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Cory Anthony Booker (born April 27, 1969) is an American politician currently serving as the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. The first African-American U.S. Senator from New Jersey, he was previously the 36th Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Before that Booker served on the Newark City Council for the Central Ward from 1998 to 2002.

American Liberty Report

Published  13 hours ago

Senator Cory Booker appears to come from the same clan of crazy-eyed socialists as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). Both of them have off the wall ideas that could never work, and a messiah complex. Worse still, both of them want to impose their half-baked morality on you.

AOC wants to force Americans to pay for universal income for people who don’t want to work (umm isn’t that all of us? Aren’t we all just doing it for the money???), and to build a global high-speed rail system in order to eliminate all those awful cars and airplanes. Even high ranking Dems have looked at her New Green Deal and dismissed it as the work of a kook.

Not to be out-crazied, Cory Booker—who missed all the backlash from the New Green Deal even though he co-sponsored that crazy train with AOC—has come out with his Vegan New Deal. Just kidding, he didn’t call it that. But he should. The Democrat senator from New Jersey kicked off his 2020 campaign for the White House by saying that anyone who eats meat is going to have their dinners yanked out from in front of them. Yoink!

Booker believes that the meat industry is ruining the climate. How, you ask? Cow farts. He says he hasn’t touched any non-vegan food since Election Day in 2014. So, if he’s not misremembering then it would seem that Booker’s personal life revolves around election cycles.

He claims that the dairy industry, the part related in particular to cows, is the biggest offender. He says, “The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact. It’s just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does… because we just don’t have enough land.”

He says that if the rest of the world, China and Africa in particular (for some reason), gets a taste for the western diet- the world will be in serious trouble. We don’t know how to break it to him, but McDonald’s is already international.

Booker wants to redesign the entire agricultural industry. He said that one of his major campaign promises will be, “to continue supporting bills that are about public health, whether it is pumping in all these antibiotics into animals that are literally threatening the safety of Americans.”

Booker isn’t wrong when he says that industrial agricultural methods like pumping cows full of antibiotics are not good for the people who drink the affected milk and eat the affected meat. These and other methods make it easier for farmers to produce more meat and milk while lowering the quality of those products.

Among the side effects of consuming these products are reduced immune function, altered hormonal cycles, and the development of drug resistant bacteria. But the answer isn’t telling Americans that they can’t eat meat.

In fact, the answer is already in place. At most grocery stores, people can buy grass-fed, organic cow milk and hamburger meat. It’s more expensive, but that’s not because the natural dairy products are over priced. They are priced appropriately for products grown in the natural, non-accelerated way.

Industrial farming methods are less healthy. But they make food cheaper making it more accessible to the poor. At this point, Booker might say everyone has a right to better quality food. And he may be correct, but just because you have a right to have something does not make it readily available. By overthrowing the existing food infrastructure Booker would cast millions of people into food poverty.

But Booker isn’t backing down. He has lent his support to the Green New Deal, which is estimated to cost upwards of $100 trillion and takes aim at such evils as combustion powered vehicles, bovine flatulence, and racism. Seriously.

If Booker had his brain plugged in straight, he would be working to make Americans more prosperous so that they could afford grass fed cow meat and other organic agriculture products. But this soy boy isn’t interested in humans flourishing. It’s interested in relegating Americans to cubical housing and an anemic diet.

When asked if he would ever consider going back to eating animal products he told VegNews magazine, “I am Spartacus.”

Fox News

Published  18 hours ago

Hillary Clinton has been meeting with many of the Democrats running – or gearing up to run – for the White House in 2020, a Clinton aide confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, met with former Vice President Joe Biden to discuss 2020 in early February at Biden’s request. Biden has been considering a run, but has not yet made an announcement about his plans.

.BIDEN ALMOST CERTAIN TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020, SOURCE SAYS

Meanwhile, Clinton huddled separately with several other Democrats who have announced presidential campaigns, including California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the aide said. She also spoke by phone with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, though they didn’t meet.

Other Democrats Clinton has met with about the 2020 race include former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the aide said. Hickenlooper is believed to be considering a run, though Garcetti has since said he will not run.

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Clinton herself has not ruled out a run again for the White House, though she has not signaled she is gearing up for another campaign. During an October speaking event, Clinton was asked if she wanted to run again. Clinton responded “no” but then added, "I’d like to be president."

New York Post

Published  1 day ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scolded media outlets for reporting that she lives in a luxury high-rise building in Washington, DC, around the time she and other high-profile Democrats appeared on a hit list compiled by a Maryland man arrested for allegedly planning a mass terror attack.

“Journalists are sharing stories about where I live the same day it’s shared that myself + others were targeted by a mass shooter,” the New York Democrat tweeted late Wednesday. “All this paired w/ amplifying unvetted conspiracy theories. It’s reckless, irresponsible & puts people directly in danger. This isn’t a game.”

Court documents show Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson, who was arrested last Friday, drafted a list of politicians and media members whom he was targeting.

The list included Ocasio-Cortez, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, among others.

Hasson, who had an arsenal of 15 firearms in his Silver Spring, Md., home, searched on the internet for “Where in DC do Congress live?” and “Best place in D.C. to see Congress people,” according to police officials.

A number of outlets reported in the past week that the freshman lawmaker, whose congressional salary is $174,000, lives in a tony section of the capital in a building where rents range from $2,000 for a studio apartment to more than $5,000 for a three-bedroom.

While most of them did not give an address, they did provide identifying information and photographs about which stores were in the neighborhood and the amenities offered by her complex, which is under construction.

The articles pointed out Ocasio-Cortez’s platform as a champion of the poor and took her to task for living in an upscale building that they claimed didn’t offer affordable housing.

The building developer told The Post that they participate in the District of Columbia’s housing voucher program and have low-income people living there.

Asked to provide a specific number, the developer said: “We cannot disclose any more specific details about our residents.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s office pushed back against the notion that it was hypocritical for the congresswoman to live in upscale digs.

A spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that her office also uses a car with an “internal combustion engine that runs on fossil fuels,” even though she thinks their use should be eliminated.

The Federalist

Published  1 day ago

Democrats have found a sneaky way to tilt the political playing field in their favor without having to reform the immigration system.

americanthinker

Published  1 day ago

After garnering a host of press attention for a supposed anti-black, anti-gay attack from supposed random supporters of President Trump, involving a noose, Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett looks pretty washed up now that a couple of Nigerians have been implicated by the Chicago cops in the perpetration of a hoax, supposedly to garner sympathy.

But another Hollywood guy, a film producer named Tariq Nasheed, who also goes by hip-hop rapper-like names of 'K-Flex' and 'King Flex,' thinks this isn't the end of the story. He smells a political rat.

His series of tweets raises suspicions that the political response to the matter, led by Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris (and Cory Booker), is suspicious, real suspicious, and there might have been a staged set-up in order to get a law passed and rack up voter points.

Here are his tweets making the argument:

1. Let me do a quick thread about this Jussie Smollett hoax. Because we need to ask questions about who else was involved in this hoax. I have always been critical of the deceptive tactics of the white LGBT community.

Now as we know, Jussie has campaigned with Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/Ji5IN2DrXA

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

2. Kamala Harris was one of the people who authored the Anti Lynching Bill. Remember, these people below are funded by certain groups with certain agendas that has nothing to do with helping ADOS. That’s why whenever we bring up a Black agenda, Kamala & Cory changes the subject pic.twitter.com/5qzx45R62K

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

3. That anti Lynching Bill Kamala introduced snuck in some LGBT language at the last minute. The white LGBT community has always tried to attached themselves to the plight of Black Americans to give the false impression that they have had a comparative historic struggle pic.twitter.com/6oYW52jx36

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

Go here if you can't see all seven of the tweets, you won't be wasting your time. And the comments that follow from people in Nasheed's Hollywood entertainment industry circles are also pretty impressive.

Up until now, it appeared that politicians such as Harris (and Booker) couldn't have known much about the phony plot and probably just glommed onto the controversy for political advantage the way a lot of politicians do. But Nasheed has pictures of them campaigning together, and even more important, notes that Harris and Booker brought out an anti-lynching bill just coincidentally timed ahead of the attack, as if to ensure passage as the momentum built from public outrage (until the attack was exposed as phony). With Smollett a black and gay supposed victim and everyone slathing sympathy on him, who could refuse to vote for the anti-lynching bill, which just happens to have had some gay language inserted at the last minute? Trump lynchers were simply everywhere, according to the narrative, even in zero degree Chicago cold weather, lurking and looking for someone black and gay to assault and of course it was a national problem just waiting for Harris to pass a law as the person who "fixes problems" which is how she is repeatedly identified herself to voters. (Here's another coincidence: she made that claim in the Chicago press.)

Nasheed isn't buying that and thinks the involvement of others goes a lot further than the mere imported Nigerians. Plotwise, it is pretty interesting, given that an actor was chosen for the role of the victim, the Nigerian bit players were whisked in and out, the red caps were purchased (they couldn't actually find real ones but they needed to make sure they seemed like Trump hats), and there were these anti-lynching laws with both black and gay victims being inserted in, written by Harris and others all set to be passed a month earlier. The end game was to pass the measures to set a political narrative of raging racism among Trump supporters as whole staged attack occurred.

It is political all right. And quite the political theatre. Oh, and what a coincidence, it happened in Chicago, home of the famous Chicago/Obama political machine that supports Booker and Harris with a vengeance.

Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, it's pretty obvious that Nasheed knows the ways of Hollywood and its leftist establishment very very well, so this is what leaped out at him. Actor, staged attack, Chicago political machine, presidential campaign, new anti-lynching law and pin it all on Trump. Nasheed's suspicions are well worth a closer look, because they seem to fit together very well.

If he's right about them, then this whole farce is a doozy and one can only hope will politically finish Harris and Booker off, taking them down with Stollett.

Fox News

Published  1 day ago

Two leading Democratic presidential candidates -- U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- have reportedly said they support reparations for black Americans affected by slavery, reflecting a shift in the importance of race and identity issues within the party.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Harris doubled down on her support for reparations after agreeing with a host on the popular radio show “The Breakfast Club” that the race-conscious policy was necessary to address the legacies of slavery and discrimination in the United States.

"We have to be honest that people in this country do not start from the same place or have access to the same opportunities," Harris said in the statement to the Times. "I’m serious about taking an approach that would change policies and structures and make real investments in black communities."

Warren also supports reparations.

DEM MOCKED FOR IGNORING SLAVERY, CLAIMING 'NEVER IN HISTORY' HAVE PEOPLE WORKED WITHOUT PAY IN US

“We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences, including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations,” she told the Times. “We need systemic, structural changes to address that.”

"We must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country that has had many consequences."

— U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Julian Castro, another Democrat running for president, has indicated that he would support reparations.

Fox News reached out to all three campaigns but did not immediately hear back late Thursday.

Reparations would involve the federal government’s acknowledgment of the ongoing legacy of slavery and discrimination and providing payment to those affected. Policy experts say it could cost several trillion dollars.

Scholars estimate that black families earn just over $57 for every $100 earned by white families, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who is also running for president, has proposed helping poor children by giving them government-funded savings accounts that could hold up to $50,000 for the lowest income brackets, the Times reported. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., supports a plan to allow Americans without checking accounts bank at their local post office.

Other prominent Democrats have stopped short of backing reparations, including U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who dismissed the idea in 2016. Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama have also expressed reservations.

Supporting reparations could come with much political risk. Republicans have long attempted to paint Democrats who support policies aimed at correcting racial inequalities as anti-white, according to the Times, and polling shows reparations for black Americans remains unpopular.

InformationLiberation

Published  1 day ago

The Jussie Smollett alleged hate hoax is the gift that keeps on giving

TheWrap

Published  1 day ago

Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson called out celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates on Thursday for their decision to amplify coverage of what he said was the “phony attack” against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

“The accusation within this phony attack received national attention for weeks,” Johnson told reporters during a press conference. “Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.

“This announcement today recognized that ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson continued, adding that the star had staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary on the Fox show.

Cops: 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Staged Attack Because He Was 'Dissatisfied With His Salary'

“I am left hanging my head asking ‘why?’ Why would anyone — especially an African American man — use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusation,” Johnson added. “Bogus police reports cause real harm. They do harm to every legitimate victim who is in need of support by police and investigators as well as the citizens of this city … I’m offended by what happened and I am also angry.”

See Jussie Smollett's Mug Shot (Photo)

In the weeks after the attack was reported, major journalists and Hollywood figures seized on the story to suggest the incident was reflective of a broader trend.

“This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate,” Sen. Kamala Harris said at the time.

“To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime — I urge you to pay attention,” added Sen. Cory Booker.

Both are running for president in 2020.

Smollett turned himself into police early Thursday morning after being charged by authorities with filing a false police report.

“Jussie Smollet is under arrest and in custody of detectives,” the department’s chief communications officers Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter Thursday morning. “At 9am at #ChicagoPolice Headquarters, Supt Eddie Johnson, Commander of Area Central Detectives Edward Wodnicki will brief reporters on the investigation prior to the defendants appearance in court.”

The arrest capped a three week investigation during which Smollett started as a victim but later evolved into the prime suspect behind the assault.

“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”

20th Century Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap. Just hours before the charges were revealed however, the network reiterated their support for the actor.

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show,” the company said.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 day ago

Democrats running for president in 2020 say the rapid job growth and low unemployment under President Trump is not enough and insist America needs to strive for a "moral" economy.

Their calls reflect a growing consensus among Democrats over how to deal with a healthy economy that is creating jobs and the rising influence of socialist candidates and lawmakers in the Democratic Party.

The U.S. economy added 304,000 new jobs in January, and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.0 percent, according to the Department of Labor. The country's gross domestic product increased last quarter by 3.4 percent.

Less than a year before the first primaries, Democrats seem to have settled on an argument that says the economic gains seen over the last two years aren't being "shared" with others.

"What happened to a moral responsibility, to a moral capitalism?" former Vice President Joe Biden asked an audience of students Tuesday during an event at the University of Pennsylvania.

The possible 2020 contender recalled his work with General Motors as part of the automobile industry bailout and criticized the corporation for not investing in worker training and modernizing when its fortunes improved.

"I'm not looking for charity. Business is not in business to be in charity, it's to make money. But the last dime does not dictate what corporate responsibility should be," the former 36-year longtime senator from Delaware said.

"And look, I don't begrudge anybody making a million or hundreds of millions of dollars, I really don't. But I do think there's some shared responsibility, and it's not being shared fairly for hard-working, middle-class, working-class people."

Sen. Kamala Harris of California, also running for president, made a similar pitch in New Hampshire. The former California attorney told the business-oriented attendees their success shouldn't be "vilified" because it was created in the "pursuit of the American Dream."

But she also accused those praising the Trump economy of valuing job quantity over the quality of those jobs.

"Yeah, people are working. They are working two or three jobs," Harris said. "We have to address these truths and do it in a way that recognizes that there is some course correction that needs to happen."

Pressed on Trump's economic record last weekend, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a declared 2020 candidate, said: "Well, working Americans would tell you that the dignity of work is being stripped from them.

"Working Americans would tell you they're working harder than their parents and falling further behind. Working Americans will tell you that while their salaries may moderately have gone up, what's gone up more is the cost of prescription drugs, cost of child care, the cost of college."

Booker's answer was similar to that of another Democrat likely to run in 2020: Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who is currently on a "Dignity of Work" bus tour as a way of reaching people in early-voting states.

The message from the candidates reflect that of the Democratic Party hierarchy. "What Democrats are fighting for is prosperity that is shared. What Democrats are fighting for is a moral capitalism, a capitalism that understands that, when we all succeed, we all succeed," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told NBC News last weekend.

In the 2016 race, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont targeted very wealthy Americans in his rhetoric and is set to ramp up criticism of billionaires during his 2020 run.

"You got three people who own more wealth than the bottom half of America. That is wrong. That's morally wrong, in my view. That is bad economics," he told CBS News this week.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has led attacks on wealthy potential 2020 rivals like former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, arguing that using their own money to fund their campaigns undermines democracy.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story indicated that there were 200,000 new jobs in January, and the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent. It has since been corrected to note that there were 304,000 new jobs alongside a 4.0 percent unemployment rate. The Washington Examiner regrets the error.

Fox News

Published  1 day ago

CNN anchor Don Lemon offered his perspective of the growing controversy surrounding “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

Three weeks after Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime, he turned himself in to police on Thursday morning on a felony charge for filing a false police report as various leaks from the Chicago PD have indicated that he may have orchestrated the attack.

During his opening monologue, Lemon told his viewers that the story was “personal” since he and Smollett had been acquaintances and were in constant communication since the alleged incident and that Smollett told Lemon what he said had happened to him, which he admitted raised lots of questions.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT ARRESTED, IN CUSTODY OF CHICAGO POLICE

He stressed that while Smollett is “innocent until proven guilty,” he still “squandered the good will of a whole lot of people” if his story wasn’t true.

“He even lied to a lot of people… including me. And that’s not cool,” Lemon said to his viewers. “He squandered the good will of very high-profile people who one day may be running this country like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and people like President Trump.”

During a panel discussion, Lemon argued that appearing on morning shows “no longer works” when it comes to handling a PR crisis. And because it was a “political” story and not an entertainment one, he should have taken his case to “cable news or on social media.”

“Nothing against morning shows, I love all of my colleagues there, I think they do a great job, but that’s not where it is now,” Lemon said. “Come on a show like this or any of my colleagues and sit down with us live for an hour or however long it takes, answer the questions that need to be answered from real journalists — I shouldn’t say that, from journalists who don’t have to worry about the entertainment arm of their particular company.”

Lemon insisted that Smollett has already “lost the fight in the court of public opinion,” he hesitated to blame him for that defeat.

“He lost because — not his fault. Maybe people were — I don’t know what they were saying to him, maybe because of his representatives. Who knows? But it was handled poorly,” Lemon told the panel.

'GMA' HOST ROBIN ROBERTS: JUSSIE SMOLLETT'S ATTACK STORY WAS CREDIBLE AT TIME OF INTERVIEW

CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson pushed back, saying Smollett “went out and gave the interview” for "Good Morning America."

The CNN anchor later complimented "GMA" host Robin Roberts, saying she did a “terrific job” with her interview with Smollett. But also doubled down, telling his panel that handling a crisis with morning show appearance is “old school.”

NBC4 Washington

Published  2 days ago

Coast Guard Lt. Accused of Plotting Attack

A lieutenant at U.S. Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C., is under arrest for weapons violations but also stands accused of plotting a major attack and creating an apparent hit list of Democrats and media personalities.

In charging documents first posted by George Washington University’s Seamus Hughes and the News4 I-Team, federal prosecutors say 49-year-old Christopher Paul Hasson, of Silver Spring, Maryland, had illegal weapons and was collecting a list of names when he was arrested Friday.

Prosecutors wrote Hasson is a domestic terrorist who “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country” and must be detained.

The feds shared images of a firearms stockpile in Hasson’s basement apartment.

(Published Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019)

They say internet searches show he was targeting top Democrats and created an Excel spreadsheet list of names, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. The list also included top names in media, like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Don Lemon.

Law enforcement sources told NBC News the feds caught on to Hasson because of searches made on his work computer.

He is accused of searching the following phrases on Google the morning of Jan. 17: “what if trump illegally impeached,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” “where in dc to congress people live,” “civil war if trump impeached” and “social democrats usa.”

His search history also included searches for pro-Russian and neo-fascist literature.

Hasson routinely read portions of a manifesto written by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that prosecutors said instructs would-be assailants to collect firearms, food, disguises and survival tools, court papers said. Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.

Prosecutors allege that Hasson visited thousands of websites that sold guns and researched military tactical manuals on improvised munitions.

In a deleted email subfolder, authorities found a draft by Hasson saying, “I am dreaming of killing almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful … Start with biological attacks followed by attack on food supply.”

In a draft of a letter apparently intended for a known white supremacist leader, Hasson identified himself as a white nationalist for more than 30 years who advocated “focused violence” to create a “white homeland,” according to charging documents.

The chief at the federal defender's office in Maryland, which is representing Hasson, declined to comment on the allegations. The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Hasson's arrest. No one answered the door Wednesday at the home address for Hasson listed in public records.

Hasson also is charged with possession of a controlled substance. He appeared to be a chronic user of the opioid painkiller Tramadol and had purchased a flask filled with four ounces of "synthetic urine" online, prosecutors said. Authorities suspect Hasson had purchased fake urine to use in case he was randomly selected for a drug test.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt Thursday afternoon.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC4 Washington

The Clover Chronicle

Published  2 days ago

She may have helped Smollett orchestrate the hoax to make Trump supporters look bad. Read more...

americanthinker

Published  2 days ago

After garnering a host of press attention for a supposed anti-black, anti-gay attack from supposed random supporters of President Trump, involving a noose, Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett looks pretty washed up now that a couple of Nigerians have been implicated by the Chicago cops in the perpetration of a hoax, supposedly to garner sympathy.

But another Hollywood guy, a film producer named Tariq Nasheed, who also goes by hip-hop rapper-like names of "K-Flex" and "King Flex," thinks this isn't the end of the story. He smells a political rat.

His series of tweets raises suspicions that the political response to the matter, led by Democratic presidential candidates Kamala Harris (and Cory Booker), is suspicious, real suspicious, and there might have been a staged setup in order to get a law passed and rack up voter points.

Here are his tweets making the argument:

1. Let me do a quick thread about this Jussie Smollett hoax. Because we need to ask questions about who else was involved in this hoax. I have always been critical of the deceptive tactics of the white LGBT community.

Now as we know, Jussie has campaigned with Kamala Harris pic.twitter.com/Ji5IN2DrXA

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

2. Kamala Harris was one of the people who authored the Anti Lynching Bill. Remember, these people below are funded by certain groups with certain agendas that has nothing to do with helping ADOS. That’s why whenever we bring up a Black agenda, Kamala & Cory changes the subject pic.twitter.com/5qzx45R62K

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

3. That anti Lynching Bill Kamala introduced snuck in some LGBT language at the last minute. The white LGBT community has always tried to attached themselves to the plight of Black Americans to give the false impression that they have had a comparative historic struggle pic.twitter.com/6oYW52jx36

— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 17, 2019

Go here if you can't see all seven of the tweets. You won't be wasting your time. The comments that follow from people in Nasheed's Hollywood entertainment industry circles are also pretty impressive.

Up until now, it appeared that politicians such as Harris (and Booker) couldn't have known much about the phony plot and probably just glommed onto the controversy for political advantage the way a lot of politicians do. But Nasheed has pictures of them campaigning together, and even more important, she notes that Harris and Booker brought out an anti-lynching bill just coincidentally timed ahead of the attack, as if to ensure passage as the momentum built from public outrage (until the attack was exposed as phony). With Smollett a black and gay supposed victim and everyone slathering sympathy on him, who could refuse to vote for the anti-lynching bill, which just happens to have had some gay language inserted at the last minute? Trump-lynchers were simply everywhere, according to the narrative, even in zero-degree Chicago weather, lurking and looking for someone black and gay to assault, and of course it was a national problem just waiting for Harris to pass a law as the person who "fixes problems," which is how she has repeatedly identified herself to voters. (Here's another coincidence: she made that claim in the Chicago press.)

Nasheed isn't buying that and thinks the involvement of others goes a lot farther than the mere imported Nigerians. Plot-wise, it is pretty interesting, given that an actor was chosen for the role of the victim, the Nigerian bit players were whisked in and out, the red caps were purchased (they couldn't actually find real ones, but they needed to make sure they seemed like Trump hats), and there were these anti-lynching laws with both black and gay victims being inserted in, written by Harris and others, all set to be passed a month earlier. The endgame was to pass the measures to set a political narrative of raging racism among Trump-supporters as a whole staged attack occurred.

It is political, all right. And quite the political theater. Oh, and what a coincidence: It happened in Chicago, home of the famous Chicago-Obama political machine that supports Booker and Harris with a vengeance.

Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, it's pretty obvious that Nasheed knows the ways of Hollywood and its leftist establishment very, very well, so this is what leaped out at him. Actor, staged attack, Chicago political machine, presidential campaign, new anti-lynching law, and pin it all on Trump. Nasheed's suspicions are well worth a closer look, because they seem to fit together.

If he's right about them, then this whole farce is a doozy, and one can only hope it will politically finish Harris and Booker off, taking them down with Smollett.

Breitbart

Published  2 days ago

Actor Jussie Smollett had recently hosted an episode on lynching for the documentary series “America Divided.” The Epix network has since pulled the episode featuring the embattled actor after the actor was arrested and charged of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Jussie Smollett appeared in a documentary that specifically touched upon the topic of lynching last May, according to a report by Variety. The Empire actor was a narrator and correspondent in an episode of the Epix documentary series, “America Divided.”

The episode’s director, Lucian Read, told Variety that he was horrified when Smollett’s story initially came out, adding that for him, it was “hard to get away from the coincidence.”

“Of course in this country we believe in innocent until proven guilty and all that,” said Read, “but assuming the allegations are true, I wonder whether coincidence is the right word — to take this truth and turn it into a fiction like that, it’s remarkable.”

Smollett had initially reported that he had been attacked by two men wearing masks, who threw bleach on him and put a rope around his neck.

The actor’s story caused many members in Hollywood, the mainstream media, and the Democrat Party to immediately and uncritically react, spurring a national frenzy.

Newly announced Democrat 2020 presidential candidates, such as Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Cory Booker, quickly reacted by calling Smollet’s unverified story an “attempted modern day lynching,” and demanding that Congress pass an anti-lynching bill.

Now, the actor has been arrested and charged with one count of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, as Chicago police say that new evidence suggests that Smollett had staged his own attack.

Read told Variety that the actor had been “a pleasure to work with,” and that he and the producers are still “very proud” of the episode that had been hosted by Smollett, despite the “crazy” and “strange” recent developments.

“We really believed it was the strongest episode in the series and explored issues that need to be discussed in this country,” said Read, “Jussie and all of us were extremely committed to making a great show.”

The network has since reportedly pulled the episode, stating, “In light of – and with respect to – the sensitivities around recent events, we can confirm that Epix is no longer making available the episode of ‘America Divided’ featuring Jussie Smollett.”

You can follow Alana Mastrangelo on Twitter at @ARmastrangelo and on Instagram.

Military.com

Published  2 days ago

A photo of weapons reportedly seized from Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson. Twitter photo 20 Feb 2019 Military.com | By A Coast Guard lieutenant assigned to the service's headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been arrested on drug and gun possession charges, a nd is accused of plans to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to documents filed in Maryland District Court. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, an acquisitions officer for the National Security Cutter

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 days ago

Chicago Police held a press conference Thursday morning on the Jussie Smollett hate hoax after the actor’s arrest. The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said he’s “offended and angry” over Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax crime while he delivered an emotional press conference. Mr. Johnson blasted Smollett’s staged attack as “shameful” then ripped into the Democrat […]

The Lutchman Review

Published  2 days ago

Kamala Harris & Al Sharpton in the same story… Yikes, can’t get much more scary than that.

But seriously, these two were one of the first to comment on the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” that turned out to be a hoax.

Their initial reaction was to run to the defense of Jussie and condemn Trump and his supporters. Now that everything has been discovered to be staged, reporters caught them outside and started asking questions. They’re response says it all.

From The Hill:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was peppered with questions about the actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday when leaving a meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem, N.Y.

Video captured after the event showed Harris briskly walking to a car while ignoring shouted questions regarding the Smollett case about which she had previously commented.

Smollett was arrested early Thursday and charged with one count of disorderly conduct in connection with filing a false police report over his claim that he was attacked in a Chicago neighborhood by two men yelling racist and homophobic slurs.

Harris was among the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to weigh in on Smollett’s case last month after he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime. Harris called the alleged attack a “modern-day lynching” in late January. President Trump also condemned the incident at the time, saying “it doesn’t get worse.”

On Monday, as questions regarding the credibility of Smollett’s story began to surface in media reports, Harris told reporters that the case needed further investigation.

“I will say this about that case,” she said Monday. “I think that the facts are still unfolding, and I’m very concerned about the initial allegation that he made about what might have happened.”

“And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation,” Harris added. “And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation.”

Thursday’s meeting with Sharpton at the Harlem soul food legend Sylvia’s Restaurant was meant to focus on “criminal justice reform and other critical issues,” Sharpton’s National Action Network told the New York Post.

Harris is vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination amid a crowded field of competitors including Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), among others.

Fox News

Published  2 days ago

The father of Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to distance himself from the 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful after she said her pot smoking in college stemmed from her Jamaican heritage.

Harris, D-Calif., told the nationally syndicated radio show "The Breakfast Club" earlier this month that she supports marijuana legalization at the federal level, and acknowledged that she's smoked pot in the past, saying: “I have. And I inhaled. I did inhale.”

KAMALA HARRIS, PUSHING LEGAL MARIJUANA, SAYS SHE SMOKED POT IN COLLEGE: 'AND I INHALED'

The senator re-emphasized her use when asked by the hosts about rumors that she opposes marijuana legalization.

“That’s not true. Look, I joke about it, I have joked about it. Half my family is from Jamaica, are you kidding me?” Harris said, laughing.

Harris' father, Donald, disapproved of the comments, which he told the Jamaica Global Online constituted "identity politics."

"My dear departed grandmothers ... as well as my deceased parents, must be turning in their grave right now to see their family’s name, reputation and proud Jamaican identity being connected, in any way, jokingly or not with the fraudulent stereotype of a pot-smoking joy seeker and in the pursuit of identity politics," he said

Donald Harris continued: "Speaking for myself and my immediate Jamaican family, we wish to categorically dissociate ourselves from this travesty.”

The senator told the radio program added: “We need to research the impact of weed on a developing brain” and said measuring how marijuana impairs people who are driving needs to be addressed."

Harris supports a bill — introduced Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, a rival for the Democratic presidential nomination — that would end the federal marijuana prohibition.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

POLITICO

Published  2 days ago

A coordinated barrage of social media attacks suggests the involvement of foreign state actors.

chicagotribune.com

Published  2 days ago

Jussie Smollett's amazing story draws the attention of politicans and more than 20 police detectives, while the shooting of a 1-year-old boy is set aside

GOP

Published  3 days ago

Having moved the Democrat Party to the far-left, Bernie Sanders is back with fresh new plans to spend the country into oblivion and scandals to defend.

Breitbart

Published  3 days ago

The Green New Deal blueprint introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was crafted by three far-left organizations and is being pushed by a coalition of well-funded professional progressive groups and known leftist agitators. | Politics

Washington Examiner

Published  3 days ago

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.

Medium

Published  3 days ago

In a show of home-state strength, over 50 New Jersey Democratic officials announce their endorsement of Cory Booker for president.

Sara A. Carter

Published  3 days ago

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is jumping into 2020’s presidential race according to a video announcement Tuesday. Sanders joins other 2020 Democratic hopefuls including Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, and Amy Klobuchar. This not Sanders’ first rodeo, in fact, he ran a 2016 presidential campaign.

Taking Down Trump

In his campaign announcement video, Sanders called President Trump “The most dangerous president in modern American history.” Sanders also called Trump a ‘pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe, and an authoritarian.’

According to the newly launched campaign site, “No one candidate, not even the greatest candidate you could imagine, is capable of taking on Donald Trump and the billionaire class alone. There is only one way we win — and that is together.”

Trump told members of the press Tuesday that he likes “Bernie.”

“Personally, I think he missed his time. I wish Bernie well. It will be interesting to see how he does. He was not treated with respect by Clinton,” said Trump.

Trump: "I like Bernie." https://t.co/aJwJCumhJD

"Personally, I think he missed his time. I wish Bernie well. It will be interesting to see how he does. He was not treated with respect by Clinton." pic.twitter.com/YqX3p7pqYb

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 19, 2019

The Socialist Revolution

Sanders’ campaign will focus on social, economic, and environmental justice. Sanders is a longtime opponent of the “top 1%”, referring to the American rich. The campaign is a grassroots movement with volunteers in all 50 states. His site explicitly says “Paid for by Bernie 2020 (not the billionaires)”

“They may have the money and power, we have the people,” said Sanders. The campaign has already raised $1 million in its first day.

Powerful special interests may have the money, but we have the people. Supporters from all 50 states have donated to our unprecedented grassroots campaign. Say you're in: https://t.co/4YhCuNlKEk pic.twitter.com/d32UxxRi9q

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 19, 2019

Following Sexual Assault Allegations

The campaign announcement comes on the heels of sexual assault allegations from the 2016 campaign.

A Politico report highlighted that over two dozen 2016 campaign staffers requested a meeting to “discuss the issue of sexual violence and harassment on the 2016 campaign, for the purpose of planning to mitigate the issue in the upcoming presidential cycle,” according to a letter obtained by Politico.

.@BernieSanders on reports of sexism & sexual harassment in 2016 campaign: "I learned that that was true and it breaks my heart… In this campaign for president, we are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment." pic.twitter.com/xBf2FjDogT

— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 19, 2019

Sanders told CBS This Morning, “I learned that that was true and it breaks my heart… In this campaign for president, we are going to have the strongest protocols to protect women and anybody else against any form of harassment.”

I Love My Freedom

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Fox News

Published  3 days ago

As the race for the Democratic presidential nomination heats up, the candidates have engaged in an escalating competition to claim the most radical policy agenda.

Breitbart

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The Green New Deal blueprint introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was crafted by three far-left organizations and is being pushed by a coalition of well-funded professional progressive groups and known leftist agitators. | Politics

Fox News

Published  3 days ago

A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant arrested last week on gun and drug charges is a white nationalist who apparently had a hit list of Democratic lawmakers and activists as well as prominent media personalities, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

In a motion for pretrial detention filed in federal court in Baltimore, authorities said Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson was arrested Friday and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm and an opioid called Tramadol.

However, the filing described the charges as "the proverbial tip of the iceberg," and referred to Hasson as "a domestic terrorist" who meant to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country."

