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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.

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Breitbart

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

thenewamerican

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According to Senator Cruz, ″Term limits on members of Congress offer a solution to the brokenness we see in Washington, D.C.” How so? By Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

Washington Examiner

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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.

Fox News

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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.

Click here to read the documents released with the report.

Click here to read the letter to the White House.

Breitbart

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Pence is bringing Marc Short back to the White House, despite Short's failure to deliver on Trump's promise of immigration reform and a wall.

No War on Venezuela!

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I Love My Freedom

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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.

Money

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It's all about the retirement income.

NBC News

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Investigators fear President Trump is still considering the plan, which was pushed by Flynn and Trump friend Tom Barrack.

Washington Examiner

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The national debt hit $22 trillion this week. You won’t find many in either major party who think this is a healthy development.

The American Conservative

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Pundits like Max Boot and Bill Kristol got everything after 9/11 wrong but are considered "experts."

Fox News

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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.

Washington Free Beacon

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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."

The Federalist

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The new wave of freshman Democrats is beginning to criticize our nation’s historically strong ties with Israel. The party might soon be split.

POLITICO

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It's the latest rift between Republicans and the president over foreign policy.

Daily Wire

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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"

catholicnewsagency

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Sen. Marco Rubio has called the humanitarian and political impasse in Venezuela “unsustainable,” and compared blocking food and medical aid from entering the country to war crimes.

gellerreport

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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

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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

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

Newsweek

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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

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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

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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 weeks 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 weeks 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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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  3 weeks 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  3 weeks ago

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

The Federalist

Published  3 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  4 weeks 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  1 month ago

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

U.S.

Published  1 month 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  1 month ago

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

Fox News

Published  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month ago

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

LifeNews.com

Published  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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

The Last Refuge

Published  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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

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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

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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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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

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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  1 month 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  1 month 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  1 month 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

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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

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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  1 month 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

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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

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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

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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  1 month 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  1 month 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

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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  1 month 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

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

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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

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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  1 month 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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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

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

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TheHill

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

Breitbart

Published  2 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  2 months ago

As special counsel Robert Mueller's team probes deeper into potential collusion between Trump officials and representatives of the Russian...

LifeSiteNews

Published  2 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  2 months ago

Western media outlets echoed the Trump administration's claim that the Venezuelan government was heartlessly withholding foreign aid.

duplicitousdemocracy

Published  2 months ago

City creates taxpayer-funded hotline to report criticism of Islam under the guise of “hate speech.”

NBC News

Published  2 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

Raw Story

Published  3 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  3 months ago

Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward supervisor of elections, has submitted her resignation, which will be effective in January.

Rantt

Published  3 months ago

When it comes to Donald Trump's presidency, unhinged is an understatement.

Conservative Tribune

Published  3 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  3 months ago

Brenda Snipes, the controversial Broward supervisor of elections, has submitted her resignation, which will be effective in January.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

New emails reveal that Florida Democrats intentionally told staffers to send out election forms with …

Fox News

Published  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

The Florida recount travesty, in which supervisor Brenda Snipes is involved, has now spurred seven lawsuits so far

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

Breitbart

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

Something is rotten in Palm Beach County, where Democrats want to count the votes of non-citizens.

Flag And Cross

Published  3 months ago

Diamond & Silk

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Fox News

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 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

Published  3 months ago

As two Democratic strongholds in Florida continue to report votes days after Election Day, Senate candidate Rick Scott filed a...

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

Liberal election meddling? Accusations of midterm voter irregularities surface in a possible attack on our American democracy.

The Federalist

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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

Published  3 months ago

Miami New Times

Published  3 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

Published  3 months ago

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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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

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Sun-Sentinel.com

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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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True Pundit

Published  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 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  3 months ago

When each new Congress is gaveled into session, the chambers attach symbolic importance to the first piece of legislation to be considered. For that reason, it bears the lofty designation of H.R.1 in the House, and S.1 in the Senate.

In the newly controlled Democratic House, H.R.1 – meant to signal the new majority’s priorities – is an anti-corruption bill that combines election and campaign finance reform, strengthening of voting rights, and matching public funds for small-dollar candidates. Similarly, in the new 2017 Senate, the GOP-controlled S.1 was a bill, called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” that cut various forms of corporate taxes.

But in the 2019 GOP-controlled Senate, the first bill to be considered – S.1 – is not designed to protect American workers, bolster U.S. companies, or address the various debates over border security and immigration. It’s not a bill to open the government. Instead, according to multiple sources involved in the legislative process, S.1 will be a compendium containing a handful of foreign-policy related measures, a main one of which is a measure, with Florida’s GOP Sen. Marco Rubio as a leader sponsor, to defend the Israeli government.

In the previous Congress, that measure was known as S.170, and it gives state and local governments explicit legal authority to boycott any U.S. companies which themselves are participating in a boycott against Israel. As the Intercept reported last month, 26 states now have enacted some version of a law to punish or otherwise sanction entities which participate in or support the boycott of Israel, while similar laws are pending in at least 13 additional states. Rubio’s bill is designed to strengthen the legal basis to defend those Israel-protecting laws from constitutional challenge.

Punishment aimed at companies which choose to boycott Israel can also sweep up individual American citizens in its punitive net, because individual contractors often work for state or local governments under the auspices of a sole proprietorship or some other business entity. That was the case with Texas elementary school speech pathologist Bahia Amawi, who lost her job working with autistic and speech-impaired children in Austin because she refused to promise not to boycott goods produced in Israel and/or illegal Israeli settlements.

Thus far, the two federal courts that have ruled on such bills have declared them to be unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment speech rights of American citizens. “A restriction of one’s ability to participate in collective calls to oppose Israel unquestionably burdens the protected expression of companies wishing to engage in such a boycott,” U.S. District Court Judge Diane J. Humetewa of Arizona wrote in her decision issuing a preliminary injunction against the law in a case brought last September by the ACLU on behalf of “an attorney who has contracted with the state for the last 12 years to provide legal services on behalf of incarcerated individuals” but who lost his contract to do so after he refused to sign an oath pledging not to boycott Israel.

