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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (born October 13, 1989) is an American politician, educator, community organizer, and political activist. On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary in New York's 14th congressional district, defeating the incumbent, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, in what has been described as the biggest upset victory in the 2018 midterm-election season. Ocasio-Cortez is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and has been endorsed by various politically progressive organizations and individuals.

I Love My Freedom

Published  8 hours ago

A new shock report reveals that there's a wealthy donor behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's socialist "Green New Deal." According to Breitbart, liberal kingpin George Soros and organizations he is connected to are bankrolling Ocasio-Cortez's legislation and

New York Post

Published  12 hours ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent plenty of air time explaining “farting cows,” as she defended her so-called Green New Deal on the premiere of Showtime’s “Desus & Mero.”

According to an initial outline of the measure, the freshman Democrat and Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said they “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 language was later changed to “emissions from cows.”

On Thursday night, comedy duo Desus Nice and The Kid Mero asked Ocasio-Cortez why she thought the initial reaction to the Green New Deal focused on bovine exhaust.

“In the deal, what we talk about, and it’s true, is that we need to take a look at factory farming, you know? Period. It’s wild,” Ocasio-Cortez said, according to Fox News.

“And so it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture, it’s not to say we’re gonna force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But it’s to say, ‘Listen, we gotta address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.’”

“Slow down,” Desus joked.

“But we have to take a look at everything,” the ultra-left-wing pol continued, “and what we need to realize about climate change is about every choice that we make in our lives, you know?”

The Democratic socialist also defended her call for a 70 percent marginal tax rate on incomes over $10 million.

“It really comes down to the question of, ‘Isn’t $10 million enough?’ Like, when does it stop?” she said. “At what point is it amoral that we’re building Jeff Bezos a helipad when we have the most amount of homeless people in New York City?”

Fox News

Published  18 hours ago

The left complains that conservatives are "obsessing" over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Well, there is a reason for that: Ocasio-Cortez is driving the agenda of today's Democratic Party -- and her economic illiteracy is dangerous.

Case in point: Last week, Ocasio-Cortez celebrated the tanking of a deal negotiated by her fellow Democrats in which Amazon promised to build a new headquarters in Long Island City, New York, right next to her congressional district. Amazon's departure cost the city between 25,000 and 40,000 new jobs. Forget the tech workers whom Amazon would have employed. Gone are all the unionized construction jobs to build the headquarters, as well as thousands of jobs created by all the small businesses -- restaurants, bodegas, dry cleaners and food carts -- that were preparing to open or expand to serve Amazon employees. They are devastated by Amazon's withdrawal.

Ocasio-Cortez was not disturbed at all. "We were subsidizing those jobs," she said. "Frankly, if we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district, ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that amount of money if we wanted to."

MARC THIESSEN: ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ’S ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’ ACCIDENTALLY EXPOSES THE LEFT’S BIG LIE

No, you can't. Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to realize that New York does not have $3 billion in cash sitting around waiting to be spent on her socialist dreams. The subsidies to Amazon were tax incentives, not cash payouts. It is Amazon's money, which New York agreed to make tax-exempt, so the company would invest it in building its new headquarters, hiring new workers and generating tens of billions in new tax revenue.

As New York Mayor Bill de Blasio explained, the Amazon deal would have produced "$27 billion in new tax revenue to fuel priorities from transit to affordable housing -- a nine-fold return on the taxes the city and state were prepared to forgo to win the headquarters." Unlike Ocasio-Cortez's imaginary $3 billion slush fund, that is real money that actually could have been used to hire teachers, fix subways and put people to work. With Amazon leaving New York, that $27 billion leaves with it. Genius.

Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to understand that by helping to drive Amazon away, she did not save New York $3 billion; she cost New York $27 billion. There is a difference between having bad ideas and not grasping basic facts.

Ocasio-Cortez does not seem to understand that by helping to drive Amazon away, she did not save New York $3 billion; she cost New York $27 billion. There is a difference between having bad ideas and not grasping basic facts. Reasonable people can disagree about whether New York should have offered Amazon $3 billion in tax incentives -- or anything at all -- to build its headquarters in the city. But that is different from not understanding that New York is not writing a $3 billion check to Amazon.

Sadly, Ocasio-Cortez doesn't learn from her mistakes. She made the same kind of error in December when she tweeted, "$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions 'could not be traced, documented, or explained.' $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon." But, as Pentagon spokesman Christopher Sherwood told The Post, "DoD hasn't received $21 trillion in (nominal) appropriated funding across the entirety of American history." Once again, Ocasio-Cortez did not grasp that the Pentagon did not have a magic pile of $21 trillion in cash sitting in a vault somewhere.

Her economic illiteracy matters because she is the principal author of the Green New Deal, which has been endorsed by most of the leading Democratic candidates for president. From this unschooled mind has sprung the most ambitious plan for government intervention in the economy since Vladimir Ilyich Lenin's train pulled into Petrograd's Finland Station.

If Ocasio-Cortez doesn't understand how tax subsidies work, how can she be trusted to plan the federal takeover of the health-care, energy and transportation sectors of our economy? Think she and her allies have any idea how to, as her now infamous talking points put it, upgrade or replace "every building in America" ... or replace "every combustible-engine vehicle" ... or connect every corner of America with high-speed rail ... or replace all fossil-fuel energy with alternative energy sources -- all in 10 years' time? Apparently, they think we just have to find all the magic pots of cash the government is hiding.

When this kind of ignorance is driving policymaking in Washington, America is in profound danger. Amazon left New York because Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow democratic socialists created a hostile environment in the city. And if Ocasio-Cortez has her way, Democrats are going to do to the rest of America what they just did to New York.

Marc Thiessen is a columnist at The Washington Post, a Fox News contributor and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

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.

Conservative News Today

Published  1 day ago

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dailycaller

Published  1 day ago

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remains unfazed by criticism of her policy ideas.

The freshman rep. continued to defend her Green New Deal, which plans to rid America of greenhouse gasses in a decade, on Showtime’s late-night “Desus & Mero” show Thursday.

She brought up the issue of factory farms by addressing America’s supposed mass-consumption of hamburgers.

“In the deal, what we talk about — and it’s true — is that we need to take a look at factory farming, you know? Period. It’s wild,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “And so it’s not to say you get rid of agriculture. It’s not to say we’re gonna force everybody to go vegan or anything crazy like that. But it’s to say, ‘Listen, we gotta address factory farming. Maybe we shouldn’t be eating a hamburger for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Like, let’s keep it real.”

Ocasio-Cortez made it clear she wasn’t just targeting Big Macs. (RELATED: Trump Shreds Green New Deal Says It Reads Like ‘A Failed High School Paper’)

“But we have to take a look at everything,” Ocasio-Cortez continued, “and what we need to realize about climate change is about every choice that we make in our lives, you know?”

Ocasio-Cortez’s plan is targeted at cows and airplanes. (RELATED: Republican Senator Says Media Is ‘Stalin-Like’ In What It Didn’t Tell You About Green New Deal)

“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 FAQ page for her Green New Deal originally said before the page was removed.

Ocasio-Cortez also reiterated her call to soak America’s rich with a 70 percent income tax rate.

“It really comes down to the question of, ‘Isn’t $10 million enough?’ Like, when does it stop?” she asked. “At what point is it amoral that we’re building Jeff Bezos a helipad when we have the most amount of homeless people in New York City?”

Sean Hannity

Published  1 day ago

Democratic-Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to confuse users on social media Thursday evening; posting a bizarre conspiracy theory concerning “AstroTurf” and “dark money.”

“Heads up – I’m deleting a tweet about astroturfing bc I want to make sure details are solid. Dark $ is hard to track, & the practice of astroturfing to manipulate public opinion is notorious. Want to make sure any comments about it are thorough,” she posted.

Heads up – I’m deleting a tweet about astroturfing bc I want to make sure details are solid.

Dark $ is hard to track, & the practice of astroturfing to manipulate public opinion is notorious. Want to make sure any comments about it are thorough. Quote tweet will be RT’d ✌🏽

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 22, 2019

Cortez’ comments come after days of fierce criticism over her handling of the botched Amazon deal; with enraged New Yorkers erecting an anti-AOC billboard in the heart of Times Square.

Dan Bongino

Published  1 day ago

In this episode I address the stunning new revelations by an FBI lawyer about the efforts to cover up this Obama/Clinton scandal. I also discuss the efforts by Andrew McCabe to fabricate an obstruction case against President Trump. Finally, I address bizarre comments by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez about Amazon.

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I Love My Freedom

Published  1 day ago

Actress Roseanne Barr is sick and tired of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Democrats. Earlier this week, Barr released a video of herself discussing Ocasio-Cortez and the Democratic Party's dramatic turn toward socialism. Get Your FREE 'Build

The Independent

Published  1 day ago

Alec Baldwin has revealed he fears for his family’s safety after Donald Trump said there would be “retribution” for the actor’s satirical performance of the president on Saturday Night Live.

Baldwin, who has been playing Trump on the comedy show since he took office, said the president “signals people” to become angry and bitter “and then the actions flow from there”.

The 60-year-old parodied Trump’s press conference calling a national emergency over plans for a border wall. The sketch angered the president, who took to Twitter soon after.

“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” he wrote on social media. “Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!”

He then added: “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!”

Baldwin first responded on Twitter, writing: “I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?”

He has since clarified the comment on the podcast The Dworkin Report, revealing that Trump’s message was indeed the first time he feared for his and his family’s safety.

“People would say to me early on, do you have any concerns about retaliation, not necessarily from the government or from Trump, but from his agitators?” Baldwin said.

“I always said not really, I didn’t really think that was something that was real, until now, when he made this comment about retribution and he thought SNL should be investigated.”

He continued: “Trump signals people, not necessarily what to do, but how to feel, and that’s the beginning. The beginning is you make people angry, the beginning is you make people agitated and bitter and then the actions flow from there.”

The president has previously suggested that NBC, which airs Saturday Night Live, should have its station licenses challenged.

Trump’s decision to circumvent lawmakers in his efforts to fulfil a campaign promise and build a wall across the US-Mexico Border has faced backlash from members of his own party, who called the move “a mistake”.

“I wish he wouldn’t have done it,” said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.

Democrats also branded the national emergency as “fake” and unnecessary. Progressive newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Texas Democrat Joaquin Castro announced a new resolution that would rebuke the measure and could potentially block plans for the wall if enough Republicans were to support that move, leading to a foolproof majority.

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

Fox News

Published  2 days ago

A political action committee (PAC) aligned with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez paid her boyfriend $6,000 during the infancy of her campaign.

The Brand New Congress PAC (BNC), a political arm of Brand New Congress LLC, a company that was hired by Ocasio-Cortez to run and support her campaign, paid Riley Roberts for marketing services he provided to the PAC.

According to FEC records, the PAC made two payments to Roberts – one in August 2017 and one in September 2017 – both for $3,000.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ SLAMMED OVER ANTI-AMAZON PUSH IN NEW YORK CITY BILLBOARD: 'THANKS FOR NOTHING'

In a statement to Fox News, BNC’s Communications Director Zeynab Day said that Roberts “is a professional digital marketing and growth consultant who specializes in social media presence and subscriber engagement” and his hiring was based “on his experience managing successful advertising and social media campaigns.”

“He was hired through a 2 month trial period, beginning on August 3, 2017 and worked through the end of September, 2017,” she added. “Services to the Brand New Congress PAC consisted of advertising strategies for potential growth, developing metrics, and aiding in execution of strategy to increase brand awareness for the PAC as a whole.”

“Services to the Brand New Congress PAC consisted of advertising strategies for potential growth, developing metrics, and aiding in execution of strategy to increase brand awareness for the PAC as a whole.”

— BNC’s Communications Director Zeynab Day

The revelation that a PAC aligned with Ocasio-Cortez paid Roberts was first noticed by political consultant Luke Thompson who detailed his findings in a Medium post.

The post drew the attention of Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti because it also included unverified speculation of legal impropriety and an incorrect claim that the Democrat’s campaign raised only about $3,000 while spending nearly $28,000 by October 2017 – ignoring that the campaign also raised more than $33,000 from small donors.

OCASIO-CORTEZ RAISES EYEBROWS AFTER COMPARING TRUMP'S BORDER WALL TO BERLIN WALL

“The conspiracy machine is in full effect & it’s been disappointing to watch professionals get duped + amplify unvetted Medium posts as truth, treating journalism like it’s a high school Livejournal rumor mill or something,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “No, I don’t shadily pay my boyfriend. Come on & VET.”

Ocasio-Cortez’ office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The scrutiny over Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend follows the discovery that Roberts was given a congressional email account, with some suggesting it was an ethics violation as boyfriends don’t reach the level of partners or spouses who might otherwise be given such access.

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ FACES QUESTIONS AFTER HER BOYFRIEND GETS CONGRESSIONAL EMAIL ACCOUNT

"It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News.

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he added. “... It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

The spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, David O'Boyle, told Fox News that “from time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”

True Pundit

Published  2 days ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) may have had her current chief of staff pay her boyfriend using campaign PAC money, according to a report from Luke Thompson, a National Review contributor.

Thompson started down the trail of analyzing Ocasio-Cortez’s professional relationship with her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, after realizing that the congresswoman had Roberts listed as a staff member with his own house.gov email account.

While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53

As the tweet got more traction, Ocasio-Cortez responded, claiming that it was totally normal for members of the House to give their spouse — or in this case, significant other — an email address so they can see the member’s calendar.

Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.

Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

It didn’t take long for Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, to hop online to defend his boss. He tweeted to Thompson that Roberts doesn’t work for the office in any capacity and is not paid. The email account, according to Chakrabarti, is purely for logistical access.

He's not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He's not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office. Check your damn facts before you report bullshit. Lazy journos need to learn to do their jobs.

— Saikat Chakrabarti (@saikatc) February 15, 2019

The next day, Thompson took a screenshot that shows Roberts listed as “staff” for Ocasio-Cortez despite their claims otherwise.

It also didn’t take long for Hill staffers — like Jordan Haverly, a communications director for Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) — to pull screenshots from the House IT guidelines showing that spouses, or boyfriends, are not supposed to have official house.gov email accounts

Just going to leave this here. From the Committee on House Administration's IT policy. pic.twitter.com/Kd75nF17pT

— Jordan Haverly (@jhaverly) February 15, 2019

Last week, @AOC and her Chief of Staff @saikatc (the rich guy in question) freaked out on me when I pointed out it looked like she'd hired her boyfriend. I did some digging in the FEC. Turns out Saikat has "hired" her boyfriend, before…just not to do any actual work.

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 20, 2019

Chakrabarti ran a campaign strategy firm called Brand New Congress, LLC. Under that firm, he had a PAC that he used for the campaigns he assisted. Three payments listed on FEC forms caught the eye of Thompson.- READ MORE

Daily Torch

Published  2 days ago

The Green New Deal may already be coming off the tracks.

By far the dopiest part of the plan was the now-retracted summary offered by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that proposed “get[ting] rid of… airplanes” and replacing air travel with high speed trains, stating that a goal of the resolution is to “[b]uild out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary.”

On that breathtaking news, high-speed rail suddenly became a central focus of the plan, a lynchpin to the overall goal of reducing U.S.-based carbon emissions. Aviation fuel accounts for more than 10 percent of U.S. petroleum-based carbon emissions at more than 246 million metric tons a year and almost 5 percent of the total, according the Energy Information Agency.

Many Americans were horrified that the convenience of air travel might be eliminated by the plan, and so the statement was quickly retracted by Ocasio-Cortez, with Democrats and news outlets practically tripping over themselves to assure the American people they don’t really want to ban air travel to lay the tracks for high-speed rail.

Perhaps off of the bad press from that botched rollout, two prominent high-speed rail projects in California and Florida suffered major setbacks on Feb. 12.

First, it was announced by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) in his state of the state address that a planned $77 billion high-speed railway from Los Angeles to San Francisco had been cancelled, saying, “there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.”

“Let’s be real,” Newsom said, adding, “The current project, as planned, would cost too much and take too long.”

Then, a planned IPO by Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) for Feb. 13 that would run higher-speed rail from Orlando to Miami has been indefinitely postponed. Bloomberg News described Virgin Trains USA as a “money-losing Florida railroad running behind schedule on its own projections” in its reporting on the IPO’s cancellation.

The IPO had been panned a few days earlier by The Motley Fool’s Eric Volkman, who wrote, “Many people would love to see a viable alternative to the car and the airplane. The thing is, though, that passenger rail is a hard endeavor to make viable, hence its frequent subsidization by government bodies.”

Volkman added, “Ultimately, as a traveler and a person concerned about our dependence on the car, I want Virgin Trains USA to succeed and thrive. As an investment writer, I wouldn’t bet on that happening.”

Underscoring the lack of private interest in these projects, Virgin Trains USA has been depending on government funds, having already received approval for $1.75 billion of private activity bonds from the Department of Transportation and is pursuing another $3.7 billion Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement Financing (RRIF) loan on top of that.

After the IPO’s cancellation, perhaps the question the Department of Transportation should be asking itself is if investors won’t be backing these projects for which there is not sufficient demand, then why should the government? Moreover, does the Trump administration really want to be underwriting high-speed rail projects that are a cornerstone for this Green New Deal?

No wonder Ocasio-Cortez calls for public funds to subsidize these rail projects and wants to make air travel “unnecessary” — which has become one of the dominant forms of long-distance travel — passenger trains simply cannot otherwise compete.

Probably because they’re obsolete. Just saying. What is this, 1850? Clearly, high-speed rail is fantasy project of the Soviet-style Green New Deal 10-year plan, a major boondoggle which you’d really have to ban planes to make viable. Not even California wants to buy into this. The U.S. has other significant infrastructure needs to address. Why are we wasting so much money on trains?

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 days ago

This was brutal!

A New York Times Square billboard BLASTS Socialistm dimwit Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

The Times Square billboard was posted by Job Creators Network — a capitalist group.

Amazon announced last Thursday that they are cancelling plans to build a headquarters in New York City.

Amazon blamed local politicians for the decision to nix their plans in New York City.

Socialist Rep. Ocasio Cortez cheered the loss of 25,000 high paying jobs in her community.

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019

Amazon spokesperson Jodi Seth later blamed Socialist darling Ocasio-Cortez for the company’s decision to leave.

Check out the sign in Times Sq.! ⁦Thanks to @JobCreatorsUSA⁩! pic.twitter.com/iIN0DTo8r2

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 20, 2019

Homeland Security

Published  2 days ago

On Friday morning, a remarkable screenshot surfaced on Twitter showing that Riley Roberts, the boyfriend of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), appears to have a congressional "staff" email address. A calendar invite lists his name, Ocasio-Cortez's congressional phone number, and the email address.

Luke Thompson, a podcast host and former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), posted the photo on Twitter. "While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, [Ocasio-Cortez] decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly."

Various outlets have reported that Riley Roberts, head of marketing at HomeBinding.com, is Ocasio-Cortez's squeeze. He attended her swearing-in and can be seen on the right side of the photo below.

https://twitter.com/ltthompso/status/1096407289513365504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ocasio-Cortez shot down the insinuation but confirmed that the screenshot showing the email address is legitimate.

"Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1096420134435123201?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

"He’s not your spouse," Thompson shot back. "Is he being paid? At what level? It says 'staff' not spouse or boyfriend. Furthermore he doesn’t appear to be in any groups and the House doesn’t use Google. Are you giving him access to your official calendar? Why does he have his own email address?"

https://twitter.com/ltthompso/status/1096421253110513664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to these questions, nor did she respond to multiple requests for comment from PJ Media.

Saikat Chakrabarti, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff, responded, "He's not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He's not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office. Check your damn facts before you report bullshit. Lazy journos need to learn to do their jobs."

Newsweek

Published  2 days ago

Comedienne Roseanne Barr took to YouTube on Wednesday in a video that minced no words as she discussed Democrats, socialism, and freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) was the first subject on Barr's mind in the almost-two minute clip, with the actress referring to the congresswoman as "that Farrakhan loving, bug-eyed b---h." While Barr did not refer to Ocasio-Cortez by name, she mentioned the Green New Deal, the New York congresswoman's signature bill.

"That Green New Deal, that, that Farrakhan loving, bug-eyed b----h, I don't even remember her name. The bug-eyed b---h that looks like a realtor. She got them realtor eyes," Barr said before widening her eyes and opening her mouth. "Bug-eyed, lying b---h. Farrakhan loving, Israel hater. Leftie."

Barr went on to add other names in reference to Ocasio-Cortez, before adding that she would "try to correct some of the mistakes she's made."

Barr then spoke about "costing people decent paying jobs," likely a reference to Ocasio-Cortez's stance on Amazon's intention to construct a second headquarters in Queens, New York. Though the congresswoman was not the only politician to speak out against the online retailer's decision, Ocasio-Cortez and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer were blamed by an Amazon spokesman as one of the reasons that the company canceled its plans to move to Long Island City.

"She got paid to do that," Barr goes on to say. "Can you imagine? Paid to decimate communities. That's what the Dems have been doing. That's what socialism does."

Barr continues, calling socialism a "fake f---king con. It's just like capitalism, but it comes from the bottom up. Not the top down."

After calling socialism a Ponzi scheme, Barr shifted to talking about immigrants. "Here's why they want them immigrants," the actress continued. "First of all because all of their buddies are hiring them for less than minimum wage. That's a big draw. And second, cause no Americans are gonna vote for their ass anymore because we woke up to the s--t you're doing."

Barr goes on to criticize the Democratic party, saying that the decisions made by those representing it are "decimating inner cities" while politicians live in "vineyards and in a mansion."

It's not the first time that the actress, most known for her role on the self-titled comedy Roseanne, has unleashed her political opinions. Barr has frequently praised President Donald Trump and said that she was fired from the ABC reboot of Roseanne, which was subsequently canceled, because she voted for the president.

According to then-ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey, "multiple instances" led to Barr's firing.

“We knew what we wanted to do, and we did it. For us, we have had multiple instances with Roseanne, and certainly this tweet crossed the line that cannot be crossed, but it was for us a sense of enough is enough and something had to be done," Dungey said during the 2018 Television Critics Association press tour, Good Housekeeping reports.

The tweet in question, a reply from Barr to another user, stated that Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to former President Barack Obama, was the product of Planet of the Apes and the Muslim Brotherhood.

“Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby=vj," Barr wrote, though she later apologized and deleted the tweet.

The actress has frequently found herself in trouble on Twitter, including by tweeting conspiracy theories. Another tweet accused Chelsea Clinton's husband, Marc Mezvinsky, of being the nephew of George Soros. Barr apologized directly to Clinton for the tweet.

Barr, who is Jewish, gave a speech in Tel Aviv in January where she credited her faith for getting her through after ABC canceled Roseanne.

“It was six months of walking through the dark night of the soul but Hashem [God] was with me the whole way,” Barr said according to The Times of Israel.

She later told the crowd that she was fired from the show for voting for Trump, an allegation she also repeated during a July 2018 post to her YouTube channel.

"I was BDSed by ABC,” Barr said in Tel Aviv. “I feel like I’ve apologized to people who didn’t understand my tweet, people who were too [expletive] stupid. I went on Twitter for the express purpose of defending Israel.”

While Roseanne was canceled by ABC, the show was later rebooted as The Conners, focused around the family of fictional Roseanne Conner. However, Roseanne's character was killed off-screen.

WayneDupree.com

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Apparently, AOC is unfamiliar with how capital works per property investment.

GOP

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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.

Fox News

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Roseanne Barr took to her YouTube channel to slam Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, calling her a “Farrakhan loving…bug-eyed b---h.”

Barr posted the nearly two-minute video over the weekend on her channel, which has more than 104,000 subscribers. She never mentions the New York congresswoman by name — instead, the actress references to Ocasio-Cortez as the person who introduced the Green New Deal, an economic stimulus package designed to tackle income inequality and climate change.

“That Green New Deal...Farrakhan-loving b---h. I don’t remember her name. The bug-eyed b----h who looks like a realtor,” Barr says in the video while chewing gum and widening her eyes toward the camera. Barr was referring to Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has a history of making anti-Semitic comments.

ROSEANNE BARR CALLS WOMEN'S MARCH LEADERS' TIES TO ANTI-SEMITISM 'DISGUSTING'

“She got them realtor eyes. She got 'em,” the 66-year-old actress adds. “Bug-eyed lyin’ b---h. Farrakhan fan. Israel hater. Lefty. Dumbass, dumb as they get.”

Barr then says she was going to attempt to “correct some of the mistakes” Ocasio-Cortez has made.

“I’m gonna try to correct some of the mistakes she’s made like costing hundreds of people decent-paying jobs ‘cause, I don’t know, they breathe carbon in the air or some horses--t,” Barr says in the video.

The controversial actress then went on a rant about socialism, calling it a “Ponzi scheme and a con game.”

Barr received major backlash in May for her tweet about former President Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who she described as if the "Muslim brotherhood & planet of the apes had a baby."

She apologized for the tweet and said she was "so sad that people thought" her tweets about Jarrett were "racist."

ABC ultimately canceled her show, “Roseanne,” as a result of the scandal, and launched a spinoff called “The Conners” without Barr.

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

Fox News

Published  3 days ago

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

Sara A. Carter

Published  3 days ago

Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to empower small business leaders in America, announced Wednesday its plans for a Times Square billboard reading “THANKS FOR NOTHING AOC.”

The billboard references Democrat New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest battle with Amazon, which forced the company to pull out from its plans to move business into New York.

Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the news on Twitter late Wednesday by criticizing the wealthy. “Billionaires paying to put up anti-progressive propaganda in Times Square is like the obscenely rich version of the scene where Michael Scott points to the Bubba Gump,” she said.

“This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here,” added the socialist leaning Ocasio-Cortez.

Billionaires paying to put up anti-progressive propaganda in Times Square is like the obscenely rich version of the scene where Michael Scott points to the Bubba Gump and saying “This is it, this is the heart of civilization, right here.” https://t.co/NJXggcSZJv

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2019

Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers).

(PS fact that it’s in Times Sq tells you this isn’t for/by NYers.) https://t.co/B4QTPi1r2k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 21, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez criticized JCN’s leadership.

“Few things effectively communicate the power we’ve built in fighting dark money & anti-worker policies like billionaire-funded groups blowing tons of cash on wack billboards (this one is funded by the Mercers),” she tweeted.

The billboard, however, is a direct response to Ocasio-Cortez’s role in scrapping plans to open a new Amazon headquarters in the heart of New York City.

“The retreat will not only cost the area $12 billion in economic activity, but 25,000 new jobs that would have paid an average salary of $150,000,” according to JCN. Clearly Amazon’s multi billion dollar investment would’ve only benefitted American workers.

“The Amazon pullout is a perfect example of what we’ve been saying: socialism takes and capitalism creates,” said Alfredo Ortiz, JCN President and CEO.

Ocasio-Cortez is completely open about her socialist agenda. The Green New Deal is Ocasio-Cortez’s latest effort to over regulate American business. The bill seeks to implement sweeping legislation with an end goal of stopping 100 percent of human impact on climate change.

The billboard will be on display for the next week and passersby who stroll between 42nd Street near 8th Avenue will get a chance to see it.

Zero Hedge

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While neither ‘Medicare for All’ nor a wealth tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.

I Love My Freedom

Published  3 days ago

Recent reports appear to show that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's boyfriend, Riley Roberts, was paid $6,000 from a "rich guy" when her campaign ran out of money. Journalist Luke Thompson, posted a screenshot last week of Roberts’s House Microsoft

Homeland Security

Published  3 days ago

Last week, an enterprising conservative political consultant unearthed evidence that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) may have hired her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, to work in Congress. This news actually unraveled a far bigger story of corruption, however. As it turns out, a political group helping Ocasio-Cortez's campaign had already paid Roberts during the campaign — and those payments from that shady organization may be the reason Ocasio-Cortez is in Congress today.

On Wednesday, Luke Thompson, a podcast host and former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), shared some damning research into Ocasio-Cortez's campaign. He discovered more about the relationship between Riley Roberts and the campaign, but he also unearthed a humongous corruption story.

Did Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hire her boyfriend, Riley Roberts? He has his own congressional staff email. @AOC confirmed the photo but called the insinuation that she hired him "nonsense." https://t.co/jom0iU7oFy @PJMedia_com #Trending

— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) February 15, 2019

Luke Thompson had originally unearthed the central piece of evidence tying Ocasio-Cortez's congressional office to Riley Roberts — her boyfriend's official congressional staff email. In the wake of this news, some people noticed that the Ocasio-Cortez campaign paid Roberts $1,750, but Thompson insisted this was only "a means of keeping accounting in order." During the first half of 2018, the boyfriend volunteered with the campaign, and his efforts were classified as an in-kind contribution. This is normal.

Two far more conspicuous payments to Roberts came in 2017, however. Those involved Brand New Congress, an organization founded and run by Saikat Chakrabarti, who happens to be Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff.

Chakrabarti founded Brand New Congress in 2017. "It’s a rather ingenious organization, but one that dwells in a legal gray-area as far as campaign finance law is concerned," Luke Thompson reported. "It facilitates campaigns on shoestring budgets by providing a single clearinghouse for campaign services, generally filed under the banner of 'strategic consulting'. But, as a result, it limits the meaningfulness of FEC disclosures by those campaigns," and it means that Brand New Congress "spends most of its budget on overhead and makes relatively few actual contributions to candidates."

Yet Chakrabarti's organization is really two organizations in one. "It’s a nonqualified political action committee — a PAC — that can raise and bundle campaign contributions for candidates. Donations and expenditures from PACs, like those to and by candidates, are publicly disclosed."

The organization also has an undisclosed component, however. "Brand New Congress is also a LLC [sic], owned by Chakrabarti, that provides campaign services to candidates to help lower the barriers to entry. LLCs do not have to disclose or itemize their spending," Luke Thompson explained.

The organization fully admits this on its "Frequently Asked Questions" page. "This LLC gets hired by candidates and by the PACs to actually run campaigns," the website explains. The group does this in order to "recruit and run non-career politicians" and "to run a big, single unified campaign" so as to "take advantage of various economies of scale."

IJR - Independent Journal Review

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Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) recently announced her bid to be the Democratic Party's candidate to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. Along with her presidential announcement, she endorsed a series of left-leaning policies.

Fox News

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vigorously defended her role in sinking Amazon’s move to New York City on Tuesday in the face of bipartisan criticism, claiming the deal would have been “one of the biggest giveaways in state history” and would have priced people out of the local community.

“Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I ‘don’t understand’ how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing,” she tweeted. “No, it’s not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal.”

AMAZON PULLS OUT OF PLAN TO BUILD NEW YORK CITY HQ AFTER BACKLASH

The freshman Democratic New York congresswoman has faced days of criticism from normally friendly media voices and fellow Democrats over her role in Amazon's decision to pull back from building a $2.5 billion campus in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

Amazon had cited the opposition of “a number of state and local politicians” in its decision to abandon the plans. Ocasio-Cortez and others at the local level had pointed to incentives such as a $2.5 billion in tax breaks as a reason for their opposition.

