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Kevin Owen McCarthy (born January 26, 1965) is an American politician serving as the House Majority Leader since 2014 and U.S. Representative for California's 23rd congressional district since 2013. He previously served as the U.S. Representative for California's 22nd congressional district from 2007 to 2013.

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The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob. Psalms 87:2 (The Israel Bible™)

A new political action committee that seeks to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship and support candidates for and current members of Congress in both parties who advance the pro-Israel agenda was recently established.

Pro-Israel America, founded by former AIPAC officials Jeff Mendelsohn and Jonathan Missner, has already endorsed 14 Democrats and 13 Republicans.

Whereas AIPAC seeks to strengthen the U.S.-Israel alliance through pushing for pro-Israel policy, without financially backing or endorsing candidates, the new group seeks to do the same but through the electoral sphere.

The slate includes Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.); Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Kay Granger (R-Texas), Will Hurd (R-Texas), Brian Mast (R-Fla.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.).

“There’s constant change in Congress,” Mendelsohn said, emphasizing that “it’s important to engage members of Congress on the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

“We can’t take either the relationship or their support for granted,” he continued. “What we’re setting out to do is bring people from across the country from all different backgrounds, from across the political spectrum who [support] a strong U.S.-Israel relationship, want their members of Congress to support the strong U.S.-Israel relationship and provide them information about candidates that are supportive, [in addition to] the tools to allow them to support the candidates that they agree with.”

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In 2007 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tasted power for the first time. That was the year that she became the first woman to serve as speaker in the House of Representatives. When Democrats lost control of the House and Republicans had the majority after the mid-term election in 2010 she lost that power. Her removal from power as House Speaker in 2010 was not enough to stop Nancy Pelosi. Instead of stepping to the side and allowing others a chance to rise through the ranks to become a leader Nancy Pelosi would spend the next four election cycles hoping that the Democrats would once again reclaim control of the House. Last November Democrats made the comeback that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spent four election cycles fighting for and she was able to take back the seat she first held in 2007.

It took Nancy Pelosi less than three months before she lost control of her party. The new Democrat majority did not line up and come together under her vision for how she wants things to do. The first signs that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not have control of these Democrats came when House Republican Kevin McCarthy forced Democrats to take a stand and vote on tough issues. He used a maneuver that is known as a motion to recommit. McCarthy was victorious more than once when he got moderate Democrats to vote with the Republicans on important issues.

Watching her Democrats vote with the Republicans did not sit well with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. After the votes took place Pelosi would scold the Democrats who did not vote in line with their party because of the lack of the unity that their votes showed. She tried to pressure them into seeing that Congress is a “team” sport. Moderate Democrats saw through her words and realized that her arguments were insincere at best. They argued that they needed to vote to protect themselves and ran on restoring bipartisanship to Congress. They knew that bowing down to Nancy Pelosi and the other Democrats who support her meant going against the Americans who voted for them.

Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has not made things any easier for Pelosi who is struggling to get House Democrats to unite as one voice. On more than one occasion Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar from Minnesota has made anti-Semitic comments. In one of her controversial statements Omar claimed that support for Israel was “all about the Benjamins.” We all know what she was saying when she made that tweet. Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar was claiming that American politicians had been bought and paid for by Jewish money. She offered a piss poor half-hearted apology that time. The anti-Semitism from Omar did not end there. When she claimed that Jews who support Israel aren’t loyal to the United States she didn’t even attempt to make another half-assed piss poor apology.

I’m not a fan of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but I will acknowledge she demanded a retraction on Ilhan Omar’s offensive statement and developed a resolution to rebuke Omar’s words. Republicans did the same thing against Steve King in January. The difference between Nancy Pelosi and the Republicans is that the Republicans stood tall, they stayed strong and severely punished one of their own. Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, did just the opposite.

When a scandal arose due to statements from Omar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi turned weak. Instead of standing her ground when Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others defended Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar and challenged her authority, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hesitated. The discipline that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was originally prepared to enforce upon Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar turned into the anti-hate resolution that was passed last week. The wording of the resolution was so different from the original resolution that would have disciplined Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar that Omar laughed in Pelosi’s face when she voted for it.

The Republicans stood tall and strong against Republican Rep. Steve King who has been in the House for nine terms. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke and kissed the ass of a woman who has been in the House for less than six months. A leader does not break. A leader can’t allow themselves to break. A leader has to stand strong against those who are underneath them. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has clearly demonstrated that she is no leader. It takes more than a gavel, a nice office, and a title to make one a leader. Nancy Speaker may hold the title House Speaker, but that’s all she holds…an empty title.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not the one calling the shots. She is just another place holder. She is nothing more than a glorified front person and that is only until Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar and her supporters decide it’s time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to go. If Democrats maintain the majority during the next election cycle Americans should not be surprised if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finds herself replaced by Ilhan Omar or one of her supporters.

The Political Insider

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Former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan offered some advice to Democrats seeking to unseat the President in 2020 – make the race about Trump’s personality. It seems odd to […]

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FOX News host Tucker Carlson responded to audio Media Matters posted of "numerous misogynistic and perverted comments" he made in interviews 10 to 13 years ago. Carlson said he would never "bow down" to the liberal "mob" and denounced modern progressives as the "new Puritans" in the opening monologue on the Monday broadcast of his program. (Media Matters called the audio "unearthed," but the interviews have always been available on the internet.)

Carlson said the criticisms aren't sincere and liberals are just pretending to be shocked. He said, "The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think. In order to do that, they have to control the information you receive."

TUCKER CARLSON: As anyone who’s ever been caught in its gears can tell you, the great American outrage machine is a remarkable thing. One minute you’re having dinner with your family, imagining that everything is fine. The next, your phone is exploding with calls from reporters. They read you snippets from a press release written by Democratic Party operatives. They demand to know how you could possibly have said something so awful and offensive. “Do you have a statement on how immoral you are?” It’s a bewildering moment, especially when the quotes in question are more than a decade old.

There’s really not much you can do to respond. It’s pointless to explain how the words were spoken in jest, or taken out of context, or in any case bear no resemblance to what you actually think, or would want for the country. None of that matters. Nobody cares. You know the role you’re required to play: You’re a sinner, begging the forgiveness of Twitter. So you issue a statement of deep contrition. You apologize profusely for your transgressions. You promise to be a better person going forward. With the guidance of your contrition consultants, you send money to whatever organization claims to represent the people you supposedly offended. Then you sit back and brace for a wave of stories about your apology, all of which are simply pretexts for attacking you again. In the end, you lose your job. Nobody defends you. Your neighbors avert their gaze as you pull into the driveway. You’re ruined.

Yet, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how despised and humiliated you may be, there’s one thing you can never do, one thing that’s absolutely not allowed: You can never acknowledge the comic absurdity of the whole thing. You can never laugh in the face of the mob. You must always pretend that the people yelling at you are somehow your moral superiors. You must assume that what they say they’re mad about is what they’re actually mad about. You must pretend that this is a debate about virtue, and not power; that your critics are arguing from principle and not partisanship. No matter what they take from you, you must continue to pretend that these things are true: You are bad. They are good. The system is on the level.

But what if we stopped pretending? What if we acknowledged what’s actually going on: one side is deadly serious. They believe that politics is war. They’re not interested in abstractions or principles, rules or traditions. They seek power. They plan to win it, whatever it takes. If that includes getting you fired, or silencing you, or threatening your family at home, or throwing you in prison, so be it. Their goal is power. If you’re in the way, they’ll crush you.

What’s interesting is how reliably the other side pretends that none of this is happening. Republicans in Washington do a fairly credible imitation of an opposition party. The still give speeches. They tweet quite a bit. They make concerned noises about how bad liberals are. But on the deepest level, it’s all a pose. In their minds, where it matters, Republican leaders are controlled by the left. They know exactly what they’re allowed to say and believe. They know that the rules are. They may understand that those rules were written by the very people who seek their destruction. They ruthlessly enforce them anyway. Republicans in Washington police their own with never-ending enthusiasm. Like trustees in a prison, they dutifully report back to the warden, hoping for perks. Nobody wants to be called names. Nobody wants to be Trump.

How many times have you seen it happen? Some conservative figure will say something stupid, or incomplete, or too far outside the bounds of received wisdom for the moral guardians of cable news. Twitter goes crazy. The mob demands a response. Very often, the first people calling for the destruction of that person are Republican leaders. You saw it with the Covington Catholic high school kids. You see it all the time. Kevin McCarthy spends half his life telling his Republican members not to criticize progressive orthodoxy. Paul Ryan did the same before him. A couple of years ago, the entire Democratic Party decided to deny the biological reality of sex differences, an idea that’s as insane as it is dangerous. Republican leaders decided not to criticize them for it. They might get upset.

This is a system built on deceit and enforced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark. Yet in Washington, it’s considered rude to ask questions about how it works. Why are the people who considered Bill Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? How can the party that demands racial quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while you begin to think that maybe their criticisms aren’t that sincere. Maybe their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe the whole conversation is an absurd joke. Maybe we’re falling for it.

You sometimes hear modern progressives described as the new puritans. That’s a slur on colonial Americans. Whatever their flaws, the puritans cared about the fate of the human soul and the moral regeneration of their society. Those aren’t topics that interest progressives. They’re too busy pushing late term abortion and cross dressing on fifth graders. These are the people who write our movies and sitcoms. They’re not shocked by naughty words. They just pretend to be when it’s useful.

It’s been very useful lately. The left’s main goal, in case you haven’t noticed, is controlling what you think. In order to do that, they have to control the information you receive. Google and Facebook and Twitter are on board. They’re happy to ban unapproved thoughts without apology. They often do. So do the other cable channels, and virtually every major news outlet in this country. On of the only places left in America where an independent view is allowed is right here, the primetime shows on this network. A total of three hours, in a sea of television programming. It’s not much, relatively speaking. For the left, it’s unacceptable. They demand total conformity. Since the day we went on the air, they’ve been working hard to kill this show. We haven’t said much about it in public. It seemed too self-referential. The point of this show has never been us. But now it’s obvious to everyone. There’s no pretending it’s not happening. Going forward we’ll be covering their efforts to make us be quiet. For now, just two points. First, Fox is behind us, as they have been since the first day. Toughness is a rare quality in a TV network, and we’re grateful for that. Second, we’ve always apologized when we’re wrong, and we will continue to. That’s what decent people do. But we will never bow to the mob. Ever. No matter what.

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Rantt

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While much of the media continued to focus on Rep. Ilhan Omar, new scandals arose for President Donald Trump that could prove to be quite damning.

Conservative News Today

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The bombshell discovery that Michael Cohen privately met with House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff for a whopping 10 hours prior to testifying to Congress late last month has some convinced that the congressman coached him on what to say during his testimony. “[T]hat’s not just talking to someone about the logistics of their testimony,” Republican […]

Fox News

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Tucker Carlson: Since day one, the left has tried to silence my show.

New York Post

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Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped former President Barack Obama in an interview published Friday, belittling his “pretty face” and saying his agenda of hope and change was an illusion.

She cited the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border and the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch — and argued that he wasn’t much different from President Trump

“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” the freshman firebrand told Politico Magazine.

“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said.

“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

The explosive comments about a man lionized by Democrats were only the latest in a series of incendiary statements that have put the national spotlight on Omar, a Somali-American Muslim who spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled the violence in their homeland.

In February, her second month in office, Omar responded to a tweet about House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s threats to punish her and another congresswoman for criticizing Israel.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted, a line from a Puff Daddy song about $100 bills.

Critics said Omar was perpetuating a hateful trope about Jewish Americans and money.

She recently got into another hot mess after another tweet was slammed by some as anti-Semitic.

The ensuing firestorm rattled the Democratic House majority and spurred days of recriminations and tense negotiations that led to the compromise package condemning bigotry that sailed through the House on Thursday, with only 23 Republicans voting against it.

The party’s leftist wing, led by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, said Omar was being singled out when others at the highest levels of government had said things that were worse and escaped censure.

More moderate Dems, including Jewish lawmakers such as New York’s Eliot Engle, wanted the resolution to focus only on anti-Semitism as a direct response to Omar’s comment, which questioned the loyalty of politicians who accept donations from pro-Israel PACs and organizations.

Ultimately, after days of chaos and acrimony, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was able to unite her caucus — and box in a big majority of Republicans — to back the compromise.

And Omar — along with Rashida Tlaib of Michigan the first Muslim women in Congress — said she’s willing to keep speaking out and be a Republican punching bag if it helps advance her agenda, a prospect that likely makes many of her fellow Democrats cringe.

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MN Rep. Ilhan Omar slammed former President Barack Obama in an interview published on Friday, belittling his “pretty face” and saying that his agenda of hope and change was just an illusion.

Citing the “caging of kids” at the Mexican border coupled with the “droning of countries around the world” on Obama’s watch — she argued that he wasn’t much different from President Trump.

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“We can’t be only upset with Trump,” the freshman firebrand told Politico Magazine.

“His policies are bad, but many of the people who came before him also had really bad policies. They just were more polished than he was,” Omar said.

“And that’s not what we should be looking for anymore. We don’t want anybody to get away with murder because they are polished. We want to recognize the actual policies that are behind the pretty face and the smile.”

According to the NY Post, her explosive comments about a man lionized by Democrats were only the latest in a series of incendiary statements that have put the national spotlight on Omar, a Somali-American Muslim who spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya after her family fled the violence in their homeland.

In February, her second month in office, Omar responded to a tweet about House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy’s threats to punish her and another congresswoman for criticizing Israel.

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted, a line from a Puff Daddy song about $100 bills.

many said Omar was perpetuating a hateful trope about Jewish Americans and money, and following recent news of her latest antisemitic rant on twitter she is positioning herself for a one and done type of tenure.

Breitbart

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Ron Wyden slammed James Clapper for saying he did not understand a question on mass surveillance in his March 2013 congressional testimony.

Zero Hedge

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"Nadler and Schiff don’t want to explain that their narrative has been debunked. They do not want Americans to look too close because in the end what will be discovered is that the crimes they are accusing others of committing are the ones they themselves have committed."

Fox News

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was "taken aback" this week by the growing dissent and anger among rank-and-file Democrats over a possible resolution to formally condemn anti-Semitism, a Democratic source told Fox News on Wednesday -- highlighting Pelosi's tenuous grip on control over the House and underscoring the growing power of the party's nascent far-left progressive wing.

USA TODAY

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Former White House attorney Ty Cobb called special counsel Robert Mueller an "American hero" in an ABC News podcast interview.

POLITICO

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President Donald Trump said Monday that Rep. Ilhan Omar's suggestion that pro-Israel lawmakers have an allegiance to a foreign country marks a "dark day for Israel," piling onto the Minnesota freshman ahead of her second formal rebuke by the House in recent weeks.

“Representative Ilhan Omar is again under fire for her terrible comments concerning Israel,” the president wrote on Twitter, pointing out that a slew of Jewish advocacy groups had urged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) to remove Omar from the latter's high-profile committee.

The president said Omar’s comments, which accused pro-Israel lawmakers of showing “allegiance to a foreign country,” were “a dark day for Israel!”

It’s been less than a month since Omar first came under fire from Democratic leadership for separate comments referring to the pro-Israel advocacy groups that were roundly condemned as anti-Semitic.

The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a resolution drafted by Pelosi and other Democratic leaders that would condemn anti-Semitism, though a draft measure does not single Omar out.

While Democrats have not backed down from calling out and criticizing their colleague, Republicans have argued that greater retribution is necessary. GOP legislators have followed the lead of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), demanding she be removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee and comparing her remarks to racist comments by Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King, whose embrace of white supremacist rhetoric led to him being stripped of his committee assignments earlier this year.

Omar, who is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has not shied from her most recent comments in the same way she did last month when she offered an apology and pledged to engage in a conversation about anti-Semitic tropes with her colleagues.

But she also garnered sympathy from the same lawmakers criticizing her this week after an Islamophobic poster inside the West Virginia state capitol appeared to link Omar's election to Congress last year to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The Washington Times

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Republicans and Jewish groups ramped up their calls Monday for Democrats to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee in response to the latest anti-Semitism uproar involving the

Breitbart

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Democrats on Capitol Hill are significantly expanding their investigations into President Donald Trump, now openly targeting his family and businesses–in particular, the Trump Organization.

On Monday, House Democrats sent more than 80 separate document requests from the House Judiciary Committee to a wide-ranging slew of people affiliated with President Trump including most notably his two eldest sons Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump, who currently run the operations of the Trump Organization while their father serves as President of the United States.

They also targeted Trump’s son-in-law and current White House official Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, and several others in Trump’s orbit like his former personal secretary Rhona Graff, the Trump Organization’s chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, and former top campaign and White House officials including Hope Hicks, Sean Spicer, and Stephen K. Bannon.

Bannon once served as the executive chairman of Breitbart News, but left in early 2018.

“House Democrats sent more than 80 letters Monday demanding documents from family members, business associates, political confidants and others with ties to President Trump, launching a sprawling probe into whether he and his administration have engaged in obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power,” the Washington Post wrote, describing the wide-ranging probing letters sent to all corners of the Trump universe. “The farthest-reaching request since Democrats took control of the House underscored lawmakers’ determination to hold Trump and those around him accountable for an array of controversies that have dogged the president during his first two years in office — and perhaps lay the grounds for impeachment.”

A full list of those receiving letters is as follows:

BREAKING: @HouseJudiciary has sent document requests to the following people and entities related to its investigation into the alleged obstruction of justice, public corruption, and abuses of power by President Trump, his associates, and members of his administration. pic.twitter.com/iizBIqTNwf

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 4, 2019

Recipients reportedly have two weeks to comply with the requests for a variety of documents and communications before they would be subpoenaed by the committee, which Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) chairs.

“We will act quickly to gather this information, assess the evidence, and follow the facts where they lead with full transparency with the American people,” Nadler, the Judiciary Committee Chairman, said in a statement announcing the wide-ranging probe into Trump’s universe according to the Washington Post. “This is a critical time for our nation, and we have a responsibility to investigate these matters and hold hearings for the public to have all the facts. That is exactly what we intend to do.”

Nadler over the weekend appeared on ABC’s This Week in which he told host George Stephanopoulos that he believes Trump has “obstructed justice.”

“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” Nadler said. “It’s very clear. 1,100 times he referred to the Mueller investigation as a witch hunt. He tried to protect Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired Comey in order to stop the Russia thing as he told NBC news. He has dangled pardons. He has intimidated witnesses in public.”

Nadler, who would lead impeachment proceedings of Trump if Democrats do decide to go that route which it appears they are heading there, earned a sharp rebuke from House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for those comments.

“I think Congressman Nadler decided to impeach the president the day the president won the election,” McCarthy said on This Week on Sunday in response to Nadler.

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Even though she's apologized for the impact of her statements on AIPAC lobbying, which some members of the U.S. Jewish community found offensive, Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to be attacked by a bad-faith smear campaign.

Tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel to not continue to cave to these disingenuous attacks.

Anti-Semitism is a real problem with real harms, and it needs to be eradicated. That doesn’t mean staying silent about AIPAC’s negative impact on our politics. And it never means buckling to dishonest bigots with a history of supporting anti-Semitism, white nationalism, and Islamophobia—like Donald Trump and Rep. Kevin McCarthy.

We're calling on leadership in the House to not continue to cave to these bad-faith attacks, which are intended to diminish the power of a groundbreaking Black Muslim woman and silence voices critical of Israeli policies and the politicians who defend them.

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff “a modern-day Joe McCarthy” during a Monday night appearance on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“There are a lot of questions,” McCarthy told Sean Hannity, responding to the Fox News host’s assertion that Schiff has “met his own standard” when it comes to recusing himself from the investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia. “Schiff actually laid out a couple years ago that anybody that shows a conflict of interest or disbelief in it has to recuse themselves.”

The GOP congressman then laid out two questions for Schiff regarding the California Democrat’s private conversations with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.

“Did staff meet with [Cohen]?” McCarthy asked. “Did he tamper with the witness? Did he try to direct the witness. How many times did they meet? What did they talk about?” (RELATED: Fusion GPS-Linked Group Worked With Tech Company Tied To Russian ‘False Flag’ Operation)

McCarthy contended that, since Cohen himself denies he met with the Russians in Prague, “the foundation for why we are even in the investigation in the first place has been thrown apart.”

“Before this investigation even began, he said he had proof and evidence,” McCarthy said. “Now I’m not related to Joe McCarthy, but Adam Schiff is a modern-day Joe McCarthy, somebody who claims something and never has delivered. ‘But the one thing he has delivered on: protecting Fusion GPS’ …”

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POLITICO

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The 2016 Democratic contender and her supporters are taking the offensive against her congressional nemesis.

100PercentFedUp.com

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Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has received her fair share of criticism over her open hatred for Israel. In 2012, the Muslim MN State Rep, who is now a freshman US Congresswoman, tweeted about Israel, asking “Allah” to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” On February 10, 2019, freshman lawmaker, […]

USA TODAY

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Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing criticism and charges of anti-Semitism from her own party's leadership for comments about the political influence of Israel.

Sara A. Carter

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The House Judiciary Committee's Democratic Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler is a man in search of a crime, with an endgame to impeach Trump.

Fox News

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House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, who would oversee any impeachment proceedings against President Trump, announced that he will more than 60 document requests to the White House and Justice Department on Monday -- a barrage that Nadler called the opening salvo in wide-ranging investigation.

Fox News

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House Republicans are driving Democrats crazy, and driving a major wedge through the majority party.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) again found herself receiving blistering criticism for anti-Semitic remarks on Friday, and once again it came from a fellow Democrat.

Omar, after already being forced to apologize last month for saying pro-Israel politicians are paid off to do so, said Wednesday she wanted to "talk about the political influence in this country that says it is okay to push for allegiance to a foreign country," clearly referencing Israel. She also accused her "Jewish colleagues" of bigotry, saying she feared her anti-Israel rhetoric was considered anti-Semitic by them because she is a Muslim.

Rep. Eliot Engel (D., N.Y.), who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Omar sits on, blasted Omar in a statement for "invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur."

"I welcome debate in Congress based on merits of policy, but it's unacceptable and deeply offensive to call into question the loyalty of fellow Americana citizens because of their political views, including support for the U.S.-Israel relationship," he said in a statement. "We all take the same oath. Worse. Representative Omar's comments leveled that charge by invoking a vile anti-Semitic slur."

"This episode is deeply disappointing following so closely on another instance of Ms. Omar seeming to invoke an anti-Semitic stereotype. Her comments were outrageous and deeply hurtful, and I ask that she retract them, apologize, and commit to making her case on policy issues without resorting to attacks that have no place in the Foreign Affairs Committee or the House of Representatives."

.@RepEliotEngel says latest @IlhanMN comment on Israel was a "vile anti-Semitic slur" and "deeply offensive." pic.twitter.com/XigqZ1Iagf

— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) March 2, 2019

The latest episode is part of what's become an embarrassing and troubling pattern for the freshman lawmaker and congressional Democrats.

The House Democratic leadership rebuked her for invoking anti-Semitic tropes last month when she said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) and other pro-Israel politicians were paid off by AIPAC. Although she claimed to unequivocally apologize, she grinned when a left-wing audience member at a forum in Washington, D.C., mentioned the offending tweet she sent. She also told The Intercept she wasn't sorry for being anti-Semitic but rather for how her comments made others feel.

After initially being defensive and wondering why it would offend Jewish Americans, she has also expressed regret for a 2012 tweet where she said Israel had "hypnotized" the world with its "evil" doings in Gaza. She compared Israel to Iran in another interview and said the notion of the Jewish state being a democracy made her chuckle.

Omar also supports the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) has condemned as anti-Semitic.

Omar, one of only two Muslim women ever elected to Congress, is no fringe figure. She's one of the most prominent members of the new Democratic House majority, already gracing the cover of Time and Rolling Stone magazines. Her fiery back-and-forth with Trump official Elliott Abrams—she called him Mr. Adams—received praise from the left last month.

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In response to criticisms made by Congresswoman Ilhan Omar that US political leaders have too much allegiance to Israel and its lobbying…

TheHill

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Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin attacked the 'ghost of John McCain' during a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday.

Laredo Morning Times

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WASHINGTON - House Democrats exploded in recriminations Thursday over moderates bucking the party, with liberal Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatening to put those voting with Republicans "on a list" for a primary challenge. In a closed-door session, a frustrated Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., lashed out at about two dozen moderates and pressured them to get on board. "We are either a team or we're not, and we have to make that decision," Pelosi said, according to two people present but not authorized to discuss the remarks publicly. But Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Washington Examiner

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated Thursday that Democrats could change House rules in a way that would make it harder for Republicans to make last-minute tweaks to legislation, a move that the GOP warned would amount to a suppression of their rights as the minority party.

Pelosi, D-Calif., said a bipartisan panel reviewing how the House operates may also examine a floor procedure known as the “motion to recommit.” The MTR, as it is known, effectively gives the minority party a chance to amend legislation just before it's about to be passed.

Normally, those amendments are easily blocked by the majority. But Republicans have scored two victories so far with MTR measures by luring in Democrats from swing districts, and Democratic leaders aren't happy about it.

On Wednesday, for example, Republicans managed to amend a gun control bill with a provision requiring illegal immigrants who attempt to purchase guns to be reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The measure passed with the help of more than two dozen Democrats, many from districts that back President Trump.

[Read more: House votes to extend wait time for gun background checks]

Voting with the minority on an MTR is considered a slap at leadership because it surrenders the leverage of the majority to the minority on the House floor.

Pelosi told reporters Thursday she is “a big believer … in the rights of the minority to have their say.” But she would not rule out a change to the MTR process at some point in the future.

She said a select committee assembled to look at ways to modernize the House could examine changes to the MTR. “I think that’s an appropriate place for some of that discussion to take place,” Pelosi said.

Specifically, Democrats are looking at a change that would require Republicans to provide Democrats with the language of their amendment ahead of time so they can have an opportunity to convince fellow Democrats to vote against it.

While Democratic leaders are deciding what to do, Pelosi said Democrats in the meantime should stop voting for the Republican motions.

“Put me in a different category,” Pelosi said, when asked if she favored stopping the GOP from offering the last-minute amendment. “I think you should just vote against all MTRs.”

It’s not the first time Democrats have considered a change to block the GOP’s use of the process.

In 2007, the then-Republican minority vexed Democratic leaders by winning a third of all MTR’s offered on the House floor. In one instance, Republicans offered an amendment to a D.C. voting rights bill that would have repealed the District’s ban on gun ownership. Democrats ended up pulling the bill from the floor because dozens of Democrats would have backed the GOP's gun provision.

While Democrats considered eliminating the MTR at that time, they never carried out the threat.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., warned that Democrats would be employing a “nuclear option” if they change a century-old rule that allows the minority to try to amend legislation before a vote on passage.

“Democrats want to rig the rules and suppress the minority party’s speech on the House floor,” said McCarthy, who is the minority leader.

McCarthy said if Democrats make changes now it would be akin to the drastic change Democrats made in the Senate that stripped the minority of its right to block nominees.

The motion to recommit has existed in its current form since 1909. McCarthy noted that the GOP never attempted to alter it during its time in the majority over more than two decades.

“Changes to the motion to recommit would be a nuclear option and would leave a stain on this majority just two months in,” McCarthy said.

House Republican Leader

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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) delivered the following remarks at a press conference today on the Democrats’ proposal to change House rules regarding the Motion to Recommit as well as additional questions for Chairman Adam Schiff:

Remarks are below, or watch online here.

On the Democrats’ Proposal to Change House Rules Regarding the Motion to Recommit:

“The Democrats are considering changing or eliminating the Motion to Recommit. These minority rights date back to 1909 – 110 years ago. It was created with the ‘stated purpose of giving the minority the right to have a vote upon its position upon great public questions.’

“Recently, these positions have been met with bipartisan support. As you know, 26 Democrats joined Republicans yesterday to make a flawed piece of legislation a little bit better. By doing so, our motion to recommit was adopted.

“This is the second time an MTR has passed so soon. The first was adopted nearly unanimously. And it has divided Democrat leadership, as many of you have written about.

“But what’s so unfortunate is that Democrats are now thinking about changing the rule. Rather than reconcile the differences within their party that are driving this division, Democrats want to rig the rules and suppress the minority party’s speech on the House floor.

“I want to be very clear and make no mistake: changes to the MTR would be a nuclear option. And it would leave a stain on this majority just two months in.

“You all know the history. In the last 24 years in America, Republicans have been the majority party for 20 of those 24. Never once did we discuss, bring up the option, or even entertain the idea that we would silence the minority. Never once. Not during a sit-in, not during anything that we did.

“Less than 60 days into a new majority, they want to silence a minority? That’s wrong.”

On Additional Questions for Chairman Schiff:

“Yesterday there was a hearing. Two weeks ago I put out questions for chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff – I even have more questions now.

“In the hearing with Mr. Cohen, he said that he talked to Chairman Schiff. The question I have is what did they talk about? How many times have they talked? Did staff meet? Where did they meet? Did they travel to meet?

“Just as I had the question before about his meeting with Glenn Simpson and Fusion GPS – what did they talk about? How often did they meet as well?

“Adam Schiff set a standard that said Devin Nunes had to recuse himself. It looks as though Adam Schiff has met that same standard.”

house

Published  1 month ago

House Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said Tuesday he was confident Democratic attempts to kill President Trump's border emergency declaration would ultimately die in Congress.

House Democrats are expected to pass a resolution Tuesday aimed at nullifying Trump's emergency declaration, but if it passes the Senate, Trump is expected to veto it. Scalise predicted that once the resolution returned to the House, an override wouldn't happen.

"When you see the vote today, there will be nowhere near the votes to override a veto," Scalise told reporters in a press conference ahead of a resolution terminating Trump's declaration being brought to the House floor on Tuesday evening. "This emergency declaration will be upheld, even if it makes its way through the Senate, which hopefully it doesn't get passed the Senate, but ultimately we're going to stand with the president."

Scalise, R-La., was adamant Trump was on "strong legal ground" by issuing his declaration, even though congressional Democrats and some Senate Republicans are questioning its legality and its constitutionality.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday reiterated that Trump had the authority to declare the emergency, which would permit the administration to divert funds from the Department of Defense, supplementing the $1.375 billion approved by Congress to finish building a physical barrier along the southern border. McCarthy said he wasn't concerned about the precedent the president was setting should a Democrat reclaim the White House in the future.

"A number of presidents, Republican and Democrat, have used this power for numerous things and they have the power to do it. Congress has voted to allow it," he said.

Congress can overturn executive national emergencies by adopting a joint resolution. If Trump vetoes the resolution, the measure is sent back to the legislature, which can override the president's decision with support from two-thirds of the House and the Senate.

Yahoo

Published  1 month ago

Pharmaceutical companies have been under the spotlight as of recently, due to congressional hearings on the cost of drug prices and allegations of the industry’s role in the opioid crisis.

Dr. Raeford Brown, a pediatric anesthesia specialist at the UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital and chair of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Committee on Analgesics and Anesthetics, has been openly critical of big pharma and the lack of proper oversight from the FDA.

Despite many politicians, particularly declared presidential candidates, beginning to speak out against big pharma, Brown does not think that anything will come out of it “because Congress is owned by pharma.”

“The pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year,” he told Yahoo Finance. “In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. That’s a ton of money.”

‘It’s really about Congress’

Open Secrets, a website operated by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, tracks money in U.S. politics. It ranked the top 20 members of the House and the Senate that have received the most campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical and health products industry during the 2017-2018 election cycle.

The website defines the industry as including “not only drug manufacturers but also dealers of medical products and nutritional and dietary supplements.”

During the ‘17-’18 election cycle, Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, received the second-highest amount of funds in Congress. The California-based politician received a total of $380,350 in campaign contributions, with a large sum coming from pharma companies such as Abbott Laboratories (ABT), Pfizer (PFE), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Eli Lilly (LLY), Amgen (AMGN), and Merck (MRK).