The filing was first noted by researchers from George Washington University's Program on Extremism.

Prosecutors say Hasson regularly read a manifesto written by Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian far-right extremist who killed 77 people in a pair of 2011 terror attacks, and stockpiled weapons and ammunition. According to the documents, federal agents recovered 15 firearms and "conservatively" more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from Hasson's "cramped basement apartment" in Silver Spring, Maryland.

According to the document, Hasson organized a spreadsheet of so-called "traitors" that he subdivided into three categories: A,B, and C. So-called "Category A" traitors included Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Tim Kaine of Virginia, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (referred to as "Sen blumen jew" in the spreadsheet), Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (referred to as "poca warren") Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.

Also listed in "Category A" were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Rep. Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough, Chris Hayes, and Ari Melber as well as CNN host Don Lemon. Names in the "Category B" list included Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., CNN personalities Chris Cuomo and Van Jones, and the Democratic Socialists of America.

Prosecutors say Hasson Googled topics including "what if trump illegally impeached," "best place in dc to see congress people," and "civil war if trump impeached" roughly a month before his arrest.

The filing said Hasson had "espoused extremist views for years" and quoted a letter he drafted to "a known American neo-Nazi leader" in September 2017, nearly two months after the deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. In the letter, Hasson described himself as "a long time White Nationalist, having been a skinhead 30 plus years ago before my time in the military." Hasson added that "I fully support the idea of a white homeland ... We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost. How long we can hold out there and prevent n-----ization of the Northwest until whites wake up on their own or are forcibly made to make a decision whether to roll over and die and to stand up remains to be seen."

Three months earlier, prosecutors say Hasson drafted an email to "friends" in which he said he was "dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth. I think a plague would be most successful but how to I acquire the needed/ Spanish flu, botulism, anthrax not sure yet but will find something."

In the same email, Hasson mused: "Start with biological attacks followed by attack [sic] on food supply ... Two pronged [sic] attack seems it might before successful. Institute a bombing/sniper campaign."

Prosecutors said Hasson was an acquisitions officer for the National Security Cutter Acquisition Program who had been assigned to the Coast Guard's headquarters in Washington since June 2016. He previously served in the Marine Corps and the Army National Guard.

A detention hearing for Hasson is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday.

Fox News' Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

BuzzFeed News

Published  3 days ago

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Sen. Kamala Harris told a crowd here Monday that she would push for the federal government to rename Columbus Day “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a focal point for some progressives who say the holiday should emphasize the history of Native Americans instead of the European conqueror.

“Sign me up,” Harris said in response to a voter’s question of whether she would support the initiative to rename the holiday. She spoke of her own efforts in the Senate to make lynching a federal crime.

Harris, who officially launched her campaign for president last month in Oakland, drew an overflow crowd on her first town hall in New Hampshire, the site of the country’s first presidential primary. They spilled out of a church and into the snowy streets of Portsmouth to hear her deliver a campaign message of “speaking truth” and “fighting for justice,” a refrain that focuses in part on her past as a prosecutor and law enforcement official.

Harris also committed to passing a “new Voting Rights Act” that would make Election Day a federal holiday and emphasize same-day voter registration.

“I was impressed that she answered specific tough questions in the affirmative,” said Chip Noon, a real estate photographer from Durham, New Hampshire, who came to Harris’s event with his daughter, Jen Hess.

“I was expecting her to wiggle out of the question,” Hess said. “I think people are tired of that kind of thing. Our B.S. meter is pretty high.”

Harris’s competitor in the Democratic primary, Sen. Cory Booker, was asked the same question in New Hampshire Sunday but did not commit to renaming the holiday.

“I’d like to talk more about why you think it’s important on a federal level,” Booker told voters. “My commitment to you and indigenous peoples is to tell the truth, to work to address the issues, and to find a way to have real recognition and healing.”

True Pundit

Published  4 days ago

A Democratic lawmaker who called the alleged hate crime attack against Jussie Smollett a “modern-day lynching” now says that he is withholding judgement in the case amid reports that authorities believe the “Empire” actor orchestrated a hoax.

“Well, the information is still coming out, and I’m going to withhold until all the information comes out,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a 2020 presidential candidate, told reporters Sunday when asked about his past remarks on the Smollett case.

Booker’s remarks are a far cry from a tweet he posted in the hours after Smollett’s alleged attack was reported.

NEW: Booker said he is waiting for more info on the new reports of Jussie Smollet’s attack potentially being a planned hoax. He called it a “modern-day lynching” when first reported. pic.twitter.com/rHNNJtNvCs

I Love My Freedom

Published  4 days ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has recently deleted a tweet that showed sympathy for actor Jussie Smollett who staged an attack on himself. Pelosi wasted no time to jump to Smollett’s defense after the actor claimed he was attacked by two Trump supporters.

On January 29th, Smollett told law enforcement that he was attacked at 2am in Chicago by two Trump supporters who screamed racist and homophobic slurs as they put a noose over his head and poured bleach on his face.

Smollett, who is gay and black, also told police his attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him as well as told him, “This is MAGA country.”

Politicians and celebrities alike rallied around Smollett, including Pelosi, who tweeted on January 29, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”

However, as the case unfolded over the past two weeks more questions arose as to whether Smollett was telling the complete truth about the January 29 incident.

VOTE NOW: Should Pelosi Be REMOVED From Office?

This was the tweet that Nancy Pelosi released on the day of the attack that has recently been deleted.

Nancy Pelosi wasn’t the only politician to jump to conclusions. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker both tweeted in defense of Smollett after he came out with his outlandish claims.

Booker was asked questions about the recent revelations concerning Smollett and he stated that he was not going to make any statements until there was more information. This statement from Booker is very interesting considering he didn’t seem to wait for any information when he jumped to Smollett’s defense when Smollett claimed he was attacked by Trump supporters.

According to ABC News, two Nigerian brothers, initially arrested by Chicago Police in connection to the assault against Smollett were later released after telling law enforcement that Smollett paid them to stage the attack.

One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer, according to a statement to ABC News from Smollett’s attorneys. They had decided to cooperate after investigators revealed that they had evidence the brothers had bought the rope that was put around Smollet’s neck at a local hardware store.

With growing evidence against him, Smollett is standing by his story. This is the statement that his attorney released.

“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”

When Smollett originally made his claims that he was attacked at 2am in negative four degree weather by two Trump supporters, the common sense individual would immediately question his claims. But Democrats like Cory Booker and Nancy Pelosi decided to jump to his defense because his story made President Trump and his supporters look bad.

What are your thoughts? Comment below…

[RELATED: WHERE’S NANCY? Pelosi’s Office Raided By Patriots With One Powerful Message]

I Love My Freedom

Published  4 days ago

On January 29th, actor Jussie Smollett went to the Chicago Police Department and told them that he was attacked by two male Trump supporters who put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on his face while screaming homophobic and racist slurs. Recent revelations suggest that Smollett paid two men to stage the attack on himself.

The story that Smollett shared went viral and got attention from many prominent Democrats including Nancy Pelosi and Cory Booker:

The story received unending press. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity.” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) called it a “modern-day lynching.” Congresswoman and Fresh Face™ of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed anyone who questioned the story, tweeting, “The attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.”

VOTE: Should Jussie Smollett Get PRISON TIME For Orchestrating The “MAGA Hoax”?

These liberals seemed to jump on the bandwagon because they saw it as an opportunity to trash President Trump and his supporters.

Good Morning America even hosted Smollett where he attacked anyone who even questioned his story. Many other celebrities rushed to Smollett’s defense even though none of his claims had been validated.

One tiny problem. The story was a hoax that was completely made up by Smollett.

There was a hate crime that actually happened on the same exact night that got zero media attention. A Jewish man was beaten up by three men in New York. Watch the video below.

A Jew brutally beaten last night in Brooklyn. Nothing stolen. Antisemitism is alive and well in NYC. Time for a hard look at who is doing it and its cause. This has been going on in NY long before Charlottesville or 2016 just ask anyone visibly Jewish. pic.twitter.com/z86dz32YBL

— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) January 30, 2019

Check out what Ben Shapiro had to say about it:

This isn’t the only story of anti-Semitism in New York. Not by a long shot. Two weeks before that beating, a Jewish man, 19, was “violently assaulted” as he walked past a local laundromat by a group of teenage black males. In December, a 16-year-old Jewish teen spent a week in a hospital after being beaten by two other teens; witnesses said that the teens screamed “Kill the Jew.” The NYPD categorized the attack as “gang related” rather than a hate crime, angering Jews in the area. This weekend, vandals shattered the window of a Chabad in Bushwick as the rabbi and his family slept inside.

Why didn’t this get any media attention? Well besides the fact that the media seems to ignore almost every anti-Semitic attack these days, the reason why the attack doesn’t appeal to them is because there is no way for the media to twist the story to make it Trump’s fault like they were able to do with the Smollett “attack.”

Ben Shapiro added this:

Indeed, the narrative the Left wishes to push is that America is deeply discriminatory and bigoted, rife with hate. But by statistics, Jews are by far the most likely group to be targeted in America on a per capita basis. This is a problem for the intersectionality-oriented Left, which sees Jews not as victims but as part of the power hierarchy in the United States. How can the Left uphold its hierarchy of victimhood if Jews are the chief targets of hate crime – and furthermore, if such hate crime is largely perpetrated by non-white supremacists, people who supposedly lie higher on the victim hierarchy than Jews?

Furthermore, Jews are inordinately successful and well-treated in the United States; outside of Israel, there is no more philo-Semitic country on earth. So if Jews, the most statistically victimized group in America, aren’t particularly victimized, what does that say about the narrative of America as racist, bigotry-ridden hellhole?

At the end of the day, all the Left cares about is having the ability to claim “victimhood” while pointing fingers at President Trump and his supporters. They want to continually drive the point that America is not a safe place for gays and black people because Donald Trump is president. The Smollett accusations allowed them to do this. Anti-Semitic attacks don’t.

What are your thoughts? Comment below…

CNS News

Published  4 days ago

Sen. Cory Booker is proposing a plan—the American Opportunity Accounts Act—that he calculates will provide $46,215 to every 18-year-old in the lowest income bracket by giving them annual subsidies in a federally managed saving account.

Booker cited his plan in a Tweet he sent out this morning.

“We must close the wealth gap that’s undermining equal opportunity in our country,” Booker said in his Tweet. “My baby bonds will help level the playing field by creating a savings account for every U.S. child—to invest in themselves through things like paying for higher education.”

Booker’s Tweet retweeted an article Tweeted by prosperitynow.org. The article was headlined: “Cory Booker’s America Opportunity Accounts Act is a Bold Step Towards Wealth Equality.”

“Today, with the announcement of the American Opportunity Accounts Act, we’re excited to see Senator Cory Booker (D.-N.J.) take a concrete step to help level the wealth-building playing field and ensure that all children—especially those who come from low- and moderate-income families—have a fair shot to reach financial security and prosperity,” said the article.

It linked to an article at Vox, entitled: “An exclusive look at Cory Booker’s plan to fight wealth inequality: give poor kids money.”

“America has a massive, growing racial wealth gap,” Vox said. “The median white family today holds nearly 10 times the wealth of the median black family.

“Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.),” Vox continued, “is introducing a bill aimed at closing that gap. His idea is to give low-income kids a sizable nest egg (nearly $50,000 in some cases) that they could use for wealth-building purchases, like a down payment on a house or college tuition.”

“It would be a dramatic change in our country to have low-income people break out of generational poverty,” Booker told Vox. “We could rapidly bring security into those families’ lives, and that is really exciting to me.”

Vox explained how Booker’s plan would work:

“His American Opportunity Accounts Act would give each child born in the United States a savings account with $1,000. Each year, until the child turns 18, the government would deposit as much as $2,000 into that account. The size of the annual payment would depend on the child’s family income, with lower-income families receiving larger checks. …

“Booker’s office estimates that a child who remains in the lowest income bracket of the program (meaning she gets the largest, $2,000 payment each year) would accrue $46,215 by her 18th birthday. A child in the highest income bracket of the program (above 500 percent of the poverty line, or $147,100 for a family of four) would end up with $1,681—just the original $1,000 payment plus earnings accured from the government investing it in low-risk funds.”

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Daily Wire

Published  4 days ago

On January 29, 2019, Chicago Police opened a hate crime investigation into the alleged assault of Empire actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett, who is black and gay, alleged that two men approached him at 2 a.m. in Chicago, where they shouted “f*****” and “n*****,” tried to wrap a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him. He also told TMZ that the men shouted, “This is MAGA country.”

The story received unending press. The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity.” Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) called it a “modern-day lynching.” Congresswoman and Fresh Face™ of the Democratic Party Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed anyone who questioned the story, tweeting, “The attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.”

The media ran with the story. Good Morning America hosted Smollett, where he maligned anyone who asked questions as a racist and a homophobe. CNN’s Brooke Baldwin stated, “This is America in 2019.” Celebrities parroted their support for Smollett, with many blaming President Trump and Vice President Pence for the attack.

The story was a hoax.

That same night, a Jewish man in New York was beaten by three thugs. Nothing was stolen. The attack was caught on video.

Outside of a report in The Jerusalem Post, the story received virtually no attention.

This isn’t the only story of anti-Semitism in New York. Not by a long shot. Two weeks before that beating, a Jewish man, 19, was “violently assaulted” as he walked past a local laundromat by a group of teenage black males. In December, a 16-year-old Jewish teen spent a week in a hospital after being beaten by two other teens; witnesses said that the teens screamed “Kill the Jew.” The NYPD categorized the attack as “gang related” rather than a hate crime, angering Jews in the area. This weekend, vandals shattered the window of a Chabad in Bushwick as the rabbi and his family slept inside.

This list goes on.

In fact, according to NBC New York, “The city has seen a sharp increase in reported hate crimes so far in 2019, the NYPD said. Police had investigated 42 hate crimes through Feb. 4, compared with 19 at the same point last year. Most of those were anti-Semitic.” The New York Times reported in October of last year that “there have been four times as many crimes motivated by bias against Jews — 142 in all — as there have against blacks. Hate crimes against Jews have outnumbered hate crimes targeted at transgender people by a factor of 20.”

None of this has received media attention comparable to the Smollett situation. Why? Because, as the Times also admitted in October, “anti-Semitism bypasses consideration as a serious problem in New York … because it refuses to conform to an easy narrative with a single ideological enemy.” In other words, it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Indeed, the narrative the Left wishes to push is that America is deeply discriminatory and bigoted, rife with hate. But by statistics, Jews are by far the most likely group to be targeted in America on a per capita basis. This is a problem for the intersectionality-oriented Left, which sees Jews not as victims but as part of the power hierarchy in the United States. How can the Left uphold its hierarchy of victimhood if Jews are the chief targets of hate crime – and furthermore, if such hate crime is largely perpetrated by non-white supremacists, people who supposedly lie higher on the victim hierarchy than Jews?

Furthermore, Jews are inordinately successful and well-treated in the United States; outside of Israel, there is no more philo-Semitic country on earth. So if Jews, the most statistically victimized group in America, aren’t particularly victimized, what does that say about the narrative of America as racist, bigotry-ridden hellhole?

The United States is an amazing place. But the media and much of the Left don’t like that narrative. That’s why they cover Jussie Smollett. And that’s why they won’t cover Jews being attacked on the streets of New York.

National Review

Published  4 days ago

The Jussie Smollett debacle shows, yet again, that the media are more interested in pushing a left-wing agenda than sticking to facts.

This week, the story of the Jussie Smollett hoax gripped the national media. The story, for those who missed it, went something like this: The Empire actor, who is both black and gay, stated that on a freezing January night in Chicago, in the middle of the polar vortex, he went to a local Subway store to buy a sandwich. On his way back, he was accosted by two men wearing red hats who called him the f-word and the n-word. They then tossed a clothesline around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted, “This is MAGA country!”

There were some obvious problems with the story. First, Chicago is not exactly MAGA country — Trump won 12.5 percent of the vote in the city precincts. Second, it seems unlikely that people would stake out Smollett in the middle of the night in below-freezing temperatures. Third, Smollett somehow retained hold of his sandwich after the alleged assault. Fourth, he strolled through his apartment complex without notifying the doorman of the incident. Fifth, he waited 40 minutes to call the police. Sixth, when the police arrived, he was still wearing the clothesline around his neck. Seventh, Smollett claimed that his manager had been on the phone with him at the time of the alleged hate crime; when asked to turn over his phone to the Chicago Police Department to verify this, he refused to do so.

Initially, the media ran with the story without taking such questions seriously. The Washington Post’s Eugene Scott stated, “To many, the Smollett incident — and the political nature of the assault — is yet another reminder for many black gay Americans that this president’s vision of a ‘great America’ does not appear to include them.” Jamil Smith of Rolling Stone tweeted, “The brutal attack on him in Chicago appears to be yet another example not just of further moral decay, but of the brand of terrorism that still doesn’t seem to spark enough response by Americans.” CNN’s Brooke Baldwin simply lamented, “This is America in 2019.”

Celebrities weighed in, too. Actress Ellen Page went on Stephen Colbert’s late-night show where she blamed Vice President Mike Pence for the attack. Cher tweeted, “VILLAINY, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, PROMOTED BY MOST INFAMOUS [clown emoji] IN [world emoji], IS THE POISON THAT KILLS [American flag emoji].” Singer Katy Perry tweeted, “Standing with and sending love to @JussieSmollett today . . . this is a racist hate crime and is disgusting and shameful to our country.” Director Rob Reiner added, “The horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has no place in a decent human loving society. . . . No intolerance! No DT!”

Then there were the Democratic politicians. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity.” Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), who is running for president, called the Smollett incident a “modern-day lynching.” Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed anyone willing to question Smollett’s account, stating, “The attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack.”

Why did so many on the political Left buy into the obviously incredible story from the moment that it broke? Because it perfectly fit narratives that the Left loves: the narrative of America as racist, homophobic hellhole; the narrative of Trump supporters as violent bigots; the narrative of Trump himself as an inspirational figure for such violent bigots. The story was too good to be true. So no one cared whether it was or not.

That phenomenon doesn’t exist only on the Left. Confirmation bias is a universal human concern. But in the past six months, we’ve seen the media run with uncorroborated, unverifiable accounts of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh decades ago; false accounts of Trump-supporting high-schoolers harassing an elderly Native American man; and now the Smollett case. This isn’t a coincidence. The real message of the past few months is that the media are dominated by those who align with the political Left. That doesn’t mean that everything the media report is fake news. But it does mean that they themselves are too often fake newspeople. They’re actually motivated actors willing to put aside the strictures of journalistic objectivity in order to run with stories that back a preferred narrative. Then, when called on their bias, they run stories about conservatives “pouncing” — as though the story isn’t media bias itself but conservatives’ anger at media bias.

That’s absurd. But so was Smollett’s story from the outset. Either our media will learn to fact-check themselves, or they’ll continue to lose credibility. And either political partisans will learn to stick to the facts, or they’ll continue to tear the country apart on behalf of the narratives they prefer to truth.

The Babylon Bee

Published  4 days ago

U.S.—The nation’s liberals were struck by a devastating blow this week after finding out a hate crime, reported by Empire actor Jussie Smollet, didn’t actually happen.

“I needed this to be true,” said liberal columnist Hanna Spalding. “When I first heard the news of this attack, I was filled with so much hope. I felt so validated. Then that was taken away. Now I just want to cry into my pillow.”

The attack had been called “a modern-day lynching” by democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker but after Chicago police reported that the “trajectory of the investigation” into Smollet’s story had shifted, Smollet was stripped of his victim status. Booker became irate, phoning the Chicago police chief and shouting repeatedly, “Check it again! CHECK IT AGAIN!”

After some deep breathing exercises, Booker spoke with reporters. “How are we supposed to intentionally turn the nation against each other and exploit these divisions for political power if people won’t commit a simple hate crime once in a while?”

Candlelight vigils are being arranged in liberal cities across the country as millions mourn the loss of one of the most potentially divisive crimes in the last decade. “There was so much promise there. Now there’s just emptiness,” said one mourner in Berkley, CA.

“While Smollet’s attack may have been a hoax, our emotions have undergone a modern-day lynching,” said activist Andrea Jones at a vigil in Chicago. “If you think about it, this is even worse than if the crime had actually happened. A lot of people put a lot of hope into Smollet’s story. Our expectations have been violently assaulted. Yesterday we thought one man had been attacked. Today, our narrative is the one in a hospital bed, sucking Jell-O through a straw and fighting for its life.”

Conservative News Today

Published  4 days ago

Sen. Cory Booker’s declaration that he was withholding judgement on the alleged attack on actor Jussie Smollett would be commendable if he hadn’t already called it out as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” The Democratic presidential candidate told reporters Sunday that he was now waiting until the facts came in on the alleged hate crime against the “Empire” […]

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She said it was a modern-day lynching; she said it without evidence; now that the evidence disproved her assumptions, she has nothing to say.

2020 presidential candidate Kamala Harris was literally speechless when confronted by reporters about recent revelations that "Empire" star Jussie Smollett may have staged a hate crime in order to allegedly gain attention. Upon initially hearing about the alleged hate crime, Harris accepted it at face-value despite the obvious holes in Smollett's initial story.

"Jussie Smollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery," she said on Twitter. "This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate."

Since then, evidence shows that Smollett may have paid two Nigerian brothers to pull off an elaborate hate crime hoax allegedly because the actor did not appreciate the lack of media attention over a racist letter he received in the mail. When confronted by a reporter on Monday if her opinions regarding the Smollett incident have changed in light of the new evidence, Kamala Harris struggled to utter a phrase before side-stepping the issue.

"Which tweet? What tweet?" Harris asked as the reporter questioned her about the "modern day lynching" comment.

"Um ... I ... I ... Okay, so I will say this about that case, the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened," she said. "And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone, um, alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation. And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation."

It is important to note that Harris has not deleted her poorly-aged tweet in support of Smollett as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did. The California senator's deflection echoes that of Cory Booker over the weekend; he told people to withhold judgment until more facts came out.

"The information is still coming out. I'm going to withhold until all the information actually comes out from on the record sources," Booker said over the weekend.

Like Kamala Harris, Cory Booker took Smollett's allegation at face-value without waiting for all the facts to come out.

"The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe," Booker tweeted in response to the attack. "To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention."

While it's nice that both Harris and Booker believe that evidence and due process should decide someone's guilt, they were singing a completely different tune during the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing, during which they immediately believed Christine Blasey Ford's accusation of sexual assault against the judge without a shred of evidence or a corroborative witness.

Sara A. Carter

Published  5 days ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders praised communism and “breadlines” from the start of his political activism career. Despite the hardships suffered in socialist nations, the 2020 presidential hopeful said in the video that bread lines are “a good thing.

Ironically, Sanders says he’s always supports American workers but opposes the “top 1%” of Americans, primarily wealthy business owners, who hire those workers.

I’m running for president because we need leadership that will fight for the interests of workers, not just the 1 percent. We must:

-Raise the minimum wage to a living wage of $15

-Provide pay equity for women

-Guarantee all workers paid family and medical leave

— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 22, 2019

In a video from 1985, Sanders reveals he advised the government of Nicaragua.

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“As a socialist, the word socialism does not frighten me and I think it’s probably fair to see the government of Nicaragua is primarily a socialist government,” he said.

Sanders also looked at the then USSR as a model for American governance.

He announced his 2020 run on Tuesday. So far, Sanders is up against Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and Elizabeth Warren in the pool of Democrats, many who espouse socialist ideologies.

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dailycaller

Published  5 days ago

A Democratic lawmaker who called the alleged hate crime attack against Jussie Smollett a “modern-day lynching” now says that he is withholding judgement in the case amid reports that authorities believe the “Empire” actor orchestrated a hoax.

“Well, the information is still coming out, and I’m going to withhold until all the information comes out,” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a 2020 presidential candidate, told reporters Sunday when asked about his past remarks on the Smollett case.

Booker’s remarks are a far cry from a tweet he posted in the hours after Smollett’s alleged attack was reported.

“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe,” Booker wrote on Jan. 29.

NEW: Booker said he is waiting for more info on the new reports of Jussie Smollet’s attack potentially being a planned hoax. He called it a “modern-day lynching” when first reported. pic.twitter.com/rHNNJtNvCs

— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) February 17, 2019

Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed that he was attacked on Jan. 29 by two white men who hurled racist and homophobic insults at him while he was walking in Chicago. The actor also claimed that his assailants placed a rope around his neck during the attack. (RELATED: Here Are All The Politicians Who Rushed To Judgement In The Smollett ‘Hate Crime’)

Democratic lawmakers and left-wing activists jumped to Smollett’s defense. In addition to Booker, California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris called the incident a “modern-day lynching.” New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted it was a “racist, homophobic attack.”

Chicago police now suspect that Smollett paid two acquaintances to stage an attack against him, according to reports from numerous outlets. The two men, who are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, were arrested Wednesday but released from custody Friday. They are reportedly cooperating with investigators.

Instead of backtracking on his earlier comments in the Smollett case, Booker shifted Sunday to a discussion of other hate crimes in the U.S.

“We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise, in a serious way,” Booker told reporters.

Asked whether Smollett should comment publicly in the face of new information in the case, Booker said: “Again, I’m following this case as you are. We’ll see this happen.”

Booker was also asked whether Smollett’s apparent hoax undercuts an anti-lynching bill that the Democrat introduced earlier this week.

Booker dodged the question.

“We have seen painful realities surge in our country, a rise in anti-Semitism, anti-Islamic attacks,” he said. “We’re seeing just vicious, horrific, cruel violence that’s motivated by bias and hate. We need to do more to protect all Americans and make sure all neighborhoods and communities are safe.”

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I Love My Freedom

Published  5 days ago

Former President Barack Obama has been working behind the scenes and met with four top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

While he has not commented publicly on the field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination, a new report from The New York Times states that Obama has been privately speaking with some of the leading contenders on how to defeat President Donald Trump.

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The Times reports that Obama-era advisers have been holding “auditions” with presidential hopefuls like “Senators Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, and Sherrod Brown” about how they are planning to run their 2020 campaigns.

The former president is apparently using his advisers to serve as third-party interviewers, meaning they meet with a candidate and then report back to Obama.

Obama reportedly plans to sit back and “let the primary unfold as a contest of ideas” before making any official endorsements.

As noted by The Daily Wire, that doesn’t mean Obama will stay on the sidelines during the Democratic primaries, which will kick off in a few months.

Like failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, Obama has been taking audiences with prospective nominees and giving them advice on how to handle a national campaign. So far, he’s believed to have spoken to Harris, Booker, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and some more unfamiliar potential candidates, like his former Attorney General, Eric Holder, who says he’s waiting until later in the process to decide whether to toss his hat into the ring.

Former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke admitted to Oprah, in his landmark interview with the daytime talk queen, that he’d pursued Obama’s advice in a sit down last year.

“During these informal conversations, usually at his office in Washington, Mr. Obama has offered a combination of supportive advice and sober warnings, cautioning candidates that running for president is a more punishing process than they could ever imagine, according to seven people who have spoken with him directly or were briefed in detail on the meetings,” the Times reports.

He’s mostly concerned, some sources told the Times, that candidates be ready and willing to “push back” on Donald Trump’s economic rhetoric, which Obama’s friends refer to as “bleak.” He’s still surprised, they say, that Trump won with a message of turning back the clock on Obama’s agenda, and doesn’t really understand how such an anti-Obama message resonated with Americans.

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Obama’s current close aides admitted to the Times that the former president will speak to any 2020 Democratic contender who comes seeking his advice.

Wow, how arrogant!

While Obama certainly could help a candidate draw bigger crowds and get more attention on their campaigns, the former president is likely still reeling from his defeats in the 2019 midterm elections.

Obama campaigned with and fought hard for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum — both of which suffered bitter defeats.

dailycaller

Published  5 days ago

When Jussie Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats, many Democratic politicians quickly came to his defense.

Those Democrats included Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, and Reps. Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, among others.

Waters blamed the attack on President Donald Trump and asked, “Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have picnic while black, and being attacked?”

Pelosi tweeted, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”

Kamala Harris tweeted that the attack was a “modern-day lynching,” while her fellow senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker used the same term to describe the alleged attack.

Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the attack was not “possibly” a racist and homophobic attack, but that “it was a racist and homophobic attack.”

Smollett, who is gay, claimed that his attacker shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him. However, additional details later added a cloud of doubt to Smollett’s story, including the fact that Smollett was later seen walking to his house in the early hours of the morning with a subway sandwich in his hand. (RELATED: Jussie Smollett On MAGA Hats: ‘I Never Said That!’)

On Thursday, reports emerged that the Chicago Police Department now believe that the incident was a hoax and that Smollett staged the attack to garner sympathy because his character was being written off the show “Empire,” a report which 20th Century Fox denied, calling the claims “patently ridiculous.”

On Wednesday, two Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the case, and on Saturday CNN reported that the brothers are “now cooperating fully with law enforcement.”

Chicago police now believe that Smollett paid the two brothers to stage the assault.

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Fox News

Published  5 days ago

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris appeared to be caught off guard Monday when she was asked about the latest developments in the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

During an appearance at a bookstore in Concord, N.H., a female reporter asked the senator from California if she wanted to amend a tweet from Jan. 29, in which she said Smollett was the victim of "an attempted modern day lynching" and called the actor "one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know."

"Which tweet? What tweet?" Harris asked. As the reporter specified the tweet in question, Harris appeared to look around for a campaign staffer before responding.

"OK, so, I will say this about that case," she said. "I think that the facts are still unfolding, and, um, I’m very, um, concerned about obviously, the initial, um, allegation that he made about what might have happened.

CORY BOOKER 'WITHHOLDING' JUDGMENT ON SMOLLETT CASE AFTER CALLING IT 'ATTEMPTED MODERN DAY LYNCHING'

"And it’s something we should all take seriously whenever anyone, um, alleges that kind of behavior, but there should be an investigation," Harris added. "And I think that once the investigation has concluded then we can all comment, but I’m not going to comment until I know the outcome of the investigation."

On Sunday, Harris' fellow senator and Democratic presidential candidate, Cory Booker, told reporters he would "withhold" judgment on the matter "until all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources." Booker also referred to the alleged Jan. 29 attack on Smollett as "an attempted modern-day lynching" and pushed Congress to pass legislation making lynching a federal hate crime.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, claimed he was assaulted by two men who yelled racist and anti-gay slurs-- as well as the phrase "This is MAGA country!" -- as Smollett was walking to his Chicago apartment. Chicago police arrested and questioned two Nigerian brothers in the alleged attack, but released them on Friday without charges. Investigators said they've requested a follow-up interview with Smollett, but the actor's representatives said there have been no plans to meet with police for the time being.

The Chicago Police Department repeatedly has declined to confirm local media reports that the attack was staged.

Fox News' Mariah Haas contributed to this report.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  6 days ago

Remember what Sen. Cory Booker called the news of the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett shortly after the news broke?

He called it a “modern-day lynching” and used it as an argument to push an anti-lynching bill which he is trying to get through Congress.

So what did he say now after reports that Smollett may have been involved in helping to stage the attack?

AP reporter Elana Schor asked him.

And now, all of a sudden, he says he’s going to wait to comment. “The information is still coming out and I’m going to withhold until all the information comes out.”

You were quick to jump in right after it happened, so why the hesitancy now?

He then tries to avoid the subject, saying bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise and that they are primarily from “right-wing” or “white supremacists.” Then he cites South Carolina which happened under Barack Obama.

He doesn’t say it’s wrong to falsely make a hate crime claim or note the multiple false hate crime claims against Trump supporters/MAGA hat wearing people as was alleged in this case, with the “MAGA country” claim, or the Covington Catholic kids. He just tries to deflect.

Yes, you should call out and condemn all hate crimes.

But you should also call out fake hate crimes and not further cause divisiveness, as he did, by jumping on a case before you actually know the facts, particularly when there were questions from the beginning.

Washington Examiner

Published  6 days ago

Democratic presidential candidates jockeying for position in 2020 had a lot to say when actor Jussie Smollett said he was attacked in Chicago by two white men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him.

But they were silent on Saturday, when law enforcement sources said that Chicago Police believed "Empire" star Smollett, 36, who is gay, paid two black men to set up the assault. Police arrested the men, who are brothers from Nigeria, on Wednesday but released them Friday after discovering "new evidence."

A Chicago police spokesman said: "We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation." He added that police wanted to speak to Smollett again.

When news of the "attack" broke last month, Democratic presidential contenders clamored to denounce it as a horrific manifestation of racism and bigotry in America.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., called it a “modern-day lynching.”

“No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., called the incident “a sickening and outrageous attack, and horribly, it's the latest of too many hate crimes against LGBTQ people and people of color.”

Asked about the incident, President Trump also condemned it, saying “it’s horrible,” and “It doesn’t get worse.”

Smollett said his attackers were white and that his story would not have been doubted if an attacker had been "a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black." He stated that they had punched and kicked him, abused him with homophobic epithets and shouted: "This is MAGA country."

The actor claimed that the men placed a rope around his neck and threw bleach at him from a hot sauce bottle. Police seized bottles of bleach, a red hat, laptops, and an "Empire" script from the home of the brothers.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  6 days ago

Senator Cory Booker says that he is now “withholding judgement” about the Jussie Smollett case — after originally calling the likely-hoax a “modern-day lynching.”

Democratic politicians and celebrities are now unsurprisingly silent after it was reported that the men who allegedly attacked Smollett claim that they were paid by the Empire actor — and even rehearsed the “assault” prior to the incident taking place.

Speaking to reporters in New Hampshire, Booker said that he will now reserve judgment “until all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources.”

The AP reports, “the Democratic presidential candidate turned his focus back to combating hate crimes broadly. Booker called for a unified pushback against ‘attacks on people because they’re different.’”