A similar ruling was issued in January of last year by a Kansas federal judge, who ruled that state’s Israel oath law unconstitutional on the ground that “[T]he Supreme Court has held that the First Amendment protects the right to participate in a boycott like the one punished by the Kansas law.” In that case, a Mennonite who was a long-time public school teacher lost her job as a curriculum developer after she followed her church’s decision to boycott goods from Israeli companies in the occupied West Bank and thus refused to sign the oath required by Kansas law.

These are the Israel-defending, free-punishing laws which Rubio’s bill is designed to strengthen. Although Rubio is the chief sponsor, his bill attracted broad bipartisan support, as is true of most bills designed to protect Israel and which are supported by AIPAC. Rubio’s bill last Congress was cosponsored by a several Democrats who are still in the Senate: Bob Menendez, N.J.; Joe Manchin, W.Va.; Ben Cardin, Md.; Ron Wyden, Ore.; Gary Peters, Mich.; and Debbie Stabenow, Mich.

Last year, Sen. Cardin introduced a bill that would have criminalized participation in international boycotts of Israel, and was on the verge of passing with significant bipartisan support until the ACLU sounded the alarm on how gravely unconstitutional that bill was. Once the Intercept reported on the mechanics of the bill and the covert effort to enact it with little attention, numerous Democratic Senators announced they were reconsidering their support, stalling the bill’s enactment. Though Cardin attempted to pass a watered-down version in the lame-duck session, it is now Rubio’s Israel-defending bill that has taken center stage even as the U.S. government is in the midst of a shutdown for American citizens.

That the newly elected United States Congress would choose to prioritize protection of this foreign nation – at the expense of the Constitutional rights of American citizens and over countless bills that would help Americans was only one of the stinging criticisms voiced to the Intercept by ACLU Senior Legislative Counsel Kathleen Ruane:

In the midst of a partial government shutdown, Democratic and Republican senators have decided that one of their first orders of business next week should be to sneak through a bill that would weaken Americans’ First Amendment protections. The bill, Combatting BDS Act, encourages states to adopt the very same anti-boycott laws that two federal courts blocked on First Amendment grounds. The legislation, like the unconstitutional state anti-boycott laws it condones, sends a message to Americans that they will be penalized if they dare to disagree with their government. We therefore urge senators to vote no on the Combatting BDS Act next week.

Don Stewart, spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told the Intercept that the first vote on S.1 would come at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. With the seven Democratic co-sponsors, the bill would have the 60 votes it needs to overcome a filibuster. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. – who supported Sen. Cardin’s far more draconian bill of last year and is one of the Senate’s most reliable AIPAC loyalists – also plans to support the Rubio bill, rather than whip votes against it, sources working on the bill said. Schumer’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

On Tuesday evening, establishment Republican consultant Rick Wilson said the GOP establishment donor class must find a way to “put a bullet” in GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Wilson conceded that “Trump is still a very powerful force right now” because he appeals to part of the of the conservative base that Wilson said was activated by his “nativist” message. Wilson insisted that the donor class “can’t just sit back on the sidelines and say, ‘oh well, don’t worry, this will all work itself out.’”

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“They’re still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump,” Wilson said. “And that’s a fact.”

Republican establishment figures who have underestimated Trump since he entered the race are reportedly looking to raise millions to try to derail Trump and knock him out of the race. Wilson added that the Republican establishment must figure out a way to find a candidate who can successfully “post up” against Hillary Clinton because “neither Donald Trump or Ben Carson is ready to go up against the Clinton machine. Wilson claimed that Trump and Carson are “obviously not ready for primetime.”

Wilson, who tried to use the disgusting rape threat made against his daughter to score political points against Breitbart News and Breitbart News Editor-at-Large John Nolte, has denigrated Trump and his supporters throughout the election cycle.

During a September CNN interview, Wilson told Erin Burnett that Trump could “eat a live baby on television” and Trump’s supporters “would think it’s the greatest thing in America.” He has also demeaned Trump’s supporters as “low-information” rubes and has likened them to “post-rational” conspiracy theorists.

In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Wilson said Trump’s message “doesn’t have to make sense” for his supporters to back him and compared Trump to someone who is a conspiracy theorist like “your cranky uncle at Thanksgiving” who always has a theory about the Bilderbergers or the World Bank, or the IMF, or the Trilateral Commission.”

Trump has never referred to any of these entities on the stump–all Trump has said is that America has signed unfair trade deals in which America’s stupid leaders let other countries take advantage of the U.S. to the detriment of American workers. But Wilson claimed that Trump has a “very strange, sort of parochial, old-fashioned view of the world and the international economy.”

“And this thing, I’m going to bring back the jobs from China. OK. The $2-an-hour jobs making wire harnesses for computers. It’s just a fantasy,” Wilson said.

Trump has been like Teflon in this election cycle because so many Americans are fed up with out-of-touch establishment consultants like Wilson and their preferred candidates like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. Wilson and his ilk charge candidates hefty sums to “advise” them on how to appeal “regular Americans,” but he and the consultant class have not only shown that they are clueless about independent voters and Reagan Democrats who determine elections, but, perhaps more disturbingly, revealed how much disdain and contempt they have for blue-collar Americans of all backgrounds who are not versed in the lingo of the tactician class.

GOP establishment consultants often preach that “politics is about addition” when taking shots at conservatives for rhetoric that they do not like or think will turn off “independents,” but those like Wilson have been quick to attack Trump and his supporters with inflammatory language that they would never tolerate from conservative candidates and their grassroots supporters.

Conservative Review

Published  3 months ago

Thursday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin hit the liberal mainstream media for the double standard they use in reporting threats and attacks on political figures.

Levin reminded listeners that mail claiming to contain the toxin ricin was recently sent to Eric Trump, Sens. Susan Collins and Marco Rubio, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and even President Trump.

The suspected ricin attacks targeting Trump, Mattis, and the chief of the Navy, were later determined to be ground-up castor beans which are used to make ricin. A Utah man has been charged in those incidents.

Levin then noted that CNN and MSNBC talking heads didn’t get as upset over the potential ricin threat as they did over the suspicious packages sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, CNN, Eric Holder, and George Soros. Levin said, “I really do not remember CNN getting all upset about white powder being sent to the president’s family. Does anybody else?”

