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Drug Lab Busted In San Francisco Hotel Turned Pandemic Shelter For Homeless

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:57

San Francisco police arrested two people for allegedly building a narcotics lab in a hotel that has partnered with the city to quarantine coronavirus patients and house the homeless during the pandemic.

Police were called to the hotel on Saturday to investigate odd fumes coming from one of its rooms, according to KTVU. Law enforcement ordered residents and others staying at the hotel to evacuate while a hazmat team moved in to take down the low-level narcotics lab built in one of the hotel’s upper floor rooms.

Some have speculated that the lab was being used to produce meth, though investigators are still working to determine what drugs were being manufactured, police say.

“Officers conducted an investigation and discovered chemicals known to make narcotics, which were isolated to one guest room,” a San Francisco Police Department spokesperson told Fox News in a statement. “Two adults were arrested for narcotics-related charges, some of which are possession of controlled substances, possession of controlled substances for sales, manufacturing controlled substances, and conspiracy.”

The hotel has contracted with San Francisco as part of the city’s Shelter in Place program. The initiative pays for a room and meals for people who are under quarantine or at risk for COVID-19 and pays for homeless people to live in hotels amid the pandemic. It is unclear whether the two people arrested were part of the program, though they were residents at the hotel.

Still, some who live and work in the area raised questions about the program’s oversight after the incident.

“I would like for the government to have a bit more of a monitoring of the space,” one man who worked at a nearby business told KTVU. “I do see that a place like this can be abused to be used for those kinds of activities.”

“If you are housing people that are not there with a security deposit or anything that makes them liable, liability is key,” the man said.

The narcotics lab bust has moved the city of San Francisco, which has been criticized for keeping information about the controversial housing program secret, to update its guidelines about how the program is run.

According to NBC, the new rules for the program are:

Revised wellness checks

Room inspections

Emergency safety checks

Safe exit policy revisions

Training and oversight measures

Erica Sandberg, a host for the Bay Area news service KRON, slammed San Francisco’s housing program in a June 24 article for City Journal. Sandberg said that city officials have hidden information on who is taking advantage of the housing program, what kinds of people are moving into which neighborhoods, and what city funds are being spent on.

Sandberg writes in part:

City and hotel workers are required to sign nondisclosure agreements and are forbidden from discussing what they’re seeing. Per the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency, speaking out can result in a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment with a maximum sentence of one year, or both.

Nevertheless, concerned inside sources report destroyed rooms and rampant illegal drug use. In one hotel, guests are given needle kits and are advised to call the front desk before shooting up; there have been four deaths in the last few days. Sharp containers have been placed on every floor; used syringes are discarded haphazardly. Badly needed mental-health help is not being administered. The entire operation is disorganized, with staff members constantly moved around, never knowing what they’ll do from one day to the next. One source asked to make it clear that as public servants they love the city and all its inhabitants, but the plan has left them deeply demoralized.

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New Data Finds Biden’s Lead Shrinking Significantly, Trump Within Striking Range

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:39

One new poll and another survey find that the lead that former Vice President Joe Biden has held over President Trump has significantly shrunk recently.

The Hill-HarrisX poll surveying respondents between August 2-5 found Biden garnering 47% of the national vote versus 43% for Trump, a lead of four percentage points. The previous Hill-HarrisX poll, conducted between July 17-20, found Biden with 45% of the vote and Trump with 38%.

In the latest Hill-HarrisX poll, 9% of respondents said they had not decided yet, 5% of respondents said they wanted another alternative, and 3% said they had no intention of voting, The Hill reported.

Two key demographics surged for Trump: Midwestern voters voting for Trump rose from 38% to 42% while that same group plummeted for Biden from 45% to 39%. Independents also surged for Trump from 31% to 35% while Biden fell behind at 33%.

Trump has been climbing steadily in the Hill-HarrisX poll. At the beginning of June, Biden led Trump by 10 points; 47% of respondents chose Biden while 37% chose Trump. At the time, Terrance Woodbury, Democratic pollster and founding partner at Hit Strategies, pointed out to Hill.TV that numbers showed 24% of black voters approving of Trump. He stated, “I’ll tell you right now, if he can get half of those 24 percent of people to vote for him, then he is reelected.”

CNN reported in late July:

If the race for president tightens, Trump’s small gain with Black voters could make a difference. It could cost Biden 0.5 points nationally on the whole compared to where Clinton ended up. That may not seem like a lot, though it could make the difference in a close election. And, of course, Biden’s margin with Black voters may tighten further if the margin with other voters also shifts. Historically, Trump is doing as well and probably even a touch better than Republicans normally do among Black voters.

Writing of the vote in Pennsylvania, a key swing state in the presidential election where Trump eked out a victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, Monmouth University noted:

Most registered voters (54%) say they were surprised in 2016 when Trump ended up winning Pennsylvania’s electoral votes. They are evenly divided on whether they expect Trump (46%) or Biden (45%) to win the commonwealth this time around. One reason for this seems to be that most voters (57%) believe there are a number of so-called secret voters in their communities who support Trump but won’t tell anyone about it.

The three-point margin between Biden and Trump that the Hill-HarrisX poll found accords well with findings from Rasmussen Reports, which stated on Wednesday:

Likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden still holds a slight lead over President Trump in the latest Rasmussen Reports’ weekly White House Watch survey. The new national telephone and online survey finds Biden with 48% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Trump’s 45%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, while another three percent (3%) remain undecided. A week ago, Biden had a 48% to 42% advantage.

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‘Enough Is Enough’: Portland Police Chief Pleads With Rioters To Stop Destruction, Says Unrest Not Helping Achieve Racial Justice

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:31

Portland’s police chief is pleading with Portland officials and rioters who have disrupted otherwise peaceful protests to stop the violence, suggesting that ongoing unrest does nothing to move the cause of racial justice forward, and could be actively hindering protesters’ goals.

Violence in Portland, Oregon, related to the death of George Floyd and subsequent, national anti-racism and anti-police brutality demonstrations, has largely abated after more than 65 days. But while rioters may have moved on from shooting fireworks and starting fires at a downtown federal courthouse, concerns remain that certain “anarchist” elements are still targeting Portland residents.

Wednesday night, police were called to quell an attack on a police station in a residential area of East Portland, The Daily Wire reported: “Late at night, a group of a few hundred people blocked traffic, shined green lasers at police officers, attempted to tear down protective boarding on the building, and worked to disable surveillance cameras in an attempt to conceal their alleged criminal activity.”

Portland’s police chief wants the violence to stop and said so in a meeting with media, according to local news.

“There have been some really large peaceful protests where people have come out, listened to and given speeches, marched to different parts of the city, and that has required zero police engagement,” Chief Chuck Lovell said.

“Lovell said there have been many large peaceful protests that required no police presence but the smaller offshoot actions – setting fires, breaking windows and throwing objects at police – are taking away from the larger message,” per Fox News.

“Portlanders need to send a strong message that enough is enough,” Lovell added. “This is not forwarding the goals that are going to lead to better outcomes for people of color. This movement is really powerful, but the violence has taken away from it. This is not what Portland is about. This is not what we need in our city.”

“The chief also said that directing so many officers to the downtown protests takes away from the work police need to be doing, especially as the city has seen a large increase in homicides and shootings in the past month. Police said Wednesday that there were 99 shootings in Portland last month, up from 35 in July last year,” KGW Portland noted.

“Redirecting officers to crowd control at protests leaves very few cars in the precincts to answer 911 calls. Sometimes just two or three cars,” Lovell said. “That’s the real issue.”

