietly aligned with Trump since the shutdown began. All McConnell would have to do to open the government would be to put the same bill that the Senate already passed back on the floor.

Yet McConnell has been adamant that he would not put anything up for a vote in the Senate that the president wouldn’t sign, making numerous speeches on the Senate floor on the subject. He has steered clear of negotiations to end the shutdown, now in its fourth week. He rejected a compromise proposal from his own caucus to consider exchanging protections for Dreamers for wall funding.

Democrats have bashed McConnell for abdicating responsibility by refusing to line up votes, but he has not budged. The big question is this: Why has McConnell, whose primary motivation has always been protecting Senate Republicans from negative publicity, hung his fellow senators out to dry on the unpopular shutdown and opened them up to widespread criticism?

It’s true that McConnell cares deeply about the electoral fates of his GOP colleagues. But he also cares about his own. And Mitch McConnell is up for re-election in 2020.

McConnell’s major problem is that, in Kentucky and across the country, he is not particularly likable. He is among the most unpopular of America’s senators, with just a 38 percent approval rating, according to the most recent poll from Morning Consult. That’s actually an improvement over last year, when McConnell ranked as the most unpopular. But that’s still well below Trump’s 55 percent approval in Kentucky, per the same polling outlet.

In 2017, after McConnell publicly clashed with Trump, a poll put the majority leader’s approval rating in Kentucky at 18 percent. Just 37 percent said they’d like to see him re-elected in 2020.

It’s probably the case that McConnell doesn’t fear losing to a Democrat in next year’s elections. Or, at least if he does, it’s a manageable fear — though, the longer he drags out an unpopular shutdown, the more conceivable it becomes. But overriding a Trump veto, crossing him in such a public way, could bolster a primary challenge.

And Trump’s ability to pull McConnell’s stature up in a state like Kentucky was evidenced in the last Congress. McConnell was much further underwater in Kentucky last summer, finishing dead last in popularity among senators, with 30 percent support and 56 percent disapproval. His numbers only started to turn around when Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court and McConnell made sure that he was confirmed, regardless of the controversy over sexual assault allegations. McConnell has raised his net approval by 17 points since last summer, mainly by sticking to Trump like glue.

It’s true that a political crisis 22 months before the next election would typically not register with voters. But this is no ordinary crisis: It involves the border wall, the signature proposal on which Trump has staked his political career. If McConnell were to undercut the president on the wall, constituents in Kentucky might not forget. Or Trump might not let them. And the primary takes place in May 2020, six months closer than next November.

On Monday, The Intercept asked senators if they thought McConnell’s re-election played a role in setting the Senate strategy. “No, I think that Senator McConnell has rightly determined that in order for this to end, and for this to get resolved, that the president and the Democrats have to come to an agreement,” said Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, a member of GOP leadership. “He’ll be more than happy to bring something to the floor that can get 60 votes in the Senate and a presidential signature. I think it’s pretty straightforward.”

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said that McConnell was waiting for Trump to tell him what he’ll accept. “No, I think it has to do with — the Senate passed a bill and then the White House said they were open to [it] and then they changed their mind the next day,” he said. “Ultimately there’s no bill we can pass that will become law unless the president signs it. So I think he’s just waiting for the White House to tell us what they would support. And I think he would put to a vote virtually anything they would support.” (As a matter of civics, Congress can enact a law by overriding a presidential veto, with two-thirds of the votes in both chambers. That’s the move McConnell is resisting.)

The White House has endorsed McConnell’s subordinate approach and has broadcasted its appreciation. “Leader McConnell is standing strong,” Vice President Mike Pence told reporters last week. “Republicans are standing rock solid with the president, and Leader McConnell is right there with them.”

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va, said he didn’t know Kentucky politics well enough to speculate, and Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., said they didn’t want to speculate either way.

The shutdown has begun to take its toll on more and more of the country, from workers to small businesses. The political costs will only rise as it continues, and this public pressure usually leads to one side giving in. But the leader of one of the chambers of Congress has his political future directly tied to remaining obstinate, regardless of whether that will damage the party overall. This is sometimes called the iron law of institutions, which states that those who control institutions care primarily about their own power within the institution, rather than the power of the institution itself.

It’s one thing to deal with the wild mood swings and irrationality of Trump during the shutdown. But McConnell is acting as Trump’s clone in the Senate. Sometimes an upcoming re-election will make a politician moderate their views. But McConnell knows, whether he likes it or not, that the modern Republican Party is a party of Trump, and if he wants to return to the Senate, he cannot let a sliver of daylight come between him and his president.

Asked if McConnell was still committed to his position, and whether his own re-election factored into his decision-making, McConnell spokesperson Don Stewart told The Intercept, “If he issues a new position, I’ll send it your way.”

The Intercept

Published  5 months ago