“I’m really much more concerned because Congress is supposed to have oversight for the FDA,” Brown said. “If the FDA isn’t going to hold pharma accountable, and Congress is getting paid to not hold pharma accountable, then it really doesn’t matter who the president is because it’s really about Congress.”

Paul Ryan (R-WI), the former Speaker of the House, was ranked 10th among members of Congress. He received $222,070, seeing most of the funds coming from Merck.

Fourteen out of the top 20 recipients in the House were Republicans.

Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), a former congressman who almost upset Senator Ted Cruz in the 2018 midterms, was 18th on the list. O’Rourke, seen as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, received $171,255.

Dems top list of big pharma Senate donations

Washington Examiner

Published  1 month ago

Senate Democrats on Monday defeated a GOP attempt to advance legislation that would clarify that babies who survive attempted abortions must receive medical care.

Republicans and anti-abortion advocates pushed for the bill, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, to receive a vote so that they could put individual senators on the spot regarding the issue of third-trimester abortion. GOP senators have been aiming to pressure Democrats to state whether they believe any limits should be placed on abortion after controversial comments appearing to indicate otherwise from Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

The legislation fell short of the 60 votes it needed to advance in a procedural maneuver, 53 to 44. Democrats Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and Doug Jones of Alabama joined all Republicans present in voting in favor.

"I don't always follow the Democrats," Jones told the Washington Examiner of his decision to support the bill. "Having studied the bill I think it's the right vote."

Republicans and Democrats largely talked past each other about the bill's purpose during floor debate ahead of the vote. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who introduced the bill, said it would stop doctors from letting a baby die who survived a botched abortion. Democrats countered that the bill would limit what doctors could do after the birth of a baby who had a grave medical condition, and as a result either wouldn't live past birth or wouldn't survive long.

During his floor speech ahead of the vote, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill would "target, intimidate and shut down reproductive doctors across this country" and "impose requirements on what types of care doctors must provide."

"It has always been illegal to harm a newborn infant," he said. "This bill has nothing to do with that." He called the legislation "Washington politics at its worst."

Sasse countered that the bill would keep doctors from "actively allowing a baby to die" who had survived an abortion.

"What this bill does is try to secure basic rights, equal rights, for babies that are born and survive outside the womb," he said.

A group of House Republicans, led by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, walked on the Senate floor to support the vote.

Earlier this month, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., rejected a motion to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act via unanimous consent, a procedure which a sole senator can stop. Murray objected because, she said, the bill was unnecessary as the U.S. already has laws against infanticide.

Northam and Virginia Del. Kathy Tran, also a Democrat, said several weeks ago that they supported a state bill that appeared to allow abortion at the time of birth. Tran later said she misspoke about when abortion would be permitted and Northam’s office later released a statement saying that the governor’s comments were mischaracterized and had been intended to address cases in which babies wouldn’t survive birth because of deformity or another health issue.

Sasse pounced on the comments during the floor debate Monday, saying that Northam's comments amounted to a "discussion about whether you throw that little baby in the trash can."

Virginia tabled the abortion bill, but other states, including Illinois and Massachusetts, are considering loosening restrictions on third-trimester abortion. Supporters of looser restrictions say they are meant to address circumstances in which fetuses have severe medical conditions that would cause them not to survive birth, or that would result in short, painful lives.

The bill that failed Monday would have built on the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which clarified that “every infant member of the species homo sapiens who is born alive at any stage of development” is a “person” for all federal law purposes. That law was intended to clarify that babies were supposed to receive protections if they survived an abortion, and Sasse’s bill further clarifies what level of care they are supposed to receive, including being immediately transferred to a hospital.

If that protocol isn’t followed, then the doctor performing the abortion would face criminal prosecution. Republicans have noted the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, an abortion provider who was convicted of killing babies after attempted abortions, as evidence that their bill is necessary. Democrats and abortion rights groups counter that the doctor was prosecuted and convicted, showing that the legal mechanism are already adequate.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., pointed to the 2002 bill when explaining his decision to vote against Monday's measure, and saying that the previous legislation already clarifies that infanticide is illegal. Kaine, who has said he is personally troubled by abortion but votes to uphold abortion rights, said he didn't receive any statistics from Republicans about why the bill was necessary and he said he would have wanted to see the bill go through committee first.

"When you have hearings on bills you get the facts out and you explore whether it's needed," Kaine said. "They didn't even want to bring it to committee and that tells me I don't think they had a real case to justify the bill."

Rolling Stone

Published  1 month ago

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted in January, several weeks before Rep. Ilhan Omar wrote, in a since-deleted tweet, that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s threat to punish herself and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for their criticism of Israel was “all about the Benjamins baby.” Omar publicly apologized for the tweet, which was widely condemned — including by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom she appears on Rolling Stone‘s March cover — for employing an anti-Semitic trope. She declined a request for a follow-up interview, and responded to only one of a series of emailed questions from Rolling Stone. We have included that response at the end of this piece.

As a teen in Minnesota, Ilhan Omar didn’t wear a hijab often. “I, regretfully, was one of the folks who would only wear it the days I didn’t have the time or energy to fix my hair,” says Omar, who arrived in the U.S. in 1995 as a refugee of the Somali civil war. Her attitude evolved after September 11th: “I knew we had a responsibility to help shape a narrative about our faith that is positive.” This year, she became the first woman sworn in to Congress in a head scarf, after negotiating the end to a 181-year-old edict that representatives must “remain uncovered” while on the House floor. Lifting the ban caused an outcry from some conservatives, but, as an unapologetic progressive, Omar is getting used to that. For now, though, she’s trying to stay focused on the agenda she came to Washington to advance, and on advocating for people like herself — refugees, immigrants, Muslims, women, Minnesotans. “The last two years of dealing with this administration has been the biggest adjustment of my life,” she says. “I just want to hide. But I can’t because I represent people who feel as much pain — if not more — because they don’t have the voice that I have.”

You came to the U.S. when you were 12. What were your first impressions?

We had a layover in New York. I remember seeing homeless people and panhandlers on the streets. There was trash everywhere, and graffiti. I remember turning to my dad and saying, “This doesn’t look like the America you promised.” He said, “Girl, you ask too many questions. We’re gonna get to our America.”

What was it like being a Muslim woman in America after 9/11? You had just become a citizen.

You were afraid as an American and you were mourning, [but] you were seen now as a suspect. I remember there was an enormous fear that the community felt. It didn’t matter if you were a new citizen or if you’d been here all your life, there was a feeling like your existence here could be temporary.

I imagine that fear was realized with the Muslim ban in 2017. What was it like?

I had just gotten sworn in [to the Minnesota Legislature] two weeks before. There was lots of chaos, people being stopped at the airports. I had a flight scheduled a week after to speak at a human-rights conference in Turkey. I didn’t know whether I could go. My father said, “I looked at the lineup at this human-rights conference — they’re risking everything. You are not gonna sit home.” I ended up going.

How do you anticipate progressive items, like Medicare for All, will actually get done?

Medicare for All is an issue that’s supported by the majority of Americans, and so that’s where we begin, right? It’s not a progressive idea, it’s not a Democratic Caucus idea, it is an idea that solves one of the greatest problems we have. So now it’s just figuring out what pieces of the legislation we put forth.

You’re on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. How has your experience as a refugee colored your view of, for instance, Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria?

By principle, I’m anti-war because I survived a war. I’m also anti-intervention. I don’t think it ever makes sense for any country to intervene in a war zone with the fallacy of saving lives when we know they are going to cause more deaths. I also don’t believe in forced regime change. Change needs to come from within.

There have been reports of Saudi-backed news outlets attacking you and Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim women in Congress. What do you think they are scared of?

Our presence terrifies them. These are totalitarian regimes that have retained their power and influence in the West by setting themselves up as the gatekeepers and the ushers of peace for the Muslim community. They are threatened, really, by Muslims who have now come to Congress who have the roots and understanding of the problems and can speak to solutions that do not involve them.

You might be asked to vote on impeachment at some point. What are your thoughts about that possibility?

I believe that impeachment is inevitable. It also is a terrifying notion. Pence is an ideologue, and the ideology he holds is more terrifying to me and my constituents. And we have not had a full impeachment that removes the president from office. Nations struggle any time [they] overthrow a dictator, and Trump really has the markings of a dictator.

In a tweeted apology, you wrote you were grateful to ‘Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating [you] on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes.’ What do you think you still have to learn about the Jewish faith or Jewish culture to avoid repeating such mistakes?

I know what intolerance looks like and one thing that has been painful about this whole process is knowing that I used language that caused hurt to others. My hope is that as much as I hold others accountable and help them learn, that people will also hold me accountable. I work every day to make sure we are living in a more tolerant world. And I hope people understand how deeply I care about creating that world. That’s why one of the first things I did as a member-elect was to speak about the rise of anti-Semitism — and one of the first bills I cosponsored as a new member was legislation to elevate the position of a Special Envoy to combat anti-Semitism. I’m an organizer at heart. I’ve given an earful to others who traffic in bigotry, so I need to listen and learn. Listening and working with communities directly impacted is what will make me a better public servant. Speaker Pelosi has been a mentor throughout this whole process and I look forward to working with her in furthering the people’s agenda.

SFChronicle.com

Published  1 month ago

SACRAMENTO — The California Republican Party elected Jessica Millan Patterson as its chairwoman Sunday, making her the first woman and first Latina to lead the 140-year-old organization.

The 38-year-old Patterson, a longtime political operative who was raised in Hacienda Heights (Los Angeles County) and lives in Ventura County, promised to expand the beleaguered party into communities of color. Latinos and Asian Americans in particular have been fleeing the party for decades as the GOP adopted harsh rhetoric and restrictive policies on immigration.

“Let’s serve notice to the Democrats in California that we are back and we are ready to deliver on the Republican comeback,” Patterson said Sunday. “We’re going to take the fight to Democrats. We’re going to fight them in the press, at community gatherings ... and we’re going to beat them in elections.”

Patterson has long-standing ties with the party’s deep-pocketed donors as executive director of California Trailblazers, an organization that trains Republican candidates. She has extensive experience in the field, having worked on GOP campaigns for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2010 gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and 2008 presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Patterson, whose paternal grandfather was born in Mexico, stressed that her top priority will be broadening the party’s appeal beyond its base of white voters. On Sunday, the 1,383 delegates meeting at the Sacramento Convention Center also elected Peter Kuo, who is Taiwanese American, as party vice chair and Greg Gandrud, who is openly gay, as treasurer.

California GOP

“We need to get back into communities. We need to start engaging people. People are not going to reregister as Republican as long as they think that we are one thing,” Patterson said Saturday during a candidates debate. “We need to make them feel comfortable and welcomed into our party. It’s going to be the solution for a lot of our issues.”

Patterson won 54.6 percent of the vote in the chair’s race to defeat former Orange County Assemblyman and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen, who got 30.7 percent, and longtime party activist Steve Frank, who won 14.7 percent.

On Sunday, Patterson invited Allen and Frank to lead a task force on improving the party’s voter registration efforts. Republicans now make up only 24 percent of California’s registered voters, trailing not only Democrats but people who decline to state a party preference.

Allen had criticized Patterson as a representative of the state party’s failed establishment. He noted that she was endorsed by nearly every Republican in the state Legislature, many of whom served with Allen in Sacramento, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield. Allen said those endorsements and her leadership of California Trailblazers were an “example of the failing status quo.”

Other Republicans, however, hoped Patterson would help Californians take a second look at the party.

“She’s a woman, she’s a Millennial, she’s Latina — she’s looks like the future. She looks like California,” said Todd Cranney, a national political consultant who worked with Patterson on the Schwarzenegger and Whitman campaigns. “And she’s the best political operative I’ve ever worked with.”

Cranney, who now lives in Idaho, was one of several national political consultants who flew in for the weekend to support Patterson, “a sign that people are excited about the party again,” he said.

“To have a woman at the top, yes, it sends a different message,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, a Republican from Riverside who supported Patterson. “It widens the tent for the Republicans.”

Patterson is a strong social conservative, particularly on abortion. She is married and has two young daughters. She promised that, as chair, she would not be giving long speeches.

“My parents told me that talk is cheap,” Patterson said Sunday. “Your actions speak louder.”

Joe Garofoli is The San Francisco Chronicle’s senior political writer. Email: jgarofoli@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @joegarofoli

Rolling Stone

Published  2 months ago

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker addresses members of the media from his office in Madison, Wisc., for the first time after failing to win re-election in the 2018 race.

John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal/AP

Three months have passed since that fleeting, anonymous New York Times op-ed from a Trump staffer claiming that she or he was busy trying to save us from the president’s agenda and “his worst inclinations.” The piece was largely useless, but it was entertaining. Conservatives who have remained silent about Republican disenfranchisement were inspired, in their own way, to defend voting rights.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), the House Majority Leader, declared in a letter to the Times that the writer was “thwarting the wishes of the legitimately elected president from within the executive branch.” The Federalist’s David Harsanyi, a Libertarian, argued that the op-ed “celebrates the idea of nullifying an election.” Ari Fleischer, President George W. Bush’s press secretary, wrote in his own op-ed that “if the American people don’t like what Donald Trump is doing, they can elect a Democratic House and-or Senate this fall,” adding that this is “how our system was meant to work and be responsive to the will of the people.”

There is often an inherent whiteness, maleness and heterosexuality associated with the term “people” when Republicans use the word. The party has only one demonstrated strategy for competing in a browning America: Whiten it, physically and electorally. Republican cheating has grown so pervasive that we have come to expect it, especially since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013. We now expect these abhorrent laws, and to see “Voter Fraud is a Felony!” billboards in black neighborhoods. The genius of their persistence is that we get used to this nonsense.

It is why we are failing, as a country, to show concern about what is happening in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina right now. The voter disenfranchisement on display in these three states is an extension of broader Republican efforts to reject the will of those citizens who vote in ways they don’t like, the same people who are most likely to block their path to power in future elections. The devil takes many forms, as does voter suppression.

Mark Harris, a Baptist preacher who considers Islam to be “Satanic,” won May’s GOP primary for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. After the November 6th general election, the Associated Press prematurely called the race in his favor. Leading by a mere 905 votes over his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready, Harris’ win seemed close but certain. However, the state’s Board of Elections has twice refused to certify the victory, citing irregularities with absentee ballots. The board may order a new election on December 21st when it meets to review the mounting evidence that Harris and his campaign engaged in illegal activity that disproportionately affected voters of color.

Further reporting revealed suspicious vote counts favoring Harris in certain counties with large numbers of unreturned ballots. Both Popular Information and WSOC reporter Joe Bruno then revealed on Monday that Harris’ campaign used (and possibly paid) workers to collect ballots, many of which were never returned. The mere act of “harvesting” is against the law in North Carolina — something that apparently didn’t trouble L. McCrae Dowless, Jr., the Harris campaign political consultant and convicted felon who is most directly linked to the illegal ballot collections. Harris did not respond to Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

If these allegations are true, we now have an example of a Republican not just committing election fraud, but resorting to a form of organized crime to help the party hold onto a House seat. What is happening in Wisconsin and Michigan, though, is nothing less than a defecation on democracy.

In those states, there is no question who won. Voters in both Wisconsin and Michigan elected Democrats to take over for their appalling Republican governors: Tony Evers to replace the anti-labor villain Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Gretchen Whitmer to oust Flint disaster architect Rick Snyder in Michigan. Yet the Republican-led state legislatures in both states were kept in power by gerrymandered districts. Democrats netted nearly 200,000 more votes in Wisconsin last month, but state Republicans increased their slight senate majority and walked away with 63 of the 99 assembly seats. A Michigan ballot proposal to reign in partisan redistricting passed in November, but Republicans still retained majorities in both houses.

Now, Republicans in Wisconsin have just passed legislation that amounts to an assault on the state’s rule of law. It will strip Evers of powers that he doesn’t even have yet. It will prevent the new governor and the incoming state Attorney General, Democrat Josh Kaul, from withdrawing from litigation against the Affordable Care without the permission of the Republican majority. The measure also usurps Kaul’s job, giving many of his powers to the state legislative branch. Consider a state law unconstitutional? The Republicans in the statehouse will not only be able to intervene and prevent the attorney general from settling any claims — a provision will allow them to “retain legal counsel other than the Department of Justice.” The state’s top lawyer has essentially been fired before he even takes the job, without the say of the plurality of voters who hired him to represent their interests.

Wisconsin has an incoming Democratic trifecta: Evers and Kaul will join a re-elected secretary of state, Douglas La Follette, who is a victim of a similar power grab. In a state with rampant voter suppression, outgoing governor Scott Walker cut La Follette’s staff from 50 to one and stuck his office in the basement. The bills Republicans just passed will help neuter that office in a different way— slashing early voting schedules again, a move that was blocked in 2016 by a federal district judge who concluded that doing so discriminated on the basis of race. Now that Trump has five reliable enablers of voter suppression on the U.S. Supreme Court, perhaps Wisconsin’s GOP is willing to give this another shot. They are also trying to move a state Supreme Court election in 2020, despite there being no need to do so. As journalist Mark Joseph Stern argued, this is designed to discourage voter turnout and prevent a liberal takeover of the body.

Wisconsin’s Republican Senate leader, Scott Fitzgerald, said the quiet part out loud in a conservative talk radio interview on Monday, calling his next governor a “lap dog” for teachers’ unions and saying that “we don’t trust Tony Evers right now.” His will, and presumably that of 17 other sitting GOP state senators, outweighs the collective will of the state that the governor is allegedly supposed to represent.

In a crack-of-the-morning vote Wednesday, Wisconsin’s Senate passed the sweeping measures by one vote, 17-16. Then the state assembly passed it, and outgoing Gov. Scott Walker will sign it into law. Lame-duck power grabs aren’t new for him, nor for Republicans nationwide. The assembly’s Republican speaker, Robin Vos, defended this by saying that he was sticking up for the voters in his district. “Where I live, people have said do whatever you have to do to make sure the reforms that have been positive for Wisconsin don’t go away,” he said via the assembly’s Twitter a day before the vote.

This mirrors what North Carolina Republicans pulled in 2016, seeking to limit the powers of Democrat Roy Cooper after voters elected him governor that year. Michigan saw that blueprint, and as the state welcomes its own Democratic trifecta — the first in 28 years — Republicans there have proposed new measures that would neuter the incoming governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Protecting unconstitutional measures, such as one that allows adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples, is taking priority over that will of the voter we hear so much about.

Voter suppression is not merely about gerrymandering, closing polling places and requiring IDs to shape an electorate. It is a declaration that only Republicans are allowed to run things, even when the voters say otherwise, and that any challenges to their power are invalid. We worry, rightfully, about what Trump does and will do to our democracy. He soils it with his lies about undocumented voting and his encouragement of intimidation at the polls. But the embarrassment of his “voter fraud” panel demonstrated that he is actually rather ineffective at suppressing votes. Trump is a small man, but that isn’t why this is bigger than him. When it comes to protecting Republican power for themselves and their shrinking white electorate, the real pros are at the state level.

Editor’s note: This piece has been updated to reflect that Democrat Roy Cooper was elected governor of North Carolina in 2016. We regret the error.

dailycaller

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemned Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s upcoming speech at the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) banquet next month.

CAIR is a pro-Palestinian organization with alleged ties to Islamic terror groups. The U.S. Department of Justice has listed CAIR as an unindicted co-conspirator in funding millions of dollars to the terrorist organization Hamas. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also named CAIR a terrorist organization in 2014, along with al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.

Omar is scheduled to speak at CAIR-LA’s annual banquet on March 23.

McCarthy condemned Omar’s scheduled speech during an interview last week on “Outnumbered Overtime.” (RELATED: Conservative Jewish Organization Condemns Omar’s Comments On Israel)

“This isn’t the first time, when you look what she’s been doing earlier in Congress as well. You look what she’s going on — hopefully she’s canceling the dinner, that she’s going to have a dinner here in the next month where an individual that’s also going to be speaking at that dinner, talks about the joy of 20 Jews being killed,” McCarthy stated. “This is not the place we want to associate ourselves with and it shouldn’t be a partisan issue.”

It’s unclear who exactly McCarthy was referencing, but she’ll be Hassan Shibly, the chief executive director for CAIR-Florida, will also be speaking at the event. He’s previously stated that Hezbollah and Hamas are not terrorist organizations.

Republican Jewish Coalition spokesperson Neil Boylan Strauss told The Daily Caller on Monday:

We are dismayed, but not surprised by Omar’s decision, much like the rest of her decisions to date. CAIR is not a mainstream organization. CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorism funding case, and has very uncomfortable ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas. Congresswoman Omar was just recently forced to give a halfhearted apology for her anti-Semitic words. If she wishes to avoid another moment that causes even her own party to turn against her, she aught to reconsider her decision to speak to CAIR.

Omar has been accused of pushing anti-Semitism in the past. Earlier this month, she was accused of pushing anti-Semitism for saying the pro-Israel lobby buys support for Israel from members of Congress. Members of both political parties criticized those comments, for which Omar later apologized.

She has also admitted support for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, which is considered by some to be anti-Semitic. Omar also implied that Israel is not a democracy, and she’s previously accused Israel of “[hypnotizing] the world,” although she has since apologized for it.

It was also announced Monday that Omar’s colleague from Michigan, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, will be the guest speaker at CAIR-Michigan’s 19th annual “Faith-Led, Justice Driven” banquet. Tlaib has faced her own accusations of anti-Semitism.

gellerreport

Published  2 months ago

Jewicidal leftists continue to shame their people. Anti-Jew Jews. These traitors have plagued the Jewish people from time immemorial. “I’m a Jew; she was right about AIPAC,” comedian Michael Ian Black said, adding, “Also, I’m an American; I’m right about the NRA.” Black is wrong on both counts. The Jews are their own worst enemy. These anti-Jewish Jews do not represent the welfare of the Jewish people. They represent the left. The left is antisemitic. They do not represent Jewish interests. On the contrary, they actively work against them and the Jewish state of Israel.

“Hollywood Rallies Around Ilhan Omar: ‘I’m a Jew; She Was Right About AIPAC,’” by Justin Caruso, Breitbart, February 14, 2019:

Hollywood celebrities concerned about bigotry in America made one big exception this week to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks she made about the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said in a social media post about GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy defending Israel.

She then insinuated that AIPAC was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Many political figures, even Democrats, accused her of perpetuating harmful anti-Semitic tropes.

Hollywood celebrities, however, had a different opinion.

“I’m a Jew; she was right about AIPAC,” comedian Michael Ian Black said, adding, “Also, I’m an American; I’m right about the NRA.”

“Trump’s criticism of Omar is ironic given how many times he has made anti-Semitic comments or hesitated to denounce such rhetoric,” Mia Farrow remarked.

Left-wing director Judd Apatow responded to Vice President Mike Pence’s condemnation of Omar, snarking, “Pocahontas is cool? Nazi’s are good people is cool? Mexicans are rapists is cool? Africa is a shithole is cool? Grab em by the pussy is cool? Gotcha.”

Rosie O’Donnell re-tweeted a similar criticism of Trump, simply adding, “ImpeachTrumpNow.”

Michael Moore simply posted a glowing photo of Omar….

themillenniumreport

Published  2 months ago

Why did Adam Schiff have a secret meeting with Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder who lied to Congress?

Chuck Ross | Reporter

The Daily Caller

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pressing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for answers about his interactions with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Democrat-funded Steele dossier.

In a statement released on Friday, McCarthy questioned whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should recuse himself from the Intelligence panel’s Russia investigation because of a meeting he had with Simpson at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2018.

“Given Chairman Schiff’s previous underlying rationale when calling for others to recuse themselves from Russia-related investigations, in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy or perceived bias, should Chairman Schiff recuse himself from his intended investigations after meeting with a witness of an ongoing investigation?” McCarthy asked.

The Schiff-Simpson meeting has come under scrutiny because of Simpson’s role in pushing the unverified Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory. Simpson has also been accused by some Republican lawmakers of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his interactions with government officials while working on the dossier. (RELATED: Bruce Ohr’s Testimony Conflicted With Glenn Simpson’s)

During testimony to the House panel on Nov. 14, 2017, Simpson withheld that he met with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr prior to the November 2016 election. Simpson said that he met Ohr only after the election. But Ohr told Congress on Aug. 28, 2018 that he and Simpson met on Aug. 22, 2016 at Simpson’s request. They met again on Dec. 10, 2016.

Kevin McCarthy talks with reporters following the weekly House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Ohr’s wife worked as a contractor for Fusion during the 2016 campaign. And after the election, Ohr served as the back channel between the FBI and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who worked for Fusion GPS on the dossier project.

During the same testimony in which Simpson has been accused of lying, Schiff sought investigative leads from the Fusion GPS founder.

McCarthy asserted that it is “virtually unprecedented … that a now Chairman of an investigative committee would seek direction from a fatally biased witness who was actually paid by political opponents to uncover dirt on the President.”

Schiff recently announced that he plans to expand the committee’s investigation into whether President Trump conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election and whether foreign agents have leverage over Trump.

The Steele dossier is the main source document for that conspiracy theory. In the 35-page document, Steele alleges a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Kremlin to release emails stolen from Democrats. Steele also claimed that the Kremlin is blackmailing Trump with a video tape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

None of the core allegations about Trump have been verified in the more than two years since the dossier was published.

McCarthy is also accusing Schiff of running cover for Fusion GPS and the FBI, which relied heavily on the dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Schiff served as a roadblock to House Intel Republican efforts to obtain Fusion’s bank records. Those documents, which were released after a legal fight in October 2017, revealed that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS $1 million to investigate Trump. (RELATED: Bruce Ohr Testimony Undercuts Adam Schiff’s Defense Of FBI)

Schiff’s office and Fusion GPS have downplayed the Aspen meeting.

“The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” a spokesman for Schiff told The Hill, which reported the meeting on Feb. 7.

American Greatness

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Post by @theamgreatness.

Crooks and Liars

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy did his best to undermine the new Democratic House Intelligence Chairman during an appearance on Fox's Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo.

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is planning unmerited and aggressive partisan investigations of President Trump, has plenty of questions he should be answering about his own activities.

Conservative Daily News

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pressing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for answers about his interactions with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Democrat-funded Steele dossier.

In a statement released on Friday, McCarthy questioned whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should recuse himself from the Intelligence panel’s Russia investigation because of a meeting he had with Simpson at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2018.

“Given Chairman Schiff’s previous underlying rationale when calling for others to recuse themselves from Russia-related investigations, in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy or perceived bias, should Chairman Schiff recuse himself from his intended investigations after meeting with a witness of an ongoing investigation?” McCarthy asked.

The Schiff-Simpson meeting has come under scrutiny because of Simpson’s role in pushing the unverified Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory. Simpson has also been accused by some Republican lawmakers of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his interactions with government officials while working on the dossier. (Related: Fusion GPS – The Connections)

During testimony to the House panel on Nov. 14, 2017, Simpson withheld that he met with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr prior to the November 2016 election. Simpson said that he met Ohr only after the election. But Ohr told Congress on Aug. 28, 2018 that he and Simpson met on Aug. 22, 2016 at Simpson’s request. They met again on Dec. 10, 2016.

Ohr’s wife worked as a contractor for Fusion during the 2016 campaign. And after the election, Ohr served as the back channel between the FBI and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who worked for Fusion GPS on the dossier project.

During the same testimony in which Simpson has been accused of lying, Schiff sought investigative leads from the Fusion GPS founder.

McCarthy asserted that it is “virtually unprecedented … that a now Chairman of an investigative committee would seek direction from a fatally biased witness who was actually paid by political opponents to uncover dirt on the President.”

Schiff recently announced that he plans to expand the committee’s investigation into whether President Trump conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election and whether foreign agents have leverage over Trump.

The Steele dossier is the main source document for that conspiracy theory. In the 35-page document, Steele alleges a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Kremlin to release emails stolen from Democrats. Steele also claimed that the Kremlin is blackmailing Trump with a video tape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

None of the core allegations about Trump have been verified in the more than two years since the dossier was published.

McCarthy is also accusing Schiff of running cover for Fusion GPS and the FBI, which relied heavily on the dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Schiff served as a roadblock to House Intel Republican efforts to obtain Fusion’s bank records. Those documents, which were released after a legal fight in October 2017, revealed that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS $1 million to investigate Trump.

Schiff’s office and Fusion GPS have downplayed the Aspen meeting.

“The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” a spokesman for Schiff told The Hill, which reported the meeting on Feb. 7.

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WayneDupree.com

Published  2 months ago

The newly minted Minnesota Democrat actually accused Republicans of accepting bribes to support Israel

Jihad Watch

Published  2 months ago

“Hollywood celebrities concerned about bigotry in America made one big exception this week to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks she made about the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).”

Note well: these Hollywood celebrities who heavily impact culture are not concerned about anti-Semitism, but about anti-Muslim bigotry, with specific reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is herself a purveyor of bigotry. It’s insane, but it is also a familiar pattern. It’s fine for Muslims to be bigoted against Jews and other infidels, apostates, and homosexuals, to deem women to be inferior, and hold black slaves.

Despite Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets claiming that “Jewish money was behind American elected officials’ support for Israel,” specifically the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Bernie Sanders stated: “We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

“Hollywood Rallies Around Ilhan Omar: ‘I’m a Jew; She Was Right About AIPAC,’” by Justin Caruso, Breitbart, February 14, 2019:

Hollywood celebrities concerned about bigotry in America made one big exception this week to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after she was accused of anti-Semitism for remarks she made about the pro-Israel American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

“It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” Rep. Ilhan Omar said in a social media post about GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy defending Israel.

She then insinuated that AIPAC was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel.

Many political figures, even Democrats, accused her of perpetuating harmful anti-Semitic tropes.

Hollywood celebrities, however, had a different opinion.

“I’m a Jew; she was right about AIPAC,” comedian Michael Ian Black said, adding, “Also, I’m an American; I’m right about the NRA.”

“Trump’s criticism of Omar is ironic given how many times he has made anti-Semitic comments or hesitated to denounce such rhetoric,” Mia Farrow remarked.

Left-wing director Judd Apatow responded to Vice President Mike Pence’s condemnation of Omar, snarking, “Pocahontas is cool? Nazi’s are good people is cool? Mexicans are rapists is cool? Africa is a shithole is cool? Grab em by the pussy is cool? Gotcha.”

Rosie O’Donnell re-tweeted a similar criticism of Trump, simply adding, “ImpeachTrumpNow.”

Michael Moore simply posted a glowing photo of Omar….

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

On Friday President Trump retweeted CarpeDonktum‘s hilarious video mocking Democrat reaction to the president’s State of the Union Address. The video was also posted on YouTube. By Friday night Twitter removed the video from its platform. Via Mike Cernovich: A video from the President of the United States of America has been removed. pic.twitter.com/UuAS0WstFi — […]

Conservative News Today

Published  2 months ago

Being left with few options by a dysfunctional Congress incapable of acting outside party interests, President Donald Trump is reportedly set to declare a national emergency on the porous southern border to secure funding to build a wall. And while the president can honestly say he did everything possible to work with the corrupt DC political […]

TheHill

Published  2 months ago

This week’s controversial tweets by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), one of the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, has put the spotlight on the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Conservative Review

Published  2 months ago

We’re now $22 trillion in debt, yet despite all that red ink, the Mexican cartels have control of our border and we’re not one bit closer to spending money on our own security. We’ve gone into deep debt for everything except the core function of the federal government.