The Portland city government has already voted to strip the Portland Police Department of at least $15 million in funding in response to a national movement to “defund the police,” but Lovell says his department is “progressive” and that he’s making an effort, as its leader, to move the cause of racial justice forward.

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WATCH: Pence Says Chief Justice John Roberts ‘A Disappointment To Conservatives’

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:04

Vice President Mike Pence said Chief Justice John Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives because of how often he has sided with the more liberal Supreme Court justices in consequential Supreme Court cases.

During an interview published Thursday, CBN News Chief Political Analyst David Brody asked Pence, “Are you scratching your head a little bit on John Roberts? We’re not going to call him David Souter at this point, but conservatives have a track record of having some problems with Supreme Court justices that you thought were going to be a reliable vote …”

“We have great respect for the institution of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Pence answered. “But Chief Justice John Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives, whether it be the Obamacare decision or whether it be a spate of recent decisions all the way through Calvary Chapel. It’s a reminder, and I think several cases out of the Supreme Court are a reminder [of] just how important this election is for the future of the Supreme Court.”

Pence continued:

We remember the issue back in 2016, which I believe loomed large in voters’ decision between Hillary Clinton and the man who would become President of the United States. And some people thought that it wouldn’t be as big an issue these days, but I think that’s all changed. The recent decision — and again a narrow Supreme Court decision — striking down a Louisiana pro-life law that only said that doctors working in abortion clinics would have to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. That’s a very modest restriction on abortion providers, but a narrow majority in the Supreme Court still said it was unacceptable.

And I think it’s been a wake-up call for pro-life voters around the country who understand, in a very real sense, that the destiny of the Supreme Court is on the ballot in 2020. And that’s why President Trump announced that he’s going to publish another list of men and women from which he will draw any future appointments to the Supreme Court of the United States. He did that in 2016; he kept his word. He’s going to do that in the fall of 2020, and [in the] next four years, he’ll keep his word and appoint more principled conservatives to our courts.

WATCH:

EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Mike Pence calls out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts by name. He says, "Chief Justice Roberts has been a disappointment to conservatives." Watch from my interview with @VP in Florida today. Full report on @700club Thursday + clips on @CBNNews pic.twitter.com/z6IANVONr5

— David Brody (@DavidBrodyCBN) August 6, 2020

In the recent Calvary Chapel case Pence referenced, Roberts sided with the liberal majority in denying a Nevada church’s petition to obtain immediate relief from the state’s mandate limiting worship services to 50 people. The unsigned opinion was strongly rebuked in dissents by Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Samuel Alito.

In his dissent, Gorsuch contrasted the state’s treatment of churches with how it treats casinos, writing in part, “In Nevada, it seems, it is better to be in entertainment than religion. Maybe that is nothing new. But the First Amendment prohibits such obvious discrimination against the exercise of religion. The world we inhabit today, with a pandemic upon us, poses unusual challenges. But there is no world in which the Constitution permits Nevada to favor Caesars Palace over Calvary Chapel.”

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New York Attorney General Sues To Dissolve The NRA Citing Financial Irregularities

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 17:02

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Thursday that the state is suing the National Rifle Association (NRA) and several of its high-profile leaders, and looking to “dissolve” the organization over alleged financial irregularities.

The NY AG announced early Thursday that her office was planning a major announcement that would have a national impact. Although many anticipated an investigation or charges against President Donald Trump or members of his family, the NY AG said she was suing to “dissolve” the NRA over “fraud and abuse,” citing recent reports and an internal investigation she claims show fiscal mismanagement.

“I filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct. The @NRA is fraught with fraud and abuse. No organization is above the law,” James wrote on Twitter.

The lawsuit, James claims, is a consumer interest move designed to protect NRA members and donors.

“We are seeking to dissolve the NRA for years of self-dealing and illegal conduct that violate New York’s charities laws and undermine its own mission. The NRA diverted millions of dollars away from its charitable mission for personal use by senior leadership,” she wrote. “Our lawsuit charges the NRA as a whole and four senior leaders, including Wayne LaPierre, with failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow numerous state and federal laws. These actions contributed to the loss of more than $64 million in just three years for the NRA.”

James claims that LaPierre and others used donations meant to go toward preserving the Second Amendment on private travel and meals, and alleges that LaPierre and at least three others breached their fiduciary duty to organization members, diverting “tens of millions of dollars” from the organization’s mission.

John Frazier, Woody Phillips, and Joshua Powell, three other NRA executives, are mentioned by name in the suit, which accuses the four of using “millions upon millions from NRA reserves for personal use, including trips for them and their families to the Bahamas, private jets, expensive meals, and other private travel.”

In a separate press release, the New York Attorney General’s office accused the NRA of “illegal conduct,” including “awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no- show contracts to former employees in order to buy their silence and continued loyalty.”

James is taking an extreme approach to suggested remedies, demanding that the NRA, which is chartered in New York, be dissolved.

“The NRA has full confidence in its accounting practices and commitment to good governance,” the NRA said in a statement responding to the lawsuit, which has yet to be filed. “The association’s financials are audited and its tax filings are verified by one of the most reputable firms in the world. Internally, the association has an appropriate conflict of interest policy, which provides that all potential conflicts are reviewed and scrutinized by the audit committee.”

The NY AG has been investigating the NRA for more than a year, according to ABC News – an investigation they claim gives rise to Thursday’s lawsuit. But the NRA itself has been experiencing internal turmoil for some time. Back in April, the organization sued longtime ad agency, Ackerman McQueen, exposing ongoing internal battles over leadership and direction. In May, a trove of leaked documents surfaced online, purportedly showing a conflict between LaPierre, then-NRA President retired Lt. Col. Oliver North, and several other board members over allegations of “secretive” dealings, per ABC.

Supporters of the NRA questioned the NY AG’s timing, given that the organization typically pours millions into Republican campaigns, and President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign would likely see large donations from the gun rights organization.

The lawsuit is expected to be filed Thursday.

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Tucker Carlson Reacts To George Floyd Body Cam Footage, Slams AG Keith Ellison For Refusing To Release It

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 16:34

On Tuesday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson reacted to the leaked body camera footage from two officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, hitting prominent Democrat Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison for refusing to release the footage.

Floyd died in police custody at the end of May following an arrest that went viral on social media. A partial clip of the arrest, showing an officer holding his knee over the 46-year-old’s neck for several minutes, sparked national outrage and unrest, including mass protests and acts of vandalism, rioting, and looting.

AG Ellison did not release the bodycam video from the officers involved in the arrest.

On Monday, however, the Daily Mail released leaked footage taken from the body cameras of Officers Thomas Lane, 37, and Alex Kueng, 26, after responding to a call that Floyd was allegedly using counterfeit money at Cup Foods.

As noted by The Daily Wire, the footage shows Floyd acting in an erratic manner that prompts police to question if he is intoxicated and includes Floyd resisting attempts to get him in the back of the police car, citing his “claustrophobia,” “anxiety,” previously having “COVID,” and his difficulty breathing. Floyd eventually begins yelling that he “can’t breathe” and saying he’d prefer to be on the ground than in the car.

“Why haven’t we seen the rest of the video until right now?” questioned the “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host. “The video seems relevant, particularly considering all that has happened next.”

“And the answer to why we haven’t seen it is simple,” Carlson continued. “Because Keith Ellison – he’s the attorney general of Minnesota – hid the video from the public; he refused to release the footage, and he admitted it.”

The Fox host then showed a clip of Ellison from early June explaining to The Washington Post his decision to withhold the body cam footage from the public.