“Now, why does all this matter? It matters because the media are out there are trying to determine who, politically, should benefit and who, politically, should be punished,” Levin added. “It’s the damnedest thing. It’s the most grotesque thing. And of course, it’s Trump.”

“But to have these people sit there, right in the middle when the FBI and the counterterrorism task force and the others are trying to figure out who did what, and so forth — it’s Trump Trump Trump Trump! No mention whatsoever that Trump’s family has received threats. No mention whatsoever that Republican senators have received threats. No mention whatsoever that Steve Scalise was shot down in the middle of a baseball field, and there are other examples,” Levin pointed out.

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Tampa Bay Times

Published  3 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 Wire

Published  4 months ago

Why are most politicians seemingly allergic to keeping their promises? It’s almost as if we as a society are surprised when something good happens in Washington. In fact, the stereotypical politician is seen as a sly liar who can easily be swayed by big donors and lobbyists while leaving his or her constituents out in the cold.

And yet, we still send the same people back to D.C. over and over. In fact, according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, over 90% of incumbents were sent back to Washington in 2016. It’s almost as if we don’t care if they lie to us, we just keep hoping they’ll turn over a new leaf.

But it never happens. In fact, instead of "draining the swamp," the swamp drains them. For example, how many promising politicians that rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 can we still say are committed to the principles they ran on? Sure, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), as well as Reps. Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Justin Amash (MI-03), for example, have been solid constitutionalists. But too many, such as Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), as well as Reps. Sean Duffy (WI-07), Jeffrey Denham (CA-10) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), have strayed. Some more than others, but it’s undeniable that the swamp got to them.

But that can all change if Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) becomes Speaker of the House Jordan in 2019.

The retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) has created an opening for the Speaker’s position, and it will represent a true fight for the soul of the Republican Party and the nature of the House of Representatives as there could not be a greater contrast between Jim Jordan and his opponent, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23).

Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, has been in office since 2007 and has kept every bit of integrity and principle he’s had since he got to the swamp. Recognition from conservatives of Jordan’s outstanding record is wide and broad, which a 98% score from Conservative Review, FreedomWorks, Club For Growth and Heritage Action for America would prove. In addition, Senate Conservatives Action polled over 11,000 of its members, and 92% preferred Jordan as Speaker, compared to 2.6% who preferred McCarthy. FreedomWorks activists also share the same near-unanimous opinion, as 99.2% of their activists prefer Jordan to be Speaker.

There are very good reasons for this. When it comes to issues like controlling spending, fixing our immigration system, bringing healthcare decisions back to the people, defending the sanctity of life, and restoring the judiciary, Jim Jordan has never ceased to be advocate for the interests of liberty-loving conservatives.

Jordan plans to change the way Congress operates by making it more transparent and conducive to more debate, rather than capitulation to the other side. A good example of what Jordan is up against is the $1.3 trillion omnibus that Congress passed in March, funding all of the Democrats’ priorities and leaving little for the wall and border enforcement. House members had nowhere near enough time to read the enormous bill, let alone debate on it. And of course, no amendments were allowed. President Trump reluctantly signed the bill due to the omnibus funding the military, but there is no doubt he regretted it and never wanted to fund the other side’s policies and undermine his own agenda.

However, the swamp won again in late September, this time shrouded in much more secrecy, when the Republican Congress passed another large spending bill filled with all of the Democrats’ left-wing priorities. It passed with near-unanimous support from Democrats and few Republicans found the courage to stand for the American people and oppose the bill. Trump would never have to deal with that again if a principled conservative like Jordan were Speaker.

Appearing on Mark Levin’s radio show back when he announced his bid for Speaker in July, Jordan stated that most members of the House have no role in decision making, as all the decisions are made by the leadership. Jordan also lamented the fact that while making all the decisions for the Republican conference, House leadership has no desire to fight. "We forfeit even before we have a debate!" Jordan said to Levin.

Jordan clearly recognizes that the top-down nature of how leadership has run the House drains the legislative branch of the Founders’ intent for it to be a deliberative body and undermines the will of the American people. The House is meant to be the body closest to the people and a Jordan speakership would greatly help in a return to republicanism.

Jordan believes a simple solution to empower the people’s representatives would be to involve more of the members in the process of crafting legislation and having open and substantive debates on legislation instead of everything being created in smoke-filled rooms with a small group of people at the top deciding everything. Another systemic reform Jordan believes would fix the nature of Congress is to leave the choices of chairmen for committees up to the members of the committees instead of House leadership.

Jordan’s vision is also obvious from his letter to his colleagues announcing his run for Speaker. Conservative Review summarized Jordan’s point and partially quoted him, writing:

If Congress were to keep promises to repeal Obamacare, pass welfare reform with work requirements, build Trump’s border wall, make the Trump tax cuts permanent, defund Planned Parenthood, and enact "meaningful, immediate spending cuts" to end "$1 trillion deficits," voters "would be inspired to give us a chance to run [Congress] again."

On immigration, Jim Jordan has been a consistent fighter for the preservation of America’s sovereignty. Not long after President Obama announced the policy of DACA, Jordan cosponsored the Prohibiting Backdoor Amnesty Act which prohibited the Obama administration from using prosecutorial discretion as a pathway to granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. In 2014, Jordan cosponsored the Separation of Powers Act, which prohibited the use of funds for granting deferred action or other immigration relief to aliens not lawfully present in the United States. He has also fought to restore our immigration system to one that is merit-based by, for example, cosponsoring the SAFE for America Act of 2017, which eliminates the diversity visa lottery. The lawlessness of having sanctuary cities is a subject Jordan has also fought to address. In 2015, Jordan cosponsored the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, prohibiting any assistance to states and localities that stop their officials from taking action in regards to immigration. Today, Jordan has laid out his immigration priorities that should be fought for in the upcoming spending bill that includes full funding for the border wall and stronger enforcement on the border.