.@eschor asks @CoryBooker to respond to reports that the Jussie Smollett attack may have been planned by the actor.

He called the attack a "modern day lynching" when the news broke. pic.twitter.com/8Zf8y7vhrv

— Megan Pratz (@meganpratz) February 17, 2019

“We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise in a serious way,” Booker said. “We actually even know in this country that since 9/11 a majority of the terrorist attacks on our soil have been right wing terrorist attacks, a majority of them white supremacist attacks,” Booker said.

The two brothers who were considered persons of interest in the case have now been released and are working with Chicago law enforcement. The department acknowledged over the weekend that the focus of the case has “shifted” and Smollett is no longer considered a victim.

Smollett’s attorneys have continued to claim that their client did not orchestrate a hoax.

“(Smollett) has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack,” the statement read. “Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying,” Smollett’s lawyers said in a statement on Saturday.

Mail Online

Published  6 days ago

Chicago police want to speak to Jussie Smollett as investigators believe he paid two men - Olabinjo Osundairo (top inset) and Abimbola Osundairo (bottom inset) - to stage an assault against him.

Fox News

Published  6 days ago

The Democratic presidential candidates are, with only a few exceptions, shunning the 'moderate' label as they court the party base.

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 days ago

It now appears as though "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett orchestrated a "hate crime" against himself. More on that below. 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker (NJ) immediately jumped to conclusions after the initial report came out

Townhall

Published  6 days ago

Can we blame U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), really?

Being ambitious and bold are not usually considered bad things. And her most ambitious, boldest proposal is not exactly without precedent. A decade of quantitative easing, along with trillion-dollar annual deficits run up recently by congressional Republicans, have laid the debt-ridden tracks upon which she hopes her massive Green New Deal will glide.

Oh, sure, we can derisively point to the now-withdrawn FAQ, which the congresswoman’s staff “accidentally” posted onto the Web and sent out to reporters. Keep your balance near those computer keyboards, folks.

Remember, those answers to a ton of questions about this complete re-making of the economy and society as a whole were “unfinished,” and “erroneously” said things, such as that the Green New Deal (GND) would be “guaranteeing . . . Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

Cut the green congresswoman some slack?

Slack or no, a reading of the actual totalitarian-esque not-yet-withdrawn House Resolution — calling for “a new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era” and labeling it “a historic opportunity” — makes it all clear. You cannot tell me that silly FAQ wasn’t spot on.

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Timing wasn’t helpful to Ocasio-Cortez’s rollout of the GND, either. Who knew that, days after the GND offered to Americans the notion that high-speed train travel could be a human (almost religious) right, deepest blue-state Governor Gavin Newsom stopped California’s high-speed train projects in their tracks, looking at costs and declaring, “Let’s be real.”

Nonetheless, the Green New Deal enthusiastically promises to “create millions of good, high-wage jobs . . . provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people . . . and . . . counteract systemic injustices.”

But what about afterlunch?

The GND must produce a plethora of new positions in its trumpeted new Green economy, of course, after wiping out millions of jobsin private health insurance (500,000) and the fossil fuel industry (10 million) and who knows where else.

Meanwhile, more than 100 Democrats in Congress, including four declared presidential candidates — Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) — have rushed in to endorse the Green New Deal resolution for Uber-unlimited government.

The Republican reaction provides a different kind of comedy. Kindly old Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will generously bring the GND to a vote in the U.S. Senate, helping Ocasio-Cortez in the upper house — and putting Senate sponsor Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, and all other senators squarely on the record. Just as it should be.

Has Sen. McConnell turned over a new green leaf? Or is the Senate’s “Napping Turtle” merely maniacally morphing the GND from a harmless progressive virtue-signaling prop into a weaponized boomerang to bop Dems in their too-Bolshevikian behinds? The comeuppance would come, according to this rationale, when the public realizes just how humongously big Big Government would be if only Democrats were voting.

So let’s vote.

“I’m going to stand up for Ocasio-Cortez,” announced Sean Hannity on his Fox News program, responding to charges the GND wasn’t serious. “I think she’s probably the most honest extreme radical democratic socialist in the country, in that she’s saying what they have wanted to do, incrementally, for years.”

Give AOC her due. Just when Big Brother most needed a facelift, she has brought fresh young energy to tired, old-fashioned socialism.

And leading Democrats out of the shadows.

News One

Published  6 days ago

ew Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Cory Booker has pointed to the racist and homophobic attack on actor Jussie Smollet to show the necessity for Congress to finally pass an anti-lynching law, which cleared a key hurdle Thursday as it winds its way through the legislative process.

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The U.S. Senate passed an anti-lynching bill on Thursday, which was announced Sen. Kamala Harris, one of the three senators who introduced the measure in 2018.

BREAKING: Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation's history and I'm hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 14, 2019

“Our anti-lynching bill, which would make lynching a federal crime, just unanimously passed the Senate. Lynching is a dark, despicable part of our nation’s history and I’m hopeful this measure will swiftly pass the House,” Harris tweeted.

In December, the Senate made history by passing the same bill. However, it had to be re-introduced in the Senate this year because the Republican-controlled House of Representative failed to bring it up for a vote before the year ended.

Now that the Democrats have a majority in the House, the anti-lynching bill that the Senate passed Thursday will likely sail through the House without any problems. The final stop will be President Trump’s desk for signature.

Booker dispelled any notion that there was no need for an anti-lynching law in the 21st century.

“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching,” Booker tweeted in January.” I’m glad he’s safe. To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”

On Feb. 9, while walking to a Subway, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at Smollett after he exited the restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”

Sen. Kamala Harris celebrates the Senate's historic passage of an anti-lynching bill after nearly 200 failed attempts…https://t.co/igpiN4tAFi pic.twitter.com/lVxWionc0n

The Senate’s vote in December was historic because it was the first time that senators passed an anti-lynching bill after almost 200 failed attempts over more than a century. During that time, the House passed several anti-lynching bills only to have them die in the Senate.

The Senate’s three Black senators—Harris, Booker and Republican Sen. Tim Scott—introduced the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 in June. It calls for a life prison sentence for those found guilty on federal anti-lynching charges.

The Senate bill underscores statistics — including that more than 4,700 people were lynched between the years 1882 and 1968 — supported by research compiled by Tuskegee University, according to NPR. About 75 percent of the victims were African-Americans while “99 percent of all perpetrators of lynching escaped from punishment by state or local officials.”

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On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed historic legislation to make lynching a federal crime.

The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was first introduced by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who was also joined by Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.). The bipartisan bill is the first piece of legislation to make lynching punishable as a hate crime.

In December 2018, the bill previously passed the Senate; however, when it was introduced to the then-GOP controlled House, it was not cleared.

“According to data from the Equal Justice Initiative, lynching was used as an instrument of terror and intimidation 4,084 times during the late 19th and 20th centuries. From 1882 to 1986, Congress failed to pass anti-lynching legislation 200 times,” read an official press release from the office of Kamala Harris.

During her address on the Senate floor, the 2020 presidential candidate led a call to make the horrendous act of lynching a federal crime.

“Lynchings were acts of violence—they were horrendous acts of violence, and they were motivated by racism,” said Harris. “With this bill, we finally have a chance to speak the truth about our past and make clear that these hateful acts should never happen again. We can finally offer some long overdue justice and recognition to the victims of lynching and their families.”

Booker also explained how "lynching is not a relic past," which was made abundantly clear during the recent homophobic and racist attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago.

“Today’s Senate passage of the Justice for Victims of Lynching Act is a historic step towards acknowledging a long and painful history and codifying into law our commitment to confronting bias-motivated acts of terror in all of its forms. I urge the House of Representatives to take up this bill so that after over 100 years and 200 attempts, we can finally make lynching a federal crime,” Booker said.

Republican Senator Tim Scott, who is the only other Black Senator, also spoke on the monumental bill.

“Today the Senate sent a strong signal that this nation will not stand for the hate and violence spread by those with evil in their hearts,” said Scott. “I look forward to this important legislation ending up on the President’s desk for signature.”

The measure will now go to the House, where it is expected to be passed by the Democratic majority.

I Love My Freedom

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The "Jussie Smollett Saga" just keeps getting crazier and crazier by the day. Not only did he fake the "MAGA Attack"...lie about it...but it has now been confirmed that he PAID two Nigerian brothers to cooperate

Fox News

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The House of Representatives on Thursday night approved the border security package to avert another government shutdown that was passed overwhelmingly by the Senate earlier in the day -- even as another legal showdown looms over the White House's plan to declare a national emergency to secure more wall funding.

Diamond & Silk

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The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates are certainly an interesting bunch and it remains to be seen who will rise to the top and grab the nomination.

But Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) already has something that makes him stand out from the others.

He’s the only vegan.

And he believes that ‘this planet simply can’t sustain’ millions of people eating meat.

Booker told the vegan magazine VegNews earlier this month that he became vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs “didn’t align with my spirit.”

While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets, Booker says Americans need to be nudged into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the “environmental impact” of the food industry.

“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,” Booker said. “We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry.”

“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” he said. “It’s just not possible.”

Booker says the “devastating impact” of greenhouse gases produced by the meat industry is “just not practical.”

Booker has endorsed the Green New Deal because he said it was like fighting the Nazis in World War II or going to the moon.

“I found the data that began to reaffirm my vegetarianism,” Booker said. “In fact, it led me to more about our environment and cruelty to animals. I began saying I was a vegetarian because, for me, it was the best way to live in accordance to the ideals and values that I have. My veganism started then.”

The final straw was eating eggs that did not “align” with his spirit.

“I think so many of our likes and dislikes are childhood memories or family traditions, and you associate the foods you’re eating often with such good emotions—but now, suddenly, eating those eggs for me was something that didn’t align with my spirit, and I could feel it,” Booker said. “I finally just made a decision that I was going to become vegan. I remember my last non-vegan meal was Election Day, November 2014.”

LifeNews.com

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Voters should not expect any political moderates on abortion among the prominent 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Not only do contenders such as Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have 100-percent pro-abortion voting records, they also sponsored a radical pro-abortion bill that would have legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

The Free Beacon reports the bill is radically out of touch with voters, and it failed to pass in 2017; but that did not stop prominent Democrats from supporting it.

The so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” was introduced in Congress in 2017, with dozens of Democrat sponsors, including likely presidential candidates Harris, Warren, Booker, Beto O’Rourke, Kristen Gillibrand and Bernie Sanders.

Nicknamed the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act” by pro-life groups, the bill would have invalidated nearly all state and federal abortion regulations, including waiting periods, informed consent requirements, bans on late-term abortions and sex-selection abortions and more.

Polls indicate that legislation like the bill, which was similar to New York’s radical new pro-abortion law, is strongly opposed by voters. A new Susan B. Anthony List poll found that 77 percent of likely voters support legislation to protect infants born alive after botched abortions. It also found that 62 percent oppose bills to expand late-term abortions. Polls by Gallup and Marist have found similar results.

Here’s more from the report:

The bill—first introduced in the Senate in 2017—was cosponsored by Democrats like Kamala Harris (Calif.), Sherrod Brown (Ohio), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Michael Bennet (Colo.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), and independent Bernie Sanders (Vt.). Likewise, the House version was backed by Democratic representatives Eric Swalwell (Calif.), Seth Moulton (Mass.), Tim Ryan (Ohio), and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (Texas).

None of those individuals, who are now either running for president or weighing a run, responded to questions from the Washington Free Beacon concerning their support for the legislation in light of the new polling numbers from SBA List.

While polls consistently show that a majority of Democrats support abortion restrictions, Democrat political leaders do not.

In the past few years, they have voted against bills to protect infants born alive after botched abortions, to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and to prohibit late-term abortions on pain-capable unborn babies. Right now, pro-abortion Democrats are blocking bills in the U.S. House and Senate to protect newborns from infanticide. The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act requires that babies born alive after failed abortions receive the same basic medical treatment as any other baby born at that gestational age.

The 2020 Democratic presidential candidates do not represent voters, but they do support the Democratic Party platform, which calls for legalized abortion without restriction and taxpayer-funded elective abortions, and the abortion industry, which donates millions of dollars to Democratic candidates.

National Review

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There’s an obvious answer to the question, “Why would Jussie Smollett do something like that?”

On January 29, tabloid news site TMZ broke the shocking story that Jussie Smollett, a gay black entertainer and progressive activist, had been viciously attacked in Chicago. Two racist white men had fractured his rib, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck. As they were leaving, they shouted the ominous words: “This is MAGA country” — a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan. MSNBC reported the rumor that they were even wearing MAGA hats.

Leaks from the Chicago police over the weekend, however, indicate that Smollett likely paid two Nigerian-American brothers he knew to orchestrate the attack. Smollett denied any wrongdoing through a statement released to the media by his lawyers.

That the original story broke days just after the Covington narrative fell apart last month didn’t stop it from spreading quicker than a wildfire. Within hours of TMZ’s report, some of America’s most influential politicians and celebrities amplified the story — and the belief that America is a dangerous place for minorities — to millions across the world.

2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Cory Booker described the attack as “an attempted modern-day lynching.” He used the incident to press for more hate-crime legislation. California senator Kamala Harris, who is leading the polls for the 2020 race, repeated Booker’s words. Speaker Nancy Pelosi described the attack as “an affront to our humanity.” Freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez castigated media for describing the incident as a “possible” hate crime. Her colleague Rashida Tlaib wrote that “the right wing is killing and hurting our people.”

Jussie Smollett is the lead actor on the Fox drama Empire and has deep roots in Hollywood and the Democratic party. Celebrities, many of them friends with Smollett, pounced on the story. Pansexual pop star Janelle Monae shared a (now-deleted) photo of her and Smollett on social media, writing that “it is still a risk daily to be a black, out and proud human being.” Smollett’s co-star Grace Bryers wrote that “hatred, inequality, racism and discrimination continue to course through our country’s veins.” Rapper T.I. condemned the attack on “OUR PEOPLE” and said “the hits won’t stop until we hit back!” He warned that a “revolution is imminent.”

Numerous media outlets exploited the incident. GQ published an essay by Joshua Rivera arguing that the racist, homophobic attack on Smollet is white America’s “endgame.” The Bay area’s Mercury News ran a report implying that those who voiced skepticism were peddling a “conspiracy theory.”

When news leaks from the Chicago police painted an image of Smollett being generally uncooperative, a second phase of reactions were weaponized against doubters. Black Lives Matter activist Deray McKesson tweeted to his million followers that Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel was “responsible for much of the misinformation disseminated by Chicago PD ‘sources.’” Weigel was one of the local journalists who reported leaks that turned out to be accurate. McKesson did not respond to me when I asked if the source of his accusation was Smollett. The president of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, echoed McKesson, saying that “this is exactly the treatment that victims of hate crimes fear and why they often stay silent.” Griffin also did not respond when I asked if he was in contact with Smollett.

On February 14, Smollett gave his first sit-down interview about the alleged attack on Good Morning America. A credulous Robin Roberts gave a softball interview that highlighted his emotions rather than evidence. At this point, Smollett was already receiving the services of high-profile crisis PR firm Sunshine Sachs (who also represents Harvey Weinstein) — and it showed. “It feels like if I had said [the suspect] was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more,” he said.

The strategy was clear: If you doubt him, you are motivated by racism.

Now that Smollett’s story has all but fallen apart, some of the loudest voices two weeks ago are suddenly quiet. Yesterday Senator Booker wouldn’t respond to the recent developments in Smollett’s story despite having been one of the first to express outrage. Instead, he pivoted to talking about right-wing terrorism and white supremacy.

Now many are asking, “Why would Jussie do this?” To me it’s all but clear.

Jussie Smollett’s hoax is symptomatic of America’s illness. Because of the mainstreaming of academia’s victimhood culture, we are now in a place where we place more value on being a victim than on being heroic, charitable, or even kind. Victims or victim groups high on intersectionality points are supposed to be coveted, treated with child gloves, and believed unreservedly. Their “lived experience” gives them infinite wisdom. Those who urge caution are treated as bigots.

Outside of the rare prosecution for faking a hate crime, the incentives for being a victim — real or imagined — are endless.

Anyone not blinded by bias or panic should have been skeptical of Smollett’s story from the beginning. He openly harbors an intense hatred for Donald Trump and his supporters, going so far as comparing them to klansmen. That his alleged attackers perfectly fit this description should have raised eyebrows across the political spectrum. The cartoony, screenplay-villain portrayal of white Trump supporters was outrageously comical. But to insulated urban progressives who have little to no experience interacting with conservatives, a Trump supporter may as well be synonymous with evil.

“Hate-crime hoaxes are found in collective conflicts,” Jason Manning tells me. Manning is a sociologist at West Virginia University and coauthor of the 2018 book The Rise of Victimhood Culture. “Perpetrators might not even think of them as [false] accusations since in many cases they see it as an attempt to draw attention to a real problem. To the extent that modern society increasingly valorizes victimhood, claiming victim status through outright lies will become more attractive.”

While I can only speculate as to Smollett’s motives, perhaps a clue can be found in his bioline on Twitter. Smollett writes: “I am simply here to help save the world.”

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The Senate on Thursday cleared legislation to make lynching a federal crime.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.), makes lynching punishable as a hate crime.

The bill previously passed the Senate in December, but it did not clear the then-GOP controlled House before the end of the 115th Congress. It passed the vote on Thursday by a voice vote.

Booker said that "lynching is not a relic past," pointing to the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago.

"Justice for the victims of lynching has been too long denied and as we look forward we must collectively in this body make a strong, unequivocal statement," he added.

Harris, speaking from the Senate floor, added that lynching is part of the country's "uncomfortable history" that had never been "truly acknowledged" or "reconciled" with.

"We must confront hate in our country. ... We are now making clear there will be serious, swift and severe consequences," said Harris, who along with Booker is running for the party's 2020 nomination for president.

Congress has tried but failed to pass anti-lynching legislation roughly 200 times since 1918, according to Harris's office. In 2005, the Senate passed a resolution apologizing to lynching victims.

But, addressing the 2005 vote, the Senate legislation says that while an apology "moves the United States toward reconciliation and may become central to a new understanding, on which improved racial relations can be forged," legislation criminalizing lynching is still "wholly necessary and appropriate."

The measure will now go to the House.

Conservative Tribune

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Imagine you’re Joe Biden. You’re sitting there at night, eating a Swanson’s frozen dinner and drinking a Tab, aimlessly circling episodes of “Family Feud” in the TV guide. You casually reach for “the clicker,” start flipping through the channels, and you land on CNN. You’re saddened to learn that Larry King isn’t on anymore, and you’re about to switch over to reruns of “Maude,” but then you hear something you can’t quite believe.

Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are all running for President.

“Man, that job was supposed to be mine,” you mutter. “But they told me it was Hillary’s turn. Now these crackpot hacks are going after it? Well…. NOT ON JOE BIDEN’S WATCH!”

You have name recognition, old allies, a magnificent toothy grin, internal party popularity, and you’re absolutely crushing all these far-left loons in the early polling. There’s only one thing you can do. It’ time to run for President…. almost.

As the Hill reports, Biden’s all but in.

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“It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in,” said one source with direct knowledge of the would-be campaign’s moves, adding that Biden is “95 percent there.”

In recent days, Biden has sought to build support from grass-roots activists and is specifically asking donors for their help in the lead-up to an announcement, according to sources. In phone conversations, Biden has been making the case for why he’d be the best candidate in what is already a crowded field.

“Here are the facts: He’s coming off a great midterm,” said Robert Wolf, the Democratic mega-donor who confirmed he spoke to Biden on a 25-minute call on Wednesday.

“He has been the most popular surrogate during the midterms and one of the only surrogates that can play in all 50 states, and that has given him a lot of confidence that he can do well in a national election,” Wolf said.

“He can campaign everywhere and that’s certainly what many people would say is an incredible strength for him.”

As I’ve argued in the past, Joe Biden is currently the only Democrat who poses any sort of legitimate 2020 threat to the President. He’s easy to dismiss, but he’s someone that the GOP should be worried about. I’m not saying he’ll win, but he’s the one guy who can mount anything approaching dangerous campaign.

Conservatives may laugh at “Crazy Uncle Joe,” but the broader voting public views him favorably. He knows how to talk to the very same blue-collar voters who broke for Trump, and he has the air (if not the reality) of being a centrist at a time when people are sick of extremes. He can also, probably, find Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on a map, which is a bonus.

Yes, he has exploitable negatives, but so did Trump. Any limited baggage that Biden brings to the table pales in comparison to the steamer trunks our current President was hauling around. If Trump could overcome his less-dignified side, so can Biden.

Should the former VP pick a hard-left running mate, he could unite his fractured party and emerge as a genuine contender.

Don’t underestimate him.

The views expressed in this opinion article are those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by the owners of this website.

Dan Bongino

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will allow a vote on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) radical Green New Deal.

Yesterday, McConnell told reporters, “I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

The Green New Deal proposal has come under fire by many on the right for its unrealistic and radical agenda and embarrassing “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) paper.

The FAQ document–which has since been scrubbed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website–promised to make air travel “unnecessary,” guaranteed a job for every person in America, and “economic security” for those “unwilling” to work.

The FAQ document also tackled the dire issue of “farting cows.” It states, “We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seemed dismissive of the plan, telling Politico last week, “It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive. The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

Fox News points out that the Senate vote will have implications for Democrats running in the 2020 presidential race:

“But McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.

While backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during the general election.”

Fox News

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday ripped into Republicans for planning to force a vote on the Green New Deal, calling the plan a "stunt," a "cheap, cynical ploy" and "a game of political gotcha."

“The Republican leader announced he's going to bring up a resolution he intends to vote against,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “Now that is what the American people hate about Congress -- the pointless partisan games.”

MCCONNELL TO BRING GREEN NEW DEAL TO VOTE, FORCING 2020 DEMS TO GO ON RECORD ON RADICAL PLAN

Schumer is the latest Democrat to criticize Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for calling a vote on the plan that many in the party have already rallied behind. Still, Schumer, joined by colleagues on the Senate floor, said: "Bring it on." He said Democrats "believe that we need to do something about climate change" and added: "Do Republicans?"

Earlier this week, McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal – endorsed by nearly all top 2020 Democratic presidential candidates – in an effort to force Democrats to officially go on the record for the radical proposal.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal,” McConnell told reporters. “And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

The proposal, put forward by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., aims to transform the country's economy in a bid to combat climate change. It recently came under scrutiny after revelations that a related FAQ document included passages promising a job to “all people of the United States” – including those “unwilling to work” – and suggesting air travel could be made obsolete.

“We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast,” the now-deleted document also read.

But McConnell’s move to bring the plan to a vote on the Senate floor will be a key test for Democratic presidential candidates such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, who are running on the progressive platform in 2020.

While backing of the far-left proposal will ultimately improve their liberal bona fides and their support from the Democratic base, the support of the plan will undoubtedly be the target of attacks during the general election.

President Trump has already begun attacking the Green New Deal, claiming it would “shut down American energy” and describing it as “a high school term paper that got a low mark” during a rally Monday in El Paso, Texas.

Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez, said that McConnell’s plan to bring the plan to the vote will only show “just how out of touch Republican politicians are with the American people.”

Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass, a co-sponsor of the plan, also decried McConnell’s move.

“Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building. He wants to silence your voice so Republicans don’t have to explain why they are climate change deniers. McConnell wants this to be the end, this is just the beginning,” Markey said.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Lukas Mikelionis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Fox News

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Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker told reporters Sunday that he would withhold judgment on the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett after calling the incident "an attempted modern-day lynching" when it was first reported last month.

"I’m gonna withhold until all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources," the senator from New Jersey said after meeting with voters in Rochester, N.H. "We know in America that bigoted and biased attacks are on the rise in a serious way, and we actually even know in this country that since 9/11, the majority of the terrorist attacks on our soil have been right-wing terrorist attacks -- the majority of them white supremacist attacks."

Booker cited the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue this past October as well as the June 2015 shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C.

"What we're seeing is attacks on people because they're different and we all need to join together and condemn those attacks and the hatred and the bigotry that sources them," Booker said.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, has claimed he was attacked by two masked men early on Jan. 29 as he walked to his Chicago apartment from a Subway restaurant. Smollett alleged he was assaulted by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at him.

'NEW EVIDENCE' PROMPTS RELEASE OF TWO MEN QUESTIONED IN JUSSIE SMOLLETT CASE, CHICAGO PD SAYS

Hours after reports of the attack surfaced, Booker tweeted: "The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe." In the same message, Booker advocated the passage of legislation making lynching a federal hate crime.

Last week, Chicago police questioned two Nigerian brothers in the reported attack but released them Friday without charges. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the pair had given officers information that had "shifted the trajectory of the investigation" and confirmed that police had reached out to Smollett's attorney to request a follow-up interview.

Guglielmi also said local reports that the attack was a hoax were unconfirmed.

"While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what's been unofficially released," Guglielmi tweeted Sunday, "there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident."

David Harris Jr

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There is now a report from multiple sources that say police now believe Jussie Smollett paid Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to participate in a fake attack on him. Police suspected the brothers of perpetrating the attack, but after questioning them, police let them go and requested another interview with Smollett. This has gotten serious for Smollett, as faking the attack can now land him to up to 3 years in prison for his false police report. Smollett’s lawyers now claim that their client is not guilty of any crime, but that doesn’t explain why he hired one of the top criminal lawyers in the country.

Law enforcement sources with knowledge of the Smollett investigation told CNN on Saturday that police believe that Smollett hired two men to stage the attack on him.

And considering the amount of attention Smollett’s original report received from liberal celebrities and top Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, the latest development could be more than a little embarrassing for the country’s liberal political and entertainment establishment.

The men, identified by ABC News as brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested on Wednesday as persons of interest in the investigation into Smollett’s claim that he had been attacked on Jan. 29.

The Osundairos were released 48 hours later without being charged, due to Chicago law enforcement’s discovery of “new evidence,” CNN reported.

ABC News reported that Chicago police said they were “eager to speak to Jussie Smollett” after they released the Osundairos.

According to CBS News Chicago sources, the brothers told detectives that Smollett rehearsed the attack with them in the days leading up to Jan. 29.

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Fox News

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Democratic Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who launched her presidential bid at a snow-covered address in Minneapolis on Sunday, told Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Tuesday that the "Green New Deal" proposal is merely "aspirational" and that she would likely oppose specific elements of the plan if they came up for a vote.

Morning Consult

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Drop in support comes as top Democrats hash out details of government-sponsored health care proposals.

The elimination of private insurance causes half of ‘Medicare for all’ supporters to rethink their position.

While top Democrats prepare to release health reform bills offering different iterations of single-payer systems and public insurance options and as Democratic presidential hopefuls begin building their health care platforms, “Medicare for all,” a long-cherished dream of progressive lawmakers and advocates, has come under increased fire from opponents who warn voters that they are at risk of losing their private insurance.

The laser focus on expanding the government’s role in health care has coincided with a double-digit slide in net support for “Medicare for all” among voters from January to February, according to new data from a Morning Consult/Politico poll.

Although “Medicare for all” enjoyed net support of 27 percentage points (calculated by subtracting the share of opponents from the share of supporters) among registered voters at the onset of 2019, that share dropped 15 points in the Feb. 7-10 survey, to 12 points.

The poll, which surveyed 1,991 voters and has a margin of error of 2 percentage points, found opposition to a system in which all Americans get their health insurance from the government grew among voters of both political parties, with net support sinking 11 points among Democrats and 21 points among Republicans.

The last few weeks have found 2020 Democratic candidates and hopefuls — many of whom have historically backed different variations of a universal health care system — fielding demands for clarity on exactly what the pursuit of universal coverage entails.

After Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), one of the top Democratic presidential contenders, embraced the possibility of enacting a “Medicare for all” health system that would completely eliminate the private insurance market, “Medicare for all” rapidly crystallized as the first major policy test for Democrats eyeing the nomination.

“Medicare for all” has enjoyed majority support since November, thanks to the widespread, bipartisan popularity of the Medicare program. A Morning Consult survey in July 2018 found 62 percent of adults more likely to vote for a candidate who backed establishing a government-run health system for all Americans.

But with the latest poll showing that 50 percent of voters support “Medicare for all” — now shy of a majority — Democrats are likely to find that turning “Medicare for all” from pipe dream to policy will be an uphill climb.

Under a single-payer system true to the textbook definition, the federal government acts as that single payer, ultimately shuttering the private insurance market with the exception of non-duplicative private insurance. While different Democratic proposals offer varying timelines for the eventual elimination of employer-sponsored health plans, both Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) “Medicare for all” bill and the legislation to be introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and the Progressive Caucus this week do eventually phase out duplicative insurance plans offered to Americans at work, while guaranteeing coverage for all Americans.

But the possibility of losing private insurance cuts support for “Medicare for all” in half. In the latest survey, when “Medicare for all” supporters were subsequently asked whether they would still back a government health system that eliminated the private insurance market, about 1 in 2 respondents (49 percent) reaffirmed their position, but just over one-fifth — or 22 percent — withdrew their support outright. Another 29 percent said they no longer knew or had no opinion.

Though more Republican voters overall opposed “Medicare for all,” 42 percent of GOP supporters of this system would still back a system that cuts out private insurers, along with 54 percent of Democrats and 46 percent of independents.

Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both supporters of Sanders’ “Medicare for all” bill, have stopped short of calling for the immediate elimination of private insurance. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), who is weighing a bid for president, called pushing for a system that would pull the plug on employer-sponsored coverage “a bad opening offer.”

Instead, Bennet — alongside Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — is proposing a public health insurance option, in which a federally run health plan would compete with, rather than replace, private insurers. Their “Medicare X” plan does not require a tax increase nor guarantee coverage for all Americans, but public plan enrollees would continue paying premiums.

Unlike the “Medicare for all” system, the popularity of the public health insurance option transcends party lines. About three-fourths of all voters (76 percent) support a system offering them the choice to purchase coverage either from the government or the private market.

Historically, public option proposals win broad appeal because they fulfill the promise long sought after by opponents of single-payer systems and the Affordable Care Act: If you like your plan, you can keep it.

Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Reps. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) and Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) plan to announce a bill today giving adults between the ages of 50 and 64 the option to buy into Medicare.

Dan Bongino

Published  1 week ago

New Jersey Senator and vegan Presidential Candidate Cory Booker issued a dire warning in a recent interview: Meat-eaters will destroy the planet.

Speaking to VegNews.com, the former Newark mayor said the Earth simply cannot sustain itself on the evil meat-consuming “Standard American Diet” taking over the world.

“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet. We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry. The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” said the Senator.

“It’s just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does because we just don’t have enough land…The devastating impact is just not practical. The numbers just don’t add up. We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment,” he added.

Despite these dire warnings, Booker then added that he didn’t want to “preach” to anyone about their diet or ban meat.

“None of us want our government or elected officials preaching to us and telling us what we can or can’t eat. This is the United States of America, and I, for one, believe in our freedom to choose. So, I don’t want to preach to anybody about their diets,” he said.

Daily Wire

Published  1 week ago

All politicians are egomaniacs and narcissists. They’re all searching for love and adulation — even (or especially) from strangers. And they’re all pathological — and prolific — liars.

The Washington Post has been keeping track of President Trump’s lies. As of December 21, Trump had "made 7,645 false or misleading claims over 710 days," the Post wrote. President Obama was a prodigal liar, too — although the Post never bothered to tally up all his lies.

They’re all liars. Every last one of them. Take this lie, told just Monday by Sen. Kamala D. Harris, California Democrat. The 2020 hopeful was trying to be hip and cool, so she said she smoked weed back in college, chilling with friends and listening to Snoop Dogg and Tupac. But she graduated in 1986. Tupac didn’t release his first album until 1991, and Snoop’s first record hit the shelves in 1993.

Then there’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren. For decades, the Massachusetts Democrat and the 2020 candidate claimed she was American Indian, putting the designation on all sorts of employment and government forms. But a DNA test she took to prove it showed she’s 98.4 percent to 99.9 percent white. So, liar.

Politicians sometimes tell completely pointless lies. It’s like the joke by comedian Norm MacDonald: "You ever lie for no reason at all? Just all of sudden, a big lie spills out of your evil head? Like a guy will come up to you, 'Hey, did you ever see that movie with Meryl Streep and a horse?' And you go, 'Yes.' In the back of your head, you’re like, 'What in the hell am I lying about over here? I stand to gain nothing by this lie.'"

Like Sen. Cory Booker, another presidential candidate. The New Jersey Democrat often cited a guy named "T-Bone," a drug dealer, saying he once told him, "If you ever so much as look at me again, I'm going to put a cap in your ass." Turns out he "was a 'composite' of various people Booker knew in Newark," Reason wrote this month.

Politicians lie especially to each other’s faces — even when they hate each other’s guts. "To my good friend from Arkansas, let me say…" one senator will bluster, even though it’s clear he can’t stand the guy. "With all due respect to the gentle lady from Missouri, whom I greatly admire, I must say that …" another will say, even though privately he loathes her.

Trump is changing all that. He doesn’t pretend to like someone he clearly hates, even if he has to work with them on important issues. He calls Warren "Pocahontas." To the Democratic House speaker, he tweeted: "Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat." And he makes no pretense of being able to stomach Senate Minority Leader "Cryin" Chuck Schumer.

Members of his own party — and even his Cabinet — are not immune: "Who should star in a reboot of 'Liar Liar' — Hillary Clinton or Ted Cruz?" he said, referring to the Texas Republican senator whom he defeated in the 2016 primaries. Of his former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump tweeted: "The Dems all hated him, wanted him out, thought he was disgusting — UNTIL I FIRED HIM! Immediately he became a wonderful man, a saint like figure in fact. Really sick!"

Trump has even taken aim at one of the most famous actresses in the world. "Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big."