It feels like it was yesterday when I was watching the news as a kid with my parents in 1995, listening to Newt Gingrich, during the infamous shutdown fight, warn about the dire consequences of crossing the $5 trillion debt milestone. It feels like it was yesterday when I was writing press releases for candidates in “the year of the Tea Party” on how Obama and the Pelosi Congress took the debt to $14 trillion in such a short period of time. Now, over eight years into varying degrees of GOP control of Congress and the White House, we have crossed the $22 trillion mark, expanding the debt more rapidly than at any time in our history. Whereas the debt exploded by $5 trillion during Bush’s eight-year tenure, a shocking figure at the time, it has now increased $8 trillion just since Republicans controlled the House in 2011 and by $4 trillion over the past four years, since they controlled at least two of the three political organs of government.

Now, the only question Republicans have is how many pennies of border security they will fight for, while refusing to challenge any of the nonessential and even harmful programs of the federal government. The GOP platform on debt and spending is a lie from top to bottom, as Republicans plan to pass more budget bills allowing us to blow through the budget caps without any effort to systemically reform the way we budget.

Now that Republicans are planning to cave on border funding, can they at least force a confrontation with Democrats over spending levels for functions of government that are nowhere near as important as border security? Thus, departments like HUD, which were able to completely shut down for a month with nobody noticing, will continue to enjoy record spending. We will continue to provide security for Kabul and Baghdad with the beefed-up military budget since last year’s budget deal, but no funding for our border or meaningful use of the military to protect our own sovereignty from the daily incursions by the most brutal cartels on earth.

Why even have a Republican Party any more?

Even more indefensible, unlike during the end of Bush’s years and the beginning of Obama’s tenure, when we first began accruing trillion-dollar annual deficits, we are not facing a deep recession. In fact, we are enjoying the most robust period of job growth since the late 1990s, and revenue is at a record high baseline.

Let it be known for all of time that dire predictions of revenue slumping as a result of the tax cuts were fake news. The entirety of the current deficit problem is due to increased spending. According to the latest monthly report released by the Treasury Department yesterday, spending was up 9.6 percent for the first three months of fiscal year 2019 relative to the first three months of FY 2018. What about revenues? They actually rose slightly by 0.2 percent, despite some declines in certain revenue categories. This is an important statistic, because it is the first clean metric we have comparing a period of time with the tax cuts in full implementation to a period before the tax cuts.

Moreover, some of the increased tax revenue from more payroll taxes likely would not have occurred without the job creation spawned by the tax cuts. If you isolate the revenue tallies for individual and corporate taxes, the government obviously did lose some revenue in certain categories, but it was made up by a $15 billion increase in payroll tax revenue (FICA, Social Security taxes), in addition to increased revenue from excise taxes.

The annual deficit after just three months stood at $319 trillion, well on pace to smash the trillion-dollar deficit mark for the first time in a booming economy.

Thus, this bipartisan era of debt is worse than anything we’ve seen this generation, and it is all happening with record revenue and a booming economy – with no world war consuming our economy and budget.

Thanks to Republican-approved budget deals, for the first three months of the fiscal year, outlays for HHS are up 12.5 percent, outlays for the Department of Education spiked 23 percent, and outlays for the Department of Commerce have doubled! Meanwhile, outlays on Homeland Security have actually been down by 30 percent because of less disaster spending under FEMA than last year. But it’s not like we went on a spending binge for Border Patrol and ICE. Outlays on military spending are up 8.45 percent, but again, what is the purpose of the military if we use it everywhere else in the world except against those who most directly harm us at our own border?

All of this spending is creating a crisis with interest payments on the debt. Net interest payments for the first quarter are up to $100 billion. That is an annualized pace of $400 billion, almost twice the level it has been in recent years. And this is just the beginning.

What is driving the most debt? The issue where Republicans now agree with Democrats: socialized medicine. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is now bashing the Freedom Caucus for opposing the key element of Obamacare responsible for driving up the cost of insurance, thereby generating the massive spending and the monopoly created by the health care industry.

Health care is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. Federal spending on health care (not including state expenditures) is projected to be $17 trillion over the next 10 years, dwarfing the cost of Social Security and the military. By 2047, health care spending will be about 25 percent greater than the insolvent and crushing cost of Social Security. As such, health care in itself is the largest driver of the other great crisis, as noted: the mushrooming cost of the interest on the debt itself. Health care spending alone will be greater than all the revenue from payroll taxes and corporate income taxes combined and almost as large as individual income tax revenue.

This is all going to the creation of a monopoly in a circuitous death spiral of price inflation and increased government spending. It’s no mystery why our national expenditures on health care have popped from $27 billion in 1960 to over $3.3 trillion today. Assuming health care would rise at the same rate as the rest of the economy, that number would be under $250 billion today. If we flushed $1.6 trillion down the toilet every year, we’d come out with a better result because we’d just waste money. Now, we are taking that wasted money and artificially inflating the cost of health care to the point that nobody can afford it without government continuing the death spiral of spending, monopolizing, and price inflation.

Yet Republicans have acquiesced to every degree of this baseline and are only debating how much more socialized medicine they will countenance while fake-fighting the rest. Then they will say we have to agree to the new socialized medicine in order to fight the next plan. Rinse and repeat.

Now, instead of looking to cut spending elsewhere, Republican senators met with Ivanka Trump to see how they can create a new entitlement of paid family leave like they have in Europe, but of course without adding to the deficit and distorting our job market! They will find a “conservative way” to agree to Democrats.

With the deficits for FY 2019 skyrocketing just as much as the illegal immigration numbers, at some point conservatives need to asses their rate of return on the Republican Party.

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dailycaller

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is pressing House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for answers about his interactions with Glenn Simpson, the founder of the opposition research firm behind the Democrat-funded Steele dossier.

In a statement released on Friday, McCarthy questioned whether Schiff, a California Democrat, should recuse himself from the Intelligence panel’s Russia investigation because of a meeting he had with Simpson at the Aspen Security Forum in July 2018.

“Given Chairman Schiff’s previous underlying rationale when calling for others to recuse themselves from Russia-related investigations, in order to avoid charges of hypocrisy or perceived bias, should Chairman Schiff recuse himself from his intended investigations after meeting with a witness of an ongoing investigation?” McCarthy asked.

The Schiff-Simpson meeting has come under scrutiny because of Simpson’s role in pushing the unverified Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory. Simpson has also been accused by some Republican lawmakers of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his interactions with government officials while working on the dossier. (RELATED: Bruce Ohr’s Testimony Conflicted With Glenn Simpson’s)

During testimony to the House panel on Nov. 14, 2017, Simpson withheld that he met with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr prior to the November 2016 election. Simpson said that he met Ohr only after the election. But Ohr told Congress on Aug. 28, 2018 that he and Simpson met on Aug. 22, 2016 at Simpson’s request. They met again on Dec. 10, 2016.

Ohr’s wife worked as a contractor for Fusion during the 2016 campaign. And after the election, Ohr served as the back channel between the FBI and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who worked for Fusion GPS on the dossier project.

During the same testimony in which Simpson has been accused of lying, Schiff sought investigative leads from the Fusion GPS founder.

McCarthy asserted that it is “virtually unprecedented … that a now Chairman of an investigative committee would seek direction from a fatally biased witness who was actually paid by political opponents to uncover dirt on the President.”

Schiff recently announced that he plans to expand the committee’s investigation into whether President Trump conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election and whether foreign agents have leverage over Trump.

The Steele dossier is the main source document for that conspiracy theory. In the 35-page document, Steele alleges a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Kremlin to release emails stolen from Democrats. Steele also claimed that the Kremlin is blackmailing Trump with a video tape of him with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

None of the core allegations about Trump have been verified in the more than two years since the dossier was published.

McCarthy is also accusing Schiff of running cover for Fusion GPS and the FBI, which relied heavily on the dossier to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Schiff served as a roadblock to House Intel Republican efforts to obtain Fusion’s bank records. Those documents, which were released after a legal fight in October 2017, revealed that the Clinton campaign and DNC paid Fusion GPS $1 million to investigate Trump. (RELATED: Bruce Ohr Testimony Undercuts Adam Schiff’s Defense Of FBI)

Schiff’s office and Fusion GPS have downplayed the Aspen meeting.

“The chairman did not have any pre-planned meeting with Glenn Simpson, and any conversation with him at the Aspen conference would have been brief and social in nature,” a spokesman for Schiff told The Hill, which reported the meeting on Feb. 7.

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Katrina Pierson

Published  2 months ago

As reported by Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy is the Majority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. As the Senate Intelligence Committee nears the end of its years-long investigation into whether the 2016 Trump campaign

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

Democratic leaders directed their deputies on the 2019 border security panel to hide their negotiating victories from President Donald Trump.

NewsBusters

Published  2 months ago

Addressing the new “compromise” pertaining to border security, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon reiterated a tired old talking point attempting to smear the wall as racist; arguing that the purpose of the

Katrina Pierson

Published  2 months ago

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.

US Liberty Wire

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy just made his move on Adam Schiff. Schiff is under fire for taking some secret meetings with Fusion GPS, a firm at the heart of the investigation he is launching

NewsBusters

Published  2 months ago

In what was poorly mangled attempt to be the liberal and unfunny Seth Meyers, CNN’s The Lead host Jake Tapper went on a rant Wednesday in which he pretended to throw fits at his staff for not showing

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

The House Republicans moved an amendment opposing antisemitism through the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, using an unusual parliamentary maneuver from the minority that rarely succeeds. It passed 424-0.

The “motion to recommit” is rarely successful. Typically, it is a last-ditch effort by the minority party to make an amendment to another bill. In this case, Republicans offered an amendment to a House resolution against the U.S. supporting Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen.

The amendment declares that “[I]t is in the national security interest of the United States to combat anti-Semitism around the world.” Democrats, embarrassed by ongoing criticism of the antisemitic rhetoric of several members, including first-term Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), felt no choice but to agree.

Rare thing happening in the House right now: Looks like Dems are going to approve GOP motion to recommit, normally a last gasp procedural move by minority to alter a bill, either by amending it or sending it back to cmte.

I can’t remember the last time one passed

— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 13, 2019

This MTR is “a stand against anti-Semitism” accordingto GOP.

Comes on the heels of controversy’s over Rep. Omar’s anti-Semitic tweet earlier this week

— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) February 13, 2019

And it’s approved with near unanimous support, 424-0, with two voting present. These procedural votes rarely succeed. https://t.co/7WofqTeD0u

— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 13, 2019

The full text of the amendment adds that “all attempts to delegitimize and deny Israel’s right to exist must be denounced and rejected,” which contrasts directly with the views of first-term Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Moreover, the amendment opposes boycotts of Israel: “It is in the national security interest of the United States to oppose restrictive trade practices or boycotts fostered or imposed by any foreign country against other countries friendly to the United States or against any United States person.” That is an indirect rebuke of Omar’s policies: she supports the anti-Israel “boycott, divestment, sanctions” (BDS) movement, despite opposing it in the election.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had promised action against antisemitism in the House this week. In a statement after the vote, he said:

In a defining moment for the U.S. House of Representatives and the country as a whole, Republicans and Democrats voted as one today to condemn anti-Semitism around the world, to denounce all attempts to delegitimize Israel’s right to exist, and to oppose efforts to impose boycotts on Israel. Amid the troubling rise of anti-Semitism, including attacks on synagogues and Jewish cemeteries, it is our duty as a nation to stand firmly against intolerance and division. This overwhelmingly positive and cohesive vote shows there is no place for anti-Semitism in any form, anytime, anywhere.

Neither Tlaib nor Omar opposed the amendment explicitly; Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI) and Thomas Massie (R-KY) were the only two members to vote “present.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

'Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress.'

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

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

LifeNews.com

Published  2 months ago

House Democrats Block Request to Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide For a Fifth Time

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

(U.S. House of Representatives)

A House Democrat's "blah blah blah" mockery of key Trump administration accomplishments drew a quick response on Twitter on Wednesday from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., appeared unimpressed as she read a list of the economic successes of the Trump administration during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Capitol Hill.

"GDP is great, unemployment is at an all-time low, African-Americans are doing well, Hispanics are doing well, wages are rising at the fastest pace in ten years -- blah, blah, blah,” Moore, a congresswoman since 2005, said at the hearing.

Afterward, McCarthy, R-Calif., tweeted a video of Moore making the remarks, adding an overlay of the words "blah blah blah" for emphasis.

"From the party that claims to be #ForThePeople," McCarthy wrote.

Moore later responded to McCarthy, referring to what she called the "GOP tax scam."

"Any benefit of the #goptaxscam is put on the national credit card," Moore wrote on Twitter. "The middle class knows they’re going to be the ones who are forced to pay it back.

"Meanwhile," she added, "Democrats grew the economy, shrunk the deficit, & gave everyone healthcare. Thanks, Obama!"

Donald Trump Jr. later described Moore’s comments as “a joke.”

“If over his entire presidency Obama had accomplished 10% of what @realDonaldTrump for these groups the left would anoint him emperor for life. When Trump does it in less than 2 years it’s Blah Blah Blah. What a joke!”

Wednesday's House Ways and Means Committee hearing focused on how middle-class families are faring in today’s economy.

Moore, the first African-American elected to Congress from Wisconsin, had noted that there appeared to be a disconnect between the Trump administration’s list of economic wins and the testimony from the panel of economists invited to speak in the chamber.

A representative for Moore did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

Daily Wire

Published  2 months ago

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On Monday night, for the fourth time in the last four legislative days the House has convened, Democrats blocked Republicans from calling a vote against infanticide. U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) asked for unanimous consent to bring U.S. Representative Ann Wagner's (R-Mo.) Born Alive Survivors Protection Act up for a vote. After he was blocked, Walker wrote an op-ed for LifeSite News, stating:

I just left the House floor where, for the fourth straight legislative day, House Democrats blocked a vote on a bill that would protect babies who survive abortions from being murdered. I just asked for “unanimous consent” to bring Rep. Ann Wagner’s (R-MO) Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote. Democratic leaders, supporting the abortion industry agenda, refused to even consider the legislation, fearing the thought of allowing their members to vote their conscience and what they know to be morally straight.

That followed three other attempts in the previous three legislative days, as LifeNews reports. But even before that, a vote was blocked in the Senate: On February 4, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) objected to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and her one vote was enough to prevent the Senate from passing the bill in a unanimous consent vote, as LifeSiteNews reported. That came after Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NB) requested the unanimous consent vote after Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, had made comments indicating he did not object to letting an infant die after its birth, indicating that a born-alive “infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired.”

Then came the Democrats blocking action in the House: On February 6, Democrats blocked Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy when he called for a unanimous consent vote to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. McCarthy responded, “Democrats just rejected mandatory medical care for every baby born. They’ll have an opportunity to do the right thing tomorrow when Republicans ask for a vote again.”

Democrats just rejected mandatory medical care for every baby born. They’ll have an opportunity to do the right thing tomorrow when Republicans ask for a vote again.

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 6, 2019

The following day, February 7, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise asked Democrats to permit a vote on the bill; they refused. Scalise responded, “Before the entire House, I asked for immediate consideration of a bill that protects infants born alive during abortions. But Democrats rejected my motion and refused to consider it. Why won’t they go on record and tell the American people where they stand on infanticide?”

Before the entire House, I asked for immediate consideration of a bill that protects infants born alive during abortions. But Democrats rejected my motion and refused to consider it. Why won’t they go on record and tell the American people where they stand on infanticide? pic.twitter.com/eaqBS17LTl

— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) February 7, 2019

On Friday, November 8, Congresswoman Ann Wagner of Missouri wanted to call a unanimous consent vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Democrats blocked her.

Scalise and Wagner are intending that after 30 consecutive legislative days of calling for a unanimous consent vote, they will file a discharge petition that would force a vote if a majority of House members sign it.

Scalise stated:

Innocent life must be defended and protected at every stage, and that includes babies born alive during an abortion. We must immediately extend legal protections to these vulnerable newborns and prosecute any doctor who would leave them to die. I introduced this resolution to begin the process of forcing a vote on Congresswoman Wagner’s important piece of legislation, especially after horrific actions taken in New York and Virginia to permit infanticide. The silence from Congressional Democrats is deafening and shameful. Every Member of Congress, regardless of party, needs to go on record against infanticide, and we must immediately take action to stop it. The American people deserve to know where their representatives stand on this critical issue.

Wagner added:

I have been horrified to watch radical Democratic legislators argue that babies who survive abortions should not be given the same level of medical care that all other newborn babies receive. Congress must act to protect those who cannot protect themselves. That is why I introduced the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which merely ensures that babies who survive abortions receive immediate, lifesaving care—just as any other baby would. To my colleagues, this is the simplest vote you will ever take: either you support babies being killed after they are born or you don’t. It is time to go on the record and make clear if you think babies born alive deserve medical care, or if you think they should be left to die.”

Watch Walker get turned down on Monday night below:

CNBC

Published  2 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Tuesday the tentative government funding deal shows that Democrats caved on President Donald Trump's demand for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office immediately fired back.

McCarthy said Pelosi had insisted she would provide "'no money for a wall,'" but in the compromise deal "that's not the case."

"The Democrats have now agreed to more than 55 miles of new barrier being built," the California Republican added in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box."

In response, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill told CNBC that "there is no wall money in this agreement" and that "Democrats have supported physical barriers in the past."

"This agreement has the same amount of funding for physical barriers that last year's omnibus had," he added.

Congressional negotiators said they reached a tentative deal late Monday to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. A congressional source told CNBC it would put about $1.4 billion toward physical barriers, but not the concrete wall that the president wants.

It's not known whether Trump will accept the deal. Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to build 215 miles of wall along the southern U.S. border led to a funding stalemate in December and a record 35-day partial government shutdown.

On Jan. 25, the president signed legislation to put federal employees back to work. However, Trump threatened to let funding lapse again or declare a national emergency on illegal immigration if Congress didn't craft a deal he likes.

"The president has a few more tools in his toolbox," said McCarthy, without elaborating on what those tools might be.

The tentative funding agreement would also reduce the cap for Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention beds by about 17 percent from the current 49,057 to 40,520, according to the source.

"The Democrats changed course when they said, 'There would be no detention beds,'" McCarthy said. "They backed away on that. Now we are able to have those detention beds again. It's not as high a number as we would have liked."

A senior Democratic aide told CNBC that Democrats never advocated for "no detention beds," adding the reduction in beds in the tentative deal provides a "critical check on the Trump administration's mass deportation agenda."

The White House was not immediately available to respond to CNBC's request for comment.

—CNBC's Jacob Pramuk contributed to this report.

Daily Wire

Published  2 months ago

Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) snapped at a CNN reporter on Wednesday, bridling under increasing media scrutiny over her anti-Semitic beliefs.

Sara A. Carter

Published  2 months ago

Democratic leadership called out Rep. Omar for writing that AIPAC uses its “Benjamins” to coerce members to support Israel.

The Washington Times

Published  2 months ago

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

inthesetimes

Published  2 months ago

False charges of anti-Semitism are being used to silence critics of Israel.

Frontpage Mag

Published  2 months ago

The anti-Semitism of hijabbed Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has apparently gotten to be too much even for the inveterately anti-Israel Democrat Party leadership. “I unequivocally apologize,” Omar tweeted Monday, after party leaders including Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, James E. Clyburn and others publicly castigated her: “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.”

However, Omar’s apology was more of an admission that she had gotten caught than a sign of a genuine change of heart.

Omar wrote:

Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.

At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the NRA or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it.

Omar’s second paragraph nullified her apology. She had claimed that AIPAC was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel; she made it clear in her apology that she still believes that. All her widely criticized anti-Semitic tweets, meanwhile, are still on her Twitter feed.

It all started when far-Left hate propagandist Glenn Greenwald tweeted: “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel.” To that, Omar responded: “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” The Forward’s Opinion editor, Batya Ungar-Sargon, then tweeted: “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess.” Omar answered: “AIPAC!” And clearly she still believes it.

It isn’t hard to see how Ilhan Omar’s Congressional career will unfold: she will continue to repeat anti-Semitic tropes; she will blame jihad massacres on the US, Israel, and the victims; and she will continue to claim victim status when called out for her hatred. Omar is a far Leftist and a devout, Sharia-adherent Muslim; neither group is distinguished for mavericks or original thinkers. In fact, both are marked by an ideological lockstep that brooks no dissent, disagreement, or fair consideration of opposing ideas. That makes Omar’s future drearily predictable.

And so when considering the sincerity of Omar’s apology, it should be borne in mind that she wouldn’t be where she is today, in the House of Representatives, if her views were not widely shared among the very Democrat leadership that rebuked her Monday.

For it isn’t as if Omar’s anti-Semitic tweets from this week were something new. Before she was elected to Congress, she had denounced what she called “the apartheid Israeli regime,” and claimed that it Israel had “hypnotized the world” to ignore its “evil doings.” Nancy Pelosi either knew this or was criminally negligent when she named Omar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The Democrat Party during the Obama years hardened its stance against Israel. Omar was only able to rise in its ranks and gain a plum assignment as a first-term Representative not in spite of her anti-Semitism, but because of it. A January 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that only 27 percent of Democrats sympathized more with the Israelis than with the Palestinians.

This is extraordinary in light of the fact that both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas routinely incite hatred of and violence against Israel in their official media organs. They teach children that it is a good and noble thing to want to grow up and kill Jews. The Democrats have for years ignored this genocidal incitement, and approved of and even participated in the demonization of Israel in the international media and at the United Nations.

And so now the Democrats are appalled at their Muslim Representative’s Jew-hatred, and she is contrite? Do they really expect anyone to fall for this charade? It is noteworthy that while the cowardly Republican House leadership stripped Rep. Steve King (R-IA) of his committee assignments for a misquote, Omar has not been removed from the Foreign Affairs Committee. Nor will she be removed. She is exactly where the Democrat leadership wants her to be.

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Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His new book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

Katrina Pierson

Published  2 months ago

As reported by FoxNews

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sparked backlash Sunday evening from members of both parties — including former first daughter Chelsea Clinton — after she accused a prominent lobbying group of paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Omar, who became the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress in November, responded to a Twitter post by journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for threatening to take action against Omar and another freshman lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

“There’s situations in our conference where a member does something that is wrong — I think you’ve seen from my own actions that I take action about it,” McCarthy told reporters Friday, making an apparent reference to Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa. “I think when they stay silent, they are just as guilty … I think this will not be the end of this, and if they do not take action then I think you will see action from myself. It’s unacceptable in this country, especially when you sit back and think about and listen to what this country went through in World War II.”

Greenwald accused McCarthy of targeting Omar and Tlaib for their numerous criticisms of Israel, to which Omar chimed in “It’s all about the Benjamins, baby,” quoting a 1997 rap song by Puff Daddy. She then doubled down when challenged by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Forward newspaper.

“Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess,” Ungar-Sargon tweeted. “Bad form, Congresswoman. That’s the second anti-Semitic trope you’ve tweeted.”

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 11, 2019

In response, Omar tweeted “AIPAC!” referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which regularly has been accused by progressives of agitating for a conflict with Iran.

“We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship,” AIPAC tweeted Sunday evening. “Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”

We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.

— AIPAC (@AIPAC) February 11, 2019

Another freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, tweeted that Omar’s statements “are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

“When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of my faith, I will not be silent,” Rose said in a statement. “… At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party – and in the United States of America – we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The congresswoman’s statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.”

Chelsea Clinton tweeted: “We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism.”

The Intercept

Published  2 months ago

A debate about the power in Washington of the pro-Israel lobby is underway, after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., responded sharply to reports that Republican leader Kevin McCarthy was targeting both Omar and fellow Muslim Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan.

Omar quoted rap lyrics — “It’s all about the Benjamins baby” — to suggest McCarthy’s move was driven by the lobby’s prolific spending. Asked specifically who she was referring to, Omar responded, “AIPAC!”

The debate over the influence of pro-Israel groups could be informed by an investigation by Al Jazeera, in which an undercover reporter infiltrated The Israel Project, a Washington-based group, and secretly recorded conversations about political strategy and influence over a six-month period in 2016. That investigation, however, was never aired by the network — suppressed by pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

In November, Electronic Intifada obtained and published the four-part series, but it did so during the week of the midterm elections, and the documentary did not get a lot of attention then.

In it, leaders of the pro-Israel lobby speak openly about how they use money to influence the political process, in ways so blunt that if the comments were made by critics, they’d be charged with anti-Semitism.

David Ochs, founder of HaLev, which helps send young people to AIPAC’s annual conference, described for the reporter how AIPAC and its donors organize fundraisers outside the official umbrella of the organization, so that the money doesn’t show up on disclosures as coming specifically from AIPAC. He describes one group that organizes fundraisers in both Washington and New York. “This is the biggest ad hoc political group, definitely the wealthiest, in D.C.,” Ochs says, adding that it has no official name, but is clearly tied to AIPAC. “It’s the AIPAC group. It makes a difference, it really, really does. It’s the best bang for your buck and the networking is phenomenal.” (Ochs and AIPAC did not immediately return The Intercept’s requests for comment.)

Without spending money, Ochs argues, the pro-Israel lobby isn’t able to enact its agenda. “Congressmen and senators don’t do anything unless you pressure them. They kick the can down the road, unless you pressure them, and the only way to do that is with money,” he explains.

He describes a fundraiser for Anthony Brown, a Democrat running for Congress in Maryland, as typical. “So we want the Jewish community to go face to face in this small environment, 50, 30, 40 people, and say this is what’s important to us. We want to make sure that if we give you money that you’re going to enforce the Iran deal. That way, when they need something from him or her, like the Iran deal, they can quickly mobilize and say look we’ll give you 30 grand. They actually impact,” Ochs tells the reporter.

Such a claim is not so different from what Omar was describing, and for which she was roundly condemned. In the wake of Omar’s tweets, the Washington Post, for instance, reported: “The American Jewish Committee demanded an apology, calling her suggestion that AIPAC is paying American politicians for their support ‘demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic.’” (On Monday, Omar apologized for her tweets but insisted that AIPAC and other lobbyist groups are harmful to U.S. politics.)

In the censored documentary, Ochs went on to describe a fundraiser hosted by Jeff Talpins, a hedge fund giant, as similar, as well. “In New York, with Jeff Talpins, we don’t ask a goddamn thing about the fucking Palestinians. You know why? Cuz it’s a tiny issue. It’s a small, insignificant issue. The big issue is Iran. We want everything focused on Iran,” Ochs says. “What happens is Jeff meets with the congressman in the back room, tells them exactly what his goals are — and by the way, Jeff Talpins is worth $250 million — basically they hand him an envelope with 20 credit cards, and say, You can swipe each of these credit cards for a thousand dollars each.”

Ochs explains that the club in New York required a minimum pledge of $10,000 to join and participate in such events. “It’s a minimum commitment. Some people give a lot more than that.”

AIPAC, on its own website, recruits members to join its “Congressional Club,” and commit to give at least $5,000 per election cycle.

Eric Gallagher, a top official at AIPAC from 2010 to 2015, tells the Al Jazeera reporter that AIPAC gets results. “Getting $38 billion in security aid to Israel matters, which is what AIPAC just did,” he notes at one secretly recorded lunch. “Everything AIPAC does is focused on influencing Congress.”

The film, called “The Lobby,” was produced by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit, and features hidden-camera footage obtained by the reporter, who posed as a Jewish pro-Israel activist from Britain who wanted to volunteer with The Israel Project.

Outfitted with a luxury apartment in Dupont Circle, the reporter hosted multiple gatherings and otherwise socialized broadly within the pro-Israel community, winning the confidence of senior officials, who divulged insider details, many of which have been leaked and created international news.

A companion version of the film, which looked at the Israel lobby’s influence in the United Kingdom, did make it to air and was the subject of intense controversy. It exposed a plot by an Israeli embassy official in the UK to “take down” pro-Palestinian Members of Parliament, leading to his resignation.

That film, however, included a snippet of footage from the United States. Officials here quickly realized that they, too, had been infiltrated. In the UK, the Israel lobby lodged an official complaint claiming the series was anti-Semitic, but the UK’s communications agency rejected the claim, finding that “the allegations in the programme were not made on the grounds that any of the particular individuals concerned were Jewish and noted that no claims were made relating to their faith.”

Pro-Israel officials in the United States, rather than file an official complaint, exerted political pressure. A bipartisan group of 19 lawmakers wrote to the Justice Department requesting an investigation into “the full range of activities undertaken by Al Jazeera in the United States,” and suggesting that the organization be made to register as a foreign agent. Ultimately, Qatar bent to the pressure, and killed the documentary.

chicagotribune.com

Published  2 months ago

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

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 months ago

Democrat Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has recently been under fire for her anti-Semetic tweets involving Israel and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a pro-Israel lobbying group. Omar has been receiving backlash from both sides

LifeNews.com

Published  2 months ago

House Democrats Block Request to Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide For a Fourth Time

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

The House on Wednesday unanimously passed a broad condemnation of anti-Semitism days after Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., received widespread criticism over her comments on Israel.

The language, which does not mention Omar by name, was approved 424-0 using a legislature procedure that lets the minority party make a last-minute motion to change legislation just before it's passed. The procedure almost never works for the minority party, in part because the minority usually tries to make radical changes to the bill that the majority quickly rejects.

On Wednesday, however, Republicans used the so-called motion to recommit vote to call for the addition of language to a resolution that state it is in the "national interests of the United States to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad."

"With an unfortunate rise in anti-Semitism and attempts to delegitimize Israel, the United States House of Representatives must emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism and reject all movements that deny Israel’s right to exist," the amendment states.

The sponsor of the language, Rep. David Kustoff, R-Tenn., indicated the language was aimed at Omar, who has been criticized by both parties for comments they say amount to anti-Semitism.

“This horrific anti-Semitic tone being taken by some Members of Congress must come to an end," Kustoff said. "The language I offered affirms the United States’ interest in combating anti-Semitism at home and abroad, something my colleagues on both sides of the aisle should and must support. I am proud to stand today in solidarity with my Jewish community as this hate has no place in our country."

The House easily approved the proposal, marking the first time in several years that the motion to recommit worked.

The move by GOP lawmakers came after they repeatedly called on House Democrats to remove Omar from her Foreign Affairs Committee assignment, an act they lack the power to do themselves.

Omar was accused this week of peddling an anti-Semitic trope on Twitter that incorporated a slang reference to attack Jewish influence in politics. She apologized at the request of Democratic leaders, who publicly rebuked her.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., had threatened to take steps against House members who make anti-Semitic remarks, but did not provide specifics.

America First with Sebastian Gorka

Published  2 months 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.

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 months ago

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitic sentiments 'cannot be tolerated' in Congress.

WayneDupree.com

Published  2 months ago

There it is — and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and other leaders) made her do it

Zero Hedge

Published  2 months ago

"I think she should either resign from congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee..."

Fox News

Published  2 months ago

In an unprecedented rebuke under the new Congress, House Democratic leaders on Monday roundly condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., for statements about supporters of Israel that were widely viewed as anti-Semitic and called on her to apologize. 

gopaction

Published  2 months ago

GOP Action

02/11 12:09 pm

Rep. Ilhan Omar has been caught sharing her anti-Semitic thoughts yet again after being called out by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Even Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Bill and Hillary, jumped in to condemn Omar's words.

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POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

A pair of House Democrats is calling on leadership to condemn anti-Semitism and denounce controversial remarks made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), as the party faces growing pressure to respond to accusations that one of their members is anti-Semitic.

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) and Elaine Luria (Va.), who are both Jewish, are collecting signatures for a letter they plan to send to Democratic leaders expressing deep concern over “recent rhetoric from certain members within our Caucus, including just last night, that has disparaged us and called into question our loyalty to our nation.” The letter, which was obtained by POLITICO, is being circulated to Jewish Democrats.

Omar, one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, suggested in a tweet Sunday night that Republican support for Israel is fueled by campaign donations from pro-Israel groups like AIPAC.

“We urge you to join us in calling on each member of our Caucus to unite against anti- Semitism and hateful tropes and stereotypes,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter. “In recent weeks, we have had conversations with multiple members of our Caucus who share our concerns about this rhetoric; we have also raised these concerns with Democratic leadership.”