When it comes to defending the rights of the unborn, Jim Jordan can always be counted on to fight for the sanctity of life. In Jordan’s 11 years in Congress, he has never voted for any bill that funds Planned Parenthood. Defunding Planned Parenthood is also one of his top priorities in the upcoming spending battle. Jordan understands the absolute immorality of forcing taxpayers to assist in the taking of the lives of other human beings. In 2015, he cosponsored the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act which prohibits funding for any entity that refuses to state it will not perform abortions or fund any other entity that performs abortions. That same year, he supported the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which denies family planning grants to any entity that participated in performing abortions. When Planned Parenthood was secretly caught discussing the organization’s practices regarding fetal organ harvesting, Jordan was front and center in holding Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards accountable. Jordan adamantly pressed Richards on her hypocrisy as it pertained to her criticism of the videos as "selectively edited" while at the same time apologizing for what was discovered in them. Jordan has been a consistent vote for sweeping restrictions on abortion as he recognizes that life is the most fundamental right given to us by God.

And let’s not forget the runaway lower courts. Remember, the lower courts are not in the Constitution. They are a creation of Congress, who has the authority of overseeing them. Lately, the courts have become a leftist super-legislature, with the most egregious examples being stopping Trump’s travel ban, stopping the President from blocking trolls on Twitter, and banning sharing blueprints for 3D gun printing. They have ruled on state voter ID laws, mandating funding sanctuary cities and striking down state abortion laws. And of course, their rulings are almost always to the Left. Jordan, as Speaker, would be able to strip the courts of their jurisdiction, which they have shamelessly usurped from Congress.

To top it all off, a poll conducted recently by The Economist/YouGov showed that Republican voters prefer Jordan as Speaker over House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01) and Majority Leader McCarthy, with Jordan receiving 18%, Scalise receiving 14%, and McCarthy receiving 8%. Imagine the GOP actually giving the voters what they want!

Having Jim Jordan as House Speaker, and as the Republican leader in Congress, will do a great deal to put to bed the notion that conservatism doesn’t have a home in the Republican party. By electing him Speaker, we can make the GOP great again.

Co-written with Michael Slee, a student at Chaffey College. You can follow him at @michael__1776.

InformationLiberation

Published  4 months ago

Viral video reportedly out of Portland, Oregon shows an antifa protester viciously berating a conservative woman after she told him her husband died on September 11th.

The incident is suspected to have happened Saturday at the "Law and Order" march where antifa were seen attacking Patriot Prayer group and the Proud Boys.

You don’t hear Governor Cuomo and Mayor D’Blasio condemning violent behavior. Why? Because they are part of this mob behavior. pic.twitter.com/RjgRUMeE9I

— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) October 16, 2018

[UPDATE: The video source is independent videographer Brandon Farley and a longer video of the same night can be viewed on his YouTube.]

From The Daily Wire:

"Why are you trying to block me?" the man yells at the woman. "I'm f--king trying to walk here."

"Because I obey traffic signals," the woman responded.

"You're a f--king snarky, little f--king idiot," the man shot back. "So shut the f--k up."

"Try somethin, b--ch," the woman responded.

"I'm not, I'm not going to punch you, I'm not like your husband, I'm not going to punch you," the man replied.

"I'm not married," the woman answered.

"I'm not like your boyfriend or your cop boyfriend who is going to f--king knock you out, so don't worry," the man said.

The woman turned around and pointed at her NYPD hat, saying, "My husband died on 9/11."

"Good for him," the man responded. "Good, good. NYPD was a bunch of sodomizers, f--king sodomizing immigrants with their bully sticks."

"So yeah, your husband, should probably f--king rot in the grave."

This is who Democrats and spineless Republicans like Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio insist are the good guys "fighting hate."

As I reported on Monday, the NYPD is charging 9 Proud Boys for defending themselves from attacks on behalf of antifa criminals just like this.

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Daily Intelligencer

Published  4 months ago

Young voters are less racist, and better informed about climate change, than their elders are. But only 35 percent of them plan to vote this fall.

NBC News

Published  5 months ago

A top adviser for the Senate Judiciary Committee has resigned amid questions from NBC News about a previous sexual harassment complaint.

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested that the Justice Department look into whether former Secretary of State John Kerry violated federal laws by meeting with the Iranian foreign minister, a move already blasted by top Trump administration officials.

In a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, Rubio said that Americans “deserve to know that U.S. laws are enforced regardless of any individual’s past position.” He encouraged the department to determine whether Kerry violated the Logan Act or the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The Logan Act prohibits unauthorized personnel to negotiate with a foreign government in relation to any disputes with the U.S., whereas the Foreign Agents Registration Act is a statute that requires persons or companies acting on behalf of foreign governments, political parties or individuals to disclose details of their interactions.

Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blasted his predecessor for "actively undermining" U.S. policy by holding meetings with Mohammad Javad Zarif since leaving office. Pompeo called it "unseemly and unprecedented" and "beyond inappropriate."

"You can't find precedent for this in U.S. history, and Secretary Kerry ought not to engage in that kind of behavior," Pompeo said.

Pompeo, who said he would leave the "legal determinations to others," lambasted Kerry for engaging with "the world's largest state-sponsor of terror" and telling Iran to "wait out this administration."

Reports of Kerry’s meetings with Zarif first surfaced in May. Kerry confirmed the two had met several times during a radio interview.

Kerry said he had met three or four times with Zarif since he left office, but had not since Pompeo took the job in April. One of the meetings was held in Norway, another in Germany and a third is reportedly said to have happened at the United Nations headquarters, which is not technically on American soil.

While meetings between private U.S. citizens and foreign officials are not illegal or in violation of federal regulations, Josh Rosenstein, a partner with the Washington law firm Sandler Reiff and specialist in lobbying compliance, told The Associated Press there are too many unanswered questions – specifically in regards to where the meetings took place and what was specifically discussed.

"The devil's always in the details," Rosenstein told the AP. "Simply offering advice to a foreign government doesn't make you a foreign agent."

Kerry told the radio show he was not coaching the Iranians on how to handle the Trump administration, but “rather tried to elicit from him (Zarif) what Iran might be willing to do in order to change the dynamic in the Middle East for the better."

President Trump, who withdrew from the agreement in May, also chimed in on social media late Thursday in regards to Kerry’s meetings with Zarif and the “very hostile Iranian regime.”

"John Kerry had illegal meetings with the very hostile Iranian Regime, which can only serve to undercut our great work to the detriment of the American people," Trump tweeted. "He told them to wait out the Trump Administration! Was he registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act? BAD!"

Kerry’s spokesman Matt Summers said in a statement "There's nothing unusual, let alone unseemly or inappropriate, about former diplomats meeting with foreign counterparts,” while shifting the focus on “political theatrics.”