The former reality TV show host is making other politicians get real. During Trump’s State of the Union address, Pelosi acted just how she feels: She mockingly applauded Trump — and liberals nationwide loved it.

Newcomer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is also part of The New Honesty. On Monday, she said Trump is "a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences." She deeply detests Trump, and she says so. That is because Trump, who also abhors Ocasio-Cortez, has made no bones about his feelings.

So Trump — the crude and petty and vindictive little man — has done at least this: He has gotten rid of the false camaraderie that has colored so much of politics for eons.

And in the end, that’s really not a bad thing.

* A version of this article ran previously in The Washington Times.

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade, the Democrats have been riding high.

National Review

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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that the Senate will vote on the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by a coalition of progressive lawmakers vowing to eliminate all greenhouse-gas emissions within ten years, while simultaneously creating millions of jobs in a government-subsidized green-energy sector.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we’re going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” McConnell said with a sly smile during a Tuesday press conference.

.@Senatemajldr: "I've noted with great interest the Green New Deal. And we're going to be voting on that in the Senate. Give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the #GreenNewDeal." pic.twitter.com/1HP5lSDjzM

— CSPAN (@cspan) February 12, 2019

The resolution, which was introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Senator Ed Markey (D., Mass.) on Friday, provides a sweeping list of climate-change- and social-justice-related measures including the refurbishing of every structure in the country with renewable-energy technology and the creation of millions of federally funded jobs in the green-energy sector.

A “frequently asked questions” document that accompanied the resolution referenced the complete elimination of air travel and farting cows. Ocasio-Cortez has since disavowed the FAQ, which was posted on her website, and suggested her political enemies disseminated the document to sabotage the proposal.

McConnell and Trump are reportedly united in their desire to tie Democrats to the bill’s socialist policy framework ahead of the 2020 elections — an endeavor that should prove simple since virtually the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field endorsed it as soon as it was introduced.

When confronted with the multi-billion-dollar price tag most experts place on the proposal, its allies have argued that climate change is an existential threat that necessitates a national mobilization effort unseen since World World War II.

“There’s a lot of people now going back on the Green New Deal, they’re like ‘Oh it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this,’” Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.), one of the many Democratic presidential hopefuls, said during a speech in Mason City, Iowa Friday. “If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. ‘God, that’s impractical. See that ball in the sky? That’s impractical.’”

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Labor Unions are voicing skepticism that the "Green New Deal" proposed by Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is workable in practice, signaling that the progressive proposal may be in for even more turbulence following a rocky rollout last week.

True Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said the planet “can’t sustain” people eating meat, as the 2020 hopeful aims to become the first vegan president.

Booker told the vegan magazine VegNewsearlier this month that he became vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs “didn’t align with my spirit.”

While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets, Booker says Americans need to be nudged into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the “environmental impact” of the food industry.

“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,” Booker said. “We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry.”

“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” he said. “It’s just not possible.”

Booker says the “devastating impact” of greenhouse gases produced by the meat industry is “just not practical.”

TheBlaze

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He also told a vegan magazine that eating eggs 'didn't align with my spirit'

Presidential candidate and avowed vegan Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said in an interview that Earth "can't sustain" the current rate at which Americans consume meat. While he insisted that he was not going to tell people what to eat, he said that "[w]e will destroy our planet" unless Americans change their carnivorous ways.

What did he say?

During an interview with Veg News, a vegan magazine, Booker said:

The tragic reality is this planet simply can't sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact. It's just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does because we just don't have enough land. The number-one reason for rainforest destruction now is animal grazing land. We see greenhouse producing gases produced; the devastating impact is just not practical. The numbers just don't add up. We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment.

Booker insisted that his plans for the future of the environment did not mean he would get rid of animal farming, but that he was going to fight "industrial agriculture."

He said that while "American consumers should not be told what to eat," he thought Americans would move on from eating meat if they were provided with "viable alternatives" that he said "in some cases...taste even better."

"None of us want our government or elected officials preaching to us and telling us what we can or can't eat," he reiterated again later in the interview. "This is the United States of America, and I, for one, believe in our freedom to choose. So, I don't want to preach to anybody about their diets; that's just not how I live. "

What else?

Booker added that he personally loved to talk about his dietary habits, and planned to continue doing so.

Despite saying that he did not want to tell Americans what to eat, he said later that "we have a real environmental challenge if more and more people are going to be eating what is considered now to be the Standard American Diet."

Booker said his own path to veganism started out being for health reasons. However, he realized five years ago that "eating those eggs for me was something that didn't align with my spirit" and became a full vegan.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Vegan soy boy Cory Booker is now attacking meat eaters — because that’s a winning strategy when you’re running to be president of a country full of bacon lovers.

Senator Cory Booker just launched his 2020 presidential bid and now he’s aiming to be the first vegan US president.

Cory Booker told VegNews recently that he became a vegetarian in 1992 because he believed it was “the best way to live in accordance to the ideals and values” that he has.

Booker then described his transition from vegetarianism to veganism — vegans do not eat any animal products whatsoever. Very strict vegans don’t even consume honey.

The far left Democrat Senator said he stopped eating eggs when he first transitioned into becoming vegan because it “didn’t align” with his spirit. Booker said his last non-vegan meal was Election Day, November of 2014.

While Booker claims he doesn’t want to lecture Americans on what to eat and insists consumers should not be told what to eat, he said the planet can’t sustain eating meat.

“I think it has to be a part of it. You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet. We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry. The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” Booker said.

Booker said the meat industry is having a “devastating impact” of greenhouse gases produced.

“The numbers just don’t add up,” Booker said. “We will destroy our planet unless we start figuring out a better way forward when it comes to our climate change and our environment.”

The answer? Vegan cheese and lab grown fake vegan ‘meat.’

Booker bragged about all of the delicious vegan restaurants popping up everywhere. “I’ve seen incredible vegan cheese shops popping up across the country, and my friends who are lovers of cheese just can’t tell the difference. You have pizza: I was at the New Jersey VegFest, and Screamer’s Pizza is just phenomenal. My non-vegan friends love it,” he said.

The Democrats aren’t even hiding their war on meat eaters.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical Green New Deal also took aim at cows — the Democrats would love to have a meatless society where people consume lab grown, processed garbage all in the name of ‘saving the planet.’

Veganism is the latest Marxist, new age rubbish the Democrats and Hollywood elites are pushing onto Americans.

The Resurgent

Published  1 week ago

The Democrats may be denying that Green New Deal white paper’s lamentations about cow farts, but Cory Booker (D-NJ) is being very, very open about embracing one of its key points.

The pope wants to use the power of government to coerce farmers into abandoning animal populations in favor of vegetarian farming. Booker is doubling down on that.

Booker told the vegan magazine VegNews earlier this month that he became vegan after coming to the realization that eating eggs “didn’t align with my spirit.”

While claiming he does not want to lecture Americans on their diets, Booker says Americans need to be nudged into fake cheese because the planet cannot sustain the “environmental impact” of the food industry.

“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,” Booker said. “We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry.”

“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact,” he said. “It’s just not possible.”

Booker went on to complain about the “devastating impact” of climate changing emissions produced by animals. According to the VegNews report

The number-one reason for rainforest destruction now is animal grazing land. We see greenhouse producing gases produced; the devastating impact is just not practical. The numbers just don’t add up.

Booker, of course, talks out of both sides of his mouth on this. He also says, “This doesn’t mean, in any way, getting rid of animal farming,” but then says we need to get rid of animal farming unless run by small and midsized farmers, which would dramatically raise the cost of meat, pricing the poor into unhealthier choices. Because, let’s be honest, people aren’t going to embrace veganism. They’re going to embrace worse dietary options.

dailycaller

Published  1 week ago

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker is not only a potential 2020 presidential candidate; he’s a vegan who says the world “can’t sustain” people eating meat.

Booker told the February issue of VegNews that he became a vegetarian in 1992 when, after a few days of trying the new lifestyle, he said, “Oh my gosh, I will never go back to eating meat.” He made the decision to go vegan in 2014.

“I remember my last non-vegan meal was Election Day, November 2014,” Booker told the vegan news source. (RELATED: Meat Disappears From Trudeau Government’s Vegan Like Food Guide)

If Booker manages to win the Democratic Party presidential nomination and then the general election, he’d be the first vegan to do so.

The potential candidate is also a fan of New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, which would like to eliminate “farting cows” from the American landscape. He compared the widely lampooned and sweeping environmental plan to winning WWII.

In their response to the the Green New Deal, the Food & Environment Reporting Network favorably mentioned the document’s commitment to ”investing in sustainable farming and land use practices that increase soil health” and “building a more sustainable food system that ensures universal access to healthy food.”

The progressive senator doesn’t think veganism is just appropriate for his private life; he’d like everyone to embrace the diet because he believes the world can’t keep providing enough beef and pork to satisfy meat cravings.

“You see the planet earth moving towards what is the Standard American Diet,” he told VegNews. “We’ve seen this massive increase in consumption of meat produced by the industrial animal agriculture industry.” (RELATED: Vegans Scream For Animal Liberation At Toronto Restaurant)

“The tragic reality is this planet simply can’t sustain billions of people consuming industrially produced animal agriculture because of environmental impact. It’s just not possible, as China, as Africa move toward consuming meat the same way America does because we just don’t have enough land.”

In addition to convincing the masses to give up meat, Booker has other legislative goals that would interfere with America’s eating habits.

“Legislatively, I want to continue to be a part of a movement of folk who are fighting against corporate interests that are undermining the public good and the public welfare,” he said.

Booker went on to explain that he aims “to continue supporting bills that are about public health, whether it is pumping in all these antibiotics into animals that are literally threatening the safety of Americans.”

He also believes cramming too many pigs into barns “is harmful and violates our collective values as a country.”

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton unloaded on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and said the media were “complicit” in burying the most radical parts of the deal.

Cotton, a staunch Republican, appeared on The Hugh Hewitt Show on Tuesday and discussed the widely ridiculed Green New Deal that aims to implement sweeping changes across the nation.

UNION LEADERS WARN GREEN NEW DEAL MAY LEAD TO POVERTY: 'MEMBERS ARE WORRIED ABOUT PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE'

But what particularly caught Cotton’s eye was how the media became complicit in hiding the now-infamous FAQ document circulated by the Ocasio-Cortez office, which included lines such as promising a job to “all people of the United States” – including those “unwilling to work” – and making air travel industry obsolete.

“I understand the Democrats that proposed this immediately tried to retract that white paper that went along with their resolution,” Cotton added. “And too many people in the media have been complicit in the Stalin-like or 1984 technique of disappearing it, sending it down the memory hole.”

“And too many people in the media have been complicit in the Stalin-like or 1984 technique of disappearing it, sending it down the memory hole.”

— Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton

Hewitt asked whether the Democrats who immediately jumped to endorse the radical package have actually read what’s inside it.

“Sure. I mean, Hugh, it’s pretty remarkable that when these Democrats put out the Green New Deal last week that you had many Democrats running for president leap onto a proposal that was going to confiscate every privately owned vehicle in America within a decade and ban air travel so we could all drive or ride around on high-speed light rail, supposedly powered by unicorn tears, yes,” Cotton said.

KLOBUCHAR DOWNPLAYS GREEN NEW DEAL AS 'ASPIRATIONAL,' ADDRESSES BINDER-TOSSING REPORT

Multiple Democratic 2020 candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand have endorsed the deal.

Cotton finished the interview the segment saying the Green New Deal, in essence, is what Democrats believe in and want for the U.S.

“But this is where their heart lies,” he said. “They believe that Americans driving around in trucks on farms, or commuting from the suburbs where they can have a decent home into the city to work are a fundamental threat to the world, and they have to have the power and the control of those Americans’ lives to implement their radical vision for humanity.”

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

The Democrat Party is now defined my Ilhan Omar, Ralph Northam, Rashida Tlaib, Joy Reid, Dianne Feinstein and Louis Farrakhan.

chicagotribune.com

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar apologize for tweets saying that members of Congress are being paid to support Israel.

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 week ago

It's been a wild week. If you thought it the Left couldn't get any crazier after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for an end to cows, airplanes and gas cars, you were wrong. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.,

Frontpage Mag

Published  1 week ago

In addition to supporting such economy-wrecking Democrat-Socialist ideas as "Medicare for all” and the “Green New Deal,” Senator Cory Booker has come up with one of his own proposals to distinguish his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. It’s called the "baby bonds" program, under which all children born in the United States – presumably including anchor babies – would be given a $1000 initial “bond” at birth to be deposited in a trust account. Each year thereafter, so long as the income of the child’s parents remains below 500% of the federal poverty guidelines, the child would receive additional government payments of as much as $2000 into the account until the child reaches the age of 18.

According to the 2019 poverty guidelines, 500% of the poverty guideline for a family of 4 would be $128,750. Senator Booker estimated that his proposed baby bonds program could cost as much as sixty billion dollars a year, according to an article appearing in the New Yorker last December. He would pay for his give-away proposal by, unsurprisingly, imposing more taxes on upper income taxpayers.

Although the program would be structured as racially neutral, the New Yorker article reported that “Booker’s staff has calculated that the average white child would accrue about fifteen thousand dollars through the program, and the average black child would gain twenty-nine thousand dollars.”

Jordan Weissmann, Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent, wrote that while Senator Booker has not expressly called for reparations to fix the disparity of wealth between white and black Americans, his baby bonds proposal “might be the closest thing that we can expect to see from a serious presidential contender going into 2020.” Darrick Hamilton, a professor of economics and urban policy at the New School who worked with Senator Booker on the proposal, is quoted by Mr. Weissmann as telling him, “The most parsimonious way to address racial wealth inequality is a system of reparations. But if we’re not at the political moment for reparations, then baby bonds are a very good mechanism.” In short, Senator Booker’s baby bonds proposal is his weapon of choice with which to engage in a form of combined race-based and economic class warfare.

The baby bonds proposal is not as new a Democrat idea as it may seem. Hillary Clinton was pushing the idea back in 2007. However, in addition to its significant cost, baby bonds would not help families with children struggling to make ends meet while they are raising their children. Instead, it would redistribute wealth to trust accounts for children of parents with incomes of as much as six figures. These accounts would not be available for productive use for 18 years from the child’s birth. On the other hand, child tax credits are already available, which provide money to families while they most need it. A new refundable credit, up to $1,400 if the child tax credit would bring one’s tax liability below zero, was established under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017. Yet today’s far left Democrat party bizarrely dismissed this law, including its real life benefit to help people of need through the expanded tax credit.

Senator Kamala Harris, who is also running for her party’s presidential nomination, wants to turn the tax credit idea into a vast wealth redistribution program, paid for by imposing more taxes on corporations and on taxpayers in the higher income brackets who already pay a disproportionately high amount of the nation’s income taxes. Her proposal would provide up to $6,000 a year per family, in the form of a refundable tax credit, for households earning under $100,000 annually. This government subsidy would be in addition to the public benefits that some people already receive. The subsidy would also be extended to people higher up the economic ladder than is the case today. The cost could amount to as much as $200 billion a year. In short, Senator Harris’s proposal would transform the original intended purpose of the earned income tax credit to incentivize work as well as offset federal payroll and income taxes into a socialist style wealth redistribution scheme. She uses class warfare rhetoric to justify what she would plan to do if given the chance. Senator Harris, like Senator Booker, also backs “Medicare for all” and the “Green New Deal.”

Indeed, Democrats such as Senators Booker and Harris are running to the far left, pushed by the progressive base of the party to mainstream the radical class warfare ideas of Democrat-Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders and New York Democrat-Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The official Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Representative Ocasio- Cortez, is a manifesto against what it calls “systemic racial, regional, social, environmental, and economic injustices.” Ranging far beyond its pie-in-the-sky proposals to create a fossil fuel free economy within 10 years, the resolution demands that the federal government “promote justice and equity by stopping current, preventing future, and repairing historic oppression of indigenous communities, communities of color, migrant communities” and of other so-called “frontline and vulnerable communities.” It would provide all people of the United States with “economic security.” As a top adviser to Representative Ocasio-Cortez has now admitted, a "Green New Deal" document posted by her office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those "unwilling to work."

History is littered with failed socialist policies to guarantee everyone “economic security,” which end up sapping the incentives to work and create wealth. The Booker baby bonds proposal and Harris wealth distribution tax credit plan would operate along the same lines. As Margaret Thatcher is quoted as saying, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money.”

Sean Hannity

Published  1 week ago

Liberal superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “retracted erroneous information” surrounding her Green New Deal this week; with key staffers saying “mistakes happen” after posting an “unfinished fact sheet” regarding the proposal.

“An early draft of a FAQ that was clearly unfinished and that doesn’t represent the GND resolution got published to the website by mistake,” said Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff.

“Mistakes happen when doing time launches like this coordinating multiple groups and collaborators,” added the key staffer.

Mistakes happen when doing time launches like this coordinating multiple groups and collaborators. It's hard to have both a transparent and open process with many stakeholders while keeping all info locked down. But what’s in the resolution is the GND.

— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) February 9, 2019

Despite the “mistake,” the Green New Deal has already been endorsed by key Democrats and liberal lawmakers; including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and others.

Read the full report at the Washington Post.

The Black Sphere

Published  1 week ago

DC is subtle at times. But the subtlety of Pelosi in cleaning up her latest mess has all the subtlety of speaking through a bullhorn at a cocktail party.

Frontpage Mag

Published  1 week ago

This is important.

It's far more important than the question of whether Governor Northam wore blackface 34 years ago, but it's also going to be ignored. Actual hard core racism of the black nationalist variety gets a pass. Rep. Keith Ellison started his political career in the Nation of Islam. Multiple members of the Congressional Black Caucus have met with Farrakhan and pressed his flesh and praised him.

There's been no House condemnation of them. Nor will there ever be.

Barack Obama even posed with Farrakhan. He has never been asked about it to his face by the same media outlets running the "Trump is a racist" loop 24/7.

So this just makes Rep. Tlaib one of the gang. It shows that she paid her dues in Dem politics.

Rashida Tlaib was elected to Congress in 2018 and has quickly become a lightning rod for her criticism of Israel and her associations with Palestinian activists, at least one of whom has compared Zionism to Naziism. Tlaib recently told the New York Times regarding her support for such Palestinians, "respect for free speech does not equate to anti-Semitism."

When Tlaib worked for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Detroit in 2006, she wrote an article for Louis Farrakhan's publication The Final Call:

The article is unremarkable. The publication is.

If a Republican House member had been caught writing an article for a white supremacist publication, there would be hell to pay. (Assuming it was politically useful for hell to pay. Ron Paul got a pass for that sort of thing because he was politically useful during the Iraq War.) But this is just what the new Dem reality is. Farrakhan had posed with a two term president. He's on good terms with a nice chunk of the CBC. I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Cory Booker or Kamala Harris meet up with him at some point. If they haven't already.

Anti-Semitism and racism are the new Dem normal.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he’ll soon bring up Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” resolution, a move designed to put Democrats on the spot on the controversial measure.

“I’ve noted with great interest the Green New Deal and we are going to be voting on that in the Senate,” the Kentucky Republican said Tuesday after meeting privately with senators. “We’ll give everyone an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal.”

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., along with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced the resolution last week, and it currently has 67 co-sponsors, all Democrats, in the House.

There are no immediate plans to bring it up for a House vote. Instead, Democrats are waiting to see how many people sign on as co-sponsors, said House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern, D-Mass.

The measure has attracted considerable criticism from Republicans. It calls for a 10-year plan to drastically cut carbon emissions and to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar in the coming decades. The resolution was accompanied by a fact sheet produced by Ocasio-Cortez’s staff and posted on her congressional website that called for eliminating the need for air travel, retrofitting every house and building to green energy standards, and reforming the nation’s agricultural practices to eliminate cows.

Ocasio-Cortez has since scrubbed the fact sheet from her website and said it was mistakenly posted there.

Senate Republicans said holding a vote on the resolution in the Senate would force lawmakers to go on record as to whether they back the plan. Leaders did not say when the vote will be scheduled.

“It's an opportunity for members on both sides to weigh in on that,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said. “Most of us in our conference believe a lot of the ideas contained in the 'Green New Deal' are going to be disastrous for our economy and for the American people.”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans should consider their own version of the deal.

"The first question Republicans should answer is what is their answer on climate change, what are they going to put forward," he told reporters Tuesday.

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., didn't elaborate on how much support there was for the resolution within his caucus.

"I haven't heard any discussion about it," he said. "I'm just reading it for the first time. It's pretty long."

Several 2020 presidential contenders from the Senate, however, have voiced their support for the framework, including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Naomi Lim contributed to this report.

Washington Free Beacon

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Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said the planet "can't sustain" people eating meat, as the 2020 hopeful aims to become the first vegan president.

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.

Fox News

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A top adviser to New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has admitted that an official "Green New Deal" document posted by Ocasio-Cortez's office contained a guarantee of economic security even for those "unwilling to work" -- but not before he went viral in progressive circles for claiming the exact opposite, repeatedly, in an interview with Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

TheHill

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is facing scrutiny over her treatment of congressional staff and her workplace demeanor, just days ahead of her decision about whether she will run for president in 2020.

A number of former staffers who worked for Klobuchar spoke anonymously to BuzzFeed News, accusing the senator of often berating staff over small mistakes and creating a hostile work environment.

BuzzFeed interviewed eight former aides and reviewed dozens of emails.

A spokesperson for Klobuchar did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

BuzzFeed reported that Klobuchar often yelled, threw papers and flung objects and aides were regularly left in tears, citing four former staffers.

One staffer was hit with a binder, though Klobuchar did not mean to hit the person, somebody who saw the incident told the publication.

“I cried. I cried, like, all the time,” one former staffer told BuzzFeed.

Klobuchar will announce her decision about whether she will run for the Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday in Minneapolis.

She’s been considering a presidential run for months, but has signaled a likely bid amid news that she’ll be headlining a local Democratic banquet in Iowa on Feb. 21.

In emails reviewed by BuzzFeed, Klobuchar told staff their work was “the worst in ... years,” and “the worst in my life.”

In several emails, she reportedly criticized staffers, writing in all capital letters, after they made what they believed to be small mistakes or misunderstood her.

However, BuzzFeed also quoted staff who defended her.

Some previous aides spoke to BuzzFeed on the record to defend and praise Klobuchar as a boss.

Kali Cruz, who worked in Klobuchar’s office during her first Senate term, said that the Minnesota Democrat “cared deeply for me as her staffer,” adding that Klobuchar threw a baby shower for Cruz when she was pregnant.

A campaign spokesperson also defended Klobuchar.

"Senator Klobuchar loves her staff — they are the reason she has gotten to where she is today,” the campaign spokesperson for Klobuchar told BuzzFeed.

“She has many staff who have been with her for years — including her Chief of Staff and her State Director, who have worked for her for 5 and 7 years respectively, as well as her political advisor Justin Buoen, who has worked for her for 14 years — and many who have gone on to do amazing things, from working in the Obama Administration (over 20 of them) to running for office to even serving as the Agriculture Commissioner for Minnesota.”

The BuzzFeed story comes on the heels of a report from The Huffington Post that three potential candidates to lead her nascent presidential campaign declined the job, citing the mistreatment of staff.

If Klobuchar jumps into the race, she will be the fifth U.S. senator to run for president, joining Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

She’d be the second presidential candidate to hail from the Midwest, though Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is still considering a bid and currently touring early primary states.

The Federalist

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Of course Democrats don’t want to vote on Green New Deal.  They prefer to incrementally, and deceitfully, pass it.

NewsBusters

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Megyn Kelly, she famously late of NBC, was fired not long ago from her NBC morning show. The New York Post’s “Page Six” headlined the Kelly story this way: “Megyn Kelly out at NBC After Defending

Daily Wire

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On Thursday, Hill-HarrisX released a survey about health care. The survey, which was conducted between February 1-2, presented five statements regarding potential changes to the health care system in the United States, and asked respondents to indicate which statement they aligned with most.

15% of respondents agreed that "the government should remove itself from paying for all health care."

14% said "the current health care system should be kept as is."

26% said "any citizen should be able to sign up for Medicare/Medicaid regardless of age or income while those with private plans could keep their existing insurance."

32% said "Medicare/Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens regardless of age or income but people should be able to purchase private supplemental plans."

13% said "Medicare/Medicaid should be expanded to cover all citizens regardless of age or income and private health plans should be abolished."

Despite only 13% of respondents indicating they wanted to eliminate private insurance in favor of a government-run health care system, support for such a plan has become standard among declared 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

During a CNN town hall on January 28, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), who declared her intention to run for president a week earlier, suggested eliminating private health insurance.

After an audience member asked the senator about health care, Harris replied in part:

I believe the solution — and I actually feel very strongly about this — is that we need to have Medicare for all. That's just the bottom line.

And I'll say this. And this is, I think, why you're also asking this question. What we know is that, to live in a civil society, to be true to the ideals and the spirit of who we say we are as a country, we have to appreciate and understand that access to health care is a— should not be thought of as a privilege. It should be understood to be a right.

... It is inhumane to make people go through a system where they cannot literally receive the benefit of what medical science can offer because some insurance company has decided it doesn't meet their bottom line in terms of their profit motivation. That is inhumane.

Jake Tapper then asked Harris: "So, just to follow up on that, and correct me if I'm wrong, to reiterate, you support the Medicare for all bill ... initially co-sponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders. You're also a co-sponsor onto it. I believe it will totally eliminate private insurance. So for people out there who like their insurance, they don't get to keep it?

Harries replied:

Well, listen, the idea is that everyone gets access to medical care, and you don't have to go through the process of going through an insurance company, having them give you approval, going through the paperwork, all of the delay that may require. Who of us has not had that situation, where you've got to wait for approval, and the doctor says, well, I don't know if your insurance company is going to cover this? Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on.

This position isn’t just held by a single presidential candidate. Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), all of whom have announced their respective presidential candidacies, are co-sponsors of Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) "Medicare for All" bill.

Obama-era Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro, who officially announced his presidential plans on January 12, also supports a "Medicare for All" style system.

Sanders’ bill would eliminate, or at the very least severely restrict, private health insurance providers by enacting a single-payer government health care system. The text of the bill can be read in its entirety here.

Additionally, there are rumblings that Sanders himself is planning a presidential run.

This would mean that at least six Democratic candidates jousting to unseat President Trump in 2020 would be on record supporting a universal, government-run health care system, which only 13% of Americans seem to want, according to the Hill-HarrisX survey.

NBC4 Washington

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Coast Guard Lieutenant Accused of Threats Detained

A Coast Guard lieutenant accused of being a white supremacist who stockpiled guns and compiled a target list of prominent Democrats will remain detained in federal custody after his arrest.

Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Day ordered 49-year-old Christopher Paul Hasson held Thursday but said he might be willing to reconsider later if the government hasn't charged him with more serious crimes in the next two weeks.

The U.S Attorney for Maryland, Robert Hur, told reporters outside the courthouse Thursday that the sheer number and force of the weapons recovered from Hasson's residence, coupled with the disturbing nature of his writings, "appear to reflect a very significant threat to the safety of our community," particularly given the position of trust that Hasson held with the U.S. government.

Hasson's defense attorney said the government made a histrionic characterization by filing inflammatory document to attract media attention and pressure the court to assure detention. His lawyer said Hasson is not a danger to the community, has no criminal record, has served the military for 28 years and is a good husband and father who should be with his family pending trial.

(Published Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019)

Hasson was arrested Friday on gun and drug charges, but prosecutors say those offenses are the "proverbial tip of the iceberg."

In a court filing, prosecutors say Hasson has espoused extremist views for years and drafted an email in which he said he was "dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth."

In a draft of a letter apparently intended for a known white supremacist leader, Hasson identified himself as a white nationalist for more than 30 years who advocated “focused violence” to create a “white homeland,” according to charging documents.

Prosecutors say federal agents found 15 firearms and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition inside Hasson's Silver Spring, Maryland, apartment.

Prosecutors wrote Hasson is a domestic terrorist who “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country” and must be detained.

They say internet searches show he was targeting top Democrats and created an Excel spreadsheet list of names, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sens. Tim Kaine, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Richard Blumenthal, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke. The list also included top names in media, like MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough and CNN’s Don Lemon.

(Published 4 hours ago)

"I feel very, very confident that our law enforcement at the federal and local levels is on top of these things and making sure all of us whose names were on the list are safe,” Schumer said.

Law enforcement sources told NBC News the feds caught on to Hasson because of searches made on his computer at Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He is accused of searching the following phrases on Google the morning of Jan. 17: “what if trump illegally impeached,” “best place in dc to see congress people,” “where in dc to congress people live,” “civil war if trump impeached” and “social democrats usa.”

His search history also included searches for pro-Russian and neo-fascist literature.

Hasson routinely read portions of a manifesto written by Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik that prosecutors said instructs would-be assailants to collect firearms, food, disguises and survival tools, court papers said. Breivik, a right-wing extremist, is serving a 21-year sentence for killing 77 people in a 2011 bomb-and-shooting rampage.

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Business Insider

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Warren's comments Saturday echo her December announcement she was launching an exploratory committee, which said her run was dedicated to defending the middle class.

Daily Intelligencer

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Unless they are really obscure, virtually all the 2020 Democratic presidential wannabes have baggage they’d like to jettison, from Joe Biden’s crime-bill sponsorship to Elizabeth Warren’s Native American association to the various things Bernie Sanders said and did in many decades of being a proud socialist. In national terms, New Jersey senator Cory Booker is still a fresh face with an unclear identity. But for progressives and labor activists with long memories, he’s got some issues, too.

He might be able to explain away his reputation for being a reliable friend of Wall Street as a matter of virtual constituent services given the financial industry’s importance to New Jersey and to the city of Newark where he served as mayor for seven years. But a more concrete problem involves his long history of support for any and every kind of school choice, including not just the charter public schools the Clinton and Obama administrations supported, but the private-school vouchers that most Democrats stridently oppose. What makes this history a fresh concern is the fact that Booker was once a close ally of the DeVos family, the Michigan gazillionaires and education privatization champions who gave the world Donald Trump’s secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. Kara Voght has the story:

In 1999, when he was still a city councilman, Booker worked with a conservative financier and a New Jersey Republican mayor to co-found Excellent Education for Everyone, a group dedicated to establishing a school voucher program in the Garden State. The following year, Dick DeVos—the Republican megadonor, school choice evangelist, and husband to the nation’s 11th education secretary—invited the 31-year-old Newark councilman up to his home base of Grand Rapids, Michigan, to speak in defense of a ballot measure that would lift the state’s ban on school voucher programs …

Booker’s association with the DeVos couple continued as he progressed from City Council to Newark’s mayoral seat in 2006 to the US Senate in 2013. In the mid-2000s, Booker and DeVos served together on the board of directors of Alliance for School Choice (AFC), the precursor to the American Federation for Children, which DeVos eventually chaired. Booker twice spoke at the AFC’s annual School Choice Policy Summit: once in 2012 as a mayor and again in 2016 as a senator.

Booker did begin to talk a lot less about vouchers and more about charter schools as mayor and as senator, and ultimately voted against DeVos’s confirmation as Education Secretary. But he has never entirely turned the page on this issue. And as Voght reports, he’s still defending his charter-centric educational policies in Newark:

Though he’s been relatively quiet on the subject of school choice as of late, he’s been pushing back against the characterization of his school choice project as a failure. As he’s prepared for a 2020 run, Booker has twice sat down with education website The 74 to defend his work in Newark, citing new researchthat attributes the educational gains of the city’s students to the closing of low-performing schools and the introduction of charters.

The teachers unions that managed in 2016 to push Hillary Clinton into a far less supportive posture on charter schools than her husband had embraced are watching Booker and the rest of the 2020 field carefully, as Brookings Institution education wonk Paul Valant observes:

“I think most of these candidates want to be understood and identified as progressive, and to do that right now is not to actively support charter schools,” Valant says.

Will Booker be among them?

“Maybe Sen. Booker will, maybe he won’t,” [American Federation of Teachers president] Weingarten explains. “He’ll have to answer a lot of questions.”

The growing militancy of teachers unions and their tendency to make uncontrolled growth of charter schools a primary issue means Booker won’t be able to dodge or finesse the issue much longer. And the way the wind is blowing in Democratic circles was amply illustrated by a recent column from former Chicago mayor — and former Clinton and Obama staffer — Rahm Emanuel, who regretted his long battles with teachers over his advocacy of “education reform,” which often came across as simply union-bashing.

Booker could choose to flatly repudiate his past positions on education policy and take this issue largely off the table for the 2020 primaries. Or he could, as other Democrats have long done, draw a bright line between private-school vouchers and public charter schools, and reject unaccountable charters that exist to make profits. He could even double down on his heresies as a token of independence from Democratic interest groups. But at some point soon he’ll have to make up his mind.

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Fox News

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We are reaching a turning point that will forever determine our future -- how we live our lives and how our children will live theirs. The gap between the ever-widening left and right has never been wider, and yet amazingly it continues to widen. 

I Love My Freedom

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New Jersey Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate Cory Booker just made the most hilarious comment about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal and two of the most unlikely comparisons.

Booker was talking to a small crowd in Mason City, Iowa, and stated that efforts to pull through with the Green New Deal were similar to fighting murderous genocidal Nazis and astronauts breaking scientific barriers traveling to the moon.

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If this was any glimpse into Booker’s future run for president, then it certainly came off as a huge laughable presentation showing us everything we need to know about his future failed campaign.

Besides the fact that the Green New Deal doesn’t sound like much of a deal at all considering everything it wants to get rid of for every day Americans, comparing it to something like defeating Nazis who murdered 17 million people or our beloved astronauts who risked everything to make one of the most epic space flights in world history is just hilarious.

Is this Cory Booker acting like a future presidential candidate or practicing his stand-up comedy act?

Either way, it appears he will surely fail as this is one act we can’t laugh with, but instead – laugh at.

Holy cow this guy is nuts!