“We must speak out when any Member – Democrat or Republican – uses harmful tropes and stereotypes, levels accusations of dual loyalty, or makes reckless statements like those yesterday,” they added.

Both Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) have been repeatedly attacked by the GOP for their critical views toward Israel and support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which targets Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. But Omar’s latest tweet earned rebukes from members of her own party, including from freshman Reps. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) and Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.).

“We hope that our Caucus will take swift action to address these issues in the coming days by reiterating our rejection of anti-Semitism and our continued support for the State of Israel,” Gottheimer and Luria said in the letter to leadership.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has threatened to take disciplinary action against Omar if Democratic leaders remain silent. One option under consideration, according to his office, is forcing a vote on a resolution from Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) condemning anti-Semitism.

GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) also called on Omar to lose her seat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Republicans are accusing Democrats of hypocrisy after they were quick to punish Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) last month for defending white nationalism and white supremacy, which McCarthy said recently was equivalent, or even “more so,” to the rhetoric from Omar and Tlaib.

“When a member on our side of the aisle said something, they were very clear about what they thought should happen,” McCarthy said. “We took action on our own side. When they stay silent, they are just as guilty.”

dailycaller

Published  2 months ago

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is facing backlash Sunday night after accusing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of buying pro-Israel support from members of Congress.

Chelsea Clinton, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Congressman Max Rose, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as others, all condemned Omar’s remarks. (RELATED: Rep. Omar Ignores Reporter’s Question About Why She Supports The BDS Movement)

The debacle began when Omar quote tweeted The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald. He tweeted a link to a Haartez article about McCarthy promising “action” against Omar and Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib. McCarthy’s statement in the article was not explicit in what he thought required “action,” but it appeared to be in reference to their statements about Israel.

Greenwald’s tweet read, “GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans.”

Omar added, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” with a music note emoji.

It’s all about the Benjamins baby ???? https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019

Then, after receiving pressure to explain who she was talking about, she tweeted “AIPAC!”

In response, Clinton tweeted that politicians should “not traffic in anti-Semitism.” After facing criticism for her response to Omar, Clinton acknowledged that she would reach out to the congresswoman’s office Monday to follow up with her about this. (RELATED: Rep. Omar Defends Tweet Claiming ‘Israel Has Hypnotized The World,’ Says It’s Not About Religion)

Cheney, a Republican, tweeted that House Democrats should remove her from the Foreign Affairs Committee.

House Democrat leaders should condemn this anti-Semitism and immediately remove ⁦@IlhanMN⁩ from the House Foreign Affairs Committee pic.twitter.com/IYAoXEGtld

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) February 11, 2019

“When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, will not be silence. Congresswoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israeli because of money along is offense enough,” Democratic Rep. Rose, who is Jewish, said in a statement. “At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel.”

McCarthy, who has made strong remarks against Omar previously, indirectly addressed her latest remarks, tweeting, “Anti-Semitic tropes have no place in the halls of Congress.”

Omar has made numerous statements about Israel that have been criticized. She has acknowledged support for the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement, implied that Israel is not a democracy, and has previously accused Israel of “[hypnotizing] the world,” although she has since somewhat apologized for it.

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Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar is facing backlash from top Republican and Democratic leadership for blasting the largest pro-Israel lobby, AIPAC, on twitter Sunday. Omar responded to a tweet from Forward journalist Batya Ungar-Sargon that read “Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can […]

Washington Examiner

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters Friday that GOP lawmakers would not vote to block President Trump from using a national emergency declaration to divert federal funds for the construction of a southern border wall.

“I don’t think anyone questions his legal authority to declare a national emergency,” said McCarthy, R-Calif.

Trump has threatened to issue an emergency declaration if Congress does not agree to provide billions of dollars for the wall.

Democrats oppose the wall and are likely to trigger a congressional vote to block him with a resolution of disapproval that requires only a simple majority to pass.

Trump would likely veto the measure. Congress can only override his veto with a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers, which seems highly unlikely in either the House or the Senate.

In the House, about 90 Republicans would have to join Democrats in a vote to block the president. McCarthy predicted it won’t happen.

“I don’t see any way that would get overridden, if it were vetoed, in any way shape or form," he said.

[Also read: Congress close to a deal on border fencing, and Trump might take it]

Daily Wire

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Anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Sunday and retweeted a tweet that said "[Omar] might as well call [Jews] hook-nosed."

Omar's vile remarks came in response to a Haaretz report that stated that Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was going to take action against anti-Semitic Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Omar.

"If [Democrats] do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself," McCarthy said. "This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country."

Omar, who has promoted anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that were used by Nazi Germany, said that the GOP's support for Israel was "all about the Benjamins baby."

An hour later, Omar promoted another anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, falsely stating that The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is paying American politicians "to be pro-Israel."

Omar then retweeted the following tweet that stated she "might as well call [American Jews] hook-nosed."

"I’m one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation, laments Israel’s anti-democratic drift, and doesn’t regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity," Politico magazine editor Joshua Zeitz tweeted. "And I know exactly what the congresswoman meant. She might as well call us hook-nosed."

Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) slammed Omar in a statement on Sunday night over her anti-Semitism:

When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent. Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But to go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is simply unacceptable.

At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party - and in the United States of America - we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.

Democrat Chelsea Clinton responded to Omar's anti-Semitism by saying that she was going to talk to Omar about her "anti-Semitic language and tropes."

"We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism," Clinton tweeted.

Omar responded by suggesting that she was the victim of criticism over her blatant anti-Semitism.

"Chelsea - I would be happy to talk," Omar tweeted. "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."

In an interview with CNN last week, Omar said it was "exciting" that her anti-Semitic views were sparking debate "finally able to have conversations that we weren't really willing to."

When Omar was pressed about her support for anti-Semitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel she ran and refused to answer the question.

AIPAC responded to Omar's anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, tweeting: "We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work."

TheHill

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Freshman Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his colleague Rep. Ilhan Omar's tweet suggesting that a pro-Israel lobbying group was buying off lawmakers was "deeply hurtful to Jews," including himself.

"When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes against people of any faith, I will not be silent," Rose wrote on Twitter. "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself. Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough. But go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their pain at her sentiment is truly unacceptable."

"At a time when anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel. In the Democratic Party - and in the United States of America - we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the Gods we pray to, as a strength. The Congresswoman's statements do not live up to that cherished ideal."

Earlier Sunday, Omar responded to a question about who she "thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel" by saying "AIPAC!" The tweet was referencing the major pro-Israel lobbying group.

She also retweeted journalist Glenn Greenwald responding to a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) promising "action" toward the Minnesota lawmaker and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) over their alleged anti-Semitism. She captioned that retweet with a message: "It's all about the Benjamins baby," referring to money.

Omar's office initially responded to The Hill's request for comment about the "Benjamins" tweet by referring to her AIPAC tweet. They did not immediately respond to a follow-up questions.

The American Jewish Committee, a major Jewish advocacy organization, also blasted Omar's statements, calling them "stunningly anti-Semitic."

Omar, as a well as Tlaib, have previously been criticized for their support of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, which condemns Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Both maintain that the movement is not anti-Semitic.

POLITICO

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Freshman Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar ignited a new controversy on Sunday night when she suggested GOP support for Israel is driven by campaign donations from a prominent pro-Israel group.

Omar singled out AIPAC, one of the most influential lobbying groups in Washington, as the source of those donations.

Omar's comments touched upon a long-running, and particularly ugly, thread of the anti-Semitic movement — that Jewish money fuels backing for Israel in the United States and elsewhere. A freshman Democrat, Max Rose of New York, said, "Congresswoman Omar's statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself."

And the American-Israel Political Action Committee is a non-profit that doesn't donate directly to candidates. AIPAC, however, does relentlessly push a pro-Israeli message on Capitol Hill and inside executive branch, and its members donate to pro-Israel lawmakers and candidates while seeking to defeat those it considers a threat to U.S.-Israeli relations.

Omar has come under fire from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other Republicans over her comments criticizing Israel, both since her election to Congress and long before she even began her political career. In November 2012, in the midst of an Israeli military campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Omar said on Twitter "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel."

Omar and freshmen Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib — the first two Muslim women elected to Congress — have signaled support for the Palestinian-led BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) against the Israeli government over its treatment of Palestinians.

On Sunday night, Omar was responding to a tweet from prominent journalist Glenn Greenwald, who said, "Equating [Omar and Tlaib's] criticism of Israel to Steve King's long defense of white supremacy is obscene (McCarthy said it's worse). In the US, we're allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments. The GOP House Leader's priorities are warped."

In response to Greewald's post, Omar tweeted "It's all about the Benjamins baby," followed by a music emoji, which suggested that money was calling the tune for McCarthy.

When asked to explain where the money she was referring to came from, Omar tweeted: "AIPAC."

An Omar spokesman said the tweets, "speak for themselves."

Democratic leadership offices didn't respond Sunday evening to requests for comment on Omar's statements.

McCarthy and other Republicans have pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and top Democrats to "take action" against Omar and Tlaib, saying he would do so if the majority party.

McCarthy has noted that Democrats pressed for punishment for King - an Iowa Republican - over his racist comments.

Yet King's openly racist statements went on for years while he served in Congress, while Omar and Tlaib have been lawmakers for five weeks.

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Democrats’ freshmen class of lawmakers are providing the party with a new source of passion — and a lot of headaches.

A series of tweets sent Sunday night from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are another addition for the latter category.

The tweets began after a writer for the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald, posted a story about Rep. Kevin McCarthy “threatening punishment” of Rep. Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) “over their criticisms of Israel.” (As CNN’s Jake Tapper noted, McCarthy’s comments were actually directed at “what he sees as anti-Semitic rhetoric from Reps. Omar and Tlaib.”)

Rep. Omar responded to Greenwald’s post with, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby”:

The apparent insinuation that Jewish interests were compelling Rep. McCarthy’s actions prompted some to ask Rep. Omar for clarification.

When a writer for the Forward asked, “Would love to know who Omar thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel,” Rep. Omar responded: “AIPAC!”

As a 501(c))4), the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC) does not actually make contributions to politicians.

Omar later re-tweeted a Jewish writer who described himself as not generally sympathetic to Israel, but felt Rep. Omar’s attacks on Jews were akin to calling “us hook-nosed.”

Rep. Omar subsequently deleted her retweet, apparently not having realized the post was calling her anti-Semitic. However, some online captured her retweet before it was taken down:

Rep. Omar’s tweets were promptly condemned among Jewish advocacy groups. AIPAC responded: “We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.”

The American Jewish Committee called her tweets “stunningly anti-Semitic.”

Her comments also drew scorn from her fellow Democrats. Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) wrote, “When someone uses hateful and offensive tropes and words against people of any faith, I will not be silent. Congressowoman Omar’s statements are deeply hurtful to Jews, including myself.”

“Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive enough,” Rose’s statement continued. “But to go a step further, and retweet someone declaring their parent at her sentiment is simply unacceptable. At a time when anto-Semitic attacks are on the rise, our leaders should not be invoking hurtful stereotypes and caricatures of Jewish people to dismiss those who support Israel.”

“In the Democratic Party — and in the United States of America — we celebrate the diversity of our people, and the God we pray to, as a strength,” he said. “The Congresswoman’s statements do not live up to that cherished ideal.”

In response to the escalating anger over her tweets, Rep. Omar said she’s the victim of “smears.” After Chelsea Clinton said “we have to call out anti-Semitic language and tropes on all sides, particularly in our elected officials and particularly now,” Rep. Omar responded:

This is not Rep. Omar’s first time being accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic tropes. Before entering Congress, she wrote that Israel “hypnotized the world,” comments she later said she didn’t understand why Jews found offensive. More recently Rep. Omar used Holocaust Remembrance Day to downplay the Holocaust.

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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.

I Love My Freedom

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It wasn't long ago that Democrats were drooling over Omar Ilhan, the first Somali-American to serve as an U.S. representative. But as of late, the freshman lawmaker has been starting political fires all over the Democratic

The Electronic Intifada

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Is the influence of the Israel lobby waning?

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.

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Intercept writer, Glenn Greenwald tweeted a Haaretz article that pointed out how GOP Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy is taking a stand against the anti-Israel Muslim Congresswomen, Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

Greenwald tweeted:

GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens punishment for @IlhanMN and @RashidaTlaib over their criticisms of Israel. It’s stunning how much time US political leaders spend defending a foreign nation even if it means attacking free speech rights of Americans

The Haaretz article talks about the action McCarthy would take against the two Democrats for their “sharp criticism” of Israel.

“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

Omar has received her fair share of criticism over her open hatred for Israel. In 2012, the Muslim MN State Rep, who is now a freshman US Congresswoman, tweeted about Israel, asking “Allah” to “awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”

Yesterday, Omar was back at it. It’s almost like Somali-immigrant, Muslim Congresswoman can’t help herself, as she retweeted Greenwald’s tweet, along with the comment, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby.” Her comments were seen by many as more anti-semitic rhetoric from the lawmaker. It’s not uncommon for anti-Semites to make reference to Jews and money. On May 1st, 2018, the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas blamed Jews for the Holocaust, claiming, Jews in Europe provoked the Holocaust because of their “social function” as money lenders. Omar’s tweet appears to be falling in lockstep with the controversial Palestinian leader.

It's all about the Benjamins baby 🎶 https://t.co/KatcXJnZLV

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) February 10, 2019

Congresswoman Liz Cheney came out yesterday, strongly condemning the anti-Semitism being spewed by her fellow colleague, Ilhan Omar (D-MN). In her tweet, Cheney demands that Ilhan Omar is removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

House Democrat leaders should condemn this anti-Semitism and immediately remove ⁦@IlhanMN⁩ from the House Foreign Affairs Committee pic.twitter.com/IYAoXEGtld

— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) February 11, 2019

Earlier today, US Rep. Dr. Mark Green spoke out against the Muslim lawmaker, saying that he agrees with Liz Cheney that we need to kick her off the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appointed her to.

It's ridiculous to suggest we're taking bribes to support Israel. I went to the Middle East as a special operator. I know that Israel is a stabilizing force in the region. I agree with Chairwoman Cheny that Rep. Omar needs to be taken off the Foreign Affairs Cmte.@MorningsMaria pic.twitter.com/9g5MOMiPvF

— Dr. Mark Green (@RepMarkGreen) February 11, 2019

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniels came out strongly against the anti-Semitic lawmaker, saying: Ilhan Omar isn’t just anti-Semitic in tweets, she proudly supports the BDS movement to boycott/delegitimize Israel. Does she want to boycott anyone else? No, just the Jewish people in the only Jewish state. Instead of condemning her, Pelosi put her on the Foreign Affairs Cmte.

Ilhan Omar isn't just anti-Semitic in tweets, she proudly supports the BDS movement to boycott/delegitimize Israel.

Does she want to boycott anyone else? No, just the Jewish people in the only Jewish state.

Instead of condemning her, Pelosi put her on the Foreign Affairs Cmte.

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 11, 2019

Medium

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Well, now we all know what happens when a public official criticizes AIPAC. And of course, that was the whole idea.

Breitbart

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Ilhan Omar launched a new antisemitic volley, using an offensive Jewish stereotype that even fellow critics of Israel found abhorrent.

The Gateway Pundit

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A good Democrat. Anti-Jew Democrat lawmaker Ilhan Omar attacked the pro-Life Catholic Covington high school boys after they were viciously smeared by the liberal Trump-hating media. Omar attacked the boys by defending the racist Black Israelite group who was hurling vile insults at the children. Omar believed the boys were taunting the 5 black racists […]

Salon

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is under scrutiny after it was revealed that he posted a tweet which could be construed as anti-Semitic after a bomb was sent to the home of Jewish philanthropist George Soros and left it up until Wednesday.

The tweet, which included the hashtag #MAGA to express support for President Donald Trump, singled out Soros, billionaire hedge fund manager Tom Steyer and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It urged those who read it to "get out and vote Republican" on the grounds that the individuals singled out would try to "buy" the election. Given that one of the common anti-Semitic myths is that Jews have disproportionate power due to their supposed ability to buy elections, and that the three men singled out by McCarthy are all Jewish, the tweet could have been construed as being an anti-Semitic dogwhistle.

After a gunman attacked a Pittsburgh synagogue and killed 11 people, McCarthy posted a pair of tweets that expressed sympathy for the victims. The suspect in that shooting is a 46-year-old man named Robert Bowers, who is believed to have made anti-Semitic statements during the shooting as well as online, according to CNN. Bowers has been charged with 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder and multiple counts of two hate crimes involving persecution of individuals based on their religious convictions.

"Our communities of faith are filled with love and peace. Today’s heinous attacks on Tree of Life synagogue perpetrated by anti-Semitism and hate will not shake our love for each other. May God’s grace be with the victims and their families," McCarthy wrote in his first tweet.

In the second he added, "We will keep fighting for a country where every religious believer can 'sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.'"

McCarthy has also been the victim of violence in recent days. On Saturday his office in California was vandalized by an unknown person or group of people (the congressman posted pictures of two men who he claimed were responsible) who "threw a boulder" through the window of his Bakersfield office and stole equipment, according to CNN.

"Does anyone know these two guys? They threw a boulder thru our office window and took office equipment," McCarthy posted on Instagram with a picture of two suspects. In an interview on Fox News Tuesday, McCarthy said that "I don't know if this was politically driven. It might be driven more just from the idea of stealing in the office." After the incident, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer posted a tweet denouncing violence regardless of whether it comes from the left or the right.

"Make no mistake: Despicable acts of violence and harassment are being carried out by radicals across the political spectrum—not just by one side. Regardless of who is responsible, these acts are wrong and must be condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike. Period," Schumer wrote.

The Gateway Pundit

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A good Democrat. Anti-Jew Democrat lawmaker Ilhan Omar continued her string of anti-Semitic tweets on Monday morning following a night of controversial statements. Rep. Ilhan Omar has a record of radical statements and positions. Ilhan Omar also called for a lenient sentence against an ISIS supporter in Minnesota just three years ago, in 2016. And […]

NBC News

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Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress last fall — is accused of sending a string of "anti-Semitic" tweets regarding the Israeli lobby in the U.S.

Omar, a proponent of the BDS — Boycott, Divest and Sanctions — movement aimed at putting economic and political pressure on Israel over its treatment of Palestinians, first tweeted Sunday night that money was driving U.S. politicians to defend Israel.

She then tweeted that AIPAC — The American Israeli Public Affairs Committee — was paying politicians to support Israel.

Omar, a Somalian refugee, came under fire from some Democrats.

AIPAC, a non-profit that does not donate directly to candidates but works to promote a staunchly pro-Israel message in Washington, D.C., responded to Omar, tweeting that it is "proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the US-Israel relationship."

"Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests," the group's tweet continued. "We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work."

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, tweeted that she would reach out to Omar's office on Monday to discuss "anti-Semitic tropes." Omar tweeted that she would be happy to chat with Clinton.

Omar was originally responding in her earliest tweet to criticism from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy over her prior comments regarding Israel. McCarthy and other Republicans have called on Democratic leadership to "take action" regarding Omar and fellow Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, another recently elected Muslim woman, over their criticism of Israel. McCarthy compared it to Republicans having taken action regarding the racist remarks made by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa.

Breitbart

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House Republicans are gearing up for a sustained push to expose leftist Democrats in the House on their increasingly extreme views on abortion

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Back when Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, the mandate was that abortion was to be safe, legal, and rare. Well, abortion was made legal, but to this day we can hardly claim it is safe, and certainly not rare.

We recently shared with you the number of procedures murdering unborn children globally last year, near 42M. And, we have stressed the fact that in the Black community there have been nearly 18M babies murdered in the womb since Roe v. Wade. In NYC more black babies were killed than born alive. We witnessed how vile and vicious the progressive socialist left was towards high school students from Covington, Kentucky who were in DC for the National March for Life rally.

I find it utterly disturbing that leftists show more compassion towards dogs, cats, and baby seals that they do human babies. Yes, the recent legalization of infanticide by Gov. Cuomo of New York, and the supportive declaration by Virginia’s Gov. Northam has taken this to another level. Indeed, it was surprisingly heroic to have a sitting American president take a stance on this heinous issue during a State of the Union address. President Trump’s challenge to end late-term abortion was met by stoic faces of Democrats . . . and now this.

As reported by Townhall:

“House Democrats have twice refused now to take up the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for consideration.

The measure is “designed to ensure any infant born alive after an abortion receives the same protection of law as any newborn: mandating care and instituting penalties for doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn,” according to a statement from the office of its sponsor Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO).

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attempted to get the legislation considered in the House Wednesday.

“If the Democrats object, we’ll ask again, and again and again because it is just right,” he said prior to his attempt. “It’s not a partisan issue–it’s about saving lives. I think everyone can agree with that. We should solve this problem this week.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) asked for the bill to be considered again Thursday. He and McCarthy wondered on Twitter why the Democrats kept rejecting it. Senate Democrats blocked a measure Monday that would have legally protected infants born alive after an abortion procedure. The move to protect infants born alive after abortion comes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) made some surprising remarks about leaving infants to die after birth.

“It’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s nonviable,” Northam told WTOP regarding third trimester abortions. “So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

Let me reiterate this again: Dr. Kermit Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison for doing to three babies — infants — exactly what Gov. Cuomo legalized, and the Democrats in the House and Senate are blocking. There is no justification for this, other than the progressive socialist left in America is the party of infanticide. This nation, our America, must “Choose Greatness,” it cannot choose infanticide.

This is no longer an issue of women’s reproductive health rights. I do not think anyone would deny a woman healthcare for ovarian, uterine, cervical, or breast cancer, or fibroid tumor treatment. I find the argument that abortion is a human right to be very disingenuous and to say anyone believing that allowing a baby — with a heartbeat after 18 days — to live somehow violates a woman’s right is absurd.

Let’s all agree that in this day and time, murdering an unborn child is not a viable birth control option. It is my personal belief that there are three cases where any woman should make the choice of life herself: if pregnancy has resulted from rape, incest, and if there is a certifiable threat to the life of the mother.

This is no longer the case with the left in America. They are now fully embracing that which resulted in Dr. Kermit Gosnell being sentenced to life in prison: the murder of an infant. Consider that if someone kills a pregnant woman, they are charged with a double homicide. Then again, this is something that the progressive socialist left, led by Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby, are trying to overturn these laws in respective states. Why?

Why does it appear that the left in America has such a hatred of unborn children? Sorry folks, but there is only one thing that I can say: this is pure, unadulterated evil. We have a clear choice in America going forward. We can “Choose Greatness,” or choose this clear and present evil.

I do not know what unborn children have done to the Democrat Party to deserve such disregard, disrespect, and dismissal. No, I am not anti-woman, which, of course, is how the left will twist my thoughts. Remember, if you do not agree with their ideological agenda, regardless of the basic morality of it, you are anti-something.

I must ask our dear delusional progressive socialist friends, why would you align yourselves with a white supremacist, racist, a woman who spoke at Ku Klux Klan rallies, Margaret Sanger? This is all part of her derangement, and she created Planned Parenthood to carry out her vision of death for our unborn . . . Of course, intended for children who resemble me.

I must admit, the Democrats are making this decision really easy . . . well, for those of us who still have a moral compass.

gellerreport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Townhall

Published  2 months ago

Source: AP Photo/J. David Ake

House Democrats have twice refused now to take up the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for consideration.

The measure is “designed to ensure any infant born alive after an abortion receives the same protection of law as any newborn: mandating care and instituting penalties for doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn,” according to a statement from the office of its sponsor Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO).

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) attempted to get the legislation considered in the House Wednesday.

“If the Democrats object, we'll ask again, and again and again because it is just right,” he said prior to his attempt. “It's not a partisan issue–it’s about saving lives. I think everyone can agree with that. We should solve this problem this week.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) asked for the bill to be considered again Thursday. He and McCarthy wondered on Twitter why the Democrats kept rejecting it.

The Democrat party has taken a radically callous position towards life. https://t.co/LwXw2RtV3t

— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) February 7, 2019

EWTN’s Jason Calvi made an interesting point about the Democrat presiding over the floor at the time, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX). Cuellar had voted for the passage of the measure in the House just last year.

NEW: Rep. @SteveScalise just called for unanimous consent to bring up a vote on the #BornAliveAct. @RepCuellar, one of 6 Democrats who voted FOR this bill in 2018, presided over the House. Here's what happened: pic.twitter.com/rPzQyztmB3

— Jason Calvi (@JasonCalvi) February 7, 2019

Senate Democrats blocked a measure Monday that would have legally protected infants born alive after an abortion procedure.

The move to protect infants born alive after abortion comes after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) made some surprising remarks about leaving infants to die after birth.

“It’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s nonviable,” Northam told WTOP regarding third trimester abortions. “So in this particular example, if a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered, the infant would be kept comfortable, the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

He stood by those remarks but is now facing calls to resign over a photo from his medical school yearbook that surfaced last Friday which featured someone in Ku Klux Klan robes and someone in blackface.

During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Trump condemned Northam's remarks on abortion and urged Congress to pass legislation prohibiting late term abortion.

latimes.com

Published  2 months ago

A company owned by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s in-laws received millions in federal contracts based on disputed claims of Cherokee Indian heritage, a Times investigation has found.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

The House Intelligence Committee voted on Wednesday to send dozens of witness interview transcripts from its Russia investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, who could use them to prosecute potential instances of perjury.

It’s the first act of the intelligence panel under the leadership of Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who has vowed to revive the committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Mueller has already prosecuted some Trump associates for lying to Congress.

The panel’s Democrats have long suggested that Donald Trump Jr. and other witnesses might have lied to the committee as part of its investigation, and they’ve publicly encouraged Mueller to examine whether perjury charges are warranted against him or others.

Federal investigators have already used some of the committee’s transcripts to prosecute at least two longtime Trump associates for perjury.

Last month, Mueller charged Roger Stone, a former top Trump adviser, with lying to the House Intelligence Committee. Those charges were announced a month after Mueller asked the committee for Stone’s interview transcripts, a request that was granted. Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to making false statements to both the House and Senate intelligence panels about the failed Trump Tower Moscow project.

In advance of the vote, the GOP side of the committee released a statement calling for full transparency with the interview transcripts.

“Republicans are happy the Democrats are joining us in reiterating what the Republican-led committee already voted to do in September 2018—make all the transcripts available to the executive branch, including the Special Counsel’s office, as part of the process of publishing them for the American people to see,” the members said.

They also called on the committee to “immediately publish all the unclassified transcripts that we previously sent to the executive branch” and to “subpoena numerous witnesses.” But a Republican motion to publicly release the unclassified transcripts was denied, according to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas).

Democrats wanted to give Mueller access to the transcripts sooner, and they accused House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) of waiting too long to formally name the panel’s Republican members in order to slow down that process.

Cohen was slated to testify before the House Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Friday, but Schiff said on Wednesday the appearance would be postponed until Feb. 28 “in the interests of the investigation.”

Trump and his allies have tried to downplay the charges against Stone and Cohen, claiming they don’t prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stone has pleaded not guilty and has vowed to fight the charges against him, while Cohen has been cooperating with federal investigators and has said he regrets lying out of loyalty to Trump.

When Republicans controlled the committee last year, then-Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) ended the panel’s Russia investigation and concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives.

But Democrats said they would press on with the probe, arguing that key witnesses had not been interviewed. Schiff is essentially moving to revive the investigation, placing a new focus on potential money-laundering and pledging to dive into the Trump Organization’s finances, among other issues.

LifeNews.com

Published  2 months ago

House Democrats Again Block Request to Vote on Bill to Stop Infanticide

www.theepochtimes.com

Published  2 months ago

A Republican proposal, which would add a provision to block federal employees disciplined for sexual misconduct from receiving the same pay raise as their colleagues, was rejected by House Democrats on Jan. 30.

Although 17 Democrats crossed the aisle to support the amendment, most voted to reject the legislation in a 216–206 vote that successfully blocked it. Republicans added the provision to a bill that would give a 2.6 percent pay raise to all civilian federal employees.

“During calendar year 2019, no increase in pay as authorized under this Act may be provided to any Federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct under chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or any other provision of law,” the proposal text by the GOP read.

The bill passed without the amendment and now goes to the Senate.

Sharp Condemnation

The rejection of the amendment drew sharp rebukes from Republicans. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said the blockage was “outrageous.”

“House Democrats just voted to give pay increases to federal bureaucrats with a history of sexual misconduct with your tax dollars,” he wrote on Twitter Jan. 31. “Outrageous.”

Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said the move was hypocritical, given the Democrats’ talk of the #MeToo movement.

“Democrats blocked us from preventing federal workers disciplined for sexual misconduct from getting a pay raise. I’m grateful to the 17 Democrats who voted their conscience. So much fake outrage in Washington,” he wrote on Twitter.

In the last vote series for the week, Democrats blocked us from preventing federal workers disciplined for sexual misconduct from getting a pay raise. I’m grateful to the 17 Democrats who voted their conscience. So much fake outrage in Washington. https://t.co/UwI7sJodxK

— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) January 31, 2019

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) was one of the Democrats who voted against the proposal. Cardenas, who chaired the vote for the Democrats in the House, was accused last year of drugging and groping a 16-year-old girl in 2007 and is being sued by the woman in civil court. Cardenas has denied the allegations.

A spokesperson for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said GOP members will continue to push for fair pay.

“As Washington Democrats continue their ill-advised push for unilateral pay raises for federal employees, regardless of their performance, Republicans continue to ask Democrats to amend their legislation,” said Erin Perrine. “Currently, this bill treats victims the same as their harassers. That makes no sense.”

www.theepochtimes.com

Published  2 months ago

A Republican proposal, which would add a provision to block federal employees disciplined for sexual misconduct from receiving the same pay raise as their colleagues, was rejected by House Democrats on Jan. 30.

Although 17 Democrats crossed the aisle to support the amendment, most voted to reject the legislation in a 216–206 vote that successfully blocked it. Republicans added the provision to a bill that would give a 2.6 percent pay raise to all civilian federal employees.

“During calendar year 2019, no increase in pay as authorized under this Act may be provided to any Federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct under chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or any other provision of law,” the proposal text by the GOP read.

The bill passed without the amendment and now goes to the Senate.

Sharp Condemnation

The rejection of the amendment drew sharp rebukes from Republicans. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said the blockage was “outrageous.”

“House Democrats just voted to give pay increases to federal bureaucrats with a history of sexual misconduct with your tax dollars,” he wrote on Twitter Jan. 31. “Outrageous.”

Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said the move was hypocritical, given the Democrats’ talk of the #MeToo movement.

“Democrats blocked us from preventing federal workers disciplined for sexual misconduct from getting a pay raise. I’m grateful to the 17 Democrats who voted their conscience. So much fake outrage in Washington,” he wrote on Twitter.

In the last vote series for the week, Democrats blocked us from preventing federal workers disciplined for sexual misconduct from getting a pay raise. I’m grateful to the 17 Democrats who voted their conscience. So much fake outrage in Washington. https://t.co/UwI7sJodxK

— Rep. Mark Walker (@RepMarkWalker) January 31, 2019

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) was one of the Democrats who voted against the proposal. Cardenas, who chaired the vote for the Democrats in the House, was accused last year of drugging and groping a 16-year-old girl in 2007 and is being sued by the woman in civil court. Cardenas has denied the allegations.

A spokesperson for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said GOP members will continue to push for fair pay.

“As Washington Democrats continue their ill-advised push for unilateral pay raises for federal employees, regardless of their performance, Republicans continue to ask Democrats to amend their legislation,” said Erin Perrine. “Currently, this bill treats victims the same as their harassers. That makes no sense.”

Breitbart

Published  2 months ago

U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday gave victims of illegal alien crimes a bipartisan standing ovation on the floor of the chamber.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) advocated for the murder of newborn babies in a radio interview with DC-based WTOP on Wednesday. After years of convincing young women that their unborn babies are ‘just a clump of cells’ and they have a ‘choice’ to dispose of the ‘cells,’ the Democrats are now openly advocating for the murder […]

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

House Republicans on Wednesday voted down a nonbinding resolution that says government shutdowns are bad, just days after a record-setting 35-day shutdown.