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said last week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio pushed back on that claim on Sunday. Even as he slammed Amazon for its decision, the mayor said critics wrongly suggested that tax breaks represented money that could be spent on other things. He said it wasn’t “money you had over here. And it was going over there.”

The Democratic mayor said: “That $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

Fellow Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., accused those who are against the deal, including Ocasio-Cortez, of being opposed to jobs.

"It used to be that we would protest wars. Now we are protesting jobs?” she said on CNN Friday, before criticizing the economic arguments of those opposed to the Amazon move.

"I'm a progressive too, but I'm pragmatic,” she said. “We are $4 billion less than we usually get and yet we are kicking out a company that would have been projected [to pay] over 10 years roughly $27 billion in taxes.”

New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin ripped into critics of the deal, saying it was evidence of a “financial literacy epidemic” in America.

“Quick lesson: NYC wasn’t handing cash to Amazon. It was an incentive program based on job creation, producing tax revenue,” he tweeted. “There isn’t a $3 billion pile of money that can now be spent on subways or education.”

But on Tuesday, Ocasio-Cortez mocked critics, saying “there’s NO WAY that this deal - one of the biggest giveaways in state history - could possibly have been bad, right?

“Surely there can’t be anything wrong with suddenly announcing a massive restructuring & pricing out of a community without any advance notice or input from them,” she asked

In her list of criticisms, she included claims that Amazon was selling facial recognition tech to immigration officials, and that real-estate insiders were creating rent spikes.

“Folks handling the failed deal treated community w/condescension+disdain for their legitimate concerns,” she argued. “I warned early to any & all that surging NYC costs+failing subways are creating major political forces to be reckoned with.”

“But I don’t know what I’m talking about, right?” she quipped, with a shrugging emoji.

Fox News' Frank Miles contributed to this report.

Fox News

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Sean Hannity

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The New York City Housing Authority paid-out a whopping $1,973 per apartment unit to upgrade pre-existing lighting fixtures; raising serious new doubts over the ‘Green New Deal’ and its demand that every single building in America convert to higher energy standards.

“The Green New Deal that Democrats unveiled last week has a grand ambition to eliminate fossil fuels in 10 years, retrofit every building in America, and guarantee high-paying jobs in the bargain. If you want to see how that works in the real world, consider the public housing projects near Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s New York office,” writes the Wall Street Journal.

“Under Nycha’s Project Labor Agreement, electricians make $81 in base pay and $54 in fringe per hour, and overtime is usually time and a half. Add administrative and contracting expenses. All in, Nycha paid an average of $1,973 per apartment to install LEDs,” adds the report.

The lower energy bills associated with the LED bulbs would ultimately take over two-decades to pay for itself at that staggering price point.

Read the full report here.

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

Townhall

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Tito Brown can't imagine driving a perfectly good thing out of a town that hasn't had a perfectly good thing come its way in a very long time. At least, a perfectly good thing the size and scope of the Amazon headquarters that ideological politics drove out of Long Island City on Thursday, when Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, danced on the grave of the deal as Amazon walked away from the New York project. Brown doesn't really get that. He governs a city with a

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…

Daily Wire

Published  4 days ago

On Tuesday evening, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez issued a series of tweets defending her role in ultimately killing the Amazon HQ2 deal, which would have brought 25,000 jobs to her district and nearly $30 billion in tax revenues to the state, and emphatically asserting that she does "understand" how tax incentives work.

The defensive thread was prompted by criticism from Crain's New York Business editor Erik Engquist, who said that while he usually defends the democratic socialist congresswoman as intelligent, her troubling comments about the state "invest[ing] those $3 billion" instead of supposedly giving it to Amazon has left him speechless.

"If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to," the freshman congresswoman said last week. "We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to."

"I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like 'we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money,'" tweeted Engquist.

Ocasio-Cortez responded forcefully and at length: "Not sure how many pundits talking about Amazon even read the deal or where it was going. $500+ million of the deal was *capital grants.* $2.5 billion in tax breaks. It’s fair to ask why we don’t invest the capital for public use, + why we don’t give working people a tax break," she wrote in a series of tweets.

"Frankly, the knee-jerk reaction assuming that I 'don’t understand' how tax giveaways to corps work is disappointing. No, it’s not possible that I could come to a different conclusion. The debate *must* be over my intelligence & understanding, instead of the merits of the deal," she wrote.

"There’s NO WAY that this deal - one of the biggest giveaways in state history - could possibly have been bad, right?" she added sarcastically. "Surely there can’t be anything wrong with suddenly announcing a massive restructuring & pricing out of a community without any advance notice or input from them."

"There’s no CHANCE that the speculative insider real-estate buys that were creating immediate spikes in rent in one of the most rent-burdened communities in NYC could have possibly been unpopular?" she tweeted, linking to an article by Business Insider.

"Or that a technology giant of big-brother-esque potential was selling (notoriously flawed & racially biased) facial recognition technology to ICE while trying to move into 1 of the most immigrant-dense areas of the world?" she added, linking to a Washington Post piece. "No, it must be because I’m dumb."

"Folks handling the failed deal treated community w/condescension+disdain for their legitimate concerns," she concluded. "I warned early to any & all that surging NYC costs+failing subways are creating major political forces to be reckoned with. But I don’t know what I’m talking about, right?"

I’ve been telling @AOC critics that she is smart, but what do I say when she says nonsense like “we could invest those $3 billion in [@amazon tax breaks] in our district. We could hire more teachers. We can fix our subways, we can put a lot of people to work for that money”

— Erik Engquist (@erik_engquist) February 19, 2019

Among those criticizing the Democratic opposition to the deal is Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who slammed "a small group of politicians" who "put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state."

"The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage," Cuomo said Thursday. "They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity." Full statement below:

Amazon chose to come to New York because we are the capital of the world and the best place to do business. We competed in and won the most hotly contested national economic development competition in the United States, resulting in at least 25,000-40,000 good paying jobs for our state and nearly $30 billion dollars in new revenue to fund transit improvements, new housing, schools and countless other quality of life improvements. Bringing Amazon to New York diversified our economy away from real estate and Wall Street, further cementing our status as an emerging center for tech and was an extraordinary economic win not just for Queens and New York City, but for the entire region, from Long Island to Albany's nanotech center.

However, a small group of politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community — which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City — the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state. The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity.

The fundamentals of New York's business climate and community that attracted Amazon to be here - our talent pool, world-class education system, commitment to diversity and progressivism - remain and we won't be deterred as we continue to attract world class business to communities across New York State.

Dan Bongino

Published  4 days ago

Freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was slammed by fellow New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D) for her opposition to the proposed plan for Amazon to create thousands of high-paying jobs and open up a New York City headquarters.

Appearing on CNN on Friday, Maloney said she placed part of the blame for Amazon backing out of the deal on “progressive” politicians who protested the company’s move to the city.

I’m a progressive too, but I’m pragmatic,” she said.

“Twenty-five thousand jobs at $150,000 a minimum for the job…They were working with the community on job fairs and the other types of entry-level jobs that they would have,” Maloney continued “We should be really diversifying our base of taxes, our base of businesses, we’re too dependent on financial services.”

“It used to be that we would protest wars, now we’re protesting jobs. People are complaining about jobs coming. If this had gone through, it would have made overnight New York City the high-tech capital of the East Coast.”

Last week, after Amazon announced they would no longer be setting up shop in NYC, Cortez wrote on Twitter, “Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019

In a statement, Amazon said:

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens. For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term. While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

H/T The Hill.

discoverthenetworks

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Discover the Networks

02/18 4:19 pm

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested on Sunday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) shouldn’t be celebrating a failed deal for an Amazon headquarters in Queens.

De Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo had argued that the $2.8 billion in tax breaks offered to Amazon would bring in $27 billion in tax revenue.

De Blasio told Chuck Todd of NBC News’ Meet the Press the “$3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden told a German audience Saturday that America under the Trump administration is “an embarrassment.”

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, the 2020 presidential hopeful said, “The America I see values basic human decency, not snatching children from their parents or turning our back on refugees at our border. Americans know that’s not right. The American people understand plainly that this makes us an embarrassment. The American people know, overwhelmingly that it is not right. That it is not who we are.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered an “inaugural address” in her Congressional District on Saturday afternoon, declaring that issues like the “right to migrate” will not be negotiable.

Addressing hundreds of supporters in the Bronx, the freshman lawmaker even had a swearing-in ceremony before uttering mostly platitudes.

Defending the Green New Deal after she and her office botched the rollout to much ridicule this week, the Democratic Socialist claimed that the “Green New Deal is the legislation of indigenous communities in the United states” and many others.

Saturday Night Live actor Alec Baldwin complained that President Trump is threatening his family on Twitter.

“Nothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC!” Trump had tweeted about the show ridiculing him. “THE RIGGED AND CORRUPT MEDIA IS THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!” he added.

“I wonder if a sitting President exhorting his followers that my role in a TV comedy qualifies me as an enemy of the people constitutes a threat to my safety and that of my family?” Baldwin responded on Twitter.

Disgraced former Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has been released from prison and sent to a re-entry program in New York.

Weiner was transferred to a residential re-entry center in Brooklyn to serve the remainder of his 21-month sentence for sending sexually explicit texts to a 15-year-old girl. Also known as halfway houses, they are intended to allow inmates to “gradually rebuild their ties to the community and facilitate supervising ex-offenders’ activities during this readjustment phase.”

He is set to be released from prison in May, about three months early, because of good behavior.

A heckler at a rally in Georgia Saturday for 2020 presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) repeatedly yelled, “Why did you lie?” while holding up a “1/2020th” sign in reference to Warren’s false claim of Native American ancestry.

The man heckled Warren as she told her backstory to a crowd of more than 1,000 supporters gathered at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville.

“Be easy, be easy,” Warren replied, while her supporters booed the heckler being led out of the campaign event.

Daily Wire

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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.

Daily Wire

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Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) suggested late last week that she does not understand the difference between the Berlin Wall and President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.

During an Instagram live video on Friday, the freshman congresswoman said that she thought the wall was a "moral abomination. I think it's like the Berlin Wall."

That Ocasio-Cortez thinks the border wall is "like the Berlin Wall" suggests she knows very little about history and concepts of border security. Former senior official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Matt Mayer explains why comparisons between Trump's wall and the Berlin Wall are nonsensical and insulting for those oppressed in East Germany:

The goal of the Berlin Wall: stop East Germans from escaping to West Germany, as roughly three million did from the end of World War II until the wall was built. It divided Berlin for twenty-eight years. In many ways, the Berlin Wall served as a prison wall for East Germans. At least 139 people died at the Berlin Wall. It is hard to believe it has been gone for nearly as long as it was up.

Too often, Americans use the Berlin Wall in the debate over expanding the wall on our border with Mexico. Not only does this usage cheapen the history of the Berlin Wall, it is a terrible analogy. The goal of America's border wall is to keep people and contraband from illegally coming in to the United States, not to prevent Americans from escaping. Unlike with the Berlin Wall, the use of force on the border is significantly restricted by law, including when engaging with violent and well-armed Mexican drug cartels.

"Let's say you love the wall, let's say you want it, point is, it's wrong to hold people's paychecks hostage for it and if you want your wall so bad, go out and convince the American people because 70% of America thinks this is the dumbest idea ever and it's not my problem that the majority of the American public thinks it's a scam, a sham, a monument to white supremacy," Ocasio-Cortez continued. "It's not my fault, not my fault."

Ocasio-Cortez's assertion that 70% of America thinks that a border wall is "the dumbest idea ever," is factually false. Ocasio-Cortez is most likely referring to a January 2019 report from PEW Research that stated that 70% of Democrats say that a wall "would not have much impact on illegal immigration into the U.S."

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says the wall is “a moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin wall”

The Berlin wall was built to stop East Germans from escaping into West Germany

The goal of the border wall is to stop illegal immigration and trafficking pic.twitter.com/MbFWitkFBi

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 18, 2019

During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Senior White House official Stephen Miller debunked the notion that a border wall will do little in terms of stopping drugs that come from Mexico.

"I understand that, but 80 to 90 percent of those drugs, don't come across in unfenced areas, they come from ports of entry," Fox News host Chris Wallace said. "Those are your own Customs and Border Patrol numbers."

"But, Chris, the problem with the statement that you're apprehending 80 to 90 percent of the drugs at the ports of entry, that's like saying, you apprehend most contraband at TSA checkpoints at airports," Miller responded. "You apprehend the contraband there because that's where you have the people. That's where you have the screeners."

"I assure you, if we had people at that same density and screeners at that same density across every single inch and mile of the southern border, you'd have more drugs interdicted in those areas," Miller continued. "You don't know what you don't know and you don't catch what you don't catch. But as a matter of national security, you cannot have uncontrolled, unsecured areas of the border where people can pour in undetected."

Partial transcript of Ocasio-Cortez's Instagram live video:

But this wall man, I can't fund it. I cannot, I cannot, vote for a wall. I can't, I can't do it. I can't do it. And especially for my community back at home it's, it's 50% immigrant and most of us if we're not immigrant we're first-generation. And, and, you know it's not to slight those that that voted YES on the wall because it's actually, sorry — it's not they were not voting for the wall, let me make that very clear, they were not voting for the wall — but what's happening is that the Republicans are creating a hostage situation where they're holding everyone's paychecks unless they get more money for, for, a wall.

These two things should not be tied at all, like no matter how you feel about the wall, you know I think it's a moral abomination. I think it's like the Berlin wall. I think it's like any other wall that is designed to separate human beings and block out people who are running away from humanitarian disaster. It's like one of the I just think it's wrong. But you know what? Let's say you love the wall, let's say you want it, point is, it's wrong to hold people's paychecks hostage for it and if you want your wall so bad, go out and convince the American people because 70% of America thinks this is the dumbest idea ever and it's not my problem that the majority of the American public thinks it's a scam, a sham, a monument to white supremacy. It's not my fault, not my fault. So, if you want a wall, go out and campaign on it, go out try to convince your neighbors of it.

Sean Hannity

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Recently sworn-in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to baffle supporters and critics alike over the weekend; directly comparing President Trump’s border wall with the ‘Berlin Wall’ and saying everyone in Washington, DC is “like a spy.”

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says the wall is “a moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin wall”

The Berlin wall was built to stop East Germans from escaping into West Germany

The goal of the border wall is to stop illegal immigration and trafficking pic.twitter.com/MbFWitkFBi

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 18, 2019

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appears to think that everyone in Washington, D.C., is spying on her and texting about her pic.twitter.com/R9p373vAKl

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 18, 2019

“No matter how you feel about the wall, I think it’s a moral abomination. I think -it’s like- the Berlin Wall,” said Cortez.

“Here in DC, it’s like, so weird. Everybody is like, a spy. It’s so bizarre. You can go out to get a coffee and the person in the corner of the restaurant goes and texts all of their friends. It’s super weird,” she added.

National Review

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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.

Mail Online

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The Facebook page operates under a pseudonym and does not appear to have been publicly updated since 2017. Malia graduated high school in 2016 then took a gap year.

Sean Hannity

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ economic policy regarding Amazon over the weekend; educating the Democratic-Socialist on tax breaks and incentives.

“New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested on Sunday that critics of the potential Amazon campus New York City — such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — got the facts wrong over the money behind the tax breaks,” writes Fox News.

“And that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue,” said the mayor. “There’s no money — right.”

Cortez raised eyebrows last week when she suggested spending the non-existent Amazon money on teachers and subways.

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” said Cortez.

Read the full story at Fox News.

I Love My Freedom

Published  4 days ago

While Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats have vowed to block President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, a top White House adviser says the president has a secret weapon.

During an interview Sunday on Fox News, White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said that Trump will use his presidential veto power in the case that Congress passes disapproval vote of his recent declaration.

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When asked about Democrats in Congress possibly passing a disapproval resolution, Miller said that Trump “is going to protect his national emergency declaration, guaranteed,” implying that the president will issue a veto.

Here’s more context from Business Insider:

The West Wing is digging in for fights on multiple fronts as the president’s effort to go around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall faces bipartisan criticism and multiple legal challenges.

After lawmakers in both parties blocked his requests for billions of dollars to fulfill his signature campaign pledge, Trump’s declared national emergency Friday shifts billions of federal dollars earmarked for military construction to the border.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told ABC’s “This Week” that his state would sue “imminently” to block the order, after the American Civil Liberties Union and the nonprofit watchdog group Public Citizen announced Friday they were taking legal action.

Democrats are planning to introduce a resolution disapproving of the declaration once Congress returns to session and it is likely to pass both chambers. Several Republican senators are already indicating they would vote against Trump — though there do not yet appear to be enough votes to override a veto by the president.

The White House’s Miller insisted that Congress granted the president wide berth under the National Emergencies Act to take action. But Trump’s declaration goes beyond previous emergencies in shifting money after Congress blocked his funding request for the wall, which will likely factor in legal challenges.

While Democrats are trying everything to block Trump’s move, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh argues that the president has a strong case.

During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Limbaugh about the president announcing on Friday that he’s declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The segment began with Wallace asking what’s the difference between former President Barack Obama taking executive actions and Trump doing the same to get funding for the border wall.

Wallace was attempting to ask a “gotcha question,” but Limbaugh flipped the script by detailing how there’s a real crisis at the southern border with hundreds of thousands of immigrants trying to illegally enter the U.S. every year.

Limbaugh said that Obama used executive action to fund wars and projects in the Middle East whereas Trump is trying to use funds to secure the border and combat illegal immigration.

Daily Wire

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Liberal New York Times columnist David Brooks slammed the Democratic Party during an interview on "PBS NewsHour" on Friday, saying that the party is to the left of Marxist Che Guevara.

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"Where do you see the Democratic field sort of shaking out in that way?" host Judy Woodruff asked. "And does it — I mean, is it shaking in a direction that helps the party, or not?"

"It's somewhere to the left of Che Guevara," Brooks responded.

Brooks then tore into socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal," saying that Democrats' embrace of far-left policies is destroying their party.

"As Donald Trump makes it extremely hard to think about supporting somebody like that, I find the Democrats have done an outstanding job of making it hard for a lot of moderates to support anything," Brooks said. "Personally, the idea that I could ever support a candidate who was in support of the Green New Deal, that will never happen. That could never happen."

"The Green New Deal concentrates power in the hands of the Washington elite in a way nothing has done since World War II," Brooks continued. "It would literally have Washington planners taking over the energy business, taking over the transportation business, so no planes are possible or necessary, taking over health care."

"It really is a centralization of power in a way we haven't seen and doesn't exist in Scandinavia," Brooks added. "It used to be Democrats wanted to shift the tax code, shift the regulations in order to steer the market in a more humane direction, and I get that. And that — being that kind of Democrat, you would be for a carbon tax in order to address global warming. This is not that."

Brooks concluded: "This is simply the government taking control of large swaths of the American economy, something I don't think the government is capable of doing."

"The proposal calls for the United States to be free of carbon emissions within 10 years without the use of nuclear power. It calls for every building in the United States to be replaced or retrofitted in green fashion," Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro wrote about the Green New Deal. "It calls for universal healthcare, free college education, the replacement of airplanes with high-speed trains, charging stations 'everywhere' (this is the sort of exactness the proposal contains), replacement of 'every combustion-engine vehicle,' government-provided jobs, family and medical leave, vacations, retirement security, and the abolition of 'farting cows.' It also calls for total 'economic security' for anyone 'unable or unwilling to work.'"

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: "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's announcement sent Democrats into a panic, with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) claiming that McConnell was trying to sabotage the plan by allowing a vote on it.

"Don’t let Mitch McConnell fool you: this is nothing but an attempt to sabotage the movement we are building," Markey tweeted. "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."

"This isn't a new Republican trick," Markey continued. "By rushing a vote on the #GreenNewDeal resolution, Republicans want to avoid a true national debate & kill our efforts to organize. We’re having the first national conversation on climate change in a decade. We can’t let Republicans sabotage it."

Conservative News Today

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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” […]

Breitbart

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Fox News

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A Venezuelan citizen who left the crisis-stricken country in his teens for America is speaking out against socialism and the Maduro regime -- and giving a warning to anyone who may support the Green New Deal backed by liberal Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Daniel Di Martino, a college student who grew up in Venezuela before his family left the socialist country when he was 16, said Monday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that his family went from flourishing in the upper middle class to making just two dollars a day under now-disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and former President Hugo Chavez.

“By the time I left Venezuela in 2016 we had a blackout every week -- and I was privileged,” Di Martino told Martha MacCallum.

He said he saw parallels between what he experienced in Venezuela and the rise of socialism in America. “I hear what I heard from the socialist regime in Venezuela, ‘everything is alright.’”

He continued, “People are starving in Venezuela because policies such as the one that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [supported] in her Green New Deal, which in reality is just the ‘red new deal’ which is just a socialist wish list, would destroy the U.S. economy and lead us into the path of Venezuela.”

DEMOCRATS PRESS TRUMP TO GIVE VENEZUELANS IN U.S. REPRIEVE FROM DEPORTATION

President Trump on Monday spoke in Miami in front of a crowd comprised mostly of Venezuelan and Cuban Americans and asked military officials loyal to Maduro to abandon him and accept opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's new president.

"We seek a peaceful transition of power, but all options are open," Trump said.

Di Martino outlined his family's struggles in Venezuela in a USA Today op-ed.

“I watched what was once one of the richest countries in Latin America gradually fall apart under the weight of big government,” Di Martino wrote.

Fox News' Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

Conservative Tribune

Published  5 days ago

Is he or isn't he? He's on the roster and has an official email address but Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her team deny boyfriend Riley Roberts is on staff.

New York Post

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Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday that US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was wrong to have claimed the collapse of the Amazon deal would free up $3 billion to fix the city’s subways and hire more teachers.

During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” de Blasio agreed when host Chuck Todd said that the tax breaks offered to Amazon weren’t “money you had over here. And it was going over there.”

“Correct,” de Blasio said.

He added: “And that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

To further drive home the point, Todd said, “There’s not $3 billion in money —”

“There’s no money — right,” de Blasio said.

The exchange came after Todd suggested there was a “factual divide” that kept Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx) from understanding “how this deal worked.”

He also played a video clip that showed her reacting on Thursday to Amazon’s cancellation of plans to build an office complex in Long Island City.

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said at the time.

Her remarks prompted President Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. to tweet: “Will someone please explain to me how it is possible for NYC to SPEND a $3 Billion tax break on anything? This is insanity.”

Several conservative websites also piled on, blasting Ocasio-Cortez for her “idiotic claim” and saying she “should retake basic math.”

Zero Hedge

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"I pray Jussie has a speedy recovery..." *poof*

Fox News

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested on Sunday that critics of the potential Amazon campus New York City — such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — got the facts wrong over the money behind the tax breaks.

On Sunday morning, de Blasio responded in the affirmative when Chuck Todd of NBC News’ “Meet the Press” asked if the tax breaks offered to Amazon weren’t “money you had over here. And it was going over there.”

The Democratic mayor said: “And that $3 billion that would go back in tax incentives was only after we were getting the jobs and getting the revenue.”

“There’s no money — right,” de Blasio added.

Amazon had chosen the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens to build a $2.5 billion campus that could house 25,000 workers, in addition to new offices planned for northern Virginia.

“If we were willing to give away $3 billion for this deal, we could invest those $3 billion in our district ourselves, if we wanted to. We could hire out more teachers. We can fix our subways. We can put a lot of people to work for that money, if we wanted to,” Ocasio-Cortez said last week after the technology giant announced on Thursday that it had dropped plans to build the new headquarters in America’s largest city amid pressure from politicians and activists.

AMAZON BLASTS OCASIO-CORTEZ, SAYS ‘WE DON’T WANT TO WORK IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IN THE LONG TERM’

The mayor also noted to Todd that the deal could have been a way for progressive leaders to show a balance on economic issues.

“I have no problem with my fellow progressives critiquing a deal or wanting more from Amazon — I wanted more from Amazon, too,” de Blasio said. “The bottom line is, this was an example of an abuse of corporate power. They had an agreement with the people of New York City.”

He added: “They said they wanted a partnership, but the minute there were criticisms, they walked away. What does that say to working people, that a company would leave them high and dry, simply because some people raised criticism?”

The city was eager to lure the company and its thousands of high-paying technology jobs, offering billions in tax incentives and lighting the Empire State Building in Amazon orange in November.

De Blasio and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the $2.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies they were offering Amazon would result in $27 billion in tax revenue. The governor and the mayor had argued that the project would spur economic growth that would pay for the $2.8 billion in state and city incentives many times over.

“We are disappointed to have reached this conclusion — we love New York,” the online giant from Seattle said in a blog post announcing its withdrawal.

Cuomo lashed out at fellow New York politicians over Amazon’s change of heart, saying the project would have helped diversify the city’s economy, cement its status as an emerging hub of technology and generate money for schools, housing and transit.

“A small group (of) politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community,” he said.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

dailycaller

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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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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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weaselzippers

Published  6 days ago

Dilly, dilly.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed Congress freshman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claiming she’s ‘out of touch’ and is failing to be a ‘progressive’ leader after she helped push Amazon out of New York.

The liberal mayor took aim at the Democratic-Socialist Congresswoman, who boasts herself as a progressive voice, in politics in an interview with The Brian Lehrer Show radio show on Friday.

‘As a progressive my entire life — and I ain’t changing — I’ll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that’s out of touch with what working people want,’ the mayor said on the WNYC radio show.

The Mayor spoke on his dismay that Amazon derailed their plans and heavily criticized Ocasio-Cortez for gloating about the cancellation by calling it a victory against ‘corporate greed’.

‘I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past, unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to bankruptcy in the 1970s. I saw all the times progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people,’ De Blasio said.

‘Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them. They understand they have to be paid for,’ he added.

Tempers boiled on Thursday when Amazon pulled out of their plans to build a headquarters campus in Queens, New York.

De Blasio, alongside Govenor Andrew Cuomo had long-lobbied for Amazon to build a campus to the city, which would have brought 25,000 jobs.

But the plans angered politicians like Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Michael N. Gianaris for the city’s promise to give Amazon $3billion in tax breaks and incentives.

Daily Wire

Published  6 days ago

On Friday, Donald Trump Jr. took a moment out of his day to shred Economics Guru™ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her ridiculous claim that New York could somehow invest the $3 billion Amazon would have gotten as a tax break for building in Long Island City, located in Ocasio-Cortez's 14th District of New York.

Trump Jr. tweeted, “Will someone please explain to me how it is possible for NYC to SPEND a $3 Billion tax break on anything? This is insanity.”

Trump Jr. was responding to the idiotic claim from Ocasio-Cortez that New York had given away $3 billion by letting Amazon come to New York, and thus could use that money to hire teachers and fix the subway. She said:

You know, I think it’s really important that we understand that we need to invest in our economy, but we need to invest in our people, and to give away $3 billion to a company that has a history of worker exploitation that’s paying below what the cost of New York City is not acceptable for us. We need to have good jobs, and they need to come to the table as in — you know, any company that wants to come to New York needs to come to the table as an equal partner, and you look at how Google came to New York; it was not nearly as controversial as this, and I think it’s because of, they were willing to work with local communities.

She continued:

What’s great is that our economy, our local economy, is already growing. So I firmly believe that if we want to take that $3 billion dollars that we were willing to give to Amazon and invest it in our local community, we can do that. We can make those jobs. We can make 25,000 jobs. But we don’t have to give away and allow our subway system to crumble so that Amazon essentially owns a part of New York City. We can create 25,000 jobs with Mom-and-Pops; we can create 25,ooo jobs with companies that are willing to come to the table, but we should not be giving away our infrastructure, our subway system, our schools, our teachers' salaries, our firefighters' budgets, to a company that has not shown good faith to New Yorkers. And we can ask for more because we deserve more.

What Ocasio-Cortez apparently doesn’t or won’t understand is that there is no $3 billion out there that New York could spend; it was simply $3 billion in unpaid taxes from which Amazon would have benefited by staying in New York.

On Friday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also ripped Ocasio-Cortez, stating:

What’s shocking to me is once again she shows how little she understands not just economics but even unemployment. She’s the one who said the reason unemployment is so low is because a lot of people have two jobs. She needs to learn basic things about what it is to be a representative … Just because she has a progressive agenda, which some people like, does not mean she has the city’s best interest. She showed me she only cares about herself and not about her colleagues ... and not about the people she represents because those people would be getting jobs themselves.

Video of Ocasio-Cortez pontificating below:

New York Rep. @AOC, another critic of the Amazon HQ2 deal, hails the news that it won't come to #LIC, citing concerns about Amazon's treatment of its employees. She says Amazon should have come to the city by working with the community, like Google did. #NY1Politics pic.twitter.com/gaWe83rDM9

— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) February 14, 2019

Rep. @AOC on Amazon: "We should not be giving away our infrastructure, our subway system, our schools, our teachers' salaries, our firefighters' budgets, to a company that has not shown good faith to New Yorkers. And we can ask for more because we deserve more." pic.twitter.com/LEDqb0gDhG

— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) February 14, 2019

nydailynews.com

Published  6 days ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in the aftermath of Amazon’s 25,000-job snub of the city, believes New York’s workers can do better than toiling for the internet giant.

Speaking at her delayed inauguration in the Bronx, the first-year congresswoman received a raucous greeting from some 300 giddy constituents Saturday at the Renaissance School for Musical Theater and Technology.

“We do not have to settle for scraps in the greatest city in the world,” said Ocasio-Cortez two days after Amazon backed off its commitment to open a new Queens facility offering thousands upon thousands of new jobs.

“We did see that this week, when we fight for ourselves and we say, ‘It’s not just about any job,’” she continued. “We need to have dignified jobs. We need to create dignified jobs in New York City, jobs that pay well. Jobs that contribute to communities.”

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, one of a number of politicians at the event, doubled down on his opposition to the since-scuttled Amazon plans for a new headquarters in Long Island City.

“I bring you greetings from across the river in Queens, where I think we just showed we know how to throw down when we have to,” the Democrat said to cheers and applause.

“This is the time for the oppressed and the downtrodden and those who are everyday people to band together and finally, finally claim the power that they have always deserved in this country,” he continued. “… We set the tone in Queens this week, and we’re going to keep delivering the message.”

“Every day we see proof in the importance of increasing the power of women in every part of our society and especially in our government,” said Biaggi. “Both of us beat very powerful men.”

“They’re going to talk, and let them talk,” said Diaz. “You are bold, you are bad, and you’re from the Boogie Down Bronx and you, you continue with that passion. You continue with that voice. You are doing this in the spirit of other bold Latinas from the Bronx.”

“Look at the replies to any tweet she sends out,” he told the crowd. “Really read them, read those replies. I see a lot of young people, a lot of women, a lot of people of color, a lot of LGBTQ people, and they’re saying, ‘Is this what it feels like to be represented in government?’”