Booker said, as quoted by Real Clear Politics:

“There are a lot of people out there pushing back against the Green New Deal, saying it is impractical, it is too expensive, it is all of this.

If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the Moon. God, that’s impractical. That ball in the sky? That’s impractical.”

He later added, “When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save Earth from the scourge of Nazism and totalitarian regimes? We came forward! Who came forward to save the planet, or continents, from financial ruin?”

The Green New Deal may eventually include eliminating cow farts.

That’s how we know they’re serious.

[RELATED: Trump Names Former Fox News Reporter To Key Post, And Dems Are FURIOUS]

[RELATED: The Price Tag For Ocasio-Cortez’s ‘Green New Deal’ Will BLOW YOUR MIND]

NBC News

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Virginia Democrats called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign on Saturday after a second woman accused the political rising star of sexual assault, a revelation that came after the party's other two top Democrats admitted to wearing blackface in their youth.

On Saturday night, Fairfax released a statement saying the past week had been "devastating" for not only his family but for the state of Virginia. He reiterated that his past encounters with accusers Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson were consensual.

"The one thing I want to make abundantly clear is that in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual," Fairfax said.

Fairfax claimed he spoke with both women after the time the alleged the assaults occurred and said neither indicated that his interactions had "caused her any discomfort." He called on the FBI and other "appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities," to look into the allegations.

"I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process," Fairfax said.

But amid his calls that "no one rush to judgement," the state party said on Saturday that Fairfax should step down.

The state chairwoman, Susan Swecker, said that the allegations of sexual assault needed be taken seriously. Because of the accusers' credibility, Swecker said Fairfax could "no longer fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his post."

"While the Lieutenant Governor deserves due process in this matter, it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth that he goes through this process as a private citizen," she said in a statement. "The Lieutenant Governor no longer has our confidence or support. He must resign."

The Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association on Saturday replaced Fairfax as chairman of the organization.

Once considered to have a bright future in the Democratic Party, Fairfax stands accused of sexual assault by two women. He has denied both allegations.

Watson said in a statement from her lawyer Friday that the lieutenant governor raped her while they were both students at Duke University in 2000. The lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, described the attack as "premeditated and aggressive."

"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession," Smith said in the statement. "Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her."

He called the accusation "demonstrably false" and called for an investigation.

"I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide," the lieutenant governor said. "I have passed two full, field background checks by the FBI and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before. It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me. I will not resign.”

Fairfax also denied an accusation made by Tyson, a college professor, that he forced her to perform oral sex while they were both at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.

Whatever his decision — stay or resign — Fairfax has lost the support of party leaders from the state, as well as many 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

The list includes former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kristen Gillibrand of New York.

"Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth," said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "We cannot ever ignore or tolerate sexual assault."

Conservative Review

Published  2 weeks ago

This is going mainstream in the Democratic Party.

Fox News

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Top Democrats running for president in 2020 have jumped on and endorsed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical Green New Deal that aims, among other measures, eliminate air travel.

dailycaller

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” resolution calls on the federal government to provide economic security for those “unwilling to work.”

A “Green New Deal” FAQ page posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional website says a “Green New Deal” Would guarantee “[e]conomic security to all who are unable or unwilling to work.” In other words, people who may not want to work.

However, Ocasio-Cortez’s staff seemed to have taken the FAQ off their website as of Thursday afternoon.

The same line is on the FAQ Ocasio-Cortez’s staff gave to NPR along with the actual text of the resolution. The “Green New Deal” resolution’s actual text simply calls for “economic security for all people of the United States.”

The legislative test puts “economic security” on a list of things the government should provide, including “high-quality health care,” “affordable, safe, and adequate housing” and “access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, and nature.”

Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her “Green New Deal” resolution Thursday alongside Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Markey’s bill is co-sponsored by 2020 presidential contenders, including Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California.

I’m proud to co-sponsor @AOC and @EdMarkey‘s Green New Deal. We must aggressively tackle climate change which poses an existential threat to our nation.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 7, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez said the House version had more than 60 co-sponsors, including Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. The bill is unlikely to pass the House and has zero chance of passing the Senate.

House Democratic leadership hasn’t lined up behind the “Green New Deal.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the resolution as a “suggestion” that would only be an option her party considered.

“It will be one of several or maybe many suggestions that we receive,” Pelosi told Politico Wednesday. “The green dream or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”

“No, I think it is a green dream,” Ocasio-Cortez responded at an event Thursday to promote her resolution. “I think that all great American programs, everything from the Great Society to the New Deal. Started with a vision for our future, and I don’t consider that to be a dismissive term. I think it’s a great term.”

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Breitbart

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Six of the seven Democratic Party presidential candidates in the U.S. Senate voted against a pro-Israel bill this week that would make it easier for states to oppose the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement.

Some critics have called BDS not only anti-Israel, but antisemitic, because it targets only Israel and not the Palestinians, and because it singles out Israel while ignoring human rights abuses committed by its neighbors.

As Ron Kampeas of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency noted (via the Jerusalem Post):

The Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1), which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee said “contains critical pro-Israel provisions,” passed 77-23, earning yeas from every Republican but one, Rand Paul of Kentucky. It codifies $38 billion in defense assistance to Israel and provides legal cover to states that target the boycott Israel movement.

However, Democrats were split on the bill. Initially, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) even blocked the bill from coming to a vote, blaming the government shutdown at the time.

Democrats were almost evenly split on the final vote. As Kampeas notes, Sen. Amy Klobucher (D-MN), who is expected to announce her candidacy for president this weekend, was the only contender to vote for the bill.

The others — Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) — all voted against the bill. Most cited free speech concerns — though anti-BDS laws have been found not to violate free speech laws. Last month, for example, a federal judge in Arkansas upheld that state’s anti-BDS law, which prevents the state from doing business with companies that boycott Israel. Even left-wing California, Harris’s home state, has an anti-BDS law in force.

A likelier reason for their “no” vote has to do with the increasing importance of anti-Israel political forces in the Democratic Party coalition.

Last month, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed the avowedly anti-Israel Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, despite concern over her radical views and past antisemitic rhetoric.

Booker, once a favorite of Jewish donors in the Democratic Party, has effectively switched sides on the issue after supporting President Barack Obama’s ill-fated Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Conservative News Today

Published  2 weeks ago

Sen. Kamala Harris joined nearly every other candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination in endorsing the progressive disaster known as the “Green New Deal.” The California Democrat co-sponsored the bill introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday and was almost instantly mocked for it. I’m proud to co-sponsor @AOC and @EdMarkey‘s Green New Deal. We must […]

The Federalist

Published  2 weeks ago

The Green New Deal is likely the most unserious plan that has ever been presented by any elected official to the American people.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D) warned Friday evening that he will introduce articles of impeachment against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) unless he resigns by Monday as a second allegation of sexual assault surfaced.

“On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.,” Hope said in a statement shared to social media.

A second woman, Meredith Watson, has come forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault, alleging in a statement Friday that the attack took place when she and Fairfax were Duke University classmates in 2000. The allegation comes after California college professor Dr. Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax on Wednesday of forcing her to perform oral sex on him in 2004 during the Democrat National Convention.

Contenders for the 2020 Democrat presidential nomination have begun to issue calls for the lieutenant governor of Virginia to resign. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) were first among the expanding field to call for Fairfax’s resignation. Booker posted on Twitter that “the multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling” and called on Fairfax to leave office.

Gillibrand called details of the second woman’s claims “sickening and horrendous” and also called on Fairfax to step down, continuing:

This new allegation from Meredith Watson that Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax raped her, corroborated by at least two named individuals in interviews and emails, is sickening and horrendous. I believe Meredith Watson and Dr. Tyson, and it was extremely brave for them to come forward. Mr. Fairfax should resign and no longer serve the Commonwealth of Virginia

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) also called on Fairfax to step aside, urging for the embattled Virginia Democrat to do so right away.

Fairfax has vehemently denied the allegations and has called for an investigation into the claims. “The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible,” said McAuliffe. “It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.”

The new accusation further clouds the fate of Virginia’s government. Fairfax would take over if Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) were to resign over the racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page. Northam told his top staff Friday that he would not resign. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D), who is second in line of succession, admitted to putting on blackface in college.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Daily Beast

Published  2 weeks ago

Meredith Watson claims Fairfax raped her in 2000, when they were both students at Duke University. Earlier this week, Vanessa Tyson publicly accused Fairfax of sexual assault.

Breitbart

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Friday at a campaign event in Mason City, IA, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) compared Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey’s (D-MA) so-called Green New Deal to fighting Nazis.

Booker said, “We have to deal with this. Our planet is in peril, and we need to be bold. It’s one of the reasons I signed on to the resolution. I co-sponsored the resolution for the Green New Deal. There’s a lot of people blowing back on the Green New Deal. They’re going, ‘Oh, it’s impractical, oh it’s too expensive, oh it’s all of this.’ If we used to govern our dreams that way, we would have never gone to the moon.”

He added, “We need to be bold again in America. We need to have dreams that other people say are impossible. We need to push the bounds of human potential. Because that is our history. When the planet has been in peril in the past, who came forward to save the earth from the scourge of Nazi and totalitarian regimes? We came forward. Who came forward to save the planet or continents from financial ruin? We came forward with the Marshall Plan.”

Sean Hannity

Published  2 weeks ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive lawmakers left Americans scratching their heads Thursday; unveiling their Green New Deal proposal that seeks to end air travel and support those “unwilling to work.”

“Along the way, her office says the plan would aim to make air travel obsolete, upgrade or replace every building in America to ensure energy efficiency and give economic security even to those ‘unwilling’ to work,” writes Fox News.

Excited to join @AOC & @SenMarkey on a historic #GreenNewDeal resolution to address the peril of climate change and worsening inequality. Our history is a testimony to the achievement of what some think is impossible — we must take bold action now.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 7, 2019

I’m proud to co-sponsor @AOC and @EdMarkey's Green New Deal. We must aggressively tackle climate change which poses an existential threat to our nation.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 7, 2019

“Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” said Cortez. “That’s what this agenda is all about.”

Read the full story at Fox News.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

The radical Democrat-Socialist plan will destroy the country in months… if not days.  The plan ends air travel with ocean bridges, ends traditional forms of energy and will kill millions, ends nuclear energy, mandates all new jobs must be unionized and gives free money for not working Why do Democrats hate this country so much? […]

I Love My Freedom

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New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her "Green New Deal" today, which promises heavy financial burden on the American people. She proposes eliminating air travel altogether, among numerous other bogus objectives. Get Your "Build The Wall"

Mail Online

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University of North Carolina Chapel Hill said they 'wholly condemn' the 'abhorrent' photos published 40 years ago in the 1979 yearbook. Governor Roy Cooper featured on another page.

Fox News

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to criticism from a top columnist on Tuesday that she had a "rare bad night" during President Trump's State of the Union speech.

Peggy Noonan, the Wall Street Journal columnist, tweeted that the 29-year-old Democrat looked "sullen, teenaged and at a loss" during a night where the freshman rep kept mostly silent and refused to applaud president Trump's remarks as he touted his administration's low unemployment numbers and efforts to cure AIDS and stop sex traffickers.

Ocasio-Cortez - a frequent critic of Trump - took to Twitter to defend herself.

"Why should I be “spirited and warm” for this embarrassment of a #SOTU? Tonight was an unsettling night for our country. The president failed to offer any plan, any vision at all, for our future. We’re flying without a pilot. And I‘m not here to comfort anyone about that fact," she wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez did clap when Trump recognized the number of women in Congress.

Trump's appeal for unity is unlikely to win over many of his Democratic critics in Congress. Before Trump even delivered his speech, California Sen. Kamala Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said, "We will hear insincere appeals to unity."

Also in the audience were several other Democrats running to challenge Trump in 2020, including Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

Noonan tweeted, "This has been a deeply adept speech in terms of policy. He cut to the muscle on legal and illegal immigration, on abortion and infanticide, on foreign wars. His vow on socialism will be remembered. Great heroes in the balcony, a real American panoply."

Middle East Eye

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

Fox News

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who announced a sweeping "Green New Deal" on Thursday that promises to render air travel obsolete, get rid of flatulent cows and ensure economic security for everyone in less than a decade, seemingly contradicted herself in a span of twelve hours on the nature of the government's role in the massive undertaking.

TheHill

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Senate Democrats introduced legislation on Monday to prevent President Trump from using military and disaster relief funds to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall should he declare a national emergency.

The legislation would prevent Trump from using funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works funds and military construction funding "for the construction of barriers, land acquisition, or any other associated activities on the southern border without specific statutory authorization from Congress" if he declared a national emergency.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) said that while an emergency declaration to construct the U.S.-Mexico border wall would be challenged in court "Congress should not wait for the courts to act."

"We must stand up and assert our role as a co-equal branch of government, and we must prevent the president from going around Congress to raid critical funds … for a politically-motivated, unjustified national emergency declaration that isn’t based in reality," he said.

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) added that the bill would "prevent funds designated for critical military construction and disaster response" from being used to build the wall in the event Trump declares a national emergency.

Democrats estimate that approximately $35 billion from the fiscal year 2018 funding cycle is "subject to raiding"—being repurposed for constructing the border wall—including money for disaster relief and military construction projects.

More than a dozen Democrats, including Udall and Heinrich, introduced the Restrictions Against Illegitimate Declarations for Emergency Re-appropriations, or RAIDER, Act. Among the bill's supporters are Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who are both running for the party's 2020 nomination.

Trump has kept the option of declaring a national emergency to construct the wall on the table despite pushback from Congress.

He hinted last week that he could tip his hand during Tuesday night's State of the Union address about his plans, telling reporters to "listen closely."

“I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Friday.

If Trump declared a national emergency, Congress could try to pass a resolution of disapproval to block the action. Lawmakers in both parties have also predicted a lengthy court battle that would almost immediately delay action on the border wall.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 weeks ago

Another instance has surfaced where Sen. Elizabeth Warren identified herself as Native American, this time when registering for the State Bar of Texas.

On the 1986 registration card, obtained by the Washington Post, the Democrat from Massachusetts identified her race as “American Indian.”

Warren, who is in the running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, has faced criticism, especially from President Trump, for her claims to Native American heritage decades ago when applying for law school professorships.

Trump has called Warren “Pocahontas” and said that he would donate $1 million to a charity of her choosing if she took a DNA test and proved that she is Native American.

Warren has maintained her claims to aboriginal blood, and publicized a DNA test that revealed she is as little as 1/1024th American Indian, which is less than the average European American.

Last week, Warren issued a private apology to the Cherokee Nation for making the test results public, the first time on record that she apologized for the ordeal. The specifics of the apology were not made public.

“I can’t go back,” Warren told the Post. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”

In the 2020 race, Warren will need to appeal to minority, nonwhite voters to be successful.

The Democratic field is expected to be crowded, and more than a half dozen have already entered a bid and launched their campaigns, including fellow Sens. Kamala Harris, Calif., Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., and Cory Booker, N.J.

The Rush Limbaugh Show

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RUSH: I know it may not look like that to you because you might think the Democrat Party's winning and dominating things.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 weeks ago

The left needs to learn how to lose an election without undermining the entire democratic process. Stacey Abrams provides an unfortunate case in point.

When asked whether or not the Georgia governor’s race was stolen, the Democratic candidate conceded to CNN’s Jake Tapper that her opponent, former Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, won — but not that he won fairly. She wouldn't even say he was a "legitimate" governor.

"I will never deny the legal premature that says he is in this position, and I pray for his success. But will I say that this election was not tainted, was not a disinvestment and disenfranchisement of thousands of voters? I will not say that," Abrams said, all but calling Republicans a bunch of cheats.

She was even less gracious in her begrudging concession-nonconcession speech:

"This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that. But my assessment is the law currently allows no further viable remedy. Now, I can certainly bring a new case to keep this one contest alive, but I don’t want to hold public office if I need to scheme my way into the post. Because the title of governor isn’t nearly as important as our shared title — voters. And that is why we fight on."

Not long ago, the Left argued, and argued with good reason, that refusing to accept the results of an election was a threat to democracy. But now “fighting on” and casting doubt on the reliability of the ballot box is all the rage among progressive political stars. Look at the potential 2020 field:

Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio claimed that if Abrams didn’t win the election, then Republicans “stole it.”

Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton complained that “if [Abrams] had a fair election, she already would have won.”

While ballots were still being counted, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., claimed the “election is being stolen from her, using what I think are insidious measures to disenfranchise certain groups of people.”

So what are these insidious measures? And what is the evidence that Kemp stole the election? Mostly wild allegations pushed by Democrats and lapped up by the national media, casting doubt on an election that didn’t go their way.

Because Kemp was Georgia's secretary of state, each of the arguments go in one form of the other, Kemp is guilty of everything that went wrong leading up to and on election day.

Voter rolls were purged, they argue, in order to disenfranchise minority voters.

Kemp did in fact do the purging in question. American Public Media reported that nearly 600,000 Georgians were removed from the rolls in 2017 by the secretary of state’s office. But this isn’t a conspiracy. This was the result of a “use it or lose it” bill signed by a Democratic governor, Zell Miller, and passed by a Democratic legislature in 1997.

The 600,000 removed from the rolls were removed because they hadn’t voted in the last three elections. Voters don’t get tossed without warning, though, as Michael Warren of The Weekly Standard reported earlier in October. If they haven't moved out of state, then they are notified. Each voter is given a menu of options to reactivate his registration, and up to four years to complete this process.

Granted, 600,000 is a high number to purge. Again, Warren reported, the increase resulted from a failed lawsuit over alleged racial bias by the group Common Cause and the NAACP. Georgia won the case at the Supreme Court, allowing the dead, the convicted, and former residents who had moved away to be removed from the rolls. Suppression? Hardly.

What about the polling places that were closed? Surely it was a sinister effort by Kemp to lengthen lines and keep people from voting.

Well, no. There were delays, yes. There have been 214 precincts closed since 2012, according to an analysis by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But Kemp had absolutely nothing to do with closing a single polling place. Those offices were shuttered by county election officials, not the secretary of state.

Finally, and laughably, there were delays caused by voting machines without power cords. As of this writing, there is no sign that Kemp or any of his allies snuck into polling stations and stole extension cords. If there was any evidence of this, the Republican should not be governor. Not just because this would be illegal, but because only an idiot would try to steal an election by stealing a charge cord.

In the end, cords were found and voting commenced.

None of this is overly complicated. It just takes time to explain. This is why the Left won’t learn to lose an election gracefully. It was beyond the pale to question the sanctity of the ballot box two years ago. Now it is standard operating procedure because cries of fraud make for easy excuses, norms and institutions be damned.

thenewamerican

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A homosexual has accused Democratic Senator Cory Booker of a bathroom sex assault in 2014. by R. Cort Kirkwood

USA TODAY

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"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after a possible homophobic and "racially-charged assault and battery," Chief Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Tuesday. The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, according to a press release sent to USA TODAY. "Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline," the press release stated. "The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and

Fox News

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Kamala Harris and her fellow Democrats may think “Medicare-for-all” is their ticket to the White House. But voters are not interested in their plan to eliminate private health insurance.

Big League Politics

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National Democrats are calling for Virginia governor Ralph Northam to resign after Big League Politics’ publication of a medical school yearbook photo showing Northam and a friend in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan robe, respectively.

But Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner — while expressing concern about the situation — have not yet asked Northam to resign.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus convened an emergency late-night meeting. Governor Northam could not do anything to convince them that he should remain in office.

Former governor Terry McAuliffe stated, “This has been a heartbreaking day. Ralph Northam is my friend and he served well as my Lt. Governor and as Governor. His actions on display in this photo were racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age and any time.”

“The situation that he has put himself and the Commonwealth of Virginia in is untenable. It’s time for Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward,” stated former governor McAuliffe.

“These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they’ve eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead. We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign,” said New Jersey senator Cory Booker.

Democratic senator Kamala Harris of California called for Northam to resign.

“Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” Senator Harris stated.

Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 2, 2019

Harris joins the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in calling for Northam to resign.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible 2020 presidential contender, joined a bipartisan chorus of calls for embattled Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) to resign after a photo emerged Friday of him and another man wearing blackface and Ku Klux Klan attire.

“There is no place for racism in America. Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately, Justin Fairfax is the leader Virginia needs now,” Biden said in a statement shared to Twitter Saturday:

In a photo first reported by Big League Politics and later obtained by the Virginian-Pilot, Northam’s 1984 yearbook features Northam and another man in blackface, a bowtie, plaid pants and KKK attire. According to a Virginia Democrat in contact with Northam, the embattled governor now believes he does not appear in the photo — a shocking reversal — after admitting in his Friday evening apology that he was, indeed, in the photo. He would not reveal which attire he wore.

In his first apology, Northam acknowledged the clothing he had on was “clearly racist and offensive” and said in his follow-up apology that he was “deeply sorry” yet fully committed to staying on as the state’s chief executive.

“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust,” said Northam.

Biden joins Democrat presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in demanding Northam resign. “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” said Harris.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-VA) issued their own statements on the matter, condemning Northam for appearing in the “racist” and “deeply offensive” photo. The top Virginia lawmakers did ask for Northam to step down. “The racist photo of Governor Northam’s 1984 yearbook is horrible. This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said. “I hope the Governor–whose career as an Army officer, pediatrician and public official has always manifested a commitment to justice and equality for all–now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward.”

Warner, calling the unearthed photo “shocking and deeply offensive,” said it reopened wounds from Virginia’s “long and painful history of racism and violence toward African-Americans.”

“The Governor must now listen to the people and communities he has hurt, and carefully consider what comes next,” his statement concluded.

Northam is expected to address the matter in a press conference scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time.

NBC4 Washington

Published  2 weeks ago

Northam initially planned to resign after apologizing for appearing in the photo and speaking with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, but later had a change of heart, the Virginia Democrat told News4 and Tom Sherwood. He now insists neither figure wearing a racist costume was him. He plans to make an official statement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday amid immense pressure to step down. On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo, which was printed in a medical school yearbook on a page titled with

Conservative News Today

Published  2 weeks ago

Kellyanne Conway, the counselor to President Donald Trump, says if Democrat Senator Cory Booker were a Republican, he’d be viciously attacked as a “sexist” for choosing to run for president instead of supporting one of his female colleagues.

Obviously, Booker is running because he thinks he’s a better candidate than all the women from his party who are running.

Why Won’t Cory Booker Support His Female Peers?

“Welcome [to the race],” Conway told Fox & Friends. “He’s welcome to dive in ― along with 10, 15, 30 other Democratic candidates.”

When asked her reaction to Booker’s candidacy, Conway replied:

“I would ask him a couple questions today as he runs from my native New Jersey. One is: What’s wrong with the candidates that are already in there?

What is your objection to Kamala Harris running, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced, Tulsi Gabbard, maybe?

If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field.”

Conway: What Has Booker Accomplished?

Aside from his sexism, Kellyanne Conway says Cory Booker is not qualified to run for president.

Before becoming a US senator, Booker was the mayor of Newark, New Jersey from 2006 to 2013. During that time, crime in Newark soared and poverty remained a major problem in the embattled city.

“I would also ask him what exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be commander-in-chief and president of the United States?” Conway said.

Kellyanne also noted that Booker’s side gig as a “motivational speaker” is a disaster. She said even Democrat David Axelrod ― the former chief strategist for Barack Obama ― dissed Booker’s underwhelming “motivational-speaking” skills.

“I think people should go and look at his record in Newark, New Jersey.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, about 8 or 9 years ago, gave $200 million in matching funds to Newark for its school system and a whole bunch of that ― millions and millions of dollars ― went to politically-connected consulting firms.

I first came upon Cory Booker many years ago when he was a pro-school choice advocate. But the modern Democrat party…has moved so far to the left that he can’t even bring himself to continue to help these schoolchildren.”

Trump: ‘Spartacus’ Ran Newark Into the Ground

Meanwhile, check out President Trump’s brutal takedown of Booker after he tried to hijack the Senate Judiciary hearings in September 2018 by comically declaring “I Am Spartacus!”

“How about Cory Booker? Did you watch the performance?” Trump asked. “He ran Newark, New Jersey, into the ground and now he wants to be president? What was the moment he said he had? [‘Spartacus!’] I don’t think so. We’ll take Kirk Douglas at his prime. Booker ran Newark into the ground.”

While Booker condemned Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh over uncorroborated, decades-old groping allegations, he admitted that he groped a girl’s breast in high school without her consent.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

In a stunning reversal, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) now says he does not believe he appears in a photo which shows two individuals in blackface and KKK uniform and has no immediate plans to resign, according to a Virginia Democrat who spoke to the embattled lawmaker, the Associated Press reports. On Friday evening, Northam acknowledged he was in the photo, yet declined to reveal which attire he wore.

The Democrat, who said they were “not authorized” to speak publically on the matter, told the news outlet that Northam is phoning state lawmakers Saturday in an attempt to shore up support that has all but evaporated the prior evening.

Northam has faced a torrent of criticism and calls for his resignation after a photo surfaced from decades ago that showed two people in racist costumes: One person is dressed in blackface, and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform. The photo appeared in Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook.

However, former political allies say Northam appears to have almost no choice but to resign after losing support from virtually the entire state Democratic party and other key allies, who late Friday urged the governor to leave office because of the racist photo.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the state House Democratic Caucus, and the state Senate Democratic Caucus all called on Northam to resign, along with several key progressive groups that have been some of the governor’s closest political allies.

Their calls for Northam to step down came in a wave late Friday after the Democrat had apologized for appearing in a photo in which one person is dressed in blackface and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform. The photo appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

The yearbook images were first published Friday afternoon by the conservative news outlet Big League Politics. The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended. The photo shows two people looking at the camera — one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid pants; the other in a full Ku Klux Klan robe.

In his first apology, issued in a written statement, Northam called the costume he wore “clearly racist and offensive,” but he didn’t say which one he had worn.

He later issued a video statement saying he was “deeply sorry” but still committed to serving the “remainder of my term.”

“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust,” Northam said.

But Northam appears to have virtually no path forward to remain in office without any institutional support. His departure would mean current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat who is only the second African American to win statewide office in Virginia, would be the next governor. Northam’s term was set to end in 2022.

Black lawmakers said they met with Northam Friday evening and said in a statement they appreciate his service.

“But given what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor,” the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said, “It is time for him to resign, so that Virginia can begin the process of healing.”

Several Democrat presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have called on Northam to jettison his post. “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” Harris said in a statement.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-VA) condemned Northam, calling the photo “racist” and “deeply offensive,” — however — the pair stopped short of calling on him to resign. The racist photo of Governor Northam’s 1984 yearbook is horrible. This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” said Kaine. “I hope the Governor–whose career as an Army officer, pediatrician and public official has always manifested a commitment to justice and equality for all–now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward.”

In a separate statement, Warner described the photo as “shocking and deeply offensive,” citing Virginia’s “long and painful history of racism and violence toward African-Americans.”

“The Governor must now listen to the people and communities he has hurt, and carefully consider what comes next,” he concluded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

SFChronicle.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Sen. Kamala Harris’ Rolls-Royce rollout of her presidential run quickly shot her to the front of the Democratic pack, and with it all the troubles that come with being seen as a front-runner. The first misstep came during her televised town meeting in Iowa. She was terrific for the first three-quarters of the show, connecting with the audience both in the hall and those of us at home. In the final quarter, however, her focus seemed to fade — and that’s when she stepped in it, flippantly dismissing the concerns of people who like their private health insurance and aren’t enthusiastic about replacing it with government-run Medicare for All. Her “let’s move on” line sounded a lot like, “Get over it.

The Daily Beast

Published  3 weeks ago

Corruption scandals. Skyrocketing crime. Abandoned allies. There are reasons why New Jersey is lukewarm about its own Sen. Cory Booker—even while the rest of the country swoons.

dailycaller

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Republican Utah Sen. Mike Lee condemned the Senate Judiciary Democrats on Thursday for questioning judicial nominees’ religious beliefs before the committee.

Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono denied ever instituting a religious test and scolded Lee for what she believed was censuring her.

“You can’t openly, publicly question a nominee about that nominee’s religious beliefs, about what he or she believes to be sinful conduct without subjecting that nominee to ridicule and simultaneously demeaning some of the fundamental tenants of our constitutional republic,” Lee said.”You can’t ask a nominee questions like those to which Neomi Rao was subjected just the other day and those that I’ve seen asked of some of our other nominees and then later ask the question ‘how did we get here?'”

Lee’s condemnation came two days after Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey questioned Rao on her view of homosexuality and LGBTQ Americans during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to vet her for a seat on the D.C. Circuit Court. Booker asked Rao if she considers gay relationships to be “immoral.”

“I can’t fathom a circumstance in which it’s ever appropriate for us to ask a nominee about his or her religious beliefs about whether x, y or z is a sin,” Lee continued. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Blasts Senate Dems For Holding A ‘Theological Court Of Inquisition’ Over Trump Nominees)

Referring to the line of questioning as “wildly inappropriate,” the Utah senator put forth a specific circumstance where one’s religion would come in conflict with their ability to faithfully execute their duties. However, it would require a narrow, specific type of question.

“I urge you to consider the fact that we should never expose someone to shame, ridicule or scorn on the basis of their religious beliefs and I ask that we refrain from doing so in this committee,” Lee said. “We should never again ask someone what they regard as a sin or other particulars of their religious beliefs. It’s nobody’s darn business. It’s certainly not the business of this committee.”

“We are not in the business of censuring each other’s questions to nominees or falsely assigning motives that don’t exist,” Hirono responded. “There is no religious test for nominees on this committee and to suggest otherwise is, to quote my friend from Utah, ‘wildly inappropriate.'”

“The problem with asking a nominee about the particulars of his or her religious beliefs is that those questions inevitably expose those beliefs as somehow a qualifier or a disqualifier for public office,” Lee said. “That is flatly inconsistent with [the United States Constitution].”

The Hawaii senator further defended probing nominees on their religious beliefs in order to determine if it will “not enable them to be objective,” and called it a “legitimate area of inquiry.” (RELATED: Mike Lee Blocked EEOC Nominee Who Believes Sexual Liberty Trumps The First Amendment)

“It is not that we all ask ‘do you think such and such is a sin, etc., etc.,'” Hirono continued before Lee confronted her with Booker’s question to Rao.

“I don’t think we’re here to censure,” Hirono responded.

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Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

CNN -- the network that promotes the hashtag #FactsFirst -- mislabeled embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam as a Republican on Friday during a segment about the Democrat's apology for his racist 1984 medical school yearbook photo.

The photo showed two men holding beers -- one dressed in blackface, the other in a KKK robe -- but Northam never made clear which one was him.

The CNN chyron that mistakenly called Northam a Republican aired Friday during "Anderson Cooper 360," the nightly show hosted by Anderson Cooper. The segment focused on a video in which Northam apologized for the nearly 35-year-old photograph.

“My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me,” Northam said in a video he posted on Twitter.

“That photo and the racist and offensive attitudes it represents does not reflect that person I am today or the way that I have conducted myself as a soldier, a doctor, and a public servant. I am deeply sorry,” he continued. “I cannot change the decisions I made nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”

While the CNN chyron stated Northam’s party affiliation incorrectly, Cooper identified the Virginia governor’s political affiliation accurately prior to the error.

But the error was included without acknowledgement in Cooper's tweet of the segment:

The unearthed photo of Northam, who admitted being one of the men in the picture, sent shockwaves across the country.

Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library. Northam graduated from the school that year. The Virginian-Pilot, the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch also reported they independently confirmed the authenticity of the page.

The quote on the page says, “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”

Politicians on both sides said Northam should step down from his position, including presidential hopefuls Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Julian Castro.

RALPH NORTHAM'S RESIGNATION DEMANDED AMID YEARBOOK CONTROVERSY: ‘THIS BEHAVIOR WAS RACIST AND UNCONSCIONABLE’

“Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government,” Harris tweeted. “The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who launched his 2020 presidential candidacy earlier in the day, said the photo has eroded confidence in Northam's ability to lead the state.

"These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they’ve eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead. We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign," Booker tweeted.

Northam’s statement didn’t indicate whether he will be resigning amid the controversy.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Newly-announced presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) called on the House of Representatives this week to pass legislation that would designate lynching a federal hate crime — re-upping the bill, which passed the Senate in December, in response to an alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett, who is famous for playing a gay character on the popular Fox television program, alleges two men beat him as they near his Chicago apartment complex. Smollett claims the attackers yelled, “Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ n***r?” at him, while his manager, Brandon Moore, told the police that he heard them tell the actor, “This is MAGA country.”

Smollett also told police the men placed a thin rope around his neck before fleeing the scene.

“The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe,” Booker tweeted on Tuesday. “To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”

The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I'm glad he's safe.

To those in Congress who don't feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention. https://t.co/EwXFxl5f2m

The bill — Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 — was originally introduced in June by Booker, Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Tim Scott (R-SC). The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee in October and passed through the Senate by unanimous consent on December 19.

“Today is an emotional and historic day,” Booker said after the bill’s passage. “For over a century, members of Congress have attempted to pass some version of a bill that would recognize lynching for what it is: a bias-motivated act of terror. And for more than a century, and more than 200 attempts, this body has failed. Today, we have righted that wrong and taken corrective action that recognizes this stain on our country’s history.”

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Anti-Defamation League, and the Equal Justice Initiative have championed the bill.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam vowed Friday night to finish his term despite a controversy surrounding a racist yearbook picture that emerged of him earlier in the day -- and in the face of increasing calls from top Democrats for him to step down.

WayneDupree.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Wonderful. Another liberal nut job is joining the Democratic Party circus thinking he deserves to be president because he wants the spotlight.

Sen. Cory Booker surprised me with this announcement. With Sen. Kamala Harris declaring, I didn’t think Booker would run. They are both the same with skeletons in their political closet. Harris had her little affair with the former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown while Booker’s history has a taint of sexual assault, which he admitted to.