Democrats called up the resolution as a way to assure federal workers that Congress will do what it can to prevent future shutdowns.

“After all they’ve been through, we owe assurances to federal workers that Congress will ensure continued, uninterrupted operations of the federal government,” said Rep. Jennifer Wexton, D-Va., who sponsored the resolution.

But Republicans opposed the resolution and said it's a thinly disguised attack attempt to blame President Trump for the shutdown.

“It’s nothing more than a message meant to go after the president of the United States,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a staunch Trump ally. “I find this resolution nothing more than a political stunt.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., protested the resolution by saying the House should be focused on border security and read the names of 50 people killed by illegal immigrants in the last few weeks.

Democrats called up the resolution under special rules requiring the support of two-thirds of those voting to pass it. That requirement, usually reserved for noncontroversial bills, was enough to kill the measure.

The final vote was 249-163, a tally that fell a few dozen votes short of passage by a two-thirds majority. Just 21 Republicans voted with Democrats.

Democrats could decide to bring the bill up under regular rules, which would allow it to pass easily with a simple-majority vote.

The resolution holds that shutting down the government "causes substantial damage to Federal employees" and also hurts the reputation of the United States.

It also holds that shutting down the government "is not an acceptable tactic or strategy for resolving differences regarding policy, funding levels, or governing philosophy."

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the shutdown cost the nation $11 billion.

Polling indicates the public mostly blames President Trump for the spending impasse because he refused to sign spending bills without federal funding for a wall. But surveys showed significant blame placed on Democrats, who blocked the wall funding.

Aside from the nonbinding resolution that got a vote Wednesday, Congress is considering binding legislation that could prevent future shutdowns by automatically providing continuous funding for the government if Congress and the president cannot agree on future spending bills.

TheHill

Published  2 months ago

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the names of Republican members who will serve on the House Intelligence Committee, which will allow the panel to become constituted and be ready for business.

The new addition to the committee is Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas), a former federal prosecutor who also serves on the House Judiciary Committee.

"My appointment to HPSCI will allow me to bring my background as a former U.S. Attorney and federal terrorism prosecutor to oversight that encompasses the broader intelligence community of our U.S. government and military," Ratcliffe said in a statement, referring to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rep. Devin Nunes (D-Calif.), who previously chaired the committee, will stay on as ranking member.

Conaway, who led the panel's Russia probe after Nunes stepped aside, had to receive a waiver in order to continue serving on the committee.

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) will no longer serve on the panel. He, too, would have required a waiver in order to remain on the panel.

The committee is expected to be ground zero for investigations into President Trump's possible ties to Russia as well as the president's business dealings.

The committee can now organize and become fully constituted ahead of the panel's closed-door meeting next Friday with President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Democrats had named the new Democratic members to the high-profile panel nearly two weeks ago. They include Reps. Val Demings (Fla.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ill.), Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.), and Peter Welch (Vt.).

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the high-profile panel, indicated that those two weeks without GOP members have made an impact.

“We had a briefing today on hot spots around the world, classified briefing and none of the Republican members were there. So they’re also cutting themselves off from good information,” Schiff told CNN and The Hill on Wednesday.

But before either side announced new members, lawmakers quietly grumbled that the shutdown had delayed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and McCarthy's ability to suss out who would serve on which committee.

The first few weeks, according to a Democratic committee source, will be orientation.

The source told The Hill that the panel will prioritize Russia, authoritarianism, and "vigorous oversight" of the Trump administration, but noted that the roadmap of which investigatory actions to pursue, and in which order, is still being decided.

The source also said the subcommittees for intelligence will be different than under Nunes.

There will be four subcommittees that will examine: technological problems like artificial intelligence; counter-intelligence, proliferation, and terrorism; intelligence management and reform, including security clearances; and then finally, defense and war fighter support.

Schiff, who has stated that the panel's first order of business will be to vote to release transcripts from witness interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller. He indicated that will be done once the committee is up and running.

"We will be adopting rules and doing some other things, so whether that will be the first meeting or the second meeting, I cannot say," Schiff said.

Washington Free Beacon

Published  2 months ago

House Democrats on Wednesday rejected a Republican proposal to add a provision that would block federal employees who were disciplined for sexual misconduct to receive the same pay raise as the rest of their colleagues.

Republicans attempted to add the provision to legislation proposed by Democrats to give federal workers a 2.6 percent raise. The Republican proposal was to simply stipulate that workers disciplined for sexual misconduct be exempt from the raise.

"During calendar year 2019, no increase in pay as authorized under this Act may be provided to any Federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct under chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or any other provision of law," read the Republican proposal.

Despite receiving support from 17 Democrats, the proposal was rejected in a 216-206 vote.

A spokesperson for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) slammed the bill ahead of the vote to adopt the amendment on sexual misconduct.

"As Washington Democrats continue their ill-advised push for unilateral pay raises for federal employees, regardless of their performance, Republicans continue to ask Democrats to amend their legislation," said Erin Perrine. "Currently this bill treats victims the same as their harassers. That makes no sense."

Among the members who opposed the proposal was Rep. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.), who was sued last year by a woman who says he drugged and groped her when she was 16 years old. Cardenas chaired the vote for the Democrats.

The bill passed without the amendment on sexual misconduct and now goes to the U.S. Senate.

Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, called the vote "just wrong."

"Today, House Democrats voted to reward individuals who have engaged in sexual misconduct with a pay raise," Johnson said in a statement. "Thanks to their votes, those who have been disciplined for these behaviors will be given the same, across-the-board pay increase that their victims receive."

Johnson accused the Democrats of rejecting a "commonsense solution" just because it came from the otherside.

"Unfortunately, this legislation passed the House for no other reason than that the majority party could not stomach a commonsense solution offered by the minority," he said. "We are appalled that this is what ‘governing’ has come to in our country. The American people deserve much better than this."

UPDATE 4:46 p.m.: This piece was updated with comments from Rep. Mike Johnson.

Katrina Pierson

Published  2 months ago

House Democrats on Wednesday rejected a Republican proposal to add a provision that would block federal employees who were disciplined for sexual misconduct to receive the same pay raise as the rest of their colleagues.

Republicans attempted to add the provision to legislation proposed by Democrats to give federal workers a 2.6 percent raise. The Republican proposal was to simply stipulate that workers disciplined for sexual misconduct be exempt from the raise.

“During calendar year 2019, no increase in pay as authorized under this Act may be provided to any Federal employee who has been disciplined for sexual misconduct under chapter 75 of title 5, United States Code, or any other provision of law,” read the Republican proposal.

Despite receiving support from 17 Democrats, the proposal was rejected in a 216-206 vote.

A spokesperson for House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) slammed the bill ahead of the vote to adopt the amendment on sexual misconduct.

“As Washington Democrats continue their ill-advised push for unilateral pay raises for federal employees, regardless of their performance, Republicans continue to ask Democrats to amend their legislation,” said Erin Perrine. “Currently this bill treats victims the same as their harassers. That makes no sense.”

Among the members who opposed the proposal was Rep. Tony Cardenas (D., Calif.), who was sued last year by a woman who says he drugged and groped her when she was 16 years old. Cardenas chaired the vote for the Democrats.

The bill passed without the amendment on sexual misconduct and now goes to the U.S. Senate.

Louisiana Rep. Mike Johnson, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, called the vote “just wrong.”

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told President Trump Wednesday that she won't let him deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 29 unless the government shutdown ends.

"I am writing to inform you that the House of Representatives will not consider a concurrent resolution authorizing the President's State of the Union address in the House Chamber until government has opened," she wrote in a letter to Trump.

The letter effectively rescinds the invitation she sent to Trump on January 3rd, in which she asked him to deliver his address on January 29. Pelosi, D-Calif., explained that when she wrote that first letter, "there was no thought that the government would still be shut down."

Her new letter was a response to one Trump wrote just two hours earlier. Trump told Pelosi in that letter that he was told by the Secret Service that agents can secure the event without any problems, despite the shutdown, and that he intended to deliver the address as originally scheduled.

“I look forward to seeing you on the evening on January 29th in the Chamber of the House of Representatives,” Trump wrote. “It would be so very sad for our Country if the State of the Union were not delivered on time, on schedule, and very importantly, on location!”

Upon hearing about Pelosi's response, Trump said in the White House, "I'm not surprised. It's really a shame what's happening with the Democrats. They've become radicalized."

Pelosi's letter raises the question of whether Trump will try to deliver his speech somewhere else. But the White House hasn't made clear what will happen if there's no deal to end the shutdown by Jan. 29.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Pelosi should allow Trump to deliver the address on the 29th in the House chamber as planned.

“I think the president should come and give a State of the Union,“ McCarthy said. "Now it’s more important than ever for the American public to hear, with everybody in the chamber. it's a critical time he should come here and give the state of the union. He shouldn’t go anywhere else.”

[Opinion: Trump can show up to deliver the State of the Union, but Pelosi could shut off the lights and keep out cameras]

TheHill

Published  2 months ago

The House rejected a GOP measure to pay furloughed workers but keep the government closed in a 222-195 vote.

The Democratic bill, which would have funded the government through Feb. 28, is expected to be approved but is dead on arrival in the Senate. A vote on that measure will be postponed until next week.

The move comes as parties continue to point fingers over who bears the responsibility for the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Republicans have accused Democrats of failing to take negotiations on border security and President Trump's border wall seriously, calling on negotiators to put forward a compromise.

“While Democrats flail under their misguided leadership, Republicans continue to offer solutions. This time we are working to get federal employees paid and give Democrats time to negotiate an end to the shutdown,” a spokeswoman for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in an email to reporters.

Top Democrats, who have blasted Trump’s call for $5.7 billion for border security including a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, alleging Republicans are holding the government hostage over a partisan priority. Democrats have called on the administration to reopen the government before they negotiate funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

“This is a political stunt to distract from the fact that Republicans are about to vote for the ninth time to keep the government shutdown,” a Democratic aide told The Hill on the GOP motion.

Niv Elis contributed.

-Updated 2:40 p.m.

CNBC

Published  2 months ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will block President Donald Trump from giving his State of the Union in the House chamber until the government is open.

The Last Refuge

Published  3 months ago

There is a generation of people new to the nuance of politics. There is also a generation of people familiar to things political, but new to the severe constructs within the industry. Nothing the i…

100PercentFedUp.com

Published  3 months ago

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Nancy Pelosi doesn't care about ending the government shutdown. She is obviously paying politics with the safety, the security, of all Americans, all because she just hates Donald Trump

True Pundit

Published  3 months ago

House Republican leaders on Thursday urged their Democratic colleagues to denounce newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) for her past anti-Israeli statements.

Omar has been a vocal critic of the Jewish state and has supported the far-Left Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The House Republican leadership called out her statements following her appointment to the House Foreign Affairs Committee. House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said the movement she supports is anti-Semitic.

“I would love to know what changed, because Democratic leaders just promoted a pro-BDS Democrat to a key committee that deals with the State of Israel,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Anti-Semitism has no place in Congress and certainly not on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. I am deeply disappointed in Speaker Pelosi’s choice, a choice that threatens the committee’s long history of bipartisan support for Israel.”

McCarthy added that Democratic leaders condemned the BDS movement in the past. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said lawmakers must oppose the movement against Israel as recently as 2017. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) even called the movement anti-Semitic and profoundly biased.- READ MORE

USA TODAY

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Ilhan Omar is pushing back after being labeled a bigot by critics for two tweets, one about Sen. Lindsey Graham and the other about Israel.

newsobserver

Published  3 months ago

Pelosi spokesman: Trip Trump cancel intended to express appreciation to U.S. troops and reaffirm the United States "ironclad commitment" to the NATO alliance.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) questioned why Nancy Pelosi, as Speaker of the House, would want to go overseas during a government shutdown.

President Donald Trump canceled a trip for Speaker Pelosi on Thursday afternoon and suggested that she spend her time in America negotiating with him on how to improve America’s border security.

House Republican leader McCarthy asked rhetorically, “Why would she want to go overseas with the government shutdown?

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy reacts to President Trump withholding a military plan for Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s congressional trip: “Why would she want to go overseas with the government shutdown? … I couldn’t imagine she would even think about going” pic.twitter.com/zDnsi8wNPg

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 17, 2019

Rep. McCarthy continued, “With people missing their paychecks, and if we don’t’ get this back open they can miss their taxpayer paycheck again next week, so I think it’s appropriate that we get back together, it would not take long, and we can solve this problem.”

“I couldn’t imagine she would even think about going” during a government shutdown, the California Republican added.

“Why would you leave the country as Speaker in the middle of a shutdown,” McCarthy asked?

Graham, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement condemning both Pelosi and Trump’s actions and said that the president’s cancellation of the House leader’s trip was “inappropriate.”

“One sophomoric response does not deserve another,” Graham said. “Speaker Pelosi’s threat to cancel the State of the Union is very irresponsible and blatantly political. President Trump denying Speaker Pelosi military travel to visit our troops in Afghanistan, our allies in Egypt and NATO is also inappropriate.”

Graham concluded, “I wish our political leadership could find the same desire to work for common goals as those who serve our nation in uniform and other capacities.”

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi renewed her call Thursday to delay the State of the Union address, saying the date is not “sacred” and President Trump should wait to deliver his message to the nation until the partial government shutdown ends. 

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

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

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing a mounting backlash from Republicans for urging President Trump to delay his State of the Union address until after the partial government shutdown ends.

Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter earlier Wednesday, suggested Trump either push back the scheduled Jan. 29 address or submit the speech in writing, citing security concerns amid the lapse in government funding.

But security officials have pushed back on her claim, claiming the teams are prepared. And Republican officials scoffed at the idea -- though the decision ultimately rests with Pelosi.

PELOSI URGES TRUMP TO DELAY STATE OF THE UNION UNTIL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS

“It is unbecoming of a speaker to do this,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Wednesday.

Later, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., urged the president to press forward with the speech.

“For Nancy Pelosi to withdraw the offer shows insecurity on their part and that they can’t defend their open borders policy,” Scalise told reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday. “The country deserves to hear from the president. … to think the speaker would lock the doors and prevent people from hearing from the president of the United States.”

Scalise was asked whether he thought Pelosi was simply trying to get into the president’s head in the midst of negotiations, to which he replied: “I think he’s already gotten into her head—that she’s on the wrong side of this issue.”

Pelosi sent the letter to the White House on Wednesday, on what marked day 26 of the partial shutdown of the federal government, with no compromise in sight to resolve the standoff over funding for border security. The impact of the shutdown is further deepening for furloughed federal workers and those forced to work without pay.

“The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events…” Pelosi wrote. “However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now—with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.”

But one senior Homeland Security official told Fox News that they have been preparing for months for the State of the Union event.

“We are ready,” the official said. “Despite the fact members of the Secret Service are not being paid, the protective mission has not changed.”

The official added: “it is a ‘no fail’ mission.”

The official also noted that no one from Democratic congressional leadership reached out to the Secret Service to ask if the agency was able to secure the State of the Union address.

Another senior DHS official told Fox News that “there are no security concerns with the State of the Union.”

Later, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said that DHS and the Secret Service “are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union.”

“We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland,” Nielsen tweeted.

The Department of Homeland Security is at the center of the dispute that triggered the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22. The president requested $5.7 billion in funding for border security and construction of a wall or physical barrier along the southern border. Democrats, though, have vowed to block any spending package that includes any funding for a border wall.

The shutdown, which is now the longest in U.S. history, has left more than 800,000 federal employees and contractors without pay. Some employees are deemed essential to government functions and are required to work without pay. Others have been furloughed, and also do not receive paychecks.

Fox News' John Roberts and Mike Emanuel contributed to this report.

Washington Examiner

Published  3 months ago

After Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was quoted in the New York Times as musing about when "white supremacist" and "white nationalist" became offensive terms, he was widely condemned by fellow Republicans, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., has stripped King of committee assignments. Yet freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., continues to promote anti-Semitism, and yet far from sanctioning her in any way, Democrats haven't even criticized her.

As a Palestinian Muslim female, Tlaib has been celebrated by Democrats and the media as a trailblazer, symbolic of the diversity of the new House majority. Yet ever since her election, she has been unapologetically promoting anti-Semitism.

In the most recent example, she was photographed with a supporter at a private party in Detroit celebrating her swearing in to Congress. As I reported, the man pictured was a Palestinian activist who has praised the terrorist group Hezbollah, said Israel did not have the right to exist, and has called for Israeli "Zionist terrorist" Jews to return to Poland, where roughly three million Jews were killed during the Holocaust.

Tlaib's response wasn't to deny it or distance herself from the man or his comments, but to lash out at the "right-wing media" for reporting it and defiantly saying, "Yes, I am Muslim and Palestinian. Get over it."

This, of course, is not a one-off event. Shortly after her election, she promoted a petition to reinstate Marc Lamont Hill, who was fired as a CNN pundit after he made comments calling for the elimination of Israel "from the river to the sea" and endorsing violence against Jews as a legitimate tactic of "resistance." Tlaib also unleashed the anti-Semitic " dual loyalty" smear to lawmakers backing a measure targeting boycotts of Israel. She herself has endorsed the boycott Israel, or BDS, movement.

Just last year, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declared before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, "Why does BDS single Israel out alone for condemnation when there is such a double standard — when the world treats everybody one way and the Jew or the Jewish State another way? There's only one word for it: anti-Semitism. Let us call out the BDS movement for what it is. Let us delegitimize the delegitimizers by letting the world know when there is a double standard, whether they know it or not, they are actively participating in an anti-Semitic movement."

It doesn't take much to speak those words before a pro-Israel audience, but now Schumer is nowhere to be seen when it comes to calling out somebody within his own party who is "actively participating in an anti-Semitic movement."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told AIPAC in 2017, "I hope we can come together on efforts to oppose boycott, divestment and sanctions. We must." Really? How sincere could she be in her conviction that "we must" oppose BDS if she can't even criticize it within her own caucus?

Pelosi and Schumer are cowards. They have a base that is increasingly hostile toward Israel and increasingly willing to excuse or downplay anti-Semitism that's masked as mere criticism of Israel. Now, they are afraid to call it out. Their silence on Tlaib speaks volumes.

Conservative Tribune

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump questioned why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would receive a paycheck from the government after many federal workers missed their first paycheck Friday.

Many federal workers might have been wondering the same thing.

“Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Why is Nancy Pelosi getting paid when people who are working are not?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019

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Pelosi makes $223,500 a year as house speaker.

She did not respond to questions about whether she was accepting pay during the partial government shutdown, according to a Jan. 7 Washington Post article.

However, she was not among more than 70 members of Congress from both parties who have said they will refuse or donate their pay during the shutdown, accoridng to a CNN report Thursday.

Those members include Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw and Democratic Virginia Rep. Virginia Wexton, both freshmen, according to Fox Business.

Congressional leaders besides Pelosi also dodged questions about taking pay during the shutdown.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise did not reveal their plans to accept or refuse pay during the partial government shutdown as of Jan. 7, according to WaPo.

Trump has always donated his presidential salary, which is $400,000 a year, according to Business Insider.

For example, he has given his salary to the Department of Transportation to rebuild infrastructure and to the Department of Health and Human Services to fight the opioid crisis.

The shutdown affects roughly 800,000 federal employees, who missed their first paychecks Friday.

A news release from the Senate Appropriations Committee estimated more than 420,000 essential federal employees would be expected to work without pay.

Some lawmakers have introduced legislation to change how future shutdowns affect lawmakers and federal employees.

For example, Republican Montana Sen. Steve Daines introduced a bill Thursday to withhold the pay of members of Congress during future government shutdowns.

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gop.gov

Published  3 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., acknowledged Wednesday on Fox News' "Special Report with Bret Baier" that border walls "absolutely" work in some areas, and rejected suggestions that barriers should be removed where they already exist.

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Raw Story

Published  3 months ago

Fox News released a video resembling a political attack ad after actor Ron Perlman attacked the Republican Party on Twitter.

Perlman singled out House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Republican Whip Steve Scalise by name in his tweet.

“How dare you suddenly start condemning the Nazi that is Steve King when you’ve been cheering him on for his entire embarrassing career,” Perlman tweeted.

“You are the KKK party,” he charged.

In response, Fox News created a 93 second video attacking the actor’s tweets.

While the video lacks a voiceover, it does have cinematic music and attempted to make its case through stock photos and words on screen.

POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

Pelosi’s move to derail Trump’s State of the Union address underscores her aggressive challenge to the president.

True Pundit

Published  3 months ago

“Hey Kevin McCarthy! Ted Cruz! Steve Scalise! How dare you suddenly start condemning the Nazi that is Steve King when you’ve been cheering him on for his entire embarrassing career! You are the KKK party. Own it muthafuckas! And one more thing…FUCK YOU!” Ron Perlman said.

Hey Kevin McCarthy! Ted Cruz! Steve Scalise! How dare you suddenly start condemning the Nazi that is Steve King when you’ve been cheering him on for his entire embarrassing career! You are the KKK party. Own it muthafuckas! And one more thing…FUCK YOU!

This comes after Iowa Rep. Steve King made a shocking comment during an interview with the New York Times in which he appeared to defend white nationalism.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive” King was quoted as saying.- READ MORE

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 months ago

THEY DID NOT EVEN INVESTIGATE THE REPORT! They just tossed Rep. King off of all committees over a COMPLETE LIE by the liberal media! Republican lawmakers voted to remove Rep. Steve King from all of his committee assignments this session. And it was all based on Fake News by The New York Times. NEW: House […]

Washington Examiner

Published  3 months ago

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel coupled praise of House Republicans for voting to remove Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from his committee assignments Monday with a call for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to take action against Democrats who have met with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

In a tweet, McDaniel said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., “made the right decision” to strip King of his committee assignments in response to allegations that he showed support for white supremacy.

“There’s no place for white supremacy in our country & it’s totally inconsistent with the Republican Party,” McDaniel tweeted. “I hope Nancy Pelosi also takes action against all the Democrats who continue to associate with prominent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.”

King has been the subject of controversy after an interview with the New York Times, where King was quoted as saying: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? ... Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"

While critics contended that King was questioning when the terms had become offensive, King defended himself on Monday with a statement that said he was only referring to Western civilization and not “any previously stated evil ideology.”

“Clearly, I was only referencing Western Civilization classes. No one ever sat in a class listening to the merits of of white nationalism and white supremacy," King said.

A number of Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and current lawmakers, have faced controversy for their interactions with Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam group who has made controversial comments over the years. For instance, last year for a Saviours’ Day 2018 address, he said “the powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.”

Conservative News Today

Published  3 months ago

Democrat Nancy Pelosi — an open-borders advocate who supports illegal immigration — reportedly had activist Laura Loomer and her merry band of illegals thrown off her posh California estate.

According to Twitter updates, Pelosi henchman called the cops on Loomer and had her and her coterie of illegals thrown off the property.

Nancy Pelosi Threw ‘Refugees’ Off Her Lawn

Loomer captured the incident on video (see below). She says she wanted to prove her point that hypocritical liberals don’t practice what they preach. So Laura jumped the fence around Pelosi’s Napa Valley mansion and seeking “refuge” on her lawn.

Laura was reportedly joined by a group of illegal immigrants from Guatemala, according to Twitter.

During her Livestream, Loomer read the names of the Americans killed by illegal immigrants (see some of their photos below).

She pointed that the murdered Americans were not welcome in “sanctuary state California,” even though it rolls out the red carpet for illegal aliens.

The government is now in its third week of a partial shutdown amid an impasse in negotiations over the federal budget.

As BizPac reported, President Donald Trump asked for $5 billion to build a wall along the US-Mexico border to stem the avalanche of illegal immigrants, illicit drugs, violent gangsters, and human smugglers.

Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-led House of Representatives refuse to fund the wall, calling it “immoral.”

Over 5,000 Americans Murdered Each Year By Illegals

Democrats also claim the wall is too expensive. Meanwhile, illegal immigration costs US taxpayers $113 billion every year.

In addition, more than 5,000 Americans are murdered every year by illegals who should never have been in this country in the first place.

Open-borders leftists and the media are blaming President Trump for the shutdown, but it was Dems who unanimously voted to leave town just 4 hours into their first day on the job of the 2019 Congress.

They’re cheerfully sipping Margaritas on the beach right now while dismissing the murders of Americans by illegals. Let that sink in.

Kevin McCarthy tweeted: “SWAMP STRIKES AGAIN → Every single House Democrat just voted to leave town after less than 4 hours on the job. Congress should stay in session until the Schumer Shutdown is over.” https://t.co/O5vSwp1W9d

— 🇺🇸 Jack Ralph 🇺🇸 (@NevadaJack2) January 5, 2019

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Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

McCarthy condemned Ilhan Omar's promotion: "Anti-Semitism has no place in Congress and certainly not on the House Foreign Affairs Committee."

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday rejected President Trump's invitation to a lunch meeting at the White House to discuss border security, in the latest sign that both sides of the government shutdown standoff remain entrenched in their positions with no compromise in sight.

A senior administration official told Fox News that the president had invited Democrats to join his lunch with members of Congress in the Roosevelt Room shortly after noon. But moments before the session, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that nobody took them up on the offer.

"The President has a proposal on the table that includes additional technology at ports of entry, allows minors from Central America to seek asylum in their home country, and physical barriers between ports of entry made of steel instead of concrete," she said. "Today, the President offered both Democrats and Republicans the chance to meet for lunch at the White House. Unfortunately, no Democrats will attend. The President looks forward to having a working lunch with House Republicans to solve the border crisis and reopen the government.

"It’s time for the Democrats to come to the table and make a deal."

She said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer "refuse to negotiate."

Trump, however, did not invite House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, instead reaching out to rank-and-file Democrats including centrist Democrats from districts where Trump is popular. A Pelosi aide reportedly said she gave lawmakers her blessing to attend, telling her leadership team that other congressional Democrats can see what she and others have dealt with during the shutdown.

Pelosi predicted that after meeting with Trump, the lawmakers would want to make a "citizen's arrest," according to the aide.

But the lawmakers ultimately decided not to attend. The meeting boycott leaves unclear how and when both sides might negotiate a resolution to the partial shutdown, which was triggered when Trump demanded nearly $6 billion for a border wall and Democrats refused -- and is now the longest in U.S. history.

TRUMP SUGGESTS PELOSI SHOULD STOP GETTING A PAYCHECK AMID SHUTDOWN

The last meeting with Democratic leaders did not end well. Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., sat down last week with Trump, but Schumer said it ended when the president “just got up and walked out.”

“He asked Speaker Pelosi, ‘will you agree to my wall?’ She said no. And he just got up, and said, ‘Well, we’ve got nothing to discuss,” Schumer said last week.

Pelosi, after the meeting, said the president was “petulant,” and Schumer added that Trump slammed his hand on a table in frustration and had a “temper tantrum”—a move Trump, Vice President Pence and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy later denied.

Trump rejected the account, tweeting that “Cryin’ Chuck” Schumer “told his favorite lie when he used his standard sound bite that I ‘slammed the table & walked out of the room. He had a temper tantrum.’ Because I knew he would say that, and after Nancy said no to proper border security, I politely said bye-bye and left, no slamming!”

TRUMP DOUBLES DOWN ON BORDER WALL, AS POLLS SHOW VOTERS TURNING AGAINST HIS SHUTDOWN STRATEGY

Trump initially requested $5.7 billion in funding for security and construction of the wall, citing the “humanitarian crisis” and “invasion” at the border as reasons. Democrats have vowed to block any type of spending package that would involve funds to build a wall along the Southern border.

But Trump has continued to press for wall funding, tweeting Tuesday: "A big new Caravan is heading up to our Southern Border from Honduras. Tell Nancy and Chuck that a drone flying around will not stop them. Only a Wall will work. Only a Wall, or Steel Barrier, will keep our Country safe! Stop playing political games and end the Shutdown!"

Fox News' Matt Leach and John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

The mainstream media have largely ignored the Democrats' trip to Puerto Rico this weekend, in the midst of a partial government shutdown.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was removed from all of his committee assignments by House Republicans Monday evening following bipartisan condemnation of his recent remarks on white supremacy and white nationalism. King was serving on the committee on agriculture, the committee on small business and the committee on judiciary, according to his website.

"We will not tolerate this type of language in the Republican party ... or in the Democratic party as well," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters. "I watched what Steve King said and we took action."

In a statement, King insisted that his comments had been "completely mischaracterized" and blasted McCarthy for what King called "a political decision that ignores the truth."

The announcement came just hours after Reps. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, introduced separate censure resolutions against King. Censure is one of three formal modes of punishment in the House. It is more severe than a reprimand, but not as severe as expulsion. The House has only censured 23 members in history, most recently, former Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., in December 2010.

The removal of King from the roles comes just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., slammed the representative for remarks he made about the terms “white nationalist” and “white supremacist." McConnell argued that if the representative “doesn't understand why 'white supremacy' is offensive, he should find another line of work.”

“There is no place in the Republican Party, the Congress or the country for an ideology of racial supremacy of any kind,” McConnell said. “I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. Rep. King's statements are unwelcome and unworthy of his elected position.”

King, 69, was already under fire from Republicans for aligning himself with a white nationalist politician and making a series of racially charged remarks when he made the head-turning comment in an interview published last week.

“White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?” King asked The New York Times. “Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

In a statement after the article was published, King insisted that he rejected what he called the "evil ideology" of white nationalism and supremacy, and reiterated that he considers himself a "nationalist" who supports the values of "Western civilization."

GOP CAMPAIGN BOSS CONDEMNS REP. STEVE KING: 'MUST STAND UP AGAINST WHITE SUPREMACY'

But King has faced criticism over a series of racial remarks.

Last year, he tweeted “culture and demographics are our destiny” and said we “can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies.”

In 2013, he commented that while he has some sympathy for some illegal immigrants, "they aren't all valedictorians, they weren't all brought in by their parents -- for everyone who's a valedictorian, there's another 100 out there who weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."

"I think Steve King’s comments are his own and his exclusively and what he said was reprehensible and ought to lead to his resignation from Congress," Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said following McConnell's statement. "Our Senate leader also said today that Steve King ought to find a different line of work. I think he’s absolutely right. I think it’s very clear that the party leadership is unified that Steve King is out of bounds and that he should no longer be serving in Congress.”

"As with any animal that is rabid, Steve King should be set aside and isolated," Rush said Monday in a statement that also called on Republicans to strip King of his committee memberships until he apologizes.

"It doesn't matter if you're a Democrat or Republican, we all have a responsibility to call out Rep. King's hateful and racist comments," Ryan said.

King's position in the GOP had been imperiled even before his remarks about white supremacy.

Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, in which King was running, Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, then the head of the GOP campaign committee, issued an extraordinary public denunciation of him.

King has already drawn a primary challenger for the 2020 election: Randy Feenstra, a GOP state senator.

Fox News' Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report

Daily Intelligencer

Published  3 months ago

A plausible theory of mind-boggling collusion.

NTK Network

Published  3 months ago

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) blasted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for supposedly lying to reporters about what happened during a Wednesday afternoon meeting with President Trump in the Situation Room. McCarthy went to far as to recommend that cameras be at the next meeting about the government shutdown.

“I want to clarify a few things, as I just listened to Senator Schumer. I know he complained the time you had cameras in the meeting. I think we need to bring them back,” McCarthy told reporters outside the White House after the brief meeting. “Because what he described the meeting to be was totally different than what took place.”

Schumer earlier told reporters that Trump had thrown a “temper tatntrum” and walked out the meeting with congressional leaders after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she would not fund a southern border wall.

However, according to McCarthy, Trump asked Pelosi and Schumer for what offer the Democrats had come up with to secure America’s southern border and reopen the government.