I Love My Freedom

Published  6 days ago

After Empire actor Jussie Smollett presented his outlandish claims that he was attacked by two Trump supporters who wrapped a noose around his neck and poured bleach on his face, Hollywood Celebrities wasted no time

Fox News

Published  6 days ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised eyebrows after comparing President Trump’s border wall plans to the Berlin Wall separating communist Germany from the free world.

The New York Democrat made her remarks during a livestream for supporters on Friday, where she spoke out about the scrutiny she received ever since she won the election last year and dethroned top Democrat Joe Crowley.

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“No matter how you feel about the wall, I think it’s a moral abomination,” Ocasio-Cortez said on the issue of the border wall that Trump has been pushing for since getting into office.

“I think it’s like the Berlin Wall. I think it’s like any other wall designed to separate human beings and block out people who are running away from the humanitarian disasters. I just think it’s wrong,” she added.

The Berlin Wall, which became known during the Cold War as the “Iron Curtain,” was built following the Soviet Union’s recommendation amid exodus of Germans living under the communist rule in East Germany following the World War II and the partition of the country.

The wall, guarded by soldiers on the East’s side, was a way to block the East Germans from fleeing communism to West Berlin and West Germany, a free and Democratic country. Multiple people were shot by the soldiers in their desperate efforts to escape East Berlin.

“Dear @AOC: Let me serve as your private professor here. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people inside the socialist/communist utopia and stop them from fleeing to the decadent capitalist west. So as the New Millennial Lenin, you might want to refrain from using this example,” Gad Saad, an evolutionary behavioral scientist at the John Molson School of Business, tweeted.

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“People who compare the US-Mexico border wall to the Berlin wall failed or slept through the easiest history classes in middle school and high school,” wrote another Twitter user.

President Trump’s proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, meanwhile, has been touted as a deterrent against drug and human trafficking, in addition as a way to reduce illegal immigration numbers.

The White House is planning to move $8 billion in currently appropriated or available funds toward construction of the wall. Of that, $3 billion could be diverted with help from the national emergency declaration.

Sean Hannity

Published  6 days ago

Recently sworn-in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continued to face fierce scrutiny regarding her recent social media posts Tuesday; coming under fire after she directly compared President Trump’s border security proposal to the Berlin Wall.

“I think it’s like the Berlin Wall. I think it’s like any other wall designed to separate human beings and block out people who are running away from the humanitarian disasters. I just think it’s wrong,” said Cortez.

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) says the wall is “a moral abomination. I think it’s like the Berlin wall”

The Berlin wall was built to stop East Germans from escaping into West Germany

The goal of the border wall is to stop illegal immigration and trafficking pic.twitter.com/MbFWitkFBi

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 18, 2019

“People who compare the US-Mexico border wall to the Berlin wall failed or slept through the easiest history classes in middle school and high school,” wrote one user on social media.

Dear @AOC: Let me serve as your private professor here. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people inside the socialist/communist utopia and stop them from fleeing to the decadent capitalist west. So as the New Millennial Lenin, you might want to refrain from using this example.

— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) February 19, 2019

“Dear @AOC: Let me serve as your private professor here. The Berlin Wall was meant to keep people inside the socialist/communist utopia and stop them from fleeing to the decadent capitalist west. So as the New Millennial Lenin, you might want to refrain from using this example,” added another.

Read the full story at Fox News.

Breitbart

Published  6 days ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) delivered an “inaugural address” in her Congressional District on Saturday afternoon, declaring that issues like the “right to migrate” will not be negotiable.

Addressing hundreds of supporters in the Bronx, the freshman lawmaker even had a swearing-in ceremony before uttering mostly platitudes.

Defending the Green New Deal after she and her office botched the rollout to much ridicule this week, the Democratic-Socialist claimed that the “Green New Deal is the legislation of indigenous communities in the United states” and many others.

“The Green New Deal is the legislation of the residents of Flynt. The Green New Deal belongs to the people of Puerto Rico. The Green New Deal belongs to the coal miners in West Virginia,” she continued. “It belongs to the victims of wildfires in California.”

She accused President Donald Trump of holding Americans “hostage” during the government shutdown and took pride in helping defeat his plans to get full funding for his border wall. Though she did not yell like former NBA player Kevin Garnett, Ocasio-Cortez said that “anything is possible” when “we center our communities and allow them to lead.”

Ocasio-Cortez, who voted against keeping the government open because the spending bill gave additional funds to the Department of Homeland Security, said the “dignity of immigrants, a living wage, an economic and ecological future” are “not up for negotiation.”

A day after cheering Amazon’s decision to not build its additional headquarters in New York, Ocasio-Cortez did not namecheck the company. But she spoke about how Americans can have both “economic growth” and “social dignity.”

She insisted that New Yorkers should should have “dignified jobs” and “not have to settle for scraps in the greatest city in the world.”

“And we will not take no for an answer for dignity for working people in the United States of America,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez also told those in the audience to get more involved in politics and their communities so they “can make the right thing popular.”

“When it comes to our right to health care, our right to migrate, our right to live, our right to be paid a dignified wage, we will not take no for an answer,” Ocasio-Cortez said days after amnesty groups cheered her vote against the spending bill to keep government open.

Breitbart

Published  6 days ago

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” conservative radio talker Dennis Prager explained how Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her efforts to fight Amazon’s now-canceled plans to put a headquarters in New York City was emblematic of leftism’s obsession with equality.

Prager called “leftism” an emotion and not a position.

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a good example of the left since Marx,” he said. “This is not new. They are not liberals. They are leftists. For the left, the love of idea is much greater than the love of people. That 25,000 people would have jobs, good-paying jobs, that massive numbers of workers in Long Island City and environs would benefit from Amazon coming there is of no consequence to them. They care about corporate greed, not about bettering the life of human beings. In the name of equality, people don’t realize how much evil has been done. This is a little example.”

Prager cited the French Revolution, Venezuela, and the Soviet Union as examples where the ideal is more important than human beings.

“[L]eftism is an emotion,” Prager added. “It’s not a position. And so, they so loathe that anybody is richer than anyone else that it is better that everyone suffer at a low level than everyone be improved, but there still be much richer people. They live the idea of the violation because I think in biblical terms, often, of the Tenth Commandment: Don’t covet what belongs to someone else. The left is based on coveting. They loathe the idea that [Amazon CEO Jeff] Bezos is rich. I can’t stand Bezos. But I don’t loathe that he’s a billionaire. It is irrelevant to me. The question is, will he do good by bringing business to my city. The answer is an unequivocal yes.”

americanthinker

Published  6 days ago

President Trump has demanded that Ilhan Omar voluntarily resign. The idea of impeachment of another Muslim Democratic congresswoman – Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) is also being actively promoted.

The events surrounding Ilhan Omar, of course, are a shame for America. The anti-Semitic focus of her recent statements is obvious. However, this does not mean that President Trump has an urgent need to intervene in the process of natural political selection and demand the resignation of an anti-Semitic congresswoman.

Trump's intervention in the natural self-destruction of the Democratic Party is a strategic mistake. People who in some exceptional circumstances make not rational, but impulsive decisions, are understandable, but concerning these two brainless members of Congress and their third friend – young socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York – there should be a completely different approach.

By its actions, this trinity guarantees the Democratic Party a very tarnished reputation. Moreover, the longer these ladies will stay in Congress, the more chances America has for an optimistic forecast.

It seems that in January 2019, someone pressed a switch and turned off the brains of the Democrats. Currently, there is chaos and confusion in their minds. For example, they shout that President Trump is a puppet of Russia (which means that Trump, submitting to the Kremlin, must pursue a pro-Russian policy). However, if they really believe this, then the Democrats must demand the exact opposite – a tough stance towards Russia.

Instead, they oppose Trump’s harsh policy toward Russia and condemn Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Democrats must decide whether they support Trump’s position on Russia or if they condemn it. They cannot both approve and condemn Trump’s policy toward Russia at the same time. (Well, they can. However, then from a clinical point of view, the Democrats’ only diagnosis is cognitive dissonance.)

Turning off the brains of American Democrats is not solely happening at the federal level. Do New York Democrats not understand that legally authorizing abortion in the ninth month of pregnancy is a political nightmare? Did none of them think about the consequences of the fact that now, thanks to the Democrats, abortions in New York can be done by any person, and not just by a licensed phsyician? Is it a symptom of mass psychosis or a mass (D)ebilism? Moreover, this criticism does not even touch the moral, religious or legal side of abortion, but only the political side of it.

Anti-Semitism and racism of the modern Democratic Party of the USA have well-known and deep roots. The Democratic Party is the creator of the KKK and the author of the Jim Crow laws. It was the Democratic Administration of President Roosevelt that turned away a ship with Jewish refugees in 1939. A vital role in the refusal of Jewish refugees to go ashore in America was played by Secretary of State Cordell Hull (by the way, it was with him that the shameful history of the undeserved Nobel Peace Prizes began).

It was the Democrats who threw U.S. citizens of Japanese descent into concentration camps during World War II. It was the Democrats who became famous for the systematic persecution and extermination of North American Indians. It was the Democrats who were the party of slave owners.

Therefore, the open anti-Semitism of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar should not surprise anybody. It should not be a shock that the former head of the Ku Klux Klan, David Duke, in February 2017 supported the Muslim (and anti-Semite) Keith Ellison to head the DNC, and in February 2019 openly supported Ilhan Omar in her series of anti-Semitic tweets. Support for her was also expressed by the chief adviser and closest friend of Barack Obama, Valerie Jarrett.

The racist scandal of the three top Democrat office holders in the state of Virginia should have ended in 24 hours – the governor should have resigned. A week later, no one in the media would remember this annoying incident, and in a year almost no voter would remember it, and this would not have affected the 2020 election. However, the Democrats have their brains turned off, and the Republicans are wisely silent, and as a result, the Democrats, to their horror, continue to tear each other apart.

Do the events in Virginia not give everyone a vivid example of what the correct position should be when one’s political opponents are digging a hole for themselves?

Do none of the present inhabitants of the White House know the phrase (which is attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte): “Never interrupt your opponent when he makes a mistake”?

Does President Trump want to deprive American politics of the remarkable socialistic useful idiots who, in their Green New Deal, propose eliminating the entire aviation industry, the entire oil and gas industry, and ultimately stopping meat production? Doesn't anyone understand that Senator Cory “Spartacus” Booker's militant vegetarianism is not a winning strategy for presidential elections?

Doesn’t President Trump not see that the new House of Representatives, in which the Democrats are the majority now, has handed a vast amount of political ammunition to Republicans within just a few weeks after coming to power? Moreover, they did it for free.

Let us hope that in the end, Trump will correct this mistake.

The brainless socialistic women’s trinity should not be expelled from Congress. They should be silently encouraged and allowed to self-destruct not only themselves but their entire party with impunity.

Americans should stock up on popcorn.

Gary Gindler, Ph.D., is a conservative blogger at Gary Gindler Chronicles. Follow him on Twitter.

dcclothesline

Published  6 days ago

There are many who speak loudly against capitalism, all the while still enjoying its benefits. To illustrate this point, just look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez texting from her iPhone, wearing a Movado watch, and drinking a Starbucks coffee. A democratic socialist, who thinks of capitalism as an immoral system, seems to enjoy the goods provided by big corporations. It is not only Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, however; this is common behavior in Western societies.

This behavior derives from the confusion between political ideology and practical politics. Political ideology is a theoretical framework of how society should work, whereas practical politics is the actual implementation of these ideas in the real world. Because of this confusion, people fall into two fallacies. First, they focus on ideological principles rather than practicalities. Second, they judge policies by their intentions rather than their results.

Ideological Principles over Practicalities

Starting with the first fallacy, take the example of the term “capitalism.” Countries such as the US, Canada, and Sweden are, in principle, capitalist countries, despite the fact that they differ tremendously in terms of economic and social policies. Nevertheless, people view “capitalism” as something negative and universal in its definition and applications.

The majority thinks of capitalism as it was perceived in the 19th century; a system associated with the unrestrained power of big corporations and the exploitation of the working class. That’s why many free-market advocates, in order to distinguish capitalism from this negative connotation, use other terms, such as free-market capitalism, crony capitalism, etc.

A survey conducted by the Harvard Kennedy School showed that most Americans aged 18 to 29 don’t support capitalism while not supporting socialism, either. Specifically, 42 percent of young Americans support capitalism, and 33 percent support socialism.

While, in principle, capitalism is related to private property, voluntary exchange, operation for profit, and free markets, it is not perceived as such. According to another poll, the vast majority of people tend to agree with the statement, “Most people are better off in a free market economy, even though some people are rich and some are poor.” Although people disagree with capitalism, they seem to agree with the results it produces.

Intentions over Results

The second fallacy comes through judging policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results. The famous saying “That wasn’t real communism” finds its roots in this particular fallacy. In contrast to Nazism, an ideology associated with racism and hatred, communism was presentedby Marx and Engels as a goal for an ideal society where everyone would be equal. Marx described this society with the famous slogan: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!’’ with socialism being the transition to communism.

Based on this premise, the crimes and failures of communist regimes are discarded because they don’t fit with the ideal society Marx described. Political assassinations, forced labor camps, famines, and mass killings are thought of as not real communism and disregarded or overlooked by modern socialists. Once again, political ideology is confused with practical politics.

Political ideologies often lead us to fallacies and false conclusions. I suppose that even if Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez read this article, she probably wouldn’t change her views on capitalism. Nonetheless, if someone tells you they don’t like capitalism (and they are not wearing a hammer and sickle cockade), ask them what exactly they disagree with. In the end, they might just agree with you.

Courtesy of FEE.org

Evangelos Andreou is a student of Political Science at Panteion University and Economics at the American College of Greece. He is also a Local Coordinator at European Students for Liberty.

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dailycaller

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Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

How far left has the Democratic Party shifted? Here's one answer: A violent antifa leader, recently charged with assaulting two Marines on the street in Philadelphia, had been working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Democratic members of Congress to implement regulations on consumers and small businesses.

On Nov. 17, two U.S. Marines were attacked in Philadelphia by a group of antifa activists. One of those recently charged in the attack with aggravated assault, ethnic intimidation, and terroristic threats was Joseph Alcoff. Alcoff also ran Smash Racism D.C., the organization that laid siege to the home of Tucker Carlson and chased Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and his wife out of a restaurant where they were dining.

On social media, Alcoff, using an alias, has called for the overthrow of capitalism and the institution of communism in the United States.

Meanwhile, as campaign manager at a liberal “consumer advocacy” group called Americans for Financial Reform, or AFR, Alcoff reportedly helped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, draft financial regulations which have had a harmful effect on consumers and small businesses. In fact, he sat in on three meetings with former CFPB Director Richard Cordray to discuss rule-making.

Alcoff’s past work has also been praised by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc. He has also appeared with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and with House Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif.

It's deeply disturbing to learn that a radical individual who promoted anarchy and allegedly committed physical violence was able to help shape sweeping financial policy and regulation impacting millions of Americans. But that's just one symptom of a much deeper problem that is the Democratic Party's radicalization.

The 2020 election is just around the corner, and the leading Democrats’ plans to defeat President Trump are just warmed over socialism with an attitude. It's a grab bag of "big government" fantasies, featuring job-crushing financial regulations and a confiscatory tax regime. Add to that violence and intimidation, and you have a toxic cocktail of economic depression, class resentment, and unbridled rage.

For his part, Trump is making the Democrats own the failures of socialism. In his recent State of the Union address, Trump delivered words that were both a warning and a call to action. “Here, in the United States, we are alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country,” he said. “America was founded on liberty and independence, not government coercion, domination, and control. We are born free and we will stay free. Tonight, we renew our resolve that America will never be a socialist country.”

These words should hearten all lovers of liberty and free enterprise in America, especially since socialist and other radical policy proposals are being proposed more frequently by the Democratic Party’s radical left wing than ever before.

New and emerging Democratic leaders, such as freshmen Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., are openly embracing the label of “socialist.” This past fall, Politico ran a symposium with left-wing figures titled, “What Would a Socialist America Look Like?” The Guardian has covered the surge in support for socialism among young Americans. And upon the emergence of Sen. Bernie Sanders. I-Vt., as a popular alternative to Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary ahead of 2016, the progressive magazine The Nation declared: “Socialism in America is closer than you think.”

In response to President Trump’s warning, Ocasio-Cortez took to MSNBC to accuse the president of an “ad hominem” — no, the term doesn't fit — attack on socialism, and defended the socialist economics of Venezuela by claiming that the conflict there is really “an issue of authoritarian regime versus democracy.”

Now, Ocasio-Cortez has introduced her “Green New Deal,” which would eliminate cars, air travel, and nuclear power, among other things. Even liberal House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called it a “green dream.” Regardless, it seems that Ocasio-Cortez intends to create socialism even if it means putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work.

As out of step as these ideas might seem, it's not enough just to mock them. We must not only educate our fellow Americans on the benefits of capitalism and free enterprise, but more importantly work to ensure that those who promote intimidation and violence are exposed and brought to justice. Additionally, those who associate with these kinds of individuals in any way must be held accountable.

As President Trump said just last week: “We must keep America first in our hearts. We must keep freedom alive in our souls.”

Ken Blackwell, a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, is a member of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty's board, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, and Ohio's former secretary of state.

Blunt Force Truth

Published  1 week ago

For all of her posturing against the insider political machine and for transparency, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to be adapting to the D.C. swamp just fine.

Luke Thompson posted a screen shot of a profile of Riley Roberts, alleging the Congresswoman added Riley to her staff.

The tweet now appears to be hidden.

The listing shows Roberts has a House email address, reserved for employees.

The phone number listed — (202) 225-3965 — goes to Cortez’s office. His location is listed as “NY14” — Cortez’s congressional district.

Widespread reports and profiles of Cortez indicate Roberts is Cortez’s boyfriend.

Thompson notes Roberts was in a photo of Cortez’s swearing in back in January:

He's the tall fellow with the beard in the back. You can read all about their romance in this Marie Claire puff piece. https://t.co/Q2CTWRtlGG pic.twitter.com/pAAORhgtYn

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

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Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NY) ripped into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her role in killing the deal to bring Amazon to Queens.

During an appearance on WNYC radio this week, the mayor said, “As a progressive my entire life — and I ain’t changing — I’ll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that’s out of touch with what working people want.”

“I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past, unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to bankruptcy in the 1970s,” a furious de Blasio added. “I saw all the times progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people.”

“Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them,” he said. “They understand they have to be paid for.”

This week, Ocasio-Cortez cheered the news that Amazon pulled out of a deal that promised 25,000 high-paying jobs for her constituents and at least $25 billion in additional tax revenue over ten years.

“Anything is possible,” she tweeted.“Today was a day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world.”

The only problem with that is that she later proved she had no concept of how the deal was set up. “We were subsidizing those jobs,” she told reporters, adding that if the state/city was willing to “give away $3 billion for this deal,” those investments can, instead, be made in hiring teachers and fixing the subway.

Here’s the full quote:

So I firmly believe that if we want to take that $3 billion dollars that we were willing to give to Amazon and invest it in our local community, we can do that. We can make those jobs. We can make 25,000 jobs. But we don’t have to give away and allow our subway system to crumble so that Amazon essentially owns a part of New York City. We can create 25,000 jobs with Mom-and-Pops; we can create 25,000 jobs with companies that are willing to come to the table, but we should not be giving away our infrastructure, our subway system, our schools, our teachers’ salaries, our firefighters’ budgets, to a company that has not shown good faith to New Yorkers. And we can ask for more because we deserve more.

Except that is not at all how the deal was structured. There was no giveaway. The $3 billion was a tax cut, was New York allowing Amazon to keep its own money. In other words, if Amazon owed $23 billion in taxes, the company would only pay $20 billion.

Now, as I argued on Friday, there is a case to be made against this kind of crony capitalism, these carveouts where the government picks winners and losers. I am not a big fan of the gentrification that would have certainly come with Amazon’s massive campus on Long Island City, Queens. But I am also willing to admit I’m a middle-aged fuddy-duddy who hates change.

But that this deal overall was a good one for New York is not in dispute. There is also no doubt the people of New York, including Ocasio-Cortez’s own constituents in the Queens area that would have been most affected by it, wanted the deal. But she blew it…

And when a Bill de Blasio is complaining about someone being too far to the left, that is really something.

In her defense, though, it could just be that she’s an idiot.

THE DC PATRIOT

Published  1 week ago

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has denied having her boyfriend on her staff. However new evidence shows that’s not exactly the truth.

Former Special Assistant to President Trump Andrew Surabian just released this information mid Friday afternoon.

According to the screen shot, Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend Riley Roberts is in fact listed as one of her staff members. Oh My!

Surabian said, “Contrary to your denial, it lists your boyfriend as being on your staff. Care to explain why you appear to be lying?”

He also said he got the screen shot from a friend of his who works in the House. The screen shot speaks volumes as Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly denied the statement.

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

The attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House's recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has "veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making."

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Writer Luke Thompson was temporarily suspended by Twitter for calling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez out on giving her boyfriend a job in her Congressional office. Thompson had discovered that Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, is now listed as staff in the House directory and tweeted “while you were having a nice Valentine’s Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend […]

Homeland Security

Published  1 week ago

On Friday morning, a remarkable photo surfaced on Twitter. Riley Roberts, boyfriend to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), appears to have an email address following the formula for congressional staff. A calendar invite lists his name, Ocasio-Cortez's congressional phone number, and the email address.

Luke Thompson, a podcast host and former staffer for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), posted the photo on Twitter. "While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, [Ocasio-Cortez] decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly."

While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff - drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

Various outlets have reported that Riley Roberts, head of marketing at HomeBinding.com, is Ocasio-Cortez's squeeze. He attended her swearing-in and can be seen on the right side of the photos.

He's the tall fellow with the beard in the back. You can read all about their romance in this Marie Claire puff piece. https://t.co/Q2CTWRtlGG pic.twitter.com/pAAORhgtYn

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez shot down the insinuation but confirmed that the photograph was legitimate.

"Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.

Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

"He’s not your spouse," Thompson shot back. "Is he being paid? At what level? It says 'staff' not spouse or boyfriend. Furthermore he doesn’t appear to be in any groups and the House doesn’t use Google. Are you giving him access to your official calendar? Why does he have his own email address?"

He’s not your spouse. Is he being paid? At what level? It says “staff” not spouse or boyfriend.

Furthermore he doesn’t appear to be in any groups and the House doesn’t use Google. Are you giving him access to your official calendar? Why does he have his own email address?

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez did not respond to these questions, nor did she respond to multiple requests for comment from PJ Media.

Hey @AOC, is it your official position that you gave your boyfriend a https://t.co/nFG78493WL email address so you could give him access to your Google calendar? Or is that just your response to the photo?

— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) February 15, 2019

MarkPantano.com

Published  1 week ago

After her “Green New Deal” proposal was met with widespread criticism and mockery, the newly-elected Congresswoman from New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, got back to work. So passionate is she for saving the world from certain destruction, that she made it her goal to craft a plan that everyone would support. But how?

The tenacious 29-year-old knew that this would be no easy task. But Ocasio-Cortez has never shied away from hard work. Not when she was dancing on rooftops in college, and not when she was using her degree in International Relations and Economics to sling margaritas and mojitos to drunken bar patrons.

Ocasio-Cortez knew that in order to craft the perfect plan, she would have to do some serious research. So, she hit the books! Well, not the books, per se. More like YouTube. She watched videos. Well, not videos, per se. She watched one video. But it was a good video! It had really good graphics and music and stuff.

While spinning around her apartment and clapping to the beat of the catchy tune being played in the background of the video entitled “Global Warming Totally Sucks,” Ocasio-Cortez had an epiphany. It struck her the moment she hear the video maker pose the question,”Why does the Sun have to be so hot?” The brilliance of that simple question stung her brain. A sensation she had not felt since snorting Jell-O shots in her dorm room with Izzy and Slutty Dee. (By the way, Dee is not nearly as slutty as the rumors made it seem. The video that made the rounds on campus was totally taken out of context!)

Once the brain sting subsided and she finished that rooftop twirly move that made her so famous at Boston University a few years ago, she began to formulate her plan. She got out some coloring paper and searched for her favorite writing crayon. Dammit, it’s broken! Okay, finger paint it is!

So, there she sat. Hunched over a TV tray in her Washington, DC apartment, the rising star of the Democrat Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, feverishly finger-painted her plan to save the world. In bold colors and misspelled words, she wrote her first bill as a member of Congress. She would officially submit it to the House of Representatives in the morning. Once her bill is passed and signed into law, the issue of global warming/climate change will be solved forever. From that moment on, the Sun shall be required to reduce its output by 25%. Alexandria The Great will have saved us all!

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Sean Hannity

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plans to introduce legislation in the coming days to block President Trump’s “national emergency” declaration regarding the United States’ southern border with Mexico.

“Joaquin Castro and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight,” tweeted the self-described Democratic-Socialist.

.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight. https://t.co/iPlcVVsm6U

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

Cortez’ comments come just hours after President Trump signed a bipartisan budget agreement that included over $1 billion in border security. The White House later confirmed the administration will declare a national emergency to increase funding for wall construction.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez promised on Friday to fight President Trump on his “fake” southern border national emergency.

Ocasio-Cartez wants to ban air travel, build bridges to Europe and annihilate the US energy sector.

But securing the border is a bad thing.

.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight. https://t.co/iPlcVVsm6U

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez promises to fight President Trump on his emergency declaration.

Obama declared a national emergency 13 times.

POLITICO

Published  1 week ago

Bernie Sanders, inching closer to a second bid for the White House, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to two people familiar with the spot.

It’s the latest sign the independent senator, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, is nearing a presidential announcement.

Another hint that Sanders is getting closer to a launch: As POLITICO reported this week, the Sanders team has been interviewing people for top staff positions. Chuck Rocha, a political consultant who advised Sanders’ 2016 campaign, is expected to join him again if a second bid materializes.

It is unclear when, or even whether, the Sanders video will be released. It’s possible that Sanders could launch a 2020 campaign with an exploratory committee and then formally declare his candidacy later, a route other presidential candidates, such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have taken.

Sarah Ford, a spokeswoman for Sanders, did not respond to a request for comment about the video.

Tim Tagaris and Robin Curran, two 2016 alumni who helped power Sanders’ successful small-dollar fundraising program, have agreed to join any second presidential campaign.

The Sanders team has also been in talks with Means of Production, the filmmaking company that created Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign video during the midterm election, about a major 2020 role.

Meanwhile, the group founded by Sanders has been readying its members in case he runs. Our Revolutionrevealed its plans this weekend for the second phase of its campaign to draft Sanders into the presidential race. In a fundraising email sent to supporters, Our Revolution political director David Duhalde asked for donations to help fund phone-banking, door-knocking, volunteer trainings, and other outreach strategies.

“We’re organizing every day so that if and when Bernie announces,” he said, “our members and our groups can hit the ground running.”

Red Journalists

Published  1 week ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faced fierce backlash on Friday after it emerged that she has given her boyfriend Riley Roberts a congressional email account.

The 29-year old Congresswoman was forced to defend her actions on Twitter saying that it’s only so her boyfriend can look at her calendar.

Political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted a picture of his official House email address, which went viral immediately.

“While you were having a nice Valentine’s Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer’s dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly,” he wrote.

While you were having a nice Valentine's Day, @AOC decided to put her boyfriend on staff – drawing a salary on the taxpayer's dime. Nice to see her adapting to the swamp so quickly. pic.twitter.com/bvncwzxY53

— Luke Thompson (@ltthompso) February 15, 2019

Ocasio-Cortez fired back, tweeting: “Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time. Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”

Actually this cal designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Cal. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time.Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

Her chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti defended her action, saying it is a normal thing for a spouse or partner.

“He’s not paid,” he tweeted. “We have no volunteers in the office. He’s not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office.

Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.”

David O’Boyle, Spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, told Fox News:

“From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”

After Thompson’s tweet went viral, Jason Chaffets, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told Fox News:

“It’s totally naive and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences.

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse. It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

.@Aoc is having a tough weekShe ran Amazon out of NYC killing 25,000 working class jobs for her constituents she pretends to fight forShe is accused (with strong evidence) of breaking ethics rules by hiring her boyfriend on staffGreen New Deal political joke of 2019

— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 15, 2019

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Marie Claire

Published  1 week ago

The web developer is low-key, but incredibly supportive.

100PercentFedUp.com

Published  1 week ago

Leftist lawmakers, like Socialist freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are attempting to shame Americans into accepting their radical”New Green Deal,” that will, without question, bankrupt our nation. From eliminating airplane travel to banning cow farts, the Democrat Party has become a laughing stock over their embarrassing attempts to control every aspect of our lives, under the banner of “climate change.”

Americans aren’t the only ones fighting back against progressives who are attempting to strip them of their ability to use fossil fuels. One farmer in the UK had enough of the anti-energy nutjobs, took matters into his own hands—and the result was spectacular.

GET OFF my fracking land!

Flashback to 2016, when an irate farmer sprayed raw sewage at Oscar-winning star Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie after they flouted a court injunction protecting a fracking site.

The stars were filming a Great British Bake Off parody for Greenpeace when the owner of the field they trespassed on drove his muck spreader in circles around the demonstrators.

A group of protesters were hit by the manure but the actresses remained dry in their tent, complete with Bake Off-inspired bunting.

Police were also called and also spoke to the actresses, who climbed over a gate and set up camp on land earmarked for gas exploration in Fylde, Lancashire.

Emma and Sophie, who won Celebrity Masterchef, filmed a pastiche episode of the Great British Bake Off called Frack Free Bake Off to voice their opposition to the fracking plans.

But this afternoon the landowner, who leases the contested patch of land to fracking company Cuadrilla, drove his muck spreader in circles around the demonstrating group.

After a couple of circles around the group, who were shouting for him to stop it, the farmer drove off.

Protesters are banned from the site, near Preston, after company Cuadrilla applied for an injunction in 2014. It is not clear if the fracking company will now take civil action – but it appears unlikely. Via: UK Daily Mail

Mail Online

Published  1 week ago

Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Michael N. Gianaris for derailing Amazon's plans to build a headquarters in New York.

Dan Bongino

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is vowing to block President Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Replying to a Bloomberg, Ocasio-Cortez wrote “@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”

.@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight. https://t.co/iPlcVVsm6U

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 15, 2019

Yesterday, Castro said, “If President Trump declares a national emergency to fund his border wall, I’m prepared to introduce a resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration.”

The President announced this morning in the Rose Garden that he would sign a national emergency.

“I’m going to be signing a national emergency and its been signed many times before. It’s been signed by other presidents from 1977 or so it gave the presidents the power,” he said. “There has rarely been a problem…They sign it. Nobody cares…they sign it, for far less important things…in many cases. We’re talking about an invasion of our country. With drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs…”

Prior to the President’s announcement, Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters that President Trump will have access to about $8 billion for border security.

“With the declaration of a national emergency, the president will have access to roughly $8 billion worth of money to secure the southern border,” Mulvaney said.