Some are making fun of the number of candidates declaring to run for the Oval Office, but having options is always good. If you don’t like this, you can go elsewhere.

Related: Bernie’s Hometown Newspaper Begs Him Not To Run For President In EPIC Op-ed!

BREAKING: New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker launches 2020 presidential campaign.

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for president, adding his name to a growing and increasingly diversified field of 2020 candidates intent on taking on President Trump.

Booker made his announcement via an email and video to supporters, and had interviews scheduled throughout the day.

“The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it,” Booker said in his video, which made repeated references to Trump and his actions as president.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame,” he said.

#KamalaHarris aint got a chance in hell of getting the black votehttps://t.co/cnEV8XyVL1

— Bam (@youwylding_bam) February 1, 2019

After a JW complaint, the Senate Ethics Committee has refused to take action on Senator Cory Booker, who admitted he willfully violated Senate rules by releasing 'Committee confidential' docs on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a WH counsel.https://t.co/GET9QUvYCP

I would like to take this opportunity to announce that I, along with six other Americans, will not be running for President in 2020. As the now-named “Gang of Seven,” we understand that this is a considerable departure from the American public, all of whom are running for President. However, we feel that this is a critical time for us to show leadership by going about our business as private citizens and not seeking an office for which we are eminently unqualified.

Thank you, and God save America.

As for CNN, they were just about giddy with the announcement but that just gives them another person of color to push.

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Mail Online

Published  3 weeks ago

Booker has used tales about the tough-talking T-Bone to counter critics' claims that he's out of touch with the plight of the poor in New Jersey

Rutgers University history professor Clement Price, who calls himself a friend and mentor to Booker, says Booker admitted to him that he invented T-Bone

When a number of media outlets began questioning the character's authenticity several years ago, Booker assured that T-Bone was '1,000 percent real' but eventually stopped mentioning him in stump speeches

Booker has claimed that T-Bone once threatened to kill him

Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been peppering his speeches for many years with stories about a fictional drug dealer named 'T-Bone' to boost his public appeal, National Review reports.

Booker has used tales about the tough-talking T-Bone - whom he claims once threatened his life - to counter critics' claims that he's out of touch with the plight of the poor in New Jersey.

'I’ve been up and down the streets [of Newark] and nobody’s ever heard of this T-Bone,' Walter Farrell, a professor of social work at the University of North Carolina, told National Review's Eliana Johnson.

Booker, who's campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate, hasn't publicly admitted that T-Bone is a fictional character. When a number of media outlets began questioning the character's authenticity several years ago, Booker assured that T-Bone was '1,000 percent real' but eventually stopped mentioning him in stump speeches.

Rutgers University history professor Clement Price, who calls himself a friend and mentor to Booker, says the mayor stopped talking about T-Bone after a conversation they had in 2008.

Price told National Review that he confronted Booker about the storied drug dealer and that Booker admitted T-Bonewas a 'composite' of people he had met while living in Newark.

'There was no pushback. He agreed that was a mistake,' the professor said.

Prior to Booker's unofficial moratorium on T-Bone stories, the drug dealer was fixture in his stump speeches. The stories painted the picture of a troubled black man who grew up on the streets of Newark and whom Booker had been compelled to befriend.

'I still remember my first month on the street,' he told Stanford’s alumni magazine in 2001 about the few weeks that he spent living in a housing project to draw attention to the plight of the people there.

'I walked up to this charismatic black guy my age called T-Bone, who was one of the drug lords,' Booker recalled. 'I just said, "Yo, man, wha’s up." And he leaped in front of me, looked me right in the eye and said, ‘Who the blank do you think you are? If you ever so much as look at me again, I’m going to put a cap in your ass."'

Six years later, he told a group at Yale Law School about watching T-Bone 'operate this street-level drug trade.'

He said T-Bone once asked him to go for a ride with him and during the drive, he found himself 'trying to counsel this guy to turn himself in.'

'He looks at me hard and begins to tell me about his life story. And some of what shocked me and silenced me is that he told me the exact same life story, up until the age of 12 or 13, as my father. Exactly the same.

'Both of them were born in extreme poverty, both of them were born to a single mother who could not take care of them. Both of them were taken in by their grandmothers, but they were both too rambunctious for their grandmothers to handle, and by the age of 10 they were turned out onto the streets.'

In telling his story, T-Bone grew emotional and burst into tears 'sobbing into [Booker's] dashboard,' the mayor explained.

For now, T-Bone remains a bit of a mystery. Booker spokesman Kevin Griffis cryptically told National Review when asked about the issue: 'I think your questions have been answered a long time ago.'

timesofisrael

Published  3 weeks ago

The Democrat New Jersey senator, who just announced his 2020 presidential run, has a penchant for starting speeches with a Torah analysis

One America News Network

Published  3 weeks ago

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Democrat Senator Cory Booker is coming under fire from other Democrats for his ties to Wall Street.

Left-wing political strategists said they are “wary” about Booker’s track record, and the effect it could have on his bid for the Oval office.

Back in 2012, Senator Booker publicly defended then Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney over attacks against Bain Capital.

At the time he said he would not indict “private equity”, in direct opposition to the narrative Democrats were pushing to smear Romney during the campaign.

Campaign finance records also show Booker has received large donations from Big Pharma, Silicon Valley, and Wall Street.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Calling for a sense of common purpose, Sen. Cory Booker on Friday morning declared his candidacy for president.

The high-profile Democrat from New Jersey announced his White House run with a new website that included a two-minute-long campaign launch video.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood,” Booker said in the video.

The former mayor of Newark, known for his oratory skills, added that he envisions a country “where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.”

Booker’s entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race was widely expected. His jam-packed December visit to New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House, had the look and the feel of a presidential campaign trip. Aides confirmed that in recent weeks, Booker’s been hiring staffers for his emerging campaign.

Unlike some of his rivals for the nomination, Booker skipped setting up an exploratory committee as a first step toward running for the White House. Campaign aides said that next weekend (Feb. 8-9) Booker will visit Iowa – the state that holds the first-in-the-nation caucuses – and then head straight to South Carolina (Feb. 10-11) – which holds the first southern contest. They added that Booker – who turns 50 in April - will return to New Hampshire over President’s Day weekend.

Booker joins a growing field of candidates including Sen. Kamala Harris of California; former San Antonio mayor and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii; and former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have set up presidential exploratory committees, as has Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

Booker’s announcement came less than two weeks after Harris jumped into the race on Martin Luther King Day, followed by a massive rally in her hometown of Oakland, Calif., days later. The two senators, both African-American, are expected to battle for the influential black vote in the Democratic primaries.

In his video, Booker told the story of his parents' struggle to move their family into a predominantly white neighborhood with great public schools. He also highlighted how as an adult, he moved into Newark's Central Ward, a low-income inner-city neighborhood where he continues to live.

“Together, we will channel our common pain back into our common purpose,” Booker said at the end of the video announcement. “Together, America, we will rise.”

His campaign highlighted that Booker – like many of his primary rivals – would reject contributions from corporate political action committees (PACs) and federal lobbyists. They added that Booker also opposed the use of super PACs to help his campaign or those of his rivals.

Booker, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last summer and fall was one of the Democrats leading the push against the confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. He raised eyebrows and was widely mocked by Republicans for comparing himself to Spartacus, the Thracian gladiator and rebel slave who led a rebellion against the Roman Empire.

Booker was ridiculed by Republicans after threatening to defy the Senate rules and release what he thought were confidential documents concerning Kavanaugh’s past.

“This is about the closest I’ll probably ever have in my life to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment,” he said at the time.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., are preparing to introduce "Green New Deal” legislation -- marking a big step forward in the push to implement a massive package of big-government programs aimed at radically transforming the American economy.

Axios first reported that the lawmakers could introduce a bill as early as next week, though details are vague and it is unclear to what extent the proposal would stick to a draft document Ocasio-Cortez had circulated last year. A spokesperson for Markey confirmed to Fox News that the two lawmakers are working together -- on a proposal that has become a rallying cry on the left.

SOCIALISM RISING: DEMS TAKE HOUSE PUSHING MASSIVE GOVERNMENT EXPANSION, AS PARTY LURCHES LEFT

While there is no legislative text yet available for the Markey/Ocasio-Cortez proposal, the draft circulated by Ocasio-Cortez envisioned a sprawling government expansion that would dwarf FDR's New Deal. Ocasio-Cortez has described it as “a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100% renewable energy.”

Seeking to tackle the challenges of income inequality and climate change, the draft text called for a select committee to be formed to create a plan, and lays out a framework that includes eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and agriculture, while “dramatically” expanding energy sources to meet 100 percent of power demand through renewable sources. The text calls it a "historic opportunity to virtually eliminate poverty in the United States and to make prosperity, wealth and economic security available to everyone participating in the transformation.”

SOCIALISM RISING: PLURALITY OF DEMS WANT US TO MOVE TOWARD SOCIALISM, ACCORDING TO FOX NEWS POLL

The plan goes well beyond environmental measures, however, offering a laundry list of left-wing promises like a job-guarantee program, basic-income programs, universal health care “and any others as the select committee may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility and entrepreneurism.”

To cover what would presumably be a gargantuan cost, it envisions financing that would be accomplished by “the federal government, using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select committee deems appropriate, in order to ensure that interest and other investment returns generated from public investments made in connection with the Plan will be returned to the treasury, reduce taxpayer burden and allow for more investment.”

As it stands, any such proposal would be almost certainly dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Senate, and also possibly the House -- where it is not clear if a majority of Democrats would back a plan. However, it is possible the plan Markey and Ocasio-Cortez propose could be a scaled-back version.

The broader idea of a Green New Deal, once an idea on the fringe of the party, has picked up mainstream Democratic support -- a sign of the Democratic Party’s lurch to the left in recent years.

An analysis by Fox News this month showed at least eight potential and current Democratic 2020 candidates have voiced support for or touted aspects of the proposal -- including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Cory Booker, D-N.J.

The Washington Times

Published  3 weeks ago

The Senate ethics committee has decided it won’t punish Sen. Cory Booker for releasing confidential emails during the confirmation hearings for Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.

While other senators said what Mr. Booker was doing was against the rules, the three Republicans and three Democrats who make up the ethics committee elected not to do anything.

“The committee carefully evaluated the allegations in the complaint and, based on all the information before it, determined that no further action is appropriate,” the committee said in a letter last month to Judicial Watch, which publicly released it this month.

Judicial Watch had asked for a review of Mr. Booker, New Jersey Democrat, after he posted documents from Justice Kavanaugh’s files at the National Archives that had not yet been cleared for public release. The files related to Justice Kavanaugh’s work in the Bush administration.

Mr. Booker proclaimed himself “Spartacus” as he released the documents, saying he would accept the consequences for his actions.

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USA TODAY

Published  3 weeks ago

Police are investigating after receiving a report of a "possible racially-charged assault and battery" on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

MarkPantano.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Rumors have flown for many years regarding the sexuality of Senator Cory Booker. I personally couldn’t care less which way (or ways) the goofy bastard swings, I just don’t want him anywhere near the White House.

However, Booker obviously felt that it was important to address the rumors in preparation for his run for President. In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, in the most beta-male way possible, Booker claimed to be heterosexual.

“I’m heterosexual,” Booker told the newspaper. “Every candidate should run on their authentic self, tell their truth, and more importantly, or mostly importantly, talk about their vision for the country.”

Good grief!

By the way. If you feel the need to try and convince people that you are heterosexual, that is usually evidence that you are not.

In a related story, remember when Cory Booker appeared to be obsessed with gay sex during a Senate hearing?

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Dan Bongino

Published  3 weeks ago

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced he will run for President in 2020.

Booker made his announcement on his new website which included a two-minute campaign launch video.

“In America we have a common pain, but what we’re lacking is a sense of common purpose,” he says in the video.

“I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good-paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood,” he continues.

Fox News reports that Booker skipped setting up an exploratory committee as a first step towards his White House run. His campaign aides said Booker will visit Iowa February 8-9 and then head straight to South Carolina February 10-11. He will also go to New Hampshire over President’s Day weekend.

Booker joins a long list of Democrats who have thrown their hats into the race. Among them, Senator Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and former HUD secretary Julian Castro. Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have set up exploratory committees.

TheHill

Published  3 weeks ago

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday began calling members of Congress informing them he is running for president and is quietly making overtures to members for support, three congressional sources told The Hill.

"Yes, he is reaching out to members for their support,” said a former Democratic aide with direct knowledge of Booker’s intentions. "He's going to do it during Black History Month,” which starts on Friday.

“I don't know if it's going to be tomorrow, I just know it's going to be soon."

Among those who received a call Thursday were senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), of which Booker is a member.

“He’s making calls,” a fourth source, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), confirmed to The Hill on Thursday night. “He left me a voice message. I have to call him back.”

A Booker spokesman declined to comment for this story.

Booker’s entry into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race was widely expected, but his announcement on the heels of the successful presidential launch of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) suggests he and his team realized he could not allow his Senate colleague and fellow CBC member build too much momentum, some Democratic observers said.

Both Booker, 49, the former mayor of Newark, and Harris, 54, the former California attorney general, have been vying for endorsements from CBC members — a sign of the importance of the black vote in the Democratic primary, especially in states like South Carolina, Ohio and Georgia.

On Wednesday, both Booker and Harris attended the CBC’s annual policy retreat for more than an hour. Though their 2020 presidential bids were not the focus, both senators worked the room during breaks.

More than a dozen CBC members interviewed by The Hill said they were not ready to endorse anyone in yet with the 2020 field continuing to take shape.

As he left the meeting in the Capitol’s basement, Booker sidestepped a question about whether he felt any pressure to quickly launch a presidential bid now that Harris had begun to win congressional endorsements from lawmakers in her home state.

“I’m excited for the candidates already out there. It’s really good for the Democratic Party and it’s just a good thing,” Booker told The Hill. “I’m excited about Kamala’s candidacy. It’s incredible. It’s historic.”

The former Democratic aide said Booker will have a leg up on Harris with CBC members, because he's been a more active member of the group.

"He rarely misses a CBC meeting,” the former aide said. “Kamala Harris — great member — but that's just not her thing. ... So I could easily see Cory Booker getting more of their support."

The aide compared the situation to 2008, when Obama thought he'd lock down the support of CBC members because he was a part of the group. "But he never went to a CBC meeting," the former aide said, which allowed Hillary Clinton to gain the support of much of the caucus.

"Cory Booker has invested in the CBC relationships."

If Harris wins the nomination and defeats President Trump, she would become the first female to win the White House and the second African American after Barack Obama.

The Democratic primary is expected to be crowded, however. Aside from Harris and Booker, Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) are already running. So are Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), former Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Ind.

“The field isn’t even half full yet,” one Democratic senator quipped.

STAR POLITICAL

Published  3 weeks ago

President Trump sat down with CBS News “Face the Nation” host Margaret Brennan Friday afternoon at the White House and when asked about Senator Cory Booker’s announcement of a 2020 Presidential Run, The President minced no words.

“I say no chance,” Trump said of Booker’s announcment of his campaign on Friday. When asked why, Mr. Trump replied: “Because I know him. He has no chance.”

However CBS Reports, the president also told Brennan that he has not seen any candidates so far who are possible threats.

“So far, I don’t see anybody. I don’t — I’m not impressed with their group,” Mr. Trump said.

The interview took place Friday afternoon at the White House.

National Review

Published  3 weeks ago

Such legislation effectively legalizes third-trimester abortion, so long as a single doctor says it’s okay.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Saturday condemned a racist yearbook photo featuring Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) and another individual but stopped short of demanding the embattled Virginia Democrat’s resignation.

“The photo is racist and contrary to fundamental American values,” Pelosi said in a statement shared to Twitter. “I join my colleagues in Virginia calling on Governor Northam to do the right thing so that the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia can heal and move forward”:

The photo is racist and contrary to fundamental American values. I join my colleagues in Virginia calling on Governor Northam to do the right thing so that the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia can heal and move forward.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 2, 2019

Northam faces a tsunami of calls from both Democrats and Republicans to leave his post after the photo, first reported by Big League Politics on Friday and later obtained by the Virginian-Pilot, featuring Northam and another person wearing blackface and KKK attire. Despite admitting he is in the photo and issuing an apology, reports indict that the embattled lawmaker now says he does not believe he is in the photo and has no immediate plans to resign.

In his first of two apologies Friday evening, Northam confirmed he appeared in a racist yearbook photo and said he was “deeply sorry” for the pain it caused; however, he did not reveal which of the two in the photo he is.

“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam said in a statement. “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”

In Northam’s second apology, a video shared to his official Twitter account, he again made no mention of resigning, instead pledging to regain the trust of Virginians and lawmakers.

“I am committed to continuing that fight for the remainder of my term,” he affirmed.

The lukewarm, and seemingly tone-deaf, apologies only intensified calls for him to resign.

The Virginia House and Senate Democrat Caucuses and the state’s Legislative Black Caucus called on Northam to exit his post, as well as several leading left-wing advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org and the Latino Victory Fund.

Following an emergency caucus meeting, Virginia’s Legislative Black Caucus leadership said that while the group supports Northam’s agenda, it could no longer support him as governor. “[G]iven what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor,” the lawmakers said, adding that “it is time for him to resign so that Virginia can begin the process of healing.”

A handful of Democrat presidential candidates, including top contenders Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), also issued calls for Northam’s resignation. “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” Harris wrote in a statement shared to Twitter.

In his resignation call, Booker said Northam has arisen “centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence” that “eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead.”

“We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign,” he concluded.

Northam, a 59-year-old Army veteran, was elected the governor of Virginia in 2017.

Washington Examiner

Published  3 weeks ago

Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said that if Sen. Cory Booker were a Republican, he would be accused of being sexist for entering the primary competition against so many women.

“[W]hat’s wrong with the candidates that are already in there? What is your [Booker’s] objection to Kamala Harris running, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, these others who have already announced, Tulsi Gabbard, maybe?” Conway told "Fox & Friends" on Friday morning after Booker announced his run.

“If he were a Republican running against them, they would immediately call him a sexist for running against these women in the Democratic field.”

Booker released a video on the first day of Black History Month that announced he is entering the race for the White House in 2020.

Several other Democrats have already launched their bids in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic primary competition– Sens. Warren, Mass., Gillibrand, N.Y., Harris, Calif., and Rep. Gabbard, Hawaii, among those who already announced.

Conway, who also hails from New Jersey, also questioned what qualifies Booker to succeed President Trump.

“I would also ask him what exactly have you accomplished that qualifies you to be commander-in-chief and president of the United States?” Conway said, referencing what she characterized as a poor record as mayor of Newark.

“I think people should go and look at his record in Newark, New Jersey. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, about eight or nine years ago, gave $200 million in matching funds to Newark for its school system and a whole bunch of that, millions and millions of dollars, went to politically-connected consulting firms,” Conway said.

NJ.com

Published  3 weeks ago

The knock on Booker is that he's a showboat without substance. Don't believe it. Hard facts show that it's not true.

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 weeks ago

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced this week that he’s running for president. As of February 2019, Booker is a long shot at best to secure his party’s nomination.

What’s interesting is that Booker’s past seems to be going unreported by the media.

Cory was accused by a man of sexual harassment, which is a story that would make headline news if he was a Republican.

Every time the senator opens his mouth, the American people should demand answers.

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The alleged victim, who wishes to remain anonymous for now, penned a lengthy open letter that was posted on Twitter. In the letter, he describes the assault that occurred in a bathroom following a meeting at his workplace, where the two met.

The letter reads:

I stopped to use one of the building’s single-occupancy restrooms. Upon washing my hands prior to leaving, I hear knocking on the door. When it comes to these restrooms, it is customary to knock first in case someone is using it, even though there is an inner lock. When I opened the door, Mr. Booker was there. He smiled and very gregariously said, “Hey!” We engaged in some brief idle chitchat in the entryway and then he asked me to speak in private. What happened next, happened so fast that it was hard for me to comprehend what was going on. It was one of those surreal moments where what was happening was such a deviation and such a perversion of one’s natural daily routine that I hardly knew how to react. He pulled me into the bathroom, albeit not too forcefully, and slowly pushed me against the restroom wall. He said that “Being a hero was a serious turn-on.” He continued, “The Senate appreciates fine citizens like you. Especially this senator.” He then put his left hand on my groin, over my jeans, and began to rub. I seem to remember saying something like “What is happening?” It was a bit like having vertigo. He then used his other hand to grab my left hand with his right and pulled it over to touch him. At the same time, he disengaged from rubbing me and used his left hand to push me to my knees from my shoulder for what was clearly a move to have me perform oral sex on him. At that point, I pulled away quite violently and told him I had to go. I did not see him again before he left.

#CoryBooker Sexually Assaulted Me

and why it won't matter to the #metoo movement. https://t.co/8VQuMGY8bj pic.twitter.com/D5DWnFmfzd

— Deep Throat (@TheeDeepThroat) October 20, 2018

Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris have most things in common, including wanting to implement universal basic income.

What’s that? It is literally free money.

UBI would give new meaning to the phrase “reckless government spending,” not to mention taxes would spike around the nation.

The plan, largely known as “universal basic income” (UBI) would redistribute money from working Americans to low-income citizens. Harris, who, like Booker, is looking to run for president in 2020, unveiled a plan last month that would give families making less than $100,000 a year up to $500 a month, or $6,000 a year, in tax credits. Individuals making less than $50,000 would get up to $250 a month in tax credits from the government.

This is who Democrats want in 2020?

Blunt Force Truth

Published  3 weeks ago

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker postured himself as a #MeToo champion during the Kavanaugh hearings, but will he be forced to answer for an accusation about his own sex abuse?

Back in October, an anonymous Twitter user posted a graphic and detailed account of what he says Booker did to him in a “workplace restroom” in the summer of 2014.

#CoryBooker Sexually Assaulted Me

and why it won't matter to the #metoo movement. https://t.co/8VQuMGY8bj pic.twitter.com/D5DWnFmfzd

— Deep Throat (@TheeDeepThroat) October 20, 2018

“I made it quite clear that I was a great admirer of his, especially with regard to his record of being an advocate of the LGBT community,” he says.

Then this happened, according to the accuser:

I stopped to use one of the building’s single-occupancy restrooms. Upon washing my hands prior to leaving, I heard knocking on the door. When it comes to these restrooms it is customary to knock first in case someone is using it, even though there is an inner lock. When I opened the door, Mr. Booker was there. He smiled and very gregariously said “Hey!”

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The Federalist

Published  3 weeks ago

The media’s questioning of Democratic Party presidential hopefuls is often obsequious and misleading. Here are some questions they should be asking.

Fox News

Published  3 weeks ago

Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Saturday that he was not in a racist 1984 yearbook photo of two men dressed in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan outfit -- despite admitting he was in the picture a day earlier -- and that will not resign over it -- although he said he did darken his face at another party the same year.

Judicial Watch

Published  3 weeks ago

Senate Ethics Committee Gives Sen. Cory Booker a Pass for Purposely Violating Rules– Judicial Watch announced today that the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics has refused to take action against Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who admitted to willfully violating Senate rules by releasing confidential records regarding then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s time as a White House counsel… Read more

Documents Detail Nancy Pelosi’s $185,000 CODEL to Italy and Ukraine in 2015– Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Air Force detailing $134,587.81 plus $50,000 for an advance of funds for an “escort officer” for a total of $184.587.81 for then-House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Congressional delegation (CODEL) to Italy and Ukraine in 2015… Read more

U.S. Combats Child Marriage Abroad, Grants Thousands of Spousal Visas for Immigrant Kids– While the U.S. government advances policies to prevent child marriage in foreign countries it approves thousands of petitions filed by Americans seeking spouse or fiancé visas for children born abroad… Read more

Weekly Update: Air Pelosi Exposed– Nancy Pelosi’s plan to fly into a war zone to thank the troops, which President Trump put on hold, was déjà vu all over again. We’ve been watching her taxpayer-supported travel for years. I discuss our prior work here in an op-ed for Fox News… Read more

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dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Prominent liberal Democrats opposed 2018’s criminal justice reform, and CNN progressive commentator Van Jones thinks he knows why.

Presidential hopefuls Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker joined Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. John Lewis and Sheila Jackson Lee on a May 2017 letter calling the First Step Act “a step backwards.”

“I think publicly they were saying it doesn’t go far enough,” Jones said in a video played at the winter Koch Seminar Sunday morning. “I think privately, they just didn’t want Trump to have a victory.”

The bill was prominently championed by an unlikely alliance of Jones, billionaire industrialist Charles Koch’s libertarian network, President Donald Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner, Kim Kardashian West and Utah Sen. Mike Lee. President Donald Trump signed it into law Dec. 21, at the conclusion of the 115th Congress and just a day before partisan gridlock kicked off the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

While Senate Democrats ended up voting in lockstep for the act, joining the GOP to beat back a 12-vote law-and-order protest, in the House, 57 Democrats, including Reps. Lewis, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Elijah Cummings, Al Green and Joseph Kennedy, ended up voting against the law– dwarfing the two Republican nays.

The first 2019 meeting of Koch’s Seminar Network brings together allied leaders and organizations with 634 “partners,” or donors who give $100,000 or more per year, and over 100 new attendees.

The libertarian network, which is made up of largely center-right, conservative and Republican donors, is frequently hit by players on the left and the right, with President Trump targeting them for opposition to his trade and immigration agenda in tweets sent during their July meeting. Despite a reputation for national campaign politics, since its inception in 2003 the network has worked in a number of less political areas, particularly education, community and poverty. Meetings over the past several years, however, have tended to strongly emphasize politics, but 2019 continued a shift away from partisanship. (RELATED: What Washington And The Media Still Get So Wrong About The Kochs)

Jones had protested the Koch Seminar Network in 2011, when its opposition to President Barack Obama and his government take-over of health care were a major target of Koch and his allies. “When I went to that protest, I was focusing on the areas we didn’t have in common, not even aware there were any areas that we did have in common,” he said in the video shown Sunday’s attendees. “I had no idea who was in that building and they had no idea who was outside. They didn’t know what was in my heart, they didn’t know my story and I didn’t know theirs.” (RELATED: Kochs Slam GOP: ‘This Network Will No Longer Follow Anyone’s Lead Or Be Taken For Granted’)

“This idea of basic human dignity, that’s something we do agree on,” he continued. “And once you start realizing, ‘Wait a minute now, there are some principles here in common, and based on that relationship we started taking baby steps toward trying to pass a bill that everyone said wouldn’t pass.”

“This has been such an intractable issue for so many years everywhere,” Koch Industries Special Counsel Mark Holden said in the video, “with the Willie Horton [ad] to the Clinton crime bill, you name it, so we needed broad bipartisan support. We needed a big bipartisan vote on this.”

“There’s a lot of stuff that we’re gonna keep fighting on in America,” Jones said. “I have no problem with that! The problem is there’s a lot of stuff we do agree on that we aren’t working on together at all. You’ve got awesome people and beautiful people on both sides who don’t know what to do together. And if we start working on that, a lot of stuff is gonna get better, and that’s what we’ve got to focus on.” (RELATED: Deion Sanders Is On The Same Team As Charles Koch)

“Something about this issue brought out the best in both parties,” he said, adding, to audience laughter: “And then two hours later the government shuts down.”

Editor’s note: Christopher Bedford is editor in chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation, a non-profit that does investigative reporting and trains journalists. It is supported by donors, including individuals, corporations and non-profits, and including The Charles G. Koch Institute and The Charles G. Koch Foundation. From 2010-2011, Bedford was an associate at the Charles Koch Foundation, where he spent a year studying economics, philosophy and business management.

Daily Intelligencer

Published  3 weeks ago

The invincible ignorance of an egomaniacal centrist billionaire.

twitchy.com

Published  3 weeks ago

Harris and Booker have an anti-lynching bill to pass and this story fits the narrative.

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

WSJ

Published  1 month ago

Sen. Kamala Harris, (D., Calif.) said she is running for president, aiming to become the nation’s first woman to win the White House and the second black commander in chief.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

Lest some poor soul actually believe the Senate cares about ethics, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics has now disabused them of that notion.

Even when a senator openly admits and even brags about breaking Senate rules, the Ethics Committee will issue him no penalty. Indeed, so dismissive of ethics concerns is the committee that it won’t even bother a single sentence explaining its lack of action.

Those are the obvious conclusions to be drawn from the committee’s curt letter dismissing a complaint filed by the watchdog group Judicial Watch against Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for releasing confidential records from then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s work in the George W. Bush White House. The document release led to Booker’s much-pilloried, self-proclaimed “ I am Spartacus moment,” in which the famous fabulist tried to grab a martyr’s mantle. Booker even went so far as to say he was willing to be expelled from the Senate for his supposed act of bravery.

This wasn’t a momentary act of bravado, either. For days afterward, he boasted about his rule-breaking and dared the Senate to do something about it. For example, on Facebook four full days later, he released a lengthy statement to this effect: “I willfully violate these sham rules. I fully accept any consequences that might arise from my actions including expulsion. Sen. Cornyn of Texas threatened me with expulsion during the hearings. Now he is threatening ethics charges. As I said then, I say it now: Bring it.”

Well, the Ethics Committee didn’t bring anything. It didn’t even offer a cursory rebuttal of Judicial Watch’s assertion that Booker had “violated provisions 5 and/or 6 of Rule 29 of the Standing Rules of the Senate.” Judicial Watch’s complaint was targeted and specific, but it received not even the courtesy of an acknowledgment that its concerns were reasonable.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton called the committee’s inaction “an absolute disgrace.” He is correct. For the Senate’s own rules to be treated with such brazen contempt, and then for the Senate to make no effort either to defend those rules or to express the mildest concern about violations thereof, is a sign of craven indifference to the importance of both ethics and its own reputation. No wonder so much of the public holds senators in such low esteem.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

House and Senate Democrats have yet to come to the negotiating table on funding a wall along the United States-Mexico border but instead are gearing up to push amnesty for at least 1.5 million illegal aliens.

New legislation proposed by Democrats in the House and Senate would grant amnesty to the at least 1.5 million illegal aliens who work on farms across the country. The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR), among others.

In California, alone, there are more than 250,000 illegal alien farm workers, all of whom would be eligible for the amnesty.

The amnesty gives all illegal alien farm workers who have been in the U.S. working on farms for at least 100 days in the last two years the ability to obtain a special “blue status” that would shield them from deportation by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The amnesty extends to the spouses and the children of illegal alien farm workers, an amnestied population that could reach beyond three million.

Even for illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the U.S. and those who are currently in deportation proceedings would be able to evade deportation by obtaining the amnesty.

While the amnesty claims to exclude any illegal alien farm workers with felony convictions, the “blue status” can be granted to illegal aliens who have one or two misdemeanors, not including immigration violations or traffic violations.

The amnesty also allows for all illegal alien farm workers to obtain permanent residency in the U.S. after just five years so long as subtle requirements are met, like working 100 days on farms for each of those five years or 150 days working on a farm for at least three years.

On Friday, President Trump suggested support for foreign farm workers having “easy access” into the country to take blue-collar American jobs, saying, “Could somebody please explain to Nancy [Pelosi] & her ‘big donors’ in wine country that people working on farms (grapes) will have easy access in!”

The farm lobby and open borders advocates often claim that blue-collar American industries, like farm work, cannot survive without illegal alien workers. Even in the farm and agricultural industry, immigrants do not make up a majority of the occupation’s workforce. Additionally, farm workers are readily being replaced with machines and robots that can pick fruit, vegetables, and crops much quicker than humans.

Former federal immigration official Michael Cutler has called mass illegal and legal immigration to the U.S. a “delivery service” to the farm lobby and business.

“When people say ‘The immigration system is broken,’ I’m going to shock you and tell you it’s not broken,” Cutler said. “It’s doing exactly what the elite want. It is a delivery system and what it delivers is an unlimited supply of cheap, exploitable labor … it delivers an unlimited supply of foreign tourists.”

The Washington, DC-imposed mass immigration policy is a boon to corporate executives, Wall Street, big business, and multinational conglomerates as every one percent increase in the immigrant composition of an occupation’s labor force reduces Americans’ hourly wages by 0.4 percent. Every one percent increase in the immigrant workforce reduces Americans’ overall wages by 0.8 percent.

Every year the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million foreign nationals, with the vast majority deriving from family-based chain migration, whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S. In 2017, the legal and illegal immigrant population reached a record high of 44.5 million. By 2023, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that the legal and illegal immigrant population of the U.S. will make up nearly 15 percent of the entire U.S. population.

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

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) officially announced her 2020 candidacy for president, joining what will a crowded fray in the double digits.

TheHill

Published  1 month ago

New tensions are flaring on the Senate Judiciary Committee over plans by newly minted Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) to dig into Obama-era scandals.

The Lid

Published  1 month ago

The new representative for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional Democrat Ilhan Omar has made headlines recently because of her anti-Semitic and anti-Israel positions. Many are complaining that since the Republicans punished Rep. Steve King for his bigotry, Rep. Omar should be penalized for hers. The problem with punishing Ms. Omar is that she is just one of many anti-Semitic, […]

Newsweek

Published  1 month ago

President Donald Trump isn't exactly popular right now. In fact, a new poll shows that more people seem to support impeaching him than approve of the job he's doing.

The survey from Public Policy Polling—a Democratic polling company that also does public polls—pegged Trump's approval rating at just 40 percent, while 57 percent disapproved. Forty-six percent of voters, meanwhile, supported impeaching Trump, while just 44 percent are opposed, according to the poll.

The survey polled 760 registered voters from January 19 through 21. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 percentage points.

The survey also pitted Trump against hypothetical Democratic opponents for the 2020 election to see where things stood. Trump trailed all seven likely Democratic candidates that the company used: former Vice President Joe Biden (53 percent to 41 percent), Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (51 percent to 41 percent), California Senator Kamala Harris (48 percent to 41 percent), former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke (47 percent to 41 percent), Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (48 percent to 42 percent), New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (47 percent to 42 percent) and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (47 percent to 42 percent).