“What is unseemly and unprecedented is for the podium of the State Department to be hijacked for political theatrics," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Mail Online

Published  5 months ago

Trump took to his Twitter on Saturday night to blast the Russia probe, boldly claiming that the only collusion has occurred with Hillary and the Democrats.

The Last Refuge

Published  5 months ago

To honor the memory of those lost on September 11th/12th 2012: The Benghazi Brief The “Benghazi Brief” remains the most controversial research report we have ever produced. The brief co…

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

Legendary Apollo 11 astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin took a swipe at the upcoming movie "First Man" early Monday for its director's decision not to show the planting of the American flag on the moon during the historic 1969 mission.

Aldrin, 88, who was the second man to step on the moon, behind crewmate Neil Armstrong, posted historical photos of the flag-planting and added the hashtag “Proud to be an American.”

Armstrong, who died at age 82 in 2012, is the subject of "First Man," which stars Ryan Gosling and is scheduled to hit theaters next month.

In previous posts Saturday, Aldrin shared photos of himself wearing a T-shirt with the tagline “Buzz Aldrin, Future Martian” that shows an astronaut planting the American flag on the Red Planet.

He also retweeted a photo of himself saluting while standing next to an enlarged photo from the Apollo 11 mission that includes the flag on the moon.

But despite the controversy, actor Gosling, a native of Canada, defended the decision not to portray the flag-planting scene, saying at the Venice Film Festival that the decision was deliberate because the moon landing “transcended countries and borders.”

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that's how we chose to view it,” Gosling told reporters. “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

Many mocked and criticized Gosling’s decision, with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio decrying it as “total lunacy” and ignoring historical reality.

This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 31, 2018

“The American people paid for that mission, on rockets built by Americans, with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission,” Rubio tweeted.

But on Friday, Rick and Mark Armstrong, sons of the late astronaut, along with biographer James R. Hansen, released a statement pushing back against criticism and saying director Damien Chazelle's film is “quite the opposite” of being “anti-American.”

They added that the remarks about the film have been made largely by those who haven’t actually seen the movie yet.

"This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement 'for all mankind.'"

- Rick and Mark Armstrong, James R. Hansen

“This story is human and it is universal. Of course, it celebrates an America achievement. It also celebrates an achievement 'for all mankind,'” the statement said, adding that “the filmmakers chose to focus on Neil looking back at the earth, his walk to Little West Crater, his unique, personal experience of completing this journey, a journey that has seen so many incredible highs and devastating lows.”

Chazelle himself also released a statement, insisting the omitting of the planting of the U.S. flag had nothing to do with politics.

“The flag being physically planted into the surface is one of several moments of the Apollo 11 lunar EVA [extravehicular activity] that I chose not to focus upon,” he said on Friday.

“To address the question of whether this was a political statement, the answer is no. My goal with this movie was to share with audiences the unseen, unknown aspects of America's mission to the moon — particularly Neil Armstrong's personal saga and what he may have been thinking and feeling during those famous few hours,” the director added.

Fox News' Amy Lieu contributed to this story.

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Iconic American astronaut Buzz Aldrin was photographed wearing a t-shirt of an astronaut standing next to the American flag amid backlash over the upcoming film First Man, which omits the planting of the U.S. flag on the Moon.

Explaining the decision to omit the American flag-planting scene, Canadian actor Ryan Gosling, who stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong, said that the landing “transcended countries and borders” and that it was a “human achievement” rather than an American one.

“I think this was widely regarded in the end as a human achievement [and] that’s how we chose to view it,” Gosling said. “I also think Neil was extremely humble, as were many of these astronauts, and time and time again he deferred the focus from himself to the 400,000 people who made the mission possible.”

In a tweet, Aldrin wore a t-shirt with the tagline “Future Martian,” as well as an image of an astronaut standing next to the American flag.

Always fun to visit my friends @KellySlater, John Moore & Co at their Outerknown clothing line party. Is it time for a space attire line yet?! Ὠ? #spacesuitsaretrendy #roadtoapollo50th #5decadesofapollo pic.twitter.com/I34t42hbxf

— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) September 1, 2018

The photos provoked interest from Aldrin’s fans, who wondered whether the t-shirt was a reflection of his views on the upcoming film in which he is played by Corey Stoll.

What do you think of this movie “First Man”? You are a hero sir and only the people there know the truth.

So how does Buzz feel about the Neil Armstrong film?

— Andrew McLaughlin (@macnificentone) September 1, 2018

Aldrin indicating disapproval of the film’s anti-American sentiment would provide further embarrassment for its director Damien Chazelle, who has reportedly portrayed frontman Neil Armstrong as a “liberal progressive,” “anti-Trump,” and “non-flag waiver.” When asked his opinion about such a portrayal, legendary pilot Chuck Yeager said that it would not reflect the Neil Armstrong he knew.

That's not the Neil Armstrong I knew

— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) August 31, 2018

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was one of many figures to criticize the decision, denouncing it as “total lunacy” and a “disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together.”

This is total lunacy. And a disservice at a time when our people need reminders of what we can achieve when we work together. The American people paid for that mission,on rockets built by Americans,with American technology & carrying American astronauts. It wasn’t a UN mission. https://t.co/eGwBq7hj8C

Following Armstrong’s death in 2012, Barack Obama described him as one of the “greatest of American heroes – not just of his time, but of all time.”

Follow Ben Kew on Facebook, Twitter at @ben_kew, or email him at bkew@breitbart.com.

The New Yorker

Published  5 months ago

Marion Hammer’s unique influence over legislators has produced laws that dramatically alter long-held American norms.

Washington Examiner

Published  6 months ago

Despite a wave of troubling headlines, President Trump’s odds of winning re-election have surged and are far higher than any challenger, according to a leading online gambling site.

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

Michael Cohen's guilty plea, in a matter of hours, has kicked up speculation about Democratic impeachment efforts against President Trump, as lawmakers declare the president is now implicated in a criminal conspiracy.

Daily Wire

Published  6 months ago

Florida Democratic Senator Bill Nelson is caught between a rock and a hard place.

Earlier this month Nelson told Steve Bousquet of the Tampa Bay Times that "the Russians are in Florida’s records" — a claim that is starting to cause Nelson a lot of problems.