KUTV reports that the funds the White House has identified include:

$1.375 billion from the 2019 appropriations bill passed by Congress Thursday

$600 million from the Treasury Department’s forfeiture fund

$2.5 billion from counterdrug activities at the Department of Defense

$3.6 billion from the military construction budget

LifeZette

Published  1 week ago

New York Democrat gave her partner a House email account

Conservative Tribune

Published  1 week ago

“Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”

That quote could probably be ascribed to virtually any conservative in the United States. It’s also accurate. However, it’s not something you normally hear from the Democrats and left-leaners that form the MSNBC brain trust. Usually, they’re all-in on promoting the “young fresh face of the Democratic Party.”

It seems, though, that even they are aware of the fact that Ocasio-Cortez has started to damage their preferred party and its goals. The crazier she gets, the more outlandish her proposals and demands become, the worse things get for Democrats. In particular, her gleeful victory dance after driving Amazon away from New York – and destroying 25,0000 jobs in the process – has hit a raw nerve.

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019

This morning, Joe Scarborough and guest Donny Deutsch eviscerated Ocasio-Cortez – along with the socialist ribbon that runs through the modern Democratic Party. As Deutsch argues, Ocasio Cortez is helping to guarantee President Trump’s 2020 victory:”

“President Trump now gets to go: ‘Oh, the Democrats don’t want jobs, the Democrats don’t want companies coming to your neighborhoods, the Democrats have a Green Deal that wants a 70% tax rate, that wants jobs handed to you, tuition handed to you.… socialism. We are in a dangerous place and if people in the party don’t start to speak up against people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is young and dynamic but does not know what she’s talking about, her and her cohorts – some of these young progressive fresh faces – they’re going to hand the presidency back to Donald Trump.”

Scarborough then added:

“I do find remarkable… cheering on Twitter the loss of 25,000 high-paying jobs that most of the people in her district, and most of the people in New York, wanted.”

Then, Susan Del Percio chimed in with a brutally accurate assessment of the Dems’ embarrassing eagerness to jump on the AOC bandwagon.

“The protests that we saw were to get on AOC’s bandwagon. And what’s shocking to me is yet once again she shows how little she understands, about not just economics, but even unemployment. Just because she has a progressive agenda, which some people like, does not mean she has the city’s best interests. What she showed me today, or yesterday, is that she only cares about herself.”

Remember. This isn’t some GOP-friendly outlet. This is MSNBC. AOC should be enjoying the home-field advantage here.

It’s extremely telling that even they’re unwilling to sell her ridiculous agenda.

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.

National Review

Published  1 week ago

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.”

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

The decision by tech giant Amazon to pull out of their plan to build a New York City headquarters was a stunning development, especially for those looking forward to the 25,000 new jobs Amazon promised to bring to the area. But now the fallout is ramping up as Amazon executives are blaming New York lawmakers, especially Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for creating a 'hostile environment' in which they did not want to do business.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing ethics questions after revelations the freshman lawmaker's office gave her boyfriend a congressional email account.

The democratic socialist waded into the issue in response to a tweet alleging boyfriend Riley Roberts had been put on staff. The tweet included a screenshot of an official House email address. Ocasio-Cortez insisted that he was only given the email account so he could access her calendar.

“Actually this calendar designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Calendar. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, after political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted the picture showing Roberts having an official account like other staffers on the Hill. "Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense."

AMAZON BLASTS OCASIO-CORTEZ, SAYS 'WE DON'T WANT TO WORK IN THIS ENVIRONMENT IN THE LONG TERM'

Asked about the arrangement, David Boyle, chief administrative officer for the House, told Fox News: "From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar."

But Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Ocasio-Cortez' claims don’t stack up.

"It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz told Fox News.

"It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives."

— Jason Chaffetz

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he added. “... It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

Meanwhile, Thompson's tweet touched off a Twitter battle with the congresswoman's staff.

Saikat Chakrabarti, the congresswoman’s chief of staff, insisted that the boyfriend isn’t on the payroll and that he’s not doing any work related to the government.

“He's not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He's not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office,” he wrote, adding in another tweet, “Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.”

ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ CALLS GREEN NEW DEAL A 'LIFE AND DEATH' ISSUE, ATTACKS GOP ON CLIMATE CHANGE

House IT rules generally prohibit the use of “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources” by unauthorized members, and only “U.S. House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors” with appropriate permission can use the system. Still, Boyle cited the practice of sometimes allowing spouses access.

Chaffetz said that Roberts having email access could also create other security issues and the matter should be referred to the Capitol Hill Police for further investigation.

“Being given a password to get into the House computer system has other potentially problematic issues,” he said.

Ocasio-Cortez’s office did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

Dan Bongino

Published  1 week ago

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was fuming after Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) vowed to vote on the Green New Deal and force Democrats to go on the record with their support for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s radical proposal.

“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.”

Schumer told McConnell to “bring it on” and insisted the vote wouldn’t “embarrass” Democrats.

“Bring it on. You think it might embarrass Democrats to vote on a nonbinding resolution that some of us may support but not others,” he said. “Trust me, we’ll be fine because the American people know that our entire party actually believes that climate change is happening and it’s caused by humans.”

Yesterday, McConnel 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 would ensure that “all people of the United States” would be provided with healthcare, adequate housing and “economic security.” It would also provide higher education “to all people” in the country. It also guarantees “a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”

The Green New Deal’s FAQ document–which has since been scrubbed from Ocasio-Cortez’s website–promised to make air travel “unnecessary” and offered “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.”

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 week ago

Socialism Just Killed 25,000 Jobs In New York City, WATCH:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and other lawmakers just proved what a harmful philosophy socialism, radical progressivism and hating the rich can do to a community.

Ocasio-Cortez and others like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) had spoken out against a planned Amazon headquarters in New York, in Long Island City.

And ultimately Amazon decided to pull out, figuring it wasn’t worth the hassle.

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

The company added that it is “disappointed to have reached this conclusion.”

The deal had been lauded as a major economic boost by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and others.

Ocasio-Cortez and Warren celebrated.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.

Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren also celebrated the decision, tweeting: “.@Amazon – one of the wealthiest companies on the planet – just walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes, all because some elected officials in New York aren’t sucking up to them enough. How long will we allow giant corporations to hold our democracy hostage?”

So what does that mean?

It means that Ocasio-Cortez just killed create 25,000 jobs for New Yorkers including many for her constituents and over $27.5 billion in tax revenue in 25 years for New York because she doesn’t like corporations.

Here’s her response:

She actually doesn’t seem to understand that a tax break is not the same as fungible money that can then be applied elsewhere. There isn’t money to apply elsewhere.

New York Post

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a victory lap on Twitter Thursday over news that Amazon is scrapping its plan to build a new headquarters in Queens.

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.

The freshman Democratic lawmaker had been a vocal opponent of the deal to lure the online retail giant to Long Island City — which would’ve given Amazon $3 billion in city and state subsidies in exchange for bringing a projected 25,000 jobs to the area.

Amazon said it was pulling out of the plans because “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us.”

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 week ago

Ashley (Kimber)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising eyebrows after it’s been revealed that she has given her BOYFRIEND a congressional email account.

Ummmm. Wut?

Good thing she made sure THOUSANDS of New Yorkers didn’t get jobs though, right?

The democratic socialist waded into the issue in response to a tweet alleging boyfriend Riley Roberts had been put on staff. The tweet included a screenshot of an official House email address. Ocasio-Cortez insisted that he was only given the email account so he could access her calendar.

Is it nonsense, though? Or are you hiding something?

“Actually this calendar designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Calendar. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, after a political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted the picture showing Roberts having an official account like other staffers on the Hill. “Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”

Her chief of staff, insisted that the boyfriend isn’t on the payroll and that he’s not doing any work related to the government.

Only… do they?

House IT rules generally prohibit the use of “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources” by unauthorized members, and only “U.S. House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors” with appropriate permission can use the system. Still, Boyle cited the practice of sometimes allowing spouses access.

Chaffetz said that Roberts having email access could also create other security issues and the matter should be referred to the Capitol Hill Police for further investigation.

“Being given a password to get into the House computer system has other potentially problematic issues,” he said.

Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, isn’t buying it:

“It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz told Fox News.

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he added. “… It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

This is all kinda icky, don’t you think?

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Amazon announced they will cancel plans to build a headquarters in New York State.

BREAKING: Amazon says it will not build headquarters in New York after mounting opposition $AMZN pic.twitter.com/pzXC17wJaH

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) February 14, 2019

This follows complaints by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and fellow Democrat lawmakers.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez led the protests against Amazon’s move to the state — which she represents!

BREAKING: Amazon drops New York City as one of its new headquarter locations, will not search for another.

— The Associated Press (@AP) February 14, 2019

Sean Hannity

Published  1 week ago

Prominent Democrats -including Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez- hailed Amazon’s decision to abandon its New York City headquarters Thursday; bizarrely calling the move to cancel 25,000 new jobs a win for “everyday New Yorkers.”

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” tweeted Cortez.

Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world. https://t.co/nyvm5vtH9k

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 14, 2019

“One of the wealthiest companies on the planet – just walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes, all because some elected officials in New York aren’t sucking up to them enough. How long will we allow giant corporations to hold our democracy hostage?” added Warren.

.@Amazon – one of the wealthiest companies on the planet – just walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes, all because some elected officials in New York aren't sucking up to them enough. How long will we allow giant corporations to hold our democracy hostage? https://t.co/O9pz7en43B

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 14, 2019

Read the full story at Fox News.

USA TODAY

Published  1 week ago

While neither 'Medicare-for-all' nor a wealth tax will turn America into Venezuela overnight, all it would take is a series of catastrophic policies.

Liberty Freedom | United States | The Washington Pundit

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is facing ethics questions after revelations the freshman lawmaker’s office gave her boyfriend a congressional email account.

The democratic socialist waded into the issue in response to a tweet alleging boyfriend Riley Roberts had been put on staff. The tweet included a screenshot of an official House email address. Ocasio-Cortez insisted that he was only given the email account so he could access her calendar.

“Actually this calendar designation is a permission so he can have access to my Google Calendar. Congressional spouses get Gcal access all the time,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, after political consultant Luke Thompson tweeted the picture showing Roberts having an official account like other staffers on the Hill. “Next time check your facts before you tweet nonsense.”

Asked about the arrangement, David O’Boyle, the spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, told Fox News: “From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar.”

But Jason Chaffetz, former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Ocasio-Cortez’ claims don’t stack up.

“It’s totally naïve and inappropriate – you wouldn’t allow it in most companies, let alone the House of Representatives. There should be real consequences,” Chaffetz told Fox News.

“When I was in the House, my scheduler would forward my wife my schedule once a week. But you’re not allowed unfettered access. And he isn’t even her spouse,” he added. “… It should be referred to the ethics committee for further investigation.”

Meanwhile, Thompson’s tweet touched off a Twitter battle with the congresswoman’s staff.

Saikat Chakrabarti, the congresswoman’s chief of staff, insisted that the boyfriend isn’t on the payroll and that he’s not doing any work related to the government.

“He’s not paid. We have no volunteers in the office. He’s not doing any government work. He can see her calendar just like spouses/partners/family members in other congressional office,” he wrote, adding in another tweet, “Spouses and partners normally get http://mail.house.gov e-mail addresses for the purpose of getting calendar access.”

House IT rules generally prohibit the use of “the House’s electronic mail systems and resources” by unauthorized members, and only “U.S. House of Representative Members, Officers, Employees, Fellows, Interns and Contractors” with appropriate permission can use the system. Still, O’Boyle cited the practice of sometimes allowing spouses access.

Chaffetz said that Roberts having email access could also create other security issues and the matter should be referred to the Capitol Police for further investigation.

“Being given a password to get into the House computer system has other potentially problematic issues,” he said.

WayneDupree.com

Published  1 week ago

The progressive congresswoman fielded intense backlash after the shocking cancellation of the company's planned second headquarters

Daily Wire

Published  1 week ago

One of the much-critiqued goals of the since-disappeared FAQ Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sent to major news outlets and posted on her "Green New Deal" information page was the creation of so many high-speed trains across the country that "air travel stops becoming necessary" (don't spend too much time parsing the grammar of that line). Right on cue, newly elected California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced in his State of the State address this week that he was ... canceling most of the high-speed rail project that has already taken over a decade and is now projected to cost taxpayers a staggering $77 billion because, well, it's just not realistic.

So now President Trump wants federal taxpayers' money back.

"California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars," Trump tweeted Thursday morning. "They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a 'green' disaster!"

California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019

Newsom set himself up to be called out by the president. In his State of the State Tuesday, the liberal governor specifically mentioned trying to figure out a way not to pay federal taxpayers back.

"Let’s be real," Newsom said in his State of the State address. "The current project, as planned, would cost too much and respectfully take too long. There’s been too little oversight and not enough transparency. Right now, there simply isn’t a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A. I wish there were."

Having admitted that the Democrat-led California government could not be relied on to handle complex building projects and failed on the key issues of oversight and transparency, Newsom refused to entirely let go of the high-speed rail dream — in part because he didn't want to give that $3.5 billion back to Trump.

"Abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions and billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises, partially filled commitments and lawsuits to show for it," said the Democratic governor. "And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump."

As The Daily Wire noted Tuesday, the plan, as of now, is to complete only the Central Valley segment of the San Francisco-to-Los Angeles train. Newsom's admission that the project, which is now 11 years in the making, is not realistic fiscally comes after a series of delays and significant increases in estimated costs. The San Francisco Chronicle reports:

California voters approved a $10 billion bond in 2008 largely for the construction of bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The state finally broke ground in 2015 on a 119-mile segment between Madera and Bakersfield, but the project has lost popularity and become a growing political target as it blows through deadlines and budgets. A revised business plan adopted last year pushed back the completion of the project by four more years and estimated a final cost of $77 billion.

The issue of high-speed rails became a national conversation last week when Ocasio-Cortez unveiled the Green New Deal and her since-deleted explainer and FAQ, which promised among other things to “[t]otally overhaul transportation by massively expanding electric vehicle manufacturing, build charging stations everywhere, build out high-speed rail at a scale where air travel stops becoming necessary, create affordable public transit available to all, with goal to replace every combustion-engine vehicle."

Dan Bongino

Published  1 week ago

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

Published  1 week ago

The fallout from Amazon's decision to walk away from its planned headquarters in New York is ratcheting up after a company spokesman publicly blasted Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other lawmakers, saying they had made it a hostile environment to do business.

"If you talk to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, it's 'Never Amazon,'" Jodi Seth, the head of policy communications for Amazon, told NBC News in an interview on Thursday. "If you talk to [New York City Councilman Jimmy] Van Bramer, it's unions."

Seth added that "it wasn't any one incident" that drove the Seattle-based tech giant to its decision, adding that the virulent political discourse that occurred over the past three months was what led to the decision. "It was that the environment over the course of the past three months had not got any better. There were some local and state elected officials who refused to meet with Amazon and criticized us day in and day out about the plan," she said in the interview.

Seth, who has been at Amazon since October 2017 according to her LinkedIn profile, said the company did not know whether the "deal would be approved until a year from now," but said it was "pretty confident" in the approval, mentioning that Governor Andrew Cuomo "was working hard to make it happen, but looking at the opposition and the timeline we decided we don't want to work in this environment in the long term."

In a fiery statement on Thursday, Cuomo blamed the shocking decision on socialist democratic darling Ocasio-Cortez and others like her.

"[A] small group [of] politicians put their own narrow political interests above their community -- which poll after poll showed overwhelmingly supported bringing Amazon to Long Island City -- the state's economic future and the best interests of the people of this state," Cuomo said publicly. "The New York State Senate has done tremendous damage. They should be held accountable for this lost economic opportunity."

Upon hearing the news, Ocasio-Cortez, who has an undergraduate degree in international relations and economics, cheered Amazon's decision.

Ocasio-Cortez's reaction led to significant blowback on social media from prominent businessmen and economists across the political spectrum. The lost jobs would have paid on average, $150,000 per year.

Amazon, which currently employs 8,000 people in the state, according to NBC, said it would disperse the 25,000 jobs throughout its 17 corporate offices and tech hubs in the U.S. and Canada, including some in New York. However, Seth added that Amazon does not intend to re-open talks with New York lawmakers and does not intend to find another headquarters for the jobs.

"That's pretty firm," Seth told the news outlet.

Amazon said it would proceed as planned with the second part of its HQ2, which will be built in Northern Virginia, as well as its distribution center that it said it would open in Nashville.

In addition to the 25,000 jobs, Amazon would've brought $2.5 billion in investment and eventually 8 million square feet of office space to Long Island City as part of the deal announced last November.

The Jeff Bezos-led comany said it would have generated "incremental tax revenue of more than $10 billion over the next 20 years as a result of [its] investment and job creation."

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is taking a victory lap after delivering the goods in her fight against Amazon.

The star freshman Democrat – along with other lawmakers – had strongly criticized the planned opening of Amazon’s second headquarters in New York.

So, after Jeff Bezos’ tech giant announced Thursday it was pulling the plug on its proposed Long Island City location, the Bronx native had something to celebrate.

AMAZON PULLS OUT OF PLAN TO BUILD NEW YORK CITY HEADQUARTERS AFTER BACKLASH

“Anything is possible: today was the day a group of dedicated, everyday New Yorkers & their neighbors defeated Amazon’s corporate greed, its worker exploitation, and the power of the richest man in the world,” she tweeted.

Democratic 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren also celebrated the decision, tweeting: ".@Amazon – one of the wealthiest companies on the planet – just walked away from billions in taxpayer bribes, all because some elected officials in New York aren't sucking up to them enough. How long will we allow giant corporations to hold our democracy hostage?"

Other New Yorkers were not so pleased.

"Absolutely disgraceful that @amazon is driven from New York by left wing progressive politicians. Terrible loss of jobs for New York workers and New York economy," Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., tweeted.

It came after Amazon said in a statement that pushback from New York lawmakers was a key factor in the decision to cancel its plans.

"After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens," the statement read.

"For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials who will be supportive over the long-term.

OCASIO-CORTEZ CHEERS AS AMAZON RECONSIDERS NY HQ AFTER FIERCE OPPOSITION

“While polls show that 70% of New Yorkers support our plans and investment, a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

The company added that it is "disappointed to have reached this conclusion."

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Earlier this month, Ocasio-Cortez trashed the plan – which had promised to create 25,000 jobs and over $27.5 billion in tax revenue in 25 years – and called on "everyday people" can "effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations."

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

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.

The Black Sphere

Published  1 week ago

Sorry for the imagery, but this story just blew up in Smollett's face. Just like I said it would.

WayneDupree.com

Published  1 week ago

New York Democrat gave her partner a House email account

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., had a fiery exchange with a reporter on Capitol Hill when asked to comment on the Green New Deal.

Henry Rodgers, The Daily Caller's Capitol Hill reporter, approached the senator at a subway station and asked him if he supported Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.

Menendez avoided the question and asked where he worked. Rodgers said when he told him he worked for The Daily Caller and the Democrat responded by saying he would not answer any questions. And intern who was with Rodgers asked a follow-up question, and tensions apparently rose.

The reporter followed the tweet with an audio clip from their back-and-forth.

“I am wondering why you won’t answer questions on the Green New Deal?” Rodgers asked.

“I won’t answer questions to the Daily Caller, period! You’re trash,” Menendez responded.

“Why do you think we’re trash, sir?” the reporter followed.

“Don’t keep harassing me anymore or I’ll race to the Capitol Police,” the New Jersey Democrat threatened.

Rodgers told Fox News he had no prior interaction with Menendez beforehand and was working on a piece that was collecting the responses of Senate Democrats regarding the Green New Deal.

Menendez was criticized on social media for threatening the reporter with the police.

Numerous members of Menendez’s office, including his communications director Tricia Enright, defended the senator and trashed what one described as “gotcha journalism.”

Sen. Menendez’s office did not respond to Fox News for comment.

Red Journalists

Published  1 week ago

Newly-elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is launching a nationwide tour to promote her Green New Deal.

Ocasio-Cortez made the announcement on her official Twitter page on Thursday.

“Let’s go:

‘We’re starting a 15-city tour + a 50-State campaign, starting in early primary states, to build political and public support for a Green New Deal.’”

The tweet included a video promoting the progressive plan with a caption declaring: “The #GreenNewDeal is not just another climate policy … it is a call to redefine politics and establish a new social contract for America.”

Right after her announcement, many wondered how she plans to pull it off.

In fact, launching a 15-city tour while pushing legislation that calls for net-zero emissions while making air travel obsolete defies logic.

Twitter immediately erupted in mockery over the 29-year-old’s cross-country tour:

“Let’s travel around the country leaving a huge carbon footprint to promote doing the opposite. Brilliant!” wrote one user.

“Are you driving in an electric car or flying?” ironically asked another one.

“good intentions with ideologically driven very very bad ideas” wrote another use.

“I trust you will be transporting this entourage via “non-fossil fuel” powered methods, #OcasioCortez? If you aren’t then your whole proposal is hypocritical.”

Apparently no one told AOC that jet-setting across the country might not be the best way to promote a plan that calls for the elimination of air travel in 10+ years.

What are your thoughts on this? Please share and comment.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has decided to embrace his inner Harry Reid and greenlight President Trump's emergency declaration.

As John Yoo noted earlier this month, the courts may find that Trump is within his rights to mobilize the military to build the wall when his gambit is inevitably challenged for its legality. Even Youngstown v. Sawyer, which reversed former President Harry Truman's seizure of private steel mills to supply the military during the Korean War, wouldn't necessarily imply that Trump would be out-of-bounds building the wall on land not privately owned.

Congress has failed to define the legal bounds of what is or isn't an emergency, but surely, the term was never meant to deal with this.

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are apprehended at our nation's southern border every year, meaning that the number of immigrants illegally entering the country could be greater by an order of magnitude. A sovereign nation, even one which embraces the free flow of labor, must defend its borders for security's sake, and Democrats calling a physical barrier "immoral" either don't understand the few hundred miles along our border that would see fewer illegal crossings with a wall, or they simply don't care.

But we know that this is not a national emergency for the same reason we knew it wasn't a national emergency a month ago, when Trump first touted this idea: We're all still here.

The threat of illegal immigration mirrors that of climate change. Both must be dealt with at some point, and both loom large as possible catastrophes. But neither issue is immediate. We teach children that 911 is only for instant dangers. We have to teach the president that emergency powers are the same.

What sort of precedent are we willing to accept here? Do we want "President Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez" to declare a state of emergency to slaughter all the farting cows and ground the entire airline industry in 2028? Just like then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid nuking the filibuster has since backfired against Democrats who can no longer block Trump's judicial nominees, this emergency declaration could bite Republicans in the near future.

Furthermore, the declaration of a state of emergency will essentially punt the border security issue to the courts. This will help Democrats shirk accountability over their unwillingness to protect Americans and do their jobs. Just as the Democratic Party seemed on the edge of crumbling under the weight of their own extremism and economic illiteracy, Trump had to come along and steal back the spotlight.

It's past time for Congress to step up to the plate and pass an update to the National Emergency Act. The law needs a clear definition of the conditions under which the president can declare a national emergency. If members of Congress don't step up with this, they ought not issue a single gripe, tweet, or moan decrying Trump's power grab, because it might well be legal even if it's not in line with the historical consensus.

The Gateway Pundit

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It’s no secret that Twitter censors and shadow-bans conservatives. The Gateway Pundit has reported on this extensively over the past few years. Earlier today we wrote about a new study that found Twitter censors conservatives over liberals at a 21:1 ratio. Now this… It appears that some liberals are even getting a boost from Twitter. […]

Katrina Pierson

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As reported by DailyCaller

Democrat New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez praised fellow Democrat, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, on Tuesday for claiming Republicans’ support for Israel is bought by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

“Unlike this President, Rep. [Omar] demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn [about] history of antisemitism [sic],+grow from it while clarifying her stance,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I’m also inspired by Jewish leadership who brought her in, not push her out, to heal.”

Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism,+grow from it while clarifying her stance.

I’m also inspired by Jewish leadership who brought her in, not push her out, to heal. https://t.co/ONRegDJK2S

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 12, 2019

Omar is facing massive backlash after she quote-tweeted a link to an article by Haaretz where House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatened punishment against Omar and Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, America’s first two Muslim congresswomen; both Omar and Tlaib have been embroiled in allegations of anti-Semitism.

Omar first commented on the tweet, saying “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” and after she was pressed to clarify who she was referring to, she tweeted “AIPAC!”

The comments received swift condemnation from members of congress on both sides of the aisle, including from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership.

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.

WSJ

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Amazon is abandoning plans for a headquarters in New York City after facing resistance from some local politicians who objected to giving the company billions of dollars in tax incentives.

Fox News

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's now infamous talking points on the Green New Deal are the most unintentionally honest explanation of the neo-socialism now gripping the Democratic Party. Too honest, apparently. After her office sent the "FAQ" to NPR, The Washington Post and other news organizations, and posted a similar version on her congressional website, they were met with withering criticism -- prompting Ocasio-Cortez to furiously backtrack, seeking to disown and discredit documents her office had produced, posted and distributed. Sorry, you don't get to do that. Ocasio-Cortez told us what is really behind her Green New Deal. Now she, and the Democrats who endorsed her plan, have to live with it.

Ocasio-Cortez has been pilloried for her plan to "get rid of farting cows and airplanes," upgrade or replace "every building in America," replace "every combustible-engine vehicle" and provide "economic security" for people "unwilling to work" -- and rightly so. The old five-year plans of the former Soviet Union are modest, by comparison, in their pursuit of full socialism.

Yet the big untold story is her admission that all of this cannot be paid for simply by taxing the rich. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., is campaigning for president on a wealth tax, while Ocasio-Cortez has proposed 70 percent marginal tax rates on wealthy Americans. The message is clear: We'll soak the millionaires and billionaires and mega-rich corporations so we can give you free stuff.

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But her talking points (even the watered-down version that was posted on her website) admit that won't come close to covering the full costs of her Green New Deal. "The level of investment required is massive," the talking points declare. "Even if every billionaire and company came together and were willing to pour all the resources at their disposal into this investment, the aggregate value of the investments they could make would not be sufficient." Her document says that funding the Green New Deal requires World War II levels of government spending of between 40 and 50 percent of gross domestic product.

Today, federal spending amounts to 21 percent of GDP, or $4.4 trillion annually. Increasing it to between 40 and 50 percent of GDP would require doubling government expenditures to between $84 and $105 trillion over 10 years (and that's without factoring in rising GDP). But Warren's wealth tax would raise just $2.75 trillion over 10 years. And according to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Ocasio-Cortez's 70 percent marginal rate might raise at best $189 billion over 10 years, and could actually cost the federal government $63.5 billion in lost revenue by stifling economic growth and encouraging capital flight.

Taxing the rich won't come close to covering the costs of the Green New Deal, which includes a bunch of socialist policies that have nothing to do with climate change. Manhattan Institute budget expert Brian Riedl has calculated the 10-year costs using liberal and nonpartisan sources. The results are stunning: $32 trillion for a single-payer health care plan; $6.8 trillion for a government jobs guarantee; $2 trillion for education, medical leave, job training and retirement security; and between $5 trillion and $40 trillion to fund universal basic income to support those who are "unwilling" to work. (The final price depends on how "universal" it is.) Grand total? Between $46 and $81 trillion.

The only way to raise the revenue for even the low end of that estimate, he calculates, would require establishing a European-style value-added tax of 87 percent on everything we buy, or a new 37 percent payroll tax for every American (on top of the current 15.3 percent payroll tax and all existing federal, state and local taxes.)

And that covers the price tag only before we even get to the energy and environmental policies in the Green New Deal. It is virtually impossible to accurately calculate the cost of replacing every vehicle that uses a combustion engine; bringing high-speed rail to every corner of America; upgrading or replacing every building in America; and replacing all fossil fuel energy with alternative energy sources. We're talking hundreds of trillions of dollars. It would be virtually impossible to pay for it. And Americans don't want to anyway. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 56 percent say they support Medicare-for-all, but when they learn it requires more taxes, 60 percent oppose it.

With her FAQ, Ocasio-Cortez has inadvertently exposed the neo-socialist lie that you can get something for nothing. The Democratic Party's embrace of that lie is going to get President Trump re-elected

Marc Thiessen is a columnist at The Washington Post, a Fox News contributor and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Thiessen served as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush and to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

I Love My Freedom

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that Americans support socialism in the U.S., but First Lady Melania Trump has something to say about that. As one example, Ocasio-Cortez says Americans agree with socialism and that it would be

Fox News

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One of the co-authors of the Green New Deal is slamming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for announcing he’s bringing the resolution to a vote.

dailycaller

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Twitter suspended conservative political consultant Luke Thompson’s account on Friday after he revealed that Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend, Riley Roberts, has a government email account.

Thompson posted a screenshot of a House directory that showed Roberts listed under “staff,” alongside a House email address for Roberts and the phone number for Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional office.

Twitter claimed Thompson violated “rules against posting private information,” even though the information he posted was a government email address and a publicly available phone number. Twitter briefly made Thompson’s tweet not publicly visible before later restoring it.

So it seems @ltthompso‘s account has been locked by Twitter after noting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s boyfriend has a House email address pic.twitter.com/JH0ULXfLAl

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 15, 2019

. @ltthompso, who tweeted this morning about @aoc ‘s boyfriend having a House email address, has been locked out of his Twitter account, per screenshot he sent me: pic.twitter.com/VXpN1XVTDf

— Betsy Woodruff (@woodruffbets) February 15, 2019

Twitter did not return a request for comment on why Thompson’s account was locked out.

Ocasio-Cortez and her chief of staff claimed that Roberts isn’t a paid staff member and that the email address only allows him access to the congresswoman’s calendar.

“From time to time, at the request of members, spouses and partners are provided House email accounts for the purposes of viewing the member’s calendar,” the chief administrative officer of the House told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a phone call.

Roberts did not return an email seeking comment.

Evie Fordham contributed to this report.

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Daily Wire

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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.

Daily Wire

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One would have to be living under a rock for years decades in order to think of the recent paroxysm of Jew-hatred emanating from certain swathes of the Democratic Party as something novel or unexpected.

The sordid origins of a distinctly leftist brand of Jew-hatred run, instead, far deeper — at minimum, those origins begin with perhaps the most infamous self-hating Jew of them all, Karl Marx. As Jonah Goldberg wrote at Commentary last March:

For Marx, capital and the Jew are different faces of the same monster. ...Marx’s writing, particularly on surplus value, is drenched with references to capital as parasitic and vampiric. ...The constant allusions to the eternal wickedness of the Jew combined with his constant references to blood make it hard to avoid concluding that Marx had simply updated [anti-Semitic imagery] and applied it to his own atheistic doctrine. His writing is replete with references to the "bloodsucking" nature of capitalism. He likens both Jews and capitalists (the same thing in his mind) to life-draining exploiters of the proletariat.