"It really doesn’t matter which Democratic hopeful you test against him right now," said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, in a statement. "Voters prefer any of them over Trump at halftime of his Presidency."

And while many voters seem to support the idea, it would be a tall task to remove Trump from office through impeachment since Republicans control the Senate, which would have to vote to convict him of the charges. But Democrats could move to begin impeachment proceedings in the House. Trump himself brought this up over the weekend, maintaining that impeachment would hurt the stock market.

He tweeted on Saturday: "The Economy is one of the best in our history, with unemployment at a 50 year low, and the Stock Market ready to again break a record (set by us many times) - & all you heard yesterday, based on a phony story, was Impeachment. You want to see a Stock Market Crash, Impeach Trump!"

In the tweet, Trump appeared to be referencing an article from BuzzFeed News that said Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, according to two unnamed federal law enforcement officials. A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller disputed aspects of the story (without going into much detail), but BuzzFeed says it stands by its reporting.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s, D-N.Y., “Green New Deal” is the most radical and destructive policy proposal offered by a member of Congress in decades. Not only would it destroy roughly 3.4 million jobs related to the fossil fuel industry by eliminating nearly all fossil fuel use by 2030, it would also require “upgrades” to every home and business building in the country and the creation of single-payer health care, a “basic income” program, and a federal jobs guarantee, among many other left-wing policies.

With the backing of Ocasio-Cortez, what was once thought to be a fringe policy idea has gained significant momentum in recent months. At least 40 members of the House have said they support the Green New Deal, and eight likely Democratic presidential candidates have also said they support most or all of the plan, including Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and Senators Cory Booker, D-N.J., Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

Although the Green New Deal has received huge amounts of media attention in recent weeks – both positive and negative – the radical origins of the plan have not. Ocasio-Cortez has been labeled an innovative thinker for offering the allegedly visionary Green New Deal, but the truth is that most of these ideas have been floating around socialist circles since at least the early 2000s, and there is strong evidence to suggest that much of the draft text of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is merely a revised version of the “Leap Manifesto,” a socialist green-energy plan pushed by far-left environmentalists in Canada.

The “Leap Manifesto” proposes making Canada 100 percent dependent on green energy by 2050, 20 years later than Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. It also calls for “a universal program to build and retrofit energy efficient housing” and huge new “green” public transportation projects. Like the Green New Deal, the “Leap Manifesto” encourages “a more localized and ecologically-based agricultural system,” and it proposes the creation of a “universal basic annual income” program. Also in line with the Green New Deal, it demands raising existing taxes and the creation of a carbon-dioxide tax.

The “Leap Manifesto,” which received significant media attention when it was introduced in 2015, was created by a large coalition of far-left organizations and activists in Canada, including Hollywood stars like Ellen Page, Rachel McAdams and Donald Sutherland. The plan was authored by a who’s who of Canadian “eco-socialists” and leftists, such as Naomi Klein – a noted critic of capitalism who once wrote that the only way to save the planet from climate change is “shredding the free-market ideology that has dominated the global economy for more than three decades.”

Ocasio-Cortez has been labeled an innovative thinker for offering the allegedly visionary Green New Deal, but the truth is that most of these ideas have been floating around socialist circles since at least the early 2000s, and there is strong evidence to suggest that much of the draft text of Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is merely a revised version of the “Leap Manifesto,” a socialist green-energy plan pushed by far-left environmentalists in Canada.

Some of the other radical people and organizations involved include the influential environmentalist David Suzuki – who has said on multiple occasions he believes political figures who deny the theory humans are causing catastrophic global warming should be thrown in jail – and 350.org, a left-wing environmental group founded by Bill McKibben.

McKibben is the author of “Maybe One: A Case for Smaller Families,” a book encouraging all people not to have more than one child because, according to McKibben, population growth is hurting the planet. In a lengthy 1998 article for The Atlantic, McKibben even went so far as to say it’s “bad news” the world’s population had grown to six billion.

Among the manifesto’s “initiating organizations” are numerous other far-left groups, such as Black Lives Matter–Toronto, Greenpeace Canada and Climate Justice. Socialist organizations endorsing the plan include ACORN, the International Socialists, Socialist Project, and the Socialist Caucus of Canada’s New Democratic Party, among dozens of others.

Ocasio-Cortez’s close relationship with the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats – organizations credited with helping Ocasio-Cortez create her draft proposal – is a direct connection to the socialist “Leap Manifesto.” Some of the leaders of the Sunrise Movement came from McKibben’s 350.org, and Justice Democrats is run by a former member of Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, which also included numerous advocates of the “Leap Manifesto” and McKibben’s many calls for banning fossil fuels.

Even Ocasio-Cortez’s branding of the Green New Deal as a kind of “Marshall Plan” that would be “similar in scale to the mobilization efforts seen in World War II” is eerily similar to an article McKibben authored for The New Republic in August 2016, titled "A World at War".

McKibben’s article is riddled with World War II comparisons. For example, McKibben wrote, “And just as FDR brought in experts from the private sector to plan for the defense build-out, she [Hillary Clinton] could get the blueprints for a full-scale climate mobilization in place even as she rallies the political will to make them plausible. Without the same urgency and foresight displayed by FDR—without immediate executive action—we will lose this war.”

Given Ocasio-Cortez’s direct connections to former members of McKibben’s 350.org and the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign, as well as the close similarities between the language of the Green New Deal and the policies proposed by key environmentalists involved with the “Leap Manifesto,” it seems very likely much of the Green New Deal is nothing more than a recycled version of a failed, three-year-old socialist proposal from Canada.

I guess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s socialistic “Green New Deal” proposal isn’t quite as new or visionary as many think it is.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

The Women’s March, which was hailed as an international rebuke of President Trump in 2017 when throngs of activists took the streets the day after his inauguration, is steadily losing supporters amid an anti-Semitism scandal that won't go away.  

NPR.org

Published  1 month ago

During the longest shutdown in history, key parts of Trump's base — from suburban men to white evangelicals to white men without a college degree — have slipped in their support for the president.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham kicked off Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for William Barr, President Trump's attorney general nominee, by saying the Justice Department needs a new leader to “right the ship over there.”

NaturalNews.com

Published  1 month ago

(Natural News) The up-and-coming Democratic Party has many ambitious plans for the country. First, they want a “Green New Deal” which would force the economy to run on 100 percent renewable energy. This multi-trillion-dollar plan would provide taxpayer-funded incentives for wind and solar, while shuttering American coal, oil, and steel independence.

The Democrat leaders of the House and Senate have voiced their concerns about the President’s proposed border wall, calling it outrageously expensive at a price tag of $5.7 billion. However, when it comes to spending money, these same Democrat leaders are all for a $2 trillion plan to dictate American energy production… and that’s just the initial cost (see the ten-year cost, below).

Democrats’ spending proposals are 3,600 times more expensive than Trump’s border wall

When comparing the spending proposals, the Democrats want to control energy in the U.S. and spend far more than what the President wants to spend on improving national security. This cost comparison is for year one only. When PJ Media calculated the cost of the “Green New Deal” over the course of ten years, the price tag was a stunning $18.26 trillion. Over the course of ten years, this wealth redistribution plan could fund Trump’s border wall 3,600 times over. Democrats believe that the cost savings of switching to green energy would offset the initial sticker shock. Examples of this could not be found, because many of the renewable energy incentives passed under former President Obama failed to translate to real world savings. To compare, Trump’s border wall will address real-life problems, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, and the cost burdens that illegal aliens add to welfare, Medicaid, and other systems that American citizens pay into. By addressing these problems, a border wall would pay for itself very quickly and save lives, something that cannot be measured in dollars.

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Green New Deal just the beginning of bombastic spending proposals by Democrats

The “Green New Deal” proposed by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is just the beginning of bombastic spending proposals by Democrats. One of the provisions of the Green New Deal is for the U.S. to replace its current power grid with a smart power grid. According to the Electric Power Research Institute, this proposal would tax America upwards of $476 billion, making the $5.7 border wall seem like pocket change. Also, in order to reduce carbon emissions and supposedly stabilize global temperatures, the Green New Deal calls for steel, cement, ethylene, and ammonia manufacturers to completely reform, a cost exceeding $11 trillion over a 30-year time frame according to a 2018 study from McKinsey and Company. This maneuver would also negatively impact each industry, weakening production yields, exports, and American sovereignty in each field.

According to newly-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Green New Deal would immediately require a 70 percent top tax rate for wealthy Americans, even though this would hardly cover the costs of such a monstrous system. The Green New Deal includes a federal jobs guarantee program, a $543 billion system that has already been proposed by Senator Cory Booker. Within ten years, this program would ensure that most federal workers receive a minimum wage of $15/hr and would cost taxpayers approximately $2.475 trillion.

Also included in upcoming Democrat promises is a universal basic income or UBI. This new welfare system would guarantee every American $10,000 per year, a total cost of $3 trillion every year. On top of that, Americans are promised a universal single-payer healthcare system, which all but ends the health insurance marketplace, while guaranteeing Big Pharma’s rule over America. According to a University of Massachusetts-Amherst study, the proposed plan would cost $13.8 trillion over the first ten years. According to the Mercatus Center, the cost could be as high as $33 trillion over ten years. The plan would save many Americans when it comes to paying deductibles and monthly premiums but healthy and young Americans would be fined by paying into the system. The expensive state of health insurance today would be swapped out for an expensive government system that could ultimately be just as tragic as the one in Venezuela.

Because Democrat spending proposals are not grounded in any sort of economic reality, the political party needs to be shuttered completely and denounced as a threat to American financial solvency. If the Democratic Party and their allies in the media and Big Tech cannot be brought to financial reality, then they must be considered a domestic threat to the U.S.

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Frontpage Mag

Published  1 month ago

Sometimes it seems like everyone except African-American politicians benefited from this new diversity.

Senator Cory Booker is the only African-American candidate is the 2020 race right now. And he's lagging behind. Meanwhile Senator Kamala Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian parents, who was raised by her Indian mother in Canada, will announce her 2020 run on Martin Luther King Day in Oakland.

That's hitting all the right African-American notes for someone who qualifies even less to appropriate those historic experiences than Obama did.

African immigrants to the United States have been very successful. And that's a great thing. But it's deeply cynical of politicians like Obama or Harris, who were raised by non-black parents, outside African-American environments, to exploit African-American resentment and white guilt with heavy handed symbolism like this.

While most African-American representatives remain in the CBC ghetto, Harris will try to succeed Obama by hitting the same chords.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is pushing a ban on commonly owned semiautomatic rifles and “high capacity” magazines.

She announced the push via Twitter where she wrote: “Americans across the nation are asking Congress to reinstate the federal ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. If we’re going to put a stop to mass shootings and protect our children, we need to get these weapons of war off our streets.”

Feinstein wants to ban any “assault weapon” which “accepts a detachable magazine and has one or more military characteristics including a pistol grip, a forward grip, a barrel shroud, a threaded barrel or a folding or telescoping stock.”

Her efforts to shoot down semiautomatic firearms based on cosmetic features are joined by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), as well as Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and numerous other Democrats.

Sen. Murphy commented on the proposed ban, saying, “Military-style assault rifles are the weapons of choice for mass murderers. There’s just no reason why these guns, which were designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible, are sold to the public. This past year, we’ve seen Americans rise up and demand Congress change our gun laws. Banning assault weapons would save lives, and I’m proud to join Senator Feinstein in introducing this bill.”

On May 30, 2018, Breitbart News reported a study from the Rockefeller Institute of Government showing that mass shooters’ weapon of choice is actually a handgun. The Rockefeller Institute looked at 50-year time frame–1966 to 2016–and found that mass shooters preferred handguns to rifles of any kind by a nearly 3 to 1 margin.

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.

WayneDupree.com

Published  1 month ago

How’s that for conviction?

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has removed her tweet supporting television star Jussie Smollett and his alleged attack which seems to be unraveling every second of the day.

Related: Smollett Being Investigated For Orchestrating Homophobic, Racist Assault On Himself! (Allegedly Paid $3500 To Attackers)

Two Nigerian brothers were arrested and then released after law enforcement had a chance to review their stories about the alleged January 29th.

Here is the tweet Pelosi removed:

Smollett claimed to law enforcement he went to a local Chicago Subway eatery at 2 a.m., and he was physically assaulted by two men in ski masks who poured a bleach-like substance on him and tied a rope around his neck like a noose.

Smollett, who is gay and black, also told police his attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him as well as told him, “This is MAGA country.”

Politicians and celebrities alike rallied around Smollett, including Pelosi, who tweeted on January 29, “The racist, homophobic attack on [Smollett] is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.”

However, as the case unfolded over the past two weeks more questions arose as to whether Smollett was telling the complete truth about the January 29 incident.

Pelosi, Senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris came out quickly to support Smollett without waiting on facts, and now they have egg all over their face.

On Jan. 29, around 2 AM, Smollett said he was talking to his manager on the phone while walking in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood during the winter vortex, when two masked men walked up on him, beat him with bleach and hung a rope around his neck and then walked away claiming “This is MAGA country.”

After the alleged attack, Smollett returned to his apartment where his manager met him. They called the police about 40 minutes later.

When law enforcement arrived, reports claim that Smollett had cuts and scrapes on his face and got this, the rope was still around his neck — 40 minutes later.

Smollett said that he wanted the police to see what he was attacked with so they could investigate.

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NJ.com

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WASHINGTON — Unsuccessful last year in his efforts to make it harder for President Donald Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker plans to try again.

Booker, D-N.J., joined by U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Chris Coons, D-Del.; and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said they would reintroduce the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, which died when the last Congress went out of business.

The legislation would apply not just to Mueller but to future special counsels.

Trump has claimed that he has a right to fire Mueller, who is investigating possible collusion between the president’s campaign and Russia and so far has indicted or received guilty pleas from 33 individuals, according to Vox.

“One of the core principles of our justice system is that nobody is above the law,” Booker said.

“Our bipartisan bill defends that fundamental principle by protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and future special counsels, from political interference. It’s a common sense, bipartisan bill that provides the appropriate and necessary checks and balances on presidential power in order to avoid a constitutional crisis.”

The measure would allow a special counsel to be fired only for good cause by a senior Justice Department official under reasons given in writing. The counsel then would have 10 days to appeal his or her dismissal to a federal judge.

The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a bipartisan vote in April, but when Booker and others tried to bring it up for a vote on the floor, other GOP senators blocked debate.

Trump has repeatedly criticized the investigation, calling it a “witch hunt.” Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign after the midterm elections after criticizing his decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe.

The recusal followed revelations that Sessions had contacts with the Russian ambassador during the presidential campaign after testifying during his confirmation hearing that he hadn’t talked to any Russian officials.

Fox News

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Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for the creation of 'Green New Deal' legislation, which would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and 40 House Democrats have said they support the proposal, but incoming House Democratic leadership has put it on pause for now.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lashed out at fact-checkers just days after taking office, accusing them of “false equivalency” and “bias” toward her in their columns examining her statements.

Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has been called out by fact-checkers at a steady clip since her upset primary win last year over then-Rep. Joe Crowley. She's apparently had enough. On Monday, she took aim at PolitiFact and The Washington Post fact-check unit for supposedly singling her out.

“Facts are facts, America. We should care about getting things right. Yet standards of who gets fact-checked, how often + why are unclear,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Monday. “This is where false equivalency + bias creeps in, allowing climate deniers to be put on par w/ scientists, for example.”

Her argument was not so much that the columns were wrong but that they should be scrutinizing the Trump White House more. Ocasio-Cortez complained that PolitiFact fact-checked her the “same” amount of times as White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders.

“For example, it looks like @PolitiFact has fact-checked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and myself the *same* amount of times: 6,” she said. “She’s been serving for 2 years. I’ve served 4 days. Why is she fact-checked so little? Is she adhering to some standard we don’t know about?”

She added: “Another question for @politifact: some officials’ statements (ex. Andrew Cuomo) get rated ‘true’ frequently. I say true things all the time – I’d hope most do. When does Politifact choose to rate true statements? Is there a guide? I’d be happy to repost if there is.”

A reporter for the Washington Post, which regularly publishes a fact-check column assigning “Pinocchios” based on the level of falsehood in statements made, hit back, noting there is a way to “avoid” being fact-checked -- and stressing they scrutinize the Trump administration plenty.

“No one likes to be fact-checked. There’s a simple way to avoid it. And there’s a big difference between the colossal amount of time we spend fact-checking Trump (7,645 false/misleading claims and counting) and TWO fact-checks of @AOC,” Post reporter Sal Rizzo tweeted.

Ocasio-Cortez then seemed to back down.

“Fact-checking is critically important. It’s not always fun. But that’s okay! It pushes me to be better. It is important that if fact-checkers are referees, everyone know the rules –and those rules be as clear + fair as possible for all to play,” she said. “Thank you for the work you do.”

Ocasio-Cortez, in an interview Sunday on CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” was asked about the criticism over factual errors and argued it's more important to be "morally right."

“I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

But she said it's still important to be factually correct and she owns up when she says something "clumsy."

"But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing at all," she said.

TheHill

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Senate Democrats are playing hardball as they try to strong-arm Republicans to buck President Trump and bring up legislation to end the partial government shutdown.

Fox News

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A growing number of Democrats considering a presidential bid have signaled support for the sweeping "Green New Deal" pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other liberal lawmakers, underscoring how the 2020 field is being pulled further left by the influential progressive wing. 

Fox News

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As Bernie Sanders gears up for a likely second run at the Democratic presidential nomination, the Vermont senator finds himself facing a much higher level of scrutiny than he ever endured in 2016. 

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

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Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and some others on the left have been trying to push the radical “Green New Deal.”

But there are a few things that they are leaving out when they pitch it that they really don’t want you to know.

As Ocasio-Cortez confessed, they want to ban the use of all fossil fuel in everything – electricity generation, agriculture and manufacturing- from the U.S. by 2030, a mere 12 years from now.

Now, leaving aside this is as a practical matter probably pretty impossible, it would radically destroy the economy and add tens of trillions to the national debt.

From Fox News:

The radical plan would force families to pay more to heat, cool and provide electricity to their homes. It would raise the same costs for businesses, farmers, government and organizations, driving up their operating costs – and raising the prices for just about all the good and services Americans buy.

Under the Green New Deal, Americans would have to power their homes with renewable energy, such as wind and solar power. Every home and business in the United States would have to be “upgraded” for “state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety.” And a slew of massive government social programs and mandates would be created.

Yet despite all these negatives, the Green New Deal has garnered significant attention and support from some members of the media, Congress, and even prominent senators considering 2020 presidential runs: Cory Booker, D-N.J.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.

1. While they are talking about the energy-related aspects of the Green New Deal, there are other troubling things in there as well, including the creation of “basic income programs” and single-payer health care.

The Green New Deal would also establish a federal jobs guarantee – one of the few non-energy-related parts of the plan Ocasio-Cortez has spent significant time advertising. And it would include provisions to “mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth.”

2. Meanwhile, it wouldn’t actually do anything to stem global warming because there’s no control over the people whose emissions are rising elsewhere. And the U.S. has already cut emissions on their own without any climate agreements.

3. Renewable energy is more expensive and less reliable. That again would drive up all goods and services, not just electricity. And because other countries would not be subject to the same restrictions, the U.S. would be at a significant disadvantage as to the rest of the world not implementing something so silly. That would put people out of business or force businesses to flee the country.

4. Who would benefit from this insanity? Well, naturally, left wing groups and businesses.

According to the proposal, the Green New Deal would “deeply involve national and local labor unions to take a leadership role in the process of job training and worker deployment,” and it promises the “funding (of) massive investment in the drawdown of greenhouse gases.” That’s a code phrase for giving billions of taxpayer dollars to renewable-energy companies.

5. And of course, it would drive the national debt into the stratosphere with single payer health care alone costing $32 trillion, according to the Mercatus Center. And this would be at the same time as the economy and businesses are tanking because of the restrictions.

So how do they propose to pay for this?

The taxes Ocasio-Cortez proposed to Anderson Cooper will progressive and oppressive wouldn’t even come close to covering the cost.

And this would be at the same time as the economy and businesses are tanking because of the restrictions.

A recipe for disaster and not from climate change.

Homeland Security

Published  1 month ago

According to an eye-popping new report from Power the Future, provided exclusively to PJ Media, the "Green New Deal" proposed by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) would cost more than the annual gross domestic product (GDP) of every country on Earth, except the United States. It would cost 3,600 times the cost of the border wall, be enough to pay off nearly the entire national debt, meet the needs of all student loan debt 12 times over, and cover the cost of 1,300 aircraft carriers.

The "Green New Deal" will cost a projected $18.26 trillion per year — and that's a conservative estimate.

According to Investopedia, that is larger than the annual nominal GDP of China (the world's second-largest economy) and Japan (the world's third-largest economy) combined. China's nominal GDP ($12.01 trillion) and Japan's nominal GDP ($4.87 trillion) add up to $16.88 trillion, more than $1 trillion less than the annual cost of the "Green New Deal." Only the U.S., with its $19.39 trillion nominal GDP, still manages to produce more wealth than the "Green New Deal" would suck from the economy.

In order to calculate the cost of this behemoth climate alarmist program, Power the Future examined each part of Ocasio-Cortez's plan, which combines climate alarmism and redistribution of wealth in order to fundamentally remake America's economy.

According to Ocasio-Cortez, the "Green New Deal" will force America to transition to an economy run from 100 percent renewable energy. Christopher Clark, a physicist who has studied rapid deployments of renewable energy, told The Hill that building this kind of generating capacity would cost "at least $2 trillion."

Ocasio-Cortez has also called for a smart power grid to replace the U.S. power grid, an estimated cost of $338 billion on the low end ($476 billion on the high end), according to the Electric Power Research Institute. This kind of transition may be a good idea in general, but it drives up the cost of the "Green New Deal" nonetheless.

The proposal would also call for decarbonization of U.S. industries — a mindbogglingly massive task. According to a June 2018 study from McKinsey and Company, the cost to decarbonize steel, cement, ethylene, and ammonia manufacturing is between $11 trillion and $21 trillion annually through 2050. This amount itself is "equivalent to between 0.4 and 0.8 percent of global GDP per year."

The "Green New Deal" would also include a federal jobs guarantee program. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has a bill proposing this kind of system, and it would cost $543 billion in the first year, The Week reported. This estimate only covered a wage lower than $15 per hour and health care benefits. Booker's program also only covered 15 areas, not the entire country.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for the creation of 'Green New Deal' legislation, which would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and 40 House Democrats have said they support the proposal, but incoming House Democratic leadership has put it on pause for now.

Rising Democratic star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in a new interview that she could fund her proposed "Green New Deal" in part by slapping a tax as high as 70 percent on top earners.

Ocasio-Cortez, sworn in as Congress’ youngest member on Thursday, is one of a number of Democrats who backs the Green New Deal -- which aims to combat both climate change and income inequality with a massive and costly economic overhaul. Ocasio-Cortez has called it “a wartime-level, just economic mobilization plan to get to 100% renewable energy.”

A draft text circulated around Congress lays out a framework that includes eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from manufacturing and agriculture and “dramatically” expanding energy sources to meet 100 percent of power demand through renewable sources.

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In an interview with Anderson Cooper to air Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Ocasio-Cortez said the huge government expansion could be paid for in part by taxpayers contributing “their fair share.” She said that, like in the 1960s, tax rates for those with incomes up to $75,000 could be as low as 10 or 15 percent, but much higher for those earning millions.

“But once you get to the tippie tops, on your ten millionth, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 percent or 70 percent. That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”

SOCIALISM RISING: DEMS TAKE HOUSE PUSHING MASSIVE GOVERNMENT EXPANSION, AS PARTY LURCHES LEFT

Those on the left calling for higher taxes have frequently pointed to tax rates in place before President Ronald Reagan took office, to argue they are not unprecedented. But free-market conservatives have argued there were more loopholes in the '60s and '70s, meaning most high earners didn’t actually pay those ultra-high rates.

President Trump in 2017 signed a measure that slashed taxes across the board -- a move that was opposed by most Democrats. Democrats have called for those tax cuts -- particularly the ones for the wealthy -- to be reversed, while Republicans have argued that the cuts have helped fuel economic growth.

While Ocasio-Cortez is seen as being on far left of the Democratic Party, her call for a Green New Deal is increasingly being embraced by more mainstream Democrats, including possible 2020 candidates such as Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. In the House, the activist Sunrise Movement says that it has more than 40 House members who are backing the Green New Deal, including Reps. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, Joe Kennedy, D-Mass., Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Veronica Escobar, D-Texas.

Daily Wire

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Here come the Democrats, and they're dragging behind them a big bag of socialism.

At noon on Thursday, Democrats officially take control of the U.S. House of Representatives. A short time later, the new majority will pick a Speaker, expected to be (once again) Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Californistan).

And a little while after that, they'll start work on a bold "new" agenda to expand government, blanket business with new regulations, raise taxes on all Americans and push a new socialism that will deliver "free" health care and college tuition.

In fact, socialism is literally coming to the new House as democratic socialists, such as outspoken Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ​and Muslim Rashida Harbi Tlaib, join the 116th Congress. Their platform is increasingly similar to that of rank-and-file Democrats, including a “Medicare-for-all” program and "guaranteed jobs" programs, along with demands for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Democrats will also push a “Green New Deal," which would create hundreds of new regulations on businesses and the energy sector.

Some, like Ocasio-Cortez, want to see the end of capitalism. "I do think right now we have this no holds barred, wild west hyper-capitalism," she said in July. "What that means is profit at any cost. Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world."

Democratic voters are also embracing socialism. “An overwhelming majority of respondents, 76 percent, said they would not vote for a ‘socialist’ political candidate, while only 24 percent of those polled said they would,” finds a July 24 poll conducted by The Hill and HarrisX. And an August poll by Gallup found that 47% of Democrats view capitalism positively, down from 56% in 2016, while 57% of view socialism positively.

While the socialist ideas have always existed in the Democratic Party, they are now moving from the fringe to the mainstream. Several of the party's 2020 hopefuls, including Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) are embracing them.

A December 29 analysis by The New York Times showed that one-third of Senate Democrats — along with more than half of House Democrats — endorse the Medicare-for-all program.

A Medicare-for-all bill drafted by Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, has been endorsed by 15 Democratic senators, including several potential presidential candidates: Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

In the House, Medicare for all is gaining new support with the election of a number of progressive Democrats. They include Sylvia R. Garcia of Texas, Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, Joe Neguse of Colorado, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Katie Porter of California, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Although Barack Obama shunned single-payer solutions as president, he praised Medicare for all in a campaign-style speech in September. “Democrats aren’t just running on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage,” he said. “They’re running on good new ideas like Medicare for all.”

Under the "Green New Deal," Democrats hope to guarantee every American a job, saying the program will "provide all members of our society, across all regions and all communities, the opportunity, training and education to be a full and equal participant in the transition, including through a job guarantee program to assure a living wage job to every person who wants one."

According to a draft plan, the program also plans to "mitigate deeply entrenched racial, regional and gender-based inequalities in income and wealth (including, without limitation, ensuring that federal and other investment will be equitably distributed to historically impoverished, low income, deindustrialized or other marginalized communities in such a way that builds wealth and ownership at the community level)." In other words, socialism.

The draft plan says paying for the massive program "shall be accomplished by the federal government, using a combination of the Federal Reserve, a new public bank or system of regional and specialized public banks, public venture funds and such other vehicles or structures that the select committee deems appropriate."

When she's not chugging beer, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), expected to run against President Trump in 2020, supports the Green New Deal.

"Senator Warren has been a longtime advocate of aggressively addressing climate change and shifting toward renewables, and supports the idea of a Green New Deal to ambitiously tackle our climate crisis, economic inequality, and racial injustice," an aide told Axios.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez last year called Ocasio-Cortez the “future of our party.” And in August, she held an event in Southern California intended to “mobilize communities across Los Angeles in pursuit of a better, socialist future.”

So brace yourself, people, socialism has arrived. So get out your wallets.

WSJ

Published  1 month ago

This may sound laudable, and in keeping with Ms. Warren’s antipathy for plutocrats. It’s also in line with the progressive animus toward “big money,” intensified in 2016 by the Bernie Sanders campaign. All of which masks how useful this approach is to Ms. Warren as she tries to ward off or financially destroy her competition. Not for the first time, she is positioning herself as a campaign-finance purist, even as she attempts to fix the money rules to her advantage.

The immediate goal of planting this new campaign-finance yardstick is to put her competitors in a bind and potentially even dissuade some from running. Her jab at “self-funding” was a clear shot at billionaires Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of whom are visiting primary states. Ms. Warren wants them to know that she will mobilize her progressive base to oppose them on principle.

But it was equally a warning to any well-connected contenders that she will hold them to a no-super-PAC standard. Such political-action committees—technically separate from campaigns, yet run by trusted advisers—are free to raise unlimited sums and are beloved even by Democrats who claim to hate “big money.” Barack Obama embraced them. Hillary Clinton’s 2016 super PAC raised tens of millions.

And there is no question that the likes of Sens. Cory Booker, Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand are planning to use their networks of Wall Street bankers and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to help float their primary runs. Ms. Warren intends to make any seven-figure check a political liability. She’s practically daring “Middle Class Joe” Biden to raise a few Delaware banking dollars—and face the backlash.

Such money strictures would suit Ms. Warren, since she already has a bankroll—thanks to a different kind of fundraising operation she set up in 2017, at the beginning of her Senate re-election race. As a candidate, Ms. Warren is limited in the amount anyone can donate to her. But the Elizabeth Warren Action Fund is a joint fundraising vehicle with the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and her own PAC. That allows wealthy admirers to write six-figure checks. Plenty did, including bankers and tort lawyers. According to campaign-finance records, Ms. Warren’s fund raised $4.9 million during the 2018 cycle and transferred the vast majority of it to her official Senate campaign.

Ms. Warren overall hauled in $25 million for that Senate race, despite facing little competition. This left her $12.5 million, which the law conveniently allows her to transfer to her presidential primary campaign. And this week her office quietly (and conveniently) announced it was dismantling that joint fundraising vehicle, since good progressives don’t engage in such money grubbing. Ms. Warren’s competitors can expect to be held to this additional standard, which Ms. Warren didn’t impose on herself retroactively.

None of this will surprise GOP operatives, who remember a similar Warren gambit in her 2012 race against incumbent Republican Scott Brown. That featured her vaunted “People’s Pledge,” in which both candidates agreed to fork over a financial penalty if any outside super PACs ran TV or internet ads on their behalf. Notably, the pledge didn’t come until outside liberal groups had seriously roughed up Mr. Brown. Ms. Warren remained the beneficiary of hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside spending, as her union and environmental allies redirected the money into their well-oiled get-out-the-vote efforts. The pledge didn’t curb outside money; it merely made it work to Ms. Warren’s benefit.

Her war chest filled, the senator can now turn her attention to grass-roots fundraising—which she is also good at. Her goal is to rack up some big early numbers that will scare other competitors out of the race, especially as they wrestle with Ms. Warren’s new litmus test on outside spending. Oh, yes—Ms. Warren knows a great deal about finance.

Write to kim@wsj.com.

Appeared in the January 4, 2019, print edition.

Fox News

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We have a long season ahead...

Fox News

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The growing socialist wing of the Democratic Party will flex its muscle Thursday with the seating of the new Congress, as more self-described Democratic Socialists join the ranks and dozens of sitting and incoming members – including likely 2020 hopefuls – embrace a massive government expansion that would make FDR look like a penny pincher.

American Greatness

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Fox News

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal would hurt American families, businesses and our economy, and would dramatically increase the national debt.

Townhall

Published  1 month ago

As soon as the 2018 election concluded, the 2020 cycle began. It never ends. It’s a perpetual war. And as we conclude 2018, the Democratic clown car is getting ready for its magical mystery tour across the country. It’ll be a race of who can out-left wing the other, who can call to officially abolish ICE first, who can raise taxes more, who can entangle business in the most in regulations, and who can be the most anti-Trump candidate. It’s going to be entertaining—annoying but entertaining. The first slate of candidates is reportedly Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). All four have been making moves that indicate they’re mulling mounting a national campaign against Donald Trump come 2020 (via Axios):

The four senators, who have spent time scouting potential headquarters, interviewing possible campaign managers and reviewing their political records, will head up a crowded field for the Democratic nomination. Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Beto O'Rourke have also been the subjects of intense speculation, and have performed well in recent polls of prospective candidates.

Details, per the Times:

"Senator Kamala Harris of California is eyeing Baltimore or Atlanta as a possible base of operations for her likely 2020 presidential bid and is close to bringing on a top aide to run her campaign."

"Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator, has completed a detailed review of her writings and political record to identify potential vulnerabilities, and her aides have been scouting headquarters near Boston."

"Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has been interviewing possible campaign managers, as well as strategists who could run his Iowa caucus effort."

"Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been reaching out to more women than men for campaign roles, though she is expected to pick a man — her current top aide [Jess Fassler] — to manage a campaign likely to be based near her upstate New York home."

So, we have a Costco Obama, a woman who culturally appropriated the Cherokee Nation, a hard core California Democrat that isn’t liked by the progressive grassroots, and some New York Senator whose name is unknown past the Catskill Mountains.

This is going to be a long road for the Left. It’s going to be insane. So, grab your popcorn and watch the show. If being viciously anti-Trump is all you need, then Democrats better prepare for another four years of Trump. Kerry was the anti-Bush. Romney was the anti-Obama, and both candidates lost. And let’s not act like the far Left’s agenda is popular once people peel away the layers of bull crap from it.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

Incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., pledged to voters she would be a far-left outsider who would push her party toward adopting “democratic socialist” policies, including universal health care and free college tuition. So far, she has kept her promise.