“I’m a firm believer in transparency, and the public’s right to know, but a higher priority for me is a successful prosecution,” the AG told The Washington Post. “Therefore, I’ll consult with our lead investigators and I’ll say to them, ‘When can we release this information to the public and still safeguard the prosecution?’ If we can do it before [trial], I would have no problem with doing that, but I am reluctant to do anything that would undermine the prosecution of this case.”

Carlson mocked Ellison, “Right. ‘I’m a firm believer in transparency and the public’s right to know,’ says Keith Ellison.”

“But apparently that’s not true,” Carlson asserted. “Videos like this are released all the time by authorities. In this case, it was hidden, and in fact, if it weren’t for a leak to a foreign newspaper, we wouldn’t have seen that video.”

Ellison is leading the prosecution of the police officers accused of killing Floyd.

“Holding these four individuals accountable is a necessary part of establishing equality before the law for all people,” Ellison told the Financial Times this week. “We need a lot more than a conviction in this case, but we do need to hold these individuals accountable. … It’s a necessary but insufficient condition to try to establish justice.”

“Floyd’s death has been used to justify a nationwide convulsion of violence, destruction, looting, in some cases killing,” Carlson said earlier in his show, adding, “In addition to unprecedented levels of political upheaval, the wholesale reordering of our most basic institutions. Floyd’s death changed everything. It was a pivot point in American history. No matter what side you’re on, that’s very clear at this point. So with all of that in mind … it’s striking how little we really know months later about how exactly George Floyd died.”

“You can decide for yourself what you think of that video,” he added. “And we hope that you will. That’s the whole point of having a news network, to bring you the facts and allow you to decide what they amount to. We hope that takes place in this case.”

WATCH:

Tucker talks about newly released police bodycam footage from moments before George Floyd’s death. pic.twitter.com/A3ylnxFg1i

— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 5, 2020

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Twitter Removes Trump Campaign Tweet, Temporarily Blocks From Posting

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:31

Twitter temporarily suspended the Trump campaign’s account on Wednesday and only reinstated it after they took down a video of President Donald Trump claiming children are “almost immune” to COVID-19.

Twitter claimed the campaign’s tweet violated its policies. Liz Kelley, a spokesperson for Twitter, told The Washington Post that the video was “in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation,” adding that the “account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again.”

Facebook followed suit, with spokesman Andy Stone saying on Wednesday that the “video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19, which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation.”

In the video, Trump said children are less susceptible to the virus. “I think the schools should open,” the president said. “This thing is going away. It will go away like things go away, and my view is that schools should be open. If you look at children, children are almost – and I would say almost definitely – almost immune from this disease, so few. They’ve got stronger – hard to believe, and I don’t know how you feel about – but they have much stronger immune systems than we do somehow for the virus. They don’t have a problem. They just don’t have a problem.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) late last month posted a piece headlined “The Importance of Reopening America’s Schools this Fall,” which said in part:

Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID-19. The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms. Death rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant.

Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs.

The CDC went on to say that “the best available evidence indicates that COVID-19 poses relatively low risks to school-aged children.”

“Children appear to be at lower risk for contracting COVID-19 compared to adults. To put this in perspective, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of July 17, 2020, the United States reported that children and adolescents under 18 years old account for under 7 percent of COVID-19 cases and less than 0.1 percent of COVID-19-related deaths.

The center also said “scientific studies suggest that COVID-19 transmission among children in schools may be low.”

The Washington Post initially said Trump’s personal account was banned from Twitter before issuing a correction.

“Breaking: Twitter said it will require President Trump to remove a post containing coronavirus misinformation, banning him from tweeting until he does so,” the Post began its report in bold text, Fox News reported. “Twitter hid the post and said he will not be able to tweet from his account until he deletes it, although he can appeal the decision.”

“The paper ultimately issued a correction, writing at the bottom of its report, ‘Twitter penalized Team Trump, the president’s campaign account. An earlier version of this article said that Twitter penalized President Trump’s account,'” Fox wrote.

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REPORT: St. Louis Detectives ‘Balked’ At McCloskey Docs, Refused To Sign Off On Prosecutors’ Demands

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:20

Documents and voicemails obtained by a local St. Louis NBC affiliate show that detectives investigating Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the couple that pointed weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters who entered their gated community in search of the St. Louis mayor’s house, “balked” at prosecutors’ decision to charge the McCloskeys and initially refused to sign off on prosecutors documents.

The lead prosecutor, Sgt. Curtis Burgdorf, also told prosecutors that police believed at least one protester was armed and others were wearing bulletproof vests, based on what they gleaned from security footage and other available videos.

“The lead St. Louis police detective investigating the McCloskey case refused to sign at least two versions of court documents prosecutors drafted, according to a review of those documents obtained by 5 On Your Side,” the NBC affiliate reported late last week, adding that prosecutors appeared to be pressuring police to serve a search warrant on the McCloskey residents — a warrant that eventually turned up the weapons Mark McCloskey was wielding in a now-viral video.

Lawyers for Patricia McCloskey turned in her weapon to authorities days later. It was inoperable when submitted to law enforcement.

“At this point, everything points to these weapons being real and loaded, but no one has asked or confirmed,” the prosecutor wrote to police, demanding that the cops seize the McCloskeys guns. “Come trial, they’ll say they were waiving around a BB gun and an air rifle.”

The prosecutor, Assistant Circuit Attorney Chris Hinckley, also wrote to the lead detective’s commander trying to pressure detectives to move forward with the case.

“Our office is receiving inquiries from the public and press about a warrant application and potential charges. We’ve thus far said the matter ‘remains under investigation.’ I’d really like to avoid pointing to a police follow-up request as the hold-up, but I won’t control the messaging if this goes on any longer. Please see what you can do to help this along. Again, I’m asking for priority on the firearms issue,” he said.

“Hinckley also wrote the document the lead detective did sign, known as the probable cause statement,” NBC reported. “But it went through at least two revisions after Burgdorf outlined 14 concerns he had about the document, 5 On Your Side has learned.”

Specifically, Bergdorf objected to prosecutors’ claim that the McCloskeys confronted a “peaceful protest,” and that prosecutors used the terms “semi-automatic” and “assault” rifle, noting that those were non-specific “propaganda” terms. In addition, Bergdorf also corrected claims prosecutors made that weren’t borne out by evidence available to law enforcement, including that protesters went through an “open gate” and that Mark McCloskey’s gun was “visibly loaded.”

Bergdorf also insisted that the McCloskeys may have been correct in their assessment that protesters were armed and dangerous.

Some of the phrases [Bergdorf] was able to decipher from the footage collected by prosecutors from protesters included:

“You own a business. Your business is gone.”

“We coming back baby.”

“You ain’t the only (expletive) with a gun.”

“They coming back to your house.”

Although the McCloskeys have been charged, there is continuing controversy over the case, much of it aimed at St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, whom McCloskey allies claim targeted the couple for political reasons.

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Minnesota’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Ilhan Omar Primary Challenger, Cites Omar’s ‘Ethical Distractions’

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:19

The Minnesota Star-Tribune endorsed one of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) primary challengers and suggested that the first-term congresswoman has failed to “unite” her district.

The Star-Tribune, the largest newspaper in the state, endorsed Democratic candidate Antone Melton-Meaux over Omar in an editorial published Wednesday. The race for Omar’s reelection has attracted millions of dollars in an effort to unseat the incumbent with a history of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments.

“Melton-Meaux brings a different sensibility to this race, one grounded in helping resolve disputes to move forward — a skill this country is much in need of,” the Star-Tribune says. “Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic. While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux seeks to serve the Fifth District.”

The editorial board contrasted Omar’s push to defund and abolish police departments and her embrace of a government takeover of the health insurance industry against Melton-Meaux’s more “pragmatic” approaches.