“She again argued whether we even have a crisis or whether facts are true. [Trump] turned to Schumer again who said, ‘We just have to open the government up,'” McCarthy said. “The president would go back and forth in a negotiation in a very respectful way. I saw Schumer continue to raise his voice.”

According to McCarthy, Trump eventually turned to Pelosi and asked her, “If we open the government up, in 30 days could we have border security?”

“She raised her hand and said, ‘Not at all,'” McCarthy said while imitating Pelosi waving her finger.

“The president calmly said, ‘I guess you’re still not going to deal with the problem,'” McCarthy told reporters.

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The Last Refuge

Published  3 months ago

With massive amounts of misinformation surrounding the southern border and the need for a border security wall, the following video has been produced. Pushing back against intentional media disinfo…

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 months ago

What’s for breakfast? Jon Karl. President Trump Chews Up Jon Karl and Spits Him Out President Trump welcomed reporters into the Oval Office on Wednesday morning following his address to the nation. During the questions ABC’s Jon Karl thought he would tell tell the president how to do his job. Jon Karl: So why not […]

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took a dig at President Trump after a brief meeting that Trump described as a “total waste of time.”

Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Pelosi said that Trump did not understand the financial insecurity of many federal workers who are expected to miss paychecks because of the government shutdown.

“Many federal workers will not be receiving their paychecks, and what that means in their lives is tragic … the president seems to be insensitive to that,” Pelosi said. "He thinks maybe they could just ask their father for more money. But they can’t.”

“If you don’t understand financial insecurity, then you would have a policy that takes pride in saying ‘I’m going to keep government shut down for months or years unless you totally agree to my position,’” Pelosi added.

Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with Trump on Wednesday, the 19th day of the government shutdown.

Trump tweeted that he walked out of the meeting after Pelosi and Schumer said that they would not support funding for his proposed border wall “or steel barrier” in a funding bill.

"I asked what is going to happen in 30 days if I quickly open things up, are you going to approve Border Security which includes a Wall or Steel Barrier?" Trump tweeted. "Nancy said, NO. I said bye-bye, nothing else works!"

Schumer said that Trump slammed the table and “just walked out of the meeting” after not getting his way. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denied that Trump slammed the table, and said that the president brought pieces of candy to the meeting attendees.

The brief meeting comes the day after Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office, in a primetime speech that reaffirmed his position on the wall. He has also threatened to declare a national emergency at the border to direct construction on the wall, a potential move that has raised legality concerns in both parties.

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday blasted President Trump for threatening to stop sending money to California for forest fires, saying his words insult Americans who perished because of last year’s wildfires.

“Trump’s threat insults the memory of scores of Americans who perished in wildfires last year & thousands more who lost their homes,” Pelosi said on Twitter.

“[House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)] must join me to condemn & call on POTUS to reassure millions in CA that our govt will be there for them in their time of need.”

Pelosi’s call came shortly after Trump argued that California’s damaging forest fires would “never happen” if its forests were managed properly.

He also said that he’s ordered “FEMA to send no more money” to the state.

"It is a disgraceful situation in lives & money!” Trump said.

Trump has previously threatened to withhold disaster funding from California for its wildfires. He’s argued that the state needs to fix flaws in its forest management practices to mitigate wildfires.

During a visit to the state last year he said that a country such as Finland prevents wildfires because they do a better job "raking and cleaning and doing things."

Wildfires ravaged California in 2018, with the Camp Fire in northern part of the state killing at least 85 people and destroying thousands of homes. It was the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) echoed Pelosi’s criticism on Wednesday, saying that “we should work together to mitigate these fires by combating climate change, not play politics by threatening to withhold money from survivors of a deadly natural disaster.”

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump walked out of a White House meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

RedState

Published  3 months ago

Democrats are so focused on pushing forward their own agenda that they don’t seem to be concerned about the security crisis currently happening down on the border.

According to the Daily Caller, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was immediately silenced by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) once she began speaking about the problems happening down on the border according to reports by White House officials. This was later confirmed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

“Once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn’t want to hear it,” McCarthy told reporters.

The Daily Caller reported that Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) both silenced Nielsen and began speaking about their own plans, none of which involved addressing the security issues with the border:

The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.

“Democrats in the room either don’t care that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border or just prefer ignorance. It was incredibly disheartening that they don’t want to know the facts when making policy,” DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement to TheDC.

Nielsen’s briefing was supposed to help make lawmakers aware of the mounting problems happening at the southern border right now due to the migrant caravan that is continuously attempting to enter into the U.S., and would have helped Democratic leaders understand that severity of the problem, however, Democrat lawmakers seem far more concerned about reopening the government.

Just last December, Pelosi hinted that she’d shut down the government forever if it meant President Donald Trump never got the funding for his border wall, however, as I highlighted previously, the Democrats are going to find themselves on the lower end of an uphill battle, as the part in the White House is usually the winner of these shutdown battles.

Trump is already putting the blame for the shutdown on the Democrats, and while several polls show America blames Trump for the shutdown, it’s not clear whether or not they think it’s a good thing, as many on the right believe it is, and approve of Trump’s shutdown move.

Interestingly enough, Schumer indicated in the past that he understood border walls were a good thing and that illegal immigration was wrong. He seems to have changed his mind now that Democrats have entered into a “resist Trump at all costs” holding pattern.

POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

A growing number of Republican lawmakers could vote for Democratic measures to reopen the federal government.

Conservative News Today

Published  3 months ago

President Trump triggered liberals by saying he’s considering declaring a national emergency to build a border wall, citing national security reasons. “We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country, absolutely. We can do it,” Trump said at a press conference yesterday. “I haven’t done it.  I may do it, but […]

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Saturday criticized the response to Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s (D-MI) profanity-laden pledge to impeach President Donald Trump, vowing to protect her fellow freshman congresswoman from what she claimed is “faux outrage” whipped up by Republicans.

“Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just ‘locker room talk,’ but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in reference to the Access Hollywood tape in which President Trump — at the time host of the reality television program The Apprentice — was recorded making lewd comments about women.

Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just “locker room talk,” but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar.

GOP lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2019

“GOP lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago. Next,” the self-avowed Democratic-Socialist added.

In a subsequent tweet, Ocasio-Cortez told Tlaib that she has her back, adding that the Bronx and Detroit “ride together.”

I got your back @RashidaTlaib – the Bronx and Detroit ride together 💪🏽💜

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 5, 2019

While Tlaib’s “impeach the motherfucker” remark was met with criticism from Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and President Trump himself, Ocasio-Cortez ignored the fact that several top Democrats also expressed disapproval with it.

“I don’t like that language. I wouldn’t use that language,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said of the remarks in a town hall meeting televised by MSNBC. The California Democrat then went on to say that the remark is “not the position of the Democratic caucus” regarding impeachment. “I think it probably consolidates his [President Trump’s] base, but I don’t think it needs much consolidation,” she added.

On Friday evening, Tlaib said she stands by her remark, telling WDIV Local 4 in Detroit that President Trump “has met his match” and “he’s just going to have to deal” with it. “I’ve always been this way. No one expects me to be anything but myself. The girl from Southwest Detroit. The little sass and attitude,” the Michigan Democrat said. “I think President Trump has met his match. I don’t like bullies. I go after them the same way they go after us. And he’s just going to have to deal.”

“I stand by impeaching the president of the United States. I ran on that,” she added. “I very much hold dearly that I want to impeach this president.”

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

Trump told Congressional leaders that he will shut down the government for 'months or years' if he does not get money for his Mexican wall in a heated confrontation at the White House.

Homeland Security

Published  3 months ago

WASHINGTON -- President Trump said it's necessary to use eminent domain to seize border properties like any other infrastructure project, and warned at a Rose Garden press conference today that he has thought about using "emergency powers" to grant himself authority to build a wall without the approval of Congress.

"We could call a national emergency because of the security of our country. Absolutely. No, we could do it. I haven't done it. I may do it. I may do it. But we could call a national emergency and build it very quickly and it's another way of doing it," he said. "But if we can do it through a negotiated process, we're giving that a shot."

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) countered such a declaration would be a misuse of military construction readiness funds. "This is as clear a statement as any that President Trump values the construction of his wall over military readiness and support for our troops and their families," Smith said.

Trump had just emerged from the second White House meeting this week with congressional leaders to negotiate an end to the government shutdown.

Outside of the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called it "a lengthy and sometimes contentious conversation with the president" that yielded no agreement.

"How do you define progress in a meeting? When you have a better understanding of each other's position? When you eliminate some possibilities?" Pelosi asked. "If that's a judgment, then yes, we made some progress."

Afterward, Trump met the media accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He acknowledged that he told Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) that the shutdown could drag on for months or even longer than a year.

"Absolutely, I said that. I don't think it will, but I am prepared and I think I could speak for Republicans in the House and Republicans in the Senate," he said.

Trump was asked about lawsuits over the seizure of border property, which some landowners predict could be tied up court for years.

"Eminent domain is very interesting. But without eminent domain, you wouldn't have any highways, you wouldn't have any schools, you wouldn't have any roadways. What we're doing with eminent domain is, in many cases, we'll make a deal up front and we've already done that. The secretary has done a lot of that. And if we can't make a deal, we take the land and we pay them three court process, which goes actually very fairly quickly, and we're generous but we take the land. Otherwise, you can never build anything," he replied.

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

The former Speaker, 48, wore a University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers jacket to take his sons to school in Janesville, WI, while Washington D.C. wrestled with the shutdown crisis.

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

Shortly after being sworn into office on Thursday, Tlaib told a group of supporters: “We’re going to go in and impeach the motherf---er.”

“She has a freshman, incoming individual that uses that type of language that has a determination of what she's going to do with no facts or basis," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Friday at a press conference. "I think this is a role as a leader and Speaker to have a conversation with this member on whether she approves of this or not.”

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) didn’t specify what type of disciplinary action he thinks should be taken, but said the language needs to be addressed by Democratic leaders.

"She's got to make that decision. I'm surely not one to tell Nancy Pelosi what to do, but I think it's a real test for her, how she responds to this. And it will continue happening if she doesn’t address the problem,” he told reporters Friday. “How was she going to stand up to the most radical left elements of her party when they become unhinged? And It didn't take long. Literally, on the first day it happened. That's going to be a test for her and her speakership.”

When asked about her reaction to Tlaib's comment, Pelosi said Friday that she's "not in the censorship business."

“I probably have a generational reaction to it, but in any event, I’m not in the censorship business,” Pelosi said in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid on Friday.

“I don’t like that language. I wouldn’t use that language,” Pelosi said in an interview on MSNBC. “But I don’t think it's anything worse than what the president has said."

House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) dismissed previous allegations that Republicans have not stood up to the president when he’s used profanity or fiery language in the past, arguing rhetoric and name calling has intensified over the course of the past 24 hours. The Wyoming Republican argued the language sets a tone of “politicization and partisanship” at the start of the 116th Congress.

“You have seen over the last 24 hours very foul language," she said. "I think any comparisons to Hitler and Naziism are absolutely outrageous.”

McCarthy said the rhetoric and immediate calls for impeachment make him question whether the "House majority going to be serious about anything."

“We watched a new freshman stand up use this language get cheered by their base. And we watched a brand new Speaker say nothing to her,” he said. “That is not the body of what we serve in and that action should not stand. Somebody should stand up to it. She's the speaker - that individual serves at her caucus. I would hope that if she wouldn't, others in her caucus would.”

Big League Politics

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump’s White House is not moving from its demand for more than $5 billion in border Wall funding, which is backing Democrats into a corner as we enjoy Day 15 of the federal government shutdown.

V.P. Mike Pence — who raised some concerns when he tried to go lower than $5 billion in a recent negotiation, and was reportedly overruled by Trump — is holding the White House line. He met with congressional leaders Saturday and would not budge on the $5 billion.

The Democrats are still confused, and clearly lack strategy.

Two Democratic officials briefed on today's White House meeting say Pence – who privately floated a smaller wall deal to Schumer that Trump rejected – made it clear the admin was now not moving off the $5 billion plus for wall. The impasse continues.

— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) January 5, 2019

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The Democratic Party is at a loss for how to handle President Donald Trump’s government shutdown, which reaches fourteen days in morning.

In a press conference, the stunned Democrat leaders said that they will pass some agency-opening bills in the House. But Mitch McConnell’s office has confirmed that it will not introduce any legislation that President Trump would not sign, and President Trump has made it clear that he expects $5 billion in funding for the southern border Wall.

Democrats want four weeks to wait. Maybe they want to return to their five-star vacation spots?

Here are the Democrats, followed by Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise’s press conference, in which McCarthy revealed that Schumer interrupted Department of Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen in a national security briefing.

Here was the best part of the press conference, where the Democrats talked about some kind of winter wonderland involving Russia.

Here is McCarthy talking about how Schumer interrupted the female head officer of the Department of Homeland Security during a very important national security briefing regarding crisis on America’s southern border.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a stand for fellow House freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib on Saturday after the latter’s expletive-laced comments in favor of impeaching President Trump.

Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist lawmaker from New York, went on Twitter to weigh in, accusing the GOP of a having a double standard.

“Republican hypocrisy at its finest: saying that Trump admitting to sexual assault on tape is just ‘locker room talk,’ but scandalizing themselves into faux-outrage when my sis says a curse word in a bar,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “GOP lost entitlement to policing women’s behavior a long time ago. Next.”

The lawmaker was apparently referring to a 2005 video that came to light ahead of the 2016 presidential election, in which Trump – talking to Billy Bush – made lewd comments about women.

Trump issued an apology at the time and described the contents of the "Access Hollywood" recording as “locker room banter.” He later released a followup video apology, insisting the remarks didn't "reflect who I am.”

“I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize," Trump said.

On Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a vow to support Tlaib, D-Mich.

“I got your back @RashidaTlaib - the Bronx and Detroit ride together,” she tweeted.

Tlaib, who was sworn in as a new member of the 116th Congress on Thursday, was videotaped that night vowing to impeach the president -- shortly after she penned an op-ed for The Detroit Free Press outlining the case for impeachment.

“People love you and you win,” the video showed Tlaib telling supporters. “And when your son looks at you and says: ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.’”

House Republicans fumed over the comments on Friday, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., prodding Speaker Nancy Pelosi to act.

Yet Pelosi, D-Calif., downplayed Tlaib’s remarks, expressing distaste for the language but suggesting that Trump’s own language had started the heated rhetoric in Washington.

“I probably have a generational reaction to it,” Pelosi said at an MSNBC town hall. “But in any event, I’m not in the censorship business. I don’t like that language, I wouldn’t use that language. I don’t….establish any language standards for my colleagues, but I don’t think it’s anything worse than what the president has said.”

In the Rose Garden on Friday, Trump said he found Tlaib’s comments “disgraceful” and thought she “dishonored herself” as well as “her family.”

Tlaib, doubling down on her comments, tweeted on Friday that she “will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe.”

“This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise,” she tweeted.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Sara A. Carter

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump warned Friday afternoon that he’s going to fight for a secure border, stressing that he won’t compromise the border wall even if the government shutdown lasts years. It was his second closed door meeting with Democrats and Republican leadership but no compromise or resolution was reached.

He addressed reporters in the White House Rose Garden shortly after the meeting saying the parties made progress but were far from a resolution. The president, however, threatened that the impasse could end with a decision by him to declare the crisis at the border a national emergency. By declaring it an emergency, he could get the funding he needs to build a wall.

“We can do it,” said Trump, referencing the possibility of declaring it a national emergency. “I haven’t done it. I may do it. I may do it.” However, he said that he would prefer to find a solution through negotiations.

His address on Friday came in the wake of a two-week government shutdown over the $5 billion he requested in the budget for the border wall, which Democrats do not support.

“We mentioned the price that we want $5.6 billion dollars very strongly,” he said. “This is national security we’re talking about, we’re not talking about games, we’re talking about national security. This should’ve been done by all the president’s that preceded me and they all know it.”

Tom Homan, retired former acting director of Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement, told SaraACarter.com in an interview this week the national security implications of a porous border are serious and vast. Homan said the majority of ICE personnel and federal law enforcement officials he’s spoken with back the president’s decision to find a resolution to the border wall.

This is National Security we are talking about. We are not talking about games. pic.twitter.com/aGIKpooY8f

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 4, 2019

Trump and Congress To Work Throughout The Weekend

In a letter to members of congress Friday morning the president pushed for the border wall funding, noting the national security implications of not taking action.

According to the Associated Press, Democrats say the shutdown is making it difficult for families to pay bills. They called on Trump to reopen the government while negotiations continue.

“It’s very hard to see how progress will be made unless they open up the government,” said Senate Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. House Democrats attempted to push through legislation Thursday night that would fund the government but not the border wall.

During his address Friday, Trump highlighted the problems federal law enforcement personnel face along the porous border. He noted that the situation is not solely about illegal immigration but more importantly, the illicit trafficking of narcotics and the evidence that terrorist organizations have attempted to use the border to move people into the United States.

There is 2,000 miles of border between the United States and Mexico. Now is the time to finally secure the border and create the lawful and safe immigration system Americans, and those wanting to become Americans, deserve. pic.twitter.com/T9e6Oy8A6G

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 4, 2019

The president was flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and Congressional leaders at the press conference. including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-LA. They said their teams are prepared to work throughout the weekend.

Currently 800,000 federal workers are now on furlough. Some are working without guaranteed pay but Trump stressed that he’s not going to back down saying, “the safety net is going to be having a strong border because we’re going to be safe.”

The president has spoken to some furloughed workers who support the administration’s decision to not back away from the border wall funding, Trump revealed. He said those workers have told him, “Mr. President keep going, this is far more important.”

According to the White House, both the administration and Congressional Staff will work through the weekend to accelerate bipartisan consensus.

For more on the White House plans read here.

LifeNews.com

Published  3 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conservative News Today

Published  3 months ago

Don’t blame President Trump for the ongoing government shutdown. Look to the Democrats, who unanimously voted to leave town just four hours into the first day of the 2019 Congress. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted: “SWAMP STRIKES AGAIN → Every single House Democrat just voted to leave town after less than 4 hours on […]

POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

Party leaders fear such explosive talk only gives ammunition to the GOP.

American Greatness

Published  3 months ago

It’s a truism that whenever Republicans are in the minority in Congress, they act like it but whenever the GOP has the majority, they still behave as though they are in the minority. Power seems to embarrass them.

When I worked on Capitol Hill, I was amazed at how many various caucuses there were, particularly in the Republican Party. There was a caucus for almost everything. And to what end? All that these little cliques ended up doing was dividing the Republican Party against itself.

Because I am a Millennial, most of my friends on the Hill were Democrats. We would go out to local watering holes and shoot the breeze about whatever was afflicting Congress that particular day. Without fail, these Democrats would start mocking and belittling the feckless Republican leadership. At the time, we had just retaken the Senate and were holding strong in the House. Yet the Republican leadership in the House did not act like it was in charge. Instead, the GOP establishment made a priority of marginalizing the Tea Party representatives—the very elected officials who consolidated the Republican majority!

And so it was no wonder my Democrat colleagues would marvel at how much mischief the Republicans let the minority get away with.

Recently, Sebastian Gorka interviewed U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) on his new nationally syndicated radio program, “America First.” Gohmert shared a story about a meeting he had in 2014 with then-House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in which Boehner chided members of the House Freedom Caucus for being too confrontational. As Gohmert tells it, Boehner believed all the GOP had to do was to sit back and keep quiet, giving Democrats enough rope to hang themselves in the eyes of the voters. That didn’t happen. Quipped Gohmert: after a year of Boehner’s “strategy,” the Democrats had used that rope to “string up” the Republicans.

Republican leaders were very good at constructing a litany of excuses for why they could never win—despite having control over the levers of power. By the time Donald Trump won, the Republican elite was caught unawares. They had convinced themselves that nothing could stop Hillary Clinton and they all made arrangements simply to acquiesce in the wiles of the Clinton machine and the Democrats; to save their own hides while in Washington and abandon the voters who put them in office.

Trump’s election ended those plans and forced their hand. But instead of using it, the Republicans constantly complained about “that man” in the White House while at the same time pretending as though they were really doing what the voters had put them in office to do (which, of course, they weren’t).

I used to joke that the GOP should form a congressional “coward caucus.” It would be brimming with members who could concoct intricate reasons why opposing the Left was imprudent and how the right-wing was little different from the Taliban. With the election of Donald Trump, I hoped that maybe the GOP in Congress would grow a backbone at last. But, of course, they didn’t. The NeverTrump wing of the GOP in Congress did more to stymie Trump’s agenda than any Democrat could have done.

What has Republican congressional “leadership” given us since 2016? A repeal of the Affordable Care Act? A reduction in government spending? A reduction in the endless wars the country was fighting? No. They allowed for the endless Russian collusion delusion to go forward. They aided and abetted the Left in its administrative coup against the duly elected president of the United States simply because Trump wasn’t part of their club of Beautiful Losers.

With the predictable return of Democratic Party control over the House, the Republicans have resumed their preferred form of supplication at the altar of democratic socialism. The Republican House members voted the noted Paul Ryan flunkie, Californian Kevin McCarthy, as the new GOP minority leader rather than the Ohio pugilist, Jim Jordan.

At the outset of his reign as the Left’s new lovable loser, McCarthy told the press he would end the House investigations into Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance—though the investigations are far from finished. McCarthy also publicly begged Trump to end the government shutdown and to give up on the wall.

Then, the newly-elected Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) wrote a scathing op-ed excoriating Trump’s “lack of character,” arguing Trump was not fit to be president (well, Mitt, Trump did in one sitting what you couldn’t accomplish in two elections: he won).

To close out the week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) indicated that Trump could expect no assistance from the Senate in overcoming the deadlock over the funding of the wall and reopening the government. There were also some ruminations in the press about McConnell being unable to guarantee that Trump’s nominees will get confirmed—despite the GOP having even greater control over the Senate than it previously held.

During the French Revolution, Georges Danton urged his countrymen, “l’audace! L’audace! Toujours l’audace!” in the face of monarchical oppression. Danton understood that his revolutionary objectives could only be achieved by audacity, not cowardice. Similarly, the Republican Party is fighting a great ideological conflict. Most elected Republicans have chosen to cower in the face of Democratic Party aggression. Without a hearty dose of audacity, all will be lost.

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Brandon J. Weichert is a geopolitical analyst who manages The Weichert Report. He is a contributing editor at American Greatness and a contributor at The American Spectator . His writings on national security have appeared in Real Clear Politics and he has been featured on the BBC and CBS News. Brandon is an associate producer for "America First with Sebastian Gorka" and is a former congressional staffer who is currently working on his doctorate in international relations.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

While Nancy Pelosi reclaimed the speaker’s gavel Thursday, more than a dozen Democrats defected and chose not to support her.

The Denver Post

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., made history Thursday afternoon for being the first Palestinian-American woman sworn into Congress.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

'We are not doing a wall': Pelosi vows there will be no funding for a border wall in her first hours as House speaker

After retaking the gavel on Capitol Hill, Nancy Pelosi dashed any hopes from Republicans that she would be more agreeable to a border wall once her House speakership campaign was over by telling the press that Democrats will not agree to one; Doug McKelway reports.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi so far has been mum on Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s profanity-laced vow to impeach President Trump, while Republicans condemn the language and the freshman Democrat offers no apologies.

Pelosi, D-Calif., who reclaimed the gavel after being elected House speaker on Thursday, did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on a newly surfaced video of Tlaib promising to remove Trump from office.

“People love you and you win,” the video showed Tlaib telling supporters Thursday night. “And when your son looks at you and says, ‘Momma, look you won. Bullies don’t win.’ And I said, ‘Baby, they don’t, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf***er.’”

House Republicans fumed over the comments at a press conference Friday morning, with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., noting Pelosi hasn't yet spoken out.

"How do you work with anyone if this is what they have planned?" he said. "... That action should not stand, somebody should stand up to it."

Trump also dismissed the impeachment talk in a series of Friday morning tweets.

Other senior Democrats, though, pushed back on the freshman congressman's language and tone.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he doesn't think "comments like these particularly help."

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., condemned her comments.

“I don’t like that language,” Nadler told CNN. “More to the point, I disagree with what she said. It is too early to talk about that intelligently. We have to follow the facts and get the facts.”

Tlaib's comments came after she penned an op-ed for The Detroit Free Press, calling the president a “direct and serious threat” to the U.S., and urging impeachment proceedings.

Following the controversy over her videotaped remarks, a spokesman said in a statement that Tlaib was elected to shake up Washington and "absolutely" believes Trump should be impeached.

“I will always speak truth to power. #unapologeticallyMe,” Tlaib also tweeted on Friday.

“This is not just about Donald Trump. This is about all of us. In the face of this constitutional crisis, we must rise,” she added.

Despite not having commented on Tlaib’s remarks, Pelosi has taken a more measured approach to the impeachment debate. She would not say Thursday whether the House would seriously consider impeaching the president—at least until after the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election.

“We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report,” Pelosi said on NBC’s “Today” on Thursday. “We shouldn’t be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn’t avoid impeachment for a political reason. We have to see.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) after members of the GOP booed her for voting for newly-elected Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) tweeted a taunting rebuttal: "Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me."

"Over 200 members voted for Nancy Pelosi today, yet the GOP only booed one: me," Pelosi tweeted. "Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me, fellas."

Pelosi posted the tweet along with a video of her vote, which shows some people groaning as she votes "yes" on Pelosi.

Ocasio-Cortez during her campaign expressed skepticism about Pelosi's leadership, and she joined a group of protestors in Pelosi’s office demanding increased congressional action on climate change shortly after the midterm election last year.

But the New York Democrat ultimately vowed her support for Pelosi, explaining that "all the challenges to Leader Pelosi are coming from her right."

"Hard pass," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter in November, as some candidates were rumored to be eyeing a challenge to Pelosi.

Pelosi won the Speakership on Thursday in a 220-192 vote over House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), with around a dozen Democrats detracting or declining to vote "yes."

Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday voted against a Democratic rules package championed by Pelosi, citing concerns over the "pay-as-you-go" provision. The "paygo" provision, which requires a point of order against any bill that raises the deficit or reduces a surplus, could create additional hurdles in accomplishing progressive legislative priorities in areas including climate change.

The House on Thursday approved the rules package, with Ocasio-Cortez's "no" vote joined by two other lawmakers.

WSJ

Published  3 months ago

Sen. Chuck Schumer said President Trump “resisted” a Democratic request not to hold federal workers “hostage” over border-wall funding during a White House meeting. Mr. Schumer added the president said the partial government shutdown could continue for a “very long period.

Newsweek

Published  3 months ago

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Nancy Pelosi—now confirmed as House speaker—has said the U.S. Constitution considers her equal to President Donald Trump. The two are set to fight multiple battles over the course of the new Congress.

Speaking to The New York Times in an interview published Thursday, Pelosi indicated she intends to make her voice heard and influence felt during her second stint as speaker. She won the contest for the gavel against House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy by 220 votes to 192.

Read More: Nancy Pelosi elected House speaker: 5 things to know about California Democrat after she wins vote for second time

Pelosi is now second-in-line to the presidency should Trump become unable to execute his duties, whether through resignation or some other form of removal from office. As speaker of the House, she is next behind Vice President Mike Pence.

When asked by the Times whether she considers herself equal to Trump, she replied: “The Constitution does.”

Having become the first politician to be elected speaker in nonconsecutive Congresses since 1955, 78-year-old Pelosi praised the diverse intake of representatives who took their seats Thursday and said she hopes they will usher in a new era of American politics.

The 166th Congress includes the most women in history with 125 total—102 in the House and 23 in the Senate. The Times noted that there were just 23 women in total when Pelosi joined the House in 1987.

In her interview, the speaker recalled a dinner at the White House last year during when men spoke over her, provoking her to ask, “Doesn’t anybody listen to a woman in the room?” Pelosi said that with the new intake, "hopefully that will become a thing of the past now that we have so many women in Congress—and with the gavel.”

“The gavel makes a big difference,” the California lawmaker added.

Though Pelosi is one of the giants of the Democratic Party, her bid to reclaim the speakership did face internal opposition from both incoming and incumbent members of the new Congress. Indeed, 12 Democrats voted for candidates other than Pelosi on Thursday.

She eventually agreed to limit her term to four years in a bid to soothe some of her more vociferous opponents. Nonetheless, Pelosi said she is well-versed in managing internal politicking. “I’m used to, shall we say, enthusiasms from all elements of the party—I can roll with that,” she told the Times.

The Trump administration is facing a new and worrying era with Pelosi as the face of the congressional oversight and investigation. Meanwhile, her Democratic colleagues are keen to use their newly won powers to apply the pressure the president has been able to avoid while Republicans held House and Senate majorities.

“Our nation is at a historic moment,” Pelosi said in a statement to reporters. “Two months ago, the American people spoke and demanded a new dawn.” In her victory speech to the House, the California lawmaker praised the “transformative freshman class” of politicians who took their sears Thursday and encouraged Democrats to be “pioneers of the future.”

She takes the gavel as the federal government remains in a partial shutdown that began on December 22. The Democrats are at loggerheads with the president over his demand for $5 billion in funding for his contentious border wall, which remains elusive as he enters the third year of his term.

Pelosi has vowed to prioritize solutions to end the shutdown, which has left around 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay. However, she has refused to entertain the idea of releasing the funds Trump is demanding.

Speaking with NBC, she declared the president would get “nothing for the wall.”

Big League Politics

Published  3 months ago

House Republican majority leader Kevin McCarthy revealed that Chuck Schumer interrupted Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in the White House meeting Wednesday with President Donald Trump. Congressional leaders are returning to the White House Friday after they failed to hear the entire briefing from Nielsen, due to Schumer’s interruption. Nielsen’s briefing was intended for national security purposes due to recent incidents at the southern border.

“I was a little disappointed with, I would say, some on the other side. Once the Secretary started, Senator Schumer interrupted her and they really didn’t want to hear it. They challenged some of the points the Secretary made,” McCarthy said.

“I think they wanted to go on, without going through the briefing, they wanted to go on with their bill,” McCarthy said, concurring with Steve Scalise that the Democrats were just not willing to negotiate.

“The President has been very clear that it’s not the bill he would support, and Leader McConnell has said that he’s not bringing anything up that isn’t going to become law,” McCarthy said, referring to Nancy Pelosi’s fatuous bills she is trying to pass through the House.

TheHill

Published  3 months ago

When Pelosi was asked whether she considers herself equal to Trump, she said, "the Constitution does,” The New York Times reported.

Pelosi's position as Speaker makes her the second in line for the presidency should something happen to Trump, after Vice President Pence, according to the Constitution.

The House on Thursday elected Pelosi as Speaker for the second time in 12 years, a historic return to power for the nation’s first female Speaker. Pelosi's reelection made her the first lawmaker to become Speaker in nonconsecutive Congresses since 1955.

Pelosi during the Times interview recounted a White House dinner last year during which men spoke over her, which she said prompted her to ask, "Doesn’t anybody listen to a woman in the room?"

“Hopefully that will become a thing of the past now that we have so many women in Congress — and with the gavel,” Pelosi told the Times. “The gavel makes a big difference.”

The 116th Congress has the most women in history, with 102 in the House and 23 in the Senate. When Pelosi joined the House in 1987, there were 23 women total, the Times noted.

She won the Speakership on Thursday in a 220-192 vote over House minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Her bid for the gavel was disrupted briefly toward the end of last year by critics in her own party, which included both incoming and incumbent members of the 116th Congress.

"I’m used to, shall we say, enthusiasms from all elements of the party — I can roll with that,” Pelosi told the Times of the conflict, which she quelled in part by agreeing to limit her new Speakership to a maximum of four more years.

Twelve Democrats voted for candidates other than Pelosi and six Republicans voted against McCarthy.

“Our nation is at an historic moment,” Pelosi said in remarks disseminated to reporters. “Two months ago, the American people spoke, and demanded a new dawn.”