Ocasio-Cortez has been calling for the creation of “Green New Deal” legislation, which would eliminate much of the United States’ fossil-fuel consumption. So far, Sens. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., and 40 House Democrats have said they support the proposal.

Although the broad talking points of the plan have been circulating for months, it wasn’t until recently that Ocasio-Cortez provided any details of her proposal. On December 3, according to The Atlantic, Ocasio-Cortez spoke at a town hall led by Sanders and declared, "This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation."

The specifics have still not been worked out, but what we know so far about her plan is that it would have catastrophic economic consequences, dramatically increase America’s already skyrocketing debt, and transform the United States into a European-style socialist nation. (And no, these are not exaggerations.)

In a draft resolution to create a House select committee that would be responsible for writing the Green New Deal legislation, Ocasio-Cortez outlines the primary goals of her plan. Among them, Ocasio-Cortez proposes eliminating all fossil-fuel-powered electricity, closing every coal and natural gas power plant in the country, thus destroying the hundreds of thousands of jobs related to these businesses. Even more stunning, all this would occur by 2030, just 10 years after Ocasio-Cortez expects the legislation to be completed.

In its place, nearly all energy would be produced by renewable sources of power, especially wind and solar. This goal would create massive amounts of economic harm. Although economists have yet to provide an analysis of Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to eliminate all fossil fuels, other studies have found less-extreme policies would be absolutely devastating. A study published in October 2018 by Capital Alpha Partners on behalf of the Institute for Energy Research found a national tax on carbon dioxide would cost the U.S. economy $4.21 trillion to $5.98 trillion, depending on the tax level chosen, in just the first 10 years of the tax scheme. By 2040, as much as $12.32 trillion would be lost. Nearly one-quarter of the country’s GDP, relative to what it would otherwise be, could be lost as a result of a nationwide carbon-dioxide tax. And this far left-wing plan is nowhere near as radical as Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

Not only would Ocasio-Cortez’s plan destroy trillions of dollars in wealth, but it would also be virtually impossible to achieve. When the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining, renewable electricity generation relies on fossil-fuel power to keep the lights on. Currently, the only way to have a 100 percent renewable-energy-powered electric grid would be for Americans to live without power when renewables aren’t producing enough energy. Among many other problems, that means there would be no stable electricity sources for hospitals and other essential services.

Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t merely want to destroy the existing energy industry, the plan also requires “upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency, comfort and safety” and “eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from, repairing and improving transportation and other infrastructure, and upgrading water infrastructure.” Ocasio-Cortez’s draft resolution also proposes the elimination of “greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries.”

The radical nature of these proposals cannot be understated. “Upgrading every residential and industrial building”—not just to make them more energy efficient, but also to improve “comfort and safety”—would cost untold trillions of dollars and insert the government into nearly every home and business in the country.

The radical nature of these proposals cannot be understated. “Upgrading every residential and industrial building”—not just to make them more energy efficient, but also to improve “comfort and safety”—would cost untold trillions of dollars and insert the government into nearly every home and business in the country. Further, banning fossil fuels from all agricultural, manufacturing, and transportation would dramatically increase the cost of every product in the United States and make it difficult for American businesses to export products at reasonable prices.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal would also establish other extremely expensive government programs that would greatly expand the power and influence of the federal government. One such program would “assure a living wage job to every person who wants one.” Additionally, she says the Green New Deal legislation should include “additional measures such as basic income programs, universal health care programs and any others as the select committee may deem appropriate to promote economic security, labor market flexibility and entrepreneurism.”

How does Ocasio-Cortez propose to pay for these many trillion-dollar programs? By raising taxes, creating new “public banks,” and running up the national debt. In a “Frequently Asked Questions” section of Ocasio-Cortez’s draft resolution, she claims the way to fund her far-reaching proposals is to use the “same ways that we paid for the 2008 bank bailout and extended quantitative easing programs, the same ways we paid for World War II and many other wars. The Federal Reserve can extend credit to power these projects and investments, new public banks can be created (as in WWII) to extend credit and a combination of various taxation tools (including taxes on carbon and other emissions and progressive wealth taxes) can be employed.”

New reports indicate the House Democratic Party leadership has said it has decided not to create Ocasio-Cortez’s committee—for now. But supporters of the plan aren’t giving up. They say they are going to continue pushing for these policies until they are transformed into legislation.

Together, Ocasio-Cortez’s proposals would effectively eliminate fossil fuels from most of society, destroy millions of jobs and trillions of dollars of wealth, require “upgrading” every home and business in America, create a national federal jobs-guarantee program, impose single-payer health care (costing trillions more), establish a new system of publicly owned banks, run up the national debt by countless trillions of dollars, and move the United States closer than ever to socialism. If we don’t stop it, it will destroy our economy for a whole generation of Americans.

Daily Wire

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has announced her candidacy for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

On Monday morning, Warren, 69, sent an email to her supporters proclaiming her intention to create an exploratory committee; that will permit her to raise funds for her presidential bid and hire staff as well. Warren also released a video introducing her candidacy.

In the video, Warren states, “I’ve spent my career getting to the bottom of why America’s promise works for some families, but others, who work just as hard, slip through the cracks into disaster. And what I’ve found is terrifying: these aren’t cracks families are falling into, they’re traps. America’s middle class is under attack. But this dark path doesn’t have to be our future. We can make our democracy work for all of us. We can make our economy work for all of us.”

The New York Times reports that Warren will visit early-voting states in the near future. The Times admits that Warren’s record as a senator shows that her efforts have largely been futile, writing, “Ms. Warren is not known for shepherding major legislation successfully through Congress, though Democrats were never in control of both chambers during her time there.” Warren also has a jaundiced view of American power; in a foreign policy speech at American University in November, she opined, “Whether our leaders recognize it or not, after years as the world’s lone superpower, the United States is entering a new period of competition. Democracy is running headlong into the ideologies of nationalism, authoritarianism and corruption.”

Possibly to fend off challenges from two black senators who are likely candidates for the 2020 nomination, Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), Warren reached out to non-white voters in her video, stating, “Working families today face a lot tougher path than my family did, and families of color face a path that is steeper and rockier; a path made even harder by the impact of generations of discrimination.”

Warding off challenges by Bernie Sanders and others who utilize class-warfare tactics, Warren resorts to her usual attacks on wealthy Americans in the video, stating, “America’s middle class is under attack. How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut ‘em a fatter slice. They crippled unions so no one could stop them.” Then the video cuts to President Reagan, saying to cheers, “We’re going to run the bull loose.”

Warren plays the victim card: “I never thought I’d run for office, not in a million years, but when Republican senators tried to sabotage the reforms and run me outta town, I went back to Massachusetts and ran against one of ‘em. And I beat ‘em.”

Warren uses the time-honored technique of labeling conservatives as racists and homophobes after attacking the government as a “tool for the wealthy." The video shows conservative media figures as Warren continues, “The whole scam is propped up by an echo chamber of fear and hate designed to distract and divide us.” The screen then shows two new Muslim Democratic members of Congress and an ostensibly gay couple at their weeding as she continues, “People who will do or say anything to hang on to power point the finger at anyone who looks, prays, or loves differently than they do.”

Warren’s ambition to be president hit a much-reported snag after Warren underwent a DNA test of her ancestry, revealing that she could have been 1/1024th Native American, coming after her prior claims of Native American ancestry. The New York Times reported this:

But nearly two months after Ms. Warren released the test results and drew hostile reactions from prominent tribal leaders, the lingering cloud over her likely presidential campaign has only darkened. Conservatives have continued to ridicule her. More worrisome to supporters of Ms. Warren’s presidential ambitions, she has yet to allay criticism from grass-roots progressive groups, liberal political operatives and other potential 2020 allies who complain that she put too much emphasis on the controversial field of racial science — and, in doing so, played into Mr. Trump’s hands.

In addition, roughly three weeks ago, a top staffer for Warren, Mindy Myers, took meetings with Congressman Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) who has been gaining ground in polls for the 2020 nomination.

Warren’s video below:

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands out as an astute and quick-witted individual within the Trump administration.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

How politics, and Donald Trump, turned America’s most important repair job into a $30 billion grudge match.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

The Senate is slated Tuesday night to pass the biggest overhaul to the criminal justice system in decades, giving a win to President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of advocates and lawmakers.

Tuesday's vote caps more than a year of negotiations to create more rehabilitation programs and ease mandatory minimum sentences for some drug-related crimes.

The bill has brought together many unlikely allies, including a group backed by the conservative Koch Brothers, the American Civil Liberties Union, the White House and senators from both sides of the aisle.

Although the bill was a priority for Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was reluctant until last week to bring to the floor legislation that divides his caucus. Trump had personally lobbied the majority leader to bring the bill up for a vote.

“This is a big bipartisan bill,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley Tuesday before the vote. He subsequently praised Trump for his support of the bill. “We now have a person who has a reputation for being tough on crime but also a person that recognizes that within our criminal justice system….that there’s some unfairness.”

Grassley, along with Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, and Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have led the effort.

“Our criminal justice system is a cancer on the soul of this country,” said Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Tuesday. “One of the top reasons I wanted to run for United States Senate was to get legislation like this done.”

The legislation, which was revised last week, provides incentives for some federal inmates to earn time credits if they participate in certain programs, reduces the three-strike penalty to 25 years from life in prison, reduces the disparity between sentencing for crack and powder cocaine and would ease mandatory minimum sentencing.

The bill has faced vehement opposition, particularly from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), who said it would allow for the early release of violent criminals.

Cotton requested a Justice Department analysis of the bill that found individuals convicted of sex crimes could be released early. In addition, he introduced amendments to the bill, along with Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), that would bar more offenders from participating in the bill’s earned-time credit program and imposed new reporting requirements on the Bureau of Prisons.

“How can anybody oppose telling a woman who has been raped that her rapist is about to get out of prison early?” Kennedy said Tuesday prior to the amendment vote. “It’s not letting her veto it .... It just says you gotta tell her and let her offer her opinion. I mean who could be against that?”

The Senate bill’s passage comes after previous failed attempts to overhaul the criminal justice reform system, including an unsuccessful attempt at a more sweeping reform under President Barack Obama.

Raw Story

Published  2 months ago

It’s no secret that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not like the bipartisan bill put forward in the Senate to prevent President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

But how much does he hate it? He hates it so much that he’d rather let Trump’s judicial nominees go unconfirmed for the rest of the year.

That is the choice McConnell now faces. 22 judicial nominees are currently stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee because Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is refusing to vote for any of them until the special counsel bill, crafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), is allowed a vote by the full Senate. Without Flake’s approval, Republicans lack a majority on the Judiciary Committee to move them forward.

Confirming far-right judges to the federal bench has been McConnell’s top priority under Trump, and one of the GOP’s only successful endeavors. So far, they have put two men on the Supreme Court, and filled dozens of lower court seats, to the point that one of every six judges on appellate courts is a Trump appointee. Some of these judges are reasonably uncontroversial and have even voted against the GOP on occasion, but a huge number of them are hard-right ideologues and many were hand-picked by the ultraconservative Federalist Society. McConnell knows that the more judges Trump seats, the longer Trump’s legacy will outlast his presidency, in the form of right-wing courtroom decrees.

So why would McConnell be willing to suspend his top agenda item just to disapprove of protecting the Russia investigation?

One possibility is that McConnell is playing the long game. He knows that Flake will be gone in January, his Senate majority will grow in size by two, and then he will have the votes to resume confirming judges without having to deal with the Mueller issue.

But a better question is why McConnell even opposes the special counsel protection bill in the first place. He has never given a logical answer for that.

Recently, when asked why he opposes the bill by reporters, McConnell said, “This is a solution in search of a problem. The president is not going to fire Robert Mueller … We have a lot of things to do to try to finish up this year without taking votes on things that are completely irrelevant to outcomes.” But this reasoning makes no sense. If he simply thought the bill was unnecessary, he wouldn’t need to be actively blocking it — and by allowing Flake to block votes on judges rather than take it up, McConnell is arguably wasting moretime in the lame duck session than he would by letting it go to the floor.

It is hard to say what his calculus is. Regardless, he has made his choice, and he will have to live with the consequences.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake’s bid to pass legislation protecting special counsel Robert Mueller was blocked on Wednesday by Republican colleague Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Flake teamed up with fellow Judiciary Committee members, Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey, in calling for unanimous consent for a floor vote on their legislation S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, the Washington Examiner reported.

In a speech from the Senate floor on Wednesday, Flake argued that the legislation is necessary in light of President Donald Trump’s “demeaning” and “denigrating” behavior toward Mueller. The Arizonan cited Trump’s repeated tweets about a “phony witch hunt” staffed by “angry Democrats.”

Flake also pointed to the forced resignation of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the reassignment of oversight of the Mueller probe from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as a cause for alarm.

Lee rose in opposition to the legislation, thereby blocking it from reaching a full vote.

The conservative stalwart argued the separation of powers doctrine established by the Constitution is applicable, meaning Congress should not try to usurp decisions clearly in the purview of the executive branch.

“Prosecutorial authority of the United States belongs in the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice answers to the President of the United States. It’s principal officers consistent of people appointed by the president serving at the pleasure of the president after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” Lee said.

He further contended that if Congress were to pass legislation shielding the special counsel from executive oversight, it would in effect be creating a “fourth branch of government.”

Earlier this month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked Flake’s move to have his legislation receive a full vote.

“The president is not going to fire Bob Mueller, nor do I think he should, nor do I think he should not be allowed to finish,” McConnell told reporters on Tuesday, according to the Examiner.

He added, “We have a lot of things to do to finish up this year without taking votes on things that are completely irrelevant to outcomes.”

During a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Coons claimed that McConnell is protecting Trump by blocking the legislation.

The senator expressed confidence S.2644 would receive 60 votes if it came to the floor, pointing out that it passed in the Senate Judiciary Committee by a vote of 14 to 7 in April.

“I think, frankly, at the end of the day, Leader McConnell has gotten reassurances from the president that he won’t act against Mueller, but those assurances are undermined every single day when President Trump both tweets untrue criticisms of Robert Mueller and his investigation and does other things that are unexpected or unconventional or unjustified,” Coons said.

In retaliation for his legislation not being considered on Wednesday, Flake joined with Democrats in voting against judicial nominee Thomas Farr to serve on the federal bench for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Fox News reported.

Vice President Mike Pence stepped in to break the 50-50 tie, successfully confirming Farr.

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NJ.com

Published  2 months ago

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday struck down a new effort by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and others to make it harder for President Donald Trump to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Booker, D-N.J., joined U.S. Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Chris Coons, D-Del., in seeking to advance legislation that would allow a special counsel to be fired only for good cause by a senior Justice Department official under reasons given in writing. The special counsel would have 10 days to appeal his dismissal to a federal judge.

"This is a proactive bill, aimed at ensuring now and in the future we have appropriate checks and balances in place to prevent a constitutional crisis," Booker said on the Senate floor.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, blocked the Senate from debating the measure, saying Congress, the legislative branch, did not have the power to put constraints on the Justice Department, which come under the purview of the executive branch.

He cited the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in saying that protecting the special counsel would create a "de facto fourth branch of government, fundamentally undermining the separation of powers that is so core to our liberty."

Coons and Booker are the Democratic co-sponsors of the bipartisan measure, which passed the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in April. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked a similar effort to bring the bill to the Senate floor Nov 14.

Their concern was that Trump will take action to stymie Mueller's ongoing probe into whether the president's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.

They and Flake all mentioned Trump's recent tweets criticizing the investigation, which the president has derided as a "witch hunt" even as Mueller has secured the indictments of at least 32 individuals, according to Vox.

While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018

The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace. They are looking at supposedly stolen Crooked Hillary Clinton Emails (even though they don't want to look at the DNC Server), but have no interest in the Emails that Hillary DELETED & acid washed AFTER getting a Congressional Subpoena!

-- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018

They also cited Trump's decision to force Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and appoint Matthew Whitaker to take over the Justice Department and the probe. Whitaker has been critical of the investigation.

"No one, not even the president of the United States, is above the law," Booker said. "We must act quickly to protect and secure this fundamental democratic ideal. This is a sobered, measured, bipartisan bill that will achieve those ends."

Jonathan D. Salant may be reached at jsalant@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JDSalant or on Facebook. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a second attempt to quickly pass legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired without cause by President Trump.

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., pushed the Senate to accept their legislation by unanimous consent. They and other senators worry that Trump could be on the verge of firing Mueller while he's still in the process of investigating Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

It wasn't entirely clear what Republicans would do on Wednesday, as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said on the Hugh Hewitt radio program Tuesday morning that McConnell might allow the resolution to come to the floor to appease Flake, who is withholding support for judicial nominations in a bid to get a vote on the Mueller bill.

But when Flake asked for unanimous consent to approve the bill, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, blocked the move, just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did on Nov. 14. Lee said the legislation is a breach of the separation of powers, and is thus unconstitutional.

“Prosecutorial authority of the United States belongs in the Department of Justice, the Department of Justice answers to the President of the United States. It’s principal officers consistent of people appointed by the president serving at the pleasure of the president after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” explained Lee. He argued that Flake's bill would essentially create a new branch of government that isn't answerable to the president.

“We cannot convert an office like this one, an office like the previously existing office of independence counsel without creating a de facto fourth branch of government fundamentally undermining the principal of separation of powers that is so core to our liberty,” said Lee.

Without unanimous consent, the Senate needs to go through regular order, and McConnell has made it clear he won't call up the bill that way. McConnell indicated late Tuesday that Republicans would block the effort by saying there's no sign Trump is about to move against Mueller.

"The president is not going to fire Bob Mueller, nor do I think he should, nor do I think he should not be allowed to finish," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. "We have a lot of things to do to finish up this year without taking votes on things that are completely irrelevant to outcomes."

The legislation to protect Mueller would codify current Justice Department rules that say a special counsel cannot be removed without good cause. Flake argued that the bill "serves one purpose: that is to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation, and to prevent the Executive Branch from inappropriately interfering in an independent investigation in the future."

About an hour after the vote, Flake made good on his vow to vote against all of Trump's judicial nominations, and forced Vice President Pence to break a 50-50 tie to advance one of Trump's picks.

Coons said on the Senate floor that Trump firing Mueller would spark a constitutional crisis that would threaten the presidency and the rule of law, and said the bill would stop that from happening. “We can work together to prevent a crisis," he said.

The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill last spring that would make it harder for Trump to fire Mueller, in a bipartisan 14-7 vote.

Flake and others have pushed for it in the last few weeks, especially after the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which some fear could be a sign Trump will next target Mueller.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, a known ally of Trump, is now in charge of oversight of Mueller’s investigation.

Despite support from some GOP lawmakers, top Republicans like McConnell and Cornyn have said the bill is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, Coons told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that McConnell is working to protect Trump by blocking the legislation.

“I think, frankly, at the end of the day, Leader McConnell has gotten reassurances from the president that he won't act against Mueller, but those assurances are undermined every single day when President Trump both tweets untrue criticisms of Robert Mueller and his investigation and does other things that are unexpected or unconventional or unjustified,” Coons said.

Coons said there are no plans in place now to tie the Mueller bill to must-pass legislation, such as a spending bill that needs to pass by next Friday to avoid shutting down swaths of the government.

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated former Clinton Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy on Tuesday in the Mississippi Senate runoff election.

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

A poll of Tuesday’s Mississippi Senate runoff election released on Sunday shows incumbent Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) leading her Democrat challenger, former Clinton administration Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy, by ten points, 54 percent to 44 percent.

The RRH Elections with Bold Blue Campaigns and JMC Analytics Poll, the only poll released on the runoff election listed in the Real Clear Politics Average of Polls, was conducted of 684 respondents between November 19 and November 21 and again between November 23 and 24 (skipping Thanksgiving Day) and has a margin of error of four percent.

RRH Elections describes itself as “a group of volunteer hobbyist bloggers that has no connection to any candidate or organization active in this race.” Notably, RRH Elections adds that “This poll was entirely crowd-funded by donations from the readers of our blog.”

The results of the poll suggest that despite stumbles by Hyde-Smith on the campaign trail and revelations of ethical problems that plague Espy, voter attitudes towards each candidate have not changed much since the November 6 election.

In that race, Hyde-Smith took 41 percent of the vote, Espy took 40 percent, and Tea Party favorite and conservative Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel took 16 percent.

Tuesday’s runoff election was triggered when neither Hyde-Smith nor Espy secured 50 percent of the vote. By Mississippi law, only the top two candidates qualified for Tuesday’s election.

Respondents to the RRH Elections poll closely tracked those actual results. Forty-five percent of respondents said they voted for Espy on November 6, while 44 percent said they voted for Hyde-Smith, while 12 percent said they voted for McDaniel.

One hundred percent of the poll respondents who voted for McDaniel on November 6 said they will vote for Hyde-Smith on Tuesday.

“Hyde-Smith benefits from very strong support among white voters, Republicans, and those who approve of the President, while Espy collects near-unanimous support among black voters, Democrats, and those who disapprove of the President,” RRH Elections said in its analysis of the poll results, adding:

With neither candidate demonstrating significant crossover support, the race will come down to the lean of the state and turnout. As the white and Republican blocs in Mississippi are larger than the black and Democratic blocs, it seems likely that her larger base will carry Hyde-Smith to a moderately strong victory. Espy’s best chance to win is if there is a significant turnout differential in which whites and Republicans do not turn out while blacks and Democrats do. However, in our sample we do not see strong signs of such a lopsided turnout in Espy’s favor.

Democrats have mounted an all-out effort to defeat Hyde-Smith, who was appointed to the seat by Gov. Phil Bryant when former Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) resigned in April due to health reasons. Tuesday’s election will determine whether Hyde-Smith or Espy will serve the remainder of Cochran’s term, which ends in 2020.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), both potential 2020 presidential candidates, have visited Mississippi during the runoff election to campaign on behalf of Espy.

On Monday, President Donald Trump held two rallies in the state to support Hyde-Smith and encourage Republicans to get out and vote for her.

Republicans currently hold a 52 to 47 advantage in the Senate over Democrats, pending the outcome of Tuesday’s runoff election.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

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Mississippi Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has a 10-point lead over her Democratic opponent Mike Espy ahead of a runoff Tuesday, indicating that the Republican may yet endure a flurry of controversies that threatened to derail her chances in a deep red state.

A public poll conducted last week by RRH Elections, which FiveThirtyEight considers to be a conservative blog, shows Hyde-Smith with 54 percent to Espy's 44 percent, double the lead she had in a private Republican poll reported by the New York Times on Tuesday.

Hyde-Smith, who tied Espy on Election Day, became embroiled in a series of racially charged controversies that opened up a line of attack for her political rivals.

Among the missteps, Hyde-Smith was caught on video earlier this month joking about how she would sit in "the front row" of a public hanging.

Hyde-Smith offered an apology to “anyone that was offended” by her hanging remark during her sole public debate with Espy, who is African American, last week, but that hasn't stopped Walmart and others to request that her campaign refund all their donations.

Hyde-Smith, appointed in April to temporarily fill the seat vacated by the retired Thad Cochran, will get a last-minute boost from President Trump, who will campaign for her in Mississippi on Monday. "Respected by all. We need her in Washington!. Thanks!" he tweeted Sunday.

Meanwhile, Espy, a former U.S. agriculture secretary and U.S. congressman, has gotten a helping hand from top Democratic Party figures with an eye on a 2020 challenge against Trump, including Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.

RRH Elections' poll of 684 likely voters, conducted with the help of Bold Blue Campaigns and JMC Analytics & Polling on Nov. 19-21 and 23-24, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Two Democrats in the U.S. Senate – both said to be eyeing the party’s 2020 presidential nomination -- recently announced so-called “basic income” plans for America’s lower-income families. A liberal publication, meanwhile, says neither plans goes far enough to aid families, and the government should instead just start “writing them checks.”

Dan Bongino

Published  3 months ago

Stacey Abrams generated a great deal of controversy after claiming the Georgia Governor’s race was “neither free nor fair” and refusing to acknowledge her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp as a …

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Conservative Tribune

Published  3 months ago

Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse fired back on Wednesday after Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker said that eating meat is unsustainable and vowed to fight against “industrial agriculture.” “Cory’s a good dude, but Tofurky is a crime against humanity,” Sasse told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Everybody needs real food to survive — if…

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

In Trump's Enemies: How the Deep State Is Undermining the Presidency Corey Lewandowski and Dave Bossie detail the 'profound arrogance' of the president's opponents.

Washington Examiner

Published  3 months ago

Stacey Abrams, having lost the governor’s race in Georgia, effectively called the election illegitimate and called for a new election, before kind-of-conceding on Friday evening. The Democratic nominee has a powerful cheering section, with the likes of Sens. Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown accusing the Republicans of stealing the election.

Andrew Gillum has lost the governor’s race in Florida but refuses to concede — that is, after having withdrawn his Election Day concession.

Democrat Bill Nelson, seeking re-election to the U.S. Senate, got a boost in the machine recount when Hillsborough County’s Elections supervisor, a Democrat, refused to submit his recount totals, which would have expanded Nelson’s statewide deficit.

The Democrats will say that they just want every vote counted. That claim is undermined by Nelson’s lawsuit to discard some votes in heavily Republican Bay County, where Hurricane Michael cut voters off from the postal service, and so some voters submitted their mail-in ballots by email.

Some Republicans cry, like Booker and Brown, that Democrats are trying to steal these elections. But that’s off-base.

Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, and Bill Nelson have all lost. They’re toast. The national party that is backing them knows their defeats will not be overturned. This Democratic campaign of delegitimizing elections, breaking the law, and refusing to accept election outcomes, isn’t about stealing the election that just happened. It’s about kicking off the next election campaign.

Democrats have looked at President Trump’s success and decided that breaking all the rules is the path to victory. They have apparently decided that republican norms and democratic niceties are holding them back. At the very least, they believe that in order to fire up their base — and for the 2020 candidates like Booker and Brown, to win their votes in the primary — they need to prove themselves to be fighters above all else. Even when you lose, you keep fighting. Whether the law or the electorate is on your side, you keep fighting.

Only with such a no-holds-barred fighter, they believe, can they beat the Republicans’ own norm-breaker-in-chief, Donald Trump.

The ugly irony is that their very beef with Trump is that he doesn’t respect democratic norms. In their effort to beat him, they are becoming their worst caricature of him.

Democrats may not be terribly interested in our advice, but we feel confident warning them that they won't beat Trump at his own destructive game. They have made their choice, but they play this way at their own risk.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Elizabeth Warren, who just won re-election to the Senate for a second term, has been mocked for exaggerating her Native American heritage.

The Federalist

Published  3 months ago

John Roberts’ attempt to defend the judiciary, in light of President Trump’s comments that courts are politicized, did more harm than good.

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

Democrat Senators Cory Booker and Sherrod Brown accused the Georgia GOP of stealing the Governor’s race from Stacey Abrams.

Abrams is down by 60,000 votes and refuses to concede even though her opponent Republican Brian Kemp declared victory. Abrams and other far-left groups subsequently filed multiple lawsuits to delay certification of the election.

Two Obama-appointed judges ruled in favor of Stacey Abrams on Tuesday in her attempt to steal the Georgia governor’s race.

Now the Democrats are accusing the Republicans of ‘disenfranchising certain groups’ to suppress voters.

“I think that Stacey Abrams’ election is being stolen from her, using what I think are insidious measures to disenfranchise certain groups of people,” Cory Booker said Tuesday evening.

Cory Booker also called for the DOJ to investigate the Georgia election.

Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown said, “If Stacey Abrams doesn’t win in Georgia, they stole it. It’s clear. I say that publicly. It’s clear.”

Hillary Clinton also attacked the Georgia GOP Tuesday night while speaking at the University of Texas and said Stacey Abrams would have already won if she had a “fair election.”

“I know Stacey Abrams well – she was one of my really strong surrogates in the campaign. If she’d had a fair election, she already would have won,” Hillary said.

.@HillaryClinton: "I know @StaceyAbrams well – she was one of my really strong surrogates in the campaign. If she'd had a fair election, she already would have won." https://t.co/Y3wmlnHCBT pic.twitter.com/4f40svxi6i

— The Hill (@thehill) November 14, 2018

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 months ago

Michael Avenatti might be making headlines and stirring up controversy on social media, but a new poll might be quite humbling to the lawyer who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels. A new poll by Morning

The Washington Times

Published  3 months ago

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday he will oppose the nomination of fellow U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to be the next attorney general.

“After reviewing his record and giving careful consideration to his answers during the hearing, I am not confident in Senator Sessions’ ability to be a defender of the rights of all Americans, or to serve as an independent check on the incoming administration,” said Mr. Schumer, New York Democrat.

“I am also deeply concerned by his views on immigration, which I saw firsthand during the push for comprehensive immigration reform,” Mr. Schumer said.

The confirmation process for Mr. Sessions, Alabama Republican, stretched into its second day Wednesday with testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Mr. Sessions himself testified on Tuesday.

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, took the unprecedented step of testifying against a fellow senator’s nomination when he spoke before the committee on Wednesday.

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Sean Hannity

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Cory Booker stunned viewers across the country this week when he slammed America’s laws, judges, and legal principles; calling the entire justice system a “cancer on the soul of our country.”

Booker was speaking with ‘The Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah when he viciously tore into the rule-of-law as it exists in America today.

“What angers me is before we even had a Donald Trump elected, we had a cancer on the soul of our country; a criminal justice system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty and poor and innocent,” Booker told Noah.

“We still had kids in my city- people think Flint, Michigan is some kind of an anomaly, there are a thousand jurisdictions where children have twice the lead blood levels than Flint, Michigan. I can go through the things that were going on before Donald Trump was elected that we seemed to tolerate in our nation, a level of injustice that, to me, is outrageous,” he added.

National Review

Published  3 months ago

Tens of millions of Americans have mailed in their ballots already. Tomorrow, tens of millions more will go to the polls. I’m not confident how they’ll vote, but I am absolutely certain of one thing: Not one of them will see the name “Donald Trump” on the ballot.

Instead, they will see different individuals with characters very different from Trump’s. They will see Republicans and Democrats with their own policy positions and their own rhetorical styles.

Yet now voices from the left, the center, and what can only be called the “former right” are calling on Republicans and conservatives to abandon any kind of individualized determination for the sake of opposing a man who isn’t on the ballot. They’re making that demand even as leading Democrats prove time and again that they will not moderate for the benefit of Republicans who change parties, will not compromise, and — crucially — will not even behave better than Trump himself.

In other words, they are asking for your political capitulation without earning your support.

Democrats claim that now is a critical time for public hygiene. It’s time to hold corrupt, self-aggrandizing politicians accountable. I agree.

Ask your Democratic candidate if he or she is willing to publicly condemn New Jersey senator Robert Menendez — tried for public corruption and admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee for doing favors for a wealthy contributor in exchange for lavish gifts — the way that so many conservatives condemned (and ultimately rejected) Roy Moore.

Democrats claim that now is the time to reject the politics of personal destruction. They look at a president who calls people names, who spins out wild conspiracy theories (Ted Cruz’s father participated in the Kennedy assassination? Really?), and they demand better. I agree.

Look at your Democratic candidate’s actions regarding Brett Kavanaugh. Did they credit facially implausible gang-rape allegations? Did they presume his guilt and declare they “believed survivors” even without substantiation and in the face of contradictory evidence? Did they participate in a campaign to destroy a man’s life and career, only to drop the whole matter the instant he was confirmed?

Democrats decry Republican extremism and alarmism. They look at wild claims about the border caravan, wasteful troop deployments, and alarmist rhetoric about criminals and Middle Easterners. They condemn family separation. They decry Trump’s “enemy of the people” rhetoric. They believe that Trump and his allies are dangerously raising tensions in the American body politic. I agree.

Ask where your Democratic candidate stands on Hillary Clinton’s rejection of civility, Cory Booker’s call for protesters to “get up in the face of some congresspeople,” Eric Holder’s declaration that “when they go low, we kick them,” or Maxine Waters’s ominous demand that “if you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

And while you’re at it, ask your Democratic candidates if the challenge of Donald Trump is so grave that they’re willing to moderate their positions on abortion, immigration, health care, gun rights, or religious liberty even in the slightest to win your support.

There are those who will read this piece and decry the “whataboutism” or the “both sides-ism,” but isn’t every single election an evaluation of both sides? Don’t we have to compare and contrast candidates?

I have a simple test for voting: I will vote for individuals of good character who share my political values. If both candidates meet that test (and they rarely do), then of course I vote for the person closest to my views. That means I evaluate the individual whose name is on the ballot, not the president who isn’t yet up for reelection.

Nor does the rejection of one candidate lead automatically to a vote for his opponent. Each candidate has to earn your vote, and if no one has, it is entirely acceptable to write in a name or go on strike — to stay home until the political parties can produce a candidate worth your support.

And I refuse to recommend that anyone vote against a good conservative, including good conservatives who could remain in office long after Trump is gone from politics, to “punish” the GOP. I especially cannot recommend punishing the GOP by voting for an unworthy opposition.

The best form of accountability is candidate-by-candidate, not party-by-party. Make each person own his or her choices and actions. To sweep out a good man or woman — and replace him or her with someone who doesn’t share your values, or who doesn’t have the character you seek in a politician — isn’t an act of moral reform but yet another sign of political decay.

I don’t claim that every Democrat fails the test of character and policy, but I do know that the Democrats in general have. They demand public hygiene even as they’re responsible for much of our political filth. They decry extremism even as they stampede to the left. And there are voices — even on the right — who would help this deeply flawed party even as it demonstrates its own profound moral bankruptcy.

Ignore those voices. Focus on the actual people on your ballot. There is absolutely no reason, including to “send a message,” for any American to vote for a candidate of low character or who does not share his values. Not ever. If you like your Republican, you should keep your Republican. The Democrats have not earned your vote.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 months ago