Evil Marxist tropes about pernicious Jewish influence in capitalist economies have percolated well into the 21st century. For those lurking in the most miasmic swamps of the far Left, it is the Jew who still often serves as the amorphous placeholder for all the purported sins of capitalism unchained. It is why, during the noxious "Occupy Wall Street" protests in 2011, Abe Greenwald at Commentary lamented how, "The Jew-hatred among protesters and sympathizers is diverse and unapologetic. It is, in fact, atmospheric. Tune in randomly to live television coverage of the spectacle and you’ll see — as I did — placards scapegoating Israel, Zionism, or 'Hitler’s bankers.'"

No doubt, this is truly gross stuff.

For many contemporary leftists both at home and in the continental hub of incorrigible anti-Semitism known as "Europe," the Jewish state of Israel often serves as a useful proxy for the Jewish people at-large. For the leftist anti-Semite, what is disliked about the Jewish people — a certain perception of power, stature, capitalistic acumen, and general success — can be imputed to the Jewish state. Ever since Israel's miraculous victory over its revanchist Arab invaders in the Six Day War, the Jewish state has been the "favorite" — and not the "underdog" — in its ongoing territorial dispute with the Palestinian-Arabs. And if there is anything the post-Marx Left has historically disliked, it is the perceived big guy beating up on the perceived little guy.

Further compounding the Israel-hater's myopic obsession with the Middle East's lone bastion of Western values and first-world liberal democracy is the mischaracterization of the Israeli military as being "white," and the concomitant optics of that "white" military consistently having to "mow the lawn" on that pesky Hamas terrorist regime (but hey, we're told, one filled with "brown"-er people!) in Gaza. Nathaniel Zelinsky detailed how this works for National Review, in 2014:

...much of the Western media carefully "whitewashes" images from Israel to give the impression that Israelis are all of European heritage. Why? Because whitewashing fits the post-colonial narrative the Left applies to Israel. In that mindset, the Jewish state is the "colonizer/occupier," and the Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank are the "natives." If IDF soldiers have the same skin tone as British imperialists or Christopher Columbus, the template is that much easier to apply.

Whenever the global Left sees a white Israeli guarding a checkpoint in the West Bank or fighting in Gaza, it knows what moral categories to assign to Israel and Hamas. No matter how many rockets are launched or civilians murdered, the terrorists in Gaza are the freedom fighters and the Jews are the oppressors — just like the French in Algeria and the cowboys on the Great Plains. One suspects that whitewashing Israel helps some Westerners assuage their post-colonial guilt. By decrying the Jewish state, they expurgate the sins of their own ancestors and clean their moral slate.

The final dot to connect is to expressly connect this phenomenon — which Zelinsky dubs the "whitewashing" of Israel — with the modern intersectionality craze metastasizing on the far Left. Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro fit all these pieces together very nicely, just yesterday:

How has the Democratic Party morphed into the party of anti-Semitism? By embracing the philosophy of intersectionality on the one hand, and by embracing the myth that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are completely separable on the other. The former provides the emotional impetus for nodding at Jew-hatred; the latter provides the intellectual framework for doing so.

The philosophy of intersectionality has othered Jews from the intersectional coalition. Because intersectionality is built on the premise that the prevailing Western system of thought has victimized various groups, and that those groups must band together in order to destroy that system, those who have thrived under the West must be excised from the intersectional agglomeration – being, as they are, representatives of the fact that Western thought is not, in fact, rooted in evil. The Jews are simply too financially, educationally, and politically successful to be seen as anything other than members of the power structure.

The intersectionality craze has no doubt worsened the deeply pernicious trend of ascendant anti-Semitism on the far Left. One need not look anywhere other than the remarkable self-implosion of the institutionally anti-Semitic Women's March just this year.

But this worsening of anti-Semitism within the Democratic Party, coming in the half-century-plus aftermath of the Six Day War, was a very long time coming. Consider the widening divide, between the two major political parties, on the question of whether one sympathizes more with Israel or with the Palestinian-Arabs:

In many ways, then, the overt anti-Semitism we now hear from Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is hardly a new phenomenon. Omar and Tlaib are, much like their comrade and bane of bovine flatulence, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), both economically far to the Left. They are very much the economic descendants of Marxist thought. And they are both pro-intersectionality Israel-haters whose views on "racial justice" are perfectly susceptible to a warped post-Six Day War leftist mentality wherein Israel is a "white," "oppressive" "colonizer" at irreconcilable loggerheads with a "brown," "repressed" Palestinian-Arab populace.

In other words, Omar and Tlaib are simply hardcore leftists. They are symptoms of broader, decades-long political dynamics. The only relevant question is whether there are any remaining institutionally powerful pro-Israel Democrats to prevent a full-on Corbyn-ization of the party of Harry Truman.

MAGA Daily Report

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Joe Manchin is breaking his silence about the ugly treatment his fellow Democrats gave him for backing some of Trump’s agenda.

It is a sad commentary on Washington today when agreeing with a member of the other political party brings scorn from your own party.

To be fair, the GOP was tough on Obama and it seems Trump will have to deal with an even more hostile House with Pelosi leading the charge, but that doesn’t make it right.

Manchin for one promises to be his own man regardless of how many “daggers” the radicals in his own party shoot at him.

From The Washington Examiner: Manchin put the phone on speaker, and the president starts to chat with the kids.

“Not everybody in the room you know is politically for Trump, but in that moment that didn’t matter, just that fact that you’re going to listen to the president talk to a small group of kids. Everyone had a smile on their face and was just so surprised and couldn’t really say anything, we just listened to him and smiled,” Parker said.

Manchin said Trump was very charming with the kids: “He says, ‘I love West Virginia. And I know they like Joe, and they like me, and we’re gonna work together.’ And he told them to stay involved, and he appreciates they were very much interested and excited that they were involved in the process and wanted to know what’s going on.”

The president also mentioned the reason he called Manchin was to thank him for applauding when few Democrats did during bipartisan moments in the State of the Union speech.

“I said, ‘Mr. President, I’ve always stated that I know my state well and that it’s something that my state and I represent the people of my state, I’m going to stand up and be respectful. When I thought the things that you were saying resonated with something I might believe in but definitely my state supports, I’m gonna be there and show the courtesy and manners that I think that I was raised with,’” Manchin said of his personal conversation with the president.

The former governor stood several times and applauded during the president’s speech, in particular on energy projects and banning late-term abortions.

Energy’s a big thing that he talked about, said Manchin. “He didn’t talk about coal, but he talked about energy in general. We’re an energy state and we want to continue to make sure we provide the energy the country needs,” he said.

Manchin said the most “controversial thing I applauded” were the personal issues on life. “Well, there’s just no way that I could ever. I mean how anybody could support late-term abortions?” he said.

Manchin said he “could … feel the daggers” when he stood up for Trump’s remarks calling for legislation to curb third-trimester abortions. “Late-term abortions, my goodness. It would have to be a dire medical situation,” he said, adding that what Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had supported and what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has done with late-term abortion bills in their states is “just totally unconscionable to me.”

Manchin said he was a little struck by the Reuters photo he saw taken of him standing during the speech and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sitting behind him giving him the stink eye: “My goodness. Well, I could hear the boos a little bit, you know, I didn’t know if the boos were for the president or for me standing, I wasn’t sure. But I could sure feel the daggers.”

Stout said one of the things he really respected about Manchin during the president’s speech was how he conducted himself. “That’s one thing I really enjoyed watching was he didn’t agree with everything that the president said, but things he agreed with, he did stand up. Unlike the other Democrats who didn’t, which it’s just being partisan over things that can be good for every state,” he said.

Breitbart

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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.

Daily Wire

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Fact checkers have been notoriously left-leaning in their insistence on nitpicking things Republicans say while ignoring major lies told by Democrats.

For example, on Monday, The Washington Post’s fact checker refused to give Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez any Pinocchios for her blatantly false claims about her Green New Deal FAQ. Instead, the checker went after President Donald Trump.

But also on Monday, the Post decided to actually fact check leading 2020 presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) over a tweet claiming that Trump’s tax cuts were actually tax hikes on the middle class.

“The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%,” Harris tweeted that afternoon.

The tweet was referring to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) report showing the average tax refund was down 8% compared with last year.

“Boy, talk about a non sequitur that turns out to be nonsensical and misleading,” wrote fact checker Glenn Kessler.

Thankfully, Kessler notes that the size of a tax refund has nothing to do with whether someone paid more in taxes. The tax law enacted by Trump changed withholding tables, and even though the IRS told people to update their W-4 forms, most Americans didn’t.

About 80% of all taxpayers received a tax cut thanks to the law, according to the Tax Policy Center. Because the withholding tables changed, Americans’ paychecks were bigger — meaning they kept more of their own money.

But when that happens, it will also, in most cases, mean one gets a smaller refund.

“Though few people look at this way, a smaller tax refund means you gave less of a loan to the U.S. government over the course of the year. Ideally, you should end up with no refund or tax dues,” Kessler wrote.

The fact checker then goes back to the second part of Harris’ tweet, where she claims taxes were raised on middle-class Americans so the wealthy could get more money.

“As we have explained before, any broad-based tax cut is going to mostly benefit the wealthy because they already pay a large share of income taxes. According to Treasury Department data, the top 20 percent of income earners paid 95.2 percent of individual income taxes in 2017. The top 10 percent paid 81 percent. The top 0.1 percent paid an astonishing 24.1 percent of taxes,” Kessler wrote.

Basic math.

Even after an email exchange with Harris’ spokesman, Kessler gave the California senator four Pinocchios, designating her tweet a “whopper.”

Harris was correct that tax refunds are down an average of 8% in the first week of data. If congress allows these tax cuts to expire in 10 years — which is unlikely — then taxes would be raised.

“But Harris presented these facts without nuance or qualification, making it appear as though the smaller tax refunds were evidence of a tax hike on the middle class. In reality, the size of a tax refund reflects nothing about the size of a tax cut or tax increase — and at least in 2018, the vast majority of middle-class Americans can expect to pay less in taxes as a result of the Trump tax law,” Kessler concluded.

CREDO Action

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Republicans are helping corporations get away with blatant sexism. Women in America make less than their male counterparts, and Republicans routinely block legislation to fix it.

The wage gap costs women more than $900 billion year. The 1963 Equal Pay Act was supposed to fix that, but major loopholes let companies deny equal pay to women. In fact, data on pay disparities is hard to come by because companies refuse to release it.1

As progressive champion Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put it, "The wage gap is an injustice that persists through secrecy." Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is standing united with House Democrats to push the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would close the loopholes and get women the money they deserve.2 She needs our help.

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Equal pay now.

Nine in 10 Americans supports equal pay. But corporations continue to discriminate, keep salaries hidden from their employees so no one knows male coworkers are making more and punish those who speak up in protest. The Paycheck Fairness Act, introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Tammy Baldwin and supported by every single House Democrat, would close these loopholes and deliver women the pay they deserve.3

Pay disparity has barely improved in decades:4

Today, women who work full time, year-round are paid, on average, only 80 cents for every dollar paid to men, resulting in a gap of $10,169 each year... and it is worse for women of color: On average, Latinas are typically paid 53 cents, Native American women 58 cents and Black women just 61 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.

Republicans routinely block legislation to ensure women are paid fairly, claiming the wage gap is merely a myth, even though mothers are the sole or main breadwinners in half of U.S. families and every dollar in their pockets helps boost the economy. But that's equally why the Paycheck Fairness Act – which would protect workers discussing and comparing their wages at work – is so important.5 As Rep. Ocasio-Cortez said, "Those who say that the wage gap does not exist and that it's a myth should have no problem proving that by allowing the disclosure of salaries in the workplace."6

Republicans defeated this legislation before – and with a misogynist in the White House attempting to claim credit for economic progress, it's more important than ever to press forward and expose the corporate anti-woman agenda.

Stand with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Equal pay now.

Thank you for speaking out.

National Partnership for Women and Families, "The Paycheck Fairness Act," January 2019.

Grace Segers, "Democrats introduce equal pay legislation 10 years after passing first fair pay act," CBS News, Jan. 30, 2019.

National Partnership for Women and Families, "The Paycheck Fairness Act."

Segers, "Democrats introduce equal pay legislation 10 years after passing first fair pay act."

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Daily Wire

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Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) came to the defense of anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Tuesday, falsely promoting the idea that Omar is not an anti-Semite and saying that she is "proud" of Omar.

Ocasio-Cortez's defense of Omar came after Omar's latest anti-Semitic incident over the weekend when Omar "displayed her blatant anti-Semitism by tweeting that GOP support for Israel was 'all about the Benjamins,' and followed by accusing AIPAC of paying American politicians to support Israel," The Daily Wire reported.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has a long history of walking lockstep with anti-Semites, waited a couple of days to weigh in on Omar's anti-Semitic comments, which drew widespread condemnation from both sides of the aisle.

Ocasio-Cortez responded by falsely suggesting that President Donald Trump was the one who has a problem with anti-Semitism.

"Unlike this President, Rep. @IlhanMN demonstrated a capacity to acknowledge pain & apologize, use the opportunity to learn abt history of antisemitism,+grow from it while clarifying her stance," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, later adding: "I’m proud @IlhanMN raised the issue of lobbyist in politics & equally proud of her sensitivity to communities."

Ocasio-Cortez's deflection to the president on the question of anti-Semitism is not the first time that she has used this tactic to try to get the attention off of the Left's problem with anti-Semitism.

In January, Ocasio-Cortez embraced the anti-Semitic Women's March — even after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and top Democrats pulled their support from the group due to its anti-Semitism — and refused to answer questions about the group's anti-Semitism, opting to blame Trump instead.

"I think that concerns of anti-Semitism with the current administration in the White House are absolutely valid and we need to make sure that we are protecting the Jewish community and all those that feel vulnerable in this moment," Ocasio-Cortez said.

Ocasio-Cortez's decision to back Omar and say she is "proud" of her comes after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries and Caucus Vice Chair Katherine Clark issued the following statement:

Anti-Semitism must be called out, confronted and condemned whenever it is encountered, without exception.

We are and will always be strong supporters of Israel in Congress because we understand that our support is based on shared values and strategic interests. Legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies is protected by the values of free speech and democratic debate that the United States and Israel share. But Congresswoman Omar’s use of anti-Semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.

As Democrats and as Americans, the entire Congress must be fully engaged in denouncing and rejecting all forms of hatred, racism, prejudice and discrimination wherever they are encountered.

In the wake of Omar's latest anti-Semitic incident, Trump called on her to either "resign from Congress" or "resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee."

"What she said is so deep-seated in her heart, that her lame apology, and that's what it was, it was lame, and she didn't mean a word of it was just not appropriate," Trump continued. "I think she should resign from Congress, frankly."

Breitbart

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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced he would abandon the state's high-speed rail system because it was too expensive.

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.’”

The Washington Times

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The Senate will vote on liberal Democrats’ “Green New Deal” plan, GOP leaders said Tuesday, looking to force Democrats to take a stand either with or against the liberal activists pushing the plan

“We’ll give everybody an opportunity to go on record and see how they feel about the Green New Deal,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said.

He didn’t say when that vote might occur, but when it does, it’s likely to cause some headaches for Democrats who are eyeing a presidential bid, and who need to try to balance competing interests within their party.

The Green New Deal is a dozen-page outline of principles for reaching a carbon emission-free economy. It suggests an end to air travel and being fully dependent on renewable fuels — and it also includes language promoting economic redistribution and other social justice goals.

It’s being pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a freshman Democrat from New York who has captured the enthusiasm of the left wing.

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Sean Hannity

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Microsoft founder and global philanthropist Bill Gates threw more cold-water on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ 70% tax proposal this week; saying the liberal lawmaker was “missing the picture” by imposing stiff taxes on wealthy Americans.

Gates was speaking with technology-focused podcast The Verge when he was asked to weigh-in on the Democrats’ recent push to impose a 70% to 90% tax rate on high-income earners.

“Certainly, the idea of government being more effective in terms of how it runs education or social programs, there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement there,” said Gates.

“In terms of revenue collection, you wouldn’t want to just focus on the ordinary income rate, because people who are wealthy have a rounding error of ordinary income,” he added.

“If you focus on that, you’re missing the picture,” concluded the Microsoft founder.

Read the full story at Fox News.

Fox News

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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.

The Gateway Pundit

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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.

WayneDupree.com

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib once wrote a column for the Final Call in 2006

Final Call is the official communications newspaper of the Nation of Islam

Louis Farrakhan is well known for his anti-Semite views describing Jews as “satanic” and praised Hitler as a “very great man.”

Tlaib has already faced scrutiny using profanity against President Trump during a swearing-in ceremony

Tlaib is a freshman representative who met criticism on both sides because of her profanity in front of her child-directed at President Trump, not even 24 hours after being sworn in. She has also been blasted for appearing with radical anti-Israel activists during a swearing-in ceremony who had previously praised Palestinian and Hezbollah terrorists that push the agenda that Israel should not exist.

Now, we’re learning that Tlaib wrote a column for Louis Farrakhan’s Final Call, the official publication of the National of Islam. Farrakhan has been cited many times as an individual that spouts anti-semitic rhetoric against the Jews as well as White America.

Oh, the irony. Dems claim Trump is anti-semitic without any proof, but then ignore one of their own who is openly anti-semitic! Tlaib’s article was written in 2006.

“Lost in the often-vitriolic national quarrel over immigration reform is any examination of proposed measures that would result in excessive punishment, such as detention and deportation, for the most minor offenses,” Tlaib wrote in a 2006 post in the Final Call. “Concern for ‘national security’ has introduced unprecedented insecurity to living in the United States as a legal permanent resident.”

The column, which takes an issue with deportations for minor offenses, remains to be accessible online and was first pointed out by blogger Jeryl Bier on social media.

A spokesperson for Tlaib told Business Insider that the article was from 2006 and “was not an endorsement of Farrakhan or anyone for that matter,” adding that the congresswoman “has not had any direct contact with Farrakhan and condemns his anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ views.”

I think we are witnessing a very weird pattern here. Tlaib, along with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are extreme radical women that are pushing the limits on what they can and can not get away with, within the Democratic body of Congress.

Not sure why any Jewish person would ever vote Democrat, their entire freshman class seems to be full speed ahead anti-semitism.

Democrats have been pushing for more women in Congress, but they seem as if they do not care about the quality of woman. I would think you would want American patriots who care about this safety of the country, not radicals that want to destroy it from within.

I would have real reservations about such a person getting access to military and economic secrets. I am not the only one that believes a Muslim cannot be loyal to the USA, because “sharia law” trumps (pardon the pun) everything. I would not want such a person serving on the Armed Services Committee, would you?

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who has a net worth approaching $100 billion, has slammed tax policies like the one put forth by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying they miss the larger picture and could create tax dodging.

Speaking on a podcast at tech website The Verge, Gates noted that while tax rates can be "more progressive," going to extremes such as the one put forth by Ocasio-Cortez, which would tax income above $10 million at a 70 percent rate, misses the broader scope.

"Certainly, the idea of government being more effective in terms of how it runs education or social programs, there’s a lot of opportunity for improvement there," Gates said in the podcast. "In terms of revenue collection, you wouldn’t want to just focus on the ordinary income rate, because people who are wealthy have a rounding error of ordinary income."

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He continued: "They have income that just is the value of their stock, which if they don’t sell it, it doesn’t show up as income at all, or if it shows up, it shows over in the capital gains side. So the ability of hedge fund people, various people — they aren’t paying that ordinary income rate.

The one thing that never gets much press — the IRS shows the statistics for the top 400 people of the highest income and the rate they pay. Anyway, you should look at that. It’s about a 20 percent rate, so it has nothing to do with the 39.6 marginal ordinary income rate. So it’s a misfocus. If you focus on that, you’re missing the picture."

Gates, who stepped down from leading the software giant in 2006 to focus on the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, added that there are politicians who are so extreme with their policy proposals, that they would start to create tax dodging and certain disincentives, while causing "income to show up in other countries and things."

The tech titan did concede that taxes "can be more progressive," including issues such as the estate tax and the tax on capital, the way the FICA and Social Security operate. "We can be more progressive without really threatening income generation — what you have left to decide how to spread around," Gates said.

During the podcast, Gates also weighed in on a number of ideas that Ocasio-Cortez and more progressive lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have championed, including “modern monetary theory,” saying it is "some crazy talk,” adding “It will come back and bite you.”

As described by the American Monetary Institute (AMI), a non-profit charity funded to describe monetary reforms for the average citizen, MMT "shows a lack of respect for empirical facts" and "stretches and twists the meaning of words beyond normal usage."

Ocasio-Cortez did not immediately return a request for comment from Fox News.

Earlier this year, Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, said in an interview on "60 Minutes" that her Green New Deal could be paid for in part by slapping a tax as high as 70 percent on top earners.

“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," Ocasio-Cortez said. "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.”

Fox News' Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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False charges of anti-Semitism are being used to silence critics of Israel.

The Federalist

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They're failing to point out why the Green New Deal is a completely garbage plan, full of college kid idealism and spending that would leave us broken.

Daily Wire

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On Sunday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), an open anti-Semite with a long history of anti-Semitic commentary, jumped back into the Jew-hating waters with a couple of tweets blaming Republican support for Israel on payments by those shekelmaster Hebrews. Here’s what she tweeted:

It's all about the Benjamins baby https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019

When called out for her anti-Semitism by Chelsea Clinton, she then suggested that the perception that her anti-Semitic comments were in fact anti-Semitic was merely a right-wing smear:

Chelsea - I would be happy to talk. We must call out smears from the GOP and their allies. And I believe we can do that without criticizing people for their faith.

I look forward to building an inclusive movement for justice with you. https://t.co/EGA9NQfBCi

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019

Omar’s latest Jew-hatred isn’t the beginning of her story. In 2012 she tweeted:

In 2013 she chuckled over Hamas and Hezbollah and suggested that the American military was akin to Al Qaeda. She supports the anti-Semitic BDS movement. She said last month that Israel cannot be a democracy and a Jewish state. She’s not hiding the ball here.

Democratic Leadership made a statement suggesting that Omar’s “use of anti-semitic tropes and prejudicial accusations about Israel’s supporters is deeply offensive. We condemn these remarks and we call upon Congresswoman Omar to immediately apologize for these hurtful comments.” While some Democrats issued statements denouncing Omar’s language, there has been no threat to remove her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Meanwhile, some members of the media played defense for Omar, suggesting she was only “raising questions,” or dumbing down her anti-Semitism into mere anti-Israel sentiment:

Suffice it to say that Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) racist comments about white nationalism did not receive this sort of tepidly dismissive media coverage.

Anti-Semitism now thrives inside the Democratic Party. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wrote a piece for Louis Farrakhan in 2006; she’s welcome in the party. Linda Sarsour continues to be an ally to the new Democratic Fresh Faces™ as well as more established names like Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (in November, Sarsour slammed “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech”). Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) holds conference calls with vicious British anti-Semite Jeremy Corbyn, to no serious blowback from the Democratic Party. Keith Ellison, now attorney general of Minnesota, was nearly made the head of the Democratic National Committee after engaging in blatant anti-Semitism for years.

How has the Democratic Party morphed into the party of anti-Semitism? By embracing the philosophy of intersectionality on the one hand, and by embracing the myth that anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism are completely separable on the other. The former provides the emotional impetus for nodding at Jew-hatred; the latter provides the intellectual framework for doing so.

The philosophy of intersectionality has othered Jews from the intersectional coalition. Because intersectionality is built on the premise that the prevailing Western system of thought has victimized various groups, and that those groups must band together in order to destroy that system, those who have thrived under the West must be excised from the intersectional agglomeration – being, as they are, representatives of the fact that Western thought is not, in fact, rooted in evil. The Jews are simply too financially, educationally, and politically successful to be seen as anything other than members of the power structure. Thus, slurs against them must be countenanced from more victimized groups. As I wrote back in November:

In areas where Jews are successful, then, anti-Semitism and intersectional theory often merge. Many Jews have white skin; many Jews are highly educated and wealthy; the state of Israel is disproportionately powerful. This means that in the intersectional hierarchy, Jews stand near the top when it comes to privilege. And this means that anti-Semitism is only objectionable when expressed by white supremacists – by members of a group even more privileged than the Jews. When anti-Semitism is expressed by others in the intersectional hierarchy, however, that’s not anti-Semitism at all: it’s just a normal form of intersectional thinking. Thus, Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism or Linda Sarsour’s anti-Semitism or Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism isn’t anti-Semitism at all, but the rage of an intersectional underdog taking on a more powerful group. Hence the disproportionate focus of the intersectional thinkers on Israel, the supposed evidence of the hierarchical power of the Jews.

Intersectional theory posits identity groups as the chief factor in determining morality. That sort of thinking has never cut in favor of Jews. And it doesn’t now, either. Pretending that Jews are part of the intersectional hierarchy is simply siding with the intersectional alligator, hoping that it eats the Jews last.

Stacked on top of that emotionally resonant bigotry is an intellectual lie: that opposing the existence of the only Jewish state on planet earth is somehow separable from base Jew-hatred. That’s a tenuous logical framework to begin — calling for a boycott against that state on grounds you ignore from every other state somehow is obviously targeting Jews. In practice, that framework completely collapses. There’s a reason that Omar isn’t merely tweeting about Israeli influence, but about American Jews overall. There’s a reason that terrorist groups use BDS as a front for their activities. There’s a reason that conflict in Gaza is used as an excuse to terrorize synagogues in France.

Yet the new Left must buy into the anti-Israel-isn’t-anti-Jewish logic in order to justify an underlying bigotry against the Jews more broadly. And so Ilhan Omar won't suffer any consequences for her anti-Semitism. Neither will Tlaib. Better that the intersectional coalition be maintained at the expense of the Jews.

Fox News

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Jews should stop supporting the Democratic Party in the wake of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments by freshmen Democratic House members. Trump and Republicans are now the true friends of Israel and the Jewish people.

dailycaller

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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.”

Breitbart

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said in an interview Monday she supports “some type of” reparations to black Americans for slavery.

In an interview with the “Breakfast Club,” a radio show on New York City’s Power 105.1, host Charlamagne tha God asked Kamala Harris about reparations.

She gave a lengthy answer, then when pushed on it, agreed with Charlamagne that she would support “some type of” reparations.

“Where do you stand on some form of reparations for black people? Here you see Mayor De Blasio saying the marijuana economy could be a form of reparations. Marianne Williamson says black people should get a hundred billion in slave reparations–like, where do you stand on it?” Charlamagne asked.

Harris responded:

Well look, I think that we have got to address that again, it’s back to the inequities. There, through–look, America has a history of 200 years of slavery. We had Jim Crow. We had legal segregation in America for a very long time. The Voting Rights Act was only strong for 50 years and then they wiped it out with this United States Supreme Court in the Shelby decision, to the point that 22 states immediately thereafter put in place laws that one court found were crafted with surgical precision to have black people not be able to vote.”

So we’ve got to recognize, back to that earlier point, people aren’t starting out on the same base, in terms of their ability to succeed and so we have got to recognize that and give people a lift up. And, there are a number of ways to do it. Part of my initiative again around the ‘Lift Act’ is that same point–you lifting people up who are making less than a hundred thousand dollars a year. What I want to do about rent is the same thing. What we need to do around education and understanding disparities, what we need to do around HBCUs. But we have a history of racism in America.

Charlamagne asked again, “So you are for some type of reparations?”

“Yes I am, yes I am,” Harris responded.

Harris announced her 2020 campaign in January, kicking off the race by saying, “The American people deserve to have someone who is going to fight for them, who is going to see them, who will hear them, who will care about them and put them in front of self-interest.”

Last week, she expressed support for the socialist Green New Deal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Fox News

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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.”

Washington Examiner

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., spent the weekend lying about the disastrous rollout of her preposterous "Green New Deal." The Washington Post's Fact Checker doesn't dispute that. But it refused to give her any "Pinocchios" anyway because Trump.

No, really.

The paper has declined to flunk the congresswoman’s obvious falsehoods suggesting her House resolution is the target of a right-wing smear campaign, explaining that the president has made similarly misleading statements about the proposed bill.

That one of the newspaper’s fact-checkers would go out of his way to soften what was an clear attempt by Ocasio-Cortez and her team to lie and mislead is bad enough. It’s made worse by the fact that the author of the Post article is also one of the reporters who awarded the president two “Pinocchios” last week when he said “ one in three [female migrants] is sexually assaulted on the long journey north” because, actually, “31.4 percent of women said they were ‘sexually abused’ on the journey, not ‘sexually assaulted’ as Trump says."

Ocasio-Cortez last week unveiled her much-anticipated "Green New Deal" proposal, which aims to remake the U.S. economy into a kinder and more environmentally friendly version of its current self. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the House resolution is absurd, especially the part where it calls for upgrading or replacing every single building in the country over a 10-year period “to achieve maximal energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability, including through electrification.”

Adding an additional layer of unintentional humor to this unintentional comedy is the fact that the congresswoman’s staff circulated bizarre “ frequently asked questions” pages last week, one of which appeared on her webpage. The FAQs contained additional ideas and proposals not found in the actual legislation co-sponsored by more than 100 Democratic lawmakers.

One FAQ made available to NPR claimed the bill’s aim is to lower fossil fuel emissions 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 NPR FAQ as well as the FAQ that appeared on Ocasio-Cortez’s webpage boasted that the bill would provide “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work.”

Perhaps realizing that they were making their position more difficult to defend, or take seriously, Ocasio-Cortez’s staff wisely pulled the FAQ from her webpage.

This is where the congresswoman and her team made a concerted effort to mislead the public.

“When your #GreenNewDeal legislation is so strong that the GOP has to resort to circulating false versions, but the real one nets 70 House cosponsors on Day 1 and all Dem presidential candidates sign on anyway,” the congresswoman complained on last Friday.

Her tweet, which kicked off the narrative suggesting the ridiculous parts of her House resolution and FAQ pages were not, in fact, from her office, didn’t cite any GOP lawmaker or staffer. Rather, it cited only an obvious joke being shared by social media trolls “showing” the "Green New Deal" mandates that all men must urinate into empty milk jugs.

Later that same say, Ocasio-Cortez advisor and Cornell University Law School Professor Robert Hockett was asked during a Fox News interview to explain the “unwilling to work” line. He responded by denying the authenticity of the FAQ page, saying, “I think you're referring to some sort of document. … That's erroneous. It's the wrong document. That's not us."

On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff admitted the FAQs were authentic but continued pushing the line that her office had fallen victim to a concerted misinformation campaign. Hockett also said Saturday that the FAQs were indeed legitimate, saying, “It appears there was more than one document being discussed yesterday, only one of which I had heard about with any definiteness by last evening after a long day of media appearances — namely, the one referred to by the Congresswoman in her tweet.” But the congresswoman herself kept at it this weekend, suggesting legitimate criticism for her ridiculous House resolution is suspect because of a shadowy GOP-led campaign to delegitimize her proposal.

“There are multiple doctored GND resolutions and FAQs floating around. There was also a draft version that got uploaded + taken down. There’s also draft versions floating out there,” she tweeted.