“Omar’s 2018 victory launched her into the national spotlight as the first Muslim woman and first refugee elected to Congress. But her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues,” the board continued, noting that “Omar has sent more than $1.6 million to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm, E Street Group, and is herself the target of a Federal Election Commission complaint regarding travel expenses.”

“It is just these kinds of ethical distractions that the Fifth District could do without,” the board said. “In the Editorial Board interview, Omar took little responsibility for her rocky start, instead largely blaming her critics and saying her failing was perhaps in not realizing what a ‘special unicorn’ she would be in Congress.”

The Democratic establishment has largely coalesced behind Omar, one of the benefits of incumbency. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed the freshmen lawmaker on July 13 as funding for Melton-Meaux’s candidacy surged into the race.

As The Daily Wire reported at the time:

Omar is being challenged by Minnesota attorney Antone Melton-Meaux in a race that has caught the attention of Pro-Israel America and NORPAC. The pro-Israel political action committees have committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to unseating Omar, one of the most anti-Israel members of Congress, ahead of the Aug. 11 primary.

From April to the end of June, Melton-Meaux outraised Omar by a staggering $3.2 million to under $500,000. Melton-Meaux’s campaign still has $2 million cash on hand versus Omar’s $1.1 million, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

The Star-Tribune continued: “Both Omar and Melton-Meaux have compelling stories that, in their own ways, are quintessentially American. Omar’s refugee story is well-known. Melton-Meaux is the descendant of American emancipated slaves. His mother grew up picking cotton, and his father used service in Vietnam and the GI bill to put himself through college and lift his family into the middle class. Melton-Meaux rose to become an attorney and mediator who also has worked on foster children’s cases through the Children’s Law Center and dedicated time at the Conflict Resolution Center and College Possible.”

“Melton-Meaux fully grasps the needs of the diverse constituency he hopes to represent, and, if given a chance, is the kind of leader who could unite a fractured district,” the board concluded.

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NYPD Asks Civilians To Volunteer For De Blasio’s COVID-19 Checkpoints

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 15:07

The New York Police Department is calling on volunteers from its civilian staff to help enforce the state’s new quarantine order for travelers, which will check every sixth or eighth car entering the city and randomly stop people using mass transit.

The off-duty “volunteers will be assigned to Penn Station or Port Authority Bus Terminal,” said a memo sent out to NYPD members, the New York Post wrote. “The civilian members of the NYPD who volunteer will be charged with collecting forms from out-of-state travelers and ‘reminding’ them of the mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.”

There are nearly 20,000 members of the NYPD civilian staff.

On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city will be setting up checkpoints at tunnels and bridges to find travelers from 35 COVID hotspot states; if it’s discovered that they have come from one of those states, they will be told to quarantine for two weeks.

De Blasio threatened a $10,000 fine if visitors from those states do not self-isolate. The 35 states include: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

“We’ve got 35 states now that have dangerously high infection rates. There’s a lot to be concerned about. What we need to do is do everything that we have learned to do in New York City and do that right, do that consistently, but also we have to focus on people coming in from outside New York City,” de Blasio said. “This is serious stuff, and it’s time for everyone to realize it. If we’re going to hold at this level of health and safety in this city and get better, we have to deal with the fact that the quarantine must be applied consistently to anyone who’s traveled. So this checkpoint effort is going to be a new, important piece of that.”

The City of New York website sets out the rules for “non-essential” and “essential workers”:

Non-essential workers:

  • Stay at their residence or in a hotel room, leaving only for essential medical appointments or treatment or to obtain food and other essential goods when the delivery of food or other essential goods to their residence or hotel is not feasible;
  • Not invite or allow guests, other than caregivers, into their quarantined residence or hotel room; and
  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and seek appropriate medical advice or testing if COVID-19 symptoms arise.

Essential workers:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing if they show symptoms of COVID-19; and
  • Limit their activities involving contact with other persons for fourteen (14) days to the purposes that exempted them from the self-quarantine requirement to the extent possible.
  • If staying longer than 36 hours in New York state, seek diagnostic testing for COVID-19 as soon as possible upon arrival (within 24 hours).

Related: BANE COMMANDS: De Blasio To Install Checkpoints At All Tunnels And Bridges To Track Visitors From Hotspot States

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Trump Campaign Knocking On A Million Doors A Week — Biden, Zero

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 14:03

Election scorecard: President Trump — 1,000,000; Joe Biden — 0.

Team Trump said its supporters knocked on at least 1 million doors last week, while Team Biden said it knocked on zero.

The Trump campaign is sticking with the tried-and-true methods of getting out the vote: Face to face meetings with potential voters. The Biden campaign, meanwhile, is keying on more modern ways of campaigning, looking to online efforts and massive use of email and text messages.

“Biden and the Democratic National Committee aren’t sending volunteers or staffers to talk with voters at home, and don’t anticipate doing anything more than dropping off literature unless the crisis abates,” Politico reported. “The campaign and the Democratic National Committee think they can compensate for the lack of in-person canvassing with phone calls, texts, new forms of digital organizing, and virtual meet-ups with voters.”

“At first I was nervous, but our response rates on phone calls and texts are much higher and people are not necessarily wanting someone to go up to their door right now,” Jenn Ridder, Biden’s national states director, told the political website. “You get to throw a lot of the rule book out the window and try out new things.”

Elliott Echols, the Republican National Committee’s national field director, said, “From now to Election Day, voters may only see one campaign at their doors.”

“If this were Barack Obama running, Democrats would want to be out there knocking doors. They don’t have enthusiasm or a strong field operation, so it is a convenient excuse. We can do this safely for President Trump and Republicans up and down the ballot,” he said.

While Biden outraised Trump in May and June, Team Trump and the RNC in July raised more money than Biden’s campaign.

Trump’s 2020 campaign and the RNC reported $165 million in campaign donations last month, more than was raised during any single so far in the 2016 election, the campaign said. The Democratic National Committee and the Biden campaign, meanwhile, reported raising $140 million in July, with 97% of the contributions coming from small-dollar donors.

But with fewer than 90 days left until Election Day, both sides are close in cash on hand: Team Trump reports having $300 million in its coffers, while Biden’s has $294 million.

Both parties have also decided against holding their quadrennial conventions. Biden will not go to Milwaukee for the Democratic National Convention to accept his party’s presidential nomination because of fears over COVID-19, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

DNC organizers said in a statement on Wednesday that the “worsening coronavirus pandemic” has prompted convention officials to cancel the event’s speaking engagements “in order to prevent risking the health of our host community as well as the convention’s production teams, security officials, community partners, media and others necessary to orchestrate the event.”

Late last month, Trump scrapped plans of hosting his party’s convention in-person as planned.

“I looked at my team and I said, ‘The timing for this event is not right.’ It’s just not right with what’s happened recently, the flair-up in Florida, to have a big convention, it’s not the right time,” Trump said. “For me, I have to protect the American people. That’s what I’ve always done, that’s what I always will do.”

Trump did say that some festivities in Jacksonville will still occur, and the official activities that go on at the convention will still happen for select delegates.

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WALSH: Woman Says America Is Too Corrupt And Violent, Moves To Mexico

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 13:20

An article published this week on CNN is worth a closer inspection because it reveals the total incoherence and rampant self-contradiction of the “America is racist and evil” narrative. The piece, titled, “She packed her bags, quit her job in law enforcement and moved to Mexico after George Floyd’s death,” tells the story of a woman named Demetria Brown who, as the title suggests, fled alleged systemic persecution in America and sought refuge in the peaceful utopia of the second most violent country on Earth (right behind Syria).