Democrats now hold a 235-199 majority in the House, while the GOP holds a 53-47 advantage, making it the first divided Congress since 2015.

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

Rashida Tlaib, a newly-elected representative from Michigan, told a room full of cheering supporters that she aims to impeach President Trump just hours after being sworn in to Congress.

Dan Bongino

Published  3 months ago

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter described her mother in an unusual way this morning, telling CNN that the Congresswoman could “cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.”

Speaking with hosts Alisyn Camerota and John Berman about her mother’s approach to meetings, Alexandra Pelosi said, “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding. That’s all you need to know about her.”

She continued, “No one ever won betting against Nancy Pelosi. She’s persevered. You gotta give her credit. No matter what you think about her, you have to give her credit because, think about it, think about all of those presidents she’s endured. The Bush, the Bush, the Clinton—she’s been through it all.”

“She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding,” filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi says about her mother, likely incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is set to meet with Pres. Trump and leaders at the White House over the shutdown. https://t.co/ukXtn1xYxI pic.twitter.com/MR7DHEOpeT

Alexandra Pelosi’s comments came before her mother met with Trump and other Congressional leaders today where they were unable to reach an agreement on funding the government after receiving a briefing on border security.

The Democrats proposed a plan that would fund government agencies through September, however the Department of Homeland Security would only receive funding for one month while negotiations on the border wall continue.

“I think they wanted to go on without going through the briefing, they wanted to go on with their bill that they were bringing up tomorrow. The president has been very clear that it’s not the bill he would support and Leader McConnell said he’s not bringing anything up that’s not going to become law,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the meeting was unproductive.

“I don’t think any particular progress was made today,” he said. “It was a civil discussion and we are hopeful that somehow in the coming days or weeks we will be able to reach an agreement.”

Earlier today during a cabinet meeting, President Trump said the partial government shutdown will “last as long as it takes.”

He stressed the importance of building a wall, telling his cabinet, “A wall is a wall. The others just, we could have all the drones flying over the people last night, the only thing that stops them is a wall. If we had drones, wonderful, we’ll get nice pictures…”

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

President Trump gathered with top congressional lawmakers from both parties Wednesday afternoon for a hotly anticipated closed-door meeting on border security in the White House Situation Room, amid the ongoing partial federal government shutdown that has persisted for 12 days.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and top House Republicans Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Steve Scalise, R-La., were believed to be attending the meeting in the high-security enclave, which typically is used to handle sensitive information. The location means the conversation will not be televised, unlike the volatile sitdown during which Democratic leaders talked back to Trump last month.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who is poised to become speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday when Democrats take back control of the chamber, and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were also in attendance, aides said.

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In a Cabinet meeting earlier Wednesday that served as a preview of the briefing with Hill leaders, the president maintained his stance that funding for a wall along the southern border would be a necessary component of any spending bill to reopen the remainder of the federal government.

“If they knew they couldn’t come through, they wouldn’t even start,” Trump said at the meeting with Cabinet secretaries and top advisers. “We have to have a wall.”

He pointed to a New Year's Day episode in which an estimated 150 migrants apparently tried to rush the southern border near Tijuana, Mexico. Some of the migrants threw rocks at U.S. officials and reportedly hoisted babies over their heads, as Border Patrol responded with tear gas.

“We need a wall and in the end, I believe we will be successful," Trump said, arguing that drones and technology alone would not have deterred the 150 migrants.

Trump said the U.S.-Mexico border has been “like a sieve,” and vowed to “make a plea” for his border wall.

The Democratic package to end the shutdown would include one bill to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security at current levels — with $1.3 billion for border security, far less than Trump has said he wants for the wall — through Feb. 8 as talks continued.

It also would include another measure to fund the departments of Agriculture, Interior, Housing and Urban Development and others closed by the partial shutdown. That measure would provide money through the remainder of the fiscal year, to Sept. 30.

Pelosi said Tuesday that Democrats would take action to "end the Trump Shutdown" by passing legislation to reopen the government Thursday, when the new Congress is seated. Whether the Republican-led Senate would consider the Democratic funding bills — or if Trump would sign either into law — was unclear. McConnell spokesman Donald Stewart said Senate Republicans would not take action without Trump's backing.

The shutdown began on Dec. 22, as Democrats vowed to block any funding for Trump’s border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and Trump insisted on billions for the long-promised barrier.

While much of the federal government has been running as normal, the partial shutdown has forced hundreds of thousands of federal workers to stay home or work without pay, and has closed some federal services and tourist sites. Approximately a quarter of federal workers are affected.

For his part, Trump has remarked that he had been "lonely" at the White House during the holiday break, having skipped his getaway to Mar-a-Lago in Florida. He claimed his only companions were the "machine gunners," referring to security personnel, and "they don't wave, they don't smile."

He also criticized Pelosi for vacationing in Hawaii during the shutdown, even as she blamed the White House for failing to resolve it.

On Tuesday morning, after tweeting a New Year's message to "EVERYONE INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA," Trump tweeted: "The Democrats, much as I suspected, have allocated no money for a new Wall. So imaginative! The problem is, without a Wall there can be no real Border Security."

But he seemed to shift tactics later in the day, appealing to Pelosi. "Let's make a deal?" he tweeted.

Fox News' Chad Pergram, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

WayneDupree.com

Published  3 months ago

On Wednesday, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer stopped Homeland Security Officials from giving a briefing which shocked many.

President Trump invited Congressional leaders to meet with him after the holiday break in the White House Situation Room, and Democrats tried to steer the conversation another way instead of listening to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen according to House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy.

Democrats (and RINOs) are playing politics with the lives of Americans while stealing their wealth to redistribute to illegal alien foreigners. Why would American legislators promote benefits for illegal alien foreigners over the best interests of Americans unless they were actively trying to destroy the USA? These goons are seditious traitors that should be removed from office and put on trial.

They only want drones and surveillance and fences that won’t stop people from coming in. They know that it takes manpower to hunt down and arrest everyone who is tracked coming in, and they are trying to teach the invaders to come in waves so that most will escape border patrol.

The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.

“Democrats in the room either don’t care that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border or just prefer ignorance. It was incredibly disheartening that they don’t want to know the facts when making policy,” DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement to TheDC.

Representatives for Pelosi and Schumer did not respond to requests for comment.

We simply cannot allow people to pour into the U.S., undetected, undocumented, unchecked and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently, lawfully to become immigrants in this country. Give it a month for the food stamps to run out, then watch their base howl even louder. Then Trump can announce that since the Democrats prefer to let people starve in the streets than uphold their sworn oaths to defend the country and the Constitution, he’s sending the army in to do it right.

But you didn’t come here just for me to make fun of Democrats; you want solutions too right?

How about laying off government workers and shutting down some of these useless non-essential federal departments. That will get their attention. Tell the private sector that is trying to get more H1b and other work visas for foreigners to start hiring and training those government workers instead. All visas suspended until those 800,000 non-essential government workers are relocated to the private sector. That will kill two birds with one stone- less bloated government to support and government workers forced to earn real paychecks that support the country instead of draining it.

Here’s another one, President Trump should give a speech right outside the wall of Pelosi’s California home. Challenge her directly about why she has a wall around her house to protect it but doesn’t want a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border to help protect the country. “Nancy Pelosi, tear down this wall!”

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SARAH PALIN

Published  3 months ago

A Wednesday meeting between President Trump and congressional leaders on potentially ending the federal shutdown reportedly went nowhere as Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi continued to refuse to fund the border wall.

The two Democrats said they would not concede to Trump’s demand for $5 billion, they instead argued in favor of two legislative proposals which would fund the government but did not include any money for the border wall.

After the meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ripped Pelosi for quickly taking up the bills which did not include the border funding as a “political sideshow.”

“We’re not interested in having show votes here in the Senate,” he said. “It’s exactly the kind of proposal you’d expect if the incoming House Democrats are choosing to stage a political sideshow rather than doing the hard work of helping to govern the country.”

McConnell noted that his chamber is dedicated to finding a solution that the president will actually sign into law, adding he would not even take up a vote on proposals which does not have Trump’s endorsement.

“The Senate will be glad to vote on a measure that the House passes that the president will sign. But we’re not going to vote on anything else,” McConnell said per Politico.

The Senate leader commented after the White House meeting that he’s hoping the two opposing parties reach a deal in the coming “days” or “weeks.”

As it stands, Trump wants $5 billion for the construction of the border wall before he agrees to reopen the government. Democrats previously offered $1.3 billion for border security measures, not specifically the border wall. Pelosi has since said she will concede “nothing for the wall.”

As Reuters reports, the White House similarly called the two-part Democratic plan a “non-starter”:

President Donald Trump has asked congressional leaders to return to the White House on Friday for talks aimed at ending a partial government shutdown over a dispute on border security funding, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Wednesday.

Speaking after a meeting of congressional leaders with Trump at the White House, McCarthy said he believed the president wanted to find a solution to the crisis.

“We know that we have a challenge along the border. We want to solve that issue. We want to make sure we open this government up. And I think at the end of the day, the president, listening to him, he wants to solve this as well,” McCarthy said.

Democrats said they would proceed with plans to hold votes on Thursday, when they formally take control of the U.S. House of Representatives from Trump’s fellow Republicans, on legislation that would end the shutdown without providing money for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border that Trump sought. The White House has called the two-part package a “non-starter.”

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

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 months ago

President Trump met with Congressional leaders on Wednesday following the holiday break in the White House Situation Room.

Republican and Democrat leaders met with the president today to discuss the continued government shutdown.

House Speaker-Designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) emerged from the meeting with President Trump at the White House Wednesday vowing to pass bills that will re-open the government and stiff the President on border wall funding.

Now this…

Democrat participants in today’s meeting “refused” to even listen to Homeland Security Officials during their presentation.

They just don’t care.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters after the meeting:

“I’m a little disappointed with, what I would say, some on the opposite side. They wouldn’t, once the secretary started they wouldn’t, uh, Senator Schumer interrupted her and they really didn’t want to hear it.”

They don’t care.

The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.

“Democrats in the room either don’t care that there is a humanitarian crisis on the border or just prefer ignorance. It was incredibly disheartening that they don’t want to know the facts when making policy,” DHS Spokeswoman Katie Waldman said in a statement to TheDC.

Representatives for Pelosi and Schumer did not respond to requests for comment.

dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

Democratic lawmakers brought a border security briefing at the White House to a screeching halt Wednesday, refusing to even listen to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a White House official tells The Daily Caller.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy echoed this version of events to reporters outside the White House immediately after the briefing, saying “once the secretary started, Schumer interrupted her and didn’t want to hear it.”

Republican and Democratic lawmakers after the meeting indicated little progress was made towards ending the partial government shutdown and that they agreed to reconvene on Friday. The White House official says there was a consensus in the room that negotiations would be put on hold until Pelosi officially assumed her expected role of Speaker.

The White House official told TheDC that both Pelosi and Schumer refused to hear out Nielsen’s briefing and instead advocated for two solutions to end the government shutdown. Neither of the Democratic options would provide the additional funding for border security requested by The White House.

Pelosi told reporters after the briefing she would continue her stated plan to have House Democrats pass legislation to re-open the government without any of the White House’s demands.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a late Tuesday night statement that Pelosi’s proposal was a “non-starter.”

Nielsen’s briefing to lawmakers was meant to highlight the impact of the growing migrant crisis on the southern border. White House officials believed the educational brief would help convince the Democratic leaders that funding for a physical border barrier is necessary.

The Democrats refused to hear that brief, the White House official says.

SARAH PALIN

Published  3 months ago

Ronil Singh was an American citizen and a legal immigrant who diligently served his community as a police officer. The day after Christmas, however, Singh’s life was taken by an illegal immigrant.

As Twitchy reports, nearly seven others were arrested for allegedly helping the suspect and illegal immigrant, Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

The death of the 33-year-old Newman Police Department officer rocked the nation, but lawmakers in his own “sanctuary” state were nearly silent about it. Many of the members did, however, tweet about the two children in the country illegally that died while under the custody of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

In a Twitter thread, conservative pundit Cameron Gray claimed as of Saturday only Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy and Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell directly mentioned Singh in a tweet of the 53 California members of Congress. California members include Democrat notables like Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters, Jackie Speier, Ted Lieu, and others.

“I just looked through the Twitter feeds of all 53 to see if they had tweeted about the murder of Newman, California Corporal Ronil Singh. The results are depressing to say the least…” Gray tweeted in a lengthy thread.

Here’s the evidence:

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Fox News

Published  3 months ago

Expect to hear the words “free,” “guaranteed” and “for all” a whole lot more in the new year as Democrats prepare an arsenal of big-government bills that could actually see a floor vote once they take control of the House.

Sara A. Carter

Published  4 months ago

President Trump told congressional leaders today that he will not sign a budget agreement that fails to include funding for his border wall; increasing the likelihood of a partial “government shutdown” heading towards Friday’s deadline.

“House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters after meeting the president at the White House Thursday afternoon that Trump told them he will not sign the stopgap spending measure,” writes Fox News.

“What we’re going to do is go back to the House and work with our members,” Ryan said. “We want to keep the government open but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border. We have very serious concerns about securing our border.”

H/t FoxNews.com

TheHill

Published  4 months ago

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer (N.Y.) says a House-passed spending bill providing $5.7 billion for a border wall and border security is dead on arrival in the Senate, signaling rising odds of a partial government shutdown.

“The bill that’s on the floor of the House, everyone knows will not pass the Senate,” Schumer said moments before the House voted in support of the measure.

He accused Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) of cynically putting the bill on the House floor “knowing it can’t pass the Senate.”

“Everyone knows it can’t pass the Senate. It’s a cynical attempt to just hurt innocent people and do just what President Trump wants even though they probably know it’s bad for the country,” Schumer said.

The Senate is scheduled to convene at noon Friday to consider the House legislation.

He said that once the Senate defeats the House-passed measure on Friday, House Republican leaders should immediately schedule a vote on a clean temporary funding measure, without border wall funding, that passed the upper chamber without opposition on Friday.

“Leader Pelosi and I and probably Sen. McConnell would hope that the House would then consider passing the bipartisan, unanimously passed bill [sent down by the] Senate," Schumer said, referring to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“Whether they’ll do that or not, your guess is as good as mine,” he added.

Asked about the prospect of Congress overturning a Trump veto of a clean short-term funding measure with money for the border wall, Schumer said that question should be directed to Republican leaders.

Schumer and Pelosi have also offered two alternatives they say can pass both chambers and avoid a partial shutdown: a yearlong stopgap spending measure funding the Department of Homeland Security or a yearlong stopgap that would fund departments and agencies covered by the seven unfinished appropriations bills.

Both proposals would keep funding for border fencing at the same level as Congress appropriated for 2018: $1.3 billion.

“It is a shame that this president, who is plunging the nation into chaos, is throwing another temper tantrum and is going to hurt lots of innocent people,” Schumer said, insisting that Democrats will not budge on border wall funding.

Schumer slammed Trump for flip-flopping on his intention to sign a clean stopgap measure, without border wall funding, that would keep government agencies funded into the new year.

“Unfortunately, President Trump was attacked this morning and last night by the hard right and, fearful, he backed off his commitment to sign this bill. Republican leaders told us yesterday that he was ready to sign the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate unanimously,” he said.

He also accused Trump of "plunging the country into chaos" amidst a turbulent week in politics and in the financial markets.

“Today’s events have made one thing clear: President Trump is plunging the country into chaos,” he said, pointing to the looming shutdown, a precipitous drop in the stock markets and the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

House Republicans' push to add $5 billion for President Trump's long-promised border wall to a bill that would fund most of the federal government through early February -- and prevent a partial government shutdown this week -- cleared a key procedural hurdle Thursday night.

The Political Curriculum

Published  4 months ago

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans will rewrite a last-minute spending bill to include President Trump’s demand for border security funding, after Trump told them he wouldn’t sign the bill without that money.

“We just had a very long productive meeting with the president. The president informed us that he will not sign the bill that came over from the Senate last evening because of his legitimate concerns for border security,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters outside the White House after meeting with Trump.

“So what we are going to do is go back to the House, work with our members,” Ryan said. “We want to keep the government open, but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border.”

Ryan said they also have “very serious concerns” about security at the U.S.-Mexico border. House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said Trump thinks the bill as passed by the Senate is just “kicking the can down the road.”

“We believe there is still time,” McCarthy said. “We can have border security.”

The Senate passed a short-term continuing resolution Wednesday night to avert a partial government shutdown. But the bill, which provides funding for several government agencies until Feb. 8, does not meet Trump’s demand for $5 billion for his border wall.

Conservative lawmakers had been urging GOP leaders to reject the Senate-passed bill if it did not provide the funding for the wall.

Ryan attended the meeting at the White House with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio.

dailycaller

Published  4 months ago

President Donald Trump informed GOP leadership that he will not sign a continuing resolution passed by the Senate late Wednesday because it does not contain funding for his proposed wall along U.S. southern border, House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed at the White House Thursday afternoon.

Ryan spoke alongside House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy after meeting with Trump for nearly an hour. Ryan told reporters that Trump informed them he would not sign the bill without border security funding. McCarthy said he was optimistic that some deal could be reached within Congress ahead of the Friday deadline.

NEW: Speaker Ryan says Trump will NOT sign the bill without border security pic.twitter.com/1QSIlJqiiD

— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) December 20, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly released a statement declaring:

President Trump just met with Republican Members of the House. Not surprisingly, they all feel strongly about Border Security — stopping the flow of drugs, stopping human trafficking, and stopping terrorism. We protect nations all over the world, but Democrats are unwilling to protect our nation. We urgently need funding for border security and that includes a wall.

Readout from President Trump’s meeting with Republican House members: pic.twitter.com/QXGkHUrXhL

— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) December 20, 2018

Trump’s declaration to Ryan is the latest in a head-spinning saga of shutdown politics with a central fight for funding his proposed wall along the U.S. southern border. Democratic lawmakers insist they will give Trump no more than $1.3 billion in funding while Republicans say they need $5 billion.

Trump originally pledged to shut the government down during a fiery Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. The president went so far as to declare he would be “proud” to do the shutdown and that it would be politically beneficial to him. (Related: Is Trump Blowing His Last Chance To Get The Wall?)

This posture changed significantly, however, when White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders broke from this hardline position Tuesday.

As she related to Fox News, “There are certainly a number of different funding sources that we’ve identified that we can use — that we can couple with money that would be given through congressional appropriations — that would help us get to that $5 billion that the president needs in order to protect our border.”

Trump’s newest declaration to Ryan appears to show he is back where he began and that shutdown may be unavoidable.

Daily Wire

Published  4 months ago

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On Thursday, President Trump announced that he would not sign a short-term continuing resolution approved by the Senate — a bill that did not include funding for a border wall. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was summoned to the White House alongside Reps. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Mark Meadows (R-SC), announced Trump’s stance:

BREAKING: Speaker Ryan says President Trump will not sign short-term continuing resolution passed by Senate. https://t.co/vNp0vlw0TF pic.twitter.com/PeZWvSF5lo

— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2018

Ryan stated that Trump would not sign the bill “because of his legitimate concerns for border security.” He pledged to go back to the House and work with members to change the bill to protect the border. McCarthy, who will act as minority leader in the next term, said, “We believe there’s still time. We can still have border security. ... We had a great discussion with him there. The president says what the Senate sent over is just kicking the can down the road.”

So, will the House come up with a workable version of the bill? Or will the Senate just kill the bill as soon as border funding is added? Without negotiation with Senate Democrats, any border funding would be stripped out in conference between the House and Senate anyway. The onus is now on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to come up with some sort of solution.

The smart money is on additional border funding without funding explicitly delegated to the border wall. Democrats don’t want to hand Trump a victory, feel that they have him over a barrel — after all, he’s been wishy-washy on the continuing resolution from the beginning — and believe that a government shutdown will be blamed on Trump anyway. That means they’re likely to either drive a hard bargain or refuse a bargain outright. After all, they take over Congress in the new year anyway.

The most likely solution: McConnell tells Trump that no bill is forthcoming with what he wants, but negotiates some sort of border security fig leaf for which Trump can claim victory. Democrats claim they’ve defeated Trump’s agenda by explicitly barring use of the funding for the building of a border wall.

But this is the time for Trump to stand strong, if he can: there won’t be any more opportunities once Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House. Simply put, if Trump doesn’t get the wall now, he’s not getting it before the 2020 election.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 months ago

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) confirmed Thursday evening that the House will have the votes to pass the new interim bill WITH the border wall funding later tonight.

President Trump lit Congress up earlier Thursday when he dug in his heels and refused to sign a stopgap spending bill passed by the Senate Wednesday night that excluded the $5 billion for the border wall.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) confirmed Thursday that the House will add $5 billion in funding for border security plus additional money for disaster relief to the current interim bill after President Trump refused to sign the bill that came from the Senate last night.

The House then decided to vote on a “rule” which establishes how the House will consider the underlying bill. The rule establishes parameters of debate for the spending bill. If the House defeated the rule, the retooled plan to fund government and the wall would have been toast, says Fox News Congress reporter, Chad Pergram.

Hse now voting on the “rule” which establishes how the House will consider the actually underlying bill. The rule establishes parameters of debate for the spending bill. If the Hse defeats the rule, the retooled plan to fund gov't & the wall is toast. Hse can't bring bill to flr

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 20, 2018

The House overcame a procedural hurdle and voted 221-279 to approve the “rule” which allows the measure to come to the floor.

The revamped spending bill to avert a government shutdown and fund President Trump’s border wall overcame a key procedural hurdle tonight. The House voted 221 to 179 to approve the “rule” which allows the measure to come to the floor.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 20, 2018

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says the House will have the votes to pass the interim spending bill WITH the wall funding later tonight.

The bill will then go to the Senate.

On Fox, McCarthy says the House will have the votes to pass the interim spending bill with wall funding later tonight and send it to the Senate

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) December 20, 2018

The Senate is out for the day and will not come back until Friday at noon ET.

The State Department has already been directed to prepare for a shutdown, reports FOX News.

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

Paul Ryan said on Wednesday that over the last three years, during his time as speaker, "we have kept our promises."

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

The House passed a spending bill that includes $5.7 billion in border wall funding, sending the bill to the Senate.

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

American Internet speeds skyrocketed one year after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the agency’s 2015 net neutrality regulations, according to a study released this week.

Internet speed-test company Ookla released a study this week on American Internet speeds which found that broadband download speeds have increased by 35.8 percent, while upload speeds have increased by 22 percent compared to last year.

New Jersey had the highest average download speed of 121 megabits per second, and Rhode Island had the upload speed of 63 megabits per second. Maine had the slowest average upload and download speeds. California, the home of Silicon Valley, placed at 17th in download speed and 24th in upload speed.

Xfinity, owned by Comcast, ranked as the fastest Internet service provider (ISP), followed closely by Verizon and Cox.

Ookla concluded in their report thatC “As ISPs continue to build out their fiber networks and gigabit-level speeds expand we only expect to see internet speeds increase across the U.S.”

Ookla’s report arises around the one-year anniversary of the FCC’s repeal of the Obama-era net neutrality regulations, which establishment media sources such as CNN suggested would serve as the “end of the Internet as we know it.”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai cited the Ookla report on Wednesday, tweeting, “Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet @speedtest company #Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report.”

“Broadband download speeds in the U.S. rose 35.8 percent and upload speeds are up 22 percent from last year, according to internet @speedtest company #Ookla in its latest U.S. broadband report." @Recode: https://t.co/Qo0tnNuAd3 https://t.co/P3egdxGlAf

— Ajit Pai (@AjitPaiFCC) December 14, 2018

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), tweeted on Wednesday, that CNN “falsely reported” that the Internet would end as a result of FCC Chairman Pai’s repeal of the net neutrality rules.

Cassidy tweeted, “One year ago this week, after the Trump administration and @AjitPaiFCC reversed anti-innovation internet regulations instituted by the previous administration in 2015, CNN falsely reported ‘the end of the internet as we know it.’”

“The internet’s still working just fine,” Cassidy added.

One year ago this week, after the Trump administration and @AjitPaiFCC reversed anti-innovation internet regulations instituted by the previous administration in 2015, CNN falsely reported “the end of the internet as we know it.”

The internet's still working just fine. pic.twitter.com/PvsTpm1sfQ

— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) December 12, 2018

The FCC repealed the agency’s 2015 net neutrality rule in December 2017, which reclassified the Internet as an “information service” compared to the net neutrality rules, which regulated the Internet as a public utility. The order also requires Internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast or Verizon to release transparency reports detailing their practices towards consumers and businesses.

Net Neutrality advocates contend that the country needs the regulations to prevent ISPs from unfairly censoring content, while critics suggest that the rules stifle the freedom of the Internet and that social media giants such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter serve as a far greater threat to free speech compared to Comcast or Cox.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said at a Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday that Google’s leftist political bias should not “creep into its search products,” given its dominant status on the Internet.

McCarthy said on Monday, “We need to know that Google is on the side of the free world and that it will provide its services free of anti-competitive behavior, political bias, and censorship.”

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

As Congress battles over funding a wall to secure the United States border with Mexico, part of a $12 million taxpayer-funded expansion of a day care center for the children of House lawmakers and staff opened this past week.

Now House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led the charge to enlarge the center last year, arguing that a two- to three-year waiting list makes it difficult to attract the best and brightest for jobs on Capitol Hill.

The 26,000-square-foot center, complete with a playground designed to look like a miniature National Mall with a Washington Monument and Capitol dome, can accommodate 120 more toddlers.

“This is the only Washington Monument in D.C. that you can climb up,” McCarthy said in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

“If somebody is working for you and wants to continue to serve government, but says ‘I don’t have daycare so I can’t stay here, the wait list is too long, the quality is not there,’ then you are disadvantaging who can actually serve and work in government at the same time,” McCarthy said.

In early 2018, the waiting list for the House day care facility reportedly topped 175 names, and newborns at both the House and Senate day care centers typically waited between two and three years for a slot to open. The delays were so lengthy that many House employees signed up before they became pregnant.

“The Senate day care and the House daycare — they’re the golden egg,” former U.S. Senate counsel Michele Jawando said in an interview with NBC News last year. “They’re the Willy Wonka golden ticket.”

A second expansion to the facility is expected to open next year and provide space for an additional 120 preschool-age children. The waiting list on the House side is expected to drop to just one year after the expansions are complete.

The NPR report said parents would pay between $1,100 and $1,700 a month. The Washington Post reported that in 2015, a single year of infant care in the District of Columbia was about $22,631, or about $1800 a month.

Although some media reports claim the cost of daycare for lawmakers and staff is subsided by taxpayers, Fox reported a congressional official said, “Rates for members and their staff are not subsidized by taxpayers.”

NPR reported that staff and lawmakers are on equal footing when it comes to securing a spot in the daycare center:

Lawmakers get no special treatment. “I never made it off the list,” said Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., “I had to keep looking like everyone else does. You get on a list, you hope it works, and if it doesn’t work you’ve got to make something happen.”

NPR also noted that Congress is not doing anything to help parents outside the Beltway deal with finding good caregivers for their children for affordable rates.

“The new daycare could also open up Congress to public criticism that lawmakers are willing to provide quality, affordable, subsidized childcare for their own, but have done little legislatively to ease the crushing costs of childcare for American families,” NPR reported.

Fox News reported that the Senate also has a daycare center for lawmakers and staff.

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

As the old saying goes “Once is a mistake. Twice is a pattern. Three times is a habit.” There seems to be a habit of demonizing women in politics as they become more powerful. What starts as a whisper campaign becomes a hurricane of criticism that is designed to defeat them by demonizing them.

It’s simple, if voters don’t like you then it’s nearly impossible to win an election. Exploiting tired tropes about women combined with the toxic environment of politics today, fueled by millions of dollars in paid ads and televised rallies makes certain women are loathed by a segment of voters. More often than not it is personal not policy. But, make no mistake, it is designed to make them unacceptable. That‘s not a coincidence. And once you demonize one woman it becomes more acceptable to do the same to the next one.

The first example is Hillary Clinton. For over 40 years she has been the target of some of the harshest criticism of anyone in politics. As First Lady of the United States when she led health care reform the criticism was relentless. When she became a candidate in her own right for the Senate and then president the criticism only increased. In 2015 as Clinton was running for president, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, soon to be the Republican House Minority Leader, said “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping. Why? Because she's un-trustable. But no one would have known any of that had happened had we not fought and made that happen." Clinton finished the 2016 election with an unfavorability rating of 52 percent.

However, the campaign to demonize Clinton reached its zenith with Donald Trump. To this day at Trump rallies his supporters still chant “Lock her up” for purported crimes, the claims of which certainly hurt her with voters in the 2016 election. Yet, ironically it was Trump who was under investigation throughout the 2016 election and could be on the verge of facing criminal charges as those around him plead guilty to crimes.

Next is Nancy Pelosi. The first woman Speaker in history, poised to claim that post again, has faced withering criticism as well. A favorite of Republicans, they use Pelosi to raise money and oppose Democrats, spending hundreds of millions of dollars in ads about her. In the last six weeks of the 2018 election alone over 61,000 ads featuring Pelosi were run by Republicans. Pelosi’s unfavorability rating is 48 percent in the latest Fox News poll.

There will be more women subjected to this campaign to demean and discredit them unless those who use these tactics pay a price for it.

In a recent White House meeting with Trump, he felt the need to try to diminish Pelosi by saying she was having a hard time getting votes to be Speaker. Pelosi not only chastised him for the characterization, but she also schooled him on rounding up votes for the budget, then wrapped up the race for Speaker in the wake of her performance.

Democrats aren’t innocent either in this case. Criticism of Pelosi’s age is used to suggest she’s past her prime. Yet for older men age is seen as experience. Congressmen Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, opposed her bid for Speaker for seemingly no other reason than her age. Their opposition was couched in the veneer of “new leadership.” Yet, they were unwilling to run against her themselves and unable to find anyone to do it.

The latest target is Elizabeth Warren. As she prepares to launch a campaign for president many of the same attacks lodged against Clinton and Pelosi are now used against Warren. Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly called her an “impolite, arrogant woman.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell famously tried to silence her on the Senate floor while she read a letter from the late Coretta Scott King critical of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. McConnell admonished Warren because she refused to stop speaking, then he banished her from the floor as a result, saying “and yet she persisted.” Warren finished her speech in the hallway on Facebook for the world to see and, yes, “persisted.”

Lately, it is the criticism of Warren’s heritage using a slur demeaning to Native Americans and women that started in her first Senate race. Now used by Trump and his supporters, it is the worst example of the effort to demonize Warren and make her unacceptable to voters. It is too early to measure her national unfavorability rating. But, make no mistake about it, the campaign to demonize Warren is well underway.

The fact is that Clinton, Pelosi, and Warren aren’t the only women subjected to this treatment. But they should be the last. There will be more women subjected to this campaign to demean and discredit them unless those who use these tactics pay a price for it. Despite the record number of women elected to Congress, most of whom are Democrats, and the historic gender gap of women voting for Democrats, that alone may not be enough to stop this approach. The strategy to demonize women, and those who practice it, has to become unacceptable in American politics.

When that day comes, then women can wage campaigns on the same terms as men and that will make our elections, our democracy, and our country better for it.

Mary Anne Marsh is a Democratic political analyst and a principal at Dewey Square Group in Boston where she provides strategic counsel for Fortune 100 companies, non-profits and political campaigns.

WSJ

Published  4 months ago

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) said Mr. Trump told the GOP lawmakers that the Senate’s spending bill was “just kicking a can down the road.”

Parts of the federal government are set to run out of funding at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.

House GOP leaders said they would seek to bring to the floor the short-term bill with $5 billion in wall funding. But it isn’t clear whether such a measure would have enough votes to pass the GOP-controlled House, since no Democrats are likely to support it and many retiring and ousted GOP lawmakers have been skipping year-end votes. House GOP leaders whipped it last week to see how much support there was for it and it wasn’t clear it could pass, in part because of the absences, aides said.