The official response from Ocasio-Cortez and her team went from denying they wrote what they wrote and claiming to be victims of a vicious right-wing smear, to admitting they wrote what they wrote, while still maintaining they are the victims of a vicious right-wing smear. And all of this because the congresswoman and her team panicked after scrutiny was applied to language they included in documents they shared with the public. It would have been fine if the FAQs were circulated by mistake. It would’ve been written off as a gaffe and quickly forgotten. The problem here is the congresswoman is clearly trying to mislead the public about what really happened, pushing some cock-and-bull story about the GOP circulating doctored version of the "Green New Deal."

This is where you think fact-checkers would come in handy. But no. The Washington Post published a fact-check whose “bottom line” read:

Trump is misrepresenting the Green New Deal as the plan is currently written. The resolution in Congress is full of sweeping ambition and grand goals, but it’s also vaguer and more moderate than he says. There’s nothing in there about putting an end to cars or cows or air travel or the military.

It’s also misleading for Ocasio-Cortez to mention “doctored” materials as she responds to these attacks. Most of the criticism she is responding to was based on documents from her office, not on fake plans for “recycling urine.”

There’s a case to be made that the criticism about ending airplanes and cows was a stretch to begin with, since the resolution didn’t mention any of that and the FAQs were not definitive on those points. But Ocasio-Cortez has now disowned the FAQs and the statements that went beyond the resolution. The line about providing for people “unwilling to work” has been walked back completely. So we won’t be awarding any Pinocchios in this kerfuffle.

It’s amazing how quickly a fact-checking operation can go from awarding "bottomless Pinocchios" to waxing poetic on the nature of "truth" depending on the party affiliation of the person it's covering. It’s even more amazing that the newspaper that ran a $10 million Super Bowl ad this year praising journalists for covering the D-Day invasion couldn’t bring itself to say a 29-year-old Democratic congresswoman lied.

Conservative Tribune

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She's a Trump supporter who knows what life under socialism really looks like.

I Love My Freedom

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MSNBC’s Katy Tur freaked out over the weekend and claimed that “millions and millions of people will die” without Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

During a panel discussion on MSNBC with host Chuck Todd, the group began discussing Ocasio-Cortez’s socialist legislation, which was just released last Thursday.

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“I’m not so sure about that. I think you have some real reporting out there from experts not just analysts on television, but from actual experts at the U.N., from Donald Trump’s own administration saying how dire this is,” Tur said.

“The U.N. said we have 12 years before complete disaster. Talk to the representative of the Marshall Islands and he’s calling it what could amount to genocide if we allow things to go as they are. The reports aren’t just hey, it’s going to get bad. The reports are people will die. Millions and millions of people will die,” she added.

Tur continued,”I think that there’s an appetite among voters out there, especially Democratic voters and potentially swing voters to say, let’s do something about this now because it’s going to affect our future and there’s real economic damage that can happen as well. Billions of dollars in economic damage from crops, to deaths, to losing ocean front homes and businesses in — over the next century.”

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Kimberly Atkins, senior Washington reporter for radio station WBUR, follow-up Tur’s doom-and-gloom prediction by arguing that it was “brilliant” of Ocasio-Cortez to not mention the details of how to implement the Green New Deal.

“And I think that is an issue that moves and I think the aspirational aspect of this; I think it was pretty brilliant to not to put in a bunch of details that people can immediately start taking down,” Atkins said.

In other words, Atkins said it was brilliant for Ocasio-Cortez to release an insanely vague measure because people couldn’t see the full absurdity of it.

The core of the Green New Deal is to require the U.S. to eliminate “pollution and greenhouse gas emissions” and meet “100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources” within 10 years.

The legislation also calls for every single building in the United States to be “upgraded or replaced,” meaning taxpayers will be stuck footing that massive bill.

Not missing the chance to peddle liberal talking points, the bill actually argues that climate change has “exacerbated systemic racial … injustices” as well as other inequalities.

The legislation goes on to argue that its goal is to secure “community resiliency” and “repairing historic oppression” of almost every class of victims the authors can imagine.

Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal also promised to provide “free” healthcare, education, and even jobs, including to those who are “unwilling to work.”

However, taxpayers will be stuck footing the bill, which comes out to $7 trillion.

Other studies have found that it could actually cost nearly $50 trillion, which would be roughly seven — SEVEN — times more than that.

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

The Babylon Bee

Published  1 week ago

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Amid criticism over her Green New Deal plan, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained Monday that a copy of The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels uploaded to her website coinciding with the announcement of the plan was put up "by mistake."

"We had a few documents floating around when we were discussing the Green New Deal, and an intern inadvertently uploaded the entire text of The Communist Manifesto," Ocasio-Cortez explained on her Twitter account. "Rest assured that full-blown communism is not the end goal of this Green New Deal. What's in the actual bill we submitted is what people should be focusing on."

The congresswoman also accused conservatives of "pouncing" on her after they quickly expressed their alarm over the upload of the document. "The right is so intellectually bankrupt that they have to point out minor errors like the accidental publishing of a frightening far-left document like the Manifesto, rather than discussing our sound, grounded plan that doesn't in any way represent a leftist takeover of the entire economy."

"But while Republicans point out little mistakes like this, I'll just be over here slaying lewks while we work on our socialist agenda to topple America," she said.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  1 week ago

WATCH: Rashida Tlaib Is In Trouble For Anti-Semitism AGAIN

The new far left Democratic freshman are really making a name for themselves. And not in a good way.

Just this past week, you had Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) with her debacle, the Green New Deal, that was mocked so much they pulled the FAQ off her website and then claimed it was a “draft” that had been mistakenly uploaded (and mistakenly sent to news agencies).

Then Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) called for defunding the DHS and made an anti-Semitic comment that drew the ire of both sides of the aisle.

Now comes some more troubling news about Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

If you’ll recall, she’s the freshman Rep. known for saying about President Donald Trump to an audience that we should “impeach the mother**cker.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib in 2006 wrote an op-ed column for Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication founded by Louis Farrakhan, in the latest tie to emerge between the congresswoman and anti-Semitic figures.

Tlaib authored the column in 2006, while working as the advocacy coordinator for the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), two years before she first won election to the state legislature. Tlaib was described as a “guest columnist” in the article, which argued against deporting immigrants found guilty of “minor offenses.”

Final Call describes itself as “the official communications organ of the Nation of Islam” and was founded by the group’s leader, Farrakhan, according to Final Call’s website.

Farrakhan’s history of unapologetic anti-Semitism including describing Jews as “satanic” and praising Hitler as a “very great man,” was well established by 2006.

Tlaib has not responded to request for response on the issue.

Tlaib has already come under fire for her ties to other anti-Israel radicals including her key fundraiser Abdel-qader Maher, who promotes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Facebook and Palestinian activist Abbas Hamideh, who attended her swearing in, supports Hezbollah and believes Israel shouldn’t exist. Tlaib denied knowing Hamideh.

Linda Sarsour is also one of her supporters and attended the swearing in.

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.,

TheHill

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Washington Post fact-checkers said Monday that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-N.Y.) claim that Green New Deal documents had been "doctored" was "misleading," but would not be awarded any Pinocchios.

“No one created ‘doctored’ versions of the Green New Deal that included these outlandish proposals,” wrote Post fact-checker Salvador Rizzo.

“Most of the criticism she is responding to was based on documents from her office," he added.

Ocasio-Cortez was roundly criticized last week for proposals in the Green New Deal, which she sponsored, that included eliminating all air travel and the government paying people who are "unwilling to work."

The freshman lawmaker later tweeted that there were multiple "doctored" Green New Deal resolutions and FAQs "floating around."

Rizzo also took issue with a Trump tweet that the resolution would eliminate "all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military."

“There’s a case to be made that the criticism about ending airplanes and cows was a stretch to begin with, since the resolution didn’t mention any of that and the FAQs were not definitive on those points,” Rizzo wrote in the Post.

“But Ocasio-Cortez has now disowned the FAQs and the statements that went beyond the resolution,” the fact-checker concluded. “The line about providing for people 'unwilling to work' has been walked back completely. So we won’t be awarding any Pinocchios in this kerfuffle.”

The paper applies Pinocchios in rating public statements, ranging from one to four Pinocchios depending on the degree of the lie, with four being the most egregious.

Ocasio-Cortez and the Post fact-checking unit have traded criticism in the recent past.

On Jan. 25, an article by fact-checker Glenn Kessler had assigned three Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez over a comment she made during an interview that "a vast majority of the country doesn't make a living wage."

Kessler disputed that "a vast majority of the country" was not making a living wage, while also noting that Walmart and Amazon pay more than the minimum wage.

Ocasio-Cortez took issue with Kessler's rating, questioning whether he should use a "Walmart-funded think tank as reference material for wage fairness."

"That’s like citing the foxes to fact-check the hens. Here’s 4 Geppettos for your contested Pinocchios," Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter not long after the fact-check was published.

Kessler fired back at the congresswoman about the study used for the fact-check, saying it had been complied by Jason Furman, who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama administration.

"Since @AOC accused The Fact Checker of relying on a Walmart-funded think tank paper when we fact-checked her, we need to set the record straight," Kessler tweeted. "She's wrong. Don't always believe what you see on Twitter. The article has been updated with a note explaining the provenance."

Updated at 4:56 p.m.

Frontpage Mag

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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.”

iPatriot

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The Democrats’ and President Trump’s positions on the wall are diametrically opposed. Hillary Clinton insists: ‘There’s No National Emergency At Our Border’*; while the President insists we have a National Crisis.

Obviously, someone is lying. Just consider the facts:

Drug Cartels have turned Mexico into an extremely dangerous and violent country. In 2018, Mexico suffered 40,000 murders. A Mexican Mayor was shot and killed the day he took office. Just today, Hugo Figueroa, a cattle rancher was kidnapped, tortured, tied up and then killed. In 2018, Cancun had 540 homicides. Last week, dismembered body parts were dumped outside the Mayor’s office. In January 2019 alone, there were another 30 executions in Cancun.

Drug Cartels bribe Mexican Politicians and get co-operation in return: In a NY Court, El Chapo’s accountant admitted they regularly bribe Mexican politicians; and that they paid a $100 million bribe to former President Enrique Pena Nieto The Mexican Government, in turn, colludes with the Cartels; provides temporary visas, food and housing for the illegals; and clears the way for the busses to bring them to our border.

El Paso is a major smuggling route for drugs, illegals and even Islamic Terrorists: Today, the President had a massive rally at the border. Beto O’Rourke (D) who represented El Paso, claims Ciudad Juarez, just across the border, is perfectly safe and the wall is unnecessary. Yet in 2018, 1123 people were murdered in Ciudad Juarez vs 23 in El Paso. Juarez is renowned for beheadings, gunfights, kidnappings and drug trafficking; and is among the world’s most dangerous places, and the most dangerous city in the Western Hemisphere!! El Paso itself is headquarters of a sophisticated narco-terror ring operated by two of the FBI’s most wanted.

The Border Patrols says they are completely overwhelmed by Central American Migrant Families There was a 70% rise of illegals in FY 2019. The El Paso Sector (New Mexico and parts of West Texas), witnessed a 1,588% rise of illegals in Jan ‘19 compared to Jan ‘18. Multiple 12,000-strong caravans are on the way. According to Gallup, 42 million Latin Americans want to enter America, 5 million plan to enter within the next 12 months!!

Various Entities, including the American Taxpayer, are providing the funds for the smuggling operation: These “penniless” migrants are very well dressed. Someone is soliciting them; supplying them with new clothes, knapsacks, sleeping bags, food and lodging; and paying for their busses. Democrats and Leftist billionaires who want their votes and cheap labor are supplying funds via NGO’s they control. The UNHCR is in Mexico supplying funds for “migrants.” But ultimately, a large amount comes from the American taxpayers themselves. We provide money to our government, which provides a major portion of the UN & its UNHCR budget. Thanks to our corrupt Judges; we are forced to provide funds for attorneys for illegals who haven’t even entered America; health care for those who arrive sick; and board and lodging for the nearly 100% of those who arrive and claim “asylum.”

Bringing illegals into America is big business. Drug Cartels collect people from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador and bus them to the border. Drug Cartels use the strategy of tying up border patrol by sending in large family groups through remote areas and then moving drugs through other locations. The cartels also smuggle Islamic Terrorists at double the fee of regulars. These Special Interest Aliens, (SIA’s) are stashed in Acala and then mingled with illegals attempting the crossing.

The Cartels collect up to $15,000 per person they bring in, about $50 million a month. Illegals frequently borrow the cost of their passage from relatives/friends in America. But illegals remain under the control of the coyotes. Some smuggle in drugs to pay for their transport. Some use their US benefits &/or wages to “pay back” the “costs” of their transport. Others remain, slaves of the cartels, working for a pittance and even working as sex slaves. Allowing a massive influx of illegals into America results in America also falling under the control of Drug Cartels.

The Cartels’ Drug Business is estimated to bring in a staggering $40 Billion a year: They bring in 90% of the deadly Fentanyl and 70,000 Americans have died each year. On January 31, 2019, Customs and Border Patrol seized enough Fentanyl to kill 115 million people. Court records show how wealthy the drug lords are: Juan Carlos “Chupeta” Ramirez Abadia, told jurors that he forfeited a Billion in assets. Vicente Zambada, the son of El Chapo Guzman’s partner, told the court he also forfeited a Billion.

Democrats never support Americans, not even when MS-13 gangs kill us. MS-13 has taken control of many American cities. Last week, an MS-3 gang member shot and killed a man at a subway platform in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ NY district! Illegals commit a huge number of crimes against Americans, including 4000 murders; but Democrats argue they are not as bad as native Americans, as though that is a reason to bring more illegals in here. Democrats won’t even allow Gold Star Moms and Dads to speak of their murdered family members.

Illegals are bringing in Third World diseases, long eradicated in America: Diseases like drug-resistant TB, Chikungunya, Dengue Fever, Meningitis, Hepatitis, flesh-eating bacteria and even medieval diseases like Typhus, are popping up all over California. Typhus epidemics are now raging in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Huntington Beach.

Drug Cartels are helped by Democrats’ public funding of drug use & protection of criminal illegals. We give money to the government, which gives addicts EBT cards, which are converted into cash to buy drugs from dealers. Thus, our money goes up the chain to the Cartels. Democrat politicians further Cartel business by creating “sanctuary cities;” writing laws like CA’s AB47 and AB57 which minimize penalties for cartel members who use and sell guns engage in drug dealing etc; refusing to hand over convicted criminal illegals for deportation and instead releasing them onto our streets. Democrats’ demonization of ICE as Racists, Nazis, Hitler, KKK are just another means of protecting Cartel agents. Right now, Democrats are trying to convert all of America into a Sanctuary Country by holding up wall funding; demanding reductions in the number of ICE agents, restricting ICE’s ability to detain illegals, and capping the number of criminal aliens who could be deported.

Drug Cartels Businesses are promoted by Democrats who affirmatively encourage increased drug use by providing free needles (41,000 a month in San Francisco alone); creating “safe spaces” for drug addicts to inject their drugs; allowing public vagrancy; and failing to provide proper drug treatment or even pass laws which would force addicts to go into treatment. As a result, Democrat-controlled cities like San Francisco, Portland and Seattle are now Third World shit holes with massive mounds of trash, feces, rats and used needles. In Portland, because of harassment and threats by the homeless, residents make a 911 call every 4 minutes! See: Portland, Shithole City: Capital of Antifa, Drug Addiction, Degeneracy & Depression.

Drug Cartel Businesses are protected by Democrat Politicians who insist on keeping the border open at all costs. They make absurd arguments: the wall is immoral, racist, costs too much, won’t work, won’t deter illegals, people can climb over or dig under etc. But 65 countries have built walls since the Berlin Wall fell. Hillary, Nancy, Chuck and Hollywood hypocrites all have armed bodyguards and live behind walls. They claim they “want to secure the border;” but Democrats are doing everything in their power, using Congress and corrupt judges, to prevent President Trump from securing the border. Obviously, they want the border kept open.

Why do Democrats want open borders? If we built a wall, everyone would have to come in through our ports of entry; and the Cartels couldn’t make $50M/month smuggling illegals. Smuggling drugs would also be much more difficult, and this would cut into the Cartel’s $40B/year drug business.

Pretty obviously, Democrat Politicians are colluding with the Drug Cartels. Equally obviously, exactly like Mexican Politicians, American Politicians are also accepting funds from the Drug Cartels.

Meantime, ordinary Americans are being replaced by Illegals. We think we’ll be able to vote out the Democrats. But they are importing illegals and giving them the right to vote. Therefore, our votes will no longer matter. In California alone, more people voted that there were adults who could vote!! Obviously, illegals voted. The Democrats and the Swamp will continue to rule us; except they will replace American citizens, who will not vote for them; with illegals, who will.

Are you still going to sit silently while they do everything possible to destroy our PresidentTrump? Or are you going to use all your energies to help him win again so he can protect our country?

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

America First with Sebastian Gorka

Published  1 week ago

For years, the Democratic Party has made it their mission to smear Republicans of all walks of life as being nothing more than bigots, haters, misogynists, and anti-Semites. Of course, this is not true. But, unfortunately, the libel has stuck in the minds of many people. Republicans have long accused their Democratic interlocutors of being the real bigots and anti-Semites. Since the 2018 Midterm election, which saw the elevation of the most radical “democratic socialists” into office, these claims have been validated. In particular, the new darlings of the “Fake News” Industrial Complex–Democratic freshmen Representatives Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to name just a few–are virulent anti-Semites.

By now, we’ve all heard about the vicious tweets Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) issued over the last six years regarding Israel and the (according to her) malign influence of Jewish groups in American politics. When elected, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) stood proudly in front of her congressional office’s official world map and was photographed smiling as she placed a Post-It Note right over Israel which had written in bold red ink the word, “PALESTINE.” For her part, Cortez has aligned herself with radical anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli groups and made anti-Israeli statements throughout her strange rise to stardom in the Democratic Party.

All three of these members are also proud supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanction (BDS) movement which seeks to have the United States cut off and punish a fellow democratic state which is also under constant threat from radical Islamic terror–Israel–in order to empower the very same terrorists both the United States and Israel are waging war against. Despite the fact that she has been consistently, publicly called out for her extreme position on the tiny, free nation of Israel, Ilhan Omar has doubled-down on her previous anti-Semitic stances. As the United States Congress prepares to make its annual trip to Israel (courtesy of the bipartisan pro-Israel group, AIPAC), Ilhan Omar tweeted an Anti-Semitic statement out to Republican House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, saying that the trip was “all about the Benjamins” for McCarthy and his fellow travelers to the Holy Land.

A pernicious, age-old anti-Semitic smear that has been bandied about Jewish people is that they use their vast sums of wealth to buy the loyalty of non-Jews, in order to negatively impact whatever country they are living in. Ilhan Omar has long sullied herself and the Democratic Party by proliferating such racist tropes on the internet. What’s shocking is that she continues doing so, despite being in a high elected office; despite the fact that she’s a member of the prestigious House Foreign Affairs Committee, who routinely receives classified intelligence on the threats that Israel is facing; and that she is now–as a freshman Congresswoman–going after the highest official of the opposing party in the House in such a visceral way.

Democrats not only get treated differently by their fellow officeholders for being disrespectful, they are also held to a different standard by the media. Omar is upset that a legal, pro-Jewish group is taking a bipartisan group of American lawmakers to Israel, in order for them to see that which free Jewish people have built in a land lacking major natural resources, while being surrounded on all sides by countries that want to eradicate this small, pro-American democracy.

In response to Ilhan Omar’s egregious tweets about AIPAC and Israel, Omar’s own party leaders–led by the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), took to the presses to denounce her blatant Anti-Semitism. Although, Representative Omar has yet to apologize for her remarks. And, for all of the consternation from the Democratic Party’s leadership, they have yet to remove Congresswoman Omar from her prestigious committee assignments or take any real action to discipline her for her obscene Anti-Semitic comments.

The Left defends Omar saying that she is merely stating the obvious about a lobbying group (AIPAC). Omar attempts to castigate Kevin McCarthy and other lawmakers who are taking the trip as their being influenced by AIPAC (the implication being that she is not influenced by outside sources and therefore she must be above such factors). But, few acknowledge that pro-Palestinian and pro-Islamic groups have major influences over American politics as well. The idea that the pro-gun groups, pro-Social Security groups, and pro-Palestinian groups should be allowed to continue lobbying the government, but pro-Israel and pro-Jewish groups, such as AIPAC, should not is anti-Semitic.

Ilhan Omar has held herself up as the “Democrat of the future.” In many respects, she is. Omar is relatively young, she has little experience, it’s not clear what, exactly made her qualified to gain high office; she is an avowed socialist, and she disdains the Jewish people and denies their right to lobby the American government. The Democratic Party has always held extreme views on the major issues, but, in the past, they were considered a safe place for American Jews. With the rise of the Democratic House Freshman Class of 2018, this false narrative about the DNC is shattered.

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.

Yahoo

Published  1 week ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Joaquin Castro have announced new legislation they intend to introduce as part of an effort to block Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration over the US-Mexico border.

The Democratic politicians pointed to the National Emergencies Act that provides Congress the ability to “terminate the President’s emergency declaration”, according to Mr Castro.

In a tweet following the announcement, Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive freshman representative from New York City, wrote: “@JoaquinCastrotx and I aren’t going to let the President declare a fake national emergency without a fight.”

The legislation was announced shortly after the president held an event in the White House Rose Garden where he declared a national emergency and begrudgingly agreed to sign a congressional spending bill that did not include the billions of dollars he had requested for a wall to be built across the nation’s southern border.

“The order is signed,” the president declared on Friday. “We will have a national emergency and we will then be sued, and they will sue us in the 9th Circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling and then we’ll get another bad ruling and then we’ll end up in the Supreme Court.”

Mr Trump added that he hoped the nation’s highest court would provide a “fair shake” as an exhaustive legal battle now emerges surrounding one of his most fundamental campaign promises.

The president’s move followed a rare show of bipartisanship when lawmakers voted Thursday to fund large swaths of the government and avoid a repeat of this winter’s debilitating five-week government shutdown.

His insistence on wall funding has been a flashpoint in his negotiations with Congress for more than two years, as has the resistance of lawmakers in both parties to meeting the president’s request. West Wing aides acknowledged there was insufficient support among Republicans to sustain another shutdown fight, leading Mr Trump to decide to test the limits of his presidential powers.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Mr Castro said “dozens” of other Democratic lawmakers have signed onto the bill seeking to block the president’s national emergency. However, it remains unclear whether any Republicans will support the measure.

Mr Trump’s vision for the wall already has been substantially scaled down since his campaign for the White House, when it was to be built of concrete and span the length of the 1,900-mile border and be paid for by Mexico. Now, he’s looking to build “steel slats” along about half of the 1,900-mile stretch, relying on natural barriers for the rest. Previous administrations constructed over 650 miles of barriers.

The White House said the president would not try to redirect federal disaster aid to the wall, a proposal they had considered but rejected over fears of a political blowback.

I Love My Freedom

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President Donald Trump and former Texas Democratic lawmaker Robert "Beto" O'Rourke held dueling rallies on Monday night, and one major thing stood out. Both Trump and O'Rourke held rallies on Monday night in El Paso, Texas,

Washington Examiner

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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.

The Gateway Pundit

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Last Thursday, Commie princess Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her radical ‘Green New Deal’ plan on her website.

It was a complete disaster.

The Green New Deal is a Communist scam that included guaranteed income for Americans ‘unwilling to work.’

The 14-page Commie wishlist also included a plan to transition to all electric cars and completely eliminate airplane travel — because trains over the ocean is a genius idea!

The Democrats also want to get rid of cow flatulence — which means all cows would be eliminated.

Within hours, the Green New Deal was yanked from Ocasio-Cortez’s webpage.

Campus Reform asked students at University of Miami if they supported Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal — the students all loved the “progressive” plan…until they found out what’s really in it.

“I like that it’s progressive, that it’s gonna push the world forward,” one student said, while another added, “just from knowing who’s endorsed it and some other little things, it sounds great.”

One student had a more serious view of the plan, saying, “if we didn’t do that, we’re going to be killing ourselves.”

“I view it favorably,” another said, while one more added, “it’s definitely a great idea.”

However, after finding out what the Green New Deal is really about, the students quickly changed their tune.

“It doesn’t sound like something I would be behind,” one student admitted after hearing the details of the plan. Another added, “sometimes you need to take extreme measures to save the environment, but I think this is too extreme.”

“I think that’s drastic…” another student conceded.

VIDEO and partial transcript via Campus Reform:

Dan Bongino

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In this episode I address the disastrous rollout of the Green New Deal, and the ridicule that ensued as the details went public. I also address the growing consensus that the real Russian collusion scandal involves the Democrats and key Russian players. Finally, I discuss a devastating new tax in New Jersey and the real reason the Democrats want to shut the government down this week.

News Picks:

Liberals are lying again, and twisting the numbers, to make it appear that Trump raised your taxes.

A new report indicates that drug smugglers are using the caravans to smuggle illegal drugs into the country.

Russian collusion between the Democrats, and the Russians, is very real.

Why is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez lying about her “Green New Deal”?

Here’s the link to cached version of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website she claims doesn’t exist.

Andy McCarthy’s new piece paints a grim picture of the continued witch-hunt against President Trump.

Fox News

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U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., lashed out at President Donald Trump on Monday after he ridiculed the freshman lawmaker’s controversial “Green New Deal” during a rally in El Paso, Texas.

Trump derided the Green New Deal – an economic stimulus concept designed to fight income inequality and climate change – as a “massive government takeover over that would destroy the incredible economic gains” the U.S. has made under his administration.

“Sounds like a high school term paper that got a low mark,” he quipped.

Ocasio-Cortez scoffed at the president’s evocation of literary aptitude, retorting: “Ah yes, a man who can’t even read briefings written in full sentences is providing literary criticism of a House Resolution.”

She then quoted a Washington Post article which claimed that “Reading the intelligence book is not Trump’s preferred ‘style of learning,’ according to a person with knowledge of the situation.”

BORDER PATROL ARRESTS 330 IN NEW MEXICO, MANY OF THEM UNACCOMPANIED MINORS

Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal is widely seen as a litmus test to determine moderate Democrats from the party’s progressive wing. Among the policies more radical proposals is to provide “Economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” and a 10-year goal to reach net zero carbon emissions, according to a list of “frequently asked questions” that had been posted on Ocasio-Cortez’s official website.

The president’s campaign-style rally in El Paso on Monday comes amid the ongoing border wall debate. Hours before taking the stage, lawmakers reached “an agreement in principle” to fund the government and avoid yet another partial government shutdown.

Fox News' Gregg Re contributed to this report.

Washington Examiner

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Richard Vogel/AP

Angered with efforts by House and Senate Democrats to cut funding for President Trump’s border wall and ICE facilities that hold criminal illegal immigrants, dozens of U.S. sheriffs are storming Capitol Hill Monday to more money to enforce immigration.

“We are at wits end on this,” said Bristol County, Mass. Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson. “This really is a catastrophe,” he said of the anti-Trump proposal backed by Democrats including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Hodgson is one of 60 key sheriffs meeting with the House Freedom Caucus on the steps of the U.S. Capitol today before hitting individual House and Senate offices to lobby for wall and ICE funding. He spoke to Secrets from the bus transporting him and sheriffs from Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio to the Hill.

Over the weekend, Secrets reported that two national sheriffs groups, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Major County Sheriffs of America, delivered letters to House and Senate immigration negotiators to warn against Democratic efforts to put a cap on the number of criminal illegal immigrants that can be held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The groups said that about 8,300 criminal aliens would have to be immediately released if the cap went into effect. They also said that about 90 percent of all illegal immigrants held by ICE in the nation’s “interior,” versus border facilities, have criminal records.

The issue is one that has stalled negotiations, threatening a second government shutdown later this week.

Both sheriff groups are meeting in Washington this week.

Hodgson said that his jail holds some 200 criminal illegal immigrants and he bluntly said that if any were to be freed, they would go out and commit more crimes.

“We’d have to release these people to go out and commit more crimes,” he said.

He also charged that threats to ICE funding, made by lawmakers including Ocasio-Cortez, and cuts to the cap on how many criminal illegal immigrants can be held, is a bid by Democrats to please their liberal base of supporters.

“They put our people at risk just to take care of their political agenda,” said Hodgson, a leading spokesman among the nation’s 3,000 sheriffs for immigration enforcement.

A similar charge was made by Republicans. National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Bob Salara emailed today, "House Democrats have become so deranged by their hatred of President Trump that they've found ANOTHER reason to shut down the government. This time, three weeks after voting for a funding bill that placed no restrictions on detaining criminal illegals, they're demanding a cap on the number of criminals ICE is allowed to detain for deportation."

Hodgson expressed dismay that ICE would be required to stop arresting criminal illegal immigrants once a cap of 16,500 was met. He said that no other class of criminals is subject to an arrest cap, and that it endangers the country.

Critics on Capitol Hill of ICE, he said, “ought to be ashamed of themselves. And that’s why we are mobilizing.”

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.

LifeZette

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Don't we want American patriots who care about our safety?

New York Post

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It’s a progressive civil war.

A hot-under-the-collar Mayor Bill de Blasio tore into Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday as he blistered both the online giant and local politicians who opposed bringing it to Queens.

“As a progressive my entire life — and I ain’t changing — I’ll take on any progressive anywhere that thinks it’s a good idea to lose jobs and revenue because I think that’s out of touch with what working people want,” the mayor said on WNYC radio.

Ocasio Cortez (D-Bronx/Queens) — who lobbed bombs at the $3 billion incentives package offered by city and state leaders — said Thursday that Amazon’s withdrawal from the deal showed that “everyday Americans still have the power to organize and fight for their communities and they can have more say in this country than the richest man in the world.”

The audio clip, played by WNYC host Brian Lehrer as he questioned de Blasio over Amazon’s shocking decision to withdraw, set the mayor on a tear.

“I came up watching the mistakes of progressives of the past, unfortunately what happened in this city when it almost went to bankruptcy in the 1970s,” said a boiling de Blasio. “I saw all the times progressives did not show people effective governance and all the times progressives made the kinds of mistakes that alienated working people.”

“Working people are very smart and very discerning. They want jobs, they want revenue, they want the kinds of things that government can do for them,” he added. “They understand they have to be paid for.”

City and state politicians promised Amazon $2.5 billion in tax credits, a $500 million state construction subsidy and the ability to sidestep the city’s laborious zoning process to bring the company’s promised new campus and its 25,000 jobs to the Long Island waterfront.

The company stunned New York on Thursday when it announced it was pulling out in the face of opposition from local neighborhood groups and some local Queens politicians.