On Friday, The Washington Post fact-checked Nelson's claim and gave him "Four Pinocchios," which signals a "whopper," a gross or blatant lie, the worst possible rating handed out by the newspaper when they fact-check claims.

"Nelson, however, went on to make a specific and alarming claim several times: that Russia currently has access to Florida’s election systems and could purge voters from the rolls," The Post's fact-check concluded. "Not a single speck of evidence backs him up, and we have serious doubts whether the classified information he cited even exists."

Florida officials added that DHS and FBI officials told them that they have "no information that corroborates Senator Nelson’s statement."

Nelson also misquoted a letter that he and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) wrote on July 2 to a Florida election official warning about the need to strengthen election infrastructure.

To make matters worse for Nelson, a video emerged this week of him suggesting that his claim that Russians had infiltrated Florida's election systems was an assumption based on what the Russians did in 2016.

After The Post's fact-check came out, Nelson tweeted out a link to NBC News that he thought vindicated him:

BREAKING - NBC NEWS: Bill Nelson wasn't making things up when he said Russians hacked Florida election systems https://t.co/7TgaPIB69o

— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) August 17, 2018

Unfortunately for Nelson, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler was there to quickly shoot it down:

Our Four-Pinocchio rating stands. Everything in this article was noted in our piece, except for the suggestion that Nelson leaked classified information. https://t.co/j7To5lj1k5

The article that Nelson tweeted out specifically said that Nelson has not been able to respond to questions about his unfounded claims "presumably because he spoke out of turn about classified information."

So, based on all the information that is currently available, Nelson appears to have either made a false claim when he stated that "the Russians are in Florida’s records" or leaked classified information. Concerning potentially leaked classified information, the Washington Post's Salvador Rizzo wrote:

Nelson also has cited “classified” information. Although it’s possible that this information exists and proves his claim, it’s a tough proposition for The Fact Checker to accept, since the Department of Homeland Security has denied Nelson’s assertions, the FBI said as recently as Aug. 2 that there’s no sign of “efforts to specifically target election infrastructure,” and U.S. officials probably would have shared this classified information in some form with the state of Florida, where election officials have contradicted Nelson’s claims.

Either way, it's bad news for Nelson as recent reports show that Democrats are not surging in Florida and Nelson is falling behind his opponent, current Florida Governor Rick Scott (R), with Latino and older voters.

Blue Lives Matter

Published  6 months ago

Why are most politicians seemingly allergic to keeping their promises? It’s almost as if we as a society are surprised when something good happens in Washington. In fact, the stereotypical politician is seen as a sly liar who can easily be swayed by big donors and lobbyists while leaving his or her constituents out in the cold.

And yet, we still send the same people back to DC over and over. In fact, according to Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball, over 90% of incumbents were sent back to Washington in 2016. It’s almost as if we don’t care if they lie to us, we just keep hoping they’ll turn a new leaf.

But it never happens. In fact, instead of “draining the swamp,” the swamp drains them. For example, how many promising politicians that rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 can we still say are committed to the principles they ran on? Sure, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY), as well as Reps. Mo Brooks (AL-05) and Justin Amash (MI-03), for example, have been solid constitutionalists. But too many, such as Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), as well as Reps. Sean Duffy (WI-07), Jeffrey Denham (CA-10) and Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), have strayed. Some more than others, but it’s undeniable that the swamp got to them.

But that can all change if Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04) becomes House Speaker Jordan in 2019.

The retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) has created an opening for the Speaker’s position and it will represent a true fight for the soul of the Republican Party and the nature of the House of Representatives as there could not be a greater contrast between Jim Jordan and his opponent, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23). Jordan, a co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, has been in office since 2007 and has kept every bit of integrity and principle he’s had since he got to the swamp. Recognition from conservatives of Jordan’s outstanding record is wide and broad, which a Conservative Review score of 98% and a FreedomWorks score of 97% would prove. Club For Growth and Heritage Action for America also both give Jordan a 98% lifetime score. In addition, Senate Conservatives Action polled over 11,000 of its members, and 92% preferred Jordan as Speaker, compared to 2.6% who preferred McCarthy. FreedomWorks activists also share the same near-unanimous opinion as 99.2% of their activists prefer Jordan to be Speaker.

There are very good reasons for this. When it comes to issues like controlling spending, fixing our immigration system, bringing healthcare decisions back to the people, defending the sanctity of life, and restoring the judiciary, Jim Jordan has never ceased to be advocate for the interests of liberty-loving conservatives.

Jordan plans to change the way Congress operates by making it more transparent and conducive to more debate, rather than capitulation to the other side. A good example of what Jordan is up against is the $1.3 trillion omnibus that Congress passed in March, funding all of the Democrats’ priorities and leaving little for the wall and border enforcement. House members had nowhere near enough time to read the enormous bill, let alone debate on it. And of course, no amendments were allowed. President Trump reluctantly signed the bill due to the omnibus funding the military, but there is no doubt he regretted it and never wanted to fund the other side’s policies and undermine his own agenda. Trump would never have to deal with that again if a principled conservative like Jordan were Speaker. Appearing on Mark Levin’s radio show on Friday, Jordan stated that most members of the House have no role in decision making, as all the decisions are made by the leadership. Jordan also lamented the fact that while making all the decisions for the Republican conference, House leadership has no desire to fight. “We forfeit even before we have a debate!” Jordan said to Levin.

Jordan clearly recognizes that the top-down nature of how leadership has run the House drains the legislative branch of the Founders’ intent for it to be a deliberative body and undermines the will of the American people. The House is meant to be the body closest to the people and a Jordan speakership would greatly help in a return to republicanism. He believes a simple solution to empower the people’s representatives would be to involve more of the members in the process of crafting legislation and having open and substantive debates on legislation instead of everything being created in smoke-filled rooms with a small group of people at the top deciding everything. Another systemic reform Jordan believes would fix the nature of Congress is to leave the choices of chairmen for committees up to the members of the committees instead of House leadership.

Jordan’s vision is also obvious from his letter to his colleagues announcing his run for Speaker. Jordan wrote that “if Congress were to keep promises to repeal Obamacare, pass welfare reform with work requirements, build Trump’s border wall, make the Trump tax cuts permanent, defund Planned Parenthood, and enact “meaningful, immediate spending cuts” to end ‘$1 trillion deficits,’ voters “would be inspired to give us a chance to run [Congress] again.”