From the article: 

On June 1, a week after Floyd’s death, [Brown] quit her job as a detention officer for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. In the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, she sold her house, stuffed her belongings into 13 duffel bags and relocated to Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

Brown, 42, is one of many African Americans leaving the United States permanently for many reasons, including racism and fear of police brutality. Her flight landed in her new hometown on June 25, a month to the day Floyd died.

We are informed that Brown is not alone in fleeing America for supposedly better countries in which they feel “safer.” More from CNN:

For Brown, following her heart and living without fear of racism meant moving to the resort town 1,200 miles from the city she’d worked as a detention officer since 2004.

She visited Mexico several times before she decided to relocate to the nation the State Department says is home to 1.5 million US citizens. That number includes US-born children who’ve returned with their Mexican parents, American retirees and digital nomads.

She calls the move the best decision she’s ever made. While Mexico is not perfect and has its own problems, she says, she’s never encountered any racism in the tourist destination made famous by the 1960s film, “The Night of the Iguana.”

Of course, because she is so dedicated to equality and social justice, Brown, who is now a life coach and travel blogger, has chosen to live in a resort town where rich people go to be pampered by impoverished locals. This should afford her some measure of insulation and protection from the horrors that are a daily part of life for many Mexicans. But that doesn’t change the fact that Mexico is, by every conceivable measure, considerably worse than the United States. 

Mexico’s murder rate is 7 times higher. Police corruption is so bad that entire police forces are arrested for being on the payroll of the drug cartels. Then there’s the problem of severed heads littering streets. What about racism? Funny enough, CNN has itself reported that racism in Mexico “hides in plain sight” and that “the best, highest-paying, most important jobs [in Mexico] often seem to go to those who, in addition to having the best education and the strongest connections, have the lightest skin.”

What about treatment of immigrants? USA Today reports that immigrants in Mexico are treated “much worse” than they are in any other country. Someone who moves to Mexico, especially from countries to the south, faces a significant chance of being kidnapped by a cartel or robbed and extorted by police and government officials. Indeed, Mexico is far tougher — both in legal and illegal ways — on immigrants and refugees. 

And if Brown thinks that at least Mexico is a place where income equality reigns supreme, she is again delusional. The vast majority of the wealth in the country is concentrated in the hands of the elites while nearly half of the population lives in poverty. By comparison, the poverty rate in the United States is less than 12 percent. 

Mexico is less safe, less equitable, less tolerant, and less progressive, right down the line, and in every category. Though I’m sure its resort towns are still pretty — provided you don’t travel too far outside of them and find yourself getting robbed at gunpoint by a federale or kidnapped by a cartel. 

But this is, as I said, instructive. Those who complain about all of the alleged systemic problems in America tend to have a childishly simplistic, if not hallucinatory, view of the issues in question and the world at large. They look through a cartoon lens, and believe, despite a total lack of evidence or logical reasoning, that America is uniquely racist, uniquely unjust, uniquely evil. The absurdity of this perspective becomes painfully obvious when they act on it by leaving and seeking shelter on some other country’s shores.

Wherever they choose — especially if they choose Mexico, but the same holds true almost anywhere else — they are likely to end up somewhere that has quite a bit more of whatever it was they were trying to escape. In fact, they may well find themselves in a place where the cartoon in their head has come to life. Police are not prowling the streets in America, robbing and murdering innocent people for no reason, despite what left-wing activists tells us. Police actually are doing that in Mexico. People like Brown are making their fantasies into realities, but not in the way they intended.

America is not perfect. It is a country, after all, a human institution. No human institution can ever be perfect. But the fact is that our country is a paradise compared to places like Mexico, which is probably why so many Mexicans want to come here. Brown is one of the few heading in the other direction. It is fun to imagine Brown passing by one of those Mexican immigrants as they both cross the border from opposite ends. The confusion on the Mexican’s face would be something to behold. To him, it would seem like someone jumping from a life raft and into a sinking ship. Granted, the life raft may not have all of the luxuries and comforts that she feels herself entitled to. But at least it floats. Which is more than can be said of the place she now calls home.

More from Matt Walsh: George Floyd Body Cam Footage Is Out. The Story Is Far More Complicated Than Media Led Us To Believe.

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Lindsey Graham: People Running Away From ‘Radioactive’ Jim Comey ‘Like He’s Got The Plague’

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:35

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told Fox News on Wednesday that people were abandoning former FBI Director James Comey as the walls close in on the origins of the FBI’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign.

The segment came after former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified earlier in the day that former FBI Director James Comey went rogue during the investigation and that she was upset by his actions.

“Here’s what I can prove, that Jim Comey has become radioactive,” Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “People are running away from him like he’s got the plague.”

“Rosenstein said, ‘No, I wouldn’t have signed the warrant if I knew then what I knew now,’” Graham continued. “Sally Yates threw him under the bus, that he went rogue, that he set up General Flynn for, as you say, to manufacture a crime. So, what’s the takeaway here? That Comey sat on top of one of the most corrupt investigations, Crossfire Hurricane, in the history of the FBI, and the rats are jumping ship. Bad day for Jim Comey.”

Graham later said that he plans to call Comey to testify in front of his committee in September.

WATCH:

TRANSCRIPT:

FOX NEWS HOST SEAN HANNITY: Earlier today, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates testified in front of Lindsey Graham’s Senate Judiciary Committee just like Rod Rosenstein. Took a while, but then she finally had to admit, knowing what she knows now, she never would’ve signed the phony, fraudulent, Carter Page FISA application based on Russian disinformation that was really used to spy on candidate Trump and deep into the presidency of Donald Trump. Take a look how long it took to actually get her to tell the simple truth.

[START VIDEO]

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN LINDSEY GRAHAM: Knowing then what you know now, would you sign that application?

FORMER ACTING ATTORNEY GENERAL SALLY YATES: Senator, I would never sign any document —

GRAHAM: So, I take that to be a ‘no,’ because that document was a fraud. Is that a fair statement? If you knew then what you know now, you wouldn’t have signed it?

YATES: I wouldn’t sign anything that I knew [could] contain errors or omissions.

GRAHAM: Did that contain errors and omissions?

YATES: [Yeah], and I would never knowingly sign a document, I didn’t do that in the 27 years —

GRAHAM: I believe you didn’t know, I believe you didn’t know that what you signed was wrong. The question is, if you had known, you wouldn’t have signed it, is that correct?

YATES: No, if I had known that it contained incorrect information, I certainly wouldn’t have signed it.

[END VIDEO]

HANNITY: We also learned more today about just how there was a big breakdown in terms of the Carter Page FISA process. How bad it was. It was unverified, uncorroborated, untrue, and by the way, everyone was warned as early as August 2016. Sally Yates admitting that the Steele dossier Clinton paid for with Russian disinformation was, in fact, critically important to the Carter Page FISA application as Andrew McCabe has said himself, and Yates revealed even more of Comey’s bad behavior about his efforts going rogue to set up a perjury trap for Michael Flynn. Take a look, that was the ambush.

[START VIDEO]

GRAHAM: When you heard about the interview, you got upset, didn’t you?

YATES: I was upset that Director Comey didn’t coordinate that with us and acted unilaterally. Yes, I was.

GRAHAM: Okay. Did Comey go rogue?

YATES: You could use that term, yes.

[END VIDEO]

HANNITY: Wow. Here with reaction, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham. Great questioning there … but I’ll tell you the difference between you and me, you said I believe you didn’t know. I’m not so sure I believe that, Senator.