If the measure were to fail, that could prove there was insufficient support in Congress for the border wall, and perhaps clear the way for another vote without the wall funds. But GOP aides were skeptical about that, given that Mr. Trump had just said he would not sign it. Still, moods could shift as the spending deadline gets even closer.

If a bill with border-wall funds passed the House, it would likely be blocked in the Senate. There, spending bills need 60 votes to clear procedural hurdles, but Republicans hold only 51 seats.

To extend government funding, both chambers would need to pass the same measure, and Mr. Trump would need to sign it into law.

Many senators have also left town after the chamber passed the short-term spending bill Wednesday night, and President Trump is set to depart for Florida on Friday.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) said her caucus was prepared to support a short-term spending bill that didn’t include money for a border wall and was waiting for the vote, saying the cause for the delay was because “we’re right in the middle of a meltdown on the part of the Republicans.”

Asked whether she has gotten any assurances from the White House that Mr. Trump would sign the short-term continuing resolution to avert a shutdown, she said: “I don’t know that anybody ever has any assurances from the White House on any subject, including this one.”

Write to Kristina Peterson at kristina.peterson@wsj.com, Rebecca Ballhaus at Rebecca.Ballhaus@wsj.com and Andrew Duehren at andrew.duehren@wsj.com

Conservative Review

Published  4 months ago

The last time I checked, Republicans still control the House with a simple majority vote until January. Yet, they are out of session until Wednesday and are aimlessly groping in the dark for messaging and policy. Which begs the question: Why haven’t Republicans ever passed a good continuing resolution or omnibus bill out of the House with the immigration fixes and other promises and stared down the Senate? They’ve had at least seven opportunities to do so over the past two years. Why has Trump not called for this?

There’s been a lot of focus throughout these seven or so budget deadlines since the Republicans won the 2016 elections on the fact that they lack 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a filibuster. But Democrats also lack the votes to overcome a filibuster and they don’t have the House or the White House.

Republicans have always had the ability to swiftly pass their campaign promises out of the House attached to a budget bill with a simple majority and dare the Senate to oppose it. This could have built a narrative around the border and sanctuary cities and focused the debate where the Democrats don’t want to take it. Then, Trump could pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., every hour to force Democrats in the Senate to engage in a talking filibuster under the “two-speech rule” all the while having a robust floor debate over the future of our sovereignty, security, MS-13, sanctuary cities, and the drug crisis.

Instead, the House won’t even act. They wait for direction from the Senate and have been doing so for the past two years. This exposes the mendacity of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Nothing ever stopped him from passing a budget with a simple majority. Like anything else in life, why not take the first step that is easy even if you envision adversity during the second step. You can’t win if you don’t even get on the playing field, but taking that first step in and of itself builds momentum and applies pressure to Democrats.

By the House refusing to even consider good policy and by McConnell refusing to even have a floor fight, Democrats never felt pressure to negotiate. They are terrified of Willie Horton-type ads with sanctuary cities. Indeed, my Senate sources tell me they are terrified of Senator Tom Cotton’s, R-Ark., amendment to the jailbreak bill on releasing violent criminals. Yet, they’ve never been confronted with an agenda that goes after criminal aliens.

As for President Trump, why didn’t he give a series of speeches using the bully pulpit for months, as we’ve been calling for, to demand McCarthy pick this fight and McConnell sustain it by enforcing Senate rules? Why did Trump not threaten to support Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as leader unless McCarthy complied? Where’s the 4-D chess?

The answer is very simple. Republicans don’t share our values. At all. Even if they had 70 Senate seats, they wouldn’t fulfill the campaign promises. Remember, majority control of the House is as good as having 100 Senate seats, yet for the past two years Republicans have refused to even pass a single standalone immigration reform bill of consequence to protect our sovereignty.

Remember when Kevin McCarthy had a number of phony conservative figures suddenly talking up his standalone border bill right when Jim Jordan challenged him for leadership? As we predicted, he refused to even bring it to a vote, much less attach it to the CR or omnibus and demand that McConnell follow the president’s lead and introduce the bill in the Senate while forcing Democrats to use all their debate time.

Rather than every Republican shaming Democrats for allowing drug cartels to shut down our border patrol and cause the drug crisis, they bemoan a 25 percent government shutdown? They have enough material to debate national sovereignty 24/7 on the Senate floor, yet there is no debate whatsoever. Instead, they are spending their final hours voting on a bill that will actually release some of the very drug traffickers coming through our border or individuals working for the cartels that are orchestrating this invasion at the border. They are spending time passing all of the liberal items … before Democrats take over the House. I guess they want to save them the legislative clock so they can focus exclusively on impeachment.

It’s a vicious cycle. Trump doesn’t fight fully because there is no party standing behind him and the “conservative movement” is too busy focused on Soros’s crime agenda. The more he stands down, the more everyone else caves. Trump won’t lead without the movement, but there is no movement to lead him.

The moral of the story is that when you believe in something with all your heart and soul, as Democrats do, you will find a way to win even with zero branches of government in your corner. When you believe in nothing beyond the campaign promise, you will find a way to lose even with control of all three branches. In the case of Republicans, it’s even worse. They won’t even get on the playing field and take the first step in fighting for border security. The only first step they will take is the First Step Act, which is the first stage to dismantling Reagan’s successes on crime.

Most conservatives are dreaming of Trump getting reelected and Republicans winning back the House. This is reasonable enough given the alternatives. However, ask yourself this question: Unless conservatives get together and recognize this as a cathartic moment, what will change two years from now, even if Trump is reelected and Republicans win back the House?

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Townhall

Published  4 months ago

The answer to the question posed in my headline is 'yes' -- theoretically. The GOP still controls the House of Representatives for the next few weeks, so if (still) Speaker Ryan and company can get their caucus in line, they could simply pass a DHS appropriation that meets the president's full request on wall funding. That would not only fortify Trump's bargaining position and apply pressure to Senate Democrats, it would also embarrass incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who just taunted her Republican colleagues for not having the votes. And the next House Republican leader is telling reporters that he's "100 percent" confident that he does have the votes:

McCarthy tells Fox News tonight that he has the votes for a House bill with $5 billion in wall funding. Q: Are you 100% confident? McCarthy: "Yes, I am." https://t.co/OTuZgIkWZA

— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) December 12, 2018

All sorts of journalists who cover Capitol Hill are expressing skepticism over this claim, citing several factors: First, absenteeism. Dozens of lawmakers, including many defeated GOP incumbents, haven't been showing up for work lately. What are the chances leadership can wrangle them back to DC to participate in strategic show votes? Second, resentment. Many of those defeated Republicans, some of whom the president foolishly ridiculed, at least partially blame Trump for their losses. What's their incentive to help him out by joining a united loyalty front here, especially if they're considering future runs for their old seats in swing districts where Trump isn't at all popular? Third, efficacy. Would successful passage of this bill actually bring about a more favorable outcome when the shutdown showdown is eventually resolved? There are plausible explanations to answer that challenge in the affirmative, but I'm not sure they're overwhelmingly convincing.

On the other hand, leadership could make various appeals to their members on all three fronts, starting with the fact that these people are still duly-elected members of the United States Congress. They have a duty to see their jobs through to the finish line; the government is on the brink of a partial shutdown, and they should show up for work. Furthermore, taking Trump out of the equation, many of the people who lost their races have respect for Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy. They may be willing to help McCarthy avoid a humiliating failure in his very first important gambit as GOP leader. Can you imagine McCarthy signaling total confidence in a whip count and guaranteeing passage, then falling flat on his face? What a gift to Democrats. Republicans of all stripes may decide they have an interest in pitching in to avoid that fate. Finally, lame duck members can always frame their 'aye' votes as an effort to stave off an unpopular partial shutdown.

Relatedly, there are apparently agreed-upon bipartisan compromises on six of the remaining seven un-passed appropriations bills. As I mentioned earlier, this Republican Congress has already passed more appropriations bills than any Congress has done in more than two decades, so any partial shutdown would be even less impactful than we've seen in the recent past. Why not approve the other six bills, undercutting the typical "shutdown" fear-mongering talking points by making this an isolated fight over one department's funding? I'll leave you with quotes from two Republican Senators, one of whom says it looks like a partial shutdown may be inevitable -- and the other cheering on Trump's hardline stand regarding border security. "Lindsey Grahmnesty" is no more:

GOP Sen. John Kennedy says he thinks there will be a government shutdown over border wall funding. “President Trump does not look to me like he was bluffing” and Nancy Pelosi isn’t going to “agree to anything because she’s worried about her speakership,” he says pic.twitter.com/mShg9rlKL8

— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 12, 2018

In February of this year, 44 Democrats, including Senator Schumer voted for a bill that had $25 billion for a wall. .... Democrats want Trump to lose more than they want the country to win. pic.twitter.com/U3L7qrkQbV

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 12, 2018

Also, if this sensible idea isn't going anywhere, Allahpundit is promoting a cheeky idea for how Democrats could troll Trump on the border wall. And what is American politics today, other than nonstop trollery? Here's one last thing worth reading, via one of the aforementioned House R's who fell short in November:

---> Opinion | Mia Love: Republicans have failed to bring our message to minorities. It’s hurting the nation. https://t.co/CtW1M3Mq4G

— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) December 12, 2018

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  4 months ago

Republicans have 3 weeks left before they lose control of Congress and Democrats take control of the House. They had control of Congress for 2 years and yet couldn’t figure out how to get a wall done. Some would argue they didn’t actually want to get it done and that’s probably true. It seems like Trump is the only one who actually cares about keeping the promises made during the 2016 campaign.

Regardless, if the wall is going to get funded it’s going to need to happen in the next 3 weeks. After that, it’ll have to get done by the military or by a compromise with Democrats which rarely turns out well. According to GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House has the votes.

Here’s what he had to say when Martha MacCallum asked him if the Republicans have the votes.

From Breitbart:

MacCallum followed up, “So, you do have 218 votes in the House to pass $5 billion for wall funding, you’re 100% confident on that?”

McCarthy responded, “Yes I am.”

That’s nice to hear. But it isn’t good enough. The time for talking ended a long time ago. It’s time to actually get this done.

Also, the wall is going to cost a lot more than that. But, it’s a start.

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler (D-NY) delivered a sharp rebuke of Republican accusations of Google’s political bias affecting its search engines on Tuesday; although, according to the Open Secrets donor database, Nadler’s top donor was Google.

Rep. Nadler delivered a scathing rebuke of Republicans who have alleged Google has biased its search engine against conservative and alternative voices during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday with Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

“I must first dispense with a completely illegitimate issue, which is the fantasy, dreamed up by some conservatives, that Google and other online platforms have an anti-conservative bias,” Nadler said in his opening remarks on Monday.

Nalder continued:

As I have said repeatedly, no credible evidence supports this right-wing conspiracy theory. I have little doubt that my Republican colleagues will spend much of their time presenting a laundry list of anecdotes and out-of-context statements made by Google employees as supposed evidence of anti-conservative bias. But none of that will actually make it true. And even if Google were deliberately discriminating against conservative viewpoints—just as Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting discriminate against progressive ones—that would be its right, as a private company, to do so.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Monday that Google should ensure that its political bias should not creep into its search products.

Nadler’s attack towards Republicans conservatives, as well his defense of Google, calls into question his political bias towards Google, as a cursory look into his donation history reveals that his top donor for his 2018 election cycle was Alphabet, Google’s parent company.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics’ Open Secrets database, Alphabet donated the most money of any during to Nadler’s campaign committee during the 2018 election cycle. Alphabet donated a total of $26,458 to Nadler.

Further, Alphabet was the fourth highest political donor to Nadler’s campaign during the 2016 election cycle, donating more than $19,000.

Records from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) found that Nadler received donations from Google during the 2012, 2013, 2014 election cycles, usually totaling $10,000 every year.

During the hearing on Tuesday, Nadler contended that Republicans have spent their time on “fictitious allegations of conservative bias” and instead, suggested that the House Judiciary Committee should spend its time investigating how Google can better curb hate speech.

Nadler said that the committee’s focus on investigating Google’s political bias “will waste more time and more taxpayer money on elevating well-worn right-wing conspiracy theories.”

“Instead of the substantive issues that should be the focus of today’s hearing. Our Committee can—and must—do better,” Nadler concluded.

mindy-fischer-writer

Published  4 months ago

It's time for Democrats to work to undo the damage caused by Benghazi witch hunter Trey Gowdy and other outgoing Republican members of Congress. 

Vox

Published  4 months ago

Paul Ryan’s long con

12/10 7:05 am

He betrayed his promises and left a legacy of debt and disappointment.

Washington Press

Published  4 months ago

A GOP leader of the Benghazi witch hunts just went on Fox News to beg House Democrats to spare Trump from his anticipated death by a thousand subpoenas.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) dismissed the incoming House Republican minority leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-CA) pathetic plea to preserve President Trump’s kleptocracy in just seven words.

Thanks bye. We’ll take it from here. https://t.co/RJQevb1rtI

— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 10, 2018

House Republicans’ desperation is beginning to sink in just a month after the Blue Wave election ended their eight-year run in the majority in emphatic fashion by flipping at least 40 seats, with an election that North Carolina Republicans had to cheat to win, still hanging in the balance.

“We’ve investigated this for a long time…” is an especially ironic statement coming from Kevin McCarthy, whose first run for GOP House leader imploded spectacularly three years ago after some inadvertent revelations about the five House GOP panels that spent four years and millions of dollars finding absolutely nothing about Benghazi.

He quit that race just a couple of weeks after he admitted on Hannity’s propaganda program under softball questioning that the Benghazi hearings were nothing more than a political investigation aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton’s polling numbers, and after he was caught cheating on his wife with a female North Carolina House Republican representative.

One would imagine that any American politician named McCarthy should be especially sensitive to the abuse of Congressional investigatory power due to the 1950s-era witch hunts named McCarthyism, after the misguided Wisconsin Senator who ruthlessly pursued and slurred suspected communists.

Amazingly, Sen. McCarthy’s attorney for those cruel proceedings, Roy Cohn, happens to be Donald Trump’s oldest mentor. Cohn died of AIDs in the mid-1980s after being disbarred and shunned by Trump for coming out of the closet. That didn’t stop President Trump from telling the New York Times this January, that he is desperate for a new Roy Cohn to emerge, but to no avail.

However, President Trump does love Kevin McCarthy for being both his fixer, friend and his “candy man,” after the California Republican told former Speaker Ryan in a tape-recorded meeting that he thought Trump and Putin’s favorite congressman Dana Rohrabacher were funded by Russia, then stuck to the unbelievable cover story that was just “a joke.”

House Minority leader McCarthy is never one to look reality too squarely in the face, though he does occasionally come up with some inadvertently prescient statements like his plaintive moan about lots of other – presumably GOP – lawmakers who would have to resign if campaign finance crimes were an impeachable offense. (see video below)

So far that list would include Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) who goes on criminal trial for ten years worth of criminal campaign finance violations – including plane tickets for a bunny rabbit and hotel rooms for his mistress – and will face a federal district judge in September of next year.

Florida man and anti-porn crusader who likes porn on Twitter, Ross Spano, won the election in Florida’s 15th congressional district and hasn’t even been sworn in yet, but just admitted to $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions.

The Republican Party has a tremendous problem with cheating and public corruption, so much so that they’ve elevated a known cheater to the job of House Minority Leader because of his habit of toadying to monsters and covering-up is what their party is all about.

Watch Rep. Kevin McCarthy ominously mention that there could be many other GOP campaign finance criminals who have to leave Congress:

House GOP minority leader Kevin McCarthy states that if campaign finance crimes are a violation then lots of Congressmen (probably in his caucus) will have to go.pic.twitter.com/LQw3G9zM8w

— Grant Stern (@grantstern) December 10, 2018

Add your name to support the effort to prevent Trump from pardoning himself and his corrupt cronies!

Fox News

Published  4 months ago

Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., sparked backlash Sunday evening -- from prominent Republicans and former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, among others -- after she accused a prominent lobbying group of paying members of Congress to support Israel.

Omar, the first Somali-American woman elected to Congress, responded to a post by journalist Glenn Greenwald criticizing House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., for threatening to take action against Omar and another freshman lawmaker, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over allegedly anti-Semitic remarks.

"There’s situations in our conference where a member does something that is wrong — I think you’ve seen from my own actions that I take action about it," McCarthy told reporters Friday, making an apparent reference to Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa. "I think when they stay silent, they are just as guilty ... I think this will not be the end of this, and if they do not take action then I think you will see action from myself. It’s unacceptable in this country, especially when you sit back and think about and listen to what this country went through in World War II."

MCCARTHY ASKS DEMS TO DENOUNCE ALLEGED ANTI-SEMITIC REMARKS: 'THIS WILL NOT BE THE END OF THIS'

Greenwald accused McCarthy of targeting Omar and Tlaib for their numerous criticisms of Israel, to which Omar chimed in "It's all about the Benjamins, baby," quoting a 1997 rap song by Puff Daddy. She then doubled down when challenged by Batya Ungar-Sargon, the opinion editor of The Forward newspaper.

"Would love to know who @IlhanMN thinks is paying American politicians to be pro-Israel, though I think I can guess," Ungar-Sargon tweeted. "Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted."

In response, Omar tweeted "AIPAC!" referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which regularly has been accused by progressives of agitating for a conflict with Iran. AIPAC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Fox News.

Omar's comments drew a strong response from across the political spectrum. The Republican Jewish Coalition called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to take action and asked rhetorically if House Democrats would "care to comment on the outrageous anti-Semitism being spewed by one of your fêted members?"

"[House Majority] Leader [Steny] Hoyer [D-Md.] - you've led many AIPAC trips to Israel," RJC Executive Director Matt Brooks tweeted. "Will you speak out against this??"

Chelsea Clinton tweeted: "We should expect all elected officials, regardless of party, and all public figures to not traffic in anti-Semitism."

Left-wing historian and Politico Magazine contributing editor Joshua Zeitz tweeted: "I'm one of those American Jews who opposes the occupation [of the West Bank and Gaza Strip], laments Israel's anti-democratic drift, and doesn't regard the country as especially central to my Jewish identity. And I knew exactly what the congresswoman meant. She might as well call us hook-nosed."

Sunday marked the latest in a long line of statements by Omar that critics have slammed as anti-Semitic. In 2012, she tweeted that "Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel. #Gaza #Palestine#Israel.” She did not apologize for posting the tweet until last month.

In January, Omar argued in a Yahoo! News interview that Israel could not be considered a democracy and compared it to the Islamic theocracy in Iran.

"When I see Israel institute laws that recognize it as a Jewish state and does not recognize the other religions that are living in it, and we still uphold it as a democracy in the Middle East I almost chuckle because I know that if we see that any other society we would criticize it, call it out," she said. "We do that to Iran, we do that to any other place that sort of upholds its religion. And I see that now happening with Saudi Arabia and so I am aggravated, truly, in those contradictions."

dailycaller

Published  4 months ago

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!” (RELATED: Ted Cruz Praises Nancy Pelosi For Condemning Omar’s Anti-Semitism)

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.

“Lots of people here proclaiming to be ‘woke’ trying to police communities on what they are/aren’t allowed to be upset by,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I’m proud [Omar] raised the issue of lobbyist [money] in politics & equally proud of her sensitivity to communities. Both are possible.”

While Omar has been in office less than two months, she’s been surrounded by a number of controversies involving anti-Semitism. The freshman congresswoman defended anti-Israeli statements, such as ones invoking Allah to expose Israel’s “evil doings,” and she has come out in favor of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to punish the nation-state of Israel by economically depriving the country for its alleged mistreatment of Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Omar was also on the record implying that Israel is not a democracy and gave an interview to a host that called Israel “Jewish ISIS.”

While Ocasio-Cortez claimed to have Sephardic Jewish ancestry, she has also made some eyebrow raising statements about Jews. The self-proclaimed radical compared a migrant caravan trying to enter the United States illegally to Jews fleeing the Holocaust.

She later compared the effects of Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal to the Holocaust, urging the United States to follow Germany’s example by paying reparations and acknowledge the suffering that occurred during Nazi occupation.

The New York congresswoman also received backlash after she expressed gratitude for her correspondence with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of U.K.’s Labour Party. Corbyn has been plagued with accusations of anti-Semitism and has a long history of condemning Israel while applauding anti-Jewish terrorist organizations.

Ocasio-Cortez is part of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) that supports BDS. The Daily Wire uncovered a 2017 video of DSA voting in favor of BDS while chanting “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” a famous Hamas rallying cry.

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latimes.com

Published  4 months ago

San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi was elected speaker Thursday and will lead Democrats as they take over the House amid a partial government shutdown.

Already the first female House speaker in history, Pelosi now becomes the first woman to hold the job twice and the first person in nearly six decades to regain the post. Only five others have been picked as speaker more than once.

“Our nation is at an historic moment. Two months ago, the American people spoke and demanded a new dawn,” Pelosi said after taking the gavel. She was referring to the midterm election, which brought a divided government for the remainder of President Trump’s term.

“I am particularly proud to be the woman speaker of the House of this Congress, which marks 100 years of women having the right to vote, as we have the honor and the ability to serve with more than 100 women in the House of Representatives — the highest number in history.”

Though Pelosi faced some initial resistance to her resuming the top spot, she effectively sidelined or won over opposition weeks ago. The vote was 220-192, with most Republicans voting for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Fifteen Democrats did not vote for Pelosi.

For the veteran Democratic leader, this stint will be markedly different from her first as speaker during the Obama administration. Now there is a divided government, a Republican president and an emboldened progressive wing of her own party that promised voters a new way of operating in Washington.

Pelosi will preside over the most diverse Congress ever assembled, with historic numbers of Democratic women, minorities and LGBT members being sworn in Thursday.

That contrast was apparent during the swearing-in, as cameras panned from a sea of mostly white men in dark suits on the Republican side to a Democratic caucus including more people of color and women wearing bold hues.

From the gallery, Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, watched alongside their five children. Several of Pelosi’s nine grandchildren joined her on the House floor. Like when she first became speaker, Pelosi invited her grandchildren and the children of members of Congress onto the dais to take the oath of office with her.

Pelosi faced a robust but brief uprising over returning to the speaker’s chair, with more than a dozen Democrats agitating for new leadership. But no other candidate stepped forward as an alternative. Pelosi quelled the discord weeks ago by agreeing to some House rules changes and to new leadership term limits that would permit her to serve only four more years as speaker.

“Even when we disagree ... it is important to remember that we are bound together by common cause, our love for America,” McCarthy said before handing Pelosi the gavel.

Elected to Congress in 1987, Pelosi rose through the ranks in the House, serving on the powerful House Intelligence and Appropriations committees before being elected to leadership in 2001. She was speaker from 2007 until 2011, when Republicans took control of the House, and served as minority leader since.

Longtime friend and confidante Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) said Pelosi wouldn’t have sought the speaker’s chair a second time if she didn’t have confidence that she was the best person to confront Trump.

Breitbart

Published  4 months ago

The House GOP leadership gets the blame for blocking an immigration reform which was backed by President Donald Trump, says a House chairman.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  4 months ago

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday he will block a vote on a bill that would protect Robert Mueller and his Russian witch hunt.

Lawmakers are planning on attaching legislation to protect Mueller to a high-priority spending bill in order to get Trump’s judicial nominees installed.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) said Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show that the Senate could vote on a spending bill with legislation attached to protect Mueller.

McConnell is digging in his heels just like he did a few weeks ago when he stated he would not support a bill to protect Mueller.

The Kentucky Senator told reporters on Tuesday he would likely reject legislation to protect Mueller.

McConnell on bill to protect Mueller:

This is a solution in search of a problem… I think he should be allowed to finish

McConnell on if he would block the bill from coming to the floor like he did a few weeks ago:

I probably would yes.

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 27, 2018

The potential logjam of Trump’s judicial nominees is all because of the RINO of all RINOs Jeff Flake.

A couple weeks ago, outgoing Arizona Senator Jeff Flake vowed to withhold his vote for any judicial nominees until legislation protecting dirty cop Robert Mueller is brought for a vote.

“I have informed the Majority Leader that I will not vote to advance any of the 21 judicial nominees pending in the Judiciary Committee or vote to confirm the 32 judges awaiting confirmation on the Senate floor until S.2644 is brought to the full Senate for a vote,” Flake said.

Lawmakers care more about ‘protecting Mueller’ than protecting the southern border.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who supports funding for President Trump’s wall said Tuesday, “I didn’t know Robert Mueller needed protection. Our southern border needs protection.”

After WH mtg on gov’t funding, McCarthy was asked if a provision to protect Robert Mueller would be a red line if it was added to the bill. McCarthy said “I didn’t know Robert Mueller needed protection. Our southern border needs protection.”

— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 27, 2018

latimes.com

Published  5 months ago

The once-proud home of Ronald Reagan and other national GOP figures may fall to as few as eight seats in Congress and faces impotence against a legislative super-majority in Sacramento. Some worry about the effects of one-party rule in the nation's more populous and important state.

dailycaller

Published  5 months ago

'We’re working on many things'

Fox News

Published  5 months ago

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., beat out a challenge from dark horse candidate, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Wednesday for the role of House Minority Leader.

The California lawmaker took a decisive victory against Jordan, bringing in 159 votes to the Ohio represenative's 43 votes. McCarthy was initially elected to the House in 2006 and has served as the House Majority Leader since 2014.

McCarthy takes over the role of GOP leader in the House with the retirement of current House Speaker, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., and at a time when Republicans will be the minority party in the lower of Congress for the first time since 2011.

Along with the election of McCarthy to the GOP leadership role, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., was unanimously elected as Minority Whip. Scalise currently is the House Majority Whip and was thought to be an early contender to challenge McCarthy for the leadership role.

Fox News Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

WayneDupree.com

Published  5 months ago

The GOP has just elected their new House Minority Leader, and you’ll never guess who won.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy now will be House minority leader after a 159-43 vote over Rep. Jim Jordan. While it’s a secret ballot, it appears that Jordan didn’t get much support beyond the House Freedom Caucus.

Rep. Trey Gowdy mentored Jordan, and Republicans are probably scared of him. He should’ve won it, and I expect him to be Speaker of the House one day, honestly.

The swamp wins again as this is good for the Democrats and the establishment. McCarthy is just another RINO who’ll talk tough while in the minority and then fall right back in line with The Swamp if he’s ever Majority Leader.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio says he thinks the GOP lost its House majority because it didn't deliver on promises to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, fund Trump's wall and replace Obama’s health care law. Jordan is running for House minority leader. https://t.co/cGxqhBsjBQ

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House Republicans on Wednesday elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their minority leader over Rep. Jim Jordan, a decision that improves the chances that one day the California Republican might be speaker.

McCarthy has vowed to lead Republicans back into the majority over the next two years. If he succeeds, the chances that he’ll be elected speaker are significantly higher than they were had Republicans held the majority this year.

That’s the upshot of the GOP’s loss last week. McCarthy’s ability to secure 218 floor votes to be elected speaker was in question, but he was always expected to easily win a majority of the Republican Conference’s support. Since the latter is all it takes to be elected minority leader, McCarthy’s victory Wednesday was never really in question.

McCarthy’s ascension to the top Republican spot is still significant though, because he had tried and failed to rise before. This time McCarthy’s colleagues pushed him to the top in a 159-43 vote.

Breaking #FoxNews Alert : Rep. Kevin McCarthy defeats Rep. Jim Jordan in race for House minority leader

Booooo #NothingChanges Kevin McCarthy defeats Jim Jordan in race for House minority leaderhttps://t.co/SYWFQ9hT6n

NEW: Trump has nudged Kevin McCarthy to make JIM JORDAN the top Republican in the Judiciary Committee — which would put Trump’s fiercest loyalist in position to defend him against investigations and impeachment.https://t.co/VMyDNDqp8U

The House will never change if they keep going with the losing leadership of the Republican party. The Republicans didn’t fix health care – they said they would. They didn’t help with the wall – they said they would. They didn’t even really help too much with the tax cut (was supposed to be bigger, but I may be mistaken) – they said they would. And they wonder why they are in the minority for at least the next two years. They just don’t get it.

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Vox

Published  5 months ago

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California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the most pro-Russia Republican in Congress for decades, just lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda. The Associated Press called the race for Rohrabacher on Saturday night.

That’s bad news for the politician who’s been referred to as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “favorite congressman.” Rohrabacher used secret documents from Moscow to remove a Kremlin enemy’s name from a global anti-corruption law and has boasted about drunkenly arm-wrestling Putin in the 1990s. The FBI worried that Russian spies wanted to recruit him.

Even Rohrabacher’s own party knows how close he is to Russia. “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said in 2016. He later claimed it was a joke.

The loss is quite the fall from grace for the 15-term Congress member who was rumored at one point to be under consideration for the role of Trump’s secretary of state.

Rouda, a former Republican turned Democrat, flipped the long-held California seat mainly by focusing on Rohrabacher’s close Russia ties. He played ads showing Rohrabacher’s fondness for Putin and his rejection of a 2017 US intelligence assessment that said Russia tried to influence the 2016 elections.

“Rep. Rohrabacher has said that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that were staffed by working men and women from diverse backgrounds, including our U.S. military ... were all wrong,” and that “the Russians had nothing to do with meddling with our elections,” Rouda said during an October debate.

Clearly, he found a winning message.

What Rohrabacher’s loss means for Trump

President Donald Trump wants the US to have better relations with Russia, in part because he would rather not antagonize another world power.

Rohrabacher strongly supported that agenda in Congress. “Yes, we should cooperate with Russia now that it’s no longer our major threat,” he said during the same debate with Rouda in October. “Right now we have to deal with radical Islam and China, and Russia. We should cooperate where we can with Russia, rather than being unrelentingly hostile.”

Without Rohrabacher’s voice in Congress or on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, it will be even harder for Trump to find Republicans who want better relations with Moscow as much as he does.

Instead, Democrats — who now control the House — will try to thwart Trump’s foreign policy. A major component of that will include looking into alleged connections between Trump and Russia and possibly strengthening sanctions on Moscow.

And that explains why Russia is unhappy with the midterm election results, or at least what we know of them so far. “It’s fair to suggest with a high degree of confidence there are no glowing prospects in terms of normalization of US-Russian relations on the horizon,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

It looks like Rohrabacher’s dream — and Trump’s — may have been lost along with his seat.

Scribd

Published  5 months ago

63 conservative leaders ask President Trump to avoid prematurely endorsing Kevin McCarthy, as it is time for improved GOP leadership such as Rep. Jim Jordan, and others.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  5 months ago

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) announced his intent to run for House Minority Leader on Wednesday.

Jordan, a staunch Trump supporter and member of the Freedom Caucus, will be a fighter for conservatives and polulist positions in the House.

The Hill reported:

Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber.

“I plan to run for minority leader,” Jordan told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“In 2016, the American people elected Republicans to come here and change this town. I think the president is doing just that, but I don’t think they see the same intensity from folks in Congress, folks in the House of Representatives,” he continued.

“Have we replaced ObamaCare yet? Have we secured the border yet? Have we reformed welfare yet? No,” he said.

Jordan went on to slam current GOP leadership in the House, saying they were not willing to engage in debate with Democrats.

“Now that we’re in the minority, that’s about all what we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principles, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020,” he said.

Jordan’s comments come hours after he won his re-election bid in Ohio’s 4th congressional district against Democrat Janet Garrett.

TheHill

Published  5 months ago

Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber. 

Breitbart

Published  5 months ago

Democrats would have us believe Republicans want to rip their healthcare to shreds--throwing pre-existing condition coverage out the window.

Talking Points Memo

Published  5 months ago

After 30 Years In Congress, Dana Rohrabacher Is In The Race Of His Life

Rantt

Published  5 months ago

As the nation mourns the deadliest attack on Jews in U.S. history, President Trump and the GOP continue to spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.