On immigration, Jim Jordan has been a consistent fighter for the preservation of America’s sovereignty. Not long after President Obama announced the policy of DACA, Jordan cosponsored the Prohibiting Backdoor Amnesty Act which prohibited the Obama administration from using prosecutorial discretion as a pathway to granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. In 2014, Jordan cosponsored the Separation of Powers Act, which prohibited the use of funds for granting deferred action or other immigration relief to aliens not lawfully present in the United States. He has also fought to restore our immigration system to one that is merit-based by, for example, cosponsoring the SAFE for America Act of 2017, which eliminates the diversity visa lottery. The lawlessness of having sanctuary cities is a subject Jordan has also fought to address. In 2015, Jordan cosponsored the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, prohibiting any assistance to states and localities that stop their officials from taking action in regards to immigration. Today, Jordan has laid out his immigration priorities that should be fought for in the upcoming spending bill that includes full funding for the border wall and stronger enforcement on the border.

When it comes to defending the rights of the unborn, Jim Jordan can always be counted on to fight for the sanctity of life. In Jordan’s 11 years in Congress, he has never voted for any bill that funds Planned Parenthood. Defunding Planned Parenthood is also one of his top priorities in the upcoming spending battle. Jordan understands the absolute immorality of forcing taxpayers to assist in the taking of a life of other human beings. In 2015, he cosponsored the Protecting Life and Taxpayers Act which prohibits funding for any entity that refuses to state it will not perform abortions or fund any other entity that performs abortions. That same year, he supported the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act which denies family planning grants to any entity that participated in performing abortions. When Planned Parenthood was secretly caught discussing the organization’s practices regarding fetal organ harvesting, Jordan was front and center in holding Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards accountable. Jordan adamantly pressed Richards on her hypocrisy as it pertained to her criticism of the videos as “selectively edited” while at the same time apologizing for what was discovered in them. Jordan has been a consistent vote for sweeping restrictions on abortion as he recognizes that life is the most fundamental right given to us by God.

And let’s not forget the runaway lower courts. Remember, the lower courts are not in the Constitution. They are a creation of Congress, who has the authority of overseeing them. Lately, the courts have become a leftist super-legislature, with the most egregious examples being stopping Trump’s travel ban, stopping the President from blocking trolls on Twitter, and banning sharing blueprints for 3D gun printing. They have ruled on state voter ID laws, mandating funding sanctuary cities and striking down state abortion laws. And of course, their rulings are almost always to the Left. Jordan, as Speaker, would be able to strip the courts of their jurisdiction, which they have shamelessly usurped from Congress.

Having Jim Jordan as House Speaker, and as the Republican leader in Congress, will do a great job in putting to bed the notion that conservatism doesn’t have a home in the Republican party. By electing him Speaker, we can make the GOP great again.

Jeremy Frankel is a frequent contributor to both the Resurgent and the Daily Wire. Follow Jeremy on Twitter and Facebook.

Michael Slee is a student at Chaffey College. You can follow him at @michael__1776.

WSJ

Published  6 months ago

China’s ethnic Uighurs are disappearing. Over the last two years and with little world attention, the authorities have detained hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority in the country’s northwest, leaving family members to wonder where they are and why they were targeted. A network of internment camps could hold hundreds of thousands, according to Adrian Zenz, a scholar who has studied the campaign, but officials deny the camps exist.

Information is now trickling out. A handful of prisoners released from the camps have fled abroad and described the mistreatment. Guards subject the detainees to re-education sessions urging them to renounce Islam and love the Communist Party. Resisters are abused or held in solitary confinement.

Many of the detained had been abroad or have relatives who are. Others seem to be picked at random. Some are released after a few weeks, while others are held indefinitely. The arbitrary nature of the detention increases the terror. The prominent Uighur ethnographer Rahile Dawut, who preaches tolerance and isn’t involved in politics, disappeared last December on a trip to Beijing from Urumqi and hasn’t been heard from.

These extreme measures are part of a wider program to control the northwest region of Xinjiang where Uighurs and the smaller Kazakh minority make up more than half of the population. Last year the region’s security budget nearly doubled and 30,000 new police officers were deployed to urban areas.

The authorities have also installed face-recognition cameras in public places. Residents must install tracking devices in their cars and monitoring software on their phones. A region-wide DNA database is under construction using blood samples taken during mandatory “health screening.”

The authorities say they are cracking down on Islamic fundamentalism. Some small-scale terrorist attacks may have been inspired by Islamic State or al Qaeda, and the Syrian government claimed that 5,000 Uighurs fought with Islamic State.

But Uighurs in general adhere to a moderate form of Islam and have long resisted radicalization. If that is changing, it is due in large part to the government’s punishment of any expression of Islamic faith. In recent years the authorities have forbidden Uighurs to fast during Ramadan, grow beards or give their children Islamic names. Officials search their homes for religious materials, and many mosques have been demolished.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who wrote about the crackdown on these pages Friday, is one of several lawmakers calling for the U.S. to sanction the officials responsible. Vice President Mike Pence has condemned China’s treatment of Muslims. On Friday a United Nations panel on racial discrimination reviewed evidence that China’s human-rights abuses are violating international covenants.

The Uighurs’ plight has wider significance. China’s supreme leader Xi Jinping is using propaganda campaigns, surveillance and detention to an extent China hasn’t seen since Mao Zedong. Chinese police are pioneering new techniques and surveillance technology in Xinjiang and deploying them across the country. The U.S. has many important issues with Beijing, but the systematic repression of the Uighurs reveals the nature of Xi Jinping’s government.

Appeared in the August 13, 2018, print edition.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 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 […]

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  6 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.

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?

Fox News

Published  6 months ago

Before her father became president, Ivanka Trump received overwhelmingly positive coverage in the media as a successful business executive who combined career, marriage and motherhood.