Conservative News Today

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is dismissing questions of ethics violations after it was revealed she had given her boyfriend a congressional email account. The democratic socialist came under fire Friday after a tweet emerged showing a screenshot of an official House email address and noting her boyfriend Riley Roberts had been placed on staff, Fox News reported. Political […]

americanthinker

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Last week's most overlooked news was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealing herself as a champion of the "Reconquista" war against Europeans. The Mexican Reconquista movement is an openly admitted effort by Hispanic activists to take "back" California (Southern especially), New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas through immigration and activism. This is one of several driving forces behind allowing illegal immigration.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-Venezuela) dominated news on February 7 appearing at a rally to abolish or defund the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. The same day, Ocasio-Cortez joined other liberal Members of Congress in unveiling her "Green New Deal" (green evidently referring to envy, not the environment).

Almost lost amidst this furor were Ocasio-Cortez's comments that immigration laws should not apply to indigenous people: As reported in the UK's Daily Mail -- with full video shown:

But she vowed Thursday to defund ICE completely and claimed Latinos should be exempt from criminal proceedings and immigration laws because they are descended from Mesoamerican cultures that preceded the United States.

'We are standing on native land,' she claimed, speaking just outside the U.S. Capitol. 'And Latino people are descendants of native people. And we cannot be told, and criminalized, simply because for our identity or our status. Period.” [emphasis added]

Massive protests demanding amnesty swept the country in 2006 and 2007: "This is unjust. This land used to belong to us and now they're trying to kick us out," complained Sandra Molina, a junior from a Los Angeles Magnet High School. Joel Rubin and Cynthia H. Cho, "High School Students Extend Immigration Protests Into 4th Day, Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2006.

This is a longstanding, persistent effort to seize the Southwestern and Western United States and Texas. However, this threat to the U.S.A. "must not be named" in polite establishment political company. This truth is treated as a conspiracy theory. The Washington Times reported as far back as 2006 in Mexican Aliens Seek to Retake 'Stolen' Land:

La reconquista, a radical movement calling for Mexico to “reconquer” America’s Southwest, has stepped out of the shadows at recent immigration-reform protests nationwide as marchers held signs saying, “Uncle Sam Stole Our Land!” and waved Mexico’s flag.

Even as organizers urged marchers to display U.S. flags, the theme of reclaiming “stolen” land remained strong. One popular banner read: “If you think I’m illegal because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history because I’m in my homeland.”

"We need to change direction,” said Jose Lugo, an instructor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder at a campus march last week. “And by allowing these 50,000, 50 million [immigrants] to come in here, we can do that.”

During 2018, many remarked that caravans of invaders were carrying the flags of the nations they were supposedly "fleeing" instead of the flag of the U.S.A. where they sought refuge. Trespassers were very interested in celebrating the countries they came from but contemptuous of the U.S.A. they wanted to occupy. For at least two decades, open borders advocates have marched with the flags of Mexico and Central American countries. They burned the U.S. flag.

The Washington Examiner also reported in 2006:

Hundreds of thousands of people have marched in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Denver and other U.S. cities since late March to protest a proposed federal crackdown on illegal immigration, and often the crowds have waved flags of Mexico, Guatemala and other countries.

The first thing to understand about Reconquista is that while it is perhaps not the official policy of Mexico, it might as well be. Current and former top Mexican government officials and advisers, for example, routinely co-host with leaders of U.S. groups like the National Council of La Raza, the League of United Latin American Citizens and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce seminars of the Foundation for Solidarity of Mexico and America, according to Hector Carreon of the Aztlan Communications Network.

The basic aim of FSMA, which is a key convergence point of open-borders advocacy in both countries, is uninterrupted immigration from Mexico to the U.S.

Hispanic rights activists postulate a land called Aztlan, originally extending up to the State of Oregon, all of Texas, and the Western third of the U.S.A. They want to seize the Southwest of the United States and Texas and (re)create a new, independent nation. They envision that they are taking "back" this land.

And this is a persistent, long-running campaign: VDARE links to many original sources in its report on the "Plan of San Diego" to give a detailed analysis from newspaper reports of the period, including: "In January 1915, authorities arrested a man near the border who carried a copy of a revolutionary manifesto. It called for a Tejano armed uprising to reclaim much of the Southwest for Mexico. It also called for Anglo males over age 16 to be killed." And: "The second half of 1915 and first half of 1916 witnessed 30 terrorist invasions of Texas sponsored by the government of Mexico..."

Some of the more explicit groups are La Raza Unida, the Brown Berets, the Nation of Aztlán, and the university student group MEChA. Since they lack the military power to accomplish this, they champion illegal immigration as a way of occupying the land of Aztlan, converting it to their culture, and eventually pushing for independence.

In reality, of course, these populations do not speak Mayan or Aztec or any Native American languages. They speak Spanish. Their names are Spanish. Their cultural features are Spanish. The Conquistadors -- the Spaniards from Europe -- conquered and occupied South America, Central America, and the islands of the Caribbean basin. But they claim the United States as well.

There can be little doubt that Ocasio-Cortez lacks the education and analytical ability to comprehend any of this, but she has joined this movement with both feet. Sandy is not a victim of oppression. Sandy is a victim of the educational malpractice of the left, who have severely harmed millions of her peer group.

Breitbart

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attempts to spin away a talking-points memo filled with absurd details about her Green New Deal.

National Review

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can name her work as she sees fit, but it’s in no way a ‘plan’ or a ‘program.’ It’s a wish list.

What Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has thrust upon our national conversation is not, in any sense, a “Green New Deal.” It does not resemble a Green New Deal. It does not approximate a Green New Deal. It does not so much as represent the shadows or the framework or the embryo of a Green New Deal. It is, instead, the inchoate shopping list of a political novice who has managed to get herself elected to Congress and believes that this has turned her into a visionary.

As is her prerogative, Ocasio-Cortez can name her work as she sees fit. But her document is in no manner a “plan.” It is in no context a “program.” It is in no way an “approach.” It is not an outline, a manifesto, a statement, or a catechism. It is, rather, an all-compassing wish list — an untrammeled Dear Santa letter without form, purpose, borders, or basis in reality. It is not even “green,” except in that peculiar, mind-wrecking way that “intersectionality” seeks to make everything part of everything else, and thus leads to Planned Parenthood insisting that “Net Neutrality is reproductive justice” and to the Democratic Socialists of America proclaiming that we can’t possibly fix our algae problems until we institute union card check. Debates over the minutiae may fill the hours on cable news, but it does not, in fact, much matter whether the FAQ had been perfectly edited before release, or whether the PDF had been appropriately updated by its author, or whether the language in section 2, subsection 5 had been properly reviewed by the committee. It does not matter, either, whether Ocasio-Cortez eventually manages to get half the press corps or all of the press corps to cover for her disingenuousness. FAQ or not, the work deserves no serious evaluation beyond grim, derisive laughter. Clearly panicked by what Ocasio-Cortez was doing to her nascent majority’s agenda, Speaker Pelosi described the document disparagingly as a “green dream.” Tangerine Dream would have been closer to the mark. But Edgar Froese had talent.

At Waco, the authorities agreed to a cease-fire so that David Koresh could finish his “book” — the contents of which, a thorough “decoding of the Seven Seals” of Revelation, would be dictated to him by God. Next to Ocasio-Cortez’s work, what Koresh bashed out onto his floppy disk resembles the finest theology of Aquinas. Quite what has possessed a 28-year-old, unmarried, childless bartender to consider herself capable of redesigning the entire world within a decade remains steadfastly unclear. Indeed, it does not seem to have occurred to either Ocasio-Cortez or to the more experienced politicians who have willingly become her disciples that they are endorsing a revolutionary screed penned by a person who has never so much as dealt directly with a local school board. At this point in her life, Ocasio-Cortez has no experience of anything much at all. She has no history of business ownership; she boasts no military service; she exhibits no vocational skills; she has raised no children; she has not dealt seriously with a zoning committee or a regulatory agency or a union boss; she has not written, amended, or influenced a single alteration to the legal regime under which we live. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with this state of affairs. To each his own, and good luck to all. But Jeffrey Lebowski did not fancy himself as Lenin.

Emerging from the two-year coma that our president’s pernicious ubiquity has induced, the Democratic party is having a tough time of late. There is a considerable difference between how policy ideas sound behind closed doors and how policy ideas sound when spoken aloud in a vast, boisterous, recalcitrant republic — a difference that has clearly surprised those who were unaware that, Trump or no Trump, there is still no great appetite in America for post-birth abortion, for the abolition of private health insurance, or for breezy anti-Semitism masquerading as authenticity, and that there is likely to be even less enthusiasm for rebuilding every structure in America, or for phasing out airplanes, or for destroying our current sources of energy while ruling out the only reliable alternatives.

Having returned from the wilderness, the savvier among the Left’s insurgent politicians grasped quickly that they were digging themselves into a hole and moderated their language accordingly. But Ocasio-Cortez, who suffers from the same auto-immune deficiency as Roy Moore, Steve King, and Ilhan Omar, has made no such adjustment. Egged on by a sizable coterie of fanatical cheerleaders, and inspired by her unassailable self-confidence, Ocasio-Cortez has come to see herself as a general fighting a war, and to regard those who criticize her even mildly as saboteurs, malignant interests, or unimaginative has-beens of the Age she was sent to vanquish. The exit from the dream will be a sour one.

Fox News

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Hours after Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren kicked off her 2020 campaign, President Trump tweeted he would see her on the “trail,” twisting the knife deeper into a potent political wound.

Trump is relishing a match-up with Warren because he views her as damaged beyond repair. On that point, he might have found a rare piece of common ground with his liberal opposition. In the aftermath of the recent scandal around Warren, a column in her hometown Boston Globe – which has always treated the Cambridge Democrat with kid gloves – declared: “With latest revelation, Elizabeth Warren can’t beat Donald Trump.”

The president is partly responsible for Warren’s campaign being on life support. By using his bully pulpit to introduce a mass audience to the Native American controversy that has followed Warren since 2012, Trump goaded Warren into releasing the results of her DNA test last fall.

WARREN FORMALLY LAUNCHES 2020 CAMPAIGN, MAKES NO MENTION OF NATIVE AMERICAN CONTROVERSY

But at its core, much like Hillary Clinton’s email server, the fiasco is a problem of Warren’s own making. It’s a result of her being deceitful about questions about honesty and integrity. It’s never really been about ancestry – it’s always been about character.

From high cheekbones to family lore, Warren has trotted out a range of excuses to explain her decision to self-identify as a minority. But she has never addressed why her ethnicity changed – or whether it benefitted her professional career.

Last week’s bombshell revelation came from the Washington Post, which found conclusive evidence that Warren had called herself an American Indian. The smoking gun came in Warren’s own handwriting on her application to join the Texas bar in the 1980s.

The revelation shed more light on Warren’s bizarre decision last week to proactively apologize to a leader of the Cherokee Nation. Her best efforts to get ahead of bad news did no good.

From high cheekbones to family lore, Warren has trotted out a range of excuses to explain her decision to self-identify as a minority. But she has never addressed why her ethnicity changed – or whether it benefitted her professional career.

Warren was soon back in all-out apology mode. Give her credit for one thing: Warren may be lagging in the polls, but she’s the undisputed leader of the Democratic apology tour. Ironically, during her first campaign for public office in 2012, Warren was demanding apologies from her opponent, then-Sen. Scott Brown (on whose campaign I served as communications director) when he raised similar questions. Now, the issue is the same, but the apologies are coming from the other side.

Warren’s presidential exploratory committee endured a rocky first month. The rollout of her only significant policy proposal, a wealth tax, didn’t go off without a glitch. First, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, hardly a right-wing demagogue, dismissed the scheme as “probably unconstitutional.” Then phenom freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, stole headlines with her own 70 percent tax proposal.

Since her New Year’s Eve announcement, at least seven viable contenders – including four fellow Democratic senators – have joined the field with dozens more potential heavyweights not far behind. One of her colleagues, Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif, has eclipsed Warren not just in media coverage but also fundraising dollars. Harris raised $1.5 million dollars in her first 24 hours as a candidate, a haul nearly four times larger than Warren’s $299,000.

Which brings us back to the other fundamental problem of Warren’s candidacy. Hardly 24 hours after announcing, Warren’s news cycle was hijacked by another liberal Democratic senator, Minnesota’s Amy Klobuchar. By Monday, as a fresh news week begins, the political world has already moved on, and Warren feels a lot like yesterday’s news. Meanwhile, there are still dozens of other Democratic luminaries – including former vice president Joe Biden and last time’s runner-up, Bernie Sanders – moving closer to campaigns of their own.

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Even if Warren could do what Hillary Clinton couldn’t and put her character questions to rest, the damage is done. That bell can’t be unrung. Unlike 2016, liberal voters drawn to Warren’s message have other options to choose from. If you think Warren’s attacks on free enterprise or her wealth distribution schemes are what this country needs, there’s a host of other candidates to choose from without Warren’s scar tissue.

In a press conference with reporters before her announcement, Warren was asked if she was considering dropping out. She avoided the question, but the political consequences of her past decisions have caught up to her and won’t be ignored – by the media, her opponents or voters.

Colin Reed is a former campaign manager for Scott Brown and is a Republican strategist and managing director at Definers Public Affairs, a Washington, D.C. communications firm.

Dan Bongino

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) slammed the mainstream media for for burying the most egregious proposals in Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal “frequently asked questions” (FAQ) document, Fox News points out.

In an interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show, the Senator discussed the Green New Deal at length and what it would mean for the United States.

In particular, Cotton was disturbed at how the media was “complicit” in covering up some of the most outrageous parts of the radical plan as outlined in the FAQ document released onto the Congresswoman’s website; specifically where it promises to provide jobs for every person in the United States and where it suggests the government will provide “economic security” for those “unwilling” to work.

A few hours after the FAQ document made its debut on the Ocasio-Cortez’s website, it was removed and directed to a “404 error” page.

“I understand the Democrats that proposed this immediately tried to retract that white paper that went along with their resolution,” Cotton said. “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.”

Cotton said the Green New Deal is exactly what Democrats desire for the country.

“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.”

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MAGAMEDIA

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Democrats are crazy. That’s all there is to it. Just plain crazy. The latest negotiations regarding the border wall have had lackluster results to say the least. Their latest demands call for…

Conservative News Today

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s witless remarks calling to “protect God’s creation” earned her scathing rebuke from many pro-life advocates. Among them was former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who asked the California Democrat if God’s creation did “not include protecting babies as well.” Pelosi announced the creation of the Select Committee on Climate Crisis and […]

Mail Online

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The entire House Democratic leadership and prominent Jewish lawmakers had come down on Omar for saying Republicans defend Israel because wealthy American Jews pay them.

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.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

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It seems that freshmen Democrats Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are in a neck and neck race to see who can generate the most negative press with gaffes or bad remarks.

Ocasio-Cortez jumped out to a big lead with the debacle of the Green New Deal.

But then Omar called for the defunding of the DHS.

And now, she’s made another comment that many believe is anti-Semitic.

It came after Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he might pursue action against Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) for prior anti-Semitic statements.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald tweeted about McCarthy’s comments.

And Omar responded, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby .”

Wow, that’s bad.

Sure sounds like an anti-Semitic trope to me.

She then made it worse after a journalist asked who did she think was paying American politicians.

And then she retweeted a comment which said “she might as well have call us hook-nosed.” She later deleted the retweet.

Her comments lit up the internet from both sides of the aisle.

New freshman Democrat Rep. Max Rose from New York called her out:

She then even blamed the blowback on “GOP smears.” Because apparently pointing out her own words is a “smear.”

This is only her latest comment. In 2012, she tweeted that “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. She only apologized for that comment last month.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

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Hannah Bleau

Watch: Hypocrite AOC Is At It Again

It wasn’t too long ago that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was whining about affording rent in DC. She’s really big on “housing affordability.” She gets it, except no she doesn’t because she ended up renting a luxury apartment in DC.

After fretting about whether she’d be able to afford rent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia’s Navy Yard neighborhood, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.

Interesting, that.

According to the Free Beacon, even dinky studio apartments in that building cost over $2,000 a month.

The Washington Free Beacon is not disclosing the exact building Ocasio-Cortez lives in due to safety concerns expressed by her office.

Her office pushed back against the notion that it was hypocritical for Ocasio-Cortez, who has made housing affordability one of her top policy concerns, to move into a luxury building. A spokesman pointed out 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.

I get that her office was trying to troll, but they honestly just make her look like an even bigger hypocrite. Practice what you preach, sister.

HAHA– so she’s a double hypocrite. That’s how socialists roll!

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

President Donald Trump has mocked Democrats’ new radical policy, the “Green New Deal,” which calls for the elimination of fossil fuels in a decade, plus guaranteed income for all Americans “unwilling” to work.

The plan, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday, quickly gained the endorsement and co-sponsorship of several major presidential candidates, as well as eleven Senators and 67 House representatives.

Republicans are thrilled at the prospect of their rivals embracing a policy that promises to wipe out massive portions of the American economy, and the president is no exception.

Trump tweeted on Saturday evening: “I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!”

I think it is very important for the Democrats to press forward with their Green New Deal. It would be great for the so-called “Carbon Footprint” to permanently eliminate all Planes, Cars, Cows, Oil, Gas & the Military – even if no other country would do the same. Brilliant!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019

The latter point — that no other country would follow America’s example — is crucial, because developing nations like China are rapidly outpacing the U.S. as a source of carbon emissions. They have resisted efforts by developed countries to impose uniform restrictions on fossil fuel use, arguing that they deserve the opportunity to grow their economies and liberate their citizens from poverty, just as industrialized countries did in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Republicans have already begun attacking Democrats who have embraced the Green New Deal.

For example, CNBC reports that Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign manager, responded to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) launching her campaign on Saturday with a statement noting her support for the Green New Deal: “The American people will reject her dishonest campaign and socialist ideas like the Green New Deal, that will raise taxes, kill jobs and crush America’s middle-class.”

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.

theweek

Published  1 week ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is back with another head-turning economic theory.

The freshman congresswoman debuted her Green New Deal bill on Thursday, which aims to overhaul the U.S. economy and eliminate carbon emissions. Despite a slew of Democratic backers, NPR says the bill is unlikely to pass — especially with Ocasio-Cortez's current far-left proposal to pay for it all.

Ocasio-Cortez's proposed 70 percent income tax on the mega-wealthy ended up being more popular than politicians and billionaires thought. But in a Thursday NPR interview, Ocasio-Cortez also declared we also have to "break the mistaken idea that taxes pay for 100 percent of government expenditure." She argued for a "combination of" taxes and deficit spending, essentially saying it's worth increasing the deficit if an idea might "actually pay for itself" through job creation later on, and that lawmakers could regulate inflation with strategic taxes down the line.

Essentially, Ocasio-Cortez is continuing to argue for Modern Monetary Theory — something she said "absolutely" needs to be "a larger part of our conversation" in a recent Business Insider interview. The theory says that because governments can literally print money, "they can spend as much as they like," Politico explains. "Inflation is the only obstacle" that should stop the presses, The Week details here. In short, it's a big, untested idea for a big, untested plan.

Read more two columnist's opinions on why the theory would and wouldn't work here at The Week. Kathryn Krawczyk

The Daily Signal

Published  1 week ago

Anthony B. Kim researches international economic issues at The Heritage Foundation, with a strong focus on economic freedom. Kim is the research manager of the Index of Economic Freedom, the flagship product of the Heritage Foundation in partnership with The Wall Street Journal. Read his research.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are popularizing the philosophy of democratic socialism, especially among younger age groups.

Meanwhile, the Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) are gaining influence on college and high school campuses, claiming to have organizing activities planned at more than 250 campuses across the nation.

The YDSA website describes the group’s vision as “a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, economic planning, equitable distribution, feminism, racial equality and non-oppressive relationships.”

Many on the right question this vision, pointing to countries such as Venezuela and Cuba as examples of socialist disasters. Democratic socialists claim those countries implemented socialism “incorrectly” or that other factors are to blame.

They prefer to cite Norway, Sweden, and Denmark as examples of socialist success. There are, however, several key problems with that.

First, these countries are not technically socialist. By the YDSA’s definition, socialism entails a centrally planned economy with nationalized means of production. Although these countries have high income taxes and provide generous social programs, they remain prosperous because of their free-market economies.

Denmark ranks as the 10th most economically free country in The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom, which cites free-market policies and regulatory efficiency as reasons for the high standard of living. Sweden is ranked 15th and Norway 23rd, both with similar descriptions of thriving private sectors and open markets.

These three countries are clearly not operating under centrally planned economies, or their economic freedom scores would be significantly lower.

Second, the success of these countries is clearly based on a capitalist foundation, and it predates the expansion of social programs. Sweden, for example, became a wealthy country in the mid-20th century under a capitalist system with low tax rates.

Social programs and high tax rates were not implemented until the 1970s, which caused the economy to significantly underperform and unemployment to rise.

In recent years, Sweden has been privatizing socialized sectors, such as education and health care, cutting tax rates, and making welfare less generous. Even though tax rates and government spending remains comparatively high, open-market policies generate the revenue to support the spending.

Finally, these countries are largely homogeneous and have a culture that is conducive to a large welfare state. Scandinavians are described as hardworking citizens with extremely high levels of social trust and cohesion.

By contrast, America is a much larger country with lower levels of social trust, and therefore, a comparison is difficult to assess. Norway, Denmark, and Sweden are not democratic socialist countries that the U.S. can be accurately compared with, and could be better described as “compassionate capitalists.”

As such, the “democratic socialists”—as they define socialism—are left with no successful examples of their vision, only disastrous ones.

RedState

Published  1 week ago

“That’s as serious as a heart attack. This is worse than we had anticipated,” the governor said

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a stark announcement this week in regards to the state budget. Following the implementation of his new budget last month he came out to announce that over the course of December and January New York state saw a shortfall of $2.3 billion in tax revenue.

This is an object lesson for many on the left who feel the rich are a static group they can always depend upon to soak for more funds at their own discretion. The concept is that there is no fluidity in the options of the wealthy, and they will always be there. Andrew was met with a stark reality.

Cuomo painfully admitted he would now need to cut the state budget as a result of the loss of wealthy residents. The top 1% of New York’s wage earners supply 46% of the income tax revenue. Target them, and some will seek out tax havens elsewhere. Cuomo, of course, looked to place the blame elsewhere.

The pain felt by Cuomo was palpable. “SALT was an economic civil war,” he said, referring to Trump’s tax plan by employing hyperbole. “It literally restructured the economy.” Cuomo claimed this was an intentional attack on Democratic states, made to benefit the Republican states.

What he was referring to was the component in the Trump tax cut that limited the deductions that could be taken for state and local income taxes. The tax code made no provision for particular states, just in reference to those with existing income taxes. Of course, lost on Cuomo is that most states with an income tax — and even additional municipal IT — trend to the Blue. His confiscatory taxes are not the cause, it’s that damned Trump and his lack of deductions!

Also lost on the Governor is the rare argument he is making here; he is upset that the rich are unable to make a tax witholding. That is something he, and numerous other Democrats (such as the Representative from his state, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) frequently complain about in speeches. The rich are always demonized for “not paying their fair share” (I return to the 1%/46% ratio mentioned earlier), but now select Democrats are calling for the rich to be granted the chance to have more tax cuts made available.

The Governor also seemed strained to say that the solution was not to go after more of the wealthy income earners, because that would exacerbate the flight of those tax payers, and looking at solutions. “I don’t believe raising taxes on the rich. That would be the worst thing to do. You would just expand the shortfall,” he said.

“God forbid if the rich leave,” he said, mournfully. It boggles to actually hear those words escaping his lips. But, welcome to the tax party Andrew. Better late than never.

Conservative Media

Published  1 week ago

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attacked federal immigration officers on Thursday after an illegal alien MS-13 gang member, who had 12 prior arrests, allegedly murdered someone on Sunday in her district, which is a sanctuary city.

“This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in America right now,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is not a political issue. Children dying in detention centers should not be a partisan concern. It should be a universal concern for every American in the United States.”

“ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.

“We’re here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime.”

“I will not give one dollar to black-box detention facilities that think that some people in this country are deserving of constitutional protections and others are not,” Ocasio-Cortez added.

“We are a land of laws, what that means is that every person that steps foot on this soil deserves … to have access to our Bill of Rights.”

Ocasio-Cortez also attacked President Donald Trump over his State of the Union address, where she begrudgingly stood and refused to clap when he championed cracking down on child sex trafficking.

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments attacking Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents comes just days after alleged MS-13 gang member Ramiro Gutierrez, 26, allegedly murdered someone in Ocasio-Cortez’s district.

Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) calls for ICE to be completely defunded

Earlier this week, an illegal alien MS-13 gang member, who had 12 prior arrests, allegedly murdered someone on a subway in Ocasio-Cortez's district. pic.twitter.com/aNNyxbXUjX

“Gutierrez was arrested by authorities on Monday and charged on Tuesday with second-degree murder, gang assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. The victim has been identified as Abel Mosso, a 20-year-old reported member of the 18th Street Gang, a rival gang of MS-13,” The Daily Wire reported.

“The brutal video shows a group of men wrestling on the ground. The shooter, allegedly Gutierrez, then unloads six shots, reportedly at the victim’s face. As chaos ensues from horrified passersby, the suspect flees the scene, leaving his victim’s lifeless body.”

“The MS-13 gang member charged with shooting dead a rival on a New York subway platform in broad daylight had 12 prior arrests and was free on $2,500 bail following an attempted murder charge,” The Daily Mail reported.

The New York Post noted that “cops bent over backward Tuesday to shield alleged killer Ramiro Gutierrez from public scrutiny after his arrest for Sunday’s broad-daylight slaying in Queens — going so far as to feed reporters bogus information about his whereabouts and claim ignorance on his illegal status hours before President Trump’s State of the Union Address renewing his request for a border wall.”

President Donald Trump also addressed the brutal killing during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

“The savage gang MS -13 now operates in at least 20 different American states and they almost all come through our southern border,” Trump said.

“Just yesterday, an MS-13 gang member was taken into custody for a fatal shooting on a subway platform in New York city. We are removing these gang members by the thousands, but until we secure our border, they are going to keep streaming right back in.”

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Henry Rodgers, DCNF

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dodged questions Friday about the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, after the New York Democrat previously protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ocasio-Cortez invited a sexual assault survivor, who made news after protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The representative said she has not looked into the allegations against Fairfax in a hallway interview on Capitol Hill.

“I have not looked at all into the situation,” Ocasio-Cortez said when asked if she believed Fairfax’s accuser.

This comes as five Democratic senators who condemned Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct allegations refused to acknowledge the allegations against Fairfax when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday. The senators all dodged the question or acted like they had not heard about it when asked if the same standard should be applied to Fairfax as it was applied to Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in 2018.

Fairfax was hit with his second allegation of sexual misconduct Friday afternoon.

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Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

Negotiations on a spending accord needed to avert a government shutdown Friday have nearly collapsed, and Republicans say it’s because House Democrats are pushing for new limits on how many illegal immigrants agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement can detain this fiscal year, including violent felons.

“Currently there is no cap,” a senior Republican aide close to the negotiations told the Washington Examiner. “They want to put in a cap and have criminals count against it so the number gets smaller and smaller.”

The impasse threatens to end any chance of a deal that can be passed in time by both the House and Senate.

“We would have to have something ready by tomorrow and at this point we won’t be ready,” a second GOP aide said.

A senior Democratic aide disputed the Republican position and said the vast majority of detainees are not felons. “What we are doing is trying to have a limit on the number of [detention] beds,” the Democratic aide told the Washington Examiner. “That’s about ensuring that the administration is prioritizing the deportation of violent criminals.”

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told "Fox News Sunday" the talks had stalled over Democrats demanding caps on ICE detentions. In order to detain illegal immigrants there must be a bed for them, and a cap on beds would limit the number of detentions.

The Democratic aide called Shelby’s morning talk show comments “an intentional lie.”

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., a top appropriator and one of the negotiators, issued a statement defending the call for a cap on detentions.

"For far too long, the Trump administration has been tearing communities apart with its cruel immigration policies," Roybal-Allard said. "A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country."

The partisan tension escalated as staff for Republicans and Democrats over the weekend worked out the details of a deal that can be passed by Congress and sent to President Trump by Feb. 15, when a temporary spending bill runs out. In addition to staff talks, Shelby and House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey, D-Calif., have been negotiating directly this weekend.

The talks hit a wall when House Democrats on the negotiating team demanded the cap on the average daily population held in detention by ICE be capped at 16,500 individuals between enactment and the end of fiscal 2019, which ends on Sept. 30.

That provision was included in a proposal introduced by Lowey and fellow Democrats last month. According to that document, the cap aligns with the number of individuals ICE arrested and held in the last three months of the Obama administration.

Democratic negotiators are insisting the 16,500 number must include the thousands of illegal immigrant felons ICE arrests and detains as well, Republicans told the Washington Examiner. “That’s a nonstarter,” one of the two senior GOP aides said.

The aides said they believe the Democrats are pushing for the cap as “a nod” to the party’s “abolish ICE” faction, which includes freshman star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Republicans are staunchly opposed to including illegal immigrant felons in the proposed cap. The list would also include those charged with a felony or other serious crime, including crimes against a person, drug crimes, gang activity, and violent crimes.

Democrats, the GOP aides said, agreed to exclude those charged as terrorists from the cap, but Democrats insist all other felons should count against it.

Overall, there are currently court-adjudicated removal orders for 180,000 illegal immigrants, including those who have committed felonies.

The spending talks stalled as the two parties were moving closer to funding new border barriers. There is still no final agreement, however, on exactly how much funding to provide and numbers range from $1.3 million to more than $2 billion, the senior Democratic aide said.

Negotiators have not yet agreed to what kind of barriers or where on the border they should be installed.

Republican aides described the negotiators as “still trying to move toward each other” on the barriers.

Daily Wire

Published  1 week ago

Embattled anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is scheduled to speak alongside a senior charity official who has praised the killing of Jews on social media.

Diamond & Silk

Published  1 week ago

President Donald Trump called out socialism during the State of the Union address.

In a stirring moment he said that American would “never be a socialist country.”

“We are born free, and we will stay free,” Trump declared.

With the rise of socialism and some young people in the United States thinking of it as an attractive alternative, Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips decided to ask some people who might have cause to know what they thought of socialism.

He interviewed a group of people who had escaped from the socialist terror that is gripping Venezuela.

“What would be your message to people who think socialism would be a good idea here?” Phillips asked the people.

“I don’t think any Venezuelan can really like socialism because we’ve seen it put in place very well,” another woman replied. Later in the clip she added, “We also thought that this could never happen in our country. We had a balance of powers. We had democracy and we elected our leaders.” Yes, they did, and they elected a democratic socialist who was charismatic and who promised Venezuela would never make the tyrannical mistakes made in Russia. And yet, here we are.

Another woman answered, “It doesn’t work the way the book says it works because we’re human and we have imperfections and socialism is too perfect to be true.”

I really like that answer. Socialism really is tremendously appealing to young people who don’t know better. A clever demagogue can make it sound like utopia is just around the corner. I mean a world where every need is met sounds great in theory. But in practice it doesn’t work out that way. As you centralize government power, ostensibly to meet needs of the least of these, you create an incentive for unscrupulous thieves and liars to seize that power and wield it to maintain themselves in luxury indefinitely. And the premise of socialism, that the collective is more important than the individual, makes it increasingly hard for the mistreatment of any individual to matter. After all, you can’t start a revolution without breaking a few eggs.