GRAHAM: Well, I can’t prove that she knew, so, I’m just going to [go on] based on what I can prove. Here’s what I can prove, that Jim Comey has become radioactive. People are running away from him like he’s got the plague. Rosenstein said, ‘No, I wouldn’t have signed the warrant if I knew then what I knew now.’ Sally Yates threw him under the bus, that he went rogue, that he set up General Flynn for, as you say, to manufacture a crime. So, what’s the take away here? That Comey sat on top of one of the most corrupt investigations, Crossfire Hurricane, in the history of the FBI, and the rats are jumping ship. Bad day for Jim Comey.

HANNITY: That I agree. And also, she puts, in that January 5th Oval Office meeting, she puts the Logan Act, which nobody’s ever been prosecuted for, been in existence since 1799, she puts those words in the mouth of Jim Comey.

GRAHAM: So, here’s what I can tell you, that if Comey’s writing a book, it should be called “Rogue.” The best way to describe his tenure as FBI director is that he was rogue. That he ran every stop sign. There’s no way in hell that he didn’t know the dossier had been basically proved to be unsound by the Russian subsource interview in January. My goal was to prove that he did know, and he got warrants against Carter Page anyway. Here’s the point, that Rosenstein and Yaters are running away from Crossfire Hurricane. She threw Comey under the bus. So, there will become a time to sell your book, Jim Comey. You can come to the Judiciary Committee and sell your next book, because you’ve got a date with the truth, my friend.

Well, I don’t know what Durham’s gonna do, but I know what the hell I’m gonna do. I’m gonna call the intel analyst and the case agent who interviewed the Russian subsource in January, March, and April, and ask them: “Once you found out the dossier was a bunch of garbage, did you tell anybody about it?” And I’ll be shocked if they didn’t tell McCabe and Comey, so we’ll get to the bottom of it. Stay tuned. All I can tell you is that Jim Comey is about as radioactive as you can get. If you don’t believe me, ask Sally Yates.

HANNITY: When are you calling Comey?

GRAHAM: In September.

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Michigan, Nevada Declare ‘Racism’ A ‘Public Health Crisis.’ Another State Expected To Do So Soon.

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:58

Michigan and Nevada both declared that “racism” was a “public health crisis” on Wednesday, joining Wisconsin, with Colorado set to soon become the fourth state to do so.

Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer created a Black Leadership Advisory Council to “elevate Black voices” and reportedly push state employees to undergo implicit bias training.

“Today, I also signed an executive directive declaring racism as a public health crisis in Michigan,” Whitmer said on Wednesday, later adding, “We have a lot of work to do to eradicate the systemic racism that black Americans have faced for generations, and it’s going to take time. But the most important thing we can do during this time is work closely with leaders across the state, in every community, to find the root cause of problems and work to eradicate them.”

In Nevada, Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak signed a proclamation on Wednesday that also declared that racism was a public health crisis.

“Institutional and systemic racism has gone on far too long in this country and in this State. Based on research, we are taking a proactive approach in joining fellow leaders around the country to declare racism as a public health crisis,” Sisolak announced. “I am grateful to be joined by the Nevada Legislature in recognizing that racism manifests in measurable ways, including in public health. I look forward to working with Nevada leaders and the Office of Minority Health and Equity on this critical issue.”

Today, I issued a proclamation to name racism as a public health crisis. Given our diverse population as a minority, majority state, this call to action raises awareness so Nevada does not perpetuate poor health outcomes due to systemic racism during & after the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/vKSoU2knqR

— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) August 6, 2020

The Denver Post reported last week that employees inside Colorado’s state health department had forced the issue and thus Democrats there are set to declare racism a public health crisis in response “to ongoing social-justice protests and the inequities highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.” Colorado has a far-left governor, Democrat Jared Polis.

“Since June, employees at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have pressed Executive Director Jill Hunsaker Ryan to make such a public declaration and became increasingly frustrated when she didn’t move faster to do so,” the Post added. “When asked this week about those internal conversations, Hunsaker Ryan told The Denver Post the state will join the American Public Health Association in declaring racism a public health crisis, and that will become formal policy within the health department.”

In June, Wisconsin Democrat Governor Tony Evers declared that racism was a public health crisis during a press briefing with the Department of Health Services Secretary.

“We must fix what we know is broken in our society.” Evers said. “We cannot look away from the reality that inaction, indifference and institutional racism has harmed generations of black and brown Wisconsinites.”

Pew claims that the state of Ohio declared that racism was a public health crisis, yet there are no readily available records to substantiate the claim. The Ohio House and Senate last month were “considering non-binding resolutions to declare racism a public health crisis,” according to Dayton Daily News.

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Biden Calls For ‘Assault’ Gun Ban While Americans Buy In Record Numbers After Riots, ‘Defund Police’ Push. NRA Trolls Him.

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:46

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden renewed his push for banning semi-automatic firearms that he termed “weapons of war” on Wednesday despite the fact that Americans are buying guns in record numbers after months of violent rioting, surges in violent crime in Democrat-controlled cities, and calls from Democrats to “defund the police.”

“Weapons of war have no place in our communities,” Biden tweeted. “When I was a senator, I took on the [NRA] and secured a 10-year ban on assault weapons — and as president, I’ll ban these weapons again.”

Biden has pushed far-left positions on gun control. He has called for banning semi-automatic firearms and “clips that have multiple bullets in them,” which could effectively ban the overwhelming majority of handguns, all semi-automatic shotguns and rifles, and many hunting rifles which use magazines. Biden has often made remarks that indicate that he does not understand firearms, including claims that “rational” gun “policy” includes things like banning “50 clips in a weapon” – a statement that does not make any sense. Biden has dismissed heroic acts by citizens who stopped mass shootings by claiming that they should not have had the specific gun that they used to stop the shooting. Biden also attacked Texas Governor Greg Abbott last year for signing a bill into law that allowed churchgoers to carry firearms with them to church.

The Daily Wire highlighted Biden’s views on the Second Amendment in a profile piece last September:

Biden was a leading proponent and sponsor of the federal “assault weapons” ban, a subset of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Throughout his career, he has generally been supportive of curtailing Second Amendment rights. Biden has also supported mandating five-day waiting periods for gun purchases, as well as closing the alleged “gun show loophole.” Biden supports a ban on the undefinable sub-class of firearms referred to as so-called “assault weapons” — a line of thought that, if taken to its logical conclusion, could lead to the banning of all semi-automatic firearms in America.

The National Rifle Association responded to Biden by writing on Twitter, “Clearly Joe didn’t write this tweet. The complete sentences gave it away. Joe and his supporters fear-monger using words like ‘assault weapon’ to describe America’s most popular home defense rifle – the AR-15 – or ‘AR-14’ to Joe. Joe – We’ll say it real slow. Come and Take It.”

Clearly Joe didn't write this tweet. The complete sentences gave it away.

Joe and his supporters fear-monger using words like "assault weapon" to describe America's most popular home defense rifle – the AR-15 – or "AR-14" to Joe.

Joe – We'll say it real slow. Come and Take It. https://t.co/Mr6xpKsABM

— NRA (@NRA) August 5, 2020

The gun ban push by Biden comes as violent riots have broken out in numerous Democrat-controlled cities across the U.S. in recent months, including in PortlandMinneapolisNew York CityAtlantaChicagoAustinSeattle, Richmond, Washington, D.C., and others.

Numerous Democrats across the U.S. have also pushed “defund the police” movements in an apparent attempt to placate rioters.

The three months that had the highest number of background checks completed in history have all happened this year. As of early June, an estimated 2.5 million Americans purchased their first gun this year.

“Plenty of Democrats own guns, many of them the blue-collar Democrats who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and whom Joe Biden hopes to woo back,” The Wall Street Journal noted Wednesday. “Forty percent of first-time buyers are women. An NSSF survey of gun retailers reports that sales to black Americans are up 58.2% for the first six months of this year, the largest increase for any demographic group.”