Tampa Bay Times

Published  6 months ago

Big League Politics

Published  6 months ago

President Donald Trump’s phone calls during his time as a private citizen were routinely spied on by a complex surveillance system overseen by Obama administration CIA director John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, according to claims made by real estate mogul Timothy Blixseth in an audiotaped conversation released by a federal judge […]

Conservative Tribune

Published  6 months ago

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, it didn’t take long for anti-NRA trolls to come out in droves when news broke that the NRA was in financial crisis due to New York financially pressuring the organization’s top sponsors. The NRA has somehow been cast as this evil and murderous conglomerate despite the fact they represent…

Daily Wire

Published  6 months ago

In a video released Thursday, NRA TV host Dana Loesch responded to CNN reporter Jim Acosta sounding the alarm over Trump fans chanting "CNN sucks!" at a rally by reminding him of his network's infamous town hall after the Parkland shooting that featured members of the audience condemning Loesch as a "murderer!" for her support of the Second Amendment and the NRA.

"Acosta is upset that someone yelled 'CNN sucks,'" says Loesch. "Imagine how he'd feel if his network set up a public lynching of him. As they did of me and [Sen.] Marco Rubio, wherein people called me a 'murderer' and they screamed 'Burn her!' And they rushed the stage and grabbed at me when I left. Jake Tapper corroborated this shortly after it happened, tweeting this in response to those who were in doubt: He says, 'I don't know but Chris's' — talking of my husband — 'description is accurate and I made sure she was escorted out of the room.'"

Watch The Video

i don't know but Chris's description is accurate and I made sure she was escorted out of the room.

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 22, 2018

"I wonder if Acosta can imagine what it feels like when his network allows guest after guest, day after day, to refer to you as a 'murderer,'" Loesch continues. "To refer to six million law-abiding Americans as people who hate children and are terrible parents simply because we believe in the right of self-defense."

Watch below via NRATV:

"@Acosta is upset that someone yelled CNN sucks. Imagine how he'd feel if his network set up a public lynching of him. As they did of me... many in legacy #MSM stopped prioritizing advancing news and truth in favor of advancing themselves and their political agendas." —@DLoesch pic.twitter.com/dzugatdPmP

— NRATV (@NRATV) August 3, 2018

As the Daily Wire reported in February, the tone of CNN's much-criticized town hall, which was packed with gun control activists and grieving families and students, was established right off the bat with the first question asked by student activist Emma Gonzalez to Loesch. Gonzalez led into her question by telling Loesch that she and the other students "will support your children in a way that you will not." Loesch handled the situation in a measured and respectful way.

"Well first off, Emma, I want to applaud you for standing up and speaking out," said Loesch. "And for anyone who has ever criticized you or any of these students up here, including people that have been on my side of this issue, I don't think that anyone should deny you your voice or should deny you your position because you are young. I was a very politically active teenager, and I'm on this stage as a result of that. Think of how far you all could go as a result of voicing your beliefs."

"If they let me do it!" one student yelled from the audience, which grew increasingly more unruly the longer Loesch was in front of them.

"I want to be allowed the opportunity, which is why I am here, to talk and have this discussion with you all and answer these questions. This is why I came down here," said Loesch in response to more heckling. When Loesch tried to discuss her stance on keeping guns out of the hands of prohibited possessors, the crowd grew even more contentious. "Let me answer the question. You can shout me down when I'm finished, but let me answer Emma's question," she said.

"You're a murderer!" yelled one female from the crowd. "Murderer!" other members of the audience echoed. Video below:

John James for Senate Inc.

Published  6 months ago

NEW POLL: John James Surges After President Trump Endorsement

Sachs: “President Trump’s Endorsement is Helping John James Continue His Momentum Ahead Of Tuesday’s Primary”

Livonia, MI—Fresh off President Trump’s endorsement of John James Friday, a new Mitchell Research & Communications poll commissioned by MIRS shows combat veteran and businessman John James surging ahead of Sandy Pensler with a 44-30 percent lead.

The poll comes after President Trump and Vice President Pence endorsed James Friday. On Monday, James released a new TV ad titled, “President Trump endorses John James.” The poll revealed massive margins for James, with voters aged 18 to 44 supporting James over Pensler by a margin of 64 percent to nine. James leads among voters aged 45 to 64, by a margin of 45 percent to 26 percent and with voters age 65 and older, James leads 41 to 34 percent.

“John James’ momentum continues as voters around the state are looking to put a combat veteran in the US Senate. The more Republican primary voters learn that President Trump and Vice-President Pence have endorsed John James, the more his support grows. John is the only conservative in this race and is working hard to close strong for this Tuesday’s primary,” campaign manager Tori Sachs said.

John James is a pro-business, pro-life, pro-Second Amendment conservative who, at 17, made the decision to serve his country. After graduating from West Point in 2004, he became a Ranger-qualified aviation officer. John went on to serve with distinction in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he logged over 750 combat flight hours while leading two platoons.

After eight years of service to the nation, John James returned to Michigan to work in the family business: James Group International. Currently its President, James has led the company from $35 million to $137 million in revenue while creating 100 additional jobs in Michigan and around the country since 2012.

John James is the sole conservative in the 2018 Michigan US Senate Race with, in addition to the endorsement of President Trump and Vice President Pence, the exclusive endorsement of Right to Life, Senate Conservatives Fund, American Conservative Union (hosts of CPAC), the Family Research Council and the Susan B. Anthony List. James also has the endorsement of 39 conservative legislators, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and Michigan Agriculture Icon Wayne Wood. They join previous endorsements including ABC of Michigan, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Congressman Paul Mitchell, Congressman Mike Bishop, Congressman Bill Huizenga, Ambassador John Bolton, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill, Kid Rock and many others.

The Federalist

Published  6 months ago

The real colluders with Russia are the Democrats, intelligence agencies, and corporate media. The facts about the Trump Tower meeting only reinforce that.

American Greatness

Published  6 months ago

The Department of Justice last week released copies of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications that James Comey’s FBI used to begin electronic surveillance of Carter Page, a former Trump campaign advisor. While much of the FISA warrants

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 months ago

Following Tuesday’s election losses, Democrats ran a ballot production operation in Broward and Palm Beach Counties for several days. On election night Governor Rick Scott was more than 80,000 votes ahead of Democrat Senator Bill Nelson. Since then corrupt election officials in Broward County and Palm Beach County manufactured 83,000 votes. Elections supervisor Brenda Snipes […]