And an older man gave a clear warning. “Bernie Sanders is your enemy. Do not ever get involved with this individual or any of the other socialists.”

Good advice.

Hopefully, millennials will keep it in mind and not be seduced by the promises of free everything and the blandishments of people like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Fox News

Published  1 week ago

Chrissy Teigen made an offer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez could not refuse – pizza and a chance to hang out and watch the Grammy Awards together.

The model and co-host of “Lip Sync Battle” tweeted at the freshman Democrat who represents New York’s 14th congressional district asking her if she wanted to join her get-together that would also include “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

“[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] hello my hero, do you wanna come over and watch the Grammys with us? There will be pizza,” Teigen wrote.

She wrote later that Ferguson will also be there.

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“Jesse will be here! Help me!! Tell her we are normal,” Teigen wrote.

Ferguson tweeted that Ocasio-Cortez could have his portion.

The congresswoman responded to the invite with an enthusiastic yes.

“Yes! We can live-tweet me burning something in the kitchen,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.

“Perfect! We have extremely different strengths except I still sometimes burn things,” Teigen replied.

Last year, Ocasio-Cortez made headlines after winning her party’s nomination in an upset primary against longtime incumbent Joe Crowley. After November’s election, Ocasio-Cortez defeated her Republican challenger, Anthony Pappas, becoming the youngest female elected to Congress at age 29.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Hot Air

Published  1 week ago

Finland’s Social Insurance Institution just released results from a two-year experiment with Universal Basic Income. The plan was simple. Instead of only giving unemployment benefits to people who are out of work, Finland would randomly select 2,000 people who would receive a monthly payment whether or not they worked. This guaranteed income was supposed to encourage people receiving it to take more jobs or even start new businesses. But that’s not what happened. From the official press release:

‘On the basis of an analysis of register data on an annual level, we can say that during the first year of the experiment the recipients of a basic income were no better or worse than the control group at finding employment in the open labour market’, says Ohto Kanninen, Research Coordinator at the Labour Institute for Economic Research.

The recipients of a basic income had on average 0.5 days more in employment than the control group. The average number of days in employment during the year was 49.64 days for the recipients of a basic income and 49.25 for the control group.

The proportion that had had earnings or income from self-employment was approximately one percentage point higher for the recipients of a basic income than for the control group (43.70% and 42.85%). Then again, the amount of earnings and income from self-employment was on average 21 euros lower for the recipients of a basic income than for the control group (€4,230 and €4,251).

There are two caveats here that need to be mentioned. The first is that while this two-year experiment is now over, the assessment of the data is taking place with a one-year delay. In other words, this conclusion is based on just the first half of the data that was collected. The final comprehensive results including year two of this experiment won’t be released until early 2020. So, if you’re a fan of UBI, you might hold out hope that year two will be better. The second caveat is that while the experiment didn’t produce any significant changes in employment or earnings, it did make people receiving the payments feel a bit better:

According to the survey, the recipients of a basic income perceived their wellbeing as being better than did the control group. 55% of the recipients of a basic income and 46% of the control group perceived their state of health as good or very good. 17% of the recipients of a basic income and 25% of the control group experienced quite a high degree or a very high degree of stress.

‘The recipients of a basic income had less stress symptoms as well as less difficulties to concentrate and less health problems than the control group. They were also more confident in their future and in their ability to influence societal issues’, says Minna Ylikännö, Lead Researcher at Kela.

I find this exasperating. I’ve written about Universal Basic Income experiments before and it annoys me that researchers feel this is a significant area of study. Was there really any serious chance that free money would make people feel worse? Why can’t we just stipulate up front that free money makes people happy? But no, it’s always treated as if this were an important and unexpected result of these experiments.

But the bottom line here is that this did not produce the results that its supporters hoped it would. That seems like a significant and timely result given that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just proposed some sort of UBI as part of her Green New Deal and most of the Democratic candidates for president have already signed on to it. We may already be at the point where UBI is a goal of the Democratic Party.

There’s a good video summary of the results here but it’s not embeddable so you’ll have to click over to see it. BBC also did a story which tracked a couple of recipients over the two years of the experiment. Their individual experiences seem to track pretty well with the reported results, i.e. it didn’t really help them work more but it made them feel good:

Finally, I found this compilation clip interesting. This is four different people—Elon Musk, Ben Shapiro, Sam Harris, and Jordan Peterson talking about UBI. Musk seems to think it’s inevitable. Shapiro takes more of a wait-and-see approach. Both Musk and Peterson suggest the real problem with the idea is that work provides people with something like meaning which can’t be replaced with a government check:

New York Post

Published  1 week ago

WASHINGTON – Netflix shelled out an eye-popping $10 million for rights to a documentary about young upstarts running for Congress starring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Deadline first reported the amount the streaming giant paid for “Knock Down the House,” a film that followed four women vying for office during the 2018 election cycle.

The website said it was the largest sum ever brokered at a film festival for a documentary.

Of the four contenders, only Ocasio-Cortez won.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival late last month.

Ocasio-Cortez was headed to the premiere, but pulled out a day before her planned appearance, citing “complications from the government shutdown.” The shutdown had ended the day before.

She instead appeared via video at the screening.

Since then “Knock Down the House” has won Sundance’s Festival Favorite Award.

NBC4 Washington

Published  1 week ago

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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Katrina Pierson

Published  2 weeks ago

As reported by Daily Caller

Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed on Thursday that Latinos have a right to migrate into the United States because they descend from Native Americans.

“We have to have respect for children, respect for families, respect for human rights and respect for the right to human mobility because it is a right,” Ocasio-Cortez told a crowd while speaking out against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“It is a right because we are standing on native land, and Latino people are descendants of native people,” she continued. “And we cannot be told and criminalized simply for our identity or our status.”

The self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist joined three of her fellow progressive congresswomen in calling for Democrats to reject any measure that funds additional appropriations to immigration enforcement.

Ocasio-Cortez, along with Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Aryanna Pressley of Massachusetts have been promoting an anti-ICE/CBP petition which was first circulated by left-wing activist groups including Move On, United We Dream and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), reported The Hill. The petition has over 200,000 signatures.

The New York congresswoman notably brought a CPD executive director, Ana Maria Archila, to the State of the Union address as her guest. The Open Society Foundation, which was founded and funded by George Soros, is one of CPD’s largest donors, giving millions to the organization over the past few years.

“Until they can make a good faith effort to expand and embrace immigrants in this nation that have always been a core element of American democracy, until they can prove good faith to an America ideal, they do not deserve any resources for their radical agenda,” Ocasio-Cortez told the crowd.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Streaming giant Netflix apparently did not pay a penny in federal or state income taxes despite posting profits exceeding $845 million, according to a review of their tax filings.

The online entertainment service reported a profit of more than $845 million in 2018, but also reported a $22 million federal tax rebate, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the Daily Mail wrote.

ITEP noted that Netflix is still “exploiting loopholes” in the tax code that helped it gear up to become one of the nation’s leading entertainment companies.

The group also said that the streaming service reported paid $131 million in taxes in 2018, but most of that was paid to foreign governments.

“It is pretty clearly true that Netflix’s cash payment of worldwide income taxes in 2018 was $131 million,” ITEP Senior Fellow Matthew Gardner said. “But that is a worldwide number—the amount Netflix actually paid to national, state and local governments worldwide in 2018. This tells us precisely nothing about the amount Netflix paid to any specific government, including the U.S.”

But Gardner adds that the notes to the report tell a more detailed story.

“The notes to the financial statements have a detailed section on income taxes,” he said. “And what this tells us is that all of the income taxes Netflix paid in 2018 were foreign taxes. Zero federal income taxes, zero state income taxes in the US.”

Netflix seems to be doing just fine, and may not be in need of the massive tax breaks it enjoyed for 2018.

For instance, the streaming service recently shelled out a record ten million dollars to purchase the broadcast rights for a documentary that followed the primary run of self-avowed socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

CNS News

Published  2 weeks ago

(CNSNews.com) - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) gave a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday criticizing President Donald Trump for his State of the Union Address, noting, among other things, that Trump did not make an issue out of “climate change.”

“He talked about the future of America and didn’t even mention climate change,” Schumer said. “How could you do that?

“Every scientist who has studied its knows that in the next 10, 20, 30 or 40 years, climate change is going to evoke huge changes in our country and in our world,” Schumer continued.

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“If you believe in the future and you want to have a good future for our children and grandchildren, which we all do, you can’t ignore climate change,” Schumer said.

“You may have different views on it, but you can’t ignore it,” he said.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said in a videotaped interview two weeks ago: “And I think the part of it that is generational is that millennials and people, in Gen Z, and all these folks that come after us are looking up and we’re like, the world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change.”

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Rantt

Published  2 weeks ago

Democrats probe Trump's corruption, Nancy Pelosi claps back at the State of the Union, Jeff Bezos makes a consequential accusation, and more in week 107.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

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.

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Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Nikki Haley, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, took to social media to respond to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s tweet that said, “We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come. That is why today, we named members of the Select Committee on Climate Crisis. #ActOnClimate.”

“Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome,” Haley tweeted:

Does God’s creation not include protecting babies as well Madame Speaker? A committee on that issue would be welcome. https://t.co/gV54ROiYfn

Pelosi announced the committee and its members on Thursday, which does not include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who unveiled her Green New Deal climate change resolution on the same day.

The Democratic Party has been under fire from pro-life advocates for recent abortion legislation signed into law by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and comments by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on the subject.

The “Reproductive Health Act” permits abortions up to the time of birth for the broadly termed ‘health’ of the mother and revokes the requirement for medical care for babies born alive after a failed abortion,” according to the Liberty Counsel. The law also repeals language that classified the death of the child in the womb as a homicide.

Pro-life supporters have long pointed to the inconsistency in the legal treatment of the unborn child in cases involving violence against the pregnant mother leading to the baby’s death versus when the mother chooses to have an abortion.

The pro-life community has responded to recent legislative action supporting late-term abortions, including the legalization of those abortions in New York and a failed attempt to make a similar law in Virginia.

MAGAMEDIA

Published  2 weeks ago

Netflix recently purchased a documentary featuring Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for $10 million. The film, featured at the Sundance Film Festival, garnered much press for Cortez, and a few awards.

“Knock down the House” follows several Progressive candidates during the 2018 midterm elections, and Alexandria was the only winner among them.

Interestingly enough, due to a Supreme Court FEC ruling, no government can deny the airing of this film. For some reason I’m reminded of the Obamas right now. It’s no secret they have the attention of Netflix, as they now have a say in their program, and a lucrative contract to produce and guide content.

Is this some Deep State plan to push Socialism to the masses? To help undermine our own system? Surely people realize by now, Socialism just doesn’t work.

“Progressive” sounds positive, but it’s simply “Socialism.” Societies whose economies fail under Socialism inevitably becomes Communist out of need. We all know how well things went for the Soviet Union after the people finally rose up during the coupe. We know what’s happening in Venezuela as well, as the people starve and riot.

Socialism kills.

I’m not sure if Alexandria got any money personally from the deal, but I do know the film will have some sort of impact on elections, and due to the FEC ruling, that’s completely legal.

Is this the new route? They can’t manipulate us through Social Media enough, although they are consistent with their practice of Conservative censorship; so they’re turning to a larger platform…Netflix. Fake News already does a fantastic job at molding and shaping opinions, and the general public being fed films made to show “how great socialism and the people involved with it” is, is a scary concept.

Today’s young millennial voters are the ones we need to watch out for. They will eventually overtake the current demographics by sheer numbers alone. The idea of everything should be free is very tantalizing to them, and sure, I get it…it just isn’t practical.

I’m sure we’ll see much more from platforms like Amazon Prime and Netflix in the coming months. I’ve already personally noticed quite the anti-Trump, SJW feel on both of them. Browse through the documentaries, look at the new shows, listen to the trailers…it’s filled with anti-American, Social Justice Warrior propaganda. Some of it is quite subtle…

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds, and whether the plan to secretly invade every home with Socialist ideas will pan out. I’m ready to watch, popcorn in hand. I’ll tell you about it sometime.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

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.

MAGA Daily Report

Published  2 weeks ago

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her friends in the radical wing of the Democratic party finally unveiled their green new deal. It is a debacle - a naive effort at staying politically relevant devoid of any real plans

Washington Examiner

Published  2 weeks ago

One of the favorite comebacks Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, has to anybody dismissing the Green New Deal as an absurd fantasy is to point to large-scale projects in the past such as the New Deal, the highway system, and the moon landing.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 weeks ago

While some national Democrats have called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, many national Democrats have been doing everything they can to avoid commenting on the imploding Democratic scandal in Virginia.

This of course was a marked difference from how they approached the uncorroborated allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Then they had no problem commenting, saying that Kavanaugh should withdraw, not be confirmed or have an FBI investigation.

And now with a second woman coming out and accusing Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax of rape, America Rising tried to track down Democrats in Washington, D.C. to get them on record.

The most notable person that they cornered was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

She, like others, refused to stop to answer the questions and kept running, saying, “Haven’t looked at all into the situation,” despite being a national story for a week.

“As Special Counsel, Brett Kavanaugh proposed a series of totally inappropriate + sexually explicit questions about Monica Lewinsky,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the day after the Kavanaugh allegations surfaced. “Today he stands accused of sexual assault. How could any Senator allow his nomination to proceed without investigation?”

Other Democrats that America Rising confronted included Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

All of them either ignored the question or said they didn’t know anything.

To be fair, Ocasio-Cortez is likely still working on the question of how to use rail to eliminate the need for air travel.

Lawyers for the second accuser, Meredith Watson, said they had evidence that Watson had told people immediately about the rape in 2000.

Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the first accuser, claimed that Fairfax had forced her to perform oral sex.

Fairfax is denying both allegations and refusing to resign.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

On his Friday radio show, talker Dennis Prager offered his theory on the motivation behind the Democratic Party’s push for a Green New Deal, an effort spearheaded by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Prager argued the Green New Deal was an example of those behind the cause needing a “purpose,” which he labeled as “leftists.”

“The vast majority of torture and mayhem of the 20th century was done in the name of equality,” Prager said. “It started in the French Revolution, which immediately descended into slaughtering human beings. It is a very, very scary vision, OK, just know that. It sounds great, that’s why it’s so dangerous. Racism doesn’t sound great, for good reason. It’s disgusting.”

“The pursuit of equality will lead to bloodshed, loss of liberty, loss of human rights, and the Green New Deal is an example,” he continued. “The death that will ensue in the United States of America, the mayhem, the suffering, if the government takes over all health — the problem is these people need a cause, that’s what it is. There is a soullessness to the Elizabeth Warrens of the world. They need meaning. They need a crusade. They can’t leave well enough alone. That’s a big part of leftism. This country is too free, too kind, too affluent. They need to screw it up. If they screw it up, they have purpose.”

Prager made a distinction between leftists and liberals.

“Liberals are not leftists, but liberals are naive and weak because they don’t confront the evil that leftism will bring about,” Prager added. “That they mean well is of such little consequence — do you know how much evil has been done by people who think they’re good? Nearly all of it. OK? Just want you to know.”

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 weeks ago

Is the Green New Deal a “massive government takeover?”

On its very face, it is, upending society as we know it.

But one of its sponsors, Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), can’t seem to make up her mind as to whether it is or it isn’t, telling two different stories in response to the same question in the matter of 12 hours.

On Thursday morning she was interviewed on the radio by NPR where she had no problem saying it was.

“As you know, congresswoman, one reason that people who are politically conservative are skeptical of efforts to combat climate change is that it sounds to them like it requires massive government intervention which they just don’t like,” host Steve Inskeep said. “Are you prepared to put on the table that yes, they’re actually right, what this requires is massive government intervention?”

“It does,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It does. Yeah, I have no problem saying that.”

But then later in the day, on MSNBC, she said this:

“One way that the Right does try to mischaracterize what we’re doing as though it’s like some kind of massive government takeover,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Uh, obviously what we’re trying to do is, well obviously it’s not that because what we’re trying to do is release the investments from the federal government to mobilize those resources across the country.”

Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro summarized the Green New Deal as set forth by Ocasio-Cortez:

…The proposal calls for the United States to be free of carbon emissions within 10 years without the use of nuclear power. It calls for every building in the United States to be replaced or retrofitted in green fashion. It calls for universal healthcare, free college education, the replacement of airplanes with high-speed trains, charging stations “everywhere” (this is the sort of exactness the proposal contains), replacement of “every combustion-engine vehicle,” government-provided jobs, family and medical leave, vacations, retirement security, and the abolition of “farting cows.” It also calls for total “economic security” for anyone “unable or unwilling to work.”

Sounds like a massive government takeover to any rational person.

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Another day, another absolutely mind-boggling comment from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

During a MoveOn.org event Thursday outside the Capitol building, Democratic Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts all joined forced to call for an end to funding the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Ocasio-Cortez began by arguing for the rights of those immigrating to the United States illegally.

“This is one of the most urgent moral issues and crises that we have in America right now. This is not a political issue. Children dying in detention centers should not be a partisan concern. It should be a universal concern for every American in the United States,” she said.

Ocasio-Cortez then claimed that President Donald Trump wants to “continue to militarize and weaponize” DHS and ICE by requesting additional funding.

“We’re here to say that an agency like ICE, which repeatedly and systematically violates human rights, does not deserve a dime,” Ocasio-Cortez stated.

Ocasio-Cortez also claimed that ICE should not receive funding for its “radical agenda” until it decides to “embrace immigrants.”

“I will not give one dollar to a secretary who does not care about her life and does not care to investigate a child’s death,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I will not give one dollar to black box detention facilities that think that some people in this country are deserving of constitutional protections and others are not.”

The 29-year-old former bartender turned socialist lawmaker then argued in favor of illegals coming to the United States because “we are a nation of laws.”

“We are a nation and land of laws. Not just some people are subject to laws and others are not,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

She added: “When we are a land of laws, what that means is that every person that steps foot on this soil deserves the consideration of due process. They deserve the protections. They deserve to have access to our Bill of Rights. That’s what makes this nation special.”

Omar then stepped up to the microphone and also called for Congress to cut all funding for DHS and ICE.

“We need to feel the pain and the struggle, the hopes, and dreams of the people who this president likes to demonize,” Omar said.

“For many of these families coming to our border, they are leaving situations where it is safer for them to risk starvation, to risk possible rape, to risk possible death because they know the smallest hope of survival is much more bigger and better than just standing still and waiting, waiting to not have a new opportunity to start anew,” she added.

Omar, who is currently engulfed with allegations of supporting anti-Semitic views, then claimed that illegal aliens who come to the U.S. are “detained and tortured.”

“In the United States, people are not welcomed that way. They are separated and processed, they are detained and tortured, and we can’t continue to allow it to happen, at least not under our watch.”

A member of Congress claimed that the president of the United States is torturing immigrants and the media has yet to hold Omar accountable for peddling a completely false claim.

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dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

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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Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

As details of the Green New Deal begin to emerge, it may lead to doom for the Democrats in 2020, American Enterprise Institute senior fellow Marc Thiessen argued Friday.

This week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., debuted their blueprint for a broad economic and environmental agenda that has been widely embraced by several 2020 candidates.

During the "Special Report" All-Star” panel, Thiessen -- along with Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti and Washington Post opinion writer Charles Lane -- weighed on how the Green New Deal may affect both parties in upcoming elections.

2020 DEMS EMBRACE GREEN NEW DEAL, AS GOP SEES CAMPAIGN GOLD

Thiessen began by declaring that Ocasio-Cortez is the “greatest thing that ever happened to Donald Trump and the Republican Party.”

“She is going to make the Democrats unelectable in 2020 by going down this path. The Democrats want to take your car, they want to take your house, they want to take health insurance, they want to take your air travel, and they even want to take away your hamburgers. That is the platform on which they are going to be running in 2020,” Thiessen told the panel. “The Republicans are going to wrap this around the Democrats’ necks like an albatross and ride it into the next election.”

"The Democrats want to take your car, they want to take your house, they want to take health insurance, they want to take your air travel, and they even want to take away your hamburgers."

— Marc Thiessen, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Lane expressed that it’s a “little overstated” for the Green New Deal to be a political dream for the GOP because the phrase itself polls pretty well, but conceded that Democrats who get behind the resolution will have to “defend a lot of hard-to-defend things.”

Meanwhile, Continetti told the panel that the Green New Deal may be “popular in the abstract” but will be “unpopular in the specifics.”

“I think it is intellectually dishonest because you have these grand plans, but you forswear nuclear power. There’s no way that we can even make a huge dent in our carbon emissions without embracing nuclear,” Continetti said. “There’s a sentence in Ocasio-Cortez’s document where she writes, ‘We’re going to guarantee economic security to people unable or unwilling to work.’ That would overturn the entirety of the American welfare state beginning with the New Deal. We’ve always provided for people who were incapable of working. She wants to say, ‘No, it doesn’t matter whether you’re capable or not. If you don’t want to work, we’ll take care of you anyway.’ This is a radical plan.”

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Newly empowered Democrats in Washington and statehouses across the country are flexing their legislative muscle with a host of tax proposals that would affect billionaires and blue collar alike.  

inthesetimes

Published  2 weeks ago

Community ownership of power is the most promising path toward equity, democracy and renewable energy.

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 weeks ago

This week, the far left Democrats including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) attended a rally that called for the defunding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Omar repeated that call against the DHS on Friday about an hour after ranting about and calling for the TSA to receive backpay.

Apparently Omar doesn’t know that the TSA comes under the DHS. If she doesn’t fund the DHS, then the TSA doesn’t get paid, as this reporter noted

Not to mention the other things that she would be defunding in addition to ICE and the CBP.

The Daily Signal

Published  2 weeks ago

The U.S. could cut its carbon dioxide emissions 100 percent and it would not make a difference in abating global warming.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Hollywood celebrities wasted no time to show their support for the radical socialist Green New Deal proposed by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez this week.

Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion

Published  2 weeks ago

The Green New Deal will be up for a vote in the presidential and congressional elections, whether establishment Democrats like it or not.

She’s a walking, talking social justice warrior soundbite machine, someone whose knowledge is a mile wide and an inch deep. Social media, where she excels, is perfect for shallow but woke wisdom.

At one level, she is the gift Donald Trump and Republicans could not have hoped for in their wildest dreams. Her wacky Green New Deal is so preposterous in many of its details and in its totality, it is a caricature. It’s a prime example of what I call Progressive or Parody?, where it’s “very hard to distinguish progressive political and social positions from parody.”

That four of the leading Democrat presidential candidates (Harris, Warren, Booker, Gillibrand) rushed to co-sponsor or endorse the Green New Deal will be a theme Republicans will drive home from today through Election Day 2020. That these four kneecapped themselves as General Election candidates is Ocasio-Cortez’s greatest accomplishment (for Republicans) so far.

At another level, though, Ocasio-Cortez should be taken seriously precisely because she is a character familiar to anyone who has spent time on campuses in the past two decades. She represents an ignorant ahistorical adoration for socialism that has captured a significant portion of the Democratic Party. Socialists like Ocasio-Cortez are the energy in the Democratic Party, which explains why presidential candidates immediately jumped on her bandwagon.

Capitalism versus Socialism is one battle line for 2020. Whether or not the ultimate Democrat nominee endorses the Green New Deal, the Green New Deal will be made to be the Democrat platform whether Democrats like it or not. Let’s have a vote on Capitalism versus Socialism.

At another level, it’s not just Capitalism versus Socialism. In listening to a 2015 audio of Mark Levin, I heard a term I had not heard before: Degrowth.

What is Degrowth? An academic association devoted to Degrowth describes it as follows:

Sustainable degrowth is a downscaling of production and consumption that increases human well-being and enhances ecological conditions and equity on the planet. It calls for a future where societies live within their ecological means, with open, localized economies and resources more equally distributed through new forms of democratic institutions. Such societies will no longer have to “grow or die.” Material accumulation will no longer hold a prime position in the population’s cultural imaginary. The primacy of efficiency will be substituted by a focus on sufficiency, and innovation will no longer focus on technology for technology’s sake but will concentrate on new social and technical arrangements that will enable us to live convivially and frugally. Degrowth does not only challenge the centrality of GDP as an overarching policy objective but proposes a framework for transformation to a lower and sustainable level of production and consumption, a shrinking of the economic system to leave more space for human cooperation and ecosystems.

Watch this video promoting degrowth, and it sounds a lot like the Green New Deal.

As Levin explains, the Degrowth movement is fundamentally at war with Capitalism, which is devoted to economic growth (transcription via Jeff Poor, Breitbart):

“In the last 15 year, many of the tenets of utopian statism have coalesced around something called the ‘degrowth movement,’” he said. “It is called the degrowth movement in Europe. It originates in Europe but is now taking a firm hold in the United States. The ‘degrowthers,’ that is what I call them, the ‘degrowthers,’ and like other words I’ve used in the past, it’ll be picked up. But that’s OK. The degrowthers include in their ranks none other than Barack Obama.”

The conservative talker pointed to aspects of the movement, which are in some forms parts of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-NY) “Green New Deal.”

“I am telling you, this environmental movement is a communist movement, and I’ve been saying it for years,” he continued. “Now what I have done is dug much deeper into this degrowth movement, which we have imported to the United States. All of this: class warfare, immigration, race-based attacks — all of it actually circles around this degrowth movement, which is an attack on a developed nation, our nation. You might have well had a cover on it calling it the ‘Communist Manifesto.’”

“So the Reds have taken over the environmental movement,” Levin later concluded. “That’s what so-called climate change and global warming are all about.”

Levin also discusses Degrowth in his book Plunder and Deceit.

So the battle lines in 2020 are not simply Capitalism versus Socialism, but Growth versus Degrowth.

Let’s have a vote on two fundamentally different ideologies. It’s a vote we can still win, for now.

Fox Business

Published  2 weeks ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauded news on Friday that Amazon is reportedly reconsidering its plans to build a second headquarters in New York City as it faces fierce opposition from some state and city officials.

“Can everyday people come together and effectively organize against creeping overreach of one of the world’s biggest corporations?” she wrote in a tweet. “Yes, they can.”

The New York Democrat, who represents the 14th Congressional District, has been a fierce critic of the e-commerce giant's proposed second headquarters in Long Island City, a neighborhood in Queens.

Like other opponents, Ocasio-Cortez slammed Amazon for accepting $3 billion in incentives to build in New York, despite being the most valuable public company on the planet and being owned by the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos. (In exchange, Amazon said it would create 25,000 high-paying jobs in the area, while investing at least $2.5 billion in the New York City area).

“Amazon is a billion-dollar company,” she wrote at the time. “The idea that it will receive hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks at a time when our subway is crumbling and our communities need MORE investment, not less, is extremely concerning to residents here.”

In November, after a year-long contest in which hundreds of cities around the country pitched themselves to the e-commerce giant, Amazon said it would split its second headquarters evenly between the New York City community of Long Island City and Arlington, Virginia.The deal was thrown into limbo this week, however, with the attempt to appoint state Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, a noted critic of the deal, to the state's Public Authorities Control Board, which could be the deciding force behind the development plan for Amazon. And if it's presented with the plan, will have the power to veto it, as first reported by The New York Times.

Gianaris told FOX Business that his ultimate goal is to see the deal “thrown into the garbage” if he has the chance. It’s unclear whether New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who helped to negotiate the closed-doors deal with Mayor Bill De Blasio, will approve Gianaris’ appointment to the board.

"The deal that is before us would be horrible for New York and horrible for the country and set the precedent of giving $3 billion to the wealthiest corporation in the company to pay them to come here, especially when many of us believe they were likely to come anyway," he added.

Breitbart

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Thursday on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said America’s two-party system was not ideal.

She instead suggested that “four or five” parties would be fine.

Host Chuck Todd asked, “Do you think it would be helpful for our system if we have four or five parties?”

Ocasio-Cortez said, “Four or five, I think that’s fine.”

Todd said, “It sounds like the two major parties, you feel like, don’t serve this well.”

Ocasio-Cortez answered, “Yeah I think that it’s totally fine to say that a two-party system is, especially in this time of gridlock, is sometimes a difficult thing to navigate. It’s a normal thing to say after these years and years and decades of gridlock. They are saying, maybe something here is structurally wrong.”

She added, “I think it’s a fine conversation to have.”

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.

Daily Wire

Published  2 weeks ago

Alexandrai Ocasio-Cortez has finally released her much-hyped "Green New Deal" proposal.

Conservative Fighters

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) excluded democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) from serving on the new climate change committee on Thursday, as she announced the Democratic members who will serve on the committee.

The New York Post reports that Pelosi “threw some serious shade on Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — denying her a coveted spot on a special panel on climate change and brushing off her Green New Deal.”

When asked about Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” during an interview with Politico on Wednesday, Pelosi appeared to dismiss Ocasio-Cortez’s plan.

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

The Tampa Bay Times reports that the following Democrats were selected to the new climate change committee: “Reps. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon, Julia Brownley of California, Sean Casten of Illinois, Jared Huffman of California, Mike Levin of California, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Joe Neguse of Colorado.”

“We have a moral responsibility to protect God’s creation for generations to come,” Pelosi tweeted. “That is why today, we named members to the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.”

Pelosi’s announcement coincides with Ocasio-Cortez’s Thursday release of “a ‘Green New Deal’ resolution … that calls on the United States to mobilize against climate change just the way the nation mobilized to fight World War II.”

“This is such a major watershed moment and I am so incredibly excited that we are going to transition this country into the future and we are not going to be dragged behind by our past. I’m so excited by that,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

“Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That’s what this agenda is all about.”

“Today is the day that we truly embark on a comprehensive agenda of economic, social and racial justice in the United States of America,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said when introducing her agenda to address climate change through her “Green New Deal” https://t.co/ONJZ1I4xma pic.twitter.com/QCZHpwLr5x

But the “Green New Deal” has many detractors.

“The excessive intervention Rep. Ocasio-Cortez calls for would be crippling for the environment, simply because it would slow the economic growth that makes green-energy advances possible to begin with,” Jason Pye opines at RealClearMarkets.

“Seemingly missed by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and other environmentally focused Democrats is that economic growth itself is the greatest friend of all to the green movement. Without addressing how effective are Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s solutions, they’re most likely to reveal themselves not through force, but thanks to prosperity that provides people with the means to alter their driving habits, use of electricity versus solar, along with how they eat, travel, dispose of trash, and seemingly everything else. Simply put, growth is what frees us up to focus our energies on fixing the world around us.”

“It’s no exaggeration to say that if implemented, the Green New Deal would upend our way of life and destroy the liberty and prosperity that Americans, of all backgrounds, currently enjoy,” Jarrett Stepman writes at The Daily Signal.

“The Green New Deal doesn’t just include environmentalist proposals: It also includes a grab bag of other left-wing goodies 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 margina