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‘THE CLEAN NETWORK’: Pompeo Introduces Plan To Purge Chinese Tech From U.S., Invites Other Nations To Join

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:35

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced a plan on Wednesday dubbed the “Clean Network” program, which aims to guard the privacy of American citizens and companies from the Chinese Communist Party.

Pompeo also extended an offer for other nations and companies to join the United States’ effort, writing on Twitter, “The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s surveillance state. We call on freedom-loving nations and companies to join us.”

The U.S. expands the Clean Network by launching 5 new Clean initiatives–Clean Carrier, Clean Store, Clean Apps, Clean Cloud & Clean Cable–to secure Americans’ most sensitive information from the CCP’s surveillance state. We call on freedom-loving nations and companies to join us. pic.twitter.com/BQSk6YFt1M

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 5, 2020

The State Department outlined the five spheres in which the Clean Network seeks to take effect:

  • Clean Carrier: To ensure untrusted People’s Republic of China (PRC) carriers are not connected with U.S. telecommunications networks. Such companies pose a danger to U.S. national security and should not provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States.
  • Clean Store: To remove untrusted applications from U.S. mobile app stores. PRC apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spread propaganda and disinformation. American’s most sensitive personal and business information must be protected on their mobile phones from exploitation and theft for the CCP’s benefit.
  • Clean Apps: To prevent untrusted PRC smartphone manufacturers from pre-installing – or otherwise making available for download – trusted apps on their apps store. Huawei, an arm of the PRC surveillance state, is trading on the innovations and reputations of leading U.S. and foreign companies. These companies should remove their apps from Huawei’s app store to ensure they are not partnering with a human rights abuser.
  • Clean Cloud: To prevent U.S. citizens’ most sensitive personal information and our businesses’ most valuable intellectual property, including COVID-19 vaccine research, from being stored and processed on cloud-based systems accessible to our foreign adversaries through companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent.
  • Clean Cable: To ensure the undersea cables connecting our country to the global internet are not subverted for intelligence gathering by the PRC at hyper scale. We will also work with foreign partners to ensure that undersea cables around the world aren’t similarly subject to compromise.

“Momentum for the Clean Network program is growing. More than thirty countries and territories are now Clean Countries, and many of the world’s biggest telecommunications companies are Clean [telecommunication companies]. All have committed to exclusively using trusted vendors in their Clean Networks,” the department said.

“The United States calls on our allies and partners in government and industry around the world to join the growing tide to secure our data from the CCP’s surveillance state and other malign entities. Building a Clean fortress around our citizens’ data will ensure all of our nations’ security.”

The Trump administration has dramatically started to increase its efforts to combat the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to steal intellectual property and to influence the United States.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said in a recent interview that the bureau has more than 2,000 active criminal investigations that trace back to the Chinese government, and that the bureau opens counterintelligence investigations that lead back to China every ten hours.

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Rioters Attack Police Station In Portland Suburb, Try To Burn It Down, Attempt To Run Over Police With Truck

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 11:30

Rioters attacked the Portland Police Department’s East Precinct on Wednesday night, which is in a residential area, and reportedly tried to run over police officers while fleeing the scene after attempting to set the building on fire.

Late at night, a group of a few hundred people blocked traffic, shined green lasers at police officers, attempted to tear down protective boarding on the building, and worked to disable surveillance cameras in an attempt to conceal their alleged criminal activity.

A member in the group was seen attempting to tear the surveillance camera off of the front doors of the East Precinct. Other people in the group began spray painting the camera, as well as the front doors of the precinct. Lots of members of the group were seen wearing helmets and carrying shields.

“Several people in the group began to ram a large 2 by 4 piece of wood in to the front glass doors in an effort to shatter them,” the Portland Police Department said in a statement. “Other members of the group slammed different heavy large objects into the glass doors as well. The objects included large rocks.”

“By 9:50 p.m., those who had been destructing the East Precinct glass doors successfully cracked them, causing significant damage,” the department continued. “Since serious ongoing criminal behavior continued, a riot was declared at 9:56 p.m. At 10 p.m., the front doors of East Precinct were barricaded and a fire was started using plywood and an accelerant.”

When officers moved to disperse the rioters, they “were hit with projectiles and commercial grade fireworks,” the department said. “Because of life safety issues created by members in the group, CS gas and crowd control munitions were used. While dispersing efforts continued, a truck associated with the group attempted to run over several officers.”

Portland police said that officers were pelted with large rocks that were the size of shot puts, and they had to repel attacks from the violent rioters two more times over the following two hours.

Journalist Andy Ngo, who testified this week before the U.S. Senate as an expert on Antifa, tweeted out videos of the attacks on the police station.

“For the first time since the riots began in Portland, antifa attacked the east precinct, located far on the east side of the city,” Ngo wrote. “Rioters immediately began disabling security cameras around the building.”

For the first time since the riots began in Portland, antifa attacked the east precinct, located far on the east side of the city. Rioters immediately began disabling security cameras around the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/s6hoPPwAs1

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020

Ngo included video of the rioters tearing off the protective barrier to the East Precinct. “The crowd chants ‘didn’t see sh**’ to remind everyone to comply w/remaining silent,” he wrote.

And like what #antifa have done w/every building they’ve attacked, they’re now tearing off the protective barrier to the east precinct to break inside. The crowd chants “didn’t see shit” to remind everyone to comply w/remaining silent. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/tL8DlYcgfi

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020

Ngo also included video of the group starting a fire on the front door of the East Precinct. “They tore off the barricade and placed tinder around the fire,” Ngo reported. “They’re trying to burn down the building.”

#Antifa have started a fire on the front door of the Portland Police east precinct. They tore off the barricade and placed tinder around the fire. They’re trying to burn down the building. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/2UN7o21dZy

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020

“After antifa were dispersed by police following the attack on the East Precinct, they tried to blind a woman at her home with lasers and attacked her,” Ngo continued. “Antifa have gone into residential parts of the city after moving on from attacking federal courthouse.”

After #antifa were dispersed by police following the attack on the East Precinct, they tried to blind a woman at her home with lasers and attacked her.

Antifa have gone into residential parts of the city after moving on from attacking federal courthouse. pic.twitter.com/mKcrgHixmC

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020

“Portland Police declared a riot after antifa began to smash the windows of the east precinct & set the front of the building on fire,” Ngo wrote along with additional footage. “Here they rush in and make some arrests after rioters tried making a street blockade.”

Portland Police declared a riot after antifa began to smash the windows of the east precinct & set the front of the building on fire. Here they rush in and make some arrests after rioters tried making a street blockade. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Di6xOOKo3P

— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 6, 2020

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L.A. Mayor Threatens To Cut Off Water To Houses And Businesses Hosting ‘Large’ Parties

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 04:09

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Wednesday evening that private homes and businesses that host large parties and gatherings will have their water and power cut off by the city.

“The consequences of these large parties ripple far beyond just those parties. They ripple throughout our entire community because the virus can quickly and easily spread,” said Garcetti during a press conference, in which he argued that “large house parties have essentially become night clubs in the hills,” according to Fox News Los Angeles.

Garcetti said the policy would apply to the “egregious cases in which houses, businesses, and other venues are hosting unpermitted large gatherings.”

The Democratic mayor’s announcement comes after a flashy Beverly Hills house party, which reportedly attracted at least 200 guests, turned violent when party crashers showed up. One woman was fatally shot, and two others were injured in the incident.

Garcetti briefly alluded to the party later in his remarks while talking about large events and how super-spreaders can have a “disproportionate impact on the lives that we are losing.”

The mayor, talking about the so-called new nightclubs, said “many times the homes are vacant, or used for short-term rentals. And beyond the noise, the traffic, and nuisance, these large parties are unsafe, and can cost Angelinos their lives.”

The mayor told reporters that the new policy will go into effect on Friday evening, and suggested that repeat offenders would be the primary target of enforcement: “If the LAPD responds and verifies that a large gathering is occurring at a property — and we see these properties reoffending time and time again — they will provide notice and initiate the process to request that [the Department of Water and Power] shut off service within the next 48 hours.”

“To be clear, while we hope that you will avoid gatherings of all sizes, this enforcement is not focused on small and ordinary gatherings in people’s homes,” Garcetti added. “These are focused on the people determined to break the rules, posing significant public dangers and a threat to all of us.”

According to Fox News Los Angeles reporter Bill Melugin, the mayor said his decision to enforce the new policy was “rooted in strong law.”

“We know we can do this,” said Garcetti, who also mentioned that attorneys for the city were consulted on the decision. 

Our anchor @Elex_Michaelson asked Mayor Garcetti about the legality of this. Garcetti responded that these gatherings are breaking the law. He says this decision is “rooted in strong law” after consultation w/ city attorneys. “We know we can do this,” he says. @FOXLA

— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 6, 2020

Back in March, Garcetti also threatened to cut off the water and power for so-called non-essential businesses that repeatedly refused to close down, despite the coronavirus public health order mandating that they do so.

“They will wind up facing a misdemeanor charge and DWP will step in to shut off their water and power,” said the mayor at the time.

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Cotton Ramps Up Efforts To Combat Communist China: Accepting Money From China ‘Should Be Criminalized’

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 03:03

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” on Wednesday that the United States needs to fight back harder against the Chinese Communist Party’s intellectual property theft, and their attempts to influence things in the United States, by criminalizing taking money from China.

“The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer,” Cotton said. “It is past time for us to insist this stop. The Trump administration and the president have been doing that in various ways. I’ve got legislation that would take more steps, as well. So, for instance, criminalizing the payment of money to American professors and academics who are on the payroll of the Chinese Communist Party or their state-owned enterprises.”

“Right now, you can only prosecute those cases for things like wire fraud or lying on federal documents,” Cotton continued. “It’s the act of accepting the Chinese money itself that should be criminalized. There are other steps we can take, as well, to stand up for American companies that shouldn’t have to transfer their intellectual property to Chinese partners simply as a condition of doing business with Chinese consumers.”

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Cotton’s remarks come after he called for changing the law last week in response to news that a former University of Arkansas professor with ties to China was indicted on fraud charges.

“Federal law enforcement deserves great credit for putting together a strong case against alleged Chinese agent Simon Saw-Teong Ang,” Cotton said. “But Chinese spies aren’t ordinary fraudsters – they’re working for a foreign adversary. We ought to change the law so foreign agents in the future are held accountable not only for wire fraud, but for taking money from the Chinese Communist Party in the first place, the real crime in these cases.”

Cotton also proposed an amendment this week to block Chinese companies from receiving any coronavirus loan money.

The amendment comes after The New York Times reported this week:

According to a review of publicly available loan data by the strategy consulting firm Horizon Advisory, $192 million to $419 million has gone to more than 125 companies that Chinese entities own or invest in. Many of the loans were quite sizable; at least 32 Chinese companies received loans worth more than $1 million, with those totaling as much as $180 million.

The report acknowledges that the participation of these companies in the lending program most likely saved an unspecified number of jobs based in the United States, but it also suggests that many of the businesses probably had access to other forms of capital from public or private markets to support their American operations. The Treasury Department has estimated that the overall program has kept 50 million workers employed in the United States.

Cotton’s office released a statement saying that the senator “introduced an amendment to the HEALS Act that would prohibit any funds in the HEALS Act-or residual CARES Act funds-from supporting any entity that is under Chinese ownership, control, or influence.”

“The legislation also mandates that the Secretary of the Treasury claw back CARES Act funds provided to Chinese firms,” the statement added. “The amendment comes in response to reports that Chinese-owned companies received PPP funding from the CARES Act passed earlier this year.”

“China unleashed this plague on the world and they must be held accountable-not given a cash bonus by the American government,” Cotton said. “My amendment would ensure all coronavirus relief funds stay right here in the United States where they’re needed the most.”

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‘A Disturbing Trend’: GOP Congressman Asks DOJ To Investigate Alleged Anti-Catholic Vandalism

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 02:40

A Republican congressman formally asked the Department of Justice on Wednesday to investigate the recent spike of vandalism against Catholic churches and religious icons in the United States.

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN) sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr urging the DOJ “to continue to protect religious freedom and combat religious discrimination in the United States.”

“Today, I sent a letter to AG Barr urging the DOJ to protect religious freedom & combat religious discrimination in the U.S. My letter comes after numerous reports of vandalism at Catholic churches across the nation, including an incident in Chattanooga,” Fleischmann tweeted.

Today, I sent a letter to AG Barr urging the DOJ to protect religious freedom & combat religious discrimination in the U.S.

My letter comes after numerous reports of vandalism at Catholic Churches across the nation, including an incident in Chattanooga.https://t.co/LFyLdEzFbi pic.twitter.com/YuIRBkBu2m

— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) August 5, 2020

Attached to his tweet was the letter, which reads in part:

Since June, there have been nearly a dozen reported attacks on Catholic churches around the nation. These disturbing attacks range from arson to the beheading of a statue of the Virgin Mary.

I find these attacks to be a disturbing trend, happening in multiple areas across the nation, including within my own congressional district.

In times of uncertainty we naturally turn to religion for comfort and peace, something many Americans are seeking as we combat COVID-19, but these attacks add another level of distress for many across our nation.

Fleischmann concluded by commending the DOJ’s commitment under Barr’s leadership to combatting religious discrimination.

Fleischmann expanded on his views to The Washington Examiner, saying, “These people who would desecrate any house of worship — whether it is a Catholic church or any other house of worship — need to know that it won’t be tolerated. And I think it rises to the level of a hate crime.”

“I would like to have a recognition that this problem exists, it persists, and sadly, it is not isolated to one city or one state,” Fleischmann continued. “I think it needs to be looked at very carefully and addressed for the danger that it is.”

Amid the vandalism of historical statues that has taken place this summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death, houses of worship have not been spared. As The Daily Wire reported on July 13, “At least four Catholic churches in four states were vandalized over the weekend in a string of attacks that have authorities wondering whether religious icons and statues are next to be targeted by anti-racism and ‘anti-fascist’ protesters.”

Among those attacked that weekend was a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Stephen Parish in Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to Bishop Rick Stika. Fleischmann responded to Stika, tweeting, “This is a disturbing attack on Catholicism and religion. Sadly, it is among a series of attacks on Catholic churches that have happened in recent days. I hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, but I also pray that they will find their way to God as well.”

This is a disturbing attack on Catholicism and religion.

Sadly, it is among a series of attacks on Catholic churches that have happened in recent days.

I hope that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, but I also pray that they will find their way to God as well. https://t.co/MFPHZhqn3h

— Chuck Fleischmann (@RepChuck) July 15, 2020

In April, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) sent a similar letter to Barr, urging him to remain vigilant against potential religious discrimination in New York City, especially instances of anti-Semitism, after Mayor Bill de Blasio personally helped to disperse a Hasidic funeral in Brooklyn for the sake of social distancing.

Related: Connecticut Catholic Church Vandalized With ‘Satanic Symbols,’ Sacred Statues Desecrated In Florida, Colorado

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